The Doctor returns to the Spanish island for the first time since 1984, and the Planet of Fire episode.
Eyewitnesses on the island have reported that the team has set up camp on the southwestern part of Lanzarote near the dramatic looking El Cuervo volcano. A local source said, “they’ve erected a huge marquee, have trailers, toilets and a van.”
“The Doctor is returning to the scene of an old adventure – but there have been sinister changes since his last visit,” explained Doctor Who writer Steven Moffat earlier this week.
“BBC filming is good for the reputation of the island and will create tourism,” added the Canary Islands source.
The Lanzarote episode has been written by Wallander’s Peter Harness, and will be produced by Peter Bennett. It will also feature Spooks star Hermione Norris. Moffat explained: “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.”
In the original Canary Islands episode The Doctor arrives with the fifth Doctor’s companion, Vislor Turlough, to investigate a signal. It’s known for the bikini scene with actress Nicola Bryant, who played American college student Peri Brown.
Peter Capaldi will join series eight as the Doctor, as will DaVinci’s Demons actor Tom Riley and Death in Paradise’s Ben Miller.
Doctor Who season eight will air in 2014.
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