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#409 : Forest of the Dead ... La bibliothèque des ombres (2/2)

Cet épisode est en deux parties (2/2).

Résumé : Alors que Donna a disparu et que les ombres deviennent de plus en plus menaçantes, le Docteur s'allie à la mystérieuse River Song. Mais qui peut arrêter le Vashta Nerada ? Et qu'est-ce que CAL ?

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Titre VO
Forest of the Dead

Titre VF
Forest of the Dead ... La bibliothèque des ombres (2/2)

Première diffusion
07.06.2008

Première diffusion en France
20.01.2009

Vidéos

Doctor Who : Series 4 Episode 9 "Forest of the Dead" - BBC One TV Trailer

Doctor Who : Series 4 Episode 9 "Forest of the Dead" - BBC One TV Trailer

  

Doctor who forest of the dead trailer

Doctor who forest of the dead trailer

  

Plus de détails

Scénariste : Steven Moffat

Réalisateur : Euros Lyn

 

Distribution

David Tennant ... Docteur
Catherine Tate ... Donna Noble
Alex Kingston ... River Song
Colin Salmon ... Docteur Moon
Eve Newton ...  La petite fille / CAL
Mark Dexter .. Le père
Sarah Niles ... Node 710/aqua
Joshua Dallas ... Node Mark Chambers
Steve Pemberton ... Strackman Lux
Talulah Riley ... Miss Evangelista
Harry Peacock ... Dave
O-T Fagbenle ...  "Autre" Dave
Jessika Williams ... Anita

 

Références et continuités

  • La robe que porte Donna dans son rêve est la même que celle qu'elle portait dans Le Mariage de Noël.
  • Les événements relatés dans ces épisodes par River ont lieu dans Les Maris de River Song.
  • Les noms des deux enfants de Donna, Josh et Ella sont celui du fils de Steven Moffat et de sa meilleure amie.

Résumé épisode 409 "La bibliothèque des ombres" (deuxième partie)

(Suite de l'épisode 408)

Dans la bibliothèque, le Docteur et l'équipe d'explorateurs tentent d'échapper aux ombres. Un autre membre est à son tour dévoré par le Vashta Nerada et le Docteur échappe de peu aux deux scaphandres désormais hantés.

Le Seigneur du temps ne fait toujours pas confiance à River, surtout lorsque cette dernière ne cesse de faire des allusions à son futur. L'archéologue est vexée, et dit au Docteur que, de toute façon, il n'est pas son Docteur. Son Docteur, lui, peut ouvrir les portes du Tardis d'un simple claquement de doigts - ce que le Docteur nie - et faire reculer des armées d'un seul regard. Mais le temps presse car le Vashta Nerada gagne du terrain. Alors, afin de gagner sa confiance, River murmure à l'oreille du Docteur quelque chose qu'il ne peut seulement dire qu'une fois. Il s'agirait de son véritable nom !

Donna, de son côté, se réveille dans un monde nouveau, où, sous la surveillance du Docteur Moon, elle se construit une vie des plus tranquilles. Pour elle, le Docteur n'est plus qu'un rêve. Elle rencontre un homme charmant, mais bègue, Lee, qu'elle épouse et avec lequel elle a deux enfants, Josh et Ella. Tout semble aller pour le mieux même si des évènements étranges se produisent.

Cependant, une étrange femme vêtue de noir et au visage masqué semble la suivre. Elle lui donne finalement rendez-vous dans un parc et lui révèle que tout ceci n'est qu'une illusion. Sa vie, son mariage, ses enfants même, ne sont pas réels. Mais Donna refuse de reconnaître la vérité. Sa vie est réelle, son couple et ses enfants aussi, elle ne veut pas croire autre chose. Alors l'étrange dame se dévoile face à Donna, horrifiée par son apparence. Elle lui dit son nom : miss Evangelista, la jeune femme de l'équipe morte en premier. L'ordinateur de la bibliothèque l'a sauvée et l'a rendue très intelligente. Malheureusement, lors de son transfert, elle a été défigurée. Et Donna prend enfin conscience que tous les enfants du parc sont les mêmes : le même garçon et la même fillette répétés à l'infini. Terrifiée, elle rentre chez elle avec ses enfants.

Pendant ce temps, dans la Bibliothèque, le Docteur découvre que la lune de la planète envoie des signaux électromagnétiques qui interfèrent avec son tournevis sonique. Monsieur Lux explique que cette lune est une sorte d'antivirus pour l'ordinateur de la bibliothèque. Soudain, Donna apparaît au Docteur alors que, dans l'autre monde, le Docteur apparaît à Donna.

Le Docteur comprend enfin que les 4022 personnes détectées comme sauvées le sont en fait sur le disque dur de l'ordinateur.

Lorsque les ombres prennent pour proie un nouveau membre de l'équipe, Anita, le Docteur reste à ses cotés afin d'en savoir plus sur les raisons de leur agressivité. Après avoir dévoré la jeune femme, le Vashta Nerada révèle au Docteur qu'ils sont venus avec les livres. D'habitude, ils vivent dans des forêts, mais ces dernières ont été coupées pour créer les innombrables livres de la bibliothèque.

De son côté, la mystérieuse petite fille, très frustrée par les évènements, "éteint" son père ainsi que le Docteur Moon à l'aide de sa télécommande, ce qui l'effraye, et met en marche un programme d'autodestruction dans la bibliothèque.

Afin d'arrêter le compte à rebours, le Docteur, River et Strackman Lux se dirigent vers la salle de l'ordinateur principal. Lux révèle enfin le secret de la bibliothèque. Il avoue que le nom de l'ordinateur est CAL, c'est-à-dire les initiales de Charlotte Abigail Lux, la petite fille que l'on voit depuis le début. Elle était la fille de son grand-père. Morte de maladie alors qu'elle n'était encore qu'une enfant, elle a été téléchargée à l'intérieur de l'ordinateur. Ainsi, elle pouvait vivre pour toujours au milieu des livres qu'elle aimait tant.

