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Gentle music plays, as there is an exterior view of the glistening, luxurious planet Midnight. Zooms into a sunbathing lounge with a pool, Donna lying lazily on the chair. A butler brings the ringing phone over to Donna, who answers it as the butler walks away.

DONNA

I said, no!

Cuts to the Doctor on the other end of a public phone.

DOCTOR

Sapphire waterfall - it’s a waterfall made of sapphires! (cuts back to Donna who is smiling cheekily) This enormous jewel, size of a glacier, reaches the Cliffs of Oblivion, and then shatters into sapphires at the edge - they fall 100,000 feet into a crystal ravine.

DONNA

I bet you say that to all the girls.

DOCTOR

Oh, come on! They’re boarding now! It’s no fun if I see it on my own. Four hours, that’s all it takes.

DONNA

No, that’s four hours there and four hours back, it’s like a school trip. I’d rather go sunbathing.

DOCTOR

You be careful, that’s Xtonic sunlight.

DONNA

Oh, I’m safe. It says in the brochure this glass is fifteen feet thick.

DOCTOR

All right, I give up. I’ll be back for dinner, we’ll try that anti-gravity restaurant. With bibs.

DONNA

That's a date. Well, not a date. Oh, you know what I mean. Oh get off!

DOCTOR

See you later.

DONNA

Oi! You be careful, all right?

DOCTOR

Nah. Taking a big space truck with a bunch of strangers across a diamond planet called Midnight - what could possibly go wrong?

He hangs the phone up.

***

OPENING CREDITS

DAVID TENNANT

CATHERINE TATE

MIDNIGHT

by Russell T Davies

***

The Doctor is on the shuttle, watching the last passengers board. The Hostess is talking to a woman, Sky, who sits near the Doctor.

HOSTESS

Complimentary juice pack and complimentary...

SKY

Just the headphones, please.

HOSTESS

There you go.

She moves to the Doctor and starts to hand him things.

HOSTESS

That's the headphones for Channels 1 to 36; modem link for 3D vidgames; complimentary earplugs; complimentary slippers; complimentary juice pack; and complimentary peanuts. I must warn you some products may contain nuts.

DOCTOR

That'll be the peanuts.

HOSTESS

Enjoy your trip.

DOCTOR

Oh, I can't wait! Allons-y!

HOSTESS

I'm sorry?

DOCTOR

It's French, for let's go!

HOSTESS

Fascinating.

She moves to the people sitting in the row behind the Doctor: Professor Hobbes and his young assistant Dee Dee.

HOSTESS

Headphones for channels 1-36...

PROFESSOR HOBBES

Oh no, thank you, not for us!

DEE DEE

Earplugs, please.

HOSTESS

There you go.

PROFESSOR HOBBES (to Dee Dee)

They call it a sapphire waterfall, but it's no such thing, sapphire's an aluminium oxide, but the glacier is just a compound silica with iron pigmentation!

Camera shifts to the Hostess talking to a middle-aged couple, Biff and Val.

HOSTESS

...complimentary juice pack and complimentary peanuts.

VAL

Thank you.

PROFESSOR HOBBES

Have you got that pillow for my neck?

DEE DEE

Yes, sir.

PROFESSOR HOBBES

And the pills?

The camera returns to the Professor and Dee Dee.

DEE DEE

Yes, all measured out for you, there you go.

The Doctor looks at the Professor and Dee Dee over the back of his seat.

PROFESSOR HOBBES

Hobbes! Professor Winfold Hobbes!

DOCTOR

I'm the Doctor, hello!

They shake hands.

PROFESSOR HOBBES

It's my 14th time!

DOCTOR

Oh! My first.

DEE DEE

And I'm Dee Dee, Dee Dee Blasco.

She shakes the Doctor's hand too.

PROFESSOR HOBBES

Now don't bother the man! Where's my water bottle?

HOSTESS (talking to Jethro, a young man who sits away from his parents Biff and Val)

... complimentary slippers, complimentary juice pack, and complimentary peanuts, I must warn you some products may contain nuts.

VAL

Don't be silly, come and sit with us. Look! We get slippers!

BIFF

Jethro! Do what your mother says.

JETHRO

I'm sitting here.

BIFF

Oh, he's ashamed of us. But he doesn't mind us paying, does he?

VAL

Oh, don't you two start. Should I save the juice pack or have it now? Look, peach and clementine!

The Hostess walks to the front of the shuttle to address all passengers.

HOSTESS

Ladies and gentlemen and variations thereupon, welcome on board the Crusader 50, if you would fasten your seatbelts, we'll be leaving any moment. Doors!

Doors seal automatically.

HOSTESS

Shields down!

Shields descend in front of the windows.

HOSTESS

I'm afraid the view is shielded until we reach the Waterfall Palace. Also, a reminder, Midnight has no air, so please don't touch the exterior door seals. Fire exit at the rear, and should we need to use it... you first.

She laughs at the absurd idea.

HOSTESS

Now I will hand you over to Driver Joe.

DRIVER JOE (over intercom)

Driver Joe at the wheel! There's been a diamondfall at the Winter Witch Canyon, so we'll be taking a slight detour, as you'll see on the map. (a map is shown on a screen) The journey covers 500 kliks to the Multifaceted Coast, duration is estimated at four hours. Thank you for travelling with us, and as they used to say in the olden days, wagons roll!

Engines accelerate and the shuttle starts to move.

HOSTESS

For your entertainment, we have the Music Channel playing retrovids of Earth Classics.

She pushes a key on her remote, screens appear in front of each passenger, they show Raffaello Cara singing "Do It Do It Again".

HOSTESS

Also, the latest artistic installation from Ludovico Klein.

She pushes another key to start a hologram show.

HOSTESS

Plus, for the youngsters, a rare treat - the Animation Archives.

She turns on a projector that shows old cartoons.

HOSTESS

Four hours of funtime! Enjoy!

Everything going simultaneously, it all ends up as a terrible cacophony that nobody but Val and Biff enjoy. The Doctor uses the sonic screwdriver to stop it.

PROFESSOR HOBBES

Well, that's a mercy!

HOSTESS

I do apologise, ladies and gentlemen and variations thereupon. We seem to had a failure of the Entertainment System...

