‘The Space Hotel’ – Part Two, Chapter 6

Hello everyone! 🙂

Welcome to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ blog and I’m Tim Bradley!

It’s time for Chapter 6 of the ‘Doctor Who’ fan-fiction story, ‘The Space Hotel’. The murder mystery deepens as the Fifth Doctor, Nyssa and Billy discover more about what’s happening with Gordon Rotenhend and his Rotenhend Hotel 360. Today, the mystery goes on in a swimming pool complex!

Here is a brief summary of what ‘The Space Hotel’ is all about.

The TARDIS takes the Doctor, Nyssa and Billy to Rotenhend Hotel 360 in the 37th century. They meet a rude hotel manager and murders take place.

Enjoy!

Tim. 🙂


swimming pool

6. Swimming Pool Incident

SCENE #44 – INT – LOBBY, LEVEL #1 – 37TH CENTURY – MORNING
In the lobby on Level #1, Joel enters when an alarm signal blares off. He goes to the reception desk where he finds Bruce.

JOEL
“Bruce? Bruce, what’s going on? Why has the alarm sounded?”

BRUCE
(moans) “I told Mr. Rotenhend to set better locking self-sealing mechanisms from Argatine V. But would he listen to me? No! Not to an android, he wouldn’t.”

JOEL
“Stop moaning, Bruce. Tell me what’s happened?”

Bruce moves back from the reception desk.

BRUCE
“Have a look in this monitor. Good thing that it’s not broken by Mr. Rotenehend when he smashed this reception desk to pieces.”

Joel takes a look at the monitor and is stunned by what he sees.

JOEL
“Oh dear. Dad’s not going to like this.”

Just then, Gordon enters as he comes out of the lift.

GORDON
(shouts) “Joel! Joel! Why is there dinging ding going off in the air? Is there a fire?”

JOEL
“No. It’s a burglary! Someone’s stolen one of the hotel’s space cars!”

GORDON
(shrieks) “One of the hotel’s space cars!”

BRUCE
“Yes. It’s leaving the hotel and heading straight into the western sector of Zondor space.

Joel remains concerned; Bruce is not bothered and Gordon fumes with anger.


SCENE #45 – EXT – ZONDOR SPACE – 37TH CENTURY – N/A
In outer space, the space car that Larry and Bob have stolen journeys deeper into Zondor space. It is now light years away from the space hotel as it travels on warp speed to make for its destination.


SCENE #46 – INT – COCKPIT, ROTENHEND SPACE CAR – 37TH CENTURY – N/A
In the cockpit, Larry and Bob pilot the space car. Larry is jovial, whilst Bob is cautious. Larry presses some switches on a control panel.

LARRY
(gradually) “Predestined co-ordinates are still accurate. Autopilot is still maintained. Everything’s as it should be.”

BOB
“Is it?”

LARRY
“Of course it is! Don’t ever doubt it!” (sighs happily) “This is the life, Bob. We’ve managed to strike a deal with her ladyship and we’re now definitely on the verge of completing it.”

BOB
“We’re not even there yet, Larry. Anyway, what does she want from all of this? Why do we have to go to this space station of hers?”

LARRY
“Didn’t you hear what her ladyship said, Bob? That’s none of your business. Dear me, always prying into other people’s affairs.”

BOB
“Well I was only asking. Anyway, we’re in enough trouble as it is.”

LARRY
“I think this calls for a drink! I’ll go and get some champagne. Wait here. I’ll get two glasses of champagne from this replicator”

Larry makes his way to the replicator aboard the space car.

BOB
(agitated) “Didn’t you hear what I said, Larry?”

LARRY
(to replicator) “Two glasses of champagne. One large, one small please.”

The replicator responds, as it starts replicating the two glasses of champagne for Larry and Bob.

BOB
“We’re out in the middle of nowhere and we’ve stolen a space car from the hotel. Do you think the manager will be happy to know that we’ve stolen it?”

Larry hands Bob the small glass of champagne.

LARRY
“Here you are, Bob. Here’s your drink.”

BOB
(bemused) “You’ve given me a small glass.”

LARRY
“Yes I have. After all, you’re driving.”

Bob sighs annoyed, as he follows Larry back to the seats in the cockpit. They sit with their glasses of champagne. Bob takes a sip from his glass whilst Larry gulps down his whole drink. Larry then belches loudly.

LARRY
(belches) “Pardon me.”

Bob ignores Larry’s belching, as he concentrates on what’s ahead.

BOB
“Is the space station far?”

LARRY
“Don’t know.”

BOB
“Do you know what it looks like?”

LARRY
“No I don’t.”

