‘The Railway of Time’, Part One, Chapter 2

The Doctor (Peter Davison)

2. At the Railway Station

SCENE #10 – EXT – HUTTLE VILLAGE – DAY – SPRING 1963
In the quiet village of Huttle everything seems to be calm and peaceful for a while. Eventually, the TARDIS materialises in the form of a blue police telephone box. It whooshes loudly before making a loud thump as it lands. Everything is quiet again, with the exception of birds tweeting away and a few trains chugging in the background.


SCENE #11 – INT – TARDIS CONSOLE ROOM – N/A
Inside the TARDIS, the scanner screen is activated as the Doctor and Nyssa look to see what’s outside.

NYSSA
“Where has the TARDIS landed then? And when?”

DOCTOR
(amazed) “I don’t believe it!”

NYSSA
“What?”

DOCTOR
“A railway station!”

NYSSA
“A railway station?”

DOCTOR
“There! Can you see it up there on that hill, Nyssa? The railway station”

NYSSA
“Oh yes! I see it now. It’s about half a mile away from where we are.”

DOCTOR
“Of course! That chugging and whistling we heard in the TARDIS echoing in the time vortex must have originated from this time-space location. Must have happened or is going to happen as we investigate the temporal anomaly. I should have guessed.”

NYSSA
(wearily) “This is Earth after all.” (checks TARDIS instruments) “We’ve arrived in Huttle, somewhere in the heart of Worcestershire in England. And the year according to the chronometers is 1963. Not sure what the exact date is.”

The Doctor looks over Nyssa to checking the TARDIS instruments as well.

DOCTOR
“Oh properly somewhere in the spring-time I expect. It’s rather cloudy outside, but it isn’t raining. And I can see blossom on the trees nearby.”

NYSSA
“I wonder why the temporal anomaly would be directed to this time period and this place. A train station is unlikely to be involved in a time-related disturbance such as this.”

DOCTOR
“Nevertheless, the train station is the only clue we have at the moment, Nyssa! So we’d better have a look outside and see what it’s all about!”

The Doctor pulls the door lever on the console and the interior doors open inwards electronically. The Doctor makes to go outside before Nyssa stops him.

NYSSA
“Doctor, wait! Shouldn’t you check to see that it’s safe? That the radiation levels are normal, as you usually check them.”

DOCTOR
“No need, Nyssa. England in this time period of nineteen sixty-three is the safest place in the universe as far as I know. Nothing can go wrong whilst we’re out there.”

NYSSA
“You can’t be sure of that.”

The Doctor ignores Nyssa’s remark and returns to head for the exit, before stopping again.

DOCTOR
“Nyssa, do you want to change into something different before going outside? Your Traken outfit’s lovely and I’m sure it’ll blend in beautifully for this time period. But don’t you get tired of wearing it? You have been wearing it a lot recently.”

NYSSA
“I suppose I could do with a change. I’ll go and have a look in the TARDIS wardrobe to see if I can something suitable and different to wear before going outside.”

Nyssa goes off in the other direction, heading out of the console room, opening and closing the door, into a corridor to the TARDIS wardrobe.

DOCTOR
(calls) “I’ll wait for you outside. Take your time.”

NYSSA
(calls back; from a distance) “I won’t be long, Doctor. I’ll be with you outside as soon as I can!”

As soon as Nyssa’s gone, the Doctor pockets a gadget from underneath the TARDIS console. He then heads off out of the TARDIS.


SCENE #12 – EXT – HUTTLE VILLAGE – DAY – SPRING 1963
The Doctor waits patiently outside the TARDIS, admiring the scenery. Birds tweet away and fly by as well a train whistling in the distance. Eventually, the TARDIS door opens and Nyssa steps out in her new attire.

NYSSA
(apologetic) “Sorry for being long, Doctor.”

Nyssa then shows off her new outfit.

NYSSA
“Well, what do you think?”

DOCTOR
“Oh Nyssa, you look absolutely splendid!”

NYSSA
“Really?!”

DOCTOR
“Oh yes! You’re blending in well to this period. Your blue dress matches well with the TARDIS here. I just hope passers-by won’t mistake my ship for a real police box, even though we’re out of London’s reach. I’ve put an ‘out of order’ sign on the door just in case.”

NYSSA
(gradually) “I made sure the dress is a replica of what people used to wear in 1963,”

DOCTOR
“Of course.”

NYSSA
“These shoes are a little bit impractical for my taste.”

DOCTOR
“Well, I’m no fashion expert, but you do look splendid, Nyssa.”

NYSSA
“Thank you Doctor.” (curious) “What’s that you’re holding in your hands, Doctor? Did you pick that up on your way out of the TARDIS whilst I was gone?

