‘The Map to Time’, Chapter 3

3. Death Trap

SCENE #27 – EXT – ROCK MAZE, NORTH-WEST CONTINENT – DAY, EVENING
It’s now evening. Elsewhere, Klaw and Car are pursuing Billy and Criala. They stop running to retrace their steps as they’ve currently lost them.

KLAW
“They’ve gone out of our sights again, Car! Annoying fleshy things!”

CAR
“You’re too slow, Klaw! If it weren’t for you, we would have caught them by now!”

KLAW
“You dare to mock me?! You dare to criticise my hunting and tracking skills?!”

CAR
“You’re no better than any other Sgran warrior I’ve encountered!”

KLAW
“You shall suffer for this!”

Klaw and Car start fighting it out before Itrasal and Totrino appear.

ITRASAL
(barks) “Enough! Stand to attention!”

At Itrasal’s command, Klaw and Car stand to attention.

KLAW
“Totrino! We’ve lost the boy. He had help from one of the Asleve guardians!”

CAR
“If it weren’t for Klaw, we would have caught them [by now…”]

KLAW
(interrupts) “You still go on to put the blame [on me…”]

TOTRINO
(shouts; interrupts) “Enough!” (Pause) “Our hunger has exceeded our minds! We were supposed to collect something on this planet, remember?”

KLAW
“That does not interest me. I do not want to collect the thing we were sent to collect! It’s boring and tedious!”

TOTRINO
“Say that in front of the Dark Lord and he’ll make you hungry forever!”

ITRASAL
“What shall we do to capture our prey?”

TOTRINO
(thinks) “We must head for the outer reaches. That could be where our prey is intending to make for. They’re probably heading for the jungle.”

KLAW
“But isn’t that where…?”

TOTRINO
(fiercely) “Yes Klaw, it is! We shall go there! At least two of us shall go there.”

ITRASAL
“Whilst the other two remain in the rock maze to catch them should they still be here.”

TOTRINO
“Precisely, Itrasal. You learn well to be so worthy.”

CAR
“If I’m to go out hunting for the flesh-lumps, don’t put me up with Klaw here. I detest his company even more so.”

KLAW
“If you wish to get rid of me, then I shall slice your guts out! I may as well eat you!”

TOTRINO
“That’s enough! Both of you will hunt the prey in the rock maze, whilst me and Itrasal wait for them at the jungle’s edge should they come that way.”

Just then, a snapping noise echoes nearby.

KLAW
“Did you hear that?”

CAR
“It was close!”

ITRASAL
“It sounded like branches or a twig breaking!”

TOTRINO
“A boy and a guardian you say you were hunting?”

KLAW
(realises) “Over there! I see them! Behind that rock!”

Billy and Criala get up out of their hiding place.

CRIALA
“We’ve been caught, Billy! Quickly, run!”

BILLY
“Righto!”

Billy and Criala run for it until they’re quickly caught by the Sgrans. The Sgrans snarl and hiss once they’ve caught Billy and Criala.

KLAW
“Oy, you two! Don’t run!”

CAR
“Yeah, don’t run! You’re both our dish for today!”

Just then, the Doctor and Nyssa jump out from their hiding place, armed with deadly aliens flowers uprooted from the ground. The Sgrans are distracted once they turn around to see them.

DOCTOR
“Oh no you don’t, gentlemen! Dinner’s off, I’m afraid!”

TOTRINO
“It’s the Doctor! And that girl!”

NYSSA
“Have our substitute meal instead! Take this!”

The Sgrans snarl as they advance. But the Doctor and Nyssa open fire as the flowers open up and deadly spray hits the Sgrans. The Sgrans react and howl in pain once they’ve been hit, falling to the ground.

BILLY
(relieved) “Doctor; Nyssa! Thank goodness you’re here! I’m glad you’re safe!”

DOCTOR
“No time to stick around, Billy.”

NYSSA
“Let’s get to a place of safely, quickly!”

CRIALA
“This way! Follow me!”

DOCTOR
(surprised) “Criala! What are you…?”

BILLY
“Don’t ask, Doctor. Come on, let’s go!”

