Satan's gonna scare the hell outta you.
But Iíve seen a lot of this universe. Iíve seen fake gods and bad gods and demigods and would-be gods. And out of all that, out of that whole pantheon, if I believe in one thing, just one thingÖ I believe in her.
"The Impossible Planet
"'s cliffhanger leaves the Doctor stuck at the bottom of a very deep hole, and Rose stuck at the top surrounded by murderous Ood. The Doctor decides that if he can't go up, he might as well go down. The Beast possessing
the Ood starts to telepathically taunt the group, bringing out their fears, doubts and guilt. The Doctor tries to get the others to ignore the Beast... Until the Beast starts talking about killing his own race off in the Time War. Before the transmission cuts off he announces that he'll be free. The crew is now forced to go through the ventilation to escape the Ood, to get to the main gate.
The Doctor gets to the bottom and finds The Beast
himself and sees its real face. However, he notes, based on his unintelligible grunting, that The Beast is quite literally a shell of his former self
... with his consciousness possessing Toby and the Ood
. The Doctor realises the planet was set up as a trap that will stop The Beast from ever escaping; if some schmo ever does break the urn that keeps him chained there, the black hole will promptly consume him (and the unlucky schmo
Back on the base, Rose and the other members of the group manage to make it out alive, save head of security Mr Jefferson, who dies defending the group
from the Ood. The group are finally calling it quits and decide to leave, although the others have to drug Rose as she wants to stay where the Doctor is. Meanwhile, the Beast, aware that forcing his entrapment could mean certain death for Rose
at his presumed victory. Until the Doctor goes through with his bluff and breaks the urn.
On the ship, Toby who has been acting not only strange
, but very rude (to Rose), reveals himself as the Beast
, declaring that he cannot die and will escape
... It's too late though; Rose shoots the window with a nail gun, opening the seat belt and sealed airlock for Beast!Toby to get thrown into space...
The Doctor conveniently finds the TARDIS
behind him and saves Ida as well as Rose and the remaining crew members by towing the spaceship from the black hole with his own TARDIS! The group wonders what the hell the Beast actually was, but the Doctor seems unwilling to answer, and says whatever it was, it's now gone...
Meanwhile, Rose herself is curious as to what the Beast meant by saying she will die in battle, but the Doctor assures her he was wrong (turns out this was one thing the Beast was telling the truth about
, at least From a Certain Point of View
). As the TARDIS disappears the captain of the expedition starts reading out the names of the deceased in the mission, including the Ood, as they return home.
- Actor Allusion: Mr Jefferson (played by Danny Webb, who appeared in Alien≥) appreciates the reference to air-vent escapes.
- Air-Vent Passageway: When Rose hears about the maintenance shafts, she's the first to point this out, getting an "I appreciate the reference" from Mr Jefferson (whose actor was in Alien≥). Unfortunately, they were designed for maintenance robots instead of people, so captain Zach has to remotely fill them with air section-by-section.
- Arc Words: Zach mentions that his team represents the Torchwood archive.
- All of Them: The Beast's reply when the Doctor asks which specific Devil it's supposed to be.
- As Long as There Is Evil: The Beast's big "I won't die" speech.
- Big Red Devil: With a scary face.
- It looks kind of like Eddie, actually.
- Badass Boast: The Beast.
- Body Surf: The Beast to the Ood and Toby.
- Call Back: "Regret to inform, sir, I was a bit slow" as Jefferson gets trapped behind a sealed door in the air vent. Almost exactly what Rose said when she was in the same situation.
- Chekhov's Bolt Gun: With all of one bolt.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: The Doctor. Although he's well known for challenging 'gods' and OTHER 'demons' As he himself noted, this one is special because he claimed to be from "before time". Hmm. Seems less The Bible and more of HP Lovecraft.
- The Dead Have Names: Since the Ood were treated as livestock rather than people, they don't have individual names, but Zach lists them all "with honours", one by one, when reciting the death toll.
- The Devil: The Beast claims to be this.
