‘Junglos 4198’, Part Four, Chapter 14

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14. Inside the Tower!

SCENE #124 – EXT – MARADOR, JUNGLOS – DATE: 4198 – DAY, AFTERNOON
It is now the afternoon. At the eaves of Marador, Nyssa and Billy now walk on foot after having stopped riding on the elephant and jumping off him. They’ve let the elephant go on his way through the forest, whilst they continue on their way to Ungol.

BILLY
(satisfied) “There we are! The elephant’s gone! Hopefully we should get to Ungol on foot now from where we last saw it!”

NYSSA
“Billy?”

BILLY
“I think we should get on now!”

Billy walks forward before Nyssa quickly stops them.

NYSSA
“Billy?!”

BILLY
“Yes?”

NYSSA
“Billy, before we go…I need to ask you something!”

BILLY
“Okay. What do you want to ask me?”

Moment of silence, as Nyssa breathes deep and holds Billy’s hands.

NYSSA
“Look at me!”

Billy does as Nyssa says, as she looks into her eyes.

NYSSA
(gradually) “Do you love me, Billy?”

BILLY
(stammers) “Do I…do I love you?”

NYSSA
“Yes. Do you love me or not?”

BILLY
(gradually; nervously) “Well I’ve…I’ve always been fond of you…and….the thing is Nyssa, I…”

Another moment of silence, as Billy becomes hesitant on an answer.

BILLY
(stammers; sighs) “I…I can’t tell you! I…I can’t!”

Another moment of silence.

NYSSA
(gradually) “Then let me tell you something, Billy!” (Pause) “Let me tell you…this.”

Nyssa squeezes Billy’s hands, as she’s about to embrace Billy before…

NYSSA
(gasps) “Duck!”

BILLY
(puzzled) “Duck? Is that…”

NYSSA
(cries; urgently) “No really! Duck!”

Nyssa and Billy duck, as a muddy hand strikes at them but misses. They jump out of the way, as Nyssa and Billy look up to see the Mud Man before them. He transforms before their eyes and turns into Gun Nett.

BILLY
(cries) “Mud Man!”

DR. NETT
(chuckles) “What’s wrong with me scaring you?! Don’t you like it?!”

The Mud Man straightens up to his full height, as he retracts his mud arms back to normal with the wind breezing by.

DR. NETT
(coyly) “I just knew I would find you in these parts!”

NYSSA
“You knew or you were told?! By whom I wonder!”

DR. NETT
“So, what about my generous proposal? To be living mud people! Are you in…or are you out?”

Another moment of silence, as Nyssa and Billy confront him.

BILLY
(shouts) “It’s you who’s out, Muddy! Out of your mind!”

NYSSA
“Leave us alone and let us be on our way! We’ll have nothing to do with you!”

DR. NETT
“So, you’ve chosen…death!” (Pause) “Wrong answer!”

BILLY
“Nyssa, get back!”

Billy pushes Nyssa out of the way, as he confronts the Mud Man himself.

NYSSA
“Billy, be careful!”

DR. NETT
(shouts) “Here! Have some of mine!”

The Mud Man then transforms parts of his arms into a mud-made bow. He takes out an arrow from his now-transformed muddy back.

NYSSA
“He’s got a mud-composed bow and arrow!”

The Mud Man pulls the bow on the mud-formed string with the arrow and fires it at Billy. Billy watches as he sees the mud-arrow fire onto him.

BILLY
(annoyed) “Oh great!”

Billy crouches as he prepares to defend himself. But Nyssa steps in and pulls Billy out of the way.

NYSSA
“Come on, Billy! We have to get away from here!”

Nyssa and Billy run for it, just as the Mud Man’s arrows miss Billy. The Mud Man howls out loud angrily, as he then transforms into a snake-like mud creature and slithers off chasing after Nyssa and Billy.

DR. NETT
(grovels; yells) “YOU WON’T GET AWAY, YOU TWO! I’M COMING TO GET YOU!!”

The Mud Man howls, as he slithers off after Nyssa and Billy.


SCENE #125 – INT – GREAT HALL, UNGOL – DATE: 4198 – DAY, AFTERNOON
Inside the tower of Ungol, the Doctor, Dynda, Jason, Doromir and Lo-Jo enter the great hall. They look around and take in their surroundings, as they see the wonders of the place before them.

JASON
(awed) “The Great Hall of Ungol! It’s so massive!”

DYNDA
(angrily; to Lo-Jo) “You just had to leave your men out there to die, didn’t you?! You just had to keep yourself safe and let your own men be killed!”

LO-JO
(defiantly) “Those men will keep those savages occupied! That’s all that matters!”

DOROMIR
“Yes! And while Mr. Morg, Mr. Pike and Mr. Deletos keep those Gren occupied, how do you expect us to find that treasure for you?! And don’t say you’re going to threaten us with a laser pistol to do it!”

LO-JO
(casually) “No need, Captain! For I already know where it is! Up the stairs to the treasure chamber next to where the Bullor sleeps! He’ll be waiting for us!”

DOCTOR
(cheers; triumphantly) “Aha! Just what I was looking for!”

DYNDA
(curiously) “Doctor, what are you doing?!”

The Doctor has just moved over to where a huge table stands, holding a massive book on top. He opens the book and flicks through the pages as he begins to read through it. Lo-Jo then trains his laser pistol onto the Doctor.

