Planet Of The Dead - Episode Guide

Planet Of The Dead


Fear Forecast

Fear Factor: 3 / 5 (Very Scary)

Fear Factor Score: 3 out of 5 Fear Factor Score: 3 out of 5 Fear Factor Score: 3 out of 5 Fear Factor Score: 3 out of 5

Amy (Age 7)

Harry (Age 10)

Samuel (Age 11)

Adam (Age 15)

How scary is Doctor Who? Our brave Fear Forecasters present a minute-by-minute teaser guide to The Planet of the Dead.

  • 0 min

    The family settle down with their drinks and begin watching." The International Museum," asks Samuel, "have we been there?" The kids like the look of the gold chalice. They take a big slurp of their own cups. "Are you sure this is Doctor Who?" wonders Amy.

  • 1 min

    A cat burglar descends daringly from the ceiling. "How did she get to the roof?" asks Harry. "She's a ninja!" suggests Adam. Samuel recognises her technique when she swaps the chalice for her bag: "Indiana Jones!" he declares.

  • 2 min

    The cat burglar reveals her face just as the alarms go off. "She shouldn't have taken off her mask," suggests Adam. "Oh, I wouldn't say that," replies Dad. "She looks like Gwen from Torchwood," decides Adam.

  • 3 min

    The Doctor uses his psychic paper instead of an Oyster card, and the whole family laugh. "Happy Easter!" declares the Doctor. "That's not fair! He's got chocolate!" protests Amy, hungrily. Samuel licks his lips: "I'd like some chocolate."

  • 5 min

    Police cars chase the bus, sirens blaring. "You'd think the driver might notice," suggests Adam. "He's got the diamonds," replies Samuel. "You're still supposed to pull over," notes Adam virtuously.

  • 6 min

    The bus is thrown from side the side. "This must be how the bus got damaged," suggests Harry, recalling the stories of what happened to the vehicle during production. Adam and Samuel rock in their seats.

  • 7 min

    "Look what you can see in the Doctor's eyes!" grins Samuel. "C. d'you get it?" The reflections in the Doctor's pupils do look like letters. "I don't get it!" complains Amy.

  • 8 min

    The bus reappears in a desert - and it's trashed! Samuel is full of information about how the bus was wrecked by a crane in real life. Adam is still thinking about the story: "I bet they'll blame the driver for that." "No, it was I crane I think," states Harry. Carmen can hear voices. and now so can we. "It sounds like she's left her MP3 player on," Adam says. Amy's wary: "What's that clicking noise?"

  • 9 min

    The kids are delighted to see a "no smoking" sign in the window of the smoking bus. They laugh when the Doctor adjusts his clever specs to make them sunglasses.

  • 10 min

    The Doctor tastes the sand. "You used to do that," Dad tells Samuel. The Doctor sticks out his tongue and gags. "I used to do that too," says Samuel.

  • 11 min

    The Doctor reveals the door in space. "Woahh!" say the whole family. The bus driver rushes through it, and is immediately turned into a skeleton. Amy's shocked. "Ewww!" says Samuel. "OK, no way back" surmises Harry. "I liked him," grumbles Adam. "But I suppose he did say that his boss was gonna murder him."

  • 12 min

    Christina talks about a Faraday Cage. "We did it as school," explains Nathan to the Doctor. "So did we," notes Adam.

  • 13 min

    The family grin when Christina takes charge and lists all the points - Amy looks particularly satisfied that a girl's in control. The family are even more impressed when Carmen guesses correctly the number of fingers. But when she says "Death is coming," the boys are suddenly solemn.

  • 15 min

    The passengers begin to panic. "This is putting people off buses," decides Samuel. "Uh oh, it's like on Midnight all over again," worries Harry.

  • 16 min

    Is Tina Barclay's girlfriend? "Not yet!" This makes the kids laugh. Carmen and Lou are having chops for tea. "So are we!" laughs Samuel.

  • 17 min

    Men in red berets appear in London. "Oooh! Oooh! I know them!" yells Harry. "It's, er..." "UNIT!" whoops Samuel. "Woohoo!" Adam spots Magambo: "It's her!" "Who's she?" asks Amy, not remembering the character from Turn Left.

  • 18 min

    "Ding ding!" declares Angela. The boys giggle.

  • 19 min

    An alien is observing the proceedings. "That's the monster," declares Amy. "He looks like he's playing computer games," decides Samuel, who has some expertise in that area. "Or maybe he's tapping in Morse Code. Samuel taps a familiar rhythm on his chair arm.

  • 20 min

    The Doctor and Christina appear at the top of another huge sand dune. "Slide down it!" demands Samuel.

  • 21 min

    The UNIT helpline makes Mum and Dad guffaw. But it's Captain Magambo's secret salute is what makes the kids laugh.

  • 23 min

    The kids love Malcolm. They're almost as pleased as he is when the Doctor calls Malcolm a genius.

  • 24 min

    The kids look at Dad inquistitively when he cheers at the mention of the name 'Quatermass'.

  • 26 min

    Adam is delighted by the Doctor's conversation in fly-talk. Samuel tries out a few Tritivore phrases of his own. "They need the telepathic translator because the TARDIS isn't there," explains Adam. Amy doesn't like the look of them at all.

