Doctor Who s06e13 Episode Script

The Wedding of River Song

My time is running out.
You understand what this is? Don't you? Melody Pond.
The woman who kills The Doctor.
How do you know who I am?! I made you what you are.
One last trip, eh? Whatever happens now, you do not interfere.
A robot worked by tiny people! Access personal records, The Doctor.
Records available.
Who wants me dead? The Silence.
The Silence is not a species.
It is a religious order, or movement.
Their core belief is that silence will fall when the question is asked.
What question? The first question.
The oldest question in the universe, hidden in plain sight.
Yes, but what is the question? Unknown.
And it's another beautiful day in London.
There are reports of sunspot activity and solar flares causing interference across all radio signals so apologies for that.
Guys, look! So do you think you can top last year's Christmas Special? And can you tell us anything about it? Well, all I can say now is that it involves ghosts, and the past, the present and future, all at the same time We love a ghost story.
Crowds lined the Mall today as Holy Roman Emperor, Winston Churchill, returned to the Buckingham Senate on his personal mammoth Not too many late nights in Gaul, I hope.
Just the one.
I had an argument with Cleopatra.
Dreadful woman.
Excellent dancer.
I can tell from your blood pressure.
What time do you have, doctor? Two minutes past five, Caesar.
It's always two minutes past five.
Day or night, it's always two minutes past five in the afternoon.
Why is that? Because that is the time, Caesar.
And the date.
Always the 22nd of April.
Does it not bother you? The date and the time have always been the same, Caesar.
Why should it start bothering me now? I want to see the Soothsayer.
Where is he? In the tower.
Where you threw him the last time.
Get him! Leave us! Tick tock goes the clock.
As the old song says.
But they don't, do they? The clocks never tick.
Something has happened to time.
That's what you say.
What you never STOP saying.
All of history is happening at once.
But what does that mean? What happened? Explain to me in terms that I can understand.
What happened to time? A woman.
Imagine you were dying.
Imagine you were afraid and a long way from home and in terrible pain.
Just when you thought it couldn't get worse, you looked up and saw the face of the devil himself.
Hello, Dalek.
Emergency, emergency, weapon system disabled, emergency! Emergency! Emergency! Hush now, I need some information from your data core.
Everything the Daleks know about the Silence! Gideon Vandaleur.
Get him.
Now.
Who says he's here? Father Gideon Vandaleur.
Former envoy of the Silence.
My condolences.
Your what? Gideon Vandaleur has been dead for six months.
Can I speak to the Captain, please? Hello again! The Teselecta, time-travelling shape-changing robot, powered by miniaturised people.
Never get bored of that! Long time since Berlin.
Doctor! What have you done to our systems? They'll be fine, if you behave.
Now this unit can disguise itself as anyone in the universe so if you're posing as Vandaleur, you're investigating the Silence Tell me about them.
Tell you what? One thing.
Just one.
Their weakest link.
The crowd are getting restless! They know the Queen is your only legal move.
Except you've already moved it which means there are now over four million volts running through it.
That's why they call it live chess.
Even with the gauntlet you'll never make it to bishop four alive.
I am a dead man.
Unless you concede the game.
But I'm winning.
Name your price.
Information.
I work for the Silence.
They would kill me.
They're going to kill me too, very soon.
I was just going to lie down and take it, but you know what? Before I go, I'd like to know why I have to die.
Dorium Maldovar is the only one who can help you.
Dorium's dead.
The Monks beheaded him at Demons Run.
I know.
Concede the game, Doctor and I'll take you to him.
The Seventh Transept.
Where the Headless Monks keep the leftovers.
Watch your step, there are traps everywhere.
Eww! I hate rats.
There are no rats in the transept.
Good.
The skulls eat them.
The headless monks behead you alive, remember? Why are some of them in boxes? Because some people are rich and some people are left to rot.
Dorium Maldovar was always very rich.
Thank you for bringing me, Gantok.
My pleasure.
