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Series 8 Filming in Lanzarote, Hermione Norris Cast

Hermione-Norris-doctor-whoHermione Norris to guest star in Doctor Who opposite Peter Capaldi when Doctor Who returns this Autumn.

Speaking about her casting, Hermione Norris said, ‘It’s exciting to be part of such an iconic show, and one that my kids can watch!!!’

Norris has recently been starring in The Crimson Field on BBC One, and is no stranger to solving mysteries having played Ros Myers in the BAFTA award-winning drama Spooks. Prior to that she starred in comedy-drama Cold Feet.

Steven Moffat, lead writer and Executive Producer, said, ‘It’s a testament to the quality of Peter Harness’s intense and emotional script, that we’ve been able to attract an actress of the brilliance of Hermione Norris. And for the first time since 1984, the Doctor Who production team is heading to Lanzarote. The Doctor is returning to the scene of an old adventure – but there have been sinister changes since his last visit.’

The episode is written by Peter Harness (Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, Wallander), produced by Peter Bennett and directed by Paul Wilmshurst (Strike Back, Combat Kids). The episode also stars Ellis George, Tony Osoba and Phil Nice.

Other guest stars confirmed to join Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman in the new series, which will TX on BBC One later this year, include Ben Miller, Tom Riley and Keeley Hawes.

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steverogersandfriends
steverogersandfriends

Planet of fire is absolutely my favorite DW serial. (Helps that it has the best doctor and the best companion,Turlough.) I know it's farfetched but a Turlough appearance would be awesome. Or maybe the return of The Master...   

mczolly
mczolly

It's almost a Trenzalore anagram.

Liana21
Liana21

A friend past me a twit of BBC saying that The Doctor is going to show off a new hat in Lanzarote... Let the bets begin

I say straw Panama, similar to Sylvester's

DaftDalek is Ceter Papaldi
DaftDalek is Ceter Papaldi

Pompeii had already been destroyed when the Doctor was there last time. So, I don't think there could be any more "sinister changes" What about a place that was happy when the Doctor left? Any recommendations?

VERITASERUMUK
VERITASERUMUK

How weird. I just got back from a holiday in the Canary Islands...

Manc247
Manc247

Just a thought but didn't The Master meet his demise at the end of Planet of Fire...?

floppy_who
floppy_who

Lanzarote has a volcanic rock landscape. Pompeii shortly after the eruption?

Just a thought.

The Finn
The Finn

Am I the only one who thought of Madame Pomfrey from Harry Potter when they saw that picture?

The Outer Space K9
The Outer Space K9

I hope there will be at least *some* filming pics. I remember that when they filmed A Town Called Mercy there were quite a few.

awkward912
awkward912

I can't see anyone but Moffat penning allusions/references to Capaldi's previous roles, let alone basing a whole episode around them. I haven't seen Planet of Fire, but the very notion of a sequel to a classic story is tantalising and then some. 

The Outer Space K9
The Outer Space K9

Ok, so I had no idea what Lanzarote was but reading the comments everything has become clear: I have to see The Planet of Fire right now !!

PaddyB
PaddyB

If the Doctor was returning to Pompeii within Caecilius's lifetime it would be nothing but a pile of ashes. If he's visiting Pompeii in modern day it would be a popular tourist location with the ancient houses being perfectly preserved! Therefore I can't see Lanzarote doubling as Pompeii.

Xaven
Xaven

Okay, I've seen the different theories in the comments below. Here's my take on them.


1) Sarn. This is a likely one. If Moffat is willing to bring back the Ice Warriors, the Zygons, and the planet Skaro, I can totally see him bringing back other monsters and locations. A return trip to Sarn isn't that farfetched.


2) Pompeii. With the mystery surrounding the similar appearances of Caecilius, John Frobisher, and the Twelfth Doctor, I can see why a trip to the remains of Pompeii would be plausible.


3) Trenzalore. No chance at all. We've just been there, twice. I doubt Moffat is going to bring us back there any time soon.

Personally, I hope it's Sarn, as I love it when the classic era pops up in the new era.

Rani Nose
Rani Nose

Since they typically film in blocks of two could this be a two-parter, or two separate stories filmed on Lanzarote?


Antee991166
Antee991166

So we're returning to the Planet of Fire? Didn't see that coming.

Proctor Hugh
Proctor Hugh

 I think Pompeii looks more likely than Planet Of Fire, simply because Planet Of Fire will mean nothing to younger fans, but Pompeii will (and also it makes sense, given Capaldi's previous role)


MrThorfan64
MrThorfan64

It said the production team was heading to Lazarote. It didn't say it would be set in Lazarote. It could just be another adventure. On this debate between Planet of Fire and The Fires of Pompeii there are plenty of other stories the Doctor could be revisiting.