LO-JO
(threateningly) “You will stand away from there, Doctor! You are to come with us all up to the tower to find the treasure!”

DOCTOR
“Your threats don’t intimate me, Lo-Jo!” (excitedly) “This is what I hoped on finding! And it’s very convenient!”

JASON
“Let me guess! The Bible of Junglos!”

DYNDA
(groans) “I should have guessed!”

The Doctor turns over a lot of pages too quickly as he reads through them. He then turns some pages back in the book.

DOCTOR
(excitedly) “And do you know what, everybody? This big bundle of a bible confirms my hypothesis!” (Pause) “The Bible of Junglos is a forgery!”

JASON
“What?! How can you be so sure?!”

The Doctor takes out the little condensed copy of the Bible of Jungles from his coat pocket and shows it to everyone.

DOCTOR
“Because Jason…this condensed version I hold in my hand, is exactly the same as the big bible on this stand!”

DYNDA
(astonished) “You can’t be serious! You don’t know all the pages of that book to know that they’re both the same!”

DOCTOR
“I’m a brilliant reader of books, Dynda! I pick up pages instantly from any text! And I know for a fact that both these books are the same! And that both books are forgeries! They do not contain full historical accounts of Junglos!”

DOROMIR
“Same books, maybe. But they don’t prove that they’re forgeries, Doctor!”

DOCTOR
“How long has this planet been in existence, Captain Doromir? Hmm! Tell me? How long?”

DOROMIR
(baffled) “How is that relevant?”

DYNDA
“Four thousand years, Doctor! I told you!  It’s the year four one nine eight!”

DOCTOR
“Really?” (Pause) “Take a look at this big bible on the table here, Dynda!”

The Doctor lets Dynda step forward and take a closer look at the big bible on the huge table. Dynda takes some moments to examine the Bible of Junglos closely.

DYNDA
“Yes, well? What am I supposed to be looking at?”

The Doctor points to show Dynda what he’s on about.

DOCTOR
“You see that last page of the bible? In the last book entitled ‘Revelations of the Universe’?”

DYNDA
“What about it?”

DOCTOR
“That’s the last entry made for the bible to be filled in, Dynda! It says it here in the right column! The date on when it was last written! Written on the fourth of January ninety-eight. Whether that’s a thousand or four thousand years is an entirely different matter!”

DYNDA
(thinks) “I still don’t get it!”

DOCTOR
(insistently) “Look at the numbers, Dynda! Look!”

Dynda looks at the numbers closely on the page.

DYNDA
(reads; slowly) “‘four slash one slash ninety-eight.'” (sceptical) “I still don’t…” (stops; realises) “Oh my! The fourth of January ninety-eight!” (gradually) “Four one nine eight!”

DOCTOR
“Exactly, Dynda! Exactly what it says!”

LO-JO
“What do ye say, Doctor? What is the significance of this?!”

DOCTOR
(gradually) “This planet hasn’t existed for thousands of years! It’s existed over nine decades! The Bible of Junglos has been nothing but a jibbed attempt to cook up a fantasy history!” (Pause) “For me!”

Moment of silence. Just then, they’re interrupted. The two guardians Cartcra and Corate enter. This causes Orio the Parrot to squawk frantically.

CARTCRA
(shouts) “Halt, intruders! Or my comrade and I will attack!”

ORIO THE PARROT
(squawks) “Coppers! It’s the coppers!” (squawks)

LO-JO
(shouts) “Run, you scurvies! Up the tower!”

CARTCRA
“No! Stay where you are or we fire!”

LO-JO
“Up the tower, I say!”

DOROMIR
“Mr. Sil! Get back here!”

DOCTOR
“Come on, Captain! We must follow him!”

CARTCRA
(shouts) “Stop, I say! Stop at once!!”

CORATE
(cries) “Cartcra! The boy bears the sword of Quasarin! He’ll kill the Bullor!”

DYNDA
“Jason, come on!”

Jason lags on behind, as he follows after the Doctor, Dynda, Doromir and Lo-Jo. They make their way up the stairs of the tower.

CARTCRA
(shouts) “Destroy them, Corate! They must not escape! Destroy!! DESTROY!!”

Cartcra and Corate fire their laser spears in their hands, as they attempt to stop the intruders. But their weapons miss their targets, as Lo-Jo, the Doctor, Jason, Doromir and Dynda head up the tower unscathed. Orio the Parrot squawks away, as he flies up the tower with Lo-Jo, the Doctor and company.

ORIO THE PARROT
(squawks) “Shiver me timbers! Shiver me timbers!” (squawks)

Cartcra and Corate stop firing their laser spears, once they realise they’ve failed.

CORATE
“They’re on their way up the tower, Cartcra! They’ll meet the Bullor!”

CARTCRA
“They will not survive his anger since we’ve released him!”

Cartcra and Corate stand on guard, as they look up the stairs to where the intruders go up the tower.


SCENE #126 – EXT – MARADOR, JUNGLOS – DATE: 4198 – DAY, AFTERNOON
Meanwhile at the eaves of Marador, Nyssa and Billy continue running away from the Mud Man. They come northwards around the tower of Ungol. Nyssa and Billy pant for breath, as they’ve been running for quite some time.

BILLY
(pants) “We can’t keep running like this, Nyssa! At least I can’t! I feel so weak from that infection I caught from you!”

