‘The Stockbridge Terror’, Part Five, Chapter 18

18. Sontaran/Rutan Battle

SCENE #192 – INT – COMMAND DECK, LINX-CRUISER CLASS FLAGSHIP – N/A
In outer space, on the command deck of the main Linx-cruiser class flagship, Commander Krond enters with Sergeant Stump and Corporal Hurn. They bring in Nyssa, Billy and Andrew with them after having just teleported from Earth. Trooper Sqar, Trooper Thor, Trooper Goml and Trooper Kike are already at their posts with other Sontarans working on the command deck.

KROND
“Welcome to our Sontaran flagship, hu-mans. You are privileged to stand on the command deck of a Linx-cruiser class flagship! And a good one at that!”

ANDREW
“You Sontarans need to do a spot of redecorating in this place.”

KROND
(to Sontarans) “Report? What is the status of the battle fleet?”

THOR
“Auto cannons ready for blasting. Missiles and laser fire ready. The attacking scout-ships with selected Sontarans are on stand-by.”

KROND
“Good. That’s good.”

STUMP
“What is the status of the Rutan fleet, Trooper Sqar?”

SQAR
“The Rutan fleet is approximately one and a half light years away from us. It will impact with us with an attack any minute.”

KIKE
“Shield defences are on stand-by. Deflectors are fully charged and primed.”

KROND
(to Kike) “Good, boy.” (to Hurn) “Corporal Hurn!”

HURN
“Sir?”

KROND
“Set a perimeter of selected troopers around our three captives. Make sure they do not escape.”

HURN
“Fire them with cold fire, sir?”

KROND
“As you wish, Corporal.”

NYSSA
“Charming.”

HURN
“Very good sir.”

Corporal Hurn takes out his communicator and switches it on. A static noise echoes from the communicator once switched on.

HURN
(through communicator) “Sontaran squad B report to command deck at once. Have Sontaran blasters charged with cold fire fixed. At the double now!”

Hurn then switches off his communicator.

BILLY
“Why can’t you take us to Althrace, you bozos? We could be very useful to you and also be of some help.”

ANDREW
“Yeah. Speaking personally, I’ve always wanted to visit another alien planet after reading Nyssa’s book.”

NYSSA
(surprised) “Really, Andrew?”

ANDREW
“Of course.”

STUMP
“You three will distract our objective. It will be better for you to burn and rot whilst we set off for a glorious cause.”

KROND
“Thank you, Stump.”

STUMP
“A cause glorious to Commander Krond, of course.”

KROND
(retorts) “Alright, Stump. No need for that.”

BILLY
“You Sontarans are very rude, you know.”

NYSSA
(to Krond) “The Doctor will stop you, Krond. That I assure you. He won’t stop trying to destroy your plans for conquering Althrace.”

KROND
“Then it’s just as well he’s left behind on Earth with no idea of where his TARDIS is.”

Just then, a squad of Sontaran troopers enter.

STUMP
(to Hurn) “Ah! Here are your troopers, Corporal. See to them, won’t you?”

HURN
“Very good, sir; thank you, sir.”

Hurn then goes over to Nyssa, Billy and Andrew.

HURN
(to troopers) “Right, troopers! Gather around me and the three hu-mans with a ring of steel! At the double now!”

The Sontaran troopers gather around Corporal Hurn, Nyssa, Billy and Andrew in a ring of steel with blaster rifles locked and loaded.

HURN
“Now remember, troopers! If these three try to escape, I want them to have it right up them! Got it?”

The Sontaran troopers respond affirmatively.

HURN
(barks) “Right! Ring of steel; about turn!”

The Sontaran troopers turn the other way in their ring of steel.

HURN
(barks) “Ring of steel; stand at ease!”

The Sontaran troopers stand at ease. Hurn then tries to get out, but he can’t as he’s stuck with Nyssa, Billy and Andrew in ‘the ring of steel’. Nyssa, Billy and Andrew snigger at Hurn.

ANDREW
(coyly) “Having trouble getting out of the circle are you, Hurn?”

Hurn clears his throat.

HURN
(barks) “Ring of steel, attention!”

The Sontaran troopers stand to attention. Hurn then pushes past them.

HURN
“Right, get out of my way!”

Hurn gets through and out of the Sontaran ring of steel.

HURN
(barks) “Right! Ring of steel, stand at ease!”

The Sontaran troopers stand at ease, whilst Hurn makes his way over to Krond and salutes him.

HURN
“Ring of steel at the ready, sir!”

KROND
“Good Hurn, good. Well done. Take up your battle position.”

HURN
“Right, sir.”

Hurn makes his way over to take up his battle position, whilst Nyssa, Billy and Andrew are tightly surrounded by a ring of Sontaran troopers.

BILLY
(whispers) “Nyssa?”

NYSSA
(whispers) “Yes, Billy?”

