‘The Ghost of Leckwick’, Chapter 3

3. The Chapel of Leckwick Hall

SCENE #20 – INT – CLOISTERS, CHAPEL, LECKWICK HALL – NIGHT
In the cloisters of Leckwick Chapel, Billy shivers with cold as he is chained against a wall. He tugs at the chains in order to break free, but has no success. Snow falls heavily from outside with the fierce wind blowing.

BILLY
(shivers) “Just when I thought churches and chapels weren’t so bad after all.” (Pause) “Oh come on, Doctor; Nyssa! Where are you when I need you?!”

Billy stops tugging at the chains as he now sits quietly. After a short while, footsteps are heard approaching. The footsteps come closer and Billy slowly raises himself up from the floor onto his feet.

BILLY
(calls; anxious) “Hello? Who goes there?”

The footsteps then stop. The snowfall and wind add to the tension.

NYSSA
(calls) “Billy?”

BILLY
(calls; anxious) “Show yourself! I’m not afraid!”

The footsteps start moving again as Billy tries to straighten up from the floor, still shivering with cold and clanging at his chains. The footsteps turn the corner and Billy gasps with fright.

NYSSA
(reassuringly) “Billy! It’s alright, Billy! It’s alright! It’s me!”

BILLY
(relieved) “Nyssa! Oh thank goodness it’s you!”

Nyssa goes and hugs Billy whilst he’s still chained up.

NYSSA
“Oh I’m so glad to see you, Billy. I was very worried about you.”

BILLY
“I’m alright, Nyssa. Just a bit chilled to the bone.”

NYSSA
“How did you end up chained like that? Are you being kept here as a prisoner?”

BILLY
“Yes. Beeston chained me up!”

NYSSA
“Beeston?! The butler!”

BILLY
“Yes. Beeston” (Pause) “I don’t know what his game is.” (Pause) “How did you get here anyway, Nyssa?”

NYSSA
(puzzled) “I’m not sure. I was in the reading room but I can’t remember how I ended up here.” (Pause) “How long have you been here?”

BILLY
“An hour perhaps. I don’t know.”

NYSSA
(matter-of-factually) “That sounds a reasonable length of time. It seems like an hour since I last saw you.” (Pause) “I wish I had a key to unlock these chains off you to set you free.”

BILLY
“If you want the keys, Beeston’s got them.” (Pause) “I remember Nyssa when you and I heard that dinner gong gonging away. I went out of the dining room to see if anyone was about. I thought about going back in, then some kind of handkerchief wrapped around my mouth. Something horrible I smelt or tasted must have knocked me out.”

NYSSA
“Perhaps it was chloroform.”

BILLY
“Yes I think it probably was.” (Pause) “Next thing I knew I was here. I was freezing when I woke up. Beeston soon arrived and acting very strangely.”

NYSSA
“How do you mean strangely, Billy?”

BILLY
“Well, I asked him what he was doing here and was very soon he was chaining me up to this wall. Don’t ask me why he did it, He just did it.”

NYSSA
“Beeston was acting strangely towards me when I was in the reading room earlier. I’d gone back to find the other guests, but they were gone.”

BILLY
(intrigued) “Gone?”

NYSSA
“Yes. I asked him where the guests were but he denied their existence. I don’t know why he would say that. Then I heard you calling out to me!”

BILLY
“Hey? You heard me calling out to you?”

NYSSA
“Yes. Or at least I heard your voice. Didn’t you call me then, Billy?”

BILLY
“Well I must have done when I arrived.” (Pause) “What happened afterwards after you heard me call you?”

NYSSA
“Well, Beeston suddenly disappeared.”

BILLY
“Beeston disappeared?!”

NYSSA
“Yes. The lights then flickered on and off and before I knew it I was whisked away to here.”

BILLY
“You know something, Nyssa. I doubt this is any practical joke played on our expense.”


SCENE #21 – INT – CRYPT, CHAPEL, LECKWICK HALL – NIGHT
Meanwhile the Doctor, wakes up and coughs slightly coming round after being knocked out. He gradually realises he’s lying face down on something hard.

DOCTOR
(intrigued) “Hmm. I’m lying on a stone floor? This is interesting if not uncomfortable.”

