For Tonight We Might Die, by Patrick Ness
Original Airdate: 22 October 2016
(Night in a school, just the emergency lighting is on. Suddenly a
frightened young man runs down a corridor and into a classroom, where a
young woman puts her hand on his shoulder and they hide together. Black
smoke comes in under the door and solidifies into Something nasty
looking. Cut back to the corridor for screams off, then the door at the
end morphs into a wormhole and smoke comes through.)
[Coal Hill Academy]
(Morning. The pupils are arriving at modern plate-glass fronted school. One lad is standing by the sign listening to music on his phone, and gets bumps by another walking past, sending his books to the ground.)
RAM: Too easy, posh-o. It's like pushing over a lamb.
(The PCSO gives him a dirty look.)
GIRL STUDENT: Kevin never got home last night.
BOY STUDENT: Everyone knows students at this school disappear. They all just pretend it isn't happening.
APRIL: (putting up Autumn Prom notice.) Tanya, are you coming to help decorate later? We need volunteers.
TANYA: My mum says I'm too young.
APRIL: But it's for year 12. Technically you qualify, despite, you know, being, like, two years ahead. How old are you, anyway?
TANYA: Oh, because that question never gets old.
(The quiet lad walks past.)
APRIL: I think I'm going to ask Charlie to the prom.
TANYA: And you just made us fail the Bechdel test.
APRIL: The what? You're funny.
TANYA: Besides, I don't think the new kid is into. Wait, the prom is tomorrow.
APRIL: Mmm hmm.
TANYA: You don't have a date yet?
APRIL: So that's a yes to helping me decorate.
[By the lockers]
CHARLIE: How would one dress?
APRIL: Well, the boys wear dinner jackets and the girls wear ballgowns, but you don't need to be that gender specific.
(The Headmaster and a lady teacher walk past.)
ARMITAGE: I don't know what you did in your last job, but
QUILL: I am not a baby-sitter.
ARMITAGE: Except you kind of are.
APRIL: Anyway, about the prom. Er, I was thinking that maybe you and I could, you know.
CHARLIE: Oh! No. I shouldn't think so.
RAM: Ha! That was painful.
(School bell rings.)
[Miss Quill's classroom]
QUILL: Look at you all. The cream of the crop. High achievers. No wonder this country only exports Downton Abbey.
APRIL: I like Downton Abbey.
TANYA: Of course you like it. It's a bunch of white people being nice to each other.
RAM: You'd watch it if Idris Elba were in it.
(Charlie starts using his phone. He's trying to find out who Idris Elba is.)
QUILL: Are we cheating already, Charles?
CHARLIE: You haven't actually taught us anything yet.
QUILL: True. So how about our first lesson of the day?
(She drops his phone and the screen breaks.)
QUILL: Your teacher has awful butterfingers.
APRIL: You can't do that! That's his private property.
QUILL: April Maclean, the answer to the question are spinsters born or made. You got a date for the prom yet?
APRIL: Pretty sure you're not allowed to ask that.
RAM: I've got a date.
QUILL: Course you do, Ram. The boy who hears silent applause every time he walks into a room.
(She writes an equation on the blackboard for them to simplify.)
QUILL: Solve it. Don't look so pained, Matteusz.
RAM: Is this even in the book?
APRIL: I honestly think she makes this stuff up.
TANYA: (sotto) It's the Gibbs probability density in a classical Klein-Gordon field. Well, it is.
(Quill looks at cute cat pictures on her tablet.)
RAM: We're not supposed to understand it. She just wants us to feel stupid. I bet she ate that missing kid.
CHARLIE: He was eaten?
RAM: Where are you from anyway? You sound like the Queen.
CHARLIE: I'm from Sheffield.
RAM: Why am I even talking to you geeks?
QUILL: Don't make me put you in detention, Ram. You wouldn't like it.
[Coal Hill Academy]
(Everyone is leaving for the day.)
APRIL: The big decoration tonight. All volunteers are welcome. Big decorations night. Autumn Ball. All volunteers are welcome. All volunteers are welcome. Big decoration tonight. Here you are. Need you. Come and help me. Anyone? *Charlie walks over, smiling.) Heya.
