‘Cuddles’, Chapter 4

4. Cuddles To The Rescue!

SCENE #30 – INT – WAREHOUSE, SWANSEA INDUSTRIAL PARK – DAY, EVENING
Nyssa and Billy follow Cuddles down a corridor.

NYSSA
“This way I think!”

BILLY
“I’m sure it’s that way! This is the direction we came by!”

NYSSA
(to Cuddles) “Cuddles? Is Billy right?”

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

BILLY
“See, Nyssa? I get appreciated for my photographic memory! Even by Cuddles.”

NYSSA
“If you ask me that dog’s barking up the wrong tree!”

CUDDLES
(barks) “Woof!”

Suddenly a holographic image of the Doctor appears.

CUDDLES
(alerted; barks) “Ruff!!! Ruff!!!”

BILLY
(startled) “Whoa! Where did he just come from?!”

DOCTOR (V’O)
“Nyssa; Billy! It’s me! The Doctor!”

NYSSA
(astonished) “Doctor! How did you…?”

DOCTOR (V’O)
(interrupts) “This is a holographic image of me, Nyssa. Projected by the Fotomoths on their ship.”

BILLY
“The Fotomoths?! But Doctor, they’re the bad guys!”

DOCTOR (V’O)
“Oh no! Not those Fotomoths. Those are the Fotomoths-Minus. The ones I’m working with are the Fotomoths-Plus. They’re the good guys.”

BILLY
“Fotomoths-Plus? I see. So the Fotomoths…Minus are the bad guys.”

NYSSA
“Evil is relative, Billy. According to the Doctor!”

DOCTOR (V’O)
“Thank you, Nyssa. I see you’ve got Cuddles there.”

CUDDLES
(greets) “Wuff; wuff!”

BILLY
“He’s waving at you, Doctor.”

DOCTOR (V’O)
“Yes, Billy. I can see that!”

BILLY
(puzzled) “Well, aren’t you going to wave back? He’ll be upset if you don’t.”

CUDDLES
(persistently) “WUFF!!! WUFF!!!”

DOCTOR (V’O)
(impatiently) “Oh alright! Hello, Cuddles! Nice to see you!”

Cuddles pants happily.

NYSSA
“Doctor, there’s very little time.”

DOCTOR (V’O)
“There never is, Nyssa! Now I want you and Billy to take Cuddles and head for where the crooks’ lair is. The Fotomoths-Minus’ hideout.”

NYSSA
“That’s where we’re going, Doctor. We’re trying to find it now.”

DOCTOR (V’O)
“Good, Good! You need to head off in the opposite direction for that. Down along the corridor where you are now.”

NYSSA
“But that’s where…” (to Billy) “Billy, I told you we should’ve gone my way.”

BILLY
“But Cuddles said…”

Cuddles giggles cheekily.

BILLY
(annoyed) “You naughty dog!”

DOCTOR (V’O)
(interrupts; urgently) “Nyssa; Billy! Quick! Head for Dr. Charlesworth’s lair and find the photos. I’ll meet you there.”

NYSSA
(astonished) “How do you know about Dr. Charlesworth, Doctor?”

DOCTOR (V’O)
“No time, you two! Quick now! On the dot! Get moving!”

The Doctor’s hologram disappears, leaving Nyssa; Billy and Cuddles in the corridor.

BILLY
“He’s gone, Nyssa! The Doctor’s gone!”

NYSSA
(to Billy) “Come on, Billy! Let’s do as the Doctor says and head for that lair.” (calls; to Cuddles) “Come, Cuddles!”

CUDDLES
“Wuff! Wuff!”

Cuddles joins Nyssa and Billy as they head for the lair.


SCENE #31 – INT – WAREHOUSE, SWANSEA INDUSTRIAL PARK – DAY, EVENING
In Charlesworth’s lair, Nyssa and Billy enter with Cuddles.

CUDDLES
(barks) “Woof; woof!”

BILLY
“Down boy, down!”

They make for the table in search for the photos.

NYSSA
“Now the photos should be here somewhere on this table.” (Pause) “Ah! Here they are!”

Nyssa picks up the photos from the table. Billy joins Nyssa to take a look.

BILLY
“Yes! They’re the ones! Well done for finding them, Nyssa!” (Pause) “Those are the ones I showed you the other night! With you, me and Cuddles. And with you and Cuddles…”

NYSSA
(interrupts) “Yes Billy, I know. We must wait for the Doctor. Wait until he arrives and then…”

At that moment. Cuddles kisses at the photos in Nyssa’s hand.

CUDDLES
(kisses) “Woof!” (kisses) “Woof!”

NYSSA
“Cuddles, will you stop kissing me in the photos please! We don’t have time for that!”

Cuddles pants excitedly.

BILLY
“Cuddles, pipe down will you?! Pipe down now!”

Cuddles then farts on the photos.

BILLY
“Oy! Stop farting on me in the photos, Cuddles! You wouldn’t like it if I farted on you, would you?”

CUDDLES
(giggles) “Woof; woof!”

Cuddles then goes back to kissing Nyssa’s photos. Nyssa and Billy watch him.

BILLY
(sighs) “He just doesn’t get it. No matter how hard we try to explain, he just can’t get it.”

At that moment, Scruff the dog appears up out from the table. Nyssa, Billy and Cuddles stagger back as Scruff growls angrily at them.

BILLY
(shocked; anxiously) “Nyssa, watch out!”

NYSSA
(shocked) “Where did that dog spring from then?”

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

BILLY
“I don’t know. But he’s big and ugly, isn’t he?”

SCRUFF
(angrily) “WOOF!!! WOOF!!!”

CUDDLES
(scared) “Woof!!!”

Cuddles becomes afraid when seeing Scruff and hides away behind Nyssa and Billy. Nyssa and Billy are startled once Cuddles hides behind them.

BILLY
(reassuringly) “Now, now, Cuddles. It’s okay. We’re here. We’ll look after you. We’ll protect you from your…uncle.”

Cuddles still trembles with fear as he hides.

NYSSA
“He’s trembling under my arm, Billy! He’s terrified!”

BILLY
“I agree this uncle of his is scary! Look at those teeth!”

