Doctor Who - Warsmith

Doctor Who - Warsmith


CAST
In order of appearance

Dr. Greta Baum
Dr. Hilary Widdescombe
Dr. Alan Turing
Private Humphries
Drone 1
Drone 2
Dr. Eurydice Potts
Private Phipps
Karnak
The Doctor
The Contessa
The High Judiciary
Gevrek
Private Siegbert
Oberst Staffel
Professor Weiss


VIDEO: Opening sequence into still of Bletchley Park, cross fade to:


ACT ONE SCENE ONE
Canteen. Interior. 2am.

Dr. WIDDESCOMBE is sat eating with Dr. BAUM. Dr. TURING enters, carrying a sheaf of papers, absently chewing on his nails.

WIDDESCOMBE
Alan?

TURING
Hm?

BAUM
Sit.

TURING sits.

WIDDESCOMBE
You’re alright?

TURING
Oh, yes. Sorry, yes. This is … I might have something here, is all. (Notices for the first time that they are alone) Where is everyone?

BAUM
It’s two o’clock in the morning. They’re out sunbathing. What do you think?

TURING
Is it?

He checks his watch.

Oh. Oh, it is. I was just, well … the work, you know.

BAUM
Its two in the morning, I’m sat eating a sandwich filled with animal parts the torah never thought it would have bother to warn me not to eat and listening to Dr. Widdescombe here complain to me over and over his wife doesn’t see him -

WIDDESCOMBE
Actually, she’s the one who complains.

BAUM
Whatever. The point is, we know. You ate?

TURING
I’ve eaten.

BAUM
Recently?

TURING, smiling
Recently, yes. Who else is in the building?

WIDDESCOMBE
Apart from the guards? I think Dr. Leicester is still around. And Dr. Potts.

BAUM
When is she not! Now she’s head of security since Hoskins … well, since Hoskins

TURING
I like her. People like her.

WIDDESCOMBE
I like her.

BAUM
Fine. Then I’m alone here. There are rumours, you know. Her mother … prison.

WIDDESCOMBE
Your problem is … you two, you’re too alike.

BAUM
That is a slander! That is-

An alarm sounds.

Not again!

WIDDESCOMBE
We have to-

A gun shot rings out. Then two more.

BAUM
We stay here.

WIDDESCOMBE
How do they keep getting into the building?

Gunshots and shouting, closer. The door pulls open.
Private Humphries stands in the doorway.

HUMPHRIES
Clear the canteen! They’re coming! They’re-

HUMPHRIES stiffens, and blood runs from his mouth.
He topples forward, and Drone 1 and Drone 2 step into the room
over his body.

WIDDESCOMBE
Mother of God …

DRONE ONE
You. Are. Scientist?

WIDDESCOMBE
Don’t hurt me, don’t-

DRONE ONE
You. Are. Scientist.

DRONE ONE grabs WIDDESCOMBE, and touches its belt.
There is a huge flare of light, and they disappear.
DRONE TWO looks at BAUM.

DRONE TWO
You. Are. Scientist?

BAUM
No, I sell ice cream.

DRONE TWO
You. Are. Scientist.

POTTS appears in the doorway behind them as DRONE TWO moves to BAUM. She is carrying her hockey stick.

POTTS
I’m a scientist!

DRONE TWO
You. Are. Scientist.

POTTS
Spit-spot. Tally ho!

POTTS leaps at DRONE TWO. It defends.

You’re a tough little chap, aren’t you?

DRONE TWO swats her aside.

DRONE TWO
You. Are. Scientist.

DRONE TWO advances on POTTS

BAUM
Hey! You want a scientist? I’m a scientist, and a smarter one, too.

DRONE TWO
You. Are. Scientist?

DRONE TWO halts, unsure. PHIPPS, another Soldier, appears at the door.

PHIPPS
Halt!

DRONE TWO hesitates, looking from scientist to soldier and back again.
He touches his belt. There is a flare of light and he disappears.

BAUM
A typical man. He has to make a choice, he leaves.

BAUM goes over to help POTTS up.

PHIPPS
Are you ladies all right?

TURING
Thank you, Phipps, we’re fine.

POTTS
Close call, though. Thanks a heap, old girl.

BAUM
We just lost Widdescombe.

POTTS
Drat and botheration!

TURING
This is impossible! How can we carry on with our work with the best of us just whisked away, from under our noses!

BAUM
We have to do something. But who knows what to do?

POTTS
I think ...

She takes a small device out of her pocket, and weighs it in her hand.

I think I might know someone who might be able to help us …

TURING
Who?

BAUM
Thank you God! Does this miracle worker have a name?

POTTS
Actually, it’s funny you should say that …

Blackout.


VIDEO: Empty space, then the Tardis spins through space. The camera pulls in, cross fade to:


ACT ONE SCENE TWO
Tardis. Int.

KARNAK is sat, reading. The DOCTOR enters.

KARNAK
Oh. Hullo.

DOCTOR
Good morning, Karnak.

He yawns.

I’ve just had the most refreshing nap.

He pats his pockets, looking for his watch.

How long have I been asleep?

KARNAK hands the DOCTOR his pocket watch.

KARNAK
Three days.

DOCTOR
My word! I must have been tired.

KARNAK
Guess so. The Cathartis Web. The Axons. The return of the Great Intelligence. It’s been a busy few weeks.

DOCTOR
It has indeed, Karnak, it has indeed. Well, everything seems to have gotten along swimmingly without me …

KARNAK
I took some time to explore a little, actually. Just how big is the Tardis?

DOCTOR
Well, I can alter the relative dimensional shift as I see fit … infinite, to all intents and purposes.

KARNAK
That’s big.

DOCTOR
Yes. Yes, it is. What are you reading?

KARNAK
Just this book I just found in one of the old abandoned guest rooms.

He looks inside the cover.

Jo … can’t read it. G something.

DOCTOR
Grant, Jo Grant. Ah, a lovely girl. How long has it been ..? What is it?

KARNAK
Some sort of exercise book, I think.

Checks the spine.

Kama … Sutra?

The DOCTOR snatches it from KARNAK’s hands.

Hey! I was reading that!

DOCTOR
No, Karnak, you were not! Where’s the Contessa?

KARNAK
That girl gets on my wick.

DOCTOR
Quite. But the thing is, Karnak …you’re all wick. You know, you should learn to relax. Perhaps take up reading.

KARNAK holds his hand out for the book.

But not that.

KARNAK
It’s the way she talks to me!

DOCTOR
It’s no different from the way I speak to you, surely?

KARNAK
It’s … look, sometimes you look down on me, I know it, but even when you’re having a go I know you’re on my side really, and every now and again you’re even, you know, complimentary, in a back-handed sort of way, but her …

DOCTOR
She is her Father’s Daughter, after all.

KARNAK
Which reminds me. While you were sleeping … well, we’ve got a visitor.

Off-stage, shouting is heard.

DOCTOR
Oh dear. Not again.

The CONTESSA and the High JUDICIARY enter.

JUDICIARY
You will return with me!

CONTESSA
I will not!

JUDICIARY
You will return with me to Gallifrey this instant!

CONTESSA
I will travel with the Doctor and you cannot stop me!

JUDICIARY
I am the High Judiciary of the High Council of Time Lords-

CONTESSA
And your authority extends only to those who violate Matrix Law. I have given up my name-

The High JUDICIARY flinches.

Yes, given up my name and as such am beyond your authority!

The High JUDICIARY grabs her arm.

JUDICIARY
I am your Father!

CONTESSA
Let go of me!

KARNAK moves towards them.

