‘Chieftain’s Caves’, Part Two, Chapter 5

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5. Tampered Heritage

Roll original 1982 Peter Davison opening credits


REPRISE

NYSSA
(disturbed) “Doctor, those Scottish armies! They’re dying out there! And Mr. and Mrs. MacDonald aren’t doing anything about it!”

DOCTOR
(disturbed) “Yes Nyssa, but I’m afraid that’s not the issue! The issue is the time and place of those battles!”

NYSSA
(puzzled) “What do you mean?”

DOCTOR
“Look at the screens, Nyssa! The Battle of Falkirk between Wallace’s Scottish army and the English is taking place! But so is the Battle of Falkirk Muir between the Jacobean Scots and the Redcoats!”

NYSSA
“So?”

DOCTOR
“Look carefully, Nyssa! Look closely at those screens!”

Nyssa looks closely at the video screens as the Doctor tells her to. Moment of silence ensues.

NYSSA
(gradually; realises; shocked) “The two battles, Doctor! I can see on the video screens! They’re happening now! Both the battles are happening this very minute! On the same battlefield! The same battlefield of Falkirk Muir!”

DOCTOR
(grimly) “Yes, Nyssa! The twelve ninety-eight Battle of Falkirk is happening…but so is the seventeen forty-six Battle of Falkirk! In the same place…and at the same time!” (Pause) “This is definitely contradicting the laws of history!”

The Doctor and Nyssa continue watching the video screens, as the two battles between the Scots of Wallace against the English and between the Jacobean Scots against the Redcoats occur at the same time that evening on the battlefield of Falkirk.


SCENE #46 – EXT – FALKIRK MUIR, SCOTLAND – DAY, EVENING
The activity on the Falkirk battlefield gets intense. The Scots from 1298 are winning the Battle of Falkirk on their side, killing Englishmen left; right and centre. They behead heads and stab Englismen with spikes and swords. Hamish and Duncan cheer among the Scottish soldiers to glorify their victory.

DUNCAN
(cheers) “We’re winning! We’re winning, Hamish! The English are beaten! Freedom for Scotland!”

HAMISH
“Wallace convinced those elders of Scotland to be brave-hearted! Now we shall have our chance! We shall make the English pay!”

DUNCAN
“There are still enough English men for us both!” (cheers) “Wallace! Wallace! Wallace!”

HAMISH
(cheers) “Wallace! Wallace! Wallace!”

Duncan and Hamish cheer Wallace’s name as they join the others to fight against the English forces. Not so far away, the Redcoats are wining over the Jacobean Scots. Alistair and Ewan struggle in the fight as they’re bewildered and astonished.

EWAN
(bewildered) “These Redcoats cannot beat us, Alistair! They just can’t!”

ALISTAIR
(astonished) “I was certain that Bonnie Prince Charlie knew what he was doing! Now we’re all doomed!”

EWAN
(determined) “Well…a Chisholm never died without a fight for honour! And this is not going to be a disappointment for me!”

ALISTAIR
(determined) “Not for me either, my good friend!” (cries) “Fraoch Eilean! Fraoch Eilean!”

Ewan and Alistair charge forward as they make one last stand against the Redcoats.


SCENE #47 – INT – BARTIZAN, EILEAN DONAN CASTLE – DAY, EVENING
Back in the Bartizan tower of Eilean Donan Castle, the Doctor and Nyssa continue to watch the progress of the two battles occurring on Falkirk Muir.

NYSSA
“Doctor, the battle down south seems promising! The Scots are winning over the English!” (disturbed) “But the battle up north doesn’t look too good! A few Scots are being…beheaded. They’re overrun!” (Pause) “This isn’t supposed to happen, Doctor! I can see it by the look on your face!”

DOCTOR
(appalled) “This is wrong! This is historically, morally and callously wrong! And…they put all this up for show!”

NYSSA
(gradually) “The outcome for these battles were different according to Earth history, weren’t they? The Scots down south were meant to lose their battle of Falkirk; whereas the Scots up north were meant to win theirs. I’m right aren’t I, Doctor?”

As the Doctor and Nyssa watch, Henry MacDonald; Hugo Kilwhillie and Ches of Roid look on excitedly with Maggie uninterested.

MAGGIE
(uninterested) “How long are you going to watch this for, Henry? I’m getting cold out in the open in this tower!”

HENRY
(cheers) “There you go! Go to it, lads! Beat them! Give those English hell!”

HUGO
“The Jacobeans aren’t doing so well! They’re losing!”

HENRY
(saddened) “Ah! Shame about those Jacobites! That’s what you get when Mackintoshes choose the wrong army to fight for them!” (glorified) “Not like us MacDonalds! We chose the proper army, didn’t we?! To fight for Scottish freedom!”

CHES
(delighted) “Thank you for letting me watch these battles, Henry! They’ve been well worth waiting for!”

As Henry, Hugo and Ches watch the battles, the Doctor with Nyssa goes over to address Jeremy.

