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
When the rocket flies overhead Donna comments that the Doctor has a box while the rocket's owners have a Ferrari. This is practically the opposite of the Doctor's comment to Martha in the previous season's episode "The Sound Of Drums" where he says of Captain Jack's vortex manipulator "It's like I've got a sportscar and you've got a spacehopper." 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 »
I feel this episode is underrated and goes under the radar somehow. I think this comes across as a bit of a filler episode in some ways but in my opinion it rises above that level in every department. The story themes of exploitation and oppression are strong and presented really well. Writer Keith Temple has got it spot on as an important intervention from the Doctor in an interesting, enjoyable adventure. Donna provides a fantastic moral and emotional heart to the episode and David Tennant is as always spot on. Guest star Tim McInnerny makes a perfect slimy villain and the Ood are great. The script is thoughtful and intelligent. The direction from the excellent Graeme Harper is high standard. There is enough tension and threat and there is also some good humour. This kind of episode is exactly what I want in regular stories, I love to see the Doctor intervening in unjust situations and having one off base under siege adventures. For me this has some nice political/social comment in a neat little story and is very well created.
My rating: 9.5/10
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