‘Cuddles’, Chapter 3

3. Theft In The Night

SCENE #21 – INT – LIVING ROOM, NYSSA & BILLY’S HOUSE – NIGHT
Downstairs, Billy enters the living room with cricket bat in hand. Nyssa keeps up behind Billy as they’re about to catch the thieves. Billy soon storms into the living room.

BILLY
(threateningly) “Alright, stop right there! I’ve got a cricket bat and I’m not afraid to use it!”

Billy startles the thieves, as Nyssa gets a clear view of them.

NYSSA
“They’re breaking into our cabinet!”

BILLY
“The one with the finances and the photos! The swine!”

NYSSA
(shocked; realises) “It’s them, Billy! Those three! The Digital Fire team!”

RICK
“Let’s get what we came here for, Cathy.”

CATHY
“Right you are, skipper!”

NYSSA
“Stop them, Billy! Stop them with your cricket bat!”

BILLY
“Right, Nyssa!”

Billy charges forward, about to use his cricket bat on the intruders. But Johnny sprays something nasty at Billy as he and Nyssa approach. Nyssa and Billy cough badly once they receive it.

NYSSA
(coughs) “Billy! That Johnny person. He’s sprayed some…some kind of tear gas on us!”

BILLY
(coughs) “It’s horrible! I can’t…I can’t breathe!”

NYSSA
(weakly) “It’s too strong! Need…keep focus! Keep focused. I…”

BILLY
(sickly) “I feel…I feel sick!”

Nyssa and Billy gradually collapse to the floor before they’re knocked out unconscious.

RICK
(laughs) “Well done, Johnny lad.”

JOHNNY
“I always love using that gas, Rick. My own little invention.”

RICK
“Have you got them, Cathy? The photos.”

CATHY
“I’ve got them here, Rick. They’re safe.”

Cathy then takes a look at the photos.

CATHY
“Aww, such sweet things! They look so happy together!”

RICK
“No time for that! Let’s get out of here while we can!”

They’re about to leave before Cuddles blocks their exit.

CUDDLES
(angrily; barks) “Woof! Woof! WOOF!!! Woof! Woof! Woof! WOOF!!!”

JOHNNY
(disbelievingly) “What is that?!”

RICK
“It’s a dog, you idiot! What do you think?!”

JOHNNY
“But…it’s small! And made of wool!”

CATHY
“It’s a cuddly toy dog!”

CUDDLES
“Woof!”

Rick; Johnny and Cathy laugh as they see Cuddles before them on the floor.

CATHY
(laughs; realises) “It must be their cuddly toy dog! Cuddles, wasn’t it?”

Cuddles then growls ferociously at them.

JOHNNY
(scoffs) “Was that a growl?” (laughs; mocks) “Ooh! He sounds angry, doesn’t he?”

RICK
(mocks) “He doesn’t like us committing a burglary, does he?” (laughs; to Cuddles) “Cute little doggie.”

Cuddles growls fiercely again.

CATHY
(laughs) “Aww he’s so cute, isn’t he?”

RICK
(laughs) “Yes he is, Cathy. Couldn’t put it better myself.”

JOHNNY
(nervously) “I don’t think that dog really likes us.”

CUDDLES
(furiously) “Woof! Woof! WOOF!!!”

CATHY
“We can’t have him following us, Rick. This is a job for Scruff, isn’t it?”

RICK
“Indeed!” (calls) “Scruff!”

At that moment, Scruff the ugly dog enters, growling angrily and ferociously. Scruff approaches, facing Cuddles.

SCRUFF
(growls) “WOOF! WOOF!!!”

CUDDLES
(afraid) “Woof! Woof!”

SCRUFF
(fiercely) “WOOF!!!”

CUDDLES
(scared) “Oww! Oww! Oww! Oww!”

Cuddles immediately runs away, whimpering to hide. He hides behind a sofa whilst Rick; Johnny and Cathy laugh.

CATHY
“Aww! He’s scared of big dog Scruff, isn’t he?”

