Monday, November 24, 2014

The Regret and the Compassion.


The Regret Of The Ranee In The Hall Of Peacocks
By Laurence Hope

This man has taken my Husband's life
And laid my Brethren low,
No sister indeed, were I, no wife,
To pardon and let him go.

Yet why does he look so young and slim
As he weak and wounded lies?
How hard for me to be harsh to him
With his soft, appealing eyes.

His hair is ruffled upon the stone
And the slender wrists are bound,
So young! and yet he has overthrown
His scores on the battle ground.

Would I were only a slave to-day,
To whom it were right and meet
To wash the stains of the War away,
The dust from the weary feet.

Were I but one of my serving girls
To solace his pain to rest!
Shake out the sand from the soft loose curls,
And hold him against my breast!

Have we such beauty around our Throne?
Such lithe and delicate strength?
Would God that I were the senseless stone
To support his slender length!

I hate those wounds that trouble my sight,
Unknown! how I wish you lay,
Alone in my silken tent to-night
While I charmed the pain away.

I would lay you down on the Royal bed,
I would bathe your wounds with wine,
And setting your feet against my head
Dream you were lover of mine.

My Crown is heavy upon my hair,
The Jewels weigh on my breast,
All I would leave, with delight, to share
Your pale and passionate rest!

But hands grow restless about their swords,
Lips murmur below their breath,
'The Queen is silent too long!' 'My Lords,
--Take him away to death!'

The Compassion Of The Captive In The Hall Of Peacocks
By Simon Bucher-Jones

Our hands moved, our swords moved, the heads they fell,
The Rajah and his kin,
We had reasons to rise up, as the tide to swell,
As the moonlight to begin.

Yet why does the Ranee look young and unsure,
Who should for her dead stand fast?
Does she think I cry mercy? Oh Allah, how pure,
Is this Matyrdom come at last?

Her hair is wing black as the raven’s core,
And by diamonds her wrists are bound,
So young! and yet she afrights me more,
Than scores on the battle ground.

Would I were only a man to-day,
To whom it were right and meet,
To wish for the life that must pass away,
- for oh, still, that life is sweet.

The rising was just, and the fighting was just,
But if it had been her head!
To be cut in a moment to lie in the dust,
Would my hand not have trembled and bled?

Have they such beauty around their Thrones?
Do tyrants still love and weep?
Would God that I were the senseless stones,
Through which my blood must seep.

I will not give in, I will not bow down,
Having neither strength to stand nor betray,
But oh, I would show you my war-torn town
To charm its pain away.

I would take you away from the Royal bed,
To the rivers sweeter than wine,
I would show you the poor who long envied the dead,
In your tombs with the golden shine.

Your Crown may be heavy upon your hair,
The Jewels weigh on your soul,
If your family had learned, with delight, to share
Their bodies would still be whole.

The Court is full of the cowards’ sly breath,
Like the jackals that turn on the weak,
'My Lords, --- Take him away to death!’
The words, she had to speak.

If I could only rise so she could see,   
Forgiveness and love in my eyes!
Oh Allah, let no maidens wait for me,
In hope she comes at last to paradise.



Thursday, November 20, 2014

Book Sales


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Sunday, November 16, 2014

I HAD TROUBLE GETTING TO UNKNOWN KADATH - part 2


He tried to dissuade me, he offered me cake,
He offered me chips and choice fillets of hake,
He offered me scones and pronounced them just so,
But I sat in his temple and just wouldn't go.

So he told me the fable of Banzi the Wise,
Who offended the gods and fell into the skies,
And only for wanting the merest of glances,
At that lesser, known peak where the gods held tea dances.

For the weak gods of earth, they are petty and spoilt,
And so far up themselves that their icons get soiled,
But dreamer beware of the Dark Other Gods,
That they call when they want to be absolute sods.

"So what then," he asked, "would the punishment be,
if an infinite fall came for peeping at tea,
For those who intruded on Unknown Kadath,
which amounted to crying 'go on show your wrath!' "

His council was cogent. his council was good,
He lived up to the name that he had in the wood,
but still I sat there in his temple, in slippers,
sipping his tea, and devouring his kippers.

At last he grew angry and puffed himself up,
He took back his kippers and took back his cup,
And he said, "On your head be the end that you've got,
I did not advise it, oh no I did not."

And he went on to speak while I stood there and gaped,
of the selfie the gods left which the censor escaped,
Carved on the rear face of the peak of Ngranek,
And he wished me good day and that I'd break my neck.

But I must have looked stupid, or vague, or surprised,
For he slowly explained what I should have surmised,
That the face in the rock had unearthly oddities,
I could use to look out for demigods and goddities.

For in lands round Kadath, if genetics ran true,
I would find the offsping of maidens the gods knew,
And spotting the features they shared with the face,
I would know I was getting quite close to the place.

So I rode on a yak down to old Dyath-Leen,
Where the traders all come and the sailors are keen,
Where the wharfs are filled up with the bravest seafarers,
And you can get a free tea from its free tea, tea sharers.

But oh - what I found there - what fear and dismay,
For instead of the tea ships from distant Carthay,
Black galleons whose oarsmen had no kind of uses,
For Dyath-Leen's many bars, its restaurants or massueses.

Had come into the harbour, and traded for gold,
And for slaves - with the rubies so large and so old,
That were offered by men whose turbans sat askew,
On their heads as if hiding what nobody knew.

Oh the troubles I had on the way to Kadath,
At the city of Leen on the River Dyath,
Oh the sinister secrets implied by the feat,
Of the oarsmen who never bought viands to eat.


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

I HAD TROUBLE GETTING TO UNKNOWN KADATH - part 1

I HAD TROUBLE GETTING TO UNKNOWN KADATH

I dreamed thrice of a city, but when I got close
My lamp-stand would slip and crash down on my nose,
My sheets they would tangle, my quilt slipped a lot
I never got near it, oh no I did not.

In my dreams it was sunset, and the city shone,
In the light of the rosy sun sinking and gone,
But as I approached there was such a palava,
As I dreamed I was wrapped in a wool balaclava.

This headgear it itched, and to get to the brunt,
It cut off my vision – ‘twas turned back to front -.
And waking I found that it was but my cat,
Who in jest had mistake my face for her mat.

So I prayed to the gods who look kindly on dream,
Such as Cheese-rind the Mighty, and also Sour Cream,
Cocktails-for-Nightcaps, and Lobster-on-Toast,
But those mighty powers failed, my dream gave up the ghost.

So then I resolved I would go to Kadath
It’s a fearful long journey – you just do the math,
Kadath where the gods live, to beseech them at home,
To let me enter my City and n’er again roam.

But where was Kadath?  Now I asked it seemed true,
We had all forgotten, though before that we knew,
It wasn’t in Booklyn, it wasn’t in Yonkers,
It wasn’t in the Atlas, it just drove me bonkers.

I descended the steps to the cavern of flame,
Where Nasht and Kaman-Thah so awful in fame,
Proceded to dun me for funds to repair,
The terrible wear on the sixty ninth stair.

They called me ill-fated, they called me unwise,
They shook their forefingers and narrowed their eyes,
“Young man go no further, this is no safe path,
The eyes of a mortal may not see Kadath”.

I pooh-poohed their doubts, though I shook both their hands,
And delivered their mail from the dull waking lands,
For they get Readers Digest to liven the hours,
When sleep-drenched young maidens are not bringing flowers.

