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Series: Doctor Who -
TV Stories
Series Number: Series 3
Story Number: 184
Doctor: Tenth Doctor
Companions: Martha Jones
Enemy: The Torajii Sun
Miss Dexter
Writer: Chris Chibnall
Director: Graeme Harper
Producer: Phil Collinson
Broadcast: 19th May 2007
Format: 1 45-minute episode
Prod. Code: 188
Previous Story: The Lazarus Experiment
Following Story: Human Nature
"Burn with me!"
Hal Korwin, possessed by the Torajii sun



In a distant galaxy, in the 42nd century, a spaceship hurtles out of control towards a boiling sun. The Doctor has 42 minutes to uncover the saboteurs, but with a mysterious force starting to possess the ship's crew, the Doctor and Martha are running out of time.


In the TARDIS, the Doctor adjusts Martha's mobile phone, enabling it to call anywhere in time and space - an ability he refers to as Universal Roaming, a 'frequent flyer's privilege'. As she is about to telephone her mother, Francine, they materialise on a very hot spaceship in answer to a distress signal, and the Doctor notes that the engines are not operating. They open the door to the next room and are pulled through by three members of the crew, who then slam the door shut. The captain, Kath McDonnell, explains that the engines have cut out and left the ship, the S.S. Pentallian, on a crash course with a local star. A nearby monitor announces that the projected time until impact is 42 minutes. The Doctor suggests evacuating the crew aboard the TARDIS, but the ship has begun venting excess heat through the room in which the TARDIS materialised, rendering it unreachable.

The Doctor organises Martha and one of the crew to open a series of password-protected doors in order to access the control room where the auxiliary engines can be activated. Meanwhile, the others move to the main engine room, to try to fix the systems. The Doctor finds that all the engine-related machinery has been destroyed, and comments that someone "knew what they were doing."

Ship's medic Abi Lerner calls the main engine room to say that Hal Korwin, the captain's husband, is having some sort of seizure. The Doctor tells everyone else to continue trying to save the ship, but, once in the sickbay with Abi and Korwin, finds that the others have followed him. Korwin is lying near a stasis chamber with his eyes closed, screaming in agony, crying "It's burning me!" before the Doctor sedates him. Once Korwin is unconscious, the Doctor instructs Abi to test Korwin to find out what is wrong with him; then the Doctor and McDonnell return to the rest of the crew.

While updating the crew on Korwin's status, the crew hears Abi's screams for assistance as Korwin gets up and backs Abi against the wall, saying in a deep voice, "Burn with me". As he opens his eyes, a blinding light comes out and Abi screams in terror.

While the Doctor runs to Abi's aid, Martha and crewmember Riley Vashtee continue to open doors by answering pub quiz style questions set by the crew, years previously, after a night of drinking. The questions include a crew member's favourite colour, and the next in a series of what turn out to be happy prime numbers. To answer another question, on 20th century Earth pop culture, Martha rings her mother for help--unaware that Francine has knowingly had her call tapped, by a young woman who is presumably a government agent. Meanwhile, the Doctor finds the imprint of Abi and concludes that she was vaporized. He reasons that Korwin has been infected in some way by something, and can vaporize people somehow.

McDonnell is at first unwilling to believe that Korwin could be responsible for sabotaging the ship and killing Abi, but then relents and alerts the rest of the crew to avoid him. Dev Ashton, working on the engines, sends Erina Lessak a message asking for more tools. She mutes the sound and mutters under her breath about the injustice of being sent on every errand as she goes to the control cupboard. She sarcastically ends her spiel with "just kill me now." When Erina closes the door, she turns to find Korwin standing there. He then backs Erina against the wall as he did with Abi, and vaporizes her. Korwin then goes to find Ashton, saying "they are getting too far", and, instead of killing him, proceeds to infects Ashton. Ashton goes after Martha and Riley - the ones who were "getting too far" - who in terror lock themselves in an escape capsule.

Ashton tries to override the system and send Martha and Riley plummeting towards the sun, but Riley is trying equally hard inside the capsule to stop this from happening. Ashton finally just destroys the system and this makes the capsule Martha and Riley are stuck in plummet towards the sun. The Doctor gets there seconds too late, but decides not to give up. He puts on a space suit and tells McDonnell he is planning to pull the capsule back to the ship by setting the magnetic pull, a system that is outside the ship.