Scruff growls ferociously.

NYSSA
“I’m surprised how Dr. Charlesworth and the others restrain him.”

Billy tries to reach out to Scruff in a friendly manner.

BILLY
(to Scruff) “There now. Good dog. Nice doggie, Scruff. You’ve got big teeth, haven’t you?”

But Scruff angrily bites at Billy. Billy backs away.

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

NYSSA
“Careful, Billy! I don’t think you should antagonise him.”

At that moment, Rick; Cathy and Johnny enter. They laugh mockingly at Nyssa and Billy with Cuddles.

RICK
(mockingly) “Well; well; well. What do we have here? Scruff’s caught them!”

CATHY
(scornfully) “Thought you two could escape hey, losers?”

JOHNNY
“They’re so stupid! They’re not worthy to be the Doctor’s companions!”

Johnny eventually restrains an angry Scruff. Nyssa and Billy are distressed whilst Cuddles pants, terrified.


SCENE #32 – INT – WAREHOUSE, SWANSEA INDUSTRIAL PARK – NIGHT
It is night-time before nine o’clock. Dr. Charlesworth enters to find Nyssa and Billy with Cuddles under capture by Rick; Cathy and Johnny with Scruff.

CHARLESWORTH
(amused) “My goodness! Miss Nyssa and Mr. Walker. You two really are resourceful. I’m impressed with how you managed to escape.”

BILLY
(wryly) “We couldn’t stand being in that awful place any longer, mate.”

CHARLESWORTH
“I’m sure you couldn’t.” (Pause) “So how did you two escape? Who released you?”

Cuddles steps forward.

CUDDLES
“Woof!”

Charlesworth, Rick, Cathy and Johnny are astonished.

CHARLESWORTH
“Wha…what’s this?”

RICK
(shocked) “Is that a cuddly toy dog moving?”

CATHY
“It’s moving! It walks and barks like a dog!”

JOHNNY
“How come it’s doing that?! It’s preposterous!”

BILLY
(protests) “It’s not an it’. It’s a ‘he’. And that’s our dog, Cuddles!”

CUDDLES
(barks) “Woof! Woof! WOOF!!!”

CHARLESWORTH
(shrewdly) “But he’s a toy! Be serious!”

Cuddles growls at them fiercely. Nyssa holds Cuddles back.

NYSSA
“Easy, Cuddles! Easy!”

BILLY
“I bought Cuddles for my girlfriend when we were in Bath. She was happy when I got Cuddles for her.”

NYSSA
“And I still am. Cuddles is a symbol of the love between me and Billy. You should know that our love is hard to break between us.”

CUDDLES
(pants) “Woof!” (giggles) “Woof!”

JOHNNY
(bitterly) “I’ve had enough of this! Let’s get rid of these two now!”

RICK
“Here, here! Once and for all!”

CHARLESWORTH
“Very well.” (to Nyssa; Billy) “The time for waiting has passed. It’s coming to nine o’clock already. Time for you two to be absorbed and your minds and souls to be stolen.”

RICK
(threateningly) “Come here!”

NYSSA
(protests) “No! Keep away from us! I said keep away!”

But Nyssa and Billy get held tight in Rick and Johnny’s grasp.

JOHNNY
(scornfully) “Got you, you two little lovebirds!”

CHARLESWORTH
(to Cathy) “Miss Mitchell. Summon the Fotomoths-Minus for us please!”

CATHY
“Right you are, Dr. Charlesworth!”

Cathy activates a machine beside her. It begins to whir and grind noisily.

BILLY
(quietly; to Nyssa) “Nyssa? He said Fotomoths-Minus. They’re going to summon those evil Fotomoths for us.”

NYSSA
(quietly; to Billy) “And they’ll take our minds and souls from us. To create evil versions of you and me. To humiliate the Doctor.” (to Charlesworth) “Dr. Charlesworth, please stop!”

CHARLESWORTH
“There’s no escape for you two! Not anymore! No one can rescue you!”

CUDDLES
(panics) “Woof! Woof!”

Cuddles rushes forward to rescue Nyssa and Billy.

NYSSA
(cries) “Cuddles! Cuddles, get back!”

BILLY
(cries) “Stay back, Cuddles! Stay back!”

NYSSA
(cries) “Watch out for Scruff!”

Scruff jumps in front of Cuddles, growling at him angrily and ferociously.

SCRUFF
(growls; barks) “RUFF!!! RUFF!!!”

Cuddles trembles, scared to pass Scruff.

CUDDLES
(trembles) “Wuff! WUFF!!!”

At that moment, blue squid creatures appear, hissing noisily.

CATHY
(cries) “Look out! They’re here! The Fotomoths are here! They popped out of those photos of Nyssa and Billy there!”

RICK
“They came before the boy and girl arrived, you girl! They were in the photos already! They’re magnificent, aren’t they?”

JOHNNY
“Yes! Magnificent!” (Pause) “Look! They’re going for the boy and the girl!”

The Fotomoths-Minus giggle delightedly, advancing upon Nyssa and Billy.

BILLY
“Nyssa! Those horrible blue-tentacled things! They’ve got four eyes!”

NYSSA
“They’re coming straight for us! They’re going for our mouths!”

BILLY
(cries) “Look away, Nyssa! Don’t let them get at us!”

NYSSA
“It’s too late, Billy! I can feel their strength! They’re getting closer!”

CHARLESWORTH
“Very soon, the moths will swallow your faces; absorb your minds; and your evil counterparts will be born!”

Nyssa and Billy scream as the Fotomoths-Minus approach and grab hold of their faces with their tentacles. They cover their faces with their bodies. Nyssa and Billy scream and struggle whilst being absorbed by the Fotomoths-Minus. Charlesworth and the others laugh at them.

BILLY
(cries; muffled) “Nyssa! I can’t…breathe!”

NYSSA
(cries; muffled) “Doctor! DOCTOR!!!”

Cuddles panics as he sees this attack.

CUDDLES
(barks; panics) “WOOF!!! WOOF!!!”

Scruff growls at Cuddles angrily; whilst Charlesworth and the others continue to gloat. A while later, atoms begin to materialise from Nyssa and Billy as bodies are being formed.