CHARLIE: Having a date to the prom is important, yes?
APRIL: Er, yeah.
CHARLIE: I shall ask Matteusz as my date.
APRIL: Oh. Oh!
CHARLIE: Is this not right?
APRIL: No, no, no.
CHARLIE: The schools in Sheffield are very different.
APRIL: No, it's great. It's, it's fantastic. And it totally makes sense. Good for you.
CHARLIE: Thank you.
(Charlie walks away.)
APRIL: Of course he is. Of course.
(That's Association Football to the non-Europeans. Soccer.)
DAWSON: On the left!
PLAYERS: Through! Open! Move! Open! I've got it! Yes! Come on!
(A goal is scored.)
(While Ram is running with the ball, he sees some black smoke slide along the grass and merge with a defender's shadow. He stops, and the ball is taken.)
DAWSON: What the hell was that?
DAWSON: Twenty laps. Now.
RAM: What for?
DAWSON: Twenty five. Get a move on.
(Tanya walks past a local notice board with a poster - Missing - Kevin Williams. It's the lad from the teaser at the top of the show.)
TANYA: No. No. Why would you help decorate something that you can't even go to? (sigh) Because that sad individual is probably the only chance you have at a friend.
(She sighs and starts to turn around, and sees an irregular shadow growing on the wall. Tanya runs as the shadow grows.)
TANYA: Yeah, I'm under far too much pressure.
OLD LADY: Tell me about it. Just a minute.
SHOPMAN: All right.
OLD LADY: I'll have some of this. It's two-for-one.
SHOPMAN: Still weird to see without your uniform, Tanya.
TANYA: I'm in sixth form now.
OLD LADY: I caught my husband fiddling with himself on the stairs.
TANYA: (taking her change) Thank you.
(Crows caw as Charlie walks down a leafy suburban street.)
CHARLIE: I'm home.
QUILL: You took your own sweet time.
VIVIAN: (Nigerian) Hello? You're usually done by now.
TANYA: Hello to you too. Mum, you know this prom at school
VIVIAN: You're too young to be dancing with boys.
TANYA: But I'm technically in the right year
VIVIAN: Your brain is smart enough to have allowed you to skip ahead, but you are still a little girl. One who isn't even finished with her homework. Work first. Fun is for later.
TANYA: When? When I'm 40?
CHARLIE: What's the matter? Why are you upset?
QUILL: Perhaps a better question is why aren't you? All the time, at every moment.
CHARLIE: Did you kill that student? I saw burn marks that look like they were from your gun.
QUILL [memory] Take it!
QUILL: Now, you know as well as I do I'm not allowed to use my gun. You'd find a way, some loophole. Did you kill that student?
(Memory of Kevin taking a ray gun from Quill and disintegrating as he pulls the trigger.)
QUILL: Yes. Yes, I tricked that student into using my gun to kill himself. I also may not lie to you, remember? And as long as I am forced to perform this slavery
QUILL: Tomayto, tomato. I will keep you safe, but you will not question me.
CHARLIE: Where are you going?
QUILL: What did I just say?
(She leaves the house.)
QUILL [memory]: You have to shoot it! I can't use the gun! Shoot it! Shoot it now!
(Kevin and the creature both vanish, leaving a dirty stain on the wall. Quill takes the gun out of her pocket and checks it.)
(April is alone, apart from Headmaster Armitage.)
APRIL: This just means that I can do it the way that I want it.
ARMITAGE: Whatever you say. Look, I'm going to meet a friend for a granola and kale falafel. God, how Shoreditch has changed. Can I trust you with this? Of course I can trust you with this.
(The keys. He leaves, April sighs, and a black shadow creeps out from under the piano.)
[Tanya's room / Ram's room]
(Talking via webcams.)
TANYA: I've just sat down.
RAM: I'm going out with Rachel later. I need the answers now.
TANYA: Have you paid into my gaming account?
RAM: Yes, you ridiculous nerd.
TANYA: Okay. The first steps you take in breaking down the formula
(April starts writing a poster.)
APRIL: A night full of promise. I wonder if that's what prom means?
