7. The Metal Fire

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THE DOCTOR: Well Amy, there’s not much to get with me, there are with some others…

When a mysterious beam steals the Doctor and friends from their travels, a Cyberman sparks back to life after the transition. Harpal destroys the Cyberman, but gets infected with the metal and has four days to live. Can he survive? What are the Cybermen planning? And what is the metal fire?

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1. The Metal Fire


PART 1

THE METAL FIRE

 

OPEN IN THE TARDIS. THE DOCTOR IS PLAYING LABRYNTH’S SONG ‘EARTHQUAKE’ INTO THE TARDIS. HE ISNT ENJOYING IT. HARPAL IS SITTING ON HIS OWN ON A STAIRCASE WHILE AMY IS TALKING TO RIVER WHO IS BURIED IN HER DIARY. HARPAL GETS A TEXT FROM ‘S’.

 

IT READS: DON’T BLOW COVER. K WILL KILL U.

 

HE LOOKS AWAY AND SIGHS.

 

RIVER: (To the Doctor) Come on sweetie, won’t you take me to that dance tonight at planet S.820/H98?

 

THE DOCTOR: Not till I figure out this music. Some Earth songs I like, like, Jay G, and Brihanna. But this Lagrinth, I just, just don’t get it!

 

AMY: That’s fine cos we don’t get you, either.

 

RIVER: But I’ve got my best dress on!

 

THE DOCTOR: Well Amy, there’s not much to get with me, there are with some others.

 

Harpal looks up. Everyone knows and notices that the Doctor is talking about him.

 

HARPAL: What-

 

RIVER: -What?

 

HARPAL: Why are you looking at me?

 

RIVER: Spoilers.

 

CONTROL UNIT. SOMEONE IS SITTING AT A DESK MONITORING THE QUADRANT. HE SEE’S THE TARDIS.

 

ROBOT: Alert! Alert! The Doctor must be eliminated! He must not ruin our glory!

 

He stamps a button.

 

ROBOT: Transmit beam.

 

CUT BACK TO THE TARDIS. EVEYRONE IS STANDING AND SHOUTING IN AN ARGUMENT.

 

HARPAL: This is because you’ve never trusted me! Just because of the Silence!

 

THE DOCTOR: Well no-

 

AMY: Doctor-

 

RIVER: Well yes-

 

THE DOCTOR: I-

 

RIVER: Don’t.

 

AMY: River!

 

THE DOCTOR: Trust you!

 

HARPAL: What?!

 

THE DOCTOR: River you-

 

RIVER: Didn’t.

 

THE DOCTOR: Distort my sentence!

 

RIVER: Don’t, wait yes-

 

THE DOCTOR: Do that!

 

The Doctor yells and kicks the console.

 

HARPAL: That’s it I’m going! You people can even talk without making it difficult!

 

RIVER: That’ll save us the trouble of having to deal with you.

 

HARPAL: Fine.

 

Harpal walks over to the door and opens it. I massive white bright light emits out of the small doorway. Everyone screams and covers their eyes.

 

PLAY ‘DOUBLE DOCTOR’ S6 25

 

RIVER: What have you done?!

 

HARPAL: I just opened it!

 

Harpal turns round and takes his hand away from his eyes to look at the others.

 

THE DOCTOR: Harpal! Was, was this you?

 

HARPAL: I wish.

 

Harpal holds his hand up like a ghost then gets slowly sucked out of the door, and fades away.

 

THE DOCTOR: No!

 

The Doctor runs forward to try and grab him.

 

AMY: Doctor! No!

 

THE DOCTOR: You may not trust him but he’s only 12! If he is a bad person he still has time to change!

 

The Doctor puts his hand into the light at the door, and takes it out. His hand is already fading. He looks at River and Amy and quickly says:

 

THE DOCTOR: I’m sorry!

 

He then jumps into the light and fades.

 

AMY: Doctor no!

 

Amy runs forward as he fades.

 

AMY: River! I, I have to go- Argh! Argh----!

