‘The Stockbridge Terror’, Part Six, Chapter 23

23. Confronting Krond

SCENE #261 – EXT – CLOSE TO ALTHRACE SYSTEM, WHITE HOLE – N/A
Meanwhile, still in outer space, close to the Althrace system, a Sontaran scout ship makes it way towards the white hole as it accelerates at full speed.


SCENE #262 – INT – SONTARAN SCOUT SHIP, OUTER SPACE – N/A
Inside the Sontaran scout ship, the real human versions of Oswald, Melanie, Rupert and Samuel are piloting the vessel with increasing determination and vengeance. They look ahead, as they see the white hole containing the Althrace system before them.

MELANIE
(impatiently) “Well, Rupert; well, Samuel? Are we on the right trail?”

RUPERT
“We’d better be. If this doesn’t lead us to where those backstabbing trolls are heading, I don’t know what.”

SAMUEL
“There’s a bright light ahead of us. I wonder where that leads.”

OSWALD
“Probably the Sontarans’ larder.”

MELANIE
“Do Sontarans have larders, Dad?”

OSWALD
“Or it could be where the Sontarans gain such glorious power. Where they said they’d keep the ‘planet of gold’ for us.”

MELANIE
“I don’t care any more about any planet of gold, Dad. I just want to break those Sontaran mongrels and see them dead.”

OSWALD
“How far are we travelling, Samuel? What’s our speed?”

SAMUEL
“About forty-five according to this counter. It’s at max. It must be the maximum speed we’re travelling at.”

RUPERT
“I think we are heading in the right direction. There’s a gush of space dust ahead of us. It must be where the Sontarans were heading. In there.”

MELANIE
“Well come on! Let’s get a move on, will you?! I want to get back to Earth as soon as possible.”

OSWALD
“Why didn’t you stay on Earth, dear? You could have let me, Rupert and Samuel handle this.”

MELANIE
“Because I’m so fuming with anger I want to beat some Sontarans!”

RUPERT
(teasingly) “With your mouth, hey?”

MELANIE
(sharply) “You shut it, Rupert!”

SAMUEL
(realises) “Say look! Isn’t that a space man…astronaut drifting in space?”

OSWALD
“That’s no astronaut.” (Pause; realises) “It’s a Sontaran. A Sontaran drifting in space.”

RUPERT
“He must have drifted from the white star ahead of us. What’s he doing there?!”

MELANIE
“Who cares, it’s not important. Come on! Let’s get in that white star immediately!”

SAMUEL
“How are we going to beat them then? Those Sontarans? With guns?”

RUPERT
“They’ll catch us out if we’re unlucky.”

OSWALD
“I don’t know how we’re going to beat them. I haven’t got that far yet. But I’m sure that we will when the time comes.”

Oswald, Melanie, Rupert and Samuel continue on their journey to Althrace. They zoom on, as their ship enters into the white hole.


SCENE #263 – INT – CHAMBER OF W&K CORE, CHAMBER OF KORDOR – N/A
Back in the Chamber of Wisdom and Knowledge on Althrace, the now almighty Commander Krond is about to threaten the Doctor.

KROND
“You shall die, Doc-tor! Die, do you hear?!”

DOCTOR
“Commander Krond, please hear me! You’re absorbing too much power!”

As soon as the Doctor says that, the whole place rumbles violently as if it were an earthquake.

STUMP
“What is it?! What’s happening?! Everything’s suddenly shaking!”

SQAR
“The place is rumbling! We’re doomed; doomed!!!”

HURN
“The place is rumbling! The place is rumbling! Don’t panic! The place is rumbling! Don’t panic; don’t panic!!!”

As the place rumbles, the Doctor continues to plead with Krond.

DOCTOR
(pleads) “Please, Krond! I’m begging you to stop this! Stop this before you kill yourself! You’re not capable of containing that kind of power!”

KROND
“I shall be victorious, Doc-tor! Nothing can stop me!”

DOCTOR
“You’re dealing with powers you don’t understand. Believe me, I know. I come from a society where it’s corrupt already.”

KROND
“I shall never listen to you, Doc-tor! You are my enemy!”

DOCTOR
“Give it up, Krond! Please give it up!”

KROND
(shouts) “Never, Doc-tor! Never!”

STUMP
“Give it up, sir!”

KROND
(astonished) “What? Sergeant Stump?!”

STUMP
“He’s right, sir! The Doc-tor’s right! Give up your powers before it’s too late!”

KROND
“Stump! I’m astonished at you! You’re my second-in-command! You are to follow me without hesitation! Without question!”

STUMP
“I object to your behaviour, sir. It is not Sontaran of you. Stop what you’re doing this instant! Or else…I shall have to relieve you of command!”

DOCTOR
“There you are you see, Krond? That’s your sergeant with some sense! You don’t want to start a mutiny among your own troopers, do you?”

KROND
(angrily) “Stump is a nuisance to me, Doc-tor. Always has been. I’ve never relied on him. He’s never shown enough initiative.”

STUMP
(shocked) “Really, sir!”

KROND
(angrily; to Stump) “And I shall not need you any more! You shall die, Stump! Die with dishonour!!!”

Krond then makes to strike Stump with some energy beam from his hand. Startled, Stump dodges out of Krond’s line of fire.

STUMP
(retorts) “You missed, sir!”

KROND
“Well then, I shall have to fire again! Won’t I?!”

Krond fires again. This time, he causes Stump to go off balance and fall over. Stump lands on the floor, as Hurn and Sqar come over to help him.

