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OPENING CREDITS

***

Spotlights turn on to reveal Ood.

ADVERTISEMENT VOICE

The Ood. They came from distant world. They voyaged across the stars, all with one purpose.

An Ood holds out a teacup.

OOD (in the ad)

Do you take milk and sugar?

ADVERTISEMENT VOICE

To serve.

Mr Bartle is looking at a big screen with the advertisement on it.

MR BARTLE

That’s good. That’s excellent, I like it sir. Buy one now! Direct. Straight to the point.

MR HALPEN (on intercom)

We play that across the tri-galactic for two weeks, then introduce this.

ADVERTISEMENT VOICE

Now only 50 credits!

The words appear on the screen.

MR BARTLE

50? We’re reducing the price to 50 credits?

MR HALPEN

Sales are down. We’ve got to reposition ourselves. So get going.

The communicator beeps as he hangs up.

MR BARTLE

Idiot. Bleeding us dry! (talking to an Ood behind him) You there. Get me last month’s military export figures. The army always needs more grunts.

OOD

Yes sir.

The Ood bows. Voice comes on intercom.

SOLANA

Mr Bartle, you asked me to call you.

MR BARTLE

Solana, when those buyers arrive we’re going to pitch like never before. I want those Ood flying out of here.

The Ood hands him a binder.

MR BARTLE

That... I said military figures. That’s the domestic files. Get me the military.

The Ood’s eyes glow red.

OOD

The file is irrelevant, sir.

MR BARTLE

Oh, why’s that?

The Ood electrocutes him with his translator ball.

OOD

Have a nice day.

***

OPENING CREDITS

DAVID TENNANT

CATHERINE TATE

PLANET OF THE OOD

By Keith Temple

***

The TARDIS is rocking. Donna screams.

DOCTOR

Set the controls to random. Mystery tour. Outside that door could be any planet, anywhere, anywhen in the whole wide…. Are you all right?

DONNA

Terrified. I mean history’s one thing, but an alien planet!

DOCTOR

I could always take you home.

DONNA

Yeah, don’t laugh at me.

DOCTOR

I know what it’s like. Everything you’re feeling right now. The fear, the joy, the wonder, I get that!

DONNA

Seriously? After all this time?

DOCTOR

Yeah. Why do you think I keep going?

DONNA

Oh! All right then, you and me both! This is barmy! I was born in Chiswick. I've only ever done package holidays. And now I’m here. This is so… I mean it’s…. I don’t know, it’s all sort of, I don’t know what the word is!

She opens the Tardis door and steps out in to a snowy landscape.

DONNA

I’ve got the word. Freezing!

The Doctor comes out of the Tardis.

DOCTOR

Snow! Aw, real snow! Proper snow at last! That’s more like it, lovely. What do you think?

DONNA (shivering)

Bit cold.

DOCTOR

Look at that view!

DONNA

Yep. Beautiful, cold view.

DOCTOR

Millions of planets, millions of galaxies and we’re on this one. Molto bene! Belissimo! Says Donna. Born in Chiswick. All you’ve got is a life of work and sleep, and telly and rent and tax and takeaway dinners, all... birthdays and Christmases and two weeks holiday here, and then you end up here! Donna Noble. Citizen of the Earth, standing on a different planet. How ‘bout that Donna?

He looks back at Tardis. Donna’s not there.

DOCTOR

Donna?

She comes out in a big fluffy coat with a huge hood.

DONNA

Sorry, you were saying?

DOCTOR

Better?

DONNA

Lovely, thanks.

DOCTOR

Comfy?

DONNA

Yep.

DOCTOR

Can you hear anything inside that?

DONNA (smiling)

Pardon?

DOCTOR

All right, I was saying, citizen of the Earth…

They looks up to see a big rocket flying over them.

DONNA (in awe)

Rocket! Blimey, a real proper rocket. Now that’s what I call a spaceship. You’ve got a box; he’s got a Ferrari! Come on, lets go see where it’s going!

Doctor looks back at Tardis, his pride offended.

***

Outside a big factory building the people from the rocket are walking up to a group of people by a door.

DR RYDER

Mr Halpen, sir. Dr Ryder, new head of Ood Management.

MR HALPEN

How many dead? Come on, facts and figures. I haven’t flown all this way to discuss the weather, which by the way is freezing.

DR RYDER

Solana has the figures, sir.

SOLANA

Solana Mercurio, sir. Head of Marketing and Galactic Liaison.

MR HALPEN

That’s just what I need. A PR woman. I don’t want a word of this getting out, is that understood? Now get to the point. How many dead?

They walk into the building.

SOLANA

In the past financial quarter we’ve had three deaths in the complex. All attributed to heart attacks or industrial accidents, but now we’ve captured this on tape, the cause would seem the same.

The screen shows the Ood electrocuting Mr Bartle.