NYSSA
“What about the flowers, Doctor?”

DOCTOR
“Leave them, Nyssa! We don’t need them anymore! Come on, let’s go!”

With that, the Doctor and Nyssa drop their alien flowers to the ground, They and Billy follow Criala as they head off down the hill. The Sgrans recover after being attacked by the alien flowers.

KLAW
(angrily) “Stupid plants! Should have seen that one coming!”

CAR
“My face is covered with rot! I won’t be able to eat now that my mouth is so numb!”

KLAW
“Never mind, Car! You can always get rid of your stupid face! It might be an improvement!”

Car growls viciously at Klaw.

TOTRINO
“Stop it, you two! We still have our plan to carry out!”

CAR
“How can we carry out our plan now? For all we know, that boy and the guardian girl could have heard every word we said.”

KLAW
“And with the Doctor and that girl accompanying them, they’ll work out a plan to foil our endeavours.”

TOTRINO
“Then we shall foil them first! We shall trap them before they get the chance to trap us!” (to Klaw; Car) “Klaw and Car! You lure the Doctor and his young friends to the north-west continent of the rock maze which leads into the jungles of Arazo Four. Itrasal and I will meet you at the north-west continent.” (to Itrasal) “Itrasal, you come with me!”

Itrasal obeys as he follows Totrino. Klaw and Car unhappily remain before they go off to hunt the Doctor and his group within the rock maze.


SCENE #28 – INT – COURTROOM, GANL’S PALACE – DAY, EVENING
Back at the Matalia Court, Lord Ganl and Dalgix watch the monitor screens with Kexaj and Toma.

LORD GANL
“Have you been able to track her, Mr. Dalgix?”

DALGIX
“Not yet, my Lord Ganl. It’s a larger rock maze than we first thought.”

TOMA
“Is it all worth it, your lordship? Just to seek out where Criala is in order to get her back here?”

KEXAJ
“I agree with Toma. We’re using up all our power and resources…”

LORD GANL
(interrupts) “The Doctor and his friends will soon enter the dangerous part of the maze. Hazardous territory! It’s imperative we get Criala back!”

DALGIX
“You don’t understand these things, Toma; Kexaj. Don’t question his lordship’s will!”

TOMA
“We don’t wish to go against Lord Ganl’s will, Mr. Dalgix. That is not our intent.”

KEXAJ
“It’s true we don’t understand these things. So if you and Lord Ganl can explain…”

DALGIX
(interrupts) “There’s a hidden danger and evil that lurks in the rocks of the maze! Far more dangerous than any of us have ever realised.”

KEXAJ
“A hidden danger and evil?”

DALGIX
“Have you young chaps ever wondered why Arazo Four is deserted? Why no living civilisation exists on this planet? Why there are just abandoned buildings?”

TOMA
(intrigued) “We don’t know why the planet’s so deserted, but we’d be intrigued to know [more…”]

LORD GANL
(interupts; grimly) “Many years ago, the rock maze was a death trap. Anyone who entered the rock maze would experience traumatic memories.”

TOMA
“Traumatic?”

LORD GANL
“Whether used for punishment or malicious pleasure, no one could say.”

DALGIX
“One thing is clear though. Once the Doctor and his friends go deeper into the centre of the maze, they will succumb to visions of their past. Terrible visions based on their memories that they’ll wish not to experience again and again.”

KEXAJ
(realises) “And now Criala is with them…”

LORD GANL
“Precisely. Both she and the Doctor’s company will go mad once they’re in the centre of the maze. It’s imperative that we get Criala out of the maze. We must prevent her having visions before the Doctor and his friends have them.”

Just then, a bleeping alarm echoes from Dalgix’s control desk. He goes over to investigate.

DALGIX
“I’ve found her, my Lord Ganl. She’s with the Doctor and friends. They’re heading for the perimeter of the central zone.”

LORD GANL
(apprehensively) “Then bring her back, Mr. Dalgix. Bring her back to the courtroom at once, if you please.”

Dalgix accesses his computer at his control desk and presses a few buttons to summon Criala back.


