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08 June 2008 @ 07:08 pm
Transcript: The Sontaran Stratagem  



EXT. NIGHT, RATTIGAN ACADEMY

A group of red sweat suit-clad students are "escorting" an older woman, JO NAKASHIMA, down the steps. She is struggling against the two holding her. A boy in a t-shirt and jeans, LUKE RATTIGAN, follows them.

JO
You're gonna regret this! This is completely ridiculous! Get your hands off me! (they shove her to the ground throwing papers after her)

LUKE
I think that makes my answer clear, don't you? Oh, and, uh, if you're gonna go to print, spell my name right-Rattigan with two Ts.

JO
Oh, this goes way beyond the newspapers. This thing's worldwide! I'm telling you, ATMOS is dangerous!

LUKE
But if you had proof, then you wouldn't be here.

JO
Fine. If you won't listen, I'll find someone else who will. (gets into her car which has an ATMOS sticker on the windscreen)

INT, JO NAKASHIMA'S CAR

ATMOS
Welcome. What is your destination?

JO
You're the last thing I need. (tries to turn it off)

ATMOS
ATMOS cannot be disabled.

JO
Right then. Take me to UNIT Headquarters, Tower Bridge, London.

ATMOS
UNIT Headquarters.

INT.RATTIGAN ACADEMY, LUKE'S QUARTERS

LUKE is speaking aloud to an empty room.

LUKE
Her name's Jo Nakashima, freelance journalist. Clever by the sound of it-not as clever as me, but that goes without saying. (he is being watched on a monitor) I'd recommend termination.

STAAL
Remember your status, boy. We do not take orders from humans.

LUKE
I said, "recommend".

STAAL
Then your advice shows military wisdom. She will be terminated.

LUKE
Cool. (hits tennis ball across the room)

INT, JO NAKASHIMA'S CAR

WOMAN'S VOICE
(over mobile) This is UNIT extension 221. Please...

JO
Don't put me through to answer-phone. (beeps) Yes, this is a message for Col. Mace from Jo, Jo Nakashima. Look, you should have got my e-mail. I've been investigating a number of deaths related to ATMOS systems.

ATMOS
Go straight on.

JO
I can't prove anything but there's got to be a link. I need you to check out all the people who died in ATMOS cars yesterday and then check out the time.

ATMOS
Turn right.

JO turns right after crossing a bridge and finds herself facing the river.

JO
I don't believe this.

ATMOS
This is your final destination.

JO
I said to take me to UNIT. (hits button on system)

ATMOS
Go straight on.

JO
I don't think so. I'll find my own way, thanks.

JO reaches for the gearshift but it moves of its own accord. The engine revs. JO grips the gearshift but it won't move.

ATMOS
This is your final destination. (the doors lock automatically) This is your final destination.

JO
No-no! Help!

ATMOS
This is your final destination...

JO
(pounds on window) No! (the car accelerates forward) No! Noooo!

ATMOS
This is your final destination.

The car drives into the river and sinks.

INT. TARDIS

DONNA is at the controls while the DOCTOR looks on nervously.

DONNA
I can't believe I'm doing this!

DOCTOR
No, neither can I. Whoa, careful. (bangs console with a mallet before lifting lever) Left hand down! Left hand down! (the ship lurches) Getting a bit too close to the 1980s.

DONNA
What am I gonna do, put a dent in 'em?

DOCTOR
Well, someone did.

A mobile rings.

DONNA
Hold on-that's a phone!

The DOCTOR walks around her to another section of the console and pulls a mobile out of a holder. He looks at it.

DONNA
You've got a mobile? Since when?

DOCTOR
It's not mine. (opens it and leans on the jump seat) Hello?

EXT. DAY

MARTHA
Doctor-it's Martha...and I'm bringing you back to Earth.
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David Tennant
Catherine Tate
And Freema Agyeman

DOCTOR WHO
"THE SONTARAN STRATEGEM"
by Helen Raynor

Producer
Susie Liggat

Director
Douglas MacKinnon

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EXT. DAY

The TARDIS materializes between two buildings and behind MARTHA. She turns at the sound. The DOCTOR opens the door and steps out. He stands in front of the open door and we can see DONNA walking slowly towards him. The DOCTOR looks at MARTHA.

DOCTOR
Martha Jones.

MARTHA
Doctor.

They approach each other slowly before she holds out her arms and he picks her up and in a great hug.

DOCTOR
Ah, yeah! (releases her) You haven't changed a bit!

MARTHA
Neither have you!

DOCTOR
How's the family?

MARTHA
You know. Not so bad. Recovering.

DONNA steps out of the TARDIS behind the DOCTOR but MARTHA sees her.

DOCTOR
What about you?

MARTHA
Right. I should have known. Didn't take you long to replace me.

DOCTOR
Now, don't start a fight. Martha, Donna. Donna, Martha. Please don't fight. I can't bear fighting.

DONNA
You wish. I've heard all about you. (shakes MARTHA'S hand) He talks about you all the time.

MARTHA
I dread to think.

DONNA
No, no, no. He says nice things. Good things. Nice things. Really good things.

MARTHA
Oh, my God, he's told you everything.

DONNA
Didn't take you long to get over it, though. Who's the lucky man?

DOCTOR
What man? Lucky what?

DONNA
She's engaged, you prawn.

MARTHA wiggles the fingers of her left hand.

DOCTOR
Really? Who to?

MARTHA
Tom. That Tom Milligan. He's in paediatrics working out in Africa right now. And yes, I know, I've got a doctor who disappears off to distant places-tell me about it.

DONNA
Is he skinny?

MARTHA
No, he's sort of...strong.

DONNA
He is too skinny for words. You give him a hug, you get a paper cut. (MARTHA chuckles)

DOCTOR
I'd rather you were fighting.

WOMAN
(over radio) Dr Jones, report to base, please.

MARTHA
Speaking of which... (speaks into radio) This is Dr Jones. Operation Blue Sky is go, go, go. (turns and walks away) I repeat, this is a go.

As the DOCTOR and DONNA follow, soldiers, Jeeps and a large lorry come down the road.

