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When The Author crashes down into John Miller's life, bringing a horde of Gloff with him, nothing will be the same again. With John's help, The Author sets out on the quest to regain his memories...

This is another Doctor Who spin-off, but one I intended to actually film with a friend, though that sadly never happened.

Episodes 2, 4 and 5 are not included here because I did not write them. View table of contents...


Chapters:

1 3 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15

Submitted:Jul 21, 2011    Reads: 6    Comments: 0    Likes: 0   


1 TIME LORD MEETING ROOM.

It is hidden in darkness, so no faces can be seen. The room
is similar to that seen in 'The End Of Time Part 2'. Each
shot of a person is from behind them, or some other clever
camera angle to hide their face.

TIME LORD 1
We are moving into dark times, my
brothers.

TIME LADY 1
Indeed. The Yangama Operation was
our last hope, but now even that
has failed us.

TIME LORD PRESIDENT
What has he got to say for himself?

Pause.

TIME LADY 1
One of the Traitorous 3 were
present, sir.

Gasps from around the table.

TIME LORD PRESIDENT
Which one?

TIME LADY 1
The information had become corrupt,
we could not tell any more.

TIME LORD 1
Even so, all 3 of them have motive,
and all 3 would be clever enough to
bring operations to a halt.

TIME LADY 1
I have consulted the Time Lord
Matrix. Traitor 1 has a 20%,
Traitor 2 30%, and Traitor 3...

TIME LORD PRESIDENT
Yes?

TIME LADY 1
On a previous regeneration, the
probability would be 80% my
lord. But due to recent events...
it is below 1%.

TIME LORD PRESIDENT
It does not matter which one it
is. What is important is all 3
shall be tracked down and punished
for this offence!

TIME LORD 1
That would be difficult, for
Traitors 1 and 2 anyway.

TIME LORD PRESIDENT
Then get me Traitor 3...

TIME LADY
I have already begun. It won't be
long now.

CUT TO:

2 INT. TARDIS.

THE AUTHOR is jumping around the console, as usual. Then,
he stops, and places his hand on his head.

JOHN
What's wrong, Author?

THE AUTHOR
I don't know... I feel... on the
verge of remembering
something. Like, it's on the tip
of my tongue...

JOHN
What is?

Rising suspense, as The Author thinks... then...

THE AUTHOR
Oh, it's probably nothing. I'm
probably getting old. I wonder how
old I am... ?

John looks at GEM, unsure. The Author has failed to
convince them he's alright.

THE AUTHOR
So, our next destination, right?

He pulls a lever.

CUT TO:

3 TIME LORD MEETING ROOM.

TIME LORD PRESIDENT
This will not be easy. He is a
skilled opponent, even now.

TIME LADY
Our plan will not fail. The Author
will definitely be under our
control! He'll have no choice.

4 OPENING CREDITS.

CUT TO:

5 JOHN'S VILLAGE.

Shot of the village, then panning around to reveal the
Tardis as a POLICE BOX!

CUT TO:

6 INT. TARDIS.

THE AUTHOR
Earth! Scotland! Home.

JOHN
Oh. We're here.

THE AUTHOR
You expected anywhere else?

JOHN
No, no... it just will feel
strange, being home after traveling
the Universe.

THE AUTHOR
Yes... I can understand,
somewhat. I just wish I knew where
home is.

GEM
Do you think you'll ever find out?

THE AUTHOR
Yes. But hopefully not for a
while, I get the feeling the day I
find out will be the day my
lifestyle changes, and I'm not sure
I'm ready for that just yet!

They exit the Tardis.

CUT TO:

7 JOHN'S VILLAGE.

JOHN and THE AUTHOR exit.

THE AUTHOR
Here we are, then! See anyone you
know?

The town is deserted.

GEM
This is... nice.

JOHN
Um...

THE AUTHOR
Well, it's morning. Come on, where
do you live?

JOHN
This way.

They walk along a street.

Then, CLARICE walks out.

