astrologer is giving a reading to a client in his attic rooms.)
TRUEMAN: Mars will enter Capricorn on the seventeenth, but beware,
Mercury is moving retrograde through Scorpio, which can mean only one
A vital letter will be lost in the post.
CHERYL: I'll look out for that. Can you see anything else? What if I do
go ahead and leave the carpet shop? Will I find another job?
TRUEMAN: Yes. Saturn signifies a new occupation in communications. I
see a call centre.
CHERYL: With better money?
TRUEMAN: Jupiter, the planet of abundance, is traversing the fifth
house. There will be better money for all those born under the sign of
CHERYL: Fantastic. Oh, for both of us. You're Gemini too, aren't you?
TRUEMAN: Sign of the twins. Two faces. That's this session over,
CHERYL: Thanks. You're brilliant, Martin. My husband says I'm mad
coming to see you. He says none of your predictions come true.
Like when I was going to win that holiday, we were going to move to
Scotland. But I told him, the stars work in mysterious ways.
TRUEMAN: They do indeed.
CHERYL: I said, So what if we fall behind on the mortgage this month.
Martin is worth every penny.
TRUEMAN: No, no, stop. Cheryl, I can't take your mortgage money.
TRUEMAN: I'm a fraud.
CHERYL: Say again?
TRUEMAN: I won't take your money because I was just making it all up.
There's no power in the stars. Please, please. I can't take the money.
CHERYL: I can't believe I'm hearing this. The stars guide everything we
TRUEMAN: Do you think anything up there has any influence down here, on
you and me? Do you really believe there is such a thing as destiny?
(A fireball streaks through space.)
TRUEMAN: If only there was. When I was a kid, I was convinced I was
going to do great things. It was fate. But I failed in everything I
tried, all my life.
And I end up like this, a con artist.
(He stands at the window, and what looked like a fireball whizzes
straight into him.)
CHERYL: What was that? Martin? Mister Trueman? You all right?
TRUEMAN: At last.
CHERYL: What just happened there?
TRUEMAN: Gemini, you are going on a long journey. A very long journey.
(Trueman puts his hand on her head, and red energy sizzles. She
poster says, East Acton New Theatre presents Secrets of the Stars and a
picture of Martin Trueman. It apparently has rave reviews.)
CLYDE: The only reason I'm down here is because this is free. All these
horoscopes, signs of the zodiac, it's so sad.
Come on, Clyde, everyone checks their stars. I'm Aries. Confident, a
great leader. What sign are you?
CLYDE: Look, I'm not getting into this.
LUKE: His birthday is June the fifth.
RANI: Right. Gemini. Funny, popular.
CLYDE: Oh, yeah? Well, maybe there is something in it.
RANI: Lazy, shallow.
CLYDE: There. You see? It's rubbish.
RANI: How about you, then, Luke?
LUKE: Astrology has no scientific basis. It's based on primitive
observations and a fundamental misunderstanding of the way the universe
RANI: Thanks for that, but I meant what's your sign? When's your
LUKE: I don't have one.
CHERYL: Good evening. If I could just ask you to write down your names
and dates of birth, and put them in the box here.
CLYDE: Do we have to?
CHERYL: Everyone has to. It's part of the show. An essential part of
(Cheryl leaves them.)
LUKE: What do I put? I don't have a star sign. I wasn't born.
RANI: Sorry, I forgot. What about the day you were, er
CLYDE: Switched on.
CLYDE: Man, what am I doing here? This is no way to spend a Friday
night. I should be out there. You know, moving, shaking.
HARESH: Perhaps doing your homework?
RANI: Dad. You weren't coming.
GITA: He's so narrow-minded. I said to him, how can you dismiss
something, Haresh, if you don't give it a chance?
LUKE: I wasn't expecting to see you here, Mum.
SARAH JANE: It's nice to spend time with some adults for a change. This
Trueman's come from nowhere. Now he's pulling in all these people. Who
knows? There might be a story in it.
GITA: You work too hard. I've been telling her, she needs a night out.
TANNOY: Tonight's performance of Secrets Of The Stars with Martin
Trueman will begin in five minutes.