DOCTOR
“I’ll explain on the way, Nyssa. Now I think we should make our way to that railway station up on that hill, shouldn’t we?”

NYSSA
(happily) “I’m fine with that, Doctor. “Lead the way.”

The Doctor and Nyssa walk on as they make their way for the railway station.


SCENE #13 – INT – POST OFFICE, HUTTLE VILLAGE – DAY – SPRING 1963
In the post office of Huttle Village, Mrs. Greenford sorts out stamps. A few seconds later, the front door opens with the doorbell ringing as Billy Walker enters.

MRS GREENFORD
(cheerfully) “Oh! Hello Billy!”

BILLY
(cheerfully) “Hello Mrs. Greenford. Cloudy today isn’t it.”

MRS GREENFORD
“Oh yes it is. It’s a good thing it isn’t raining outside! I think we could do with more sunny days around here.”

BILLY
“Yes indeed.”

Billy takes out a postcard from inside his jacket. He places the postcard on top of the counter where Mrs Greenford sat behind.

BILLY
“I’ve got a postcard to send to my parents back home in Cardiff. Would you please send it on for me?”

MRS GREENFORD
“Of course, my dear. That’ll be one and three for a stamp.”

BILLY
“Yes of course.”

Billy takes out and passes the correct amount of money to Mrs Greenford to pay for the stamp. Mrs Greenford takes the money and sets about putting the stamp onto Billy’s postcard.

BILLY
“Thank you, Mrs Greenford. I really appreciate it.”

MRS GREENFORD
“That’s alright, dear. Have you heard much from your parents lately?”

BILLY
“No, not really, I hope I’ll be seeing them later on in the year at Easter.”

Mrs Greenford presses the stamp onto Billy’s postcard.

MRS GREENFORD
“That’s a new camera you’ve got there isn’t it?”

BILLY
“Yes it is. It’s a new Leica camera.”

Billy holds the camera up for Mrs Greenford to see.

MRS GREENFORD
“Well it’s very nice, that is.” (Pause) “Anyway, there you are Billy. Your postcard is stamped and ready for delivery. I’ll have Ben deliver it to the sorting office to be sent to Cardiff.”

Mrs Greenford shows the stamped postcard for Billy to see.

BILLY
“You’re very kind. Thanks again, Mrs Greenford.”

Billy then makes his way out of the post office, adjusting the Leica camera strapped around his neck as he goes.

MRS GREENFORD
“What sort of pictures are you taking today then?”

BILLY
“Oh, just photos of the countryside. I’m catching the eleven thirty train today. I hope I’ll get some good shots with my camera via that technique.”

MRS GREENFORD
(disturbed) “Train? Did you say ‘train’, Billy dear?”

BILLY
(bemused) “Yes, Mrs Greenford. I’m taking the train from Huttle station at eleven thirty today. Is something the matter?”

MRS GREENFORD
(perturbed) “Well, are you sure you want to go on a train to take pictures? You’ve heard what’s been said in the newspapers and on the wireless recently. Trains are strangely disappearing on the way from Huttle station. Are you sure you want to take the risk?”

BILLY
(reassuringly) “Don’t worry, Mrs Greenford. I’m hoping those train disappearances are just rumours. I shouldn’t worry about it if I were you.”

MRS GREENFORD
(anxious) “Well…do be careful out there, Billy. Look after yourself, won’t you.”

BILLY
“I will. Thank you and…see you later.”

Billy waves as he opens the front door and heads out of the post office. Mrs Greenford watches as Billy goes and sat back in her chair behind the counter.

MRS GREENFORD
(quietly; troubled) “Oh I hope so. I do hope they’re just rumours.”


SCENE #14 – EXT – ENTRANCE TO HUTTLE STATION – DAY – SPRING 1963
Meanwhile, the Doctor and Nyssa walk up the path as they make their way to the entrance of Huttle Station.

DOCTOR
“Here we are! A fine railway station in the countryside. What could be better?”

NYSSA
“I still think this method of transportation is very silly, Doctor.”

DOCTOR
“Why? These train services were needed for people to travel from place to place to different parts of the world. What’s so different from this sort of transport to the space fleets that travel from planet to planet?”

NYSSA
“I suppose that’s a fair argument.” (Pause) “How long did these train services last?”

DOCTOR
“Oh the steam locomotives have been around since the late nineteenth century. It was around the early sixties that steam railways got into trouble!”

NYSSA
“Why, what happened?”

DOCTOR
“Oh, a man named Dr. Richard Beeching interfered with the local transport. He was trying to shut many railway stations down. Not many people around this time were using these services, you see. Times were changing. Cars were becoming economically efficient. Power and electricity were taking over. There wasn’t much use for steam and coal.”

NYSSA
“Did that end the usage of railways?”

