‘Chieftain’s Caves’, Part Three, Chapter 12

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12. Reunions

SCENE #118 – INT – POWER CHAMBER, CHIEFTAIN’S CAVES – DAY, AFTERNOON
Back in the power chamber of the Chieftain’s Caves, Macmillan manages to break through the rock cave wall with his pick-axe. A number of gemstones then fall out from the rock cave wall.

MACMILLAN
“There you are, Doctor! Take your pick! Your treasure trove awaits you!”

DOCTOR
“Yes! Well done, Mr. Macmillan! Thank you!”

The Doctor kneels down to pick up the gemstones from the ground. Billy comes round to join him.

BILLY
“Those are the gemstones you’re looking for, Doctor?”

DOCTOR
“Yes! They’re definitely the kind of energy source required for this Gallifreyan technology to work the planet Scotland into existence!”

BILLY
“Very fascinating, I’m sure! But what does all this mean? Surely other sources of power keep the planet alive as well as jewels! Water, for example! Or even gas or firepower!”

DOCTOR
“Oh they’re just the subsidiaries! Sources of power that are to be expected on this planet! No, no! This gemstone I have here in my hand, makes this whole planet tick as well as for another planet I care to mention that we visited earlier!”

BILLY
(surprised) “What, you mean…Junglos?”

DOCTOR
“Exactly!” (Pause) “Petranite! That’s what this stone’s called!”

BILLY
“Petranite?”

DOCTOR
“It’s a common gem found in the mines of Gallifrey from long ago! It was used to detect time cone wave particles in the fabric of space-time! But Salvador apparently has upgraded this stone for a special purpose!”

BILLY
“Or deadly.”

DOCTOR
“It could well be that as well, Billy.”

CARI
(apathetically) “You both seem to know what you’re talking about.”

BILLY
“I only got the gist of it, Cari. The Doctor can explain in greater technical detail that I can hardly understand!”

DOCTOR
“You understand when Nyssa explains it, Billy!”

BILLY
“Ah but Nyssa is Nyssa, Doctor! She explains things beautifully and clearly!”

BUCHANAN
(frustrated) “Look, will you two stop blethering and tell us what we’re going to do now? We’ve found the source of power…but we don’t know what to do with it!”

MACMILLAN
“Aye! What shall we do, Doctor?”

Moment of silence.

DOCTOR
“Nothing!”

BUCHANAN
(appalled) “Nothing?! Are you mad, man?”

BILLY
“Nothing as in…not stop Henry MacDonald, Doctor?”

DOCTOR
“No! Nothing as in doing nothing for the time-being! Think of something else!”

CARI
“Are you saying you don’t know what to do either, Doctor?!”

DOCTOR
“No! I’m just saying we should walk out of here and leave the power chamber! I need time to think about these things and figure out how to deal with Salvador!”

BILLY
“We could be too late, Doctor. Couldn’t we just smash this lot and be on our way? Then we can look for Nyssa and get back to the TARDIS, can’t we?!”

DOCTOR
“You don’t understand, Billy.”

BILLY
“Tell me something I don’t know.”

DOCTOR
“This is Time Lord technology! Blow a hole in it and you get a massive cosmic implosion! Not to mention an entropy field that can swallow matter both flesh and earth!”

BUCHANAN
“Are you two going to stop jabbering and let us be on our way?!”

MACMILLAN
“I agree with James here! If we’re going to get out, let’s get out while we can!”

Suddenly, an angry monster roars ferociously as the Doctor, Billy, Cari, Macmillan and Buchanan hear it approaching.

CARI
(scared) “And let’s get a move on! That’s the sound of a monster approaching!”

BILLY
“It’s that ogress! I know it by the sound of her roar! We’ve been attacked by her once already!”

MACMILLAN
“You’re right, Billy lad! It is the ogress! She’s come to eat us!”

DOCTOR
“Come on! Let’s move!”

But it’s too late. Before the Doctor and company get a chance to leave, the horrific ogress enters and lumbers towards them.

BUCHANAN
“There she is! She stands before us at the entrance to the power chamber!”

CARI
(panics) “Help! Oh dear noble lords of Racta, help us!”

The ogress roars again as she advances closer to the Doctor and company.

DOCTOR
“Is there anyway we can distract it somehow?”

BUCHANAN
“Not unless you have bagpipes on you and sing the right tune to her!”

BILLY
“I threw an oil lamp in her face earlier, Doctor! I wish I still had it!”

The ogress growls as it lunges forward to make an attack.

DOCTOR
(cries) “Everybody! Run for it! Quick!”

The Doctor and company separate from each other as the ogress lunges forward into the power chamber. The ogress misses her prey, as the Doctor and the others scatter in the chamber.

DOCTOR
(calls) “Billy! Billy, over here!”

BILLY
“I’m coming, Doctor!”

