Doctor Who Script - When The Sun Goes Down

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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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5. Part 4

Sami sits on a chair in the dingy room in which Elijah has allowed The Doctor and Sami to use. It’s a ramshackle hut on the outskirts of the town, and everything inside is covered in dust sheets and dust. An odd machine, an assortment of bits and pieces such as brooms and horseshoes and wires and pieces of Acturide and even clothes, sits in the middle of the room, and seems to be humming. The machine is topped with the sonic screwdriver, which brightens and fades in an irregular pattern. The Doctor seems to be looking at the patter cast by the sonic intently, whilst Sami is obviously bored out of her mind.
 

 

Sami:
 Please, Doctor, is there anything I can do that’s more exciting than watching this? It’s just flashing lights!


Doctor:
 It’s not just lights, I’ve set it up to take readings on a high frequency positr-

Sees Sami glaring at him.
 

 

Doctor, somewhat annoyed:
 Oh, alright then. Go outside and taste the morning dew, or run with the local wildlife.

 

Sami:
 YES. Seriously, I was about to die of boredom.

 

Doctor:
 You don’t want to do that, it’s a painful way to go.

 

Sami, muttering under her breath as she walks out the door: 
Tell me about it.

 

 

Outside, Adriana runs up to Sami.
 

 

Adriana:
 Hi! I’m Addy. Who’re you?

 

Sami:
 I’m Sami.

 

Adriana:
 You look bored.

 

Sami:
 I am. Very bored.

 

Adriana, talking very fast: 
Come with me! I need someone to help feed the chickens. It’s a two person job but Jonathan’s off down the mine and I need someone to help me herd the chickens into the pen so I can feed them but-

 

Sami:
 Ok, I’ll help.

 

Adriana beams, grabs Sami by the hand, and drags her towards her house, and the small pen behind it.
 

 

Sami:
 So what do I have to do exactly?

 

Adriana:
 You see all those chickens?

Pointing at chickens which appear to be roaming freely around the town. Sami nods. 
You need to get them, in this pen.

 

Sami:
 How?

 

Adriana:
 Any way you can. But they don’t like being picked up. They bite.

 

Sami:
 So I have to chase all of those chickens into that pen?

Adriana nods vigorously.
 You have got to be kidding me.

 

 

A few hours later, after the last chicken has been chased into the pen, Sami looks up to see Jonathan leaning against the wall, watching her, smiling. Sami is sweating like crazy, but grinning from ear to ear. As she sees Jonathan, she frowns at him.
 

 

Sami:
 What? What’s so funny?

 

Jonathan, chuckling:
 Nothing.

 

Doctor, from behind Sami:
 You seem to be having fun!

Sami turns and shrugs, still smiling slightly.
 

Sami: 
Better than watching a flashing light.

 
 

 

Doctor:
 About that… It turns out the Acturide we’ve found has gone through a major catastrophe. Most of it was near the site of an explosion.

 

Sami:
 It would be if it was a meteorite. They partially burn up as they go through the atmosphere.

 

Doctor:
 Exactly! But the thing is, some of these pieces don’t have the marks of having gone through the-

 

Sami:
 Get to the point.

 

Doctor:
 Right. Well, some of the Acturide didn’t come through the atmosphere. It doesn’t have the same signs as the rest of it.

 

Sami:
 So you’re saying a metal that doesn’t naturally occur on Earth was found to be naturally occurring on Earth?

 

Doctor:
 That’s what it looks like. I haven’t got any more theories at the moment. There are too many things going on, it’s hard to keep track of it all.

 

Sami:
 What are you talking about?

 

Doctor:
 People disappearing, alien metal that came from space but also didn’t, and the fact that… You know.

 

Sami:
 Oh yeah. Right.

 

Adriana, to Jonathan:
 What are they talking about?

 

Jonathan, to Adriana: 
I have no idea.

 

Adriana:
 Would you two like to have dinner with us?

