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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: 5    Comments: 0    Likes: 0   


1 EXT. SPACESHIP.

A lonely, lifeless SPACESHIP drifts through the darkness. A
few stars, but not many. The outskirts of the Galaxy.

But what's that? A light switches on.

PAN TO:

2 INT. SPACESHIP.

FRANK - 22, rude, cowardly - moves over to the Auxiliary
Engines, and writes on a piece of paper quickly.

The com system beeps.

ISABELLA
(over the coms)
FRANK! YOU WERE SUPPOSED TO BE IN
THE MAIN SECTOR FOR REGISTRATION
FIVE MINUTES AGO!

Frank curses under his breath, quickly jots down some
information, turns of the light and runs out the room.

PAN TO:

3 INT. MAIN SECTOR.

FRANK runs in. The other people in the room are:

ISABELLA - 44, Authoritative, Courageous.

ANDY - 25, a warrior, obedient.

MARGARET - 30, clever, experienced.

LYSANDER - 25, strange, good at his job.

ISABELLA
Ah, there you are, at last. We
were beginning to think you'd set
yourself alight by the engines...
again.

Frank ignores her.

ISABELLA
Right, the rescue ship will be five
days. We have enough food, water
and Oxygen to survive until then,
but our power is running
low. Without it, all our life
support units will shut down and
we'll die. So don't use any power,
got it?

They all nod.

ISABELLA
We'll have to get used to living in
these low-power conditions, so
we'll need to cut down on light. I
also wish to do a register three
times a day, to get into a good
habit. I'll start now.

As she says a name, the person is shown, and they say
'here'.

ISABELLA
Andy? Margaret? I know Frank is
here... Lysander? And finally...
Geoff?

Silence.

ISABELLA
Geoff?

More silence. Isabella sighs.

ISABELLA
Where is Geoff?

ANDY
I saw him just ten minutes ago, in
the kitchen.

Isabella walks to the com system.

ISABELLA
Geoff! Get in here, NOW!

Silence.

ISABELLA
What the blazes is going
on? GEOFF!?

Silence... until...

BLEEEERRRGGGAAAAAA!! (An alien cry)

Crew members gasp.

Geoff screams.

CUT TO:

4 OPENING CREDITS.

PAN TO:

5 INT. TARDIS.

THE AUTHOR runs about the control panel - a particularly
annoying habit.

JOHN
Why do you... run around so much?

THE AUTHOR
It's good for the blood flow,
John! Get's the mind
pumping! Anyway, where now?

JOHN
You want to go somewhere
else? After all that? So soon?

THE AUTHOR
Yes.

John sighs in despair.

JOHN
Alright. But somewhere relaxing!

THE AUTHOR
I'll guarantee it. How about...
The First Moon of the Astacian
Economical Republic? You'll love
it John, being an astronomer, it's
simply amazing! I've read about it
a lot - it appears frequently in my
books - but I've always wanted to
go there! You know, they say that
species from all over the Tanglon
Arm converge upon that one moon...
simply incredible...

John sighs again.

JOHN
I may regret this, but okay!

The Author grins. He slams down on a button, and pulls a
lever... the Tardis spins and shakes, taking them to their
next destination...

PAN TO:

6 MAIN SECTOR.

Slight panic.

ISABELLA
GEOFF!

MARGARET
Isabella?

ISABELLA
NOT NOW!

MARGARET
It's important! As you asked, I
weighed the weight of the
ship. But 239 kilograms have been
added on since!

ISABELLA
I'm getting to the bottom of
this. Frank? Go check the
Southward sectors!

FRANK
But that's where-

ISABELLA
JUST GO!

Frank hurries out the door.

Then, a voice can be heard over the coms. A deep, slow...
but human voice...

COM
I... address... the crew... of...
SS Caesar...

Isabella, Margaret, Andy and LYSANDER'S faces immediately
move up.

ANDY
Are you the saboteurs?

COM
You... will... listen... to...
me...

ISABELLA
I am in command here. TELL me, WHO
are you?

COM
DEATH. WE BRING DEATH!

Static, over the coms. It has gone.

