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Planet of the Dead

1 episode, broadcast: 11th April 2009
At the International Gallery , security move into place to guard King Athelstan's cup , little realising they are about to be robbed from above ! The Lady Christina de Souza makes her getaway through the museum , and as alarms blare out she slips out of the back and onto the high street. As police close in she blags her way onto a bus to escape .
On board she meets the Doctor, who is monitoring a 'wormhole' nearby. As the police give chase to the bus , it enters a tunnel , so they set up a roadblock . But the bus suddenly vanishes ...
... arriving on a desert planet in a battered state ! As the Doctor explains what happened, the bus driver tries to get back through the 'door' only to emerge as a skeleton at the far side . The police call UNIT to assist . Meanwhile, The Doctor and Christina explore the desert, spying a storm in the distance . The Doctor makes plans for how they can escape in the bus once sufficiently repaired, and then he and Christina head out once more.
They are captured by a Tritovore who, once back at their ship and explained they are friends, discover the desert was once a lush planet San Helios, but destroyed by a swarm of "metallic stingrays". The Doctor works out the wormhole will enable them to get to Earth, but with the ship damaged he suggest the anto-gravity system to patch the bus. Only they are at the bottom of a well ! Christina uses her harnesses to retrieve the device, but the stingrays are on board and kill the Tritovores.
Back to the bus, and the Doctor uses the anti-gravity devices to 'fly' the bus back through the wormhole , though three stingrays follow . UNIT are able to defeat them, and their scientific advisor Malcolm closes the wormhole.
The Doctor is reunited with the TARDIS, and Christina escapes the police who arrested her in the bus . But the Doctor is left with an ominous message for the future ...


Locations filmed for the story:
Gorsedd Gardens Road
Cardiff
Filmed: 19 Jan 2009 Album

Outside The International Gallery
National Museum of Wales
Cardiff
Filmed: 19 Jan 2009

The International Gallery
A4232 (Grangetown/Butetown Link) (East Tunnel)
Cardiff
Filmed: 20-21,27-28 Jan 2009 Album Album Album Album

Something in the tunnel ...
The Friary (Alley)
Cardiff
Filmed: 22 Jan 2009 Album

Christina runs from the Gallery
Lloyd George Avenue
Cardiff Bay
Filmed: 22 Jan 2009 Album

Chatting on the bus as it heads down the street
St Mary's Street
Cardiff
Filmed: 26 Jan 2009 Album

Christina and the Doctor board the bus
Mir Steel
(formerly Alpha Steel)
Newport
Filmed: 3-4 Feb 2009

Inside the Tritovore spaceship
Dubai Desert
United Arab Emirates
Filmed: 12-14 Feb 2009

"The Planet of the Dead"
In Studio:
»BBC Studios, Unit 1/2, Tonteg Road, Treforest Industrial Estate, Upper Boat, Pontypridd, CF37 5UA (22-23,29-30 Jan, 2,7,9,18 Feb 2009)

In the News

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16 Jan 2009: The Guardian - "The Doctor in Dubai: dubious indeed"

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20 Jan 2009: The Sun - "Arab hotspot for Doctor Who"

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23 Jan 2009: SFX - "Doctor Who Special Set Pics"

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24 Jan 2009: Den of Geek - "Doctor Who: Spring special threatened by a broken-down bus"

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25 Jan 2009: Wales on Sunday - "Stars caught filming across South Wales"

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27 Jan 2009: The Telegraph - "Doctor Who: David Tennant and Michelle Ryan film Easter special"

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27 Jan 2009: Daily Mail - "Michelle Ryan slips into something comfortable... to film new role as Doctor Who's assistant."

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30 Jan 2009: The Mirror - "New Doctor Who baddies set to be scariest ever"

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30 Jan 2009: The Sun - "Sonic screwdriver won't fix that, Doctor"

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30 Jan 2009: South Wales Echo - "Doctor Who plot rewrite after prop bus is wrecked"

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9 Apr 2009: BBC News - Video with Russell T. Davies on the Easter special.

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