‘Junglos 4198’, Part One, Chapter 1

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1. Mud Bath

SCENE #6 – EXT – NETT’S SCIENCE HUT – DATE: 4198 – DAY, AFTERNOON
It is now the fifth epoch on Junglos and the date is 4198. A small hut is situated in a valley of jungle plains called Lenzia. The hut is desolate and weeds grow around the sides. Wildlife echoes close by.


SCENE #7 – INT – NETT’S SCIENCE HUT – DATE: 4198 – DAY, AFTERNOON
Inside the hut, a brilliant scientist named Dr. Gun Nett is working hard. He uses some scientific tools and equipment to conduct his experiments. He then turns away from his equipment and begins to take some samples of a special mineral.

DR. NETT
(calls) “Dynda?! Dynda, have you picked up those carbon containers I wanted?”

Dynda enters, as she brings the carbon containers to her employer.

DYNDA
“Here you are, Dr. Nett.”

Dr. Nett takes the containers from Dynda and places them on the lab desk. He opens them up and begins to place some samples within each of the containers.

DR. NETT
“With these mud samples in place, I shall be able to determine the organic components and properties enclosed that make this mud tick.”

DYNDA
“Could we just call it a day, Gun? We’ve been working on this project for about three months and we’ve still haven’t got anywhere with determining the special minerals within the mud on this planet.”

DR. NETT
“We continue, Dynda my dear. We have to assure the authorities that we can provide the cure for many diseases.”

DYNDA
“But to conduct an experiment like this outside? And with the risk of running into those Gren patrols out there? And without knowing how those mud pools will react to the injectors? The data we’ve collected doesn’t justify our preliminary experiments! It’s too risky!”

DR. NETT
“Risk is the game, Dynda! That’s why we’re here, remember?!” (Pause) “Now let’s go and find one of those mud pools. We’ll take the jeep.”

Dr. Nett puts all of his equipment and tools into a rucksack, zipping it up ready to go outside. He also picks up the keys for the jeep as well as taking two firearms. He hands one of the firearms to Dynda.

DR. NETT
“Keep this on your person, Dynda. I’ll keep one myself if we do run into those savages!”

Taking his gun with him, Dr. Nett heads out leaving the hut. Dynda remains behind for a moment feeling anxious, holding the firearm in her hand. Eventually, she follows after Dr. Nett.

DYNDA
(sighs, annoyed) “Hold it, Dr. Nett. Wait for me!”


SCENE #8 – EXT – LENZIA FOREST, JUNGLOS – DATE: 4198 – DAY, AFTERNOON
In one of the forests of Lenzia, Dr. Nett and Dynda are at a mud pool. They use a set of scientific equipment to examine the metabolic characteristics of the mud in the pool.

DR. NETT
“Are the shield dampeners in place?”

DYNDA
“It’s all installed and ready to go!”

DR. NETT
“Right. Here we go. Initiate the neogenic particle accelerator.”

Dynda does as Dr. Nett instructs her, as she activates the accelerator. A humming noise echoes and the mud starts vibrating in reaction to the accelerator. The mud swirls round and round in a whirlpool, whilst data is being collected by Dr. Nett and Dynda.

DR. NETT
“Well, Dynda? What do the readings say?”

Dr. Nett joins Dynda to see what she’s collecting from the scanners and monitors.

DYNDA
“It’s…its incredible!”

DR. NETT
“Why what is it?”

DYNDA
“The mud’s got cell structure. It’s exactly like what’s contained in these mud samples. Cell mitosis occurs.” (Pause) “The nuclei are dividing.”

DR. NETT
“So all preliminary hypotheses and theories add up. The mud does contain active properties.”

DYNDA
“But how can this be? The samples we have here and the mud contained in that pool surely can’t be part of a living being! Can they?”

DR. NETT
“I wouldn’t be so sure. The mud particles are animated, yes. And there are elements of high evolutionary particles contained inside the bionic structure. But the cell structure doesn’t actually add up to building a living being in the way we know.”

DYNDA
“Perhaps we should postpone our experiments for the time being, Gun. Certainly the mud can be used for healing purposes, but we don’t want to run the risk of damaging an unknown life-form.”

