‘The Stockbridge Terror’, Part Three, Chapter 12

12. Krond’s Pride

SCENE #119 – INT – CELLAR, STOCKBRIDGE CASTLE – NIGHT (2010)
Back in the cellar of the Stockbridge Castle ruins, the Doctor tries to calm Nyssa down as she’s now wide awake whilst on the floor.

DOCTOR
(pleads; to Nyssa) “Nyssa, you have to listen to us! Listen to me! Try and calm down! We’re your friends.”

NYSSA
(angrily) “You are enemies of Sontar! You will die for your crimes, Doctor! You have killed a Sontaran warrior!”

Nyssa tries to attack the Doctor before Max pushes her to the ground again.

MAX
“Doctor, I can’t keep holding Nyssa like this forever. She’s a feisty little thing, isn’t she?”

DOCTOR
(pleads; to Nyssa; indicates Billy) “Nyssa, this is Billy! Remember Billy? He’s your boyfriend! You like him, don’t you? You love him, Nyssa!”

NYSSA
“Enemies! All enemies of Sontar! Glory to Sontar!!!”

BILLY
“It’s like she hardly knows me. What’s wrong with her, Doctor?”

MAX
“Is there a way you can calm her down, Doctor? Stop her being fiery?”

DOCTOR
(thinks) “There is a way we can help her. But it’s too dangerous.”

BILLY
“Will it get Nyssa to calm down? What is it you have in mind, Doctor? How can you save her?”

DOCTOR
“It’s a Time Lord technique. Not an ideal one I hasten to add. It’ll certainly put her to sleep.”

BILLY
“Well use it, Doctor! For goodness sake, use it!”

DOCTOR
(gradually) “Alright.” (to Billy; Max) “Billy; Max! Hold Nyssa steady, will you?”

Billy and Max hold Nyssa steady as she continues to be belligerent.

BILLY
(reassuringly; to Nyssa) “Now don’t worry, Nyssa. The Doctor’s going to help you!”

The Doctor then approaches Nyssa, raising his hands towards her head whilst Billy and Max hold her.

DOCTOR
(cautiously) “Nyssa, listen carefully. I’m going to save you. But I’m going to have to put you to sleep. Please be patient for the next hour or so.”

MAX
(pleads) “Doctor, please just get on with it!”

DOCTOR
(apologetically) “I’m sorry, Nyssa.”

Nyssa struggles in Billy and Max’s grip, whilst the Doctor places his hands on her head and mind-links with her. Very soon, Nyssa stops struggling as she slowly goes off into a deep sleep. She slumps to the ground before Max and Billy release their hold on her. They gently lay Nyssa on the ground.

DOCTOR
“There you are, Nyssa. You can have a nice sleep now.”

Moment of silence.

BILLY
(curiously) “Doctor, what have you just done to her?”

MAX
“Taken her mind and put it into yours, is that it?”

DOCTOR
“No! Max, what do you take me for? I don’t go around stealing other people’s minds, especially Nyssa’s.”

BILLY
“I should think not. My girlfriend’s mind inside the Doctor’s head?!”

DOCTOR
“Quite. No, what I’ve done is put her mind to sleep. Her consciousness is intact. I can now access her memories using a mind-link which if I’m careful…”

MAX
(interrupts) “A mind-link? With her asleep?”

DOCTOR
“Hopefully I’ll be able to find out what’s causing Nyssa to behave like this. Perhaps the Sontarans brainwashed her with their ideals, I don’t know. If that was the case, what equipment was used to do that? Hopefully Nyssa’s observations would have been kept safe whilst being conditioned.”

MAX
“And you can do all that while she’s asleep?”

DOCTOR
“Yes, Max. It’s not something I would do normally. Especially with Nyssa’s delicate mind. In the case of the Sontarans however, it’s pretty serious.”

BILLY
“Will she sleep for long, Doctor? For you to do this mind-link?”

DOCTOR
“A few hours hopefully. I should be able to access her memories in the time allowed before she wakes up. Now if you’ll excuse me, you two. I’ve got a mind-link to conduct.” (to Nyssa) “Don’t worry, Nyssa. I’ll be careful with handling your mind now.”

BILLY
“Max. I’ll go and keep watch. For any Sontarans who might show up.”

MAX
“Oh, I don’t mind. I don’t mind going out on watch.”

BILLY
“I’m more anxious than you are about Nyssa though. I don’t want anyone getting in the Doctor’s way of saving Nyssa.”

MAX
“Okay. Fair enough. Good luck.”

With that, Billy heads off. Max watches the Doctor as he begins his mind-link with Nyssa. The Doctor places his hands on Nyssa to begin the mind-link.


SCENE #120 – EXT – BEACON PLANT, STOCKBRIDGE – NIGHT (2010)
Outside at the beacon plant in Stockbridge, the Sontarans continue supervising the villagers at their work. Reverend Shilling and Mr. Brett work hard, reflecting over the sudden death of Constable Hughes.

BRETT
“Are you faring well, your reverence?”

REVEREND SHILLING
“I’m quite well thank you, Mr. Brett.”

BRETT
“I hope that shooting of Constable Hughes didn’t disturb you too much.”

REVEREND SHILLING
“Believe me, Mr. Brett. I’m quite capable of coping with such a loss. Though I have to say, it’s such a shame Constable Hughes had to go the way he did.”