DOCTOR

Ooh.

VAL

But what do we do?!

BIFF

We've got four hours of this! Four hours of just... sitting here?

DOCTOR

Tell you what! We'll have to talk to each other instead!

He grins at the passengers who seem to find this a weird idea.

***

98 KLIKS LATER...

People are laughing, having a great time telling stories, except Sky who sits apart from the rest reading a book, and Jethro who seems rather embarrassed by his parents.

VAL

So Biff said, "I'm going swimming".

BIFF

Oh, I was all ready, trunks and everything! Nose plug!

VAL

He had this little nose plug, you should've seen him.

BIFF

And I went marching up to the lifeguard, and he was a Shamboni, you know, those big foreheads?

VAL

Great big forehead!

BIFF

And I said, where's the pool? And he said...

BIFF & VAL

"The pool is abstract!"

VAL

It wasn't a real pool!

BIFF

It was a concept!

DOCTOR

And you wore a nose plug!

BIFF

I was like this! (pinching his nose) Mmm...where's the pool?

Everyone burst out laughing again.

***

150 KLIKS LATER...

The Doctor and Dee Dee are in the galley.

DEE DEE

I'm just a second-year student, but I wrote a paper on the Lost Moon of Poosh, Professor Hobbes read it, liked it, took me on as a researcher. Just for the holidays. Well, I say researcher, most of the time he's got me fetching and carrying. But it's all good experience!

DOCTOR

And did they ever find it?

DEE DEE

Find what?

DOCTOR

The Lost Moon of Poosh!

DEE DEE (laughing)

Oh no! Not yet!

DOCTOR

Well, maybe that'll be your great discovery, one day. Here's to Poosh!

He lifts his coffee cup.

DEE DEE

Poosh!

***

209 KLIKS LATER

The Doctor is sitting beside Sky, just having had their meals served.

DOCTOR

No, no, I'm with this friend of mine, Donna, she stayed behind in the Leisure Palace. You?

SKY

No, it's just me.

DOCTOR

Oh, I've done plenty of that. Travelling on my own. I love it. Do what you want! Go anywhere!

SKY

No, I'm still getting used to it. I've... found myself single rather recently, not by choice.

DOCTOR

What happened?

SKY

Oh, the usual. She needed her own space, as they say. A different galaxy, in fact. I reckon that's enough space, don't you?

DOCTOR

Yeah... I had a friend who went to a different universe.

SKY

Oh, what's this, chicken or beef?

DOCTOR (examining a piece on his fork)

I think it's both.

***

251 KLIKS LATER...

Professor Hobbes is showing his slides to the other passengers.

PROFESSOR HOBBES

So, this is Midnight, d'you see? Bombarded by the sun! Xtonic rays, raw galvanic radiation. Dee Dee, next slide! (she switches to the next slide) It's my pet project. Actually, I'm the first person to research this. Because you see... the history is fascinating, because there is no history. There's no life in this entire system, there couldn't be. Before the Leisure Palace Company moved in, no-one had come here in all eternity. No living thing.

JETHRO

But how d'you know? I mean, if no-one can go outside...

VAL

Oh, his imagination! Here we go!

DOCTOR

He's got a point, though.

PROFESSOR HOBBES

Exactly! We look upon this world through glass. Safe inside our metal box. Even the Leisure Palace was lowered down from orbit. And here we are now, crossing Midnight, but never touching it.

There's a rattling then the engines go silent.

VAL

We've stopped. Have we stopped?

BIFF

Are we there?

DEE DEE

We can't be, it's too soon.

PROFESSOR HOBBES

They don't stop, Crusader vehicles never stop.

HOSTESS

If you could just... return to your seats, it's... just a small delay.

Just as confused as her passengers, she goes to the intercom to talk with the driver.

BIFF

Maybe just a pit stop.

HOSTESS (talking to the driver via intercom)

What's going on?

PROFESSOR HOBBES

There's no pit to stop in, I've been on this expedition 14 times, they never stop.

SKY

Well evidently, we have stopped, so there's no point in denying it.

JETHRO (laughing)

We've broken down!

VAL

Thanks, Jethro.

JETHRO

In the middle of nowhere!

BIFF

That's enough, now stop it!

HOSTESS

Ladies and gentlemen and variations thereupon, we're just experiencing a short... delay, the driver needs to stabilise the engine feeds. It's perfectly routine, so if you could just stay in your seats...

The Doctor walks towards the driver's cabin.

HOSTESS

No, I'm sorry sir, I... could you please...

DOCTOR

There you go, engine expert! Two ticks!

He opens the door and enters the cockpit.

HOSTESS

Sorry sir, if you could just sit down! You're not supposed to be in there...

The doors closes behind the Doctor.

DRIVER JOE

Sorry, if you could return to your seat, sir...

DOCTOR

Company insurance, let's see if we can get an early assessment. So, what's the problem, Driver Joe?

DRIVER JOE

We're stabilising the engine feeds, won't take long.

DOCTOR

Um, no, cos that's the engine feed, that light there, and it's fine, and it's a micropetrol engine, so stabilising doesn't really make sense, does it? Sorry! I'm the Doctor, I'm very clever. So, what's wrong?

MECHANIC CLAUDE

We just stopped, look, all systems fine and everything's working, but we're not moving.

DOCTOR (checking with the sonic)

Yeah you're right. No faults. And who are you?

MECHANIC CLAUDE

Claude, I'm the mechanic. Trainee.

DOCTOR

Nice to meet you.

DRIVER JOE

I've sent a distress signal. They should dispatch a rescue truck, top speed.

DOCTOR

How long till they get here?

DRIVER JOE

About an hour.

DOCTOR

Well, since we're waiting... shall we take a look outside? Just... lift the screens a bit?

DRIVER JOE

It's 100% Xtonic out there, we'd be vaporised.

DOCTOR

No, those windows are Finitoglass, they'd give you a couple of minutes. Go on! Live a little!

Driver Joe gives in and raises the shields. The three of them look the landscape in awe.

DOCTOR

Ohhh, that is beautiful...

MECHANIC CLAUDE

Look at all those diamonds! Poisoned by the sun. No-one can ever touch them.