DOCTOR
(agitated) “Jeremy?! What’s the meaning of this?! How come those Scottish troops are winning their Battle of Falkirk in twelve ninety-eight and why the others are losing theirs in seventeen forty-six?!”

JEREMY
“I don’t have anything to do with this, Doctor! I don’t even want to discuss it!”

DOCTOR
(insistently) “Your Scottish history has been tampered with, Jeremy! And I think you know something about it!”

JEREMY
“It’s just some petty feud!”

NYSSA
“What is?”

JEREMY
“A challenge! Civil war between two clans! The MacDonalds and the Mackintoshes! We have the Middle Age Scots and the Mackintoshes have the Jacobean Scots!”

DOCTOR
“And you have the Battles of Falkirk from both eras in the same place! And the two Scottish armies re-living their winning and dying moments! Changing the rules as you go!”

NYSSA
(horrified) “That’s barbaric! Watching men dying and taking entertainment out of it?!”

The Doctor then goes over to address Henry MacDonald.

DOCTOR
(agitated) “Excuse me, Chief MacDonald!”

HENRY
(irritably) “Be quiet, sir! The battles progress! Can’t you see?!”

DOCTOR
(agitated) “That’s precisely what I wanted to talk to you about! These battles must be stopped!”

HUGO
(shocked) “What?! And prevent our lads from fighting for Scottish independence?! For their freedom?!”

NYSSA
(protests) “They’re not fighting for their freedom, are they?! They’re dying out there! You can see the red on the fields! It’s growing worse!”

DOCTOR
(pleadingly) “Please, Mr. MacDonald! Have some mercy on those men! If you don’t, I shall take a high-handed manner in this and bring my objections…”

HENRY
(interrupts) “You dare to threaten a Scottish laird?! A man who has fought all of his life against those who challenge him! My father speared fifteen Mackintoshes in a loch, man! I warn you! I have strength ten times more than my father’s!”

DOCTOR
(seriously) “I’m serious, Chief MacDonald! Those men are dying and you’re letting it happen!”

HENRY
(proudly) “War is about death, Doctor! That’s what war is! Otherwise why wouldn’t we have it?!”

DOCTOR
“I strongly abhor warfare, Mr. MacDonald!”

HENRY
“Then you’re not a true Scotsman! You should be hanged! Taken back to the dungeons!”

NYSSA
(horrified; protests) “You can’t just condemn us to death like that! War should never be glorified!”

HENRY
(to Hugo) “Hugo! Fetch Stevie up here!”

HUGO
“Right, Henry!”

CHES
“I’d like to come with you!”

MAGGIE
(interrupts) “Wait a minute, Henry!”

HENRY
“Wait?! Why wait, dear? If we must hang them, we must do it quickly!”

MAGGIE
“We’re not going to hang them, Henry dear!”

HENRY
(shocked) “What?! Not hang them! But we must! They’re against our traditions and our ways! The traditions of Scotland!”

MAGGIE
“They’re guests here, Henry! And we shall treat them as guests! They have not committed any crimes against us!”

HENRY
(protests) “But surely didn’t you hear…?”

MAGGIE
(interjects) “Remember our pact, Henry? Our pact?!”

Moment of silence.

HENRY
(grunts; realises) “Oh…oh yes.” (clears throat) “Very well.”

MAGGIE
(to Doctor; Nyssa) “My husband has agreed not to hang you after all, Doctor; Miss Nyssa.”

DOCTOR
(gratified) “Thank you, Mrs. MacDonald!”

Hugo and Ches seemingly groan.

HENRY
“I know! Shame! I was eager for some noose to be pulled!”

NYSSA
(shrewdly) “I’m glad we’ve disappointed you.”

MAGGIE
(to Doctor; Nyssa) “Henry will let you spend the night here at our castle. Won’t you, Henry?”

HENRY
“What?!” (realises) “Oh.” (moans) “Yes, yes. I suppose so.”

NYSSA
(sternly) “Don’t put yourself out, Mr. MacDonald. We won’t stay if you don’t [want us to…”]

DOCTOR
(interjects) “That’s very kind of you, Mrs. MacDonald. We really appreciate your hospitality!”

NYSSA
“Yes, Mrs. MacDonald! Thank you!”

Just then, Toker enters.

MAGGIE
“Ah! There you are, Toker! Will you escort the Doctor and Miss Nyssa to their rooms? I assume they are ready?”

TOKER
“Yes, madam. I prepared them adhering to your instructions.”

HENRY
(shocked) “Maggie! You had no right! Not without my consent…”

MAGGIE
(ignores Henry; to Doctor; Nyssa) “Toker will take you to your rooms now!”

But before Toker leads them away…

NYSSA
(realises; concerned) “Doctor! Look!”

DOCTOR
(disturbed) “I see it, Nyssa! The battlefield’s empty!”

NYSSA
(concerned) “But where did the soldiers go?”

They look to the video screens as the Doctor and Nyssa see the Falkirk battlefield empty.

