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On a spaceship headed straight for the centre of the sun, the Doctor only has 42 minutes to save Martha and the ship's crew from an inevitable doom.


Graeme Harper


Chris Chibnall




Episode complete credited cast:
David Tennant ... The Doctor
Freema Agyeman ... Martha Jones
Michelle Collins ... Kath McDonnell
Adjoa Andoh ... Francine Jones
William Ash ... Riley Vashtee
Anthony Flanagan ... Orin Scannell
Matthew Chambers Matthew Chambers ... Hal Korwin
Gary Powell Gary Powell ... Dev Ashton
Vinette Robinson ... Abi Lerner
Rebecca Oldfield Rebecca Oldfield ... Erina Lessak
Elize du Toit ... Sinister Woman


The Doctor and Martha answer a distress call, and find themselves on a cargo ship hurtling towards the sun. They have only 42 minutes until they're destroyed, and the key lies behind the universes deadliest "pub quiz" - but the situation is a lot hotter than it first seems... Written by Steve

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When the Doctor is asked about The Beatles songs, he replies, "Here comes the sun!" This is an inadvertent pun on both the spaceship hurtling towards the sun, and also the name of one of the Beatles top hits. See more »


The spaceship was originally called Icarus before the name was changed, but the device used to open the doors still says Icarus rather than Pentallian. See more »


[first lines]
The Doctor: Well, there we go, universal roaming.
[tosses Martha her newly altered cell phone]
The Doctor: Never have to worry about a signal again.
Martha Jones: No way. This is too mad. You're telling me I can phone anyone anywhere in space and time on my mobile?
The Doctor: As long as you know the area code.
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Featured in The Frighten Factor (2009) See more »


Doctor Who Theme
Written by Ron Grainer
Arranged by Murray Gold
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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A Mix of Sunshine and the Satan Pit
18 August 2015 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

First of all I'll start by saying I really like this episode, it's pretty much back to basics, it's pacey, it's grim, it has a sense of urgency about it. It feels like a mix of the movie Sunshine, and a toned down version of the Satan Pit.

Claire Rushbrook is switched for Michelle Collins, and there are other similarities between this and The Satan Pit.

No plodding into the story here, no build up, within 2 minutes it's crash bang and we are straight in. A ship is falling into the Sun and has only 42 minutes left, but something is on board taking out members of the crew one by one, but can the Doctor and Martha help?

Tennant's brilliance continues, and Freema continues to impress, but again her family are so irritating, i am definitely missing Jackie!!

I really enjoyed Michelle Collins in this, and her final scene is really well done, she did a great job.

On its own merits it's a cracker of a story, with excellent effects, a rather good cast, and an energy that has been lacking in some of the previous stories, particularly the Dalek car crash story. 'Burn with me' is a pretty good phrase. It just feels a wee bit unoriginal, it seems to have drawn heavily on many different sources, those already mentioned, possibly even Planet of Evil, the fuel theme idea is, shall we say paid 'homage to.' It is a very bleak story.

Who is this chap Saxon???

Overall, 7/10

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19 May 2007 (UK) See more »

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Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)


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