DOCTOR

Joe, you said we took a detour?

DRIVER JOE

Just about 40 kliks to the west.

DOCTOR

Is that a recognised path?

DRIVER JOE

No, it's a new one, the computer worked it out, on automatic.

DOCTOR

So we're the first? This piece of ground. No-one's ever been here before. Not in the whole of recorded history.

MECHANIC CLAUDE

Did you just...? No, sorry, it's... nothing.

DOCTOR

What did you see?

MECHANIC CLAUDE

Just there. That ridge. Like... like a shadow. Just, just for a second.

DOCTOR

What sort of shadow?

An alarm sounds.

DRIVER JOE

Xtonic rising! Shields down.

MECHANIC CLAUDE

Look, look, there it is, there it is, look, there!

DOCTOR

Where?! What was it?

MECHANIC CLAUDE

Like, just, something... shifting, something sort of... dark. Like it was...running.

DOCTOR

Running which way?

MECHANIC CLAUDE

Towards us...

DRIVER JOE

Right, Doctor, back to your seat and not a word, rescue's on its way. If you could close the door, thank you.

The Doctor returns to the passenger cabin.

SKY

What did they say? Did they tell you? What is it, what's wrong?

DOCTOR

Oh, just stabilising, happens all the time.

SKY

I don't need this. I'm on a schedule. This is completely unnecessary!

HOSTESS

Back to your seats, thank you.

She goes to the cockpit while the Doctor and Sky return to their seats.

DEE DEE (low voice)

Excuse me, Doctor, but they're micropetrol engines, aren't they?

PROFESSOR HOBBES

Now, don't bother the man.

DEE DEE

My father was a mechanic. Micropetrol doesn't stabilise, what does 'stabilise' mean?

DOCTOR

Well. Bit of flim-flam. Don't worry, they're sorting it out.

PROFESSOR HOBBES

So it's not the engines?

DOCTOR

It's just a little pause, that's all.

PROFESSOR HOBBES

How much air have we got?

DEE DEE

Professor, it's fine.

VAL

What did he say?

DOCTOR

Nothing!

VAL

Are we running out of air?

PROFESSOR HOBBES

I was just speculating...

The Hostess returns from the driver's cabin.

BIFF

Is that right, miss? Are we running out of air?

VAL

Is that what the Captain said?

HOSTESS

If you could all just remain calm...

VAL

How much air have we got?

JETHRO

Mum, just stop it.

HOSTESS

I assure you, everything is under control.

BIFF

Well, doesn't look like it to me!

VAL

Well, he said it.

DEE DEE

... it's fine, the air is on a circular filter...

VAL

... he started it...

All talk at once, panicked.

DOCTOR

Everyone...

They keep shouting.

DOCTOR

Shhh shhh shhh... QUIET!

Silence falls.

DOCTOR

Thank you. Now, if you'd care to listen to my good friend Dee Dee...

DEE DEE

Oh! Um... it's just that... well, the air's on a circular filter so... we could stay breathing for ten years.

DOCTOR

There you go! And I've spoken to the Captain, I can guarantee you, everything's fine.

They hear two loud knocks on the wall of the shuttle.

VAL

What was that?

PROFESSOR HOBBES

It must be the metal. We're cooling down, it's just settling...

DEE DEE

Rocks. Could be rocks falling.

BIFF

What I want to know is, how long do we have to sit here.

The double knocking is repeated on a different part of the shuttle.

SKY

What is that?

VAL

Is someone out there?

PROFESSOR HOBBES

Now, don't be ridiculous!

DEE DEE

Like I said, it could be rocks.

HOSTESS

We're out in the open. Nothing could fall against the sides.

Again, two knocks on the wall.

DOCTOR

Knock knock.

JETHRO

Who is there?

SKY

Is there something out there? Well? Anyone?

Knocking again.

SKY

What the hell is making that noise?

PROFESSOR HOBBES

I'm sorry, but the light out there is Xtonic, that means it would destroy any living thing, in a split-second. It is impossible for someone to be outside.

The knocking is repeated again - always two knocks.

SKY

Well, what the hell is that, then?!

The Doctor goes to the wall where they heard the last knocks from, and uses a stethoscope to hear what's outside.

HOSTESS

Sir! You really should get back to your seat.

DOCTOR

Hello?

Now, the knocking comes from the fire exit at the rear.

JETHRO

It's moving...

There's a rattling from the door, like something is trying to get it open.

VAL

It's trying the door!

PROFESSOR HOBBES

There is no 'it', there's nothing out there. Can't be.

The thing tries again with the door, then it goes around - always double knocks, from the roof then from the side door.

VAL

That's the entrance. Can it get in?

DEE DEE

No, that door's on two hundred weight of hydraulics.

PROFESSOR HOBBES

Stop it. Don't encourage them.

DEE DEE

What do you think it is?

Biff goes to the door.

VAL

Biff, don't...

DOCTOR

Mr Cane, better not...

BIFF

Nah, it's cast iron, that door...

Biff knocks on the door three times - and the thing outside repeats with three knocks.

VAL

Three times! Did you hear that, it did it three times?!

JETHRO

It answered!

VAL

It did it three times!

DOCTOR

All right, all right, all right, everyone, calm down.

SKY

No, but it answered, it... answered, don't tell me that thing's not alive, it answered him!

Three knocks again.

HOSTESS

I really must insist, you get back to your seats!

SKY

No! Don't just stand there telling us the rules! You're the hostess, you're supposed to do something!

The Doctor goes to the door and knocks four times - and in repeat, the thing knocks four times too.

SKY (yelling in total panic)

What is it, what the hell's making that noise? She said she'd get me. Stop it, make it stop, somebody make it stop! Don't just stand there looking at me, it's not my fault, he started it with his stories...

DEE DEE

Calm down!

SKY

... and he made it worse...

VAL

You're not helping!

SKY

...why couldn't you leave it alone? Stop staring at me! Just tell me what the hell it is!

DEE DEE

Calm down!

The knocking becomes continuous. In panic, Sky backs towards the cockpit door.

SKY

It's coming for me, ohh it's coming for me, it's coming for me... It's coming for me! It's coming for me!

