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:
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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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This was originally intended to be the second episode of Series Four, but was swapped with "The Fires of Pompeii". 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 »


Solana Mercurio: I'd now like to point out a new innovation from Ood Operations. We've introduced a variety package with the Ood Translator Ball. You can now have the Standard Setting.
[to Ood 1]
Solana Mercurio: How are you today, Ood?
Ood #1: [ordinary Ood voice] I'm perfectly well, thank you.
Solana Mercurio: Or perhaps, after a stressful day, a little something for the gentlemen.
[to Ood 2]
Solana Mercurio: And how are you, Ood?
Ood #2: [husky female voice] All the better for seeing you.
Solana Mercurio: And the comedy classic.
[to Ood 3]
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Featured in Doctor Who Confidential: Lords and Masters (2009) See more »


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Written by Ron Grainer
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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The Ood are back, and they're not happy
23 May 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This episode is both horrifying and beautiful. And in the same way that last year's Gridlock was about faith and believing in something, this story is about choices. And what's right and what's wrong.

The two keywords I'd give to this episode are "chilling" and "entertaining". It's certainly filled with creepy moments. But mainly because of the ood you get the freaky atmosphere you did in "the impossible planet" and "satans pit". It is the most chilling so far this series. And again, the special effects are some of the best I've seen so far.

The criticism i'd give to this episode is the big action sequence with the doctor inside a big warehouse which looks really bad. The real action in the story is all emotional, as we see how the Doctor and Donna react to the events around them.

It is entertaining because of the way we see the ood,which gradually changes throughout the episode. By the end they seem a million miles from the creatures first met two years ago in The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit.

The very best episodes of Doctor Who are the ones which not only entertain you, but which also leave you thinking about them after they've finished. And this is one of them.

My Grade: B+

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