‘Dawn of the Dwaxi’, Part Two, Chapter 7

7. The Doctor Makes A House Call

SCENE #67 – INT – TARDIS LABORATORY #4 – N/A
In the TARDIS, Nyssa works in one of the labs, investigating John’s death with the blood sample. Billy enters in to find Nyssa working hard in the lab.

BILLY
“Hi, Nyssa. Do you want a cup of tea? I was thinking of making one.”

NYSSA
(focused) “Not for me thank you, Billy. I’m rather tied up at the moment. Don’t let me stop you having one.”

BILLY
“You’ve been working hard on that blood sample. How are you getting on?”

NYSSA
(tired) “Badly. I’m not getting any answers with the list of possibilities on how your friend John died.”

BILLY
“What is it you’re trying to do?”

NYSSA
“This blood sample of John’s is not like any ordinary human blood. The chromosomal layer and cell structure has been altered. At an accelerated and disturbing rate.”

BILLY
“Altered? You mean, changed to become something else?”

NYSSA
“Yes. That’s what’s troubling me. There’s an element in the blood fusing together with some toxic material.”

BILLY
“Something like a drug. Like I suggested.”

NYSSA
“It is possible that there was a drug element deliberately mutating the molecular structure of John’s blood pattern. At the moment, the blood has just had its water molecules removed.” (realises) “That explains it! John was depleted with water when he died.”

BILLY
“Hey? How can that be?”

NYSSA
“I’m not sure. But the TARDIS lab system checks out that John’s blood was losing the component and properties to allow the seventy per cent of water in human blood like you have.”

BILLY
“But that’s crazy. You can’t lose water in your blood. It’s part of you. We wouldn’t be able to survive without water.”

NYSSA
“No. But something went into his blood stream to replace the constitution of water in his body.”

BILLY
“Such as?”

NYSSA
“I don’t know. I honestly don’t know.”

BILLY
“Well, surely these brilliant instruments of the TARDIS can pinpoint what it is.”

NYSSA
“They can’t. They’re as baffled as I am.”

BILLY
(thinks) “Well, obviously something in John’s blood caused him to go all pear-shaped before he fell off that building after being shot. The Doctor said he couldn’t sleep. Could that have something to do with this?”

NYSSA
“I suppose so. It would mean having to go back to the hospital to check.”

BILLY
“Well, I’ll go with you if you want [to…]”

NYSSA
(frustrated) “It’s not going to help us now is it, Billy? John’s dead and we won’t get an accurate response now.”

Nyssa sighs, as she becomes weary and tired. A moment of silence ensues.

NYSSA
“Sorry, Billy. I didn’t mean to snap at you.” (sighs) “I’m just tired and frustrated.”

BILLY
“It’s alright, dear. I understand.”

Nyssa sighs for a bit. Another moment of silence ensues.

NYSSA
“Listen, Billy. Do you mind if I went to my room to have a lie down? I need to clear my head.”

BILLY
“No of course, Nyssa dear. You do what you want.”

NYSSA
“Thank you. Give me half an hour and I should be okay.”

With that, Nyssa leaves the TARDIS lab. Billy is left wondering how to cheer Nyssa up.

BILLY
“Oh dear. Poor Nyssa. How your little brainy mind works.”


SCENE #68 – INT – LIVING ROOM, NO. 28 – NIGHT
At the Simmons’ House in No. 28 of Churchwood Street, Bruce has returned home. He sits in the living room with his father, his mother and his little sister looking after him.

TINA
“There you are, Bruce. Is that comfortable?”

BRUCE
(pleased) “Yes thanks, Mum. I’m glad to be sitting on this sofa.”

LIZZY
“I’ve brought you a drink. It’s orange juice.”

TINA
“And I’ve brought you your favourite sports magazine.”

BRUCE
“Oh thanks, sis. Thanks, Mum. I think this should happen more often after I’ve been in hospital. Do I get a meal on a tray?”

DANNY
“Don’t push it, boy.”

A ripple of laughter ensues.

TINA
“It’s really good to have you back, Bruce.”

DANNY
“No seriously, son. I’m glad the doctors discharged you from hospital.”

BRUCE
(pleased) “Thanks, Dad. I didn’t like being there really.”

TINA
“It’s like…like the whole family’s back together again.”

DANNY
“Yeah.” (Pause) “Except one person.”

BRUCE
(grimly) “Still busy at the bar, hey?”

At that the moment, the front door bell rings.

