"Good idea Robin, let me get you and pen and pap-" the Doctor began, but then he saw that Robin was already holding it. He looked puzzled for a moment and patted himself down before shrugging. "I guess I gave it to you earlier. Go ahead, write it all down as quick as you can. We can't afford to waste time."
"Running video now Doctor," Sky spoke and gestured to the screen with her fingers. Without so much as touching the screens surface, the video began, showing a comfortable living room with a TV, the last thing Gwen saw during the Queens Christmas message. "We don't have sound Doctor, but the contact lenses have a lip reading function that should be able to translate everything that is said and place it on the screen in text format," Sky explained.
"But what if the people in the message lack mouths?" Strax asked. "Will this primitive technology still work? Perhaps we should simply track an agent of this Silence organisation and force them to reveal their nefarious plot by injecting them with venomous compounds!"
"Strax, a silent agent would eat a poisoned five course meal at a one star restaurant before revealing their plans and orders," the Doctor said with a heavy sigh and shook his head before turning back to Sky. "Alter the audio input and match it the lip reading synchronizer and all vocal data located in Torchwood and UNIT's data banks. They're bound to have something on Silents by now."
Sky's brow furrowed as she obeyed the Doctor's instructions and used her racial abilities to complete the process. After a few seconds of the screen fuzzing in and out, she stepped back and nodded her head to indicate that the job was done.
"Okay everyone, brace yourselves," the Doctor spoke before hitting play.
The video came enlarged on the screen to show more of the room. The place looked a little messy, but not dirty, the shirts that lay on the floor and the wrapping paper that was scattered around the place showed nothing but a happy home on Christmas day. As they watched on the Doctor noticed Gwen shudder on the spot as her husband appeared on the screen, grinning broadly at them while bouncing their darling child in his arms."She's a right terror Gwen. She's broken half her present's already and eaten all the sweets your mam brought her. She's going to be up all night at this rate,"
Rhys spoke, the subtitles following every word that left his mouth. He paused as Gwen replied to him, her response unable to be caught on camera, after a moments moment he threw back his head and laughed.
"I told him that it was Christmas, she was allowed to be a terror," Gwen spoke quietly, her voice strained as she tried her best to maintain her composure. Her eyes were filling with tears, but she did not cry. "And then I told him he'd be the one dealing with her anyway. I was planning on hitting the Sherry later on.""Is that the Queen's message?"
Rhys spoke as he took his seat next to her. The television was now showing an elderly woman with thin wire spectacles and curly grey hair, her face set in a pleasant but typically formal manner. "I heard someone say she was finally going to talk about some of the stranger stuff that keeps happening every year."
Rhys said to Gwen whilst bouncing their daughter on his knee, who was now giggling joyfully. "I wonder what she'll talk about first? That great big bloody demon that stomped through Cardiff, the Miracle day, those huge electric eyes that were flying about or those cubes that fell from the sky?""Good afternoon and Merry Christmas to you all,"
the old woman began. "This last year has been an extraordinary time for us all. Events that have been beyond our comprehension have transpired and we have found ourselves needing to rapidly adapt to the bold changes that our home planet has gone through. Many are fearful about what the future will hold and I do not fault them at all for feeling this way.""But what you should know, is that whatever challenges await us, we are not helpless. We will never be without hope. For we have strength and very very good friends,"
the Queen spoke and for a moment the Doctor's smile seemed to become that little more mischievous, as is he and the Queen had just shared an inside joke."So do not worry, enjoy today. For this is a time when we must remember how fortunate we are to have such amazing people in this world, people who will do anything to protect us and stand up against evil. In fact...when I think of these heroes, I am reminded of something that was once said to me by a dear friend,"
the Queen spoke, a smile twitching on the corner of her mouth. "They said to me-"
The picture on the television vanished and the Queen became replaced with a flickering image of a Silent, wounded and looking out at them with a malicious gaze in its small beady eyes."You should kill-"
It began, but before it could continue the picture changed to a pair of female lips that seemed to smile cruelly before they said one
Beware the child of time. Meet me in the church of paradox. Save the ones that should not be saved. Fail yourself a thousand times."
The picture changed back immediately to the white alien, allowing it to finally finish its command. "-us all on sight!"
The image changed once more back to the Queen and the camera turned to face Rhys, just in time to see him grab his head with a pained expression."I'm fine, don't worry. Probably just tired from the Christmas rush,"
Rhys said, presumably after Gwen asked him if he was okay.
"Stop!" The Doctor called out and the video paused before he turned to Robin and looked down at the notepad and pen that she held, noting how the page was now full of new text. "What does it say? What did you write?"