‘The Railway of Time’, Part Four, Chapter 15

15. Race Against Time

SCENE #157 – EXT – ENGLISH COUNTRYSIDE – DAY – SUMMER 2163
In 2163, at the exit of the wormhole from 2063 to 2163, there are some Vegrons setting up a generator next to the railway line. With them, is the third Vegron agent and his Zegor pet who growls impatiently. The agent attends to the time bomb to close off the point of the temporal transfer. He presses some switches to charge the bomb, whilst the other Vegrons attend to their generator. One of the Vegron soldiers approaches the Vegron agent once they’ve finish setting up the generator.

VEGRON SOLDIER
(hissing) “We’re ready!”

VEGRON AGENT #3
“Good! Send it through!”

The Vegrons turn the generator on and it makes a high frequency sound. Something then moves forward on the railway line, as a train carriage is sent back through the wormhole. As the generator keeps on humming, the train carriage makes its way through the wormhole’s exit point and a loud sizzling, rippling noise occurs. The train carriage has travelled back in time from 2163 to 2063. The generator slowly comes to a stop and the wormhole stops sizzling.

VEGRON SOLDIER #1
“The train carriage has been sent through!”

VEGRON AGENT #3
“Good! Send yourself and your comrade into that wormhole and capture the fugitives! The masters will soon want to see them!”

VEGRON SOLDIER #1
(hisses) “Very well!” (to Vegron soldier #2) “You! Put your visor on! Let’s go!”

The Vegrons put their visors on as they’re about to go back through the wormhole. They follow the train carriage back in time, as they enter into the wormhole that makes the sizzling, rippling noise as they go through. Once they’re gone, the sizzling, rippling noise stops. The Vegron agent meanwhile attends to the time bomb and has charges it at the ready. The Zegor growls, observing what his master is doing.

VEGRON AGENT #3
“There! Just as his Excellency and lady commanded!”

Suddenly the TARDIS materialises close to where the Vegron agent is, whoosing and grinding loudly as it lands, making a loud thump. The Zegor barks furiously, whilst the Vegron agent is aghast.

VEGRON AGENT #3
“I don’t believe it! It can’t be! Her ladyship said she would deal with them!”

The TARDIS doors then open, as the Doctor, Nyssa and Billy step out.

DOCTOR
“We did it! We escaped the gravity bubble! Well done, you two!”

The Zegor then barks angrily, which startles the Doctor, Nyssa and Billy. The Vegron agent holds a gun at them.

VEGRON AGENT #3
(shouts) “Get back, you two! I’m armed! And you will not get in my way! My masters insist these bombs be charged and I shall see to it their wishes are fulfilled!”

DOCTOR
“Save your breath, Vegron! Your masters’ plans are in ruins already!”

VEGRON AGENT #3
(retorts) “You’re lying!”

NYSSA
“It’s true! We’ve already disabled the bombs in 1963 and 2063!”

BILLY
“And your friends didn’t put up much of a fight when we dealt with them!”

VEGRON AGENT #3
(yells) “Lies! Lies! All lies!”

DOCTOR
“If you were so keen for your masters’ plans to succeed why has Sinclair turned on his Excellency!”

VEGRON AGENT #3
“What?”

NYSSA
“Sinclair isn’t who she says she is! She’s a Macorinroth!”

DOCTOR
“And believe me! Creatures like the Macorinroth only use their allies for their own ends and don’t help to build empires like your own Excellency!”

VEGRON AGENT #3
“Shut up!” (to Zegor) “Zegor! Get them!”

The Zegor roars about to attack before…

DOCTOR
(to Nyssa; Billy) “Nyssa! Billy! Now!”

Both Nyssa and Billy do their work, as Nyssa switches on the medallion device to unleash the ultra-sonic sound for the Zegor whilst Billy snaps at his camera at the Vegron agent with the flash on. Both the Zegor and the Vegron agent react in pain, as they collapse to the floor unconscious. The Doctor then attends to the time bomb as he picks it up to see it is fully charged.

DOCTOR
“This must be our lucky day! We’ve managed to get to stop the bombs before they explode!”

NYSSA
(agitated) “You haven’t discharged that bomb yet, Doctor!”

DOCTOR
“Don’t worry Nyssa! I will!”

The Doctor then gets an electric shock.

DOCTOR
(cries) “Ow! That hurt!”

NYSSA
“Another discharge?”

