Doctor Who Magazine reports that Planet of the Dead is being recorded on High Definition equipment, bringing Doctor Who fully into the 21st Century at last!
Future episodes of Doctor Who will now be available on the BBC HD channel, increasing the show’s returns on the Blu-Ray format (while it lasts).
Planet of the Dead and the 3 subsequent special episodes starring David Tennant are all set to be recorded in HD, a move that will require a rebuilding of sets and regular props in a process whose result is as distinct from standard colour as colour is from black and white.
While the move sees Doctor Who join Torchwood as a HD production, there is as yet no news confirming or denying whether or not Doctor Who will return in 2010 as a fully HD production.
Danielle Nagler, Head of BBC HD, describes this change as "a more intense viewing experience" whilst Julie Gardner comments that this has been planned since the show’s return in 2005.