‘The Tree of Riverloth’, Part Two, Chapter 8

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8. “Morguth Lives Again!”

SCENE #63 – INT – RIVER MANIPULATOR ROOM, RIVERLOTH – DAY, NOON
It is now noontime. In the River Manipulator Room, the Melkurs fire their eye beams at the secret compartment door to open it So far, they are having little success.

SARUMANE
(frustrated) “Leave it! Leave it, Melkurs! The Doctor and his friends must be half-way through the tunnel by now. Even if you managed to melt the secret compartment door, you won’t be able to get through. The tunnel is too narrow for your stone bodies.”

MELKURS
(in unison) “What do you command us to do, Consul Sarumane?”

SARUMANE
“Await further instructions. I must see to it that more tributes are made to your master. I can’t ask Bonncere to do it now that he is dead.”

MELKURS
(in unison) “The time of our master is coming soon, Consul Sarumane. We hear his thoughts. His transfer into this world via the waters of Riverloth is to come very soon.”

SARUMANE
(astonished) “You are sure of this?”

MORGUTH (V’O)
(bellows) “Sarumane! Sarumane!”

At this call, Sarumane goes over to activate a control panel and presses a few keys on it. An eerie whir echoes in the room. Sarumane steps forward into the centre of the room.

SARUMANE
“I hear you, Great One! How may I serve you?”

MORGUTH (V’O)
(bellows) “The tributes! I want those tributes, Sarumane! My transfer is imminent. My manifestation is assured. The bodily particles of water from those victims have been essential. I still need more. I need to make my transference a success!”

SARUMANE
“It will be done, Morguth! I promise! I have already requested more tributes from the Consuls.”

MORGUTH (V’O)
(bellows) “It must be done by this afternoon, Sarumane! It must be done!”

SARUMANE
“I understand, my lord!”

MORGUTH (V’O)
(bellows) “Have the Melkurs sent to the waterfall area! My transference will take place there. The Tree will be unable to prevent my transference into this world. I shall crush the harmonious web of Riverloth! I shall commence my rule on this small planet. Riverloth will live on forever and forever!” (Pause) “Do you understand, Sarumane?”

SARUMANE
(eagerly) “Yes, yes. I eagerly await your arrival, Great One! I will send the Melkurs to the waterfall area as you request! I will also summon Proctor Glorfini! He will bring the tributes you ask for!”

MORGUTH (V’O)
(bellows) “Do these things for me, Sarumane. Or else you’ll suffer for it. I shall go to attend to my transference! To see that it is secure.”

With that, the evil influence leaves. Sarumane then turns to the Melkurs.

SARUMANE
(to Melkurs) “Well! You heard your master! Go to the waterfall area to greet him there! He will make his transference there!”

MELKURS
(in unison) “We understand. As you command, Consul Sarumane.”

With that, the Melkurs walk off and leave the River Manipulator Room. The wall slides open for them as they leave. Very soon the wall slides closed. Once they’ve gone, Sarumane turns to head out of the River Manipulator Room via the main door.

SARUMANE
“Yes! I’ll see to it Proctor Glorfini and his Fosters get the tributes I need.”

Sarumane opens and closes the door once he leaves the room.


SCENE #64 – EXT – GARDENS OF CORDOW, RIVERLOTH – DAY, AFTERNOON
Meanwhile the Doctor; Nyssa and Billy with Werna; Saloga and Milgi make their way through the gardens of Cordow to find the TARDIS.

NYSSA
“Are you sure we’re going the right way, Doctor?”

DOCTOR
“Don’t spoil my concentration, Nyssa. I need to focus!”

NYSSA
(ruefully) “I was only asking, Doctor.”

MILGI
“I don’t like it! We’ll get caught. I feel exposed in the gardens of Cordow. I know its lunch-time! But we can’t take any chances.”

SALOGA
“Milgi’s right, Werna. We can’t walk around freely like this in the garden! It’s too dangerous.”

BILLY
“Trust us, you two. The Doctor knows what he’s doing. We’ll find the TARDIS soon enough. Bear with us for a little longer.”

WERNA
“Billy’s right, you two. Stop panicking. We’ll find the Doctor’s ship!”

SALOGA
“Well, at least there aren’t any Melkurs about!”

NYSSA
“Yes. I wonder where Sarumane will send those Melkurs to next. What are inside those Melkur robots anyway? The Tree seemed anxious!”

DOCTOR
(cheers) “And hey presto! The TARDIS!”

They all look to see the TARDIS standing before them.

BILLY
(relieved) “Oh thank goodness we’ve found it!”

NYSSA
“Well done Doctor for finding it!”

DOCTOR
“Thank you, Nyssa; Billy. Nice to be appreciated.”

WERNA
(sceptical) “Hold on. This is a blue box. A small blue box.”

MILGI
“How are we supposed to get inside this thing?”

The Doctor fishes out his TARDIS key and inserts it into the lock to open the door. The TARDIS door opens inwards.

DOCTOR
“Come on, everyone! Inside the TARDIS we go!”

With that, the Doctor bundles his friends into the TARDIS. He too gets inside and closes the door behind him.


SCENE #65 – INT – TARDIS CONSOLE ROOM – N/A
Inside the TARDIS, Werna; Saloga and Milgi are instantly amazed when they see the inside of the TARDIS.

DOCTOR
(tetchy) “Yes, yes, I know. I know it’s bigger on the inside. But don’t let it bother you. Just accept it for what it is and leave the explanations out.”

WERNA
“But…but…”

MILGI
“It’s bigger on the inside…”

SALOGA
“…than it is on the outside.”

DOCTOR
(sighs; frustrated) “I did try to say it to avoid them saying it, Nyssa; Billy.”

WERNA
(astounded) “Doctor! You have an amazing ship. I’m glad Sarumane’s not here to see this. He’d tear it apart and cannibalise it to find out why it is so big inside this little blue box.”

NYSSA
“It’s dimensionally transcendental apparently.”

BILLY
“Think of it like…” (realises) “No you wouldn’t have read those Narnia books, would you? Shame.”

