‘The Stockbridge Terror’, Part Six, Chapter 22

22. Space Pod Battle

SCENE #241 – INT – VENTILATION SHAFT, CHAMBER OF KORDOR – N/A
Back on Althrace, the Doctor, Nyssa and Billy are still hiding in the ventilation shaft in the Chamber of Kordor. Nyssa and Billy have a moment together before they move out with the Doctor, as he looks out to see if it’s clear to go.

BILLY
(quietly) “We never seem to have a quiet moment together when we’re on these adventures, do we?”

NYSSA
(quietly) “No, I suppose we don’t.” (Pause) “Do you miss home, Billy? Your parents?”

BILLY
(quietly) “Yes, of course I do. I miss my parents terribly.” (Pause) “But I would miss you if you weren’t around; went away or gone off me. I keep thinking about you every day.”

NYSSA
(quietly) “I’m pleased to hear that, Billy.”

BILLY
(quietly) “So…what do we do after all this is over. Shall we go back to the Doctor and join him on his travels?”

NYSSA
(quietly) “Oh! Err…”

BILLY
(quietly) “I mean since we’re doing this thing as we’re used to, it seems rather hard to go back to Earth, doesn’t it? And…I know you’re not overly happy with staying with me on Earth…”

NYSSA
(quietly) “It’s not like that, Billy. I’m very happy being with you. But I don’t think I can use my scientific abilities on Earth as much as I did on Traken. I feel so…unable to make use of my abilities. I hope that makes sense.”

BILLY
(quietly) “Of course it makes sense, Nyssa. I’m not disgruntled by it. We can go back in the TARDIS and find a place to settle more to your liking.”

NYSSA
(quietly) “But it might take a while longer than you think. The Doctor’s TARDIS isn’t as reliable as he may think. Don’t tell him I said that.”

BILLY
(quietly) “I know, I know. But I don’t mind that, you see. As a matter of fact, I rather miss having our adventures together. In the TARDIS. With the Doctor. It’ll be nice to get back into the swing of things again.”

NYSSA
(quietly) “Are you sure you don’t mind, Billy? You don’t mind going in the TARDIS with me and the Doctor before we can really settle.”

BILLY
(quietly) “Nyssa, I want to be with you. And if travelling in the TARDIS is what’s going to keep us together, then that’s okay with me.”

NYSSA
(quietly; graciously) “Thank you, Billy. I love you so much.”

BILLY
(quietly) “Likewise here.”

Nyssa and Billy kiss each other.

NYSSA
(quietly) “I just hope we’ll be able to get out of this alive as we’re talking about it.”

BILLY
(quietly) “Don’t worry, Nyssa. I’m sure we’ll get out of this. We always do.”

NYSSA
(quietly; uncertain) “I hope so. I do hope so.”

BILLY
(quietly) “Oh don’t be like that.” (Pause) “There’s just one thing, Nyssa. How’s Andrew going to take it when you have to tell him you’re coming with me instead of staying with him?”

NYSSA
(quietly) “Andrew has to move on. I think he knows that, Billy.”

BILLY
(quietly) “It won’t be easy for him.”

NYSSA
(quietly) “I know that. But…”

Just then, they’re interrupted by the Doctor.

DOCTOR
(quietly) “Hey, you two. Stop your hanky-panky and listen. It’s time to move out and head for the power generator.”

NYSSA
“Yes, Doctor.”

The Doctor pushes the ventilation grid up and climbs out of the shaft. Nyssa and Billy climb up after him.


SCENE #242 – INT – UTILITY SECTION, CHAMBER OF KORDOR – N/A
Meanwhile, back in the utility section with Max and Andrew…

MAX
(quietly) “I’m really looking forward to a nice grill-up back at the Green Dragon in Stockbridge when we get back to Earth. I’m absolutely famished!” (to Andrew) “What about you, Andrew?”

ANDREW
(quietly) “I think I’ll leave Stockbridge and do something else with my life. Not sure what. Don’t think I’ll ever have a chance with Nyssa. She seems so devoted to her Billy.”

MAX
(quietly) “She’s a nice girl, Andrew. You don’t know what you’ve missed out on.”

ANDREW
(quietly) “Yeah, I know that now. Just didn’t realise the consequences of my arrogance.” (Pause) “Billy’s lucky and he deserves it. I just wish there was someone out there for me.”

MAX
(quietly) “I’m sure there is. You never know what’s around the corner.”

ANDREW
(quietly) “Have you ever been in love, Max? Ever had a relationship with someone?”

MAX
(quietly) “As a matter of fact I did, yes.”

ANDREW
(quietly) “Really?! I’m astonished.”

MAX
(quietly) “You did ask.”

ANDREW
(quietly) “Sorry, I didn’t mean it like that. It’s just…well…with your reputation, I didn’t think you’d have the ability to attract someone special.”

MAX
(quietly) “It was only for a fleeting number of moments. I had thought I was going to know her better and be part of her investigation group. But that was another place; another time; another reality. Never can I have that now.”

ANDREW
(quietly) “I don’t understand.”

MAX
(quietly) “Neither do I”

ANDREW
(quietly) “What was her name? This woman you liked?”

MAX
(quietly) “Her name was Lizzie. Lizzie Corrigan.”

Moment of silence.

MAX
(quietly) “Come on. Let’s get out of here. I think it’s all clear.”