BOB
(gradually) “Will we meet anyone there?”

LARRY
(exasperated) “Why are you pestering me with such questions, Bob? I don’t know!”

BOB
“I want to know what to do when we get there! We’ve been told nothing about what our mission is!”

LARRY
“We shall be told when we get there! There’s a telelink at the space station where her ladyship will contact us.”

BOB
“How reassuring.”

LARRY
(to himself; dreamingly) “I don’t see why we should distrust her ladyship’s words. After all, she did take a liking to me. She knows she can trust me. She may have a torch for me, you know.”

BOB
“Larry!”

LARRY
(to himself; dreamingly) “Maybe she’ll fall in love with me!”

BOB
“Larry!”

LARRY
(to himself; dreamingly) “Probably would want to marry me! Oh heaven!”

BOB
“Larry!”

LARRY
“What is it, Bob?”

BOB
“Look in front of us! There’s a wave approaching!”

They look through the front window of the space car and see the shockwave approaching them.

LARRY
“Not just any wave, Bob! It’s the wave!”

BOB
The wave?”

LARRY
(determined)The wave!”

BOB
(thinks, realises) “Oh! The wave!”

LARRY
(warningly) “Hold on tight! We’re going for a ride now!” (Pause) “Shields up!”

Bob sets the shields up, as he and Larry hold tight to their seats. The shockwave comes closer and a blinding flash then occurs. Everything goes out of synch and becomes silent. The shockwave has struck the space car.


SCENE #47 – INT – SWIMMING POOL #2, LEVEL #7 – 37TH CENTURY – AFTERNOON
Back at Rotenhend Hotel, in swimming pool #2 of the swimming pool complex on Level #7, guests enjoy themselves as some dive into the pool; swim forwards and backwards and some chat to each other in the spas. Nyssa is also there, as she’s in a bikini and lying on a deck chair with her feet up. She relaxes, taking in the soothing atmosphere. Billy, in his capacity as a writer, comes by carrying a tray for Nyssa.

BILLY
“Enjoying yourself there?”

NYSSA
(startled) “Oh Billy! Um…yes! Yes I am!”

BILLY
(cheerfully) “Your fruit juice as requested, my lady.”

NYSSA
“Thank you.”

Billy places the glass of fruit juice onto a little table beside Nyssa, whilst she sits in her deck-chair.

BILLY
“Do they have swimming pools on Traken?”

NYSSA
“Yes. They used to have spas at one time. Though it was for medical and spiritual purposes.”

BILLY
“I’m amazed and glad that you’ve managed to find something to do whilst conducting your investigations at the hotel. I thought you’d be with the Doctor.”

NYSSA
“This is part of my investigation. I’m merely observing any suspicious movements in this swimming pool complex to make sure no accidents occur.”

BILLY
“And in bikini and all.”

NYSSA
“You’re more than welcome to join me if you wish.”

BILLY
(thinks) “But then who would pamper you?”

NYSSA
(coyly) “Exactly. And in good timing as you do for me, that’s quality in a lady’s eyes.”

BILLY
(happily) “Very aristocratic.”

Both giggle, as Nyssa takes a sip from her glass of orange juice off the table and drinks it with relish.

NYSSA
“Oh. That’s lovely, Billy. Thank you.”

BILLY
“My pleasure.”

Nyssa puts the glass back on the table.

BILLY
“I suppose you’ve heard one of the ‘space cars’ has been stolen?”

NYSSA
“Yes. I don’t suppose they know who might have done it.”

BILLY
“They’re checking the hotel guests that are registered and confirm any suspects.”

NYSSA
“Then maybe it was those men the Doctor tried to get hold of the other day.”

BILLY
“Well they haven’t been seen since yesterday.”

NYSSA
“They may carry forth whatever they have in mind to fruition.”

BILLY
“But why? What is it all for? Unless they’re the ones responsible for causing that man’s death.”

NYSSA
“And the couple we found yesterday.”

BILLY
“You think that was murder too?”

NYSSA
“It has to be. I wish I knew all the answers, Billy. But at the moment, it could only be possibilities.”

BILLY
“Who done it?’ Yes that’s a tricky one.”

Just then, the tannoy whirs into into life, making a screeching sound as it does so.

BILLY
“What’s that?”

NYSSA
“Sounds like an announcement is going to be made.”

On the tannoy, Elizabeth speaks.

ELIZABETH (V’O)
“Attention all guests! Please pay attention! My husband has asked me to speak on his behalf because it is his birthday. He’s two and a half!”

GORDON (V’O)
(interrupts) “I am not!”