  • 27 min

    "Cool ship!" decides Samuel when he sees the Tritovore vessel. "I hope they do a toy of that one."

  • 29 min

    A nasty revelation about the Tritovores. "They eat poo!!" groans Adam. Harry puts his hand over his mouth. Amy grimaces. "I want to do a POO at Paul's house!" declares Samuel, and the family all burst out laughing.

  • 30 min

    The Doctor tells Christina she looks like a Time Lord. "She could be Jenny, but regenerated!" suggests Adam hopefully.

  • 31 min

    Shocked faces all round as we learn the fate of the people of San Helios. Christina seems more worried about getting sand in her hair. "Typical woman," says Samuel, but regrets it when he sees Mum and Amy are giving him their special stare.

  • 33 min

    The swarm swoop into view. "Cool!" announces Samuel. "Urrgh!" shouts Mum, "they're like bats." "More like stingrays," says Samuel. Adam sings the Stingray theme. "Uh oh. There are rather a lot of them..." observes Harry.

  • 35 min

    The Tritovore shrugs, which makes the whole family laugh. "Haven't they got shiny eyes?" asks Samuel. "Click click click-click click!" says Amy, replying in Tritovore-speak.

  • 36 min

    The Doctor and Christina put on the Tritovore internal comms devices. "Hang on," says Adam, "how do those flies wear those things? They've got no ears."

  • 37 min

    The kids are very impressed by Christina's brave plunge down the gravity well.

  • 38 min

    The Doctor remembers someone else who called him "spaceman". The boys cry out at once: "Donnaaaaaa!"

  • 39 min

    The Doctor confesses that he stole the TARDIS. The boys can't decide whether to be shocked or impressed. Amy tuts disapprovingly.

  • 40 min

    "Uh-oh!" Samuel has spotted one of the alien stingrays, and Christina's body heat is warming it up. "Me too," announces Dad. Mum gives him her special stare.

  • 41 min

    "Those things wake up hungry," the Doctor explains. "So do I," replies Adam. "Don't we have any chocolate?" pleads Amy.

  • 42 min

    The Tritovores are gobbled up by the monster ray. "Run! Run! RUN!" shouts Harry helpfully. Adam is agog, but Samuel has other things on his mind: "I hope they do a toy like that, too!"

  • 43 min

    The Doctor discards what he doesn't need. "Take the crystal nucleus!" yells Samuel. "Oh no, she's gonna go and try and go back for the crystal and get killed!" wails Harry.

  • 44 min

    The whole family love Malcolm's eyewear!

  • 45 min

    "Hee hee hee!" giggles Samuel at Barclay's reaction when he learns his watch is a fake. The kids laugh even more when the Doctor whacks King Athelstan's £18 million cup with a claw hammer!

  • 46 min

    Magambo is pointing a gun at Malcolm's head! The kids gasp in disbelief. "She's a baddie," whispers Amy.

  • 47 min

    "Woooo!" grins Samuel as number 200 takes to the air. "It flies! No more bendy buses." Adam says: "Boris will still need convincing." "Boris who?" asks Harry. The Doctor wrestles with the bus steering wheel. Adam and Samuel rock in their seats along with him. Big cheers as the bus wheels in the London night sky.

  • 49 min

    Malcolm activates his signal by pressing F8. Nothing happens. "Maybe it was F7?" suggests Samuel helpfully.

  • 50 min

    The soldiers fire on the three stingray creatures. "Where are Torchwood when you need them?" despairs Adam. "In Wales," explains Samuel. "Then where's Sarah Jane?" demands Harry.

  • 51 min

    The Doctor gets a snog from Christina. "I knew that was going to happen!" smiles Amy, triumphantly. The whole family cheer!

  • 52 min

    The soldiers applaud the Doctor as he lands the bus, and the family join in with them! One of the soldiers guides the passengers off the bus. "He sounds like the bloke at the end of a rollercoaster ride!" laughs Samuel.

  • 53 min

    Malcolm's repeated declaration of love for the Doctor makes the family grin.

  • 54 min

    The kids can't believe it: the Doctor won't let Christina travel with him because he doesn't want to lose someone else. "But he has lost her!" wails Samuel. "No, because she hasn't travelled with him yet," mutters Adam despondently.

  • 55 min

    Carmen gives the Doctor a cryptic message. "He will knock four times." Samuel is delighted. "Hey, do you think..." begins Harry. "Oh, yeah!" says Samuel. He taps out a repeating four-beat message on his chair arm. "Who will knock?" asks Amy.

  • 56 min

    Phew! Relief all round as the Doctor helps Christina to escape her handcuffs. "That's what I thought she'd do," sighs Samuel. The kids cheer as she commandeers the bus.

  • 57 min

    Gales of laughter as the Doctor tells DI McMillan that he'll arrest himself in the nearby police box.

  • 58 min

    Lots of fresh excitement at the sight of the trailer for The Waters of Mars. The Cloister Bell toll sominously in the background and Harry and Amy suddenly look quite scared. "Water always wins," are the Doctor's final words. Adam and Samuel debate whether this is true in Pokémon.

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