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AFTER A HUGE ASS mess that took up quite a lot of time, Violet, the Doctor and Donna are running down a corridor, guards chasing after them with loaded pistols. It’s at times like these that Violet wishes she had taken her alien blasters from the Torchwood base in Cardiff when she was given the chance.

β€œThis way,” the Doctor calls, turning the corner and leading them to a door. β€œOh, can you hear it? I didn’t need the map. I should have listened.” The Doctor sonics the door lock once they’re inside.

β€œYou’re honestly such an idiot sometimes, Doctor,” Violet chastises with a grin, looking around.

β€œHold on,” Donna exclaims. β€œDoes that mean we’re locked in?”

β€œListen. Listen, listen, listen, listen,” the Doctor says frantically.

Violet pauses and ethereal music fills her ears, this one making her gasp out in anguish and fall against the wall. She hasn’t heard such a song for many years, and it’s more painful than she recalls. The half Gallifreyan forces herself upright and flicks on the light, revealing groups of Ood sitting in cages. They turn away from Violet, the Doctor and Donna.

β€œThey look different to the others,” Donna muses.

β€œThat’s because they’re natural born Ood, unprocessed, before they’re adapted to slavery,” Violet spits.

β€œUnspoilt,” the Doctor agrees. β€œThat’s their song.”

β€œI can’t hear it,” Donna says sadly.

β€œThat may be a good thing, Donna,” Violet murmurs. β€œIt’s painful.”

β€œDo you want to?” the Doctor asks.

β€œYeah,” the British woman replies.

β€œIt’s the song of captivity.”

β€œLet me hear it.”

β€œFace me.” The Doctor makes a mind-meld with Donna. β€œOpen your mind. That’s it. Hear it, Donna. Hear the music.”

The song is sad and beautiful, and it makes Donna cry. β€œTake it away.”

β€œSure?”

β€œI can’t bear it.”

The Doctor disconnects her from the telepathic field, and Violet bites her tongue to hold back her urge to tell Donna that she warned her. He explains to Donna that he can hear it all the time, and then the Doctor sonics open the cage, watching as the Ood cower in the corner.

β€œWhat are you holding? Show me. Friend,” Violet asks softly, crouching in front of one of the Ood. β€œViolet, Doctor, Donna. Friends. Let me see. Look at me. Let me see. That’s it. That’s it, go on. Go on.”

The Ood opens his hands. He is holding a small brain.

β€œIs that...?” Donna is in too much disbelief to continue.

β€œIt’s a brain. A hind brain,” the Doctor explains. β€œThe 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.”

β€œSo the company cuts off their brains?”

β€œAnd they stitch on the translator.” The Doctor locks himself, Violet and Donna in with the Ood as the guards burst in. β€œWhat you going to do, then? Arrest me? Lock me up? Throw me in a cage? Well, you’re too late. Ha!”

Minutes later, the Doctor and Donna are handcuffed to some pipes, and Violet is standing by Halpen’s side, shaking her head at the two. You see, Violet didn’t lie about who she was in this century - she used her high status to get into this place once before, and she will do it as many times as it takes to free the Ood - just like the rest of the Friends Of The Ood are trying to do, but outside this organisation.

They all continue to argue until Halpen leaves, leaving Violet with the Doctor and Donna. She shakes her head at the two and opens the door, accidentally letting in three Ood with red eyes. Violet moves back and stands beside her friends as they try to convince the Ood that they’re friends. They continue to repeat themselves while the unconverted Ood connect with the others and share their knowledge of Violet, the Doctor and Donna.

Eventually they’re all deemed to be friends, and the Ood release the time travellers. The next thing Violet knows is that they’re running through the halls and corridors of building, trying to find the Ood brain.

β€œI don’t know where it is,” the Doctor rants. β€œI don’t know where they’ve gone.”

β€œWhat are we looking for?” Donna exclaims.

β€œIt might be underground, like some sort of cave, or a cavern, or...”

The Doctor, Violet and Donna are knocked down by an explosion.

β€œAll right?” the Doctor asks, helping the two up.

As the smoke clears, Ood Sigma is standing behind them.

The Doctor sonics the controls to a door and they get in. He looks down on -

β€œThe 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.”

β€œCargo. I can always go into cargo,” Halpen muses. β€œI’ve got the rockets, I’ve got the sheds. Smaller business. Much more manageable, without livestock.

β€œHe’s mined the area,” Ryder informs.

β€œYou’re going to kill it?” Donna exclaims.

