As the Ood advance on Jefferson, Rose and the guard, the militant man opens fire with his machine gun, blasting the creatures before them whilst in the control room Zack realises the planet is stabilizing and closes the observation hatch above his head.
Now free to move Rose, Jefferson and the guard make their way back to a communication station where the young traveller tries to contact the Doctor and Ida, but the others cannot pay attention, something is trying to open the door behind them. It bursts open and a startled looking Danny enters, hastily locking the door behind him.
He tells the others that the Ood have gone mad and when Jefferson asks how many he tells him that all fifty are now out of control. Jefferson pushes him aside to open the door whilst the young man tells him that the creatures are using their communicators as weapons.
The door opens and sure enough a crowd of Ood are standing waiting. They move forward and one of then throws it’s communication orb at the guard, electrocuting her to death. As she screams in agony before falling to the floor Danny cowers behind Jefferson as once again he opens fire with his machine gun.
In one of the many corridors of the base Zack exits from the control room only to find a line of Ood marching towards him. He frantically retraces his steps and opens the door to the control room before locking himself inside. Once there he activates a lockdown, sealing every door in the base.
He then opens a communications link with Jefferson who explains he has very little ammunition left. Zack turns to a special container mounted on the wall and takes out a bolt gun, loaded with one bolt. He explains he has the capability to kill all of one Ood, which helps them very little. Jefferson recommends they commence strategy nine and with a sigh Zack realises he is right. He tells him they need to gather everyone together and asks Rose what has happened to Ida. She explains there is no reply but as she speaks the communicator cackles to life and the Doctor’s voice tells her not to worry, he is still there. With a sigh of relief and anger Rose tells him he should have said earlier and calls him a stupid b…
In the pit the communicator inside the Doctor’s helmet cackles with interference and tells his companion to take it easy. He explains that both he and Ida are safe and tells her that the seal on the floor of the cavern has opened up; all that is left is a chasm, which appears to go deep down forever.
Rose reminds him what the ghostly voice told them when the planet lost stability; “the pit is open” and from within the control room Zack asks if there is anything coming out. The Doctor mockingly tells him there is no sign of ‘the beast’ and rose cuts in, telling him that it called itself ‘Satan’. She asks the Doctor to reassure her there is no such thing but the Time Lord does not reply.
Zack cuts in, calling for Ida to return to the surface. Ida protests but he rephrases himself, explaining that what he said was an order, when the pit opened the whole planet shook and if it moves one more inch they will be lost in the black hole. Ida asks what they will be able to do up on the surface with the Ood on the rampage and Zack tells her that he is initiating strategy nine, he needs everyone up on the surface. As he speaks Ida switches off her communicator and turns to the Doctor. Zack calls to her over the severed link and sure enough gets no reply.
Ida asks the Doctor what they should do and as he approaches the pit he tells her that she was given an order. Again she asks him what he thinks they should do and he remembers how the beast claimed it was ‘the temptation’ and as he looks over the surface of the exposed chasm Ida asks why, if there is something down in the depths of the planet, it is still hiding. The Doctor theorises that perhaps they opened the prison but not the cell.
Ida tells him that they should go down the pit and before asking the Doctor again for his opinion, tells him she is prepared to go down. He tells her he has no reservation but cuts off and explains how Ida’s philosophy is so human, going where angels fear to tread. He talks to her about the feeling in the back of your head that wills you to go on, to take the risk. He ponders that perhaps whatever is in the pit is feeding on that little voice willing them to take the plunge and for once in his life the Doctor hesitates to make a decision…and says they should retreat.
He recoils and breathes in sharply, realising he really is getting old. He opens a communication line to Rose and tells her they are coming back to the surface. She admits that that is the best news she has heard all day but is cut off when she hears Jefferson cocking his gun behind her, before aiming it at Toby who is cowering on the floor.
She asks what he is doing and he explains that the man is infected, he helping being the creature onboard. She then asks if he is really prepared to shoot his own people and when he replies that he is she explains he will have to shoot her as well. She crouches down next to Toby and tells Jefferson to look at his face; the markings are gone, passed on to the Ood, he is clean. As Toby continues to cower Jefferson lowers his gun, explaining that if there is the smallest hint of trouble he will shoot him.
