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BBC Confirm Planet of the Dead Rewrites

BBC News has reported on some of the rumours surrounding production of Planet of the Dead following claims that props have been damaged and footage scrapped, leading to major rewrites.

There’s still no out and out statement that the broadcast of the production will be held back beyond Easter, however this should come as no surprise at this stage.

Damage to the bus that was shipped to Dubai appears from the BBC News story to be largely cosmetic, interestingly:

…the top deck of the second vehicle was damaged as it arrived in Dubai. A spokeswoman said that shooting was “continuing as normal”.

And while the BBC News story also features a paragraph subheaded (in quotes) “Huge Impact” there is nothing other than confirmation of rewrites to explain this statement or quote.

Parts of the script by executive producer Russell T Davies and co-writer Gareth Roberts had to be changed as a result of the damage.

It seems as though no Doctor Who story has received so much Press attention since 2004 – what on earth will it be like when Matt Smith starts shooting in the summer?

Christian Cawley


A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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