DOCTOR
“Yes. But don’t worry! It can’t be as bad as all that!”

A loud bang occurs, which shocks the Doctor as he drops the bomb to the floor. Both Nyssa and Billy are startled too.

BILLY
(concerned) “What happened?”

NYSSA
“Did you manage to discharge the bomb?”

The Doctor goes over to the bomb to pick it up again and see what’s wrong.

DOCTOR
(realises) “Oh no.”

NYSSA
“What is it?”

DOCTOR
(panics) “The detonation procedure is speeding up! I don’t know how but the bomb’s about to explode at any minute!”

NYSSA
“Well hadn’t you better stop it?”

DOCTOR
(agitated) “Yes! I do feel I’d better stop it! But I don’t see how with all its circuitry being fried up!”

As they speak, a low sizzling sound echoes from the wormhole.

BILLY
“Doctor; Nyssa? There’s something the matter with the air in front of us! Is it the bomb doing this?”

NYSSA
“No Billy! That’s the wormhole opening! Something’s coming through!” (realises; panics) “And the TARDIS is parked in the middle of the railway line!” (to Doctor) “Doctor! We’ve got to get out of here!”

DOCTOR
(to himself) “Hang on! I’m thinking!”

NYSSA
(wryly) “Fine time to be thinking! We’re going to get crashed in a minute!”

DOCTOR
“Wait!” (thinks; realises) “Of course! The TARDIS! Come on you two! Let’s get inside!”

Both Nyssa and Billy follow the Doctor back into the TARDIS. The TARDIS soon dematerializes, whooshing and grinding as it goes. Once the TARDIS is gone, a the train carriage exits from the wormhole, with the Doctor and Nyssa aboard, arriving in 2163. This is a reprisal from Scene #88 in ‘Part Two’.

DOCTOR
(shouts loudly) “We’ve arrived Nyssa! We’ve arrived!”

The train carriage zooms down the railway line as it heads off into the English countryside. The wormhole then opens again, as the two Vegrons with visors return to 2163. They’re puzzled when they arrive.

VEGRON SOLDIER #1
“Where is the agent and his dog?”

VEGRON SOLDIER #2
(realises) “Look! Look! There is he! He and his dog are down!”

The two Vegrons run to where the Vegron agent’s body is, unconscious on the ground.

VEGRON SOLDIER #1
“He still lives! He has been affected by some sort of alien device!”

VEGRON SOLDIER #2
“We must inform her ladyship and his Excellency at once! This could be serious!”

VEGRON SOLDIER #1
“I shall see to it! In the meantime we will sort out those two fugitives we brought back with us from 2063. The Doctor and the girl!”

A train whistle echoes, as the train express is about to exit from the wormhole from ‘Part Two’.


SCENE #158 – INT – TARDIS CONSOLE ROOM – N/A
Back inside the TARDIS, the Doctor attempts to stabilise the bomb’s detonation by placing it in a stasis container. He shuts the lid onto the container and sighs with relief.

DOCTOR
“Thank goodness!”

NYSSA
“Is the bomb stable?”

DOCTOR
“Yes. For the time being. I can’t keep it in suspended animation like this?”

BILLY
(baffled) “What’s the Doctor just done, Nyssa?”

NYSSA
“He’s managed to contain the time bomb inside this stasis container. It should block out external interference and prevent the bomb from exploding.”

DOCTOR
“And I’ve managed to insert a sixty minute loop around the bomb in order to prevent it from detonating or causing a catastrophe. Like I said, it won’t last long!”

NYSSA
“Well can’t you just throw it out into space?”

DOCTOR
“I could! But we haven’t got time!”

BILLY
“Why not? We’ve managed to dispose of the time bombs!”

DOCTOR
“Yes. But I’m certain Sinroth’s about to do something very drastic if she learns her plans have failed! I’m pretty sure she’s got a plan B, so we’d better return to the Vegron base.”

NYSSA
(worried) “But Doctor! We may not know what we’ll find there!”

DOCTOR
(cheeringly) “I know! So hold on tight!”

The Doctor enters some switches for the journey to the Vegron base as the TARDIS’s time rotor rises and falls. The TARDIS whooshes away, as the trio hold onto the console.


SCENE #159 – INT – THRONE ROOM, VEGRON BASE – DAY – SUMMER 2163
Back in the Vegron throne room of the Vegron base in 2163, the TARDIS materialises as it whooshes and grinds before making a loud thump as it lands.