MARGARET
That voice... it sounds like Geoff!

ISABELLA
Can it be... ?

PAN TO:

7 INT. TARDIS.

Thud. They've landed. THE AUTHOR is looking at the
scanner, unhappy.

THE AUTHOR
This isn't the Seventh Moon of the
Astacian Economical Republic...

JOHN
We haven't landed in the wrong
place again, have we?

THE AUTHOR
I don't understand... we're...
nowhere...

He switches the scanner to image. It reveals a spaceship.

THE AUTHOR
Aha! We've landed on a
spaceship! Human! Thirty-third
century! But this is a bit far out
for that time period, surely?

JOHN
If you say so... how far are we
from Earth?

THE AUTHOR
We're on the other side of the
Galaxy.

This sinks in for John.

JOHN
This is the furthest away from home
I've been!

THE AUTHOR
In more ways than one - 33rd
century!

JOHN
Can we see? Outside?

THE AUTHOR
No.

John is shocked.

THE AUTHOR
Why should you?

JOHN
But-

The Author smiles.

THE AUTHOR
Of course you can! What's the
point in traveling to the other
side of the galaxy if you can't see
anything?

They exit the Tardis.

PAN TO:

8 INT. SPACESHIP. A CORRIDOR.

The Tardis has materialised as a large container. It fits
in, as the spaceship is a cargo ship. However, containers
aren't usually in corridors...

FRANK
How did this get in here?

THE AUTHOR and JOHN exit the Tardis.

FRANK
You, what... ? STOWAWAYS!

THE AUTHOR
Ah, no, um, I can explain!

Frank holds a gun up towards them. He speaks in a phone to
ISABELLA.

FRANK
I've found two stowaways, right
where the extra weight was
added. I suspect they tampered
with the ship's weight dispersers.

ISABELLA
Please understand Frank, that in
normal circumstances I would never
ask you to do this.

THE AUTHOR
Do what?

ISABELLA
I order you to kill any stowaways
you see, on sight.

THE AUTHOR AND JOHN
What!?

ISABELLA
They threatened to kill us all.

She puts the speaker down.

Frank holds the gun with both arms, towards The Author and
John.

JOHN
No! Stop! We're not going to kill
you!

FRANK
You're right about that. I'll kill
you first.

THE AUTHOR
We've just landed here! We don't
know about threatening to kill
anyone!

Frank ignores them. His finger slowly puts pressure on the
trigger...

FRANK
I've never killed anyone before...
but we were all trained how to
handle pirates...

JOHN
Please!

THE AUTHOR
Frank, listen to me... We do not
mean anybody and harm-

FRANK
Shut up!

Frank very obviously faces a dilemma over shooting someone.

GEOFF
Frank.

Frank immediately turns. Geoff is standing on the other
side of the corridor.

GEOFF
Do not kill them.

FRANK
I have to. They will kill us all!

GEOFF
No.
(monster voice)
I will kill you all!

Frank turns away from the Author and John, and aims his gun
at Geoff, who advances towards him.

BANG. BANG. BANG. Frank fires, but it does no
good. Geoff is coming closer, and closer, and closer...

THE AUTHOR
RUN!

The Author and John run down the corridor. They turn a
corner. Frank's screams can be heard from behind them.

CUT TO:

9 MAIN SECTOR.

ISABELLA
Frank! FRANK!!

LYSANDER
They're a-coming this way, mateys!

ISABELLA
Shoot to kill.

CUT TO:

10 CORRIDOR.

THE AUTHOR and JOHN continue running.

JOHN
Somewhere relaxing, I said!

THE AUTHOR
This seems to happen a lot to us...

They stop. Margaret, Lysander and Andy are stood in front
of them, all holding guns. Isabella is standing behind
them.

ISABELLA
HALT! WHO ARE YOU?

THE AUTHOR
Listen to me, we've just arrived
here-

ISABELLA
Lies! You plan to kill us!

A VOICE appears - again - over the coms.

COM:
Do...not...kill...them...
They...have...no...part...in...our...plan...

A possessed Geoff and Frank appear at the other end of the
corridor.