RICK
“Yes. Just for a moment, I thought that little toy dog was made of sterner stuff.”

JOHNNY
“Shouldn’t we get going, Rick? We got to head back to the boss?”

RICK
“Of course we are, Johnny.” (to Scruff) “Come on then, Cathy; Johnny. Let’s head back to where we came from. You too, Scruff!”

Scruff growls viciously, before he reluctantly follows his master. Rick; Johnny and Cathy leave the way they came in out of the house. Cuddles meanwhile remains hiding behind the sofa once they’re gone. He whimpers, feeling ashamed and scared.

CUDDLES
(sadly) “Woof. Woof. Woof!”


SCENE #22 – INT – LIVING ROOM, NYSSA & BILLY’S HOUSE – DAY, MORNING
It’s now day-time. Cuddles sniffs over Billy with his nose to wake him up.

CUDDLES
(barks) “Woof; woof!”

Cuddles then tries to ‘lick’ Billy’s face. Billy groans as he wakes.

BILLY
(groans) “Cuddles, Cuddles! Stop licking me! If that’s called licking!”

CUDDLES
“Woof?”

NYSSA
(concerned) “Billy? Billy, are you alright?”

Billy wakes up to see Nyssa looking over him.

BILLY
(relieved) “Nyssa! Yes, I’m fine! Thank goodness you’re here.” (Pause) “Have those three crooks gone?”

NYSSA
“Yes.” (Pause) “Billy, they took the photos. Of you; me and Cuddles.”

BILLY
(distressed) “What?! They can’t have taken them! They were my favourites!”

NYSSA
(anxiously) “I can’t understand why they didn’t take the laptop. Or our finances.”

The phone then rings. Nyssa and Billy let it ring for a while.

NYSSA
“It’s him. It’s the Doctor.”

BILLY
(gradually) “Answer it, Nyssa. Tell him what’s happened. Break it to him gently.”

Nyssa eventually goes over to the phone and picks it up.

NYSSA
(through phone) “Hello? Doctor, is that you?”

DOCTOR (V’O)
“Nyssa! Thank goodness I’ve got through. How long has it been since I last phoned you?”

NYSSA
(through phone) “Yesterday.”

DOCTOR (V’O)
“Yesterday? Well, I hope not much has happened. Everything alright with you and Billy?”

NYSSA
(through phone) “Doctor, we’ve been burgled.”

DOCTOR (V’O)
“Burgled?”

NYSSA
(through phone) “Yes. The burglars took our photos from us.”

DOCTOR (V’O)
(shocked) “What?! Nyssa, I told you to look after them! Both you and Billy!”

Whilst the Doctor’s angry, Nyssa turns to Billy.

NYSSA
(to Billy) “He’s not happy, Billy.”

BILLY
“I told you to break the news gently to him, Nyssa.”

NYSSA
(through phone; to Doctor) “Doctor, we tried to stop them! Billy had your cricket bat! But they used some kind of tear gas to knock us out!”

DOCTOR (V’O)
“Tear gas? Did you say ‘tear gas’, Nyssa?”

NYSSA
(through phone; apprehensively) “Yes, Doctor. Why, what’s going on? Where are you now?”

DOCTOR (V’O)
(to himself) “It’s far worse than I thought.” (to Nyssa) “Nyssa? I want you and Billy to go after the thieves!”

NYSSA
(through phone) “Go after them? But we don’t know…”

DOCTOR (V’O)
(interrupts; stressed out) “I’ll give you their location. They’re in a warehouse in the Swansea Industrial Park. Two miles from the City Centre. It’s not far. You can get there by bus. The co-ordinates are Three-Four-T-Y-Eight-Zero-One. Got that?”

NYSSA
(through phone) “Doctor…”

DOCTOR (V’O)
(interrupts; quickly) “Remember, Nyssa! Swansea Industrial Park – warehouse! I’m sure you’ll find it. You and Billy. Best of luck. And take Cuddles! It’s very important you bring Cuddles with you! Must dash! Bye!”

