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  04x08 - SILENCE IN THE LIBRARY (1)
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DR MOON (VO)

Close your eyes and tell me what you see.

The black screen turns into a view of a futuristic town, filled with books. A girl is floating in the air as lullaby music plays.

THE GIRL

The Library.

DR MOON (VO)

Open your eyes again.

The Girl opens her eyes and is revealed to be sitting on a lounge suite in a flat; her father and Dr Moon opposite her.

DR MOON

Where are you now?

THE GIRL

My living room, Dr Moon.

DR MOON

When you close your eyes...

THE GIRL

I go to the Library.

DR MOON

Go to the Library now.

The Girl closes her eyes and is taken to a huge circular room in the Library, with several doors around and the walls covered with book shelves. In the middle of the room there's an open dome letting in the sunlight, and that's where the Girl floats inside.

DR MOON (VO)

Are you back there?

THE GIRL

Yes.

DR MOON (VO)

The same part?

THE GIRL

No, it’s always different. The Library goes on for ever.

DR MOON (VO)

How do you move around?

THE GIRL

By wishing.

One of the large, wooden doors begins shaking, and the Girl is startled. Cuts back to the flat.

DR MOON

What’s wrong?

THE GIRL

Something's here! Someone's got in! No one's supposed to get in!

DAD

She's never mentioned any one else. She’s always been alone.

Cuts to the Library; the doors are close to opening.

THE GIRL

Someone’s in my Library!

Cuts to the flat.

THE GIRL

No, no, please, that’s not allowed! It's not allowed!

DR MOON

Listen to me. The Library is in your mind.

THE GIRL

I know it’s in my mind - but something’s got inside!

Cuts back to the Library. The Girl is standing in horror awaiting the door to open – the Doctor and Donna step through, panting for breath. The Doctor places a thick book in the handle of the door to prevent whatever is on the other side from getting through.

DOCTOR (noticing the Girl)

Oh! Hello!

He puts his hands in his pockets and walks towards the Girl, followed by Donna.

DOCTOR

Sorry to burst in on you like this. OK if we stop here for a bit?

Cuts to the flat; the Girl opens her eyes in terror, gasping.

***

OPENING CREDITS

DAVID TENNANT

CATHERINE TATE

SILENCE IN THE LIBRARY

By Steven Moffat

***

DOCTOR

Books! People never really stop loving books.

While he speaks, he picks up his coat and exits the TARDIS, followed by Donna. They arrive to a huge but empty reception area.

DOCTOR

51st century. By now you've got holovids, direct to brain downloads, fiction mist, but you need the smell. The smell of books, Donna. Deep breath.

They cross the room and go through a door. They walk down the staircase and get to see the surface: a huge city all filled with book shelves.

DOCTOR

The Library. So big it doesn't need a name. Just a great big "the."

DONNA

It's like a city.

DOCTOR

It's a world. Literally a world. The whole core of the planet is the index computer, biggest hard drive ever. And up here, every book ever written. Whole continents of Jeffrey Archer, Bridget Jones, Monty Python's Big Red Book. Brand new editions, specially printed. We're near the equator, so... (he licks his finger then lifts it up to feel the wind) this must be Biographies! I love biographies!

DONNA

Yeah, very you. Always a death at the end.

DOCTOR

You need a good death. Without death, there'd only be comedies. Dying gives us size.

Donna picks up a book but the Doctor snatches it off her.

DOCTOR

Oi! Spoilers!

DONNA

What?

DOCTOR

These books are from your future. You don't wanna read ahead, spoil all the surprises. Like peeking at the end.

DONNA

Isn't travelling with you one big spoiler?

DOCTOR

I... try to keep you away from major plot developments. Which, to be honest, I seem to be very bad at, cos you know what? This is the biggest Library in the universe. So where is everyone? It's silent.

He goes to an information terminal and starts to fiddle on it with the sonic.

DONNA

The Library?

DOCTOR

The planet. The whole planet.

DONNA

Maybe it's a Sunday.

DOCTOR

No, I never land on Sundays. Sundays are boring.

DONNA

Well... Maybe everyone's really, really quiet.

DOCTOR

Yeah, maybe. But they'd still show up on the system.

DONNA

Doctor, why are we here? Really, why?

DOCTOR

Oh, you know, just passing.

DONNA

No, seriously. It was all, "let's hit the beach" then suddenly we're in a Library. Why?

DOCTOR

Now, that's interesting.

DONNA

What?

DOCTOR

Scanning for life forms. If I do a scan looking for your basic humanoids - you know, your book readers, few limbs and a face (we see the terminal's screen: "filtered humanoid lifeform scan; 2; complete") - apart from us, I get nothing. Zippo, nada, see? Nobody home. But if I widen the parameters to any kind of life...

He pushes some keys, numbers run on the screen until it stops and writes "error; 1.000.000.000.000; lifeform number capped at maximum record."

DOCTOR

A million million. Gives up after that. A million million.

DONNA

But there's nothing here. There's no-one.

DOCTOR

And not a sound. A million million life forms, and silence in the Library.

DONNA

But there's no-one here. There's just books. I mean, it's not the books, is it? I mean, it can't be the books, can it? I mean, books can't be alive?

