‘The Space Hotel’, Part Four, Chapter 16

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16. TARDIS Defence

SCENE #144 – INT – DINING ROOM, LEVEL #44 – 37TH CENTURY – AFTERNOON
In the dining room on Level #44, Gordon pours oil all over his head that soon goes all over his body. He drops the jug containing the oil to the floor, coughing profusely as he stands over Joel’s unconscious body on a rack on a dining table. Staff members and hotel guests surround Gordon standing over Joel on the dining table, carrying torches of fire.

GORDON
“Mr. Bruce? Are the designated staff and hotel guests ready to commence the burning?”

BRUCE
(drearily) “Yes, sir. They’re all carrying torches as you can see.”

GORDON
“Good.” (shouts) “Everyone! I want you all to put fire on our bodies! And let us BURN!!!” (whispers) “Slowly!”

The staff members and hotel guests advance slowly forward, as they lower their torches to strike at the oily-drenched Gordon and Joel.

BRUCE
“Slowly, Mr. Rotenhend says. Slowly now.”

As the staff members and hotel guests make their approach, Joel slowly stirs from his sleep.

JOEL
(murmurs) “Dad? Mum?”

But Gordon doesn’t hear him whilst standing above him.

GORDON
(quietly) “Father and Son. Burning together. Goodnight, sweet prince.”

Just then, the Doctor, Nyssa and Billy burst in through the dining room door.

DOCTOR
(cries) “Stop!”

GORDON
(annoyed) “What do you want?”

NYSSA
“Your son isn’t dead, Mr. Rotenhend! Spare this madness!”

BILLY
“Yeah! Spare this…this…thing!”

GORDON
“Why should I? You can’t change my mind!”

DOCTOR
“It’s over, Mr. Rotenhend. Your wife has been caught.”

GORDON
(despairingly) “Yes. My wife. She happens to be the murderer. And she and I were working to get this hotel up and running and making sure everything’s in tip top condition. Now she’s a murderer and my son’s dead…oh woe is me!”

NYSSA
“Never mind your woe, Mr. Rotenhend. Your son’s in great peril if your staff members and these hotel guests carry their torches, ready to burn him and you to death!”

GORDON
(shouts angrily) “You three brought this outrage!” (despairingly) “My dreams of status!”

Gordon then sobs and grovels away whilst standing above Joel on the rack on the dining table.

DOCTOR
“Gordon, tell your staff to drop the torches!”

BILLY
“Doctor, they’ll burn the place down if they drop their…”

DOCTOR
(snaps) “Don’t interrupt me, Billy.” (to Gordon) “Gordon, stop this!”

Gordon then grabs a torch off from one of the hotel staff.

GORDON
(taunts) “Oh yeah? What are you going to do about it, Doctor? I’ll drop it! I really will drop it!”

DOCTOR
(panics) “No, no! You won’t drop it!”

GORDON
(determined) “Yeah, yeah I will drop it!”

DOCTOR
“You won’t!”

GORDON
“I will!”

DOCTOR
“You won’t drop it! Don’t drop it!”

GORDON
(laughs) “I will drop it! I’m dropping it! I’m dropping it!”

NYSSA
(raises voice; interrupts) “Will you two please be quiet?!”

BILLY
(interjects) “Mr. Rotenhend?!”

GORDON
(annoyed) “What do you want, boy?”

BILLY
“How much do you want me to pay you not to drop that torch?”

GORDON
“Ten credits!”

BILLY
“Right, then.”

Billy begins to search his pockets.

NYSSA
“Billy, you don’t carry any credits!”

BILLY
(realises) “Oh. No, I don’t.” (to Gordon) “Mr. Rotenhend? Do you have any spare change?”

GORDON
(fumes) “I HATE CHANGE!”

Gordon drops the torch and a fire starts surrounding him and the unconscious Joel on the rack on the dining table. The fire burns higher and stronger.

BILLY
“Oh great.”

DOCTOR
(anxiously) “Nyssa, pass me a chair!”

Nyssa passes a chair to the Doctor.

DOCTOR
(to Gordon) “Right! Mr. Rotenhend, you get off for starters!”

The Doctor strikes Gordon with the chair, which sends him flying off the dining table and onto the floor.

DOCTOR
(cries) “Nyssa; Billy! Push Joel off!”

Nyssa and Billy run over to Joel and push him off the dining table. Staff members and hotel guests stand back, as Joel falls to the floor.

NYSSA
“He’s off!”

Nyssa and Billy run to the other side of the table and kneel down to help Joel.

NYSSA
“Joel, wake up!”

Joel murmurs in his sleep, as his clothes catch fire.

BILLY
“Joel, are you alright?”

NYSSA
“He’s on fire!”

BILLY
“Oh yikes! He is on fire!”

NYSSA
“Get a fire extinguisher, Billy!”

BILLY
“Right ho, Nyssa!”

The Doctor then comes by with a fire extinguisher.

DOCTOR
“It’s alright, Billy! I’ve got the fire extinguisher!”

The Doctor turns the fire extinguisher on, unleashing foam onto Joel’s clothes. Joel splutters as the foam hits him and the fire goes out. Meanwhile, Gordon rises to his feet and goes for Nyssa, picking her off from the floor.

GORDON
(roars) “No! You will not take my son from me! I’ll rip this hair off yours!”

Nyssa cries out in pain, as she’s picked up by Gordon and gets her hair tugged on by him aggressively.

NYSSA
(cries) “Put me down! Let go of my hair!”

Gordon laughs out loud manically as he holds Nyssa, about to pull out her hair. Billy sees this and immediately runs forward to rescue Nyssa and free her from Gordon. A struggle ensues, as Billy tries to get Gordon to let go of Nyssa.

BILLY
(cries) “Oi! Let go off Nyssa, you big bully! Let her go!”

NYSSA
(cries) “Billy, please do something!”

BILLY
“I am trying, Nyssa! I’m trying!”

As Billy tries to help free Nyssa, the Doctor comes round and approaches Gordon.

DOCTOR
“Mr. Rotenhend!”

GORDON
“Yes?”

DOCTOR
“You asked for this, you know.”

The Doctor punches a fierce blow into Gordon’s face. Gordon releases Nyssa once he’s been hit and falls back onto the burning dining table.

GORDON
(staggered) “Oh my!”

Nyssa falls and lands on top of Billy onto the floor. Both Nyssa and Billy groan as they fall on top of each other. Meanwhile, the Doctor gasps in pain after punching Gordon with his fist. He tends to his hand soothingly.

DOCTOR
(in pain) “Ooh! My fist!”

Nyssa recovers, as she wakes up off Billy.

NYSSA
“I can’t believe you just punched someone, Doctor.”

DOCTOR
(in pain) “Well, I’ve had my moments. I’m glad you had a soft landing when you did, Nyssa.”

NYSSA
“Soft landing?”

Billy groans, as Nyssa’s still on him. She immediately gets off him.

NYSSA
(concerned) “Oh, Billy! I’m so sorry! Are you alright? Did I hurt you?”

BILLY
(dizzily) “No I’m fine, Nyssa. I’m just a bit… light-headed!”

NYSSA
“I’m glad I landed on you.”

BILLY
(chuckles; jokingly) “You’re free to land on me anytime you like. Though in the essential sense of course.”

NYSSA
“Of course.”

Just then, Joel wakes up, yawning from his sleep. He looks to see his father on the burning table.

JOEL
“Hey Dad!”

Gordon wakes up to see his son still alive.

GORDON
“Oh, Joel! You’re alive!” (Pause) “I knew that.”

JOEL
(puzzled) “Dad, you’re on fire.”

GORDON
“Am I?”

Gordon screams in pain, as he’s on fire. He shakes about on the dining room table with fire all over him, screaming his head off.

BILLY
“He’s on fire, Doctor! Mr. Rotenhend’s on fire!”

DOCTOR
“I’m perfectly aware that Mr. Rotenhend’s on fire, Billy!”

NYSSA
(apprehensive) “We must help him! Billy, help me get him out of that fire!”

BILLY
“Right, Nyssa.”

Before Nyssa and Billy do this, Gordon laughs wildly and cackles with delight.

GORDON
(shouts; laughs) “You are all idiots! Numskulls! Nitwits! All of you!” (Pause) “You are all doomed! Doomed! DOOMED!”

Gordon laughs crazily, before his body slumps on the dining table in a death-like manner. Moment of silence ensues.

BRUCE
(un-bothered) “Farewell…whoever you were.”

As Gordon burns, metal cracks and breaks as bits of mechanics fall out of his body.

BILLY
(astonished) “He’s an android! Just like Truk, Admiral Brown and all the others! As well as the android versions of us three and of Larry and Bob!”

NYSSA
“Of course! Mrs. Rotenhend was using him to carry out her evil tasks! She needed to have somebody to cover up for her exploits!”

BILLY
“So all that shouting and bad temper from him was a show!”

NYSSA
“Yes. Not to say that I cared for him much, but it is sad.”

DOCTOR
(anxious) “Never mind that. We must go back to the space station to sort out Mrs. Rotenhend. And I have something to return to Lady Mite. Come on!”

Nyssa and Billy follow the Doctor, as they leave the dining room. The staff members and hotel guests remain behind, baffled and puzzled. Joel also sits up from the floor.

JOEL
(puzzled) “Did I miss something, guys? What’s going on?”


SCENE #145 – INT – TOP LEVEL (STATION) – 37TH CENTURY – AFTERNOON
Back at the small space station on the top level, Lady Mite’s TARDIS arrives, whooshing and grinding loudly as it materialises. It lands close to the simi-suite entrance. The red phone box doors open, as the Doctor steps out with Nyssa and Billy.

DOCTOR
“Come on, you two! We must get [to…”]

LADY MITE
“So…Doctor!”

DOCTOR
“Ah, Lady Mite. Did you miss me?”

LADY MITE
“Not as much as I’ve missed my TARDIS which you stole…”

DOCTOR
(apprehensive) “Yes, we’ll talk about that later! Now where’s Mrs. Rotenhend?”

LADY MITE
“Oh no, you don’t! You’re not getting away so easily…”

DOCTOR
(interjects) “By the way! Would you mind getting those hotel guests from the store room of this space station into your TARDIS? If we leave as soon as possible, we don’t want to leave them behind.” (casually) “Excuse me.”

The Doctor heads off into the simi-suite with Nyssa and Billy behind him. Bewildered and irritated, Lady Mite goes off to sort out the hotel guest in the space station’s store room.


SCENE #146 – INT – SIMI-SUITE (STATION) – 37TH CENTURY – AFTERNOON
Inside the simi-suite, Larry and Bob watch Elizabeth on guard with Enuji beside them. The Doctor, Nyssa and Billy enter.

DOCTOR
“Ah! Mr. Cooper and Mr. Hill. Or Larry and Bob! Keeping well, I presume?”

LARRY
(bewildered) “Uh…yes…we are.”

DOCTOR
“Good, good. Both fit enough, are you?”

BOB
(baffled) “Yeah, we’re fit enough.”