TINA
“Oh answer that will you, Danny. It could be some poor beggar. No interruptions now.”

DANNY
“Yes, my dear.”

Danny walks out of the room to go into the lobby.

LIZZY
“Who’s come to visit us, Mummy? Is it Alexandra?”

TINA
(chuckles) “Fat chance of that.”

BRUCE
“No, no. Lizzy maybe right, Mum. Maybe Alexandra has come to see me.”

Danny then enters with the Doctor behind him.

DANNY
“It’s not Alexandra, I’m afraid.”

TINA
“Oh. Then who is it?”

DANNY
“It’s…”

The Doctor steps forward in front of Danny.

DOCTOR
“Hello, everyone! Hope I’m not interrupting.” (to Tina) “You must be Mrs. Simmons, Mr. Simmons’ wife. Am I right?”

The Doctor gingerly shakes Tina by the hand, whilst Tina is baffled.

DANNY
“This lunatic claims to be a Doctor.”

TINA
“What? A Doctor in unconvincing cricketing clothes?”

DOCTOR
(to Lizzy) “And you’re their little girl, aren’t you?”

LIZZY
(cheerfully) “Yes. I’m Lizzy.”

DOCTOR
(to Lizzy) “Hello, Lizzy.” (to Bruce) “And you must be Officer Bruce Simmons.”

BRUCE
“Did you say you’re a doctor, Doctor?”

DOCTOR
“Yes. That’s right.”

BRUCE
“If this is some kind of wind up to get me back into hospital I’m not…”

DOCTOR
(reassuringly) “No, no. I’m just here on a quick medical check up. To make sure everything’s alright with you.”

BRUCE
“Fine. Yeah. Everything’s just fine. Couldn’t be better.”

DOCTOR
“Splendid. I’m glad to hear it.”

TINA
“Now. If you’re quite finished…”

DOCTOR
(continues; to Bruce) “Also wanted to ask a few questions, Officer Simmons. Or may I call you Bruce? Bruce is alright, isn’t it?”

BRUCE
(puzzled) “Questions?”

DANNY
“Now see here…”

DOCTOR
(continues; to Bruce) “This attack you had on the night in question, Bruce? Do you know why you were being attacked?”

BRUCE
“No. Not really. Just ordinary thugs who stuck a knife into me.”

DOCTOR
“Hmm. Did you recognise the thugs?”

BRUCE
“Not really.”

DOCTOR
“Did they recognise you?”

BRUCE
“Not really.”

TINA
“If this is a waste of time, Doctor….”

DOCTOR
(continues; to Bruce) “Did you know that the knife they used on you wasn’t manufactured here? In this city? Not even on this planet, Bruce?”

BRUCE
“No. Now that you mention it, no I didn’t know. More to the point, I was being threatened so I didn’t give it much thought.”

DOCTOR
“You should have looked more carefully, Officer Simmons.”

BRUCE
“My concern was sorting out that pub fight and stopping those boys. That was my duty.”

DOCTOR
“Did you see any red marks on their necks, Bruce? Any blotchy red marks that looked quite unusual?”

BRUCE
“No. How could I? It was very dark.”

DANNY
“Really this has gone on long enough. If you’ve quite finished, Doctor…”

DOCTOR
(continues; to Bruce) “Just one more question, Mr. Simmons. Then I’ll leave you in peace!”

TINA
“You’re not a real medical doctor at all, are you?”

DOCTOR
“Just one more questions. please.” (to Bruce) “Bruce?”

BRUCE
“Yes, Doctor?”

DOCTOR
(gradually) “How much do you know about Maria Black…and her family?”

BRUCE
“You what?”

The Doctor patiently waits for an answer from Bruce.


SCENE #69 – INT – NYSSA’S BEDROOM, TARDIS – N/A
Back in the TARDIS, Nyssa lies on her bed in her bedroom for what seems like half an hour. Eventually there’s a knock on the door.

NYSSA
“Come in.”

The door opens and in enters Cuddles, the cuddly toy dog, carried by Billy.

BILLY
(as Cuddles) “Wuff! Wuff! Wuff!”

NYSSA
(cheerfully) “Why?! It’s Cuddles, isn’t it?”

BILLY
(laughs) “That’s right, Nyssa! He’s come to cheer you up!” (as Cuddles) “Wuff!”

Billy enters the room to join Nyssa on the bed, as he plays Cuddles all over her.

NYSSA
(cheered up) “Yes! So I see!” (to Cuddles) “Nice to see you, Cuddles.”

