1 AN ENGLISH GARDEN.
A YOUNG MAN - 21, bossy, dominating - and WOMAN - 20, kind,
easily frightened - are out in the garden. They are
Could you go and get the barbecue
Diana enters the house.
2 INT. HOUSE. SITTING ROOM.
DIANA walks past the TV.
SHOT OF TV, AS SHE PASSES.
The TV headline reads "Warmest Summer on Record"
The ice caps have now lost 25% of
the ice they had at the start of
the century. The oceans have risen
by 2 meters, and scientists say it
will get worse-
SHOT OF THERMOMETER. IT READS 43 DEGREES.
DIANA opens the fridge door, and looks around.
4 EXT. HOUSE - GARDEN.
SHOT FROM ABOVE. BUZZING. FREDRICK CAN BE SEEN AT THE
BARBECUE. SHOW MOVES CLOSER TO HIM, AS BUZZING
DIANA has found the barbecue sauce, and closes the door.
THE SHOT FROM ABOVE PULLS IN CLOSER AND CLOSER TO
Frederick looks up.
SHOT MOVES RIGHT IN TO HIM.
DIANA hears Fredrick screaming. She runs out to the garden.
DIANA runs out.
FREDRICK is lying on the ground. Completely white.
Buzzing from above her. She looks up.
A GIANT FLY flies off into the sky.
9 OPENING CREDITS.
10 INT. TARDIS.
THE AUTHOR reluctantly flies the Tardis to Earth.
Are we there yet?
Then they both speak at the same time.
Are you sure-/Look, I’m-
They both stop.
So you-/What I mean-
You go first.
No, it’s not important.
It’s more important than what I had
Well, we’ve landed. Earth. 21st
century. Your home. What either
of us have to say doesn’t matter
What, I’m just going to... go?
Unless you change your mind. But I
haven’t all day - there are
Galaxies to explore, worlds to save
- you know the deal.
...Yeah. What I wanted to say was
that I’ll miss traveling with you.
The Author makes an attempt to hold in his sadness.
So this is... goodbye?
If you’re going, go.
John walks out of the Tardis.
The Author falls backwards onto the chair, sad.
11 EXT. TARDIS - AN ENGLISH STREET.
JOHN walks out. The TARDIS has taken the form of a
CAR. The windows are blackened.
John takes a few steps across the street.
12 INT. TARDIS.
THE AUTHOR is up, setting the controls to travel somewhere.
Right, Author, where now?
Hm, I don’t know. How about
exactly 500 years from now?
Sounds good to me!
He sets the Tardis to travel exactly 500 years into the
JOHN runs back to the Tardis.
The Tardis dematerialises.
John steps back. The CAR has gone.
He runs to see if he can find a shop.
He eventually finds one.
14 INT. SHOP.
JOHN runs in, uncaring of how he looks.
Where am I?
Which town is this? What’s the
The Cashier looks at him like he’s crazy.
JUST TELL ME!
This is the outskirts of Leeds.
John covers his head with his hands, and sighs angrily.
And, just to make sure, what date
John runs out of the shop.
JOHN runs into the street.
16 INT. TARDIS.
Thud. THE AUTHOR has landed.
Right, to explore!
He makes his way to the door, then stops.
He moves away from the door, and enters the LIBRARY.
17 TARDIS LIBRARY.
Rows and rows of shelves, full of books, spread as far as
the eye can see.
THE AUTHOR moves through them, searching.
T. T for Time... Lords...
He moves to another shelf.
Ti... Tiehon Dynasty... Tilt of the
Axis... aha, time!
He looks through some of the books.
Well that’s strange. There’s not
one book on the time lords. I
guess I’ll have to read some of the
other books and see if they
The Author sighs.
This will be a long day.
He picks up a book titled ’The Laws of Time’.
JOHN runs down the street.
What am I doing? Surely the Author
would realise he’s left me in the
wrong time period. Ah... and why
is it so hot!?
John looks at a newspaper, on a newspaper stand near the
The front page reads "HOTTEST SUMMER ON RECORD. CLIMATE
TEMPERATURE INCREASED BY 2 DEGREES!"
Oh, of course...
19 INT. TARDIS.
THE AUTHOR is sitting on the chair, reading ’The Laws of
Aha! ’The Laws of Time, as set
down by the Time Lords-’!
His excitement goes.