DR. NETT
“But…but just think about it, Dynda! The monitors clearly show that we are on the verge of a breath of new life to give to many sick and decrepit victims! It means lots of income for us!”

DYNDA
“The money’s not important, Gun!”

DR. NETT
“It is if we want to get married!”

DYNDA
“Nothing would please me better, Gun! But I’m not prepared to give cures to people without knowing there aren’t any harmful side-effects. This requires further examination, research and study.”

DR. NETT
“There may not be time for that! The population back home could well die off. And risks, as I’ve said before, are part of…”

DYNDA
(interrupts) “No, Dr. Nett! I’m not going to give my report to base and tell them that we’re on the verge of a breakthrough! It’s too soon to be hopeful!”

Dr. Nett sighs annoyed, as he switches off the accelerator. The mud soon reverts back to normal, bubbling in reaction to the neogenic particles. Moment of silence, as Nett is bitter about Dynda’s ‘over-cautious’ concerns.

DYNDA
“I…can at least tell them we’ve made further developments in our research. They can advise us what to do next.”

Nett doesn’t respond as he’s still annoyed and Dynda’s suggestion doesn’t satisfy him. Eventually, Dynda picks up her rucksack and firearm before she makes her way back to the jeep.

DYNDA
“I need to go back to the hut to send my report! I’ll have to take those findings we’ve made today! Are you coming?”

Moment of silence.

DR. NETT
“I’ll stay here for a while if you don’t mind. I need some solitude. And I’d like to take some further tests and readings.”

DYNDA
(softly) “Very well. Don’t stay out here too long. Hope you don’t mind me taking the jeep!”

No response from Dr. Nett.

DYNDA
“Thank you, Dr.”

Dynda makes her way back to the jeep. She gets inside and uses the keys to start the engine. Once the engine has started, the jeep sets off as Dynda drives around to head back to Dr. Nett’s hut. Eventually, Dynda in the jeep is gone. After a while, Dr. Nett walks over to the pool of mud with it bubbling away. He kneels to watch the bubbling mud, contemplating what to do.

DR. NETT
(to mud) “If only I knew what makes those properties of yours. If only I knew…whether you were a living organism or not…and whether I could dissect you in order to save others.” (sighs) “If only I knew.”

SALVADOR
(menacingly) “I can provide you with the answer! Yes! I can provide you with the answers you need, if you heed my words!”

Dr. Nett looks up to see Salvador appear before him. He stands up wearily to address him.

DR. NETT
(suspiciously) “And who might you be, sir?”

SALVADOR
(menacingly) “I am Salvador! And you…shall be…my new disciple!”

Curious and suspicious, Dr. Nett listens to what Salvador has to say.


SCENE #9 – INT – TARDIS CONSOLE ROOM – N/A
Meanwhile aboard the TARDIS, the Doctor works under the console in the console room as he attempts to fix something. He becomes frustrated, using the sonic screwdriver to effect repairs. But the result is a tiny explosion from under the console that gives him a shock. He quickly recovers, as he returns to the problem at hand.

DOCTOR
(agitated) “Come on! Argh!” (sighs) “Why don’t I do these repairs more often?”

The Doctor works a bit more underneath the console. He then takes something out which arouses his curiosity. He comes out from underneath the console to look at what he’s found in a clearer light.

DOCTOR
“Hello?!” (Pause) “The TARDIS’ velocity regulator. I was wondering where that was. No wonder I couldn’t fly the TARDIS properly at first.”

The Doctor gets under the console again.

DOCTOR
“I’ll just put that back where it was.” (Pause) “Now! Let’s see to those calibrators and the conceptual geometer.”

The console room doors open, as Billy enters. The Doctor mutters as he works underneath the console.

BILLY
(calls) “Doctor?” (Pause) “Hello? Anybody about?”

The Doctor bangs his head underneath the console, letting out a cry. He groans as he tends to his head.

DOCTOR
(groans) “Under here. I’ve just banged my head!”

Billy comes around to see him underneath. The Doctor comes out from underneath the console and sits up to see Billy before him.

BILLY
(surprised) “Oh! Um…are you alright down there, Doctor?”

DOCTOR
(enthused) “Ah, Billy! Don’t mind me. I’m just doing some repairs to the TARDIS. They’re the sort of repairs I haven’t done in eons of my life-time.”