HUGO
“Ah! Look up there, Henry! The battles have finished! Didn’t last long, did they?!”

HENRY
“No they didn’t, Hugo. Annoying isn’t it, when you’re enjoying yourself? And when you’re rudely interrupted!”

Henry and Hugo grimace and grumble.

NYSSA
(quietly) “They’re so callous, Doctor! Have they no compassion?”

DOCTOR
(quietly) “I know, Nyssa! But did you see the difference when the battles finished?”

NYSSA
(quietly; puzzled) “Pardon?”

TOKER
(interrupts) “Excuse me, sir; madam. This way to your rooms!”

DOCTOR
“Of course! Thank you, Toker.” (to everyone) “Goodnight everyone!”

NYSSA
(quietly; puzzled) “Doctor, what did you mean when you said…?”

DOCTOR
(quietly) “Later, Nyssa! I’ll tell you later.”

With that, the Doctor and Nyssa follow Toker and leave the Bartizan.

HUGO
“Well…I must make tracks for bed myself. Oh that reminds me…” (to Henry) “May I have a word with you in the billeting room, Henry? There’s a little matter I wish to discuss. It concerns you as well Mr. Roid.” (to Ches) “So join us if you’d like to, Ches…”

CHES
(delighted; to Hugo) “Oh thank you, Lord Kilwhillie! I certainly will!” (to Henry) “With the laird’s permission of course!”

HENRY
(to Ches) “Of course! You and Hugo go down to the billeting room, Ches! I’ll be with you in a moment! Help yourself to the decanter!”

Hugo and Ches leave the Bartizan as they head off for the billeting room.

JEREMY
“If you’ll excuse me, Father.”

HENRY
(interjects; bitterly) “Oh no you don’t, my son! We have quite a fair amount to talk about!”

MAGGIE
“Henry, please!”

JEREMY
(frustrated) “Father, I’m tired and I’m going to bed!”

HENRY
(threateningly) “Just remember who you are, son! A MacDonald! Next in line, remember!”

JEREMY
“Goodnight, father!”

With that, Jeremy leaves the Bartizan. Henry grunts as he goes and leaves the Bartizan too. Maggie is left behind.


SCENE #48 – INT – TENT, FALKIRK MUIR – DAY, EVENING
Meanwhile, Cari has just told Billy what’s been happening in Scotland between the MacDonalds and the Mackintoshes and their civil war.

BILLY
(shocked; appalled) “You’re using Scottish soldiers from the past to take part in these…these tournaments?! So that two clans can fight each other?!”

CARI
(protests) “It’s got nothing to do with me! It’s Henry MacDonald…of the Clan MacDonald…and laird of Eilean Donan Castle that runs the game!”

BILLY
(horrified) “Game?! This isn’t a game! This is…this is…oh what’s that word people use when they talk about killing a lot of people?” (realises) “Massacre! That’s it! Massacre!”

CARI
“It’s not as if there’s really any actual killings, Billy! Henry MacDonald’s not like that!”

BILLY
“Mr. Macmillan and Mr. Buchanan seem to think otherwise! They believe Scotland is under the tyrannical rule of this Henry MacDonald! And this…slaughter of Scottish soldiers may be proof of that!”

CARI
“No! That can’t be true!” (Pause) “Please let’s not argue over this, Billy! I understand your distress! But I don’t have the answers to these questions you ask!”

BILLY
(gradually) “No. No, I suppose that’s fair enough.” (sighs) “I wish we could get away from here! With those guards outside, it’s hard to tell whether we can!”

CARI
(intrigued) “Did you say…those guards were guarding the front?”

BILLY
“Yes.”

CARI
(quietly) “Well…would they be guarding the back of this tent then? Because I haven’t seen anyone at the back here from where I’m sitting!”

Moment of silence.

BILLY
“Now there’s a thought! Crikey! Why didn’t I think of that?” (Pause; realises) “Hey! Look! There’s a little hole in that tent! Let’s see if we can tear it open!”

Billy tugs on at the tent that has a hole in it. He begins to tear it open. Very soon, a tearing noise echoes.

CARI
“Is it tearing?”

BILLY
“Yeah! It’s slowly coming apart!”

Billy tears the hole in the tent wider as he manages to rip a larger hole in it. He eventually stops tearing the hole in the tent. Billy and Cari are now able to go through the hole.

CARI
(pleased) “You did it! You’ve managed to break it open! Let’s go through!”

BILLY
(apprehensive) “No! Wait a minute! Let’s check nobody’s about first!”

With that, Billy takes a peek out through the hole in the tent. He pops his head through the hole of the tent to see if anybody is there. Cari waits patiently before Billy tugs her.

BILLY
“It’s all clear! Come on! Let’s go while we have the chance!”

CARI
“Right behind you!”

Billy heads out of the tent with Cari following him.


SCENE #49 – EXT – FALKIRK MUIR, SCOTLAND – DAY, EVENING
Outside, Billy and Cari walk around the side of the Jacobean camp to find a way to escape.