- Devil but No God: Averted. The Doctor isn't convinced he's literally Satan. But he is scary. And in any case, there's a reason he's been imprisoned in a pit for all eternity, and the Beast himself references God and the Disciples of The Light.
- Devil Is A Loser: Somewhat. When the Doctor confronts the Beast in its prison, he finds a giant towering red horned monstrosity that roars at him and shoots fire. He realizes this Beast is just that... a simple beast, with its spirit and sentience gone elsewhere. The physical body of the Beast suddenly becomes a lot less scary. There's also the fact the Doctor went through with sending the Beast into the black hole despite minimal chance of survival.
- Doing in the Wizard : An explicit subversion of the series' tendencies to offer a (quasi-)scientific explanation for various supernatural or mythological phenomena. While the Doctor clearly doesn't believe that the Beast is the actual Devil of mythology, he gets quite cagey when pressed on what he thinks it actually was and can't dismiss it with a scientific explanation as easily as he normally would.
- Dug Too Deep
- Dying Alone: Ida asks the Doctor to come back up from the Pit because she doesn't want to do this.
- Eldritch Abomination/Cosmic Horror Story: A pretty much textbook example.
- Empty Shell: The Beast's body.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: The Beast underestimates the Doctor's drive at saving the universe, especially when it believes the Doctor won't risk losing Rose in the process.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: The title.
- Face Death with Dignity
Mr Jefferson: Might I ask, sir, if you can't add oxygen to this area, could you expedite its removal?
- Flip Personality: Toby. When he's possessed, his eyes turn red, his body is covered in arcane writing and he shouts imprecations in a gravelly voice. It turns out, however, that the times when he appears and acts normally are actually a ruse.
- Foreshadowing Possibly unintentional, but the concept of the Beast existing as consciousness beyond time bears disturbing similarities to Rassilon's ultimate plan to survive the Time War, as revealed in The End of Time
- There is also The Beasts comment that Rose will die in battle. A statement that disturbs her and asks the Doctor about it, who quickly dismisses it, saying that The Beast was lying.
- Ghost Planet
- Human Notepad/Mark of the Beast: (literally) variety: Toby
- I Uh You Too: The Doctor does a one sided version of this whilst descending down the pit.
Doctor: Listen, tell Rose... *pauses and shrugs* Oh, she knows...
- Lovecraft Lite:
- Male Gaze: Being stuck in a cramped air vent, with murderous Ood on their tails, doesn't stop Toby from leering at Rose's tail.
- A Man Is Not a Virgin: Averted with Toby.
- Multi Take Cut: During the "if I believe in one thing" speech.
- Noodle Incident: The Beast freaks out the crew by referencing various events in their own past not seen by the viewer. "The scientist, still running from daddy... The little boy who lied..."
- One Myth to Explain Them All: This is what the Beast claims he is. The truth behind every devil myth in every religion and story.
- Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: Rose, in one of the most bizarrely accurate uses of "Go to Hell" in recent memory.
- Psychotic Smirk: Toby, believing that the Beast's mind has escaped the planet in him.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Toby
- Shout Out: Jefferson buys time for Rose et all by sacrificing himself in the air vents. He doesn't take his pursuers out with a grenade but, hey.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!:
- Time Abyss: The Beast claims to be older than the universe itself.
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: While this trope is played straight for most of the serial, it is ultimately subverted, as the captain lists the names of all 50 Ood individually among the deceased, including "with honours" after each name.
- Villainous Breakdown: The Beast, in Toby's body, goes absolutely ballistic and starts shouting his "I can't die" speech, when the Doctor destroys the mechanism keeping to planet from falling in the black hole.
- You Cannot Kill an Idea: Referenced by the Doctor when he monologues to the mindless-Beast and realizes the Beast is trying to send his mind out inside someone. While the mind may not be as powerful as it would be inside the Beast, the Doctor knows it could easily spread the idea of EVIL throughout the universe and how hard it is to defeat any idea.