Forest of the Dead
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Little Girl (Eve Newton): Dad, the Library, it’s on television now.
Dad (Mark Dexter): How many times, darling? The Library is just your imagination.
Little Girl: Donna?
Dr. Moon (Colin Salmon): Hello Donna.
Donna: Who are you?
Dr. Moon: I’m Dr. Moon. I’ve been treating you since you came here two years ago.
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.
Dr. Moon: Donna Noble, Lee MacAvoy.
Donna: Oh skip to a vowel there, easy!
Donna: Gorgeous and can’t speak a word. What am I gonna do with you?
Dr. Moon: You’ve done so much in seven years, Donna.
Donna: Sometimes it feels more like seventy. Mind you sometimes it feels like no time at all.
Donna: The Doctor! I saw the Doctor!
Dr. Moon: Yes. You did, Donna. And then you forgot.
Proper Dave (Harry Peacock): Who is he? You haven’t even told us. You just expect us to trust him.
River: He’s the Doctor.
Lux (Steve Pemberton): And who is “The Doctor”?
River: The only story you’ll ever tell. If you survive here.
Anita (Jessika Williams): 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 trust that man to the end of the Universe. And actually, we’ve been.
Anita: He doesn’t act like he trusts you.
River: There’s a tiny problem. He hasn’t met me yet.
River: What’s wrong with it?
The Doctor: There’s a signal coming from somewhere interfering with it.
River: Use the red settings.
The Doctor: It doesn’t have a red setting.
River: Well use the dampers.
The Doctor: It doesn’t have “dampers.”
River: It will do one day.
The Doctor: So sometime in the future I just give you my screwdriver.
The 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.
The 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—
The Doctor: Less emotion— I’m not emotional!
River: There are five people in this room still alive. Focus on that. Dear god, you’re hard work young.
The Doctor: Young— Who are you?!
Lux: Oh for heaven’s sake! Look at the pair of you. We’re all going to 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. whispers in his ear. Are we good? Doctor. Are we good?
The Doctor: Yeah, we’re good.
The Doctor: Know what’s interesting about my screwdriver? Very hard to interfere with it. Practically nothing strong enough. Well, some hairdryers but 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? C’mon! What’s new? What’s different!
Proper Dave: I don’t know. Nothing. It’s getting dark.
The Doctor: It’s a screwdriver. It works in the dark.
The Doctor: Someone somewhere in this Library is alive and communicating with the moon. Or, possibly alive and drying their hair.
Anita: Professor. It’s important. I have two shadows.
River: Helmets on, everyone. Anita I’ll get yours.
Anita: Didn’t do Proper Dave any good.
River: Just keep it together, okay?
Anita: Keepin’ it together. I’m only crying. I’m about to die. It’s not an overreaction.
River: Oh god they’ve got inside!
The Doctor: No no. I’ve just tinted her visor. Maybe they’ll think they’re already in there, leave her alone.
River: You think they can be fooled like that?
The Doctor: Maybe, I don’t know. It’s a swarm. It’s not like we chat.
The Doctor: Professor, could I have a word please?
The Doctor: Down here.
River: What is it?
The Doctor: Thought you said there were five people still alive in this room.
River: Yeah so?
The Doctor: So. Why are there six?
Proper Dave: Hey! Who turned out the lights!
The Doctor: Run!
Lee (Jason Pitt): “The world is wrong”.
Lee: For you. Weird though. “Dear Donna, The world is wrong.”
Donna: Your voice. I recognize it.
Miss Evangelista (Talulah Riley): Yes you do. I am what is left of Miss Evangelista.
The Doctor: Professor, go ahead. Find a safe spot.
River: It’s a carnivorous swarm in a suit! You can’t reason with it.
The Doctor: Five minutes.
Vashta Nerada: We did not come here.
The Doctor: Well of course you did. ‘Course you came here.
Vashta Nerada: We come from here.
The Doctor: From here?
Vashta Nerada: We hatched here.
The Doctor: But you hatch from trees— from spores in trees.
Vashta Nerada: These. Are. Our. Forests.
The Doctor: You’re nowhere near a forest. Look around here.
Vashta Nerada: These are our forests.
The Doctor: You’re not in a forest. You’re in a library. There’s are no trees in a— Library. Books. You came in the books.
