Thursday, March 26, 2015

Spam : Doctor Who Adventures In Time And Space

12/28/2014

SPAM
Dr. Who Adventures in Time and Space

After having played Dr. Who Adventures in Time and Space under Rocky, I've decided to take a stab at running my own Dr. Who storyline.  Luckily I was able to recruit Whovians to play in the game. So given the timey-whimey-ness of time, here are the cast of characters in the game.

Casey Price, played by Urim.
Casey is a rising talent among male models.  Known for his signature look: The Jaguar, Casey is Charming, Attractive, Lucky and has Friends.  He can tend to be Impulsive, and a Screamer especially when he Runs for his Life.

Amy Pond, played by Mika
Amy has long been a companion of the Doctor, and this adventure picks her up during the period known as Ponds' Life.  She is Attractive, Brave, Empathic, Indomitable and is used to Running for her Life.  She can be Argumentative, Distinctive, Impulsive and consumed with an Insatiable Curiosity.

Ron Pringleton "Pringles", played by Rafi
Pringles has long been a Conspiracy Theorist Blogger when it comes to the topic of Aliens and the Government.  He has heard of rumors of the man and the Blue Box but has yet to truly learn the truth of things.  He has an excellent Sense of Direction, with all of his Senses being Keen, and Lucky.  He is Argumentative and Clumsy.  He also has a friend online named Dave.  And a military contact.

The 10th Doctor, played by Rocky
The Doctor's 10th regeneration, portrayed by David Tennant, after the events of The Runaway Bride.  He has a Code of Conduct, he is the Last of his Kind, he has Resourceful Pockets, a Boffin, and can Feel the Turn of the Universe.

The episode opens with Pringles who is at home at his computer.  The four screens are displaying the newsfeeds he is monitoring, his social media channels, his research sources and finally his personal screen. An email comes in.  Pringles notices the email is not from anyone he knows.  There is no sender's name.  And oddly, it seems to have messed up gmail since the date sent shows nothing but zeroes.  Pringles slides the mouse pointer to it, double clicks to open it.  Inside, it is empty save for a paperclip suggesting an attachment.  Scanning the email for any viruses, he discovers the email is supposedly 10 GB.  This doesn't even seem possible to send via email.  He tries calling his friend Dave to check the email.  Hangouts pops open, seemingly from the same sender.  The chat asks, "Did you get my package?"  Pringles tells Dave about what just happened only to discover the man on the other line isn't Dave, but someone looking for Dave.  Pringels hangs up rather than answer.  He decides to download the file and the estimate shows 3 days.    The Hangout chat asks, "Did you download it yet? :-) "  Pringles replies, "Maybe I have.  Who is this?"

"No you haven't, and no you don't know who this is."

Pringles chooses to download it anyway.  

"But you will download it anyway," the chat replies.

The minutes crawl by as the download begins.  A buzz at the door tells Pringles someone is outside.  He finds Dave, who asks for a beer and talks about having a long day.  He sits down, looks around and talks about the weird day he's been having. About a message he received, a long download, one that messed up his computer.  "I don't even know why I clicked it. Darned thing was 10 GB. Called some tech people to try to fix it. They're at my house, now.  For some reason, I just had to click it."

Pringles asks to see if it matches what he went through and Dave realizes they're downloading the same file.

"Would you like the download to go faster?" a new chat message appears.

Dave shares how he tried to download it, but then everything just stopped.  He couldn't do anything to reset the computer.

"Say yes."

Pringles decides to click yes.  The windows shut down.  The download speeds up, from 3 days to 2 days, to 1 day, to 20 hours, to 15 hours... and then suddenly stops at 30 seconds.... 29.... 28...

"Where do you think this is coming from," Dave asks.  Pringles admits he thinks its probably a virus but he wants to see what will happen when it hits zero.  Dave suddenly feels worried and asks, "What do you think happens when the timer runs out?"

Different scenes. Different houses.   Different computers.  All of them counting down.



SPAM

At a club, Casey struts down the catwalk as camera bulbs flash.  Photographers drop to take more shots as he poses his ass off.  The Creative Director of the magazine seems bored with the photoshoot, and terrifyingly she turns away and begins fiddling with her phone.  Casey notices she has gone bored, however, and throws the Jaguar pose to try to win her over.  She slowly raises her head and makes eye contact.  She gasps and drops her phone.  It clatters to the floor.  The photographer takes one shot and its the perfect one.