BILLY
(whispers) “I wonder if the Doctor’s on his way or aboard the Sontaran ship already, waiting to jump out and say ‘hello’ with a cheeky grin on his face before he rescues us.”

NYSSA
(whispers) “If there’s one thing I know about the Doctor, he’s full of surprises, Billy. I’m sure he’s on his way.”

Feeling hopeful, Nyssa, Billy and Andrew wait as they’re being surrounded by Sontarans.


SCENE #193 – INT – PASSAGEWAY, UNDERGROUND BASE – DAY, EVENING (2010)
Back on Earth, it is now evening in the Stockbridge area. In the passageway underneath Wells Wood, the Doctor and Max make their way through the darkness. They hear ships taking off from above.

MAX
“Doctor? I don’t know if it was my imagination or anything, but I could have sworn I heard ships flying above our heads.”

DOCTOR
“Do you know what I think, Max?”

MAX
“No what, Doctor?”

DOCTOR
“I think we’re lost.”

MAX
“Well, you suggested coming this way. You can’t blame me.”

DOCTOR
“I asked your advice, Max. I don’t think it was a good idea for me to choose a direction to go to when we had two paths before us.”

MAX
“I was thinking maybe you’d remember this place better than me. So therefore I let you make the big decision.”

DOCTOR
“Thank you so much for your confidence in me, Max. Unfortunately your confidence has led us astray.” (Pause) “As for the other matter regarding the noise upstairs, you were right. It’s probably the Sontaran ships taking off from Earth and heading into space.”

MAX
“Let’s hope your friends Nyssa, Billy and Andrew aren’t aboard.”

DOCTOR
“I hope so too, Max.” (Pause) “I still marvel how we’ve managed to come this far. Perhaps my tinkering with a piece of string did work in the end. Modestly speaking, of course.”

MAX
“I don’t know, Doctor. For the past few hours, I’ve got the feeling we’re being watched or followed.”

DOCTOR
“Your premonitions or your sixth sense again, Max?”

MAX
“It’s more than that, Doctor. Back there, before we chose a tunnel to go through, I couldn’t help but feel my hair stand on end. I felt something swift past us. Like a ghost floating by.”

DOCTOR
“Ghosts aren’t real, Max. You should know that after seeing those psychic projections of space-suited people last time.”

MAX
“Crumbs. Was it a psychic projection I felt then? An invisible one at that?”

DOCTOR
(distracted) “Max, look up ahead!”

MAX
“What? I don’t see anything…”

DOCTOR
(interjects) “Look!”

The Doctor and Max look to see something before them.

DOCTOR
“There’s a light. A bright light shining before us.”

MAX
“Crikey, so there is.” (Pause) “Perhaps some ‘Good Samaritan’s’ spotted us and is showing us the way.”

DOCTOR
“Interesting? I wonder who’s sending us that light.”

MAX
“Perhaps it’s Nyssa, Billy and Andrew. Perhaps they’ve found us.”

DOCTOR
“Well, there’s only one way to find out! Come on! Best foot forward, Max! Let’s see what that light is.”

The Doctor and Max make their way forward, as they head towards the light.


SCENE #194 – INT – COMMAND DECK, LINX-CRUISER CLASS FLAGSHIP – N/A
Back on the command deck of the Sontaran flagship, Commander Krond receives a communication from Fleet Marshal Nason as he appears on the view-screen.

KROND
(to Sontarans) “Platoon, attention! Fleet Marshal Nason of the Fifth Sontaran Battle Fleet on the screen.”

HURN
(to Sontarans) “You heard what the commander said! Attention!”

The Sontarans stand to attention. Hurn stands to attention a second too late.

NASON (V’O)
“Stand your troopers at ease, Commander Krond.”

KROND
(barks; to Sontarans) “Platoon, stand at ease!”

The Sontarans stand at ease. Hurn stands at ease a second too late.

NASON (V’O)
“We have sent all our reinforcements as you requested, Commander Krond. I hope this will be enough for your…diversion.”

KROND
“More than enough, sir. We are ready for battle as the Rutans are approaching. We’ve taken up our positions and are ready for blood.”

NASON (V’O)
“I hope for your sake Commander, this mission will be a success. I wouldn’t like to have to dishonour your name in front of Sontaran High Command.”

KROND
“Of course not, sir. And you may rest assured, that if the Rutans trample over us with their green tentacles…it’ll be over our dead bodies.”

NASON (V’O)
“Very well. Carry on, Commander.”

KROND
“Thank you, sir.”

Krond salutes Nason, whilst Nason salutes back before ending transmission.

KROND
(to Stump) “See, Stump! That’s the sort of fighting talk they’d like to hear. Those marshals of higher authority know.”

STUMP
“Do they really? How intriguing.”

KROND
“Show some enthusiasm, Stump.”