ELIZABETH (V’O)
Just joking.” (to guests) “Anyway. To celebrate the occasion, we thought we might get everyone to sing ‘Happy Birthday!’ So do spare a few minutes, as we’re about to sing happy birthday to Gordon Rotenhend, manager of this hotel.”

Everyone in swimming pool #2 groans, whilst Nyssa and Billy keep listening.


SCENE #48 – INT – LOBBY, LEVEL #1 – 37TH CENTURY – AFTERNOON
In reception in the lobby on Level #1, Elizabeth continues speaking on the tannoy.

ELIZABETH
(through tannoy) “And we’ve got him a cake! With seventeen candles all round!”

Gordon is there too, as he speak on the tannoy.

GORDON
(shouts; through tannoy) “And everybody sing loud and clear!”

Joel, Enuji and Bruce are there in the lobby with Gordon and Elizabeth.

BRUCE
“Do we really have to do this? It’s so boring.”

GORDON
(menacingly) “Yes! It’s life and death! It’s a big deal!”

JOEL
“I’m sure it is!”

Elizabeth speaks on the tannoy again.

ELIZABETH
(through tannoy) “Okay people. We’re about to sing. Ready…”

Everyone in reception, except Gordon gets ready to sing.

ELIZABETH; JOEL; ENUJI; BRUCE
(sing quickly) “Happy birthday to Mr. Rotenhend! Happy birthday to Mr. Rotenhend! Happy birthday Mr. Rotenhend! Happy birthday to Mr. Rotenhend!”

Everybody claps.

ELIZABETH
“Okay, Gordon. Make a wish!”

GORDON
(yells; through tannoy) “I’ll make a wish! I wish…I had a car! A space car! The one that was stolen!”

Gordon blows all over the candles and spits, before the flames go out.

GORDON
(yells angrily; through tannoy) “Now who wants CAKE!!!!?”

ENUJI
(innocently) “Me, me! Me! Wee, wee! Cake want, cake want, cake want, cake want…”


SCENE #49 – INT – SWIMMING POOL #2, LEVEL #7 – 37TH CENTURY – AFTERNOON
Everybody hears the rest of Gordon’s announcement in swimming pool #2 on Level #7, including Nyssa and Billy.

GORDON (V’OVER)
(shouts) “Nobody’s having this cake, until someone comes forth and admits their guilt! I want my space car back! [I want whoever’s responsible to own up! It’s my birthday and I can threaten anyone I like. I want you all to listen to the threats I make and take them seriously! For I am being very serious about this! I’m not kidding! You get me! Announcement ends!”]

BILLY
“He’ll lose his voice if he keeps on like that!”

NYSSA
(disapprovingly) “I never thought I would meet someone so outrageous as Mr. Rotenhend. I’m sorry you have to work for him.”

BILLY
“Ah well! At least I won’t have to work long for him once this crisis is over.”

Suddenly the Doctor enters.

DOCTOR
“Ah, Billy; Nyssa. Glad you two are here!”

NYSSA
“Doctor? What are you…?”

DOCTOR
“No time to explain. Nyssa, will you take this?”

NYSSA
“Take what?”

DOCTOR
“No. You’re in a bikini. No pockets.” (thinks) “Here, Billy! You take this.”

BILLY
(confused) “Hey?”

The Doctor then hands something to Billy. Billy takes it, but is still confused.

NYSSA
“Doctor, what’s going on?”

DOCTOR
“Sorry. Got to dash now.”

The Doctor leaves. Nyssa and Billy are left baffled.

BILLY
(baffled) “What was all that about?”

NYSSA
“What did he give you anyway?”

Billy looks at the object that the Doctor has given to him.

BILLY
“It’s a hair comb.”

NYSSA
“A hair comb? Why did he give you a hair comb? And what for?”

BILLY
“I don’t know.” (thinks) “Still, I better keep it safe. He may want it back.”

Billy slips the comb into his waist pocket, whilst Nyssa stands up from her deckchair.

NYSSA
“Anyway, I’m going to have a little swim.”

BILLY
“Okay. Do you need anything else?”

NYSSA
“No thank you, Billy. I’ll be fine.”

BILLY
“Very well. Enjoy yourself.”

NYSSA
“I might need you again later on though.”

BILLY
“Oh really! Why?”

NYSSA
“To talk about whether you’re staying in the TARDIS or not?”

BILLY
(puzzled) “But I’m not.”

NYSSA
“But you want to stay, don’t you?”

Moment of silence.

BILLY
(hesitant) “I’ll see you later.”

NYSSA
(saddened) “Yeah. See you later.”

Nyssa takes her diving position before she dives into the swimming pool. A splash occurs once Nyssa dives in. Billy watches Nyssa as she swims in the pool.

