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Writer Keith Temple explains how he created a 42nd-century world for the 2008 adventure Planet of the Ood.
The Ood are seemingly happy to serve their masters, but in reality are a race of slaves.

Long ago, in the ‘wilderness years’ between Doctor Who’s 1989 cancellation and its 21st-century revival, writers Keith Temple and Russell T Davies crossed paths at an ITV event.

“We were sitting there with drinks, talking about Doctor Who,” Keith recalls. “He said, ‘Isn’t it great?’ and I said, ‘Oh yes, I was a fan!’ I’d just bought the video box set of [the 1967 serial] The Ice Warriors, so we talked about that.”

When the show finally returned in 2005, Russell was its showrunner – and the 2008 series included an episode written by Keith. Titled Planet of the Ood, it gave the new companion Donna Noble her first glimpse of the future: the frozen Ood-Sphere in the 42nd century.

“Russell said, ‘I’ve created an ice planet for you,’” Keith remembers. “When we met to go over the brief, he said, ‘I thought about you and The Ice Warriors when I was creating it!’ Whether that was true or not, I don’t know, but that was quite a nice touch.”

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Doctor Who’s predictions of the future have depicted the destruction of planet Earth and the ultimate collapse of the universe. Alien superpowers have subjugated star systems and galactic empires have fallen, leaving only a few witnesses to the end of time itself. This lavish publication sets the TARDIS co-ordinates for a journey into this dangerous realm, exploring landmark episodes and meeting the talents who brought them to the screen. Packed full of exclusive features, including a wealth of previously unseen images, this is the essential guide to the series’ greatest futuristic adventures.