SOLDIER #1
Unified Intelligence Taskforce, raise that barrier now! (the soldiers and vehicles enter a large industrial factory) Leave your safeties on, lads, it's non-hostiles!

SOLDIER #2
(over bullhorn) All workers lay down your tools and surrender!

MARTHA
Greyhound 6 to Trap 1. B Section, go, go, go! Search the ground floor, grid pattern Delta.

DOCTOR
What are you searching for?

MARTHA
Illegal aliens.

SOLDIER #2
(over bullhorn) This is a UNIT operation! All workers lay down your tools and surrender immediately!

The UNIT soldiers force the workers to their knees, hands over their heads.

MARTHA
B Section mobilized! E Section, F Section, on my command! (runs off)

DONNA
Is that what you did to her, turned her into a soldier?

INT. SONTARAN SHIP, WAR ROOM

The raid is being watched on a monitor.

STAAL
As predicted, the UNIT forces have moved to the penultimate stage. Observe their troops-thin fabrics, exposed skin, feeble weapons. These are toy soldiers-the playthings of children!

EXT DAY, OUTSIDE ATMOS FACTORYM

MARTHA strides up to the DOCTOR and DONNA. The DOCTOR notices her name badge.

DOCTOR
You're qualified now? You're a proper doctor.

MARTHA
UNIT rushed it through, given my experience in the field. Here we go. (leads them across the grounds) We're establishing a field base on site. They're dying to meet you.

DOCTOR
Wish I could say the same.

INT. UNIT FIELD BASE

They enter the lorry from the rear. It is set up with computers, monitors and communications-all top of the line.

MARTHA
(walks up to senior officer) Operation Blue Sky complete, sir. Thanks for letting me take the lead. And this...this is the Doctor. Doctor, Col. Mace.

MACE
(salutes) Sir.

DOCTOR
Oh, don't salute.

MACE
But it's an honour, sir. I've read all the files on you. Technically speaking, you're still on staff. You never resigned.

DONNA
What, you used to work for them?

DOCTOR
Yeah. A long time ago, back in the 70s-or was it the 80s? It was all a bit more homespun back then.

MACE
Times have changed, sir.

DOCTOR
That's enough of the "sir".

MARTHA
Come on though, Doctor. You've seen it. You've been on board the Valiant. We've got massive funding from the United Nations, all in the name of Homeworld Security.

MACE
A modern UNIT for the modern world.

DONNA
What, and that means arresting ordinary workers? In the streets? In broad daylight? It's more like Guantanamo Bay out there. Donna, by the way. Donna Noble, since you didn't ask. I'll have a salute.

MACE looks at the DOCTOR who gives a slight nod.

MACE
(salutes) Ma'am.

DONNA
Thank you.

DOCTOR
Tell me what's going on in that factory.

MACE
Yesterday, 52 people died in identical circumstances right across the world, in 11 different time zones. 5am in the UK, 6am in France, 8am in Moscow, 1pm in China-

DOCTOR
You mean they died simultaneously?

MACE
Exactly. 52 deaths at the exact same moment worldwide.

DOCTOR
How did they die?

MACE
They were all inside their cars.

MARTHA
They were poisoned. I checked the biopsies. No toxins. Whatever it is, left the system immediately.

DOCTOR
What have the cars got in common?

MARTHA
Completely different makes but all fitted with ATMOS. And that is the ATMOS factory.

DOCTOR
What's ATMOS?

DONNA
Oh come on, even I know that. Everyone's got ATMOS.

INT. ATMOS FACTORY, CATWALK

MARTHA walks the DOCTOR and DONNA along a catwalk above the factory floor.

MARTHA
Stands for "Atmospheric Emission System". The ATMOS in your car reduces CO2 emissions to zero.

DOCTOR
Zero? No carbon? None at all?

DONNA
And you get satnav thrown in, plus 20 quid in shopping vouchers if you introduce a friend. Bargain.

MACE joins them.

MACE
And this is where they make it, Doctor, shipping worldwide. 17 factories across the globe but this is the central depot, sending ATMOS to every country on Earth.

DOCTOR
And you think ATMOS is alien?

MACE
It's our job to investigate that possibility. Doctor?

MACE walks off and the DOCTOR follows. They pass some soldiers in the midst of gathering together factory workers.

SOLDIER
Come on, everybody, up the pace. We haven't got all day now.

INT. ATMOS FACTORY, OFFICE

MACE, the DOCTOR, DONNA and MARTHA arrive in a small office where the ATMOS device is on display.

MACE
And here it is, laid bare. ATMOS can be threaded through any and every make of car.

DOCTOR
You've must've checked it before it went on sale.

MARTHA
We did. We found nothing. That's why I thought we needed an expert.

DOCTOR
(slips on glasses to examine equipment) Really? Who did you get? (turns to see others staring at him) Oh, right! Me! Yes! Good.

MARTHA and MACE leave the room.

DONNA
Okay, so why would aliens be so keen on cleaning up our atmosphere?

DOCTOR
Very good question.

DONNA
Maybe they want to help-get rid of pollution and stuff.

DOCTOR
Do you know how many cars there are on planet Earth? 800 million. Imagine that. If you could control them, you'd have 800 million weapons.

INT. ATMOS FACTORY, BASEMENT CORRIDORS

Two UNIT soldiers, PRIVATES GREY and HARRIS are investigating the lower levels. The corridors are dark and GREY is reading a map by torchlight.

GREY
We should head back. There's not much down here. Should be just boiler rooms, generators.

HARRIS heads into the next corridor and the lights flicker into life. At the end of the hall is a doorway with two factory workers standing guard.

HARRIS
Aye, aye...what's this then? (GREY joins him and they walk down the hall) You two-all personnel have been ordered to evacuate. Building's under UNIT control.

MAN
(monotone) This area is out of bounds.

HARRIS
Excuse me, sunshine. I think you'll find we're in charge. (the men stare straight ahead) We can do this the easy way...or the hard way.

INT. SONTARAN SHIP, WAR ROOM

They are being observed on a monitor.

SKORR
Gen Staal, they are close.

STAAL
Excellent! And like a good warrior, I shall enter the fray myself. Let them pass.

INT. ATMOS FACTORY, BASEMENT CORRIDORS

The two factory workers step aside. One opens the door.