MR HALPEN

It’s using the translator ball as a weapon. How’s that work?

DR RYDER

Well, no idea. I’m checking the equipment. Nothing so far.

MR HALPEN

Can’t see its eyes from this angle.

DR RYDER

I think we have to assume…

MR HALPEN

Red-eye.

DR RYDER

I would think so sir.

MR HALPEN

That Ood. What happened to it?

DR RYDER

Oh, ran for the wild sir. Like a dog. One of the guards fired off a shot. It’ll be dead by now.

SOLANA

Can I ask? What's 'red-eye' sir?

DR RYDER

Well, it’s some sort of infection. The Ood’s eyes literally change color.

MR HALPEN

Drink!

DR RYDER

I can’t find a source. All the bacteria scans register negative.

His Ood hands Mr Halpen a glass.

SOLANA

Sorry, but according to your own rules sir, there’s no alcohol

allowed on base.

MR HALPEN

It’s hair tonic if you must know. (he drinks it) Five years ago I had a full head of hair. Stress, that’s what this is. Stress.

***

The Doctor and Donna walk in a deserted winter wonderland, laughing. Suddenly he stops, hearing eerie music.

DOCTOR

Hold on, can you hear that? (louder) Donna, take your hood down!

DONNA

What?

DOCTOR

That noise is like a song.

He looks around to find the source.

DOCTOR

Over there!

He rushes to the body on the ground, followed by Donna.

DONNA

What is it?

DOCTOR

An Ood. He's called an Ood.

DONNA (disgusted)

But it's face...

DOCTOR

Donna, don't. Not now. It's a he, not an it. Give me a hand.

DONNA

Sorry!

She kneels beside the Ood too. The Doctor examines the Ood with a stethoscope.

DOCTOR

I don't know where the heart is. I don't know if he's got a heart. Talk to him, keep him going.

DONNA

It's all right, we've got you. Um, what's your name?

DELTA 50 (weakly)

Designated Ood Delta 50.

She picks up his translator ball, talking into it like into a microphone.

DONNA

My name's Donna.

DOCTOR

No, no, no, no. You don't need to...

DONNA

Sorry. (she tries to find out what to say) Oh, God! This is the Doctor! Just what you need, a doctor. Couldn't be better, hey?

DOCTOR

You've been shot.

DELTA 50

The circle...

DONNA

No, don't try to talk.

DELTA 50

The circle must be broken.

DOCTOR

Circle? What d'you mean? Delta 50, what circle? Delta 50? What circle?

Delta 50 suddenly sits up, roaring, eyes glowing red. The Doctor and Donna jump back. Then he collapses, dead.

DONNA

He's gone.

She goes back and kneels beside the body.

DOCTOR

Careful.

DONNA

There you are, sweetheart. (she strokes the Ood's head) We were too late. What do we do, do we bury him?

DOCTOR

The snow will take care of that.

DONNA

Who was he? What's an Ood?

DOCTOR

They're servants, of humans in the 42nd century. Mildly telepathic, that was the... song. It's his mind calling out.

DONNA

Couldn't hear anything. (she stands up) He sang as he was dying.

DOCTOR

His eyes turned red.

DONNA

What's that mean?

DOCTOR

Trouble. Come on. (they walk away) The Ood are harmless. They're completely benign. Except, the last time I met them, there was this force, like a... stronger mind, powerful enough to take them over.

DONNA

What sort of force?

DOCTOR

Yeah, long story.

DONNA

Long walk.

DOCTOR

It was the Devil.

DONNA

If you're gonna take the mickey, I'll just put my hood back up.

DOCTOR

Must be something different this time, though. Something closer to home.

They climb to a rock and behind, they see the Ood Operation buildings.

DOCTOR

A-ha! Civilisation!

***

A group of reps arrive to Ood Operations.

SOLANA

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the Ood-Sphere. And isn't it bracing? Here are your information packs, with vouchers, 3D tickets and a map of the complex. My name's Solana, Head of Marketing. I'm sure we've all spoken on the vidfone. Now, if you'd like to follow me.

The Doctor and Donna arrive running.

DOCTOR

Sorry, sorry, sorry! Late. Don't mind us. Hello! The guards let us through.

SOLANA

And you would be?

The Doctor shows the psychic paper.

DOCTOR

The Doctor and Donna Noble.

DONNA

Representing the Noble Corporation PLC Limited, Intergalactic.

SOLANA

Must have fallen off my list, my apologies. Won't happen again. Now then, Dr Noble, Mrs Noble, if you'd like to come with me.

DOCTOR

Oh, no, no, no, no, we're not married!

DONNA

We're so not married.

DOCTOR

Never.

DONNA

Never ever!

SOLANA

Of course. And here are your information packs, vouchers inside. Now if you'd like to come with me, the Executive Suites are nice and warm.

An alarm wails.

DOCTOR

Oh, what's that? That sounds like an alarm.

