‘Junglos 4198’, Part One, Chapter 2

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2. Spaceship Hispaniola

SCENE #14 – EXT – ORBIT OF JUNGLOS, OUTER SPACE – N/A
In outer space, a mighty star-ship enters orbit of the planet Junglos. Its turbine engines hum on impulse. This is the grand spaceship called the Hispaniola.


SCENE #15 – INT – COMMAND DECK, HISPANIOLA – N/A
Aboard the command deck of the Hispaniola, crew members work hard at various control panels to operate the ship. The atmosphere is daunting and uneasy, as cranky bulkheads echo and control panels whir in the background. The commander of the spaceship is Captain Doromir. He looks at the view-screen to see the planet Junglos. Also with them are Mr. Deletos the financier, Mr. Harbork the first mate and a young cabin boy named Jason Drodo.

DOROMIR
“So, there it is! Planet Junglos! Once we enter planetary atmosphere, it will be in its fifth epoch!”

DELETOS
“Aye! That it will, Captain! Let’s hope Dr. Nett’s experiments won’t interfere with what we’ve really come for!”

DOROMIR
“Indeed, Mr. Deletos. Make sure you remember that. And don’t let out our quest if we should chance to encounter him.”

DELETOS
“As if I would, Captain! I’m the most trustworthy person alive. I even told Dr. Levee so.”

DOROMIR
(to Harbork) “Mr. Harbork! Brief the crew in procedures on entering planetary atmosphere.”

HARBORK
“Aye, Captain.”

Harbork actives the intercom to speak into it.

HARBORK
(through intercom) “All hands on deck! Safety procedures into planetary atmosphere will be initiated.”

Whilst Harbork speaks into the intercom, Jason Drodo steps forward to view the planet below on the view-screen.

JASON
“It looks beautiful! All those rainforests and rivers! It’s spectacular!”

DOROMIR
“Careful now, Master Drodo. The planet also contains hostile life. And that’s not just tigers and bears!”

JASON
“Do you really think we’ll find what we’ve come for? On that planet?”

DELETOS
“That special map you carry is genuine to what is buried in that dark fortressm, Master Drodo! We’re sure to find it!”

Jason looks at the view-screen a while longer. Just then, the automatic doors slide open, as Lo-Jo Sil enters with his heavy metallic boots echoing on the deck.

LO-JO
(heartily) “Aha! Planet ho, I gather shipmates! We have arrived!”

DOROMIR
“Yes, Mr. Lo-Jo Sil! We have arrived! To your post at once please!”

HARBORK
“And let’s not get sloppy shall we, Mr. Sil!”

LO-JO
“Aye, aye, sir. Mr. Morg and Mr. Pike are down below in the engine room to hold the ship in tact once we enter fiery atmosphere.”

DELETOS
“Well done, Mr. Sil! Very good.” (to Doromir) “You see, Captain Doromir. I told you he was more than just a cook! A fine pilot and a resourceful man, he is!”

LO-JO
“That I am, sir. If I may be so modest to say so.”

DOROMIR
“Master Drodo. May I see you in my cabin, please?”

JASON
“Yes, sir.”

Doromir heads off to his cabin, whilst Jason follows on behind.

LO-JO
(out loud; to Jason) “Aha, Jason lad! Enjoying the view of that lush jungle we’re going to!”

JASON
“Yes! Yes, definitely, Lo-Jo. I was just saying…”

HARBORK
(interrupts) “Master Drodo! The captain wants to see you in his cabin this instant!”

JASON
“Yes, sir.”

Reluctantly, Jason heads off into the captain’s cabin. Meanwhile, Lo-Jo sits at his post in the pilot cockpit. Sitting next to Lo-Jo on his arm, is his alien parrot that squawks strangely. The parrot’s name is Orio.

LO-JO
(chuckles) “It’s good to know the lad likes the green planet, alright! It’s the planet where adventure stuff happens! And for heroes like us!” (to Orio) “Right Orio, my pet?”

ORIO THE PARROT
(squawks) “Wind in the engines! Wind in the engines!” (squawks)

Uneasy tension ensues, with Lo-Jo sitting at the pilot controls with Orio the parrot perched on his shoulder as Harbork and Deletos look on.


SCENE #16 – INT – CAPTAIN’S CABIN, HISPANIOLA – N/A

DOROMIR
“Sit down, Master Drodo.”

In the captain’s cabin, Captain Doromir sits down at his desk with Jason sitting opposite him.

JASON
(intrigued) “Is that a digital frame of your good lady, Captain?”

DOROMIR
“Never mind that, Jason. I need to talk to you about something fundamental that I should confide to you.”

JASON
(soberly) “Very well. What do you wish to say, sir?”

DOROMIR
(gradually) “Well…you know I had my doubts about this crew before we started this voyage?”

JASON
“Yes, sir.”

DOROMIR
“Well my doubts have troubled me. And I feel that this crew may not be what it seems.”

