Doctor Who: Season 4, Episode 3

Planet of the Ood (9 May 2008)

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Finding themselves on the Ood-Sphere planet in the 42nd century, The Doctor and Donna discover the truth over the Ood's willingness to serve humankind.

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Donna is terrified at her first off-world trip where she and the Doctor encounter the Ood. It's the year 4126 and they seem to have arrived at factory where the Ood are prepared for sale to anyone willing to pay the price. The Ood from all appearances are a subservient race and are fitted with a communications device. Some of them however seem to be going rabid with their eyes turning a bright red. The company has been selling the Ood for some 200 years now and while it all seems benign on the surface, there is something far more sinister at work here. Written by garykmcd

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slavery | torture


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Adrian Rawlins did the scene himself where he fell over the rail in one take. See more »

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Donna says, "He's gone," to the Doctor when the Ood that was shot dies of his injuries, yet the actor can clearly be seen taking in a large breath when the camera angle switches to a long shot. See more »

Quotes

Donna Noble: A great big empire, built on slavery...
The Doctor: It's not so different from your time.
Donna Noble: Oy! I haven't got slaves!
The Doctor: Who d'you think made your clothes?
Donna Noble: Is that why you travel round with a human at your side? It's not so you can show them the wonders of the universe, it's so you can take cheap shots?
The Doctor: Sorry.
Donna Noble: Well, don't.
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References Lost in Space (1965) See more »

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Written by Ron Grainer
Arranged by Murray Gold
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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Thought-provoking and surprisingly beautiful
8 July 2008 | by (Toronto) – See all my reviews

I wasn't expecting too much from this episode other than a high level of creepiness, based on the Ood's previous appearance in The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit. And in the beginning it seemed like it was going to go in a similar direction -- but instead it ended up incorporating some very different elements.

I don't want to spoil any surprises, but I will say that this episode ends up dealing with some thorny moral issues and carries much more emotional impact than it initially seems it will.

And also: there have a been a few Doctor Who episodes that have hit me hard enough emotionally to make me cry - Father's Day and The Girl In The Fireplace come to mind - but this is the first one where the ending (or near-ending) brought tears to my eyes not because it was sad but because it was so beautiful.

Highly recommended.


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