‘Dawn of the Dwaxi’, Part Five, Chapter 19

19. Conditioning Chambers

SCENE #197 – INT – PRISON CELLS, ASR PLANT – DAY, MORNING
In the prison cells of the lower levels of the ASR plant in the Brecon Beacons, Enid and Fred are being brought in by Dwaxi troopers. The Dwaxi troopers that have brought them in are very rough. They push Enid and Fred into their prison cell and they fall on the floor. The door shuts once they’re in and the Dwaxi troopers leave. Enid becomes tearful whilst Fred comes by to help her up.

FRED
“Are you alright, Enid?”

ENID
(tearfully) “They’re so rough with us! They have no conscience whatsoever! How can Billy know such people?!”

FRED
“Come on, Enid. Let’s get you up!”

Fred helps Enid up from the floor as he gets her to stand. They take in their surroundings whilst in the cell and see some familiar faces.

ENID
(realises) “Why, Fred! Look! It’s Danny and Tina! And Bruce and Lizzy!”

TINA
“Hello Enid; hello Fred.”

DANNY
“Well, well. Good of you to come and join us, old things.”

FRED
“I suppose the Dwaxi managed to get you all before you reached the hospital.”

BRUCE
“We were at the hospital. But the Dwaxi stormed in and killed the nurse before our eyes.”

TINA
“I’ve never seen such an atrocity! The mere nerve of these monsters!”

BRUCE
“Men you mean, Mum.”

TINA
“I know what I mean, Bruce. They’re not good enough to be human anymore!”

ENID
“Where’s Alexandra?”

DANNY
“Would you believe it? With her husband and his parents! Apparently we’re not important to be considered worthy of their cause.”

ENID
“Good thing you shouldn’t be.” (realises; apologetically) “Oh I didn’t mean for you to end up in here. I…”

DANNY
“We know what you mean, Enid. We don’t like the ends as much as the means either.”

FRED
“How’s Lizzy anyway?”

TINA
“She’s dying. And it’s all Sean’s fault. That selfish boy!”

BRUCE
“She’s hardly breathing now. She’s getting paler and is cold as ice. And we can’t even stop it.”

ENID
“There must be something we can do, Fred. To get us out of here.”

FRED
(reassuringly) “We can try, yes. But if I believe the Doctor who he should be – he can help us. He’ll come along and get us out of this mess.”

ENID
“And Billy and Nyssa. They’ll come as well.”

FRED
“Of course. Billy and Nyssa too. I’m sure they’d be thinking about coming to get us.”

BRUCE
“I hope you’re both right.”

ENID
“We hope so too.”

TINA
(despairingly) “There’s nothing anyone can do for us. Let alone a petty Doctor; your son and his precious girlfriend.”

DANNY
“Now Tina, don’t be so pernickety!”

TINA
(despairingly) “Well it’s true! I mean, what can one do against such horrible people as these? We’re all done for! We’re going to end up dead! And nobody in the world can save us! Nobody, you hear?!!!”

Tina then bursts into tears whilst Danny and Bruce gather around and comfort her. Meanwhile, Enid and Fred look out of their cell doors, hoping they’ll be rescued.

FRED
“Come on now, Doctor. If you, Nyssa and Billy can ever come to rescue us, let it be soon.”


SCENE #198 – INT – VIEWING PLATFORM, ASR PLANT – DAY, MORNING
Back on the viewing platform of the ASR plant in the Brecon Beacons, the Doctor confronts Martin, Helen and Sean about what he’s being forced to do for them. Alexandra observes nearby.

DOCTOR
“You can’t ask me to do this for you, Martin. Not ever. Not for a microsecond will I do this!”

MARTIN
“You will do it, Doctor. You know how Dwaxi methods of persuasion can be very painful.”

DOCTOR
“I’ve been through many processes of torture. You’d be surprised how I’ve managed to endure them.”

HELEN
“You must work for us, Doctor. Unwillingly, you must help us!”

DOCTOR
“Must I?”

HELEN
“It is part of our belief.”

DOCTOR
“Your belief?”

SEAN
“We believe the Dwaxi were sent to take control of Earth. That it’s all part of a destination paradox.”

HELEN
“We will create a future for all humanity. A future that will be dastardly and hell on Earth.”

MARTIN
“It must be this way. And we are the ones to make it happen. For the sake of preserving our empire in the alternate dimension.”

DOCTOR
“Do you even have any idea of what a destination paradox means?! Of course you don’t! You’ll end up worse than dead! Your lives will never have existed!”

HELEN
“That’s the price of taking on the Dwaxi cause, Doctor. But we keep on trying and trying to ensure the paradox will be fulfilled!”

MARTIN
“There’s a lot more of us, Doctor. More members in our family who are Directors. We even have one called the Great Director who we serve devotedly.”

HELEN
“And with the convergence of both our worlds, we’ll be able to achieve the destination paradox without any hint of trouble.”

DOCTOR
“You haven’t thought this through, you two. You’re both mad. You don’t want to end up not having existed. What about your son’s life? Doesn’t that matter?!”

SEAN
“Of course it doesn’t matter to them! They’re my mum and dad! They’re selfish and sadistic!” (Pause) “Yet so am I. I’m sadistic as they are!”

DOCTOR
“And you Sean would rather give up your future, even Alexandra, for the sake of this mad hair-brained philosophy of your mum and dad’s?!”

SEAN
(gradually) “Ever since I was a boy, I wanted to feel loved. I felt my parents abandoned me. That they rejected me.” (Pause) “Then the Dwaxi came. And everything was made clear to me. I was to be their chosen one. Their saviour. I was the one to take my mum and dad’s place. To become the Great Director.”

HELEN
“Our son means of course when the current Great Director gets killed himself; or dead like a softie…”

MARTIN
(interjects) “Or murdered which would be better. Whichever way, Sean will take over soon and become all powerful and all-seeing. We’ve thought about his future.” (Pause) “We know the consequences of a destination paradox, Doctor. We’re not stupid like you think we are.”

HELEN
“We’re the Directors and we think of everything. We think about giving our son our empire once we’ve gone.”

