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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: 7    Comments: 0    Likes: 0   


1 ALIEN BUILDING.

SHOT FROM ABOVE.

Rock formations, could be made from diamonds.

SHOT FROM GROUND LEVEL.

The alien building is the only building among the wild
lifeless wilderness of rocks. It is lit by rays of light
coming from the top.

Suddenly, a circular HOLE in the fabric of reality
appears. A MAN - 31, cruel, sadistic - walks out of it,
followed by 5 humans, all chained together.

MAN
Faster!

A HUMAN SLAVE
Please! We've been walking all
day!

MAN
Do not talk back to me!!

A WOMAN - 35, tough, fair - walks out from the building, to
greet them.

MAN
Edith, I collected these specimens
today.

EDITH
Good work. I'll take them from
here.

One of the older of the five men cries out, grabs his chest,
and falls down, dying.

EDITH
How hard have you been working
them, Marzak? He appears to be
having had a cardiac arrest.

MARZAK
(holding a laser)
Get up, you lazy creature!

ANOTHER HUMAN SLAVE
Please! He's dying!

MARZAK
Well unfortunately for him we need
him alive. Since he will die
before we get him to the chamber,
there's no use him wasting any more
oxygen.

Marzak fires the laser at the dying man, who is
disintegrated.

The four remaining slaves stare at him in horror.

MARZAK
I'm off to look for more. I'd
suggest interrogating these people
first to find out the locations of
more.

EDITH
We must not damage them, they must
be in fit condition for initiation
into the chamber.

MARZAK
Well, don't blame me when we don't
have enough power for... him.

EDITH
Do not mention him!

MARZAK
Forgive me. Goodbye.

Marzak steps through the hole. The hole then disappears.

EDITH
Follow me!

A BRAVE SLAVE
Where are you taking us?

EDITH
Just be thankful you're still
alive. Now follow!

She tugs on the chain, forcing them to follow her into the
building...

2 OPENING CREDITS.

PAN TO:

3 INT. TARDIS.

THE AUTHOR, for once, is sitting on the seat, alone in the
console room.

JOHN enters from the library.

THE AUTHOR
See any good books?

JOHN
Not really... I spent an hour just
trying to find my way out of the
31st century historical section,
and another hour looking through
Authors who's name begin with Gra.

THE AUTHOR
It is a big library, yeah...

JOHN
Come to think of it, why are you
called The Author, instead of
something like The Librarian? You
never write anything.

THE AUTHOR
Don't ask me! Maybe I did, before
my memories were taken. Anyway,
you don't seem to be getting
anywhere looking through the
library, so how about we go and
experience a historical event first
hand?

JOHN
Like what? Knowing The Tardis
it'll take us to World War Two, or
the destruction of the dinosaurs.

THE AUTHOR
You wouldn't want to go there, it's
more boring than it sounds. How
about I randomise the co-ordinates
again?

JOHN
I don't see the difference it will
make, since The Tardis never goes
where you ask it to anyway.

THE AUTHOR
I'm learning!

He flicks several switches on the control panel, then
presses a bit red button.

THE AUTHOR
Aha! It's set the coordinates to
G832.5 Vectus 7 A2 0.00121!

JOHN
And? Is it a planet, or a moon, or
what?

THE AUTHOR
Aha, this is brilliant! One of the
first human colonies in another
Galaxy! It's very primitive, since
the First Human Galactic Civil War
has broken out at home, and they've
basically been forgotten about, but
still... it's
incredible! Salvation, they named
the planet.

JOHN
Right. Now, you say primitive, and
Galactic Civil War... that doesn't
sound as great as you make it seem.

THE AUTHOR
Stop complaining, it'll be
fine! And besides, we've proven
ourselves to be a good team in the
face of danger. Anyway, even if
there is danger, there's no way it
will be on the scale of The Dolin
or The Asaecians.

JOHN
Well, if you're sure.

The Author pulls a lever, and the Tardis begins rattling and
shaking about.

Thud.

They've landed.

THE AUTHOR
Right now, we're right in
Salvation's capital settlement. I
wonder what we've landed as?