KARNAK
Hey now, you shouldn’t-

The High JUDICIARY raises his hand. There is a flash, a zzap! Noise,
and KARNAK is thrown backwards. The CONTESS breaks free and runs
over to KARNAK.

DOCTOR
Karnak!

CONTESSA
How dare you? This is between you and me, Father!

KARNAK
I wish.

CONTESSA
How dare you? How dare you vent your temper like that-

KARNAK
That’s right.

CONTESSA
On the Doctor’s poor innocent pet!

KARNAK
You said it … what!!?

DOCTOR
Please!

They stop.

Thank you. Do you know, Karnak, I’m parched.

KARNAK
Did you hear that? Pet, she said!

DOCTOR
I’d very much appreciate a cup of tea, in fact. I’m sure we all would.

KARNAK
Well, make it yourself if you want one so badly.

DOCTOR
Would you please fetch us tea, Karnak?

KARNAK
Last time I try to help out.

DOCTOR
Please, Karnak.

KARNAK
I mean, honestly. Pet!

DOCTOR
Karnak …

KARNAK
I’m no-one’s pet!

DOCTOR
Karnak, fetch!

Sulkily, KARNAK goes. The DOCTOR turns to the High JUDICIARY.

Now … I do believe that an apology is in order.

JUDICIARY
I would agree.

Beat.

DOCTOR
Well?

JUDICIARY
Well?

The Penny drops.

DOCTOR
Ah. I see. No, I meant that you should be the one to apologise.

JUDICIARY
I fail to see why.

DOCTOR
Apparently so ...

CONTESSA
The Doctor is right. You should apologise, Father.

JUDICIARY
You are an evil influence, Doctor.

DOCTOR
I beg your pardon?

JUDICIARY
The youth of Gallifrey – the precious few that there are – talk endlessly of your “adventures” … it would seem, to hear them speak, that you are to be admired rather than pitied and vilified for the renegade that you truly are. You have infected them with your obscene cult of individualism.

KARNAK has re-entered with the tea tray.

DOCTOR
I don’t know what to say …

KARNAK
That’s a first. Tea?

DOCTOR
Why, thank you Karnak.

He takes a cup and turns to face the High JUDICIARY.

Really, old chap. I really do feel that you’ve outstayed your welcome.

KARNAK
Was he ever welcome?

DOCTOR
Karnak!

JUDICIARY
Return with me, Daughter. Your studies await.

CONTESSA
No, Father. I have chosen this.

The High JUDICIARY looks at her, then at the DOCTOR, then back again.

JUDICIARY
I hold you responsible, Doctor. For her decision, and for her continued well-being.

He leaves. His TARDIS dematerialises.

KARNAK
You know, I’ve got to give it to him. He knows how to make an exit. It’s brilliant how he leaves.

DOCTOR
And there is something, I think, we can all agree on.

CONTESSA
He is my Father!

DOCTOR
Yes, my dear. You have our sympathies.

There is a noise from the console.

Hello there.

KARNAK
What? Is this bad? This is bad, right?

DOCTOR
Well, possibly.

The DOCTOR examines the console.

Ah, I see. You will recall our attendance of Sha’atara’s wedding?

CONTESSA
Who?

DOCTOR
This is before your time with me, my dear. Before even poor Penny …

The Doctor taps a control on the console.

VIDEO: photos from Hellblossom.

There was some unpleasantness in London, in the late autumn of 1894, to be precise. Sha’atara, my companion at that time ended up staying and marrying a charmingly helpful Police Inspector whose acquaintance we had made.

KARNAK, bitterly
Potts. “Ernie” Potts.

CONTESSA
What?

DOCTOR
You’ll have to ignore Karnak. There are some sour grapes, you see … he’d formed an attachment to the young lady in question. He was morose for months afterwards.

KARNAK
It was after my abdication from the Jocastan throne. I’d been hired as a mercenary by this Time Lord living in London at the time to … well, the short version is that the Doctor was going to give me a lift back to my spacecraft which was, well, still is in geostationary orbit over London. I sort of got sidetracked.

CONTESSA
You were a mercenary? Someone paid you? To fight?

KARNAK
Shut up.

CONTESSA
But I’ve seen you fight.

KARNAK
Shut up!

DOCTOR
Moving on … we went back a few months later for Sha’atara’s wedding to Inspector Potts. I had the honour to give her away, and was fortunately able to dissuade her from marrying in her traditional ceremonial armour.

KARNAK
She was a vision. She was radiant.

DOCTOR
Quite … As a parting gift I left them with a tachyon signal device, so that if they ever found themselves in need, well, they could call upon me.

KARNAK
I don’t remember you doing that.

DOCTOR
To my memory you were, at that juncture, disgorging half the contents of the finger buffet and the drinks cabinet into the Inspector’s Mother’s prize-winning Rhododendrons.

KARNAK, guiltily
I did feel sick.

DOCTOR
As did we all, Karnak, as did we all. Anyway … the signal device has been activated. Sha’atara calls.

KARNAK
Yes! At last! She’s seen through his good looks, honesty and quiet bravery at last!

DOCTOR
Well, perhaps.

He looks at the console.

Be that the case though, all I can say is that I hope you like older women …

Blackout.


VIDEO: Photo of Peenemude.


ACT ONE SCENE THREE
Peenemunde. Interior.

A Drone stands guard while Gevrek works at a console. Private Siegbert enters, and salutes.

GEVREK
What?

SIEGBERT
Sir! A message!

GEVREK
I am not to be disturbed. This building is off limits to everyone except my people. I don’t know you.

SIEGBERT
Siegbert, Sir, attached to-

GEVREK
Yes, yes. Give me your pistol.

SIEGBERT
Sir?

GEVREK
Are you deaf? Give. Me.Your. Pistol.

SIEGBERT
I’m not armed, Sir.

GEVREK
Every simple little thing …

He reaches into a draw and pulls out a gun.

An explosive projectile weapon. Primitive.

He fires, killing Siegbert.

But effective enough.

He motions over a Drone.

Ger rid of that.

Staffel enters as the Drone drags Siegbert out.

STAFFEL
My God!

GEVREK
I’m busy, Staffel.

STAFFEL
What did he do?

GEVREK
He came with a message.

STAFFEL
A message? What message?

GEVREK
I don’t know. You’d have to ask him.

STAFFEL
Siegbert was under Von Braun in Chemical Engineering. I understand they were ahead of schedule.

GEVREK
There you go then. Mystery solved.

STAFFEL
You killed one of my men.

GEVREK
I am trying to work here. You know my conditions. I demand to be left alone.

STAFFEL
I have just come directly from the Fuhrer himself. He demands-

GEVREK
Leave me alone, Gruppenkommandeur.

STAFFEL
He demands progress.

GEVREK
Then leave me alone.

STAFFEL
Furthermore-

GEVREK
What?

STAFFEL
These absurd abductions-

GEVREK
I need those scientists.

STAFFEL
Have to stop. Allied Intelligence is taking a concerned interest. Who knows what action they may take?

GEVREK
You didn’t complain before.

STAFFEL
I thought – that is, the Fuhrer thought that the rate of progress be would accelerated. This has not happened.

GEVREK
Not in a way that you could understand. However, you can reassure your master that we are perhaps days away from the completion of our mutual goals.

STAFFEL
I shall. What did you need the other scientists for, anyway? The Reich’s scientists are the finest in the world.

Weiss enters, carrying a sheaf of papers. Weiss reacts uncomfortably upon seeing Staffel.

GEVREK
Some of them, perhaps.

