‘City of Monsters’, Part One, Chapter 1

1. Wrong Destination

Roll original 1982 Peter Davison opening credits


SCENE #1 – EXT – RONNELEP FIELDS, GRONDOR – DAY, MORNING
It’s the beginning of a new day on the planet Teruvada 16. Sunrise dawns over the horizon. All is calm on the Ronnelep fields close by to the city of Grondor. Perpetual silence is soon broken by the crackling noise of an alien starship entering the planet. It makes its way to the spaceport in Grondor city.


SCENE #2 – EXT – STAR SPACEPORT #4, GRONDOR CITY – DAY, MORNING
At Star Spaceport #4 in Grondor City, a royal delegation is held. King Garnik and his son Prince Ernpic await the arrival of alien visitors. They watch as the alien starship lands.

PRINCE ERNPIC
“Is this them, father? Is that their starship?”

KING GARNIK
“It has to be. This is the one they would come by. And it has turned out to be punctual. Due to the reputation of these creatures…”

ERNPIC
(interrupts) “I do not trust them, father. Their actions and behaviour are frivolous. It does not accord…”

GARNIK
“Do not fret, my son. Have patience. The aliens will give us what we need.”

ERNPIC
“But why must they come? Why must they be the ones as you say to save our glorious empire from obliteration? From those…those scum?”

GARNIK
“We have a mission, Ernpic. At least I have. You cannot dismiss that. I am the King. I have a right to see this through.”

ERNPIC
(grudgingly) “Of course you do, father.”

GARNIK
“They have the technology. I want to see it. I couldn’t resist.”

ERNPIC
“You haven’t paid them yet, father? Are you sure it’s genuine?”

GARNIK
“The Nargdu Empire must be saved from extinction, son.” (cheers) “Glory to Empire!” (Pause) “We’ve heard how many other emperors and kings tried to save their empires. They failed and were killed in the process.”

The alien starship has now docked with its engines powered down. The docking doors soon swing open to let the visitors out. Stepping out are two distinctive people. They are Bork and Tulu – two showmasters. They have a cheery and whimsical attitude. They approach King Garnik and Prince Ernpic as they bow.

BORK
“Greetings to you both, fine gentlemen! We are honoured to be in your presence. In this fine city…”

ERNPIC
(interrupts; abjectly) “This is my father! Garnik, son of Lidenel; king of Teruvada 16 and lord of the Nargdu Empire! Glory to Empire!”

BORK
“Really?!”

GARNIK
“And this is my son, Ernpic – prince of Teruvada. Please forgive him. He can be over-zealous about our royal family.”

BORK
(cheerfully) “That’s quite alright, your majesties. Allow me to introduce myself. I am the great Bork – finest show-master you’ll ever find. And this is my charming, beautiful assistant, Tulu.”

GARNIK
“Greetings to you, my lady!” (to Ernpic) “Say hello, Ernpic.”

ERNPIC
“Hello…Tulu.”

TULU
(giggly) “Ooh! Charmed I’m sure. This is a dishy place with fine men and no mistake.”

Moment of silence.

BORK
“We’re here at your request by space mail, your majesties. We are going to give you both the finest show! The best entertainment credit bars can buy!”

Tulu gets giggly and Bork is proud, whilst Garnik and Ernpic are dubious.


SCENE #3 – INT – LLOYD’S OFFICE, CHEMI-WORLD LTD CENTRAL HQ – DAY, MORNING
At the Chemi-World central building in Leicester Square, London, Jo Jones is led into an office by a secretary named Miss Gallo.

MISS GALLO
“There you are, Mrs. Jones. Take a seat. If you’ll just wait here, I’m sure Mr. Lloyd won’t be long.”

JO
“Oh thank you very much indeed. I really appreciate you letting me in.”

MISS GALLO
“Do you need anything? Tea; coffee, perhaps?”

JO
“A glass of water would be nice, please.”

MISS GALLO
“Very well. I’ll be back as soon as I can.”

Miss Gallo leaves, shutting the door behind her. Jo wanders about the office for a bit before she sits down, waiting for Mr. Lloyd to come.

JO
(sighs; anxiously) “I wonder what this Mr. Lloyd’s like. I hope he’s not as rigid as some of the others.” (sighs) “Cliff, why did you put me up to this?”

Jo suddenly knocks over a glass vase of flowers onto the floor. Jo panics, getting on her hands and knees to pick the flowers up.

JO
(panics) “Oh! Silly goosy me! What have I done?!”

At that moment, Mr. Lloyd enters. Jo quickly stands up to greet Mr. Lloyd; still holding the flowers in her hand.

MR. LLOYD
(warmly) “Ah! Mrs. Jones! It is Mrs. Jones, isn’t it?”

JO
(apprehensively) “Yes Mr. Lloyd, it is! I’m so sorry! I’ve knocked over one of your beautiful vases. And such lovely flowers!”