CARI
“That was too easy! I would have thought the Scottish would have posted a guard to prevent us escaping that way!”

BILLY
“Well obviously they didn’t, so let’s just be thankful that…”

Billy then trails off and stops in his tracks. Moment of silence ensues.

CARI
“Billy, what is it?” (Pause) “Billy, are you alright?”

BILLY
“Listen!”

Another moment of silence.

CARI
“I can’t hear anything!”

BILLY
“Exactly! There’s no sound of a battle! No guns; no swords clashing! Not even the cry of Scotsmen dying or cheering!”

Billy then makes his way towards the front of the tent. Cari follows him.

CARI
(aghast) “Billy! You’re making for the front of that tent we were just in!”

BILLY
“Yes! I want to check something!”

CARI
“You don’t want us to get captured again, do you?!”

Billy and Cari eventually arrive at the front of the tent and stop at the entrance.

BILLY
(realises) “Cari! The guards are gone!”

CARI
“What?”

BILLY
“See?! We could have easily got out without going through that hole we tore up! One wonders how we couldn’t hear anything whilst we were inside that tent!”

CARI
(thinks) “Perhaps they’ve gone for a tea break!”

BILLY
“Guards don’t have tea breaks, Cari! The Scots wouldn’t leave their prisoners!”

CARI
“But they must be around here! They can’t have just gone!”

BILLY
“Look around you, Cari! We haven’t seen any Scotsman around here! They must have vanished!”

CARI
“They can’t have vanished!” (Pause) “It must have been the transmat!”

BILLY
(baffled) “What did you say?”

CARI
“That must have been what happened! The transmat transferred them to another place!”

BILLY
“Transmat? Scotland has transmats!”

CARI
“And we must find one ourselves!” (Pause) “Come on, Billy! Let’s find an access pad so that we can be on our way! Out of this camp we go!”

Cari takes Billy’s hand as they both head out of the Jacobean Scots’ camp.

BILLY
(bewildered) “Scotland’s not ruled by lizard men is it, Cari?”

CARI
(puzzled) “What in Racta’s name do you mean?”


SCENE #50 – INT – IONA’S BEDROOM, CAWDOR CASTLE – DAY, EVENING
Meanwhile at Cawdor Castle, Iona weeps on her bed. She’s upset following her recent argument with her parents. She’s been crying for some time as she cuddles her teddy bear called Mr. Big Ted.

IONA
(sobs; to Mr. Big Ted) “Oh, Mr. Big Ted. How am I to keep up my meetings with Jeremy when my Dad pokes his nose in all the time?”

At that moment, her mum Lucy enters with the door creaking open slowly. Lucy sees Iona on the bed with her teddy bed.

LUCY
(dismayed) “Do you have to cuddle that bundle of fluff with you on the bed, Iona? I thought you weren’t a little girl!”

IONA
(sniffs) “Please, Mum! Leave me alone!”

However, Lucy shuts the bedroom door behind her. She goes over to Iona as she sits on the bed beside her.

LUCY
“You must control these infatuations you have for other men, Iona! It’ll do you no good! When I was your age, I never had those kinds of ideas or feelings for anyone!”

IONA
“I don’t believe that!”

LUCY
“Believe what you wish, Iona dear. But when I was your age, I was a MacDougal! And a MacDougal was threatened by the Mackintoshes to give up part of his land! So…they had to settle with me being married to your father! It’s sad, but it’s true. So don’t think it’s going to be easy to find a man to spend your life with, because it isn’t!”

IONA
“I’m me, Mum! And this is now! When you got married…you were probably living in the Saxon times or the Victorian times! I want to marry the man of my choosing!”

LUCY
“So long as you don’t marry that MacDonald boy of theirs!”

Iona sighs and groans as she lays her head on the pillow. Lucy however keeps on talking to her.

LUCY
“The feud between the MacDonalds and the Mackintoshes is growing worse! You should know that as much as Mr. Jeremy MacDonald does! So let there be no canoodling between you two!”

IONA
“You’re not listening to me, Mum!” (Pause) “I told you to leave me alone!”

Moment of silence, before Lucy eventually gets up and makes her way to the bedroom door.

LUCY
“Fine! If that’s the way you want to be, don’t listen to your mum!” (Pause) “But once you marry that cursed future laird of MacDonald, it’ll be the ruin of you! Ach, no! It’ll be the death of you!”

Lucy then opens the door and leaves Iona’s bedroom. Iona continues to weep more. Eventually, Iona becomes startled as she Salvador in the room before her.

IONA
(startled) “You!” (Pause) “Get out!”

SALVADOR
(menacingly) “You are in pain, my dear!”

IONA
(cries) “Get out of here! I don’t need you! Get out of here before I call my parents! They’ll call the police!”

SALVADOR
(menacingly) “You are in pain, my dear! Pain for the one you love! I helped your father! Now…I must help you!”