DOCTOR
“Oh no. New railways were built. For more electrically-powered trains. Though being a bit nostalgic I feel that these old-fashioned trains were the best. They were the height of state-of-the-art transport during the early twentieth century.”

NYSSA
“I don’t see why. They’re rather primitive. The technology’s crude too.”

DOCTOR
“When you’ve been travelling in time and space as long as I have Nyssa, you begin to appreciate some of the classical icons of Earth’s past. These trains have a cosy feeling. You could ride, sit and watch a tranquil countryside scene in a train carriage without any worries.”

NYSSA
“And catch the foul fumes coming from the engine? Including the smoke and pollution?”

DOCTOR
(gradually) “There is that.” (Pause) “But there’s no denying its romantic virtue!”

NYSSA
(intrigued) “Hmm? Well I wouldn’t mind having a ride in these trains and see for myself what it’s like to ride on one of these trains.”

DOCTOR
(matter-of-factually) “Perhaps we will, Nyssa. Perhaps we will.” (Pause) “Come on! The doors are open! Let’s see if there’s anyone in the booking office.”


SCENE #15 – INT – HALL, HUTTLE STATION – DAY – SPRING 1963
The Doctor and Nyssa enter the main hallway of the train station.

NYSSA
“There doesn’t seem to be anybody here. Perhaps we’re too early.”

DOCTOR
(looks around) “Aha! I believe this might be the booking office over here!”

The Doctor makes his way over to the booking office and makes a few knocks on the panel.

DOCTOR
“Hello? Anybody in there?”

No response.

NYSSA
“What time do they usually open the booking office?”

DOCTOR
“Hmm? Uh no idea!”

NYSSA
“I still can’t see why the temporal anomaly would attract so much attention to this place.”

DOCTOR
“Have you brought that frequency modulator with you?”

NYSSA
“Um…yes. It’s in my pocket.”

DOCTOR
“Excellent.”

Nyssa is heard taking the frequency modulator out in her hands from her pockets.

NYSSA
“Switching it on…now!”

The modulator is activated and small occasional bleeps are heard, as Nyssa uses it to scan the area for any traces of the temporal anomaly. This lasts for eight seconds.

DOCTOR
“Well Nyssa?”

Nyssa still keeps on scanning.

NYSSA
“I’m not getting much. There are a few hints of dampened slices of tacton radiation but that may just be from the crusts of the time disturbance.”

Nyssa carries on using the scanner for a little while.

NYSSA
(gradually) “It’s no good Doctor. I can’t trace for the core of the anomaly like this.”

DOCTOR
“Well, try outside. I’ll see if I can find anybody else around the station. Let me know when you’ve got something.”

NYSSA
“Yes Doctor.”

The Doctor and Nyssa separate, as the Doctor looks around the interior of the station for somebody.

DOCTOR
(calls) “Hello? Anybody about? Hello?”


SCENE #16 – EXT – ENTRANCE TO HUTTLE STATION – DAY – SPRING 1963
Whilst the Doctor calls from inside the station, Nyssa goes outside and uses the frequency modulator to get a better reading for the temporal anomaly’s source. The bleeps from the device are slow, indicating that the source of the anomaly is not imminent. Nyssa shakes the device to get a better frequency. Still has nothing.

NYSSA
(frustrated) “Still not getting anything.”

Somebody then walks around the corner and bumps into Nyssa. She staggers, giving a startled cry and drops the frequency modulator to the ground. The other person who happens to be Billy is also startled as he drops his Leica camera to the ground too. Nyssa and Billy become a little embarrassed and baffled afterwards.

BILLY
(concerned) “Are you alright?”

NYSSA
(startled) “I’m fine.”

BILLY
“Sorry about that.”

Nyssa and Billy are heard picking up each of the items from the ground. Billy makes to hand the frequency modulator back to Nyssa.

BILLY
“Here you are! I believe this is yours.”

Nyssa takes her device from Billy as she also hands back his camera to which he takes from her.

NYSSA
“Thank you. And I suppose that’s yours.”

BILLY
“Yes. Though I don’t know if it’s broken.” (slightly annoyed) “Cost me quite a fortune that. And it’s brand new.” (Pause) “Still I should be able to fix it even if it is broken.”

NYSSA
“I’m quite relieved to hear it. I’m not sure this frequency modulator is going to be of much use now. These things are irreplaceable.”

BILLY
“Hey I haven’t seen anything like that! Is that some kind of…I don’t know…a new kind of telephone?”

NYSSA
(slightly amused) “Hardly.”

BILLY
“Hello. My name’s Billy. Billy Walker.”

NYSSA
“Nice to meet you Billy.”

BILLY
“Thank you. Sorry I bumped into you like that. I was so focused on my camera to see where I was going.”

