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  04x09 - FOREST OF THE DEAD (2)
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Recap of Silence in the Library, ending with the Doctor, River, Anita, Other Dave and Mr Lux being trapped between skeleton/Dave and moving shadows.

***

OPENING CREDITS

DAVID TENNANT

CATHERINE TATE

FOREST OF THE DEAD

by Steven Moffat

***

PROPER DAVE

Hey! Who turned out the lights?

River uses the squareness gun again to open a hole in the wall.

RIVER

This way, quickly, move!

PROPER DAVE

Hey! Who turned out the lights?

***

In her home, the Girl now follows the events on the telly.

THE GIRL

Dad, the Library, it's on television now.

DAD

How many times, darling? The Library is just your imagination.

She flips channels, all of them show different parts of the Library. Then on another channel, there's an ambulance pulling up to a hospital. The crew roll out the stretcher and the Girl can see Donna lying on it.

THE GIRL

Donna?

***

In a hospital room, Donna is sitting on the bed in pyjamas. Dr Moon enters the room.

DR MOON

Hello, Donna.

DONNA (confused)

Who are you?

DR MOON

I'm Dr Moon. I've been treating you since you came here, two years ago.

She suddenly recognises him.

DONNA

Oh, God, Dr Moon, I'm so sorry! What's wrong with me? I didn't know you for a moment.

DR MOON

And then, you remembered. Shall we go for a walk?

Cut: they are now in the garden in front of the hospital.

DR MOON

No more dreams, then? The Doctor and the blue box, time and space.

DONNA (confused)

How did we get here?

DR MOON

We came down the stairs, out the front door. We passed Mrs Ali on the way out.

In front of the building, we see a board with only one word on it: CAL.

DONNA (suddenly remembering)

Yeah. Yeah, we did. I forgot that.

DR MOON

And then, you remembered. Shall we go down to the river?

Cut: they are by the river.

DONNA (confused)

You said "river" and suddenly we're feeding ducks.

A man walks to Donna and Dr Moon.

LEE

Dr Moon! Morning.

DR MOON

Donna Noble, Lee McAvoy.

DONNA

Hello, Lee.

LEE

Hello, D... D... D...

DONNA (smiling)

Oh, you've got bit of a stammer there... Bless!

LEE

D... D...

DONNA

Oh, skip to a vowel, they're easy!

They laugh at each other. Cut: Donna and Dr Moon are back in the hospital garden.

DONNA

How did we leave it, him and me?

DR MOON

I got the impression he was inviting you fishing tomorrow.

Cut: Donna steps into Lee's room in a sexy, glittery dress.

DONNA

So... Fishing!

Cut: they are sitting by the river under a huge umbrella. It's raining and Donna looks totally out of place in her pretty dress.

LEE

D... D...

DONNA

Gorgeous and can't speak a word. What am I gonna do with you?

Cut: Lee carries Donna over the threshold and we hear bells ring in the background.

LEE

Welcome home, M-Mrs McAvoy.

Cut: Dr Moon is in Donna's living room watching a photo album, while Donna's children Joshua and Ella are running around.

DONNA

Stop it! Stop it now, we've got a visitor.

DR MOON

You've done so much in seven years, Donna.

DONNA

Ah, sometimes it feels more like 70. (confused) Mind you, sometimes it feels like no time at all.

Dr Moon rises to leave.

DR MOON

Can I just say what a pleasure it is to see you fully integrated?

Suddenly, Dr Moon becomes fuzzy and then disappears, being replaced by the Doctor.

DOCTOR

No, the signal's definitely coming from the moon. I'm blocking it, but it's trying to break through.(he looks around and spots Donna) Donna!

The Doctor disappears again and Dr Moon is back, looking as solid and real as ever.

DR MOON

Oops, sorry. Mrs Angelo's rhubarb surprise. Will I never learn?

Donna backs away in shock.

DONNA

The Doctor! I saw the Doctor!

DR MOON

Yes, you did, Donna. And then, you forgot.

Suddenly all concern gone, Donna smiles at him as if he'd only just arrived.

DONNA

Dr Moon! Oh, hello! Shall I make you a cup of tea?

***

Over the Library planet, there's a huge moon on the sunset sky. Inside, River uses the sonic blaster to open a way to another room.

RIVER

OK, we've got a clear spot. In, in, in! Right in the centre, in the middle of the light, quickly! Don't let your shadows cross. Doctor...

DOCTOR

I'm doing it.

He starts to check the shadows with his sonic screwdriver.

RIVER

There's no lights here. Sunset's coming, we can't stay long. Have you found a live one?

DOCTOR

Maybe, it's getting harder to tell. (he thrashes the sonic) What's wrong with you?

RIVER

We're gonna need a chicken leg. Who's got a chicken leg? (Other Dave hands her one) Thanks, Dave.

