Scripts
Turn Left

Turn Left [Bright colour, a Chinese-like futuristic planet. There's a street market crammed into a narrow alley. We see the TARDIS parked in a corner, with THE DOCTOR and DONNA walking through the street, looking at stalls, seeing and smelling the sights and sounds of ShanShen. They're laughing, just having fun together. THE DOCTOR takes two frothing cups from a stall.]

DOCTOR
You are gonna love this! One, two, three!

[They both take sips of their frothing drinks. THE DOCTOR has froth on his nose when he pulls the cup back, and DONNA has it all over her mouth. DONNA laughs.]

DONNA
It's lovely!

[They wander off to look at separate stalls. A Chinese woman runs over to offer DONNA some sort of coloured fruit. DONNA smiles, but declines. She watches THE DOCTOR, who appears to be haggling over some kind of spiked ball. She smiles and walks away to explore. She passes a woman sitting in a doorway, dressed in black and gold.]

FORTUNE TELLER
Tell your fortune, lady! The future predicted, your life foretold!

DONNA
Oh, no thanks.

FORTUNE TELLER
Don't you want to know? If you're going to be happy?

DONNA
I'm happy right now, thanks.

FORTUNE TELLER
You got red hair. Uh, the reading's free for red hair.

[Donna laughs]

DONNA
Alright then.

[The FORTUNE TELLER pushes a red curtain aside to let DONNA into her home. As DONNA walks in, we see the FORTUNE TELLER's smile turn into a look of disgust. She smiles slyly, before she follows DONNA into the room. It cuts to DONNA's hands facing upwards, as the FORTUNE TELLER gently traces her fingers over DONNA's palm.]

FORTUNE TELLER
Oh, you're fascinating! Ah, no, but you good. I can see a man. The most remarkable man. How did you meet him?

DONNA
You're supposed to tell me.

FORTUNE TELLER
I see the future. Tell me the past. When did your lives cross?

DONNA
It's sort of complicated. I ended up in his spaceship on my wedding day. Long story.

[There is a strange, insect-like noise. The FORTUNE TELLER watches something over DONNA's shoulder.]

FORTUNE TELLER
But what led you to that meeting?

DONNA
All sorts of things. But my job, I s'pose. It was on Earth. This planet called Earth, miles away. But I had this job, as a temp. I was a secretary at this place called H.C Clements.

[DONNA suddenly has a flashback to her workplace, and her sitting inside the building. She is flung back into the present, disturbed by what has just happened.]

DONNA
Sorry...

FORTUNE TELLER
It's the incense. Just, uh, breathe deep.

[It cuts to the point of view of something moving along the floor, pushing its way through the curtain, focused upon DONNA's back.]

FORTUNE TELLER
This job of yours. What choices led you there?

DONNA
There was a choice. Six months before. 'Cause the agency offered me this contract with H.C Clements.

[She has another flashback. She is walking towards a blue car, with her mother.]

DONNA V/O
But there was this other job. My Mum knew this man.

[DONNA and her mum get into the car, talking as DONNA gets into the driving seat and prepares to leave.]

SYLVIA
Jival, he's called. Jival Chowdry. He runs that little photocopy business, and he needs a secretary.

DONNA [Emphatically; they've had this argument before]
I've got a job!

SYLVIA
As a temp, this is permanent! It's twenty-thousand a year, Donna!

DONNA
H.C Clements is in the city. It's nice, it's posh, so stop it!

[The flashback ends just as DONNA turns the key in the ignition.]

FORTUNE TELLER
Your life could have gone one way or the other. What made you decide?

DONNA [Shaken]
I just did.

[It cuts to the POV of the thing on the floor, which is now approaching DONNA's back.]

FORTUNE TELLER
But when was the moment? When did you choose?

[It flashes back to DONNA's car. A lorry passes by. She's at a junction, her mother still nagging her.]

SYLVIA
It won't take long, just turn right, we'll see Mr. Chowdry so Suzette can introduce you.

DONNA
I'm going left, if you don't like it, get out and walk.

SYLVIA
If you turn right you'll have a career not just filling in!

DONNA
You think I'm so useless!

SYLVIA
Oh I know why you want a job with H.C Clements, lady. 'Cause you think you'll meet a man with lots of money and your whole life will change. Well let me tell you, sweetheart, city executives don't need temps, except for practice.

DONNA
Yeah. Well they haven't met me.

[She turns left. It flashes back to the present. The FORTUNE TELLER's grip on DONNA's hands has grown tighter.]

FORTUNE TELLER
You turned left. But what if you turned right? What then?

DONNA
Let go of my hands.

FORTUNE TELLER
What if it changes? What if you go right? What if you could still go right?

[The thing on the floor gets closer to DONNA's back as another flashback beings. The light on the car is still indicating left. But suddenly it changes to the right. It flashes back to DONNA in the FORTUNE TELLER's room.]

DONNA
Stop it!

[The thing on the floor climbs onto DONNA's back. We are still seeing things from its perspective. It cuts back to DONNA, frightened.]

DONNA
What's that? What's on my back? What is it? Wha-

[We see an antenna probing DONNA's back, reaching up over her shoulder.]

FORTUNE TELLER
Make the choice again, Donna Noble, and change your mind. Turn right.

DONNA
I'm turning...

FORTUNE TELLER
Turn right!

[Another antenna is creeping over DONNA's other shoulder.]

FORTUNE TELLER
Turn right. Turn right!

[It flashes back to the car.]

SYLVIA
Well let me tell you, sweetheart, city executives don't need temps, except for practice.

DONNA
Yeah. S'pose you're right.

[She changes the car indicators to turn right. SYLVIA smiles smugly.]

FORTUNE TELLER V/O
Turn right, and never meet that man! Turn right, and change the world!

[THEME STING]

DOCTOR WHO THEME TUNE

BBC

DAVID TENNANT

CATHERINE TATE

AND BILLIE PIPER

DOCTOR WHO

TURN LEFT
by Russell T Davies

[It's a pub at Christmas time. The whole bar is decked out in decorations, and many of the customers are wearing Christmas headgear. Everyone is singing 'We Wish You a Merry Christmas', as DONNA tries to squeeze through the crowd with a large tray of drinks. Smiling, she sets it down on a table. A large group of girls, all DONNA's age, are sat around it.]

