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PLANET OF THE DEAD

Director: James Strong Executive producers: Russell T Davies, Julie Gardner Broadcast: 11 April 2009

The confident deployment of locations in Planet of the Dead – ranging from Cardiff and Newport to the United Arab Emirates – helped to usher in a new era of Doctor Who.

The episode begins with a pre-credits sequence that’s an exemplar of location-rich storytelling. A wide aerial shot of London – specifically Westminster – is followed by a close up of the ‘International Gallery’. While the neo-classical portico of the National Museum of Wales wouldn’t look out of place in central London, the homelier architecture seen in the middle distance definitely would.

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In its early days, Doctor Who was recorded on cumbersome cameras tethered to claustrophobic and often inadequate studios. The show rarely escaped these confines in the 1960s, but as technology improved, producers and directors became more adventurous. Location shooting has helped to create some of the most memorable episodes in the series’ long history. In this unique publication, new features, exclusive interviews and rare images tell the story of those episodes and the people who made them happen.