SCENE #160 – INT – TARDIS CONSOLE ROOM – N/A
Back in the TARDIS console room, the Doctor presses some switches to check the monitors on the console.

NYSSA
“Have we arrived?”

DOCTOR
“Yes!” (warningly) “Now be careful you two! We may get a bit of shock!”

NYSSA
“Sorry?”

DOCTOR
“Remember how we first got in here?” (Pause) “Well we need to now persuade ourselves to get in here! Come on!”

The Doctor pulls the door lever and heads out of the TARDIS.

BILLY
“What is he talking about, Nyssa?”

NYSSA
“I don’t know. But I imagine we’ll find out!”

Nyssa and Billy follow after the Doctor, puzzled and baffled.


REPRISED SCENE #126B – INT – THRONE ROOM, VEGRON BASE  – DAY – SUMMER 2163
This is a reprisal of the ‘Part Four’ reprise and Scene #126B from ‘Part Four’. This time however, we’re looking from the Doctor; Nyssa and Billy’s point-of-view from the TARDIS. In the Vegron throne room, the Doctor steps out of the TARDIS followed by Nyssa and Billy. Sinroth is there as well the earlier versions of the Doctor, Nyssa and Billy.

SINCLAIR
(irritated) “What is this meaning of this?”

DOCTOR
(cheerfully; to Sinroth) “Hello Sinroth! Been quite a while hasn’t it!” (concerned) “Oh dear. This is a problem.”

DOCTOR (1)
(puzzled) “I agree!”

NYSSA
“Doctor, that’s me!”

NYSSA (1)
(shocked) “And that’s me!”

BILLY (1)
(shocked) “I must be going mad!”

BILLY
“Me too! I’m seeing double!”

DOCTOR (1); DOCTOR
“This is going to get very confusing!”

NYSSA (1); NYSSA
“Oh no!”

BILLY (1); BILLY
“Oh dear!”

SINCLAIR
(angrily) “Is this some kind of trick?”

DOCTOR
(insistently) “Nyssa! Billy! Move away from the TARDIS!”

NYSSA
(confused) “But Doctor…?”

DOCTOR
(shouts) “Just do it!!”

BILLY
(realises) “I see what you mean now!”

The Doctor, Nyssa and Billy who have just arrived move quickly away from the TARDIS, whilst the other Doctor, Nyssa and Billy look astonished.

DOCTOR (1)
“What in great Gallifrey is going on…?”

DOCTOR
(interrupts) “No time to explain! You get yourself and your Nyssa and Billy into the TARDIS right now!”

DOCTOR (1)
“Why…?”

DOCTOR
(raises voice) “Please! Time is short! You must get into the TARDIS!”

BILLY (1)
“What do we do, Doctor?”

NYSSA (1)
“I’m not sure we should trust them!”

NYSSA
“Never mind about trusting us! Just get into the TARDIS now!”

BILLY
“Yeah! Otherwise I won’t get here!”

DOCTOR
“Billy, don’t make it worse!”

BILLY
“Sorry.”

SINCLAIR
(shouts) “Enough of this madness!” (to Clag and Vegrons) “Excellency! Soldiers! Arrest all of them!”

DOMUS CLAG
“As you command, dear.”

Clag and the Vegrons move forward.

BILLY
(wryly) “Here we go again.”

NYSSA (1)
“Doctor?!”

DOCTOR (1)
(determined) “Come on! We go in! Mustn’t argue with ourselves!”

The first Doctor, Nyssa and Billy run towards the TARDIS as they make to go in.

SINCLAIR
(cries) “No! Shoot them! Fire! Fire I say!”

The Vegrons raise their guns and fire at the first Doctor, Nyssa and Billy as they go into the TARDIS. An array of shots fire all over the place.

(CONTINUES INTO:)


SCENE #161 – INT – THRONE ROOM, VEGRON BASE – DAY – SUMMER 2163
Fortunately, the TARDIS dematerialises and whooshes away as it leaves the Vegron throne room. Moment of silence.

BILLY
(astonished) “Was that just us?”

NYSSA
“It was! And we’ve just gone off to stop the time bombs as before!”

DOCTOR
“A temporal paradox! Explains everything now!”

SINCLAIR
(interrupts) “Doctor!”