RICK
“Look! See! Materialisation is taking place!”

JOHNNY
“I see them! I see two bodies!”

CATHY
“Yes! Nyssa and Billy! The evil ones!”

CUDDLES
(distressed) “Woof! Woof!”

Cuddles panics whilst Nyssa and Billy struggle to escape. Their evil twins appear.

NYSSA TWIN
(sultry) “Hmm. Well, I’ve slept long enough.” (to Billy Twin) “Time for some fun hey, you sexy thing?”

BILLY TWIN
(darkly) “You said it, you corking girl! Let’s punch somebody, hey?”

The evil Nyssa and Billy twins laugh mockingly, whilst the real Nyssa and Billy with Cuddles become distressed.


SCENE #33 – INT – MAIN BRIDGE, FOTOMOTH-PLUS SPACESHIP – N/A
On the main bridge of a Fotomoth-Plus Spaceship in Earth’s orbit, the Doctor watches what happens via a viewscreen.

DOCTOR
(to Fotomoths-Plus) “Got it! I’ve pinpointed the spatial location of the warehouse! Hopefully I shall able to transfer my communication to Nyssa and Billy if they’re there.”

The Fotomoths-Plus respond in mutterings and babble, almost like giggling.

DOCTOR
(pleased) “I’m glad you agree with me.” (deep breath) “Right, I’m ready when you are. Transfer me to your messaging system and I’ll do my worst.”

The Fotomoths-Plus respond giggling as the Doctor follows them.


SCENE #34 – INT – WAREHOUSE, SWANSEA INDUSTRIAL PARK – NIGHT
Back on Earth in the warehouse, the real Nyssa and Billy get weaker. Cuddles watches them suffer.

CUDDLES
(despairs) “Woof! Woof!”

Charlesworth; Rick; Cathy and Johnny laugh mockingly as the evil Nyssa and Billy form into existence.

RICK
(mockingly) “Don’t like your new good-looking selves, Nyssa and Billy?”

CATHY
(scornfully) “You’re so pathetic and weak! You can’t even overcome your dodgy counterparts!”

CHARLESWORTH
“Now, now, friends. Let’s not be mean. Let them have their final moments together.”

JOHNNY
“Why? It’s fun mocking them this way!”

Charlesworth; Rick; Cathy and Johnny laugh, whilst Nyssa and Billy suffer.

BILLY
(weakly) “Nyssa. I…I do love you. So very, very much.”

NYSSA
(weakly) “I love you too, Billy. I’ll never forget you, Billy.”

CATHY
(mockingly) “Aww; isn’t that sweet? Such a shame to see them die.”

The crooks laugh whilst the evil Nyssa and Billy twins canoodle with each other.

BILLY TWIN
(darkly) “Say, Nyssa? I’d like to see you in a black dress and kiss you again and again.”

NYSSA TWIN
(sultry) “Good. I like hearing you say that, Billy. We can go out on the town and dance all the time.”

BILLY TWIN
(darkly) “Yeah. Then we can punch somebody if he; she or they get in our way.”

NYSSA TWIN
(sultry) “Definitely! You’re so manly aren’t you, my Billy.”

The evil Nyssa and Billy twins laugh whilst the good Nyssa and Billy seem to be passing out. Scruff snarls whilst Cuddles whimpers, being very upset.

CUDDLES
(upset) “Woof! Woof!”

Suddenly, the holographic Doctor appears in the room.

DOCTOR (V’O)
(defiantly) “Try and pick on somebody your own size, Charlesworth!”

JOHNNY
(startled) “‘Ere! Who’s that? Where did he come from?!”

CATHY
(retorts) “It’s the Doctor, you idiot! Don’t you recognise him, Johnny?”

RICK
“He’s a hologram, isn’t he? He’s come as a hologram!”

NYSSA TWIN
(sultry; to Doctor) “Doctor! Thank goodness you’ve come!”

BILLY TWIN
(darkly; to Doctor) “What took you so long? Are we going now?”

DOCTOR (V’O)
“You’re not the real Nyssa and Billy. I know that pretty well. The bad Fotomoths haven’t fully formed you, have they?”

CHARLESWORTH
(gratified) “So, Doctor! You’ve come at last!” (laughs) “I was wondering whether you’d come or not. Though thankfully you’ve come when I’ve won and you’ve lost!”

Charlesworth; Rick; Cathy and Douglas laugh mockingly.

DOCTOR (V’O)
(insistently) “Let Nyssa and Billy go, Charlesworth! The real Nyssa and Billy, I mean! They don’t deserve to be tortured this way for the sake of me!”

CHARLESWORTH
“I gather you know who we are then, Doctor! About the Fotomoths! And our plans to humiliate you! Good! Then you know how my colleagues and I despise you and won’t back down from this!”

DOCTOR (V’O)
“Oh I know about your plans, Dr. Charlesworth! I was summoned by the Fotomoths-Plus with a message to say that Nyssa and Billy’s lives were at stake. It seems I made the right choice in answering their call. Otherwise I wouldn’t be here to stop you.”

RICK
(scornfully) “So you’ve met up with the goody-good Fotomoths, have you?”

DOCTOR (V’O)
“They told me about you! About Dr. Charlesworth and his gang of crooks! I took every measure to see that Nyssa and Billy were safe. With the help of my Fotomoth friends. I allowed one of them to possess their toy dog…Cuddles…to ensure their protection.”

CUDDLES
(happily) “Wuff; wuff!”

DOCTOR (V’O)
“And to be perfectly honest, those Fotomoths took at my word when I outlined the dog-specific characteristics and those that Billy and Nyssa created for him when I observed their time together from a view.”

CHARLESWORTH
(proudly) “It doesn’t matter, Doctor. Soon, your companions’ evil counterparts will join you in your TARDIS. They will become the ruin of you. We will have the satisfaction for getting back at you! Just because you’re so…so you! With your box of tricks!”

DOCTOR (V’O)
“Very noble sentiments, Dr. Charlesworth. But I’m afraid you’ve lost! You and your thieves are soon to have company.”

CHARLESWORTH
“What do you mean?”


