‘The Space Hotel’ – Part Four, Chapter 14

Hello everyone! 🙂

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

The murderer has been revealed and the Fifth Doctor, Nyssa and Billy are on the run in this exciting instalment of ‘The Space Hotel’ in Chapter 14. Find out whether our TARDIS heroes can outrun and outwit their pursuer. Will they also get to outwit Larry and Bob on a theme park rollercoaster ride?!!

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. 🙂


rocket roller coaster

14. Hollow Chases

SCENE #124 – INT – CORRIDOR, LEVEL #59 – 37TH CENTURY – MORNING
On Level #59, the turbo-lift doors slide open. The Doctor; Nyssa and Billy step out and walk down the corridor passing the entrances to the simi-suites. The Doctor takes out his sonic screwdriver and switches it on. The sonic screwdriver buzzes away, as the Doctor uses it to open the simi-suite doors. Both Nyssa and Billy hold their ears as the sonic screwdriver’s buzz grows louder.

NYSSA
“It doesn’t have to be a high setting, Doctor! Tone it down, please!”

BILLY
“My ears! Doctor, cut that out!”

Eventually the simi-suite doors slide open and the hotel guests inside the suites start coming out. The Doctor switches off his sonic screwdriver, before he addresses everyone inside the simi-suites.

DOCTOR
(loudly) “Can I just say to everyone who’s been inside the suites now, I just want to make one thing perfectly clear. If you find me obstinate and out of order, then I must reason with you that you’re all going to die and I’m trying to save you all. So don’t ask questions and get out at once as quickly as you can!”

All the guests do as the Doctor says, as they scream out loud and run out of the simi-suites in a panic.

DOCTOR
(to Nyssa; Billy) “Nyssa; Billy. Now that we’ve got these guests frantic, make sure they’re all out at once and report to me!”

Nyssa and Billy immediately go to each of the simi-suites containing people and help them to get out.

NYSSA
(calls) “Come on, everyone! Out of the simi-suites.”

BILLY
(calls) “Yes, come on! Do as the Doctor says! Get out!”

As the evacuation occurs with the simi-suites on Level #59 of the space hotel…


SCENE #125 – INT – SIMI-SUITE (STATION) – 37TH CENTURY – MORNING
…Elizabeth is now on the space station, working profusely at the control panel in the simi-suite. She also has Lady Mite, Larry and Bob in custody, as they’re now trapped in stasis fields in the simi-suite.

ELIZABETH
(laughs; cruelly) “The Doctor thinks he’s clever in getting the guests out. But he doesn’t realise he’s so gullible!”

LADY MITE
“You hardly know him.”

ELIZABETH
“And to all intents and purposes, there is nothing that neither you Lady Mite nor your bumbling friends can do to stop me! My plans are in motion and the Doctor can’t get rid of what I have achieved.”

LARRY
“Do you really have such a thin body, thin lady?”

BOB
“Don’t patronise the woman, Larry.”

ELIZABETH
“Gloat all you like, gentlemen. You shall have your likenesses do my bidding!”

LARRY
“How very considerate of you.”

ELIZABETH
“Would you like some tea to drink?”

LARRY
“Thank you.”

LADY MITE
“You don’t seriously think you can send in those two androids and get away with it, do you?”

ELIZABETH
“With the three of you stuck in those stasis fields I’ve trapped you in, in this simi-suite, upon my arrival to this space station, there’s less chance of my plan going wrong!” (Pause) “Biscuits anyone?”

LARRY
“Thank you.”

ELIZABETH
(dismissively) “Now if you’ll excuse me, I must attend to my business.”

BOB
“Don’t worry. We won’t watch! We know you women like your privacy!”

ELIZABETH
“I’m sending in my androids!”

LADY MITE
“Oh how terrible of you!”

ELIZABETH
“Anyone for fruit?”

LARRY
“Thank you.”

LADY MITE
“Will you stop saying that, Mr. Cooper!”

LARRY
“Thank you.”

BOB
“Snap out of it, Larry!”

Bob smacks Larry on the face to snap him out of it. Larry shudders once he’s been slapped.

LARRY
“Oh. Sorry about that.”

Elizabeth meanwhile finishes pressing buttons on the control panel in the simi-suite.

ELIZABETH
“Androids sent. Now…to talk to the Doctor.”


SCENE #126 – INT – CORRIDOR, LEVEL #59 – 37TH CENTURY – MORNING
Back at the space hotel, the hotel guests have been escorted out of the simi-suites by the Doctor, Nyssa and Billy. They run for the turbo-lift which slides open and close for them as they go in.

DOCTOR
“Nyssa? Is everyone out?”

NYSSA
“Yes. There were only six suites.”

BILLY
“They didn’t hesitate going into the turbo-lift, did they?!”

NYSSA
“I thought the lift wouldn’t contain them all. It was so crowded in there!”

