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The Impossible Planet 

When the Doctor and Rose become stranded on a planet orbiting a black hole, they find a human expedition crew and their servants, the Ood, being terrorised by the Devil.


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
MyAnna Buring ... Scooti Manista
Paul Kasey ... The Ood
Gabriel Woolf Gabriel Woolf ... The Beast (voice)
Silas Carson ... 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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This is the first episode of the revived series not to have any scenes take place on or within orbit of Earth. See more »


When Ida estimates the ancient trap door is 30 feet in diameter, the Doctor is standing next to it. Assuming that he's about 6 feet tall, a closer estimate of the door's diameter would be 15-18 feet. 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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Featured in Doctor Who Confidential: You've Got the Look (2006) See more »


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Written by Ron Grainer
Arranged by Murray Gold
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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Impossibly great two part story.
2 December 2018 | by A_Kind_Of_CineMagicSee all my reviews

The Impossible Planet is the first part of a two part story. It is absolutely brilliant as is the second part The Satan Pit.

The story is among my favourite all time classics. It is a creepy, unnerving episode with some great scares but also great characterisation, great script, great acting and great production values. The Ood are introduced as an alien race used. basically, as slaves. They are fantastic. The human characters are excellent and all of the dialogue is of high standard. The story is thrilling and intelligent. Tennant and Piper are on top form as 10 and Rose with some fabulous exchanges between the two adding real depth.

This is a totally top notch Doctor Who episode that can stand alongside the greatest episodes of the classic series.

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17 November 2006 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)


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