As the soldier moves away Rose asks Toby if he is all right and he tells her that he is, but he remembers the anger, the fear and rage of the creature inside his head. He could see death and then realises what it is he saw…the devil. Rose comforts him, embracing him whilst deep beneath the surface Ida and the Doctor are preparing to leave.
As they make their way back to the transport capsule they arrived in the Doctor asks what strategy nine is and Ida explains that it is a security measure; the crew will be kept inside the lockdown and the air locks will be opened, flushing the Ood out into the vacuum. The Doctor comments that they are making their way back to a slaughter and as Ida admits it is the devil’s work, the Time Lord looks back at the pit they have left behind.
Up on the surface Jefferson and the others receive a message from Ida, they are in the pod. Jefferson counts down and activates the ascension process but as he does so the lights dim and the power cuts out. On every computer screen around the base the Ood click into view, speaking in the voice of the beast. It tells them that this is the darkness, this is its domain. He muses at the humans of the base, calling them feeble creatures of the light who cling onto their feeble suns, which die.
Zack realises what is going, something is using the Ood to communicate and immediately asks what it is. The creature continues, telling them that only the darkness remains. Zack raises his bolt gun to the screen before him and tells the creature that he is Captain Zachary Cross Flane of Sentry Base 6, representing the Torchwood archive, before asking the beast to identify itself.
It tells him that he knows its name and so Zack instead asks what it wants and it replies that the entire crew will die here on the planet and in the corridor, Toby whispers that this is the voice that resided in his head, this is it…
Underneath the surface the Doctor asks that if the voice really is the beast then which one is it. He explains that while the creature has been gone, the universe has been busy; there are more religions than there are planets in the sky; the Arkevits, Portholity, Christianity, Pash Pash, New Judaism, Sanclar, Church of the Tim Vagabond, to which religion does he belong?
The beast claims that he belongs to all of them, and the Doctor asks if the creature is supposedly the reality behind the myth. The beast does not answer, it spouts that he knows the man talking to him, as he understands him, the killer of his own kind. The Doctor stays silent for a moment then asks how the creature came to be trapped on this planet, and it explains that the disciples of the light rose up against him and chained him in the pit for all eternity.
The Time Lord then asks when this was and the creature replies that it was before time. The Doctor asks what that means but he gets the same answer so asks again, and through the army of Ood the creature tells him that it was before time and light and space and matter, before the big bang that created the universe. The Doctor claims that that is impossible, nothing could have existed then and the creature then asks if that is his religion. The Time Lord states it is a belief and the creature tells the entire crew that they know nothing, they are so small. It addresses each of them in turn to demean them yet not by name; first it talks of the captain, so scared of command, the soldier (Jefferson) haunted by the eyes of his wife, the scientist (Ida) who is still running from her daddy, the little boy (Danny) who lied, the virgin (Toby), and the lost girl (Rose) so far away from home; the valiant child who will die in battle so very soon.
Rose asks the Doctor what the creature means and he tells her not to listen. However she is persistent and asks again, only this time the creature, still talking through the Ood replies; she will die…and he will live. Suddenly the image on every screen switches from that of the Ood to that of a giant horned beast, screeching out to eternity.
Everyone watching coils back slightly in alarm and as the image disappears and the screens close, a frightened Danny asks what it was. Toby tells him that that was the creature inside his head, and suddenly everyone begins to talk at once, Rose asking the Doctor what the beast meant about her, Danny asking Jefferson what they are to do whilst the soldier attempts to contact Zack. The Doctor cuts in, overriding all of the communicators in order to tell everyone to listen to him. He explains that the beast is playing on very basic fears, the use of darkness and childhood fears. Danny explains that that is how the devil works and the Doctor tells him that a good psychologist works that way as well.
Ida asks how the creature knew about her father but the Doctor practically ignores her, asking how his version of the truth is any different from the version the beast gives. He begins a pep talk about the marvels of humans, how the crew arrived on the planet on a tiny little ship, passing near the orbit of a black hole just for the sake of discovering something, and that is brilliant. The Captain has his officers, his crew and that is their advantage over the beast; it is alone but they are not.