In the capsule, Martha implores Riley to have faith in the Doctor, wondering why he has not found anyone in his life to have faith in - his family is all but gone and he has no romantic attachments. However, she is surprised when, in answer to her question, he looks directly at her and says "I already have." Resigned to her fate, Martha phones Francine once more and, unwilling to divulge her predicament, instead tells her mother that she loves her and tries to get her to simply converse about her life, until Francine's probing of whether the Doctor is with her causes a tearful Martha to end the call.

The Doctor meanwhile struggles to press the magnetic pull control buttons on the side of the ship, although he eventually manages it. Climbing back into the ship, he looks at the sun and stares into it, realising that "it's alive", before he too is infected by the same entity as Korwin. Martha and Riley come back to the ship grinning until they see the Doctor in pain. McDonnell arrives and the desperate Doctor angrily explains to her that because she illegally mined the sun for fuel, without checking for life signs, she has seriously injured the living being within the sun. He tells them that the sun is alive in him, and tells them how they can save/stop him. He has his eyes shut, like Korwin, and asks the two women to place him into a cryogenic stasis machine to get the sun entity out of him. Before he goes in he cries for Martha to stay with him, telling her that he is scared. He tries to tell Martha about a process which may happen if he dies; Martha assures him that he won't.

Martha starts the freezing process but it is interrupted by Korwin, who turns off the power to the stasis chamber from the engineering department. The Doctor then tells Martha that she must go to the front of the ship and jettison the fuel, which will return the living particles back to the sun. Martha runs to tell the rest of the crew to jettison the fuel while the defrosted Doctor appears to lose the fight against his possession, collapsing onto the floor and screaming "Burn with me". Elsewhere, a shocked McDonnell encounters Korwin. She admits to Korwin that this was all her fault and lures him close to an airlock. She tells him that she loves him and apologises to the rest of the crew through her radio, then opens the airlock and the two of them are sucked out into space. Martha tells the rest of the crew to vent the fuel, which ends the crisis by replenishing the sun and freeing the ship from its gravitational pull, and also ends the sun creature's control over the Doctor.

The Doctor and Martha head back to the entrance of the TARDIS, where Martha kisses Riley goodbye. Inside the TARDIS, the Doctor thanks Martha for saving him and as a further sign of acceptance, gives Martha her own key to the TARDIS another 'frequent flyer's privilege'. Martha calls her mother back, who invites her over for tea and informs her that it is Election Day. Martha accepts, assured that the Doctor will bring her home in time. After Martha hangs up, we see the woman, and two other men, tapping Francine's phone again. Confiscating the phone, she asks Francine if she has voted. She says she has, but doesn't say who she has voted for. The woman thanks her for all she has been doing, saying "Mr. Saxon will be very grateful."



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  • Pentallian drives are a component of the ship.
  • Mr. Saxon is mentioned when Martha rings her mum.
  • The Doctor upgrades Martha's mobile phone to 'Universal Roaming', however he uses his sonic screwdriver rather than the 'chip' method he used on Rose's first phone. (maybe because the phones are of a different model than rose's, it needed another method for the universal roaming)
  • The doors of the spaceship are deadlock sealed.
  • The Doctor tries to tell Martha about his ability to regenerate, however Martha interprets his comments about nearing death as a morbid mindset and ignores him and tells him to concentrate on surviving.
  • The Archangel Network icon is briefly seen on Martha's phone.

Story Notes

  • 42 was postponed to the 19th of May (rather than the 12th) because of the BBC's broadcast of the Eurovision Song Contest.
  • The episode occurs in real time, like the American television programme 24. 42 is of course 24 reversed, possibly another tip of the hat to the show. However, technically the events do not occur in real-time in this episode, for example, the countdown timer runs out at approximately 40 minutes into the episode, leaving 2 unaccounted minutes as well as almost the entire pre-credits sequence (itself about 2 minutes).
  • 42 is also the approximate length, in minutes, of a new Doctor Who episode.
  • The number 42 has many significant meanings in Earth pop culture and in relation to the Doctor Who franchise (although whether any of these were intentionally referenced by the episode title is a matter of debate):
    • 42 was the answer to life the universe and everything according to Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Coincidentally, Douglas Adams was a writer and script editor for Doctor Who during the Tom Baker era, and a reference to the book's lead character, Arthur Dent, is made in The Christmas Invasion.
    • Elvis Presley died aged 42.
    • 42 minutes was the length of the Beatles' last performance atop Apple HQ.
    • Doctor Who returned to television during 2005 - the 42nd anniversary of the franchise.
  • A spaceship crashing into a sun leaving the passengers little time to escape was also a major plotpoint in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy books
  • One of the questions to open the deadlocked doors was "What is your favorite colour?" a reference to the questions asked by the bridgekeeper in Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
  • 42 is somewhat similar to the movie Sunshine. Both of these involve a delivery ship, both of these involve possession and both of these involve a ship going out of control to the nearby Sun. Also, the DVD commentary states the ship's original name as written and filmed was the "Icarus", just as in Sunshine, until they edited the name out of the final episode to avoid confusion.
  • This episode has the shortest title of any televised installment of Doctor Who broadcast to date and is the only one to date to consist solely of a number.
  • The use of a visor to block the heat rays from the infected persons may be a tip of the hat to Marvel Comic's X-Men Character Cyclops