Billy runs over to where the Doctor is as they make to head towards the left out of the power chamber. Meanwhile, Macmillan and Buchanan head for the the right out of the power chamber.

MACMILLAN
“Lassie! Mrs. Cari, get over here!”

Cari makes a run for it to where Macmillan and Buchanan are. Just then, the ogress gets up from the ground and is about to turn back to where the others are. The ogress roars once she sees them.

CARI
(cries) “Quick! She’s coming back!”

DOCTOR
(calls) “Mr. Macmillan; Mr. Buchanan! Take Mrs. Cari with you! I’ll look after Billy!”

BUCHANAN
(calls) “Aye, Doctor! We’ll do that!”

DOCTOR
(calls) “We’ll catch up later on!”

MACMILLAN
(calls) “Good luck, Doctor! We’ll see you later!”

DOCTOR
(to Billy) “Come on, Billy! Run!”

BILLY
“But where are we going?!”

DOCTOR
“Don’t argue, Billy! Come on!”

With that, the Doctor drags Billy off with him. They head out through the exit of the power chamber on the left. Meanwhile the ogress turns her attention on Cari, Macmillan and Buchanan.

CARI
“Mr. Macmillan; Mr. Buchanan! We must go after the Doctor and Billy! We can’t abandon them!”

MACMILLAN
“There’s no time, lassie! Come on! We must go over here before that beastie gets to us!”

CARI
“But what about the Doctor and Billy?! They’ll get lost!”

BUCHANAN
“They’re big lads, Mrs. Cari! They can take care of themselves! Let’s move!”

With that, Macmillan and Buchanan take Cari with them as they head off through the exit of the power chamber on the right. Meanwhile, Iona the ogress follows on after them. She grunts and growls as she makes her way out of the power chamber. Once the place is empty, nobody realises that a little power surge occurs. Iona has somehow managed to break a piece of equipment onto the floor and it slowly sparks.


SCENE #119 – EXT – GREAT GLEN, SCOTLAND – DAY, AFTERNOON
At the foot of the entrance to the Chieftain’s Caves, the Middle-Age Scots battle against the Jacobean Scots. They fight for different causes and from different perspectives. Both sides are weakening, but from each side the soldiers are still determined and keep on fighting.

DUNCAN
“Hamish! Hamish, I can’t keep this up! They’re too strong for us!”

HAMISH
“Never give in, Duncan! Remember that they stole our homes and raped our wives! We’re Scottish and we want freedom!”

DUNCAN
“Yes! Freedom!” (shouts) “Death to the English! Death! Death! DEATH!!!”

Hamish and Duncan continue fighting with their troops against their opponents. Meanwhile the Jacobean forces do the same.

EWAN
“Where did they get these men from, Alistair?! I’ve never seen men like these at Fort William! Or anywhere else for that matter!”

ALISTAIR
“They’re strong for certain, Ewan! They’re not like any Redcoats I’ve come across before! But we must keep going!”

EWAN
“Aye! That we must!”

ALISTAIR
(cries) “Fraoch Eilean!!!”

Alistair and Ewan join in the battle as they fight for their lives on the battlefield outside the caves.


SCENE #120 – EXT – GREAT GLEN, SCOTLAND – DAY, AFTERNOON
Whilst the Scottish armies fight on the battlefield, Gussie and Lucy Mackintosh with their gathering watch the battle’s progress on top of the eastern hills of the great glen. Gussie and Lucy are mortified as they watch and see, shocked at the display below the hills.

LUCY
(mortified) “How much longer is this going to take, Gussie?”

GUSSIE
“As long as Henry MacDonald wants it to last, I expect. He’ll take every chance he has to see a glory so bloody before him!”

LUCY
“I want to search for my daughter again!”

GUSSIE
“I know that you do, my dear Lucy. But we must keep to our agreement! We can’t turn back now!”

LUCY
(angrily) “Agreement?! If it hadn’t been for you, our daughter wouldn’t be missing and we wouldn’t be having this battle of countless lives being wasted! And they’re out of time completely!”

GUSSIE
(disturbed) “I didn’t expect it to be as serious as this! MacDonald assured me it would be harmless and that little blood would be shed! How can I have been so gullible?”

LUCY
“That’s MacDonald for you, dear! He’d say anything to get his way!”

GUSSIE
(sorrowfully) “It’s my fault! I know that! This is all my fault! All those men’s deaths would be on my conscience!”

LUCY
(compassionately) “Oh, my darling Gussie! I didn’t mean to be so unreasonable to you. I just…I’m worried about Iona.”

GUSSIE
“Yes.” (Pause) “Well…when she gets home when we do, I hope to give her a good spanking!”

Gussie and Lucy embrace as they comfort each other in a warm hug. As they cuddle each other, they see Henry laughing jovially on the other side of the hills at the west.

LUCY
(appalled) “Look at him! See that man laughing away as if he were enjoying himself! Does he not care about the outcome of this battle?! That he’ll be responsible for so many dead men lying on the ground in front of his precious caves?!”

