‘City of Monsters’, Part Four, Chapter 13

13. Royal Grand Plan

Roll original 1982 Peter Davison opening credits


REPRISE
The Doctor and Jo are in trouble with the Drashigs surrounding them on one side whilst the Autons and the Ogrons surround them on the other.

JO
(panics) “Doctor! We’re trapped! How are we going to get out of this one?!”

The Doctor remains silent, unable to answer Jo.

JO
(panics) “Doctor?! Please answer me!”

DOCTOR
(calmly) “I don’t know. Jo. I honestly don’t know.”

JO
(gradually; anxiously) “We’re done for, aren’t we?! The Drashigs; the Ogrons and the Autons. They’re going to finish us!”

The Drashigs keep on howling and screaming whilst the Ogrons and the Autons train their weapons at the Doctor and Jo. The Doctor and Jo remain still, unable to escape and not knowing what to do next.

(CONTINUES INTO:)


SCENE #148B – INT – THRONE ROOM, CITADEL OF GRONDOR – DAY, EVENING

CORPORAL JAMES
(shouts) “Get back, you monsters!”

Suddenly, out of the blue, Corporal James Darby fires his rifles at the Ogrons and the Autons as they get shot down to the floor. The Doctor and Jo are astonished once they see Corporal James approach them, having come out of the miniscope.

JO
(astonished) “James! Corporal James, you’re here! You saved us! How did you…?”

CORPORAL JAMES
(interrupts; shouts) “Get down, you two! Get down!!!”

DOCTOR
“Down, Jo! Down!”

The Doctor and Jo duck to the floor, as Corporal James fires upon the Drashigs with his rifles. The Drashigs squeal once they’ve been hit. They try to advance upon Corporal James. Corporal James continues to persist firing his rifles at the Drashigs.

JO
(calls) “James! Get out of the Drashigs’ way!”

DOCTOR
(calls) “You can’t kill them with that gun of yours, Corporal James! They’ll eat you alive in an instant!”

CORPORAL JAMES
(to Doctor; Jo) “It’s just to warn them off! Make them feel the pain of fire from these shots of mine!” (to Drashigs) “Back, you monsters! Back!”

The Drashigs squeal again as Corporal James continues to fire his weapons at them. Eventually, the Drashigs ware off and slither away, retreating out of the king’s throne room.

CORPORAL JAMES
“Done it! I’ve done it!”

The Doctor and Jo get up from the floor and join Corporal James.

DOCTOR
“Corporal James Darby! Thank goodness you came to our rescue! Thank you for saving our lives! We’re most grateful.”

JO
“Yes! Thank you, Corporal!”

CORPORAL JAMES
“You two were both lucky. Another minute I would have run out of laser bolts in my rifles!”

JO
“But what happened? Did you come out of the miniscope following our trail?”

CORPORAL JAMES
“Yes. I got knocked out by an Auton when I was giving you and the Doctor time to get into the tube station in London. Fortunately I was able to lay still long enough for the Ogrons and the Autons to go in. Then I could charge up my weapons and follow after them to stop them from killing you two.”

DOCTOR
“Well, we’re certainly glad you came in the nick of time.”

JO
“Doctor, they’ll be everywhere! The Drashigs; the Ogrons; the Autons; all the like. They’ll tear this place apart!”

DOCTOR
“Yes. Unfortunately that’s not our problem. It’s these Nargdu who have this confounded contraption in the first place.”

CORPORAL JAMES
“Doctor, you said you were searching for your two friends. Have you found them yet?”

JO
“Doctor! Nyssa and Billy! They’ll be in the prison cells!”

DOCTOR
“Yes, Jo. I think we already established that last time.”

JO
“And either the Drashigs; the Autons or the Ogrons will be coming for them! They won’t be expecting it! And probably have little chance of getting away!”

DOCTOR
(realises) “Ah. Right. There are times Jo when you do manage to work out current predicaments and circumstances. Come on! To the prison cells we go!”

CORPORAL JAMES
“Which way though?”

JO
“Down this corridor! To the right!”

With that, Jo leads the way as she; the Doctor and Corporal James make down the corridor to reach the prison cell area in the citadel of Grondor. Monser attacks and war sounds echo from outside as the pandemonium grows worse.


SCENE #149 – INT – PRISON CELL AREA, CITADEL OF GRONDOR – DAY, EVENING
In the prison cell area, Nyssa; Billy; Bork and Tulu are held captive as Minister Kovut and the Nargdu guards block their paths. Battle sounds echo from outside. Nyssa and Billy whisper to each other whilst they’re being held captive.

BILLY
(whispers) “We’re in a war zone, Nyssa. There are battle sounds outside.”

NYSSA
(whispers) “I’m worried about the Doctor and Jo, Billy.”

BILLY
(whispers) “Yeah, me too. I hope they’re okay. I wonder where they are.”

NYSSA
(whispers) “Still looking for us in that miniscope I expect. I wish they could come to our rescue so that we can leave this place.”

BILLY
(whispers) “Yeah. These guys give me the creeps. And with those Drashigs and their pals coming after us. They probably could be swarming this world at the moment.”

NYSSA
(whispers) “Oh I hope it won’t come to that. Mind you, I’m concerned what will happen if the Drashigs ever manage to escape from the miniscope. I fear the worst.”

BILLY
(whispers) “So do I”

KOVUT
(interrupts; barks) “That’s enough whispering, you two!”

Nyssa and Billy remain silent as Kovut examines them; Bork and Tulu.

KOVUT
“You shall all come back to the king’s throne room to meet his majesty. That is a royal command!”

BORK
“Dear Minister, there’s no need for all this threatening. We’d be more than happy to come with you [to…”]

KOVUT
(interrupts; barks) “Silence, fool! If you dare try to conduct any of your tricks against me and my guards, you’ll regret it!”