They look at each other then cautiously reach towards a book. Just before they would touch it they hear a voice, making them both jump.

NODE

Welcome!

DONNA

That came from in there.

DOCTOR

Yeah!

They head back to the reception. They see a Node there - it looks like a modern statue with a living face mounted into it's head.

NODE

I am Courtesy Node 710/aqua. Please enjoy the Library and respect the personal access codes of all your fellow readers regardless of species or hygiene taboo.

DONNA

That face, it looks real.

DOCTOR

Yeah, don't worry about it.

DONNA

But a statue with a real face, though! It's a hologram or something, isn't it?

DOCTOR

No, but really, it's... fine.

NODE

Additional. There follows a brief message from the head librarian for your urgent attention. It has been edited for tone and content by Felman Lux Automated Decency Filter. Message follows. "Run. For God's sake, run. No way is safe. The Library has sealed itself, we can't... Oh, they're here. Arg. Slarg. Snick." Message ends. Please switch off your mobile comm units for the comfort of other readers.

DOCTOR

So that's why we're here... Any other messages, same date stamp?

NODE

One additional message. This message carries a Felman Lux coherency warning of 5, 0, 11...

DOCTOR

Yeah, yeah, fine, fine, fine, just play it.

NODE

Message follows. "Count the shadows. For God's sake, remember... if you want to live, count the shadows." Message ends.

DOCTOR

Donna...

DONNA

Yeah?

DOCTOR

Stay out of the shadows.

DONNA

Why, what's in the shadows?

They go through another door and arrive to an aisle between bookshelves, several floor high, reaching as far as they can see.

DONNA

So... We weren't just in the neighbourhood.

DOCTOR

Yeah, I kind of, sort of lied a bit. I got a message on the psychic paper.

He shows it to Donna - the message is "The Library. Come as soon as you can. x"

DOCTOR

What do you think? Cry for help?

DONNA

Cry for help - with a kiss?

DOCTOR

Oh, we've all done that.

DONNA

Who's it from?

DOCTOR

No idea.

DONNA

So why did we come here, why did you...

DOCTOR

Donna!

The lights on the far end of the corridor go out and the darkness seems to move towards them.

DONNA

What's happening?

DOCTOR

Run!

They run until they reach a door. The Doctor tries to open it but he can't.

DOCTOR

Come on!

DONNA

What, is it locked?

DOCTOR

Jammed! The wood's warped!

DONNA

Sonic it, use the thingy!

DOCTOR

I can't, it's wood!

DONNA

What, it doesn't do wood?!

DOCTOR

Hang on, hang on, if I can vibrate the molecules, fry the bindings, I can shatterline the interface...

DONNA

Oh, get out of the way!

She kicks the door open, they burst into the room, shut the door and use a book to bolt it - same scene we've seen in the pre-credits sequence.

DOCTOR (to the Girl)

Oh! Hello! Sorry to burst on you like this. OK if we stop here for a bit?

As the Girl opens her eyes and returns to her world, in the Library a sphere falls to the ground where she used to be.

DONNA

What is it?

DOCTOR

Security camera. Switched itself off.

He picks it up and starts to examine it.

***

THE GIRL

They were in my Library. How can they be in my Library?

DOCTOR MOON

Who were they?

We hear the sound of the sonic screwdriver and the Girl puts her hands on her ears in pain.

THE GIRL

What's that? What's that noise?

DAD

What noise?

***

In the Library, the Doctor sonics the security camera.

DOCTOR

Nice door skills, Donna.

DONNA

Yeah, well, you know, boyfriends... sometimes you need the element of surprise. What was that, what was after us? I mean, did we just run away from a power cut?

DOCTOR

Possibly.

DONNA

Are we safe here?

DOCTOR

Course we're safe. There's a little shop.

We see the sign on the wall pointing towards the shop.

DOCTOR

Gotcha!

The cover on the security camera's lens opens.

***

In her home, the Girl is on the ground crying in agony. Under her, there's a symbol on the floor identical to the one on the lens cover of the security camera.

THE GIRL

No, stop it, no, no!

***

The Girl's words appear on a display of the camera.

DOCTOR

Ooh, I'm sorry. I really am, I'm sorry, I'm so sorry. (he puts down the sphere) It's alive.

DONNA

You said it was a security camera.

DOCTOR

It is. It's an alive one.

***

The Girl is still on the floor, now quiet. Her dad and Dr Moon are comforting her.

DR MOON

Can you hear me? Are you all right?

THE GIRL

Others are coming.

DR MOON

Who's coming? Who are the others?

THE GIRL

The Library is breached. Others are coming.

DR MOON

What others?

***

Again, the Girl's words are appear on the display.

DONNA

Others? What's it mean, "others"?

The Doctor is just as puzzled as her, so she turns to a Node in the room. This one has a different face.

DONNA

Excuse me, what does it mean, "others"?

DOCTOR

That's barely more than a speak your weight machine, it can't help you.

DONNA

So why's it got a face?

NODE

This flesh aspect was donated by Mark Chambers on the occasion of his death.

DONNA

It's a real face?!

NODE

It has been actualised individually for you from the many facial aspects saved to our extensive flesh banks. Please enjoy.