 

Sami:
 Why?

 

Jonathan:
 Christian’s busy, and we don’t believe in getting something for nothing.

 

Doctor:
 We’d be delighted. Anyway, I think Sami needs a sit down after spending the afternoon running around like a headless chicken – if you’ll pardon the pun.

 

 

Around the Bishop’s table, Sami, Jonathan, Adriana and The Doctor are eating a small meal of vegetables and chicken.
 

 

Doctor, with mouth full:
 So, Adriana, what do you do for fun around here? Have you got any friends you hang around the shops with?

 

Adriana:
 No…

Looks sad.
 I’m the youngest person in the town by about 5 years. Almost everyone younger than me was killed by typhoid 7 years ago. My friend Juliet and me were the only girls to survive it.

 

Sami:
 Were there any boys?

 

Adriana:
 5 or 6.

 

Doctor:
 What happened to them?

 

Adriana sits there in silence. Jonathan looks at her, and then answers for her.Jonathan:
 Juliet disappeared in the forest. The boys were part of the search party. Only a few people stayed behind – the Council, 5 or 6 miners, me, and Addy and the women who had jobs to do. You must have noticed the town’s basically empty?

 

Doctor:
 I was wondering.

 

Sami: 
Doctor, can we stop talking about this? It’s putting me off my dinner.

 

Jonathan smiles across the table at Sami, and the four of them sit there in silence for a second. Then The Doctor pipes up again.
 

 

Doctor:
 Jonathan, can you tell me about the Acturide?

 

Jonathan:
 The what?

 

Sami:
 The glowing metal.

 

Jonathan:
 Oh, right. What do you want to know?

 

Doctor:
 When did you start finding it?

 

Jonathan:
 A few months ago. We haven’t found much of it, and it hasn’t been selling that well. When I take it to the market, I don’t get much for it. We’ve got a whole bunch stuck in the warehouse over the other side of town.

 

Doctor:
 I know, I took that to study. Is there anything else you could tell me?

 

Jonathan:
 Not really. There’s not much to tell, it’s just metal.

 

Doctor:
 Could you take me into the mine to have a look tomorrow?

 

Adriana:
 You’ll have to ask Augustus, and Robert.

 

Sami:
 We don’t need accompanying.

 

Jonathan:
 Robert won’t see it that way. The mine is our only way of getting money and food. You might sabotage it, and then where would we be?

 

The door opens, and Annie walks in.
 

 

Adriana, excitedly:
 Annie!

 

Jonathan:
 Hello Annie! What are you doing here?

 

Annie:
 Augustus asked me to check up on our guests.

 

Adriana:
 But they’re nice, why would they need checking up on?

 

Annie, sitting down and sighing:
 Augustus, Robert and Elijah don’t see it that way.

 

Doctor:
 With people disappearing from the forest and a weird alien metal underneath the town, I don’t blame them.

 

Sami:
 What do they think we’re going to do?


Doctor:
 I don’t know. But let’s not give them reason to be suspicious.

 

Annie:
 I wouldn’t worry. They’ll see sense eventually.

 

Sami, grumpily:
 They’d better.

 

Jonathan:
 Cheer up. I’ll talk to them tomorrow, see what I can do.

Smiles at Sami.
 

 

Annie:
 Pardon?

 

Adriana:
 They want to go into the mine.

 

Annie:
 Really? Why would you want to do that?

 

Doctor:
 I want to get a look at that Acturide. See where it came from.

 

Annie:
 The what?

 

Doctor:
 The glowing copper. And I haven’t been down in caves and tunnels for ages. Normally the caves have monsters in them.

 

Adriana, scared:
 Monsters?

 

Sami, exasperated:
 Doctor...

 

Doctor:
 Oh, I wouldn’t worry Adriana. Right now, the mine is the safest place in the whole of Little Rodenville.

 

Everyone looks at The Doctor, worried, but The Doctor just smiles and keeps eating his dinner.

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