NYSSA
“What do we have to gain by tricking you, Minister? Your guards are on each side of us!”

TULU
“Yeah! So there’s little chance we’ll be able to escape even if we wanted to! As much as I like these darling boys, they’d probably knock me out!”

KOVUT
“You will all come with me now! No time for delays! Accompany me at once!”

BILLY
“Just as you say.”

They’re about to move out before an unearthly noise echoes nearby.

KOVUT
“What was that?!”

Suddenly, a Drashig smashes its way through the prison cell doors. It roars and shrieks unearthly as it trundles its way into the prison cell area.

BORK
(shocked) “A Drashig! A Drashig is here with us!”

TULU
“It must have got out of the scope! It smashed its way through that wall there!”

NYSSA
“Oh no! This is all we need!”

BILLY
“What are we going to do?!”

KOVUT
“My guards and I will handle this!” (to Nardgu guards) “Guards! Open fire!”

Kovut’s guards raise their weapons and open fire upon the Drashig. The Drashig howls once it’s being shot at, but gets undamaged.

NYSSA
(cries) “Minister Kovut, get back! That Drashig’s too strong for you and your guards! You can’t kill it! It’ll kill you first!”

BORK
“They’re deadly carnivores! Get back, man! Get back!”

KOVUT
“No! We are Nargdu! We shall fight to the death! We shall fight [to…”]

Just then, Kovut and a few guards scream as they get caught up in the Drashig’s mouth instantly. They are gradually devoured, being eaten alive inside the Drashig’s mouth. Nyssa, Billy, Bork, Tulu and the rest of Kovut’s guards are horrified as they watch this before the Drashig howls once it’s finished its meal of Kovut and a few of his guards.

BILLY
(shocked) “I don’t believe it!”

NYSSA
(shocked) “It ate them! That Drashig ate poor Minister Kovut and a few of his guards!”

TULU
(realises) “Look! The other guards! They’re scattering away! Fleeing for their lives!”

This is true as the rest of Kovut’s Nargdu guards run away, fleeing from the deadly Drashig in the prison cell area. The Drashig howls out loud as it searches for new food.

BORK
“And so should we! Come on! Let’s get out of here!”

BILLY
“That’s going to be tricky, Bork! That Drashig is blocking our exit!”

Nyssa, Billy, Bork and Tulu realise that the Drashig is preventing them from escaping the prison cell area with its body blocking the exit. The Drashig howls away as it begins to trundle towards them.

TULU
“Oh great! We’re done for! That Drashig’s now trundling towards us! We’re its next meal!”

NYSSA
(insistently) “Keep back, all of you! Keep back away from it!”

Nyssa, Billy, Bork and Tulu back away as the Drashig slowly and viciously makes its way towards them, howling with terror.


SCENE #150 – INT – THRONE ROOM, CITADEL OF GRONDOR – DAY, EVENING
Back in the king’s throne room, King Garnik and Prince Ernpic re-enter once the chaos has ended. As they re-enter, they look around the place to find it in ruins.

ERNPIC
(enraged) “Ruins! Our royal court throne room, father! It’s in ruins! Curse those Drashigs! Curse them all!”

GARNIK
(intrigued) “They came out of the miniscope. And it’s still in tact.”

ERNPIC
“This is the fault of that Lurman scum: Bork and Tulu! They brought this curse on us!”

GARNIK
“A curse which I hope to turn into a gift! Now let’s have a look at this machine.”

Garnik approaches the miniscope to examine it.

ERNPIC
(astonished) “Father! Monsters are on the loose out there in our city! Grondor is suffering attacks from our enemies as well as new ones! And all you can think about is how effective that clunky box is! Doesn’t it occur to you that people might die out there?”

GARNIK
“The throne room is empty, my son! This is our chance! With no one about! We can put our grand scheme into operation!”

ERNPIC
“What about the deaths?! All those people that are suffering on the battle lines?!”

GARNIK
“Not all on Teruvada Sixteen will die today, my son! Not if I have anything to do with it! Now be silent and let me examine Bork’s miniscope!”

Ernpic grumbles and watches apprehensively whilst Garnik examines the miniscope.

ERNIPIC
(gradually) “Do you know how to use it, father?”

GARNIK
“Precisely what I intend to find out if you stop interrupting me, my son. Now be silent and stop interrupting!”

Garnik continues to examine as he attends to the monitor screen on the miniscope. He fiddles about with the switches and the buttons to get used to how it works.

GARNIK
(gradually; realises) “Ah yes! I see it now. I’ve become accustomed to how the basics of this machine work. I know how to switch to different environments via the monitor screen.” (astonished) “So many creatures! So many monsters of all kinds!”

ERNPIC
“There are still monsters remaining in this machine, father?”

GARNIK
“Of course.” (laughs) “This we could use to our own advantage.”

ERNPIC
“What do you mean, father?”

GARNIK
“There are these buttons here, son. Absorb and Exude. The Absorb button is probably the control that absorbs any life-form in the universe into this machine and the Exude button is the one to send the life-form out of the machine and direct it into any time-space location in the universe.”

ERNPIC
“Sorry father, I do not see the meaning of this.”

GARNIK
“Oh my son! Don’t you see what this is about? Our city is under threat by monsters at this very moment! Monsters that have come from this machine!”

ERNPIC
“Yes so?”

GARNIK
“What if we use the Exude button and send out all of the monsters from this machine? All of the Drashigs; all of the Ogrons; all of the Autons; every living creature that exists inside this machine! We send them out onto the plains of Teruvada Sixteen and they attack every Nargdu enemy we have without warning and with surprise!”

ERNPIC
(shocked) “You can’t be serious, father!”