NYSSA
(through phone) “Doctor, wait a moment!” (Pause) “Doctor! Doctor!”

But the Doctor has already gone, having hung up. Nyssa puts the phone back on the hook before turning to Billy.

BILLY
“What did the Doctor say, Nyssa? “Go after them”, you said. What did that mean?”

NYSSA
(gradually) “Billy, I have the coordinates. I’ll put them in my newly built tracking device. We’re going to get our photos back!”

BILLY
“Are we? Then we better catch a bus then. Are we going by bus?”

NYSSA
“Yes Billy, we are. And we’re to take Cuddles with us.”

BILLY
“Cuddles?”

NYSSA
“It’s very important we bring him apparently.”

CUDDLES
(excited) “Woof! Woof!”

Cuddles pants excitedly, as Nyssa and Billy get ready to leave.


SCENE #23 – INT – BUS, SWANSEA – DAY, MORNING
It’s now early in the morning on Christmas Eve. A bus journeys to the Swansea Industrial Park with Nyssa; Billy and Cuddles inside.

BILLY
“Say, Nyssa? It’s early in the morning! A brand new day! And it’s Christmas Eve!”

NYSSA
“Yes Billy, it is. Happy Christmas Eve!”

BILLY
“Happy Christmas Eve to you too, Nyssa dear.”

Moment of silence.

NYSSA
“Is there something worrying you, Billy?”

BILLY
(gradually) “The Doctor seems to know far more than he’s letting on. More than usual, I mean.” (Pause) “I’m amazed he knows about our Cuddles and that he can walk on his two feet.”

CUDDLES
(barks) “Woof! Woof!”

BILLY
“Especially as we’ve just discovered it ourselves recently.”

NYSSA
“It’s been three days since the Doctor last saw us, whereas for us it’s been two months.”

BILLY
“Goodness me! I wonder what the Doctor has been doing all this time.”

NYSSA
(gradually; changes subject) “I’m glad the bus is empty and quiet, Billy. It’d be terrible if we had a public display of Cuddles if the bus was crowded and we had to restrain him.”

CUDDLES
(confused) “Woof?”

BILLY
“It’s very early in the day though? There are bright clouds, yet it’s still dark.”

NYSSA
(dreamily) “Sunrise. My favourite time of the day.”

Moment of silence.

BILLY
“So what are we going to do when we find the thieves?”

NYSSA
“I’ve no idea, Billy. The Doctor didn’t say much. I’ve got my mobile just in case he rings me. Have you got your mobile, Billy?”

BILLY
“Yes, Nyssa. I’ve got mine.”

NYSSA
“We’ll have to use them sparingly. The Doctor can call us at any time or text us a message if he wants to.”

BILLY
(gradually) “I wonder what’s going to happen when we get there. Whether we’ll get our photos back.”

NYSSA
(gradually; realises) “You’re getting used to us living together aren’t you, Billy?”

BILLY
“I rather like it, Nyssa.” (gradually) “It’s not been easy, I know. With working and keeping up with the bills. But I’ve enjoyed our little life together at our little house over Christmas.”

NYSSA
“I’ve enjoyed it too, Billy. It’s been nice, hasn’t it?”

BILLY
“But you’re not happy with this sort of lifestyle, are you? With the job you’ve got. You want to do something far more advanced in scientific circles.”

NYSSA
(gradually) “I admit I’m not willing to accept being in a secretarial role for the rest of my life. I want to do something challenging.” (Pause) “But I don’t grudge against this lifestyle. You Billy want a better newspaper job than the one you’ve got.”

BILLY
“I would like to have something better than being a freelance photographer, yes. But I also want to make a living to keep you and me secure and safe.”

NYSSA
“I’m happy living with you, Billy. But don’t you think we’re jumping ahead too fast? Perhaps we’d better take a step back and plan more before we readily decide our future together.”

BILLY
“Is that what you want, Nyssa?”

NYSSA
“It’s how I feel, Billy.” (Pause) “We can talk more about it once this business with the thieves and the photographs is over.”