MABEL
(shrieks) “He’s alive! And he’s moving! Shall we poke him with a stick?”

The Doctor gets up off the floor as he realises there are other people with him and takes in his surroundings.

DOCTOR
“Ah! Mabel! I thought that was your voice I heard. Hello Mabel.”

Mabel cries hysterically.

DOCTOR
“I say this is a gloomy place. Are we in a crypt? Oh hello, Mr. MacDougall; Mr. Bergo.”

MACDOUGALL
“Doctor! Thank goodness you’re alive. We’re so glad to see you.”

DOCTOR
“Why, what’s been happening since I was out?”

MACDOUGALL
(reassuringly) “It’s alright, Doctor. We’re not here to harm you.”

DOCTOR
“Oh I never said you were, gentlemen. It’s rather chilly in here, isn’t it?!”

The Doctor flaps his arms and jumps up and down a bit to keep warm.

MACDOUGALL
“Oh yes. Let Mr. Bergo and I brush the dust off from your trousers and your coat.”

BERGO
“Yeah. Dust; dust. Off, off! Oh yeah!!”

DOCTOR
(backing off; politely) “Uh, no! Thank you gentlemen! I can do it myself. It certainly is chilly.”

The Doctor brushes the dust off from his trousers.

DOCTOR
(gradually) “That’s better. Err…is it just you two gentlemen here?”

Mabel screams.

DOCTOR
“Oh yes. Sorry, Mabel. I didn’t mean to leave you out.”

MACDOUGALL
“What is it now, Mabel? What’s scared you?”

MABEL
(shrieks) “Someone’s approaching! SOMEONE’S APPROACHING!”

Footsteps approach nearby and everyone becomes uneasy.

BERGO
“Ghost? GHOST?!”

MACDOUGALL
“Now do stop that, Bergo.”

DOCTOR
“Let’s just see who it is first, shall we?”

Bergo, MacDougall and Mabel quickly stand behind the Doctor, as they wait to see who is coming. The footsteps get closer.

MACDOUGALL
“But who would want to keep us down here in this dark cold crypt anyway?”

BERGO
“Yeah, who? Who? WHO?!”

DOCTOR
“Lord Frederick and Lady Angela Tottinghill. I expect they have all the answers.”

MACDOUGALL
“Lord Frederick and Lady Angela? But how…?”

DOCTOR
“Let’s see what they have to say for themselves when they come.”

The footsteps get nearer, until the person arrives, stepping out of the dark and into the light.

DOCTOR
(put-off) “Oh. It’s you.”

PROF. ROGERS
“Yes. I’m here! And I’m an American!”

DOCTOR
(glumly) “Professor Rogers. What a…pleasant surprise.”


SCENE #22 – INT – CLOISTERS, CHAPEL, LECKWICK HALL – NIGHT
Back in the cloisters, Nyssa shivers whilst Billy’s tied to his chains on the wall.

NYSSA
(shivers) “It’s so cold here. Oh I really wish I can set you free from those chains, Billy. So that we can get out of here.”

BILLY
“It feels like the snow and wind might half break the place down.” (Pause) “Here. Let me warm you up! You’re shivering there.”

Billy reaches out to Nyssa to hug her, whilst he’s still chained up.

NYSSA
(sceptical) “You can’t hug me like that, Billy. Being chained up.”

BILLY
(reassuringly) “It’s alright, I can easily manage. As long as you come closer to me I can put my arms around you.”

NYSSA
“I don’t want you to injure yourself, Billy.”

BILLY
(reassuringly) “I won’t. Now please let me hug you, Nyssa! Please!”

NYSSA
(gradually) “Oh very well. Stay there. I’ll come up close to for you to hug me.” (Pause) “I can’t win with you, can I?!”

BILLY
(cheekily) “I can’t go anywhere, can I now?!”

NYSSA
“Don’t be cheeky.”

BILLY
(laughs) “Thank you.”

Nyssa goes up close to Billy as he wraps his arms around her, chains dangling as they embrace one another. Nyssa sighs deeply once she’s in his arms.

BILLY
“Better?”

NYSSA
(contented) “Yes. Much better. Thank you, Billy. But this isn’t really necessary.”

BILLY
“Oh I like putting my arms around you. You like it as much as I do.”

