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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6. Part 5

The next morning. Robert stands in front of Jonathan, Sami and The Doctor, who are standing on top of a metal lift connected to the rusting metal structure that towers over the town.
 

 

Robert:
 You’re going to take the lift down into the mine. Jonathan, I am trusting you completely that these two won’t do anything they’re not meant to.

 

Jonathan:
 Don’t worry Robert. I’ll make sure they don’t get into any trouble.

 

Robert:
 You’d better.

Robert pushes a button on the lift and it descends, taking The Doctor, Sami and Jonathan down into the depths of the mine.

Robert, calling down:
 If you’re not back in one hour, I’m coming down to get you!

 


The lift stops abruptly in front of a dark tunnel, lit only by the occasional flickering torch on the wall. Jonathan picks up a lantern from the side of the tunnel and lights it with a torch. The Doctor reaches into his pocket, and then realizes something. With an alarmed face, he pats down all of his pockets, but to no avail. His face falls in disappointment at his own idiocy.

Doctor:
 Ah.

 

Sami:
 What?

 

Doctor:
 I left the sonic back in the basement.

 

Sami:
 Well that was clever.

Grabs Jonathan’s arm and pulls him along the tunnel.
 Let’s go already!

 

The Doctor runs after Jonathan and Sami.

Jonathan:
 Sami, wait! You don’t know where you’re going!

 

Doctor:
 Hold on Sami!

 

Sami trips over a wooden strut on the ground, which knocks over the struts behind them. The tunnel starts to rumble.

Jonathan, shouting:
 LOOK OUT!

 

The trio throw themselves forwards onto the ground as the rocks crash to the ground behind them, sealing them into the mine.

After a second, The Doctor picks himself up off the ground, Jonathan following suit but also picking Sami up. Sami glares at Jonathan and pushes his hand away.

Sami:
 Get off me!

 

Doctor:
 Sami, I told you to wait. Now we’re stuck down here, and I haven’t got my sonic screwdriver.

 

Jonathan:
 Now what?

 

Doctor:
 Well, seeing as we are stuck down here, I may as well go and get a look at that Acturide. You two can either come with me or try and fix this cave-in so we can get out.

 

Jonathan:
 You don’t know where you’re going.

 

Doctor:
 I rarely do. I manage somehow though.

 

Sami:
 And if we get lost?

 

Doctor:
 We’ll find our way back. Probably.

 

Sami:
 I’m staying here then.

 

Jonathan:
 I’m going to try and clear the rubble. Sami can help too, if she wants.

 

Sami:
 I’m not helping.

 

Doctor:
 Sami, it’s either stay with Jonathan and help him clear the rubble or come with me and help me examine the Acturide.

 

Sami:
 I’ll stay here. The sooner the rubble’s moved, the sooner we can get out of here.

 

Doctor:
 I’ll see you in a bit then.

 

The Doctor walks off into the dark tunnel, pausing for a second to grab a flaming torch off of the wall, which he holds in front of him as a light.

Jonathan:
 Well, we’d better get started then.

 

 

The Doctor turns a corner into another tunnel, and sees the Acturide dotted along the wall, glowing orange in the dark. The Doctor places the torch in a holder on the wall and bends in to get a closer look at it.

Doctor, to Acturide:
 Well hello. What are you doing down here?

 

There is silence.

The Doctor looks around at the Acturide, pointing at all the pieces and drawing horizontal lines in the air with his fingers between the pieces, turning while he does it.

After a second of thinking and spinning around, The Doctor points off in a direction into the wall.

Doctor, calling:
 Jonathan! Is there a shovel anywhere?

 

Again, silence.

Doctor, to himself:
 Never mind. I’ve got my own one.

The Doctor pulls out a long pole from one of his pockets, which doesn’t seem like it can fit in there (but obviously can, as The Doctor’s pockets are like Mary Poppins’ bag). The bottom of the pole unfolds to create a spade/shovel at one end, and the other unfolds to make a pickaxe. The Doctor holds up the tool, and starts digging in the direction he pointed.

 

Jonathan and Sami are using their hands to lift and shift rubble from the cave-in. They haven’t made much progress.

Jonathan:
 Where are you from?

 

Sami:
 Atlanta, Georgia.

 

Jonathan:
 I thought you said you were Canadian.

 

Sami, pausing awkwardly:
 No, I live in Canada. I was born in Georgia.

 

Jonathan:
 I’ve met Canadians before. They don’t dress like you, or The Doctor.

 

Sami:
 We’re from a remote part-

 

Jonathan:
 I don’t believe you.

 

Sami, sighing:
 Fine. I’m from the 22nd century. I came here in a time machine. The Doctor is a one thousand year old alien.

 

Jonathan, laughing:
 Canada’s more believable. Don’t worry, if you don’t want to tell me then that’s fine.

 

Sami smiles.

Sami:
 What about you? How long have you lived here?

 

Jonathan:
 All of my life. I’m Little Rodenville born and raised. Addy too. In fact, my whole family was.

 

Sami, pausing:
 I’m sorry about what happened to your parents.

 

Jonathan:
 It’s not your fault.