BILLY
(gradually) “Speaking of which…what are we going to do with Cuddles?”

NYSSA
“I’m not sure, Billy. It depends on what Cuddles has become. Or how he’s become like this.”


SCENE #24 – EXT – BUS STATION, SWANSEA – DAY, MORNING
Eventually, Nyssa, Billy and Cuddles arrive at the Swansea Industrial Park’s bus station. The bus drives away, leaving the bus stop after Nyssa, Billy and Cuddles disembark.

BILLY
“Right, Nyssa. We’re here at the bus station. So where do we start?”

NYSSA
“I’ll use my tracker to find the warehouse. I pre-entered the co-ordinates before we left.”

Nyssa switches her tracker on and begins to scan the area. A beeping noise comes from the tracker before it stops. A moment of silence ensues.

BILLY
“Nyssa? Was your tracker working just then?”

NYSSA
(puzzled) “Yes, it was. But now it’s cut itself out.” (Pause) “It should be tracking the co-ordinates I fed in.”

Nyssa taps her hand on the device to make it work. She then bangs it on the nearest wall. Nothing happened.

BILLY
“It’s not working then.”

NYSSA
“I did gather that, Billy.”

BILLY
“Is there interference causing it?”

NYSSA
“Well if there was, the tracker’s not picking anything up. There’s no static noise coming from it. It’s dead.”

BILLY
“Hmm. Well…can you repair it?”

NYSSA
(wryly) “Oh yes, Billy. Where do you suggest I find the nearest tool shop?”

BILLY
“There’s no need to be sarcastic, Nyssa. I was trying to be helpful.”

CUDDLES
(barks) “Woof; woof! Woof; woof!”

Cuddles sniffs away on the ground.

NYSSA
“No, Cuddles! Don’t go sniffing like that on the floor. The ground’s wet. You’ll get dirty!”

BILLY
“No wait, Nyssa. Look, see?! He’s following a trail.”

NYSSA
“Following a trail?”

BILLY
“See? There he goes! He’s heading north! I presume he’s following the trail of the criminals who stole our photos.”

NYSSA
“You could be right, Billy. It is possible.” (to Cuddles) “Cuddles? Can you find our thieves?”

Cuddles pants excitedly, before going off ahead to follow and sniff the trail.

CUDDLES
“Woof! Woof!”

BILLY
“He’s gone ahead, Nyssa. What do we do?”

NYSSA
“It’s obvious. We follow.”

BILLY
“Hey?”

NYSSA
“Come on, Billy! We must follow him!”

CUDDLES
“Woof; woof!”

With that, Nyssa and Billy follow Cuddles as they head off north.


SCENE #25 – EXT – WAREHOUSE, SWANSEA INDUSTRIAL PARK – DAY, AFTERNOON
Eventually in the afternoon, Nyssa and Billy arrive with Cuddles at the warehouse.

BILLY
(pleased) “Here we are, Nyssa! We’ve arrived! Cuddles found us the way, didn’t he?”

NYSSA
“Yes. And at the back entrance. Hopefully those criminals won’t come out this way.”

BILLY
“That depends where they are at the moment. They could be anywhere. Inside the warehouse even.”

NYSSA
“Let’s hope we’ll be able to find them. It’s important for them to be found than be found.”

BILLY
“I’m surprised we didn’t get caught on the way down from that hill.”

NYSSA
“We won’t be so lucky once we’re inside.” (to Cuddles) “Thank you, Cuddles. For finding us the way.”

CUDDLES
(happily) “Woof; woof!”

BILLY
“Good boy, Cuddles! Now stick close to us as we go in.”

CUDDLES
(complies) “Woof!”

NYSSA
“Come on. Let’s go inside through this door.”

Nyssa gently pushed the door, which creaked slightly. Nyssa and Billy enter inside the warehouse with Cuddles panting behind them.


SCENE #26 – INT – WAREHOUSE, SWANSEA INDUSTRIAL PARK – DAY, AFTERNOON
Closing the creaky door behind them once they’re inside, Nyssa and Billy take in their surroundings.