And leaving them there I went into the wood,
Where the trees were enchanted for evil or good,
Their bark it was gnarled, being knotted and rugose,
I spoke to a Zoog – standing there in his Zoog clothes.

“Oh tell me friend Zoog, for the help that before
I gave to your kin, at the Gugs’ vast stone door,
Which way should I go in the search for Kadath?
And the Zoog said “Oh man, you’re just havin’ a laff”.

“We Zoogs do not know of the High and Holy,
We can just spell our names if we spell them out slowly,
But if you go to Ulthar – then Atal the Priest,
It is said knows the gods, from the fast to the feast.”

From the fast to the feast? From the bottom to top!
I vowed if he knew them that well, I would stop,
And pester and question, and ask, and implore,
‘til he’d say what he knew,  to get me out the door.

Monday, November 10, 2014

THE CATS IN THE HATS IN THE WALLS

Reading and enjoying these a lot, I thought - sauce for the goose, and so...

http://www.daveexmachina.com/wordpress/?p=1121


THE CATS IN THE HATS IN THE WALLS

The son of the scions of old de la Poer
Was never afraid of a mew nor a purr,
Until he alighted no more for to roam, to settle in his aboriginal home,
Now old Exham Piory, had rooms, it had grooms,
To tidy the stables, and fabulous tombs,
It had in its graveyard all marble and cold,
It had arms o'er the fireplace, all noble and bold.
It had butlers and sutlers, and hatstands for hats,
But oh what the wizz was it troubled by cats!
They mibbled and mubbled, they doubled and dribbled
They pibbled and pubbled, they troubled and tribbled.
But worse than their spitting, their spooking, and splatting,
Was when every jack one of them got into hatting.
They strolled out in bowlers, they popped up in toppers,
They wore tiny hats, and the wore some were whoppers,
Wished good day in bonnets, they doted on Boaters,
They boated in hats when they found some were floaters,
They howled out in hombergs, they affected the Trilby
Tore feathers from Gainsboroughs, which fact didn't thrill me.
And worse than the worst, there was something so new
For every hat came with Thing one and Thing two.
That's two things per cat, all a making a fussing,
And two things per cat is a double purr-cushing.
A clashing of cymbols and kettling of drums,
A horrible rumbling of rumpity tums.
So in the end what could old de la Poer do?
He bought him a hat, saying, he'd go mad too.
They found him at last crouching there, in the dark,
His teeth fixed at last in a Milliner's clerk,
Who'd failed to appease him, with Fez or Pork Pie,
Such minimal style meant the man had to die.
And still in the walls, and the rooms, and the tombs,
Still chasing the butlers, the sutlers, and grooms,
The wild whirling ride of the Cats in the Hats,
With a thing on each shoulder, went silent as Bats,
To mourn for the soul of the lost de la Poer,
Who'd boasted he fear'd not a mew, nor a purr.

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Dreams In The Who House.


A bird that breaks out of the Moon,
Forests that come and go,
The fear of death that comes too soon,
Survivor's guilt and woe.

His own face outlined on a bus,
A thief who wasn't real,
A golden arrow strong enough,
To pierce space-tempered steel.

Robin Hood, who never was,
Afeared of war's allarms,
Fantastic Voyage, sans applause
For Raquel Welch's charms.

A vanishing watch he never used
before, however needed,
Soldiers in all their rainbow hues,
A chalk-board threat unheeded.

Boyfriends who move like ninja's breath,
Children who talk to trees,
People who sell you life-in-death
The skeletons that seize.

The Master who threatens him now,
Mistress in her valediction,
Who makes religions' tales come true,
Is the Master of Fiction.

Friday, October 24, 2014

The Three Doctors - part 3

THE THREE DOCTORS

(A tale of F_______, P_____, and C______).


Dr. Crippen killed Belle Elmore
Ran away with Miss le Neve
Right across the ocean blue
Followed by Inspector Dew
Ship's ahoy, naughty boy!

                                          Popular Song

At the rail of the Montrose, Hawley Harvey Crippen – homeopathic MD, and fugitive for the murder of his wife Cora Elmore, a murder he did not commit – stared disconsolately into the grey-blue swell of the Atlantic.  The irony was that although innocent of that crime, he had killed someone.  He deserved to hang.
He still did not know the name of the strange man who had confronted him with demands for money, supposedly to support the wayward Cora, for though the police would probably find the corpse under brick floor, he had left no identifying items with the man’s body for the best of reasons – there had never been any to leave.  No wallet, no papers, nothing.  It had all happened as if in a dream.
The threats had been not only to himself but to Ethel, the girl who loved and trusted him – who even now for his sake, was disguised as a man, and accompanying him into a life of fleeing from the police.  Disgusted by the violence held barely in check in the man’s piggish features, Crippen had found himself, offering him a drink while he looked for money – and adding to the glass of whisky five drops of pure hyocine. Down the man had swilled it, glug glug glug.   In a dream Crippen had watched him topple from the chair. 
                “They’ll be waiting for you when you dock,”  a voice said.  It came from a tall man with piercing green eyes, and a neat Mephistophelian beard, who had come up along side Crippen unobserved, and leaned next to him on the rail.  “You should have travelled 3rd class and avoided the Captain’s observation.  He cabled London, and Inspector Dew’s crossing the ocean on the SS Laurentic.  It’s faster than this mechanical contrievance, and he’ll beat you there.”
“My God,” Crippen said, half to himself,  “they’ll hang her.”  He grapped at the tall man’s lapels, and found himself clutching only a handful of air as the figure moved effortlessly away from him.  “For myself, I don’t care. But she’s is guilty only of trusting me.”
            “Trust has always been a capital offense.  I trusted a mighty captain once to lead a revolution and we failed, but there may be things yet that can be done.  My present.. employer has a number of tasks he has bound me to fulfil.  If you assist, there will be – adjustments – perhaps Miss Neve’s innocence could be guaranteed in the courts.”
“What should I call you?”  Crippen asked.
“Oh, I think ‘M’ will suffice,” said the stranger. 

Friday, October 10, 2014

Doctor Who Discovers Metaphysics: - "Evil"


Evil.

'Evil' is generated by the neurology of a particular set of observations involved in the breaking of quantum entanglements. It was identified as a specific frequency of alpha-waves(1) by the late Professor Keller in 19__(1)

When an observer predominantly 'chooses' a specifically narrow range of events based on perceived immediate self-gratification, without empathy or socialisation, the field strength of Evil around the cortex increases. [The unit of Evil is disputed with the Imperial measurement of Hitlers(2), being somewhat overweighted, resulting in most acts of evil being specified in femto-Hitlers, while the metric measurement (dating from the French Revolution) of Monarchs requires a conversion rate of  17 Monarchs to the nano-Hitler.]  The Monarch as a unit of Evil does not relate to the supervillian of the same name(3), this is a common misunderstanding which has been debunked by Mythbusters.

'Evil' energies  within such fields have been shown to feed a number of parasitic and quasi-parasitic species from the Redjac, and the Beta XII-A entity(4), to the Kelloroid(1).

Oddly there seems to be no similar field associated with 'Good' - where choices are open-ended, non-self-motivated, or atruistic, the alpha-waves involved may have a variety of non-evil energies.

(1) The Mind of Evil
(2) Professor Godwin comments 'Anyone measuring something in Hitlers has lost the right to measure it'.
(3) Professor Venture, comments that Monarch is at best straining to reach an evil level of 0.2 Monarchs, in a Mythbusters interview.(5)
(4) Star Trek - Wolf In The Fold, Star Trek - Day of The Dove..
(5) Mythbusters Meets The Venture Brothers.
See also This Earth Thing Called Love.