SCENE #29 – EXT – ROCK MAZE, NORTH-WEST CONTINENT – DAY, EVENING
Back in the rock maze, the Doctor, Nyssa, Billy and Criala get a fair distance away from the Sgrans chasing after them.

NYSSA
(concerned) “Billy, are you alright? You look shattered.”

BILLY
“Yeah I’m fine. I should be asking you if you’re alright.”

NYSSA
“I was so worried about you, Billy. I hoped the Sgrans wouldn’t kill you.”

BILLY
“Likewise. Mind you I had help. Criala saved me.”

DOCTOR
“I thought you were one of the ones holding us hostage, Criala.”

CRIALA
“I’m not Lord Ganl, Doctor. I came to help. To guide you back to the jungle.”

NYSSA
“Lord Ganl didn’t send you?”

CRIALA
“He was against me and anyone else helping you, Doctor, since you refused to help him.”

DOCTOR
“Well, just to make it clear, Criala, nothing you’ll say will change my mind about accepting his forced quest upon me.”

CRIALA
“I’m not expecting you to accept Lord Ganl’s quest as I help you out of this rock maze, Doctor. And I’m not here to persuade you to accept it.”

DOCTOR
“Well, as long as we’ve got that sorted out.”

NYSSA
“We really appreciate you helping us out, Criala. Tell us how we can get out of this maze.”

CRIALA
“As you can see we’re at these crossroads. One heading left; one heading right and one heading straight ahead.”

BILLY
“I wondered when we would see another set of signposts with arrows on it. Quite popular, aren’t they?”

NYSSA
“Billy, let Criala finish.”

CRIALA
“Each one of these routes leads in a certain direction back to the jungle. But I should warn you…”

Just then, Criala gets caught in a teleport beam.

BILLY
(astonished) “Hey! What’s happening to her?”

NYSSA
(fascinated) “She’s caught in a teleport beam!”

CRIALA
(cries out loud) “No! You can’t do this to me! Don’t bring me back! DON’T BRING ME BACK…”

DOCTOR
“Criala! Hold on!”

But it’s too late. Criala Is soon teleported back to the Matalia Court. Once she’s gone, the Doctor, Nyssa and Billy remain perturbed.

BILLY
“Where did she go? One minute she was standing there, the next minute…whoosh!”

NYSSA
“It seems she was teleported back to Lord Ganl and the others.”

DOCTOR
“Very likely, Nyssa. Lord Ganl probably had her tracked and once he and Mr. Dalgix found her, they teleported her back to the Matalia Court in an instant.”

NYSSA
“So that she would be prevented from helping us.”

DOCTOR
“It seems so. Thankfully she gave us the directions we need.”

BILLY
“Did she? Criala was going to warn us about something before she got zapped away. Whatever she was going to say could be something very important.”

NYSSA
“Billy’s right, Doctor. We can’t take the risk of going any further. It could be dangerous.”

DOCTOR
“Nevertheless, I’m determined to take that chance. Criala meant to help us, so I think it’s fair we take her guidance; choose one of these signposts and carry on.”

NYSSA
“In that case, we’d better decide quickly, Doctor, before anything else happens.”

DOCTOR
“Quite. So what’s it going to be? Left; right or straight ahead?”

NYSSA
“Shall I decide or shall Billy?”

DOCTOR
“I’ll decide. Right seems a good option.”

BILLY
“Left looks nice too.”

DOCTOR
“Billy, we tried ‘left’ before, remember? It got us in trouble. We don’t want to go through that again.”

BILLY
“It was a mistake the last time. Besides we only fell down a hole.”

DOCTOR
“Only?! Look how terribly filthy my best trousers are!”

BILLY
“I say we go left!”

DOCTOR
“No Billy, right!”

BILLY
“No left!”

DOCTOR
“Right!”

BILLY
“Left!”

DOCTOR
“Right!”

BILLY
“Left!”

NYSSA
(interrupts) “Typical. Grown-up men and you can’t make up your minds. I’ll decide. We go straight ahead.”

Nyssa leads the way, heading straight ahead. The Doctor and Billy grudge a bit before they eventually follow Nyssa.

DOCTOR
“Next time, Billy; we’re going to have a good talk about playing fairly.”