But, there’s nothing
more. Nothing! How come I have
the second largest library in
existence, and there’s nothing on
The time Lords! Was it
deliberate? Do the time lords not
want me knowing?
Well, looks like I’ll be going to
2510 after all!
The Author goes to the door, and walks out.
It is night. JOHN is sitting by the street, having to sleep
An AMBULANCE drives past him - it’s sirens blaring. John
looks up. The Ambulance stops at a nearby home.
A POLICE CAR is not far behind, and also drives up to the
house. 2 policemen get out.
That’s the 12th murder today...
This is serious.
They all walk into the house.
JOHN watches from behind the bushes.
The ambulance men come out, carrying a stretcher. On it is
a man, as pale as a sheet.
John turns around. There is buzzing coming from an
alleyway. He walks and takes a look.
JOHN walks down the alley. The buzzing is coming from the
Then, it reveals itself... A massive FLY, the size of an S1
(or up to John’s shoulder)
It flies towards John. John runs for it.
CHASE SCENE. JOHN RUNS DOWN THE ALLEY, QUICKLY BEING
FOLLOWED BY THE FLY.
He turns a corner. It’s still there, following him.
John runs into the street.
The FLY chases him into the street, which is now deserted,
so nobody can see him.
He desperately runs, but it chases after him.
Gunfire! The fly is shot down, and tumbles across the road,
until stopping, dead.
John ducks, and turns to see the attacker. It’s an Winston
called Winston - 61, tough, experienced.
I... thank you!
No problem. I wonder if that’s the
same creature that attacked me
What do you mean?
I was attacked by this creature
earlier. I had my gun on me -
don’t ask - so I fired a couple of
shots into it. It scared it, and
it flew away.
It probably is, then. We should
hide the body.
Well... um, I don’t know. It’s the
sort of thing he’d do.
And who’s he?
The Author. Not someone I’m very
fond of, at the moment.
Well I say we leave it here, and
it’ll be found and taken for
Right, I’ll be seeing you then.
The Winston leaves John with the fly.
I can’t escape it!
John sighs, and leaves.
23 EXT. TARDIS.
The Tardis has landed in the middle of a busy street, as a
metal box. It’s the year 2660.
THE AUTHOR steps out.
Aha! Gotta love that 26th century
air! The year’s 2510, and I’ve
never felt better!
He looks back at the Tardis.
Well, I have... but, it ruins the
phrase if I say that.
He looks across the street.
How come that sign says
2660? That’s fifty years...
He looks back at the Tardis.
And if I traveled exactly 500 years
in the future... then I left John
at 2060! JOHN!
The Author runs into the Tardis.
24 STREET. MORNING.
JOHN is walking along the street. There are police and
scientists everywhere. John ignores them.
Woooosh... Vworp vworp...
It’s the Tardis!
And John runs, like he’s never run before!
Following the noise.
And there it is. The Tardis, again as a CAR.
But then behind him, he hears the buzzing.
A FLY flies over his head, to the Tardis.
THE AUTHOR walks out of the Tardis.
Author! Look out!
The Author looks up, and spots the fly.
The Author retreats into The Tardis, and closes the
door. The Fly turns, and faces John.
The fly flies towards John.
John cringes, waiting to die.
The Author runs out of the Tardis, wielding a fire
But he’s too late.
The fly is over John.
Both John and the fly TELEPORT away.
What is that?
The Author spins around. The Winston is standing there.
Oh, nothing. Sorry, I’m a bit
The Author runs into The Tardis.
The Winston follows him inside.
25 INT. TARDIS.
THE AUTHOR walks in, and sees the WINSTON behind him.
No, no, you’re not-
My Goodness, it’s massive! Still,
once you’ve seen one physical
anomaly, you’ve seen them all.
The Author looks at him, half surprised and half impressed.
This teleports, right? Disappears
then re-appears? I saw it.
It dematerialises, yeah... What’s
I’m called Winston. And you?
Call me The Author...
Right then, Mr Author-
No, just Author will do.
Okay Author, are we going where
that fly took John?
How do you know his name?
I met him last night. And you just
yelled it out.
So I did. Very good.
So where are we going?
You’re not going anywhere. You’ve
held me up enough as it is.
I beg your pardon, I won’t get in
the way anymore.
No, you won’t, because you’re
leaving right now!
Winston stays put.
The Author sighs.
