‘City of Monsters’, Part Four, Chapter 15

15. Reaching For The Top

SCENE #172 – INT – MAIN CONTROL ROOM, CHASM 35 CONTROL CENTRE – NIGHT
Back in the main control room of the Chasm 34 control centre, Tulu and Nyssa tamper with the miniscope’s controls and circuitry in order to activate the signal to summon the monsters. Jo meanwhile is on watch for anyone coming in at the doors.

JO
“Still no-one coming, darlings. We’re going to be okay.”

NYSSA
“Keep a look out, Jo.”

Buzzing noises echo as Nyssa uses laser tools to access the miniscope’s circuitry.

TULU
“Careful, Nyssa.”

NYSSA
“I’m trying to be careful, Tulu.” (Pause) “I just need to realign the field nodes for the diagnostic panel.”

TULU
“Right. Whilst you’re doing that, I’m setting the signal ready to send to our friends on transmission.”

As Tulu presses switches and buttons to ready the signal, Nyssa makes some final adjustments to the miniscope’s circuitry with her laser tools. Eventually, Nyssa finishes the job and closes up the diagonstic panel.

NYSSA
(pleased) “Done it! Diagnostic panel closed.” (to Tulu) “You can send your coded signal now, Tulu.”

Tulu presses a switch on the machine.

TULU
“Already have, darling.”

Nyssa and Tulu then stand up and back away with Jo from the miniscope.

NYSSA
(pleased) “Good. Well done, Tulu! The miniscope’s emitting a carrier wave at a frequent rate.”

JO
“So we’re expecting Drashigs; dinosaurs; robots and any other nasties to come over here and smash the place to shreds.”

NYSSA
“Causing damage to the equipment here in this control room. And hopefully putting a spanner in the works for the king and the prince’s plan.”

JO
“Just as the Doctor would say.” (Pause) “Do you think it’ll work?”

NYSSA
(gradually) “We’ll just have to hope for the best.”

JO
“Me too. I can’t bear to think that this has all been for nothing.”

TULU
“Thing is though, the Drashigs and any other monsters are likely to kill within seconds if we remain standing here or anywhere else in the building.”

JO
(anxiously) “Then we’ve got to get out of here before they even come.”

NYSSA
“And it could be any minute. Come on! Let’s leave before…”

But as soon as they’re about to leave, Nyssa, Jo and Tulu are stopped in their tracks. Prince Ernpic stands in the doorway, drawing his sword at them.

ERNPIC
“Stay where you are, you three! Or else I shall slice your heads off with my sword!”

NYSSA
(wryly) “Ernpic! Very nice of you to check up on us.”

JO
(sighs) “Here we go again. I knew this was all too good to be true.”

ERNPIC
“I suspected you three would try to escape.” (Pause; realises; aghast) “You’ve knocked out all of my guards!”

TULU
(taunts) “Sorry about that, pretty boy. They just weren’t interested talking to us ladies.”

Ernpic steps forward into the room, still training his sword at Nyssa; Jo and Tulu before he takes a look around the room.

ERNPIC
“What have you done here?! What have you done with my father’s equipment?! Answer me!”

JO
(nervously) “Nothing. We’ve done nothing.”

Ernpic takes a look at the miniscope. He sees it is sending out a signal.

ERNPIC
(bitterly) “You witches! You’ve done something to the miniscope! My father’s miniscope! You’ve tampered with it!”

TULU
“Actually it’s Bork’s miniscope, your young majesty. Your father stole it since we weren’t given our payment of credit bars.”

ERNPIC
(bitterly; to Tulu) “Shut it, slut!” (to Nyssa) “You girl! Tell me! What have you done to this machine?! It’s emitting a signal! Why?!”

NYSSA
“Surely dear prince, if you knew that you could work it out yourself. You don’t need any of us to tell you.”

JO
“You are the great prince, aren’t you? Royalty of the Nargdu. You know everything, shouldn’t you? If you’re so superior.”

ERNPIC
(bitterly) “Right! I see! You three intend to play games with me!”

JO
(scornfully) “Oh no! We would never dare to play games. Although we would rebel against your fascist and imperial ways!”

NYSSA
“Just as you would rebel against the right for humanity to exist and to have them slaughtered one by one!”

ERNPIC
“Right! That’s it! I shall have you slain right now! With my sword!”

TULU
(cries) “Your majesty! Look out!”

ERNPIC
“Don’t try that trick on me!”

TULU
(yells) “I said LOOK OUT!!!”

The window then smashes as a howling, screaming Drashig charges in from outside. The Drashig is responding to the signal sent by the miniscope.

ERNPIC
(shocked) “What in great Nargdu’s name?!”

JO
“It’s here! The Drashig! It’s come for us!””

NYSSA
“We must get out of here! Before it devours us in an instant”

TULU
“Come on! Run!”

But as Nyssa, Jo and Tulu run to the doors to exit, it closes shut instantly.

TULU
“Hey! The doors are shut! How did that happen?!”

Nyssa, Jo and Tulu try to get the doors open, but they won’t budge.

NYSSA
“The movement sensors won’t allow us to open the doors! They’re locked, I suspect.”

Ernpic then laughs away maniacally. Nyssa, Jo and Tulu turn to look at him as they see that Ernpic has pressed the door controls next to him in the room.