HURN
“Sergeant Stump, sir! Are you injured, sir?”

SQAR
“Did you see what I saw, Hurn? Our commander tried to kill Sergeant Stump! With energy…coming out of his hands!”

HURN
“Yes! Very disturbing, isn’t it?!”

KROND
(enraged) “I shall destroy you all! Do you hear?! I shall smite you all to dust!”

DOCTOR
(cheekily) “Not a very good idea I’m afraid, Krond. But I’ll have the book.”

KROND
“What?!”

Krond is a split second too late, as the Doctor manages to grab the Book of Althrace from him.

DOCTOR
“That distraction from Sergeant Stump and the others gave me the chance to steal this book from you. And you’re useless without it.”

KROND
(angrily) “The book, Doc-tor! Give the book to me I say! Give the book back!!!”

DOCTOR
(calls; to Stump; Hump; Sqar) “Sergeant?! You two! Get out of here!”

Taking heed of the Doctor’s call, Sergeant Stump, Corporal Hurn and Trooper Sqar run for it out of the Chamber of Knowledge and Wisdom. The Doctor follows after them.

KROND
(shouts; angrily) “Come back! Come back all of you! I, Krond the Almighty commands it!!!”

DOCTOR
“Very sorry about this, Krond! But I’m afraid your appointment with eternity has been delayed somewhat. Can’t have you too indulgent, could we?!”

With that, the Doctor runs out and closes the chamber doors behind him. Krond lets out a rage of anger, as he slams his fist on a stone pillar. This causes it to crumble and collapse.

KROND
(angrily) “They will not escape me! Not so easily!!! The Doc-tor will give me the book back! I must have it!!!”

Krond then becomes silent for a moment, as he tries to listen to something.

KROND
“Ah! I hear it!” (Pause) “The generator room is about to be trespassed! And I know the Doctor can be threatened now!”

Krond laughs away menacingly before he suddenly disappears into thin air.


SCENE #264 – INT – GENERATOR ROOM, CHAMBER OF KORDOR – N/A
On the lower levels of the Chamber of Kordor, in the generator room, Nyssa, Billy, Max and Andrew enter after having returned to Althrace in their space pod. They enter to find the place empty.

BILLY
“So…this is where the power generator is then?”

ANDREW
“Big generator.”

MAX
“It’s enormous!”

NYSSA
“We have to shut it down. Quickly before Krond becomes too powerful.”

MAX
“How are we going to do that? Can’t be just a matter of switching it off.”

BILLY
“I agree. It sounds too easy.”

ANDREW
“And daft. I’m at a loss at what this technology is for. What their functions are. It’s so complicated.”

NYSSA
“Don’t worry. I’ll be able to understand it…eventually.”

BILLY
“Well, you’d better get started, Nyssa. Before we know it, we could be dead within a matter of minutes.”

NYSSA
“Alright Billy, don’t rush me.”

Just then, Shayde appears out of thin air before them.

MAX
“Shayde! There you are!”

SHAYDE
“I can provide help on how to shut the generator down, Nyssa of Traken.”

NYSSA
“Really, Shayde? I’m impressed.”

ANDREW
“How did you get in here anyway?”

SHAYDE
“I was here before you even arrived. You and the Doc-tor were too absorbed in being pursued by the Sontarans.”

BILLY
“And you just happened to shift through the dimensions to get here. That’s very clever.”

NYSSA
“What is it I’m supposed to do, Shayde? How do I shut this generator down?”

SHAYDE
“Come over here. To this oscillation recalibrator.”

Nyssa makes her way over to where Shayde is, as he’s about to demonstrate how to shut down the power generator.

NYSSA
“Oscillation recalibrator, Shayde?”

SHAYDE
“It generates the flow of power for the time and space events in this universe. That’s how you operate the main functions of this realm. You need to shut it down first before shutting off the main components.”

BILLY
“You mean before shutting down the plug.”

NYSSA
“I understand. Then what do I do?”

SHAYDE
“You need to convert the cone operator fields into one power unit in order to stabilise the power for backup purposes. Then decrease the current flow and shut down the engines. This will gradually shut down the generator before long and stop Krond’s terror.”

NYSSA
“Right. Then I’d better get started.”

ANDREW
“You understand all of that, Nyssa?”

NYSSA
“Of course. Don’t you, Andrew? You’re an engineer.”

ANDREW
“I’m not that clever. I haven’t got far into this sort of mechanics.”

NYSSA
“It isn’t difficult. It depends whether you put your mind and heart into it.”

Nyssa then attends to the oscillation recalibrator to begin the shut-down.

NYSSA
“Now first, I have to shut down the oscillation recalibrator. This lever here I suppose does it.”

SHAYDE
“That’s correct.”

Nyssa pulls the lever and the recalibrator begins to shut down.

NYSSA
“Right. Now…converting the cone operator fields into one power unit.”

Nyssa does this, as a few minutes’ silence occurs.

NYSSA
“That should stabilise the flow easily enough.” (Pause) “Now the engines have to be shut down to decrease the current. I think I’ll do that by realigning the phase integrator link before…”

Suddenly, Commander Krond appears out of nowhere. He roars as he’s about to grab onto Nyssa from behind.

BILLY
(cries) “Nyssa! Look out behind you!”

Nyssa cries, as Krond holds her as his captive.

ANDREW
“It’s Krond! He’s got Nyssa! Where did he come from?!”

MAX
“I don’t know! Now I wasn’t expecting that!”

KROND
“Nobody is getting away! Nobody is getting out! You are mine, girl! You shall not get away from me!”