She throws the leg into the shadow the Doctor was examining and it gets stripped to the bone before it hits the floor.

RIVER

OK... OK, we've got a hot one. Watch your feet.

DOCTOR

They won't attack until there's enough of them, but they've got our scent now, they're coming.

OTHER DAVE (to River)

Who is he? You haven't even told us. You just expect us to trust him.

RIVER

He's the Doctor.

MR LUX

And who is the Doctor?

RIVER

The only story you'll ever tell - if you survive him.

ANITA

You say he's your friend, but he doesn't even know who you are.

RIVER

Listen, all you need to know is this... I'd trust that man to the end of the universe. And actually, we've been.

ANITA

He doesn't act like he trusts you.

RIVER

Yeah, there's a tiny problem. He hasn't met me yet.

She walks to the Doctor who is fiddling with his sonic.

RIVER

What's wrong with it?

DOCTOR

There's a signal coming from somewhere, interfering with it.

RIVER

Then use the red settings.

DOCTOR

It doesn't have a red setting.

RIVER

Well, use the dampers.

DOCTOR

It doesn't have dampers.

RIVER

It will do one day.

She shows him her sonic.

DOCTOR

So some time in the future, I just give you my screwdriver.

RIVER

Yeah.

DOCTOR

Why would I do that?

RIVER

I didn't pluck it from your cold dead hands, if that's what you're worried about.

DOCTOR

And I know that because...?

RIVER

Listen to me. You've lost your friend, you're angry, I understand. But you need to be less emotional, Doctor. Right now...

DOCTOR

Less em... I'm not emotional!

RIVER

There are five people in this room still alive, focus on that. Dear God, you're hard work young!

DOCTOR

Young? Who are you?!

MR LUX

Oh, for heaven's sake! Look at the pair of you! We're all gonna die right here, and you're just squabbling like an old married couple.

RIVER

Doctor... one day I'm going to be someone that you trust completely, but I can't wait for you to find that out. So I'm going to prove it to you. And I'm sorry. I'm really very sorry.

She whispers something in his ear, something that stuns him completely.

RIVER

Are we good? Doctor... are we good?

DOCTOR (lost in thoughts)

Yeah... Yeah, we're good.

RIVER

Good.

She walks back to the rest of the group. After a few seconds, the Doctor returns to reality.

DOCTOR

Know what's interesting about my screwdriver? Very hard to interfere with, practically nothing's strong enough... Well, some hairdryers, but I'm working on that. So there is a very strong signal coming from somewhere, and it wasn't there before, so what's new, what's changed?

They just look at each others.

DOCTOR

Come on! What's new? What's different?

OTHER DAVE

I dunno, nothing. It's getting dark.

DOCTOR

It's a screwdriver, it works in the dark.

He looks up to the darkening sky over the doom and notices the moon.

DOCTOR

Moon rise... Tell me about the moon. What's there?

MR LUX

It's not real, it was built as part of the Library. It's just a doctor moon.

DOCTOR

What's a doctor moon?

MR LUX

A virus checker. It supports and maintains the main computer at the core of the planet.

The Doctor turns on the sonic.

DOCTOR

Well, it's still active, it's signalling, look. Someone somewhere in this Library is alive and communicating with the moon, or possibly alive and drying their hair. No, the signal's definitely coming from the moon. I'm blocking it, but it's trying to break through...

Suddenly, Donna's fuzzy image appears in the Library.

RIVER

Doctor!

DOCTOR

Donna!

The image fades.

RIVER

Doctor, that was your friend! Can you get her back? What was that?

DOCTOR

Hold on, hold on, hold on. I'm trying to find the wavelength. Ah, I'm being blocked.

ANITA (scared)

Professor?

RIVER

Just a moment.

ANITA

It's important. I have two shadows...

RIVER

OK. Helmets on, everyone. Anita, I'll get yours.

ANITA

It didn't do Proper Dave any good.

RIVER

Just keep it together, OK?

ANITA

Keeping it together, I'm only crying. I'm about to die, it's not an overreaction.

River puts the helmet on Anita.

DOCTOR

Hang on.

He sonics the helmet to make the visor dark.

RIVER

Oh, God, they've got inside.

DOCTOR

No, no, no, I just tinted her visor. Maybe they'll think they're already in there, leave her alone.

RIVER

D'you think they can be fooled like that?

DOCTOR

Maybe. I don't know. It's a swarm, it's not like we chat.

OTHER DAVE

Can you still see in there?

ANITA

Just about.

DOCTOR

Just, just, just... stay back. Professor, a quick word, please.

RIVER

What?

DOCTOR

Down here.

They crouch down.

RIVER

What is it?

DOCTOR (low voice)

Like you said, there are five people still alive in this room.

RIVER

Yeah, so?

DOCTOR

So... why are there six?

As the five of them turn around, they see another person in spacesuit standing in the background.