DONNA
Here we are.

VEENA
Mooky says let's go down to the boardwalk, it's two for the price of one.

DONNA
On Christmas Eve? It'll be heaving.

MOOKY
Well exactly, get in and grab 'em!

[Everyone laughs.]

VEENA
Hey, that's the second round of drinks you've bought, it was my turn.

DONNA
I can afford it, promotion! You are talking to Jival Chowdry's Personal Assistant, I'll have you know!

[A blonde woman is watching DONNA's back, confused and slightly scared. The insect-like noises can be heard again.]

DONNA
Capital 'P', capital 'A', twenty-three thousand pound per anum, merci beaucoup!

VEENA
Here's to Mr. Chowdry!

[Everyone toasts him, knocking their glasses together. In the background, VEENA and MOOKY can be heard discussing how lucky DONNA is. DONNA turns to ALICE. ALICE is still watching DONNA's back, looking scared.]

DONNA
Whar's wrong? What is it?

ALICE
Sorry?

DONNA
Someone spill a drink on me?

ALICE
Why?

DONNA
Why d'you keep looking at my shoulder? What's wrong?

ALICE
I don't know.

DONNA
Well don't tell me you're getting all spooky again. It was bad enough when you saw the ghost of old man Batton at the boat show! What are you looking at? What is it?

ALICE
It's like... it's like there's something I can't see.

[MAN IN PUB runs into the pub, shouting.]

MAN IN PUB
Look! Shut up! All of you, come and see! Just look at the sky, it's a star! It's a Christmas star!

[The customers filter out to see what he means.]

VEENA
Well come on then!

[Everyone stands outside, looking up.]

MOOKY
What the hell is that?

VEENA
Ken Livingstone, that's what. Spending our money on decorations!

[A massive silver star flies past. It's the Webstar from The Runaway Bride.]

VEENA
How much did that cost?

MOOKY
Don't be so stupid, it's flying! It's really flying!

[Everyone runs around the corner, following it.]

DONNA
That's not a star. That's a web. It's heading east, middle of the city.

[The Webstar hovers over a decorated shopping street. Suddenly beams start flying out of the Webstar, shooting at things. The people who had been in the pub start screaming and running away. ALICE comes up behind DONNA. Her eyes widen at the sight of what the Webstar is doing, but she seems even more horrified when she looks at DONNA's back. The insect noise starts again.]

DONNA
Alice, there's a great big web star thing shooting at people and you're looking at me?

ALICE
There's something on your back!

[DONNA heads off in the direction of the Webstar. Her friends watch her in exasperation.]

VEENA
Donna, where you going?! You'll get yourself killed! Donna!

[MOOKY pulls her away and they run. DONNA is running along a street towards the middle of the city. We see several tanks fire shots at the Webstar, destroying it. DONNA runs down a dark street. There's a crowd of people being ushered away by the police. They are shouting, ordering people to keep away from the river. DONNA sneaks around behind a landrover. A UNIT SOLDIER is speaking into a radio. SOLDIER #1 is on the other side of the radio.]

SOLDIER #1 V/O
Track 1 to Greyhound 15. What is your report, over?

UNIT SOLDIER
From the evidence I'd say he managed to stop the creature. Some sort of red spider. Lowered the base underneath the barrier, flooded the whole thing. Over.

SOLDIER #1 V/O
And where is he now? Over.

UNIT SOLDIER
We found a body, sir. Over.

[We see a covered body being loaded onto an ambulance.]

SOLDIER #1 V/O
Is it him? Over.

UNIT SOLDIER
I think so. Just didn't make it out in time.

[As they are loading the body onto the ambulance, the person's arm falls out from under the blanket, hanging over the edge of the stretcher. The man is wearing a brown pinstriped suit. In slow motion, he drops the sonic screwdriver.]

UNIT SOLDIER
The Doctor is dead. Must've happened too fast for him to regenerate.

[They put the body into the ambulance. The camera lingers on the screwdriver, lying on the road. DONNA glances at it. The UNIT SOLDIER puts the radio away and addresses the other UNIT soldiers.]

UNIT SOLDIER
Let's get the ambulance back to UNIT base.

[The camera cuts to Donna, walking away from the ambulance. Suddenly, a blonde figure runs towards her.]

ROSE
What happened? What did they find? Sorry, did they find someone?

DONNA
I dunno. Um, bloke called the Doctor or something.

ROSE
Well where is he?

DONNA
They took him away. He's dead.

[ROSE turns away, heartbroken.]

DONNA
I'm sorry, did you know him?

[ROSE ignores her.]

DONNA
I mean, they didn't say his name. Could be any doctor.

ROSE
I came so far...

DONNA
It could be anyone.

ROSE
What's your name?

DONNA
Donna. And you?

ROSE
Oh I was just passing by, I shouldn't even be here, this is wrong. It's wrong. This is so wrong.

[She stares at DONNA's shoulders, confused. The insect noise can be heard.]

ROSE
Sorry, what was it, Donna what?

DONNA
Why d'you keep looking at my back?

ROSE
I'm not.

DONNA
Yes you are, you keep looking behind me. You're doing it now! What is it, what's there? Has someone put something on my back...

[She turns to look at her back, but when she turns back, ROSE has disappeared. DONNA walks away. It cuts to Donna in an office, wearing a shirt and trousers.]

DONNA
You can't sack me, I'm your Personal Assistant!

JIVAL
You don't have to make a scene, just come downstairs and we can have a little talk.

DONNA
Oh I'll make a scene alright, right in front of the tribunal, and the first thing I'm gonna say is wandering hands!

JIVAL
Now come on, Donna, you know what it's been like for the past few months, ever since that Christmas thing. Half my contracts were on the other side of the river, and the Thames is still closed off! Look, I can't deliver. I'm losing a fortune!

DONNA
Well sack one of this lot! Sack Cliff! He just sits there, dunno what he does all day!

