Sunday, August 16, 2015

Doctor Who: Prisoners of the Daleks - Episode One


Hello, Whovians!  

Today I kick off a new fan-fiction of Doctor Who featuring the 12th Doctor and Clara. It is a culmination of events that began last year with Time of the Dominion and continued through The Son of the Master and The Crucible of Eternity

A couple of things before we head into things.


  • This story takes place in Doctor Who before the events of the first episode of Series 9 which debuts September 19th. 
  • As is my want, I write these adventures as a script instead of in prose form. If that's too weird, try to deal.
  • DISCLAIMER: This story is not sanctioned by the producers of Doctor Who and the BBC. It is a work of fan-fiction posted with no compensation received by the writer and is not part of any official Doctor Who canon.  


And with that, let's get started....


Prisoners of the Daleks
Prisoners of the Daleks
Prisoners of the Daleks
by David Long 
by David Long 
by David Long 
Episode One  
Episode One   
Episode One    

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Scene opens: the battle scarred landscape of an alien world. Along the ground and in the sky, innumerable Daleks advance, firing destructive blasts and bleating their constant refrain of war and death.

EXTERMINATE! EXTERMINATE!

ALL INFERIOR RACES WILL BE DESTROYED!

ALL THAT IS NOT DALEK WILL BE MADE EXTINCT!
HELP ME
EXTERMINATE! EXTERMINATE!

Our view pulls in closer as the Daleks continue their advance.


EXTERMINATE! EXTERMINATE!

ALL INFERIOR RACES WILL BE DESTROYED!

ALL THAT IS NOT DALEK WILL BE MADE EXTINCT!

HELP ME
EXTERMINATE! EXTERMINATE!

We move in closer, we see the domed tops of the Dalek gleaming through the smoke and ash of war.


EXTERMINATE! EXTERMINATE!

ALL INFERIOR RACES WILL BE DESTROYED!

ALL THAT IS NOT DALEK WILL BE MADE EXTINCT!

HELP ME
EXTERMINATE! EXTERMINATE!

Among the swarm of Daleks and their constant proclamations of superiority, we can begin to hear a most un-Dalek statement.


EXTERMINATE! EXTERMINATE!

ALL INFERIOR RACES WILL BE DESTROYED!

ALL THAT IS NOT DALEK WILL BE MADE EXTINCT!

HELP ME
EXTERMINATE! EXTERMINATE!

Our perspectives begin to focus on one Dalek. It’s eyestalk turns back and forth in a manner that one might describe as frantic.


EXTERMINATE! EXTERMINATE!

ALL INFERIOR RACES WILL BE DESTROYED!

ALL THAT IS NOT DALEK WILL BE MADE EXTINCT!

HELP ME!!
EXTERMINATE! EXTERMINATE!

We are so close now, our view zooms in on the eye piece of the eye stalk and we move in. We only hear the cries of this Dalek!

HELP ME! HELP ME!

Our view now descends down the long pipe of the Dalek eye stalk towards a growing light. The screams of the Dalek are shifting, from mechanical to human, female.

HELP ME!
HELP ME!
HELP ME!
  
And we come through the light and see the frightened face of Clara Oswald.

Clara: Someone! Please help me! Doctor!

Scene cut to: RAY BEAM BLAST! Energy cuts through the air and explodes the ground on contact. We see a pair of legs scrambling ahead of the explosion. It’s the Doctor and Clara, running down a deserted city street on Earth in the future. 

Clara: Yeow! Doctor! Why are they shooting at us?

The Doctor: How should I know?

SFX: ZAP! BLAST!

Clara: You’re the Doctor! Don’t you keep track of aliens who want to shoot you?

SFX: ZAP! BLAST!

The Doctor: It’s a long list, Clara!

The Doctor and Clara turn a corner and blocking their path are three very large Jundoon soldiers.

The Doctor: Jundoon!

Jundoon: Target acquired. Identified as Doctor, The. 

The Doctor: You can’t be on Earth. This is a level five protected planet under Article 57 of the Shadow…


Jundoon:  Shadow Proclamation Temporal Directive overrides level three protectorate.

The Doctor: Temporal…?

The Jundoon raises his weapon and thrusts it into the Doctor’s chest, pushing him to the wall.

Jundoon: Silence! You are under arrest…

Clara: No! Leave him alone!

Clara lunges forwarded with a piece of metal piping she picks up off the ground and strikes the Jundoon in the head.

The Doctor: Clara! NO!