DOCTOR
“Well that’s what you get for gratitude! And they would still insist on using the suites on level fifty-nine! At least we managed to keep them safe.”

Elizabeth then contacts the Doctor, Nyssa and Billy on the intercom close by.

ELIZABETH (V’O)
“Never mind about their safety, Doctor. Worry about yours. Worry about the safely of your friends; the boy and the girl.”

BILLY
“Doctor! That’s Mrs. Rotenhend’s voice.”

NYSSA
“She’s must be speaking to us on the intercom. From the space station.”

DOCTOR
“So it seems. I better answer her.”

The Doctor goes to the intercom on one of the control panels to one of the simi-suites on the wall. He presses a button to answer Elizabeth on the intercom.

DOCTOR
(through intercom) “Hello, Mrs. Rotenhend. On the space station, I presume.”

ELIZABETH (V’O)
“I have your friends here, Doctor. The blundering idiots and her ladyship.”

DOCTOR
(through intercom) “Keeping them safe I hope?”

ELIZABETH (V’O)
“That depends rather on you. If you wish to give yourself up!”

DOCTOR
(through intercom) “You know I can’t do that. I will stop this carnage of yours!”

ELIZABETH (V’O)
“Then I shall have to persuade you to give yourself up. We’ll play a game of cat and mouse in order to change your mind.”

DOCTOR
(through intercom) “I don’t have time to play your games, Mrs. Rotenhend.”

ELIZABETH (V’O)
(laughs) “Don’t worry, Doctor! At least, not while the chase is on! In the meantime, have some fun!”

Just then, a teleport takes place.

NYSSA
(astonished) “Doctor! Somebody or something is materialising in front of us!”

The trio look, as the android copies of Larry and Bob beam in and materialise before them.

BILLY
(pleased; relieved) “It’s alright It’s only Larry and Bob.”

DOCTOR
(knowingly) “So it is! How are you, Larry and Bob? Working alright?”

LARRY #2
“We must kill.”

BILLY
“What did they say?”

BOB #2
“We must kill.”

DOCTOR
“That’s what they said.”

LARRY #2; BOB #2
“We must kill.”

NYSSA
“They mean us.”

LARRY #2; BOB #2
(repeatedly) “We must kill. We must kill. We must kill. We must kill. We must kill. We must kill…”

The android versions of Larry and Bob keep saying “We must kill.”, as they advance on the Doctor, Nyssa and Billy who back away to the simi-suites.

BILLY
“I wish they would stop saying “We must kill, We must kill”!”

Just then, the doors of simi-suite #5 slide open for the Doctor; Nyssa and Billy as Larry and Bob approach.

NYSSA
“Doctor! The doors to simi-suite five are open!”

DOCTOR
“Yes! Maybe that’s just to scare us! Or perhaps Mrs. Rotenhend wants us inside simi-suite five as Larry and Bob advance on us. Little joke of Mrs. Rotenhend’s, I suspect.”

NYSSA
(wryly) “Hilarious!” (Pause) “We must avoid going in to satisfy Mrs. Rotenhend, Doctor!”

DOCTOR
“Wrong! We must go in! Put my little plan into action hopefully!”

BILLY
(realises) “They must be androids! Larry and Bob are androids!”

DOCTOR
(wryly) “Well done, Billy! I’m glad you’ve spotted that!” (urgently) “Come on! Let’s go inside simi-suite five!”

NYSSA
“Are you sure?”

DOCTOR
“Have you known me not to be? Come on!”

ELIZABETH (V’O)
(sing-song) “Run, run, run as fast you can, Doctor; Nyssa and Billy. You can’t hide from me! I’m a rotten woman!”

Elizabeth laughs away menacingly, as the Doctor, Nyssa and Billy enter simi-suite #5. Larry and Bob follow after them inside.

LARRY #2; BOB #2
(repeatedly) “We must kill. We must kill. We must kill. We must kill. We must kill. We must kill…”

The simi-suite doors slide close once they’re inside.


SCENE #127 – EXT – THEME PARK (SIMI-SUITE #5) – 37TH CENTURY – MORNING
Inside simi-suite #5, a theme park scenario is set. Crowds of people bustle about; arguing and chatting as they enjoy the rides and functions of the theme park. ‘The Beach Boys’ song ‘Surfin’ USA’ is performed, blaring loudly on the sound speakers in the background during this sequence. A theme park announcer gives announcements to the crowds of people.

THEME PARK ANNOUNCER (V’O)
“Welcome to the finest intergalactic establishment of theme parks in this sector of the galaxy, The Swinging Star! Don’t miss your chance to ride on our very own Shuttle Flume, Invaders from Mars, Flying Saucers, Jerry’s Space Walk and most importantly – the greatest and most popular ride to star-date – the Zap Bash Rocket Coaster! Roll up, roll up for the space rides of your life!”

