JEFFERSON: Open fire!
(Jefferson and the guard start shooting at the Ood.)
ZACH: We're stabilising
(The overhead shutters close.)
ZACH: We've got orbit.
(Rose runs back to the comm.)
ROSE: Doctor? Doctor, can you hear me? Doctor, Ida, are you there?
COMPUTER: Open door 25.
(Jefferson and the guard prepare to shoot.)
DANNY: It's me! But they're coming.
COMPUTER: Close door 25.
DANNY: It's the Ood. They've gone mad.
JEFFERSON: How many of them?
DANNY: All of them! All fifty!
JEFFERSON: Danny, out of the way. Out of the way!
DANNY: But they're armed! It's the interface device. I don't know how,
but they're using it as a weapon.
COMPUTER: Open door 25.
(Jefferson opens the door. The leading Ood sticks its globe onto the
guard's forehead. She screams and dies. Jefferson starts shooting.)
COMPUTER: Close door 1.
(Zach sees Ood coming towards him.)
COMPUTER: Open door 1. Close door 1.
ZACH: Lock down. Seal door 1.
COMPUTER: Lock down. Door 1.
JEFFERSON [OC]: Seal door 24. Seal door 23.
ZACH: Jefferson, what's happening there?
JEFFERSON: I've got very little ammunition, sir.
How about you?
ZACH: All I've got is a bolt gun. With er, all of
one bolt. I could take out a grand total of one Ood. Fat lot of good
JEFFERSON [OC]: Given the emergency
JEFFERSON: I recommend strategy nine.
ZACH: Strategy Nine
ZACH [OC]: Agreed. Right, we need to get
ZACH: Everyone together. Rose? What about Ida and
ZACH [OC]: Doctor? Any word?
ROSE: I can't get a reply. Just nothing. I keep trying, but it's
DOCTOR [OC]: (static) No, sorry, I'm fine. Still here.
ROSE: You could've said, you stupid
DOCTOR: (feedback) Whoa. Careful! Anyway, it's both
of us. Me and Ida. Hello. But the seal opened up. It's gone. All we've
got left is this chasm.
ZACH [OC]: How deep is it?
DOCTOR: Can't tell. It looks like it goes down forever.
ROSE [OC]: The pit is open.
ROSE: That's what the voice said.
ZACH: But there's nothing. I mean
ZACH [OC]: There's nothing coming out?
DOCTOR: No, no. No sign of the Beast.
ROSE: It said Satan.
DOCTOR: Come on, Rose. Keep it
DOCTOR [OC]: Together.
ROSE: Is there no such thing? Doctor.
ROSE [OC]: Doctor, tell me there's no such thing.
ZACH [OC]: I recommend that you withdraw.
IDA: But, we've come all this way.
ZACH [OC]: Okay
ZACH: That was an order. Withdraw. When that thing
opened, the whole planet's shifted. One more inch and we fall into the
black hole. So this thing stops right now.
IDA: But it's not much better up there with the
ZACH: I'm initiating strategy
ZACH [OC]: Nine, so I need the two of you back up
top immediately, no ar
(Ida turns off the comms.)
ZACH: Ida. Ida!
IDA: What do you think?
DOCTOR: I think they've an order.
IDA: Yeah, but what do you think?
DOCTOR: It said, I am the temptation.
IDA: Well, if there's something in there, why is it still hiding?
DOCTOR: Maybe we opened the prison but not the cell.
IDA: We should go down. I'd go. What about you?
DOCTOR: Oh. Oh, in a second, but then again, that is so human. Where
angels fear to tread. Even now, standing on the edge. It's that feeling
you get, eh? Right at the back of your head. That impulse. That strange
little impulse. That mad little voice saying, go on. Go on. Go on. Go
over. Go on. Maybe it's relying on that. For once in my life, Officer
Scott, I'm going to say retreat. Oh, now I know I'm getting old. Rose,
we're coming back.
ROSE: Best news I've heard all day.
(Jefferson points his rifle at Toby.)
ROSE: What're you doing?
JEFFERSON: He's infected. He brought that thing on board. You saw it.
ROSE: Are you going to start shooting your own people now, Is that what
you're going to
do? Is it?
JEFFERSON: If necessary.
ROSE: Well then, you'll have to shoot me if necessary, so what's it
going to be? Look at his face. Whatever it was, is gone. It passed into
the Ood. You saw it happen. He's clean.
