1 RECAP OF EPISODE 8.
2 OPENING CREDITS.
3 SIMPSON OBSERVATORY.
Caption reads "Earth. 2010."
JOHN enters. MARK is already there.
How come you’re always here before
Well, it is called the Simpson
observatory, not the Miller
one. It would be wrong for you to
be here first.
John goes into the kitchen, as Mark types.
John returns with a cup of tea, and sits at his desk.
Alpha Centauri is a bit dimmer than
usual... but it could be the solar
I meant about your Dad.
No, no news... But I get the
feeling they’re not telling him how
bad it is, and how much it’s
spreading. I know the radiotherapy
I’m sorry. Anyway, can I see the
results for Alpha Centauri?
Mark shows him on the computer.
It would be amazing if we could
travel to all these beautiful
Yeah... But it won’t happen in our
lifetimes. Our job is to map the
stars for the generations that will
get to explore.
But if we’re never going to get
into space, what we’re doing would
be a waste of time.
Mark is slightly shocked by the thought.
A waste of time? Are you saying
you don’t enjoy it!?
No, I do... It just... reminds me
of how much more there is.
I’m going for a walk.
John exits the observatory.
4 INT. OBSERVATORY.
JOHN walks inside.
That was a nice walk. My head’s a
bit clearer now.
Huh? Oh, hello.
John sits down.
Did you put my cup of tea away?
What? No, why? Did you leave it
Yeah... and now it’s not here.
I’ll go make myself another one.
It would be cold by now anyway!
John goes into the kitchen.
He then returns with a cup of tea, and types at a computer.
Alpha Centauri is pretty dim
today. I think it’s the solar
You already told me that.
I... no I didn’t. I’ve only just
make that observation now.
John looks at the clock on his computer.
Wait a minute, this clock says 12
past 9, but that’s what it was when
I left for my walk.
John gets up, realising something is wrong.
Something is wrong!
John runs out of the observatory.
5 INT. OBSERVATORY.
JOHN runs in.
What’s the time now?
John, are you-
The time, Mark!
It’s 8 past 9! Why?
John is in shock.
Is Alpha Centauri dim because of
the solar flares today, Mark?
They... yes! How could you know
I have to get out of here!
John darts out of the observatory.
6 EXT. OBSERVATORY.
JOHN runs down the hill. He runs, and runs some more, until
he is nearly at the forest.
7 INT. OBSERVATORY.
JOHN runs in.
John, are you-
NO I’M NOT OKAY!!
He runs into the kitchen and returns with an empty cup. He
smashed it on the floor.
Mark is quiet.
John sits on the ground cross legged, and closes his eyes.
8 INT. OBSERVATORY.
He looks down to where he smashed the cup.
NO! I’m stuck in some sort of time
loop... NO!! NO!!! HELP!!
He falls to the floor in despair.
Mark stares at him, scared.
I’m going mad...
9 ALIEN CONTROL ROOM.
Caption reads "Yangama. 4025 AD"
THE AUTHOR is tied up, on the floor.
Don’t struggle my dear Author, or
you’ll have to be paralysed again.
I wouldn’t dream of it... Who are
The Experimenter looks at The Author, curious.
That mind erase did more than we
You know who I am?
Do you know how I can get my
...Could you tell me?
He turns to EDITH, who has been standing quietly.
Human! How is production?
As you calculated, it is taking
some time to increase the
STOP BABBLING! ARE WE ON SCHEDULE?
Please... If you won’t tell me who
I am, let me know at least this...
What have you done to John?
John? What is a John, Author?
My friend! He was taken into that
The Experimenter realises, and laughs.
I’ll let you see him, later. If
there’s anything left to see, that
He laughs some more.
MARZAK runs in. He sees the Experimenter and bows.
Stand upright, pathetic primate,
and tell me the reason you are
Sorry, milord. Do you still wish
for us to capture some more
specimens, as we have-
The Experimenter is again pleased.
-Specimens? You refer to them as
specimens? But surely, these are
your own people?
They ran away. They are traitors.
But human nonetheless.
He leans in closer, loving every moment.
How do you live with yourself? How
do you get to sleep at night,
knowing the pain you’re putting
thousands of people in?
It’s worth it. Sir.
The Experimenter moves back.
