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"Doctor Who" The Satan Pit (TV Episode 2006) Poster

(TV Series)

(2006)

Trivia

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The Doctor's quote "Oh... the stuff of legends." was the last scene filmed with Billie Piper as Rose Tyler as a regular companion.
Torchwood Reference: When Captain Zachary Cross Flane addresses the Beast, he states that he is "representing the Torchwood archive."
The Ood's communication balls/weapons are practical props when the Ood are holding them, but CGI when they are being used as weapons and shocking people.
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Due to the shooting schedule (especially the fact that all of the episodes with the Cybermen needed to be shot together), this episode was shot closest to its air date. Combined with the immense amount of CGI work needed in this episode, the production staff was concerned about finishing it by the air date and, in fact, were unable to provide a preview tape to the media as they usually did (prompting speculation that they did not release a preview because of some big plot-based secret).
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This episode was watched by 6.080 million viewers on its original transmission.
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Matt Jones intended to hold back the revelation of Toby's continued possession until the climax. This was altered for fear that it was too abrupt.
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Except for the final scene and footage from other episodes, the Tenth Doctor is not seen in his regular costume at all.
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When the production team couldn't figure out what would be at the bottom of the pit, they considered using Davros or The Master.
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The Beast was Russell T. Davies' response to producer Phil Collinson's observation that none of the Doctor's enemies during the first season had been godlike in scale.
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Russell T. Davies said that in order to inspire the design of the Beast, he sent the visual designers at The Mill images of paintings by Simon Bisley, a comics artist known for muscular grotesqueries.
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Alternate forms for The Beast included an old man, a gigantic eye or a young girl inspired by one of the avatars of the Senior Partners in Angel (1999) or a mutated future human.
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Spoilers 

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The effect of Toby/the Beast floating in space was achieved by having the actor swimming underwater and removing the air bubbles.
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