JEFFERSON: Any sign of trouble, I'll shoot him.
ROSE: Are you all right?
TOBY: Yeah. I don't know.
ROSE: Can you remember anything?
TOBY: Just, it was so angry. It was fury and rage and death. It was
him. It was the devil.
ROSE: Come on.
(Rose hugs the terrified Toby.)
(The Doctor and Ida return to the capsule.)
DOCTOR: What's strategy nine?
IDA: Open the airlocks. We'll be safe inside the lock down. The Ood
will get thrown out into the vacuum.
DOCTOR: So we're going back to a slaughter?
IDA: The devil's work.
IDA [OC]: Okay, we're in. Bring us up.
JEFFERSON: Ascension in three, two, one.
(And the power goes out.)
VOICE [OC]: This is the darkness. This is my domain.
(Monitors flicker with images of the Ood.)
VOICE [OC]: You little things that live in the light, clinging to your
feeble suns which die in the
ZACH [OC]: That's not the Ood. Something's talking through them.
VOICE [OC]: Only the darkness remains.
ZACH: This is Captain Zachary Cross Flane of Sanctuary Base Six,
representing the Torchwood archive. You will identify yourself.
VOICE [OC]: You know my name.
ZACH: What do you want?
VOICE [OC]: You will die here. All of you. This planet is your grave.
TOBY: It's him. It's him. It's him.
DOCTOR: If you are the Beast, then answer me this.
Which one, hmm? Cos the universe has been busy since you've been gone.
There's more religions than there are planets in the sky. The
Orkology, Christianity, Pash Pash, New Judaism, San Klah, Church of the
Tin Vagabond. Which devil are you?
VOICE [OC]: All of them.
DOCTOR: What, then you're the truth behind the myth?
VOICE [OC]: This one knows me as I know him. The killer of his own
DOCTOR: How did you end up on this rock?
VOICE [OC]: The Disciples of the Light rose up against me and chained
me in the pit for all eternity.
DOCTOR: When was this?
VOICE [OC]: Before time.
DOCTOR: What does that mean?
VOICE [OC]: Before time.
DOCTOR: What does before time mean?
VOICE [OC]: Before light and time and space and matter. Before the
cataclysm. Before this universe was created.
DOCTOR: That's impossible. No life could have existed back then.
VOICE [OC]: Is that your religion?
DOCTOR: It's a belief.
VOICE [OC]: You know nothing. All of you, so small.
The Captain, so scared of command.
VOICE [OC]: The soldier, haunted by the eyes of his
wife. (Jefferson) The scientist, still running from Daddy. (Ida) The
little boy who lied. (Danny) The virgin. (Toby) And the lost girl, so
far away from home. (Rose) The valiant child who will die in battle so
ROSE: Doctor, what does that mean?
DOCTOR: Rose, don't listen.
ROSE: What does it mean?
VOICE [OC]: You will die and I will live.
(The image of the Ood is replaced by a roaring horned beast.)
DANNY: What the hell was that?
TOBY: I had that thing inside my head.
ROSE: Doctor, what did it mean?
DANNY: What do we do? Jefferson?
JEFFERSON: Captain? What's the situation on strategy nine?
DANNY: Zach, what do we do?
TOBY: The planet, the orbit, the black hole. Everything's true.
JEFFERSON: Captain, report.
ZACH: We've lost pictures, Mister Jefferson.
ROSE: Doctor, how did it know all of
IDA: Did anyone get an anal
ROSE: What did it mean?
DOCTOR: Everyone just stop.
DANNY: What do we do?
(The Doctor sends feedback through the comms to shut everyone up.)
DOCTOR [OC]: You want voices in the dark
DOCTOR: Then listen to mine. That thing is playing
on very basic fears. Darkness, childhood nightmares, all that stuff.
DANNY: But that's how the devil works.
DOCTOR: Or a good psychologist.
IDA: Yeah, but how did it know about my father?
DOCTOR: Okay, but what makes his version of the truth any better than
mine, hmm? Cos I'll tell you what I can see. Humans.
DOCTOR [OC]: Brilliant humans. Humans who travel
all the way across space, flying in a tiny little rocket
DOCTOR [OC]: Right into the orbit of a
DOCTOR: Black hole, just for the sake of discovery.
DOCTOR [OC]: Do you hear me?
