Doctor Who News Hermione Norris guests in Doctor Who Series 8

Published on May 12th, 2014 | by Christian Cawley

Hermione Norris Cast As Doctor Who Returns To Lanzarote

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!


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A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

13 Responses to Hermione Norris Cast As Doctor Who Returns To Lanzarote

  1. avatar Al says:

    Is Moff speaking in general terms or is this actually going to be a sequel to Planet of Fire? I wonder if a certain actress with the initials NB is involved? Even if not, I do hope they recreate the James Bond photo shoot they did with Peter and Nicola!

  2. avatar DonnaM says:

    Another top-class guest star; and an “intense and emotional” script with performers of the quality of Capaldi and Norris will certainly work for me.

    I assume Moff’s talking generalities, but if it’s specifically Planet of Fire I’m happy enough with that!

  3. avatar TonyS says:

    Are we assuming that a return to the scene of a previous adventure a) Means “The Planet of Fire” and, if so, b) means Sarn?

    Part of that story was set on… erm, Lanzarote.

  4. avatar Craigt68 says:

    Phil Nice drinks down my local and runs the quiz night so I think I’ll have a word…:). Funnily enough so does Ellie who was the scientist who betrayed Martha to the Master. Good pub too:)

  5. avatar vortexter says:

    Cool! But wasn’t Sarn destroyed? This sounds like a great episode!

    • avatar TonyS says:

      It was certainly evacuated (except for Timanov) and there was a lot of volcanic activity going on. Whether it was destroyed…

      • avatar vortexter says:

        I wonder if a certain appearance by Vislor Turlough could be on the cards as well? I could see him commanding a Trion ship very well. Wasn’t Tegan pictured recently with Capaldi?…

  6. avatar TonyS says:

    I read on another site that this may, in fact, be a sequel to “The Fires of Pompeii” (you know, volcanoes and all that!) and address the issue of the casting of one Mr Capaldi in that story. Seems a long way to go just for a story about a volcano, but one never knows…

    • Funnily enough we have a post pending suggesting the very same thing…

      • avatar TonyS says:

        Assuming an early autumn start date we are probably only three months form the start of the season. As JNT state (ad nauseam) “time will tell”. Or was that the Seventh Doctor?

        • avatar DonnaM says:

          Only another three months or so to wait? That’s the most cheering thing I’ve heard all day!

          • avatar TonyS says:

            It cheered me up too

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