WOMAN: Can you hear me?
- Let me back in.
- How did you get out there?
- Seeing a friend.
- MAN: I'll chop your hand off!
I say friend.
We're not that close.
Please, let me back in.
Please, let me back in.
You can't keep stealing from merchants in the souk.
They know where you're from.
You tell me creating happiness is important to my mental wellbeing.
Game like this makes me happy.
Time to go back in your room.
It'll be dark soon.
Have you taken precautions?
Have you told everyone?
Tahira We have to keep everyone safe.
- Nothing is going to happen, Tahira.
- Of course it is.
I told you to tell them.
I told the doctors, I told all of you.
I understand they seem real to you.
You need to rest.
Sleep will help.
Sleep is when they'll come.
I can feel them coming.
They'll be here tonight.
Rest well, Tahira.
- I told you to lock the doors.
- We don't do that.
Get everyone out.
I tried to warn you.
They like it more when you struggle.
[SCREAMING AND SMASHING THROUGHOUT]
- DOCTOR: Here we are!
- YAZ: Is it the right day?
- It's the right day.
- In the right year?
The day you asked, in the year that you asked, at the time that you asked you are home.
Everyone meet back here?
- Yeah, yeah.
- What you gonna do?
Oh, you know Very busy.
I've got maintenance.
- Correspondence about maintenance.
- [TARDIS CHIMES]
Oh, okay, not the exact right time, 77 minutes out.
You sure you're gonna be alright on your own?
Ah, you know finally a bit of peace and quiet.
I could always Oh, nah.
Maybe I'll just nip straight to tomorrow lunchtime.
What was that?
Location for that noise.
I've got time.
YAZ: Sorry, sorry.
Am I late?
It is the right day, isn't it?
Have you been waiting long?
Am I really late?
Yes, yes, yes and yes.
Mum and Dad left hours ago.
Whitby for the night.
Did you cook?
Can you cook now?
[KNOCK AT DOOR]
What you doing here, man?
I got your messages, didn't I?
- It's been months.
Me phone's been playing up.
- So so are you back?
Just a few hours.
I bought chips.
You gonna let me in or what?
It's not a good time.
I got chips, though!
GRAHAM: And that, gentlemen, is a full house.
Well, I've been practising, ain't I?
On me travels.
Gotta say, it's great to see you lads.
Don't sound like I've been missing much, though.
Nothing at all.
I'd rather be on cruises, like you.
Let me tell you, Gabe, those boats, mate, they are lovely.
And how's your health now, Gra?
Good, Freddy boy, thanks.
How you coping?
Well, I have to, don't I?
Travelling helps, mate, don't it?
Stops me getting stuck in the past.
Welcome to Syria.
Now Oh They're not here, are they?
That means 'sick place'.
This must be one of the oldest hospitals in the world.
Of course, Islamic physicians are known for the enlightened way they treated people with mental health problems.
What happened here?
You guys go this way oh!
Who am I supposed to share all the interesting stuff with?!
TAHIRA: Is someone there?
Friendly visitors visitor.
Where are you?
I'm coming to say hello.
- I'm the Doctor.
- I'm here to help!
- Stay away!
- It's alright.
- You're safe, I promise.
- No, they took everyone.
- What happened here?
- You have to get out!
Because there's one still here.
What are you?
Leave her alone!
That was fast.
[SONIC SCREWDRIVER BUZZES]
Nothing at all.
Right, lads, ready?
Here we go.
Fastest dealer in South Yorkshire.
Can you see?
Can you see it?
This is what he did to me.
Help me, Graham.
I think you lost count.
[CHEERING AND COMMENTARY ON VIDEO GAME]
Goes past one.
Goes past two.
It's a screamer!
He's got it.
He's a legend.
Ryan Sinclair, FIFA legend.
I've never lost it.
I've still got it.
I'll make tea.
The place is normally spotless.
This ain't you.
Mate, you ain't been around, so don't tell me what I am.
Mate, sorry for not answering your messages but you ain't yourself.
I'm just finding things difficult at the moment.
- Have you spoken to anyone about it?
And I'm not going to.
There's something else.
- Promise you won't laugh at me.
- I can't promise that, can I?
Last few days I've been having nightmares.
Dark, messed-up stuff.
