‘The Stockbridge Terror’, Part One, Chapter 3

3. Old Flame and Old Friend

SCENE #23 – EXT – VILLAGE GREEN, STOCKBRIDGE – DAY, AFTERNOON (2010)
On the village green, the cricket match is in its throes as it nears towards its conclusion for the first innings. The match seems to be going pretty well, as the Doctor and Billy watch from afar.

DOCTOR
“See there, Billy! They’ve got their last man in for the winning team! Let’s hope he won’t be out for a duck!”

The cricket ball gets bowled and the last man hits the ball in an instant. Cheers roar from the crowd of watching spectators, as they clap their hands.

DOCTOR
(cheers) “Oh good shot! Well bowled! That’s definitely got to be an over!”

The Doctor then notices that Billy is pre-occupied.

DOCTOR
(concerned) “Billy? Are you alright?”

BILLY
(distracted) “Hmm? Yes, Doctor?”

DOCTOR
“Are you enjoying the game?”

BILLY
“Oh yes! Yes I am! Most riveting!”

DOCTOR
“You seemed to take an interest in the game a short while ago. Now you seem to have lost interest.”

BILLY
“Sorry, Doctor.” (Pause) “I suppose if Nyssa were here, I would enjoy it more.”

DOCTOR
“Ah. I see. Well, Nyssa said she’s not one for cricket. When I took Nyssa to Stockbridge for the first time, she had other things on her mind.”

BILLY
“Oh? What things?”

DOCTOR
“Oh…writing a novel for one thing.”

BILLY
“Yes, I remember you saying. Nyssa never told me she wrote a novel.”

DOCTOR
“You never asked her.”

BILLY
“Now I know why Nyssa got on well with Jane Austen.”

The Doctor continues to watch the cricket match with keen enthusiasm.

DOCTOR
(absorbed) “Yes! That’s sixteen runs now! That batsman hit it pretty hard! It’s likely to be a lost ball the way the fielders have trouble finding it.”

BILLY
“Do you think I annoy her, Doctor?”

DOCTOR
“Sorry what?”

BILLY
“Annoy Nyssa, I mean.”

DOCTOR
“You? Annoy Nyssa? Why do you think that, Billy?”

BILLY
(apprehensively) “Well, it’s just that…I’m getting a sense of tension from her. It’s happened lately when Nyssa and I came to Stockbridge. Even when she got the letter from you to come to Stockbridge, which you haven’t sent yet, she seems tense.”

DOCTOR
“That’s to be expected, Billy. Tension rifting between a romantic couple. I’m sure it’ll pass. Don’t worry.”

BILLY
“No. It’s more than that. Nyssa seems to be acting oddly. As if something’s bothering here ever since we came to Stockbridge. This Stockbridge, I mean. Not the nineteen sixty-five one.”

Billy’s thoughts get interrupted, as the stumps of the wicket get knocked down.

BOWLER
(cries) “Owzat!”

The umpire gives a signal and the spectators groan.

DOCTOR
(groans) “Oh come on! That definitely was not out! He didn’t even have his leg before wicket!”

BILLY
(intrigued) “Why is Stockbridge so important to you, Doctor?”

DOCTOR
(distracted) “Hmm? What did you say, Billy?”

BILLY
“And what’s so special about Stockbridge to Nyssa? I’d like to know from you what it is.”

DOCTOR
(gradually) “Ah well you see, Billy. You see…”

BILLY
“Yes?”

DOCTOR
“Well…before Nyssa met you, Billy, she…she…” (puzzled) “…what’s that sound?”

The Doctor gets interrupted, as a whirring whining noise occurs. Billy hears it too, as the Doctor then takes out the portable rhondium sensor from his coat pocket. The Doctor gradually checks the sensor’s readings.

BILLY
(anxiously) “What does your…sensor thing say, Doctor”

DOCTOR
(astounded) “The rhondium sensor. It’s picking a high wave of delta particles. They’re oscillating at a vibrant rate.”

BILLY
(confused) “Are they?”

DOCTOR
“Yes Billy, look! The sensor’s picked up a matter transference within a temporal eddy! Something’s materialising in this area!”

Just then, there’s a female scream as the Doctor and Billy hear it.

