‘Dawn of the Dwaxi’, Part One, Chapter 4

4. Knives and Old Houses

SCENE #35 – EXT – CHURCHWOOD STREET, CARDIFF – DAY, AFTERNOON
Outside the B&B on Churchwood Street, the Doctor examines Ryan Donner’s corpse. Meanwhile, Constable Wyatt interrogates Billy.

WYATT
(to Billy) “You still haven’t explained, young man. Where have you been all this time? Your parents are so worried about you.”

BILLY
“Yes. How are my parents, Constable? They’re well, I hope.”

WYATT
“Well as can be expected. They should be at home. Your dad’s taken the day off from work.”

BILLY
“Yes, that’s easy enough to find them.”

WYATT
“But you still haven’t explained why…”

DOCTOR
(interrupts) “This policeman of yours, Constable.”

WYATT
(baffled) “‘Ere? What’s that, Doctor?”

DOCTOR
“The one who got attacked last night. Do you know what instrument the criminals used to attack him?”

WYATT
(realises) “Oh! My policeman Simmons!”

BILLY
“Simmons? Bruce Simmons, you mean.”

WYATT
“Yeah, he was attacked last night by some teddies as I said. The weapon they used is the sort of thing teddies use most regularly.”

DOCTOR
“Yes, I realise that. But was it a gun; a rifle; a deadly fire arm?”

WYATT
“Oh, I see what you mean. No, nothing of that sort. Just a dagger.”

DOCTOR
“A dagger.” (Pause) “I see.”

NYSSA
“You think there’s a connection with this murder and the attack of Bruce Simmons, Doctor.”

DOCTOR
“I’m not sure.”

WYATT
“Thing is…it was a rather strange knife. Rather unusual.”

DOCTOR
“Strange?”

WYATT
“Yeah. The knife looks all curved, spiky and razor sharp. It had strange symbols. Had lines written all over it.”

DOCTOR
(intrigued) “Interesting?!”

NYSSA
“Where’s this knife now?”

WYATT
“Oh it’s back at the station. The lads have it in storage.”

DOCTOR
“May I see it, Constable Wyatt?! I might be able to determine its origin.”

WYATT
“Well, you can if you like. If that’s your prerogative as a Doctor. Though I don’t see why…”

DOCTOR
(to Nyssa; Billy) “Nyssa; Billy? Are you coming?”

BILLY
“Doctor, if it’s all the same to you…I’d rather go and check up on my parents. See that they’re alright.”

DOCTOR
“Very well. That’s fine by me.” (to Nyssa) “Nyssa?”

NYSSA
“I’m going with Billy, Doctor.”

DOCTOR
(surprised) “Pardon?”

BILLY
(to Nyssa) “It’s alright, Nyssa. You don’t have to come with me…”

NYSSA
“You need somebody with you, Billy. Since you’ve been away, you need me to help you with explanations.”

BILLY
“I can manage by myself, Nyssa.”

NYSSA
(insistently; to Billy) “I’m coming with you.” (to Doctor) “Doctor?”

DOCTOR
(grudgingly) “You go ahead Nyssa with Billy. I’m sure his parents will appreciate Billy bringing his girlfriend to meet them.”

BILLY
“Where shall we meet up afterwards? To keep in contact with each other?”

NYSSA
“If only we had the communicators that we used in Bath.”

DOCTOR
“Have no fear; they’re here!”

The Doctor takes out two communicators, similar to the ones in ‘The Austen Code’, from his coat pocket. He hands one communicator over to Nyssa and Billy.

NYSSA
“You had them in your pocket all the time?”

DOCTOR
“The Grey Krasty of Kraston Four advised me to keep a few of these on me.”

BILLY
“So we use these to keep in contact with each other and to meet up once we’ve finished.”

NYSSA
“Or in case we’re in trouble.”

BILLY
“Trouble?!”

DOCTOR
(grimly) “Or something worse.”

WYATT
(calls) “‘Ere, Doctor. Aren’t you coming? My wife’s making the tea and I want to be home before then.”

DOCTOR
“Of course, Constable. Just coming.” (to Nyssa; Billy) “Keep safe, you two.”

BILLY
“We will.”

NYSSA
“Same to you, Doctor.”

DOCTOR
“And let me know anything that goes wrong. Even if it’s a small thing.”

BILLY
“Why should anything go wrong?”

