10 Doctor Who Scenes Even More Impressive When You Know The Truth

Filming Doctor Who can be more dangerous than you realise...

Doctor Who Planet of Fire Peri Turlough
BBC Studios

As much as we'd love it to be real, Doctor Who is unfortunately just a TV show. It's filmed on a set, features actors, and the monsters and villains are just people in rubber suits. Sorry to break it to you.

Fret not though! Doctor Who being a show opens the door to some fascinating behind-the-scenes factoids! And who doesn't love factoids?

Sometimes, what goes into making a scene in real life is far more interesting than what ends up transmitted onscreen. On-set fallings out, accidents, and courtroom battles have dominated Doctor Who's production over the years, affecting the show in ways few people could've predicted.

Some of the entries on this list are very famous scenes from popular and important episodes of the show. Conversely, some of them are run-of-the-mill sequences that you wouldn't think twice about if you didn't know the truth.

In any case, once you've read this article, you'll never watch these scenes or episodes in the same way ever again.

10. Dubai Disaster

Doctor Who Planet of Fire Peri Turlough
BBC Studios

With NuWho on sabbatical following its fourth series, the producers could afford to push the boat out with a handful of specials in 2009.

One such special was Planet of the Dead, broadcast over the Easter period. It involved the Doctor - and a bus full of people - being stranded on a desert planet. As if that wasn't bad enough, they were also stalked by a pack of flying, ravenous stingrays.

Public transport - what a nightmare.

To achieve a more realistic feel for the episode, it was shot in Dubai. This meant transporting a double-decker London bus all the way out to the Middle East, which went about as well as could be expected: the bus was seriously damaged in transit, when a container was accidentally dropped on it.

After losing their minds for a while, the crew decided to simply incorporate the damage into the story, explaining that the bus was damaged when it travelled through the portal.

It would've looked weird if the bus was pristine, so this accident actually improved the episode.

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