No matter where you go, there you are. Thirty years after the Doctor Who team filmed 1984’s Planet of Fire on location on the island of Lanzarote, the team is headed there once again.
This, coupled with Steven Moffat’s announcement that they are filming a sequel there to an “earlier story”, has set off a flurry of speculation. Are they filming a direct follow-up to Planet of Fire–where the Canary Island locale doubled for the volcanic planet of Sarn– or it something completely different? Let’s fire up our brains:
- Planet of Fire is best known for five things: the return of a shrink-obsessed Master, the departure of sometime companion Turlough (Mark Strickson), the destruction of robotic assistant Kamelion, and the introduction of American (cough) companion Peri Brown (Nicola Bryant)… and several amazing scenes involving her barely-there swimwear. Will Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor be returning to Sarn for some until-now-unexplained reason?
- Will this lead to possible guest appearances by Mark Strickson and/or Nicola Bryant? (Both of whom have aged very well.) Or even the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison? Does the Doctor have some secret unfinished business with one of his former companions?
- The main villain of Planet of Fire was the Master (Anthony Ainley). There are continuing rumors that the Master will return once again… possibly even during series eight. Will this episode serve to introduce a new Master, played by someone other than John Simm?
- Why did it take the Doctor so long to go back? If Sarn, or the events of Planet of Fire‘s story, were of some importance, why has it taken three decades to follow up on it? Or is it just that 1984 visions of a bikini-clad Peri Brown are forever imbedded in the now-middle-aged brains of the current writers and producers?
- Is the Sarn sequel speculation completely wrong–well, the completely wrong story? Lanzarote is known for it’s volcanic terrain–could it be that it is doubling for another setting, say, Pompeii? Could this all be tied to the Tenth Doctor story The Fires of Pompeii (filmed in Italy), which guest-starred Peter Capaldi? Will we find out why the Twelfth Doctor seems to have the face of Caecilius, a man he almost decided not to save? After seeing makeup supervisor Claire Pritchard’s Twitter pix, one could certainly imagine volcano day as a possibility!
Until more details or behind-the-scenes photos leak, we can only speculate. Kasterborites, what do you think of this sequel-tastic mystery?