Doctor Who, The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos: the Desolation connection

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Some interesting concurrences have appeared in the publicity photos released for the tenth and final episode of Doctor Who Series 11, The Battle of Ranskoor Ave Kolos released by the BBC.

The insignia on the sleeve of Commander Paltraki (Mark Addy) shows three stars.

Platraki’s insignia, The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos, BBC

The planet given the warning designation “Desolation” in the second Doctor Who episode, The Ghost Monument orbited a trinary star system of three suns.

A still from The Ghost Monument, BBC

And the symbols attached to the temples of the characters?

Detail of the above photo, The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos, BBC

They look familiar.

A still from The Ghost Monument, BBC

There are other connections to “Desolation” which this person discovered. It’s worth reading his entire thread.

More information about the Doctor Who series finale, The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos can be found here and here and here.

Written by Chris Chibnall and directed by Jamie Childs, The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos airs on Sunday, December 9, 6:25 p.m. on BBC One and 8:00 p.m. on BBC America.