‘BB@5 Anniversary Celebration Blog-a-Thon’ – 01:30:00

Time to end ‘Doom of the Daleks’ with ‘Part Four, Chapter 16’

Enjoy!

Tim. 🙂


Billy Walker

16. The Beginning of Life

SCENE #186 – INT – MAIN BRIDGE, MOONRAKER – 26TH CENTURY – NIGHT
On the bridge of the Moonraker, the ship shudders violently as the starship gets attacked by the Dwaxi. Captain Sulley stumbles forward whilst he sits in the captain’s chair. The effect of the  firepower pounding on the Moonraker affects everyone on the bridge.

CAPTAIN
(cries) “Damage report?”

FEMALE LIEUTENANT
(flustered) “We’ve lost main power to forward thrusters! Phaser banks are dead! Major casualties all over the ship!”

MALE LIEUTENANT
(cries) “The Dwaxi vessels are hitting us hard!”

The Dwaxi’s firepower pounding on the hull of the Moonraker starship grows worse. The ship shudders intensely as console stations explode and some crewmembers fly up in the air from the explosions impact. The crewmembers end up on the floor, dead.

CAPTAIN
(cries) “Are the shields still intact?”

MALE LIEUTENANT
(despairingly) “They’re weakening, sir! Very soon we’ll be completely defenceless!”

The helm console station explodes, as the Ensign who pilots the ships falls out of his seat. The Ensign cries out in agony, as he’s injured.

CAPTAIN
(cries) “We’ve lost helm control! The Ensign’s injured! I’ll take over!”

Captain Sulley gets up out from his captain’s chair to reach the helm. Now the Captain pilots the ship.

FEMALE LIEUTENANT
(cries) “Sir, we’ve lost main power to the missiles bays! We’re unable to fire!”

CAPTAIN
(cries) “Did we send all of the hydrogen-charged missiles to the planet?”

FEMALE LIEUTENANT
(cries) “All except one, sir.”

MALE LIEUTENANT
(cries) “Perhaps that’s why the Dwaxi are attacking us, sir. Perhaps they’ve realised that we’ve discovered their weakness.”

Another explosion occurs. The male lieutenant checks the extent of the damage of the ship at his workstation.

MALE LIEUTENANT
(cries) “Sir, the shields are down! We’re completely defenceless!”

Captain Sulley goes back to his captain’s chair and switches the tannoy on to speak into it.

CAPTAIN
(through tannoy) “This is the Captain, speaking! All hands abandon ship! This is not a drill! All hands abandon ship!”

The Captain switches off the tannoy on his captain’s chair before he presses another button to switch the intercom on.

CAPTAIN
(through intercom)  “Commander Thomas, do you read me over?”

No response.

CAPTAIN
(through intercom; repeats) “Commander Thomas, do you read me over?”

Suddenly a harsh teleport takes place, as Dwaxi troopers beam in onto the Moonraker bridge. The Male Lieutenant switches on the tannoy to speak into it.

MALE LIEUTENANT
(through tannoy) “Intruder alert! Intruder alert!”

FEMALE LIEUTENANT
(cries) “It’s the Dwaxi! They’ve invaded our ship!”

CAPTAIN
(cries) “Everyone! Defend yourselves!”

A Dwaxi trooper lunges at Sulley and hits him with a hammer-like weapon. Captain Sulley fights back to defend himself. He knocks his arm into the Dwaxi trooper’s stomach. But the Dwaxi trooper recovers and batters Sulley with his hammer.

CAPTAIN
(cries; in pain) “They’re using…some kind of hammer…”

Captain Sulley gets knocked out, weakened by the Dwaxi’s blow on him. The rest of the starship crewmembers on the bridge fight against the Dwaxi troopers. But the Dwaxi troopers furiously overpower the bridge crewmembers. The Dwaxi batter their  opponents about as they scream with rage. The Female Lieutenant gets smacked onto the wall by a Dwaxi trooper relentlessly and mercilessly. The Male Lieutenant, whilst trying to hit a Dwaxi trooper from behind, gets bashed in the face by another Dwaxi trooper before falling over onto a railing on the bridge. The Dwaxi invasion of the Moonraker continues as more troopers beam in onto the bridge and batter up the starship crewmembers.


SCENE #187 – INT – ENGINEERING, MOONRAKER – 26TH CENTURY – NIGHT
In Engineering, the Daleks advance on the Doctor; Elaine; Nyssa; Billy and the security officers. Colin stands beside the Agent Dalek to watch this.

COLIN
(gleefully) “Sorry, folks. But you know how it is.”

AGENT DALEK
“YOU ARE OBSTACLES IN THE DALEK PLAN.”

DOCTOR
(protests) “Don’t you want to know how I’ve managed to find the antigen to the Dwaxi drug? It’s very effective, you know.”

AGENT DALEK
“THE ANTIGEN IS OF LESS IMPORTANCE. YOU ALL WILL BE EXTERMINATED!”

BILLY
(angrily) “Yeah?! Well exterminate this!”

Billy throws a microscope plate of the Yentias drug at one of the Daleks. It ends up on the Dalek’s casing. The Dalek immediately panics and swivels around and round.

DALEK UNIT #126
(shrieks; panics) “ALERT! ALERT! DANGER OF INFECTION! DANGER OF INFECTION! DANGER! DANGER! DANGER!”

The Dalek squirms and squeals before its casing break up and collapses. The Dalek mutant revealed inside the casing shrivels and dies.

NYSSA
(astonished) “Billy? What have you done?”

BILLY
(baffled) “I don’t know. I just threw that plate of the drug sample I picked up from the medical lab and it ended up on the Dalek.”

DOCTOR
“It had the Yentias drug sample on the plate, didn’t it Billy?”

BILLY
“Yes. Sorry, Doctor! [But I…]”

DOCTOR
(pleased) “Don’t be sorry, Billy! That was brilliant! The minerals and toxins contained in the drug broke through the Dalekanium casing and ate its way to the wiring systems.”

NYSSA
(finishes) “Cutting off the life-support system with the mutant creature inside and causing it to die.”