Cependant, les 4022 personnes téléchargées dans son disque dur l'ont rendue folle et elle a oublié qui elle était. Le seul moyen de sauver tout le monde serait de les libérer du disque dur. Comme CAL ne peut pas le faire toute seule, le Docteur propose de lier son esprit au système comme mémoire supplémentaire, bien que cela risque de le tuer.

River refuse le sacrifice du Docteur car s'il meurt dans la bibliothèque, elle ne le rencontrera jamais et ne peut envisager cette idée. Elle l'assomme donc et prend sa place, sauvant toutes les personnes coincées dans l'ordinateur, au prix de sa vie. Tout le monde réapparait donc dans la bibliothèque, sains et saufs.

De son côté, Donna, désespérée, voit ses enfants disparaître. Lee lui promet qu'il est bien réel, et que quoiqu'il arrive, il la retrouvera. Mais une fois dans la bibliothèque, Donna le cherche et ne le trouve pas au milieu de tant de gens. Pourtant Lee est à quelques pas d'elle, incapable de l'appeler car son bégaiement est revenu. Il est à son tour transporté vers une destination inconnue. Finalement le destin ne les a pas réuni.

Alors que le Docteur laisse le journal et le tournevis sonique de River dans la bibliothèque, il se rend compte que, dans le futur, il les lui a donné pour une bonne raison. Le tournevis contient l'appareil de communication du scaphandre de l'archéologue. Se précipitant, le Docteur l'utilise pour ramener River à la vie, du moins, à l'intérieur de l'ordinateur.

En retournant au Tardis, le Docteur teste l'une des révélations de River sur son futur. Il claque des doigts pour ouvrir et fermer les portes du vaisseau gallifréen et cela fonctionne.

Dans l'ordinateur, River est accueillie par Charlotte et le Docteur Moon. La petite fille lui révèle qu'elle a sauvé les membres de son équipe et tous sont présents. Ils vivront désormais ensemble, heureux, pour l'éternité.

 

FIN

Écrit par hypmatt pour Doctor Who HypnoSeries.

Script VO épisode 409 "Forest of the dead" (part. 2)

(Recap of Silence in the Library).

OPENING CREDITS

PROPER DAVE : Hey ! Who turned out the lights ?

River uses the squareness gun again to open a hole in the wall.

RIVER : This way, quickly, move !

PROPER DAVE : Hey ! Who turned out the lights ?

In her home, the Girl now follows the events on the telly.

THE GIRL : Dad, the Library, it's on television now.

DAD : How many times, darling ? The Library is just your imagination.

She flips channels, all of them show different parts of the Library. Then on another channel, there's an ambulance pulling up to a hospital. The crew roll out the stretcher and the Girl can see Donna lying on it.

THE GIRL : Donna ?

In a hospital room, Donna is sitting on the bed in pyjamas. Dr Moon enters the room.

DR MOON : Hello, Donna.

DONNA (confused) : Who are you ?

DR MOON : I'm Dr Moon. I've been treating you since you came here, two years ago.

She suddenly recognises him.

DONNA : Oh, God, Dr Moon, I'm so sorry ! What's wrong with me ? I didn't know you for a moment.

DR MOON : And then, you remembered. Shall we go for a walk ?

Cut : they are now in the garden in front of the hospital.

DR MOON : No more dreams, then ? The Doctor and the blue box, time and space.

DONNA (confused) : How did we get here ?

DR MOON : We came down the stairs, out the front door. We passed Mrs Ali on the way out.

In front of the building, we see a board with only one word on it : CAL.

DONNA (suddenly remembering) : Yeah. Yeah, we did. I forgot that.

DR MOON : And then, you remembered. Shall we go down to the river ?

Cut : they are by the river.

DONNA (confused) : You said "river" and suddenly we're feeding ducks.

A man walks to Donna and Dr Moon.

LEE : Dr Moon ! Morning.

DR MOON : Donna Noble, Lee McAvoy.

DONNA : Hello, Lee.

LEE : Hello, D... D... D...

DONNA (smiling) : Oh, you've got bit of a stammer there... Bless !

LEE : D... D...

DONNA : Oh, skip to a vowel, they're easy !

They laugh at each other.

Cut : Donna and Dr Moon are back in the hospital garden.

DONNA : How did we leave it, him and me ?

DR MOON : I got the impression he was inviting you fishing tomorrow.

Cut : Donna steps into Lee's room in a sexy, glittery dress.

DONNA : So... Fishing !

Cut : they are sitting by the river under a huge umbrella. It's raining and Donna looks totally out of place in her pretty dress.

LEE : D... D...

DONNA : Gorgeous and can't speak a word. What am I gonna do with you ?

Cut : Lee carries Donna over the threshold and we hear bells ring in the background.

LEE : Welcome home, M-Mrs McAvoy.

Cut : Dr Moon is in Donna's living room watching a photo album, while Donna's children Joshua and Ella are running around.

DONNA : Stop it ! Stop it now, we've got a visitor.

DR MOON : You've done so much in seven years, Donna.

DONNA : Ah, sometimes it feels more like 70. (confused) Mind you, sometimes it feels like no time at all.

Dr Moon rises to leave.

DR MOON : Can I just say what a pleasure it is to see you fully integrated ?

Suddenly, Dr Moon becomes fuzzy and then disappears, being replaced by the Doctor.

DOCTOR : No, the signal's definitely coming from the moon. I'm blocking it, but it's trying to break through. (he looks around and spots Donna) Donna !

The Doctor disappears again and Dr Moon is back, looking as solid and real as ever.

DR MOON : Oops, sorry. Mrs Angelo's rhubarb surprise. Will I never learn ?