GITA: Come on. We want good seats.
RANI: Do you believe in astrology?
SARAH JANE: No, but I'm always willing to be convinced. Just not
expecting to be convinced.
STUART: Cheryl, I need to talk to you.
CHERYL: Stuart, how nice to see you. Why not come and see the show?
STUART: No. I don't want to see the show. I want you to come back home.
CHERYL: I've made my decision, Stuart. I'm staying with Mister Trueman.
STUART: He's done something to you. I can see it, Cheryl. It's in your
CHERYL: Typical Scorpio. Jealous and obsessive. I'm the same as I have
STUART: I'm not leaving here without you.
CHERYL: Go, Stuart. Or should I call the police?
STUART: Maybe it's me that should be calling them. Something's wrong
RANI: Hang on, there's your story.
SARAH JANE: I knew it.
RANI: What's wrong?
SARAH JANE: I can't even have one night out without something weird
happening. Come on.
is reading the programme notes.)
LUKE: Martin Trueman says, I travelled through life without meaning
until suddenly I felt the power of the stars.
GITA: Oh. Sarah, Rani. Over here.
SARAH JANE: Sarah Jane. My name's Sarah Jane.
GITA: That's what I said.
SARAH JANE: Never mind. Budge up.
CLYDE: No. Never sit in the middle seat, or you're trapped.
CHERYL: From the dawn of time, man has looked up to the stars for
guidance. Tonight, the secrets of the stars will be revealed to you.
Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Mister Martin Trueman.
TRUEMAN: Thank you, thank you. How nice to see you all. Welcome,
welcome. Oh. Thank you for coming. Ladies, a couple of Golden Girls
LUKE: He's a bit milky, isn't he?
CLYDE: Cheesy. For the hundredth time, the word is cheesy.
TRUEMAN: Young man, welcome. Welcome, thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
Ladies and gentlemen, tonight I'd like to share my journey with you.
I was a nothing, a nobody, until I learned the secrets of the stars. In
some ways, I feel as if I was chosen. There is so much more in the
universe than what we can see from here on Earth. There are two hundred
billion stars in our galaxy alone.
Huge, shifting stellar forces, pulsing with ancient light. You didn't
come here for a science lesson, did you? No. So let's try a bit of
showbiz, shall we? Now, who in the audience tonight was born on May the
(A woman stands up.)
TRUEMAN: What about June the sixteenth? How about June the fifth?
CLYDE: What did I do that for?
TRUEMAN: Down. Down. Down. Up. Down. Up. Down. Up. That's enough, thank
(Clyde and the women finally sit.)
CLYDE: Oh, no, no.
TRUEMAN: A round of applause, please, for my three accomplices.
CLYDE: How did he do that?
SARAH JANE: The power of suggestion. It's simple stuff. A parlour
CLYDE: Nobody ever mentions that again, okay?
RANI: Don't worry, you were really funny.
CLYDE: I choose when I'm funny. Not him.
TRUEMAN: Now, on your way in tonight you put your birth date in the
mystery box in the foyer. My assistant, the lovely Cheryl, has printed
up your birth charts. Thank you, Cheryl. So if we're ready, we'll
begin, shall we?
I'm looking for a Diane Cope.
DIANE: That's me.
TRUEMAN: Diane, your Pisces moon indicates a love of learning. I think
perhaps you've just gone back to college?
DIANE: Yes, that's true.
SARAH JANE: She's a plant.
LUKE: A vegetable life form?
SARAH JANE: It means he knows her. He's planted her in the audience.
TRUEMAN: Believe me, you've done the right thing. Mercury in Virgo. I
think you're studying history and sociology.
RANI: She looks genuine to me.
TRUEMAN: So let's try somebody else, shall we? Where's Rani Chandra?
GITRA: Oh, wow. Here she is.
TRUEMAN: Rani, now please would you confirm that you and I have never
RANI: No, we've never met before.
TRUEMAN: Thank you. Now, in your chart, Rani, Mercury is in conjunction
with Neptune. Am I right in thinking that you've just moved house?
RANI: Yes. You're right.