DOCTOR
“Ah Sinclair! Or Sinroth as you would like us to call you now!” (Pause) “For you, you haven’t missed us a bit! But for us we’ve been away for quite some time! How have you been?”

SINCLAIR
“Quite well, Doctor! Though it depends on how you can explain this charade you’ve just performed!”

DOCTOR
(cheeringly) “And you haven’t changed a bit! You still look as beautiful as ever! And still got the decorations hanging in this room! Of course it’s been mere few seconds for you Sinroth, whilst for us it’s been a little longer.”

SINCLAIR
“Doctor! I should warn you to take heed of what you say. I don’t like what’s happened and if you can explain yourselves who you are I might be able to spare your lives!”

DOCTOR
“Well that’s very decent of you!”

A loud beeping occurs, as Sinroth turns to look at her throne room chair.

SINCLAIR
“My agents! They’re in contact! They have their reports for me! A message through the particles of time!”

Sinroth goes to her throne room chair, as she picks up her temporal communicator.

DOCTOR
“I wouldn’t pick up that communicator of yours if I were you, Sinroth! You might regret it!”

SINCLAIR
(dismissively) “You be silent!”

Sinroth switches her communicator to receive messages. There is a high level of interference as the messages are transmitted telepathically to her.

SINCLAIR
(listens) “Yes! What is your report?”

Sinroth is silent for a while, as she listens.

SINCLAIR
(disturbed) “What?” (Pause) “No! It can’t be!”

Sinclair flicks a switch on her communicator to listen to the next message.

SINCLAIR
(gradually: disturbed) “No! Not you as well! I’ve just heard from my first agent!”

BILLY
(whispers; to Doctor) “Why can’t we hear what she’s hearing?”

DOCTOR
“Oh it’s a telepathic conference, Billy. Devices for communication made by the species of the Roth Cluster are bound to be done through closed thoughts.”

NYSSA
“But what messages is she hearing?”

DOCTOR
(amused) “I think she’s getting the message that her time bombs have just been disabled!”

BILLY
“And we’ve just disabled already!”

DOCTOR
“Quick messaging through the time waves!”

Sinroth is infuriated by the messages she recieves as she howls angrily out loud. She then throws her communicator away before it smashes to pieces on the floor.

SINCLAIR
(shouts; angrily) “Doctor! Would you please explain yourself? I demand it!”

DOCTOR
“Demand? That’s not very hospitable!”

SINCLAIR
(yells) “Tell me what you’ve done!”

DOCTOR
“Done?” (Pause) “It’s quite simple! Your plans have failed! From the moment you saw us come out of the TARDIS and go into it; your plans for getting back home to Macorin have been foiled. We’ve been doing a lot of good day’s work in disposing the bombs you’ve been setting up in different time periods. Earth’s past, present and future are all safely gathered in! There’s nothing more you can do to your plans any further!”

Sinroth hisses and howls with great fury as she charges forward and grabs Nyssa by the arm.

SINCLAIR
(howls) “You girl! You’re mine!”

NYSSA
(cries) “Let me go!”

BILLY
(panics) “Nyssa!”

The Doctor and Billy look on, as they see Sinroth having Nyssa as her hostage.

DOCTOR
“Let her go, Sinroth! There’s nothing you can do!

SINCLAIR
“Ah you’re wrong, Doctor! For I have another plan stacked away deep underground! There is a generator beneath which links to the time conduits for all three time zones that I’ve sent all trains through! All I need to do is draw power up from three time zones to the generator in order to give the power boost I need. Once that’s done, Macorin will be glorified!”

DOCTOR
“There’s no need for this! We can take you home to Macorin by some other way!”

SINCLAIR
(shouts) “I don’t want some other way! I want to return to Macorin in glory with all the power I need for to my people! The brothers of the Macorinroth will be united!”

DOCTOR
“So that’s it! It’s not just a matter of getting home! It’s a matter of giving your home planet the potential of time expediency!”

SINCLAIR
“And now! If you’ll excuse me, Doctor! I shall be heading underground to achieve what you and your friends have failed to prevent me from doing. The collision of time! So don’t try and stop me!”

Sinroth then drags Nyssa away.

NYSSA
(cries) “Let me go! Doctor! Billy! Help me!”

BILLY
“Nyssa!”

SINCLAIR
(calls) “Excellency! Vegrons! Deal with our guests!”