Suddenly there is a snapping noise and the cable connecting the transportation pod to the surface of the planet begins to snap. Ida realises what is going on and he and the Doctor, who have not moved because of the beast’s override of the base’s power, hurriedly exit and make their way back to the cavern outside. They hit the deck as the cable falls, and above the surface Rose tries to contact them, as Jefferson examines a computer bank. In the control room Zack explains the computer is still showing there life signs but the capsule is gone, there is no way out, they are trapped beneath the surface.
Down below the Doctor and Ida get to their feet to look at the pod, covered in the fallen cable and toppled onto its side. The Time Lord asks how much oxygen they have left and Ida examines her suit, before telling him they have enough to last sixty minutes. She looks again and corrects herself, they have fifty-five minutes.
On the surface Rose tells Jefferson that they must get the Doctor and Ida back but he explains to her that they are ten miles down into the planet, and they don’t have another ten miles of cable. As speaks there is a loud bang as the door next to then lets of a series of sparks. Over his communicator Jefferson begins to give a situation report but on the other end Zack has troubles of his own. Looking through the portal on his door he finds a crowd of Ood waiting on the other side, and using a pair of large wire cutters they begin to cut through the bolts of the heavy metal door.
Zack contacts Jefferson and tells him what is happening and the soldier explains that the same is happening to them. Rose asks him how long it will take and he explains that it could be as little as ten minutes. Behind them the Ood break through another of the bolts…eight minutes. From the control room Zack tells them that he has a security frame on his door that might delay the creatures for some time but that does not help the others.
Rose begins to take charge, telling the others they need to either stop the Ood, get our or both. Stressfully Danny tells her he’d settle for both and the young traveller turns to him that the beast prevented the Doctor from reaching the surface because he was speaking the truth, the crew need t think their way out of this. She opens a communication link with Zack and tells him that they need lights, and asks if there is another source of power. He explains that there is not before explaining that he is not much of a captain, sitting locked in a room pressing buttons.
Rose tells him that he just needs to press the right buttons but he admits that the Ood have gutted the generators, there is no power. He thinks for a moment then realises that the rocket has an independent supply which he can reroute. He tells Jefferson to open the bypass conduits and overwrite the safety frame. He does so and as Zack taps at the keyboards around him and as he counts down the power of the rocket is rerouted and son light returns to the base.
Rose asks if strategy nine will still work but Jefferson tells her that there is not enough power, one hundred percent is needed to achieve it. Rose tells him and Zack to find a way out before turning to Toby to give him a job to do, but he claims that he can do nothing, he is not a soldier. Rose simply states that he is an archaeologist, and asks him if he knows anything about the pit below the planet’s surface. He tells her he knows nothing, the ancient language cannot be translated. Rose turns away, as if to ignore him but he stops her and admits that since the creature took over his mind the letters have been making more sense to him.
Rose tells him to get to work, to translate anything he can. She then turns to Danny and asks if there is any way of dealing with the Ood, she sets him to work on a computer station to find a way of stopping them, the sooner they regain control of the base the sooner they can retrieve the Doctor.
Down in the pit Ida goes about collecting the fallen cable, explaining that now they have it they might as well use it. She begins to talk about adapting the pod for another use and when the Doctor asks what, she tells him they can lower themselves into the pit, at least they can try and do something, even if it is the last thing they ever do.
The Doctor tells her that he will return to the surface, Rose is still up there. Ida tells him that the key to returning could be below in the pit and the Doctor admits she has half of a good plan. She asks what the other half is and he tells her, he will go down instead of her.
On the surface the Ood are still trying to cut through the door as Jefferson works at the computer. Danny looks for a solution to the Ood and realises that if he broadcasts a flare in the computer the Ood are connected to he can interrupt their telepathy, rendering then useless. He excitedly sets to work but realises they will need to be in Ood habitation in order to set it off and so Rose asks Jefferson if there is a way for them to get there.
He explains there are a series of maintenance shafts running underneath the base they can crawl along to get there. Rose cheekily begins to think about old action movies where the hero crawls along ventilation shafts but Jefferson explains there is no ventilation down there, they were meant for maintenance robots only. As the Ood continue to break the door bolts Zack cuts in and explains that he can vent the oxygen into the shafts as they crawl along. Rose nervously reaffirms what he is suggesting, noting he will have their lives in their hands and Zack merely tells her that she wanted him pressing buttons and now she has it. Rose agrees and tells him to set about planning a route to Ood habitation.