Selfish to the last, eh? If I
hadn’t promised you a reward I’d
kill you here and now.
The Author watches, hating the Experimenter more and more.
Answering your question, yes. Get
them, there is still time.
Thank you, sir.
Marzak turns to Edith.
I’ll need all the soldiers we can
get. I’ve found their base.
10 EXT. MAIN CONTROL ROOM. CORRIDOR.
MAY and GEM are by the door, listening.
The Author is a good guy, after
all! We have to save him!
May closes her eyes, and reaches out with her hands...
11 ALIEN CONTROL ROOM.
Oh, and Marzak... One more thing.
Stop calling me that or I’ll kill
Sorry mi - sir.
Marzak, it may interest you to know
we’re being spied on.
12 EXT. ALIEN CONTROL ROOM.
GEM gasps. MAY is undisturbed, and continues.
GEM realises a hole is appearing around them.
13 ALIEN CONTROL ROOM.
A HOLE is appearing around THE AUTHOR.
No!! Stop them!
All the equipment is jammed, sir!
THE AUTHOR disappears, and the hole closes up.
14 EXT. ALIEN CONTROL ROOM.
GEM and MAY disappear through the HOLE, which then
15 ALIEN CONTROL ROOM.
YOU BRAIN-DEAD SIMPLETON!! YOU LET
No!! Please, I couldn’t-
YOU WILL BE PUNISHED FOR THIS!!
He pulls out a disintigrater, and fires at her. Edith
screams, and is disintegrated to death.
I am in complete control now!
16 EXT. ALIEN BUILDING.
THE AUTHOR, GEM and MAY appear.
They untie his ropes. The Author gets up.
Thank you. I’m glad you’re not
shooting at me this time.
I’m sorry, I thought you were with
Well, no harm done, now I know
what’s going on. I don’t know what
they’re doing to those humans but
they have to be stopped.
They will attack the base.
The Author looks at her. He gets out his SONIC DEVICE, and
You have very strong psychic waves
being emitted... was it you that
opened the hole?
Yes. Irrelevant. Apart from John,
all the humans kidnapped in the
last day are being kept in
storage. There are 100 of
them. But not much time.
If they’re attacking, we’ll need
all the help we can get!
Yes! My Sonic Device should open
the cells. Can you teleport them
Yes, but it’ll take a lot of
effort. We’ll need to get them
outside for optimum success
Good, come on!
They race into the building.
17 ALIEN CONTROL ROOM.
They will probably have gone to the
human base! Attack, but bring me
The Author alive! Capture as many
humans as possible, but let nothing
get in the way of capturing the
Author! Do you understand?
You know what happens to those who
He points at the ashes on the ground which are placed where
Edith was previously standing.
I won’t fail you, sir!
THE AUTHOR, GEM and MAY race down it.
They’re in here!
They have reached a door.
The Author SONICS it, and goes inside. It is full of 100
Come on! We’re going to save you!
Yes! Follow us!
Who are you?
Your salvation. In more ways than
one. Come on!
19 ALIEN CONTROL ROOM.
MARZAK!! GET IN HERE NOW!!
Marzak runs in.
A change of plan?
The Author is still in the
building! He is freeing 100
humans! KILL THEM!! But get me
the Author alive!
Marzak runs out.
THE AUTHOR, GEM and MAY run, followed by the humans. There
is a lot of noise.
It doesn’t matter! We’re nearly at
the exit, can you teleport them
They reach the door, and run out of it. But...
21 EXT. BUILDING.
Marzak, and 10 other men holding disintegraters are standing
there, waiting for them.
What if it hits the Time Lord?
It’s programmed not to. FIRE!!
Gem and May duck, and run. The other aren’t so lucky.
Disintegration. Everywhere. They are all
running. Screaming. Dieing.
A HOLE appears.
22 SALVATION. WASTELAND.
THE AUTHOR, MAY and GEM appear.
The Author falls to his knees. Gem is horrified. May is
Dead. They were all killed.
If we hadn’t tried to rescue them,
they would all be alive.
I did not see this. But it makes
The Author is angry now.
Makes no difference? Who are you
to decide whether someone being
alive or dead makes a
difference? What makes you so
You told me where they were. You
wanted this to happen!
I can see the timelines. We both
want the same thing, but the
difference is I know how to get it.
