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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Episode complete credited cast:
Roger Griffiths ...
Paul Clayton ...
Tariq Jordan ...
The Ood (voice)


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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9 May 2008 (USA)  »

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(Dolby 5.1)
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Did You Know?


Russell T. Davies noted during production of the Ood's introductory episodes that he considered their home world to be close to that of the Sensorites - hence the mention of the Sense-Sphere. See more »


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 »


Donna Noble: [on Ood delta 50] He sang as he was dying.
The Doctor: His eyes turned red.
Donna Noble: What's that mean?
The Doctor: Trouble.
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Featured in Doctor Who Confidential: Lords and Masters (2009) See more »


Doctor Who Closing Credits
Written by Ron Grainer
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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WOW! Best episode of the new series!
1 May 2009 | by See all my reviews

I highly recommend this episode and personally I think it is the best so far since 2005 (and I still believe this in 2009). It has that old-school feeling from Keith Temple and Graeme Harpers' amazing directing makes it a very unique story too.

Based on the Holocaust, this story is very moral and shows the Second World War in a family-friendly way that kids will love. It also has strong religious themes that will touch you even if you are not religious (like me!) This gets a 10 out of 10 from me and touches perfection. If you want to watch a Doctor Who episode, WATCH THIS ONE! You won't be disappointed!

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