BILLY
“Well…can I be of any help?”

DOCTOR
“No, no. I’ve done what I can to the dematerialisation systems and dynomorphic generators. So no, I’ve done two out of many jobs.”

BILLY
(surprised) “There’s more?”

The Doctor closes a part of the TARDIS console from underneath before standing up, as he begins to reconfigure some of the other systems.

DOCTOR
“I’ve held the TARDIS in automatic drift control within the time vortex to conduct these repairs. I don’t know if you’ve noticed Billy, but the old girl is getting a bit cranky.”

BILLY
(distracted) “Yes. Yes I see.” (snaps out of it) “Hence why we haven’t been out of the TARDIS. And why the power’s gone off.”

DOCTOR
“Complete systems shutdown. I need to make these vital repairs before we can materialise anywhere else. Ever since our business in Bath, the TARDIS has been worn away by the time vortex. Nyssa’s doing half of the repairs in order to spare time.” (chuckles) “Time in TARDIS.”

BILLY
“Doctor?”

DOCTOR
(sighs) “It’s at times like these I wished K-9 was here. Not that I’m dismissing Nyssa’s technical expertise, you understand.”

BILLY
“Doctor? About Nyssa…”

DOCTOR
“Which reminds me, I wonder if Sarah Jane’s got that gift of K-9 I sent to her on Earth in nineteen eighty-one?” (to Billy) “Have I mentioned Sarah Jane to you before, Billy?”

BILLY
“Sarah Jane? Err…no. No I don’t think you have, Doctor.”

DOCTOR
(nostalgically) “Sarah Jane Smith! You’d like her, Billy! She’s a great friend of mine! I wonder what she’s doing now!”

BILLY
(interrupts) “Doctor?!”

DOCTOR
“Hmm?”

BILLY
“Can I talk to you about something?”

DOCTOR
(enthusiastic) “Certainly! What’s on your mind?”

Moment of silence.

BILLY
(anxiously) “Err…no…It’s nothing!”

DOCTOR
“Okay. Just as you say.”

Another moment of silence.

BILLY
“It’s Nyssa, Doctor.”

DOCTOR
“Yes. What about Nyssa?” (Pause) “You haven’t fallen out with her, have you?”

BILLY
“Oh no! No not at all, Doctor! That’s just it!” (Pause) “I like Nyssa, Doctor! I really like her!”

DOCTOR
“Well that’s good! And very understandable! I like her too, you know! I’m very fond of her! She’s a good friend!”

BILLY
“No. No, Doctor. I don’t mean that. I don’t mean…I ‘like’ her. I mean…I…’like’ like her.”

DOCTOR
(puzzled) “’Like’ like her?”

BILLY
“Yeah. You know. Err…” (clears throat)

DOCTOR
(realises) “Oh. I see.”

The Doctor returns his attention to the console, as he flicks a few switches whilst Billy anxiously looks on.

BILLY
“You…you understand what I’m saying?”

DOCTOR
“Yes of course. You…’like’ Nyssa!”

Another moment of silence.

BILLY
“Yes. I do.” (Pause) “Do you mind?”

DOCTOR
“No. No, of course not.”

BILLY
“I mean…I hope this doesn’t cramp your style, Doctor. In the way you keep things reserved…”

DOCTOR
“No, no. That’s perfectly fine, Billy. I’m not one to dismiss the feelings that you have for Nyssa.” (Pause) “Have you told her?”

BILLY
“About what?”

DOCTOR
“About your feelings for her?”

BILLY
“No. That’s the snag.”

DOCTOR
“Is it?”

BILLY
“Yeah. I mean…I didn’t realise I had feelings like that until we left Bath. I have grown…quite attached to her. I care about what happens to her. At least, I think I do. I want to find out.” (Pause) “I wondered Doctor if I…if I could have some guidance from you.”

The Doctor stops working at the TARDIS console.

DOCTOR
“Guidance?”

BILLY
“Yeah.”

DOCTOR
“You want guidance from me?”

BILLY
“On how I’m to approach her.” (Pause) “I don’t want to take her for granted.”

DOCTOR
“No, of course not.”