DONNA (shocked)

It chose me a dead face it thought I'd like? That statue's got a real dead person's face on it...

DOCTOR

It's the 51st century, that's... basically like donating a park bench.

DONNA

It's donating a face!

In horror, she backs away from the Node.

DOCTOR

No, wait, no!

He grabs Donna at the waist to prevent her from entering into a dark shadow behind her. She slaps on his hands.

DONNA

Oi! Hands!

DOCTOR

The shadow, look.

DONNA

What about it?

DOCTOR

"Count the shadows."

DONNA

One. There, I counted it, one shadow.

DOCTOR

Yeah... But what's casting it?

They look around but can't see anything that could cast it.

DOCTOR

Oh! I'm thick! Look at me, I'm old and thick! Head's too full of stuff, I need a bigger head!

They look towards a corridor - it's very dark and the only lamp is blinking.

DONNA

Power must be going.

DOCTOR

This place runs on fission cells. They'll outburn the sun.

DONNA

Then why is it dark?

DOCTOR

It's not dark.

Donna turns around and notices that the shadow they'd seen is now gone.

DONNA

That shadow. It's gone.

DOCTOR

We need to get back to the TARDIS.

DONNA

Why?

DOCTOR

Because that shadow hasn't gone. It's moved.

NODE

Reminder: the Library has been breached, others are coming. Reminder: the Library has been breached, others are coming. Reminder: the Library has been breached...

A door is burst open and six people in spacesuits enter the room. Their leader walks straight to the Doctor. She switches her visor to transparent to reveal a female face, and she smiles at the Doctor.

RIVER

Hello sweetie.

DOCTOR

Get out!

DONNA

Doctor.

DOCTOR

All of you, turn around, get back in your rocket and fly away! Tell your grandchildren you came to the Library and lived, they won't believe you.

RIVER

Pop your helmets, everyone. We've got breathers.

Everyone take off the helmets.

ANITA

How do you know they're not androids?

RIVER

Cos I've dated androids. They're rubbish.

MR LUX

Who is this? You said we were the only expedition, I paid for exclusives.

RIVER

I lied, I'm always lying. Bound to be others.

MR LUX

Miss Evangelista, I want to see the contracts.

RIVER

You came through the north door, yeah? How was that, much damage?

DOCTOR

Please, just leave. I'm asking you seriously and properly, just lea... Hang on. Did you say expedition?

MR LUX

My expedition, I funded it.

DOCTOR

Oh, you're not, are you? Tell me you're not archaeologists.

RIVER

Got a problem with archaeologists?

DOCTOR

I'm a time traveller. I point and laugh at archaeologists.

RIVER

Ah. Professor River Song, archaeologist.

DOCTOR

River Song, lovely name. As you're leaving, and you're leaving now... you need to set up a quarantine beacon. Code-wall the planet, the whole planet. Nobody comes here, not ever again... not one living thing, not here, not ever. (one of the people walks towards the shadows) Stop right there! What's your name?

ANITA

Anita.

DOCTOR

Anita, stay out of the shadows. Not a foot, not a finger in the shadows till you're safely back in your ship. Goes for all of you. Stay in the light. Find a nice, bright spot and just stand. If you understand me, look very, very scared.

They just look at him, River smiling, the others blank.

DOCTOR

No, bit more scared than that.

Miss Evangelista looks somewhat scared.

DOCTOR

OK, do for now. You, who are you?

OTHER DAVE

Uh, Dave.

DOCTOR

OK, Dave...

OTHER DAVE

Oh, well Other Dave, because that's Proper Dave the pilot, he was the first Dave, so when we...

The Doctor takes Other Dave to the door they've come in through.

DOCTOR

Other Dave, the way you came, does it look the same as before?

OTHER DAVE

Yeah. Oh, it's a bit darker.

DOCTOR

How much darker?

OTHER DAVE

Oh, like I could see where we came through just like a moment ago. I can't now.

DOCTOR

Seal up this door. We'll find another way out.

He walks back to the rest of the group.

MR LUX

We're not looking for a way out. Miss Evangelista?

Miss Evangelista steps to the Doctor and Donna with papers in her hand.

MISS EVANGELISTA

I'm Mr. Lux's personal... everything. You need to sign these contracts agreeing that your individual experience inside the Library are the intellectual property of the Felman Lux Corporation.

DOCTOR

Right, give it here.

DONNA

Yeah, lovely. Thanks.

They take the contracts from Miss Evangelista and tear them to pieces.

MR LUX

My family built this Library. I have rights.

RIVER

You have a mouth that won't stop. (to the Doctor) You think there's danger here?

DOCTOR (sarcastic)

Something came to this Library and killed everything in it, killed a whole world. Danger? Could be.

RIVER

That was 100 years ago. The Library's been silent for 100 years. Whatever came here is long dead.

DOCTOR

Bet your life?

RIVER (smiling at him)

Always.

MR LUX

What are you doing?

OTHER DAVE

He said seal the door.

DOCTOR

Torch!

He snatches a torch from Mr Lux's hand.

MR LUX

You're taking orders from him?

DOCTOR

Spooky, isn't it?

He walks to the other side of the room and starts to look around, using the torch to light the dark corners.