NYSSA
“Let me go, Krond! Get off me! I have to shut down this generator!”

KROND
“Never!!! You are not doing anything! Any of you! You shall only obey me! Krond the Almighty!”

BILLY
(shouts) “Get off her, you freak! Let go of my Nyssa!”

KROND
“She is bait! For the Doc-tor! He will give me the book back! He must! He must!!! All things shall be given to Krond the Everlasting!!!”

Nyssa struggles in Krond’s grip, as she’s unable to break free. Billy, Max and Andrew become anxious, whilst Shayde stands around.


SCENE #265 – INT – CORRIDOR, CHAMBER OF KORDOR – N/A
In a corridor leading into the generator room, the Doctor, Stump, Hurn and Sqar come out of the lift as the doors slide open. The Doctor is held at gunpoint by Hurn with his Sontaran blaster rifle as they move forward into the corridor.

HURN
“Don’t make any sudden moves, Doc-tor. Just because my weapon’s run out of cold fire doesn’t make any difference. You know how lethal these weapons are when hitting people with them.”

DOCTOR
(to Stump) “Sergeant, please. There’s no need for this. We can work together if we can trust each other.”

STUMP
“I have no desire to trust you, Doc-tor. Nor do I desire to work with you. It offends me. Disgusts me.”

DOCTOR
“But we’re on the same side, Stump. We both know Krond has gone mad. And we know he has to be stopped.”

STUMP
“I seek only the glory of Sontar. Krond has turned his back on that. I preserve the glory. You do not have that glory as we Sontarans do. You seek for your friends and that is a weakness.”

DOCTOR
“Fine; fine. Make me your prisoner all you like. But I suggest we make for the power generator room.”

STUMP
“Why the power generator room, Doc-tor?”

DOCTOR
“Because it’s where Krond’s new found powers are coming from. And if you want to save your commander from blowing himself up, that’s where we’ve got to go. If you can’t trust to that, I don’t see how you can live with yourself going back to Sontar with the humiliation on your back.”

STUMP
“That is enough, Doc-tor.”

HURN
“Permission to speak, Sergeant Stump.”

STUMP
“What is it, Hurn?”

HURN
“I believe the Doc-tor is making a valid point. We should go to the generator room as he suggests. If only to save our beloved commander.”

STUMP
(gradually; grudgingly) “Oh very well then, if you insist. But keep an eye on him. On the Doc-tor. Make sure he doesn’t get into any mischief.”

HURN
“Don’t you worry, sir. I’ll keep an eye on him. You can rely on me.”

STUMP
(to Doctor) “Whereas for you, Doc-tor. Corporal Hurn and Trooper Sqar have got their eyes on you. So you’d better not try anything. You are to lead us to the generator room at once or else your life is numbered. Understand, Doc-tor?”

DOCTOR
“Very clearly, thank you, Stump. I’m enlightened to know.”

STUMP
“Trooper Sqar? Any response from Troopers Thor and Kike?”

SQAR
“Nothing, Sergeant. Nothing at all.”

STUMP
(shocked) “What?! Nothing, Sqar?!”

SQAR
“I’ve hailed them on the communicator but there is no answer. They are dead! They must be dead! They must have been killed in space! Do you hear what I said, Sergeant Stump?! Killed!!! Killed!!! [Killed!!! Killed!!! Killed!!! Killed…]”

STUMP
“Alright Sqar, alright! Just calm down!”

Eventually, Sqar calms down.

STUMP
“We’ll head off down this corridor. You lead the way, Doc-tor.”

DOCTOR
“Of course! The generator room must be this way!”

With that, the Doctor leads on with Corporal Hurn holding him at gunpoint with his Sontaran blaster rifle. The Doctor, Stump, Hurn and Sqar head off down the corridor to find the generator room.


SCENE #266 – INT – GENERATOR ROOM, CHAMBER OF KORDOR – N/A
Back in the generator room, Billy, Max and Andrew plead with Krond to release Nyssa whilst Shayde continues to stand around.

MAX
(to Krond) “Let her go, you swine!”

ANDREW
(to Krond) “Yeah, you let go of our Nyssa! She’s precious to us! All of us!”

KROND
(threateningly) “Those who dare challenge the might and law of Krond shall be turned to dust! This warning I give only once!”

BILLY
(threateningly; to Krond) “If you don’t release Nyssa right this instant, I’ll do something, you freak!”

SHAYDE
“We’re wasting time! We must shut down the generator!”

NYSSA
(to Billy; Max; Andrew) “Shayde is right! Don’t worry about me, you three! Stop Krond and shut down the generator!”

MAX
“We’re not going to leave you, Nyssa!”

Nyssa cries out in pain, as Krond tightens his grip on her.

KROND
“I shall not warn you three again! Do not interfere or else this girl gets it!”

At that moment, the Doctor, Stump, Hurn and Sqar enter.

STUMP
“This must be it! This must be the generator room!”

MAX
“Cripes! Doctor, you’re here!”

DOCTOR
(relieved) “Max; Billy; Andrew; Nyssa; Shayde! You’re all here! Goodness me, I didn’t expect we’d come to the generator room so soon!”

SQAR
“For Sontar’s sake! There’s our mad commander again! He’s mad! Do you hear what I said?! Mad! Mad!!! Mad!!!”

HURN
(to Krond) “Permission to speak, Commander sir? For your loyal corporal?”

KROND
(to Hurn) “Permission denied, Corporal.” (to Doctor) “Doc-tor! Hand me the book! Or Nyssa of Traken, your young friend, will die!”