MR. LLOYD
“Think nothing of it, Mrs. Jones. I always have a spare vase.”

Mr. Lloyd takes the flowers from Jo and shakes her hand to greet her.

MR. LLOYD
“It’s a pleasure to meet you, Mrs. Jones.”

JO
(delighted) “Thank you. It’s very kind of you to see me like this.”

MR. LLOYD
“Please sit down!”

JO
“Thank you.”

Jo sits down in her chair, whilst Mr. Lloyd sits behind his desk.

MR. LLOYD
“I gather your husband couldn’t make it.”

JO
(apologetically) “No. Cliff sends his apologies. He’s still on the Aleutian Islands in Alaska. Got a text message from him two nights ago saying he couldn’t make it. Asked me to fill in for him instead.”

MR. LLOYD
“Ah yes. Your husband Professor Jones is still sorting out the nuclear testing plant on Amchitka. Commendable I must say.” (Pause) “Well, I don’t object to you coming here. Since you and your husband both strive for the same purpose.”

JO
(adamantly) “Yes. As a matter of fact, my husband’s very concerned with the work you and your people do here, Mr. Lloyd. Conducting chemical experiments at chemical plants within the UK.”

MR. LLOYD
“You want to have your say. I do understand. Let’s start, shall we?”

Miss Gallo then enters with a glass of water for Jo, putting it on the desk beside her.

MISS GALLO
(politely) “There you are, Mrs. Jones. Your glass of water as requested.”

JO
“Thank you.”

Jo politely takes the glass of water and sips it from it.

MR. LLOYD
“You may go, Miss Gallo.”

MISS GALLO
“Yes, sir.”

Miss Gallo leaves, as Jo puts her glass of water back on the desk.

MR. LLOYD
“Now, Mrs. Jones.”

JO
“Well…my husband’s scouting your chemical plants and has been reading all the articles you’ve written to National Geographic. Oh I’ve read them too by the way. My husband and I feel that what you’re doing is obscene.”

MR. LLOYD
(intrigued) “Obscene, you say?”

JO
“Yes. And we’re not alone on this. Professor Armitage of Glencove Nature Preserve in New York and Dr. Stott in Scotland are in agreement. Chemi-World’s chemical plants are going to cause more pollution with the level of toxins you keep pouring in. My husband and I want to put this to you in order to stop you carrying on with this.”

MR. LLOYD
(casually) “Very interesting, Mrs. Jones. Tell me more about this…set of arguments you lay against me and my company.”


SCENE #4 – INT – TARDIS CONSOLE ROOM – N/A
Meanwhile in time and space, the Doctor flicks switches and presses buttons in the console room of his TARDIS as it travels through the time vortex. The time rotor rises up and down before coming to a stop, making a loud ding.

DOCTOR
(calls) “Nyssa; Billy! We’ve arrived!”

No response.

DOCTOR
(calls) “Come on, you two! There’s so much to see where we’ve arrived!”

NYSSA
(calls back) “We’re coming! We’re coming, Doctor!”

Nyssa and Billy eventually enter the TARDIS console room.

DOCTOR
“There you are! What’s the matter with you two? I thought you’d both be excited about this! About where we’ve arrived!”

BILLY
“It would nice if you told us where we’ve arrived on, Doctor.”

DOCTOR
“On the planet Vektris! A place where everyone can go for a holiday. It’s a beach world!”

NYSSA
(impressed) “Hmm. Sounds nice. Makes a change from Earth.”

DOCTOR
“You can swim in the seas from hours on end. Hot sun, cold drinks; sight seeing like no other…”

BILLY
“Good music; good food?”

DOCTOR
(sighs) “Yes, Billy. Rest assured the cuisine on Vektris is appetising for your benefit. As well as Nyssa’s.”

NYSSA
“But why have we come here, Doctor? What’s the reason?”

DOCTOR
“We’re here on holiday, Nyssa! To celebrate Christmas!”

NYSSA
“Isn’t that what we do though, Doctor? Going to nice places for holidays which turn out not to be nice places?”

BILLY
“We’ve had Christmas already, Doctor!”

DOCTOR
“There’s always time for another Christmas when you need it in the TARDIS, Billy. Anyway, it’s time you two got some fresh air after being cooped in the TARDIS for so long. Seaside air is just what you need!”

NYSSA
“How come we’ve arrived so quickly, Doctor?”

BILLY
“Yeah. Seems to have taken no time at all.”

DOCTOR
“Well, that’s the TARDIS for you! It plays tricks on the mind with time.”

The Doctor pulls the door lever and the internal doors of the TARDIS open.

DOCTOR
(to Nyssa; Billy) “Come on, you two! Vektris awaits us!”

The Doctor heads out of the TARDIS. Nyssa and Billy follow after him, treading carefully as they leave. The TARDIS doors close behind them once they’re out.