In his office, Mr Halpen can hear it too.

MR HALPEN

For God's sake, we've got the buyers arriving, who sounded the alarm? Drink!

SOLANA (to the reps)

Oh, it's just a... siren, for the end of the work shift. Now then, this way, quick as you can!

MR HALPEN (on the intercom)

Mr Kess, what the hell's going on?

MR KESS

Ood on the loose, sir. Looks like we've got another one.

MR HALPEN

Red-eye?

MR KESS

As red as sin, sir. Don't worry, Mr Halpen, we're on it.

The Ood runs across the yard.

GUARD

Sir!

MR KESS

All right then, lads, go get him!

SOLANA (talking to the reps in the room with the huge screen)

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 like to think of the Ood as our trusted friends.

During her speech, outside the guards - carrying huge guns - are still chasing the loose Ood.

MR KESS

He's over there! You two follow me!

SOLANA

We keep the Ood healthy, safe, and educated.

MR KESS

Take him alive!

SOLANA

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.

The Ood turns to face the guards, not attacking, just growling, raging.

MR KESS

Mr Halpen, this is a bit more than red-eye, sir. This is something new. It's rabid, sir.

MR HALPEN

Take it to Dr Ryder. Just get it out of sight!

VOICE (over the intercom)

Sales figures needed by 19,00 sir.

MR HALPEN

Yeah, yeah, yeah.

He goes to the mirror, examining his head.

MR HALPEN (to his Ood)

What do you think? Growing back? Just a little bit? ...Like you'd know!

SOLANA

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. (talking to Ood#1) How are you today, Ood?

OOD #1 (normal voice)

I'm perfectly well, thank you.

SOLANA

Or perhaps, after a stressful day, a little something for the gentlemen. (to Ood #2) And how are you, Ood?

OOD #2 (sultry female voice)

All the better for seeing you.

SOLANA

And the comedy classic option. (to Ood #3) Ood, you dropped something.

OOD #3 (Homer Simpson voice)

Doh!

The reps laugh.

SOLANA

All that for only five additional credits. The details are in your brochures. Now, there's plenty more food and drink, so, don't hold back.

She leaves; the Doctor goes to the control board and brings the picture of the solar system to the big screen.

DOCTOR

Ah, got it! The Ood-Sphere, I've been to this solar system before, years ago, ages! Close to the planet Sense-Sphere. Let's widen out. (he does it) The year 4126. That is the Second Great and Bountiful Human Empire.

DONNA

4126. It's 4126. I'm in 4126.

DOCTOR

It's good, isn't it?

DONNA

What's the Earth like now?

DOCTOR

Bit full. But you see, the Empire stretches out across three galaxies.

DONNA

It's weird. I mean, it's brilliant, but... Back home, the papers and the telly, they keep saying we haven't got long to live. Global warming. Flooding. All the bees disappearing.

DOCTOR

Yeah, that thing about the bees is odd.

DONNA

But look at us! We're everywhere. Is that good or bad, though? I mean, are we like explorers? Or more like a virus?

DOCTOR

Sometimes I wonder.

DONNA (examining the picture on the screen)

What are the red dots?

DOCTOR

Ood distribution centres.

DONNA

Across three galaxies? Don't the Ood get a say in this?

She walks to the Ood standing nearest.

DONNA

Um, sorry, but...

He doesn't seem to notice her, so she touches his shoulder to get his attention.

DONNA

Hello. Tell me, are you all like this?

OOD #1

I do not understand, Miss.

DONNA

Why do you say "Miss", do I look single?

DOCTOR

Back to the point.

DONNA

Yeah. What I mean is, are there any free Ood? Are there Ood running wild somewhere? Like wood beast.

OOD #1

All Ood are born to serve. Otherwise, we would die.

DONNA

But you can't have started like that. Before the humans, what were you like?

The Ood seems confused.

OOD #1

The circle.

DOCTOR

What do you mean, what circle?

OOD #1 (struggling)

The circ... the circle... is...

SOLANA

Ladies and gentlemen! All Ood to hospitality stations, please.

DOCTOR

I've had enough of the schmoozing. Do you fancy going off the beaten track?

SOLANA (voice from the background)

Now, if I can introduce you...

DONNA (smiling)

Rough guide to the Ood-Sphere? Works for me!

DOCTOR

Isn't it?

***

Mr Halpen and Dr Ryder are in a dark chamber, the rabid Ood chained up, still raging non-stop, two armed man guarding him.

MR HALPEN

What the hell is wrong with it?

DR RYDER

It's obviously stage two of red-eye. Whatever that means.

MR HALPEN

Ood Sigma, have you seen this before?

SIGMA

Humanity defines us, sir. We look to you for answers.

MR HALPEN

Oh, fat lot of good, all of you. We're exporting hundreds of thousands of Ood to all the civilised planets. If they turn rabid, you know what it'll mean.