DOCTOR
(ecstatic) “There you are, Mrs. Rotenhend! Glad to see you’re in safe hands. Though in Mr. Cooper and Mr. Hill’s case that’s an entirely different perspective.”

LARRY
“Excuse me!”

ENUJI
(interjects) “If you don’t mind please, Doctor. I’m trying to…”

DOCTOR
“Ah, Enuji! The alien waitress who turned cop! Decided to turn on your universal translator, did you?”

ENUJI
“It hasn’t been easy, Doctor. You and everyone at that hotel speak the most peculiar language that I couldn’t understand a word you were saying.”

NYSSA
“You’re a secret agent, aren’t you?!”

BILLY
“Like one of those women in James Bond who’s always got a mystery.”

ENUJI
“I am…number one of the CFIBAI (Civil Federal Integral Borstal Agency International) on Shera Coln. I was assigned under cover to this hotel to discover the real threat that was occurring in this sector of Zondor space. Reported disappearances got the CFIBAI suspicious. So central control agreed to investigate.”

LARRY
“You certainly have picked up on your language problems, girl.”

ENUJI
“I had to disguise myself as a waitress in order to give the benefit of the doubt to those who might easily discover my true identity. As the murders occurred at the hotel, I had the suspicion to report to my superiors that you Doctor were the cause of it all.”

DOCTOR
“How kind.”

ENUJI
“But then, with your help and your ingenious distraction, I didn’t think that these homicide investigations would lead all the way to Elizabeth May Rotenhend, who turned out to be unreal.”

ELIZABETH
“I’m flattered.”

BILLY
“And you had to see to it that you were less fluent in English so that everyone could make out you were dumb and witless.” (apologetic) “Um, no disrespect.”

DOCTOR
“Yes thank you, Billy. We all knew that.”

NYSSA
“Then why didn’t you mention it at the time, Doctor?”

DOCTOR
(hesitates) “I was…occupied on other things. I couldn’t have been aware!”

NYSSA
“Then you couldn’t have known about Enuji’s reason for speaking less than she already knew.” (to Billy) “I congratulate you Billy on bringing up that point. Well done! You hit it right on the head!”

BILLY
“Thank you, Nyssa.”

LARRY
“Never about congratulations. All of this has been too much for me.”

BOB
“Yeah. Larry and I are out of a job. And we’re never going to get any more decent work after what’s happened today!”

DOCTOR
(interjects) “Anyway, moving back to the point. There’s still one question left hanging in the air that needs answering.”

NYSSA
“Just one?”

DOCTOR
(to Elizabeth) “Mrs. Rotenhend? Why?”

ELIZABETH
“Why what, Doctor?”

DOCTOR
“Why did you do it? Commit all those murders. A holographic woman carrying out murders against innocent people by transferring them from the simi-suites of the hotel to this space station. And making android copies before killing them. It’s taken a lot of trouble to do, hasn’t it?” (Pause) “Is it holographic prejudice against all forms of life? Although how can that work since you have a brain stuck inside a compartment behind a portrait of yourself? The brain which is yours.”

NYSSA
“Did you have an unhappy life as a real person, Mrs. Rotenhend?”

DOCTOR
“Nyssa, please be quiet. I’m asking Mrs. Rotenhend a question.”

ELIZABETH
“You’re right, Miss Nyssa.”

DOCTOR
(startled) “What?”

NYSSA
“I am?”

ELIZABETH
(cruelly; to Doctor) “Not that I expect a man to understand.” (to Nyssa) “I was an ordinary barmaid long ago on a space freighter, when a young handsome man came to visit after dealing some wine trading negotiations.”

BILLY
“Mr. Rotenhend?”

ELIZABETH
“Yes! Mr. Rotenhend!” (Pause) “We fell in love, got married, and we decided to run a hotel.”

BILLY
“And then it started to go wrong. Mr. Rotenhend found his marriage to you unhappy.”

NYSSA
“How do you know this, Billy?”

BILLY
“Because he said so.”

DOCTOR
“When?”

BILLY
“When he made an announcement days ago. Don’t you remember?”

DOCTOR
(thinks) “Oh yes, I do remember. When he was announcing the fact that two men crashed into the space hotel.”

LARRY
“That was Bob’s fault!”

BOB
“Me?”

ELIZABETH
“That is correct. My life was unhappy when I was married to Gordon. So, I decided to live a life of emptiness by cutting up my body and allowing my brain to be connected to a simi-suite CPU.”

NYSSA
“That’s ghastly! Horrible!”

ELIZABETH
“Oh no, young girl. It’s easily done. All you need is two knives.”

Nyssa shudders, horrified and appalled.

ELIZABETH
“Anyway, when my brain was connected to the simi-suite, it meant I could simulate any scenario setting I wanted and create any characters I wished. It all seemed clear to me that I didn’t want anyone living to live any more. So I decided to have a world to myself in one simi-suite, this one on the space station, and have android copies of everyone that came to the space hotel. It took years of hard work, persuasion and technological innovation to get it all set up. But it was worth it.”

DOCTOR
“No it wasn’t, Mrs. Rotenhend. Because you’re now caught and you’re not going to hurt or kill people anymore.”

NYSSA
(appalled) “You committed murder because you hated everyone who lived. You’re an evil woman, Mrs. Rotenhend!”

ELIZABETH
“It’s an evil universe, Miss Nyssa. Get used to it!”

Moment of silence.

ENUJI
“Anyway. My mission is complete. So it’s time to shut you down altogether, Mrs. Rotenhend.”

ELIZABETH
(laughs) “That won’t be necessary.”

DOCTOR
“What do you mean?”

ELIZABETH
“You see, Doctor. I’ve been anticipating my failure for quite some time. And if I can’t have a world all to myself, then no-one will!”

Elizabeth breathes in, before something loud is shot from the space station into outer space.

BILLY
“What’s that?”

Just then, Lady Mite runs into the simi-suite.

LADY MITE
(exhausted) “Doctor! A missile has been fired into space! It was fired from this space station!”

DOCTOR
“What?!” (to Elizabeth) “Mrs. Rotenhend…?”

ELIZABETH
“Yes, Doctor. Whilst all of you have been chatting away, I still have some residual power left to access operational controls on this space station.”

BILLY
“How could she have done that? Mr. Cooper and Mr. Hill were keeping watch on her.”

Elizabeth laughs.

NYSSA
(realises) “She was connected to the simi-suite’s CPU by the brain of hers. And the simi-suite’s CPU connects directly to the operations room.”

DOCTOR
“What have you done, Mrs. Rotenhend?”

ELIZABETH
“Oh it’s very simple. I sent a missile to fire on the space hotel!”

NYSSA
“You’re going to kill everyone on that space hotel?!”

BILLY
“Even after everything you’ve done, you’re still going to kill?!”

ELIZABETH
(proudly) “It’s part of my programming now!”

DOCTOR
“That’s what Mr. Rotenhend said. We’re doomed, doomed!”

ELIZABETH
“And by the way…if you intend to stay, I should inform you. This space station will self-destruct in five minutes. Goodbye, Doctor! Goodbye…forever!”

Elizabeth then vanishes, which shuts the simi-suite down.

LARRY
(shocked) “Mrs. Rotenhend? Where’s she gone?”

BOB
“The whole place has gone dark!”

An alarm then goes off.

LARRY
“What’s that noise?”

BILLY
(worried) “She said self-destruct!”

NYSSA
“She’s going to blow up this space station into outer space!”

DOCTOR
“And we’re going to get away from here!” (to Lady Mite) “Lady Mite, may we use your valuable services in boarding your TARDIS again?”

LADY MITE
“Of course! But I’m driving!”

DOCTOR
“Did you get those people into your TARDIS?”

LADY MITE
“Of course I did.”

DOCTOR
“Good.” (to everyone else) “Come on, everyone! This space station’s going to explode! Tempting as it is to be in the actual explosion, that wouldn’t be preferable!”

The Doctor, Nyssa and Billy usher Bob, Larry and Enuji out of the simi-suite as they follow Lady Mite back to her TARDIS. The alarm blares off loudly. Pretty soon, there’s a whooshing, grinding sound as Lady Mite dematerialises, leaving the space station.


SCENE #147 – EXT – ZONDOR SPACE STATION – 37TH CENTURY – N/A
A while later, the space station is adrift in space. Suddenly, it explodes into a million pieces as the self-destruct take places. A shockwave scatters across the western sector of Zondor space.


SCENE #148 – INT – LADY MITE’S TARDIS CONSOLE ROOM – N/A
Meanwhile, the Doctor, Nyssa, Billy, Lady Mite, Larry, Bob and Enuji manage to survive. They stand in the console room of Lady Mite’s TARDIS. The time rotors rises up and down, as Lady Mite’s TARDIS is in flight.

DOCTOR
“Well. Thank goodness we got in here in a jiffy!”

BOB
“This room, Larry. It’s…”

LARRY
“Yeah, Bob. It’s bigger on the inside.”

DOCTOR
(irritated) “Oh, gentlemen! Next time I’ll arrange a quiz with questions and answers stating the obvious!”

BILLY
“Mrs. Rotenhend just killed herself. Her brain was still on that space station when it exploded!”

DOCTOR
“Just as she said, Billy. If she can’t have the world she wanted, then no one can. She was willing to sacrifice her own small life in that simi-suite to avoid interrogation and imprisonment.”

NYSSA
“Billy, come with me! We’ll go and see how the other hotel guests are in Lady Mite’s TARDIS.”

BILLY
“Right, Nyssa.”

ENUJI
“I’ll come with you.”

Nyssa and Billy, joined by Enuji, go off deeper into Lady Mite’s TARDIS to find the other hotel guests.

LADY MITE
“Well, Doctor? What are we going to do about this missile?”

BOB
“For all we know that missile could have hit the hotel by now and blown everyone up!”

LARRY
“Stop being a pessimist, Bob.”

LADY MITE
“What are we going to do, Doctor?”

DOCTOR
“Could your TARDIS generate a force-field using the deflector shield around the architectural structure of the hotel?”

LADY MITE
“What, a hotel that size? And with a type seventy like this? This baby can do anything, Doctor!”

DOCTOR
“But how much power do you need?”

LADY MITE
“How much power?”

DOCTOR
“Yes?”

LADY MITE
(thinks) “Well, a quadrant angle of seven point eight nine two three eight one zero nine billion parsecs of time vortex energy manipulated in my TARDIS’ defence grid would be required.”

DOCTOR
“Is that enough for a type eighty?”

LADY MITE
“Well…no. But it’s not enough for a type forty.”

DOCTOR
“No. But a backup still is required to prevent any shortcomings!”

LADY MITE
“What are you getting at, Doctor?”


SCENE #149 – EXT – ROTENHEND HOTEL 360 – 37TH CENTURY – N/A
In outer space, Rotenhend Hotel 360 spins on its axis. No activity occurs as there aren’t any spaceships docking or departing from the hotel. Just then, Lady Mite’s TARDIS in the form of a red phone box materialises in mid-flight beside the hotel. The Doctor’s TARDIS in the form of a blue police box also materialises in mid-flight beside Lady Mite’s TARDIS.