SCENE #5 – EXT – PICCADILLY, LONDON – DAY, MORNING
Stepping out of the TARDIS, Nyssa and Billy join the Doctor to find themselves in a deserted street.

BILLY
(astonished) “Oh.”

DOCTOR
“Yes. Annoying, isn’t it?”

NYSSA
“This isn’t Vektris, is it?”

DOCTOR
“No. Unfortunately not. I seem to have miscalculated.”

NYSSA
(sighs) “And I was looking forward to soaking in the sea.”

DOCTOR
“Have a little faith, Nyssa. We’ll get to Vektris eventually. I just can’t figure out how we’ve ended up here.”

BILLY
(realises) “Hang on! I recognise this place!”

NYSSA
“You recognise it, Billy?”

BILLY
“Yes! We’re in London!”

DOCTOR
“Nonsense.”

BILLY
“No really! We’re in London! I recognise the London taxi cabs and the entrance to the underground station. We’re somewhere close to Piccadilly Circus according to that underground station signpost.”

NYSSA
“So we’re on Earth then.”

DOCTOR
“I didn’t land here on purpose, Nyssa. Besides this can’t be Earth. We must be miles away from Earth’s galaxy.”

NYSSA
“Then how come Billy recognises this place as London, Doctor?”

DOCTOR
(dismissively) “This can’t be London. It just can’t!”

BILLY
“Well it looks like London.” (sniffs) “Smells like London.” (Pause) “And more importantly, it feels like London the way I’m touching this stone wall here!”

DOCTOR
(dismissively) “Quite preposterous! We must be on an alien planet!”

BILLY
(continues) “Mind you. There is something odd going on here. I mean…London’s not this quiet. Or empty.”

DOCTOR
“Pardon, Billy?”

NYSSA
“Yes I see what you mean. Not many people about. In fact, hardly anyone at all. No hustle and bustle. And it’s quiet. Deathly quiet.”

BILLY
(thinks) “Perhaps it’s Sunday. Sometimes it’s usually quiet on a Sunday.”

DOCTOR
“I’m not certain about the time and place. It could be any time before or after, Billy. Be prepared if it isn’t the nineteen sixties today.”

NYSSA
“I wonder if there’s anybody we can ask for help.”

Moment of silence.

BILLY
(realises) “Hey look! Up ahead! Piccadilly Circus right before us! At the end of the street!”

NYSSA
(intrigued) “I presume that’s the centre of activity.”

DOCTOR
“It certainly is! Come on! Let’s make for the circus! Hopefully we’ll get some answers.”

The Doctor walks on ahead whilst Nyssa and Billy follow behind him.


SCENE #6 – EXT – PICCADILLY CIRCUS, LONDON – DAY, MORNING
The Doctor, Nyssa and Billy eventually arrive in Piccadilly Circus. They’re surprised to find the place empty too. The TARDIS trio approach the water fountain with the statue of Eros on it.

NYSSA
“There’s no one about. No signs of life anywhere.”

BILLY
“It can’t be this empty. There’s got to be someone about.”

DOCTOR
“That explains it then. This isn’t Earth.”

NYSSA
“Hang on! There’s a newspaper by this fountain over here!”

Nyssa picks up the newspaper from the fountain. She looks for the date on the newspaper.

BILLY
“Well Nyssa? What does it say?”

NYSSA
“Sorry Billy. But I’m afraid we’ve missed your parents for Christmas. This is Earth, two thousand and thirteen.”

BILLY
“Two thousand and thirteen?!”

Billy checks and sees the newspaper for himself whilst the Doctor looks over his shoulder.

BILLY
(groans) “Oh great! No wonder I couldn’t recognise some of the changes in architecture and design. London, two thousand and thirteen. Amazing!”

DOCTOR
“On the surface, yes. But I’m willing to suspect that this is all some master trap of an alien entity.”

NYSSA
“Doctor, you always suspect. It’s that characteristic that gets us into trouble.”

DOCTOR
“That I categorically deny, Nyssa. Anyway, how else would you account for this? The TARDIS was supposed to take us to Vektris.”

BILLY
“You said you ‘miscalculated’, Doctor. Well, obviously you miscalculated more than a mile and you unintentionally landed us here on Earth when you weren’t looking at the console for a moment or two.”

DOCTOR
(gradually) “No, that’s impossible.”

BILLY
(sighs) “Well, the statue’s real enough. There’s water pouring out from its fountain, see?”

NYSSA
“What is the statue anyway? Who is it?”

DOCTOR
“Eros. The Greek god of love.”

BILLY
(laughs) “The Greek god of love.”

NYSSA
(amused) “Why? What’s so funny, Billy?”

BILLY
“Well…I was just thinking.” (to Nyssa) “Perhaps Eros came to life and actually made everyone disappear so that you and I can have the city.”