ISABELLA
Frank! Geoff!

They speak, revealing the fact that they are the creatures
on the coms.

FRANK AND GEOFF
We want your life force.

THE AUTHOR
(To Isabella)
Listen, I know what you're facing,
and I know how to stop them, but
you have to retreat, now!

She stares at him.

ISABELLA
Why should I listen to you?

THE AUTHOR
Because I can save you.

Tension. She still stares at him.

ISABELLA
He's right. Retreat!

THE AUTHOR
Thank you!

ISABELLA
I'm not saving you! Andy,
Lysander, take him to the cargo
hold, and keep him there! Andy,
you watch over them!

They run down the corridor.

Frank and Geoff remain standing still.

FRANK
That man... He is not human.

GEOFF
We will analyse him further.

They advance down the corridor.

CUT TO:

11 MAIN SECTOR.

They all run in. ANDY and LYSANDER depart with THE AUTHOR
and JOHN, taking them by gun-point down to another part of
the ship. Only MARGARET and ISABELLA are left.

ISABELLA
This is some sort of infection, and
it's spreading. Remove the outer
levels.

MARGARET
Complete removal?

ISABELLA
COMPLETELY REMOVE THEM ALL!!

Margaret slams her fist down on a button.

CUT TO:

12 CARGO HOLD.

The ship rapidly SHAKES.

ANDY
She's crazy! She's split the ship
in half just to get rid of whatever
is causing this! Oh, but poor
Geoff... and Frank...

JOHN
Split the ship in half!?

They are shoved into a cell.

LYSANDER
Yeah, right? Ejecting the sectors
to get rid of the freaks!

THE AUTHOR
But that's murder. I could have
cured them.

ANDY
Sure you could.

Lysander leaves. Andy stays to keep guard.

JOHN
What about the Tardis?

The Author realises.

THE AUTHOR
NO! The Tardis!

PAN TO:

13 EXT. SPACESHIP.

Bits of debris fly about, through space, moving away from
the spaceship. Among it is the Tardis...

CUT TO:

14 CARGO HOLD.

THE AUTHOR
That won't stop them, either. I
know this force, they're called the
Asaecians. They're the parasites
of this Galaxy, having no body of
their own. Until they find life
and inhabit it, they exist merely
as a bundle of massive, absolutely
massive energy. But now they've
found this ship... they won't let
go.

JOHN
And now we have no way of escaping.

THE AUTHOR
Exactly.

PAN TO:

15 ANOTHER CORRIDOR.

LYSANDER is walking back to the main sector. However, there
is hissing from above him.

Lysander looks up, cautiously.

LYSANDER
Why, the ventilation systems have
all been a-shut down, so what the
llama is that!?

The hissing intensifies. Electrical sparks begin flying
from the roof.

LYSANDER
No... NO! NOOOOO!!!!

He screams, while being electrocuted, then falls unconcious.

PAN TO:

16 MAIN SECTOR.

ISABELLA
I don't like this. Not one
bit. Geoff and Frank are now
dead. It was my fault they came.

MARGARET
I've heard of infections like this
before. There was a case, about a
century ago, where a cargo ship
took some energy from a star, but
it was some living neuro-organism,
and possessed them to get the fuel
back.

ISABELLA
Yes, I heard about that. And there
was that fiasco with the Ood. I
was right to kill Geoff and Frank,
so the infection cannot spread.

Pause.

ISABELLA
Where has Lysander got to?

She picks up a microphone.

ISABELLA
Lysander! Report!

CUT TO:

17 CORRIDOR.

LYSANDER is standing, upright, too upright for a human to
naturally stand...

LYSANDER
I am on my way.

ISABELLA
(over coms)
Good. Has anything unusual
happened?

LYSANDER
No.

ISABELLA
Good. Come here as soon as you can
then.

LYSANDER
I am on my way.

CUT TO:

ISABELLA
Did you notice that?

MARGARET?
Notice? Notice what?

ISABELLA
Lysander normally talks strange -
if he wasn't a genius I'd never
have hired him - but just now he
was being formal.

MARGARET
And he's coming this way...

ISABELLA
Shut the emergency doors!