SCENE #150 – INT – TARDIS CONSOLE ROOM – N/A
Inside the Doctor’s TARDIS, the Doctor works at the console controls, pressing switches and buttons. Nyssa and Billy stand beside him, as the Doctor speaks on the intercom to communicate with Lady Mite in her TARDIS.

DOCTOR
(through intercom) “Are you ready, Mite?”

LADY MITE (V’O)
“Ready when you are, Doctor.”

DOCTOR
(through intercom) “Are Mr. Hill; Mr. Cooper and Miss Enuji ready to help you?”

LADY MITE (V’O)
“They are.”

ENUJI (V’O)
“Wee.”

LARRY (V’O)
“Yes.”

BOB (V’O)
“Ready and waiting!”

The Doctor presses a few more buttons at his TARDIS console.

NYSSA
“This is madness, Doctor. Not to mention it’s scientifically impossible.”

DOCTOR
“Trust me, Nyssa.”

BILLY
“I have to say Doctor, I agree with Nyssa. I’m sceptical as to how you can carry this…fantastic plan of yours out!”

DOCTOR
“With two TARDISes in place of the hotel protecting it from the missile, how can this all go wrong?”

NYSSA
“A lot if the dimensional structural integrity collapses, Doctor. We’ll be crushed to a singularity if we can’t support Lady Mite’s TARDIS.”

DOCTOR
(apprehensive) “Well if we run out of power, we might as well jettison some of the TARDIS quarters.”

NYSSA
“Oh no, Doctor. Not…”

Lady Mite then cuts in on the intercom.

LADY MITE (V’O)
“Doctor? Collision with missile in fifty seconds.”

DOCTOR
(through intercom) “Thank you, Mite. Have you got your shield around the hotel yet?”

LADY MITE (V’O)
“Setting up shield parameters around the hotel…now!”

The Doctor presses a button to activate the TARDIS scanner screen. The Doctor, Nyssa and Billy look and see Lady Mite’s TARDIS’ deflector shield surrounding the space hotel.

DOCTOR
(through intercom) “Excellent! Well done, Mite. Now if I just add the extra shielding.”

NYSSA
“Doctor! You’re not serious…”

DOCTOR
(through intercom) “Setting up shield now!”

The Doctor flicks a switch. There is then is a sudden shudder, which sends the trio falling onto the floor. They soon gets themselves back onto their feet and see the Doctor’s TARDIS has set a shield around the space hotel too.

DOCTOR
(pleased) “There we are! All set in motion!”

BILLY
“Well, you could have given us a warning before that happened!”

Lady Mite cuts in on the intercom again.

LADY MITE (V’O)
“Doctor. Missile impact in thirty seconds.”

DOCTOR
(through intercom) “Good. Standing by.” (Pause; gradually; to Nyssa) “Nyssa? I’m not saying it would happen…if anything were to go wrong!”

NYSSA
“Wrong?”

DOCTOR
“But…just in case we all die in this…thanks for everything!” (Pause) “You too, Billy!”

BILLY
“I wouldn’t have missed this for the world, Doctor. Or the universe.”

NYSSA
“Same here. Thank you, Doctor.”

DOCTOR
(modestly) “Well…”

NYSSA
“Thank you for the dates, Billy.”

BILLY
“Oh my pleasure, Nyssa.”

Lady Mite cuts in on the intercom again.

LADY MITE (V’O)
“Missile impact in fifteen seconds.”

DOCTOR
(to Nyssa; Billy) “Hold on tight, you two!”

The three of them hold onto the TARDIS console, waiting for the impact of the missile to hit the space hotel.

LADY MITE (V’O)
“Missile impact in ten…nine…eight…seven…six…five…four…”


SCENE #151 – EXT – ROTENHEND HOTEL 360 – 37TH CENTURY – N/A
In outer space, the missile sent from the space station shoot across the stars and is about to hit the space hotel. The missile then bumps into the force-field barriers of the deflector shields set up by the two TARDISes. The missile shudders, unable to break through the force-field barriers. It slowly begins to degenerate, as power is drained from the sheer pressure.


SCENE #152 – INT – TARDIS CONSOLE ROOM – N/A
Inside the Doctor’s TARDIS, the trio hold on for dear life, as mini explosions occur from various parts of the console. The pressure of the missile hitting the force-field barriers of the two TARDISes affects them too.

BILLY
“Doctor? How much longer is this going to take?”

DOCTOR
(sharply) “Until the missile explodes! I don’t know!”

NYSSA
“Doctor, we can’t keep this up! The integrity of the stabiliser field of the TARDIS can’t adapt to this much pressure!”

DOCTOR
“Just a few minutes more.”

BILLY
“And then?”

DOCTOR
“Then we will have to jettison some rooms.”

The Doctor flicks a switch to activate the intercom on.

DOCTOR
(through intercom) “Lady Mite? How are you doing?”

LADY MITE (V’O)
“Badly, Doctor! This TARDIS of mine doesn’t seem to be able to withstand the pressure of the missile. That’s Time Lord advertising for you!”

NYSSA
(through intercom; to Lady Mite) “How about the others? Enuji; Mr. Cooper and Mr. Hill?”

LADY MITE (V’O)
“Oh Enuji’s bearing it! Amazing for a girl who couldn’t speak English!”

BILLY
(through intercom; to Lady Mite) “And Mr. Cooper and Mr. Hill?”

LADY MITE (V’O)
“Oh they’re knocked out!” (to Doctor) “Doctor, I can’t keep this up for long!”

The Doctor thinks for a moment, as his TARDIS console room shudders.

DOCTOR
(through intercom) “Then we might have to give you some extra power. Unfortunately!”

NYSSA
(troubled) “By jettisoning the rooms?”

DOCTOR
“It’s the only way, Nyssa.”

BILLY
(amazed) “No, no, wait! Doctor; Nyssa, look!”

They look at the TARDIS scanner screen to see the missile exploding in space before hitting the space hotel. Moment of silence, as they look on amazed by what’s happened.

DOCTOR
“We did it! Nyssa; Billy! We did it!”

NYSSA
“We certainly did! Well done, Doctor!”

BILLY
(ecstatic) “Yes well done, Doctor!”

DOCTOR
“Thank you.” (through intercom) “Lady Mite, are you alright?”

LADY MITE (V’O)
“I’m fine on this end, Doctor. So is Enuji, and so are Mr Cooper and Mr. Hill. They’ve recovered so dramatically!”

There is faint arguing on the intercom from Bob and Larry aboard Lady Mite’s TARDIS.

DOCTOR
(relieved; through intercom) “Good thing I didn’t have to jettison those rooms then!”

LADY MITE (V’O)
“I take it we can switch off the shields!”

DOCTOR
(through intercom) “Yes. And then return to the hotel! I gather some guests would appreciate some proper rest now!”

LADY MITE (V’O)
(cheerfully) “See you soon, Doctor!”

DOCTOR
(through intercom) “You too, Mite. You too.”

The Doctor switches off the intercom and presses a few buttons to take the TARDIS back to the space hotel. He hums a little tune as he does this.

BILLY
“I still say that was madness, Doctor! But it was amazing!”

NYSSA
“Same here, Doctor. It was highly unscientific of you to conceive such an idea as that to save the space hotel.”

DOCTOR
“Well, Nyssa; Billy. It takes one to know one! But in the end…it satisfies, doesn’t it?”

The trio are jovial, as the TARDIS takes them back to the space hotel.


SCENE #153 – INT – LOBBY, LEVEL #1 – 37TH CENTURY – MORNING
Next morning at the space hotel, Enuji is behind the reception desk in the lobby on Level #1. She presses the tannoy switch.

ENUJI
(through tannoy; acting like Gordon; quietly) “Enuji?!” (loudly) “ENUJI?!”

Enuji moves behind the reception desk and looks to see someone approach.

ENUJI
(cheerfully) “Welcome to Enuji Hotel One! How are you, sir?”

GORDON
“Fine thanks, Enuji. Enjoying your new job?”

ENUJI
“Wee.”

GORDON
“I see.”

ENUJI
(gradually) “Well! What…can…I…do…for…you…now?”

GORDON
“I’d like a room please.”

ENUJI
“A room.”

GORDON
“Yes. Now I’d like to have in this room a bath with a space view for five nights. Then I’d like to have a late breakfast in bed with sausages, bacon, eggs, fried bread, two pieces of toast and baked beans with a cheese salad. Followed by a pint of beer and a packet of crisps!”

ENUJI
“Wee wee. You’re room eighty-eight.”

GORDON
“Thanks! I’m ‘room eighty-eight’.”

ENUJI
“Don’t mind blood and body. We soon clear it up.” (calls) “Bruce? Bruce?”

Mechanical motors whir, as Bruce approaches the reception desk.

BRUCE
(happily) “I had a nice sleep last night.”

ENUJI
“Good for you. Would you take Mr. Rotenhend’s cases up to room eighty-eight please?”

BRUCE
“Yes, madam.” (to Gordon) “This way, sir.”

Bruce happily leads the way, as Gordon follows him into the turbo-lift to make for Room #88. Nyssa and Billy watch nearby.

BILLY
“Do you think this happy hotel will last?”

NYSSA
“Well, if the Doctor’s reprogramming of Bruce; Enuji’s promotion and the less loud-mouth manner of Gordon deteriorates, then the result of this experiment will be evident.”

BILLY
“To think that as we leave this place, it will never be as cosy and quaint as it is now.”

NYSSA
“Things can’t always be like this I’m afraid, Billy.”

BILLY
“No. But at least it’s good while it lasts.”

NYSSA
“Oh, look! There’s Lady Mite and the two gentlemen, Larry and Bob.”

Lady Mite; Bob and Larry approach the reception desk with Enuji behind it.

LADY MITE
“Excuse me?”

ENUJI
“Ah. Welcome to Enuji Hotel One. How may I help you?”

LADY MITE
“I understand you have problems with the generator filters in the simi-suites as they are now all offline and inoperative!”

ENUJI
“Yes. True.”

LADY MITE
“Well. I have two gentlemen who could do the job tremendously!”

ENUJI
“Really?”

LARRY
(thrilled) “Really?!”

BOB
“Really?”

LADY MITE
“I’ve had these two gentlemen work for me before! And they’ve been most valuable in their services as holo-engineers. So if you will accept, I very much would appreciate it.”

LARRY
“Thanks, your ladyship.”

BOB
“Yeah, thanks.”

LADY MITE
“And I can cover for any insurances of any damage they may cause.”

LARRY; BOB
(puzzled) “Eh?”

LADY MITE
“So, what do you say?”

ENUJI
(thinks; gradually) “Wee; Wee! I would like to have someone to repair the simi-suites. So wee, wee!”

LARRY
“I’ve already paid my visit.”

BOB
“So have I.”

LADY MITE
“That’s great! Thank you, Enuji!” (Pause; realises) “Oh, excuse me!”

The Doctor then enters. Lady Mite sees him, as she excuses herself from Larry and Bob seeing Enuji. She goes over to see the Doctor. Nyssa and Billy come over to join him and Lady Mite.