DOCTOR

Almost every species in the universe has an irrational fear of the dark. But they're wrong. Cos it's not irrational. It's Vashta Nerada.

DONNA

What's Vashta Nerada?

DOCTOR

It's what's in the dark. It's what's always in the dark.

He walks back to the group.

DOCTOR

Lights! That's what we need, lights. You got lights?

RIVER

What for?

DOCTOR

Form a circle, safe area, big as you can, lights pointing out.

RIVER

Oi! Do as he says.

MR LUX

You're not listening to this man?!

RIVER

Apparently, I am. Anita, unpack the lights. Other Dave, make sure the door's secure, then help Anita. Mr. Lux, put your helmet back on, block the visor. Proper Dave, find an active terminal. I want you to access the Library database, see what you can find about what happened here a hundred years ago. Pretty Boy, you're with me. Step into my office.

She walks to a desk with an information terminal.

MR LUX

Professor Song, why am I the only one wearing my helmet?

RIVER (cheekily)

I don't fancy you.

The Doctor walks to Proper Dave.

DOCTOR

Probably I can help you.

RIVER (calling from the other side of the room)

Pretty Boy, with me I said.

DOCTOR (dumbfounded)

Oh, I'm Pretty Boy?

DONNA

Yes. Ooh, that came out a bit quick!

DOCTOR

Pretty?!

DONNA

Meh.

The Doctor walks to River's place while talking to the rest of the group.

DOCTOR

Don't let your shadows cross! Seriously, don't even let them touch. Any of them could be infected.

OTHER DAVE

How can a shadow be infected?

Everyone busy, Miss Evangelista is the only one who has nothing to do.

MISS EVANGELISTA

Excuse me, can I help?

ANITA

No, we're fine.

MISS EVANGELISTA

I could just... you know, hold things.

OTHER DAVE

No, really, we're OK.

DONNA

Couldn't she help?

OTHER DAVE

Trust me. I just spent four days on a ship with that woman. She's...

ANITA

Couldn't tell the difference between the escape pod and the bathroom. We had to go back for her. Twice.

River is packing out things from her bag. She pulls out a strange, TARDIS-shaped book.

RIVER

Thanks.

DOCTOR

For what?

RIVER

The usual. For coming when I call.

DOCTOR

Oh, that was you?

RIVER

You're doing a very good job, acting like you don't know me. I'm assuming there's a reason.

DOCTOR

A fairly good one, actually.

RIVER

OK, shall we do diaries, then? Where are we this time? Uh, going by your face, I'd say it's early days for you. Yes? So, um... (she flips pages in the book) crash of the Byzantium, have we done that yet?

The Doctor looks at her, expressionless.

RIVER

Obviously ringing no bells. (she turns several pages) Right, um, oh. Picnic at Asgard. Have we done Asgard yet?

He just stares at her.

RIVER SONG

Obviously not. Blimey, very early days, then. Huh, life with a time traveller, never knew it could be such hard work.

She examines the Doctor's face carefully and is surprised by what she sees.

RIVER (whispering)

Look at you! You're young.

DOCTOR

I'm really not, you know.

RIVER SONG

Nah, but you are. Your eyes. You're younger than I've ever seen you.

DOCTOR

You've seen me before, then?

RIVER

Doctor... please tell me you know who I am?

DOCTOR

Who are you?

They are interrupted by a noise - kind of alarm but rather strange.

PROPER DAVE

Sorry, that was me. Trying to get through into the security protocols, I seem to have set something off. What is that? Is that an alarm?

DONNA

Doctor? Doctor, that sounds like...

DOCTOR

It is. It's a phone!

***

In the Girl's home, an old-fashioned telephone rings but the adults don't care about it.

THE GIRL

Dad!

DAD

In a minute.

***

PROPER DAVE

I'm trying to call up the data core, but it's not responding. Just that noise.

DONNA

But it's a phone!

DOCTOR

Let me try something.

***

THE GIRL

Dad! The phone, aren't you gonna answer it?

DAD

It's not ringing, sweetie.

Confused, she goes to the phone, but it stops ringing before she could answer it.

***

The terminal's screen shows the symbol we've seen on the security camera and the Girl's floor, with 'ACCESS DENIED' written over it.

DOCTOR

OK, doesn't like that, let's try something else.

***

The Girl is back to drawing pictures of the Library, with a cartoon on the telly behind her.

DOCTOR (voice from the TV)

OK, here it comes.

He appears on the screen.

DOCTOR

Hello?

THE GIRL (turning to the telly)

Hello. Are you in my television?

DOCTOR

Well, no, I'm, I'm... sort of in space. I, I was trying to call up the data core of a triple-grid security processor.

THE GIRL

Would you like to speak to my dad?

DOCTOR

Dad or your mum, that'd be lovely.

THE GIRL

I know you! You were in my Library.

DOCTOR

Your Library?

THE GIRL

The Library's never been on the television before. What have you done?

DOCTOR

Ah, I... I just rerouted the interface...

The connection breaks and the cartoon comes back to the screen.

***

RIVER

What happened, who was that?

The ACCESS DENIED signal appears again.

***

The Girl picks up the remote and starts to flip channels, trying to find the Doctor again.