It saves me the trouble of burying you.
Nobody beats me at chess! Gantok! Hello? Is someone there? Doctor! Thank God it's you.
The Monks, they turned on me.
Well I'm afraid they rather did a bit.
Give it to me straight, Doctor! How bad are my injuries? Well Your face! This is absurd! Other worlds, carnivorous skulls, talking heads.
I don't know why I'm listening to you.
Because in another reality, you and I are friends.
And you sense that.
Just as you sense there is something wrong with time.
You mentioned a woman Yes.
I'm getting to her.
What's she like? Attractive, I assume.
Hell.
In high heels.
Tell me more.
It's not so bad really, as long as they get your box the right way up.
I got a media-chip fitted in my head years ago, and the wi-fi down here is excellent.
So I keep myself entertained.
I need to know about the Silence.
A religious order of great power and discretion.
The sentinels of history, as they like to call themselves.
And they want me dead.
No, not really.
They just don't want you to remain alive.
That's OK.
I was worried for a minute there.
You're a man with a long and dangerous past.
But your future is infinitely more terrifying.
The Silence believe it must be averted.
You know you could've told me all this, the last time we met.
It was a busy day and I got beheaded.
What's so dangerous about my future? On the fields of Trenzalore, at the fall of the Eleventh, when no living creature could speak falsely, or fail to answer, a question will be asked.
A question that must never, ever be answered.
Silence will fall when the question is asked Silence MUST fall would be a better translation.
The Silence are determined the question will never be answered.
That the Doctor will NEVER reach Trenzalore.
I don't understand? What's it got to do with me? The first question.
The oldest question in the universe, hidden in plain sight.
Would you like to know what it is? Yes! Are you sure? Very, very sure? Of course.
Then I shall tell you.
But on your own head be it.
It's not my fault! Put me back.
I've fallen on my nose.
Have you got wi-fi here? I'm bored already and my nose is hurting! We all have to die, Doctor But you more than most.
You do see that, don't you? You know what the question is now, you do see that you have to die! But what was the question? Why did it mean your death? Suppose there was a man who knew a secret.
A terrible, dangerous secret that must never be told.
How would you erase that secret from the world? Destroy it forever, before it can be spoken.
If I had to, I'd destroy the man.
And silence would fall.
All the times I've heard those words, I never realised it was my silence.
My death.
The Doctor will fall.
Why are we here? This?! This is the Senate Room.
But why did we leave your office? Well, we wanted a stroll.
Didn't we? I think I've been running.
Why do you have your revolver? Well You're dangerous company, Soothsayer.
Yes.
I think I am.
Resume your story.
Doctor, please open my hatch, I've got an awful headache Which to be honest means more than it used to.
It's like some terrible weight pressing down on my I see! Why Lake Silencio? Why Utah? It's a still point in time.
Makes it easier to create a fixed point.
And your death is a fixed point, Doctor.
You can't run away from this.
Been running all my life.
Why should I stop? Because now you know what's at stake.
Why your life ends.
Not today.
What's the point in delaying? How long have you delayed already? A bit of a farewell tour.
Things to do, people to see, there's always more.
I could invent a new colour, save the Dodo, join the Beatles! Hello, it's me.
Get him! Tell him, we're going out and it's all on me, except for the money and driving.
I've got a time machine, Dorium it's all still going on.
For me, it never stops.
Liz the First is waiting to elope with me.
I could help Rose Tyler with her homework, I could go on all of Jack's stag parties in one night.
Time catches up with us all! Well, it has never laid a glove on me! Hello? Doctor, I'm so sorry, we didn't know how to contact you.
I'm afraid Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart passed away a few months ago.
Doctor? Yes.
Yes, I It was very peaceful.
He talked a lot about you, if that's any comfort.
Always made us pour an extra brandy in case you came round one of these days.
Doctor? What's wrong? Nothing.
Nothing.
It's just It's time.
It's time.
Surely you could deliver the messages yourself.
It would involve crossing my own time stream best not.
