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DEATH COMES TO TIME

By

Colin Meek

EPISODE ONE

"AT THE TEMPLE OF THE FOURTH"

PRELUDE: THE FALL OF THE SANTINE REPUBLIC

SCENE ONE

MUSIC: MEDIEVAL STYLE LUTE

CASMUS

Once, long ago, on an island in a sea of clouds, there was a land where giants walked. And the giants lived amongst the other peoples of that land. And they used their great strength to help them....but the power of the giants was too great...their hands were too strong, their tread too heavy. And the more they tried to help the people, the greater was the destruction that they caused until the people that they tried to help were no more....And the giants were alone and the islands laid waste...and in their shame the giants built a temple and there they swore that never again must they meddle in the affairs of mortal men. And then they scattered, ever to wander abroad in repentance until the twilight of the world...until death comes to time.

SCENE TWO

FX: EXPLOSION

ADMIRAL METTNA

Aim for the bridge of the Gunship...aim for the bridge!

All ships, this is Admiral Mettna...we're having no impact on their armor with our weapons. If they make it to the planet, you know what will happen...we did our best, now let's go out fighting!...prepare for Suicide Run...aim for the bridge of the ship and May You Find The One.

SCENE THREE

PILOT

General, we're encountering resistance

TANNIS

Engage them

PILOT

Engage, fire at will...Sir, their formations suggest they're preparing for Suicide Runs

TANNIS

Their whole defense effort was a suicide run. What a pathetic display. Mining ships...Pilot, get me their command craft

PILOT

Yes General...Enemy craft, you have the honor of being addressed by his excellency General Tannis, Supreme Commander of the Defense Forces of the Canisian Suns. You will kneel

METTNA

I am Admiral Mettna, Commander of the-

TANNIS

Oh shut up and watch. Gunship, this is General Tannis. Target city of Annet on Norther Continent. Pilot, what is it's population?

PILOT

Approximately nine million, Sir.

TANNIS

Hmm, good. Prepare and target a tectonic bomb.

METTNA

No!

TANNIS

Oh, why do they always think they can negotiate? How many times have we heard that, Pilot? Admiral, do I take it you and your "fleet" surrender? Oh dear, you hesitated. Fire.

METTNA

Noooooooooooo!!!!

FX: EXPLOSION

TANNIS

Pilot, what is the population of the city of Annet?

PILOT

Population, Nil. Sir.

SCENE FOUR

PRESIDENT

This is the President of the Republic of Santine. I would like to wish you a good day. Sadly this day is far from good. As I speak, Canisian troops are landing on our precious world. Today, as I can give you no hope, I am giving you the last order that I shall ever give. Resist the Canisians. Breath harder to starve them of air and as you die bleed on their boots. Offer them no compliance, no words no recognition of their existance. For it is better to die on your feet than to live on o your knees. Farewell. And May You Find the One.

TANNIS

Ah, Mr President.

PRESIDENT

This is illegal. You are in breach of the treaty of Carsolai. You must leave at once.

TANNIS

Oh I would. But how can I leave when you are standing on my planet

TANNIS STABS THE PRESIDENT

TANNIS

The President is dead. Long live the republic. Pilot, begin a curfew

PILOT

Yes, general. All Commands! Initiate a Curfew operative immediately. Anyone found outdoors is to be shot on sight.

TANNIS

I want the Senate cleared and all members of the government brought to me. Oh, and get me some clean boots. These have got blood on them.

SCENE FIVE

GUARD

Senators, move to that side of the hall, Civilians, this side. Move.

SAALA

We are all members of the government.

GUARD

Including children, do you think I'm stupid? You are now under Canisian Command you will do exactly as you are told or you will be killed.

MAN

This is an outrageous violation. The U.P. will hear about this.

GUARD HITS HIM

GUARD

And don't hold your breath for the U.P. This world is blockaded. There is no chance of escape. There is no way on or off the planet. No help is coming.

FX: TARDIS LANDING. DOOR OPENS.

DR

Hello! I`m The Doctor

MUSIC : DR WHO THEME

ANNOUNCER

Doctor Who.

Death Comes To Time.

By Colin Meek.

Episode One-At The Temple Of The Fourth

Starring Sylvester McCoy as The Doctor

CONTINUED...

GUARD

Who are you?

DR

I am the Doctor. And this is my companion Antimony.

ANTIMONY

How do you do.

GUARD

What are you doing here? What is that machine?

DR

You see, Antimony? The sign of a good enquiring mind. Someone who asks questions. What do I always say, Antimony?

ANTIMONY

Never stop asking questions, Doctor.

DR

That's my boy!

GUARD

How did you get here?

DR

He's going to be unconscious in just a few seconds and he's still using his time profitably. on`t you worry about how we got here. All you need to know is that two strangers arrived in a flying box and hit you. Antimony?

GUARD

Don't move or I'll-

ANTIMONY HITS HIM

DR

Good boy. Tell me, which one of you is the Leader of the Resistance?

SAALA

I'm Senator Saala; I'm the leader....

CONCERN/DISSENT FROM HER FELLOW SENATORS

If they find us all they'll kill us anyway, they`re shooting people in the streets. I`m Senator Saala, I was chosen to be leader in the event of an invasion.

DR

Good, now...listen, all of you! Please come inside the TARDIS, quickly! Come on!

ANTIMONY

Come on! The Doctor knows what he's doing. It`s bigger on the inside than it looks.

DR

Yes. Come on. It`ll be slightly more hospitable than a Canisian cell...

SCENE FIVE

CASMUS

Good Morning, I`ve come for the prisoner.

GOLCRUM

Prisoner? Who are you? But you're not even in uniform...

CASMUS

Quite so. I`m not in uniform because I'm not in your army. I have however, managed to come on board this ship and penetrate all your security systems with ease...I am, therefore, likely to be quite powerful. Now, give me the prisoner and save yourself further trouble.

GUARD

Who are you? Put your hands up!

CASMUS

Oh dear...

VOX FX BEGINS "I am a God of The Fourth!. Fear me! Unlock the door!...

Now pick up the girl and bring her to me!...Good!...Now sleep! Oh, and when you wake up you will devote your life to medicine... Ha, ha!" VOX FX FINISHES

Wake up. Wake up! We`re leaving...that's better. Can you hear me? Do you remember your name?

ACE

Ace...

SCENE SIX

MAN

Put your hands up.

ANTIMONY

WHAT?

MAN

We shouldn't have let them come here.

ANTIMONY

That's brilliant, that is! We've just saved your lives!... Shall I thrash him, Doctor?

DR

No, we need their trust. This is pointless, we`re here to help.

SAALA

Then why are you leaving us?

DR

We can't do anything else for you here. We have to work on the Canisians from the inside.

SAALA

What do you mean?

DR

I mean that while you organize the resistance, I`ll visit General Tannis and see if I can persuade him to be a bit more neighborly...I have a way with power-crazed dictators, they tend to underestimate me!

MAN

You're lying! You`re working for him!

DR

No!

SAALA

Then why do you refuse to share the technology of your ship or your weapons?

DR

I told you, we don't have any weapons, the TARDIS has no technology, not as such.

SAALA

Then lend us this TARDIS. We could go to Alpha Cannis and destroy it in the blink of an eye. At least give us that advantage over the Canisians. Show us how to use it.

DR

I can`t. I can't fight with you or for you.

SAALA

Why not? Are you a coward? Are you better than us?

DR

No, I`m just bound by a code.