Published on January 28th, 2009 | by Christian Cawley
Planet of the Dead Scrapped – UPDATED
"The scenes in the UK may well have to be scrapped. Russell is not best pleased and is trying to think of some way round it."
The story of what appears to be a troubled production of Planet of the Dead continues to tickle the tabloids, who have described how two ú20,000 double deckers were hired for use in the erstwhile Easter special, only for one to be damaged beyond repair.
Scenes have of course already been filmed featuring David Tennant and Michelle Ryan on board one in Cardiff, while the second was shipped to the controversial location of Dubai, at a cost of around ú7000.
It was in the Middle Eastern city (where shooting costs around ú30,000 a week) that a crane operator allegedly totalled the second 1980 Bristol VR bus at Dubai docks – causing (in the words of The Sun) Russell T Davies to "explode" when it became clear there there was no chance of shipping out a replacement.
"This has thrown a massive spanner in the works ù the bus was a key part of the episode."
So – has the production of Planet of the Dead been scrapped? Is there a new storyline currently being tapped away feverishly on a keyboard in Cardiff through the night?
And did Doctor Who: The Writer’s Tale end a year too soon…?
While tabloid reports should always be taken with a pinch of salt, and the Planet of the Dead tales portray the production as something more frought than Fires of Pompeii and Rose put together it is worth noting that as recently as Tuesday night scenes were being recorded between David Tennant and Michelle Ryan on the bus, which calls into question tales of a major rewrite.
We hope everyone involved continues to keep their spirits up!