The Jundoon is unaffected by the blow but turns towards Clara, pointing his weapon at her.

Clara: Uh oh. 

Jundoon: Witness the crime. Charge, physical assault. Plea, guilty. Sentence, exe-

The Doctor: No! STOP! Bro mo ko sho fo!

Jundoon still has his gun aimed at Clara but turns his head toward the Doctor and replies.

Jundoon: To ko ro tho so ko!

The Doctor: Moho.

Jundoon does not reply, continues to hold his gun on Clara.

The Doctor: I offer my acceptance of Jundoon judgement under article 72 of the Shadow Proclamation.

Jundoon: Granted.

Clara: Doctor…?

The Doctor (to Clara): Shut up! I’m saving your life!

The Doctor (to the Jundoon): Under  the authority of the Shadow Proclamation granted by article 72, I declare my right for special dispensation as allowed per subsection 3.

Jundoon: Granted.

The Doctor: Under this provision, I direct that all charges against Clara Oswald be dropped and no harm will come to her.

Jundoon: Granted.

The Jundoon lowers his weapon as Clara runs to the Doctor.

Clara: Doctor! What did you do?

The Doctor: I entered a plea of guilty.

Clara: What? But you don’t even know what you’re being charged with!

The Doctor: Minor detail. But the important thing is you’re safe.

The Doctor hands Clara his sonic screwdriver and psychic paper.

The Doctor: Here!

Clara: What…?


The Doctor: I think this will be more helpful to you than I.

Clara: I’m not coming with you?

The Doctor:  No. As you noted, I don’t know what I’m being charged with. I believe it would be best if I have someone on the outside, as it were. Besides, I need you to look after the TARDIS.

Clara: I’m still not sure the TARDIS likes me.

The Doctor: She’ll protect you, have no doubt.  She always takes care of my friends.

A Jundoon pushes Clara away while another one cuffs the Doctor’s hands in front of him. The other Jundoon gather around him.

Clara: Doctor..?

The Doctor: Don’t worry, my Clara. I’ll get this sorted out and then-

Before the Doctor can finish his statement, a flash of blue light bursts around him and the Jundoon and they disappear.
Clara stands there for a moment.

Clara (whispers): Doctor?

Then with a sigh, her shoulders slumped, Clara walks away.

Scene change: a spectacular cosmic vista expands behind a massive and ornate space station. This is the home of the Shadow Proclamation. Our view focuses on a section of the structure where we see two figures in silhouette framed against the light of the stars.

Man’s voice (proper, educated): Good news. The Jundoon have arrested the Doctor.

Woman’s voice (an older woman’s voice, raspy and dry): So he will be here soon.

Man: Yes and here he will face his long overdue judgement in court.

Woman: Court? Ha! I told you, I don’t care about your laws. All I want is my revenge. All I want…

We hear the sound of metal sliding against metal and the glint of steel in the starlight.

Woman: is the Doctor’s head.

Man: One thing at a time, my dear. One thing at a time.

Scene change: back to future Earth.  Clara is walking down a sidewalk and we see the TARDIS a few yards away.

Clara (muttering to herself): I was out. I was out and I let him talk me back in. (Scottish accent, very badly)Clara, let’s go romping ‘round time ‘n’ space, we’ll have such adventures, la dee dah!” (back to her normal voice) Not much of an adventure now, stuck here with…

Suddenly the TARDIS makes a VWORP! VWORP! noise as the light on top glows and the blue box begins to fade.

Clara (alarmed): The TARDIS! NO!

Clara runs up to the box which continues to glow and VWORP!

Clara: No! Don’t you dare leave me!

In desperation, Clara pulls out the sonic screwdriver, aims it at the TARDIS and pushes the button. A trilling sound pierces the air.

Clara: I don’t know how this is supposed to work but…Stay, TARDIS!  Stay!

But the TARDIS persists in vanishing.

Clara: Dammit! Bad TARDIS! Bad! 

She lowers the sonic screwdriver in frustration and she glares at the empty space where the TARDIS used to be.

Clara: OK, Clara Oswald. Now what?

Suddenly the sonic in her hand begins beeping. Clara raises it up to see a light flashing on the casing.

Clara: What’s this? Numbers? I don’t….

Clara pauses, makes a face then reaches into her bag and retrieves the psychic paper. On the paper are coordinates and the name of a planet.

Clara: OK, that’s weird. Weird and oddly specific.

Clara returns the paper and the sonic to her bag.  Then she raises an arms and whistles.

