The Man Who Regrets : Doctor Who [1] ✓

28 : Silence in the Library (Part 3)

“I’m trying to call up the data core, but it’s not responding,” Other Dave explains. “Just that noise.”

“But it’s a phone,” Donna says incredulously.

“Let me try something,” the Doctor offers, making his way over to the computer and doing something. However, the screen says ‘Access Denied’. “Okay, doesn’t like that. Let’s try something else.” He does something else. “Okay, here it comes. Hello?”

“Hello,” a little girl says. “Are you in my television?”

“Well, no, I’m, I’m sort of in space. Er, I was trying to call up the data core of a triple grid security processor.”

“Would you like to speak to my Dad?”

“Dad or your Mum. That’d be lovely.”

“I know you. You’re in my library.”

“Your library?”

“The library’s never been on the television before. What have you done?”

“Er, well, I just rerouted the interface.”

The screen returns to what it looked like before and the little girl is nowhere to be seen, leaving everyone rather startled and confused.

“What happened?” River asks. “Who was that?”

The Doctor continues to try something, but he continues to be denied access. “I need another terminal. Keep working on those lights. We need those lights!”

“You heard him, people. Let there be light.”

The Doctor goes to the other terminal, where River left her diary. When he picks it up, Violet takes it from him, holding it to her chest and only allowing River to take it from her. She gets a rather bewildered look from the Doctor when River’s fingers linger on Violet’s, but both time travellers - and part Time Lords - ignore the look.

“Sorry, you’re not allowed to see inside the book,” River says, deadly serious. “It’s against the rules.”

“What rules?” the Doctor asks.

“Your rules.”

Books suddenly start flying off the shelves.

“What’s that?” the Doctor asks. “I didn’t do that. Did you do that?”

Other Dave says it wasn’t him, so they all return to what they were doing before the bombardment began. The Doctor’s screen says ‘Cal Access Denied’, and he begins muttering to himself about what ‘Cal’ could be as books continue to fly. The bombardment of books finally stops a moment later, allowing Violet to stand and rub the back of her head with her left hand, her right still in the cast.

More books shoot off their shelves, one nearly hitting River. “What’s causing that? Is it the little girl?”

“But who is the little girl? What’s she got to do with this place?” the Doctor rants, utterly muddled. “How does the data core work? What’s the principle? What’s Cal?”

“Ask Mister Lux.”

“Cal, what is it?”

“Sorry,” Lux says, not sounding it at all. “You didn’t sign your personal experience contracts.”

“Right now, you’re in more danger than you’ve ever been in your whole life,” Violet warns. “And you’re protecting a patent?”

“I’m protecting my family’s pride.”

“Well, funny thing, Mister Lux,” the Doctor interrupts. “I don’t want to see everyone in this room dead because some idiot thinks his pride is more important.”

“Then why don’t you sign his contract?” River asks. “I didn’t either. I’m getting worse than you.”

“Okay, okay, okay. Let’s start at the beginning. What happened here? On the actual day, a hundred years ago, what physically happened?”

“There was a message from the Library. Just one. The lights are going out. Then the computer sealed the planet, and there was nothing for a hundred years.”

“It’s taken three generations of my family just to decode the seals and get back in,” Lux informs.

“Er, excuse me?” Miss Evangelista calls.

“Not just now.”

“There was one other thing in the last message,” River says.

“That’s confidential,” Lux warns.

“I trust this man with my life, with everything.”

“You’ve only just met him.”

“No, he’s only just met me.”

“Er, this might be important, actually,” Miss Evangelista says again.

“In a moment,” Lux growls.

“This is a data extract that came with the message,” River tells the Doctor and Violet.

“Four thousand and twenty two saved,” Violet reads. “No survivors.”

“Four thousand and twenty two. That’s the exact number of people who were in the library when the planet was sealed.”

“But how can four thousand and twenty two people have been saved if there were no survivors?” Donna asks.

“That’s what we’re here to find out.”

“And so far, what we haven’t found are any bodies,” Lux informs them.

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