DR RYDER

There's only one thing I haven't checked, sir. Warehouse 15.

MR HALPEN

Why should that cause trouble? It's been two centuries now. No change, not ever. Drink!

DR RYDER

I know it's restricted access, but if I'm going to work on this, I should see it. Just in case.

MR HALPEN

Can't stand the place. (he gulps his drink) Still. Warehouse 15 then, come on.

DR RYDER

What about this one, sir?

MR HALDEN

Well, I'd suggest a post mortem. Which means it's got to be dead first.

As they leave, the guards start shooting.

***

The Doctor sonics a fence open.

LOUDSPEAKERS

Ood shift eight, now commencing. Repeat, Ood shift eight now commencing.

The Oods are marching through the yard in a fashion like soldiers or prisoners. One of them falls to his knees. Mr Kess rushes to him.

MR KESS

Get up! I said get up!

Mr Kess whips the Ood until he manages to get back to his feet.

DONNA

Servants? They're slaves.

MR KESS

Get up! March!

DOCTOR

Last time I met the Ood, I never thought. I never asked.

DONNA

That's not like you.

DOCTOR

I was busy. So busy I couldn't save them, I had to let the Ood die. I reckon I owe them one.

Mr Halpen, Dr Ryder, Sigma and two guards cross the now empty yard.

DONNA

That looks like the boss.

DOCTOR

Let's keep out of his way. Come on.

They leave.

***

DR RYDER

How long since you went inside?

MR HALPEN

Must be... ten years ago.

He types the code to open the door.

COMPUTER VOICE

Warehouse 15.

MR HALPEN

My father brought me here, when I was six years old.

COMPUTER VOICE

Security protocol initiated.

MR HALPEN

God, the stench of it.

COMPUTER VOICE

Warehouse 15. Door open.

They get inside and stop by the balustrade, looking at something below.

DR RYDER

Incredible.

MR HALPEN

Like I said. Nothing's changed.

DR RYDER

I've read the documents, but... it doesn't quite prepare you.

MR HALPEN

Is it just me, or does it feel as if it's looking at you?

DR RYDER

I think I understand the barrier mechanics well enough. I'll check the signal.

He goes to the controls.

MR HALPEN (to Sigma)

Suppose it's home sweet home to you. What d'you think?

SIGMA

I have no opinion, sir.

MR HALPEN

Well... say hello to Daddy.

DR RYDER

Nothing. The barrier's intact. No abnormal signal. Same as it's been for 200 years.

SOLANA (on the intercom)

Mr Halpen, the two people from the Noble Corporation failed to pass security checks. There's no such company, the Noble Corporation doesn't exist. And on top of that, they seem to have gone missing, sir, the Doctor and Miss Noble.

MR HALPEN

Just what I need. Start a search, no alarms, got that? Keep it quiet. (to Sigma) You see? Hair loss! Drink!

He takes the glass, then lifts it up, over the balustrade.

MR HALPEN

Tell you what, old friend. Have this one on me. Cheers!

He pours it to the thing below, evoking a loud rumble.

MR HALPEN

I think we're finished here.

He turns to leave, Dr Ryder follows, still unable to take his eyes off the thing. He bumps into Sigma.

DR RYDER

Sorry.

Sigma also takes one last look before following the humans.

***

The Doctor, concentrating on the map, goes past a door, but Donna stops him with a loud whistle.

DOCTOR

Where d'you learn to whistle?

DONNA

West Ham, every Saturday.

He uses the sonic to open the door. It leads to a huge hangar, filled with containers. They see a giant claw lifting and transporting the containers.

DOCTOR

Ood export. D'you see? Lifts up the containers, takes them to the rocket sheds, ready to be flown out, all over the three galaxies.

DONNA

What, you mean, these containers are full of...?

DOCTOR

What do you think?

He opens the door on one container. Inside, it's filled with Ood, just standing there, motionless.

DONNA (horrified)

Oh, it stinks! How many of them d'you think there are in each one?

DOCTOR

Hundred? More?

DONNA

A great big empire, built on slavery.

DOCTOR

It's not so different from your time.

DONNA

Oi! I haven't got slaves!

DOCTOR

Who d'you think made your clothes?

DONNA

Is that why you travel round with a human at your side? It's not so you can show them the wonders of the universe, it's so you can take cheap shots?

DOCTOR

Sorry.

DONNA

You don't. Spaceman. (to the Ood) I don't understand, the door is open, why don't you just run away?

OOD

For what reason?

DONNA

You could be free.

OOD

I do not understand the concept.

DONNA

What is it with that Persil ball? I mean, they're not born with it, are they? Why do they have to be all plugged in?

DOCTOR

Ood, tell me, does 'the circle' mean anything to you?

ALL OOD

# The circle must be broken.

DONNA

Woah, that is creepy!