 

A metal hand reaches out and grabs Amy’s shoulder. She nearly falls backwards and screams.

 

RIVER: Amy!

 

River runs forward too and grabs Amy’s hand.

 

AMY: River--! River what is it?!

 

RIVER: Oh no, oh God no!

 

AMY: What?

 

RIVER: A Cyberman.

 

They both scream as the get pulled into the light and fade. The light also fades leaving the TARDIS empty. The doors then slowly shut.

 

CUT TO CONTROL UNIT:

 

CYBERMAN: Transmat successful.

 

QUEUE OPENING THEME AND TITLES.

 

OPEN WITH A CYBERMAN SITTING IN THE CONTROL ROOM, HE IS MONITORING THE TARDIS.

 

CYBERMAN: No life source detected. Putting TARDIS on prime monitoring inspection.

 

He tabs some buttons, and then continuously a blue light running from top to bottom scans the screen with the TARDIS on. It shows the inside of the TARDIS as well heat signals from stars.

 

CUT TO A LARGE METAL ROOM.  THERE IS A FIRE WITH A METAL POLE STICKING OUT OF IT. THERE IS ALSO MELTED IRON AND FLESH INSIDE TOO.

 

THERE IS A MASSIVE, METAL PADLOCKED DOOR AT ONE END OF THE ROOM. AND A WINDOW AT THE OTHER. THE DOCTOR AND HIS FRIENDS ARE ALL LYING ON THE FLOOR UNCONCIOUS, THEY ARE ALL SPREAD OUT AND THERE IS A CYBERMAN ATTACHED ON AMY’S SOLDIER VIA IT’S ARM. ONE BY ONE THEY SLOWLY COME ROUND. HARPAL IS FIRST.

 

HARPAL OPENS HIS EYES, SQUINTS, THEN SITS UP AND RUBS HIS HEAD.

 

HARPAL: What? The hell?

 

Harpal looks down and see’s the Doctor’s sonic in his hand.

 

HARPAL: What?

 

He looks over and see’s the Doctor waking up. Harpal hides the sonic in his pocket and pretends to be unconscious.

 

HARPAL: (Whispers to himself) Remember, remember, remember…

 

He closes his eyes and has a flash back.

 

CUT TO THE TARDIS. THE DOCTOR HAS HIS JACKET OFF. THE SONIC IS INSIDE THE POCKET. WHEN THE DOCTOR IS DISTRACTED HARPAL TAKES OUT THE SONIC AND WALKS DOWN THE CORRIDOR STUDYING IT.

 

CUT TO HARPAL GOING THROUGH THE BRIGHT LIGHT.

 

CUT TO HARPAL AND A CYBERMAN FLOATING IN AN ARRAY OF BRIGHT WHITE LIGHT, THE SAME ONE THAT FLEW INTO THE TARDIS. HARPAL TAKES OUT THE SONIC AS THE CYBERMAN IS ATTACKING HIM. HE POINTS THE SONIC AT THE NEURAL INHIBATOR COVER AND IT COMES OFF. BEFORE THE CYBERMAN ELECTROCUTES HIM HE POINTS THE SONIC AT THE INHIBITOR AND THE CYBERMAN EXPLODES…

 

CUT BACK TO THE METAL ROOM. THE DOCTOR IS STANDING.

 

HARPAL: I remember.

 

THE DOCTOR: Remember? Remember what?

 

HARPAL: I, I, erm…

 

RIVER: I remember too.

 

RIVER HAS A FLASH BACK.

 

AMY HAS A CYBERMAN GRIPPING ONTO HER SOLDIER. HER AND RIVER ARE FLOATING IN THE LIGHT. RIVER TAKES OUT HER SCANNER AND HOLDS IT TO THE CYBERMANS HEAD. SHE IS ABOSORBING THE POWER. A BAR ON THE SCREEN FILLS UP.

 

WHEN IT IS AT THIS LEVEL THE CYBERMAN SPARKS AND RIVER DROPS THE SCANNER.