SCENE #35 – INT – MAIN BRIDGE, FOTOMOTH-PLUS SPACESHIP – N/A
Simultaneously, on the bridge of the Fotomoth-Plus ship, the Doctor turns to the Fotomoths-Plus to give them the signal.

DOCTOR
“Now, good Fotomoths! Do your worst!”

The Fotomoths-Plus giggle, as they transfer and fade out.


SCENE #36 – INT – WAREHOUSE, SWANSEA INDUSTRIAL PARK – NIGHT
Back on Earth, a number of Fotomoths-Plus appear out of thin air in the warehouse, giggling delightfully. They fight against the Fotomoths-Minus.

JOHNNY
(startled) “‘Ere, look! There’s more of those squid things! Are they ours?”

CATHY
(shrieks) “Of course they’re not, you idiot! They’re the goody-good Fotomoths!”

CHARLESWORTH
(shouts) “No!!! I won’t allow this! I will not allow this happen!!!”

DOCTOR (V’O)
“It’s already happened I’m afraid, Dr. Charlesworth! Battle has commenced!”

Battle takes place between the Fotomoths-Plus and the Fotomoths-Minus. Tentacles clash against each other and electrical sparks go off. The battle ensues persistently as the various Fotomoths screech and squeal.

CHARLESWORTH
(shouts; angrily) “No!!! No!!!”

DOCTOR (V’O)
(calls) “Can someone rescue Nyssa and Billy for me please? The real Nyssa and Billy.”

Two Fotomoths-Plus giggle in response. They fly over to the real Nyssa and Billy and try to free them. The evil Nyssa and Billy twins try to stop them.

NYSSA TWIN
“Stop this! You can’t destroy us!” (to Doctor) “You wouldn’t kill me, Doctor?”

BILLY TWIN
“We’re not even born yet! Have pity on us! You can’t let those weaklings live!”

DOCTOR (V’O)
“Goodbye, fake Nyssa and Billy! It’s a pleasure not to have known you!”

The Fotomoths-Plus take the Fotomoths-Minus off the real Nyssa and Billy’s faces. The evil Nyssa and Billy scream in rage as their bodies dissipate and vanish into thin air. The good and bad Fotmoths fight each other whilst the real Nyssa and Billy breathe deeply in order to recover after being freed.

BILLY
(worried) “Nyssa? Nyssa dear, are you alright?”

NYSSA
(deep breath; groggy; to Billy) “I think so! I was so worried about you, Billy!” (to Doctor) “Thank you, Doctor. You saved us!”

BILLY
“Yeah thanks, Doc. Good timing!”

DOCTOR (V’O)
“Don’t thank me yet, you two! You’ve got to get out of there! Before the warehouse explodes!”

NYSSA
“Explodes?! How come it’s going to [explode…?]”

DOCTOR (V’O)
“The presence of the Fotomoths will cause a chain reaction. Their raw particles will react against the atmosphere of this warehouse. Their particles contain inflammable properties” (urgently) “Now, Nyssa; Billy! Get yourselves out of there! Take Cuddles and the photos with you!”

The Doctor’s hologram then disappears and is gone.

BILLY
(annoyed) “He’s gone again! Typical! Why can’t he just stay for one moment?”

NYSSA
“Come on, Billy! Let’s get ourselves out of here!” (Pause) “Where’s Cuddles?!”

There’s a squeal, as Nyssa and Billy look to see Cuddles absorbed by a Fotomoth-Minus on his face.

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

BILLY
(shocked) “Cuddles! He’s got one of those Fotomoths on his face! An evil one!”

NYSSA
(urgently) “Get that thing off Cuddles’ face, Billy! Quick!”

BILLY
“Right!” (to Cuddles) “Hang on, Cuddles! I’ve got you!”

CUDDLES
(squeals; begs) “Woof!!! WOOF!!!”

As Billy takes the Fotomoth-Minus off Cuddles’ face, he gets his hand burned.

BILLY
“That’s it! It’s off!” (cries; in pain) “Oww! My hand! That Fotomoth stung me!”

NYSSA
“Billy, your hand! It’s burnt!”

CUDDLES
“Woof!” (pants) “Woof!”

Cuddles goes to Billy and licks his burnt hand, tending to his wound.

NYSSA
(enamoured) “Billy! Cuddles is licking your hand! To make it better! How sweet!”

BILLY
“Come on, Nyssa! We must get out of here!”

But as Nyssa and Billy leave, their path gets blocked by Rick, Cathy and Johnny.

RICK
(menacingly) “Oh no you don’t! You two aren’t going anywhere!”

JOHNNY
(menacingly) “Not this time, you loveys!”

BILLY
(annoyed) “Give us a break please, you three!”

CATHY
“If we die, then you die with us! The Fotomoths are exploding and this place will too!”

NYSSA
“Cuddles! Do your worst!”

CUDDLES
(puzzled) “Woof?”

NYSSA
“What you did to Billy on the photos! Come on, Cuddles! You can do it!”

CUDDLES
(excited) “Wuff!”

RICK
“What’s that dog doing?”

Cuddles then jumps on Rick, Johnny and Cathy. He farts all over their faces each in turn. The three crooks are disgusted and abhorred.

BILLY
(thrilled) “Well done, Cuddles! Well done! Keep at it while you still can, buddy!”

CUDDLES
(barks) “Woof!”

Cuddles keeps on farting on their faces. The three crooks get overcome by Cuddles’ farting.

RICK
(shouts) “Stop it, dog! Just stop it, will you! Stop it!!!”

CATHY
“I’ve got my make-up on! He’s ruining it!” (to Cuddles) “Get off me!!!”

JOHNNY
“Too much for me! Too much!!!”

Cuddles giggles as he keeps on farting, distressing the three crooks.

NYSSA
“Billy! We can’t linger here! This place is going to blow up, remember?”

BILLY
“We can’t leave Cuddles, Nyssa! We have to bring him along as well as the photos!”

Meanwhile, Charlesworth gets angry and faces Nyssa and Billy.

CHARLESWORTH
(enraged) “I will not be defeated! I will not be beaten!” (shouts; to Scruff) “Scruff! Attack those two young friends of the Doctor’s! Tear them to shreds!”

