THE EMISSARY OF DEATH
© 1998, Lee Ruby.
1. EXT. ANOTHER ALLEY. NIGHT.
(AS THE DOCTOR STANDS
OVER ACE READY TO STRIKE,
ACE FINDS A SHORT PLANK
SHE PICKS UP THE PLANK
AND FENDS OFF THE DOCTOR
BY HITTING HIM IN THE
STOMACH AND THE HEAD.
AS ACE HITS THE DOCTOR IN
THE HEAD, A SMALL PORTION
OF THE DOCTOR'S FACE,
FALLS TO THE GROUND. ACE
SEES THIS. IT IS A MASK.
THE RIPPER, HOLDING HIS
HEAD AND TRYING TO HIDE
THE HOLE IN HIS MASK,
STUMBLES AWAY FROM ACE AND
MOVES OUT OF THE ALLEY.
ACE GETS UP CARRYING THE
PLANK, AND PICKS UP THE
PIECE OF MASK LEFT BEHIND
BY THE RIPPER. SHE LOOKS
AT IT AS SHE SLOWLY WALKS
TO THE MOUTH OF THE
2. EXT. BACK STREET. NIGHT.
(AS SHE EXITS THE ALLEY,
THE DOCTOR GRABS HER
THE DOCTOR : I thought I told you to
(ACE RAISES THE PLANK,
THEN RETHINKS, AND
LOWERS THE PLANK AGAIN.)
ACE : Is it really you, Doctor?
THE DOCTOR : Well, who else would it
be? I heard a scream and came
running. What happened?
ACE : I was attacked.
THE DOCTOR : By the Ripper?
ACE : Yes.
THE DOCTOR : What did he look like?
ACE : You.
THE DOCTOR : What?
ACE : He looked like you. Dressed the
same and everything. He was wearing a
mask that made him look like you.
Look, some of it fell off when I hit
(ACE GIVES THE PIECE OF MASK
TO THE DOCTOR. HE LOOKS
AT IT, AND NODS HIS HEAD.)
THE DOCTOR : Just as I thought. Did
you see which way he went?
ACE : I saw him turn left out of the
THE DOCTOR : Right, I want you to go
back to the house
ACE : But Professor
THE DOCTOR : Don't argue now, Ace. Go
back to the house, wait with Parkes,
and do what we discussed earlier.
ACE : Alright, Doctor.
THE DOCTOR : Good girl. Now go.
ACE : What about you?
THE DOCTOR : I'll be alright. Just
stick to the plan. Try to convince
them of the truth when they arrive.
(ACE TURNS AND RUNS
BACK TOWARDS THE HOUSE.
THE DOCTOR, ONCE
SATISFIED ACE IS ON HER
WAY, RUNS DOWN THE
STREET AFTER THE RIPPER..)
3. EXT. SIDE STREET.. NIGHT.
(THE DOCTOR STOPS AT
A CORNER, TO SURVEY
AT THE FAR END OF
THE STREET, THE RIPPER
STILL SUFFERING FROM THE
BLOW TO THE HEAD, SLOWLY
TURNS ANOTHER CORNER.
THE DOCTOR SEES THE
RIPPER TURN THE CORNER,
AND HE RUNS AFTER
4. EXT. ANOTHER BACK STREET. NIGHT.
(THE DOCTOR TURNS THE
CORNER TO SEE THE RIPPER
SLOWLY WALKING ALONG THE
THE RIPPER HAS HEARD THE
FOOTSTEPS AND TURNS
AROUND TO SEE WHO IS
THE DOCTOR IS AMAZED
TO SEE HIS OWN FACE
LOOKING BACK AT HIM.
AS THE RIPPER SEES THE
DOCTOR, HE BEGINS TO RUN
DOWN THE STREET. THE DOCTOR
RUNS AFTER THE RIPPER.
AFTER A SHORT CHASE,
THE RIPPER STOPS RUNNING
AND ENTERS ONE OF THE
GAS STREET LIGHTS
THE DOCTOR HAS GAINED ON
THE RIPPER, AND DIVES INTO
THE TARDIS AFTER HIM.)
5. INT. RIPPER'S TARDIS. NIGHT.
(THE DOCTOR TACKLES THE
RIPPER TO THE FLOOR,
AND TURNS HIM OVER.)
THE DOCTOR : I always suspected these
murders could only have been
committed by someone like you. But it
never occurred to me that it was you!
Then you gave yourself away. When I
arrived at the scene of the second
murder, I heard the sound of your
TARDIS dematerializing. I realized
then who was committing these
(THE RIPPER SAYS NOTHING.)