JO
“You! Ernpic, you’ve locked us in!”

ERNPIC
(laughs maniacally) “That’s right! I’ve locked us in! If I am to be killed by the Drashig, then you three must die too! You cannot escape from this! Not today!”

Nyssa, Jo and Tulu become terrified while Ernpic laughs maniacally away.


SCENE #173 – INT – LOWER LEVELS, CHASM 35 CONTROL CENTRE – NIGHT
Meanwhile, on the lower levels, the Doctor and Bork search for Billy and Corporal James who are in turn searching for Nyssa, Jo and Tulu. The Doctor and Bork are in a dark corridor. The Doctor uses a tracker to search for Billy and Corporal James whilst it plays up.

DOCTOR
(agitated) “Come on! Work! Work, you stupid thing!”

BORK
“What is that tracker for, Doctor?”

DOCTOR
“It’s for scanning life-signs. Particularly human, Trakenite and Lurman life-signs. I happened to have the tracker in my pocket, just in case of an emergency. And I wish it wouldn’t play up.”

Eventually the tracker’s brought back to life again.

DOCTOR
(satisfied) “Ah! That’s better. Now life-signs…human. Heading up north in that direction.”

BORK
“Do you want me to fix it for you, Doctor? I have a skill in technicalities. I learnt it from Tulu…”

DOCTOR
(interjects) “It’s alright. I’m okay at the moment, Bork. I’ve just got to use it sparingly when searching for Nyssa, Billy and Jo. And of course Corporal James and your assistant Tulu.”

BORK
“Did you say…the scanner’s detecting human life-signs?”

DOCTOR
“Yes. Probably Billy and Corporal James’. They’re heading north. Where Nyssa; Jo and Tulu are, I’m not sure. Probably up high on the building. Let’s hope Billy and the Corporal are heading upwards too.”

BORK
“Does the scanner pick up Nargdu readings?”

DOCTOR
“Nargdu readings?”

BORK
“Yes. Does it, Doctor?”

DOCTOR
(gradually) “Ah! Unfortunately I haven’t been able to pick up life-signs of Nargdu on previous occasions, Bork. Usually I’ve been trying to escape them by the skin of my teeth in a war zone.”

BORK
“I had no idea your teeth had skin, Doctor.”

DOCTOR
“The Time Lords weren’t able to register Nargdu antimony either. Not according to files. That is rather sore for them, I must say.”

BORK
“So we don’t know whether the Nargdu are approaching or not.”

DOCTOR
(grimly) “No. Sadly not I’m afraid.”

BORK
“Then we’re in big trouble, aren’t we?”

A howling sound echoes in front of them.

BORK
“Drashigs!”

DOCTOR
“Yes!”

BORK
“They’ve broken into the building! They’re coming after us!”

DOCTOR
“Or perhaps somebody else than us. It’s coming from the direction where we’re heading.”

BORK
“Tulu! And your friends! The Drashigs must be after Tulu and your friends!”

DOCTOR
“Come on, Bork! Let’s go and find out!”

They make a run for it down the corridor, before they’re stopped in their tracks. Garnik appears before them. The Doctor and Bork confront Garnik as he trains his sword at them.

GARNIK
“Going somewhere, Doctor?”

DOCTOR
“King Garnik.”

GARNIK
“Move one more step and I shall cut your throats out, the pair of you!”

BORK
“You really are hospitable aren’t you, your majesty. Surely there’s no need for all this throat-letting.”

GARNIK
“I am the King of the Nargdu! My ways are right and just! You will do as I, Garnik command you to do!”

DOCTOR
“Your majesty, please! Listen to me! Our friends are in trouble! Your son perhaps! The Drashigs…”

GARNIK
(interrupts) “If my son is facing the Drashigs, he shall die with honour!”

BORK
“You don’t even care about your son?”

GARNIK
(ignores Bork; to Doctor) “As for your friends, Doctor. They shall rot in hell!”

DOCTOR
(bitterly) “Can’t you understand, King Garnik? Don’t you even want to know? If the Drashigs are coming, it means only one thing. Ruin for your plans! Surely you wouldn’t want to risk that happening!”

GARNIK
“My plans will not be ruined, Doctor! They are never ruined! I am the King of the Nargdu! I am righteous!”

DOCTOR
“And your righteousness fails you, King Garnik!”

BORK
“You don’t know the Drashigs, your majesty! They’re too strong for you! Even I can’t control them!”

GARNIK
“I shall control the creatures from your miniscope, Bork! My miniscope now! They will obey me!”

DOCTOR
“They won’t obey you, Garnik! They have no intelligence to do that! They’re just vicious killing machines! Just as the dinosaurs; the robots; the Ogrons and the Autons are killing machines!”

GARNIK
“Enough, both of you! I refuse your appeals! You shall not weaken me! I am the King of the Nargdu! And I say…”

BORK
(interrupts; cries) “Doctor, look out! Duck!”

The Doctor and Bork duck just as the Ogrons and the Autons enter, firing their weapons. King Garnik gets shot in the leg once the Ogrons and the Autons open fire.

DOCTOR
(shouts) “Garnik! Quickly man, get down!”

Garnik crawls away, howling in pain as he searches for a plan to hide. The Ogrons and the Autons keep on firing, whilst the Doctor and Bork are under cover.

BORK
“Ogrons and Autons! They managed to get in then!”