BILLY
“But at the same time, I really want to find some way of expressing how I feel about her.” (Pause) “Couldn’t you…give me some tips on how not to be too pushy…?”

DOCTOR
(interrupts) “Listen Billy, I really don’t think you should ask me about guidance on relationships. For one thing I’ve never been good on them. Always a little too insensitive about them. But you, Billy. You seem to be really sensitive on how to approach a girl. Not it’s a bad thing mind. But I really think you should sort it out with Nyssa.”

BILLY
(anxious) “But I don’t know how to behave towards her?”

DOCTOR
“Just be yourself. That’s all you can do.”

BILLY
“Be myself? With the way I feel I’m not sure I can do that!”

Footsteps echo, as Nyssa comes down from behind the door leading into the TARDIS corridors.

NYSSA
(calls) “Doctor? Doctor?”

BILLY
“She’s coming into the console room.” (to Doctor) “Please don’t say anything to her, Doctor.”

DOCTOR
“Scout’s honour, Billy! Scout’s honour!”

The Doctor continues at the console whilst Billy tries to behave naturally as Nyssa enters.

NYSSA
(happily) “Ah here you are, Doctor. Just thought you’d like to know I’ve reconfigured the TARDIS’ gyroscopic stabiliser and mean-free path tracker to match with the specifications you required for the internal dimensions.”

DOCTOR
(pleased) “Excellent, Nyssa! Are those the tools you’ve got there to use on the roundels?”

NYSSA
“Yes. I didn’t use the thereon connector in the end.”

DOCTOR
“Suit yourself. It could have been useful to protect the huon particles contained in those panels. I’ll put these tools back in my toolkit here underneath the console.”

Nyssa hands the tools over to the Doctor, which he takes from her. He goes off to put them back in his toolkit.

NYSSA
“It wasn’t necessary. Since we are in hover mode whilst the drift compensators are online.”

DOCTOR
“Very well.”

Whilst the Doctor attends to his toolkit, Billy gradually approaches Nyssa.

BILLY
“Hello, Nyssa.”

NYSSA
“Oh hello, Billy! How are you?”

BILLY
“I’m fine thanks. And you?”

NYSSA
“Yes, I’m doing alright. I hope our repairs to the TARDIS haven’t bored you whilst we’ve had the ship in suspended animation.”

BILLY
“Uh…no. No not at all.”

Moment of uneasy silence.

BILLY
“Well…err…I’ll be seeing you.”

Billy briskly walks out of the console room, leaving Nyssa and the Doctor. Nyssa comes round beside the Doctor.

NYSSA
(puzzled) “Is Billy alright?”

DOCTOR
“Of course! Billy’s fine! Why shouldn’t he be?”

NYSSA
(gradually) “He seems preoccupied. Distracted.”

DOCTOR
“Oh don’t concern yourself, Nyssa.” (Pause) “In fact, Billy was just telling me that he likes you.”

NYSSA
(surprised) “Does he?”

DOCTOR
“Yes.” (Pause) “Anyway, if you’ll excuse me. I have to sort out the lateral balance cones. As well as the light speed overdrive and the quantum accelerators.”

The Doctor gets down on the floor and underneath the console. He continues working the components, as he opens up another panel underneath the console.


SCENE #10 – EXT – LENZIA FOREST, JUNGLOS – DATE: 4198 – DAY, AFTERNOON
Back on Junglos, Dr. Gun Nett experiments with the mud samples as he procures them into a formula. Salvador stands by him, observing his experiments. The mud pool has settled down and stopped bubbling.

SALVADOR
“That’s right, Dr. Nett. Produce that formula with mud samples…and I will help you see to it that you may know the secrets of this wondrous mud this planet provides.”

DR. NETT
“Who are you anyway? What do you want from me? I have no money to part with!”

SALVADOR
“Money I have no need for, Dr. Nett. Obedience and service from you is all I require. And for you to conduct this experiment with the mud samples you and your assistant ascertained.”

DR. NETT
(suspiciously) “How do you know so much about what Dynda and I do here, stranger? This was meant to be a top secret project from the authorities.”

SALVADOR
“I told you! I am the sole inhabitant on this planet who knows everything that goes on!”

DR. NETT
(challengingly) “The Gren live on this planet.”