Casey comes up to her and picks up her phone.  She smiles and asks, "Who are you again?"  He gives his name and she admits she expected him to be younger.  "Still, not a complete loss.  Who are you working for?" she asks.  He admits right now no one, but she corrects him, "Wrong.  Everyone works for me."

As Casey freshens up a bit with the shoot over, he receives a phone call.   The call is one of alarm and he realizes he has to go and check it out.  (Alas, this was a call in real life for him to come home.  So Casey sadly does not continue beyond this point of the story.)

Elsewhere, Amy and Rory are happily at home, musing about their married life.  They are enjoying a show on the telly about some rich British family.  Amy admits she fell asleep watching it, and Rory admits he only did because everyone says it was amazing.  "Even the Judoon was more interesting than this."  Rory mentions casually that there was a message for Amy at the computer, but then blocks Amy before she could get to the computer. "It is not him, is it?"  They debate about whether keeping in touch ever just stays keeping in touch when "he" is concerned.    The two then stare at the phone with Rory musing, "Now would be the moment it would ring."  Both stare, but no the phone remains quiet.  But as they turn away, the phone does right!

On the computer, Amy sees an email from the Kiss-A-Gram service if she still wants to work for them.  She sees the second email, with no sender, and the temptation to click it is there.  She sees it is blank save for the huge attachment.  She starts the download.  A message asks to make it move faster.  Amy calls out for Rory to check this out.  Amy messages back a question on who the chatter is.  The reply is non-committal, but it does reveal it know Amy by name.  The countdown shifts to the faster speed.

On the phone, Rory hears a female voice say, "Rory Williams, do not be alarmed. But you need to know you and your wife are in terrible danger."    He asks who is on the line, and she replies she cannot really tell them.  "Whether you like it or not, Amy will have to seek out the Doctor."  Rory asks what if he seeks for him, but she tells him he won't be able to.  "You just won't."

Downloads are dropping faster.  Quicker.

Dave and Pringles feel stupid for clicking it.  Computer savvy person know better than to click spam mail.  But at the same time, the curiosity was there to find out who would have sent such  a huge file. A new message asks if the download should move faster."   Dave shares that when he received it, everything froze.  But that has not happened with Pringles' computer.  He asks for Dave's phone and Dave realizes it probably was left behind.  Dave calls his home to tell them he has not received the messages.  He checks on his computer and learns it is still down.  They realize Pringles got his message around five minutes before Dave arrived.  The countdown is down to the 45 mark.  They consider trying to trace it, but Dave does remind Pringles that tracing shouldn't be done in one's house.   The consider the net cafe down the block.

At another house, a child named Stacey excitedly waits for the download to end.   At another location, a guy at the train station also waiting for a download.  Everywhere, people are downloading the mystery spam.

Amy grabs the phone from Rory, sensing he is hiding something from her.  The speaker warns Amy that they shouldn't be talking, and Amy feels a chill go down her spine.  She cannot help but feel that there's a familiarity with the speaker.  She senses she should know the speaker.  She tells Amy to find the Doctor but to keep in mind they won't recognize the Doctor.  She gives the corner street to head for and tells them to go.  Amy looks at Rory and he tells her he's going with her.  They grab their things and he notices she's downloading something. He reminds him it might be best she stop clicking any paperclips she gets from weird emails.  They wonder who the caller was as they step out and they consider if the Doctor has found a new Companion who doesn't know how to handle things.  They head out.  The timer continues to count down.

Down the street, Pringles and Dave make their way to the net cafe with Pringles keeping an eye out for any security cameras that might be trained their way.  They soon reach the cafe without any camera catching them and step inside.  The old woman at the counter doesn't seem to happy to learn they both want just one computer.  She reminds them they don't allow pornography or torrenting in the cafe.  Dave starts working on a trace.  Pringles notices more and more people in the cafe as well, downloading the same thing.  A hangout chat comes in.  They click it and they receive another message asking if they want help for the download.  Since Dave needs time, Pringles considers stepping outside to light a cigarette while he waits.  Twenty four minutes to go.  But he realizes the others are also downloading the thing and even sees from one guy nearby facebook posts from many people talking about the download.