Moment of silence, as they’re both content with one another in their embrace.

NYSSA
“We must be in some kind of church or chapel. These must be the cloisters.”

BILLY
“Yes. Cloisters like the ones the Doctor has in the TARDIS. And this is Leckwick Hall’s chapel according to Beeston.”

NYSSA
“I see.” (Pause) “This chapel can’t have been used in years. Look…the roof’s fallen in. We’ve got open air above us!”

BILLY
“Hence why the snow’s falling in so easily. I’ve never felt so chilled!”

NYSSA
“At least we’re keeping each other warm, aren’t we?”

BEESTON
(chillingly) “How sweet to see you both, young sir; madam. I like seeing happy unions between young couples.”

Nyssa releases herself from Billy, as she turns to confront Beeston.

NYSSA
(shocked) “Beeston?! You’re here at last then.”

BEESTON
(politely, chillingly) “At your service, Miss Nyssa. How may I help you?”

NYSSA
“Billy tells me that you’ve chained him up. Why have you done this, Beeston?”

BILLY
“Yeah, how long do I have to be kept like this before I freeze to death?”

BEESTON
(coldly) “No need to worry sir. You shall not freeze anymore…alone.”

NYSSA
(agitated) “Beeston I don’t know what you’re up to, but I demand you to release Billy. He’ll die of hyperthermia…”

Nyssa then cries out in pain as she is held tightly by Beeston.

BILLY
(shocked) “Beeston! What are you doing? Get your hands off Nyssa at once! Now I say!”

BEESTON
“She mustn’t escape! Both of you mustn’t escape, sir. You are both vital to the plan.”

BILLY
“For crying out loud! Let her go, Beeston! You’re going to break her arm off.”

BEESTON
“Very aptly put, sir.”

NYSSA
(cries) “Beeston, please! You’re hurting my hand! Let me go!”

BEESTON
(coldly) “Apologies miss. But it is my duty!”

Beeston drags Nyssa to where Billy is, and starts to chain her up.

BILLY
“Don’t you dare, Beeston!” (realises) “No Beeston! Don’t chain her up!”

Beeston locks one of Nyssa’s hands into the manacles.

BEESTON
“Too late! She has to be chained up! In the same way as you are, Mr. Walker!”

Nyssa struggles to break free whilst Beeston chains her up to the other manacle with her other hand.

BILLY
“Beeston for pity’s sake, stop this now! Let her go. Keep me here, but let Nyssa go!

BEESTON
“There! Perfect fitting, wouldn’t you say?!”

Beeston brushes his hands satisfied, whilst Nyssa tugs at the chains.

BILLY
(angrily) “You’re mad, Beeston! Who do you think you are?!”

BEESTON
“I must obey my masters, young sir.”

NYSSA
“Masters? Who are they then, Beeston? Lord Frederick and Lady Angela Tottinghill?”

BEESTON
“No, my lady. You’ll never understand; the pair of you! My masters are my absolution! My salvation! Both of you…will enable my deliverance to them!”

Eventually Beeston disappears and vanishes, leaving Nyssa and Billy chained up. Nyssa and Billy are astonished once they’ve seen Beeston disappear into thin air.

NYSSA
“Billy?! Were my eyes playing tricks on me? Did you just see what I saw?”

BILLY
“I certainly did, Nyssa. Beeston just vanished into thin air.” (hesitant) “Like a…like a…”

NYSSA
“Like a ghost.”

They remain silent whilst being chained up and freezing to the bone.


SCENE #23 – INT – CRYPT, CHAPEL, LECKWICK HALL – NIGHT
Back in the crypt, Professor Rogers and Mabel reunite each other.

MABEL
(shrieks) “Albert! Where did you go?! I was worried sick…”

PROF. ROGERS
(dismissively) “Will you keep your trap shut, girl! There was nothing to worry about! I was taking a stroll! Now where’s my drink?”

DOCTOR
(intervenes) “Professor Rogers! You and…”

PROF. ROGERS
“My wife, yes! She’s chilled to the bone here! Hates the cold! Can’t stand it!”

DOCTOR
“Yes I’m sure.”

PROF. ROGERS
“Even though she’s not my wife!”

Moment of long silence.