DOCTOR
“Exactly!”

BILLY
(puzzled) “I don’t understand.”

NYSSA
“You saved us from one Dalek, Billy!”

DOCTOR
“Yes. And now we know why the Daleks are so frightened of the Yentias drug.” (to Daleks) “You’re as vulnerable to it as the Dwaxi are.”

COLIN
“You think you can get away with this, Doctor?”

AGENT DALEK
“YOU WILL SUFFER FOR YOUR INSOLENCE. EXTERMINATE THEM! EXTERMINATE THEM! EXTERMINATE…”

Just then, a harsh teleport takes place as Dwaxi troopers invade Engineering.

AGENT DALEK
“ALERT! ALERT! DWAXI TROOPERS DETECTED!” (chants) “EXTERMINATE! EXTERMINATE! EXTERMINATE…”

A Dwaxi trooper roars and strikes the Agent Dalek on its dome with his hammer-like weapon. The other Dwaxi troopers do the same as well as some firing their Dwaxi weapons on the Dalek. The Daleks retaliate by firing their weapons on the Dwaxi troopers.

DALEKS
(chants) “EXTERMINATE! EXTERMINATE! EXTERMINATE!”

As the Daleks and the Dwaxi fight each other, the Doctor tugs at Nyssa and Billy.

DOCTOR
(insistently) “Nyssa; Billy! Come on!”

NYSSA
“Where are we going?”

DOCTOR
“Back to the cargo bay where the TARDIS is.”

ELAINE
“But we might meet some Dwaxi troopers there, Doctor!”

DOCTOR
“I’m sorry, Elaine. But your place is here on the ship!”

BILLY
(protests) “Doctor, if you think I’m going to let you…”

DOCTOR
“Come on!”

The Doctor takes Billy with him, as Nyssa and Elaine follow.

ELAINE
(to security officers) “You two! Come with us!”

The two remaining security officers follower after the Doctor; Nyssa; Billy and Elaine. The battle between the Dwaxi and Daleks in Engineering goes on, whilst Wilson starts to get a headache. He crumbles to the floor, grasping his head.

COLIN
(pleadingly) “Please! Help me! Help me!” (cries) “Get out of my head! GET OUT OF MY HEAD! GET OUT!!!”


SCENE #188 – INT – EMPEROR DALEK’S CHAMBER – 26TH CENTURY – NIGHT
In the Emperor Dalek’s chamber on Yondamus Prime, chaos ensues as alarms blare out loud all over the place. The Daleks panic from the consequences of their planet-like war machine.

DALEKS
“DANGER! DANGER! PLANET YONDAMUS PRIME DESTABILISING! DESTABILISING! DESTABILISING! DESTABILISING!!!”

The Emperor Dalek’s guard address the Emperor Dalek.

DALEK EMPEROR GUARD
“THE PLANET YONDAMUS PRIME IS LOST! WE HAVE FAILED IN OUR MISSION, EMPEROR!”

EMPEROR DALEK
(booms) “FAILURE?! NO! I WILL NOT ADMIT DEFEAT! WE HAVE ONLY BEGUN OUR VICTORY! THE DWAXI WILL BE OBLITERATED!”

DALEK EMPEROR GUARD
“BUT THE GRAVITATIONAL PULL OF THIS PLANET WILL BE INTERMITTENT! WE WILL COLLIDE WITH YONDAMUS FOUR AND CRASH INTO THE PLANET’S ATMOSPHERE. THE PLANETS WILL EXPLODE AND PRODUCE A WORMHOLE. WE WILL BE SUCKED INTO THE RIFT. WE WILL NOT SURVIVE!”

EMPEROR DALEK
(booms) “THEN WE WILL LET THE PLANET DESTROY OUR ENEMIES. IF DALEK UNITS CANNOT SURVIVE THE THREAT OF DWAXI TERROR, THEN WE WILL NOT LET THEM SUCCEED! THE DWAXI WILL BE COMPLETELY AND UTTERLY DESTROYED! CONTINUE!”

The Dalek Emperor Guard reluctantly complies as it goes to a control console to assess how long it will take for Yondamus Prime to collide with Yondamus IV.

DALEK EMPEROR GUARD
“IMPACT WITH PLANETARY ALIGNMENT WITH YONDAMUS FOUR IN THIRTY RELS…TWENTY-NINE…TWENTY-EIGHT…TWENTY-SEVEN…TWENTY-SIX…TWENTY-FIVE…”

EMPEROR DALEK
(booms) “WE SHALL BE VICTORIOUS! THE DALEKS WILL BE VICTORIOUS! THE DWAXI WILL BE ANNIHILATED!”


SCENE #189 – INT – CORRIDOR, MOONRAKER – 26TH CENTURY – NIGHT
Back on the Moonraker, the Doctor; Nyssa; Billy; Elaine and the two security officers run down the corridor after escaping from Engineering. They make their way down the corridor to escape the Daleks and the Dwaxi.

NYSSA
“Doctor. You knew the Daleks would invade the ship, didn’t you?”

DOCTOR
“I know their minds, Nyssa.”

ELAINE
“How could they have changed their minds so abruptly when they dismissed your claim for producing an antigen?”

DOCTOR
“Well that’s Daleks for you, Elaine. They get you to do one assignment then they change their tactics and dismiss your task completely.”

BILLY
“But why did they need to use Wilson? Surely they could have got in by themselves?”

DOCTOR
“Not while they had conditioned Wilson’s mind. He was an officer who knew the inside-outs of this ship. That’s why was he able to give the access codes to the Daleks in order for them to get in.”

BILLY
“But why did they need to invade?”

DOCTOR
(thinks) “I’m not sure.” (Pause) “Perhaps this is a last chance attempt to take over the Moonraker.”

Suddenly, two Dwaxi troopers beam in via teleport in the corridor in front of the Doctor; Nyssa; Billy and Elaine and the two security officers. The Dwaxi troopers charge at the Doctor and this friends.

NYSSA
(anxiously) “Dwaxi troopers! Two of them! They’ve beamed in here via teleport in the corridor!”

