‘The Pantomime of Death’, Chapter 4

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4. Saving the Children

SCENE #17 – INT – AUDIENCE BLOCK 5, NEW NEW THEATRE – DAY, EVENING
Back on Nodnol, Ann and Howard sit in one of the audience blocks at the New, New Theatre. They wait for the next pantomime performance to begin. They let passers-by to make their way through to the row they’re in.

HOWARD
(bemused) “Honey, dear. I don’t understand why we’ve come here. I don’t like pantomimes. They’re for kids.”

ANN
(anxiously) “We came here to find our daughter, Howard.”

HOWARD
“We don’t have a daughter…”

ANN
“Yes, we do!” (Pause) “Please don’t say anything else! It drives me mad!”

HOWARD
“But how can we have a daughter when I don’t even remember her, Ann? It’s just nonsense!”

ANN
(agitated) “Just stop it, Howard! Just stop it!” (Pause) “I’m going to prove to you that we have a daughter, even if it kills me!”

HOWARD
“And you’re hoping to find her in this theatre then?”

ANN
“The Doctor and his friends said they’ll find her. But we haven’t heard much word from them since. Something must have happened.”

HOWARD
“This Doctor seems a bit nutty to me. As well as his friends.”

ANN
“We’ve got to find out what happened to Hannah at this theatre. We’ve tried everything and this seems the only option left.”

Silence then falls, as the chatter in the audience dies down.

ANN
“The lights have dimmed down. They’re about to start now.”

Within a few minutes, the curtains open and the theatre is filled with joyful music. As the musicians play, Mr. Higgins as Santa Claus comes onto the stage. The children cheer at Higgins when they see him as Santa.

HOWARD
“These children get very excited about these pantos! Is that Santa Claus?”

The children as well as Ann, Howard and everyone else watch as Santa Claus speaks.

HIGGINS (as Santa)
(joyfully) “Ho-ho-ho! Merry Christmas, boys and girls. Merry Christmas to one and all!”

There is an uproar of cheers and screams from the children. Whilst the pantomime goes on, Hannah whispers to Ann.

HOWARD
(whispers) “I say! Ann, dear? Isn’t that Mr. Higgins, the manager of this theatre?”

ANN
“Yes, Howard. It certainly is.”

Higgins continues as Santa…

HIGGINS (as Santa)
(chuckles; joyfully) “Welcome, children! Welcome! Oh I’m really busy tonight! It’s Christmas Eve!”

CHILDREN
(cheers) “Yes!!!”

HIGGINS (as Santa)
“I don’t think you heard me! I’m really busy tonight! It’s Christmas Eve!”

CHILDREN
(cheers) “YES!!!!”

HIGGINS
(as Santa) “That’s more like it! Now, I have to deliver something to Cinderella…”


SCENE #18 – INT – OUTSIDE ROOM #1, ACCOMMODATION BLOCK – DAY, EVENING
Meanwhile, on the unknown planet, a Larkanian snarls and growls as it approaches the accommodation room with the Doctor, Nyssa and Billy inside. The Larkanian knocks the door.

LARKANIAN #2
(fiercely) “Doctor; Nyssa; Billy! You…are to come with us!”

The Larkanian unbolts the door and bursts his way in.


SCENE #19 – INT – ROOM #1, ACCOMMODATION BLOCK – DAY, EVENING

LARKANIAN #2
(snarls) “You…are to be taken…to Lord Trinnaus!”

The Larkanian then realises that the time travellers are gone. Puzzled, the Larkanian enters further in.

LARKANIAN #2
(growls) “Where have they gone? Where did they go? How did they…?”

The Larkanian then rasps in pain, as he’s hit hard on the back by a pole. The Larkanian drops to the ground whilst Billy with the Doctor and Nyssa stand above him from behind.

NYSSA
“Billy, you didn’t have to hit him as hard as that!”

BILLY
“Well it got him out, didn’t it?!”

DOCTOR
(insistently) “Come on, let’s go!”

With that, the Doctor, Nyssa and Billy escape from the room.


SCENE #20 – INT – OUTSIDE ROOM #1, ACCOMMODATION BLOCK – DAY, EVENING
The Doctor, Nyssa and Billy bump into more Larkanians, ready with their whips.

NYSSA
“Billy, watch out!”

Billy knocks them over with his pole, as they all fall to the floor unconscious.

BILLY
“There! How’s that for you?”

NYSSA
“Billy, oh well done!”

BILLY
“Oh now you’re thanking me!”

DOCTOR
“It’s a good thing you got that pole from underneath your bed, Billy.”

NYSSA
“Now we’ve got to find the generator for the power manipulator, Doctor.”

DOCTOR
“Yes – no! I’ll find the generator. You Nyssa and Billy find the kids and gather them together. Hopefully they should do as Hannah says and not laugh.”