PROPER DAVE

Hey! Who turned out the lights?

DOCTOR

Run!

They run out of the room, with skeleton/Dave chasing them.

PROPER DAVE

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

***

The Girl is watching the events on television, then, scared of skeleton/Dave, she flips to the channel showing Donna's home.

***

Donna enters the living room with two cups of tea in hand.

DONNA

Here we are, Dr Moon.

Her daughter runs to her, showing her a clay figure.

ELLA

Mummy, I made you!

DONNA

Oh, that's nice, Ella. Where's the face?

ELLA

I don't know.

Donna puts the cups to the table and looks around, confused.

DONNA

Did you see Dr Moon? Did he leave?

Lee enters the room, the children run to hug him.

JOSHUA & ELLA

Daddy!

LEE

Hey! Hello, you two, come here! Big hugs, big Daddy hugs!

ELLA

Look what I made!

LEE

Oh, it's Mummy.

DONNA

Erm, it hasn't got a face. Did you see Dr Moon?

LEE

No, why, was he here?

DONNA

Yeah, just a second ago. You must have passed him.

Bemused, she goes to the window. But instead of Dr Moon, she sees a woman in a black Victorian dress passing by, making her even more confused.

LEE

You all right?

DONNA

Yeah. Yeah, I'm fine, it's just...

LEE

Just?

DONNA

Nothing. (she hugs Lee) It's been a long day, that's all. I'm just tired.

Cut: Donna, now in pyjamas, is in the bedroom with Lee.

LEE

You OK?

DONNA (confused)

I said I was tired, and... (slowly remembering) and we put the kids to bed, and we watched television.

They hear a noise from the front door.

DONNA

Was that a letter?

LEE

It's midnight.

DONNA

Go and see what it is.

Lee leaves and Donna walks to the window. Again, she sees the woman in the black dress.

LEE

"The world is wrong."

DONNA

What?

She turns back to see Lee enter the room with a letter in hand.

LEE

For you. Weird, though. "Dear Donna, the world is wrong. Meet me at your usual playpark, two o'clock tomorrow."

She takes the letter and goes back to the window to see the mysterious woman walk away.

DONNA

Nutter.

***

In her flat, the Girl looks scared.

THE GIRL

Don't go. Please don't go.

***

Donna arrives to the playground with her children. She sees the black dressed woman sitting on a bench, her face hidden behind a veil.

DONNA (to the children)

All right, you two, off you go, no fighting.

The kids run off and Donna sits down beside the woman.

DONNA

I got your note last night. "The world is wrong", what's that mean?

MISS EVANGELISTA

No, you didn't.

DONNA

I'm sorry, what?

MISS EVANGELISTA

You didn't get my note last night. You got it a few seconds ago. Having decided to come, you suddenly found yourself arriving. That is how time progresses here, in the manner of a dream. You've suspected that before, haven't you, Donna Noble?

DONNA (confused)

How do you know me?

MISS EVANGELISTA

We met before, in the Library. You were kind to me. I hope now to return that kindness.

DONNA

Your voice... I recognise it.

MISS EVANGELISTA

Yes, you do. I am what is left of Miss Evangelista.

Flashes of Miss Evangelista, alive and as the skeleton that remained of her.

***

In the Library, the group is running through a corridor connecting two high buildings.

DOCTOR

Professor, go ahead, find a safe spot.

RIVER

It's a carnivorous swarm in a suit, you can't reason with it.

DOCTOR

Five minutes.

RIVER

Other Dave, stay with him, pull him out when he's too stupid to live. Two minutes, Doctor.

River, Anita and Mr Lux leave, skeleton/Dave arrives to the corridor.

PROPER DAVE

Hey! Who turned out the lights?

The Doctor moves closer to it.

DOCTOR

You hear that? Those words? That is the very last thought of the man who wore that suit before you climbed inside it and stripped his flesh. That's a man's soul trapped inside a neural relay, going round and round forever. Now, if you don't have the decency to let him go, how about this? Use him. Talk to me. It's easy, neural relay. Just point and think. Use him, talk to me.

PROPER DAVE

Hey! Who turned out the lights?

DOCTOR

The Vashta Nerada live on all the worlds in this system, but you hunt in forests. What are you doing in a library?

OTHER DAVE

We should go. Doctor!

DOCTOR

In a minute. You came to the Library to hunt, why? Just tell me why?

PROPER DAVE/VASHTA NERADA

We...did... not.

DOCTOR

Oh, hello.

PROPER DAVE/VASHTA NERADA

We did not.

DOCTOR

Take it easy, you'll get the hang of it. Did not what?

PROPER DAVE/VASHTA NERADA

We... did not... come... here.

DOCTOR

Well, of course you did, of course you came here.

PROPER DAVE/VASHTA NERADA

We come from here.

DOCTOR

From here?

PROPER DAVE/VASHTA NERADA

We hatched here.