(A shadow passes over the paper.)
[Tanya's room / Ram's room]
RAM: Like this?
TANYA: Yeah, exactly. Isn't this great? The two of us, talking about something other than what the white people are doing.
RAM: You tell anyone about this, you're dead. I mean dead.
(A shadow passes behind Tanya.)
RAM: What was that?
APRIL: Or is it promenade? Hmm.
(A shadow hand grabs hers.)
[Tanya's room / Ram's room]
TANYA: There's nothing. What did you see? Was it a shadow?
RAM: What do you know about shadows?
(The shadow of the monster climbs the wall behind Tanya.)
APRIL: Help! Anyone?
(Suddenly she is free, and Miss Quill is standing behind her.)
QUILL: We're in terrible danger.
[Ram's room / Tanya's room]
(Making a phone call. Tanya is trying to fend off the shadow creature with a light stand.)
RAM: No, I'm telling you, I'm seeing it right now. There's someone attacking her!
TANYA: Wait. What?
RAM: Tanya, what's your address?
TANYA: I don't know! Something with a 3 in it.
(Quill addresses the air.)
QUILL: I think you know what waits for you here. You think the same plan will work! But I am what waits for you. And I am war itself! Run.
CORAKINUS: Where is the prince?
TANYA: Prince? The singer? Oh, shit!
QUILL: I can't use the gun, but you can do it. Please!
RAM: More lights, Tanya. Get rid of all the shadows.
TANYA: Well, obviously! No! No, please!
RAM: No! No!
QUILL: It's part of your shadow! Just shoot it! Shoot it now, or it'll kill us both!
CHARLIE: April, no!
(The attacks stop.)
RAM: Did you kill it?
TANYA: I don't
VIVIAN: What is going on in here? You're talking to a boy?
CHARLIE: April? April? April? Are you hurt?
APRIL: Don't think so.
CHARLIE: What the hell did you do?
(The creature is recovering from its stun.)
CHARLIE: They found us.
APRIL: Something is not right.
(Quill scans April.)
QUILL: Now that's interesting.
CHARLIE: What's interesting?
APRIL: What is that thing?
QUILL: It's a displacement gun. One of the few things in time and space able to kill a Shadow Kin. It hits both target and shooter, tearing the body apart, scattering to the far corners of the universe, taking the Shadow Kin with it. But Prince Valiant here had to get all heroic and you must've got a glancing blow.
APRIL: I'm guessing that's a Shadow Kin.
CHARLIE: More than that. He's the king of the Shadow Kin.
APRIL: That's not an encouraging look.
(April doubles over in pain.)
QUILL: It sent his heart out into space, which should have killed him but (scans Corakinus) You both now share April's heart. God knows, it's big enough.
APRIL: What's she talking about?
CHARLIE: I think your heart is phasing in and out of space-time, because he wants you. He wants your.
CORAKINUS: (laughs) You cannot kill me without killing the girl, too.
QUILL: Not a problem. Kill him, your Highness.
APRIL: You what?
CHARLIE: I will not.
QUILL: What? You would hesitate from killing the leader of the Shadow Kin?
CHARLIE: I would hesitate from killing a friend.
CORAKINUS: This is not over. It isn't.
(Corakinus disappears. Quill makes a phone call.)
QUILL: We've got a problem.
[Ram's room / Tanya's room]
(Tanya has all the available lights on and is using two torches. Ram phones her.)
RAM: Are you okay?
TANYA: I'm not supposed to talk to you.
RAM: You just got attacked by a shadow.
TANYA: Yeah, I know.
(Putting up the poster.)
QUILL: We have an enemy to fight.
CHARLIE: Who's not here at the moment. Look, we were told to keep our heads down and not cause any excitement.
APRIL: Wait a minute. What was that thing?
QUILL: Shadow Kin, you ludicrous Care Bear. Is this how little attention you pay in class, too?
CHARLIE: All right, all right. Look, would you believe me if I, if I said I was from another planet?
APRIL: God, yeah. You're weird and don't know anything about pop culture. You're either alien or Amish. I'm totally not prejudiced.
CHARLIE: I come from a planet more beautiful than you could ever believe.
