I was always a Dr. Who geek. As a kid, I would watch Tom Baker (and the "other" Doctors) regularly defeat horrible monsters with great enjoyment.
- When the show was cancelled, I was dismayed.
- When they tried to make an American version, I was dismayed.
- When they made the new version, I was dismayed.
A year ago, I tried watching the new version of Dr. Who again, and I liked it. I watched all the way to the Peter Capaldi season (which isn't on Netflix yet).
If any both of you read the title of this post, you know I'm going. I decided to write an episode. The script below comprises the first quarter of it. I've outlined the rest, but haven't finished.
My question to you: What do you think? Should I finish it? Will the BBC answer my emails?
EXT. SPACE A giant SPACE BATTLESHIP with GLOWING ENGINES tears through space. It rushes towards a small, blue word, bent on horrible destruction. Dark, terrifying music plays. The engines flicker and with a sad BEEE-WOOP, go dark. The battleship slows and the nose goes down as it loses attitude control. After a beat, the engines light up again with an ominous hum. It rights itself and rushes forward towards the planet again. BEEE-WOOP. The engines fail another time. The TARDIS appears. It's spinning in circles around the battleship's engines. The engines re-ignite but are struck from a beam from the TARDIS and go out again. The battleship and the TARDIS are stuck in a stalemate: technology vs. technology. INT. BRIDGE CAPTAIN MALANTHE, a sleek, angry woman sits in the center chair surrounded by lights and screens. The bridge rocks around her, equipment sparks, but she ignores it all to stare furiously at her VIEWSCREEN, where THE DOCTOR stares back at her, leaning against the center console. CLARA stands in the background, clutching a railing. Melanthe presses a button on the arm of her chair. MELANTHE Re-ingite the primary engines. MECHANICAL VOICE (O.O.V.) Main engines online. The lights on the bridge brighten. DOCTOR (to Clara) Press the button again. Clara jumps forward and presses a single button. The battleship bridge shakes and sparks fly from consoles again. The muffled BEEE-WOOP can be heard as the engines shut down. MELANTHE You can't win, Doctor! That planet will die, sooner or later. 2. DOCTOR It's going to be later. Much, much later. Without your light drives, it will take you about... Hm. Does math on his fingers. DOCTOR (CONT'D) Carry the two... Fifty years to reach Thalossa 3. You'll be old and grey by then. MELANTHE So will you. The Doctor glances at his reflection on the console and subconsciously fixes his hair. DOCTOR Some of us wear it well. Who would hire you to eradicate the Thalossans? They don't harm anyone. They're sympaths. It literally hurts them more than it hurts you. MELANTHE I don't ask why. It's just my job. DOCTOR Get a new job. I hear accounting is nice. MELANTHE You can't stop me. DOCTOR (flustered) I am stopping you. Didn't... Didn't you just see that? With your engines going "beeeeeeoop" and all? You want me to do it again? Clara! Button. Click. Beeeeeoop. MELANTHE Oh, you can slow me down, but sooner or later that ugly, crumbling, wreck of yours is going to fail and I will win. 3. INT. TARDIS The Doctor and Clara are watching Melanthe on a holographic screen near the central console. He sputters with anger. DOCTOR Did you just call...? The TARDIS is not a..! How dare..! It's not crumbling! Clara! CLARA Push the button again? DOCTOR No, pull the lever! She looks over the console for a beat. CLARA Which one? DOCTOR The BIG one. The Big Red Lever. Clara pulls the lever. A deep hum builds up. DOCTOR (CONT'D) I was going to let you go. I was going to let you start over. I even signed you up for an accounting class. But nobody insults the TARDIS. Now you pay the price. The hum reaches its crescendo. CUT TO: EXT. SPACE The TARDIS unleashes a piercing beam of energy at the battleship. Lightning rips across the surface of the ship and explosions blossom on the engines. INT. BRIDGE Melanthe is still smiling. MELANTHE Thank you doctor. 4. She reaches down and picks up a metal ball the size of a shot put with a small, paper note taped to it. The Doctor puts on his glasses and leans forward. DOCTOR What's that? MELANTHE A gift from an old enemy of yours. DOCTOR Who? The Daleks? MELANTHE No. DOCTOR Cybermen? MELANTHE No. DOCTOR The Master? The Silence? The Centaurans? Animus? Slitheen? Sil? Megron? The Faceless Ooze? Nomatron Seven? Melanthe continues to shake her head. CLARA Now you're just making them up. Melanthe takes the note off the ball and reads it. MELANTHE When The Doctor arrives, insult his TARDIS. When he gets mad enough to expose the TARDIS's power core, blow. DOCTOR Blow? Melanthe blows gently on the sphere. It flashes brightly, transforming into a BALL OF LIGHT which whizzes forward through the screen. EXT. SPACE The ball of light shoots out of the front of the battleship and flies straight for the TARDIS. 