‘The Map to Time’, Chapter 2

2. Rock Maze

SCENE #13 – EXT – ROCK MAZE, NORTH-WEST CONTINENT – DAY, MORNING
The Doctor, Nyssa and Billy find themselves in a rock maze after being teleported by Dalgix in Lord Ganl’s courtroom. They get up off the ground and recover. Nyssa is helped up by the Doctor.

DOCTOR
“Nyssa? Nyssa, are you alright?”

NYSSA
“I’m fine, Doctor, really. Where’s Billy?”

BILLY
“It’s alright, Nyssa. I’m here.”

Billy slowly gets up from the round and recovers.

NYSSA
“Where are we? What is this place?”

DOCTOR
“Well, believe it or not, Nyssa, we’re in some kind of rock formation. And it goes on forever and ever.”

BILLY
“It’s all jagged turns and corners. Like some maze.”

DOCTOR
“Exactly what this place is, Billy. A rock maze. Stones and rocks everywhere.”

NYSSA
“They put us here. Lord Ganl and his guardians. They tricked us. It’s a prison.”

Suddenly, Lord Ganl’s voice echoes above their heads and all over the maze.

LORD GANL (V’O)
“Doctor; Lady Nyssa; Mr. Billy?”

BILLY
(agitated) “Lord Ganl! That’s him! He’s mocking us, the swine!”

NYSSA
“It must be a sound amplifier he’s using to make his voice loud and clear for us to hear.”

LORD GANL (V’O)
“Hello? You can’t see me but I can see you. I won’t be able to hear you either whilst you hear me talking to you.”

DOCTOR
“Lord Ganl, get on with it! What have you brought us here for?”

LORD GANL (V’O)
“Now, now, Doctor. Don’t get tetchy. All in good time.”

BILLY
“I thought he said he won’t be able to hear us…”

DOCTOR
(interrupts) “Quiet Billy, I’m trying to listen.”

LORD GANL (V’O)
(gradually) “Now I asked Mr. Dalgix to place you and your friends in this rock maze close to where you left your TARDIS in the jungle. In the event that you refused to do the quest for us.”

DOCTOR
“Of course.”

LORD GANL (V’O)
“You can get back to your TARDIS by going through the maze to reach the jungle. It’ll take you several days of course.”

NYSSA
(shocked) “Several days?!”

LORD GANL (V’O)
“If you wish to take the quickest route, then we shall gladly teleport you back. That is of course if you agree to do the quest for us.”

DOCTOR
(bitterly) “Sheer blackmail! I might have known. High-handed authorities!”

LORD GANL (V’O)
“It’s up to you. Say ‘yes’ to our quest, then we’ll have you three out of the maze. Let us know if you change your mind. This is Lord Ganl signing off!”

With that, Lord Ganl stops talking. Silence ensues.

NYSSA
“Well, Doctor. It seems the odds are against us.”

DOCTOR
“Yes. It’s perfectly obvious what we do, isn’t it?”

NYSSA
“Indeed. Accept the quest.”

DOCTOR
“Of course not! Lord Ganl and his chaps can’t control us. We just carry on through the rock maze and reach the TARDIS in our own time.”

BILLY
“Doctor, he said several days. Several days to get out of this maze.”

DOCTOR
“What’s several days between friends? I’m not going to be pushed around by antiquated killjoys. No, no. We’re going to get back to the TARDIS the hard way. And that’s final!”

NYSSA
“You’re being very stubborn, Doctor.”

DOCTOR
“Maybe I am. You two are welcome to join me or stay here. Your choice.”

NYSSA
“No Doctor, we’re coming with you.” (to Billy) “Aren’t we, Billy?”

BILLY
(sighs) “Oh very well, we’ll come. But I think you should reconsider Lord Ganl’s offer, Doctor. It was very generous…”

DOCTOR
(interjects) “Not for the sake of doing the quest. Come on, let’s get a move on, shall we?”

Just then, a mosquito hits the Doctor’s face.

DOCTOR
(agitated) “Oww! And watch out for mosquitos! They can really bite! Oww!”

The Doctor continues to get hit by mosquitos whilst Nyssa and Billy follow him regardless. The trio begin their journey back to the TARDIS, making their way through the rock maze.


SCENE #14 – INT – COURTROOM, GANL’S PALACE – DAY, MORNING
Back in the courtroom of Lord Ganl’s palace at the Matalia Court…

DALGIX
“They’ve started their journey, my lord. They are doing well so far.”

LORD GANL
“Excellent, Mr. Dalgix. Very good news indeed. I’m intrigued about how they will survive.”

Lord Ganl and Dalgix laugh away, whilst Kexaj, Toma and Criala are unamused.

KEXAJ
“Is it wise to have them journeying through the rock maze, my Lord Ganl? I’m fearful of the dangers they’ll encounter. And they don’t seem like they’re professionals.”

DALGIX
“I have read all the records about the Doctor and his TARDIS which are kept in the city of Titanium Dain, Kexaj. The Doctor has got out of more scrapes than you can imagine. He is the perfect man for our quest. Him and his companions.”

LORD GANL
“And if the Doctor and his friends manage to survive the dangers of the rock maze, then I shall be happy to be proven wrong.”

KEXAJ
“Will you let them go if they do return to the TARDIS?”

LORD GANL
“Of course. If I have to find another contender, then so be it.”