QUILL: We. We come from that planet.
CHARLIE: It was paradise.
APRIL: So, not Sheffield, then.
CHARLIE: My people were the Rhodia. We were a cultured, learned society. Can you picture it?
APRIL: Sort of. I think I banged my head when I fell. Well, go on. Tell her. He was their prince.
APRIL: You were a prince? No wonder you're strange.
CHARLIE: I am a prince, just without a people. We were at war when it happened. War against the Quill. Our teacher here was the Quill's leading terrorist.
QUILL: Freedom fighter.
CHARLIE: The Quill lived on the smaller of the southern continents. They mismanaged their economy and grew resentful of our success.
QUILL: The Rhodia ate up all the planets resources, including those of the Quill, and then they were surprised when we objected.
CHARLIE: We tried to help you!
QUILL: By making us so dependent that we could never recover.
APRIL: Hang on a minute. Do you always look like this or were you totally all alien and had to modify your appearance to look human?
(Sudden flash of Charlie and Quill with, well, quills.)
CHARLIE: No. Why do you ask? It doesn't matter. We won.
QUILL: And the Rhodia have a particularly cruel punishment.
CHARLIE: It is just.
QUILL: They release a creature into your skull called an ahn. Something about the size of two of your weirdly large human thumbs placed together. Now imagine it with teeth and claws, digging into your brain, each claw tipped with poison. Oh, and that's the nice bit. It telepathically links you to a particular Rhodia, and you become their slave.
CHARLIE: Their servant.
QUILL: It is slavery.
CHARLIE: It is punishment. You can't
QUILL: If I use a weapon other than my own hands, the ahn kills me. Yet, if I fail to protect you, I am also killed. If I try to remove the ahn, dead again. Slavery.
CHARLIE: Our tormentors become our protectors. The leader of the Quill bound to the future leader of the Rhodia. What more civilised punishment could there be?
APRIL: What does this have to do with the Shadow people?
CHARLIE: We were so busy fighting amongst ourselves, we never saw them coming. They can exist as pure shadow, living unnoticed and untouchable in yours. In this form, they can only be killed if you are.
QUILL: Which is why the gun is set to shoot both ways.
CHARLIE: They'll invade an entire world before anyone even knows they're there. They only need to be in their solid form for the briefest of moments. Because why would you fear your own shadow? They killed everyone. Everyone. Rhodia and Quill alike. A planet of three billion, all gone in one day. They killed my mother.
APRIL: You two survived.
QUILL: I saved you.
QUILL [memory]: Run! Argh!
CHARLIE [memory]: Come on!
CHARLIE: And I saved you.
APRIL:How did you escape?
(The Tardis materialises in the Rhodia palace. Charlie grabs a large ornate box.)
CHARLIE: We were rescued, by a figure of legend out of space and time itself.
CHARLIE: Arrangements were made.
(They were dropped off outside Coal Hill Academy.)
CHARLIE: We were told to try and fit in and tell people we were from Sheffield. I don't understand how they found us.
QUILL: That opening Corakinus crawled back into.
APRIL: Are they coming to kill our planet? I mean, my planet, I guess.
CHARLIE: This isn't how they invade. This is different.
QUILL: They're clearly looking for us. Unfinished business. We should leave.
CHARLIE: No. They'll follow us wherever we go. I won't spend the rest of my life on the run.
QUILL: Oh, and yet you hesitate to take your revenge.
(April gasps as she has a vision of Corakinus on a desolate, ruined planet.)
CHARLIE: April. April. What's happening to her? Why are you standing there? Do something!
APRIL: I see them. I can hear his thoughts. He wants you. He wants something you have.
CHARLIE: The gun?
APRIL: He's coming for it tomorrow night. I'm going to have to cancel the prom.
CHARLIE: No, no. If they want to kill everyone, they'll just slide into our shadows and do it at home.
APRIL: Great. Die alone or die at a party.
CHARLIE: Plus, if we're all here, it's the best chance we'll have of getting your heart back.
QUILL: You said that you could hear his thoughts.