She screams. The Doctor moves towards her, warning.

DOCTOR

Get out of there!

The whole shuttle rocks, lights go out and sparkles fly. The people fall over screaming, then gasp and groan in the darkness as the shuttle stops moving.

BIFF (holding Val tight)

All right? OK.

DOCTOR

Argh... Arms. Legs. Neck. Head. Nose. I'm fine... Everyone else?

On a screen behind the Doctor, Raffaella Cara continues singing. Then for a few seconds she is replaced by Rose, mouthing "Doctor!". But her voice can't be heard and she disappears again, unnoticed.

DOCTOR

How are we, everyone all right?

PROFESSOR HOBBES

Earthquake, must be...

DEE DEE

But that's impossible, the ground is fixed, it's solid.

HOSTESS

We've got torches, everyone, take a torch, they're in the back of the seats.

They find the torches and start looking around.

VAL

Oh, Jethro, sweetheart, come here...

JETHRO

Never mind me, what about her?

In the front of the shuttle, Sky is sitting motionless among ruined seats, her back to the others.

VAL

What happened to the seats?

BIFF

Who did that?

VAL

They've been ripped up.

DOCTOR (soothing, to Sky)

It's all right, it's all right, it's all right, it's over. We're still alive... Look, the wall's still intact. D'you see?

He points his torch at the wall in front of Sky - there's a dent in it but it's not broken. The Hostess is trying to reach the driver via intercom.

HOSTESS

Joe, Claude?

DOCTOR (to Sky)

We're safe.

HOSTESS

Driver Joe, can you hear me? I'm not getting any response, the intercom must be down.

She opens the cockpit door and bright light blinds everyone. They scream until the Hostess closes the door.

VAL

What happened? What was that?

BIFF

Is it the driver? Have we lost the driver?

HOSTESS

The cabin's gone.

PROFESSOR HOBBES

Don't be ridiculous. It can't be gone, how can it be gone?

DEE DEE

Well, but you saw it!

HOSTESS

There was nothing there, like it was ripped away.

The Doctor is fiddling on a panel in the front wall with the sonic.

BIFF

What are you doing?

He points his torch at the Doctor.

DOCTOR

That's better, bit of light, thank you. Molto bene!

VAL

D'you know what you're doing?

BIFF

The cabin's gone, you'd better leave that wall alone.

PROFESSOR HOBBES

The cabin can't be gone!

DOCTOR

No, it's safe, any rupture would automatically seal itself... (taking off the panel) But something sliced it off. You're right. The cabin's gone.

HOSTESS

But if it gets separated...

DOCTOR

It loses integrity. I'm sorry, they've been reduced to dust. The driver and the mechanic. But they sent a distress signal. Help is on its way. They saved our lives! We're gonna get out of here, I promise. We're still alive, and they're gonna find us.

JETHRO

Doctor. Look at her.

He is watching Sky who still sits in the same position, her back to the others.

DOCTOR

Right, yes, sorry... Have we got a medical kit?

JETHRO

Why won't she turn around?

DOCTOR

What's her name?

HOSTESS

Silvestry. Mrs Sky Silvestry.

DOCTOR

Sky? Can you hear me? (he crouches down to her) Are you all right? Can you move, Sky? Just look at me.

JETHRO

That noise, from the outside...

VAL

What of it?

JETHRO

It's stopped.

VAL

Well, thank God for that.

JETHRO

But what if it's not outside anymore? What if it's inside?

VAL

Inside? Where?

JETHRO (looking at Sky)

It was heading for her.

DOCTOR

Sky...it's all right, Sky. I just want you to turn around, face me.

Slowly, she turns around and stares at the Doctor with wide eyes, looking like a wild animal caught in torchlight.

DOCTOR

Sky?

SKY

Sky?

DOCTOR

Are you all right?

SKY

Are you all right?

DOCTOR

Are you hurt?

SKY

Are you hurt?

DOCTOR

You don't have to talk.

SKY

You don't have to talk.

DOCTOR

I'm trying to help.

SKY

I'm trying to help.

DOCTOR

My name's the Doctor.

SKY

My name's the Doctor.

DOCTOR

OK, can you stop?

SKY

OK, can you stop?

DOCTOR

I'd like you to stop.

SKY

I'd like you to stop.

PROFESSOR HOBBES

Why's she doing that?

SKY (turning towards him)

Why's she doing that?

BIFF

She's gone mad.

SKY

She's gone mad.

VAL

Stop it.

SKY

Stop it.

VAL

I said stop it!

SKY

I said stop it!

DEE DEE

I don't think she can.

SKY

I don't think she can.

PROFESSOR HOBBES

All right, now stop it, this isn't funny.

SKY

All right, now stop it, this isn't funny.

DOCTOR

Sh, sh, sh, all of you.

SKY

Sh, sh, sh, all of you.

JETHRO (looking amused)

My name's Jethro!

SKY

My name's Jethro!

DOCTOR

Jethro, leave it, just shut up!

SKY

Jethro, leave it, just shut up!

DOCTOR

Why are you repeating?

SKY

Why are you repeating?

DOCTOR

What is that, learning?

SKY

What is that, learning?

DOCTOR

Copying?

SKY

Copying?

DOCTOR

Absorbing?

SKY

Absorbing?

DOCTOR

The square root of pi is 1.77245385090551602729816748...

SKY

The square root of pi is 1.77245385090551602729816748...

DOCTOR

...3341. Wow!

SKY

...3341. Wow!

PROFESSOR HOBBES

But that's impossible.

SKY

But that's impossible.

DEE DEE

She couldn't repeat all that.

SKY

She couldn't repeat all that.

VAL

Tell her to stop!

SKY

Tell her to stop!

VAL

She's driving me mad.

SKY

She's driving me mad.

VAL

Just make her stop!

SKY

Just make her stop!

They start talking all at once, but Sky still repeats every single word he hears, copying also tone and rhythm.

VAL

...stop her staring at me, shut her up...

SKY

...stop her staring at me, shut her up...

HOSTESS

...a trick...

SKY

...a trick...

DEE DEE

...that's impossible...

SKY

...that's impossible...

BIFF

...I'm telling you, whatever your name is...

