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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9. Part 8

Inside the town hall stands Augustus and a small number of townspeople, along with Jonathan and Sami (who are holding hands), Elijah and The Doctor.

Elijah:
 Doctor, do you have any idea what’s going on?

 

Doctor, looking around:
 I don’t know! I…

The Doctor sees that Augustus has two shadows, and he suddenly realizes what is going on.

Doctor:
 Everyone stay away from Augustus.

 

Sami:
 Why?

 

Doctor:
 He has two shadows.

 

Sami, covering her mouth with her hand in horror: 
Oh no.

 

Jonathan:
 What is it?

 

Elijah: 
What does that mean?

 

Sami:
 There’s only one source of light.

 

Elijah:
 So how can he have two shadows?

 

Doctor:
 Vashta Nerada.

 

Jonathan: 
What?

 

Doctor:
 The Vashta Nerada are carnivores the size of a grain of sand that live in shadow and stalk their prey as an extra shadow, to keep it fresh.

 

Augustus, scared:
 Say that again slowly?

 

Sami:
 They’re living specks of dust. They latch onto their prey as a secondary shadows, and then devour them.

 

Augustus:
 So I’m going to die?

 

Doctor:
 Yes. I’m sorry. There’s nothing I can do.

 

Elijah:
 There must be something you can do!

 

Sami:
 If there was, we would do it, but we can’t. Once someone has two shadows, that’s it.

 

The townspeople move quickly away from Augustus.

Doctor:
 I’m sorry, Augustus.

 

Jonathan:
 Is that it then? Are we all going to die?

 

Elijah:
 Is there somewhere safe we can go?

 

The Doctor turns to Elijah.

Doctor:
 Yes, my TARDIS, but it’s in the forest, in the middle of a swarm of Vashta Nerada. We wouldn’t make it past the first line of trees, let alone a mile in.

 

Jonathan:
 We could go to the jail, lock ourselves in…

 

Sami:
 Good idea.

 

Doctor:
 Except the Vashta Nerada move in shadows. As soon as it gets dark, they can get through the bars. They’re specks of dust. So unless there’s something you have here that can stop even the air getting into it, then we don’t have anywhere to hide.

 

There is silence for a second, and then Jonathan coughs.

Jonathan:
 The spacetrain?

 

Doctor:
 Brilliant Jonathan! We can go to the spaceship and fly to the TARDIS!

 

Elijah:
 But didn’t it crash?

 

Augustus is now possessed by VN. They speak with a deep, guttural, husky voice, which sounds like they are gargling gravel.

Augustus:
 Yes.

 

The group turn and look at Augustus and the other townspeople, who are now all possessed by the VN.

Doctor:
 Ah. Right. Thank you Augustus.

 

Sami:
 That’s not-

 

Doctor, to Sami:
 Yes, I know, but what else am I supposed to call him? Bob? Susan?

 

Doctor, to Augustus:
 Tell me, why are you inhabiting people? Normally the Vashta Nerada just eat everything in sight right down to the bones.

 

Augustus starts to speak, but the Doctor hushes him.

 

Doctor:
 I can get this. Just watch.

The Doctor pauses.
 Ok, so the Vashta Nerada normally eat everything in sight, but there must be something different now. There must be something holding them back…

The Doctor turns to Elijah. 
How many people live in Little Rodenville?

 

Elijah:
 Four, maybe five hundred?

 

Doctor:
 And there is a thick forest for miles in every direction, all full of Vashta Nerada… I hate situations like this. They always require a plan.

 

Sami:
 I’ve read your files, you’re a genius, you always have a plan!

 

Doctor:
 Ah, no. I always pretend I have a plan.

 

Elijah:
 Well then that’s just perfect.

 

Doctor:
 So there’s literally billions of Vashta Nerada here, and there’s 500 people for them to feed on.

The Doctor’s face lights up.
 They’re going to starve to death!

 

Jonathan:
 Let them.

 

Doctor:
 I disagree with killing, but it’s the choice between that and letting them eat every living thing around, so I think we’ll have to.

 

Augustus, faltering:
 We. Will. Not. Starve.

 

Sami:
 But-

 

The Doctor interrupts Sami. She pouts.

Doctor:
 Obviously they know something we don’t.

 

Elijah:
 I somehow doubt that.

 

Doctor:
 No, they’ve been here for millions of years. The Vashta Nerada hatching cycle takes thousands of years to happen.

 

Sami:
 So how long have they been here?

 

Doctor:
 These ones? Not very long. A few days at most. They just hatched. Maybe some of them have been alive for millions of years, but only a very few.

 

Jonathan:
 Have they always been in the forest?

 

Doctor:
 Yes, but for the last hundred years or so, it’s unlikely there has been any more than ten of them. Nowhere near enough to eat anything more than insects.

Pauses.
 So they were here when the spaceship crashed! But they can’t use it, they know it’s crashed. It’s broken, and they can’t fix it.

 

Augustus:
 You. Can.

 

Doctor:
 You think I’m going to fix it for you?

 

Sami:
 How are you going to get him to do that?

 

Augustus:
 Do. It.. Or. We. Will. Kill. You. All.

 

Doctor:
 I would let myself die to save everyone else.

 

Augustus:
 Then. We. Will. Take. Your. Box.

 

Doctor:
 Not going to happen.

 

Augustus:
 We. Will. Devour. The. Universe.. You. Can. Not. Stop. Us.

 

Elijah:
 I’m with The Doctor. I’d rather die than let you live.

 

Jonathan:
 Doctor, we need to get out of here.

 

Doctor:
 Okay, we’ll go to the spaceship and I’ll figure something out there.

 

Sami:
 How are we going to get out?

 

Doctor:
 Everyone, out the window. Now!

 

Jonathan smashes the window with his elbow and climbs out, helping Sami out after him. Elijah scrambles out and calls to The Doctor.

Elijah: 
Doctor, come on!

 

The Doctor is just about out of the window. Augustus and the townspeople raise their arms like zombies, and their shadows rapidly grow, approaching The Doctor.

The Doctor climbs out the window and follows Jonathan, Sami and Elijah as they run through the town, past the crowd of possessed people at the door to the town hall, towards the mine. Sami and Jonathan run hand-in-hand.

The four still-living people reach the lift of the mine as the possessed walk towards them, shuffling, their shadows slowly growing.

Doctor:
 Hold on!

 

The other three turn to him, looking puzzled.

Sami:
 What have you forgotten this time?

 

Doctor;
 No, I mean hold on!

 

The other three people hastily grab onto the side of the lift. The Doctor points the sonic screwdriver at the lift mechanism above his head, and the lift falls down the shaft.

 

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