‘Chieftain’s Caves’, Part Three, Chapter 11

11. The Source of Power

SCENE #105 – INT – STELLARCARNIVORNIAN HALL, RACTA MOON – DAY, AFTERNOON
On the Racta Moon, inside Stellarcarnivornian Hall, a meeting takes place as the Racta Councillors meet each other. The Racta Councillors include Lord Budt; his secretary Mr. Pew; a Mr. Bucc and other members. They’re currently watching the end of Ches’ message transmitted to Lord Budt earlier on his laptop.

CHES (V’O)
[“I must end this transmission now before somebody realises I’ve been spying.] Please relay a reply to this message as soon as possible by coded means. I look forward to hearing your recommendations on what should be done. Also…my wife has gone missing. Over and out.”

Once Ches’ message cuts out and finishes, the Racta Councillor turn back to meet each other at the table. Lord Budt lets out an exhale of breath, whilst Pew makes a record on his ticket sheet and clipboard.

LORD BUDT
(dignified) “As you can see, fellow members of our most well-respected and appreciative Racta Council. The situation with Scotland is far more serious than we imagined!” (to Pew) “Isn’t that right, Mr. Pew?”

PEW
“Tick! It most certainly is, my Lord Budt! Couldn’t be even more serious!”

LORD BUDT
“Indeed not!” (Pause) “Now the purpose of our meeting is of course to discuss what should be done about this mess! How are we to deal with Scotland and stop it from causing any threat to our beloved Racta society? Any suggestions?”

Moment of silence.

LORD BUDT
“Anyone?”

Another moment of silence before Mr. Bucc coughs.

LORD BUDT
“Yes? You are?”

MR. BUCC
(proudly) “Bucc, my lord! I’m Mr. Bucc of Donl!”

LORD BUDT
“Well then, Mr. Bucc! What is it you have to suggest?”

MR. BUCC
“Well from what Mr. Ches of Roid has said, it seems that our focus must be on de-stabilising the source of power that MacDonald has in these caves of his. This Salvador person…or whatever he is…must have some defensive barriers around those caves to prevent anyone from passing through and shutting it down.”

LORD BUDT
“Yes! Yes that he may well have, Mr. Bucc! I still don’t see though what it is you are suggesting!”

MR. BUCC
(clears throat) “Well…the way I see it is…if MacDonald of Scotland has power from an external power that is not Scottish, then he is using power that he knows he shouldn’t be using if it’s against our agreement and our alliance with Scotland!”

LORD BUDT
“That is absolutely right, Mr. Bucc!” (to Pew) “Isn’t that right, Mr. Pew?”

PEW
“Oh yes, sir! It most certainly is true! They signed a document and have broken one of its amendments!”

LORD BUDT
“They certainly have! Therefore it seems apparent that MacDonald is intent on becoming hostile that may well disrupt relations with other species in this sector of the galaxy!”

PEW
“And Mr. MacDonald doesn’t even know what he’s doing!”

MR. BUCC
“Exactly, my good sirs!” (Pause) “If I may…I propose to set forth a campaign to wage war against Scotland! If we wage war against Scotland, we’ll interrupt their petty feudal battles between their own clans; break down the barriers of Scotland’s powerful complex such as the caves and disable its power completely. We shall have the advantage, since Scotland will be fighting its own wars! They will grow weak once we come upon them!”

A cheer of agreement erupts from all of the Racta Council members in the room at Mr. Bucc’s suggestion. This pleases Lord Budt and Mr. Pew too.

MR. BUCC
“You have no objections to this, my lord?”

LORD BUDT
“No objections whatsoever, Mr. Bucc! I believe it to be a sensible plan!” (to Pew) “Wouldn’t you say so, Mr. Pew?”

PEW
“Oh yes! Definitely, my Lord Budt! Absolutely sensible! It will provide some good for Racta society!”

LORD BUDT
“Absolutely!” (Pause) “So it’s settled! Racta shall wage war against Mr. MacDonald and Scotland!”

Everyone cheers.

LORD BUDT
“Congratulations, Mr. Bucc! An excellent suggestion of yours!”

MR. BUCC
“Of course, my lord! After all, I suggested it!”


SCENE #106 – INT – SOUTHERN SECTION, CHIEFTAIN’S CAVES – DAY, AFTERNOON
Back on the planet Scotland, it is now afternoon. Nyssa and Jeremy continue to tread in their bare feet, as they walk through the southern section of the Chieftain’s Caves. Their feet ache as they move on and they pant as they go.

NYSSA
“It’s a pity we’ve used up all the matches! We’re completely lost!”

JEREMY
“I don’t wish to complain, lass. But do you mind if we stopped for a minute? My feet are killing me here!”

NYSSA
“Oh yes! Yes, of course! We’ll rest for five minutes.”

JEREMY
“Thanks, Nyssa.”

With that, Nyssa and Jeremy sit by some rocks to take a rest.

NYSSA
(apprehensively) “Oh my poor feet!” (Pause) “At least we seem to be safe from Iona. No sign of her following our trail.”

JEREMY
“There’s no knowing where she is now.” (Pause) “I just can’t grasp the notion she’s become a terrible beastie. My Iona! An ogress!”

NYSSA
“I’m very sorry, Jeremy. Every time the Doctor, Billy and I land somewhere, we always seem to be the cause of other people’s troubles.”