NYSSA
“We’ll do that, Doctor.”

DOCTOR
“Splendid. See you both later.”

They split up, as the Doctor follows Constable Wyatt to the police station.

DOCTOR
(cheerfully; to Wyatt) “Now, Constable Wyatt.”

WYATT
“Come on, Doctor. Station’s this way.”

Meanwhile, Nyssa and Billy make their way over to Billy’s house.

NYSSA
“It’s you and me now, Billy!”

BILLY
“Yes. Thanks for coming with me, Nyssa.”

NYSSA
“I’ve always wanted to meet your parents.” (Pause) “Now, where did you say they live?”


SCENE #36 – INT – MARTIN BLACK’S OFFICE, CHURCHWOOD TIMES – DAY, AFTERNOON
At the Churchwood Times, Sean returns to his father’s office.

SEAN
(cheerfully) “Hey, Dad. I got that murder case story for you here.”

MARTIN
“Excellent. Just put it on my table, will you.”

Sean dumps the draft of his story on his father’s table.

SEAN
“It’s all in order, Dad. Everything’s been accounted for.”

MARTIN
“I’m sure it has.” (Pause) “No problems were there?”

SEAN
“Not much. Although the murder suspect happens to be Maria’s boyfriend.”

MARTIN
“Really?”

SEAN
“Yes. He was lying on the ground. Heavily bruised. All blood flowing out.”

MARTIN
(seemingly grim) “How very tragic. One wonders where Maria’s in all this.”

SEAN
“I wonder too.”

Moment of tense silence.

SEAN
“So…what happens now?”

MARTIN
“Nothing happens now.”

SEAN
“You’re dead right there.”

MARTIN
“How’s your Alexandra, son?”

SEAN
“Bit moody. But that’s to be expected.”

MARTIN
“Expected?”

SEAN
“Considering she’s pregnant.”

MARTIN
(startled) “Pregnant?!”

SEAN
“Yeah. Pregnant as in going to have a baby.”

MARTIN
“I did not anticipate this.”

SEAN
“You’re not the only one.”

MARTIN
(gradually) “Well, in that case…congratulations, dear son. You’re going to be a good father, you know.”

SEAN
“Thanks, Dad. I needed that.”

Sean eventually leaves his dad’s office. Martin soon begins to look through his son’s draft story of the reported murder case.


SCENE #37 – INT – WYATT’S OFFICE, CHURCHWOOD POLICE STATION – DAY, AFTERNOON
At the Churchwood police station, the Doctor inspects the knife used to attack Bruce in Wyatt’s office. He studies it with keen interest.

WYATT
“Does it ring any bells, Doctor?”

DOCTOR
(intrigued) “Hmm? Oh this knife’s definitely alien in origin. The composition of the blade and the fabric of the grip isn’t what is normal with knives on nineteen sixties Earth. Commonly compared of course.”

WYATT
(baffled) “What’s that?”

DOCTOR
“This knife’s no ordinary knife, Constable.”

WYATT
(laughs) “Well you get no argument from me, Doctor. I marvel whoever manufactured it.”

DOCTOR
“You won’t find anything like this in any shop which sells good cutlery. This is far too advanced for human society at this stage. In fact, it doesn’t even appear to be human at all. More like an assembly of cultures embellished together to form this design.”

WYATT
“You know what you’re saying, Doc?”

Moment of silence.

DOCTOR
(thinks) “Where exactly was this dagger found, Constable?!”

WYATT
“Outside the pub Glass and Hound. Originally run by Mr. and Mrs. Clifton. Now taken over by Mrs. Black.”

DOCTOR
“Mrs. Black? She’d be married to…?”

WYATT
(finishes) “…Mr. Black. Yeah that’s him. They got married last year and they’re still fighting. They bicker on the streets…”

DOCTOR
(interrupts) “Bit convenient don’t you think, Constable? That a dagger razor sharp and deadly should be left out on the streets after one of your officers was attacked.”

WYATT
“Suppose these crooks must be clumsy and forgotten to pick up the dagger and did a runner.”

DOCTOR
“Did one of your men spot them then, Constable?”

WYATT
(stammers) “I…he…well…no. Now that you mention it, no.”

DOCTOR
“Pity.” (Pause) “This pub fight that took place outside the…Glass and Hound. Have many fights been happening around there?”