DOCTOR

But you hatch from trees, from spores in trees.

PROPER DAVE/VASHTA NERADA

These are our forests.

DOCTOR

You're nowhere near a forest, look around you.

PROPER DAVE/VASHTA NERADA

These are our forests.

DOCTOR

You're not in a forest, you're in a library. There are no trees in a... (realisation dawning on him) library.

OTHER DAVE

We should go. Doctor!

DOCTOR

Books. You came in the books. Microspores in a million million books.

OTHER DAVE

We should go. Doctor!

DOCTOR

Oh, look at that. (he looks out to the endless city of bookshelves) The forests of the Vashta Nerada, pulped and printed and bound. A million million books, hatching shadows.

OTHER DAVE

We should go. Doctor!

The Doctor looks at Other Dave, suddenly realising that he's been repeating the same words for a while.

DOCTOR

Oh Dave! Oh, Dave, I'm so sorry.

The lights of Other Dave's neural relay are blinking, and behind the helmet there's just a skull now. The skeletons are closing in on the Doctor.

PROPER DAVE

Hey! Who turned out the lights?

OTHER DAVE

We should go. Doctor!

DOCTOR

Thing about me, I'm stupid, I talk too much, always babbling on, this gob doesn't stop for anything. Wanna know the only reason I'm still alive? Always stay near the door.

He points the sonic to the floor, opening up a trap door and he disappears. The skeletons look after him - there's hundreds of floors to the ground. But in the next shot we see that the Doctor did not fall down, he is climbing under the corridor clinging to some metal structures, sonic in mouth.

***

The Girl is watching him on telly with a happy smile.

***

MISS EVANGELISTA

I suggested we meet here because a playground is the easiest place to see it, to see the lie.

DONNA

What lie?

MISS EVANGELISTA

The children, look at the children.

DONNA

Why do you wear that veil? If I had a face like yours, I wouldn't hide it.

MISS EVANGELISTA

You remember my face, then? The memories are all still there - the Library, the Doctor, me. You've just been programmed not to look.

DONNA

Sorry, but... you're dead.

MISS EVANGELISTA

In a way, we're all dead here, Donna. We are the dead of the Library.

DONNA

Well, what about the children? The children aren't dead. My children aren't dead.

MISS EVANGELISTA

Your children were never alive.

DONNA

Don't you say that. Don't you dare say that about my children!

MISS EVANGELISTA

Look at your children. Look at all of them, really look.

The camera shows several children on the playground: all wearing identical clothes, all looking the same, exactly like Donna's children.

MISS EVANGELISTA

They're not real. Do you see it now? They're all the same. All the children of this world, the same boy and the same girl, over and over again.

DONNA

Stop it. Just stop it! Why are you doing this? Why are you wearing that veil?

She pulls off the veil to reveal a terribly contorted face. Donna, as well as all the children scream in horror.

***

In her room, the Girl screams too and hides her face into a pillow.

***

In the Library, River, Anita and Mr Lux are in another huge room, River is examining shadows with her sonic.

RIVER

You know... it's funny, I keep wishing the Doctor was here.

ANITA

The Doctor is here, isn't he? He's coming back, right?

RIVER

You know when you see a photograph of someone you know, but it's from years before you knew them? It's like they're not quite... finished, they're not done yet. Well... yes, the Doctor's here. He came when I called, just like he always does. But not my Doctor. Now my Doctor... I've seen whole armies turn and run away. And he'd just swagger off back to his TARDIS and open the doors with a snap of his fingers. The Doctor... in the TARDIS... next stop: everywhere.

The Doctor appears suddenly.

DOCTOR

Spoilers! Nobody can open a TARDIS by snapping their fingers. It doesn't work like that.

RIVER

It does for the Doctor.

DOCTOR

I am the Doctor.

RIVER

Yeah. Some day.

The Doctor walks to Anita.

DOCTOR

How are you doing?

RIVER

Where's Other Dave?

DOCTOR

Not coming, sorry.

ANITA

Well, if they've taken him, why haven't they gotten me yet?

DOCTOR

I don't know.

He looks down and sees that Anita still has two shadows.

DOCTOR

Maybe tinting your visor's making a difference.

ANITA

It's making a difference all right. No-one's ever going to see my face again.

DOCTOR

Can I get you anything?

ANITA

An old age would be nice. Anything you can do?

DOCTOR

I'm all over it.

ANITA

Doctor... When we first met you, you didn't trust Professor Song. And then she whispered a word in your ear, and you did. My life so far... I could do with a word like that. What did she say? (pause) Give a dead girl a break. Your secrets are safe with me.

DOCTOR

Safe...

The word makes him realise something.

ANITA

What?

DOCTOR

Safe. You don't say saved, nobody says saved, you say safe. The data fragment! What did it say?

MR LUX

"4,022 people saved. No survivors."

