‘Chieftain’s Caves’, Part Two, Chapter 7

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7. The Map of Scotland and an Invitation

SCENE #69 – INT – LIBRARY, EILEAN DONAN CASTLE – DAY, AFTERNOON
In the library of Eilean Donan Castle, Jeremy fetches a book containing a map of Scotland. He’s on a ladder as he takes the book out from one of the tall shelves. He steps down from the ladder to re-join Nyssa.

JEREMY
(cheerfully) “Here we are! I believe this book has all the answers!”

NYSSA
(pleased) “Good! Lay it out on the table, Jeremy. We’ll look at it together.”

Jeremy sets the book down onto the table as he opens it to find where the map is. He flicks through a number of pages whilst Nyssa stands beside him.

NYSSA
“Can you find it?”

JEREMY
“Just a minute.”

After flicking through a number of pages, Jeremy stops at the place he’s looking for in the book. She then shows the map to Nyssa.

JEREMY
“There you are! Scotland! As it looks now!”

Moment of silence, as Nyssa closely looks at the map in the book for herself.

JEREMY
“Does this satisfy your curiosity, lass?”

NYSSA
(thoughtfully) “It’s hard to tell.” (Pause) “Has Scotland always been like this, Jeremy?”

JEREMY
(puzzled) “What are you on about? Of course it has! Ever since I was born!”

NYSSA
“Things change and so does geography! Scotland could have evolved through its landmass and structure. Erosion from the seas surrounding Scotland’s landmass could have increased exponentially.”

JEREMY
(dumbfounded) “Aye?” (Pause) “Sorry for being so ignorant, lass! But I can nae understand a word you’re saying!”

NYSSA
(gradually) “Do you have a Scotland map from years ago, Jeremy? Before you were born, I mean? Centuries perhaps? Even millennia?”

JEREMY
(baffled) “I don’t think I’d know anything about that, dearie.”

NYSSA
(disgruntled) “Shame.”

Moment of silence.

JEREMY
(realises) “Wait a minute! Wait a minute!”

NYSSA
“What is it?”

JEREMY
“I do remember something from an old children’s book I used to read! It had some old maps of Scotland! They weren’t very accurate, but they did say something about Scotland in the past.”

NYSSA
“A children’s book?!” (Pause) “Where is it, Jeremy?”

JEREMY
“In the children’s section of the library! I’ll fetch it for you now!”

With that, Jeremy walks off to go and fetch the children’s book he’s thinking of. Nyssa meanwhile takes another look at the Scotland map in the book on the table before her. Just then, a panel in the wall creaks open which gives Nyssa a start. She looks up to see Iona enter.

NYSSA
(stunned) “Oh! Who are you? Where did you come from?”

IONA
(coldly) “I might ask you the same thing. You don’t live in this castle.”

NYSSA
“I’m a guest here! Who might you be?”

IONA
(coldly) “None of your business, girl.”

NYSSA
“Oh. Very well then! Shall I let Jeremy call the guards or would you like to come clean?”

IONA
“Jeremy’s here?”

NYSSA
“Yes! He’s helping me with finding a map! I’m Nyssa by the way! What’s your name?” (puzzled) “Why are you looking at me like that?”

IONA
(astonished; realises) “You! It’s you! I know it is!”

NYSSA
(puzzled) “Pardon?”

IONA
(petrified) “You’re…you’re one of them, aren’t you?!”

NYSSA
(puzzled) “I’m one of what? You know me then?”

IONA
(petrified) “Just like the other one!”

NYSSA
(puzzled) “The other one?”

Nyssa and Iona are then interrupted as Jeremy returns.

JEREMY
“Here we are, Nyssa! This is the book I was talking about!” (realises; amazed) “Iona! You’re here! I was wondering if you were alright!”

IONA
(petrified) “Jeremy! This girl! I know who she is!”

JEREMY
“Of course you know her! We saw her and her friend yesterday! She and this man, the Doctor, walking out on the moors when we were following them!”

NYSSA
“I gather this is your fiancée, Jeremy.”

JEREMY
“She is! A fine lassie of Mackintosh, if I may say so!” (Pause; to Nyssa) “Nyssa, this is Iona!” (to Iona) “Iona, this is Nyssa!”

NYSSA
“How do you do, Iona! It’s very nice to meet you.”

IONA
(petrified) “Jeremy, what’s she doing here?”

JEREMY
“She and the Doctor are guests here, Iona! Remember they were caught by my father yesterday?”

