"I promised Jackie I'd always take you back home," the Doctor says sadly, and Rose mouths along to the tune: "Everyone leaves home in the end." But that's not the end; that's the beginning. The Doctor shakes his head: "Not to end up stuck here." Rose says that being stuck anywhere, with him, is not so bad. I would agree; this isn't the end either. "Yeah?" he asks. They've already burned off what doesn't work, but it was just a trial run: it didn't hurt. You can tell when you're really earning it, because it hurts like hell. "Yes," says Rose sincerely -- meaning it all, all of it at once, and it's terribly sweet and not weird at all, because love is love -- and the Doctor smiles back. Rose's phone rings -- the phone with no bars, the phone that brooks no communication -- and she answers. "He is awake," says the Beast; Rose tosses the phone to the floor, shocked and creeped out.
Toby jerks awake on his floor, murder and hate in his eyes.
The Doctor and Rose go running to see Danny, in Ood Habitation. He asks if they're settling in well, "mysterious couple" that they are, and the Doctor kindly jumps right to business, pointing down at the Ood in their pens: "How do they communicate? I mean, with each other?" The Ood stand in a herding pen, like animals. Danny shrugs. "Oh, just empaths. There's a low-level telepathic field connecting them. Not that that does them much good. They're basically a herd race. Like cattle." The Doctor asks whether this field can pick up messages. "I was having dinner," Rose explains, "and one of the Ood said something...well, odd." Danny jokes about the odd Ood, and Rose explains about the cell-phone call, though she doesn't call it that. "Oh, be fair," says Danny. "We've got whole star systems burning up around us. There's [sic] all sorts of stray transmissions. Probably nothing." Rose and the Doctor stare at him, and he shakes his head, trying to explain -- to shake it off: "Look, if there was something wrong, it would show. We monitor the telepathic field. It's the only way to look after them. They're so stupid they don't even tell us when they're ill." The screen says BASIC 5. "Low-level telepathy. They only register Basic 5." It now reads BASIC 6, then 7...10.... Rose looks on as the Ood creepily snap their heads up in unison, as it heads toward 50. Danny denies this possibility, even as the Ood are staring up at the three of them. What does Basic 30 mean? "They're shouting," says Danny. "Screaming, inside their heads." Or, the Doctor wonders, something is shouting at them. Danny taps away at his keyboard, wrong-footed, demanding to know what the Ood have been saying. "Something about the Beast in the Pit," says Rose, and the phone.... She pauses a moment, and then reports, "He is awake." Down below, the Ood speak: "And you will worship him." Danny, the Doctor, and Rose freak out. "He is awake?" says the Doctor, and the Ood respond as one: "And you will worship him." The Doctor asks whom they mean, and they do not respond. He begins to get scared, and angry: "Who's talking to you? Who is it?"