Beneath the surface Ida and the Doctor have wound the cable around a cylinder of metal fixed to the ground and the Doctor has attached one end to his suit, before walking towards the edge of the pit. He climbs up on the raised surface where the seal once stood, commenting how the itch to go on is bugging him again. Ida explains it is the urge to jump, it is part of the genetic heritage left over from human evolution, like monkeys they are always calculating if their can make their way down to the next branch.
The Doctor explains that it is crueller than that, something different. It is not the urge to jump but the urge to fall. As he speaks he leaps backwards and disappears into the darkness of the pit. Ida realises what is going on and stops the cable from unravelling, leaving the Doctor dangling below. She uses her communicator to ask if he is al right and he replies that he is, and explains that the pit is like the cavern, a crust of rock for about twenty metres and then darkness, the reality of the pit. He tells he to lower him down and as she activates the custom built mechanism the cable slowly unravels and the Doctor begins to descend, deeper and deeper into the pit.
On the surface; Rose, Jefferson and Toby open up a hatch on the floor as Danny types away at the computer. They call for him to come with them but he tells them he must finish his work and as the last of the door bolts is cut he completes his task. A small data disc is ejected from the computer and he takes it, joining the others. He tells them that all they have to do is feed the disk into the habitation computer and it’ll be a bad time to be an Ood. Rose tells them they must deal with the Ood then get the Doctor back and as Jefferson agrees he orders them to get into the shaft, Danny first, then Rose, Toby and him covering the rear.
As the door is finally broken down Jefferson lowers himself below the floor and replaces the hatch as the Ood advance. As Rose comments how much it smells Danny asks which way to go. Zack informs him and they set off, crawling along one after the other. As they go Rose glances at Danny’s rear and comments that it is not his best angle. He playfully tells her to stop it as Toby, who is crawling behind Rose, chips in that it could be worse. Rose scolds him as they continue to shuffle along, Zack monitoring their progress on the holographic screen on his control panel and commenting that he is still feeding them air.
Some time later they come to rest, stopped by a locked hatch. Danny explains they are at the correct junction and Zack explains he is aerating the next section. Danny asks if he could hurry up, commenting on how cramped it is. He replies by explaining he is working on half power, and as Danny prepares to argue Jefferson tells him to stop complaining. Rose sniff the air again and wrinkles her nose, asking if Danny is the source of the problem. He defends himself by explaining he is not exactly happy as Zack explains he is oxygenating the next section for them to move in. He tells them to keep calm or it’ll feel worse.
From behind them there is a large crash. Jefferson aims his gun at the shaft behind them as Zack explains another floor hatch has been broken, it must be the Ood. Danny tells him to let them through but he explains he still needs to aerate it. As the Ood begin to crawl along the maintenance shafts Zack admits he is unable to see them on his map, the computer does not have the Ood registered as proper life forms. In the ducts Rose asks whose idea that was and Danny screeches for the next hatch to be opened and sure enough it slides upwards, allowing them through. They once again begin crawling as Zack directs them, and Jefferson asks if it possible to shut of the Ood’s air supply but Zack tells him he cannot do so without cutting off theirs.
Zack tells Danny to speed up as Jefferson comes to a halt, preparing to face the Ood. Rose tells him he can’t just stop but he tells her that that is his job. She has her task and she must continue. She does so and as she and Toby disappear from sight, the Ood appear before Jefferson, and he opens fire.
As the gunshots ring out the others frantically continue. Jefferson begins to follow them, still covering himself with gunfire. Meanwhile, Danny and the others arrive at the next hatch and he tells Zack to open it, despite his claims it need to be aerated. Danny begins to hit the hatch with anger but Rose stops him, reasoning that it will not help. Toby cuts in, also telling Zack to open the hatch but the captain explains he must close the hatch they have just passed in order to open the next, and Jefferson is yet to make it pas the previous hatch.
He tells him he must make an advance as Jefferson abandons his empty machine gun for a handgun to deal with the still advancing Ood. He continues to go but Zack pleads with him to hurry, he cannot stop the now automatic process and sure enough as the hatch next to Danny, Rose and Toby opens the one before begins to close. Zack tells Danny to move on to the next and last hatch, before telling Jefferson to move. Rose calls out to him as the hatch between them closes, and Jefferson is trapped on the other side.