GARNIK
(grimly) “My son! I’ve never been more serious in all of my life!”

ERNPIC
(protests) “But you can’t do this! You can’t unleash the hordes into the city of the Nargdu on this planet! We’d be murdering our own kind if we do that as well as to our enemy!”

GARNIK
“Sacrifices will have to be made, my son. And it need be only a small one.”

ERNPIC
(protests) “You can’t do this, father! You can’t!”

GARNIK
“I am king! I can do these things and I shall! You will respect and follow me in these things!”

Moment of silence.

ERNPIC
“What about the Absorb button? What do you intend to do with that?”

GARNIK
“With the power of the vault in the bowels of the planet and the matrix computer…we shall absorb our greatest enemy within the heart of this machine! Do you now see, my son?”

ERNPIC
(realises) “Oh yes! By emptying the machine, we’ll have the chance to absorb the greatest monsters we fear! Then we shall have our…entertainment, as Bork would put it. Isn’t that so, father?”

GARNIK
“Exactly, Ernpic. Exactly.”

Garnik and Ernpic laugh maniacally whilst they’re in the throne room.


SCENE #151 – INT – PRISON CELL AREA ENTRANCE, CITADEL OF GRONDOR – DAY, EVENING
At the entrance to the prison cell area, the Doctor; Jo and Corporal James arrive as they’re about to go in.

JO
(relieved) “We did it! We found the prison cells!”

CORPORAL JAMES
“Your friends are inside there then.”

DOCTOR
“Hopefully. And if I’m right, Bork and Tulu are with them too.”

They then hear a Drashig scream from inside.

JO
(panics) “Doctor! That was…”

DOCTOR
(worried; to Jo) “I know! This sounds like trouble!” (to Corporal James) “Corporal? Got your rifles ready?”

CORPORAL JAMES
“Let’s just get in there, Doctor!”

DOCTOR
“Couldn’t agree more! In we go!”

JO
“Wait! Won’t we get killed…?”

DOCTOR
“Come on, Jo! In we go!”

The Doctor, Jo and Corporal James make for the door to enter inside the prison cell area.


SCENE #152 – INT – PRISON CELL AREA, CITADEL OF GRONDOR – DAY, EVENING
In the prison cell area, the Drashig lumbers its way towards Nyssa; Billy; Bork and Tulu. They back away into the prison cells they were just in. The Drashig howls and screams as it approaches them.

BILLY
“Let’s try something to distract it!”

Nyssa holds Billy back.

NYSSA
“No Billy, it’s too dangerous! The Drashig would skin you alive before you got the chance!”

BILLY
“Well, we’ve got to do something! We can’t back away from it and do nothing!”

NYSSA
“There’s nothing we can do!”

Billy, Nyssa, Bork and Tulu remain in their former prison cells, dreading the moment as the Drashig is nearly upon them. Just then, the Drashig gets shot from behind. It squeals in pain as it turns around to see its attacker.

BILLY
(feeling hopeful) “Hey! Big boy’s ignoring us! He’s turning around!”

NYSSA
“He got shot! I wonder where that shot came from!”

As the Drashig howls away and turns around towards its attacker, Corporal James enters. He fires his rifles furiously at the Drashig with laser bolts.

CORPORAL JAMES
(shouts) “Back, you cannibal! Back! Back!”

Corporal James wards the Drashig off with his fire power. The Drashig squeals away, lumbering off as it heads off in a direction away from Nyssa, Billy, Bork and Tulu.

CORPORAL JAMES
(chides Drashig) “That’s right! Run away! Run away like the animal you are!”

The Drashig heads off down the far end of the prison cell area, squealing away, whilst Corporal James continues to fire at it. Nyssa, Billy, Bork and Tulu come out of their prison cells to see Corporal James scaring the Drashig off.

TULU
(astonished) “My goodness! He came to our rescue that army man did!”

BILLY
(amazed) “It’s Corporal James! Corporal James saved us!”

NYSSA
(amazed) “I can’t believe he’s here! We left him in the miniscope!”

BORK
“And look! There’s the Doctor and Jo as well!”

They turn to see the Doctor and Jo enter.

BILLY
“Doctor; Jo! You’re here!”

JO
“Nyssa; Billy! You’re still alive!”

NYSSA
“You came to rescue us! Thank goodness you’re both alright!”

JO
“Oh darlings!”

Nyssa, Billy and Jo reunite as they embrace each other with hugs and kisses. The Doctor comes along to join them. Nyssa gives the Doctor a hug whilst Billy shake him by the hand.

NYSSA
“Doctor!”

BILLY
“Doctor!”

DOCTOR
(relieved) “Nyssa; Billy! Thank goodness you’re both alright! Where’s Corporal James?”

NYSSA
“He went down there! Down the far end of the prison cell area! He was scaring that Drashig off!”

BILLY
“It’s good thing he arrived! We were nearly killed!”

JO
“It’s a good thing he helped the Doctor and me when we were in the miniscope!”

BORK
(delighted) “Doctor! I’m so pleased you came back alive out of the scope!”

DOCTOR
“Ah, Bork; Tulu! You’re here as well! Surprising! Were you in the prison cells with Nyssa and Billy too?”

BORK
“Afraid so. We upset the king, you see. He wasn’t happy when we helped you to escape back into the miniscope.”

TULU
“There was no need for Bork to pull that lever to get you and Jo out after all was there, Doctor. Nor is there any need for it now.”

DOCTOR
“Not true I’m afraid, Tulu. I still need to send all the life-forms from the miniscope back to their original space-time coordinates. Pressing the phase two switch on my equipment will do just that.”

JO
“Will you have time, Doctor? To press the switch.”

DOCTOR
“I hope so. I’m earnest in ending this nightmare of horrors once and for all!”