SKY

...I'm telling you, whatever your name is...

DOCTOR

Now, just stop it, all of...

SKY

Now, just stop it all of...

PROFESSOR HOBBES

...her eyes, what's wrong with her eyes?

SKY

...her eyes, what's wrong with her eyes?

JETHRO

...copy anything...

SKY

...copy anything...

VAL

...Biff don't just stand her, do something, make her stop...

SKY

...Biff don't just stand her, do something, make her stop...

BIFF

...you're scaring my wife...

SKY

...you're scaring my wife...

HOSTESS

...Mrs Silvestry...

SKY

...Mrs Silvestry...

JETHRO

Six, six, six.

SKY

Six, six, six.

VAL

...make her stop...

SKY

...make her stop...

They hear a high-pitched noise as the lights come back and that finally stops them shouting.

HOSTESS

Well then, that's the back-up system.

BIFF

Well! That's a bit better.

VAL

What about the rescue, how long's it gonna take?

HOSTESS

About 60 minutes, that's all.

PROFESSOR HOBBES

Then I suggest we all calm down. This panic isn't helping. That poor woman is evidently in a state of...

PROFESSOR HOBBES & SKY

...self-induced hysteria, we should leave her alone.

JETHRO (noticing what's happening)

Doctor...

DOCTOR

I know.

Sky is copying words Professor Hobbes says - but no more repeating, now she talks simultaneously with him.

PROFESSOR HOBBES & SKY

Doctor, now step back, I think you should leave her... Alone. (he notices that Sky talks simultaneously with him) What's she doing?

VAL & SKY

How can she do that? She's talking with you... and with me! Oh, my God! Biff, what's she doing?

JETHRO & SKY

She's repeating... At exactly the same time.

DEE DEE & SKY

That's impossible.

PROFESSOR HOBBES & SKY

There's not even a delay.

JETHRO & SKY

Ohh man, that is weird.

DOCTOR & SKY

I think you should all be very, very quiet, have you got that?

VAL & SKY

How's she doing it?

DOCTOR& SKY

Mrs Cane, please, be quiet.

VAL & SKY

But how can she do that? She's got my voice, she's got my words!

BIFF & SKY

Sweetheart, be quiet, just... hush now. Hush. She's doing it to me!

DOCTOR & SKY

Just stop it, all of you. Stop it. Please.

He crouches down to look into Sky's eyes.

DOCTOR & SKY

Now then, Sky. Are you Sky? Is Sky still in there? Mrs Silvestry? (pause) You know exactly what I'm going to say, how are you doing that? (pause) Roast beef! Bananas! The Medusa Cascade. Bang! Rose Tyler Martha Jones Donna Noble TARDIS! Shamble bobble dibble dooble. Oh, Doctor, you're so handsome. Yes I am, thank you. A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O...

The Doctor rises.

DOCTOR & SKY

First she repeats. Then she catches up. What's the next stage?

DEE DEE & SKY

Next stage of what?

JETHRO & SKY

But that's not her, is it? That's not Mrs Silvestry any more.

DOCTOR & SKY

I don't think so, no. I think... the more we talk, the more she learns. Now, I'm all for education, but in this case... maybe not. Let's just... move back. Come on. Come with me. Everyone, get back, all of you, as far as you can.

They walk to the galley.

VAL & SKY

Doctor, make her stop.

DOCTOR & SKY

Val, come on, come to the back, stop looking at her, come on, Jethro, you too. Everyone, come on... 50 minutes. That's all we need. 50 minutes till the rescue arrives. And she's not exactly strong, look at her, all she's got is our voices.

VAL & SKY

I can't look at her. It's those eyes.

DEE DEE & SKY

"We must not look at goblin men."

All look at her, confused.

BIFF & SKY

What's that supposed to mean?

DOCTOR & SKY

It's a poem. Christina Rossetti.

DEE DEE & SKY

"We must not look at goblin men

We must not buy their fruits

Who knows upon what soil they fed

Their hungry, thirsty roots?"

DOCTOR & SKY

Actually, I don't think that's helping.

PROFESSOR HOBBES & SKY

She's not a goblin, or a monster, she's just a very sick woman.

JETHRO & SKY

Maybe that's why it went for her.

PROFESSOR HOBBES & SKY

There is no 'it'!

JETHRO & SKY

Think about it though. That knocking, it went all the way round the bus until it found her. And she was the most scared, out of all of us. Maybe that's what it needed. That's how it got in.

PROFESSOR HOBBES & SKY

For the last time! Nothing can live on the surface of Midnight.

DOCTOR & SKY

Professor, I'm glad you've got an absolute definition of life in the universe, but perhaps the universe has got ideas of its own, mmm? Now trust me, I've got previous! I think there might well be some... consciousness inside Mrs Silvestry, but maybe she's still in there. And it's our job to help her.

BIFF & SKY

Well, you can help her, I'm not going near.

DOCTOR & SKY

No, I've got to stay back. If she's copying us, maybe the final stage is becoming us. I don't want her becoming me, or things could get a lot worse.

VAL & SKY

Oh, like you're so special.

DOCTOR & SKY

As it happens, yes I am. So that's decided. We stay back, and we wait. When the rescue ship comes, we can get her to hospital.

HOSTESS & SKY

We should throw her out.

PROFESSOR HOBBES & SKY

I beg your pardon?

VAL & SKY

Can we do that?

DOCTOR & SKY

Don't be ridiculous.

HOSTESS & SKY

That thing, whatever it is, killed the driver, and the mechanic, and I don't think she's finished yet.

DOCTOR & SKY

She can't even move!

HOSTESS & SKY

Look at her, look at her eyes! She killed Joe, and she killed Claude, and we're next.

BIFF & SKY

She's still doing it. (he walks back to Sky) Just stop it! Stop talking! Stop it!

VAL & SKY

Biff, don't, sweetheart!

BIFF & SKY

But she won't stop! (he walks back to the group) We can't throw her out though, we can't even open the doors.

DOCTOR & SKY

No one is getting thrown out!

DEE DEE & SKY

Yes, we can. Cos there's an air pressure seal. (to the Hostess) Like when you opened the cabin door, you weren't pulled out, you had a couple of seconds, cos it takes the pressure-wall about six seconds to collapse. Well, six seconds exactly. That's enough time to throw someone out.