  • 7.0 million (overnight ratings)
  • 7.41 million (final ratings)
  • 0.89 million (BBC3 repeat)


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Filming Locations

  • St. Regis Paper Company, Sudbrook, Caldicot
  • Cwrt-y-Vil Road, Penarth
  • Nippon Electric Glass UK (now known as Trident Park/part of Trident Park), Cardiff Bay
  • BBC Studios, Upper Boat, Tonteg Road, Treforest Industrial Estate, Pontypridd

Discontinuity, Plot Holes, Errors

  • If the Doctor can turn Martha's phone into a superphone like Rose's with the sonic screwdriver, why did he need to replace parts when he upgraded Rose's phone in DW: The End of the World? Newer technology integrated into the sonic screwdriver or her phone has more potential than Rose's, which needed a hardware upgrade, but the manufacturer doesn't realise.
  • The computer announces the time to impact at somewhat irregular intervals. Also, the time it took for the cast to move around the ship seemed to vary considerably between conveniently quickly or conveniently slowly according to plot requirements. The episode doesn't appear to be told in real-time.
  • How does the oxygen in the infected peoples' bodies get changed into hydrogen? That kind of nuclear fusion would require a colossal amount of energy, and leave the bodies a lot hotter than 100 degrees in addition to creating a lot of neutron radiation. Furthermore, it would lead to the bodies literally falling apart at a molecular level. (They're being controlled by a being that lives inside the star, so probably whatever mechanism that the creature uses to avoid burning up itself is also protecting the bodies of the infected people)
  • Why is the light from the infected peoples' eyes not visible through their eyelids? And given that they seem to be able to see where they're going with their eyes closed, why do they need the masks with the visors? (Perhaps the suits prevent the possessed bodies from burning up too quickly.)
  • Why doesn't Abi run away from Korwin? There is enough time between her asking for assistance and her death for her to run out the door of the med center.
  • Why does the screen for the escape pod jump from "Jettison Reactivated" to "Jettison Initiated". (Reactivated and Initated mean different things)
  • Why are the controls to remagnetise the escape pod on the outside of the ship? So that if they are using the escape pod to escape from someone (a space pirate for example), that person can't bring them back easily. It is possible that this can usually be overridden by the person in the escape pod.
  • Why don't the bodies incinerate instantaneously that close to the sun? The ship has heat shields.
  • If releasing the material taken from the star solves the problem, then why doesn't the star just do that in the first place? And how, exactly, does it prevent the heat shields from collapsing? (The star seemed to be out for revenge, as well as after its material)
  • Does Ashton live or die? Ashton was killed after being trapped in the stasis chamber.


  • A Pentallian drive was part of the transmat in DW: Revenge of the Cybermen.
  • The phrase 'Burn with me' is used in DW: Smith and Jones.
  • The Stasis Chamber from this episode is the MRI machine (redecorated) from DW: Smith and Jones.
  • The phrase "You're a long way from home. Half a galaxy away." was also said to Mickey Smith in DW:The Girl in the Fireplace.
  • As Martha prepares to slide the Doctor into the stasis chamber, she asks "Are you ready?" and he replies "No." This is the same exchange, characters reversed, used at the end of DW: Smith and Jones as the Doctor set the TARDIS controls for Martha's first trip.