NYSSA
“We’d better get moving then. We need to find our way back to the throne room.”

JO
“No problem there. How else did the Doctor and I manage to find you?”

BORK
“With Tulu and my help of course.”

DOCTOR
“Of course. We’re very grateful, Bork.”

Just then, there is a smash in the wall nearby that causes the building to shudder.

NYSSA
“What was that?!”

BILLY
“It sounded like something smashing through!”

Corporal James then returns to join the group.

DOCTOR
“Corporal James! Where’s the Drashig? Did you manage to deal with it?”

CORPORAL JAMES
“I did, yes! It burst through that wall once I scared him off with my laser bolts! It won’t be coming back! I’ll have to refill my rifles with new packs of laser bolts though.”

JO
“You’ve run out?”

CORPORAL JAMES
“Not to worry. I’ve got enough packs on me.”

Corporal James proves his point as he charges his rifles up. They make buzzing sounds as he charges them up.

DOCTOR
“Then it’s back to the throne room we go to find the miniscope! Come on! Let’s move!”

JO
“Just as you say, Doctor!”

The TARDIS team; Bork; Tulu and Corporal James run out of the prison cell area, as they make for the king’s throne room.


SCENE #153 – INT – THRONE ROOM, CITADEL OF GRONDOR – DAY, EVENING
In the king’s throne room, the Doctor; Nyssa; Billy; Jo; Bork; Tulu and Corporal James enter and quickly look around to check their surroundings.

JO
“We’re back in the throne room safe and sound!”

BILLY
“There doesn’t seem to be anyone around.”

NYSSA
“Doctor, something’s worrying you. I can see it in your face.”

DOCTOR
“The miniscope! Where is it?”

JO
(realises) “It’s not here!”

DOCTOR
“The last time we left it was in the centre of the throne room. Now it’s gone!”

BORK
“No it hasn’t, Doctor. Look! It’s over there!”

TULU
“Yes, it’s still here in the throne room with us! Let’s take a look, Bork!”

BORK
“Yes! Let’s see if it still works and if any of our livestock is in there.”

NYSSA
“You can’t call those life-forms in that machine of yours livestock!”

Bork and Tulu approach the miniscope and begin to examine it.

DOCTOR
“Doesn’t strike it odd, anyone? That the miniscope happens to be in the far corner and not in the centre where we last left it?”

BILLY
“Perhaps someone moved it by accident.”

DOCTOR
(sceptically) “Really? What accident might that have been, Billy? And by whom?”

BILLY
(uncertain) “Err…I…um…”

CORPORAL JAMES
“Is this really important, Doctor? We found the miniscope and we’re back in the king’s throne room just as we wanted.”

NYSSA
“Corporal James is right, Doctor. Perhaps you’re being paranoid again.”

DOCTOR
“You think so?”

Bork and Tulu finish examining the miniscope.

BORK
“That’s strange. That’s very strange. Isn’t it, Tulu dear?”

TULU
“Very strange indeed, Bork.”

JO
“Why? What’s the matter? A problem with the miniscope?”

TULU
“Not exactly a problem. More of a mystery.”

BORK
“There aren’t any life-forms inside the machine.”

JO
“No life-forms? No monsters or living creatures? That’s impossible!”

TULU
“Impossible as it may sound, it’s true.”

CORPORAL JAMES
“You’re trying to say that thing’s empty?”

BORK
“That’s exactly what we’re saying!”

DOCTOR
“Why am I not surprised?”

NYSSA
“Doctor?”

DOCTOR
“Bork, may I have a look at the scope please?”

BORK
“Certainly Doctor. Please yourself.”

The Doctor examines the miniscope for himself. A moment of silence ensues.

JO
“Is the phase two switch still working, Doctor? That’s got to be important.”

DOCTOR
“Oh yes, Jo. The phase two switch is in working order. Nothing seems to be broken as far as I’m aware.”

JO
(pleased) “Good. That’s good.”

DOCTOR
“But Bork and Tulu are right. I can confirm there aren’t any intelligent and non-intelligent life-forms inside the machine.”

NYSSA
“There must have gone somewhere. They surely can’t have all escaped from the machine.”

TULU
“There’s the Absorb and the Exude buttons. Somebody might have pressed one of them.”

DOCTOR
“The what buttons?”

BORK
“Absorb is to collect livestock into the machine manually and Exude to take them out of the machine. Much like what your phase one and phase two switches are all about, Doctor.”

BILLY
“Then someone must have pressed a button to put all of the Drashigs; the Ogrons and the Autons out of this machine.”

NYSSA
“But that’s lunacy! Someone insane and idiotic must have done that.”

DOCTOR
(grimly) “Yes. And I know just who that might be.”

JO
(realises) “The king and his son – the prince!”

DOCTOR
“Yes!”

At that moment, King Garnik and Prince Ernpic appear

GARNIK
“You are correct, Doctor. You and your friends certainly have an air of deducing the facts pretty well.”

ERNPIC
“Unfortunately for all of you, it doesn’t help much.” (shouts) “Now stand still!”

Corporal James trains one of his rifles at Garnik and Ernpic.

CORPORAL JAMES
“Get back, you Nargdu! I’m an army officer! I am armed!”

ERNPIC
(shouts) “Guards! Apprehend this man and take his weapons!”

Nargdu guards enter and apprehend Corporal James, taking his rifles away from him as he struggles to break free.

NYSSA
(realises; warningly) “Doctor! The phase two switch! Quickly!”

The Doctor runs forward to reach his TARDIS equipment that’s already connected to the miniscope.

GARNIK
(barks) “Seize that man! Do as the king commands!”

The Doctor then gets caught by some more Nargdu guards that enter before he gets a chance to pull the phase two switch on his TARDIS equipment.