DOCTOR: Amazing, all of you. The Captain, his
Officer, his elders, his juniors, his friends. All with one advantage.
The Beast is alone. We are not. If we can use that to fight against him
(Bang! The cable shears and falls into the shaft.)
IDA: The cable's snapped!
DOCTOR: Get out!
(The Doctor and Ida get out of the capsule and throw themselves to the
ground as alleged miles of steel cable arrives at speed.)
ROSE: Doctor, we lost the cable! Doctor, are you
all right? Doctor!
ZACH: Comms are down.
ROSE [OC]: Doctor? Doctor, can you hear me?
ZACH: I've still got life signs, but we've lost the capsule.
ROSE [OC]: Say something. Are you there?
ZACH: There's no way out. They're stuck down there.
(The capsule is wrecked.)
DOCTOR: How much air have we got?
IDA: Sixty minutes. Fifty five.
ROSE: But we've got to bring them back.
JEFFERSON: They're ten miles down. We haven't got another ten miles of
(Banging at door 25.)
JEFFERSON: Captain? Situation report.
(Zach checks door one.)
ZACH: It's the Ood. They're cutting through the door bolts. They're
JEFFERSON: Yeah, it's the same on door 25.
ROSE: How long's it going to take?
JEFFERSON: Well, it's only a basic frame, it should take ten minutes.
(Another bolt is cut.)
ZACH: I've got a security frame. It might last a
bit longer, but that doesn't help you.
ROSE: Right. So we need to stop them, or get out,
DANNY: I'll take both, yeah? But how?
ROSE: You heard the Doctor. Why do you think that thing cut him off?
Cos he was making sense. He was telling you to think your way out of
this. Come on! For starters, we need some lights. There's got to be
some sort of power somewhere.
ZACH: There's nothing I can do. Some Captain, stuck
in here, pressing buttons.
ROSE: That's what the Doctor meant. Press the right
ZACH: They've gutted the generators. But the
rocket's got an independent supply. If I could reroute that.
ZACH [OC]: Open the bypass conduits. Override the
JEFFERSON: Opening bypass conduits, sir.
ZACH: Channelling rocket feed in three, two, one.
(The lights come on.)
ROSE: There we go.
DANNY [OC]: Let there be light!
ROSE [OC]: What about
ROSE: That strategy nine thing?
JEFFERSON: Not enough power. It needs a hundred percent.
ROSE: All right, we need a way out. Zach, Mister Jefferson, you start
working on that. Toby, what about you?
TOBY: I'm not a soldier. I can't do anything.
ROSE: No, you're the archeologist. What do you know about the pit?
TOBY: Well, nothing. We can't even translate the language.
TOBY: Hold on. Maybe.
ROSE: What is it?
TOBY: Since that thing was inside my head, it's like the letters made
ROSE: Well, get to work. Anything you can translate, just anything. As
for you, Danny boy. You're in charge of the Ood. Any way of stopping
DANNY: Well, I don't know.
ROSE: Then find out. The sooner we get control of the Base, the sooner
we can get the Doctor out. Shift.
IDA: Well, we've got all this cable, we might as
well use it. The drum's disconnected. We could adapt it, feed it
DOCTOR: And then what?
IDA: Abseil into the pit.
DOCTOR: Abseil. Right.
IDA: We're running out of air with no way back. It's the only thing we
can do. Even if it's the last thing we ever achieve.
DOCTOR: I'll get back. Rose is up there.
IDA: Well, maybe the key to that is finding out what's in the pit.
DOCTOR: Well, it's half of a good plan.
IDA: What's the other half?
DOCTOR: I go down, not you.
JEFFERSON: Open junctions five, six, seven. Reroute
filters sixteen to twenty four. Go.
DANNY: There's all sorts of viruses that could stop the Ood. Trouble
is, we haven't got them on board.
ROSE: Well, that's handy, listing all the things we haven't got. We
haven't got a swimming pool either. Or a
(The screen says affirmative.)
DANNY: Oh, my God. It says yes. I can do it. Hypothetically, if you
flip the monitor, broadcast a flare, it can disrupt the telepathy.
ROSE: What happens to the Ood?
DANNY: It'll tank them spark out.
ROSE: There we are, then. Do it!
DANNY: No, but I'd have to transmit from the central monitor. We need
to go to Ood Habitation.
ROSE: That's what we'll do, then. Mister Jefferson, sir. Any way out?