BILLY
“Playing fairly?! You’re a fine one to talk, you being childish.”

DOCTOR
“Me being childish?!”

NYSSA
“Boys, stop it! Let’s carry on!”

With that, the trio continue onwards through the rock maze.


SCENE #30 – INT – COURTROOM, GANL’S PALACE – DAY, EVENING
In the Matalia Court, Criala gets smacked in the face by Dalgix. Criala cries out in pain, upset that she’s been hit. Toma runs in before Kexaj stops him.

TOMA
“Stop it! Please, Mr. Dalgix!”

KEXAJ
“Easy Toma.”

DALGIX
“She has to endure pain for disobeying a Great Guardian.”

Criala gets smacked in the face again by Dalgix.

CRIALA
(sobs; bitterly) “Even if it means helping those who are in great peril.”

DALGIX
“Especially that!”

Dalgix hits Criala again. She sobs terribly.

LORD GANL
“Enough, Mr. Dalgix. I wish to speak to her.”

DALGIX
“Very good, my lord.”

Dalgix steps back whilst Lord Ganl approaches Criala. A moment of tension ensues.

LORD GANL
“You have disappointed me, Criala. You could have ruined all our plans.”

CRIALA
“Your plans, Lord Ganl; not ours. I did not agree to trapping the Doctor and his friends in that maze of horror. You should be ashamed of yourself.”

DALGIX
“Such insolence! I shall have you whipped!”

LORD GANL
“Peace, Mr. Dalgix.” (to Criala) “My dear Criala, I understand your compassion and empathy got the better of you. Since you are so willing to have a mind of your own, I shall let you off this once. So long as you never allow it to happen again.”

CRIALA
“Thank you, my Lord Ganl. You are most generous. Though why you should be, I hazard to guess.”

LORD GANL
“Go now and re-join Kexaj and Toma. Expect new orders.”

Criala seems reluctant to go and re-join Kexaj and Toma.

DALGIX
“Did you not hear what his lordship said, girl? Re-join the others!”

Gradually, Criala makes her way over to Kexaj and Toma. Toma embraces her.

TOMA
“Criala, thank Deno you came back to us!”

CRIALA
“Toma…”

TOMA
“Don’t you ever do a thing like that again! You had us worried sick!”

KEXAJ
“You should have known better, Criala.”

A moment of bitter silence ensues.

CRIALA
“It’s too late anyway, Lord Ganl.”

LORD GANL
“Indeed? How so, my dear?”

CRIALA
(gradually) “I have shown the Doctor and his friends the way out. The place where you picked me up at the crossroads. They’ll head in the direction I sent them. Safely back to the jungle.”

Just then, a bleeping alarm echoes from Dalgix’s control desk.

LORD GANL
“Dalgix! See what that is.”

With that, Dalgix goes over to his control desk and presses a few buttons at his computer to investigate. A few moments later…

DALGIX
“Some news, my Lord Ganl. The Doctor and his companions are heading straight for the centre of the maze. They will soon come across the dangers set in the trap for them.”

LORD GANL
(chuckles) “Oh dear. Oh dear; dear; dear. That is most distressing, Mr Dalgix.”

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

Lord Ganl continues to chuckle with Dalgix, whilst Criala is feeling morbid with Toma and Kexaj.


SCENE #31 – EXT – NEAR CLIFF-EDGE, ROCK MAZE – NIGHT
It’s now night-time. The Doctor, Nyssa and Billy are still trudging on through the rock maze.

NYSSA
“We’ve been going on this path for hours, Doctor. We’re still nowhere out of this maze.”

BILLY
“Well, it was your idea for going straight ahead, Nyssa dear.”

NYSSA
“Thank you for reminding me, Billy sweetheart.”

DOCTOR
“Now, you two. Don’t be so uppity.”

BILLY
“We must be going around in circles again. Or triangles as you suggest, Doctor.”

NYSSA
“Let’s rest a while, shall we? I’m tired.”

BILLY
“I’m tired too.”

DOCTOR
“A good thing none of us are carrying luggage for a holiday.”

Suddenly, a howling echoes nearby. The trio stand still for a bit.