5. INT. TARDIS The Doctor jumps to work the controls. DOCTOR Hang on! Clara braces for impact. EXT. SPACE The TARDIS neatly avoids the ball of light. INT. TARDIS Crisis averted, the Doctor turns from the console and smiles at the image of Melanthe. DOCTOR Crumbling? Ha! Wreck? Ha! CLARA Doctor. DOCTOR Not now, Clara. I'm gloating. CLARA Doctor! He turns just in time to see the ball of light, now expanded to giant size, engulf the TARDIS main console. Sparks fly. The lights go out. The glowing ball of energy casts an eerie glow over everything. The Doctor reaches out to it but, it's solid. DOCTOR That's not good. CLARA What? DOCTOR It's a force field keeping me from the controls. I can't vent the core pressure. I can't even see where we are. Clara, be a dear and open the door. Clara runs over to the door and opens it. Wind blows in at her. She gasps. Outside, the PLANET looms large. 6. They're falling towards it. The TARDIS is starting to heat up in the atmosphere. The Doctor uses his sonic screwdriver on the force field. CLARA What do we do? DOCTOR (pointing at a hallway) Go up there and open the third closet from the left. Clara rushes off. The Doctor keeps working while talking to her. The hum of the TARDIS grows increasingly louder as if it's going to explode. DOCTOR (CONT'D) You'll find a small metal chest at the bottom. Clara drags out a small trunk for possessions like a soldier in WWII might have had. DOCTOR (CONT'D) Open it! There's two metal cannisters at the bottom marked EVAC 1 and 2. She rummages through a pile of old socks before finding the cannisters. They have high tech, weather-beaten look to them. She runs back. The Doctor gives up on the screwdriver and punches the force field with frustration. The hum is dangerously loud. CLARA I've got them! What do I do? The Doctor takes one and twists it open. A fish pops out, with tiny fins and eyestalks. Clara jumps back in surprise, dropping the second cannister, as the fish flops to the floor. It swells, monstrously, until it's twice as big as Clara. CLARA (CONT'D) (backing away as the fish faces her) Doctor! What- With a giant gulp, it swallows her whole. The Doctor isn't paying attention, he's on all fours chasing the other cannister as it rolls away over the deck. 7. The fish pivots its eyestalks at the door and sees the blue world below. It hops on its fins and tumbles, happily out into space. The cannister rolls after it as the TARDIS is rocked by explosions. The Doctor watches from the console. DOCTOR Good luck, Clara. There's another explosion. Lights around the console flash and a sad noise plays. The Doctor smiles makes a hushing noise. DOCTOR (CONT'D) Hush. I'm not leaving you. I'd never leave you. The Doctor is nothing without his TARDIS. EXT. SPACE The TARDIS, spinning out of control, is close enough to the planet that its features are clear. It's covered with giant, blue oceans and dotted with a few, green islands. The TARDIS flies out into space as the giant fish floats by. It "swims" as best it can towards the planet, a look of intense eagerness on its face. After a beat, the TARDIS explodes spectacularly into tiny fragments. OPENING CREDITS EXT. BEACH - DAY Clara's POV. Darkness. The sound of waves crashing on the beach. The darkness clears to a fuzzy view of the sky. A fireball is fading out. The fuzziness clears. Waves lap against the shore. The giant fish, sitting in the sand, smiles, turns clumsily, and flops into the water. The sound of footsteps. Clara turns to see a man squatting before her. It's The Doctor. DOCTOR Are you all right, Clara? 8. But it's not the Doctor. It changes and now the man is an alien with a bluish cast to his skin and a fin on his domed head. He wears primitive, dark brown clothes and has a net in his belt. He squats down near her. ALIEN Are you all right, Clara? Her vision blurs again and all goes black. CUT TO: INT. BRIDGE Melanthe smiles at the viewscreen. The dust of the TARDIS is slowly pulled down to the planet. MELANTHE Well, that was fun. She presses a button on her chair. MELANTHE (CONT'D) Damage report. How long until we can be underway again? MECHANICAL VOICE (O.O.V.) Five weeks. MELANTHE Take your time. There's no hurry anymore. She turns back to the viewscreen, which shows a pristine blue world, now undefended.