JASON
“They were hired by Mr. Deletos, sir. He funded the voyage.”

DOROMIR
“Yes. Well, we all know how Deletos can let the word out. He was instructed not to tell anyone about our quest. And because of that, we have a crew that is half a bunch of cut-throats and scoundrels. I even question his choosing of the cook Lo-Jo Sil.”

JASON
“Lo-Jo Sil’s alright, sir! I mean, I know he’s not all that he appears to be…”

DOROMIR
“Mr. Sil is a degenerate! A limper! He lost his legs and he never explains how! He now goes on mechanical legs grafted onto his body!”

JASON
“Lo-Jo Sil’s not a criminal, sir!”

DOROMIR
(puzzled) “You…trust Mr. Sil?”

JASON
“Well…I seem to like him and have faith in him! I mean…I know I was warned not to trust cyborgs! But that was from the words of a dying man!”

DOROMIR
“I have been grabbling with my conscience on what I should do, as we’re so close to entering the planet’s atmosphere. So I’ve decided!” (Pause) “Jason, I’d like you to give me the map for safe-keeping.”

JASON
“I…I’d rather not, sir. It was given to me especially!”

DOROMIR
(sighs) “I really hoped it wouldn’t come to this! But I must insist!” (diligently) “Jason Drodo! As captain, I order you to give me the map!”

Jason contemplates with the order given to him.

JASON
(reluctantly) “Very well, sir.”

Eventually, Jason takes out the map which he carries from his coat pocket. He hands it over to Doromir. Doromir takes the map from Jason and keeps it in his leather pocket.

DOROMIR
“I shall keep it safe when we’re on the quest. If the worst happens, I shall be grateful to you to hand the map over to Mr. Harbork.”

JASON
“I understand, sir.”

Just then, a yellow alert alarm blares out. Mr. Harbork’s voice is heard on the intercom.

HARBORK (V’O)
“Attention all hands! Entering outer planetary shell! Brace for impact!”

DOROMIR
(to Jason) “Let’s attend on the bridge, shall we?”

JASON
“Yes, sir.”

Both Jason and Captain Doromir get up, as they head out of the captain’s cabin. None of them realise that they’ve been watched, as the security camera whirs round from above on the ceiling.


SCENE #17 – INT – ENGINE ROOM, HISPANIOLA – N/A
In the engine room of the spaceship Hispaniola, there are two crew members called Morg and Pike. They are actually space pirates and have just been watching what’s gone on between Captain Doromir and Jason in the cabin’s camera via patching into the security camera at their end.

MORG
(to Pike) “He’s got it! The captain’s got the map!”

PIKE
“We should kill that captain now!”

MORG
(bitterly) “No, you lob! Not yet! We’ll wait until we’re told what to do!”

PIKE
“Then the treasure shall be ours!”

The two pirates laugh, as they continue with their tasks in the engine room.


SCENE #18 – INT – CORRIDOR, TARDIS – N/A
In the TARDIS, the Doctor and Billy walk down a long corridor.

DOCTOR
(agitated) “You want me to let you use one of my dining rooms?”

BILLY
“Well what’s wrong with that?”

DOCTOR
“Do you really expect me to keep one?”

BILLY
“Why not? I thought a place like this would have such a room!”

DOCTOR
“This isn’t the Ritz, Billy! It’s my ship!”

BILLY
“I’m only asking you to let me have a room for me and Nyssa!”

DOCTOR
“Billy, the TARDIS isn’t in the habit of providing special gourmet nights within its interiors! The food machine can only dispense solid cubes with flavours according to user selection!”

BILLY
“Well that should be alright if Nyssa doesn’t mind!”

DOCTOR
“Billy! Food cubes can easily be gulped down in one go! Even for Nyssa’s level of conversation, it won’t be much of an evening between you two!”

BILLY
“Well, don’t you have any other machines that provide proper food?”

DOCTOR
“I’m a Doctor, not a miracle maker!”

BILLY
“Please, Doctor! Help me with this! This is my chance to express my feelings to Nyssa which I haven’t contemplated expressing! I need the right atmosphere and mood to do it in! Help me please! I’ll leave you alone then!”

The Doctor sighs. Moment of silence ensues.

DOCTOR
“Does it really mean so much to you, Billy? Couldn’t you wait until the TARDIS reverts out of drift mode?”

BILLY
“No, I can’t wait! I need to do this while there’s a chance for it!”

Another moment of silence.

DOCTOR
(sighs) “Very well. Follow me.”

The Doctor heads off down the corridor with Billy following him.


SCENE #19 – INT – DINING ROOM, TARDIS – N/A
Eventually, the Doctor opens a door into a room as he and Billy enter.

DOCTOR
“Here we are! One dining room! Is this adequate, Billy?”

BILLY
(astonished) “I…I thought you said you didn’t have a dining room, Doctor!”

DOCTOR
“I asked you if you expected me to keep one, Billy. I’m not in the habit of letting anyone use these TARDIS dining rooms freely!”

