Although the shooting in the United Arab Emirates has not yet been officially confirmed by the BBC, McLean quotes the Corporation as having told him that "There are no restrictions governing the filming of BBC drama in Dubai." McLean attacks the possibility of the programme being filmed there, on the basis of the country's human rights record.
Says McLean: "Though Dubai might be doing an effective job of presenting itself as a glitzy tourist destination, a place associated with mind-boggling decadence and the embodiment in glass and steel of the determination of the human spirit, the fact is, you may run out of fingers counting the ways in which filming even some of Doctor Who there is wrong."
The Guardian's Gareth McLean has slammed the BBC's proposed decision to film part of the next Doctor Who episode in Dubai.
Rumours of filming abroad first surfaced last year, and were later confirmed by Russell T Davies. However, it's still not known where the filming will be taking place, with heavy rumours suggesting the production team will be heading off too Dubai.
But McLean has today attacked the move, based on the country's human rights record. You can read his full article here.
Filming for the next episode of Doctor Who, 4.15: Planet of the Dead, begins on Monday 19th January 2009.