Or maybe not. "Doctor, don't listen to him," says Sarah Jane simply. Finch offers her, and Rose as well, the same apple: "You could be with him throughout eternity. Young...fresh. Never wither, never age. Never die." That won't work, watch. So he turns back to the Doctor: "Their lives are so fleeting. So many goodbyes. How lonely you must be, Doctor. Join us." Did the Jagrafess teach you nothing? "I could save everyone..." Erase Nine like he never existed, and all that pain gone like a Bad Wolf forgotten. Yet another end of yet another world. "I could stop the War..." A small smile graces Finch's lips, but With morning wakes the will, and cries, "Thou shalt not be the fool of loss." Sarah Jane becomes desperate: "No! The universe has to move forward. Pain and loss -- they define us as much as happiness or love." Mr. Finch closes his eyes, perhaps because she's so on the nose this week. "Whether it's a world, or a relationship...everything has its time. And everything ends," says Sarah Jane. (Beauty defined in the ephemeral: the ramp back down to reality. God is a dream to which we run with arms open, and from which we retreat with heavy looks, but still: there are dreams, and there's reality. You die without either, given enough time stuck on one side or the other. The madmen who know God best can't balance a checkbook; you have to be both, to move in the daytime and dream in the night. The sun and the moon; you cannot divide them.) The Doctor takes strength from Sarah Jane's words; from her distance and her propinquity he takes his strength: 'Twere hardly worth my while to choose Of things all mortal, or to use A tattle patience ere I die; 'Twere best at once to sink to peace, Like birds the charming serpent draws, To drop head-foremost in the jaws Of vacant darkness and to cease. He throws a chair through the code, smashing the screen. He takes his strength and remembers his pain, and this is why he's the Doctor. He orders everyone out.
Mickey drives Sarah Jane's car right into the Vale of Awakening, smashing its doors, and grabbing Kenny in the meantime.
Finch screams! It echoes through the school; Wagner and two Krillitanes pause and become bats.
Kenny and Mickey meet the Doctor, Rose, and Sarah Jane at the bottom of the stairs for some intense Doctor Who running about. The three Krillitanes fly/grope down the hall horribly toward them. Running occurs. The Krillitanes split at the end of one corridor; everybody runs to the dining hall and the doors are locked, so the Doctor goes digging for his screwdriver just as Finch bursts through the doors, attended by Krillitanes. "Are they my teachers?" asks Kenny, horrified and fascinated. "Yeah, sorry," says the Doctor. Finch gives his brothers leave to eat everyone but the Doctor, just like time. They swoop; the Doctor fights them off with a chair. Everybody screams and swoops, according to their proclivities, and then suddenly a red beam of science shoots in and gets a Krillitane, cooking him good. It's K-9 to the rescue! Finch roars with rage; Sarah Jane roars with triumph. K-9 suggests that she "engage running mode," and calls her mistress. More running. The Doctor orders K-9 to hold them back, and it assumes "maximum defense mode." The Doctor locks K-9 in with the beasts.