BILLY
(as Cuddles) “Wuff!” (as himself; to Nyssa) “See! He’s happy to see you, Nyssa.”

NYSSA
(amused; to Billy) “You are a silly Billy, Billy.”

Billy makes more barking noises as Cuddles. Nyssa and Billy eventually laugh together before becoming silent for a moment.

BILLY
“Are you doing alright, Nyssa?”

NYSSA
“Yes. Feel better. I haven’t thought of anything else with this problem we’re having, but I feel better.”

BILLY
“Yeah.” (Pause) “Well, I don’t know if this will help. But I found out about those tests you asked me to do with that bullet we found.”

NYSSA
“Yes. That will help very much indeed, Billy. And?”

BILLY
“Well, I had the TARDIS data banks check the bullet’s composition structure and its origin as to where it came from.” (breathes deep) “It gave no answer.”

NYSSA
“Rewind? Say that again?”

BILLY
“It couldn’t pick up any information at all. No records were found as to the origin of that bullet. Nothing to say as to what weapon uses these bullets and what alien race possesses such technology and weaponry. According to the records, it seems to be impossible to exist.”

NYSSA
(sighs; annoyed) “Oh that’s all we need.”

BILLY
(apologetically) “Sorry. I know it’s not much, but…”

NYSSA
“It’s not your fault, Billy. Nothing makes sense as to why John died and what the cause of his death was. It makes me worried.”

BILLY
“I know what you mean. I’m worried too.”

NYSSA
(sighs) “Oh I just wish I had the answer in the palm of my hand.”

BILLY
(reassuringly) “You’ll find the answer. I’m sure, Nyssa.”

NYSSA
“I wish I had your optimism, Billy.” (Pause) “Just as much I wish I could please your parents as well.”

BILLY
“Oh, they’ll like you eventually.” (Pause) “I just wish the Doctor took us back to nineteen sixty-three instead of nineteen sixty-five. Then I wouldn’t have missed two years of my life and upset my parents so much.”

NYSSA
(gradually) “It’s not the Doctor’s fault, Billy. You know that. You mustn’t blame him so harshly.”

BILLY
“Yeah, yeah. I know it’s not his fault, Nyssa. I know that.” (Pause) “I just…I wish things were easier. Less complicated.”

NYSSA
“Life never is, Billy. I’m afraid.”

BILLY
(sighs) “No. I suppose it isn’t.”

Another moment of silence ensues.

NYSSA
“Billy? May I ask you something?”

BILLY
“Hmm?”

NYSSA
(gradually) “Why were you reluctant to join me and the Doctor in the TARDIS? Before and during our time at the space hotel, I mean?”

BILLY
(gradually) “Well, you know half the answer already.” (Pause) “My dad, you see. Well, he was a postman. But the workload he was getting wasn’t that good. And the pay he was getting wasn’t that good either. So…I decided to pitch in, you see.”

NYSSA
“By becoming a photographer.”

BILLY
“Freelance, yes. I took photos for newspaper stories whilst my dad was working as a postman. That project I did with the steam railway was something of a hobby as well as a career strategy. I was going to present it to my boss when I got back home from Huttle.”

NYSSA
“That was before you met me and the Doctor. You were supporting your family with your photography.”

BILLY
“Yeah. And the reason why I was so fidgety about joining you and the Doctor was…because I was so worried about my parents.”

NYSSA
“So why did you join the Doctor and me when you did then, Billy?”

BILLY
(gradually) “Well…when I was offered the chance to travel in time and space, I thought…since the TARDIS is a time machine, I’d thought I’d be back in time for tea with my mum and dad before they realised I was away. It didn’t quite turn out the way I hoped, but…”

NYSSA
“I’m sorry, Billy. I really am.”

BILLY
“But I meant what I said back at the Glass & Hound. I don’t regret my decision of joining you and the Doctor in the TARDIS. The things I’ve done; the people I’ve met. Jane Austen; fighting monsters; saving planets and most importantly…falling in love with you.”

NYSSA
“I’m glad you don’t regret it, Billy. I’m pleased I met you too.”

Nyssa and Billy then kiss each other.


SCENE #70 – INT – LIVING ROOM, NO. 8 – DAY, MORNING
Next day, in the living room of No. 8, Churchwood Street, Enid sits worrying about Billy. Fred enters to see Enid in the living room.

FRED
(concerned) “Enid? Are you alright, my dear?”