THE AUTHOR
Ah, there you go! Here is someone!

The Author recognises her.

THE AUTHOR
Oh, it's her...

JOHN
Clarice...

She sees them.

CLARICE
John!

She runs up to them.

THE AUTHOR
Oh no, not again...

CLARICE
Where have you been!? Who is this?

THE AUTHOR
I... oh... agh... As I said before,
don't mind me! Come on Gem...

The Author and Gem wander off.

CLARICE
What's happened to you John? What
happened to my Mark?

JOHN
I, he...

CLARICE
The observatory exploded, then I
saw you, then you vanished for
MONTHS! Mark has gone missing too!

JOHN
Mark, he's...

CLARICE
He's...? WHAT!?

JOHN
Dead.

Clarice is hysterical with sadness.

CLARICE
No!!

JOHN
I'm sorry. Um... and again, sorry.

He leaves her, and catches up with The Author.

JOHN
That was horrible.

THE AUTHOR
I know.

GEM
It must be nice, living in a world
where people don't normally die.

Pause.

THE AUTHOR
Is there, um... anyone you wish to
see, while here?

JOHN
Um... my old Physics teacher? He
was very kind to me, I don't think
I'd have got where I did without
him.

THE AUTHOR
Okay then. You lead the way!

PAN TO:

8 TIME LORD MEETING ROOM.

TIME LADY
He has fallen into the trap!

TIME LORD PRESIDENT
Then we have no need to discuss
this any further. Meeting
adjourned! We shall meet again
when events move forward...

PAN TO:

9 EXT. MR FORTH'S HOUSE.

JOHN
Gregory Forth, his name is.

THE AUTHOR
Right. Shall we stay here, or... ?

JOHN
Um. No, you can meet him if you
life. He might impress you, even
if he is only a human.

John knocks on the door.

A WOMAN answers.

John is taken aback.

JOHN
Oh, um, hello.

WOMAN
Who are you?

JOHN
I'm looking for Gregory Forth, he
lives here?

WOMAN
Oh, I'm sorry... you must not have
heard. Mr Forth died a month
ago. I'm his niece.

JOHN
Oh...

John turns away. The woman closes the door.

JOHN
I shouldn't have come back...

THE AUTHOR
Where now?

JOHN
The Tardis?

THE AUTHOR
Sure.

They walk down the road from Mr Forth's house, until...

John screams, and falls to the ground. He slowly fades
away.

JOHN
Argh... NO!! Author!!

He looks at his hand. He can see the ground beneath it.

GEM
John! What's happening to him?

JOHN
Help me Author!

The Author rushes down, and buzzes with the SONIC DEVICE.

John suddenly turns normal again. He gasps, and gets his
breath back.

The Author looks at his sonic, horrified.

JOHN
What happened?

THE AUTHOR
Someone is meddling with
time. Back to the Tardis!

They run along the street, urgently needing to get to the
Tardis.

CUT TO:

10 INT. TARDIS.

THE AUTHOR, GEM and JOHN charge in.

THE AUTHOR
I can still find a trace... more or
less!

JOHN
What do you mean, meddling with
time?

The Author pulls a lever, and the Tardis is off.

THE AUTHOR
Someone, in the past, is doing
something which could take you out
of existence!

The Author continues darting around the Tardis.

GEM
What did it feel like?

JOHN
I... ?

THE AUTHOR
Yes... how did it feel, just for a
moment... not to exist?

JOHN
Nothing. I felt nothing. There
was only... darkness...

The Author makes a 'hmm' sound, as if confirming his idea,
but wishes it didn't.

THE AUTHOR
I won't let that happen to
you. You have my word.

Thud.

They've landed.

JOHN
Where are we?

THE AUTHOR
2001! An average year,
overall. But obviously someone
else disagrees.

GEM
And where are we?

THE AUTHOR
Same place.

They exit the Tardis.