SEAN
“It’s heaven for us, Doctor! The violence, the blood, the gore, the anger, the rage, the brilliant never-ending, never-stopping howls full of fire and hunger for power! The lust for war! Can’t you feel it, Doctor?! The never-ending, head-crushing, eye-gouging, teeth-smashing lust! Can’t you feel it?!!!”

DOCTOR
“I want Nyssa and Billy safe. I want the friends I’ve known in the universe to be safe. That’s all that matters. I’m not a glory-seeking megalomaniac. I’m just a traveller. A wanderer in time and space. And that to me is much more interesting than your low view on life. Love and friendship matters to me. And I see it prevailing far better than you can possibly imagine.”

SEAN
(gradually) “You’re the dullest person I’ve ever met, Doctor. And for that, you’ll die in the end.”

DOCTOR
“I’ve died many times, Sean. I always come back triumphantly.”


SCENE #199 – INT – CORRIDOR, ASR PLANT – DAY, MORNING
Back with Nyssa and Billy on the lower levels of the ASR plant building, they try to find their way around as they walk down the corridor.

NYSSA
“I’m beginning to wonder how long we’ve been down here in this corridor. Seems to go on forever.”

Billy then stops, as he spots something nearby.

BILLY
(realises) “Oh no! Nyssa, don’t look!”

NYSSA
“What is it?” (realises; gasps) “Oh. Oh I see.”

BILLY
“Must have happened after a recent fight. Told you not to look, Nyssa.”

Nyssa and Billy step forward, as they see bloodied corpses sprawled on the floor.

NYSSA
“I think you’re right, Billy. And nobody’s come round to clean up the mess.”

BILLY
“Maybe they like to leave them there. On the floor to rot.”

NYSSA
(appalled) “Typical Dwaxi behaviour. I’ll be glad when we get them off this planet.”

BILLY
(realises) “Hey Nyssa, look! They’ve still got their weapons.”

Billy picks up one of the Dwaxi weapons and shows it to Nyssa.

BILLY
(disgusted) “Ugh! There’s blood on the gun! These must have ended up on the guy’s chest after he got shot.”

Just then, two Dwaxi troopers appear around the corner and spot Nyssa and Billy.

DWAXI TROOPER #3
“Intruders! We have intruders! We must kill them! We must freaking kill them!!!”

NYSSA
(urgently) “Quick Billy! Open fire!”

With that, Billy opens fires on the two Dwaxi troopers with the Dwaxi weapon he has in his hands. The Dwaxi troopers howl in pain before they end up dead on the floor. Once they’re dead, Nyssa and Billy sigh with relief.

NYSSA
“That was close!”

BILLY
“I didn’t like doing that.”

NYSSA
“We must take these weapons to defend ourselves, just in case. You have that one you’ve got in your hand whilst I’ll take the other one.”

Nyssa then gets down to the floor and picks up the other weapon from the other dead Dwaxi trooper.

BILLY
“I’m not happy about this, Nyssa.”

NYSSA
“Neither am I, Billy. But at the moment, this is the only way we’re going to be able to get through all those Dwaxi troopers.” (Pause) “Let’s see if we can find a conditioning chamber.”

With that, Nyssa and Billy continue down the corridor, taking the Dwaxi weapons with them.


SCENE #200 – INT – VIEWING PLATFORM, ASR PLANT – DAY, MORNING
Back on the viewing platform room of the ASR building, Commander Zurlt, Navigator Bolesh and Probationer Mullog enter to give a report to their Director, Martin and Helen.

ZURLT
“Hail the Directors!”

BOLESH/MULLOG
“Hail the Directors!”

SEAN
“What do you bozos want now?! Come on! Be quick about it!”

ZURLT
(indicates Bolesh and Mullog) “These two want to give reports on their progress.”

HELEN
(to Bolesh; Mullog) “What do you wish to say, you two?”

Bolesh steps forward.

BOLESH
“We’ve managed to get a connection with the Doctor’s time-ship and are now attempting to drain power from it.”

DOCTOR
“My TARDIS is a very temperamental old thing. You won’t be able to drain its power so easily. Let alone your techniques in travelling through temporal dimensions already.”

ZURLT
“Shut it, Doctor!”

MARTIN
(to Mullog) “And you Mullog? What have you got to say?”

MULLOG
“The drug distribution across the world is ready. Just as soon as this Doctor freak gets started on the water drainage and implementation of our drug, we shall all be lusting for violence.”

HELEN
“That’s good to hear!”

DOCTOR
“I take it then that the controls for this operation are interconnected with all the plant stations of the ASR project. Across the world to perform the same function. To drain the Earth’s water supply. It’s all very interesting. Can you tell me if all these operations for draining water and implementing Yentias can be countermanded?”

MARTIN
“Troopers?! Take the Doctor to the ops room of this ASR facility. He must be given an induction course on the machines he’ll be using to do what he’s required of us.”

DOCTOR
“I’ll take that as a yes then.”

HELEN
“Navigator Bolesh! You will instruct the Doctor what he has to do.”

BOLESH
“Very well.”

The Doctor soon gets man-handled by Dwaxi troopers, as he’s about to be taken away from the viewing platform.

DOCTOR
(to Martin; Helen) “Can I just say something to you two?”

HELEN
“Go ahead, Doctor.”

DOCTOR
“Don’t do anything you’ll regret. You won’t get far. I’m warning you.”

Moment of silence.

MARTIN
“Troopers! Take him away! I’ve heard enough! Make him know how to work the controls!”

With that, the Doctor gets roughly taken away by the Dwaxi troopers from the viewing platform. Martin and Helen then turn to Zurlt and Mullog.

HELEN
“Zurlt! You and Mullog inform your Lord Ramga to gather the whole Dwaxi squadron in Churchwood Street. They’re to capture everyone in the area as well as the whole world.”

ZURLT
“We get the idea!”

MARTIN
“Anybody who resists must be got rid of!”

HELEN
“Those who submit to the Dwaxi cause must be taken for processing! The distribution of Yentias across the world as well as this world’s convergence with ours must be assured!”

MARTIN
“You know your tasks, you two! Gather the Dwaxi and tell them to be glorified! Get quick about it!”

ZURLT
“We said we got the idea!” (to Mullog) “Come on Mullog, you lonk! Let’s get moving!”