JEREMY
“Oh it’s not your fault, lass. Don’t fret. Salvador was here long before you.”

NYSSA
“Yes, but it was for the Doctor that Salvador created this Scotland to trap him in! And that makes it all the worse!”

JEREMY
“He must really have a terrible grudge against the Doctor from what you’ve told me what happened between them. It’s like they never resolved their differences.”

NYSSA
“I don’t know the other half of the story, Jeremy. Salvador must have suffered terribly when he was put through what the Doctor did to him. And it’s driven him to insanity.”

JEREMY
“I can’t believe the Doctor would do things to people like that. He seemed a real nice man!”

NYSSA
“The Doctor’s not like that now, Jeremy. Salvador goes to extreme lengths to get what he wants. And he’s used your Iona for that as well as many other people.”

JEREMY
“Yes. I pray to God that my father never agreed to make a deal with that bounder! He should have known better! He should have considered the lives he’d put in danger, including my Iona!”

Moment of silence.

NYSSA
“I just wish I knew how Billy was. I wish to see him again and the Doctor. I hope Billy’s not walking around in bare feet like we are.” (Pause) “How much do you know about these caves, Jeremy? In terms of its geo-structure and history?”

JEREMY
“I don’t know much about these caves, I’m afraid.”

NYSSA
(glumly) “That’s a shame.”

JEREMY
“But I do know that Salvador had these caves built to hold the source of power for my father to use. To rule Scotland and have what he wants. With the approval of Salvador, of course.”

NYSSA
“What sort of power is contained in these caves then? Tele-biogenesis? Cybernetics?”

JEREMY
“How should I know? I’m not an expert!” (Pause) “All I know is that the power source is meant to fulfil my father’s desires.”

NYSSA
“Fulfil desires? That reminds me when Billy and I wanted…”

Another moment of silence as Nyssa stops mid-sentence.

JEREMY
(puzzled) “Nyssa? What is it?”

NYSSA
(ponders; gradually) “It doesn’t matter. Come on! We’d better move on! Maybe we’ll find an exit in these caves closer to us than we think.”

Nyssa and Jeremy get up off the ground and start to move forward through the caves to find a way out. Just then, the ogress’ roar echoes in the distance. Moment of silence ensues.

JEREMY
(realises) “Iona! That’s Iona, isn’t it?!”

NYSSA
“Come on, Jeremy! We must move on!”

With that, Nyssa and Billy continue through the caves just as the ogress’ roar echoes again.


SCENE #107 – INT – EAST SECTION, CHIEFTAIN’S CAVES – DAY, AFTERNOON
Meanwhile, on his travels in the east section of the caves, the Doctor has come a far way from escaping Eilean Donan Castle. He walks through the dark earthy corridors as he uses a torch to find his way.

DOCTOR
“Even with this torch, it’s still hard to see through these caves!”

The Doctor walks on a bit further as he comes to a point where he has to take a left or right path. Moment of silence as he thinks.

DOCTOR
(thoughtfully) “Hmm. Two paths, one choice. Which way should you go, Doctor?” (Pause) “It’s hard to tell anyway, since Nyssa and Jeremy could have gone anywhere.”

The Doctor seems to make for the left path with small footsteps before slowly diverting to the right. Then back to left. After a moment of indecisiveness, he stops.

DOCTOR
“Oh come on, Doctor! It shouldn’t be hard to navigate!”

Another moment of silence as the Doctor thinks for a moment.

DOCTOR
(sighs) “I’ll just have to toss for it!”

The Doctor fishes out a coin from his coat pocket before he tosses it into the air. He catches the coin before placing it with right hand onto his left hand. He eventually removes his right hand off his left hand to reveals whether the coin is ‘heads’ or ‘tails’.

DOCTOR
(grimaces) “Try again!”

The Doctor tosses the coin into the air again before he catches it and places it with his right hand onto his left hand. He removes his right hand off his left hand again to reveal the coin’s face.

DOCTOR
(cheers; satisfied) “Ah! This way!”

The Doctor then heads off for the left path. A few minutes later, the Doctor returns to where he started and heads off for the right path instead.

DOCTOR
(slightly annoyed) “I should have known there’d be a dead end!”

As the Doctor heads off for the right path, distance bagpipe music echoes from overhead. The Doctor stops as he listens to the song being played by the bagpipes.

DOCTOR
(groans; annoyed) “There it goes! The signal! Bagpipes signalling the commencement of a new battle! And I wonder where that battle’s taking place!”

The Doctor then continues moving off on the right path, whilst the bagpipes echo louder and louder overhead.

DOCTOR
(apprehensively) “I just hope Nyssa and Jeremy won’t head out in the open at the caves’ entrance and get caught in a blood bath of Scots!”


SCENE #108 – EXT – GLEN GARRY, SCOTLAND – DAY, AFTERNOON
Meanwhile, on the moors of Glen Garry, the MacDonald gathering led by Henry, Hugo and Ches make their way to the Chieftain’s Caves. It rains as they walk and some of the MacDonald family mutter and grumble with having to walk in bad weather.

CHES
(disgruntled) “Ugh! If you Scots call this fine weather, I’d rather have the sunshine back on the Racta Moon!”