WYATT
“It’s been non-stop fighting and brawls among our people. Mostly teddies, rockers and mods. The latter two are new. They’re not welcome in my book.”

DOCTOR
“I’d like to investigate this pub, Constable. Look about the place on the outside.”

WYATT
“What do you want to go there for?!”

DOCTOR
“Curiosity. Are you coming?”

The Doctor puts the knife back on the table and heads out. Wyatt follows him. Once they’re gone, the dagger remains dormant until a faint low hum echoes from it.


SCENE #38 – INT – KITCHEN, NO. 37 – DAY, AFTERNOON
At Keith’s house, John Graham finds himself panicking and threatened. Keith and Rick taunt and mock him.

JOHN
“Where’s Maria? What have you done to her?!”

RICK
“Precisely what we’re going to do to you, mate. And it won’t be a pleasant sight.”

KEITH
“That is unless you do something for us.”

JOHN
“For you?! Do you really expect me to do something for you two?! You crooks!”

KEITH
“We wouldn’t have brought you in here if it weren’t, sucker!”

JOHN
“You tricked me into coming here! Maria’s not in this house, is she?”

RICK
“Oh she’s in the house. But it depends on you whether you want her to live!”

JOHN
“Of course I want her to live! You know that already!”

KEITH
“Then you do what we ask.”

Moment of tense silence ensues.

JOHN
“Alright. What is it you want me to do, you scoundrels?!”

KEITH
“Simply…to distribute these.”

Rick and Keith then present a cargo box to John. They open it and take out a container with cartridges and tube-like phials of liquid drugs.

JOHN
(apprehensively) “What are these? Looks like packets containing drugs.”

RICK
“It is drugs, you dumb witted ninny!”

JOHN
(shocked) “You…drugs? You deal drugs?!” (realises) “You’re drug smugglers!”

KEITH
(dismayed) “Stop being so melodramatic, you punk! It doesn’t become you!”

RICK
“You’re acting like a girl!”

JOHN
“You monsters! You’re inhuman!”

RICK
“If you don’t distribute these, then your Maria shall die. If you do however, Maria shall be exchanged for her life.”

KEITH
“Then you will have the pleasure of saying you rescued Maria Black, the prettiest girl in Churchwood.”

RICK
(threateningly) “So what do you say, mate? Take it or leave it?!”

John now becomes apprehensive and indecisive. Just then, a bleep echoes as Keith takes out a communicator from his pocket and speaks into it, listening to the receiver in his ear.

KEITH
(through communicator) “Keith here, go ahead.” (Pause) “Yeah.” (Pause) “Yeah.” (Pause) “What?!” (Pause) “We understand. We’ll be ready for them.”

Keith stops talking into his communicator and puts it back into his pocket.

RICK
“What was all that about?!”

KEITH
“Our bosses said two people are making for the pub across the road. Someone seems to know far too much.”

RICK
“What? That was quick already, wasn’t it?”

KEITH
“We have to be ready in case they make their way over here.”

They then turn to John who’s still indecisive.

KEITH
(threateningly) “So, mate? What’s your answer to our deal?”

Tension ensues, as John is nervous about everything that’s happened.


SCENE #40 – EXT – CHURCHWOOD STREET, CARDIFF – DAY, AFTERNOON
Outside the Glass & Hound, the Doctor and Wyatt arrive. The Doctor uses his temporal oscillation displacer, which whirs very loudly. Wyatt stamps his foot impatiently.

WYATT
“Doctor. For your information, I’m on duty. And as much as I’d like to have a pint of bitter, I must get back to the station. I’m not stopping you from going [in…”]

DOCTOR
(interjects) “The rift emissions are streaking out at a high frequency according to this oscillation displacer. There must be a secret hideout for these creatures to base their operations from.”

WYATT
“Creatures, Doctor?”

DOCTOR
(to himself; ecstatically) “It can’t be coincidence that the rift Nyssa, Billy and I traversed on in the TARDIS connects to what’s happening here. Somebody’s manipulating the timeline on nineteen sixties Earth. Or at least some group. In the heart of South Wales even.”

WYATT
(suspiciously) “Have you taken a few stiffeners yourself, Doctor?”

DOCTOR
(to Wyatt) “How often have these pub fights and brawls happened, Wyatt?”

WYATT
“Well…every night since.”

DOCTOR
“Every night since what?”

WYATT
“Every night since…”

Moment of silence.