ERNPIC
(shouts) “Arrest them! Arrest them all now!”

The Nargdu guards arrest Nyssa, Billy, Jo, Bork and Tulu as well as the Doctor and Corporal Jame as they struggle to break free.

JO
(shouts; protests) “Let me go! Ouch!”

NYSSA
(protests) “You’re hurting my arms!”

BILLY
(protests) “Easy! Let go!”

The TARDIS foursome; Bork; Tulu and Corporal James struggle to break free from the Nargdu guards’ grasp before they face Garnik and Ernpic confronting them.

ERNPIC
“You will not escape! None of you! You will all be interrogated according to Teruvadan law!”

GARNIK
“If you do not comply with our royal order…you shall all die!”

Our heroes become anxious when they’re being threatened by Garnik and Ernpic.


SCENE #154 – EXT – GRONDOR CITY, TERUVADA 16 – DAY, EVENING
Meanwhile, outside in Grondor city, the battleground is still furiously persistent with people screaming and running away whilst the Drashigs and the other monsters attack the city. There are Nargdu troopers, led by Commander Yotach, witnessing this. Two of them include Nargdu Trooper #1, who is male, and Nargdu Trooper #2, who is female.

NARGDU TROOPER #1
“They’re all over the place, Commander! These strange creatures! We can’t hold them off!”

NARGDU TROOPER #2
“We’re all going to die! All these monstrosities in the city! They’ll kill us! We’re all going to die!”

Commander Yotach joins her troopers as they fight the monsters in the city.

YOTACH
(to Nargdu Trooper #2) “Don’t give me that, trooper! We fight as all Nargdu soldiers should fight! Open fire! Now!”

Yotach and her troopers fire their weapons at the Drashigs. The Drashigs howl and scream once they’ve been shot.

NARGDU TROOPER #1
“They don’t seem to be dying, Yotach! These giant beasts!”

YOTACH
“Our shots only push them back rather than kill them! If only we could find their weaknesses, then we might [be able to…”]

NARGDU TROOPER #2
(interrupts) “Commander! Our other troopers! They’re being slaughtered by the dozen! By those ape thugs! Look!”

NARGDU TROOPER #1
“And those plastic men! They show no resistance.”

Yotach and her troopers watch as they see other troopers getting killed by Ogrons and Autons all over the city.


SCENE #155 – EXT – GRONDOR CITY, TERUVADA 16 – DAY, EVENING
A distance away, Nargdu troopers fight against the Ogron who gun them down with their weapons. Despite the Nargdu troopers using their own weapons to open fire at the Ogrons; they fall down to the ground dead once hit by their opponents. Some of the Nargdu troopers even fight in hand-to-hand combat with the Ogrons, but they are easily knocked down in an instant.

KHARSHAK
(grunts) “We Ogrons are strong! You puny people cannot smash us!”

The Autons also fare it easy. They fire their wrist-guns and kill every Nargdu trooper in their sights whilst marching into the city.

AUTON LEADER
“Destroy. Destroy. Total destruction.”

Whilst the Ogrons and the Autons fight against the Nargdu troopers, giant robots stomp about and bring down the buildings in the city with their energy weapons.

ROBOT #1
“Alien lifeforms detected in stone structures.”

ROBOT #2
“All aliens must be destroyed. Emergency. Emergency.”

The robots continue shooting their energy weapons to blow up buildings. The dinosaurs also have their fun as they smash buildings apart with their tails as well as charge into them. The dinosaurs roar furiously as they do so. In fact, both the dinosaurs and the Drashigs smash Grondor city apart with sheer force.


SCENE #156 – EXT – GRONDOR CITY, TERUVADA 16 – DAY, EVENING

NARGDU TROOPER #1
“The city of Grondor is almost in ruins! These monsters are destroying everything we Nargdu hold dear!”

NARGDU TROOPER #2
“This wasn’t supposed to happen! What have we done wrong?! Why has this happening to us?!”

YOTACH
“Quiet! I’m trying to contact someone!”

Yotach speaks into her communicator.

YOTACH
“Minister Kovut, come in!” (Pause) “Kovut, come in! Kovut! Kovut!!!”

But Yotach gets no response. The line is dead.

NARGDU TROOPER #2
“What has happened to the war minister? Is he dead?”

YOTACH
“I don’t know, trooper! I can’t tell without getting a signal!”

NARGDU TROOPER #1
(wearingly) “Commander Yotach! There are monsters coming for us! Those ape-like brutes and those plastic men!”

This is true as the Ogrons and the Autons charge towards them.

YOTACH
“You’re right!” (barks) “Troopers! Open fire! Open fire I say!!!”

The troopers led by Yotach open fire at the Ogrons and the Autons. But the monsters still keep coming towards them.

NARGDU TROOPER #2
“There’s too many of them! They’ve outnumbered us!”

NARGDU TROOPER #1
“We’ve got to get away! We’ve got to get ourselves to a better defence position!”

Yotach contemplates this as the Ogrons and the Autons approach.

YOTACH
(gradually; shouts) “Run, troopers! Run for your lives! Back over the wall!”

Yotach and her troopers run for it as they make their way back down the city walls of Grondor. The Ogrons led by Kharshak and the Autons led by their leader chase after them.

KHARSHAK
(shouts) “No escape for you! No escape!”

AUTON LEADER
“Do not move. We are in control now. Do not move.”

Battle continues to rage on in the Grondor city with the monsters tearing the place apart.


SCENE #157 – INT – THRONE ROOM, CITADEL OF GRONDOR – DAY, EVENING
In the king’s throne room, the Doctor; Nyssa; Billy; Bork; Tulu and Corporal James continue to confront King Garnik and Prince Ernpic as they’re being held by the Nargdu guards. Ernpic moves over towards the Doctor’s equipment connected to the miniscope.

