‘The Ghost of Leckwick’, Chapter 2

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2. Hauntings and Disappearances

SCENE #11 – INT – DINING ROOM, LECKWICK HALL – NIGHT
It’s now midnight, as Professor Rogers comes downstairs with Mabel as they enter the dining room. They find the Doctor and Nyssa there with Lord Frederick; Lady Angela; MacDougall and Bergo.

PROF. ROGERS
“What’s going on here?! I’ve been hearing shouting and arguing while I’ve been in my bed trying to get some sleep…” (gasps aghast) “What the…?! Who broke this diamond?!”

Professor Rogers makes his way to the table to see the diamond smashed in half.

LORD FREDERICK
“Professor Rogers?”

PROF. ROGERS
(angrily) “Come on! Own up! Who broke this diamond?” (to Mabel) “Did you touch it, Mabel?”

MABEL
“Touch what?”

PROF. ROGERS
(dismissively) “Na, you don’t touch things these days.” (to somebody) “I don’t think you did it…”

LADY ANGELA
“Professor, please!”

PROF. ROGERS
(accusingly, to Lord Frederick) “Lord Tottinghill! Did you touch my diamond?”

LORD FREDERICK
“I…”

PROF. ROGERS
(demands) “Did you touch my diamond?!”

LORD FREDERICK
“No.”

PROF. ROGERS
“Did…?!” (snaps out of it) “Then who did?!”

NYSSA
“Professor Rogers, listen! Something terrible has happened!”

PROF. ROGERS
“Yeah I know. Someone’s broke my diamond…”

NYSSA
“No, not that! Billy’s gone missing!”

PROF. ROGERS
“What?”

DOCTOR
“Something or someone has taken Billy away. And I want to know what that something or someone is.”

PROF. ROGERS
“Well don’t look at me, buster! I haven’t seen that boy in my room or anywhere else.” (to Mabel) “Have you, sister?”

MABEL
“Who?”

PROF. ROGERS
“There you are, you see! My sister hasn’t seen anything either.”

NYSSA
“Billy was with me.”

PROF. ROGERS
(annoyed) “Then why make all the fuss and complaining…”

NYSSA
(interrupts) “He was with me when we came downstairs, but now he’s gone.”

LORD FREDERICK
“Just a moment now, Miss Nyssa. Tell us what happened.”

NYSSA
(gradually) “Well…Billy and I heard something downstairs. We heard the dinner gong gonging. So we came down here to investigate. By the time we came down here, the gonging had stopped.”

MACDOUGALL
“Was the diamond broken as well when you got down here?”

NYSSA
“No. Billy picked it up and accidentally dropped it when…”

PROF. ROGERS
(bellows) “I knew it! I KNEW IT!”

DOCTOR
“Professor Rogers! Quiet please, quiet.” (to Nyssa) “Go on, Nyssa.”

NYSSA
“The gong started again afterwards and that was when Billy disappeared.”

DOCTOR
“You didn’t see him leave?”

NYSSA
“No. He was there when the gong sounded again. I looked away for one moment and by the time I turned back he wasn’t there. Billy vanished.”

DOCTOR
“There was nobody else in the room with you then?”

NYSSA
“No! We didn’t see anyone. If they were here, they must have gone in a hurry.”

LADY ANGELA
“It is house rules to keep that all doors locked at night, Miss Nyssa. There couldn’t have been anyone. You couldn’t have seen anybody.”

DOCTOR
“How come then the door Nyssa and Billy went through was already open, Lady Angela?”

LADY ANGELA
(thinks) “Err…Maybe I forgot to lock that particular door. I don’t really know.”

Moment of tense silence.

BERGO
“Oh yeah! It couldn’t be…There may be things like ghosts, above or many that pursue the night or something beyond the spiritual?”

MACDOUGALL
“What Mr. Bergo says is that ‘it couldn’t be ghosts, could it?’”

NYSSA
(afraid) “Of course it wasn’t, Mr. MacDougall!”