IONA
(petrified) “Why?! Why does she have to be here as well as him?!”

JEREMY
(astonished) “Iona?!”

NYSSA
“I thought the access of route from your castle to her castle was via the cellar, Jeremy. Via the iron maiden.”

JEREMY
“Oh there is a passage way behind that panel over there. Iona came from there!” (to Iona) “Didn’t you, Iona?!”

NYSSA
“You didn’t mention it when I interrogated you earlier, Jeremy!”

JEREMY
“You didn’t ask.”

NYSSA
“May I have a look at that children’s book you have in your hand please?”

JEREMY
“Yes of course!”

Nyssa takes the children book from Jeremy. She opens it and sits down at the table to look at the map inside the children’s book. Jeremy meanwhile goes over to join Iona.

IONA
(petrified) “Jeremy, you can’t have her in your house! She’s evil!”

JEREMY
(astonished) “Iona, what are you saying?”

IONA
(insistently) “I tell you Jeremy, she’s no good! Neither is the company she keeps! You must get rid of her! She’ll bring chaos to your house!”

JEREMY
(astonished) “Iona, dear?! Nyssa’s a really nice person!”

IONA
(up-tight) “Oh! So you’ve taken a liking to her, have you?!”

JEREMY
(protests) “No! I mean…not in that way! Iona, what’s got into you?”

IONA
(bitterly) “You don’t believe she’s evil, do you?!”

JEREMY
“No I don’t! And neither should you! How can you say such things?”

Iona then storms off as she heads back into the panel in the wall she just came from.

JEREMY
“Wait! Iona, come back!”

Iona closes the panel in the wall behind her, preventing Jeremy to reach her.

JEREMY
(calls) “Iona, please! Don’t go like off that, Iona!”

No response. Jeremy eventually turns away from the closed-up wall and heads back to where Nyssa is at the library table.

JEREMY
(wound-up) “What’s got into that girl?!”

NYSSA
“She hasn’t been like this before then?”

JEREMY
“Of course not! I can’t understand it!”

Moment of silence.

NYSSA
(apprehensively) “Jeremy! Come over here a minute!”

Upset, Jeremy eventually makes his way over to join beside Nyssa at the library table. Nyssa then presents the children’s books and the other book for comparison to Jeremy.

NYSSA
“This children’s book you gave me! It shows a map of Scotland in the twentieth century! The data according to this is nineteen forty-six!”

JEREMY
“So?”

NYSSA
“Well in this other book you gave me earlier, it shows Scotland being completely different!”

It takes a while for Jeremy to take in what Nyssa shows him.

JEREMY
(intrigued; astonished) “Why yes! I do see! But…how can this be?” (Pause) “It’s only a children’s book! Perhaps Scotland was portrayed in a different way for a children’s story!”

NYSSA
“I wouldn’t be so sure of that, Jeremy. According to this map, it’s much smaller and shaped rather unusually! The tributaries seem right. Its landmass seems right. Whereas with the other map, it’s much larger! And according to the grid references, it appears Scotland is shaped like…like a sphere!”

JEREMY
(puzzled) “I don’t understand this!” (Pause) “What does all this mean by golly?”

NYSSA
“The question is Jeremy….which map is right?”

Moment of silence as Nyssa and Jeremy ponder on this mystery.


SCENE #70 – EXT – KNOCKACOLLY, SCOTLAND – DAY, AFTERNOON
At around lunch-time in Knockacolly, the Doctor; Henry MacDonald; Hugo Kilwhillie and Ches of Roid standing on a wide open space. It  overlooks the whole countryside.

HUGO
“Well, Roid? What do you think? Is this not to your liking?”

CHES
“Oh it’s absolutely tremendous! This will do very well for me and Cari!”

HENRY
(approvingly) “Of course it will, my good man! You couldn’t find better land to have property belonging to my good friend Hugo here!”

DOCTOR
(sceptically) “I don’t see any house! Not on Knockacolly!”

HENRY
“Well you wouldn’t! Obviously!”

DOCTOR
“I thought that’s what we came for, Chief MacDonald!”

HENRY
(laughs) “Well the property hasn’t been built yet, man! We’re about to go through the range of choices now if you don’t shut up!”

DOCTOR
“Choices?”

Hugo then takes out a small remote control out from his coat pocket.

HUGO
(to Ches) “Now, Roid! Which housing would you prefer?”