Donna backs away in shock.

DONNA : The Doctor ! I saw the Doctor !

DR MOON : Yes, you did, Donna. And then, you forgot.

Suddenly all concern gone, Donna smiles at him as if he'd only just arrived.

DONNA : Dr Moon ! Oh, hello ! Shall I make you a cup of tea ?

Over the Library planet, there's a huge moon on the sunset sky. Inside, River uses the sonic blaster to open a way to another room.

RIVER : OK, we've got a clear spot. In, in, in ! Right in the centre, in the middle of the light, quickly ! Don't let your shadows cross. Doctor...

DOCTOR : I'm doing it.

He starts to check the shadows with his sonic screwdriver.

RIVER : There's no lights here. Sunset's coming, we can't stay long. Have you found a live one ?

DOCTOR : Maybe, it's getting harder to tell. (he thrashes the sonic) What's wrong with you ?

RIVER : We're gonna need a chicken leg. Who's got a chicken leg ? (Other Dave hands her one). Thanks, Dave.

She throws the leg into the shadow the Doctor was examining and it gets stripped to the bone before it hits the floor.

RIVER : OK... OK, we've got a hot one. Watch your feet.

DOCTOR : They won't attack until there's enough of them, but they've got our scent now, they're coming.

OTHER DAVE (to River) : Who is he ? You haven't even told us. You just expect us to trust him.

RIVER : He's the Doctor.

MR LUX : And who is the Doctor ?

RIVER : The only story you'll ever tell - if you survive him.

ANITA : You say he's your friend, but he doesn't even know who you are.

RIVER : Listen, all you need to know is this... I'd trust that man to the end of the universe. And actually, we've been.

ANITA : He doesn't act like he trusts you.

RIVER : Yeah, there's a tiny problem. He hasn't met me yet. (She walks to the Doctor who is fiddling with his sonic). What's wrong with it ?

DOCTOR : There's a signal coming from somewhere, interfering with it.

RIVER : Then use the red settings.

DOCTOR : It doesn't have a red setting.

RIVER : Well, use the dampers.

DOCTOR : It doesn't have dampers.

RIVER : It will do one day.

She shows him her sonic.

DOCTOR : So some time in the future, I just give you my screwdriver.

RIVER : Yeah.

DOCTOR : Why would I do that ?

RIVER : I didn't pluck it from your cold dead hands, if that's what you're worried about.

DOCTOR : And I know that because... ?

RIVER : Listen to me. You've lost your friend, you're angry, I understand. But you need to be less emotional, Doctor. Right now...

DOCTOR : Less em... I'm not emotional !

RIVER : There are five people in this room still alive, focus on that. Dear God, you're hard work young !

DOCTOR : Young ? Who are you ?!

MR LUX : Oh, for heaven's sake ! Look at the pair of you ! We're all gonna die right here, and you're just squabbling like an old married couple.

RIVER : Doctor... one day I'm going to be someone that you trust completely, but I can't wait for you to find that out. So I'm going to prove it to you. And I'm sorry. I'm really very sorry. (She whispers something in his ear, something that stuns him completely). Are we good ? Doctor... are we good ?

DOCTOR (lost in thoughts) : Yeah... Yeah, we're good.

RIVER : Good.

She walks back to the rest of the group. After a few seconds, the Doctor returns to reality.

DOCTOR : Know what's interesting about my screwdriver ? Very hard to interfere with, practically nothing's strong enough... Well, some hairdryers, but I'm working on that. So there is a very strong signal coming from somewhere, and it wasn't there before, so what's new, what's changed ?

They just look at each others.

DOCTOR : Come on ! What's new ? What's different ?

OTHER DAVE : I dunno, nothing. It's getting dark.

DOCTOR : It's a screwdriver, it works in the dark. (He looks up to the darkening sky over the doom and notices the moon). Moon rise... Tell me about the moon. What's there ?

MR LUX : It's not real, it was built as part of the Library. It's just a doctor moon.

DOCTOR : What's a doctor moon ?

MR LUX : A virus checker. It supports and maintains the main computer at the core of the planet.

The Doctor turns on the sonic.

DOCTOR : Well, it's still active, it's signalling, look. Someone somewhere in this Library is alive and communicating with the moon, or possibly alive and drying their hair. No, the signal's definitely coming from the moon. I'm blocking it, but it's trying to break through...

Suddenly, Donna's fuzzy image appears in the Library.

RIVER : Doctor !

DOCTOR : Donna !

The image fades.

RIVER : Doctor, that was your friend ! Can you get her back ? What was that ?

DOCTOR : Hold on, hold on, hold on. I'm trying to find the wavelength. Ah, I'm being blocked.

ANITA (scared) : Professor ?

RIVER : Just a moment.

ANITA : It's important. I have two shadows...

RIVER : OK. Helmets on, everyone. Anita, I'll get yours.

ANITA : It didn't do Proper Dave any good.

RIVER : Just keep it together, OK ?

ANITA : Keeping it together, I'm only crying. I'm about to die, it's not an overreaction.

River puts the helmet on Anita.

DOCTOR : Hang on.

He sonics the helmet to make the visor dark.

RIVER : Oh, God, they've got inside.

DOCTOR : No, no, no, I just tinted her visor. Maybe they'll think they're already in there, leave her alone.

RIVER : D'you think they can be fooled like that ?

DOCTOR : Maybe. I don't know. It's a swarm, it's not like we chat.

OTHER DAVE : Can you still see in there ?

ANITA : Just about.

DOCTOR : Just, just, just... stay back. Professor, a quick word, please.

RIVER : What ?

DOCTOR : Down here.

They crouch down.

RIVER : What is it ?

DOCTOR (low voice) : Like you said, there are five people still alive in this room.

RIVER : Yeah, so ?

DOCTOR : So... why are there six ?