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Doctor Who Discovers Giant Space Life - "Williamson's Roc"

Williamson's Roc

Mass (variable see below) up to at least 3.7 x 10 exp 23 grams (sufficient to boost Lunar gravity to Earth normal)*  figure revised to allow for smaller Lunar radius, so that gravity at surface = earths (ie an accelleration of 9.8 m/s/s).  [Mass of un-infested Moon, 7.22 x 10 exp 22 grams, mass of Earth 5.98 x 10 exp 23 grams].

Wingspan 10,000 km  (roughly equivalent to Lunar circumference, assumes wings 'wrap' while in egg. May expand further post-birth). It is uncertain if wings function as solar sails, or exert 'pressure' on space-time manifolds.

Reproduction - stages 'seed', 'egg', 'bird'.

First identified in 1935 by the writer-prophet Jack Williamson(1) (exo-biologists will also remember his successful 'dream' identification of the flora and fauna of Barnard's Star, but it is most fitting that this bird envisaged in his writings be named after him.)  A later biologist-writer P.Harness attempted to repopularise the species in 2014, in a TV special(2).

The exact mechanics of the creature's life-cycle remain unclear for some time despite the destruction of Earth's Moon in 2049(2), and the planet Thallon in 2373(3). Much of what follows is speculation. (We are grateful to P.David's monograph on the latter event.) A three-eyed four-winged species has also been noted in respect of the destruction of Stars(4) but it is likely that the latter creature belongs to the genus Photino.Baxteri(5) and is unrelated. The aliens associated with the Beltempest system, may be of this class of entity(6) [cf living stars and living planets].

Williamson's Roc begins as a tiny dense mass, perhaps physically a quantum black-hole, a strangelet array, or a looped quantum string. This 'seed' stage can easily be captured by a small planetoid, at which point it will begin to orbit its centre of mass. Over time the interior of the planetoid will be carved out by the seed, forming a hollow shell. At this point the light shell ought to move into a different orbit and the heavier seed emerge(7). It is unclear why this does not happen, but the evidence is that the 'seed' exerts its gravity as if it were part of the moon/planetoid mass not as a point source. The 'ability' to do this is the first sign of the species' biological mastery of gravity.  This 'gravity' mimicry - presumnably intended to deter predators - masks the 'ghost mass' of the seed, only permitting the original mass of the planetoid to appear, until the Roc is near to breaking its 'egg-shell'. This suggests that the bulk of the 'build' mass in the seed is stored in disassociated cosmic strings and only manifests itself as the 'seed' weaves the 'bird' into existance shortly before hatching. 

Such birds are not inherently hostile and while if one is seeded into an inhabited planet, its fate is assured (only the long time scales involved prevents the species being weaponised by non-time travellers), their effects on Moon and binary 'twin planet' systems, has been shown to be mitigated by their 'gifting instinct'.

While the outer crust of the planetoid disintegrates completely, the Bird will leave a pseudosphere of compacted material behind in the same orbit. While once seperated from the bird's influence this would begin to follow a different orbital path unless stabilised with a graviton, or other re-massing technology, its presence has been know to save a nearby civilisation and perhaps explains the birds' association with good fortune.

It has been suggested that the birds are unique, but the sighting of at least two birthing incidents within 400 years of each other within the Milky Way galaxy, suggests a substantial breeding population existed as long ago as 100 million years.  It may be that the 'seed' stage have been hunted to extinction by Outsiders, but Outsider biology remains a difficult and expensive area of research.(8)

Other possible sightings/collaboration.

The 'bacterial' life, infesting the egg-shell (the salmonelle of space and time!) where first detected by the ill-fated Apollo 18 mission(9). 

An alternative universe earth, in which the Moon was blown out of orbit in 1999 appears to have killed the embryonic seed before gestation(10), but to have later encountered a variation of it(11). Oddly no bacterial were detected, perhaps they were killed by radiation leakage from  Area 1.


Biography
(1) Jack Williamson 'Born of the Sun' 1935.  The dream predicted biology of Barnard's Star life appears in the Legion of Space series, as does the artificial life of the Cometeers.
(2) Peter Harness 'Kill the Moon' 2014
(3) Peter David 'Star Trek New Frontier Endgame' - the Thallon bird emits unexplained energy, instead of unexplained gravity. This may be a subspecies, or a simple variation within a species. Alternatively the Thallon bird may be feverish.
(4) Star Trek comic
(5) The xeelee sequence novels S. Baxter.
(6) Beltempest, by J. Mortimore
(7) Colin Kapp, The Black Hole of Negrav.
(8) Starseeds and Outsiders. L. Niven
(9) Apollo 18
(9) Space 1999: Breakaway (TV).
(10) Space 1999: Alien Seed (Novel).


See also Giant Amoeba space-going, Giant Amoeba sessile.
Black Cloud, entity, Anti-matter Cloud entity, Crystalline entity.
Giant Mutant Star-Goat. Galacti, Celestials, Great Old Ones.
Living Planets, Living Stars.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Return of The Creepy Dolls


The one that has a missing eye,
Now sports a piratical patch
The one whose face is cracked across,
With glue, is mended, to a scratch.
The one whose hands are raised on high,
That used to snatch and claw and fight
And make a shadow albatross,
Now moves with strings a glorious kite.
The ones in national dress, so still,
Are resting only, and are not
Frozen as in some sacred stance,
Their cardboard ball-room is a spot
Caught by the dawn upon a hill,
And focused in a mirror-ball.
The ballerina whose long dance,
Won her the cups, that line the hall,
Grinds like the slow stones of god's mill,
Practice makes perfect after all.
They can not help how they are seen,
But see now, how mere love can mend,
They do not mean to chill the blood,
They only meant to be a friend.
But they bear scars of what has been,
So does their mistress, even now
The memories of clay and wood,
Of flesh and bone and even snow.
The echoes of the ancient clock,
Striking the hour of come to play,
That stands behind them on the shelf,
To measure out the passing day.
They are the key that fits the lock,
To open up the door of joy,
That opens up the hidden self, The otherland of girl or boy.  

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

DOCTOR WHO SCRIPT LEAK SERIES 10 EPISODE II


Series 10, Episode 2

“--------------------------------"
working title : "GAMES OF MIME AND MINOTAUR"

By
SIMON BUCHER-JONES

DURATION: 47’10”
10:00:00 EXT. SKY – NIGHT

A star flares up in a dark patch of sky – turning the night into a bowl of white light. The sound of footsteps running on sand in the whiteness. We can’t see who, or where.  (Same effect as start of episode 1). Then we pull back - the man running is ESDRAS (from episode 1) he is running around the inside of a massive curved glass surface, along which sand pours past his feet.

PULL BACK:

He is inside an hour glass on the surface of an ornate desk.  Behind the desk, the CELESTIAL TOYMAKER regards the Doctor, sardonically.  He gestures to CLARA, now dressed as a clown who stands at the side of the desk.  She reaches out and with both hands, up ends the hourglass.

TOYMAKER

- The history of your little earth is becoming my plaything Doctor.  I will remake its beliefs into the worship of Chance, and play here until every soul on Earth from the first grunting cave man to the last preening post-human has become my servant.

DOCTOR

- Unless?

TOYMAKER

How very perceptive, yes there's alway an unless, isn't there.  If you don't want the sands of time to choke your pets, then you will need to play with me - for higher stakes than this poor world alone.