NYSSA
“Don’t do it, Doctor! Don’t hand him the book!”

The Doctor then shows and holds up the Book of Althrace for everyone to see.

DOCTOR
(to Krond) “What this book here? You know I won’t do that, Krond.” (reassuringly; to Nyssa) “Don’t worry, Nyssa. I’m working on a plan.”

Billy then snatches the book from the Doctor.

DOCTOR
“Ow! Hey Billy!”

BILLY
(to Sqar) “You! Give me that gun!”

Without warning, Billy snatches the Sontaran blaster rifle from Sqar to which he reacts astonished.

SQAR
“That’s my Sontaran blaster rifle! Sontaran property! Cost me fifteen credits! Give it back!”

DOCTOR
“Billy, what do you think you’re doing?!”

Billy then backs away and trains the Sontaran blaster rifle in his left hand on the Book of Althrace in his right hand.

BILLY
(threateningly; to Krond) “Hey, Krond! You see me? You see me with this gun? It’s pointed directly at the book in my other hand! You let Nyssa go or else I’ll blast this book into bits!”

DOCTOR
(cries) “Billy, no!”

SHYADE
“Do not let that boy destroy the book, Doctor! It is sacred! Even to Althrace!”

DOCTOR
(agitated; to Shayde) “What do you think I’m trying to do, Shayde?!”

KROND
(panics) “Give me the book, boy! Or else I’ll blast your pretty girl into atoms!”

BILLY
(gradually) “So let her go or else I’ll destroy the book!”

NYSSA
“Billy, what are you doing?!”

ANDREW
(to Billy) “Are you out of your mind, mate?! He’s going to kill her!”

MAX
“Billy, just calm down! Let’s talk about this!”

BILLY
(threateningly; to Krond) “I mean it, Krond! Release Nyssa or else I’ll destroy the book!”

KROND
(fiercely) “You will not destroy the book! You wouldn’t dare risk your dear young fe-male’s life!”

BILLY
“And you won’t shoot her whilst I’m pointing the gun ready to blast the book! You’ve got yourself in a tight spot now haven’t you, mate!”

KROND
“Give me the book, boy!”

BILLY
“No!”

DOCTOR
“Billy, please! I can handle this!”

KROND
“Give me the book, boy!”

BILLY
(shouts) “No!!!”

KROND
“I am Commander Krond of the Fifth Sontaran Battle Fleet! Krond the Almighty!!! The Everlasting!!!”

BILLY
(angrily; retorts) “So what?! I’m Billy Walker, super time-traveller from Cardiff and boyfriend to Nyssa of Traken! And I can shout and bawl as loud and as much as you can, Humpty!”

A moment of tense silence ensues.

KROND
(gradually; menacingly) “Then I shall kill you first! Die, boy!”

Krond raises his hand, as he’s about to shoot Billy with his god-like powers. But then, Andrew stands in his way.

ANDREW
(to Krond) “You have to get through me, buster!”

NYSSA
(cries) “Andrew! Get out of the way!”

BILLY
“Yeah Andrew, get out of my way! This is my fight!”

ANDREW
“Fat chance of that! If you want to die for Nyssa; then I might as well die for you! If you can’t beat them, join them!”

KROND
(menacingly) “If that is to be the case, I shall happily destroy you both for the sake of your fe-male friend!”

Just then, the power generator shuts down. Krond turns and is dismayed at having being distracted not to realise this.

KROND
(shocked) “What?! W…What is this?! I…I did not see…”

HURN
(whispers; to Stump) “Sergeant, sir! Permission to inform you that the power generator has been shut down!”

STUMP
(whispers; to Hurn) “Yes, Hurn. I see it too!”

KROND
(angrily) “Who did it?! Who shut down the generator?!”

Moment of silence.

MAX
“Err…that was me actually. Sorry.”

DOCTOR
“You Max? You shut down the power generator? How did you do it?”

MAX
“Uh…I don’t know quite honestly. I just did it.”

SHAYDE
“Max is still in mental contact with the Time Lords, Doctor. They instructed him to do so I expect.”

DOCTOR
“What?”

SHAYDE
“They asked me to keep a mental check on Max’s condition. Seems they were right to do so, since Max’s psychic abilities are at a critical stage.”

MAX
“You mean I was being made to shut down the generator? Like a puppet?”

DOCTOR
(to Max) “Yes, Max. And very deceitful puppet-masters they are as well! My own people!” (angrily; to Shayde) “You just had to keep it a secret all this time whilst you’ve been with us!”

SHAYDE
“I still have no responsibility in this matter, Doctor.”

DOCTOR
(bitterly) “That’s how you’d like it to look, isn’t it?”

KROND
(enraged) “No!!! My power!!! It can’t be shut down!!! No!!!”

In a fit of rage, Krond eventually releases Nyssa. She runs over to Billy. They both embrace each other once Billy’s caught her and Nyssa is safe.

NYSSA
(relieved) “Oh, Billy.”

BILLY
“Nyssa, are you alright?”

NYSSA
“Yes, I am now.” (Pause; shrewdly) “You took a big risk there didn’t you, Billy.”

BILLY
“I knew he wouldn’t shoot you. I had him exactly where I wanted him to be.”

Krond then turns on Billy.

KROND
“You boy! You caused my depletion of power! For that, I shall destroy you! Both you…and your pretty fe-male!”

NYSSA
(cries) “Billy! He’s going to shoot us! Watch out!”

ANDREW
(shouts) “Nyssa; Billy! Get back, will you?!”