GEVREK
The Reich values the wealth of its minds. It is what makes us strong.

GEVREK
No, it isn’t.

He points to Weiss.

You’d kill him if I let you. And for what? A little difference? I’m not even human, Staffel, even if I look it. What would your Third Reich have done to me if it didn’t need me?

Staffel seethes momentarily before pressing on.

STAFFEL
I have further demands of my own-

GEVREK
I’m getting rather sick of the sound of your voice, Staffel. It’ll be the thing I miss least once I leave this mudball planet of yours.

STAFFEL
I will not allow you to come onto my Command and behave in this way!

GEVREK
Then go complain to your superiors and leave me alone.

Gevrek points the pistol at Staffel.

Now leave me.

STAFFEL
You’d dare-

GEVREK
Let me remind you of the deal I have with your Fuhrer. He helps me build a rocket to get me into orbit and I will supply him with a doomsday weapon to win his war. Everybody happy. So go before I shoot you.

Staffel looks nervously at the pistol.

STAFFEL
You wouldn’t dare.

GEVREK
Would you say your Fuhrer was fond of you, Staffel? Personally fond?

STAFFEL
I … I am honoured to serve …

GEVREK
I thought so. Expendable.

He opens fire. The pistol clicks on an empty chamber.

You’re a lucky man, Herr Oberst. Now go bother someone else.

Staffel is outraged beyond speech. He turns and leaves.

WEISS
I enjoyed that.

GEVREK
I’m sure you did.

WEISS
How I hate him. Him and his kind. Still … he who laughs last …

GEVREK
What?

WEISS
He who laughs last laughs longest.

Weiss sees Gevrek’s confusion.

It’s just a figure of speech. Your Drones have returned.

GEVREK
Ah. Any success this time?

WEISS
A cryptologist. One Dr. Hilary Widdescombe.

GEVREK
A cryptologist? He might be of use.

WEISS
I remember … I read a paper he published on Unreal Infinite Numbers. Simplistic. At best. The only man they have of any real worth in that field is Alan Turing. If you could get him …

GEVREK
You know the limitations as well as I do. Because of the curvature of the earth - without a clear line of sight - I have to bounce the Transmat Carrier Wave off the ionosphere, and that only works under favourable atmospheric conditions. It was never going to be precise, and the abducted scientists have contributed nothing … still, that plan was never going to be anything but a gamble.

WEISS
Will you try again?

GEVREK
Perhaps. Perhaps again. Is there anything else?

WEISS
The new alloy mix appears to be holding up well enough. There’s still some crystallisation under stress, particularly at high temperature. There’d be metal shear under re-entry conditions.

GEVREK
Not a problem. I’m not coming back.

WEISS
You’ll keep your end of our bargain?

GEVREK
Of course. I am a War Knight the Order of Rhynan. My word in inviolate.

WEISS
You gave them your word.

GEVREK
And I shall keep it. The agreement stands. In return for getting me into orbit I promised Berlin that I would leave the City of London a smoking irradiated ruin. I never promised them that I would not do the same to them.

Blackout.


VIDEO: The Tardis spins towards Earth, crossfade to Bletchely Park. Fade to:


ACT ONE SCENE FOUR
Interior. Day.

Eurydice is sat, working. There is a knock at the door.

EURYDICE
Come in.

Phipps enters He is carrying Karnak’s rifle.

Hullo Phipps. What’s doing?

PHIPPS
Intruders, Doctor Potts.

EURYDICE
Not those johnnies all in black?

PHIPPS
Not those, Doctor. They’re … well, a bit of a rag-tag bunch. I’d not have bothered you, but they keep asking for an Inspector Potts or some woman called shatterer, or something.

EURYDICE
Sha’atara?

PHIPPS
Yes! That’s it.

EURYDICE
Bring them in. Thanks heaps.

Phipps salutes and leaves. Eurydice takes the tachyon signal device out of her pocket, and toys
with it for a moment before setting it on the table, then getting up. She opens a cupboard, takes
out a sword, and experimentally saws the air with it. There is another knock at the door, and
she places it and the scabbard on the table.

Come in.

Phipps brings in the Doctor, Karnak and the Contessa.

CONTESSA
Get your hands off me. Slack-jawed lackey. Barbarian.

KARNAK
That’s right. Hurt their feelings, then they’re bound to let us go.

CONTESSA
They’re barbarians. Just barbarians with guns.

KARNAK
You said it. What part of that do you have difficulty with?

DOCTOR
Can’t you two play nicely for once? I can’t take you anywhere. Honestly, you’re an embarrassment, the pair of you.

EURYDICE
I think you can go, Phipps.

Phipps salutes and leaves.

CONTESSA
I am of the noblest house of Gallifrey, the highest of the trueborn. You cannot speak to me as if I were an errant child … and besides, he started it

DOCTOR
Oh, do shut up. (To Eurydice.) You look like you’re in charge. Are you in charge?

EURYDICE
Yes. Yes, I am.

A knock at the door again.

What is it, Phipps?

Baum and Turing enter.

Oh, hullo. This is not a good time …

BAUM
When is it a good time? Listen, Alan here, three times in two days your apes have stopped him and checked for papers, three times. Does he have his papers?

TURING
Well, I-

BAUM
No, of course not! He’s lucky if he has his trousers. This is Alan, after all. Security is one things, but this, this …

Baum sees the Doctor.

Who is this?

The Doctor offers his hand.

DOCTOR
Hello. I’m the Doctor.

BAUM
So, you’re a doctor …

EURYDICE
The Doctor?

She passes him the tachyon signal device.

Do you know what this is?

DOCTOR
It’s a tachyon signal device. That’s an easy one. Do I know you?

EURYDICE
I think you knew my parents … but I don’t understand. Mummy described you very differently ...

DOCTOR
Oh?

EURYDICE
Well, to be honest … she said the Doctor was a skinny little egotist with a girl’s haircut.

DOCTOR
I did not have a girl’s haircut!

KARNAK
You don’t now.

EURYDICE
I’ve been expecting you. My name is Doctor Eurydice Potts, and I need your help.

DOCTOR
You’re the daughter of Sha’atara and Inspector Potts.

Karnak sees the sword.

KARNAK
Sha’atara’s sword!

EURYDICE
Yes. Yes, Mummy gave it to me soon after she got out of prison.

CONTESSA
Prison?

BAUM
She was in prison …

KARNAK
Sha’atara was put in prison?

EURYDICE
Yes. Mummy got involved with the Suffragette Movement soon after I was born, and, well, after that unfortunate business with the chains and the railings outside Downing Street …

DOCTOR
Sha’atara chained herself to the railings outside Downing Street?

EURYDICE
Er, not herself, no. Daddy pulled some strings to cut her sentence short and then we all moved to the country, just before I was sent away.

BAUM
Like mother, like daughter.

EURYDICE
Not prison, you big silly. Boarding school. Happy days, but the summers were best. Daddy would take me fishing, and for walks, and read the classics for me, while Mummy would teach me tactics and combat.

She sighs.

Still, you can’t go back, can you?

DOCTOR
Well, actually …

EURYDICE
So I studied physics and, to cut a long story short, ended up here in the Bletchely think tank. After Hoskins, our head of security was killed, I temporarily filled in and proved rather good at the job, so, tally-ho, they made the position a spot more permanent. Caused quite a stir, a woman as head of security.

KARNAK
Well, you’re obviously a very lovely and capable woman. Have I mentioned that I’m a Prince?

CONTESSA
Was a Prince.

KARNAK
Prince Karnak of the Jocastan Imperium. This is the Contessa. I knew your mother. Did she speak of me?