DOCTOR
(frustrated) “Nyssa; Billy! We haven’t got time to explain how my TARDIS is bigger on the inside than on the outside. We need to do our tasks.” (to Nyssa) “Nyssa? You do your analysis on the scans you took of the waterfall earlier today.”

NYSSA
“I’ll use one of the TARDIS labs, Doctor. The equipment should help me with conducting my analysis and examination of the water particles I scanned from my pocket tracker.”

Nyssa takes out her pocket tracker to show the Doctor.

DOCTOR
“Good; good.” (to Billy) “Billy…”

BILLY
“I’ll need somewhere to develop my photos of the emblems I saw in the River Manipulator Room and on the waterfall controls. Then I’ll compare them. Do you have a darkroom in your TARDIS, Doctor?”

DOCTOR
(happily) “As a matter of fact I do, Billy! Come with me! I’ll show you where it is! It isn’t far from the console room.”

BILLY
“Thanks, Doctor.”

WERNA
(gradually) “Hey! What about us though, Doctor? What do we do?”

DOCTOR
“Oh you three wait here! In the console room. I’m sure I’ll require your help later on whilst Nyssa and Billy are working on their tasks. I’ll need some help with assessing the Melkurs and what they’re all about.”

Just then, Nyssa cries out in pain. She stumbles to the floor. The Doctor and Billy kneel on the floor beside Nyssa.

DOCTOR
(concerned) “Nyssa, are you alright? What’s wrong?”

BILLY
(concerned; anxiously) “Nyssa? Nyssa, can you hear me?” (thinks) “Is it the Tree? Have you got contact with the Tree again?”

NYSSA
(gradually; in pain) “Yes. Yes, I can hear the Tree in my head again. Another psychic contact.” (Pause) “It warns! The Tree is giving us a warning, Doctor. It sounds urgent.”

DOCTOR
“What is it, Nyssa? What is the Tree saying?”

Moment of silence, as Nyssa listens to what the Tree says to her.

NYSSA
(gradually; in pain) “The Tree…warns us…that transference of the evil intelligence…is imminent. At the waterfall area, the Melkurs are sent to wait for his arrival.” (Pause) “Time is running out. It may be too late.” (Pause) “Beware, the Tree says. Beware.”

Eventually, Nyssa stops crying in pain. Moment of silence. Nyssa stumbles, before Billy catches her gently.

BILLY
“It’s alright, Nyssa. It’s alright.” (Pause) “You’re safe now!”

Meanwhile, Saloga and Milgi confer with each other.

SALOGA
“Perhaps we shouldn’t have worried about another secret hideout, Milgi?”

MILGI
“This sounds bad, Saloga! This could be the end of everything!”


SCENE #66 – EXT – WATERFALL, RIVERLOTH – DAY, AFTERNOON
Meanwhile, at the waterfall area, the Melkurs arrive. They stand about in a semi-circle, around the flow of water pouring from the waterfall into the river. They raise their arms and look up to the sky.

MELKURS
(in unison) “We await your orders, Great One! We stand surrounding the waterfall at the foot of the river. Give us your instructions!”

A voice from the waterfall speaks (the same voice that talked to Sarumane earlier in Scene #63).

MORGUTH (V’O)
(bellows) “The time is near. My transference is about to take place. Commence the ritual. Sing your song, faithful followers. Sing the Lament of the Melkurs. This will give me the power to transcend into your reality. In this world.”

MELKURS
(in unison) “As you command, master!”

With that, the Melkurs sing the deathly ‘Lament of the Melkur’ (as performed in ‘The Guardians of Prophecy’). Just then, the particles in the water begin to bubble and form in the river. The Melkurs’ lament makes the water bubble violently as something gets formed in the river.

MORGUTH (V’O)
(bellows) “It is beginning! My transference is now taking place! Yes! Yes! My new reign of terror can now commence! Yes! Yes! YES!!!”

The Melkurs continue singing, as the river bubbles away violently.


SCENE #67 – INT – RIVER MANIPULATOR ROOM, RIVERLOTH – DAY, AFTERNOON
In the River Manipulator Room, Sarumane gives instructions to Glorfini.

SARUMANE
“So yes, Glorfini! I want you to personally supervise the Riverlothian tributes to be sent to the induction chamber underneath the River Manipulator Room. There I will meet you with Consul Protector Rondus and Consul Galadio.” (knowingly) “You know the rest of my instructions.”

GLORFINI
(uneasy) “I’m not sure of this, Consul Sarumane. It doesn’t seem right!”

SARUMANE
“Don’t fret, Glorfini. The Tree assured me that this is the way! I saw no reason to question the Tree. Do you understand what you have to do?”

GLORFINI
(gradually) “I believe so, Consul. I escort the tributes downstairs into the induction chamber. Then I will wait for the right moment to deal with Consul Protector Rondus and his wife Consul Galadio.”

SARUMANE
“That’s right, Glorfini.” (slyly) “Don’t forget. You’ll get paid for it with a bag of gold.”

Sarumane gives a bag of gold to Glorfini. Glorfini graciously takes it from him, despite feeling unsure.

GLORFINI
“Thank you, Consul Sarumane. Most kind of you.”

SARUMANE
“My pleasure, Glorfini. Now, off you go! Don’t waste time!”

With that, Glorfini leaves. The River Manipulator Room doors slide open to let Glorfini out. Rondus and Galadio enter with the doors sliding shut.

RONDUS
(agitated) “Consul Sarumane! What is all this then? There’s been talk about it among the Fosters.”

GALADIO
“Where’s the Doctor? And our daughter Werna?”

SARUMANE
(sounds apologetic) “Consuls of Riverloth. I’m so sorry to tell you this! But the Doctor and Werna were rescued by their party of friends. I tried to stop them! But I couldn’t!”

RONDUS
“Where is Consul Bonncere, Sarumane? I can’t see him here.”

SARUMANE
“Bonncere is dead, Consul Protector.”

GALADIO
(shocked) “Dead?! Bonncere is dead, Sarumane?!”

SARUMANE
“I’m afraid so. He was killed when the Doctor and his friends escaped from this place. He was murdered.”