Scruff growls hungrily as he charges forward.

NYSSA
(cries) “Billy! Run!!!”

BILLY
“But Cuddles and the photos!”

NYSSA
(cries) “Run, Billy! Run!!!”

Nyssa and Billy run for it as Scruff chases after them. Charlesworth laughs as he sees Nyssa and Billy leave.

SCRUFF
(angrily) “Woof!!! Woof!!!”

Cuddles, who sees Nyssa and Billy being chased by Scruff, ceases farting on Rick; Cathy and Johnny and goes after his master and mistress.

CUDDLES
(cries) “Woof!!! Woof!!!”

Rick; Cathy and Johnny sees Cuddles run off on his fast feet.

JOHNNY
“‘Ere! That dog! He’s stopped farting on us. Where’s he going now?”

CATHY
“He’s gone after Nyssa and Billy, you idiot Johnny! To save them from Scruff’s sharp teeth!”

RICK
“Let him go! He cannot save his master and mistress! Not even on his fast feet!”

Just then, falling timber collapses into the warehouse. Fire begins to flare as signs of the warehouse about to blow up occur.

CHARLESWORTH
“The warehouse is going to explode! Just as the Doctor predicted! With the Fotomoths!” (Pause) “We all die!!!” (cries) “We all die!!!”

Charlesworth then laughs away hysterically.


SCENE #37 – INT – WAREHOUSE, SWANSEA INDUSTRIAL PARK – NIGHT
In a corridor of the warehouse, Nyssa and Billy run from Scruff chasing after them. Scruff becomes angrier and fiercer as they run for dear life.

BILLY
(anxiously) “Nyssa! That dog’s nearly onto us! We can’t outrun him!”

NYSSA
“We have to keep going, Billy! We can’t stop now!”

BILLY
“My poor legs! They’re wobbly all over!”

NYSSA
“Don’t give up, Billy! Never give up like I tell you!”

Scruff however manages to lunge at Billy and pin him to the ground. Billy cries out loud as Scruff attacks him savagely.

SCRUFF
(angrily) “WOOF!!! WOOF!!! WOOF!!!”

BILLY
(cries) “Oww! It’s got me! It’s got my leg!” (to Scruff) “Get off me!!!”

NYSSA
“Hold on, Billy! I’ll save you!” (to Scruff) “Get off him, you brute! Get off my Billy!”

Scruff then goes for Nyssa. She screams once he’s onto her.

BILLY
(shouts) “Hey! Leave her alone, you monster! Leave her alone I said!”

Scruff goes for both Nyssa and Billy as he pins them down.

SCRUFF
(angrily) “Ruff!!! Ruff!!! Ruff!!!”

NYSSA
“It’s got both of us, Billy! We’re done for!”

Scruff keeps attacking Nyssa and Billy whilst Cuddles comes around the corner.

CUDDLES
(barks) “Woof! Woof!”

NYSSA
“Cuddles! You’re here! Thank goodness!”

Scruff then growls at Cuddles as he approaches. Cuddles back away in fear.

CUDDLES
(scared) “Wuff! Wuff!”

BILLY
(calls) “Cuddles! Please help us! We need your help!”

NYSSA
(cries) “You’re not just a cuddly toy, Cuddles! You’re our dog! Please help us!”

BILLY
(calls; encouragingly) “Save Nyssa, Cuddles! She’s in trouble! Please save Nyssa for me!”

CUDDLES
(barks) “Woof?” (thinks; realises) “Woof!”

Cuddles eventually faces Scruff. Scruff tries to scare him off with his growling, but Cuddles doesn’t retaliate.

CUDDLES
(defiantly) “Woof!”

NYSSA
(whispers) “Cuddles is with us, Billy! He’s confronting that dog Scruff!”

BILLY
“I’ve a fairly good idea what Cuddles is going to do to him.”

CUDDLES
(barks) “Woof!”

Within an instant, Cuddles farts on Scruff’s face. He keeps on farting before Scruff howls, backing away and revolted.

NYSSA
“Of course, he would do that! Cast his ablutions!”

BILLY
“See! I knew Cuddles would use his habit to good use.”

SCRUFF
(disgusted; howls) “OWW!!! OWW!!!”

Cuddles giggles as he farts. Scruff eventually runs off whining as he leaves Nyssa and Billy.

NYSSA
“He’s gone, Billy! That horrible dog Scruff has run off!”

CUDDLES
“Woof!” (giggles) “Woof!!!”

NYSSA
(gratified) “Thank you, Cuddles! You good cute little dog! You saved us both!”

CUDDLES
(happily) “Woof! Woof!”

Timber then falls down in front of Nyssa; Billy and Cuddles, startling them.

BILLY
“Nyssa! We haven’t got the photos with us! They’re still inside that warehouse!”

NYSSA
“We were rushed on our feet when that horrible dog chased us!”

BILLY
“We’ve got to go back there to collect them!”

NYSSA
“With all this timber collapsing and the fires ablaze?!”

Walls crumble apart and fires rage. Cuddles then makes his way back the other way inside the warehouse.

CUDDLES
(determined) “Woof! Woof!”

BILLY
(calls; to Cuddles) “Cuddles, come back!” (to Nyssa) “Nyssa, Cuddles is heading back into the warehouse the way we came in.”

NYSSA
(to Billy) “He’s gone to get the photos for us! That silly dog!” (calls; to Cuddles) “Cuddles, come back!”

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

But Cuddles doesn’t listen, as he heads off on his two little feet back down the corridor. He soon disappears around the corner.

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

NYSSA
(cries) “He’s gone! Cuddles is gone, Billy!”

BILLY
“I’ll get him back!”

Billy is about to go after Cuddles before Nyssa stops him.

NYSSA
“Oh no you don’t, Billy! You’re coming with me!”

BILLY
“But we’ve got to save Cuddles!”

NYSSA
(determined) “I’m not going to lose you, Billy! Now come on! Let’s get out of here!”

Nyssa drags Billy with her, as they head for the exit. Fire still blazes and walls crumble apart. Cuddles’ barks echo from down the corridor.

