The Doctor is in present-day London and hops on a number 200 bus that suddenly travels through a wormhole. He and the other passengers find themselves in the middle of the desert which he later determines to be on a planet in a galaxy clear across the universe. Aboard the bus one of the passengers is Lady Christina de Souza, a rather accomplished thief who was on the run after having successfully stolen a very valuable piece from a museum. She's quite enthusiastic and proves to be quite helpful as The Doctor tries to unravel what has happened to them and most importantly, devise a means of returning, given that the bus is firmly stuck in the sand and heavily damaged. Back in London, Captain Erisa Magambo has taken charge of the situation and faces the prospect of having to permanently close the wormhole before the travelers can return. Written by
Did You Know?
The series was in part inspired by the British The Quatermass Experiment
(1953) TV serials of the 1950s. The show paid homage by referring to Quatermass when Dr. Malcolm Taylor and the doctor are trying to figure out the wormhole Malcolm informs the doctor that it's Quatermass in which he used to figure it out. See more
Although the desert planet has three suns, everything has one shadow. See more
Hello, I'm the Doctor.
[offers Christina an Easter Egg
Credit at the end of "Planet of the Dead": LATER THIS YEAR THE WATERS OF MARS See more
Doctor Who Closing Credits
Written by Ron Grainer
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales See more