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SMASHING: Pupils
got a brief look inside
the damaged bus
DRIVEN: Fans get
behind the wheel
End of the road
Dr Who Dubai special to were only allowed on the top
make it look like the bus was deck for a brief visit because
damaged as it travelled it’s not safe up there.”
through space. Ian Ross, co-owner of Dubai-
However, Frank Murray, the based Central Films, which
Doctor Who’s bus makes a last stop, reports Sean O’Driscoll
general manager of Dubai’s coordinated the filming for
AAA car service centre, where the BBC, said that the artistic
the bus has been stored, said directors flew out from
that it will be scrapped now London the day after the
I
t was once a TV star, loved by that the BBC have finished accident to repair the bus.
millions and pampered by a filming in Dubai. “They basically bent the
team of make-up artists. “It was in bad shape after the metal to make it look more
But Dr Who’s double-decker accident. Basically, we had to like a space accident, rather
bus now faces the scrapheap, make it road worthy for the than a container falling on
washed up after a career cut episode but there is no way it top of it,” he said.
tragically short. can be fully repaired,” said Despite the accident and a
The bus, which survived time Murray, who drove the bus desert sandstorm that
warps, intergalactic travel, during filming in the desert. delayed filming, the 47-
Daleks and meteorites, is Yesterday, he brought it to the strong crew had a good time
soon to be crushed into a Dr Who fan club at Dubai’s at a resort hotel in Hatta.
cube in Dubai after a freak English College for a final look. The crew and the show’s star,
accident in Jebel Ali. Teacher Maria Cottram and David Tennant, watched a
The BBC said it no longer has fans of the show have two Wales v England rugby game
any use for the prop after it days with the bus before it is in the bar on their last night.
was smashed beyond repair taken back to the AAA garage. “It was very special for the
when an 18-tonne container “Its very exciting to see it but crew because it’s a BBC Wales
fell on it at the port. its pretty badly damaged,” production,” Ross said. “They
Scriptwriters had to rewrite a said Cottram. “Our pupils loved to see Wales win.”
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