I don’t have time to argue, John’s
He runs around the Tardis, as it takes off.
It’s a bit bumpy!
Hey, I didn’t invite you here!
The Tardis begins making noises which suggest malfunctions.
C’mon, there’s gotta be a trace!
A small spark flies off.
The TARDIS Dematerialises.
27 INT. TARDIS.
THE AUTHOR does his usual routine around the Tardis console.
Is it usually this out of control?
The Author, while running around, almost knocks into him.
I thought you were going to stay
out of my way!
Well now I know you won’t go back,
I don’t have to try so hard to
Oh, when this is over you are going
The Author reads the scanner.
The Author moves to the door, and exits.
You coming, Winston?
I might as well, I want proof that
this can really dematerialise.
But there’s no ice. As far as they can see, it’s a barren
wasteland. At all angles. Some plants grow, but not many.
The Tardis has taken the form of a large ROCK. THE AUTHOR
and WINSTON walk out from behind it.
Indeed it has. I think we’ve gone
a bit off course, but they’ll be
within a mile.
So where are we?
Earth! Antarctica, to be
precise. And everything has
I can remember the days when there
was ice. I never came here myself,
but I saw pictures on the
news. All those scientists
panicking, but everyone ignored
Yeah, that was a mistake. Still,
give it a hundred years, it’ll be
sorted out. Antarctica will see
snow again. But now our biggest
concern is John.
He pulls out the SONIC DEVICE.
Honestly Winston, you’re worse than
John! It’s a sonic device, I’m
scanning for Time Radiation.
-Background radiation you pick up
from being in The Tardis. He’s
quite near, in this direction!
The Author points to his left.
Right, come on! As a friend of
mine used to say, Allonsy!
Your friend was French?
No, he... I can’t remember who he
Yes. This way!
They both go in that direction.
29 ALIEN BASE.
JOHN and the FLY both appear. John falls to the
ground. The fly hisses.
What are you?
A DEEP VOICE
John looks to his right. There is a round door, with 3
holes in it. Steam pours out of the holes.
The fly that brought John there leaves.
I have summoned you here. You
Um. Thank you. Who are you?
We are the Missatha. We came here
four centuries ago, and were buried
in the ice of the southern pole of
your planet. This is where we have
Antarctica, I see... But tell me,
are you hostile?
I mean no harm to the inhabitants
of this planet.
Then why are you going out and
feasting on our people?
When we crashed the ice made us
fall into an eternal
hibernation. The increasing
temperature of the planet awoke
us. However our species, the
Missatha, are only supposed to
hibernate over one year. The
extended period has destroyed our
minds, reverting us to our basic
So, how are you still able to talk?
I won’t be for much longer. I am
the strongest member of our crew, s
my thoughts have lasted the
How many of you are there>
In this ship, thousands. Most I
have contained, but some escaped.
You have seen these.
What about the one that brought me
I was close to him. The bond
remained, and I was able to have
control over him.
Hm, I see. So why do you need
me? You said I was intelligent?
I would have preferred the man you
were with. You may not be
John ignores this unintentional insult.
The Author. So what do you need
I am losing my mind. When it goes,
I will no longer be able to contain
my people, and they will
escape. Your forces may be able to
fight us, but several millions will
be killed in the conflict. I want
him to help us.
Sirens suddenly begin going off.
I am sorry. Another has escaped.
THE AUTHOR and WINSTON are walking
We’re getting close. It shouldn’t
be long now. Are you managing?
Hey, I may be older than you, but I
can still keep up!
That’s a point, how old am I?
Silence for a bit, while they walk.
I still think of Antarctica as
being such a cold place. But this
is no colder than Britain used to
We are right on the edge of
Antarctica. There is still some
snow nearer the center.
They walk on, a bit further.
In the air, towards them, comes A FLY.
Get behind me!
The Author pulls out his fire extinguisher gadget, The Fly
flies towards him, and he sprays out the contents. The Fly
cries out, and moves away.
Author, I could just-
That confirms it then, there are
Missatha! Can’t stand the cold, it
sends them into a deep sleep. But,
I don’t think a fire extinguisher
will work for much longer...
Maybe we should return to the
Tardis. But no, I have to save
John. This is my fault.
The fly regains it’s power, and begins circling them.
The fly flies down towards the Author. He ducks, but the
fly still manages to hit him.
He becomes enveloped by the fly.