Meanwhile, Nyssa, Billy and Andrew talk quietly to each other whilst watching the battle about to take place and being surrounded by their Sontaran ‘ring of steel’.

ANDREW
“You know something? Perhaps that short commander bloke is underestimating himself a little bit. There are only a few Rutan ships out there in space.”

BILLY
“Yeah, I see what you mean. They’d probably take them out easily. This battle will probably be over in a few minutes.”

NYSSA
“Don’t underestimate the Rutans, you two. Their ultimate weapon is an electric charge filled in their bodies. That unleashed on the Sontarans will destroy this army fleet immediately. Believe me, I know the Rutans pretty well to ascertain that.”

BILLY
“Oh dear. And there’s me with wishful thinking.”

Meanwhile, the space battle is about to commence.

KROND
(barks; to Stump; Hurn) “Sergeant Stump; Corporal Hurn. Order all hu-man clone soldiers as well as Sontaran troopers to be sent out for disembarkation. Sontar shall triumph! The mission shall be a success! Send the Earth soldier drones in and order them to wipe out every last stinking Rutan filth out of the sky!”

STUMP/HURN
(salutes) “Yes, sir!”

KROND
“For the glory of Sontar! We fight for Sontar!”

SONTARANS
(chants) “Sontar, Sontar, we fight for Sontar, the glory of Sontar, the death of our enemies is why we live! Sontar, Sontar, we fight for Sontar, the glory of Sontar, the death of our enemies is why we live! Sontar, Sontar, [we fight for Sontar…]”

As the Sontarans do their war-chant, Nyssa, Billy and Andrew groan as they hear it.

ANDREW
(groans) “Give me a break!”

NYSSA
“I’ve heard worse.”

BILLY
“Not as bad as this surely!”


SCENE #195 – INT – LOWER DECKS, LINX-CRUISER CLASS FLAGSHIP – N/A
Meanwhile, the clone army of medieval knights and WWII soldiers march off to fight for the Sontarans. They go down the corridor on the lower decks. The knights include Alazais and Tristan and the WWII soldiers include Corporal Rogers, Private Stevens and Private Williams.

ALAZAIS/TRISTAN
(chants) “England, England, we fight for England, the glory of England, the death of our enemies is why we live! England, England, we fight for England, [the glory of England…]”

CORPORAL ROGERS/STEVENS/WILLIAMS
(chants) “Britain, Britain, we fight for Britain, the glory of Britain, the death of our enemies is why we live! Britain, Britain, we fight for Britain, [the glory of Britain…]”

The medieval knights and WWII soldiers chant in unison. The human clone armies march down the corridor.


SCENE #196 – INT – STOREROOM, UNDERGROUND BASE – DAY, EVENING (2010)
Meanwhile, the Doctor and Max find themselves in the storeroom of the underground base. This is after they’ve followed the bright light in the passageway. They look around the area to take in their surroundings.

DOCTOR
“This is quite a big area, Max. We must be in some kind of storeroom. This is where the Sontarans house their weapons and armoury.”

MAX
“I’ve no idea why I got myself involved in this.”

DOCTOR
“What do you mean?”

MAX
“This is all rather too much for me. An alien spaceship above our heads and we’re trying to find out where they’ve got to. We won’t even know how to pilot a Sontaran spaceship ourselves.”

DOCTOR
“Not to worry, Max. I know a little bit about Sontaran scout ships. I even once sabotaged one of their vessels.”

MAX
“You did?”

DOCTOR
“Yes I did.” (Pause) “Well partly did. I asked Harry Sullivan to do it, but the principle’s the same.”

MAX
(interrupts) “Ssh! Doctor!”

DOCTOR
“What? What is it, Max?”

MAX
“Did you hear that?”

DOCTOR
“What?”

MAX
“The sound of a door. Being opened.”

The Doctor and Max listen, as a loud grinding whining door opens nearby.

DOCTOR
“Yes Max, so I hear. Sounds a lot bigger than a usual door. Sounds like one of the storage doors.”

MAX
“It came from over there. Let’s go and see.”

DOCTOR
“Max, wait!”

But Max goes on ahead and the Doctor follows him to where the door being opened is. They approach the storage chamber that’s been opened and look inside to see what’s in there before them.

MAX
“Here it is, Doctor. Here’s the storage chamber.” (realises) “Oh crumbs!”

DOCTOR
(overjoyed) “Max! There’s a lucky stroke before us!”

MAX
“It’s the box! The blue box! Your blue box!”

DOCTOR
(overjoyed) “The TARDIS! Safe and sound! Seems like we won’t need a Sontaran scout vessel any longer, Max!”

MAX
“But hang on! How did that door open for us to see the TARDIS inside this storage chamber? Who opened it?”

DOCTOR
“Does it matter? Perhaps your psychic sense opened the door with your thought of will! Now where’s my TARDIS key?”

