Doctor Who: Season 2, Episode 10: The Satan Pit
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  • Another thing to consider is the fact that this raises the bar as far as potential threats go
  • It will be interesting to see if this has any bearing on their personalities as I imagine that it will only boost their confidence, perhaps to a dangerous degree


    • by David Finniss

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      The last episode had a lot of great build up, leading one to believe that this episode would be a let down. Luckily, that was proven incorrect as this episode is just as good as the last one.

      I was glad to see that the script didn’t wimp out on the idea that this was actually the Devil. The dialogue, at points, seems to want to suggest that it was something else, but no one, not even the Doctor can offer up an alternate explanation. The Doctor even tries to counter his claim, by asking which devil he is, as every religion has their own. The Beast simply responds with “all of them”.

      It was nice to see the Doctor’s hyper-rationalism put


      in its place. Almost every instance of supernatural activity up until this point has been handwaved by saying “no, it’s an alien” but here we see that there are things beyond even his understanding of the universe. I doubt it will be a frequent occurrance, but it’s nice to see that they can stray from the formula from time to time.

      If there is one weak point, it’s that it isn’t quite as creepy as the previous episode. It had its moments, the Ood monologue early in the episode was executed perfectly and augmented by creepy organ music (not to mention the ominous warning that Rose will die in battle), the chase through the ventilation shaft was well handled, and the CGI on the Beast itself

      was done very well. The sudden reveal that Toby was still under the Beast’s influence when it turned and told the Ood to be silent was also a short, but standout moment in the episode.

      Overall, the episode tries to be more thought provoking, where as the last episode just wanted to creep you the hell out. It makes sense, given what they’re facing, but it’s a noticeable shift in tone. It’s more introspective and it becomes a discussion on the nature of religion in general.

      I’m rather surprised that they killed off the Beast. It’s a great foe for the Doctor as it not only forces him to question his perception of things, but it’s a very powerful and crafty being with a history that ...


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      we want to learn more about. We get glimpses that are, for the most part satisfactory, but I would be quite happy to see more.

      Another thing to consider is the fact that this raises the bar as far as potential threats go. The Daleks are creepy, and make great villains, but this is freaking Satan we’re talking about, kind of a hard enemy to top. They didn’t even give themselves an out as far as ways to bring the creature back.

      I saw one review that asked why the ancient civilization imprisoned the Beast in the first place. Really? The fact that it was a giant demon entity wasn’t reason enough? I don’t know, sometimes it seems like some people nitpick for

      the sole reason of nitpicking.

      Many have noted that the Doctor and Rose have become increasingly smug throughout this series, I can’t help but think that this is going to amplify that significantly. I mean, facing down the Devil and besting him is not something that you can just brush under the rug. It will be interesting to see if this has any bearing on their personalities as I imagine that it will only boost their confidence, perhaps to a dangerous degree.

      All in all, this two parter was quite solid. It had a cinematic feel, had a healthy dose of nightmare fuel, and provided the Doctor with a challenge unlike anything he’s ever seen before (though he does acknowledge that he’s faced other demonic entities before).




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