***

The Doctor pushes keys but can't get through, so he runs across the room to the terminal at River Song's workplace.

DOCTOR

I need another terminal. Keep working on those lights, we need those lights!

RIVER

You heard him, people, let there be light.

Working on the terminal, the Doctor keeps looking at the TARDIS-shaped diary River left on the desk. Finally, he reaches for it, but River takes it off from him.

RIVER

Sorry. You're not allowed to see inside the book, it's against the rules.

DOCTOR

What rules?

RIVER

Your rules.

***

The Girl is still flipping channels, then opens a cover on the remote to reveal a second set of buttons. As she starts pushing those, books fly off the Library shelves.

DOCTOR

What's that? I didn't do that, did you do that?

PROPER DAVE

Not me.

The Doctor turns back to the terminal. The screen displays again the 'ACCESS DENIED' sign, now with 'CAL' on the top.

DOCTOR

What's CAL?

When the books finally stop flying off, Donna walks to Miss Evangelista who seems very stressed by everything that's happening around her.

DONNA

You're all right?

MISS EVANGELISTA

What's that? What's happening?

MR LUX

I don't know.

DONNA (trying to calm her)

Oh, thanks for... you know... offering to help with the lights.

MISS EVANGELISTA

They don't want me. They think I'm stupid, cos I'm pretty.

DONNA

Course they don't, nobody thinks that.

MISS EVANGELISTA

No, they're right though. I'm a moron, me. My dad said I have the IQ of plankton, and I was pleased.

DONNA (laughing)

See, that's funny.

MISS EVANGELISTA

No... no, I, I really was pleased. Is that funny?

DONNA

No, no.

Books start to fall again.

RIVER

What's causing that? Is it the little girl?

DOCTOR

But who is the little girl? What's she got to do with this place?

***

The Girl is still fiddling with the remote.

***

DOCTOR

How does the data core work? What's the principle? What's CAL?

RIVER

Ask Mr Lux.

DOCTOR (turning to Mr Lux)

CAL, what is it?

MR LUX

Sorry. You didn't sign your personal experience contracts.

DOCTOR

Mr Lux, right now, you're in more danger than you've ever been in your whole life. And you're protecting a patent?

MR LUX

I'm protecting my family's pride.

DOCTOR

Well, funny thing, Mr Lux, I don't want to see everyone in this room dead because some idiot thinks his pride is more important.

RIVER

Then why don't you sign his contract? (pause) I didn't either. I'm getting worse than you.

DOCTOR

Okay, okay, okay. Let's start at the beginning. What happened here? On the actual day, a hundred years ago, what physically happened?

The Girl pushes another button on the remote and a panel of the Library wall slides open, unseen by anyone but Miss Evangelista.

RIVER

There was a message from the Library. Just one. "The lights are going out". Then the computer sealed the planet, and there was nothing for a hundred years.

MR LUX

It's taken three generations of my family just to decode the seals and get back in.

MISS EVANGELISTA

Um... excuse me...

MR LUX

Not just now.

RIVER

There was one other thing in the last message...

MR LUX

That's confidential.

RIVER

I trust this man. With my life, with everything.

MR LUX

You've only just met him!

RIVER

No, he's only just met me.

MISS EVANGELISTA

Um. This might be important actually...

MR LUX

In a moment!

RIVER

This is a data extract that came with the message.

She shows the message on a PDA to the Doctor.

DOCTOR

"4022 saved. No survivors."

RIVER

4022, that's the exact number of people who were in the Library when the planet was sealed.

DONNA

But how can 4022 people have been saved if there were no survivors?

RIVER

That's what we're here to find out.

MR LUX

And so far, what we haven't found are any bodies.

***

During the conversation, Miss Evangelista walks out of the room through the open wall panel. She walks along a shadowy corridor to arrive into a lecture room. Then the rest of the team hear her scream and they run after her. They arrive to the lecture room but only find a skeleton there.

DOCTOR

Everybody, careful! Stay in the light.

PROPER DAVE

You keep saying that. I don't see the point!

DOCTOR

Who screamed?

PROPER DAVE

Miss Evangelista.

DOCTOR

Where is she?

RIVER (to her communicator)

Miss Evangelista, please state your current...

They are shocked to hear River's voice echo from the direction of the skeleton.

RIVER

Please state your current...

She stops, then whispers the last word, terrified by the realisation.

RIVER

...position.

She pulls out a piece of the spacesuit's collar from behind the skeleton's back. The green lights of the communicator are still on.

RIVER

It's her. It's Miss Evangelista.

ANITA

We heard her scream a few seconds ago. What could do that to a person in a few seconds?

DOCTOR

It took a lot less than a few seconds.

ANITA

What did?

MISS EVANGELISTA (voice from the communicator)

Hello?

RIVER

Um, I'm sorry everyone, um, this isn't going to be pleasant. She's ghosting.

DONNA

She's what?

MISS EVANGELISTA

Hello, excuse me? I - I'm sorry, hello? Excuse me?

DONNA

That's... That's her, that's Miss Evangelista!

OTHER DAVE

I don't want to sound horrible, but couldn't we just... you know?

RIVER

This is her last moment... no, we can't. A little respect, thank you.