BILLY
(sighs) “Don’t kid yourself, Walker.”

Billy then leaves, as Nyssa enjoys her swim.


SCENE #50 – INT – SWIMMING POOL #2, LEVEL #7 – 37TH CENTURY – AFTERNOON
In one of the spas of swimming pool #2 on Level #7, a number of well-aged guests are sitting there, chatting to each other. There are two women named Janet and Lorraine with Admiral Brown.

JANET
“Now don’t worry about it, Lorraine. I’ll pay once we’ve finished here.”

LORRAINE
“No, no, no, Janet. I’ll pay.”

JANET
“No, I’ll pay!”

LORRAINE
“I’ll pay!”

JANET
“I’ll pay!”

LORRAINE
“I’ll pay!!”

JANET
“I’ll pay!”

ADMIRAL
(interrupts) “Do stop arguing, ladies. You’re giving me a headache.”

Suddenly, there’s a loud scream that stops the women bickering.

JANET
“Oh my goodness!”

LORRAINE
“What’s it about?”

ADMIRAL
(determined) “I don’t know. But I intend to find out.”

Admiral Brown gets out of the spa and heads off to find what the commotion’s about. Janet and Lorraine follow after him.

JANET
“Lorraine, I think you’d better stay in the spa.”

LORRAINE
“No, Janet. I’ll come with you.”

JANET
“No you won’t!”

LORRAINE
“Yes I will!”

JANET
“No you won’t!”

LORRAINE
“Yes I will!”

JANET
“No you won’t!”

They keep bickering whilst the screams go on from afar.


SCENE #51 – INT – SWIMMING POOL #2, LEVEL #7 – 37TH CENTURY – AFTERNOON
In the pool, Nyssa surfaces from the water once she hears the screams.

NYSSA
(concerned) “Oh no! Oh please no!”

Nyssa swims to a side of the pool, before lifting herself up onto the bank to get out. Once she’s out, she gets onto her feet on the floor above the pool.

NYSSA
(sighs) “And I hoped everything will be pleasant.”

Just then, the whole place shudders and phases in and out. The swimming pool complex are holographic simulations too. Nyssa stops, as she sees the distortion occurring. Eventually, the distortion stops and everything reverts back to normal.

NYSSA
(concerned) “The distortion! In the holographic chamber! It happened again!”

As Nyssa ponders on this recurrence, there are more screams from a distance. Still wet from her swim, Nyssa heads off to find where the screams came from.


SCENE #52 – INT – SWIMMING POOL #2, LEVEL #7 – 37TH CENTURY – AFTERNOON
A crowd has gathered outside the women’s changing room. A few women scream their heads off, whilst people murmur and mutter worriedly. Admiral Brown, Janet and Lorraine push their way through the crowd.

JANET
“Excuse us!”

LORRAINE
“Coming through!”

They pass the crowd and the Admiral; Janet and Lorraine sees the sight before them.

ADMIRAL
“Now what’s going on here…?” (gasps) “Oh my!”

JANET
(screams) “He’s dead! Oh God have mercy!”

LORRAINE
“Now, now, Janet. Calm down. Calm down!”

Janet sobs as she hides her face on Lorraine’s shoulder. Admiral Brown steps forward to see the man who’s been murdered.

ADMIRAL
“What in the galaxy is this? Is this someone’s idea of a joke?”

As the Admiral ponders what’s happening, Nyssa pushes her way through the crowd.

NYSSA
“Admiral Brown! What’s happening here…?” (realises; gasps) “Oh no! Not another one!” (realises) “But…wait a minute!”

ADMIRAL
(to Nyssa) “Hey! You’re that girl I met with the Doctor the other day! We found a couple murdered like this chap!” (Pause) “But I don’t understand it! I mean…this chap looks like me!”

NYSSA
(matter-of-factually) “It is you, Admiral!”

ADMIRAL
(shocked) “Oh no! I’m dead!” (Pause) “But…hang on! If I’m dead, why am I still standing?”

Nyssa kneels down to examine the body. From a distance, Billy comes through the crowd.

BILLY
(calls) “Nyssa! Nyssa!”

Billy pushes his way through the crowd, as he finds Nyssa examining the corpse on the floor. He kneels down beside her.

BILLY
“Nyssa! Are you alright?”

NYSSA
“I’m fine.”

BILLY
“When I heard that scream, I thought something terrible happened to you?”

NYSSA
“Don’t worry, Billy. It’s this man we must consider.”

Nyssa examines the dead Admiral for a while.

BILLY
“Is he dead?”

NYSSA
(grimly) “Yes. He’s beyond help now.”