JEFFERSON: Just about. There's a network of maintenance tunnels running
underneath the base. We should be able to gain access from here.
ROSE: Ventilation shafts.
JEFFERSON: Yeah, I appreciate the reference, but there's no
ventilation. No air, in fact, at all. They were designed for machines,
not life forms.
ZACH [OC]: But
ZACH: I can manipulate the oxygen field from here.
Create discrete pockets of atmosphere. If I control it manually, I can
follow you through the network.
ROSE: Right, so we go down, and you make the air
follow us by hand.
ZACH: You wanted me pressing buttons.
ROSE: Yeah, I asked for it. Okay, we need to get to
Ood Habitation. Work out a route.
(The ten miles of cable is now wrapped around a
drum, with one end tied around the Doctor's waist.)
IDA: That should hold it. How's it going?
DOCTOR: Fine. Should work. Doesn't feel like such a good idea now.
(He steps onto the rim of the trapdoor.)
DOCTOR: Hmm, there it is again. That itch. Go down, go down, go down,
go down, go down.
IDA: The urge to jump. Do you know where it comes from, that sensation?
Genetic heritage. Ever since we were primates in the trees. It's our
body's way of testing us. Calculating whether or not we can reach the
DOCTOR: No, that's not it. That's too kind. It's not the urge to jump.
It's deeper than that. It's the urge to fall!
(And he launches himself into the chasm.)
(She throws the brake on the drum.)
IDA: Are you okay?
DOCTOR: Not bad, thanks. The wall of the pit seems to be the same as
the cavern, just not much of it. There's a crust about twenty feet down
and then nothing. Just the pit. Okay, then. Lower me down.
IDA: Well, here we go then.
(The Ood are nearly through the door. The others
have got a piece of deck plating up.)
DANNY: Hold on! Just conforming.
JEFFERSON: Dan, we got to go now! Come on!
(He grabs an orange computer chip from the machine and runs over to the
DANNY: Put that in the monitor and it's a bad time to be an Ood.
ROSE: We're coming back. Have you got that? We're coming back to this
room and we're getting the Doctor out.
JEFFERSON: Okay. Danny, you go first, then you, Miss Tyler, then Toby.
I'll go last in defensive position. Now, come on, quick as you can!
(Looking like an air conditioning tunnel.)
ROSE: God, it stinks. You all right?
DANNY: Yeah, I'm laughing. Which way do we go?
ZACH: Just go straight ahead. Keep going till I say
(Jefferson shuts the entrance behind him as the Ood
break through door 25. The group crawl off on hands and knees.)
ROSE: Not your best angle, Danny.
DANNY: Oi, stop it.
TOBY: I don't know, it could be worse.
ZACH: Straight on until you find junction seven
point one. Keep breathing. I'm feeding you air. I've got you.
DANNY: We're at seven point one, sir.
ZACH: Okay, I've got you. I'm just aerating the
DANNY: Getting kind of cramped, sir. Can't you
ZACH: I'm working on half power, here.
JEFFERSON: Stop complaining.
ROSE: Mister Jefferson says stop complaining.
DANNY: I heard.
ROSE: He heard.
TOBY: But the air's getting a bit thin.
ROSE: He's complaining now.
JEFFERSON: I heard.
ROSE: (sniffs) Danny, is that you?
DANNY: I'm not exactly happy.
ZACH [OC]: I'm just moving the air.
ZACH: I've got to oxygenate the next section. Now,
keep calm or it's going to feel worse.
DANNY: What was that?
ROSE: Mister Jefferson, what was that?
TOBY: What's that noise?
JEFFERSON: Captain, what was that?
ZACH: The junction in Habitation Five's been
opened. It must be the Ood.
ZACH [OC]: They're in the tunnels!
DANNY: Well, open the gate.
ZACH: I've got to get the air in!
DANNY [OC]: Just open it, sir.
ROSE: Where are they? Are they close?
ZACH: I don't know. I can't tell. I can't see them.
The computer doesn't register Ood as proper life forms.
ROSE: Whose idea was that?
DANNY: Open the gate!
(The gate slides up behind Danny and they hurry through.)
ZACH: Danny, turn left. Immediate left.
JEFFERSON: The Ood, sir. can't you trap them? Cut
off the air?
ZACH: Not without cutting off yours.