HUGO
“It won’t rain when we get to the caves, Roid! Don’t be such a Jessie!”

CHES
“I can’t help it! It’s this new kilt and tartan I’m wearing that I’m worried about! Do you like it, Lord Kilwhilie? I took your advice about not to wear any Scottish clan’s crest! So I bought this default standard instead!”

HUGO
(disapprovingly) “Yes. Not sure about the colours. It’s too tango. Couldn’t you have grey?”

CHES
“I’d rather not wear that colour if it’s all the same to you, sir. Grey’s a colour of sacrilege where I come from. Besides, I want to stand out!”

HUGO
“Oh, I’m sure that kilt of yours will stand out!” (to Henry) “Have you calmed down yet, Henry? After all, it was your idea to walk out in this rain after your tantrum with Stevie earlier!”

HENRY
(bitterly) “It was his fault for letting the Doctor get away through that panel in the wall! I can’t believe Stevie let him get away like that!”

CHES
“That Salvador person certainly had a go at you, Henry! I couldn’t believe how he shouted at you!”

HENRY
“I’d prefer not to be reminded of that Roid, my good man! That bellowing he gave me really took me to heart!”

CHES
“Sorry, Henry.”

Henry, Hugo and Ches with the MacDonald gathering continue walking in the rain. Some of the MacDonalds continue grumbling and complaining at the back of the group.

HENRY
(calls; to MacDonalds) “Alright, alright, you lot back there! We’re just passing over the Loch of Garry! If you stop complaining, then this rain may stop!”

HUGO
“I hope your wife will be alright holding the fort at Eilean Donan, Henry.”

HENRY
“Of course she will, Hugo! Don’t fret! Salvador seemed satisfied when I put his faith in me again! And that I’d carry out his orders immediately, after he threatened to take Maggie away from me!”

CHES
“I’m sure I couldn’t believe what I was seeing! When I saw your wife Henry slowly vanishing…”

HENRY
(interrupts) “Yes thank you, Ches! I believe we all know what happened!”

CHES
“I just hope that Cari’s not been through something like that! If she were vanishing like that, I’d…”

HENRY
(interrupts; abruptly) “Thank you very much, Ches! I’d like to carry on with the journey to Chieftain’s Caves without any more unpleasant thoughts!”

HUGO
“Yes!” (to Ches) “Once all of this is over, I hope to show you more of our properties at Knockacolly, Roid! When your wife is seen again, of course!”

CHES
“Yes, of course!” (Pause) “And hopefully if Scotland manages to survive!”

HENRY
(puzzled) “What’s that supposed to mean, Roid?”

CHES
(hesitantly) “Oh…just saying things, Henry. Nothing to worry about.”

As they keep on walking, the rain dies down.

HENRY
“Ah! You see, everyone! The rain’s clearing! We’re about to get some clear sky now!” (Pause) “Here we are! Come on! Let’s go over by this loch!”

Just as the MacDonald gathering is about to cross over to Loch Garry, bubbling water echoes from it. This startles everyone once they see this happen.

CHES
(startled) “What was that?”

HENRY
(ignorant) “What was what, Roid?”

CHES
“You must have seen it surely, Henry! The water in Loch Garry beside us just bubbled!”

The water in Loch Garry bubbles again and everyone gasps at this.

CHES
(astonished) “There it is again! Did you not see?”

HUGO
“Yes! I saw it too, Ches! You weren’t imagining it!” (to Henry) “Did you see it, Henry man?”

HENRY
“Yes! I saw it, Hugo! I saw it!” (Pause) “Perhaps it’s a Puddlefoot!”

CHES
“A what?”

HENRY
“Puddlefoots are found in Perthshire and they haunt pools in Pitlochry!”

HUGO
“But we’re not in Perthshire, Henry! Nor Pitlochry!”

HENRY
“No we’re not!” (Pause) “But then again, it could be a water wraith!”

CHES
“What in the moon’s name are water wraiths, Henry?”

HENRY
“Water wraiths are beautiful to look at, water wraiths are! But look into their eyes long enough and they’ll drag you into the depths of a loch, like mermaids do! They’re female; they’re dressed in green and have withered faces!”

CHES
(disturbed) “How shocking!”

HUGO
(wryly) “It could also be the Loch Ness Monster, Henry.”

HENRY
(scoffs) “Don’t be so ridiculous, Hugo! There aren’t any Loch Ness monsters in this loch! Why…we’re not even by Loch Ness itself!”

HUGO
“And there aren’t any water wraiths or Puddlefoots the way you’re blethering on about them! Those are just tales and myths from our darkest nightmares, Henry!”

CHES
“Then why does the water in that loch bubble, my lord?”

The water from the loch bubbles again and everybody becomes disturbed.

HUGO
(disturbed) “I don’t know, Roid. But I’m sure it’s something fantastic!”

Moment of silence.

HENRY
“Come on lads, ladies! We mustn’t delay our rendezvous with the Mackintoshes, presuming they’d actually be there on the hill! Let’s make our way…for Chieftain’s Caves!”

With that, the MacDonald gathering continues to make their way alongside Loch Garry as the water continues to bubble from it.


SCENE #109 – INT – POWER CHAMBER, CHIEFTAIN’S CAVES – DAY, AFTERNOON
Back in the power chamber of the Chieftain’s Caves, Billy, Cari, Macmillan and Buchanan investigate their surroundings as they marvel at the technology around them.