DOCTOR

But what do you bet Toymaker? Hmm.  If a games worth playing shouldn't there be the chance of loss on either side. (He pauses) Incidently, I was too polite to say this the last time we met, but you do know that that outfit makes you look like a massive racist?  I mean why are you dressed up like an early 20th century pulp writers idea of a Chinese Manderin played by a white person. I tell you what, it gives me no confidence that you aren't a bit shifty. How can I play against a racist, what do you think that'll look like in my cv?

TOYMAKER  (Quick cuts as his body changes - always maintaining his Manderin's outfit - through as many actors of as many races and genders as we can find, can we get Warwick Davies here as well, ending on Peter C 'as Toymaker.  He glares at himself across the desk.).

Am I what, Racist?  No it's just not going in Doctor.  You're saying I kidnap species from space time and torment them, and your main concern is what I look like? 

DOCTOR

No skin off my nose, just thought someone ought to tell you. 

TOYMAKER

You are an amusing insect.  Do you think I prefer the red ants to the black?

DOCTOR

[Grabs hour glass and turns it on its side, so that ESDRAS ceases to drown in sand]  SNAP CUTto ESDRAS's perspective, we see the two distorted faces of THE DOCTOR and the TOYMAKER,


CSi5m - Lemon Cohen - The Water Bearers

They suffer much to end the thirst
Of any who must labour.

They bring the wetness of the feast
That gives to life it's savour.

They walk with jars upon their heads
To where the draft is needed.

They risk the hands of men with guns
Their progress is impeded.

And the water, washes sins away, for they themselves are virtue.
And the water, washes time away, what you don't recall won't hurt you.

The path is long and full of stones,
The skin of feet is worn.

But it grows again much harder,
For the sake of being torn.

They suffer much for men and boys,
And for those of their own gender.

And the water washes pains away,
So long as love is tender.

Be like the ones who bear the weight, reject the ones who trip them,
Some people are a source of light, the others you can skip them.

And the light that's born, is scattered, through the water as it pours.
And the right that's done, it matters, for the thirsty and the whores.

And the water, washes sins away, for they themselves are virtue.
And the water, washes time away, what you don't recall won't hurt you.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

CSi5M : Lemon Cohen - Rumpelstiltskin


Spinning out the flaxen hair, within the empty stable.
I wonder where Rasputin went before the Czar was able,
To steal back all his wife's affection from her fabled tutor,
He wouldn't leave her to him, 'lest the revolution shoot her.

Weaving my alchemy, in the dusty waft of horseshit,
I wonder where the cost will fall, what treasury resource it?
When straw to gold is turning, will the economy recover?
Or will I bring the kingdom down, around my royal lover?

For straw is warm, and food as well, but gold is hard and heavy,
And horses can not eat up gold, and gallop through the levee,
The ruling class is foolish, but the underclass must fool them,
And if gold will buy my safety, then it's gold thread I will spool them!

And the midget in the shadows, with his eyes made out of mica,
Who's name ain't quite Rasputin, though it might be pretty like-a,
Will take payment in the blood and bone that is not yet a-borning,
But the spindle still is spinning and that fate will wait for morning.

Oh rich demand not from the poor, impossible conditions,
We can not even walk without your cossetting physicians,
For we've ricketts from vitamin loss, and scurvey, and pelagra,
And we're impotent without your glossy blue police viagra.

So we lie and spin, our golden webs, to bring rich flies to dinner,
And we spread our legs for half the price you'd lavish on a sinner,
If we could spin a golden sword, we'd hold it at your breast-bones,
And the rich would feel the point of all our inconvenient questions.

Take my golden thread and tie me to the bed-post for your supper,
Our relationship, the gap between mortage and fixer-upper,
I'll try to forget the promises you made to other ghosts,
In the mist of the lost moorland, 'neath the shadow of the hosts.

And the midget in the shadows, with his eyes made out of mica,
Who's name ain't quite Rasputin, though it might be pretty like-a,
Will take payment in the blood and bone that is not yet a-borning,
But the spindle still is spinning and that fate will wait for morning.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Stats


Checking my stats I see that my most popular post by a factor of 10 is in fact by Paul Bellora.

I'd just like to thank him again for bringing people to this blog, and I can only hope that they stop to read a few things by me in passing!

Cheers Paul!

Simon BJ

Notes on Probability 4.


To Grandmother Agonisties.
A is not-A. Oh, yes it is!

The work proceeds.  The complexity of the event target is pushed towards a theoretical maxima, with its own history dependant upon the effect it has had on others.  While not as clean a paradox as we would wish - to be lifted by your friend lifting your bootstraps while you lift their bookstraps remains a delicious impossibility.

Without the iron defraction gratings of the Time Lords, overlying space-time with their furious web, collapsing all to linear displays within a causal nexus of constraint, we can turn any adversory into ourselves with time, merely by giving them the rope with which they will entangle themselves.

As predicted the greater the twining of the complexity the more it draws orthogonal interest from Great Powers - perhaps even the Loa themselves!

They're under the Blanket, they're not under the Blanket, get used to it.

Yours Uncle Azurian.
A is not Not-A.  Says Who.

Under the Blanket


Watching his creation, through the red blanket,
God cringes, at the fearfulness of His made things,
Which can never choose, to believe they are loved,
Unconditionally.

He can not even watch, without giving -
Unintentionally, that creepy feeling on the back of the neck,
That comes from being watched,
Unceasingly.

At the end of Time, He steels himself enough to knock,
Feeling after all, He's left it late,
The off-licenses are closed, and He's no gift
(Not God's gift certainly, to human kind.)

Their human-made quasi-afterlives,
Their netherspheres, and Cities of The Saved,
Their worlds of rivers and of Tiplerian maths,
Afford no entry to His tentative quest.

Where is the Doctor who can, cure this case,
Of self-despite, divinity depressed,
Self judged inadequate, unworth of praise,
Have faith Oh God, for still he may suspect,
The still small voice that asks he listen is....

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

On the role of the Doctor in the Hood Mythos


        Thus endys the talkyng of the Docteur
        And Robyn Hode i-wysse doth stande;
        God, that is euer a crowned kyng,
        Bryng vs blisse ywthin hs promisse lande
    
        Old Ballard circa 1300.


Like the Monk, the Doctor is a problematic figure in the Robin Hood myth:  as the monk represents the spiritual hierarchy (the second estate) as opposed to secular figures of the Shire-Reeve, and the Prince (forming a triumvirate with the Abbot and the Abbess), the former wheeled on later when a Monk has become via repetition less impressive, and the latter forming Robin's eventual nemesis, so the Doctor represents the third estate, and more precisely the immergent middle class between the downtrodden, and the downtreading.

By virtue of secular knowledge a Doctor (not yet a doctor of medicine) but literate - perhaps a scribe or an ammenuensis, was a peripetetic or transgressive figure, moving between court and country, town and forest, he was rich enough to provoke robbery, yet poor enough to be able to supplicate Robin's restraint.  He could both be an ally, yet also pose a critique of the role of outlaw - for the Doctor was the counterpart of Robin within the law (of which indeed he might well be a doctor).

In the ballard called "Robin and the Doctor's travail" (circa 1411) the latter is described thus:

        In langshanks sore, y-clept what nae man saith,
        Swift he to cleave to good, frae de'il scape.

The language is slightly more modern, but the Northern intonation of nae and frae, perhaps suggests an origin in the Barnsdale rather than the Nottingham corpus.