As the five of them turn around, they see another person in spacesuit standing in the background.

PROPER DAVE : Hey ! Who turned out the lights ?

DOCTOR : Run !

They run out of the room, with skeleton/Dave chasing them.

PROPER DAVE : Hey ! Who turned out the lights ? Hey ! Who turned out the lights ? Hey ! Who turned out the lights ?

The Girl is watching the events on television, then, scared of skeleton/Dave, she flips to the channel showing Donna's home.

Donna enters the living room with two cups of tea in hand.

DONNA : Here we are, Dr Moon.

Her daughter runs to her, showing her a clay figure.

ELLA : Mummy, I made you !

DONNA : Oh, that's nice, Ella. Where's the face ?

ELLA : I don't know.

Donna puts the cups to the table and looks around, confused.

DONNA : Did you see Dr Moon ? Did he leave ?

Lee enters the room, the children run to hug him.

JOSHUA and ELLA : Daddy !

LEE : Hey ! Hello, you two, come here ! Big hugs, big Daddy hugs !

ELLA : Look what I made !

LEE : Oh, it's Mummy.

DONNA : Erm, it hasn't got a face. Did you see Dr Moon ?

LEE : No, why, was he here ?

DONNA : Yeah, just a second ago. You must have passed him.

Bemused, she goes to the window. But instead of Dr Moon, she sees a woman in a black Victorian dress passing by, making her even more confused.

LEE : You all right ?

DONNA : Yeah. Yeah, I'm fine, it's just...

LEE : Just ?

DONNA : Nothing. (she hugs Lee). It's been a long day, that's all. I'm just tired.

Cut : Donna, now in pyjamas, is in the bedroom with Lee.

LEE : You OK ?

DONNA (confused) : I said I was tired, and... (slowly remembering) and we put the kids to bed, and we watched television.

They hear a noise from the front door.

DONNA : Was that a letter ?

LEE : It's midnight.

DONNA : Go and see what it is.

Lee leaves and Donna walks to the window. Again, she sees the woman in the black dress.

LEE : "The world is wrong."

DONNA : What ?

She turns back to see Lee enter the room with a letter in hand.

LEE : For you. Weird, though. "Dear Donna, the world is wrong. Meet me at your usual playpark, two o'clock tomorrow."

She takes the letter and goes back to the window to see the mysterious woman walk away.

DONNA : Nutter.

In her flat, the Girl looks scared.

THE GIRL : Don't go. Please don't go.

Donna arrives to the playground with her children. She sees the black dressed woman sitting on a bench, her face hidden behind a veil.

DONNA (to the children) : All right, you two, off you go, no fighting.

The kids run off and Donna sits down beside the woman.

DONNA : I got your note last night. "The world is wrong", what's that mean ?

THE WOMAN : No, you didn't.

DONNA : I'm sorry, what ?

THE WOMAN : You didn't get my note last night. You got it a few seconds ago. Having decided to come, you suddenly found yourself arriving. That is how time progresses here, in the manner of a dream. You've suspected that before, haven't you, Donna Noble ?

DONNA (confused) : How do you know me ?

THE WOMAN : We met before, in the Library. You were kind to me. I hope now to return that kindness.

DONNA : Your voice... I recognise it.

MISS EVANGELISTA : Yes, you do. I am what is left of Miss Evangelista.

Flashes of Miss Evangelista, alive and as the skeleton that remained of her.

In the Library, the group is running through a corridor connecting two high buildings.

DOCTOR : Professor, go ahead, find a safe spot.

RIVER : It's a carnivorous swarm in a suit, you can't reason with it.

DOCTOR : Five minutes.

RIVER : Other Dave, stay with him, pull him out when he's too stupid to live. Two minutes, Doctor.

River, Anita and Mr Lux leave, skeleton/Dave arrives to the corridor.

PROPER DAVE : Hey ! Who turned out the lights ?

The Doctor moves closer to it.

DOCTOR : You hear that ? Those words ? That is the very last thought of the man who wore that suit before you climbed inside it and stripped his flesh. That's a man's soul trapped inside a neural relay, going round and round forever. Now, if you don't have the decency to let him go, how about this ? Use him. Talk to me. It's easy, neural relay. Just point and think. Use him, talk to me.

PROPER DAVE : Hey ! Who turned out the lights ?

DOCTOR : The Vashta Nerada live on all the worlds in this system, but you hunt in forests. What are you doing in a library ?

OTHER DAVE : We should go. Doctor !

DOCTOR : In a minute. You came to the Library to hunt, why ? Just tell me why ?

PROPER DAVE/VASHTA NERADA : We... did... not.

DOCTOR : Oh, hello.

PROPER DAVE/VASHTA NERADA : We did not.

DOCTOR : Take it easy, you'll get the hang of it. Did not what ?

PROPER DAVE/VASHTA NERADA : We... did not... come... here.

DOCTOR : Well, of course you did, of course you came here.

PROPER DAVE/VASHTA NERADA : We come from here.

DOCTOR : From here ?

PROPER DAVE/VASHTA NERADA : We hatched here.

DOCTOR : But you hatch from trees, from spores in trees.

PROPER DAVE/VASHTA NERADA : These are our forests.

DOCTOR : You're nowhere near a forest, look around you.

PROPER DAVE/VASHTA NERADA : These are our forests.

DOCTOR : You're not in a forest, you're in a library. There are no trees in a... (realisation dawning on him) library.

OTHER DAVE  : We should go. Doctor !

DOCTOR : Books. You came in the books. Microspores in a million million books.

OTHER DAVE : We should go. Doctor !

DOCTOR : Oh, look at that. (he looks out to the endless city of bookshelves). The forests of the Vashta Nerada, pulped and printed and bound. A million million books, hatching shadows.

OTHER DAVE  : We should go. Doctor !