DOCTOR
“Yes. And now we have two ways to go. Rescue Nyssa; Billy; Jo and the others by terrifying Drashigs or get shot in the back by the Ogrons and Autons.”

BORK
“I don’t like the sound of either ways, Doctor. Wherever we go, there’s death waiting for us!”

DOCTOR
(cries) “Get down!”

The Doctor and Bork get down as they dodge the shots fired upon them by grunting Ogrons and passive Autons. The Ogrons and the Autons continue firing their weapons as they march forward.


SCENE #174 – INT – MAIN CONTROL ROOM, CHASM 35 CONTROL CENTRE – NIGHT
In the main control room of the building, the Drashig continues to advance. The Drashig howls and screams whilst Nyssa, Jo and Tulu are in the control room with Prince Ernpic.

NYSSA
(pleads) “Ernpic, please listen to us! Open the doors at once!”

JO
“We can save each other! Open the doors and we’ll save you as well as us!”

ERNPIC
(defiantly) “No! I shall fight it with my sword! I, Ernpic – the Drashig slayer!”

TULU
“Don’t be an idiot! You can’t kill a monster as big as that!”

ERNPIC
(cries) “Die monster! DIE!!!”

Ernpic raises his sword to fight off the monster. But the Drashig is too powerful as it knocks Ernpic out with one blow. Ernpic falls to the floor unconscious.

TULU
“It knocked him out! That Drashig knocked Ernpic out!”

NYSSA
“Quick! We have to get these doors open before we’re caught in the Drashig’s teeth!”

JO
“I’ll get to the door controls. I think I know which ones Ernpic pressed [and…”]

NYSSA
(shouts) “Jo, get back! The Drashig’s going to…”

Jo quickly backs away in terror as the Drashig smashes the door controls with its teeth. It also knocks everything else, including the miniscope, to one side. The Drashig rolls over to the three girls who are quick to grab the miniscope to pick it up.

NYSSA
(concerned) “Jo, are you alright?”

JO
“I think so. But that was dreadfully terrifying. I’m glad you shouted at me to get back, Nyssa.”

TULU
“Well, at least the miniscope’s not damaged. Look! We’ve got it here with us. It’s still in tact when it rolled over towards us!”

NYSSA
“The miniscope’s not important now, Tulu. We still have a monster to contend with. And we can’t get out!”

The Drashig howls and screams as it advances forward. Nyssa; Jo and Tulu are terrified as they back away to the doors. Just then, a voice from the other side of the doors calls to the three girls as they hear it.

BILLY
(calls; from outside) “Nyssa; Jo; Tulu?! Are you in there? Nyssa, sweetheart?!”

NYSSA
(astonished; calls) “Billy?! Billy, is that you?!”

BILLY
(from outside) “Yes Nyssa, it’s me! Corporal James and I are here!”

JO
(overjoyed) “Billy! Oh thank goodness! I’m so happy you and Corporal James are here!”

NYSSA
(calls) “Billy, quick! There’s a Drashig in here with us! Find a door control to get us out!”

BILLY
(from outside; to Corporal James) “James! There’s a door control! Try to get it open!”

Tugging at the doors occur from outside. There are clicks and bleeps from outside too, but to no avail.

CORPORAL JAMES
(from outside) “It’s no good! The door controls are jammed!”

JO
(calls) “Billy, the Drashig smashed and ate up the door controls at our end! Perhaps the door controls at your end aren’t working because of that.”

BILLY
(from outside) “There must be something we can do to open the doors! We can’t give up now!”

CORPORAL JAMES
(from outside) “Don’t worry! I’ll smash the doors in!” (calls) “Nyssa; Jo; Tulu, back away from the doors at your end! I’m going to smash them in!”

NYSSA
“No, Corporal James! Wait! Don’t do that…”

But it’s too late as Corporal James smashes his way in through the doors, applying his weight to them. Once Corporal James and Billy are through, they meet up with Nyssa; Jo and Tulu.

BILLY
“Hmm! Here we are! We got through, Nyssa! Corporal James managed it in the end with brute force!”

CORPORAL JAMES
(satisfied) “Always works!” (to Nyssa) “No need to fret about it now, Nyssa!”

NYSSA
(anxiously) “Quick! Let’s get out of this control room!”

JO
“Yes! And fast now!” (to Tulu) “Come on, Tulu!”

TULU
“Right! Hold on! Just bringing the miniscope along!”

As Nyssa, Billy, Jo, Tulu and Corporal James run out of the control room, taking the miniscope with them, the Drashig follows them, howling and screaming away. Meanwhile, Ernpic wakes up and sees the group of heroes escaping with the miniscope and the Drashig pursuing them. Ernpic is disorientated as he wakes up.

ERNPIC
(disorientated) “What…W-W-What happened?!”

Ernpic eventually recovers, realising what’s happened.

ERNPIC
(angered) “They’ve escaped! And they’ve taken the miniscope! No! I won’t let that happen! I will not let that happen!”

Ernpic gets up and makes his way out of the control room to pursue Nyssa, Billy, Jo, Tulu and Corporal James with the Drashig also chasing them.


SCENE #175 – INT – UPPER LEVELS, CHASM 35 CONTROL CENTRE – NIGHT
In a corridor far away from  the main control room on the upper levels, Nyssa, Jo and Tulu reunite with Corporal James and Billy. Nyssa and Jo hug Billy, full of joy.