DOCTOR
“Hello? What’s going on there?”

BILLY
“Someone’s screaming.”

The Doctor and Billy look to see an archer from the past appear out of thin air.

BOWLER
(shouts) “‘Ere! That beggar’s in my direct line of fire!”

BILLY
“Is that…another soldier?”

DOCTOR
“It’s an archer! From Tudor times!”

The Tudor archer faints to the ground as everyone gasps in shock.

BILLY
“He’s fainted! That archer’s fainted!” (Pause) “I can’t see the archer anymore! That crowd’s gathering and blocking the archer for me to see!”

DOCTOR
“Come on! Let’s get over there!”

The Doctor, with the rhondium sensor, runs over to where the Tudor archer is. Billy follows after him.


SCENE #24 – EXT – VILLAGE GREEN, STOCKBRIDGE – DAY, AFTERNOON (2010)
The Doctor and Billy make their way through the crowd to reach the wounded Tudor archer on the village green. The rhondium sensor in the Doctor’s hand whirs and whines loudly as he approaches the archer.

DOCTOR
“The sensor’s increasing its modulation variant to maximum. This must be the source for the temporal matter transference.”

The Doctor switches the rhondium sensor off and puts it back in his coat pocket.

DOCTOR
(to crowd) “Okay, everyone! Stand back, please! Everyone, stand back! I’m the Doctor! Everything’s under control!”

Everyone gasps as they stand back. The bowler however approaches the Doctor and Billy.

BOWLER
(infuriated) “‘Ere! What’s going on?! Some sort of fancy do? We’re in the middle of our innings!”

DOCTOR
(insistently; to bowler) “Please, stand back as I told you!”

The Doctor gets down on the ground to check on the unconscious archer. The bowler becomes impertinent, as Billy tries to hold him back.

BOWLER
(protests) “Now see here!”

BILLY
“Please! Give the Doctor some space! That archer needs medical attention!”

BOWLER
(protests) “But I was about to knock a player out with my googly!”

Whilst Billy tries to keep everyone back, the Doctor checks on the Tudor archer.

DOCTOR
(warmly; to Tudor archer) “Hello, my friend. Can you hear me?”

The Tudor archer raises himself up from the ground and whispers something in the Doctor’s ear.

TUDOR ARCHER
(murmurs) “I did well, my friend. I fired at will. I shattered an enemy attack with fifty arrows. Unfortunately though, my confidence cost me my folly. The hand gunner managed to strike my leg. I doubt I’ll walk again.”

DOCTOR
(reassuringly) “Now, just take it easy. You’re going to be fine. We’re going to call a medic…”

TUDOR ARCHER
(interrupts; murmurs) “Tell King James of my tale. Tell his majesty that…that…”

The Tudor archer then passes out. A moment of uncomfortable silence ensues.

BILLY
“Doctor? He’s not dead, is he?” (Pause) “Is he?”

The Doctor ponders, whilst leaning over the unconscious archer.


SCENE #25 – INT – MAIN BAR, RED FERN INN – DAY, AFTERNOON (2010)
At the Red Fern Inn, Nyssa enters as he comes from her stroll around Stockbridge. She looks around the main bar to find no-one about.

NYSSA
(calls) “Hello? Is anyone here?”

Nyssa paces about for a bit in the main bar of the inn.

NYSSA
(calls) “Hello? Anyone?”

Nyssa gets no response. All seems quiet.

NYSSA
(sighs; puzzled) “Surely they would have customers at this time of day at the Red Fern Inn.” (thinks) “Unless of course they’ve all gone to the cricket match that the Doctor and Billy are seeing.”

Moment of silence, as Nyssa contemplates what to do next.

NYSSA
“I’m not sure why I came in here on my walk. I’ll go and join Billy and the Doctor.”

Nyssa begins to head out of the inn, before someone appears behind her.

ANDREW
“So…what’s it about?”

Nyssa stops and turns around to see Andrew enter.

ANDREW
“That was the first thing I said to you. About your novel.”

NYSSA
(amazed) “Andrew! It’s you! You’re really here!”

Andrew then holds out the book he’s been carrying, which is Nyssa’s novel from ‘Circular Time: Autumn’. He opens the book and reads it out loud.