Andrew pulls Nyssa and Billy off their feet, as they fall backwards onto the ground. Krond misses them with his god-like powers, as he screams enraged. Nyssa, Billy and Andrew recover as they re-join the Doctor, Max, Shayde, Stump and Hurn.

BILLY
(relieved; to Andrew) “Thanks, Andrew. We owe you our lives! Both Nyssa’s and me!”

ANDREW
“Don’t mention it! I’m finding it hard to believe myself!”

NYSSA
(gratified) “Thank you, Andrew. You were so brave!”

Nyssa then kisses Andrew on the cheek.

ANDREW
(blushes) “Oh. Well, I deserved that, didn’t I?”

Meanwhile, with the Sontarans…

HURN
“Sergeant Stump! Permission to suggest we clear out of this area. This place will soon crumble if the power generator has been shut down.”

STUMP
“I couldn’t agree more, Hurn. Order all troopers to abandon this place now and follow me.”

HURN
“Right, sir!” (barks) “Right! All Sontaran troopers abandon generator room at the double now!”

SQAR
(retorts) “It’s only me! I’m the only trooper left!”

HURN
“Ah, right. Well, err…” (barks) “…One Sontaran trooper to abandon generator room at the double now! Left, right; left, right; left, right; left, right; left, right; [left, right…]”

With that, Stump, Hurn and Sqar head out of the generator room. The Doctor and the others do the same.

DOCTOR
(urgently) “Come on, everyone! Out of here! Out!”

ANDREW
“Right you are, Doctor! I’m right behind you!”

NYSSA
“Me too!”

BILLY
“Me three!”

MAX
“Me four!”

The Doctor’s group all begin to head out of the generator room. Suddenly, Max gets pulled back into the room by Commander Krond, as he cries out in pain.

MAX
(cries) “Doctor! Help me! I’m…”

Max’s voice then gets muffled, as a hand covers his mouth and gags him. Max struggles, as he’s now in the captivity of Commander Krond.

KROND
(threateningly) “No, star-gazer! You shall not escape me! You will give me the assistance I require! You will switch on the generator as you shut it off before! Or else you die!!!”

Max becomes threatened once he’s caught in Krond’s grasp.


SCENE #267 – INT – CORRIDOR, CHAMBER OF KORDOR – N/A
Outside the generator room, the Doctor, Nyssa, Billy and Andrew manage to escape as they shut the doors behind them. They all breathe a sigh of relief.

ANDREW
(pants) “Will he be able to get out? Is there a lock on this door?”

NYSSA
“Right now, I don’t think we need to worry about that. Krond’s probably fuming over his loss already.”

DOCTOR
“Considering he’s powerless without the generator. And the book.”

SHAYDE
“We cannot take too many chances, Doctor. The power will soon return to him. He’ll be unstoppable.”

DOCTOR
“I’ve still got a bone to pick with you, Shayde.”

BILLY
“But where are the other Sontarans? Stump; Hurn and Sqar, if that’s their names.”

ANDREW
“Probably skived off. Cowards they are.”

DOCTOR
“Gone back to their Sontaran ships for departure, I expect. Don’t want to be humiliated anymore. The Sontaran High Command will probably get a field day about this soon enough.”

NYSSA
(realises) “Wait! Where’s Max? He’s not here with us!”

BILLY
(shocked) “What?! I thought he came out with the rest of us!”

ANDREW
“He must be still in there! With that Krond! He must have been captured!”

DOCTOR
(realises) “Oh I’m an idiot! Krond probably got a hold of him so that he can use him to switch the power generator on!”

SHAYDE
“He won’t get far, Doctor! Not if the Time Lords don’t control him this time!”

NYSSA
“But he’ll still be in danger when Krond’s in there with him! He’ll probably kill him!”

DOCTOR
(anxiously) “Nyssa’s right! We’ll have to go back inside!”

The Doctor, Nyssa, Billy and Andrew try to tug at the door to open it up and get inside. But the door doesn’t seem to budge and they can’t get in.

BILLY
(anxiously) “Doctor, it’s stuck! It won’t open!”

ANDREW
“It’s locked! Locked from the inside!”

DOCTOR
(realises) “Yes! Krond locked it! And I’ve been so stupid not to notice whilst trying to get everyone out! A shabby job considering I didn’t get Max out!”

NYSSA
“It’s not your fault, Doctor.”

DOCTOR
(to Nyssa) “It’s always my fault.” (to Shayde) “But you, Shayde! You seem to keep information concealed about a person’s actions that you even risk their lives for it! Including Max’s!”

SHAYDE
“What do you expect me to do, Doctor? Apologise?”

DOCTOR
“No! I expect you to do something to save Max! To rescue him!”

NYSSA
“I’ll rescue him! I’m willing to save Max’s life!”

BILLY
“And so am I!”

ANDREW
“Me too! Wouldn’t want Mad Max to get in the bag with that Krond!”

DOCTOR
“Very commendable you three, I’m sure. But how are you proposing to rescue Max from a god-like Sontaran?”

NYSSA
(weakly) “Well…we’ll think of something.”

DOCTOR
(to Billy) “Speaking of which. Billy, hand me the book while you’re at it. For safe-keeping.”

Billy fumbles for the book. But he realises he hasn’t got it.

BILLY
“I…I don’t have it, Doctor!”

DOCTOR
“What?!”

NYSSA
“You dropped it, Billy?!”

BILLY
“Yes. I must have dropped it when I managed to get Nyssa back in my arms.” (to Doctor) “Sorry, Doctor. It was unintentional.”

DOCTOR
(groans) “Oh Billy!”