According to our files, this is the end for you.
Your final journey.
We'll deliver your messages.
You can depend on us.
Thank you.
Doctor, whatever you think of the Teselecta, we are champions of law and order, just as you have always been.
Is there nothing else we can do? Why would you do this? Of all the things you've told me, this I find hardest to believe.
Why would you invite your friends to see your death? I had to die.
I didn't have to die alone.
Doctor! Haha! 'Amy and Rory.
'The last Centurion and the girl who waited.
'However dark it got, I'd turn around, and there they'd be'.
If it's time to go, remember what you're leaving.
Remember the best.
My friends have always been the best of me.
And did you tell them this was going to happen? It would help if you didn't keep asking questions.
And this woman you spoke of.
Did you invite her? Hello, sweetie.
'Yes, she was there.
'River Song came twice.
' Napoleon gave me this bottle.
Well, I say gave Threw.
Salut! ALL: Salut! So when are we going to 1969? Everything was in place.
I only had to do one more thing.
I only had to die.
My God! You all need to stay back.
Whatever happens now, you do not interfere.
That's an astronaut.
That's an Apollo astronaut! In a lake? Look Well, then.
Here we are at last.
I can't stop it.
The suit's in control.
You're not supposed to.
This has to happen.
Run! I did run.
Running brought me here.
I tried to fight it, but I can't, it's too strong.
I know.
It's OK.
This is where I die.
This is a fixed point, this must happen, this always happens.
Don't worry You won't even remember this.
Look over there.
That's me.
How can I be there? That's you from the future.
Serving time for a murder you probably can't remember.
My murder.
Why would you do that? Make me watch? So that you know this is inevitable.
And you are forgiven.
Always and completely forgiven.
Please, my love.
Please, please just run! I can't.
Time can be rewritten.
Don't you dare.
Goodbye, River.
Hello, Sweetie.
What have you done?! Well I think I just drained my weapon systems.
But this is fixed.
This is a fixed point in time.
Fixed points can be rewritten.
No, they can't, of course they can't, who told you?! Well? What happened? Nothing.
Nothing? Nothing happened.
And then it kept happening.
Or if you prefer everything happened, at once, and it won't ever stop.
Time is dying.
It's going to be 5:02 in the afternoon for all eternity.
A needle stuck on a record.
A record? Good Lord, man, have you never heard of downloads? Said Winston Churchill.
Gun-smoke.
That's gun-smoke! I appear to have fired this.
We seem to be defending ourselves.
I don't understand.
The creatures that lead the Silence.
Remarkable beings they're memory-proof.
But what does that mean? You can't remember them.
The moment you look away, you forget they were ever there.
Don't panic.
In small numbers, they're not too difficult.
Go! Go! Go! Keep the Silents in sight at all times, keep your eye drives active.
Who the devil are you?! Identify yourselves! Pond.
Amelia Pond.
No! She's on our side, it's OK.
No! No, Amy, Amy.
Why are you wearing that? The Government has again apologised for extensive radio interference caused by solar flare and sun spot activity.
Amy? Those stun guns aren't fun, I'm sorry.
I wanted to avoid a long conversation.
You need to get up though, we'll be in Cairo shortly.
Amy Pond! Amelia Pond from Leadworth, please, listen to me.
I know it seems impossible, but you know me.
In another version of reality you and I were best friends.
We, we travelled together, we had adventures Amelia Pond! You grew up with a time rift in the wall of your bedroom.
You can see what others can't, you can remember things that never happened.
And if you try, if you really, really try, you'll be able to Oh! You look rubbish.
You look wonderful.
So do you.
But don't worry.
We'll soon fix that.
Geronimo! OK, you can turn round now.
How do I look? Cool.
Really?! No.
Cool office though.
Why do you have an office?! Are you a special agent boss lady? Not sure about the eye patch.
It's not an eye patch.
Time's gone wrong.
Some of us noticed.
There's a whole team of us working on it You'll see.