NYSSA
(pleased) “Oh Billy! Thank goodness you came for us! I was so afraid I’d never see you again!”

BILLY
(reassuringly) “Hey that’s alright, Nyssa! You can never get rid of me that easily!”

JO
“We were so afraid we were never going to get out of there alive! Like Nyssa said, I’m glad you came for us in the end and rescued us.”

CORPORAL JAMES
“Hey! I helped too! I was the one that smashed the door down, remember?”

NYSSA
“Yes. And there was a probability factor that the door wouldn’t have opened, Corporal James. It would have jammed permanently when you tried to smash it down.”

CORPORAL JAMES
(wryly) “Well, there’s gratitude for you.”

TULU
“We still have a Drashig to contend with. It’s still following us!”

JO
“Why have you brought that miniscope with you, Tulu? It’s clunky for you to carry around in the building!”

TULU
“Well we need it, don’t we? If we’re going to send the Drashigs and the others monsters back to where they came from, we need this thing!”

NYSSA
“The cable’s still connected to the vault as you can see, Tulu. It’ll drag.”

TULU
“I couldn’t disconnect it in time. And I don’t have time now. Besides, there’s enough cable for us to drag it anywhere wherever we’re going.”

BILLY
“We need to find the Doctor. We need to get back to him and Bork. They’ll be wondering where Corporal James and I are.”

NYSSA
“Where did you last leave the Doctor and Bork, Billy? On the lower levels?”

BILLY
“Yes! We arrived there by TARDIS.”

JO
“Then we must get down there immediately and find them!”

NYSSA
“Agreed! Come on!”

Suddenly, the Drashig appears in the corridor chasing after them. It slithers on the floor and howls terribly.

TULU
(urgently) “And quick! That Drashig’s nearly onto us!”

CORPORAL JAMES
“I’ll hold it off!”

Corporal James trains one of his rifles and fires it at the Drashig. The Drashig howls, reacting to the shots fired upon it.

CORPORAL JAMES
(shouts) “Back! Get back, you vermin monster!”

The Drashig recoils whilst Nyssa, Billy, Jo and Tulu make a run for it. dragging the miniscope with them.

BILLY
“Here Tulu! Let me help you with that contraption of yours!”

TULU
“Thanks, you young gentleman!”

Billy and Tulu push the miniscope together down the corridor whilst Nyssa and Jo call back to Corporal James firing at the Drashig.

JO
(calls) “Come on, Corporal James! Come with us before the Drashig gets you!”

CORPORAL JAMES
“I’m coming; I’m coming! You go!”

NYSSA
(calls) “Come on, Corporal James! You must come with us now!”

Corporal James keeps on firing his rifle at the Drashig whilst Nyssa and Jo run, following after Billy and Tulu who push the miniscope together down the corridor.

CORPORAL JAMES
“Right I’m coming right now!”

With that, Corporal James continues firing his rifle at the Drashig whilst following after Nyssa, Billy, Jo and Tulu down the corridor to escape. As the Drashig howls away with being shot at by Corporal James, it trundles off after the group of heroes in pursuit. The Drashig doesn’t detect the wretched Prince Ernpic behind him, who is bitter with anger.

ERNPIC
(bitterly) “Don’t think you five can escape from me! Not from Ernpic, Prince of the Nargdu! I shall cut you all down to size!” (Pause) “Father! I must find my father!”

With that, Ernpic heads off in another direction to find his father. The Drashig continues to trundle down the corridor in pursuit of Nyssa, Billy, Jo, Tulu and Corporal James.


SCENE #176 – INT – LOWER LEVELS, CHASM 35 CONTROL CENTRE – NIGHT
Back on the lower levels of the control centre, the Doctor and Bork keep under cover as they’re being fired upon by Ogrons and Autons behind them.

BORK
“Can you see the king, Doctor? Do you know what’s happened to him?”

DOCTOR
“I think he’s just lying there on the other side of this corridor. He got shot in the leg, remember? Must have a lost a lot of blood, I think.”

BORK
“Should we go back to him and check?”

DOCTOR
“I think not. The Ogrons and the Autons are likely to gun us down within seconds if we even tried.”

BORK
(realises) “Hey look! He’s getting up! He’s going to try and fight the monsters off with that sword of his!”

DOCTOR
(realises) “Oh no! The idiot!” (cries; to Garnik) “Garnik, your majesty! Listen to me! You can’t fight them! Not with that sword of yours! And not with your injured leg!”

King Garnik ignores the Doctor as he makes his way towards the Ogrons and the Autons with his sword raised in the air.

GARNIK
“Fight me, you soulless creatures! Fight me! I am the great king of the Nargdu! Fear me if you dare!”

Garnik however gets shot down. He cries in pain as he falls to the floor, dropping his sword.

BORK
“Well, he didn’t last long. Do you think he’s dead?”

DOCTOR
“I don’t know. I wouldn’t wish anybody to be killed. Especially one as xenophobic as King Garnik.”

BORK
(realises; cries) “Doctor, look out! They’re coming for us again!”

DOCTOR
“Get down!”

The Doctor and Bork get down as the Ogrons and the Autons fire upon them again.

BORK
“Oh I wish we can move from this place! Or have an army to rescue us!”

