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Published on May 21st, 2014 | by Andrew Reynolds

Return Of The Orange Spacesuit!

After a quick trip to Lanzarote, the Doctor Who cast and crew returned to Cardiff today, and once again the Doctor has raided his wardrobe and decked the new TARDIS crew in his favourite interstellar look…

Acquiring the orange spacesuit after the events of The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit, the Doctor evidently took a shine to it (the suit can be seen in 42, The Waters of Mars and briefly in the Eleventh Doctor episode Hide). He’s even found matching ones for his crew! How cute! This new Doctor clearly has very precise sartorial demands.

Shooting scenes at Aberavon Beach for Wallander scribe Peter Harness’ episode, a sequel of sorts to the Fifth Doctor serial, Planet of Fire, Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman and guest stars Hermione Norris and Ellis George (possibly playing Danny Pink’ sister, who was wearing the spacesuit in an earlier episode) were all seen exiting the TARDIS decked in outer space orange (it’s on Dulux’s colour guide, don’t you know.)

The only cast member bucking this tangerine trend was guest star Hermione Norris, who went with a more traditional space age silver.

So what can we glean from these photos? They clearly show a little bit of the ‘intense’ script promised by Moffat but what do they tell us about the story? Where are the helmets?

For a full set of on location pictures, check out Doctor Who Filming’s Facebook page (courtesy of Steven Price).


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Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.

10 Responses to Return Of The Orange Spacesuit!

  1. avatar James Lomond says:

    Whatwhatwhatwhatwhat? Hold up do we *know* that the Lanzarote ep is a sequel to Planet of Fire?? Why wouldn’t it be any other volcani-looking planet or just a volcano?…

    • avatar David F says:

      Yeah, just because it’s set in the same place, doesn’t make it a sequel. You wouldn’t say The Angels Take Manhattan was a sequel to Daleks in Manhattan, would you?

      • avatar TonyS says:

        Do we even know it’s set in the same place. All I have read is that it is filmed on the same island and that it features a return to somewhere the Doctor has been before. Oh Mr Moff, how you love to tease us!

    • avatar Al says:

      When they announced the Lanzarote filming, Moffat said the Doctor was returning to the scene of an old adventure.

      • avatar TonyS says:

        but not which one. Lanzarote does not have to mean Sarn.

        • avatar simon magellan says:

          He could just have meant a return to Lanzarote, of course

          • avatar calliarcale says:

            Maybe it’s a sequel to Planet of Fire, but only the bit that actually was set in Lanzarote?

  2. avatar DonnaM says:

    The one thing I’m now more confident of: it’s not Pompeii. Hooray! I see no reason why it should be a sequel to Planet of Fire, though. The Doctor has had adventures on any number of planets where a spacesuit might be handy.

    Anyone else thinking of that rumoured list of episode titles a while back that seems to have been pretty accurate in one instance already? It did have a suggestion for episode seven too…

    • Mars?

      • avatar DonnaM says:

        I’m not saying, lest someone accuses me of spoiling!

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