Of course! All these wormholes,
ripping apart space, gathering
humans from so many different
plants, requires energy! But did
you see any massive reactors? Even
my Tardis is powered by the Eye of
Harmony, a massive reactor in the
center of it. They’re feeding from
What do you mean?
Look around you. Even if it’s had
50 years, this amount of decaying
isn’t normal. And look around
you... Everything is so
plain. EVEN WHEN I SHOUT!!! ...
It’s not as loud as it should be!
Yes, I see! But it hasn’t always
been like that!
Oh, it has, you just haven’t
realised. It was on too small a
scale. But now they’re going into
production by 100,000,000%, and
it’ll get worse, until this world
is plunged into a dark, soundless
He speaks the truth.
We have to stop them!
But how? The Experimenter is a
Time Lord, like me, which makes him
tougher than anything I have ever
We must move. They are coming.
She’s right. Come on!
23 HUMAN BASE.
GRAWMAN is sitting, on his own.
What is happening? Everything is
We’re under attack!
Grawman gets up, and finds a gun.
A soldier runs in, with a disintegrater. Grawman fires, and
How many are there?
Not many, only 10 or 20. But they
The soldier is disintegrated. MARZAK walks in.
Grawman fires upon him, but it does no good.
Shields are very useful, don’t you
He uses a PARALYSER. Grawman falls to the ground.
Tell me! Where is the Author?
THE TIME LORD!!
Please... I don’t... Please...
Marzak DISINTEGRATES Grawman. Grawman screams.
The Author is not here. SEARCH FOR
THE AUTHOR and GEM are running.
Where has May gone?
They look around, but it is getting darker.
Shush... Look over there...
Over the horizon is flames.
They’ve probably all been killed.
I’m sorry, Gem.
What happened to May, Author? Has
she been killed?
She has become a psychic being. It
It’s difficult to explain. I
think... All these holes, and all
that energy... It’s leaking out
Psychic energy! May must just
naturally be more perceptive, and
she’s picking it all up!
Is it harmful?
It depends on many variables. I
cannot say. But one thing’s for
sure, if we can’t stop The
Experimenter, it won’t matter
whether the psychic energy is
dangerous or not.
Where do we go now?
Back. The only problem is, we
can’t create our own holes.
Exactly. They’re looking for me,
so they’ll take me alive. But you
need to stay here.
No chance. I’ll go with you and
hide when we find them.
The Author sighs.
25 INT. OBSERVATORY.
Caption reads "Earth, 2010. 1,000 repetitions later."
JOHN walks in.
NO, stop, stop, stop!!!
John, are you okay?
OF CORUSE I AM NOT OKAY!!!
John is becoming hysterical.
HOW WOULD YOU FEEL IF YOU HAD TO GO
THROUGH THE SAME MINUTES OVER AND
OVER AND OVER AND OVER-
I’m calling an ambulance!
John picks up a hatstand, swings it and hits Mark on the
head, who falls unconcious. John falls to the ground.
IS HE DEAD? IT DOESN’T MATTER
ANYWAY, HE’LL COME ALIVE AGAIN!!!
John laughs hysterically.
MAYBE I SHOULD KILL MYSELF? WHAT
John crawls into the kitchen.
He returns with a KNIFE.
John is breathing rapidly, completely insane.
John drops the knife, and stares up at her, hopeful.
Do not despair. Help is at hand.
I will stay with you and keep you
company. Your mind is on the brink
of collapse, if left on your own
for any longer it will burn up, and
you will die.
I, I don’t...
I give you your memories.
John gasps. Images of THE AUTHOR, THE WASTELAND, and MARZAK
flood into his head.
I remember you...
John walks into the observatory.
What? Again? No!!
John, are you okay?
MAY arrives at the door.
Who is she?
I said I’d keep you company. You
will have no more than 100 dreams
until it is over. Please endure
I... okay. Thank you.
26 ALIEN CONTROL ROOM.
Caption reads "Yangama. 4025 AD"
The Experimenter is pacing.
Beep beep. Beep beep.
A phone is ringing.
He moves and picks it up.
President. Yes. Yes. The
Author. Yes. One Day. Any news
of the Invaders? No? Well, it’s
only a matter of time. Goodbye
He puts down the phone.