Hugo switches the remote control on. In an instant, a life-size holographic image of lodge come out from the ground. Everyone sees this before them.

HUGO
“Now! You can either have this fine primrose lodge with all the trimmings…”

Hugo presses another switch on the remote control.

HUGO
“This rather content country house with lavish roofs and glazing…”

Hugo presses another switch on the remote control again.

HUGO
“Or…this rather neat cottage with flowers dotted around the garden! Nothing too fancy. Nothing too cheap. But certainly the right amount of choices you wish to have!” (Pause) “Now…which do you prefer, Ches?”

CHES
(startled) “Goodness gracious me! It’s hard to decide! If Cari were here now, she would know!”

HUGO
“Oh there are other choices than these ones! You can have any housing you want and have it anywhere you like! Take your pick!”

Moment of silence.

DOCTOR
“Do that again!”

HUGO
(cheerily) “Of course, my good man! You can either have this fine primrose lodge…”

DOCTOR
(interrupts; abruptly) “No! Not that! What did you just do, Kilwhillie? That remote control! You’re using it to initiate holographic images!”

HUGO
(baffled) “Of course! That way, my new buyer Roid here can choose the house he wishes to reside in whilst in Knockacolly.”

HENRY
(suspiciously) “Is there something wrong, Doctor?”

DOCTOR
“Correct me if I’m wrong gentlemen, but your society shouldn’t have technology as advanced as that! That technology comes from what…the thirty-seventh century? You’re living in the late twentieth or early twenty-first century, aren’t you?!”

HENRY
“We are not any ordinary society, Doctor! We are Scotland! And we keep up with the times! We’re not peasants!”

DOCTOR
“How do you manage it? How do you manage to have technology as advanced as Kilwhillie’s and still be able to cope with it?”

HENRY
“How, Doctor? Did the Greeks have problems conjuring up things for themselves when asking it of the gods?”

DOCTOR
“What are you inferring, Mr. MacDonald?”

HENRY
“Ever heard of Plato, Doctor? The Greek philosopher? And his theories of form and change?”

DOCTOR
“That’s hardly relevant!”

HENRY
“Oh but it is, Doctor! Plato suggested that non-material abstract forms and not the material world of change can posses the highest and most fundamental kind of reality! Through our ideas, we can think of anything! We can think of Wallace winning and never dying! We can think of the Jacobean forces winning at Culloden! We can think of Scotland being free forever!”

DOCTOR
“And by that definition, you claim you can conjure up items of desire of your own free will?! Just by thinking them into existence?”

HENRY
“Why not? It worked for Hugo, as you can see! It can work as well for Mr. Roid!”

DOCTOR
(seriously) “Mr. MacDonald! Plato’s theories of form and change only base themselves for people who wish to be enlightened! You’re not those people! You’re Scots! Free to think for yourselves!”

HENRY
(angrily) “If you dare to threaten me and my comrades like that again Doctor, I shall have you shot on the spot! In a duel, if I command it!”

DOCTOR
“I’m not threatening…!”

HENRY
(interrupts) “Would you dare challenge a MacDonald, sir?!”

Moment of silence, as the Doctor is seemingly outwitted.

HENRY
“Good!” (to Ches) “Now! Roid? What were you about to say?”

CHES
(hesitantly) “Well…I don’t think it’s a good idea for me to make a decision regarding property! Especally when Cari isn’t here!”

HUGO
(to Henry) “Uh, Henry! Let’s go back to Eilean Donan Castle! I’m famished for lunch!”

HENRY
(grumbles) “Oh very well! We’ll head back to the Daimler.”

Hugo and Ches then collect their things as they head off back down the hill to return to the Daimler car.

HENRY
(to Doctor) “I blame you for this you know! If you hadn’t intervened, Roid would have decided on a property!”

DOCTOR
“Seems I happen to make a habit of intervening, don’t I?!”

With that, the Doctor heads off back down the hill to follow the others. Henry meanwhile remains grunting and grumbling to himself, before heading off back down the hill.


SCENE #71 – INT – LIBRARY, EILEAN DONAN CASTLE – DAY, AFTERNOON
Hours later, the Doctor has returned to Eilean Donan Castle. He is now with Nyssa and Jeremy in the library.

DOCTOR
“So you see, Nyssa! The Scots of this period have far greater advanced technology than they should have at this point in history.”

NYSSA
“So Scotland has been affected somehow. By external measures.”

DOCTOR
“Yes.”