GUSSIE
“If we ever get out of this alive, I vow to make vengeance on that son of a MacDonald! I vow most reverently!”


SCENE #121 – EXT – GREAT GLEN, SCOTLAND – DAY, AFTERNOON
While Gussie and Lucy watch at their end, Henry and Hugo laugh heartily as they see the battle progress below from the top of the west hills of the great glen. They drink glasses of malt, holding them in their hands. They clash their glasses with each other to make a toast.

HENRY
“Cheers, Hugo!”

HUGO
“Here’s to you, Henry!”

HENRY
“Oh no, Hugo! Here’s to Scotland!”

Henry and Hugo then drink their glasses of malt whilst watching the battle continuing down below.

HENRY
(contented) “Ah! This is more like it! The glory of old battles of Scotland’s great past coming back to haunt us! I’m so honoured to be a witness to all this!”

HUGO
“It’s a shame Maggie can’t be with us!”

HENRY
“Of course! That would be splendid! If Maggie were here, she would stand out as the best wife of any MacDonald, rather than the wife of the dull-mannered Mackintosh!”

HUGO
(concerned) “I don’t like the way our side’s progressing, Henry. It seems as if the Mackintosh side has the winning hand!”

HENRY
“Not to worry! The era of William Wallace never faltered! If Bonnie Prince Charlie can keep up with protecting Scotland’s status as a free nation, why can’t William Wallace and his men?!”

HUGO
“Only time will tell, Henry.”

HENRY
“We need not worry about time, Hugo! That’s just the ticket!” (Pause) “Once all this is over, I hope to do a bit more fishing with my rod and walk the dogs! Can’t decide which yet! There’s always the choice of telling Scottish tales to little children back at the castle when we MacDonalds have that special party we’re going to be having!”

HUGO
(realises) “Henry?”

HENRY
“Of course there’s your land demonstration of your property to Mr. Roid, Hugo! Making sure we have no interference from anyone who I care to mention, we can have that property sold to Roid in an instant!”

HUGO
(insistently) “Henry, listen!”

HENRY
(realises) “Which reminds me! Where is Roid anyway?” (calls) “Roid? Roid, my man?! Roid?! Roid?!”

But Ches of Roid is nowhere to be seen.

HENRY
“Where is he? Where’s he gone? Where’s Roid?”

HUGO
“That’s precisely what I was about to tell you ,Henry! Mr. Roid’s disappeared!”

HENRY
“Disappeared?! Disappeared where?!” (calls) “Roid! Roid, where are you?!”

HUGO
“I’ve no idea where Roid is, Henry! But I’ll say this! I hope he doesn’t stumble into the battlefield! He could easily get caught; shot or even killed!”

Henry, Hugo and the MacDonalds look about themselves as they wonder where Ches of Roid has gone to.


SCENE #122 – EXT – GREAT GLEN, SCOTLAND – DAY, AFTERNOON
Back on the battlefield at the foot of Chieftain’s Caves, Alistair and Ewan retreat behind a small rock to take a rest. Alistair has been severely wounded. Ewan attends to Alistair’s wounds whilst the other Scots fight it out on the battlefield.

EWAN
(concerned) “Your arm, Alistair! It’s bleeding heavily!”

ALISTAIR
(disoriented; in pain) “Thank you, Ewan! I’m pretty sure I knew that!”

Alistair grimaces whilst Ewan attempts to clear some of the blood away.

EWAN
(concerned) “I’ve managed to get most of the blood cleaned up. But you’ve lost a lot! Do you think you can walk?!”

ALISTAIR
(irritably) “Shut up, Ewan! Of course I can! Let’s get into that battle whilst the going’s good!”

EWAN
(apprehensively) “You can’t go back in there with your arm sewn like that! You won’t be able to fight well with one clean arm and a sword!”

ALISTAIR
“There’s no such word as ‘won’t’, Ewan! We must keep it up! I have to go back in!”

EWAN
“Rest for a while, Alistair! You’re not ready yet!”

ALISTAIR
“Don’t be such a softie, Ewan! This is Scotland’s freedom we’re talking about!”

EWAN
(realises; astonished) “Hold the thought a minute!” (Pause; cries) “Look, Alistair! Look up there!”

ALISTAIR
“What is it, Ewan?!”

EWAN
(cries) “Look! There’s somebody coming down the hill on the west side! He looks all peculiar! He’s not any English Redcoat I’ve ever seen before!”

ALISTAIR
(gradually; realises) “I see him now! He’s wearing strange outstanding clothes! He’s also carrying some kind of box!”

EWAN
“Shall we take a chance to meet him?!”

ALISTAIR
“We may as well, Ewan! It could be an enemy spy of the English! One we Scots have never laid our eyes on!” (Pause) “Come on! Let’s chance to meet it, you and I!”