CUT TO:

11 STREET.

THE AUTHOR
And it's still early in the
morning! Still, that will make it
easier for us.

JOHN however, has more on his mind.

JOHN
No... No!! Why did you bring me
here?

THE AUTHOR
What?

John is pointing to a poster. It reads "50th annual county
fair, 15th August"

THE AUTHOR
I do love a good piece of
culture! Don't you?

GEM
That looks fun, what's wrong with
it?

JOHN
You don't understand. That was the
worst day of my life.

THE AUTHOR
What happened?

JOHN
I got the results of my exams - I'd
failed.

THE AUTHOR
How come you failed?

john is hesitant to answer.

JOHN
A week before the exam, both my
parents were in a serious car
crash.

Gem gasps.

GEM
I'm sorry, John!

THE AUTHOR
(dreading the reply)
And what happened then?

JOHN
They die today. I lose my future
and my parents within the same
hour, in fact.

THE AUTHOR
I'm sorry...

Pause.

THE AUTHOR
But you became an astronomer
anyway! How did that happen?

JOHN
That man I was going to take you to
visit, Mr Forth... he put in a good
word for me at the observatory. It
took 7 years before I finally got
to work there, but I made it.

THE AUTHOR
Good for you! Then the Gloff come
and blow it up! Things don't seem
to want to go your way, do they?

JOHN
I wouldn't say that. I met you,
and saw things I never thought
possible. Doing what we do now...
that was my dream.

THE AUTHOR
Well John, I'm sorry we've come
here, but we really do need to find
out what is causing this. And to
do that we need to find you. Come
on!

They run down the street.

THE AUTHOR
Hold on, where were you at this
moment?

JOHN
The hospital. They died in the
early morning.

THE AUTHOR
So the precise moment the time
interference happens is when your
parents died? This can't be
coincidence...

JOHN
Someone has picked us out, and
wants to remove me from existence?

THE AUTHOR
Maybe... Maybe removing you will
result in me being killed?

GEM
That's cruel. Who would do that?

THE AUTHOR
I'm sure someone gets a laugh out
of it... Anyhow, I need to get to
the hospital.

JOHN
I'm not coming.

Pause.

THE AUTHOR
I understand. Stay here, or go
back to the Tardis. But don't,
don't, do anything that will
disrupt the timelines further.

JOHN
Trust me, I won't.

GEM
I'll go with the Author. Will you
be okay on your own?

JOHN
Yeah, sure...

The Author runs. He then returns.

THE AUTHOR
Where is the hospital?

JOHN
That way.

He points.

THE AUTHOR
Right. Thank you!

The Author and Gem run off.

Leaving John alone.

He wanders to a nearby park, where preparations for the fair
are beginning.

Then, he sees MARK.

MARK
Hey, John!

John is taken aback.

JOHN
...Mark...

MARK
How did you do on your exams,
John? I passed mine with flying
colours, obviously...

JOHN
I. I don't know.

MARK
Well, I'm sure you'll find out
soon. See you!

He walks off.

John sighs.

John walks further into the field. One of the people
helping to set up is Mr Forth.

MR FORTH
Ah, John my-boy, how are you?

JOHN
I'm okay, sir. Um, excuse me...

John wanders away. A tear runs down his cheek.

JOHN
(to the world)
Whatever cruel force has brought us
here... The Author will stop you!

CUT TO:

12 ALIEN SPACESHIP.

JOHN'S face is on the scanner. Typical scene where aliens
are features but not revealed.

ALIEN 1
Stage 1 of the plan has been
successful!

ALIEN 2
Inform our masters!

ALIEN 1
Stage 2 is about to commence.

ALIEN 2
Inform our masters! I will
announce this to the Ichaba High
Council!!!

CUT TO:

13 EXT. HOSPITAL

THE AUTHOR and GEM are walking up to it.

Then...

2001 JOHN walks out.

The Author hides.

THE AUTHOR
(whispering to Gem)
Hide!

Gem also hides.

