Following the BBC News report confirming that the production of Planet of the Dead has indeed been affected by damage to the Dubai based bus prop, with images of the damage appearing online. However, the damage is now likely to be written into the script.
Whoviannet.co.uk report that the damage to the bus is in the upper left side of the vehicle where the roof has been crushed inwards, smashing windows and leaving the frame bent and out of shape.
An individual with knowledge of both the incident and the BBC Wales production of Doctor Who has apparently said that the revised script will see the bus crushed by the Doctor’s enemies – other reports suggest however that while it will be damaged travelling to the Dubai-set alien world.
Zawya.com claims to have gained access to the bus, which is being repaired at AAA service centre near Festival City.
Gordon, a manager at AAA, said that the bus had suffered impact damage and that the garage was awaiting further instructions from the BBC.
So with the issue pretty much under control and resolved, I think it’s safe to say that the BBC’s claim that the incident would not delay transmission of Planet of the Dead were postive and encouraging, rather than optimistic.