The Doctor looks at Other Dave, suddenly realising that he's been repeating the same words for a while.

DOCTOR : Oh Dave ! Oh, Dave, I'm so sorry.

The lights of Other Dave's neural relay are blinking, and behind the helmet there's just a skull now. The skeletons are closing in on the Doctor.

PROPER DAVE : Hey ! Who turned out the lights ?

OTHER DAVE : We should go. Doctor !

DOCTOR : Thing about me, I'm stupid, I talk too much, always babbling on, this gob doesn't stop for anything. Wanna know the only reason I'm still alive ? Always stay near the door.

He points the sonic to the floor, opening up a trap door and he disappears. The skeletons look after him - there's hundreds of floors to the ground. But in the next shot we see that the Doctor did not fall down, he is climbing under the corridor clinging to some metal structures, sonic in mouth.

The Girl is watching him on telly with a happy smile.

MISS EVANGELISTA : I suggested we meet here because a playground is the easiest place to see it, to see the lie.

DONNA : What lie ?

MISS EVANGELISTA : The children, look at the children.

DONNA : Why do you wear that veil ? If I had a face like yours, I wouldn't hide it.

MISS EVANGELISTA : You remember my face, then ? The memories are all still there - the Library, the Doctor, me. You've just been programmed not to look.

DONNA : Sorry, but... you're dead.

MISS EVANGELISTA : In a way, we're all dead here, Donna. We are the dead of the Library.

DONNA : Well, what about the children ? The children aren't dead. My children aren't dead.

MISS EVANGELISTA : Your children were never alive. 

DONNA : Don't you say that. Don't you dare say that about my children !

MISS EVANGELISTA : Look at your children. Look at all of them, really look.

The camera shows several children on the playground : all wearing identical clothes, all looking the same, exactly like Donna's children.

MISS EVANGELISTA : They're not real. Do you see it now ? They're all the same. All the children of this world, the same boy and the same girl, over and over again.

DONNA : Stop it. Just stop it ! Why are you doing this ? Why are you wearing that veil ?

She pulls off the veil to reveal a terribly contorted face. Donna, as well as all the children scream in horror.

In her room, the Girl screams too and hides her face into a pillow.

In the Library, River, Anita and Mr Lux are in another huge room, River is examining shadows with her sonic.

RIVER : You know... it's funny, I keep wishing the Doctor was here.

ANITA : The Doctor is here, isn't he ? He's coming back, right ?

RIVER : You know when you see a photograph of someone you know, but it's from years before you knew them ? It's like they're not quite... finished, they're not done yet. Well... yes, the Doctor's here. He came when I called, just like he always does. But not my Doctor. Now my Doctor... I've seen whole armies turn and run away. And he'd just swagger off back to his TARDIS and open the doors with a snap of his fingers. The Doctor... in the TARDIS... next stop : everywhere.

The Doctor appears suddenly.

DOCTOR : Spoilers ! Nobody can open a TARDIS by snapping their fingers. It doesn't work like that.

RIVER : It does for the Doctor.

DOCTOR : I am the Doctor.

RIVER : Yeah. Some day.

The Doctor walks to Anita.

DOCTOR : How are you doing ?

RIVER : Where's Other Dave ?

DOCTOR : Not coming, sorry.

ANITA : Well, if they've taken him, why haven't they gotten me yet ?

DOCTOR : I don't know.

He looks down and sees that Anita still has two shadows.

DOCTOR : Maybe tinting your visor's making a difference.

ANITA : It's making a difference all right. No-one's ever going to see my face again.

DOCTOR : Can I get you anything ?

ANITA : An old age would be nice. Anything you can do ?

DOCTOR : I'm all over it.

ANITA : Doctor... When we first met you, you didn't trust Professor Song. And then she whispered a word in your ear, and you did. My life so far... I could do with a word like that. What did she say ? (pause) Give a dead girl a break. Your secrets are safe with me.

DOCTOR : Safe...

The word makes him realise something.

ANITA : What ?

DOCTOR : Safe. You don't say saved, nobody says saved, you say safe. The data fragment ! What did it say ?

MR LUX : "4,022 people saved. No survivors."

RIVER : Doctor ?

DOCTOR : Nobody says saved, nutters say saved, you say safe. But you see, it didn't mean safe, it meant... it literally meant... saved !

DONNA : What happened to your face ?

MISS EVANGELISTA : Transcription errors. Destroyed my face, did wonders for my intellect. I'm a very poor copy of myself.

The Girl is watching Donna and Miss Evangelista on television.

DONNA : Where are we ? Why are the children all the same ?

MISS EVANGELISTA : The same pattern over and over. It saves an awful lot of space.

DONNA : Space ?

The Girl looks very scared.

MISS EVANGELISTA : Cyberspace.

THE GIRL (in despair) : No ! Don't tell, you mustn't tell !

The Doctor is working on an information terminal.

DOCTOR : See, there it is, right there ! A hundred years ago, massive power surge, all the teleports going at once. Soon as the Vashta Nerada hit their hatching cycle, they attack. Someone hits the alarm, the computer tries to teleport everyone out.

RIVER : It tried to teleport 4,022 people ?

DOCTOR : Succeeded, pulled 'em all out, but then what ? Nowhere to send them, nowhere safe in the whole Library, Vashta Nerada growing in every shadow. 4,022 people all beamed up and nowhere to go. They're stuck in the system, waiting to be sent, like emails. So what's a computer to do ? What does a computer always do ?

RIVER : It saved them.

DOCTOR : The Library, a whole world of books, and right at the core, the biggest hard drive in history. The index to everything ever written, backup copies of every single book. The computer saved 4,022 people the only way a computer can. It saved them to the hard drive.

MISS EVANGELISTA : Your physical self is stored in the library as an energy signature. It can be actualised again whenever you or the Library requires.

DONNA : The Library ? If my face ends up on one of those statues...

