‘Dawn of the Dwaxi’, Part One, Chapter 2

2. Billy Comes Home

SCENE #13 – INT – TARDIS CONSOLE ROOM – N/A
In time and space, the Doctor, Nyssa and Billy seem to be having trouble in the TARDIS. The time rotor oscillates very vibrantly in the console room. The Doctor desperately tries to re-establish control. Nyssa and Billy stand on each side of the Doctor whilst he’s at work. The time rotor emits groaning sounds.

NYSSA
(anxiously) “Can’t you find the problem, Doctor?!”

DOCTOR
“Not yet no, Nyssa.” (impatiently; to TARDIS) “Come on, come on! What’s the matter with you, old girl?!”

NYSSA
(concerned) “Surely there must be some way we can stabilise the TARDIS from whatever it’s doing, Doctor.”

DOCTOR
“I’m afraid the TARDIS has other ideas.” (Pause) “Something seems to have caused her to panic suddenly.”

BILLY
(agitated) “Can’t you stop it making that awful noise when it goes up and down like that, Doctor?! It’s getting on my nerves!”

DOCTOR
“Put your fingers in your ears, Billy.”

BILLY
(wryly) “Thank you, Doctor! You’re so sympathetic.”

NYSSA
“At least the cloister bell’s not tolling.”

The Doctor flicks switches and presses buttons to regain control. Just then, the time rotor stops and remains upright.

BILLY
“W-W-Why’s it like that?!”

NYSSA
(worried) “The time rotor’s stopped oscillating. I don’t like this.”

Apprehensively, the Doctor presses a few switches to make the time rotor oscillate again. This doesn’t work. The Doctor bangs hard on the console to make it go again. All he gets is a negative sound effect. The Doctor irritably bangs the console a number of times to get a result. Still nothing.

DOCTOR
(impatiently; to TARDIS) “Come on, work! Work for me, please!”

NYSSA
“Banging the console like that won’t do any good, Doctor.”

BILLY
(slightly amused) “I always thought he enjoyed doing that, Nyssa.”

DOCTOR
(astonished) “What did you say, Billy?”

BILLY
(puzzled) “Well, the way you keep banging the console as a habit…”

DOCTOR
(appalled) “Billy, do you seriously suggest that I get pleasure out of banging the console?! Do you?!”

BILLY
“Well you do tend to smile sometimes after you’ve banged it once or twice.”

NYSSA
(amused) “As a matter of fact Doctor, you do actually.”

DOCTOR
“I resent the implication.”

NYSSA
“Let’s concentrate on the issue at hand, shall we? Let’s look on the scanner.”

Nyssa activates the scanner screen as it rises up. The TARDIS trio see what’s outside.

BILLY
“Whoa! What’s that all about then?”

DOCTOR
(thinks) “I’m not sure, Billy. It seems to be a crack in the fabric of space-time.”

NYSSA
(worried) “Doctor. That seems to be a…”

DOCTOR
“Yes, Nyssa. It’s a temporal rift.”

NYSSA
“The TARDIS confirms it. The console’s detected rift emissions within the crack. Both transcendentally and transdimensionally.”

DOCTOR
“Took the words right out of my mouth.”

BILLY
“It could be Salvador again. One of his traps.”

DOCTOR
“No, no. It couldn’t be Salvador. He’s out of the picture by now.”

BILLY
“So you say.”

DOCTOR
“Oh have faith, Billy. Many reasons can be accounted for rifts or temporal fissures to appear in space-time. I detected a time fissure in Fetch Borough, West Country of England a regeneration back…”

NYSSA
(interjects; worried) “Doctor. Are we drawing closer to that rift?”

BILLY
(apprehensively) “It’s not your imagination, Nyssa.”

DOCTOR
(raises voice) “Both of you! Hang on!”

Nyssa and Billy hold onto the console as the Doctor says. The TARDIS shudders violently causing them to fall over. The time rotor oscillates vibrantly again whilst the TARDIS trio recover.

DOCTOR
“Nyssa; Billy? Are you both alright?”

NYSSA
“Just about.”

BILLY
“Yeah I’m fine. Don’t fret.”

NYSSA
(concerned) “The TARDIS is being drawn into that time crack.”

BILLY
(shocked) “You mean…we’re being sucked into it?!”

DOCTOR
“Unless we find a way to break ourselves free, we’ll be crushed to a singularity within the vortex altogether!”

The Doctor, Nyssa and Billy regain balance and hold onto the console, contemplating their next move whilst the TARDIS is slowly pulled into the temporal rift.


SCENE #14 – INT – MAIN HALL, GLASS & HOUND – DAY, MORNING
On Earth in Churchwood Street, at the Glass & Hound pub in the morning, the door bell rings. Sean makes his way downstairs to answer the door.

SEAN
“I’ll get it, love.”