ANDREW
(quietly) “You can’t be sure of that, Max. The Sontarans might still be lurking about.”

MAX
(quietly) “Well, they didn’t search here, so they must have not noticed us.”

ANDREW
(quietly) “Perhaps they’re waiting to spring the trap.”

MAX
(quietly) “We won’t find answers by staying here, will we?”

ANDREW
(quietly) “And we’ll probably have our necks broken if we go out there.”

MAX
(quietly) “Come on, young chap. Have a little faith. We’ve got an appointment to keep with the Doctor.”

Max gets out from the pile of junk he and Andrew were hiding in. Max heads out of the utility section, whilst Andrew grudgingly follows after him.

ANDREW
(quietly) “I’m sure I must have said this before. Why did I let myself get involved in this?” (calls; to Max) “Hey, Max! Wait for me!”

MAX
(hushes) “Ssh!” (quietly) ‘Ere! Not so loud! They might hear us and come back!”

Eventually, Max and Andrew leave the utility section.


SCENE #243 – INT – STAIRWAY, CHAMBER OF KORDOR – N/A
At the foot of a stairway on the tenth floor of the Chamber of Kordor, the Doctor, Nyssa and Billy come down and make their way to the power generator.

DOCTOR
“Down here, you two. Come on. Just down this stairway and we should be on the floor leading us to the power generator.”

NYSSA
“Are you sure this is the right way, Doctor? We’ve been going down these flights of stairs for quite some time.”

DOCTOR
“Trust me. I know what I’m doing. We’ll just…check this floor to see if the generator room’s here.”

NYSSA
“We’re lost, aren’t we?”

DOCTOR
“Nyssa, do you seek to doubt and question my sense of direction?”

NYSSA
“We should have brought a map.”

BILLY
“This place could do with a paint job, couldn’t it?”

NYSSA
“What do you mean, Billy?”

BILLY
“Well, I’m saying this place seems all wear and tear. Like it hasn’t been properly tended to. These walls are rotting and decaying.”

NYSSA
“Yes, I can see that. Very odd for an advanced society not to look after his or her own buildings. I wonder where all the cleaners went.”

DOCTOR
(interrupts, agitated) “Listen to me, you two! Listen! We haven’t got time to talk about domestic arrangements. We’ve got to tackle the Sontarans; stop them taking control of the power of Althrace; get the book back; destroy it and then find a way to get back into the TARDIS quickly before this system decays into oblivion.”

NYSSA
“Doctor, I’m sure we’ll get it all sorted out. There’s no need to fret on it.”

DOCTOR
(over-excited) “I’m not fretting! Who said anything about fretting?! I’m not fretting! I’m just saying we’ve got to sort out those Sontarans [before…]”

BILLY
(interrupts) “Doctor! Don’t get excited!”

DOCTOR
(over-excited) “What’s that, Billy? What did you say?!”

BILLY
“I said don’t get excited!”

DOCTOR
(over-excited) “I’m not getting excited! I’m not! I’m not [getting…]”

NYSSA
(interrupts; sharply) “Doctor! You are getting excited!”

DOCTOR
(protests) “I’m not getting excited! I tell you I’m not!”

Suddenly, laser shots ring out, giving the Doctor, Nyssa and Billy a start.

BILLY
“Cripes! We’re being fired upon!”

The TARDIS trio look up to see Trooper Sqar at the top of the stairs, as he’s just fired upon them with his Sontaran blaster rifle.

SQAR
(booms; to Doctor; Nyssa; Billy) “Stay where you are, Time Lord! And hu-man scum! Stay where you are, I say!”

DOCTOR
(urgently) “Nyssa; Billy! Run for it! Quickly!”

NYSSA
(anxiously) “What about you?! We can’t just leave you, Doctor!”

DOCTOR
“Don’t worry about me, Nyssa! Just go!”

BILLY
(insistently) “Come on, Nyssa! Let’s do as he says!”

NYSSA
(protests) “No! I’m not leaving without him, Billy! I can’t…”

BILLY
(cries; insistently) “Come on, Nyssa! Run!”

With that, Nyssa and Billy run for it. The Doctor turns to face Sqar, who comes down the stairs to meet him.

DOCTOR
(calmly) “So…a Sontaran warrior comes to me. Going to kill me, are you?”

Sqar fires a shot from his Sontaran blaster rifle. The Doctor cries out in pain as he crumbles to the floor.

DOCTOR
(astonished) “You shot me! You shot me in the leg! A good clean shot it was too! I didn’t see that coming!”

SQAR
“I have disabled you, Doctor. You shall not be killed yet. You shall be taken. You are to come with me. To be brought back to Commander Krond. He shall be in the power chamber waiting for you, I’m sure.”

DOCTOR
“What about Nyssa and Billy? Don’t you want them as well? I thought you Sontarans were efficient.”

SQAR
“They shall be picked up later. In the meantime, you are to be taken to Krond immediately. Immediately I say!”

Sqar forces the Doctor to get up, as he prods him with his blaster rifle. The Doctor reacts in pain.


SCENE #244 – INT – SPACE POD BAY CONTROL ROOM, CHAMBER OF KORDOR – N/A
Still on the tenth floor, the lift doors open. Max and Andrew come out of the lift, as they enter into what seems to be a room overlooking a great hall below.

ANDREW
“Where do you suppose we are, Max? Looks rather snug in here.”

MAX
“I’m not sure. Seems to be a sort of control room. See, that’s a hall down there.”