In a queue for this roller coaster of a rocket ride, the Doctor, Nyssa and Billy try to push their way through but with no sucess.

DOCTOR
“Please! Let us pass! Excuse us, this is an emergency!”

BILLY
“There are too many people here! Surely they don’t want to go on this ride!”

DOCTOR
“For some strange reason, I think these people are put here in this scenario as a joke by Mrs. Rotenhend.”

NYSSA
“Well, I don’t see anything funny. Anyway we don’t have to wait in this queue. These people are computer projections.” (out loud; to computer) “Computer, delete crowd of attendees to Zap Bash Rocket Coaster.”

The computer beeps in response, as the queues of people vanish in a puff of logic.

BILLY
“Oh well done, Nyssa! That was quick thinking! Why didn’t you think of that, Doctor?”

DOCTOR
“Yes well done, Nyssa! I was wondering when you’d be the first to think of that.”

NYSSA
“I can do more than that.” (out loud; to computer) “Computer, remove all holographic characters in simulation.”

The computer beeps in response, as all holographic characters in the simi-suite are removed at Nyssa’s command.

NYSSA
“Would you like me to do more?”

DOCTOR
“Uh no, Nyssa. That’s quite satisfactory!”

BILLY
“Can you remove these crooks though? Look!”

The TARDIS trio look behind to see the android Larry and Bob approaching from a distance.

LARRY #2; BOB #2
(repeatedly) “We must kill. We must kill. We must kill. We must kill. We must kill. We must kill…”

DOCTOR
“We must get on!”

BILLY
“Must get on?”

NYSSA
“Yes. I really think we must get on!”

DOCTOR
“To the Rocket Coaster! It’s a good thing that there are individual carriages with four compartments for this ride!”

BILLY
“I’ve been on a few roller coaster rides back home, but certainly not one like this! And set in space!”

DOCTOR
“Yes, Billy. All fascinating for you, I’m sure. But this isn’t real, you know.”

BILLY
“Oh I know that. I just hope we get a smooth ride before we start getting into the thick of it!”

The Doctor, Nyssa and Billy make for the Rocket Coaster ride. They soon board one of the coaster carriages, as it moves off once they’re inside.


SCENE #128 – EXT – THEME PARK (SIMI-SUITE #5) – 37TH CENTURY – MORNING
Seconds later, still in the theme park scenario in simi-suite #5, the roller coaster carriage that the Doctor, Nyssa and Billy ride in goes at top speed! The trio hold on for dear life, as the roller coaster zooms ahead on the track.

BILLY
(through gritted teeth) “I don’t think I’ll eat sausages ever again!”

DOCTOR
(through gritted teeth) “At least you’re not space sick!”

BILLY
(through gritted teeth) “Oh I don’t mind the stars! They’re not real anyway!”

The coaster carriage keeps zooming on ahead, before they start going upwards. Behind them, another coaster carriage chases after them with the android versions of Larry and Bob inside.

LARRY #2; BOB #2
(repeatedly) “We must kill. We must kill. We must kill. We must kill. We must kill. We must kill…”

Nyssa looks behind them, as he sees Larry and Bob training weapons at them.

NYSSA
“Doctor, behind us! They’re about to fire at us!”

The TARDIS trio look behind them, as the android versions of Larry and Bob shoot at them.

DOCTOR
“Duck down!”

The TARDIS trio duck, as their coaster carriage keeps moving forward on the track.

BILLY
“Didn’t take long for them to get a carriage!”

NYSSA
“They’re bad at shooting though!”

BILLY
“Where did they get those guns from?”

NYSSA
“Laser blasters, Billy. They’re called laser blasters!”

BILLY
“Well whatever they’re called, how did they…?”

DOCTOR
“Never mind that, you two! Keep your heads down! We’re almost there!”

NYSSA
“Where?”

DOCTOR
“There! At the top!”

BILLY
“At the top?”

NYSSA
“At the top?”

DOCTOR
“At the top!”

NYSSA
“Oh no.”

BILLY
“Oh boy.”

The coaster carriage slows down as it reaches the top. The android versions of Larry and Bob keep on firing at them.

DOCTOR
(cries) “Hold on!”

The roller coaster carriage then zooms off back down again. The Doctor, Nyssa and Billy scream exhilarated, as the carriage drops and loops over and over again through various obstacles of the ride. They hold on for dear life, as they keep on going down, screaming and grinding their teeth.

DOCTOR
(cries) “Don’t look down!”

BILLY
(cries) “How could I not?”

DOCTOR
(cries) “I wish this was over and done with!”

BILLY
(cries) “You’re not scared of heights are you, Doctor?”

They then cry out, as the coaster carriage judders slightly before making another drop.

DOCTOR
(cries) “I fell off a radiotelephonic telescope once, Billy! I nearly died!”

They then make another drop.

NYSSA
“I find this rather thrilling actually!”

BILLY
“Thrilling? Well, I’m glad you’re enjoying yourself!”