 

Sami:
 But you were left to look after your sister by yourself all this time!

 

Jonathan:
 But I haven’t been by myself. Annie’s treated us like her kids since our parents died, and the rest of the Council have helped too. It’s not like it’s been just me.

 

Sami:
 What’s your job then, if you don’t look after Addy?

 

Jonathan, smiling knowingly:
 I could ask you the same thing.

 

Sami:
 I work for a sort of private army. I’m a soldier.

 

Jonathan, skeptically:
 You?

 

Sami, indignantly:
 Yeah! You got a problem?

 

Jonathan:
 No, I understand that the army would take you… If the army recruited women.

 

Sami:
 Well where I come from, women can do everything men can.

 

Jonathan:
 Well if they’re as stubborn as you, then I can see why.

 

Sami, indignantly/aggresively:
 Hey!

 

Jonathan simply laughs at her, and after a second Sami starts smiling.

Sami, curious:
 What?

 

Jonathan:
 Nothing.

 

Sami, insistently:
 No, tell me!

 

Jonathan:
 It’s nothing, really!

 

Sami sits there sulkily in silence, whilst Jonathan simply smiles to himself and carries on shifting the rubble.

After a minute or two of silence, Sami starts talking.

Sami:
 I don’t know why I came here. I didn’t want to come with The Doctor, but I was forced to. And I don’t like it here either. I miss home.

 

Jonathan:
 Why don’t you leave then? You could take the path out of town and make your way home from there.

 

Sami:
 Home is a lot further away than you think.

 

Jonathan:
 Why did you come so far then?

 

Sami:
 There’s nothing to keep me there. I don’t really get on well with my family and I don’t have a boyfriend or husband so there was no reason to stay. Nothing exciting ever happened to me.

 

Jonathan:
 I understand. The only thing keeping me here is my family, really. Not just Addy, but Annie too, and Christian, and Augustus…

He sighs.
 We don’t get much money here, and there’s not much to do either. It’s a nice enough place, but I don’t want to spend the rest of my life here, and I don’t want Addy to either.

 

Sami:
 You could come with us! We could take you anywhere.

 

Jonathan keeps working in silence. Sami lays her hand on his and Jonathan turns and looks at her. It’s obvious that they will kiss in the next couple of seconds, but before they get the chance to even move, The Doctor bursts round the corner, covered in dirt and a massive smile lighting up his face.

Doctor, excitedly:
 You’ll never guess what I’ve found!

 

 

The Doctor stands next to the small tunnel he has dug, and points to it.

Doctor:
 In there.

 

Jonathan:
 I’m not going to fit in there.

 

Doctor:
 Don’t worry, it’s bigger on the inside.

 

Jonathan climbs into the tunnel first, then Sami, and then The Doctor.

Doctor:
 Could you hurry up? I haven’t got a great view here.

 

Sami, half turning around:
 Be quiet Doctor.

 

Jonathan, from up ahead:
 What is this?!

 

After a second, Sami pulls herself out of the tunnel. The Doctor follows suit.

Sami:
 Oh, that makes sense.

 

Doctor:
 You see? That’s how some of it is burnt and some of it isn’t!

 

Jonathan, incredulous and dumbfounded:
 What is going on?!

 

In front of the trio is the interior of a spaceship, not unlike the one seen in the DW episode Dreamland (and also SJA). The walls, floor and ceiling are made of Acturide, and there are screens on the walls. There is dust and dirt everywhere in the spaceship, and it looks like nothing has been used for millennia (which, coincidentally, it hasn’t been).

Doctor:
 Jonathan, you know how there are millions of stars out there?

Jonathan nods, his mouth still open.
 Well, around almost every star are hundreds of planets, and on most of those planets is life. Like humans, but sometimes completely different. Sometimes they have three arms or two heads or green skin. And they have ways of travelling to different planets, like your ships and trains, but much more advanced. They travel through space.

 

Jonathan:
 Ships and trains that travel through space?

 

Doctor:
 Yes. Most races call them-

 

Jonathan: 
Spacetrains!

 

Doctor, frowning:
 If you like.

 

Sami:
 What’s it doing here?

 

From here on, The Doctor talks very fast.

Doctor:
 I checked the flight records.  It came from Ronoholomoko, in the Arcturus system.

 

Sami:
 What.

 

Doctor:
 Ronoholomoko. Lovely beaches, but the president has a terrible taste in music.

 

Sami:
 And?

 

Doctor:
 It crashed here millions of years ago. When the dinosaurs were still alive. The Ronoholomokians were on their way to Raxacoricofallapatorius to agree on terms of peace – because at that time Ronoholomoko and Raxacoricofallapatorius were still at war, I can’t remember what exactly they were fighting about, but I know they were definitely fighting – and their ship malfunctioned and crashed on Earth. Over the millennia the ship must have been buried under the ground until your miners dug it up.

 

Sami, arms folded:
 I’m sorry, you’ve lost me.

 

Jonathan:
 I think the spacetrain crashed.

 

The Doctor gives Jonathan the thumbs up

The Doctor stops talking so fast.

Doctor:
 See, he gets it.