Nyssa and Billy giggle for a bit whilst the Doctor’s un-amused.

DOCTOR
(abruptly) “You think it’s funny? This isn’t funny, you two. This is very serious you know.”

The TARDIS trio soon sit down on the marble stone around the fountain.

NYSSA
“What do you suggest we do then? If we’re on Earth, how do we find out where we are?”

The Doctor has a moment, thinking to himself. After a few moments, he stands up turning to Nyssa and Billy.

DOCTOR
“Right, this is what we do. We should split up; explore more of London and find out why it’s so empty. Then we can come back here to compare any results we find if we spot anything unusual. Are we agreed?”

NYSSA
(satisfied; to Doctor) “Seems a perfectly good idea to me.” (to Billy) “Billy?”

BILLY
“Yeah, absolutely. I’m game for that.”

DOCTOR
“Good; good.” (Pause) “Well, we should get started. I’ll go ‘north’ that way; you two go ‘south’ the other way.”

NYSSA
“Couldn’t we go ‘north’ and you go ‘south’, Doctor?”

DOCTOR
(reluctantly) “Yes, yes, whatever takes your fancy. You go ‘north’ and I’ll go ‘south’.”

BILLY
“How long shall we look around for? Before coming back here, I mean?”

NYSSA
(thinks) “Fifteen minutes. Is that enough?”

DOCTOR
“I think ‘fifteen minutes’ should suffice. Good suggestion, Nyssa.”

BILLY
“Yes ‘good suggestion’, Nyssa.”

DOCTOR
“Splendid. Well then, let’s explore London shall we?”

NYSSA
“Yes. Come on, Billy. Let’s start.”

BILLY
“Yes, Nyssa. Right behind you. See you in fifteen minutes, Doctor.”

DOCTOR
“See you in fifteen minutes, you two! Take care!”

NYSSA
“You take care too, Doctor.”

Nyssa and Billy head off northwards whilst the Doctor makes his way south back to Piccadilly.

DOCTOR
(grumbles) “Sometimes I feel like I’m not fully in charge all the time. Not just of the TARDIS but other things as well.”


SCENE #7 – INT – LLOYD’S OFFICE, CHEMI-WORLD LTD CENTRAL HQ – DAY, MORNING
Back in Lloyd’s office at Chemi-World, Jo continues to make her case against the organisation’s global ideals.

JO
“I don’t think you realise how serious this is, Mr. Lloyd.”

MR. LLOYD
“No I don’t, Mrs. Jones. Please enlighten me.”

JO
(frustrated) “You’re being very patronising. This new project you’re putting forward – with your chemical innovations of oil. It means only one thing. Chemical extortion.”

MR. LLOYD
(laughs) “Chemical extortion?! Really, Mrs. Jones!”

JO
“Your chemical products are making profits but you don’t look beyond what it’s doing to other people’s lives. To oceans; households; the atmosphere!”

MR. LLOYD
“You have already made these points to Panorama International, Mrs. Jones. I was there at the press conference.”

JO
(insistently) “Think of what you’re doing to your own workers, Mr. Lloyd. The risks you’re putting them through to work. Causing illnesses – cancer; leukaemia, heart disease. All because of your new oil supplies.”

MR. LLOYD
(laughs) “Really, Mrs. Jones…”

JO
(interrupts) “Health forensic scientists have already chatted to me and my husband about this. They’re in full support. You’ll be hearing from them soon, I’m sure.”

MR. LLOYD
(casually) “Mrs. Jones, I do not dismiss your arguments against this company’s objectives. I respect them. But humans are already living in a chemically-led society. Ever since the nineteen seventies. There’s no escaping from it.”

JO
(disgruntled) “I know. And that’s something I’m not happy about. People breathing in the pollution over the years.”

MR. LLOYD
“Then why do you persist in this fight of yours against chemical enhancement from companies and power plants such as mine?”

JO
“Because I believe in ‘better’. Even if you don’t.”

MR. LLOYD
(laughs) “I always believe in ‘better’, Mrs. Jones.”

Suddenly, a monstrous roar echoes outside. Everyone else in the building screams as Mr. Lloyd and Jo immediately get up in response to the roar.

JO
(terrified) “That was a roar! Where did that come from?!”

MR. LLOYD
“It came from outside!”

Both Jo and Mr. Lloyd rush over to the office window to look outside. They’re aghast at what they see.

MR. LLOYD
“Great heavens above! What monstrosity is it?!”

JO
“A dinosaur! A massive dinosaur!”

MR. LLOYD
“What?!”

JO
“It’s a Tyrannosaurus! A big mighty hulking T-Rex!”

MR. LLOYD
“But that’s ridiculous! The Tyrannosaurus died out billions of years ago as well as its other dinosaur buddies!”