LADY MITE
(calls) “Doctor?”

DOCTOR
“Ah! Hello, Lady Mite! Hello, Nyssa; Billy!”

NYSSA
“Hello, Doctor! Where have you been?”

BILLY
“Yeah? Where have you been, Doc?”

DOCTOR
“I’ve just been checking the TARDIS, my TARDIS, for any damage to its circuitry.”

NYSSA
“And is there?”

DOCTOR
“There’s still a little fragmentation and sequencing errors with the dimensional stabilisers, so we have to stay put on this hotel before we leave.”

BILLY
“And how long will that take?”

DOCTOR
(thinks) “Three days.”

NYSSA
“Three days?”

DOCTOR
“Yes. So we’ve got a few more days to spend on this hotel.” (enquiringly) “By the way, how is this homicide-less hotel? If homicide-less is a word at all?”

LADY MITE
“Enuji seems to be enjoying her new role as hotel manager. Ever since her resignation from the CFIBAI, she seems happy to be bossing about at this space hotel!”

NYSSA
“She’s still sweet as ever though.”

BILLY
(happily) “Reminds me of someone I know.”

NYSSA
“And Mr. Rotenhend just booked in for a room.”

DOCTOR
“Oh and how is Mr. Rotenhend taking it all then?”

NYSSA
“Difficult to say.”

BILLY
“We were just talking about how the happiness of this hotel will last when we leave it. I mean it’s fine for Mr. Bruce, but how changed will this hotel be.”

DOCTOR
“Change?” (laughs) “That’s definitely hard to predict for the future!”

NYSSA
“It’s a good thing we kept a few android copies of some of those dead hotel guests to keep their memories and spirits alive.”

BILLY
“Such as?”

The Admiral then enters.

ADMIRAL
“Morning, Doctor.”

DOCTOR
“Morning, Admiral.”

ADMIRAL
“Goodbye, Doctor.”

DOCTOR
“Goodbye, Admiral.”

The Admiral leaves.

BILLY
“So everything’s hunky-dory now, isn’t it?!”

DOCTOR
“Not quite.”

NYSSA
(puzzled) “What do you mean, Doctor?”

DOCTOR
“Well, there’s still one matter we haven’t solved yet.” (distracted) “A matter that concerns a certain element of temporal stability. An element so critical that without it, it can cause an almost casual reality complex to occur…where did you get that comb from Lady Mite?”

LADY MITE
“Comb? You mean my hair comb?”

They see Lady Mite combing her hair with a hair comb.

NYSSA
“Is that your hair comb, Lady Mite?”

LADY MITE
“Of course it is, my dear. After all that business with Mrs. Rotenhend and the simi-suites, one’s bound to get their hair in a mess from time to time.”

The Doctor snatches the hand comb from Lady Mite’s hand.

LADY MITE
“Hey! That’s mine, Doctor.”

DOCTOR
(apprehensive) “Hold on a second!”

The Doctor fumbles in his coat pocket and takes out the burnt comb he used to stop simi-suite #5’s polarizer panel on Level #59. He holds the two combs together in his hands, comparing them both.

DOCTOR
“They’re both identical! Exactly identical. Apart from the fact that one of them is burnt!”

NYSSA
“Is this signifcant, Doctor?”

DOCTOR
“Excuse me. I’ll be right back!”

The Doctor runs off.

LADY MITE
(calls) “Doctor!”

DOCTOR
“I promise, Lady Mite. I’ll bring your comb back!”

The Doctor is then gone, leaving Nyssa and Billy puzzled and Lady Mite irritated.

LADY MITE
(irritated) “First my TARDIS, now he’s stolen my hair comb. What’s the matter with that man?”

BILLY
(puzzled) “What was all that about, Nyssa?”

NYSSA
(intrigued) “I’ve no idea. Unless…”

Meanwhile, Admiral Brown approaches the reception desk with Enuji behind it.

ADMIRAL
“Hello, Miss Enuji!”

ENUJI
“Welcome to Enuji Hotel One, Admiral Brown. How may I help you?”

ADMIRAL
“Any sign of the papers?”

ENUJI
“Coo?”


SCENE #154 – EXT – ROTENHEND HOTEL 360 – 37TH CENTURY – N/A
Later on, the space hotel is bustling with activity again. Spaceships and freighters dock and/or leave the hotel, as new guests arrive and old guests leave. The hotel is in its stationary orbit as this activity goes on. This activity at the space hotel is more frequent in terms of arrivals than departures, as Enuji is in charge instead of Gordon and Elizabeth.


SCENE #155 – INT – DINING ROOM, LEVEL #44 – 37TH CENTURY – AFTERNOON
In the dining room on Level #44, background music is played for the song ‘Beyond the Sea’ by Jack Lawrence and Charles Trenet. This is the original version of the song, performed by Bobby Darin. Nyssa and Billy dance to this song whilst in the dining room, moving gracefully and elegantly.

NYSSA
“This is beautiful music, Billy!”

BILLY
(gradually) “You’re beautiful too, Nyssa.”

NYSSA
(shyly) “You always like to flatter me don’t you, Billy?”

Both giggle.

BILLY
“It’s good to know that we’re dancing in a real place. Not some holographic illusion of a dancing venue in a simi-suite.”

NYSSA
“Sometimes I wonder if this has been a dream.”

BILLY
“A good dream, I hope?”

NYSSA
(giggles) “I’m glad we’re able to dance tonight too, Billy!”

BILLY
“Good. I’m pleased to hear you say that, Nyssa.” (Pause) “Though I wish we had more people come here.”

NYSSA
“I don’t. After all that’s happened with the murder cases, it’s nice not to think about people for a while. You and I deserve a rest, Billy.”

BILLY
“Yeah. It’s nice to have a little break now and again. To feel carefree.”

Nyssa and Billy keep on dancing, as the music plays in the background.

BILLY
(gradually) “I wish we could keep dancing like this forever.”

NYSSA
“Well we’ll just have to hope the Doctor won’t bother us with anything else that catches his curiosity. If he keeps to his word that we can enjoy our time at this space hotel for three days more before we leave.”

BILLY
(stammers) “Yes. Um…about leaving, Nyssa. I um…I’ve been thinking about what you said about joining you and the Doctor in the TARDIS.”

NYSSA
“And?”

BILLY
“Well I thought about it. And err…I don’t want to leave you and the Doctor. I’ve enjoyed my time with you and the Doctor so far. I just don’t want to seem like…I’m overstaying my welcome with you two in the TARDIS.”

NYSSA
(thinks) “Well, we’ll see what the Doctor says. He might mention something.”

BILLY
“Yes.” (Pause) “Then again not.”

Nyssa and Billy keep dancing for a while, as the music plays in the background.

NYSSA
(gradually) “Since you’ve shown me the dances of your Earth history, Billy…perhaps I could show you how we danced on Traken.”

BILLY
(intrigued) “Traken dancing?” (Pause) “Well…do you think I can learn how to do it, Nyssa?”

NYSSA
“You seem keen and interested to learn new things, Billy. Perhaps you’ll like Traken dancing. The dances are far more formalised and complex though.”

BILLY
(thinks) “Well, I still can’t do the Charleston. So you can laugh at me if you find my Traken dancing awful.”

Both Nyssa and Billy laugh, as the ‘Beyond the Sea’ song comes to an end. They stop dancing.

BILLY
“Shall we take a rest from dancing for a moment, Nyssa?”

NYSSA
“Yes. Let’s sit back at our dining table for a moment.”

Nyssa and Billy go back to their seats at their dining table, just as some Ray Conniff music now gets played in the background. The Doctor then enters the dining room to meet up with Nyssa and Billy at their table.

DOCTOR
“Nyssa; Billy! I’m glad I’ve found you here!”

NYSSA
“Doctor! Thank goodness you’re alright!”

DOCTOR
“Of course I’m alright! Why wouldn’t I be?”

BILLY
“But you ran off, Doctor! Where did you go?”

DOCTOR
“Into the TARDIS. Oh by the way, I had some dimensional conduits damaged in my travels. So it’ll be five days now for the old girl to be fully repaired. So we’ve got a longer holiday than anticipated! Good, isn’t it?!”

NYSSA
“But where did you go, Doctor?”

DOCTOR
“Go? Oh I went to see you and Billy!”

NYSSA
“Us?”

DOCTOR
“Yes.”

BILLY
“When?”

DOCTOR
“Two days ago. In swimming pool two on level seven of the swimming pool complex.”

NYSSA
(puzzled) “Swimming pool two?”

DOCTOR
“When you were in your bikini, Nyssa. Don’t you remember? I had to give you that hair comb of Lady Mite’s. The comb you gave to me when we sorted out that polarizer panel in simi-suite five on level fifty-nine.”

NYSSA
(realises) “Of course! You gave that comb to us in order to ensure we gave it to you to save ourselves from getting out of Mrs. Rotenhend’s trap!”

BILLY
“And to be able to get to the space station to stop the missile from destroying the hotel!”

DOCTOR
“The whole temporal balance, I’m happy to say, is restored again! And will be again until…until another timey-wimey fragment occurs.”

Lady Mite then enters the dining room.

LADY MITE
“Ah! There you are, Doctor! I want a word with you!”

DOCTOR
(ecstatic) “Ah! Mite, there you are. I’ve got something that belongs to you! Here you are!”

The Doctor hands Lady Mite’s hair comb back to her. She takes it from him to see the state it’s in.

LADY MITE
(utterly shocked) “Doctor!”

DOCTOR
“Sorry for it being burnt. But I did promise I’d bring it back, didn’t I?”

LADY MITE
“You practically ruined it! It cost fifty credits to pay for this. Not to mention the insurance.”

DOCTOR
(interjects) “Excuse me Mite for interrupting! But you just saved Nyssa and Billy’s life as well as mine. We’re eternally grateful!”

LADY MITE
(startled) “Oh.” (Pause) “Well, it was a pleasure.”

NYSSA
“Thank you, Lady Mite!”

BILLY
“Yes, Lady Mite! Thank you!”

Moment of silence.

DOCTOR
“Will you be staying long at this hotel?”

LADY MITE
“Might as well. I’ve got to help those two fellows with sorting out their new career at this hotel. Then I’ll be travelling off again!”

DOCTOR
“Well do be careful now, won’t you?”

LADY MITE
“I will, Doctor.” (Pause) “Bump into me next time when you see me.”

DOCTOR
“Oh I’m sure I can think of a good reason to see you again! We have a score to settle!”

NYSSA
(interrupts) “Doctor? Billy wants to say something.” (to Billy) “Don’t you, Billy?”

BILLY
(hesitates) “Oh uh…yes! Yes I do!”

DOCTOR
“Yes, Billy? What is it?”

BILLY
(hesitates) “Are you going to take me back to Earth, Doctor? To nineteen sixty-three?”

DOCTOR
“Do you want to go back?”

BILLY
(stammers) “Well…um…I was wondering.” (Pause) “Can I stay with you and Nyssa for a little while longer?”