NYSSA
“This means Krond can get power from the power core even without the generator on.”

DOCTOR
“Yes. And it won’t stop his power-crazed mongering when Max is in danger.”

They all stand about, worried about the outcome of this crisis.


SCENE #268 – INT – CORRIDOR, CHAMBER OF KORDOR – N/A
Meanwhile, far away from the generator room, Sergeant Stump, Corporal Hurn and Trooper Sqar run for it before coming to a halt as they pant for breath. They stand in a corridor close to a nearby lift.

SQAR
(pants) “We…we escaped, sir! We got away from that mad Krond! He’s mad, he is! Mad!!!”

HURN
(to Stump) “There’s a lift up ahead, sir! We can take that! If we so desire to escape.”

STUMP
“Thank you, Corporal Hurn.”

SQAR
“Yes! I do not want to end up the way like Thor, Goml and Kike did. Doomed and boomed! Doomed and boomed!!!”

STUMP
“Alright Sqar, that’s enough!” (Pause) “As of now, I’m taking command! I have relieved Krond of his authority! Are you Hurn and you Sqar behind me?”

SQAR
“Oh yes, sir! Oh yes!”

HURN
(to Stump) “Permission to speak, sir.”

STUMP
“Yes, Hurn.”

HURN
“I believe you’ll do a very good job as our new commander, sir.”

STUMP
“Thank you, Hurn.”

HURN
“Even if you haven’t got the foreboding tone that Krond had when he commanded us.”

SQAR
“Who needs a foreboding tone, when we’ve got a commander like Stump with some sense in his skull?!”

STUMP
“True, Sqar! Very true!”

SQAR
“So…whereabouts do we go now, sir? What are we to do?”

STUMP
(hesitates) “Ah. Now. Err…”

HURN
(interjects) “Permission to make a suggestion, sir.”

STUMP
“Permission granted, Hurn.”

HURN
“I suggest we take our Sontaran ships; head out into space and blow up the Althrace system into smithereens. Then we can leave no-one there to find it.”

SQAR
“Yes! Sontaran High Command need never know what has happened here today! Find no evidence of our failure! Then we shall return glorious when we tell them how we defeated a horde of Althrace mongrels, including the Doc-tor who got in our way!”

STUMP
“Very good thinking, Sqar. With the Doc-tor and his associates on this planet, they can be blown up into smithereens as well!”

SQAR
“Indeed, sir! Absolutely definitely, sir!”

STUMP
(to Hurn) “Very well then, Hurn. On that suggestion of yours, I accept. We’ll go along with it!”

HURN
“Thank you, sir. It is an honour to have your acceptance of my suggestion so readily and so wisely.”

STUMP
“Not at all, Hurn.” (Pause) “Right then! Now we’ve decided, we shall take the lift and head back for our Sontaran ships! We shall blow up the Althrace system to atoms! For the glory of Sontar!”

HURN/SQAR
“For the glory of Sontar, sir!”

STUMP/HURN/SQAR
(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…]”

Stump, Hurn and Sqar chant as they make their way down the corridor and enter the lift. Once they enter the lift, the door slides shut for them. They go back up to the top to return to their Sontaran ships.


SCENE #269 – INT – CORRIDOR, CHAMBER OF KORDOR – N/A
Back at the entrance to the generator room, with the Doctor, Nyssa, Billy, Andrew and Shayde…

SHAYDE
“There is a way we can resolve this, Doctor.”

DOCTOR
“Is there really, Shayde? I’m fascinated to know.”

SHAYDE
“You remember the giant computer the Lords of Althrace showed you on your last visit, Doctor? The guiding hand that acts not merely as a machine but a living brain. Remember, Doctor?”

DOCTOR
“I do remember, yes. Perfect piece of engineering.”

NYSSA
“Was that when you were attempting to defeat the demon Melanicus, Doctor? And eventually you did.”

DOCTOR
(to Nyssa) “Indeed it was, Nyssa. An adventure through the tides of time.” (to Shayde) “You had your head off for that didn’t you, Shayde? Literally I mean.”

SHAYDE
“And I propose to do it again, Doctor. For the sake of saving your friend.”

DOCTOR
“What do you mean?”

SHAYDE
“We have to access the computer for one of your friends to process thoughts to achieve a mental link. By doing so, penetrating the generator room and weakening Krond’s power by retrieving the book and shutting the generator down permanently.”

ANDREW
“What you mean like…appearing as a ghost? An apparition of some kind?”

SHAYDE
“Wouldn’t like to put in such strong words as that. But the general meaning is correct.”

DOCTOR
(realises) “Wait a minute. You said one of my friends accessing the computer to process thought to achieve a mental link. Who exactly did you have in mind, Shayde?”

SHAYDE
“I was thinking of your friend Nyssa of Traken. Since she possesses latent psychic abilities…”

BILLY
(interrupts) “No!!! No way! Nyssa’s not getting her head inside some machine!”

DOCTOR
“I should say not!”

ANDREW
“Definitely not! Are you out of your mind?”

SHAYDE
“There is no other alternative I can suggest, Doctor.”

DOCTOR
“Of course there’s another alternative. I won’t allow Nyssa to have any part in this!”

SHAYDE
“You protest against my suggestion?”

DOCTOR
“I do indeed protest, Shayde! You’ve used Max’s mind already for your dirty work!”

SHAYDE
“The Time Lords, Doctor. Not me.”

DOCTOR
“Time Lords; you, it’s the same thing. You’re not going to use Nyssa’s mind for this ridiculous charade.”