The Doctor: Thing about me, I’m stupid. I talk to much. Always babbling on. This gob doesn’t stop for anything. Wanna know the only reason I’m still alive? I always stay near the door. uses Captain Jack’s sonic to open a spot in the floor.
Donna: Sorry, 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.
Miss Evangelista: Your children were never alive.
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. 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: Spoilers. Nobody can open the TARDIS by snapping their fingers. It doesn’t work like that.
River: It does for the Doctor.
The Doctor: I am the Doctor.
River: Yeah. Someday.
The Doctor: “Safe.”
The Doctor: “Saved”. You don’t say “saved”.
Nobody says “saved”. You say “safe”.
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.
Donna: Where are we? Why are the children all the same.
Miss Evangelista: The same pattern over and over. Saves an awful lot of space.
Miss Evangelista: Cyberspace.
Little Girl: No! Don’t tell! You mustn’t tell!
The Doctor: 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 actualized 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. This isn’t the real me. This isn’t my body. But I’ve been dieting!
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.
Library Voice: All Library systems are permanently offline. Sorry for any inconvenience.
River: Gravity Platform.
The Doctor: Bet I like you.
River: Oh, you do.
Joshua (Alex Midwood): But Mummy, sometimes when you’re not here, it’s like we’re not here.
Ella (Eloise Rakic-Platt): Even when you close your eyes. We just stop.
Donna: Well mummy promises to never close her eyes again.
River: Doctor, these readings.
The Doctor: I know. You’d think it was… dreaming.
Lux: It is dreaming. Of a normal life and a lovely dad. And of every book ever written.
The Doctor: Computers don’t dream.
Lux: No. But little girls do.
Lux: This is CAL.
The Doctor: CAL is a child?! A child hooked up to mainframe? Why didn’t you tell me this? I needed to know this!
Lux: Because she’s family!
The Doctor: She’s got over four thousand living minds chatting away inside her head. It must like… being, well… me.
The Doctor: I’ll hook myself up to the computer, she can borrow my memory space.
River: Difficult. It’ll kill you stone dead!
The Doctor: Yes, easy to criticize.
River: It’ll stop both of your hearts and don’t think you’ll regenerate!
The Doctor: I’ll try my hardest not to die, honestly. It’s my main thing.
The Doctor: I’m right, this works. Shut up.
River: I hate you sometimes!
The Doctor: I know!
The Doctor: You know what? I really liked Anita. She was brave, even when she was crying. And she never gave in. And you ate her. But I’m going to let that pass. Just as long as you let them pass.
Anita: How long have you known?
The Doctor: I counted the shadows. You only have one now.
The 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.
The Doctor: Oh no no. What are you doing? That’s my job!
River: Oh and I’m not allowed to have a career I suppose.
The Doctor: Why am I handcuffed? Why do you even have handcuffs?
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 Derillium. To see the Singing Towers. Oh, what a night that was. The towers sang, and you cried. 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 have been a clue. There’s nothing you can do.
The Doctor: Let me do this!
River: If you die here it’ll mean I’ve never met you.
The Doctor: Time can be rewritten!
River: Not those times, not one line. Don’t you dare! It’s okay. It’s okay. 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!
The Doctor: River you know my name. You whispered my name in my ear. There’s only one way I would ever tell anyone my name. There’s only one time I could.
River: Hush now. Spoilers.
Lux: Look at that, he did it! Four thousand and twenty-two people. Saved.
Announcer: Do not state your intended destination until you arrive…
Donna: I made up the perfect man. Gorgeous, adores me, and hardly ever speak a word. What’s that say about me?
The Doctor: Everything. Sorry, did I say “everything”? I meant to say nothing. I was aiming for “nothing”. I accidentally said “everything”.
Donna: What about you? You alright?
The Doctor: I’m always alright.
Donna: Your friend, Professor Song. She knew you in the future but she didn’t know me. What happens to me? Because when she learned my name, the way she looked at me—
The 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?
The Doctor: Right. he sets the sonic screwdriver on top. C’mon. The next chapter’s this way.
River: When you run with the Doctor, it feels like it will never end. But however hard you try, you can’t run forever. 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: 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? Oh! Look at that! I’m very good!
Donna: What have you done?
The Doctor: Saved her!
The Doctor: Stay with me. C’mon! You and me, one last run! Sorry River, shortcut.
River: Everybody knows that everybody dies. But not every day. Not today.
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.
River: Some days are special. Some days are so so blessed. Some days nobody dies at all. 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.