2001 JOHN
I can't believe it... this is
amazing!

SCARRED MAN
It is! I'm so thankful, I really
am...

SCARRED WOMAN
I thought we were...

The Author, hiding, realises...

THE AUTHOR
Those are his parents... They're
alive!

SHOT OF JOHN, WITH HIS PARENTS, WALKING AWAY...

The Author and Gem steps out from where he was hiding, and
looks around.

THE AUTHOR
Don't hide for my benefit! Come
out, I know you're there!

Silence.

The Author sighs.

THE AUTHOR
I didn't think that would work. Oh
well...

GEM
Were you speaking to anyone in
particular, or just seeing if
anyone was listening?

THE AUTHOR
Um, both... Come on!

He walks into the hospital.

PAN TO:

14 THE STREET.

JOHN is sitting outside of the Tardis.

When...

ZZZZZSSSSHHHMMM!!!

John's body goes transparent! He screams, and falls onto
the floor, rolling about, as the ZZZSSSHMMMing continues-

-It stops.

John quickly gets to his feet and looks at his hands. He is
corporeal again.

JOHN
Come on Author...

Then, he looks down the street.

JOHN
No... No!! NO!

For 2001 JOHN and his PARENTS are walking down the road.

JOHN
Time is being changed... for the
better!

He turns, and charges in the direction of the hospital.

CUT TO:

15 JOHN'S HOUSE.

2001 John, followed by HIS PARENTS, enter the house.

JOHN
Oh look, we have mail.

John picks up a pile of envelopes.

JOHN'S DAD
John, that looks like your exam
results!

JOHN
It is!

He grabs the exam slip, and rips it open.

JOHN
I've passed! Oh, this is the best
day of my life!

CUT TO:

16 HOSPITAL WARD.

THE AUTHOR
A miraculous recovery? Do you
really believe that?

DOCTOR
What are you implying, sir? That
they magically survived?

THE AUTHOR
Something like that. From the data
you've shown me, there's no way
they could have survived using
technology you have. Even in a
century's time, their injuries
would be incurable. Even in her
time-

He points at Gem.

THE AUTHOR
-That's a very nasty set of
injuries.

DOCTOR
I don't know what you are talking
about, but the point is, they are
healed. You talk like you want
them to be dead?

THE AUTHOR
Believe me, that is not what I
want. But it must happen.

DOCTOR
(shocked)
Are you... speaking of murder?

PAN IN TO THE AUTHOR, FEAR ON HIS FACE.

THE AUTHOR
If necessary.

CUT TO:

17 EXT. HOSPITAL.

JOHN runs up to it.

He then screams, and becomes transparent again.

THE AUTHOR and GEM run out.

GEM
John!

John recovers, gasping.

JOHN
Author! My parents, they're-

THE AUTHOR
Alive? I know. That is why you
are dying.

JOHN
No...

THE AUTHOR
I suspect you've passed all your
exams. Someone wants your life to
go well, as it will change
time. Maybe in the future, in this
new timeline, you die instead of
Mark. If that is true, you are
fading from existence.

JOHN
How can we stop it?

THE AUTHOR
I must kill your parents.

John is understandably shocked.

JOHN
No! I won't let you!

GEM
Author... you can't!

THE AUTHOR
(getting angry)
Whoever planned this is
clever. They knew you would oppose
me, which gives me another
enemy. Don't make me fight you
too, John!

JOHN
You'll have to. I'm not murdering
my parents!

THE AUTHOR
I'm not expecting you to. I'll do
it.

JOHN
I won't let you!

THE AUTHOR
I'm not giving you a choice.

The Author grabs John, and puts his hands on his forehead,
in Time Lord fashion. John falls unconscious.

GEM
Author!

THE AUTHOR
I'm sorry, Gem. But this is
getting far too serious. Help me
take him back to the Tardis.

CUT TO:

18 ALIEN SPACESHIP.

THE AUTHOR and GEM'S faces are on the scanner.