BILLY
“Well the sight of him is so unbearable to look at, meaning no disrespect.” (Pause) “But hang on! Why does he look like the Admiral?”

ADMIRAL
“Because he is the Admiral! I’m dead! Apparently!”

JANET
“Oh, you poor thing!”

LORRAINE
“We shall miss you!”

NYSSA
(flabbergasted) “But how can this be the Admiral? He’s still alive in front of us! And looking well!”

ADMIRAL
“Thank you, my dear!”

BILLY
(thinks) “Well, maybe it’s his doppelganger!”

NYSSA
(confused) “His what?”

BILLY
“Doppelganger! It’s where two people are look-alikes. There is often death when two people see each other eye to eye. This must be the Admiral’s doppelganger!”

ADMIRAL
“But I’ve never seen myself today! I’ve never met this man before!”

NYSSA
“Wait a minute!” (thinks) “Admiral? Do you keep any identification on you?”

ADMIRAL
“Yes. I keep it in my pocket.”

BILLY
“In your pocket?”

ADMIRAL
“Yes. And I keep it in the suit I’m wearing now. In fact, that’s what my look-alike is wearing!”

NYSSA
(politely) “Do you mind if I look…in this man…your double’s pocket just to be sure, Admiral?”

ADMIRAL
“No, no, no. Not at all, my dear.”

NYSSA
“Thank you.” (to Billy) “Billy? Check to see if there are any other people murdered in this place.”

BILLY
“Right-ho.” (to someone) “Hey, you! Come with me!”

Billy heads off with someone helping him to find anyone else that’s been murdered.

LORRAINE
“Oh this is exciting! Isn’t it, Janet?”

JANET
“I’m going to faint!”

Janet faints. Nyssa checks the dead Admiral’s pocket, as she looks for identification papers. A little while later…

ADMIRAL
“Miss Nyssa? Have you found out who this man is?”

NYSSA
(grudgingly) “Yes. And I’m afraid you’re not going to like what I’m going to say, Admiral Brown.” (slowly) “This gentleman happens to be you!”

ADMIRAL
(shocked) “What?”

NYSSA
“This man is you! Admiral Jonathan Brown! The identification papers confirm it!”

ADMIRAL
“But it can’t be me! It just can’t be!”

NYSSA
“Believe me, Admiral! I’m not trying to confuse you! I’m merely stating the facts!”

ADMIRAL
“But how come it’s me?”

NYSSA
“I haven’t the faintest idea! All I know is…there have been two versions of you, Admiral! And one of them has just had a very unfortunate ending.”

Everything seems grim, as Nyssa is bewildered and the Admiral is astonished by what’s going on.


SCENE #53 – INT – CORRIDOR, LEVEL #7 – 37TH CENTURY – AFTERNOON
A while later, Nyssa reports what’s happened to the Doctor, as they stand in the corridor outside the swimming pool complex. They are joined by a flustered and baffled Admiral Brown.

ADMIRAL
“How come there’s a me who happens to be dead, and now there’s a me, this me, who happens to be alive?”

DOCTOR
“Believe me, Admiral! I’m as baffled as you are!” (to Nyssa) “Nyssa?”

NYSSA
“There was no deception, Doctor. It was a human we found. I checked the portable sphygmomanometer that I had with me.”

DOCTOR
(surprised) “You had a portable sphygmomanometer with you in the swimming pool!”

NYSSA
“I didn’t have it with me when I was swimming in the pool, if that’s what you mean?”

DOCTOR
“Well that’s a relief!”

NYSSA
“My swim suit was waterproof, Doctor. So you could have given me the hair-comb instead of giving it to Billy?”

DOCTOR
“What do you mean?”

NYSSA
“I may look impractical, but I’m certainly not incapable! Anyway, why did you give a hair-comb to Billy? What’s its significance?”

DOCTOR
“What are you talking about, Nyssa?”

NYSSA
“You gave Billy a hair-comb? Just before this incident happened!”

DOCTOR
“Really?”

NYSSA
(puzzled) “Don’t you remember? You abruptly interrupted our conversation to give Billy that hair-comb!”

DOCTOR
“Did I?”

NYSSA
“You said you couldn’t give it to me since I was in my bikini. You must remember, Doctor!”

DOCTOR
“Must I?”

Moment of silence.

ADMIRAL
“But what does it all mean? How come this has happened?”

DOCTOR
(thinks) “Nyssa? Were there any other corpses found in the swimming complex?”

NYSSA
“No. Billy said that he found nothing, thankfully!”

DOCTOR
“Where’s Billy now?”

NYSSA
“He’s gone off to perform his waiter duties. He’ll let us know if anything else comes up!”