DOCTOR
(gradually) “Anyway! Can someone explain the situation we all seem to be in? Mr. MacDougall, you start.”

MACDOUGALL
“Well…”

PROF. ROGERS
(interrupts) “Ah yes! Well, I went for a stroll on the terrace at night minding my own business when suddenly I was caught by something. Something white. Then I felt a taste in my mouth. I don’t know what it was. But it certainly wasn’t booze. Or whiskey. Or beer. I’m not sure it was a phantom. Probably that butler that Tottinghill keeps.”

MABEL
“But you vanished, brother! We saw you!”

PROF. ROGERS
“I did not vanish!”

MABEL
“You did!”

PROF. ROGERS
“I didn’t!”

DOCTOR
(interrupts) “I think it might be best if Mr. MacDougall explained.”

MACDOUGALL
“Yes, well…”

PROF. ROGERS
(abusively) “Yeah, yeah! Let MacDougall Scottish guy do all the talking! He does a better job than I am!”

MACDOUGALL
“Thank you, sir. Now…”

PROF. ROGERS
(loudly) “Of course it would be too much to let you know that I’m the important guy here! I’m the important man! I matter. Professor Rogers. Nobody else, understand? You’re all wierdos!”

DOCTOR
(impatiently) “Professor, please!”

PROF. ROGERS
(mutters) “Fine, don’t bother listening to me! Pretend I’m not here!”

DOCTOR
“Carry on, Mr. MacDougall!”

MACDOUGALL
“Well you see, Doctor. Professor Rogers was getting impatient whilst we were waiting in the reading room…”

PROF. ROGERS
(protests) “I was not!”

MACDOUGALL
“Very soon, he went out and we thought he vanished into thin air at night! As you can imagine, no man ever disappears without proper explanation. Isn’t that right, Bergo man?”

BERGO
“Ooh yeah! Not so! Not so!”

MACDOUGALL
“To cut a long story short, we called for Beeston and he showed up! Then we found ourselves here.”

DOCTOR
(puzzled) “What…you immediately found yourselves? In this crypt?”

MACDOUGALL
“Yes. No. Well…my memory’s a bit hazy.”

DOCTOR
“I see.” (Pause) “Where is this crypt anyway?”

PROF. ROGERS
“How should I know? I’m not an expert of the Leckwick Estate!”

DOCTOR
(impatient) “No-one asked you, Professor Rogers!”

PROF. ROGERS
“Well I never…”

DOCTOR
“Have any of you seen anybody else in this crypt apart from yourselves tonight?”

MACDOUGALL
“No. We’ve been trying to get out and call for help, but we’ve been locked in!”

BERGO
“Yeah! We try to get out of crypt but we lock in! We locked here!”

DOCTOR
(gradually) “Yes.” (Pause) “Well let’s see if we can tug at the door.”

The Doctor goes to the door and attempts to unbolt it. With much tugging and pulling, he fails to open it.

DOCTOR
(defeated) “No, it’s no use.”

MACDOUGALL
“Told you! It’s locked!”

DOCTOR
“I wish I still had my sonic screwdriver on me!” (Pause) “I can’t see a lock though. Must be you can only unlock it from the other side.”

PROF. ROGERS
“Well that’s a great help isn’t it. Nobody’s going to come to our rescue and unlock it from the outside, are they?”

Just as Professor Rogers says this, the door creaks open inwardly. The Doctor and the others stand back in surprise.

PROF. ROGERS
(flabbergasted) “I didn’t say anything!”

BERGO
“No! Powered! It is open!”

MACDOUGALL
“Who opened that door then?”

DOCTOR
“Or what, I wonder.”

After a moment’s silence, the Doctor steps forward to take a look outside.

DOCTOR
(calls) “Hello? Anyone there?”

No response. Professor Rogers then steps forward brusquely.

PROF. ROGERS
“Let’s make a move while we still can. Come on!”

DOCTOR
(cautiously) “Now wait a minute, Professor!”

PROF. ROGERS
“Don’t ‘wait a minute’ me, you twerp! Who are you to tell me what to do? I’m getting out of this hellhole now!”

DOCTOR
“If you’ll just listen to me for a moment please!”

But Professor Rogers walks out, followed by Mabel and the others. Mabel then screams in terror, just as they walk out.