ZACH [OC]: Danny, turn right. Go right! Go fast,
Dan. They're going to catch up.
JEFFERSON: I'll maintain defensive position.
ROSE: You can't stop!
JEFFERSON: Miss Tyler, that's my job. You've got your task, now see to
TOBY: You heard what he said, now shift.
(Jefferson braces himself on the sides of the tunnel and starts firing
as Ood come around the corner.)
DANNY: Eight point two. Open eight point two. Zach!
DANNY [OC]: Open eight point two!
ZACH: I've got to aerate it.
DANNY: Open it now!
ZACH: I'm trying.
(Danny starts thumping the gate.)
ROSE: Danny, stop it. That's not helping.
TOBY: Zach, get it open!
ZACH: Jefferson, I've got to open eight point two
by closing eight point one. You've got to get past the junction. Now
move. That's an order, now move!
(Jefferson has had to resort to his pistol, and now he is completely
out of ammunition.)
ZACH [OC]: I'm going to lose oxygen, Jefferson, I
can't stop for your dramatics!
(Jefferson retreats. The gate opens.)
DANNY: That's it! Come on.
ZACH: Danny, turn left and head for nine point two.
That's the last one. Jefferson
ZACH [OC]: You've got to move faster. John, move!
ROSE: Mister Jefferson!
TOBY: Keep going!
(Gate 8.1 closes in front of Jefferson.)
JEFFERSON [OC]: Regret to inform, sir
JEFFERSON: I was a bit slow. Not so fast, these
ZACH: I can't open eight point one, John. Not
without losing air for the others.
JEFFERSON: And quite right too, sir. I think I
bought them a little time.
(Further along, the others hear the conversation.)
ZACH [OC]: There's nothing I can do, John.
ZACH: I'm sorry.
JEFFERSON: You've done enough, sir. Made a very
good captain under the circumstances. May I ask, if you can't add
oxygen to this section, can you speed up the process of its removal?
ZACH: I don't understand. What do you mean?
JEFFERSON: Well, if I might chose the manner of my
departure, sir, lack of air seems more natural than, well, let's say
death by Ood. I'd appreciate it, sir!
(The Ood have arrived.)
ZACH: God speed, Mister Jefferson.
JEFFERSON: Thank you, sir.
(Zach presses the necessary buttons. There is a
hiss and then Jefferson's blip disappears from his diagram.)
ZACH: Report Officer John Maynard Jefferson PKD deceased
ZACH [OC]: With honours. 43 K two point one.
DANNY: Zach, we're at the final junction, nine point two. And er, if my
respects could be
DANNY [OC]: On record. He saved our lives.
ZACH [OC]: Opening nine point two.
(An Ood is waiting for them.)
ROSE: Lower nine point two! Hurry, Zach!
DANNY: Back! Back! Back!
TOBY: We can't go back! The gang point's sealed off. We're stuck.
(Rose looks up, then pushes open a floor grating as the Ood struggles
with the gate.)
ROSE: Come on! Up!
(They come out near door 32.)
ROSE: Come on! Toby, come on!
(Toby's eyes are red. He gestures to the Ood to
ROSE: Toby, get out of there!
(His eyes are back to normal.)
TOBY: Help me! Oh, my God. Help me!
(Ood approach along the corridor.)
ROSE: Come on.
(They pull Toby up.)
DANNY: It's this way.
(The Ood are nearly through door 1. Zach picks up
the bolt gun.)
ZACH: Hurry it up!
ROSE: Get it in!
TOBY: Danny, get down.
DANNY: I'm trying, I'm trying! I'm getting at it.
(Danny searches his pockets for the computer chip as the Ood come up
(The Ood break into the control room.)
ROSE: Danny, get that thing transmitting!
(He does. The reading falls from basic 100 to zero. All the Ood grab
their heads and writhe for a few seconds before finally collapsing.)
ROSE: You did it! We did it!
ROSE: Zach, we did it. The Ood are down. Now we've got to get the
ZACH: I'm on my way.
(The Doctor is still descending.)
DOCTOR: You get representations of the Horned Beast right across the
universe, in the myths and legends of a million worlds. Earth,
Draconia, Velconsadine, Daemos. The Kaled god of war. It's the same
image, over and over again. Maybe that idea came from somewhere,
bleeding through. The thought at the back of every sentient mind.
IDA: Emanating from here?
DOCTOR: Could be.