And there's this bloke in them.
He keeps recurring, like he's watching my dreams.
Waiting in the dark.
- Ah, that's creepy.
- That's not the mad bit.
For the past few days I've seen him.
At night, outside the flat, across the hall in my room.
The guy that's in your dreams is in your room?
I knew you'd laugh.
Look at me.
I'm not laughing.
Mate, I've seen some weird things while I've been away.
Things you wouldn't believe were possible.
Would you kip here tonight?
SONYA: So, can you say where you've been where they sent you?
Madagascar, California, Hong Kong.
- Oh, they had a thing in Gloucester.
Dad was going on about it.
Something to do with Russians.
Had nought to do with Russians.
- How's the new job?
That's the third time!
People are really annoying and they hate being told that.
I'm just not cut out for customer services.
Sonya we can stop doing this, stop marking it.
I thought it was a good thing.
No, I just don't know whether an anniversary dinner I still think about it.
I dream about it sometimes.
Sofa movie after?
So you can fall asleep halfway through?
I do not do that.
[MOVIE PLAYS ON TV]
- [PHONE RINGS]
- SONYA: Hi.
I-I didn't know who to call.
We need help.
[MAN LAUGHS SOFTLY]
Who are you?
What you doing here?
What you doing?
- DOCTOR: What is your name?
Have you seen those creatures before, Tahira?
Who are you?
I've never seen you here before, Doctor.
Oh, my brief is quite wide-ranging.
No signs of those creatures outside the bimaristan.
So, deliberately targeting a hospital of vulnerable people.
The place is silent.
Where is everyone else?
- How many people were here?
- Maybe 10 or 12 patients.
I'm really sorry but I think those creatures must have taken them.
- Taken them where?
- I have no idea.
And why have they left you behind?
How long have you been here?
If it's not a personal question, which it is.
A few weeks.
I've travelled a long way.
Seen a lot of things I wish I hadn't.
My family were killed when I were seven.
Aleppo was safety for me, they let me in here because I wasn't doing well.
I promise to keep you safe.
We will work this out.
- [PHONE RINGS]
Someone's trying to get in touch.
Just in 14th century Syria.
Is it lunchtime tomorrow already?!
I need your help.
- Me mate's been taken.
- [PHONE RINGS]
There was a figure in our flat.
- Oh, hold on.
- [PHONE RINGS]
Hey, Doc, I keep seeing these images of planets, like they're being projected into my head.
I'm coming to get you all now.
And I'm bringing my new friend, Tahira.
- ALL: Who?
- I'll be there in a sec.
It did leave something behind.
I knew it.
This'll tell us something.
Come on, I'll explain on the way.
And it might just blow your mind.
Tahira, This is Ryan, Graham and Yaz.
Tahira is from Aleppo in 1380.
I've explained about the TARDIS and the fact that you're from 700 years in the future.
I'm really not ready for today.
Don't tell me that, 'cause you're wrong.
- [TARDIS BLEEPS]
- Well, I'm telling you, you are.
- Who's she arguing with?
- The TARDIS.
Because it's telling me, quite defiantly, that these two strands of fur do not exist, when they're right there!
Those creatures that we saw aren't registered in its database.
They've never existed.
Will never exist.
Except they must, 'cause if they don't exist, if they can't exist, where did they come from?
Tell me what happened to your mate.
Some guy was in his room don't know how he got in there and it was like his fingers were detached from his hand, connected to Tibo's ear, and it was draining something from him.
What did he look like?
He was bald and tattooed head.
Same bloke that was in the flat.
The psychic incursion in your head.
Someone trying to communicate with you.
But it was a woman.
She was trapped inside this, um I don't know.
I couldn't make head nor tail of it.
But then I saw these um like, planets.
They were burning, like she was connected to 'em somehow.
Someone's targeting us.
Do you have any idea where those planets might be?
You get me an A to Z of the universe, and I'll be able to stick my finger straight Um, no.
I've got no idea.
TARDIS telepathic circuits.
- Doc - Stop fidgeting, will you?
- Doc - [TARDIS BLEEPS]
I don't like it.
Are you sure it's safe?
You trust me, don't you?
- Have I got to answer that?
- Is it gonna hurt?
- Focus on the image.
- Oh Doc!