DOCTOR & SKY (sarcastic)

Thanks, Dee Dee, just what we needed.

VAL

Would it kill her, outside?

DEE DEE & SKY

I don't know, but she's got a body now, it would certainly kill the physical form.

DOCTOR & SKY

No one is killing anyone!

HOSTESS & SKY

I wouldn't risk the cabin door twice, but we've got that one. (she points to the fire exit behind them) All we need to do is grab hold of her and throw her out.

DOCTOR & SKY

Now, listen, all of you. For all we know that's a brand new life form over there. And if it's come inside to discover us, than what's it found? This little bunch of humans, what d'you amount to? A murder? Cos this is where you decide. You decide who you are. Could you actually murder her? Any of you? Really? Or are you better than that?

For a few seconds, they look at each other silently.

HOSTESS & SKY

I'd do it.

BIFF & SKY

So would I.

VAL & SKY

And me.

DEE DEE & SKY

I think we should.

DOCTOR & SKY

What?!

DEE DEE & SKY

I want her out.

DOCTOR & SKY

You can't say that!

DEE DEE & SKY

I'm sorry, but you said it yourself, Doctor, she is growing in strength.

DOCTOR & SKY

That's not what I said!

DEE DEE & SKY

I want to go home. I'm sorry. I want to be safe.

DOCTOR & SKY

You'll be safe, any minute now, the rescue truck is on its way.

HOSTESS & SKY

But what happens then, Doctor? If it takes that thing back to the Leisure Palace, if that thing reaches civilisation, what if it spreads?

DOCTOR & SKY

No, when we get back to the base, I'll be there to contain it.

VAL & SKY

You haven't done much so far!

BIFF & SKY

You're just standing in the back with the rest of us!

HOSTESS & SKY

She's dangerous. It's my job to see this vessel is safe, and we should get rid of her.

PROFESSOR HOBBES & SKY

Now hang on, I think, perhaps we're all going a little bit too far.

DOCTOR & SKY

At last! Thank you.

HOSTESS & SKY

Two people are dead!

DOCTOR & SKY

Don't make it a third! Jethro, what d'you say?

JETHRO & SKY

I'm not killing anyone.

DOCTOR & SKY

Thank you.

VAL & SKY

He's just a boy!

JETHRO & SKY

What, so I don't get a vote?

DOCTOR & SKY

There isn't a vote, it's not happening! Ever. If you try to throw her out that door, you'll have to get past me first.

For a moment, they just stare at him.

HOSTESS & SKY

OK.

BIFF & SKY

Fine by me.

DOCTOR & SKY

Ohh, now you're being stupid. Just think about it! Could you actually take hold of someone and throw them out of that door?

BIFF & SKY

Calling me a coward?

VAL & SKY

Who put you in charge, anyway?

PROFESSOR HOBBES & SKY

I'm sorry, but... you're a Doctor of what, exactly?

HOSTESS & SKY

He wasn't even booked in. Rest of you, tickets in advance. He just turned up out of the blue.

VAL & SKY

Where from?

DOCTOR & SKY

I'm just... travelling, I'm a traveller, that's all.

VAL & SKY

Like an immigrant?

HOSTESS & SKY

Who were you talking to? Before you got on board, you were talking to someone, who was that?

DOCTOR & SKY

Just Donna, just my friend.

BIFF & SKY

And what were you saying to her?

VAL & SKY

He hasn't even told us his name.

JETHRO & SKY

Thing is, Doctor, you've been loving this.

DOCTOR & SKY

Oh, Jethro, not you.

JETHRO & SKY

No, but ever since all the trouble started, you've been loving it.

PROFESSOR HOBBES & SKY

It has to be said, you do seem to have a certain... glee.

DOCTOR & SKY

All right, I'm interested, yes, I can't help it, cos whatever's inside her, it's brand new, and that's fascinating!

VAL & SKY

What, you wanted this to happen?

DOCTOR & SKY

No!

BIFF & SKY

And you were talking to her, all on your own, before all the trouble, right at the front, you were talking to that Sky woman, the two of you together, I saw you.

VAL & SKY

We all did!

HOSTESS & SKY

And you went into the cabin!

BIFF & SKY

What were you saying to her?

DOCTOR

I was just talking!

BIFF & SKY

Saying what?

JETHRO & SKY

You called us humans like you're not one of us!

VAL & SKY

He did! That's what he said!

DEE DEE & SKY

And the wiring, he went into that panel and opened up the wiring.

DOCTOR & SKY

That was after!

BIFF & SKY

But how did you know what to do?

DOCTOR & SKY

Because I'm clever!

They all fall silent.

PROFESSOR HOBBES & SKY

I see. Well. That makes things clear.

BIFF & SKY

And what are we, then? Idiots?

DOCTOR & SKY

That's not what I meant.

DEE DEE & SKY

If you're clever then what are we?

VAL & SKY

You've been looking down on us from the moment we walked in.

HOSTESS & SKY

Even if he goes, he's practically volunteered.

DOCTOR & SKY

Oh come on, just listen to yourself, please!

BIFF & SKY

What d'you mean - we throw him out as well?

HOSTESS & SKY

If we have to.

DOCTOR & SKY

Look, just... Right, sorry, yes, hold on, just... I know, you're scared, and so am I, look at me, I am. But we have all got to calm down and cool off and think.

PROFESSOR HOBBES & SKY

Perhaps you could tell us your name.

DOCTOR & SKY

What does it matter?

HOSTESS & SKY

Then tell us.

DOCTOR & SKY

John Smith.

PROFESSOR HOBBES & SKY

Your real name.

BIFF & SKY

He's lying, look at his face.

VAL & SKY

His eyes are the same as hers.

JETHRO & SKY

Why won't you tell us?!

VAL & SKY

He's been lying to us, right from the start!

BIFF & SKY

No-one's called John Smith! Come off it!

Again, all are talking at once.

DOCTOR & SKY

Now listen to me. Listen to me right now! Because you need me, all of you, if we're gonna get out of this, then you need me.