Clara (shouting): TAXI!

A yellow air car floats down and Clara clambers into the back seat.The driver is alien with blue skin and a third eye in his forehead.

Driver: Where to, mum? 

Clara: The spaceport please. And make it snappy!

Scene change: a massive chamber within the citadel of the Shadow Proclamation.  We see the Architect, leader of the Proclamation with other high ranking persons on either side of her, sitting in ornate chairs high above the floor where the Jundoon have escorted the Doctor.

Architect: Hello, Doctor. It is so good for you to grace us with your presence again. 

The Doctor: Well, when I received your kind and gracious invitation…

The Doctor holds up his cuffed hands.

The Doctor: Well, how could I refuse?

Architect: Jundoon, release the Doctor.

A Jundoon undoes the cuffs.

Architect: Doctor, we…

The Doctor: One moment please.

The Doctor reaches an arm around to his back and begins to scratch.

The Doctor: Oh, that itch has been bothering me for a long time.

Architect: Doctor…

The Doctor: Shhh! Just a second.

The Doctor continues to scratch his back.

The Doctor (stops scratching): OK, that’s better. Now…

Architect: Now I understand you have entered a guilty plea under Article 72.

The Doctor: I did so to save the life of my friend.

Architect: Never mind why you did it, Doctor, the thing is done. You have entered a plea of guilty. The burden has shifted from this court establishing your guilt to you proving your innocence.

The Doctor: Fair enough, I suppose. Just one thing.

Architect: Yes, Doctor?

The Doctor: Maybe now would be an excellent opportunity to tell me what I’ve been charged with.

Architect: Yes, you have been charged with conduct hazardous to life and universal stability under the Shadow Proclamation Temporal Directive One.

The Doctor: Temporal directive?  The Shadow Proclamation has no jurisdiction over time. That purvue belongs only…

Architect: Only to the Time Lords, Doctor? But the Time Lords are gone, are they not?  You saw to that!

The Doctor: The Time Lords are not ALL gone! There’s still me!

Architect: You, Doctor?

The Doctor: As a Time Lord, the last of my kind, I have ultimate authority over the laws of time! You cannot usurp that authority!

Architect: Oh, your arrogance is off the scale, Doctor. You are hardly the last of your kind, are you? The Master? The Rani? Or perhaps you’ve forgotten this compatriot who escaped the fires of the Last Great Time War?

A shadowed figure appears on the dias next to the Leader and her associates. He’s wearing a hooded robe. As he steps further into the light, he pulls back his hood.

The Monk (smiling): Hello, Doctor, my dear old friend.

The Doctor (shocked): The Monk? 

Scene change: a sleek space port in future Earth. Flying cars and pods whiz about the sleek, gleaming structure as space ships of various sizes and designs arrive and depart.  Clara approaches a counter with a friendly looking woman with brown skin and no hair, dressed in a sleek blue and white uniform.

Attendant: Hello, may I help you?

Clara: Yes, I understand you have a ship heading towards the Ch’bari sector, specifically the planet Thessalonia?

Attendant: Of course.

Clara presents her psychic paper.

Clara: Good! It is very important that I get on board.

The attendant looks at the paper, still smiling.

Attendant: Oh, Miss Oswald! We’ve been expecting you.

Clara: What? I mean, sorry. What? 

Clara retrieves the psychic paper and looks at it herself with a puzzled expression.The attendant cheerfully hands Clara a glowing translucent card.

Attendant: Here are your credentials, Miss Oswald. The access portal to the ship is down this way,  2 meters on the right. Better hurry, though. They’ll be taking off soon.

Clara: Right. Right! I best get moving. Then. 

Clara hurries past the smiling attendant who has moved on to help someone else.Clara pauses a moment looking at the credential card in her hand.

Clara: "Curiouser and curiouser", said Alice.

With a shrug, Clara hurries on her way down the crowded concourse as we see a massive shining starship outside. And as our view pulls away from Clara as she moves through the streaming throng of people, we become aware of an announcement echoing through the concourse.

Announcement: Thank you ladies, gentlemen and beings of indeterminate gender! Welcome to the InterPlanitia Spaceport. Passengers, prepare for final boarding of Starship Alaska. Repeat: final boarding has begun for Starship Alaska.

----to be continued---

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Next time---

  • Clara's journey on the Alaska begins and she meets a most surprising friend. 
  • The Doctor's trial begins and he meets a most surprising enemy.

Prisoners of the Daleks
Episode Two

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