‘The Robots of Lonmar’, Chapter 7

7. Companions Rescued

SCENE #55 – INT – HOLO-ROOM #1, LONMAR STATION #5 – N/A
In Holo-room #1 aboard Lonmar Station #5, Nyssa, Jo and Billy continue to struggle with the dreams they’re having.

JO
(terrified) “Nyssa; Billy! I’m so sorry! I can’t stop myself! This sign from my past is too much!”

NYSSA
(determined) “We must fight this! We can’t let our dreams control us!”

BILLY
“It’s too late for that, Nyssa! The robots are going to kill us!”

The robots charge their arm-like energy weapons as they aim them at the three companions.

ROBOT #B2
“Destroy them. Without mercy.”

NYSSA
“They’re not real, Billy! They’re just illusions! Holographic images projected to scare us!”

JO
“But they are real, Nyssa! I can’t stop myself! I want to be free from this!”

NYSSA
“We will be free, Jo! Just as long as we’ve got Mr. Darvill with us!”

BILLY
“But Mr. Darvill isn’t helping us, Nyssa! Why isn’t he helping us?!”

JO
(to Darvill) “Why aren’t you helping us Mr. Darvill?! Don’t just stand there! Do something!”

DARVILL
“I cannot obey your instructions. I am programmed not to follow your instructions.”

BILLY
“He’s like them! Mr. Darvill! He’s a robot!”

NYSSA
“No! He’s a hologram! Just as the robots are!”

ROBOT #B2
“Destroy them without mercy. Destroy them without mercy.”

The robots fire in all directions at Nyssa, Billy and Jo as they duck down to the floor.

JO
“I want to get out of here! I want to escape!” (Pause; deliriously) “I brought this upon us! I wrote that sign from my teen years to cause trouble! I’ve done it here again just as I did at school!”

BILLY
“Those robots won’t stop firing, Nyssa! We’re going to die!”

NYSSA
“We can win this Billy, if Mr. Darvill helps us!”

BILLY
“But Mr. Darvill isn’t helping us, Nyssa! We’re dead already!”

The robots keep on firing for a while in all directions. Suddenly, something strange happens as the whole holo-room gets illuminated in a bright radiance of light. This startles Nyssa, Billy and Jo as the robots cease firing.

JO
(startled) “The whole room’s bathed in a yellowish-grey light!”

BILLY
(puzzled) “What is it? Why is the room behaving like this?”

NYSSA
(intrigued) “It feels like…the whole room is going to explode!”

Nyssa says this before a mighty explosion occurs. Nyssa, Billy and Jo fall to the floor, as the whole holo-room reverts to default mode. The robots and the sign that Jo made vanish into thin air.


SCENE #56 – INT – HOLO-ROOM #1, LONMAR STATION #5 – N/A
A while later, Billy wakes up dazed and confused. He sits up on the holo-room floor, groaning and feeling worn out.

BILLY
(groans) “Oh my head! What hit me?!”

Billy then looked around the room to see Jo and Nyssa unconscious on the floor.

BILLY
(concerned) “Nyssa: Jo?! Are you two alright?”

Billy receives no answer as the two remain sleeping on the floor.

BILLY
(worried) “Oh no! Please don’t say they’re goners!”

Billy makes his way over to Nyssa as he tries to wake her up. Billy shakes Nyssa gently to wake her up. No response.

BILLY
(cries) “Nyssa? Nyssa; are you alright?”

Billy then taps Nyssa’s face to wake her up. Still no response.

BILLY
(cries) “Nyssa please, wake up!”

After some tapping and gently shaking, Nyssa eventually wakes up. She sits upright, almost gasping for breath. Billy watches to see Nyssa wake up.

BILLY
“Nyssa?”

Nyssa slowly turns to see Billy beside her.

NYSSA/DOCTOR 5
“Billy? Billy, is that you?”

BILLY
(puzzled) “Yes! Yes of course it’s me! Are you alright?”

NYSSA/DOCTOR 5
(gradually) “Yes. I’m alright. It’s good to see you!”

BILLY
“Likewise, Nyssa! I was afraid I lost you forever!”

NYSSA/DOCTOR 5
“Ah! Yes. I’m afraid that I’m not…”

BILLY
“Oh that reminds me! I’ve got to check Jo.”

Billy makes his way over to Jo to check up on her. He shakes her gently and taps her on the face.

BILLY
(cries) “Jo? Jo, wake up! Wake up!”

Eventually, Billy manages to wake Jo up. Jo yawns as she wakes up before looking to see Billy beside her.

JO/DOCTOR 3
(yawns) “Oh. And I was having such a nice nap.”

BILLY
“Jo, it’s me Billy!”

Jo eventually sits up and speaks rather strangely in an odd voice.

JO/DOCTOR 3
“Billy. Are you indeed?”

BILLY
“What?”

JO/DOCTOR 3
“Nice to meet you, my dear chap. Nice to meet you indeed.”

BILLY
“Jo, is there something wrong? Are you alright?”

JO/DOCTOR 3
“Of course I’m alright. Why shouldn’t I be?”

BILLY
“Well…you’re acting very strangely to me.”

NYSSA/DOCTOR 5
(to Jo) “He won’t understand what’s happening I’m afraid.”

JO/DOCTOR 3
(to Nyssa) “Oh. Are you one of [the…?]”

NYSSA/DOCTOR 5
“Yes I am. The fifth one. And you are…?”

JO/DOCTOR 3
“Well third obviously. Considering you should know who I’m travelling with by this stage of my life.”

BILLY
“What are you two on about? What’s going on here?”

NYSSA/DOCTOR 5
“Billy, please. Don’t worry. We’ll explain later.”

