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SCREEN BLACK
                          NARRATOR (V.O.)
                     I think the first time I saw him was when I was 10. Maybe 11 years old.

SNAP IN:

EXT. HOSPITAL, AIR EVAC
We are floating over a young boy being pulled out on a gurney of an emergency helicopter, as a nurse holding the boy’s IV bag looks towards the door of the hospital as several men and women rush out of the hospital – towards the safely landed helicopter. 

The nurse has noticeable tears in her eyes as the team approaches. 

                          NURSE ONE
                     (Stifling her tears) I think we lost him. 

The gurney with the boy on it is raced off the tarmac and towards the open hospital doorway 

SNAP IN:

INT. HOSPITAL, CORRIDOR

The gurney with the boy on it bursts through the doors of the emergency room, pushed by no less than three men and two women, when a man in a white lab coat rushes up to the gurney pushing the others aside. 

                          THE DOCTOR
                      What happened?

                          NURSE ONE
                      (Crying) We lost him, that’s what happened, we lost him.

                          THE DOCTOR
                     (Loudly) Can someone with a level head please answer my question?

                          MALE EMT 
                     (Loudly) From what we’re told, he had somehow gotten through a secured gate and to the top of an electrical transformer where he touched a live wire. 

The Doctor pulls a device out of his white doctor’s coat, and briefly opens an eye of the young boy as we hear an odd whirring noise emanate from the odd looking device.

                          THE DOCTOR
                     (loudly) Still Unresponsive. DAMMIT! How long?

                          MALE EMT
                     (Loudly) 30 minutes. Sir, he’s dead. He hasn’t had a heartbeat in 30 minutes. Why are we rushing this?

The Doctor turns around and points directly at us. 

                          THE DOCTOR
                     (Loudly) Does THAT look like he’s dead? 

The EMT looks up and towards us, confused as the gurney breaks through another set of doors and is wheeled under a sign which says “Burn Unit”. 

The EMT clearly doesn’t see what The Doctor is seeing.

                     Crying can be heard as the gurney is wheeled past rows of other gurneys.

                          MALE EMT
                     (Loudly) Sir, I don’t understand…

                          THE DOCTOR
                     (Loudly) Of course. You humans can be so damn primitive with your training! 

The gurney is wheeled through an open doorway with the room number “EU 42” fixed firmly on the door. 

                          THE DOCTOR
                     You.

                          NURSE ONE
                     Me?

                          THE DOCTOR
                     Yes, You. OUT NOW. We can’t have your frail human emotions influencing the situation and making it worse. 

The nurse looks at The Doctor, as if to protest, but The Doctor looks her in the eye as if to say “We don’t have the time for your dissent”, so she slowly withdraws out the Emergency Room Door.

                          THE DOCTOR 
                     (Yelling after the nurse) NOT EVEN IN OBSERVATION!

We continue following the nurse as she puts her hands over her face. She’s unable to contain her emotions now as the tears are streaming.

She continues walking, as we see a door with a sign that says “Observation”. The NURSE looks around, making sure no one is following her, as she begins to push open the door.

Another nurse walks by right as she’s about to enter the doorway. 

                          NURSE TWO 
                     He specifically told you not to go in there.

NURSE TWO pushes past NURSE ONE to the observation stairwell. 

                          NURSE ONE
                     What about you? You’re not allowed up there either!

NURSE TWO turned around and smiles.

                          NURSE TWO
                     No one said I wasn’t allowed up here.

NURSE ONE looks sadly up the observation stairwell, as NURSE TWO look back at her as if to say “Please don’t follow me up here.”

We follow NURSE TWO up the flight of stairs, as we enter another corridor which eventually leads to “EU 42 – OBSERVATION”

NURSE TWO turns into the room, and takes a seat around a set of windows on the floor which look down on the primary operating table. 

It’s eerily quiet as frantic activity is occurring around the young boy below. 

We shift down through the floor and as we pierce the ceiling the cacophony of instruments and voices is reaches a crescendo. 

                          THE DOCTOR 
                     NURSE. Attach an EKG Immediately. 

                          NURSE THREE
                     Doctor? We only have one diagnostic EKG and it’s in neuroscience, level four. 

The Doctor is clearly irate. 

                          THE DOCTOR 
                     What? You don’t have a mobile EKG?

                          NURSE THREE
                     A what? 

                          THE DOCTOR
                     A mobile EKG Unit! Jesus, what happened to this backwater planet anyways? What year is this again? 

                          NURSE FOUR
                     (confused) It’s 1980. 

                          THE DOCTOR
                     Can’t see detached spirits. Doesn’t have a mobile EKG. Next you’re going to tell me you don’t have a replicator. 