Sean reaches the bottom of the stairs. The door bell rings persistently. He smartens himself up and opens the front door.

SEAN
(surprised) “Why, Danny?! Tina?!”

DANNY
“How are things with you, Sean lad?”

SEAN
(casually) “Oh doing fine. Fancy coming in for a cuppa?”

TINA
“This isn’t a social call I’m afraid, Sean.”

DANNY
“Is Alexandra about, Sean?”

SEAN
“Alexandra? Err…she’s upstairs.”

TINA
“It’s Bruce. Our son.”

DANNY
“There’s been an accident, I’m afraid. He was attacked, our Bruce.”

TINA
(upset) “He was brutally injured.”

SEAN
“Attacked?! Oh no! Danny; Tina. I’m sorry to hear…”

Alexandra then comes downstairs.

ALEXANDRA
“What’s going on, Sean? Who’s at the door? If it’s those charity collectors or that dopey milkman again…” (Pause) “Oh. It’s you two.”

Alexandra sees her parents once she’s down.

DANNY
“Hello, little Hummingbird. Been keeping yourself scarce, have you?”

ALEXANDRA
“Don’t call me that, Dad.”

TINA
“Your brother’s in hospital, my dear. We thought we’d best let you know.”

ALEXANDRA
(puzzled) “What’s all this about, Sean?”

SEAN
“They’ve just been saying that Bruce was attacked last night. Nasty, isn’t it?”

ALEXANDRA
(puzzled) “Attacked?”

TINA
(upset) “He was brutally beaten up by boy thugs. He was out on patrol duty.”

DANNY
(to Alexandra) “We’re just on our way to the hospital, your mother, Lizzy and I. If you care to join us…”

ALEXANDRA
(interjects) “Let me know how he is when you get back.”

TINA
(shocked) “Alexandra?!”

ALEXANDRA
“I’ve got other things to do. To prepare.”

TINA
“You’d prefer to do those things instead of seeing your own brother. What’s the matter with you, girl?!”

SEAN
(condescendingly; to Alexandra) “Alex dear. Perhaps we should go and see how Bruce is…”

ALEXANDRA
(interrupts) “You keep out of this, Sean!”

DANNY
(to Alexandra) “Alexandra, listen!”

ALEXANDRA
“I’m not going with you! That’s final!”

TINA
“Please, Alexandra!”

ALEXANDRA
“No! I mean what I say!”

Moment of silence.

TINA
(upset) “Very well. We’ll go off without you. Be that way for all we care.”

DANNY
“Shall we send your love to your brother, Alexandra?”

ALEXANDRA
(bitterly) “Like I’m going to be bothered.”

TINA
(to Alexandra) “We’re going to have a serious talk about this when we get back, child!”

DANNY
“Come on, Tina. It isn’t worth it! Let’s be off!”

Both Danny and Tina head back to their car, leaving Alexandra and Sean at their house as they set off for the hospital.

SEAN
(to Alexandra) “You’ve made them unhappy in case you didn’t realise.”

ALEXANDRA
(relieved) “Thank goodness, they’ve gone! Now we can crack on with the day!”

SEAN
“I’m off to see my dad.”

ALEXANDRA
(agitated) “Sean?!”

SEAN
“My dad wants to see me in his office! I wouldn’t want to disappoint him!”

Sean heads out of the house whilst Alexandra watches dismayed. She then becomes livid with anger, letting out a shriek of rage before going back into the house and shutting the door.


SCENE #15 – INT – TARDIS CONSOLE ROOM – N/A
Back in the TARDIS, the Doctor tries to break off from the path of entering into the temporal rift but is having no luck.

DOCTOR
“It’s no good. I can’t seem to break off from the directional path.”

BILLY
“Is there anything I can do, Doctor?”

DOCTOR
(realises) “Well, there is now you mention it.” (thinks) “Here, Billy. Get down on the floor. Underneath the console.”

Billy does this and goes underneath the console. The Doctor immediately joins him underneath.

DOCTOR
(to Billy) “Now. Keep watching these meters for the helmic regulator. Keep an eye on these components and don’t touch anything unless I tell you.”

BILLY
“Right-ho.”

The Doctor returns on top of the console, resetting some co-ordinates.

NYSSA
“I hope whatever you have in mind will get us free.”

DOCTOR
“Well, it’s quite simple really. I have to realign the space-time coordinate programmer to initiate the dynomorphic generators and drift compensators. We’ll have an emergency exit and should safely escape the field of influence emanating from the rift.”

NYSSA
“And compensate for any temporal damage the TARDIS may endure.”

DOCTOR
“That’s the theory.”

The Doctor then indicates a level on the TARDIS console to Nyssa.

DOCTOR
“Now hold that one down there, Nyssa.”

NYSSA
“The control for the drift compensator.”

Nyssa holds down the drift compensator, whilst the Doctor attends to other switches and levers.