TRUEMAN: In fact, your whole life is changing. You suddenly see the
world in a new light. It's exciting, and you love it.
RANI: Yes. Incredible.
TRUEMAN: And there is an anchoring influence in your life is
represented by Saturn. A Taurus man, someone very calm and reliable? Is
it your dad? A teacher?
GITA: It's my husband. He's here.
TRUEMAN: And there's Mum, a Gemini, of course. Thank you, Rani. Now I'm
being strangely drawn to a Sarah Jane Smith.
SARAH JANE: That's me.
TRUEMAN: Ah, Taurus. Strong, determined. Now you were born under a very
special star, Neptune in your fifth house.
Some years ago you travelled far and wide and oh, the things you have
seen. And there was a man. A very special man. No, no. Let me think.
It wasn't a romance. No, no, it was something much, much more than
that. He taught you so much. There was laughter and adventure,
and you prayed that your time with him would never, never end. But
then, suddenly, he left you.
GITA: I knew there was a bloke somewhere. What did I say? Broken heart.
TRUEMAN: A man with no name.
HARISH: He's upsetting her.
TRUEMAN: A scientist? No. A doctor. The Doctor.
DOCTOR 10 [memory]: Hello, Sarah Jane.
SARAH [memory]: Doctor. It's you, isn't it?
TRUEMAN: Am I right?
SARAH JANE: Yes, you're right. But you tell me right now, how do you
TRUEMAN: It's all in your stars. And there's Jupiter in your twelth
house. You are the keeper of secrets.
SARAH JANE: If you're so clever, tell me about the future.
TRUEMAN: If you want, but oh, I'm afraid Saturn is transiting Taurus.
You have fought many battles in your life. You're about to fight
But this time it will be different. This time, Sarah Jane, you lose.
He probably just looked it all up on the internet.
GITA: He didn't have the time. He got it exactly right for everyone.
And as for you, Secret Sarah, woman of mystery. Come on, what are you
And who is this Doctor? He sounds gorgeous.
RANI: Come on, Mum. See you later.
SARAH JANE: Bye.
HARESH: See you on Monday, lads.
LUKE: How could he know so much about you?
CLYDE: And how could he make me bounce up and down like that? It was
like I had to. I didn't want to.
LUKE: If he knows about the Doctor, he could be an alien.
SARAH JANE: No, I did a scan. Trueman is human. We'll see what Mister
Another good show, Martin. Wonderful.
TRUEMAN: A pity it had to be the last performance, but the shows have
served their purpose. Tomorrow, I will speak to the entire world.
CHERYL: But how? Only people here know of you, Martin.
TRUEMAN: It is destined. Any moment now.
LISA: Hey, Mister Trueman. Great show. Lisa Trotter.
CHERYL: I've seen you on TV. Paranormal Planet, on the Psychic Channel?
LISA: Yeah, that's right. Actually, we're doing a live interview
tomorrow afternoon, but we've had some bad luck. We had a guest lined
up, the Celestial Deirdre. Do you know her?
TRUEMAN: I am familiar with her work.
LISA: Anyways, she's had an accident, had to drop out.
TRUEMAN: Oh, dear. Nothing serious, I hope?
LISA: Well, she says she fell down the stairs at home. Which is a bit
strange, actually, because come to think of it, she lives in in a
TRUEMAN: How very unfortunate. Is there anything I can do to help?
LISA: Well, I know it's a bit short notice, but I'd really love you to
step in as our guest.
TRUEMAN: Of course. That would be wonderful.
LISA: Great. You're a lifesaver.
TRUEMAN: Yes. Well, I want to get my message across to as many people
CHERYL: What a wonderful surprise.
LISA: Yeah. Surprised you didn't see it coming.
JANE: Mister Smith. I need you.
MR SMITH: Good evening, Sarah Jane. What can I do for you?
SARAH JANE: Mister Smith, I want you to scan the area around the New
Theatre, East Acton. Look for anything unusual or alien.
CLYDE: Psychic energy, yeah? We know that's real. You almost brought
the moon crashing down with your almighty brain.
SARAH JANE: No. That is not what Trueman is about. He can see into
people's lives, see into their destinies.