EURYDICE
Yes, she spoke of you. She often boasted of defeating you.

KARNAK
That’s … nice.

DOCTOR
Why are we here, Doctor Potts?

EURYDICE
Of course. I have a slide projector already set up. As I said, I’ve been expecting you … Get the lights, would you, Doctor Turing?

VIDEO: Photo of Bletchely.

You’re currently at Bletchely Park, a Government think-tank in (check detail). We were set up to develop weapons, decrypt code, general intelligence work …

DOCTOR
Yes, yes. Project Ultra and the Enigma machine …

EURYDICE, sharply
You know about that?

DOCTOR
Don’t worry, my lips are sealed. Please, continue …

EURYDICE
Four months ago, Bletchely Park suffered its first abduction.

VIDEO: Photo of Weiss.

Doctor Stefan Weiss, an Austrian who came over to us at the start of the war. An expert in metallurgy. Quite, quite brilliant.

DOCTOR
An Austrian?

BAUM
An Austrian Jew. Separated from his family, poor boy. Sick with worry, he was, always, all the time.

DOCTOR
How was he abducted? This place looks pretty secure.

EURYDICE
Well … In all honesty, we don’t have the first bally clue.

VIDEO: Drawing of Drone.

They appear out of nowhere, in pairs, and vanish in a flash of light, taking people with them.

VIDEO: Floorplan with red marks.

There seems to be little pattern. They arrive randomly, and grab who they can.

CONTESSA
Random matter transmission.

DOCTOR
Quite, quite. Without a dedicated receiver at this end … The real question is: Why would someone with technology that advanced need to kidnap these scientists? And who could that be?

BAUM
We’re at war with Nazi Germany. I have a theory …

EURYDICE
Intelligence reports seem to suggest that this activity is connected with a research station at Peenemenude, located at (check details), which in turn is connected to a mysterious explosion which took black in the Black Forest two years ago.

VIDEO: Photo of Flashpoint.

KARNAK
She’s very good at this, isn’t she? Don’t you think she has Sha’atara’s eyes?

CONTESSA
Oh, spare us all …

EURYDICE
Look at the blast distribution, very like the meteorite that fell at Tungunska in 1907 ...

DOCTOR
No.

EURYDICE
No, it didn’t fall at Tungunska in 1907?

DOCTOR
No, it wasn’t a meteorite.

EURYDICE, choosing to move on
Or, on a much smaller scale, very like the meteor that wiped out the dinosaurs 265 million years ago …

DOCTOR
Again, no …

EURYDICE
But, based on gathered information it is my belief that it was in fact a crashed space vehicle, and the occupant is helping the Nazis!

TURING
Oh my!

EURYDICE
Of course, said out like that, it all sounds a bit, I don’t know, silly …

KARNAK
It always does …

EURYDICE
The volume of coded radio traffic from Peenemunde has steadily increased since the abductions began, and all my sources say something, something is imminent. I’m out of my depth. Mummy gave me your tachyon signal device years ago, and well … here we are.

CONTESSA
Yes, here we are. What’s a Nazi?

DOCTOR
They’re very bad people. They believe themselves a master race, above others, even to the extent of calculated genocide.

CONTESSA
These humans are barbarians.

DOCTOR
Well, some are, I suppose …

CONTESSA
All of them. A child race. Savage, simplistic barabarians.

DOCTOR
No. No. What they are, is people. Here’s a little secret for you, Contessa. Everybody’s just people. Humans are people, Jocastans are people, and, and I’d like to stress this, even though we Gallifreyans have spent countless millennia drinking our cups of tea with our little finger out and pretending that we don’t go to the lavatory, we’re just people, too. And that includes you.

An alarm sounds.

Hello. Is that supposed to happen?

EURYDICE, urgently
Stay here.

She picks up the sword.

KARNAK, to PHIPPS
Give me my weapon back.

Phipps looks to Eurydice, who nods. Phipps passes Karnak his weapon back.

EURYDICE
Maybe your funny looking rifle will be more effective than our weapons have been. Come on!

Eurydice, Phipps and Karnak race out.

CONTESSA
Everywhere we go. For once it would be nice just to go somewhere quiet.

DOCTOR
Well, maybe one day.

Gunfire.

But not today.

Drone One appears at the door.

Oh dear.

DRONE ONE
You. Are. Scientists?

BAUM
And here we go again.

DRONE ONE
You. Are. Scientist.

Drone One makes for Baum. Turing ineffectually throws himself forward.
The Doctor tries to stop him.

TURING
Leave her alone!

DOCTOR
Turing! No!

There is a flare of light. Drone One, the Doctor and Turing disappear.

BAUM
Alan! Alan!

Drone Two appears at the door.

CONTESSA
Oh, marvellous …

DRONE TWO
You. Are. Scientist?

BAUM
Nope. No scientists. Try next door.

DRONE TWO
You. Are. Scientists.

CONTESSA
Get back.

Drone Two moves towards them. Karnak appears behind them.

Karnak!

Drone Two spins around.

BAUM
Bullets don’t stop them!

KARNAK
Fine.

Karnak opens fire, and the Drone is blown back.

Ha!

BAUM
What in God’s name was that?

KARNAK
Coherent Ion Beam. Where’s the Doctor?

BAUM
With Alan – wherever that is.

Eurydice and Phipps appear in the doorway.

EURYDICE
Are you all right! I’ll be hanged … you bagged one of the blighters. Turn that blasted racket off, Phipps.

PHIPPS
Right you are, Doctor.

Phipps disappears and Eurydice enters the room.

EURYDICE
Where’s Dr. Turing and the Doctor?

BAUM
The other one got them.

EURYDICE
Hell and blast!

The alarm cuts out.

That’s better. Okay chaps. What’s the plan?

CONTESSA
First of all, we’d best examine what evidence we have. Help me.

Baum and Karnak help her roll over Drone Two.

BAUM
Where he comes from, rationing they don’t get …

CONTESSA
They don’t need it. Look.

The Contessa pulls away the faceplate to reveal circuitry.

A machine. A quartz quantum processor, biomimetic plastics – almost elegantly simple in its construction. Jocastan, I think.

KARNAK
Hang on, we never had androids like this.

CONTESSA
It’s currently fifty years after you left Jocasta Prime, remember?

The Contessa opens up the chest plate, and takes out a small device.

Recall circuit. This is what the Transmat projector would lock onto to bring it back. I can backtrack on its frequency and take us there in the Tardis.

BAUM
The what? In what?

CONTESSA
We have a ship. We can get there.

BAUM
How big is it?

EURYDICE
Doctor Baum, you’re jolly well not coming with us.

BAUM
I am coming with you. Alan is my responsibility. He needs me. I’m going.

EURYDICE
I can’t guarantee your safety if you leave here.

BAUM
Lady, I hate to be a killjoy, but the truth is you can’t guarantee it here. I’m going.

KARNAK
Anyway, it’s not a problem either way.

Baum looks at him.

The Tardis is bigger, you see, on the inside than the outside.

Baum looks incredulous.

Look, pass me, oh, a pen. You’ve got a pen? Good. Okay, hold it up. Pass me the recall circuit.

The Contessa does so.

All right, then.

Karnak holds the recall circuit next to the pen.

Which is bigger?

Baum points at the recall circuit.

Okay. Now I’ll go over here.

He moves away and holds up the recall circuit.

Okay. Now which is bigger?

BAUM, points at the recall circuit
That one.

KARNAK
Exactly! Because it’s further away!

BAUM
Which proves what?