CUDDLES
(barks; echo) “Wuff; wuff! Wuff; wuff!”


SCENE #38 – EXT – WAREHOUSE, SWANSEA INDUSTRIAL PARK – NIGHT
Outside, Nyssa and Billy run out of the warehouse. Fires rupture and walls collapse whilst they’re a fair distance away from the inferno.

NYSSA
“We’re out, Billy! We’re safe!”

BILLY
(upset) “What about Cuddles? We shouldn’t have left him!”

NYSSA
(frustrated) “I didn’t know how else to save you as well as him, Billy! I wish we could have saved the photos as well!”

BILLY
(upset) “He’ll be burned alive! A heap of unrecognisable wool!”

Just then, the TARDIS materialises, whooshing loudly, causing Nyssa and Billy’s spirits to be lifted.

NYSSA
“Billy, do you hear that?!”

BILLY
“He’s here! The Doctor’s back!”

NYSSA
“I never thought I’d lay my eyes on that blue box again!”

BILLY
“Me neither!”

The TARDIS whooshes and grinds before making a loud thump to land. The door opens and the Doctor steps out.

DOCTOR
(relieved) “Nyssa; Billy! You’re safe!”

NYSSA
(overjoyed) “Doctor! How glad we are to see you!”

Nyssa immediately hugs the Doctor.

DOCTOR
(pleased; to Nyssa) “Yes, Nyssa! I’m glad to see you too!” (to Billy) “And you, Billy!”

BILLY
“We wondered what had become of you, Doctor! It’s been so long!”

DOCTOR
“I was with the Fotomoths-Plus on their ship.”

NYSSA
“They’re the ones regarding this matter you had to deal with.”

DOCTOR
“Yes. They warned me of Charlesworth and his team of criminals allying themselves with the Fotomoths-Minus. They informed me of their plans to steal your minds. We set about to prevent them achieving their goals. The life-force entity possessing Cuddles was the inspiration on my part.”

NYSSA
“That was your idea isn’t it, Doctor! You sent an alien presence to our house to enter inside Cuddles! So that he would come alive! To protect us!”

DOCTOR
“Fotomoths take various forms, Nyssa. The entity that took Cuddles was one of those. It took records of the photo you had holding Cuddles and concocted a databank of characteristics for any ordinary dog. It was to be used as a defensive weapon against your enemies when the time came.”

BILLY
(exasperated) “Doctor, don’t talk about Cuddles like he was some weapon of mass destruction. He’s still inside that warehouse trying to get the photos of Nyssa and me back. They’re still in there.”

DOCTOR
(shocked) “What?! I told you two to take those photos with you when you got out!”

NYSSA
“We were chased off on our feet, Doctor! By that horrible dog, Scruff! But it’s alright. Billy’s got several copies of the original prints.”

DOCTOR
(apprehensively) “You don’t understand! The original Fotomothic forms of you Nyssa and you Billy are still inside those photos. For the operation of your evil counterparts to be created. If they’re not recovered from the warehouse…”

NYSSA
(realises; finishes) “…then our original minds in those photo prints will die. Yes, I see that now.”

BILLY
(realises) “We’ll be gone as well as the warehouse, you mean. And Cuddles too.”

DOCTOR
“We have to get those photos back!”

NYSSA
“Can’t we use your TARDIS, Doctor? To get inside?”

DOCTOR
“Yes. Some adjustments will have to be made to the console when…”

Suddenly a loud explosion occurs. Fire erupts from the warehouse as it collapses. Nyssa, Billy and the Doctor look in horror as the warehouse is destroyed.

NYSSA
(horrified) “Oh no! The warehouse!”

DOCTOR
“It seems we’re already too late.”

BILLY
(horrified) “No! It can’t be! Not Cuddles! Cuddles can’t be…dead, can he?”

NYSSA
“And our photos. If our photos are gone then…”

DOCTOR
(finishes) “…then the existence of you Nyssa and you Billy…is very much in doubt, I’m afraid.”

Nyssa, Billy and the Doctor watch worried as the warehouse continues to burn down.


SCENE #39 – INT – WAREHOUSE, SWANSEA INDUSTRIAL PARK – DAY, MORNING
It’s now Christmas morning. Back inside the warehouse, the Doctor; Nyssa and Billy search the crumbled remains to find Cuddles and the photos.

NYSSA
“Doctor; Billy? Found anything?”

BILLY
“Nothing yet, Nyssa dear.”

NYSSA
“You have searched every nook and crony, haven’t you?”

DOCTOR
“Every crumbled bookshelf; every piece of rubble; dusty table and chair. Not a sign I’m afraid, Nyssa.”

BILLY
(upset) “I can’t believe it! They’ve got to be here somewhere. Both Cuddles and the photos.”

NYSSA
“Doctor? Since the TARDIS…well…surely you can…”

DOCTOR
(interrupts) “No, Nyssa! We can’t go back and alter our own timelines. Casual nexus, remember? I’m afraid it’s likely Cuddles is finished. But you two, I’m not certain.”

BILLY
“You said we’d die if the photos got caught on fire. We’d blink out of existence.”

DOCTOR
“Yes, Billy. But there’s always the chance the photos may have survived. I don’t know, you see. I just don’t know.”

NYSSA
“This is turning out to be a terrible Christmas for us! I don’t think I’ll be able to celebrate after all that’s happened.”

BILLY
“To think this is the worst day of my life! Cuddles sacrificed himself for us!”

NYSSA
(tearful) “He was so sweet Cuddles. Our cute, fluffy, little cuddly toy dog.”

Nyssa cries upset, as Billy tries to comfort her and embraces her.

BILLY
“There, there, Nyssa. Don’t cry, dear.” (Pause) “There may be a chance. There is always room for a little hope.”

CUDDLES
(barks; from a distance) “Woof! Woof!”

The Doctor; Nyssa and Billy are stunned into silence.

DOCTOR
“Nyssa; Billy, did you hear that?”

BILLY
“It’s Cuddles! I heard him!”

NYSSA
“He’s alive! Our Cuddles is still alive!”

CUDDLES
(barks; from a distance) “Woof! Woof!”