CLYDE: Yeah, by mind-reading.
LUKE: No, by calculating the positions of the stars when they were
born, which is impossible.
MR SMITH: Sarah Jane, scan completed. I have detected no irregularities
in the vicinity.
SARAH JANE: No, there must be something. An atmospheric disturbance, an
MR SMITH: There has been no such event.
CLYDE: What if it's real? How could we detect it? We don't even believe
LUKE: Say that again.
CLYDE: Wow. Have I finally done it? Yes! I have confused you.
SARAH JANE: Think, think, think, think, think, think. Of course. He
must be using a bio-damper.
CLYDE: What's that? Washing powder?
LUKE: An alien device used for shielding high technology emissions.
SARAH JANE: Mister Smith, I need you to locate a man called Martin
I can feel the power of the stars. Not just the ones we can see. Suns,
planets, whole galaxies, shifting and turning cogs
in the great machine of the universe. The conjunction is perfect. Right
now, across that infinite distance,
the Ancient Lights are aligned precisely with me.
CHERYL: And tomorrow, the television broadcast.
TRUEMAN: It is destined. Soon the whole world will know my blessing.
But I have an opponent, Sarah Jane Smith.
Now that Taurus is rising, she will try and prevent the broadcast.
CHERYL: But you will stop her?
TRUEMAN: Oh, yes. She can't interfere. All the forces of destiny are
gathered against her.
is slumped in front of a cookery programme.)
SARAH JANE: I'm off to see Trueman, then. I've reset the scanner to
search for bio-damper interference patterns. It might just work.
Hey, what's up?
LUKE: Last night, everyone was talking about their star signs, and I
don't have one.
SARAH JANE: I could give you a birthday if you want. The day I found
you. That's what I put on the adoption forms.
LUKE: I wasn't born though, Mum. I was activated. Happy Activation Day.
It doesn't sound right, does it? It's another strange thing, something
else that sets me apart.
SARHA: Whatever particular day it is, that doesn't matter. You're not
celebrating the day, you're celebrating the person.
LUKE: But where you come from, a childhood, it makes people who they
are. I come from nowhere. I was never a baby.
SARAH JANE: Oh, Luke.
LUKE: I thought it would get easier, but there are always new things
coming along, like this, to make me feel different.
SARAH JANE: Just remember, you're strong. I've seen you learn. You're
my son and you're brilliant.
LUKE: That's me.
SARAH JANE: What's my brilliant son going to do today?
LUKE: I thought I'd look for some clues. Read up on astrology with
SARAH JANE: Fantastic. Well, I'd better be off, if you're all right?
LUKE: See you later.
[Outside the house]
Jane is just getting into her car.)
RANI: Morning, Sarah Jane.
SARAH JANE: I'm off to see Trueman.
RANI: You made an appointment?
SARAH JANE: Oh, no. This is going to be an old-fashioned foot in the
RANI: Need another pair of feet?
SMITH: The origins of astrology are lost in the mists of time.
LUKE: It says in here that the earliest record of astrology was in
Babylon, in the sixteenth century BC.
MR SMITH: It is older than that, not just here on Earth. Primitive
cultures across the universe charted the patterns of the stars.
This is the zodiac of the planet Ventiplex, for example. And this is
the zodiac of Draconia.
LUKE: There's astrology in the cultures of other planets?
MR SMITH: Yes, Luke. A similar system operates in the culture of almost
every inhabited planet.
LUKE: So it's everywhere.
[Outside Trueman's flat]
JANE: That's the one.
RANI: What if he tells us to clear off?
SARAH JANE: First rule of journalism. Never take no for an answer. I
learnt that lesson a long time ago.
CHERYL: Miss Smith. Please, come in.
JANE: So, I've done some research and up until about two months ago,
you led a pretty quiet life.
TRUEMAN: Oh, no, no, no, Miss Smith. I made a lot of noise, but nobody
RANI: Then two months ago you declare yourself the new Messiah of the
TRUEMAN: Oh, she's good. Your protégée, like you when were the Doctor's
protégée. Is she your companion?
SARAH JANE: How do you know about the Doctor?