CARI
“I can’t imagine Henry MacDonald owning all of this! This is a part of Scotland I’ve never seen before! Come to think of it, it’s not even Scottish! It’s all techno-gabble!”

BILLY
(bewildered) “I’ve never seen technology like this before in my life! It’s so complicated! It’s like….like a massive jigsaw puzzle of bits and pieces put together! A junkyard or a jumble sale that’s all gone wrong! It’s amazing!”

Billy then touches one of the mainframes in the far corner. Buchanan then comes over and stops Billy from touching the mainframe.

BUCHANAN
(impetuously) “Don’t touch anything, boy! Don’t touch any of the buttons!”

BILLY
“I wasn’t going to touch the buttons, Mr. Buchanan! I was just feeling this surface of this computer, that’s all!”

BUCHANAN
“Well do be careful, laddie! We don’t know what devil’s work in all of this is!”

BILLY
“Now that’s just going a bit too far, Mr. Buchanan!”

Moment of silence.

CARI
(to Macmillan; Buchanan) “Well Mr. Macmillan; Mr. Buchanan? Have you both decided on what you’re going to do with all of this? Are you going to shut this lot down?”

MACMILLAN
(abashed) “We haven’t the faintest idea, Mrs. Cari!”

BILLY
(astonished) “What?! But you two said you were going to sort this Henry MacDonald out and stop his power! Well…here it is! Now get ‘stopping’!”

BUCHANAN
“We weren’t expecting this, laddie!”

MACMILLAN
“Aye, Billy! That we weren’t! This is a massive one for us! We were expecting MacDonald to hold an army of Scottish men down here under these caves!”

BUCHANAN
“Or that we might find some sorcerer or magician that provides all the things MacDonald wants!”

MACMILLAN
“But with this lot…we don’t know where to start!”

BILLY
(wryly) “Well that’s marvellous, isn’t it?! How are you going to explain this to your…political group? You may look like a bunch of charlies to them!”

CARI
“Well…I’m sure we’ll sort something out! We just need to take this step-by-step!”

MACMILLAN
“Aye, but where do we start? If we touch anything here, we may all get blown up!”

BILLY
“Oh, it’s at times like this I wish the Doctor was here. He’s an expert on these sorts of things.”

Moment of silence, before they hear footsteps approaching.

BUCHANAN
(hushes) “Ssh! Listen!”

Billy, Cari, Macmillan and Buchanan listen, as the footsteps approach closer to where they are.

BUCHANAN
(apprehensively) “Do you hear that?! Somebody’s coming!”

MACMILLAN
“Now don’t panic, everyone! Let’s just keep our cool!”

BUCHANAN
“Draw your sword, Alan! It could be the ogress again! We shall advance to meet it!”

MACMILLAN
“Right!”

Macmillan and Buchanan draw their swords before Billy stops them.

BILLY
(apprehensively) “No! Wait, you two! Don’t do anything rash!”

CARI
“Why not, Billy?! If it’s the ogress, then these two fine Scotsmen should kill it!”

MACMILLAN
“Aye that we should, Billy!”

BUCHANAN
“Why do you suggest us to stop, laddie!”

BILLY
“Just wait a minute! Those footsteps don’t sound big or foreboding!”

CARI
“What do you mean?”

BILLY
“Well, think about it! When does an ogress sound like a lumbering monster when it’s got small footsteps?”

They listen again and hear footsteps approaching as small and gentle.

CARI
(to Macmillan; Buchanan) “He’s got a point! It doesn’t sound like an ogress!”

MACMILLAN
(apprehensively) “It could be Henry MacDonald coming down to this chamber! He could have come to kill us all!”

BUCHANAN
“Or it could be a thuggie! Draw, Alan!”

BILLY
“Wait!”

BUCHANAN
“Why do you keep on saying ‘wait’, laddie?!”

BILLY
“I’m going to see who it is!”

CARI
“Billy, you can’t go out there! It or whatever it is may well kill you!”

BILLY
(apprehensively) “I’m…I’m prepared to take that risk! Now just be quiet, you three! I’m going to have a look!”

With that, Billy makes his way forward to the entrance of the power chamber to see who or what is approaching. Cari, Macmillan and Buchanan watch as Billy goes off.

MACMILLIAN
(quietly) “I’ve got to hand it to Billy, James! He’s got guts! That’s what he’s got! Guts!”

BUCHANAN
(quietly) “Aye! That he has, Macmillan. And all that time, he seemed lacking in confidence!”

As Billy slowly makes his way to the entrance of the power chamber, he stand back against the wall as the footsteps approach closer.

BILLY
(calls) “Hello?! Who goes there?!”

After a few moments silence, Billy steps away from the wall to see the person entering the power chamber. It is the Doctor.

BILLY
(astonished) “Doctor?!”

DOCTOR
(amazed) “Billy!”

BILLY
(sighs; relieved) “Oh, Doctor! Thank goodness it’s you! We all thought you were some sort of a thuggie!”

DOCTOR
“You were the least likely person I expected to find here!”

BILLY
(relieved) “It’s good to see you again, Doctor!”

DOCTOR
“You too, Billy! You too! Nyssa will be pleased when she hears I found you at last!”