JO
“Tell that dinosaur that! It’s swinging its tail towards us!”

MR. LLOYD
(shouts) “Down, Mrs. Jones! Get down!”

Jo and Mr. Lloyd jump out of the way, as the Tyrannosaurus smashes the window with its tail. An explosion of glass scatters through the room, startling Jo and Mr. Lloyd.

JO
(terrified) “We have to get out of here! Mr. Lloyd, let’s go!”

Jo helps Mr. Lloyd to his feet, before his secretary Miss Gallo enters.

MISS GALLO
(panics) “Mr. Lloyd! Mr. Lloyd! There’s a big flipping dinosaur outside!”

MR. LLOYD
“I know, Miss Gallo! I saw it with my own eyes! It’s smashed my window!”

MISS GALLO
(panics) “I must get you two to safety! By the nearest fire exit! It’s not far! I’ll show you where…”

Before Miss Gallo can finish, the T-Rex smashes its head through the window, roaring ferociously.

JO
(panics) “That monster’s got through! It’s reaching for us with its teeth!”

MISS GALLO
“Come on, Mr. Lloyd; Mrs. Jones! We have to…”

MR. LLOYD
(shouts; interrupts) “Miss Gallo! Watch out!”

But too late; as falling timber lands and knocks Miss Gallo out unconscious.

JO
(worried) “Oh no! Poor Miss Gallo! She’s unconscious! That falling timber!”

They look back as the T-Rex roars again, pushing its head into the room. Mr. Lloyd pushes Jo out of his office.

JO
(startled) “Mr. Lloyd, what are you doing?!”

MR. LLOYD
“Get out of here, Mrs. Jones! Through the fire exit! I’ll tackle this monster!”

JO
“No! I’m not leaving without you! You’ll get killed!”

MR. LLOYD
“Do as I say! I can …”

Mr. Lloyd however gets snatched very suddenly by the T-Rex with its teeth. He screams as he’s pulled out of the building by the T-Rex.

JO
(cries) “Mr. Lloyd!”

Jo watches in horror as the T-Rex deals with Mr. Lloyd.

JO
(worried) “Oh no! That monster…Mr. Lloyd…” (Pause) “Get out. That’s what Mr. Lloyd said. Get out!”

Jo runs off away from the window and out of Mr. Lloyd’s office, making for the fire exit before the T-Rex gets a chance to get her.


SCENE #8 – EXT – OXFORD CIRCUS, LONDON – DAY, MORNING
Meanwhile, Nyssa and Billy, after walking for some time, reach Oxford Circus.

BILLY
“We’ve been walking for quite a bit, Nyssa. It’s clear no-one’s about.”

NYSSA
“It’s clear everybody’s been abducted or stolen from this city. But why? I wonder. How can London be in this state?”

BILLY
“Usually London’s bustling with activity. Full of shoppers and tourists exploring the sights.”

NYSSA
“It’s pretty dull as well. The air’s stale. And it seems cold. Like it’s a wintry sort of day.”

BILLY
“Yes. Almost as if the place is artificial. Can you account for that with your technical expertise?”

NYSSA
“I’m not sure.” (Pause) “But I remember whilst we were in the TARDIS, there was a shuddering effect. Do you remember?”

BILLY
“Well, now you come to mention it…yes I do remember. I could have sworn the TARDIS’ walls phased in and out. Whilst we were spending time together, you and me.”

NYSSA
“Yes. As if the TARDIS was adjusting to something. To some artificial environment it materialised in.”

Moment of silence.

BILLY
“Look! There’s an underground train station up ahead. We’re in Oxford Circus now. Close to Oxford Street.”

NYSSA
“Come on then. Let’s see if we can find anything there. Hopefully some passengers are on the platforms.”

Nyssa and Billy walk hand-in-hand as they reach the tube station.


SCENE #9 – INT – PLATFORM #1, OXFORD CIRCUS TUBE STATION, – DAY, MORNING
Nyssa and Billy find themselves on Platform #1 of the Oxford Circus tube station. They look around to find the station deserted.

BILLY
“As expected. No-one here either, Nyssa. No passengers on the platform.”

NYSSA
“This is very odd. Why would they just disappear? It’s ridiculous.”

BILLY
“You’re telling me.” (Pause) “There don’t seem to be any trains running on the lines either. Unless they’re not working today.”

NYSSA
(thinks) “Perhaps the Doctor’s right, Billy. Maybe this isn’t Earth after all. Perhaps it’s some kind of artificial reconstruction.”

BILLY
“You mean a hologram? A hologram creation of London city. Like on the space hotel with Mr. Rotenhend.”

NYSSA
“It could be ‘real’ as you and me, Billy. Some fanatic society from an alien culture created this to observe Earth.”

BILLY
“Bit odd with no people about?” (Pause) “Unless they’re aliens planning to invade the ‘real’ London and they’re using this as a test site for the invasion.”