SHAYDE
“If you want to save your Max’s life Doctor, then…”

NYSSA
(interrupts) “Excuse me! Don’t I get a say in this?”

DOCTOR
“Of course you do, Nyssa. Tell Shayde how you feel.”

NYSSA
“I say we go ahead with Shayde’s plan.”

BILLY
(shocked; to Nyssa) “What?! Nyssa, you can’t!”

ANDREW
(to Nyssa) “You can’t be serious!”

DOCTOR
“You don’t know what Shayde’s on about, Nyssa! That computer…”

NYSSA
(interrupts) “Doctor, we have to rescue Max from that Sontaran commander! There is no other way!”

DOCTOR
“There’s always another way, Nyssa! Not like this!”

NYSSA
“We’re wasting time, Doctor! We’ve got to do what Shayde suggests!”

BILLY
(protests) “Nyssa, I can’t lose you [again…]”

NYSSA
(to Billy) “And I need you Billy to trust me!”

ANDREW
(protests) “But Nyssa!”

NYSSA
(to Andrew) “And you, Andrew! I need you to trust me!” (Pause; to Doctor) “Well, Doctor?!”

A moment of silence ensues, as the Doctor becomes reluctant to respond.

SHAYDE
(insistently) “We have to hurry, Doctor! Before the whole universe turns into turmoil!”

NYSSA
“Doctor?!”

DOCTOR
(grudgingly) “Very well, Nyssa. If that’s your wish.”

NYSSA
“It is, Doctor. And as long as you, Billy and Andrew help me on the way, I’ll be satisfied with that.”

DOCTOR
“I think we can all agree on that.” (to Billy; Andrew) “Can’t we, Billy; Andrew?”

BILLY
“I’ll help. But I’m not happy about this.”

ANDREW
“Neither am I. But I’ll help too.”

NYSSA
“Thank you.” (to Shayde) “So, Shayde. Where’s this large computer you mentioned? The living brain.”

SHAYDE
“It’s ten floors down from where we are. This way.”

With that, Shayde leads the way as he heads for the lift.


SCENE #270 – INT – GENERATOR ROOM, CHAMBER OF KORDOR – N/A
In the generator room, Krond continues to be all too-powerful and power-crazed. He goes mad with Max under his wing.

KROND
(to Max) “You see now, star gazer? I am almighty! Everything I desire is granted to me! The power of Althrace shall be given to Sontar and every soldier shall worship me! Worship me!”

MAX
“You’re counting too many chickens, my friend. The Doctor will stop you, I’m sure.”

KROND
“I am not your friend, hu-man. I am your enemy.”

MAX
“That is a matter of fact. Let me go at once. I’m useless to you, mate.”

KROND
“You shut down the generator. You can switch it back on again.”

MAX
“I’m hardly good with fixing Christmas tree lights. Mine blew up when I tried to fix them. I even smashed them when stepping onto them whilst trying to get them out of a tangle.”

KROND
(impatiently) “Stop babbling, star gazer! Switch on the power generator!”

MAX
“I don’t know how! I keep telling you!”

Max then gets a smack in the face by Krond, to which he cries out in pain.

KROND
“You are nothing to me. You are only to serve me as a tool. And I want you to obey me without question.”

Whilst Max recovers from the strike by Krond’s hand, Krond then gets distracted. He turns his attention to something in the far corner of the room, as he goes over to it to see.

KROND
(chuckles) “Well, well, well. Look what we’ve got here! Look what we’ve got here at last!”

MAX
“What is it? What have you found?”

KROND
“The Book of Althrace! It’s here! I’ve got it in my hand!” (Pause) “The boy had it in his hands whilst I was holding his pretty fe-male friend in captivity.”

MAX
“Billy must have dropped it when he was trying to rescue Nyssa.”

KROND
(triumphantly) “And now it’s mine again! The book is mine again at last! I shall regain the power that was taken away from me! I shall use the book to reactivate the generator!” (to Max) “I do not need you, hu-man. Once the generator’s switched on again, I shall destroy you and all your kind for the glory of Sontar!”

MAX
“You don’t take to many people, do you?! I used to know a school mate who didn’t take to many people.”

KROND
(angrily) “Will you stop attempting to distract me?! I shall not be fooled by your flippancy, do you hear?!”

MAX
“Too late, mate. Cos whilst you’re looking away like that, I’m going to steal the book right underneath your nose!”

Max then launches himself forward and grabs the book, trying to take it away from Krond. Max then gets a shock, as he cries out in pain and falls back.

MAX
(cries; in pain) “Oww! Oww!”

KROND
(mockingly) “What’s the matter, star-gazer? Lost your tongue?”

MAX
(in pain) “My hand! It’s burning! It’s burning me! As I touched that book it was on fire! My hand!”

KROND
“Yes! I hold the book and I’m filled with tremendous power from Althrace! You shall not take the book from me! You shall not take the book!”

MAX
“I should have guessed. Power-crazed and electric-shocked like telephone wires.” (mutters) “Oh, Doctor! Get me out of this soon, will you?!”

KROND
(gloats) “The Doc-tor? He wouldn’t risk his life to save you whilst I’ve got the power! Nobody can save you! Nobody! I have the upper hand!” (Pause) “Now what page was it in the book to switch the generator back on?”

Krond then goes through the pages of the Book of Althrace. Max remains in shock and pain after having burnt his hand.


SCENE #271 – INT – LARGE COMPUTER ROOM, CHAMBER OF KORDOR – N/A
Down below in the large computer room of the Chamber of Kordor, Shayde and the Doctor help to fit Nyssa into the computer. They put some headgear on her to gain access to the computer.