MACDOUGALL
“How can you be so sure?”

NYSSA
“Because there are no such things as ghosts.” (to Lord Frederick) “Lord Frederick; you said so yourself, didn’t you?”

LORD FREDERICK
(hesitant) “Err…yes, yes. I did, didn’t I”

DOCTOR
“You don’t seem so sure now, your lordship.”

LORD FREDERICK
“Don’t I?” (snaps out of it) “I mean, I mean, – err…don’t I?”

Moment of silence.

LADY ANGELA
“Don’t worry Doctor; Miss Nyssa. We’ll see to it that your friend Mr. Billy is found. We’ll have this house is searched from top to bottom.”

Just then, Beeston enters.

LADY ANGELA
(calls) “Ah Beeston?”

BEESTON
“You rang m’lady?”

LADY ANGELA
“See to it that Mr. Billy is found, Beeston. Get as many staff as you can to search the house.”

BEESTON
“Very good m’lady.”

LORD FREDERICK
(to everyone) “And I must ask you all to stay here in the reading room, until we find Mr. Walker. Is that understood?”

PROF. ROGERS
“What the heck for? None of us have kidnapped him, have we?”

LORD FREDERICK
“It’s merely a precaution to avoid any distractions whilst the search goes on.”

PROF. ROGERS
“Well that’s charming, isn’t it? And all that time to try and get some sleep…”

NYSSA
(inquisitively) “Professor Rogers?”

PROF. ROGERS
(rudely) “What do you want, girl?”

NYSSA
“You left your diamond here where it was easily seen and less conspicuous.”

PROF. ROGERS
“Yes. Isn’t a chap allowed to leave his belongings where he wants them to in a house of this size?” (Pause) “I’m going to sit down and have a drink.” (to Mabel) “Mabel?! Get me a drink!”

Mabel screams as she; her brother Professor Rogers; Lord Frederick; Lady Angela; MacDougall and Bergo walk away, whilst the Doctor and Nyssa remain.

NYSSA
(quietly) “Doctor? There was something wrong with that dinner gong. It was going off by itself and there was nothing to generate the sound it made. No indication to suggest how it was able to trigger off a resonance field.”

DOCTOR
(intrigued) “Indeed! It has to be the neutrinos we detected in the console room. Neutrinos do have a knack of passing through undetected through physical objects, Nyssa.”

NYSSA
“But when we were in the TARDIS, we were on the boundaries of the temporal plane. A nuclear reaction or a Sun exploding could cause the burst of neutrino particles across the spatial field of this galaxy.”

DOCTOR
“But neutrinos being generated can pass at the speed of light and no one would notice it passing. Not even the people of the twentieth century would be able to spot it!”

NYSSA
“The conservation of energy and momentum required would have to be colossal. The atomic nuclei would decay to a rate of a proton, electron and antineutrino.”

DOCTOR
“Neutrino levels are not easy to detect when they are being directed across the plane. Wolfgang Pauli of the nineteen thirties was able to spot the difference.”

NYSSA
“So what about Billy?”

DOCTOR
“What about him, Nyssa?”

NYSSA
“I hope he won’t be harmed in any way with the neutrino decay?”

DOCTOR
“Don’t worry, Nyssa. He maybe existing in another dimension or place in time.”

NYSSA
“So what do we do now? How do we get Billy back again?”

DOCTOR
(thinks) “I’ve got an idea, Nyssa.”

NYSSA
“What?”

DOCTOR
“We’ll search the house!”

NYSSA
“Bit obvious, isn’t it.”

DOCTOR
“No, no. I mean we search the house. You and me, Nyssa. I’ve got a special type of gadget that will help us detect the neutrino emissions without interference. It could be that Billy is somewhere in a hyper-space reality.”

NYSSA
“Hyper-space? But that’s impossible.”

DOCTOR
“Oh I’ve been to somewhere in hyper-space before, Nyssa.”

NYSSA
(unsurprised) “Have you, Doctor?”