DOCTOR
“Yes. Since what, Constable?”

WYATT
“Every night since the Aqua Systems Revival project was launched.”

DOCTOR
“Aqua Systems Revival project?”

WYATT
“And since those two new teddies; rockers or mods, whatever you want to call them, came into the area.”

DOCTOR
“Two new…?”

WYATT
(interjects) “Oh they’re trouble those two. Rick and Keith, they’re called. Silly blooming names. But right for scoundrels and bullies like them.”

DOCTOR
“Where do they live?”

WYATT
“Over there.”

DOCTOR
“Where?”

WYATT
“Over there!”

Wyatt points to Keith’s house. The Doctor sees the state it’s in.

DOCTOR
“That house there? Bit run down, isn’t it?”

WYATT
“It wasn’t lived in since old man Winkle died. Until those two went in and made it their home.”

The Doctor makes his way over to the house.

WYATT
(calls) “Where do you think you’re going, Doctor?!”

DOCTOR
“I’d like to meet this Rick and Keith. I’d like to talk to them.”

WYATT
“What for?! They’re hardly the ones for good conversation.”

DOCTOR
“Just my curiosity again, Constable. Always gets the better of me. And one thing in particular lets my curiosity get the better of me.”

WYATT
“And what’s that?”

DOCTOR
“Why the front door happens to be open.”

The Doctor makes his way over to Keith’s house. He has his temporal oscillation displacer in hand, whirring loudly. Eventually, with enough hesitation and reluctance, Constable Wyatt follows him.


SCENE #41 – INT – MAIN HALL, NO. 37 – DAY, AFTERNOON
The Doctor enters the house through the open door and steps in quietly. The floorboards creak underneath as he takes in his surroundings.

DOCTOR
(calls) “Hello?! Anyone home? Hello?!”

No response.

DOCTOR
“I don’t mean to interrupt…but I couldn’t help noticing your front door was open.” (Pause) “I was wondering if there had been an accident…”

Just then, the Doctor is suddenly threatened by a sharp pole held against his chest. The Doctor remains still whilst he’s being threatened.

DOCTOR
(calmly) “Ah! Hello! I thought somebody was in the house.”

JOHN
“Just stay where you are, mister.”

At that moment, Constable Wyatt enters.

WYATT
“Is everything alright, Doctor? I don’t know about you but…”

JOHN
(shouts) “Get back, you beadle!”

Wyatt is startled once he sees John threatening the Doctor.

WYATT
“Good grief! What’s going on here?! Why are you holding a pole…?”

JOHN
(shouts) “I told you to stay back!”

DOCTOR
(curiously, to Wyatt) “Is this one of the men you talked about?”

WYATT
“Of course he isn’t, Doctor. This is John Graham.”

JOHN
“That’s right. John Graham, local village idiot.”

DOCTOR
(cheerfully) “Well nice to meet you, John. I’m the Doctor. Now what’s the matter?”


SCENE #42 – INT – LIVING ROOM, NO. 8 – DAY, AFTERNOON
In the living room of No. 8 in Churchwood Street, Enid irons some clothes. She irons at a slow and steady pace, being sombre in the process. She sorts out one set of clothing before moving onto the next. She sighs before starting again.

MRS. PRATT
“Good afternoon, Enid.”

Enid jumps with fright, dropping the iron out of harm’s way, to see the formidable Mrs. Pratt before her.

ENID
(gasps, shocked) “You! How did you get in here?!”

MRS. PRATT
“It does not matter how I got in. The fact is I am here. And I’m determined to finish off what we started.”

ENID
“How dare you come in here unannounced?! If I had a nerve, I’d call my husband to get the police.”

MRS. PRATT
(cruelly) “I don’t care what you do, you windbag.”

ENID
“If you don’t leave this instant, I shall let everyone know that you are here.”

MRS. PRATT
“The house, woman! Give me the house now!”

Fred then enters the room.

FRED
“Enid? I heard you scream or something. I thought…” (realises) “Oh no! Not you!”

ENID
“She called me a windbag just then, Fred.”

FRED
(to Mrs. Pratt) “Get out of our house, Mrs. Pratt!”

MRS. PRATT
“Your house?! It’s my house, you ungrateful wretches! You get yourselves out!”

ENID
“Why can’t you just leave us alone, you horrible woman.”

