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The voice of the Beast
The voice of the Ood
As usual, the spacesuits have lights inside the helmet to illuminate the face, which is great for the actors but lousy suit design - it creates glare on the inner faceplate, and also destroys low-light vision.
While the Doctor is being lowered into the pit for the first time, having the conversation about what is in the pit, the camera switches back up to Ida Scott. Here we can clearly see the cable that is supposed to be suspending the Doctor, but it is slack, as if it has no weight on it.
The Doctor's reference to "my people invented black holes" is a reference to the Eye of Harmony on the old series, harvested from a black hole by Rassilon and Omega (The Deadly Assassin, The Three Doctors).
After all the references to the number 6 in The Impossible Planet there is another one in this episode. The escape ship has 6 engines lit.
Zac: This is Captain Zachary Cross Flane of Sanctury Base 6 representing the Torchwood Archive. You will identify yourself.
When the Doctor found the TARDIS in the pit, there was no sign of the surrounding parts of the base that had fallen down there with it. Also, since the Pit was closed, there is no way the TARDIS could have ended up there.
The Doctor mentions a few alien worlds and species from the classic series while being lowered into the pit, including Draconia (Frontier in Space), Daemos (the Daemons) and the Kaleds (Genesis of the Daleks).
(After the Doctor destroys the Beast's prison, the Beast's mind is unleashed within Toby)
Toby: (as the Beast's mind) I am the rage and the bile and the velocity. I am the prince and the fall of the enemy. I am the sin and the fear and the darkness. (Toby then breathes fire)
Zac: What is he? What the hell is he?!
Toby: (as the Beast's mind) I shall never die. The thought of me is forever, in the bleeding hearts of men, in their vanity and obsession. Nothing shall ever destroy me. Nothing!
The Doctor: If you want to listen to voices in the dark, then listen to mine.
The Doctor: What, then, you're the truth behind the myth?
The Beast: This one knows me, as I know him. The killer of his own kind.
Ida Scott: Hang on though, Doctor. You never really said. You two. Who are you?
The Doctor: Oh… (shares a look with Rose) The stuff of legend.
(The Doctor works out the Beast's plan; if he kills the Beast, the gravity will fail and the rocket that Rose is in will fall into the black hole.)
The Doctor: If I kill you, I kill her. (The Beast laughs) Except that implies, in this big grand scheme of gods and devils, that she's just a victim. But I've seen a lot of this universe. I've seen fake gods and bad gods and demigods and would-be gods. And out of all that, out of that whole pantheon, if I believe in one thing, just one thing… I believe in her.
The Doctor: (when he sees the massive Beast chained in the pit) I accept that you exist. I don't have to accept what you are. But your physical existence, I give you that.
The Beast: You know nothing. All of you. So small. (cut to Zac) The captain, so scared of command. (cut to Jefferson) The soldier, haunted by the eyes of his wife. (cut to Ida) The scientist still running from Daddy. (cut to Danny) The little boy who lied. (cut to Toby) The virgin. (cut to Rose) And the lost girl, so far away from home. The valiant child who will die in battle so very soon.
The Doctor: How did you end up on this rock?
The Beast: The disciples of the light rose up against me and chained me in the pit for all eternity.
The Doctor: When was this?
The Beast: Before time.
The Doctor: What does that mean?
The Beast: Before time.
The Doctor: What does 'before time' mean?
The Beast: Before time and light and space and matter. Before the cataclysm. Before this universe was created.
The Doctor: That's impossible. No life could have existed back then.
The Beast: Is that your religion?
The Doctor: It's a belief.
(Ida and the Doctor debate whether to go into the opened pit or not)
Ida Scott: We should go down. I'd go. What about you?
The Doctor: Oh, oh… in a second. But then again… (pause) That is so human. Where angels fear to tread. Even now, standing on the edge. It's that feeling you get, yeah? Right at the back of your head. That impulse. That strange little impulse. That mad little voice saying 'Go on. Go on. Go on. Go over. Go on.' Maybe it's relying on that… For once in my life, Officer Scott, I'm going to say… retreat. (He steps back from the edge) Now I know I'm getting old.
The Doctor: If they get back in touch, if you talk to Rose, just tell her ... (long pause) ... tell her ... (long pause) ... Oh she knows.
(In the air ducts)
Rose: Not your best angle, Danny.
Danny: Oi! Stop it!
Toby: (who is right behind Rose) Could be worse.
Turkey: September 5, 2010 on CNBC-e
The Sanctuary Base 6 corridor set was recycled, to become the entrance to the set for the BBC children's TV programme Totally Doctor Who.
Though The Satan Pit is episode 9 in series two, the ending scene for the episode ("the stuff of legend", etc.) was actually the last scene filmed during production of series two, and was thus Billie Piper's last filmed scene.
Enquiries were made about hiring space suits from NASA, but they were too expensive.
Effects house The Mill had a competition to design the Beast. It was won by Grant Bonser from their library.
For his scenes with The Beast, David Tennant returned to Clearwell Caves, last seen as the Sycorax ship.
The final viewing figure for the BBC One airing of this episode was 6.08 million.
The line going down into The Pit is meant to be 10 miles long but was really 10 metres long.
According to Russell T Davies there was not enough money in the effects budget for a monster at the bottom of The Pit. Alternative concepts were pitched including a little girl or a giant eye until the team at The Mill eventually worked out a way of saving enough money to create The Beast.
Writer Matt Jones originally wanted the Ood to be a group of Slitheen.
When Mr. Jefferson mentions the ducts used by maintenance robots that run under the base, Rose assumes that they are ventilation shafts, to which Jefferson replies "I appreciate the reference". A chase through ventilation shafts was featured in the film Alien, and Jefferson's actor, Danny Webb, played the character Morse in the film's second sequel, Alien 3.
After Toby has been ejected, and the rocket is falling into the black hole, a sound effect is heard that is identical to a door closing in the computer game, Doom. Doom contained many hellish themes.
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