‘Cuddles’, Prologue

Prologue

SCENE #1 – EXT – NYSSA & BILLY’S HOUSE, SWANSEA – DAY, NOON
It’s the 1st of October 2012 on Earth. It’s mid-day and the Doctor gives instructions to Nyssa and Billy as they settle into their new house.

DOCTOR
“Right, Nyssa; Billy! Are you sure you’ve got everything?”

NYSSA
“Yes, Doctor.”

DOCTOR
“You know where everything is in the house?”

BILLY
“Yes, Doctor.”

DOCTOR
“You’ve got your mobiles and your line number to keep in touch?”

NYSSA
“Yes. We have our mobiles and our landline. Can we contact you, Doctor?”

DOCTOR
“Better not. I might change phones where I’m going.” (changes subject) “You’re both okay with the car you’ve got?”

BILLY
“Present and correct with our licences.”

DOCTOR
“Bank details?”

NYSSA
“Both accounts; me and Billy.”

DOCTOR
“House keys?”

BILLY
“Got a pair each.”

NYSSA
(frustrated) “Doctor, this is the umpteenth time you’ve checked up on our well-being. We told you! We can manage!” (to Billy) “Can’t we, Billy?”

DOCTOR
(interjects) “Of course you two can manage.” (Pause) “You know where the central heating; boiler; bathroom and kitchen are, don’t you?”

BILLY
(reassuringly) “Doctor, please! We know where everything is! As Nyssa said, we can manage alright.”

NYSSA
“If we have any problems, we’ll let you know when you contact us.”

DOCTOR
“Good. Well, that’s settled then. If there are no more questions…”

NYSSA
(interjects) “Just one, Doctor. What is it you’ve got to go and sort out? And why leave Billy and me to live here in this house in Swansea?”

DOCTOR
“Ah! I’m afraid I can’t tell you that, Nyssa. Not yet.” (Pause) “Somebody has summoned me via the TARDIS translation circuits. I have to answer the call. I’ll come back for you. I’ll contact you both as soon as I can. There’s a good reason for this, I assure you.”

BILLY
“I’m sure there is.”

DOCTOR
“You will be alright you two, whilst I’m away?”

NYSSA
(to Doctor) “We’ll be alright, Doctor.” (to Billy) “Won’t we, Billy?”

BILLY
(to Doctor) “Yes! I’m looking forward to staying at this little house with Nyssa, Doctor. To spend some quality time with her.”

DOCTOR
“Very well then. If there’s nothing else, I’ll be off.”

BILLY
“Could you take a photo of Nyssa and me, Doctor? At the front of this house, please?”

DOCTOR
(exasperated) “Very well.”

NYSSA
(to Doctor) “Just one photo mind.” (to Billy) “I know you, Billy. You like your pictures with me. And there’s too many of you and me to keep.”

BILLY
“I think you’re exaggerating, Nyssa.”

NYSSA
“No, I’m not.”

Billy hands the camera over to the Doctor; to which the Doctor takes.

DOCTOR
“Here we go then. Just setting the camera.”

BILLY
“We’ll have Cuddles in the photo with us hey, Nyssa?” (as Cuddles) “Wuff!”

NYSSA
(ruefully) “Yes of course, Billy.”

Billy holds his and Nyssa’s cuddly toy dog, Cuddles, between him and her for the photo. The Doctor aims the camera to take the picture of Nyssa and Billy with Cuddles.

DOCTOR
“Ready?”

NYSSA/BILLY
“Ready!”

DOCTOR
“Say cheese!”

NYSSA/BILLY
“Cheese!”

The Doctor snaps the camera away and the photo is taken. A print comes out from the camera.

DOCTOR
“There we are! One photo!”

The Doctor hands the photo and the camera back to Nyssa and Billy, to which they take from him. Nyssa and Billy look to see the photo.

NYSSA
“That’s very nice. Thank you, Doctor.”

BILLY
“Yeah thanks, Doctor. The photo’s top quality!”

DOCTOR
“I’m so glad. Well, I’ll be off then! Goodbye, Nyssa; Billy!”

NYSSA
“Goodbye, Doctor! Take care!”

BILLY
“Bye, Doctor! See you soon!”

With that, the Doctor heads off, leaving Nyssa and Billy at their little house. Nyssa and Billy stand at the front door, watching the Doctor go until he’s gone.

NYSSA
(gradually) “Well, Billy. It’s just us now.”

BILLY
(happily) “Yes, it is! Just you, me…and Cuddles.” (as Cuddles) “Wuff, Wuff!”


Roll original 1982 Peter Davison opening credits


© Tim Bradley, 2018

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