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.