The Doctor fumbles in his coat pockets for the TARDIS key before he takes it out.

MAX
“Hang on, Doctor. You were the one that was cautious about going into the box. Now you’re advising we should go in it.”

DOCTOR
(encouragingly) “Come on, Max. No time to lose. We’ve got a Sontaran fleet to deal with.”

The Doctor turns the key in the lock and opens the door. He allows Max as well as himself into the TARDIS.


SCENE #197 – INT – TARDIS CONSOLE ROOM – N/A
In the TARDIS console room, the Doctor makes his way around the console whilst Max looks around in awe.

MAX
“Oh my goodness! It’s been a long time since I’ve been inside this wonderful ship of yours, Doctor!”

DOCTOR
“Glad you’re reacquainted with the ‘old girl’, Max. Now if I just set the coordinates for Earth’s orbit…”

MAX
(interjects) “Shouldn’t we check where Nyssa, Billy and Andrew are? Or how they are?”

DOCTOR
“Hopefully they should be in Stockbridge, sitting down and having a cup of tea with Mrs. Withers at the Green Dragon this very moment. Besides, I’ll have less to worry about with them out of the way. No disrespect intended.”

MAX
“I still don’t see how we’re going to get to the Sontarans before we get to Althrace. How are we going to get to Althrace ourselves?”

DOCTOR
“Ah, yes! Now that is a puzzle, isn’t it. Last time I went there, I didn’t need to set the coordinates for Althrace. I had [to…]”

MAX
(interrupts) “Doctor?!”

DOCTOR
“Don’t interrupt me, Max. As I was saying…”

MAX
(interrupts) “Doctor?!”

DOCTOR
“Max, don’t you want to know…?”

MAX
(interrupts) “There’s someone behind you!”

DOCTOR
“What?”

MAX
“Someone standing behind you! Look!”

The Doctor turns around, as a strange shimmering occurs. Out of thin air appears a strange figure, shaped like a man yet not wholly human.

MAX
“Oh cripes! Blooming cripes, what is that? Looks like a man in a black suit with a big globed helmet.”

DOCTOR
(realises; groans) “Oh no. Not you.”

SHAYDE
“Greetings, Doctor. I knew we would meet again. I shall provide you with the co-ordinates of getting to Althrace. By manipulating the functions of your TARDIS as I was instructed to do.”

DOCTOR
(grimly) “Shayde.”

Moment of silence.

MAX
“Doctor? You seem to know this person pretty well.”

DOCTOR
(grimly) “Indeed I do, Max.” (to Shayde) “Shayde, this is Max.” (to Max) “Max, this is Shayde.”

MAX
“Oh. How do you do, Shayde.”

Another moment of silence.

MAX
(to Doctor) “Unfriendly sort of person, isn’t he?”

SHAYDE
“My function is to serve the High Council of Time Lords on Gallifrey. Nothing more.”

MAX
“Doctor, who is he? What is he?”

DOCTOR
“Shayde is a construct…a machine made by my people. He was created with one function. To spy on me.”

SHAYDE
“I was created to assist you, Doctor. To assist the Time Lords.”

DOCTOR
“He was built in the Matrix. The repository of all knowledge on Gallifrey – my home planet.”

MAX
“What…you mean like a psychic link to all around the universe.”

DOCTOR
“Precisely. Every knowledge; every detail was recorded by the Time Lords on Gallifrey to understand and converse in thought on how we perceived the universe. Shayde became an agent for the Time Lords whenever the universe was in trouble. I encountered him twice before and was fortunate to be saved by him on various occasions. Though his appearances can be unsettling.”

SHAYDE
“The Event Synthesizer; the dark being that infiltrated your TARDIS. Without me, I would have not been able to preserve the lifespan of your so-called existence when the Time Lords condemned you so irresponsibly.”

DOCTOR
“Without you, I wouldn’t have to go through all the trouble of making sure the Time Lords were happy I had done my dirty work.”

SHAYDE
“Doctor, we have more important matters to discuss. I’ve been watching you ever since you arrived in this Earth dwelling you call Stockbridge.”

DOCTOR
“Yes, I wondered who it was that let us out of that prison cell with the Sontarans. I also wondered who it was that caught the cricket ball when I was showing Max how to bowl it.”

MAX
(realises) “‘Ere! He must be the presence I felt when we were walking down the dark tunnel to get here. He opened the door hatch in Wells Wood. He was the one who showed us the light.”

SHAYDE
(indicates Max) “Doctor? This man you claim to have as your companion. He seems to possess strange abilities. Psychic abilities. He could be dangerous.”

DOCTOR
“Never mind Max, Shayde. He’s harmless. Tell me, what is it you’re doing here? And what do you want with me?”

SHAYDE
‘The Travellers’ Tale of Althrace’ has been stolen, Doctor. It was stolen from the Vaults of Althrace.”