Out of breath, he sits down leaning against the closed hatch, apologising to his captain for being so slow. Zack tearfully tells him he cannot open the hatch without loosing air for the others. The soldier takes refuge in the fact he may have brought them some time and sure enough as he speaks they arrive at the last junction hatch. Jefferson tells Zack he has been a good captain, before asking that the air in his section be cut off in order to speed up his removal. He explains that he would rather die of more natural appearing causes than death-by-Ood and as he speaks, the creatures approach his section of the shafts. He asks Zack to hurry up and he does so, cutting off the oxygen before recording an entry on the computer, reporting Jefferson’s death, with honours.
Danny explains they are at the final junction and adds his respects to Jefferson’s reports, explaining that he saved their lives. Zack adds the respects then opens the final hatch, revealing a group of Ood on the other side. Toby calls for the hatch to be shut and it is done, and as Rose realises they are now trapped by the Ood on both sides she opens a service duct above them and she and Danny crawl onto the surface, as the Ood break open the hatch.
They advance on Toby who turns to them and looks at them, his eyes glowing red, just as they did when he was possessed. He motions for them to be quiet and they stop, before he snaps back to normal and calls for Rose and Danny to help him out. They do so, just as a door behind the opens and more Ood approach, holding their deadly communication globes, ready to kill. They three humans run for cover as in the control room, the door begins to give way, and Zack is left calling for them to hurry up, his only consolation in holding the bolt gun ready for battle.
The three arrive in Ood habitation and Danny begins to set up the transmitter, as the control room door gives way and the Ood flood into the room. Suddenly a screeching whine rings throughout the base and the creatures stumble around, confused and in pain. As they begins to fall to the ground Danny and Rose embrace, followed by Toby as they realise it is over, they have done it.
They contact Zack and Rose tells him that they must now find the Doctor, and as the slightly unnerved captain looks around at the bodies of the Ood he tells them he is on his way.
In the pitch-black pit the Doctor is still descending, suspended by the cable. As he watches his descent he ponders how representations of a horned beast exist on so many millions of planets, woven in myth and legend; Earth, Draconia, Valconsidene, Daemos, even the Kaled god of war. He muses that perhaps that idea came from somewhere, bleeding through to every sentient mind.
On the surface Ida is talking to him via the communicator and asks if he means that the idea is what lies in the pit. He explains that it could be and she replies by asking that if this creature really is the beginning of it all, does it make it the real devil. He tells her it remains whatever someone believes and then quips that perhaps the devil really is just an idea.
Suddenly his descent stops as the cable reaches its end on the coil. The Doctor checks his wrist computer but finds no sign of life and tells Ida that there could be miles still to go; or it could be only thirty feet, and he could survive a thirty feet fall. As Ida realises what the Doctor is proposing she scolds him and begins to wind the cable back up but as she does so the Doctor activates a control on his harness that jams the mechanism.
Ida asks what he is doing and the Doctor explains that if he returns to the surface all he can do is sit there and run out of air, he has to go down. Again Ida tells him that he can’t the Doctor decides to call it an act of faith and begins to undo his harness. Ida tells him that she doesn’t want to die alone and he softly comforts her, he understands.
Back on the surface Rose, Danny and Toby have been joined by Zack as they arrive back to the corridor the Doctor and Ida’s pod departed from. Rose reaches for the communicator and calls the Doctor but receives no reply. Zack explains that the communication lines are down and begins to re-boost the signal so as to repair them.
In the pit the Doctor continues to undo his harness and asks Ida if she has any sort of faith. She mutters that she doesn’t really, and begins to talk about her neo-classic congregational upbringing, mainly due to her mother and as she begins to realise how much she misses her old mother the Doctor asks if the neo-classic congregation has a devil. Ida tells him that they do not, only the fears of what man can do. The Doctor quips that the two are not that different and Ida asks him about his beliefs.
He stops to think, and tells her that he believes he has not seen everything yet. He believes in the rules and comments that if the beast had told him it existed outside the universe he would believe it, but never before it. It doesn’t fit his rules. He explains that that is why he keeps travelling, to be proved wrong.