IONA
(cries) “No! I don’t trust you! Get out of my head!”

SALVADOR
“You must trust me, dear! Oh yes! You must trust me…lass!”

Salvador lets out an evil laugh whilst Iona cringes at seeing the man she despises.


SCENE #51 – INT – BILLETING ROOM, EILEAN DONAN CASTLE – NIGHT
In the billeting room of Eilean Donan Castle, Henry MacDonald and Hugo Kilwhillie have glasses of malt whilst playing snooker. Hugo makes a shot into one of the holes with his snooker cue and apparently misses.

HUGO
(grunts) “Drat!”

HENRY
“Ha! Bad luck, Hugo! My putt, I think!”

Henry then takes his turn to take a shot with his cue on the snooker table. He does it delicately and precisely, before he eventually manages to pot one of the balls into one of the holes and succeeds.

HENRY
“Ha!”

HUGO
“Well done, Henry!”

HENRY
(gratified) “Thank you, Hugo!”

HUGO
“And a fine malt as well!”

As Henry and Hugo play and drink, they discuss certain matters together.

HENRY
“So…Hugo. I’ve been hearing there are a few Scottish Nationalists camping on my moors!”

HUGO
(surprised) “Indeed?! I wasn’t aware of this happening! Where did you hear this?”

HENRY
“I have my sources!”

HUGO
(gradually) “You think they’ve come to cause trouble?”

HENRY
“Why else would they, my man? They’re Bolsheviks! No they’re worse than that!” (Pause) “I intend to get them off my land once and for all! I intend to drown them!”

HUGO
“In that case…I would rather not be involved if it’s all the same to you, Henry.”

HENRY
(surprised) “Why not, Hugo? I thought you’d support me!”

HUGO
“Oh, I do! I do I support your estate’s well being, Henry!” (Pause) “But I’m afraid the last time we captured some hikers and I encouraged you, your wife Maggie threatened to sever my friendship with her! And I wouldn’t want that to happen!”

HENRY
“Oh! Indeed?” (Pause) “Well…of course we wouldn’t want that, would we?!” (Pause) “Very well! I will not throw these Scottish Nationalists into the loch as I originally planned!”

Hugo then makes another shot with his cue on the snooker table…but he again misses. He then grunts as he steps away from the snooker table.

HUGO
(grunts) “Drat! And double drat!”

HENRY
(continues) “But I’m going to get rid of these Nationalists off my land! By any means necessary!” (Pause) “Of course, my management executive is so keen to secure my financial affairs and my land!”

HUGO
“He’s not Scottish himself, Henry! Can you really trust a man with a strange accent?”

HENRY
(convinced) “I am certain he will keep his end of the bargain! Just so long as I keep mine!”

HUGO
“Well for your sake, I hope that he does keep his end of the bargain! The property he showed you…”

Hugo is then interrupts as Ches enters, whilst Henry makes his next shot at the snooker table and wins.

CHES
“Ah! There you all are!”

HENRY
(delightedly) “Ah Roid, my man! You found the billeting room at last then!”

CHES
“Yes! It’s such a big house! I’m at a wonder how you can manage to fit so much in it!”

HENRY
(laughs) “Come and have a glass of malt with us, good man!”

HUGO
“It’s the finest, believe me! I’ll pour one for you!”

HENRY
“Then we can have our little chat!”

Hugo pours another glass of malt for Ches. Ches comes into the billeting room and stands by the snooker table with Henry and Hugo.

CHES
(pleased) “Thanks a lot, Henry! It sure is nice of you to invite me here! And playing snooker as well!” (Pause) “Though…I am worried about Cari.”

Hugo hands Ches’ glass of malt over to him.

HUGO
“Here you are, Roid! Have a glass of this grog! It’ll do you good!”

Ches takes the glass of malt from Hugo in his hand.

HENRY
“Down the hatch then!”

Ches then drinks his glass of malt down, before he lets out a startled gasp once drinking it. He coughs a little before regaining his normal breath. Henry then puts his glass of malt to one side as well as his snooker cue.

HENRY
“Now then, Roid! My friend Hugo Kilwhillie would like to discuss the property you and your wife would like to purchase.”

CHES
“Oh! I certainly look forward to that!”

HUGO
“You shall see what I have in store for you tomorrow! It’s a little lodge on my land a number of miles away! We shall take a car to drive up there tomorrow morning! Then you shall see what choices we have on offer!”

CHES
“I’m sure Cari and I would be delighted with what you propose to offer us!”

HUGO
“The place is called…Knockacolly! It may be a small place at first, but I’m sure we can arrange it to fit in with alternative specifications.”

HENRY
“Well, I’m glad we had that settled!” (to Ches; Hugo) “Fancy another malt, chaps?”


SCENE #52 – INT – GUEST BEDROOM, EILEAN DONAN CASTLE – NIGHT
In the guest room where the Doctor and Nyssa are staying, they debate with each other on what they’ve just discovered.