JO/DOCTOR 3
“Yes don’t worry, dear chap. You won’t be kept in suspense for very much longer.”

At that moment, a whooshing grinding sound echoes in the room.

BILLY
“What’s that?!”

JO/DOCTOR 3
“Ah. I think that’s my ride. Or should I say our ride.”

Eventually, a blue police box materialises in the room.

BILLY
(astonished) “The TARDIS! It’s here in the room with us!”

NYSSA/DOCTOR 5
“Yes, Billy! And thankfully it’s arrived just in time!”

The trio watch as the TARDIS materialises in the holo-room. It lands with a loud thump once it’s fully materialised.


SCENE #57 – INT – HOLO-ROOM #2, LONMAR STATION #5 – N/A
Meanwhile in Holo-Room #2, Ace and Victoria recover but also behave strangely.

ACE/DOCTOR 7
“You are well then?”

VICTORIA/DOCTOR 2
“Of course I am! I’m perfectly alright thank you very much!”

ACE/DOCTOR 7
“Just to be sure. You can’t be too careful.”

VICTORIA/DOCTOR 2
“So! You’re the latest model, hmm!”

ACE DOCTOR 7
“Yes! Though I don’t usually look like this!”

VICTORIA/DOCTOR 2
“Oh what a pity. I did often wonder what I’d be like as a woman.”

ACE/DOCTOR 7
(gradually) “I’m not sure it was wise to have the door controls blown up. But then again, Nitro-Nine was always a speciality for…”

VICTORIA/DOCTOR 2
“I’m sure Jamie would break down these doors with brute strength.”

ACE/DOCTOR 7
“Yes. I must catch up with him sometime.”

VICTORIA/DOCTOR 2
“Well, we seem to be stuck here. Got any plans?”

ACE/DOCTOR 7
“Oh yes I have! We should be getting some form of rescue anytime now!”

VICTORIA/DOCTOR 2
“Rescue? Oh my giddy aunt! I hope the others will be okay when we get back to our proper times and places.”

Just then, the TARDIS materializes in the holo-room.

ACE/DOCTOR 7
“Ah! Our ride has arrived I think.”

VICTORIA/DOCTOR 2
“Oh jolly good!”

A loud thump echoes as the TARDIS lands. The doors open and Jo pops her head out.

JO/DOCTOR 3
(urgently) “Come on, you two! It’s time we were leaving this instant!”

ACE/DOCTOR 7
“Your timing is almost perfect!”

NYSSA/DOCTOR 5
(calls from inside; impatiently) “Are you three going to be much longer?”

JO/DOCTOR 3
“Just hold on a minute, will you! Be there in a jiffy!”

VICTORIA/DOCTOR 2
“Is Nyssa…I mean…you know who at the controls?”

JO/DOCTOR 3
“Yes! Our young friend Billy’s baffled as ever. It’s going to be a hard time trying to explain it to the young chap.”

VICTORIA/DOCTOR 2
“I’m certain he would be baffled by the way you rabbit on with your explanations.”

JO/DOCTOR 3
(protests) “I do not rabbit on, for your information!”

ACE/DOCTOR 7
(interrupts) “Please, you two! Let’s not squabble over this! Time is pressing and the waves of uncertainty are approaching! Come on! We’ve got work to do!”

Victoria and Ace step inside the TARDIS. Jo closes the TARDIS doors behind them. The five companions escape in the TARDIS, as it dematerialises out of the holo-room.


SCENE #58 – INT – MAIN STATION HALL, LONMAR STATION #5 – N/A
Still aboard Lonmar Station #5, the TARDIS arrives in the main station hall. The TARDIS whooshes before it lands with a loud thump once materialised. The TARDIS doors open and the five robot companions step out.

NYSSA/DOCTOR 5
“I assure you, Billy. We’ll explain all when the time comes.”

BILLY
“But how did you manage to fly the TARDIS, Nyssa? Only the Doctor can do that. You seem to have the knack…”

NYSSA
“Billy!”

Billy turns to see another Nyssa standing before him.

BILLY
“Nyssa?!”

NYSSA
“Oh Billy! I’m so pleased you’re alright!”

The other Nyssa runs towards Billy and gives him a hug. They hold each other for quite some time.

BILLY
(baffled) “But…I don’t understand. How come there’s…”

NYSSA
“I don’t know, Billy. I’ve been wondering that myself.”

BILLY
(surprised) “Hey, hang on! Who are these three?”

JO
“Billy, it’s me! Jo! Surely you haven’t forgotten me.”

VICTORIA
“And me, Victoria!”

ACE
“And I’m Ace! Who are these four phonies?”

JO/DOCTOR 3
“I can assure you my dear that we are not ‘phonies’, as you seem to imply.”

VICTORIA/DOCTOR 2
“It’s no good trying to reason with them. They won’t believe us.”

At that moment, the TARDIS dematerialises, whooshing as it goes.

BILLY
(anxiously) “Wait a minute! The TARDIS is leaving!”

VICTORIA
“Who’s inside?!”

VICTORA/DOCTOR 2
“It’s alright, Victoria. It’s meant to do that.”

ACE/DOCTOR 7
“Absolutely, dear Victoria! I preset a programmed flight-course journey into the future. Or the past, however you’d like to call it.”

ACE
(impatiently) “What’s going on here?! Who are you four?!”

ACE/DOCTOR 7
(tells off) “Ace!”

ACE
“Don’t ‘Ace’ me, mate!”

JO
(realises) “Look! Look at those chambers, all of you!”

Everyone looks to the stasis chambers.

NYSSA
(startled) “The stasis chambers. There’s only Billy inside.”

BILLY
“I wondered if there was going to be another ‘me’ with you four girls.”