With that, Zurlt and Mullog leave to carry out Martin and Helen’s orders. Meanwhile, Sean approaches Alexandra.

SEAN
“Hey, Alex dear? You alright? You haven’t said much.”

ALEXANDRA
“Don’t you talk to me!”

SEAN
“You’re still not being moody about everything, are you? I thought you’d be pleased about our new future together by now.”

ALEXANDRA
“I’m getting away from you! I don’t want to hear you!”

Alexandra leaves before Sean calls out to her.

SEAN
(calls) “You know there’ll be a guard posted on you at all times, Alex.”

ALEXANDRA
“Can I at least have a walk somewhere?”

SEAN
“You can.” (Pause) “You know, I had hoped you’d be stronger for this. Seems like Mum was right about you.”

ALEXANDRA
“This is me, Sean! Remember that? Going off in a huff! Because of you!”

With that, Alexandra walks off. Once she’s gone, Sean becomes grim and fed up.


SCENE #201 – INT – CORRIDOR, ASR PLANT – DAY, MORNING
Meanwhile with Nyssa and Billy, they make their way through the dark corridor. They then reach a door leading into a particular room.

NYSSA
“Billy! There’s a door here! There must be a large room behind it.”

BILLY
“You think there could be Dwaxi in there?”

NYSSA
“I’m afraid so. Or this might be the conditioning room we’re talking about.”

BILLY
“I really don’t want to go in there.”

NYSSA
“Me neither.” (Pause) “I’ll lead the way in.”

BILLY
“I’ll cover your back.”

Nyssa acknowledges this as she and Billy go for the door, open it and enter inside the room.


SCENE #202 – INT – CONDITIONING ROOM, ASR PLANT – DAY, MORNING
Nyssa and Billy enter inside to find themselves in a conditioning room which happens to be empty. They look around to take in their surroundings.

NYSSA
(anxiously) “I’m afraid I was right, Billy. This is a conditioning room.”

BILLY
“There’s a whole lot of chambers stacked against that wall.”

NYSSA
“Not just that wall, Billy. Look! There’s other sections in this room too. This is much larger than we expected.”

BILLY
“How do they manage to stack so many chamber into one room as this?”

NYSSA
“This isn’t just in the Brecon Beacons, Billy. There are other ASR plants that house chambers like these ones.”

BILLY
“Yes. This is a worldwide operation to turn people into Dwaxi.”

NYSSA
“I’m afraid so.”

Nyssa then approaches one of the chambers in the room. She looks inside as Billy comes over to join her.

NYSSA
“They’ve got the drug cartridges ready to be inserted into their victims.”

BILLY
“The Dwaxi must have been here for a long time to engineer so many drugs to be smuggled and injected to many people.”

NYSSA
“It depends how long Sean’s parents have been here. They are the Directors after all.”

BILLY
“Well I’ve known them since I’ve known Sean. I met them back when I was in secondary school.”

NYSSA
“How long ago was that then?”

BILLY
“About ten years or so.”

NYSSA
“So that means they’ve been planning for over ten years. Perhaps even before you met them and Sean.”

BILLY
“And I didn’t realise it. How could I have been so blind?!”

NYSSA
“It’s not your fault, Billy. You weren’t to know.”

BILLY
“Yeah, I know. But even so, I didn’t realise. I’m astounded, despite myself.” (Pause) “I used to go to Sean’s house to have tea with him and his parents. We used to play our little games; do story-making and play around in the park. We used to be good at that, Sean and I. And now it’s come down to this!”

NYSSA
“I’m afraid change is always inevitable. It happens to the best of people as well as the worst. And I’m sorry I had to say that to you, Billy.”

BILLY
“I wish I could persuade Sean into talking out of his ambition. To stop him forcing people to suffer. Get him to become the old Sean again. The Sean I knew long ago before this happened.”

NYSSA
“If you could persuade him Billy, that’ll make you the bravest and loveliest man alive.”

BILLY
“What happens if I don’t?”

NYSSA
“I’ll still give you a hug and a kiss to make you feel better.”

BILLY
“That is hoping we’ll be able to survive. Even if that sounds morbid for me to say it.”

NYSSA
“Believe me, Billy. It’s something that’s strongly on our minds at the moment.”

Nyssa and Billy continue to look around the conditioning room to find anything else of interest.


SCENE #203 – INT – PROJECT OPS ROOM, ASR PLANT – DAY, MORNING
In the project ops room of the ASR plant in the Brecon Beacons, the Doctor gets forcefully instructed by Bolesh to operate the controls for draining the Earth’s water supply and distributing the Yentias drugs.

BOLESH
“You will use the binary controls to access the drainage points. You will commence drainage procedures after convergence has been completed.”

DOCTOR
(intriguingly) “Is that operated by one of the generators in the main section?”

BOLESH
“Don’t interrupt me, you blonde thick man!”

DOCTOR
“I was only asking…to a pretty girl like yourself.”

BOLESH
“Are you trying to intimidate me?”

DOCTOR
“Are you?”

BOLESH
(gradually) “The answer is yes.”

DOCTOR
“What?”

BOLESH
“To your first question. It is one of the generators in the main section providing the convergence.”

DOCTOR
“I see.”

BOLESH
“It is interconnected to the other generators providing power for the water tanks as well for the integrator distributing Yentias worldwide. You will familiarise yourself with the controls in front of you to understand the basic operations.”

DOCTOR
“You know something? It will be quite chaotic when it comes to the actual drainage and implementation procedures. I’ve only got two hands unless you wish me to grow five more, which I can do amicably with my physiognomy.”

BOLESH
“Stop jabbering and get on with it! I expect you to do as I say! Do as the Dwaxi say! Or else!”

DOCTOR
“Yes, yes. I’ve heard it all before. Sometimes I wonder if you’re so predictable in your threats.”

BOLESH
“That is where you’re wrong. We’re not as predictable as you think.”

DOCTOR
“Why do you say that?”

BOLESH
“If you refuse to co-operate in helping us, we shall kill your friends. The boy called Billy and the girl called Nyssa.”

DOCTOR
(puzzled) “But you don’t know where they are.”

BOLESH
“We do.”