SALVADOR
“They’re ignorant natives. But me, I am one who can provide all your desires to be fulfilled. I am the one who can give you answers to the secrets of this mud which you have been experimenting to make the cures for all the sick, diseased and weak you hope to save!”

DR. NETT
“How can you provide all that for me? You don’t have the power of God on your hands, do you?”

Salvador laughs inwardly, evil and menace mixed together.

DR. NETT
“You…are you taking this seriously or are you just wasting time with me?”

Salvador lets out a cruel, triumphant and confident laugh.

SALVADOR
“You have completed the formula for the serum!”

Dr. Nett turns his attention back to the mud formula. He takes an astringe and absorbs the serum. He closes up the astringe and presents it to Salvador.

DR. NETT
“It is ready. The astringe contains the mud serum with all its minerals and properties.”

Salvador studies the astringe before he gradually looks at Dr. Nett.

SALVADOR
“Inject yourself with it!”

DR. NETT
“What?”

SALVADOR
“You shall then know all that there is to know about the mud and minerals…to which you have been most anxious to understand.”

DR. NETT
“But…we don’t know what effects may occur if I just inject myself with it. I need to test on a guinea pig.”

SALVADOR
“There is no time, Nett! Lives are at risk! And you said yourself to your assistant! Scientists are meant to take risks!”

DR. NETT
“How did you know about…?”

SALVADOR
“Inject yourself, Nett! Inject yourself for the sick people’s sake!”

Nett becomes uneasy, as he raises the astringe to his neck. He pauses momentarily, as he hesitates about injecting the serum into himself.

SALVADOR
“DO IT!!”

Under pressure, Nett soon injects himself with astringe. Nett reacts in pain, as he drops the astringe to the ground which smashes into pieces. He then gulps and rasps, as he’s being dragged towards the mud pool. He stumbles over some equipment as he’s being dragged over.

DR. NETT
(grunts; panics) “Agh…what…what is…happening to me?!”

SALVADOR
“You’re heading for your destiny, Nett!”

DR. NETT
(grunts; panics) “What have you done to me?”

SALVADOR
“I have merely helped you to find the answers you seek. You’re changing, Nett. You’re about to become it! You’re about to become the being!”

DR. NETT
(panics; cries) “No! NO!!”

Nett struggles to hold his feet to the ground. He then falls as he’s dragged on the ground and pulled towards the pool. He holds onto the earth, but is no use, as his fingers scratch in the ground. Salvador laughs, as he watches Nett dragged to the mud pool.

SALVADOR
(laughs) “Like quick sand isn’t it?! Or…quick mud!”

Salvador laughs gloatingly, as Dr. Nett finds his feet falling into the mud pool.

DR, NETT
(panics) “No, please! Don’t do this to! Save me! SAVE ME!!!”

But it’s no use, as Nett gurgles, going down into the pool. His head disappears, before he pops his head back up out of the pool, screaming. The mud splashes all over him, as a pile of mud covers his whole face. He then growls, he’s dragged back into the pool causing another splash. Within seconds, there is no sign of Dr. Nett anywhere. The pool reverts back to normal. Salvador lets out another evil laugh.

SALVADOR
(laughs; triumphantly) “Do you now believe the word that Salvador gives you?!”


SCENE #11 – INT – MUD POOL, JUNGLOS – DATE: 4198 – DAY, AFTERNOON
Deep down in the mud pool, Nett is unconscious as the shock affects him. He is almost dead before the particles within the mud begin to work on him. Squishy squashy sounds echo, as the bowels of mud close in all over his body and rip his clothes apart. He becomes naked in the dark muddy pool. It almost seems like the mud is examining Nett’s characteristics. Suddenly, a sinister voice speaks to him.

MUD VOICE
“Wake up, Gun! Wake up!”

Nett instantly wakes up, hearing the voice.

MUD VOICE
“Wake up! Don’t let your Dynda come back and find you like this! You were dead but now you’re alive again!” (Pause) “Temperature sensitive. Deadly mutations. Define essential genes. Great associations.”

Nett grunts momentarily.

DR. NETT
(puzzled) “I hear you. I…I hear you in my thoughts.”