ANDREW
(reads)‘Something is added to cricket by the angle of the sun as it stands at four o’clock in early September. The shadows are longer; there’s a suggestion of colder days approaching, of aspects of our lives dying away and returning, of circular time…’

Andrew closes the book gently to see Nyssa astounded.

NYSSA
“Andrew!”

ANDREW
“Hello, Nyssa. Long time no see.”

Nyssa and Andrew stay silent as they look at each other in the main bar of the Red Fern Inn.


SCENE #26 – EXT – VILLAGE GREEN, STOCKBRIDGE – DAY, AFTERNOON (2010)
Back on the village green, the Doctor and Billy continue to sort out the fallen Tudor archer. The crowd of spectators is still gathered round them.

BILLY
“Doctor?”

DOCTOR
“He should be fine, Billy. His pulse is still going.”

BILLY
“Is there anything we can do for him? We have to get him to a hospital.”

DOCTOR
“The nearest hospital is about nine miles away. Unless we can find the village doctor, I don’t see what else we can do.”

BILLY
“I don’t understand how this chap from Tudor Times is here. So abruptly, I mean. It’s like with that Roundhead we saw earlier.”

DOCTOR
“Stockbridge certainly is full of surprises. I still wonder how this village manages to attract so much attention and trouble.”

MAX
“It’s happening far more frequently I’m afraid, Doctor.”

The Doctor and Billy look to see Maxwell Edison appear before them.

DOCTORg
(thrilled) “Max! Maxwell Edison, you’re back!”

MAX
“Earth Ambassador Edison at your service, Doctor.”

DOCTOR
(thrilled) “Max Edison, I hoped we’d meet again soon.”

MAX
“Sooner than I expected, Doctor. It’s been a year for me since Stockbridge got caught in that jumble time bubble. With the Lord and Lady of the Manor and Veridios. I got out of course. I wondered what happened to you and Nyssa. Whether you were still alive.”

DOCTOR
“Yes. Sorry we didn’t come back soon afterwards to check up on you. We were diverted needless to say.”

BILLY
(puzzled) “Err…Doctor, who is this?”

DOCTOR
“Oh sorry, Billy.” (to Max) “Max, this is Billy.” (to Billy) “Billy, this is Max.”

BILLY
“Oh. How do you do, Max?”

Max shakes hands with Billy.

MAX
“Glad to make your acquaintance. Are you from Venus too, young man?”

BILLY
(confused) “No, I’m from Earth.”

MAX
“Oh! So you’re into UFO spotting as well! Good! That’s good! Good thing we have in common!”

BILLY
(baffled) “Uh, yes. You know about aliens then.”

MAX
“Astrologer, medium water-diviner, seer, soothsayer, full-time vegetarian and part-time UFO spotter! That’s me! Maxwell Edison!”

DOCTOR
“A flying saucer nut you’ll find Max to be, Billy.”

BILLY
“Really. How interesting.”

MAX
“Doctor, where’s your friend Nyssa? Is she with you?”

DOCTOR
“She’s around here somewhere, Max. Taking a stroll. Isn’t she, Billy?”

BILLY
“Yes. I should probably find out where Nyssa is. I’m a little worried about her.”

DOCTOR
“First we must get this Tudor archer to a place where he can rest. Then we can call an ambulance.”

MAX
“We can take him back to my house. My bed’s at his disposal, Doctor.”

DOCTOR
“Very kind of you, Max. But I think we’ll take him to the Red Fern Inn. It’s nearer where we are.”

BILLY
(to Max) “You say these strange appearances of historical soldiers in Stockbridge have happened more frequently. Is that right…Max, was it?”

MAX
“Oh yes! For the past few months it’s been happening. It started off with one or two appearing. Now it’s happening more often. We’ve been getting visitations from old soldiers from the past like naval officers, WWII soldiers, centurions…”

BILLY
“Soldiers that have been appearing out of thin air from the past?”

MAX
“Exactly! Soldiers making unexpected arrivals; attacking the village and scaring people. Most of the village’s deserted, apart from a few who come to see the annual matches of the cricket season.”

DOCTOR
“How fascinating! I’m beginning to wonder what’s causing these incidents. And by whom.”

MAX
“I’ve prayed for you to come back, Doctor. I even went to church, hoping you’d show up.”