The emergency doors snap shut.

ISABELLA
Andy! Andy, talk to me!

CUT TO:

18 CARGO HOLD.

ISABELLA
(on coms)
Andy!

ANDY
What is it?

ISABELLA
Get your gun, and find
Lysander! Immediately!

ANDY
Oh, no...

He grabs his gun, and runs down the corridor.

THE AUTHOR and JOHN are left alone.

THE AUTHOR
I though he'd never leave.

The Author gets out the SONIC DEVICE, and uses it on the
door, which opens.

JOHN
What are you going to do?

THE AUTHOR
I'm going to try and prevent any
more deaths!

CUT TO:

19 CORRIDOR.

ANDY catches up with LYSANDER.

Lysander turns around, calmly. He obeys, and sticks his
arms in the air.

ANDY
Are you possessed?

THE AUTHOR and JOHN appear behind him.

ANDY
You!

THE AUTHOR
Yeah, ignore us; he's the one who
could kill you.

Andy unwillingly obeys. Lysander stares at The Author.

LYSANDER
I have figured out what you are.
(monster voice)
TIME LORD!

The Author reacts with annoyance, shock, and surprise all at
once.

THE AUTHOR
You... Time Lord? Oh no...

JOHN
What's a Time-Lord?

THE AUTHOR
According to this Asaecian here, I
am.

LYSANDER
A time lord is too dangerous! The
second plan will commence!

THE AUTHOR
Second plan... ?

Lysander advances towards them, threateningly. Andy shoots
rapidly at him, but it does no good.

He gets closer...

Then stops.

JOHN
What's he doing?

Lysander collapses.

THE AUTHOR
It's let him go... Why would it let
him go?

Andy moves the gun to the Author.

ANDY
You know so much... Who are
you? It said time-Lord-

THE AUTHOR
Yeah, it did, and I never knew.

The Author grins. He is closer to finding out his
identity. Now all he has to do is avoid dying first...

THE AUTHOR
Come on, to the main sector!

JOHN
What about him?

John points to the body on the floor.

THE AUTHOR
Don't touch him; he could still be
infected. If the Asaecians really
let him go, he'll be fine!

They run down the corridor.

CAMERA PANS DOWN TO LYSANDER.

Lysander slightly twitches.

CUT TO:

20 MAIN SECTOR.

ANDY
(On coms)
We have no choice but to trust him

ISABELLA sighs. She turns off the com, and turns to
MARGARET.

ISABELLA
In the case you mentioned earlier,
it was said there was a man that
arrived and saved them. Records
say, he was some form of medical
agent. Could this be him?

MARGARET
It was a century ago, records do
get misread.

ISABELLA
Yeah...

She switches the coms on again.

ISABELLA
What's the hold-up? Where are
you!?

CUT TO:

21 CORRIDOR.

ANDY
We're nearly here, it's just-

ROOOAAAARRRR.

They all go silent.

ISABELLA
(On coms)
What was that? Andy?

THE AUTHOR
Run!

They all run up the corridor, for LYSANDER is chasing them.

ISABELLA
I'm opening the emergency doors,
but I'll need to close them the
moment you're through! If you're
slow it isn't my problem!

They run up the corridor. A chase scene. John is falling
behind.

JOHN
Author!

THE AUTHOR
Keep running, John!

They reach the emergency doors.

Andy and The Author run through.

John is behind, closely followed by Lysander.

ANDY
(holding gun)
John, get out of the way!

John dodges, and Andy fires at Lysander, who falls dead.

ANDY
It worked!

John slows up.

The author is unimpressed.

THE AUTHOR
I could have saved him. You just
murdered one of your colleagues.

ANDY
I saved your friend.

JOHN
How come he died? Earlier,
shooting did no good.

THE AUTHOR
The Aesacians must want us dead, it
left him just as the bullet was
fired.

BANG.

The emergency door has shut.

CUT TO:

22 JOHN'S SIDE.

JOHN
Author!?

CUT TO:

23 THE AUTHOR'S SIDE.

THE AUTHOR
John!

CUT TO:

24 MAIN SECTOR.

ISABELLA
The door closed!