MISS EVANGELISTA : You remember the statues ?

DONNA : Wait, no, just... hang on. So... this isn't the real me ? This isn't my real body. But I've been dieting !

MISS EVANGELISTA : What you see around you, this entire world is nothing more than virtual reality.

DONNA : So why do you look like that ?

MISS EVANGELISTA : I had no choice. You teleported. You're a perfect reproduction. I was just a data ghost caught in the Wi-Fi and automatically uploaded.

DONNA : And it made you clever ?

MISS EVANGELISTA : We're only strings of numbers in here. I think a decimal point may have shifted in my IQ. But my face has been the bigger advantage. I have the two qualities you require to see absolute truth. I am brilliant... and unloved.

DONNA : If this is all a dream... whose dream is it ?

MISS EVANGELISTA : It's hard to see everything in the data core, even for me, but there is a word. Just one word. CAL.

In her home, the Girl is watching them on television, now in tears. She takes the remote and pushes a key.

ELLA : Mummy ! My knee !

She is on the ground crying, Donna runs to her.

DONNA : Oh, oh look at that knee ! Oh, look at that silly old knee !

She hugs Ella.

MISS EVANGELISTA : She's not real. They're fictions. I'm sorry, but now that you understand that, you won't be able to keep a hold. They are sustained only by your belief.

DONNA : You don't know, you don't have children !

MISS EVANGELISTA : Neither do you.

Donna takes the hands of Ella and Joshua and they leave.

MISS EVANGELISTA : Donna, for your own sake, let them go !

Watching them, the Girl is yelling at the television.

THE GIRL : Stop it ! You'll spoil everything ! I hate you, you're going to ruin everything ! Stop it !

Her dad comes to her from the kitchen.

DAD : Sweetie, what's wrong ?

THE GIRL : Shut up !

She pushes another key on the remote and the Dad disappears in thin air.

THE GIRL : Daddy ! No ! Daddy !

In despair, she throws the remote to the ground.

An alarm sounds in the Library.

MR LUX : What is it ? What's wrong ?

COMPUTER VOICE : Autodestruct enabled in 20 minutes.

Donna and her children are walking away from the playground.

ELLA : Mummy, what did the lady mean ? Are we not real ? Where are we going ?

DONNA : Home !

Cut : they are in the living room. The lights are red and they can hear the alarm too.

ELLA : That was quick, wasn't it, Mummy ?

JOSHUA : Mummy, what's wrong with the sky ?

They look out of the window and the sight terrifies them.

RIVER : What's maximum erasure ?

DOCTOR : 20 minutes, this planet's gonna crack like an egg.

MR LUX : No ! No, it's all right, the doctor moon will stop it. It's programmed to protect CAL.

The Girl is crying on the ground, Dr Moon is beside her, talking to her in his usual calming way.

DR MOON : Now, you really must stop this, you know. You've forgotten again it was you who saved all those people, haven't you ? And then, you remembered.

THE GIRL : Shut up, Dr Moon !

She uses the remote again and Dr Moon disappears too.

The screen of the information terminal goes blank.

DOCTOR : No, no, no, no, no, no, no !

COMPUTER VOICE : All Library systems are permanently offline. Sorry for any inconvenience. Shortly...

MR LUX : We need to stop this, we've got to save CAL !

DOCTOR : What is it, what is CAL ?

MR LUX : We need to get to the main computer, I'll show you.

DOCTOR : It's at the core of the planet.

RIVER : Well, then. Let's go ! (She sonics the symbol on the floor at the center of the room, and it opens up). Gravity platform !

DOCTOR : I bet I like you.

RIVER : Oh, you do !

They all step on the platform and it starts to descend.

Donna is sitting on the couch, holding the children tight.

JOSHUA : Mummy, you're hurting my hand.

DONNA (in tears) : You just... you just stay where I can see you. Right, you, you don't get out of my sight.

ELLA : Is it bedtime ?

Cut : they are in the children's room, Ella and Joshua in bed.

DONNA : OK. That was lovely, wasn't it ? That was a lovely bedtime. We had warm milk, and we watched cartoons, and then Mummy read you a lovely bedtime story.

ELLA : Mummy, Joshua and me, we're not real, are we ?

DONNA : Of course you're real. You're as real as anything. Why d'you say that ?

JOSHUA : But, Mummy, sometimes, when you're not here, it's like we're not here.

ELLA : Even when you close your eyes, we just stop.

DONNA : Well, Mummy promises to never close her eyes again. (But when she looks at the beds the children are gone). No ! Please ! No, please ! No ! No, no ! NO !

COMPUTER VOICE : Autodestruct in 15 minutes.

DOCTOR : The Data Core ! 4,000 living minds, trapped inside it.

RIVER : Yeah, well they won't be living much longer, we're running out of time.

In her home, the Girl is on the floor, crying.

THE GIRL : Help me. Please help me. Please, please help me !

In the Library, they can hear the Girl's cry for help from the computer terminal.

THE GIRL : Help me. Please, help me.

ANITA : What's that ?

RIVER : Was that a child ?

DOCTOR : Computer's in sleep mode. (he pushes keys). I can't wake it up. I'm trying.

As he fiddles with the keys, toys turn on and off and objects fly around in the girl's home, making her cry even more.

RIVER : Doctor, these readings !

DOCTOR : I know, you'd think it was... dreaming.

MR LUX : It is dreaming... of a normal life, and a lovely Dad, and of every book ever written.

ANITA : Computers don't dream.

THE GIRL (voice from the terminal) : Help me. Please help me.

MR LUX : No. But little girls do.

He pushes a lever to open a door, and they all run to the next room. A Node turns it's head to them - it is wearing the Girl's face, pleading for help.

THE GIRL/NODE : Please help me. Please help me.

RIVER : Oh, my God !