Come on, enough of this facade. I
know who you are. I know you're the
Master. Take off the mask.
(THE DOCTOR STANDS TO LET
THE RIPPER GET TO HIS
RIPPER : So you think you're smart,
Doctor. You feel you have solved this
whole mystery? Well I'm afraid that
you are only half correct in your
THE DOCTOR : Stop playing games, I
know it's you. Who else, but the
Master would do such a thing?
RIPPER : Who else indeed, Doctor?
(THE RIPPER PULLS OFF
HIS MASK. THE DOCTOR TAKES
A STEP BACK IN SURPRISE. IT
IS THE VALEYARD.)
THE DOCTOR : No!
VALEYARD : Why yes, Doctor. As you now
see, it's not the Master committing
the crimes. It is, in all point of
THE DOCTOR : No, it can't be. You're
VALEYARD : Ah, but it is, my friend.
And you can see, I'm not dead. The
Valeyard has returned.
THE DOCTOR : But why? Why, would you
go to all this trouble of taking the
Ripper murders out of their correct
time stream and committing them on
different dates? Surely not out of
VALEYARD : I shall say this slowly,
Doctor, so even you can understand. I
am the Keeper of the Matrix, another
piece of information you are unaware
of. As the keeper, I have access to
all the flight paths of TARDIS' in
all of time. Surely, by now it is
obvious that if I incriminated you in
five murders, and the tampering with
history, I could strip the Presidency
of the High Council from you.
THE DOCTOR : A position, no doubt,
that you would readily fill.
VALEYARD : Naturally. I now have many
followers on Gallifrey, and I am in a
position to do what I have stated,
giving me supreme power over
THE DOCTOR : Why did you come
personally? You could have tampered
with the Matrix on Gallifrey. There
was no need for you to come to Earth
and commit the murders yourself.
VALEYARD : That's true, Doctor. But it
would have been a hollow victory.
Doing it my way guarantees
satisfaction. Once you were convicted
of the murders, I was planning to
show myself, to let you know who had
finally destroyed you!
THE DOCTOR : Why this planet?
VALEYARD : You have an affection for
this planet, do you not? At random, I
picked one of your visits here. I see
no reason why you favour it. It's too
primitive and dull. But I shall be
rid of this planet, and you, in a
THE DOCTOR : But you can't possibly
succeed with your plan. You've only
committed two murders out of five.
And I'm here to make sure you don't
commit any more!
VALEYARD : Very gallant of you. But
you're wrong again, Doctor. You're
too late. I've already committed the
double murder tonight. I did it
earlier than planned, just in case
you were on to me. There's only one
murder left for me to commit, and as
I was returning, I saw Ace.
THE DOCTOR : How did you know it was
VALEYARD : Come now, Doctor. Surely
you haven't forgotten? We're both the
same person. You're a part of me, and
I'm a part of you. Remember? She was
my companion too.
THE DOCTOR : Why did you attack her?
She's not one of the five victims.
VALEYARD : Oh, I know that, Doctor.
Butt I know more about Ace than you
do. I know what will become of her.
She was fair game, after all. Anyway,
I'm beginning to enjoy my new role,
it's all quite satisfying. Revenge is
now only secondary.
THE DOCTOR : You're mad!
VALEYARD : What's your point?
(THE DOCTOR RUSHES THE
VALEYARD, BUT THE
VALEYARD IS ABLE TO FEND
HIM OFF.. THE DOCTOR FALLS
TO THE GROUND. THE VALEYARD
RUNS OUT OF THE TARDIS.
THE DOCTOR SLOWLY GETS
UP AND RUNS OUT OF THE
TARDIS AFTER THE VALEYARD.)
6. EXT. ANOTHER BACK STREET. NIGHT.
(THE DOCTOR RUNS ONTO
THE STREET AND LOOKS
AROUND, THE VALEYARD
IS NOWHERE TO BE SEEN.)
THE DOCTOR : Damn!
7. INT. LOUNGE ROOM. NIGHT.
(ABBERLINE, JOHN, AND
THREE CONSTABLES ARE
STANDING IN THE LOUNGE
ROOM ARGUING WITH PARKES
ACE MANAGES TO GET THEIR
ATTENTION WITH ONE, SHARP
ACE : We have no time to waste. I've
tried to explain to you what's going
on, and you'll have to believe me. Do
not arrest the Doctor, listen to him!
