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β€œI’M TRYING TO CALL up the data core, but it’s not responding,” Other Dave explains. β€œJust that noise.”

β€œBut it’s a phone,” Donna says incredulously.

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

β€œHello,” a little girl says. β€œAre you in my television?”

β€œWell, 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.”

β€œWould you like to speak to my Dad?”

β€œDad or your Mum. That’d be lovely.”

β€œI know you. You’re in my Library.”

β€œYour library?”

β€œThe Library’s never been on the television before. What have you done?”

β€œEr, 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.

β€œWhat happened?” River asks. β€œWho was that?”

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

β€œYou 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 travelers - and half Gallifreyans - ignore the look.

β€œSorry, you’re not allowed to see inside the book,” River says, deadly serious. β€œIt’s against the rules.”

β€œWhat rules?” the Doctor asks.

β€œYour rules.”

Books suddenly start flying off the shelves.

β€œWhat’s that?” the Doctor asks. β€œI 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 β€˜Cal Access Denied’, and he begins muttering to himself about what β€˜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. β€œWhat’s causing that? Is it the little girl?”

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

β€œAsk Mister Lux.”

β€œCal, what is it?”

β€œSorry,” Lux says, not sounding it at all. β€œYou didn’t sign your personal experience contracts.”

β€œRight now, you’re in more danger than you’ve ever been in your whole life,” Violet warns. β€œAnd you’re protecting a patent?”

β€œI’m protecting my family’s pride.”

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

β€œThen why don’t you sign his contract?” River asks. β€œI didn’t either. I’m getting worse than you.”

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

β€œThere 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.”

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

β€œEr, excuse me?” Miss Evangelista calls.

β€œNot just now.”

β€œThere was one other thing in the last message,” River says.

β€œThat’s confidential,” Lux warns.

β€œI trust this man with my life, with everything.”

β€œYou’ve only just met him.”

β€œNo, he’s only just met me.”

β€œEr, this might be important, actually,” Miss Evangelista says again.

β€œIn a moment,” Lux growls.

β€œThis is a data extract that came with the message,” River tells the Doctor and Violet.

β€œFour thousand and twenty two saved,” Violet reads. β€œNo survivors.”

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

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

β€œThat’s what we’re here to find out.”

β€œAnd so far, what we haven’t found are any bodies,” Lux informs them.

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