Pringles recalls the government once trying to control the media by spreading some kind of virus online which had to be downloaded.  It was a trojan virus that would secretly monitor the people.  He rushes back to Dave to share it, but Dave tells him to shut up because he's trying to focus on hacking.  He's so far found the signal to bounce around around six countries.  When Pringles tries to explain its probably the government, Dave clearly thinks the conspiracy ideas are just not likely the root of this thing.   Rebuffed, Pringles heads back to the old woman to try and get his own computer.  The nicotine urge hits and he decides to step outside to have a quick smoke.

And that's when he sees a strange sight.  Accompanied by an odd sound, a blue box begins to appear at the alleyway across from the cafe.  Pringles stares at the police box in what used to be an empty alleyway and totally forgets his cigarette isn't even lit.  He steps into the street and only then realizes the camera is facing him that moment.   A man steps out of the blue box.

A few minutes earlier, the Doctor was working with a rubber mallet to try and fix an odd clink noise that he could hear coming from the TARDIS when he began to hear a muffled ringing sound.   He opens the door to find the ringing coming from the phone on the door.  "Not supposed to do that.. You're not an actual phone," the Doctor remarked.  He looks outside if there's anyone, then looks back at the phone.  He picks it up and hears a female voice, "I'm sorry, Doctor.  But we will need your help." He asks who it is but all she gives is a date, a specific time, and an address.  The Doctor questions if he would just go to follow a voice from a phone that shouldn't work... "Well... maybe. Uh, sometimes? When?" the Doctor asks.  "Right now," the voice replies.   Faced with a mystery, the Doctor decides to go for it.  "If you know this number, you know I'm not good with minutes.  They're very slippery," the Doctor retorts but begins adjusting the controls to steer the TARDIS to the given information.  The voice responds, "I wish I could explain more, Doctor, but... Spoilers?"

This makes the Doctor pause.  Then adds, "That's an odd thing to say."  The voice apologizes, admitting she was only told to add that to help convince him.  Then tells him she has to go because she has someone else to call.

The Doctor steps out into the alleyway, and once again the phone rings.  Pringles watches as the man answers the phone, acting nonchalant as he moves closer to listen.   The Doctor answers the phone, expecting the voice to return, only to have a mechanical voice offer, "Would you like help downloading the file?"  The Doctor hears beeps and buzzing in the background.  He tries to ask who it is but gets nothing.  Pringles peers through the partly open door of the blue box and discovers it is bigger on the inside!  He slips. The Doctor looks up and sees a man picking himself back up.  "Right..." the Doctor mutters and puts down the phone.  He locks the door and walks down the sidewalk.  Pringles picks himself up and moves back to the cafe to check on his friend.

The car drives past the Doctor, spraying some gutter water at him.  "Oy! Watch it!"  Amy and Rory arrive in a cab, stepping down hurriedly to look for any sign of the TARDIS.  They see it and rush to it, knocking on the door excitedly as they call for the Doctor.  The Doctor watches them as they do that, muttering aloud, "Rude."    Pringles tries to light his cigarette a second time but he hears the whirring of the traffic camera above.  He looks up and sees it has turned to observe the alleyway.  He realizes it isn't watching the traffic as it should.    The Doctor walks back to the two newcomers.  Pringles sees the camera following the man in the trenchcoat.

Rory and Amy test the door but its locked.  Rory asks if she has a key and she counters, "Why would he leave me a key?"  Rory mumbles, "Just... testing."  The Doctor comes up to the two, hearing them asking for the Doctor.  Pringles pockets his unlit cigarette.  Realizing the Doctor is probably not inside, Amy starts looking around for the Doctor.  She sees the man in the trenchcoat and hears him mumble, "Ginger?"  Amy ignores him, not recognizing the 10th Doctor having been so used to the 11th.  Once again, the Doctor mutters, "Rude."  The two finally converse, with the Doctor asking what she is doing knocking on his box.  She is shocked and asks how it could be his box.  She asks him if he saw a man come out of the box, and the Doctor replies he didn't.  Pringles then rushes up to them, seeing the camera now focused on them, and tries to pull them deeper into the alleyway.    "Oy!  Did I end up in some alternate version of a very rude London?" the Doctor gasps exasperatedly.

