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In 2009, BBC Books published “Doctor Who: The Writer’s Tale” containing the email correspondence of journalist Benjamin Cook and then-showrunner Russell T Davies. The book chronicled the writing process for the show’s fourth series - Davies’ last as showrunner - and included snippets from Davies-penned scripts.
In 2010 a revised edition of the book was published which also covered the “gap year” stories as well as, in part, the handover from Davies to new showrunner Steven Moffat.
In order to accommodate the new material, the script excerpts were removed, however the scripts for Davies’ fourth-series episodes were posted in their entirety to the official website for The Writer’s Tale.
Unfortunately that website has recently been taken down and instead redirects to the site for Doctor Who: The Encyclopedia, meaning there is now no official means of acquiring these scripts.
However, worry ye not! I’ve prepared for just such an eventuality, and have popped the scripts up on a handy page for easy download. The scripts included are:
- 4.0X - “Voyage of the Damned”
- 4.01 - “Partners in Crime”
- 4.10 - “Midnight”
- 4.11 - “Turn Left”
- 4.12 - “The Stolen Earth”
- 4.13 - “Journey’s End”
They are provided in PDF format, so you’ll need Adobe Reader installed if you don’t have it already.
I’ve made sure these scripts remain available for are any budding writers out there who’d like to pick them apart. When I was younger I would watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Star Trek: The Next Generation with copies of the script to head, comparing what was on the page with what ended up on the screen. It can’t replace a screenwriting class or a good book on how to write scripts, but it does give you an understanding of how things can progress from script to screen, not to mention it’s a great way of analyzing story composition.
All of these episodes are on Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu Plus in the US, and can be viewed on Netflix in the UK. If you’re interested in becoming a writer, or if you’re just curious about the production process for Doctor Who, watching the episodes with these scripts to hand is heartily recommended.
I’d also strongly suggest buying The Writer’s Tale - it’s a wonderfully informative and surprisingly frank book about the production of the show during Davies’ last two years, and it’s well worth a read. Amazon has it for just shy of $22, or you can get it on your Kindle for $12.59. Definitely worth the money.