APRIL: It's gone now, but for a minute
QUILL: For a minute. Well, for a minute he could probably read yours. They've obviously connected because of the heart. I told you we should kill her.
CHARLIE: No one is killing her.
QUILL: Leave us! We are decorating.
CHARLIE: If you see anything more, you tell us immediately, okay?
APRIL: Oh, thank God you said that. I'd have just kept it to myself.
[Miss Quill's classroom]
APRIL: Just be careful of your shadows at the prom tonight, okay?
(Tanya and Ram give her Looks.)
APRIL: What have you seen?
RAM: Could you believe all that stuff? Aliens, and Charlie being a prince?
TANYA: I don't know. I was attacked by a shadow. Kind of opens your mind a little bit.
RAM: You take care. You hear?
TANYA: Thanks. Er you, too.
RAM: Why don't you tell your mum the prom's being assigned as a sociology module?
(April's mother is in a wheelchair.)
JACKIE: You look gorgeous!
APRIL: I don't, but thanks.
APRIL: People just think that nice means fragile. That somehow if I'm allowed to see what the real world's like, then I'll break, but, I'm tougher than they think.
JACKIE: I know how tough you are. And you're not nice, you're kind. There's a difference. Kind is better. Way better.
APRIL: Yeah, cos that's what people think when they want a prom date. Oh, I wonder who's kind?
JACKIE: April, just because you have to do a lot for me
APRIL: I don't mind.
JACKIE: Doesn't mean I stop being your mum. You do look gorgeous. And that's that.
[Outside Matteusz' home]
MATTEUSZ: (Arguing in Polish, slams door.) Hello.
CHARLIE: Everything all right?
MATTEUSZ: Oh, yeah. My deeply religious parents are very happy I'm going to dance with a boy. This has been an evening of love and warmth.
MATTEUSZ: You are a very strange person.
(Matteusz kisses Charlie.)
VARUN: She's got a driver?
RAM: Über, Dad.
VARUN: Practice in the morning.
RAM: Oh, my God! If you tell me one more time, I might literally go insane.
VARUN: Don't abuse the word literally. It's a good word that young people squander.
RAM: What's that, Dad? Have a good time tonight? Well, thanks, I'm sure I will.
VARUN: You're facing a very important step in your future soon.
RAM: You have no idea what I'm facing, Dad.
VARUN: What? What are you facing?
RAM: See you later, Dad.
VARUN: Have fun.
RACHEL: You look amazing.
RAM: You, too.
(They have a DJ playing loud, beat-heavy modern music. The teachers are doing the chaperoning.)
QUILL: Whoa, whoa, whoa! Get some space between you. Honestly! Is that all you people think about?
(One of the posters up says You Might Die Tonight, So Try Not To Die Stupid. Charlie and Matteusz arrive and go up to April.)
APRIL: Look at all of these people! Oh, this is going to look so good for my university application.
MATTEUSZ: Do you not have a date? Is okay. You can dance with us.
(He wanders off. Apparently the music is Sweet Lovin' by Sigala featuring Bryn Christopher. Whatever.)
CHARLIE: How are you feeling? How's your heart?
APRIL: Weird, but okay. I keep getting really short of breath, but I'm adjusting to it. It's amazing what the body can get used to.
(Another poster says If You're Reading This, Your Night Is A Failure.)
MATTEUSZ: I do not understand these signs.
CHARLIE: Come on, let's dance. For tonight, we might die.
[Coal Hill Academy]
(Ram and Rachel have arrived.)
RACHEL: Are you all right? Okay, seriously, what is wrong with you?
BOY STUDENT: Hey, Ram! Looking good, man.
RAM: Nothing, just nerves.
RACHEL: The great Ram Singh, nervous?
APRIL: Tanya! I thought your mum wouldn't let you come.
TANYA: Yeah, I told her missing this would stunt my interpersonal development. I have to write an essay about it, though. Although, actually, it might be quite interesting.
(Rachel and Ram enter.)
TANYA: Wow. That's how you do a prom.
CHARLIE: I dressed really nice.
RAM: All right?
DJ: And we're changing the tune, now. We've got some nice ones coming your way...
