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Planet of the Dead was the first episode made following Tenth Doctor actor David Tennant’s sort-of sabbatical, playing Hamlet for the Royal Shakespeare Company. With Catherine Tate’s Donna having departed the TARDIS at the end of the 2008 series, the 2009 Easter Special would have to be designed around a one-off companion type – initially envisaged as a female pilot in a space war. Several possible scenarios were considered by executive producer Russell T Davies and his chosen co-writer Gareth Roberts before the story coalesced around the image of a London bus transported to a far-off realm – not so far removed from the commuter train transported to a distant planet in Roberts’ earlier Doctor Who: The New Adventures novel The Highest Science (Virgin Publishing, 1993).

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From scenes which didn't make the final cut to characters who were completely edited out... Issue 525 of Doctor Who Magazine brings you the best bits of Doctor Who you never got to see! Doctor Who Magazine 525 also includes: • An interview with Will Oswald, an editor on Doctor Who from 2007 to 2017 • DWM chats to Michelle Ryan about the return of her character Lady Christina de Souza • The Time Team returns - and they've regenerated! • Out of the TARDIS with Janet Fielding, who played 80s companion Tegan • A look back at the ways new Doctors have been introduced to the public • Jamie Lenman's cosplay quest to recreate the Fourth Doctor's scarf • Part Two of The Clockwise War, a new comic strip adventure featuring the Doctor and Bill • The Fact of Fiction delves into the 2009 Tenth Doctor story Planet of the Dead • Previews, book and audio reviews, news, The Blogs of Doom, prize-winning competitions and much, much more!