Rory calls for Amy's attention and tries to suggest that the man might be the Doctor.  "Look at his clothes," Rory suggests.  "I am looking," Amy mutters, "He doesn't have a bowtie."  The Doctor goes defensive, asking what's wrong with his clothes!  Rory admits he's worn that trenchcoat.  He's sees it in the TARDIS before.  Pringles mutters that the guy came from the blue box and asks what the thing is.  Amy and Rory finally realize he is the 10th Doctor.  Pringles suddenly recalls of the man in some conspiracy theories of some kind of alien in a blue box, called the Doctor.  "Are you the Doctor?"

Rory turns to Pringles, asking, "Or are YOU the Doctor?"

"Am I supposed to know anyone here?" the Doctor asks, "Obviously I am..." he flashes the Psychic Paper.  Pringles sees it mentioning he's a Government Ally: Man in Blue Box known as The Doctor. Rory sees it saying: Official Companion.  Amy gasps, "You Regenerated! How did this happen? What happened to your fez?"  "Fez?" the Doctor pouts, "Does this hair look like it can handle a fez?" The two still argue silently between themselves if he is the Doctor.  He has Psychic Paper and the TARDIS, but Rory counters, "He doesn't look at you the same way the other one did."

That moment, the door slams open and Dave calls out for Pringles, telling him he's found where the spam is coming from.  The traffic camera spins and turns to focus on Dave.  Rory tells Amy to ask something only the Doctor would know, and she asks him if he would like any Fish Fingers.  He doesn't get the question.  He walks away from the two but then  Amy and Rory share that they received a phone call telling them to look for the Doctor at this address. This grabs the Doctor's attention and he asks them who it was.

The phone starts ringing again. The Doctor goes to answer it.

Pringles asks Amy and Rory how they know about the Doctor and she mentions he was a guest at their wedding.   The Doctor hears the woman again and she tells him know is the part where he should ask Ron Pringleton what he knows.  "What kind of a name is Pri... Pingle.. Pingleton... Pringleton?"  They turn to the Doctor as he mutters, "Not helpful" and drops the phone again.  Amy and Rory and the Doctor now clarify they all received a phone call, save for Pringles.   Pringles explains he's here because he was investigating this weird spam they all received.  Rory wonders if he's Unit, or Torchwood, or an alien, but Pringles admits he isn't.  He tells them about the weird download and that he came to the cafe to research more about it.  "You humans are very strange sometimes," the Doctor muses.  Amy and Rory realize this is the best chance to know if he is the Doctor and ask him if he should use a certain something to check the computer.  "A certain sonic?"  The Doctor mutters, "If?  IF? If I were the Doctor?  Rude.  Rude alternate rude London."   As the Doctor moves to step back into the TARDIS, Rory shoves the door open, blocks the Doctor from closing it, and tells Amy to step inside!

Squeezing in, Amy and Rory watch as the Doctor searches for the contraption he needs.  Pringles steps inside and sees how much larger it really is on the inside.  He stares dumbfounded.  Amy asks if he's redecorated, and realizes it looks a lot... older.  "You're older.  Are you older? Have you met me?"   The Doctor switches on the machine and checks the machine if it goes DING! when stuff happens.  And DING! it does.  "OH, oh dear," the Doctor gasps.  Amy tells Rory that the Doctor is probably from before their time.   On one of the screens of the TARDIS, the countdown is happening too.  Pringles tells them that's the email he is downloading too!  "How did you get this and what do you know about it?"  The Doctor looks at it, surprised.  He doesn't recall this at all.  "That definitely sounds like a DING."  Pringles tells them his friend Dave found something out about it.  He suggests they head out to talk to him, but the Doctor fiddles with the TARDIS to try to trace the signal and discovers it is coming from very close.   Within the City to be precise.  A cemetery nearby.

The Doctor pulls out his sonic and places the data he needs into it.  Pringles decides to just follow them, realizing he's now part of something bigger.  Amy and Rory head out, followed by Pringles and the Doctor, and they use the Sonic to trace the signal.    Pringles calls out to Dave and tells him to stay where he is.  The four rush off down the road with the Doctor occasionally checking his Sonic if they're still on the correct route.  Pringles suggests he keeps the Sonic thing hidden, telling them they are being watched.  They only actually do introductions as they walk.  "This download thing," Rory asks, "Is it why you showed up here?"  "Probably," the Doctor replies.  "Is it dangerous?" Pringles asks.  But Amy asks the bigger question, "What happens when the timer runs out?"