RIVER

Doctor?

DOCTOR

Nobody says saved, nutters say saved, you say safe. But you see, it didn't mean safe, it meant... it literally meant... saved!

***

DONNA

What happened to your face?

MISS EVANGELISTA

Transcription errors. Destroyed my face, did wonders for my intellect. I'm a very poor copy of myself.

***

The Girl is watching Donna and Miss Evangelista on television.

DONNA

Where are we? Why are the children all the same?

MISS EVANGELISTA

The same pattern over and over. It saves an awful lot of space.

DONNA

Space?

The Girl looks very scared.

MISS EVANGELISTA

Cyberspace.

THE GIRL (in despair)

No! Don't tell, you mustn't tell!

***

The Doctor is working on an information terminal.

DOCTOR

See, there it is, right there! A hundred years ago, massive power surge, all the teleports going at once. Soon as the Vashta Nerada hit their hatching cycle, they attack. Someone hits the alarm, the computer tries to teleport everyone out.

RIVER

It tried to teleport 4,022 people?

DOCTOR

Succeeded, pulled 'em all out, but then what? Nowhere to send them, nowhere safe in the whole Library, Vashta Nerada growing in every shadow. 4,022 people all beamed up and nowhere to go. They're stuck in the system, waiting to be sent, like emails. So what's a computer to do? What does a computer always do?

RIVER

It saved them.

DOCTOR

The Library, a whole world of books, and right at the core, the biggest hard drive in history. The index to everything ever written, backup copies of every single book. The computer saved 4,022 people the only way a computer can. It saved them to the hard drive.

***

MISS EVANGELISTA

Your physical self is stored in the library as an energy signature. It can be actualised again whenever you or the Library requires.

DONNA

The Library? If my face ends up on one of those statues...

MISS EVANGELISTA

You remember the statues?

DONNA

Wait, no, just... hang on. So... this isn't the real me? This isn't my real body. But I've been dieting!

MISS EVANGELISTA

What you see around you, this entire world is nothing more than virtual reality.

DONNA

So why do you look like that?

MISS EVANGELISTA

I had no choice. You teleported. You're a perfect reproduction. I was just a data ghost caught in the Wi-Fi and automatically uploaded.

DONNA

And it made you clever?

MISS EVANGELISTA

We're only strings of numbers in here. I think a decimal point may have shifted in my IQ. But my face has been the bigger advantage. I have the two qualities you require to see absolute truth. I am brilliant... and unloved.

DONNA

If this is all a dream... whose dream is it?

MISS EVANGELISTA

It's hard to see everything in the data core, even for me, but there is a word. Just one word. CAL.

***

In her home, the Girl is watching them on television, now in tears. She takes the remote and pushes a key.

***

ELLA

Mummy! My knee!

She is on the ground crying, Donna runs to her.

DONNA

Oh, oh look at that knee! Oh, look at that silly old knee!

She hugs Ella.

MISS EVANGELISTA

She's not real. They're fictions. I'm sorry, but now that you understand that, you won't be able to keep a hold. They are sustained only by your belief.

DONNA

You don't know, you don't have children!

MISS EVANGELISTA

Neither do you.

Donna takes the hands of Ella and Joshua and they leave.

MISS EVANGELISTA

Donna, for your own sake, let them go!

***

Watching them, the Girl is yelling at the television.

THE GIRL

Stop it! You'll spoil everything! I hate you, you're going to ruin everything! Stop it!

Her dad comes to her from the kitchen.

DAD

Sweetie, what's wrong?

THE GIRL

Shut up!

She pushes another key on the remote and the Dad disappears in thin air.

THE GIRL

Daddy! No! Daddy!

In despair, she throws the remote to the ground.

***

An alarm sounds in the Library.

MR LUX

What is it? What's wrong?

COMPUTER VOICE

Autodestruct enabled in 20 minutes.

***

Donna and her children are walking away from the playground.

ELLA

Mummy, what did the lady mean? Are we not real? Where are we going?

DONNA

Home!

Cut: they are in the living room. The lights are red and they can hear the alarm too.

ELLA

That was quick, wasn't it, Mummy?

JOSHUA

Mummy, what's wrong with the sky?

They look out of the window and the sight terrifies them.

***

RIVER

What's maximum erasure?

DOCTOR

20 minutes, this planet's gonna crack like an egg.

MR LUX

No! No, it's all right, the doctor moon will stop it. It's programmed to protect CAL.

***

The Girl is crying on the ground, Dr Moon is beside her, talking to her in his usual calming way.

DR MOON

Now, you really must stop this, you know. You've forgotten again it was you who saved all those people, haven't you? And then, you remembered.

THE GIRL

Shut up, Dr Moon!

She uses the remote again and Dr Moon disappears too.

***

The screen of the information terminal goes blank.

DOCTOR

No, no, no, no, no, no, no!