PROFESSOR HOBBES

So you keep saying! You've been repeating yourself more than her.

VAL

If anyone's in charge, it should be the Professor, he's the expert!

JETHRO

Mum, stop, just look...

BIFF

You keep out of this, Jethro.

JETHRO

Look at her!

DEE DEE

She's stopped...

They all turn around to look at Sky, still sitting motionless.

DOCTOR & SKY

When did she...? No, she hasn't, she's still doing it.

VAL

She looks the same to me... No, she's stopped! Look, I'm talking, and she's not!

BIFF

What about me, is she...? Look! Look at that! She's not doing me, she's let me go!

HOSTESS

Mrs Silvestry?... Nor me! Nothing!

DOCTOR & SKY

Sky? What are you doing?

DEE DEE

She's still doing him!

PROFESSOR HOBBES

Doctor, it's you. She's only copying you.

DOCTOR & SKY

Why me? Why are you doing this?

DEE DEE

She won't leave him alone!

VAL

D'you see?! I said so, she's with him.

BIFF

They're together!

PROFESSOR HOBBES

How d'you explain it, Doctor? If you're so clever.

DOCTOR & SKY

I don't know. Sky, stop it. I said stop it. Just stop it!

He walks closer to Sky.

VAL

Look at the two of them!

Again, the Doctor crouches down to look into Sky's eyes.

DOCTOR & SKY

Mrs Silvestry. I'm trying to understand. You've captured my speech, what for? What d'you need? You need my voice in particular. The cleverest voice in the room. Why? Cos I'm the only one who can help? Ohh, I'd love that to be true. But your eyes. They're saying something else. Listen to me. Whatever you want, if it's life, or form, or consciousness, or voice, you don't have to steal it. You can find it without hurting anyone. And I'll help you. That's a promise. So. What d'you think?

SKY

Do we have a deal?

DOCTOR

Do we have a deal?

There's a shocked silence as they start realising what has just happened.

DEE DEE

Hold on, did she...?

JETHRO

She spoke first.

VAL

She can't have.

PROFESSOR HOBBES

She did!

JETHRO

She spoke first!

SKY

Oh, look at that, I'm ahead of you.

DOCTOR

Oh, look at that, I'm ahead of you.

PROFESSOR HOBBES

Did you see? She spoke before he did! Definitely!

JETHRO

He's copying her.

PROFESSOR HOBBES

Doctor, what's happening?

SKY

I think it's moved.

DOCTOR

I think it's moved.

SKY

I think it's letting me go.

DOCTOR

I think it's letting me go.

DEE DEE

What do you mean? Letting you go from what?

BIFF

But he's repeating now, he's the one doing it! It's him!

JETHRO

They're separating.

PROFESSOR HOBBES

Mrs Silvestry? Is that you?

SKY

Yes, yes, it's me.

DOCTOR

Yes, yes, it's me.

SKY

I'm coming back, listen.

DOCTOR

I'm coming back...

SKY

It's me!

DOCTOR

...listen. It's me!

Now, the Doctor is crouching there motionless, while Sky slowly starts to move her head and hands.

JETHRO

Like it's passed into the Doctor. It's transferred. Whatever it is, it's gone inside him.

DEE DEE

No, that's not what happened.

VAL

But look at her!

SKY

Look at me, I can move...

DOCTOR

Look at me...

SKY

I can feel again...

DOCTOR

I can move... I can feel again...

SKY

I'm coming back to life...

DOCTOR

I'm coming back to life...

SKY

And look at him, he can't move.

DOCTOR

And look at him, he can't move.

SKY

Help me.

DOCTOR

Help me.

SKY

Professor?

DOCTOR

Professor?

SKY

Get me away from him.

DOCTOR

Get me away from him.

SKY

Please.

DOCTOR

Please.

Cautiously avoiding to touch the Doctor, the Professor moves forward and takes Sky's hand, then leads her to the others in the rear of the shuttle.

SKY

Ohh thank you.

DOCTOR

Ohh thank you.

JETHRO

They've completely separated.

BIFF

It's in him, d'you see? I said it was him all the time.

VAL

She's free! She's been saved!

SKY

Oh, it was so cold.

DOCTOR

Oh, it was so cold.

SKY

I couldn't breathe.

DOCTOR

I couldn't breathe.

SKY

I'm sorry.

DOCTOR

I'm sorry.

SKY

I must've scared you so much.

DOCTOR

I must've scared you so much.

Val goes to hug her.

VAL

No, no, it's all right, I've got you, ohh, there you are my love, it's gone, everything's all right now.

DEE DEE

I wouldn't touch her.

BIFF

But it's gone, she's clean, it passed into him.

DEE DEE

That's not what happened.

PROFESSOR HOBBES

Thank you for your opinion, Dee, but clearly, Mrs Silvestry has been released.

DEE DEE

No...

VAL

Just leave her alone! She's safe, isn't she? Jethro? It's let her go, hasn't it?

JETHRO

Think so, yeah. Looks like it. Professor?

PROFESSOR HOBBES

I'd say, from observation... the Doctor can't move, and when she was possessed, she couldn't move, so...

BIFF

Well, there we are then! Now the only problem we've got is this Doctor.

SKY

It's inside his head.

DOCTOR

It's inside his head.

SKY

It killed the driver.

DOCTOR

It killed the driver.

SKY

And the mechanic.

DOCTOR

And the mechanic.

SKY

And now it wants us.

DOCTOR

And now it wants us.

VAL

I said so!

SKY

He's waited so long.

DOCTOR

He's waited so long.

SKY

In the dark. And the cold.

DOCTOR

In the dark. And the cold.

SKY

And the diamonds.

DOCTOR

And the diamonds.

SKY

Until you came.

DOCTOR

Until you came.

SKY

Bodies so hot.

DOCTOR

Bodies so hot.

SKY

With blood.

DOCTOR

With blood.

SKY

And pain.

DOCTOR

And pain.

VAL

Stop, oh, my God, make him stop, someone make him stop!

DEE DEE

But she's saying it!

VAL

And you can shut up!

DEE DEE

But it's not him, it's her, he's just repeating!

BIFF

But that's what the thing does, it repeats!

HOSTESS

Just let her talk!