KARNAK
Erm … I think I got that wrong somewhere.

Karnak pockets the recall device.

CONTESSA, signs
The Tardis is bigger on the outside and will take anyone who wants to come, wherever it is we’re going.

EURYDICE
Peenemunde. It has to be Peenemude.

KARNAK
Right, right.

EURYDICE
All right then, we all go. But we’d better go now. I don’t know what’s happening, but I know one thing – time is running out.


VIDEO: Peenemunde exterior.

ACT ONE SCENE FIVE

Staffel stands watching Weiss work.

WEISS
Don’t you have something useful to do? Do you have to just stand there?

STAFFEL
Do not forget your place.

WEISS
I’m hardly likely to, am I?

Weiss tries to get back to work.

Look, push off.

STAFFEL
The worm finds a spine, after all.

WEISS
I’m tired, Staffel. Even being scared gets boring when you’re scared often enough, and I’ve been that.
I’m tired, Staffel. Tired of you.

STAFFEL
Even your presence here offends me. Compromise is the first admission of the weak. I don’t trust you.

Gevrek enters.

GEVREK
It isn’t necessary that you trust him. It’s necessary that I trust him, and I trust him.

WEISS
And that must burn you …

Drone One enters with the Doctor and Turing

DRONE ONE
I. Have. The. Prisoners.

TURING
Weiss! My God, Man. Are you helping these people?

WEISS, ignoring him
This is the one I told you about! This is Alan Turing!

GEVREK
Excellent! I have use for you … Do you know this man?

WEISS
He’s no-one I know.

GEVREK
What is your name?

DOCTOR
You know, your corridors could do with a lick of paint. You should listen to me,
I know a thing or two about corridors.

GEVREK
What is your name?

DOCTOR
Don’t have one. Sorry.

GEVREK
You don’t have one?

DOCTOR
Well, I don’t use one.

GEVREK
You don’t use one?

DOCTOR
There seems to be an echo in here … Oh dear. You’re going to shout, I can tell. Little beard, cybernetic implants, you look the shouty sort, and I can’t abide all that unnecessary noise – it’s all deathray this, explosion that, “Exterminate! Exterminate!” People should learn to relax. I mean, life’s too short, isn’t it?

GEVREK
Yours will be.

DOCTOR
A threat! I like threats. You know where you are with a good honest threat. People just call me the Doctor. (to WEISS) This is Doctor Weiss?

TURING
It’s him, yes.

DOCTOR
He’s very chummy with the enemy here, isn’t he? I wonder why? Why is that?

GEVREK
I ask the questions here.

DOCTOR
Threats and clichés … it’s like coming home.

WEISS
I don’t know you. What is your field of speciality?

DOCTOR
What have you got?

He takes a closer look at Gevrek.

You’re a Jocastan.

GEVREK, taken aback
What?

DOCTOR
Yes. Yes, a War Knight of the Holy Order of Rhynan.

GEVREK
How do you know … of course. the Doctor!

STAFFEL
You know this man?

GEVREK
Fifty years ago, before my planet fell into civil war, this man stopped a conflict between my people and the Qu’an Commune.

TURING
The Qu’an Commune?

DOCTOR
Aliens. History now. It was nothing …

GEVREK
You are … different. Bigger. Older. You no longer wear effeminate hair.

DOCTOR
I did not have effeminate hair!

GEVREK
Soon after Prince Karnak had abdicated and left Jocasta Prime the remaining Royal Family was murdered by Republican Terrorists and our world fell into strife.

TURING
Nearly fifty years of war …

GEVREK
I always wondered what had become of the Prince. Two years ago I was engaged in a deep space skirmish with the Rebels, and my hyperspace generator was damaged. I crashed here on this primitive rock and was found by Staffel’s people.

DOCTOR
You couldn’t repair your ship?

GEVREK
I’m a pilot, a warrior, not an engineer. Besides, I had a handful of drones plus what little I else I had salvaged from the wreckage. I thought I’d be trapped here forever until …

Gevrek activates his computer.

VIDEO: Showing the Ahn Arak in orbit from Gevrek’s point of view.

until I detected the Prince’s ship, the Ahn Arak, in geostationary orbit over London. But I couldn’t pilot it down on remote and I couldn’t use my salvaged transmat projector through this planet’s ionosphere. All I could do was work on building a rocket to get me into orbit so I can manually dock with the Ahn Arak and get back home to my own war. How did the Ahn Arak get here?

DOCTOR
It’s a long story … basically, Karnak left it here and came travelling with me. He’s here now, actually. Well, not here here, but you know …

GEVREK
He has travelled with you for fifty years? He’s here on Earth?

DOCTOR
Five years. Time’s subjective. But yes …

GEVREK
The Royal Line could live again …

DOCTOR
That would be nice. Listen, we pop back to England, you can run it by him, then I drop you home. Everybody happy. Does that sound like an idea?

STAFFEL
It sounds like a very poor idea. You have your word to keep, Gevrek. To the Fuhrer. To the Master Race. You gave your word.

WEISS, quietly
Yes.

GEVREK
And this is so.

He turns to the Doctor.

I think you lie.

TURING
No, I met him. He-

GEVREK
No. The Prince cannot be here. Besides, Doctor. I am a War Knight of the Holy Order of Rhynan, and I have given my Oath. I must comply with my Word.

DOCTOR
Oh dear.

GEVREK
I have spent my life fighting in service of a Royal family I had believed destroyed, because of my Word. I have risked death and killed time and time again, because of my Word. Here, in this place, I have walked with monsters, because of my Word. I am committed. I do not have the luxury of choice.

DOCTOR
I see. Well, I do. You may have your Word to hide behind, but I find myself in the position of having to take responsibility for my actions. I will not help you.

GEVREK
The presence of the Prince on Earth would complicate matters … if it is true. Staffel?

Staffel reacts.

DOCTOR
What are you going to do?

GEVREK
The VX rocket is nearly ready and a launch window approaches. I must consider … Take them, Staffel. Take them away.

STAFFEL
Come with me.

DOCTOR
Oberst Staffel, is it? Tell me, why is it that the people most likely to trumpet on about a master race are the people you’d think least likely to be members of it, Herr Oberst? Why is that?

STAFFEL
Shut up.

DOCTOR
All right. One last question, though. Weiss. Why is a man who clearly hates you and all you stand for … helping you?

The Doctor is dragged away. Blackout.


VIDEO: Tardis arrives in corridor, fade to Karnak, Baum and Eurydice on platform,
looking at the VX rockets in a shaft.


ACT ONE SCENE SIX

The lights come up on Karnak, the Contessa, Eurydice and Baum.

KARNAK
Amazing. Look at those!

EURYDICE
I’ll say.

KARNAK
I mean, look at them!

BAUM
We’ve seen them.

CONTESSA
Excuse me, shouldn’t we be getting on with things rather than standing around admiring the décor?

KARNAK
You’re right, you’re right. It’s just … well, antiques! Ancient history, right here, right now! Like that hangar we just passed with the old-style chemical reaction jet planes. I used to fly those back in the Academy. “Wings”, they used to call me. There wasn’t anything I couldn’t make fly.

BAUM
Antiques? Ancient history? What planet are you from?

KARNAK
Well, actually-

CONTESSA
The payloads are different. Look.

KARNAK
That looks like a docking module. What’s the other one?

EURYDICE
A 100 megaton fusion bomb.

BAUM
How do you know that?

EURYDICE
Stencilled on the side, look.

CONTESSA
We don’t have time for this.

EURYDICE
No. No, we haven’t.

Eurydice takes out a map.