MISS EVANGELISTA

Sorry, where am I? Excuse me?

DONNA

But that's Miss Evangelista.

RIVER

It's a data ghost, she'll be gone in a moment. (to her communicator) Miss Evangelista, you're fine, just relax. We'll be with you presently.

DONNA

What's a data ghost?

DOCTOR

There's a neural relay in the communicator, lets you send thought mails. That's it there, those green lights. Sometimes it can hold an impression of a living consciousness for a short time after death. Like an after image.

ANITA

My grandfather lasted a day. Kept talking about his shoelaces.

DONNA

She's in there!

MISS EVANGELISTA

I can't see, I can't... Where am I?

PROPER DAVE

She's just brain waves now. The pattern won't hold for long.

DONNA

She's conscious! She's thinking.

MISS EVANGELISTA

I can't see, I can't... I don't know what I'm thinking.

DOCTOR

She's a footprint on the beach. And the tide's coming in.

MISS EVANGELISTA

Where's that woman? The nice woman... is she there?

MR LUX

What woman?

DONNA

She means... I think, she means me.

MISS EVANGELISTA

Is she there? The nice woman?

RIVER

Yeah, she's here, hang on. (to Donna) Go ahead. She can hear you.

MISS EVANGELISTA

Hello? Are you there?

Donna shakes her head in horror.

DOCTOR (whispering)

Help her.

DONNA

She's dead.

DOCTOR

Yeah. Help her.

MISS EVANGELISTA

Hello? Is that the nice woman?

DONNA

Yeah. Hello. Yeah, I'm, I'm... I'm here. You OK?

MISS EVANGELISTA

What I said before, about being stupid. Don't tell the others, they'll only laugh.

DONNA

Course I won't. Course I won't tell them.

MISS EVANGELISTA

Don't tell the others, they'll only laugh...

DONNA

I won't tell them. I said I won't.

MISS EVANGELISTA

Don't tell the others, they'll only laugh.

DONNA

I'm not going to tell them.

The lights of the neural relay are now blinking.

MISS EVANGELISTA

Don't tell the others, they'll only laugh.

RIVER

She's looping now. The pattern's degrading.

MISS EVANGELISTA

I can't think, I...don't know, I... I... I... Ice cream. Ice cream. Ice cream. Ice cream.

She keeps repeating those words.

RIVER

Does anybody mind if I...?

She steps to the skeleton and turns off the relay.

DONNA

That was... that was horrible. That was the most horrible thing I've ever seen.

She's in tears, the Doctor puts his hand on her shoulder comfortingly.

RIVER

No. It's just a freak of technology. But whatever did this to her, whatever killed her... I'd like a word with that.

DOCTOR

I'll introduce you.

He rushes back to the room where they came from, the others following him.

DOCTOR

I'm gonna need a packed lunch.

RIVER

Hang on.

She and the Doctor crouch down to her bag. Searching for the food, she first pulls out her TARDIS book.

DOCTOR

What's in that book?

RIVER

Spoilers.

DOCTOR

Who are you?

RIVER

Professor River Song, University of...

DOCTOR

To me. Who are you to me?

RIVER

Again... spoilers. (she hands a lunch box to him) Chicken, and a bit of salad. Knock yourself out.

After a long look, he stands up.

DOCTOR

Right, you lot. Let's all meet the Vashta Nerada!

***

DAD

Darling, Dr Moon is going now. But he'd like a word with you alone, is that all right?

THE GIRL

Yes, of course, Dr Moon.

DR MOON (to the Dad)

Thank you. (he walks to the Girl) Now, listen. This is important. There's the real world, and there's the world of nightmares. That's right, isn't it? You understand that?

THE GIRL

Yes, I know, Dr Moon.

DR MOON

What I want you to remember is this... and I know it's hard. The real world is a lie, and your nightmares are real. The Library is real. There are people trapped in there, people who need to be saved. The shadows are moving again. Those people are depending on you. Only you can save them. Only you.

***

In the Library, the Doctor is on the floor, examining shadows with the sonic.

RIVER

You travel with him, don't you? The Doctor, you travel with him.

DONNA

What of it?

Going around the room, the Doctor arrives to Proper Dave's feet.

DOCTOR

Proper Dave, could you move over a bit?

PROPER DAVE

Why?

DOCTOR

Over there by the water cooler. Thanks.

Proper Dave walks to the rest of the group.

DONNA

You know him, don't you?

RIVER

Oh, God, do I know that man. We go way back, that man and me. Just not this far back.

DONNA

I'm sorry, what?

RIVER

He hasn't met me yet. I sent him a message but it went wrong, it arrived too early. This is the Doctor in the days before he knew me. And he looks at me, he looks right through me and it shouldn't kill me, but it does.

DONNA

What are you talking about? Are you just talking rubbish? Do you know him or don't you?

DOCTOR

Donna! Quiet! I'm working.

DONNA

Sorry!

RIVER

Donna? You're Donna? Donna Noble?

DONNA

Yeah. Why?

RIVER

I do know the Doctor. But in the future. His personal future.

DONNA

So why don't you know me? Where am I in the future?

Just before River could answer, the Doctor stands up.