DOCTOR
“Oh no! Here comes another!”

NYSSA
“A big one!”

BILLY
“Whoa! Hold tight!”

The TARDIS trio go up and down again on the roller coaster ride, crying and screaming as they hold on for dear life.

BILLY
(nauseous) “I’m going to be sick!”

DOCTOR
“Oh how much more of there is this?!”

Nyssa looks behind them.

NYSSA
“Those androids of Larry and Bob! They’re still following us!”

BILLY
“Well I haven’t heard them scream! And this thing’ still going fast!”

The android versions of Larry and Bob keep firing their laser blasters, whilst riding in their roller coaster carriage.

LARRY #2; BOB #2
(repeatedly) “We must kill. We must kill. We must kill. We must kill. We must kill. We must kill…”

NYSSA
“They’re getting close!”

DOCTOR
“Well, I’ll put a stop to that!” (out loud; to computer) “Computer, place a wall in front of the coaster carriage behind us please!”

COMPUTER VOICE
“Brick; plastic; mahogany…?”

DOCTOR
(impatiently) “Just place a wall, will you?!”

The computer beeps in response, as the brick wall materialises on the rail track in front of the coaster carriage containing the android versions of Larry and Bob.

LARRY #2; BOB #2
(repeatedly) “We must kill. We must kill. We must kill. We must kill. We must kill. We must kill…”

The coaster carriage containing the android versions of Larry and Bob slams into the wall. The android versions of Larry and Bob fall out of their carriages and down over the coaster ride, crying drearily. The Doctor, Nyssa and Billy keep zooming on ahead in their rocker coaster carriage.

NYSSA
“That wasn’t necessary, Doctor!”

DOCTOR
“They’re androids, Nyssa! They weren’t real”

BILLY
“Doctor; Nyssa! We’re going for another drop!”

DOCTOR
“Oh no! Not again!”

BILLY
“Except there’s a big black hole at the bottom of this drop!”

NYSSA
“A big black hole, Doctor?”

DOCTOR
“A big black hole, Nyssa!”

NYSSA
(gasps) “Oh no.”

BILLY
“Why…what’s the matter with a black hole?”

DOCTOR
“A black hole across the stars.”

BILLY
“Yes?”

NYSSA
“In space!”

BILLY
(realises) “Oh dear!”

DOCTOR
(cries) “We’re going down into it!”

The TARDIS trio scream for dear life, as the rocket coaster drops and falls into a black hole.


SCENE #129 – INT – CORRIDOR (SIMI-SUITE #5) – 37TH CENTURY – MORNING
The scene changes, as the TARDIS trio now run down a corridor. They then stop in their tracks.

BILLY
(baffled) “Hang on?! How did we get here?”

NYSSA
(astonished) “We were falling in a black hole a second ago!”

DOCTOR
“Yes! And now we’re in a corridor!” (realises) “This is all the work of Mrs. Rotenhend!”

NYSSA
“She can control the environment of this simi-suite from her end on the space station.”

DOCTOR
“Yes! And she’s playing around with us before she actually gets to deal with us!”

BILLY
“By dealing with us, you mean…”

ELIZABETH (V’O)
“Hello, Doctor. Hope you’re doing well?”

DOCTOR
(out loud) “Oh yes! Very well thanks! Enjoyed the rocker coaster ride! Though I’m anxious as to what you plan to do with us!”

ELIZABETH (V’O)
“Don’t fret, Doctor. I will kill you.”

DOCTOR
“Ah.”

ELIZABETH (V’O)
“But not yet!”

DOCTOR
(out loud; wryly) “Oh, how very generous of you!”

ELIZABETH (V’O)
“And whilst we’re at it, your friend Nyssa is right, Doctor. The environment can be changed from where I am. Hope you have fun!”

Just then, Nyssa finds herself lifted up from the floor as she float into the air.

NYSSA
(cries; startled) “Doctor; Billy!”

BILLY
(anxious) “Nyssa, what are you doing?”

NYSSA
“I’m not doing anything! I was standing still, then suddenly I’ve been lifted up into the air!”

Elizabeth’s evil laughter then echoes out all over from the interom, as Nyssa floats in the air.

NYSSA
“What’s happening?”

DOCTOR
“Now stay calm, Nyssa! Whatever you do, just stay calm!”

BILLY
“Hang on, Nyssa! I’ll get you down!”

DOCTOR
(apprehensive) “Uh, Billy, I wouldn’t…”

BILLY
“It’s alright, Doctor…”

Billy cries out shocked, as he too is lifted up from the floor and floats into the air, joining Nyssa.

BILLY
(startled) “Now I’m up in the air!”

NYSSA
“It’s a good thing the ceiling is higher than the corridor!” (Pause) “Gravity well!”

BILLY
“What?”

NYSSA
“This place has lost its gravitational field! Mrs. Rotenhend must have reset this corridor and removed the gravity from us!”