DOCTOR
“Right, Nyssa! When I give the word, let go of that control and I’ll press these switches for us to initiate the temporal transference to break through the rift layer boundaries.”

NYSSA
“Whenever you’re ready, Doctor.”

DOCTOR
“Stand by.”

A moment of silence ensues, whilst the time rotor continues to oscillate vibrantly.

DOCTOR
(cries) “Now!”

Nyssa releases the drift compensator control instantly, whilst the Doctor flicks a few more switches before giving a triumphant cheer.

DOCTOR
(pleased) “There! That should do it now!”

Just then, the TARDIS console room systems shut down completely. Something gets pulled out simultaneously as everything goes dark. Another moment of silence ensues. No sound comes from the time rotor.

NYSSA
(wryly) “It definitely has done it, Doctor! All power’s gone out!”

DOCTOR
“What?! We’re completely in the dark!”

The Doctor attempts to flick some switches to get the power back. No result.

DOCTOR
“This is ridiculous. It should have worked. We should have escaped the directional force of the rift with the use of the compensators and the dynomorphic generators.”

NYSSA
“Perhaps you forgot something. A key code when entering the space-time co-ordinate programmer.”

DOCTOR
“No! I’m sure I thought of everything. Even the helmic generator…”

The Doctor stops for a moment and thinks.

NYSSA
(concerned) “Doctor, what’s wrong?”

DOCTOR
(realises, agitated) “Wait a moment.” (Pause; to Billy) “Billy?”

BILLY
(guiltily) “Yes, Doctor?”

DOCTOR
(agitated) “Did you just accidentally take out…from underneath the console…a very important component?”

BILLY
(gradually) “What sort of component, Doctor?”

DOCTOR
(breathes deep, agitated) “A green striped tubing component.”

Moment of long silence.

BILLY
(apologetically) “Sorry Doctor, it just came out in my hand…”

DOCTOR
(annoyed) “Oh, Billy!!!”

BILLY
(apprehensively) “Hang on a minute! I’ll put it back in again!”

DOCTOR
(panics) “No no Billy, don’t!”

The Doctor gets underneath the TARDIS console to stop Billy.

DOCTOR
“Don’t you ever put a component back into the TARDIS when we’re in flight, Billy Walker! This component connects the link with the TARDIS auto systems and the helmic regulator. You would have overheated the thermal buffer and blown up the Zeiton crystals in the process if you had put it back.”

BILLY
“Sorry.”

Just then, an alarm blares out loud from the TARDIS console.

NYSSA
“Doctor. There’s this light flashing on the console. Should it be doing that?”

The Doctor and Billy get back from underneath the console to see.

BILLY
“Does that mean we’re getting power back?”

DOCTOR
“I don’t think so. It’s a warning.”

BILLY
“Because of what I did?”

DOCTOR
“No. Because of outside.”

NYSSA
“The temporal rift’s drawing us ever closer.”

DOCTOR
“Yes. And very soon we’ll be travelling at a furious rate through an in-directional path.”

The TARDIS console room shudders violently, causing the Doctor, Nyssa and Billy to fall over. The whole room shudders whilst the TARDIS trio tries to regain balance again. Power fluctuates whilst they’re in the console room, with lights going on and off and alarm systems going all haywire. Nyssa stands up and looks at the console instruments.

NYSSA
“I’m afraid we’re entering the temporal rift, Doctor.”

DOCTOR
“Yes. And from the looks of things, the databanks seems to suggest we’re on a direct course to Earth.”

BILLY
“Well that’s not bad, is it?”

NYSSA
“It depends what we find there.”

DOCTOR
(urgently) “Hang on, you two! We should be in for a bumpy ride.”

The TARDIS trio hold onto the TARDIS console. The room shudders, as they seem to be going left to right; right to left and over again as they travel through the rift.


SCENE #16 – EXT – TIME VORTEX – N/A
The TARDIS journeys through the time vortex. Simultaneously, another ship travels with them. The two ships however are traversing into two different temporal displacement fields, as they journey on in the vortex.


SCENE #17 – INT – LIVING ROOM, NO. 8 – DAY, MORNING
On Earth at No. 8 of Churchwood Street, Enid and Fred are visited by Mrs. Pratt. As things go, Mrs. Pratt is not easy to please.

MRS. PRATT
(firmly) “You and your wife have not met the standard requirements to your accommodation, Mr. Walker. If you don’t pay your weekly rates to me, you know I’ll have to evict you.”

FRED
“Believe me, Mrs. Pratt! If there is a way I could pay the rates, I would. I’m earning as much as I can. And with my new job…”

MRS. PRATT
“It’s not good enough, sir. You should give full payment. Your dependence on loans has made you slack.”

FRED
“It was never like this before. And the rates you charge are so high!”

MRS. PRATT
“I don’t make these decisions lightly you know, Mr. Walker.”

