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Planet of the Dead (26 Jul. 2009)

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A meeting in a London bus with jewel thief Lady Christina takes a turn for the worst for the Doctor when the bus takes a detour to a desert-like planet, where the deadly Swarm awaits.

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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 garykmcd

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Adam James is the godson of the Third Doctor, Jon Pertwee and has been best friends with actor David Tennant since they played brothers in a play in 1999. See more »

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The number of the bus in England is W974 GHM, while the number of the damaged/CGI bus is RUA 461W. See more »

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Carmen: Something, something is coming. Riding of the wind and shining.
The Doctor: What is it?
Carmen: Death, death is coming.
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Credit at the end of "Planet of the Dead": LATER THIS YEAR THE WATERS OF MARS See more »

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Planet of the dead is correct ... and they died of boredom.
13 April 2009 | by (Hong Kong) – See all my reviews

Well, David Tennant is pretty much going through the motions these days, and it seems Russell T. Davies is doing the same.

Nothing really catches your eye in this 30 minute episode needlessly stretched out to an hour. Even the monsters don't make much of an effort; just a bunch of flying alien stingrays, and not a Steve Irwin joke in sight.

If your birthday is after 1998, then this might just keep your interest, but that's about it.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed there are better things to come, and that Matt Smith (the new Doctor Who) will not be the 21st century's equivalent of Sylvester McCoy and end up killing the franchise for another 15 years.


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