ALIEN 1
He has figured it out! Kill-

ALIEN 2
Wait. This course of events may
still have a desirable
outcome. Inform our masters!

ALIEN 1
I will announce this to the Ichiba
High Council!

PAN TO:

19 INT. TARDIS.

SHOT OF SCANNER.

A picture of JOHN is on the scanner, with all his details on
it. In big words, there is a green PASS.

THE AUTHOR sighs. He presses a button, and the PASS changes
to a red FAIL.

CAMERA PANS PAST GEM AND THE AUTHOR, TO AN UNCONSCIOUS JOHN.

GEM
What about his parents.

The Author says nothing.

CUT TO:

20 JOHN'S HOUSE.

JOHN'S MUM
John, we're just nipping into town
for some shopping!

JOHN
(from another room)
Okay! Bye!

JOHN'S MUM
Bye, John!

JOHN'S DAD
Don't play with matches!

They leave the house.

CUT TO:

21 EXT. HOUSE.

JOHN'S PARENTS leave, and get into a car. It drives out,
and down the road.

CUT TO:

22 INT. TARDIS.

GEM
Author? Author!

The Author, hating himself, pulls a lever. The Tardis
shakes...

CUT TO:

23 STREET.

JOHN'S PARENTS' car drives down the road. When suddenly...

The TARDIS materialises as a CAR.

SHOT FROM SIDE, NOT SEEING EITHER CAR.

Tyres screech... crashing sound... screaming...

A wheel rolls into view, and falls on it's side.

CUT TO:

24 INT. TARDIS.

THE AUTHOR
It is done.

Silence. The Author walks around the Tardis.

Gem is horrified.

THE AUTHOR
The Tardis took a bit of damage,
but nothing it can't repair.

More silence.

THE AUTHOR
John will be waking, soon.

GEM
He will hate you.

THE AUTHOR
I know.

GEM
Who did this?

THE AUTHOR
That is what I intend to find out.

CUT TO:

25 ALIEN SPACESHIP.

ALIEN 1
The Author knows! He will find us!

ALIEN 2
We have his guarantee, we will not
be harmed!

ALIEN 1
But where is he?

ALIEN 2
I will announce this to The Ichiba
High Council!

CUT TO:

26 INT. TARDIS.

GEM is sitting, alone.

JOHN wakes up.

JOHN
Author... Author... NO!

Gem gets up, and moves to John.

JOHN
Gem... What happened.

Gem helps him up.

GEM
The Author. That's what happened.

JOHN
He did it... didn't he? He killed
my parents!

Gem doesn't say anything. She doesn't need to.

After a moment...

GEM
Do you hate him?

JOHN
I... don't know. He had his
reasons... Where is he?

GEM
He went outside. He didn't say
where he went.

John walks to the door, and opens it.

The Tardis is parked in space, above the Earth.

John closes the door, and walks back.

GEM
I don't think he wanted us to
follow him.

John sighs.

PAN TO:

27 STREET.

THE AUTHOR wanders down it.

THE AUTHOR
I've taken John and Gem out of
this. It has nothing to do with
them, end of. If it's me you want,
then get me. I'm undefended!

A man walks by.

MAN
Who are you talking to?

THE AUTHOR
Don't.

MAN
Right...

The man walks away, quickly.

THE AUTHOR
I know you're there! I did a scan
for alien life, and it detected an
Ichiba spaceship.

CUT TO:

28 ICHIBA SPACESHIP.

ICHIBA 1
He knows! He knows!

ICHIBA 2
I will inform the-

ICHIBA 1
No! Abduct him, now!

CUT TO:

29 STREET.

An abduction beam flies down over THE AUTHOR.

THE AUTHOR
Finally!

The Author disappears with the beam.

CUT TO:

30 ICHIBA SPACESHIP.

THE AUTHOR appears in a cage.

THE AUTHOR
A cage. Very wise.

ICHIBA 1
You are our prisoner!