And you've got an office on a train, that is so cool.
Can I have an office? Never had an office before! Or a train.
Or a train slash office.
God, I've missed you! OK, hugging and missing now.
Where's the Roman? You mean Rory! Mmm.
My husband Rory, yeah? That's him, isn't it? I've no idea, I can't find him.
I love him very much, don't I? Apparently.
I have to keep writing and drawing things.
It's hard to keep remembering It's not your fault, time's gone wrong.
Do you remember why? The lakeside.
Lake Silencio, Utah.
I died.
But then you didn't.
I remember it twice, different ways.
Two different versions of the same event, both happening in the same moment.
Time split wide open.
Now look at it.
All of history happening at once.
Does it matter? I mean can't we just stay like this? Time isn't just frozen.
It's disintegrating.
It will spread and spread and all of reality will simply fall apart.
Ma'am, we're about to arrive.
Eye drives need to be activated as soon as we disembark.
Good point.
Thank you, Captain Williams.
Hello.
Hello, sir.
Pleased to meet you.
Captain Williams, best of the best, couldn't live without him.
No.
What is wrong? Amy You'll find your Rory, you always do.
But you have to really look.
I am looking.
My Amelia Pond.
You don't always look hard enough.
If time isn't really passing, then how can you be ageing? Time's still passing for me.
Every explosion has an epicentre.
I'm it I'm what's wrong.
What's wrong with you? I'm still alive.
You have to put it on, sir.
An eye patch.
What for? It's not an eye patch.
It's an eye drive, it communicates directly with the memory centres of the brain, acts as external storage.
Only thing that works on them.
Because no living mind can remember these things.
The Silents.
We've captured over all held in this Pyramid.
Yeah.
I've encountered them before.
Always wondered what they looked like.
Put your eye drive on and, you'll retain the information.
But only as long as you're wearing it.
The Silents have human servants.
They all wear these.
They'd have to.
This way.
They seem to be noticing you.
Yeah.
They would.
Why aren't the human race killing them on sight any more? That was another reality.
What are the tanks for? They can draw electricity from anything, it's how they attack.
The fluid insulates them.
I don't like how the way they're looking at you.
Me neither.
I'm sure it's nothing, but I should check it out.
They haven't been this active in a while.
You two, upstairs, check the tank seals.
Then the floors above, get everyone checking.
Sir! You go ahead, Ma'am.
Thank you, Captain Williams.
Doctor this way.
Captain Williams, nice fella.
What's his first name? Captain.
Just through here.
Just give us a moment, just need to check something Ma'am.
We're in.
He's on his way.
The loyal soldier, waiting to be noticed, always the pattern, why is that? Sorry? Your boss, you should just ask her out, she likes you.
She said so.
Really, sir.
What did she say? She just sort of generally indicated.
What exactly what did she say? She said that you were a Mr Hottie ness.
And that she would like to go out with you for texting and scones.
You really haven't done this before, have you? No, I haven't.
See you in a moment, sir.
Yes.
Yes.
Come on, Doctor.
Time for you to meet some old friends.
Attention, all personnel.
Attention, all personnel.
Please check all assigned containment units.
You were right.
Just his presence in the building caused the loop to extend by nearly four chronons.
Hi, honey.
I'm home.
And what sort of time do you call this? The death of time.
The end of time.
The end of us all.
Why couldn't you just die? Did my best, dear.
I showed up.
You just can't get the psychopaths these days.
Love what you've done with the pyramids.
How did you swing all this.
Hallucinogenic lipstick.
Works wonders on President Kennedy.
And Cleopatra was a real pushover.
I always thought so.
She mentioned you.
What did she say? Put down that gun down.
Did you? Eventually.
They're flirting! Do I have to watch this? It was such a basic mistake, wasn't it, Madame Kovarian? Take a child, raise her into a perfect psychopath, introduce her to the Doctor.
Who else was I going to fall in love with? It's not funny, River.
Reality is fatally compromised.