COMPUTER VOICE

All Library systems are permanently offline. Sorry for any inconvenience. Shortly...

MR LUX

We need to stop this, we've got to save CAL!

DOCTOR

What is it, what is CAL?

MR LUX

We need to get to the main computer, I'll show you.

DOCTOR

It's at the core of the planet.

RIVER

Well, then. Let's go!

She sonics the symbol on the floor at the center of the room, and it opens up.

RIVER

Gravity platform!

DOCTOR

I bet I like you.

RIVER

Oh, you do!

They all step on the platform and it starts to descend.

***

Donna is sitting on the couch, holding the children tight.

JOSHUA

Mummy, you're hurting my hand.

DONNA (in tears)

You just... you just stay where I can see you. Right, you, you don't get out of my sight.

ELLA

Is it bedtime?

Cut: they are in the children's room, Ella and Joshua in bed.

DONNA

OK. That was lovely, wasn't it? That was a lovely bedtime. We had warm milk, and we watched cartoons, and then Mummy read you a lovely bedtime story.

ELLA

Mummy, Joshua and me, we're not real, are we?

DONNA

Of course you're real. You're as real as anything. Why d'you say that?

JOSHUA

But, Mummy, sometimes, when you're not here, it's like we're not here.

ELLA

Even when you close your eyes, we just stop.

DONNA

Well, Mummy promises to never close her eyes again.

But when she looks at the beds the children are gone.

DONNA

No! Please! No, please! No! No, no! NO!

***

COMPUTER VOICE

Autodestruct in 15 minutes.

DOCTOR

The Data Core! 4,000 living minds, trapped inside it.

RIVER

Yeah, well they won't be living much longer, we're running out of time.

***

In her home, the Girl is on the floor, crying.

THE GIRL

Help me. Please help me. Please, please help me!

***

In the Library, they can hear the Girl's cry for help from the computer terminal.

THE GIRL

Help me. Please, help me.

ANITA

What's that?

RIVER

Was that a child?

DOCTOR

Computer's in sleep mode. (he pushes keys) I can't wake it up. I'm trying.

As he fiddles with the keys, toys turn on and off and objects fly around in the girl's home, making her cry even more.

RIVER

Doctor, these readings!

DOCTOR

I know, you'd think it was... dreaming.

MR LUX

It is dreaming...of a normal life, and a lovely Dad, and of every book ever written.

ANITA

Computers don't dream.

THE GIRL (voice from the terminal)

Help me. Please help me.

MR LUX

No. But little girls do.

He pushes a lever to open a door, and they all run to the next room. A Node turns it's head to them - it is wearing the Girl's face, pleading for help.

THE GIRL/NODE

Please help me. Please help me.

RIVER

Oh, my God!

ANITA

It's the little girl. The girl we saw in the computer.

MR LUX

She's not in the computer. In a way, she is the computer. The main command node. This is CAL.

DOCTOR

CAL is a child! A child hooked up to a mainframe? Why didn't you tell me this? I needed to know this!

MR LUX

Because she's family! CAL... Charlotte Abigail Lux. My grandfather's youngest daughter. She was dying, so he built her a library, and put her living mind inside, with a moon to watch over her, and all of human history to pass the time, any era to live in, any book to read. She loved books more than anything. He gave her them all. He asked only that she be left in peace. A secret, not a freak show.

DOCTOR

So you weren't protecting a patent, you were protecting her.

MR LUX

This is only half a life, of course. But it's for ever.

DOCTOR

And then the shadows came.

THE GIRL/NODE

Shadows. I have to... I have to save. Have to save...

DOCTOR

And she saved them. She saved everyone in the Library, folded them into her dreams and kept them safe.

ANITA

Then why didn't she tell us?

DOCTOR

Because she's forgotten. She's got over 4,000 living minds chatting away inside her head, it must be like... being... well, me.

RIVER

So what do we do?

COMPUTER VOICE

Autodestruct in ten minutes.

DOCTOR

Easy! We beam all the people out of the data core, the computer will reset and stop the countdown. Difficult, Charlotte doesn't have enough memory space left to make the transfer. Easy! I'll hook myself up to the computer and she can borrow my memory space!

RIVER

Difficult! It'll kill you stone dead!

DOCTOR

Yeah, it's easy to criticise.

RIVER

It'll burn out both your hearts and don't think you'll regenerate!

DOCTOR

I'll try my hardest not to die. Honestly, it's my main thing.

RIVER

Doctor!

DOCTOR

I'm right and this works! Shut up. Now listen, you and Luxy-boy, back up to the main Library. Prime any data cells you can find for maximum download, and before you say anything else, Professor, can I just mention in passing as your air, shut up!

RIVER

Ha! I hate you sometimes!

DOCTOR

I know!

RIVER

Mr Lux, with me! Anita, if he dies, I'll kill him!