EWAN
“Right behind you, Alistair!”

ALISTAIR
“Let’s sneak away quietly whilst nobody’s watching!”

With that, Alistair and Ewan sneak their way around the back of the rock. They use stealth to follow the person they’ve just spotted coming down the hill.


SCENE #123 – EXT – CAVE ENTRANCE, CHIEFTAIN’S CAVES – DAY, AFTERNOON
It happens to be Ches of Roid who uses his communicator to contact his people. He makes a dash towards the right-hand side of the entrance to the Chieftain’s Caves. He attempts to avoid being spotted by the Scots on the battlefield as he switches on his communicator, about to send a message back to his people at home. A whirring sound echoes from his communicator as Ches presses a button to speak into it.

CHES
(through communicator) “This is Ches of Roid calling High Council on Racta Moon! Come in! This is Ches of Roid calling High Council on Racta Moon! Come in!”

Ches waits to receive a response on his communicator. No response ensues. He presses a button onto the communicator again.

CHES
(through communicator) “Racta Moon? Racta Moon, come in! A battle between two armies of Scotsmen has already taken place! How much longer are you going to be, if you are sending ships?!”

Ches waits again to receive a response on his communicator. Still no response. Ches then sighs as he puts his communicator away.

CHES
“They must be still far away! Unless they haven’t received my message at all! I was certain they would receive it!” (Pause) “This is bad, Ches! Very, very bad! Your wife’s gone and now a battle’s taking place which you were supposed to prevent happening! I don’t know how worse it can get!”

Suddenly, Ches gets jumped on from behind as he’s caught by Alistair and Ewan.

EWAN
“Got you, Redcoat! A Chisholm never died without a fight yet!”

Ches struggles to break free whilst Alistair and Ewan manhandle him.

CHES
(shouts) “Unhand me, you two! Unhand me at once you ruffians, or I’ll…”

Ches then gets his mouth covered up as Alistair and Ewan bound and gag him.

ALISTAIR
“That’s enough of that! We won’t have you screaming like a little girl to call your English friends along!”

CHES
(muffled) “I’m not a little girl!”

EWAN
“What shall we do with him, Alistair?! Shall we take him back to our men?”

ALISTAIR
“No! Let’s take him into the caves! No-one will follow us in there!”

EWAN
(fretfully) “I’d rather not go in those caves if it’s all the same to you…”

ALISTAIR
(interjects) “Come on, you coward! Let’s get into those caves whilst we can! We’ll take this one with us! Come on!”

Alistair and Ewan then drag a bounded and gaged Ches with them. They make their way to enter the Chieftain’s Caves.


SCENE #124 – EXT – GREAT GLEN, SCOTLAND – DAY, AFTERNOON
Back on top of the west hills of the great glen, Henry and Hugo see Alistair and Ewan drag Ches with them into the Chieftain’s Caves.

HUGO
“Henry! Henry my man, did you not see?!”

HENRY
“What it is, Hugo?!”

HUGO
“Look over there! Two Jacobeans down at the entrance to the caves! They’ve taken our man Roid!”

HENRY
(shocked) “What?! No it cannot be! Roid captured by the Jacobites!”

HUGO
“There’s more, Henry! They’re taking him into the caves with them!”

HENRY
(shocked) “I don’t believe my eyes! This can’t be happening!” (Pause) “No doubt I’ll have a few words to say to Mackintosh about this one!”

HUGO
“What I can’t fathom is why go inside those caves when the Jacobeans know what dangers await them?!”

HENRY
“And why have they taken our man Roid with them?! Answer me that!”

Henry and Hugo ponder on these questions as they watch Alistair and Ewan entering the Chieftain’s Caves and take Ches with them.


SCENE #125 – INT – WEST SECTION, CHIEFTAIN’S CAVES – DAY, AFTERNOON
Meanwhile with Cari, Macmillan and Buchanan, they run somewhere in the west section of the Chieftain’s Caves. They escape from the ogress that’s chasing them. They pant as they run and come to a halt at one of the archways in a cave-like corridor, puffed out and exhausted.

MACMILLAN
(breathlessly) “I…I…”

Macmillan then coughs out for breath.

BUCHANAN
“What are ye trying to say, Alan? I’m all puffed out to even hear what you say!”

MACMILLAN
(breathlessly) “I haven’t been running like this for a long time! We must have given chase from that beastie by now!”

CARI
“I don’t like it, Mr. Macmillan! That monster was as large as life and I’d rather not like to take any chances!”

BUCHANAN
“Aye that I would agree with you, Mrs. Cari! But we can take a little rest since the beastie’s not in hot pursuit!”

A terrible roar echoes as they hear the ogress coming closer.

CARI
“I beg to differ, Mr. Buchanan!”

MACMILLAN
(insistently) “Come on! Around the corner! Let’s see what lies before us!”