MAN
It's open.

HARRIS
(to GREY) Come on.

INT. ATMOS FACTORY, CLONING ROOM

The room is dark except for eerie green light from the opposite side. HARRIS finds a light switch. And they see a large covered container in the middle.

HARRIS
What the hell?

GREY
(into radio) Greyhound 16 to Trap 1. We found something. Basement corridor, north side, grid 36. Request backup, sir.

They both approach the container, which has steam rising from it.

HARRIS
Looks like something's boiling inside. (goes to open it)

GREY
Don't touch it!

HARRIS
C'mon, Steve. We get first rights on this. That means promotion.

GREY
Just leave it alone. Wait for backup.

There's a loud clanking sound.

GREY
What the hell was that?

HARRIS
Came from inside.

GREY
Could be just the machinery.

There are two more loud clanks.

HARRIS
(yells) Is there someone in there? Hello? (bangs on the lid) We gotta get this open.

GREY
We should wait for the others.

HARRIS
You could suffocate in there!

GREY
(into radio) Greyhound 16 to Trap 1. Request immediate assistance. Repeat: immediate assistance. Over.

HARRIS
(tries to open container) How do you work this thing? Come on.

The lid rises straight up revealing a green, slimy substance bubbling away. The two soldiers lean in for a better look and cough.

GREY
Oh! (holds nose) God, it stinks!

HARRIS
What the hell is that stuff?

A human-like creature rises from the slime and reaches for HARRIS. It has a human shape but no fully formed features. GREY aims his rifle.

GREY
Identify yourself! Identify! (into radio) Greyhound 16 to Trap 1 declaring absolute emergency, sir! Repeat: absolute emergency! Over.

HARRIS has his pistol trained on the creature and watches it, fascinated.

HARRIS
Can you hear me? Can you understand me? (to GREY) Look at its neck. (there is a cord running up it's back connected at the neck) It looks like an umbilical cord.

GREY
Well, don't get too close.

HARRIS
I think it's harmless. I don't even think it's properly alive.

The creature lies back down in the liquid.

GREY
It's gonna drown!

HARRIS
No, I think it breathes this stuff, like some kind of embryo.

GREY
What do you mean, an embryo?

HARRIS
Someone's growing a body. A human body.

STAAL
Excellent skills of deduction. (both soldiers aim their guns at the newcomer, a short creature completely covered in armour with a domed helmet) I would rate you above average, soldier. Well done. (turns to GREY) Whereas you, you smell of sweat and fear.

HARRIS
Yeah? (lowers gun) Well, we're not the ones that got out of school early, sonny. So stop playing Humpty Dumpty and tell us who you are.

STAAL
Is that a reference to my height?

HARRIS
(smiles) Short answer: yes.

STAAL
A pity. Words are the weapons of womenfolk. I must judge you unfit.

HARRIS
Oh. What are you going to do, bite our ankles?

STAAL fires a bolt of energy from his staff at HARRIS' legs and he falls to the floor in pain.

GREY
I'm warning you!

STAAL
A proper soldier gives no warning. Fire! I order you. Fire! (GREY fires but the rifle only clicks) The room is contained within a cordalaine signal exciting the copper surface of the bullet and causing expansion within the barrel, rendering your guns useless. And your radio signals have been blocked.

Desperate, GREY raises the rifle to strike a blow and STAAL fires at his legs as well. GREY falls to the floor.

GREY
My legs! I can't feel my legs!

Two factory workers enter the room.

STAAL
I apologise for disabling you. Death has more honour but you are needed for the stratagem. (to workers) Prepare them for processing. (to HARRIS) You spoke of promotion-now you shall serve a greater cause.

HARRIS
Who are you?

STAAL
Indeed-know your enemy. I am Gen Staal of the 10th Sontaran Battle Fleet, known as Staal the Undefeated. (removes helmet)

GREY
(panicked) Help us! Oh, my God, help us!

INT. ATMOS FACTORY, OFFICE

The DOCTOR is examining the ATMOS device.

DOCTOR
Ionising nano-membrane carbon dioxide converter--which means that ATMOS works. Filters the CO2 at a molecular level.

MACE
We know about that. What's its origin? Is it alien?

DOCTOR
No, but it's decades ahead of its time. Loo, do you mind? Could you stand back a bit?

MACE
Sorry, have I done something wrong?

DOCTOR
You're carrying a gun. I don't like people with guns hanging around me, all right?

MACE
If you insist. (walks away)

MARTHA
Tetchy.

DOCTOR
Well, it's true.

MARTHA
He's a good man.

DOCTOR
People with guns are usually the enemy in my books. You seem quite at home. (takes the sonic screwdriver to the device)

MARTHA
If anyone got me used to fighting, it's you.

DOCTOR
Oh right, so it's my fault.

MARTHA
Well, you got me the job. Besides, look at me. (DOCTOR turns off sonic screwdriver and looks at her) Am I carrying a gun?

DOCTOR
Suppose not.

MARTHA
It's all right for you. You can just come and go, but some of us have got to stay behind. So I've got to work from the inside and by staying inside, maybe I stand a chance of making them better.

DOCTOR
Yeah? (smiles) That's more like Martha Jones.

MARTHA
I learnt from the best.

DOCTOR
Well...

DONNA enters the room.

DONNA
Oi, you lot! All your storm troopers and your sonics-rubbish! Shoulda come with me.

DOCTOR
Where have you been?

Col Mace rejoins them.

DONNA
Personnel. That's where the weird stuff's happening-in the paperwork. 'Cause I spent years working as a temp, I can find my way around an office blindfolded, and the first thing I noticed is an empty file.

DOCTOR
Why, what's inside it? Or what's not inside it?

DONNA
Sick days. (opens file to show it's empty) There aren't any. Hundred of people working here, and no one's sick. Not one hangover, man flu, sneaky little shopping trip. Nothing. Not ever. They don't get ill.

MACE
That can't be right. (takes folder)

DONNA
You've been checking out the buildings, should've been checking out the workforce.

MARTHA
I can see why he likes you.

The DOCTOR and DONNA exchange a look.

DONNA
Hmm.

MARTHA
You are good.

DONNA
Super Temp.