BILLY
(nervous) “You know, I’m beginning to doubt this.”

NYSSA
“You mean whether we’re doing the right thing coming in here?”

BILLY
(nervously) “No, not that. About whether we’ve come to the right warehouse.”

NYSSA
“There’s one way to find out. Let’s try upstairs on that metal staircase before us. See what we can find.”

BILLY
“Alright.” (puzzled) “Where’s Cuddles? Have you seen him?”

NYSSA
“Didn’t he come with us when we came in here?”

CUDDLES
(squeals) “Oww; oww; oww; oww!”

BILLY
“Cuddles! There he is! Stuck in that door.”

NYSSA
“He must have got trapped when we closed it.”

BILLY
“And he can’t get out, silly thing.”

NYSSA
“Oh do help him, Billy. We can’t leave him like that.”

CUDDLES
(squeals) “Oww; oww; oww; oww!”

BILLY
(reassuringly) “Alright, Cuddles. I’m coming. Hang on, buddy!”

Billy eventually opens the creaking door, letting Cuddles out. Billy closes the door once Cuddles is inside the warehouse. Cuddles pants, feeling exhausted.

BILLY
“There you are, Cuddles! I’ve set you free!”

CUDDLES
(happily) “Woof! Woof!”

Cuddles climbs up Billy and kisses him all over.

BILLY
“Okay, okay, Cuddles. I’m glad you appreciate me.”

Cuddles then farts on Billy’s face and giggles.

BILLY
(annoyed) “Thank you, Cuddles! Thanks for farting on my face.”

NYSSA
(interrupts) “Come on, Billy; come on, Cuddles! Let’s go upstairs; find the thieves and get our photos back.”

BILLY
“Right you are, lovely!”

CUDDLES
(happily) “Woof!”

Billy carries Cuddles as they join Nyssa who goes up the metal staircase.


SCENE #27 – INT – WAREHOUSE, SWANSEA INDUSTRIAL PARK – DAY, AFTERNOON
Nyssa and Billy with Cuddles come to a balcony after going up the metal staircase. They watch the thieves, with their dog Scruff, in conversation with each other below.

NYSSA
(quietly) “There they are, Billy! There are the thieves! We found them!”

BILLY
(quietly) “Yes. And we’ve got a good view of them from this balcony.”

NYSSA
“Rick Carter and Cathy Mitchell are there. I can’t see Johnny Winslow though.”

BILLY
“Perhaps he went out to have a ‘fag’. If I know these sorts of crooks.”

NYSSA
(aghast) “Oh my goodness!”

BILLY
“Oh I’m only guessing, Nyssa. Perhaps he went off to do something else.”

NYSSA
“No Billy, look! There’s Dr. Charlesworth. He’s with them! At the head of their table!”

BILLY
“What? Your boss?”

NYSSA
(realises) “Billy, look! On the table! There are our photos!”

Billy looks to see.

BILLY
(realises) “Crikey, yes! I can see them now! The photos of you; me and Cuddles. What’s so important about them then?”

NYSSA
“I don’t know, Billy. I’m wondering how we’re going to retrieve our photos without them seeing us?”

BILLY
(observes) “Your Dr. ‘boss; what’s-his-name?’ is rather friendly with that girl. Cathy…Winslow, was it?”

NYSSA
“Mitchell. Cathy Mitchell. Yes, you’re right. He is friendly with her. Far too friendly for my liking. Rick Carter doesn’t like it.”

BILLY
“There’s that dog of theirs. Scruff, isn’t it? He’s not happy either. Always so angry-looking.”

NYSSA
“I don’t want a dog like that for Christmas, Billy.”

BILLY
“Don’t worry! I won’t get you one like that. I wouldn’t let that dog play with my frizz-bee.”

Cuddles whimpers in the background. Nyssa and Billy go to check on him.

NYSSA
“Cuddles? You’re hiding again! Why are you so frightened?”

Cuddles looks at Nyssa, before he whimpers again.

BILLY
“Come on, Cuddles! Tell us! What’s the matter?”

