|The Impossible Planet|
|Series:||Doctor Who -
|Series Number:||Series 2|
|Setting:||Krop Tor; year 43K2.1|
|Broadcast:||3rd June 2006|
|Format:||1x45 minute Episode|
|Previous Story:||The Idiot's Lantern|
|Following Story:||The Satan Pit|
The TARDIS lands in a base on Krop Tor, a planet which orbits the black hole K37 Gem 5 without falling into it, a circumstance so inexplicable that even the Doctor cannot understand it. The base crew are drilling to the centre of the planet, to discover the power source which keeps it in a stable orbit around the black hole. But an ancient evil is there too. And he is awake.
After a slight misunderstanding when first meeting the Ood, a docile race of empathic servants who work on the station, the travelers meet the crew of the base, led by acting Captain Zachary Cross Flane. The crew, which includes Science Officer Ida Scott, Head of Security John Jefferson, and archeologist Toby Zed, are on an expedition on an anomalous planet in orbit around a black hole. The Doctor realises that it is impossible for the planet, which is called Krop Tor, to be in geostationary orbit around the black hole, as it should be pulled in like the star systems around it are. He calculates that it would take a phenomenal amount of power (Six to the power of six for six seconds) to generate the huge gravity funnel stabilising its orbit. The funnel is not a natural phenomenon, and the crew is drilling ten miles underground to the core of the planet in hopes of finding the power source and using it. The origin of the power source is an ancient civilisation that had been on Krop Tor, and the inscription on the wall is a transcription of a stone tablet found on the planet.
The Doctor soon discovers that storage sections 5 to 8 had collapsed as a result of the earthquake-like tremor they had experienced moments after their arrival, dropping the TARDIS, which had been in Storage 6, into a crevasse. With no resources to divert the drilling, Rose and the Doctor are stranded.
It isn't long before a malevolent presence begins to make itself known. Strange messages about the Beast awaking to make war against God emanate from the Ood's translation spheres and the base computer's speakers. Toby begins to hear voices just before he is possessed by the Beast. Soon after that Scooti hears the airlock being opens and goes to investigate. Unfortunately for Scooti she found the possessed Toby outside in space, not wearing a suit. Scooti began reaching out as if hypnotized but suddenly stopped and tried to escape. Then Toby ripped the window to bits sending Scooti screaming into the darkness of space.
The team finally manages to drill down to the core of the planet. The Doctor and Ida journey down the mine shaft and into a massive cavern with ancient giant sculptures along its walls. They head for the power source, guided by sensor readings, and find a large circular disk set in the floor of the cavern, which the Doctor suspects is a trap door of some sort. The edge of the disk is also covered with inscriptions.
Meanwhile in the base, the Ood's telepathic fields rise dangerously to Basic 100, which is high enough to induce brain death, but they are obviously still alive. Finally the beast makes itself known through Toby before seemingly transferring itself to the Ood. The Ood identify themselves as the Legion of the Beast and begin to advance on the crew members, including Rose. Finally, the Doctor and Ida stand before a seal on the cavern ground, which then slids open, to a black chasm. A voice booms out from beneath it, stating, "The pit is open, and I am free!"
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When aired by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in late 2006, this episode was considered a mid-season cliffhanger, with The Satan Pit and the rest of the season not airing until early 2007, after a hiatus of several months. At the time the CBC made this decision a trend had developed among North American networks to insert lengthy (sometimes months-long) breaks during the November-January period.
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|Mini-episode: Children in Need Special • Christmas Special: The Christmas Invasion
New Earth • Tooth and Claw • School Reunion • The Girl in the Fireplace • Rise of the Cybermen • The Age of Steel • The Idiot's Lantern • The Impossible Planet • The Satan Pit • Love & Monsters • Fear Her • Army of Ghosts • Doomsday
|Ood TV Stories|
|The Impossible Planet/ The Satan Pit • Planet of the Ood • The End of Time|
|Minor appearances: The Waters of Mars|