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."
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The lines Jefferson recites about 2/3 through ("For how should man die better than facing fearful odds") are from stanza XXVII of the poem "Horatius" by Thomas Babington Macaulay. It's a slight misquotation, the actual lines being: "And how can man die better /Than facing fearful odds, / For the ashes of his fathers, / And the temples of his Gods [...]" See more
Ida, the science officer, says that the planet is in geostationary orbit around the black hole. However, the word "geostationary" applies very specifically to objects orbiting the planet Earth. Since a black hole is a type of star, this planet's orbit could be described as astrostationary, or even just stationary, but definitely not as geostationary. A science expert on an interstellar mission wouldn't make this mistake, and she wasn't dumbing things down, either, since "geostationary orbit" is already a pretty obscure topic for people unfamiliar with space technology. 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
Written by Maurice Ravel See more