BRETT
“Aye. I shall miss him. I shall miss our meetings at the Red Fern Inn when I go to count the collection after church every Sunday.” (Pause) “Err…if you wish to escape from these dastardly pompous trolls, your reverence…”

REVEREND SHILLING
(interjects) “No I don’t, Mr. Brett. Especially not after the recent death of Constable Hughes.”

BRETT
“But if I can gather a number of the villagers, I’m sure we can box those trolls’ little pig ears…”

REVEREND SHILLING
(interrupts; firmly) “No, Mr. Brett. I’m not a man of violence, you know.”

BRETT
“My apologies, sir.”

REVEREND SHILLING
“We just have to go along with what these war mongrels want of us. For as the good Lord says, one must suffer in order to obtain great reward.”

BRETT
“Very true indeed, your reverence. Very true.”

REVEREND SHILLING
“We will escape, Mr. Brett. In the meantime, we wait.”

BRETT
“Very good, sir. We wait.”

Moment of silence.

REVEREND SHILLING
“By the way, Mr. Brett. Why did you take the collection and count it at the Red Fern Inn with Constable Hughes?”

BRETT
(embarrassed) “Ah, well…err…”

At that moment, Corporal Hurn turns up.

HURN
(barks) “Alright, alright! No chat! Get on with your work!”

BRETT
(to Hurn) “The vicar is under a lot of strain, you monster! He needs to rest!”

REVEREND SHILLING
“That will do, Mr. Brett.”

HURN
(to Brett) “You’re such a trouble-maker, little man! A trouble-maker!”

BRETT
“I’m not a trouble-maker! You’re the trouble-maker!”

HURN
“I’m not the trouble-maker! You are!”

BRETT
“No, you are!”

HURN
“You are!”

BRETT
“You are!”

HURN
“You are!”

REVEREND SHILLING
(interrupts) “Oh do stop bickering, you two! You’re giving me a headache!”

HURN
(barks) “Get back to your work! If I find you two at it again, I shall report you to my commander!”

REVEREND SHILLING
(to Brett) “Come on, Mr. Brett! Let’s get back to work like this little fellow says.”

Reverend Shilling and Mr. Brett reluctantly get back to work as Corporal Hurn leaves them.


SCENE #121 – INT – CELLAR, STOCKBRIDGE CASTLE – NIGHT (2010)
Meanwhile, the Doctor is in the midst of his mind-link with Nyssa. Max watches, as he waits for the Doctor to finish. He paces about the cellar, making his way over to the Rutan warp-core engine.

MAX
(sighs) “Oh I could do with a nice fry-up back at the Green Dragon. It’s all been a little too much for me.”

DOCTOR
“I wouldn’t mind a fry-up myself, Max.”

Max turns to see the Doctor awake whilst Nyssa is still unconscious on the floor.

MAX
“Doctor?! Oh thank goodness! You’re alright!”

DOCTOR
“Of course I am. Never better. Managed to get out reinvigorated and inspired.”

MAX
“You know what’s wrong with Nyssa then?”

DOCTOR
“I do, Max. Nyssa’s been brainwashed with Sontaran ideals. And in rather a proficient way I might add.”

MAX
“And you’ve managed to get her back to normal. Get rid of the brain conditioning, hey?”

DOCTOR
“I’m afraid not, Max.”

MAX
“Oh.” (Pause) “Oh dear. Billy’s not going to be happy, is he?”

DOCTOR
“But I did manage to access her memories. Took a bit of tinkering past the mental barriers under brainwashing, but I managed it.”

MAX
“You mean; you know a way of getting Nyssa back to normal?”

DOCTOR
“She was with Andrew – the original Andrew, mind – in a cloning chamber when she was being brainwashed. When I accessed her mind. Yes. It was crude Sontaran technology. But hopefully it should be there in the cloning chamber. Andrew might be able to identity what and where it is. The Sontarans shouldn’t have locked it away.”

MAX
“Well then, let’s go back to this cloning chamber and find it. Billy will be pleased when he hears this.”

DOCTOR
“It’s not so simple, Max. It means going back to the Sontaran base and passing through all the guards.”

MAX
“Ah. Point taken.”

DOCTOR
“If you and Billy are willing to pass the Sontarans undetected by stealth, then I’m sure…”

MAX
(interjects) “Don’t worry, Doctor. I can manage. And I bet Billy can too. This is Nyssa’s life we’re talking about saving here.”

DOCTOR
(gradually) “Well then, we’d best not hang about here. Let’s find Billy and head back for the space jeep. Help me with Nyssa will you, Max?”

With that, the Doctor with Max’s help carries Nyssa out of the cellar of Stockbridge Castle. They make to climb down the ladder of the hatchway.


SCENE #122 – INT – CLONING CHAMBER, UNDERGROUND BASE – NIGHT (2010)
Down in the cloning chamber of the underground Sontaran base, Trooper Sqar and Trooper Kike talk over certain matters.

SQAR
“I tell you, young Kike! Krond is doing nothing but a lot of rubbish! He’s not fit to lead us!”

KIKE
“You shouldn’t speak against Krond like that, Trooper Sqar. I could report you and that would give our platoon a bad name.”

SQAR
“But don’t you see, Kike? Krond’s ordered us on this mission and what for? What’s it all about? Why do we have to lure Rutans here to Stockbridge? Just so that we can distract them and he can take us to this Althrace place for his conquest of power.”

KIKE
“I don’t see anything wrong about that, Trooper Thor. It’s got some military value surely.”