This looks like the new central silo we’ve been seeing on the aerial recon photos.
That meets my contact must be ….

She points.

North. By the main fuel store.

KARNAK
Do we need help?

EURYDICE
Well, chaps, we’re all alone in a Nazi military complex.
We can probably use all the help we can jolly well get.

KARNAK
Will you be safe?

EURYDICE
Oh yes. Just like Summer Tactical Exercises with Mummy. I’ll be home in time for tea – cheerio!

She exits.

KARNAK
Isn’t she great? Isn’t she?

CONTESSA
Rassilon save us all …

KARNAK
No, I mean it. She’s just so … so very …

BAUM
Pushy?

KARNAK
No! Not pushy.

BAUM
If you like pushy women, who am I to judge?

KARNAK
She’s not pushy. She’s an angel.

CONTESSA
I’ve had quite enough of this …

KARNAK
Hey! Where are you going?

CONTESSA
I’m going to look for the Doctor. That is why we’re here, after all.

KARNAK
But Eurydice said-

CONTESSA
I don’t care. I’m not waiting around here for some guard to wander by.

BAUM
That, I hear.

KARNAK
But she said!

CONTESSA
I am the daughter of the High Judiciary of the Time Lords of Gallifrey. My pedigree spans twenty thousand generations, and I do not take orders from monkeys.

KARNAK
You really could use some work on your social skills, do you know that?

The Contessa turns abruptly and leaves.

Hey! You can’t do that!

BAUM
She did it.

KARNAK
But she … we … we can’t just …

Baum starts to leave.

Hey! Where are you going?

BAUM
I’m going with little Miss Twenty-thousand-generations.

KARNAK
What?

BAUM
If I’m going to be found and shot there must be somewhere nicer around here for it to happen.

She leaves.

KARNAK
I don’t believe it … I … hey, wait for me!

Karnak follows.


VIDEO: Karnak races off, the camera pans around the rocket.


ACT ONE SCENE SEVEN
Peenemunde. Interior.

Weiss is reading from a checkboard.

WEISS
There’s a fuel leak in the secondary booster stage we’ve not been able to isolate.

GEVREK, off
Serious?

WEISS
Of the total fuel load? Less than a half of one percent over a twenty-four hour period.

GEVREK, off
Is it dangerous?

WEISS
Potentially.

GEVREK, off
Give me odds. Give me a figure.

Gevrek enters. He is in his armour, carrying the Cell Disrupter.

WEISS
A three percent chance of a serious rupture. If that happens, a sixty percent chance of an explosion.

GEVREK
Three percent. Negligible. I go.

WEISS
Of course.

GEVREK
The docking module will carry three people into orbit.

WEISS
And I am not among them. I never believed I would be. You keep our deal and I will die happy.

Staffel enters.

STAFFEL
I understand that you are making your preparations to leave.

GEVREK
Come to wish me a fond farewell? A launch window approaches. For both VX rockets. Within a few hours I will be on my way home to my War and London will be reduced to a radioactive ashtray. Start the countdown, Weiss.

WEISS picks up a microphone.

WEISS, amplified
All ground crews, initiate Launch procedures. VX-1 and VX-2 minus forty-five minutes and counting.

GEVREK
There we go. In some ways, Staffel, you and I are alike.

STAFFEL
We are not alike.

GEVREK
I’m no happier with the comparison than you are. What was it you said earlier? Compromise is the first admission of the weak. Is that original?

STAFFEL
Yes. Yes, it is.

GEVREK
I’ll remember that. You’re not wrong. Well, I’ve given my word and I’ll keep it. My honour is something I shall never compromise on. I think I’d like you to remember that, afterwards.

STAFFEL
After?

GEVREK
After all this. After I have left this place. After I have kept my word. Here. Take this.

Staffel takes the Disrupter.

STAFFEL
What is that?

GEVREK
Protonic Cell Disrupter. Just push this button here, it produces brief unconsciousness. Push this slider here … That’s right. It’s on full power now.

STAFFEL
What do I need this for?

GEVREK
Loose ends. My Library survived the crash and I’ve been doing a little reading up on Time Lords. Here.

He passes it to Staffel.

STAFFEL
What am I supposed to do with this?

GEVREK
You strike me, Herr Oberst, as a man who hates uncertainty and who would, above all, really like to hurt someone, because you can. Well, as a parting gift, Staffel, we’re both going to get what we want.

Blackout.


VIDEO: The VX rocket, waiting to launch.


ACT ONE SCENE EIGHT
Peenemundeh holding cells. Interior.

The Doctor and Turing are sat cross-legged playing cards. Turing is biting his nails.

DOCTOR
Aren’t you going to take a card?

TURING
What?

DOCTOR
It’s your go, dear boy. Pick up.

TURING
I’m sorry. My mind’s not on this. Where do you imagine they’re holding the other abducted scientists?

DOCTOR
I really have no idea. You know, you have to learn to relax, Dr. Turing. Games are good.
Games are a relaxing distraction.

TURING
I’d have had you down as a Chess man, personally.

DOCTOR
Normally, yes. But a deck of cards is a good deal more portable than a chess board and pieces,
and besides, to be honest, I was getting a little tired of winning all the time.

TURING
You don’t win all the time when you play cards?

DOCTOR
Oh, I win. But for different reasons.

There is a groan and a thump.

Ah. The cavalry, I expect.

Karnak, the Contessa and Baum enter.

Karnak! Contessa!

BAUM
What am I? Chopped liver!

TURING
Greta!

BAUM
Can I leave you alone for a minute, Alan? I don’t think so.

DOCTOR
Hang on just one second … if you’re all here … I would have expected to have seen Eurydice with you.

KARNAK
She, er, went off …

DOCTOR
Ah.

KARNAK
She told us to wait, you see, while she went off to try and meet up with her contact here, and then, well, the Contessa, that is to say-

CONTESSA
We found you. She hasn’t.

DOCTOR
This is true. She’s probably looking for you. Am I alone in seeing the difficulty here?

CONTESSA
How can you be so ungrateful? We came here on a rescue mission. I wasn’t going to stand around and wait on the say so of some, some-

DOCTOR
Someone who had some idea of what she was doing? How old are you, Contessa?

CONTESSA
Two hundred and eleven.

DOCTOR
Oh dear, the impetuousness of youth … come along then. You heard the countdown announcement?
It looks like we’re working to a deadline. Yet again.

KARNAK
They’ve got a rocket with a 100 megaton bomb.

DOCTOR
A 100 megaton bomb. Are you sure?

KARNAK
Well, it was stencilled on the side …

DOCTOR
Well, best get on then!

They turn to leave. Gevrek enters with Staffel and the two drones.
Gevrek is carrying a phase pulse rifle and Staffel the Cell Disrupter.

Well, that wasn’t entirely unexpected. Hello again.

STAFFEL
Drop your weapons! Now!

They do. Staffel picks up the Neuronic flash Grenade.

What is this?

GEVREK
Do be careful, Staffel. That’s a Neuronic Flash Grenade on full setting. Set that off and you’ll fatally short circuit the nervous system of everyone within a five foot radius.

KARNAK
You. A War Knight of Rhynan!

GEVREK
By the Three Hells! The lost Prince Karnak!

Gevrek falls to his knee.

My Prince!

KARNAK
Er .. hello.

GEVREK
Your Highness, your people need you!

KARNAK
That’s nice …

GEVREK
Our planet is striven by war! You can lead us to victory! You can heal our world!

CONTESSA, to the Doctor
Do you know, this may even end without the customary last minute explosion.