NYSSA
(pants) “I feel weak too, Billy! But we must keep on! That Mud Man will be right behind us!” (realises) “Look! There’s that tower Ungol! We can reach it before he gets us!”

BILLY
(pants; determined) “Right! Let’s go!”

But before they can move, Nyssa gets hit by a mud arrow and cries out in pain.

BILLY
(panics; concerned) “Nyssa? What is it?”

NYSSA
“My shoulder! It’s been hit!”

Nyssa falls to the ground on her knees. Billy kneels down to help Nyssa and sees the mud-arrow in her shoulder.

BILLY
(shocked) “You got an arrow stuck in your shoulder, Nyssa! Hang on! I’ll take it out!” (realises) “Sorry! This may hurt a little!”

Billy grabs hold of the mud-arrow and pulls it out of her shoulder instantly. Nyssa cries out in pain again once Billy’s pulled the arrow out of her shoulder. Billy holds the arrow in his hand and reacts disgusted, as it dissolves into a puddle of mud out of his hand onto the ground.

BILLY
“It’s made of mud! The arrow was made out mud!”

Just then, an unearthly scream of terror echoes in the distance as the Mud Man approaches. He slithers, taking another mud-made arrow out from his back and attaching it to his mud-made bow from his arms.

NYSSA
“The Mud Man! He’s trying to kill us!”

BILLY
“Come on, Nyssa! Quick, before he hits us with another arrow!”

Nyssa and Billy run for it, as they head towards the tower of Ungol.

DR. NETT
(shouts; grovels) “You can’t escape from me, kids! I AM THE MUD MAN!”

The Mud Man shrieks, as he fires more mud-arrows at his opponents with his mud-bow. As Nyssa and Billy run, they manage to dodge the Mud Man’s arrows. They run past bushes and foliage to get out of the forest. The Mud Man keeps firing mud-arrows at Nyssa and Billy for at least twenty arrows and they manage to dodge them. Nyssa and Billy come across a darker part of the forest.

NYSSA
“We’re getting away, Billy! We’ve almost lost him!”

Things seem to be going alright for Nyssa and Billy. But just then, one of the Mud Man’s mud-arrows hits Billy in his right leg. He cries out in pain, before falling to the ground. Nyssa then runs back to help Billy.

NYSSA
(cries; concerned) “Billy! Billy, are you alright?”

Billy groans as he clutches his right leg, whilst lying on the floor. He pulls the mud-arrow out from his right leg.

BILLY
(in pain; reassuringly) “I’ll be alright! One of the arrows just hit my right leg! I’ve taken it out now!”

NYSSA
“I know, I saw!” (gasps; shocked) “And it’s left a deep gash in your leg!”

Just as Nyssa is about to tend to Billy’s right leg, she then looks up and becomes horrified as the Mud Man comes upon her. He reverts back to Gun Nett.

DR. NETT
“Ah! The boy has fallen! How about if I end his life instantly?!”

The Mud Man then raises his arm, turned into mud, and grips it hard as he’s about strike Billy. Nyssa then rushes forward and grabs hold of the Mud Man’s arm, preventing him from hurting Billy.

NYSSA
(angrily) “No! Leave him alone! You won’t hurt Billy or kill him in any such horrid manner!”

DR. NETT
(mockingly) “Aww, poor girl! I don’t forgive or forget!” (howls; fiercely) “Consider my offer of partnership…withdrawn!”

Nyssa then cries out, as she gets picked up off from the ground by the Mud Man.

NYSSA
(cries) “Let me go! Get off me!”

But the Mud Man has already transformed the lower part of his body into mud, as he takes Nyssa away with him. He slithers towards the tower of Ungol, taking Nyssa with him. The Mud Man laughs out loud, whilst Nyssa struggles to break free from his powerful hands.

NYSSA
(cries) “Billy! Billy, help me!”

Meanwhile, Billy recovers from his injury, as he looks up to see Nyssa being taken away by the Mud Man.

BILLY
(cries) “Hold on, Nyssa! I’m coming for you!”

Billy tries to run forward, but his injured leg causes more bleeding and he winces in pain before falling to the ground again.

BILLY
(determined) “No! I won’t let my bleeding leg stop me from saving Nyssa! Not now! Not ever!”

With that, Billy picks himself up as he runs forward, limping in agony. Billy chases after the Mud Man taking Nyssa with him, as he makes for the tower of Ungol ahead of them.


SCENE #127 – EXT – GATES OF UNGOL, RETATIF FIELDS – DATE: 4198 – DAY, AFTERNOON
Outside at the gates of Ungol, Deletos, Morg and Pike fire their laser pistols on the approaching Gren savages. They shoot them dead one by one, but it doesn’t stop the Gren from retreating. Arrows are shot by Gren warriors firing their bows on Deletos, Morg and Pike. Deletos, Morg and Pike however manage to survive unscathed.

PIKE
“It’s no good, Deletos! We keep firing but those animals keep on coming!”

DELETOS
“Keep on firing, Mr. Pike; Mr. Morg! Don’t let them see the whites of your eyes!”

Deletos, Morg and Pike keep on firing, whilst Ja-Ara howls out loudly with her troops as they charge towards them.

JA-ARA
(howls) “GO ON, YOU RABBLE! GET THOSE MEN! KILL THEM!!! KILL THEM!!!”