BILLY
“A simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’ would have sufficed!”

DOCTOR
(sighs; impatiently) “Is this room okay for Billy?”

Billy takes a moment to look around the room to see how it suits his dinner date with Nyssa.

BILLY
(gradually) “Yeah! Yeah this should be fine, Doctor!” (Pause) “Do you have any record players that I use to play music in the background for my date with Nyssa?”

DOCTOR
(frustrated) “Really, Billy! I’m not Father Christmas!”

Moment of awkward silence.

DOCTOR
(sighs; gradually) “Yes, of course! I’ll see if I can find a record player for you. I’ll also see if I can find any music LP records you might like to have for your purposes.”

BILLY
“Thank you, Doctor.”

DOCTOR
“There’s a kitchen at the other end of the room. It has a microwave should you wish not to use the oven.”

BILLY
“Oh that’s fine, Doctor. I’ll be cooking a meal of my own this time for Nyssa.”

DOCTOR
(astonished) “You can cook a meal, Billy?!”

BILLY
“I have a fair talent for it thanks, Doctor. I’ll need the right ingredients though.”

DOCTOR
(soberly) “Don’t worry. I’m sure the TARDIS computer library on hand can provide for that whilst you’re in the kitchen.” (Pause) “Is there anything else you require, Billy?”

BILLY
“I’m beginning to think the things you have in the TARDIS are limitless. Doctor! But err…” (Pause; thinks) “No! No, I think that’ll be enough to go along with for now.”

DOCTOR
“Well, if you’ll pardon me. I’ll head back to the console room. There’s still plenty of TARDIS repairs to do.”

BILLY
“Alright. Thank you, Doctor.”

The Doctor makes to leave, as Billy takes in everything he’s planned for in the dining room. The Doctor stops mid-way through the door of the dining room, as he turns back to Billy.

DOCTOR
“And Billy?”

BILLY
“Yes?”

DOCTOR
(encouragingly) “Good luck! I hope everything will work out well for you and Nyssa.”

BILLY
(graciously) “Thanks, Doc. I really appreciate your help!”

DOCTOR
“Please! No big deal!” (Pause) “And don’t call me ‘Doc’, ever again!”

BILLY
“Sorry…Doctor.”

With that, the Doctor leaves the dining room. Once the Doctor’s gone, Billy claps his hands together.

BILLY
“Right! Before I tell Nyssa we’re on, I’ll check the kitchen.” (sighs; prays) “Pray God, let something good come out of this!”

With that, Billy heads off to another door in the room to enter the kitchen.


SCENE #20 – EXT – JUNGLOS – DATE: 4198 – N/A
With the Hispaniola, the spaceship takes a turn for the worst. The ship enters the planetary atmosphere of Junglos. The engines roar hard, as the ship collides with the impact of entering the shell of the planet’s surface. Tiny explosions occur, as the engines are affected by the gravitational pull.


SCENE #21 – INT – COMMAND DECK, HISPANIOLA – DATE: 4198 – N/A
Aboard the Hispaniola, the crew hold on for dear life upon impact whilst they’re on the command deck.

LO-JO
(cries) “A tempest, Captain! A sheer raging tempest! That’s what this is!”

DELETOS
“We’re being sucked hard by the gravitational pull of the planet’s atmosphere, Captain!”

DOROMIR
(barks) “Maintain course, Mr. Sil! We must hold our bearings whilst we are still entering planetary orbit!”

LO-JO
“Aye, aye, sir!”

DOROMIR
(calls) “Mr. Harbork?! What is our ETA upon escape velocity and restoring planetary silence?”

Harbork checks the computer aboard the Hispaniola.

HARBORK
(gradually) “One hundred and fifty nanoseconds, Captain! The denhyradon crystals will not be able to withstand the pressure upon impact! The engine core is likely to explode!”

JASON
“But if the core explodes, we won’t be able to land safely!”

DOROMIR
“Keep those shields up!”

DELETOS
“This was a doomed quest! But we must go on!”

HARBORK
“Very fine words, Deletos! But this is a new ship!”

The ship lurches forward, shuddering violently. It causes the crew members to lose their balance. Eventually, the ship reverts to normal whilst carrying on through the tumultuous storm

JASON
(gradually) “W-W-What just happened?”

DOROMIR
“Mr. Sil? Is the ship still in tact?”

LO-JO
“Aye that it is, sir! But we dare not risk increasing warp speed, Captain! We’re likely to be shipwrecked!”

DOROMIR
“What’s our ETA now, Mr. Harbork?”

Harbork checks the computer.

HARBORK
(gradually) “Fifty nanoseconds sir and descending.”

JASON
“Oh how I do wish this will end!”

The ship lurches forward again. Suddenly a huge explosion occurs. A red alarm echoes and everybody becomes apprehensive.

DOROMIR
“What was that?! Report?! Report! REPORT!”

