Doctor Who (2005– )
15 user 6 critic

Planet of the Dead 

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.


James Strong

Watch Now

With Prime Video





Episode complete credited cast:
David Tennant ... The Doctor
Michelle Ryan ... Christina
Lee Evans ... Malcolm
Noma Dumezweni ... Capt Magambo
Adam James ... DI McMillan
Glenn Doherty Glenn Doherty ... Sgt Dennison
Victoria Alcock Victoria Alcock ... Angela
David Ames David Ames ... Nathan
Ellen Thomas ... Carmen
Reginald Tsiboe Reginald Tsiboe ... Lou
Daniel Kaluuya ... Barclay
Keith Parry Keith Parry ... Bus Driver
James Layton ... Sgt Ian Jenner
Paul Kasey ... Sorvin
Ruari Mears Ruari Mears ... Praygat


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


TV-PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »





English | French

Release Date:

26 July 2009 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

BBC Wales See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


The "four knocks" which is supposed to introduce the darkness that signifies the doctor's "last song" may be the four bars last heard in "The Sound of Drums" and "Last of the Timelords", a sound which haunted The Master. See more »


When the burglar is descending the hole in the roof is open. When going back up, the hole is closed. See more »


Carmen: Something, something is coming. Riding of the wind and shining.
The Doctor: What is it?
Carmen: Death, death is coming.
See more »

Crazy Credits

Credit at the end of "Planet of the Dead": LATER THIS YEAR THE WATERS OF MARS See more »


References Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) See more »


Written by Ruthann Friedman
Performed by The Association
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Planet of the dead is correct ... and they died of boredom.
13 April 2009 | by pstancerSee 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.

22 of 69 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 15 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial

Recently Viewed