David Tennant and the Doctor Who cast have travelled to Dubai to film scenes for the upcoming special to air in the UK at Easter.
‘Planet Of The Dead’ is the first of four specials before Tennant leaves the show. Bionic Woman and Merlin star Michelle Ryan plays the mysterious Lady Christina de Souza who joins the Doctor on a bus-trip which takes a very unexpected detour into danger. British comedian Lee Evans joins the cast playing a character called Malcolm, whose life becomes connected to the Doctor’s under extraordinary circumstances. And Noma Dumezweni returns as Captain Erisa Magambo – last seen helping Rose and Donna save the world in Turn Left. It is also the first episode filmed in high definition.
Producer Tracie Simpson said: “We rarely take Doctor Who abroad, although we did visit Rome for series four’s ‘The Fires Of Pompeii’, which gave us some spectacular footage.”
At the time a fire at the set in Rome disrupted filming.
“The locations in Dubai are a perfect match for writer Russell T. Davies’s vision of the episode, and we expect to film some incredible scenes while we are here,” she said.
In other recent Who news, it has been suggested Matt Smith will receive far less salary than Tennant was getting. London’s Telegraph reports that he will be paid £200,000 per year (that about $437,000AUD) during a three-year contract, which is “a fraction of the sum” paid to Tennant.
Source: Digital Spy