NYSSA
“Didn’t Kilwhillie explain how he got the technology to activate the holographic images on the moorlands?”

DOCTOR
“Mr. MacDonald did. He gave some explanation in relation to a Greek philosopher called Plato. The theories of forms and change.”

JEREMY
“That’s the excuse my father would give. He likes to relate to some superstitious twaddle to wriggle his way out of it!”

DOCTOR
“There may be some truth in it, Jeremy!”

NYSSA
(astonished) “Doctor?! You’re not saying the philosophical theories that Mr. MacDonald suggested are true, are you?”

DOCTOR
“That they can conjure up items and things through the use of ideas in their heads? No! Very unlikely! But there is something conjuring up the soldiers from different time zones and holographic technology. We just don’t have the pieces to assemble the full jigsaw.”

NYSSA
“Doctor? May Jeremy and I tell you what we’ve discovered?”

DOCTOR
“Yes! Of course!”

Nyssa then shows the maps of Scotland in the two books to the Doctor.

NYSSA
“These are the maps that Jeremy showed me of Scotland. This one’s from a children’s book and the other is the one we saw yesterday in the Bartizan tower. I presume there has to be a right one.”

Moment of silence.

DOCTOR
“Yes!” (Pause) “The children’s book!”

NYSSA
“The children’s book?”

DOCTOR
“It’s the correct map for Scotland!”

NYSSA
“It is?”

DOCTOR
“Most definitely the right map!”

JEREMY
“Preposterous! That can’t be the map of Scotland! This is the map here! In this other book!”

The Doctor looks.

DOCTOR
(scoffs) “Oh that map? No that’s just someone’s idea of a mishmash of Scotland!”

JEREMY
“But this is the map I was brought up with! That map there in the children’s book is just for kids, Doctor! Children’s stories! Nothing more!”

DOCTOR
(insistently) “And I tell you that this is the right map, Jeremy MacDonald! In the children’s book!”

NYSSA
(interjects; gently) “Doctor, wait a moment! This map in the children’s book may be the real Scotland to you and me. But the map that Jeremy has in the other book seems to be the real Scotland  for him. We should respect that belief and not abuse it!”

DOCTOR
“Then how do you explain about the geography being so altered, Nyssa?”

NYSSA
(thinks) “I don’t know. But maybe we should find out before we judge too quickly.”

DOCTOR
(sighs) “Very well.”

The Doctor puts the children’s book down on the library table. He then looks at the Scotland map in the other book that Jeremy holds open in his hands.

DOCTOR
“So…this map is the real Scotland then, Jeremy?”

JEREMY
“Aye that it is! I swear my life on it!”

DOCTOR
(gradually) “It’s not complete though, is it?”

JEREMY
(puzzled) “What do you mean?”

The Doctor points at the map in Jeremy’s book.

DOCTOR
“Look here! On this page! It’s about three quarters complete! There’s a blank space in the fourth quarter! Why?”

JEREMY
(puzzled) “I don’t know. I’ve never seen that there before!”

DOCTOR
“But you said that this map was the one you were brought up with! So evidently you should know why this map’s only about three quarters complete!”

NYSSA
“Doctor, I really shouldn’t…”

DOCTOR
(to Nyssa) “I know what I’m doing, Nyssa.” (to Jeremy) “Well, Jeremy?”

JEREMY
“Aye, that would be true…”

DOCTOR
(interjects) “Then explain it to me! Hmm?! How come this map is only about three quarters complete with a blank space in the bottom right-hand corner?”

Moment of silence.

JEREMY
(blankly; confused) “I…I can’t explain! I’m sorry, Doctor. I really can’t.”

DOCTOR
(gradually) “No. No, you can’t.” (Pause) “And that’s where it gets really fascinating!”

Just then, the door opens as Maggie enters the library.

MAGGIE
“Ah! There you all are! I hope Jeremy has been showing you around, Doctor; Miss Nyssa?”

NYSSA
“Yes! He’s been very hospitable, your son. Thank you, Mrs. MacDonald.”

DOCTOR
“Oh yes!” (to Jeremy) “Thank you Jeremy, for showing us around!”

NYSSA
“Yes Jeremy, thank you!”

JEREMY
“Och, it’s a pleasure.”

Moment of silence.

MAGGIE
(to Doctor; Nyssa) “I only came by to invite you two to a Scottish ball. We are holding it here in Eilean Donan Castle.”

NYSSA
“A ball? That sounds really nice! When it is?”