DOCTOR
“Yes and now it’s in the hands of the Sontarans. The Matrix Lords and the High Council should be really careful how it chooses its members for being so careless. Like Merlin for example.”

MAX
“He knows about the book, Doctor?”

DOCTOR
(to Max) “Althrace has lords in connection with the Matrix on Gallifrey. I told you so before. Do keep up, Max.” (to Shayde) “You were saying, Shayde?”

SHAYDE
“The High Council as well as the Matrix Lords wishes you to retrieve the book for them, Doctor. The Sontarans must not use it to get to Althrace. The High Council and the Matrix Lords want you to get the book back.”

DOCTOR
(shrewdly) “Oh, do they indeed?”

SHAYDE
“And I’m here to assist you. I shall take control of the TARDIS and steer you to Althrace before the Sontarans do so. So that you can apprehend and arrest them upon their arrival.”

DOCTOR
(protests) “Hang on just a minute, Shayde. I’m not doing anything you say until I find Nyssa, Billy and Andrew.”

MAX
“Yeah. We haven’t seen those three since we left them in the hands of the Sontarans. They could be in trouble. We have to make sure they’re alright.”

SHAYDE
“Your three young companions are on board the Sontaran flagship. They are held as prisoners. I witnessed this when passing through the Sontaran underground stronghold.”

DOCTOR
“Then I would like to dematerialise and take the TARDIS to the Sontarans and land in their flagship so that I can rescue Nyssa, Andrew and Billy.” (Pause) “Well, Shayde? What do you say to that?”

SHAYDE
“I see no objection to that request.”

MAX
“What? You’re not going to stop us?”

SHAYDE
“Of course not. You may rescue your companions.”

DOCTOR
(surprised) “Oh. Thank you, Shayde. That’s very kind of you.”

SHAYDE
“But you still need to go to Althrace to stop the Sontarans. I need not remind you of the urgency of the matter.”

DOCTOR
“Ah. I thought there might be a catch.”

The Doctor then enters a few keys into the TARDIS console, whilst Max and Shayde stand around in the room. The time rotor whirs into life, going up and down, whooshing and groaning as the TARDIS dematerialises and takes off for the Sontaran flagship.


SCENE #198 – INT – COMMAND DECK, LINX-CRUISER CLASS FLAGSHIP – N/A
Back on the command deck of the Sontaran flagship, Krond approaches Stump as he takes out the Book of Althrace and shows it to him.

KROND
“Now, Stump! Now that we have the book in our hands, we shall be victorious! We shall take it with us and it will guide us on how we are to get to Althrace!”

STUMP
“After we finish the battle, sir?”

KROND
“Of course, Stump. Of course. That is obvious to everyone.”

The command deck then shudders, which startles the Sontarans, Nyssa, Billy and Andrew. The command deck then shudders again.

HURN
(panics) “We’re being hit, sir! We’re being hit!”

KROND
(barks) “Open fire I say! Open fire!!!”

The order is given, as all Sontaran troopers at their battle positions enter switches and buttons on their control panels.

THOR
(shouts; to Krond) “Firing all missiles, cannons and laser fire on Rutan fleet, sir!”


SCENE #199 – INT – LOWER DECKS, LINX-CRUISER CLASS FLAGSHIP – N/A
Back in the corridor on the lower decks of the Sontaran flagship, bulkheads and shards of wall and ceilings collapse onto the clone army of Earth soldiers. Some Earth soldier clones fall to the ground, ending up dead. But some manage to survive, including the medieval knights Alazais and Tristan; and the WWII soldiers Corporal Rogers; Private Stevens and Private Williams. They get up onto their feet and keep on marching, as they shout their war cries and chant in unison.

ALAZAIS/TRISTAN
(chants) “England, England, we fight for England, the glory of England, the death of our enemies is why we live! England, England, we fight for England, [the glory of England…]”

CORPORAL ROGERS/STEVENS/WILLIAMS
(chants) “Britain, Britain, we fight for Britain, the glory of Britain, the death of our enemies is why we live! Britain, Britain, we fight for Britain, [the glory of Britain…]”


SCENE #200 – INT – COMMAND DECK, LINX-CRUISER CLASS FLAGSHIP – N/A
Back on the command deck of the Sontaran flagship, the place shudders violently as the ‘ring of steel’ Sontarans fall and collapse to the floor after being hit by rubble. Nyssa, Billy and Andrew see their Sontarans fall to the floor.

ANDREW
“Nyssa! Our Sontaran guards have fallen down!”

BILLY
“Nyssa! The book! It’s right next to us! On that table!”

NYSSA
(whispers; to Billy) “Billy! You know what you have to do!” (whispers; to Andrew) “Andrew, you lead the way!”

Corporal Hurn then stands to attention.

HURN
“Permission to inform you, sir!”

KROND
(agitated) “Yes Hurn; what is it now?”