NYSSA
“You could be right, Billy.”

Moment of silence. Nyssa then kneels down to check the rail lines. Billy kneels down to join her.

BILLY
“What are you doing?”

NYSSA
“I’m trying to see if I can hear the vibrations of this rail line. If there’s any electrical currents running through.”

BILLY
(puzzled) “And are there?”

NYSSA
(gradually) “No.”

BILLY
“Are you sure?”

NYSSA
(thinks) “Let’s test it, shall we? Have you got a pencil?”

Billy fumbles through his pockets. Eventually he takes out a pencil and gives it to Nyssa.

BILLY
“As a matter of fact, I have. Here you are.”

NYSSA
(teases) “You’re so reliable.”

Nyssa takes the pencil from Billy.

BILLY
“What are you going to do with that? Drop it on the line?”

NYSSA
“That is my intention. Metal attracts electricity, you see.”

BILLY
“But the pencil’s made of wood. It’s not metal.”

NYSSA
“It’s got ‘lead’ for writing, Billy. Lead’s metal. So that counts.”

Nyssa readies herself.

NYSSA
“Here we go.”

After a few moments, Nyssa drops the pencil onto the rail line. It pings once it lands, causing no electric current.

BILLY
“Nothing. Nothing’s happened.”

NYSSA
“Hmm. It should have electrified once the pencil touched the line. But as you said Billy, nothing’s happened. Therefore no electric current’s being generated through the underground.”

BILLY
“Well, that’s it then? The trains aren’t working here. If not at all anywhere else.” (Pause) “Let’s head back. Unless you intend to ask someone in authority at this station.”

NYSSA
“Who can we ask, Billy? We haven’t seen anybody about to tell us anything.”

BILLY
“Ah. Fair point.”

Nyssa and Billy get up from the platform and leave to head back to the surface. As they go, Nyssa spots something on the floor and stops.

NYSSA
“Billy?”

BILLY
“Hmm? What is it?”

NYSSA
(puzzled) “There’s something on the platform here. A kind of metal plate, see?”

Both kneel down to look. Billy soon sees the metal plate on the floor.

BILLY
“Yes, Nyssa. I see it now. It’s a very unusual design. Hexagonal. What metal is it? Steel; iron?”

NYSSA
“I’m not sure. It’s not like any metal I’ve ever seen.” (Pause) “I’ll have to ask the Doctor about it when we find him. Let’s get out into the open.”

Nyssa gets up and heads back for the exit. Billy remains behind for a while, looking at the plate, before he eventually follows Nyssa.


SCENE #10 – EXT – OXFORD CIRCUS, LONDON – DAY, MORNING
Nyssa and Billy are back in Oxford Street. They look around and become curious about London’s emptiness.

NYSSA
“It almost feels like being in a library.”

BILLY
“Yes. Except it’s more airy and city-like. This doesn’t seem good.”

NYSSA
“I wonder how long we’ve been exploring. Do you think we should go back to find the Doctor?”

BILLY
(thinks) “We’ll give it a few more minutes. Besides the Doctor might have found something that’s caught his curiosity.”

NYSSA
“Yes. That’s what I’m worried about.”

BILLY
“Don’t worry, Nyssa. I’m sure the Doctor’s okay. We can always head down towards the end of this street, down Charing Cross, turn right into Shaftesbury Avenue before we come to…”

Suddenly they’re interrupted, as windows get smashed behind them.

BILLY
“That was behind us!”

NYSSA
“Windows smashing!”

Nyssa and Billy turn round to see. They are horrified, as stepping out through smashed glass of a shop window are dummies who have come to life. They are Autons, as they march towards them.

BILLY
“Nyssa?! Are my eyes playing tricks with me or is this an illusion?”

NYSSA
“It’s not an illusion, Billy. I’m seeing what you’re seeing.”

BILLY
(shocked) “Shop window dummies! Walking by themselves?! How can this be? How come they’re alive?!”

NYSSA
“Never mind that, Billy. They’re coming towards us!”

BILLY
“I don’t like the way they’re looking at us!”

NYSSA
“Come on, Billy! Run!”

Nyssa and Billy run for it as the Autons chase them.

BILLY
“They’re gaining on us!”

NYSSA
“Don’t dawdle, Billy! And don’t look back! Run!”

As they keep on running, the Autons open up their hands to reveal their wrist-guns. They open fire, attacking Nyssa and Billy. Thankfully they manage to dodge the shots.

BILLY
“Those things are attacking us! They’ve got guns!”

NYSSA
(startled) “Their hands slipped open to reveal weapons inside. What creatures are these I wonder?!”

BILLY
“Come on, Nyssa! Like you said! Don’t look back! And duck!”

Nyssa and Billy duck out of the Autons’ firing range as they run for it down at the end of the street. The Autons make chase, still firing at them.