SQAR
“Our commander’s nothing but a greedy upstart! Krond the Winner, indeed. What has he ever won! He’s only doing this so that he can have his name sprawled on the Sontaran Honours List!”

KIKE
“That maybe so. But it is our duty to obey and not question. As loyal soldiers, it is an honour to carry out Commander Krond’s orders.”

SQAR
“Speak for yourself, Kike. But after all this is over and when we get back to Sontar, I’m moving to another division or battle fleet. I’m not serving under Commander Krond anymore!”

KIKE
“You may be dead before that happens, Sqar.”

SQAR
“True; true. If that time occurs, I’ll be ready.”

KIKE
“But isn’t that why we’re putting these hu-man slaves to work? So that we can call the Rutans here to fight in battle?”

SQAR
“We should be on the front line all the time. Not used as bait for a Sontaran Commander’s glory quest.”

Sergeant Stump then enters overhearing Sqar and Kike’s conversation.

KIKE
“Sergeant Stump, sir.”

Kike salutes whilst Stump makes his way over to Sqar.

STUMP
(to Sqar) “I’d like to be on the front line as well, Sqar. The blood in my body is hot for it. But the time will come when designated troops will accompany Commander Krond into the wilderness of Althrace whilst our comrades hold the fort.”

SQAR
(shocked) “Designated troops? What designated troops, Stump? What is it you’re not telling us?”

STUMP
“Never you mind, Sqar.” (Pause) “Just to say, I know that Commander Krond has selected me, you, Trooper Kike, Corporal Hurn, Trooper Goml and Trooper Kike to journey to Althrace.”

SQAR
“What?! This is unheard of! When was Krond going to tell us this?!”

STUMP
“At our next parade. He’ll take a small section of Sontarans, which will be us, whilst sending the rest of our troops as well the human clone army to fight the Rutans when they come here.”

SQAR
“This is sneaky, Stump! Sneaky, I tell you. Krond’s becoming sneaky!”


SCENE #123 – INT – DARK TUNNEL, UNDERGROUND – NIGHT (2010)
In the dark underground tunnel between Stockbridge Castle and the underground Sontaran base, the Doctor, Billy and Max journey in the jeep with Nyssa asleep in the back.

BILLY
(anxiously) “Come on, Doctor. How much further is it?”

DOCTOR
“Patience, Billy. We’re almost there.”

BILLY
“Oh I’m just anxious for Nyssa to get better. I hope what you have in mind will cure Nyssa from this brainwashing thing the Sontarans did to her.”

DOCTOR
“Likewise, Billy. But there’s no need for theatrics.”

MAX
“There’s just one thing, Doctor. Are you sure what you saw in Nyssa’s mind will cure her. Memory can be a hazy thing. Like dreams full of bizarre images. What if the conditioning in Nyssa’s mind works against you to make you think there is a cure for her when in actual fact there isn’t?”

BILLY
(anxiously) “Oh please Max, don’t say that. I was feeling optimistic just then.”

DOCTOR
“Now look what you’ve done, Max.”

MAX
“Just pointing it out, that’s all.”

DOCTOR
“Quite. But I’m sure when we get back, we’ll find out for ourselves. Besides Andrew can tell us whether we’re on the right track.”

BILLY
“If he’s reliable.”

DOCTOR
“I certainly hope so.”

MAX
“So do I” (to Billy) “I wasn’t trying to put your hopes down, Billy. Honest I wasn’t. I hope Nyssa gets better. You’re lucky to have her.”

Just then, Nyssa murmurs in her sleep.

NYSSA
(murmurs) “Billy? Billy, where are you? Are you there?”

BILLY
“Nyssa?” (to Doctor) “Doctor, she’s waking up.”

DOCTOR
“She’s talking in her sleep, Billy. Nothing to worry about.”

Billy kneels over to Nyssa as she talks in her sleep.

NYSSA
(sleepily) “Billy? I need to know you’re there. Are you here with me?”

BILLY
“Yes. Yes Nyssa, I’m here. We’ll get you back to normal, don’t you worry. We’re looking after you.”

NYSSA
(sleepily) “I love you, Billy. I love you so much.”

BILLY
(happily) “I love you too, Nyssa. I love you too.”

Billy leans forward and kisses Nyssa.

DOCTOR
“I think the conditioning’s wearing off. Probably my tinkering in her mind blotted out the conditioning.”

MAX
“I wouldn’t be so sure.”

DOCTOR
“Max?! There’s no need to be pessimistic!”

Nyssa then murmurs again.

NYSSA
(sleepily) “We must stop the Doctor.”

BILLY
“Stop the Doctor?”

NYSSA
(sleepily) “He’s an enemy of the Sontaran race. We must stop him! Destroy him before he destroys us!”

Tense silence ensues.

BILLY
(dismayed) “Oh no. Oh dear.”

MAX
“What did I tell you, Doctor?!”

DOCTOR
(grimly) “There are times when I wish you’d keep silent, Max.”

The Doctor accelerates the space jeep a little faster, as he drives on for the Sontaran base.


SCENE #124 – INT – ARENA, UNDERGROUND BASE – NIGHT (2010)
In the underground Sontaran base, Commander Krond is on a balcony as he addresses the clone army of Earth soldiers in the arena. They include medieval knights, WWII soldiers, Cavaliers, Roundheads, archers, etc. The clone army of Earth soldiers cheer for Krond, which lasts for ten seconds. Krond then silences the clone army in order to speak to them.

