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Published on April 28th, 2011 | by Andrew Reynolds

An Ood Presence

That’s right: everyone’s favourite singing man-servants are back to soothsay and do that glowy eye thing for Neil Gaiman’s hotly anticipated episode The Doctor’s Wife – and the storyteller extraordinaire  has been speaking to SFX about them, budgets and just what is lost inside the TARDIS.

Giving us a sneak peak of whats in store in SFX #209 (on sale next week) the bods behind those precious words have given us a sample of Gaiman chatting about the constraints of television budgets. And it appears the old adage that limitations breed creativity:

“I tried to create a completely new monster. But shortly before shooting it became very apparent that given the incredible amount of money they were going to have to spend on my episode – they were taking other episodes behind the bike sheds, beating them up and taking their pocket money – there came a point where they said, ‘Look, we cannot stretch to doing this prosthetic stuff that you wanted, would you like a classic monster?’

“And I said, ‘Well, actually you have this thing that would fit perfectly there, and we could do this to it, and it would make it work…”

This being Neil Gaiman though they won’t be the same, no they’ll be slightly (snigger!) Ood!

“It was a nice link between the Tennant era and the current era, and it was nice to bring it back and do something very different with it, turn it upside down.”

For more revealing details from the grandmaster of the macabre and mysterious  pick up SFX next Wednesday


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Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.

3 Responses to An Ood Presence

  1. avatar TimeChaser says:

    Ah ha! I knew the Ood would be in Ep. 4. I’m looking forward to see what Gaiman does with them this time around, what wrinkle he adds to the Ood story.

  2. avatar Hyncharas says:

    It’s funny… when I saw the Ood like that for the first time, I got reallllly excited! We’ve done the psychic-side of the species, but we have no idea (in Doctor Who) what their creator truly was.

    Maybe we get to tackle that and its repossession this season.

  3. avatar castellanspandrell says:

    I have lots of preconceptions about this story.

    Am expecting Michael Sheen to be the voice of the Ood, and that the Ood is the same thing that says ‘Fear me, I’ve killed hundreds of Time Lords.’

    I also think that the Idris character will be the Ood – somehow with the ability to change appearance, or at least be seen to be human. And fixated on the Dr in some disturbing way.

    I also think one of those telepathic Time Lord boxes will appear in the TARDIS at the start to lead the Dr to the junkyard planet – this will be the thing that was “last seen in The War Games”.

    So the Dr’s “wife” will be an Ood; a green-eyed monster!

    Just gut instinct, and probably wrong. :(

    Hyncharas – you’re not the first person I’ve read suggesting that the Ood were created by someone. I can’t see any basis for that at all; they’re natural born creatures, as far as we’ve seen. Can you clarify your ideas here?

    Just curious. :)

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