Eventually, Cuddles stop whimpering and reaches for Nyssa’s ear to whisper into it. He soon finishes whispering.

CUDDLES
“Woof!”

BILLY
“Well, Nyssa? What did he say?”

NYSSA
(to Billy) “He says he’s frightened of the big angry dog, Scruff! He knows him, Billy!”

BILLY
“Knows him?! How can he know him?” (Pause) “Who is he? Did he say?”

Cuddles whispers to Nyssa again.

NYSSA
(gradually) “Apparently Scruff is his uncle.”

BILLY
“Uncle?! Scruff is Cuddles’ uncle?! That can’t be!”

CUDDLES
(insistently) “Woof! Woof!”

NYSSA
(to Cuddles) “Cuddles, don’t be ridiculous! He can’t be your uncle. He’s not of your breed. And he’s…well…he’s different from you. You being manufactured and him being organic.”

CUDDLES
(insistently) “Woof! WOOF!!!”

BILLY
(to Cuddles) “Cuddles, you’re a being a silly doggie! Nyssa’s right! You and that dog can’t be related!”

CUDDLES
(scared) “Woof! WOOF!!!”

Cuddles runs off, panting.

BILLY
“He’s getting away!”

NYSSA
(calls) “Cuddles, come back! Don’t run away!”

BILLY
“Yes, Cuddles!” (calls) “Come back!”

Nyssa and Billy get up and try to follow him. They soon realise that Cuddles has gone.

BILLY
“Nyssa, he’s gone! Where’s he gone?! He’s disappeared!”

NYSSA
“He can’t have disappeared! He was here a minute ago!”

BILLY
“He’s a small dog with fast feet! It’s no surprise that he’s so elusive!”

NYSSA
“We have to find him, Billy! The Doctor said to keep an eye on him!”

Nyssa and Billy go off in search of Cuddles, before a barred door drops in front of them.

BILLY
(shocked) “Hey? What’s this?! Oh no! We’re trapped! And a barred door of all things!”

NYSSA
“It came out of nowhere! How come it’s here?” (realises) “Wait a minute! This means that…”

Johnny Winslow then appears before them from the other side of the barred door. He laughs mockingly, holding a cigarette in his hand.

JOHNNY
(mocks) “Well, well, well. Very nice. Our master’s perfect subjects trapped behind bars! Ooh! Dr. Charlesworth will be pleased!”

NYSSA
(distressed) “Oh no! I hoped it wouldn’t come to this.”

BILLY
“I was right about one thing, Nyssa. This Johnny person’s got a ciggy in his hand.”

Johnny continues laughing at them whilst Nyssa and Billy are trapped behind bars.


SCENE #28 – INT – WAREHOUSE, SWANSEA INDUSTRIAL PARK – DAY, AFTERNOON
Nyssa and Billy are brought into the villains’ hideout by Johnny. They meet Rick and Cathy with Dr. Charlesworth.

JOHNNY
“Hey! Dr. Charlesworth! Look what I’ve got for you! These two were lurking on the balcony!”

SCRUFF
(barks; fiercely) “WOOF!!! WOOF!!!”

RICK
“Down, Scruff boy! Down!”

Scruff growls fiercely whilst Charlesworth seems delighted.

CHARLESWORTH
“Well, well, well. What an unexpected surprise!” (to Nyssa) “Merry Christmas to you, Miss Nyssa. I did not expect to see you so soon before Christmas.”

NYSSA
“You’d be surprised how determined my boyfriend and I are, Dr Charlesworth.”

CATHY
(agitated) “How did they know where to find us? Nobody else knows we’re here!”

JOHNNY
(to Nyssa; Billy) “Yeah! How did you two find us?!”

BILLY
(coyly) “We just happened to be lucky. You obviously don’t hide yourselves well enough for measly crooks.”

JOHNNY
“Why you perishing…”

CHARLESWORTH
(interrupts) “It does not matter how they got here. We need them anyway.”