DOCTOR
(cheerily) “Nice guest quarters they’ve put us in hey, Nyssa?! Cosy! The sort of thing you’d expect in a Scottish laird’s castle!”

NYSSA
(disturbed) “Doctor, you said something about spotting a difference when the battles of Falkirk Muir finished!”

DOCTOR
“Hmm? Surely you must have noticed it, Nyssa! You saw the blood on the fields where the soldiers fought!”

NYSSA
(realises) “Of course! The fields were covered in red with corpses of dead soldiers! I remember when the battles finished on the screen, the blood-filled plains dissipated as well as the soldiers! And no explanation as to what happened!”

DOCTOR
“Nothing is right about all this, Nyssa! The Scottish heritage has been tampered with indefinitely! But for what purpose?”

NYSSA
“We won’t find out the answers whilst staying in this guestroom! Cosy it may be, but we should be figuring out why Scottish troops from different time zones are placed in the present and why two battles from different time zones occur simultaneously!”

DOCTOR
“And we must find out why Scotland’s geography is so wrong all of a sudden! That’s where we must go from, Nyssa!”

NYSSA
“And the sooner we’ve sorted out these things, the sooner we find Billy in my opinion.”

DOCTOR
“Of course! And finding Billy! Don’t forget that, Nyssa!”

Moment of silence.

NYSSA
“Where shall we start then?”

DOCTOR
“Well, the beginning obviously!”

NYSSA
“There’s no need to be so pedantic, Doctor!”

DOCTOR
“Sorry, Nyssa. No intention of criticising your intelligence, I assure you!”

NYSSA
“Of course not.”

DOCTOR
“You know Nyssa…I sometimes wonder if someone’s actually plotting all of this for us! Whether some megalomaniac is ruling Scotland and is actually causing history to change as well as geography for our attention!”

NYSSA
“You know that’s impossible, Doctor. Not unless someone has the power of a god to do that. To control time and space itself.”

DOCTOR
“Yes! Someone like…”

Another moment of silence, as the Doctor hinges on a thought that troubles him.

NYSSA
“Yes, Doctor? Someone like what?” (Pause; puzzled) “Doctor?”

DOCTOR
(gradually) “Hmm? Oh nothing, Nyssa. Just a stray thought. Again!”

Another moment of silence.

NYSSA
“Doctor?”

DOCTOR
(snaps out of it) “Uh yes, of course! The beginning!” (Pause) “I suggest you find Jeremy MacDonald and ask him about that map of Scotland and its geography, Nyssa. You may also learn about its history and find out where the battles were fought or how castles were built if it’s all that relevant!”

NYSSA
“It could be. Never rule out any possibilities as every scientist should know.”

DOCTOR
“I’ll leave the rest to you obviously.”

NYSSA
“What are you going to do?”

DOCTOR
(gradually) “I’m going to chat with Mr. MacDonald and find out more about why he’s so determined to defeat the Mackintoshes in this war they’re in.”

NYSSA
“He’s not very co-operative, Doctor. He tried to throw us into the dungeons! And he wanted us hanged, remember?”

DOCTOR
“I’m sure Mr. MacDonald will be co-operative! Not unless he cocks a rifle in my face!”

NYSSA
(anxiously) “Doctor…”

DOCTOR
“It’s alright, it’s alright, Nyssa! I’ll be careful with what I say to him.” (Pause) “Mr. MacDonald obviously needs a little reminder of the value of life as well as the value of war!”

NYSSA
“He seems very eager for blood to be spilled! Just as he was eager for those battles to progress!”

DOCTOR
“There’s obviously a lot more going on between the battles of William Wallace and the battles of Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Highlanders! I’m sure the answers will come soon!”

The Doctor and Nyssa then make their way to the door to head out.

DOCTOR
“I wonder how Billy is at this moment.”

NYSSA
“I’m concerned nobody’s seen Billy!”


SCENE #53 – EXT – CUMBERNAULD, SCOTLAND – NIGHT
Later that night, Billy and Cari have been walking a fair way away from Falkirk Muir. They don’t realise they’re somewhere in Cumbernauld. As they walk, a windy breeze occurs.

BILLY
“I just hope Nyssa and the Doctor are okay! I long to see them again!”

CARI
(reassuringly) “We’ll soon find your friends, Billy. Once we get back to the castle.”

BILLY
“It’s getting really dark now! We must have come far away from that camp!”

CARI
“I wish I had a torch with me!”

BILLY
(realises) “Oh, wait a minute! Wait a minute! I do have a little pocket torch with me! Let me just get it out!”

With that, Billy takes out his pocket torch from his pocket. He switches it on for him and Cari to see through the dark.

BILLY
(cheerfully) “Let there be light…and there was! Genesis, Chapter One, Verse Three.”

CARI
(surprised) “You carried a pocket torch with you all this time!”