RONDUS
(shocked) “Murdered?! How can that be? Our Riverlothian society should not be tainted with murders. It makes us even more less like Traken society was then.”

GALADIO
“The Traken people weren’t always harmonious, Rondus. Remember their history?” (to Sarumane) “Where did the Doctor and his friends go?”

SARUMANE
“Through here. In this secret compartment door. I don’t know how to open it, I’m afraid.”

RONDUS
“Nevertheless, it leads to where they went.””

GALADIO
“We should attend to find a way to prize this secret compartment door open, Rondus!”

RONDUS
“Agreed. The sooner the better, I say.”

SARUMANE
(interjects) “Consuls of Riverloth! Before you start to embark on breaking down the secret compartment door, there’s something I want to show you two. Something downstairs in the induction chamber.”

GALADIO
“The induction chamber? Why?”

RONDUS
“Couldn’t this wait until after we’ve sorted out the Doctor and his friends?”

SARUMANE
“It is essential, Consul Protector! The assurance of Riverloth’s survival depends on it. I wished for you two Consuls to see how it works.”

GALADIO
(gradually; thinks) “I see no harm in that. Do you, Rondus?”

RONDUS
(reluctantly) “Well, no!” (Pause) “Very well, Sarumane. We’ll go downstairs to this induction chamber of yours! We’ll see what happens there. This had better be good, Sarumane. Not like last time.””

Eventually, Rondus and Galadio follow Sarumane, as they make their way downstairs to the induction chamber.


SCENE #68 – INT – TARDIS CONSOLE ROOM – N/A
In the TARDIS, Nyssa and Billy return to the console room. They meet up with the Doctor, Werna, Saloga and Milgi to tell them on the results of their tasks.

DOCTOR
(cheerfully) “Nyssa; Billy. There you are! Have you had success?”

NYSSA
“We’re about to tell you our findings, Doctor. They are most illuminating and disturbing!”

WERNA
“Go on, Nyssa. You first!”

NYSSA
“Well, I was cross-referencing the scans I collected on the water samples from the waterfall. I analysed the particles within the water to see where the malign intelligence comes from in the outer reaches of the universe.”

SALOGA
“And? What did you find, Nyssa?”

NYSSA
(gradually; disturbed) “The malign intelligence in these waters.” (Pause) “It’s connected to Traken.”

MILGI
“What?! But Traken was destroyed, Nyssa. How is that possible?”

NYSSA
“I don’t know. But the study I made on the water particles confirms that the intelligence has some Trakenite traces in it. The intelligence seems able to form itself within the waters of the waterfall. Like some direct mind-link transference. From one piece of technology to the next.”

BILLY
(realises) “With the help of the River Manipulator controls!”

NYSSA
“Yes, Billy. The River Manipulator and the waterfall controls are all connected by one technology. That must be how it got in. When Sarumane was in contact with the Tree. The intelligence let itself in.”

DOCTOR
“A definite possibility, Nyssa! The Keeper of Traken said that the Melkurs were like flies caught by honey. Perhaps this is the same for this malign intelligence found in the waterfall. When it discovered Riverloth and its Traken-like society, it homed in on the River Manipulator controls to gain access. Either with someone or with the river. Both are likely prospects.”

BILLY
“But why make that sort of a connection? Is this intelligence really evil or has it lost its way?”

DOCTOR
“That we may soon find out, Billy. The Tree warned us time’s running out.”

NYSSA
“What about you, Billy? What did you discover with your photos?”

BILLY
“Oh yes, right! Well, I developed the photos in that dark room, Doctor. It’s a definite match. The two emblems form a person inside the circle.”

DOCTOR
(sceptical) “Very interesting I’m sure, Billy…”

BILLY
(interrupts) “Except the person in the circle isn’t a man at all. It’s something else!”

Billy shows the two photos he took for everyone to see.

BILLY
“Now, see if you can compare these two photos I took of the emblem designs on the River Manipulator and the controls of the waterfall. See how they match! Look!”

Moment of silence, as everyone looks.

NYSSA
(shocked) “Goodness me! It can’t be, Doctor! It can’t be!”

DOCTOR
(realises) “It is Nyssa, it is.” (to Billy) “Well done for spotting it, Billy.”

BILLY
“I’m glad you’re beginning to see it now.”

Billy takes out a drawing he did to show the others.

BILLY
“Here! This is a drawing I did of the two emblems matched together. See what the figure in the circle looks like now, hmm?”

Moment of silence, as everyone looks.

WERNA
(realises) “The Melkur! It’s the sign of the Melkur!”

BILLY
“Yes! The two emblems form the Melkur in the centre of the circle. I’m wondering if that was put there already when the technology was built into place by Sarumane or someone else.”

NYSSA
“And whether Sarumane had deliberately intended for the intelligence to transfer from both the River Manipulator to waterfall controls. This could be done through the combination of two pieces of technology represented by the sign of the Melkur.”

SALOGA
“But why have half and half of a sign of a Melkur symbol on the River Manipulator and the waterfall controls each? It doesn’t make sense.”

DOCTOR
“It does if the intelligence was trying to form itself from the River Manipulator into the waterfall, Saloga.” (thinks) “If that was the case…”

Just then, a warning alarm blares loudly from the TARDIS console. Everybody is startled by the alarm.

NYSSA
“Doctor, that’s the proximity alarm. Something’s happening outside!”

DOCTOR
“Yes! Let’s have a look on the scanner.”

The Doctor presses a button on the console. The scanner activates as the screen rises up to reveal what’s outside.

MILGI
(realises) “It’s the Fosters! They’ve captured some civilians! They’re going to take more people to be sacrificed.”

SALOGA
“There are more civilians than usual. Sarumane must be planning something big this time with his tests.”

WERNA
(appalled) “This is insufferable! I don’t like it! I’m going to put a stop to it!”

DOCTOR
“Wait, Werna! Wait! We must do this one step at a time.” (Pause) “We’ll follow them. See where they’re going. Find out what Sarumane is up to with those innocent Riverlothians.”

NYSSA
“You said that he was using them as water supplies, Doctor. To drain the water via tubes to be put into the river so that Riverloth can survive.”