DOCTOR
“We dare not move! Besides, the way they’re firing at us, they’ll shoot this wall down where we’re hiding like a ton of bricks!”

The Ogrons grunt loudly as they and the Autons keep firing their weapons at the Doctor and Bork behind their hiding place. Suddenly, they get fired upon from behind. The Ogrons and the Autons fall to the ground one by one.

BORK
(astonished) “I say! One or two of the Ogrons fell down. And more! And the Autons! They’ve been shot down! How did they…?”

DOCTOR
(interjects) “Bork! Look to your left! Look!”

The Doctor and Bork look to see the people who have come to their rescue.

BORK
(realises) “Why! It’s that Corporal James fellow! He’s got his rifle and he’s firing at the Ogrons and the Autons! And look! He’s got Nyssa; Billy and Jo with them! And Tulu! And they’ve got the miniscope with them!”

DOCTOR
(cries) “Nyssa; Billy; Jo; Tulu! Get down! The Ogrons will fire upon you!”

Nyssa, Billy, Jo and Tulu get down undercover as the Ogrons and the Autons fire upon them.

BORK
“That Corporal James fellow! He’s still firing at the Autons and the Ogrons!”

NYSSA
(calls; from a distance) “Corporal James, please get back! You’re one man and there are lots of those Ogrons and Autons firing back at you!”

JO
(calls; from a distance) “You can’t take them out! They’re too much for you! Get behind undercover with us!”

CORPORAL JAMES
(shouts) “I have to make a stand! I have to fight back!”

DOCTOR
(calls; to Corporal James) “Please Corporal! Do as Nyssa and Jo say! Try and bring them, Billy and Tulu over to me and Bork if you can!”

CORPORAL JAMES
“I can’t, Doctor! There are too many of them as Jo and Nyssa said! I can’t risk getting them as well as Billy and Tulu being killed!”

TULU
“No need to worry about that, Corporal! I’ll handle them!”

BORK
(confused) “Tulu? What are you doing with that miniscope?”

TULU
“Watch and learn, Bork! Watch and learn!”

NYSSA
(cries) “Tulu, what are you doing?”

Tulu presses a button on the miniscope. Very soon, the Ogrons and the Autons vanish into thin air. Moment of silence as everybody is astonished.

JO
(astonished) “They’ve gone! The Ogrons and the Autons! They’ve vanished!”

BILLY
“What did you just do, Tulu?”

TULU
“The Absorb button! I just pressed it directly onto the Ogrons and the Autons and they were absorbed instantly!”

BORK
“Good thinking, Tulu my dear! I knew you had style like me!”

DOCTOR
“We have little time to celebrate!” (calls) “Come on, you five! Get over here with me and Bork!”

Nyssa, Billy, Jo, Tulu and Corporal James run over to where the Doctor and Bork are. This is just as soon as the Drashig appears behind them in pursuit of its prey.

BILLY
(realises; panics) “The Drashig! It’s managed to follow us!”

DOCTOR
(annoyed) “And you brought it here with you?!”

NYSSA
“We had no choice, Doctor! We had a signal [and…”]

DOCTOR
(interjects) “Tell me later! We have to get away!”

TULU
“But I can still use the miniscope’s Absorb button [on…”]

DOCTOR
“Don’t argue, Tulu! Let’s get away now!”

With that, the Doctor, Nyssa, Billy, Jo, Bork, Tulu and Corporal James run for it as they head down the corridor. The Drashig follows after them, passing an unconscious King Garnik on the floor.


SCENE #177 – INT – LOWER LEVELS, CHASM 35 CONTROL CENTRE – NIGHT
At the far end of the building, still on the lower levels, the Doctor and his friends reach the rear exit leading to the back stairs.

CORPORAL JAMES
“We’ve covered a fair distance away from the Drashig! But it’s still following our trail regrettably.”

TULU
“Thank goodness there’s enough cable for us to drag the miniscope. I can’t believe we’d be so lucky.”

The Doctor meanwhile reunites with Nyssa, Billy and Jo.

DOCTOR
(relieved) “Nyssa; Jo! I’m so glad to see you safe! You don’t know how relieved I am.”

NYSSA
“It was Billy who saved us, Doctor! And Corporal James!”

JO
“We couldn’t have escaped without their help! We’re glad to see you too, Doctor!”

DOCTOR
(berates; to Billy) “Billy, I told you and Corporal James to stay put in the TARDIS!”

BILLY
“Well, you didn’t really think we were going to listen, did you?”

DOCTOR
“Billy, there are times when you really…”

BORK
(interrupts) “Doctor, the Drashig’s still onto us! We can’t stand here!”

TULU
“We need to go higher up! On top of the building perhaps.”

CORPORAL JAMES
“Why go up top? Couldn’t we install the phase one and the phase two switches into the miniscope, sending every monster back to where they came from?”

NYSSA
“We need to have a wide variance field in order to absorb all of the monsters back into the miniscope. To send them back to their original space-time coordinates.”

TULU
“If we do it here where we are now in this corridor, we won’t have a wide signal. The walls of this building will cause interference.”

DOCTOR
“We have to go up top then. That way we’ll use the miniscope to absorb and send every monster back to where they came from before we can shut the machine down.”

BILLY
“We can use the back stairway right behind us! We can get up to the top of the building via that way!”