MAGGIE
“Tonight!”

NYSSA
“Tonight?!”

DOCTOR
“That’s a little short notice isn’t it, Mrs. MacDonald?”

MAGGIE
“Oh we have spare kilts and dresses for our guests! And besides…the ball was prepared well in advance before you two arrived!” (Pause) “Oh please, do accept! We’d be delighted if you could come!”

DOCTOR
“Well it’s very kind of you, but I…”

JEREMY
(interjects) “Go on, Doctor; Nyssa? It’ll be quite a laugh!”

Another moment of silence.

DOCTOR
(to Maggie) “Very well! We accept your kind offer, Mrs. MacDonald!” (to Nyssa) “Hey, Nyssa?”

NYSSA
(enthused) “Yes! Definitely! I shall certainly look forward to it!”

MAGGIE
(delighted) “Splendid! Well, if you’ll excuse me!”

With that, Maggie leaves the library as she closes the door behind her.


SCENE #72 – INT – WEST SECTION, CHIEFTAIN’S CAVES – DAY, AFTERNOON
Meanwhile, with Macmillan and Buchanan, they hide in the caves they’re in to shelter from the pouring rain outside. They’ve gone deeper into the caves and have a lamp switched on to provide them light in the dark.

BUCHANAN
“This lamp light’s not going to last much longer.” (irritated; to Macmillan) “This is your fault, of course! If you hadn’t suggested going deeper into this cave, then none of this would have happened!”

MACMILLAN
“I wanted us to be well out of that rain! I hadn’t intended to come in here this far!” (Pause) “Besides, at least we know where we are!”

BUCHANAN
“Aye! We’re lost!”

MACMILLAN
“Well…yes! We do happen to have lost our way! But we are safe, mind you!”

BUCHANAN
(agitated) “Safe?! Have you lost your marbles, laddie?! These caves were the exact caves I protested about entering in! And you had to have the daft idea of entering them anyway!”

MACMILLAN
“I was aware of the risks. Besides, where else could we go?”

BUCHANAN
“We could have found a nice lodge with a tender old lady providing us with buttered toast and sliced ham! And a nice cup of coffee to go with it!”

MACMILLAN
(scoffs) “You and your coffees!” (Pause) “Look, James! Wherever we are, we haven’t encountered any real danger!”

Suddenly, a terrible roar echoes from within the caves. This causes Macmillan and Buchanan to tremble, afraid.

BUCHANAN
“W-W-What was that then, Alan? Tell me that, hey?”

MACMILLAN
(gulps) “It’s just…the wind outside!”

Another terrible roar echoes and it becomes louder this time. Buchanan and Macmillan become more terrified as they stand up from the floor.

MACMILLAN
“On the other hand…it could be some small beastie.”

BUCHANAN
(sceptically) “Small? I’d say it was some creature from our own mythology!”

MACMILLAN
“Mythology?”

BUCHANAN
“Haven’t you heard? Of the monster that lurked in MacKinnon’s Cave on the Island of Mull, Balmaneach? A wild and lonely place you understand?!” (Pause) “It’s said in that cave…a piper travelled into its depths to see how far he could go underground! Then he bumped into a monster! It was female. And she killed him after he failed to please her with a tune from his pipes! Remember that tale, Alan?”

MACMILLAN
(laughs nervously) “But…that’s just a legend! And it was in MacKinnon’s Cave!”

BUCHANAN
(prophetically) “Aye! That it was! It was in MacKinnon’s Cave! And now it’s in this cave with us!”

The roar echoes again as the monster sounds angry and ferocious. The walls of the cave shudder as Macmillan and Buchanan stand.


SCENE #73 – INT – TARTAN PASSAGE, CAWDOR CASTLE – DAY, AFTERNOON
Meanwhile with Billy and Cari, they walk down the tartan passage corridor of Cawdor Castle. Billy takes pictures with his camera as they explore.

BILLY
(enthused) “Quite a huge place, this castle is! Is the other castle you’re staying at this big, Cari?”

CARI
“No! Eilean Donan’s much smaller!”

Billy snaps away at his camera, taking pictures of everything he sees.

CARI
“Should you really be taking pictures with your camera, Billy? I’m sure the Mackintoshes would not like it.”

BILLY
“I just want to take a few souvenirs to show the Doctor and Nyssa where I’ve been! I might as well take pictures while I’m at it with my camera.”

CARI
“Well, do be careful! I feel as if there are eyes watching us!”