MACE
Dr Jones, set up a medical post, start examining the workers. I'll get them sent through.

MARTHA
Come on, Donna, give me a hand.

The DOCTOR follows MACE out of the room.

INT. ATMOS FACTORY, PLANT FLOOR

The DOCTOR walks with MACE along an open corridor parallel to the work area.

DOCTOR
So, this, this ATMOS thing, where'd it come from?

MACE
Luke Rattigan himself.

DOCTOR
And himself would be?

INT. UNIT FIELD BASE

MACE has pulled up LUKE'S profile on computer.

MACE
Child genius. Invented the Fountain 6 search engine when he was 12 years old. Millionaire overnight. Now runs the Rattigan Academy. A private school educating students handpicked from all over the world.

DOCTOR
A hothouse for geniuses-wouldn't mind going there. (MACE looks at him, puzzled) I get lonely.

INT. ATMOS FACTORY, OFFICE

DONNA
Do you think I should call my mum? About the ATMOS in her car?

MARTHA
Better safe than sorry.

DONNA
I'll give her a call. (starts to leave)

MARTHA
Donna-(DONNA stops) Do they know where you are? Your family-I mean, that you're travelling with the Doctor?

DONNA
Not really. Although...my granddad sorta waved us off. I didn't have time to explain.

MARTHA
You just left him behind?

DONNA
Yeah.

MARTHA
(nods) I didn't tell my family. Kept it all so secret and it almost destroyed them.

DONNA
In what way?

MARTHA
They ended up imprisoned. They were tortured-my mum, my dad, my sister... It wasn't the Doctor's fault, but you need to be careful. 'Cause you know the Doctor, he's wonderful, he's brilliant, but he's like fire-stand to close and people get burned.

INT. ATMOS FACTORY, BASEMENT CORRIDORS

HARRIS and GREY emerge from the cloning room and stand at attention. STAAL stands in the doorway.

STAAL
Conditioning is complete. Now do your duty and advance the conquest.

HARRIS & GREY
Yes, sir.

The two soldiers march down the corridor.

INT. ATMOS FACTORY, CLONING ROOM

STAAL walks through the room.

STAAL
Gen Staal returning. The stratagem advances... (walks into teleport device) The last days of planet Earth. (disappears)

INT. ATMOS FACTORY, DOCKING BAY

The DOCTOR and MACE are striding along.

DOCTOR
You are not coming with me. I want to talk to this Luke Rattigan, not point a gun at him.

MACE
It's ten miles outside London. How are you going to get there?

DOCTOR
Then get me a Jeep.

MACE
According to the records, you travel by TARDIS.

DOCTOR
Yeah, but, if there is a danger of hostile aliens, I think it best to keep a super-duper time travel machine away from the front lines.

MACE
I see. Then you do have weapons but you choose to keep them hidden. Jenkins?

ROSS JENKINS
Sir!

MACE
You will accompany the Doctor and take orders from him.

DOCTOR
I don't do orders.

MACE
Any sign of trouble get Jenkins to declare a Code Red. And good luck, sir. (salutes)

DOCTOR
I said no salutes.

MACE
Now you're giving orders. (leaves)

DOCTOR
A bit cheeky, you are.

DONNA finds him.

DONNA
Doctor.

DOCTOR
Oh, just in time. Come on! (grabs her hand) Come on, we're going to the country. (pulls her towards the Jeep) Fresh air, geniuses, what more could you ask?

DONNA
I'm not coming with you. I've been thinking. I'm sorry... I'm going home.

DOCTOR
Really?

DONNA
I've got to.

DOCTOR
Well, if that's what you want. I mean, it's a bit soon. I had so many places I wanted to take you. The 15th broken moon of the Medusa Cascade, the lightening skies of Cotter Palluni's World, the diamond coral reefs of Kaata Flo Ko... Thank you. Thank you, Donna Noble. It's been brilliant. You-you've saved my life in so many ways. (DONNA nods) You're... You're-you're just popping home for a visit. That's what you mean.

DONNA
You dumbo.

DOCTOR
And then you're coming back.

DOCTOR
Do you know what you are? A great, big, outer-space dunce.

DOCTOR
Yeah.

ROSS
Ready when you are, sir.

DONNA
What's more, you can give me a lift. Come on. (they get into the Jeep) Broken moon of what?

DOCTOR
I know. I know.

As the Jeep pulls away, HARRIS and GREY stand there watching.

INT. ATMOS FACTORY, ROOM OFF PLANT FLOOR

MARTHA is in her lab coat interviewing a worker who stares straight ahead.

MARTHA
And your name's Treppa, yeah? Is that Polish? Listen, we're not checking passports. It's not about that. But did you come across from Poland just to work?

TREPPA
(monotone) I came to do my job.

MARTHA
Okay. I need to listen to your heartbeat. (breathes on stethoscope to warm it) This might be a bit cold. Lift.

TREPPA lifts his shirt and MARTHA places the stethoscope to his chest. She hears a very rapid heartbeat. She takes the stethoscope away then tries again.

MARTHA
Are you on any medication?

TREPPA
I'm here to work.

MARTHA
How many hours a day do you work?

TREPPA
Twenty-four.

MARTHA
You work 24 hours a day? (no response) Down. (TREPPA lowers his shirt) Mr Treppa, have you had any form of hypnosis?

TREPPA
I'm here to work.

MARTHA
Okay, um...if you could just wait here. (leaves)

INT. ATMOS FACTORY, PLANT FLOOR

MARTHA walks purposefully down the hall. Two soldiers come up behind her.

SOLDIER
Dr Jones?

MARTHA
Not now, I'm busy.

SOLDIER
Just one question. Do you have Security Clearance Level 1?

MARTHA
Yes, I do. Why?

SOLDIER
Col Mace wants to see you.

MARTHA
Oh good, 'cause I want to see him. Where is he?

SOLDIER
Come with us.

MARTHA follows the two soldiers. We see that they are HARRIS and GREY.

EXT. DAY, NEIGHBORHOOD STREET

The Jeep pulls up to the corner of DONNA'S road. The DOCTOR steps out first, followed by DONNA.

DONNA
I'll walk the rest of the way. I'll see you back at the factory, yeah?