The Gren savages continue charging and firing their bow and arrows, whilst Deletos, Pike and Morg keep firing their laser pistols at them.

MORG
“We won’t be able to keep this up, Deletos! The power packs in our laser pistols will run out!”

PIKE
“Yeah! We’ll be completely defenceless!”

They keep on firing their laser pistols, whilst Deletos considers what they should do next.

DELETOS
(gradually) “Then we shall have to send for reinforcements!” (Pause) “You men stay here and hold the fort!”

MORG
(puzzled) “What are you going to do then?”

DELETOS
“I’ll be back!”

Deletos then draws his sword from out of his sheath, before he strikes it to the ground.

PIKE
(horrified) “Morg! He’s got his sword! He’s going to ditch us!”

Deletos then presses a button on the sword’s hilt and speaks into it.

DELETOS
(calls; out loud) “This is Deletos calling Hispaniola! Beam me back!”

MORG
(yells) “NO!”

Morg tries to reach for Deletos. But it’s too late, as Deletos beams out instantly with the sword in his hand. Once Deletos has gone, Morg and Pike are astonished and horrified. Morg and Pike soon realise that the Gren savages are still coming onto them with their bows and arrows. The Gren savages attack Morg and Pike and howl them savagely in their approach.

PIKE
(petrified) “What are we going to do? Morg, what are we going to do?!”

MORG
(determined) “We fight, Pike!”

PIKE
(anxious) “But the power packs…”

MORG
(yells) “Fire, Pike! Fire! The Brotherhood of Orio Flinax must continue!”

With that, Morg and Pike fire their laser pistols at the Gren savages as they approach. The Gren savages get shot down one by one. Meanwhile, Ja-Ara and Jor-Eliv watch this chaos happening to their Gren savages as they charge and get shot down by the two pirates.

JA-ARA
“We must get into the tower! To kill that Doctor!”

JOR-ELIV
“You know a rear entrance?”

JA-ARA
“Keep me covered as we go, Jor! I need you to get me into that tower!”

With that, Ja-Ara and Jor-Eliv sneakily and quietly make their way around the battle between the pirates and Gren savages, as they attempt to find a way into the tower. But they’ve been seen by Elar-Jom and Antuss who have been fighting in the battle.

ANTUSS
(quietly) “Look, Elar! Your parents! They’re heading off around our group away from the battle! They must be trying to find a way to get into the tower by another entrance.”

ELAR-JOM
(determined; quietly) “Let’s follow them, Antuss! Find out what they’re up to!”

Elar-Jom and Antuss follow on after Ja-Ara and Jor-Eliv, as they make their way around the battle between pirates and Gren savages. They head for the rear of Ungol.


SCENE #128 – INT – CORRIDOR, UNGOL – DATE: 4198 – DAY, AFTERNOON
Inside the tower of Ungol, the Doctor, Dynda, Jason, Captain Doromir and Lo-Jo with Orio the Parrot reach the top of the winding staircase. They come to the place outside the treasure chamber in the tower.

JASON
(amazed) “Here we are! Buried treasure…buried behind those doors!”

DYNDA
“We certainly managed to escape those dunderheads downstairs who tried to threaten us!”

DOCTOR
(sceptically) “Yes! Unless we were meant to be up here! For the sake of reaching this place!”

LO-JO
(threateningly) “Now, Jason! You have the seal! Open those chamber doors!”

DOROMIR
(angrily) “Is that your way of getting through to the boy?! By threatening him?!”

LO-JO
“Do as I say, boy! Unless you wish one of your friends dead!”

Lo-Jo takes out his laser pistol and clicks its trigger, as he aims it at the Doctor and Dynda.

LO-JO
“What’s it going to be then, Jason? The Doctor and Miss Dynda’s lives…or opening those chamber doors for me?!”

ORIO THE PARROT
(squawks) “Open the doors! Open the doors!” (squawks)

DYNDA
“Don’t do it, Jason! Don’t let him dominate you!”

JASON
“It’s alright, Dynda! I was going to do it anyway!”

With that, Jason quickly lays the Seal of Ronzador on the treasure chamber doors. They open instantly once Jason’s placed the seal. The doors creak as they open. Once fully open, Lo-Jo steps towards the opening doors as he’s about to enter the treasure chamber.

LO-JO
(triumphantly) “At last! At last!”

The Doctor, Dynda, Jason and Doromir watch as Lo-Jo enters the treasure chamber.

DOCTOR
(grimly) “It seems that Lo-Jo has all the cards, doesn’t it?!”

DYNDA
“He’s entered the chamber!” (Pause; to Doctor) “We can’t let him get away so easily, Doctor! He’s gone too far with what he wants!”

DOCTOR
“We’ll have to keep a close watch on him to see where he goes, Dynda.” (Pause) “Let’s follow him inside, shall we?”

With that, the Doctor, Dynda, Jason and Doromir follow Lo-Jo inside the treasure chamber.


SCENE #129 – INT – TREASURE CHAMBER, UNGOL – DATE: 4198 – DAY, AFTERNOON
Once inside the treasure chamber, Lo-Jo finds what he has been looking for. He sees the treasure chests before him on the floor.

LO-JO
“There they are, laddies! The chests of Orio Flinax! Buried here for thousands of years!”

DOCTOR
(pedantic) “Ninety eight to be precise, Lo-Jo! Or is it?”