TRUEMAN: We come from two different worlds, Miss Smith. I'm a believer,
you are a sceptic. No common ground.
How can I explain myself to you?
SARAH JANE: How can you tell I don't believe you?
TRUEMAN: I've read your chart. You're both fighters. Adventure,
excitement, battles against the most remarkable things.
Oh, scan away, please. You won't find anything. People like you have to
scan everything. And where does that get you in the end?
SARAH JANE: There is no end. There doesn't have to be. Learning,
finding out about the universe, that's all the wonder and beauty and
strangeness I'll ever need. Often it's more than enough.
TRUEMAN: It's such a shame that it has got to end. And I can't have you
standing in my way. I've got things to do, such amazing things.
SARAH JANE: Whatever you're planning, Trueman, I'm going to stop it.
TRUEMAN: Oh. Oh, a threat. He taught you well, didn't he, the Doctor?
But he's not here. Not this time. And poor little Rani. You've been
lying to her mother, haven't you? Oh, dear, Miss Smith. Allowing
children into your dangerous world.
SARAH JANE: Come on, Rani, we're leaving.
TRUEMAN: Yes, yes, you are. You see, I have received a special gift.
(He fires energy from his fingertips at Rani's jacket. It burns a
TRUEMAN: I can channel all the power of the stars!
[Outside Trueman's flat]
Your choice, Sarah Jane. Keep away from us, or (zap) the Ancient Lights
will destroy you.
SARAH JANE: Get in.
(Sarah Jane and Rani drive away.)
CHERYL: Now she'll keep away.
TRUEMAN: No, no, she's a Taurus, among other things. Determined, brave.
She'll keep interfering.
CHERYL: I'll deal with her.
TRUEMAN: No, no. I need you with me. I shall have to use somebody else.
Wait. Last night. That boy sitting on her right.
CHERYL: Clyde Langer.
CLYDE: I'll see you then, Finney. Laters.
TRUEMAN: Clyde. We need to talk.
TRUEMAN: About your destiny. Stand still. Turn to me. You won't be
(Trueman takes Clyde's phone.)
JANE: Mister Smith, I need
LUKE: Mum? What's happened?
RANI: We nearly got zapped by Trueman.
SRAH: We need to find out where he gets his zapping power.
RANI: He said Ancient Lights, whatever it means. Mister Smith, analyse
the damage to this fabric. What caused it?
MR SMITH: The fabric has been burnt.
RANI: By what?
MR SMITH: By nothing.
LUKE: That doesn't make any sense.
MR SMITH: Nothing has burnt the fabric.
SARAH JANE: But it's been burnt.
LUKE: By something Mister Smith can't detect.
RANI: Like Clyde said, how can we detect something we don't believe in?
The power of the Ancient Lights. What if it is astrology? What if
astrology is true?
SARAH JANE: It can't be true.
LUKE: It's completely contrary to the laws of physics.
RANI: I'll call Clyde. He won't want to miss this.
Whoa. How did I get here?
TRUEMAN: I made you want to come here. You are one of the lucky ones.
It's your destiny.
(Clyde's phone rings.)
TRUEMAN: Oh. Rani calling.
CLYDE: Here, give that back.
TRUEMAN: Down. Not today, thank you.
CLYDE: What are you going to do to me?
TRUEMAN: There's nothing to be afraid of. You have been chosen to join
my inner circle. Life is going to be far less complicated for you.
Accept the Ancient Lights.
(Trueman puts his hand on Clyde's shoulder, and transfers some energy.)
No answer. It must be on silent.
LUKE: He never puts it on silent, not even in school. He's probably
just got his headphones on.
SARAH JANE: So, this energy. We saw it. It exists.
RANI: Hang on. Astrology breaks the laws of physics.
LUKE: What are you getting at?
RANI: Well, what if the Ancient Lights come from somewhere else? A
place where the laws of physics are different, so they can break ours?
LUKE: That's like saying you could break the law of gravity.
RANI: But maybe that's why Mister Smith said nothing burnt my jacket.
What if this energy the Ancient Lights use is a different kind of
energy to anything we know?