JO
“But look at the other chambers! When we were last here, it was all five of us!”

VICTORIA
“And now four out of five of us have been replaced! There are four different people inside!”

NYSSA/DOCTOR 5
“Surely you five recognise who they are.”

ACE
“He’s right! They are familiar!” (Pause; realises) “Whoa! They look like…”

VICTORIA
(realises) “It’s the Doctor! My ‘Doctor’ – the little man with dark hair and baggy trousers!”

VICTORIA/DOCTOR 2
“Well done, Victoria!”

JO
(realises) “And there’s my Doctor! The one with the frock coat and cape! He’s in my cell!”

BILLY
(realises) “There’s our Doctor, Nyssa! Over there in your chamber!”

NYSSA
“Yes! I’ve wondered when he’d get here! But what’s he doing in my cell?”

ACE
(realises) “There’s the Professor! In my cell too!”

ACE/DOCTOR 7
“Brilliant!” (to robot companions) “They’ve all grasped it! I told you!”

JO
“Wait a minute! Are these our real bodies?”

JO/DOCTOR 3
“Yes, Jo. You’re definitely real. Flesh and blood.”

JO
“When we were in those chambers, our minds were linked to our robot counterparts.”

NYSSA
“Yes you’re right, Jo. The robots can only be initialised when our minds link up with theirs.”

NYSSA/DOCTOR 5
“Not your minds, Nyssa. Any mind in fact.”

BILLY
“So, if your four girls aren’t in our stasis cells except me…”

VICTORIA
(continues) “And the Doctors we know are in our place in those chambers, then…”

ACE
(continues; to robot companions) “Who are you four then?” (Pause) “Well?”

VICTORIA/DOCTOR 2
(cheerily) “Hello everyone! I’m the Doctor.”

JO/DOCTOR #3
“And I’m the Doctor.”

NYSSA/DOCTOR #5
“Excuse me! I’m the Doctor as well!”

ACE/DOCTOR #7
“Oh didn’t you know? It’s me, the Doctor!”

Moment of silence.

BILLY
(gradually) “I need to sit down.”


SCENE #59 – INT – DOCKING RING, LONMAR STATION #5 – N/A
Meanwhile, in a docking ring on Level 7B of Lonmar Station #5, President Owen and Miss Stewart wait for the arrival of Lady Krige/Russorg. The docking ring doors slide open, as President Owen steps forward to greet Krige. Krige is now in human form as she meets Owen with Stewart beside him.

OWEN
“Lady Krige! How good it is to see you again? It’s rather tedious, isn’t it? The way we have to communicate via the intercom…”

KRIGE
(interrupts) “Cease your babbling, Mr. President! There are more pressing matters at hand!”

OWEN
“Of course, of course there are!”

Krige then brings out a huge tub of salty water which she pulls on a trolley.

KRIGE
“This supply of salt water is very essential and must be protected at all times! See to it that you keep it safe!”

OWEN
“Of course.” (to robots) “Robots! Take this down to level fifty at once!”

ROBOTS
“As you command, sir.”

The robots march forward, as they approach the tub of water. Eventually, they pull the trolley with the tub on it, taking it down to Level 50.

KRIGE
“I expect you to take full responsibility for that water supply. You know the cost of neglecting it while I’m here.”

OWEN
“Of course, of course.” (Pause) “Those companions have got themselves trapped in the holo-rooms. Just as we had intended…”

KRIGE
(abruptly) “No! They are not in the holo-rooms anymore!”

OWEN
(surprised) “Oh! Are you sure?”

KRIGE
“They have escaped, Owen! They have escaped the holo-rooms!”

STEWART
“But how? There’s only one way into those holo-rooms! I should know! I’ve been to one on Lonmar for relaxation and pleasure!”

KRIGE
(bitterly; to Stewart) “They’ve had help, you little idiot! Help from outside!”

OWEN
“What?! You don’t mean…”

KRIGE
“Who do you think, Mr. President?! It’s obvious, isn’t it?”

OWEN
“But how can he possibly know where to find them? He can’t even escape the paradox of TARDISes! We saw to it ourselves!”

KRIGE
“The Doctor’s a resourceful man, Mr. President! He may have already won the day and beaten us! He’s taking matters into his own hands through his own personal future!”

STEWART
“Is there anything you wish us to do, Lady Krige?”

KRIGE
“Yes! There is!” (to Owen) “Owen! Go and investigate this matter further! I want those companions captured as well as the Doctor himself! I want to win this before he does!”

OWEN
“Yes, my lady! Of course!”

Owen switches his communicator on and speaks into it.

OWEN
(through communicator) “Owen calling Darvill! Owen calling Darvill! Do you read me over?!”

Owen waits for a response. Crackling static echoes from the communicator. Owen tries again.

OWEN
(through communicator) “Owen to Darvill! Owen to Darvill! Do you read me, over?”

But Owen still gets no response as there’s crackling static echoing from the communicator.


SCENE #60 – INT – MAIN STATION HALL, LONMAR STATION #5 – N/A
Back in the main station hall of Lonmar Station #5, the five companions are still confused.

JO
“I just don’t get it! How come there are four Doctors in four of us? In our bodies? Well, they’re not our real bodies anyway – they’re robots. Oh you know what I mean!”

The Victoria robot possessed by Doctor 2 steps forward.

VICTORIA/DOCTOR 2
“It’s really good to see you, Victoria.”

VICTORIA
“Is it?”

VICTORIA/DOCTOR 2
“Oh don’t worry, Victoria. Me and Jamie will still rescue you, I’m sure.” (to Jo; Nyssa; Billy; Ace) “So you’re my future companions! Jo; Nyssa; Billy and Ace! Well, I’m delighted to meet you at last!”