BILLY
“Say, did you hear that? Is that sound of fresh air?”

NYSSA
“More like angry air. We must be close to a gap in the rocks.”

DOCTOR
“Possibly near the edge of a cliff or something. You know, I think that…”

BILLY
(cries) “Whoa!”

Billy suddenly stumbles and falls over a cliff with rock crumbling away. Billy holds on tight to the edge of the cliff.

BILLY
(cries; panics) “Help me! Help me! I’m hanging onto the edge of a cliff!”

NYSSA
“Billy, hold on! Doctor, help me get Billy back up here!”

DOCTOR
“Quick Billy, grab my hand and Nyssa’s hand! We’ll pull you back up!”

BILLY
“I…I can’t reach your hands!”

NYSSA
“Yes you can, Billy! Take my hand first then grab the Doctor’s.”

BILLY
(struggles) “Okay. I’m going to try…whoa…”

Billy eventually grabs Nyssa’s hand before slipping.

NYSSA
“Now, grab the Doctor’s hand!”

DOCTOR
“Come on Billy! That’s right, here you come!”

With enough effort, Billy grabs the Doctor’s hand whilst holding onto Nyssa’s.

BILLY
“Got it! Got you, Doctor!”

DOCTOR
“Right Nyssa. When I give the word…”

NYSSA
“…we pull Billy back up.”

DOCTOR
“On the count of three! One, two, three, pull!”

With that, the Doctor and Nyssa pull Billy back up onto the cliff and away from the edge. The trio soon land on top of each other. After a moment’s silence, the trio laugh exhausted before they eventually get up onto their feet.

DOCTOR
(laughs) “Are you alright, Billy?”

BILLY
(laughs nervously) “I’m fine, Doctor. I just didn’t expect that rock face to crumble away. It gave me quite a shock.”

NYSSA
(laughs) “Well, at least you’re back with us. That’s all that matters.”

DOCTOR
“Yes Nyssa. Except…”

BILLY
“Except what, Doctor?”

DOCTOR
(gradually) “Look out ahead, both of you, and tell me what you see.”

Nyssa and Billy look out ahead to see what the Doctor is seeing. They gasp awed and astonished as they see the landscape before them.

NYSSA
“Goodness! There’s more to this rock maze than we imagined. It must go on for miles. As if the entire planet’s made out of rock.”

BILLY
“I don’t want to be alarmist but…could this be like where the centre of the maze is?”

DOCTOR
“I’m afraid so, Billy. This could be what Criala was just trying to warn us about before being teleported away. That by taking the straight route, it leads us away from the jungle and back into the centre of the rock maze.”

NYSSA
“I’m sorry, Doctor. I should have applied more logic before making the decision to go straight ahead.”

BILLY
(reassuringly) “Don’t worry, Nyssa. We all make mistakes.”

DOCTOR
“We should probably head back the way we came.”

At that moment, storm clouds gather and thunder occurs.

NYSSA
“Couldn’t we stop and rest for the night? It’s bound to rain soon. We don’t want to head back the way we came getting soaked and drenched.”

DOCTOR
“Where do you suggest we sleep? Take your pick. There are lots of rocks.”

BILLY
(realises) “There’s a cave over there. A few metres from where we are in the north-easterly direction. We can rest there for tonight.”

NYSSA
“Good idea, Billy. We can try there, Doctor.”

DOCTOR
“Oh very well. But we’d better be quick. The rain will soon come down on top of us like a ton of bricks.”

Thunder occurs again and the rain starts to fall, treacherous and bitter, on the Doctor, Nyssa and Billy’s heads.

BILLY
“Yeah. You don’t have to tell us twice.”

NYSSA
“Oh this rain’s so cold and horrible. Ugh!”

DOCTOR
“Let’s get inside the cave before one of us catches cold.”

With that, the TARDIS trio make for the cave.


SCENE #32 – INT – CAVE, ROCK MAZE – NIGHT
Inside the cave, the TARDIS trio settle for the night with little success.

DOCTOR
“This floor’s…really very uncomfortable.”

NYSSA
“It’s really dark in here. I wouldn’t be surprised if one of us gets scared during the night.”