Sinroth takes Nyssa further back into the throne room, with Nyssa struggling to break free. Sinroth getd to a door at the rear end of the room and pushes it back to take Nyssa with her down to the underground. Meanwhile, the Doctor and Billy are surrounded by Vegrons and Domus Clag, who advance towards them whilst hypnotised.

DOMUS CLAG
“You shall be dealt with!”

The Doctor and Billy walk back to the entrance door of the throne room whilst they’re surrounded.

DOCTOR
“Billy! Don’t panic! We’re close to the entrance door now! When I say now we make a run for it back down the tunnels! We’ll head for the transmat centre! Hopefully I should be able to fix it!”

BILLY
(determined) “You go on Doctor! I’ll go and find Nyssa!”

DOCTOR
“Billy, don’t be silly! You can’t get through all these Vegrons to get to her!”

BILLY
(determined) “Really? Watch me!”

DOCTOR
(shouts) “Billy, no!”

Billy manages to make his way through the Vegron, dodging past them with close shaves as he makes for the rear door of the throne room.

DOMUS CLAG
(cries) “Stop him! Stop the boy! He’s heading for the generator room!”

Billy manages to get to the end of the throne room as he pushes his way through the door.

DOCTOR
(shouts) “Billy, come back!”

But Billy has already gone through.

DOMUS CLAG
“Send some of our troops after the boy! Immediately!”

The Vegrons go after Billy, guns armed and ready as they make for the rear door at the end of the throne room.

DOMUS CLAG
“Meanwhile! We will deal with the Doctor! The Doctor will be captured!”

DOCTOR
(casually) “Sorry! Must fly!”

The Doctor pushes the entrance doors of the throne room and runs out as he makes to return to the transmat centre.

DOMUS CLAG
(shouts) “After him! The Doctor must not escape!”

The Vegrons hiss and growl as they led by Clag chase after the Doctor.


SCENE #162 – INT – CAVES, VEGRON BASE – DAY – SUMMER 2163
Meanwhile the Vegrons, chase Billy down a staircase in the caves. They carry guns as they make their way down, before coming to the bottom of the stairs. They look around to find Billy, as they’re led by the Vegron General.

VEGRON GENERAL
“The boy’s nowhere to be seen!” (to troops) “Search all areas! He must be caught before her ladyship sees him! Scatter!”

The troops obey, as they scatter about left and right to look for Billy. Once they’ve gone, Billy get out from hiding underneath the staircase, sighing with relief.

BILLY
(relieved; wryly) “These villains don’t check underneath the stairs, do they?” (Pause) “Now be careful Billy. You may be rescuing Nyssa, but you’ll find danger. Let’s hope Nyssa will be alright when I find her.”

He then goes off to find Nyssa and Sinroth.


SCENE #163 – INT – TRANSMAT CENTRE, VEGRON BASE – DAY – SUMMER 2163
The Doctor meanwhile has been able to find the transmat centre at last. He runs in, out of breath, to find the transmat exactly as he had left it when teleporting the passengers, Adams, Thomas and Percy. Everything is burnt however from the sparks and flares off the control panels.

DOCTOR
(distressed) “Oh dear! What a mess! Let’s see if anything’s working!”

The Doctor goes over to one of the control panels to check it works, coughing as he goes from the smoke. He presses a number of switches on the control panel.

DOCTOR
(focused) “Hmm!” (Pause) “The diametric telekinetic inducers are still functioning! Though there are a lot of phased matter transmitters damaged from the overload! Oh I just hope Adams and the others have managed to get back to Thursdan station safely!” (Pause) “Luckily there is still some residual power in the packs for teleportation. So one more trip for one person should do it! That’s all I need!”

Vegrons then approach, as they come down the corridor chasing after him.

DOCTOR
(worried) “Ah! My lizard hunters are coming!” (Pause) “Now, if I can just set the co-ordinates right!”

The Doctor presses a few buttons on the control panel to enter the coordinates. A few minutes later, the transmat is humming with life.

DOCTOR
“Excellent! Now I just need to get onto the pad and I’m on my way!”

The Doctor presses a button on the control panel, and runs over to steps onto the transmat pad to be teleported away. The Vegrons with Domus Clag then enter.

DOMUS CLAG
“There he is! Stop him!”

DOCTOR
(cheerfully) “Oh! Hello you’re Excellency! Goodbye your Excellency!”

DOMUS CLAG
“Stop him!”