DOCTOR
(gets back into the Jeep) Bye!

DONNA
And you be careful!

DONNA walks slowly down the street. Everything looks so normal. A woman walks along the pavement.

WOMAN
Haven't seen you for days.

DONNA
Yeah. Been away.

A young boy is playing with a football. DONNA flashes back to hanging off the Adipose Building, Pompeii with the High Priestess of the Sibylline and the young boy she tried to save, the Ood's song of captivity and the baby Adipose. She sees WILF in the drive and stifles a sob. He sees her and waves his arms. She runs to him and they hug.

INT. ATMOS FACTORY, BASEMENT CORRIDORS

MARTHA is following HARRIS and GREY

MARTHA
What's he doing down here?

HARRIS
He asked to see you.

MARTHA
Why? Has he found something?

The soldiers don't answer. They open to door to the cloning room and MARTHA strides in expecting to see MACE. Instead, she sees the empty room with the bubbling clone pool. She heads for the door but HARRIS and GREY block her way. The door slides shut and she starts screaming. The lights in the hallway go out.

INT. NOBLE HOME, KITCHEN

DONNA and WILF are sitting at the table having tea.

WILF
I said so, didn't I? Aliens. I said they were real. I just didn't expect them in a little blue box.

DONNA
It's bigger on the inside.

WILF
Yeah, but is it safe, then? This Doctor, are you safe with him?

DONNA
He's amazing, Gramps. He's just...dazzling. And never tell him I said that.

WILF
No.

DONNA
But I'd trust him with my life.

WILF
Hold up. I thought that was my job.

DONNA
You still come first.

WILF
For God's sake, don't tell your mother.

DONNA
I don't know. I mean, this is massive. It's sort of not fair if she doesn't know.

SYLVIA walks in with the laundry.

SYLVIA
Doesn't know what? And who's "she", the cat's mother? (starts folding laundry) And where have you been these past few days, lady, after that silly little trick with the car keys? I phoned Veena and she said she hadn't seen hide nor hair.

DONNA
I've been...travelling.

SYLVIA
Oh, hark at her, Michael Palin. Are you staying for tea? 'Cause I haven't got anything in. I've been trying to keep your granddad on that macrobiotic diet but he sneaks off and gets pork pies at the petrol station. (WILF tries to protest) Don't deny it. I've seen the wrappers in the car. Oh, I don't miss a trick. (DONNA and WILF share a smile) Now then, what were gonna tell me? What don't I know?

DONNA
Nothing. Just...nothing.

SYLVIA
Good. Right, then. You can sit there and cut out those coupons. Every penny helps. This new mortgage won't pay for itself. Dad, kettle on.

WILF
(gets up) Yeah, kettle on. (winks at DONNA)

INT. JEEP

The DOCTOR and ROSS drive to the school.

ROSS
UNIT's been watching the Rattigan Academy for ages. It's all a bit Hitler Youth. Exercise at dawn and classes and special diets.

ATMOS
Turn left.

DOCTOR
Ross, one question. If UNIT think that ATMOS dodgy-

ROSS
How come we've got it in the Jeeps?

DOCTOR
Yeah.

ROSS
Ha, tell me about it. They're fitted as standard on all government vehicles. We can't get rid of them until we can prove there's something wrong.

ATMOS
Turn right.

ROSS
Drives me around the bend. (turns into the school drive)

DOCTOR
Oh, nice one.

ROSS
Timed that perfectly.

DOCTOR
Ha. Yeah. You did.

ATMOS
This is your final destination.

EXT. , RATTIGAN ACADEMY

Students in red sweat suits are running past while Luke stands and looks out over the grounds. The DOCTOR and ROSS walk up the pavement.

DOCTOR
Is it PE? I wouldn't mind a kick-around. Got me daps on.

LUKE
(turns) I suppose you're the Doctor.

DOCTOR
Hello.

LUKE
Your commanding officer phoned ahead.

DOCTOR
Oh, I haven't got a commanding officer. Have you? Oh, this is Ross. Say hello, Ross.

ROSS
Afternoon, sir.

The DOCTOR rushes to the main doors.

DOCTOR
Let's have a look, then! I can smell genius...in a good way.

INT. RATTIGAN ACADEMY, LAB

Many of the students are working on advanced projects. The DOCTOR enters and wanders about as different things catch his eye.

DOCTOR
Oh, now...that's clever! Look! (slips on glasses) Single-molecule fabric. How thin is that?! You could pack a tent in a thimble. Oh! Gravity simulators! Terraforming, biospheres, nano-tech steel construction! Ha-ha, this is brilliant! But y'know with equipment like this, you could, oh, I dunno...move to another planet or something.

LUKE
If only that was possible.

DOCTOR
If only that were possible. (removes glasses) Conditional clause.

LUKE
I think you'd better come with me.

INT., RATTIGAN ACADEMY, LUKE'S QUARTERS

LUKE
You're smarter than the usual UNIT grunts, I'll give you that.

DOCTOR
He called you a grunt. Don't call Ross a grunt, he's nice. We like Ross. Look at this place...

LUKE
(aggravated) What exactly do you want?

DOCTOR
I was just thinking, what a responsible 18 year old. Inventing zero-carbon cars, saving the world...

LUKE
It takes a man with vision.

DOCTOR
Mm, blinkered vision. 'Cause ATMOS means more people driving, more cars, more petrol, end result: the oil's gonna run out faster than ever. The ATMOS system could make things worse.

LUKE
(quickly) Yeah, well, that's a tautology. You can't say ATMOS "system" 'cause it stands for Atmospheric Emission System. So you're saying "Atmospheric Emission System System". Do you see, Mr Conditional Clause?

DOCTOR
It's been a long time since anyone's said no to you, isn't it?

LUKE
I'm still right, though.

DOCTOR
Not easy, is it, being clever? You look at the world and you connect things-random things-and think, "why can't anyone else see it? The rest of the world is so slow".

LUKE
Yeah.

DOCTOR
And you're on your own.

LUKE
I know.