KROND
(calls) “Silence! Silence, loyal troops! Sontar’s new Earth allies!”

The clone army of Earth soldiers pipe down, as they listen to hear Krond speak.

KROND
“You front-line fighting troops have been created. Not for mockery or entertainment. But to serve the greater glory…of the Sontaran empire.”

The clone army cheers.

KROND
“The Rutan forces. You’ve seen what they look like. We have given you demonstrations and training. The cost is great. But death in battle is an honour!”

The clone army cheers again.

KROND
“Therefore…over the years we’ve been together – through good times and dark times – you’ve been made for battle. And to battle you shall go. And with me as your commander, you shall do no wrong.”

The clone army cheers again. Cheers come from the medieval knights…

ALAZAIS
(cheers) “Hurrah for Commander Krond!”

TRISTAN
(cheers) “Death to those devils!”

…and from the WWII soldiers.

CORPORAL ROGERS
(cheers) “This is exactly what our fighting country needs!”

WILLIAMS
(cheers) “A great leader of men, our Krond.”

STEVENS
(cheers) “We’ll send those rotten Jerry swine back to where they came from!”

The clone army cheers again.

KROND
(calls) “Silence! Silence!”

The clone army calms down again.

KROND
“To your battle positions! Be ready for battle! Be ready for embarkation on our ships! And for war!” (cheers) “Onward, troops! Onward to victory!”

The clone army cheers raucously again.

KROND
“That is all! Dismissed!”

The clone army salutes Krond before falling out. Krond remains standing on the balcony, pleased with himself.

KROND
“Now before other duties, I’ll go now to my office and read that book.”

Krond eventually walks off from the balcony and leaves the arena.


SCENE #125 – INT – CORRIDOR, UNDERGROUND BASE – NIGHT (2010)
Somewhere in the underground Sontaran base, the Doctor carries a sleeping Nyssa with him whilst Billy and Max have Sontaran blaster rifles to defend themselves. The Doctor, Billy and Max sneakily avoid Sontarans in a corridor, as they carry Nyssa with them. They wait in their hiding place for a few Sontarans to walk past them. After the Sontarans have gone, the Doctor, Billy and Max carrying Nyssa keep hiding whilst looking out to see if the corridor is clear.

BILLY
“It’s good Max and I brought these Sontaran guns that Nyssa and the fake Andrew had with them.”

MAX
“I didn’t think there would be this many Sontarans.”

DOCTOR
“Yes well, let’s hope you two won’t have to use those Sontaran weapons and be trigger-happy.”

BILLY
“So…how are we to find this clone chamber of theirs, Doctor?”

DOCTOR
“From what I could gather from Nyssa’s memories, it was a darkly lit room like crimson. The Sontaran panelling and walls were evident, but there was a faint glow. Probably coming from the excess heat of their clone feed.”

MAX
(worried) “So you’re saying it could be any one of these rooms.”

DOCTOR
(sheepishly) “Generally speaking, yes. And that would mean checking every room that’s got a faint glow until we find it.”

BILLY
“That’s going to be difficult. Especially with these guys around.”

DOCTOR
“Come on. We must keep moving before Nyssa wakes up.”

MAX
“Ought we to wait till it’s clear?”

BILLY
“Should be clear anyway. No Sontarans have shown up.”

DOCTOR
“You’re right, Billy. Come on. Best foot forward.”

MAX
(urgently) “Doctor! Wait a minute! Wait; wait!”

DOCTOR
“What is it, Max?”

MAX
“Look over there!”

The Doctor, Billy and Max look to see, whilst keeping inside their hiding place in the corridor.

DOCTOR
“Oh yes. A Sontaran’s approaching. Looks very young, doesn’t he? Must be a few years old at best.”

BILLY
“Are they really that young these Sontarans, Doctor?”

DOCTOR
“Depends. Sometimes Sontarans live on to be twenty years when some die at around three years old dying in battle.”

MAX
“Crikey! I hadn’t thought about it like that.”

BILLY
“Just when all hope seemed to be going good. We have a teenage Sontaran coming this way to spoil our chance to get out undetected.”

MAX
“No, but wait! I’ve got an idea!”

The Doctor and Billy listen to Max’s idea.


SCENE #126 – INT – CORRIDOR, UNDERGROUND BASE – NIGHT (2010)
In the same corridor, Trooper Kike makes his way back to the cloning chamber before hearing a ‘psh’ sound. He swings round, weapon in hand, to see where the sound came from.

KIKE
“Halt! Who goes there?! Friend or enemy?”

There’s no one about. Kike still looks around.

KIKE
“Show yourself!”

Still no response.

KIKE
“Come on, show yourself! I’ve got to get back to the cloning chamber! Trooper Sqar’s expecting me…”

Kike is then suddenly jumped upon from behind by Billy and Max who come out and grab him.

MAX
(cheers) “Got you, buddy!”

BILLY
(cheers) “Don’t try anything, Sontaran!”

KIKE
(shouts) “Get off me! Get off me! I’ll tell Sergeant Stump on you!”

MAX
“Oh? He’s your uncle then, is he?”

KIKE
“As a matter of fact…”

At that moment, the Doctor steps forward carrying Nyssa with them.

DOCTOR
(cheerfully) “Hello, young Sontaran. Having a nice day, are we?”

KIKE
“The Doc-tor! You are the Doc-tor! You are the Doc-tor!!!”