NYSSA
“That’s alright.” (jokingly) “I actually find it rather nice bumping into somebody who has little appreciation of what’s ahead of him.”

BILLY
(laughs nervously) “And what’s your name. If you don’t mind me asking?”

Before Nyssa answers, the Doctor comes out of the station.

DOCTOR
“Nyssa? Can’t find anyone about in there! Have you managed to find anything on that frequency modulator of yours…”

NYSSA
“No Doctor, I…”

DOCTOR
“Why not? And who’s this?”

NYSSA
“This is…”

DOCTOR
(to Billy) “Are you trying to cause trouble with my friend here, young man?”

BILLY
“I’m sorry?”

DOCTOR
“Because if you are…”

NYSSA
(raises her voice) “Please, Doctor! Billy and I just accidentally bumped into each other. No harm’s been done.”

DOCTOR
“What’s happened to the frequency….?”

NYSSA
“I dropped the modulator when I…”

DOCTOR
(shocked) “You dropped it! Nyssa, do you realise how irreplaceable those devices are?”

NYSSA
“Yes Doctor. But I was…”

DOCTOR
“I’ve only got two of those left in the TARDIS and I can’t get anymore unless you wish me to risk a return journey back to Gallifrey!”

BILLY
(interrupts) “Excuse me? Forgive me for interrupting, but who are you?”

Silence for a moment.

DOCTOR
(cheerfully) “Oh I do beg your pardon! How do you do? I’m the Doctor! Nice to meet you!”

The Doctor shakes Billy by the hand.

BILLY
“Did you say…’Doctor’?”

DOCTOR
(uneasily) “Err…yes I did say ‘Doctor’. And if you’re going to say what I think you’re going to say, the answer is no!”

BILLY
“No?”

DOCTOR
“No! I’m not that sort of Doctor!”

Silence.

BILLY
“Right.” (to Nyssa) “And you’re Nyssa.”

NYSSA
“I am.”

BILLY
(gradually) “That’s a nice name. Hello Nyssa.”

NYSSA
(touched) “Thank you.”

Silence.

DOCTOR
“And its Billy isn’t it?”

BILLY
“That’s right! Billy Walker.”

DOCTOR
“Ah!”

BILLY
“Are you two catching the eleven thirty train?”

DOCTOR
(hesitant) “Err…yes! Yes we are catching the eleven thirty! Aren’t we Nyssa?”

NYSSA
(agreeing) “Oh! Yes! Definitely!”

BILLY
“Great! Well…that is to say I’m catching the eleven thirty too!” (Pause) “Though…I don’t wish to sound like Mrs. Greenford, but…”

DOCTOR
“Who?”

BILLY
“Mrs. Greenford. She’s the lady who works at the Huttle post office! Nice lady actually! I’ve just seen her a minute ago whilst I was posting a letter to my parents.”

DOCTOR
“Well that’s very…”

BILLY
(continues) “I sometimes wonder how she copes with not having much to do with so few people coming in and out of the post office from time to time. Villages aren’t towns, you know. But I suppose getting newspapers during the day is a constant activity for people working at a post office to attend to. It is important to know what’s going on in the world isn’t it…?”

DOCTOR
(politely interrupts) “Uh yes! Quite. But you were saying that you didn’t wish to sound like Mrs. Greenford?”

BILLY
“Oh yes! Well…she was just giving me some advice on not going on the train today.”

NYSSA
“Why would she not want you to go on the train?”

BILLY
“Well haven’t you heard?”

DOCTOR
(concerned) “What?”

BILLY
“Trains are disappearing! Disappearing out of nowhere! Like last night.”

DOCTOR
“Why what happened last night?”

BILLY
“Well there was a 6:30 train on its way from Huttle to Kelton station last night. According to the newspapers the train never arrived! I mean it left Huttle station. But it wasn’t seen at Kelton.”

NYSSA
“Perhaps the train had an accident. Because of a malfunction with the engine’s operating systems.”

BILLY
“No. That’s the puzzling thing. There was no indication of damage or wreckage anywhere. Not even found on the rail lines. It’s as if the train vanished into thin air!” (Pause) “Makes you think, doesn’t it?”

DOCTOR
“It does, indeed.”

BILLY
(gradually) “And it’s not just that train! There have been six disappearances of trains in the past number of weeks. And no-one can fathom out what’s causing these disappearances!”

NYSSA
“Why keep the trains going if this mystery’s about? Wouldn’t it be better to stop the trains functioning in order to avoid trouble?”

BILLY
“And let that Beeching bloke get his chance to shut Huttle station down?” (chuckles) “I don’t think Mr. Jeffries would allow it!”

DOCTOR
“Mr. Jeffries?”