ELAINE
“Don’t worry! These two security officers of ours will defend us!”

The two security officers step in to defend the Doctor; Nyssa; Billy and Elaine. But the two Dwaxi troopers are relentless and shoot down the security officers on the spot with their Dwaxi rifles. The two security officers fall to the ground dead. The two Dwaxi troopers cheer maliciously as they continue to charge at the Doctor and his friends

ELAINE
(cries) “No! That’s not fair!”

BILLY
(astounded) “Our two security officers didn’t stand a chance! Those two Dwaxi troopers shot them on the spot with their rifles!”

DOCTOR
(urgently) “Come on! Back the other way, come on!”

The Doctor; Nyssa; Billy and Elaine head back the other way. But they’re stopped in their tracks as two more Dwaxi troopers beam in via teleport in the corridor at their other end. Their path is blocked, as Dwaxi troopers charge at the Doctor and his friends from both ends.

BILLY
(anxiously) “It’s no good!”

NYSSA
(anxiously) “We’re trapped!”


SCENE #190 – INT – EMPEROR DALEK’S CHAMBER – 26TH CENTURY – NIGHT
Back in the Emperor Dalek’s Chamber on Yondamus Prime…

EMPEROR DALEK
(booms) “IS THE BOMB READY FOR DETONATION ON EARTH SHIP MOON-RAKER?”

DALEK EMPEROR GUARD
“IT IS! THE NEW SUPREME DALEK IS WAITING YOUR ORDERS!”

EMPEROR DALEK
(booms) “DETONATE THE BOMB! THE DESTRUCTION OF THE DWAXI FORCES MUST BE ASSURED!”

The alarms in the Emperor Dalek’s chamber scream loudly and urgently as danger becomes imminent.

DALEK EMPEROR GUARD
“EMPEROR! YONDAMUS PRIME IS BREAKING UP. COLLISION WITH YONDAMUS FOUR IS DEFINITE!”

EMPEROR DALEK
(booms) “DO NOT INTERFERE!”

DALEK EMPEROR GUARD
“THE DALEKS WILL NOT SURVIVE!”

EMPEROR DALEK
(booms) “ON THE CONTRARY! THIS IS OUR DOOM! THE DOOM FOR THE DWAXI! WE ARE ITS MORTAL PERIL! WE WILL NOT SUCCUMB TO THEIR WAYS! YONDAMUS PRIME IS THE GREATEST DALEK WEAPON!” (chants) “EXTERMINATE! EXTERMINATE! EXTERMINATE!!!”

The Dalek Emperor Guard monitors the collision of Yondamus Prime with Yondamus IV on a computer screen.

DALEK EMPEROR GUARD
“IMPACT WITH YONDAMUS FOUR IN TEN RELS…NINE…EIGHT…SEVEN…SIX…FIVE…FOUR…THREE…TWO…!”


SCENE #191 – EXT – YONDAMUS SPACE – 26TH CENTURY – N/A
In outer space, the Yondamus Prime planet breaks up as tectonic plates smash into each other and the ecological disasters become catastrophes. This inferno is further added as Yondamus Prime’s planet surface breaks through the atmosphere of Yondamus IV. Thus Yondamus IV’s planet surface breaks apart too as the tectonic plates smash into each other the ecological catastrophes occur there.


SCENE #192 – EXT – MICROS WAREHOUSE ESTATE – 26TH CENTURY – NIGHT
Earthquakes occur on Yondamus IV. Daleks explode and writhe in horrendous agony as they lose power completely and become destroyed from the impact of Yondamus Prime crashing in. The Dwaxi screech out in rage; anger and pain as they lose their will to live and be in control as they jump about and lose it completely. Targah and Gabrog see this before them under their shelter at the Micros Warehouse Estate.

GABROG
(astonished; outraged; shrieks) “NO! This can’t be correct! WE WERE SUPPOSED TO WIN!”

TARGAH
(astonished; outraged) “We would have won, Gabrog! We would have won if those Daleks hadn’t invaded our space!”

The planet shudders and breaks apart. Gabrog and Targah stick close together as the destruction of Yondamus IV takes place.

TARGAH
(continues) “Yet this was meant to be!”

GABROG
(angrily) “But we were supposed to prevent it! The Directors will not be happy!”

TARGAH
“No, Gabrog! They will not be happy! They will thunder their rage across all time and space!”

Moment of silence.

GABROG
“Time for more treatment, Commander?”

TARGAH
(desperately) “Yes! Immediately! It will be the last time for us to take the pleasantness of total rage and fury!”

With that, Gabrog and Targah take their last dosage of Yentias.


SCENE #193 – EXT – YONDAMUS SPACE – 26TH CENTURY – N/A
Both Yondamus Prime and Yondamus IV get ripped apart, as they collide into each other. A mighty explosion occurs that sends a shockwave out into Yondamus space. It hits the Moonraker; the Dalek ships and the Dwaxi ships. The space-time rift widens and whirls ferociously like a blusterous wind. The rift it is about to suck in everything within Yondamus space.


SCENE #194 – INT – CORRIDOR, MOONRAKER – 26TH CENTURY – NIGHT
The Moonraker shudders once hit by the shockwave of Yondamus Prime and Yondamus IV’s collision and explosion. The Doctor; Nyssa; Billy and Elaine fall off their balance to the floor as well as the Dwaxi troopers. The shuddering continues whilst the Doctor; Nyssa; Billy and Elaine recover and get back onto their feet.

NYSSA
(startled) “Sonic vibration? Doctor, what happened?”

DOCTOR
“Some huge explosion must have caused a shockwave in outer space!”

BILLY
(realises) “Those two planets! Yondamus Prime and Yondamus Four!”

NYSSA
(realises) “They must have collided and exploded with each other!”

Just then, an intercom blares out loud.

CAPTAIN (V’O)
(weakly) “Commander Thomas? Elaine, can you hear me?”

Elaine takes out her hand-held communicator and switches it on to speak into it.