JO/DOCTOR 3
“Yes, I’m delighted to meet you as well!” (to Jo) “Good to see you, my dear Jo!” (to Victoria) “And you, Victoria! Long time no see!”

VICTORIA/DOCTOR 2
(retorts; to Doctor 3) “She’s my companion, thank you very much!”

JO/DOCTOR 3
(to Doctor 2) “She was mine as well in case you didn’t realise.”

NYSSA/DOCTOR 5
(to Doctors 2; 3) “Please, you two! Stop arguing! We won’t get anywhere if you continue squabbling!”

ACE/DOCTOR 7
“I agree!” (to Doctors 2; 3; 5) “You three delay things too much. It’s a wonder I’ve been able to think things ahead unlike the three of you.”

NYSSA/DOCTOR 5
“Charming.”

VICTORIA/DOCTOR 2
(protests; to Doctor 7) “Now see here…”

NYSSA
(interrupts) “Please, can you four stop for a moment! There are a few things we five want to know!”

JO/DOCTOR 3
(to Nyssa) “Of course you do! Apologies, my dear. Ask away. What would you like to know?”

BILLY
“So let me get this straight! There are four of you! Four Doctors! In four out of five of our robotic bodies!”

NYSSA/DOCTOR 5
(indicates Doctor 7) “It was his idea really, Billy.”

ACE/DOCTOR 7
“Yes, it was my idea really!”

JO
“I think you’d better explain yourselves. It’s all higgledy piggledy for me.”

JO/DOCTOR 3
“Of course, Jo. Of course.”

NYSSA/DOCTOR 5
(to Doctor 7) “You’d better explain it to them, I think.”

ACE/DOCTOR 7
“Of course!”

VICTORIA/DOCTOR 2
(protests) “I thought I was going to explain!”

JO/DOCTOR 3
(to Doctor 2) “Yes! Just as you tried to explain to Jo when there were three of us.”

VICTORIA/DOCTOR 2
(protests; to Doctor 3) “Now look here…”

VICTORIA
(interrupts) “Please! Let’s not keep on arguing! I’m confused enough as it is!”

NYSSA/DOCTOR 5
(to Ace/Doctor 7) “Go on then! Start explaining!”

Moment of silence.

ACE/DOCTOR 7
“It’s all a bit timey-wimey really. Round and round like a continuous loop of time within a sequence of events taking place.”

JO
“Whatever that’s supposed to mean.”

NYSSA/DOCTOR 5
(retorts; to Doctor 7) “Do stop talking in riddles, will you!”

ACE/DOCTOR 7
(to Doctor 5) “I was getting onto the important bit.” (continues) “You see from our point of view, we’ve already rescued you. But after we’ve taken you away from Lonmar space, we have to make sure our earlier selves rescue you by doing things early.”

BILLY
(confused) “No, no. Still not getting it.”

JO/DOCTOR 3
“Well it’s quite simple really.”

ACE/DOCTOR 7
“Is it just.”

JO/DOCTOR 3
“We arrived on the Lonmar space station after we’d already rescued you five. But it hasn’t happened yet from your point of view. So we have to make it happen.”

VICTORIA/DOCTOR 2
“So we went and found your real bodies in the stasis chambers you were in,and decided to take you out.”

NYSSA/DOCTOR 5
“But to avoid causing you any sort of risk of disrupting the connection, we had to find someway of sending you to sleep. Your timing in the holo-rooms on this station gave us ample advantage.”

NYSSA
“The reason why we were knocked out when we had those dreams.”

NYSSA/DOCTOR 5
“Yes. Luckily the dream state you five were in gave us the further advantage.”

ACE/DOCTOR 7
“Once your robot counterparts were all knocked out in the holo-rooms, we took you girls’ real bodies out of the stasis chambers.”

BILLY
“Yes, but why wasn’t I taken out of my stasis chamber? I’m still in there and this is my robot body.”

NYSSA/DOCTOR 5
“Yes sorry, Billy. It was only Nyssa’s body I could take when initialising my mind into the robot counterpart.”

BILLY
“I see.”

NYSSA/DOCTOR 5
“But we had to rescue you out of that holo-room, didn’t we?”

JO/DOCTOR 3
“Yes! So once we realised we were each in our companions’ bodies…” (to Nyssa) “…your Doctor in your robot, Nyssa…” (to Jo) “…and your Doctor Jo – that’s me – in your robot – we found Billy still as a robot in the holo-room.”

ACE/DOCTOR 7
“And planning ahead as I usually do in my persona, I sent the TARDIS back in time…or forwards…” (to Doctors 3; 5) “…so that it could collect you two Doctors as well as Billy’s robot.”

NYSSA/DOCTOR 5
“Then I took the TARDIS to collect you Doctor in Victoria and you Doctor in Ace. Then we all ended up back here in the main hall.”

ACE/DOCTOR 7
“And the TARDIS was set to return back to me in the future once I had everything sorted out.” (Pause) “Well. I hope that explains everything to you five quite clearly.”

JO
(baffled) “I still don’t get it.”

ACE
(frustrated) “You talk a lot of claptrap, Professor!”

NYSSA/DOCTOR 5
(indicating Doctor 7) “Wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey like he said.”

ACE/DOCTOR 7
“At least you’re beginning to believe that we are all the Doctors here.”

VICTORIA
(to Doctor 2) “Yes! I believe you are the Doctor in my real body. But you don’t sound like me when I look at you.”

VICTORIA/DOCTOR 2
(charmed) “Yes well…thank you, Victoria. You don’t know how much that means to me.”

Another moment of silence.