DOCTOR
(realises) “Look! Here he comes! On his two little feet! And carrying the photos with him in his paws!”

They see Cuddles approaching as he carries the photos with him. He makes his way to meet them.

CUDDLES
(barks) “Woof! Woof!”

BILLY
(thrilled) “Cuddles! We’re so pleased to see you!”

NYSSA
(thrilled) “Yes, Cuddles! We’re so glad you’re alright.”

Nyssa picks Cuddles carrying the photos up from the ground. She kisses Cuddles happily.

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

Cuddles gives the photos to Nyssa, who in turn passes them over to Billy.

NYSSA
“Billy, take these photos. I’m sure Cuddles will appreciate it.”

BILLY
“Yes, of course. I’ll take them!”

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

Billy takes the photos from Nyssa and passes them over to the Doctor.

BILLY
“Do these photos look alright, Doctor?”

The Doctor takes the photos from Billy and examines them. After a few minutes…

DOCTOR
“Yes, Billy! They’re alright A bit singed on the edges, but they’re okay. I have the photographer’s eye, you see.”

BILLY
(ruefully) “Really, Doctor? I had no idea. Thank you for telling us that.”

DOCTOR
“I hope you don’t mind, Nyssa; Billy. But I’d like to keep these photos for a bit. I have to make sure the Fotomoths-Minus are completely extracted from these photos so that I can take them back to where they came from.”

BILLY
“Of course. Please look after them for us, Doctor.”

NYSSA
“Yes, Doctor. They’re very precious to Billy and me. And to Cuddles.”

DOCTOR
“Don’t worry, Nyssa; Billy! I’ll look after these photos for you. I’ll guard them with my life.”

NYSSA
(interrupts) “Billy? Cuddles is whispering something.”

BILLY
“Really? What is he saying?”

Billy kneels beside Nyssa, as Cuddles whispers to her.

NYSSA
(to Billy) “He says he loves us, Billy!”

Cuddles whispers to her again.

NYSSA
(to Billy) “He especially loves me!”

BILLY
(laughs) “Well, that’s good. I wouldn’t have him any other way.”

Cuddles whispers to Nyssa again for a third time.

NYSSA
(to Billy) “Billy, he says he’s happy to have such a good master and mistress. He doesn’t want to be parted from us!”

BILLY
“Aww! That’s nice.” (to Cuddles) “I love you too, Cuddles.”

NYSSA
(to Cuddles) “So do I, Cuddles. I love you too.”

Cuddles gives Nyssa a gentle kiss.

CUDDLES
(happily) “Woof! Woof!!!”

Cuddles then kisses Nyssa and Billy all over. They laugh happily. The Doctor watches as this occurs.

DOCTOR
(to himself) “This is all rather silly, isn’t it?” (Pause) “But then again, this reminds me of the days when it was me; Romana and K-9. Happy days; happy days!” (Pause) “Nyssa; Billy! And…Cuddles!”

CUDDLES
“Woof!”

DOCTOR
(gradually) “Merry Christmas to you three!”

BILLY
“Thanks, Doc. Merry Christmas to you too!”

NYSSA
“Yes, Doctor. Merry Christmas indeed.” (to Billy) “Merry Christmas, Billy.”

BILLY
“Merry Christmas to you too, Nyssa sweetheart.”

Nyssa and Billy kiss.

BILLY
“And…”

NYSSA/BILLY
(to Cuddles) “Merry Christmas to you, Cuddles!”

CUDDLES
(barks) “Wuff! Wuff!”

The Doctor; Nyssa and Billy laugh happily with Cuddles before they leave the ruins of the crumbled warehouse.


SCENE #40 – INT – DINING ROOM, NYSSA & BILLY’S HOUSE – DAY, AFTERNOON
Later that day at Nyssa and Billy’s house, the TARDIS trio celebrate as they have Christmas dinner and pull crackers together.

DOCTOR
“Three…two…one…pull!”

They cheer once they’ve pulled their crackers. They laugh and put their party hats on from the crackers before looking through their novelty.

BILLY
“Hey look! I’ve got a small pack of cards. Aces; hearts; diamonds, the lot.”

NYSSA
“And I’ve got a hair comb. Or something like it. It’s very small indeed.”

DOCTOR
“I’ve managed to get a whistle!”

The Doctor tries to blow the whistle. No sound comes from it.

DOCTOR
“That doesn’t work. They don’t do top quality whistles that can whistle these days.”

NYSSA
“I feel the same about these jokes. Listen to this one. ‘What did the boy say to the chocolate bar?’; ‘Nice to melt you’.” (Pause) “I mean…not very inspirational, is it?”

BILLY
“Oh I don’t know. I thought it was rather funny.”

NYSSA
“You would, Billy.”

BILLY
“Hey! I know a joke! Listen to this! ‘There’s this man called Norman. He’s always late for work. The staff are fed up. By the time he arrives they ask him, “Why are you always so late?” He replied…”Time waits for Nor-man!”‘(laughs) “You liked that didn’t you, Nyssa?”

NYSSA
(un-amused) “Oh yes. Very…amusing, Billy.”

Nyssa laughs weakly, whilst Billy sighs.

DOCTOR
“Oh yes. Very amusing. Definitely a cracker.” (Pause; to Nyssa; Billy) “Thank you for the new cricket jumper you two gave me for Christmas. I shall always treasure it!”

NYSSA
(to Doctor) “That’s alright, Doctor. We’re glad you liked it.” (to Billy) “Thank you for this beautiful necklace, Billy. It’s very sweet of you.”

BILLY
“Well, I looked at it in the shop and thought it was pretty. It reminded me of you really.”

NYSSA
“How much did it cost, Billy?”

BILLY
“Ooh about…a hundred pounds.”

NYSSA
“A hundred pounds?!”

BILLY
(casually) “The things one does for love, Nyssa.” (Pause) “Thank you though for the new dinner suit you gave me. The bow tie; the tails; trousers; shirt; everything. It’s very posh. It’s something I always wanted.”

NYSSA
“I’m glad you like it, Billy.”

They both laugh before kissing each other tenderly. After they finish, a moment of silence ensues.