ANITA : It's the little girl. The girl we saw in the computer.

MR LUX : She's not in the computer. In a way, she is the computer. The main command node. This is CAL.

DOCTOR : CAL is a child ! A child hooked up to a mainframe ? Why didn't you tell me this ? I needed to know this !

MR LUX : Because she's family ! CAL... Charlotte Abigail Lux. My grandfather's youngest daughter. She was dying, so he built her a library, and put her living mind inside, with a moon to watch over her, and all of human history to pass the time, any era to live in, any book to read. She loved books more than anything. He gave her them all. He asked only that she be left in peace. A secret, not a freak show.

DOCTOR : So you weren't protecting a patent, you were protecting her.

MR LUX : This is only half a life, of course. But it's for ever.

DOCTOR : And then the shadows came.

THE GIRL/NODE : Shadows. I have to... I have to save. Have to save...

DOCTOR : And she saved them. She saved everyone in the Library, folded them into her dreams and kept them safe.

ANITA : Then why didn't she tell us ?

DOCTOR : Because she's forgotten. She's got over 4,000 living minds chatting away inside her head, it must be like... being... well, me.

RIVER : So what do we do ?

COMPUTER VOICE : Autodestruct in ten minutes.

DOCTOR : Easy ! We beam all the people out of the data core, the computer will reset and stop the countdown. Difficult, Charlotte doesn't have enough memory space left to make the transfer. Easy ! I'll hook myself up to the computer and she can borrow my memory space ! 

RIVER : Difficult ! It'll kill you stone dead !

DOCTOR : Yeah, it's easy to criticise.

RIVER : It'll burn out both your hearts and don't think you'll regenerate !

DOCTOR : I'll try my hardest not to die. Honestly, it's my main thing.

RIVER : Doctor !

DOCTOR : I'm right and this works ! Shut up. Now listen, you and Luxy-boy, back up to the main Library. Prime any data cells you can find for maximum download, and before you say anything else, Professor, can I just mention in passing as your air, shut up !

RIVER : Ha ! I hate you sometimes !

DOCTOR : I know !

RIVER : Mr Lux, with me ! Anita, if he dies, I'll kill him !

River and Mr Lux leave, the Doctor works frantically at the computer terminal.

ANITA : What about the Vashta Nerada ?

DOCTOR : These are their forests. I'm gonna seal Charlotte inside her little world, take everybody else away. The shadows can swarm to their hearts' content.

ANITA : So you think they're just gonna let us go ?

DOCTOR : Best offer they're gonna get.

ANITA : You're gonna make 'em an offer ?

DOCTOR : They'd better take it, cos right now, I'm finding it very hard to make any kind of offer at all. You know what... (He looks hard at the creature in spacesuit, then he turns back to his work). I really liked Anita. She was brave, even when she was crying, and she never gave in. And you ate her. (He sonics the spacesuit's visor to transparent to reveal there's a skeleton inside). But I'm gonna let that pass. Just as long as you let them pass.

ANITA/VASHTA NERADA : How long have you known ?

DOCTOR : I counted the shadows. You only have one now. (he looks at the blinking neural relay). She's nearly gone. Be kind.

ANITA/VASHTA NERADA : These are our forests. We are not kind.

DOCTOR : I'm giving you back your forests, but you are giving me them. You are letting them go.

He walks back to the terminal. Shadows reach out from skeleton/Anita towards the Doctor.

ANITA/VASHTA NERADA : These are our forests. They are our meat.

DOCTOR : Don't play games with me ! You just killed someone I liked, that is not a safe place to stand. I'm the Doctor and you're in the biggest library in the universe. Look me up.

After a short pause, the shadows withdraw.

ANITA/VASHTA NERADA : You have one day.

The suit creature collapses just when River arrives back.

RIVER : Anita !

DOCTOR : I'm sorry, she's been dead a while now. I told you to go !

RIVER : Lux can manage without me. But you can't.

She walks to the Doctor and without a word knocks him out.

River sits in a weird chair fiddling with wires. The Doctor is handcuffed to a pillar a bit further, regaining consciousness.

COMPUTER VOICE : Autodestruct in two minutes.

DOCTOR : Oh, no, no, no, no, come on, what are you doing ? That's my job !

RIVER : Oh, and I'm not allowed to have a career, I suppose ?

DOCTOR : Why am I handcuffed ? Why do you even have handcuffs ?

RIVER (with a flirtatious smile) : Spoilers !

DOCTOR : This is not a joke, stop this now, this is gonna kill you ! I'd have a chance, you don't have any.

RIVER : You wouldn't have a chance, and neither do I. I'm timing it for the end of the countdown, there'll be a blip in the command flow. That way it should improve our chances of a clean download.

DOCTOR : River ! Please ! No !

RIVER : Funny thing is, this means you've always known how I was going to die. All the time we've been together, you knew I was coming here. The last time I saw you, the real you, the future you, I mean - you turned up on my doorstep, with a new haircut and a suit. You took me to Darillium to see the singing towers. Oh, what a night that was ! The towers sang, and you cried.

COMPUTER VOICE : Autodestuct in one minute.

RIVER : You wouldn't tell me why, but I suppose you knew it was time. My time. Time to come to the Library. You even gave me your screwdriver - that should've been a clue.

Both sonic screwdrivers, together with River's diary, are on the ground between them. The Doctor tries to reach for them but they are just a bit too far.

RIVER : There's nothing you can do.

DOCTOR : You can let me do this !

RIVER : If you die here, it'll mean I've never met you.

DOCTOR : Time can be rewritten.

RIVER : Not those times. Not one line ! Don't you dare ! (pause). It's OK. It's OK, it's not over for you. You'll see me again. You've got all of that to come. You and me, time and space. You watch us run !

She sheds a tear but remains determined.

DOCTOR : River, you know my name !