CRIALA
“And if they die?”

DALGIX
“Then they die, Criala. It can’t be helped.”

TOMA
“Pity. I was beginning to like the Doctor and his friends. Especially the girl. She’s so cute.”

CRIALA
“I rather like the boy. He’s so handsome. So lovely.” (giggles) “I wonder what it’d be like to be his girlfriend.”


SCENE #15 – EXT – ROCK MAZE, NORTH-WEST CONTINENT – DAY, AFTERNOON
Later that afternoon, the Doctor, Nyssa and Billy carefully make their way through the rock maze, trudging over rocks and stones. The Doctor walks on ahead with Nyssa and Billy following behind.

BILLY
(quietly) “You think the Doctor should accept this quest of theirs.”

NYSSA
“Don’t you?”

BILLY
“Well, it would save a lot of arguments. We should talk to him about it.”

NYSSA
“It might not make much of a difference. At the moment, he’s stubborn to change his mind.”

BILLY
“Perhaps we can persuade him. Or you can. You seem able to get him to come round.”

NYSSA
“Thank you so much for your confidence in me, Billy.”

Eventually, Nyssa and Billy catch up with the Doctor.

NYSSA
“Doctor?”

DOCTOR
“Yes Nyssa, what can I do for you?”

NYSSA
(gradually) “Don’t you think you’re taking the quest request a little too personally? Surely you can consider their request. It would save an awful lot of bother…”

DOCTOR
(calmly; interjects) “I told you before, Nyssa, as I told them and Billy. I won’t succumb to such a quest as this.”

BILLY
“We’ve done something like this before. Like when we searched for the twelve segments of the Prime Factor weapon, remember?”

DOCTOR
(interjects) “This is different, Billy. That time we had to locate the Prime Factor segments in order to preserve the web of time.”

NYSSA
“Surely we’d be preserving the web of time by locating the Coins of Deno, Doctor.”

DOCTOR
(interrupts) “No, Nyssa! I’ve had too many quests forced upon me. There was that time where I was made to search for the Keys of Marinus with Ian, Barbara and Susan. Then was the occasion where the White Guardian assigned me to search for the six segments of the Key to Time. I had a companion foisted upon me – Romana.” (feeling nostalgic) “Dear Romana. How I’ve missed those days.”

BILLY
“Romana?”

DOCTOR
“She was like me. A Time Lord – or a Time Lady. I travelled with two Romanas. The first one joined me on the quest for the Key to Time.”

NYSSA
“You really liked this Romana then.”

DOCTOR
“Oh we got on rather well in our travels together. You two would have liked Romana. She was quite brilliant.”

BILLY
“I like her already.”

NYSSA
“So do I.”

DOCTOR
(gradually) “Anyway, those quests were forced upon me. I’m not going to be coerced into something like that again. No meddling Lord Ganl who snatches my TARDIS is going to persuade me otherwise.”

NYSSA
“Surely it’s not too much to ask. We’ll help you, Billy and I. You know that.”

BILLY
“Yeah, I actually quite like the idea of a quest. It like a good old treasure hunt…”

DOCTOR
(interrupts; adamantly) “No Nyssa; no Billy! I’m not doing this quest for them. No matter what you or anyone else says, I will not submit. Is that clear?”

NYSSA
(sighs) “Very clear, Doctor. I just want us to get out of this rock maze as soon as possible. It’s so treacherous.”

BILLY
“My poor legs. It’s hard work walking through these stones. I want us all in one piece too. And Nyssa’s delicate you know, Doctor.”

NYSSA
“Thank you, Billy.”

DOCTOR
“No need to worry, you two. We’ll get out of this rock maze as soon as possible.”

BILLY
“Are you sure?”

DOCTOR
“Of course I’m sure. I have an unerring sense of direction. As long as we keep going forward, we’ll be half way out of the maze.”


SCENE #16 – EXT – ROCK MAZE, NORTH-WEST CONTINENT – DAY, AFTERNOON
A while later, the Doctor, Nyssa and Billy are panting and puffing after walking for so long in the rock maze.

BILLY
(pants) “Half way out of the maze you said?”

NYSSA
“I feel like we’ve just done the first quarter. I think you’ve got your sense of direction mixed up, Doctor.”

DOCTOR
“Nonsense. I know my sense of direction from the back of my…oh that’s odd?”

NYSSA
“We need to rest, Doctor! I feel terribly exhausted.”

DOCTOR
“Must you both complain? I remember you two moaning like this when we were in nineteen sixty-three with the railway business. We’re nearly out of the maze, we must be!”

BILLY
“Yes but for argument’s sake we need to rest, Doctor. I agree with Nyssa. We can take a few minutes’ rest before we get onto the next hurdle.”

DOCTOR
“Oh very well. Just for a few minutes, we rest.” (Pause) “Typical. I try to keep you two fit and this is the thanks I get.”

NYSSA
“You should have taken Lord Ganl’s offer, Doctor.”

DOCTOR
“I thought we’d been through all this. We’re not going through all that again.”

The trio sit down on some rocks, feeling pretty exhausted. A moment’s silence ensues.

BILLY
(breathes) “This maze must go on forever. It seems never-ending. We could have lost our way altogether.” (Pause; thinks) “I must be seeing déjà vu. Or maybe I shouldn’t have said that.”