MRS. PRATT
“If you don’t let me have your house, I shall bring my big boy in here and force you out!”

ENID
“She’s gone mad, Fred. Barmy. Bonkers. Whatever synonyms there are.”

MRS. PRATT
(calls) “Big boy!”

FRED
“Mrs. Pratt, we’ll have to call the police if you don’t…”

MRS. PRATT
(shouts) “Big Boy! Get in here now, you slow coach!”

Just then, a tall Dwaxi trooper called the Berserker appears via teleport beam. Immediately, he trashes the place apart. He smashes furniture; breaks glass and kicks chairs and tables. Enid becomes terrified once she sees the Berserker.

BERSERKER
(yells) “IS THIS ENOUGH TO SCARE YOU?! YOU WEAKINGS!!”

Fred comforts Enid, whilst they’re being threatened by the Berserker and Mrs. Pratt.


SCENE #43 – EXT – CHURCHWOOD STREET, CARDIFF – DAY, AFTERNOON
Meanwhile, Nyssa and Billy walk together down the street. They nearly approach Billy’s parents’ house.

BILLY
(nervously) “We’re nearly there now. It’s that house up there.”

NYSSA
“You look worried.”

BILLY
(nervously) “I haven’t even thought of what I’m going to say to them.”

NYSSA
“It’s alright, Billy. I understand.”

BILLY
“Thanks for keeping me company. I really appreciate it.”

NYSSA
“I only hope they won’t be too disappointed when they see me.”

BILLY
“Oh I’m sure that won’t be the case…”

Billy gets interrupted, as a scream echoes from the house.

NYSSA
“That was a scream!”

BILLY
(panics) “And it came right from my house.”

Another scream echoes.

BILLY
(panics; realises) “It’s my mum screaming! They’re in trouble! Mum and dad!”

NYSSA
“Billy, calm down a minute.”

BILLY
(panics) “I must go and see what’s happened to them!”

NYSSA
(cries) “Billy, wait! Hang on!”

But Billy runs forward. Nyssa chases after him, as they make their way to Billy’s parents’ house.


SCENE #44 – INT – LIVING ROOM, NO. 8 – DAY, AFTERNOON
Back inside the house, the Berserker keeps on trashing the place apart.

BERSERKER
(yells) “THIS IS FUN! THIS IS FREAKING FUN! I LOVE BASHING, THROWING AND KICKING EVERTHING APART!!!!!”

The Berserker continues his rampage and even smashes a window. Mrs. Pratt looks on with unmasked glee and pleasure, whilst Enid and Fred are shocked by this.

ENID
“Stop him, Mrs. Pratt! Tell that man of yours to stop this!”

MRS. PRATT
(defiantly) “I will not stop that man! He is doing very well considering!”

FRED
“Have you gone mad, woman?! There won’t be much of a house left by the time he’s finished! Stop this tomfoolery!”

MRS. PRATT
“I’ve only just begun. And with you, it’ll get even worse!”

Fred then advances on the Berserker to tackle him off.

ENID
(cries) “Fred, no!”

But Fred is knocked to one side very roughly by the Berserker. Fred falls to the floor in pain, whilst Enid kneels down to help him.

ENID
(panics) “Fred?! Fred my dear, are you alright?!”

Fred groans, whilst Enid looks him over. A shout then echoes, as someone approaches outside.

BILLY
(shouts) “Mum?! Dad?! Are you in here?!”

This causes Mrs. Pratt to fritter, The Berserker stops trashing the place apart as he growls.

MRS. PRATT
(apprehensively) “That’s our cue! We must get away!” (to Berserker) “That’s enough, Berserker!!!”

But the Berserker smashes another table.

BERSERKER
(roars angrily) “NO! I WANT MORE! YOU STUPID WOMAN!!!”

MRS. PRATT
(shouts) “I said that’s enough!”

The Berserker screams with rage, as he runs out through the back way.

MRS. PRATT
(shouts) “Come back! Come back, I say!”

Mrs. Pratt eventually follows the Berserker and leaves the living room. Meanwhile, the living room door bursts open as Billy enters with Nyssa behind him.

BILLY
(cries) “Mum; Dad?! Where are you?!”

NYSSA
“There’s a door being opened! Somebody must have run out! I’ll go and check.”

Nyssa makes her way through to the back door. Meanwhile, Fred is helped off the floor by Enid.

FRED
“Enid, my dear? Is that man gone?!”