NYSSA
“So. Now that we’re all here, what is it we’ve got to do?”

JO/DOCTOR 3
“Well…we need to make sure we can detach the four TARDISes out of their fixed-point during the paradox they seem to be in.”

NYSSA/DOCTOR 5
“Then in turn, we each need to get free in different times from the same place.”

VICTORIA/DOCTOR 2
“And hopefully we’ll be able to rescue all five of you and bring you back to your respective timelines with us Doctors.”

ACE/DOCTOR 7
“But first of all…we need to stop Russorg!”

BILLY
“Russorg! We’ve heard that name before!”

ACE
“Dead right you are, Billy! We heard it when we had our dreams! When we were trained and tested as robots!”

JO
“President Owen said that the things we did were being done in Russorg’s name!”

VICTORIA
“Who is this Russorg person you need to stop?”

NYSSA
“More importantly ‘what is’ Russorg?”

ACE/DOCTOR 7
“No time! We’ll explain later!”

JO
“Just for you Doctors to know, we’re really confused now.”

JO/DOCTOR 3
“Don’t worry, Jo. I’ll try and explain it more clearly when these three aren’t around.”

VICTORA/DOCTOR 2
(protests) “What’s that supposed to mean?!”

NYSSA
“Please! Is it at all possible to rescue Billy from the stasis chamber?”

BILLY
“Yeah! It’s not that I don’t mind being a robot. But I’d like to think I’m flesh and blood too!”

NYSSA/DOCTOR 5
“We don’t have much time, Nyssa. We need to stop Russorg as soon as we can and we can’t waste [time…]”

NYSSA
“Please, Doctor!”

JO
“Oh yes please! Do let’s get Billy out of there!”

VICTORIA
“We can’t leave him in there in case something terrible happens.”

ACE
“Yeah! It’s really low to leave Billy in there!”

BILLY
(to Doctors) “Seems you’re outvoted Doctors! The girls want the ‘real me’!”

NYSSA/DOCTOR 5
(frustrated) “Oh very well.” (to Doctor 3) “Can we get Billy out?”

JO/DOCTOR 3
“Well certainly! With a little tinkering and reversing the polarity of the neutron flow, we should have no problem of getting him out of the stasis chamber.”

VICTORIA/DOCTOR 2
“The thing is…we’d have to shut off the Billy robot completely.”

NYSSA/DOCTOR 5
“Do you understand that, Billy? We’d have to send you to sleep.”

BILLY
“That’s fine by me. I could use the snooze.”

NYSSA/DOCTOR 5
“Very well.”

ACE/DOCTOR 7
“Then I suggest we get started! Waste no more time!”

The Doctors in the robot companions set about to work, whilst Billy gets ready to be shut down as a robot.


SCENE #61 – INT – DOCKING RING, LONMAR STATION #5 – N/A
Back in the Docking Ring, Owen continues trying to contact Darvill via his communicator. But he still has no luck.

OWEN
(through communicator) “Darvill? Darvill, come in! Darvill!”

Still no response. Owen sighs frustrated.

OWEN
“Well, if we can’t get Darvill, then I shall have to send in some robots.”

KRIGE
“You’ve delayed too much time already, Owen! You should have had this sorted out once I informed you of the news!”

OWEN
(to Stewart) “Stewart! Send an armed patrol of robots to the main station hall! And lead them in!”

STEWART
(startled) “You want me to lead the robots, sir?”

OWEN
“Yes!”

STEWART
“But I’m your secretary! I’m not a commander like Darvill…”

OWEN
(barks) “Are you questioning my authority, Miss Stewart? I gave you a command! Shouldn’t you follow it?!”

STEWART
(apologetically) “I beg your pardon, Mr. President. I shall attend to the matter directly. How many robots shall I lead?”

OWEN
(irritably) “It doesn’t matter how many you lead, girl! Just get on with it!”

STEWART
“Very good, sir.”

With that, Stewart leaves to find some robots. Once she’s gone, Owen turns to Krige.

OWEN
“My apologies for all this, my lady. The issue shall be resolved as quickly as possible.”

KRIGE
“You’re beginning to get annoyed, Mr. President. It’s a sign that you are losing control.”

OWEN
“Never, my lady! I, President Owen, never lose control!”

KRIGE
“Just be aware, Mr. Owen.” (Pause) “My grand conquest of Marnlix and all who oppose the might of Russorg shall be completed within minutes! With the companions’ powers as well as the Time Lord’s; and all the robots at Lonmar’s deposal; Russorg shall become queen! I shall become queen of all that exists in this entire galaxy! I shall be the one whom many will hail as a god! I shall be adored and many will despair! There can only be one ruler! And that’s me! Russorg the Great!”

OWEN
“Yes, my lady! And a fine title it is too!”

Moment of silence.

KRIGE
“See to your work, Mr. President! Do not stand there admiring me and doing nothing all day!”

OWEN
“Yes, my lady! Right away! I’m onto it now!”

Owen leaves, as he sets about to his duties. Krige is left alone as she walks about the place, gradually declaring her triumph.

KRIGE
(triumphantly) “This time…not even you Doctor can stop me! My almighty plans are coming into fruition! Your downfall is assured! I Russorg, declare almighty power forever! I Russorg shall win the day!”

Krige lets out a triumphant laugh as she initialises a metamorphosis. She becoming a monster again and continues laughing triumphantly in her distorted, ugly voice.


SCENE #62 – INT – MAIN STATION HALL, LONMAR STATION #5 – N/A
Back in the main station hall of Lonmar Station #5, the ‘real’ Billy finds himself being pulled out  of the stasis chamber by his friends. He is exhausted, as Nyssa, Jo, Victoria and Ace help him to sit down away from the chamber.