MUD VOICE
“Bad disease will be here! Null mutants will be inactive at all temperatures! Come on, wake up! We itch! Converting mud within!”

Nett contorts as he feels his body aching all over. He starts to lose control.

DR. NETT
“What…whatever you are…what are you doing to me?”

MUD VOICE
“Things for you maybe nice. Your growth food is rice. That is great advice. For you to roll the dice.”

DR. NETT
“I…I do not understand you. You’re…talking nonsense…”

Nett cries out in pain, as he finds his body changing.

DR. NETT
(panics) “My arm! I…I…can’t see my arm anymore! And my leg! My leg’s going! It’s turning into…It’s changing…” (shocked; gasps) “It’s…it’s changing into mud! I’m becoming mud! I’M FREAKING BECOMING MUD!”

Nett’s face changes too, as he burbles and becomes grotesque. All of Nett’s molecular structure changes as his body converts into mud.


SCENE #12 – INT – NYSSA’S BEDROOM, TARDIS – N/A
Back aboard the TARDIS, Nyssa is in her bedroom conducting an experiment. She uses a microscope and some scientific utensils at her disposal. She logs her findings in a notepad next to her. She also has a number of key pads and an electronic diode to help her. There is then a knock on the door. This stops Nyssa in her experiment.

NYSSA
“Come in.”

The door opens and Billy enters.

BILLY
“Hey there! It’s only me!”

NYSSA
(pleased) “Billy! Hello, do come in!”

Billy closes the door behind him. He walks over to join Nyssa. Billy sits by her, as he watches Nyssa continue her experiment.

BILLY
“What are you doing?”

NYSSA
“I’m just conducting a little experiment. The Doctor wants me to examine these extra TARDIS components. See if there’s any fault with the synchronisation feedback protocols and the chronon stabilisers.”

Nyssa shows her notepad to Billy.

NYSSA
“I may have a theory which I’ve noted here. I’m trying to determine whether the outcome I have in mind is attainable.

BILLY
(tries to be clever) “Oh! I see!”

NYSSA
(knowingly) “Do you?”

BILLY
“No. not really.”

Nyssa and Billy giggle, as the humorous atmosphere is created between them.

BILLY
“Err…can I help at all?”

NYSSA
“You wouldn’t understand this sort of procedure, Billy. It’s too advanced even for your understanding. In dealing with theoretical components that maintain time transfer.”

BILLY
“Yeah I know that. But…I still want to help.”

NYSSA
“I can manage alright thanks, Billy.”

BILLY
(insistently) “Well…I’d like to help if that’s okay! Please?”

Moment of silence.

NYSSA
“Alright! You can help me with reading out the numbers on that scope beside me.”

BILLY
“Thank you.”

Billy goes over to sit at the scope next to Nyssa. Nyssa takes down a number of readings using the electronic pads, whilst Billy’s at the scope.

BILLY
“Right then. I’m ready whenever you are.”

NYSSA
“Yes. I’m just setting this diode to extract data from the chronon stabiliser. Then we can assess how much power is being generated at the moment.”

BILLY
“Right-ho.”

Nyssa enters a few keys on her keypad, before entering some switches into the diode. A faint humming echoes, as data is being sent through to Nyssa’s small terminal. A few beeping noises echo.

NYSSA
“Is any data being sent through?”

Billy looks at the scope from where he is.

BILLY
“There are some numbers coming. They’re of different colours. Green, purple and yellow. I don’t quite understand what they mean though.”

NYSSA
“No need. Just take the numbers down and I’ll record them for the Doctor to use.”

BILLY
“Okay. Err…have you got a pen and paper?”

Nyssa takes a pad and pen from one of her drawers. She hands them to Billy.

NYSSA
“There you are. Just take the numbers down into a table of three columns and that should be fine.”

BILLY
“Yes. Alright then.”

Billy opens up the paper pad and uses the pen to take down the numbers from the scope. Nyssa measures some readings at her end. After a moment’s silence, Billy begins to change the subject. He looks over at Nyssa’s bed to see the cuddly toy dog there.

BILLY
“I see you have the cuddly toy dog sitting on your bed. The one I gave you in Bath.”

NYSSA
“Yes. I wanted to make sure I remembered where it was. So I put him on my bed.”