DOCTOR
(warningly) “Oh you might want to stand back a bit, this place is about to explode with another overload!”

DOMUS CLAG
“Stop him!”

There is a glow, as the Doctor gets surrounded by a teleport beam before he disappears. He is taken back to Thursdan station. Once the Doctor’s gone, the control panels explode with fire blazing and panels falling over. The Vegrons are stunned by the explosions, as they including Domus Clag fall to the ground hissing and getting knocked out.


SCENE #164 – EXT – THURSDAN STATION – DAY – SUMMER 2163
At Thursdan station, Adams waits impatiently, pacing back and forth, as he is troubled about the Doctor’s whereabouts. He stands by the steam engine where Thomas and Percy are aboard and getting the engine ready.

ADAMS
(impatiently) “Where is that Doctor? It’s been an hour since he sent us to this place! He must have come after us by now!”

THOMAS
“Maybe he’s coming out of that Vegron underground through another way, Mr. Adams. Or maybe he’s looking for his young friends.”

ADAMS
(irritated) “Well it’s very inconvenient of him to keep us waiting!” (Pause) “How’s the engine, Mr. Thomas?”

THOMAS
“We’ve set it to go, sir!” (to Percy) “Percy? How are we doing with the stove?”

PERCY
“I’ve stocked some more coal on, Thomas! The engine should sound be sweet as we go!”

THOMAS
“Well let’s hope so.” (to Adams) “Anyway? How are we supposed to get back to Huttle at the right time when we have gone through those bumpy wormhole thingamajigs without experiencing a bumpy ride?”

ADAMS
(agitated) “Don’t look at me, man! Does it look like I know all the answers?”

DOCTOR
“No you don’t Mr. Adams! But I do! And I know that the train will experience turbulence going back to Huttle, but at least we’ll get there! Whether it will be in one piece I really don’t know!”

ADAMS
(stunned) “Doctor!”

Adams, Thomas and Percy look to see as the Doctor arrives to meet them.

DOCTOR
“Yes I managed to get here! I’m glad all three of you aren’t decomposed during the transmat process! What about the other passengers? Where are they?”

ADAMS
“They’re alright, Doctor! They’re on the train carriages waiting to take off! I find it hard to imagine that so many passengers would fit into a small train as this! It’s a miracle!”

DOCTOR
“Oh that’s nothing! With my own ship it’s a phenomenon!” (to Thomas; Percy) “How’s the steam engine, gentlemen? Is everything checked and maintained!”

THOMAS
“Brakes okay! Valves okay! Whistle’s okay! All spit and span, we’re ready to go!”

PERCY
“Aye and about time!”

DOCTOR
“Good!”

Moment of silence.

ADAMS
“What about your friends, Doctor? That boy, Billy Walker and Miss Nyssa? Aren’t they with you?”

DOCTOR
(apprehensive) “Ah! Yes! I um…I’ve seem to have misplaced them apparently!”


SCENE #165 – INT – GENERATOR ROOM, VEGRON BASE – DAY – SUMMER 2163
Meanwhile, in the generator room of the Vegron base, Sinroth works at a control panel close to a generator. She enters a number of switches to initiate the absorption of power from the three time zones for her journey back to her home planet. Nyssa watches nearby with a Vegron soldier pointing a gun at her as she is held hostage.

SINCLAIR
(triumphantly) “At last! Time is in my power!”

Sinroth presses more switches, as the generator hums forebodingly and lowly as it begins to generate power.

NYSSA
“You won’t get away with this! The Doctor will sort you out!”

SINCLAIR
“And what are you going to do? Run and bring him back here?” (laughs) “You’ve got the gun to your head, remember? My Vegron solider has his eyes on you so that you can never escape! Try to break out of that one and you will soon be disintegrated!”

NYSSA
“You can’t keep using your hypnosis techniques on these Vegrons and other victims! The synaptic feedback manipulators have small power packs of their own! They won’t last!”

SINCLAIR
“They will serve my purpose!”

NYSSA
“Let these people go! They’ve done you no harm!”

SINCLAIR
“They are money-meddling scoundrels who have done great service to me! The tools of my victory of Macorin! I shall return to my home planet with great wealth in my hands!”

NYSSA
“You can’t stabilise the time energies of the three time zones! The energy is unimaginable!”

