Doctor Who/Recap/S30/E03 Planet of the Ood

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Donna: It's weird, but... being with you, I can't tell what's right and what's wrong anymore.
Doctor: It's better that way. People who know for certain tend to be like Mr. Halpen.

The Doctor and Donna land on a gorgeous snowy world—your favourite alpine vistas, cranked up to 11—somewhere in the distant future. It is the Oodsphere, home planet of the Ood, the apparently willing slave race we first met in "The Impossible Planet"/"The Satan Pit".

All is not well on the Oodsphere. Ood Operations, the Ood suppliers to the galaxy, are sitting on a disturbing fact: Ood everywhere have been going berserk and killing their masters. The only symptom is that the Ood's eyes will turn red just before it snaps.

The Doctor and Donna sneak off to interview some Ood, but the only hint the Ood themselves can give is that "the circle must be broken".[1] The Doctor and Donna discover, to their horror and disgust, that the process that wild Ood undergo to turn them into slave Oods is... lobotomy. The communication orb isn't just an addition to their bodies: it's a replacement for their second, external brain. The Doctor gently connects to Donna telepathically and makes her hear the collective mind-song of those Ood that are still intact.

But even the unaltered Ood are being restrained somehow—something is holding back their song. That's when they come across the third brain of the collective Ood consciousness, a giant mass imprisoned in a ring of machinery and electricity—the circle that must be broken.

They save the Ood, hear their Song Of Freedom, and receive in return a cryptic message about the Doctor's song ending soon.


There's a better / home a-waitin' / In the sky, Lord, in the sky

  1. By and by, Lord; by and by...