DOCTOR
“Well that’s very flattering of you Max [to…]”

MAX
(interjects) “These strange events have been playing merry-hell on my mind. They’ve made me anxious. And I think it’s all because of that book I picked up.”

DOCTOR
“Book? What book, Max?”

Eventually, Billy helps the Doctor with getting the Tudor archer up from the ground. Max tells more to the Doctor as they make their way over to the Red Fern Inn. The Doctor and Billy carry the Tudor archer with them on the way.


SCENE #27 – INT – MAIN BAR, RED FERN INN – DAY, AFTERNOON (2010)
Back at the Red Fern Inn, Nyssa and Andrew sit at a table together and reminisce over good times.

NYSSA
“You’ve finished reading my novel then.”

ANDREW
“Yes I have. One of the most enjoyable things I’ve had the pleasure of reading. All that detail. And beautiful words.”

NYSSA
“It was the first time I tried writing a novel, Andrew.”

ANDREW
“You’ve written another novel then?”

NYSSA
(sadly) “No. I’m afraid not.”

Moment of silence.

ANDREW
“I’ve missed that autumn we spent together.”

NYSSA
“So have I. The days we had and the walks we took.”

ANDREW
“And the kissing?”

NYSSA
“Yes. That was the first time I’d ever kissed anyone.” (Pause) “You’re a fully qualified engineer then.”

ANDREW
“Yes I am. Got this new job about a year ago. It’s really well paid. And worth a challenge. Much better than being a waiter here.”

NYSSA
“You’re still a waiter here?”

ANDREW
“Part-time. I work here three days a week. I’m staying till the end of September. I’ve been coming to Stockbridge for the past few autumns now. Waiting for you, Nyssa.”

NYSSA
“For me? You’ve been coming to Stockbridge for the past few autumns for me?”

ANDREW
“Yes.” (Pause) “I made a big mistake when we had our romance together. I was too pig-headed and stupid to lose sight of you when I should have asked you to stay with me.”

NYSSA
“Andrew, I…”

ANDREW
(interjects) “I’m willing to make amends, Nyssa. I’m determined to make things right with you.”

NYSSA
(puzzled) “I don’t understand.”

ANDREW
“Now that I’ve found you again…I want you to stay with me.”

NYSSA
(startled) “What?”

ANDREW
“You wanted me to ask you not to leave me. So that you could stop this travelling lark you were on about. I said ‘no’ to you at the time. Well, I’ve changed my mind. I say ‘yes’ to you now. I want you to stay with me. If that’s okay with you?”

Nyssa is uncomfortable despite being enamoured whilst Andrew’s in the room with her.


SCENE #28 – EXT – STOCKBRIDGE, ENGLAND – DAY, AFTERNOON (2010)
Meanwhile, the Doctor and Billy carry the Tudor archer with him as Maxwell Edison accompanies them. They nearly approach the Red Fern Inn.

DOCTOR
“There it is! The Red Fern’s straight ahead!”

BILLY
(groans) “This chap weighs a ton, Doctor! Is that due to size or eating?”

DOCTOR
“Stop complaining, Billy! Let’s get this man inside. We’re nearly there.”

MAX
“This book I mentioned, Doctor. It’s a very strange, dangerous and powerful book. It contains unusual properties.”

DOCTOR
“Does it now?”

MAX
“I thought at first it was going to be a nice read. But ever since I got into it, I can’t stop worrying about what it does. Such unusual, weird and horrifying things. And I’m very sensitive to these things, you know. Let me show you!”

Max takes the book out from one of his anorak pockets and shows it to the Doctor, thrusting it in front of his face.

MAX
(excitably) “See! Look Doctor, look!”

DOCTOR
“Max, don’t thrust that thing in my face!”

MAX
“But it’s been troubling me, Doctor! I’d like to tell you about what’s in it!”

DOCTOR
“Later, Max! Show me later!”

BILLY
“Where did you buy it, Max?”

MAX
(puzzled) “What’s that you say?”

BILLY
“I said where did you buy it? What shop did you buy the book from?”

MAX
“I didn’t buy it in a shop. I found it.”

BILLY
“Found it? Found it where?”