FRED
“I’m begging you, Mrs. Pratt. Give me a few more days…”

MRS. PRATT
“I shall not be so lenient to you any longer.”

FRED
“Show some sympathy for pity’s sake, woman!”

MRS. PRATT
“Sympathy?! You’ll be lucky! With the way you lounge about the house and leave the house in the state it’s in, I’m not surprised.”

ENID
(angrily) “How can you be so heartless?! Especially as we’ve been through so much since…”

FRED
“Enid, please! Let me handle this!”

ENID
(continues) “My husband’s done all he can to keep this house going…”

FRED
“Don’t, Enid!”

ENID
“And you have to come all this way to spoil it for us! Why can’t you leave us alone?! We’re in pain here!”

MRS. PRATT
“I’m sorry about your loss, Mrs. Walker. But I’m afraid that is of little concern to me at the moment. I own you both. I have my duty.”

ENID
“Your duty to make us starve and suffer, you mean?”

MRS. PRATT
“If you two do not own up, then you shall learn the true meaning of negligence. The properties you own…such as your furniture, your utilities; your clothes. They all belong to me.”

ENID
(irritably) “Would you care to rummage through our kitchen?! Or our balance books and family heirlooms?!”

MRS. PRATT
“You have three days to cough up! I make this warning once!”

Mrs. Pratt drinks up the cup of tea she’s been given before she gets up.

MRS. PRATT
“Thank you for the tea. I’ll show myself out.”

Mrs. Pratt leaves the living room and departs, opening and shutting the door. Fred and Enid are left alone, upset and angry.

FRED
(frustrated) “I now understand why that woman’s called a demon.”

Enid bursts into tears.

ENID
(sobs) “It’s horrible! It’s horrible! Why does a woman like her do this to us?!”

Fred takes Enid in her arms. Enid continues to cry, whilst Fred comforts her.


SCENE #18 – INT – BASEMENT, INTEROR OF B&B – DAY, MORNING
At the B&B, Maria is in a mild rage. She’s being interrogated by Probationer Mullog. She’s tied to a chair and struggles to break free.

MARIA
(yells) “Let go at once! What did you monsters inject me with? Your poison?!”

MULLOG
(bellows) “We are asking the questions here! You would do well not to be so insolent! Otherwise we’ll kick your guts out!”

MARIA
(yells) “You lay one finger on me, I’ll kill you myself!”

MULLOG
(chuckles) “Such fine words from a little girl…when she’s growing into a monster herself!”

MARIA
(slightly terrified) “The thing you injected me with! It’s making me angry!”

MULLOG
“It’s slowly influencing your mind. You shall know our ideals. You’ll be as rough and tough as us lot. We’ve had to make do without the conditioning cubicle.”

MARIA
“This is a nightmare for me! I want it to end! I want to go to sleep!” (shouts) “Let me go to sleep please!”

Mullog laughs out loud, mocking her. Maria screams in rage.

MARIA
(shrieks) “You scumbags! I want my mother! Let me see my mother!”

Mullog keeps on laughing mockingly, whilst Maria cries out in pain.

MARIA
(cries) “My head! It’s burning! I’m feeling like I’m on fire!” (Pause) “Why are you torturing me, you rats!!! I hate you!!!”

An alarm then goes off to which Mullog attends to.

MULLOG
“Ah! A certain someone wishes to see you!”

Mullog flicks a switch and speaks into the intercom.

MULLOG
(through intercom) “Send her in.”

Mullog switches off the intercom.

MARIA
“Her?”

Mullog moves to one side. A door opens, as someone enters. Mullog salutes by beating his fist on his chest.

MULLOG
“Hail, Second Director! Probationer Mullog salutes you!”

Mullog bows before the one he calls the ‘Second Director’. Meanwhile, Maria looks on in horror at the person who’s just entered. She instantly recognises her.

MARIA
(shocked) “It’s you! You’re here! But…how…I don’t understand….”

A moment of uncomfortable silence ensues.


SCENE #19 – EXT – WITCHON WOODS, CHURCHWOOD STREET – DAY, MORNING
On a hill in Witchon Woods overlooking Churchwood Street, the TARDIS gradually appears, whooshing and grinding with the blue light flashing on top to land. With a loud thump, the TARDIS safely materialises.


SCENE #20 – INT – TARDIS CONSOLE ROOM – N/A
Inside the TARDIS, the Doctor, Nyssa and Billy recover from their tumultuous journey.

BILLY
“What a landing, Doctor! It did my head in!”

DOCTOR
“Don’t worry, Billy. You’ll be fine.” (to Nyssa) “Are you alright, Nyssa?”

NYSSA
“Yes, I think so. Are you alright, Billy?”

BILLY
(reassuringly) “Yeah I’m alright Nyssa, thanks. I’m glad you’re okay.”