BILLY
“Do you know where to find this power manipulator, Doctor?”

DOCTOR
“Oh it shouldn’t be too difficult. It must somewhere in the core of the planet.”

NYSSA
“It’ll take hours for you to find it, Doctor.”

DOCTOR
“Just trust me, Nyssa. I’ll find it. I saw a map of all the power conductors on our way here to meet Lord Trinnaus. I’ll find it and use that to find the power manipulator’s generator.”

NYSSA
“But Doctor…”

DOCTOR
“You two find those children and get them ready to leave. I’ll meet you back at where we first arrived here on this planet.”

NYSSA
“In the tunnel.”

DOCTOR
“Yes! Meet me in the tunnel. I’ll use my temporal transference initialiser to get us back to the portal we came in to get here. Now off you go, you two!”

BILLY
“Good luck, Doctor!”

NYSSA
“Yes good luck, Doctor! Take care!”

DOCTOR
“I’ll see you two later!”

With that, the Doctor goes off to find the power manipulator generator whilst Nyssa and Billy search for the children.


SCENE #21 – INT – DARK TUNNEL, UNKNOWN PLANET – DAY, EVENING
Later on in the dark tunnel, Nyssa and Billy gather the kids from the arena. Billy counts the number of children whilst Nyssa gathers them together.

BILLY
(counts) “Five hundred and twenty…five hundred and twenty-one…five hundred and twenty-two…five hundred and twenty-three…five hundred and twenty-four…five hundred and twenty-six…five…” (stops; thinks; realises) “Hang on. Have I got that right?”

NYSSA
“Billy, it doesn’t matter! There are over five hundred children here! They’ve all been gathered! So we’re ready to go!”

BILLY
“It’s amazing we’ve managed to get them out of that arena!”

NYSSA
“These children must have seen that awful pantomime half a dozen times to not laugh at it!”

At that moment, the Doctor turns up.

BILLY
(cries) “Nyssa, look! There he is!”

NYSSA
(relieved) “Doctor! Are you alright?!”

DOCTOR
(puffed out) “Yes Nyssa, I’m fine!”

BILLY
“Did you find the generator?”

DOCTOR
“Yes! The good news is that the weapon’s been destroyed! The bad news is…this planet’s about to blow up!”

NYSSA
“Blow up?!”

DOCTOR
“I’ve overridden the controls! That’s why it’s at the centre of the core! We’ve got about twenty minutes!”

BILLY
“It’s time to put that temporal…thingy gadget of yours to work then!”

DOCTOR
“Yes, Billy! Now…where did I put it? Aha! Here it is!”

The Doctor fumbles in his pockets and takes out of the temporal transference initialiser. He switches it on and a whirring sound echoes from it.

NYSSA
“I doubt that this will work.”

DOCTOR
“Patience, Nyssa. Give it a few moments and the portal will come.”

BILLY
“Is there any length of time as to when the portal will open?”

DOCTOR
(annoyed) “Now don’t you start, Billy!”

The Doctor then turns to the children and speaks to them.

DOCTOR
(out loud) “Okay, everyone! Listen to me!” (Pause) “I want you all to keep calm! We’re going to through a…err…going to go through um…”

BILLY
“A…wardrobe, Doctor! We’re going to go through a wardrobe into Narnia!”

DOCTOR
(gradually) “Yes, that’s it! We’re going to go to Narnia and meet Mr. Tumnus! It’s a sort of wardrobe, except it’s a time portal. It’s going to be bracing and there’s lots of jumping involved. When you see a light appear, we run and jump into it! Is that understood?”

CHILDREN
(cheers) “YES!!!!”

DOCTOR
“Good, good.” (impatiently; to initialiser) “Come on, come on, you little contraption! You should have brought the portal here by now!”

NYSSA
(puzzled) “Billy? What is this ‘Narnia’ place you mentioned?”

BILLY
“Oh…well…it’s a children book written by…”

DOCTOR
(interrupts) “Billy, that’s not important now!”

Suddenly a horrible alarm blares out and a Larkanian guard speaks on the sound speakers.

LARKANIAN GUARD (V’O)
(snarls) “Alert! Alert! Prisoners have escaped!”

Everyone becomes uneasy including the children, whilst the alarn goes off.

NYSSA
“Doctor! Trinnaus and the Larkanians! They know we’ve escaped!”

DOCTOR
“Oh it doesn’t matter.”

BILLY
“Doesn’t matter?! We’re going to get caught by those dinosaur men any minute!”

DOCTOR
“It’s alright. I’ll distract them if need be.”

Just then, the Larkanians turn up down the tunnel.

LARKANIAN #1
(growls) “There they are! Don’t let them get away.”

The children scream once they see the Larkanians and back away with the Doctor, Nyssa and Billy.

NYSSA
“Doctor, they’ve found us!”

BILLY
“What do we do?”