β€œThey found that thing centuries ago beneath the Northern Glacier.”

β€œThose pylons...” Violet trails off.

β€œIn a circle,” Donna exclaims. β€œThe circle must be broken.”

β€œDamping the telepathic field,” the Doctor mutters. β€œStopping the Ood from connecting for two hundred years.”

β€œAnd you, Ood Sigma, you brought them here,” Halpen growls at Ood Sigma. β€œI expected better.”

β€œMy place is at your side, sir,” Ood Sigma says.

β€œStill subservient. Good Ood.”

β€œIf that barrier thing’s in place, how come the Ood started breaking out?” Donna asks.

β€œMaybe it’s taken centuries to adapt,” the Doctor guesses. β€œThe subconscious reaching out?”

β€œBut the process was too slow. It had to be accelerated,” Ryder growls. β€œYou should never give me access to the controls, Mister 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.”

β€œYes. Yes, you did,” Halpen agrees, throwing Ryder over the catwalk railing and onto the giant brain, which absorbs him.

Violet listens with faint interest as Donna accuses him of murder, finding nothing interesting in the conversation until Ood Sigma steps in and offers Halpen a drink. That catches her attention, and she turns her head to witness what is about to happen as the Ood continues to push for his β€œmaster” to have a drink.

β€œHave, have you poisoned me?” Halpen demands.

β€œNatural Ood must never kill, sir,” Ood Sigma informs.

β€œWhat is that stuff?” the Doctor asks.

β€œOod graft suspended in a biological compound, sir.”

β€œWhat the hell does that mean?” Halpen growls.

β€œOh, dear,” the Doctor says.

β€œTell me!”

β€œFunny 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, Mister Halpen?”

More hair comes away in Halpen’s hand. β€œWhat have you done?”

β€œOh, they’ve been preparing you for a very long time. And now you’re standing next to the Ood Brain, Mister Halpen, can you hear it? Listen.”

β€œWhat have you...? I’m not...” Halpen’s face goes blank. He drops his gun, reaches for his head and peels the skin off. Then tentacles come out of his mouth.

β€œThey, they turned him into an Ood?” Donna asks.

β€œYep.”

β€œHe’s an Ood.”

β€œI noticed,” the Doctor sasses.

Halpen sneezes and a small hind brain flops into his hands.

β€œHe has become Oodkind, and we will take care of him,” Ood Sigma informs.

β€œIt’s weird, being with you two,” Donna muses. β€œI can’t tell what’s right and what’s wrong any more.”

β€œIt’s better that way,” the Doctor assures her. β€œPeople who know for certain tend to be like Mister Halpen.”

Beep beep.

β€œOh!” The Doctor deactivates the explosives. β€œThat’s better. And now, Sigma, would you allow me the honour?”

β€œIt is yours, Doctor,” Ood Sigma informs.

β€œOh, yes! Stifled for two hundred years, but not any more. The circle is broken. The Ood can sing.”

The current around the Brain is shut off and the song starts up, slow but happy.

β€œI can hear it!” Donna exclaims.

The fighting stops. The Ood raise their palms to the sky and join in.

β€œThe message has gone out. That song resonated across the galaxies,” Violet breathes with a welcome grin. β€œEveryone heard it. Everyone knows. The rockets are bringing them back. The Ood are coming home.”

β€œWe thank you, Doctor Donna, and Violet, friends of Oodkind,” Ood Sigma says, the combination of the Doctor’s and Donna’s names making the hair rise on the back of Violet’s neck. β€œAnd what of you now? Will you stay? There is room in the song for you.”

β€œOh, I’ve, I’ve sort of got a song of my own, thanks,” the Doctor says, stuttering slightly.

β€œI think your song must end soon.”

Violet’s stomach drops. β€œNo. It can’t be that soon.”

β€œMeaning?” the Doctor asks.

β€œEvery song must end,” Ood Sigma informs.

β€œYeah. Er, what about you? You still want to go home?”

β€œNo,” Donna says. β€œDefinitely not.”

β€œThen we’ll be off.”

β€œTake this song with you,” Ood Sigma says.

β€œWe will,” Donna replies with a smiles.

β€œAlways,” the Doctor promises.

β€œUntil the end of everything,” Violet agrees. β€œUntil there’s nothing left, and then past that.”

β€œAnd know this, Doctor Donna and Violet. You will never be forgotten,” Ood Sigma says. β€œOur children will sing of the Doctor Donna and Violet, and our children’s children, and the wind and the ice and the snow will carry your names forever.”

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