DOCTOR

But what is it? What is the circle?

ALL OOD

# The circle must be broken.

DOCTOR

Why?

ALL OOD

# So that we can sing.

MR KESS

Mr Halpen? I'm in Ood Cargo, I've found your unwanted guests. (to the guards) Go!

He sounds an alarm.

DOCTOR

Oh, that's us! Come on!

MR HALPEN

Cut the alarms! I said, no alarms!

SOLANA (to the reps)

Nothing to worry about, ladies and gentlemen, it's just a fire drill. We test the system at this time every day. If you'll excuse me.

The Doctor and Donna run between the containers. She stops.

DONNA

Doctor, there's a door!

But the guards are coming in right through that door.

GUARD

Don't move...

DOCTOR (noticing he's alone)

Where've you gone?

But he has no time to wonder as guards are at his heels.

GUARD

...stay where you are.

They catch Donna and push her into a container.

DONNA

Get off me! Get off me!

DOCTOR

Donna! Where are you?

MR KESS

All guards withdraw.

GUARD

Sir?

MR KESS

I said withdraw. Keep to the perimeter. I've got this one. (he's at the controls of the huge claw) I've always wanted to do this.

The Doctor is running from the claw. He tries to get in a container but no luck.

MR KESS

Container locked.

DONNA (to the Ood)

Can you help me? (she notices that their eyes are glowing red) Oh, no, you don't! What have I done? I'm not one of that lot. I'm on your side! Stay where you are. That's an order! I said, stay! Doctor! DOCTOR!

The Doctor is now losing against the claw. He finally falls to the ground, panting. But it stops just before crushing him.

SOLANA (to Mr Kess)

You heard the instructions. Mr Halpen wants them alive.

Two guards grab the Doctor and lead him toward the exit.

DONNA (voice from the container)

Doctor, get me out! Doctor, get me out of here!

DOCTOR

If you don't do what she says then you're really in trouble. Not from me, from her.

MR KESS

Unlock the container!

They open the door, Donna runs to hug the Doctor.

DONNA

Doctor!

DOCTOR

There we go, safe and sound.

DONNA

Never mind about me, what about them?!

The Ood are marching out of the container. They electrocute the guard who stands by the door.

MR KESS

Red alert! Fire!

More containers open with even more red-eyed Ood attacking.

MR KESS

Shoot to kill!

The guards start to fire. The Doctor and Donna run off the building, followed by Solana. They stop a bit further.

DONNA

If people back on Earth... knew what was going on here...

SOLANA

Oh, don't be so stupid. Of course they know.

DONNA

They know how you treat the Ood?

SOLANA

They don't ask. Same thing.

DOCTOR

Solana, the Ood aren't born like this, they can't be. A species born to serve could never evolve in the first place. What does the company do to make them obey?

SOLANA

That's nothing to do with me!

DOCTOR

Oh what, cos you don't ask?

SOLANA

That's Dr Ryder's territory.

DOCTOR

Where is he? What part of the complex? I could help, with the red-eye, now show me!

SOLANA (pointing on the map)

There. Beyond the red section.

DOCTOR

Come with me. You've seen the warehouse, you can't agree with all this. You know this place better than me, you could help.

Solana thinks about it for a few seconds, but finally decides to stay loyal to the company.

SOLANA

They're over here! Guards! They're over here!

GUARD

Male and female suspects escaped. Westridge corridor.

SOLANA (on the intercom)

Mr Halpen, I found the Doctor. He's heading for Ood Conversion.

MR HALPEN

On my way. (talking to Mr Kess on the com) Mr Kess, what's the situation?

MR KESS

We've contained it, sir, fenced them in. But the red-eye seems to be permanent this time, it's not fading. Worse than that, sir... there's more of them going rabid. My opinion, sir, I think we've lost them. The entire batch contaminated.

MR HALPEN

What's causing it? Why now? What's changed?

Absent-minded, he strokes his own head - and looks horrified at the bunch of hair that's stayed in his hand.

MR HALPEN (on the intercom)

How many Ood, in total?

MR KESS

I'd say about 2,000, sir.

MR HALPEN

We can write them off, that's what insurance is for. Drink! We've plenty more on the breeding farms, let's start again. (he gulps his drink) Fetch the canisters. No survivors.

MR KESS

My pleasure, sir. You lot - canisters!

***

The Doctor and Donna are running from two guards.

DOCTOR

This way!

They arrive to another door.

DOCTOR

Oh, can you hear it? I didn't need the map, I should've listened.

They get inside, then he uses the sonic to lock the door.

DONNA

Hold on. Does that mean we're locked in?

DOCTOR

Listen. Listen, listen, listen, listen...

Eerie music sounds.

DOCTOR

Oh, my head!

DONNA

What is it?

DOCTOR

Can't you hear it? The singing?

They see a cage with several Ood inside. These ones seem shy, trying to hide from them.