DOCTOR
(gradually) “Well…Nyssa…Billy…children….basically…RUN!!!”

Running as fast as they can, the Doctor, Nyssa and Billy take the children with them and run down the tunnel. The Larkanians chase after them.

LARKANIAN #1
“Stop them! Stop them! Our master wants them!”

The Larkanians growl furiously, as they chase after the screaming children with the Doctor, Nyssa and Billy in the tunnel.


SCENE #22 – INT – DARK TUNNEL, UNKNOWN PLANET – DAY, EVENING
After running for some time, the Doctor, Nyssa and Billy with the children come to another section of the tunnel and stop.

BILLY
(puffed out) “There’s a wall blocking our path! It stops here!”

NYSSA
(despairingly) “A dead end! I knew it was too good to be true!”

BILLY
“Why isn’t the portal appearing?”

DOCTOR
“Oh no!”

NYSSA
(concerned) “Doctor, what’s the matter?”

DOCTOR
“Lord Trinnaus is among the Larkanians!”

They watch as the Larkanians approach them. Just then, a whirling sound occurs and everyone turns to see the portal appear and open before them. A great gush of wind comes through.

NYSSA
“Doctor, look! The portal’s opening!”

BILLY
“At last! Well done, Doctor.”

DOCTOR
(satisfied) “Yes! I knew this device of mine wouldn’t let me down!”

NYSSA
“Doctor, the children in the New, New Theatre will be seeing the pantomime at this minute! We must stop this and save them before it’s too late!”

DOCTOR
(urgently) “Come on, quick! Get these children into the portal!”

BILLY
(to children) “Come on, everyone! In you go!”

NYSSA
(to children) “Yes! Go through! Mr uh…Tumnus is waiting!”

The children cheer as they run into the portal.

DOCTOR
“You’re picking up things well, Nyssa!”

BILLY
“I’ll have to lend you ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ some time, Nyssa. It’s a very good read.”

NYSSA
“I’ll look forward to it.”

They watch as the children enter the portal.

BILLY
(counts) “One…two…three…four…five…[six…seven…eight…nine…”]

Billy counts away whilst Nyssa calls to the children.

NYSSA
(calls; to children) “Come on, children! Run! Run!”

Meanwhile, the Doctor turns to speak to Lord Trinnaus and the Larkanians as they approach.

DOCTOR
“Lord Trinnaus! Listen to me!”

LORD TRINNAUS
(wheezes) “You’ve destroyed everything, Doctor! My plans are ruined…and now you’re destroying this planet!”

DOCTOR
“I’m sorry, Lord Trinnaus. But listen to me!”

LORD TRINNAUS
(wheezes; interrupts) “You can’t do this to me, Doctor! I am Lord Trinnaus! I am the master of everything here!”

DOCTOR
(pleads) “Just give yourself up, Lord Trinnaus! Bad things have happened to you, I know. But I can help…”

LORD TRINNAUS
(wheezes) “I don’t need your help, Doctor! I need you to die!”

DOCTOR
“If you kill me Trinnaus, I’ll regenerate.”

LORD TRINNAUS
(menacingly) “Then I shall destroy your regeneration cycle, Doctor!”

Lord Trinnaus pulls out a gun at the Doctor. Nyssa then steps forward.

NYSSA
(cries) “No, Trinnaus! Don’t kill the Doctor!”

Lord Trinnaus is about to pull the trigger, before he stops and lowers his gun for a moment.

LORD TRINNAUS
(craftily) “No. No, Doctor, I’ve read your mind and know your true weakness. You’re not afraid to die. You’re afraid of children who might die. I know of one you truly care for. One who you truly fear of dying.”

DOCTOR
(realises) “No please, don’t!”

Lord Trinnaus raises his gun and aims it at Nyssa.

BILLY
(worried) “What’s he doing?”

DOCTOR
(cries, panics) “Lord Trinnaus, please no! Don’t shoot!”

NYSSA
(pleads) “Please don’t shoot, Lord Trinnaus!”

LORD TRINNAUS
(menacingly; to Nyssa) “Goodbye, my dear.”

BILLY
(yells) “Oh no, you don’t!”

NYSSA
(cries) “Billy, get out of the way before…”

But Billy runs forward and grabs hold of Nyssa to push her out of the way. But Trinnaus fires his gun, as Nyssa gasps for breath and falls to the floor.

BILLY
(cries) “No, Nyssa! No!”

The shot then hits back at Trinnaus.

LORD TRINNAUS
“I’ve been shot!” (Pause) “Dead? I…Lord Trinnaus…dead? No! I can’t be dead! I can’t…”

Lord Trinnaus groans and wails before he collapses to the floor. The Larkanians rush round to check on him.

DOCTOR
“Lord Trinnaus. He’s dead. His shot fired back at him. But how…?” (realises) “Oh! Oh I see!”