- [TARDIS WHIRRS]
We found something.
Is this what you saw?
Nothing like this.
Then why here?
What did the telepathic circuits lock onto?
RYAN: If they were hooked into your mind, no wonder we're somewhere dark and weird.
Do you even know where we are?
Half a galaxy past the Geskin Straits.
Very little out here.
No civilisations left by now.
It doesn't feel like a ship, though.
And we're in geostationary orbit, and that would be deliberate.
So, why here?
Are we underground?
Is that why it's so dark?
The Doctor reckons we're in a building, among the stars.
We've come a long way from home.
Nobody can travel across the stars.
YAZ: Unless you're the Doctor.
She's basically the definition of impossible.
[SYSTEM POWERS UP]
Now, you've got something there, Doc.
That is exactly what I saw.
Those two objects.
This must be a monitor platform.
Observing events in this part of the solar system.
What are they like, planets?
Looks like they're falling into each other.
About to destroy each other.
It's an extinction event.
But they're not colliding, and they should be.
What's stopping the final collapse?
Let's take a little zoom in.
There's something there, between those planets.
What sort of something?
The engineering required to create that and keep it in place Bravo.
Whoever built that, round of applause from me.
Doc, can can you magnify it?
Like, zoom in?
- Well, I think there's more to see.
A tiny geo orb locked in place.
RYAN: Is there someone in there?
Are you here?
Is it you?
Th that's it.
That's that's what I saw!
Doc, we we gotta help her out.
Have you seen this?
This whole section is covered in fingers.
Covered in fingers?
[SONIC SCREWDRIVER BUZZES]
And there's a signal coming from them.
Broadcasting it to that orb, to that girl.
A psychic signal fed by all this.
But what is it?
This place has so many secrets to yield.
RYAN: What do you reckon you've got there?
This tech is powering this platform, powering that orb, keeping it in place between those two planets.
And at its heart, a quantum fluctuation lock, a sequence of changing combinations, hundreds of billions of combinations every millisecond, which would mean that orb It's a prison, and she's locked in there, fed by that signal.
Signal of what, though?
- MAN: Do you recognise them?
Your worst fears, my creativity.
RYAN: There she is.
Get away from her!
Plus, you can release all of these people right now.
And don't you ever come sneaking back into my family's flat.
Oh, that's not good.
Do it right this time.
I won't be calling anyone.
Nobody's coming, Yaz.
You're alone in the dark.
Oh, no Sonya!
- Where you been, man?
We waited for you.
You said you'd be back.
How long you been waiting?
Our whole lives.
What's with all the fire?
The place is burning.
- What place?
And you weren't here.
I thought we were mates.
Why am I hooked up to this?
Grace I'm sorry to tell you, Mr O'Brien your cancer's returned.
Wh Well, no, no.
No, that can't be right.
I've I've had a check-up.
I, um Anyway, you're not my doctor.
This time, it's very aggressive.
Well how long have I got?
A couple of hours.
Why didn't you save me?
Let me let me try again.
Now, for most people, a quantum flux lock is breakable.
100 billion combinations every millisecond.
But I've got an app for that.
- [SONIC SCREWDRIVER BUZZES]
- One sonic connected to the calculating power of one TARDIS.
Shouldn't take too long, so And I'm talking to myself again, which means the others aren't here.
MAN: Hello, Doctor.
I've watched you stumbling round this universe.
I presume this is all your doing.
Who's that girl in the orb?
And where are my friends?
Who are you?
I go by many names.
My preferred my original is Zellin.
Zellin's a mythical name, way beyond this universe.
Zellin was thought to be a god.
It can't be.
We immortals need our games, Doctor.
Eternity is long and we are cursed to see it all.
The Eternals have their games the Guardians have their power struggles.
For me, this dimension is a beautiful board for a game.
The Toymaker would approve.
And I do like this form it's so small.
To exist within molecules and atoms is fascinating.
I can shape them, regrow, mould my form, to provoke fear from humans as I extract nightmares from the scared and vulnerable.
Now, that - is a good game.
Are you transmitting nightmares?
Taking nightmares from humans and forcing them into the mind of a girl you've trapped between planets?
I've seen many races, Doctor, and the humans are infinitely fascinating.
But, of course, you know that.
We share the same obsession.