NYSSA
“Billy? Those pinnacles of rock. You see them, don’t you?”

BILLY
(focuses) “Yes. I see them very clearly.” (Pause) “They look strangely familiar.”

NYSSA
“It’s not déjà vu, Billy. We’ve been here before. Those rocks were there when we first started our journey through the maze. I remember them distinctly.”

BILLY
(groans) “Oh that means we’re going in circles.” (to Doctor) “Hear that, Doctor? Nyssa says we’ve been here before.”

DOCTOR
“Really? I assumed we were going in triangles.”

NYSSA
(puzzled) “Triangles? What do you mean triangles?”

DOCTOR
(cheerfully) “Well, it makes a change from going around in a circumference. I recall our journey in a trigonometrically lenient angle whichever direction we take. Of course it could be rectangular, in which case…”

NYSSA
“Yes Doctor, you’ve made it quite clear. The point is we’re lost. We’ll soon come across dead-ends whilst we’re here.”

DOCTOR
(reassuringly) “Now Nyssa, calm down. There’s no need to panic.”

NYSSA
“I’m not panicking, Doctor. I’m just stating facts.”

BILLY
(apprehensively) “Nyssa; Doctor? Was that there before?”

NYSSA
“What was? I don’t see anything except rocks.”

BILLY
“Those signposts there!”

The Doctor and Nyssa look to see where Billy’s pointing. They soon see a set of signposts ahead of them. Getting up, they take a closer look at the signposts.

DOCTOR
“Yes Billy, you’re right. Well spotted! Conveniently-placed signposts!”

NYSSA
“Conveniently? You think they were placed on purpose?”

DOCTOR
“Yes, by the antagonists who are currently bullying us. They think they’re so clever.”

BILLY
“Well, we might as well choose a direction. We can’t stay here all day.”

NYSSA
“Yes, let’s choose a direction. We might get somewhere eventually.”

DOCTOR
(sighs) “Oh very well. Which way? Left or right?”

BILLY
“Whichever way, let’s pick a direction fast. I feel somebody’s looking at us.”

NYSSA
“You decide, Doctor. Which way?”

The Doctor considers for a moment.

DOCTOR
(thinks) “Err…left, I think. Left it is! And watch out for the mosquitos. They’re still with us.”

NYSSA
“Very well, Nyssa.”

Just as they’re about to head off, the Doctor and Billy react in pain as they receive mosquito bites. Nyssa continues walking regardless.

NYSSA
(amused) “It’s funny. The mosquitos prefer you two than me. I must be immune to them.”

BILLY
“Alright Nyssa, no need to be smug about it.”

The trio continue walking, heading left, despite the mosquitoes attacking them.


SCENE #17 – INT – COURTROOM, GANL’S PALACE – DAY, AFTERNOON
In the courtroom of Lord Ganl’s palace at the Matalia Court, Lord Ganl and Dalgix watch the monitor screens to see how the Doctor, Nyssa and Billy are progressing with their journey. Both laugh heartily.

LORD GANL
(laughs) “They’re going ‘left’ as anticipated, Mr. Dalgix. What surprises we shall have for them going that way!”

DALGIX
(laughs) “It was a clever idea, my Lord Ganl? To have signposts setting them off away from their destination.”

LORD GANL
“Yes, Mr. Dalgix. It was ingenious of me. I can’t imagine anyone else who would have thought of that.”

The two laugh whilst Kexaj, Toma and Criala speak quietly in conference with each other a distance away.

TOMA
“I think those two have lost it. They seem to be really enjoying themselves.”

CRIALA
“I wish we could help the Doctor and his friends. Perhaps if one of us were to go out there…”

TOMA
(interrupts) “I would prefer it if it was all three of us.”

KEXAJ
“We can’t abandon our posts; you two know that. We have to stay here at the ready when his lordship and Mr. Dalgix commands us.”

CRIALA
“You sound like you don’t care about those people lost out there in the rock maze, Kexaj. You’d rather let them die?”

KEXAJ
“You know how Lord Ganl goes too far to save the Deno system. How much he’s willing to go to at great lengths. Even with Mr. Dalgix at his side.”

TOMA
“Then you are worried.”

KEXAJ
“Far worried than you can possibly imagine. But what can we do? We just have to stay here and wait. Perhaps the Doctor and his friends may survive this.”

The three guardians ponder anxiously whilst Lord Ganl and Dalgix laugh away nearby.


SCENE #18 – EXT – ROCK MAZE, NORTH-WEST CONTINENT – DAY, AFTERNOON
The Doctor, Nyssa and Billy meanwhile have gone a fair way since turning ‘left’. They come to a part of the rock maze where it’s open air.

BILLY
“Say Doctor! There’s a gap between these rocks. Maybe we can get out by climbing through it.”

NYSSA
“No Billy. It’d be too dangerous to try, even for us three. We’d never get through.”

DOCTOR
“Besides, there’d be more dangers beyond what we see should we cross that gap. It’s best we stay on firmer ground for the time being.”

BILLY
(sighs) “Shame. I was only thinking of getting us three out of here.”

NYSSA
(gently; reassuringly) “We know you were, Billy. We know.”

BILLY
(gradually realises; intrigued) “Say! Isn’t that a huge castle up there in the distance?”

The Doctor and Nyssa look to see what Billy’s pointing at.

NYSSA
“Yes Billy, I believe you’re right.”

