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The Satan Pit 

The Doctor risks his life to investigate the pit and is forced to make a terrible decision, while Rose and the crew fend for their lives against the Legion of the Beast.


James Strong


Matt Jones




Episode complete credited cast:
David Tennant ... The Doctor
Billie Piper ... Rose Tyler
Danny Webb ... Mr. Jefferson
Shaun Parkes ... Zachary Cross Flane
Claire Rushbrook ... Ida Scott
Will Thorp ... Toby Zed
Ronny Jhutti ... Danny Bartock
Paul Kasey ... The Ood
Gabriel Woolf Gabriel Woolf ... The Beast (voice)
Silas Carson ... The Ood (voice)


The supposedly servile Ood are now in the control of some type of beast that describes itself as Satan and claims to be a being that has existed since before the creation of the known universe. Rose takes charge and tries to find a way to get everyone out safely. The Doctor and Ida have descended 10 miles into the bowels of the planet only to find themselves trapped there and unable to return to the surface. They find evidence of a ancient civilization and a seemingly bottomless pit where the doctor confronts the beast and finds the solution. The only problem is that the solution may kill Rose. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

1 December 2006 (USA) See more »

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BBC Wales See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)


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Did You Know?


Russell T. Davies mentioned that one of many unused ideas for a creature in this episode would be used in series three, this turned out to be the Toclafane from Doctor Who: The Sound of Drums (2007)/Doctor Who: Last of the Time Lords (2007) as revealed via Davies comments in Doctor Who Magazine Series Three Companion. See more »


Despite the comments of the Doctor and others, it is quite possible to establish a stable orbit around a black hole (or any other large mass in space), given appropriate velocity and distance. (Our own Sun is, in fact, in orbit around a super-massive black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy.) See more »


The Doctor: Destroy the prison, your body dies. Your mind with it?
[lifts a rock to smash the prison]
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References Aliens (1986) See more »


Doctor Who Theme
Written by Ron Grainer
Arranged by Murray Gold
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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There's no backing down in this incredible follow-up
7 February 2017 | by Maladjusted_1See all my reviews

As I was hoping, the writer(s) of this episode chose not to back down from the groundbreaking revelations introduced in "The Impossible Planet", and The Doctor comes face to face with something far more menacing than almost any of his previous foes. But neiter he nor the titular antagonist are the star of this episode.

Rose is awarded several of her strongest, most driven moments yet. Cut off from The Doctor, she assumes a leading role in the handling of the Ood threat. When she isn't following along as the companion, Billie Piper is capable of giving some very good performances. You'll find such a performance in "The Satan Pit", which I really think is a Rose episode.

The host of supporting characters, with the exception of the still-eerie Toby, are more entertaining in this episode than in "The Impossible Planet", and the point at which they realised they had to cooperate is rather well-written.

Overall, this stands as one of my favourite episodes to date, rivalled only by the first season's Dalek episodes.

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