(The music changes to Fester Skank by Lethal Bizzle featuring Diztortion. Tanya keeps scanning the walls for shadows that shouldn't be there. Girls are taking selfies.)
GIRL: That was such a good one! You look so good.
RACHEL: I am going to go to the toilet.
RAM: I'll come with you.
QUILL: Yes, there was a huge attack I'm keeping secret from you.
CHARLIE: I should've put a creature in your head to make you nicer.
QUILL: Yeah, should've, but didn't.
QUILL: If there is any trouble, the gun is set for you.
MATTEUSZ: Something is happening to your friend.
TANYA: Help, April! April! Is she epileptic? Do we need to call an ambulance?
CHARLIE: What do you see?
APRIL: They're opening the tear.
TANYA: Is that a bad thing?
RACHEL: You don't have to prove anything to me, Ram.
RACHEL: I know that you've got the whole sporting ego thing going on, but I like you because I know that, deep down, that's not true. Now, will you please let me go to the
(A black jagged sword plunges through Rachel from back to front, splattering her blood onto Ram. She vanishes, he screams.)
CORAKINUS: Where is the prince?
APRIL: Oh, no.
RAM: You killed her!
CORAKINUS: Where is the prince?
(Shadow Kin are appearing everywhere.)
MATTEUSZ: Did you hire a band?
APRIL: We need to get everybody out.
(Charlie starts shooting.)
APRIL: Where are all the teachers?
[Outside the school]
(Armitage stands by a young man as he vomits.)
ARMITAGE: Move along, please.
TEACHER: Boyfriend dumped her on prom night.
STUDENT: I must be allergic to the punch!
APRIL: You're all in danger. You have to go! Please, you've got to get out! Stop ignoring me! There's a fire and you've got to get out of the building or you're going to die. Get out! Oh! For God's sake!
CORAKINUS: I will ask you one last time. Where is the prince?
RAM: I am the prince!
(April takes over the sound system.)
APRIL: Will none of you people listen to niceness ever?
STUDENT: Turn the music back on!
APRIL: You'd listen to me if I was some A-hole telling you how fat you looked on Instagram!
GIRL STUDENT: Do they do this at American proms?
(More Shadow Kin are coming through a wormhole.)
QUILL: All right. Yeah, back up.
APRIL: Listen! You're all in grave danger.
STUDENT: From what?
(Charlie backs in, firing at the Shadow Kin.)
APRIL: From the smoke.
(The students panic and scream as the Shadow Kin enter.)
RAM: You killed her!
(Corakinus slashes at Ram's leg, severing it just below the knee.)
STUDENT: April, come here. Come on, let's go.
CHARLIE: We have to close that rift.
QUILL: Oh, is that where we're going wrong?
(The students run out of the fire exit.)
CORAKINUS: The Prince of Rhodia and his little pet.
QUILL: Kill him. Kill him!
CORAKINUS: Ha, ha. You know why I'm here, Prince.
CHARLIE: You can't have it. Then we'll just have to cover this planet in shadow, too.
APRIL: No, you won't. You won't kill me because you'll die yourself.
CORAKINUS: There is enough time of possibilities other than death for planet Earth.
APRIL: They've locked us in. We're trapped! Stop it. You've got what you wanted. Just go!
CORAKINUS: I've not yet got what I wanted.
QUILL: Well, nothing left to do, then, is there, but to die well.
DOCTOR: You know, I never thought that was possible. Dying well. Who wants to die well? Surely the aim should be not dying well?
TANYA: Who? Who?
DOCTOR: Oh, this is a bit of a mess, isn't it? I used to be the caretaker here, you know, before it got all fancy. This is going to be quite a clean-up job. You've heard of me, haven't you?
CORAKINUS: You are the great destruction of the universe.
DOCTOR: Yes, but most people just call me the Doctor. There was something I wanted to ask you. What was it? Oh, yes. What exactly do you think you're doing here?
CORAKINUS: We might ask you the same question.
DOCTOR: Fair enough. It's just that I seem to have a soft spot for people who are the last of their species, which you have made my friends here. I found them a home, but they were supposed to live quietly. Plus, they called.
QUILL [flashback]: We've got a problem.