ANDREW
“Look! There are some space pods down there.”

MAX
“Space pods?”

ANDREW
“Well that’s what it says according to this plaque. ‘Space Pod Control’ it’s called, I think.”

MAX
“Oh yes, so it is. Wonder why I didn’t spot that.”

ANDREW
“Shall we go down there and take one ourselves? Get off this planet and head off back to Earth?”

MAX
“And head off without the Doctor, Nyssa and Billy. I’m not leaving them behind. Not today.”

ANDREW
“We can rescue them on the way. We just need to know where they are to pick them up.”

Suddenly gunfire rings out. Max and Andrew are thrown to the floor as Trooper Thor and Trooper Kike enter.

THOR
“There they are, Kike! We found them at last! Just where they didn’t suspect we’d find them!”

KIKE
(over-excited) “Now we’ve got them, Thor! Now we’ve got them in our clutches!”

THOR
“Don’t go over the top, Kike! Just grab one of them and I’ll take the other!”

ANDREW
“What are you going to do to us then? Splice us in half and cut our necks?”

THOR
“That would be butchery. And we are not butchers. We are going to take you back to meet Commander Krond where he is waiting for you. If it were another matter entirely, we would gladly fight you in battle.”

MAX
“Err…I shouldn’t probably tell you this, but you’d better watch your backs.”

THOR
“What?!”

Thor and Kike then turn to see Nyssa and Billy creep up behind them as they’ve just turned up.

NYSSA
(annoyed) “Oh Max, you’ve ruined it for us!”

BILLY
(annoyed) “We were just about to knock these two out for you and Andrew to escape.”

MAX
(to Nyssa; Billy) “Oh. Sorry. Didn’t realise that.” (puzzled) “Hang on, where did you spring from? Where’s the Doctor?”

THOR
“At last, Kike! We have four prizes!”

KIKE
“This gets better and better every day, Thor! Commander Krond will be pleased with us!”

Andrew then grabs onto Kike and both of them fight it in a struggle.

ANDREW
“Not if I have anything to do it!”

KIKE
(challengingly; to Andrew) “Oh! So you’d fight Kike the warrior in battle, would you?! Fight Kike the Willing in combat?! Well, you won’t get away with it, hu-man!”

NYSSA
(cries; anxiously) “Andrew, be careful!”

THOR
“I should be able to help you, Kike. Two heads are better than one.”

BILLY
(to Thor) “Oh no, you don’t!”

NYSSA
(protests) “Billy, you can’t fight against a Sontaran!”

BILLY
“Andrew can! Watch me!”

NYSSA
(shouts) “Billy, no!”

But it’s too late, as Billy runs out and fights Thor whilst Andrew fights Kike.

THOR
(hisses; to Billy) “Very well then, young blue boy! If it’s fighting you want, it’s fighting you’ll get from Thor the Thunderstorm!”

Thor bashes his fists against Billy. Billy tries to defend himself. Both he and Andrew find it a struggle in fighting their Sontaran foes. Thor and Kike become too strong for Billy and Andrew.

KIKE
(laughs; mockingly) “This is too easy for me, Thor. I don’t see why we didn’t fight the Rutans.”

THOR
(laughs; mockingly) “Hu-mans cannot fight Sontarans. They are weak; useless; childish primitives.”

BILLY
(encouragingly; to Andrew) “Andrew! Don’t give up! Keep fighting!”

ANDREW
“I’m trying to, Billy! Believe me, I’m trying!”

Whilst the fighting goes on, Nyssa joins up with Max.

NYSSA
“Max, we’ve got to get Billy and Andrew out of this! They’ll soon be slaughtered by those two if they’re not careful!”

MAX
“There is a space pod bay below us, Nyssa. Andrew spotted it and says we can get into one of the pods. If you know how to fly a pod that is.”

NYSSA
“We must get down there at once! Quick, Max! Help me get this door open!”

MAX
“But do you know how to fly a space pod?”

NYSSA
“I know about Sontaran technology! Now please, Max! Help me open this door!”

MAX
“But where? I can’t see a door handle!”

NYSSA
“There’s a control panel! Right next to that wall! You wave your hand over it!”

MAX
(realises) “Oh yes, I see. Here it goes!”

Max then waves his hand over the door controls. The door slides open.

MAX
“Right! There’s a staircase leading downwards. Hopefully it leads to the space pod bay.”

NYSSA
(to Max) “We must get Billy and Andrew out from their fight with the Sontarans.” (calls; to Billy; Andrew) “Billy; Andrew! Get over here!”

But Billy and Andrew still keep fighting Thor and Kike, as they’re unable to break away from them.

NYSSA
(calls; to Billy; Andrew) “I said get over here, you two!”

BILLY
(calls back) “It’s a bit difficult at the moment I’m afraid, Nyssa!”

ANDREW
(calls back) “These Sontarans don’t seem to want to stop fighting us! We can’t break away!”

The fight persists between Andrew and Billy against Thor and Kike.

NYSSA
(slightly annoyed) “Oh for goodness sake!” (to Max) “Max, pass me that pipe!”

MAX
“What? This one? The one with the bit of pink at the end?”

NYSSA
(impatiently) “Just pass it to me, Max!”

With that, Max picks up and passes the pipe with the bit of pink on it over to Nyssa. Nyssa takes the pipe from Max.

NYSSA
“Thank you.”