NYSSA
“Likewise.”

Meanwhile, the Doctor checks the TARDIS console, flicking switches and buttons.

DOCTOR
“TARDIS controls and auto-systems seem to be in check. We’ve managed to survive the journey without any hitches or glitches.”

NYSSA
“Did we see a spaceship? In the time vortex?”

BILLY
“I thought that was just me.”

DOCTOR
“No. I saw it too, Billy. Very unusual design for a spaceship, I thought.”

BILLY
“Could it still be out there then?”

NYSSA
“Or worse. It could have been destroyed. Shattered into smithereens.”

DOCTOR
(reassuringly) “The ship must been traversing on a different temporal path. It needn’t have arrived in the same time zone compared to us.”

NYSSA
“You can’t be sure of that, Doctor.”

DOCTOR
“Anyway, we’re here now and we’re safe.”

BILLY
“I wonder where here is.”

DOCTOR
“Hmm?” (Pause) “Let’s have a look at the scanner, shall we?”

The Doctor turns a knob and the scanner screen rises to show what’s outside.

DOCTOR
“Well! We’re on a hill. In the midst of a forest.”

NYSSA
“Yes. We seem to be overlooking an urban area down below.”

BILLY
(intrigued) “It looks strangely familiar.”

NYSSA
“What do the data banks say?”

DOCTOR
“Uh yes. Just checking.”

The Doctor presses a few buttons to get a result. A little while later.

DOCTOR
“Yes. We are on Earth.”

NYSSA
“Obviously.”

DOCTOR
“In nineteen sixty-three.”

BILLY
(intrigued) “Nineteen sixty-three?!”

NYSSA
“That’s when we met you, Billy. At that railway. Oh how I cherish that first meeting, Billy.”

BILLY
(curiously) “Whereabouts?”

DOCTOR
“Uh…oh yes. We’re in South Wales. In the capital city of Cardiff.”

NYSSA
“Cardiff?”

DOCTOR
“It’s like London but a bit smaller. Though considering it’s the nineteen sixties, it won’t gain much attention.”

NYSSA
“This is where the temporal rift was directed at then. Must be an interesting place, this city of Cardiff.”

DOCTOR
“Oh rifts can be in many forms and appear in many places. Never known Cardiff to be sitting on the edge of one.”

NYSSA
“Is it safe to go out there? We are out of imminent danger, I take it.”

DOCTOR
(eagerly) “Well, there’s only one way to find out. Come on. Let’s go outside…”

The Doctor is about to pull the lever before Billy stops him.

BILLY
(interrupts) “Doctor?”

DOCTOR
“Come on, Billy. No time to waste…”

BILLY
(raises voice) “Doctor, will you listen to me for a minute?! I need to tell you and Nyssa something!”

NYSSA
(concerned) “Billy, what’s wrong dear?”

Moment of silence.

BILLY
“Doctor. You’ve brought me home.”

DOCTOR
(realises) “Home?!”

NYSSA
“You recognise the urban area, Billy?”

BILLY
“This is Churchwood Street. Where I was brought up. Where I spent my childhood. You’ve brought me home, Doctor. Finally.”

DOCTOR
(gradually) “Yes. So it would seem.” (Pause) “I’m sorry, Billy. I didn’t mean to…”

BILLY
“Why should you be sorry? I’m grateful. Thank you for bringing me back. I’ve missed this place.”

DOCTOR
(casually) “Yes. Well, I try to please.”

NYSSA
(gradually) “Billy, if you don’t want to go out there we understand…”

BILLY
(abjectly) “No. I don’t want to run away. Not from my own home. I’ve missed my parents. I want to see them again.” (Pause) “It’s just…well…it’s going to be difficult…seeing them again.”

NYSSA
“I know. We understand.”

DOCTOR
“We can always move away from here. To avoid difficult explanations…”

BILLY
“I’m not afraid, Doctor.”

DOCTOR
“It’s not a question of being afraid, Billy.”

NYSSA
“We’re concerned. We want to look out for you, Billy.”

BILLY
(breathes deeply) “I’ll be fine. Anyway, I’ve got to introduce you two to my parents.” (to Nyssa) “They’ll be so especially pleased to see you, Nyssa.”

NYSSA
“I doubt it.”

BILLY
“Of course they will! Trust me! They’re very nice. You’ll love my parents. As I’m sure they’ll love you.”

NYSSA
“I do hope so.”

BILLY
“I’m willing to go out there if you two are.”

NYSSA
(gradually) “Yes. I’m willing since you’re okay about it.” (to Doctor) “Doctor?”

DOCTOR
“Oh I’m ready for anything. It’ll be nice to see your home and parents, Billy.”

BILLY
“Good. That settles that.”

DOCTOR
“Splendid. I’ll open the doors and then we’ll…”

The Doctor pulls the door lever, before the TARDIS shudders violently. The TARDIS trio hold onto the console again whilst this happens.