John Frobisher
John Frobisher

The Planet of Fire or Pompeii after the eruption seems likely. 

But I heard the landscape there looks a bit like the moon, and since the title of episode 7 is rumoured to be 'Kill the Moon', this also seems like a strong possibility... (Although it's also possible that ep 7 is written by Jamie Mathieson and Lanzarote is ep 8.)




calliarcale
calliarcale

Lanzarote, returning to the scene of an old adventure . . . oooh, if I hear a rumor that someone's persuaded Mark Strickson to return to acting, I'd be very excited.  ;-)  Lanzarote was where they filmed Turlough's final story (and Peri's first), "The Planet of Fire".  Are they going back to Sarn?

Xisco Lozdob
Xisco Lozdob

So the Doctor is returning to the Planet of Fire/Sarn. Isn't that brilliant news?























Liana21
Liana21

Off Topic

Today is Catherine Tate's Birthday. Have you lost the birthday calendar?

Master Michael Moon
Master Michael Moon

The bit about the production team heading back to Lanzarote and the Doctor returning to the scene of an old adventure is entirely separate. If we put two and two together, Lanzarote has an inactive volcano and could be resembling something to do with post-Pompeii. I know there was a rumoured title of The Ghosts of Pompeii floating around, and obviously the past Capaldi appearances like Caecilius are going to be addressed. Or it could just be something completely different. Who knows...


KarenBee
KarenBee

Intense and emotional script, eh? Perhaps a touch of romance for Doctor 12 and maybe a little heartbreak? This is the episode so far that has me most excited. Great guest star, new writer and some link to the doctor's past and Lanzarote.

Liana21
Liana21

Gran Canaria, Tenerife, Lanzarote, La Gomera, La Palma, El Hierro y Fuerteventura. I had to learnt them up on school.

TheCapaldiMasterplan
TheCapaldiMasterplan

@Rani Nose  I think only one episode will be filmed in Lanzarote, just with the same director as the other episode. For example, Dinosaurs on a Spaceship and A Town Called Mercy were in the same block, but one was filmed in Spain.

TheCapaldiMasterplan
TheCapaldiMasterplan

@wagadonia  But an episode in Pompeii would surely be filmed in Italy rather than Spain. Also, the Doctor can't really return to a sinister Pompeii when there's next-to-nothing left of it.

The Finn
The Finn

@Xisco Lozdob  Not necessarily. Just because Lanzarote appeared in that serial doesn't automatically mean that it's the same planet this time.

Xisco Lozdob
Xisco Lozdob

On another note, yay! Doctor Who is filming in Spain again! The sad thing is that every time it happens it is in a city too far for me to be able to go.

TheCapaldiMasterplan
TheCapaldiMasterplan

@Master Michael Moon  I'd assume that any episode in Pompeii would be shot somewhere in Italy rather than Spain (not Cinecittà since, IIRC, it's being closed down) due to the architectural style.



andyot7777
andyot7777

@Master Michael Moon   Incorrect. 1984 and Lanzarote are directly linked. On 8th May 1984, The Fifth Doctor, Turlough, and Kamelion visited Lanzarote. This is where they meet Peri Brown. That's the one and only time that 1984 and Lanzarote coincide within the Doctor Who universe.



The Outer Space K9
The Outer Space K9

Agreed, intense and emotional sounds amazing. As much as I love a big scale adventure I think Doctor Who's inner beauty lies in the smaller, quiter moments which might seem unimportant but are always remembered fondly.

awkward912
awkward912

@TheCapaldiMasterplan @Rani Nose They've always made the most of abroad before though; Spain played host to the Asylum-surface scenes of Asylum of the Daleks too, and Croatia was used brilliantly for two very different episodes in series 5.

DaireConstantineOReilly
DaireConstantineOReilly

Duh....Of Course there going back to the planet of Fire.....dub it Obvious.

We all know Moffat hates the RTD era and will never revisit any stories from his era such as the fires of Pompeii (50th Anniversary dosent count) and also there not gonna solve the mysteries of the 3 capaldis. (The 12th Doctor,Frobisher and The Roman guy Celsius or something) This episode will OBVIOUSLY be a sequel to planet of Fire. (Which I must watch as I've never seen it.)

DWTV
DWTV moderator

Yes, Connor is doing one.


adele reede
adele reede

Or... You know, Sarn and the Tritons from 'Planet of Fire' and the last time they filmed there.

The Finn
The Finn

@adele reede  I know that. That's the obvious conclusion, but someone here came up with the Trenzalore idea and I like that one more than the more obvious one that everybody comes up with.