IDA: But if this is the original, does that make it real? Does that
make it the actual devil, though?
DOCTOR: Well, if that's what you want to believe. Maybe that's what the
devil is, in the end. An idea.
(They run out of cable. The Doctor is dangling in mid-air. Mid-vacuum.
IDA: That's it. That's all we've got. You getting any sort of readout?
DOCTOR: Nothing. Could be miles to go, yet. Or could be thirty feet. No
way of telling. I could survive thirty feet.
IDA: Oh no you don't. I'm pulling you back up.
(She reverses the drum. The Doctor stops it.)
IDA: What're you doing?
DOCTOR: You bring me back, then we're just going to sit there and run
out of air. I've
got to go down.
IDA: But you can't. Doctor, you can't.
DOCTOR: Call it an act of faith.
IDA: But I don't want to die on my own.
DOCTOR: I know.
(The Doctor undoes the caribiners holding the cable in place around
ROSE: Doctor, are you there? Doctor, Ida, can you
ZACH: The comms. are still down. I can patch them through the central
desk and boost the signal. Just give me a minute.
DOCTOR: I didn't ask. Have you got any sort of
IDA: Not really. I was brought up Neo Classic Congregational, because
of my mum. She was. My old mum. But no, I never believed.
DOCTOR: Neo Classics, have they got a devil?
IDA: No, not as such. Just er, the things that men do.
DOCTOR: Same thing in the end.
IDA: What about you?
DOCTOR: I believe, I believe I haven't seen everything, I don't know.
It's funny, isn't it? The things you make up. The rules. If that thing
had said it came from beyond the universe, I'd believe it, but before
the universe? Impossible. Doesn't fit my rule. Still, that's why I keep
travelling. To be proved wrong. Thank you, Ida.
IDA: Don't go!
DOCTOR: If they get back in touch, if you talk to Rose, just tell her.
Tell her. Oh, she knows.
(He releases the last caribiner and falls into the blackness.)
ROSE [OC]: Doctor, are you there? Doctor, Ida, can you hear me?
ROSE: Are you there, Doctor?
IDA: He's gone.
ROSE: What do you mean, he's gone?
IDA: He fell into the pit. And I don't know how
deep it is. Miles and miles and miles.
ROSE: But what do you mean, he fell?
IDA: I couldn't stop him. He said your name.
(Zach takes the microphone from Rose.)
ZACH: I'm sorry. Ida? There's no way of reaching you. No cable
ZACH [OC]: No back up. You're ten miles down.
ZACH: We can't get there.
IDA: You should see this place, Zach. It's
beautiful. Well, I wanted to discover things, and here I am.
ZACH: We've got to abandon the base.
ZACH [OC]: I'm declaring this mission unsafe.
ZACH: All we can do is make sure no one ever comes
IDA: But we'll never find out what it was.
ZACH: Well, maybe that's best.
ZACH: Officer Scott
IDA: It's all right. Just go. Good luck.
ZACH: And you. Danny, Toby, close down the feed
links. Get the retrotropes online, then get to the rocket and strap
yourselves in. We're leaving.
ROSE: I'm not going.
ZACH: Rose, there's space for you.
ROSE: No, I'm going to wait for the Doctor. Just like he waited for me.
ZACH: I'm sorry, but he's dead.
ROSE: You don't know him. 'Cause he's not. I'm telling you, he's not.
And even if he was, how could I leave him all on his own, all the way
down there? No, I'm going to stay.
ZACH: Then I apologise for this. Danny, Toby? Make her secure.
(The men grab Rose.)
ROSE: No, no. No! No! No! Let me go! Get off me! I'm not leaving!
(Zach injects Rose, and she passes out.)
ZACH: I have lost too many people. I am not leaving you behind. Let's
get her on board.
(An Ood twitches.)
TOBY: Did that one just move?
DANNY: It's the telepathic field. It's reasserting itself.
ZACH: Move it. Get to the rocket. Move!
(The Doctor has landed at the bottom, and his
faceplate is broken. He wakes and stands up.)
DOCTOR: I'm breathing. Air cushion to support the fall. You can breath
down here, Ida. Can you hear me, Ida?
(Everyone is strapped in.)
ZACH: Dislocating B clamp. C Clamp. Raising blu-nitro to maximum. Toby,
how's the Negapact feed line?
TOBY: Clear. Ready to go, sir. For God's sakes, get us out of here!