Deletos goes over to a control panel to investigate. He pressing a few buttons to summon a status report of the ship.

DELETOS
“Captain! There’s a hull breach in the engine room! Also one of the pylons has been damaged!”

DOROMIR
“What?!”

JASON
“A hull breach! And a pylon damaged!”

DELETOS
“No need to worry about it, Captain! Repair teams are on their way!”

HARBORK
(determined) “I’d better go and see to that hull breach! They may need my help!”

Harbork makes to leave the command deck. Lo-Jo stands up, mechanical footsteps echoing, as he follows after Harbork.

LO-JO
“I’ll accompany you, Mr. Harbork!”

HARBORK
“Stay where you are, sailor! You need to pilot this ship!”

LO-JO
“But I know that engine room like the back of my hand! I can help with getting those repairs complete before we escape this tempest!”

JASON
(to Doromir) “Please, Captain Doromir! Give Lo-Jo a chance! At any rate, I can take his place and pilot the ship.”

Moment of uneasy silence ensues, as Doromir considers this.

DOROMIR
“Very well! Take the helm, Mr. Drodo!”

JASON
(excited) “Thank you, sir!”

DOROMIR
(to Lo-Jo) “Mr. Sil! Join Mr. Harbork! Seal that hull breach and pylon fitting immediately!

LO-JO
(heartily) “Aye, aye, sir!” (calls; to Orio the Parrot) “Orio! We’re off to the engine room!”

ORIO THE PARROT
(squawks) “Pieces of sulphate! Pieces of sulphate!” (squawks)

Lo-Jo follows Harbork, as they leave the command deck and set off for the engine room. Jason meanwhile sits in the pilot seat and takes control of the helm.

JASON
(excited) “At last! I’ve always wanted to do this!”

DOROMIR
(wearingly) “Steadily, Mr. Drodo! Steady as she goes!”

With that, Jason pilots the Hispaniola spaceship steadily through the planetary atmosphere of Junglos.


SCENE #22 – INT – ENGINE ROOM, HISPANIOLA – DATE: 4198 – N/A
In the engine room, Harbork and Lo-Jo find Pike and Morg working hard to seal the hull breach and repair the damaged pylon.

HARBORK
“Mr. Pike! Mr. Morg! What’s going on here?!”

PIKE
“We have repair teams working on this hull breach, Mr. Harbork! As you can see the force-field’s already established!”

MORG
“The upper pylon chambers aren’t going to be able to hold this engine room in tact! But we’re doing the best we can, Mr. Harbork!”

HARBORK
“Well hurry it up, you fools! Chop, chop! The captain will want this ship to be in its entirety when we establish normal altitude! Do not fail or it’ll soon be over!”

LO-JO
“You’re right, Mr. Harbork! It is over!”

Harbork turns to see Lo-Jo cock up a laser pistol at him.

LO-JO
“It’s over for you, sir!”

Lo-Jo laughs out loud, whilst Harbork is not amused.

HARBORK
“Mr. Sil! What is the meaning of this?”

LO-JO
“Is it not obvious, Harbork?! We’re taking over! You will not be joining us in our treasure hunt on the planet!”

HARBORK
“Enough of this tomfoolery, Mr. Sil! Put the weapon down!”

LO-JO
“You just don’t get it, do you?! We are not slaves! We are our own men!”

HARBORK
“If you will not put that weapon down, then I shall have to report you to Captain Doromir for mutiny!”

LO-JO
“Go ahead then! Report me, Mr. Harbork!”

HARBORK
“As you wish!”

Harbork takes out his communicator and switches it on, before Lo-Jo shoots him on the spot. Harbork cries out in agony as Lo-Jo shoots him again, this time at maximum voltage and minimum range. Harbork cries out loud and he is gone, turned into dust.

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

MORG
(cheers) “You did it! You did it, Lo-Jo! You shot the first mate Mr. Harbork!”

PIKE
(cheers) “Vaporised him! Just as you planned, Lo-Jo!”

LO-JO
(impatiently) “Quick, you idiots! Deactivate the hologram and shut down the particle generators causing the hull breach!”

MORG
“Aye, Lo-Jo!”

With that, Morg presses a few switches on a console panel nearby as he shuts down the holographic simulation. Pike turns off the particle generators, as the shuddering effects disperse. The hull breach becomes non-existent and everything reverts back to normal.

LO-JO
(gradually) “You are right, Morg! Exactly as I planned it! When we first started this voyage!”

MORG
(insistently) “Lo-Jo! Pike and I have something to tell you! Him and I…we sneaked on a talk between the captain and the boy. And the captain’s taken the map from him!”

LO-JO
“Has he now?! Well, well, well! How interesting!”

Just then, Lo-Jo’s communicator is activated, as Captain Doromir speaks from it.

DOROMIR (V’O)
“Mr. Harbork! Mr. Harbork, can you hear me? Have you and Mr. Sil repaired the hull breach? Mr. Harbork, can you hear me?” (Pause) “Mr. Harbork, report!”