DOCTOR
But not with this. (reaches into coat pocket and pulls out an ATMOS device) 'Cause there's no way you invented this single-handed. It might be Earth technology, but that's like finding a mobile phone in the Middle Ages. (tosses device to ROSS and walks towards teleport) No, no, I'll tell you what it's like! It's like finding this in someone's front room. Albeit, a very big front room.

ROSS
Why? What is it?

DOCTOR
Yeah, just looks like a thing, doesn't it? People don't question things. They just think, "Oh, it's a thing".

LUKE
Leave it alone!

DOCTOR
Me, I make these connections (walks inside it) and this to me looks like... (presses buttons) ...a teleport pod. (disappears)

INT. SONTARAN SHIP, WAR ROOM

The DOCTOR appears in a teleport pod in a spaceship. The Sontarans are fully armoured like STAAL.

PA
Orbit now holding at 556.3, sector 270.

DOCTOR
Oh.

The Sontarans notice him and STAAL raises his staff.

STAAL
We have an intruder!

DOCTOR
How did he get in? In-tru-da window? (the Sontarans advance) Bye-bye! (pushes button and disappears on the run)

INT., RATTIGAN ACADEMY, LUKE'S QUARTERS

The DOCTOR reappears running out of the teleport.

DOCTOR
Ross, get out! Luke, you'd better come with me!

STAAL appears in the teleport and the DOCTOR uses the sonic screwdriver to short out the controls.

DOCTOR
Sontaran! That's your name, isn't it? How did I know that, eh? (puts away screwdriver) Fascinating, isn't it? Isn't that worth keeping me alive?

ROSS
(gun aimed at STAAL) I order you to surrender in the name of the Unified Intelligence Taskforce.

DOCTOR
(to ROSS) That's not gonna work. (to STAAL) Cordalaine signal, am I right? (to ROSS) Copper excitation stopping the bullets.

STAAL
How do you know so much?

DOCTOR
Well... (walks around room)

STAAL
(to LUKE) Who is he?

LUKE
He didn't give his name.

DOCTOR
(leans on desk) This isn't typical Sontaran behaviour, is it? Hiding? Using teenagers? Stopping bullets? A Sontaran should face bullets with dignity! Shame on you!

STAAL
You dishonour me!

DOCTOR
Then show yourself.

STAAL
I will look into my enemy's eyes.

STAAL removes his helmet to reveal a brown dome-shaped head with no visible neck.

ROSS
Oh, my God.

DOCTOR
And your name?

STAAL
General Staal of the 10th Sontaran Battle Fleet. Staal the Undefeated.

DOCTOR
That's not a very good nickname. What if you do get defeated? "Staal-The-Not-Quite-So-Undefeated-Anymore-But-Never-Mind"?

ROSS
(scoffs) Looks like a potato, a baked potato. A talking baked potato.

DOCTOR
Now, Ross, don't be rude. You look like a pink weasel to him. (leans over and picks up a tennis racket and bounces a ball on it) The Sontarans are the finest soldiers in the galaxy. (leans on ROSS'S shoulder) Dedicated to a life of warfare. (twirls racket) A clone race grown in batches of millions with only one weakness-

STAAL
Sontarans have no weakness!

DOCTOR
No, it's a good weakness.

LUKE
Aren't you meant to be clever? Only an idiot would provoke him.

DOCTOR
But the Sontarans are fed by a probic vent in the back of the neck. That's their weak spot, which means they always have to face their enemy in battle. Isn't that brilliant? They can never turn their backs!

STAAL
We stare into the face of death!

DOCTOR
Yeah? Well, stare at this!

The DOCTOR hits the ball with the racket. It bounces off the teleport pod and hits STAAL'S probic vent. STAAL staggers. The DOCTOR pushes ROSS.

DOCTOR
Out! Out! Out! (they run out of the room)

LUKE goes to STAAL

LUKE
What have you done? What have you done?

EXT. , RATTIGAN ACADEMY

The DOCTOR and ROSS run to the Jeep and drive off.

INT., RATTIGAN ACADEMY, LUKE'S QUARTERS

LUKE goes to help STAAL

STAAL
Don't touch me! (stands slowly) A Sontaran would rather be court-martialled than show pain. I must return.

LUKE
But he broke the teleport.

STAAL
Ha! Primitive sonic trickery! (aims staff and shoots a beam at the teleport. STAAL and LUKE enter) The teleport is now repaired. (STAAL activates the teleport)

INT. SONTARAN SHIP, WAR ROOM

STAAL strides across the room.

STAAL
Our presence is known. Soldiers, we move to a war footing!

STAAL'S second-in-command, SKORR, comes to him.

SKORR
I see you face the battle open-skinned, sir. Might I have that honour?

STAAL
You may.

SKORR
Thank you. (removes helmet to show a face nearly identical to STAAL)

LUKE
(looks between the two) How...do you tell each other apart?

STAAL
We say the same of humans.

SKORR
Tell me, boy, how many ATMOS devices have been installed?

LUKE
They've gone worldwide, but only about half.

STAAL
Which means 400 million cars converted. A fine arsenal.

SKORR
Is it sufficient to trigger the conversion?

LUKE
More than enough, yeah. And the test signal proved that it works. 52 deaths in the same second, man, that is just so cool!

STAAL
Is the temperature significant?

LUKE
No. That-that's just a phrase. I'll get my people ready. Just tell me where and when.

STAAL
Have we infiltrated UNIT?

SKORR
The process is about to begin.

STAAL
Then you'll see it completed, Commander Skorr. Get to it!

SKORR
Yes, sir! (teleports)

INT. ATMOS FACTORY, CLONING ROOM

MARTHA is strapped to a basket-like table with a band around her head.

MARTHA
Is someone gonna tell me what the hell is going on? (sees SKORR) Okay. So listen, you're not the first aliens I've met. Just tell me who you are.

SKORR
Commander Skorr of the 10th Sontaran Battle Fleet. Known as Skorr the Blood-Bringer.

MARTHA
What have you done to those two? (nods to HARRIS and GREY)

SKORR
Simple hypnotic control as with the factory drones. But with you, we need something more complex. (turns on the clone pool and it begins to bubble. A hand and arm rise up)

MARTHA
What is that?

SKORR
Soon that will be you.

The hand sinks back down into the bubbling liquid.

