Doctor Who crash-lands in Spain’s Canary Islands

An episode of the hit sci-fi show Dr Who has just been filmed in the volcanic Canary island of Lanzarote.

Doctor Who crash-lands in Spain's Canary Islands
Doctor Who was also fimed in Lanzarote in 1984. Photo of Timanfaya National Park : Shutterstock

The 55-strong team spent four days in the easterly Canary island filming scenes for an episode which will star the new 'doctor', Peter Capaldi.

It’s the second time the classic BBC drama has chosen Lanzarote’s outer-space appearance as the ideal set for one of its episodes, the first time being in 1984.

According to local authorities, the crew set up shop near the island’s Timanfaya and Volcanes Natural Parks, home to numerous volcanoes and sprawling lava fields.

"The fact that the BBC has chosen to film here will be good for the reputation of the island and will create tourism," the Canary Islands source told Spain's El Mundo newspaper.

Doctor Who, which first aired in the UK in 1963, is known in some Spanish-speaking countries as Doctor Misterio.

Capaldi’s predecessor, Matt Smith, played Doctor Who in a 2012 episode filmed in a desert in Spain's southern Almería province.

Scene from 1984 Doctor Who episode 'Land of Fire', also filmed in Lanzarote.

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‘The Girls’ wins big at Spain’s live-streamed 2021 Goya awards

Pilar Palomero’s debut coming of age film ‘Girls’ was the big winner at the 2021 Goya Awards on Saturday, held via a live-streamed ceremony.

‘The Girls’ wins big at Spain's live-streamed 2021 Goya awards
Antonio Banderas presented the 35th Goya Awards with Spanish journalist María Casado. Photo: Jorge Guerrero/AFP

The Goyas, Spain’s prestigious annual film awards ceremony, was held at the Teatro del Soho CaixaBank in Málaga. It was a hybrid on-site/virtual ceremony, with no audience nor nominees attending in person.

‘The Girls’, a generation portrait of Spanish women who would now be in their 40s, swept the awards, winning best picture, best new director, best original screenplay, and best cinematography.

Nominees appeared on a large video screen in a Zoom-like setup, and winners accepted prizes from their own homes with their families, giving the ceremony a more intimate feel than usual.

Málaga-born Antonio Banderas directed the ceremony, and other big stars such as Pedro Almodóvar, Penélope Cruz, Paz Vega, and Alejandro Amenábar also made appearances to present the awards.

The non-audience format gave the ceremony, which is broadcast on TV, a larger reach than usual. Celebrities including Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Charlize Theron, and Isabelle Huppert sent in pre-recorded messages of support.

Just two days before international women’s day, gender issues featured strongly in nominated films and acceptance speeches. Women won almost as much as men, taking 12 categories, and Daniela Cajías became the first woman director of photography to win the best cinematography award for “Girls.”

In other categories, Mario Casas won best actor for “No Matarás” (Cross the Line), about a good-natured man who has an unexpectedly deadly confrontation, and Patricia López Arnaíz won best actress for her role in Ane (Ane is Missing), in which she plays a mother who investigates her daughter’s disappearance.

The Honorary Goya was awarded to actress Angela Molina, who starred in Luis Buñuel’s last film, “The Obscure Object of Desire”.

Last year, Pedro Almodóvar’s semi-autobiographical film Pain and Glory was the star of the ceremony, winning seven honours, including best picture, best director, original screenplay, and best actor for Antonio Banderas.