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Planet of the Ood 

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:
Dr Ryder
Roger Griffiths ...
Commander Kess
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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This episode takes place in 4126. See more »


Solana says that no alcohol is allowed at base, although alcohol was served when the buyers arrived. See more »


Donna Noble: [seeing an Ood's eyes turn red] Oh no you don't!
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Featured in Doctor Who Confidential: Is There Life on Mars? (2009) See more »


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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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