DOCTOR

OK, we've got a live one! That's not darkness down those tunnels, this is not a shadow. It's a swarm. A man-eating swarm.

He throws a chicken leg from the lunch box into the shadows. But by the time it reaches the ground, there's only the bone left of it.

DOCTOR

The piranhas of the air, the Vashta Nerada. Literally "the shadows that melt the flesh". Most planets have them, but usually in small clusters. I've never seen an infestation on this scale, or this aggressive.

DONNA

What d'you mean, most planets? Not Earth?

DOCTOR

Mmmm, Earth, and a billion other worlds. Where there's meat, there's Vashta Nerada. You can see them sometimes, if you look. The dust in sunbeams.

DONNA

If they were on Earth, we'd know.

DOCTOR

Nah, normally they live on road kill. But sometimes people go missing. Not everyone comes back out of the dark.

RIVER

Every shadow?

DOCTOR

No. But any shadow.

RIVER

So what do we do?

DOCTOR

Daleks - aim for the eyestalk. Sontarans - back of the neck. Vashta Nerada... Run! Just run.

RIVER

Run? Run where?

DOCTOR

This is an index point. There must be an exit teleport somewhere.

MR LUX

Don't look at me, I haven't memorised the schematics!

DONNA

Doctor, the little shop! They always make you go through the little shop on the way out so they can sell you stuff.

DOCTOR

You're right! Brilliant! That's why I like the little shop!

PROPER DAVE

OK, let's move it!

He heads towards the shop but the Doctor spots something.

DOCTOR

Actually, Proper Dave, could you stay where you are for a moment?

PROPER DAVE

Why?

DOCTOR

I'm sorry. I am so, so sorry. But you've got two shadows.

Everybody looks at Proper Dave's shadows in horror.

DOCTOR

It's how they hunt, they latch on to a food source and keep it fresh.

PROPER DAVE

What do I do?

DOCTOR

You stay absolutely still. Like there's a wasp in the room, like there's a million wasps.

RIVER

We're not leaving you, Dave.

DOCTOR

Course we're not leaving. Where's your helmet? Don't point, just tell me.

PROPER DAVE

On the floor, by my bag.

Anita goes to fetch the helmet.

DOCTOR

Don't cross his shadow! (he takes the helmet from Anita) Thanks. Now, the rest of you, helmets back on and sealed up. We'll need everything we've got.

He helps the helmet on Proper Dave.

DONNA

But, Doctor, we haven't got any helmets.

DOCTOR

Yeah, but we're safe anyway.

DONNA

How are we safe?

DOCTOR

We're not, that was a clever lie to shut you up. Professor, anything I can do with the suit?

MR LUX

What good are the damn suits? Miss Evangelista was wearing her suit, there was nothing left.

RIVER

We can increase the mesh-density, dial it up 400%. Make it a tougher meal.

DOCTOR

OK. (he sonics Proper Dave's suit) 800%! Pass it on.

He shows the sonic screwdriver to River but she lifts up a similar one.

RIVER

Gotcha!

DOCTOR

What's that?

RIVER

It's a screwdriver.

DOCTOR

It's sonic.

RIVER

Yeah, I know. Snap!

She goes around sealing everyone's suits with her sonic. The Doctor watches her with suspicion, then he grabs Donna's hand.

DOCTOR

With me, come on!

They run into the shop.

DONNA

What are we doing, we're shopping? Is it a good time to shop?

DOCTOR

No talking, just moving! Try it! Right, stand there in the middle. It's a teleport. Stand in the middle. Can't send the others, TARDIS won't recognise them.

DONNA

What are you doing?

DOCTOR

You don't have a suit, you're not safe!

DONNA

You don't have a suit, so you're in just as much danger as I am and I'm not leaving...

DOCTOR

Donna! Let me explain.

He pushes a lever and teleports Donna away.

DOCTOR

Oh, that's how you do it!

RIVER (calling from the other room)

Doctor!

The Doctor runs back.

***

Donna starts to appear inside the TARDIS, but before the process could finish she disappears again with a scream.

***

DOCTOR

Where did it go?

PROPER DAVE

It's just gone. I... I looked round, one shadow. See.

RIVER

Does that mean we can leave? I don't want to hang around here.

MR LUX

I don't know why we're still here. We can leave him, can't we? I mean, no offence...

RIVER

Shut up, Mr. Lux.

DOCTOR

Did you feel anything? Like an energy transfer? Anything at all?

PROPER DAVE

No, no, but, look, it's, it's gone.

He starts to turn around to show he's clear.

DOCTOR

Stop there, stop, stop, stop there, stop moving! They're never just gone. And they never give up.

He kneels down and starts to investigate shadows with the sonic.

DOCTOR

Well, this one's benign.

PROPER DAVE

Hey, who turned out the lights?

DOCTOR

No-one, they're fine.

PROPER DAVE

No, seriously, turn them back on!

RIVER

They are on.

PROPER DAVE

I can't see a ruddy thing.

DOCTOR

Dave, turn round.

Proper Dave turns back to the group slowly, his face invisible in the darkness of the helmet.

PROPER DAVE

What's going on? Why can't I see? Is the power gone, are we safe here?