Winston pulls out his GUN, and fires at the fly. IT
screeches, then lands dead.
The Author rolls over, hurt. He looks up.
You have a gun!?
From my old service days in the
Aren’t you supposed to give them
Yeah, but I thought I’d need it
someday. Turns out I did. Aren’t
The Author staggers to his feet.
Unwillingly. You are definitely
not hanging around with me when
this is over, got it?
Loud and clear, boss.
The Author sighs.
Come on, then...
31 MASSITHA BASE.
VOICE (MASSITHA LEADER)
Two humanoids approach! One human,
one of unknown heritage.
That’ll be the Author, I
suspect. He’s coming to help you.
He must hurry, I have... little...
Um, how long until your mind...
Impossible to tell... But... I am
only surviving by... sheer
willpower... Not long.
Hurry up Author...
He uses the SONIC DEVICE on the ground. Stairs appear.
This is the fly’s spaceship?
Yeah. I’d stay here if I were you,
there’s no need both of us being
killed. If I’m not back in 30
minutes, return to the
Tardis. Emergency Protocol 1 will
activate, sending you home.
Not a chance, you need protecting.
Fine, but it’s your choice...
They descend the staircase.
33 MASSITHA BASE.
THE AUTHOR and WINSTON enter.
You have arrived... Save... Us...
A screeching noise comes from the room. Then...
The door bursts open, and the Massitha leader, now out of
control, flies at them.
Author, look out!
However, the nearest person is Winston... !
Winston looks for his gun, but he’s too late; it envelopes
The fly jumps off. Winston’s body - white - falls to the
ground. He is dead. The gun slides out to the center of
The Author whips out his EXTINGUISHER GADGET, and blasts the
Massitha leader. It falls to the ground, unconcious.
It’ll be out for a while, but I
haven’t killed it.
Winston... was that his name?
He was very brave...
Yeah. He was.
Please Author. Save us. Save
I intend to!
He leaps to the door, and goes inside.
He then comes back out.
They’re waking. We only have
Can you bring back their minds?
If I had a genetic laboratory and
more time, maybe. But I
haven’t! I don’t know.
He thinks, visibly. John is helpless.
The door is attacked.
Soon they’ll have the stregnth to
break it down.
Can you save us?
The Author bends down, and picks up Winston’s gun. He
points at a red glass square on the wall.
That’s a life supporter. Destroy
that, and they’ll all die.
Then do that!
And kill thousands? Can I do
that? It goes against my nature.
You have no memories! How do you
know it goes against your nature!
If I let myself become a killer,
what sort of monster could I turn
into? With the Tardis, and my
knowledge, I could kill millions of
lives... erase worlds... change the
You’ve got no choice! It’s either
them or the humans! Whatever you
do, you’re condemming people to
death! But there’s less of them
than the humans!
The Author still has the gun aimed at the life
supporter. He is terrified, and stays still, almost
Do it, Author!
The Author stays in his position.
The Massitha leader awakes. It flies up, and attacks John.
The Author looks over, scared. He won’t let John die.
Hating himself, the Author makes a decision. He fires at
the life supporter.
Flames and explosions are everywhere, along with alien
screeching. The Massitha leader falls down, dead. John is
Then it stops.
The Author falls to his knees.
Thank you... Author...
The Author ignores him, in shock of what he has done. To
him, killing aliens is as bad as killing humans.
Against my nature... Do all
Time-Lords feel this...?
He gets to his feet, and wanders around. He looks into the
room, then turns. John is panting, regaining his
breath. The Author looks at him, then to the door.
He walks out the door. John follows him.
34 INT TARDIS.
THE AUTHOR and JOHN walk inside.
I’m sorry, that you had to choose
I need to find out who I am. If
not... I don’t know what I will
I’ll help you.
The Author turns, surprised, and a bit happy.
You don’t want to go home?
That night I spent here, I thought
a lot. About getting into a normal
routine, after all this... I don’t
think I could do it. I’m used to
this. I like this.
I know a lot of people die. But
think how many people would if you
That’s true. So, where do you want
to go now? I’m afraid I can’t
Right. I’ll... randomise the
circuits. Who knows where we’ll
end up? Could be anywhere. We
could find terrible things, things
beyond comprehension. Or, it could
be the most wonderful experience of
He pulls a lever.
35 EXT. TARDIS.
The Tardis dematerialises.
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