This episode satisfactorily responded to my preconceived notion that science fiction should at least explore an alien planet. This is the first time since series one that the Doctor and his companion has actually been into an alien planet and exploring the mystery of that planet. For the past episodes, there is just the adventure on the past, present, or future earth or just some space stations. This time the actual adventure happens on a surface of an alien planet.

 

What seems to be more interesting is the context in which the TARDIS materializes. The Doctor and Rose are found inside a Sanctuary Base on an anomalous planet in orbit around a black hole. The mere presentation of this situation generates a lot of questions of the possibility of such a conceived notion. The Doctor even said that it is impossible for the planet Krop Tor to be in a geostationary orbit around a black hole, as it should be pulled in like the star systems. The Doctor calculated that it would take “six to the power of six for six seconds” to generate the huge gravity funnel stabilizing the planet’s orbit.

 

The mystery begins to develop as an unknown presence begins to make itself known. The seemingly strange messages about the Beast awaking to make war against God emanates from the Ood’s translation spheres and the base computer’s speakers. The development of the plot was thoroughly planned to escalate the mystery as the story progresses. The mystery heightens up as the Doctor and Ida journeyed down the mine shaft and into the massive cavern with ancient giant sculptures along its walls. They found a large circular disk set in the floor of cavern and after some time, slides open, to a black chasm. As the Doctor and Ida look down, a voice calls out from below, “The pit is open and I am free.” The progress of this mysterious character found in the deepest part of the planet seems to establish the chills and the thrill of wanting to watch the next episode.

 

Aside from having such a thorough development of mystery, an equally important aspect of the episode is the presentation of the Oods. At first, it was hilarious because of the interplay of words odd and Ood. But realizing that these species live to became just slaves of humans seems to point to the similar control and dominion that the Cybermen want from humans. However, there is a great distinction between them because the Ood willed to be the servants of humans, which I think is odd. Who would want to live their lives just as to become servants for others? It seems that even though the Oods have the identity of being servants of humans, it appears that the mere act of slavery eliminates their identity of being. Thus, in such a situation, it seems that the Oods appear to be weakest because they readily accept their being slaves of others. This weakness also makes them vulnerable to control as what happened in the last part of the episode where the Ood’s telepathic fields rise dangerously to Basic 100, that it seems the Beast is controlling them all.

Advertisements