SCENE #11 – INT – KING’S THRONE ROOM, CITADEL OF GRONDOR – DAY, MORNING
Back on Teruvada 16, in the king’s throne room in the citadel of Grondor, Bork and Tulu set up their equipment. King Garnik and Prince Ernpic are in their seats waiting for the demonstration.

GARNIK
“How much longer are you going to be?”

BORK
“Not much longer I assure you, your majesty. Just making a few minor adjustments to the equipment? You won’t be disappointed.”

ERNPIC
(abrasively) “My father does not approve of incompetence. You’d be advised to bear that in mind.”

BORK
“Oh certainly, your majesty. We wouldn’t want to upset…”

ERNPIC
(interjects) “Father expects everything according to his will. The Nargdu do not…”

GARNIK
(interrupts) “That’s quite enough, my son. Aggression will not get us anywhere.”

Eventually, Bork finishes as he stands up.

BORK
“Well, your majesties. Let me just give you a little introduction to our show.” (to Tulu) “Would you do the honours, my dear Tulu?”

TULU
(cheerfully) “Oh go on, Bork. You do it so much better than me, you know.”

BORK
(chortles) “Oh you are too kind.” (clears throat) “Roll up; roll up! Everybody! See our new show! Roll up; roll up! It’s a show you don’t want to miss. A show that will captivate…”

ERNPIC
(interrupts; enraged) “What is all this nonsense you speak?! Shut up and give your demo at once!”

BORK
(confused) “Well, it’s how I start the show. How we start the show. We gather everyone here to attend and give them the best entertainment they can get.”

ERNPIC
“But there is no one else to gather round. There’s only myself and my father. Royal nobles in the citadel of Grondor.”

GARNIK
“What my son is trying to say is that we are your only audience.”

TULU
“Yeah. I was wondering why no else was coming into this room.”

ERNPIC
“The king’s court, woman!”

TULU
“‘Ere! Don’t ‘woman’ me! I’m a respectable…”

BORK
(interjects; apologetically) “Yes, you’ll have to excuse me and my dear girl. We expect a whole crowd of people like when we were on space stations of Vargas Five in the Galactic Federation. We can wait a little longer if there are more…”

GARNIK
(interrupts; snaps) “Just get on with it!”

BORK
(gradually) “Very well, your majesty.” (clears throat) “Err…roll up, roll up…”

ERNPIC
“Cease the babbling! Tell us what we want to know!”

BORK
(proudly) “Your majesties, allow me to show you! This is a show like no other! It’s a show of suspense; a show of fun; a show…of monsters!”

GARNIK
“Monsters?!”

BORK
“Yes! Monsters! All the creepy crawlies and big fat hungry beasts you expect to find come to life! All here, presented on this view screen of this box of mine!”

GARNIK
“If this is merely a ruse on your part Bork, it is in fairly poor taste. I expect something more out of you. Something more interesting. You told me yourself in your space transmission. So far I am not impressed.”

ERNPIC
“The Nargdu Empire do not take lightly to fools and jokers. Glory to Empire! The armies of Grondor will flock to my banner when they have your throat cut!”

TULU
“‘Ere! There’s no need for that! We give good service and you heckle us!”

BORK
(reassuringly; to Tulu) “It’s alright, Tulu my dear. It’s alright.” (to Garnik) “Your majesty, I assure you I do not mean to babble. I only talk as a showman when presenting my fine piece of workmanship. This gadget of mine houses various sorts of creatures. Alien life-forms and other worlds will be shown on this viewer screen for you and your son to see.”

GARNIK
“Alien life-forms?! Other worlds?”

ERNPIC
(interrupts) “Father? May I speak to you in private?”

GARNIK
(gradually) “Very well. We will talk outside.” (to Bork; Tulu) “You two will remain here!”

Garnik and Ernpic leave the courtroom, electronic doors opening and closing. Bork and Tulu remain in the courtroom.

BORK
(puffs) “Well, these will be tricky customers I must say.”

TULU
“You know Bork, I’m not happy about this. With this ‘arrangement’. The way these ‘Nargdu’ people treat us! Treat you! We haven’t even started yet.”

BORK
“My dear, there’s nothing to worry about. In this line of business, you’re bound to come across difficult customers.”

TULU
“Not with these customers, Bork. I find them unsavoury.”

BORK
“My dear girl, don’t let your imagination run away with you. Now help me with this circuitry. I’m not sure if there’s an error in one of these computer chips. Let’s see if we can get the screen to expand, shall we?”

Eventually, Bork attends to his ‘box’ whilst Tulu tags on.


SCENE #12 – INT – GREEN PARK, LONDON – DAY, MORNING
Back in London, the Doctor scouts around Green Park. He reaches the centre of the park, taking in his surroundings.