DOCTOR
(worried) “That was a theory. But then again, I could have miscalculated. Missed a hole in the jigsaw as it were.” (to Nyssa) “Nyssa! You come with me. We’ll follow those Fosters with the civilians.”

WERNA
(insistently) “I’m coming with you! They’re my people out there!”

DOCTOR
(sighs) “Very well, Werna. But stay close! Do as I tell you! Don’t go wandering off!”

WERNA
“I understand, Doctor.”

BILLY
(protests) “Can’t we all go, Doctor?”

SALOGA
“Indeed!”

MILGI
“I want to help as well.”

DOCTOR
“No!” (to Billy) “Billy, stay in the TARDIS with Saloga and Milgi. Look after them. Keep a lookout for our return. We’ll be back soon!”

BILLY
(protests) “But Doctor!”

DOCTOR
“Please, Billy! You have to trust me on this!”

Moment of silence.

BILLY
(sighs) “Very well.”

DOCTOR
“Good man!” (to Nyssa; Werna) “Come, Nyssa; Werna! Let’s get going!”

WERNA
“Right behind you, Doctor!”

NYSSA
(reassuringly; to Billy) “See you later, Billy!”

BILLY
“Yes! See you later, Nyssa! Good luck!”

NYSSA
“Good luck to you too. You Saloga and Milgi. Take care!”

With that, the Doctor activates the door controls and the interior doors open, as he; Nyssa and Werna leave the TARDIS. Once they’ve gone, Billy; Saloga and Milgi are left behind. They wait in the console room.


SCENE #69 – EXT – GARDENS OF CORDOW, RIVERLOTH – DAY, AFTERNOON
In the gardens of Cordow, the Doctor, Nyssa and Werna follow the Fosters escorting their captive civilians at a safe distance.

WERNA
“They’re being escorted to the River Manipulator Room. That’s the exterior of the course building where the River Manipulator Room is.”

DOCTOR
“Hold on Werna, hold on. There’s no door to lead into the River Manipulator Room. Not from the outside.”

NYSSA
“There is the door in the wall where the Melkurs go in, remember Doctor?”

DOCTOR
“True. But I suspect that whatever these people are for, it doesn’t take place in the River Manipulator Room, Nyssa.” (to Werna) “You remember the cell when we were in the River Manipulator Room, Werna? With those Riverlothian prisoners. It could be in another part of the court building.”

WERNA
“Yes, that is true. But I…” (thinks; realises) “Wait, wait! I remember now. There’s the induction chamber underneath the River Manipulator Room.”

NYSSA
“Induction chamber?”

WERNA
“It’s a sort of place where water is fed through the tubes of all power plants around the Riverloth planet. Sarumane maintains the feed of water in each tube from the River Manipulator controls.”

NYSSA
(surprised) “You knew about this induction chamber then, Werna?”

WERNA
“We always knew about it. Me; my friends. Even the Consuls and Fosters knew about it. It’s a minor part of the River Manipulator operation. It doesn’t mean any harm. At least I thought it didn’t.”

DOCTOR
“Does one of these tubes have a direct link to the waterfall, Werna?”

WERNA
“Yes I think so, but…” (stops; realises) “Oh! Yes! Yes, I see what you mean, Doctor.”

NYSSA
(warningly) “Doctor; Werna? Something’s happening! Look at the Fosters with those civilians.”

They watch, as the group of civilians led by the Fosters descend downstairs. The Doctor; Nyssa and Werna watch this from a distance.

WERNA
“They’re being led downstairs. Into the ground.”

DOCTOR
“To the induction chamber no doubt.”

WERNA
(realises) “Yes! Yes, that must be.”

DOCTOR
“It seems Sarumane’s tests were actually conversion processes of water into living matter.”

WERNA
“Living mater?”

NYSSA
“Of course. The reason for the malign intelligence in the waterfall. For the transfer of water drained from Riverlothians into the River. It must be a form of conversion of water into bodily matter. Since the water in the unfortunate Riverlothians are of bodily compositions.”

DOCTOR
“Sarumane is very clever to formulate these things together. With his ‘contact’ with the Tree through the River Manipulator. As well as his communication with the alien intelligence I suspect.”

WERNA
“But what does this all achieve, Doctor? What’s it for? What’s the point?”

DOCTOR
“I don’t know, Werna. But it’s all very disturbing!”

Doors closing shut echo from underground.

NYSSA
“The last of the Riverlothian civilians have gone, Doctor! The entrance to the induction chamber has been closed.”

WERNA
“By the Fosters! Of course! We can go after them then.”

DOCTOR
“No, Werna. There’s nothing we can do for those people.”

WERNA
(protests) “Nothing we can do? Sarumane could do something horrible to them, Doctor. He could easily kill them!”

DOCTOR
“All of this connects to the waterfall, Werna! On the outskirts of Cordow. I’d like to see what’s going on there now! Werna! Take us to the waterfall if you’ll please!”

WERNA
“But why?”

DOCTOR
(impatiently) “Just take us there, will you? I have a nasty feeling that something terrible is going to happen there this very instant. And I’d like to know what that is.”

WERNA
“Very well. We’ll have to move fast. It may be a job trying to find the right tunnel to the waterfall. If we’re seen by Fosters, we’ll have to go on foot.”

DOCTOR
(impatiently) “It doesn’t matter if we get caught by Fosters, Werna!”

WERNA
“Doesn’t matter?”

DOCTOR
“Very soon, Riverloth will get overthrown. I can sense it in my two beating hearts.” (insistently) “Let’s make our way to the waterfall and then…”

Nyssa then gasps in pain.

WERNA
“Hey? Nyssa?! Are you alright?”

DOCTOR
“Nyssa, what’s wrong?”

NYSSA
(gradually; in pain) “Evil! I can sense…evil in my mind.”

WERNA
“You can? How?”

DOCTOR
(to Werna) “Nyssa’s psychic abilities are kicking back into action I’m afraid, Werna.” (to Nyssa) “Nyssa, talk to me. Explain it to me. Is it the Tree doing this to you?”