DOCTOR
It’s a nice thought, my dear, but some things are just too much to hope for …

GEVREK
The VX rockets are about to launch. You must join me.

KARNAK
Right, right. One to get into orbit, and the other ..?

GEVREK
To blow up a city called London.

KARNAK
The thing is … I’m not happy about that.

GEVREK
Not happy.

KARNAK
No, not really. Not about that one. Sorry.

STAFFEL
You made a deal.

KARNAK
Okay, he made a deal, you made a deal, but I’m here now, and what I’m saying, I guess, is, well, perhaps we can come to some sort of compromise?

GEVREK
Compromise … Sadly, my Prince, no. I have sworn by Rhynan’s heart.

KARNAK
Ah. You didn’t want to go and do that.

GEVREK
You will return with me.

KARNAK
Actually, no, right now we have to sort this out-

Gevrek draws his pistol.

GEVREK
I will leave my remaining drones here on earth and you will return with me, your Highness.

DOCTOR, to the Contessa
I could have told you this would happen, you know.

KARNAK
Excuse me, but aren’t the Knights of Rhynan sworn to the service of the Emperor? Who’s Emperor here?

GEVREK, nodding to Drone One
Until your coronation, not you. Take him, and the scientist.

The Drones grab Karnak and Turing.

(To Turing) You are a cryptologist. I may need you. And you …

DOCTOR
Oh, don’t mind me.

GEVREK
Staffel.

Staffel shoots him. The Doctor screams and falls.

GEVREK
Sorry, Doctor. You were a little too smart and a little too dangerous to be left alive.

KARNAK
Oh, great. He’s only just regenerated. Now he’s going to unliveable with.

GEVREK
I don’t think so.

WEISS, on tannoy
VX-1 and VX-2 minus thirty minutes and counting.

GEVREK
I did my research, my Prince. I know all about Time Lord regeneration. How they die, and are reborn. But that was a full on blast from a Protonic Cell Disrupter at full strength, and even Time Lord RNA isn’t going to be able to recombine from micro-cellular damage like that.

The Contessa runs over to the Doctor.

CONTESSA
Rassilon’s Ghost, Doctor! Doctor!

KARNAK
It can’t be. It’s not true.

GEVREK
Oh, it can, and it is. The Doctor is dead

Blackout.


VIDEO: End credits for part one.


INTERVAL


ACT ONE SCENE EIGHT
Peenemunde holding cells. Interior.

Karnak and Turing are being held by Drones.
Staffel and Gevrek face Baum and the Contessa.

GEVREK
Staffel.

Staffel shoots the Doctor with the Protonic Cell Disrupter.
The Doctor screams and falls.

GEVREK
Sorry, Doctor. You were a little too smart and a little too dangerous to be left alive.

KARNAK
Oh, great. He’s only just regenerated. Now he’s going to unliveable with.

GEVREK
I don’t think so.

WEISS, on tannoy
VX-1 and VX-2 minus thirty minutes and counting.

GEVREK
I did my research, my Prince. I know all about Time Lord regeneration. How they die, and are reborn. But that was a full on blast from a Protonic Cell Disrupter at full strength, and even Time Lord RNA isn’t going to be able to recombine from micro-cellular damage like that.

The Contessa runs over to the Doctor.

CONTESSA
Rassilon’s Ghost, Doctor! Doctor!

KARNAK
It can’t be. It’s not true.

GEVREK
Oh, it can, and it is. The Doctor is dead. Staffel, hold the others here. Come.

Gevrek turns and leaves, followed by the Drones, Karnak and Turing.

CONTESSA
Oh, Doctor. I’m sorry. I’m so sorry.

BAUM
You bastard.

CONTESSA
Oh, Doctor. I’m so sorry. I’d do anything to get you back. I’d do anything.

The Doctor groans.

DOCTOR
Anything?

CONTESSA
Doctor! You’re alive! How? How is this possible?

STAFFEL
Because of me.

Staffel puts aside the Cell Disrupter.

Because there is something happening I do not understand. You will help me.

BAUM
Over my dead body is anyone helping you.

DOCTOR
Ssh, please Dr. Baum. (To Staffel) You changed the setting on that weapon so I merely suffered a nasty shock and a headache. Why on earth do you imagine that can trust me.

STAFFEL
You are my enemy. I trust that. But Gevrek? Gevrek, I trust not at all.

Cell

Weiss has come to his senses and sabotaged the gun. He explains what he has done. Staffel kills him.
Scene ends with the sound of VX launching.


2.2 Passageway

Euridyce and her contact rescue Karnak. Karnak races off to find the Rocket Jets as the VX and the Booster simultaneously launch.

VIDEO: Gevrek enters orbit and approaches the Ahn Arak.


2.3. Gevrek’s Laboratory.

Doc, Baum and Staffel arrive.

DOCTOR
If I can get this access panel off we can access Gevrek’s computer …

He pats his pockets.

Sonic screwdriver, sonic screwdriver …

The Contessa gets out a sonic screwdriver.

What’s that?

CONTESSA
Sonic screwdriver.

DOCTOR
I can see that.

The Doctor takes it off her and starts to use it to open the panel.

I don’t recognise that make …

CONTESSA
It’s a mark twelve. What are you using?

DOCTOR
Mark four.

CONTESSA
Still a mark four?

DOCTOR, defensive
Yes?

CONTESSA
The mark twelve has a maser oscillation matrix.

DOCTOR
Does it really?

CONTESSA
It has sixty percent more battery capacity than the mark four, plus eight new Infrasound wave modes.

DOCTOR
Right, right.

CONTESSA
And it doesn’t suffer from that irritating feedback effect in the 25 to 27 megahertz range the mark fours were prone to. Also, you can-

DOCTOR
Yes, yes … but does it have the charm?

CONTESSA
It has 27% more charm.

The Doctor pulls the panel away.

CONTESSA
No one likes a smart alec, Contessa.

He hands her the panel and pockets the sonic screwdriver.

Hold that, would you?


The Contessa fires up the main computer as Karnak launches after the VX.



The Doctor and Staffel use the Tardis to board the Ahn Arak.


VIDEO: Gevrek lands his shuttle on the Ahn Arak landing pad, and the camera pans
around to the bridge Cross fade to:.


ACT TWO SCENE FOUR
Ahn Arak. I.nterior

Gevrek drags Turing onto the bridge.

GEVREK
My understanding is that you have an exceptional brain. Don’t force me to damage it.

Gevrek taps a sequence into the panel. He looks surprised.

Computer. Security status.

COMPUTER
External comms disabled. Security locks inactive.

GEVREK
Activate all systems?

COMPUTER
Systems activated.

He taps another sequence into the panel, and stifles a laugh.

GEVREK
Begin pre-flight checks and system diagnostics.

COMPUTER
Working. Estimated runtime is thirty-eight minutes.

GEVREK
Unbelievable. I knew the Prince was a fool, but even so …

TURING
I don’t understand.

GEVREK
I don’t expect you to. You’re a caveman with shoes and a clever trick. The idiot disabled external communications to prevent anyone taking this ship over from outside, then failed to leave so much as a password for the ships computer. The key to everything …

TURING
You dragged me into space for nothing?

GEVREK
Apparently. I don’t need you, it seems.

TURING
What … what are you going to do with you?

Gevrek raises his knife to Turing’s throat, and lowers it.

GEVREK
Nothing, I think. I may need you yet.

2.4 Gevrek‘s Laboratory

Karnak engages the patrol.

2.6 Ahn Arak


GEVREK
Alive! You should be dead!

DOCTOR
Yes, I hear that a lot.

