1 KITCHEN. A HOUSE.
ROGER is getting his shoes on, ready to walk to school. In
the room is a Christmas tree.
You leaving already? But the bus
won’t be here for another 10
I know, but I want to take a small
walk before I leave. I think the
lake out back might be frozen over.
Well, alright. But surely you
should wrap up warmer than that-
I’ll be fine, Mum! Honest.
Alright then Roger, but be
Bye, I’ll see you when I get home!
Roger walks out.
2 EXT. HOUSE.
ROGER walks down the path, and out of the garden. He walks
around the house, then through a small hidden path.
ROGER walks to the lake. He walks past a LARGE BIN that
looks very out of place...
It’s frozen after all, then.
As always. I don’t think I have
ever seen it not to be.
Roger looks around. He thought he was alone!
You obviously don’t come here much
then, it wasn’t frozen yesterday.
I was not here yesterday, in that
Pause. She doesn’t once look at him, instead she stares
into the lake.
I don’t recognise you... Have you
recently moved here?
No. I have lived in this village
for my entire life.
Then how... ?
She turns to look at them, and their eyes meet.
Roger is thrown backwards into a vortex-
4 LAKE. 1934.
ROGER is thrown onto the ground.
He gets up, feebly.
The lake is frozen over, and it is snowing.
He looks around.
There are more trees.
What... just happened?
THE AUTHOR runs through some trees.
I can’t even take one holiday
without there being a temporal
disturbance in the- oh, hello!
He sees Roger.
Who are you?
I’m the Author... Who are you?
His name is Roger.
Both heads turn to her.
And you too... This is worse than I
Then, everything begins fading away.
Roger falls back...
5 LAKE. 2010.
ROGER is thrown onto the ground.
He looks up, confused.
6 OPENING CREDITS.
7 EXT. SCHOOL.
The bell is ringing in the background. ROGER walks out, and
down a road.
The Author... What sort of name is
9 INT. HOUSE. LIVING ROOM.
ROGER is on the computer, typing ’The Author’ into a search
Roger reads the results.
His mum walks up and reads over his shoulder.
An Author? You’re not wanting to
become one, are you?
Good. My uncle was one. He wrote
all his life but didn’t publish a
single piece of work. He then
starved to death. It’s a terrible
Yes Mum. I’ll become an
accountant, because that’s so
She walks off.
Roger keeps looking.
He then sees a link, called "Help me find The Author"
Roger wearily clicks it.
"Hi, I’m John Miller. Please, if you ever see this man,
email me immediately at
Roger clicks on the ’this man’ bit.
And... it loads a picture of THE AUTHOR!
He reads more.
’I once knew this man, we were once
the best of friends. Then one day,
he just left. I’ve seen pictures
and traces of him though history,
particularly in the village of...’
Roger turns around, thinking.
That’s my village!
He reads further.
’However I have searched there, and
Roger leaps up, and runs out of the door.
ROGER runs down to it, passing a LARGE BIN.
And nothing happens.
Roger walks around a bit.
Then he falls forward-
11 LAKE. 1940.
And falls onto the ground.
ROGER looks up.
Planes are flying through the sky, dropping BOMBS...
Roger stares up at them, in shock.
I wouldn’t worry about them.
Roger turns around.
As you can see, you’ve travelled in
time. Same place, just a different
I don’t understand...
Well this lake is still here in the
year 2010, isn’t it? So therefore-
No, I understand that. But
Now, that might take a bit more
explaining. Oh, Merry Christmas by
Roger ignores him.
The ground shakes, as a bomb hits.
Don’t worry, that bomb didn’t kill
How do you know?
So, I’ve travelled back in time to
World War 2, yes?
Exactly 70 years, yeah. Today is
the 25th December, 1940.
I don’t know. I want to find out
too, but without the Tardis that is
pretty impossible. Listen... this
isn’t the first time you’ve
travelled in time, is it? I
remember you back in 1934...
Earlier today, the same thing
Right... So, a hole in time. That
would explain it. Hey, you haven’t
seen any large wooden crates around
lately, have you? I didn’t get
chance to fix the chameleon
Oh, well, never mind. So you and
The Tardis both have fallen through
a hole in time.
The ground shakes, and another bomb has hit.
Three people died in that. A young
woman and her baby twin girls.
Why are you telling me this?
I... you... it’s interesting.
Roger starts falling back.
He buzzes with his sonic, but it does no good.