BILLY
“Nyssa? Where is she? Is she not with you?”

DOCTOR
“I’m afraid not.” (reassuringly) “She is in these caves though! Don’t worry! She shouldn’t be far. She was with a Jeremy MacDonald when I last saw her.”

BILLY
“Jeremy MacDonald?”

CARI
(shouts) “Excuse me, Billy. Is this a friend of yours?”

DOCTOR
(intercedes) “Er, Billy. Introductions?”

BILLY
“Oh yes!” (to Cari; Macmillan; Buchanan) “This is the Doctor, everyone!” (to Doctor) “Doctor, this is Mrs. Cari of Roid! And these two gentlemen are Mr. Macmillan and Mr. Buchanan! They belong to a Scottish Nationalist group!”

DOCTOR
“I’m glad to meet you all!” (to Cari) “I’ve had the pleasure of meeting your husband, Mrs. Cari! Very nice to have met him!”

CARI
“Ches! Is he well?”

DOCTOR
“He was well when I last saw him!”

MACMILLAN
“May I take it Billy, that this Doctor is no threat to our campaigns? He’s not working for Henry MacDonald, is he?”

BILLY
“I don’t know!” (to Doctor) “Are you, Doctor?”

DOCTOR
(reassuringly; to Macmillan; Buchanan) “Whatever Henry MacDonald has in store outside the caves, I can assure you gentlemen I’m here to stop it!”

BUCHANAN
“Well take a look around you, Doctor! For this place boggles the mind!”

DOCTOR
“Yes! So I see!” (Pause) “So…this is where the source of power lies! In the centre of the Chieftain’s Caves!”

BILLY
“Yes, Doctor! It certainly does!”

DOCTOR
(amazed) “Well, well, well!” (Pause) “This certainly is a long way from home, isn’t it?!”

The Doctor looks around amazed as he sees the amount of technology contained in the power chamber.


SCENE #110 – EXT – GREAT GLEN, SCOTLAND – DAY, AFTERNOON
Outside on the southern part of the great glen of Scotland, the Jacobean forces arrive on the shores of Lock Arkaig in small boats. They pull their boats up onto the bank, before they disembark. Alistair and Ewan are among the group of Jacobean Scots as they make their way further onto the territory of Ardachvie.

EWAN
(disturbed) “Quiet all around isn’t it, Alistair?!”

ALISTAIR
(disturbed) “Aye that it is, Ewan! Let’s hope Bonnie Charlie’s reason for us coming here were all worthwhile! It’s beginning to rain as you can see from those clouds!”

Small thunderous noises echo from above in the sky.

EWAN
“Where do you suppose we’re going?”

ALISTAIR
“To some sort of battle up the north of the glen! But whereabouts we’re heading, I can’t work it out!”

EWAN
“But we’ve fought many battles since we Scots rose against the English! We fought the Redcoats at Culloden, Fort William, Falkirk, Clifton and Prestonpans! And at not one of them have we been told about it before the actual day happens when it sets!”

ALISTAIR
“Aye, I agree with you! It’s not like our own commanders to withhold information from us! It must be something really important!”

Alistair and Ewan march off up the Ardachvie hill with the other Jacobean Scots as they journey towards their designated battle.


SCENE #111 – EXT – GREAT GLEN, SCOTLAND – DAY, AFTERNOON
Not so far away on the northern part of the great glen of Scotland, on one of the Highland hills known as Beinn Bhreag Mhor, the Scottish army from William Wallace’s time are preparing for battle. They brandish their swords, bows and arrows and check that their armour is in tact. Some make their way down the rugged hills as they all prepare for a similar battle. Hamish and Duncan are among those troops.

DUNCAN
“There we are! My sword is brandished and I’m ready for war!” (Pause; concerned) “Hamish, are you well? You look distressed!”

HAMISH
“Dunbar, Stirling Bridge, Falkirk, Roslin, Dalrigh, Bannockburn, Skerries and Faughart! All those battles I fought in and never had I known one battle that I was unaware of any knowledge beforehand!”

DUNCAN
“It does seem very strange! Us heading off to a battle and we have no idea what we are heading into! Who our enemy is!”

HAMISH
“Oh it’s the English, Duncan! It’s always the English! Never doubt that!”

DUNCAN
“But I thought we’d signed Corbeil and the Edinburgh-Northampton treaties a while back now! Come to think of it…I hardly remember those occasions ever happening!”

HAMISH
“You know what? Neither can I, Duncan!” (Pause) “Maybe the English have gone back on their word!”

Thunderclouds rumble and rain starts to falls onto the Scots’ heads. They’re startled before they start grumbling.

DUNCAN
(grumbles) “A fine time for the weather to be mean to us! Especially since we go into battle!”

HAMISH
“Let’s make it a worthy one! A glorious victory!”

DUNCAN
“Despite the fact we’ve no idea who we’re fighting!”

HAMISH
(hesitates) “Yes!” (Pause) “Come on! Down this hill! We should be there before supper if we make it on time!”

The Jacobean Scots soon make their way down the hill as they head for the battle in question.


SCENE #112 – INT – POWER CHAMBER, CHIEFTAIN’S CAVES – DAY, AFTERNOON
Back inside the Chieftain’s Caves, the Doctor continues examining the computer banks in the power chamber. Billy, Cari, Macmillan and Buchanan watch him.