SINCLAIR
(coolly) “Fortunately with your help, my interface for the time distortion effect only needs to be connected to this generator which I have already done so, as you can see from the generator powering up with such efficiency!”

The generator hums even louder now as the energy’s about to flow into the power source.

SINCLAIR
“Soon! The Macorinroth will have a new leader! I shall walk on the soil of my home with a new and dignified face!”

Nyssa watches as Sinroth’s generator powers up with tremendous energy. Sinroth laughs triumphantly away.


SCENE #166 – INT – CAVES, VEGRON BASE – DAY – SUMMER 2163
In the caves outside the entrance to the generator room, Billy stands by as he’s found where Nyssa is held captive. He listens in whilst Sinroth is laughing.

BILLY
(to himself) “That alien or whatever Miss Sinclair is lup to no good! And Nyssa’s in there with her” (Pause) “Time for me to rescue her, I think! Let’s hope it’ll be this easy!”

Billy takes out his camera from his pocket as he is about to put it to good use.


SCENE #167 – INT – GENERATOR ROOM,  VEGRON BASE – DAY – SUMMER 2163
Sinroth keeps on laughing, whilst the generator is at full power.

SINCLAIR
(triumphantly) “Ah! The generator’s fully charged! Now we can begin!”

NYSSA
(cries) “Stop this at once, please!”

Nyssa tries to step forward, before the Vegron hisses and raises his gun at her. Billy then enters.

BILLY
(to Vegron soldier) “Hey! You!”

The Vegron grunts dumbfounded, once he sees Billy.

NYSSA
“Billy!”

BILLY
(to Vegron) “Say cheese!”

Billy snaps his camera at the Vegron with the flash on. The Vegron howls and whines as his vision is impaired by the blinding flash-light. Sinroth sees this happening.

SINCLAIR
(infuriated) “You idiot! Shoot the boy! Shoot!”

Shots are fired from the Vegron’s gun.

SINCLAIR
(angrily) “Not me! Don’t shoot at me!”

Nyssa meanwhile runs towards Billy and gives him a hug, relieved to see him.

NYSSA
(relieved) “Billy! Thank goodness you’re here!”

BILLY
“That’s alright! You’re not hurt?”

NYSSA
“No I’m not! Where’s the Doctor?”

BILLY
“He went back to the transmat pad!”

NYSSA
“Then we must follow him!”

BILLY
“Shouldn’t we sort out Miss Sinclair and her machine? If she’s going to destroy the three time zones surely…”

NYSSA
“There isn’t time, Billy! I don’t know how to deal with temporal mechanics as the Doctor does! The Doctor will know what to do! We must get out of here! Do you know the way back to the transmat centre?”

BILLY
“I believe so!”

NYSSA
“Then let’s go! Come on!”

They head out of the generator room and head back to the transmat centre. The Vegron soldier soon regains his sight and is about to chase after Nyssa and Billy before Sinroth stops him.

SINCLAIR
“Stop you! Don’t bother going after them! They can do nothing to harm me!”

Sinclair then looks to the generator.

SINCLAIR
“Once this generator is powering up with the energy I need, I shall be able to enter into that chamber next to it! The chamber that will take me home! The capsule that once brought me to this miserable planet shall reunite me with my glorious brothers and sisters! My name shall at last be in the history books!”

Sinroth laughs triumphantly, whilst the generator sparks off with overflowing time energy. The preparations for her journey are nearly complete.


SCENE #168 – EXT – THURSDAN STATION – DAY – SUMMER 2163
Back at Thursdan station with the train express, the Doctor and Adams argue with each other.

ADAMS
“I insist you come with us back to Huttle, Doctor! We can’t afford to lose a man like yourself to be stuck here in a time and place that is unfamiliar to you!”

DOCTOR
“Oh don’t worry Mr. Adams! I’m very familiar with this time and place! I even caused an alien occupation to end with a little help! But I must go back and find Nyssa and Billy! They maybe in trouble!”

ADAMS
“If you ask me, that boy was so rash in going off after that girl and rescuing her! He should know better! He should know his place to come back here so that we can be all on our way on the train!”

DOCTOR
“Think what you will Mr. Adams, for I believe Billy did a commendable service in going after Nyssa to rescue her! Even though it was very foolish!” (anxiously) “I must go and find them! You, Thomas and Percy take the train back to Huttle through the wormholes!”

THOMAS
“But how are you going to get back to Huttle, Doctor?”

