The BBC has announced the Hermione Norris has been cast in an episode of Doctor Who Series 8 opposite new incarnation Peter Capaldi.
Norris – currently starring in The Crimson Field on BBC One – has previously appeared in comedy-drama Cold Feet, BAFTA award-winning spy drama Spooks and ITV’s Wire in the Blood.
Of her casting, the actress enthused:
It’s exciting to be part of such an iconic show, and one that my kids can watch!!!
As exciting as this casting is, however, perhaps the bigger news is the trip overseas. Following a successful trip to Spain for Doctor Who Series 7a, the team are this time heading to Lanzarote for some location shooting, the island which was also a main feature of the 1984 serial Planet of Fire, Peter Davison’s penultimate story.
Says Steven Moffat, lead writer and Executive Producer
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 (who classic fans will know from 1979′s Destiny of the Daleks and 1987′s Dragonfire) and Phil Nice.
With Ben Miller, Tom Riley, Keeley Hawes and alleged sightings of Richard Armitage, Doctor Who Series 8 is certainly shaping up to be one of the most well-cast yet!