BILLY
“Oh he’s the station master. Prim bloke with grey hair. Quite quirky. Always has a sinister look about him. Like he’s up to no good.”

NYSSA
“That’s just being silly, Billy.”

BILLY
“Maybe. But there’s something odd about him that I can’t really put my finger on. I know it’s there, but I just can’t see it.”

Silence.

BILLY
(surprised) “Ah there’s Mr. Adams!”

NYSSA
“Mr. Adams?”

BILLY
“Yes. He’s the chairman of the village council at Huttle! (calls to Mr. Adams) “Good morning Mr. Adams!”

ADAMS
(grumpily) “Good? What’s good about it, boy?”

Mr. Adams carries walking on, ignoring the Doctor, Nyssa and Billy as he makes his way to the station.

BILLY
(concerned) “Well, I wonder what’s bitten him.”

NYSSA
“Is he always like that?”

BILLY
“Not always.”

DOCTOR
(interrupts) “Uh, Billy. Where is Mr. Jeffries the station master?”

BILLY
“Mr. Jeffries? Oh he should be in his office. Maybe that’s where Mr. Adams is heading to see him. And why he’s in a bad mood.”

DOCTOR
“I see.”

Silence.

BILLY
“Well…I’m going to the refreshment room inside while I wait for that train. Should be here in…Um…” (looks at his watch) “…thirty minutes. Um, shall we meet again?”

DOCTOR
(cheerfully) “We may. You never know.”

BILLY
“Well…see you!”

Billy makes his way to the refreshment room, leaving the Doctor and Nyssa pondering on what to do next.

NYSSA
“Doctor. This doesn’t get us anywhere with finding that temporal anomaly. If we don’t find the source of it….”

DOCTOR
“…for all we know time might be split open.” (reassuringly) “I haven’t forgotten, Nyssa!”

NYSSA
“But what are we to do?”

DOCTOR
(thinks) “I think you should join Billy in the refreshment room. Find out what more he knows about these train disappearances.”

NYSSA
“Doctor? Do you think there’s a connection between the train disappearances and the temporal anomaly?”

DOCTOR
“Possibly. It’s best to make sure.”

NYSSA
“What are you going to do, Doctor?”

DOCTOR
(slightly cunning) “I think I’ll visit Mr. Jeffries the station master in his office as well and find out what he’s up to.”

NYSSA
“You might not get much out of him.”

DOCTOR
“Maybe not. But it’s best to let him know that I’m here and see who he’s messing with!”

NYSSA
“Alright Doctor. You be careful.”

DOCTOR
“You too, Nyssa.”

The Doctor and Nyssa make their way back into the train station to set about their tasks.


SCENE #17 – INT – STATION MASTER’S OFFICE, HUTTLE STATION – DAY – SPRING 1963
In the station master’s office, Adams confronts Jeffries as he protests in a state whilst Jeffries is unconcerned.

ADAMS
“These accidents have been occurring frequently for the past number of weeks, Mr. Jeffries. If you can’t take them seriously, then I’ll just have to find someone else who can!”

JEFFRIES
“Such as?”

ADAMS
“Someone from the village council! Or someone at Railway Head Office!”

JEFFRIES
“Do what you like, Mr. Adams. But believe me it won’t make any difference. I’m certain that Mr. Palmston at Head Office would agree with me to keep these train services going!”

ADAMS
(angrily) “Mr. Jeffries, you’re such an impenitent self-righteous pompous oik! How is it you can sit there looking all so la-de-da about the whole thing when in the next few hours a train will be disappearing like melting ice cream?”

There is then a loud knock at the door. Jeffries sounds a little frustrated.

JEFFRIES
“Come in?”

The door opens as the Doctor walks in.

DOCTOR
“Good morning, gentlemen. I do hope I’m not interrupting anything?”

ADAMS
(gradually) “Who is this young man, Jeffries?”

The Doctor shuts the door behind him.

DOCTOR
(cheerfully) “Oh how do you do? I’m the Doctor.”

ADAMS
“Doctor?”

The Doctor walks up to Adams and shakes him by the hand.

DOCTOR
(to Adams) “And you must be Mr. Adams!”

ADAMS
“Well yes, but I…”

DOCTOR
(to Jeffries) “And you must be Mr. Jeffries, the station master. Right?”

JEFFRIES
(calmly) “That’s correct.”

ADAMS
(annoyed) “Just who are you, sir? And why are you dressed up for cricket? The match is not until Saturday.”

DOCTOR
(excited) “Really? Is there really a cricket match on Saturday?”

JEFFRIES
“Why else would you be dressed up for such an event?”

DOCTOR
(excited) “Oh that gives me a chance to practice my bowling and my over’s against the wicket!”