ERNPIC
“Is this your equipment, Doctor?”

DOCTOR
“What equipment?”

ERNPIC
“This equipment here!”

BORK
(blurts) “The phase one and phase two switches!”

TULU
“Shut up, Bork!”

DOCTOR
(wryly) “Thank you so much, Mr. Bork!”

GARNIK
“Disconnect it from the miniscope, son!”

ERNPIC
“Yes father!”

Ernpic pulls out the big lead and disconnects the Doctor’s phase one and phase two equipment from the miniscope.

GARNIK
“Now smash it up!”

ERNPIC
“With pleasure, father!”

With that, Ernpic draws his sword and immediately smashes up the equipment into pieces, howling with excitement as he does so. He also laughs manically.

JO
(shouts; protests) “Stop it! Stop it, you’re making it worse!”

BILLY
“Can’t you hear it out there? Those monsters! They’re smashing and tearing up your cities! That lot are bringing chaos!”

NYSSA
“By destroying the machine, you’ve lost your chance to reverse the process and send them back to their own space-time co-ordinates!”

Ernpic eventually finishes smashing up the machine with his sword. He sighs contended and satisfied.

GARNIK
“Those monsters will do the purpose for what we want. For the good of our empire! Glory to Empire! The Nargdu shall be strong again despite the chaos!”

DOCTOR
“Just what are you doing, King Garnik? What do you want a clunky contraption like the miniscope for?”

ERNPIC
“Shut up, Doctor!”

GARNIK
“No Ernpic! They deserve to know. After all, they shall surely die!” (Pause; gradually) “Very well. If you want to know, then I’ll tell you.” (Pause) “We’re going to use this machine to destroy our enemy!”

BORK
“Destroy? The miniscope’s not designed to destroy! Merely to amuse! Simply to amuse, your majesty!”

TULU
“The way the Drashigs; the Ogrons and the Autons are behaving out there, they’ll destroy your enemies in an instant!”

ERNPIC
“Not the enemies here on this world of Teruvada Sixteen! The real enemies! The ones we hate so much because of what they represent!”

NYSSA
“I don’t understand.”

GARNIK
“We intend to humiliate and destroy…the human race!”

CORPORAL JAMES
(shocked) “The Earth empire? You’re going to destroy the Earth empire?!”

GARNIK
“This machine…can absorb any life-form in the universe! We –  my son and I – intend to absorb every human we encounter! Whether it’s in their own empire or across the empire!”

ERNPIC
“The humans shall be put into this box of Bork and Tulu’s…”

GARNIK
(interrupts) “Not Bork and Tulu’s anymore, my son. It’s mine! My miniscope!”

TULU
(protests) “‘Ere! You haven’t paid us with any credit bars yet!”

BORK
“Shut up, Tulu dear!”

ERNPIC
“The humans shall be put on display inside this miniscope…with an extended screen…for all to see on Teruvada Sixteen!”

GARNIK
“Not just for pleasure and entertainment…but also for torture and execution!”

BILLY
(shocked) “What?! Torture and execution?!”

ERNPIC
(bitterly) “That’s what my father said, you waste of space human!”

NYSSA
(protests) “You can’t do this! It’s barbaric! Mass slaughter! You can’t do it!”

ERNPIC
“It’s the king’s decision! The king must have his way!”

JO
“But why?! What harm have the humans done to you, king?”

GARNIK
(bitterly) “I hate humans! I hate them, you hear me?! I hate them! I want every human corpse lying on the floors of my court room so that I can know…I, King Garnik of the Nargdu…have slaughtered every stinking filth of the planet Earth!”

ERNPIC
“And with this miniscope of my father’s, he can do it! My father can do it! He will exterminate every human in the universe! A more profound way than setting up concentration camps! Unless the miniscope has them inside already.” (ruefully; to Bork) “Do they, Bork?”

BORK
(protests) “No! This isn’t what we agreed, your majesty! I did not agree to sign this!”

GARNIK
(bitterly) “You have no say in the matter, Bork! You merely provide me the machine! And I’m impressed with it! Now I want it! That’s all that counts!”

BORK
“I will not agree to this transaction!”

TULU
“I said these people were dodgy, Bork! I said so!”

DOCTOR
(disgusted; to Garnik; Ernpic) “You’re doing this purely out of prejudice! Out of racism! You think yourselves superior? I find you Nargdu disgusting!”


SCENE #158 – EXT – COURTYARD, CITADEL OF GRONDOR – DAY, EVENING
In the courtyard of the Grondor citadel, Yotach and her troopers run and dodge from the monsters, the Ogrons and the Autons, as they attempt to enter the building.

YOTACH
(barks) “Keep running, troopers! Keep running! We must warn the king and the prince!”

NARGDU TROOPER #1
“Those apes and plastic monsters are still onto us! We’ll never outrun them!”

NARGDU TROOPER #2
“We’re done for! Even if we make it to the door, we’ll never get in!”

YOTACH
“Just keep running! Don’t look back! Keep running!”

Yotach and her troopers keep on running. Just then, the Ogrons stop and whimper in fear before running away. Yotach and her troopers notice this.

NARGDU TROOPER #1
“Hey look! The ape men! They’re scurrying off! They’re scattering!”

The Autons also march away off into the distance, accompanying the fleeing Autons.

NARGDU TROOPER #2
“And the plastic men! They’re retreating!”

YOTACH
“Then let’s waste no more time! Let’s get into the building before…”

Suddenly, dinosaurs and robots appear. They tower above as the dinosaurs roar and the robot charge their energy weapons at Yotach and her Nargdu troopers down below.

NARGDU TROOPER #1
(terrified) “Giant lizard monsters before us!”