NYSSA
(anxiously) “Doctor?! We’re still caught in the rift! I thought the worst was over!”

DOCTOR
“So did I” (annoyed) “This is ridiculous. Never travel in a temporal rift with a TARDIS is what I say.”

NYSSA
“Can’t you break free from the dimensional gravity hold? Escape the rift boundaries or something like that?”

DOCTOR
“I’ll have to relocate the TARDIS. Somewhere outside the rift barrier.”

BILLY
“How long will that take?”

DOCTOR
“Not long. A few seconds. Hold on!”

Nyssa and Billy hold on tight, whilst the Doctor attempts to relocate the TARDIS whilst its walls shudder around them.


SCENE #21 – INT – MARTIN BLACK’S OFFICE, CHURCHWOOD TIMES – DAY, MORNING
At the Churchwood Times newspaper company, Sean visits his dad in his office. His dad, Martin Black, is the editor-in-chief of the Churchwood Times. Sean knocks on the office door.

MARTIN
“Come in.”

Sean enters.

SEAN
“Hey, Dad.”

MARTIN
“Oh hello, son.”

SEAN
“Got me any interesting stories lined up? Any latest celebrity visiting our street like the Queen or any mid-breakfast sausage challenge at Norton’s Café?”

MARTIN
“Nothing so exotic, I’m afraid.”

SEAN
“Then it must be another one of those charity challenges at the church. A raffle to go away on holiday to France. Took Alexandra there for our first honeymoon recently…”

MARTIN
(interjects; calmly) “Sean…a murder has been committed.”

SEAN
(whispers) “Murder?!”

MARTIN
“Yes. Outside the B and B belonging to Mrs. Forshaw. Who’s gone away on holiday apparently.”

SEAN
(shocked) “Oh my…how awful is that?”

MARTIN
“I expect you to get a story out of it.”

SEAN
“You can rely on me, Dad. By this afternoon I will send it to you.”

MARTIN
“They said that lots of blood was spilled for the poor man who died.”

SEAN
“Oh dear. Pretty gory hey.”

Just then, Helen Black – Sean’s mother and Martin’s wife – enters the office.

HELEN
“Ah. Here you all are. Having fun I see.”

SEAN
“Hello, Mum.”

MARTIN
“Hello, Helen dear.”

HELEN
“I hope I’m not interrupting.”

MARTIN
“Not at all, my dear. Sean and I were just talking.”

SEAN
“Can’t stop now, Mum. Got a homicide story to report.”

HELEN
“Oh really.”

MARTIN
“Do you have something to say to us, Helen?”

HELEN
“Yes. Apparently, Maria’s home.”

SEAN
“Maria? Where is she?”

HELEN
“She was supposed to come to our house, but nobody saw her.”

MARTIN
“Well…that is puzzling.”

SEAN
(chuckles) “Perhaps she got lost somewhere. Went to the wrong street.”

Sean laughs out loud.

HELEN
“We need to take this seriously, Sean. It’s not something to laugh at.”

SEAN
“Yes, of course. Sorry, Mum. I was forgetting. See you later, folks. Tra!”

Sean makes to leave, before his mum Helen stops him again.

HELEN
“Oh by the way, Sean. There is a little job I’d like you to do for me.”


SCENE #22 – INT – TARDIS CONSOLE ROOM – N/A
Meanwhile, the TARDIS lands again with a thump. The Doctor, Nyssa and Billy are caught off balance and end up on the floor. The time rotor stops oscillating and dings to indicate a landing. The Doctor immediately sprang up from the floor and checked the console systems.

DOCTOR
(triumphantly) “We’ve made it! We’ve escaped the rift boundary layers.”

The Doctor attends to the TARDIS console, flicking a few switches, whilst Nyssa and Billy get up from the floor and recover.

BILLY
(coyly) “Are you alright ‘again’, Nyssa?”

NYSSA
“Yes! I’m fine ‘again’, Billy. Didn’t expect to go through the whole landing procedure twice, but I’m relieved to be still in one piece.”

BILLY
“Can we go out now, Doctor?”

DOCTOR
“Hmm? Uh yes! Yes, of course we can.”

NYSSA
(to Doctor) “You managed to relocate the TARDIS then.”

DOCTOR
“Of course I have.”

NYSSA
“Are you sure, Doctor?”

DOCTOR
“Of course! Haven’t I said so?”

NYSSA
“We don’t want to go through another temporal journey, Doctor. So I suggest you double-check.”

DOCTOR
(grimaces) “Oh very well.”

The Doctor checks the TARDIS console, pressing a few buttons along the way. He also activates the scanner screen which rises up.

DOCTOR
“There you are. Your hometown, Billy. Same as before.”

BILLY
(uncertain) “Yes. Seems to be.”

Moment of silence, as the Doctor continues to check.