ADAMS
“Now see here young man, I…”

DOCTOR
(seriously) “Now can someone please tell me what all these train disappearances are all about?”

Jeffries and Adams become baffled once the question has been set to them by the Doctor.


SCENE #18 – INT – REFRESHMENT ROOM, HUTTLE STATION – DAY – SPRING 1963
Meanwhile in the refreshment room, Billy is at the refreshment counter  getting his order from Debbie, the refreshment lady at the bar.

DEBBIE
“So that’s one cup of tea – no sugar, just milk – and one bacon roll.”

BILLY
“That’s right, Debbie.”

DEBBIE
“Alright. If you just take a seat Billy and I’ll bring it to you.”

BILLY
“Thank you.”

Billy goes to find a place to sit, before he bumps into Nyssa again who’s just come in. Both are quite startled.

BILLY
“Oh. Nyssa.”

NYSSA
“Sorry.”

BILLY
“No it’s me. I’ve done it again. Not looking where I should be going.”

NYSSA
(matter of factually) “Oh I daresay your directional vision needs psychological improvement. At least you’re admitting you’re not looking where you’re going.”

BILLY
(chuckles) “Let me know when I’m improving.”

NYSSA
(lightheartedly) “I’ll try to.”

Silence.

BILLY
“So where’s your friend? The Doctor?”

NYSSA
“He’s…gone to see someone.”

BILLY
“Oh! Well I think it’s a bit mean. Him leaving you in the presence of some stranger. Particularly if he happens to be clumsy.”

NYSSA
“Oh I do think you’re exaggerating, Billy!” (Silence) “And what is a ‘stranger’ like you up to?”

BILLY
“Oh I’ve just ordered a cup of tea and a bacon roll. Err…would you care to join me?”

Nyssa thinks for a moment.

NYSSA
“Yes. I’d like that.” (Pause) “To join you I mean.”

BILLY
(casually) “Then please do, Miss Nyssa?”

Billy and Nyssa are heard taking a seat as they both sit down at a table.

BILLY
“Um…That’s a nice dress you’re wearing, Nyssa! It really suits you.”

NYSSA
(shyly) “Thank you.”

BILLY
(gradually) “Would you like something from the buffet?”


SCENE #19 – INT – STATION MASTER’S OFFICE, HUTTLE STATION – DAY – SPRING 1963
Back in the station master’s office, the Doctor still talks to Jeffries whilst Adams observes.

JEFFRIES
“You seem to be very insistent on making demands, Doctor! How can you make such a demand as you are making when I hardly even know you! Where are your credentials?”

DOCTOR
“Don’t have them! Never needed any!”

JEFFRIES
(slyly) “Fortunate man, I see.”

DOCTOR
“But surely you get my message, station master. Something is very wrong!”

JEFFRIES
(chuckles) “Wrong?”

DOCTOR
“Yes! Something is very, very wrong!”

JEFFRIES
“How do you mean ‘wrong’?”

DOCTOR
(determined) “Wrong! As in wrong!” (Pause) “Wrong as in the frequent occurrences of these events!”

JEFFRIES
(gradually) “First Mr. Adams. And now you, sir. Is it really something to worry about a number of trains disappearing? People are regarding it as a normal situation. Surely you’ve read the papers about what’s been going on lately.”

DOCTOR
“Oh I know the current situation with steam railways at this moment in time! But ‘trains disappearing literally’ are not what I call a proper linear course of events.”

JEFFRIES
(chuckles) “Are you saying, sir, that trains disappearing as reported in the newspapers are not supposed to happen at all? That they’re not supposed to be a part of history.”

DOCTOR
(seriously) “Yes! Every part of my being says that this should not be happening. And it shouldn’t because I should know.”

JEFFRIES
(gradually) “You know, Doctor. Sometimes I wonder if you really know what you’re saying, or whether you’re sounding just like some deranged man! I wonder what your qualifications are.”

DOCTOR
“Mr. Jeffries! I strongly recommend you call off this train service at eleven thirty until a further investigation is made.”

JEFFRIES
“I’m sorry, Doctor. But my decision stands! I’m going to see to it that I get on that train and see to it that it gets to Kelton.” (Pause) “Now if you excuse me, gentlemen! I’ve got a train to catch! Good day to you!”

Jeffries makes his way out of his office, as he opens and closes the door behind him. The Doctor and Adams are left alone in the office, pondering on what Jeffries has already decided.

ADAMS
“Well I don’t know whether you’re a man who has sense or not! It seems to me you’re the latter. But I’m pleased someone agrees with me to stop this train.”

DOCTOR
“It seems like there’s nothing we can do about it! Let’s just hope for the best!”

