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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10. Part 9

As soon as The Doctor stops the sonic screwdriver buzzing, the lift jolts to a halt.

Doctor:
 Right, Jonathan, you lead the way. You can remember where the spaceship is, can’t you Jonathan?

Jonathan nods and walks off into the dark tunnels of the mine, Sami and Elijah following behind. The Doctor buzzes his sonic screwdriver at the lift and the cable stretches and snaps, dropping the lift down the shaft until it crashes on the bottom of the shaft.

The Doctor runs off after the other three.

 

Jonathan, Sami, Elijah and The Doctor arrive at the small tunnel that The Doctor dug during the cave-I panting, and stop for a second to catch their breath.

Elijah: 
What exactly is in there?

 

Jonathan: 
A train from another world.

 

Doctor:
 It’s a Ronoholomokian spaceship.

 

Elijah:
 And a spaceship is what exactly?

 

Sami:
 A ship that travels the stars instead of the oceans. They let people travel to other worlds.

 

Elijah:
 You mean there are other planets?

 

Doctor:
 I’ll explain later. We all need to get inside before the Vashta Nerada arrive.

 

Sami climbs into the tunnel, Jonathan behind her. The Doctor waits for Elijah to go in.

Doctor, impatient:
 Elijah, what are you waiting for?

 

Elijah:
 You’re more important than me, you go first.

 

Doctor:
 I’m saving you! Get in there!

 

Elijah:
 Doctor, they’re coming, and you know how to get us all out of here. You need as much time to work as possible, I know that. This is a crashed ship, and you need to fix it. And although you may be a genius from another time and another world-

 

Doctor, interrupting:
 How did you-

 

Elijah, ignoring The Doctor’s interruption:
 It will still take you time to repair something this complex. So get started.

 

The Doctor stands there, opening and closing his mouth like a fish while he thinks of something to say.

Doctor:
 Argh! I hate it when people are clever!

 

The Doctor scrambles through the tunnel, Elijah casting a glance behind him as the lanterns on the side of the tunnels flicker and die, the darkness advancing towards him.

Doctor:
 Elijah, hurry up!

 

Elijah climbs in as the tunnel behind him goes dark, and Jonathan pulls The Doctor out of the tunnel, holding his arm out for Elijah, who grabs it and tumbles onto the floor of the spaceship.

The Doctor rushes over to the control panel and buzzes it with his sonic screwdriver. The screen of the spaceship flickers into life, and alien symbols flash across the screen for a second, and then the screen dies again. Sami stands in front of the screen, looking desperately at The Doctor

Doctor: 
Ah.

 

Sami: 
What now?

 

Doctor:
 Good news and bad news.

 

Sami:
 Yes?

 

Doctor:
 The spaceship won’t fly.

 

Jonathan:
 Then how do you propose we get out of here?

 

Doctor: 
I think I could… Right, let me try. I should be able to fix it.

 

Sami:
 Fix what?

 

The Doctor ignores Sami and pulls a panel off the wall, revealing a mess of wires. The Doctor leans in, holding the sonic screwdriver in his mouth, and Sami sighs.

Sami:
 Is there anything we can do?

 

Doctor:
 Mmmmm.

 

Jonathan:
 Doctor, what do we do now?

 

The Doctor pulls the sonic screwdriver out of his mouth, and turns to the couple.

Doctor:
 See if you can find me a crystallography synchroniser. I need it to fix the engines.

 

Jonathan: 
A what?

 

Sami:
 A space thing. It’s a blue crystal ball.

 

Elijah, now possessed:
 You. Do. Not. Need. That.

 

Doctor:
 Oh no.

 

Elijah:
 You. Will. Fix. The. Ship. For. Us.

 

Doctor:
 No.

 

Elijah:
 You. Have. No. Choice.

 

Doctor:
 You would think so, but actually, there is another option.

 

Elijah:
 Do. It.. Or. We. Will. Kill. Your. Friends.

 

Sami:
 Don’t do it Doctor!

 

Doctor, angrily:
 I have to! Everywhere I go, everything I do, people die. Rory, Adric, River, Sara, Astrid… My whole family! My whole planet! All of them are dead because of me! Everywhere I go, death and destruction follow me, and no matter how much I try to stop it, PEOPLE. STILL. DIE. I have lost too much. I try to save the Universe, and I’m slowly killing it instead. I will not let anyone else die! I’ve killed too many people, and too many people have died for me. Everywhere I go, people die. And I’m the problem. I try to stop armies, and people get caught in the crossfire. But no more. I won’t bring death to anyone else.

 

Sami:
 Doctor, you can’t!

 

Doctor:
 TRY ME!

 

Sami:
 Doctor, you’re wrong. I’ve read your files. You’re not the problem, you’re the solution. You turn up whenever there already is death and destruction, or there will be, yes. But that’s not because of you. There are a billion things out there, wanting to kill us or enslave us or torture us. The Daleks, the Vashta Nerada, the Daemons, the Zygons, the Cybermen, they’re all trying to rule over the Universe, and you stop them.

 

Jonathan:
 From what I’ve seen of you Doctor, from what you’ve done here, Sami’s right. You are by no means innocent. No-one is. But you make the tough decisions. You make the decisions that no-one else can, and you accept the consequences. Death is a certainty. You can’t stop death, but you can prolong life.

 

Sami:
 And that’s what you do, Doctor. A few people die to stop the death of millions more. That’s what war is. And Doctor, you’re a soldier. You’ve fought. You know about sacrifice. You know that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few. Better a few die to save the rest than everyone dies.

 

There is silence in the ship for maybe a minute.

Elijah:
 Fix. It.

 

Doctor:
 Fine!

 

As The Doctor turns around to go back to fixing the ship, he winks at Sami.
 

 

 

The Doctor leans back from the inside of the control panel, and wipes sweat off his brow.

Doctor:
 There, done.

 

Elijah:
 Prove. It.

 

The Doctor flicks a lever, and the ship hums into life. The lights are still flickering, but now the screen had been turned on, and alien symbols are flashing across it.

Doctor:
 There you go. Fixed.

 

Elijah:
 You. Are. Stupid., Doc. Tor.

 

Doctor:
 I’m stupid?

 

Elijah:
 You. Fixed. The. Ship. For. Us.. Now. We. Will. Devour. The. Universe.

 

Doctor: 
You think you’re clever. You think you’re so advanced, don’t you? The Vashta Nerada, living for thousands of years, using bodies as vehicles, knowing about other worlds, but you know what? You’re not. You are not clever. Sami here, she’s clever. Jonathan, not as clever, but he was born in the 1800s of Earth, so you’ve got to give him some credit. But ME? I’m a genius! I’m a Time Lord, and I’m over a thousand years old. Fixing a Ronoholomokian ship is like child’s play. I actually did it in nursery, when I was only 30 years old.

 

Elijah:
 And. For. That. We. Thank. You., Doc. Tor.

 

Doctor: 
But you’re not clever. Not at all.

 

Elijah tilts his head.

Doctor:
 A lesson for you. When you’re getting someone to muck around in an alien spaceship, where you don’t know what anything does, and when that someone is a genius you’re holding hostage… Make sure they don’t fix the teleport.

 

The Doctor spins around and flicks a switch on the control panel of the ship, and The Doctor, Sami and Jonathan disappear.

 

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