The Doctor rushes to Billy’s side. Billy cradles Nyssa in his arms.

BILLY
(cries; upset) “No! This simply can’t be!”

DOCTOR
“Billy, listen…”

BILLY
(upset) “He shot her! He shot my Nyssa! Now she’s dead! How I’m going to live without her?”

DOCTOR
“Billy, please…”

BILLY
(cries; upset) “I haven’t been with her for long and it’s ended so abruptly! How could he have done this? Why did he have to shoot my lovely Nyssa?!”

DOCTOR
(impatiently) “Billy, will you please listen!”

BILLY
(cries, upset) “And she’s your friend too, Doctor! You’ve known her more than I have! You must be upset to know that she’s dead!”

NYSSA
(cries; reassuringly) “Billy, it’s alright! I’m not dead!”

Billy looks to see Nyssa still alive in his arms.

BILLY
“But…but, Nyssa! You’re alive!”

NYSSA
“Of course I am!”

BILLY
(overjoyed) “I thought I’d lost you!”

NYSSA
“I’m not that easy to get rid of, Billy!”

BILLY
(confused) “But…I don’t understand.”

DOCTOR
(to Billy) “When you moved Nyssa out of Lord Trinnaus’ line of fire, the shot hit past the side of her arm. As well as ruining a fine Cinderella dress for Nyssa of course.”

NYSSA
“Yes! And opening a hole in my arm! I’ve lost quite a lot of blood.”

BILLY
(concerned) “Oh yes, you have! Poor you! I’ll clean that up for you!”

Billy fetches some tissues to clean up Nyssa’s wound.

DOCTOR
“You see, Billy! There was nothing to fret about! You saved Nyssa’s life again!”

NYSSA
(sweetly) “My dashing young prince! As always!”

Nyssa kisses Billy.

BILLY
(blushes) “Thanks Nyssa.”

NYSSA
(to Doctor) “But what about Lord Trinnaus? How did he…?”

DOCTOR
“His shot reflected off a metal grid behind us, Billy. When he fired, the shot hit him back. Thus killing him. It’s just as well you moved Nyssa when you did, Billy.”

BILLY
(baffled) “Oh! Oh I see.”

The Larkanians get up from examining Lord Trinnaus’ body and growl angrily at the Doctor, Nyssa and Billy.

NYSSA
“Doctor! The Larkanians. They’re coming for us!”

BILLY
“Yeah! And they don’t look particularly happy!”

The Larkanians advance forward.

DOCTOR
“The children have gone through the portal! I suggest we make a dash for it!”

NYSSA
“Agreed!”

BILLY
“Absolutely!”

DOCTOR
“Come on!”

Getting up, Nyssa, Billy and the Doctor run for the portal with the Larkanians chasing them.

LARKANIAN #1
(cries) “Stop them! Stop them!”

NYSSA
“Take my hand, Billy! Come on!”

Nyssa and Billy enter the portal first. Once they’re gone, the Doctor calls back to Larkanians.

DOCTOR
“I’m going through the portal now with my friends back to Nodnol! Sorry you can’t join us! Thank you for buying us time to keep the portal open! Goodbye!”

The Doctor then jumps through the portal. The portal closes and the Larkanians roar out angrily. The tunnel area then starts to crumble. The Larkanians become terrified, as they soon get buried by falling rubble in the tunnel.


SCENE #23 – INT – THEATRE STAGE #4, NEW NEW THEATRE – DAY, EVENING
Back in the New New Theatre on Nodnol, Higgins continues acting as Santa Claus. He entertains the children, who laugh happily in response.

HIGGINS (as Santa)
“Remember…when you see the Grinch…all of you say “He’s behind you!”” (Pause) “Right! Well, that’s sorted!” (Pause) “Now as I was saying, Christmas is coming! It’s busy at my workshop and the elves are…”

The Grinch comes onto the stage, cackling mischievously. The children scream and shout.

CHILDREN
(in unison) “HE’S BEHIND…”

Just then, the children are interrupted. A strange whirring noise echoes and a glowing light appears in the theatre. A shot of electrical power emanates from the theatre. Thankfully, it doesn’t absorb the children but displeases Higgins.

HIGGINS
(displeased; shouts) “No! Not yet! You’ve come in too early!”

Suddenly, the theatre is caught in an implosion of energy. Over five hundred children, the Doctor, Nyssa and Billy burst out of thin air. They fall on top of each other in many rows and seats in the audience, causing a huge overcrowd. Angry and irritated parents and children shout and yell at each other. The whirring sound and electrical beam stops.

HOWARD
(baffled) “Ann, dear! I see lots of children on my lap! I can’t see the stage! Where did they all come from?”

ANN
“I don’t know, dear! I’ve got too many children to cope with! And my back’s aching all over!”

Meanwhile on stage, Higgins is equally baffled.