NYSSA
(in pain) “No. It’s not the Tree! The Tree has become silent now.” (Pause) “The evil presence. It’s getting stronger. I can sense it now! It’s about to fully form in this world. To become corporeal.”

WERNA
“Fully form?”

NYSSA
(in pain) “I…I can sense it! The evil presence! I can hear his name.” (shocked; realises) “Doctor! I know who we’re dealing with. I know what the malign intelligence we’re facing is!”

DOCTOR
“Who is he, Nyssa? What’s his name? Answer me!”

Moment of silence.

NYSSA
(gradually) “His name…is…Morguth!”

DOCTOR
“Morguth?”

Nyssa lets out another cry of pain as she stumbles to the floor. The Doctor kneels beside Nyssa to comfort her.

WERNA
(baffled) “Who is Morguth?”

NYSSA
(agonised) “My head! He’s too strong for me!”

DOCTOR
“It’s alright, Nyssa! It’s alright. I’ve projected a mental barrier around your head with my mind. It should protect you for a little while. Don’t worry! The evil presence shouldn’t hurt you now!”

WERNA
(warningly) “Doctor! Behind us! Look!”

The Doctor looks behind them as they are seen by Foster Eyo who advances towards them.

EYO
(calls) “Stay where you are, you three! Don’t move! You’re under arrest!”

WERNA
“It’s Foster Eyo! He’s found us!”

DOCTOR
“We haven’t got time for this!” (to Werna) “Werna! Help me carry Nyssa!”

WERNA
(protests) “But Doctor…”

DOCTOR
(impatiently) “Please! Just help me!”

WERNA
“Alright!”

Werna helps the Doctor getting Nyssa onto her feet.

DOCTOR
“Good! Now! Run!”

The Doctor and Werna carry Nyssa with them, as they run for it out of their hiding place. Eyo raises his gun and chases after them.

EYO
(shouts) “Come back here! Come back here, I say! Don’t run or else I shoot! I warned you!”

Eyo opens fire. But he misses the Doctor and Werna as they carry Nyssa with them through the gardens.

WERNA
“Eyo will have more Fosters chasing after us, Doctor!”

DOCTOR
“Let them chase us, Werna! It’s vital we reach the waterfall first!”

WERNA
“Why? What’s so important about us getting to the waterfall?”

DOCTOR
(impatiently) “Because that’s where the manifestation of our enemy will take place! The manifestation…of Morguth!”

WERNA
(bewildered) “Who is Morguth, Doctor? Who is he?”

DOCTOR
“That’s the name Nyssa gave him, Werna. We’ll talk about this later!”

They keep running, carrying Nyssa between them. Eyo is on their heels.

EYO
(calls) “Fosters! Fosters! To me, Fosters! To me! I’m onto the fugitives! I’m on their tail! Come! Come!”

Eyo keeps on chasing after the Doctor and Werna with Nyssa whilst more Fosters join him in the chase.


SCENE #70 – INT – INDUCTION CHAMBER, RIVERLOTH – DAY, AFTERNOON
Meanwhile, Sarumane leads Rondus and Galadio downstairs to the induction chamber.

SARUMANE
“Through here, Consul Protector; Consul Galadio. I’m sure you will find all of this very interesting!”

GALADIO
“What is it you’ve got to show to us, Sarumane? You make it all seem very like one big surprise party.”

SARUMANE
“I’ve been conducting tests as you well know with my Riverlothian subjects. But it’s far more than that, Consuls. I’ve been…in contact…with an outside influence. An influence that will ensure the survival of Riverloth and its people.”

RONDUS
(impatiently) “What are you talking about, Sarumane?”

They then enter the induction chamber. Glorfini and his Fosters are waiting there. The Riverlothian tributes are housed in one glass container in the massive room.

SARUMANE
(glorified) “Here we are! All our Riverlothian subjects in one glass container.” (to Glorfini) “Glorfini! Is everything all prepared?”

GLORFINI
“Yes, Consul Sarumane. My brothers and I wait for your instructions.”

SARUMANE
“Good, good.” (to Rondus; Galadio) “You see, Consuls of Riverloth. I’ve been in communication with a great god. A god who will save us all.”

GALADIO
“A god?! You sound deranged, Sarumane.”

SARUMANE
“Call me what you like, Galadio. But I’ve been told that this god will save us all. He will ensure the survival of Riverloth’s people if I do what he asks of me. This means of course giving him the tributes he needs.”

RONDUS
“The tributes?! What are you saying, Sarumane?”

SARUMANE
(gradually) “These people you see before you! Their purpose is to provide the extra water supply to Riverloth’s river. To die for a good cause.”

GALADIO
(shocked) “Die?! Our people of Riverloth have died by your tests?!”

SARUMANE
“It is more than that, Consul Galadio. The god requires the life force from the people of Riverloth! At least those who are willing to give their lives.”

RONDUS
“They don’t seem willing our people, Sarumane! They look scared and terrified! And almost completely drained!”

SARUMANE
“This is all done so that our god can take over control of the river! To become our new ruler. To keep us and protect us from all danger.”

GALADIO
“Keep us and protect us? But the Tree does that already for us, Sarumane? You know that!”

SARUMANE
“Not anymore, Consul Galadio. The Tree has served its purpose. The Tree will be taken over by our new god. He will control all that flows in the river. That gives us power to Riverloth, Galadio. It is he…Morguth…who will enhance our world! To make it far better and greater than before!”

GALADIO
“We don’t need another god, Sarumane!” (Pause; gradually; horrified) “Wait a minute, Sarumane! Did you say…did you say Morguth?”

SARUMANE
“Yes! That’s right, Consul Galadio. Morguth will take over and rule over our lives.”

RONDUS
(chuckles nervously) “You can’t be serious, Sarumane. You’re joking, aren’t you?” (nervously) “Aren’t you?”

SARUMANE
“This is no laughing matter, Consuls. Morguth will manifest himself at the waterfall where the Melkurs will welcome him into existence! The tributes in the glass container will give up their lives to him and provide the last essence of life for Morguth to live. Their water will drain away…to form itself into the river…to make Morguth become corporeal.”