Rory talks to Pringles about this being his first run.  How the first run is always about just running alongside the Doctor even if you don't really know what's going on.  Pringles asks if its the same for them, and he admits it isn't.  "Amy and I have had our share of encounters with the Doctor.  And I guess we are lucky enough to survive them all.  I know that look.  But I wouldn't recommend it.  The adventures can be pretty dangerous."

"Are you going to keep talking this whole time?  Kind of working?" the Doctor mutters.  They reach the cemetery and approach the tomb where the signal is coming from.  Amy and Rory realize they can't tell the Doctor anything since he's a younger one than the one they've met.  "If we say anything we might tear a hole in the fabric of space and time."  They spot what likely is the source of the signal; a large metal object in the place of stone.  The distinct metal bar handle buried in the soil.  Polished and silver, there's no mistaking its a Cyberman.


Rory and Amy wonder if they should start running.  Pringles asks what it is.  But Amy, being her, approaches it.  The Doctor rushes forward and tells her to stay back.  Pringles feels Rory grab him by the shoulders and he tells him, "Run."  The Doctor scans the Cyberman to check if it is functional and finds the systems are not fully operational.

Amy drops to the ground and begins digging.  Rory tells her maybe she shouldn't do that.  The Doctor suggests it might be best not to dig out the thing.  Rory tells Amy it might be best to let the Doctor handle it on his own.   But Amy tells him that maybe they got the call because they are supposed to help him!  Pringles asks again what it is and as Amy digs out more, he realizes it is a head.  The Doctor notices something odd: His Sonic Screwdriver is receiving... a download.  "N-n-n-n-n-n-n-nooo..." the Doctor tries to reverse the signal that seems to be insidiously downloading into his Sonic.  

Dave goes back to the shop and sees the screen showing the countdown is nearly done.  He stares at the computer and is shocked to see the source has... changed!

The Doctor admits he doesn't like it when he's pushed.  So he is pushing back!  Pringles notices the head thing shift, moving slightly!  He tells the others it had moved, and Amy gasps, "I thought you said this is not operational!" "Technically," the Doctor mutters, "Busy. Still pushing."

The head addresses them, speaking in the monotone Cyberman voice, "EIGHT MINUTES. THIRTY SECONDS. TWENTY NINE. TWENTY EIGHT.."  The Doctor shakes his head, muttering that counting is never good.  Pringles is starting to think running is a good idea.  The Doctor diverts the download and successfully makes the Sonic Screwdriver no longer a target.  "We have to play its game," the Doctor realizes, "It is sending out a message. Why not we talk back?"

For every email and inbox the signal has sent, the Doctor tries to have the system send copies of the same message back to its source, effectively spamming back the sender with all the email messages that are currently out there.  The Head continues to count out the dwindling minutes.  Rory pulls Amy close and reminds her, "If we were supposed to be here when the Doctor faced this, then he should have recognized us when we met our Doctor.  But he only met you when you were a young girl, right? Are you telling me he lied and pretended not to know us the whole time?"  Amy shakes her head and tells Rory that the Doctor is here so they are meant to help.  That's when Rory admits, "The woman on the phone.  She said I was supposed to help him.  Not you, Amy."

The Head counts down.  Pringles starts to hear the Head say something else: Message Received.  Message Received.  Over and over and over.  The Doctor calls out telling them he needs a phone and Pringles pulls out his cellular, handling it to him.  "Who are you planning to call?"

"Everyone," the Doctor grins.  Using the Sonic Screwdriver, he patches the phone to call everyone in the network and then shunts all the calls into the Head as well.  "I know a way you can do that faster," Pringles suddenly realizes.  The Doctor stares at him, finding it disturbing how it echoed the offer from the Cyberman to also "do it faster."     The doctor starts duct-taping the phones together.

Dave is now confused how the computer is now sending, instead of downloading.  He's confused why instead of tracing the sender, he seems to have become the sender!