ENID
“I don’t like it, Fred. The way things are. With Billy back after so long. With his friends. And that girl.”

FRED
“I’m sure there’s a reasonable explanation for all this, dear.” (Pause) “The girl? What’s her name…Nisea? Naysee? Nassa?”

ENID
“She could have been the one who drove Billy away from us. Maybe that’s why Billy’s so secretive. It has to be because of her. That girl!”

FRED
“We don’t know that yet. They could have met during normal circumstances. He likes her; she likes him.”

Moment of tense silence ensues.

ENID
(sobs, apologetically) “I’m sorry, Fred. I’m sorry.” (Pause) “I’m so thrilled that Billy’s back. I just can’t understand why he won’t tell us anything. About where he’s been. He seems so happy with that girl. And as much as I try not to…I can’t help think the worst.”

FRED
“Then try not to, Enid. Billy will tell us in his own time about what he’s been doing. He’s a good boy. He wouldn’t deceive us. He’s still the same boy we know and love. He hasn’t changed much.”

ENID
“Oh yes he has. In confidence, in manner…”

Enid stops talking and bursts into tears.

FRED
(comfortingly) “Look. I’ll tell you what, my dear. Why don’t we invite Billy and…his girlfriend to a little dinner? That way we’ll know a little more about them.”

ENID
(apprehensively) “No. I can’t…”

FRED
“It may give us more on where Billy’s been.”

Another moment of tense silence ensues.

ENID
“You think so.”

FRED
“I’m sure of it.”

ENID
“But that girl?!”

FRED
“She may be a really nice person. Billy seems to imply that. You could see it on his face. He’s really taken with her.” (Pause) “Let’s give them a chance.”

A moment of silence ensues.

ENID
(reluctantly) “Alright then.”

FRED
“Good. We’ll talk more about it later on.” (Pause) “Now. I’ve got to go to work.”

Fred stands up and gets his things to leave for work. He kisses Enid goodbye.

FRED
“Bye, darling.”

ENID
“See you later, Fred. Have a nice day.”

FRED
“I’ll try to.”

Fred leaves the living room and out of the house to head for work. Enid remains in the living room, feeling anxious.


SCENE #71 – INT – MARTIN BLACK’S OFFICE, CHURCHWOOD TIMES – DAY, MORNING
At the Churchwood Times, Helen Black is with Martin Black in his office. They get interrupted by a knock on the door.

HELEN
“Oh. Someone wishes to see you, my dear.”

MARTIN
“It’s early in the morning.” (calls) “Come in.”

The door opens and the Doctor enters.

DOCTOR
“Hello! I’m the Doctor. Hope I’m not interrupting.”

MARTIN
“Not at all, sir. By all means, come in. Do I know you?”

DOCTOR
“No you don’t. But no worries. I won’t keep you.”

HELEN
(realises) “Wait a moment! I know you, don’t I?”

DOCTOR
(dismissively) “I don’t think so.”

HELEN
(insistently) “Yes. It was at the Glass and Hound pub.”

DOCTOR
(remembers) “Oh yes! Right! You mean…”

HELEN
“You’re Billy’s friend! The one that came in yesterday.”

DOCTOR
“Yes, I vaguely remember you. Sorry for not introducing myself properly.”

HELEN
“That’s alright. I’m Helen. And this is my husband Martin.”

DOCTOR
(cheerfully) “Hello Helen; Hello Martin.”

MARTIN
“Billy Walker’s friend, hey. And a Doctor.” (realises) “Oh yes! Billy came home yesterday after reported missing for two years.”

DOCTOR
(cautiously) “Yes. I hope you’re not going to get a story out of me.”

MARTIN
“That depends.”

DOCTOR
“On what?”

MARTIN
“On what you want from me. I hope it’s relevant.”

DOCTOR
“Oh it’s most relevant. Most, most absolutely, fantastically, anonymously relevant. It’s about your daughter.”

MARTIN
(surprised) “Our daughter?!”

HELEN
“Oh Maria! How is she? Is she better?”

DOCTOR
“You’ve seen her in hospital then.”

HELEN
“Indeed. We saw her yesterday. We’ve never seen her so hyper and active.”

MARTIN
“Had we known that this would happen to her, we should never have invited her back home.”

DOCTOR
“You definitely saw your daughter yesterday then.”

MARTIN
“Is there a problem, Doctor?”

DOCTOR
“No. Not at all. There was some confusion at the hospital about you visiting your daughter from other people.”

