The Spanish Connection

Filming of Series 10 of Doctor Who is well underway and Peter Capaldi and Pearl Mackie have just jetted off to sunny Spain to shoot scenes in Valencia. What better time to take a look back at the Doctor’s Spanish connection? So grab your destornillador sónico and vamos! 

There have already been six Doctor Who adventures filmed in Spain. The first is Season 21 tale “Planet of Fire” which was shot on Lanzarote in the Canary Islands. The Fifth Doctor’s penultimate adventure marks the final regular appearance of Turlough and introduces Nicola Bryant as Peri. The adventure sees the return of the Master as he regains control of the Doctor’s clunky companion Kamelion.

“Sontarans in Seville” is what modern day Who producers probably would have called the Season 22 three parter “The Two Doctors”. The Second Doctor and Jamie come to the aid of the Sixth Doctor and Peri in their battle against the egg-headed foes.

In Series 7 the Spanish Sierra Nevada mountain range acts as a planet surface in “Asylum of the Daleks”. Insane Daleks attempt to escape the asylum where they are imprisoned. We meet Clara for the first time.

In the third episode of Series 7 the famous spaghetti western sets in Almeria are used in cowboy tale “A Town Called Mercy”. The Eleventh Doctor, Amy and Rory find themselves in Mercy, Nevada and they encounter a cyborg gunslinger.

Doctor Who makes a return to Lanzarote, in order to recreate the moon’s surface in Series 8 adventure “Kill the Moon”. The Twelfth Doctor and Clara discover that there is a little more to the moon than meets the eye.

Series 9’s “The Magician’s Apprentice” and “The Witch’s Familiar” take actors Jenna Coleman and Michelle Gomez to Tenerife. Clara chats with Missy in “Plaza de la Iglesia” and the Teide National Park doubles for Skaro. Dalek creator Davros returns to haunt the Doctor.

How will Valencia feature in Doctor Who next year? It’s certainly going to be a long wait for the decima temporada to find out!

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