DOROMIR
“It’s all dusty now! Those chests! They must have been here for thousands of years!”

DOCTOR
“Salvador likes to impress, doesn’t he?!”

JASON
(thrilled) “I can’t believe it! It’s here! Right here before us! The lost treasure!”

DYNDA
(sighs) “Oh boys and their treasure!”

LO-JO
“And we don’t even have to dig it up, Jason!”

DOCTOR
“Wait a minute! What happened to the Bullor? Isn’t he supposed to come and stop us?”

DOROMIR
“Are you in earnest for him to come then, Doctor?”

LO-JO
(sing-song) “On the Hispaniola we travelled long; this our day for victory; for great power and wisdom. But no time for all that whilst towers can be crushed; Come on, mates; the treasure is ours!”

Just then, Lo-Jo snatches the Seal of Ronzador abruptly from Jason. Jason reacts startled and agitated, once the seal’s been snatched from him.

JASON
(agitated) “Hey! That seal’s mine, Lo-Jo! Give it back!”

DOROMIR
(firmly) “Keep away from those chests, Lo-Jo!”

But Lo-Jo ignores Doromir, as he hungrily reaches for the treasure chests before him. He kneels to the ground and begins to unlock the chests with the seal.

DOCTOR
(warning) “Lo-Jo! I really wouldn’t…”

Lo-Jo soon manages to open the chests up with the seal. But his excitement soon turns into gasps of shock and horror, before a moment of silence ensues.

LO-JO
(cries; shocked) “What?! What is the meaning of this?!”

The Doctor, Dynda, Jason and Doromir are equally surprised, as they see what’s inside the treasure chests before them.

JASON
(confused) “I…I don’t understand!”

DYNDA
“They’re empty! Those chests are empty! There’s nothing in them!”

DOCTOR
(light-heartily) “Correction, Dynda! There happens to be piles of mud in each of the three chests! Not exactly treasure I grant you, but there is something!”

DOROMIR
“Surely this can’t be right! We can’t have come all this way for nothing!”

Lo-Jo meanwhile lets out a howl of rage, as he smashes his hands onto the lids of the three treasures chests.

LO-JO
(angrily) “There’s no treasure in here! Nothing but a pile of muck! All this way for nothing! What a worthless journey!” (realises; panics) “Oh no! Morg and Pike! They’ll kill me! They’ll be angry that I’ve led them this far for nothing!” (angrily) “And then…we’ll all be on trial for mutiny! We’ll be held for court martial!”

DOROMIR
(proudly) “Quite right, Mr. Sil! You and your men will be taken for court martial! And then you will be hanged!”

DOCTOR
(warning) “Please don’t antagonise him, Captain Doromir! You’re upsetting him further already!”

DOROMIR
(dismissively) “That’s precisely the intention, Doctor! The man’s a pirate! He deserves to suffer!”

LO-JO
(angrily) “No! I will not be humiliated like this! Not here! Not now! I came to this planet for treasure! And treasure I shall have!” (bitterly) “Curse those buffoons who try to humiliate me! Curse you all!” (sobs) “Oh how I wish the Bullor would just come in here and end it all!”

Moment of silence, before a loud ferocious and hideous roar echoes nearby. The Doctor, Dynda, Jason, Doromir and Lo-Jo become scared out of their wits. They turn to see see a huge and mighty creature enter. It is the Bullor with fangs dripping in blood.

BULLOR
(angrily) “WHO DARES COME TO DISTURB THE RESIDENCE OF THE BULLOR?! HOW DARE YOU ENTER THESE HALLS?!”

The Doctor and company back away, as they see the Bullor approaching slowly and howling angrily.

DYNDA
(shocked) “It can’t be! He’s not…!”

LO-JO
(shrieks; horrified) “Aye! A BULLOR! A BULLOR HAS COME TO KILL US!”

DOROMIR
“Kill you more like it, Mr. Sil!”

JASON
(terrified) “He’s a giant! I can’t believe it!”

DOCTOR
(apprehensive; realises) “Now I understand! Now I know what this creature means! Oh Salvador, how come you took my stories so seriously?!”

The Bullor roars loudly, as it approaches the Doctor and company. The treasure chamber doors close shut behind the Bullor once he’s in.

BULLOR
(angrily) “YOU SHALL FEAR THE POWER OF MY FANGS DIG DEEP INTO THE FLESH AND RIP OUT YOUR OWN BLOOD!”

The Doctor and the others back away, as they tremble at the horrifying form of the Bullor.


SCENE #130 – EXT – RETATIF FIELDS – DATE: 4198 – DAY, AFTERNOON
At the rear entrance to the tower of Ungol on the Retatif Fields, Nyssa struggles to break free as she’s being carried by the Mud Man in his strong grip. The Mud Man slithers his way towards the tower. Nyssa kicks her legs up and down, as she tries to break free and pull the Mud Man’s hands off from her. But the Mud Man’s grip on Nyssa is too strong.

DR. NETT
Stop moving about, you girl! There’s no escape for you!”

NYSSA
(cries) “Is this your way of living your life?! Threatening and capturing people who’ve done you no harm!”

DR. NETT
“I gave you a chance of life! And you have defied me!”

NYSSA
“We don’t want to be like you! If you threaten us this way, we would hardly ever agree to submit to your deal!”

DR. NETT
“You have angered a god! And you shall punish for it!”

NYSSA
(determined) “I won’t ask you again! Let me go!”

