Doctor Who Watch-a-Thon 2×10

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.

Favourite Quotes

“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.
deaths: 1 (not including all the Oods ;A;)
Question for you: Why do you think the Devil chose Toby, the Virgin, to possess?


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5 Responses to Doctor Who Watch-a-Thon 2×10

  1. Loved Rose in this episode! She really takes charge and proves she doesn’t need the Doctor to be fantastic

  2. Samantha says:

    I love this episode so much for Rose’s awesomeness. She is amazing. And that she doesn’t want to leave the Doctor alone (because we know what happens to the Doctor he spends too much time travelling by himself and angsting ;)).

    I’d like to attempt to answer your question about Toby, but I think I’d need to rewatch the episode first (been awhile since I saw it).

    • megtao says:

      Even after a rewatch I can’t figure it out. I thought it might have something to do with his anger and frustration. I think he’s been teased a lot and the others don’t seem to take his job as archeologist seriously. But that’s all I could think of.

  3. Anne says:

    This is three years late, but the Impossible Planet and the Satan Pit are two of my favorite episodes. The thing with Toby is that he is completely unsettled with where he is. With life. With his job. When he is introduced, the first thing he does is complain, “That’s not my job.” He doesn’t feel respected. And in all honesty, it doesn’t seem that he is. He has little to do as an archaeologist since everything he could possibly study is buried 10 miles under the ground. All he can do is try to decipher a language fruitlessly for two years. He works on it alone in his room, and when he hears a voice he is so determined that it is a coworker. It must be something that happened quite often for a determination that strong. Or just extreme fear. So why should the devil target him? He is the most unsettled of everyone on the mission. Everyone else pushed their fears to the side and focused on their jobs. Toby faced negativity with every day. He focused on the negative side of the situation and had time to stew over everything that went wrong before and during the mission while he worked. He was such an easy target. The darkness was already inside his head. The devil only needed that final temptation, telling him not to turn around, to control him completely.
    This is just a theory. I’ve been thinking about it a lot recently.

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