HELEN
(laughs) “Oh. That hospital.”

MARTIN
“If we knew a better hospital in Cardiff, we would put her in there.”

DOCTOR
“Do you know what caused Maria to behave all violent and hostile?”

HELEN
(puzzled) “We thought you were a doctor, Doctor.”

DOCTOR
“I’m asking a question. Has this happened before?”

MARTIN
“Not to my knowledge.”

DOCTOR
“And you don’t know why she’s behaving like that now?”

MARTIN
“If I knew…I wouldn’t be able to tell you. Even if I wanted to.”

DOCTOR
(thoughtfully) “Hmm.” (Pause) “Thank you both. You’ve been most helpful.”

HELEN
“Still willing to do an interview with my husband, Doctor. About your connection to Billy’s disappearance?”

DOCTOR
“I’ve got other things to sort out. Thank you for your time.”

The Doctor is about to leave the office, as he shuts the door behind him. But then he re-enters the room in Columbo style.

DOCTOR
“Oh. There is one other thing.” (Pause) “Tell me, Helen; Martin. You wouldn’t happen to know where your son is.”

MARTIN
(puzzled) “Our son?”

DOCTOR
“Yes. We met the other night. Sean Black, I think his name was.”

HELEN
“Why would you want to know about him?”

DOCTOR
(casually) “Just part of a routine enquiry, that’s all.” (Pause) “So tell me. You wouldn’t happen to know where your son is.”


SCENE #72 – EXT – REAR ENTRANCE, GLASS & HOUND – DAY, MORNING
At the same time, at the rear entrance of the Glass & Hound pub, a fight ensues between teddy boys, mods and rockers. Sean comes out via the rear entrance to see what’s going on.

SEAN
(shouts) “Oi! Pack it in, you lot!”

The teddy boys, mods and rockers stop fighting once they see Sean. Among the group are Rick and Keith.

SEAN
“Do you really want to see other people looking at you?!”

A moment of bitter silence ensues before Sean turns to the teddy boys.

SEAN
(to teddy boys) “You lot. Go to Norton’s. When you see the guy you’re after, do what you’ve got to do.” (Pause) “Move it!”

The teddy boys reluctantly obey, as they run off. Sean turns to Rick and Keith.

SEAN
(chillingly; to Rick; Keith) “Now. I gather you lot have something to tell me.”

RICK
“Your employers wish for the drug tablets to be planted in everyone’s drinks.”

SEAN
(sharply) “They’re not my employers!” (Pause) “There was a time when they didn’t even want me.”

KEITH
“They want you to carry out this task at the pub whilst we carry out ours.”

SEAN
(laughs, staggered) “What?! They expect me to carry out some menial task for them.” (puzzled) “Hang on! I thought they had someone assigned for that.”

RICK
“She wouldn’t do it.”

KEITH
“She’s been disposed of. Just like that other one who was disposed of. You’re the last resort we’ve got.”

SEAN
“Resort, am I? Story of my life, isn’t it?” (thinks) “Hmm. Very well. I will do what they ask. I hope it pleases them.”

KEITH
“They said you will get your reward if you comply.”

SEAN
“Will I indeed?” (Pause) “Where are the drug tablets?”

RICK
“Here. In these cardboard boxes.”

SEAN
(puzzled) “Not using metallic containers then.”

RICK
“They said that cardboard material will deceive anyone who questions its contents. That’s the general idea. You can disguise their appearance.”

SEAN
“They think of everything, don’t they?” (to Rick; Keith) “Make sure you lot don’t go letting this drug smuggling operation out into the open. Don’t want too many mistakes at our doorstep, do we?”

RICK
“Absolutely not.”

There’s then a call from inside the Glass & Hound pub.

ALEXANDRA
(calls from inside) “Sean? Sean, where are you?! Sean?”

SEAN
(urgently) “Quick, you lot! Get shifted!”

Rick, Keith and the others make a run for it. Alexandra comes out of the pub, just as the mods and rockers disappear. She finds Sean standing before her.

ALEXANDRA
“Sean?! What are you doing out here?”

SEAN
“Getting some fresh air, my dear. Is that a crime?”

ALEXANDRA
“You can help with serving the drinks.” (puzzled) “What are those?”

SEAN
“These boxes? Oh they’re just packets of crisps and nuts. Came this morning.”

ALEXANDRA
“Strange. I don’t recall making an order for those.”

SEAN
“Oh, Alexandra?”

ALEXANDRA
“Yes. What is it?”