DOCTOR
“We’ll have to go back to the TARDIS and fetch this device of mine. We can start our search from there.”

NYSSA
“I’m not sure Lord and Lady Tottinghill will permit us to search the house by ourselves.”

DOCTOR
“We’re not asking their permission, Nyssa. We’ll get around it somehow.”

NYSSA
“But how are we going to get back to the TARDIS without being seen? We were told to stay here in the reading room.”

DOCTOR
“I hadn’t forgotten, Nyssa. We’ll find a way. Don’t worry! We’ll slip out back to the TARDIS without being seen. Come on, let’s go!”

The Doctor leads the way, whilst Nyssa pockets something in her jacket.

NYSSA
“I better keep this half of a diamond with me since Professor Rogers doesn’t seem to want it. I wonder what’s happened to the other half.”

DOCTOR
“Perhaps Billy’s got it, Nyssa. Since he held it before smashing it.”


SCENE #12 – INT – CLOISTERS, CHAPEL, LECKWICK HALL – NIGHT
Meanwhile, Billy wakes up feeling woozy. He shivers as he sits and takes in his surroundings.

BILLY
(shivers) “It’s cold in here!” (Pause) “Where am I? It…I seem to be in some kind of church.”

Billy then feels something in his hand and opens it.

BILLY
(shivers) “Hey! I seem to have half of Professor Rogers’ diamond. Oh he’s not going to be pleased when he finds out about this!” (Pause) “Oh well.”

Billy puts the half diamond back in his pocket, as he slowly gets up and steadies his balance, standing upright.

BILLY
(shivers; calls) “Nyssa? Nyssa, where are you?” (Pause) “Nyssa?”

Just then, a loud mocking laughter echoes close by. Billy’s startled when he hears this laugh.

BILLY
(nervous; shivers) “‘Ere! What’s the joke? Wherever that laughter’s coming from? Or whose laughter it comes from?”

The laughing goes on, as Billy shivers more, feeling the cold winter wind from outside.

BILLY
(shivers) “Now I know why it’s so cold! Snow and wind!” (Pause) “Oh I wish I wore my dressing gown here.”

BEESTON
“That would have been advisable, sir.”

Billy jumps out of his skin, as he turns to see Beeston behind him.

BILLY
(shivers; sighs relieved) “Oh Beeston! Thank goodness, it’s you! You didn’t half startle me!”

BEESTON
“Apologies, young sir. I had no intention of startling you or scaring you.”

BILLY
(shivers) “What is this place anyway? Where are we?”

BEESTON
“In the cloisters at Leckwick Hall’s chapel.”

BILLY
“Leckwick Hall’s chapel?” (shivers) “Oh…and it’s bitterly cold here. Somebody should check the central heating.” (shivers) “Aren’t you cold, Beeston?”

BEESTON
“I don’t feel the cold, sir.”

BILLY
(shivers) “Don’t you?” (Pause) “How come you’re here anyway?”

BEESTON
“I came here in search of you, young Mr Billy. Everybody’s been worried about you?”

BILLY
“Oh really?” (thinks) “Yes I remember now. I was with Nyssa in the dining room. I’d gone out for a bit and then…then the next thing I remember was…finding me here.” (Pause; to Beeston) “Well you better lead the way in taking me back…”

BEESTON
“I fear not, young sir.”

BILLY
(puzzled) “Oh? Why not?”

BEESTON
“You are a danger to me, boy.”

BILLY
“Hey?”

BEESTON
“A danger I must sort out once and for all.”

Billy backs away as Beeston approaches him with menacing intent.

BILLY
“Hey?” (terrified) “No Beeston! Keep away from me!” (shouts) “Beeston, keep away from me!”


SCENE #13 – INT – BALCONY, LECKWICK HALL – NIGHT
Meanwhile, with the Doctor and Nyssa, they are now on the balcony close to the stairway. The Doctor has his device, which he has acquired from getting it from the TARDIS.

DOCTOR
“Here we are Nyssa. Nifty little gadget isn’t it?”