[She turns to a man sitting behind her, who had been filing his nails until she mentioned his name.]

DONNA
Sorry, Cliff. Actually, I'm not sorry, what do you do all day?!

[He is about to reply when there is a massive bang and the whole building shakes. Everyone runs over the window, except for DONNA, who merely irritably unfolds the letter JIVAL gave her. Everyone watches the Royal Hope hospital, as the events of Smith and Jones unfold.]

JIVAL
It's like an earthquake! That's weird. Funny sort of clouds...

[DONNA looks up from the letter.]

DONNA
Who typed this? I'm your PA! Did you get someone else to type this?!

[He and another woman turn around sheepishly.]

DONNA
BEATRICE!

[It cuts to a TV screen. A FEMALE REPORTER is speaking.]

FEMALE REPORTER
It sounds impossible, but the entire hospital has vanished. The Royal Hope no longer exists, it's not been destroyed, there's no wreckage, it's simply gone. Reports from bystanders say that the rain lifted up from around the hospital.

[The workers at the photocopy office are crowded around a small TV, watching. DONNA is in the background, packing a box of her things.]

DONNA
Holepunch, having that. Stapler, mine. Toy cactus, you can have that Beatrice, catch.

[She throws a squeaky toy cactus at Beatrice.]

DONNA
Cliff, I'd leave you my mousemat, but I'm worried you'd cut yourself.

JIVAL
Alright, Donna, have some respect. There's two-thousand people in that hospital, and it's vanished.

DONNA
Oh I'll show you vanishing. Thanks for nothing! Oh, and you know when that money went missing from the kitty? Anne-Marie. That's all I'm saying. Anne-Marie!

[The building shakes again.]

DONNA
Well don't tell me. The hospital's back. Well isn't that wizard?

[She kicks a drawer shut behind her. It cuts to another TV screen, this time inside DONNA's house.]

FEMALE REPORTER
Just to confirm, the Royal Hope hospital was returned to its original position, but with only one survivor. The only person left alive is medical student, Oliver Morgensten.

OLIVER
Um, there were these creatures, um, rhinos, talking rhinos in black leather.

[It cuts to DONNA and WILF watching the news.]

DONNA
Rhinos?

WILF
Those could be aliens.

DONNA
Sssh!

[It cuts back to the TV]

OLIVER
We couldn't breathe, we were running out of air. A colleague of mine gave me the last oxygen tank, Martha, Martha Jones. And she died.

[SYLVIA is unpacking DONNA's box of things from work.]

SYLVIA
At least you've got a holepunch. And a raffle ticket.

DONNA
Yeah well they can keep the raffle. I won't take a penny off that man.

WILF
Honestly, you two, there's aliens on the news, they took that hospital all the way to the moon and you're banging on about raffle tickets.

DONNA
Don't be daft, Gramps, it wasn't the moon, it couldn't be.

WILF
Yes, well I am telling you it is getting worse these past few years. It's like all of a sudden, they suddenly know all about us, and there's keen eyes up there, and they're watching us and they're not friendly.

SYLVIA
This stapler says 'Bea'.

DONNA
I can't believe how well you're taking this, me getting sacked. I thought you'd hit the roof.

SYLVIA
I'm just tired, Donna. What with your father and everything. To be honest, I've given up on you.

[On the news, OLIVER is speaking again.]

OLIVER
There was this woman who took control, said she knew what to do, said she could stop the MRI or something. Sarah Jane, her name was. Sarah Jane Smith.

FEMALE REPORTER
Sarah Jane Smith was a freelance investigative journalist, formerly of Metropolitan Magazine. Her body was recovered from the hospital late this afternoon.

DONNA
What's for tea?

SYLVIA
I've got nothing in.

DONNA
I'll get chips. Last of my wages. Fish and chips, yeah?

[SYLVIA ignores her. She heads out. She's walking along a street at night. Suddenly there's a bright flash of light. She keeps walking, but it suddenly happens again. A loud, strange noise accompanies it. Suddenly, a figure runs out across the road.]

DONNA
Blimey! Are you alright? What was that, fireworks or something?

ROSE
I dunno, I was just... walking along, that's weird.

DONNA
You're the one... Christmas Eve, I met you in town.

ROSE
Donna, isn't it?

DONNA
What was your name?

ROSE
How are you doing? You're looking good. How's things? What you been up to?

DONNA
You're doing it again.

ROSE
What?

DONNA
Looking behind me. People keep on doing that. Looking at my back.

ROSE
What sort of people?

DONNA
People in the street. Strangers. I just catch them sometimes, staring at me. Like they're looking at something. And then I get home, and I look, and there's nothing there!

[She hits at her back.]

DONNA
See, look, now I'm doing it.

ROSE
What are you doing for Christmas?

DONNA
What am I what?

ROSE
Next Christmas. Any plans?

DONNA
I don't know, that's ages away, nothing much I s'pose. Why?

ROSE
Just... I think you should get out. You and your family, don't stay in London, just... leave the the city.

DONNA
What for?

ROSE
Nice hotel, Christmas break?

DONNA
Can't afford it.

ROSE
Well, no, you've got that raffle ticket.

DONNA
How do you know about that?

ROSE
First prize. Luxury weekend break. Use it, Donna Noble.

DONNA
Why won't you tell me your name?

DONNA
I think you should leave me alone.

[She walks away from ROSE, and in the background the light comes back. ROSE walks into it and disappears. It cuts to a blue car pulling up at a large house. There's a sign that says 'FIRBOURNE HOUSE *****'. Christmas music is playing in the background. DONNA, SYLVIA, and WILF get out of the car.]

WILF
Cor blimey, that's what I call posh! I said you were lucky, didn't I always say, my lucky star?

[He is wearing felt reindeer antlers. He and SYLVIA get the suitcases out of the back of the car.]

SYLVIA
For God's sake, don't tell them we won it in a raffle, be classy, Dad take those things off!

WILF
No I shan't, it's Christmas. [Taking a bag from a porter] Oi, I'll have that one thank you, it's got my liniment in it.

[SYLVIA and DONNA walk up to the hotel together, admiring the large house.]