Main article: 42 Prologue

To promote the episode, Joseph Lidster wrote a short story entitled 42 Prologue focusing on Erina Lessak and the events leading up to the episode. The story, which expands on the backstory of Erina and other characters, was published exclusively on the BBC's Doctor Who website in May 2007. [1]


DVD Releases

Series 3 Volume 2 DVD Cover

See also

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External Links

  • BBC Website - Prologue to 42
  • BBC Official Episode Guide for 42
  • Doctor Who Reference Guide - Detailed Synopsis - 42
  • The Whoniverse - The Discontinuity Guide to: 42
  • Doctor Who: A Brief History of Time (Travel) - A Brief History of Time (Travel): 42
  • The Locations Guide to Doctor Who, Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures: Story Locations - 42
Series 3
Christmas Special: The Runaway Bride

Smith and Jones  • The Shakespeare Code  • Gridlock  • Daleks in Manhattan  • Evolution of the Daleks  • The Lazarus Experiment  • 42  • Human Nature  • The Family of Blood  • Blink  • Utopia  • The Sound of Drums  • Last of the Time Lords

Animated serial: The Infinite Quest

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Up to date as of February 07, 2010

From Lostpedia

Forty Two redirects here. For the Via Domus episode, see "Forty-Two"

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42 is the sixth and last of the Numbers. Below is a list of appearances on the show, by episode chronology. The writers of the show decided to include this number in the series as an homage to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. (The Lostpedia Interview:David Fury)


Occurrences in the show

  • The typical Lost episode lasts around 42 minutes (excluding commercials and end credits).

Season 1

42 numbers on Rousseau's notes.

Season 2

The address of the jail Desmond was at was 42 Berechurch Road.

Season 3

42 moves until mate in chess.

Season 4

Season 5

  • The price of gas at the gas station is $3.42. ("The Lie")
  • The ticket Ben picks at the butcher shop is 342. ("The Lie")
  • Ben is told he has 70 hours to get the Oceanic Six back together. That's 4200 minutes. ("The Lie")
  • The sign on the Oxford University Department of Physics is Claredon 142-08. ("Jughead")
  • Kate's address is 42 Panorama Crest ("The Little Prince")
  • Sayid is unconsious for 42 hours. ("The Little Prince")
  • At LAX, the gate numbers 1-15 and 16-42 can be seen over Jack's shoulder. ("316")
  • There are 42 slits in the air vent of the Dharma van, above the front Dharma logo.

The Lost Experience

Via Domus

  • Zoran Savo stayed in suite 42 at the Hotel Persephone.