Nyssa then charges towards Thor and Kike. She hits them on the back of their probic vents one at a time with the pipe in her hand. Thor and Kike hiss and cry out in pain…

THOR
(hisses; in pain) “Kike, boy!”

…before they collapse to the floor. A moment of silence ensues.

BILLY
(astonished) “You knocked them out, Nyssa! You knocked these two Sontarans out!”

NYSSA
(urgently) “Come on, you two! Come with me and Max now!”

ANDREW
(willingly) “You’ll get no arguments from us!”

Billy and Andrew accompany Nyssa, as they go off to join Max out of the control room.

NYSSA
(urgently) “Max! Lead the way to one of the space pods!”

MAX
“Yes, right! This way! Come on!”

With that, Nyssa, Billy, Max and Andrew head off out of the control room and down the stairs to the space pod bay below.


SCENE #245 – INT – SPACE POD BAY, CHAMBER OF KORDOR – N/A
In the space pod bay itself, Nyssa; Billy; Max and Andrew look around as they try to find a space pod to travel in.

MAX
“I suppose any one of these space pods will do. It’s hard to tell which one to pick.”

NYSSA
“It doesn’t matter! Let’s get into one! They’re all the same!”

MAX
(realises) “Oh yes, so they are. I’m wondering if they were illusions.”

BILLY
“Let’s try that one. Over there on the left.”

ANDREW
“Why that one on the left?”

BILLY
“I’ve got a good feeling about it somehow.”

MAX
“So have I.”

NYSSA
“Let’s take that one then. Come on. Before the Sontarans get us.”

Nyssa, Billy, Max and Andrew make a run for it, as they head for the space pod on the left.

NYSSA
“I remember you choosing left before, Billy.”

BILLY
“Do you?”

NYSSA
“Yes. It got us into a mess. Not to mention being caught by Vegron soldiers.”

BILLY
“Yes, well. This will be different, I’m sure.”

NYSSA
“Let’s hope you’re right.”


SCENE #246 – INT – SPACE POD BAY CONTROL ROOM, CHAMBER OF KORDOR – N/A
Back in the space pod bay control room, Thor and Kike recover.

THOR
(disorientated) “Kike? Kike, boy! Are you fit enough to chase our enemy? Answer!”

KIKE
(disorientated) “I am fit, Thor! It is my duty to chase after the hu-man scum!”

THOR
“That’s it, Kike! We’ll get after them! They’re heading for a space pod so that they can escape!”

KIKE
“How will that help us then?”

THOR
“Don’t you see? We chase them in another space pod! They won’t escape us that easily! Come on! Let’s go!”

KIKE
“It’s just like that training film we saw, isn’t it? Where the great Sontaran Commander Linx had a few strategic measures up his sleeve when he ordered troopers to chase after Rutan scum.”

THOR
“We’ll talk more about training films later, Kike. Right now, we’ve got to get after those hu-mans. Come on! Let’s find a space pod!”

Trooper Thor drags Trooper Kike with him out of the control room. They head through the doorway and go down the stairs to the space pod bay below. The control room door closes behind them once they’ve headed out.


SCENE #247 – INT – CHAMBER OF W&K CORE, CHAMBER OF KORDOR – N/A
Back in the core of the Chamber of Wisdom and Knowledge, Commander Krond continues to absorb power through his probic vent from the burning flame of power. Krond becomes power-crazed, as he howls with never-ending laughter full of triumph.

KROND
(howls; laughing; triumphantly) “Glory, I say! Glory! The Sontaran Empire shall never waver now! We shall be victorious! Victorious I say!!! Victorious!!!”

Commander Krond keeps on laughing and howling away triumphantly, whilst Sergeant Stump becomes worried as he stands a fair distance away.

STUMP
(quietly) “This isn’t how it should be. This cannot be right.”

At that moment, Corporal Hurn enters. He meets up with Sergeant Stump to give his report.

HURN
“Sergeant Stump, sir. Permission to speak, sir.”

STUMP
(distracted) “Yes Corporal Hurn, what is it?”

HURN
“Just to inform you that the search is going on and Sqar; Thor and Kike are searching the complex for the Doc-tor and his associates. I had one report from Sqar. He says he’s found the Doc-tor and he’s coming back here to bring him to us.”

They’re then interrupted, as laughter erupts from Krond. This puts Stump and Hurn on edge, as they watch him being power-crazed.

HURN
(quietly; to Stump) “Permission to observe, sir.”

STUMP
(quietly) “Yes, Hurn.”

HURN
(quietly) “Our commander happens to be undergoing a strange behavioural functionality. He is not acting like the commander we know and follow.”

STUMP
(quietly) “I’m inclined to agree with you, Hurn. And it worries me.”

HURN
(quietly) “Worried? Sontarans should never be worried, sir.”

STUMP
(quietly) “And that’s what worries me. Commander Krond says that we seek to obtain power from Althrace for the glory of Sontar.”

HURN
(quietly) “And so we do. To make the Sontaran Empire stronger and more powerful.”

STUMP
(quietly) “If that were the case Hurn, why does Krond somehow seek glory for himself rather than his fellow Sontarans as he is displayed before us?”

Krond then lets out another power-crazed laugh again.

STUMP
(quietly; to Hurn) “I begin to suspect Hurn that Krond is no longer the commander we believed in. Not anymore.”