DOCTOR
(agitated) “Billy, can we get this chap inside! He’s leaning on me heavily [and…]”

The Doctor, Billy and Max are then stopped in their tracks, as they’re confronted by Rupert and Samuel who stand in their way.

DOCTOR
“Excuse me, whoever you are before us! We have to get this man inside!”

RUPERT
(menacingly) “Stay where you are, Doctor!”

SAMUEL
(menacingly) “You’re not going anywhere!”

MAX
(to Rupert; Samuel) “Rupert; Samuel! Get out of the way, you two!” (to Doctor) “These two are a menace! They’ve been causing trouble as well!”

DOCTOR
(to Rupert; Samuel) “I don’t know what game it is you’re playing, but would you please move out of the way!”

BILLY
(realises) “Doctor, I recognise these two! Nyssa and I saw them when we were at the Red Fern Inn in Stockbridge back in nineteen sixty-five.”

DOCTOR
(astonished) “What did you say, Billy?!”

RUPERT
(threateningly) “You’re coming with us, Doctor! Do not attempt to whittle your way out of this one!”

MAX
(startled; to Billy) “You met them in nineteen sixty-five you say, Billy?”

DOCTOR
(to Rupert; Samuel) “You two gentlemen wouldn’t happen to have a technique in preserving long-lasting moisturising on your bodies, would you?”

SAMUEL
(threateningly) “Stop talking and get a move on! You Doctor, the boy and the nutcase!”

MAX
“Shut up! And stop calling me a nutcase!”

RUPERT
(threateningly) “Move at once, we tell you!”

MAX
(whispers; to Doctor) “Doctor, what are we going to do?”

DOCTOR
(whispers; to Max) “We’ll have to split up. I’ll take the front entrance whilst you and Billy take the archer around the back. Get him into one of the guest rooms upstairs in the inn.”

BILLY
(whispers; to Doctor) “It’ll never work, Doctor. There’s no way we’ll be able to…”

DOCTOR
(whispers, to Billy) “Trust me, Billy. Do as I say and help Max with the archer around the back.”

MAX
(whispers; to Billy) “It’s alright, Billy. I know a shortcut.”

BILLY
(whispers; to Max) “It’s not a shortcut I’m worried about. I’m not sure how long I can manage this awful lot of archer to get to the back of the inn.”

DOCTOR
(whispers; to Billy) “How do you think I feel, Billy?”

SAMUEL
(interrupts) “‘Ere! What are you lot whispering about?”

RUPERT
(threateningly) “Come on, I said ‘move it’! Our landlord wants to see you!”

DOCTOR
“Oh yes! I’m sure your landlord will be delighted to see us! And we’d be delighted to see him!” (to Billy; Max) “Wouldn’t we, Billy; Max?”

RUPERT
(threateningly) “Stop talking and get moving, before we shoot…”

DOCTOR
(interjects) “You wouldn’t shoot us. Especially as your landlord wants us alive.”

RUPERT
“I’m easily tempted, Doctor. The way you keep rambling on…”

DOCTOR
(exclaims) “Oh look! There he is now!”

RUPERT
“What?!”

SAMUEL
“Mr. Jackson?!”

Rupert and Samuel get distracted, as they around to see nothing there.

DOCTOR
(shouts) “Now! Max; Billy! Run!”

The Doctor takes advantage, as he, Max and Billy split up. The Doctor heads off around Samuel and Rupert for the front of the inn, whilst Billy and Max carry the archer round the back. Samuel and Rupert realise their mistake and become angry.

SAMUEL
(angrily) “Stupid idiot, Rupert! Get after them!”

RUPERT
(angrily) “You get after the Doctor! I’ll go for the boy and the weirdo!”

SAMUEL
“Right!”

They split up, as Samuel chases after the Doctor whilst Rupert chases after Billy and Max who carry the archer with them.


SCENE #29 – INT – MAIN BAR, RED FERN INN – DAY, AFTERNOON (2010)
Inside the Red Fern…

ANDREW
“Nyssa, what’s the matter?”

NYSSA
(gradually; sadly) “Andrew, I’m very sorry. But I’m afraid that [I can’t…]”

Nyssa and Andrew are then interrupted, as the front door bursts open. The Doctor enters, as he shuts the door behind him and locks it. He approaches Nyssa and Andrew, puffing out of breath.