SEAN
“Regarding drinks, do you think we can save some cans of larger and bitter from your stock? For our wedding anniversary?”

ALEXANDRA
“What? You’ve got a nerve. To ask me…”

SEAN
(interjects) “Our wedding anniversary party, remember?”

ALEXANDRA
(realises) “Oh, yes. Yes, I see.” (Pause) “I’ll see what I can do. Thank you, dear. Most thoughtful.” (Pause) “Bring those boxes in will you, dear?”

SEAN
“Certainly. And dear?” (Pause) “We need to talk sometime. About our baby.”

Sean immediately brings the boxes of ‘drugs’ in without Alexandra realising it.


SCENE #73 – INT – NORTON’S CAFÉ, CHURCHWOOD STREET – DAY, MORNING
In Norton’s Café, Billy and Nyssa sit together having a cup of tea whilst chatting.

BILLY
“Are you thinking of doing any more tests on those blood samples?”

NYSSA
“There’s nothing more that can be done. At least not yet. We have very little substantial evidence to base our theories on.” (Pause) “I wish the Doctor would come back. To tell us more. Then we’ll know what we’re dealing with.”

BILLY
“And not lurk about in the dark.”

NYSSA
(thinks) “The Doctor would know. He seems to know more about these things.”

BILLY
“That rift we bumped into when we landed here in the TARDIS. It might have to do with what we’re fighting against.”

NYSSA
“Yes. I suppose so.”

BILLY
“Or it could be I’m distracting you a lot that you can’t find the answer.”

NYSSA
“I can keep two things in mind at once, Billy. My experiments and you.”

Both Nyssa and Billy laugh together.

NYSSA
“I’ll have to do more tests and start the whole analysis again. There’s something we’re overlooking.”

Moment of silence.

BILLY
“What do you think of Sean? My best buddy. The one you met last night.”

NYSSA
“Yes. I remember.” (Pause) “He’s alright.”

BILLY
“Alright? Is that it? Just alright?”

NYSSA
“Well…I’m not sure about him.”

BILLY
“Not sure?”

NYSSA
“Oh how can I put it? He’s…” (thinks) “He seems over-confident and brash. He tends to think highly of himself. More highly than you do.”

BILLY
(baffled) “Oh. Well, I hadn’t noticed.”

NYSSA
“I’m just observing. He’s not the person I want to spend a lot of time with. He makes me nervous. Like…he’s hiding something.”

BILLY
“Hiding something? Sean? Never.”

NYSSA
“You think well of him.”

BILLY
“Sean’s my best mate! How could I not? He’s a bit on the rough side, I know. He can get into trouble. Gets up to all sorts of pranks and plays tricks on people. But he’s harmless.”

NYSSA
“There’s a difference between being harmless and playing pranks on people. Sean’s the type of person to get cocky if he knows it will bring him mischief.”

BILLY
(disappointed) “Well, I can see you don’t like him so much.”

NYSSA
(abjectly) “I never said I didn’t like him, Billy.”

BILLY
“It’s the way you implied it. You seem to have a low opinion of my friends.”

NYSSA
“I didn’t mean to upset you. I’m sorry you think I don’t like him.” (Pause) “Perhaps I’ll grow to like him in time. I don’t want to be judgemental.” (Pause) “But I will say this. I find his attitude a little overbearing.”

BILLY
“Overbearing? What’s that supposed to mean?”

NYSSA
(gradually) “He’s not like you, Billy.”

BILLY
(laughs) “I should hope not.”

NYSSA
“He doesn’t behave like you do. You’re well spoken. More considerate and friendly. He’s rough. A bit cold. He puts you down sometimes.”

BILLY
“That’s not true. He never puts me down.”

NYSSA
(challengingly) “Oh no? What about when he said he thought you’d never get a girl in ‘a million years’. Those were the words he used. I’m quoting them.”

BILLY
“Just a little joke of his.”

NYSSA
“It wasn’t funny to me. I found it insulting. To think he would imply you weren’t capable of getting a girl.”

BILLY
“Well, he could have a point…”

NYSSA
(interjects; adamant) “He’s wrong, Billy. He’s absolutely wrong. You’ve got me. And from my perspective, you’re perfectly capable of treating a girl warmly and lovingly.”

BILLY
“Thank you for your vote of confidence in me.”

NYSSA
“He doesn’t seem right to make friends with. He has a dark side, I’m sure. And I’m disappointed you can’t see it.”

