Doctor Who

Season 2 Episode 9

The Satan Pit (2)

Aired Saturday 8:00 PM Jun 10, 2006 on BBC America
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Episode Summary

Location: In orbit below a black hole. Date: Possibly 43,000 (43K reference) Enemy: The Beast, The Ood (as The Legion of the Beast)

Rose battles the murderous Ood and the Doctor finds his every belief being challenged to the core, as the Pit beckons in the concluding part of this two-part story. With the planet threatening to fall into the Black Hole, the Doctor must make the ultimate sacrifice – but can he save the entire universe from the Beast?moreless

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  • The Doctor meets The Devil.

    Let us stop for a moment and pay homage to the amount of sheer audacity that it must have taken to write and produce an episode of Doctor Who that was to specifically deal with issues of religion and the supernatural from this angle. True scarcely a week goes by that we are not dealing with some sort of extraterrestrial being (or even pseudo-supernatural, like the Gelth) but to delve into a topic this taboo and dark is something that deserves respect. They have bypassed all of the cute, red, pitchfork-carrying Halloween costumes and went straight for the heart of the matter treating the Devil like a tangible, real menace with both sensitivity and a fair amount of appropriate horror.

    Well, that was quite a ride! These two episodes are easily the most likely of NuWho to get your heart racing from pure fear-based adrenaline as they address the very base fears of mankind. It is extremely well written and handles a rather touchy subject with both respect and sensitivity. I rate The Satan Pit as an 10/10. I wish more episodes would be as brave as this one.

  • The Satan Pit

    The Satan Pit was a superb and very entertaining episode of Doctor Who. I really enjoyed watching because the story was intriguing and full of action, drama and suspense. It was awesome to see The Doctor go into The Pit and what he found was dark and out of this world. The mythologies involved were interesting and this was a great exploration of them. There was suspense, character conflicts and awesome special effects. I liked how every thing played out and I was glad as The Doctor was to see The TARDIS. The ending was great and I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • Very revealing about the Doctor's feelings toward Rose

    One of my favorite episodes, gives a lot of confirmation of what we know the Doctor's been feeling for Rose the entire time. I think that this has to be one of the most well written episodes yet. Especially the little speech the Doctor gives when he is down in the pit, "So that's the trap, the great test, the final judgment, I dunno. But if I kill you, I kill her. But that implies, in this big grand scheme of gods and devils, that she's just a victim. Well, I've seen a lot of this universe. I've seen fake gods and bad gods and demi-gods and would-be gods. I've had the whole pantheon. But if I believe in one thing... just one thing... I believe in her!" Has to be the best thing I've ever heard him say.moreless
  • The Doctor and Rose are separated, the Ood are going mad and there's a devil in the basement.

    This is an amazing conclusion of the Impossible Planet story arc. I don't know what I love the most; the Doctor and his so obvious love for Rose, their wonderful and joyous reunion hug, Rose wanting to stay for him (foolish though it is, as the planet is not safe and the Doctor wouldn't have wanted her to stay and died while waiting for him to return) or the ending, when Zack reports the Ood deaths. I get chills every time. The scene before the Doctor and Rose flys off, also known as 'the stuff of legends' scene, though it is meant to be happy and awesome, personally I just get a little tearful when I see it, as I know that was Billie Piper's last scene on Doctor Who. Still. Amazing episode.moreless
  • Better than most huge-budget full-production movies!

    This episode reminded me of Alien V Predator, but it's effects and story were much better! Of course, it also reminisced of Event Horizon (with the ship from hell plot), but this defnitely came across has having superior effects to many full-length feature movies, and it's just a tv series! The plot, effects, acting -- all are incredible in this TV series and because of the Nature of the Doctor's limitless time and space travel, the plot is nearly limitless because the Doctor can encounter supernatural, monsters, any era, any villain big or small. It's the ultimate "meta-show" that covers just about everything exciting, sci-fi, and worth watching!moreless
Ronny Jhutti

Ronny Jhutti

Danny Bartock

Guest Star

Gabriel Woolf

Gabriel Woolf

The voice of the Beast

Guest Star

Silas Carson

Silas Carson

The voice of the Ood

Guest Star

Paul Kasey

Paul Kasey

The Ood

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • 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.

    • Torchwood Reference:
      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).

  • QUOTES (11)

    • (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.
      Rose: Oi!

  • NOTES (10)


    • Alien

      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.

    • Doom:
      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.