DOCTOR
“It must have been one of the great palaces belonging to the kings of Arazo Four. Very unlike Lord Ganl’s palace and the Matalia Court.”

NYSSA
“Are you sure it’s not same as Lord Ganl’s palace? That we haven’t gone around in circles again? Or triangles as you say?”

DOCTOR
(embarrassed) “Let’s not worry about that, shall we?”

The trio soon continue walking. A moment of silence ensues between them as they walk.

NYSSA
“Doctor, did you say there would be more dangers to encounter in this rock maze we’re in?”

DOCTOR
“Yes, Nyssa. I believe I did say something along those lines.”

NYSSA
“Does that include snakes by any chance?”

BILLY
“Snakes? I don’t see any snakes in these rocks.”

NYSSA
“No. But they can climb branches. Like they can!”

The trio get a shock as couple of snakes from the branches of some rotting trees attack them, hissing venomously. The Doctor, Nyssa and Billy cry out in panic once they’ve seen the snakes and are being attacked by them.

DOCTOR
(cries) “Quick, Nyssa; Billy! Run!”

BILLY
“They’re huge! Where did they come from?”

NYSSA
“Billy, don’t just stand there! Do as the Doctor says and run!!!”

The snakes attack with their sharp fangs whilst the trio make a run for it. Just then, one of the Doctor’s hands is caught by one of the snake’s coils. The Doctor struggles to break free from its grip.

NYSSA
(cries) “Doctor!”

DOCTOR
“Nyssa; Billy! Go on without me! Just go! GO!!!”

But Nyssa and Billy head back to help the Doctor. The snake hisses as it lunges for another attack.

NYSSA
(urgently) “Quick Billy! Fetch a rock and help me free the Doctor!”

Nyssa and Billy each fetch a rock each from the ground.

BILLY
“Got one! Now what?”

NYSSA
“Do the same as I do, Billy! Strike the snake! Now!”

With that, Nyssa and Billy raise their rocks above the Doctor’s coiled-up hand and strike them onto the snake. The snake reacts agitated, freeing the Doctor. With his hand released, the Doctor quickly drags Nyssa and Billy away with him.

DOCTOR
“Run for it, you two! RUN FOR IT!!!”

The trio run for it away from the snakes as they hiss viciously away.


SCENE #19 – EXT – CROSS-SECTION, ROCK MAZE – DAY, AFTERNOON
At another cross-section in the rock maze, Nyssa, Billy and the Doctor soon stop running. They pant for breath, having escaped from the snakes.

DOCTOR
(relieved) “Thank goodness.” (Pause) “Thank you both for rescuing me. For a moment, I thought the snake that caught me wasn’t going to let go.”

BILLY
“Was it a him or her, do you think?”

DOCTOR
(laughs) “I don’t know, Billy. I didn’t get a chance to ask its gender.”

A moment of silence ensues.

BILLY
(sighs) “Well, here we are again. At another cross-roads.”

DOCTOR
“And with signposts pointing left and right again. This is getting tedious.”

NYSSA
“Which way shall we go then? Left or right?”

DOCTOR
“You decide, Nyssa. I trust your judgement.”

NYSSA
“You just don’t want to pick a wrong direction like last time do you, Doctor.”

DOCTOR
(slightly embarrassed) “Yes, well…”

BILLY
“Pick left, Nyssa. Let’s go left.”

DOCTOR
“Nyssa can pick whatever she wants, Billy.”

BILLY
“Yes, but I think we should go left.”

NYSSA
(intrigued) “Why Billy? Why go ‘left’?”

BILLY
(shrugs) “I don’t know. I’ve just got a good feeling about it.”

Another moment of silence ensues.

NYSSA
“Alright, Billy. If you insist, we’ll head ‘left’. Let’s go, shall we?”

With that, the trio head left. They walk on steadily as they head off down the path.

DOCTOR
(satisfied) “Hmm. Maybe you’re right, Billy. This does seem to be nice. So far, so good…”

Just then, the trio cry out loud as they trip over and fall.


SCENE #20 – INT – SMALL PIT, ROCK MAZE – DAY, AFTERNOON
They end up in a small pit. The Doctor, Nyssa and Billy groan and grumble as they recover.

DOCTOR
(concerned) “Nyssa; Billy, are you alright?”

NYSSA
“I’m fine, Doctor, really.”

BILLY
“Yeah, I’m okay. No fatal injuries.”

They manage to sit up whilst in the pit. A moment’s silence ensues.

NYSSA
(wryly) “Great idea, Billy, for us to turn left.”

BILLY
“Sorry.”

NYSSA
“Never mind about ‘sorry’. We’ve fallen into a pit. Now what are we to do?”

BILLY
“Well, it isn’t a big pit, is it? We can always climb back up.”

DOCTOR
(sighs) “Just when things couldn’t get any worse.”

Groaning, the trio eventually manage to get back onto their feet. Soon, they begin to climb up out of the pit they’re in.


SCENE #21 – INT – COURTROOM, GANL’S PALACE – DAY, AFTERNOON
Back in the courtroom of Lord Ganl’s palace at the Matalia Court, Lord Ganl and Mr. Dalgix laugh away at what they’ve just seen on the monitor screens.

LORD GANL
(laughs) “Fancy turning ‘left’ and ending up in a pit!”