Bolesh then switches on a monitor screen to show Nyssa and Billy in the conditioning room to the Doctor.

DOCTOR
(realises; shocked) “It’s them! Nyssa and Billy! They’re in…one of your conditioning rooms!”

BOLESH
(viciously) “And very soon, they shall suffer for defying us! They will come to know harm! They will come to know fear!”

The Doctor gets anxious as he watches Nyssa and Billy on the monitor screen.


SCENE #204 – INT – CONDITIONING ROOM, ASR PLANT – DAY, MORNING
Back in the conditioning room of the ASR planet with Nyssa and Billy, they finish looking around the place and reconvene.

BILLY
“So…what do we do now?”

NYSSA
“We should go to find the Doctor. He’s already held captive by the Dwaxi.”

BILLY
“And my parents too.”

NYSSA
“We have to consider the Doctor as top priority on rescuing, Billy.”

BILLY
“Why?”

NYSSA
“The Dwaxi are as manipulative and brutal. They’ll want him for something deadly.”

BILLY
“You mean…they could use him to do their dirty work for them. How did you work that one out?”

NYSSA
“Let’s say I have a hunch. Come on. We’d better go and find him [before…]”

At that moment, the doors slide open and a squadron of armed Dwaxi troopers enter. They howl with rage and carry powerful weapons with them.

BILLY
(cries) “Dwaxi!”

NYSSA
“Quick, Billy! Fire!”

Nyssa and Billy get their Dwaxi weapons ready to open fire. But the Dwaxi troopers immediately pounce and push them to the ground before they get a chance. Nyssa and Billy soon get pulled up onto their feet, as they’re held roughly by the Dwaxi.

BILLY
“Alright, alright, you thugs! If you’re going to take us to your leaders, why don’t you get on with it?!”

Billy then gets punched in the face and kicked violently by the Dwaxi troopers. They do it without mercy.

NYSSA
(protests) “Stop it! Leave Billy alone!”

Nyssa then gets beaten up too as she receives punches and kicks from Dwaxi troopers on both sides. Kolgu then enters the room.

KOLGU
(taunts) “Let them beat you up! Let them!!! It gives us Dwaxi pleasure to know that we’re kicking lovely sick wimps into battered disgusting wretches as we love you to be. You lot are nothing to us! We don’t give a care!”

Kolgu keeps on taunting Nyssa and Billy, as they get beaten up by the Dwaxi troopers in the conditioning room.


SCENE #205 – INT – PROJECT OPS ROOM, ASR PLANT – DAY, MORNING
Back in the project ops room of the ASR plant, the Doctor is horrified to see Nyssa and Billy being beaten up.

DOCTOR
(pleads) “Stop this! Let them go! They’re my friends!”

Bolesh switches the monitor screen off, ignoring the Doctor’s request.

DOCTOR
(threateningly) “You let my friends go or I’ll see to it that you’ll never…”

BOLESH
(interrupts; bitterly) “You will work for us, you soft man! Work for us! You will do what you’re told to do and suck this planet dry of its water!”

DOCTOR
“You’ll get nowhere by intimidating me!”

BOLESH
“You are our slave, Doctor! You mean nothing to us! We will pluck your heart right out of your chest and rip your throat right out if you’re not careful! Do you understand?! We are your enemy! We don’t like you! And you will be feared by us to do the work!!! After that, you will rot hellishly!!! Do you understand?!!!”

A moment of tense silence ensues.

DOCTOR
(calmly) “I shall do the work for you. I’ll do it. But only in order so that I can save Nyssa and Billy’s life. And I will save their lives, believe me. And when I do that, I’ll save this planet and wipe out every Dwaxi back into that rift you came from.”

BOLESH
(defiantly) “You do not scare me, Doctor! You cannot stop us!”

DOCTOR
(calmly) “Yet even now, I’m scaring you far better than you’re scaring me!” (Pause) “So, where do you want me to start?”


SCENE #206 – EXT – CHURCHWOOD STREET, CARDIFF – DAY, MORNING
In Churchwood Street, Dwaxi troopers gather as Lord Ramga is about to address them. Commander Zurlt and Probationer Mullog are with him. Dwaxi warships fly overheard with troopers on board, waiting to hear Lord Ramga’s commands. There are also Dwaxi battle vans and motorcyclists ready to get on the move. Lord Ramga is on a large podium as he speaks, with Zurlt and Mullog beside him.

ZURLT
“Well, Lord Ramga? Get on with it! Why don’t you use your overpowering ways and tell us what we’re supposed to do? You big oaf!”

LORD RAMGA
“Shut it, Zurlt! I shall give commands to this gathering once I’m ready!”

MULLOG
“Well get on with it! All these jerks are waiting! And they’re not going to wait forever!”

LORD RAMGA
“All our troopers may not be here yet, you moron!”

ZURLT
“They are here, Lord Ramga! They’re all here! You can see for yourself!”

MULLOG
“You can hear them chanting for you to get on with it! Listen!”

Lord Ramga listens as the Dwaxi crowd chant angrily at him.

DWAXI
(chants; angrily) “We are waiting! We are waiting! We are waiting! We are waiting! We are waiting! [We are waiting…]”

Lord Ramga holds his hands up to tell the Dwaxi crowd to be quiet.

LORD RAMGA
“Alright, you lot! Shut it, will you! I’m about to talk here!”

The Dwaxi however roar with jeers and mock Lord Ramga. They shout angrily, defying Lord Ramga. Zurlt then fires his weapon at the crowd, killing many Dwaxi in the process.

ZURLT
(yells) “Shut up!!! I want to hear our Lord Ramga!!! So stop your jaunting and hear him, will you?!!!”

The Dwaxi turn their attention to Zurlt and start jeering at him. Zurlt then steps forward threateningly towards the crowd.

ZURLT
“Do I have to kill all of you?!!!”

Eventually, the Dwaxi pipe down and listen to what Lord Ramga has to say. Lord Ramga steps forward on his the podium to address them.

LORD RAMGA
“The Directors say that we are to take on the entire world! I’m willing if all of you are! This armada will take on the entire continent of the UK and smash the living daylights of people! Bleed their hearts, cut out their throats, behead them, and make them scream before they descend to rotting death!”