Lo-Jo gradually takes out his communicator and switches it on. He speaks into it to talk to Captain Doromir.

LO-JO
(through communicator; to Doromir; solemnly) “Mr. Harbork is no longer with us, Captain!”

DOROMIR (V’O)
“Mr. Sil? Is that you? Where is Mr. Harbork? And what do you mean by that remark?”

LO-JO
(through communicator; to Doromir) “What I says, Captain! Mr. Harbork, he’s…well…to put it plainly, he’s…he’s gone overboard, sir!”

Moment of silence.

LO-JO
(through communicator; to Doromir) “I’m sorry I had to tell you that, sir! But repairs teams and crew were on the verge of sealing up the breach when…Mr. Harbork…well…he got sucked by the gravity well…if you follow me!”

Pike goes down onto the floor, as he picks up something and shows it to Lo-Jo.

PIKE
“Lo-Jo! We found his hat! That was all we could find!”

LO-JO
(through communicator; to Doromir) “Did you hear that. Captain? Mr. Harbork’s hat was all that the lads could find!”

Another moment of silence.

DOROMIR (V’O)
“Report to the bridge now, Mr. Sil! I want to know exactly what happened down there!”

LO-JO
(through communicator; to Doromir; grimly) “Aye, sir!”

Lo-Jo switches off his communicator. He gradually turns from his solemn mood into hearty laughter and shares it with Morg and Pike who laugh too.

LO-JO
(to Morg; Pike) “Make ready to start a mutiny on this ship! If Doromir chooses to double cross, then when the time is right we’ll kill them all!”

Full agreement is made, as Morg and Pike concur with Lo-Jo’s plan.

LO-JO
“I shall take dead Mr. Harbork’s hat! Morg; Pike! You lads remain here in the engine room, whilst I go and sort out the captain!”

MORG/PIKE
“Aye, aye, sir!”

With that, Lo-Jo leaves the engine room, taking Harbork’s hat with him.

ORIO THE PARROT
(squawks) “That was a short night! That was a short night!” (squawks)


SCENE #23 – INT – DINING ROOM, TARDIS – N/A
Meanwhile aboard in the TARDIS, Billy makes the finishing touches with arranging his dinner date with Nyssa in the dining room.

BILLY
(satisfied) “My little repas du soir. Hmm.” (Pause) “Now…the record player! Ah…here we go!”

Billy sets the record player to begin. He pulls a lever and presses it against a LP record, inserted into the record player already. Billy turns his attention to light the candles, whilst the song ‘You made me love you’ performed by Judy Garland is played on the record player as background music. Billy eventually lights the candles with a match. Once he finishes lighting the candles, he blows out the match, putting it to one side. He then sits himself down at the table.

BILLY
(nervous) “Okay! All set up! Now do be calm, Billy. You’re meant to enjoy yourself.” (breathes deep) “I hope Nyssa will come. Don’t want to have done all this for nothing.” (Pause; sighs) “Don’t be silly, Billy! She’ll come! Nyssa will come!”


SCENE #24 – INT – DINING ROOM, TARDIS – N/A
A while later, Billy still waits for Nyssa. The music has now changed from Judy Garland to Ray Connif, as his orchestra’s cover version of the song ‘Singing the Blues’ is played in the background. Midway through the song, Billy fidgets as he waits anxiously. He then stands up from his chair at the table and paces about the room.

BILLY (V’O)
“She hasn’t come!” (Pause) “Why hasn’t she come?”

Billy then stops pacing about the room for a moment

BILLY (V’O)
(calmly) “Now, don’t worry Billy! She’s probably delayed! Girls tend to be like that with keeping guys waiting!” (Pause; anxiously) “Unless she’s forgotten we were meant to have dinner! Or else she wishes not to have dinner with me!”

Billy paces about the room again, with Ray Connif’s cheerful song playing in the background. After a short while, he stops pacing again about the room again for a moment.

BILLY (V’O)
(thinks) “If…if she’s not here in five minutes or so, I’ll….I’ll leave it! Yes….I’ll snuff out the candles…go back to my room…”

Just then, there is a knock on the door. Billy jumps out of his skin. He eventually calms down, as he goes back to the dining table.

BILLY
“Uh…c-c-come in.”

The door opens, and Nyssa enters the room.

NYSSA
“Hello, Billy!”

BILLY
“Hi!”

NYSSA
(apologetic) “Sorry if I’ve kept you waiting! I didn’t mean to distress you!”

BILLY
“No, no! You haven’t kept me waiting long!”

NYSSA
“The Doctor needed some TARDIS components fixed and I was helping him. It took longer than I expected, so I had to drag myself away in order to get to my room to change…”

BILLY
(interrupts) “No, no, it’s alright! I’m…I’m glad you’re here!”

Moment of silence.

BILLY
(nervously) “Err…you look really nice!”

NYSSA
“Thank you. So do you!”