HURN
“The ‘ring of steel’ around the three hu-mans has fallen down, sir!”

NYSSA
(cries; to Billy) “Now, Billy!”

Billy runs forward and grabs the book from the table.

HURN
(to Krond) “And now the blue boy’s stolen the book from us, sir!”

NYSSA
(cries; to Andrew) “Now, Andrew!”

ANDREW
(shouts) “This way! Come on!”

Nyssa, Billy and Andrew run for the door leading out of the command deck.

HURN
“Now the smug boy’s leading the blue boy and the fe-male to escape!”

KROND
(shouts) “Quickly, Hurn! Stop them! Stop them escaping!”

Nyssa, Billy and Andrew manage to escape, as the door slides open and closes for them.

HURN
“Permission to inform you, sir! They have escaped!”

KROND
(agitated) “I can see that, Hurn!”

STUMP
“And they’ve got the book!”

KROND
(shocked) “What?!” (barks; to Hurn) “Corporal Hurn! Take two Sontaran troopers with you and chase those three hu-mans. Shoot them on sight, but bring me back that book!”

HURN
(to Krond) “Yes, sir.” (barks; to Sqar; Thor) “Right! Trooper Sqar and Trooper Thor! Accompany me with fully-charged blaster rifles, chasing the three hu-mans, at the double now!”

SQAR/THOR
“Sir!”

Sqar and Thor salute, as they follow Hurn out of the command deck.

HURN
(barks) “Left, right; left, right; left, right; left, right; left, right; left, [right; left…]”

The doors slide open as Hurn, Sqar and Thor run at the double out of the command deck before they close again. Krond becomes infuriated, as he bangs his fists together repeatedly.

KROND
“That book must be brought back here! It must not be lost! It mustn’t! It mustn’t, do you hear?!!! It mustn’t!!!”

Krond roars with anger whilst the other Sontarans, including Stump, watch him with peculiar fascination.


SCENE #201 – INT – CORRIDOR, LINX-CRUISER CLASS FLAGSHIP – N/A
In one of the corridors aboard the Sontaran flagship, Corporal Hurn, Trooper Sqar and Trooper Thor run down as they hunt for Nyssa, Billy and Andrew. It seems they can’t find them anywhere at all.

SQAR
“This is ridiculous! We can’t keep on running down these stinking corridors looking for those three stinking hu-mans.”

THOR
“He’s right, Corporal Hurn. Sqar’s right. We can’t keep up with this all the time. I want to know what’s happening with the battle. I was so absorbed by what I was seeing on the view-screen.”

HURN
(barks; to Sqar; Thor) “Be quiet! You heard what the commander said! We’ve got to shoot them down; find the book and bring it back to the commander!”

Just then, Hurn’s communicator whirs into life. Hurn takes out his communicator and switches it on as he runs with Sqar and Thor down the corridor.

HURN
(through communicator) “Hurn the Butcher.”

KROND (V’O)
“Hurn! This is Krond! Give me your report! Where are the three hu-mans?”

HURN
(through communicator) “We’re hunting for them, sir. But we can’t find them. They’re very clever with camouflage techniques, I think.”

KROND (V’O)
“Never mind that, Hurn. I need you three to report back to the command deck. The fight with the Rutans is getting worse. You’re part of the section required for this outer-space mission we’re about to undertake.”

HURN
(through communicator) “But, sir…?”

KROND (V’O)
“That was an order, Corporal Hurn! Obey it!”

HURN
(through communicator) “Yes, sir. Very good, sir. We shall obey your orders to the letter, sir.”

The communication ends, as Hurn switches off his communicator and puts it back under his belt.

HURN
(to Sqar; Thor) “Right, troopers! We’re heading back to the command deck! Commander Krond’s orders!”

SQAR
“We heard! Krond’s taken leave of his senses! He talks rubbish!”

THOR
“Agreed. He can’t even make up his mind! First he wants us to stop the three hu-mans, now he wants us to go back!”

HURN
“No time for arguing, you two! Come on! Back to the command deck we go.” (barks) “At the double! March! Left, right; left, right; left, right; left, right; [left, right…]”

Hurn, Sqar and Thor head off back the way they came, returning to the command deck of the flagship. Their footsteps stomp as they go off and fade into the distance. After they’ve gone, Nyssa, Billy and Andrew come out of their hiding place in one of the ventilation shafts. They push their way out and gradually get out of the ventilation shaft. Nyssa, Billy and Andrew stand to their feet as they get out one by one.

BILLY
“Thank goodness they’ve gone!”

ANDREW
“They really are stupid. We were right behind them in this ventilation shaft and they didn’t see us.”

NYSSA
“These Sontarans don’t seem to be as thorough as I thought they were.”

BILLY
“We can’t keep hiding in one of these shafts all the time whenever a Sontaran comes along and points his gun at us, Nyssa. We’ll get caught too easily if we’re not careful.”