 

Sami:
 Okay. So what has this-

 

Robert, calling down the tunnel:
 Are you in there?

 

Doctor:
 Hello Robert!

 

Jonathan:
 Don’t worry, everything’s ok. Not sure if I quite understand what’s happening, but everything’s ok.

 

Robert:
 Come back up. You’ve caused enough damage with the cave-in.

 

Doctor:
 Ok, we’ll be out in a second!

 

Robert:
 What’s down there?

 

Jonathan:
 You wouldn’t believe me if I told you.

 

 

The Doctor, Sami and The Council are standing in the room in which The Doctor and Sami first met The Council.

Augustus:
 So what exactly happened down there?

 

Sami: 
I-

 

Jonathan: 
I was talking to The Doctor and not looking where I was going. I tripped over something and knocked one of the support struts out. It’s my fault.

 

Annie looks from Jonathan to Sami, and then smiles as if realizing something. Augustus looks at Annie.

Augustus:
 Annie? What is it?

 

Annie:
 Nothing.

 

Christian:
 Well, Doctor, did you get what you were looking for?

 

The Doctor nods, opening his mouth to speak, but Sami interrupts.

Sami:
 Yeah we did. But you wouldn’t believe us if we told you.

 

Elijah:
 We had a look in the basement whilst you were gone.

 

Doctor:
 It’s… erm…

 

Sami:
 Modern art!

 

Doctor:
 Yes, modern art!

 

Augustus:
 Doctor, art is either paintings or sculptures. Yours is neither.

 

Elijah:
 I took this.

Elijah pulls the sonic screwdriver out of his pocket.
 Would you care to explain what it is?

Elijah places the sonic screwdriver in the middle of the table.

Doctor:
 Would you believe me if I told you that it did everything you could imagine?

 

Augustus:
 Don’t play the fool, Doctor. We tried using it and nothing happened.

 

Doctor:
 It doesn’t do wood. I keep meaning to do something about that.

 

Christian:
 How does it work? How did you manage to get electricity into something that SMALL?

 

Robert:
 Christian, don’t encourage him.

 

Doctor:
 Watch this.

 

The Doctor takes the sonic screwdriver and presses a few buttons. For a couple of seconds, nothing happens as he presses the buttons. As the Doctor’s face falls, Sami grabs the sonic screwdriver.

Doctor:
 What are you-

 

Before The Doctor can stop her, Sami hits the sonic screwdriver against her palm. She presses a button, and the sonic buzzes into life.

Sami sticks her tongue out at The Doctor, and Jonathan laughs. The Doctor takes the sonic screwdriver back, annoyed.

Doctor:
 Well now you’ve fixed THAT…

The Doctor points his sonic screwdriver at the light and buzzes it. The light flickers into life, and the council’s mouths drop open.

Christian, incredulous:
 What?!

 

Sami:
 Don’t ask, you won’t understand.

 

Augustus:
 How is that possible?

 

Elijah:
 It looks like it runs on some sort of electricity, but how something can run on portable electricity, affect things it isn’t touching, I have no idea.

 

Doctor:
 It uses sound waves to vibrate the air molecules by-

The Doctor pauses.
 I’ll explain later.

The Doctor turns to Sami. 
What are you looking at, Sami?

 

Sami, staring out the window: 
There’s something on the ground over there… Just outside the forest.

 

Augustus, standing up and turning to look out of the window:
 The forest?

 

Annie:
 It looks like a body.

 

The Doctor quickly rushes out of the room and rushes out of the building, Sami and the council following after him.

As the Council get closer, the shape of a body starts to come into focus. The Doctor is bending over it, examining it.
Doctor:

 Don’t come any closer!

 

The Council stop close enough to see the body.

Jonathan screams a deathly tortured scream as he sees who it is.

Jonathan:
 ADDY!!

 

Sami puts a comforting arm around Jonathan, and he pulls her into a hug, sobbing into her shoulder.

Elijah:
 Doctor, what happened to her?

 

Christian bends down and examines Addy’s body. She is lying there unmoving, and her eyes are wide open. There is no expression on her face, and her skin seems to be a pale shade of light blue. Her hair is lying over her face, messy and windswept, and she is lying as if she simply collapsed instantaneously. Addy’s mouth is closed.

Doctor:
 You see it Christian?

 

Christian nods:
 She’s only been dead an hour at most, so she shouldn’t be this blue… And there’s no obvious sign of death, and no blood.

 

Doctor:
 Exactly.

 

Christian:
 Any ideas?

 

The Doctor is looking into the dark forest, his mind furiously working.

Doctor:
 Fifteen.

The Doctor looks at Adriana’s blank face.
 Eight.

 

Christian puts his arms underneath Adriana’s body and lifts her up.

Christian:
 I’m taking her back to the surgery, I need to examine the body. Doctor, you can help me.

 

The Doctor nods, and follows Christian back past the crowd. Tears are streaming down Annie’s cheeks as she cries silently. Augustus has his arm around her, while Sami is still attempting to comfort Jonathan. She slips her hand into his and leads him after The Doctor and Christian.

Christian has two shadows. No-one notices.

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