BILLY
“This passageway’s rather fascinating, don’t you think. These pictures hanging on the walls must date back…a hundred years or so ago.”

CARI
“Yes! They belong to the Thanes and Ladies of Cawdor that once lived here. Augustus Mackintosh is obviously a Thane. Though I wouldn’t have thought it was the dwelling place for a Mackintosh to reside in!”

BILLY
“These sketches and needlework look really good! And to think we’re actually in the castle where Macbeth killed King Duncan!”

Billy takes more pictures, snapping away at his camera as he walks down the corridor. Just then, he stops in his tracks. Billy spots something and stops taking pictures with his camera.

BILLY
“Cari? Do you see this?”

CARI
“See what, Billy?”

BILLY
“There’s a panel in the wall over here! It’s slightly ajar”

Billy and Cari go over to see where the panel in the wall.

BILLY
“See! Look!”

CARI
(mesmerised) “Yes! You’re right! It is a panel!” (Pause) “It must be a secret entrance to a passageway!”

BILLY
“A passageway to where, I wonder?”

Moment of silence.

CARI
“Perhaps we should check what’s inside!”

BILLY
“I thought you said you didn’t want to be seen by the Mackintoshes!”

CARI
(eagerly) “Oh come on, Billy! Where’s your sense of adventure?”

BILLY
(apprehensively) “No, wait! Just a minute!”

CARI
“What’s the matter?”

BILLY
(hushes) “Ssh! Can you hear that?”

CARI
“Hear what?”

BILLY
(hushes) “Ssh! I’m trying to listen!”

Billy and Cari listen as footsteps echo from within the passageway.

CARI
(astonished) “Footsteps! There’s somebody in there already!”

BILLY
“Sounds like he or she is coming out!” (anxiously) “Quick, Cari! Behind that curtain! We won’t get seen!”

With that, Billy and Cari make for the nearest curtain to hide behind. Once they’ve hidden themselves, the panel in the wall opens as somebody steps out of the passageway. It is Iona Mackintosh. Billy and Cari watch behind the curtain to see Ioan coming out.

BILLY
(quietly) “Cari?”

CARI
(quietly) “Yes! I see her! It’s that Mackintosh girl we saw this morning at breakfast!”

BILLY
(quietly) “Iona. The one who was suspicious of me!” (Pause) “I wonder what she’s been up to in that dark corridor?!”

Billy and Cari continue watching as Iona is upset and shaken up when she comes out of the passageway. Her mother Lucy  then turns up in the corridor to meet her.

LUCY
(relieved; concerned) “Iona! Iona, my dear! There you are! Your father and I have been worried!”

IONA
(coldly) “I have no wish to talk to you, Mother. Leave me alone.”

LUCY
(concerned) “But Iona!”

IONA
(coldly) “I’m busy, Mother!”

LUCY
(concerned) “You look up-tight and petrified, Iona! Has something happened?”

IONA
(coldly) “Stop asking questions and let me be, Mother! I want to be alone! I’m busy!”

LUCY
“Busy with what, Iona?!”

IONA
“Mind your own business, Mother!”

With that, Iona storms off. Moment of silence ensues.

LUCY
(perplexed) “Why all this sudden change of behavior?” (Pause) “I need to talk to Gussie about Iona!”

Eventually, Lucy leaves the tartan passage corridor. After a short while, Billy and Cari quietly come out from behind the curtain to see Lucy leave.

CARI
(quietly) “I wonder what that was all about. Iona was so abrupt with her mum just then!”

BILLY
(quietly) “Yes! Something’s obviously upset her!”


SCENE #74 – INT – GUEST BEDROOM, EILEAN DONAN CASTLE – DAY, EVENING
It is now evening. With the Doctor and Nyssa, they are back in their guest bedroom. Nyssa is in the bathroom whilst the Doctor waits outside rather impatiently for her to come out. He knocks on the bathroom door.

DOCTOR
(calls; impatiently) “Nyssa, are you going to be in there long? The ball starts in about half an hour!”

NYSSA
(calls; from inside) “I’ll be out as soon as I can, Doctor.”

The Doctor then paces about to and fro impatiently in the guest bedroom. He ponders on what he and Nyssa have discovered today.

NYSSA
(calls; from inside) “I suppose you’ll be asking questions about the map to Mr. MacDonald.”

DOCTOR
“You think I shouldn’t?”

