The Ood are back!
Many spoilers follow, do not carry on reading if you don’t want the story spoilt!
Series 4 Episode 3, the Ood are back, there’s an ice planet, an evil corporation, great characters and some seriously weird moments. That pretty much sums up the whole episode!
The Ood first made an appearance as willing servants in the the two parter of ‘The Impossible Planet’ and ‘The Satan Pit’ in which the Doctor and Rose are trapped on a mining facility next to a black hole. One by one the crew get killed by something that possesses them and the Ood with the Doctor later finding out it was the devil.
A very beautiful ice planet, shame there wasn’t more to be seen..
The Doctor and Donna land on a ice planet and encounter a dying Ood who had been shot after being affected by the ‘Red Eye’ phenomenon indicating that he was being possessed. He mentions something about a circle that must be broken, but dies before being able to elaborate. They quickly encounter a facility build which breeds and markets the Ood as slaves managed by Klineman Halpen, sneak in disguised as prospective clients and wander off to investigate more.
Donna: We don’t have slaves
Doctor: Who made your clothes?
The Ood are being treated as slaves
As you can see, the Ood are happy to serve and we keep them in facilities of the highest standard. Here at the double O, that’s ‘Ood Operations’, we’d like to think of the Ood as out trusted friends. We keep the Ood healthy, safe and educated. we don’t just breed the Ood, we make them better. Because at heart what is an Ood but a reflection of us. If your Ood is happy then you’ll be happy, too.
Solana Mercurio’s sales pitch
Both aiming for the ‘Employee of the Month’ award!
I spent all this time looking for the Doctor, because I thought it was so wonderful out there; I wanna go home.
Donna after hearing ‘the song of captivity’
There is a lot of back and forth happening with several confrontations, explotions and the finale involving Mr Halpen turning into Ood kind as a long planned revenge by giving a replacement instead of medicine. It was a quite shocking twist I didn’t see coming up until the moment he’d finished changing!
You think you’re taking a hair tonic, but instead you’re turning into Oodkind..
You idiot. They’re born with their brains in their hands. Don’t you see that makes them peaceful. They’ve got to be, ’cause a creature like that would have to trust anyone it meets.
Donna questioning Mr Halpens decision.
Some thoughts about the episode:
- Donna was incredible, especially with the song and how she couldn’t bare to listen to it.
- Donna is a great character and I like her relationship to the doctor, but there’s something missing that Rose and Martha had.
- Another episode in which it wasn’t possible to really tell apart what’s right and wrong with Donna starting to question her own morals.
- The Doctor seemed a little disappointed at Donna refusing to listen to the song further, it is almost like he was hoping to share some of his burden with her but can’t.
- The Doctor is so enthusiastic about things, it’s brilliant! For example his speech when they leave the TARDIS or when they’re in the cage.
- Commander Kess [Roger Griffiths] and Solana Mercurio [Ayesha Dharker] were absolutely brilliant and it’s a shame they didn’t have more screentime or the chance to reappear in a future episode.
- The Doctor and Donna didn’t actually do anything. The Ood would have most likely freed themselves, especially with the planning of Sigma and the poison, yet they are being praised?
- The infiltrator from ‘Friends of the Ood’ died far too easily! Surely an older man about to transform into Oodkind doesn’t have enough strength to throw him off the bridge.
- I know I shouldn’t have found the ‘comedy classic’ option funny, but it did make me laugh. A lot!
- Another mentioning of the missing bees.
- The Ood are great, but I can’t stop thinking there is more to them that will be revealed in a future episode.
- A very ominous prophecy at the end, does that indicate the Doctor will change or possibly die at the end of this season?
- The Ood songs are beautiful.
- I keep thinking I’ve seen the logo on the barrels and elsewhere in the episode before?
The Doctor and Donna’s reaction to the transformation
I think your song must end soon. Every song must end.
Sigma of the Ood to the Doctor.
Overall I didn’t like the episode all that much, I think it is mainly due to Donna and how I don’t really see her as a companion the way I saw Rose and Martha. She is a brilliant actress and had some great moments, but there were too many bits in which she didn’t come across too well. 5/10.
Next week, Martha is back in ‘The Sontaran Stratagem‘. Can’t wait to see her again!