Hell was believed by some cultures to be the afterlife in which sinners were punished.
Hell was embedded in the minds of species like humans through religions like Christianity, the opposite afterlife being Heaven. The Seventh Doctor claimed there was no such place as Hell. (AUDIO: Gods and Monsters) The Eighth Doctor claimed that every culture in the galaxy has a concept of Hell. (AUDIO: Absolution) The Twelfth Doctor claimed not to be scared of Hell as he believed it was "just Heaven for bad people". (TV: Heaven Sent)
Hell was often used to describe greatly uncomfortable situations. Morbius described his deteriorated state as hell, (TV: The Brain of Morbius) and the Tenth Doctor later described the Last Great Time War as hell. (TV: The End of Time)
Some associated Hell with the Devil. Winston Churchill once mentioned that "If Hitler invaded Hell, I would give a favourable reference to the Devil." (TV: Victory of the Daleks) Ian Chesterton said that a sandstorm sounded like "all the devils in Hell were laughing". (TV: "The Singing Sands")
Real Hell Edit
While it was a concept, Hell was also a plane of existence or universe somewhere in reality that had a fiery geometry. The Scourge lived here and tortured the humans of their universe. (AUDIO: The Shadow of the Scourge)
Jason Kane spent several years in Hell, described as predominantly rock where tunnelling craft tunnelled their way between bubbles of places which weren't rock, which would in theory be the equivalent of planets. (PROSE: The Infernal Nexus)