DOCTOR
(gradually) “You want to join us, Billy?”

BILLY
(gradually) “Yes. Very much.”

DOCTOR
“I see.”

BILLY
(stammers) “If you don’t want to have me, then that’s fine. I understand. I mean you’ve got Nyssa with you and you don’t need me to…”

DOCTOR
(interrupts) “Billy, do you want to join me and Nyssa in the TARDIS or not?”

BILLY
(apprehensive) “Yes. Yes, I just said so. I want to join you and Nyssa.”

DOCTOR
“Then you shall.”

BILLY
(gradually; startled) “Oh. Well…thank you, Doctor. That’s very kind of you.”

DOCTOR
“My pleasure. Just bear in mind though, Billy. Travelling in the TARDIS isn’t always fun. There are dangerous things on the way.”

NYSSA
“And wonderful things too, Doctor.”

DOCTOR
“Yes. And wonderful things.”

BILLY
“I understand, Doctor. But I would like to join you and Nyssa in the TARDIS please.”

DOCTOR
“Good.” (Pause) “Besides, I’ve got quite used to you anyway.”

BILLY
“Oh, really?” (Pause) “What’s that supposed to mean?”

The Ray Conniff music comes to end, as Glenn Miller’s ‘Moonlight Serenade’ gets played in the background.

DOCTOR
“Ah! Music!” (to Nyssa) “Nyssa? May I have the next dance, please?”

NYSSA
“I didn’t think you danced, Doctor.”

DOCTOR
(stunned) “Nyssa! Surely you would expected me, a Time Lord that’s lived for more than eight hundred years and travelled in time and space, to dance.”

NYSSA
(slightly amused) “Then I accept you for the next dance, Doctor!” (to Billy) “Do you mind, Billy?”

BILLY
“No of course not, Nyssa.” (to Lady Mite) “Lady Mite? May I dance with you?”

LADY MITE
(happily) “Of course you may, Billy. Let’s go and dance, shall we?”

The Doctor takes Nyssa by the hand; just as Billy takes Lady Mite by the hand, as they start dancing to ‘Moonlight Serenade’. They dance in the dining room with the music being played in the background.

LADY MITE
(to Doctor) “So, Doctor? Did you enjoy travelling in a type seventy TARDIS? Impressive, isn’t it?”

DOCTOR
“Very impressive, Lady Mite. A very good TARDIS. But mine is better.” (to Nyssa) “Don’t you agree, Nyssa?”

NYSSA
“Well…Lady Mite’s TARDIS certainly knows where it’s going.” (to Billy) “Doesn’t it, Billy?”

BILLY
“Yes, Nyssa. It definitely seems to know where it’s going!”

DOCTOR
(slightly annoyed) “That’s loyalty from your friends, isn’t it?”

Lady Mite laughs whilst Nyssa and Billy are amused by the Doctor’s slight annoyance. ‘Moonlight Serenade’ eventually comes to an end on a final note.


Sting music. Roll original 1982 Peter Davison end credits.


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17 thoughts on “‘The Space Hotel’, Part Four, Chapter 16

  1. IWishIHadATardis

    Hi Tim

    The final chapter!

    I had to laugh when Billy offers to pay Gordon money, and then realises he doesn’t have any, and asks Gordon for a loan!

    Good on the Doctor for getting physical with Gordon!

    Oh, and it’s the end of Gordon! My goodness, he was badly programmed, wasn’t he? I don’t think I’d want to meet the ‘real’ him!

    Ha, made me laugh when Nyssa immediately realised why Elizabeth had done it, and the Doctor had told her to be quiet!

    I like the way the Doctor’s got Larry and Bob sized up!

    Made me laugh to see the Hotel the way it is now. I liked Gordon’s breakfast order!

    Ah, and now we know how the Doctor gave Nyssa the comb!

    Ha, made me laugh with the Admiral asking about the papers again!

    That final scene was nice; Larry and Bob are all sorted out, and Billy has asked to travel in the Tardis; and the Doctor is annoyed at people complaining about the Tardis landings. All very nice, and typical.

    Well, what a great story, Tim! I will most definitely read that again, and next time I won’t be in such a hurry to see what happens next, and I can read it more slowly and pick up all the clues as I go.

    Really great stuff, Tim; well done, it’s fantastic to see you putting your writing out there like that, and it’s really very good.

    Leigh

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  2. Tim Bradley Post author

    Hi Leigh!

    I’m so pleased you’ve enjoyed reading ‘The Space Hotel’. Thank you so much for your lovely comments and feedback. I’m glad I impressed you with this story. I hope you enjoy reading it for a second time.

    I’m so pleased you like the relationships between the Doctor; Nyssa and Billy and how I’ve written them in the stories. I was tentative about whether this new TARDIS trio would work and whether readers would like this new set up. But I’m glad I’ve impressed you with how I’ve developed the Doctor; Nyssa and Billy interacting with each other. I’ll hope you’ll enjoy more stories with this TARDIS trio later on.

    Well, with Ten I find he’s an amalgamation of previous Doctors from the classic series meld into one. One minute he can Tom Baker; next he can Peter Davison; next he can be Jon Pertwee, and that adds to his manic energy that David puts into the character. I liked how the comparison was made between Five and Ten in ‘Time Crash’ and how interesting it was, and it certainly helped me with writing how to interpret the Fifth Doctor for my stories.

    Yes, I always felt sorry for companions (including male ones like Harry; Adric and Turlough) who seemed to be written as either dim or stupid when walking themselves into danger unintentionally. Adric had that problem when he was dealing with Monarch in ‘Four To Doomsday’ and I didn’t like it when Four called Harry an ‘imbecile’ in ‘Revenge of the Cybermen’. I’m pleased you find Billy works well for the Fifth Doctor and Nyssa and not against them, as that is what I wanted to achieve with this character. Ian was clearly straight-forward and worked well as a companion with One and that’s what I wanted to have in Billy and bring back in a male companion who worked well.

    I knew I’d make you laugh with that scene where Billy offers to give Gordon money and then realises he doesn’t have any and asks for spare change. It sounded funny to me when I was writing it, especially when Nyssa told Billy he hadn’t got any credits. I’m glad you found it funny. Did you like it when Gordon replied, “I HATE CHANGE!!!”

    That was quite a horrible moment with what Gordon was going to with Nyssa and her hair, wasn’t it?

    Yes the Doctor does get physical twice with Gordon doesn’t he, with pushing him off the table and punching him the face. Five’s punching Gordon in the face predates Eleven’s punching of Bracewell in ‘Victory of the Daleks’, doesn’t it? It was risky when I wrote it, but it seemed to fit the Fifth Doctor somehow.

    Did you find it funny when Nyssa had a ‘soft landing’ on Billy?

    Yes. The end of Gordon. What do you make when Bruce said “Farewell…whoever you were.” Were you surprised that Gordon wasn’t real and was badly programmed. Do you think it explains well why Gordon seemed over-the-top and bad-mannered whenever the Doctor, Nyssa and Billy meet him at reception and throughout the hotel? I’m wondering what the real ‘Gordon’ is like. How many more Gordons are there like him? I’d have to check out all the other ‘Rotenhend’ hotels in the universe, wouldn’t I?

    Do you then ‘Rotenhend’ fits in well with a name like ‘Fawlty’?

    Oh I’m glad you found that funny when Nyssa realised why Elizabeth done it and the Doctor told her to be quiet. The Doctor seemed to be rambling on about it before Nyssa came to that conclusion, didn’t he? It’s a nice moment for Nyssa who gets to be one step ahead of the Doctor. Billy was pretty good at realising some clues about how Gordon felt about Elizabeth with his unhappy marriage to her, wasn’t he?

    Did you find it shocking with what Elizabeth said and what she was going to do with the space hotel with the missile?

    Yes, that was funny when Bob and Larry walked into the TARDIS and how they reacted. The Doctor must get fed up with people saying it’s bigger on the inside. That line of the Doctor’s was partly inspired by Basil Fawlty’s suggestion of putting Sybil on ‘Mastermind’ in ‘Basil the Rat’, in case you didn’t know. 😀

    Did it get too tense for you with how the Doctor and Lady Mite used their TARDISes to save the Space Hotel from the missile?

    Yes, were you surprised by how Enuji seemed to be taking over the space hotel by the end and what her true identity was in the story? I’m glad you liked Gordon’s breakfast order. No doubt you’d be surprised as to where that came from which ‘Fawlty Towers’ episode? Seemed unusual to have a pint of beer; cheese and crisps with all the other breakfast items, didn’t it?

    Yes. Did that surprise you with how the comb fitted into place on where the Doctor got it from and how she gave it to Nyssa? Lady Mite also had a big part to play in that too. She wasn’t too happy when she got her hair comb back from the Doctor, was she?

    I’m glad I made you laugh with the Admiral asking for the papers again. Did you like how Enuji responded to that with ‘Coo?’

    I’m glad you like how Larry and Bob are sorted with helping out on the space hotel. It was nice of Lady Mite to put them up for it, wasn’t it? Do you think it’ll last long? Do you think Larry and Bob’s career with the space hotel will be successful compared to their previous enterprises? Who knows?

    Did you like that dance scene between Nyssa and Billy at the end with the music in the background?

    Yes Billy has been accepted as a companion by the Doctor and Nyssa now. Were you pleased with how I wrote with Billy asking to join and the Doctor’s response? Nyssa’s pleased that Billy’s travelling with her and the Doctor in the TARDIS, isn’t she?

    I thought it’d be nice to end the story with Nyssa and Billy gently mocking the Doctor’s control of the TARDIS and he being annoyed by it. It was a character moment and helped to establish the camaraderie between the Doctor, Nyssa and Billy and how things were going to continue between this new trio. I’m glad you liked it, Leigh.

    I’m so pleased you’ve enjoyed ‘The Space Hotel’. I’m glad my series of ‘Doctor Who’ stories has impressed you so far with ‘The Railway of Time’ and ‘The Space Hotel’. Again, I was anxious about whether it was wise to do this and have my stories posted on my blog. But it seems to be working out well at the moment and I’m glad I’ve kept you entertained with my stories.

    I’ve already got ‘Part One’ of ‘Doom of the Daleks’ scheduled to be posted on my blog. I hope to upload the rest of that story soon. Stay tuned for an announcement on that story. I hope you’ll enjoyed that one as well.

    Thanks a lot, Leigh. You’re a very kind person. Tim. 🙂

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  3. IWishIHadATardis

    Hi Tim

    I did enjoy my read, very much. You’re very welcome for the comments and feedback. I’m glad you thought they were useful and worthwhile. I will definitely be back to read The Railway of Time, and The Space Hotel again.

    I think you wrote the existing duo of the Doctor and Nyssa very well, and then incorporated into that tried and true team the new character of Billy very well again. That can be a tricky thing to do, to take a team that already works well, write them well, and then not change that dynamic to the wrong direction when introducing a new character to the team, so you really did do very well with that whole setup. I hope there will be more stories forthcoming.