NYSSA
“Billy?! Billy, are you alright?!”

BILLY
(disorientated) “W-W-What happened?”

JO
“Now you just take it easy, Billy. You’re going to need a Doctor.”

NYSSA/DOCTOR 5
“Well it’s very fortunate that I’m here, isn’t it?”

JO/DOCTOR 3
“I’m here as well you know, dear chap.”

VICTORIA
“Is he going to be alright?”

ACE/DOCTOR 7
“He’ll be fine, I’m sure. He always survives, good old Billy. And he’ll survive this one.”

NYSSA
“Billy? Are you sure that you’re alright?”

BILLY
(gradually) “Yes, Nyssa. I’ll be alright, don’t worry.”

Nyssa takes Billy and gives him a hug.

VICTORIA/DOCTOR 2
“Well! Everything seems to be going well for once.”

NYSSA/DOCTOR 5
“Yes! Splendidly, I think!”

ACE
“Err…I don’t wish to rush anyone. But hadn’t we better get a move on if we’re going to beat the bad guys?”

ACE/DOCTOR 7
“Ace is right! We must go! Before we’re spotted!”

VICTORIA/DOCTOR 2
“What do you propose we do then?”

JO/DOCTOR 3
“Well I should have thought it was obvious, dear fellow. We detach the four aspects of the TARDIS from each other whilst they’re here in the control room.”

ACE
“What?! You can actually do that then?”

JO
“You can detach four TARDISes in the same room from each other?”

NYSSA/DOCTOR 5
(slightly embarrassed) “Ah, yes. Saying it in theory is one thing. But practice is another.”

They are then interrupted, as a patrol of Lonmar robots enter the room.

ROBOT #C3
“Stay where you are. Do not move.”

JO
“Oh no! Not them again!”

VICTORIA
“I thought we’d seen the last of them!”

VICTORIA/DOCTOR 2
“Not quite Victoria, I’m afraid.”

The robots charge their arm-like energy weapons at them and train them on the five companions and the robot companions controlled by the four Doctors.

ROBOT #C3
“You are surrounded. We are in threat mode. Do not make us fire on you.”

VICTORIA/DOCTOR 2
“Well, it’s very nice to meet you. I’m the Doctor; this is the Doctor; this is the Doctor and this…”

JO/DOCTOR 3
(interrupts; irritably) “Do please keep quiet, you buffoon! You’ll only antagonise them!”

ROBOT #C3
“We warn you. Threat mode is at critical. Do not try to escape.”

ACE/DOCTOR 7
“You’re all very nice robots, I’m sure. Why don’t we talk this over a nice cup of tea?”

NYSSA/DOCTOR 5
“Of course! We can have a cup of tea over it! Or in your case that would be difficult, wouldn’t it? Since you can’t drink tea.”

ROBOT #C3
“Prepare to fire.”

BILLY
“No, don’t!”

ROBOT #C3
“Fire at my command.”

But the robots don’t get a chance to open fire, as they get destroyed one-by-one by an energy weapon off-side. The robots frazzle and sizzle one at a time before they crumble to the floor.

ACE
(amazed) “Whoa! Wicked firepower!”

JO
“Where did that come from then?!”

VICTORIA
“Those robots are being blown up one at a time!”

All of the robots, except Robot #C3, falls to the floor, damaged and destroyed. Robot #C3 turns to look at their attacker.

ROBOT #C3
“What are you doing? You have attacked the other units. This is not…”

But Robot #C3 gets interrupted, as it’s shot to the ground. It frazzles and sparks as it falls to the ground, damaged and destroyed.

NYSSA
(astonished) “Who was it that fired on the robots?”

BILLY
“Well, it wasn’t me!”

DARVILL
(out loud) “No! It was me!”

Everyone turns to see Darvill enter. He carries a powerful energy pistol in his hand.

DARVILL
“Sorry for interrupting your party. But I had to make sure you five…or nine were still alive.”

VICTORIA/DOCTOR 2
“Well, thank you very much indeed! You got here just in the nick of time!”

JO/DOCTOR 3
“May we ask who you are?”

NYSSA
“Doctors! This is Mr. Darvill. He’s the chief of security on Lonmar.”

ACE/DOCTOR 7
“Of course he is! Surely you three other Doctors recognise him. Of course you number two wouldn’t have met him yet, since from your point this is your first visit to Lonmar.”

NYSSA/DOCTOR 5
(realises) “Yes, of course! It’s all coming back to me! I have met this man before!”

JO/DOCTOR 3
“Yes, so have I.” (to Darvill) “Much obliged, dear fellow.”

DARVILL
“There isn’t any time for chit-chat! We must get away from here!”

BILLY
“But where to for heaven’s sake?”

ACE
“Yeah. In case you haven’t noticed, we five are out of our robot costumes! The ones you ‘crazy jerks’ put us in!”

VICTORIA
“Yes! How is it you’re helping us when you’re in actual fact the enemy?”

DARVILL
“I’m a secret agent! From Earth M-I-Fourteen.”

JO/DOCTOR 3
“Of course he is, you five! We Doctors should know!”

VICTORIA/DOCTOR 2
“Except me, of course.”

NYSSA/DOCTOR 5
“It’s alright! Mr. Darvill is a friend of ours. He’s come to rescue us.”

ACE/DOCTOR 7
“Time is relative. It’s all happening for each of us when we cross our timelines with each other.”

ACE
“Not sure what you’re getting at Professor, but I’ll take your word for it.”

ACE/DOCTOR 7
“You’ll have to. Otherwise…we’ll all get blown up here!”

JO
“Blown up?!”

DARVILL
“We can’t stay here! We must go now!”