MABEL
(screams) “Albert?! Brother?!”

PROF. ROGERS
(annoyed) “Oh what’s the matter now, you stupid girl?”

MABEL
(squeamishly) “That tomb! I saw it! That tomb moved!”

They become silent, as they watch the tomb. Nothing happens.

PROF. ROGERS
“It’s a trick of the light, you stick! Come on! Let’s get out of here!”

DOCTOR
(cautiously) “No wait, Professor!”

PROF. ROGERS
(impatiently) “Wait for what? There’s nothing there!”

DOCTOR
(cries) “Look everyone! Look!”

They all look to see as Mabel screams. The tomb cover slides right off and falls to the ground. Moment of silence.

PROF. ROGERS
(nervous) “W-W-What the heck just happened?”

The Doctor steps forward to inspect the tomb.

MACDOUGALL
“Doctor, be careful man!”

DOCTOR
(assuredly) “I will, Mr MacDougall. I will!”

PROF. ROGERS
(mutters) “The man’s mad, Mabel. I always said so. Mad!”

As the Doctor approaches the tomb, he slowly looks to see what’s inside. Tension rises for a few moments. Eventually however, the Doctor sighs with relief.

DOCTOR
(relieved) “It’s alright, everyone! The tomb’s empty!”

MACDOUGALL
(surprised) “Empty?!”

DOCTOR
“There’s no body! It’s an empty tomb!”

Everyone else sighs with relief.

MACDOUGALL
(relieved) “Well that’s good to hear.”

BERGO
(booms) “Yeah! Good, good!”

PROF. ROGERS
“Well! I don’t know why you were screaming, Mabel. You’re such a coward.”

Mabel screams again. MacDougall then joins the Doctor by his side.

DOCTOR
(concerned) “It still puzzles me though.”

MACDOUGALL
“What does, Doctor?”

DOCTOR
“That a tomb happens to be empty with no body inside. What’s the point of that? And why did the cover slide off from the tomb at our expense?”

Eventually the Doctor; Professor Rogers; MacDougall; Bergo and Mabel make their way out to leave the crypt. The wind blows fiercely from outside.


SCENE #24 – INT – CLOISTERS, CHAPEL, LECKWICK HALL – NIGHT
Back in the cloisters, where it’s windy and snowing, Nyssa and Billy remain chained up, cold and chilled. Billy then tries to pass the time with a game…

BILLY
“I spy with my little eye…”

NYSSA
“Billy, what are you doing?”

BILLY
“Well…I thought we might play a game to pass the time, Nyssa. I mean we’ve been chained up, left alone, sitting here waiting…”

NYSSA
“Billy we haven’t got time to play games. We must keep alert and be aware of what’s happening. Beeston might well come back.”

BILLY
(abjectly) “I know that. But what can we do? We can’t go anywhere. Unless you have a telepathic link to these manacles with your Traken-like powers.”

NYSSA
“Don’t be silly, Billy.” (Pause) “I wish we could have explored this place before Beeston chained us up.”

BILLY
“I’m not sure that would have been a good idea, Nyssa. We could have had a scare wherever we went if we weren’t chained up.”

NYSSA
“Not necessarily, Billy!”

BILLY
(gradually) “I’m starting to wonder whether phantoms and ghouls are all true after all.”

NYSSA
“There’s a scientific reasoning for everything, Billy.”

BILLY
(sceptical) “Scientific? Are you sure?”

NYSSA
“If I had a RCS electromagnetic field condenser I would be able to identify the infrared particles and the artificial metamaterials in the atmosphere causing these occurrences to happen, like when we were both whisked away to here.”

BILLY
“I’m sure you would.”

There is then a loud screeching howl as something flickers. Billy cries and jumps up with a start, whilst chained up.

BILLY
(stammers) “W-W-What was that?”

NYSSA
(reassuringly) “Oh Billy, calm down! It was only a bat!”

BILLY
“A bat?!” (shudders) “Oh. I can’t stand bats!”

NYSSA
(reassuringly) “Now don’t worry Billy! I’m sure the Doctor will turn up.”

BILLY
“Oh yes. Where is the Doctor when we need him?”

Suddenly, bells ring far off from a distance, startling Nyssa and Billy.