DOCTOR
“Yes, glad you recognise me! Would you like my autograph?”

KIKE
(realises) “The girl in your arms! You carry the girl! She was sent to kill you!”

DOCTOR
“Yes and she failed, didn’t she? Still, that’s crummy brainstorming for you.”

KIKE
“You dare mock Sontaran technology?!”

DOCTOR
“Oh I don’t mock it! I despise it! You abuse Nyssa’s body and mind to do your rotten work! And now you’re going to set things right! Back to the cloning chamber where you were heading, was it?”

KIKE
“I will not help! Not help the enemies! I will not help the enemy! Not ever!”

BILLY
“Keeping holding him, Max!”

MAX
“Right you are, Billy!”

Max keeps holding Kike whilst Billy lets go of him. Billy instantly comes round and aims his Sontaran blaster rifle at Kike.

BILLY
“You do as the Doctor says or you’ll get a hole in your head! From this!”

KIKE
(apprehensively) “Sontarans do not fear death!”

DOCTOR
“True. But surely you fear dishonor because you didn’t die a glorious death in battle. Your superiors will learn of this and will disgrace your name for the years to come in Sontaran history.”

KIKE
(apprehensively) “You wouldn’t dare shoot me! You wouldn’t dare!”

BILLY
(angrily; to Kike) “You guys hurt my Nyssa, didn’t you?! My beloved! That’s not a good place to stand!”

MAX
(to Kike) “So, pal? What’s it to be? Help us or get shot by Nyssa’s upset boyfriend?”

Trooper Kike trembles as he’s being threatened by Billy; Max and the Doctor.


SCENE #127 – INT – KROND’S OFFICE, UNDERGROUND BASE – NIGHT (2010)
Meanwhile in his office, Commander Krond is reading the Book of Althrace. He gets increasingly agitated as he turns over the pages before slamming the book onto the table.

KROND
(agitated) “Meaningless stuff.”

There’s then a knock on the door.

KROND
(barks) “Come in.”

The door slides open and Sergeant Stump enters.

STUMP
“Excuse me, sir.”

KROND
(agitated) “What is it, Stump?”

STUMP
“I’ve ordered our main troops, the ones we can gather, to return to base for a parade meeting.”

KROND
“Very well, I will see them now. I’ve got an important announcement to make to them. Regarding our mission to Althrace.”

STUMP
(enquiringly) “Excuse me, sir? Do you think it’s wise to inform our front line troopers about the mission? Some of them aren’t going to be happy.”

KROND
“Orders are orders. And I expect them to be carried out.”

STUMP
“They’re your orders mind, sir.”

KROND
“Don’t be flippant, Stump.”

STUMP
“No sir, I wasn’t being flippant. It’s just that…Sontarans love the thirst of battle. And they’re not going to like it when they hear they’ve got to leave half the battle to other troopers.”

KROND
“That is understandable, Sergeant. A Sontaran’s place is on the field of battle against a Rutan horde.” (Pause) “But this isn’t some wild goose chase. This is to our benefit in the glorious war with the Rutans.”

STUMP
“Yes sir, I’m sure it is.” (Pause) “How are you getting on with that book, sir?”

KROND
(irritated) “I can’t make it out, Sergeant. The book’s all jibberish. Scribble, scribble, line, line, dash, dash, roar, roar!!! Like the Doc-tor said. The book’s meaningless in some parts whereas in others there’s perfectly understandable Sontaran words. But it’s all riddles.”

STUMP
“We’re not equipped with dealing with this sort of thing, Commander. The boundaries of time are not our province.”

KROND
(agitated) “Yes I know, Sergeant.”

STUMP
“It is a shame the Doc-tor couldn’t help us.”

KROND
“Yes, well what do you expect? He’s a petty interfering Time Lord. All he does is mock us. He does not understand how great the Sontaran cause is.” (Pause) “Get the troopers on parade now, Sergeant. I shall be with you shortly.”

STUMP
“Right, sir. I shall round them up.”

KROND
“Tell the troopers I’ve got something important to tell them.”

STUMP
“There’s no need, sir. Because I’ve told them already.”

KROND
(roars) “What?! You told them already?! About our mission?!”

STUMP
“Yes, sir.”

KROND
“You didn’t tell them what the mission was, did you?”

STUMP
“Yes, sir. I’m afraid I did.”

KROND
“And what they did say?” (Pause) “Well, what did they say?”

STUMP
“They’re not happy, sir.”

KROND
“That’s not good to hear.” (Pause) “Dismissed, Sergeant.”

STUMP
“Very good, sir.”

With that, Sergeant Stump leaves the office whilst Commander Krond remains in his chair. He slams his fist on the table, irritated.


SCENE #128 – INT – CLONING CHAMBER, UNDERGROUND BASE – NIGHT (2010)
Back in the cloning chamber, Melanie, Rupert and Samuel are working with Trooper Sqar whilst Andrew is still strapped inside his cubicle.

RUPERT
(agitated) “I’m fed up! I’m fed up!”

SAMUEL
“Shut it, Rupert! You’re getting on my nerves!”

MELANIE
“Don’t lose your heads, guys! We’ll get a great reward from this, I’m sure.”

ANDREW
(taunts) “You guys shouldn’t really be playing with fire, you know.”

MELANIE
(to Andrew) “Shut it, fly boy!”

ANDREW
“After what you did to my former flame, no chance.”

SQAR
“That’s enough all of you. You primitive hu-mans are so childish. Where is Kike?! He should be back by now.”