BILLY
“Well, why should she want to do that?”

NYSSA
(realises; calls) “Doctor?! Doctor?!” (to Billy) “Billy, where’s the Doctor gone?”

BILLY
“Well, he was there a minute ago!”

DOCTOR
(calls) “Sorry Nyssa; sorry Billy. I’m afraid I’ve gone much higher than you! And right up to the ceiling for some strange reason!”

Nyssa and Billy look up to see the Doctor floating up in the air above them.

NYSSA
“Oh dear! This is going badly against us, isn’t it?”

BILLY
“But surely we can put the gravity back to where it was ! We can play that mad woman’s dirty games again! Like we did before with the roller coaster!”

NYSSA
“Good thinking, Billy!” (out loud; to computer) “Computer, reset gravitational field in corridor!”

No response.

NYSSA
(out loud; to computer) “Computer, comply!”

DOCTOR
“Mrs Rotenhend must have removed all access privileges to this simi-suite, Nyssa!”

ELIZABETH (V’O)
“You’re right, Doctor! And I’ll be sending you up higher than the ceiling! Once my men have put you to bed!”

DOCTOR
“I wished she’d stop speaking in riddles!”

Just then, the android versions of Larry and Bob appear around the corner.

LARRY #2; BOB #2
(repeatedly) “We must kill. We must kill. We must kill. We must kill. We must kill. We must kill…”

BILLY
“Oh not these clowns again!”

NYSSA
“What did she mean by sending us up higher than the ceiling?

The android versions of Larry and Bob advance closer as they keep on chanting before they stop.

LARRY #2; BOB #2
“We must kill.”

The android versions of Larry and Bob train their laser blasters at the TARDIS trio, before the whole place phases in and out.

NYSSA
“It’s happening again! The place is phasing in and out as before. When we went to the dance, Billy!”

DOCTOR
“Yes! Of course! Shockwaves are emitted from that space station!”

NYSSA
“Yes, I remember. Before we came to the hotel in Lady Mite’s TARDIS, we spotted the space station emitting shockwaves. We didn’t know what it was being used for. Maybe this is it!”

BILLY
“Perhaps this is the way that Mrs. Rotenhend attempts to transport hotel victims; duplicate them; to make androids out of them and kill them!”

DOCTOR
“Well she’s not getting hold of us!”

The Doctor fumbles and takes out his sonic screwdriver from his pocket.

NYSSA
“What are you doing, Doctor?”

DOCTOR
“Let’s sonic things up with the sonic screwdriver!”

The Doctor switches his sonic screwdriver on and it buzzes away. It causes the simi-suite to phase and shift in and out more. The two android versions of Larry and Bob shudder and shake about too, as they crumple to the floor.

BILLY
“Those two androids of Larry and Bob, Doctor! They’ve crumpled to the floor!”

DOCTOR
(triumphantly) “Yes! The sonic screwdriver’s damaged their circuits. Hopefully we’ll have less to worry about them!”

BILLY
“I’m not sure I can take much more of this! I’m floating all over the place!”

NYSSA
“Billy! Hold onto me! I can’t keep still!”

BILLY
(laughs; nervously) “Yes, of course!”

DOCTOR
“Hold on, you two! We’re going for a bumpy ride now!”

The trio jerk forward, crying out loud, as the whole place shimmers and dissipates.


SCENE #130 – INT – SIMI-SUITE (STATION) – 37TH CENTURY – MORNING
Back on the space station, Elizabeth slams her fist onto the control panel in the simi-suite, as she cries out in rage.

LADY MITE
(coyly) “Something wrong chez toi, Mrs. Rotenhend?”

ELIZABETH
(annoyed) “Don’t antagonise me! If I hadn’t known this Doctor and her friends had such powerful minds I would be able to outwit them!”

LADY MITE
“Ah, well! We can’t all be perfect, can we?”

Elizabeth ignores Lady Mite’s remarks, as she presses a button on the control panel to find out what happened.

ELIZABETH
“The transport procedure has been aborted! It’ll take another fifty light parsecs of space for another shockwave to reach the space station.”

BOB
“Are our doubles still there?”

ELIZABETH
“Yes! And they’ve been disabled! Thanks to your Doctor!”

LARRY
(cocky) “No more chasers to make the chase! Ah well, pity! But life must go on!”

Moment of silence.

LARRY
“Don’t raise that eyebrow at me, Mrs. Rotenhend!” (Pause) “And don’t smirk like that!”

ELIZABETH
“No matter. I’ll send in the rats!”

Elizabeth laughs away, as she presses some buttons on the control panel. Lady Mite, Larry and Bob watch, as they wonder what Elizabeth is up to.

BOB
“I don’t like the sound of this at all!”