The Mud Man slithers on towards Ungol’s tower, until Nyssa suddenly kicks him in a fleshy part of his legs that’s not converted into mud. At that, the Mud Man lets out a cry of agony and rage before he drops Nyssa to the ground. The Mud Man falls apart as mud. Nyssa lands on the ground once she’s been dropped. She then looks to see the Mud Man turn into a large puddle of mud on the ground, as he loses control of his powers and slithers hysterically.

NYSSA
(concerned) “A-Are you alright? I didn’t mean to hurt you!”

DR. NETT
(yells, grovels) “The pain! THE PAIN! THE MUD MAN NEVER FEELS PAIN!”

NYSSA
(astonished) “What did I just do?”

As Nyssa watches the Mud Man suffering in pain as a mud puddle slithering on the ground, Billy then turns up. Billy runs on foot, limping as he approaches Nyssa.

BILLY
(calls) “Nyssa?! Nyssa?” (realises) “Nyssa, there you are!”

NYSSA
(relieved) “Billy! Oh thank goodness you’re alright! But wait! You’re limping!”

BILLY
“Never mind that! What about you? Where’s Muddy got to?”

Billy looks to see with Nyssa, as the Mud Man as a mud puddle shrieks away in rage and contorts in pain, slithering hysterically as he does so.

BILLY
(astonished) “How did you do that, Nyssa? How did you manage to get free from him?”

NYSSA
(puzzled) “I’m not sure! I just kicked him and he dropped me!” (thinks) “I think I kicked him in a part of his leg where it’s flesh and not mud! Perhaps that could be his weakness, Billy! His fleshy parts of the body are vulnerable whilst he’s half converted as mud!”

BILLY
“You could be right, Nyssa! It’s a good theory!”

NYSSA
“It’s very logical!” (disgusted) “Anyway, I’ll be glad of changing my clothes when we get back to the TARDIS! The Mud Man knows where to leave his mark!”

BILLY
“We must move on from here, Nyssa! Before he recovers!”

NYSSA
“We must go into the tower!”

BILLY
(shocked) “Into the tower?! Are you sure that’s where we ought to go!”

NYSSA
“It’s where Queso said we should go to be cured! Why what’s wrong, Billy?”

BILLY
(shudders) “Well…it’s just…looking at the towerfrom down here…the tower looks so dark and frightful! I’m not sure I’d like to live in there even as a ghost!”

NYSSA
“We’ve got nowhere else to go to, Billy! Now come on!”

Nyssa takes Billy’s hand, as she drags him with her towards the tower. They make for the rear entrance into Ungol. As they go on, Nyssa and Billy then stop in their tracks as they hear a hideous roaring echoing from the Ungol tower. It scares the living daylights out of them.

BILLY
(scared) “What was that?! It sounded like some wild animal!”

NYSSA
(hushes) “Hush, Billy! I hear something!”

BILLY
“What? What is it?”

Nyssa hushes Billy again, before they hear a familiar voice echoing from above in the tower.

DOCTOR
(from far-off) “So are you going to eat us up then, Mr. Bullor? We would give you serious indigestion!”

Nyssa and Billy gasp, relieved.

BILLY
“That’s…”

NYSSA
“Yes! It’s the Doctor!”

BILLY
“He must be high up in that tower!”

NYSSA
“Come on, Billy! Let’s catch up with him before we lose our chance!”

Nyssa then cries out in pain as she stumbles to the ground. Billy comes by to help her.

BILLY
(concerned) “Nyssa?! Nyssa, are you alright?”

NYSSA
(in pain) “The infection! It’s getting to me now! I’m so weak”

BILLY
(encouragingly) “We can’t stop now, Nyssa! There’s some stairs before us! They must lead into the tower at the back! Come on!”

Billy helps Nyssa up, as they make their way to the stair leading up to the rear entrance of the Ungol tower. As they go up, the Mud Man eventually manages to recover his strength and holds his bodily form together. He rises up from the ground and looks to see Nyssa and Billy going up the stairs and entering the tower of Ungol. The Mud Man howls angrily once he sees them go as he reverts back to Gun Nett.

DR. NETT
(howls) “No! No-one escapes from Mud Man that easily! I’m coming after you two! NO-ONE ESCAPES FROM ME!!!”

The Mud Man howls angrily, as he transforms into a snake-like mud creature. He slithers his way towards the stairs of the rear entrance to the tower and chases after Nyssa and Billy. Once the Mud Man has gone, Ja-Ara and Jor-Eliv turn up as they’re about to enter into the tower via the rear entrance too.

JOR-ELIV
“There it is, Ja-Ara! The rear entrance!”

JA-ARA
“We shall go in there, husband! And kill all who wish to kill our mud! Move your butt and let’s get in there!”

Determined and savagely, Ja-Ara drags Jor-Eliv with her as they head up towards the stairs and enter the tower of Ungol via through the rear entrance. Not long after Ja-Ara and Jor-Eliv have entered the tower, Elar-Jom and Antuss soon turn up. They arrive in time to see Ja-Ara and Jor-Eliv enter the tower via the rear entrance.

ANTUSS
“They’ve gone, Elar! They’re going to try and find that Doctor!”

ELAR-JOM
“Mum’s gone in alright! But once she’s in, she’ll never get out! Come on!”