At that moment, the door slides open and the Doctor, Max and Billy enter. They carry a still-sleeping Nyssa and bring in Kike with them, who has a Sontaran blaster rifle pointed to his head by Max.

BILLY
(threateningly) “Right! Stop right there, you lot! Move over! Get away from those controls!”

DOCTOR
“Billy, be careful.”

Billy then trains his Sontaran blaster rifle on Rupert, Samuel, Melanie and Sqar.

BILLY
“Hands up! Do as I say or I’ll shoot!”

MELANIE
“Alright, alright! We’re putting our hands up!”

Rupert, Samuel and Melanie put their hands up whilst Sqar charges at Billy.

MAX
(to Sqar) “‘Ere! You Sontaran; stop! Billy said ‘put your hands up’!”

Sqar ignores Max as he fights against Billy. Billy struggles with Sqar, as they tug the Sontaran blaster rifle between them.

BILLY
“Doctor?! How do I shake this Sontaran off!”

SQAR
“You’re doomed, boy! Doomed!”

BILLY
(cries) “Doctor?! Max?!”

MAX
(realises) “The probic vent. Hit the probic vent on the Sontaran’s back! Do it now!”

Max then strikes the Sqar the Sontaran on the probic vent with his Sontaran weapon. Sqar howls and falls to the floor unconscious. Billy recovers and trains his Sontaran blaster on the others.

BILLY
(to Max) “Thanks Max.” (threateningly; to Rupert; Melanie; Samuel) “Now I’ll say it again, you sadists! Get away from those controls!”

DOCTOR
(politely) “If you wouldn’t mind.”

Rupert, Melanie and Samuel reluctantly drop their gadgets and move away from the controls.

SAMUEL
“There! We’ve moved!”

MELANIE
“Happy now?”

The Doctor then addresses Kike.

DOCTOR
“Now, young Trooper Kike. Where’s the equipment you used to brainwash my friend Nyssa?”

KIKE
“I won’t talk! I’ll never talk! I won’t talk to anyone!”

DOCTOR
“Billy? You know what to do?”

BILLY
“With pleasure!”

Billy then trains his Sontaran blaster rifle at Kike, about to fire.

KIKE
(cries) “Wait, wait.” (Pause) “It’s over there. On the table next to the male.”

DOCTOR
“Right!” (to Billy) “Billy, go over there and get the equipment. I’ll put Nyssa in one of these cubicles.”

ANDREW
“Excuse me, aren’t you going to get me out of this thing? I’m rather uncomfortable here!”

BILLY
“I’m rather inclined not to do that since you failed to look after Nyssa for me.”

ANDREW
“Selfish prig.”

DOCTOR
“Billy, please. Release Andrew, will you?”

BILLY
“Very well.”

Billy presses one of the control switches and releases Andrew. Andrew gets out of the cubicle and stands upright awkwardly.

ANDREW
“Thank you. Ooh, I feel stiff.”

MAX
“Billy and I can keep watch on this Sontaran fellow, whilst Andrew can help you sort out the de-brainwashing of Nyssa.”

DOCTOR
“Good idea. Take the Sontaran over there in the far corner, will you?”

MAX
“Right you are.”

DOCTOR
“Billy. Help Max look after our Sontaran, will you?”

BILLY
“Okay, Doctor.”

Max takes Kike in the far corner whilst Billy joins them. The Doctor meanwhile approaches Andrew.

DOCTOR
(to Andrew) “Andrew, you saw Nyssa being brainwashed, didn’t you?”

ANDREW
“Yes I did, but…”

DOCTOR
“Help me with Nyssa into this cubicle, will you?”

Andrew gradually helps the Doctor to put Nyssa into one of the conditioning cubicles, whilst Max and Billy have their Sontaran blaster rifles aimed on Kike.

MELANIE
(taunts) “Brainwash Nyssa back to normal hey, Doctor?”

SAMUEL
(taunts) “You’ll find that a very tricky thing to do.”

DOCTOR
“Nonsense. What can be done can always be undone.”

ANDREW
(eagerly) “You’re really going to try it, Doctor? Get Nyssa back to normal?”

DOCTOR
“Yes. And hopefully she won’t be thinking Sontaran.”

ANDREW
(relieved) “You don’t know how pleased I am to hear that.”

BILLY
(ruefully) “I’m sure you are.”

RUPERT
(taunts) “It’s still a very tricky thing to do.”

MAX
(to Rupert) “You mind your own business. We’ve got two Sontarans who know about cloning and brainwashing, so they can help us. Well…one Sontaran, but at least the other one will be waking up soon.”

KIKE
“I know little about brainwashing techniques.”

BILLY
(retorts) “Yeah, well you would say that wouldn’t you, Sontaran.”

SAMUEL
(taunts) “It’s still a tricky thing to do.”

BILLY
(annoyed; to Samuel) “Will you stop saying that? You’re starting to annoy me!”

DOCTOR
(to Rupert; Samuel; Melanie) “Why do you say that? Why is it so difficult?”

MELANIE
“Because how are you going to sort out saving the girl…?”

RUPERT
(finishes) “…by stopping him in the process?”

Realising what they mean, the Doctor, Billy, Max and Andrew turn to see Trooper Sqar get up from the floor and escape with the cloning chamber doors sliding open for him.

ANDREW
(cries) “No! Stop him!”