HIGGINS
(as Santa) “Wow! More children!” (as himself) “More children?”

The Doctor, Nyssa and Billy groan, as they clamber out of the crowd of children and adults to reach the theatre stage.

DOCTOR
“Nyssa; Billy? Are you alright?”

NYSSA; BILLY
“We’re fine!”

They are then distracted by a completely bewildered Higgins as Santa Claus on stage.

HIGGINS
(baffled) “Where did all these children come from then?”

DOCTOR
(accusingly) “You! Higgins!”

HIGGINS
“Doctor? Why…?” (as Santa) “I mean…Buttons! My goodness. Where did you spring from then? You, Princess Cinderella and the Prince.” (gradually; confused) “Now there’s two Buttons, two princesses and two princes?”

DOCTOR
“It’s over, Mr. Higgins! Lord Trinnaus is dead and you’re finished!”

HIGGINS
“Uh…I err…uh…”

DOCTOR
(urgently) “Billy, quick! Destroy the star on the Christmas tree before we all lose our memories again!”

BILLY
“Right! On it now, Doctor!”

NYSSA
“I’ll help you, Billy.”

BILLY
“Thanks, Nyssa.”

Nyssa and Billy push the Christmas tree over and it collapses off stage.

HIGGINS
(shocked, upset) “What?! No! You can’t destroy the Christmas tree! I won’t be able to put any presents under it!”

NYSSA
“Billy! The Christmas tree star! Pick it up! Smash it into pieces!”

Billy does so, as he picks up the star and smashes it to pieces. Electrics explode and spark.

HIGGINS
“No! Not the Christmas tree star! NO!!!”

DOCTOR
(to audience) “Apologies, everyone! I know you’re all sticking together so well in the audience! I’m sorry, children! We had to destroy the Christmas tree!”

NYSSA
“Doctor, please! Just get on with it!”

DOCTOR
(urgently) “Oh yes! Right, children; adults! We need you all to get out of here! This theatre’s about to explode, due to a link from another planet which is also about to explode! You have…five minutes to escape!”

Screams echo from everyone, as they struggle to make their way out of the theatre. Nyssa and Billy help with the children and the adults to escape.

BILLY
(calls; to everyone) “Come on, everybody! Get out of here! Through the fire exits fast!”

NYSSA
(calls; to everyone) “Come on, everyone! Run! This whole place is about to explode!”

As everyone tries to escape, Higgins approaches the Doctor.

HIGGINS
(aggressively) “What do you think you’re doing, Doctor?! You’re ruining everything!”

DOCTOR
“Mr. Higgins! You’re charged with the kidnapping of innocent children! You’re coming with us too!”

HIGGINS
“What?! Let me go, man!”

But the Doctor’s resilient, as he drags Higgins with him.

BILLY
“Doctor! Nyssa and I were talking. This place is going to explode!”

DOCTOR
(wryly) “Yes thank you, Billy. I did know that already!”

NYSSA
(anxiously) “Doctor, listen! We won’t be able to get everyone out of this place in time! There’s far too many people here! In a short space of time as five minutes and counting down, it’s impossible for everyone to get out!”

DOCTOR
“Good point, Nyssa.”

BILLY
“So what are we going to do, Doctor?”

DOCTOR
(thinks; realises) “I’ve got an idea!”

The Doctor makes his way out.

NYSSA
(calls) “Where are you going, Doctor?!”

DOCTOR
“I’m going outside to fetch something! Give me a few seconds! You two, keep these people moving! And keep an eye on that manager! Don’t let him escape!”

BILLY
(cries) “Doctor?! Wait!”

But it’s no use, as the Doctor runs out of the New New Theatre through the fire exit and is gone.

NYSSA
(frustrated) “I wish he wouldn’t go off like that!”

BILLY
“He said it should take him a few seconds. What can he do in a few seconds?”

As Nyssa and Billy keep everyone moving, Higgins sulks to himself.

HIGGINS
(sulks) “I’ll blame the Doctor for this! He’s ruined my chances to get lots of dosh from that Sunmosy Empire!”

Just then, everyone listens as a wheezing, groaning sound echoes in the theatre. Everyone listens.

BILLY
(curious) “Nyssa, do you hear that?”

Both Nyssa and Billy listen.

NYSSA
(realises) “Yes! It’s the TARDIS!”

The TARDIS slowly appears, as it manifests itself in the form of a blue police box in the theatre.

BILLY
(astonished) “How did it get here?! By itself?”

NYSSA
“Guess who’s in there, Billy? Who would pilot the TARDIS?”

BILLY
(realises) “The Doctor!”

The TARDIS makes a loud thump as it lands. The doors open and the Doctor steps out.

DOCTOR
(cheerfully) “Merry Christmas, everyone!” (calls) “Quickly, get inside! Every single one of you!”

