Doctor Who Script - When The Sun Goes Down

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  • Published: 28 Nov 2013
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It has been 50 years since The Doctor left Amy and Rory. After a call from UNIT, The Doctpor arrives in the year 2259 to find a new assistant is being forcibly given to him - one who is just as reluctant to travel with him as he is to take a new assistant on board.

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11. Part 10

The trio reappear in the TARDIS control room.

Doctor, cheerfully:
 Pin-point accuracy! Robin Hood would be proud!

 

Jonathan:
 What just happened?

 

Sami:
 Doctor, you could have told us you were going to do that!

 

Doctor:
 We moved from one place to another by using-

 

Sami:
 You can explain teleportation to Jonathan another time, Doctor. But right now, we need to get out of here.

 

Doctor:
 Yes, that would be a good thing to do.

 

The Doctor rushes around the TARDIS console, pressing what seems like almost every control. The TARDIS starts to work, but then grinds to a halt.

Doctor:
 We’re back in Little Rodenville. Why are we…?

The Doctor slaps his forehead. 
The Vashta Nerada have tampered with the TARDIS! She’s taking a while to get going, but in a few minutes we should be out of here.

 

The doors thud, as outside, the possessed townspeople bang on the TARDIS, trying to find a way in.

Jonathan:
 Are we safe in here?

 

Doctor:
 Yes, perfectly safe! I put the TARDIS’s emergency forcefield on, because for once I knew where we were going and I knew there was a threat. The only way something is coming in is either with this key…

The Doctor pulls the TARDIS key from around his neck.
 Or if they teleport in.

 

Sami: 
Couldn’t they just use the Ronoholomokian teleport?

 

Doctor:
 No, I put a fuse on it. After one use, if someone tries to use it again-

The Doctor stops working on the TARDIS console, looks at Sami, and mimes an explosion with his hands.
 KERPOW. The ship self-destructs. That way, the only way out of Little Rodenville, other than the 50 mile walk – which is much more effort than eating us – is through those doors.

 

Jonathan:
 But won’t they eventually figure out that Big Rodenville exists, and then they’ll go and kill everyone there?

 

Doctor:
 Ah. Yes. Good point.

 

Sami:
 We need to kill them.

 

Doctor:
 But we need to leave the town intact.

 

The Doctor looks knowingly at Sami, and she nods.

Sami:
 Is there any way to do that?

 

Doctor:
 Yes. I’ve got just the thing.

 

The Doctor rushes off, Sami sitting down on the chair in the TARDIS control room. Jonathan walks over to the TARDIS console and starts pressing buttons at random.

Jonathan:
 So what is this?

 

Sami:
 A time machine.

 

Jonathan, excitedly:
 Where have you gone? Backwards in time? Forwards in time?

 

Sami:
 We just came here.

 

Jonathan:
 Why did you come here? If you can go anywhere in the whole of time, why would you choose to come here?

 

Sami:
 Well it was this or watching spaceball, and I like mysteries.

 

Jonathan:
 So you came here? Why was Little Rodenville a mystery?

 

Sami blanches.

Jonathan:
 Sami? What is going to happen?

 

The Doctor runs back in before Sami has to answer. He holds underneath his arm a grey sphere, with a wire and clicker (such as those use by weather reporters) hanging down from it.

Doctor:
 A compressed neutron bomb!

 

Sami’s mouth drops wide open. She stands up and approaches The Doctor tentatively.

Sami:
 As in a compressed neutron bomb that vaporises every living thing in its blast radius? That compressed neutron bomb?

The Doctor nods.
 You just happened to have one of those lying around?

 

Doctor:
 I confiscated it from the Silurians. They were going to set it off in the White House - long story – but I got it and defused it. It’s got a blast radius of about 30 miles, that should be enough.

 

Sami:
 Diffused or not, should you really be holding a neutron bomb like a basketball?

 

Doctor:
 Don’t worry, this one’s got a detonator. It’s not going to go off unless someone pushes that button.

 

Sami:
 Does it have a timer? We could leave and set it off.

 

Doctor:
 No, just a detonator. But we can’t leave anyway, the TARDIS still isn’t working!

The Doctor puts his ear against the control panel to listen to the workings of the TARDIS. 
The Vashta Nerada have done something to it.

 

Jonathan:
 I thought you said they couldn’t get in.

 

The Doctor glances over at Jonathan, then does a double take. Realisation dawns on his face.

Doctor:
 Unless they teleported in with us.

 

Sami:
 But it was just us three!

 

Doctor, softly:
 Sami, how do Vashta Nerada keep their prey fresh?

 

Sami:
 They can’t have got us though! We haven’t touched them, and we’ve been in the light since Elijah got taken!

 

Doctor:
 You and I didn’t touch them. But-

 

Jonathan:
 I did. I pulled Elijah into the spaceship.

 

Sami:
 No.

 

Doctor:
 Sami, I’m sorry.