NYSSA
“You’re right, Billy. There’s got to be another way.”

ANDREW
(realises) “Ssh! Do you hear that?”

BILLY
(puzzled) “Hear what?”

ANDREW
“Ssh! Listen!”

Nyssa, Billy and Andrew listen, as they hear the sound of the TARDIS materialising nearby.

BILLY
(realises) “Nyssa! That’s the…”

NYSSA
“Yes! It’s the TARDIS! The Doctor’s found us! He’s here!”

Nyssa, Billy and Andrew watch as the TARDIS’ blue box form materialises before them. It whooshes and grinds before making a loud thump as it lands in the corridor. The TARDIS door then opens and the Doctor and Max step out.

NYSSA
“Doctor!”

DOCTOR
“Nyssa!”

BILLY
“Doctor!”

DOCTOR
“Billy!”

ANDREW
“Mad Max!”

MAX
“Hello everybody!”

NYSSA
(shrewdly; to Doctor) “You managed to get here then. You took your time, didn’t you?!”

DOCTOR
(coyly) “I’m so glad you’re pleased to see me.”

The Doctor and Nyssa then laugh as they both hug each other.

DOCTOR
“Good to have you back to normal, Nyssa.”

NYSSA
“Yes. Though I might not be quite the same ever again.” (Pause) “And that was just me teasing by the way.”

The Doctor continues to hug Nyssa before he and Max reunite with Billy and Andrew.


SCENE #202 – INT – COMMAND DECK, LINX-CRUISER CLASS FLAGSHIP – N/A
Back on the command deck of the Sontaran flagship…

KROND
(barks; to Stump) “Stump! Order our selected troopers, Hurn, Sqar, Thor, Goml and Kike, to join me in five minutes’ time on the mission to Althrace. We head off in scout ships. We shall take off when the battle with the Rutan fleets becomes critical.”

STUMP
“Do you think that’s wise, sir?”

KROND
“Just do as I ordered, Stump. I shall make my way to my own scout vessel now. I shall wait from all six of you to confirm you are on board your own personal spaceships. I expect to be away before the battle is over.”

STUMP
“Yes, sir.”

KROND
“We shall be glorious and victorious! The Sontaran empire shall rule the galaxy forever! The power of Althrace shall be our greatest asset!”

STUMP
“Yes, sir.”

KROND
“You shall take charge.”

STUMP
“Oh good.”

KROND
“Order Hurn, Sqar and Thor when they return and tell Goml and Kike to join you. I go to my spaceship now.”

STUMP
“Very good, sir.”

Krond walks off but does the Sontaran war chant on the way.

KROND
(chants) “Sontar, Sontar, we fight for Sontar, [the glory of Sontar…]”

SONTARANS
(chants) “[…the glory of Sontar], the death of our enemies is why we live! Sontar, Sontar, we fight for Sontar, the glory of Sontar, [the death of our enemies is why we live…]”

Whilst the Sontarans keep chanting, Stump remains silent as he stands to one side.

STUMP
(grunts; sulkily) “Sometimes Krond, you can be quite unbearable.”


SCENE #203 – INT – CORRIDOR, LINX-CRUISER CLASS FLAGSHIP – N/A
Back in the corridor with Nyssa, Billy and Andrew, they tell the Doctor and Max what’s happened to them since they last met. They sum up the end of their story.

BILLY
“Then I stole the book as you can see when nobody was looking.”

ANDREW
“Then I shouted and led the way for us all to get out of there.”

NYSSA
“And we soon hid ourselves before those Sontarans could catch us. They went on their way before spotting us. Then the TARDIS appeared and here we all are, as you can see.”

DOCTOR
“Well I’m certainly glad you were able to divert the Rutan fleet. You certainly seemed to do a lot whilst I was playing cricket with the Sontarans.”

BILLY
“Nyssa kept us all together, Doctor.”

ANDREW
“Yeah. If it weren’t for Nyssa, we wouldn’t still be alive.”

NYSSA
“Very nice of you boys, thank you. But I imagine the Doctor wishes to speed things up.”

DOCTOR
“Yes, quite. We need to get to Althrace as soon as possible before the Sontarans reach it.”

BILLY
“Why? Why do we need to get to Althrace before the Sontarans do? We’ve got the book. So there’s no chance for them to…”

NYSSA
(interrupts; to Billy) “I suggest we do as the Doctor says, Billy.” (to Doctor) “I assume things are rather critical from where you’re standing, Doctor.”

DOCTOR
“Absolutely. So I suggest we go [to…]”

MAX
(interrupts) “Doctor?!”

DOCTOR
“Not now, Max.”

MAX
(cries) “But Doctor!”

DOCTOR
“What is it, Max?”

MAX
“There’s a Sontaran coming this way! Look!”

NYSSA
“Oh no!”