The Author walks out the Tardis.

John sighs, but follows him.

PAN TO:

4 EXT. TARDIS. A ROCKY WASTELAND.

THE AUTHOR exits the Tardis, followed by JOHN. The Tardis
has materialised as a ROCK, or a RUIN.

THE AUTHOR
...Ah.

There is a bit of plant life, but not much. But more
importantly, they are standing among RUINS.

JOHN
Don't tell me, we've landed in the
wrong place again!

THE AUTHOR
But...

He runs into the Tardis. Rolling his eyes, John follows.

CUT TO:

5 INT. TARDIS.

THE AUTHOR runs in and checks the scanner.

JOHN stands by the door, looking a tad smug. But not too
smug.

THE AUTHOR
No, this is definitely Salvation,
seventy years after human
colonisation. I don't
understand... This planet does
become under attack, but not for
another four centuries! And even
then, no ruins were left in the
attack; all traces of civilisation
were vaporised!

JOHN
Then how do you explain that, out
there?

Pause.

THE AUTHOR
I can't. But there's one way we
can find out!

JOHN
Oh no...

THE AUTHOR
It looked pretty deserted out there
if you ask me-

JOHN
I didn't...

THE AUTHOR
-So I don't think we'll find much
trouble. Come on!

The Author runs out of the Tardis. John follows him.

PAN TO:

6 ROCKY WASTELAND.

A group of soldiers, all equipped with guns, run through the
rocks.

GROUP LEADER
Faster! We need to get to Base 7
by nightfall!

But they stop. They can hear the sound of something being
ripped, slowly...

MAN
What's that?

SHOT MOVES TO A WOMAN.

The Woman moves slowly backwards, looking shocked.

LEADER
It's them. Run!!

The group run in the direction they came in.

The ripping noise is revealed to have come from where they
were standing. As if space is being ripped apart, a doorway
into another world is created where before was only air.

The doorway gets bigger, until it's the size of a proper
door. MARZAK walks out of it, accompanied by 2 men.

MARZAK
FIND THEM!!

Marzak and the 2 men run, chasing the warriors.

CUT TO:

7 ANOTHER PART OF THE WASTELAND.

The soldiers run, but MARZAK and his men have caught up.

GROUP LEADER
Open fire!!

They all fire their guns.

Besides the WOMAN. She turns, and falls onto the rocks,
half conscious. Nobody notices.

Marzak holds up a shield which reflects all the bullets.

They stop firing.

MARZAK
Seize them!

Chaos. Besides the woman, the whole group of soldiers
scatter and run. But it does no good.

The 2 men have some futuristic lasers, and fire them at
everyone, who fall to the ground, paralysed. They don't
notice the woman.

MARZAK
Two batches in two days... we'll be
well paid tonight, boys!

They attach pads onto the paralysed people, then return and
walk through the HOLE. As they walk through it, the people
with pads are teleported away.

The HOLE then closes.

And silence.

SHOT PANS DOWN TO WOMAN.

She looks up, almost having been awoken.

WOMAN
I... ?

She loses consciousness and falls back down.

PAN TO:

8 A DIFFERENT PART OF WASTELAND.

THE AUTHOR and JOHN are walking. The Author is buzzing the
SONIC DEVICE around.

THE AUTHOR
I'm definitely picking up some
wavelengths, though they're too
distorted to translate. They're
simple enough to be human, however.

JOHN
Author... I think you're wrong.

THE AUTHOR
Wrong?

JOHN
About the history of this
planet. These ruins have been like
this for a long time; half of them
are decayed. This wasn't just some
sudden disturbance of time.

THE AUTHOR
Yes... I'd noticed that. It's very
worrying. I don't know what could
change time on this scale - besides
me. I wonder if... ?

The sonic device beeps loudly.

THE AUTHOR
Aha!

JOHN
What?

THE AUTHOR
The wavelengths are definitely
human, and coming from... Over
here!

The Author runs off in a direction. John follows,
exasperated... As usual.