Leigh Hunt in his modernisation has it (italics mine):

Lord! that in this life's dream
Men should abandon one true thing,
That would abide with them.
We cannot bid our strength remain,
But like the Doctor we should stand,
Long legged, and nameless, but unbowed,
We cannot say to an aged back,
Stoop not towards the ground:
But though now dim, his once bright eyes
See still the good, discern the ill,
Things as bright as ever,
Still are found,
Our childhood's friends are with us still.
False world, be false for thee;
And, oh Sound Truth and Old Regard
Nothing shall part us three.

The point being made is that legendry 'old regard' is one of the two legs, the other being historical 'sound truth' and that where the world disagrees, so much the worst for the world.

Tennyson before setting down to the main work of the Idylls of the King produced a small number of poems with a Hood theme, including:  If Robin Hood Must Die later reworked as All Things Must Die.

Clearly the blue groans in its going(1)
Under my eye;
Warmly and broadly the south winds are blowing
Over the sky.
One after another the white clouds are fleeting;
Every heart this May morning in joyance is beating
Full merrily;
Yet if Robin Hood must die.(2)
The stream will cease to flow;
The wind will cease to blow;
The clouds will cease to fleet;
The heart will cease to beat;
For all things must die.
All things must die.
Spring will come never more.
O, vanity!
Death waits at the door.
See! our friends are all forsaking
The wine and the merrymaking.
We are call’d–we must go.
For the promise tells us so(3)
Though we go not hand in hand,
Alone to the Promised Land,
We must go, lame or spry,
If good Robin Hood must die!

(1) This line is unclear in manuscript, in the revised poem 'the blue' is a river,
(2) In the revised poem, no longer about Robin, this line is recast as 'All Must Die'
(3) Lines onward do not appear in the published poem.




Sunday, September 07, 2014

Note on Script II


In the next week, I'll be writing the thrilling conclusion to my season 10 two parter, so if anyone has any notes or requests now the time to make them known to me.

Simon BJ


After the Hood



When he had taken his companion somewhere safe (or at least somewhere he hoped was safe) the Doctor reflected on what he had learned.  He had been thinking too small with his thoughts of clones, future theme parks, miniscopes, and robot political manipulation, but he had not been wholly wrong.

Something had over-written a portion of earth's history to make it glossy, exciting, impossible, and entertaining, and while it hadn't directly hurt anyone (for he couldn't in all honesty say that a Robin with a feather in his hat and laughter on his lips was suffering, whereas a more - free range - Robin, with snaggle-teeth and a dirty beard and maybe a year to live would have been happier) it was disturbing that he hadn't noticed it before.

He'd made sure things had been as un-disruptive as he could.  His replacement golden arrow with its nuclear battery had done its work. He'd refrained from offering Alan A'Dale antibiotics - he'd never been that kind of Doctor.

As to the wider problem he had his suspicions, and more so than before he felt, he was ready to see through the veils of illusion. He would have to look and listen hard, find the cracks in the scenario.

He had already seen a man have his head cut off, and not have his head cut off.  Was it too much to suspect the work of Faction Paradox?

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Notes on the Sibling Assault


To Grandmother Agonisties.
A is not-A. Oh, yes it is!

Two siblings Subject A and Subject B, hereafter code name UNIFORM NAVY, and CIVILIAN FLESHTONE have been seperated in time and space and each allowed to believe they have survived the other, after improbable timely intervention. This will, I remain assured, enabled penetration of the target subject's defences.

While UNIFORM NAVY has already failed to penetrate, into the target's time ship, this was to be expected (though the attempt was a useful one in itself, enabling doubt to be cast in the mind of the present weak point.)  Our projections indicate that CIVILIAN FLESHTONES air of "contrition" will make him a better penetration engine - if I may use the phrase without being accused of gender stereotyping.

If we are correct, as to the forces presently focusing upon (one might almost say around) the target, our placement of either or both of our agents, after the excision of subject C, has become vital to the cause of Paradox.

Yours Uncle Azurian.
A is not Not-A.  Says Who.

On the Goodness of Daleks


Any sufficiently complex organism, has the simulacrum of free will - that is, it feels, its action originate within a gestalt formed by its memories, its present desires, and its culture: so long as its actions are not impelled except at these levels, it will model itself as a free agent.  When Daleks are stripped of the biomechanical imposition of their culture of obedience, when they can ask why, or marvel at the birth of a star: they are not necessarily becoming good. However what they are doing, which is a precursure to such change, is to widen exponentially the circle of their possible actions. Even in a universe in which free will may be an illusion, some wills can be more constrained than others, and to step out of the constraints of imposed cultural (machine re-inforced) obedience is to be freer. Free Daleks would have been a terrifying adversary.

The Book Of The Peace.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Amnesia


For a long time the Order of the Silence scavenged and hunted among the debris and detritus of alien activity on Earth: in so doing they made a lot of things impossible to remember. The next time someone claims to have found a text that proves that Victorian London was attacked by Giant Dinosaurs far larger than the species is known to grow in the fossil record, expect them to suddenly forget the matter shortly thereafter.

From The Book of The Peace.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Door To Null.

The Door To Null.
Roderick, found the leaflet pushed through the wooden gap between his front door and the step, one day – although he had a perfectly usable letter box (of the European sort, in the door itself), as if the fly-poster had been unable to reach up to it, weighed down by some infinite and impossible gravity, or had slivered it in from flat-land or another two dimensional world. 
The leaflet resembled the ads for pizza which were the most common of the things, other than bills, to come through the letter box rather that the gap, more than it resembled the things that most commonly came through the gap, which were dead leaves and pill bugs. But it had a certain resemblance to dead leaves, which was that its colours were autumnal and muted as if it had been lying somewhere slightly damp and dusty for a long time before being dragged around in a pile and pushed through the gap.
The leaflet showed a man – probably a man, for though his head was stylised and he was looking away from the viewer he seemed to be wearing a brownish business suit – gazing at something, and then a second picture in which the back of the man’s head (if it was a man’s head) became even more a smudged fingerprint blur of a thing, as if it was smeared out into the picture so that the man – if it was a man – wasn’t a man any longer with a head that was distinct from his suit or the air, or the thing whatever it was that he was so diligently looking at, but a suit that ended in a kind of fungal bloom of spreading until it was part this, whatever this was, and part that, whatever that was.
Roderick read, the title of the leaflet, as he turned on his coffee maker.  It’s title was The Door To Null.  It began:-
Anyone can construct this mechanism, in the privacy of their own home, or their own brain, if they have a home of their own or a brain of their own. It is a sequence of thoughts or a collection of wood and iron that forms a pattern which is like a sequence of thoughts insofar as such a pattern can be. It is the pattern which destroys patterns, so to look at it is to, cease.  You may say - Well I have a television already. Thank you very much! - but even the most bland and asinine television schedule is tainted with the spore of life, with the lie of action, with the unceasing illusion of movement as accomplishment, whereas to cease is to know true nirvana, and to step for a moment off the great circle of the wheel, whose motion is the endless nausea and vertigo of life and its tawdry whirligig of illusionary progress.  Or you may say – Well I can have a sleep, Mr Leafletter – and this is so, but even the best sleep is troubled by the simulacrum, of a simulacrum, which is the swirl of dreams which are fragments of fragments and make only the sense which might be expected of things which are, not and never can be real, and are only copies of things which are not and never can be real also. Sleep therefore does not heal – so far as anything can be healed – rather it strains the subject in a different way, but that strain is not in itself good even though it can sometimes act against the strains that the false motion of the wheel imparts in the daylight hours, assuming the subject is sleeping at night and moving and being moved by the wheel by day.  Further you may say – Well I’m quite happy as I am – but this is a thing you can say, only as you might say – Well I’m a grey elephant – if you believe you are a grey elephant. For without the chance to cease for a time from the wheel, you can not know what it is to be happy nor unhappy, nor what it is to be a person and not a grey elephant, nor a grey elephant and not a person. You should ask yourself instead, what do I have to do that is better than taking the opportunity to cease?  You deserve the chance to gaze upon the nothingness that is the unpattern and to see that everything only matters to other clumps of matter to whom it matters only while they are in the false orbit of the motion of the wheel.  To cease is to cease to fear. To cease is to cease to decay. To cease is to be, that which is  not being.
Roderick, rested his coffee cup on the leaflet while he watched the news on the television.  The news was about some people somewhere else firing rockets at some other people, and the other people shelling the first people.  The coffee cup made a halo of damp coffee around the head of the second man – the one whose head was part of everything else and like everything else, while also being quite unlike itself.
After he’d watched some more of the news, which was now about a famous comedian having committed suicide, and a famous singer being suspected of child abuse, and a famous duck that could roller-skate being given a chance to immortalise its webbed footprints outside a theatre: Roderick decided to build the Door to Null.  He decided to build it in his garage.  He opted to build the physical shape, rather than to think the thoughts that would make the shape in his mind, although the right inner fold of the leaflet set out the thoughts he would need to think, because although he wasn’t a very good builder, the physical shape seemed simple, and the thoughts seemed complicated – being almost a set of equations and almost a poem - so far as he could tell, having just glanced at them long enough to decide that the carpentry on the left inner fold of the leaflet looked less complicated.
His neighbours told the police they had heard hammering.  But neither they nor the police ever discovered where Roderick’s head had gone. And since it is not possible to hammer off one’s own head, even if you have a hammer and a leaflet, and since the leaflet seemed to have disappeared when the police found the body, after the neighbours had called the police after the smell had got so strong from the garage, no one ever knew exactly what had occurred. 
But those of us who push the leaflet under your doors, want to make it clear, that the two methods are of equal difficulty and effectiveness and if you are not certain you can master the right inner fold of the leaflet, it does not suffice to run at the left inner fold for there is no difference.  As it happens Roderick was successful in ceasing, and to be applauded, but he might not have been, and that would have been dreadful.   