BILLY
“It’s nice to have him there when you want to cuddle him in bed.”

NYSSA
“Yes. It was very kind of you to give me that cuddly toy dog.” (Pause) “I’ve called him Cuddles. I hope that’s alright.”

BILLY
“Yes! Of course it is, Nyssa! Cuddles is a nice name!”

Moment of silence, as Nyssa and Billy continue with their sides of the experiment.

NYSSA
“Have you been feeling alright, Billy?”

BILLY
“Yeah I’ve been fine. Why do you ask?”

NYSSA
“Well…I couldn’t help but notice that you’ve been quiet lately.”

BILLY
“Aren’t I always quiet? I’m usually quiet.”

NYSSA
“You’re never this quiet. You haven’t spoken to me in a long while. Not since we left Bath. Has something been troubling you?”

BILLY
(nervously) “Well I…”

Billy feels awkward, before he sees something to help him change the subject.

BILLY
“Oh…what’s this book you’re reading?”

Billy picks up the book up from Nyssa’s bedside desk. He looks through it whilst Nyssa looks on.

BILLY
‘Persuasion’ by Jane Austen.” (to Nyssa) “Oh you’re reading ‘Persuasion’, are you?”

NYSSA
(contended) “Yes. I bought it when we visited the Jane Austen Centre. Before we left, I asked Miss Austen to sign it for me.”

BILLY
“What?”

Billy opens the book to find Jane Austen’s signature inside. Eventually…

BILLY
(gradually; amazed) “Oh yes, I see now!” (reads)‘To Miss Nyssa, Kind Felicitations, Jane Austen.’

Billy closes the book.

BILLY
“That’s really nice of her to do that for you, Nyssa! To sign her book for you!”

NYSSA
(slightly amused) “Miss Austen didn’t understand why I wanted her to sign it. But it was worthwhile!”

BILLY
(impressed) “Good for you, Nyssa! Getting a signature from a great author! I doubt anybody else has had that honour!”

NYSSA
“No. I suppose not.”

Moment of silence.

BILLY
“That reminds me. I’ve brought something to show you.”

Billy takes out a photograph from his pocket. He shows it to Nyssa.

BILLY
“I was sorting out some photos I took with my camera. I found this little gem.”

NYSSA
(amazed) “Oh! That’s the photo when we were in that simi-suite outside a castle! When we went to that space hotel with Mr. Rotenhend!”

BILLY
“That’s right. You can keep it if you like.”

Both Nyssa and Billy look at the photo closely, as they become nostalgic. Another moment of silence.

NYSSA
“It’s a good photo Billy. I’d like to keep it.”

BILLY
“It’s yours then.”

Nyssa takes the photo from Billy to keep. Another moment of silence.

BILLY
“Err, Nyssa? Can I ask you something?”

NYSSA
“Of course, Billy! What do you want to ask me?”

BILLY
(nervously) “Err…well…d-d-do you…would you like to have dinner with me?”

NYSSA
(gradually) “But we can’t go anywhere, Billy. The TARDIS is in automatic drift control…”

BILLY
(interrupts) “I know, I know. I wasn’t thinking of going somewhere to have dinner. I thought we might have it here. Have dinner…in the TARDIS.”

Another moment of silence.

NYSSA
“Well…could we do that?”

BILLY
“Why not? There must be a dining room aboard this ship of the Doctor’s.”

NYSSA
(gradually; puzzled) “Is there a reason why you’d want to have dinner with me?”

BILLY
“Does there have to be a reason? If we’re going to be stuck here in the TARDIS for a while, there’s no point why we can’t have a dinner between friends.”

NYSSA
(curious) “Well…is it going to be me, you and the Doctor…?”

BILLY
(interrupts) “No, no. Just…you and me.” (Pause) “Is that okay?”

NYSSA
(uncertain) “Um…?”

BILLY
(gradually) “I have something to tell you, you see.”

Moment of tense silence ensues.

NYSSA
(gradually) “I’ll have to finish examining these components for the Doctor first.”

BILLY
“Yes, of course. Of course.”

NYSSA
“And you have to check with the Doctor to see if there’s a dining room aboard the TARDIS.”

BILLY
“Yes. I certainly will do that. Definitely.”