NYSSA
“Well spotted, Billy! And good thinking!”

BORK
“Come on then! Let’s get up the back stairway before the Drashig gets us!”

DOCTOR
“Quite right, Bork! Let’s go! Out the door we go!”

TULU
(pants) “Can someone help me with this miniscope? It’s rather cumbersome to carry upstairs.”

NYSSA
“I’ll help you, Tulu.”

BILLY
“And me.”

JO
“Me too.”

CORPORAL JAMES
“Less baffle! Get a move on!”

Nyssa, Billy and Jo help Tulu with carrying the miniscope upstairs. The Doctor pushes the rear door open for Nyssa, Billy, Jo and Tulu to carry the miniscope out and up the back stairway. Very soon, the Doctor, Corporal James and Bork follow them out through the door. The Doctor and his friends make their way up the stairway, closing the door behind them. A Drashig howl echoes from down the corridor once our heroes have headed upstairs.


SCENE #178 – EXT – ROOFTOP, CHASM 35 CONTROL CENTRE – DAY, MORNING
Up on the rooftop of the control centre building, dawn is approaching. The Doctor, Nyssa, Billy, Jo, Bork, Tulu and Corporal James arrive after climbing the back stairway and carrying the miniscope with them.

JO
“We’ve made it! Ooh! There’s quite a draft up here!”

NYSSA
“We have to set up this miniscope quickly!”

DOCTOR
“Yes! Now I shall need all the help I can get!” (to Bork; Tulu) “Bork; Tulu! I shall need your help and insight into using this miniscope obviously.”

BORK
“We’re on hand whenever you need us, Doctor!”

TULU
“That goes double for me!”

DOCTOR
“Nyssa!”

NYSSA
“It’s alright, Doctor. I want this nightmare to be over and these creatures back to where they came from. You can rely on my technical expertise.”

DOCTOR
“Splendid!”

BILLY
“What shall we do, Doctor? Me; Jo and Corporal James?”

DOCTOR
“You three stand on guard and make sure that neither Drashig; Ogron; Auton or whatever other monster comes up here to interrupt us!”

CORPORAL JAMES
“Right!” (to Billy; Jo) “Come on, you two! Be my eyes and ears whilst I carry this rifle on me!”

JO
“Pity you don’t happen to have a gun for Billy and me, Corporal.”

Corporal James, Billy and Jo move off as they’re about to keep guard on the rooftop. Meanwhile, the Doctor inserts the phase one and the phase two switches into the miniscope for a second time.

DOCTOR
“Right! There we are! Phase one and phase two switches are inserted! Now let’s try again, shall we?”

NYSSA
(realises) “Doctor. The TARDIS needs to be connected [to…”]

DOCTOR
(interrupts; reassuringly; to Nyssa) “It’s alright, Nyssa. These switches can be operated via remote control. With the TARDIS in close proximity to us, I can press these switches without a problem.” (to Bork) “Isn’t that so, Bork?”

BORK
“What was that, Doctor?”

DOCTOR
(sighs) “You weren’t listening. Typical.”

NYSSA
“Have you tested the mobile ability of these switches, Doctor?”

DOCTOR
“Not really, no.”

NYSSA
“Then how can you be certain these switches will work via remote control?”

DOCTOR
“I don’t know, Nyssa. I just have to trust to a little faith.”

NYSSA
“Blind faith that is.”

DOCTOR
“Nyssa, I really don’t have the time to be lectured by you! Let’s get on with resetting the miniscope! We need to increase the variance field we mentioned to absorb the monsters back into the scope.”

TULU
“I’ll help, Doctor. I know how to access the variance field and increase its proximity across the city.”

DOCTOR
“Right! You do that, Tulu! Let me know when you’re ready and I’ll preset the life-form fields we need to collect apart from us humans; Trakenites; Lurmans and shamefully Nargdu.”

TULU
“This might take a while. Give me a minute or two.”

BORK
“Yeah well just hurry it up will you, Tulu! And get it right!”

TULU
(agitated) “Bork, what do you think I’m trying to do?”

Tulu accesses the miniscope to find the variance field settings. Nyssa, Bork and the Doctor observe what she’s doing as they wait before continuing to send the monsters back to their own times and places.


SCENE #179 – INT – LOWER LEVELS, CHASM 35 CONTROL CENTRE – DAY, MORNING
Back on the lower levels, King Garnik gets woken up by Prince Ernpic who has managed to find him. Ernpic pats his father on the face to wake him up.

ERNPIC
(calls) “Father? Father, wake up! Father! Father!!!”

Garnik wakes up startled, coming around as he sees his son Ernpic before him.

GARNIK
(startled) “Ernpic? My son!”

ERNPIC
“I found you lying on the floor! You got shot in the leg!”

GARNIK
“They shot me before I got the chance!” (realises) “The Doctor! Where is the Doctor? And Bork?”

ERNPIC
“I haven’t seen them, father.”

GARNIK
“And you, my son? What of our prisoners in the main control room?”

ERNPIC
(bitterly) “They escaped, father! They had help and escaped! And they took the miniscope with them!”

GARNIK
(shocked; angrily) “What?! No!!! They can’t have taken the miniscope! They can’t!”

ERNPIC
“I told you those three women would be trouble!”

GARNIK
(angrily) “You should have kept them in your sights, son! If anybody is to be blamed, then it’s you my fool of a son!”