Tell me you understand that.
Dinner? I don't have the time.
Nobody has the time, because as long I'm alive, time is dying.
Because of you, River.
Because I refused to kill the man I love.
You love me, do you.
Oh, that's sweet of you! Isn't that sweet? C'mere you! Get him! I'm not a fool, sweetie.
I know what happens if we touch.
Get off me, get him off me! Doctor, no, let go! Please Doctor let go!! It's moving.
Time's moving! Get him off me! Doctor! I'm sorry, River, it's the only way! Cuff him.
Why do you always have handcuffs? It's the only way.
We're the opposite poles of the disruption.
If we touch, we short out the differential, time can begin.
And I'll be by a lakeside, killing you.
And time won't fall apart.
Reality will continue.
There isn't another way.
I didn't say there was, sweetie.
There are so many theories about you and I, you know.
Idle gossip.
Archaeology.
Same thing.
Am I the woman who marries you, or the woman who murders you? I don't want to marry you.
I don't want to murder you.
This is no fun at all.
It isn't, is it? Doctor What's that? The pyramid above us.
How many Silents do you have trapped inside it? None.
They're not trapped, they never have been.
They've been waiting for this, Doctor For you.
They're out! All of them.
No-one gets in here! Ma'am, my men out there, should be able to lock this down we have them outnumbered.
And you're wearing eye drives.
Based on mine, I think.
Oops! What do you mean? Help her! Help her! She's dead.
Eye pads off, now, remove them! The Silence would never allow an advantage, without taking one themselves.
The effects will vary from person to person either death or debilitating agony.
But they will take you all, one by one.
What are you doing? No, it's me Don't be stupid, you need me.
Stop it, stop that! We could stop this right now, you and I.
Get it off me! Amy, tell her! We've been working on something.
Let us show you.
My time is up.
We're doing this for you! Then people are dying for me.
I won't thank you for that.
Get it Just let us show you! Please.
Captain Williams, how long do we have? A couple of minutes.
That's enough.
We're going to the Receptor Room at the top of the pyramid, I hope you're ready for a climb.
BANGING ON THE DOOR I'll wait down here, buy you as much time as I can.
You have to take your eye drive off.
Can't do that, Ma'am.
Might forget what's coming.
But it could activate any second.
It has activated, Ma'am.
But I'm no use to you if I can't remember.
You have to go NOW, Ma'am.
Yes.
Yes, thank you, Captain Williams.
Rory Williams the man who dies and dies again, die one last time and know she will never come back for you.
Come on, you up you get! You all right? Amy help me.
You took my baby from me.
And hurt her.
And now she's all grown up and she's fine, but I'll never see my baby again.
But you'll still save me though.
Because HE would, and you'd never do anything to disappoint your precious Doctor.
Ma'am, we have to go now! The Doctor is very precious to me, you're right.
But do you know what else he is, Madame Kovarian? Not here.
River Song didn't get it all from you sweetie.
So, you and me, we should get a drink some time.
OK.
And married.
Fine.
What's this? A timey-wimey distress beacon, who built this? I'm the child of the TARDIS, I understand the physics.
That's all you've got - a distress beacon? I've been sending out a message.
A distress call.
Outside the bubble of our time, the universe is still turning, and I've sent a message everywhere, to the future and the past, the beginning and the end of everything.
"The Doctor is dying, please, please help".
River, River, this is ridiculous.
That would mean nothing to anyone, it's insane.
Worse! It's stupid! You embarrass me.
We barricaded the door, we've got a few minutes Just tell him, River.
Those reports of the sun spots and the solar flares.
They're wrong, there aren't any.
It's not the sun, it's you, the sky is full of a million, million voices, saying yes, of course we'll help.
You've touched so many lives.
Saved so many people.
Did you think, when your time came, you'd really have to do more than just ask? You've decided that the universe is better off without you, but the universe doesn't agree.
River.
No-one can help me.
A fixed point has been altered, time is disintegrating.