PAN TO:

9 HUMAN BASE. CONTROL ROOM.

There are only 2 people in the room, a MAN - 51, kind, smart
- and a WOMAN - 24, rough, secretly vulnerably.

GEM (WOMAN)
They're coming this way...

GRAWMAN (MAN)
Hm... One of them is an extra
terrestrial.

GEM
Can you identify which species? It
wouldn't be one of... them, would
it?

GRAWMAN
Of course not. Why would they take
it upon themselves to do their own
dirty work?

GEM
Even so, it's humanoid, and
alien. It could be. And there's a
human with him, possibly a slave.

GRAWMAN
Seal the buildings. Get the
machine guns ready for their
arrival, but not to fire unless
upon my order. Do you understand?

GEM
Yes, sir!

GRAWMAN
And also, has Squad 11 returned
yet?

GEM
...No, sir.

GRAWMAN
Afterwards I suggest you lead a
search party. If you run into the
alien, scan it. If it's one of
them, kill it.

GEM
Yes sir!

PAN TO:

10 WASTELAND.

THE AUTHOR and JOHN are walking towards the base. It is now
dark.

JOHN
Author, look!

Lying on the rocks is a body of a woman.

The Author runs up to her.

THE AUTHOR
She's alive! But... in some sort
of coma!

The woman suddenly wakes up.

JOHN
Author...

THE AUTHOR
Oh, hello! Can you hear me?

The woman nods.

THE AUTHOR
Good, good... I'm the Author, and
this is John-

JOHN
Hello-

THE AUTHOR
What's your name?

The woman seems to struggle for words for a moment, but
eventually they come.

THE WOMAN
May...

THE AUTHOR
Right, May... What happened to you?

MAY
The Snatchers... They attacked...
Everything went black!

THE AUTHOR
Who are the snatchers, May?

JOHN
Author!

John points to above them. A search party with torches are
looking around.

GEM
May? May, are you here?

A MAN
Smaw? Dianar?

May tries to pull herself up.

MAY
Gem!! Over here, Gem! Help me,
sister!

GEM
May is over here! Quickly!

The group of soldiers all run up to The Author, May and
John. They all shine their torches at them.

GEM
It's them...

THE AUTHOR
Yes, hello. Um, would you mind not
shining your torch in our eyes?

GEM
You don't look like
snatchers. Scan them!

One of the men pulls out a scanner, and scans them.

THE AUTHOR
No, we're not snatchers!

MAN
(referring to John)
This one is human.

The man scans a nervous Author.

MAN
And this one is... Oh my...

GEM
What?

MAN
It's him!! It must be!!

The man drops the scanner, and runs.

THE AUTHOR
Him? Who?

Gem picks up the scanner, and reads it. She then pulls out
a gun and points it at the Author's head.

GEM
I'm executing you for the crime of
kidnapping several thousand humans.

THE AUTHOR
WHAT!?

BANG. THE SHOT IS ON JOHN, AS THE BULLET IS FIRED.

The Author falls. Assumably dead.

JOHN
Author!!! Auuutthhhooorrr!!

GEM
Take him for interrogation, he is
an accomplice.

The men grab John, and drag him away.

JOHN
Auutthhooorrr!!

FADE TO:

11 HUMAN BASE. INTERROGATION ROOM.

GEM
Who are you?

JOHN is tied to an electric chair. He cannot move. He is
in a severely weakened state.

JOHN
My name... John Miller...

GEM
Are you from Salvation?

JOHN
No...

GEM
Where did they recruit you from?

JOHN
What?

John screams, being electrocuted.

GEM
WHERE DID THEY RECRUIT YOU FROM?

JOHN
Who?

GEM
THE SNATCHERS!

JOHN
They didn't!

John screams some more.

GEM
Wait, stop!

The electrocution stops.

GEM
The lie detector states he's
telling the truth.

JOHN
I... am...

GEM
Who was than man you were with?

JOHN
The Author.

GEM
Is he an alien?

JOHN
Yes!

GEM
Is he the alien behind the
kidnapping?

JOHN
No!

GEM
He was identified of being of the
same species.

JOHN
A time lord?

GEM
...A what lord?