BILLY
“Just something I thought about bringing me before I ended up here. Nyssa and I…well, we were on this jungle planet. We were walking through some jungle forests and it was really dark at night-time! And it got me thinking afterwards that it might be a good idea to keep a pocket torch on me from now on. Nyssa showed me where they were in the TARDIS – oh! That’s our ship by the way.”

CARI
“You and Nyssa have had lots of adventures then.”

BILLY
(modestly) “Oh…we’ve had a fair share! Nyssa’s had a lot more than me. It’s the Doctor that makes these adventures happen! Wherever we go and whenever we go!”

CARI
“You miss them terribly, don’t you?”

BILLY
(sadly) “Yes. We parted company under unfortunate circumstances. Not unfortunate as in we had an argument. I mean…”

Just then, Cari stops walking and Billy stops with her. Moment of silence.

BILLY
(puzzled) “Cari? You saw something?”

CARI
“Billy! Shine your torch where I’m pointing! Over there!”

Billy does as Cari says as she shines the torch in her direction.

BILLY
“Is that where you wanted me to hold it?”

CARI
(delighted) “There it is! That’s what we’ve been looking for!”

BILLY
(baffled) “What? A glass box?”

CARI
“A direct transmat unit! It’ll sure take us back to Eilean Donan Castle!”

Suddenly, ferocious shouts and yells echo behind them.

BILLY
(realises) “Cari! I hear shouts and yells! No! They’re battle cries!”

Billy and Cari look behind them to see Scottish soldiers charging up towards them.

CARI
(disturbed) “Oh no! It’s them!”

BILLY
“What? Scots?!”

CARI
“Those Jacobite soldiers! They’re onto us!”

BILLY
(shocked) “I thought we saw the last of them! Obviously not!”

CARI
“We must get into that transmat unit!”

BILLY
(apprehensively) “What?! In that glass box?! Are you sure it’s safe?”

CARI
“Yes! Come on!”

Billy and Cari run for it as they make for the ‘glass box’ before them. The Jacobean Scots chase after them with Alistair and Ewan among them.

EWAN
(cries) “There they are, Alistair! They’ve been walking on Cumbernauld whilst we’ve not been looking!”

ALISTAIR
(cries) “Aye! They won’t get away from us this time!” (calls) “After them boys! After them!”

The Jacobites yell vengefully as they charge upon Billy and Cari. Billy and Cari evenually manage to reach the transmat unit. Cari opens the glass chamber door for her and Billy to get inside.

CARI
(cheers) “We’ve made it! Come on, Billy! Get inside!”

BILLY
“But it’s made of glass! It won’t keep us safe forever from those Scots! They’ll smash the glass to pieces if they use their spears [and…”]

CARI
(interjects) “Trust me, Billy! Get inside!”

Cari drags Billy into the transmat unit with her. She shuts the glass door once they’re inside. The Jacobean Scots are a few metres distance away from reaching the glass box.

EWAN
(cries) “Alistair! They’ve gone into something! Some…strange cabinet! Made of glass!”

ALISTAIR
(astonished) “Get away!” (Pause) “Well, it won’t take long to smash that box down!” (calls) “Alright, lads! Draw your swords! Let’s capture our brutes!”

The Jacobites cheer triumphantly as they advance towards the ‘glass box’.

BILLY
“It’s too late, Cari! They’re onto us!”

CARI
“Hold on tight, Billy!”

BILLY
“What?!”

CARI
“Just hold on! We’re about to transfer now!”

BILLY
“Transfer?”

Billy then lets out a cry as he and Cari fade away into thin air. Alistair; Ewan and the Jacobean Scots see Billy and Cari disappear inside the ‘glass box’ and their shouts and yells die out.

ALISTAIR
(calls) “Hold, lads! Hold!”

Moment of silence, as Alistair; Ewan and the Jacobean Scots are completely dumbfounded by what they’ve seen.

EWAN
(dumbfounded) “Did you just see what I saw, Alistair?!”

ALISTAIR
(dumbfounded) “Aye, laddie! That I did, Ewan. They vanished!”

EWAN
“Did they slip through the floor then?! Is this the devil’s work?!”

ALISTAIR
“Or witches?!” (Pause) “Bonnie Prince Charlie wouldn’t like this if he were here!”

Alistair and Ewan remain still with the other Scotsmen as they’re dumbfounded.


SCENE #54 – INT – CORRIDOR, EILEAN DONAN CASTLE – NIGHT
Meanwhile, back at Eilean Donan Castle, Nyssa walks down one of the corridors in the south-east wing of the castle as she’s searching for Jeremy.

NYSSA
(to herself) “Mrs. MacDonald said Jeremy would be in the east-wing. So why can’t I find him?” (Pause) “I must be in the wrong wing of the castle!”

Nyssa walks on a bit further before she gets to a certain door in the corridor.

NYSSA
“Hmm. I wonder what this room is.”

Nyssa takes a deep breath to brace herself.

NYSSA
(breathes deep) “Only one way to find out.”

Nyssa then knocks on the door. She waits for a response. Moment of silence.