They make to move on as they run around the corner before…

BUCHANAN
(cries) “Wait! Stop, you two!”

CARI
“What is it, Mr. Buchanan?!”

BUCHANAN
“There’s something following us!”

MACMILLAN
“Aye! The ogress, remember?!”

BUCHANAN
“No, no! I saw a blur right before me! Didn’t you see?! There’s something right in front of us!”

MACMILLAN
“You’re imagining things, James! Come on!”

But before they can move on again, something jumps in their way. Macmillan cries startled as he falls back onto the ground. Buchanan and Cari kneel down to help Macmillan up.

CARI
(concerned) “Why, Mr. Macmillan?! Are you injured?”

MACMILLAN
(reassuringly) “I’ll be fine, Mrs. Cari! Just a little winded and startled! But everything’s alright!”

CARI
“Let me help you up to your feet, dear Mr. Macmillan!”

With that, Cari helps Macmillan up onto his feet as he dusts himself off.

MACMILLAN
“Thank you, Mrs. Cari! I really appreciate that!”

BUCHANAN
(apprehensively) “Look, you two! Do you not see?!”

CARI
“What is it, Mr. Buchanan?”

BUCHANAN
(apprehensively) “There standing before you! The merriest fairy who served the King of the Fairies when he was summoned on midnight frolics and performed merry dances; races and exploits!”

MACMILLAN
(realises) “You mean…”

BUCHANAN
“Yes, Alan! Red Bonnet!”

Cari, Macmillan and Buchanan look to see Red Bonnet before them. Red Bonnet steps forward and does a merry dance before them.

CARI
“He’s not saying much!”

BUCHANAN
“Red Bonnet does nay speak, Mrs. Cari! He only communicates in song, dance and other forms of merriment!”

MACMILLAN
“What do you think he’s saying then, James?”

BUCHANAN
“Oh he’s just harmless, Alan! He’s playing a little tune on his lute as well as doing his little dance!”

Red Bonnet plays a tune on his lute whilst he dances around Macmillan, Buchanan and Cari.

CARI
(nervously) “You say he means no harm, gentlemen?”

MACMILLAN
“Queer tales are spoken about him from people in village neighbourhoods! They tell them out of love for him and his friends!”

BUCHANAN
“He’d be more likely to steal our fish such as salmon in order to satisfy his tiny little appetite when he lurks about in a forest or a cave!”

CARI
“But we don’t have any salmon on us, Mr. Buchanan!”

BUCHANAN
“Just as well.” (to Red Bonnet) “So you can’t play any mischief on us, can you?!”

MACMILLAN
“I wouldn’t be so sure of that, James! For one thing he just nicked your wallet when you weren’t looking when he danced around you!”

Buchanan then checks his coat pocket to realise that his wallet has been stolen. He looks up to see Red Bonnet holding the wallet and shaking it in his hand with mischief.

BUCHANAN
(agitated) “You…you little fiend! Give me back my wallet!”

Red Bonnet however doesn’t comply with Buchanan’s wishes as he approaches him.

BUCHANAN
“Now come now! I’ve been having a rough day today! And I wish not to lose my cool with anyone! Especially with a fairy!”

A ferocious roar then echoes close by. Cari trembles at the sound of the roar.

CARI
(nervously) “Can we worry about your wallet later, Mr. Buchanan? From the sound of things, that ogress is getting closer! And she’s not very happy!”

Red Bonnet plays a little tune on his lute, whilst the ogress roars again. This worries Cari, Macmillan and Buchanan out of their wits.


SCENE #126 – INT – SOUTHERN SECTION, CHIEFTAIN’S CAVES – DAY, AFTERNOON
Still in the caves, far away from Cari, Macmillan and Buchanan, the Doctor and Billy make their way through the southern section. They’ve been walking for some time and have no idea where they are.

BILLY
“Fine time for us to get lost, Doctor!”

DOCTOR
(abjectly) “We’re not lost, Billy!”

BILLY
“Then where are we?”

DOCTOR
“I don’t know.”

BILLY
“Exactly! So we must have come the wrong way!”

DOCTOR
“I don’t know where we are yet! This wasn’t the way we came in! It’s not leading us back to Eilean Donan Castle!”

BILLY
“Cari and the others must have gone another way! I hope they’ll be alright! Especially Cari!”

DOCTOR
“Yes. Well in the meantime, what are we to do? We can’t go back!”

BILLY
“Why not? Don’t you know how to shut off those contraptions in that power chamber?”

DOCTOR
“It’s not as simple as that, Billy. You can’t disable a couple of loose wires like that from the huge mainframe as huge we saw! It has to be disabled mentally!”

BILLY
“Mentally? You mean…that room of wonders can only be shut down by use of thought? Not word and mouth?”

DOCTOR
“No! Word and mouth would be rather concrete for something as that! This is more abstract!”

BILLY
“Don’t Time Lords depend on gizmos and gadgets?”