We're not the same.
You are so much lesser.
You know the best part of humanity?
The thing that truly sets them apart?
The cruelty of their own minds directed towards themselves.
The endless voices telling themselves they're incapable and unworthy.
Such an exquisite animal.
And the repositories of that pain?
[SYSTEM WARBLES, ALARM BLEEPS]
I presume that's your doing, Doctor.
I've watched you blunder into this.
"Blundering" top of my CV, alongside "Plays well with others" and "Excellent tap-dancer in a crisis".
But not quite clever enough.
You sure about that?
'Cause, look your prisoner, she's free.
I used your own technology against you.
I used your instincts against you.
I made the Chagaskas, targeted the humans, to entice you here.
I needed someone from this realm to break a lock from this realm.
Only one would do.
You did find the right answer, but you weren't asking the right question, so My freedom.
This platform isn't my technology.
I didn't make this prison.
She was always the more powerful of us.
The more dangerous.
That's why they imprisoned her.
I just ride in her slipstream.
After all this time?
I don't understand.
Let me make you.
Two creatures from another realm descended into a universe where they were worshipped as gods.
They saw two planets and laid a wager which of them could bring a planet to destruction first?
The gods set to their game, sowing chaos through the populations.
Wars began, between species, then between the planets themselves.
The gods delighted in the carnage.
It passed the time.
But slowly, the inhabitants of the worlds grew wise, realised what these creatures had done to them.
They unified, and fought back against their so-called gods.
They set their own planets into a collision course and at the heart of the collision they laid a prison.
They trapped one creature between the planets for eternity.
The other fled, vowing to return to release his eternal partner.
ZELLIN: Wake up, Doctor.
I hope you understand now.
I wasn't torturing her with nightmares.
I was feeding her what she needed to stay sane the pain of others.
But even gods need a helping hand, Doctor.
You won't feel a thing when this all burns.
Yes, they will.
All those nightmares I loved them.
Let's take them all.
Oh, come on.
What do you think it feels like for them to be such tiny, ephemeral flashes of existence?
They feel so much.
It must burn them.
I think it does.
MASTER: It's buried deep in all our memories.
In our identity.
Built on the lie of the Timeless Child.
Think this'll hold me, do you?
[GRUNTS AND PANTS]
[SONIC SCREWDRIVER BUZZES]
I have just had the maddest dream.
You all have.
I need to get Tibo.
We have to get everybody safe and back to their rightful place.
Well, maybe if you stop messing around with those finger things.
Tapped into the bio-organic code.
Sonic does fingers.
- Could be useful.
Ryan where am I?
Alright, mate, try not to freak out, yeah?
But you're on a floating space platform in a gravitational pull between two colliding planets halfway across the universe 'cause of the guy who was stealing your nightmares through creepy detachable fingers.
Take me through that again.
What are they?
I know why they didn't attack you.
Because they're yours.
Zellin, that man, created the Chagaska from your nightmares.
They wouldn't kill you.
They couldn't, because you created them.
So, how do you defeat two rampaging immortals?
Answer you don't.
Those two planets, they've spent a millennia trying to work out how to do it.
Well, I think the motivational speech needs a bit of work, Doc, if you don't m and, also, a plan, by the way.
I've got plans crashing through my brain all the time.
You want a plan?
Come to me.
Identifying which plan's gonna work that's the tricky bit.
This is perfect, Zellin.
You've done well.
Take them all.
Billions in one go.
Gorge on their fears.
Why would we rush?
We have so much time to walk in their nightmares.
We can pass eternity here if we take it slow.
I've told you there are no bogeymen.
Nothing to be worried about.
That's not true.
[DISTORTED WAILING AND SCREAMING]
What was that?
I manifested a creature from a human nightmare.
It's calling across the timewaves.
I want to see.
Oh, nice entrance.
Welcome to Aleppo.
Very beautiful city.
How are you here?
I'm that little bit smarter than you thought I was.
Now, listen to me.
Earth is not your plaything.
You're wrong about humans.
They're not pathetic.
They live with their fears, doubts, guilts.
They face them down every day and they prevail.
That's not weakness.
That's what humanity is.
- Isn't that right, Tahira?
- Yes, Doctor.
Why don't you show them how strong you are?