DONNA

They look different to the others.

DOCTOR

That's because they're natural-born Ood, unprocessed, before they're adapted to slavery. Unspoilt.

They go to the cage.

DOCTOR

That's their song.

DONNA

I can't hear it.

DOCTOR

D'you want to?

DONNA

Yeah.

DOCTOR (warning)

It's the song of captivity.

DONNA

Let me hear it.

DOCTOR

Face me. (he puts his hands to her head, like when he is mind reading) Open your mind, that's it. Hear it, Donna. Hear the music.

She hears a beautiful song of lament which makes her cry.

DONNA (choking)

Take it away!

DOCTOR

Sure?

DONNA

I can't bear it.

He puts his hands on her head again, stopping her from hearing the telepathic singing.

DONNA

I'm sorry.

DOCTOR

It's OK.

DONNA

But you can still hear it?

DOCTOR

All the time.

***

MR HALPEN

Come on, what's the hold-up?

DR RYDER

It's the experimentation lab, maximum security, he's fused the system.

MR HALPEN

Don't just stand there, get the bolt-cutters, rip that door off! Solana, go back to the reps, I don't want any of them wandering off and seeing this. And get them away from the Ood, just in case. Hurry up!

SOLANA

Yes, sir.

The Doctor uses the sonic to open the cage of the Ood. Loud thuds come from the door.

DONNA

They're breaking in.

THE DOCTOR

Ah, let them.

He goes into the cage. The Ood are trying to get as far from him as possible.

DOCTOR

What are you holding? Show me. Friend. Doctor Donna. Friend. Let me see... Look at me... Let me see. (one of them creeps closer) That's it. That's it, go on. Go on...

The Ood opens his palms, showing the small brain he was hiding.

DONNA

Is that...?

DOCTOR

It's a brain. A hind brain. The Ood are born with a secondary brain. Like the amygdala in humans, it processes memory and emotions. You get rid of that, you wouldn't be Donna any more. You'd be like an Ood, a processed Ood.

DONNA (shocked)

So the company... cuts off their brains?

DOCTOR (angry)

And they stitch on the translator!

DONNA

Like a lobotomy. (she is terribly shaken) I spent all that time looking for you, Doctor, because I thought it would be so wonderful out here... I want to go home.

With a final loud thud, the door is opened.

GUARD

They're with the Ood, sir.

The Doctor closes the door of the cage, locking himself and Donna inside with the Ood.

DOCTOR

What you gonna do, then? Arrest me? Lock me up? Throw me in a cage? Well, you're too late! Hah!

***

The Doctor and Donna are taken back to the main building. They are handcuffed to some pipes.

MR HALPEN

Why don't you just come out and say it? FOTO activists!

DOCTOR

If that's what Friends Of The Ood are trying to prove, yes!

MR HALPEN

The Ood were nothing without us, just animals roaming around on the ice.

DOCTOR

That's because you can't hear them.

MR HALPEN

They welcomed it! It's not as if they put up a fight.

DONNA

You idiot! They're born with their brains in their hands. Don't you see, that makes them peaceful! They've got to be, cos a creature like that would have to trust anyone it meets.

DOCTOR

Oh, nice one.

DONNA

Thank you!

MR HALPEN

The system's worked for 200 years. All we've got is a rogue batch. But the infection is about to be sterilised. (on the intercom) Mr Kess? How do we stand?

MR KESS

Canisters primed, sir. As soon as the core heats up, the gas is released. Give it 200 marks (he starts the countdown) and counting.

DOCTOR

You're gonna gas them?!

MR HALPEN

Kill the livestock. The classic foot-and-mouth solution from the olden days. Still works.

The natural Ood in the cage lift their palms up, staring to sing. So do the red-eyed ones.

SOLANA (talking to the reps)

I'm sorry, if I could ask you one more time, could all the reps please come through to the Education Suites.

REP #1 (obviously drunk)

Why move now? It's a free bar!

SOLANA

Could I ask all the Ood to withdraw, it's feeding time.

The Oods in there can also hear the singing. They bow their heads like they are in pain.

REP #1

Aw! You've upset them. Leave them alone!

SOLANA

I have to insist. If all the Ood could please leave...

The Ood look up - they eyes have turned red.

SOLANA (scared)

Ladies and gentlemen, change of plan. If you could leave by the fire exits...

REP #1

I could sell this! You could offer different colours.

An Ood elecrocutes him with the translator ball. They start to kill off the other reps. Solana runs out to the yard, only to find more red-eyed Ood and the guards trying to fight them.

GUARD

They've gone insane, Miss, they've gone mad, all of them!

SOLANA

Just shoot them! Shoot to kill!

She tries to escape but gets killed by an Ood coming from a different direction.

***

An alarm wails.

MR HALPEN

What the hell?

He leaves with Dr Ryder to see what's happening outside.