DOCTOR
“On some occasions, Billy. But this is where thought and matter are combined together! When somebody thinks of something in his or her head, the technology used can place that thought into a real-life object. A straight-forward complex of mathematical calculations to contrast a block-transfer computation.”

BILLY
“Right, I didn’t get that last bit! So you’re saying the things we think of are what make this planet go…ping?!”

DOCTOR
“Exactly! One wonders how Salvador managed to install such complex technology into a planet structure as this! One wonders how he did it for Junglos! It must have taken him a life-time’s work!”

BILLY
“This Salvador guy intrigues me more and more, Doctor. I wish you’d told me about him!”

DOCTOR
(reassuringly) “All in good time, Billy. Come on! We’ve had our rest! Let’s see if we can get out of here!”

BILLY
“With no idea where we’re going? What about that monster?!”

DOCTOR
“Oh it’s likely we won’t encounter it if we go straight! Besides, I’m suspecting that monster’s not real if Salvador created it!”

BILLY
(hushes) “Ssh! Hush, Doctor!”

DOCTOR
(puzzled) “What is it, Billy?!”

BILLY
(quietly) “Look! Over there! There’s somebody approaching! See those shadows?”

The Doctor and Billy look to see shadows approaching around the corner. Footsteps approach closer to them.

DOCTOR
(quietly; intrigued) “Oh yes! I see them now! Two shadows by the look of it!” (Pause) “I suppose we’d better hide somewhere!”

BILLY
(quietly) “Too late! They’re coming around the corner now!”

The Doctor and Billy anticipate apprehensively as two newcomers come around the corner in the dark cave.

DOCTOR
(apprehensively) “Shine your torch-light on them, Billy! Then we’ll see who they are!”

Billy does so as he switches his torch on and shines the light on the two figures approaching them.

BILLY
(calls; nervously) “Halt! Who goes there?!”

NYSSA
(amazed) “Billy! Is that you?!”

BILLY
(surprised; overjoyed) “Nyssa?! It’s you! You’re actually here!”

It is Nyssa and Jeremy who’ve entered. Nyssa and Billy run over to meet each other. They embrace in a warm hug, reunited with each other.

NYSSA
(relieved; overjoyed) “Oh, Billy! Thank goodness you’re alright! Long time no see, hey?”

BILLY
(overjoyed) “I thought I’d never see you again! I was so worried about you!”

NYSSA
(realises; astonished) “Doctor?!”

DOCTOR
(cheerfully) “Hello, Nyssa!”

NYSSA
(relieved) “Oh, Doctor! I’m glad to see you too! You managed to find Billy then!”

DOCTOR
“Yes! I found him in the centre of the caves! Quite literally, when I was exploring my way through! I knew you’d be pleased to see Billy when I found him.”

JEREMY
“Nothing like a happy ending is there, Doctor?”

DOCTOR
“No, Jeremy. Nothing.”

NYSSA
(realises; astonished) “Billy, why aren’t you wearing socks on your feet?!”

BILLY
“You’re a one to talk, Nyssa! In your bare feet and all!”

JEREMY
(realises) “Centre?! Did you say you found the centre of the caves, Doctor? You managed to find the source of my father’s power then?”

BILLY
(puzzled) “Nyssa, who is this guy?”

NYSSA
“Oh! This is Jeremy, Billy! Jeremy has been looking after me ever since we’ve been in these caves!”

BILLY
“I see.”

DOCTOR
(impatiently) “Very glad to be reunited with you, Nyssa; Billy and Jeremy! But I feel we must press on!”

JEREMY
“Press on with what for heaven’s sake? The battle’s already started! There’s nothing we can do to stop it!”

NYSSA
“We saw it happen, Doctor! They’re fighting out there! Scotsmen in kilts from both sides, Mackintosh and MacDonald! It’s a battlefield out there and it’s going to get even bloodier if we don’t stop it!”

DOCTOR
“The battle’s not the issue, Nyssa! The caves are the important thing!”

NYSSA
(shrewdly) “More important than saving people’s lives, Doctor?!”

DOCTOR
“Billy and I have found the source of power holding this planet in tact, Nyssa! Or more accurately, we’ve found Salvador’s source of power!”

BILLY
“You’re going to try and find Salvador, aren’t you?!”

DOCTOR
“That’s the idea. If I can persuade him to stop this madness once and for all, or find a way to catch him out and weaken his power, I might be able to shut down the power chamber and stop the blood bath!”

NYSSA
“We saw Salvador out there on the battlefield with the Scots, Doctor! He was manipulating the Scots to fight each other! A psychic link to their minds!”

DOCTOR
“And that’s how he controls the power source using his mind! Come on! Let’s go and find him!”

SALVADOR
(chillingly) “There’s no need to look any further, Doctor! I’m already here before you!”