BILLY
(nervously) “Bells? Who…who on earth is ringing bells at this time of night?”

NYSSA
“It must be the chapel bells. Perhaps some sort of ceremony is taking place.”

BILLY
“Yes. It could be midnight mass. They always do that before Christmas at a church.”

NYSSA
“That means people will be attending the church tonight. We could shout for help whilst we’re chained up here in these cloisters.”

Just then, strange footsteps approach. Both Nyssa and Billy become nervous.

BILLY
(nervously) “Nyssa? Nyssa?” (Pause) “Do you hear…footsteps?”

NYSSA
(nervously) “Yes. I do hear them, Billy. Someone’s coming?!”

BILLY
“Or some people.” (Pause; gasps) “Nyssa? See that blanket of snow?”

Nyssa looks to see as they both see the snowy blanket on the floor before them.

NYSSA
(anxiously) “Yes. I see it! There are footprints in the snow now! Clear footprints!”

BILLY
(nervously) “Then…why can’t we see anyone in front of us?”

NYSSA
(afraid) “What do you think it is, Billy?”

BILLY
(nervously) “Well…I think…I think…”

NYSSA
“Yes?”

BILLY
(terrified) “I think they’re the footprints of a ghost!”

Both Nyssa and Billy cry out terrified, as the invisible entity walking in the snow comes closer.

BILLY
(terrified) “It’s coming! The ghost is coming towards us!”

NYSSA
(anxiously) “It’s not a ghost, Billy! Believe me! They just want you to think that.”

BILLY
(terrified) “But it is a ghost, Nyssa! You can’t deny it with scientific fact!”

NYSSA
(reasonably) “It could be someone using cloaking technology. To disguise its foot imprint patterns. But whatever it is, it’s not a ghost. You mustn’t believe it!”

BILLY
(terrified) “Oh stop trying to reason it out, Nyssa! It’s real! The ghost is real!”

The invisible entity is right up close to them now.

BILLY
(terrified) “It’s here! Nyssa, it’s here!”

NYSSA
(calmly) “Billy, please listen to me. You must accept this isn’t a ghost!”

BILLY
(terrified) “But I feel so cold! And that’s not accounting for the snow and wind!”

NYSSA
(calmly) “You’re not thinking straight!”

BILLY
(terrified) “I feel something!” (Pause) “Yes…it’s some kind of hand!”

NYSSA
(anxiously) “Billy, please! Don’t let it get to you!” (cries) “Billy! BILLY!”


SCENE #25 – INT – REAR SECTION, CHAPEL, LECKWICK HALL – NIGHT
After leaving the crypt, the Doctor, Professor Rogers, Mabel, MacDougall and Bergo enter the rear section of the chapel. They have now lost their way, as they’ve been listening to the church bells going off.

BERGO
“Bells! Bells!!”

MACDOUGALL
“Yes Mr. Bergo, its ‘them bells’.” (Pause) “I wonder what’s got into them!”

PROF. ROGERS
“You English people should add central heating to your churches! It’s so cold in here!”

DOCTOR
“Never mind your appeal for central heating to churches, Professor. Let’s concentrate on where we are now as we seem to be lost!”

MACDOUGALL
(enthused) “I like these church windows!” (amazed) “Oh look! There’s the birth of the baby Jesus! Such a fitting picture for the occasion on this glad night!”

BERGO
(booms) “I’m looking forward to turkeys and mince pies! Oh yeah!”

DOCTOR
(frustrated) “Please Mr Bergo; Mr. MacDougall! I’m trying to concentrate!”

LORD FREDERICK
“Hello Doctor!”

Everyone is startled as they turn to see Lord Tottinghill before them.

LORD FREDERICK
“Hello everyone! It’s very nice to see you all again!”

PROF. ROGERS
(exclaims) “Lord Tottinghill! Thank God you’re here!”

Professor Rogers steps forward.

PROF. ROGERS
“Do you know what’s been happening? I’ve been dragged here…”

DOCTOR
(warns) “Professor Rogers, please! Don’t express gratitude to this man!”

PROF. ROGERS
(baffled) “Why not? Lord Tottinghill is here to save us, isn’t he?”

DOCTOR
“Lord and Lady Tottinghill are responsible for bringing us here!”