NYSSA
“Dr. Charlesworth. Those photos are very precious to my boyfriend and me. Why did your team steal them last night when we were in bed?”

BILLY
“Nyssa’s one of your employees. She’s never harmed you, so why harm her and me?”

CHARLESWORTH
“Oh it’s not you two we want. No, no, no. It’s the Doctor.”

NYSSA
(anxiously) “The Doctor? What have you done to him?!”

RICK
“We haven’t started on him yet!”

NYSSA
“Tell us what all this is about! Please!”

CHARLESWORTH
(gradually) “Very well, my dear.” (Pause) “We know about your travels with the Doctor. How special he is to you two. That is why we’re going to humiliate and weaken him.”

BILLY
(shocked) “Weaken him?! Humiliate him?! What for? What’s he done to you lot?”

CHARLESWORTH
(gradually) “We’ve had contact from a race of aliens called the Fotomoths. They exist inside the photos of you Miss Nyssa and Mr Walker.”

NYSSA
“Fotomoths?!”

CHARLESWORTH
“The Fotomoths are like blue squid things. With tentacles and four eyes. They appear as atoms and particles within the photos themselves. Of any person or object.”

BILLY
(to Charlesworth) “You’ve met these Fotomoths then?”

CHARLESWORTH
“And formed an alliance with them. They offered us money.”

CATHY
(glorified) “We intend to place life-force entities of Fotomoths inside photos of you two. These entities will extract your likenesses and steal your souls.”

CHARLESWORTH
“Thus creating new versions of you two. Looking exactly like you, except with more of the darker and vicious sides of your personalities.”

JOHNNY
“Evil doubles of you two. Cruel and nasty. How does that sound?”

BILLY
“You’re going to create evil doubles of us with the use of photographs. And with aliens who can steal our minds?!”

CHARLESWORTH
“Using Fotomothic technology given to us by our friends.”

NYSSA
“You haven’t answered our question. Why are you doing this? Why do you want to humiliate and weaken the Doctor?”

CHARLESWORTH
(bitterly) “Because we hate him.”

BILLY
“Hate him? That’s not much to go on. You must have a terrible grudge against the Doctor to hate him so much.”

NYSSA
“The Doctor is a good man. He cares and saves everyone.”

CHARLESWORTH
“Exactly. My colleagues and I are jealous of that. He can travel in that box of his; go anywhere and do anything. We can’t! We help the sick, yet we can’t save everyone.”

RICK
“We want to travel the stars! See new worlds and new places!”

CATHY
“Yet we’re stuck here on this dull Earth with the same boring life.”

JOHNNY
“Except him. The Doctor has everything. And we’re jealous!”

BILLY
(admonishes) “This is ridiculous! Petty excuses! The Doctor can’t save everyone!”

NYSSA
“If people die; get sick or downhearted, the Doctor can’t always be there. He comes when he must. People are lucky when they meet the Doctor.”

CHARLESWORTH
“And there are those who aren’t lucky! Like us! We blame him for that!”

BILLY
“So you’re doing this out of jealousy and hatred. For the Doctor.”

NYSSA
(protests) “You can’t do this! It’s wrong! It’s malicious!”

CHARLESWORTH
“Mr. Winslow! Take them away! Put them in a prison cell! We shall summon them later at nine o’clock tonight!”

JOHNNY
“Right you are!” (to Nyssa; Billy) “Come on, you two!”

NYSSA
(protests) “Dr Charlesworth! Please have mercy! Stop this now!”

Dr. Charlesworth laughs mockingly, as Nyssa and Billy are taken away by Johnny. Charlesworth then turns to Rick.

CHARLESWORTH
“Get the Fotomothic equipment ready, Mr. Carter! It’ll be time for our friends to transfer!”

Charlesworth and Cathy giggle whilst Rick walks off annoyed. As Charlesworth smooches up to Cathy, Cuddles watches in hiding, having seen Nyssa and Billy being taken away. Cuddles then follows the trail with his nose in search of Nyssa and Billy.

CUDDLES
(sniffs) “Woof!” (sniffs) “Woof!”


