Russell T Davies has been forced to re-write several scenes from the upcoming Easter special after a doubledecker bus prop crucial to the plot was badly damaged.
According to various internet sources today, the bus, which features heavily in the episode, Planet of the Dead, was damaged when it was shipped overseas (Dubai?), where filming will be taking place soon.Because of this, Davies has had to make sudden changes to the script.
It's thought that the bus transports its passengers to an alien planet, and recent filming pictures suggest that the Doctor (David Tennant) and his Easter companion Lady Christina de Souza (Michelle Ryan) are onboard!
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Planet Of The Dead becomes Planet Of The Rewrite as a bust bus scuppers production...
Filming on the upcoming Doctor Who special, due to be screened in Spring, has been dealt such a severe blow that Russell T Davies is in the process of re-writing Planet of the Dead.
But why? It seems that a red double decker bus (integral to the plot) was shipped overseas (reportedly to Dubai) but was so badly damaged that the vehicle is now unusable for filming. This has forced the writer into some hasty re-writes of the script, co-written with Gareth Roberts.
Another red double-decker bus has been spotted cruising around the streets of Cardiff with David Tennant and Michelle Ryan on board. It is rumoured this bus transports its human passengers to an alien world. The story also stars comedian Lee Evans who revealed that his character, Malcolm, is a professor during an interview with Jonathan Ross.
Showrunner Russell T Davies is on record as saying that although this is the "Easter Special", there is no guarantee that Planet Of The Dead will be broadcast at that time; hence the use of "Spring" in the BBC press releases.
This is not the first time Doctor Who has faced problems with overseas production. During the filming of Fires Of Pompeii, some of the production crew arrived a day late due to border problems. Let's hope these current problems don't hinder the production of another excellent adventure for the Time Lord.