NYSSA
(doubtful) “That neutrino detector isn’t going to be of much help, Doctor.”

DOCTOR
“Now why do you say that? Let’s see if we can get it switched on. Now let’s see…”

The Doctor fiddles about with the neutrino detector to get it working.

NYSSA
“Neutrinos are electrically neutral Doctor. Unaffected by the electromagnetic forces that act on electrons. You won’t be able to detect the transference of matter through electronic particles with that to find Billy.”

DOCTOR
“With this device I may be able to pinpoint the electrical transmission of those neutrinos from whence they were signalling from. That at least will help us to find Billy.”

NYSSA
“You really think the neutrinos are being directed from somewhere in time and space?!”

DOCTOR
“It’s a hopeful theory, Nyssa. Once we’ve dampened the frequency variances of those neutrinos, the protons turn into neutrons, the forms of beta decay will be initiated…”

NYSSA
“And you’ll have the interaction weakened between the neutrinos.”

DOCTOR
“Thus breaking a path!”

NYSSA
“Doctor, I’m as anxious to find Billy as you are. But there’s no point in undermining the possibility we may have left something out.”

The Doctor then switches the neutrino detector on and it whirs noisily.

DOCTOR
“There we are. It’s switched on now. And it detected something already.”

NYSSA
“Let’s follow it then. Come on! It’s coming from the direction ahead.”

The Doctor and Nyssa walk forward on the balcony.

LORD FREDERICK
“Doctor! Miss Nyssa!”

The Doctor and Nyssa turn round startled as they realise they’ve been caught out by Lord Frederick and Lady Angela from downstairs.

DOCTOR
(startled) “Oh!” (cheerfully) “Lord Frederick and Lady Angela! How nice to see you there!”

LADY ANGELA
“What are you two doing upstairs? You’re supposed to be in the reading room!”

NYSSA
“We’re going to search for Billy, Lady Angela. Is that a crime?”

LORD FREDERICK
“Doctor; Miss Nyssa. I instructed everyone to stay put in the reading room. No-one was to leave until we made a thorough search!”

DOCTOR
“Ah, it’s just as well you didn’t spot us when we went out.”

LORD FREDERICK
“What?!”

DOCTOR
“I’m surprised you didn’t hear the front door open as he left and came back.”

NYSSA
“I was relieved we managed to get back inside.”

LORD FREDERICK
(shocked) “This is insufferable!”

LADY ANGELA
“Doctor; Miss Nyssa. I know how anxious you must be on losing your friend. But if we’re to find Mr. Walker…”

DOCTOR
“This is too important, your lordship. This house…its hiding something deep within. Including Billy. And we want to find out what it is.”

NYSSA
“Please. Let us find our Billy, your lordship; ladyship. Please let us find him.”

Moment of silence.

LORD FREDERICK
“Alright then.”

NYSSA
“Thank you, your ladyship; your lordship.”

LORD FREDERICK
“But we’re coming with you. The four of us. As a team.”

DOCTOR
“I don’t think that’s very wise…”

LORD FREDERICK
“I insist, Doctor. Angela and I will come with you.” (to Angela) “Won’t we, Angela?”

LADY ANGELA
“Indeed!”

NYSSA
“Please Doctor. Time is getting on. They might as well come.”

DOCTOR
(thinks) “Oh, very well. We’re definitely onto something at the moment. I suggest we make a move. Come on!”

LORD FREDERICK
“Topping suggestion, Doctor.” (Pause) “And may I say Doctor and Miss Nyssa that Christmas has arrived!”

DOCTOR
“So it has. Merry Christmas, your lordship; ladyship.”

NYSSA
“Yes. Merry Christmas indeed.”

The whirring from the neutrino detector grows louder and louder as the lights start flickering again, on and off frequently.

LADY ANGELA
(trembles) “Frederick! It’s happening again, darling!”

LORD FREDERICK
“Dash annoying these lights. Why has Beeston not got round to sorting them out?!”