HURN
(quietly) “That I cannot believe, Sergeant Stump sir. Commander Krond would never let us down.”

STUMP
(quietly) “I hope you are right, Corporal. In the meantime, we’d better keep a watch on him before the power drainage is complete.”

HURN
(quietly) “How long will that last, sir?”

STUMP
(quietly) “For another eight minutes.” (Pause) “How long will Sqar be here with the Doc-tor, Hurn?”

HURN
(quietly) “Six minutes, sir.”

STUMP
(quietly) “Good. Then the Doc-tor can help us with finding out what’s wrong with Commander Krond, if there is anything wrong with him.”

HURN
(quietly) “The Doc-tor may not be willing to help us, sir.”

STUMP
(quietly) “Then we shall persuade him, Hurn. By force if necessary.”

Stump and Hurn watch, as Krond cries out and makes a declaration of glory to himself. He stands upright whilst absorbing power through his probic vent.

KROND
(cries; out loud) “I shall be Supreme Commander of the Sontaran High Command! All will fall down before me! I shall be Krond the Victor! Krond the Everlasting! Krond the Almighty! Krond the god!!!”

Stump and Hurn are even more disturbed, as they stand a fair distance away from Krond who goes bonkers.


SCENE #248 – EXT – ALTHRACE SYSTEM, OUTER SPACE – N/A
Meanwhile, still in the Althrace system, two space pods zoom across in outer space. A chase ensues, as one space pod pursues the other. Thor and Kike chase after Nyssa, Billy, Max and Andrew, as they fire laser beams at them in their space pod. The space pod containing the four heroes dodge the shots as they continue traversing through space.


SCENE #249 – INT – COCKPIT, SPACE POD #1 (HERO POD) – N/A
Inside the heroes’ space pod, Nyssa; Billy; Max and Andrew take evasive action as the Sontarans chase after them and fire upon them. They can’t break off their pursuit.

BILLY
“They’re firing at us, Nyssa! Those two Sontarans don’t know when to give up!”

ANDREW
“This is ridiculous! We can’t keep this up all of our lives! Dodging their firepower!”

NYSSA
“We’ll have to fight back. Averting their pursuit through this system hasn’t got us anywhere. They seem to be able to follow our trail everywhere we go.”

MAX
(intrigued) “These computers, Nyssa. They might be the ones to fire the torpedo launchers.”

Max is about to touch one of the controls before Nyssa stops him.

NYSSA
“Don’t touch anything, Max. Otherwise you might blow us up.”

BILLY
“He’s right though, Nyssa. These could be the controls for the missiles.”

ANDREW
“Or torpedoes as Max rightly called them. They’re enough though. Only about three in each container.”

MAX
“How can you be so sure, Andrew? You’re not Althracian by blood are you?”

ANDREW
“It’s part of what you have with an engineering knack. You don’t miss a trick with the really cracking good job I’ve got.”

NYSSA
“Andrew, if you’re willing, perhaps you could help me with realigning the torpedo banks up to a set trajectory.”

ANDREW
“Why yes, I’m happy to. I’m willing to give it a go.”

BILLY
“What is it you have in mind, Nyssa?”

NYSSA
“Well for a start, I want the torpedoes to hit the Sontaran’s space pod in the spot that’s weakest.”

MAX
“And you can do that from up here?”

NYSSA
(to Max) “Not from up here. Underneath where the torpedo bays are.” (to Andrew) “Andrew, you come with me.”

ANDREW
“Right.”

NYSSA
“Billy, you take the wheel. We’ll be back as soon as we can.”

Nyssa and Andrew head off, whilst Billy remains startled with Max at his side.

BILLY
(puzzled) “Me? Take the wheel?”

MAX
“She seems to have confidence in you, Billy.”

BILLY
(nervously) “Yes, so she does.” (Pause) “Well, I’ll give it a go. A new dog learning new tricks.”

MAX
“Shouldn’t that be ‘you can’t teach an old dog new tricks’?”

BILLY
“No. A new dog. That’s me.”

Billy gets his hands on the joysticks of the space pod. He pilots the ship with Max sitting beside him.


SCENE #250 – EXT – ALTHRACE SYSTEM, OUTER SPACE – N/A
In outer space, the Sontarans keep on firing and pursue the heroes’ space pod, as they traverse through Althrace space in their own space pod.


SCENE #251 – INT – COCKPIT, SPACE POD #2 (SONTARAN POD) – N/A
In the Sontarans’ space pod, Thor and Kike concentrate on the pursuit of their enemies.

KIKE
“They’re getting weaker! The shield integrity of their ship is getting weaker!”

THOR
“They don’t even seem to realise it. They cannot have a back-up plan.”

KIKE
“What shall we do then, Thor? Shall I go over there and strike them down with honour and glory?”

THOR
“Not yet, Kike. Not yet. Wait until their shields are weak enough to penetrate. Then you shall transport over there and kill the hu-man scum!”

KIKE
“It will be an honour to do so, Thor.”

THOR
“No doubt, Kike. No doubt.” (Pause) “And whilst you’re over there, take one of the lances in this cockpit.”

KIKE
“What…you mean this?”

Kike picks up a lance in the cockpit of the space pod. He activates it and a whirring buzzing noise echoes from the lance as Kike holds it.

KIKE
“Oh…this is a magnificent weapon! I shall be happy to strike them down with this! That I shall!”