The Doctor, Nyssa, Billy and Jeremy become startled by Salvador’s sudden appearance before them in the caves.

SALVADOR
(chillingly) “And there’s nothing you can do to dissuade me from my purpose or shut down my power!” (laughs) “You see, Doctor! I’m always watching…and listening!”

Salvador laughs out loud with evil intent as he stands before the Doctor, Nyssa, Billy and Jeremy proudly and cruelly with contempt.


SCENE #127 – EXT – GREAT GLEN, SCOTLAND – DAY, AFTERNOON
Back outside the Chieftain’s Caves, the battle continues between the Middle-Age Scots and the Jacobean Scots. Henry and Hugo debate about Ches of Roid’s sudden capture by Alistair and Ewan of the Jacobeans as they stand on top of the western hills.

HENRY
“This is very serious, Hugo! We must see to it that our friend Roid is rescued at all costs! Even if it means screwing our own skins!”

HUGO
“How are we going to do that then?”

HENRY
“We must call a parley with our neighbouring enemies over there on that hilltop!”

HUGO
(hesitantly) “Do you think we should, Henry?! We have made threats to them before! Do you think they’re going to accept our request for a parley?”

HENRY
“They must agree!”

HUGO
“What exactly is it we parleying for then?”

HENRY
“Just leave everything to me, Hugo! I’ll sort it all out!”

HUGO
(insistently) “Well let just me say this, Henry! If you’re going to ask for a parley with the Mackintoshes, I suggest you’d be diplomatic!”

HENRY
“I’m always diplomatic, Hugo!” (calls; to Gussie) “Mackintosh! Hear me!”

GUSSIE
(calls; from a distance) “What do you want, MacDonald?!”

HENRY
(calls) “Now listen here, Mackintosh! I wish to make a parley with you! Even though it goes against the grain to do so!”

HUGO
(mutters) “Oh yes. I’m sure that would have done it!”

GUSSIE
(calls; from a distance) “A parley you say, MacDonald?”

HENRY
(calls) “We want our man Roid back! And we want him now!”

LUCY
(calls; from a distance) “We don’t have any of your men on our side, you vicious fiend! Stop bullying us!”

HENRY
(calls) “Now look! This is no time for bandying words! We saw two of your Jacobean Scots take one of my men captive into the caves! We saw it happen!”

GUSSIE
(calls; from a distance) “Well, what do you expect us to do about that?! We don’t deal with the actions of our own forces!”

LUCY
(calls; from a distance) “Just as much as you don’t deal with giving us our daughter back in return!”

HENRY
(calls) “I do not have your daughter, woman!”

GUSSIE
(calls; from a distance; angrily) “Don’t you call my wife a ‘woman’, MacDonald!”

HENRY
(calls; scoffs) “I can call her a ‘woman’ if I want to! After all! That’s what she is, isn’t she?! A woman!”

HUGO
“Henry, I think this has gone far enough!”

HENRY
(snaps) “You mind your own business, Hugo!”

Just then, spaceships with super-sonic engines flies overhead. Everyone, including the Scottish soldiers, look up to see the spaceships overhead. The Scottish soldiers stop fighting on the battlefield, distracted by the spaceships in the sky.

HENRY
“What’s that?! Up in the sky?!”

HUGO
“It looks like…space-ships!”

Instantly, the spaceships pound down the Scottish soldiers; the MacDonalds and the Mackintoshes with firepower. They shoot in all directions, firing constantly. The Scottish soldiers shout and scatter as they run for their lives.


SCENE #128 – EXT – GREAT GLEN, SCOTLAND – DAY, AFTERNOON
Meanwhile, Gussie and Lucy run for their lives from the eastern hills of the great glen.

LUCY
(cries) “We’re being attacked, Gussie! By gunmen up in the sky! What do they think they’re doing?!”

GUSSIE
(shouts) “We must run for it, Lucy dear! Come on! Let’s get moving while we can!”

With that, Lucy and Gussie run off to find a place of safety.


SCENE #129 – EXT – GREAT GLEN, SCOTLAND – DAY, AFTERNOON
Henry and Hugo meanwhile continue looking up at the sky to see their unexpected attackers.

HENRY
(astonished) “I recognise that insignia on one of their ships, Hugo! It’s from Roid’s planet! The Racta Moon insignia! He showed it to me! I know it’s them!”

HUGO
(puzzled) “I wonder why Roid’s people should attack us!”

HENRY
(angrily) “Oh it makes me so angry when I find our day’s victory has gone wrong! I was hoping for a good fight today!”

Henry fumes with anger as he and Hugo continue looking up at the sky to see the Racta spaceships continuing to pound the planet Scotland with their firepower.


SCENE #130 – INT – SOUTHERN SECTION, CHIEFTAIN’S CAVES – DAY, AFTERNOON
Back inside Chieftain’s Caves, the Doctor, Nyssa, Billy and Jeremy hear the pounding firepower by the Racta spaceships from outside whilst they’re with Salvador.