Everyone in the theatre takes a chance and runs inside the TARDIS.

BILLY
(baffled) “Doctor, you can’t fit everyone in there!”

DOCTOR
(puzzled) “Why not? It’s bigger on the inside than it is on the outside, isn’t it? There’s plenty of room in here as you well know, Billy.”

BILLY
(realises) “Oh yeah, I forgot.”

NYSSA
(calls; to everyone) “Come on, everyone! Get inside!”

BILLY
(calls; to everyone) “Yes, come on! Into the blue box immediately!”

NYSSA
(calls; to everyone) “That’s it! Inside, everyone!”

DOCTOR
(accusingly) “You as well, Higgins!”

Before Higgins can protest, he’s dragged into the TARDIS by the Doctor. Once everyone’s inside, the TARDIS soon whooshes away as it dematerialises and takes off. It escapes just in time, before the theatre crumbles apart. Ceiling and masonry fall and fire starts to ensue with electricity sparking off.


SCENE #24 – EXT – YILLADIC CIRCLE, NODNOL SPACE STATION – DAY, EVENING
Outside in the Yilladic Circle, everyone runs for their lives as the New New Theatre is about to explode. The building bursts into flames and blows up in an instant. The building crumbles into pieces and scatters across the skyline of the dome in Nodnol. The fire keeps going, until the explosion eventually dies out.


SCENE #25 – EXT – UNKNOWN PLANET, OUTER SPACE – N/A
Meanwhile, the unknown planet of the Larkanians blows up too into smithereens as a result of  the power manipulator in the core causing a chain reaction of explosions. Only fragments of the planet remain in outer space.


SCENE #26 – INT – TARDIS CONSOLE ROOM – N/A
In the TARDIS, the Doctor sets the controls to land a distance away from the New New Theatre. A number of the children and parents as well as Higgins surround the TARDIS console with the Doctor, Nyssa and Billy.

DOCTOR
“Okay. Let’s take a few hundred metres away from the theatre then.”

NYSSA
“So you managed to get to the TARDIS and rescue us in time before the explosion occurred, Doctor.”

DOCTOR
“Oh yes, Nyssa!”

BILLY
(amazed) “You’re incredible, Doctor!”

DOCTOR
(chuckles) “Oh I try my best, Billy.”

The TARDIS’ time rotor stops going up and down, making a loud ping.

NYSSA
“We’ve landed!”

DOCTOR
“Yes! Here we are! Still in the Yilladic Circle and away from the theatre!” (to everyone) “Right, everyone! All children and parents are to go out of the TARDIS one by one! It’s safe outside!”

NYSSA
(to everyone) “Yes! Come on, everyone! Out one by one like the Doctor says.”

DOCTOR
(to everyone) “Yes! That’s it! You’re doing fine, everyone! Out one by one!” (to Higgins) “Not you, Mr. Higgins!”

Higgins is stopped in his tracks by the Doctor, as children and parents leave the TARDIS.


SCENE #27 – EXT – STREETWAY, YILLADIC CIRCLE – DAY, EVENING
Outside in the streets of Nodnol, the Doctor, Nyssa and Billy with Higgins escort little Hannah to reunite with her parents.

NYSSA
“Doctor! There’s Ann and Howard over there!”

BILLY
“Yes, I see them! They’re coming over to meet us!”

DOCTOR
(cheerfully; to Hannah) “Look, Hannah! There’s your mum and dad!”

HANNAH
(cries) “Mummy; Daddy!”

Hannah runs over to her mum and dad.

ANN
(overjoyed) “Hannah! Oh Hannah, I’m so glad to see you! To see you’re alright!”

Ann gives Hannah a big hug.

HOWARD
(amazed) “Oh my goodness gracious me!”

ANN
“You’ve remembered, Howard! You’ve remembered our daughter Hannah, haven’t you?!”

HOWARD
“Of course, I have!” (to Hannah) “Hello Hannah, my dear.”

HANNAH
“Hello Daddy! I missed you!”

HOWARD
“I’ve missed you too, Hannah! We both did!”

ANN
“Yes we did, dear! But everything’s alright now!”

HANNAH
“Mummy; Daddy. I want to go home.”

HOWARD
“Yes, we can all go home now. Go home for Christmas!”

DOCTOR
(to Howard; Ann) “And it’s Christmas Eve! So that’s a nice Christmas present to have for the pair of you! Your daughter for Christmas!”

ANN
“Thank you, Doctor; Nyssa; Billy! Thank you for bringing our daughter home to us!”

BILLY
“That’s alright! Happy to help out!”

NYSSA
“Yes, we’re so pleased you have your daughter back, Ann; Howard.”

DOCTOR
(realises) “Oh by the way! I have a gift to get for your daughter for Christmas, since she kept her promise and didn’t laugh!”

Hannah lets out a happy laugh.