ACE
“What’s the rush then?”

VICTORIA/DOCTOR 2
“I agree with Mr. Darvill! Let’s go while we still can! Come on, Victoria!”

JO/DOCTOR 3
“Yes! Come on, Jo! Let’s go whilst we still can!”

NYSSA/DOCTOR 5
“Come on, Nyssa; Billy. I need to get you two back to enjoy the rest of your Christmas holiday on Nodnol.”

BILLY
“We’re still having that then?”

ACE/DOCTOR 7
(interrupts) “No! I think we should stay here!”

ACE
(surprised) “Hey? What’s your game then, Professor? You want us to get caught?!”

ACE/DOCTOR 7
“Everything will be alright, I promise!”

JO/DOCTOR 3
“How can you be so sure?”

Just then, the ten heroes get surrounded as Lonmar robots teleport themselves into the main hall. The robots encircle the ten heroes in the hall, training their arm-like energy weapons at them.

ROBOT #D4
“Remain standing. Do not move. Threat mode initiated. You are all surrounded.”

Moment of silence.

NYSSA/DOCTOR 5
“It seems we’ve missed our chance to escape.”

JO
(wryly) “Oh terrific!”

DARVILL
“I told you we should have got away!”

Just then, Stewart appears via teleport. She trains an energy pistol on Darvill and the others.

STEWART
“So, Mr. Roy Darvill. I’ve managed to catch you out.”

DARVILL
“Miss Stewart? What do you think you’re doing?”

STEWART
“It’s simple really. I’m placing you under arrest. You and your nine freaks. You’re coming to the bridge at once!”

DARVILL
“Since when did you lead robots? And a patrol of them at that?”

STEWART
“The President’s orders. Since you wouldn’t answer his calls, I was chosen to step in your place.”

VICTORIA
(interrupts) “Is this really the time to argue, do you think?”

VICTORIA/DOCTOR 2
“Quiet, Victoria.”

STEWART
“I’ve been keeping watch on you for a long time, Mr. Darvill. The President seemed to suspect when you were taking private communication calls in your room.”

DARVILL
“So whilst I’ve been spying on Lonmar operations, you’ve been spying on me.”

STEWART
“Correct.”

ACE
“Nice for everyone to be so happy, ain’t it?!”

A moment of silence ensues, before Stewart turns to the robots.

STEWART
(to robots) “You lot! Take Mr. Darvill and the others to the ops room at once! The Lady Krige will want to meet these nine especially! Keep them alive!”

ROBOT #D4
“Understood.” (to Doctors and companions) “You will come with us now. At once.”

JO/DOCTOR 3
“How can we refuse?”

VICTORIA/DOCTOR 2
“Oh my giddy aunt. Oh crumbs.”

BILLY
“This is definitely not our finest hour, is it?”

NYSSA
“I don’t think so, Billy.”

The robot companions controlled by the four Doctors, the five companions and Darvill are escorted by the Lonmar robots out of the main control room. They get taken to the ops room to meet President Owen.


SCENE #63 – INT – OPS ROOM, LONMAR STATION #5 – N/A
In the ops room, the robots companions controlled by the four Doctors, the five companions and Darvill enter. They’re brought before President Owen by Miss Stewart and the Lonmar robots.

OWEN
“Ah! So here you all are! It’s good to see you five lovely companions! For real, I think!”

ACE
“No need to be such a clever dick with us, mate!”

OWEN
“You and your robot counterparts! There are four out of you five!” (realises) “So that would mean…”

NYSSA/DOCTOR 5
“Yes! We are the Doctors!”

OWEN
“How nice to meet you four Doctors. Wish I could see you for real.”

JO/DOCTOR 3
“But then you’d have the advantage wouldn’t you, dear chap.”

ACE/DOCTOR 7
“The game’s up, Mr. President! You’re finished!”

OWEN
“You think so?”

NYSSA/DOCTOR 5
“From our point of view, we’ve already beaten you.”

VICTORIA/DOCTOR 2
“Yes! So we don’t care what you do to us now! We’ve beaten you!”

JO
“Yes, Doctors! You go on and tell him!”

Stewart then steps forward.

STEWART
“Mr. President? I’ve brought Darvill to you. I found him with the others. He was helping them.”

Owen approaches Darvill with some contempt.

OWEN
“I’m very disappointed in you, Mr. Darvill. I always thought you were one of my reliable security men.”

DARVILL
“There will be a field-day when I report this back to Earth authorities! I shall see to it that you are arrested and removed from Lonmar space!”

OWEN
“Shut up, Darvill! You have nothing to say to me! You shall die soon!”

JO
(protests) “No! Please don’t kill him!”

OWEN
“I shall do what I like with my men, Miss Grant.”

NYSSA
“There’s no need to talk to Jo like that, Mr. President!”

ACE
“Yeah, so you just back off!”

ACE/DOCTOR 7
“Ace, please! Now’s not the time!”

NYSSA/DOCTOR 5
(to Owen) “Do you seriously think you can carry on with this lunatic scheme of invading Marnlix space with the help of our companions?”

VICTORIA/DOCTOR 2
“In any case, you wouldn’t be able to anymore! Because we Doctors possess our companion robot’s bodies! Our minds are linked to them!”

JO/DOCTOR 3
“Yes! So that would make plans of your own rather awkward to handle, wouldn’t you say?”

They are then interrupted, as a distorted, ugly monstrous voice speaks to them. It belongs to Krige/Russorg.

KRIGE/RUSSORG
(triumphantly) “This is of no consequence, Doctors! I have laid out my plans concisely! And there’s always a plan B!”

Moment of tense silence ensues.

BILLY
“Doctor? What was that?”