THOR
“Be ready now, Kike! We’re nearly there! We’re getting closer to the hu-man’s scum ship. Be ready for transport.”

KIKE
“I am ready, Thor. Ready and waiting.”

THOR
“Good, good. Just a little closer and then we shall strike at the enemy!”

Kike readies himself, as Thor pilots the space pod closer to the heroes’ space pod for an advanced attack.


SCENE #252 – INT – TORPEDO BAY, SPACE POD #1 (HERO POD) – N/A
Down below in the torpedo bay of the ‘hero’ pod, Nyssa and Andrew analyse the torpedoes contained in the launcher as they attempt to realign its trajectory and adjust their frequency.

ANDREW
“Is it working? Have I done it right, Nyssa?”

NYSSA
“You certainly have. The frequency variance has decreased to four point one nine. We’ve managed to adjust the missile to where the Sontarans’ space pod will be weakest.”

ANDREW
“But how will we know it will hit its weak spot when we don’t know where it is?”

NYSSA
“Trust me, it will. What you did was alter the radiation vent coming out from the pod’s hull. Since the two ships are similar in design, the torpedoes should follow the trail of the energy vent of the Sontarans for it to hit.”

ANDREW
“Let’s hope the Sontarans won’t play the same trick and fire on us.”

NYSSA
“I hope so too. Well done, Andrew. You did a good job.”

ANDREW
“I can’t take all the credit. You obviously had a first class degree in this sort of thing, hey?”

NYSSA
“I must contact Billy and Max. They need to fire the torpedoes immediately.”

Nyssa activates the intercom and speaks into it.

NYSSA
(through intercom) “Billy, this is Nyssa! Billy, can you hear me? Over!”

BILLY (V’O)
“Loud and clear, sweetheart. Go ahead.”

NYSSA
(through intercom) “Billy, Andrew and I have realigned the missile to attack the Sontarans at its weakest point through the pod’s radiation fuel vent.”


SCENE #253 – INT – COCKPIT, SPACE POD #1 (HERO POD) – N/A

NYSSA (V’O)
(continues) “I need you to fire those torpedoes now and aim it at the Sontarans’ ship.”

BILLY
(through intercom) “You’re sure those torpedoes will fire on the Sontarans and blow them up, Nyssa?”

NYSSA (V’O)
“Well if it doesn’t work, we’ll have to try again.”

BILLY
(gradually, through intercom) “Alright. Max and I are going to fire the missiles now. Are you coming back up here?”

NYSSA (V’O)
“Andrew and I will remain here and see if it works.”

BILLY
(through intercom) “Okay. I’ll get Max onto it now.”

Billy switches off the intercom and turns over to Max.

BILLY
“Right, Max. Remember that control panel you tried to switch on?”

MAX
“Don’t worry, Billy. I’m onto it. I’m ready for anything.”

BILLY
“Good. Fire whenever you’re ready.”

Just then, a teleport takes place as Trooper Kike materialises. Kike gives a howl of rage, as he charges towards Billy with his energy lance.

BILLY
(cries) “Sontaran!”

MAX
(shouts) “Billy, get out of there! Get out!”

Billy ducks out of the way before Kike smashes the lance onto the control panel. Small sparks and explosions occur. Kike swings the lance around and about to strike at Billy again.

KIKE
“You think you can outwit us Sontarans. Well, this system isn’t big enough for the both of us; hu-mans and Sontarans!”

Kike strikes again but Billy manages to hold the lance back, as he tries to throw him off. A struggle ensues, as Billy and Kike fight off each other in the cockpit with Max watching in terror.

MAX
(frets) “Oh no! Oh cripes! Billy, be careful lad! Be careful!”

Billy and Kike keep holding the lance at one another as they struggle in the cockpit together. Just then, Nyssa’s voice speaks in through the intercom.

NYSSA (V’O)
(anxiously) “Billy, this is Nyssa. Why haven’t you fired torpedoes yet? Billy, answer me. Please answer me.”

Max goes over to the intercom and switches it on.

MAX
(through intercom) “Nyssa? It’s Max here. Maxwell Edison.”

NYSSA (V’O)
“Max? What’s going on? Where’s Billy?”

MAX
(through intercom) “A Sontaran just burst in on the party. And he and Billy are both in tow with a lance between trying to bunk each other off.”

NYSSA (V’O)
“Oh no! Billy!”

The struggle ensues, as Kike continues to fight off Billy with a lance.

KIKE
(gloats) “You cannot defeat the might of Kike the Willing, little boy!”

Billy struggles as he feels the strain of the lance nearly hitting him by Kike.


SCENE #254 – INT – CHAMBER OF W&K CORE, CHAMBER OF KORDOR – N/A
Back in the core of the Chamber of Wisdom and Knowledge, the Doctor is brought in by Trooper Sqar before Sergeant Stump and Corporal Hurn. The Doctor is roughly brought in, as Sqar steps forward and salutes.

SQAR
“Sergeant Stump! Here’s the Doc-tor! I’ve brought him before you!”

STUMP
“Good, Trooper Sqar. You’ve done well.”

DOCTOR
“There was no need for the pushing and shoving about. I would have come willingly if I was persuaded.”

HURN
“Silence in the ranks, Doc-tor. You are a prisoner of war. A prisoner of the Sontarans. You do not speak unless spoken to.”

STUMP
“You should be careful now, Doc-tor. Especially as we have the power to obtain to achieve Sontaran victory.”