SCENE #29 – INT – WAREHOUSE, SWANSEA INDUSTRIAL PARK – DAY, EVENING
It’s now early evening. Nyssa and Billy sit huddled together in their cell.

NYSSA
(perplexed) “I can’t understand why Dr. Charlesworth seems so malicious. He used to be charming and suave when I was working for him.”

BILLY
(anxious) “It’s not fair. Them having to spoil our happiness. Over a number of photos. We were so happy before this happened. They do it to scorn the Doctor.”

NYSSA
“I wish the Doctor was here. Why doesn’t he turn up like he normally does?”

BILLY
“I’m really gutted they took our mobiles. Our links of contact to the Doctor are gone. He’ll leave a message and we won’t be able to answer it.”

NYSSA
“Stealing our minds and our souls. Then creating malicious versions of ourselves derived from our photos. How cruel is that?”

BILLY
“Fotomoths. That’s what they’re called. Wherever they are, I’d like to give them a piece of my mind. For spoiling our Christmas.”

NYSSA
“They must be a highly advanced species. To be capable of what they do. If I were in a good mood, I’d be fascinated by their technology.”

BILLY
(gradually) “It seems like the end of us. I was so looking forward to our Christmas together. You, me and our little doggie.”

NYSSA
(softly) “Me too, Billy. I was looking forward to it too.”

Nyssa gives Billy a kiss.

NYSSA
(gradually) “No! It can’t end like this! We’re not beaten yet! We can still find a way out!”

BILLY
“It’s easier for you to say, Nyssa. I feel so de-motivated.”

NYSSA
(gradually; persuasively) “Then do it for me, Billy. To save me? Your beloved? Your fairy princess? Please, Billy!”

A moment of silence enuses. Nyssa then kisses Billy lovingly. Both giggle once they’ve finished.

BILLY
(gradually) “Oh, okay then.” (Pause) “You’re right of course. Sorry, I don’t know what came over me. Of course we’re not beaten yet. Let’s find a break in the lock and get out of here!”

NYSSA
(happily) “That’s the spirit! Come on then. Let’s find a way out, shall we?”

At that moment, the door slowly creaks open.

BILLY
(distressed) “Oh no! Someone’s coming in here! That’s not fair!”

NYSSA
“It’s not even nine o’clock yet!”

The door opens inwardly, creaking as it does so. After a few seconds, Cuddles pops his head in, panting happily.

CUDDLES
(happily) “Woof; woof!”

BILLY
(relieved) “Oh look! Cuddles is here…come to our rescue! Thank goodness! He’s even got the keys to open the door to get us out!” (to Cuddles) “Well done, Cuddles! You don’t know how pleased I am to see you here.”

CUDDLES
(happily) “Woof; woof!”

Cuddles shakes the keys in his paws happily, as he scuttles over to Nyssa and Billy. Nyssa then picks Cuddles up from the floor.

NYSSA
(affectionately) “Cuddles, I love you! So very, very much.”

Nyssa kisses Cuddles. Cuddles then faints as she holds him.

NYSSA
(concerned) “Cuddles? Cuddles, are you alright?”

BILLY
“He’s fainted, Nyssa. You kissing him obviously overwhelmed him. You’ve still got him in your hand.”

NYSSA
(insistently) “Come on, Cuddles! Wake up!”

Cuddles wakes up, recovering and panting excitedly in Nyssa’s hand.

CUDDLES
(barks) “Woof! Woof!”

NYSSA
“Now, Cuddles! We need you to show us the way out of here. Help us to get us back to that secret lair without being spotted. Can you do that for us, Cuddles?”

CUDDLES
(thinks; barks) “Woof; woof!”

NYSSA
“Good. That settles it!”

BILLY
“Come on then! Let’s get out of here.” (to Cuddles) “Lead the way, Cuddles.”

CUDDLES
(barks) “Woof! Woof!”

Nyssa puts Cuddles back on the floor. Cuddles leads the way with Nyssa and Billy following him out of their cell.


© Tim Bradley, 2018

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