SARAH JANE: No, Rani. The laws of physics, they're are the same across
LUKE: Our universe. But what if the Ancient Lights are from another
[Outside Trueman's flat]
I'll do as you said, Mister Trueman.
TRUEMAN: I know I can rely on you, Clyde. Now we must be on our way.
One last performance. It wouldn't do to keep the world waiting.
Mister Smith said every galaxy has its own form of astrology, not just
Earth. What if astrology is a kind of memory of a time before?
LUKE: Thirteen billion years ago, the universe was created. A massive
explosion, the Big Bang. But what was there before?
SARAH JANE: Nobody knows.
LUKE: What if there was another universe?
RANI: Where the physics were different. Where astrology worked.
SARAH JANE: And this energy somehow survived the Big Bang.
RANI: The Ancient Lights. So they're very ancient. What have they done
the last thirteen billion years?
SARAH JANE: And why have they picked Trueman?
MR SMITH: May I make a suggestion?
SARAH JANE: Go ahead, Mister Smith.
MR SMITH: If Luke's theory is correct, the energy form has been waiting
for exactly the right astrological conditions across the universe.
Trueman's birth chart is a vital part of that equation. He is the
channel the energy needs.
LUKE: Needs him for what, though? What does it want?
RANI: Yeah, it can't have waited that long just to appear on a stage in
MR SMITH: Sarah Jane, my media sensor reports that Martin Trueman is
about to appear live on the television. Shall I relay the image?
SARAH JANE: Yes, please.
LISA [on screen]: We're here at the New Theatre in East Acton, where
astrologer Martin Trueman has been creating a buzz with some amazing
TRUEMAN: Hello, Lisa.
LISA: Right. Before the show I gave you my date of birth, so what can
you tell me about myself?
[on screen]: Well, Lisa, you are a very trusting person.
SARAH JANE: I don't like this.
RANI: It's only the Psychic Channel. When we switched on, we probably
doubled their ratings.
MR SMITH: Information. This television programme is now being broadcast
on channels around the world.
[OC]: Story of my life.
GITA: Oh, it's him, Martin Trueman. Why are you watching this?
HARESH: I wasn't. Must've sat on the remote.
TRUEMAN [on TV]: Now, I hesitate to use the word gullible, but do you
ever get the feeling that people are using you just to get what they
TRUEMAN: And you find yourself somehow pushed aside?
LISA: Again, that is so true.
TRUEMAN: Yes, and it's very convenient for me. You see, you are not
important any more. You've served your purpose.
(He zaps Lisa, and she slumps. Then he and Cheryl take out the camera
and sound men.)
TRUEMAN: Remove them.
[on screen]: That's better. Now we can begin. This is a very important
[on TV]: The most important day in all of our lives.
GITA: He can't be on all the channels.
HARESH: Come on.
Just one thing before we get started. I cast a horoscope earlier today
for a, a client.
[on screen]: And I think she might be looking in. She's going to be
having quite a difficult time of it right now. Her problem is she can't
help asking questions.
RANI: How is he doing it?
SARAH JANE: Mister Smith?
MR SMITH: I can detect no interference with the television signal.
LUKE: How could you? It's the power of the stars, the old universe.
Interfering in other people's affairs. She really should stop, or
people could get hurt.
JANE: We're going there, to the theatre.
RANI: But how are we going to stop Trueman?
CLYDE: You can't stop him.
SARAH JANE: Clyde? Where have you been?
CLYDE: I've turned to the stars.
(A strong wind howls through the attic.)
TRUEMAN [on screen]: Now, ladies and gentlemen, don't be scared.
SARAH JANE: Clyde, what's happening? What's Trueman done to you?
CLYDE: He's given me power.
SARAH JANE: No, Clyde, no!
RANI: Mister Smith, what's happening?
MR SMITH: Nothing is happening. Nothing is happening. Nothing is
CLYDE: It's the dawning of a new age. The power of the Ancient Lights
MR SMITH: Nothing is happening.
TRUEMAN [on screen]: Welcome to the future.
CLYDE: Sarah Jane, you must be destroyed.
MR SMITH: Nothing is happening. Nothing is happening. Nothing is