ADAMS
“Best? What ‘best’ is there? I’ve just seen a man seconds ago who is so blind to reason and common sense.”

DOCTOR
(gradually) “You’re the chairman of the village council here, aren’t you?”

ADAMS
“That’s right! And in all my years as a chairman I have never had any of my protests un-noted before! Every station master I’ve known has taken my concerns seriously. But would Mr. Jeffries? (murmurs bitterly) “Fat chance!”

DOCTOR
“How long has Mr. Jeffries been the station master, Mr. Adams?”

ADAMS
“Oh not long. He’s only had this post for a few weeks!”

DOCTOR
“A few weeks?”

ADAMS
“Yes.”

DOCTOR
“What happened to the station master before Jeffries?”

ADAMS
“Hutton? Why do you ask?”

DOCTOR
“Just curious.”

ADAMS
(gradually) “Hutton had been station master for five years. Don’t really know what happened to him. Last seen disappearing out of Huttle village for no apparent reason. Never to be seen again. Then Jeffries took over. The thing about Hutton was he was always so careful and cautious. Never took any risks. When Jeffries came, all of that changed!”

DOCTOR
“Interesting!”

The Doctor ponders anxiously as the events ahead appear grim.


  © Tim Bradley, 2016

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7 thoughts on “‘The Railway of Time’, Part One, Chapter 2

  1. timelord007

    Brilliant, utter brilliance, you character Billy Walker (yourself) blends in effortlessly with the Doctor & Nyssa as you written some excellent dialogue scenes upon your first meeting.

    This is truly a excellent story & one I’m enjoying reading especially as I’m suffering from insomnia at the moment so this story is a relaxing page turner.

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    1. Tim Bradley Post author

      Thanks Simon. Sorry to hear you’re suffering at the moment, but I’m pleased my story is keeping you entertained.

      Yes Billy is based on me, although I guess BF would cast another actor to play the part with Peter and Sarah should this be made as an audio. It would be nice to work with Peter and Sarah though in the recording booths should this be made as a BF audio.

      I’m glad you like Billy’s first meeting with the Doctor and Nyssa. It feels a little scary that I wrote those scenes back in 2010 when I did this story.

      Hope you continue to enjoy more from this story. Thanks. Tim. 🙂

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  2. timelord007

    Blimey, 2010? This is a great story, you set the tone & setting well by establishing the characters & were the story is heading.

    Only you can play Billy, have it written into your contract, i shall read the next chapter later.

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  3. darrowby85

    “Nothing can go wrong whilst we’re out there.” Oh Doctor, do you *never* learn? The fact that there are 14 more chapters of this story strongly suggests that the Doctor is mistaken here…!

    I liked the way you had Nyssa change into an era-appropriate costume – one of the things that was a little annoying about 80s Doctor Who was that everyone would unrealistically wear exactly the same costume every week so I’m now very happily imagining Nyssa in a nice 1960s-style TARDIS-blue dress. (Costumes for radio plays are a lot easier, right?) I also liked that the Doctor has “never needed any credentials” and that the two people he is talking to, both the sinister-seeming one and the benign-seeming one, think he is deranged. Typical Fifth Doctor stuff, there – nobody seems to take him seriously until things reach crisis point!

    The introduction of Billy and his meeting with Nyssa and the Doctor was nicely done. He seems to be developing a good rapport with Nyssa. I hope his camera is not broken if that’s what he’s using to make his living. Maybe he should invest in a neck strap? 🙂

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    1. Tim Bradley Post author

      Hi Vicky.

      Very pleased you enjoyed that where the Doctor said “Nothing can go wrong.” The Doctor’s bound to always say that on any adventure he goes on. It’s like he’s on default whenever the TARDIS lands somewhere and he says nothing can go wrong. 😀

      I’m pleased you like how I gave Nyssa a change of clothes in this story. Yeah I suppose I was thinking on the same lines in that the Doctor’s companions in the Peter Davison era always wore the same costume every story they were in and never changed out of it. Nyssa is a good example. As much as I like her Traken costume in ‘Doctor Who’, I was pleased she had changes in her costume in the last three stories she did. Therefore, I thought it’d be nice of me to have Nyssa change into something appropriate for the 1960s and something blue when she and the Doctor went outside. I’m not sure I had Nyssa change her costumes a lot in my ‘Doctor Who’ stories, but it’s open to interpretation as you read them.

      I’m glad you like the way I’ve written the Fifth Doctor and the stuff I’ve given him especially with him not having any credentials. I’m glad you enjoyed how the Doctor interacts with Jeffries and Adams in those scenes. Again, it was a challenge to write the Fifth Doctor for the first time in this story, but I suppose the TV stories and the Big Finish audios I listened to were ingrained on me as I was able to pick up what makes the Fifth Doctor work, especially when nobody listens to him when a crisis occurs.