BILLY
(to Doctor) “You’ve seen this before haven’t you, Doctor?! What is it?”

DOCTOR
“This little bit of technology you see before you Billy is from my own planet! It’s ancient! Ancient Gallifreyan!”

BILLY
“What?! What’s a thing like this doing inside a Scottish cave as big as this?”

DOCTOR
“Oh don’t be so surprised, Billy! Time Lord technology can easily be acquired! It’s a just a matter of who knows where it’s kept and how to take it from the busy bodies!”

MACMILLAN
“So all this is foreign then? Henry MacDonald got this off some other worldly place, Doctor!”

BUCHANAN
“I knew it! I knew Henry dabbled in dirty work from somewhere else! I knew he’d be notorious on the black market!”

CARI
“But the Racta Empire and Scotland are not fully-fledged allies yet! We don’t possess technology like this and we wouldn’t give it to Mr. MacDonald!”

BILLY
“I’m sure they weren’t suggesting you would, Cari.”

DOCTOR
“No, no. This technology Henry didn’t collect himself. It was Salvador who conjured it up!”

BILLY
“Salvador? Who’s he?”

DOCTOR
“Oh there’s plenty of time to explain later on. The point is, Salvador got this Time Lord technology from Gallifrey and placed it within these caves to generate the power Henry MacDonald wanted! And Salvador’s finally managed to crack it!”

BUCHANAN
“This Salvador person. I take it he works for MacDonald?”

DOCTOR
“More like Mr. MacDonald works for Salvador actually.”

BILLY
“Doctor, you said this technology generates the power within these caves for this Mr. MacDonald! I don’t see any cables connected from these contraptions connecting to anything!”

DOCTOR
“They don’t use cables. This antique mainframe can generate power when it comes into contact with another energy source close by! Whether it’s radiated or by other means!”

BILLY
“Then how does it get its power? Electrics? Gas?”

DOCTOR
“No, it’s more sophisticated than that. And much more subtle.”

CARI
(to Macmillan; Buchanan) “Mr. Macmillan; Mr. Buchanan? Do these caves hold any kind of mineral or rock in their walls by any chance?”

MACMILLAN
“Aye that they do, Mrs. Cari! There used to be tales and legends about these caves containing gemstones of forgotten coalmines that used to be here in the dark ages of Scotland!”

DOCTOR
“Did you say…gemstones? Would these gemstones be rubies or diamonds by any chance?”

BUCHANAN
“Of course, Doctor! What would you expect? Sweeties?”

DOCTOR
(realises) “That’s it! That’s the power source!”

BILLY
(unconvinced) “The diamonds and rubies? I wouldn’t think they’d be much use of a power source if they’re just made of crystal, stone and rock.”

DOCTOR
“Never dismiss the impossible, Billy! And don’t be so naïve! Diamonds are powerful in every measure! They could generate a particle load of energy in these walls for the Time Lord mainframe to boost into the whole planet!” (Pause) “That’s what Salvador did to generate the power levels up and bring this planet into existence!”

BILLY
“So you mean…Earth’s generated by diamonds all along! I don’t believe that! It’s not how God made it!”

DOCTOR
“This isn’t Earth, Billy! This is a planet called Scotland!”

BILLY
(startled) “Hey?!”

CARI
“You look surprised, Billy! Didn’t you know that part?”

BILLY
(baffled) “But…Scotland a planet?! That’s incredible! What happened to the old Scotland?!”

DOCTOR
“Like I said, Billy! I’ll explain about Salvador and Scotland later!” (to Macmillan; Buchanan) “Mr. Macmillan; Mr. Buchanan? Can we break part of one of these cave walls down? I’d like to take a look at one of those gemstones!”

MACMILLAN
(enthused) “Aye, I’ve got a pick-axe here! We can knock that wall down in no-time!”

BUCHANAN
“Then let’s get on with it, Alan lad! Let’s get on with it!”

MACMILLAN
“Right!”

Macmillan fetches his pick-axe from his rucksack as he takes it out and raises it against the rock cave wall, ready to knock it in.

DOCTOR
(apprehensively) “Be careful now! The Gallifreyan mainframe in this room is very sensitive to any disruption in its workings! We’re close to the power source at the moment! So break down the cave wall gently!”

BUCHANAN
(wryly) “Thank you, Doctor! We appreciate your last bit of warning at the last minute!”

Macmillan then makes a start on breaking down the cave wall. He knocks about with his pick-axe. As he breaks part of the cave wall down, the ground trembles under their feet momentarily. Macmillan stops breaking down the cave wall for a moment.

BILLY
“Mr. Macmillan?! The Doctor said to ‘do it gently’, remember?!”

MACMILLAN
(apologetically) “Sorry. I was forgetting.”

Apprehensively, the Doctor, Billy, Cari and Buchanan watch as Macmillan continues to breaking down the rock cave wall again. Macmillan tries his best to avoid the ground to tremble under their feet.


SCENE #113 – EXT – CAVE ENTRANCE, CHIEFTAIN’S CAVES – DAY, AFTERNOON
At the cave entrance to the Chieftain’s Caves, Nyssa and Jeremy find themselves coming out. They step into the open air out of the caves.