12 LAKE. 2010.
Roger falls onto the ground.
He looks up, and sees the girl again.
I have faith that you’ll will find
another rip in the space-time
continuum. But please hurry, I
can’t last much longer. The fate
of this world, and many others,
relies on you. You cannot fail-
She fades away.
Roger stares, in shock.
13 LAKE. 1940.
THE AUTHOR is running about.
Now what? Do I have to wait
another 6 years for him to appear
again? At this rate I’ll be able
to see him in his home time.
Thump. Thump. Thump.
The Author turns around.
2 hooded figures are standing among the trees, holding
knives. They are very obviously not human.
They walk towards him.
Right, I... um... Don’t feel overly
comfortable around sharp objects,
so if you could just...
They keep walking.
But then the Author smiles.
He runs. They chase after him.
THE AUTHOR runs.
I’d forgotten how this felt! I’ve
been away from it too long...
15 FLASHBACK. INT. TARDIS.
THE AUTHOR is running about, as usual.
No, no, no!
The Tardis shakes about, then lands.
16 EXT. TARDIS.
It is snowing.
Aha! Earth! I wonder what period?
He looks at SOME DEVICE.
1934! An interesting year, The
Great Depression was becoming
history, there was the rise of
He realises he is talking to himself.
Talking to myself again... Hm.
He hears carol singers.
And it’s Christmas!
He looks back.
The Tardis is dematerialising.
It has gone.
The Author scans with his SONIC DEVICE.
It’s fallen through a time
loop! Who knows when it will
He looks at the sonic.
It’s fallen into the future, so I
will at least see it again... But,
how long... ?
17 NEAR LAKE, 1940.
Those 6 years were far too long!
He looks back. The figures have gone.
Another time loop... ? What’s
causing this? Too many time loops
and things start getting dangerous!
He looks up, and sees Evelyn walking past him.
Her... I saw her, back in 1934...
She ignores him.
He runs to her, but falls through her.
Evelyn screams, and disappears.
Like I said... dangerous! And
without the Tardis, I’m
He gets an idea.
18 LAKE. 2010.
It is dark.
ROGER is still there.
I can’t get back. Maybe I can only
go once a day. I’ll try again
He walks back home, passing a LARGE BIN.
CAMERA PANS UP TO SKY.
A spaceship drifts above Earth, suspended in Earth,
20 ROGER’S HOUSE. MORNING.
ROGER walks down the stairs, fully dressed, with messy hair
and a tired look.
Oh, finally up are you? Can you
clean the dishes when you’re free?
I’m going for a shower...
She leaves and walks up the stairs.
Roger sits, and turns on the TV.
And now, premiering on TVLive, is
the hit show, atoms-
The bell rings.
Roger sighs, and turns the TV off. He gets up and walks to
Roger opens the door. PATTIE - a very old woman - is there.
Oh, call me Pattie! Anyway, to
She pulls out a LETTER, addressed to Roger.
I have no idea what this is. This
man back in 1940 gave it to me. He
said that on this exact date he
wanted me to give this card to a
boy called Roger, who would live
somewhere in this town.
Roger looks at her, shocked.
I thought that was a bit strange...
But I’d got to know him - for, he’d
lived in this village for some
years before, so I kept it. And it
What did he look like?
He... had dark hair... and always
wore this fancy green suit.
Roger realises it’s The Author. He grabs the card from her.
Well, if it makes sense to you then
I haven’t wasted my time, but I
know I’ll never understand...
She drifts out of the door.
How could he have known... ?
Roger closes the door.
He opens the letter, and reads.
Hello Roger. By the time you get
this, hopefully we will have
met. Or maybe I’ve got my
calculations completely wrong, and
the person reading this isn’t even
Roger. But anyway... I want you
to do something for me,
Roger. Buried exactly 1 meter
beneath the ground near the lake is
a container, and inside the
container is something very
precious to me...
ROGER is digging.
He takes out a container.
He opens it, and inside is THE SONIC DEVICE.
He takes it out.
I’ve put it into the correct
setting, so now all I need you to
do is wave it about while pressing
the button. Eventually a hole will
appear. You should be able to go
through it, since you seem gifted
at going through holes in
time. Maybe you have an underlying
Roger waves it about, pressing the button. Indeed, a hole
in time appears.
Incidentally, there is a LARGE BIN behind Roger. He doesn’t
Then... step inside, to create a
permanent link. I will be waiting
there for you. Hopefully... Good
I must be out of my mind, but...