BILLY
“Thank you!” (Pause) “Err…I don’t think I’ve seen you in those clothes before.”

NYSSA
“No. It’s something I found in the TARDIS wardrobe. I thought this would be appropriate for this occasion.”

BILLY
“Well…you certainly do look good!”

NYSSA
(curious) “What about you? Where did you get your clothes from?”

BILLY
“Same as you. From the TARDIS wardrobe. Though of course from the men’s section!”

NYSSA
“Of course! You really do look smart!”

Another moment of silence.

BILLY
“Uh, please! Sit down! Allow me!”

Billy goes over to Nyssa’s side of the table and pulls out a chair for her to sit on.

NYSSA
“Thank you! It wasn’t necessary for you to pull the chair out for me!”

BILLY
“Oh it’s my pleasure!”

Billy pushes the chair in, as Nyssa sits down. Once Nyssa’s sat down, Billy goes over to his side of the table and sits down opposite her.

BILLY
“How was the Doctor when you left him?”

NYSSA
“He’s alright. He’s working hard under that TARDIS console. But that’s the Doctor for you. Always looking for ways to keep himself occupied.”

BILLY
(chuckles) “Yeah! Whilst we two enjoy ourselves!” (Pause) “I…I hope you don’t mind this…”

NYSSA
“No, no, it’s fine! I wanted to have dinner with you!”

BILLY
(pleased) “Good.” (Pause) “Wine? Would you like some wine? It’s white wine, mind. Not red.”

NYSSA
“Yes! I’m happy with white wine!”

Billy picks up the wine bottle from the table and pours out some wine into a glass for Nyssa. Ray Conniff’s music still plays in the background on the record player.

NYSSA
“This is nice music you have on here, Billy!”

BILLY
“Yes! Thanks! My nan loves Ray Conniff music! Her favourite number from his band was ‘Happiness Is!’ It’s my favourite too! My nan would always dance to his music whenever we have it on Christmas Day!”

NYSSA
“I would like to meet your nan, Billy.”

BILLY
(astonished) “You would?”

Billy eventually snaps out of it, as he pours out some wine in a glass for him.

NYSSA
“So…what are we to eat? Or is it a surprise?”

BILLY
“No, no. It’s no surprise!” (Pause) “It’s an Italian meal! We’ll have garlic bread for starters; then we’ll have spaghetti bolognese, hand-cooked by me!”

NYSSA
(surprised) “Hand-cooked by you, Billy?! You can cook?”

BILLY
“I’ll go and fetch the garlic bread. shall we?”

Billy gets up and goes off into the kitchen to fetch the starters, leaving a perplexed Nyssa.


SCENE #25 – INT – COMMAND DECK, HISPANIOLA – DATE: 4198 – DAY, MORNING
Meanwhile aboard the command deck of the Hispaniola, Lo-Jo enters to find Captain Doromir, Jason and Deletos waiting for him.

JASON
“Lo-Jo! What happened…?”

DOROMIR
“Give us your report, Mr. Sil! What happened?”

LO-JO
(to Doromir) “Well you see…it was like this, sir. Mr. Harbork and I…we went to the engine room to check on the repairs. The repair crew including Mr. Morg and Mr. Pike attempted to seal the hull breach and restore the pylons cells!”

DELETOS
“Did you follow the correct procedure on how to do it, Mr. Sil?”

LO-JO
“Oh aye, sir! That I did! But before we were able to seal the breach permanently, Mr. Harbork was caught up in the gravitational pull of the planet’s atmosphere! He seemed odd before we got there!”

JASON
“Odd?”

LO-JO
“Aye, Jason! He acted peculiar! Like he had too much rum before our arrival here!”

DOROMIR
“I did not see this behaviour emanating from Mr. Harbork earlier this star-day, Mr. Sil! I forbade the consumption of alcohol to all crew members!”

LO-JO
“Ah! Then you were fortunate in seeing him in good spirits, pardon the pun sir, before he turned green! He was acting all wild-like and sick too! He dropped his hat on the floor as you see it here in my hands now, sir!”

Lo-Jo hands the hat over, to which Deletos takes from him and inspects it.

JASON
“Mr. Harbork, dead?! Sucked into space?! How horrid! Poor man!”

DELETOS
“It’s true! It must be true! The hat confirms it!”

LO-JO
“Oh indeed it is true, sir! It’s as true as I stand before you! Mr. Morg and Mr. Pike, the other shipmates, will confirm it! As will Orio my pet!”

ORIO THE PARROT
(squawks) “Bye shipmate! Bye shipmate!” (squawks)

DOROMIR
(suspicious) “I see!”

Concerned and troubled, Doromir goes to one side as he contemplates Harbork’s death. He eventually turns back to the others.

DOROMIR
“It seems no matter what consequences have taken place…the star skies have once again claimed a loyal officer…and friend. And we shall miss him!” (aside) “Let the winds of space protect you, Mr. Harbork. Rest in peace friend. Amen.”