DOCTOR
“What do you mean?”

BILLY
“We should have a fire in here, Doctor. Then we’d be warm inside this cave and we’d be able to see what we’re doing.”

DOCTOR
(wryly) “Good idea, Billy. A shame I didn’t bring any firelighters.”

NYSSA
“Doctor, don’t be shirty.”

A moment of silence ensues.

BILLY
“Will you be alright for tonight, Nyssa dear? I can’t see you. You’re right; it is very dark in here. It’s also very spooky.”

NYSSA
“I’ll be alright, Billy. Though I wouldn’t mind some warmth.”

BILLY
“Would you like me to cuddle you then?”

NYSSA
“Yes please. That’ll be nice.”

BILLY
“Right. Hang on.”

Billy attempts to go over to Nyssa and cuddle her.

BILLY
“There we are. That’s much better isn’t it, Nyssa. Aren’t you glad to have me around to cuddle you?”

DOCTOR
“That happens to be me you’re cuddling, Billy.”

BILLY
“Oops! Sorry, Doctor! My mistake.”

NYSSA
“Here Billy, take my hand.”

BILLY
“Where?”

NYSSA
“Here.”

Nyssa eventually grabs Billy’s hand and they both cuddle each other in the cave.

NYSSA
“Are you sure you’ll be alright, Doctor?”

DOCTOR
“I’ll be fine, Nyssa. One cuddle’s enough for me.”

NYSSA
“Well, goodnight, Doctor. See you in the morning.”

BILLY
“Yeah see you in the morning, Doctor.”

DOCTOR
“Yes, yes. Have a nice sleep, you two. Hopefully I’ll see you tomorrow.”

NYSSA
“Goodnight, Billy. Sweet dreams.”

BILLY
“Goodnight, sweetheart.”

Nyssa and Billy kiss each other before they snuggle down for the night.

DOCTOR
“Yes. Hopefully there should be a morning.”

The Doctor remains awake for a bit before he eventually falls asleep.


SCENE #33 – EXT – CAVE, ROCK MAZE – NIGHT
Outside, the rain is frightful and pelts down at the cave entrance with the three time-travellers inside.


SCENE #34 – INT – CAVE, ROCK MAZE – NIGHT
A little while later, the Doctor is aroused from his sleep by various squeaking noises. Cautiously, the Doctor nudges Nyssa and Billy to wake up.

DOCTOR
“Nyssa; Billy! Wake up, both of you!” (Pause) “Wake up quickly!”

Nyssa and Billy groan as they wake up.

NYSSA
(groans) “Doctor? What’s the matter?”

DOCTOR
“Nyssa; Billy. We have company.”

BILLY
(sleepily) “What?” (yawns) “Company you say?”

NYSSA
“Not Sgrans surely.”

DOCTOR
“No, not Sgrans. Look above us, Nyssa.”

The trio look up to see the creatures looming above their heads.

BILLY
“Oh! They must be fireflies.”

NYSSA
“That’s peculiar. They’re in pairs.”

DOCTOR
“They’re not fireflies.”

BILLY
“Hang on. I’ll shine a torch-light on them.”

DOCTOR
“No Billy, don’t!”

But it’s too late as Billy shines his torch-light on the creatures above their heads. Very soon, bats come flying at them. The trio scream with fright as the bats come attacking from random directions.

BILLY
“Oh sorry!”

DOCTOR
“Now you’ve done it, Billy! Bats flying everywhere!”

NYSSA
“Are these bats dangerous?”

DOCTOR
“I don’t think so. But I think we should get out of here!”

Getting up, the trio make a run for it out of the cave. They soon come to a stop as they’re met by two Sgrans – Klaw and Car.

KLAW
(cackles) “Ha, ha! Look what we’ve got here, Klaw!”

CAR
(cackles) “We found them at last! It’s dinner time!”

BILLY
“The bats may not be dangerous, but what about them?!”

NYSSA
“We’ll have to go deeper into the cave!”

DOCTOR
(urgently) “Quick Billy! Use that torch of yours! We go deeper into the cave like Nyssa says.”

BILLY
“Right. Torch on!”