Garnik gets up from the floor and cries in pain. Ernpic helps him up.

ERNPIC
“Let me help you up off the floor, father! Your leg is badly wounded!”

GARNIK
“I am not decrepit yet, my son! I can manage!”

Garnik manages to get up onto his feet with his son Ernpic to support him.

GARNIK
(realises) “What is that cable, son? Where does it lead?”

ERNPIC
“It’s the cable connected to the miniscope, father! From the vault of power.”

GARNIK
“Ah! So now we know where those pigs have absconded to!”

ERNPIC
“Wouldn’t it better just to cut the cable to the miniscope?”

GARNIK
“No! Think about it, my son! If we cut the cable, it’ll cause a massive explosion in the city! With all that power from the vault!”

Garnik moves off, groaning as he tends to his injured leg whilst walking.

ERNPIC
“Do not walk so, my father! Your injuries are too severe.”

GARNIK
“I shall do what I wish! I’m not dead yet! And I shall defy any suffering I have!”

ERNPIC
“Where are you going, father?”

GARNIK
“To follow the cable! To see where the Doctor and his companions have headed! And if I’m right, they should’ve headed to the top of the building!”

ERNPIC
“Let me come with you, father!”

GARNIK
(shouts) “No! Let me be, my son! I want to handle this alone!”

ERNPIC
“But father!”

Garnik ignores Ernpic as he makes his way down the corridor, following the trail of the Doctor and his companions via the cable on the floor. Ernpic is about to follow his father before he stops in his tracks.

ERNPIC
(quietly) “Very well. If you will not let me help you, I shall find an alternative route. To dispose of the human scum.”

With that, Ernpic heads off back the other way to find an alternative route.


SCENE #180 – EXT – ROOFTOP, CHASM 35 CONTROL CENTRE – DAY, MORNING
Back on the rooftop of the control centre, the Doctor, Nyssa, Bork and Tulu attend to the miniscope whilst Billy, Jo and Corporal James continue to watch on guard. Tulu manages to finish the settings she’s made to the machine with the variance field enhanced.

TULU
“There we are, Doctor! I’ve widened the bandwidth and the scope for the miniscope variance field.”

BORK
(amused)‘Scope for the miniscope’. That’s quite funny.”

NYSSA
(wryly) “Hilarious.”

TULU
“You can absorb the creatures back into the miniscope, Doctor. With both the phase one switch of yours and the Absorb button on the machine at the same time.”

DOCTOR
“Splendid! Thank you, Tulu. Now, let’s make sure the phase one switch is fitted in.”

The Doctor tugs at the phase #1 switch to check it’s fitted well into the machine.

DOCTOR
“Yes! It’s fitted in nicely. Now, just need to enter the data for absorbing all life-forms apart from humans; Trakenites; Lurmans and Nargdu.”

The Doctor attends to this whilst Nyssa comes beside him.

NYSSA
“Doctor, this is too dangerous. You haven’t tested the equipment.”

DOCTOR
(impatiently) “Do you want to make yourself useful, Nyssa?”

NYSSA
“If I can, yes.”

DOCTOR
“Then press the Absorb button simultaneously as I press the phase one switch.”

The Doctor soon finishes with the database.

DOCTOR
(cheers) “There we go! Now when you press that button Nyssa at the same time I press the phase one switch, we can absorb any monster from Drashings to Ogrons to Autons and the like.”

Suddenly, a Drashig howl echoes from behind them.

BORK
(panics) “The Drashigs!”

TULU
“They’ve come for us!”

DOCTOR
(calls) “Billy; Jo; Corporal James! Is that a Drashig I can hear screaming its head off?”

BILLY
(calls; from a distance) “Yes! It’s slithering up the stairway from where we are!”

JO
(calls; from a distance) “And he’s brought some friends with him for dinner!”

CORPORAL JAMES
(calls; from a distance) “Whatever it is you’re doing Doctor, you’d better hurry up!”

NYSSA
(calls; reassuringly) “Don’t worry! We’re onto it!”

DOCTOR
“Right, Nyssa! Are you ready?”

NYSSA
“Yes! Just give me the word.”

DOCTOR
“Here we go! Three, two, one…now!”

The Doctor presses the phase #1 switch at the same time Nyssa presses the Absorb button simultaneously. But the Drashig and its friends continue to howl away as they approaches from a distance, slithering up the back stairway.

JO
(calls; from a distance) “Doctor? The Drashigs are still approaching us up the stairs!”

BILLY
(calls; from a distance) “Have you done something yet, Doctor; Nyssa?”

NYSSA
(concerned) “Doctor, what’s the matter? Why hasn’t it worked?”

DOCTOR
“I don’t know. As soon as we attempted to absorb the creatures, something was trying to break from the sphere of influence.” (Pause) “We’ll have to start again! I’ll reset the phase one switch.”

The Doctor lifts the phase #1 switch back up connected to the miniscope, whilst the Drashigs approach closer from a distance, howling and screaming away.

JO
(cries; from a distance) “Hurry, Doctor! They’re nearly here! The Drashigs are nearly here!”

CORPORAL JAMES
(from a distance) “Take this, you vermin scum!”

Corporal James opens fire with his rifle at the Drashigs. But the Drashigs are relentless as one of them nearly lunges for Jo. Jo shrieks as she falls to the floor. Billy comes to kneel down beside Jo to help her up.