ELAINE
(through communicator) “This is Commander Thomas. Go ahead, Captain.”

Moment of silence. No response.

ELAINE
(panics; through communicator) “Kevin, it’s me Elaine! Are you there?”

CAPTAIN (V’O)
(weakly) “Elaine. Something terrible has happened. Yondamus Prime and Yondamus Four have been destroyed.”

ELAINE
(saddened; through communicator) “Yes! The Doctor and his friends surmised that I’m afraid, Kevin”

CAPTAIN (V’O)
(weakly) “The Daleks crashed the planet Yondamus Prime into Yondamus Four. The Dwaxi vessels have been wiped out too. And that space-time rift we found is sucking everything in. The Daleks and the Dwaxi are getting sucked in! It’ll soon suck us in as well!”

DOCTOR
(solemnly, to himself) “It’s started. Just as history predicted.”

NYSSA
“Doctor. There must be something we can do.”

DOCTOR
“There’s nothing we can do, Nyssa. Come on! Back to the TARDIS!”

BILLY
(protests) “But Doctor…”

DOCTOR
(sharply) “That includes you, Billy. Come on!”

The Doctor stands up and runs off down the corridor. Nyssa follows him. Billy begins to the Doctor and Nyssa, before he stops to look back at Elaine who continues to talk to Captain Sulley on her communicator.

CAPTAIN (V’O)
(weakly) “Elaine. Are you still there?”

ELAINE
(reassuringly; through communicator) “Yes! Yes Kevin, I’m here!”


SCENE #195 – INT – MAIN BRIDGE, MOONRAKER – 26TH CENTURY – NIGHT
On the bridge, Captain Sulley suffers, slumped in his captain’s chair, whilst talking to Elaine. The bridge is devastated by the recent attack of the Dwaxi troopers. Corpses lie about on the bridge, both Moonraker crew and Dwaxi troopers. Consoles explode and spark with fire, as a result of the shockwave of the collision and explosion between Yondamus Prime and Yondamus IV.

CAPTAIN
(weakly; through intercom) “Did I tell you that I loved you, Elaine?”

ELAINE (V’O)
“Yes, Kevin. Yes you did.”

CAPTAIN
(weakly; through intercom) “Good. I’m glad I did something right.” (Pause) “See you soon Elaine. This is the end.”

ELAINE (V’O)
(reassuringly) “No! No, Kevin! It’s not the end. It just seems like it. Don’t give up!”

CAPTAIN
(laughs; weakly; through intercom) “Always the optimist, hey Elaine?” (Pause) “But you and I know we can never escape death. We’ve lost so many crew members. Gavin Frakes; Nina Cole; Jack Kelly; Gregory Cornwall; Colin Wilson. They’ve all gone, Elaine. We’re the last ones left. This was always meant to be the way for a starship crew when they faced danger. Well, it seems inevitable!” (Pause) “I’ll never forget you, Elaine. Remember that. I’ll always have a special place for you in my heart.”

Captain Sulley struggles to move his arm as he’s about to end his communication with Elaine on the intercom of his captain’s chair.


SCENE #196 – INT – CORRIDOR, MOONRAKER – 26TH CENTURY – NIGHT
Elaine sobs with tears as Kevin declares passionate words to her. Billy sits next to Elaine as she sobs.

SULLEY (V’O)
“Goodbye Elaine. Goodbye…forever.”

The communication is ended by Captain Sulley, as he switches off the intercom at his end. Elaine sobs away whilst Billy places a hand on her shoulder to comfort her.

BILLY
“Elaine…”

ELAINE
“I’ve got to go to him. I can’t leave him like this. He’s my Captain. And his first officer must never leave his Captain! Never!”

Elaine is about to get up from the floor, before Billy stops her.

BILLY
(calmly) “Elaine, listen to me!” (Pause) “Don’t tell the Doctor I said this…but there’s something you need to know. About that blue police box you and your mates found.”

Puzzled and intrigued, Elaine listens to what Billy has to say to her.


SCENE #197 – INT – ENGINEERING, MOONRAKER – 26TH CENTURY – NIGHT
In Engineering, Colin Wilson shrieks out loud in pain as he collapses to the floor. He twists; turns and writhes, as the Agent Dalek glides towards Colin on the floor. The Agent Dalek looks down on Colin, as it lowers its eye-stalk in a mocking gesture.

COLIN
(cries; in pain) “What’s happening? I’m burning inside. I feel hotter and hotter all over!” (Pause; cries; agonised) “What have you done to me?”

AGENT DALEK
“WE HAVE IMPLANTED A DIATONIC EXPLOSIVE INTO YOUR BIOLOGICAL SYSTEM: THE STOMACH. IT HAS BEEN SET FOR DETONATION IN ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY RELS. YOU, COLIN WILSON, ARE A WALKING BOMB.”

COLIN
(cries; agonised) “Why? Why have you done this to me?”

AGENT DALEK
“YOU WERE MEANT TO BLOW UP THE MOON-RAKER TO PREVENT ANY ATTEMPT OF ESCAPE. THE OBJECTIVE IS TO WIPE OUT EVERY LIFE FORM IN THIS SECTOR OF SPACE TO ENSURE DALEK SUPREMACY!”

COLIN
(cries; agonised) “But you said I was only meant to allow you to invade and take over the Moonraker. That was your primary objective.”

AGENT DALEK
(gradually) “WE…LIED!”

COLIN
(groans; agonised) “You can’t…you can’t blow me up! You just can’t!”

AGENT DALEK
“PROCEDURE OF EXPLOSIVE HAS ALREADY COMMENCED! YOU CANNOT ESCAPE YOUR DESTINY! THE DALEKS WILL BE PURE AND DIGNIFIED!”

The Agent Dalek then glides away from Colin and takes a static position in the centre of Engineering.

AGENT DALEK
“EMERGENCY TEMPORAL SHIFT!”

The Agent Dalek then vanishes and escapes. Colin groans in agony, feeling the pain of the explosive inside his stomach that is about to explode any minute.