DONNA
I reckon we deserve this. It's been a hell of a year.

SYLVIA
Your Dad would've loved this.

DONNA
Yeah. He would've.

[DONNA puts her arm around SYLVIA and they walk in together. The scene cuts to a pair of feet. It pans over WILF, lying on a sofa with a blanket over him. Someone knocks on the door.]

DONNA
Oi, Gramps! Get that! That'll be breakfast. We've got croissants!

[DONNA is in the bathroom, putting her make-up on. SYLVIA is tucked up in bed, with a box of chocolates, watching television. WILF begrudgingly gets up to answer the door.]

WILF [Speaking to SYLVIA]
Why can't you get it, Lady Muck?

SYLVIA
It's Christmas Day, I never get up before ten. Only madam there was up with the dawn chorus, like when she was six years old.

DONNA
I'm not wasting a second in this place. How was the sofa?

WILF
Oh, yeah, not so good really. You know we could've paid for a second room. Oi, merry Christmas!

SYLVIA, DONNA
Merry Christmas

[Someone knocks on the door again, and WILF goes over to answer it.]

WILF
Alright! Come on in, my darling, grubs up!

[A maid comes in, bearing a tray full of food.]

WILF
Merry Christmas

SPANISH MAID
Merry Christmas!

[A newsreader mentions the word 'Breaking News' on the telly.]

SYLVIA
Have you seen this?

DONNA
So I thought nice early breakfast, then we'll go for a walk. People always say that at Christmas. 'Oh, we all went for a walk', I've always wanted to do that.

[The SPANISH MAID is transfixed by DONNA's back.]

DONNA
So, walk first, presents later, yeah?

SYLVIA
Donna, come and see.

[The maid says something in Spanish.]

DONNA
What?

SYLVIA
Look at the telly!

[The maid's voice becomes more insistent. She keeps mentioning the word 'spider'.]

DONNA
What does that mean? I don't know what you're saying.

SYLVIA
Donna, look at the TV!

[The SPANISH MAID repeats the same sentence again, slightly angrily. DONNA suddenly glances at the mirror and sees a giant beetle on her back. She gasps and turns constantly, not managing to get a good look at it. It disappears.]

SYLVIA
For God's sake, don't just stand there Donna, come and look!

STUDIO NEWS READER [On TV]
This is not a hoax, a replica of the Titanic is falling from the sky, and it's heading for Buckingham Palace. We're getting this footage [Footage of the Titanic falling through the sky] from the Guinevere Ranger satellite.

DONNA
Is that... a film or something?

STUDIO NEWS READER
The Royal Air Force has declared an emergen-

[The Titanic hits the Palace, and the screen goes dead with interference. A few seconds later, there's a crash and the building shakes.]

SYLVIA [Pressing the remote control]
It's gone dead. All of them.

DONNA
No but the Titanic? Oh don't be daft. Is that like a sequel?

[WILF is looking at something through the window.]

WILF
Oh. Oh, God rest their souls.

[It cuts to a few of the hotel guests and DONNA's family gathering outside. On the horizon, there's a mushroom cloud, from the explosion in London. It's clear that there can be no survivors.]

WILF
I was supposed to be out there selling papers. We should've been there, we all should. We'd be dead.

SYLVIA
That's everyone. Every single person we know. The whole city.

DONNA
Can't be.

SYLVIA
But it is. London's gone.

WILF
If you hadn't won that raffle...

[DONNA turns, and the SPANISH MAID is pointing at her, shaking her head. It cuts to DONNA, WILF and SYLVIA in a small shack, with a long line of people behind them.]

DONNA
Leeds?! I'm not moving to Leeds!

HOUSING OFFICER
I'm afraid it's Leeds, or you can wait in the hostel for another three months.

SYLVIA
All I want's a washing machine.

DONNA
What about Glasgow? I heard there was jobs going in Glasgow.

HOUSING OFFICER
You can't pick and choose, we've got the whole of Southern England flooded with radiation, seven million people in need of relocation, and now France has closed its borders, so it's Leeds, or nothing! Next!

[She stamps 'LEEDS' onto a piece of paper. It cuts to a bus full of people. DONNA is leaning against the glass. The bus drops the passengers off along a street of terraced houses. The army assign houses to families.]

SOLDIER [Through a loudspeaker.]
The Daniels family, billoted at Number 15. Mr. and Mrs. Aldregum, billoted at Number 31. The Noble family, billoted at Number 29.

[They pick up their suitcases.]

WILF
That's us, come on, let's go. Alright?

[They walk along a street of terraced houses. Bin bags have just been left outside doors. They pass a WOMAN IN DOORWAY, next door to their assigned house.]

WOMAN IN DOORWAY
Used to be a nice family at Number 29! They missed one mortgage payment, just one, they got booted out! All for you lot!

DONNA
Don't get chippy with me, Vera Duckworth, pop your clogs on and go and feed whippets!

WILF
Sweetheart, come on, you're not going to make the world any better by shouting at it!

DONNA
I can try.

[They arrive at number 29.]

SYLVIA
What happens? Do we get keys?

WILF
I dunno, do I?

SYLVIA
Who do we ask? The soldiers?

[The door opens suddenly, to reveal a cheery Italian man.]

ROCCO
Is a big house! Room for all! Welcome! In you come.

DONNA
I thought this was our house.

ROCCO
Many people's house, is wonderful! In, in, in! We been here for eight weeks already.

[DONNA and co enter the house slowly, looking around.]

ROCCO
I had a nice little paper shop in Shepherd's Bush, all gone now! So, upstairs we have Metchindany family, seven of them, good family, good kids.

[He turns to a young boy, peering at the newcomers over the banister rails of the stairs.]

ROCCO [Ruffling the boy's hair]
Except that one. You be careful of him.

[He bursts into hysterics.]

ROCCO
I is a joking, where's that smile, eh? Rocco Colasanto, I'm here with my wife and her sister and her husband and their kids, and their daughter's kids. We got the front room, my mother she's got the back room, she's old, you forgive her. And this, this is you.

[He leads them down the narrow corridor to a tiny kitchen.]