Amy and Rory debate once more on whether or not they should be there.  Pringles uses his old favor and calls an old friend from the Military, someone who has access to satellites.   The phone rings, and his contact answers.  Pringles tells the guy his name and tells him he's calling on his favor.  The man calls him, "Conspiracy guy.  Great ass."  "What?" Pringles mutters, but the man tells him it was nothing.  "So, what can I do for you, Pringles?  Why are you calling your dear friend, Jack?"  Pringles asks Jack Harness to help out because he's with someone called the Doctor, which grabs Jack's attention.  He shares he's all the way in Cardiff and asks if he looks gorgeous.  Pringles is not sure how to answer.  "Listen, the man is the Doctor.  If he's in front of you, its probably because he needs your help. Or you need his.  Which one is it?"   Pringles admits he needs Jack's help and tell him that he needs someone to re-reoute the satellite signal to their area.  Jack readily agrees.  He asks to speak with the Doctor, and when Pringles hands the Doctor the phone to talk to Jack, the Doctor mistakes it as an offered additional phone.  So he just takes it and tapes it along with the rest.  But Pringles gets to convince him to stop, and talk instead.

Jack asks how the Doctor is and if his leather jacket is still looking good.  The Doctor shakes his head, telling him no, and that he just needs help with the satellite boost.  Jack explains he's part of Torchwood and that he can help to boost the signal.  He shares that they've uncovered what the 10GB download it.  The file is a digital Cyberman, attempting to replicate themselves while staying digital without having the constraints of the human form.  "How do we stop this?"  They determine they need to find the source and that he's using interference.  Jack will do what he can to boost it.

Amy and Rory still debate on whether or not they should be here.  Rory admits the woman on the phone sounded like Amy herself.  But older.  She admits the woman did sound familiar.  She walks up the Doctor and asks him who the woman was.  The Doctor admits he has no idea, especially since no one is supposed to know that number.   The Head mutters its down to seven minutes.  That messages are overloading.  Messages are being rejected.   The Doctor realizes the that's not supposed to happen.

Back at the cafe, Dave smiles given he's successfully made the computer STOP receiving the influx of messages.  He is confused why the computer seems to be doing more things beyond what he's doing.  All the computers in the internet cafe begins to show the same display.  As if they were all functioning in concert.

The Cyberman's Head goes dead.  The signal is gone.  The Doctor realizes it had jumped.  Jack admits the signal has jumped and the source they were looking at has gone inert.  It has gone a few blocks from their position.  They hear the sound of the TARDIS and the door slides open to reveal a woman at the door.  She smiles at them all and mutters, "No time to explain, get on. The Signal has jumped."  The Doctor and the others hurry to her, with the Doctor demanding what she did with his TARDIS.  The woman steers the TARDIS, explaining she was trying NOT to get involved, but clearly the Cyberman is dealing with things faster than they are.  She has localized the signal and are heading there now, but they have to deal with it directly.  "You will have to stop its human agent," she tells them, "The Cyberman is running amok because it has no human side to contain it.  You will have to deal with it directly, Doctor.  You will have to delete it."

"You mean kill it," the Doctor shakes his head.  "Who are you?"

"I wish I could say," the woman again replies, "But as a good friend used to say, Spoilers."  The Doctor then realizes this isn't his TARDIS at all.  They step out and find themselves back at the intersection.  Pringles leads them all to the net cafe, while the Doctor uses the Sonic to cut any connections out of the cafe to localize the signal.   Amy stares at the woman, and she tells her, "Don't tell Rory.  But I know you know who I am."   The TARDIS speaks, telling Amy she shouldn't be here.  But the woman tells the TARDIS to shush and that River was right. This was going to be an odd reunion.  Amy heads out.

Inside the cafe, the group discover that the net cafe has been taken over by the Cyberman.  And Pringles rushes to Dave and asks if he's the human agent.  Dave isn't.  Pringles hears from Jack that the Cyberman has to be stopped but the call gets cut before he could share what he should do.  When he tries to suggest to the Doctor that Jack knows what to do, the Doctor however insists Jack isn't the answer.  All he knows is how to pilfer the dead.  The Doctor says it doesn't matter and pulls out an ethernet cable and tells him to run back to the cafe and plug it in.  Pringles and Rory run back with the cable, and Rory tells him that if he knows something, to just do it.  "The Doctor doesn't listen to anyone, but he saves the world."

The screens in the cafe say, "Hello Dave.  We Need Your Help. Please Touch The Screen."  Amy arrives and sees that and yells at Dave not to touch the screen.  She tells him to come with him.  But the screens start saying she cannot be trusted.  Dave is confused.  "You have to come with me to the Blue Box outside!"  Amy grabs him by the arm and tries to pull him outside. Dave admits he feels the urge to do so.  The screens show the word: UPGRADE.  Dave mumbles about why he should risk his life for something he doesn't understand.  He should just go home and choose what he knows is safe.  "Why doesn't anyone just choose that?"  Amy stares at him, realizing the words reflect her inner conflict with married life.