COMPUTER VOICE : Autodestruct in ten...

DOCTOR : You whispered my name in my ear.

COMPUTER VOICE : ... nine, eight, seven...

DOCTOR : There's only one reason I would ever tell anyone my name. There's only one time I could...

RIVER : Hush, now ! Spoilers...

She smiles at him tenderly through her tears.

COMPUTER VOICE : ... three, two, one...

River plugs together two cables and blinding white light hides her from view.

Donna is sitting on the stairs of her home when Lee arrives.

LEE : Donna ? What's happening ?

DONNA : I don't know, but it's not real ! Nothing here's real. The whole world, everything, none of it's real.

LEE : Am I real ?

Now, they are surrounded by white light too that gets stronger and stronger.

DONNA : Of course you're real, I know you're real. Oh, God, oh, God, I hope you're real...

Lee drifts away from her and disappears in the light.

DONNA : I'll find you ! I promise you, I'll find you !

Mr Lux is in the reception area working on a terminal.

MAN : Excuse me.

Mr Lux looks up to see the room filled with people.

MAN : What happened ? How did we get here ?

MR LUX : Look at you, you're back ! You're all back. (he goes and hugs people randomly). He did it ! You're all back. Look at you ! (Laughing with delight, he walks outside to have a look at the planet alive again). Look at that ! Oh look at that, he did it. 4,022 people ! Saved !

Down in the computer core, the Doctor is still in handcuffs, heartbroken to lose someone again.

Donna walks to the Doctor through the crowd near the little shop.

TELEPORT OPERATOR : Please be patient. Only three can teleport at a time. Do not state your intended destination until you arrive in...

DOCTOR : Any luck ?

DONNA : There wasn't even anyone called Lee in the Library that day. Suppose he could have had a different name out here, but let's be honest, he wasn't real, was he ?

DOCTOR : Maybe not.

DONNA : I made up the perfect man. Gorgeous, adores me, and hardly able to speak a word. What's that say about me ?

DOCTOR (lost in thoughts) : Everything.

She looks at him, offended.

DOCTOR : Sorry, did I say everything ? I meant to say "nothing". I was aiming for "nothing", I accidentally said "everything".

TELEPORT OPERATOR : Stand right in the middle of the teleport, please. Keep your hands and feet inside at all times.

DONNA : What about you ?

TELEPORT OPERATOR : And remember to switch off your mobile comm unit.

DONNA : Are you all right ?

DOCTOR : I'm always all right.

DONNA : Is "all right" special Time Lord code for... "really not all right at all" ?

DOCTOR : Why ?

DONNA : Cos I'm "all right", too.

They look at each other, understanding each other's sorrow perfectly. Then the Doctor takes Donna's hand.

DOCTOR : Come on.

Just as they leave, "Lee" stands in the middle of the teleport - he spots Donna but can't call her name, struggling with his stammer.

The Doctor puts River's TARDIS book to the balustrade.

DONNA : Your friend... Professor Song... She knew you in the future, but she didn't know me. What happens to me ? Because when she heard my name, the way she looked at me...

DOCTOR : Donna... This is her diary. My future. I could look you up. What do you think ? Shall we peek at the end ?

DONNA : Spoilers, right ?

DOCTOR : Right.

They look at each other, then they decide to resist the temptation. The Doctor puts River's sonic screwdriver to the book and they turn to leave.

DOCTOR : Come on. The next chapter's this way.

RIVER (VO) : When you run with the Doctor, it feels like it will never end. But however hard you try, you can't run for ever. Everybody knows that everybody dies, and nobody knows it like the Doctor. But I do think that all the skies of all the worlds might just turn dark, if he ever, for one moment accepts it.

The Doctor runs back and picks up River's sonic.

DOCTOR : Why ? Why would I give her my screwdriver ? Why would I do that ? Thing is, future me had years to think about it, all those years to think of a way to save her, and what he did was give her a screwdriver ! Why would I do that ? (He opens a part of it to reveal green lights behind, like those of the neural relay). Oh ! Oh ! Oh, look at that ! I'm very good !

DONNA : What have you done ?

DOCTOR : Saved her ! (He runs across the Library to reach the computer core before it's too late). Stay with me ! You can do it, stay with me ! Come on, you and me, one last run ! Sorry, River, shortcut !

He uses the sonic to disable the gravity platform then jumps into the hole.

RIVER (VO) : Everybody knows that everybody dies. But not every day.

The Doctor plugs the screwdriver to the computer and smiles at the Girl/Node.

RIVER (VO)  : Not today.

River appears in the virtual world, in front of the hospital where she meets Dr Moon and the Girl. She looks confused.

THE GIRL : It's OK. You're safe. You'll always be safe here. The Doctor fixed the data core. This is a good place now. But I was worried you might be lonely. So I brought you some friends. Aren't I a clever girl ?

MISS EVANGELISTA : Aren't we all ?

River turns around to see Miss Evangelista, her face normal again, Proper Dave, Other Dave and Anita walking towards her.

RIVER : Oh, for heaven's sake ! He just can't do it, can he ? That man, that impossible man ! He just can't give in.

She goes to hug everyone.

RIVER (VO) : Some days are special. Some days are so, so blessed. Some days, nobody dies at all.

Cut to the Library : the Doctor walks back to the TARDIS. He stops and snaps his fingers and indeed the door opens. He smiles and walks inside to Donna who is waiting for him. Then he snaps his fingers again to close the door.

RIVER (VO) : Now and then, every once in a very long while, every day in a million days, when the wind stands fair, and the Doctor comes to call... everybody lives.

Cut : River closes the TARDIS book. She gives a goodnight kiss to the Girl, who is now in the third bed in the children's room, beside Donna's kids Ella and Joshua.

RIVER : Sweet dreams, everyone.

She switches off the lights and the screen goes black.

 

END

 

Source : twiztv

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