Andrew charges after Sqar, but is too late as the Sontaran’s gone out through the door. The door slides shut once Sqar is gone. Andrew slams his fist on the door, agitated.

ANDREW
“Shucks! Right under our noses!”

MAX
(realises) “Doctor! That Sontaran will tell the others! They’ll soon come after us!”

DOCTOR
“Yes. That does put us in rather a difficult position, doesn’t it?!”

BILLY
“Doctor. I suggest you sort out Nyssa’s re-conditioning and get her back to normal immediately before the Sontarans come here.”

DOCTOR
“Yes.” (Pause; thinks) “Yes of course.” (to Billy; Max) “Billy; Max! Keep watch on the other Sontaran and our three guests. We don’t want them escaping as well, do we?” (to Andrew) “Andrew, help me with Nyssa.”

ANDREW
“Yes, Doctor.”

BILLY
“Right-ho, Doctor.”

MAX
“We’ve got you covered, Doctor.”

Billy and Max train their Sontaran blaster rifles on Kike, Rupert, Melanie and Samuel whilst Andrew helps the Doctor with Nyssa.


SCENE #129 – INT – PARADE ROOM, UNDERGROUND BASE – NIGHT (2010)
In the Sontaran parade room, Commander Krond is having trouble with his troopers.

THOR
“Just when were you going to tell us about this heroic quest of yours, Commander sir?”

KROND
“I was going to tell you during the parade, Thor. I’m surprised you are dissatisfied with my decision.”

THOR
“Dissatisfied? Taking front line Sontarans for some voyage into a bizarre star system of no military value? It’s unheard of! I can’t believe my own ears!”

GOML
“That’s a bit harsh, Trooper Thor. We all knew that we were going to Althrace to create a diversion for the Rutans.”

THOR
“All the same, why does it have to be us? The first section? We want battle! We want blood in our hearts to spill to let us know we’ve died for honour!”

KROND
“And we shall, Thor. We shall. But we die when we know we have glorious time travel knowledge on our backs. That’s what this mission is for.”

HURN
(proudly) “Yes, sir. I’m honoured indeed. I have great confidence in you, sir.”

KROND
“Thank you, Corporal Hurn.”

HURN
“And even if you didn’t have any confidence in yourself sir, you wouldn’t show it. And that’s what gives me confidence.”

KROND
(baffled) “Thank you, Hurn.”

THOR
“Well, it doesn’t give me any confidence.”

At that moment, Sqar enters the parade room.

SQAR
(shouts) “Stop! Stop! Commander Krond! Commander Krond!”

STUMP
“What’s the matter, Trooper Sqar? Why aren’t you in the cloning chamber with Trooper Kike?”

SQAR
“I must speak to Commander Krond! It’s urgent!”

KROND
“What’s the meaning of this, Trooper Sqar?”

SQAR
“The Doctor’s in the cloning chamber.”

KROND
“What?!”

SQAR
“Trooper Kike left the room to fetch some tools and equipment whilst I was with Jack-son’s underling Mel-an-ie, Ru-pert and Sam-uel. He came back as the Doctor’s prisoner!”

KROND
(grimaces) “Stupid boy!”

SQAR
“There was the Doc-tor, the crackpot and the human male boy. They were carrying that alien fe-male we sent as our agent. They caught us without warning, sir!”

STUMP
“What are they doing in the cloning chamber, Sqar?”

SQAR
“They’re hoping to restore the girl to normal. To rid her of the brainwashing I personally conditioned her with.”

KROND
“Well they won’t get far. We’ll stop them. We’ll see to it that the Doc-tor doesn’t get to save his fe-male friend and ruin our plans.” (to Sontarans) “Follow me, troopers! We march for the cloning chamber! To victory!”

SONTARANS
(chants) “To victory; to victory; to victory; to victory; to victory!”

KROND
(shouts) “Onwards, troopers! For the glory of Sontar!”

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

The Sontarans march off out of the parade room, as they head for the cloning chamber.


SCENE #130 – INT – CLONING CHAMBER, UNDERGROUND BASE – NIGHT (2010)
In the cloning chamber of the underground Sontaran base, the Doctor and Andrew place the brain-conditioning device to Nyssa’s head whilst she’s asleep inside the conditioning cubicle she’s in. Billy and Max continue training their Sontaran rifles on Melanie, Rupert, Samuel and Kike.

DOCTOR
“There. Now, just give it ten minutes and we’ll see how it works with the device attached to Nyssa’s head.”

MAX
“Are you sure it’s that device, Doctor? This Kike person could have given you the wrong information on purpose.”

ANDREW
“It’s the correct headgear, Maxy. I should know. I saw it.”

DOCTOR
(to Andrew) “Andrew! You’re a technical expert, aren’t you?”

ANDREW
“I’ve got an engineering degree to prove it, Doctor.”

DOCTOR
“Well you make sure Nyssa’s well maintained before she wakes up. When she wakes, check to see if she’s cleared of all Sontaran influence.”

ANDREW
“I’ll do my best, Doctor.”

MAX
“I’m good with technology as well, Doctor. I can help out.”

ANDREW
(indicates Rupert, Samuel, Melanie and Kike) “But you’re keeping watch on them and humpty dumpty, mate.”

KIKE
(to Andrew) “Are you referring to me, hu-man?”

DOCTOR
“You take turns then, both you Max and Andrew. Then we’ll all square.”

BILLY
“Doctor, what happens if Nyssa wakes up and she’s not herself?”