DOCTOR
“We’ve just moved a few centimetres from where we last were. Outside the temporal rift barrier. Displaced slightly mind.”

Nyssa then checks an instrument on the TARDIS console herself.

NYSSA
“Doctor? Something’s not right here.”

DOCTOR
(puzzled) “Hmm? What do you mean?”

NYSSA
“The referential difference. It’s still picking up random emissions from the rift pattern and its displacement area that we detected. It’s still active.”

BILLY
“What do you mean? Is there a big gaping hole in the fabric of space?”

DOCTOR
“Well put, Billy. I’m afraid it does pose a rather obvious question of…why?”

NYSSA
“Why do we have a ‘big gaping hole’ at our doorstep?”

DOCTOR
“Exactly. And how come it’s still open now.”

NYSSA
“Have you checked the chronometers? To be sure that we’re still in nineteen sixty-three.”

DOCTOR
“Let me just check.”

The Doctor checks the TARDIS chronometers.

DOCTOR
(concerned) “Hmm. They seem to be going a bit fuzzy.” (Pause) “But they seem to say that we’re in March the thirteenth, nineteen sixty…”

BILLY
(gradually) “Yes? Nineteen sixty what?”

DOCTOR
“That’s as far as the chronometers can gather. It’s having problems getting accurate data.”

NYSSA
“Doctor. You know there’s the likely implication that we overstepped the mark.”

DOCTOR
“Oh we must have jumped an hour or so since our previous landing. Or we could have jumped a full twenty-four hours.”

BILLY
“A whole day?!”

DOCTOR
“Nothing ventured, nothing gained. We can still go outside, Nyssa. It’s Billy’s home remember?”

NYSSA
“I just want to be careful not to ruin Billy’s chances of answering a lot of difficult questions to his family.”

BILLY
(hesitantly) “Oh I’m pretty sure the Doctor’s got it sorted, Nyssa.”

DOCTOR
(pleased) “Glad to have your confidence, Billy.” (Pause) “So do we go out?”

NYSSA
“Let’s see if the door controls work. May I?”

DOCTOR
“Oh…by all means. Be my guest.”

Nyssa pulls the door control lever. The TARDIS internal doors whir as they open inwards. The TARDIS trio sigh with relief.

DOCTOR
“There you are. What did I tell you? Do you wish to double-check, Nyssa?”

NYSSA
“No. I believe you now. Let’s go and see Billy’s home, shall we?”

BILLY
“I doubt you’ll like it, Nyssa.”

NYSSA
“I’m sure I will, Billy. Come on. Your parents could be worried sick if you’ve been away for so long.”

BILLY
“Well…not much happens in Churchwood anyway. It’s an ordinary local street area. Doesn’t gain much attention.”

NYSSA
(puzzled; to Doctor) “Doctor? What are you doing now?”

Whilst Nyssa and Billy are on the verge of going out, the Doctor has gone over to a cupboard in the far corner of the TARDIS console room.

DOCTOR
“Don’t worry, Nyssa. Just fetching this thing. You two wait for me outside.”

With reluctance, Nyssa and Billy step outside. The Doctor rummages through the cupboard, before eventually picking up a little gadget.

DOCTOR
(triumphantly) “Aha! Here it is!”

The Doctor eventually follows after Nyssa and Billy.

DOCTOR
(calls) “Wait for me, you two!”

The TARDIS interior doors close behind the Doctor once he’s gone. Meanwhile, the chronometers start working again, emitting a low humming noise to reveal the full date of when they are, without the TARDIS trio ever knowing or realising.


SCENE #23 – INT – MEDICAL WARD, CHURCHWOOD HOSPITAL – DAY, MORNING
In one of the medical wards at Churchwood Hospital, Bruce Simmons comes round as he wakes up having gone under sedation. He looks up to see the concerned faces of his father Danny, his mother Tina and his little sister Lizzy whilst lying in bed.

BRUCE
(breathes deeply) “Mum; Dad?”

TINA
(filled with joy) “Bruce, my dear! I’m so glad that you’re alright.”

Tina moves in and gives him a heartfelt kiss.

BRUCE
(slightly embarrassed) “Hey, hey, Mum. It’s alright. I’m okay.”

TINA
(joyously) “Oh I’ve been so worried about you. And your dad.”

BRUCE
(chuckles) “Yes. So I can imagine.”

DANNY
“It’s good to see you okay, son. The nurse says you’re going to make it.”

TINA
“It’s so good of them to check you in. And in a terrible state.”

LIZZY
(softly) “Hello, big brother.”

BRUCE
(to Lizzy) “Hey, little sis. How are you doing?”

LIZZY
(softly) “I’m doing fine, thank you. I’ve brought you some sweets.”

Lizzy gives some sweets to Bruce. She places the sweets in his hand and he takes them.

