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Planet of the Dead Bus Damage in Script

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.



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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