|Other names:||Earache, Bad Gold|
|Appearances:||BFBS: Missing Adventures: Biology Lesson on Mal Oreille|
Mal Oreille was a planet whose surface was ninety-seven percent covered by water. These seas were of an distinctive yellow colour owing to the peculiar algae that inhabited them.
There was some debate over the origin of the planet's name. Some thought it should be translated from the French as 'Earache' while others thought it derived from Mal Or - Bad Gold. The thinking behind the later explanation being that early settlers expected to find those yellow seas rich with gold deposits and were greviously disapointed on learning the real reason for their colouration.
Diverse lifeforms native to the planet shared the unusual ability to cover their tracks by creating watered-down duplicates of whatever they had recently ingested (BFBS: Missing Adventures: Biology Lesson on Mal Oreille).
The name Mal Oreille is a play on Mallory Towers, the boarding school setting of several children's novels by Enid Blyton. Following their 'dilution' by the native life, the children at Mal Oreille's school assume the distinctive speech patterns of Blyton characters.