ABBERLINE : Dear girl, your story is
quite imaginative. I suggest you
write books and not waste police time
(THE DOCTOR STORMS IN,
OUT OF BREATH. THE
POLICE TRY TO GRAB THE
DOCTOR, BUT HE FIGHTS
THE DOCTOR : Listen, listen to me, all
ABBERLINE : No, you listen to me
THE DOCTOR : Oh, be quiet Inspector,
and listen for a change! You are
looking for a man who is wearing the
same garments as myself, but has a
JOHN : Not more stories!
THE DOCTOR : Listen. I know where this
murderer is headed. If we don't stop
him soon, he'll commit another
murder. He is desperate now, he must
complete what he has set out to do.
ABBERLINE : Look you, I've had just
about enough of these stories. We
know who we're looking for. He's
standing in this room. Another two
murders have been committed tonight,
while you were out of police custody.
If that doesn't prove you're the
murderer, then my name's not
Frederick George Abberline. So, do
not waste my time with childish
THE DOCTOR : Listen to me, Inspector.
Can you afford to take the risk and
let another woman die? Another murder
on your back? At least go and call on
the address. If nothing happens, you
can arrest me then, and I'll go
(JOHN AND ABBERLINE LOOK
AT EACH OTHER.)
ABBERLINE : Alright, Doctor, tell us
what you know.
8. EXT. SIDE STREET. NIGHT.
(THE VALEYARD WALKS ALONG
A LONELY SIDE STREET.)
9. INT. LOUNGE ROOM. NIGHT.
THE DOCTOR : He's on his way to Dorset
Street, and he must be stopped. We
have to get to the scene of the crime
as soon as possible, preferably
before the Valeyard.
10. EXT. DORSET STREET. NIGHT.
(THE VALEYARD TURNS A
CORNER AND WALKS DOWN
THE STREET. ON THE SIDE
OF THE CORNER BUILDING
IS THE STREET NAME
11. INT. LOUNGE ROOM. NIGHT.
THE DOCTOR : So if we all split up,
and cover every possible route to
Dorset Street, we may be able to
capture him before he gets anywhere
near the girl. You all know which
route you are taking?
(THEY ALL NOD.)
Right, let's get going!
12. EXT. DORSET STREET. NIGHT.
(THE VALEYARD KNOCKS ON
AN OLD WOODEN DOOR.)
13. EXT. ALLEY. NIGHT.
(ABBERLINE, JOHN AND
THE CONSTABLES RUN
THROUGH THE ALLEY
AND FIND THEIR WAY
BLOCKED BY A STUBBORN
HORSE AND CART.
THEY TURN AROUND AND
RUN BACK UP THE ALLEY.)
14. EXT. BACK STREET. NIGHT.
(PARKES AND ACE RUN DOWN
THE STREET. ACE IS CARRYING
HER BASEBALL BAT. PARKES
HAS TROUBLE KEEPING UP
WITH ACE, AND SHE HAS TO
KEEP STOPPING AND WAITING
FOR HIM TO CATCH UP.)
15. EXT. DORSET STREET. NIGHT.
(THE WOODEN DOOR OPENS.
MARY KELLY TAKES ONE LOOK
AT THE VALEYARD AND
KELLY : Evenin' Guv. Want to come in?
(THE WOMAN STEPS BACK,
AND THE VALEYARD ENTERS
FROM AROUND THE CORNER,
THE DOCTOR SPRINTS INTO
16. INT. KELLY'S ROOM. NIGHT.
(THE ROOM HAS A DILAPIDATED
BED IN THE CORNER, AND A
WITH HIS BACK TO KELLY,
THE VALEYARD TAKES FROM
HIS JACKET THE KNIFE. HE
MOVES OVER TO THE DOOR
AND LOCKS IT. THEN HE
TURNS AROUND AND SLOWLY
WALKS TOWARDS KELLY.
KELLY SITS ON THE BED.
UNAWARE OF THE VALEYARD
APPROACHING FROM BEHIND.)
17. EXT. DORSET STREET. NIGHT.
(THE DOCTOR RUNS PAST
THE DOOR THE VALEYARD
18. INT. KELLY'S ROOM. NIGHT.
(KELLY TURNS AROUND TO
SEE THE VALEYARD COMING
TOWARDS HER WITH THE KNIFE.
19. EXT. DORSET STREET. NIGHT.
(THE DOCTOR HEARS THE
SCREAM AND REVERSES HIS
DIRECTION. HE GOES BACK
TO KELLY'S DOOR.
THE DOCTOR TRIES THE
KNOB, BUT IT IS LOCKED.
THERE IS ANOTHER SCREAM.