SCENE #131 – INT – CAVES (SIMI-SUITE #5) – 37TH CENTURY – MORNING
Meanwhile, back at the space hotel in simi-suite #5 on Level #59, the Doctor, Nyssa and Billy run down a corridor of caves. Billy trips over something as he runs.

NYSSA
“Billy? Are you alright?”

BILLY
“I’m fine. I just tripped over a rock!”

NYSSA
“Well, please be careful! I wouldn’t like you to injure yourself as we get away.”

Nyssa cries out loud as she falls down a hole, before Billy manages to save her.

BILLY
“There we are! You be careful now, Nyssa. We could have lost you forever!”

NYSSA
“Thank you, Billy! I nearly fell in that hole!”

DOCTOR
(impatiently) “Come on, you two! We must get through this tunnel of caves in order to get to the other side!”

BILLY
“How did we get here anyway?”

NYSSA
“It’s a good thing we escaped while we did from that gravity-less environment!”

DOCTOR
“We’re not out of the woods yet! I still suspect Mrs. Rotenhend has something in store for us!”

They continue their way down the corridor of caves.

BILLY
“Doctor?! I can see something ahead! A light at the end of the tunnel!”

DOCTOR
“Yes! Come on!”

They make their way forward, before it suddenly becomes too hot for Nyssa.

NYSSA
(exhausted) “Doctor? I’m suffering from dehydration! It’s so hot here!”

It then suddenly becomes too cold for Nyssa.

NYSSA
(shivers) “Ooh, now it’s too cold here! I can feel a chill! Can’t you feel it?”

DOCTOR
“No, I can’t feel anything! It must be your imagination, Nyssa!”

BILLY
(wryly) “You’re so considerate aren’t you, Doctor?” (to Nyssa) “Nyssa, are you alright now?”

NYSSA
(high-pitched voice) “Yes, I’m fine!” (Pause) “What are you looking at?”

DOCTOR
“Nyssa, your voice has changed!”

NYSSA
(high-pitched voice) “Has it?” (gasps) “It has! What’s going on?”

BILLY
(high-pitched voice) “You sound silly!” (gasps) “Hey! My voice’s changed too! Doctor, what’s going on?”

DOCTOR
“This is to scare us! The hot and the cold! The scary squeaky voices!” (high-pitched voice) “What it’s all for, I don’t know.”

NYSSA
(high-pitched voice) “Doctor!”

DOCTOR
(high-pitched voice) “How it’s going to go on for, I don’t know!”

BILLY
(high pitched voice) “Doctor!”

DOCTOR
(high-pitched voice) “Why, why won’t it stop?”

NYSSA; BILLY
(high-pitched voice) “Doctor!”

DOCTOR
(high-pitched voice) “What is it?”

BILLY
(high-pitched voice) “You’ve got a high-pitched voice too!”

DOCTOR
(high-pitched voice; realises) “So I have!”

NYSSA
(high-pitched voice) “Why is this happening?”

BILLY
(high-pitched voice) “Is it going to last?”

DOCTOR
(high-pitched voice) “No, of course not. It’s one of Mrs. Rotenhend’s little childish games! Isn’t it, Nyssa?”

Nyssa gasps for breath, as she runs out of oxygen.

DOCTOR
(high-pitched voice) “Nyssa?”

NYSSA
(high-pitched voice, gasps for breath) “Can’t breathe…”

BILLY
(high-pitched voice) “Doctor, she’s suffocating!”

DOCTOR
(high-pitched voice) “Yes! Mrs. Rotenhend must have injected some kind of simulated toxic gas to suffocate us! And if we pass out, we’ll be transported!”

The Doctor kneels beside Nyssa.

NYSSA
(gasps; high-pitched voice) “Doctor! Help me please!”

DOCTOR
(high-pitched voice) “It’s alright, Nyssa. I’m here for you!”

BILLY
(high-pitched voice) “Oh rats!”

DOCTOR
(high-pitched voice) “Billy, there’s no need to talk about Nyssa like that!”

BILLY
(high-pitched voice) “No, Doctor! I mean…rats! Hordes of them coming towards us! Look!”

The Doctor looks back, as hordes of rats charge down the cave tunnels. The Doctor and Billy then gasp for breath.

DOCTOR
(gasps; high-pitched voice) “It’s another precautionary method! Mrs. Rotenhend hopes to infect us with rats’ disease as well as toxic!”

BILLY
(gasps; high-pitched voice) “I’d rather the toxic than the rats!” (sounding sick) “I can’t take much more of this!”

DOCTOR
(gasps; high-pitched voice) “Quickly, Billy! Help me with Nyssa! We must get her and ourselves down to the end of that tunnel! Come on!”

Billy and the Doctor help Nyssa up to her feet, as they then charge forth out of the tunnel with the rats chasing after them. Nyssa slumps forward.

BILLY
(gasps; panics; high-pitched voice,) “Oh no! Nyssa’s passed out!”

