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Piers Beckley | 15:44 UK time, Thursday, 19 April 2007

We've just put a new script in the script archive - it's the first episode of the new series of Doctor Who.

So, here you are: Smith and Jones, by showrunner Russell T Davies.

(You may need Acrobat Reader to read the script.)


  • 1.
  • At 08:09 PM on 19 Apr 2007,
  • Charlie Keeble wrote:

I'm planning some ideas for a documentary and part of it will involve interviews. Now at the moment I'm writing the script, but I'm stuck on writing in the sequences where the interviewees shall take their place. Now as I haven't secured people for interviews, how do I go about writing in their contributions without any clue what they'll say, who they'll be or whether their contributions will conflict with information for the audience that I've already scripted?

  • 2.
  • At 01:47 PM on 20 Apr 2007,
  • Pete B wrote:

Wow! How fantastic to read an actual shooting script from Russell T Davies. Despite the fact the Doctor Who Shooting Scripts is very useful for budding writers (well, me really), it's fascinating to see how an actual script from the show looks on screen/paper with all the corrections, cut scenes and stage directions laid out.

A big thanks to Mr Davies for allowing me (well, us) to read this and a second big thanks to the Writersroom team for getting this up!

  • 3.
  • At 04:31 PM on 20 Apr 2007,
  • Bel wrote:

Thanks for putting it online, its a great read.
Docyor Who rules!

  • 4.
  • At 04:56 PM on 20 Apr 2007,
  • stuart doctor who fan paine wrote:

awesome very good not weak like new earth or rose

  • 5.
  • At 05:17 PM on 20 Apr 2007,
  • Luke Nicholson wrote:

smith n jones is an ace opening episode n it would be well good to have the script

  • 6.
  • At 05:18 PM on 20 Apr 2007,
  • David Brookes wrote:

always wanted to see what one looks like and now you can get one like the official ones that you see in doctor who confidential during the run throughs

  • 7.
  • At 06:25 PM on 20 Apr 2007,
  • JAde Pate wrote:

doctor who is cool.

Wonderful! Thanks to all involved for sharing this, I'm sure it'll be a fascinating read.

  • 9.
  • At 07:45 PM on 20 Apr 2007,
  • Padz wrote:

This shooting script is so brilliant!
It's nice to see Russell T. Davies's
art put on display for ALL to see.

  • 10.
  • At 09:55 AM on 21 Apr 2007,
  • andrew mcginn wrote:

I loved the judoon and the new assistant Martha is great. Mum says shes even better than rose but I think there the same

  • 11.
  • At 10:19 AM on 21 Apr 2007,
  • Tobi Loftus wrote:

Thanks for this!

I can now add another BBC script to my archives!!

  • 12.
  • At 02:43 PM on 21 Apr 2007,
  • John Middleton wrote:

Thanks! Was very interesting to see the story in this way.
Do you have other Dr Who Scripts available?

  • 13.
  • At 04:30 PM on 21 Apr 2007,
  • Cheuk Ma wrote:

thank you for putting up a new script on the first episode of season 3 of Doctor Who. I hope there will be more scripts to follow.

Thanks so much for sharing the DW script. Both enjotable to read and intersting for writers, Pls. Keep them coming....

In the States,
Pete Gallo, SME

  • 15.
  • At 05:15 PM on 21 Apr 2007,
  • Jack Robinson wrote:

Could anyone explain what pink, yellow, green and salmon revisions are?

  • 16.
  • At 05:16 PM on 21 Apr 2007,
  • Ben astell wrote:

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  • 17.
  • At 07:31 PM on 21 Apr 2007,
  • Jody wrote:

your site is cool!

Absolutely fantastic to see the script. Nothing else to say other than Fantastic, fine, great, superb.

  • 19.
  • At 06:03 PM on 22 Apr 2007,
  • Verity Weaver wrote:

Wow! I know this was aired several weeks ago, but even reading the script still had me literally on the edge of my seat! I love Doctor Who and the choice of writer is always well made, and the writers, whether part of the regular team or not, are absolutely amazing and always pull off the huge feat of writing a 45 minute episode that never once flops.

  • 20.
  • At 11:15 AM on 23 Apr 2007,
  • alan hansford wrote:

I am a fan of Doctor Who i have the (figures, cards/toptrumps/exterminator/annihilator, pencil case, book of k-9)

A script is printed out on white paper until it's ready to go to the actors. At that point it becomes a shooting script.

Of course, you're still going to have to make changes. So after that, rather than sending out all-new copies of the script each time, you just send out the new pages.

This is done on coloured paper so the actors and crew will know which pages have changed.

This is absolutely fascinating reading. I'm a writer (fiction and non-fiction) as well as an ardent fan of "Doctor Who" and it was fascinating to read this the day after I re-watched "Smith and Jones"... I'd love to see some more scripts from the series ("The Shakespeare Code", "Father's Day" and "The Unquiet Dead" would be my personal choices). What was most interesting was seeing how the actors, especially David Tennant, had interpreted what was on the page for the screen.

Yes, v. good, hurrah and such. love the series

  • 24.
  • At 04:58 PM on 25 Apr 2007,
  • Yasmin wrote:

This was a brilliant opening to what has been an amazing series so far, and it's great that Russell T Davies work is up for everyone to see as it should be. As I'm interested in acting myself and a massive fan of Doctor Who, it was really interesting to see what Doctor Who looks like on the page. Keep up the brilliant work Sir Russell!

  • 25.
  • At 10:19 AM on 27 Apr 2007,
  • Jack wrote:

Thanks very much Russell for allowing me to "hear" the script. With my poor hearing sometimes hard to pick up what is said on TV version (till the box set comes out with subtitles). Picked up extra bits I missed - so a pleasure to read/hear it properly. It was fantastic !!

  • 26.
  • At 10:44 AM on 28 Apr 2007,
  • sarah fletcher wrote:

Wow! Its really great to be able to read the script from my fave programme Doctor who more of the same would be very nice!

  • 27.
  • At 02:03 PM on 30 Apr 2007,
  • Amy wrote:

I think it is great to be able to read the script and watch the episode at the same time!WOW!
I love the 3rd series up to now, hope it keeps going well.Will there be any more scripts put on here? Because i am dying to read them.

  • 28.
  • At 11:16 AM on 22 May 2007,
  • ben wrote:


  • 29.
  • At 02:30 PM on 03 Jun 2007,
  • Jo wrote:

Any chance of a Dalziel and Pascoe script?

I'll look into it.

  • 31.
  • At 09:23 PM on 13 Jul 2007,
  • Amy wrote:

is there going to be any more scripts?

  • 32.
  • At 11:48 AM on 25 Jul 2007,
  • Kelly wrote:

Marvelous! Absolutely marvelous! Dr. Who is my insparation; The general writing of it is fantastic and this helped me out with some of my scripts tonnes. I hope that the Doccy Who scripts will continue to be displayed as they are absolutely amazing and exceedingly helpful. Thank you kind people at BBC for both producing such a great piece and then going one better and displaying it.

p.s. Will and Torchwood scripts ever appear? They are yet another of my inspirations. XD

  • 33.
  • At 06:03 PM on 17 Aug 2007,
  • *Parallel Doctor* wrote:

Did anyone else notice the mistake on the script (not in the programme itself) on page 32A? I did!

It's fantastic to read through, it has given me an idea of what to look forward to in college.

Keep them coming I love the series and think the effort put into it is well worth an NTA.

Good site! I'll stay reading! Keep improving!

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