BILLY
(stammers) “Nyssa. Nyssa, I…” (Pause) “Maybe you’re right. Granted Sean’s a bit rough and cocky at times. But that doesn’t mean…”

NYSSA
(interrupts; disturbed) “Billy?”

BILLY
(concerned) “What is it?”

NYSSA
“Why are they looking at us like that?”

Billy turns around to see the teddy boys led by Rick. They stare directly at Nyssa and Billy in their seats.

BILLY
“Those guys? Oh they’re teddy boys.”

NYSSA
“Teddy boys?”

BILLY
“Yeah. They usually go about on motorcycles; hang out at clubs and chat. They’re quite harmless. Unless you get on the wrong side of them.”

NYSSA
“Then shouldn’t we be concerned, Billy? Why are they staring at us…?”

BILLY
(interjects) “Just ignore them, Nyssa. They won’t bother us.”

Nyssa then begins to stir unsteadily.

NYSSA
“Billy! They’re coming this way! Towards us!”

BILLY
“Stop worrying, Nyssa. They’re probably heading out to leave for their motorcycles. Pretty obvious, isn’t it?”

But as Nyssa sits down, one of the boys knocks Billy roughly. Nearly spilling his tea, Billy looks to see Rick.

RICK
(viciously) “Hey, punk! You’re sitting in my seat!”

BILLY
(puzzled) “Oh. Am I? Sorry.”

RICK
(viciously) “You’re sitting in my seat, mate! Get shifted!”

NYSSA
(protests) “We have as much right to sit here. We came here first.”

RICK
“You stay out of this, doll!”

NYSSA
(defiantly) “I’m not a doll! [I’m…]”

BILLY
(reassuringly) “It’s alright, Nyssa. We’re going.”

But as Billy kindly makes to leave, he is suddenly thrust upon by Rick. Rick pulls Billy off his chair and throws him to the floor. Billy falls flat on his face, crying in pain. The teddy boys jeer at Billy.

BILLY
(cries) “Argh! Oww that hurts!”

NYSSA
(shocked, to teddy boys) “What was that for?! How dare you?!”

BILLY
(reassuringly) “It’s alright, Nyssa. They’re just having a laugh.”

But Billy gets pulled up by Rick before he’s punched in the face. The teddy boys continue to jeer at Billy.

BILLY
(protests) “Now, guys! Take it easy!”

But Billy gets more punches in the face by Rick.

RICK
(viciously) “Think you can play smart with us, boy!”

Rick then viciously spits in Billy’s face.

RICK
(viciously) “Huh? Think you’re better than us?! Well think again!”

NYSSA
(shouts) “Stop it! Leave my boyfriend alone!”

RICK
(to Nyssa) “Buzz off!”

Rick pushes Nyssa violently to the floor, to which she cries out in pain.

BILLY
(protests; angrily) “Hey! That’s my girlfriend you just pushed to the floor!”

But Rick picks Billy up and throws him across a number of tables. Billy smashes into some plates, passing bewildered guests who scream terrified. Billy struggles to get up after being thrown across.

BILLY
(apologetically; to guests) “Sorry I ruined your meals, guys!”

Rick then comes around on Billy again and picks him up. Nyssa struggles to get up from the floor.

NYSSA
(shouts) “Please! Enough is enough! Stop it, will you!”

BILLY
(cries; pleadingly) “Please! You’ve had your fun! Now stop!”

Rick then pulls Billy towards the café window.

NYSSA
“Billy! Watch out! He’s going to smash you through that window…”

But it’s too late, as Billy is thrown by Rick into the café window, smashing it into pieces.


SCENE #74 – EXT – CHURCHWOOD STREET, CARDIFF – DAY, MORNING
Outside, Billy ends up on the pavement after being thrown out of the café window. Teddy boys jeer at Billy from inside the café. Rick walks through the smashed window and is about to throw a few punches at Billy. Nyssa also comes out and grabs at Rick, stopping him in his tracks.

NYSSA
(cries) “That’s enough! Stop this now!”

But Rick grabs Nyssa and angrily pushes her up to the wall. Nyssa gets bruised once she’s pinned to the wall. Just as Nyssa is about to get it, Sean comes by.

SEAN
(calls) “Oi! You there! What’s going on?!”

NYSSA
(heatedly) “Isn’t it obvious?! This maniac’s hurting my boyfriend!”

SEAN
(to Rick) “What’s your game then?”

RICK
(shouts; bitterly) “He made jokes at me! He insulted me! He call me a loser!!! Said I deserve to live in muck!!!”