 

CUT BACK TO RIVER. SHE SEE’S THE CYBERMAN AND JUMPS UP AND POINTS HER GUN AT THE CYBERMAN.

 

RIVER: Amy!

 

THE DOCTOR: It’s all right, it’s ok, you drained all it’s power.

 

River takes her gun down.

 

HARPAL: Where are we?

 

RIVER: You would know.

 

HARPAL: What?

 

RIVER: You probably caused all this.

 

HARPAL: You can think what you like but I didn’t do this!

 

THE DOCTOR: Quiet!

 

The Doctor is kneeling beside Amy as she starts to wake up.

 

AMY: Doctor…

 

THE DOCTOR: I’m here, your fine, your good.

 

AMY: I don’t feel it.

 

THE DOCTOR: Nah, me neither.

 

RIVER: Amy are you ok?

 

AMY: Yeah, are you?

 

RIVER: Why are you worrying about me?

 

AMY: Hey, you’ll always be my daughter.

 

The Doctor and River hold Amy as she gets up. She drags the body of the Cyberman with her.

 

AMY: Woah!

 

THE DOCTOR: Careful!

 

Amy leans on the wall. River and the Doctor look away and start whispering. While they do this Harpal walks over to Amy slowly.

 

RIVER: What do we think then?

 

THE DOCTOR: Spaceship.

 

RIVER: Definitely. Might have a wander.

 

THE DOCTOR: No.

 

RIVER: Boring!

 

THE DOCTOR: Archaeologist!

 

Harpal stands next to Amy.

 

HARPAL: You all right?

 

AMY: Yeah I’m fine, I’m just, just a bit, dizzy. I- argh!

 

Amy screams as the Cyberman sparks and begins whirring back to life.

 

CYBERMAN: De, delete!

 

Harpal gasps as Amy lifts up the arm on her shoulder and turns around. The Cyberman clamps his arm on her shoulder and begins to electrocute her. Amy screams as River turns.

 

Harpal runs to the fire, takes out the burning pole and lifts it up ready to slice the Cyberman’s arm. He runs forward, screams and slams it down. Sparks fly as the arm falls to the floor, detached from Amy’s shoulder, and Amy falls unconscious next to it. Harpal lifts the pole back up over his head.

 

RIVER: Amy!

 

Harpal screams, drops the pole and trembles. He brings his hands back from behind his head so he can see them. They are are red and burnt, he staggers and falls back and the Doctor catches him. He holds his hands out and winces.

 

His skin is curled up and is a dark violet colour. When the blood dries it crystallizes into a purple sort of rock. His red blood drips off his hand and smoke billows out of them.

 

HARPAL: Doctor it’s burning!

 

THE DOCTOR: Well it was a burning hot pole!

 

HARPAL: I couldn’t let that robot kill her!

 

THE DOCTOR: It’s a Cyberman!

 

HARPAL: Thanks for the update!

 

THE DOCTOR: Be glad it’s not an upgrade!

 

River takes out her scanner. She holds it against the pole. The heat from the pole drains. When it disappears completely, she picks up the pole and spears it into the Cyberman’s chest. It screams and after River pulls the Cyberman into the fire. The pole gets hotter and short-circuits the Cyberman. It sparks, whirrs and dies completely.

 

The Doctor touches Harpal’s hand and he kicks him in the shin.

 

THE DOCTOR: Ow!

 

HARPAL: I would appreciate it if you didn’t, touch it!

 

RIVER: Stop babbling you two!

 

River kneels next to Amy and scans her.

 

RIVER: I need to check if Amy’s hurt.

 

The scanner beeps, and River stands back up.

 

RIVER: She’s fine; any more energy Amy wouldn’t be unconscious.

 

HARPAL: Argh, what, what would she be?

 

RIVER: Dead.

 

HARPAL: Right. Argh! My hands are burning!

 

THE DOCTOR: River scan!

 

RIVER: If I must.

 

THE DOCTOR: Yes, you must!

 

River huffs and scans Harpal’s hands.

