Doctor Who: Planet Of The Ood

Note: If you haven’t seen these episodes, do not clickthrough!

Do NOT clickthrough if you are watching on Sci-Fi Channel’s delayed schedule!

I am running on the BBC schedule, which means I’ve already seen up to episode 12 of the 13 for season 4.

Lots of Spoiler ahead! Warning enough?

These posts will not be duplicated on the Blogger backup blog.

Again: The screensnaps might look awful and there will be few of them because of the way I’m viewing the episodes.

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Season four’s third episode. I hope to get two more in today.

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4126: The Great and Bountiful Human Empire, stretching across three galaxies.

Based on enslavement of the Ood?

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Donna: Back home, the papers and the telly, they keep saying we haven’t got long to live. Global warming, flooding, all the bees disappearing …

The Doctor: Yeeeaaaah … that thing about the bees is odd.

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Donna hears the Song of Captivity of the Ood. It is unbearable for her.

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Donna: It’s weird, being with you, I can’t tell what’s right and what’s wrong anymore.

The Doctor: It’s better that way. People who know for certain tend to be a Mr. Halpen.

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The liberated Ood form a circle to sing.

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Ood Sigma: We thank you, Doctor-Donna, friends of Oodkind. And what of you now? Will you stay? There is room in the song for you.

The Doctor: Oh … oh … I’ve sort of got a song of my own, thanks.

Ood Sigma: I think your song must end soon.

The Doctor (surprise and concern): Meaning?

Ood Sigma: Every song must end.

1) Oh, the bees are mentioned! A key plot point in episode 12!

2) Episode 12 also shows the Doctor’s song is ending.

I wonder if the Song of the Ood will be a factor in the season finale?

Planet of the Ood wikipedia entry

A bit heavy-handed and cliche. Oh hell. Very heavy-handed and cliche. The script could have used a big fat dose of subtlety as well as character depth. Instead, it was like a bad comic book — or a typical American TV episode. And there was room of subtlety and depth too: The Doctor’s search for the third element really took up too much screen time. It could have been cut down. In fact, it could have been better scripted.

I didn’t dislike the episode. It was engaging. It simply could have been better.

What’s this? Does wikipedia actually have an entry for season’s four finale? I must resist temptation!! (So should you!)

Previously here:

Doctor Who: The Fires of Pompeii
Doctor Who: The Stolen Earth
I Can See The Doctor Now
Doctor Who: Now I Begin To See
Doctor Who: Turn Left
Doctor Who: Midnight
Doctor Who: Forest Of The Dead
Doctor Who: Silence In The Library
Thank God It’s Not Gareth Roberts!
Doctor Who Jumps The Gay Shark
Doctor Who: The Hair Years

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