***

Mr Kess is still in the cargo hall, chacking the devide that should gas the Ood.

MR KESS

What's going on out there?

The door opens and red-eyed Ood enter the hangar.

***

COMPUTER VOICE (from loudspeakers)

Emergency status. Emergency status. All exits sealed.

MR RYDER

It's a revolution.

The yard is filled with guards and Ood fighting. Mr Halpen and Dr Ryder watch it, shocked, then head back inside. Sigma looks at his people, but then turns back to follow his master.

***

MR KESS

Come back! Let me out of here!

The Ood have locked him in without gas mask, he chokes to death when the gas cannon goes off.

***

Mr Halpen and Dr Ryder return to the room where the Doctor and Donna are chained.

MR HALPEN

Change of plan.

DR RYDER

There are no reports of trouble off-world, sir, it's still contained to the Ood-Sphere.

MR HALPEN

Then we've got a public duty to stop it before it spreads.

DOCTOR

What's happening?

MR HALPEN

Everything you wanted, Doctor. No doubt there'll be a full police investigation once this place has been sterilised, so I can't risk a bullet to the head. I'll leave you to the mercies of the Ood.

DOCTOR

But Mr Halpen, there's something else, isn't there? Something we haven't seen!

DONNA

What d'you mean?

DOCTOR

A creature couldn't survive with a separate forebrain and hind brain, they'd be at war with themselves. There's got to be something else, a third element, am I right?

MR HALPEN

And again, so clever!

THE DOCTOR

But it's got to be connected to the red-eye, what is it?

MR HALPEN

'It' won't exist for very much longer. Enjoy your Ood.

He leaves followed by Dr Ryder, Sigma and the two guards. The Doctor and Donna try to get their hands free.

DOCTOR

Come on!

***

MR HALPEN

Dr Ryder. Warehouse 15.

DR RYDER (about Sigma)

Well, what about this one?

MR HALPEN

No. You've not turned. Faithful to the last. Go, join your people, while you still can.

They bow their heads and then Sigma leaves.

MR HALPEN (to Dr Ryder)

Come on!

***

DONNA

Well, do something! You're the one with all the tricks! You must've met Houdini!

DOCTOR

These are really good handcuffs!

DONNA

Oh, well I'm glad of that. I mean, at least we've got quality!

The door opens and three red-eyed Ood come in. The Doctor and Donna try to say something that would connect to them.

DOCTOR

Doctor, Donna, friends.

DONNA

The circle must be broken.

DOCTOR

Doctor, Donna, friends!

DONNA

The circle must be broken!

DOCTOR

Doctor, Donna, friends!

DONNA

The circle must be broken!

DOCTOR

Friends, friends, friends!

The red-eyed Oods are still advancing. But through the telepatic link, what they hear echoes to the natural Ood in the cage. They stand up and lift their palms - they seem to send a message to the three menacing the Doctor and Donna - those three bow their heads, and when they look up the red-eye is gone.

OOD

Doctor. Donna. Friends.

DOCTOR & DONNA

Yes! That's us! Friends! Oh, yes!

***

A rabid Ood jumps on one of the guards. Dr Ryder wants to help but Mr Halpen pulls him back.

MR HALPEN

No! Leave him.

The Doctor and Donna look around on the yard that is now a real battlefield - guns rattle, people shout, fires everywhere.

DOCTOR

I don't know where it is! I don't know where they've gone!

DONNA

What are we looking for?

DOCTOR

Might be underground, like some sort of cave, or a cavern, or...

Dr Ryder and Mr Halpen reach the door of Warehouse 15 and go inside.

COMPUTER VOICE

Warehouse 15. Door open.

The Doctor and Donna are thrown to the ground by an explosion.

DOCTOR (to Donna)

All right?

She nods. As they look up, they see Sigma watching them.

MR HALPEN

It's always been an option, my grandfather drew up this plan. That's the advantage of a family-run business, Dr Ryder. The personal touch.

DR RYDER

But we should evacuate. If we can get to the rocket sheds...

MR HALPEN

No need! We've got this. (he opens a huge safe) Detonation packs.

He gives some of them to Dr Ryder.

MR HALPEN

Place them around the circumference. We're gonna blow it up. This thing dies, so do the Ood.

They attach the detonators to the balustrade.

Sigma leads the Doctor and Donna to Warehouse 15. The Doctor opens the door with the sonic. They get inside and stop by the balustrade, watching the thing below: a giant brain.

DOCTOR

The Ood Brain. Now it all makes sense, that's the missing link, the third element, binding them together. Forebrain, hind brain, and this - the telepathic centre. It's a shared mind, connecting all the Ood in song.

Mr Halpen appears, pointing a gun at them.

MR HALPEN

Cargo. I can always go into cargo. I've got the rockets, I've got the sheds. Smaller business, much more manageable, without livestock.

DR RYDER

He's mined the area.

