The Ood Cast Guide #20: Slitheen

The Doctor Who universe is home to a great many unusual and unlikely creatures. But not even there would a creature who looks a bit like a bipedal balloon animal exist, surely? Well, even there we’re spoilt by the great children’s entertainer in the sky. Enter, the Slitheen. Coming from Raxacoricofallapatorius, Slitheen is a family name rather than a species …

Ood poetry

For anyone interested, here’s the poem I wrote about that speech in “Rose”, and performed (if performed is the right word) on Series 3 episood 5… That’s Who I Am I never believed the stories of planets spinning, like magicians’ plates. Revolving faster than my dad could run or my bike would go down the hill across the way. — That …

The Ood Cast Guide #19: The Autons (and Nestene Consciousness)

In 1970, The Doctor changed. But not only that, a new terror stalked the high streets and shopping centres of Britain… Something that would make shopping a more frightening experience than it already was. Plastic mannequins with weapons concealed within poorly-manufactured hands… The Autons. Autons are basically deadly shop window dummies brought to life by the Nestene Consciousness – one …

The Ood Cast Guide #18: Rutans

Best known as the mortal enemies of the Sontaran Empire (you’d be disappointed if you’d been battling someone for more than 50,000 years to only be considered a minor irritation), Rutans – or Rutan Hosts – are famous in the Doctor Who universe for having the highest mention-to-appearance ratio*, only appearing once in the long history of televisually documented encounters …

The Ood Cast Guide #17: Macra

A rule or pattern that specifies how a certain input sequence (often a sequence of characters) should be mapped to an output sequence (also often a sequence of characters) according to a defined procedure. Ah. No. Now that there is a “macro”, isn’t it? Macra are giant, crab-like and crabby in all sorts of ways, living on gases which would …

The Ood Cast Guide #16a: The Myrka

Green and glinty, sharp-toothed and soggy (and not just because he’s just come in an airlock to attack some humans), the Myrka is the highlight inthe undersea inter-species war of 2084 – a war so fleeting, hard-fought and lop-sided that it lasted barely a week, in four 20 minute bursts. In their subterranean cave-type base, the Silurians and their Martin Clune-like …