SCENE #198 – INT – CORRIDOR, MOONRAKER – 26TH CENTURY – NIGHT
Meanwhile, Billy finishes telling Elaine about the TARDIS and who he; the Doctor and Nyssa are.

ELAINE
(astounded) “The Doctor can save us! The Doctor really can save us!”

BILLY
“I’m sure he’d be willing to take you home, Elaine.”

ELAINE
“And you knew that this ship was going to be doomed the moment it entered into Yondamus space with Daleks and Dwaxi because of your blue box being a time machine.” (Pause) “What in the galaxy possessed you; the Doctor and Nyssa to come here?”

BILLY
“I can’t explain that. But if you come with us now Elaine, then we can get you home!”

Moment of silence.

ELAINE
“No. I can’t leave.”

BILLY
(surprised) “What?! Why not? Don’t you want to see your fiancé again? You told me about him, remember? You also have a son!”

ELAINE
“Yes! I would love to see Eddie and dear little Mark again. But I can’t leave Kevin here. Not like this.” (Pause) “Could the Doctor take Kevin as well, Billy?”

BILLY
(thinks) “I’m not sure. But we could ask him anyway. There’s no harm in asking.”

ELAINE
“We need to find Kevin first. He’ll be on the bridge.”

BILLY
“Okay. Let’s go to the bridge then.”

Billy and Elaine get up from the floor, as they make for the turbo-lift. Elaine then stumbles forward and cries out in pain. Billy returns to help and support Elaine.

ELAINE
“My ankle! I think I’ve sprained it!”

BILLY
(encouragingly) “Here, lean on me.”

Billy supports Elaine, as he has her arm on his shoulder. They make for the turbo-lift.


SCENE #199 – INT – TARDIS CONSOLE ROOM – N/A
Meanwhile, the Doctor and Nyssa manage to get into the TARDIS as they enter the console room. The Doctor attends to the flight controls and starts to set some co-ordinates.

NYSSA
“Doctor! The rift is still expanding!”

DOCTOR
“Yes. We need to seal off the rift. If it expands, then the whole universe will be sucked in. They’ll be nothing left! If history needs to be maintained, then there has to be a barrier to block off the rift emissions.”

NYSSA
“Do you think the TARDIS can do that?”

DOCTOR
“It has to. Unless there’s another option.”

NYSSA
“But the Moonraker…” (Pause; realises) “Where’s Billy?”

DOCTOR
(shocked) “I thought he was in here with us!”

NYSSA
“He’s not, Doctor!”

DOCTOR
“I told that boy to follow us! Doesn’t he realise he’ll be caught up in the catastrophe?!”

NYSSA
“We must save him, Doctor. Avoid the last time. But where could he be?”

DOCTOR
“Hold on. Let’s just check….”

The Doctor checks the TARDIS console to track down Billy. After a few moments…

DOCTOR
“He’s on the bridge! With Elaine!”

NYSSA
“Then we must get to him!”

DOCTOR
“Hold on. Let’s just do a short trip!”

The Doctor activates the TARDIS controls, as he pulls the lever. The TARDIS goes into flight, as the time column goes up and down. The engines whoosh and chuff as the TARDIS takes off with Nyssa and the Doctor on board.


SCENE #200 – EXT – YONDAMUS SPACE – 26TH CENTURY – N/A
In outer space, everything within the Yondamus empire gets sucked in by the rift as it expands. It also pulls in the Daleks and the Dwaxi deeper into the death-space. Daleks shriek in rage and agony as they get pulled in. The Moonraker is also on the verge of being sucked in as it tumbles off adrift in space.


SCENE #201 – INT – MAIN BRIDGE, MOONRAKER – 26TH CENTURY – NIGHT
On the bridge of the Moonraker, the turbo-lift doors slide open as Elaine and Billy enter. The turbo-lift slide shut behind them. They see the bridge ravaged. Elaine stumbles towards Captain Sulley as she see him slumped in his chair. Once she’s reached him, Elaine tugs Kevin on his shoulder.

ELAINE
(gently) “Kevin? Kevin, can you hear me? Kevin?”

Elaine receives no response.

ELAINE
(pleadingly) “Kevin it’s me, Elaine! Please wake up! Kevin!””

Still no response. Elaine sobs as she mourns for Kevin, as she realises that he’s dead. Billy steps forward and places a hand on Elaine’s shoulder to comfort her.

BILLY
“I’m so sorry, Elaine.”

ELAINE
(sobs) “He was my Captain. My first proper Captain.” (Pause) “I will miss him.”

As Elaine sobs away, the TARDIS materializes on the bridge, whooshing and groaning before making a loud thump as it lands.

BILLY
(pleased) “Elaine! It’s the Doctor! He’s here!”

The TARDIS doors open and the Doctor and Nyssa step out.

DOCTOR
“Billy! The rift’s going to suck in everything in Yondamus space! We can’t stay here! Come on!”

BILLY
“Wait, Doctor! Elaine!”

Billy goes to Elaine, and helps her to her feet to support her. He escorts Elaine to the TARDIS.

DOCTOR
(uneasily) “Billy, what are you doing?”

BILLY
“We’re taking Elaine with us, Doctor. She’s got a family. She needs to…”

DOCTOR
“No, Billy! She’s not coming with us!”

BILLY
“Doctor, she can’t stay here! She’ll die!”

DOCTOR
“I’m well aware of that!”

BILLY
“You don’t want her to die, do you?”

DOCTOR
“Of course I don’t. But we can’t change history…”

BILLY
(threateningly) “Elaine is coming with us. Or else I stay here!”

DOCTOR
(appalled) “Billy!”

BILLY
“I mean it, Doctor! I’ve had it up to here with you!”

The Doctor is astonished by Billy’s defiance.

NYSSA
“Doctor! There’s so little time! Please hurry up!”

Indecisive, the Doctor becomes uncertain about what to do.


SCENE #202 – INT – ENGINEERING, MOONRAKER – 26TH CENTURY – NIGHT
In Engineering, Colin Wilson suffers with what he has in his body. He crawls slowly to a control station, groaning in pain, as he attempts to make contact with somebody. He soon reaches the control station and struggles to his feet. He then presses a button to switch the intercom on and speak into it. 