Roger steps through.
It is night.
ROGER appears. He looks around.
Hello? Author? Are... are you
More bombs in background. THE AUTHOR walks around.
He should be here by now... I
didn’t set it wrong, did I? I
quadruple checked it!
He turns around.
And what about that girl... ? And
those hooded people... ? For once,
I haven’t the faintest clue what’s
going on. Maybe Christmas is
always like this, who knows?
He looks in his pocked for the sonic device.
Oh, yeah, I buried it. I could dig
it up again... But then, if I do
that, Roger will never find it, and
be able to travel here. But since
he hasn’t anyway...
The Author cries out in confusion.
He looks to the sky.
This is more than just a time
loop... Something intelligent is
behind all this. But why... ?
The spaceship is still suspended above Earth...
26 LAKE. 1880.
Roger looks around.
The 3 hooded people are standing there. They pull out
Who... are you?
They walk towards him.
Roger backs away, but is against the lake.
They come closer to him...
She is transparent. Roger can barely see her.
The people look at Evelyn, curious.
No... no... no...
She fades away, slowly...
The creatures advance towards Roger...
Failing, failing, failing...
Commence Procedure 7.
28 LAKE. 1880.
ROGER is abducted into space. The SONIC DEVICE falls into
29 LAKE. 1940.
The air siren goes, signaling the all clear.
Only 8 dead. More importantly...
Roger should have been here.
The lake... preserved... I can’t...
She sighs as she loses energy, and fades away.
Lake... preserved? Maybe... just
He looks into the lake. He sees the SONIC.
Yes! Roger must have been taken
too far into the past, and somehow
the screwdriver ended up
there! Now to get it out...
30 INT. SPACESHIP.
ROGER appears, having been abducted.
What? Where am I?
A needle flies out and injects him. He falls, unconcious.
31 LAKE. 1940.
THE AUTHOR is lying by the lake, completely soaked. His
jacket is unaffected, as he’d taken it off.
(to sonic device)
Completely preserved, as I
But now I have this... which,
technically, now belongs to 2010...
I can create a link!
He buzzes with it. A doorway opens.
The Author grins and walks through it.
32 LAKE. 2010.
THE AUTHOR walks through.
He spots the BIN.
Aha! The chameleon circuit was
fixed, after all!
He walks up to it.
He opens the lid, and looks inside.
33 INT. TARDIS.
THE AUTHOR walks inside.
He reads the scanner. It says, in big writing ’Time Vortex
That’s bad... very bad... Whatever
is tampering with time has no
concept of control. This is beyond
dangerous! The time fractures
could extend further, encompassing
the whole of Earth history. Atomic
bombs controlled by
cavemen? Teutonic Knights
wandering the plains of the 1st
Aerial British Empire?
He looks as if speaking to someone. Then sighs.
I’ll do a scan for alien
Beep beep beep.
Aha... a spaceship...
34 INT. SPACESHIP.
Detection! Alert, alert!
35 INT. TARDIS.
THE AUTHOR pulls a lever.
36 INT. SPACESHIP.
The Tardis materialises, stuck as a bin. THE AUTHOR walks
Okay, perhaps I didn’t fix it. I
must have forgotten to re-route the
The Author shuts up, and looks in front of him. It is a
Who is behind this? Who is your
I would have thought you would be
more concerned over another matter.
What do you mean?
Look to your left.
The Author looks to his left. He gasps.
ROGER and EVELYN are in cells, unconscious, with electrical
currents running through them.
The Author is shocked.
What have you done to them?
I wish I could say they will be
alright, but that would be
lying. The girl is already close
to death. The boy has some life
left, but not for long.
That didn’t answer my
question. You haven’t answered my
other question either... Who is
Lighten up! It’s Christmas after
all... in 1880... And 1934... And
1940... and 2010... All at once. 4
Christmas’s at once. A child’s
Yes, I had noticed. But why?
It amuses me.
The Author contemplates this.
You’re not being controlled, are
This is your own will... A computer
with a will, what a frightening
I consider it a powerful concept.
Same thing. But... ’fun’? Since
when have computers had a sense of
I was programmed to have
emotions. That is not my fault.
Who programmed you?
The Time Lords!
The Author realises.
Oh... I see. I’ve learnt a lot
about the Time War. The Time Lords
thought they would gain an
advantage by creating a thinking
and feeling spaceship... I’m not
sure why. It failed, and they were
Apart from me...