BRUCE
“Oh thank you, sis. I shall enjoy these.”

TINA
“Lizzy got them at a school fair yesterday.” (to Lizzy) “Didn’t you, Lizzy dear?”

LIZZY
“Yes, Mummy.”

Moment of silence.

BRUCE
“Alexandra couldn’t come, could she?”

DANNY
(sadly) “No. She’s busy, I’m afraid.”

BRUCE
“I see.”

TINA
“I’m sorry, Bruce. We tried to persuade her to come. But she seems so absorbed in her own thing that she can’t be bothered to think about her family.”

DANNY
“And Sean’s been having a hard time with her lately.”

BRUCE
(chuckles) “Yes. Good old Sean.” (Pause) “Have you seen him lately?”

TINA
“Yes. We saw him when we visited him and your sister this morning.”

DANNY
“He’s a good lad, Sean. Can’t fault him.”

LIZZY
“Sean’s promised to take me to see the Beatles at their latest pop festival.”

BRUCE
“Has he now? Oh that’s good.”

TINA
“We’ll have to see about that won’t we, Lizzy.”

LIZZY
“Yes, Mummy.”

DANNY
“Yes, Sean’s a good-in. Has a calm demeanour. How he manages to cope with Alexandra, I don’t know.”

TINA
“It’s hard to understand. Ever since she married him, she’s become obsessed. Irritable. Unwilling to let bygones be bygones.”

DANNY
“It’s got worse since she’s married.”

TINA
(to Bruce) “She wouldn’t even invite you Bruce to her and Sean’s wedding. Wouldn’t even speak to you about it.”

BRUCE
“Yes. I do remember actually, Mum.”

TINA
“I’m sorry, darling.” (Pause) “It’s just…I don’t know…”

DANNY
“It’s like she’s changed all of a sudden from being caring…to seeming like she doesn’t care anymore about anyone…including us.”


© Tim Bradley, 2018

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4 thoughts on “‘Dawn of the Dwaxi’, Part One, Chapter 2

  1. Timelord 007

    The plot thickens, the mystery deepens, you got me intrigued about Alexandra why is she so hostile towards her family? So Sean is a journalist working for his dad & he’s covering the murder oh this is great stuff Tim.

    Those Tardis scenes i could visualize so easily in my head, i heard writers say the Fifth Doctor can be difficult to write for well you write his incarnation effortlessly, i hear Peter Davisons voice when i read your dialogue you got his Doctor spot on.

    Who has Maria so spooked, it’s tense stuff this lol & Mrs Pratt well i hope she meets a gruesome demise Tim she’s evil how she treating Billys parents.

    A great chapter which teases some very interesting arcs.

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    1. Tim Bradley Post author

      Hi Simon.

      Glad you enjoyed Chapter 2 of ‘Dawn of the Dwaxi’. Glad you’re enjoying the plot and the mystery so far.

      I’m glad I got you intrigued about Alexandra. Her backstory gets developed later on in the story on why she’s hostile to her family. I’d like to think there’s more to her character than just her hostility. Glad you’re enjoying the stuff with Sean being the journalist and covering the recent murder. I’m sure you’ll enjoy Sean’s character later on in the story as the story develops. His character develops an interesting journey here.

      Very pleased you enjoyed the TARDIS scenes and that you like how I write for the Fifth Doctor. I find I’m able to write the Fifth Doctor easily since I can Peter Davison’s voice in my head and I know how his physical traits work as the Doctor in the series.

      Did you like it when Billy pulled out a component from the TARDIS console accidentally and got the Doctor annoyed? What did you make of Billy’s return to home then? I hope you’ll enjoy how that arc develops in the story.

      Ah! Who Maria’s seen in this story will be developed later on. I hope you’ll enjoy the shock reveal of who the true enemies are in this adventure.

      Yeah Mrs. Pratt is pretty mean to Enid and Fred, isn’t she? She is nicknamed the demon lady after all. Ah, so you’ve realised Enid and Fred are Billy’s parents, have you? 😀

      Very pleased you enjoyed Chapter 2, Simon. Hope you’ll enjoy what comes next in Chapter 3. See you there!

      Tim. 🙂

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  2. Timelord007

    I’m surprised by Big Finish, can’t they see the talent here in your writing, your stories are gripping & uncomplicated & you always write great characters, these are crying out for audio adaption, I shall keep fighting in your corner & keep hassling them.

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    1. Tim Bradley Post author

      I don’t know about my stories being ‘uncomplicated’, but I’ll take your word for it that they’re ‘gripping’ anyway. 😀

      Glad you enjoy the characters in my ‘Doctor Who’ stories and you like them to be audio dramas.

      I hope to contribute something to the Paul Spragg Memorial Writing Opportunity this year to Big Finish. I have a story in mind and look forward to preparing it and sending it off to BF.

      Thanks, Simon.

      Tim. 🙂

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