GALADIO
“This can’t be true! It can’t be true! You’ve lost your marbles, Sarumane. Morguth can’t have made contact with you, Sarumane. He can’t have. It’s not true! You’re not telling the truth!”

Morguth’s voice then speaks all over the room.

MORGUTH (V’O)
(bellows) “Sarumane! Sarumane, hear me! Hear your master, Sarumane!”

Sarumane presses a control on a terminal beside him. It whirs loudly, as he steps forward into the centre of the room.

SARUMANE
(out loud) “I hear you, Morguth! My master! How may I serve you?”

MORGUTH (V’O)
(bellows) “The time draws near! I am nearly in corporeal existence! Send them through, Sarumane! Send the life-force of your tributes to me! I must have complete life within me! Full transcendence!”

SARUMANE
“As you command, Morguth!” (to Glorfini) “Proctor Glorfini! Commence!”

GALADIO
(protests) “No, Sarumane! We do not give consent to this!”

RONDUS
(protests) “This has gone on long enough, Sarumane! Enough is enough!”

SARUMANE
(to Glorfini) “Proctor Glorfini! Have Consul Rondus and Consul Galadio under arrest! Prevent them from interfering!”

GLORFINI
(out loud; to Fosters) “Brothers! Arrest the Consul Protector and his wife!”

Rondus and Galadio suddenly find themselves man-handled by the Fosters as they grab hold of them. They struggle to break free. But the Fosters are too strong for them.

GALADIO
(protests) “Let us go, Fosters! Unhand us at once!”

RONDUS
(to Glorfini) “Glorfini! Have you taken leave of your senses?! What’s happened to you? Have these Fosters unhand us at once!”

GLORFINI
(apologetically) “I’m sorry, Consul Protector. I’m only obeying orders.”

GALADIO
“What?”

GLORFINI
“This is for the good, Consuls! For the good of Riverloth.”

SARUMANE
(out loud) “Stand by, Consul Protector; Consul Galadio. Watch! Watch as the transference is about to take place. The transference…of the great Morguth!” (Pause; to Glorfini) “Pull the levers, Glorfini!”

GLORFINI
“Yes, Consul Sarumane!”

RONDUS
(cries) “Glorfini, no!”

But it’s too late. Glorfini has pulled the lever and the Riverlothian victims inside the glass chamber scream for life. Their body water gets drained out of them as well as their life-force. Sarumane becomes entranced by everything, whilst Galadio and Rondus are shocked and horrified.

SARUMANE
(glorified) “So it begins! The beginning of life! For Morguth!”


SCENE #71 – INT – TARDIS CONSOLE ROOM – N/A
Meanwhile in the TARDIS, Billy, Saloga and Milgi wait in the console room. Billy gets anxious, as he paces about in the console room.

MILGI
“Please, Billy. Stop pacing about the room like that.”

BILLY
(anxious) “I can’t help it, Milgi. I don’t like it. I’m worried about the Doctor and Nyssa. I’m wondering what’s going on out there! I feel they’ve been out there for far too long. I want to know what’s become of them.”

SALOGA
“We’re worried too, Billy. About Werna. But there’s nothing we can do.”

MILGI
“Have patience, Billy. I’m sure the Doctor and Nyssa will return soon!”

BILLY
(quietly) “Well, I hope so! It’s just…I wish I was with the Doctor and Nyssa now. I feel lost without their company.”

MILGI
“There’s nothing to fret about, Billy. Just try to be calm.”

Just then, there’s a violent tremor. The TARDIS shudders violently, sending Billy; Saloga and Milgi off balance.

SALOGA
(staggered) “W-W-What was that? Was that an earthquake? An earthquake on Riverloth?”

BILLY
“Let’s check the scanner.”

Billy activates the scanner. The screen rises to reveal what’s outside. The tremors go on, as Billy; Saloga and Milgi look outside.

MILGI
(shocked) “The gardens of Riverloth are shaking. Some of the trees have fallen down. The bushes have been uprooted from the ground.”

SALOGA
“This doesn’t look promising, does it? It seems disastrous!”

Billy then activates the door control. The interior doors open inwards.

MILGI
(protests) “Billy, what are you doing? Where are you going?! The Doctor told us to stay here!”

BILLY
“I’m sorry, Saloga; Milgi. I have to find out what’s going on! If the Doctor; Nyssa and Werna are in trouble, then I must help them.”

SALOGA
(protests) “But Billy!”

BILLY
“You two stay here! You’ll be safe in the TARDIS! Once I’ve found the Doctor; Nyssa and Werna, I’ll come back for you. I promise!”

MILGI
(protests) “Don’t leave us, Billy! Come back here!”

But it’s too late, as Billy has already gone. Saloga and Milgi are left inside the TARDIS.


SCENE #72 – EXT – GARDENS OF CORDOW, RIVERLOTH – DAY, AFTERNOON
After stepping out from the TARDIS, Billy runs through the gardens of Cordow to try and find Nyssa; the Doctor and Werna. He stops running for a moment and pauses for breath.

BILLY
(sighs; to himself) “Billy, why couldn’t you have stayed in the TARDIS? Why couldn’t you have taken Saloga and Milgi with you to help you find Nyssa; the Doctor and Werna?”

Moment of silence.

BILLY
(sighs) “Oh well. Hopefully I won’t be out here for too long. The hard part is trying to find out where Nyssa; the Doctor and Werna could have got to.” (Pause; thinks) “They could have gone to the waterfall of course. But how do I get there?”

Billy then walks on further to find any clues to search for his friends.

BILLY
“Hang on a minute. Look for footprints, Billy. That might help you!”

Billy looks on the ground to find footprints belonging to the Doctor; Nyssa and Werna. Eventually…

BILLY
“Aha! Here they are! That’s more like it!”

The earthquake tremors happen again. Billy falls off balance before he lands against a tree beside him. Billy looks at the footprints again.

BILLY
“I’ll have to move fast. Let’s hope I’m still alive before I find Nyssa; the Doctor and…”

Billy is about to move on, before he spots something else on the ground.