PERCY
“Yeah! What if we can’t get back for you?”

DOCTOR
(reassuringly) “Well don’t worry! I’ll find a way around that!”

ADAMS
(challengingly) “Oh yeah? What do you plan to do then?”

DOCTOR
“I don’t know yet!”

ADAMS
“Ah see! You don’t know how you’re going to get back to Huttle once you’ve rescued your friends! I say you come back with us!”

DOCTOR
“I can’t leave Nyssa and Billy by themselves here in 2163! They’ll find it dangerous being here in this time period!”

NYSSA
(coolly) “You don’t need to worry about that Doctor! We already were able to find a way back here!”

The Doctor, Adams, Thomas and Percy are astonished once they see Nyssa and Billy before them.

DOCTOR
“Nyssa! Billy! I’m glad you see you two! How did you manage to get here?”

BILLY
“Through the transmat!”

DOCTOR
“What?”

NYSSA
“There was still a little power left in the residual field of the variance of matter transfer in the transmat data files. Luckily Billy and I were able to use it in order for us to get here before the Vegrons caught up with us!”

DOCTOR
“Well I’m glad you two are still in one piece!”

ADAMS
“So can we go back home now, Doctor? I’m sick and tired of this place…”

DOCTOR
(interrupts) “Hang on a minute, Mr. Adams!” (to Nyssa) “Nyssa, what about Sinroth? Is she still working at her generator?”

NYSSA
“Yes. And it seems she’s managed to succeed! She’s generating a tremendous amount of power as we speak for her to make her journey home!”

BILLY
“It was like Frankenstein’s laboratory to me!”

NYSSA
“I thought you Doctor might have a plan on how to stop Sinroth!”

DOCTOR
“As a matter of fact I have Nyssa!”

NYSSA
“I knew you would!”

DOCTOR
(pleased) “Oh thank you Nyssa! I’m so pleased you have confidence in me!”

NYSSA
“My pleasure, Doctor.”

BILLY
(intrigued) “So, what’s this plan you have in mind Doctor?”

DOCTOR
“You’ll see, Billy!” (to train drivers) “Mr. Thomas! Mr. Percy! Would you mind if I joined you in your train cab?”

THOMAS
“By all means, Doctor!”

PERCY
(invigorated) “I’m looking forward to seeing what you’ve got in mind to beat the bad guys!”

DOCTOR
“Splendid!”

BILLY
“Can I come up there in the steam engine cab with you Doctor?”

ADAMS
(agitated) “This isn’t a joy-ride you know, boy!”

DOCTOR
“Yes of course Billy. You can.” (to Nyssa) “Nyssa?”

NYSSA
“Oh you’re not leaving me behind to ride in the steam engine, Doctor.”

DOCTOR
(thrilled) “Excellent!” (to Adams) “You can join us too as well, Adams?”

ADAMS
“But what are you going to do, Doctor?”

DOCTOR
“Oh I thought that would have been obvious to you, Adams?”

ADAMS
“Obvious?”

DOCTOR
“Yes!” (Pause) “We’re going back to Huttle, nineteen sixty-three! Back home! All aboard!”

The Doctor makes his way up to the steam engine cab to join Thomas and Percy. Nyssa and Billy also join him, whilst Adams watches them go in.


  © Tim Bradley, 2016

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3 thoughts on “‘The Railway of Time’, Part Four, Chapter 15

  1. Timelord007

    Brilliant chapter, i was on the edge of my seat reading about the Doctor & how he was going to stop the bomb exploding, while Billy is showing courage & bravery & is such a likeable character while poor ole Nyssa is kidnapped via temporarily again.

    I’m looking forward to reading the last chapter but kinda sad as i loved this story Tim, you have written a brilliant dramatic story that has kept me sane from the recent family dramas.

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    1. Tim Bradley Post author

      Thanks Timelord Simon.

      I’m glad you enjoyed this chapter and the tension going on between the Doctor, Nyssa and Billy. I’m glad you liked it with the Doctor stopping the bomb exploding and Billy being brave to save Nyssa. Well I wanted to have Billy rescuing Nyssa in the story and at least she copes well with getting kidnapped again.

      I’m glad you’ve enjoyed reading this story, Simon. I hope you’ll get to enjoy ‘The Space Hotel’ and ‘Doom of the Daleks’ after you finish ‘The Railway of Time’.

      Thanks. Tim. 🙂

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