DOCTOR
(dismayed) “Oh you broke your promise.” (Pause) “Never mind. I’ll let you off this time.”

ANN
(to Howard) “Come on, Howard! Let’s take our little girl home!”

HOWARD
“Yes! Let’s go home! It’s been quite a kafuffle today!”

ANN
(calls) “Goodbye, Doctor; Nyssa; Billy! Merry Christmas!”

NYSSA
“Merry Christmas to you too, Ann; Howard!”

BILLY
“And Happy New Year!”

HANNAH
(sweetly) “Bye, Doctor! Bye, Nyssa! Bye, Billy!”

NYSSA
“Happy Christmas, Hannah!”

DOCTOR
(cheerfully) “Yes! Happy Christmas to you, Hannah!”

BILLY
“Bye, Hannah!”

The TARDIS trio wave goodbye and watch as Ann, Howard and Hannah depart. Soon they turn their attention to Higgins.

DOCTOR
“Right! Now that’s settled…”

HIGGINS
(bitterly) “What about me then? What are you going to do with me?”

DOCTOR
“Ah, Higgins! Just the man we need to sort out!” (calls) “Officer! Over here!”

A police officer then turns up and runs to meet them.

POLICE OFFICER
“Yes, sir! What can I do for you?”

DOCTOR
(accusingly) “This man here! Mr. Higgins. He’s the manager of the New, New Theatre. He’s responsible for the kidnappings of innocent children and for blowing up the theatre!”

HIGGINS
“He’s got no proof, officer! Don’t believe him!”

DOCTOR
“I’m a representative of the Health and Building Association of Nodnol HABAON and I have to report his building was in poor condition!”

HIGGINS
“Lies! All lies he’s saying!”

DOCTOR
“There was a terrible gas leak which blew up the building! And he overcrowded many children inside his theatre, causing a depletion of oxygen! Ask those who attended the last performance of ‘Cinderella’! They’ll confirm this!”

HIGGINS
(pleads) “Stop it, Doctor! Please stop it!”

DOCTOR
“So therefore, this man should be arrested!”

HIGGINS
“No!”

POLICE OFFICER
(to Higgins) “Right, you! You’re coming with me!”

The police officer takes Higgins away, as he struggles in their grip.

HIGGINS
(protests) “Please! Don’t do this to me! It wasn’t my fault! I didn’t know it was monsters…or aliens! It’s all a misunderstanding.”

DOCTOR
“Also, I forgot to mention he’s mentally deranged!”

HIGGINS
“This can’t be the end for Higgins! It can’t! No! No! NO!!!”

Higgins, unable to break free, is escorted away by the police officer. The Doctor, Nyssa and Billy watch as Higgins goes.

BILLY
“Is that it then? Have we saved everyone for Christmas?”

DOCTOR
“Of course we have, Billy!”

NYSSA
“I hope we haven’t missed anything on the way.”

DOCTOR
“Err…let me think…” (thinks) “No! The crisis is over!”

NYSSA
“Thank goodness for that! That’s a relief!”

BILLY
“This means we get to enjoy Christmas after all, doesn’t it?”

NYSSA
“Yes, Billy! It certainly does!”

BILLY
“Thank goodness for that! I’m glad to hear it!”

Nyssa kisses Billy, before they and the Doctor move out.


SCENE #28 – INT – RESTAURANT, HOTEL TRIZ – DAY, MORNING
Next morning, it’s Christmas Day. Nyssa and Billy are having breakfast in the restaurant at the Hotel Triz. There’s a busy atmosphere that doesn’t affect Nyssa and Billy’s happiness.

BILLY
(satisfied) “Hmm. Nice breakfast this.”

NYSSA
“Food is your weakness, Billy.”

BILLY
“I know another weakness I have, Nyssa.”

NYSSA
“Me perhaps.”

BILLY
“What else?”

NYSSA
“How come I’m a weakness of yours, Billy?”

BILLY
“Well…I can hardly resist you, can I?”

NYSSA
“True. And I suppose I can’t resist you either.”

BILLY
“No. You can’t.”

Nyssa giggles and Billy laughs before a tender silence ensues.

NYSSA
“I’m glad we got to have our Christmas together in the end.”

BILLY
“Me too. It’s such a shame we’ve got today and Boxing Day tomorrow and have to leave the day after that.”

NYSSA
“Yes. At least we sorted out the pantomime business. It’s annoying when things get in the way, isn’t it?”

BILLY
“Perhaps we can go and see Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire in ‘Holiday Inn’ after this ‘holiday’ of ours is over. At least it’s safer. And jollier.”

NYSSA
“That’s a good idea, Billy! I know that’s something you’d like to see. We’ll mention it to the Doctor later.”

BILLY
“Yeah.” (Pause) “By the way, where is the Doctor? I haven’t seen him today.”