    I agree; I think Ten really does personify many of the characteristics of the earlier Doctors, and that’s partly what makes him such an interesting character, isn’t it – he has those glimpses of the earlier Doctors, which pop out on the right occasion, and David Tennant plays that all so well in the amalgamated character that is Ten.

    Companions sometimes did feel like there were only there for convenience; like the earlier female companions who all too often sprained their ankle or screamed and ran. The male companions also suffered, and I agree that Harry, Adric and Turlough were not always well used, which was a great shame. It’s a shame that Harry was written in and then not used well once Tom Baker became the Doctor. I always liked Harry, and his old-fashioned views, and staunch loyalty and chivalry. Adric was written too much as a young boy who didn’t seem to know what he wanted. And Turlough suffered partly from having come from a background with involvement with the Black Guardian, and although the Doctor rapidly forgave him that and took him on board the Tardis willingly, Turlough also had the problem of being one of three companions for much of his time on the Tardis, so there were often times when the individual companions had too little to do, or were written badly to remove them from the scene as the story unfolded. It is a shame, but Turlough and Adric are certainly being redeemed by Big Finish. It would be nice to have some way of recognising Harry and bringing him back into stories as well. I always thought he and Sarah Jane were great together.

    The scene with Billy offering Gordon money and then realising he didn’t have any was funny. Gordon was not nice with Nyssa at all! I rather felt sorry for Gordon, though, he really didn’t know who or what he was any more, did he? He became, from a comic nasty character, a rather tragic character.

    I think Five would react physically if there was really no way to avoid it, and he would never try to kill, only to disarm and stop someone who was threatening everything he was fighting for.

    It was funny when Nyssa had a ‘soft landing’ on Billy!

    I think Bruce knew that Gordon was neither fully human nor fully android, somehow, but he was caught in a horrible limbo of not knowing quite what he was supposed to be, and knowing he had failed at everything he had tried to do as a human, and therefore as an android. So Bruce somehow at some level knew that Gordon was a failed ‘nobody and nothing’, and really felt quite sorry for him.

    Goodness, I hope all the Rotenhend hotels don’t have that type of Gordon running them! And Elizabeth!

    I think Rotenhend and Fawlty go well together; I don’t think Gordon and Basil would get on, though!!

    Nyssa taking charge was good like that. She is really in her element in this story, when the Doctor has put together some clues to make a skeleton of the answers, which she is very rapidly able to put flesh on, to make it coherent. It was funny that she and Elizabeth saw it from a woman’s perspective, whereas the Doctor was about, I think, to make it much more complicated than he needed to.

    Elizabeth, I think, had completely lost sight of her original humanity, and was really only bent on revenge against everybody, wasn’t she, so I wasn’t too surprised when she decided that everyone else had to die.

    The Doctor having people say the Tardis is bigger on the inside than the out is always funny, isn’t it, especially when the scene doesn’t play out like you might expect.

    I thought the Doctor and Lady Mite using their Tardises to save the Space Hotel from the missile was a very good idea.

    I liked that the Hotel was being properly run by the end of the story, and that Gordon was there having breakfast. I didn’t remember his breakfast order being in a Fawlty Towers episode – who ordered it on there?

    The comb resolution was good; the Doctor was a bit sheepish about ruining it, wasn’t he?

    I liked the Admiral being back, and asking for the papers, that was funny.

    It was good to see Larry and Bob finding a new path in life on the Space Hotel. I think they’ll stay there, life would be pretty good, and they’d meet lots of new people, and having lots of interesting experiences, which is I think what they really wanted. But if someone made them an offer they couldn’t refuse, they might decide to give it a try? Perhaps Lady Mite wants them there so she knows where they are if she wants them again for one of her schemes!?

    The final scenes were all very good, and it was nice to see everything tied up neatly, and everybody having a good time.

    I think Billy going with the Doctor and Nyssa was done very well, and everybody seems pleased about it, so that’s good.

    I did like the way they were ribbing the Doctor; he always gets that, doesn’t he? Tegan always used to tell him that she didn’t trust his navigation skills, which made me laugh.

    I can imagine you would have been nervous about putting your stories on the blog. I think it was a really brave thing to do, to put your work out there like that, and I think you’ve succeeded admirably. You’ve definitely kept me entertained, and I’m sure others have been reading along, too. It’s a great thing to be able to write about something like Doctor Who, when you have such a passion for it, and it’s great to be able to share some of that with others, as well.

    I will be looking forward to getting to Doom of the Daleks next. I’m sure I shall enjoy reading it, Tim.

    You’re very welcome, Tim. That’s a very nice thing to say, thank you!

    Leigh

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  4. Tim Bradley Post author

    Thanks Leigh.

    I’m very pleased ‘The Railway of Time’ and ‘The Space Hotel’ kept you entertained. I hope more ‘Doctor Who’ will come your way on this blog. ‘Doom of the Daleks’ will be coming very soon to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ as I’m getting that story ready.

    Did you like how I resolved the cliff-hanger in ‘Part Two’ (with Nyssa burning in the simi-suite) when the Doctor, Nyssa and Billy explained it in ‘Part Four’?

    I’m pleased you like how I handled the Doctor and Nyssa and incorporated Billy into the mix. It was a tricky thing to do and I didn’t want to upset the dynamic of the Doctor and Nyssa without changing anything by adding Billy to the team. I’m pleased you found the balance in the trio’s relationship. I hope you’ll find the rest of the series with this new TARDIS trio interesting and enjoyable later on.

    I always like to see companions develop their own journeys in ‘Doctor Who’ like they’ve done with the new series and some of the audio companions in Big Finish ‘Doctor Who’ like Charley Pollard. I was shocked that there wasn’t a lot of that in some of the companions from the classic series, especially with Harry; Adric and Turlough who didn’t progress as well as some of the other companions like Sarah Jane, Romana and Nyssa. I’m pleased BF have managed to enhance the characters of Adric and Turlough in an interesting direction. I look forward to more stories with Adric. It would be nice if BF could find a way to develop Harry in some way on audio. How it would be done (without the sad loss of Ian Marter and also the equally sad loss of Elisabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane Smith), I don’t know.

    I like your comments from how Gordon became initially a comic character to becoming a tragic character. I’m not sure if that was going through my mind and that I wanted people to feel sympathy for him when he became what he ended up in the story and what he had lost with Elizabeth and everything. But it’s interesting you saw that balance and I’m very pleased about it. In a sense, that was what was achieved with Basil Fawlty when he was a comic and tragic character at times in ‘Fawlty Towers’.

    I’m glad you’re okay with how the Fifth Doctor acted physically towards Gordon. Yes, he would do it in order to stop someone threatening for what he was fighting for and also to save his friends as he truly has great care and compassion for them.

    I just realised something. If the Doctor managed to punch Gordon in the face, how did he manage not to injure himself with his fist if Gordon was an android? Is Gordon truly all android as he seemed to be, or is his head partly fleshy where the Doctor hit him?

    Nyssa must have felt great pain when Gordon tugged at her hair, mustn’t she, and when Billy tried to save her from Gordon?

    I’m glad you found it funny with Nyssa having a soft landing on Billy.

    Interesting that you think that Bruce felt sorry for Gordon about whether he was human or android. I don’t remember writing it like that, but it’s interesting how you raise that point and I suppose that would shed a different light on the character of Bruce and that maybe he isn’t so miserable as he seems to be. Perhaps he had a lighter side to him before working for Gordon at Rotenhend Hotel 360. Were you surprised by how Bruce seemed to be cheerful at the end of the story?

    Well the only way to find out about other Rotenhend Hotel in ‘Doctor Who’ is to write more stories about. Perhaps all the Gordons are the same person. I doubt that he’d be married to the same Elizabeth as the one seen in ‘The Space Hotel’. Perhaps she’s another android or a human clone. Who knows?

    No Gordon and Basil wouldn’t see eye-to-eye, would they? Though Gordon would think he was pretty better than Basil, in coping with the technology all around him in ‘The Space Hotel’ which I don’t think Basil would be able to.

    I’m pleased you found Nyssa in her element in this story. I enjoyed writing how Nyssa copes with situations like this. Yes it would be from a woman’s perspective that Nyssa would quickly work out what Elizabeth was up to and I’m glad you found it funny when the Doctor didn’t work it out so quickly as Nyssa was able to.

    I’m amazed I developed Elizabeth so gradually throughout the story. It was a challenge trying to hide her true nature and it was interesting to explore (when she got revealed) as she saw everything and everyone insignificant to her. I like your comment of how she lost sight of her humanity, as that would be true in her case as to what she actually turned out to be in the story.

    Do you think Elizabeth managed to survive in the end? Even though her brain was on the space station and it blew up.

    Yes it is always funny when people say it’s bigger on the inside with the Doctor’s TARDIS. I sometimes find it funny when people don’t actually say it but think it in their heads and the reactions they give. One example is when Lt. Scott in ‘Earthshock’ looks around in the TARDIS and he’s clearly saying with his facial expressions, ‘it’s bigger on the inside’, isn’t he?

    I’m glad you liked the idea of the Doctor and Lady Mite’s TARDISes saving the hotel. I can tell you it was a challenge to write, especially when things were getting so intense and hyper by the end of the story when writing it to a dramatic climax.

    The breakfast order moment with Gordon was taken from the episode ‘Waldorf Salad’ where Basil booked a room at the end and ordered his breakfast at the counter to Sybil. I thought that would be funny to end with Gordon, as he was no longer the hotel manager and Enuji was.

    Yes the Doctor was sheepish indeed, but it had to be done hadn’t it in order to save the universe and the fabric of reality as well as the space hotel. I’m glad you like how the comb element of the story gets resolved in the story.

    Well I couldn’t really get rid of the Admiral at the end of the story. Even if the human Admiral got killed; the android Admiral can still live on and enjoy his life on the space hotel with the morning paper. 😀

    Yes Lady Mite could ask Larry and Bob to do some new work for them again if she knew where to find them again. Perhaps someone could give them an offer they can’t refuse that would make them leave the space hotel eventually. Who knows? Time will tell. 😀

    Did you like how the Doctor and Lady Mite resolved their reunion by the end of the story? Do you think the Doctor might see Lady Mite again? Would he really want to see her again if it unintentionally happens later in his life?

    I’m glad you enjoyed the final scenes and that everyone had a good time. I’m pleased you liked how Billy gets to join and is accepted by the Doctor and Nyssa in the TARDIS. I’m glad you think that it was done well.

    Well it was hard to resist having Nyssa and Billy mock the Doctor gently about his navigational scenes. I think the Doctor prefers it with Nyssa and Billy mocking him as he knows they’re only teasing him whereas Tegan would complain hotly about it since he didn’t get her back to Heathrow Airport properly which was funny indeed.

    Well I wanted to get my first trilogy of ‘The Fifth Doctor by Tim Bradley’ on my blog and I thought if the stories weren’t well received as I hoped then maybe I’d stick with just having the first three stories on the blog for now until otherwise. I know I’ve posted two already, but having received positive feedback from you and others on ‘The Divergent Universe’ forum, I hope to gradually post the rest of the series on my blog soon. I would like to take a break from posting stories for the rest of this year though, as it is hard but enjoyable work at this end.

