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Published on April 5th, 2009 | by Christian Cawley

Tennant & Davies on Planet of the Dead

Outgoing Doctor Who leading lights David Tennant and Russell T Davies have chatted at length with the Times about both Planet of the Dead, the name of the first of the seasonal adventures (to be revealed after Planet of the Dead) and of course the End Of An Era.

There’s so much more to the interview than the Easter Doctor Who however – Lindsay Duncan for instance, David Tennant going back to the stage, appearing in a new genre series which he can’t tell us about, possibly appearing in Russell T Davies’ concept "Gay Chipmunks" series and RTD turning down the chance not only to write for George Lucas but also to reboot Lost in Space.

However, we’re here to talk about Planet of the Dead

Russell T Davies People are going to be Doctor Who-deprived this year, so it’s got everything in it: CGI monsters, prosthetic monsters, army, police, an alien planet . . . It’s our last chance to have a bit of a laugh. Now the Doctor’s facing the end of his life, it’s going to get dark.

David Tennant Some of it was filmed in Dubai, and there were sandstorms . . . We were despairing. I’d look into the distance and go (Acting), “What is this strange alien world?” Well, I couldn’t actually open my eyes to look at it. The Exfoliation of Doom would be a good subtitle. My hair was full of sand. And blonde. I looked like Tina Turner.

Of course pretty much what you’d expect – but not a mention of Star Trek, never!

Your run on Doctor Who saw you bring back plenty of old favourites: K-9, the Master, Davros. Anything you didn’t get round to?

RTD I would have loved to have done a Star Trek crossover. The very first year, we talked about it. Then Star Trek finally went off air. Landing the Tardis on board the Enterprise would have been magnificent. Can you imagine what their script department would have wanted, and what I would have wanted? It would have been the biggest battle.

Sadly as we’re now used to Russell winding up journalists and fans alike, this is nowhere near as funny as it could have been…

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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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