DOCTOR
That’s a heavy duty phased pulse rifle. You can’t use that in here without killing us all.

GEVREK
No. You’re quite right.

He draws a pistol and shoots the Doctor, who folds.

TURING
Doctor!

GEVREK
You look surprised?

DOCTOR
I’ll say. The usual technique is to talk me to death.

COMPUTER VOICE
Battery charge complete. Approaching optimum targeting vector.

Doctor shot, Staffel kills Gevrek.

DOCTOR
I can’t … you’re going to have to do it for me …

TURING
I can’t … this is alien technology! This is beyond me!

DOCTOR
No, it isn’t. Look at the screen.

TURING
Why is this in English? Why can I read this?

DOCTOR
It’s actually in Jocastan, but because the Tardis Telepathic Matrix has a full record of spoken and written Jocastan … Look, I’m normally all for long and detailed explanations of what’s going on but this really isn’t the time …

TURING
Oh, right. Right.

DOCTOR
Navigate the screens using that little ball … good, that’s it …

TURING
I see. I see this …

DOCTOR
Open the processor access option.

TURING
Got it … this is just raw mathematical equasion … what am I looking at?

DOCTOR
You’ve just opened a window into the heart of this computer’s central processor. To stop the programme that Gevrek started we have to crash the central processor by generating a logic problem.

TURING
What?

DOCTOR
Computers are very, very fast but very, very stupid.

TURING
Yes … I can see it now …

DOCTOR
You just have to insert a insoluble logical argument in the dataflow. Because we’re at the core processor none of the usual safeguards will be operating.

TURING
I don’t understand that.

DOCTOR
You don’t have to. Now, if you’ll excuse me, the pain is excruciating and I really do have to pass out …

The Doctor is as good as his word.

TURING
Doctor? Doctor?

Turing looks back at the display.

All right … all right, I can do this …

He types.


2.7

Karnak is saved by the Transmat after successfully blowing up the VX.


2.8

The doctor comes round and uses the Tardis to removes the Ahn Arak from earth orbit.

2.9

Back on earth.

BAUM
So what exactly did you do?

TURING
Well, the Doctor said to put in an argument, an insoluble logical argument … so I came up with, well … it’s complex, but, basically, an algebraic argument that automatically self-refers and generates a random error, forcing a recursive check, which, of course, having corrected that then forces another random error which triggers another loop, and so on, ad infinitum. Oh dear, am I making myself clear?

EURYDICE
Well, I-

KARNAK
It’s not going to get any clearer than that, trust me. Just accept it and move on.

EURYDICE
All right.

She takes his hand.

If you say so.

BAUM
He was very brave.

Turing looks at her.

What? I can’t say he was brave? He was a hero, already!

EURYDICE
He was. He was a hero.

KARNAK
I nearly wet myself at MACH 1. I’m not sure that’s the dictionary definition of “hero”.

EURYDICE
It’s good enough for me.

She kisses him. They melt together.

BAUM
They belong together.

TURING
They do make a beautiful couple.

BAUM
That I didn’t say.

KARNAK
I know what happens, Doctor. After all, I’ve been to the future. If I go back I’ll die horribly. But my people will be reunited, and that, well, that’s what’s important, isn’t it? I have to go back to my people. Whatever the cost.

DOCTOR
I always knew you’d make me proud, my boy.

KARNAK
I’m sorry, Eurydice.

EURYDICE
I’m going with you.

KARNAK
You don’t understand. I’m going to die. Messily, by all accounts

EURYDICE
I’m going with you.

KARNAK
You could be in real danger if you come with me. I don’t know that much about my future. I don’t know if you’ll be safe-

EURYDICE
I know enough. I’m going with you.

KARNAK
Oh Eurydice …

EURYDICE
Oh Karnak …

They kiss again. Turing puts his hand on his chest.

TURING
It gets you right here …

BAUM
Lower, I think.

….


TURING
What happens to him? Does he die?

DOCTOR
Everyone dies, Doctor. But between you and me … well, this may the last time I’ll meet Karnak, that I know of , but I know that this is not the last time he’ll meet me.

CONTESSA
Pardon?

DOCTOR
It was a long time ago – I was very different then, all curls and scarf and teeth, quite quite ghastly … anyway, I arrived – will arrive, my past, his future - on Jocasta Prime a year or so after the Royalists, united by Karnak’s return, had quelled most of the rebellion. His prime minister Stut Alor was a nasty snotty piece of work, all right … the first rule of Interstellar Politics has always and will always be Never Trust The Grand Vizier. I got involved, Karnak realised the only way to peace was actually through a democratic Republic, and he switched sides. Took absolutely everyone by surprise. It all ends, as far as Karnak currently knows, with an execution that martyrs him and paves the way for the Jocastan Republic and five thousand years of peace.

CONTESSA
As far as he knows?

DOCTOR
We faked it all. I managed to rig the disintegration chamber, turning it into a crude transmat terminal. Instead of spreading his atoms across the ether they reconstituted neatly in a jerry-rigged transmat receiver in my Tardis instead.

BAUM
He didn’t die?

DOCTOR
Oh no. Everyone thought he did, but no. Then one quick jump across the galaxy and, voila, Karnak and Eurydice join a quiet little farming colony in the Karellan Free Systems and begin happy, new lives …

TURING
I don’t understand … why don’t you just tell him that? He thinks he’s going off to his death.

DOCTOR
And he’s going anyway. I wouldn’t take that away from him. I couldn’t.

TURING
I see …

DOCTOR
I lost track of them after that. They and their heirs had – will have - every opportunity to live well, and I can only assume that he will. I like to think so.

BAUM
You like to think so?

DOCTOR
My dear Doctor Baum … I don’t know everything!

TURING
Do you .. do you know what happens to me?

The Doctor says nothing.

Well?

DOCTOR, quietly
Are you happy now, Doctor?

TURING
Am I happy now?

He thinks.

The things I’ve seen now, in the heart of that alien machine, the things that I now know are possible. Oh yes.

Impulsively, he grabs Baum.

Come on, Greta. We need to find a blackboard. The things I have to show you …

BAUM
Promises, promises …

They exit.

CONTESSA
It doesn’t go well for him, does it?

DOCTOR
He will become known as the Father of Modern Computing and his accomplishments will live into the far, far future … but he will die by his own hand, unhappy and alone. I wish I could change that.

CONTESSA
I pity him.

DOCTOR
Don’t. He’s happy now. The truth is that that’s as much as any of us can hope for. All tales end in death, after all. Happy endings come where we draw them. I think … I think, for his sake, let’s draw his here.

Blackout.

2.10

Eurydice, Karnak and Contessa in Tardis.


Karnak gives the signal device back to the Doctor.


CONTESSA
Without myself and Karnak you’ll be all alone.

DOCTOR
I wouldn’t worry, my dear. I’ve been alone before. It’ll make a nice change, I daresay, not to have anyone else to worry about or watch out for. And after all, I know where to find you, after all.

The Doctor gives the Contessa the Tachyon Signal Device.

Here. In case you ever need me.

The Contessa kisses him once, gives his hand a squeeze and leaves.

After a reflective moment the Doctor wanders around to the crate.

No, I wouldn’t worry, my dear. After all, when you get down to it, even with a temperamental tardis -

He pats the Tardis console.

Sorry old girl - half the universe trying to kill me on a regular basis and no idea at all where I’m going next or what I’ll be doing when I do get there, one problem I’ve never had …

Lifting the crate lid, the Doctor takes K9’s head out of the box.

Is making friends.

Blackout.