DONNA

They're gonna kill it?

MR HALPEN

They found that...thing centuries ago beneath the Northern Glacier.

DOCTOR

Those pylons.

DONNA

In a circle. 'The circle must be broken.'

DOCTOR

Damping the telepathic field. Stopping the Ood from connecting for 200 years.

MR HALPEN

And you, Ood Sigma, you brought them here. I expected better.

SIGMA

My place is at your side, sir.

MR HALPEN

Ha-ha! Still subservient. Good Ood.

DONNA

If that barrier thing's in place, how come the Ood started breaking out?

DOCTOR

Maybe it's taken centuries to adapt. The subconscious reaching out.

DR RYDER

But the process was too slow. Had to be accelerated. You should never give me access to those controls, Mr Halpen. I lowered the barrier to its minimum. Friends Of The Ood, sir. It's taken me ten years to infiltrate the company. And I succeeded.

MR HALPEN

Yes. Yes, you did.

He smiles and pushes Dr Ryder over the balustrade.

DONNA

You... murdered him!

MR HALPEN

Very observant, Ginger. Now, then... can't say I've ever shot anyone before. Can't say I'm gonna like it. But it's not exactly a normal day, is it? Still...

SIGMA

Would you like a drink, sir?

MR HALPEN

I think hair loss is the least of my problems right now, thanks.

Sigma steps between the Doctor and Mr Halpen.

SIGMA

Please have a drink, sir.

MR HALPEN

If... If you're going to stand in their way, I'll shoot you too.

SIGMA

Please have a drink, sir.

MR HALPEN

Have... Have you... poisoned me?

SIGMA

Natural Ood must never kill, sir.

DOCTOR

What is that stuff?

SIGMA

Ood-graft suspended in a biological compound, sir.

MR HALPEN (scared)

What the hell does that mean?!

DOCTOR

Oh, dear...

MR HALPEN

Tell me!

DOCTOR

Funny thing, the subconscious. Takes all sorts of shapes. Came out in the red-eye as revenge. Came out in the rabid Ood as anger. And then, there was patience. All that intelligence and mercy, focused on Ood Sigma. How's the hair loss, Mr Halpen?

As he touches his head, another bunch of hair stays in his hand.

MR HALPEN (staring to shake)

What have you done?

DOCTOR

Oh, they've been preparing you for a very long time. And now you're standing next to the Ood Brain. Mr Halpen, can you hear it? Listen...

MR HALPEN (choking)

What have you...? I'm...not...!

He drops the gun and bows forward, then grabs the skin on his head. He peels it off, revealing an Ood scull below. Tenticles come out of his mouth and he is turned completely into and Ood.

DONNA (horrified)

They... They turned him into an Ood?!

DOCTOR

Yep.

DONNA

He's an Ood.

DOCTOR

I noticed.

Halpen/Ood seems to sneeze, and a small hind brain falls into his hands.

SIGMA

He has become Oodkind. And we will take care of him.

DONNA (shocked)

It's weird, being with you, I can't tell what's right and what's wrong any more.

DOCTOR

It's better that way. People who know for certain tend to be like Mr Halpen.

The detonators start beeping.

DOCTOR

Ooh! (he twists something to switch them off) That's better. And now... Sigma, would you allow me the honour?

SIGMA

It is yours, Doctor.

He goes to the controls to turn off the electric field around the brain.

DOCTOR

Oh, yes! Stifled for 200 years, but not any more. The circle is broken. The Ood can sing!

A beautiful, joyous song begins. The Doctor laughs, Donna looks delighted.

DONNA

I can hear it!

The Oods everywhere stop fighting, they stand in circles, lift their palms and join to the song.

***

The Doctor and Donna are standing near the TARDIS, accompanied by several Oods including Sigma.

DOCTOR

The message has gone out. That song resonated across the galaxies, everyone heard it. Everyone knows. The rockets are bringing them back. The Ood are coming home.

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.

DOCTOR

Oh, I've... I've sort of got a song of my own, thanks.

SIGMA

I think your song must end soon.

DOCTOR

Meaning?

SIGMA

Every song must end.

DOCTOR

Yeah. (to Donna) Erm, what about you? You still want to go home?

DONNA

No. Definitely not.

DOCTOR

Then, we'll be off.

SIGMA

Take this song with you.

The Ood lift their palms and start singing.

DONNA

We will.

DOCTOR

Always.

SIGMA

And know this, Doctor Donna. You will never be forgotten. Our children will sing of the Doctor Donna, and our children's children. And the wind and the ice and the snow will carry your names forever.

The Oods stand there, singing, as they watch the TARDIS dematerialising.

=== DOCTOR WHO (2005) ===

TRANSCRIPT PROVIDED BY http://WWW.TWIZTV.COM

ORIGINALLY TRANSCRIBED FOR DISCIPLES OF DONNA


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