So you got bored... The Time War
passed you by, and now you’re all
Earth had been particularly active
during the start of the Time War-
Yeah. Sorry about that.
-And it was programmed into my data
banks, so I decided to go there to
relieve my boredom.
So you abducted the girl...
Her name is Evelyn.
Right... and you, what? Spread her
Correct. It amuses me. I shall do
the same to the boy, and then to
Right, well I disagree. Sorry. I
can’t blame you, because it’s not
your fault... but let me help you.
I do not need help!
You don’t understand what you’re
doing! You’re playing with time
like it’s a toy!
It is a toy for me, Author.
Tell me, what about those creatures
I saw earlier?
They were not planned. They were
accidentally dragged through the
vortex into Earth.
See! You don’t know what you’re
doing! You’ve got to be stopped!
The Author turns to the Tardis.
But it has gone.
There is a hole in the floor.
The Author looks down it.
The Tardis falls to Earth...
Oh. I was planning to make a
dramatic exit, after which I’d
devise a plan to stop you.
The computer laughs.
Oh, you can even laugh? I wonder
if you can feel anger.
He buzzes with the SONIC DEVICE, and is teleported down to
The computer roars in anger.
But you are wrong, Author. I can
control what I want...
37 EARTH. 2010. A STREET.
THE AUTHOR appears.
Right, Earth, good. 2010, also
good. The Tardis will have landed
somewhere, but I don’t have time to
look for it.
Stomp. Stomp. Stomp.
The Author looks up.
Walking down the street are 20 CREATURES.
They all pull out knives.
They charge at him.
The Author runs.
It laughs manically.
Oh, shut up. Give him more
something. Nothing will stop
The ship shakes.
Warning, Time Stream
critical. Time Vortex becoming
I do not care! Delete temporary
The Author runs, but the creatures are gaining on him.
Oh yes... it is Christmas, isn’t
it? Moving Time Loop to a shop...
THE CREATURES stop.
THE AUTHOR looks at them, confused.
Then, SANTA HATS appear on them.
The Author is slightly disturbed.
THE COMPUTER laughs even more.
Warning, system failure...
THE CREATURES advance upon THE AUTHOR...
That computer is deranged.
He moves back, but hits a wall.
The Creatures move to him, about to stab him...
44 INT. SPACESHIP.
System shut down. Duration,
THE CREATURES fade away...
No!! NOOO!!! It was so fun!! It
cannot end... NOOO!!!
Deleting Essential Program Files...
THE TARDIS materialises.
THE AUTHOR walks out.
I told you... You didn’t know what
you were messing with. You ripped
out part of the Time Vortex, and
your spaceship couldn’t handle
it. Everything is snapping back to
Help me, Author!! HAVE MERCY!!!
Letting you shut down is a mercy...
The computer shuts down.
The Author moves over to the CELLS.
He buzzes with THE SONIC. The cells snap open. ROGER and
EVELYN fall out.
The Author smiles.
47 INT. TARDIS.
THE AUTHOR is moving about slowly, taking The Tardis away...
ROGER and EVELYN lie on the ground.
48 EXT. SPACESHIP.
The spaceship explodes.
49 INT. TARDIS.
ROGER and EVELYN wake up.
Oh, you’re awake.
I thought... I thought I would
never see out of that cell with my
own eyes again...
Well, you’re safe now. And I
couldn’t have done it without you
guiding and helping me.
The Tardis materialises as a small hut.
51 INT. TARDIS.
You can go home now, Evelyn. Back
to your home period.
How can I go back to life after all
It’s hard, I know... That’s the
bravest thing of all. I know you
can do it.
Evelyn nods, and walks out.
THE AUTHOR pulls a lever.
Will she be alright?
Yeah... Now, let’s take you home!
He pulls a lever.
THE TARDIS materialises as a BIN.
53 INT. TARDIS.
Thank you, Author.
No, thank you. Without you I’d
still be stuck in the past. 6
years is more than enough time to
Roger moves to the door, awkwardly.
Oh, and Roger?
Merry Christmas, Author!
He turns, and exits.
Leaving The Author alone.
The Author sighs.
I feel like visiting the Artron
Galaxy, maybe the third Southern
arm? It’s about time I go there
again, I’d love to see how they’re
coping without the slugs.
He pulls the lever...
54 EXT. TARDIS.
55 END CREDITS.
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