THE DOCTOR TRIES TO BREAK
DOWN THE DOOR. AFTER A
FEW GOOD RAMS, THE DOOR
BUCKLES AND THE DOCTOR
CHARGES INTO THE HOUSE.)
20. INT. KELLY'S ROOM. NIGHT.
(THE VALEYARD, STANDING OVER
KELLY ABOUT TO KILL HER,
SWINGS AROUND TO FACE THE
DOCTOR. THE VALEYARD
HAS NO TIME TO REACT AS
THE DOCTOR CONTINUES
HIS CHARGE IN THE
DIRECTION OF THE VALEYARD
AND TACKLES HIM SOLIDLY.
THEY BOTH FALL TO THE
FLOOR, AND THE KNIFE
IS KNOCKED FROM THE
KELLY RUNS OUT OF
THE HOUSE YELLING
THE VALEYARD FIGHTS
THE DOCTOR AND THEY
BOTH MOVE SLOWLY
TOWARDS THE KNIFE.
THE STRENGTH OF THE
VALEYARD IS GREATER
THAN THAT OF THE DOCTOR,
AND HE MANAGES TO GRAB
THE VALEYARD PINS THE
DOCTOR TO THE FLOOR
AND RAISES THE KNIFE.)
VALEYARD : This was not part of my
original plan, Doctor. But it seems
everything will turn out for the
best. I'm going to kill two birds
with one stone. (HE LAUGHS) Good-bye,
(ACE RUNS INTO THE ROOM
AND SEES THE FIGHT IN
PROGRESS. TAKING HER
BASEBALL BAT, SHE
STRIKES THE VALEYARD
ON THE HEAD. THE
VALEYARD DROPS THE
KNIFE AND FALLS TO THE
THE DOCTOR LOOKS AT
ACE AND SMILES.)
THE DOCTOR : Well done, Ace.
ACE : Thanks, Professor.
(ABBERLINE, JOHN AND
THE CONSTABLES ENTER
THE DOCTOR : There you are, Inspector,
Jack the Ripper. And to make your day
easier, you even have the intended
victim as a witness.
ABBERLINE : It seems you were correct,
Doctor. We found the girl at the end
of the street. She's hysterical at
the moment, but we'll get her to talk
once she's calmed down. I believe I
owe you an apology, and a great deal
THE DOCTOR : Think nothing of it, but
make sure he gets what's coming to
ABBERLINE : Oh he will, Doctor. He
(THE POLICE GRAB THE
VALEYARD, AND DRAG HIM
FROM THE ROOM.
PARKES ENTERS, TOTALLY
OUT OF BREATH.)
PARKES : Did I miss anything, old
(THE DOCTOR AND ACE
THE DOCTOR : Come on Alexander, I'll
tell you all about it over a cup of
(THEY LEAVE THE ROOM.)
21. INT. HOLDING CELL. DAY.
(THE VALEYARD IS PACING
THE CELL, RUBBING THE
LUMP ON HIS HEAD.
THE DOCTOR ENTERS, AND
THE VALEYARD STARES AT
THE DOCTOR : I knew your plan wouldn't
work, and now look where you've ended
up. Not a fitting home for the Keeper
of the Matrix. But I don't suppose
you'll be the Keeper much longer.
VALEYARD : And why wouldn't I. My
colleagues will soon look for me, and
find me. They'll make sure no one
will find out about this.
THE DOCTOR : You're too late. I've
already sent the details of what
you've done to Gallifrey. Using my
position as the President of the High
Council of Time Lords, you will find
your men rounded up, and locked away,
just like you. I've asked other Time
Lords who are familiar with the
Matrix, to see if they can rectify
your interference and place the
events back in their proper time.
Hopefully, the original murders can
be placed back in their original year
and dates. Sadly, the outcome is
still the same.
VALEYARD : I'll defeat you, Doctor.
I'll escape from here, and I'll hunt
you down. When I find you, I will
have no pity! When I return to
Gallifrey, with the knowledge I have
of the Matrix, I'll again re arrange
THE DOCTOR : You haven't been
listening, have you? They know about
your scheme. They know what you did,
and they will make sure the knowledge
of the Matrix is taken from you! And
even if they don't, the Matrix will
be of little use down here, because
you have no hope of ever getting back
(THE DOCTOR LEAVES THE
YALEYARD : We shall see, Doctor. We
22. EXT. BACK STREET. DAY.
(ABBERLINE, JOHN, ACE
AND PARKES ARE
STANDING OUTSIDE THE
POLICE STATION. ACE
IS NOW DRESSED IN HER
THE DOCTOR WALKS DOWN
THE STEPS TOWARDS THEM.)