DOCTOR
(high-pitched voice) “Keep going, Billy! We’re almost out of the cave tunnel!”

The Doctor and Billy carry Nyssa out of the tunnel, as the rats chase after them.


SCENE #132 – INT – SIMI-SUITE (STATION) – 37TH CENTURY – MORNING
Back on the space station, Elizabeth slams her first on the control panel in the station’s simi-suite again, crying out in rage.

ELIZABETH
(enraged) “Foiled again!” (Pause; calmly) “No matter! I shall chase them myself!”

Elizabeth presses a few switches on the control panel, before she goes off to stand in the centre of the simi-suite. Lady Mite, Larry and Bob watch, as Elizabeth makes to leave.

ELIZABETH
“Goodbye, my friends! Hope you’ll start dying soon. No refreshments are provided on this space station!”

Elizabeth then vanishes via the default grid in the simi-suite.

BOB
(upset) “No refreshments. No refreshments! This can’t be happening!”

LARRY
(shouts; despairingly) “We’re going to die! We don’t deserve this! How are we going to survive?!”

LADY MITE
“Mr. Cooper!”

LARRY
“We’re going to lose air!”

LADY MITE
“Mr. Cooper, please! Be quiet!”

LARRY
“I mean the Doctor and his friends are having a bad time as it is, but we’re all going to die of pneumonia by catching a cold or flu if we starve to death without oxygen!”

Larry cries away, sobbing loudly as he ponders the dreariness of the situation. He slowly calms down.

LADY MITE
“Have you finished?”

LARRY
(recovers) “Yes, I’m alright now.”

BOB
“I thought this was going to be a safe business transaction.” (wryly) “‘Trust her ladyship’ you said, Larry. ‘And everything will be fine!’ Look where it’s got us!”

LARRY
“Don’t speak so cruelly about Lady Mite like that, Bob! Especially not in front of her.”

LADY MITE
“It’s alright, gentlemen. I understand. And I apologise.” (Pause) “But you can trust me, gentlemen!”

LARRY; BOB
“Hey?”

LADY MITE
“For I’m not one without resources. Mrs. Rotenhend doesn’t know about these coat pockets of mine!”

Lady Mite takes something out of her coat pocket.

LADY MITE
“No that’s my Galaxy chocolate bar!”

Lady Mite takes something else out of her coat pocket.

LADY MITE
“My purse!”

Lady Mite takes something else out of her coat pocket.

LADY MITE
“My twenty-five thousand year diary. I still need to rewrite that!”

Lady Mite takes something else out of her coat pocket.

LADY MITE
“Ah! Here we are!”

BOB
“What’s that, Lady Mite?”

LADY MITE
“My sonic screwdriver!”

Lady Mite switches her sonic screwdriver on and it buzzes away. The containment fields surrounding her, Larry and Bob shut down and they’re now free.

LARRY
(overjoyed) “We’re free! The containment fields are down!”

LADY MITE
“You see, gentlemen! I never miss a trick!”

She puts her sonic screwdriver back in her pocket.

LARRY
“What do we do now?”

LADY MITE
“We have to give the Doctor and his friends some time in order to avoid being teleported to their deaths by Mrs. Rotenhend. We have to go to the operations room.”

BOB
“But how are we going to get out? These simi-suites doors are locked!”

LADY MITE
“Yes, I know.”

Suddenly, the simi-suite doors slide open.

LARRY
“And now they’re open!”

BOB
“Somebody’s coming in.”

LADY MITE
“Yes you’re right, Mr. Hill!”

They then see who’s entered the simi-suite. Lady Mite, Larry and Bob gasp, shocked.

LADY MITE
(shocked) “I don’t believe it!”

Moment of silence.

ENUJI
(laughs) “Enuji, well!”


SCENE #133 – EXT – JUNGLE (SIMI-SUITE #5) – 37TH CENTURY – MORNING
Meanwhile, back at the space hotel, in simi-suite #5 on Level #59, the Doctor, Nyssa and Billy run through a jungle, escaping the terror of the cave tunnels. As they run, monkeys chant; birds squawk and bugs scuttle in the background.

BILLY
(uncomfortable) “I don’t think I can stand these bugs coming in my face and biting my neck! I suppose that comes when being in the jungle!”

NYSSA
“We can’t go on like this, Doctor!”

DOCTOR
“No! No, we can’t! We’ve humoured Mrs. Rotenhend long enough! We must put my plan into action!”

BILLY
“What plan’s that then?”

NYSSA
“The Doctor’s going to use the holo-emitter stabilisers to shut down the systems that contain holographic grids?” (to Doctor) “Would you have to reverse the polarity to do that, Doctor?”

DOCTOR
“Yes, of course. I did that whilst we were in Lady Mite’s TARDIS! I’ll need your help Nyssa to disconnect the polarizer panels.”

BILLY
“But how are you going to get to shut down the holographic grids, Doctor? It’ll be like a maze to get through this lot!”