ANDREW
(startled) “What in the name of…?”

NYSSA
(astonished) “Doctor! You’re here! Are you alright?”

DOCTOR
“Nyssa! Thank goodness you’re here! Billy will be so pleased!”

NYSSA
“I’m fine, Doctor. But what about you? You seem out of breath.”

DOCTOR
“I’ve been chased by an angry local. Who apparently comes from nineteen sixty-five, as Billy claims.”

A loud banging is made on the door from outside.

ANDREW
“You’ve been chased?!”

NYSSA
“Pardon, Doctor?”

DOCTOR
“Billy said he recognised two locals who’ve just tried to prevent us getting into the Red Fern Inn. He says they come from nineteen sixty-five. If that’s so, they haven’t aged a bit!”

NYSSA
“But that’s impossible, Doctor.”

DOCTOR
“Ordinarily, yes. But we’ve seen how soldiers from the past get transported here through time. You and Billy saw people disappear in nineteen sixty-five. Perhaps this is where they end up in two thousand and ten. There’s also the possibility of genetic engineering, but…”

ANDREW
“You two talk rot. Time travel; genetic engineering…”

DOCTOR
(to Andrew) “Sorry do I know you, young man?”

NYSSA
(apprehensively) “This is Andrew, Doctor. Remember?”

DOCTOR
“Ah yes!” (to Andrew) “Andrew, I remember you now. You’re here as well then. You were Nyssa’s boyfriend, weren’t you? The first one I believe.”

NYSSA
(grits her teeth) “Doctor!”

ANDREW
“First one?” (to Nyssa) “Nyssa, what’s he talking about? What did he mean ‘first one’?”

NYSSA
(apologetically) “Andrew, I’m sorry. I was going to tell you but…” (Pause; realises) “Wait a minute!” (to Doctor) “Doctor, where’s Billy?”

DOCTOR
“Billy should be on his way. He’s heading around the back with Max. They’re carrying a Tudor archer with them.”

NYSSA
(astonished) “Max is here?! Maxwell Edison?!”

ANDREW
“Who’s Billy, Nyssa?”

They’re then interrupted, as Billy and Max enter from the back corridor. They pant out of breath as they burst in.

BILLY
(relieved) “Doctor, there you are! You’re alright then!”

DOCTOR
“Yes! I’ve managed to lock the front door. As you can hear the persistent banging on the door from outside.”

The banging on the front door by Samuel from outside grows louder.

MAX
“We did the same. We locked the back door as well. But that Rupert fellow’s banging on the door persistently and yelling his head off!”

BILLY
(relieved) “Nyssa! You’re here!”

NYSSA
(reassuringly) “Yes, Billy. I’m alright.”

BILLY
(pleased) “I’m so glad to see you safe!”

Billy goes over to Nyssa and gives her a loving hug. This causes Andrew to be astonished, aghast and jealous.

ANDREW
(protests) “Nyssa, who is this guy? Why is he hugging you?”

Billy eventually lets go of Nyssa as he turns to see Andrew.

BILLY
“Nyssa? Do you know this person?”

NYSSA
(to Andrew) “Andrew, this is Billy.” (to Billy) “Billy, this is Andrew.” (gradually; to Andrew) “Billy’s…my boyfriend, Andrew.”

ANDREW
(aghast) “You’re….what?! Boyfriend?!”

BILLY
(defensively) “Yes! I am her boyfriend! Have you got a problem with that?”

ANDREW
(astonished) “But…but…Nyssa?!”

NYSSA
“It’s been a long time since we last met, Andrew. Surely you knew this was bound to happen.”

BILLY
“Nyssa, what’s going on here?”

The banging on the front door by Samuel from outside gets louder.

MAX
“Doctor?! Billy and I managed to get that Tudor archer fellow into one of the guest rooms upstairs like you suggested.”

ANDREW
“What?! You might at least have asked permission!”

BILLY
“Got a problem with that too, have you?”

DOCTOR
(pleased) “Well done, Max; well done, Billy. I’ll call for an ambulance.” (to Max) “Max? Check our archer friend and see that nothing happens to him.”

MAX
“Right you are, Doctor.” (to Nyssa) “Oh! Good to see you again, Nyssa!”