Both Elar-Jom and Antuss make their way towards the staircase, as they go up and make to enter the Ungol tower via the rear entrance too.


SCENE #131 – INT – TREASURE CHAMBER, UNGOL – DATE: 4198 – DAY, AFTERNOON

BULLOR
(roars) “YOU FEAR BULLOR! AND FEAR BECOMES MY STRENGTH!!”

The Bullor roars again, as it approaches his victims within the treasure chamber. Jason then draws his sword Quasarin out from his sheath, as he makes to approach the beast with determination and bravery.

JASON
(bravely) “Back away, you beast! I am Jason Drodo! And this is Quasarin! You’ve seen this blade once before when Orio Flinax carried it! Now I carry it!”

DOCTOR
“Jason, get back! You can’t fight the Bullor single-handed!”

JASON
(determined) “No, Doctor! This sword can kill the Bullor as claimed in the legend!” (to Bullor) “I challenge you, Bullor! Let me and my friends go!”

BULLOR
“YOU SHALL SMITE ME, YOUNGLING! FOR I AM BULLOR…AND WILL DIE WITH HONOUR!!”

DYNDA
(cries) “Jason, be careful”

The Bullor howls loudly and charges towards Jason. Jason defends himself, by striking the Quasarin sword against the Bullor’s armour. This however does not deflect the Bullor. Jason manages to dodge out of the way, before the Bullor crashes through the wall.

JASON
“Excuse me, Lo-Jo? Mind if I take that seal off from you!”

Jason takes the Seal of Ronzador from Lo-Jo, before he runs over to stand at the doors to the treasure chamber. He then unlocks the doors to open, using the seal to open them. The doors open.

JASON
(satisfied) “There! The treasure chamber doors are open!”

Just as the doors have opened, the Bullor recovers as he rises up to fight against Jason again.

LO-JO
(encouragingly) “Come on, Jason! Fight him with that sword! You’ve got the courage for it!”

DOROMIR
“Don’t encourage the boy, Mr. Sil! He doesn’t know what he’s getting into!”

LO-JO
(cries; encouragingly) “Come on, Jason lad! That’s the way to do it! Fight like a man!”

Jason however backs away, as the Bullor approaches him.

JASON
(calls; to Bullor) “You know something, you furry angry thing! It’s rather cramped in here! Let’s take this outside!”

The Bullor however charges towards him, just as Jason runs out of the treasure chamber.


SCENE #132 – INT – CORRIDOR, UNGOL – DATE: 4198 – DAY, AFTERNOON
Outside in the corridor, Jason manages to dodge the Bullor beast again, as it charges through and loses control running down the stairs and missing him completely. The Bullor beast howls in hideous rage, as it charges down the stairs and crashes into something. The Doctor, Dynda, Doromir and Lo-Jo come out to join Jason.

DOCTOR
“Well done, Jason! You’ve managed to outwit it!”

The Bullor howls again from below, which trembles the tower walls.

BULLOR
“FACE ME, BOY! YOUR SWORD SHALL MEET WITH MY FANGS!”

JASON
“I’ve got to get down there and sort him out!”

DYNDA
“No, Jason! You’ll get yourself killed!”

JASON
“I’ve got to go, Dynda! There’s no other way!”

DYNDA
“No! Jason!”

But Jason already makes his way down the stairs, as he goes off to fight the Bullor.

LO-JO
“I will accompany you, Jason! Two swords are better than one!”

Lo-Jo draws his own Quasarin-like sword out from his sheath and follows after Jason.

DOROMIR
“Wait a moment, Mr. Sil! Wait a moment!”

Doromir also draws his sword out from his sheath and follows after Lo-Jo down the stairs. Dynda makes to follow after them, before the Doctor stops her.

DYNDA
(anxiously) “We must go after them!”

DOCTOR
“No, Dynda! There’s something we must do here first!”

DYNDA
“Why, what is it? What’s more important than Jason’s life or even Lo-Jo and Doromir’s lives? Or more to the point, our lives! That beast was huge!”

DOCTOR
“The treasure in those chambers, Dynda!”

DYNDA
“Treasure? But it was just mud!”

DOCTOR
“No! There’s more to it than that! I’m starting to see the light!”

DYNDA
“What are you talking about, Doctor?”

DOCTOR
“The stairs, Dynda!”

DYNDA
“What, are we going downstairs?”

DOCTOR
“No! Upstairs! There must be some power house up in the top of this tower that makes this place tick! This whole planet tick in fact! And I’d like to find out what that is!”

DYNDA
“But what about Jason and the others? We can’t abandon them!”

DOCTOR
“They’ll be alright! Come on!”

The Doctor drags Dynda with him, as they head up the stairs in the tower.


SCENE #133 – INT – STAIRWAY, UNGOL – DATE: 4198 – DAY, AFTERNOON
Meanwhile, Jason goes downstairs and follows the sound of the Bullor’s hideous roaring. As he goes downstairs, Jason brandishes his sword Quasarin in order to prepare himself for another battle. He breathes deep and sighs, as he feels exhilarated all over.

BULLOR
(roars) “COME DOWN, QUASARIN BEARER! THE BULLOR IS ANGRY!”

JASON
“Don’t worry, you overgrown Goliath! I’m coming!”

Jason holds his Quasarin sword firmly in his hands. He breathes deep, as he continues down the stairs following the sound of the Bullor’s roar. As Jason goes down, Lo-Jo and Doromir also go down the stairs, following after him.

