The one thing the Doctor always keeps near is the Tardis. So losing it in a black hole somewhere in deep space is a bit of a worry. Not least, he says, because without it he'll have to settle down and get a mortgage. In this two-parter (The Impossible Planet and next week's The Satan Pit), the Doctor and Rose land in a ramshackle spaceship stationed on an obscure planet that's trapped in permanent orbit round an all-consuming black hole. But that's only half the problem. An army of hideous-looking Oods stalks the corridors, while a disembodied voice repeats, "The beast is awakening." Written by
Did You Know?
This is the first episode of the revived series to use a quarry as an alien planet - quarries were frequently used in this manner in the original series. Russell T. Davies
was not a fan of this production decision. See more
The Doctor insists that it's impossible to orbit a black hole. Black holes are like any other body. They can be safely orbited as long as you're far enough away or going fast enough. Close to a black hole, the orbital velocity becomes faster than light. But there's no mention that they are that close, within the event horizon. See more
I don't know what's wrong with her. She's sort of queasy. Indigestion, like she didn't want to land.
Oh, if you think there's gonna be trouble, we could always go back inside, and go somewhere else...
[Rose cracks up, and they laugh outrageously
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