DOCTOR: This is not your normal modus operandi. You invade in secret. And you kill all at once. You don't just pour in like any old boring army! Bit inelegant for the Shadow Kin, isn't it?
CORAKINUS: We are here for the Cabinet.
DOCTOR: Oh, the Cabinet! Oh, that's easy. There's this painfully strange shop here called Ikea.
CORAKINUS: The Cabinet of Souls.
APRIL: What's the Cabinet of Souls?
DOCTOR: It's the centre of Rhodian religion. The soul of every Rhodian who dies is supposed to go there. It's a repository for a future paradise.
CORAKINUS: And a weapon.
DOCTOR: Yes. That, too. It's the power of all that life crammed down into single specks of light. It could be enough to destroy an entire species.
CORAKINUS: He can use it against us.
QUILL: Yes. Yes, and who would blame him?
DOCTOR: I would. Why avenge genocide with genocide? Why avenge? Trust me.
CHARLIE: It doesn't matter. The Cabinet is empty. I knew it would be. Every Rhodian does. It's just bedtime stories for children to make death less scary. As if death should be anything but terrifying.
CORAKINUS: Then why would you take it?
CHARLIE: I kept it in memory of my people. All my people who are gone!
DOCTOR: Yes. That is a crime that has not yet been answered for.
CORAKINUS: And who will make me? You are powerful, but we are legion.
(April pulls the leg off an overturned chair and holds it as if to stab herself through the heart.)
APRIL: You leave or I'll make you leave.
DOCTOR: What's going on here?
(Sonic screwdriver pointed at April.)
DOCTOR: You have been very busy here, haven't you? One heart. Two people.
CORAKINUS: It's why you can't kill me.
APRIL: But I can. You leave, or you die.
CHARLIE: April, no. If you came for me, take me. Leave these people alone.
DOCTOR: Weren't any of you listening when I talked about not dying well? No one else is dying here today.
CORAKINUS: We disagree.
DOCTOR: Tell me, Corakinus. Yes, I know who you are. You have one weakness. It's why you skulk. Even in your most solid form, you cannot exist when there are no
(All the lights come on, but the Shadow Kin are still there.)
TANYA: I thought that would work.
DOCTOR: You thought correctly. You just need a boost to the voltage!
(He sonicks the lights up to painfully bright.)
CORAKINUS: You have not seen the last of us.
DOCTOR: Yeah, I get that a lot.
CHARLIE: No, he still has April's heart!
QUILL: Oh, for God's sake!
(They follow Corakinus out to the rift.)
CHARLIE: I don't care how you do it, but save her heart. Sacrifice yourself if you must!
QUILL: I have no choice but to obey, Master.
CHARLIE: Don't call me that!
(April screams. Corakinus has grabbed her.)
CORAKINUS: I shall take my heart with me.
TANYA: Do something with your laser pointer!
DOCTOR: It's a screwdriver.
CORAKINUS: What will you do, Doctor? Kill us both or let us both live? Those are your choices.
RAM: April! Duck.
(Ram smacks Corakinus with a plastic chair. April is free and Corakinus goes back through the rift.)
RAM: Who says you're the only one who gets to make the decisions?
CORAKINUS [OC]: I will find you!
(The Doctor sonicks the rift closed, apart from a very small piece in the top left corner.)
DOCTOR: That was very brave.
RAM: He killed her. He did even think about it. He just
(Ram collapses backwards into the Doctor's arms.)
[By the lockers]
(Later, as the Fire and Rescue Service personnel leave the school premises, we see that the Tardis parked herself by the stairs.)
APRIL: Will he live?
DOCTOR: Yes, yes, he will. But the more interesting question is, what are we going to do with you lot?
CHARLIE: That opening the Shadow Kin came through, you couldn't close it all the way.
DOCTOR: Well, obviously, there's been so much artron energy around good old Coal Hill that Time itself has worn thin. I bet they didn't take that into account when they renovated. And it can only be patched up so well. Even by me.
TANYA: So those things'll come back?
DOCTOR: Well, they'll have to find you first. I scrambled the pulsation. Of course, Coal Hill will continue to act like a beacon across all of space-time, to any being who might want to make mischief with it. So, you will have to be on your guard.