The Dwaxi cheer at Lord Ramga’s words. Lord Ramga then takes out a Yentias cartridge and makes to replace it with the one he has in his neck already.

LORD RAMGA
“Reset your drug cartridges, the lot of you! Renew yourselves with filthy strength now!”

The Dwaxi comply, as they take out their old drug cartridges, smash them to the ground and replace them with a new cartridge, sticking them into their necks. They howl savagely and roar angrily once they’ve been injected, feeling the pain inside. Lord Ramga does the same as he shrieks with pain before addressing the Dwaxi troopers again.

LORD RAMGA
(angrily) “I am Ramga – Lord of the Dwaxi! And I am alive! As of this moment, we are all alive! We go into battle to claim our deaths! This we do gladly and joyfully! For we are the Dwaxi! Remember! Death is victory!!!”

DWAXI
(chant; in unison) “Death is victory!!! Death is victory!!! Death is victory!!! Death is victory!!! Death is victory!!! Death is victory!!!”

LORD RAMGA
(interrupts; shouts; angrily) “Now go out there and kick out some freaking butt!!!”

The Dwaxi cheer as they run out in the street, howling madly and ready to cause harm. The Dwaxi warships also depart as they fly off into the distance, pounding their firepower on the ground. The Dwaxi battle vans and motorcyclists also drive off, running over everyone in their paths and causing chaos.


SCENE #207 – INT – CONDITIONING ROOM, ASR PLANT – DAY, MORNING
In the Dwaxi conditioning room at the ASR plant, Billy wakes up to find himself and Nyssa strapped in two chamber cubicles.

BILLY
(wakes up) “Nyssa? Nyssa, you’re here beside me.” (Pause) “Nyssa, are you awake?”

But Nyssa is unconscious. Billy realises that he and Nyssa are in a Dwaxi cubicle and begins to panic.

BILLY
(anxiously) “What?! No! They’ve got us in these things! They’re going to turn us into one of them!” (cries; to Nyssa) “Nyssa?! Please! You’ve got to wake up!”

SEAN
(mockingly) “Kolgu and his men beat you up pretty hard, didn’t they?!”

Billy looks to see Sean in front of him whilst strapped inside a chamber cubicle.

BILLY
“Sean?! Please! Help me and Nyssa out of these things!”

SEAN
“And why would I want to do that?”

BILLY
(pleads) “Because I’m your friend! Your best friend! Please Sean! Help me and Nyssa out!”

SEAN
“And do you think the Dwaxi will allow me to do such a thing?!”

BILLY
“What’s happened to you, Sean? Don’t you recognise your own friends?”

SEAN
“And which friends would they be? The ones that never betray you?!”

BILLY
“I’ve never betrayed you, Sean. How can you say such a thing?”

SEAN
“Oh but you did, Billy. You did when you allowed me to fall at the mercy of Alexandra. When you left your own home and travelled on adventures without end in time and space. With that Doctor and this girlfriend of yours whom you claim you love!”

BILLY
“I do love her, Sean. I honestly and truly love her. Just as you love Alexandra.”

SEAN
“You’re not listening to me, Billy. You left me at the mercy of Alexandra. You left me to be tortured by her.”

BILLY
“That was your own doing, Sean. If you find yourself unhappy with Alex, that’s not my fault!”

SEAN
“Oh but it is! It’s always been your fault! You had to be so selfish to go running off to enjoy it that you’d leave me behind. You thought I’d never get the chance. Well think again. Because the Dwaxi gave me that chance!”

BILLY
“Sean, why are we talking like this?!” (Pause) “We used to be such good friends, you and I. Why must we be enemies?”

SEAN
“Because that’s what we are. No matter how hard you try to deny it, we’re fighting each other. So get real!”

BILLY
“I’m begging you, Sean. Set me and Nyssa free. Set us free as yourself. Like the old Sean I used to know.”

SEAN
“No! Not ever! This is where you and your pretty girlfriend suffer!”

BILLY
(pleads) “Please Sean!”

SEAN
(mockingly; mimics Billy) “Please Sean!” (Pause) “Revenge, Billy! Revenge best served hot!!!”

Sean then turns to Kolgu who’s also in the room.

SEAN
“Kolgu! Get started on the conditioning process!”

KOLGU
“Yes Sean!”

Kolgu gets around to his computer console to set up the conditioning for Nyssa and Billy.

SEAN
“Wait a minute. Don’t go for the fast option. Let them suffer slowly. By inducing fear into their minds.”

KOLGU
“But that can take forever!”

SEAN
“Then I suggest you get started, numskull!”

KOLGU
(bitterly) “Yes Sean!”

Whilst Kolgu gets to working on the ‘slow’ conditioning process, Nyssa wakes up to find herself strapped in her chamber cubicle.

NYSSA
(wakes up) “Billy, where are you?”

BILLY
(reassuringly) “I’m here, Nyssa. Right beside you. Are you alright?”

NYSSA
(anxiously) “What’s happening? We’re being strapped in these conditioning chambers!”

BILLY
(pleads) “Sean, I’m begging you please! Let us go before you regret this!”

SEAN
“Enough! No more! I wish to hear no more from you!”

NYSSA
“Please, Sean! Billy’s your best friend!”

SEAN
(to Nyssa) “And that’s enough from you, girl! You mean nothing to me!” (to Kolgu) “Kolgu, get on with the work as fast as you can!”

KOLGU
“That’s what I’m trying to do, Sean!”

SEAN
“Then get on with it, will you!”

Kolgu carries on, whilst Sean glares at Nyssa and Billy vengefully and contemptuously.


SCENE #208 – INT – PRISON CELLS, ASR PLANT – DAY, MORNING
In lower sections of the ASR plant, Alexandra enters with a female Dwaxi trooper behind her. She approaches the prison cell containing Enid, Fred, Danny, Tina, Bruce and a sick Lizzy inside.

TINA
“Alex! Alexandra, you’re here!”

BRUCE
“Come to rescue us have you, sis?”

FRED
(quietly) “Wait! There’s a Dwaxi trooper with her.”

Enid, Fred, Danny, Tina and Bruce keep quiet, as Alexandra turns to the female Dwaxi trooper.