Just then, the door bursts open as the Doctor enters.

DOCTOR
“Nyssa? Have you finished examining those components I asked you to sort out yet?”

NYSSA
“Not yet, Doctor. Billy’s helping me!”

BILLY
(cheerfully) “Yes. Hello, Doctor!”

DOCTOR
(impatiently) “Well get a move on! The TARDIS is in hover mode and I don’t know if I can hold it long enough in this state!”

The Doctor leaves, as he shuts the door behind him. Nyssa and Billy are embarrassed by the Doctor’s sudden entry and departure. Billy returns to attend the scope, whilst Nyssa conducts her own assessments and measurements from her end with the experiment.


SCENE #13 – EXT – LENZIA FOREST, JUNGLOS – DATE: 4198 – NIGHT
Back in the Lenzian forest on Junglos, it is now night-time. Dynda drives back in the jeep to where she last left Dr. Nett. As she stops to park, Dynda eventually steps out of the jeep. Dynda uses a torch to find where Dr. Nett has gone to.

DYNDA
(calls) “Gun? Dr. Gun Nett? Where are you? Gun?”

But Dynda receives no reply. She then trips over some piece of equipment lying beside her. She kneels down to closely examine what she’s tripped over. She picks it up from the ground and holds it in her hand.

DYNDA
(puzzled) “That’s strange. This is part of the neogenic particle accelerator.”

Dynda then stands up to examine the rest of the equipment.

DYNDA
(shudders) “Something terrible must have happened to cause this mess.” (Pause) “He can’t have been drunk.” (thinks) “Unless he was attacked! By an animal. Or…by a vicious no-good Gren!”

Anxious and worried, Dynda heads off further into the jungle. She passes the mud pool on her way.

DYNDA
(calls) “Gun?! Gun?! Gun, where are you?! Gun?!” (Pause) “Gun?! Gun, where are you?!”

Once Dynda’s gone, out from the mud pool comes forth a man completely covered in mud. This is Dr. Gun Nett and he’s not just a man covered in mud. He is a man actually made of mud! Nett slithers out of the pool. Holding his arms up high, Nett feels all over his body as he tries to comprehend what’s happened. Salvador appears beside him.

SALVADOR
“Fascinating, isn’t it? The things that mud pools can do on this planet! You are fortunate, Nett! To possess such extraordinary powers granted to you by that pond of muck!”

The mud man Nett looks at Salvador beside him. He’s then astonished at how the transformation has made him what he’s become.

DR. NETT
(grovels through mud) “My…my hand! It’s…it’s become mud!”

Nett then lets go of his hand altogether. It plops to the ground.

DR. NETT
(grovels through mud) “My hand’s dissolved into a puddle!”

SALVADOR
“You have to keep your body hardened if you wish to stay solid!”

Nett does his utmost to keep his body firm and solid. This makes him flop to the ground more often. Eventually, he manages to stay upright and look at Salvador.

DR. NETT
(grovels through mud) “How do I appear to you?”

SALVADOR
“Fabulous! You let off a vile stench! That is good!”

Dr. Nett holds his form.

DR. NETT
(grovels through mud) “I…I am amazed! The truth of what I’ve become…and the destiny I have to accomplish. The molecular structure of my body…has somehow fused together with the molecules and living properties contained in that mud! I…Dr. Gun Nett…has become…a living mud man!”

SALVADOR
“Yes! The Mud Man, as you shall be called, has been created to cause havoc and chaos to ones who will attempt to destroy you for what you are! Especially that dim-witted scientific assistant of yours….Dynda!”

Dr. Nett becomes shocked and appalled. He growls through the dripping mud, as he lowers his body to the ground. He soon reverts back to his original form and appears human.

SALVADOR
“Excellent! You have reverted back to flesh and kept the mud particles inside you contained!”

Moment of silence, as Dr. Nett sighs, adapting to his new lease of life.

SALVADOR
“You have to practice your new abilities! You will need nourishment!”

DR. NETT
(realises) “Rice! I need rice to give me strength! That’s what it told me! The voice in my head!”

SALVADOR
“Rice you shall have then! Come!”

Salvador leads the way, as Dr. Nett follows him into the deepest parts of the jungle.


© Tim Bradley, 2017

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