INT. SONTARAN SHIP, WAR ROOM

LUKE is looking down at the Earth

PA
Orbit now holding at 556.3, sector 270.

STAAL finishes overseeing a soldier.

STAAL
Continue. (walks to LUKE) War can never come too soon. Take your last look, boy.

LUKE
It was never big enough for me.

STAAL
I like your ambition.

LUKE
That doctor, he was in a UNIT Jeep. It should have ATMOS installed.

STAAL
You said you didn't know his name.

LUKE
I don't. He just said "Doctor". Does that mean something?

STAAL
There is an enemy of the Sontarans known as the Doctor. A face-changer.

LUKE
Do you mean he's an alien too?

STAAL
Legend says he led the battle in the last great Time War. The finest war in history and we weren't allowed to be part of it. Oh, but this is excellent. The last of the Time Lords will die at the hands of the Sontaran Empire in the ruins of his precious Earth!

The camera pulls back to reveal the Sontaran ship in orbit above Earth.

INT. ATMOS FACTORY, CLONING ROOM

MARTHA is fighting against her restraints.

SKORR
It is inadvisable to struggle. The female has a weaker thorax.

MARTHA
What are you doing?

SKORR
Completing mental transfer. The clone needs full memory access.

MARTHA
Clone?

MARTHA watches as a hand rises from the pool followed by her face and body.

MARTHA
You can't-

The clone removes the cord from the back of her neck.

MARTHA
That's not-

SKORR
You will sleep, girl. Sleep and keep the memories alive. (MARTHA falls asleep) Memories we can use in battle.

INT. SONTARAN SHIP, WAR ROOM

A monitor is tracking the Jeep's progress.

SOLDIER
We have the Doctor's vehicle.

STAAL
An ordinary death for such a remarkable enemy, but proceed.

INT. JEEP

The DOCTOR and ROSS are driving back to London.

DOCTOR
(into radio) Greyhound 40 to Trap 1. Repeat: can you hear me? Over.

ROSS
Why is it not working?

DOCTOR
Must be the Sontarans. If they can trace that, they can isolate the ATMOS.

ATMOS
Turn left.

DOCTOR
Try going right.

ROSS
It says left.

DOCTOR
I know. So go right.

ROSS
(removes hands from the wheel) I've got no control. It's driving itself. It won't stop. (tries door) The doors are locked!

DOCTOR
(uses sonic screwdriver on ATMOS) Argh! It's deadlocked! I can't stop it!

ATMOS
Turn left.

The Jeep swerves left.

DOCTOR
The sat-nav's just a box, wired through the whole car.

INT. SONTARAN SHIP, WAR ROOM

LUKE
Is he going in the water? Oh, I love it with the water!

INT. JEEP

Tires screech at the Jeep swerves off the road.

ROSS
We're heading for the river!

DOCTOR
ATMOS, are you programmed to contradict my orders?

ATMOS
Confirmed.

DOCTOR
Anything I say, you'll ignore it?

ATMOS
Confirmed.

DOCTOR
Then drive into the river! (ROSS stares at him) I order you to drive into the river! Do it! Drive into the river!

The Jeep's brakes squeal to a halt right at the river's edge. The DOCTOR and ROSS jump out and run.

ATMOS
Turn right. Left. Left. Right.

DOCTOR
Get down! (he and ROSS both dive to the ground)

ATMOS
(becomes increasingly high-pitched) Left. Right. Left. Right. Left. Right. Left. Right. (the panel sparks and smokes)

DOCTOR
(lifts his head) Oh, is that it?

INT. SONTARAN SHIP, WAR ROOM

SOLDIER
ATMOS terminated. Mission accomplished. The Doctor is dead.

STAAL
Then prepare the weapons. Is the operative ready?

INT. ATMOS FACTORY, CLONING ROOM

SKORR checks on MARTHA before facing the clone.

MARTHA CLONE
(puts on lab coat) Ready and waiting to advance the great Sontaran cause, sir.

SKORR
Then go to work.

The MARTHA CLONE walks out followed by HARRIS and GREY.

EXT. DAY, NOBLE HOME

The DOCTOR rings the front doorbell and DONNA answers.

DOCTOR
You would not believe the day I'm having.

The DOCTOR examines the Nobles' car. He taps the ATMOS device underneath and then opens the bonnet. DONNA is on her mobile trying to reach MARTHA.

ROSS
I'll requisition us a vehicle.

DOCTOR
Anything without ATMOS. And don't point your gun at people. (ROSS runs off)

WILF
(comes out of the house) Is it him? Is it him? Is it the Doctor? (sees the DOCTOR checking under the bonnet) Ah, it's you!

DOCTOR
Who? (recognizes WILF) Oh...it's you! (comes to stand by DONNA and WILF)

DONNA
What, have you met before?

WILF
Yeah, Christmas Eve. He disappeared right in front of me.

DONNA
And you never said?!

WILF
Well, you never said. (to DOCTOR) Wilf, sir. Wilfred Mott. You must be one of them aliens.

DOCTOR
Well, yeah, but don't shout it out. (shakes WILF'S hand) Nice to meet you properly, Wilf.

WILF
Ah, an alien hand.

DOCTOR
Donna, anything?

DONNA
She's not answering. What's it, "Sontiruns"?

DOCTOR
Sontarans. But there's got to be more to it. They can't be just remote-controlling cars. That's not enough. Is anyone answering?

DONNA
Hold on.

INT. ATMOS FACTORY, PLANT FLOOR

The MARTHA CLONE is walking along the plant floor followed by HARRIS and GREY.

MARTHA CLONE
(into mobile) Don't tell me...Donna Noble.

EXT. DAY, NOBLE HOME

DONNA
Martha, hold on, he's here. (gives DOCTOR the phone)

DOCTOR
Martha, tell Col Mace it's the Sontarans. They're in the file, Code Red Sontarans. But if they're inside the factory, tell him not to start shooting, UNIT will get massacred. I'll get back as soon as I can. You got that?

INT. ATMOS FACTORY, PLANT FLOOR

MARTHA CLONE
Code Red Sontarans. Gotcha. (closes mobile)

MACE
Dr Jones, found anything yet?

MARTHA CLONE
No, sir, nothing to report.