ALEXANDRA
“Why are these people locked inside this cell? My family’s in there!”

FEMALE DWAXI # #1
“They’re nothing! They’re weak, insignificant scum!”

ALEXANDRA
“I want them released this instant!”

FEMALE DWAXI #1
“Never!”

ALEXANDRA
“I am Sean’s wife. You take orders from him! Why not from me?!”

FEMALE DWAXI #1
“I don’t care who you are! You’re stupid and pathetic! I’m only here to keep watch on you! So you can stuff it!”

A moment of tense silence ensues.

ALEXANDRA
(gradually) “A lot of girls don’t like me.” (Pause) “And frankly I don’t like them!”

Alexandra then strikes at the female Dwaxi trooper. But the female Dwaxi trooper strikes back harder and throws punches at her.

FEMALE DWAXI #1
“You’re such a stupid cow! Do you think I’m ever going to take notice of you?!”

Alexandra and the female Dwaxi trooper fight it out whilst Enid, Fred, Danny, Tina, Bruce watch apprehensively.

TINA
“Leave my girl alone, you horrible woman!”

ENID
“Be careful, Alex! They do mean business, these Dwaxi!”

The female Dwaxi trooper overpowers Alexandra as she jumps on her from behind.

FEMALE DWAXI #1
“They warned me about you! They told me to keep watch on you! Now I’m going to kick you in and you’ll shriek as puny a little girl as you are!”

Alexandra then pushes the female Dwaxi trooper backwards onto the cell door.

FEMALE DWAXI #1
(taunts) “You think you can beat me don’t you? When you actually can’t!”

ALEXANDRA
(to Female Dwaxi #1) “Obviously you haven’t seen this one coming!” (cries; to Danny) “Now Dad! Do it!”

DANNY
“What?”

ALEXANDRA
(cries; to Danny) “Grab her from behind!”

DANNY
“Oh right!”

Danny immediately grabs the female Dwaxi trooper from behind. The female Dwaxi trooper struggles whilst held in Danny’s grip, as she’s rough and howls angrily.

DANNY
“I’d appreciate some help please!”

FRED
“Quick! Let’s help him!”

Enid, Fred, Tina and Bruce help Danny out as they hold the female Dwaxi trooper from either side. The female Dwaxi trooper struggles and shakes herself, yelling angrily. Meanwhile, Alexandra takes the female Dwaxi trooper’s weapon and aims it at her.

ALEXANDRA
“Now…where are the keys to this prison cell?!”

FEMALE DWAXI #1
(spits) “I won’t tell you!”

ALEXANDRA
“Tell me where the keys are or else I’ll shoot you to kingdom come!”

FEMALE DWAXI #1
“Go on then! Kill me! I glorify dying in a bloody bath!”

ALEXANDRA
“I’m being serious!”

FEMALE DWAXI #1
“So am I! Kill me! Kill me now!!! Or else you’re a chicken!!!”

The female Dwaxi trooper then steps on Alexandra’s foot. This causes Alexandra to shoot at the female Dwaxi trooper unintentionally. Enid, Fred, Danny, Tina, Bruce fall back, as the female Dwaxi trooper gets shot and falls to the ground injured.

ALEXANDRA
(cries) “No! I didn’t mean [to…]”

FEMALE DWAXI #1
(shrieks) “Brilliant! I die at last! I get to go to bloody hell!!!”

With that, the female Dwaxi trooper dies instantly. Alexandra trembles, as she sees the dead female Dwaxi trooper on the floor.

TINA
“You stupid girl, Alex! You didn’t have to kill her!”

ALEXANDRA
(angrily) “I didn’t do it on purpose, Mum!” (Pause) “Besides, she wanted to be dead! She got her wish! It’s not my fault this has happened! None of it’s my fault!”

FRED
“Oh let’s not discuss this now! We’re still locked in! We need to get out!”

BRUCE
“But we don’t have the keys!”

DANNY
“Alex can shoot the lock off with that gun!”

ALEXANDRA
“Me?!”

DANNY
“Yes you, Alex! You know how to use it, don’t you?!”

ENID
“We’ll stand away for you to get a clear shot, Alex.”

ALEXANDRA
(nervously) “Oh…very well.”

BRUCE
(stresses) “Once we get out! We must get Lizzy back to a hospital somehow! Or more than that, try to find the Doctor!”

FRED
“The Doctor was with us before we were sent down here. We don’t know where he is now.” (to Alexandra) “Do you know where the Doctor is, Alex?”

ALEXANDRA
“Yes I should think so. He’s down in the project ops room where Sean’s parents…”

DANNY
(interrupts) “Then stop standing around there and get us out of here, girl!”

TINA
“Yes, Alex! Stop being so selfish! We’ve got Lizzy to save!”

ENID
“And Billy and Nyssa hopefully!”


SCENE #209 – INT – CONDITIONING ROOM, ASR PLANT – DAY, MORNING
Back in the conditioning room of the ASR planet, Kolgu still works hard on the slow conditioning process for Nyssa and Billy in their chamber cubicles. Nyssa and Billy are watched by Sean who paces about.

KOLGU
“Five minutes, Sean! Just give me five minutes, will you?!”

BILLY
“Sean! Please let me talk to you!”

SEAN
“I don’t want to listen!”

BILLY
“I just want to talk to my best friend! Remember? You’re my best friend! I just want to chat about old times!”

NYSSA
(quietly) “Billy, please be careful.”

SEAN
(agitated) “Alright then? What is it you want?”

BILLY
(gradually) “Do you remember the times…when we’d go to Penarth pier? We would run out to the edge of the pier, shouting as loud as we could to get the echoes we wanted. All the silly voices we made across the sea?”

SEAN
“Mine was the loudest.”

BILLY
(laughs) “Yes. You would say that. And remember how much we’d run around the place trying to beat each other on whoever was fastest to get an ice cream?”

SEAN
“Yeah. I got there first.”

BILLY
“You sure did. Though there was a time when I beat you.”

SEAN
“There wasn’t.”

BILLY
“There was!”

SEAN
(cheekily) “There wasn’t, wasn’t, wasn’t, wasn’t, wasn’t!”