NYSSA
“You did it, Jeremy! You got us out of the caves!”

JEREMY
“It wasn’t what I had in mind, Nyssa. I originally had in mind for us to go back to Iona’s castle. That is…if Iona was herself.”

NYSSA
(relieved) “At least we know where we are. Let’s hope we can find our way around the moors.”

JEREMY
“How did we manage to get out here though? We must have been heading southwards when we escaped from Iona!”

NYSSA
“I wonder what we’ll find out here. It’s likely we’ll see nobody in this rugged landscape.”

Just then, marching footsteps echo nearby. Nyssa and Jeremy remain silent as they hear an army approaching.

JEREMY
“Nobody, hey? That’s the sound of an army approaching!”

NYSSA
“Two armies by the sound of it!”

JEREMY
“It’s begun! The battle at Chieftain’s Caves! Father must already be on the hills seeing his army mark up against the Mackintoshes’ own army!” (Pause; realises) “Look! Some Jacobites are coming around the corner! That must be the Mackintoshes!”

NYSSA
(urgently) “Come on! Back into the caves before we’re seen!”

JEREMY
“And look on the right! There are the Scots from the First War of Scottish Independence! Father’s come too!”

NYSSA
(urgently) “Jeremy, come on! Inside! Behind the cave entrance! We can watch at a distance what’s going on!”

With that, Nyssa and Jeremy get behind the cave entrance inside. Meanwhile the Jacobean and Middle-Age Scottish armies arrive at the front of the caves.


SCENE #114 – EXT – GREAT GLEN, SCOTLAND – DAY, AFTERNOON
On the hill west to the entrance of the Chieftain’s Caves, Henry MacDonald and his MacDonald gathering arrive with Hugo and Ches. They watch as they see the Middle-Age Scots army of the MacDonalds march to a halt before the front-line as they make ready to fight against the Jacobean Scots belonging to the Mackintoshes.

HUGO
“This is so very exciting! Isn’t it, Roid my man?”

CHES
“Oh, sure! It certainly sure is exciting, Lord Kilwhillie! I’m amazed and marvel at the sight of it!”

Moment of silence, as the two armies wait for the command. Gussie and Lucy Mackintosh stand in front of the Mackintosh gathering whilst Henry MacDonald stands in front of his with Hugo and Ches.

HENRY
“Oh, there they are! There are the Mackintoshes! With their own Mackintosh gathering! They’re standing on the hill over on the other side! Do you not see them, Hugo?”

HUGO
“Yes, Henry! I see them very clearly! There’s Gussie Mackintosh and his wife Lucy standing in front of the gathering! They took our advice well in advance!”

HENRY
“Not as well advanced as ours though hey, Hugo?!”

HUGO
“Of course not! The MacDonald gathering and mustering is far greater!”

HENRY
(gloomily) “It’s a shame my wife Maggie’s not here! Then the company would have been complete!” (Pause; calls; to Gussie; Lucy) “Hello, Mackintoshes! Ready to see your side lose!”

GUSSIE
(calls; from a distance) “What have you done with our daughter, MacDonald?!”

LUCY
(calls; from a distance) “Aye! We’ve been looking for her since you called us up the other night!”

HENRY
(calls) “It’s little wonder your gathering and side have turned out so feebly, isn’t it?!”

HUGO
“Don’t antagonise them too much, Henry!”

HENRY
(gleefully) “They are our enemies, Hugo! They’re Mackintoshes! I can’t wait to see Wallace’s men take them down!”

GUSSIE
(calls; from a distance) “What have you done with our daughter, MacDonald?! We demand an answer!”

HENRY
(calls) “I know nothing of your daughter’s whereabouts, Mackintosh! I haven’t seen her! My son will have though! But he’s not here to tell the tale!”

CHES
“Look, Henry! I don’t mean to be intrusive! But if we mean to fight, should we start the fight now?!”

HENRY
“Quite right, Roid my man! It’s good to have you on our side for strategic tactics!” (to Gussie; Lucy) “Mackintoshes! Let’s have this battle speedily!”


SCENE #115 – EXT – GREAT GLEN, SCOTLAND – DAY, AFTERNOON
Whilst the MacDonalds and Mackintoshes squabble and debate on the hill, the Jacobean Scots and Middle-Age Scots are puzzled by what’s going on.

EWAN
(apprehensively) “What do you think they’re doing up there? Aren’t they going to give us the command?!”

DUNCAN
(realises) “‘Ere! Wait a minute, laddie!” (Pause) “You sound Scottish!”

EWAN
“I am Scottish!”

DUNCAN
“So am I!”

EWAN
“And so are you!”

DUNCAN
(to Hamish) “Hamish, they’re…”

HAMISH
“Yes I heard, Duncan!” (to Alistair) “You’re all Scottish, aren’t you?! On your side!”

ALISTAIR
“I know you well to be Scottish, my friend! You’re from the thirteen hundreds, aren’t you?! You fought with Wallace and Moray!”

HAMISH
“Aye, that we did! And we still do!” (Pause; puzzled) “Your clothing is strange, but it bears the marks of our own forebears!”

ALISTAIR
“We are Scotland’s future! Hopefully of a Scotland that has a future when we defeat those Redcoats!”