River and Mr Lux leave, the Doctor works frantically at the computer terminal.

ANITA

What about the Vashta Nerada?

DOCTOR

These are their forests. I'm gonna seal Charlotte inside her little world, take everybody else away. The shadows can swarm to their hearts' content.

ANITA

So you think they're just gonna let us go?

DOCTOR

Best offer they're gonna get.

ANITA

You're gonna make 'em an offer?

DOCTOR

They'd better take it, cos right now, I'm finding it very hard to make any kind of offer at all. You know what...

He looks hard at the creature in spacesuit, then he turns back to his work.

DOCTOR

I really liked Anita. She was brave, even when she was crying, and she never gave in. And you ate her.

He sonics the spacesuit's visor to transparent to reveal there's a skeleton inside.

DOCTOR

But I'm gonna let that pass. Just as long as you let them pass.

ANITA/VASHTA NERADA

How long have you known?

DOCTOR

I counted the shadows. You only have one now. (he looks at the blinking neural relay) She's nearly gone. Be kind.

ANITA/VASHTA NERADA

These are our forests. We are not kind.

DOCTOR

I'm giving you back your forests, but you are giving me them. You are letting them go.

He walks back to the terminal. Shadows reach out from skeleton/Anita towards the Doctor.

ANITA/VASHTA NERADA

These are our forests. They are our meat.

DOCTOR

Don't play games with me! You just killed someone I liked, that is not a safe place to stand. I'm the Doctor and you're in the biggest library in the universe. Look me up.

After a short pause, the shadows withdraw.

ANITA/VASHTA NERADA

You have one day.

The suit creature collapses just when River arrives back.

RIVER

Anita!

DOCTOR

I'm sorry, she's been dead a while now. I told you to go!

RIVER

Lux can manage without me. But you can't.

She walks to the Doctor and without a word knocks him out.

***

River sits in a weird chair fiddling with wires. The Doctor is handcuffed to a pillar a bit further, regaining consciousness.

COMPUTER VOICE

Autodestruct in two minutes.

DOCTOR

Oh, no, no, no, no, come on, what are you doing? That's my job!

RIVER

Oh, and I'm not allowed to have a career, I suppose?

DOCTOR

Why am I handcuffed? Why do you even have handcuffs?

RIVER (with a flirtatious smile)

Spoilers!

DOCTOR

This is not a joke, stop this now, this is gonna kill you! I'd have a chance, you don't have any.

RIVER

You wouldn't have a chance, and neither do I. I'm timing it for the end of the countdown, there'll be a blip in the command flow. That way it should improve our chances of a clean download.

DOCTOR

River! Please! No!

RIVER

Funny thing is, this means you've always known how I was going to die. All the time we've been together, you knew I was coming here. The last time I saw you, the real you, the future you, I mean - you turned up on my doorstep, with a new haircut and a suit. You took me to Darillium to see the singing towers. Oh, what a night that was! The towers sang, and you cried.

COMPUTER VOICE

Autodestuct in one minute.

RIVER

You wouldn't tell me why, but I suppose you knew it was time. My time. Time to come to the Library. You even gave me your screwdriver - that should've been a clue.

Both sonic screwdrivers, together with River's diary, are on the ground between them. The Doctor tries to reach for them but they are just a bit too far.

RIVER

There's nothing you can do.

DOCTOR

You can let me do this!

RIVER

If you die here, it'll mean I've never met you.

DOCTOR

Time can be rewritten.

RIVER

Not those times. Not one line! Don't you dare! (pause) It's OK. It's OK, it's not over for you. You'll see me again. You've got all of that to come. You and me, time and space. You watch us run!

She sheds a tear but remains determined.

DOCTOR

River, you know my name!

COMPUTER VOICE

Autodestruct in ten...

DOCTOR

You whispered my name in my ear.

COMPUTER VOICE

...nine, eight, seven...

DOCTOR

There's only one reason I would ever tell anyone my name. There's only one time I could...

RIVER

Hush, now! Spoilers...

She smiles at him tenderly through her tears.

COMPUTER VOICE

...three, two, one...

River plugs together two cables and blinding white light hides her from view.

***

Donna is sitting on the stairs of her home when Lee arrives.

LEE

Donna? What's happening?

DONNA

I don't know, but it's not real! Nothing here's real. The whole world, everything, none of it's real.

LEE

Am I real?

Now, they are surrounded by white light too that gets stronger and stronger.

DONNA

Of course you're real, I know you're real. Oh, God, oh, God, I hope you're real...

Lee drifts away from her and disappears in the light.

DONNA

I'll find you! I promise you, I'll find you!

***

Mr Lux is in the reception area working on a terminal.

MAN

Excuse me.

Mr Lux looks up to see the room filled with people.

MAN

What happened? How did we get here?

MR LUX

Look at you, you're back! You're all back. (he goes and hugs people randomly) He did it! You're all back. Look at you!