MARGARET
I know.

ISABELLA
Who closed it? Did you?

Isabella turns. Margaret has been infected.

ISABELLA
Oh, no... Margaret...

Margaret darts to the controls, pressing lots of buttons

Isabella wastes no time. She finds a gun and fires. It
does no good.

ISABELLA
Stop!

The ship lurches to a side. Isabella falls over.

MARGARET
You will all die.

Margaret falls to the floor, huddled over, chanting.

MARGARET
Flamma. Flamma. Accuso. Exuro. Ego.
Mos. Exuro. Noctis. Vito.
Eternus. Asaecian!!!

Margaret then bursts into flames. Right where she's
standing. Until nothing is left. The combustion was quick
- the body could not be seen within the flames. All that is
left is a very small pile of ash on the ground.

Isabella is lost for words, for the first time in her life.

THE AUTHOR and ANDY run in.

THE AUTHOR
Ah! Just missed it! Why, why,
why... ?

The ship lurches again.

CUT TO:

25 CORRIDOR.

John falls against the wall. He finds a window, and looks
out. They are descending upon a planet!

CUT TO:

26 MAIN SECTOR.

THE AUTHOR
They've set the ship to collide
with the nearest center of
gravity... A planet!

The Author goes to the controls. ISABELLA helps him with
them.

ISABELLA
They're quantum locked!

The Author uses his SONIC DEVICE on it.

THE AUTHOR
I think I can break them! See if
the emergency doors will open, in
case we do die, I don't want John
to die alone!

Isabella slams down on a button.

CUT TO:

27 CORRIDOR.

The emergency doors open.

JOHN is relieved.

CUT TO:

28 MAIN SECTOR.

THE AUTHOR
Andy, go and get John, will you?

ANDY obeys, a bit confused.

THE AUTHOR
Now then, to save the ship!

ISABELLA
Have they gone? Whatever has been
possessing us?

THE AUTHOR
I think they discovered how easily
someone of my race - Time-Lords,
apparently - can destroy them, so
they're trying to kill us instead!

They both work on the controls. An image on the scanner
appears - they are falling nearer and nearer the planet.

ISABELLA
Impact in 60 seconds!

ANDY and JOHN run in.

JOHN
Author!

THE AUTHOR
Not now, John!

The Author frantically works on the controls

ISABELLA
50 seconds!

THE AUTHOR
This isn't an exam!

The Author finds a hammer, and begins banging on pieces of
equipment while darting to and fro.

Then, John becomes possessed. He cries out, and falls to
the ground.

JOHN
Ah! Author, I...
(alien voice)
You will not win. You will die.

The Author stops what he is doing.

THE AUTHOR
Oh, John...

JOHN
Flamma. Flamma.

THE AUTHOR
NO!

JOHN
Accuso. Exurgo.

ISABELLA
Get away from him!

The Author stays standing.

THE AUTHOR
I'm not leaving him to die!

ANDY
30 seconds until impact!

JOHN
Noctis. Vito.

The Author is forced with a terrible choice, and a terrible
gamble.

THE AUTHOR
If this doesn't work, then I'm
sorry. We will all die.

The Author kneels down by John, and places his hands on
John's head, as a time-lord does to erase someone memories.

The Author's eyes close, as do John's. John stops chanting,
and they both fall onto the ground unconscious.

ANDY
...20 seconds...

Isabella runs to the controls, trying everything, but
nothing works.

ANDY
10 seconds!

Isabella gives up, distraught. She closes her eyes,
awaiting impact...

It doesn't come.

The ship lurches upwards.

Andy and Isabella fall against the wall.

The scanner shows the ship is flying along the planet's
SURFACE.

ISABELLA
How... ?

PAN TO:

29 EXT. SPACESHIP - THE PLANET

SS. CAESAR flies through the air over the planet. It slowly
comes to a halt, and lands.

The planet is rather deserted, with bits of primitive plant
life here and there.

CUT TO:

30 INT. SPACESHIP - MAIN SECTOR.

It's over.

ANDY
(recovering from shock)
Ha! We're alive!