DOCTOR
“Run!”

Billy switches his torch on as he, Nyssa and the Doctor run deeper inside the cave, dodging the bats flying in their faces and escaping the Sgrans.


SCENE #35 – INT – VOLCANIC AREA, ROCK MAZE – NIGHT
Eventually, Nyssa, Billy and the Doctor find themselves in a volcanic area. Boiling lava flows and steam pools burst to life which startles the TARDIS trio.

BILLY
“Oh crikey! It’s really hot in here!”

NYSSA
“Doctor! We must be in the heart of a volcano.”

DOCTOR
“We seem to be on a dangerous edge.”

Just then, they hear the Sgrans coming up behind them.

KLAW
“Aww! Isn’t that just too bad? Your road seems to have come to an end!”

Klaw and Car cackle with laughter as they advance menacingly.

BILLY
“What do we do? Forward; backward; left; right; up; down?”

NYSSA
“It’s a shame we don’t have any signposts to direct us where we should go.”

DOCTOR
(reassuringly) “Don’t worry, you two. Nothing ventured; nothing gained! There’s a rock bridge over there!”

NYSSA
(realises) “A rock bridge! Yes! And it leads to the other side of where we want to go!”

DOCTOR
“Then there’s no doubt. Forward it is! Hang on, you two.”

The Doctor pats Nyssa and Billy on the backs as he leads them forward. They recieve a shock once a huge steam pool bursts in their faces. The steam pool subsides and the trio breathe sighs of relief.

BILLY
“Doctor?”

DOCTOR
“Yes Billy?”

BILLY
“Next time, don’t run so eagerly ahead without considering the dangers.”

DOCTOR
“Thank you, Billy. I’ll keep that in mind.”

NYSSA
(urgently) “We must get on a move on! The Sgrans will catch up with us!”

The trio run forward as the Sgrans pursue after them.

CAR
“Klaw! They’re getting away!”

KLAW
“Oh no, they don’t! We invited them three for dinner!”

As Klaw and Car chase after them, the Doctor, Nyssa and Billy dodge steam pools and jump over rocks surrounded by lava in order to reach the rock bridge.

DOCTOR
(cries) “Nyssa; Billy! Jump left; jump right! Watch out!”

NYSSA
“Stop Doctor! Watch your foot over that pool of lava!”

DOCTOR
(cries) “Billy! You’re nearly stepping into lava!”

BILLY
(cries) “Argh! Yes! Don’t have to tell me twice!”

NYSSA
“Follow my lead, Billy! Don’t fall over the edge!”

DOCTOR
“Nyssa, don’t just stand there! Get over here!”

NYSSA
“What do you think I’m trying to do?!”

BILLY
(cries) “I’m hot on my heels for this!”

DOCTOR
“Watch yourself, Billy! Watch out! Watch out!”

KLAW
(laughs) “We Sgrans can take it! We can just shoot you three down to size!”

CAR
“You can take it sure, Klaw! But my fins are delicate!”

Shots are soon fired by Klaw’s fin-gun, as the Doctor, Nyssa, Billy manage to reach the rock bridge.

DOCTOR
“There! We’ve arrived! Now we go over the bridge!”

NYSSA
(cries) “Stay to the right, Doctor! Billy, stay to the right!”

BILLY
(apprehensively) “I am staying to the right, Nyssa. I am!”

KLAW
(laughs) “Hey! Just drop in for dinner!”

As the Sgrans fire their fin-guns, the time-travellers run on ahead. One of the Sgrans fires at Billy’s foot and he cries out in pain, nearly stumbling. Luckily, Nyssa grabs him and pulls him back onto his feet to regain his balance.

BILLY
“Thanks Nyssa! You did it again saving my life!”

NYSSA
“Really Billy! I find you’re always tripping when we cross a rocky path.”

DOCTOR
(cries) “Hurry, Nyssa! Hurry, Billy!”

Nyssa drags Billy with her, as she and the Doctor run on ahead. They eventually come to the end of the rock bridge and breathe sighs of relief.

NYSSA
(relieved) “We made it! We’re on the other side!”