COLIN
(through intercom; agonised) “Captain Sulley?” (Pause) “Commander Thomas?” (Pause) “Anyone there?”

Colin then presses buttons randomly at the control station as well as for the intercom, but he gets no response from anybody. He then chuckles before laughing nervously. Colin then stumbles forward and slopes slowly to the floor.

COLIN
(laughs; agonised) “They’re dead! All of them! And it’s thanks to me! Thanks to Dalek agent Colin Wilson.” (Pause; laughs hysterically) “I never got my commission for Captain in the end, did I?”

Colin continues laughing away hysterically, as the pain inside his body grows worse. A warning alarm goes off inside Colin’s stomach. He then laughs out loud again.

COLIN
(laughs; agonised) “Ah, of course! The bomb inside me! Ready to explode, hey?” (Pause) “Well!” (shouts) “Bombs away! BOMBS AWAY!”

Colin laughs out loud before his body explodes in Engineering of the Moonraker.


SCENE #203 – EXT – YONDAMUS SPACE – 26TH CENTURY – N/A
In outer space, the Moonraker starship explodes into smithereens before it gets sucked in by the rift. It sends a shockwave into Yondamus space. Eventually, the explosion causes the rift to dissipate and shrink in size. The crack in space and time closes and soon space soon reverts back to normal. The rift has closed.


SCENE #204 – INT – TARDIS CONSOLE ROOM – N/A
From a distance, aboard the TARDIS, the Doctor; Nyssa; Billy and Elaine see the Moonraker explode into space and closing the space-time rift on the scanner screen.

NYSSA
“See it? The Moonraker exploded!”

DOCTOR
“Closing the rift and cancelling everything within Yondamus space. The crack in time and space has been sealed.”

NYSSA
“The Moonraker must have been able to prevent the rift continuing to expand. The warp plasma in the engines powerful enough to counteract the rift energy.”

Nyssa checks the TARDIS console.

NYSSA
“The rift emissions have ceased.”

DOCTOR
“The nightmare is over.”

Moment of silence.

ELAINE
“That was my ship. It’s gone. And everyone who I knew on it has gone.” (Pause) “I’m sorry that they’re not all alive like me.”

BILLY
“Yeah. I’m sorry too, Elaine.” (reassuringly) “But at least you survived.”

Elaine is at ease, whilst the Doctor is tense and Nyssa is concerned. The Doctor then presses a button to close the scanner screen. He then presses more buttons at the TARDIS console.

DOCTOR
(solemnly) “Next stop: Earth.” (to Elaine) “Time to go home, Elaine.”

ELAINE
“Thank you, Doctor.”

BILLY
“Yes! Thank you, Doctor.”

DOCTOR
(disapprovingly; to Billy) “Don’t thank me, Billy. I shall deal with you later.”

An uneasy silence ensues, as the TARDIS time rotor oscillates rising up and down. The TARDIS is on its way to take Elaine home.


SCENE #205 – INT – EDDIE’S FLAT- 26TH CENTURY – AFTERNOON
On Earth in the 26th century, somewhere in Chicago, Eddie Simmons is at his flat with his little son Mark. He teaches his son to read, by reading words off cards on the floor.

EDDIE
“So, what does this say?”

Moment of silence.

MARK
“C…Cat.”

EDDIE
“Brilliant. And this word says…”

MARK
“D…Dog.”

EDDIE
“Well done, Mark.”

MARK
“C…Cat and Dog.”

EDDIE
“Very well done, Mark.”

Eddie pats Mark’s head, to which he giggles. Eddie then picks up another set of cards to show Mark.

EDDIE
“Now. Let’s see if you tell me what these pictures are…”

Just then, the TARDIS then whooshes and grinds from nearby before there is a loud thump as it lands.

EDDIE
(calls) “Hello? Is anyone there? Hello?”

Just then, the flat door opens and Elaine enters. Eddie looks up and is astonished to see her.

EDDIE
“Elaine! Elaine, it’s you!”

Elaine stands in the doorway, as he sees Eddie and her son Mark before her.

ELAINE
(tearfully) “Hello Eddie. Hello Mark.”

EDDIE
(thrilled) “Mark, its Mom. She’s come home.”

MARK
(cheers) “Mommy!”

Little Mark runs towards Elaine, for her to catch him and pick him up.

ELAINE
(overjoyed) “Oh! my little Mark!”

Elaine kisses her son on the cheek before giving him a hug.

EDDIE
“He’s missed you so much, Elaine.”

ELAINE
(tearfully) “Has he? Has he now?”

EDDIE
“As have I.”

Hearing this, Elaine puts Mark down on the floor before giving Eddie a hug.

ELAINE
(overjoyed) “Oh Eddie! You big idiot! I’m so happy to see you!”

Elaine then kisses Eddie a lot, before releasing him and seeing the bewildered look on his face.

EDDIE
“Has something being going on, Elaine. You haven’t met another man, have you?”

ELAINE
(overjoyed) “No! I’m just so glad you and Mark are alive!”

EDDIE
“Why? What’s happened to you?”

But Elaine gets very emotional, as she hugs Eddie again, pleased to be with her family.


SCENE #206 – INT – TARDIS CONSOLE ROOM – N/A
In the TARDIS, the Doctor, Nyssa and Billy see Elaine reunited with Eddie and her son on the scanner screen.

NYSSA
“It’s so good that she’s back with her family.”

BILLY
“Yeah. Such a beautiful moment.”

The Doctor grimly switches off the scanner screen. He then presses some buttons and the TARDIS takes off again.

DOCTOR
(bitterly) “Now that’s sorted!”

The time rotor rises up and down, as the TARDIS leaves Earth.

NYSSA
“What are you doing, Doctor?”

DOCTOR
“It’s simple! I’m taking Billy home!”

BILLY
(shocked) “Home?! Why are you taking me home, Doctor? I don’t want to leave!”

DOCTOR
“Well, tough! Because you are!”