NYSSA
“And you, Max. It’s good to see you too!”

With that, Max heads off to go upstairs to where the Tudor archer is kept in one of the guest rooms.

DOCTOR
(to Andrew) “Andrew? May I use the telephone?”

ANDREW
“Look, what’s all this about?”

DOCTOR
“Thank you. Much appreciated.”

The Doctor goes over to the phone, picks it up and dials the number.

DOCTOR
“Now let’s see. Nine…nine…nine. Yes, that’s it!”

The Doctor waits as the phone rings.

NYSSA
“A Tudor archer? Another Earth soldier I presume, Billy.”

BILLY
“We found him out on the village green where the cricketers were playing cricket. He appeared out of thin air and just fainted with gunshots already in him.”

NYSSA
“Just like that other soldier who appeared at the Green Dragon. The Roundhead.”

BILLY
“That Max bloke says that this has been going on in Stockbridge more frequently lately.”

ANDREW
That Max bloke will say anything to make a fuss. I avoid taking his stories seriously and nod my head in agreement. Mad Max, he is. No wonder people find him nutty.”

BILLY
(agitated) “Nyssa, I find this ‘person’ obnoxious. Have you known him long?”

ANDREW
“Obnoxious, am I?”

NYSSA
“Please, Billy. I’ll try and explain…”

DOCTOR
(interrupts) “Quiet, you two! I’m trying to get through! Aha!”

As the Doctor makes a connection, Max re-enters.

MAX
(flustered) “Doctor, have you got through to the ambulance?”

DOCTOR
“Just about to, Max.” (through phone) “Ah hello. I’d like to call for an ambulance [to…]”

MAX
(interrupts) “Wait a mo, Doctor. Don’t bother with the ambulance.”

DOCTOR
(through phone) “Hold on. Excuse me a second, would you?” (to Max) “What’s the matter, Max?”

MAX
“The Tudor archer, Doctor. He’s gone!”

BILLY
(startled) “Gone?! What already?!”

DOCTOR
“What do you mean gone, Max?”

MAX
“He’s just vanished! Vanished he did!”

ANDREW
“Perhaps he wasn’t there. Perhaps you imagined him as always, Max.”

MAX
“No! It wasn’t like that! He just vanished…in a beam of light! He was teleported, I think.”

ANDREW
“Teleported?”

MAX
“Exactly! Teleported!”

NYSSA
“Just like the Roundhead. Only he wasn’t teleported. He was…”

The Doctor speaks into the phone again.

DOCTOR
(through phone) “Hmm? Oh err…would you cancel that ambulance for us please? We won’t need it now.” (Pause) “Thank you.”

With that, the Doctor puts the phone down and replaces it. Tension stirs in the air, as a moment of silence ensues. The banging from outside has stopped.

BILLY
(realises) “Doctor! That banging on the door!”

NYSSA
“It’s stopped. That man from outside has stopped banging on the front door.”

MAX
(realises) “Oh! That’s another thing! Rupert’s stopped banging on the back door from outside as well.”

The Doctor then takes the rhondium sensor out from his coat pocket. He makes his way to go upstairs where Max just came from.

NYSSA
“Doctor, where are you going with that rhondium sensor of yours?”

DOCTOR
“There’s something I want to check.” (to Nyssa) “You stay here with Billy and Andrew, Nyssa.” (to Max) “Max, you come with me.”

MAX
“Right, Doctor!”

The Doctor heads off with the rhondium sensor in his hand, as Max accompanies him upstairs. Nyssa stays behind, as she feels uncomfortable with Andrew and Billy.


SCENE #30 – INT – ROOM 15, RED FERN INN – DAY, AFTERNOON (2010)
In the guest room where the Tudor archer was, the Doctor and Max enter inside.

MAX
“Going to use your gadgets are you, Doctor? Like the ones I’ve got?”

DOCTOR
“Stand back, Max. I’m going to scan the area.”

The Doctor takes out a sleek, bulky object shaped like a torch from his coat pocket.

MAX
“What’s that then? A torch?”

DOCTOR
“A black-light lamp. Now do be quiet, Max. Here we go!”