DOCTOR
(unimpressed) “Oh I see. Is that why Krond is laughing away there? Signalling your glory, is he?”

They turn to look as they see Krond laughing away, still power-crazed and standing with the probic vent connected to the power core.

STUMP
“This is the normal procedure when absorbing energy through the probic vent. It should not concern you, Doc-tor.”

DOCTOR
“But it concerns you doesn’t it, Stump.”

Stump remains silent.

DOCTOR
“Yes of course. I can see the twitch in your right eye; and the trembling from your right arm. You’re nervous that something bad is going to happen when Krond absorbs full power. Well let me tell you something, Sergeant Stump. There will be. And it’s going to be worse.”

STUMP
(barks; to Hurn) “Hurn! You and Sqar keep watch on the prisoner. See he doesn’t escape. Or make any sudden moves. Understand?”

HURN
“Very good, sir.”

With that, Hurn and Sqar grab hold onto the Doctor’s shoulders roughly and firmly as he cries out in pain.

DOCTOR
“Excuse me! These are my arms I use for cricket! Though I suppose the game’s a bad memory for you!”

The Doctor cries out in pain, whilst Stump steps forward and addresses Krond. Krond has finished his power absorption as he detracts his probic vent from the cable.

STUMP
“Commander Krond? Are you well, sir? Has the power transfer gone awry?”

KROND
“I feel tremendous, Sergeant Stump! Marvellous! Glorious!”

STUMP
“Well, that’s good to hear, sir.”

KROND
“I am a god, Stump! A Sontaran god! I shall give victory to all my fellow Sontarans! Any who opposes me, I shall smite them with my powers! I’ll even overcome General Sontar himself! Power is before me! All power is mine!”

Krond howls away with laughter whilst the Doctor watches unimpressed.

DOCTOR
“He’s probably had too much power to think clearly, I think.”

HURN
(scornfully) “Do not mock our leader, Doc-tor! Our Commander Krond is brave! Noble and fearless Sontaran warrior! Is that not right, Sqar?”

SQAR
“Yes. Noble…but stupid.”

Perturbed by Sqar’s remark, the Doctor remains silent. Krond then turns his attention to the Doctor.

KROND
“Ah! There at last is my greatest enemy! Designation Doc-tor! I shall smite you first with all my power! Beware Krond, Doc-tor! Krond…the Everlasting!”


SCENE #255 – INT – COCKPIT, SPACE POD #1 (HERO POD) – N/A
Back in the heroes’ space pod, Billy and Kike still fight it out with the lance in the cockpit whilst Max watches them.

KIKE
(to Billy) “Give up, hu-man! Give up!”

BILLY
(to Kike) “I’m actually rather stubborn in these situations! So the answer is no! I’m not giving up now!”

MAX
“Billy, be careful! That boy maybe young, but he’s tough as steel!”

Nyssa and Andrew’s voices then come through on the intercom.

NYSSA (V’O)
“Max! Help Billy please! Stop them fighting!”

MAX
(through intercom; reassuringly; to Nyssa) “Don’t worry, Nyssa. I’ve got everything in hand.”

NYSSA (V’O)
(dubiously) “Have you really?!”

MAX
(through intercom) “Yes. I’ve spotted a control on this keypad and I’m just waiting for the right moment for the Sontaran to give me my cue.”

ANDREW (V’O)
“Can’t you just hit him on the back, Max? On that thing where his weak spot is on his neck?”

MAX
(through intercom) “Bit tricky that at the moment considering they’re fighting, Billy and the Sontaran. But don’t worry. I can sort that Sontaran out.”

Just then, the space pod starts to slow down. Its engines die down moodily.

MAX
“Hang on! What’s happening? The ship’s slowing down!”

KIKE
“Huh? I didn’t strike my lance onto any control switches. Not when I was about to strike the boy’s head.”

BILLY
(through intercom) “Thank goodness I’ve still got my head.”

NYSSA (V’O)
“It’s the engine fuel reserves. They’ve run out of mercury charges.”

ANDREW (V’O)
“Oh that’s just great. Now we’re sailing adrift.”

NYSSA (V’O)
“Billy; Max? There should be a set of mercury charges and a slot for you to fit them in. See if you can find them.”

BILLY
(through intercom) “Yes, I think I can see them. Hang on, just a minute.”

Billy goes over to fetch the charges before returning to speak into the intercom.

BILLY
(through intercom) “I’ve found one, Nyssa. It’s a sickly brown liquid container and it’s got the word ‘mercury’ on it. Is that it?”

NYSSA (V’O)
“Yes it is. Place it into the slot and the ship should start going again.”

BILLY
“Righty-ho!”

Billy makes to place the container into the slot. He tries to push it in, but for some reason it won’t go in.

MAX
(urgently) “Come on. Get that container in before we get blown up or something worse.”

BILLY
“It won’t budge, Max. I can’t push it in.”

MAX
“Keep trying.”

BILLY
(agitated) “That’s what I’m trying to do.”

Billy keeps on pushing the container into the slot, but it’s no go.

BILLY
(defeated) “It’s no good. I can’t push it in.”

MAX
“Here. Let me have a go.”

Max tries to push the container himself, but even he finds it difficult.

MAX
“No. I can’t push in either.”

BILLY
“See. Why won’t it go in?”

MAX
“It should be able to do that, shouldn’t it?”

KIKE
“Excuse me!”

