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[[caption-width-right:350:Aka. "[[Music/TheBeatles Here Comes the Sun]]"]]

->''"Burn with me."''

It's [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E8TheImpossiblePlanet "The Impossible Planet"]], InTheStyleOf ''Series/TwentyFour''... InSpace

The Doctor and Martha land the TARDIS aboard a spaceship, only to have the room they landed in rise to unbearable temperatures, trapping them aboard the ship, which is being pulled into a nearby sun. Martha and the Doctor have only forty-two minutes to save the ship, the crew and themselves. Meanwhile, a member of the crew has contracted a mysterious illness. His body temperature rises to an impossible height just before he opens his burning-white eyes and absolutely fries a fellow crew member to a scorch on the wall.

The only way to save the ship is to pass through a security system, which the crew inconveniently programmed while they were drunk, and decided that it would be a good idea to make it a series of obscure trivia questions. It's like the Pub Quiz from Hell. Martha phones her mum, her own VoiceWithAnInternetConnection, and gets some answers... unaware that Mrs Jones' phone is being tapped by the mysterious people from [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E6TheLazarusExperiment "The Lazarus Experiment"]], the ones with sinister music cues; they are revealed to be government agents working for Mr. Saxon.

Before Martha and the other guy make it to the finish, though, another crew member gets infected with the mysterious burning illness and corners Martha and another crew member in an escape pod. The Doctor freezes the infected crewman, but it is too late, and the escape pod has already been released. Martha and the crewman are falling into the sun, and the escape pod retrieval controls are on the outside of the ship... Fat lot of good they'll do there.

The Doctor dons [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E8TheImpossiblePlanet a familiar orange spacesuit]] and saves Martha's ass, but as he's clinging to the side of the spaceship he gets a very clear view of the sun -- and the sun gets a very clear view of him. Apparently the sun is alive, and it's angry. The Doctor, succumbing to the same possession by the sun that claimed the other two crew members, reveals that the only way the sun will let them go is if they return the stolen sun particles the ship has been using for fuel. Martha takes care of it and saves the day, because the Doctor's a bit preoccupied with going batshit insane.

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!!Tropes:

* ChekhovsGun: The mention near the beginning that the ship is running off illegal fusion scoop technology.
* ContinuityNod:
** As he's being put into stasis, the Doctor tries to tell Martha [[TheNthDoctor what happens to Time Lords who are near death]], having obviously learnt from the confusion [[Recap/DoctorWho2005CSTheChristmasInvasion Rose]] (as well as [[Recap/DoctorWhoS4E3ThePowerOfTheDaleks Ben, Polly]], [[Recap/DoctorWhoS7E1SpearheadFromSpace the Brigadier]], [[Recap/DoctorWhoS12E1Robot Sarah]], [[Recap/DoctorWhoS19E1Castrovalva Tegan, Nyssa, Adric]], [[Recap/DoctorWhoS21E7TheTwinDilemma Peri]], [[Recap/DoctorWhoS24E1TimeAndTheRani Mel]], and [[Recap/DoctorWhoTVMTheTVMovie Grace]]) went through way back when.
** The Doctor once again exhibits his ability to withstand extremely cold temperature, as he tells the crew to douse him in freezing liquid when he's possessed by the sun, telling them he'll survive.
** The Doctor finally gives Martha the MagicCellPhone upgrade and a key to the Tardis.
* ConvectionSchmonvection: As per "The End of the World", the one thing that stops everyone aboard from getting fried are heat shields.
* FamousLastWords: "Kill me now."
* FantasticAesop: Remember kids, always check to make sure that the star you're using as a fuel source isn't sentient...
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Mr. Saxon sent people to listen to Martha's mother's phone.
** Also marks the first appearance of [[spoiler:the Master]]'s {{Leitmotif}} and the drumbeat.
** The Doctor being scared shitless and powerless underneath something he barely comprehends foreshadows "Midnight".
* GeniusLoci: The Sun. And it's ''pissed''.
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: The signature defining characteristic and weapon of those possessed by the sun. Used with terrifying effectiveness when the Doctor reveals his glowing eyes just before he forces them shut as the sun begins to possess him.
* TheHeartless: The sun was essentially turned into this, driving it insane.
* HeroicBSOD: After all's said and done, Martha finds the Doctor staring into space. Foreshadows the even bigger one he has in "Midnight"...
* {{Homage}}: [[Recap/DoctorWhoS13E2PlanetOfEvil A sentient celestial body has its substance stolen for use as fuel. In revenge, it possesses the thieves, giving them Glowing Eyes Of Doom, and makes them kill others. It also starts drawing the ship towards it. The only way to avoid a collision is to jettison all the stolen material.]]
* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight: The Captain tries this with her (now former) husband. It works for a little bit -- long enough for the Captain to jettison herself and her former husband into the sun.
* InTheStyleOf: The entire episode is in real time, complete with a handy timer describing how much time is left until the ship crashes into the sun, just like [[Series/TwentyFour a certain suspense show that moves forward in real time and has an ever-present timer.]]
* MeaningfulName: At least part of the device used to open the locked doors is appropriately branded "Icarus".
* MenAreTheExpendableGender: Inverted. Only male crew members survive the episode.
* MotorMouth: The Doctor during his explanation of happy primes.
* OhCrap: "''Burn with me...''" Dialed UpToEleven near the end. ''"Burn with me, Martha.."''
* OnlySmartPeopleMayPass: In theory, the pub-quiz style problems are trivia passwords set by the crew. Too bad several crew members have either rotated out or been killed, leaving the Doctor and Martha to figure out most of the answers.
* RealTime
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [=McDonnel=] atones for stealing the sun's energy by tossing herself and her infected husband into the sun.
* ShoutOut:
** [[Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy 42]], in honour of the late Classic Who writer/producer Creator/DouglasAdams.
** It's also ''Series/TwentyFour'' flipped around, which is a more relevant reference (see InTheStyleOf above).
** After Martha asks the Doctor about Elvis and the Beatles, he says, "Here comes the sun"... which is a song by the Beatles. Suspiciously appropriate.
* TakingYouWithMe: How [=McDonnel=] ended up.
* TemptingFate: Erina, annoyed with being the one asked to fetch tools, also wishes she were dead, a wish the infected crew member is more than willing to grant.
* TooDumbToLive: Erina, griping about being asked to fetch tools to fix the ship ''while it's falling into the sun because of instrument failure''.
* UsedFuture
* VoiceWithAnInternetConnection

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