ROCCO
This is your palazzo!

[There are three thin matresses crammed into the tiny floor space.]

SYLVIA
What d'you mean this is us?

ROCCO
You live here!

DONNA
We're living in the kitchen?

ROCCO
You got camp beds, you got the cooker, you keep warm, you got the fridge, you keep cool. Is good!

SYLVIA
What about the bathroom?

ROCCO
Nobody lives in the bathroom.

SYLVIA
No, I mean, is there a rota?

ROCCO
Is pot luck! Is fun! I go wake Mama. She likes new people. MAMA! Is people! Nice people!

[He runs off to find his mother and let them settle in.]

WILF
Oh well. We'll settle in, won't we? Make do. Bit of war time spirit, eh?

DONNA
Yeah but there isn't a war. There's no fight. It's just... this.

WILF
Well America, they'll save us. It was on the news. They're gonna send Great Britain fifty million quid in financial aid. God bless America!

[It cuts to a TV screen, where CNN is on.]

TRINITY WELLS
America is in crisis, with over sixty million reported dead. Sixty million people have dissolved into fat, and the fat is walking. People's fat has come to life, and is walking through the streets. And there are spaceships. There are reports of spaceships over every major US city. The fat is flying.

[DONNA, WILF, SYLVIA and the children are crowded around a tiny table, watching the TV. The children are eating out of tin cans.]

WILF
Aliens.

DONNA
Yeah.

[It cuts to night time. DONNA and SYLVIA are lying in their camp beds. Candles are set out around the kitchen, offering some light.]

SYLVIA
Mary Lentick. Do you remember her?

DONNA
Who was she?

SYLVIA
Worked in the newsagent on Sunday. Little woman, black hair.

DONNA
Never really spoke to her.

SYLVIA
She'll be dead. Everyday I think of someone else. All dead.

DONNA
Maybe she went away for Christmas.

SYLVIA
Maybe.

DONNA
I'll go out tomorrow. I'll walk into town, there's gotta be work. Everyone needs secretaries, soon as I'm earning, we'll get a proper place. Just you wait, Mum.

SYLVIA
What if it never gets better?

DONNA
'Course it will.

SYLVIA
Even the bees are disappearing. You don't see bumblebees anymore.

DONNA
They'll sort us out. The emergency government. They'll do something.

SYLVIA
What if they don't?

DONNA
Then... we'll complain.

SYLVIA
Who's going to listen to us? We're refugees. We haven't even got a vote. We're just no one, Donna. We don't exist.

[The sounds of singing can be heard from upstairs.]

DONNA
I am going to kill that man!

[She gets up, and pushes past a curtain to an upstairs room.]

DONNA
Now listen! Mussolini! I am telling you for the last time, to button it! If I hear one more sea shanty!

[All the families are sitting in a circle, with ROCCO in the middle, leading their singing. He moves slightly, to reveal WILF sitting behind him. He looks sheepish.]

WILF
I've always loved a sing-song.

[It cuts to everyone, including DONNA and SYLVIA singing 'Bohemian Rhapsody'. Gunfire suddenly interrupts them. One of the boys gets up, but ROCCO tells him to sit back down.]

ROCCO
Everyone, stay!

[He, WILF, SYLVIA and DONNA head outside to find out what's going on. Outside, a soldier is shooting at a car exhaust pipe. Fumes are clouding out of it.]

ROCCO
Are you crazy or what?

SOLDIER #2
It's this ATMOS thing, it won't stop. It's like gas, it's toxic.

WILF
Well switch it off!

SOLDIER #2
I have done, it's still going. It's all the cars, every single ATMOS car, they've gone mad.

[He notices DONNA's back, and the insect noise can be heard again. Suddenly, he and the other soldier aim their guns at DONNA.]

SOLDIER #2
You, lady, turn round! You, turn around!

[WILF and ROCCO immediately start shouting at the soldier in DONNA's defence.]

SOLDIER #2
I said turn around!

SYLVIA
Just do what he says! Turn around!

SOLDIER #2
Show me your back! Turn around, now, show me your back!

[DONNA puts her hands in the air and turns around. The soldier looks surprised to see that there is nothing on her back.]

SOLDIER #2
Sorry. Thought I saw...

WILF
Call yourself a soldier! Pointing guns, at innocent women!

[DONNA turns, relieved. She sees a flash of light at the end of the street, around the corner. She walks off towards it.]

SYLVIA
Donna?! Where are you going? It's not safe at night! Donna! Donna!

[DONNA turns the corner. ROSE is standing there.]

DONNA
Hello.

ROSE
Hi. It's the ATMOS devices.

[It cuts to them talking on a park bench.]

ROSE
We're lucky here, Britain hasn't got that much petrol. But all over Europe. China, South Africa. They're getting choked by gas.

DONNA
Can't anyone stop it?

ROSE
Yeah, they're trying right now, this little band of fighters. On board the Sontaran ship. Any second now.

[Just as she speaks, they are illuminated by a bright red light. The whole sky above them is on fire, but it quickly passes.]

DONNA
And that was... ?

ROSE
That was the Torchwood team. Gwen Cooper, Ianto Jones, they gave their lives. And Captain Jack Harkness is transported to the Sontaran home world. There's no one left.

DONNA
You're always wearing the same clothes. Why won't you tell me your name?

ROSE
None of this was meant to happen. There was a man. This wonderful man, and he stopped it. The Titanic, the Adipose, the ATMOS, he stopped them all from happening.

DONNA
That 'Doctor'.

ROSE
You knew him.

DONNA
Did I? When?

ROSE
I think you dream about him sometimes. He's a man in a suit, tall, thin man, great hair. Some really great hair.

DONNA
Who are you?

ROSE
I was like you. I used to be you. 'Cause you've travelled with him, Donna. You've travelled with the Doctor on a different world.

DONNA
I never met him. And he's dead.

ROSE
He died underneath the Thames on Christmas Eve but you were meant to be there. He needed someone to stop him and that was you, you made him leave. You saved his life.

[DONNA remembers a dream she's had; of the Doctor, surrounded by fire and water, killing the Racnoss children.]

