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Published on January 28th, 2009 | by Christian Cawley

RTD on Dubai Shoot

Russell T Davies has been chatting to SFX about taking Doctor Who to the controversial location of Dubai for location shooting on Planet of the Dead.

The outgoing Executive Producer of Doctor Who reveals that it was a question of scale – as well as needing a desert…

"We needed a desert, simple as that," the Who supremo exclusively tells SFX. "I loved the Roman stuff that we did in The Fires of Pompeii – I thought it gave it a size and a breadth that we hadn’t had before."

It comes as no surprise that the aim of shooting in the pocket of human rights abusers was to recreate an alien world – and there’s no sign of RTD giving an answer to those of us that find the idea of taking Doctor Who into the very backyards of real-life, Earth based horror abhorrent.

No – because having 360 degrees of sand is "marvellous", apparently.

"It’s a proper alien planet, and it’s so hard to do alien planets because of the cost of our effects shots. If the Doctor stands against an alien castle you see it three times and then you go inside it – that’s always going to be a factor in every television production. You’re never going to escape that. So to have a 360 degree horizon is marvellous.

"It’s going to look stunning."

Stunning is definitely the word, but not in a good way.

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About the Author

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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