Planet of the Dead
Planet of the Dead
This Story: Series 4b, Story 12. Production Code 4.15
Overall: Story 201, Episode 759
Airdate: 11 Apr 2009
Written by Russell T Davies & Gareth Roberts
Directed by James Strong
- The second of five specials which spanned the gap between David Tenant’s last full series, and Matt Smith’s 11th Doctor.
- Was the first episode of Doctor Who filmed in high definition.
- Was billed as an Easter special, but the only on screen reference to that was the Doctor holding a chocolate bunny in one scene.
- It is only one of two Easter specials in the history of Doctor Who – the other being Jodie Whittaker’s “The Legend of the Sea Devils“.
- By my count, this is Story 201 overall. However the BBC considers this #200 – so much so that there’s an easter egg for that on the double decker bus with “200” on its front. The discrepancy is that they do not count Shada in the official count of stories, where I do (as it was partially made – work was done, and that work should count for something).
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#DoctorWhoMarathon Ep 759 - Planet of the Dead (Story 201, Serial 4.15) - 11 Apr 2009 1/3— jᎾᎬ sᎥᎬᎶᏞᎬᏒ (@JoeSiegler) July 28, 2023
POTD was the first ep of #DoctorWho filmed in HD natively. It was also filmed partially in Dubai. The story is just meh. Not actively bad, but before this marathon, I think the last time I pic.twitter.com/XuV0X6rDkV
#DoctorWhoMarathon Ep 759 - Planet of the Dead (Story 201, Serial 4.15) - 11 Apr 2009 #DoctorWho 2/3— jᎾᎬ sᎥᎬᎶᏞᎬᏒ (@JoeSiegler) July 28, 2023
watched it was easily a decade ago. Has Michelle Ryan as a one off companion for this story. Love the story about the bus damage being worked into the plot. UNIT characters were pic.twitter.com/Bnii3uyfKy
#DoctorWhoMarathon Ep 759 - Planet of the Dead (Story 201, Serial 4.15) - 11 Apr 2009 #DoctorWho 3/3— jᎾᎬ sᎥᎬᎶᏞᎬᏒ (@JoeSiegler) July 28, 2023
fun, but wished it was someone we knew (Brig, Benton). Dubai desert looked amazing in HD here. Was billed as an Easter special, but only ref was a choc bunny that Tennant held. pic.twitter.com/9Nwe8esb8L