DONNA
Doctor, you can stop now!

[It returns to the present, and DONNA walks away from the bench.]

DONNA
Stop it! I dunno what you're talking about, leave me alone!

ROSE
Something's coming, Donna! Something worse.

DONNA
The whole world is stinking. How could anything be worse than this?

ROSE
Trust me, we need the Doctor more than ever, I've... I've been pulled across from a different universe because every single universe is in danger. It's coming, Donna. It's coming from across the stars and nothing can stop it.

DONNA
What is?

ROSE
The darkness.

DONNA
Well what do you keep telling me for?! What am I supposed to do?! I'm nothing special! I mean, I'm, I'm not... I'm nothing special, I'm a temp! I'm not even that, I'm nothing!

ROSE
Donna, you're the most important woman in the whole of creation!

DONNA
Oh, don't. Just don't. I'm tired. I'm so tired.

[She turns to walk away.]

ROSE
I need you to come with me.

DONNA
Yeah? Well, blonde hair might work on the men but you ain't shifting me, lady.

[ROSE smiles.]

ROSE
That's more like it.

DONNA
I've got plenty more.

ROSE
But you'll come with me. Only when you want to.

DONNA
You'll have a long wait then.

[She begins to walk away again.]

ROSE
Not really, just three weeks, tell me does your grandfather still own that telescope?

[DONNA turns, shocked.]

DONNA
He never lets go of it.

ROSE
Three weeks time. But you gotta be certain. 'Cause when you come with me, Donna. I'm sorry, so sorry, but... you're gonna die.

[ROSE fades away, leaving a tearful DONNA standing alone. It cuts to ROCCO spinning DONNA around in a hug. They are both laughing.]

ROCCO
And you, I gonna miss you most of all, all flame hair and fiery!

DONNA
Oh but why do you have to go?

ROCCO
Is the new laws! England for the English, etcetera! They can't send us home, the oceans have closed, they build labour camps.

DONNA
I know, but labour doing what, there aren't any jobs!

[WILF is watching, sad. He knows what's going on. He exchanges a brief glance with ROCCO.]

ROCCO
Sowing, digging, is good! Now stop it, before I kiss you too much! [He kisses her on each cheek.]

[He turns to WILF.]

ROCCO
Wilfred. My capitaine.

[They salute one another. WILF is holding back tears. ROCCO's face becomes grave. He nods, then turns and gets onto the back of the truck, holding his tearful wife.]

DONNA
Be quiet with him gone. Still, we'll have more room.

WILF
Labour camps. That's what they called them last time.

DONNA
What d'you mean?

[ROCCO breaks down, holding his wife tightly.]

WILF
It's happening again.

DONNA
What is?

[She runs over to a soldier as the truck begins to drive off.]

DONNA
S'cuse me, s'cuse me, where are you takin' them? [Running after the truck] Where are you going? Rocco, where are you going? Where are you going?! Where are you going?!

[DONNA and WILF watch the truck drive away, distraught. It cuts to a close-up of SYLVIA. She has no expression on her face, and it's clear she's lost all hope. DONNA walks through the door in the background.]

DONNA
I asked about jobs, with the army. They said I wasn't qualified.

[She gets no response.]

DONNA
You were right. You said I should've worked harder at school. S'pose I've always been a disappointment.

SYLVIA
Yeah.

[DONNA walks out of the room. It cuts to a small fire, outdoors at night. WILF and DONNA are sat around it, huddled together. His telescope is next to them.]

WILF
You know we'd get a bit of cash if we sold this thing. [He points to his telescope.]

DONNA
Don't you dare. I'd always imagined your old age, I'd of put a bit of money by. Never did. I'm just useless.

[WILF looks through the telescope.]

DONNA
You're supposed to say 'no you're not'.

WILF
Ah, it must be the alignment.

DONNA
What's wrong?

WILF
Well I dunno, I mean it can't be the lense, 'cause I was looking at Orion, the constellation of Orion... you take a look. And tell me what can you see.

DONNA
Where?

WILF
Well up there, in the sky!

[DONNA looks through the telescope.]

DONNA
Well I can't see anything, it's just black.

WILF
Well I mean it's working, the telescope is working.

DONNA
Well maybe it's the clouds.

WILF
There is no clouds!

DONNA
Well there must be!

WILF
There's not! It was there! An entire constellation.

[Just as he points to show her where he means, the stars suddenly start to go out.]

WILF
Look... look there! They're going out. Oh my god, Donna look! The stars are going out.

[DONNA merely looks sad, almost resigned. She turns around.]

DONNA
I'm ready.

[ROSE is there. It cuts to a UNIT officer driving a jeep, with DONNA sitting in the middle. ROSE is on the left side, staring out of the window. It stops outside a warehouse, and ROSE leads DONNA and the UNIT officer inside. Inside, mirrors and wires are set out in a wide circle. ROSE walks over to a woman in a UNIT uniform, who is stood next to the TARDIS, which has wires attached to it.]

CAPT. MAGAMBO [Saluting]
Ma'am.

ROSE
I've told you, don't salute.

CAPT. MAGAMBO
Well if you're not going to tell us your name.

[ROSE walks over to a computer interface.]

DONNA
What, you don't know either?

ROSE
It costs too many different realities, trust me, the wrong word in the wrong place can change an entire causal nexus.

CAPT. MAGAMBO
She talks like that. A lot. And you must be Miss. Noble.

DONNA
Donna.

CAPT. MAGAMBO
Captain Nerisa Magambo. Thank you for this.

[They shake hands.]

DONNA
I don't even know what I'm doing.

[ROSE turns away from whatever she was doing with the computer.]

ROSE
Is it awake?

CAPT. MAGAMBO
Seems to be quiet today. Ticking over.

[The camera pans over the TARDIS.]

CAPT. MAGAMBO
Like it's waiting.

[ROSE steps forward, watching the TARDIS. She folds her arms and turns to DONNA.]

ROSE
D'you wanna see it?

DONNA
What's a police box?

ROSE
They salvaged it from underneath the Thames, just go inside.

DONNA
What for?

ROSE
Just go in.