DOCTOR
(puzzled) “Hmm. Not much activity going on here. No-one to walk their dog or to play in the playground. I wonder if Nyssa and Billy are finding answers better than me.”

The Doctor stops, as something catches his eye.

DOCTOR
(disturbed) “Hello? What’s this?”

The Doctor kneels down, examining the lamented loss.

DOCTOR
“Blackbirds. Sparrows. They’re all dead. All birds dead.” (Pause; to birds) “I’m sorry, dear chaps. I wonder what did this to you.”

He looks the other way and spots something else.

DOCTOR
“Ah! Now this is interesting.”

The Doctor makes his way over as he comes across a picnic site.

DOCTOR
“Left over picnics; left over bikes. Therefore somebody must have been here. Or some people. Question is…what scared them off?”

The Doctor opens up a picnic basket and takes some food out.

DOCTOR
“Ham sandwiches. Stone cold.” (sniffs) “And probably stale. I’ve lost my appetite already.”

The Doctor puts the sandwiches back in the basket, sealing the lid.

DOCTOR
“Curiouser and curiouser as Alice would say.”

The Doctor gets a fright, as large footsteps approach from behind.

DOCTOR
(astonished) “Whoa! That wasn’t an earthquake!”

The Doctor turns around to see two giant robots marching towards him.

DOCTOR
(startled) “Giant robots?! Two giant robots?!” (calls; to robots) “Hello there! Where did you two spring from?!”

The robots don’t response, as they stop to look down at him.

DOCTOR
“Hmm? Don’t feel chatty, do you?”

The robots then detract laser guns out from within their arms.

DOCTOR
“Ah! I’ll take that as a ‘no’. In-built weapons within your arms!”

The robots charge their weapons up as they aim on the Doctor.

ROBOT #1
“Suspect sighted. Target acquired.”

ROBOT #2
“Must terminate. Terminate.”

DOCTOR
(taken aback) “Oh come on! I haven’t done anything!” (Pause; annoyed) “Oh no! Don’t you go firing at me?!”

The two robots fire. The Doctor gets up from the ground, managing to dodge the robot’s shots.

DOCTOR
(to robots) “I presume this means you want to kill me! Sorry to disappoint you, but I must be on my way! Goodbye!”

The Doctor runs off and the two robots start stomping and chase after him. The robots keep on firing, as the Doctor tries to work out how he’s going to get out.

DOCTOR
(pants) “Think, think! Come on, Doctor! Think!!! Where’s a hiding place when you need one to get away in Green Park from mad attacking robots?!”

As the two robots gain on him, the Doctor ducks for cover as he reaches a bunch of trees before him. The robots stop stomping and hold their fire. The Doctor is out of their sights.

ROBOT #1
“Target missing. Target missing.”

ROBOT #2
“We must relocate. Relocate.”

The Doctor is relieved as he’s hiding behind the trees.

DOCTOR
(pants) “Thank goodness for that?! These trees do the trick! Perhaps they’re monitoring me by motion sensors or heat signature.”

The two robots meanwhile contemplate their next step.

ROBOT #1
“Unable to ascertain location of suspect. Target out of firing range.”

ROBOT #2
“Then we must eliminate these trees immediately. Self-destruct trees. Self-destruct.”

The two robots fire again as they attempt to burn the trees down. The Doctor runs for cover behind another tree whilst the robots keep burning the trees.

DOCTOR
(groans) “Oh dear! This luck of mine won’t hold out for much longer! I hide behind another tree and they shoot it down as well!”

The Doctor runs out of ideas as he keeps hiding behind a tree whilst the two robots keep on burning down the trees one by one.


© Tim Bradley, 2019

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2 thoughts on “‘City of Monsters’, Part One, Chapter 1

  1. Timelord 007

    Blimey, dinosaurs, Autons, robots & a carnival of monsters (groan lol) you ain’t messing about Tim throwing characters in at the deep end from the get go, nice misdirection of Mr Lloyd i thought he was going to be a major villain so his death came as a shock (great twist) you certainly know how to grab a reader’s attention, I’m intrigued & excited about what’s to come next & meet this corporal james darby lol.

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    1. Tim Bradley Post author

      Hi Simon.

      Glad you’re enjoying the story so far.

      Yes, I am throwing in quite a number of monsters aren’t I from dinosaurs to robots to Autons. We haven’t even got to the Ogrons yet. 😀

      Glad you’re enjoying how I’m throwing the characters in at the deep end. Ah, I misled you into thinking Mr. Lloyd was a major villain did I? Is he really dead though? 😀

      I’m glad I’ve caught your attention with this story so far. I hope you’ll enjoy more and find out what’s going on later on in the story.

      You’ll have to wait for a bit until Corporal James shows up. He’ll be in ‘Part Two’ of the story. 😀

      Thanks for your comments.

      Tim. 🙂

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