DOCTOR
“So, the murders of the couple, Mr. Stedman and the Admiral! They’ve all occurred simultaneously! But in the case of the Admiral, we’ve found him standing whilst another that looked like him is dead.”

ADMIRAL
“But it was me, Doctor!”

DOCTOR
“I’m not disputing that!”

ADMIRAL
“But what am I for goodness sake?”

NYSSA
“A projection? An android? Or some anomaly that shouldn’t exist?”

ADMIRAL
“But I’m real! I’m real as you can see me! I think, I feel!”

The Doctor touches the Admiral by the shoulder.

DOCTOR
(gradually) “Yes, yes! Of course, Admiral! You’re real enough! No question about it.”

The Doctor moves to one side, as he contemplates what to do next. Nyssa joins him.

NYSSA
(enquiringly) “Doctor? There’s more going on here than we’ve realised!”

DOCTOR
“Yes. There’s just too many factors occurring at this…this hotel! The space hotel!” (Pause) “The TARDIS arriving here unexpectedly; the loud shouting and rude Mr. Rotenhend; the strange staff; the unexpected distortions in the holographic fields…”

NYSSA
(interjects) “That happened again whilst I was in the swimming pool earlier!”

DOCTOR
(continues) “…the unexplained murders; the two gentlemen with the stabilisers; the theft of a space car and now the fact that there are two Admiral Browns. And one of them is dead!”

NYSSA
“There’s obviously a murderer here! And one determined to keep everything secure and unexposed!”

Moment of silence, as the Doctor thinks.

DOCTOR
(quietly; to Nyssa) “There’s something odd going on in this hotel, Nyssa! And I want to find out what it is! And with any ordinary police investigation, you…”

NYSSA
“…question all the suspects!”

DOCTOR
“Yes! That knife that was in Stedman’s room was obviously a kitchen knife. It might be best to question the chef!”

NYSSA
“And you’ll be questioning Mr. Rotenhend, the hotel manager!”

DOCTOR
“Yes. And I know what will put Mr. Rotenhend at ease.” (Pause; to Admiral) “Admiral?”

ADMIRAL
“Yes, Doctor?”

DOCTOR
(gradually) “You Admiral, could do with something to occupy your mind! Do you like cricket?”

ADMIRAL
“Do I like it? Oh I absolutely love it!”

DOCTOR
(pleased) “Good!”

NYSSA
“I’ll speak to the hotel chef, Doctor!”

DOCTOR
“Excellent!” (Pause) “And Nyssa?”

NYSSA
“Yes.”

DOCTOR
“Do put some clothes on! You’re still in your bikini!”

NYSSA
(embarrassed) “Oh! Yes of course.”

Nyssa heads off for the changing room, as the Doctor and Admiral Brown go off to find Mr. Rotenhend for the cricket match.


SCENE #54 – EXT – CRICKET FIELD (SIMI-SUITE #2) – 37TH CENTURY – AFTERNOON
A while later in simi-suite #2 on Level 60, a holographic program of a cricket field in a sleepy English village takes place. An audience applauds, as the Doctor hits a cricket ball with his cricket bat before it hits the wicket. The Doctor makes his runs, as his team is winning.

GORDON
(calls) “Good shot, Doctor!”

DOCTOR
“Thank you, Mr. Rotenhend!”

At that point, the game comes to an end. The Doctor walks with Gordon and Admiral Brown away from the cricket field, as they discuss their winnings.

ADMIRAL
“Well! That was a good game wasn’t it, Doctor?”

DOCTOR
“It certainly was, Admiral!” (to Gordon) “I hope you didn’t mind me adding the Admiral to the team, Mr. Rotenhend.”

GORDON
“Of course not, Doctor. I know how well the Admiral enjoys his cricket!” (to Admiral) “Sorry I didn’t get to invite you at the time, Admiral!”

ADMIRAL
“Oh don’t trouble yourself, Rotenhend!” (Pause) “Have the papers arrived yet?”

GORDON
(bemused) “No. Not yet, Admiral!”

Moment of silence.

DOCTOR
“Speaking of papers Mr. Rotenhend, big news are being talked about, aren’t they?!”

GORDON
“What do you mean, Doctor?”

DOCTOR
“News related to this hotel! With the murders and strange malfunctions in the simi-suites.”

GORDON
(laughs) “I shouldn’t think that would be big news, Doctor.”

Moment of silence.

DOCTOR
(challengingly) “How do you feel about Mr. Stedman’s death, Mr. Rotenhend?”

GORDON
(grimly) “What do you mean, how do I feel about Mr. Stedman’s death? Why should I feel? I hardly knew the man!”