DALGIX
(laughs) “Yes, very amusing. I thought it was a great idea to put in that pit.”

LORD GANL
“It certainly was. Now they will have to go ‘right’ instead of ‘left’. I wonder what new dangers will lie in store for them.”

At that moment, Kexaj, Toma and Criala enter.

KEXAJ
“My Lord Ganl; Mr. Dalgix. We have news to report.”

DALGIX
(retorts) “Can’t you see his lordship is busy, Kexaj? Don’t interrupt…”

LORD GANL
(interjects) “It’s alright, Mr. Dalgix.” (to Kexaj) “Go on, Mr. Kexaj. Tell me what news you, Mr. Toma and Miss Criala have to report.”

KEXAJ
“The Sgrans have entered the rock maze. They’re led by Totrino and there are about four of them.”

TOMA
“They will approach the Doctor and his friends with their fin-guns and tail-stingers. They will hunt them down.”

LORD GANL
(intrigued) “Hmm. Very distressing. Isn’t it, Mr. Dalgix?”

DALGIX
“Yes indeed, my Lord Ganl. Very distressing.”

CRIALA
“Is that all you can say? Shouldn’t we at least warn the Doctor and his friends? Tell them that the Sgrans are coming.”

LORD GANL
“My dear young girl, there is nothing we can do for them, even if we wanted to help. Besides, it will add more suspense to the thing.”

CRIALA
“Suspense?”

KEXAJ
“With all due respect, my lord, we can’t just leave the Doctor and his friends to fend for themselves in the rock maze. They’ll die if they find themselves up against the Sgrans.”

LORD GANL
“Unless the Doctor agrees to do the quest we’ve assigned him and his friends to carry out, I, Lord Ganl, cannot do anything for him. It’s against my better judgement.” (Pause) “Let’s see what’s happening on the monitor screens, shall we?”


SCENE #22 – EXT – ROCK MAZE, NORTH-WEST CONTINENT – DAY, AFTERNOON
Back in the rock maze, the Doctor, Nyssa and Billy are back on the right track after climbing out of the pit they fell in.

BILLY
“I’m sorry, alright. How was I supposed to know the ‘left’ path would lead into a pit?” (Pause) “You two aren’t still mad at me, are you?”

NYSSA
(reassuringly) “Of course we’re not, Billy. I’m not mad at you and neither is the Doctor. But you need to be more careful next time.”

BILLY
“Very well. Just as you say.”

DOCTOR
“And don’t make any rash directions. Think before you act, Billy. It always works for me.”

BILLY
“Is that what you’re doing, Doctor? Thinking before you act when you say ‘no’ to a quest.”

DOCTOR
(embarrassed) “Let’s just carry on, shall we?”

They trudge on before Nyssa hears a snap.

NYSSA
(cries) “Wait! Both of you, stop!”

The trio stop. A moment of silence ensues.

DOCTOR
“What is it, Nyssa?”

NYSSA
(cautiously) “Didn’t you hear that?”

BILLY
“I didn’t hear anything.”

NYSSA
“I did. It was a sound. Something snapped.”

DOCTOR
“Probably your imagination, Nyssa. This place is bound to play tricks…”

NYSSA
(interrupts; insistently) “Doctor, I tell you I heard something!”

Suddenly, they get a shock as four Sgrans jump out from behind some rocks. They are led by Totrino who has Klaw, Car and Itrasal with him. They cackle and snarl, approaching the Doctor, Nyssa and Billy who are terrified.

BILLY
(terrified) “You were right, Nyssa! I believed you the first time.”

The TARDIS trio back away whilst the Sgrans advance upon them.

KLAW
(cackles) “Well now, it seems we have a three-course meal on our hands!”

CAR
(cackles) “Yes! A starter; a mains and a dessert! For all four of us!”

TOTRINO
“Steady now, you three! We don’t want to scare our food away!”

NYSSA
(terrified) “Doctor, the Sgrans! They think we’re food!”

DOCTOR
(apprehensively) “We are their food! Nyssa; Billy, quick! Run!”

BILLY
(cries) “Where?!”

DOCTOR
(anxious) “Anywhere! Just run!”

With that, the TARDIS trio run for it as the Sgrans pursue after them. They inadvertently split up as Billy runs one way whilst Nyssa and the Doctor run the other.

NYSSA
(cries) “Billy, the other way!”

BILLY
(cries) “Nyssa!”

DOCTOR
“Come on, Nyssa! Billy can look after himself!”

NYSSA
“But Doctor…”

DOCTOR
“I know Nyssa, I know!”

As the Doctor and Nyssa split up from Billy, the Sgrans continue in pursuit within the rock maze.

ITRASAL
“They’re getting away, Totrino! They’ve split up!”

TOTRINO
“Car; Klaw, you go after the boy! Itrasal, you and I will go after the girl and the man! Got it?”

KLAW
“Okay! Got ya! Let’s go, Car!”

CAR
“You don’t have to tell me twice!”

TOTRINO
“Come on, Itrasal!”

ITRASAL
“Right!”

With that, the two groups of Sgrans pursue their prey as one group chases after Billy and the other group chases after the Doctor and Nyssa.


SCENE #23 – INT – COURTROOM, GANL’S PALACE – DAY, AFTERNOON
In the courtroom of Ganl’s palace at the Matalia Court, Lord Ganl and Dalgix watch the monitor screens as they see the TARDIS trio in trouble. Kexaj, Toma and Criala join them to see this too.