BIFF

What do you know? Fat lot of good you've been!

HOSTESS

Just let her explain.

DEE DEE

I think... I mean, from what I've seen... it repeats, then it synchronises, then it goes on to the next stage and that's exactly what the Doctor said would happen!

BIFF

What, and you're on his side?

DEE DEE

No!

JETHRO

The voice is the thing!

DEE DEE

And she's the voice! She stole it! Look at her! It's not possessing him, it's draining him!

HOSTESS

She's got his voice...

VAL

But that's not true, cos it can't, because I saw it pass into him, I saw it with my own eyes!

BIFF

So did I!

DEE DEE

You didn't!

VAL

It went from her, to him. You saw it, didn't you?

JETHRO

I don't know.

VAL

Oh, don't be stupid, Jethro, of course you did!

JETHRO

I suppose... he was right next to her.

BIFF

Everyone saw it, everyone!

DEE DEE

You didn't, you're just making it up! I know what I saw, and I saw her stealing his voice.

VAL

She's as bad as him, someone shut her up!

PROFESSOR HOBBES

I think you should be quiet, Dee.

DEE DEE

Well, I'm only saying...

PROFESSOR HOBBES

And that's an order! You're making a fool of yourself! Pretending you're an expert in mechanics and hydraulics, when I can tell you, you are nothing more than average, at best! Now shut up!

During the row, they don't notice Sky' s satisfied smile.

SKY

That's how he does it.

DOCTOR

That's how he does it.

SKY

He makes you fight.

DOCTOR

He makes you fight.

SKY

Creeps into your head.

DOCTOR

Creeps into your head.

SKY

And whispers.

DOCTOR

And whispers.

SKY

Listen.

DOCTOR

Listen.

SKY

Just listen.

DOCTOR

Just listen.

SKY

That's him.

DOCTOR

That's him.

SKY

Inside.

DOCTOR

Inside.

BIFF

Throw him out!

VAL

Get him out of my head!

BIFF

Yeah, we should throw him out!

VAL

Well, don't just talk about it! Just, you're useless! Do something!

BIFF

I will! You watch me! I'm gonna throw him out!

The Doctor still can't move but his eyes tell everything, his fear, and his fight against the thing possessing him.

SKY

Yes!

DOCTOR

Yes!

SKY

Throw him out!

DOCTOR

Throw him out!

SKY

Get rid of him!

DOCTOR

Get rid of him!

SKY

Now!

DOCTOR

Now!

Biff grabs the Doctor and starts to drag him towards the door.

DEE DEE

Don't!

VAL

It'll be you next!

HOSTESS

Don't think we should do this!

BIFF

It was your idea! Professor, help me.

PROFESSOR HOBBES

I can't... I - I'm not...

BIFF

What sort of a man are you? Come on!

VAL

Throw him out!

BIFF

Come on!

VAL

Just do it, throw him out!

BIFF

Help! Professor, help me!

VAL

Get him out!

BIFF

Grab hold of him!

Awkwardly, the Professor grabs the Doctor's hand.

BIFF

Not like that! Are you stupid?!

SKY

Cast him out!

DOCTOR

Cast him out!

SKY

Into the sun!

DOCTOR

Into the sun!

VAL

I want him out!

SKY

And the night!

DOCTOR

And the night!

VAL

Get him out!

BIFF

Come on! Don't just stand there! Do something say!

VAL

Get him out!

SKY

Do it!

DOCTOR

Do it!

SKY

Do it now!

DOCTOR

Do it now!

SKY

Faster!

DOCTOR

Faster!

VAL

Just do it!

SKY

That's the way!

DOCTOR

That's the way!

Jethro joins Biff and the Professor, pulling the Doctor towards the door.

SKY

You can do it!

DOCTOR

You can do it!

SKY

Molto bene!

VAL

Throw him out!

DOCTOR

Molto bene!

VAL

Get him out!

SKY

Allons-y!

DOCTOR

Allons-y!

HOSTESS (realisation dawning on her)

That's his voice.

SKY

The starlight waits!

HOSTESS

She's taken his voice!

DOCTOR

The starlight waits!

SKY

The emptiness!

DOCTOR

The emptiness!

VAL

Get him out!

SKY

The Midnight sky!

DOCTOR

The Midnight sky!

HOSTESS

It's her. She's taken his voice!

She grabs Sky and pushes the button that opens the fire exit. Blinding light gets into the shuttle, making everyone stop and scream. The Hostess stands in the door, holding Sky.

HOSTESS

One, two, three, four, five, six.

As the pressure wall collapses the Hostess and Sky are sucked outside, then the door slides closed. The men let go of the Doctor who falls to the ground, gasping.

DOCTOR

It's gone, it's gone... It's gone, it's gone, it's gone... It's gone. It's gone... It's gone, it's gone, it's gone... It's gone, it's gone, it's gone...

He slowly sits up and leans to a seat, still panting. The others are breathing heavily too - with the fright gone, they are realising what they were about to do.

VAL (making a feeble excuse)

I said it was her.

***

20 MINUTES LATER...

The Doctor is still sitting on the floor. The other passengers are spread out in the cabin, everyone sits alone, all lost in their own dark thoughts.

VOICE VIA INTERCOM

Repeat, Crusader 50, rescue vehicle coming alongside in three minutes, door-seals set to automatic. Prepare for boarding, repeat, prepare for boarding.

DOCTOR

The Hostess... what was her name?

They just look away, ashamed.

PROFESSOR HOBBES

I don't know.

***

Back in the Leisure Palace, the Doctor walks slowly to Donna. She hugs him without a word.

***

DONNA

What d'you think it was?

DOCTOR

No idea.

DONNA

D'you think it's still out there?

The Doctor doesn't answer.

DONNA

Well, you'd better tell 'em. This lot.

DOCTOR

Yeah. They can build a Leisure Palace somewhere else. Let this planet keep on turning, round an Xtonic star. In silence.

DONNA

Can't imagine you, without a voice.

DOCTOR (with a weak smile)

Molto bene.

DONNA (teasing)

Molto bene!

DOCTOR

No, don't do that. Don't. Don't...

=== DOCTOR WHO (2005) ===

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