He reaches the end of his unclipping and thanks Ida for all she has done but she simply calls to him, asking him not to go. He asks her that if she gets back in touch with Rose to tell her…he thinks and repeats himself but then tells her that his friend will know how he feels and with a sullen face he undoes the last clasp and lets go, allowing himself to fall deep down into the darkness, out of sight.
As he does the communicator cackles to life and Rose’s worried voice calls out for her friend. Ida explains that he has fallen into the pit and she does not know how deep it is, possible many miles. Rose asks to know what she means by ‘fell’ but Ida merely says that she could not stop him, and that he did mention her name.
On the surface Rose stands stunned, as in the background Zack offers his apologies. He takes the communicator and explains to Ida that there is no way of reaching her, she is ten miles down and there is no back-up capsule or cable. Ida walks around and tells him how beautiful the cavern is, as the tinted light from the gravity globe she threw up into the air for guidance earlier pours down from the distance, illuminating the ancient civilisation that once populated the planet.
She says how she always wanted to discover things and between sobs comments how she has now. Zack mournfully tells her that they are abandoning the base and he is declaring the mission unsafe, so as to make sure nobody ever comes to the planet again. Ida notes how they never found out the true identity of the creature in the pit and Zack explains that that could be for the best.
Zack begins to formally say goodbye but she tells him to go, before the two officers wish each other luck. Zack switches off the communicator and tells Toby and Danny to begin closing down the power feed in the base before making their way to the rocket and strapping themselves in. They set about programming the computer as Zack turns to leave and Rose tells him that she is not coming with them. He explains that there is room in the rocket for her but she tells him that she is going to wait for the Doctor, as she would wait for him.
The captain apologises, telling her that he is dead. She tearfully explains that he can’t be, he does not know the Time Lord as she does. She goes on to say that even if he is dead she cannot leave him down there in the pit; she must stay. Zack apologises to her for what he is about to do and then tells Toby and Danny to make her secure. They walk forward and take her arms as their captain takes a needle from his jacket ad injects it into her struggling arm, causing her to fall unconscious. As he hauls her over his soldier he explains he has lost too many people on this mission to leave her behind. He walks off, followed by his two crewmembers, off towards the rocket.
As they make their way into the labyrinth of corridors, lined with the bodies of the Ood, Toby spots one moving and Danny explains that the telepathic field is repairing itself. They continue at a quickened pace as the creatures begin to awaken.
The Doctor stirs. Lying on a stone floor, the smashed pieces of glass that once sealed his helmet now glistening before him. As he gets up and removes his helmet he realises there must be an air pocket protecting his fall. He tries to contact Ida to tell her it is easy to breathe down in the pit but the communicator is blocked by whining interference.
In the rocket Zack begins to initiate the launch procedure, instructing Danny and Toby on what to do from their seats behind him. As Rose, seated next to Toby, begins to stir, Danny comments that they are going to have a problem passenger. Zack tells him to keep her under control and as she realises where she is the traveller immediately begins to demand to be let off. She struggles with her safety belt but as the rocket launches her cries are drowned out by the whoops of excitement from Zack and Danny.
In the cavern and down in the pit, both Ida and the Doctor realise that the rocket has taken off.
In the ship Rose reaches for Zack’s bolt gun and aims it at him, ordering him to take her back to the planet. He asks what the alternative is and she threatens to shoot him but he asks if the Doctor would want it that way. She thinks about his words then lowers the gun and sits back in her seat, as Zack tells her that it is already too late. There is no turning back now, and this is what the Doctor would have wanted. Rose looks out of a portal next to her and in the distance sees the black hole, and the planet cowering before it.
In the pit the Doctor examines some drawings on the walls around him. He notes that it is the history of some battle, one of man against beast. He talks into his communicator quipping that he doesn’t know if Ida can hear him but hopes that she can. He again examines the drawings, which show that the beast was defeated and trapped. He then turns to see an ornate urn standing on a high plinth, and sure enough the wall drawings show a pair of urns standing by the trapped beast. He shines his torch onto the other and realises that they might be the key. He reaches forward and touches one of the urns, and as he does so they both begin to glow.
The Time Lord walks to step between them and as he does so looks to what stands before him. The darkness before him fades to blood red light and he realises what is there. He steps forward onto a ledge as in the deep cavern beyond is illuminated, revealing a giant horned beast, chained with hefty bonds. It screeches as the Time Lord approaches, and looks him in the face with flaming eyes, whilst in the rocket Toby begins to chuckle.