ISABELLA
Author!

She moves to JOHN and THE AUTHOR'S bodies.

John wakes up.

JOHN
Where am I... What happened?

Isabella smiles slightly.

ISABELLA
I don't know. But we've been
saved, somehow.

JOHN
Everything went black... but I kept
hearing voices... Then everything
was so hot...

Isabella moves to check The Author's body.

She gasps.

ISABELLA
He's... dead.

JOHN
No!

John moves to The Author's body too, and checks for himself.

JOHN
He can't be! NO!

ISABELLA
I'm... I'm sorry.

John despairs.

JOHN
He's left me! He swore I'd be
safe!

Isabella, sad, gets up.

ISABELLA
This has been a terrible day. Five
deaths... Too many...

WIDE SHOT, SHOWING ALL OF THEM, IN THEIR SADNESS.

FADE TO:

31 EXT. SPACESHIP - THE PLANET.

ISABELLA and ANDY step out, onto a new planet.

ISABELLA
The rescue ships will do a scan and
find us here. The plants on this
planet are edible, and there must
be water around somewhere. We'll
survive until then.

JOHN steps out.

ISABELLA
Where are you from, John? The
Author wasn't human, was he?

John shakes his head, but doesn't answer her other question.

JOHN
The Author once told me The Tardis
is programmed to find the nearest
center of gravity if something were
to happen to it. That's this
planet, so the Tardis must be
around here somewhere. Maybe then
I can find a way home.

ANDY
So, what, you're just going to
wander about until you find it?

JOHN
Yes.

A door opens from behind them.

THE AUTHOR
That's rather time consuming,
John. I have a better idea.

John spins round.

JOHN
AUTHOR!

THE AUTHOR
That's me!

JOHN
How? You were dead!

THE AUTHOR
I was merely in a self induced
coma. See, I know the Asaecians;
they are very psychic
creatures. Fortunately, so am
I. Humans aren't, so they can prey
easily on you lot, but once they
identified me, they deemed it too
dangerous to continue possessing us
and tried to kill us instead.

JOHN
But, how did you save us?

THE AUTHOR
They realised I could stop the
collision, since I'm a genius and
all, so they possessed you to
distract me. It worked, but it was
a big mistake, as I could then use
my natural psychic ability to
reverse the process and possess the
collective consciousness of the
Asaecians.

JOHN
I don't understand.

THE AUTHOR
I don't expect you to. But anyway,
controlling the Asaecians, I took
complete control of the ship. It
took it's toll on me, which is why
I had to go into a coma. But, my
physiology is quite tough, so I
managed to survive.

ISABELLA
Who are you?

THE AUTHOR
That's what I intend to find
out. It called me a Time-Lord,
which sounds pretty important.

JOHN
What are we going to do now? The
Tardis is gone!

THE AUTHOR
No it isn't. Just now, I did a
quick scan using your ship's
machinery - I hope you don't mind -
and it's only a couple of miles
Southwards.

ISABELLA
You have a spaceship?

THE AUTHOR
Yes, we do. You can't use it
though, sorry. But you'll be safe
here, waiting for help.

ISABELLA
The ship still has enough energy to
fly a couple of miles. Would you
like us to give you a lift there?

The Author smiles.

THE AUTHOR
If you're offering, I can hardly
refuse. Come on John!

They walk into the spaceship.

FADE TO:

32 INT. TARDIS.

THE AUTHOR closes the door.

Silence.

JOHN
I thought you were dead. I thought
I'd been left on some alien planet,
which I'd have to spend the rest of
my life.

THE AUTHOR
I'm sorry. It won't happen again.

JOHN
But you don't know that! You told
me we could go anywhere in
time and space, but you didn't
mention that everywhere we go there
will be aliens trying to kill us!

THE AUTHOR
I'm... Sorry.

JOHN
I want to go home.

The Author is surprised, and slightly saddened. But he
understands.

THE AUTHOR
Right. Yes. Earth, 21st
century...

He fiddles with the controls. The Tardis takes off.

The Author looks at John.

And realises he's serious this time.

CUT TO:

33 END CREDITS.





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