Very Well, Dave.   Miranda.  Touch the Screen.  Upgrade Yourself.

Amy terrified, looks around to find who Miranda is.  But she is unable to figure it out too late.  She see's the old lady at the counter has a tag that says, "Miranda."  Her hand is already touching the screen!  Rory and Pringles arrive to see the Old Woman already touching the screen.  Her eyes are flashing with numbers.  Dave wonders if she's being reprogrammed.  Rory asks Pringles where to plug the cable.  Pringles points to the laptop Miranda was using.  Amy grabs it and runs to Miranda's computer and plugs it in.

The Doctor sees the light go on!  Running the signal to the Time Lord hard drive in the TARDIS, he begins copying everything.


The Cyberman-Miranda tells them that they cannot stop her anymore, now that they have been Upgraded. They have been Downloaded 4 Million, 792 Thousand, 807 times.  We will now upgrade all 4 Million, 792 Thousand, 807 times.

All over the world, people see their screens flicker their name.  And are asked to Touch the Screen as well.   Rory, Pringles and Amy fear the worst.  Even Jack Harkness in Cardiff sees the invitation to touch the screen.  With the system ready, the Doctor switches his plan to motion.  The Time Lord hard drive begins reversing the download everywhere, deleting the source files from every single computer where it had been downloaded, and saving them safely.  Everywhere in the world screens begin to go out.  Miranda falls unconscious as the signal shuts down.  And the three look out the door to see the Doctor emerge from the TARDIS, hands in pockets.  Pringles runs out, cheering, "You did it!"  Amy sees the other TARDIS open, and the woman watches them.

"So, we are good, yeah?" The Doctor asks the Woman.  She smiles and asks if Pringles is handling things okay.  The Doctor realizes the Woman is the one from the phone.  She thanks him for the help and admits she couldn't have done it without him.  "Did you try reverse copying an entire Cyberman Consciousness into a Gallifreyan hard drive? Cyberman in Cyberspace, really a stupid idea."  he mumbles.  She then admits that is why she needs to ask for the drive now.  She tells him this is her fixed point in time and that she needs the drive.  She leans close and whispers to him the only thing he alone knows.  "And that's why I need the drive."

The Doctor pushes the door open, and lets her go inside to get it.  Rory admits to Amy he's completely lost.  Amy just walks into the  TARDIS.  The Doctor and Rory sigh, not knowing what is to happen next.  Dave wishes they could take pictures, but neither of them have phones.  Amy asks the Woman what she will do with it, and she explains it will be what allows her to talk the TARDIS, but she doesn't know it yet.  Amy starts to get it.  "You.  You're the Doctor, aren't you?"  The Woman grins and answers, "Maybe you should ask your daughter.  As she always says, Spoilers."

The Woman heads out, thanks the Doctor, then heads to her own TARDIS.  She stops, turns to the Doctor and tells him, "Don't worry.  You'll do well.  And yes, none of us ever want to."  The Doctor hates the feeling he doesn't get what she means.    Pringles watches as the Woman steps into the other TARDIS then asks the Doctor, "Wait.  You are just giving her the hard drive that nearly destroyed the whole world without knowing who she exactly is?"  The Doctor looked at the other TARDIS and smiles, "I know exactly who she is."

The Woman stops at the door of the TARDIS, then turns to Pringles and admits, "It has been a while.  But I could use a new Companion."  Pringles looks at Amy and Rory, but the Woman admits, "They're fixed.  Coming?"   Pringles smiles, slips the clumsy man he is, then tumbles back to his feet and gets inside.  The door closes.

Amy walks up to the Doctor and smiles, "She's right. You didn't do too bad."  "Oh, everyone is evaluating me now?" the Doctor grumbles.  "First tell me what to do, now I'm getting scores and marks."    Amy laughs and walks back to Rory, "Just don't make me wait too long, okay?"  The Doctor raises an eyebrow and steps back into his TARDIS.

Both begin vanish.
Amy and Rory glance and see Dave, still stupefied.  They decide to invite him over for Pizza.  Just another day with an adventure with the Doctor.

Or two.












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