DOCTOR

Dave, I want you stay still, absolutely still. (Dave suddenly stiffens) Dave, Dave? Dave, can you hear me, are you all right? Talk to me, Dave.

PROPER DAVE

I'm fine, I'm OK, I'm... I'm fine.

DOCTOR

I want you to stay still, absolutely still.

PROPER DAVE

I'm fine, I'm OK, I'm, I'm fine. I can't... Why can't I? I... I can't... Why can't I? I... I can't... Why can't I? I...

The lights on Proper Dave's communicator are blinking.

RIVER

He's gone. He's ghosting.

MR LUX

Then why is he still standing?

PROPER DAVE

Hey! Who turned out the lights? Hey! Who turned out the lights?

Cautiously, the Doctor moves closer to Proper Dave.

RIVER

Doctor, don't!

DOCTOR

Dave, can you hear me?

PROPER DAVE

Hey! Who turned out the lights?

He grabs the Doctor and starts choking him. His helmet finally lit, we see that only a skeleton is left in the space suit.

PROPER DAVE

Who turned out the lights? Hey! Who turned out the lights?

RIVER

Excuse me!

She uses her sonic to stun the skeleton and free the Doctor.

DOCTOR

Back from it, get back, right back!

The group backs away but they are cornered by skeleton/Dave, walking towards them in an awkward manner.

RIVER

Doesn't move very fast does it?

DOCTOR

It's a swarm in a suit. But it's learning.

Several shadows reach out from skeleton/Dave and move towards the group.

MR LUX

What do we do? Where do we go?

RIVER

See that wall behind you? Duck!

Mr Lux ducks and River uses a sonic blaster to make a hole in the wall.

DOCTOR

Squareness gun!

RIVER

Everybody out. Go, go, go! Move it, move, move! Move it, move, move!

They get out of the room and arrive to a shadowy aisle between book shelves.

RIVER

You said not every shadow.

DOCTOR

But any shadow!

PROPER DAVE (arriving to the aisle)

Hey! Who turned out the lights?

RIVER

Run!

She takes the Doctor's hand and they all run.

***

DAD

Sweetie, dinner's ready.

THE GIRL

Donna Noble has been saved.

DAD (confused)

Sweetie?

***

The Doctor is fiddling on a lamp with the sonic, River is near him while the rest of the group just sits there panting.

DOCTOR

Trying to boost the power. Light doesn't stop them, but it slows them down.

RIVER

So, what's the plan? Do we have a plan?

She points her screwdriver to the lamp too and the light becomes stronger.

DOCTOR

Your screwdriver... looks exactly like mine.

RIVER

Yeah. You gave it to me.

DOCTOR

I don't give my screwdriver to anyone.

RIVER

I'm not anyone.

DOCTOR

Who are you?

RIVER

What's the plan?

DOCTOR

I teleported Donna back to the TARDIS. If we don't get back there in under five hours, emergency program one will activate.

RIVER

Take her home, yeah. (to the rest of the group) We need to get a shift on.

The Doctor looks at his sonic and suddenly becomes very concerned.

DOCTOR

She's not there. I should've received a signal, the console signals me if there's a teleport breach.

RIVER

Well, maybe the co-ordinates have slipped. The equipment here's ancient.

The Doctor runs to a Node standing nearby.

DOCTOR

Donna Noble. There's a Donna Noble somewhere in this Library. Do you have the software to locate her position?

The Node turns its head to the Doctor to reveal it is wearing Donna's face.

NODE

Donna Noble has left the Library. Donna Noble has been saved.

DOCTOR (horrified)

Donna!

NODE

Donna Noble has left the Library. Donna Noble has been saved.

RIVER

How can it be Donna? How's that possible?

NODE

Donna Noble has left the Library. Donna Noble has been saved.

DOCTOR

Oh, Donna!

NODE

Donna Noble has left the Library.

PROPER DAVE

Hey! Who turned out the lights?

Skeleton/Dave appears in the aisle but the Doctor is too devastated to care, he just stares at the Node in despair.

RIVER

Doctor!

NODE

Donna Noble has been saved.

PROPER DAVE

Hey! Who turned out the lights?

NODE

Donna Noble has left the Library.

RIVER

Doctor, we've got to go, now!

She grabs his hand and pulls him after the rest of the group.

NODE

Donna Noble has been saved.

PROPER DAVE

Hey! Who turned out the lights?

NODE

Donna Noble has left the Library. Donna Noble has been saved.

PROPER DAVE

Hey! Who turned out the lights?

NODE

Donna Noble has left the Library. Donna Noble has been saved.

PROPER DAVE

Hey! Who turned out the lights?

NODE

Donna Noble has left the Library. Donna Noble has been saved.

PROPER DAVE

Hey! Who turned out the lights?

NODE

Donna Noble has left the Library.

The people are now cornered: skeleton/Dave is coming from one end of the aisle and shadows move closer from the other end.

RIVER

Doctor, what are we gonna do?

PROPER DAVE

Hey! Who turned out the lights?

NODE

Donna Noble has left the Library. Donna Noble has been saved.

=== DOCTOR WHO (2005) ===

TRANSCRIPT PROVIDED BY WWW.TWIZTV.COM

ORIGINALLY TRANSCRIBED FOR DISCIPLES OF DONNA


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