JOHN
The Author is a Time-Lord. Is the
alien that's taking your people a
time lord?

GEM
We do not know. But it appears
you're telling the truth. Let him
go.

John is released. He falls onto the floor.

GEM
Sorry about this. Get him a room,
he'll need sleep.

PAN TO:

12 WASTELAND. EARLY HOURS OF THE MORNING, BUT LITTLE LIGHT.

MARZAK and his two men are wandering about.

MAN 1
I've detected a humanoid, just over
there. He is unconscious, and
close to death.

MARZAK
Find him!

They rush over to The Author's body.

MARZAK
Check his body.

Man 2 checks.

MAN 2
Impossible... He's had a bullet
right through the heart, but he's
still breathing, sir.

MARZAK
Through the heart, you say? It
can't be...

MAN 2
Should we take him back to the Unit
Warehouse?

MARZAK
Yes... He is on his way as we
speak, and might be interested.

Another hole in space is created. They pick up The Author's
body, and carry him through it. It then closes.

FADE TO:

13 HUMAN BASE. JOHN'S ROOM.

Light begins coming through the windows. But JOHN is busy.

He sneaks out the door, and goes to the center room. nobody
else is awake.

CUT TO:

14 CENTER ROOM.

JOHN creeps to the outmost door, and goes outside.

CUT TO:

15 EXT. HUMAN BASE.

JOHN walks along the rocky ground, to the wall and gate.

MAY
Where are you going?

John jumps, and darts around. May has followed him.

JOHN
I'm going to find my friend. Are
you going to stop me?

MAY
No.

JOHN
Right... thanks. Do you know how
this opens?

MAY
Yes.

JOHN
Can you open it for me?

May closes her eyes.

MAY
Pain awaits you. I hope you are
prepared.

JOHN
I'm sorry?

MAY
Such anguish you never deemed
possible. How it will torment you!

JOHN
What are you doing... ?

MAY
I can see all that is, all that
was, and all that ever will
be. The Author faces his biggest
fight yet, but he is so
defenceless. And your palace of
wonders will soon be your biggest
threat. Don't fear though, you
will always be there.

May opens her eyes.

MAY
But I am on your side.

She moves to the gate, and presses a button. The Gate
opens.

MAY
We will meet again.

JOHN
(slightly disturbed)
Thank you...

John walks through the gate.

PAN TO:

16 INT. ALIEN BUILDING. PRISON SECTOR. THE AUTHOR'S CELL.

THE AUTHOR is shoved into a prison room. He falls onto the
floor. The door is closed.

THE AUTHOR
Agh... my heart...

He sits up.

THE AUTHOR
I was nearly dead. I've never been
more thankful for my binary
cardiovascular system.

Pause.

THE AUTHOR
(to whoever will listen)
So who are you? Why have you
brought me here?

Silence.

THE AUTHOR
You'll have this room watched, I
know you can hear me!

CUT TO:

17 ALIEN CONTROL ROOM.

HUMAN MAN 1
What do we do?

EDITH
Nothing, for the moment. He is on
his way. He will analyse him.

HUMAN MAN 1
Why does he come now? For
fifty-one years this operation has
been going on, and apart from
checking up on us each decade, he
has never made an appearance.

EDITH
It must mean the war is
progressing. They will need more
power.

HUMAN MAN 1
But we cannot provide them with any
more! While we've given them time
to reproduce more units, we are
running out of colonies.

EDITH
My fear is... he will provide us
technology to make jumps to the
home Galaxy.

Human Man 1 is shocked.

HUMAN MAN 1
But that's our own people! We
could be kidnapping our own
families!

EDITH
Does it matter? We're never going
to be seeing them again anyway!

An alarm goes off.

EDITH
He's here!

PAN TO:

18 SALVATION, WASTELAND.

JOHN is walking, searching for the Author.

JOHN
It all looks the same!

Clank clank.

John ducks down behind a rock.

MARZAK and his 2 MEN are searching around. They then stop
by a rock/ruin.

MARZAK
Ahaha... his Tardis. That confirms
it then, we've captured a time
lord. He will be delighted.