As Rose fastens her seatbelt Danny asks what the joke is. He bluff that he is happy they have made it, that they have escaped. Rose reminds him that not everyone lived to tell the tale and Zack tells them that they have not made it yet, they are still the only humans ever to fly away from a black hole. He asks Toby to read out the statistics and he explains the gravity funnel emanating from the planet is holding.
In the pit the Doctor continues to stare at the beast before him and tells it that he accepts that it exists, not what it stands for but it’s physical appearance is granted. He notes that he was expected down in the depths of the planet; his fall was broken and he was supplied with safe air to breathe. He asks what it is he is needed for, asking if he has to beg an audience, perform some sort of ritual, recite some sort of incantation or summons or spell, and then notes that none of those are not things he believes in.
He asks if they are real but gets no reply, the creature merely sways too and fro. He raises his voice and tells it to speak to him but it gives no reply and the Time Lord realises that perhaps the creature is not being ignorant of talking, but does not have the ability to talk. He begins to realise what is going on as pieces of information begin to piece together in his brain. He remembers how the crew heard the creatures voice beforehand, but now all that is before him is the body of the beast, its mind has gone. He ponders to himself where it has gone then looks to the sky, and realises.
Toby continues to read out the statistics as the ship makes its getaway. He tells Zack to take it steady and reads out that the coordinates are set; they are destined for planet Earth.
The Doctor again reads the cave drawings and recites how the creature was imprisoned (taking the time to comment how it may well have been before, after, in-between or sideways from the universe; it does not matter) and that the prison it was held in was perfect, eternal. If the prison is broken then the gravity field will collapse and the planet will fall into the black hole, therefore meaning that if the creature escapes the prison it will die anyway.
The Time Lord then comments that how only the body is trapped, and goes on to state how in however many civilisations it is known it, the devil is still an idea; yet like an idea the mind can escape. Then suddenly he realises that it was not the beast that led him down to the pit, the jailors did because now the beast’s mind is escaping, then someone is needed to stop it. He reaches for a rock and makes to smash one of the urns, so that if the prison is destroyed the creature’s body will die and thus will its mind.
However as he thinks deeper he drops the rock, realising that the beast can use the system against him, because if the gravity field is cut off the escaping ship has no protection and will not be safe from being sucked into the black hole and Rose will die. The Time Lord looks sullen and watches as the beast begins to jerk its body in muted laughter.
In the ship Rose has had time to think and has realised not everything makes sense, they were able to escape when the creature had a thousand ways to kill them; it could have taken away their air or burnt them but yet it let them escape, unless that was it’s intention. Toby leans over and asks her to do him a favour and shut up, before beginning a countdown from forty as to when they will be out of reach of the black hole.
In the pit the Doctor ponders over the trap left for him; if he kills the beast he kills Rose. He then begins to confront the beast more confidently and explains that that implies in the big grand scheme of gods and devils that Rose is just a victim. Yet he has seen a lot of the universe, he has seen fake gods, bad gods, demy-gods and would-be gods and out of all of them if there is one single thing he believes in, it is Rose.
He picks up the rock and smashes one of the urns. In the spaceship the control room begins to shake. Toby screeches; demanding to know what ‘he’ has done as Zack explains the funnel has gone; the gravity around them is collapsing. Rose asks what that means and he explains; they are heading straight for the black hole and sure enough outside in space the rocket begins to tumble out of control, being pulled away from safety.
In the pit the Doctor smashes the other urn and drops the rock. He quips that the creature has its freedom; freedom to die. As the creature struggles and roars to break free the Doctor imitates it, after explaining that it is going into the black hole and he is riding there with it. He stands defiantly, as the creature’s joints begin to riddle with flame, and fire rides forth from his lungs.
In the ship Rose stares out of the portal and realises that the planet is on the move, into the black hole. She leans back into her seat but as she does discovers Toby’s face has changed. The ancient symbols once again mark his skin and his eyes glow red; he is the carrier of the beast’s mind. In the voice of the beast he declares that he is the rage and the fire and the velocity, he is the prince and the fall and the damming, he is the sin and the fear and the darkness. As he talks, only stopping to breath great balls of fire, Rose calls over to Zack for help but nobody ca do anything. As Danny cowers in fear Zack screeches, asking what Toby really is.