NYSSA
“He’s lying!”

RICK
(savagely; to Nyssa) “Would you like me to bite your head off, girl?!!!”

NYSSA
“If it means dying for Billy…”

SEAN
(interjects) “Nobody’s going to die!” (to Rick) “If I find your ugly mug around these parts again…”

RICK
(bitterly; to Nyssa) “You bring that loser with you in that café again, I’ll rip his heart out!!!”

Rick then storms off and the other teddy boys join him, running out through the smashed café window. The teddy boys led by Rick run off down the street. A crowd gathers whilst Nyssa recovers from the shock.

SEAN
“They’ve done a runner!”

NYSSA
“Good riddance to them! Somebody should call the police.”

SEAN
“Are you alright, love? You’ve got a pretty gash on your head…”

NYSSA
“I’m fine.” (panics) “Billy? What about Billy?!”

Nyssa and Sean then go over to where Billy is, lying on the pavement.

NYSSA
(cries) “Billy? Billy, are you alright? Billy, can you hear me?!”

SEAN
“He’s taken a real bashing. That jerk must have had something against him.”

NYSSA
(cries, panics) “Billy! Billy, wake up!”

Billy groans as he wakes up.

BILLY
(weakly) “Nyssa? Is that you?”

NYSSA
(relieved) “Yes! Billy, I’m here. It’s alright now.”

BILLY
(weakly, catches breath) “Have…have they gone?”

NYSSA
“Yes. They’ve gone now. Sean and I managed to stop them.”

BILLY
(weakly) “Sean?” (to Sean) “Good to see you again, Sean. And thanks.”

SEAN
“Glad you’re in one piece, mate.” (to Nyssa) “You look after him, Nyssa. I’ll get the paramedic. And the police while I’m at it.”

Sean then runs off, whilst Nyssa tends to Billy. Billy looks up at Nyssa and gazes at her lovingly. Moment of silence ensues.

BILLY
(weakly) “Well? Aren’t you going to say it?”

NYSSA
(softly) “Say what?”

BILLY
(weakly, tries to laugh) “I told you so.”

NYSSA
(laughs slightly, softly) “I told you so.”

Nyssa then leans forward and kisses Billy. Billy sighs happily, whilst Nyssa looks after him.


© Tim Bradley, 2018

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2 thoughts on “‘Dawn of the Dwaxi’, Part Two, Chapter 7

  1. Timelord 007

    Holy sh.t!!! Sean is in cahoots with the Dwaxi, O.M.G i didn’t see that coming, what a awesome twist, i got theory now, Sean is infected by the drug but he’s able repress the anger somehow maybe the drug in a less concentrated form, but, Seans got Alexandra pregnant hence her vile moods because her baby is infected with the drug causing her hormones to become aggressively erratic, (am i on the right path Tim).

    Didn’t like Billy & Nyssa being beaten up & thrown around that was quite dark, he’s such a likeable character & i loathe bullies, that was a very unsettling scene but very well written, sadly violence hurts & i felt Billys pain that shows strength in your writing when you get a person feel the vulnerable side to a character.

    A Doctor lite chapter but features a awesome “i didn’t see that coming plot twist”, i really hate Sean now, Nyssa sussed him out from the get go.

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    1. Tim Bradley Post author

      Hi Simon.

      Glad you enjoyed Chapter 7 of ‘Dawn of the Dwaxi’.

      Very pleased I surprised and shocked you with that twist of Sean being involved with the Dwaxi. Interesting theory you have about Sean and the Dwaxi in connection to Alexandra being pregnant. It sounds possible. You’ll have to find out more. 😀

      Yeah that scene where Billy gets beaten up by Rick and Keith and Nyssa tries to stop them was pretty brutal. My original version of that scene was more violent than what I’ve read, as I’ve tried to tone it down here. But it demonstrates how merciless and violent the Dwaxi can be and how they can affect people. I’m glad you found that scene effective and well-written and you felt Billy’s pain.

      Yeah I suppose this chapter was Doctor-lite, although he did appear in the first scene where he visited Bruce and the Simmons family.

      Glad you enjoyed the ‘I didn’t see that coming’ twist with Sean and that you like Nyssa being suspicious with Sean. Did you like the dialogue between Nyssa and Billy in that scene?

      Thanks for your comments, Simon. Off to Carlisle to see Peter Davison and Sarah Sutton. Looking forward to it

      Tim. 🙂

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