DOCTOR
“Yes and Mrs. Rotenhend’s probably set up virtual barriers to block our path to reach the polarizer panels!”

Lady Mite then speaks on the intercom.

LADY MITE (V’O)
“Doctor?! Doctor, can you hear me? Doctor?!”

NYSSA
“Doctor! That’s Lady Mite, isn’t it?”

DOCTOR
“Yes Nyssa, so it is!” (out loud; to Lady Mite) “Lady Mite! How very gratifying to hear your voice again!”

LADY MITE (V’O)
“The feeling’s mutual!”

DOCTOR
(out loud; to Lady Mite) “I assume you were able to escape Mrs. Rotenhend’s cage with your hidden sonic technology!”

LADY MITE (V’O)
“You know me too well, Doctor!”

DOCTOR
(out loud; to Lady Mite) “I’ve had experience!”

LADY MITE (V’O)
“Doctor, there isn’t much time! Mrs. Rotenhend has sent herself through the holo-buffer filters to reach you. She’s planning to sort the transportation of you and your friends to this space station. The next shockwave is minutes away!”

NYSSA
(out loud; to Lady Mite) “Where are you now, Lady Mite?”

LADY MITE (V’O)
“I’m in the operations room, Nyssa. With Mr. Cooper, Mr. Hill and Miss Enuji!”

BILLY
“Enuji? The alien waitress?”

NYSSA
(out loud; to Lady Mite) “What is she doing there?”

LADY MITE (V’O)
“I’ll explain later! Doctor, are you planning to access the polarizer panels?”

DOCTOR
(out loud; to Lady Mite) “Yes.”

LADY MITE (V’O)
“Well I suggest you should do so now! I can remove some of the algorithms she’s placed to block your path! Then you and Nyssa can call up the panels and access them directly to shut the thing down. But it may take some time!”

DOCTOR
(out loud; to Lady Mite) “That may not be of much help. Mrs. Rotenhend could easily counteract your attempts of reducing the trap!”

BILLY
(thinks) “Then maybe we need to distract Mrs. Rotenhend a little while longer.” (out loud; to Lady Mite) “Lady Mite, can you gain control of the hotel’s records of fantasy scenarios?”

LADY MITE (V’O)
“I can access the holographic database if that’s what you mean, Mr. Walker?”

BILLY
“Yes! Good, that should be fine.”

The Doctor then cries out shocked, as he gets attacked by a snake.

NYSSA
(worried) “Doctor!”

DOCTOR
“Help me! I’ve got a snake on me!”

NYSSA
“Billy, help me!”

BILLY
“Doctor, hold still!”

Nyssa and Billy help the Doctor, as they try to get the snake off him. The snake is wrapped around the Doctor’s body.

NYSSA
“Doctor, hold still! Billy’s helping you!”

DOCTOR
(panics) “Get this thing off me!”

BILLY
“This snake can easily bite you, Doctor! So hold still!”

Eventually, Billy grabs the snake and throws it away. Billy shivers after dealing with the snake, before he calms down. Billy wipes his hands after dealing with the snake. Nyssa meanwhile helps the Doctor, as the snake slithers away into the jungle.

BILLY
“Doctor, are you alright?”

DOCTOR
(calms down) “Yes. Thank you, Billy. You too, Nyssa.”

LADY MITE (V’O)
“Doctor, what just happened then? Doctor, please answer me!”

NYSSA
(out loud; to Lady Mite) “It’s alright, Lady Mite. The Doctor’s just been attacked by one of Mrs. Rotenhend’s holographic projections. Billy and I sorted it.”

BILLY
“It was a real projection though. I was scared to death.”

NYSSA
“I thought you were very brave, Billy!”

BILLY
“Really? Oh thank you, Nyssa. That’s nice of you to say so!”

A tiger then roars from distance, as the Doctor; Nyssa and Billy look back to see some tigers approaching them.

NYSSA
“Doctor! The tigers! They’re coming!”

DOCTOR
(apprehensively) “Quick, you two! Run!”

The Doctor, Nyssa and Billy run for their lives, as the tigers chase after them in the jungle. As they run, Nyssa runs beside Billy.

NYSSA
“What were you thinking of, Billy? When you asked Lady Mite about the holographic database.”

BILLY
“Oh…a little distraction I have in mind.”

NYSSA
“A little distraction?”

BILLY
“If you Nyssa and you Doctor get ready to press those buttons, I can give Mrs. Rotenhend the performance she’s going to get! Just to give you two time! I just hope Mrs. Rotenhend will be ‘in the mood’ as Glenn Miller would put it!”

DOCTOR
“Glenn Miller?”

NYSSA
“And what performance had you in mind, Billy?”

BILLY
“Oh…something to put my singing skills to good use!”

They keep running, as the tigers chase after them.


TO BE CONTINUED…


© Tim Bradley, 2016

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