 

RIVER: Just your basic burn. There’s not much it can be.

 

HARPAL: Phew, I thought it’d be some alien burn.

 

RIVER: It is.

 

HARPAL: WHAT?!

 

River points.

 

RIVER: Your scars are purple, there is acidic smoke billowing out of the cuts, and it’s disgusting. It’s an infection. An alien infection. It’s spreading. The metal reacts with human skin.

 

HARPAL: How long?

 

RIVER: 4 days. Then your dead.

 

THE DOCTOR: I am so sorry.

 

RIVER: It’s an alien metal. Made of hoibfoadroidic gravels and cyber metal.

 

HARPAL: Well what, do I bandage it, is there a cure?

 

RIVER: Only certain alien medicine. No Earth medicine can prevent it.

 

THE DOCTOR: In the meantime lets bandage it with something. Erm, River, do you mind?

 

The Doctor bends down and rips the hem of River’s black dress off.

 

RIVER: What are you trying to get at sweetie?

 

THE DOCTOR: Don’t get the wrong idea.

 

RIVER: I’ve always had the wrong idea.

 

He takes it, splits it in half, and wraps one piece around each of Harpal’s hands.

 

HARPAL: Thanks.

 

RIVER: I liked that dress.

 

THE DOCTOR: I didn’t.

 

RIVER: I hate you!

 

THE DOCTOR: Stop lying!

 

RIVER: Ditto.

 

The Doctor laughs.

 

AMY: (From behind) Doctor?

 

Amy blinks and slowly gets up. River walks over and helps her.

 

RIVER: Amy, are you ok?

 

AMY: Yeah, I, I think so… what happened to the dress?

 

RIVER: The Doctor went rapid.

 

Amy chuckles, and looks over to Harpal.

 

AMY: What happened, to you?

 

HARPAL: The alien metal reacted with my skin causing me to have a reaction, which will spread and kill me within 4 days.

 

AMY: Right, and that was because of the pole?

 

HARPAL: Yeah. That.

 

AMY: You’re gonna die, because of me?

 

HARPAL: Well, sort of, but, I don’t matter too much.

 

THE DOCTOR: What are you talking about? Of course you do. Without you we wouldn’t have known how the flood’s plan would’ve worked.

 

AMY: Yeah, we have to find a cure.

 

RIVER: (To Harpal) Oh, your good.

 

Suddenly there is a loud BANG!! And everyone jumps. The Doctor looks to his left.

 

THE DOCTOR: It’s coming from that side.

 

HARPAL: Ok, so, what do we do?

 

THE DOCTOR: Erm, run!

 

AMY: Where?

 

THE DOCTOR: The other way!

 

They all turn and run to the other side of the room, where the Doctor looks for his sonic.

 

THE DOCTOR: Sonic!

 

Harpal gives it to him.

 

HARPAL: Sonic!

 

RIVER: Interesting.

 

The Doctor Sonics the door and it slides open. A bright orange light is emitted from the door, and the everyone is standing on a ledge leading to a bridge.

 

Below smoke billows out of the huge fire, where metal Cyber heads are being drawn out from.

 

THE DOCTOR: Ok, well um, that’s not good.

 

HARPAL: It’s like, metal fire.

 

Behind them, the metal door in the other room flies open and a Cyberman begins to march toward them.

 

AMY: Doctor?

 

RIVER: Leave it to me.

 

River takes out her gun and begins to shoot at the Cyberman.

 

THE DOCTOR: That won’t be able to stop it!

 

The Cyberman looms over River.

 

CYBERMAN: You are not compatible the rest of you will be assimilated and converted into Cyber-form.

 

He lifts up a hand and pushes River over the rails.

 

AMY: Melody!

 

CYBERMAN: I was incorrect your emotions make you incompatible you will be deleted.

 

The Cyberman presses it’s palm on the rail shocking the metal, which shocks the Doctor, Amy and Harpal.

 

CYBERMAN: Delete. Delete! DELETE!

 

QUEUE ENDING TITLES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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