NYSSA
“I don’t know, Billy. He said he had other things to attend to.” (Pause) “But it’s Christmas Day! We don’t have to worry about any more danger from now on. The Doctor told us so!”

BILLY
“Yeah. I don’t suppose we’ll see him at all today.”

DOCTOR
“That’s not exactly true, Billy.”

Nyssa and Billy look to see the Doctor turn up. He pulls up a chair to sit by them at their table.

BILLY
“Doctor! This is a surprise to see you here!”

DOCTOR
“A pleasant one, I hope.”

NYSSA
“I thought you had other things to do, Doctor.”

DOCTOR
“I have! But I couldn’t go without saying “Happy Christmas” to you two!”

BILLY
“Why thanks, Doctor! Happy Christmas to you too!”

NYSSA
“Happy Christmas, Doctor!”

DOCTOR
“And before I forget, I’ve brought this to complete the romantic effect for you two!”

The Doctor takes out some mistletoe to show to Nyssa and Billy and raises it above their heads.

BILLY
(astonished) “Mistletoe?! Why, Doctor! I didn’t know you had it in you!”

DOCTOR
“I have my moments, Billy! Since you and Nyssa are having a romantic Christmas together, I thought it was important you couldn’t have an occasion like this without mistletoe hanging above your heads.”

NYSSA
(intrigued) “What is mistletoe, Billy?”

BILLY
“Ah yes…well…err…” (Pause) “Mistletoe…is where two people – two lovers kiss each other underneath.”

NYSSA
“I see.”

BILLY
(babbles) “Yes I know! I know it’s a silly thing to do. But it’s one of our human traditions at Christmas time. Don’t ask me to explain it. I don’t understand it myself. But it’s something that’s supposed [to…”]

NYSSA
“Oh Billy, be quiet! Please kiss me!”

Nyssa then leans forward and kisses Billy underneath the mistletoe held by the Doctor. After they finish, moment of silence ensues. Nyssa and Billy then happily giggle with each other.

NYSSA
“Happy now?”

BILLY
“Yeah!”

DOCTOR
(satisfied) “Yes well…that’s sorted!” (Pause) “Now I’ll leave you two to it and be on my way!”

BILLY
“What exactly will you be doing while Nyssa and I enjoy ourselves, Doctor?”

DOCTOR
“Oh I’ll be looking around the station. Seeing how vast the structure is and what all the towns and shops are like. Not to mention a visit to the station cricket club, laying my complaints about them not having cricket jumpers for the players to wear!”

BILLY
“Ah, yes. You did mention that.”

NYSSA
“Take care of yourself now, Doctor.”

DOCTOR
“You too, Nyssa. You and Billy take care of yourselves.” (Pause) “Any idea what you’ll be doing today? Not that it’s any of my business.”

BILLY
“Well…perhaps we can lounge about the hotel or something.”

NYSSA
“Or we could look around the city of Nodnol, Billy.”

BILLY
“Yes! We could do that, yes.”

NYSSA
“And we can have Christmas dinner in one of the restaurants. That is hoping they’re open. They’re usually open for Christmas Day, aren’t they?”

BILLY
“I assume so. If this is like London of the future, they’re bound to. When it comes to pubs and such…” (realises) “Doctor?”

NYSSA
(concerned) “Doctor? Are you alright? You look preoccupied.”

They look to see the Doctor in a perplexed state.

DOCTOR
(disturbed) “Did you see that, you two? Over there! Where I’m pointing! See?”

Nyssa and Billy look to see where the Doctor is pointing to.

NYSSA
“See what? I don’t see anything, Doctor!”

BILLY
“Neither do I! What was it, Doctor?”

Moment of silence.

DOCTOR
“No. No, it’s probably nothing. It’s just…I thought I saw someone I recognised…” (Pause) “Anyway, mustn’t keep you. Enjoy yourselves, you two! Happy Christmas, Nyssa; Billy!”

The Doctor leaves, as he goes to do his own thing. Nyssa and Billy are left perplexed once the Doctor has gone.

BILLY
“The Doctor can be so peculiar at times!”

NYSSA
“Yes he can, can’t he?” (Pause; happily) “Happy Christmas, Billy!”

BILLY
(happily) “Happy Christmas, Nyssa!”

Nyssa and Billy kiss each other, before resuming their breakfast. Meanwhile, somebody watches Nyssa and Billy with fascination. Nyssa and Billy are oblivious to the person’s person as he sits at a table from a distance, wheezing and groaning.

LORD TRINNAUS
(wheezes; to himself) “I wonder why that man in the cream coat with the stick of celery on his lapel…with his two young friends…was looking at me in that strange manner.” (Pause) “He seemed to know me…but I don’t know him. I, Lord Trinnaus have never seen him before in my life!”


Sting music. Roll original 1982 Peter Davison end credits.


© Tim Bradley, 2017

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