DUNCAN
(puzzled) “Then why are we fighting against Scots when we ourselves are Scots too?!”

EWAN
“Aye, why should we?! I’m off!”

DUNCAN
“And me! I’m going home! You coming, Hamish?!”

HAMISH
“Yeah, why not?! I wish not to fight against my own kind!”

ALISTAIR
(determined) “Nor me!” (calls) “Come on, lads! The battle’s finished as far as we’re concerned! This fight’s not ours!”

HAMISH
“That goes the same for us, lads! Let’s be off!”

Cheers echo as the Jacobean Scots and Middle-Age Scots are about to leave the battlefield. But they then get caught in mid-air and are trapped.

EWAN
(puzzled) “Alistair! I…I can’t move my foot!”

ALISTAIR
(puzzled) “Neither can I, laddie! I don’t seem to be able to move!”

DUNCAN
(anxiously) “Hamish! I can’t move! Something’s caught me!”

HAMISH
(anxiously) “It’s like a wall that I can’t see in front of me! It’s blocking my path! This is devil’s work!”

The Jacobean Scots and the Middle-Age Scots are unable to move on the battlefield. They’re trapped and caught in some kind of force-field. It’s at that moment that Salvador appears before them as he stands in-between the two Scottish forces.

SALVADOR
(coldly) “You cannot leave yet, all of you! The battle has not yet begun!”

HAMISH
“Who do you think you are?! You’re not Scot!”

SALVADOR
(coldly) “You must fight each other! That’s what you’re here for! You’re meant to fight each other in battle!”

ALISTAIR
(protests) “But they’re Scottish these men are! Scots from our past! We wish not to fight against our own kind!”

HAMISH
“Aye! And we will not fight any men who bear the family crests of our Scottish father’s names! If they fight for our freedom for Scotland against the English…”

SALVADOR
(interrupts; viciously) “Silence, fools! You are all Scots! You are all savages! And you must all fight! You were born to fight! You were meant to fight! Fight each other!”

Salvador then clicks his fingers at the two armies of Scots. Moment of silence as the Scots become doubtful and confused.

SALVADOR
(coldly) “Obey me! Obey the will of Salvador! Obey your lord and prince! I command you all to fight each other!”

Another moment of silence.


SCENE #116 – EXT – GREAT GLEN, SCOTLAND – DAY, AFTERNOON
Very soon, the MacDonalds watch from on top of the hill to see the Middle-Age Scots fighting against the Jacobean Scots. War cries echo and swords clashing against each from the battlefield below the hill.

HENRY
(gratified) “Excellent! Excellent! The fight for Scotland begins! Freedom for the MacDonalds!”

MACDONALDS
(chants) “Freedom for the MacDonalds! Freedom for the MacDonalds! Freedom for the MacDonalds! [Freedom for the MacDonalds…]”

HENRY
“Yes! That’s right! We’ll show those Mackintoshes what we’re made of!”

HUGO
“Let’s pray and hope the Mackintoshes won’t get their hands on your property in the end, Henry!”

HENRY
“Of course they won’t! Of course they won’t! Never doubt that, Hugo! The Mackintoshes will never get their hands on Chieftain’s Caves!”

CHES
“Unless some other people come along the way!”

HENRY
(intrigued) “What’s that you say, Roid?”


SCENE #117 – EXT – CAVE ENTRANCE, CHIEFTAIN’S CAVES – DAY, AFTERNOON
Behind the cave entrance inside the caves, Nyssa and Jeremy have been watching what’s been going on as they see the Scots on both sides fighting each other.

JEREMY
“So it begins! The battle to end all battles as my father says!”

NYSSA
“This is very serious, Jeremy! Salvador was there in between them! They were determined not to fight each other when they realised their true heritage! And Salvador just managed to convince them otherwise with a click of his fingers!”

JEREMY
“He must be pretty powerful to be able to do such a trick!”

NYSSA
“I think it’s getting a little beyond powerful!” (Pause) “Come on! Let’s go back into the caves!”

JEREMY
“What do we need to go back into the caves for?! We’ll just get lost!”

NYSSA
“We can’t go out there in the battle! We’ll be killed instantly!”

JEREMY
“But, lass…”

NYSSA
(interrupts) “You said it yourself, Jeremy! That there’s a power source in the centre of these caves!”

JEREMY
“Yes, I did.”

NYSSA
“Then let’s go and find it! At least we may be able to stop this madness that your father’s instigating under Salvador’s command!”

JEREMY
“Nyssa, I really think…”

NYSSA
(interjects; apprehensively) “Please Jeremy, let’s get inside! I hate to see those men fighting from where you’re standing! It’s painful to view battles as bloody as this one at close range!”

JEREMY
(realises) “Oh! Yes, of course! Come on! Let’s head back into the caves and find that power source!”

NYSSA
(gratified) “Thank you, Jeremy! We may be able to catch up with the Doctor! If he’s managed to get into these caves, like I know he will, he may have found the power source already!”

JEREMY
(frustrated) “Yes! But it’s such a drag now to have to walk back into those caves in bare feet again!”

NYSSA
(glumly) “Yes. Yes it is.”

Nyssa and Jeremy’s feet ache as they make their way back into the caves. Meanwhile the battle of Chieftain’s Caves between Middle-Age Scots and Jacobean Scots continues.


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