      Yeah I never thought about that. Billy should have a neck strap for his camera, shouldn’t he? 😀 I’m glad you like how I’ve introduced Billy and his meeting with Nyssa and the Fifth Doctor. I’m glad you find Billy’s developing a good rapport with Nyssa. I hope you’ll enjoy how his character develops for the rest of the story.

      Many thanks, Vicky. Hope you enjoy Chapter 3 and 4 of ‘Part One’ in this story next.

      See you soon.

      Tim. 🙂

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      1. darrowby85

        Hi Tim,

        Yes, I would have liked to see the characters change costume a bit more in the Fifth Doctor era. There was an episode of All Creatures Great and Small, Faint Hearts (S2E06), where Tristan wears a dark-blue blazer and light-coloured trousers to go punting with a very posh girl he has taken a fancy to. Peter Davison looks absolutely fantastic in this outfit, and a version of would have made a lovely alternative costume for his Doctor. I do like the standard Fifth Doctor costume very much, but it would have been lovely to see a few variations on the general theme of the Edwardian gentleman, in the same way as Jon Pertwee had a collection of different velvet jackets rather than wearing the same one every week. It would seem more realistic that way. (Yes, I know the idea of ‘realistic’ is a bit strange when we’re talking about time-travelling aliens dealing with various kinds of monsters, but still…)

        The Doctor seems more enthusiastic about Nyssa’s outfit here than he was in Snakedance!

        Re. the bracelets, I had read your Introduction before starting, so I did have the Terileptils and their bracelets in mind.

        By the way, have there been other Welsh companions or is Billy the first? I can’t think of another at the moment but I might be forgetting someone…

        Vicky

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      2. Tim Bradley Post author

        Hi Vicky

        Yes I recall that ‘All Creatures’ episode about Tristan fancying this posh girl. Somebody about a lobster I think there was regarding this girl.

        I agree with you, it would’ve made more sense to have the Fifth Doctor have a variety of cricket-styled costumes in his era. As you said Jon Pertwee had a variety of dandy velvet outfits for his era just as David Tennant has a brown and blue pinstripe suit to change into his era of ‘Doctor Who’. Peter Davison wasn’t so lucky. I think that has to be down to producer JNT who wanted a sense of familarity of the show with the characters to make them marketable. Whilst I appreciate that, it doesn’t make sense if the characters keep wearing the same outfits week after week. Surely they would need to be washed and dry-cleaned as after a while they’d become so dirty. Yeah that costume Tristan wore in that ‘All Creatures’ episode that almost matched his Fifth Doctor style would have been great to see in the TV series.

        Speaking off-topic, I noticed a Fifth Doctor costume hanging behind Peter Davison at the ‘Folkestone Film, TV and Comic Con’ in May. I asked him about it and he said he had no idea who brought it in. He said I was only the person who noticed the costume behind him, which I found it to be a honour actually. 😀

        Yeah the Fifth Doctor does seem more enthuastic about Nyssa’s outfit in ‘The Railway of Time’ compared to later on in ‘Snakedance’. Actually I dress inspiration for this scene from listening to the ‘Autumn’ episode of ‘Circular Time’ by Big Finish. Nyssa was wearing a pretty dress and had a new hairstyle which the Doctor failed to notice at first. As I’ve written it in the scene for this story, the Doctor’s pleased that Nyssa’s blending in splendidly into 1963 rather than complementing on her beauty. That happened as well in the ‘Circular Time: Autumn’ episode. The Doctor’s compliments to Nyssa about her outfit don’t match to Billy’s compliments as I’m sure you’ll discover later on.

        Yeah I’m sure I mentioned ‘The Visitation’ and Terileptils in my introduction for this story. Glad you read it by the way. By the way, don’t expect Terileptils to appear in this story. There maybe some other lizard-like monsters though who are similar to the Terileptils – spoilers. 😀

        I don’t think there have been other Welsh ‘Doctor Who’ companions before Billy. I think Billy might be the first one – at least in the fan-fiction sense. But saying that, I’ve not read all the books or heard the audios, so I can’t be certain if there have been other Welsh ‘Doctor Who’ companions in those mediums. If you’ve seen ‘Delta and the Bannermen’, Ray was considered for the role of a companion with the Seventh Doctor and she was a Welsh girl. I liked her Welsh accent in that and told Sara Griffiths so at a convention. She wasn’t convinced but appreciated the compliment. 😀 I’m not sure what to say about the three upcoming companions in ‘Doctor Who’ with Jodie Whittaker. Maybe Bradley Walsh will be the first Welsh ‘Doctor Who’ companion, I don’t know.

        Thanks for your comments, Vicky.

        Tim. 🙂

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