NYSSA
(calls; from inside) “Doctor, even you should realise that Mr. MacDonald is the kind of a man to easily get on the wrong side of! He didn’t approve of your objections to their holographic technology!”

DOCTOR
“Mr. MacDonald’s living in a world of his own, Nyssa! It’s my job to see that he breaks out of it!”

NYSSA
(calls; from inside) “Speaking of which…I met a strange person this afternoon while you were out.”

DOCTOR
“Really?”

NYSSA
(calls; from inside) “A friend of Jeremy’s. Well…she’s actually his fiancée! Iona Mackintosh!”

DOCTOR
(realises) “Ah! The forbidden match! So you’ve met her already then, Nyssa.”

NYSSA
(calls; from inside) “Yes! She was behaving oddly when I met her!”

DOCTOR
“Oddly? In what way?”

NYSSA
(calls; from inside) “Well…she seemed rather suspicious of me! She was trying to persuade Jeremy that I was evil and that I shouldn’t be trusted! Jeremy didn’t understand and she stormed off!”

DOCTOR
(intrigued) “Interesting! Why should she suspect you of being an enemy then? You’re rather pleasant to look at, Nyssa!”

NYSSA
(calls; from inside) “Thank you, Doctor. Very kind of you to say so.”

DOCTOR
“My pleasure!”

NYSSA
(calls; from inside) “But it’s not why she said it, Doctor. It’s more of how she said it! Like she was compelled to believe that I was evil by an external party! This is merely an observation, mind you.”

At that moment, Nyssa then comes out of the bathroom. She’s now wearing a ball gown for the Scottish ball at Eilean Donan Castle tonight.

NYSSA
“Well? How do I look?”

DOCTOR
(impressed) “Oh yes! Most fitting, Nyssa! Absolutely the right gear to wear at a Scottish ball! Rather contemporary mind you, but I’m sure nobody will object.”

NYSSA
(put-off) “Thank you, Doctor. Not exactly the response I was expecting, but never mind.” (Pause) “Are you going to change?”

DOCTOR
“No need. I never had a reason to change for special occasions.”

NYSSA
“You changed for the occasion when we went to Cranleigh Hall.”

DOCTOR
“Exactly! And I’d rather not wear something to cover my head! Especially not a tartan cap or a bonnet!”

NYSSA
(saddened) “It’s a shame Billy can’t be with us!”

DOCTOR
(thoughtfully) “Yes. I’m starting to notice now!”

NYSSA
“What? About my dress?”

DOCTOR
“No, about you and Billy. It’s more than you being fond of him, isn’t it?” (Pause) “You’ve become concerned for Billy’s safety. As if you fear that you won’t see him again.”

NYSSA
(apprehensively) “Doctor, I…”

They are then interrupted as Scottish bagpipe music echoes from downstairs.

DOCTOR
(realises) “Ah! The sound of Scottish music!”

NYSSA
“Yes! It is!” (Pause) “Come on, Doctor! Let’s go downstairs!”

DOCTOR
“Just as you say, Nyssa.”

With that, the Doctor and Nyssa make to head out of the guest bedroom.

NYSSA
(remembers) “By the way, Doctor! There’s another secret passageway to Iona’s castle where Jeremy goes! It’s in the library.”

DOCTOR
(intrigued) “Really?!”

They open the door as the Doctor and Nyssa leave the guest bedroom to head downstairs.


SCENE #75 – INT – MAIN HALL, EILEAN DONAN CASTLE – DAY, EVENING
In the main hall of Eilean Donan Castle, Scottish bagpipe music is played by a band of pipers and musicians, hired by the MacDonalds. Henry and Maggie are in the hall as they wait to receive guests. Maggie tightens Henry’s collar.

MAGGIE
“Stand still Henry, will you?! This requires subtle precision!”

HENRY
(annoyed) “Really, woman! I’m capable of adjusting my own collar!”

MAGGIE
“You’re far too fidgety with your clothes, dear!”

Maggie continues working on Henry’s collar whilst he moodily looks around.

HENRY
(realises) “Ah! Here come our first guests!”

Maggie stops adjusting Henry’s collar as they go off to greet their first guests. Toker the butler then announces the guests as they enter.

TOKER
(announces) “Mr. Hugo Kilwhillie and Mr. Ches of Roid.”

Hugo and Ches enter to greet their hosts, Henry and Maggie.

HENRY
“Hello, chaps! Glad you’re both able to attend!”

HUGO
“Wouldn’t miss this for the whole of Scotland!”