BILLY
“There was, was, was, was, was a hundred times!”

SEAN
“Wasn’t – jinx can’t talk back!”

Sean and Billy laugh together before they quiet down.

BILLY
“I used to enjoy those meals we had when we went out on the town to try and chat up some girls.”

SEAN
“Yes. And we could never get it right with the birds, could we?”

BILLY
“You could. I couldn’t. You were always a rogue with women.”

SEAN
(gradually) “I remember one time when I fancied a girl and this big fella was always in my way, beating me up and telling me not to handle her because he said she was his.”

BILLY
“Yes, I remember. I helped you out when the other guy wasn’t looking so that you could get to her.”

SEAN
“Yeah. Didn’t help me much though. She left school a year afterwards, didn’t she? What was her name? Sammy, wasn’t it?”

BILLY
“Yes. Sammy.”

SEAN
“You used to have a crush on her yourself.”

BILLY
“Did I? I don’t remember that. I know I used to like her of course.”

SEAN
“Of course you did. It was at the same time that I fancied her.”

BILLY
“Was it?” (realises) “Oh.”

SEAN
“But that didn’t stop you and me being friends at school, did it?”

BILLY
“No it didn’t.” (Pause) “In a way, it was kind of blissful.”

Moment of silence.

SEAN
“Why can’t things be the way they were, Billy? Why can’t we be the good friends we used to be? Have the old times back again?”

NYSSA
“You can still be friends again, Sean. It doesn’t have to be like this.”

SEAN
“So…I should just let you two go and think no more about it?”

NYSSA
“Is it so hard to do, Sean?”

SEAN
“The only thing is…why should I?”

BILLY
“Because the world doesn’t deserve to be in this state. Violence is never the answer. It never is. That’s just a philosophy your parents conjured up. You could be a better person, Sean.”

NYSSA
“Yes, Sean. You don’t have to always follow your parents’ ways and do as they say. You can make decisions yourself. You can be free and do good?”

BILLY
“You can redeem yourself and turn away from these nasty ideas the Dwaxi believe in. And we can help you if you help us.”

Sean then laughs away mockingly whilst Nyssa and Billy are bewildered.

NYSSA
(bewildered) “What’s so funny, Sean?”

BILLY
(bewildered) “Why are you laughing?”

SEAN
“You honestly had me there for a moment, you two! You almost got me to believe that I was a better person, whereas I’m not.”

BILLY
(pleads) “Stop it, Sean! Please!”

SEAN
“You’re so naïve, Billy! You don’t know me at all, do you? Do you expect me to give up an empire? I will not be rejected by my parents! I shall be their heir! I am the son of the Directors! I will be the greatest of the lot!”

NYSSA
“Sean, let go of this madness before it turns you into something morbid and wretched!”

BILLY
“Think of Alexandra, Sean! Think of her and her unborn child!”

KOLGU
(interrupts) “Sean? The processing can commence now!”

SEAN
“Excellent!”

NYSSA
“No, Sean! We’re begging you! Please don’t do this!”

SEAN
(to Nyssa; Billy) “Do you two know what it’s like to experience fear? Do you two know what it’s like to be afraid?!”

BILLY
“Stop it, Sean! You’re being driven insane!”

SEAN
“Well, you two are going to get the best experience of being afraid! The Dwaxi are great manipulators of fear! They can scare you into insecurity with dark thoughts! And the two of you are going to share being afraid together in the mind-link of both your cubicles!”

KOLGU
“Ready whenever you are, Sean!”

NYSSA
“Please, Sean! Set us free!”

BILLY
“Don’t make us go through this, Sean! My best friend, please help us!”

There’s a moment when Sean seems about to release Nyssa and Billy as he approaches their cubicles. But he then stops and turns to Kolgu.

SEAN
“Do it! Do it now!”

Kolgu then presses a button on the console. Nyssa and Billy scream with fear as they both share minds.


SCENE #210 – INT – CONDITIONING ROOM (NYSSA & BILLY’S MINDS) – DAY, MORNING
Nyssa and Billy go through horrific visions of dark thoughts whilst their minds are linked together by the conditioning process in their chamber cubicles in the conditioning room.

BILLY
(terrified) “Nyssa?! Nyssa, where are you?! I can’t see you! Where am I?!”

NYSSA
(filled with hope) “Father! I see my father before me! Looking as grand and noble as ever!” (gradually; terrified) “No! Wait! It’s not my father! It’s him! The man who killed him! It’s the Master!”

The Master’s evil chuckle echoes as he seemingly comes towards her.

NYSSA
(cries) “No! Please! Stay back! Please! Billy, help me! Billy!”

But Billy can’t hear Nyssa, as he experiences dark thoughts of his own.

BILLY
“What’s happened to you, Nyssa?! Why have you become like this?”

In Billy’s mind, Nyssa laughs away as she seems to be evil and seductive towards him.

BILLY
“No! You’ve become evil! No! I don’t want you to be like this!”

NYSSA (V’O)
(seductively) “What’s the matter, Billy? Don’t you prefer me like this?”

BILLY
(cries) “You’re not the Nyssa I know! You’re not her! Keep away from me!”

NYSSA (V’O)
(filled with evil) “I’m now going to drive you mad! You’d like that, wouldn’t you?! I’m going to make you hurt others! That’s because you’ll do as I say! Because you love me! You’ll hurt anyone to love me! I’ll kill you if you don’t!”

BILLY
“No!!!”

Meanwhile, Nyssa experiences horrific visions before her.

NYSSA
“No! Traken’s being destroyed! I must save it!” (Pause) “Why can’t I save it?! I’m stuck in the TARDIS console room with Adric! I can’t get out! I can’t get out and save my own planet!” (Pause) “Now I’m on Traken! It’s being destroyed around me!” (terrified) “I’m being caught in a blazing fire! Help me! Somebody help me! Adric, Tegan, Doctor, Billy! Help me!!! Can nobody save me?!!!”

Meanwhile with Billy…

BILLY
“Doctor? Is that you? Are you alright?”

DOCTOR (V’O)
“I’ve always been jealous of you, Billy!”

BILLY
“Pardon?”

