Doctor who the unquiet dead  Season #1 Episode #3

Synopsis: "The Unquiet Dead" is the third episode of the first series of the British science-fiction television programme Doctor Who, first broadcast on 9 April 2005 on BBC One. It was written by Mark Gatiss and directed by Euros Lyn.

[Chapel of Rest]

(A small altar with a cross on it flanked by a pair of candles. The rest of the room is also candle-lit and there are arum lilies in vases by an open coffin. The bald Welsh undertaker lights the gas lamp then speaks to his client.)

Sneed and Company offer their sincerest condolences, sir, in this most trying hour.

Grandmamma had a good innings, Mister Sneed. She was so full of life. I can't believe she's gone.

Not gone, Mister Redpath, sir. Merely sleeping.

May I have a moment?

Yes, of course. I shall be in the next room, should you require anything.

(Sneed leaves. The man gazes down the corpse of his mother. Her skin turns blue for a moment then her eyes open. She grabs her son by the throat and knocks over a vase. The crash brings Sneed back in.)

Oh, no. No.

(Sneed frees Redpath from the woman's grasp, forces her down and tries to put the coffin lid on.)

Gwyneth! Get down here now! We've got another one!

(The vigorous corpse pushes the lid off, knocking Sneed out, and kicks her way out of the coffin side. She walks down the snow-covered street, groaning, and with blue vapour coming from her screaming mouth.)


(The Tardis is in a rather jerky flight.)

Hold that one down!

I'm holding this one down.

Well, hold them both down.

It's not going to work.

(Rose tries to stretch across half the console.)

Oi! I promised you a time machine and that's what you're getting. Now, you've seen the future, let's have a look at the past. 1860. How does 1860 sound?

What happened in 1860?

I don't know, let's find out. Hold on, here we go!


Gwyneth! Where are you, girl? Gwyneth!

(Gwyneth comes in from outside. Everyone say Hi! to Eve Myles.)

Where've you been? I was shouting.

I've been in the stables, sir, breaking the ice for old Sampson.

Well, get back in there and harness him up.

Whatever for, sir?

The stiffs are getting lively again. Mister Redpath's grandmother, she's up and on her feet and out there somewhere on the streets. We've got to find her.

Mister Sneed, for shame. How many more times? It's ungodly.

Don't look at me like it's my fault. Now, come on, hurry up. She was eighty six. She can't have got far.

What about Mister Redpath? Did you deal with him?

No. She did.

That's awful, sir. I know it's not my place, and please, forgive me for talking out of turn, sir. But this is getting beyond, now. Something terrible is happening in this house, and we've got to get help.

And we will, as soon as I get that dead old woman locked up and safe and sound. Now stop prevaricating, girl. Get the hearse ready. We're going body snatching.


(The Tardis materialises at the end of a snowy street. The Doctor and Rose are lying on the floor. It must have been a rough landing.)


You're telling me. Are you all right?

Yeah. I think so. Nothing broken. Did we make it? Where are we?

I did it. Give the man a medal. Earth, Naples, December 24th, 1860.

That's so weird. It's Christmas.

All yours.

But, it's like, think about it, though. Christmas. 1860. Happens once, just once and it's gone, it's finished, it'll never happen again. Except for you. You can go back and see days that are dead and gone a hundred thousand sunsets ago. No wonder you never stay still.

Not a bad life.

Better with two. Come on, then.

Hey, where do you think you're going?


Go out there dressed like that, you'll start a riot, Barbarella. There's a wardrobe through there. First left, second right, third on the left, go straight ahead, under the stairs, past the bins, fifth door on your left. Hurry up!

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Mark Gatiss

Mark Gatiss (Listeni/ˈɡeɪtɪs/ gay-tis; born 17 October 1966) is an English actor, comedian, screenwriter and novelist. His work includes writing for and acting in the TV series Doctor Who and Sherlock. Together with Reece Shearsmith, Steve Pemberton and Jeremy Dyson, he is a member of the comedy team The League of Gentlemen. He is also known for his role as Tycho Nestoris in the HBO series Game of Thrones. more…

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