LO-JO
“Jason will need our help, Captain! Its three men against one monster! There stands a chance!”

DOROMIR
(threateningly) “No, Mr. Sil! This time you’re not getting away with what you’ve tried to do these last few days! Mutiny!”

LO-JO
(agitated) “Really, Captain! Is this really worth the time…?”

DOROMIR
(interrupts) “You and your men have committed mutiny against my command, Mr. Sil! Therefore you shall not be able to escape, due to the failure of our mission!”

LO-JO
“If that’s true, then I shall strike you with my own blade to defy you! Will you not take me on, Captain?!”

Lo-Jo raises his Quasarin-like sword at Captain Doromir.

DOROMIR
“Gladly…I accept your challenge, Mr. Sil!”

Doromir raises his sword at Lo-Jo. The two swords of Lo-Jo and Doromir meet, before they eventually fight each other. They strike blades against each other, as they make their way down the stairs. Doromir struggles in the fight against Lo-Jo, whilst they strike swords against each other.

LO-JO
(scoffs) “You’re getting old you know, Captain! You don’t know how to deal with Lo-Jo Sil – the greatest space pirate in the galaxy!”

DOROMIR
(defiantly) “We’ll see who the old one is, Mr. Sil!”

Lo-Jo and Captain Doromir continue fighting each other, as their sword clash against each other and they stumble down the stairs along the way.


SCENE #134 – INT – TREASURE CHAMBER, UNGOL – DATE: 4198 – DAY, AFTERNOON
Meanwhile, back inside the treasure chamber, Nyssa and Billy enter as they come up the tower via the rear entrance. As they enter, Nyssa gropes in pain whilst Billy helps to support her.

BILLY
(concerned) “Nyssa? You’re suffering again!”

NYSSA
“I know! I feel like I’m going to explode!”

BILLY
(anxiously) “Oh where’s the Doctor when we need him! I don’t know where we are or what this place is!”

NYSSA
“We must explore this place whilst we can! We can’t stop finding him!”

BILLY
“I feel I’m going to faint soon!”

NYSSA
“I’m sorry, Billy! I forgot your infection was worse than mine.”

Just then, they hear the familiar laughter of the Mud Man coming from downstairs. Nyssa and Billy shudder with fright once they hear him.

BILLY
(frustrated) “Muddy’s been following us! He must have recovered quickly!”

NYSSA
“Come on! Let’s get out of this chamber!”

But before they leave the chamber, Nyssa and Billy notice the three treasure chambers opened on the floor before them.

BILLY
“Nyssa? What’s that? In those chests on the floor?”

NYSSA
(gradually) “It’s…it’s mud!”

BILLY
(slightly annoyed) “Oh, I’m starting to get really annoyed from hearing that word ‘mud’! It’s become a curse!”

NYSSA
“It’s…the mud is in these three chests!” (realises) “They’re treasure chests!”

BILLY
“You mean…the mud is the treasure?! That’s silly!”

Moment of silence, before the mud starts to glow and squelch from within the chests. The mud moves about in the chests as it glows and squelches.

BILLY
(baffled) “Hang on! Is the mud glowing? How come it’s doing that?”

Billy doesn’t get an answer, as a sigh escapes from Nyssa…

NYSSA
(sighs) “Billy? What’s…?”

…and she faints to the floor, unconscious.

BILLY
(panics; concerned) “Nyssa! Nyssa, are you alright?! Nyssa?!”

Billy goes down onto the floor where Nyssa lies, as he tries to wake her up.

BILLY
(concerned) “Nyssa! Nyssa, can you hear me?! Please Nyssa, wake up!”

But he receives no response from her. Billy then slumps to the floor.

BILLY
(groans) “Oh…what’s going on…?”

A sigh then escapes from Billy, as he too faints to the floor unconscious. He lies beside Nyssa, whilst the mud keeps on glowing from within the treasure chests. The mud from the treasure chests then begins to rise and make its way over to Nyssa and Billy. Just then, the Mud Man slithers into the treasure chamber. He rises from the floor and transforms from the snake-like mud creature and becomes Gun Nett. He looks to see Nyssa and Billy lying on the floor before him.

DR. NETT
(triumphantly) “At last! I’ve got them at last! The Mud Man shall have…”

Just then, he sees the mud from the treasure chests making its way towards Nyssa and Billy. Gun Nett backs away, as he sees the mud glowing at the same time as it makes for Nyssa and Billy.

DR. NETT
(baffled) “What? What is that…?”

Gun Nett then see the mud from the treasure chests glowing so brightly, before he eventually contorts and writhes in pain. His body converts into mud all over and squelches as he loses control.

DR. NETT
(shrieks) “No! No, it can’t do this to me! I AM MUD! I AM THE MUD MAN! I WILL NOT…”

The Mud Man then shrieks out loudly, as he slithers his way out of the treasure chamber. He howls in rage as he goes.

DR. NETT
(shrieks; enraged) “WHAT’S HAPPENING TO ME?!”

Once the Mud Man has slithered off, the mud from the treasure chests touches Nyssa and Billy’s bodies. The mud spreads all over, whilst Nyssa and Billy remain unconscious and lie on the floor of the treasure chamber. The mud from the chests continues to glow, whilst it spreads all over Nyssa and Billy.


© Tim Bradley, 2017

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