(Rose starts to wake.)
DANNY: Captain, I think we're going to have a problem passenger.
ZACH: Keep an eye on her.
ROSE: Wait. We're not
DANNY: It's all right, Rose. You're safe.
ROSE: I'm not going anywhere! Get me out of this thing! Get me out!
ZACH: And lift off! Whoo!
(Ida hears the rocket engines. So does the Doctor.)
DOCTOR: A rocket.
(Rose grabs the bolt gun.)
ROSE: Take me back to the planet. Take me back!
ZACH: Or what?
ROSE: Or I'll shoot.
ZACH: Would you, though? Would you really? Is that what your Doctor
(Rose slumps back in her seat.)
ZACH: Sorry, but it's too late anyway. Take a look outside. We can't
turn back. This is what the Doctor would have wanted. Isn't that right?
(The rocket zooms away from the black hole.)
(The Doctor shines his torchlight on wall
DOCTOR: The history of some big battle. Man against Beast. I don't know
if you're getting this, Ida. Hope so. Anyway, they defeated the Beast
and imprisoned it.
(He sees two bronze urns on a pedestals. There are two painted on the
DOCTOR: Or maybe that's the key.
(He touches one urn and they both light up.)
DOCTOR: Or the gate, or the bars.
(An impossibly big horned creature wakes and looks at him. It is
chained to the wall by its horns and limbs.)
DANNY: What's the joke?
TOBY: Just, we made it. We escaped. We actually did it.
ROSE: Not all of us.
ZACH: We're not out of it yet. We're still the first people in history
to fly away from a black hole. Toby, read me the stats.
TOBY: Gravity funnel holding, sir. Always holding.
DOCTOR: I accept that you exist. I don't have to
accept what you are, but you're physical existence, I'll give you that.
I don't understand. I was expected down here. I was given a safe
landing and air. You need me for something. What for? Have I got to, I
don't know, beg an audience? Or is there a ritual? Some sort of
incantation or summons or spell? All these things I don't believe in,
are they real? Speak to me! Tell me! You won't talk. Or you can't talk.
Oh, hold on, wait a minute, just let me. Oh! No. Yes! No. Think it
through. You spoke before. I heard your voice. An intelligent voice.
No, more than that. Brilliant. But, looking at you now, all I can see
is Beast. The animal. Just the body. You're just the body, the physical
form. What's happened to your mind, hmm? Where's it gone? Where's that
intelligence? Oh, no.
TOBY: Stats at fifty three. Funnel stable at sixty
six point five. Hull pressure constant. Smooth as we can, sir, all the
way back home. Coordinates set for planet Earth.
DOCTOR: You're imprisoned, long time ago. Before
the universe, after, sideways, in between, doesn't matter. The prison
is perfect. It's absolute, it's eternal. Oh, yes! Open the prison, the
gravity field collapses. This planet falls into the black hole! You
escape, you die. Brilliant! But that's just the body. The body is
trapped, that's all. The devil is an idea. In all those civilisations,
just an idea. But an idea is hard to kill. An idea could escape. The
mind. The mind of the great Beast. The mind can escape! Oh, but that's
it! You didn't give me air, your jailers did. They set this up all
those years ago! They need me alive, because if you're escaping, then
got to stop you. If I destroy your prison, your body is destroyed. Your
mind with it.
(The Doctor raises a rock to smash an urn, then drops it again.)
DOCTOR: But then you're clever enough to use this whole system against
me. If I destroy this planet, I destroy the gravity field. The rocket.
The rocket loses protection and falls into the black hole. I have to
ROSE: It doesn't make sense. We escaped, but
there's a thousand ways it could've killed us. It could've ripped out
the air or, I don't know, burnt us, or anything. But it let us go. Why?
Unless it wanted us to escape?
TOBY: Hey, Rose, do us a favour. Shut up. Almost there. We'll be beyond
the reach of the black hole in forty, thirty nine
DOCTOR: So, that's the trap. Or the test, or the
final judgment, I don't know. But if I kill you, I kill her. Except
that implies in this big grand scheme of Gods and Devils that she's
just a victim. But I've seen a lot of this universe. I've seen fake
gods and bad gods and demi-gods and would-be gods, and out of all that,
out of that whole pantheon, if I believe in one thing, just one thing,
I believe in her.
(He smashes the urn.)
(The rocket starts to shake.)