NYSSA
“That doesn’t sound like swords clashing outside! That’s the sound of atomic weapons or laser rays!”

SALVADOR
(menacingly) “It’s too late now, Doctor! The power of Salvador shall be forever lasting and you can’t break me from my purpose! The power chamber and everything connected to me will never falter!”

DOCTOR
“Evil can be destroyed, Salvador! And I’ll stop you whatever your misguided mind may suggest!”

SALVADOR
(bitterly) “Evil?! You consider me evil, Doctor?! That’s something new when it comes to what you and your people did to me!”

DOCTOR
“You’re not listening to me, Salvador! Stop this now before countless lives are wasted!”

SALVADOR
(bitterly) “And you think I care about pitiful lives like the ones you keep in your company?!”

JEREMY
“Watch your tongue, you devilish scoundrel!”

NYSSA
“There’s no good in harming people’s lives, Salvador! You’re being malicious for the sake of your own personal revenge! Can’t you just stop and think about the harm you’re causing?!”

SALVADOR
(defiantly) “I am Salvador and my word is law! I shall have my own way and nobody else will interfere with it!”

DOCTOR
“Like the boy you always were, Salvador! Even though you have grown up! Can’t you just grow up for once and show a little compassion?!”

SALVADOR
“Pah! I’m more proud of my victory of humiliating you, Doctor!”

DOCTOR
“Come on, Nyssa; Billy; Jeremy! We’ll find a way to shut down the power chamber ourselves if we must! Salvador’s obviously lost his will to reason!”

SALVADOR
“You’re too late, Doctor! Far too late! As you and your friends stand in these caves, your mind’s thoughts are already being processed by the power generators! As Henry’s version of Scotland has been created in his own mind, so can the thoughts of your mind become reality!”

BILLY
“Pardon?”

SALVADOR
“Whatever you’re thinking…whatever things you’re thinking of right at this moment, the power chamber can give you all that you wish to see happen!”

DOCTOR
(urgently) “Nyssa; Billy; Jeremy!”

NYSSA
(apprehensively) “Doctor, what is it?!”

DOCTOR
(urgently) “Don’t think up anything! Keep your minds blank!”

BILLY
“How can we keep our minds blank?! We might just…”

DOCTOR
(sharply) “Do as I say, Billy! All of you don’t think of anything! You’ll easily submit to Salvador’s power!”

JEREMY
(bewildered) “What are you blethering on about now, man!”

SALVADOR
(laughs) “You’re too late, Doctor! Always too late!”

DOCTOR
(realises) “Salvador, what is it you’ve done?!”

SALVADOR
“Me, Doctor?! It’s what one of your friends has done!” (bitterly) “You will regret you ever set eyes on me when I was a boy, Doctor! And you’ll regret ever stepping into these caves!”

DOCTOR
“Salvador, stop it and tell me what you’ve done!”

NYSSA
(realises; troubled) “Doctor! There’s a river here! In this cave! That wasn’t there before, was it?!”

JEREMY
“That’s no river, lass! It’s a loch!”

BILLY
(realises; panics) “Oh no! Doctor, Salvador said that the power chamber can read our minds and put thoughts into reality!”

DOCTOR
“Yes, Billy! Why do you ask that?!”

BILLY
(panics; despairs) “Oh no! What have I done?!”

NYSSA
“Billy, what’s wrong?! What did you just think of?!”

BILLY
(despairs) “Oh, Nyssa; Doctor! I’m so sorry!”

Just then, a huge creature slowly rises up out from the loch in the cave. The Doctor, Nyssa, Billy and Jeremy turn to see the monster as it makes a gurgling, squelching sound whilst it surfaces up from the loch.

NYSSA
(astonished) “It’s a creature! A giant, scaly, elongated creature!”

JEREMY
(cries) “Aye! A monster! A Loch Ness monster is here with us! In the Chieftain’s Caves!”

DOCTOR
(agitated; to Billy) “You thought of the Loch Ness monster, Billy! Why?! What for?!”

BILLY
“I’m so sorry, Doctor! But when Salvador mentioned that the power chamber produced thoughts into reality, the first thought just came into my head! I couldn’t help it!”

NYSSA
(cries) “Look out! It’s coming straight for us!”

The Loch Ness monster screeches and roars out loud as it lungs forward towards the Doctor and company.

DOCTOR
(shouts) “Everyone! Duck! Now!”

JEREMY
“It’s going to be the death of us!”

SALVADOR
(laughs; mockingly) “You can’t escape your end now, Doctor! Not now that Nessie has got you!”

Salvador laughs away out loud mockingly and menacingly, whilst the Loch Ness monster lunches forward to attack the Doctor, Nyssa, Billy and Jeremy in the caves.


Sting music. Roll original 1982 Peter Davison end credits.


© Tim Bradley, 2017

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