It won’t be long now. The Author
will return for his friend, and for
27 SALVATION WASTELAND. VERY DARK NOW.
GEM and THE AUTHOR are walking along.
They hear voices.
Here they are.
Right, good. I’ll return for you.
But it’s getting darker!
You’ll be safe for another
hour. The Tardis will find you.
Okay. Good luck Author.
Thank you. I’ll need it.
The Author moves to where the voices are.
Hello! Are you looking for me?
A PARALYS BEAM IS FIRED.
Take him to The Experimenter!
Good; I was wanting to speak to
A HOLE appears, and they disappear. The hole then
GEM runs forward. One of them has left a paralyser. She
picks it up.
This could be useful.
Then... There is light! Gem shields her eyes. In the light
Hello, my sister. I cannot stay
long, I am helping the human keep
his sanity. He is aware that he is
dreaming, and it is driving him
insane. You must help The Author.
I will open a wormhole for
you. You have the paralyser. Good
A HOLE opens up. May disappears, as does the light.
Gem sighs, and walks through the Hole.
The wasteland loses all light, once the hole is gone.
THE AUTHOR is being dragged by MARZAK and his 2 MEN.
The paralys has worn off, you
know. I can walk.
They ignore him.
ZAP ZAP ZAP.
Marzak, along with his men, fall to the ground, paralysed.
Gem runs forward.
May returned, and opened a window
for me. She said she was with the
human, helping him.
...Right. We need to be careful,
they’ll know you’ve saved me.
Where do we go?
To the chamber they took John!
They run down the corridor.
29 CONTROL ROOM.
THE FOOL!! I will do this
He runs out of the room.
30 GIANT CHAMBER.
THE AUTHOR and GEM run in.
Woah... this is huge.
John’s one is... here!
He opens the door. John is standing inside, eyes closed, as
I need to be careful...
He begins pressing buttons on a control panel.
Then, John gasps, and is awake.
John, you’re safe.
Author! I... oh... my head...
John falls out, onto the floor.
It’s okay John...
His mind has been saved.
The Author looks up. May has appeared.
The Author helps John to his feet.
Right, we’re all united!
He looks around the chamber.
What happened to you, John?
I lived a part of my life at
Earth... over and over again.
Nothing I did changed anything, it
just reverted back.
As is happening to everyone in this
chamber. But due to John’s alien
Of course... John has had a
lot. Dolin Dust... The Asaecian
Exactly. These influences allowed
him to remember.
Believe it or not, we were being
The Experimenter is at the door, holding a disintegrater.
We need them alive. The trauma of
what is being done to them would
kill them, so we allow them to
dream... The same dream over and
over, to save energy. But they
usually don’t remember. It keeps
them sane, and keeps them alive.
What are you doing to them?
You won’t be aware of it Author,
but a war is about to begin. The
biggest and most horrific war since
the dawn of time. We have to win,
for the sake of truth, and justice-
Justice. JUSTICE? You call this
You haven’t met our enemies. Or
rather, you have but can’t
remember. They are far worse than
What are they?
A race born to conquer all other
life. We’re the only ones powerful
enough to fight them. But even
then we aren’t powerful enough.
So you set up this base. Why? How
can capturing humans and storing
them in here help with the War
Oh, you’ll hate me for this
Author! We’re breaking their
bodies down to a cellular level,
and extracting ever ounce of power
and energy we possibly can from
them. It’s surprising how vitally
important for the war effort they
All four of them become shocked.
John looks at his hand. He has a cut.
They’d already begun on me!
That’s war. Now, I am going to
capture you, kill your friends, for
it’s too late to add them to the
chamber, then take you plus all the
energy created back to Gallifrey.
Recognise it? You should. Now,
any objections? Well of course
there will be!
He fires the paralyser at the Author, who falls down.
The Experimenter gets out a disintegrater.
Then, MARZAK arrives at the door.
There you are!
Marzak notices The Experimenter. He moves backwards, in
You have failed me, and I have no
further need for you.
He disintegrates Marzak.
SHOTS OF EVERYONE ELSE... APPALLED.
Now then, who first? Any
No one? My, I’m dis-
Me. if you don’t mind.
May steps forward.
The Experimenter is confused
What you are doing is cruel and
immoral. Even the universe itself
disagrees. I can pick up psychic
waves given off by the wormholes, I
know these things.