DALGIX
“Oh dear, my Lord Ganl. It seems that the Doctor and his friends are on the run.”

LORD GANL
“Yes. And against very insuperable odds. They’ve split up. The boy’s on his own and the girl’s with the Doctor.”

DALGIX
“Yes. Most unfortunate, my lord.”

CRIALA
(anxiously) “We must do something to save them.”

TOMA
“I agree with Criala. We must offer them help…”

DALGIX
(interrupts) “His lordship has already told you, my guardians. It’s impossible to help them.”

KEXAJ
“We don’t see it as impossible to help those three people. Just because the Doctor refused to do the quest…”

LORD GANL
(interrupts) “The Doctor must be made to understand how vital it is for him and his friends to conduct our quest. There can be no-one else but him and his friends to do the quest.”

CRIALA
“But they’re right, Lord Ganl. There are other Time Lords and other beings like the Doctor who can do the work for us…”

LORD GANL
(interrupts) “They would not handle the quest the way we want them to. Tell them, Dalgix my good man.”

DALGIX
“The Time Lords are a cankerous bunch of old men who have been corrupted by the laws of time. They would seek the Coins of Deno for their own purposes. They cannot be trusted.”

TOMA
“The Doctor is no different.”

LORD GANL
“He is different. He is rebellious. Not just against his own people but against the immorality of the universe.”

CRIALA
“That doesn’t mean you have to subject the Doctor and his friends to a tumultuous journey of terror and danger…”

LORD GANL
(interrupts) “We have no choice. If the Doctor continues to be difficult, then so be it.”

CRIALA
“But my lord…”

DALGIX
(scolds) “Be silent, girl! You heard what his lordship said. It has been decided.”

CRIALA
(to Toma; Kexaj) “Toma; Kexaj, please! We must help them!”

TOMA
“Criala, I wish we can do something. But we can’t defy Mr. Dalgix and his lordship’s wishes.”

CRIALA
(to Kexaj) “Kexaj?”

KEXAJ
“I’m sorry, Criala. We must keep to our ways.”

A moment of silence ensues.

CRIALA
“Very well. I’ll have to help them myself.”

With that, Criala picks up a teleport device nearby and activates it.

LORD GANL
(urgently) “Stop her, Dalgix! Mr. Dalgix, stop her!”

DALGIX
(shouts) “Stay where you are, girl!”

But it’s too late, as Criala presses a button on the teleport device in her right hand and she teleports out of the courtroom. Once she’s gone, Dalgix rushes over to the teleport controls at his desk.

LORD GANL
“Get her back, Mr. Dalgix! Get her back at once!”

DALGIX
“It’s too late I’m afraid, Lord Ganl. Criala has gone!”

LORD GANL
(fumes) “But where?! In all the nine planets of the Deno system, where has she gone?!”

KEXAJ
“She’s gone into the rock maze, my lord.”

TOMA
“She’s always a softie, you know, Kexaj. So empathic. So capable of being independent and having her own sense of mind. So caring and compassionate. So beautiful and warm-hearted.”

KEXAJ
“Don’t give me that, Toma. You know as well as I do that she’s gone off to help that young boy – Billy, his name was. She’s taken a fancy to him, hasn’t she?!”


SCENE #24 – EXT – ROCK MAZE, NORTH-WEST CONTINENT – DAY, AFTERNOON
Back in the rock maze, the Doctor and Nyssa run away from being chased by the Sgrans, Totrino and Itrasal. They’ve managed to lose them for a bit as they slow down to rest.

DOCTOR
(pants) “I think we’ve lost them. For now at any rate.”

NYSSA
(pants) “Doctor, we can’t stay here for long. Those monsters will soon catch up with us. We don’t want to be around when they find us.”

DOCTOR
“You’re right, Nyssa. We can’t stay here for long. We have to keep moving before we find a place to dodge the Sgrans’ pursuit of us.”

NYSSA
“We shouldn’t have lost Billy. Now we’ll lose him completely if we don’t find ourselves a way out of this maze we’re in.”

DOCTOR
“Don’t worry, Nyssa. We’ll find Billy eventually.”

NYSSA
“Provided he doesn’t get eaten by those Sgran things.”

DOCTOR
“Nyssa please. Don’t distress yourself.”

NYSSA
“What are the Sgrans anyway, Doctor? Are they monster warriors or servants?”

DOCTOR
“As Lord Ganl said, they’re the servants of Lord Vorshon. From the way they look, they definitely resemble aquatic life-forms like piranhas. I never got the chance to study them properly.”

NYSSA
“That’s hardly a surprise.”

DOCTOR
“Never mind, Nyssa. We must keep our spirits up in the meantime!”

Just then, the cackling and snarling of Sgrans echo nearby. The Doctor and Nyssa keep quiet as they hear Totrino and Itrasal approaching.

TOTRINO
(calls; from a distance) “We know where you are, Time Lord and Trakenite!”

ITRASAL
(calls; from a distance) “We’ll hunt you down and we’ll eat you alive!”

The Sgrans laugh as they get closer.

DOCTOR
“Come on, Nyssa! On with the running!”

NYSSA
“I wish we could get away from these rocks! I hate them!”