DOCTOR
(thinks) “I…err…I’ll think of something. Don’t worry, Billy. I’ll think of something.”

BILLY
“But those Sontarans might get here. What are you going to do to distract them? Invite them to a cricket match?”

DOCTOR
(wryly) “You’re really full of optimism today aren’t you, Billy.”

MAX
“I’m sure the Doctor knows what he’s doing, Billy. Have patience.”

ANDREW
“Oh and you’re the expert on that are you, fatso?”

MAX
“You’ve really got a thing about my size haven’t you, young Andrew.”

BILLY
“That goes to show, Max. I’m more polite than Andrew is.”

ANDREW
(to Billy) “And you chump have got to have a go at everything I say and do. How Nyssa appreciates you more than me, I’ll never know.”

BILLY
“It’s only because you’re so pig-headed and think you’re so much better than me, that Nyssa…”

DOCTOR
(interrupts; to Billy; Andrew) “Please, will you two just stop?!”

Suddenly they’re interrupted, as the Sontarans led by Commander Krond enter.

STUMP
(cries) “There they are! Arrest them!”

HURN
(barks) “Hands up; hands up; hands up; hands up!”

The Sontarans charge in, as Billy and Max train their Sontaran blaster rifles on them.

BILLY
(threateningly) “Keep back, you trolls!”

MAX
“We’re armed here, you see?!”

MELANIE
(taunts) “Not any more! Boys, get them! Grab their rifles!”

Rupert and Samuel immediately charge at Billy and Max from behind. Billy and Max struggle with them, before having their Sontaran blaster rifles taken from them. The tables are turned as Rupert and Samuel train the Sontaran weapons on Billy and Max.

RUPERT
“Not so smart in the end, are you?”

SAMUEL
“Aye. Not so smart in the end.”

Billy and Max become annoyed once they realised they’ve been outwitted.

BILLY
(annoyed; wryly) “Oh brilliant!”

Trooper Kike meanwhile grabs onto Andrew.

ANDREW
(to Kike) “Hey! Let go of me, Mr. Spud!”

KIKE
“No chance, primitive! Not when we Sontarans have you as our prisoners!”

Trooper Sqar and Trooper Thor then grab onto the Doctor and hold him captive.

SQAR
(spits) “We’ve got you now, Doc-tor! We’ve got you now! You’re doomed; doomed!”

DOCTOR
“Do you mind not spitting in my face please?! It’s very unhygienic!”

THOR
“Move over, Doc-tor! I don’t like to warn you twice!”

The Doctor eventually moves over to join Max, Billy and Andrew. The Sontarans in the cloning chamber now have the four heroes as their prisoners. Nyssa remains asleep in the conditioning cubicle nearby. Krond then approaches the ashamed Trooper Kike who holds Andrew.

KIKE
“I’m sorry, Commander Krond sir. I was caught by surprise…”

KROND
(interrupts; to Kike) “I’ll speak to you later, boy. Join the other troopers. Don’t do anything stupid from now on.”

KIKE
“Yes, Commander.”

Sulkily, Kike goes over to join the other Sontaran troopers. Krond meanwhile approaches the Doctor.

KROND
“See, Doc-tor?! We encounter each other again at times of war!”

DOCTOR
“So it would seem, Commander.”

KROND
“And trying to rescue your young fe-male friend from our brainwashing tactics. Think yourself lucky no more, Doc-tor. Because we’ll change her back to being one of us again.”

Krond approaches Nyssa in her cubicle, about to make her ‘Sontaran’ again.

BILLY
(shouts; to Krond) “No! Get away from her! Leave Nyssa alone!”

ANDREW
(to Krond) “You lay one stubby finger on her and I’ll knock you out ‘shorty’!”

SQAR
(to Andrew) “Silence, primitive!”

KROND
(to Billy; Andrew) “Your fe-male friend is going to become one of us whether you like or not.”

BILLY
(yells) “No!!!”

DOCTOR
(insistently) “Krond, listen to me! Wait a minute! I can provide you details of Nyssa’s biological make-up if you wish to clone her.”

KROND
“We shall consider your offer, Doctor. Right after we’ve brainwashed her!”

DOCTOR
“Ah, but there may not be time for you to do that. You and your troopers have got to go off and fight Rutan armies soon. I know about your plans, you see. I’ve seen the Rutan spacecraft under Stockbridge Castle. And that is what you’ll use to divert the Rutans here. Before going off to Althrace. Now am I right, or am I right?”

KROND
“The time to send the signals to Rutan forces will be in at least two hours. There is time for us to brainwash your little friend, Doc-tor.”

DOCTOR
(boldly) “In that case…I challenge you, Krond! I challenge you…to a battle of life and death!”

KROND
“A challenge, Doctor? You offer me a challenge?”

DOCTOR
“A battle of wits! A battle of aggression! And a battle of a way of life!”

BILLY
(puzzled) “Doctor, what are you doing?”

DOCTOR
(reassuringly; to Billy) “Trust me, Billy. Trust me.”

KROND
“Very well, Doctor. I will hear your offer. Name this battle you speak of!”

STUMP
“Do you think this is wise, sir?”

KROND
“Quiet, Stump!”

DOCTOR
(boldly) “I challenge you, Krond. Krond – Commander of the Fifth Sontaran Battle Fleet. I challenge you and your troopers…to a game of cricket!”


Sting music. Roll original 1982 Peter Davison end credits.


© Tim Bradley, 2018

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