ENID
“Yes, Fred. These two young people helped us.”

Nyssa then comes back into the room.

BILLY
“Well, Nyssa?”

NYSSA
“There’s no sign of anybody. They must have been quick on their feet.”

BILLY
“Let’s hope they didn’t steal anything.” (to Fred; Enid) “Mum; Dad? Who did this to you?”

FRED
(groans) “Some massive thug. And Mrs. Pratt was behind all of it.”

BILLY
“Mrs. Pratt?!”

NYSSA
“Do you know her, Billy?”

BILLY
“Sort of…”

ENID
(interrupts) “Thank you so much for coming to our rescue. You came just in time…”

Enid then looks to see and lets out a gasp of shock at Billy.

ENID
(realises) “Billy?!”

BILLY
(nervously) “Ah. This is the moment I’ve dreaded.”

NYSSA
(reassuringly) “Be brave, Billy. Be brave.”

ENID
(astonished) “You’re here, Billy! You’re here!”

BILLY
“Hello, Mum. Hello, Dad. Miss me?”

FRED
(astonished) “Is it really you, Billy?”

BILLY
(reassuringly) “Yes, Dad. I’ve come back.”

Enid then lets out a cry of joy and bursts into tears.

ENID
(overjoyed) “Oh thank the lord! Billy, you’ve come back!”

Enid then embraces Billy in a massive tearful hug. Billy becomes startled and overwhelmed.

BILLY
(reassuringly) “It’s alright, Mum. It’s alright. I’m here. I have come back.”

ENID
(sobs) “Oh I was so afraid that I’d lost you! That we’d lost you!”

BILLY
“Lost me?!”

FRED
(angrily) “Where have you been, son? Do you realise your mum has been worried sick about you?!”

BILLY
“Easy, Dad. I haven’t been away that long surely!”

FRED
(astonished) “Billy! It’s been two years since you left us!”

BILLY
“What?!”

ENID
“Two long years, Billy. Two long years, I’ve spent crying and worrying. We thought you were dead!”

BILLY
(shocked) “It can’t be two years!” (to Nyssa) “Nyssa?!”

NYSSA
(realises) “Oh dear. Billy, I’m so sorry.”

BILLY
“Sorry?”

NYSSA
“The Doctor was wrong. It’s not twenty-four hours since you’ve left. It’s twenty-four months. It’s nineteen sixty-five. Not nineteen sixty-three.”

BILLY
(apprehensively) “You lot have got to be joking, right? You must be!”

ENID
(puzzled) “Billy? Who’s this girl here?”


SCENE #45 – INT – MAIN HALL, NO. 37 – DAY, AFTERNOON
Meanwhile, with the Doctor and Wyatt facing John in No. 37, Churchwood Street…

DOCTOR
“Why don’t you just put the metal pole down, John. We can settle this…”

JOHN
(threateningly) “Keep back, you mongrels!”

WYATT
(impertinently) “This is all nonsense.” (to John) “Give me that pole, you…”

JOHN
(shouts) “I said back off!”

Taken aback, Wyatt keeps away with the Doctor.

JOHN
(threateningly) “I only have one thing to demand from you two!” (shouts) “Give me back my Maria!”

DOCTOR
(confused) “Maria? Who’s Maria?”

JOHN
(shouts) “Give her back to me!”

Just then, a wild person jumps out from the shadows and advances on them. This happens to be Maria Black, who’s gone completely aggressive.

MARIA
(shrieks) “I hate you!!! I hate you all, you swines!!!”

DOCTOR
(to John) “Is that Maria, John?”

JOHN
(realises; pleads) “Maria?! It’s me, John! Don’t you remember…?”

MARIA
(shrieks) “Back off, you stalker! Or I’ll kill you!”

JOHN
(pleads) “Please!”

MARIA
(screams) “I’m going to kill you!!!”

Enraged, Maria lashes out and jumps on John. John is pinned down to the floor and chokes, as he’s being strangled by Maria. Wyatt tries to intervene.

WYATT
“That’s enough! Stop it, you kids!”

Wyatt tries to grab Maria, but she throws him off instantly. Wyatt falls to the floor, whilst Maria continues strangling John.

DOCTOR
(concerned) “Something’s upset her! Something’s caused her to be like this!”

WYATT
“We must get her off John, Doctor! She’s killing him!”