The Doctor drags Nyssa along with him as they continue with their running in the rock maze. Just as soon as the Doctor and Nyssa have left, the two Sgrans appear. Finding their prey absent, Totrino and Itrasal soon sniff the air to try and locate them.

ITRASAL
“They were here, Totrino. I can smell their scents!”

TOTRINO
(hisses) “We will catch them eventually! The trail will soon wear out but we will catch them one way or another!”

Hissing and snarling, the two Sgrans run forward.


SCENE #25 – EXT – ROCK MAZE, NORTH-WEST CONTINENT – DAY, AFTERNOON
Meanwhile, Billy is alone in the rock maze. He’s running as fast as he can, tripping over rocks whilst escaping the Sgrans – Klaw and Car – who are some distance away from him.

KLAW
(calls; from a distance) “Come on boy! Don’t make this too hard for us!”

CAR
(calls; from a distance) “Yeah! We haven’t eaten much! And the flesh on your bones is so irresistible!”

Billy pants as he runs, before stopping and leaning against a rock wall in the maze.

BILLY
(groans) “Oh what am I doing?! Which way do I go to get away from these creeps!”

The Sgrans cackle and laugh as they get closer. Just then, a ‘pssing’ sound echoes nearby as Billy looks to see Criala calling to him.

CRIALA
(quietly) “Hey, Billy darling! It’s me, Criala. Remember?”

BILLY
(surprised) “Criala? How did you…?”

CRIALA
(quietly; urgently) “Quick Billy! Get behind here with me!”

Without hesitation, Billy goes over to join Criala in the crack in the wall where she’s hiding.

BILLY
(quietly) “Where did you come from, Criala? I didn’t see you appear…”

CRIALA
(quietly) “Came by teleport, didn’t I? Now hush a minute, sweetie! Wait until the Sgrans pass by. Hold tight to me!”

With that, Criala embraces Billy close to her. They keep quiet as the Sgrans appear in the rock maze. Klaw and Car don’t see where Criala and Billy are in their hiding place as they walk by.

KLAW
“He must have given us the slip!”

CAR
“Oh don’t say that, Klaw! I was so looking forward to our munchy!”

KLAW
(considers) “We’ll try down there. Then we’ll head back the way we came.”

With that, Klaw leads the way. Car follows behind him, Once the Sgrans have gone, Criala and Billy breathe sighs of relief.

CRIALA
“Thank goodness.”

BILLY
“Yeah. Thanks for rescuing me, Criala. If you hadn’t been here when they were chasing me…”

CRIALA
(interjects; warmly) “That’s alright, my dear. I always look out for pretty boys.”

BILLY
(nervously) “Yes I’m sure, thank you.” (Pause) “You…you can let go now.”

A moment of silence ensues.

BILLY
(gradually) “Um, yeah, Criala. You can let go now.”

CRIALA
“You’re so handsome, you know that?”

BILLY
“I beg your pardon?”

CRIALA
“I know young men like you can be shy, so I’ll just save you the bother.”

With that, Criala kisses Billy. Billy soon pulls back off her.

BILLY
(apprehensively) “No, no, wait. I can’t. I mean…I-I-I’ve already got a girlfriend. Nyssa is my girlfriend.”

CRIALA
“Well, that’s alright. I don’t mind sharing.”

Criala kisses Billy again. Billy pulls back off her again.

BILLY
“No, but…I…I…you’re too tall!”

CRIALA
“Well, I’ll kneel down for you, shall I? Make things easier.”

Criala kneels down and makes to kiss Billy again, before Billy frees himself of her embrace and gets out of the crack in the wall of the rock maze. Once out in the open, Billy dusts himself off before Criala comes to join him.

BILLY
(nervously) “I err…I think it’s about time I went back to find Nyssa and the Doctor. We got separated, you see.”

With that, Billy hurriedly heads off back the way he came up the hill. Criala looks on longingly after Billy once he leaves.

CRIALA
(sighs) “Ah well. It was nice while it lasted.”

Another moment of silence ensues before Klaw and Car are heard cackling and laughing nearby. Criala looks behind her and gasps to see the two Sgrans. Billy looks back to see the Sgrans approaching Criala. Klaw and Car snarl and hiss as they approach.

CAR
“Hey Klaw! There’s the boy up there! We’ve got him!”

KLAW
“And it seems we have a second course. In the form of an Asleve girl!”

CAR
“Oh goody; goody; goody! Let’s get them!”

CRIALA
(cries) “Billy! The Sgrans! They’ve come back!”

BILLY
“Quick, Criala! Up the hill with me! Take my hand!”

Criala does as Billy says as she runs up the hill and takes Billy’s hand.

BILLY
“Now run!”

With that, Billy and Criala run for it up the hill with Klaw and Car hungrily chasing after them.


SCENE #26 – EXT – ROCK MAZE, NORTH-WEST CONTINENT – DAY, AFTERNOON
Back with Nyssa and the Doctor, they run into a narrower part of the rock maze.

NYSSA
“Doctor! These walls are getting narrower! They’ll slow us down!”

The Doctor says nothing for a bit. Eventually…

DOCTOR
“Nyssa, down here!”

NYSSA
“Down where?”

DOCTOR
“There’s a crack in this wall. That’ll be our hiding place! I’ll go in first!”

NYSSA
“We’ll never fit in there. It’s not big enough!”

DOCTOR
“Trust me Nyssa and do as I say. Wait there a minute.”