MACE continues on. The MARTHA CLONE smiles and goes the other way.

EXT. DAY, NOBLE HOME

The DOCTOR has the sonic screwdriver out and is looking under the bonnet as DONNA and WILF look on.

DONNA
You've tried sonicking it before. You didn't find anything.

DOCTOR
Yeah, but now I know it's Sontaran, I know what I'm looking for.

WILF
The thing is, Doctor, that Donna is my only grandchild. You gotta promise me you're gonna take care of her.

DOCTOR
She takes care of me.

WILF
Oh, yeah, that's my Donna. She was always bossing us around even when she was tiny. "The Little General" we used to call her.

DONNA
Yeah. Don't start.

The DOCTOR is concentrating on a specific part with holes in a grid pattern.

WILF
And some of the boys she used to turn up with-a different one every week. Yeah, who was that one with the nail varnish?

DONNA
Matthew Richards. He lives in Kilburn now-with a man.

Spikes shoot out of the holes in the device.

DOCTOR
Whoa! It's a temporal pocket! I knew there was something else in there. It's hidden just a second out of sync with real time.

DONNA
But what's it hiding?

SYLVIA walks up to see them with their heads together under the bonnet.

SYLVIA
I dunno, men and their cars! Sometimes I think if I was a car...(sees the DOCTOR) Oh, it's you! Doctor-what was it?

DOCTOR
(waves a hand without looking) Yeah, that's me.

WILF
Have you met him as well?

SYLVIA
Dad, it's the man from the wedding! When you were laid up with Spanish flu. I'm warning you, last time that man turned up, it was a disaster!

Gas shoots out from the device.

DOCTOR
Get back!

INT. SONTARAN SHIP, WAR ROOM

SOLDIER
A converter has been activated.

STAAL
Show me where!

A hologram appears in the middle of the room and narrows in on a neighbourhood.

LUKE
London. That's Chiswick.

SOLDIER
Who can have such knowledge?

STAAL
Only the Doctor! He survived! Excellent! Then battle will be joined! Glorious warfare! (moves to comms device) 10th Sontaran Battle Fleet, we move to the final phase! Prepare the subjugation of Earth for the glory of Sontar!

PA
Announcing Battle Status One. All soldiers to positions. (warriors begin marching through the ship's corridors) Repeat: we are now at Battle Status One.

Rejoice!

EXT. DAY, NOBLE HOME

The DOCTOR uses the sonic screwdriver on the car.

DOCTOR
That'll stop it.

The car sparks and the gas stops.

SYLVIA
I told you! He's blown up the car! Who is he anyway? What sort of doctor blows up cars?

DONNA
Oh, not now, Mum!

SYLVIA
Oh, should I make an appointment? (stalks off)

DOCTOR
That wasn't just exhaust fumes. Some sort of gas. Artificial gas.

WILF
And it's aliens, is it? Aliens?

DONNA
But if it's poisonous... Then they've got poisonous gas in every car on Earth.

The DOCTOR looks around at the cars parked on the street and sees ATMOS stickers in the windows of all of them.

INT. SONTARAN SHIP, WAR ROOM

STAAL
Trigger the converters and deadlock every single one!

EXT. DAY, NOBLE HOME

WILF
It's not safe. I'm gonna get it off the street.

WILF gets into the car and the door shuts behind him and automatically locks.

DONNA
No, don't!

The car starts and a thick exhaust comes out the tailpipe.

DONNA
Turn it off! (WILF shakes his head) Granddad, get out of there! (tries to open door)

WILF
I can't! It's locked! (he holds the key up) It's the aliens again! (bangs on window)

SYLVIA
(by front door) What's he doing? What's he done?

DOCTOR
I've isolated it!

EXT. DAY, LOCAL CAR PARK

All the cars in the car park are emitting the gas. People are coughing and car alarms are going off.

INT. ATMOS FACTORY, DOCKING BAY

MACE runs to the docking bay where the UNIT vehicles are releasing fumes.

MACE
Turn them off! Turn them off! Turn off all engines!

SOLDIER
It's all of them, sir! Every single car on the planet!

The MARTHA CLONE, HARRIS and GREY enter the docking bay like they're on a stroll, ignoring all the panic.

MARTHA CLONE
Now we begin. Let's get to work.

EXT. DAY, NOBLE HOME

DONNA
There's gas inside the car! He's gonna choke! Doctor!

The DOCTOR joins her at the door and tries to open it with the sonic screwdriver.

DOCTOR
It won't open! (hears car alarms and sees all the other cars emitting the gas) It's the whole world.

WILF
(weakly) Help me!

The DOCTOR runs back to check the engine.

INT. SONTARAN SHIP, WAR ROOM

STAAL
400 million weapons! Sontar-Ha! (punches fist) Sontar-Ha!

The other Sontarans take up the chant as does Luke.

EXT. DAY, NOBLE HOME

WILF coughs and DONNA looks helplessly through the window. The DOCTOR yanks out some wires but it doesn't help. He moves to the middle of the road.

INT. SONTARAN SHIP, WAR ROOM

The Sontarans continue their chant.

EXT. DAY, NOBLE HOME

The DOCTOR stands in the middle of the road powerless as the smoke billows around him.

DONNA
Doctor!


TO BE CONTINUED...
 
 
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azream on June 9th, 2008 01:35 am (UTC)
"breathes on stethoscope to warm it" What!!!!!!!!!
Musta been a throwback from the Willian Hartnell pre-infection control days I guess.

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jpgrjpgr on June 9th, 2008 01:59 am (UTC)
Re: "breathes on stethoscope to warm it" What!!!!!!!!!
Well, she does and says "This might be a bit cold". I'm only writing what I saw and heard.

Thank you for reading this, though!
(Anonymous) on June 9th, 2008 02:03 am (UTC)
Re: "breathes on stethoscope to warm it" What!!!!!!!!!
LOL .... and you're welcome - from a Brit in Arizona
jpgr: DW 10 window (PiC)jpgr on June 9th, 2008 02:42 am (UTC)
Re: "breathes on stethoscope to warm it" What!!!!!!!!!
I try to use the British spelling and terms (as I basically do this for another site) but if you catch something, please let me know.