I can't let you die.
But I have to die.
Shut up! I can't let you die without knowing you are loved.
By so many, and so much.
And by no-one more than me.
River.
You and I, we know what this means.
We are ground zero of an explosion that will engulf all reality.
Billions on billions will suffer and die.
I'll suffer if I have to kill you.
More than every living thing in the universe?! Yes.
River, River, why do you had have to be this.
Melody Pond your daughter.
I hope you're both proud.
I'm not sure I completely understand We got married, and had a kid, that's her.
OK.
Amy, uncuff me, now.
OK.
I need a strip of cloth.
About a foot long, anything will do.
Never mind.
River, take one end of this, wrap it around your hand, and hold it out to me.
What am I doing? As you're told.
Now, we're in the middle of a combat zone, so we'll have to do the quick version.
Captain Williams, say "I consent and gladly give".
To what? Just say it.
Please.
I consent and gladly give.
Need you to say it too, mother of the bride.
I consent and gladly give.
Now, River.
I'm about to whisper something in your ear.
And you have to remember it very, very carefully and tell no-one what I said.
I just told you my name.
Now there you go, River Song.
Melody Pond.
You're the woman who married me.
And wife, I have a request.
This world is dying, and it's my fault, and I can't bear it another day.
Please, help me.
There isn't another way.
Then you may kiss the bride.
I'll make it a good one.
You better.
'And you are forgiven.
Always and completely forgiven'.
Heard there was a freak meteor shower two miles away So I got us a bottle.
Thank you, dear.
So where are we? I just climbed out of the Byzantium.
You were there.
So young, didn't have a clue who I was You're funny like that.
Where are you? The Doctor's dead.
How are you doing? How do you think? Well, I don't know unless you tell me.
I killed someone.
Madame Kovarian, in cold blood.
In an aborted time-line, in a world that never was Yeah, well, I can remember it, so it happened, so I did it.
What does that make me now? I need to talk to the Doctor, but I can't now, can I? If you could talk to him, would it make a difference? But he's dead, so I can't.
Mother of course he isn't.
Not for you, I suppose, you're seeing the younger versions of him, running around, having adventures.
Yeah, I am but that's not what I mean.
Then what do you mean? OK.
I'm going to tell you what I probably shouldn't.
The Doctor's last secret.
Don't you want to know what he whispered in my ear? He whispered his name.
Not his name, no.
Yes, it was.
He said it was.
Rule One? The Doctor lies.
So do I all the time, I have to, spoilers.
Pretending I don't know you're my mother.
Pretending I don't recognise a space suit in Florida.
What did he whisper in your ear? That man, he's always one step ahead of everyone.
Always a plan.
River, what did he tell you? River! Hey? He's not dead, he's not dead! Are you sure, River? Are you really, properly sure? Of course I'm sure.
I'm his wife! Yes! And I'm his mother-in-law.
Father dear, I think Mummy might need another drink.
Yes.
Who's carrying me.
I demand to know I'm a head, I have rights! I want my doors open this time.
I demand that my doors are open.
Is it you?! It is, isn't it? It IS you, I cn sense it.
But how did you do it? How could you possibly have escaped?! Is there nothing else we can do? Actually, thinking about it Look into my eye.
The Teselecta.
A Doctor in a Doctor-Suit.
Time said I had to be on that beach so I dressed for the occasion barely got singed in that boat.
So you're going to let them all think you're dead? It's the only way.
Then they can all forget me.
I got too big, Dorium, too noisy time to step back into the shadows.
And Dr Song? In prison all her days? Her days, yes.
Her nights Well, that's between her and me, eh? So many secrets, Doctor.
I'll help you keep them, of course Well, you're not exactly going anywhere, are you? But you're a fool nonetheless.
It's all still waiting for you the fields of Trenzalore, the fall of the Eleventh.
And the question! Goodbye, Dorium.
The first question! The question that must never be answered, hidden in plain sight.
The question you've been running from all your life.
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