NARGDU TROOPER #2
(terrified) “And giant robots! So that’s what the apes and the plastic men were afraid of! Those creatures!”

YOTACH
(barks) “Fire at will, troopers! Fire at will!”

Yotach and her troopers open fire at the dinosaurs and the robots with their weapons. But it’s no use, as the dinosaurs and robots are relentless and resist the Nargdu troopers’ firepower.

NARGDU TROOPER #1
(panics) “It’s no good! Our weapons aren’t strong enough! They’re going to…Argh!!!”

Nargdu Trooper #1 gets caught up in the mouth of one of the dinosaurs, screaming as it bites its teeth into him.

NARGDU TROOPER #2
(horrified) “Oh no! The poor man! He’s been eaten alive by that lizard thing!”

YOTACH
(shouts) “Trooper, look out!”

But it’s too late, as the female Nargdu trooper gets blasted into atoms by an energy weapon from one of the giant robots. Commander Yotach remains where she is, looking up at the dinosaurs and the robots.

YOTACH
“Ah well. It’s just me now.”

The dinosaurs and the robots begin to charge in towards Yotach.

YOTACH
“Oh no you don’t! Not this time!”

As Yotach begins to run forward, carrying her weapon ready and charged, she soon confronts not only dinosaurs and robots…but also a Drashig as it comes into view. The Drashig howls and screams as it looks down on her. Yotach stops in her tracks.

YOTACH
“Oh. So you’re here as well.”

Yotach tries to outrun the three sets of monsters. But it’s no good as they all surround her.

YOTACH
“Well, if I can’t outrun you foes, then I shall fight trying! Make one last stand!”

Yotach fires her weapon at the monsters whilst the Drashig lunges for her.

YOTACH
“I am Yotach the strong! I am the greatest commander in the Nargdu Empire army! Glory to Empire! Glory [to…”]

Yotach then screams as she gets gobbled up by the Drashig who catches her in its mouth. Once having had Yotach as its meal, the Drashig screams and howls as it lumbers forward. It is soon followed by the dinosaurs and the robots. Meanwhile, a fair distance away, the Ogrons and the Autons come out of hiding once the Drashig, the dinosaurs and the robots have gone.

KHARSHAK
“They go! Big monsters go! They kill female commander! Eat up her body!”

AUTON LEADER
“One of them did. Now is our chance to infiltrate the building and find the oppressors in captivity.”

KHARSHAK
(grunts) “Let’s go then! Let’s go into that building and smash them up!”

AUTON LEADER
“I concur. Let’s go.”

With that, the Ogrons and the Autons move off as they make to enter the citadel.


SCENE #159 – INT – THRONE ROOM, CITADEL OF GRONDOR – DAY, EVENING
Back in the king’s throne room…

CORPORAL JAMES
“The Earth empire has failed then. Negotiations are unacceptable for peace. I pity you for that.”

ERNPIC
“Peace?! I hate peace, human! We are superior! We are righteous! We do not want to share our empire with others! We are masters!”

BILLY
“Back on my world, there were people like you! They tried to annihilate a religious group simply because they were prejudiced! I hated them for that!”

JO
“You can’t do this to humanity! It’s wrong! It’s inhuman!”

GARNIK
“That is simply the point, woman! We are inhuman! We are Nargdu! I spit on human flesh! I find their attitudes revolting! They deserve to die!”

NYSSA
“Nobody who is different to you deserves to die! Nobody! Humans and Nargdu should live together! Not in fear and oppression! My people believed in universal harmony! Surely you can do the same!”

ERNPIC
“We are warriors! We glorify our empire! We lust for bloody battle after bloody battle! Blood on our hands! Blood! The humans mock and abuse our Nargdu principles! We hate them for that!”

DOCTOR
“If you intend to destroy the human race by putting them into that machine, you’d better think again! Because I’m going to stop you!”

GARNIK
“You’d better not, Doctor! Your hands will be cut off in an instant if you dare defy us!”

DOCTOR
“I never go back on my word, King Garnik! I will stop you! Never doubt it!”

GARNIK
(gradually) “Then we’ll have to persuade you not to intervene!” (to Nargdu guards) “Guards! Bring us the women!”

The Nargdu guards bring Nyssa, Jo and Tulu forward. The three women struggle to break free. Billy, Bork; the Doctor and Corporal James also try to break free to save Nyssa, Jo and Tulu.

JO
(protests) “Let me go! Where are you taking us?”

NYSSA
(protests) “Leave us alone! You’re hurting us!”

TULU
(protests) “‘Ere, get off! This is the best outfit I’ve got on!”

BILLY
(cries) “Let them go, you devils!”

DOCTOR
“Billy, keep still!”

BORK
(protests) “Leave my assistant alone!”

CORPORAL JAMES
(to Nargdu guards) “You guards! Get off me, you gits!”

The Nargdu guards ignore Corporal James as they keep him, the Doctor, Billy and Bork captive. Nyssa, Jo and Tulu meanwhile are brought before Garnik and Ernpic by the Nargdu guards as they’re now taken as hostages.

ERNPIC
“See Doctor? We have the women here! You’d dare not try do anything if you want to see them alive!”

GARNIK
“Easy with them, Ernpic. We just want to show the Doctor what we intend to do if he tries anything to stop us!”

DOCTOR
“Let them go, Garnik! You’re causing enough harm already!”

GARNIK
“Oh no, Doctor! Oh no! We’re taking these three women with us!”

ERNPIC
“The vault of power is about to be opened! And neither you Doctor nor anyone else can stop us!”

BILLY
(pleads; upset) “Please! Let my Nyssa go! Let Jo and Tulu go! Please let them go, you horrible people! Let them go!”

NYSSA
(insistently) “Billy, stay back!”