    Thanks again, Leigh. Expect ‘Doom of the Daleks’ soon.

    Tim. 🙂

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  5. IWishIHadATardis

    Hi Tim

    I’m looking forward to Doom of the Daleks when you get it posted. In the meantime, I seem to have no trouble finding plenty of reading to keep me occupied!

    I did like the resolution to the Part Two cliffhanger – really, all the action flowed very well throughout, and it never felt like anything was wrongly paced – too fast, or to slow – or that things weren’t resolved in time. Even the comb was carefully and neatly tied up in its place!

    I think you were quite right to be careful how you incorporated Billy into the team of the Doctor and Nyssa; as I said in my earlier post, you have to be careful to do that without upsetting the balance that already exists with an established team, or if the balance changes, it has to be a positive change. I think you did that very well.

    It is a shame that the companions on tv were not always treated well in terms of character development. BF have done that very well, with established companions, and the new companions such as those who travel with the Eighth Doctor, and Evelyn, who I think is a brilliant companion for the Sixth Doctor. I don’t know how Harry or Sarah Jane could be incorporated into stories, but I’d be interested to see if BF ever do anything like that.

    I think all the best characters have that mix of comic and tragic, to one extent or another. With a character like Basil, and Gordon, those traits are exaggerated – first for comic effect, and then to bring home the ultimate tragedy of them. You know both characters aren’t really happy, but they overplay the comic effect, which is great for the audience, but when you think about how it must be from the character’s perspective, you would find, I think, that they’d be desperately unhappy as people, if they were real. That’s what made me think of Gordon’s ‘real’ human character, and that he must be an unhappy person, wherever he may be! Perhaps he’s at the Bar, having a drink with Truk!

    Hmm, I think the androids must have some sort of plasti-flesh, do you think, which would give on impact? Either that, or the Doctor got in a lucky shot and hit a soft spot! Good point!

    I think Bruce did feel sorry for Gordon, as he knew he wasn’t what Gordon seemingly was. Even before Gordon realised it, Bruce knew, and I wondered if that coloured, somewhat, his reactions to Gordon. Maybe? Perhaps he was more cheerful before he worked at Rotenhend Hotel 360, that could be so! He was more cheerful at the end, which was good. Things worked out well for him.

    I guess we may never know about all the Rotenhend Hotels, which is okay – we can imagine them revolving around in space somewhere, being run with varying degrees of efficiency or inefficiency by Gordon. I’d like to think all the Gordons were slightly different.

    No, I don’t think Elizabeth managed to survive in the end; I don’t think she really wanted to, did she?

    It is interesting to see the reactions of people when they first encounter the inside of the Tardis. It’s always fun to try and work out what their reaction will be ahead of time.

    Oh, I remember the episode ‘Waldorf Salad’ of Fawlty Towers now; it’s been a while since I saw all those.

    Exactly, it’s nice to think of the Admiral living on, and lookig for his morning papers!

    I think it’s nice to not know exactly what happens after the end of the story, and we can imagine where Larry and Bob, and Lady Mite, and Bruce, and all the others might end up later on. Life’s a bit like that, isn’t it?

    I think the Doctor would probably be happy not to see Lady Mite again, at least not for a while. I think she makes him rather uncomfortable, but why, we don’t really know. What she says she knows about him, and what he says she knows about him, are really only what they think, isn’t it? And the Doctor doesn’t seem to want to talk about it, and would rather Lady Mite didn’t say anything, whether it’s true or not. I don’t think he trusts her to stick to the truth, which makes him uncomfortable.

    I like it when the Doctor’s navigational skills are picked up on – like when Adric tried to navigate in The Iterations of I, and the Doctor was quite gleeful about him getting it wrong. That did make me laugh.

    I’m glad you’ve received positive feedback, Tim, and it’s of course entirely up to you what you post, and how much you post on your blog. It’s good to do it for your own satisfaction and pleasure, and if that gives others pleasure then that’s an added bonus.

    I should think it’s hard work, so take your time putting things up on the blog, and make sure you keep enjoying what you’re doing, and why you’re doing it.

    Looking forward to reading more on your blog, definitely.

    Leigh

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  6. Tim Bradley Post author

    Hi Leigh

    I’m sure you have plenty to keep you occupied and entertained in the reading. How you can manage to read so much, I can’t fathom. 😀

    I’m glad you liked the resolution to the cliff-hanger to ‘Part Two’ and that it didn’t slow up the action. I did discover that it wasn’t explained properly about what had happened to the Doctor; Nyssa and Billy in ‘Part Two’ when I was revisiting the story for my blog. So I added that little section of dialogue for the Doctor; Nyssa and Billy in ‘Part Four’ when I was editing the story.

    I’m very pleased you think I did it right with incorporating Billy into the TARDIS team without upsetting the balance of an established team in the Doctor and Nyssa. I’m hoping it will be a positive change in later stories of this series.

    Yes Evelyn is a very good companion of the Sixth Doctor. I haven’t listened to all of her stories with Sixy, but the ones I haven’t listened to her with them are very good. Maggie Stables’ performance in ‘Project: Lazarus’ was gripping and heart-breaking to listen to. I like it that BF does consider companions are an integral part of the story and not something that works as a functional tool that seems to be in the TV stories.

    I laughed at your bit when you said that Gordon was at the bar with Truk. I can imagine the bickering and argument that would go on between those two and they wouldn’t keep the noise levels down. I hope I’ve done the balance right with Gordon in what you say that he can be overly comedic for the audience and have an unhappy character journey that becomes serious in the real world.

    I like that idea of the androids having some plastic-flesh to their heads. It would make sense with how the Doctor managed to punch Gordon so easily, even though he had a wince of pain after punching him. I like that idea very much indeed, Leigh. It seems to make sense.

    I know I wrote Bruce in my First Doctor story called ‘The Zondor Robbers’ set on Rotenhend Hotel 360 with Gordon a year set before ‘The Space Hotel’. I’m sure I wrote Bruce as a cheerful character in that story, but I’m not entirely sure. You’ll have to wait until I post that story online to find out.

    I’m sure all the Gordons on the other Rotenhend Hotels are different and run the hotels differently whether it’d be efficiently or inefficiently. It certainly leaves room for more stories to be written in that setting. But I’m sure other writers will have their own stories set on those Rotenhend space hotels with Gordon, should they want to write them to find out.

    Interesting that you don’t think Elizabeth survived at all at the end of the story. Perhaps you’re right. She didn’t. You’re right in that she didn’t really want to survive, since she was miserable herself and wasn’t willing to share her life with anyone, as that is what she said to the Doctor and the others when she set the space hotel to self-destruct. But who knows, hey? Who knows?! 😀

    Well I’d like to think there’s life beyond these characters after ‘The Space Hotel’. Other writers can come up with their own stories about certain characters they like in other stories not written by them. So I wouldn’t be surprised if Lady Mite appeared in a ‘Gallifrey’ story with Romana; Leela; K-9 and Narvin or if Larry and Bob had their own spin-off series. Or Bruce even. That’ll be nice that. Though they would have to ask permission from me on that. 😀

    Yes the Doctor doesn’t seem comfortable about seeing Lady Mite again. Why that is is never explained, and that is a good thing. Lady Mite adds more mystery to the Doctor’s past which I added to incorporate in his Doctor since too much of his past got revealed in the Fifth Doctor era. It was trying to add more mystery without damaging the spirit of the Fifth Doctor era. It would be interesting if the Doctor and Lady Mite ever met again, wouldn’t it? How and when that would take place, I can’t say. Perhaps Lady Mite would met the Doctor in a later incarnation, either as Six; Seven or Eight? Perhaps as Ten; Eleven or Twelve maybe. Who can say? Perhaps she meet him as the War Doctor! 😀

    Yes that was funny when the Doctor seemed to tease Adric about his piloting skills of the TARDIS in ‘Iterations of I’. It was funny when Adric said ‘Nobody takes my seriously’ before he walked out.

    I certainly hope I’m giving pleasure and entertainment in the posts and pages I upload to my blog. I certainly enjoy writing a variety of things for my blog and certainly my fan fiction stories seem to be working well at the moment. I would like to take a break from posting stories to my blog for a while and try to do other things such as uploading new ‘Doctor Who’ timelines and create new pages that are non-‘Doctor Who’ related to provide that more variety.

    I have got in mind to write a new Short Trip adventure with Ace and a new four-part ‘Doctor Who’ story to bridge the gap between ‘Doom of the Daleks’ and the next trilogy for 2017 with the Doctor; Nyssa and Billy. More details of that will be announced later on.

    Thanks again, Leigh. ‘Doom of the Daleks’ will start next week.

    Tim. 🙂

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  7. IWishIHadATardis

    Hi Tim

    Ah, well, I am a ‘keen reader’!

    I would never have known about you adding the part in Part Four, so you’ve done that very well, to explain the cliffhanger at the end of Part Two.

    I agree, I think Evelyn is a great companion. And I agree that I think it’s important that the companion has a personality, and that personality interacts with the personality of the Doctor they’re travelling with. That would surely be how it would really be, so it is important that they have their own characters and that they’re brought forward strongly in the stories. It makes them much more rounded and more interesting than some of the companions on the tv show have ever had the chance to be.

    I think you wrote Gordon very well; I was a little unsure of the comedic value of him at first, but overall it certainly works well, as it unfolds why he is like that, and how tragic his character ultimately is.

    Glad you like the idea of the plasti-flesh. I think that would work. I can imagine futuristic androids having that, to overcome partly the issue that humans don’t feel comfortable with robot-looking creatures, so someone will no doubt invent something that can move and feel and impact a bit like flesh. It could be something that is developed as part of medical research, I would think, into plastic surgery work. I could imagine that being something that will come in the future.

    Ah, Bruce has been fooling us all along, has he! That will be intersting to see how he is in another story.

    I think it’s nice to imagine all the other Rotenhend Hotels, and all the other Gordons, and how the Hotels might be run. It leaves lots of room for the imagination, for us to have that in our minds, but never spelled out, I think.

    Well, there’s a mystery – perhaps Elizabeth did survive! Perhaps she had a transmat device, and transmatted off somewhere else, to cause misery for someone else, or even the Doctor another day! We may never know!

    I do think characters, if they’re written as rounded and full characters, have to have had a life before the story in which we see them, and a life after (assuming they don’t die in the story!). So it’s correct, if you like, that the characters have other stories of their own which we won’t necessarily ever know about.

    I think you’re right – the Doctor’s past is never fully known to us, and nor should it be. There’s so much that has gone on in his lives that we can never know it all, and that’s half the fun of exploring his adventures with him. Lady Mite’s past with the Doctor remains a mystery, and what she said of it, and what he said of it, remains unresolved to us, the bystander audience, and that’s absolutely how it should be.

    I liked the way the Doctor was a bit gleeful when he realised Adric had got the navigation wrong. Peter Davison played the Doctor so well in those stories; he made me laugh every time he snapped something at Tegan when she was getting shrill at him.