- TAHIRA: My Chagaska.
ZELLIN: How can you control it?
Literally conquered her fear.
Are you confronting us?
- You immortals.
- [CHAGASKA GROWLS QUIETLY]
You never clear up after yourself.
And you should be really careful what you leave lying around.
I won't do that again.
Just returning your lost property.
Thanks for lending a helping hand.
- I couldn't resist.
What's your worst nightmare?
TAHIRA: You made my nightmares real, now you can live with them for all eternity.
Gods back in their box.
We need to get this back to the monitor platform and all those people out of the TARDIS jacuzzi.
Slept like a baby last night.
Good, 'cause you need all the beauty sleep you can get.
Man's still looking fresh.
Well, you'll be going again.
But you could've told me the truth about it all.
Would you have believed me?
It's a bit more than just the world you're seeing.
- Do you know when you'll be back?
- Not sure.
Well, don't make it too long.
I need my best mate.
I get a bit lost without him.
Yeah, I get that too.
Look, I've been looking at something that might help, for me mate.
And there's something I need you to do for me, and you can't argue.
I get down and I shut myself off.
And it's like I'm paralysed with it.
It's in control of me.
And I thought I'd try and do something about it.
I went to the supermarket, just so I could talk to the cashier you know, get back to human contact.
But I got there and it's those self-service checkouts.
[OTHERS LAUGH WRYLY]
I haven't said that to anyone before.
I felt like it was just me.
It's not just you.
Just taking in the view?
- Not breaking the law, am I?
Where you off to?
It's good there.
- Leave me alone.
- Can't do that.
- People are worried about you.
- No, they're not.
Your sister is.
That's why she called us.
She's worried you've left and you're gonna do something stupid.
I've heard things are tough.
Getting bullied at school.
Grades have gone a bit wonky.
Parents don't get what's up.
You must be feeling pretty trapped and alone.
I'm feeling way more than that.
That's better than the other way.
Well, feeling things isn't wrong.
- I don't want your speech.
- I know.
Terrible thing about being older is you have all this experience and nobody ever wants to hear it.
'Cause I know that there's so much ahead of you.
What if this moment where you want to run away from everyone, including yourself is just that?
What if we find a way to get you through it and out the other side?
I've been where you are.
Help's out there, as much or as little as you need.
I'm not listening to you.
Would hard cash make a difference?
I'll make you a deal.
Look me up in three years.
If I'm wrong, I'll give you 50 quid.
I mean, I'd say more, but the pay's rubbish.
- Get another job, then.
Love it too much.
But if I'm right you owe me 50p.
Those are good odds.
Can I help you?
You won't remember me.
- My name's Yasm - Yasmin Khan.
I flippin' do remember you.
I've got something for you.
You want to come in?
The thing is, Doc, I worry about getting sick again, you know?
About the about the cancer coming back.
And I didn't know who to say it to, so I thought I'd say it to you.
You know, seeing as you're a doctor.
Look, 'cause once once you have it, it's with you the whole time.
Not not quite a shadow, but, uh Hey, don't get me wrong I mean, my check-ups, they're all fine.
But it it made me think.
And, uh I thought I should talk about it.
'Cause those nightmares I mean [CLEARS THROAT]
Well, they made me realise that the fear is is still there.
I should say a reassuring thing now, shouldn't I?
I'm still quite socially awkward.
So, I'm just gonna subtly walk towards the console and look at something.
And then in a minute I'll think of something that I should've said that might have been helpful.
Well [CLEARS THROAT]
I'm glad we had this chat, eh?
RYAN: How long is this gonna last, Yaz?
Hanging out with the Doctor.
I don't know.
Is this our lives?
Going from one place to the next, ignoring home?
We're getting older but without them.
Missing out bits of their lives.
When we're done, the Doctor can drop you off at whatever point you want, though.
Yeah, but we'll have changed.
They wouldn't have.
It's like we're living at different rates.
The Doctor said we won't come back the same.
I was thinking Frankenstein.
- BOTH: What?
- Did I interrupt?
Am I interrupting?
You might need to change your clothes.
On we go.
On we go.
[THEME MUSIC PLAYS]
How about writing the most gruesome, spine-chilling ghost story of all time?
- [GLASS SHATTERS]
Tales of the Dead.