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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

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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

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English | French

Release Date:

26 July 2009 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


The number of the bus, 200, is a reference to the fact that "Planet of the Dead" was advertised as Doctor Who's 200th story. See more »


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


The Doctor: 'Cos the planet out there, with three suns, a wormhole, and alien sand - that planet is nothing. You hear me? Nothing! Compared to all those things waiting for you - food, home, people. Hold on to that. 'Cause we're going to get there. I promise. I'm going to get you home.
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Crazy Credits

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

Alternate Versions

An edited for US commercial 1-hour time-slot version excises many scenes, including almost all of Carmen's lines, notably her ESP and foreshadowing of the Doctor's fate in upcoming episodes, including "He will knock four times." See more »


Featured in Doctor Who Confidential: Is There Life on Mars? (2009) See more »


Written by John Power
Performed by Cast
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Simple, enjoyable, typically "RTD"
2 March 2019 | by GelaosSee all my reviews

A simple episode, Tennant is excellent as always and plot isn't a complete disaster. Too bad that Christina didn't get the chance to be proper companion because her dynamic with the Doctor was splendid.

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