The Man Who Regrets : Doctor Who [1] ✓

31 : Silence in the Library (Part 6)

Somewhere amongst the massive shelves of books, the Doctor is trying to sonic a light fitting, explaining that light doesn’t stop the Vashta Nerada, but it does slow them down. Violet is left frozen by River’s side, trying to force her muscles into cooperating with her mind’s wishes, but she’s not really having the best of luck. Anita, Other Dave and Lux are on a sort of look-out for what remains of Proper Dave and other Vashta Nerada, but it’s quite difficult in a library of shadows.

“So, what’s the plan?” River demands. “Do we have a plan?”

“Your screwdriver looks exactly like mine,” the Doctor says, making Violet groan because they don’t have time for a lover’s spat.

“Yeah. You gave it to me.”

“I don’t give my screwdriver to anyone.”

“I’m not anyone.”

“Who are you?”

“What’s the plan?” Violet snaps, already sick of this.

“I teleported Donna back to the TARDIS,” the Doctor informs. “If we don’t get back there in under five hours, emergency program one will activate.”

“Take her home, yeah,” River replies. “We need to get a shift on.”

“She’s not there. I should have received a signal. The console signals me if there’s a teleport breach.”

“Well, maybe the coordinates have slipped. The equipment here’s ancient.”

The Doctor goes to a nearby Node. “Donna Noble. There’s a Donna Noble somewhere in this library. Do you have the software to locate her position?”

The node turns its head. It has Donna’s face. “Donna Noble has left the library. Donna Noble has been saved.”

“Donna,” Violet hisses in surprise.

“Donna Noble has left the library. Donna Noble has been saved.”

“How can it be Donna?” River murmurs. “How’s that possible?”

“Donna Noble has left the library. Donna Noble has been saved.”

Something clicks in Violet’s mind and she grins, finally having figured out what is going on. However, it seems as though her husband and wife have not done so just yet. As the node continues to repeat the same two sentences multiple times, the suit holding Proper Dan’s skeleton and a swarm of Vashta Nerada comes staggering down the hallway.

River and the Doctor run, followed by Lux, the other Dave and Anita. The group get trapped between shadows, nowhere to run.

“Doctor, what are we going to do?” River demands.

All the Doctor can do is grip Violet’s hand tightly.

“Hey, who turned out the lights?” Proper Dave’s voice echoes down the hall, followed by that of the node still saying, “Donna Noble has left the library. Donna Noble has been saved.”

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