The Doctor soon gets onto his hands and knees and enters inside the crack in the wall. The Sgrans are getting closer with their snarls and hisses echoing nearby.

NYSSA
“Doctor, hurry! The Sgrans will be here any minute!”

DOCTOR
(agitated) “I am hurrying, Nyssa! Give me a moment, will you?!”

Nyssa waits anxiously as the Sgrans get closer.

DOCTOR
“There! I’m in now! Quick Nyssa, get in!”

NYSSA
“I won’t fit!”

DOCTOR
“Yes you will! Now get in!”

Apprehensively, Nyssa gets down onto her hands and knees and enters inside the crack in the wall to join the Doctor. They struggle to settle in as Nyssa sits on top of the Doctor.

DOCTOR
“Watch it, will you? You nearly squashed my bowling arm!”

NYSSA
“Can you move your leg a bit?! I can’t get my whole body in!”

DOCTOR
“Oh really! You have to make such a fuss!”

NYSSA
“There! I’m in now!”

DOCTOR
“Ssh and keep quiet! No sudden move or sound.”

With that, the Doctor and Nyssa keep quiet as they hide. The Sgrans, Totrino and Itrasal, soon enter the section of the rock maze where the Doctor and Nyssa are hiding. They come past their hiding place, sniffing the air and a moment of tension ensues.

ITRASAL
(sniffs) “I’ve lost their scent, Totrino. We’ve lost them again!”

TOTRINO
“Typical. Always have to work with one Sgran and he can’t pick up the scent!”

ITRASAL
“Well you can’t pick up their scent either, can you?”

TOTRINO
(sniffs) “No. But that’s the thing with fleshly things. They often deceive us!”

ITRASAL
“There you are then. I’m not the only one who’s incompetent!”

TOTRINO
(hisses) “Oh shut up, Itrasal!”

ITRASAL
“Don’t you tell me to shut up!”

With that, Itrasal hits Totrino. Totrino hits him back. The two fight it out for a bit before Totrino stops himself and Itrasal.

TOTRINO
“Stop! Enough, Itrasal! We’re not supposed to fight, remember? We have to search for those three fleshy things, right?”

ITRASAL
“Right! Let’s head back and find Klaw and Car. See how they’re getting on!”

TOTRINO
“Good thinking, Itrasal! Let’s go!”

Snarling and hissing, the two Sgrans soon make their way back out of the narrow corridor of the rock maze they’re in. They cackle with laughter as they go. A moment of silence ensues once they’ve gone.

DOCTOR
“Have they gone, Nyssa?”

NYSSA
“Should that be me asking you instead of you asking me?”

DOCTOR
“Normally. But you’re sitting on me, so I can’t tell.”

NYSSA
“Fair enough.” (checks) “Yes, Doctor, they’ve gone.”

DOCTOR
“Good. Now get off!”

With that, Nyssa gets off the Doctor and the two of them soon crawl their way out of their hiding place. They soon stand upright and dust themselves off, feeling relieved.

NYSSA
“I hope I wasn’t too heavy on you, Doctor.”

DOCTOR
“No, no. Light as a feather you were. I’m just glad those two Sgrans have gone.”

NYSSA
“Billy! We have to go back and find Billy, Doctor!”

DOCTOR
“Of course, of course. Good old Billy. Of course we’ve got to find him. It’s just…”

NYSSA
“Something’s wrong, isn’t it there, Doctor.”

DOCTOR
“It’s just…I wish we had something to scare the Sgrans off! If I had my sonic screwdriver or a flare gun, I could…”

Just then, Nyssa cries out loud.

NYSSA
(cries) “Doctor! Something’s grabbed my leg! It looks like an alien flower of some kind!”

DOCTOR
“Hold on, Nyssa!”

NYSSA
(cries) “Help me, please!”

Instantly, the Doctor runs over and grabs the alien flower that’s wrapped itself around Nyssa’s leg. Eventually, he gets the flower off her leg and Nyssa is free.

NYSSA
(relieved) “Oh Doctor, thank you!”

DOCTOR
“There! You can move your leg freely now!”

NYSSA
“Doctor, watch out!”

Nyssa pushes the Doctor back as venom spits out from the alien flower. They get a fair distance away from the flower where it isn’t in their reach. Once they’re safe, Nyssa and the Doctor breathe sighs of relief.

DOCTOR
(relieved) “Thank you, Nyssa. If you hadn’t pushed me out of the way, I would have been severely poisoned by that alien flower.”

NYSSA
“Is it some form of…I don’t know, weed killer?”

DOCTOR
“I don’t know. Whether we’re the weeds or not, it’s not very gratifying for it to shoot venom at us like that.”

NYSSA
“We never had flowers like that in the gardens of Traken. We wouldn’t dare risk anyone getting hurt.”

Another moment of silence ensues before the Doctor has an idea.

DOCTOR
“Eureka! Oh Nyssa my dear, you’ve given me the inspiration! I know how we can sort out those Sgrans!”

NYSSA
(surprised) “Have you? Oh good! Please tell me, I’m keen to listen!”

DOCTOR
“There must be more of those flowers about.” (Pause) “Regarding your gardening skills, Nyssa, do you know how to take out a flower from the ground without damaging its roots? We need plenty of these flowers for our usage and keep them alive!”


© Tim Bradley, 2021-22


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