LORD FREDERICK
“Now come off it, Doctor. That is a little harsh…”

DOCTOR
“Suffice it to say, you have been responsible for everything that has happened here at Leckwick Hall and the chapel. Haven’t you Lord Tottinghill?”

MACDOUGALL
“What?!”

BERGO
“What?!”

MACDOUGALL
(shocked) “No. It can’t be true! It most certainly can’t be true!”

LORD FREDERICK
(apologetically) “I’m very sorry gentlemen.” (to Doctor) “Doctor. You and your friends will all come with me! The ghost is waiting for you all!”

PROF. ROGERS
(baffled) “Hey? What is he on about, Doctor?”

DOCTOR
“Professor Rogers…”

LORD FREDERICK
(sharply) “No talking! Keep quiet and follow! I want no resistance!”

PROF. ROGERS
(challengingly) “Oh yeah! And who’s going to stop me, snooty English lord?”

A gun trigger is clicked, as Sir Albert turns to see a pistol trained on him and the others.

MABEL
(shrieks) “I will, brother!”

PROF. ROGERS
(shocked) “Mabel? What the heck do you think you’re doing? Where did you get that pistol?”

MABEL
(shrieks, threatens) “Don’t force me to use it brother! I will use it!” (to everyone) “Everyone! You will follow his lordship like he says. Now!”

MACDOUGALL
(protests) “Och, now look here!”

Mabel instantly fires her gun. MacDougall cries out in pain as he falls to the floor. The Doctor and Bergo rush to help MacDougall.

DOCTOR
(cries) “Mr. MacDougall?! Mr. MacDougall, are you alright?”

BERGO
“Yeah? Are you okay, Scottish man?”

MACDOUGALL
(weakly) “I’ll be fine! Don’t worry I’ll be fine! It’s just a flesh wound in the leg.”

The Doctor and Bergo help MacDougall to his feet, whilst Mabel reloads her pistol and trains it on them again. Mabel trains her guns on Professor Rogers who instantly remains silent.

MABEL
(shrieks) “Next time, I will shoot to kill! I WILL SHOOT TO KILL!”

PROF. ROGERS
“You stupid woman! Whatever’s got into you?”

MABEL
“I mean it, Albert! I mean it! No funny business here!”

LORD FREDERICK
(calmly) “Alright Mabel. Calm down, dear. Calm down.” (to everyone) “You will all follow me at once to the chapel! Or else, Mabel really will…”

DOCTOR
(abjectly) “Alright. You’ve made your point, your lordship!” (Pause) “We’ll come with you.”

LORD FREDERICK
“Very wise, Doctor!” (Pause) “Come!”

Frederick leads the way, as the Doctor and Bergo support MacDougall and Professor Rogers follows behind them. Mabel takes up the rear with pistol in hand.

DOCTOR
(quietly) “Can you manage, Mr. MacDougall?”

MACDOUGALL
(quietly) “Och, of course I can! I told you I’ll be alright!”

PROF. ROGERS
“What do you think you’re doing, Doctor. You’ve got them right where they want us so that they can kill us!”

MABEL
(shrieks) “Shut your big mouth brother. Get moving!”

PROF. ROGERS
“And I don’t know what’s got into my sister all of a sudden, but I’m going to find out.”

Professor Rogers remains silent, as he and the others carry on out of the rear chapel.


SCENE #26 – INT – MAIN HALL, CHAPEL, LECKWICK HALL – NIGHT
In the main hall of the chapel, the bell still tolls with snow falling and wind blowing hard from outside. Nyssa and Billy slowly wake up to take in their surroundings as they find themselves tied up in chairs back-to-back in the centre of the hall.

BILLY
(anxiously) “Nyssa? Nyssa, are you there behind me?”

NYSSA
(reassuringly) “Yes, Billy. I’m here behind you.”

BILLY
“We’re tied up in some chairs back-to-back. And we’re in the centre of a huge hall. It must be part of the main chapel area.”

Both struggle to break free of their bonds in the chairs.

NYSSA
“I can’t break free! These ropes are too tight!”

BILLY
“Same for me, Nyssa.” (laughs nervously) “We’re in bondage again, hey?”

NYSSA
(puzzled) “How did we get from the cloisters to here? I can’t remember. It seems so blurry.”