In an instant, the Doctor scans the area with his black-light lamp as it emits a beam of light. Max then gasps in horror, as a ghostly image appears.

MAX
(gasps) “Doctor?! Do you see? Do you see..?”

DOCTOR
“Yes Max, I do see. It’s a strange figure.”

MAX
“Cripes! Blooming cripes! What in heaven’s name’s that?”

DOCTOR
(intrigued) “I’m not sure. Some energy projection. It’s very faint. But it seems to remind me [of…]”

Very soon, the strange figure vanishes and the Doctor switches the black-light lamp off.

MAX
(shivers) “I feel a sudden chill now.” (Pause) “It…it seemed to be ghost-like. Ghosts appearing out of thin air. Like those spacesuit physic projections we saw in Wells Wood when we were in the time bubble. It couldn’t be that could it, Doctor?”

DOCTOR
“It was a very powerful energy projection. Hardly ghosts of course. Ghosts are just stories to scare little children who go to bed.”

MAX
“I’m still scared of ghost stories.” (Pause) “It’s not like that presence we found when I tracked down the spaceship that first time I met you is it, Doctor?”

DOCTOR
“I doubt it. It was rather blurry from where I was standing.”

MAX
“I couldn’t quite make it out Doctor, but…well…I’m sure that person was wearing silvery armour. And it had a great domed helmet.”

DOCTOR
“Really? That’s what I thought.” (Pause) “That book you mentioned, Max. May I see it?”

MAX
“Hmm? Oh yeah! Here it is! I had it with me all the time!”

Max takes the book out from his anorak and hands it over to the Doctor. The Doctor takes the book from Max; opens it and looks inside.

MAX
“Well, Doctor? What do you think? Odd book, isn’t it?”

DOCTOR
(gradually; intrigued) “Indeed it is. You’re right, Max. It is a very interesting compilation of work.” (disturbed) “And it feels distinctly powerful. I can feel its vibrations.”

MAX
“Do you know what it’s made of, Doctor? Or what it’s about?”

DOCTOR
“Not at first glance. I’ll have to read it more thoroughly sometime. And I may not have time for that.”

The Doctor and Max contemplate on what to do next. The Doctor is disturbed, as he holds the book in his hand.


SCENE #31 – INT – STOREROOM, UNDERGROUND BASE – DAY, AFTERNOON (2010)
Back in the underground base beneath Wells Wood, Oswald Jackson and his daughter Melanie watch as the Tudor archer is being taken away.

OSWALD
“They managed to get him then. That Tudor critter.”

MELANIE
(impatiently) “How long are they going to keep us waiting? We ask to see the commander and they ignore us!”

OSWALD
“We’ll see them. Don’t you worry, sweetie. We’ll probably speak to them via the video link up there.”

MELANIE
“I wonder if the boys have got hold of the Doctor crank and his funny little friends.”

At that moment, Rupert and Samuel enter, frustrated and put-out.

OSWALD
“Ah! Here they are! Our village champions!”

MELANIE
“Well, boys? Did you manage to get hold of the Doctor?”

RUPERT
(annoyed) “No, we did not!”

SAMUEL
(annoyed) “They managed to lock both front and back doors of the Red Fern Inn!”

MELANIE
“Pathetic.”

OSWALD
(to Melanie) “Now Melanie, don’t be so pernickety!” (to Rupert; Samuel) “You fools did try to break down the doors.”

RUPERT
“We were about to, Oswald. Sure we were about to.”

SAMUEL
“But then we got a summons. To return here.”

MELANIE
“Those goons have probably changed their minds on having the Doctor then.”

OSWALD
“They’re having a bad time with their current situation anyway. They want more soldiers from Earth’s past. Because of that, they’re losing control of their directional transference methods.”

SAMUEL
“There’s more to this strategy than they’re letting on, you know.”

RUPERT
“They must have a new plan in mind. Perhaps that’s why they’re delaying the capture of the Doctor.”

Just then, the video link screen above their heads is switched on.

MELANIE
(excitedly) “Hey look! Dad, look! They’re on that screen now!”

OSWALD
“The video link! Excellent! Now we can talk business!”

Oswald, Melanie, Rupert and Samuel look to the video link screen, as they’re about to talk to their mysterious collaborators.


© Tim Bradley, 2018

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