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Lucy – Part 6

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Scene 11
Martha is sitting on her bed in her apartment waiting.
She looks at the clock. It says 9:15.

MARTHA
Of course he’s late. He can barely aim that Tardis.
He’ll probably show up in the street outside at
midnight.
( The TARDIS materializes in her apartment. The door
opens and Martha goes inside. )

DOCTOR
Hey Martha, come look at this. Do you know what this
is?

MARTHA
No, what is it Doctor?

DOCTOR
It’s a pedigree.

MARTHA
A pedigree?

DOCTOR
Yes, a genetic pedigree of Gallifrey.

MARTHA
How did the Master have that? I thought that he lost
everything when he used the chamelean arch and became
Professor Yana.

DOCTOR
Yes, he lost everything but his watch, and concealed
on his watch was this.

MARTHA
But, what does it mean?

DOCTOR
I’ve been looking at it and it’s facinating. Here he
has added notations. Do you see? Here, and here.

MARTHA
I don’t understand.

DOCTOR
I didn’t either until just a few hours ago. Look, some
of these people are famous.
Macharadnolud inventer of the modern tardis engine.
Cephalos who created the Chamelean Arch.
Barnstard the fifth President of the High Council.
And each one of these has a concentration of certain
genetic sequences. They are color coded here see?

MARTHA
I see. But what do the colors mean?

DOCTOR
I’m glad that you asked, because at the bottom of the
chart is this tiny, tiny key. Read it.

MARTHA
I can’t read it.

DOCTOR
Those glyphs at the bottom are names. Gallifreyan
names. The founders of empire of the Timelords. Omega
and Rassilon.

MARTHA
But there are three names down there.

DOCTOR
The third one, I guess it was unassigned it says
Other. Anyway, most people carry only one or two of
these chromosomes, but some of these people are nodes.
Most or all of their chromosomes are combinations of
these marked ones here. Those people I named, each was
a node with a concentrated combination of these marked
genes.

MARTHA
So, what does that mean?

DOCTOR
Well, you see in the distant past of Gallifrey it was
rumored that there weren’t just stellar engineers,
there were also population engineers.
People who could put information into our genes
themselves so it would never get lost.

MARTHA
I see, so these chromosomes are like books with some
kind of ancient writing in them.

DOCTOR
Not exactly, They didn’t save the information as
words. They saved them as personality engrams.

MARTHA
Personality what?

DOCTOR
Personality engrams. Snippets of a person’s
personality and skills. It’s like what was in the
matrix. It’s better than books because where books
can’t think, they can. They can help you solve
problems no one has ever seen.

MARTHA
So these chromosomes solve problems?

DOCTOR
No, the people do.
It’s just  brilliant!

You see Martha, My people were amazingly skilled, but
some of them were also amazingly ambitious people who
would have misused power if they could get their hands
on it, so Rassilon destroyed the written records of
many Time Lord sciences, and for this he has been
called a tyrant. But maybe they aren’t lost at all.

Take for example, the Eye of Harmony. Seat of Time
Lord power. The skill to make one was lost. It died
with Omega. But what if before Omega was trapped in
that black hole his personality was recorded and
programmed into our ancestors. Perhaps that knowledge
was put into our very genes so that it could come out
when we needed it.

The ancient knowledge of the Time Lords preserved in
their children. It’s amazing. no magnificent!
Fantastic! It needs a bigger word, how about
Fantabuous!

The Master must have been studying this, even while he
was living on Gallifrey. This data, it is a massive
tome. A life’s work.

MARTHA
Is the Master on this chart?

DOCTOR
Oh yes. He’s here.

MARTHA
Looks like he’s got a lot of the red and black ones.

DOCTOR
Omega and Rassilon. I met them both in a manner of
speaking, and I can see the resemblance.

MARTHA
But I don’t understand. How could this cause the
drumming that the Master hears.

DOCTOR
I’m not exactly sure, but I think that perhaps his own
natural personality interferes with these introduced
personalities the same way that two sounds that are
slightly off rhythm can cause a sort of beating noise.
If we could cancel out the influence of these
personality engrams The master might become himself.
The person he was meant to be.

MARTHA
And what is the real Master like?

DOCTOR
I don’t know.

MARTHA
He could be even worse.

DOCTOR
Or he could be like Professor Yana, a nice self­
sacrificing old man. We can’t know until we try.

MARTHA
Can you do it Doctor? Can you cancel out the influence
of those other … personality engrams?

DOCTOR
I think so. I could use the tardis console to generate
a blocking algorithm and implant it using the
Chamelean arch. It would take a bit of work, but if it
works.
Martha, we just might be able to save him, to cure
him, isn’t that wonderful?

MARTHA
Are you on this pedigree, Doctor?

DOCTOR
Yes. I’m right here.

MARTHA
You have an awful lot of these Other genes. Are you a
node too?

DOCTOR
I don’t think those are important.

MARTHA
You have a daughter?

DOCTOR
I’ll need you to bring the Master here. I can’t move
the Arch out of the TARDIS.

MARTHA
Get her out of the facility? But it’s a secure
hospital.

DOCTOR
And this is a treatment that might cure her. Fill out
the paperwork. You’re a doctor. If anyone can do it,
Martha, you can.

MARTHA
I guess, I’ll arrange it somehow.

DOCTOR
Good Girl. Now, I’ve got to work on this so you can
show yourself out, can’t you?

MARTHA
Yes Doctor. Good Night.

DOCTOR
(Working under console)
Hmm.

Martha goes back out of the door into her apartment.
Martha stands alone in the
center of her room.

On to part 7

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