THE AUTHOR
I'm aware of that. I also don't
care. What I do care about is, are
you the ones behind this?

ICHIBA 2
Behind what?

THE AUTHOR
Don't lie to me. See that, over
there?

He points to a piece of machinery.

THE AUTHOR
That's a primitive Flux Capacitor,
one piece of technology that makes
time manipulation possible.

ICHIBA 1
Even if we are behind it, there is
nothing you can do!

THE AUTHOR
I've already stopped your
plans. But why? What does it
matter to you that one human dies
instead of another?

ICHIBA 2
It doesn't.

THE AUTHOR
Oh, come on...-

ICHIBA 1
It, however, matters to our
masters.

The Author, for the first time, actually looks as if he's
listening.

THE AUTHOR
Who are your masters?

ICHIBA 2
We are sworn to secrecy!

ICHIBA 1
They'd kill us if we told you.

THE AUTHOR
Fair point. However...

The Author uses the SONIC DEVICE to open the cage. He then
zaps the Flux Capacitor, and it turns red.

THE AUTHOR
All I need to do is trip the
system, and the whole ship goes up.

ICHIBA 2
You wouldn't dare!

THE AUTHOR
I've already killed today. Don't
think I couldn't do it again

ICHIBA 1
But you'd kill yourself!

THE AUTHOR
I have a Tardis, I can save myself.

Silence.

ICHIBA 2
We give in.

THE AUTHOR
Good. Now tell me, who are your
masters?

ICHIBA 1
Our masters... are the T-

Buzzzzz!!

THE AUTHOR
What?

Both the Ichiba scream, being electrocuted. They fall to
the ground, dead.

THE AUTHOR
No!

Then, the scanner lights up.

VOICE
Author.

The Author recognises it.

THE AUTHOR
No...

VOICE
Yes.

THE AUTHOR
I should have known you were behind
this!

He walks up to the scanner. On it, is THE EXPERIMENTER.

THE EXPERIMENTER
You truly deserve to be among the
ranks of the other 2, Author. Even
without your memories, you were
able to stop my plan.

THE AUTHOR
You didn't have to reveal
yourself. That's why you used the
Ichiba, isn't it?

THE EXPERIMENTER
Correct. But you will come to me.

THE AUTHOR
Why?

THE EXPERIMENTER
I know where the book containing
your memories is. It isn't on The
Tardis.

The Author realises.

THE AUTHOR
But I have an advantage. Before,
you could have used John's imminent
non-existence to threaten me into
doing what you want, but now you
have nothing except an empty
promise.

THE EXPERIMENTER
I have your Tardis.

The Author is shocked.

He grabs his SONIC DEVICE, and buzzes...

CUT TO:

31 INT. TARDIS.

The scanner beeps.

GEM
Look!

On the scanner, writing says "PRESS THE RED BUTTON"

On the scanner is a red button.

JOHN
Should we?

GEM
Yes, he could be in danger!

John presses the button. The Tardis shakes.

CUT TO:

32 ICHIBA SPACESHIP.

The Tardis materialises as a DOOR.

The Author runs inside.

CUT TO:

33 INT. TARDIS.

THE AUTHOR runs in.

JOHN
Author, I just want to say-

THE AUTHOR
Not now John!

He pushes John out of the way and runs around the controls,
pressing buttons. The Tardis shakes around some more.

GEM
What happened? Did you-

THE AUTHOR
I have no time to explain!

He pulls the lever. Nothing happens.

JOHN
Author, please-

THE AUTHOR
The Experimenter! He's back.

They both are shocked.

JOHN
Carry on.

The Author carries on.

But after a minute, he is forced to give up.

THE AUTHOR
There is nothing I can do. He's
taken control of The Tardis. I'm
sorry.

GEM
Where are we going?

THE AUTHOR
(checking scanner)
Earth, 2010... The Experimenter is
waiting for us.

Thud.

THE AUTHOR
I think... This is the end.

CUT TO:

34 END CREDITS.





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