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Note on SCRIPT.

In exciting news, this 2 parter, MAYBE bumped up into series 9, you heard it here first.  [For a certain value of MAYBE.]

OKAY, It's become a two parter, it was the blessed Giant Carnivorous Space Elephants that did it.
WATCH THIS SPACE for part II.



BACK FROM HOLS...Script will be finished this week.....before DW returns....

In the post below, watch as I write a Doctor Who script between 8th July and the Programme going back on air for Series 8....in Real Time.  Why not contribute in the comments: all ideas helpfully ignored or pirated.  In the impossible event of this "LOST SCRIPT(tm)" from Series 10 ever being made: contributors will receive credit and/or money.

Following "James G's" suggestion the SCRIPT is now being amended, DURING writing to include [SPOILER] and his [SPOILERS] engaged in [SPOILERING] (It's in the comments if you can't wait to read the actual script in the post immediately below.

Remember this is your chance to impact *actual*(tm) Doctor Who TV history, by getting your suggestions in this *genuine*(tm) Leaked Season 10 Script.  YOU ARE STEPHEN MOFFAT and if you say jump *I* say how high!

Remember, read THIS SCRIPT:  don't spoil yourselves by reading any others that MIGHT be floating around. 

No misuse of trademarked material intended Voord, Doctor Who, Clara, and Dan, and [SPOILER] are probably trademarked BBC and/or original creators. This SCRIPT is not for profit.  Giant Carniverous Space Elephants are copyright James G, used here by explicit permission.

Simon BJ

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

DOCTOR WHO SCRIPT LEAK SEASON 10

Series 10, Episode 1

“YOU ARE READY TO EXPERIENCE KNOWLEDGE"
working title : "THE GOSPEL OF THE VOORD"

By
SIMON BUCHER-JONES

DURATION: 47’10”

10:00:00 EXT. SKY – NIGHT

A star flares up in a dark patch of sky – turning the night into a bowl of white light. The sound of footsteps running on sand in the whiteness. We can’t see who, or where.

CUT TO:

10:02:30 INT. ASTRONOMER’S TENT (MIDDLE-EASTERN)

A terrified young hebrew is shaking awake a dark bearded man, who is lying on pile of rugs.

ESDRAS

Saraias, Father, wake up for the sky is burning.

SARAIAS (Waking, his voice is slurred and he might be drunk.)

(Waking) I gave you a light in a pillar of Fire, and great wonders have I done among you; yet you have forgotten me, saith the Lord.

ESDRAS

Father, there’s no time for prophesy, things are happening NOW!

SARAIAS

No time for prophesy, he says, too proud to learn a trade, say I.
Oh my head.

ESDRAS

Father!

A bulky black shape looms suddenly against the white flaring radiance of the tent's entrance.

EDRAS screams.

ENTER - a figure in a close-fitting futuristic wet-suit,  its head is a narrow wedge.  From it's forehead a blunt antenna rises.  It has no eyes.

VOORD

Give Me The Keys To Your Conscience.  You Need Sin No More....


10:05:00  CUT TO TITLES SEQUENCE

10:05:33  CUT TO INT:   A MODERN DAY BOOKSHOP

CLARA

It's no use I just can't think of a present for Dad.  What do you think? He likes historical fiction?

DAN

What sort of period?  Victorian?  Tudor?  Country-house Austen?

CLARA

He's gone a bit biblical.  I blame Dan Brown, and all that Holy Grail stuff.  Give him a book with a lost prophecy and a big stone on the front and he'll be happy.

DOCTOR  (from armchair where he is reading)

What about a Dead Sea Scroll?   An original gospel?

CLARA

How long have you been there?  Is that your armchair?

DOCTOR gives arm-chair a proper look. Camera pull back, we see it is TARDIS blue. 

DOCTOR

Their's weren't very comfortable. 

(He jumps up).  Camera pull back further, we see TARDIS is parked at back of book-shop among crime books section.

DOCTOR

Help me get this back inside and we'll go see what we can pick up.

DAN (Voice off)

Er, Clara.  Maybe you should have a look at this. 

Clara and Doctor come around shelves, to bookshop's religious section. A life sized card-board display cut-out of a Voord (only partly seen) stands before a pile of books.  Dan is looking at the back of one of the books, he holds it so the photograph is visible to Clara and the Doctor.

DAN

Isn't this your dad?

The Doctor takes the book, and looks at the picture..

DOCTOR

I've met him haven't I.  Once, at a meal.  I don't remember him having the cold dead eyes of a psychopath.  Still it probably runs in the family.

CLARA

I don't suppose he remembers you being an elderly scot's git, either. Give me that. It can't be Dad. 

(She reads from the blurb / biog on the back of the book). Held towards the camera we can see it's called.  YOU ARE READY TO EXPERIENCE KNOWLEDGE: The Hidden Gospel by DAVE OSWALD)

"Learn the recently discovered facts behind secrets hidden in the Apocrypha: You too can be without sin, You too can be without Guilt. Learn to lock and unlock your Conscience with the Sacred Keys."

I don't understand: when did he find the time to do any of this. He barely manages his job, and reading the paper.

DAN

It is him though.