John gasps quietly.

The men strap something to the Tardis, and it
disappears. They then both step through a HOLE in space.

JOHN
No!!

John, without thinking, runs through the hole just before it
closes.

CUT TO:

19 ALIEN PLANET - EXT. ALIEN BUILDING.

The TARDIS appears, followed by a HOLE. MARZAK and his 2
MEN walk through the hole.

MARZAK
If we're not promoted, it'll be a
crime against humanity! Come on
boys, let's go and claim our
reward.

JOHN falls through the hole, and lands on the
ground. Immediately the 3 hold up disintegrators at him.

MARZAK
WHO ARE YOU?

John puts his hands up.

JOHN
That might be a bit difficult to
explain...

PAN TO:

20 SALVATION. INT. HUMAN BASE.

GEM walks through the MAIN ROOM, having just woken
up. GRAWMAN is already there.

GEM
Hello. Any news?

GRAWMAN
None. Have you seen May at all
today?

GEM
(scared)
No, why? Is she missing?

GRAWMAN
I ain't seen her, and her bedroom
is empty.

GEM
No! I told you we should have
confined her, she's getting worse!

GRAWMAN
Don't panic! We should be able to
do a scan on psychic waves, which
will detect her.

GEM
Right! I'll start on that
immediatly!

Gem runs into another room.

CUT TO:

21 SCANNING ROOM.

Gem runs in, and wastes no time starting a scan. Another
MAN is in there already.

MAN
What are you doing?

GEM
May's gone missing!

Gem pulls a lever. The results come in.

GEM
600 meters westward!

She grabs a gun, and charges out of the building.

CUT TO:

22 SALVATION. WASTELAND.

MAY is wandering about, absent minded. Or appearing to be
absent minded.

MAY
Death. Death. The irony of
Salvation. No more, no more...

She turns around.

MAY
The Author is in for a surprise. I
pity John, he will suffer most of
all. But now he is here, events
are moving faster.

GEM
May!

Gem has caught up, and runs to her.

MAY
Why have you come here now?

GEM
I've been looking for you! Why did
you leave?

MAY
It is... required, if the desired
path is to be taken.

GEM
What?

May sits down cross legged, ignoring Gem. She closes her
eyes and puts her hands on the opposite shoulder.

MAY
Open. Open. Open. Move apart
space itself.

And in front of them, a HOLE in space appears. Gem gasps.

GEM
What is that!?

MAY
It's a primitive wormhole, reaching
out to a planet in another
Galaxy. Come with me.

May steps through the HOLE. Gem follows. The HOLE then
closes up.

PAN TO:

23 ALIEN PLANET. INT. BUILDING. CORRIDOR.

JOHN is shoved down a corridor.

JOHN
Where are you taking me?

MARZAK
That is none of your
concern! Well, I suppose it is
actually. But you'll find out soon
enough.

CUT TO:

24 A MASSIVE CHAMBER.

Almost identical to the one in New Earth. There are doors
everywhere. Or rather, storage containers.

JOHN
What is this... ?

MARZAK
You will be put into peace.

JOHN
What do you mean?

MARZAK
As I said, you will find out!

They reach a door. Marzak pulls it open.

MARZAK
Get him in there.

John is scared.

PAN TO:

25 PRISON SECTOR. THE AUTHOR'S CELL.

The Author is reading a book from memory. His eyes are
closed.

THE AUTHOR
There's another fellow," muttered
Scrooge; who overheard him: "my
clerk, with fifteen shillings a
week-

He doesn't notice EDITH walking in.

THE AUTHOR
-And a wife and family, talking
about a merry Christmas. I'll
retire to-

EDITH
What is your name, Time Lord?

The Author opens his eyes.

THE AUTHOR
(sighing)
I was just getting to the good
bit. Call me The Author.

EDITH
You must be a Time-Lord; you have a
similar name to him.

THE AUTHOR
And who is this 'him'?

EDITH
Why don't you see for yourself? He
will be arriving any minute. GET
UP.

The Author obeys.

THE AUTHOR
Is he a Time Lord?