NYSSA
(to Billy) “Who was it I think you mean, Billy.” (to Doctor 5) “Doctor?”

NYSSA/DOCTOR 5
“Ssh, Nyssa! Ssh!”

Krige/Russorg’s voice speaks again, as her monstrous form arises in the room.

KRIGE/RUSSORG
“Allow me to introduce myself! I am known by Lonmarians…as Lady Krige. But I’d rather prefer myself to be called…Russorg!”

Russorg appears before them in true form. It howls and squeals away for a while, letting off electrical discharges. Victoria screams, as everyone else looks on in terror. Victoria’s Doctor tries to comfort her.

VICTORIA/DOCTOR 2
(reassuringly) “It’s alright, Victoria! It’s alright! You’re with us, remember?”

VICTORIA
(terrified) “But…but what is that horrible thing?”

JO
(horrified) “It’s ghastly! So ugly and huge!”

JO/DOCTOR 3
“There’s no need to be so prejudiced, Jo!”

ACE/DOCTOR 7
“This everyone…is the Russorg we Doctors are trying to stop! She’s the one who’s been responsible for bringing you here!”

NYSSA
“But who is she? What species is she?”

BILLY
“Well…she’s alien obviously!”

NYSSA/DOCTOR 5
“Russorg is one of the Teporans of Teporus. They’re a species that require sodium chloride in their bodies.”

NYSSA
“Sodium chloride? Why?”

NYSSA/DOCTOR 5
“It’s part of their anatomy. They soak themselves with as much salt in their bodies – these Teporans – and let off electrical discharges!”

BILLY
“And how does salt make them send out electrical shocks?”

NYSSA/DOCTOR 5
“Later, Billy. I’ll explain later.”

Russorg stops howling, as she addresses the four Doctors controlling their robot companions.

KRIGE/RUSSORG
“I’ve been waiting for you Doctors for a very long time. I’d almost thought you’d never come. To rescue your dearly beloved companions. And you’re still in yours TARDISes…trying to get out of your moments of time. Even as your minds are trapped in your companions’ fake bodies.”

VICTORIA/DOCTOR 2
“Time is relative, as I keep saying to Jamie.”

JO/DOCTOR 3
“And I’m afraid we have rather defeated you, Russorg.”

ACE/DOCTOR 7
“Very soon, our TARDISes will detach themselves and your plans will have failed.”

NYSSA/DOCTOR 5
“And we’ll all be home in time for tea!”

KRIGE/RUSSORG
“You’re so smug aren’t you, Doctors. But you don’t think you can seriously get away, do you?”

VICTORIA/DOCTOR 2
“Why not? You can’t use our friends’ bodies to control the robots!”

KRIGE/RUSSORG
(menacingly) “Oh but I don’t need to! Since you Doctors have occupied your young friends’ bodies – I shall use you Doctors to achieve what I’d set out to do as part of my plan instead of them! How random is that?!”

JO/DOCTOR 3
“What?!”

ACE
(worried) “Professor, what’s she on about?”

ACE/DOCTOR 7
“Quiet Ace, quiet! And let me speak!”

NYSSA/DOCTOR 5
(panics) “No! You can’t do that! You just can’t!”

RUSSORG
(mockingly) “Can’t I?! Just watch me!” (to Owen) “Owen! Pull the switch!”

VICTORIA/DOCTOR 2
“What are you doing?!”

JO/DOCTOR 3
“No!”

But it’s too late, as Owen pulls the switch. This causes the Doctors in the robot companion bodies to contort and writhe in pain. They fall to the floor, whilst the ‘real’ companions run to them.

BILLY
“What’s happening?! What have you done to them?!”

VICTORIA
“They’re in distress!” (calls) “Doctor?! Doctors, are you alright?!”

NYSSA
“Can you hear us?! Doctors, listen! Can you hear us?!”

But it’s no use, as the companion robots controlled by the four Doctors are in great pain.

ACE
(shouts; to Russorg) “You sadistic blob! What are you doing to them?!”

RUSSORG
“It’s simple! Your Doctors are experiencing the same dreams that you had when you were robots!”

NYSSA
“What?!”

RUSSORG
“They shall take your place and do the tasks which I’d set for each of them! One Doctor shall murder someone!”

VICTORIA
(to Russorg) “No!”

RUSSORG
(continues) “One Doctor shall see a sign and use it against the people of Lonmar!”

JO
(to Russorg) “Please don’t!”

RUSSORG
(continues) “One Doctor shall receive help but ultimately get killed to fake it all up!”

NYSSA
(to Russorg) “Don’t you dare do this to our Doctors!”

BILLY
(to Russorg) “Yeah, don’t you dare!”

RUSSORG
“And the last shall be responsible for the deaths of so many people when failing to stop a missile from reaching its target!”

ACE
(shouts; to Russorg) “You’re sick! You’re devilishly sick! I hate you!”

RUSSORG
“They will all steal the generator and blow up Marn Prime to smithereens! I can sense it even now! The robot starship fleet is on its way to attack Marn Prime! The robots will invade!” (mockingly) “Your Doctors have failed! They experience life-like dreams and are under my control! The control of Russorg!”

Russorg laughs out loud triumphantly, whilst the four Doctors in the robot companion bodies continue being distressed and contort in pain.


SCENE #64 – EXT – ORBIT OF MARN PRIME, MARN SPACE – N/A
At the same time, the Lonmar robot invasion fleet of starships is in orbit of Marn Prime in the centre of Marn space. The ships fire torpedoes and phaser beams onto the planet surface. The planet is pounded upon by firepower, as the Lonmar robot invasion fleet continues to attack the planet.


© Tim Bradley, 2017

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