In the pit the ground is beginning to shake and as the creature starts to break up in a great ball of flame, the Doctor stumbles but with a smile on his face.
Toby continues to squirm in his seat, roaring that he will never die; he will live forever in the bleeding hearts of man; in their vanity an obsession and lust. Nothing can destroy him. Rose leans forward and grabs the bolt gun again. She unbuckles Toby’s safety belt then tells him to go to hell, before firing the gun and blasting the safety screen before them. She, Danny and Zack hold on as Toby is sucked out into the airlessness of space. As he roars, being sucked towards the black hole, Zack activates the emergency screens and the room is sealed shut again.
Zack yells, saying they still have no gravity and are being sucked into the black hole as well. Rose simply comments that they have stopped the beast, and that is what the Doctor would have wanted. The captain fobs it off as “some victory” as they continue to hurtle out of control.
In the depths of the doomed planet the beast bursts into flames, whilst the Ood awaken and realise their predicament and the breathless Ida fall unconscious. Watching from the rocket computer screen, Danny realises that the planet has little time left and down below beneath the miles of rock the Doctor begins to walk away, stumbling and falling before a large object before him. He looks up and with a sigh of relief realises that he has finally found what he was really looking for; the TARDIS.
On the rocket’s scanner screen the crew watch as the planet disappears into the black hole. Danny apologises to Rose as Zack hits the ship’s accelerators. He tells them he did his best then awkward tells them they are making history; they are the fist humans to fall into a black hole. As the three humans prepare to meet their doom they are taken by surprise when the ship stops shaking and everything returns to normal. Rose asks what is happening and Zack explains they are turning around, away from the black hole.
Suddenly the communicator activates and the Doctor’s cheerful voice welcomes them, apologising for the hijack and welcoming them to the good ship TARDIS. He asks if Rose is onboard and she excitedly tells them she is, before asking what he is doing. He explains that he is towing them home and sure enough out in space as the TARDIS flies away from the beckoning dead star the rocket follows.
The Time Lord mocks gravity, writing it off as a problem by telling him that his people practically invented black holes…in fact they did. He tells them that in a few minutes they’ll be perfectly safe and then asks Zack if he may conduct a swap; if he gives him Rose Tyler, he will return Ida Smith to him and as he speaks he gazes at Ida’s unconscious body sitting next to the console. Zack and Danny rejoice that their colleague is alive and the Doctor explains she is suffering from oxygen starvation but should recover soon.
The Time Lord then sorrowfully tells them that he only has time for one journey; the Ood could not be saved. He breaks into happiness again as he tells them they have reached clear space again; they are safe, the mission is closed.
Some time later Rose opens the door of the TARDIS and runs forward, embracing the Doctor. They both smile and chuckle whilst onboard the rocket Ida has returned, and together with Danny and Zack begin talking about the TARDIS and what it looked like, when it landed down in the hold of the ship.
The Doctor opens a communication link with the ship and tells Zack that he and Rose are about to leave. He tells them to have a good trip home and begins to warn them that if they ever get curious again…but then cuts off, realising that the human race will heed no warning, they will always go bumbling in. Ida cuts in, asking what the creature down in the pit was. The Time Lord explains he does not know, he never did decipher the ancient writing. He laments how he’s glad he did not know; the day he knows everything is the day he should give up travelling.
Rose asks what her friend personally thought it was but he replies by saying that he thinks they defeated it, and that is good enough for him. Rose then points out that the creature said she would soon die in battle and the Doctor tells him that it lied. He calls out to Ida, telling her he might meet her again some time and as both the travellers say their goodbyes Ida asks the Doctor who he and Rose really are. In the TARDIS they both look at each other and the Doctor tells her: “the stuff of legends”.
As the Doctor activates the TARDIS console the ship begins to activate and the ship roars to life, whilst in the rocket Zack delivers his final report; reporting the death of Tobias Zed, deceased with honours. He then moves on to begin reporting the deaths of the Ood, one by one.
As his voice reels off the list of deaths the ship continues its flight, out into the universe towards the crew’s home, planet Earth.