 

Sami, distraught:
 No!

 

Doctor: 
Jonathan has two shadows. It’s only a matter of time before they take him as well.

 

Jonathan has two shadows.

Jonathan, sorrowfully:
 I’m sorry.

 

Sami:
 There must be something we can do!

 

Doctor:
 There’s nothing.

 

Tears are streaming down Sami’s face.

Sami:
 Jonathan…

 

Jonathan:
 Sami, I’m sorry. But there’s nothing you can do.

 

Sami:
 There-

 

Jonathan:
 Thank you, Sami.

 

Sami chokes mid-sob in surprise.

Sami:
 Thank you?

 

Jonathan:
 You helped Adriana.

Jonathan smiles. He looks happy, other than the tears rolling down his cheeks.
 You made her happy for the first time since Juliet went missing. She died happy.

 

Sami:
 I… I…

 

Jonathan:
 Death is a certainty. You can’t stop death. But you can make people happier when they’re alive.

Jonathan pauses.
 You didn’t just make Addy happy. You made me happy too. I love you, Sami. But this is the end.

 

Sami:
 It can’t end like this! I love you too, Jonathan, and I won’t let it end like this!

 

Jonathan:
 There’s no other way. Someone needs to detonate the bomb, and I’m dead anyway. That’s right, isn’t it Doctor? Once someone has two shadows, there’s no hope for them?

The Doctor nods.

Doctor:
 I’m sorry. But this is the only way.

 

Sami:
 But-

 

Jonathan:
 Sami, you said you were a soldier. So you know about sacrifice. The needs of the few outweigh the needs of the many. If we wait any longer, the Vashta Nerada will take me too, and one of you will have to detonate the bomb.

 

Jonathan walks over to The Doctor, arms outstretched. The Doctor hands Jonathan the bomb.

Sami:
 Be careful!

 

Jonathan laughs.

Jonathan:
 I will be, Sami. Remember though: Death is inevitable, but you can prolong life. Yours and others.

 

Doctor:
 Jonathan, as soon as you’re outside, you need to close the doors. We can’t risk even one Vashta Nerada getting inside the TARDIS.

 

Jonathan nods, and makes his way to the doors.

Sami:
 I love you Jonathan.

 

Jonathan:
 I love you too, Sami. Goodbye.

 

Jonathan takes the detonator in his hand with the bomb tucked under his arm, and pulls the door open, dashing out and closing it behind him. The screen in the TARDIS flickers into life to show Jonathan standing just outside the TARDIS, surrounded by possessed townspeople, who are simply watching him and the TARDIS.

Jonathan, muffled:
 Oh my…

 

Sami smiles in spite of herself.

Jonathan speaking, Sami and The Doctor mouthing along with him:
 It’s… Bigger on the inside!

 

Doctor:
 It most certainly is. Goodbye Jonathan.

 

The Doctor changes a few controls on the TARDIS and flicks the main lever, the TARDIS dematerialising. Jonathan’s mouth drops open as the TARDIS fades from view.

 

We see the TARDIS floating in space above the Earth. Inside, The Doctor and Sami are side-by-side watching the screen, which now shows a bird’s eye view of the whole forest in which Little Rodenville is situated. After a second, a bright sphere of light erupts from the centre of the town and expands outwards in every direction, enveloping the whole forest. A second after the sphere passes the edge of the forest, the light fades, leaving everything as it was – from the bird’s eye view at least. Everyone in the blast radius – including Jonathan and the whole population of Vashta Nerada – has been vaporised.

The Doctor and Sami stand in the TARDIS for a second in silence, staring at the screen. Then The Doctor moves, working at the console again. The central column spins into life and the familiar growling of the TARDIS begins.

Doctor:
 I’ve got something to show you.

 

 

The TARDIS lands.

Sami, hollowly:
 Where are we?

 

Doctor:
 The site of Little Rodenville, 2371.

 

Sami:
 Why?

 

The Doctor doesn’t say anything, and simply opens the TARDIS door for Sami.

Sami steps out and stops in horror.

In front of the TARDIS is a huge skyscraper, made of metal and glass and towering into the sky.

Sami, angry and horrified:
 Why did you bring me here?! This is horrible! They’ve demolished the town!

 

The Doctor points to something on the wall, something that we can’t see but Sami can, and Sami gasps. Tears roll down Sami’s cheeks.

Sami:
 Thank you.

 

Sami walks back into the TARDIS. The Doctor takes one glance at the wall, and then follows her in. The doors shut and the TARDIS disappears.

As the TARDIS disappears, we turn and see what is on the wall.

It is a brass plaque, and on it are inscribed these words:


The citizens of Little Rodenville. Missing presumed dead in 1858. The names of the members of the town council are listed here in memory of the town.

Augustus Dangor

Annie Cress

Christian Black

Elijah Fowler

Jonathan Bishop

May they rest in peace.

END CREDITS

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