BILLY
(realises) “There’s a way out! Look! That archway. It must lead to the outside!”

DOCTOR
(eagerly) “There’s no time to waste! Come on, you two! Run!”

With that, the three time-travellers run for the exit. The Sgrans see them escaping.

CAR
(cries) “Hey Klaw! Our food’s managed to find a door marked ‘exit’!”

KLAW
“After them, Klaw! After them!”

The two Sgrans pursue the Doctor, Nyssa and Billy as they exit the cave through the archway.


SCENE #36 – EXT – CAVE, ROCK MAZE – NIGHT
Out in the open, the Doctor, Nyssa and Billy find themselves in the rock maze again.

BILLY
(groans) “Oh great! I hoped we’d seen the last of these rocks!”

NYSSA
(relieved) “Well, at least it’s stopped raining. It’ll be dawn soon.”

DOCTOR
“We can’t linger here. Our Sgran chums behind us will soon be onto us at any minute.”

The Sgrans’ cackling laughter echoes from within the cave.

BILLY
“You’re right, Doctor. We should get a move on.”

NYSSA
(shocked) “Doctor; Billy. Look where we are.”

DOCTOR
“Where?” (disturbed) “Oh. Oh my goodness. This is very unpleasant.”

NYSSA
“It’s horrible! So many bones; so many skeletons. Rotting corpses.”

BILLY
“I think I’m going to be sick. We must be in a graveyard of some kind. A graveyard of the dead for this planet, right?”

DOCTOR
“Not quite what I hoped for in terms of burial arrangements.”

NYSSA
“Doctor, I wish you wouldn’t make jokes like that.”

DOCTOR
“Believe me, Nyssa. When I consider the dead among us, I never make jokes.”

Just then, the Doctor cries out loud in pain, as he falls to his knees and holds his head.

NYSSA
(concerned) “Doctor, are you alright? You seem to be in pain.”

DOCTOR
(cries) “My head. I feel…a sudden tinge…in my head!”

Billy then cries out loud in pain.

BILLY
(cries) “I’m getting a…a pain inside my head too! Argh!!! It’s excruciating!”

And finally, Nyssa cries out loud in pain.

NYSSA
(cries) “Argh!!! It’s happening to me too! Where…is this pain coming from?”

The trio stumble and fall to their knees, experiencing pain in their heads.

DOCTOR
“I’m experiencing…memories…from long ago. My past.” (Pause) “Gallifrey! I’m on Gallifrey! My people are there!” (Pause; realises) “They’re rebuking me! Torturing me!” (panics) “About to execute me!”

NYSSA
(cries) “I see…I see my father! My dear father on Traken!” (Pause; realises) “He’s changing! He’s in such great pain!” (Pause; panics) “No! Not my father! It’s the Master! The Master is here!” (Pause; panics) “Keep back! Keep away from me!!!”

The Master’s laughter echoes in Nyssa’s mind.

BILLY
“School times! Back in school with my friends when I was young.” (Pause; realises) “But wait! They’re bullying me! They’re not my friends! These are bullies annoying and hurting me!” (Pause; panics) “They’re kicking me to the ground! Stop this! Stop it, I say!!!”

At that moment, the two Sgrans – Klaw and Car – appear.

KLAW
“At last! We’ve got them!”

CAR
“I want the Doctor’s head! Then the girl and the boy!”

KLAW
“Hey! They’re mine, scab-face!”

The Sgrans advance whilst the Doctor, Nyssa and Billy manage to snap out of it.

NYSSA
(realises) “Doctor, the Sgrans! They’re onto us!”

DOCTOR
“Quickly, you two! Split up! Run as fast as you can!”

NYSSA
“Billy, come with me! I’m not losing you again! Down the hill we go!”

Nyssa takes Billy with her as they head off down the hill. The Doctor heads off the other way.

KLAW
“Car! You go after the girl and the boy! Make mincemeat out of them!”

CAR
“Right!”

KLAW
“I’ll go and catch the Doctor! That will be my pleasure to enjoy!”

Klaw snarls ferociously as he goes after the Doctor, whilst Car chases after Nyssa and Billy.


© Tim Bradley, 2021-22


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