EDITH
Correct.

THE AUTHOR
Then I most look forward to meeting
him. Hopefully.

They exit the room.

PAN TO:

26 SALVATION. HUMAN BASE. MAIN ROOM.

GRAWMAN is sitting in thought.

GRAWMAN
Any sign of Gem or May?

MAN 1
None, sir.

GRAWMAN
What are they playing at?

PAN TO:

27 EXT. ALIEN BASE.

GEM and MAY walk through the HOLE. It then disappears.

GEM
How did you do that?

MAY
I do not know. I may be gifted. I
hope The Author can explain.

GEM
(confused)
You always were the weird one...

MAY
Your life is about to change. Make
the most of what you experience,
for me.

GEM
Um. Sure.

Pause.

GEM
Where are we?

MAY
A planet in Humanity's home galaxy,
called Omega 9. They aren't as
imaginative as humans.

GEM
Who aren't?

MAY
The Time Lords. They created this
colony... This laboratory.

GEM
Is he a time lord?

MAY
Yes.

GEM
Why are they kidnapping our people?

MAY
It's not just us. All the colonies
in this galaxy are being
attacked. I do not know why
yet. Follow me, I have been told
of a way inside.

They walk around the building.

PAN TO:

28 INT. ALIEN BUILDING. TELEPORTATION ROOM.

THE AUTHOR is led in by EDITH.

THE AUTHOR
Aha, a teleportation room. But I'd
have thought he would be travelling
by Tardis, no?

EDITH
He considers it too dangerous, in
case it falls into the wrong
hands. You could take a leaf out
of his book.

THE AUTHOR
What do you mean?

EDITH
We've captured your Tardis. It was
just sitting there in the middle of
nowhere.

The Author curses himself for being so stupid.

THE AUTHOR
(to self)
Stupid, stupid...

EDITH
Also, you have a friend, yes?

THE AUTHOR
(becoming angry)
What have you done to him?

EDITH
See for yourself.

A screen switches on. It shows the MASSIVE CHAMBER.

CUT TO:

29 MASSIVE CHAMBER.

SHOT OF JOHN IN HIS CELL.

JOHN
What's going on?

SHOT MOVES TO OUTSIDE.

MARZAK
You are being permanently
anesthetised. I hope you enjoy
your sleep, for you won't wake up
again.

He presses a button. The inside of John's cell lights up,
and a static sound can be heard. John screams.

CUT TO:

30 TELEPORTATION ROOM.

THE AUTHOR
John! JOHN!

CUT TO:

31 MASSIVE CHAMBER.

The light, static and screaming stop.

MARZAK
Specimen 6690 introduced
successfully. I will return.

CUT TO:

32 TELEPORTATION ROOM.

THE AUTHOR
What have you done to him?

EDITH
You will find out. He arrives!

A blinding light comes from the other side of the
room. Then, suddenly... It's THE EXPERIMENTER.

THE EXPERIMENTER
I hear you have captured a Time
Lord.

The light disappears. He walks into the room. He sees the
Author, and is shocked. Shocked and pleased.

THE EXPERIMENTER
Well well well... It's none other
than The Author.

THE AUTHOR
Who are you?

THE EXPERIMENTER?
Of course, you won't remember
me. I am The Experimenter. I
don't intend to let you escape
again.

He pulls out a PARALYSING GUN, and uses it on the Author,
who falls onto the ground. He stares at The Experimenter in
fear and fury.

THE EXPERIMENTER
Oh, that glare could kill. How can
I live with myself? Oh, wait.

He takes off his robe, and throws it over The Author.

THE EXPERIMENTER
Much better. Now, get to work, at
100,000,000% efficiency. By the
end of the day I want every human
in there completely extracted.

EDITH
But it'll overload the systems!

THE EXPERIMENTER
They won't be needed after
this. You heard me! Let the human
slaughter begin.

He is pleased with this idea.

SHOT OF THE AUTHOR UNDER HIS
ROBE. PARALYSED. HELPLESS. TERRIFIED.

CUT TO:

33 ENDING CREDITS.





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