BILLY
(cries) “But Nyssa…”

NYSSA
(to Billy) “I love you, Billy! Remember that! I’ll always love you!” (to Doctor) “Doctor, do take care of yourself! Whatever you do, take care!”

DOCTOR
“Nyssa; Jo, I will try to save you two and Tulu. I promise!”

JO
“It’s been great seeing you again, Doctor. And you Billy; and you Nyssa. I wouldn’t have missed this for anything!”

GARNIK
“Son! Bring the miniscope with us! We don’t want to leave that behind!”

BORK
(protests) “You can’t take my…”

GARNIK
(to Nargdu guards) “Guards, keep watch of our guests! Don’t let them try to escape!”

ERNPIC
(out loud) “Computer! Teleport us out!”

BILLY
(shouts) “No!!!”

In an instant, Garnik and Ernpic teleport with Nyssa, Jo, Tulu and a few Nargdu guards out of the king’s throne room. The Doctor, Billy, Corporal James and Bork are released by the Nargdu guards holding them, just in time to see the sudden departure of Nyssa, Jo and Tulu with Garnik, Ernpic and few Nargdu guards. They become shocked by what’s just happened. The Nargdu guards in the throne room keep watch on the Doctor, BIlly, Corporal James and Bork as they prevent their escape.

BILLY
(shocked) “Doctor, they’ve gone! Nyssa; Jo and Tulu! They’ve gone!”

DOCTOR
“Yes Billy. The king and prince took them. Teleported out.”

CORPORAL JAMES
“They could’ve gone anywhere and now we can’t escape!”

BORK
“They took my miniscope! And without even paying for it! Barbarians!”

The Doctor, Billy, Corporal James and Bork remain in the king’s throne room, figuring what they can do to escape and save Nyssa, Jo and Tulu. Their Teruvadans guards still keep watch on them.


SCENE #160 – INT – BRIDGE, GARNIK’S SHIP – DAY, EVENING
Meanwhile, King Garnik and Prince Ernpic with Nyssa, Jo, Tulu and their Nargdu guards end up on the bridge of Garnik’s ship at Star Spaceport #4 in Grondor city via teleport.

ERNPIC
(gratified) “We made it, father! Teleport successful!”

GARNIK
“Good.” (to Nargdu guards) “Guards! Put the women in the brig!”

JO
(protests) “You can’t do this! Very soon, you’re going to get beaten already!”

NYSSA
“Jo’s right! The Doctor will stop you like he said!”

ERNPIC
(shouts) “Shut up, you two witches! Or else I’ll cut your lips off from your mouths!”

TULU
(sardonically) “Ooh you really are a charmer, aren’t you?!”

The guards take Nyssa, Jo and Tulu away as they struggle to break free.

JO
(annoyed) “Alright; alright! There’s no need to be so rough!”

NYSSA
(calls; to Garnik) “Putting us in the brig won’t make any difference, your majesty! The Doctor will stop you! The Doctor, Billy and the others!”

Nyssa, Jo and Tulu are ignored as they’re taken away to the brig by the Nargdu guards. Garnik and Ernpic remain on the bridge of the ship.

ERNPIC
(realises; anxiously) “Father! The teleport system!”

GARNIK
“I’ll shut it down, my son.”

Garnik goes over to the teleport system control panel and enters a few buttons to deactivate the signal. Eventually, the teleport system gets shut down.

GARNIK
“It is done.” (Pause) “You did bring the miniscope with us, son?”

ERNPIC
“Of course! It’s right with us!”

Ernpic shows the miniscope to his father Garnik as it’s situated on the bridge.

GARNIK
“Good. Then let’s take off in my ship, shall we?”

Ernpic goes to the pilot controls before he’s joined by his father Garnik. They both sit in the front seats of the cockpit.

ERNPIC
“Engines online. Motors powering up. Warp drive initiated.”

GARNIK
“We’ll traverse on impulse drive. Open the bay doors!”

Ernpic presses a button and the bay doors echo from outside the ship, buzzing away as they open. This occurs slowly before a loud thud is made, indicating the bay doors are open.

ERNPIC
(cheers) “They’re open, father! We can leave the bay!”

GARNIK
(gratified) “Excellent! Setting a course for Chasm Thirty-Five Control Centre! Where the great vault lies!”

Garnik’s ship takes off as it docking ports unlock. The ship lifts off up from the ground and slowly makes it way out of the bay it’s in at Star Spaceport #4, travelling on impulse drive.


© Tim Bradley, 2019

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2 thoughts on “‘City of Monsters’, Part Four, Chapter 13

  1. Timelord 007

    Bloody hell Tim you gone all Robert Holmes with this chapter lol, people getting eaten by dinosaurs & Drashigs, Ogrons & Autons killing on the battlefield, power mad dictators it’s all kicking off isn’t it lol.

    Love Corporal James how he comes in with his laser rifles & saves the day what a awesomely cool dude lol, very intense chapter this i honestly have no clue how the Doctors going to save the day his backs truly against the wall fighting against monster’s he can’t defeat & without the miniscope got to admit you got me stumped Tim i shall look forward to reading the next chapter this is so intense suspenseful stuff i ate nearly whole bag fruit pastiles reading this lol.

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    1. Tim Bradley Post author

      Hi Simon.

      Glad you enjoyed this chapter and how I’ve gone Robert Holmes with the dinosaurs, Drashigs, Ogrons, Autons, power mad dictators and everything.

      Glad you enjoyed Corporal James coming in to save the day with his laser rifles. I’m glad I got you thinking on how the Doctor’s going to save the day. I hope you’ll be satisfied with the eventual outcome.

      Have you seen my latest YouTube video with Sarah Sutton by the way?

      Thanks for your comments.

      Tim. 🙂

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