NYSSA
(protests) “Doctor, wait a moment!”

DOCTOR
(to Billy) “And I had such high hopes for you!”

The Doctor presses buttons on the TARDIS console angrily, whilst Billy stares at him disbelievingly.

BILLY
(protests) “No! No you can’t do this! I can’t leave! Not like this!”

DOCTOR
(angrily) “Don’t you understand, Billy? You’ve broken the rule book for travelling in the TARDIS. You’ve changed the course of history!”

BILLY
(disbelievingly) “I’ve changed the course of history?”

DOCTOR
“Yes!”

BILLY
“Just because I saved someone’s life from a doomed spaceship?”

DOCTOR
“The Moonraker was a ship lost off the records with no crew members accounted for. No-one survived! And you’ve just changed the records, Mr. Walker! The Moonraker was a fixed point in time, and you knew that! I told you!”

BILLY
“The Moonraker got destroyed as you wanted it destroyed! Surely it doesn’t matter if one life gets saved like Elaine’s!”

DOCTOR
“One life saved makes a lot of difference! The balance of the space-time continuum. has now been changed!”

BILLY
“Oh and I suppose you’re the expert on that!”

DOCTOR
“I am the expert! I’m a Time Lord! And every line of my book says what you did in saving Elaine’s life broke the rules.”

NYSSA
“Doctor, please!”

BILLY
“And I suppose I should have followed your book of time travel and obeyed your so-called rules like a Dalek, hey mate?”

DOCTOR
“Absolutely correct!”

BILLY
(angrily) “I don’t care! That line of reasoning is wrong! Not only is it wrong, it’s immoral! It’s inhuman!”

DOCTOR
“I’m not human, Billy. You should have known that by now!”

BILLY
(bitterly) “So you’d rather have the whole crew killed including Elaine!”

DOCTOR
“Yes!”

BILLY
(bitterly) “Just in the same way as you destroyed Nyssa’s own home-planet?”

Moment of tense silence.

NYSSA
“It didn’t happen like that, Billy!”

BILLY
(ignores Nyssa) “One life, Doctor! That was all I wanted to do. Just to save one life! Was that too much to ask?”

DOCTOR
“You don’t understand, Billy!”

Billy backs away.

BILLY
(wound up) “Fine then, Doctor. Fine! Take me back home to Earth where I can be a good boy and be of no trouble to you. So you can then let my own planet be destroyed as well! Because that’s a fixed point in history as well, isn’t it? My own planet gets to die?!”

DOCTOR
“Billy, listen!”

BILLY
(angrily) “It’s the price of travelling with you, Doctor. You always bring death and destruction. I should never have met you or Nyssa at that railway station.” (Pause) “Let me know when we’ve arrived on my planet so you can throw me off whenever you like. I’m going to my room!”

Billy storms off angrily as he leaves the console room. Once Billy has gone, the Doctor presses more buttons on the TARDIS console in irritation. Nyssa watches him.

NYSSA
(appalled) “That was really cruel, Doctor!”

DOCTOR
“Don’t say anything, Nyssa! I’ve had enough arguments for one day.”

NYSSA
(challengingly) “Billy’s right though, Doctor. How can saving one life really make a difference? You don’t know that Elaine’s surviving the Moonraker disaster could change the course of history. After all, who’s going to tell people about the disappearance of the Moonraker?” (Pause) “Billy may not understand the importance of time travel, Doctor. But at least he’s willing to help. That’s what attracted me to you Doctor, when I joined the TARDIS with you.”

The Doctor becomes contemptuous and silent. Nyssa then leaves the console room. Once Nyssa’s gone, the Doctor sighs away as he thinks about Nyssa and Billy have said to him.


SCENE #207 – EXT – TIME VORTEX – N/A
Later on, the TARDIS journeys through the time vortex. The blue box spins swiftly through the time tunnel. All is calm within the time vortex.


SCENE #208 – INT – ADRIC’S BEDROOM, TARDIS – N/A
Aboard the TARDIS, Billy lies on the bed in Adric’s room. Sad and moody, Billy reflects on the events of his recent adventure he’s had and the bitter argument between him and the Doctor. He sighs as he contemplates the situation he is in. There is then a knock on the door, as Nyssa slowly opens the door to see Billy enters.

NYSSA
(gently) “Billy? Can I come in?”

BILLY
“Yes.”

Nyssa enters the room, as goes to sit by Billy as he lies on the bed.

NYSSA
(gently) “Are you alright, Billy?”

Moment of silence.

BILLY
(calmly) “Is it time?”

NYSSA
(gradually) “Yes.”

BILLY
(gradually) “I see.”

Billy eventually gets up off from the bed and sits up to put his shoes on.

NYSSA
“I’m sorry, Billy.”

BILLY
“No, it’s my fault. I should have listened to what I had been told not to do. I don’t think the Doctor will ever forgive me now.”

NYSSA
“He would if you asked him.”

BILLY
“After what I said to him?”

Billy stands up from the bed. Nyssa comes beside him.

NYSSA
“What you said was in the heat of the moment, Billy. I’m sure the Doctor will understand.”

BILLY
“What about you, Nyssa?” (Pause) “Would you understand?”

NYSSA
(gradually) “What you did was a demonstration of kindness and compassion. I can at least understand that.”

BILLY
(gradually) “Thank you.”

Moment of silence.

NYSSA
“Best not to keep the Doctor waiting.”

BILLY
(solemnly) “Okay.”

Nyssa takes Billy’s hand, as she leads him out of Adric’s room. They head off to the TARDIS console room to go outside.


SCENE #209 – EXT – TRAKEN – 1ST CENTURY – MORNING
The TARDIS doors open, as Nyssa and Billy step out. They take in their surroundings and see a wondrous world filled with light and tranquillity. There is grass; flowers and a serene breeze in the air. The atmosphere is pretty humid. Nyssa and Billy are in awe, as they walk about the plains of this world and meet up with the Doctor.

NYSSA
“Doctor? This place! It’s seemingly familiar!”

BILLY
“This isn’t home. This isn’t planet Earth.”