DOCTOR
“But due to the fact that he was a guest at your hotel, it must concern you surely?”

GORDON
“Nope. Not a penny drop!”

Moment of silence.

DOCTOR
“What about the couple that died yesterday? And the fact that a man had died earlier happened to be like Admiral Brown here. In fact, he was Admiral Brown!”

GORDON
(shouts angrily) “Why are you asking me these questions? I had nothing to do with the murders!”

DOCTOR
“But I don’t know that. For all I know, you could have been the one who murdered Mr. Stedman when sending his breakfast up.”

GORDON
“Nonsense!”

DOCTOR
“No. It’s not nonsense. It’s a possibility!”

GORDON
(shouts) “I was just delivery a tray! Okay! I’m not expecting the guests to say “What a beautiful morning!” and then I think “Oh right, there’s another one snuffed it in the night!” This is a hotel, not a cemetery! To me, it’s just tripe!” (Pause) “Now if you’ll excuse me! I’ve got a hotel to run! Thanks for the game!”

Gordon walks off in a huff.

GORDON
“End program!”

(CONTINUES INTO:)


SCENE #54B – INT – SIMI-SUITE #2, LEVEL #60 – 37TH CENTURY – AFTERNOON
The cricket-match simulation is turned off and disappears, as the simi-suite reverts to default mode. Gordon leaves the simi-suite, as the huge simi-suite doors slide open and close behind him. The Doctor and Admiral Brown remain behind.

ADMIRAL
“Well, Doctor? What do you think?”

DOCTOR
“He’s definitely a suspect.”

ADMIRAL
“So he’s the murderer then!”

DOCTOR
“I said he was definitely a suspect.”

ADMIRAL
“But why should he wish to kill? Why would he want to murder anyone? Why would he want to murder me?”

DOCTOR
“One I suspect is to rid the guests in the hotel which he considers inferior. Or perhaps his bullying and belligerence exceeds him! Or…”

ADMIRAL
“Or?”

The Doctor ponders on the theories regarding Rotenhend’s suspicious behaviour.


SCENE #55 – INT – DINING ROOM, LEVEL #44 – 37TH CENTURY – AFTERNOON
In the dining room on Level 44, Billy is about to sign his contact as waiter in the hotel. Gordon is present, grumpy as ever, whilst Billy is enthusiastic.

GORDON
“Now, boy. You just sign the contract and get on with the work like you’re told to!”

BILLY
(enthusiastically) “Yes, Mr. Rotenhend. And may I say how honoured I am to be working…”

GORDON
(dismissively) “Yeah, yeah, yeah! Just say you’ll do it!”

BILLY
(put-off) “I’ll do it then.”

GORDON
“Good.” (Pause) “Now. Sign this.”

Billy signs something with a pen.

GORDON
“Sign that.”

Billy signs something else.

GORDON
“And sign me!”

BILLY
(confused) “Sign you?”

GORDON
“Yes.”

BILLY
“Where?”

GORDON
“On my arm. Here.”

BILLY
(hesitates) “Okay.”

GORDON
“I’ll roll up my sleeve!”

Gordon rolls his sleeve up.

BILLY
“What are those smudges on your arm?”

GORDON
“They’re not smudges! They’re all the signatures of other staff!” (snaps) “Now sign.”

Hesitating, Billy signs Gordon’s arm. He then sniffs and coughs when he smells Gordon’s breath.

BILLY
(coughs) “Is that your breath? What have you been eating?”

GORDON
(whispers) “Cheese burgers.”

BILLY
“Sorry what?”

GORDON
(yells) “CHEESE BURGERS!!!”

Gordon’s yell echoes throughout the hotel, as Billy holds his ears.


SCENE #56 – INT – TENNIS COURT #3 LEVEL #11 – 37TH CENTURY – AFTERNOON
In one of the tennis courts on Level #11, the two ladies Janet and Lorraine play. They hear the echo of Gordon’s “CHEESE BURGERS!!!” from Scene #55, as they stop playing to listen.

JANET
“Lorraine?”

LORRAINE
“Yep, that’s him alright! Let’s play tennis!”


SCENE #57 – INT – DINING ROOM, LEVEL #44 – 37TH CENTURY – AFTERNOON
Back in the dining room…

GORDON
(shouts; fiercely) “That…is what I’ve been having! Okay?!” (Pause; shouts) “Now I want food!”

Gordon goes over to sit at a table.

GORDON
(shouts) “I sit down!” (calls) “Enuji!”

Enuji enters.

ENUJI
“Wee!”

GORDON
“Fetch me wine, girl!”

ENUJI
“Wee, Monnoir!”