BILLY
“Hang on! Those footprints next to the Doctor; Nyssa and Werna’s. They’re not their footprints! They’re…”

Suddenly, stony footsteps echo close by. Billy looks up to see Melkurs advance towards him.

BILLY
(frightened) “They’re footprints belonging to statues. To Melkurs!”

Billy backs away, as the Melkurs advance on him.

BILLY
(cries) “Stay back you lot! Please! Don’t come any closer!”

The Melkur open fire with their eyes at Billy. Billy dodges the Melkurs’ firepower, as he falls to the floor against a pile of rocks in the garden. Billy tries to look away, as the Melkurs approach.

BILLY
“Must not look into their eyes! Must not look!”

The Melkurs advance closer to him.

BILLY
(disturbed) “Please! Please! Leave me alone! I need to find my friends!” (panics) “Why don’t you just go away?! Go away, I tell you!”

MELKURS
(in unison) “You are not one with the Melkurs. With Morguth! All shall perish! Those who are enemies of Morguth shall die! Die, enemy of Morguth! Die! Look into our eyes!”

Billy backs away against the rocks, not looking into their eyes, as the Melkurs advance towards him.

MELKURS
(threateningly; in unison) “Look in our eyes!”

BILLY
(pleads; cries) “No! Please, go away! Go away! GO AWAY!!!”


SCENE #73 – EXT – CLOSE TO WATERFALL, RIVERLOTH – DAY, AFTERNOON
Close to the waterfall area, Foster Eyo and his brothers are still in pursuit of the Doctor; Nyssa and Werna. They stop in their tracks, realising that they’ve missed their fugitives.

FOSTER #1
“We’ve lost them, Foster Eyo! We’ve lost them!”

EYO
“Yes.” (thinks; to Foster #1) “You! Take your brothers up the hill on the right there! See if you can find them there!”

FOSTER #1
“Right!”

EYO
“The rest of you! Follow me! Down the hill here!”

One group of Fosters run up the hill, whilst the other group led by Eyo run off down the hill to search for their fugitives. Once they’ve gone, the Doctor; Nyssa and Werna come out of hiding behind a rock mound.

DOCTOR
“It’s alright. They’ve gone!”

NYSSA
“Thank goodness for that rock mound which we found. I’m glad it concealed us from the Fosters!”

WERNA
“We’ll have to keep moving! Those Fosters will come back here for us any minute! We may not be so lucky next time.”

DOCTOR
(realises) “Look! Look, you two! Down there! Do you see? Down there! At the bottom of the river! At the waterfall there!”

Nyssa and Werna look and see to what the Doctor is pointing at. The Lament of the Melkur echoes from a distance.

NYSSA
“The Melkurs! They’re standing around the waterfall in a semi-circle. Chanting some kind of chant. Or singing an evil song.”

WERNA
“I’ve never heard anything like it! How can the Melkur do these things! They’re just robots!”

DOCTOR
“There’s more to these Melkurs than they appear, Werna. And I know what that song is, I’m afraid. It’s the Lament of the Melkur!”

NYSSA
(shocked) “The Lament of the Melkur?”

DOCTOR
“Yes.” (Pause) “Come on, Nyssa; Werna! Down we go! To the foot of the river! To the waterfall. We must find a way to stop the Melkurs from whatever they’re doing!”

NYSSA
“Doctor, we can’t stop the Melkurs. They’re dangerous. They’ll kill us!”

DOCTOR
“We have to get down there, Nyssa! There’s no alternative! Come on! Down we go!”

Nyssa and Werna follow the Doctor, as they make their way down the hill.


SCENE #74 – EXT – WATERFALL, RIVERLOTH – DAY, AFTERNOON
Eventually, the Doctor; Nyssa and Werna arrive where the Melkurs are standing in the semi-circle surrounding the waterfall. The Melkurs still sing their lament.

WERNA
(exhausted) “Well! Now that we’re here, what do we do now? How do we stop them? What is this song they’re singing? The Lament of the Melkur, you said?”

NYSSA
(exhausted; realises) “I remember now. On Traken, I was told about the Lament of the Melkur! It was a psychic influence! A call to summon the other Melkurs. To search for their master and for evil.”

WERNA
(stresses) “But these Melkurs aren’t real! They’re robots! How can they be calling for evil when there’s no life or soul in them?”

DOCTOR
“But there are souls in them, Werna! The Tree told us! There are evil entities inside those Melkur robot bodies. Just what those entities are is the question.”

NYSSA
“They’re dangerous! The way they use those Melkur robot bodies.”

The water in the river now bubbles violently as the Melkurs sing their lament, it goes faster and louder.

WERNA
“Hey! There’s something in the water! Something’s forming in the river!”

DOCTOR
(realises) “Oh no! It’s too late! We’re already too late!”

NYSSA
“You mean that the malign intelligence…”

DOCTOR
“…is forming into corporeal existence. Sarumane must have used the body water of those captured victims for his induction chamber sooner than expected.”

WERNA
(complains) “We should have done something to save those people!”

DOCTOR
“Nothing can stop the transference now. The manifestation of this being.”

As the evil intelligence nearly forms in the river, the Fosters, led by Eyo, arrive. They train their weapons on the Doctor, Nyssa and Werna.

EYO
(barks) “Stay where you, you three! Don’t move! You’re under arrest! You’re enemies of Riverlothian society!”

WERNA
(cries) “Foster Eyo! Don’t you see what’s happening?! See the Melkurs?!”

EYO
(barks) “Silence! You’ll all have the chance to defend yourself, until…”

DOCTOR
(frustrated) “For pity’s sake, Foster! Look! See for yourself!”

NYSSA
“There’s an evil intelligence forming into corporeal existence in the River!”

EYO
(barks) “I don’t think…” (realises) “Oh! Oh my!”

NYSSA
(horrified) “It’s horrid! I can see it now! It’s becoming…formed. It looks like…like a living corpse. But rotting and decaying. Like the Master.”

DOCTOR
(distressed) “There’s nothing I can do. I’m so sorry, Nyssa; Werna.”

WERNA
(scared) “Who is he, Doctor? What…what is…that thing?”