The Doctor, Nyssa, Billy, Max and Andrew look as they see Commander Krond walking down the corridor towards them. He’s just turned around the corner before spotting them.

KROND
(calls) “Who’s there?!” (realises) “Doc-tor!”

DOCTOR
(urgently) “Quick, you four! Into the TARDIS!”

The Doctor pushes the TARDIS door open for Nyssa, Billy, Andrew and Max to get inside. Krond charges towards them, with Sontaran blaster rifle in his hand.

KROND
(barks) “Stop! In the name of Sontar, I command you to stop!”

Billy turns back before going inside.

BILLY
“You too, Doctor! Get inside!”

DOCTOR
“Wait, Billy. I want to try and divert him if I can.”

BILLY
(protests) “But Doctor…”

DOCTOR
“Get inside now!”

KROND
“You asked for it, Doc-tor!”

Krond opens fire with his Sontaran blaster rifle. He fires a warning shot and causes the Doctor and Billy to be hit by falling timber. The Doctor and Billy collapse to the ground and are knocked out unconscious. Billy drops the Book of Althrace in the process. Krond stomps, as he approaches the Doctor and Billy and he trains his Sontaran blaster rifle on them.

NYSSA
(calls from inside TARDIS) “Billy; Doctor?! Quick, get inside!”

The Doctor and Billy groan however, as they’re unable to get up whilst Krond trains his weapon on them.

KROND
(menacingly) “Die, Doc-tor! Die!”

Just then, Shayde materializes as he shimmers with his blaster weapon in hand. Krond becomes startled once he sees Shayde before him.

KROND
“What in Sontar’s name…? Who is this dark figure?”

Shayde fires shots at Krond, but Krond manages to dodge them as he fires back. Nyssa and Max step out to see the Doctor and Billy lying on the floor beside the TARDIS.

NYSSA
(anxiously; concerned) “Doctor; Billy?!”

MAX
(concerned) “Are they going to be alright?”

SHAYDE
(commands; to Nyssa; Max) “Get them inside! We must dematerialize and make for Althrace soon! Get them in now!”

Shayde keeps on firing his weapon, whilst Krond keeps on firing back at him.

NYSSA
(urgently) “Come on, Max. Help me get the Doctor and Billy inside! I’ll take the Doctor, you take Billy.”

MAX
“Yes right, okay. Here we go.”

With enough effort, Nyssa and Max drag the Doctor and Billy into the TARDIS, whilst gunfire rings out.

MAX
(grunts; to Nyssa) “I think…your boyfriend needs to lose a few pounds. And that’s me talking.”

NYSSA
(calls; to Andrew inside TARDIS) “Andrew! Help us out here! Don’t stand around in the console room!”

ANDREW
(calls from inside TARDIS) “Alright; alright, I’m coming!”

Eventually, Andrew comes out of the TARDIS and helps Nyssa and Max with getting the Doctor and Billy inside. Meanwhile, Shayde keeps on firing at Krond before backing into the TARDIS to rejoin the others. Krond advances whilst Shayde backs inside the TARDIS.

KROND
(to Krond) “Come on, dark figure! Fight me! Fight Krond the Winner! You dare not refuse the challenge of a Sontaran commander!”

Shayde however gets inside the TARDIS and shuts the door, locking Krond out. Krond stamps his fists in anger.

KROND
(shouts) “Coward! Coward, I say! You shall not hear the last of me!”

The TARDIS however dematerialises as it whooshes and grinds away, departing from the corridor. Krond fumes in anger once the TARDIS is gone. He then spots something of interest to him on the floor.

KROND
“But…what is this?”

Krond kneels down to the floor as he picks up the Book of Althrace from it.

KROND
(satisfied) “Ah! It’s the book! ‘The Travellers’ Tale of Althrace’. And one of the Doc-tor’s associates accidentally dropped it when entering into the TARDIS. How unfortunate…for them! Ha! This is a glorious change of events!”

Krond takes out his communicator, switches it on and speaks into it.

KROND
(through communicator) “Commander Krond to Sergeant Stump!”

STUMP (V’O)
“Stump here! Are you in your scout ship, sir?”

KROND
(through intercom) “Never mind that, Sergeant. I have good news.”

STUMP (V’O)
“Good, sir! What is it?”

KROND
“The book, Stump! I have it in my hands! The Doctor and his friends lost it again! All thanks to me! Now we can go to Althrace without anyone interfering! Is that not good, Sergeant?”

STUMP (V’O)
(glumly) “Yes, sir. I’m ecstatic about it.”

KROND
“I shall go to my scout ship with the book in my possession, Stump. I shall wait for you to attend immediately. Victory is in our hands, Sergeant! Victory for Sontar at last!”

Krond eventually switches off his communicator. He then gets up, takes the book with him and makes his way to his scout ship.


© Tim Bradley, 2018

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