[DONNA cautiously enters the TARDIS.]

DONNA [From inside the TARDIS.]
No. Way.

[ROSE grins. DONNA walks back out, mouth wide open. ROSE chuckles. DONNA walks around the TARDIS, awestruck. She walks back inside, and the camera cuts to inside the TARDIS. The lights are out, and it seems to be dead. DONNA's jaw drops, but she quickly closes it. She goes back outside to ROSE.]

ROSE
What d'you think?

DONNA
Can I have a coffee?

[It cuts to them both walking around the TARDIS console, DONNA nursing a mug.]

ROSE
Time and relative dimension in space. This room used to shine with light. I think it's dying.

[ROSE strokes the rotor, and the TARDIS makes a noise.]

ROSE
Still trying to help.

DONNA
And... and it belonged to the Doctor?

ROSE
He was a Time Lord. Last of his kind.

DONNA
But if he was so special, what's he doing with me?

ROSE
He thought you were brilliant.

DONNA
Don't be stupid.

ROSE
You are! It just took the Doctor to show you that. Simply by being with him. He did the same to me. To everyone he touches.

DONNA
Were you and him... ?

[ROSE stares at her for a few moments, but doesn't answer. She suddenly looks at DONNA's back, and the insect noise can be heard. She runs her hand down DONNA's back.]

ROSE
D'you wanna see it?

DONNA
No! Go on then.

[It cuts to the circle of mirrors. ROSE leads DONNA to the centre of the circle.]

ROSE
We don't know how the TARDIS works, but we've managed to scrape off the surface technology. Enough to show you the creature.

DONNA
It's a creature?

ROSE
Just stand here.

CAPT. MAGAMBO
Out of the circle, please.

ROSE
Yes, ma'am.

[ROSE walks out of the circle over to the computer interface.]

DONNA
Can't you stay with me?

CAPT. MAGAMBO
Ready. And... activate.

[Lights illuminate the circle. DONNA squeezes her eyes shut.]

ROSE
Open your eyes, Donna.

DONNA
Is it there?

ROSE
Open your eyes, look at it.

DONNA [Shaking her head.]
I can't!

ROSE
It's part of you, Donna, look.

[DONNA cautiously opens her eyes. There is a giant, iridescent beetle on her back. DONNA turns frantically, panicking.]

ROSE
It's okay, it's okay, it's okay! Calm down, Donna. Donna, Donna! S'okay.

DONNA
What is it?

ROSE
We don't know.

DONNA
Oh. Thanks!

ROSE
It feeds off time. By changing time, by making someone's life take a different turn, like, uh, meetings never made, children never born, a life never loved. But with you it's...

DONNA
But I never did anything important!

ROSE
Yeah you did. One day, that thing made you turn right instead of left.

DONNA
When was that?

ROSE
Oh you wouldn't remember, it was the most ordinary day in the world, but by turning right you never met the Doctor and the whole world just changed around you.

DONNA
Can you get rid of it?

ROSE
No I can't even touch it. It seems to be in a state of flux.

DONNA
What does that mean?

ROSE
I dunno. Sort of thing the Doctor would say.

DONNA
You liar! You told me I was special! But it's not me, it's this thing! I'm just a host!

ROSE
No, there's more than that. The readings are strange, it's... like reality's just bending around you.

DONNA
Because of this thing!

ROSE
No, no, we're getting separate readings from you. And they've always been there. Since the day you were born.

CAPT. MAGAMBO
This is not relevant to the mission.

ROSE
I thought it was just the Doctor we needed. But it's the both of you. The Doctor and Donna Noble. Together. To stop the stars from going out.

DONNA
Why? What can I do?!

[She turns to look at the beetle in the mirror.]

DONNA
Turn it off! Please.

ROSE
Captain.

CAPT. MAGAMBO
Power down.

[The lights go off and the beetle disappears. ROSE enters the circle and walks over to DONNA. She takes her arms.]

DONNA
It's... still there though?

[ROSE nods.]

DONNA
What can I do? Get rid of it.

ROSE
You're gonna travel in time.

[It cuts to ROSE speaking to DONNA, who is now wearing a wired-up jacket.]

ROSE
The TARDIS has tracked down the moment of intervention, Monday the 25th, one minute past ten in the morning, your car was on Little Sutton Street, leaving for the Eden Road, but you turned right heading towards Griffon's Bridge, you need to turn left. The most important thing, you gotta go back, turn left, have you got that, Donna? One minute past ten, make yourself turn left, heading for the Chiswick Highroad.

CAPT. MAGAMBO
Keep the jacket on at all times, it's insulation against temporal feedback, [a technican puts a big metal watch on her] this will correspond to local time wherever you land, [she hands her a glass of water] this is to combat dehydration.

[It cuts to DONNA being escorted by a group of UNIT officers and ROSE towards the circle of mirrors.]

ROSE
This is where we leave you.

DONNA
I don't wanna see that thing on my back.

ROSE
Oh no, the mirrors are just incidental, they bounce kronon energy back into the centre, which we control and decide the destination.

DONNA
It's a time machine.

ROSE [Smiling]
It's a time machine.

CAPT. MAGAMBO
If you could...

[DONNA walks into the centre of the circle.]

CAPT. MAGAMBO
Powering up!

[The lights come on around the circle.]

DONNA
How d'you know it's gonna work?

ROSE
Hm? Oh. Oh, yeah, yeah, we don't. We're just... we're just guessing.

DONNA
Brilliant.

ROSE
Just remember, when you get to the junction, change the car's direction by one minute past ten.

DONNA
How do I do that?

ROSE
It's up to you.

DONNA
Well... I'll just... have to run up to myself and have a good argument.

ROSE
I'd like to see that.

CAPT. MAGAMBO
Activate lodestone.

ROSE
Good luck.

DONNA
I'm ready.

ROSE
One minute past ten.

DONNA
'Cause I understand now. You said I was gonna die but, you mean this whole world is gonna blink out of existence. But that's not dying. 'Cause a better world takes its place. The Doctor's world. And I'm still alive. That's right, isn't it, I don't die. If I change things, I don't die, that's... that's right, isn't it?