Enuji goes to fetch wine.

GORDON
(to Billy) “You, boy! Pass me that buffet!”

BILLY
“Yes, sir.”

GORDON
(shouts) “Come on! Hurry up!”

Billy quickly brings a trolley with food on it to where Gordon sits.

BILLY
“Here you are, sir!”

Enuji arrives with the bottle of wine for Gordon.

GORDON
(shouts) “‘Ere! Give me that bottle of wine, girl!”

ENUJI
“Wee! Wee, Monnoir!”

Enuji hands the bottle of wine to Gordon, as he snatches it from her. Gordon stuffs himself with food in a disgusting manner. He takes a pile of food in his hands and gulps it down his mouth. He then grabs his bottle of wine and pours it down his mouth very clumsily. He eventually stops eating and drinking for a moment.

GORDON
(grumbles) “I’m bored!” (Pause; to Billy) “Can you sing, boy?”

BILLY
(enthusiastically) “Yes, sir. I can sing. At least a little. I know a few good Frank Sinatra songs if you like to me to sing…”

GORDON
(rudely) “Why should anyone want to hear you sing at all?!”

Gordon keeps gulping down his food, whilst Billy is quietly affronted. Just then, Joel enters.

JOEL
(displeased) “Hey, Dad.”

GORDON
(shouts) “Ah! Son!”

Gordon gulps some wine down his throat.

GORDON
(shouts) “Somebody, has taken my – you hear me – my space car! Not yours…mine!”

JOEL
(slightly annoyed) “Yes! I know! Could you not shout so loudly, Dad? I can remember when I was very little, a baby even, you sang “Rock a-bye-baby!” to me and you got me deaf!”

GORDON
(shouts) “YES I KNOW!!!”

JOEL
“Yes. Anyway what do you expect me to do about it?”

GORDON
(shouts) “I want you to get it back!”

JOEL
“You’ve got plenty of space cars, Dad! Anyway, I might get attacked by those guests you’re expecting to come to this hotel!”

BILLY
(intrigued) “What guests?”

JOEL
“The Weerd!”

BILLY
“The Weerd?”

JOEL
“The Weerd!”

BILLY
(slightly amused) “Well um…that’s ‘Weerd’!”

JOEL
“Very ‘Weerd’!” (to Gordon) “Anyway it’s goodbye to that space car, Dad!”

GORDON
(shouts) “Well actually…!” (quiets down) “I’ll lower my voice for a second.” (Pause; softly) “Actually…I don’t really care! I just want you to die and all that!”

JOEL
“Oh thanks a lot!”

Gordon gulps down his food.

GORDON
(gradually) “And another thing.” (raises voice) “You’ll have no bedtime stories! EVER!!!”

JOEL
(shocked) “No bedtime stories!”

GORDON
“If you really want bedtime stories…take some men and get that space car back!”

JOEL
“This is your hotel! You get it back!”

GORDON
(ruefully) “I would. Except I’ve got some tidying up to do.”

JOEL
“Oh.”

GORDON
“And I’ve got to play golf. I’ve got to…clear up the dog mess!”

JOEL
“We don’t have a dog.”

GORDON
(ruefully) “Enuji’s my new dog.” (calls) “Enuji!”

Enuji makes her way over to Gordon’s side.

ENUJI
“Wee?”

GORDON
“See.”

Gordon then offers a plate to Joel.

GORDON
“Go on! Have an onion!”

JOEL
“Oh thank you.”

GORDON
(warningly) “Careful as you bite into them. They can make your eyes water a bit.”

Joel bites into his onion, as he starts sniffing and sobbing away.

GORDON
“So, are you going to get my car? Son?”

JOEL
(sniffs; sobs) “If you say so. There’s not much to do here anyway!”

GORDON
“Go on, then!”

JOEL
(sobs) “I shall go now! I love you, Dad.”

Billy watches as Joel is about to leave.

GORDON
(calls) “Oh yes! Son?!”

JOEL
(hopeful) “Yes.”

GORDON
(gradually; slowly) “I wish….your brother…Jack…was you right now!” (Pause) “Oh and another six ounces, I wish you were dead and Jack alive!”

JOEL
(taken back) “Oh thank you! That is so kind of you!”

GORDON
“Yeah I know.” (insistently) “Go!”

Joel eventually leaves. He takes another bite of his onion and sobs away. Billy watches Joel go, before he looks back to Gordon, who continues shovelling food and wine down his mouth.

BILLY
(quietly; to himself) “The Doctor needs to know this. About where Mr. Rotenhend has sent Joel to.”


TO BE CONTINUED…


© Tim Bradley, 2016

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