EVERYONE
“Amen.”

ORIO THE PARROT
(squawks) “Amen!” (squawks)

Moment of silence.

JASON
“What are we to do now, Captain?”

Doromir considers and thinks about what needs to be done.

DOROMIR
“We have arrived at our destination! Despite our loss, we have won the victory and completed our voyage! The journey must continue!” (Pause; to Lo-Jo) “Mr. Sil?”

LO-JO
“Aye, aye, Captain?”

DOROMIR
“Mr. Sil, I want you to take an away team to the planet’s surface to investigate the atmospheric conditions and provisions of water. Take as long as you want so that we may consider our next objective!”

LO-JO
“Aye, sir! A task to my liking, sir!”

ORIO THE PARROT
(squawks) “Pieces of sulphate! Last perjure! Last perjure!” (squawks)

LO-JO
(annoyed) “Shut your trap, you crazy bird!”

Orio the parrot crows, whilst Captain Doromir hands some things to Lo-Jo.

DOROMIR
“Take this map…and tracorders with you, Mr. Sil. The map will guide you where to go. The marker on the tracorder should co-ordinate where you and your team are.”

LO-JO
“Much obliged, sir. I shall take them with honour.”

Lo-Jo takes the map and tracorders from Doromir.

JASON
(horrified; protests) “But Captain…”

DOROMIR
(talks over Jason; to Lo-Jo) “Go now, Mr. Sil! I shall expect you to give me a report in the next two hours!”

LO-JO
“Aye that I will, sir!” (to Orio) “Let’s go, Orio!”

Orio squawks in reply, as Lo-Jo goes off to recruit the away team. Once Lo-Jo has gone with Orio the parrot, Doromir turns to Jason and Deletos.

DELETOS
(inquisitive) “Begging your pardon, Captain! But what was that about?”

JASON
“Captain! You just gave Lo-Jo the…”

DOROMIR
“Yes I know, Jason! I gave Mr. Sil the map! But he will not realise I have given him a copy.”

Doromir takes out from his coat pocket, another map. He flicks and flaps it to show it to Jason and Deletos.

DELETOS
“Extraordinary! So…you’ve given Mr. Sil…a fake map!”

DOROMIR
“No! Not a fake map! Just a copy of the same map as this the one, Master Drodo had.”

JASON
“But…why? Why have you given him the map? Or a copy of one?”

DOROMIR
“I do not believe a word he says about Mr. Harbork’s death.”

DELETOS
“But he said…”

DOROMIR
“I have been suspicious of this dastardly crew from the beginning. And now Mr. Harbork has been killed. I am certain Mr. Sil has gone to great lengths to plan a mutiny. I will not let him have the chance to cut our throats or shoot us!”

JASON
“Then why give him the map, sir?”

DOROMIR
“Because I wish to know what his motives are. And whether he is all he claims to be, unless I am proven wrong to which I shall apologise for.” (Pause) “Master Drodo. I must ask a favour of you!”

JASON
“Anything, Captain! What can I do?”

DOROMIR
“I’d like you to join Mr. Sil and his away team.”

DELETOS
“What?! The boy join with that rabble of crooks?!”

DOROMIR
(to Jason) “Mr. Sil has gained your trust, Jason. And I would like you to keep that trust in order to make him less suspicious of us. That way we may learn more about his motives.” (Pause) “Do you think you can do it, Master Drodo? Do you think you can cope with that task?”

Jason thinks on this, uncertain as to whether to brave this challenge or not.

JASON
“Yes. I think I can, sir.” (Pause) “I will do as you ask, sir! I’ll join Lo-Jo!”

DOROMIR
“Good.” (Pause) “Do keep that sword with you at all times.”

JASON
“Quasarin? Yes! I shall keep it!”

Captain Doromir then gives Jason further instructions.


SCENE #26 – INT – DINING ROOM, TARDIS – N/A
Meanwhile aboard the TARDIS, Nyssa and Billy have had their meal of spaghetti bolognese with garlic bread and white wine to drink. In the background, the song ‘You Make Me Feel So Young’ performed by Frank Sinatra is played on the record player.

NYSSA
“Thanks very much for that meal, Billy! It was delicious!”

BILLY
“Thanks, Nyssa! You don’t need to compliment me so politely!”

NYSSA
“I’m not being polite! I really mean it! I found it so appetizing!”

BILLY
“Or it could be the wine talking. You have drunk quite a bit you know.”

NYSSA
“Stop toying with me! And don’t be so modest! I haven’t drunk that much wine anyway!”

BILLY
“Would you like some more? There’s still about…um…half a bottle left?”

NYSSA
“No thank you, Billy. I’ve had quite enough.”

Moment of silence.

NYSSA
“So…do you cook that often?”

BILLY
“Not really. My cousins taught me how to make spaghetti bolognese. I was going to be taught how to make cottage pie or lasagne.” (Pause) “To be honest Nyssa, I’m not that much of a cook! I find it terrifying to use a cooker!”