DOCTOR
“No, Billy. It’s not Earth. We’re about five thousand light years away from your home planet.”

BILLY
“Then where are we?”

NYSSA
“It’s Traken, isn’t it? We’re on Traken!”

DOCTOR
“Yes, Nyssa! This is Traken! The most peaceful planet in the entire universe.” (to Billy) “I’ve taken you to your first choice of planet, Billy. This is where Nyssa was born.”

BILLY
(to Nyssa) “But…you said Traken was gone, Nyssa. You said it’d been destroyed.”

NYSSA
“Yes I did. Doctor?”

DOCTOR
“This is the beginning of the Traken Union. We’ve arrived at the point where the world of Traken is formed. The genesis of Traken has begun.”

BILLY
“So…we’re at the beginning?”

DOCTOR
“Yes, Billy.” (Pause) “The beginning of life.” (to Billy) “I’m sorry we couldn’t go to Traken during Nyssa’s time, Billy. This is the best I can do.”

BILLY
(graciously) “Thank you, Doctor.”

NYSSA
“Yes. Thank you, Doctor.”

Moment of silence, as the TARDIS see the beauty of the new world before them. A Traken bird tweets away.

BILLY
“What’s that?”

NYSSA
(awed) “The first crested avar! It’s singing a song! It’s happy! It’s glad to see this world!”

BILLY
“It’s beautiful!”

NYSSA
“And that tree! Over the hills! The first set of hills! The first Traken forest grows!”

DOCTOR
“The beginning of life. Very soon the first Trakenites will be formed in this world.”

NYSSA
“The first Traken people!”

BILLY
“Your ancestors, Nyssa. Your very first ancestors.”

They continue watching the wonders of the new world of Traken for a while, awed by everything that’s created. Birdsong continues and the gentle Traken breeze soothes and calms the TARDIS trio.

BILLY
“I wish we could see your Traken, Nyssa. The one you grew up in.”

NYSSA
(saddened) “So do I.” (Pause) “You should see that world, Billy. All that joy and laughter in those happy faces. Of the people I grew up knowing and loving. And my father.” (Pause; tearfully) “My father.”

Billy steps closer to Nyssa and gently holds her by the shoulders to comfort her. Moment of silence, the Doctor sees the tender moment between Nyssa and Billy.

DOCTOR
“I brought you both here to recuperate.” (to Billy) “That danger and horror we witnessed with the Daleks and the Dwaxi, Billy. That’s only the start of your adventures. There are far worse things to come than you can possibly imagine.”

BILLY
(gradually; apologetic) “I’m sorry, Doctor. For arguing with you. I didn’t mean to be so rude.”

DOCTOR
“You’re right though, Billy. I do bring death and destruction. I don’t mean to. But that’s how it always is with me. It’s the curse of a Time Lord who has to take responsibility for his actions.” (Pause) “It’s how I came to meet Nyssa. How her world was destroyed.”

NYSSA
“But it was with good intentions you came, Doctor.”

DOCTOR
“Yes.” (Pause) “But because of my presence on your world, it came with a cost.”

BILLY
“I’m so sorry about your home world, Nyssa.” (Pause) “What happened?”

Moment of silence, as Nyssa contemplates about to tell Billy about the consequences of her home world of Traken destroyed. She then takes Billy’s hand; strokes it and begins to tell him about what happened.

NYSSA
(gradually) “The Doctor came to Traken when it was in great peril. The unity of the Traken Union was decaying.” (Pause) “My planet was invaded by an evil force. A man called the Master. He plotted to take over the Keepership of my world and rule it with malice.”

DOCTOR
(interjects) “I came at the moment before the Master could take control of Traken completely. But even that didn’t stop the Master.”

NYSSA
“My father…was killed by the Master. He took control of his body and roamed the universe with havoc by causing alienation to hundreds of galaxies. In so doing…he destroyed my own planet with an entropy field that blotted out Traken’s existence like the striking of a match.” (Pause) “It’s hard to believe the knowledge that I can never step onto the surface of that world again. Never to relish the joys and comforts of my home world and enjoy its peace.”

BILLY
“And the Doctor saved your life. Just in time before Traken got destroyed.”

NYSSA
“I was rescued from Traken and went to search for my father. But it was too late as my father was killed and Traken was destroyed before I had a chance to return home. The Doctor sacrificed everything for the entire universe at the cost of the Master’s malevolence.”

BILLY
(gradually) “I had no idea you’d been through so much. I’m so sorry about your father.”

Moment of silence, as Nyssa is satisfied and relieved with telling Billy about Traken.

DOCTOR
“Billy? You’ve had the experience of travelling in the TARDIS. You’ve seen the dangers and how bad it is out there in this universe. Do you still want to travel with us? With me and Nyssa?”

BILLY
(puzzled) “But I thought you were taking me home.”

DOCTOR
“That was before I realised that the timelines hadn’t been altered. What you did was a demonstration of kindness and compassion. I can at least understand that.” (Pause) “You didn’t know any better about the risks of travelling in the TARDIS. Sometimes that makes me forget when I have new companions joining me.” (Pause; firmly) “But you must learn by your mistakes and to appreciate the dangers of time travel from now on. You’re not to take unnecessary risks if you decide to stay on.”

NYSSA
“The Doctor means you can stay with us and travel in the TARDIS if you’re well behaved, Billy.”

BILLY
(gradually; realises) “I…I can still come with you? I can still travel in the TARDIS?”

DOCTOR
“If you want to?”

NYSSA
“We would miss you if you decided to leave us.”

BILLY
“You would?”

NYSSA
“Yes. I would miss you.”

Moment of silence.

DOCTOR
“So, Billy? What do you want to do? Do you still want to travel with us? Or do you want to go home?”

Moment of silence.

BILLY
(indecisive) “I don’t know.” (Pause) “I really don’t know.”

The Doctor, Nyssa and Billy continue to watch the beauty of the new world of Traken formed before them.


Sting music. Roll original 1982 Peter Davison end credits.


© Tim Bradley, 2016

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