The Ood Cast S05E05 – Box Clever

“I think he looked rather jolly … with his cheek tusks. I’m calling them chusks.”

The surface of the cube is cold to the touch. Cold but with something surging behind it, like a heart beat.

Like a storm.

You run your fingers along its hard edges, trying to discern something of its function in its form but come up blank. Your mind can’t wrap itself around the concept of it. Too advanced, too alien.

You turn to leave and that’s when it hums to life, glyphs picked out in a pulsating blue flicker across its dark surface. And that’s when you understand, that’s when you hear – a history of Earth in five waves of a sonic screwdriver, real lions at Nelson’s column, the bonobo tariff, four, mad chattering voices uniting in praise…

You turn and run but already you know it’s too late; can already feel the hairs rising on your neck as the bolt of electricity arcs across the void and connects with your heart. And as you slip into the darkness beyond your last thought hangs for a moment in the fading theatre of your subconscious …

That podcast was totally worth it.

Comments 4

  1. (Yeah I started listening to all your previous podcasts and I love commenting)

    I think three (ha!) things would’ve made it a lot better:

    1. The end: the boxes should’ve just mysteriously disappeared. Not only was the ending bad, it also took the focus off of the theme of the episode, about how our comfort zone is out of the Doctor’s comfort zone.

    I imagine the end was a standard “let’s chase away the baddies” end to show how the Doctor’s behaviour changes once he’s in his familiar area, but it didn’t work out well and was sort of redundant.

    So the boxes should’ve just vanished.

    2. The title – the word play wasn’t received well enough and it comes out somewhat childish. All the while, an underlying theme wasn’t noticed enough by the viewers.
    So they should’ve titled it “Mad Man Outside a Box”.

    (That’s why they chose to use boxes! These boxes, like the Pandorica, mirror the TARDIS poetically and are a tool that shows us something personal about the Doctor. The TARDIS is home, the Pandorica is jail – you reside there but you can’t get out, the Shakri boxes signify being pushed from home out to the cold)

    3. It could use more of a square theme, graphically. Like the mad circle theme in Asylum. That would make it better knit together artistically.

  2. This is actually one of my very favorite episodes.
    I love how the Doctor is so very bad at dealing with the slow progression of time, going forward only, and very slowly.
    How Amy and Rory find real life enticing, and how the Doctor really can’t do without them – he stops running for a while, just to be with them.
    I loved Kate Steward, how she’s very well cast and very much her fathers daughter.
    I love the Doctor being cross and impolite about humanity managing with only one heart.
    I love Brian!
    I really, really love Brian.

    I so dearly hope to see Kate Steward pop up to meet our thirteenth doctor as well.

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