Outside the show and real life occurrences

  • 42 Books of Thoth which describe the instructions for achieving immortality. Thoth is considered the heart and tongue of Ra as well as the means by which Ra's will was translated into speech. Thoth is also involved in arbitration, magic, writing, science and the judging of the dead.
  • 42 is the number of cells in Connect Four.
  • 42 is the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything, in Douglas Adams's five-book trilogy series The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. When Arthur Dent in the past discovers that the question itself was, is or will be "What do you get when you multiply 6 by 9?", he says "I always said there was something fundamentally wrong with the universe." However, within the later books, it is established that that was in fact not the actual question, due to Arthur, and most Human beings, being descended from interstellar travelers, and not the original primates of Earth, and is therefore not a part of the program to discern the question. It is found that, if anyone did know both the question and the answer to life, the universe, and everything, the universe as we know it would cease to be, and be replaced with something even more nonsensical.
    • The query "the answer to life, the universe, and everything" into Google (without the quote marks), produces the answer 42 by Google calculator (See the above).
  • 42 is Fox Mulder's apartment number on The X-Files. Mulder also mentioned he saw Plan 9 From Outer Space 42 times on one episode.
  • 42 is a game for four players played with dominoes.
  • 42 is the number of the students participating in the fictional Battle Royale program, where the students must kill each other. The program usually takes place on an island.
  • In a Pine-Sol commercial, the last winning lottery number announced when the commercial begins is 42.
  • 42 is the name of one of the episodes of the new Doctor Who series which aired in the UK on 12th May 2007
  • 42 appears in many of the works of Lewis Carrol (Alice in Wonderland), and is thought to hold a special importance to him.
  • 42 appears multiple times in Disney/Pixar's movie Finding Nemo. There is a forgetful blue fish named Dory who is known for remembering the address of the dentist's office where Nemo is held captive in a fish tank. Dory's famous line: "P. Sherman, 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney".
  • In Romeo and Juliet, Juliet was to drink a potion which made her appear dead for 42 hours.
  • In ancient Egypt, the 42 Principles of Ma'at were an important moral code, similar in many ways to the Ten Commandments.
  • 42 Isis is a Main Belt asteroid named for the Egyptian goddess.
  • Air force plant 42 is located in Palmdale, California.
  • In Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, the "oldest rule in the book" is rule 42: "All persons more than a mile high to leave the court."
  • The original version of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland contains 42 illustrations.
  • In "Alice Through The Looking Glass" the White King sends 4,207 horses and men to restore Humpty Dumpty, and seven is a factor of 42.
  • Alice's age in TTLG is seven years and six months, and seven times six is 42.
  • The time it would take an object to fall through the center of the earth (disregarding air resistance, rotation and the planet's molten core) is 42 minutes.
  • In House MD, House says his lucky number is 42
  • In the J.J. Abrams produced monster movie Cloverfield, the beginning and end of the movie take place at 6:42 AM.
  • In "Family Guy", Brian's room number at the drug rehab is 42.
  • In the Bible, Revelations 13:5 "And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty [and] two months." The beast will reign for 42 months.
  • "42" is the title of the fifth track on the Coldplay album Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends. The fourth track is titled "Lost!", and a bonus track on the iTunes version is titled "Lost?".
    • The first lyrics of "42" are "Those who are dead are not dead/They're just living in my head." On Lost, characters frequently experience hallucinations of deceased loved ones, and Hurley claims to have received a constant stream of dead visitors at Santa Rosa.
  • 42nd Street is the major east-west street of Times Square, in New York.
  • Approx every 42 month there is a Solar Eclipse. Where the Moon comes between the Earth and the Sun.
  • Jackie Robinson, the first African American Major League Baseball player wore 42 on his jersey. It has since been retired throughout all of the MLB.
  • Fans of American Idol Season 7 winner David Cook, particularly those who congregate on the website Television Without Pity, began referring to him as "the answer to life, the universe and everything" and coined the phrase "DC=42." The phrase is applied by fans to any exact or implied reference to David Cook in day-to-day life, i.e., "I had a DC=42 moment today; I heard Always Be My Baby, Hello, and The World I Know [three songs Cook performed on AI] played all in a row on the radio!"
  • 42 is the jersey number of Michael J. Fox's character in Teen Wolf.
  • In the tv show Phineas and Ferb, Ferb controls Phineas's car number 42 in the episode Go Phineas
  • Level 42, an English pop and jazz-funk band during the 1980s and 1990s.
  • 42 is the final score for the Ridgemont High football team in Fast Times At Ridgemont High.
  • There are 42 Divine Principles of the Goddess Maat

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Marvel Database

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During the Super-Hero Civil War, a group of heroes led by Iron Man, Mister Fantastic and Yellowjacket created a massive prison in the Negative Zone to house captured non-registering heroes as they waited for their trials. It was designated Negative Zone Prison Alpha but nicknamed "Fantasy Island" or "Wonderland" by inmates. Tony Stark himself named it "Project 42", as it had been the 42nd idea out of a hundred that he, Reed Richards and Hank Pym had created following the Stamford Disaster. There were portals to it planned for every single state so prisoners could be transported there by the different teams in the Fifty State Initiative- including one at Ryker's Island. It was very clean, with sanitation, but extremely heavily-guarded, including password-changes every ten minutes.

The prison's most notable former inmates were Iron Fist (posing as Daredevil at the time), Cloak and Dagger, Speedball, Prodigy and Prowler. It was also the setting for the final battle of the super hero civil war, as Iron Man set a trap for Captain America but the Captain retaliated by using his planted mole, Hulkling, to release all the prisoners of 42 who came to his aid. Though in the ensuing battle Cloak managed to teleport all its superhuman detainees out, it remained as a prison for villains such as Lady Deathstrike and Taskmaster. (Taskmaster was later released to become the trainer for new Initiative recruits and Deathstrike seemingly escaped to assist in the Purifiers' crusade to hunt the Messiah Baby.) It also held many of the Sakaaran forces after the events of World War Hulk.

During and after the events of the Skrull Invasion, the caretakers of 42 abandoned the prison, and left the inmates to take over the facility and disconnect themselves from Earth. 42 and its "residents" were later confronted by Blastaar, who had made himself king of the Negative Zone and planned to lead an army to invade Earth via 42's teleportation device. Eventually, one of the prison's inmates, Skeleton Ki, betrayed his inmates and allowed Blastaar and his forces to take over Wonderland.



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