DOCTOR
“And we must get out of here! This place breeds trouble and danger!”

Just then, the whole house crumbles and shudders as a blaze of fire erupts from the floor. The Doctor and Wyatt are caught off balance. A mighty explosion occurs and a pile of ceiling and masonry falls to the floor. Maria and John get knocked out, as they cry in pain. The fire grows worse.

WYATT
(cries) “Fire! The house is on fire!”

DOCTOR
“Somebody’s set off a bomb. To blow this house up!”

WYATT
“How can you be so sure, man?!”

DOCTOR
“I know these things! Fires happen abruptly when a bomb goes off!”

WYATT
“We must get out of here!”

DOCTOR
(urgently) “Agreed! Get that front door open! We must get this John and Maria out!”

WYATT
“They’re knocked out already, Doctor!”

DOCTOR
(impatiently) “Yes. They need air! Quick, man! Open the door!”

Wyatt gets onto his feet and rushes to the front door of No. 37. Meanwhile, the Doctor checks Maria and John who are unconscious. Wyatt meanwhile tugs at the door.

DOCTOR
(checks) “Both pulses working! They’re alright. With enough air…”

WYATT
(panics, agitated) “Doctor! It’s no good!”

DOCTOR
(puzzled) “What do you mean it’s no good?!”

WYATT
“We’re trapped! The door’s jammed! We can’t get out! We’re going to be buried alive!”

DOCTOR
“Oh dear! That will mean another [explosion…”]

Another massive explosion goes off. The house erupts in fire. More ceiling and masonry collapses, as the fires rage and grow worse.


Sting music. Roll original 1982 Peter Davison end credits.


© Tim Bradley, 2018

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

  1. Timelord 007

    Ha, i knew the Doctor get the year wrong, no wonder Billys parents were so worried & upset, a great chapter & brilliant conclusion to episode one Tim, you got the characters of the Doctor & Nyssa spot on, i love the curiosity quote as it’s curiosity which is eventually the Fifth Doctor’s downfall.

    Hate Mrs Pratt & hope she gets a gruesome demise after trashing Billys parents home, she is a vile woman & a bully & bullies deserve there comeuppance.

    Great dialogue between Billy & Nyssa it’s these small moments of character drama which make the story more heartfelt & dramatic.

    Love the Doctor interfering, just turns up assumed he the Doctor of the investigation & ends up taking over the crime scene lol brilliant just brilliant.

    This is intriguing stuff Tim, not sure what make of Alexandra yet or what kind of friendship Billy & Sean have, the mystery continues.

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    1. Tim Bradley Post author

      HI Simon.

      Glad you enjoyed ‘Part One’ of ‘Dawn of the Dwaxi’. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this latest ‘Doctor Who’ story by me so far.

      Yeah I wondered if you knew the Doctor got the year wrong with Billy missing out two years. 😀 Nyssa knows how Billy felt when years later she would miss 25 years of her life in ‘Prisoners of Fate’. I hope you’ll enjoy how things turn out for Billy and his parents in the next episode.

      Very pleased you like how I’ve written the Fifth Doctor and Nyssa in the story and that you find I got them spot on. Glad you like the ‘curiosity’ quote I gave to the Doctor. I didn’t realise I wrote lines like that. 😀

      Oh I’ve got you hating Mrs. Pratt, have I? I’m glad you enjoy hating her. Something does happen to her in the next episode. Find out what her fate is and how she gets dealt with by the Dwaxi. 😀

      Very pleased you like the dialogue between Nyssa and Billy in their scenes together. I always enjoy writing scenes with Nyssa and Billy. Sometimes I base them on my conversations with Sarah Sutton at conventions. I’m glad you find the story more heartfelt and dramatic with those small moments of character drama. I suppose I do write these stories from the heart, don’t I? 🙂

      I’m glad you like how the Doctor takes over the investigation from Wyatt in the story and that you find it brilliant. Well, he is the Doctor of course. How could he not take over the investigation? 😀

      There is a history between Billy, Sean and Alexandra in this story. Sean and Alexandra were briefly mentioned in ‘The Tree of Riverloth’ in case you were wondering. I hope you’ll enjoy how Billy and Sean’s friendship gets explored and how Alexandra connects to all this in the story.

      Thanks for your comments, Simon. Glad you’re enjoying the story so far.

      See you in ‘Part Two’.

      Tim. 🙂

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