DOCTOR
“Are you comfortable there, Nyssa?”

NYSSA
(to Doctor) “Comfortable as I’ll ever be, Doctor.” (to Shayde) “Are you sure this is the proper way of gaining a mental link to the generator room, Shayde?”

SHAYDE
“The computer acts like a living brain, Nyssa of Traken. You can roam anywhere around the universe as you wish. But for this occasion, the waveband stretches across to the Althrace system. So you can only see what’s in Althrace rather than what’s outside it.”

NYSSA
“So I can access the generator room without any difficulty.”

DOCTOR
(condescendingly) “Nyssa, if you wish to back out at all then we can abort this.”

NYSSA
“I’ve made up my mind, Doctor. Max needs rescuing remember?”

DOCTOR
“We haven’t had much practice lately with your latent telepathic abilities. They may not be strong enough.”

NYSSA
“I’m more than capable of handling this, Doctor. Trust me.”

DOCTOR
“Very well. Just as you say.”

SHAYDE
“Are we ready, Doctor?”

DOCTOR
(scornfully; to Shayde) “Are you ready, Shayde?!”

SHAYDE
“We’ll initiate a mental transference to the computer for your friend Nyssa to get used to her surroundings. We’ll add more power to the modulation unit once she’s able to roam freely in the mindset.”

DOCTOR
(to Nyssa) “Nyssa, I’ll maintain the machinery whilst you’re in contact. Alright?”

NYSSA
“Yes. I understand, Doctor.”

SHAYDE
“Doctor, you may remove my head now.”

DOCTOR
“Just as you say.”

With that, the Doctor reaches for Shayde’s head and detracts it from his body. He holds the head of Shayde in his hand whilst standing before the equipment.

DOCTOR
“Feeling alright, Shayde? About losing your head?”

SHAYDE
“Place my head into the harmonic unit, Doctor. There the circle shall be complete for all power units.”

DOCTOR
“Very well.”

Gradually, the Doctor places Shayde’s head into the harmonic unit. Contact is established.

SHAYDE
“Contact has been made, Doctor. You may now initiate mental transference for Nyssa to gain access.”

DOCTOR
“One moment. Let me contact the others first.”

The Doctor activates an intercom unit next to him and speaks into it.

DOCTOR
(through intercom) “Billy; Andrew? Are you there?”

BILLY (V’O)
“We’re here, Doctor. Ready and waiting.”

DOCTOR
(through intercom) “Right. I’m about to initiate the mental transference for Nyssa to gain access. You stand by when the doors are opened for the generator room for Max to get out.”

BILLY (V’O)
“Look after Nyssa, Doctor. She’s very precious to me, you know that.”

DOCTOR
(through intercom) “Don’t worry, Billy. You just do your job and I’ll do mine. Over and out.”

The Doctor switches off the intercom, before turning to the machinery.

DOCTOR
“Ready, Nyssa?”

NYSSA
“Ready, Doctor. I’m not backing out now.”

DOCTOR
“Fine then. Here it goes. Initiating power reserves. Going into safety reserves. Initiating transference in five; four; three; two; one and half…”

SHAYDE
“Do it now, Doctor?”

DOCTOR
“Now!”

The Doctor switches the machinery on and initiates mental transference. Nyssa cries out in pain.

NYSSA
(cries; in pain) “Argh! My head! My head!”

DOCTOR
“Nyssa, are you alright?! Nyssa?! Hang on, I’ll switch it off!”

NYSSA
(cries) “No! Doctor! It’s alright! I’ve gained access! I’ve gained access to the machine!”

DOCTOR
“You have? Really, Nyssa? What can you see?!”

NYSSA
(gradually) “I see…I see stars! Thousands of stars! And planets! All bolted together! The whole of Althrace is before me! It’s so beautiful to see!” (cries; in pain) “My head’s throbbing!”

DOCTOR
“We can stop this now, Nyssa. If it burns your mind.”

NYSSA
“No, I can do this! Wait! I’m going to try…I’m going to try and gain access to the Chamber of Kordor and project a mental image.”

DOCTOR
“Be careful, Nyssa. I’m not sure how long I can maintain this level of power up. One false move and it can fry you alive!”

NYSSA
(gradually) “I…I’m inside now. Inside the Chamber of Kordor. I recognise the place. This is…this is where the entrance to Section A-M-three-nine is. Where it contains the Chamber of Wisdom and Knowledge for Kordor.” (Pause) “I’m…I’m going to try…to go further down. I’m going to try and reach the lower levels. Where the generator room is. Where Max and Krond are.”

DOCTOR
“Be careful, Nyssa! Please be careful! I’m going to give you extra power. Just to help you along the way. With less pain to bear.”

NYSSA
“Thank you, Doctor. I really appreciate it.”

SHAYDE
(warningly) “Maintain the power levels, Doctor. Don’t over-excess it. This operation will blow us all up as well as Nyssa if you’re not careful.”

DOCTOR
“Please, Shayde. Don’t interrupt me. I know what I’m doing.”

The Doctor continues to maintain the power levels and provide more for Nyssa’s mental journey whilst she attempts to reach the lower levels of the Chamber of Kordor.

NYSSA
“Yes! Yes, Doctor! I’m reaching the lower levels now! Almost there! Almost on my way to the generator room! Where Max and Krond are!”

Nyssa concentrates hard, whilst maintaining her struggle to keep calm and controlled. Her mental link is almost critical whilst reaching the generator room in her mind and image.


© Tim Bradley, 2018

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