Episode 42 Of Doctor Who Analysis

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In the episode titled “42” of Doctor Who, Martha and the Doctor find themselves responding to a distress call aboard a spaceship set on a crash course with a not so distant star. The TARDIS has materialized upon S.S. Pentallian, captained by Kath McDonnell. The Doctor immediately learns the engines have ceased to work and a monitor on the wall announces there are fourty-two minutes until impact with the star. After being introduced to the situation at hand the Doctor notes the star the ship is near is in the Torajii system and the ship is using energy scoops for fuel. The Doctor comments that using the scoops might have been outlawed, but Kath quickly retorts that the ship is due for an upgrade. He then instructs both Martha and Riley, a crewman, to start breaking through the series of password protected doors to reach the control room where a second set of auxiliary engines can be accessed.
Meanwhile, Kath’s husband Hal has been having medical issues. The Doctor and Kath rush to the med bay where he is screaming in pain “It’s burning me!” The Doctor sedates Hal and instructs the ship’s medic to run scans and find out what is wrong with him. The Doctor returns to the crew members working on the door. The medic is asked for a status update, but her communications break up and Hal pins her against a wall and yells “Burn with me” as he opens his eyes and a blinding light comes out vaporizing her.
The captain refuses to accept the Doctor’s conclusion that her husband has killed the medic and sent the ship hurling towards the sun, but reluctantly informs the rest of the crew to avoid Hal. Dev Ashton sends a message to crewmate Erina asking her to bring tools, to assist him in fixing the engines. When she enters the room where the tools are she is startled by a now helmeted Hal. As with the medic, he backs her against a wall lifts his visor and vaporizes her, leaving no scraps behind.
Continuing his war path Hal finds Ashton, and puts his and to Ashton’s head saying "They are getting too far" and "we must share the light". A now helmeted Ashton pursues Martha and Riley into and escape pod where they are trapped by the infected man.
After a struggle, Ashton launches the pod and goes to the room where Hal has been frozen by another crewmember. The Doctor throws on a space suit and attempts to magnetize the escape pod back to the ship thus saving Martha and Riley, after a brief trial he finds the button and the pod ascends to the ship. Climbing back into the ship, the Doctor looks at the sun and stares into it, realizing that "it's alive", before he contracts the same infection as Hal and Ashton. While attempting to combat the Doctor’s illness the Captain of the ship sacrifices herself killing her husband and Ashton. The Doctor instructs Martha to dump the fuel causing his illness to dissipate and the auxiliary engines to kick in.
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