QUILL: But. No, no, no. I thought you were going to get us out of here?
DOCTOR: Why would you be safer somewhere else? Time has looked at your faces. And Time, Time never forgets.
(The Memorial on the wall has as its most recent names - Pink, RD and Oswald, C.)
QUILL: Okay, Doctor. Hey, hey, listen. Er, all right, these people. Yes, they may disgust me, but at the end of the day, they're just children. They can't cope with this.
DOCTOR: I think that they have shown some rather extraordinary spirit, don't you? A willingness to sacrifice themselves to save others. Resourcefulness. Bravery.
(The Tardis door opens, and Ram emerges.)
DOCTOR: And, oh, yes, An absolute understanding of how precious life is.
TANYA: You got your leg back?
DOCTOR: I had some spares in the medical bay. The Lothan, giant centipedes, experts in prosthetic legs. You'll get the hang of it. You just have to train it to act like your own leg.
(Gears whir and click.)
RAM: What about football?
DOCTOR: Unbelievably boring sport. Now, darts? Darts is something worth practising for. Maths and alcoholic beverages. The best way to spend a morning.
QUILL: No, wait. Wait. You can't seriously expect these juveniles to deal with whatever is going to come through these tears in space and time?
RAM: Through the what?
APRIL: It's like the Hellmouth.
TANYA: Or that town in Once Upon A Time.
CHARLIE: Or The Vampire Diaries.
RAM: You watch Vampire Diaries?
CHARLIE: Everyone is very attractive.
RAM: Yes, it's true.
DOCTOR: Well, they won't be on their own.
QUILL: Oh, no. No, no, please. It is bad enough that I am a slave to that prince.
DOCTOR: You have committed a crime and you will be punished.
QUILL: No, I was a freedom fighter for my people. We were oppressed by
DOCTOR: That isn't the time that I'm talking about.
(He holds up the poster - Missing - Kevin Williams.)
DOCTOR: Hmm. I can't be everywhere. So! You will help these amazing humans here, and these amazing humans will help you.
QUILL: How? I can't fire weapons! I can't use swords and knives and screwdrivers!
DOCTOR: Your brain, Miss Quill. Best weapon there is. Look at you! What an amazing team! You'll be able to handle anything that Time throws at you. Oh, come on! Cheer up! It's not that hard. It's no harder than all these exams that you have to take these days. Except for Media Studies. It's going to be harder than that.
(He goes into the Tardis and it dematerialises.)
TANYA: So, are we all, like, mates, then?
(Ram and Tanya return to their dark and quiet homes.)
(Quill walks on ahead.)
CHARLIE: I'm sorry. About your heart. We'll get it back, I promise.
APRIL: It feels so strange. But maybe I'll be able to see if those things come back.
CHARLIE: You're remarkably calm about this. We'll be living on a knife edge.
APRIL: All life is on a knife edge. My mum, she was paralysed in a car accident and she should've died, but she didn't. She adjusted and I will, too.
CHARLIE: I'll see you Monday? She's probably not going to let us out of our homework.
JACKIE: So, How was it? Tell me everything.
APRIL: I'd er, have to say it was uneventful.
TANYA: You okay?
RAM: I don't think I'll ever be okay.
TANYA: I'm so sorry about Rachel.
RAM: Look, I'm sorry, I don't mean to
TANYA: Don't worry. I don't want to be alone, either.
QUILL: How? How are you not deranged with grief for your people as I am for mine? How does the rage not consume your life at every waking moment?
CHARLIE: How do you know it doesn't? A prince can't simply run around being furious. A prince is responsible for his people.
QUILL: What do you mean? You. The Cabinet of Souls is empty?
CHARLIE: I wish it wasn't as much as you.
QUILL: Shame. We could have killed them. We could have killed them all.
CHARLIE: Committing one genocide for another.
QUILL: Would you really let that stop you? It wouldn't stop me.
(Charlie goes up to his room and opens the Cabinet of Souls. He remembers a blue Police Box materialising in the palace.)
CHARLIE: Do you know the feeling of dread?
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