Kike then pushes his way past Billy and Max, as he reaches for the valve and presses a few switches. It activates a lock to be released.

KIKE
“You had the safety catch on.”

Kike then pushes the container into the valve.

KIKE
“See!”

With that, the ship is on the go again as its engines roar up. Max and Billy look at Kike, startled as they see him self-satisfied with himself.

BILLY
(to Kike) “Thank you. That’s very good of you to do that, chum.”

KIKE
“Amazes me why you primitives did not see it.”

NYSSA (V’O)
“Max; Billy! Well done! You’ve managed to get the ship moving!”

Max goes over to the intercom and switches it on to speak to Nyssa.

MAX
(through intercom) “It wasn’t us I’m afraid, Nyssa. It was this Sontaran. He managed to make the ship work for us. He helped us.”

KIKE
“That was not help, hu-man. That was for me to get back into fighting this primitive boy again.”

Kike activates his lance and holds it up at Billy, ready to attack him with it.

BILLY
“Hey, hey, hang on; hang on! Haven’t you had enough already?! What was the point in helping us if you could have killed us already?”

KIKE
“Sontarans never have enough! And the point in keeping you alive is to fight with honour; not for butchery! I want to die with honour as I kill you!”

MAX
“Well you may die with honour, but you won’t kill Billy. Because you’re standing on the place exactly where I want you to stand.”

BILLY
“What’s that, Max?”

MAX
“That switch I was talking about earlier…activates the trap-door.”

KIKE
“What?”

MAX
“And you sir…have stepped on that trap-door right now! Goodbye, potato!”

Max presses the switch and the trap door opens. Kike shrieks with rage as he plummets through the trap door and falls out into space. Max and Billy nearly lose their breath once the trap door is open.

BILLY
(gasps for breath) “Quick, Max! Close the doors! Now!”

MAX
(gasps for breath) “I’m on it; alright!”

Max presses the button and the trap door closes shut. Able to breathe the air again, Billy and Max catch their breath as they recover.

BILLY
(gasps for breath) “Well done. Well done, Max. You certainly did it.”

MAX
(gasps for breath) “Yeah. Good thing I managed to pick up that trick, hey?”

At that moment, Nyssa and Andrew enter.

BILLY
(relieved) “Nyssa; Andrew.”

ANDREW
“Well. You managed to get rid of the Sontaran then. Good stuff.”

NYSSA
“Max, quick! Fire the torpedoes! Now!”

MAX
“Right you are, Nyssa! Firing torpedoes now!”

Max presses the button.


SCENE #256 – EXT – ALTHRACE SYSTEM, OUTER SPACE – N/A
The torpedoes fire out of the heroes’ space pod and make their way straight for the Sontarans’ space pod.


SCENE #257 – INT – COCKPIT, SPACE POD #2 (SONTARAN POD) – N/A
Aboard the Sontaran space pod, Thor attempts to re-establish communications with Kike on the intercom.

THOR
(barks; through intercom) “Kike! Kike, answer the intercom! At once! At once!!! Kike, answer me now! Where are you?!”

Thor gets no answer and thumps on the intercom, frustrated at received no answer from Kike. He then looks up, as he sees the torpedoes heading towards his ship.

THOR
“What’s that?! Up ahead!” (Pause; realises) “By Sontar’s glory! Those are missiles ahead! They’re heading straight towards me!”

Moment of silence.

THOR
(realises; cries) “For the glory of Sontar!!!”

Thor then finds himself blown up in a mighty inferno.


SCENE #258 – EXT – ALTHRACE SYSTEM, OUTER SPACE – N/A
In outer space, the torpedoes hit the Sontarans’ space pod and it gets blown up. The space pod explodes into smithereens with Thor aboard. A shockwave spreads across space, passing the heroes’ space pod on the way.


SCENE #259 – INT – COCKPIT, SPACE POD #1 (HERO POD) – N/A
In the heroes’ space pod, Nyssa, Billy, Max and Andrew watch as the Sontarans’ space pod blows up in space. They breathe sighs of relief.

MAX
“Well, that’s done them hasn’t it?!”

ANDREW
“Good riddance to them.”

NYSSA
“Billy, I’m so glad you’re safe.”

Nyssa immediately hugs Billy.

BILLY
“Thanks, Nyssa.”

NYSSA
“And you too, Max. I’m glad you’re safe too.”

MAX
“Yeah. Glad we’re all back together again in one piece. Glad it’s all done and dealt with.”

NYSSA
(to Billy) “He didn’t hurt you much did he, Billy? The Sontaran? After what Max said on the intercom…”

BILLY
(interrupts; reassuringly) “No, no. I’m fine really.”

NYSSA
“That’s good to hear.”

ANDREW
“Err…sorry for interrupting. But hadn’t we better get back to Althrace and meet up with the Doctor? He may have Sontarans to worry about.”

MAX
“And he’s got to shut down the generator for the power chamber. We ought to give a helping hand.”

NYSSA
“You’re right, Andrew; Max. Come on. Let’s pilot this ship back to Althrace.”


SCENE #260 – EXT – ALTHRACE SYSTEM, OUTER SPACE – N/A
Eventually, the heroes’ space pod reverses course and heads back in the direction of Althrace, passing the wreckage of the Sontarans’ space pod. Fragments of Thor’s body scatter as they pass, whilst Kike’s harrowing scream echoes across space.


© Tim Bradley, 2018

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