This is a twice a week feature (Wednesdays and Fridays) where Christa of Hooked on Books and myself will be watching and discussing all of the reboot of Doctor Who. Posts will contain spoilers for that episode and ones before it, so you may want to watch the episode before reading. I hope you’ll join us in enjoying this fantastic show, and don’t forget to check out Christa’s post (with past posts over here) as well! Allons-y!
The Satan Pit by Matt Jones
The Ood are out of control, possessed by a creature who claims to be the Devil himself. Who will survive, and who will fall?
The brilliancy continues with this episode. Again, I love the secondary characters and the Rose/Ten moments, but I’ve already talked about those, so instead I want to talk about the theme of faith. Faith is often related to religion, and in fact this episode has religious undertones worked in, what with the whole “Devil” thing (which makes me wonder, if the Beast is the Devil…what does that make the Doctor?). But it is, more simply, a belief. Even those of who do not practice a religion have beliefs.
The Doctor’s beliefs are pushed to the forefront and tested in this episode. We get to see a bit more of the Time Lord in him, the arrogance, in that he can’t believe the Devil when he says that he comes from “before time.” Time always has and always will exist, in his mind. Nothing can exist without time. To have to face the possibility that his most closely held belief is not true must be absolutely terrifying. Furthermore, we get to see his intense belief in human kind, but even more specifically in Rose. However, as much as I love the Doctor’s speech at the end of this episode, I have to wonder how much of his faith in Rose and human kind is more words than actual practice…
Couple other things I’d like to add: I love when the companions are on their own because that’s when we really get to see them shine. Rose didn’t have a big Satan body staring her in the face like the Doctor did, and still she figured out that something was up. Also the way she took charge and gave hope, I was all like “my bb Rose is all grown up” *wipes away tear*. I feel so bad for the Ood. The cut-away scene where they were free of the Beast’s control and about to die was so HEART BREAKING. Especially knowing what I know from a certain season four episode. Finally, I love the whole body/physicality vs. mind/intelligence thing that happens in Doctor Who. Brilliant.
“Well that’s handy: listing the things we don’t have. We don’t have a swimming pool either. Or a Tesco.” – Rose
“I could survive 30 feet.” – the Doctor
“If you talk to Rose tell her… just tell her… Oh, she knows.” -the Doctor (NO DOCTOR SHE DOES NOT FREAKING KNOW!!!!!)
- Ida: Hang on though, Doctor. You never really said. You two, who are you?
- Doctor: Oh…the stuff of legend.