More DOCTOR WHO Audition Scripts

mattchangesNow we can see the other two audition scripts (or “sides”) being used by DOCTOR WHO show-runner Steven Moffat to audition actors for the role of the 12th Doctor.

In addition to the previously released scene in which Clara meets the regenerated Doctor, we now have a sequence featuring the Doctor facing down the Cyberleader, and another in which he chats with a little boy — both very boilerplate occurrences for DOCTOR WHO, so nothing to be gleaned about series eight from these audition pages. So we must take Moffat at his word that these pages are designed to give the auditioner an opportunity to make the part his own.

mattcybersHere is the sequence with the Cyberleader:


The Doctor is facing down the Cyberleader, who stares balefully down from the screen. The bridge around the Doctor is burning, ruined.

THE DOCTOR: Ah, Cyberleader, hello!

CYBERLEADER: Do you have a response, Doctor?

THE DOCTOR: Yes, I do. Definitely got a response. And here it is. Yes, your ears look big in that! Sorry, did I misunderstand the question?

CYBERLEADER: You will return the stolen cargo.

THE DOCTOR: Yeah, well, two points. One, I didn’t steal it. No, actually, I did steal it, I was just hoping if I said that I’d think of a really good excuse before the end of the sentence. Didn’t happen; never mind. Point two – well, point one, second attempt – that isn’t cargo. Those are human beings.

CYBERLEADER: They are primed for conversion.

THE DOCTOR: I’ve unprimed them.

CYBERLEADER: You will return the cargo.

THE DOCTOR: No, I won’t.

CYBERLEADER: Then the cargo will be taken.

THE DOCTOR: Not going to happen, and do you know what’s going to stop you?

CYBERLEADER: We will not be stopped.

The Doctor raises a finger.

THE DOCTOR: Tell it to the finger. See this finger? See what I’m doing with this finger right now?

The Doctor moves to the screen. Starts drawing a line across.

THE DOCTOR: I’m drawing a line between this ship and you. Between all these people and all your metal men. And this line, it’s a magic line

CYBERLEADER: Magic is not logical

THE DOCTOR: I know – isn’t it great? Because I’ll tell you what: All these people on this ship are now, officially, under the protection of the magic line. Now, I’ll be honest, these guys in here are a bit annoying. They keep having their own opinions, and sometimes they take turns talking instead of me, which is just boring for everyone. But facts are facts, they’re behind the magic line, and that’s the way it is now. And to be clear, so we all understand the deal here, if any of your handle-heads happens to cross the magic line, even by accident, do you know what will happen to you then?

CYBERLEADER: What will happen?


mattkidsAnd now the scene with the Little Boy:


The Doctor and a little boy. They’re sitting in the little boy’s bedroom.

THE DOCTOR: Does everyone tell you it’s going to be all right?


THE DOCTOR: Do you believe them?


THE DOCTOR: Good man. Tell me what happens when the lights go out.


THE DOCTOR: Because you’re scared? (Silence) Because you think I won’t believe you. Because you think I’ll tell you everything’s fine, when you know it isn’t, and leave you alone like all the other grown-ups?


THE DOCTOR: Look at me. Am I grown up?


THE DOCTOR: Good! You’re the very first person I’ve fooled. Look, what if I promise I won’t tell you it’s okay. What if I just listen, and then try my best to help, and never tell you that I know better. How about that?

LITTLE BOY: …okay.

THE DOCTOR: Okay. So. You turn the lights out – then what?

LITTLE BOY: The room… changes. In the dark.

THE DOCTOR: You mean the room is different when you can’t see it.


THE DOCTOR: Every time?


THE DOCTOR: Different how?

LITTLE BOY: It’s wet. When I touch the walls, they’re all wet.

THE DOCTOR: Like damp. Like water running down them?

LITTLE BOY: No. Wet like a mouth.

I have to admit, I read all those lines in Matt Smith’s voice (and acted out little physical bits of how he would have done it), so I have no idea how an actor is going to turn those very Matt-specific lines into something new. Whoever can do it will be quite the alchemist! Especially considering how magical Matt’s Doctor has been with children, the scene in the little boy’s room has got to be the acid test for a new Doctor. Convince Moffat you can play this scene in a way that reminds of the 11th Doctor while blazing a trail for the 12th, and the role is yours!

Oh, yeah? Sez you!

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