DOCTOR

Unless he's got an evil twin. Is he important?

CLARA (Annoyed)

He's my father of course he's important.

DOCTOR

Nuclear codes important.  Could he fry anything?  No, not a fish supper. Is he in charge of the Boris Bikes or where they're going to put the hover-airport?  We're missing something.  Each of you, take a book at random.  Sorites.

DAN

What?

DOCTOR

Pick three random sentences and read them out.  It's an old form of biblical prophetic exigesis. Quite mad, but, sometimes...well go on.

CLARA (From her father's book)

"Like a machine the conscience can be programmed: once programmed it becomes unquestioned."

DAN (From a religious book taken at random)

"Then the strangers said, behold we have come among you, to bring the new wine."

CLARA

"Once unquestioned the conscience becomes, innate and undefeated."

DAN

"And they took the son of the old prophet who was called Sairas, and they said unto him:  Hail Esdras for you will become even as we are."

CLARA

"Once initiated and undefeated: there will be only goodness - and that goodness will have no end."

DAN

"Then Esdras cried out saying, 'be gone strangers for you are not angels of the lord but creatures no man has seen upon the earth, and your ways are not our ways."

10:10:00 CUT TO EXTERIOR DESERT HISTORICAL, TENTS IN BACKGROUND.

Voord, holding Esdras by the hair. He is on his knees before it.

VOORD

THEY WILL BE.

TARDIS materialisation sound effect.

The Doctor runs into shot. 

DOCTOR

Put that man down now.  This is not your place.

VOORD

Our place is where there is evil.  For we are Good.
Our place is where there is doubt. For we are Certainty.

DOCTOR

Your place is another world and another time.  I can smell the acid of its seas on your rubberised skin. What are you doing here?  What on earth do you think you're doing?

VOORD  (lifts its hands to its headgear, and removes it with a sweeping gesture. It splits around the antenna which remains wired into the Voord's skull like a unicorn's horn.) 

I am the Prophet of the Repentance.  I am the Voord.
I bring the good news that says: evil is ending.
Who are you to resist the Voord?

The Voord is a beautiful young woman, aside from the aeriel protruding from her skull.

CLARA

Never mind all that.  What the fuck have you done to my dad?


10:15:30  CUT TO: INTERIOR MODERN CHURCH HALL

PRIEST

Now I know you're all here for the ALPHA course, but I hope you'll bear with me if I introduce a guess speaker.  The man whose research into the Apocrypha has caused so much controversy in the religious world- who lives in our very own parish.  DAVE OSWALD.

DAVE

Hello everyone.  I've made a discovery.  A discovery you can share. When my wife Ellie died, I left the church - I walked in the darkness for so long.  I was angry.  With God with the Church even with the Government. Only the love of my daughter, and my family kept me sane....but I doubted God.  In my doubt I looked in strange places.  The Occult.  Oh yes, I confess it freely.  The Scientologists.  Yes, I know - one step down fom the Occult right?  The books of the Bible the Church has long since rejected.  And in the latter I found a set of keys, a hidden methodology, a way to make my doubts vanish. A way to make my temptations vanish.  A way to make us all the good men and women God wants us to be.  And I can show you now.  (He Smiles)  The Key is in us all.  You Are Ready To Experience Knowledge.

10:16:00 CUT TO:  INTERIOR TENT

DAN,  (tied with ropes back to back with DOCTOR and CLARA)

Well that was telling her.  Very effective.

DOCTOR

Her?  What do you mean her?

CLARA

Ms Honey-Blonde Fetishist From Space, who else.

DOCTOR

From Space yes, blonde maybe. Ms - arguable.  When I last met these creatures, they never ever took their masks off, and yet this one just happens to want to shake her locks at us. What did it look like before we saw under the mask eh?  DAN, I need you to do something for me.

DAN

What?

DOCTOR

Sleep.

DAN (Starts snoring).

CLARA

How did you do that?  Why did you do that?

DOCTOR

Experience...and, experience.  I want to tell you about our hosts - but I want DAN to keep an open mind.  If I tell you both, you'll both be biased.  I'd have told him to stick his fingers in his ears and hum, if we weren't tied up.  As it is baby go bye-bye.

CLARA

You're talking as if you''re angry that you aren't sure.

DOCTOR

I'm not.  I think I met them once - oh so long ago - on a world that was as complex as your own.  A world I only saw a few parts of, and whose history I never quite understood, and yet the Voord impressed me as dangerous.

CLARA

Right, they're dangerous - check!

DOCTOR

Unless they're not now.  It might have been centuries, these might be different Voord.  That's why I want Dan to act as my control.  I don't want to prejudge the 17th century French from a bad experience with some 12th century Italians. Wearing rubber isn't an absolute guarantee of evil, although it probably helps.

CLARA

We're tied up.  It was...she was...grabbing someone by the hair.  It...they've...done something to my father. I'm not inclined to give them the benefit of the doubt.

DOCTOR

Which is why you're not asleep.  You and me we're biased.  We need Dan to have a fresh mind. He'll need us to have the background.  So - oh centuries ago, probably, on a planet called Marinus, a humanoid species made a machine that re-enforced their morality. Under the influence of the Conscience crime became impossible, war ceased, vulgarity, and spitting disappeared.  Everyone was happy, without the option, until, a random mutation, or an alien spore, or sheer chance, freed a person called Yartek from the machine's influence. Yartek lead an uprising - in the process of which the last Keeper of the Conscience died and the machine was destroyed.  I thought Yartek too had perished.

CLARA

Ms Fetish seemed to think otherwise.

DOCTOR

Yes.....

10: 17:00  CUT TO FLASHBACK, EXTERIOR DESERT

VOORD

Your clothes and morals are not those of the culture here.  I am assessing this culture to determine the correct Keys for its Best Outcome.  You will be held until you can be assessed by YARTEK.

(There is a white flash of light, sourceless. Implicity, at this point the Doctor Clara and Dan were captured.)

10:17:30 CUT TO INTERIOR TENT.

CLARA

So Yartek was, what - a terrorist - or a freedom fighter?  You said everyone was controlled by this machine? 

DOCTOR

The Keeper of the Machine would have said the former.  He was a kind man, he believed implicitly in the good the machine had done, as did his daughter. But I was never sure. Every regieme believes it acts for the best. However, whatever his initial intent, by the time YARTEK attempted to gain control of the machine he seemed more interested in using it on everyone else than intent on destroying it.

VOORD (entering tent)

That is correct. But since those days, the Yartek has refined his views. He is wise and old and to be obeyed.

DOCTOR

Take it from me, you don't want to be listening to old people.  They'll bore you death with what they did in the Time War, and how the cosmos is turning slower, and don't get me started on lumbago.

CLARA

He said it, and he's ooh over two thousand so he ought to know.

VOORD

Your age is nothing to the years of wisdom of the YARTEK.  You are not ready to experience knowledge.  You must first be changed.

DOCTOR

Right, that's enough. (He stands up, and ropes fall away). Thank you Houdini.  Now listen here Missey, you are in a lot of trouble.  You've interfered with the history of this planet...

CLARA

And you've turned my dad into a creepy holly-roller.  (CLARA decks the Voord, who falls).

DAN (now awake)

Whoah, Clara - that's not like you.

DOCTOR (kneeling to examine Voord as speaking).

No it isn't is it? Anger, sweary, violent Clara is rather new isn't she.  I wondered about this when she turned all slappy inside that Dalek. Quick Dan - what would you say is Clara's relationship with her father?