ROSE
I'm sorry.

DONNA
But I can't die! I've got a future! With the Doctor, you told me!

CAPT. MAGAMBO
Activate!

[The whole room floods with light and everyone runs. DONNA is transported to a different place. It's a street full of people. She is crouched on the floor. Suddenly, she looks up and gets to her feet. She cheers and raises her arms in the air.]

DONNA
Hold on... but this is... I'm not... this is Sutton Court! I'm half a mile away. I'M HALF A MILE AWAY!

[She checks her watch: 9:57]

DONNA
Four minutes? Oh my god!

[She runs off. It shows past DONNA and SYLVIA getting into the car.]

SYLVIA
Jival Chowdry. He runs that little photocopy business, and he needs a secretary.

DONNA [Emphatically; they've had this argument before]
I've got a job!

[It cuts back to present DONNA running along a street. It cuts back to past DONNA.]

DONNA
H.C Clements is in the city. It's nice, it's posh, so stop it!

[She turns the key in the ignition, and it cuts to present DONNA stopping to catch her breath. She checks the metal watch and keeps running. We see the lorry drive past the junction where past DONNA is indicating left.]

SYLVIA
It won't take long, just turn right

[It cuts back to present DONNA, who is still running. It cuts to past.]

DONNA
I'm going left. If you don't like it, get out and walk.

[Present keeps running.]

DONNA
You think I'm so useless!

SYLVIA
Oh I know why you want a job with H.C Clements, lady. 'Cause you think you'll meet a man-

[It cuts back to present DONNA. She stops, panting. She is very red in the face. She opens the watch; 9:59.]

DONNA
I'm not gonna get there.

[She suddenly has a flashback of her conversation with ROSE.]

ROSE
You're gonna die.

[Flashback ends. DONNA finally realises what she must do. The lorry that passed by past DONNA's car is driving along the road in her direction. It cuts back to past DONNA. The car is still indicating right.]

SYLVIA
City executives don't need temps. Except for practice.

DONNA
Yeah. S'pose you're right.

[She indicates right. The lorry gets closer to present DONNA.]

DONNA
Please...

[She steps out in front of the lorry. It screeches to a halt, but doesn't brake in time. A woman screams. SYLVIA and past DONNA hear the scream.]

SYLVIA
Can you hear that?

[The driver gets out of the truck and stops the traffic. The traffic jam grows so long that past DONNA sees it.]

DONNA
The traffic's stopping.

SYLVIA
Something must've happened.

[It cuts to DONNA, lying on the concrete. She's struggling to open her eyes. A blurry ROSE comes into sight. DONNA turns to focus on her. She kneels beside her.]

ROSE
Tell him this. Two words.

[She whispers something in DONNA's ear. DONNA dies. It cuts back to past DONNA.]

DONNA
Well that decides it. I'm not sitting in a traffic jam.

[She indicates left.]

DONNA
I'm going left.

[She turns, and the word 'left' echoes. DONNA, sitting inside the FORTUNE TELLER's room, screams. The events of the parallel world all reverse. The beetle falls off DONNA's back. The FORTUNE TELLER is cowering on the floor, staring at DONNA.]

DONNA
What the hell is that?!

FORTUNE TELLER
You were so strong. What are you? What will you be?

[She crawls away. DONNA looks at the beetle, writhing on the floor. THE DOCTOR enters through the curtains.]

THE DOCTOR
Everything alright?

[She runs over and hugs him. He smiles, surprised.]

THE DOCTOR
What was tha

DONNA
I don't know!

[She hugs him again. It cuts to them both sitting around the table. THE DOCTOR picks up the beetle, prodding it.]

DONNA
Can't remember. It's slipping away. You know like when you're trying to give a dream and it just sort of goes?

THE DOCTOR
Just got lucky, this thing. It's one of the Trickster's Brigade. Changes a life in tiny little ways. Most times the universe just compensates around it, but with you... great big parallel world.

DONNA
Hold on, you said parallel worlds are sealed off.

THE DOCTOR
Well they are. But you had one created around you. Funny thing is, seems to be happening a lot; to you.

DONNA
How d'you mean?

THE DOCTOR
Well, the Library and then this.

DONNA
Just... goes with the job, I s'pose.

THE DOCTOR
Sometimes I think there's way too much coincidence around you, Donna. I met you once, then I met your grandfather then I met you again. In a whole wide universe, I met you for a second time. It's like something's binding us together.

DONNA
Don't be so daft. I'm nothing special.

THE DOCTOR
Yes you are, you're brilliant!

[DONNA smiles. She has a sudden flashback.]

ROSE
He thought you were brilliant.

[Flashback ends.]

DONNA
She said that.

THE DOCTOR
Who did?

DONNA
That woman. Oh, I can't remember.

THE DOCTOR
Well, she never existed now.

DONNA
No but she said... the stars. She said the stars are going out.

THE DOCTOR
Yeah but that world's gone.

DONNA
No but she said it was all worlds. Every world. She said the the darkness is coming, even here.

THE DOCTOR
Who was she?

DONNA
I dunno.

THE DOCTOR
What did she look like?

DONNA
She was... blonde.

THE DOCTOR
What was her name?

DONNA
I don't know.

THE DOCTOR [Frantic]
Donna, what was her name?

DONNA
But she told me... to warn you. She said two words.

THE DOCTOR
What two words, what were they, what did she say?

DONNA
Bad Wolf.

DONNA
Well, what does it mean?

[THE DOCTOR runs out into the street. DONNA follows him. He runs up to a wall, and posters are plastered across every surface, all with the words 'Bad Wolf'. All of the banners over shops and buildings all say 'Bad Wolf'. THE DOCTOR turns the corner and reaches the TARDIS. In place of the usual writing on the sign next to the door, it just says 'Bad Wolf' repeatedly. It is also there in place of the 'Police Public Call Box' at the top. He runs inside, and all of the lighting of the TARDIS is bright red.]

DONNA
Doctor, what is it? What's Bad Wolf?

THE DOCTOR
It's the end of the universe.

THEME STING

Thank you for reading.