The TARDIS lands on an alien planet shrouded in a darkness that even the Doctor can't figure out. And what is lurking at the bottom of The Satan Pit?




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Episode complete credited cast:
Ronny Jhutti ...
Gabriel Woolf ...
The Beast (voice)
The Ood (voice)


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 Jane Rackham

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Ida's hair is parted on the right. But 12 minutes into this episode, when those gathered are looking at the projected image of the planet, Ida's hair is parted on the left. Cut to the Doctor and Rose, back to Ida and now her hair is parted on the right again. See more »


[first lines]
The Doctor: I don't know what's wrong with her. She's sort of queasy. Indigestion, like she didn't want to land.
Rose: [straight-faced] 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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References EastEnders (1985) See more »


Written by Maurice Ravel
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5 June 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This has got to be one of the best episodes of Doctor Who that I've seen since it came back last year. There is a brilliant mix of amusement, fear and tenderness all mixed up which equals one amazing episode. The ood were brilliantly designed and I'm pretty sure there' going to be a lot of ood jokes in the next few weeks. I myself am guilty of that already.I particularly liked the way that we saw a different perspective of Rose's and the Doctor's relationship and the ending;well, it's the first time I have ever hidden behind a cushion! I cannot WAIT until next weeks episode to find how they get out of this mess.

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