MAGGIE
“I’m sure we can find a partner suitable for you to dance with, Hugo.”

HUGO
“Nobody will compare with you, Maggie! A pretty partner!”

MAGGIE
(flattered) “Oh, Hugo! You flatter me so.”

HENRY
“Careful what you say, Hugo! This is my wife!”

HUGO
“Don’t I know it?!”

A ripple of laughter ensues between Henry, Hugo and Maggie.

MAGGIE
“How are you, Mr. Roid?”

CHES
(cheerfully) “Very well, thank you! Looking forward to the entertainment!” (Pause) “Shame that Cari’s not here!”

HENRY
“I must apologise for our property buying earlier today, Roid. Didn’t quite go as I planned.”

HUGO
“But I’m sure you found it informative and enlightening, Mr. Roid.”

CHES
“Oh indeed! I did enjoy the show!”

HENRY
“Yes! It would have been nice for a close bargain to be made! That is if we weren’t interrupted by that meddlesome…”

At that moment, the Doctor and Nyssa enter.

TOKER
(announces) “Miss Nyssa of Traken…and the Doctor.”

HENRY
(grumbles) “Ah! There he is! The man who spoiled our day!”

MAGGIE
(tactfully) “Now, Henry! Be nice to him!”

Henry grunts whilst the Doctor and Nyssa come over to greet them.

NYSSA
(to Maggie) “Thank you for inviting us to the ball, Mrs. MacDonald. It was very kind of you.”

MAGGIE
“Not at all, Miss Nyssa. I’m sure we’ll find you a suitable partner!”

Moment of tense silence.

HENRY
(realises) “Ah! Here’s my son!”

They look to see Jeremy enter as he comes over to see his mother and father, Henry and Maggie.

JEREMY
“Hello, Mother; Father.”

MAGGIE
(cheerily) “Hello, dear.”

Henry grunts.

JEREMY
(cheerfully) “Doctor; Nyssa! Good to see you again!”

DOCTOR
“Yes! All very pleasant, isn’t it?! Us being here in this fine room! Let’s hope no signal from the bagpipes will be heard tonight!”

At that, Henry clears his throat, quite embarrassed and perturbed. Meanwhile, the Scottish bagpipe music becomes jovial in the background as dancing occurs in the ballroom.

NYSSA
“Are you expecting someone to be here, Jeremy? You’re looking around quite frantically.”

JEREMY
“I was wondering if Iona was here.” (to Maggie) “Mother? Have the Mackintoshes been invited?”

MAGGIE
“I’m afraid we didn’t send them an invitation, my dear.”

HENRY
(admonishingly) “And quite right too! We don’t want that rabble in here! And we certainly don’t want the enemy taking over our castle, do we?!”

JEREMY
(sighs) “Very well.”

Moment of silence.

JEREMY
(to Nyssa) “Miss Nyssa? I may not be much of a dancing partner, but will you do me the honour?”

NYSSA
(slightly nervous) “Yes! Of course! It’d be my pleasure, Jeremy.”

DOCTOR
“Splendid! Well, you two go off and enjoy yourselves!”

NYSSA
“Thank you, Doctor.”

JEREMY
“Please take my hand, Nyssa.”

Nyssa takes Jeremy’s hand as he escorts her off into the ballroom.

DOCTOR
(to Henry) “Now Henry – may I call you Henry? Good! Henry, whilst we have a moment…”

HENRY
(ignores Doctor; to Hugo; Ches) “Hugo, my man! Roid! Let’s go and talk in the drawing room! We have much to discuss about Scottish tradition!”

HUGO
“Of course, Henry!”

CHES
“Will whisky be provided?”

HENRY
“Of course! Why not?! Let’s go before the vultures circle us!”

DOCTOR
(cries) “Wait! Please! Mr. MacDonald, wait a moment!”

But Henry ignores the Doctor as he rushes Hugo and Ches off to the drawing room. The Doctor remains behind for a while, feeling frustrated, as he stands with Maggie.

MAGGIE
(to Doctor) “You have to forgive my husband’s rather abrupt and ill-mannered behavior, Doctor. He tends to have a lot on his mind.”

DOCTOR
“He’s not the only one! Especially when it concerns the apocalyptic!”

The Doctor walks away, leaving Maggie to stand by herself.

TOKER
(announces) “Mr. and Mrs. George MacKay.”

Maggie then grumbles as she attends to the next guests.


© Tim Bradley, 2017

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