DOCTOR (V’O)
“You took Nyssa away from me! I was happy when it was just me and her! Things were peaceful before you showed up!”

BILLY
“Don’t say that! Please don’t say that! I love being with you two! I want to stay!”

DOCTOR (V’O)
“Hello there, Billy! I want to kill you now!”

BILLY
“Please don’t!”

DOCTOR (V’O)
“I shall throw you out of my TARDIS!!!”

BILLY
“No!!!”

In his mind, Billy finds himself being thrown out of the TARDIS. The Doctor laughs away mockingly as Billy gets thrown out. Meanwhile in Nyssa’s mind. Billy and the Doctor are choking as if being poisoned by some gas. Sean laughs away in the background.

NYSSA
(pleads; out loud) “Please Sean! Don’t do this to us?! You’re torturing us! Let the Doctor and Billy go! You’re killing them!”

DOCTOR (V’O)
(gasps) “Please, Nyssa!”

BILLY (V’O)
(gasps) “Save us!”

NYSSA
(cries) “Stop it, Sean! Stop it, please!”

Meanwhile Billy has troubles of his own, as he sees Nyssa and the Doctor flirting with each other and they laugh away.

BILLY
(scared) “Yes please, Sean! Don’t make me see this.”

DOCTOR (V’O)
“Shall we leave Billy, Nyssa? Shall we leave Billy and be together forever? Like it’s always been us? You and me – the time-travelling lovers!”

NYSSA (V’O)
“Yes! Let’s do that! Billy’s awful! You’re magnificent!”

DOCTOR (V’O)
“I know! Let’s go off in the TARDIS and leave Billy behind!”

NYSSA (V’O)
“We can get married if you like?!”

DOCTOR (V’O)
“Yes, we could!”

BILLY
(shouts) “Enough of this, Sean! You’re scaring me!”

The Doctor and Nyssa then kiss each other before they laugh together. Sean also laughs away in the background.

BILLY
(shouts; despairingly) “Sean, no! Please stop it! Please!!!”

NYSSA
(pleads) “You’re hurting us! Me and Billy, you’re hurting us! Get out of our minds!”

SEAN (V’O)
(taunts; from a distance) “This is all your doing, you losers! These are your thoughts! Your minds! And you’re sharing them with each other! They give you pain! Embrace it! Let the pain become you! Become…pain!!!”

Nyssa and Billy cry out in terror as voices mock them and the dark visions they experience causes them to grow weaker by the minute.


© Tim Bradley, 2018

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2 thoughts on “‘Dawn of the Dwaxi’, Part Five, Chapter 19

  1. Timelord 007

    Wholly hell Tim, this is a dark chapter, loving the emotion & drama, those scenes between Sean & Billy were amazing as Billy tried desperately through to Sean recalling there friendship, those tortute scenes with nyssa & Billy were tense, surreal & dramatic, i like how you played on each character insecurities, Nyssa her fathers death at the hands of the Master, Billys with the Doctor & Nyssas friendships being more, i literally had goosebumps while reading them.

    I got sense Sean will end up killing his parents & become ruler of the Dwaxi, he’s a conflicted character which always make for great villians, Alexandra came into her own fighting the female Dwaxi, still haven’t quite worked her out yet my friend.

    Loved the Doctor’s argument against the Dwaxi, how will he turn the tables on them i wonder?

    Again Billy the moral compass of this story, despite how evil the Dwaxi are Billy never wants to commit violence against them, he mirrors the Doctor a little in always seeing the good in people.

    A tense nail biting chapter, it’s keeping me on tenderhooks what will happen next i wonder?

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    1. Tim Bradley Post author

      Hi Simon.

      Very pleased you enjoyed this chapter in ‘Dawn of the Dwaxi’ and that I gave you goosebumps.

      I enjoyed writing that scene between Billy and Sean where Billy was trying to get through to his former best friend. It ultimately fails of course because Sean is driven by revenge and chaos due to his upbringing by his Dwaxi parents. I also wanted to highlight what was there between Billy and Sean in terms of their friendship. Billy knows that Sean isn’t really a good guy, but he somehow managed to get through to him on his good level and tries to see the good in people like when Nyssa and the Doctor do at times.

      I’m glad you enjoyed the scenes where Nyssa and Billy experience their own insecurities when they were being tortured. It was tense for me to write and it explores both their fears where Nyssa loses his father because of the Master and seeing Traken destroyed where Billy is afraid of losing his friendships with the Doctor and Nyssa and seeing them become evil.

      I’m glad you’re finding Sean to be a great villain. It’s always a challenge to try and come up with complex villainous characters. It sometimes is a challenge to find the good and bad sides of characters and balance them when you’re trying to develop a story. I had fun writing Sean and I hope you’ll enjoy how he turns out by the story’s end. Interesting theory you got about Sean killing his parents to become the leader of the Dwaxi. I wonder if you’re right. 😀

      Glad you enjoyed Alexandra fighting off a female Dwaxi trooper in this chapter. Again Alexandra’s character is complex and not as clear-cut as you may think. She may have her good points, but she also has these traits of moodiness and bitterness, concerning Sean and Billy. I think you’ll find her last scene of hers in ‘Dawn of the Dwaxi’ very intriguing.

      I’m glad you enjoyed the arguments made by the Doctor against the Dwaxi. It was a challenge to write where the Doctor defied the Directors but they were so adamant and justified in their beliefs. What did you make of Sean’s words about what he believed in and asking the Doctor ‘Can you feel it?’ How did you find those scenes between the Doctor and Bolesh in this chapter?

      Billy’s being the moral compass is interesting to hear you say that, Simon. I suppose Billy has gone through a lot with the Doctor and Nyssa. He especially tries to emulate Nyssa’s caring, compassionate nature as well as the Doctor’s sense of right and wrong. He definitely doesn’t want to commit violence against the Dwaxi and it’s why he tries to get through to Sean in order to win him over and persuade him not to carry on in his activities with the Dwaxi. It doesn’t work as Billy hopes, but at least he keeps on trying.

      I’m sure the next chapter will shock you by the time you come to end of ‘Part Five’, Simon. Hope you enjoy what’s next in the following chapter.

      See you there.

      Tim. 🙂

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