ABBERLINE : Once again, Doctor, I must
thank you for your help, and I am
sorry we suspected you of the
THE DOCTOR : No need to apologise,
Inspector. You were only doing your
(THE DOCTOR MOVES OVER
Thank you for a most interesting
PARKES : Surely you're not leaving
THE DOCTOR : Alexander, I wish I could
stay, but I feel I've had enough
adventure for this trip, and we have
a pressing engagement elsewhere.
PARKES : So be it, Doctor. You will
promise to visit again?
THE DOCTOR : Definitely, Alexander.
See you in about ten years.
ACE : Good-bye, Alexander.
PARKES : Cheerio, Miss Ace.
(THE DOCTOR AND ACE
BEGIN TO WALK AWAY.
ACE SEES JOHN AND STOPS.)
ACE : You go ahead, Doctor. I'll be
with you in a minute.
(THE DOCTOR STOPS
WALKING, TURNS AROUND
AND WATCHES ACE WALK
JOHN : So you're leaving.
ACE : Yeah, I have to.
JOHN : Couldn't you stay a while.
ACE : No. I have to be with the
Doctor. I feel guilty about doubting
him like I did, I owe him something.
JOHN : I suppose this means I won't
get to take you out to the theater to
see Jeckyll and Hyde.
ACE : I've had enough of monsters for
a while. I have to go, this isn't my
world, it's yours. I'm as out of
place in your world, as you would be
in mine. Good-bye, John.
JOHN : Good-bye Ace.
(ACE TURNS AND RUNS
BACK TO THE DOCTOR.
THEY RESUME THEIR WALK
UP THE STREET.)
ACE : Doctor. Who is the Valeyard,
THE DOCTOR : Oh, Ace. That's such a
long story, from a part of my life
I'd rather forget. I'll tell you one
(THE DOCTOR TOUCHES HIS
ACE : What is it, Professor?
THE DOCTOR : I haven't changed my
clothes. We have to go back and get
my clothes. I can't go around the
galaxy in this primitive get up, I
need my clothes back.
(ACE PULLS THE DOCTOR'S
NORMAL CLOTHES FROM HER
Oh, Ace! You're a life saver!
ACE : Again.
(THE DOCTOR TURNS AROUND
AND CALLS TO PARKES WHO IS
NOW TALKING TO JOHN.)
THE DOCTOR : Alexander! I'll return
the clothes on my next visit! Do you
PARKES : Don't worry, Doctor. The suit
was too small for me! Keep it! Add it
to your collection!!
(THE DOCTOR NODS HIS
HEAD AND WAVES. PARKES AND
ABBERLINE WAVE BACK. JOHN
TURNS AWAY AND BEGINS TO
WALK BACK INTO THE STATION.)
ACE : Professor?
THE DOCTOR : Yes Ace?
ACE : Promise me something.
THE DOCTOR : Anything.
ACE : Never leave me out of your
(THE DOCTOR THROWS AN
ARM AROUND ACE'S
THE DOCTOR : That's a promise, Ace.
That's a promise.
(ACE AND THE DOCTOR
WALK AROUND THE CORNER.)
23. INT. HOLDING CELL. DAY.
(THE VALEYARD SITS
ON A CHAIR IN THE
CELL. HE STARES AT
THE WALL AND DOES
ABBERLINE ENTERS THE CELL.
STILL THE VALEYARD DOES
ABBERLINE : Alright, are you ready to
talk yet? We've got a witness, the
Doctor's testimony and your knife. It
won't take me long to work out where
you come from, and why you did it. So
why don't you make it easier on both
of us, and tell me the whole story?
(THE VALEYARD STILL
REFUSES TO TALK.)
Alright, you're going to be stubborn.
Just remember, I've got all the time
in the world. You're just
incriminating yourself further. When
you're ready to talk, I'll be here.
(ABBERLINE LEAVES THE
THE VALEYARD MOVES HIS
GAZE TO THE DOOR. AFTER
A PAUSE, HE PULLS BACK
HIS SLEEVE. ATTACHED TO
HIS ARM IS A SMALL DEVICE.
THE VALEYARD TAKES IT FROM
HIS ARM AND TURNS IT ON. A
LIGHT BLINKS AND A HIGH
PITCHED BEEPING CAN BE
SUDDENLY, IN THE CORNER
OF THE CELL, BEHIND THE
VALEYARD, HIS TARDIS
THE VALEYARD GETS UP
FROM HIS CHAIR AND MOVES
TO THE TARDIS. HE TOUCHES
ITS SIDES, SMILES, AND
BEGINS TO LAUGH...)