BILLY
“It probably is. Like some jigsaw puzzle.”

LADY ANGELA
(slowly) “Hello Miss Nyssa; Mr Billy.”

Nyssa and Billy are startled, when they see Lady Angela in one of the pews before them. Both sigh with relief.

NYSSA
(relieved) “Your ladyship! Thank goodness, it’s you.”

BILLY
“Oh it is good to see you again, your ladyship. Is your husband with you?”

LADY ANGELA
“My husband will be here soon, young man.”

NYSSA
“The bells are ringing, your ladyship! Is there…what did you call it, Billy…midnight mass on tonight at the chapel?”

LADY ANGELA
“No. I’m afraid not.”

BILLY
(puzzled) “Oh! How did you manage to find us here then, your ladyship?”

LADY ANGELA
“I didn’t. I brought you here.”

BILLY
(confused) “Nyssa, what is she talking about?”

NYSSA
(realises) “Wait. I remember now.” (Pause) “We were knocked out when we were in the cloisters.…” (Pause) “Oh no!”

BILLY
(puzzled) “Nyssa, is there something the matter?”

NYSSA
“Billy. Lady Tottinghill was the ‘ghost’ we saw walking in the blanket of snow in the cloisters.”

BILLY
“What? You mean to say…”

There is then a whirring noise, as Lady Angela disappears.

BILLY
(gasps) “Nyssa! Lady Tottinghill’s gone! She’s disappeared!”

NYSSA
(grimly) “No, she hasn’t Billy. She’s activated the cloaking device she’s wearing.” (to Lady Angela) “Aren’t you Lady Tottinghill?!”

The whirring noise comes again, as Lady Angela reappeared.

LADY ANGELA
“You are correct, Miss Nyssa. Well done for observing so well.”

BILLY
(gradually, apologetic) “Sorry for over-reacting, Nyssa. When I thought it was a ‘real ghost’ coming towards us in the snow. I don’t know what came over me.”

NYSSA
(reassuringly) “Don’t worry, Billy. It was a natural reaction to fear that I can empathise with. I felt scared when you were, you know.”

BILLY
(amazed) “Really?! Well, well. I wouldn’t have guessed.”

LADY ANGELA
(boldly) “Very soon…my husband will be here! Everything shall be fulfilled as we expected. And you two…shall become part of it!”

Nyssa and Billy become anxious, as they remain tied up in chairs back-to-back in the centre of the chapel hall with Lady Angela watching them.


© Tim Bradley, 2016

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2 thoughts on “‘The Ghost of Leckwick’, Chapter 3

  1. Timelord 007

    Great twist with Lady Angela Tim, that threw me completely, i love the quirky characters in this story there funny without being over silly, love the Doctor/Professor Rogers interplay & the scene were Billy & Nyssa hugged was very tender & well written as it shows Nyssa is in love with Billy but can’t express her feelings so keeping him warm with a hug was generally moving & so in character of Nyssa.

    You my friend are a fantastic writer, I’ve read, watched & listened to 100’s doctor who audios & your stories are of the highest quality my friend & deserve a Big Finish adaptation, I’d pre-order them tomorrow without hesitation.

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  2. Tim Bradley Post author

    Hi Simon.

    Very pleased you enjoyed reading Chapter 3 of ‘The Ghost of Leckwick’. Glad you enjoyed the twist with Lady Angela and the quirky characters featured in this story. I’m pleased you found them funny without being over silly. I was afraid that I would have made them seem silly when writing their dialogue. Perhaps it’s just as well I rewrote the episode a number of times. 😀

    I’m pleased you loved the Doctor/Professor Rogers interplay in the story. I found it fun writing Professor Rogers’ dialogue, especially when he was being annoying and difficult with the Doctor.

    Also I’m so pleased you liked the scene where Nyssa and Billy hugged each other to keep themselves warm. I’m glad you find that Nyssa is in love with Billy but doesn’t express her feelings and that it keeps in with her character. That means so much to hear you say that about the relationship between Nyssa and Billy in these stories.

    Very pleased you find my stories of the highest quality. I’m glad I keep you entertained and look forward to signing a CD cover of my ‘Doctor Who’ stories by me for you. 😀

    Tim. 🙂

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