Despite this, the Doctor; Nyssa; Lord Frederick and Lady Angela begin their search.


SCENE #14 – INT – READING ROOM, LECKWICK HALL – NIGHT
Meanwhile in the reading room, Professor Rogers; Mabel; Bergo and MacDougall wait, whilst the lights also flicker where they are.

MACDOUGALL
“They’re at it again! This house gives me the creeps with the lights going on and off.”

BERGO
“Me no! Oh, me, me, me, me, me no!”

Eventually the lights are restored back to their normal brilliance.

MACDOUGALL
“Ah! They’ve stopped flickering! That’s better!”

PROF. ROGERS
(agitated) “It’s all been trouble ever since Mabel and I have been here.” (to Mabel) “Ain’t that right, Mabel?”

Mabel screams. Rogers then becomes impatient as he paces about the room.

MACDOUGALL
“Roger, will you please stop pacing about the room like that. You’re making me nervous!”

BERGO
“Yeah! Stop! Stop!”

PROF. ROGERS
(bitterly) “I don’t care! I can’t stand this anymore. I can’t wait forever.”

MACDOUGALL
“Well you’ll have to, mister. They told us to wait here while they search.”

PROF. ROGERS
(agitated) “Wait till I have a few words to say to that boy about breaking my diamond.”

MACDOUGALL
“We’re guests in this house. And it’s our duty…”

PROF. ROGERS
(hisses) “Don’t tell me about duty, Mr. Scottish guy! I’m an American and I won’t be bossed around here.”

Rogers then walks out.

MABEL
(screams) “Albert?! Where are you going?!”

PROF. ROGERS
“Don’t scream like that at me, girl?”

MABEL
(screams) “Tell me where you’re going!”

PROF. ROGERS
“I’m going out there to get some fresh air. And to have a cigarette and smoke whilst thinking things over.”

MACDOUGALL
“You can’t go out there, you bampot!”

BERGO
“Yeah. You niding!”

PROF. ROGERS
“You stay here all you like, you idiots. I’m going out!”

Rogers walks out before Mabel tries to pull him back in.

MABEL
(shrieks) “No! You will not go out! You will not go out! YOU WILL NOT GO OUT!!!”

PROF. ROGERS
“Get off me, you stupid woman! Get off!”

MABEL
(screams) “YOU WILL NOT GO OUT!”

PROF. ROGERS
“I said, get off!”

Rogers pushes Mabel off him, with her ending on the floor. He walks out of the room, entering the hallway. Mabel gets up off the floor and follows after him.

MACDOUGALL
“Mabel! Mabel, come back here! Don’t go after him! Come back here!”

But Mabel is ready gone, leaving the reading room and not listening to MacDougall.

MACDOUGALL
“Oh dear. She’s gone already. Women.”

Just then, a terrible scream is made by Mabel from outside. It startles MacDougall and Bergo.

MACDOUGALL
“Great Scott! What’s all that about?!”

BERGO
“I no not know what! I NOT KNOW WHAT! NO! NO! NO!”

MACDOUGALL
“Let’s go outside and find out!”

MacDougall and Bergo get up and follow after Mabel as they enter the lobby.


SCENE #15 – INT – MAIN LOBBY, LECKWICK HALL – NIGHT
In the lobby, MacDougall and Bergo find Mabel who sobs bitterly and feverishly.

MACDOUGALL
(concerned) “Mabel? Mabel, what’s the matter lassie? What’s the matter?”

MABEL
(sobs) “My brother! He’s gone! GONE!!!”

MACDOUGALL
(shocked) “What?”

BERGO
“He…kapoot! Kapoot!”

MACDOUGALL
“We must get some help!” (calls) “Beeston? Beeston, where are you, man?!”

BERGO
(shouts) “Help! Help! Noen! Help! Help!”

Mabel continues sobbing, whilst MacDougall and Bergo call for help.