Laughing with delight, he walks outside to have a look at the planet alive again.

MR LUX

Look at that! Oh look at that, he did it. 4,022 people! Saved!

***

Down in the computer core, the Doctor is still in handcuffs, heartbroken to lose someone again.

***

Donna walks to the Doctor through the crowd near the little shop.

TELEPORT OPERATOR

Please be patient. Only three can teleport at a time. Do not state your intended destination until you arrive in...

DOCTOR

Any luck?

DONNA

There wasn't even anyone called Lee in the Library that day. Suppose he could have had a different name out here, but let's be honest, he wasn't real, was he?

DOCTOR

Maybe not.

DONNA

I made up the perfect man. Gorgeous, adores me, and hardly able to speak a word. What's that say about me?

DOCTOR (lost in thoughts)

Everything.

She looks at him, offended.

DOCTOR

Sorry, did I say everything? I meant to say "nothing". I was aiming for "nothing", I accidentally said "everything".

TELEPORT OPERATOR

Stand right in the middle of the teleport, please. Keep your hands and feet inside at all times.

DONNA

What about you?

TELEPORT OPERATOR

And remember to switch off your mobile comm unit.

DONNA

Are you all right?

DOCTOR

I'm always all right.

DONNA

Is "all right" special Time Lord code for... "really not all right at all"?

DOCTOR

Why?

DONNA

Cos I'm "all right", too.

They look at each other, understanding each other's sorrow perfectly. Then the Doctor takes Donna's hand.

DOCTOR

Come on.

Just as they leave, "Lee" stands in the middle of the teleport - he spots Donna but can't call her name, struggling with his stammer.

***

The Doctor puts River's TARDIS book to the balustrade.

DONNA

Your friend... Professor Song... She knew you in the future, but she didn't know me. What happens to me? Because when she heard my name, the way she looked at me...

DOCTOR

Donna... This is her diary. My future. I could look you up. What do you think? Shall we peek at the end?

DONNA

Spoilers, right?

DOCTOR

Right.

They look at each other, then they decide to resist the temptation. The Doctor puts River's sonic screwdriver to the book and they turn to leave.

DOCTOR

Come on. The next chapter's this way.

RIVER (VO)

When you run with the Doctor, it feels like it will never end. But however hard you try, you can't run for ever. Everybody knows that everybody dies, and nobody knows it like the Doctor. But I do think that all the skies of all the worlds might just turn dark, if he ever, for one moment accepts it.

The Doctor runs back and picks up River's sonic.

DOCTOR

Why? Why would I give her my screwdriver? Why would I do that? Thing is, future me had years to think about it, all those years to think of a way to save her, and what he did was give her a screwdriver! Why would I do that?

He opens a part of it to reveal green lights behind, like those of the neural relay.

DOCTOR

Oh! Oh! Oh, look at that! I'm very good!

DONNA

What have you done?

DOCTOR

Saved her!

He runs across the Library to reach the computer core before it's too late.

DOCTOR

Stay with me! You can do it, stay with me! Come on, you and me, one last run! Sorry, River, shortcut!

He uses the sonic to disable the gravity platform then jumps into the hole.

RIVER (VO)

Everybody knows that everybody dies. But not every day.

The Doctor plugs the screwdriver to the computer and smiles at the Girl/Node.

RIVER (VO)

Not today.

***

River appears in the virtual world, in front of the hospital where she meets Dr Moon and the Girl. She looks confused.

THE GIRL

It's OK. You're safe. You'll always be safe here. The Doctor fixed the data core. This is a good place now. But I was worried you might be lonely. So I brought you some friends. Aren't I a clever girl?

MISS EVANGELISTA

Aren't we all?

River turns around to see Miss Evangelista (her face normal again), Proper Dave, Other Dave and Anita walking towards her.

RIVER

Oh, for heaven's sake! He just can't do it, can he? That man, that impossible man! He just can't give in.

She goes to hug everyone.

RIVER (VO)

Some days are special. Some days are so, so blessed. Some days, nobody dies at all.

Cut to the Library: the Doctor walks back to the TARDIS. He stops and snaps his fingers and indeed the door opens. He smiles and walks inside to Donna who is waiting for him. Then he snaps his fingers again to close the door.

RIVER (VO)

Now and then, every once in a very long while, every day in a million days, when the wind stands fair, and the Doctor comes to call... everybody lives.

Cut: River closes the TARDIS book. She gives a goodnight kiss to the Girl, who is now in the third bed in the children's room, beside Donna's kids Ella and Joshua.

RIVER

Sweet dreams, everyone.

She switches off the lights and the screen goes black.

=== DOCTOR WHO (2005) ===

TRANSCRIPT PROVIDED BY WWW.TWIZTV.COM

ORIGINALLY TRANSCRIBED FOR DISCIPLES OF DONNA


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