What do I care what a group of
humans thinks of me?
A group of humans are, as you put
it, ’vitally important for the war
He fires at her, and the ray hits her in the stomach. She
doubles over, but doesn’t disintegrate.
Gem catches May, as she falls.
Each... of these humans... have
been dreaming. Dreams... are very
powerful. I... managed to get
into... the dream of John
Miller. I could... then
influence... all the dreams...
Every human has... a tiny psychic
She manages to stand on her own now.
Mine is slightly larger than usual.
I know that, idiot! A Time Lord
even more so! How did you survive
My point is, alone humans have a
very small psychic ability. But
when you have thousands of humans
linked together, with their brains
working 10 times harder to produce
dreams than normal... that psychic
ability will add up.
The Experimenter realises.
No... no, it can’t be!
He fires the disintegater at her more. It has the same
effect. She doubles over, and falls to the floor.
The Author looks at her, impressed.
While in John Miller’s dream, I
activated their psychic ability!
...To do what?
I regret to say that they cannot be
saved. They will all have to die.
THE AUTHOR AND THE EXPERIMENTER
The Author’s pride for her goes. He glares at her.
Neither of you can stop me. This
would always have happened!
She claps her hands together.
Suddenly, screaming, flashing, and burning coming from the
The Experimenter fires at her more with the disintegrater,
but it has the same effect. She falls to the ground, but is
May looks up. She clicks her fingers, and the disintegrater
The screaming stops, along with the burning and flashing.
They have all been killed. And the
circuits have been blown, switches
fused... This building is now a
heap of junk.
And you’re defenceless. If I were
you I’d start running.
The Experimenter looks at her, then to the Author, then back
And then he runs.
The Author and John chase him, but Gem stays with May, who
is growing weaker.
Chase scene. THE EXPERIMENTER runs, getting away from JOHN
and THE AUTHOR.
32 TELEPORTATION ROOM.
THE EXPERIMENTER is already at the controls.
They are too late.
THE AUTHOR and JOHN run in the room.
The Author buzzes with his sonic, but it does no good.
This isn’t over! This will be
added to your list of
crimes! Justice will prevail
Author. You will return to
Gallifrey to pay for your crimes!
I intend to, if only to figure out
who I am.
And I will be waiting. Goodbye...
He fades away completely.
Well, it’s good to know people fear
me enough to want revenge. Even
though I never really did anything.
How did May survive all those
That, John... is a very good
point! Come on!
They rush back down the corridor.
33 MASSIVE CHAMBER.
MAY is lying on the ground, in pain.
THE AUTHOR and JOHN rush in.
Author, can’t you help her? She’s
Ah, I get it... Using psychic
waves, she prolonged the
disintegration. But she can’t
prolong it forever.
Author... I’m... sorry... It was...
the only way...
Yes... I know.
May gasps, then disintegrates.
Noo!! May, no! My only sister...
She cries into the ash. John and the Author stand there,
What now? I’m stuck here. What’s
happened to Salvation?
All the energy has been drained
from it. It’s a floating cinder in
space now. I’m sorry.
Where will I go?
If... you have nowhere else to
go... you could always... come with
Anywhere! Everywhere! The
Author’s Tardis can dematerialise
anywhere in space!
And Time, John. Don’t forget time,
or it would be an Ardis.
Yeah, and time.
It can travel in time?
I don’t believe you.
Then come with us, and find
out. you have nowhere else to go!
I did always wonder why The
Experimenter was called a
But Author, was the Tardis on
Salvation when the energy was
No, no... The Experimenter took it.
Then how can we find it?
Easy! I suppose you were all too
busy to notice, but... One of these
cells didn’t light up when May
killed everyone. This one here!
The Author walks up to it. He opens the door and looks
He walks inside.
Leaving Gem on her own.
Gem, confused, goes inside too.
34 INT. TARDIS.
It became one of the
cells! Excellent! The perfect
Gem wanders in.
What... it... but... how?
Bigger on the inside, yeah. you
get used to it.
So Gem, where do you want to
go? Classical Earth? A future
alien planet? It’s up to you!
Or I can randomise the coordinates,
and end up... anywhere!
Um. Go with that then!
The Author pulls a lever, and the Tardis shakes about,
flying on to it’s next adventure...
35 END CREDITS.
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