                          NURSE THREE and FOUR
                     (simultaneously confused) A what?

                          THE DOCTOR
                     Oh for the love of God. I’ll be right back. 

The Doctor exits the room, hurriedly, and rushes down the hallway to a door marked “LINEN CLOSET”. 

He pulls out a key, and puts it into the lock, and as we get a glimpse of the room The Doctor is about to enter from behind and over the right shoulder of the man, we see clearly this room is remarkably larger on the inside than we would expect. 

Disproportionally larger. 

The door closes behind the man and as soon as it closes it reopens as the Doctor re-emerges pushing a device on a small cart. 

We follow The Doctor as he wheels the device through the corridors through to EU 42, just as NURSE THREE is placing a cover over the young boy’s face. 

                          NURSE THREE 
                     Nurse, please list the patients time of death at

                          THE DOCTOR
                     (Yells) I told you he’s NOT dead yet! 

The Doctor angrily pulls the instrument cart to the side of the emergency room bed and in one move pulls the cloth off the boy’s face, reaches for his pocket and directs an instrument towards us as the instrument lets out a sine wave like noise.   His arm and the instrument remain fixed on us. 
                          THE DOCTOR
                     (Yells) Do you see now?

Everyone in the room gasps. 

                          THE DOCTOR
                     (Loudly) Hand soap. Lotion. Does anyone have anything without alcohol in it that we can apply to his scalp?

The Doctor drops his hand as the noise ceases from the device he’s holding and the apparition the staff spotted appears to disappear from their view. 

NURSE FIVE nervously looking at us Ruffles through some boxes on the wall, and reaches for a container marked clearly “Petroleum Jelly”

                          NURSE FIVE 
                     Will this do?

She hands the container to the Doctor. 

                          THE DOCTOR
                     Glycerol? This is alcohol and precisely what I asked you not to provide me. Where did this hospital’s staff receive their training from, the cavemen?

NURSE FOUR is also going through the containers. She hands The Doctor a tube of Calamine Lotion. 

                          THE DOCTOR
                     Perfect. Nurses, please cover his head with this, we don’t have enough time to shave it. 

The Doctor wheels the cart he pulled from the Linen Closet over to the side of the hospital bed as he begins pulling several cords from the machine. He plugs one into the AC outlet, and then turns to the machine and turns the machine power switch into the ‘on position’.

The lights for the entire facility dim and flicker. As the Doctor looks up.

                          THE DOCTOR
                     That was unexpected…

The lights cease flickering, and The Doctor goes back to work, pulling cords out from the machine, and then begins attaching them to the young boy’s head where the lotion had been applied. 

                          NURSE FOUR
                     Doctor, why are we doing this?

The Doctor glances at the Nurse and then back down at the young boy and smirks. 

                          THE DOCTOR
Finally. We have signs of intelligence! An inquisitive mind. What we’re doing is directing this young boy’s consciousness back into his body. We’re giving him choice, my dear, and providing him a roadmap on how to make that choice. 

                          NURSE FIVE
                     And the device? Is that a mobile EKG?

                          THE DOCTOR
                     It is, my dear, it is. Only this one is a special EKG unit. It can transmit and receive. 

                          NURSE FOUR
                     I don’t understand. 

The Doctor looks at the nurse with a brief look of bewilderment then returns to connecting the device.

                          THE DOCTOR
                     Ten connections. Minimum. He’s fading, so we have to make this quick. Nurse, I don’t understand what you’re confused about but I don’t have enough time to explain myself, for now, just trust me, I’m The Doctor. 

                          NURSE FOUR
                     You mean “A Doctor”

The Doctor leans back, puts his hands on his hips while he’s shaking his head in disbelief of the personnel he’s surrounded by, he glances at the wiring one last time, and then turns to the mobile EKG unit as he reaches out for it and then looks straight at us

                          THE DOCTOR
                     No nurse, I meant what I said. 

At this point the Doctor flips a switch and the lights grow dim and flicker again, as we are forcefully pulled up, towards the ceiling, as the Doctor stares at us intently the entire time as he says.

                          THE DOCTOR
                     I am THE Doctor.

We are pulled continuously through the ceiling, and as we pass slowly through the observation room we see BOTH 

NURSE ONE, still in tears, and NURSE TWO looking down at the young boy as he convulsively gasps and his eyes open wide. 

                          NURSE ONE
                     Oh my God. He did it. He saved him. 

                          NURSE TWO
                     (Hiding a frown and Surprised) How is that possible?

We are pulled continuously through the ceiling, that ceiling, and before we go much further we …

                                                                                  :FADE TO BLACK

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