    I’m sure you are giving a lot of people great entertainment as well as pleasure in the things you post, Tim. It’s obvious that you work hard at what you do, and that you love doing it, but make sure you continue to do it for your own enjoyment; that’s the really important thing, and the reason why you’re doing it.

    That will be interesting, to widen the sort of things you want to do on the blog, and to do some non-Doctor Who things, as well.

    Your ideas for the other stories sound very good. Short stories are always a good way to explore a character, aren’t they. And a story that bridges gaps are always welcome.

    You’re very welcome, Tim. Looking forward to Doom of the Daleks whenever you’re ready to put it up. No hurry on my account; when you’re ready, Tim.

    Leigh

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  8. Tim Bradley Post author

    Hi Leigh

    Just a little secret, I’d like to share with you about ‘The Space Hotel’.

    When I originally wrote this story, I had an idea which I thought was funny at the time but in the end I didn’t use it.

    I thought it’d be funny to establish it without the Doctor confirming it that Joel was his son. This was to imply more mystery into the Doctor’s relationship with Lady Mite and that possibly Joel was the offspring of both of them.

    In the scene where Billy tells the Doctor that Gordon was going to burn Joel alive, I had the Doctor originally say this line

    DOCTOR
    “What?! I can’t allow that! He’s my…” (realises) “I did not say he was my son!”

    I thought that would be something funny for the Doctor to say.

    But in the end, I couldn’t do it when uploading this story to the blog in revisiting ‘The Space Hotel’.

    This was for two reasons.
    1. It wouldn’t have made sense and it seemed too silly.
    2. There was no way to establish properly that Joel was the Doctor’s son. It would have spoiled the mystery completely, not just with the Doctor but also with him and Lady Mite.

    It was a shame really, but in the end I felt it better not to add it into the story and keep that mystery untold.

    I hope you found this little titbit interesting.

    Tim. 🙂

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  9. IWishIHadATardis

    Hi Tim

    Well, I’d have to say I’m glad you didn’t use that idea. I don’t think that would work right with the Doctor, and somehow not with the Fifth Doctor. I can’t imagine, somehow, that being part of the Doctor’s life.

    I much prefer that there is mystery in the relationship between the Doctor and Lady Mite, and you never really know how much of what he says happened (or what he doesn’t say might imply) might be true, or how much of what she says happened might be true. I like it that way, it seems appropriate. You’re right, that element of mystery adds to the overall story, I think.

    That’s a very good bit of information, Tim, thank you for sharing it with me!

    Leigh

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  10. Timelord007

    Fantastic conclusion Tim, you tied everything up brilliantly & to think a comb is what saved the day lol.

    I like how Billy & Nyssas relationship is,blossoming but i suspect things may change for Billy when he is exposed to the horrors of the Daleks in your next story.

    Love the mystery to Lady Mite who could be the mysterious lady in Tenth Doctor finale The End Of Time?

    I thought it touching Billy offered to pay Gordon not to drop the torch even after Gordon was so mean to him it shows what a moralistic character Billy is.

    I really loved both stories Tim & each has it’s own style, you are very talented my friend, you write such great character along with a exciting engaging story & put some of these recent new Who tv writers to shame.

    Thank you for keeping my spirits up & entertained over the last week I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading The Space Hotel.

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  11. Tim Bradley Post author

    Thanks Simon! I’m amazed you’ve read this story so quickly and that you finished ‘Part Four’ by yesterday.

    I’m very pleased you enjoyed the conclusion to this story and that everything was tied together in terms of the plot. I’m glad you enjoyed that hair comb saved the day in the end and that it resolved the mystery when the Doctor gave the hair comb to Nyssa and Billy in swimming pool in ‘Part Two’.

    I’m glad you like the relationship between Nyssa and Billy so far. I enjoyed writing their scenes in this story especially as well as later on in the series. I hope you enjoy what comes next between Nyssa and Billy later stories, especially in ‘Doom of the Daleks’ when you get to read that one next.

    I’m glad you liked the mysterious Lady Mite in ‘The Space Hotel’. I hope she’ll return to ‘Doctor Who’ someday. I laughed when you theorized she could be the mysterious woman in ‘The End of Time’ with David Tennant’s Doctor. That just never occurred to me really. 😀

    I’m pleased you liked that scene where Billy offers to give money to Gordon to not drop the torch on him and Joel. I found it amusing to write when Billy had no credits to give him and asked, “Do you have any spare change?” before Gordon fumed, replying, “I hate change!” and dropping the torch. I like your comments on how moralistic Billy is in this story.

    I’m very pleased you’ve enjoyed ‘The Railway of Time’ and ‘The Space Hotel’ in terms of their different styles. I hope you’ll enjoy ‘Doom of the Daleks’ next as that is a completely different contrast to those two stories as it more serious; darker and less light-hearted.

    Thank you for your kind comments on my stories, Simon. I’m pleased ‘The Space Hotel’ kept your spirits up whilst reading it this past week. Tim. 🙂

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  12. Timelord007

    No worries mate, i couldn’t stop reading this, every available moment i had I’d read another chapter.

    I looking forward to Doom Of The Daleks i sense already this wil be a epic.

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  13. helenofvulcan

    Ugh – sorry; I got delayed with this and ended up reading it in lots of short parts, so my comments have ended up rather patchy.

    Yay – they went to the cinema 🙂 Very glad for Billy after being a bit annoyed when Nyssa first said ‘no’. I also enjoyed all the procrastination at the start; it was obvious Billy didn’t really want to leave the TARDIS at all, and who can blame him? It was a lovely beginning.

    I like my theory that the TARDIS gets fond of people and so tries to keep them around (this is why I think the Doctor could never get Tegan to Heathrow). I like that she kidnapped Billy.

    I also enjoyed the peek of ‘normal life’ we got at the beginning, especially the Doctor being annoyed that he missed the cricket… and then at Billy for his thinking it would be old-fashioned by this time. It was lovely to see that Nyssa and Billy got to go dancing, as well, although a shame they were interrupted. I’m still getting a great feel of Classic Dr Who from this story.

    Again the pacing is good; enough mysteries are being built up to keep the story interesting… the episode breaks are well-timed. Also, Billy’s getting nicely involved, but, as with Railway of Time, he’s not taking over, which shows a good balance. I’m not a huge fan of Faulty Towers, but I did enjoy seeing the parallels in this and the humour references.

    You’ve captured the Fifth Doctor’s impatience as well. In the stories I’ve watched (and read) recently, he was inclined to tell people to shut up one minute, then blame them for not passing on the information the next – nice inclusion.

    I’m also enjoying the developing relationships between Billy and Nyssa and Billy and the Doctor. I think it must be a lot harder inserting a character into an already-established TARDIS team, but with my fan-ness running only from Season 18 to 21 and then the Seventh Doctor and Ace, it’s something I don’t see very much. It’s great to watch this process from both the technical and the ‘viewer’ perspectives.

    I know I shouldn’t really have laughed at the end of Part One, but I did anyway.

    Is it wrong that I really like Lady Mite?… and there’s my answer 😀

    (Joseph Fielding and Josephine Waterhouse… I see what’cha did there… 😉 )

    I was certainly surprised at the identity of the murderer (not stating who – that would be too big a spoiler); you managed to keep that one hidden really well – it never even occurred to me!

    Loved the stuff with the comb; I kept forgetting about it (which is something I often do with the series – especially the story-arc stuff in NuWho, so it made this feel very authentic!!), but it was woven in nice and subtly.

    I liked how they got to have a bit of a break and some relaxation at the end of the last episode; it seemed the TARDIS crew never got enough time to just take a breath. The pace was always too frantic so it was a lovely echo of the initial glimpse into ‘normal life’ that you put at the beginning, as well.

    I enjoyed reading this, and look forward to checking out the next story, which hopefully I’ll read more consistently 😀

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    1. Tim Bradley Post author

      Hi Helen.

      Very pleased you enjoyed ‘The Space Hotel’. I enjoyed writing this second story featuring the Fifth Doctor, Nyssa and Billy.

      Glad you liked the opening to the story. I’m quite proud of that opening with Nyssa and Billy returning from their date, meeting up with the Doctor in the TARDIS and Billy eventually being kidnapped whilst clearly not wanting to leave the Doctor and Nyssa. Interesting theory you have that the TARDIS kidnapped Billy. I suppose that’s true in a sense especially when the TARDIS became stubborn getting Tegan back to Heathrow airport. 😀 Glad you like the ‘normal life’ aspects to the story between Nyssa, Billy and the Doctor and glad you’re getting a sense of classic ‘Doctor Who’ from reading this story. 🙂

      I’m pleased you enjoyed the ‘Fawlty Towers’ aspects and parallels in this story despite not being a fan of the series. I tried to strike a balance between comedy and drama in this particular ‘Doctor Who’ story and I think the Agatha Christie murder mystery element to the tale helped. 😀 I’m pleased you like how I’ve written the Fifth Doctor’s impatience and how I’ve developed the relationships between Billy and Nyssa and Billy and the Doctor.

      I’m glad I made you laugh at the end of ‘Part One’. 😀 Oh I’m glad you like Lady Mite. I’m saddened I haven’t done any more stories with her as a character. Perhaps I should in the near future. Glad you like the Joseph Fielding and Josephine Waterhouse in-joke there. 😀

      I’m pleased I surprised you with who the murderer turned out to be. It was a challenge trying to conceal the identity of the murderer. Glad it paid off. I’m pleased you loved how I handled the hair comb aspect of the story. It was a challenge utilising that in the story, but it worked out well in the end. I’m pleased you like how I gave the TARDIS trio a break at the end of the story, echoing what was at the beginning of the tale.

      Very pleased you enjoyed ‘The Space Hotel’. I hope you’ll enjoy ‘Doom of the Daleks’ next. Bear in mind, the next story isn’t as lighthearted as ‘The Railway of Time’ and ‘The Space Hotel’. Things become serious and dangerous in the next adventure.

      Many thanks for your comments.

      Best wishes,

      Tim. 🙂

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  14. helenofvulcan

    Hey Tim 🙂

    I find the Daleks a bit of a strange enemy; as the ‘villains’, I’m not much of a Dalek fan, and yet I have discovered that the best stories seem to be the ones in which they feature – in NuWho as well as the Classic series. I’m looking forward to seeing how you handle something with more gravitas, as well.

    ONWARDS…

    Aye,
    Helen
    (PS – I’d like to see the return of Lady Mite, too 🙂 )

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    1. Tim Bradley Post author

      Hi Helen.

      Yeah it can easily be argued that the Daleks have been overused over the years as villains. I like the Dalek stories where their menace is taken seriously and not played for laughs as sometimes that can be the case in the new series and to some extent the classic series. The Daleks can also be a challenge to write in terms of developing their characters when they often sound monotone at times. I hope you’ll enjoy my take on the Daleks in ‘Doom of the Daleks’. I’m sure you will.

      A possible return of Lady Mite? Hmm. I’ll have to think about that one, whether as a full-length story or a Short Trip. 😀

      Many thanks,

      Tim. 🙂

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