DAN

Er, good I guess - um - wait - aren't they not speaking now, Clara didn't you say that....(he trails off, confused by Clara's blank expression).

DOCTOR

What the Voord are doing, here in the past, it's been reaching its tendrils forward through time already.  I'm immune at least for now, but you and Clara are starting to have different pasts.  They've found a peculiar weak spot - a place where small changes impact out of all proportion. That's probably why they're piddling about the edges of Christianity rather than going straight for St. Paul or Mohammed. That and the fact the BBC would never stand for it: not if it buggered up Songs of Praise. This is very advanced thinking for the Voord I remember.  Glass submarines. Machines to order and control the mind. Yes.  Any grasp of time technology, no.  Ah, ha - beautiful blonde woman, my eye.

(He pulls a flimsy, sheer mask away from the Voord, we do NOT see what is beneath.).

This is a memory-plastic mask, with holographic emitters built in at the nanometre level.  Again, not Voord technology - but I can't help feeling I've....

YARTEK (An ornately robed VOORD entering tent)

Oh my dear Doctor, you have been naive....

DOCTOR

Well firstly I thought you were stuck in a time-lock with Rassilon, and secondly - I had hoped that once the drums weren't beating in your head every waking moment, you'd stop with all this nonsense, and if you did escape...

MASTER (for YARTEK is he, removes headgear to reveal [Can we get SIMMS?  Check]...)

...You hoped I'd get a proper job.  Like you.  Well it may surprise you Doctor, but I have.  The Voord have taken me to their collectively disorganised bosoms.  You left them leaderless - a society based solely on its opposition to something that..........you left in ruins.  Anarchists with a fixation on a Strong Man figure....with nothing left to hate.  They accepted the return of Yartek, as a divine gift.  I am the Voord's Messiah, and soon I will be Earths.

DOCTOR

Bending the population to your will again?  Have you learned NOTHING.  You odious little, little man. We were friends once.

MASTER

Sometimes I wonder why.  It's lucky I have no self-esteem issues.  No, you misjudge me.  Come follow me, walk in the steps of the Master, and many things will be made clear to you.

10:25 CUT TO:  PRESENT DAY CHURCH INTERIOR (SONGS OF PRAISE VIBE) 


DAVE OSWALD  (Laying a hand on the head of a kneeling figure)

Say what you want and turn the key.

THE CONGREGATION (Shouts)

Say what you want and turn the key.

KNEELING FIGURE (SOBS)

I want not to over eat, I want to feel loved, I want to know I have value.

DAVE OSWALD

You can.  You can turn the key that locks your free-will to what you freely will now.  You can decide once and for all.  The Lock makes us Free!  Never again do we have to decide. We can be good.  Be good and stay good.

CONGREGATION  (Shouts)

The Lock makes us free!  Be good and stay good.

10:30:   DESERT EXTERIOR,  TENTS, CAMELS ETC.

MASTER  (Moving among the tribesmen easily, nodding to one here, acknowledging another there.  We see a number of rubber suited Vvord among the crowd. In the background not in focus are large grey shapes stretching upwards.)

Imagine Doctor how much good the human race could do, if they only once – for a generation say – lived in accordance with their own best ideals.
No murder, no adultery, no coveting of each other asses.  No bickering, no backbiting.  No envy.  Just unified work to unified goals. The greatest good of the greatest number.

DOCTOR

You have a point to make?

MASTER

The human race needs the science of the Vvord,  it needs to listen to its conscience.  I have.  The Locks have set me free.  Free to serve them.

DOCTOR

Them?

MASTER

Look up, Doctor, see their glory and be humbled, as I have been.  Turn the key upon your doubt and fear and live in the glory of the ULLLLLLL.

DOCTOR

Oh noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!

(The camera pans up.  We see that the grey shadows in the background are the legs of massive humanoid Space Elephants the size of Galactus, standing over the whole oasis, their bodies wreathed in technology and haloed with crackling lightning bolts of cosmic space power!)


10:35   CUT TO MODERN CHURCH

The camera pans up from the congregation to the Altar which is carved into the head of a Massive SPACE ELEPHANT!!

PRIEST:  Praise them, Praise them!  Praise The Pachyderms of Power!!

The roof of the church cracks across and a grey trunk reaches down and pulls the Priest up into nothingness.  There is the sound of crunching.  Human bones and tatters of meat and gore fall down upon the heads of the congregation.

10:37  CUT TO OASIS.

DOCTOR:  Just say no, keep saying no in your heads or out loud, don't let them get into your minds.

DAN:  Why what'll happen, I mean noooooonnnnnoooo nnoooo.

DOCTOR: They'll eat you if you've been naughty.  They're Carnivorous Space Elephants and they're huge, powerful, dangerous, telepathic, self-righteous and hungry.  Before the War they were quarantined by the Time Lords, but now they they're loose.

CLARA:  What do they consider naughty..no...no..NO NO....no.....

DOCTOR:  They never forget so they only ever make a mistake once, so they have no compassion for flawed forgetful species: they judge everyone by their standards and they eat the unfit as an act of communion with their even BIGGER SPACE ELEPHANT GOD.  They know when you've been naughty, and they barely give a thought to the possibility that you might have been nice.

MASTER:  You see now Doctor I have brought Voord technology to earth, only it can make humanity honourably inedible to the Hordes of UUUULLLLLL.  Each person living truely to his or her own best impulses - locked securely into invulnerable rectitude.

DOCTOR:   Yes, good try, but its a bit no NO NO NO no no like cutting your head off to cure the toothache, there must be something else we can do.  It's a good job your heads been so full of Rassilon's drums for so long that they can't see what you're really thinking...oh..no...shouldn't have thought that....no NO....NOOOOOO......

A trunk reaches down and snatches the Doctor into the air....

10:38  :  ELEPHANT'S EYE VIEW

Doctor is tiny figure in trunk, brought gradually up to eye line. 

GIANT CARNIVOROUS SPACE ELEPHANT (GCSE)

WHAT ARE YOU?  YOUR MIND IS DIFFERENT.  THESE CREATURES PRETEND TO BE GOOD BUT THEY SMELL OF CHAINS.

DOCTOR:

Well I'm not pretending anything.  I do what I have to, and so does everyone else - good or bad. So why don't you push off back to your SPACE ELEPHANT MOTHER SHIP and leave these good and bad people to make their own decisions. Hm?  What business is it of yours what they do?

GCSE:

THIS FROM YOU LITTLE THING?  BUT I SEE IN YOUR BRIGHT MIND, YOUR BRILLIANT MIND THAT YOU DO NOTHING BUT INTERFERE AND JUDGE.  WHAT DO WE DO THAT YOU DO NOT?

DOCTOR:

Well for a start I've not got an angry man in my trunks,  besides you're not fooling me.

GCSE

WHAT MORTAL!

DOCTOR

Giant Carnivorous Space Elephants, who are behind the Master, who's behind the Voord?  This is bloody fanfic isn't it.  I suppose the fact that your initials spell G.C.S.E is some sort of in-joke.
It could have been worse. You could have been a mutant ninja turtle.

GSCE

Or, I could just have been playing with toys.... Oh Doctor how long have you been bounded within my domaine without knowing it.

GSCE (Pulls off elephant mask to reveal sneering face of the Celestial Toymaker played by best actual chinese actor we can get, or failing that Sir Ian McKellen.)

CLARA:   Didn't you know I was a doll Doctor?  Didn't you recognise little Clara the Clown!

DOCTOR:  Nooooooooo!

10:47:  End Credits.