NYSSA
“Hmm. No answer”

Nyssa knocks at the door again. Still no response. Nyssa then turns the doorknob and it swings open to let her inside.

NYSSA
“And the door’s seemingly open.” (Pause) “I’m going in!”


SCENE #55 – INT – SMALL DUNGEON, EILEAN DONAN CASTLE – NIGHT
Nyssa enters the room as she fiddles about on the walls to find a light switch. She then stops for a moment.

NYSSA
“Hmm. No light switch or appliance on the walls.”

Moment of silence.

NYSSA
(calls) “Hello! Anyone here?”

Another moment of silence.

NYSSA
(to herself) “Of course, there wouldn’t be. Nobody in their right minds would come down here in the dark! And I really must stop talking to myself! It’s a habit of the Doctor’s!”

With that, Nyssa eventually leaves the small dungeon she was in.


SCENE #56 – INT – CORRIDOR, EILEAN DONAN CASTLE – NIGHT
Nyssa comes back into the light of the corridor, shutting the door behind her. She sighs before heading off down the corridor. Nyssa then stops in her tracks as she hears footsteps.

NYSSA
(gasps) “Someone’s coming!”

With that, Nyssa hides behind an archway. Moment of silence ensues, before Nyssa sighs with relief as she sees someone come out of a nearby room.

NYSSA
(relieved) “Calm yourself, Nyssa! It’s only Jeremy!”

Nyssa steps out in the corridor.

NYSSA
(calls) “J…”

But Nyssa stops to call for Jeremy, as she sees him go off down the corridor. He hasn’t noticed that Nyssa is there.

NYSSA
(surprised) “Oh! He didn’t see me!” (Pause) “Where’s he heading off to?”

Nyssa watches Jeremy go off down the corridor. He then stops for a moment before starting again and heading off, turning around the corner.

NYSSA
(to herself) “Keep an eye on him, Nyssa! Let’s hope he isn’t up to anything devious.”

With that, Nyssa follows Jeremy down the corridor, determined to find out where he’s going.


SCENE #57 – EXT – NORTH COURTYARD, CAWDOR CASTLE – NIGHT
Meanwhile, Cari wakes Billy up after transmatting from Cumbernauld.

CARI
“Billy?! Billy, wake up will you?! We’ve arrived!”

Billy slowly wakes up as he groans, struggling from the floor. Cari kneels beside Billy as he gets up on his knees.

BILLY
“Arrived? Where?”

CARI
“I’m not sure. But we certainly are here! Wherever here is!”

BILLY
(groans) “I feel groggy! It’s like I’ve got…needles all over my body!”

CARI
(reassuringly) “It’s the effects of the transmat. You will feel sick for a bit, but you should be alright.” (Pause) “Haven’t you been through one of these before then?”

BILLY
“Oh I have! But I was wearing protective armour at the time! Perhaps in civvies, you’re more vulnerable to the energies of it!”

Billy gets helped onto his feet by Cari. They both stand up together under some archway.

BILLY
“It’s dark here! I can’t see a thing! It…it must still be night-time!”

CARI
“I don’t know how long we’ve been out for! We may have been in this place for quite some time!”

BILLY
(astonished) “Hang on! There’s a light over there! A bright shining white light directly ahead of us!”

CARI
(realises) “Oh yes! So there is!”

BILLY
“It doesn’t seem far! Let’s go and investigate!”

Billy and Cari make their way forward as they step from under the archway.

CARI
(realises) “It’s a courtyard! We’re in a courtyard of a castle!”

BILLY
“Castle? So we’re back at this…Eilean Donan Castle where you hoped we’d be?”

CARI
“I presume so.” (Pause) “Though I don’t remember the courtyard being this big!”

Billy and Cari then look up to the light shining down on them.

BILLY
“That light up ahead! It looks…like a torch light!”

CARI
“Yes! It seems to be directing its aim towards us!”

Billy and Cari then react irritated and bewildered as the light shines brightly on them.

BILLY
(irritated; bewildered) “You’re right! It is directing its aim on us!”

Suddenly, an alarm blares out loud. This gives Billy and Cari a fright.

CARI
(shocked) “Oh my! An alarm?!”

BILLY
(gasps) “Look!”

Just then, a platoon of security guards run into the courtyard.

CARI
“We’re surrounded!”

The security guards cock their guns and train their aim on Billy and Cari.

BILLY
(annoyed) “Oh great! Caught by guards!”

CARI
“This isn’t how it was meant to happen surely?!”

BILLY
(realises) “Now I know what that light was for! A search light for any burglars into the castle!” (Pause) “I gather they don’t have this many guards at Eilean Donan Castle.”

CARI
“We’re not at Eilean Donan Castle, Billy! I’m sure of it!”

BILLY
“Really?”

CARI
“This must be Cawdor Castle! The home of the Mackintoshes!”

BILLY
(disturbed) “Oh. I see.”

Billy and Cari raise their hands in the air as the security guards train their guns on them.


© Tim Bradley, 2017

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