NYSSA
(gradually; realises; to Doctor) “Doctor, I’ve just realised! What happened to Charlesworth; Rick; Cathy and Johnny? Did they survive the warehouse, do you think?”

DOCTOR
“Oh yes they did, Nyssa. They were rescued by the Fotomoths-Plus as per my instructions when the warehouse blew up. They’ll be on their way back to the Fotomoths home-world. To be put on trial for the crimes they committed.”

NYSSA
“Trial? Shouldn’t Earth be dealing with the justice of those criminals, Doctor?”

DOCTOR
“The Earth people wouldn’t understand this matter, Nyssa. Besides it’s best to leave it to the Fotomoths. They can handle Charlesworth and his criminals under their own jurisdiction.”

BILLY
“That’s a bit extreme isn’t it, Doctor?”

DOCTOR
“Oh don’t worry, Billy. The Fotomoths-Plus will treat Charlesworth and the others well. I’m sure of it.”

BILLY
“Really?”

NYSSA
(changes subject) “Did you enjoy the Christmas dinner, Doctor?”

DOCTOR
“Yes I did, Nyssa. It was very nice. Thank you so much you two for inviting me.”

BILLY
(to Doctor) “Thank you Doctor for joining us for Christmas. We hoped you would come…and you did in the end.”

DOCTOR
“Who cooked the turkey by the way?”

NYSSA
“I did, Doctor.”

DOCTOR
(impressed) “Really, Nyssa? I never knew you had it in you.”

NYSSA
“I used the microwave.”

DOCTOR
“Really?! Can one put a turkey in the microwave?”

BILLY
“Nyssa can, Doctor. She works wonders with the microwave.”

DOCTOR
(gradually) “Listen, you two. I’m sorry for what I’ve put you through. With Cuddles; the Fotomoths and everything.”

NYSSA
“It’s alright, Doctor. You did it to protect us. In a way I’m rather pleased we had Cuddles protecting us the way he did.”

BILLY
“Yeah. It was very exciting. And at Christmas time too.”

DOCTOR
“Yes. The Fotomoths-Plus are willing to give compensation for you two. I spoke to them on your behalf though. I should have asked you two first.”

NYSSA
“There’s no need for compensation, Doctor.”

BILLY
“Yeah, no need. They’ve given Cuddles life. That’s compensation enough.”

DOCTOR
(sadly) “Ah. I’m afraid that’s the snag in the deal I made to them, Billy.” (Pause) “The life-force entity inside Cuddles will have to leave him. Tomorrow morning will be Boxing Day. He’ll return to a normal cuddly toy dog by then.”

BILLY
(upset) “No! Not Cuddles. He can’t go back to a non-living thing. Surely those Fotomoths can extend the deadline.”

DOCTOR
“I’m sorry, Billy. But it’s part of the contract. The life-force served its purpose watching and protecting you and Nyssa. It has to go back to the dimension where it belongs with its kind.”

NYSSA
“So tomorrow…once Christmas is over…Cuddles will be a living and breathing cuddly toy dog no more. The life-force entity will leave him and go back home.”

DOCTOR
“Yes, Nyssa. I’m afraid so.”

BILLY
(saddened) “But that’s not fair.”

NYSSA
(saddened) “It’s so sad. He’s a sweet cute little doggie now that he’s alive.”

Nyssa becomes tearful as Billy tries to comfort her.

BILLY
(comforts) “Oh come here, Nyssa.”

Billy cuddles Nyssa whilst the Doctor looks on.

DOCTOR
“It must have been quite an exhilarating experience for you two. Watching your cuddly toy dog come to life.”

BILLY
(gradually) “It was strange at first. Frightening in fact. I was getting used to Cuddles being alive and able to walk. It seems like Cuddles will be dead once that alien’s gone out of him.”

NYSSA
(gradually) “No, Billy. Cuddles will still be alive as far as I’m concerned.” (Pause) “Cuddles is a symbol of our love, Billy. And that’s what this adventure’s been about. Love. The love we have for each other. And the love we have for Cuddles. He’ll live on so long as our relationship continues. Isn’t that right?”

Moment of silence.

BILLY
(gradually) “Yes, Nyssa. You’re absolutely right.” (Pause) “I love you so much, my Nyssa!”

NYSSA
“I love you too, my Billy Walker. So very much.”

Nyssa and Billy kiss each other again.

DOCTOR
(gradually) “Well, it’s good to know that love prevails.”

At that moment, Cuddles climbs up onto the table. He pants for breath once he’s up.

CUDDLES
(barks) “Woof! Woof!”

NYSSA
“Aww! Hello, Cuddles?!”

BILLY
“Look! He’s got a little Santa hat on his head.”

DOCTOR
“He seems to like that little Santa hat you got for him, Nyssa.”

NYSSA
“Yes. It does suit him.”

Cuddles pants happily.

CUDDLES
(happily) “Woof!!! Woof!!!”

NYSSA
(awed) “Come here, Cuddles! Let me cuddle you.”

Cuddles pants happily, as Nyssa takes him and cuddles him in her arms.

DOCTOR
(gradually) “I’d like to propose a toast. Nyssa; Billy, if you raise your glasses.”

The TARDIS trio stand up, as they raise their glasses to do a toast. Nyssa holds Cuddles whilst they do the toast.

DOCTOR
“Here’s to you, Nyssa; Billy.”

BILLY
“And to you, Doctor.”

NYSSA
“To the TARDIS trio would be better, Doctor.”

DOCTOR
(cheerfully) “You’re quite right, Nyssa. Of course! To the TARDIS trio!”

CUDDLES
“Woof!”

DOCTOR
“And to you as well, Cuddles.” (cheerfully) “To the TARDIS trio…and to Cuddles.”

They chink their glasses before taking a sip of their drinks.

DOCTOR
“Merry Christmas everyone!”

NYSSA/BILLY
(happily) “Merry Christmas, Doctor!”

CUDDLES
“Wur-wur-wur-wuff!” (giggles) “Woof; woof!”

Cuddles giggles delightfully as he celebrates Christmas with the Doctor, Nyssa and Billy.


Sting music. Roll original 1982 Peter Davison end credits.


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