NYSSA
“Oh I’m sure you’re more than capable of so many things, Billy.”

BILLY
“You think so?”

Another moment of silence. Billy then stands up and makes his way over to Nyssa.

NYSSA
“What are you doing?”

BILLY
“May I have this dance, my lady?”

NYSSA
“You want to dance?”

BILLY
“Why not? It’s not exactly the dance floor. But we can put up with what we’ve got.”

NYSSA
(thinks) “Very well.”

Nyssa stands up and takes Billy’s hand. They move into the centre of the room. They dance quietly to the music, as they do a simple turn about the room. A romantic atmosphere ensues.

NYSSA
“Are you alright, Billy?”

BILLY
“Sorry?”

NYSSA
“You’ve become quiet.”

BILLY
(gradually) “I’m…I’m just waiting if you wanted to say something.”

NYSSA
(gradually) “Okay. Well for starters, why did you ask me to join you for dinner?”

BILLY
“Pardon?”

NYSSA
“Well, there must have been a reason why you asked me. Something seems to be on your mind. You’ve become preoccupied.”

BILLY
“You’re very observant, Nyssa.”

NYSSA
“It’s in my nature to notice things.”

Moment of silence, as they dance to the music.

BILLY
“I’m glad you enjoyed the meal, Nyssa. I was thinking you may not like it.”

NYSSA
“No, I did like it! I found it nourishing!”

BILLY
“Appetising and delicious were the words you used.”

NYSSA
“You know what I mean.”

Billy laughs inwardly. Another moment of silence as they dance.

NYSSA
“So? What was it?”

BILLY
“What?”

NYSSA
“Your motive in asking me to dinner. I’d like to know what it is.”

BILLY
“Err…you look lovely in those clothes! Did I mention that?”

NYSSA
“You’re not answering me, Billy!”

BILLY
(apprehensive) “I just…wanted to have dinner with a friend! Can a guy not ask a friend to dinner?”

NYSSA
“You said you wanted to tell me something! Earlier in my room!”

They stop dancing, whilst the music continues playing. The music has now changed to The Beach Boys’ version of ‘Why Do Fools Fall In Love’.

BILLY
(anxiously) “You’re right. I did say that, yes. Sorry.”

Moment of silence.

NYSSA
“Well? What is it you wanted to say to me?”

BILLY
(breathes deep; gradually) “Well…you see. The thing is, Nyssa…I…well…” (Pause) “We’ve been friends for quite some time. And I value your friendship and company.”

NYSSA
“As I value yours, Billy! I really appreciate you being with me.”

BILLY
(gradually) “But the thing is, Nyssa. I’ve been thinking. Well…maybe…maybe there might be something more to our friendship. I mean…” (sighs) “What I mean to say is…I’ve grown quite fond of you, Nyssa. Really fond in fact. And…well…I was wondering…if…maybe…there was a chance…a chance that I might…”

Suddenly the whole room lurches forward. Nyssa and Billy fall on top of each other. The chairs tumble forward and the table moves slightly. The record player crashes to the floor undamaged, but the music stops playing. Startled and stunned, Nyssa and Billy gradually get up off the floor.

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

NYSSA
“Just about! Don’t worry! I’m disorientated, but I’m made of stronger stuff!”

BILLY
“What was that?! The whole room just shook!”

Just then, the cloister bell tolls. This puts Nyssa and Billy on edge.

BILLY
“Oh no! Not that bell again!”

NYSSA
“The cloister bell! A great catastrophe’s occurring.”

BILLY
“But how can that be?! I thought we dealt with Bath!”

The bell keeps tolling, as Billy goes back over to the table.

NYSSA
“What are you doing?”

BILLY
“I’m just snuffing these candles out! Don’t want to cause a fire hazard if the TARDIS judders again!”

Using the snuffer, Billy puts the candles out. Just then, the door opens as the Doctor enters.

DOCTOR
(puffed out) “Nyssa; Billy?! Something’s happened to the TARDIS console and the cloister bell is ringing!”

NYSSA
“We know, Doctor! Billy and I can hear the bell clearly!”

DOCTOR
“Quick, Nyssa! Come to the console room and help me! We have to sort this thing out once and for all!”

The Doctor leaves abruptly, as Nyssa is about to follow.

NYSSA
“Come on, Billy! This could be serious!”

BILLY
“Wait, Nyssa! There was something I wanted to tell you! I thought we might…”

NYSSA
“Tell me later, Billy! The Doctor needs our help!”

BILLY
“But Nyssa!”

NYSSA
“Come on!”

Nyssa leaves and Billy is left annoyed, frustrated and upset.

BILLY
(groans; to himself) “Why did this have to happen?! When I’m about to tell Nyssa something, something happens!”

The cloister bell keeps tolling, as Billy leaves the dining room to join Nyssa and the Doctor in the TARDIS console room.


© Tim Bradley, 2017

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