Could be either, but I think most have more of an orange tint. I even have a Mitchell where one shoe is significantly lighter and more orange than the other. Using darker brown cream on it has reduced the variation though.
I know it comes up a lot on here, but I had one that did and another that didn't (cough...sig), but even the one that did was perfectly comfortable to wear. I've had other brands with longer caps that feel like they are entirely reinforced with steel. That led to extra unnatural vamp crease on the sides and the feeling of my pinky toe slowly being amputated.
[[SPOILER]] Interesting...didn't realize your Dover was that old. Looks great. I'm sure batches vary over the years for all sorts of reasons. Nightshade also seems to be darker lately. I have an order in and really don't care which "shade" shows up...darker is probably better for my uses.