Finally, the evil being comes into existence. The horrible creature growls and gurgles, as he breathes the air of Riverloth into his lungs. The Melkurs stand back and worship the evil creature as he walks slowly towards the Doctor; Nyssa; Werna and Eyo with his Fosters. He struggles to speak, before talking in a rasping; guttural; horrible voice.

MORGUTH
(bellows) “I live! Yes! I…Morguth…disciple…of Malador…live! Morguth lives again! My servants! The Melkur! Have found me! They…have brought me here! They have set me free!!!”


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© Tim Bradley, 2016

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6 thoughts on “‘The Tree of Riverloth’, Part Two, Chapter 8

  1. Timelord 007

    Arrrrrgggggghhh naughty Tim with the cliffhanger tease, is it the Master or not?

    Great episode this, fast paced pulpy sci-fi drama, i like how Billy’s using his photography to aid the Doctor, poor Nyssa’s mind is attacked again & the Doctor is running around trying to save everyone.

    The draining of the tributes was terrifying & brilliantly written as i sensed there helplessness, this story is really building up great drama & Riverloth has a eerie haunting atmosphere which reminds me of a Tim Burton gothic type adventure.

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  2. Tim Bradley Post author

    Oh really! Sorry I didn’t mean to be naughty. I didn’t realise that I’d still be keeping you guessing about whether it’s the Master or not with Morguth. 😀

    I’m very pleased you enjoyed ‘Part Two’ of ‘The Tree of Riverloth’. I’m glad you’re finding this fast-paced so far. Pulpy?! 😀

    I’m pleased you like how Billy gets to use his photography skills in this story. That’s sometimes something I forget about when I’m writing Billy, but it’s always nice to write those moments when he’s using a camera. The thing with Billy I wanted to get across was that he had a visual and photographic memory. It’s a shame that he get attacked by the Melkurs at the end isn’t he?

    Yes poor Nyssa does get mentally attacked again I’m afraid. But at least like Billy, she’s able to use her scientific skills to work out things about the evil intelligence in the water of the river and the waterfall, isn’t he? Wonder how she knows about Morguth then?

    Yes the Doctor is pretty good running around on Riverloth isn’t he and with Nyssa and Werna to join him. What do you think when the Doctor, Nyssa and Werna discovered the Melkurs at the foot of the waterfall and singing the Lament of the Melkur to summon Morguth into existence, whilst being chased by Eyo and the Fosters.

    I’m glad I terrified you about the drainage of the tributes on Riverloth and that you found it well-written. I’m glad you find this building up to a great drama and that ‘The Tree of Riverloth’ has an eerie haunting atmosphere. I never know when I’m writing my stories exactly how it’s going to turn out. Interesting you found this a Tim Burton gothic type adventure (not that I saw any when I wrote this). Any one in particular?

    Thanks Simon. Hope you enjoy reading ‘Part Three’ next!

    Tim. 🙂

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  3. Timelord007

    The tree I find it reminds me of the tree in Sleepy Hollow & has this haunting misty look to it lol, when the Melkurs were singing I literally had goosebumps I thought Tims done his homework here.

    When i say ‘Pulpy’ i meant it captures that old school 60’s type of classic sci-fi, a engaging story with depth & brilliantly written characters, you do write great fully rounded characters my friend way way better than Moffat does, if you took over Doctor Who on tv I’d be a very happy fan.

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  4. Tim Bradley Post author

    Thanks Simon.

    Thanks for sharing that info about the Tree reminding you of the one from ‘Sleepy Hollow’. That’s interesting to hear. I’ve not seen that movie but I’ll take your word for it about the haunting misty look to it. 🙂

    I’m glad I gave you goosebumps about the Melkurs when they were singing. I enjoyed writing that scene and it was good to check up on what the Lament of the Melkur was all about when researching for this story.

    Thanks for explaining to me about what you meant by ‘pulpy’. It’s not a word I’ve come across before, but I’m glad you find this story captures a 60s type of classic sci-fi adventure so far. I’m pleased you find my ‘Doctor Who’ stories engaging and that you like the characters and how they’re written.

    Tim. 🙂

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  5. IWishIHadATardis

    Hi TIm

    Another great chapter in the story!

    It’s all getting very exciting now, with Sarumane’s evil plan coming to fruition, just as the Riverlothians realise what he’s doing, and Morguth becoming corporeal. Who and what is he, and what does he want!? My goodness, and what’s going to happen to Billy?

    I thought the scene where Morguth is calling out to Sarumane was a bit reminiscent, in a very good way, of Morbius where he calls out to Solon.

    I did notice in #67 there’s an error where Galadio asks “Where is our daughter Galadio?” instead of Werna.

    Excellent stuff, Tim, I’m looking forward to the next chapter and the resolution of the cliffhanger!

    Leigh

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  6. Tim Bradley Post author

    Hi Leigh.

    Very pleased you enjoyed reading ‘Part Two’ of ‘The Tree of Riverloth’. Glad you enjoyed reading Chapter 8 of this story and how things are getting heated up for the Doctor, Nyssa and Billy with Sarumane and Morguth.

    I’m very pleased you enjoyed that cliff-hanger where Morguth becomes corporeal and comes into existence by the Melkurs and the water. It was exciting and scary for me to write, as I’m sure it was exciting and scary for you to read. Who Morguth is and what he wants will be unveiled later on in the story I’m sure. I’m sure you’ll find Morguth a terrifying villain to read. Yes poor Billy! It doesn’t look good for him with those Melkurs coming for him is it?

    Oh really?! Well thank you for that, Leigh. I’d watched ‘The Brain of Morbius earlier this year in October. I didn’t re-watch the story for ‘The Tree of Riverloth’, but it’s interesting how you compared Morguth and Sarumane with Morbius and Solon. Very interesting indeed. 😀

    Thanks for noticing the error in Scene #67, Leigh. I shall amend to that right away. 🙂

    Very pleased you enjoyed ‘Part Two’ of ‘The Tree of Riverloth’, Leigh. I look forward to hearing from you in ‘Part Three’ of the story, which I’m sure you’ll enjoy.

    Many thanks.

    Tim. 🙂

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