The TARDIS arrives on a planet which is, somehow, managing to stay in orbit of a black hole.

Cast and Crew

David Tennant as the Doctor
Billie Piper as Rose Tyler
Shaun Parkes as Zachary Cross Flame
Gabriel Woolf as the voice of the Beast
Ronny Jhutti as Danny Bartok
Myanna Buring as Scootie Maniska
Danny Webb as Mr. Jefferson
Will Thorp as Toby Zed
Clare Rushbrook as Ida Scott
Paul Kasey as the Ood
Silas Carson as the voice of the Ood

Written by Matt Jones

Directed by James Strong

Originally aired on the 3rd of June 2006 on BBC One in the United Kingdom.


Some time in the future, the TARDIS arrives at a deep-space research station on a planet which is somehow orbiting a black hole.

High Points

  • ‘I think we’ve landed inside a cupboard.’

Low Points

  • ‘Open door sixteen. Close door sixteen.’ How can anybody design a base which has such irritating doors? Does this serve any purpose other than to break the suspension of disbelief?
  • Toby’s stint outside was really rather incredibly cheesy, even for Doctor Who.

The Scores

The plot isn’t particularly original — it reminded me quite a bit of Doom 3, although has elements of other sci-fi horror in it as well. The Ood were also rather predictable. Three out of six.

This week’s effects were generally good, and a considerable amount of time has been spent on drawing the black hole, which looks great. Five out of six.

The story is grander than we usually see, owing to this being the first of a two-parter. I can’t help but think that it’s taking us down familiar paths which weren’t particularly interesting the first time. Four out of six.

The acting was acceptable, no more. I suspect the story might have more to do with this than the actual ability of the actors, but it’s hard to tell. Four out of six.

This is clearly supposed to be scary and ominous, to elict a high emotional response. Unfortunately I found that various things such as the silly talking doors and being clubbed over the head with dramatic irony spoiled the mood. I did feel sorry for Scootie though. Three out of six.

Production was good for the most part. They created a nicely battered-looking base, but there’s a problem with the sound. If it is indeed hard vaccuum outside, why does it sound windy? Three out of six.

Overall, okay but ultimately disappointing. I’m not best pleased that they are using such overused material. Four out of six.

The Impossible Planet gets a grand total of twenty-six out of forty-two. Must do better. Next week is the conclusion, so I doubt that’s going to be the case.