DANNY: What happened? What was that?
TOBY: What's he doing? What is he doing?
ZACH: We've lost the funnel. Gravity collapse!
ROSE: What does that mean?
ZACH: We can't escape. We're headed straight for the black hole!
(The Doctor smashes the second urn.)
DOCTOR: This is your freedom. Free to die. You're going into that black
hole and I'm riding with you.
ROSE: It's the planet. The planet's moving. It's
falling. (Toby's face is covered in symbols.)
TOBY: I am the rage.
ROSE: It's Toby. Zach, do something.
TOBY: And the bile and the ferocity.
ROSE: Just do something!
TOBY: I am the Prince and the Fall and the enemy. I am the sin and the
fear and the darkness.
DANNY: It's him! It's him! It's him!
ZACH: Stay where you are. The ship's not stable!
(Toby breathes out fire.)
ZACH: What is he?? What the hell is he?
(The Beast in the pit is bursting into flames.)
TOBY: I shall never die. The thought of me is forever. In the bleeding
hearts of men, in their vanity and obsession and lust
(Rose picks up the bolt gun.)
TOBY: Nothing shall ever destroy me. Nothing!
ROSE: Go to hell.
(Rose shoots out the front screen then unfastens Toby's seatbelt. He is
sucked out into space, still roaring.)
ZACH: Emergency shield!
(A metal shutter seals the hole, but the rocket is still falling.)
ZACH: We've still lost the gravity funnel. We can't escape the black
ROSE: But we stopped him. That's what the Doctor would've done.
ZACH: Some victory. We're going in.
(The Beast is writhing.)
DANNY: The planet's lost orbit. It's falling!
(The Ood are all awake and aware. Ida passes out from lack of oxygen.
The disintegrating planet throws the Doctor back against - a blue box
with a light on top.)
DANNY: The planet's gone. I'm sorry.
ZACH: Accelerate. I did my best. But hey! The first human beings to
fall inside a black hole. How about that? History.
(Then all the shaking and dramatic music stops.)
ROSE: What happened?
ZACH: We're turning. We're turning around. We're turning away!
DOCTOR [OC]: Sorry about the hijack, Captain. This is the good ship
DOCTOR: Now, first thing's first. Have you got a
DOCTOR [OC]: Rose Tyler on board?
ROSE: I'm here! It's me! Oh, my God. Where are you?
DOCTOR [OC]: I'm just towing you home. Gravity schmavity. My people
practically invented black holes.
DOCTOR: Well, in fact, they did. In a couple of
minutes, we'll be nice and safe. Oh, and Captain?
DOCTOR [OC]: Can we do a swap? Say, if you give me
DOCTOR: Rose Tyler, I'll give you Ida Scott? How
ZACH: She's alive!
DANNY: Yes. Thank God.
DOCTOR: Yeah! Bit of oxygen starvation, but she
should be all right. I couldn't save the Ood. I only had time for one
DOCTOR [OC]: They went down with the planet.
DOCTOR: Ah! Entering clear space. End of the line.
DOCTOR [OC]: Closed.
(A little later, Rose runs into the Tardis and hugs the Doctor.)
IDA: I don't know. I can't remember.
DANNY: Well, it looked like a box.
ZACH: What do you mean, a box?
DANNY: Well, down in the hold. A big blue box. It just appeared. I
DOCTOR [OC]: Zach? We'll be off, now. Have a good trip home.
(The Doctor is back in his suit.)
DOCTOR: And the next time you get curious about something. Oh, what's
the point. You'll just go blundering in. The human race.
IDA: But Doctor, what did you find down there? That
creature, what was it?
DOCTOR: I don't know. Never did decipher that
writing. But that's good, Day I know everything? Might as well stop.
ROSE: What do you think it was, really?
DOCTOR: I think we beat it. That's good enough for me.
ROSE: It said I was going to die in battle.
DOCTOR: Then it lied. Right, onwards, upwards. Ida? See you again,
IDA: I hope so.
ROSE: And thanks, boys!
IDA: Hang on though, Doctor. You never really said.
You two, who are you?
DOCTOR: Oh, the stuff of legend.
ZACH: This is the final report of Sanctuary Base
Six. Officer Tobias Zed, deceased, with honours. 43K two point one.
Also Ood 1 Alpha 1, deceased with honours. Ood 1 Alpha 2, deceased with