BILLY
(from a distance; concerned) “Jo?! Jo, are you alright?”

JO
(from a distance; reassuringly) “Yes, Billy. I’m alright. But that close!” (realises; gasps) “They’re coming back! The Drashigs are coming back!”

The Drashigs continue to slither up the back stairway whilst Corporal James continues to fire his rifle at them. Corporal James then stops firing and checks his rifle to see how much ammo he’s got left whilst the Drashigs continue their approach.

CORPORAL JAMES
(from a distance; realises) “One last laser bolt left.” (Pause; gradually; sighs) “Oh well. At least I died trying and fighting.”

Corporal James then raises his rifle up again and aims it directly at the Drashigs coming for him, Billy and Jo. Meanwhile, Nyssa and the Doctor try using the phase#1 switch and the Absorb button again.

DOCTOR
(eagerly) “Right, Nyssa! Let’s try this again!”

NYSSA
“Ready whenever you are, Doctor!”

BORK
(urgently) “Hurry, Doctor! Those Drashigs will be onto our friends any minute!”

DOCTOR
(gradually) “Ready! Three, two, one…now!”

With that, the Doctor and Nyssa press the phase #1 switch and the Absorb button simultaneously again. This time though, the Drashigs do disappear as their howls echo away and die like mist. A moment of silence ensues.

CORPORAL JAMES
(from a distance; baffled; astounded) “W-W-What happened? I didn’t get to use my last laser bolt in the end!”

JO
(from a distance; overjoyed) “They’ve gone! The Drashigs, they’ve gone!”

BILLY
(from a distance; relieved) “Oh thank goodness!” (calls; to Doctor; Nyssa) “Doctor; Nyssa! You did it!”

NYSSA
“Yes we did! Sorry about that, Billy; Jo; Corporal. Something went wrong for a moment.”

DOCTOR
“Yes! Some creature or a group of creatures attempted to break the sphere of influence with remarkable alacrity.”

NYSSA
“So that means…there are still monsters out there in the city. On the planet.”

DOCTOR
“Well, I hope not. Let’s check the miniscope to see that all is safely gathered in.”

The Doctor checks the miniscope readings for a short while.

TULU
(gradually) “And is it all gathered in, Doctor?”

DOCTOR
(gradually; triumphantly) “Yes! All monsters are safely back inside the miniscope!”

BORK
“Splendid! I’ve got all my livestock back! My miniscope’s back in business!”

DOCTOR
“Not at all, Bork! Your livestock is going back to wherever they came from in space and time!”

BORK
“Doctor, please don’t! You can’t do this! This is my life’s work!”

But the Doctor presses the phase #2 switch in an instant, as it’s connected to the minscope.

DOCTOR
“Too late, Bork! I’ve just sent those creatures back to their original space-time coordinate with the phase two switch!”


SCENE #181 – INT – CIRCUITS, MINISCOPE (MONTAGE) – N/A
Here what follows is a sequence of events occurring inside the miniscope. One by one inside the miniscope, each set of monsters gets sent back to their own space-time coordinates. Buzzing noises occur as the monsters disappear. First, the Drashigs are sent back as they howl and scream at the swamp beach in Circuit #5. Second, the Ogrons and the Autons at Piccadilly Circus in London within Circuit #3 get sent back. Third and finally, the dinosaurs and the robots at Times Square in New York within Circuit #4 get sent back.


© Tim Bradley, 2019

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2 thoughts on “‘City of Monsters’, Part Four, Chapter 15

  1. Timelord 007

    Corporal James man of action lol he is certainly brave i think the Brigader would love him to join UNIT, “James chap with wings five laser bolts rapid” lol.

    Love the “well i did break the door down remember” line from Corporal James that is very me.

    Garnik just power mad isn’t he been shot but still obsessed with destroying humanity & his sons a chip off the ole block, i hope they endure a grizzly fate in the last chapter.

    Great chapter this, the Doctor was a bit sharp with Nyssa wasn’t he she only asked if he’d tested the switches but he gets all erratic obviously the stress of the situation.

    So now that the Monsters are now back in the miniscope i wonder what Garniks last stand will be?

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    1. Tim Bradley Post author

      Hi Simon.

      Glad you enjoyed Chapter 15.

      Hmm. A Third Doctor story where he, Jo, the Brigadier and U.N.I.T meet Captain James Darby from the future. I’ll have to work on that story. 😀

      Glad you like the “I did break the door down” line in the chapter. I’ve done my best to make Corporal James sound like you. And I orginally wrote the story before encountering you on Amazon.co.uk in October 2013.

      It was challenging to write two racist alien characters against humanity in the story. But I found how compelling it was to write these characters especially when they caused trouble for our heroes. Prince Ernpic is very reckless compared to his father King Garnik who’s in control despite being so despicable. Both seek power and glory for their Nargdu Empire and the destruction against humanity in the end.

      Yeah well the Doctor would behave like that when he’s under pressure. I’m sure he wouldn’t mean anything by it when he was being sharp with Nyssa and I’m sure she understands.

      Very pleased you enjoyed this chapter. Yes the monsters are back in the miniscope, aren’t they? I bet you didn’t see that coming. 😀

      Thanks for your comments.

      Tim. 🙂

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