SCENE #16 – INT – CORRIDOR, LECKWICK HALL – NIGHT
Hearing Bergo’s shouts of “Help! Help!” and MacDougall’s cries of “Beeston?! Beeston?!”, the Doctor, Nyssa, Lord Frederick and Lady Angela approach a door in a corridor on the first floor. The whirring from the Doctor’s neutrino detector grows louder, whilst the Tottinghills hear the shouts and cries.

LADY ANGELA
(anxious) “W-W-What was that?”

LORD FREDERICK
(concerned) “Sounds like trouble. Came from downstairs.”

LADY ANGELA
(anxious) “Something’s happened to our guests.”

NYSSA
“Doctor, we’ll have to go back.”

DOCTOR
“The neutrino readings are getting stronger now.”

The whirring goes on, as the Doctor uses his device.

LORD FREDERICK
(puzzled) “What is that contraption you’re carrying?”

DOCTOR
(ignores Lord Frederick) “There’s something behind that door in front of us. The source is coming from in there. Shall we see what’s inside, Nyssa?”

LADY ANGELA
(petrified) “We can’t leave our guests downstairs, Doctor. We don’t know what’s become of them, do we?”

NYSSA
“I’ll go back and see if they’re alright.”

DOCTOR
“Nyssa, are you sure?”

NYSSA
“I’ll be fine. You go on ahead, Doctor. I’ll find out what’s happened downstairs.”

LORD FREDERICK
“See if you can find Beeston, Miss Nyssa. He’ll help you.”

NYSSA
“Thank you, Lord Tottinghill.”

LADY ANGELA
“Would you like me to come with you, dear?”

NYSSA
“That won’t be necessary, Lady Angela. Thank you all the same.”

DOCTOR
(to Nyssa) “Be careful, Nyssa. And good luck.”

NYSSA
“Thank you, Doctor. You too! Take care.”

Nyssa heads off back the corridor to go downstairs. The Doctor meanwhile continues onward followed by Lord and Lady Tottinghill. He directs the neutrino detector in the direction of the door he’s found.

DOCTOR
“Your lordship? What’s behind this door here?”

LORD FREDERICK
“Well it leads into the watchtower, Doctor. It spirals up till you reach the top. Nothing wrong with that is there?”

DOCTOR
“The detector registers the neutrino readings are coming from behind that door. And are much stronger this time.”

LORD FREDERICK
“Neutrino levels?”

DOCTOR
“Can this door be unbolted, Lord Frederick?”

LORD FREDERICK
“Well yes. But…”

DOCTOR
“Then do it! I need to know what’s at the top of the tower!”

LORD FREDERICK
“Very well. If you insist, Doctor.”

Lord Frederick makes his way to the door. With tugging and unbolting, Lord Frederick eventually manages to unbolt the door to the watchtower. The Doctor looks inside as he, Lord Frederick and Lady Angela enter the watchtower.

LADY FREDERICK
“There you are, Doctor. We’re inside now!”

DOCTOR
“Splendid! Now…I have a torch here.”

The Doctor fishes out a torch from his coat pocket and flicks the switch on. He uses it to examine the area inside before addressing Lord Frederick and Lady Angela.

DOCTOR
(warningly) “Now. I don’t ask you two to come with me. If you prefer to stay here, your lordship and ladyship…”

LORD FREDERICK
“Oh we’re coming with you, Doctor. We have to keep an eye on you. Hey Angela?”

LADY ANGELA
(moodily) “Oh yes. You are one of our guests after all.”

DOCTOR
(uneasily) “Very well. Come on then. This way!”

The Doctor leads the way, as he, Lord Frederick and Lady Angela go up into the watchtower.


SCENE #17 – INT – STAIRWAY, LECKWICK HALL – NIGHT
Making their way up the tower, the Doctor’s neutrino detector whirs noisily. Snowfall and eerie wind howls outside.

LADY ANGELA
(shivers) “It’s cold in here, isn’t it?”

LORD FREDERICK
“It’s the snowfall, darling. We’re in the midst of a White Christmas, remember?”

Lady Angela laughs uneasily as they keep going up the tower.

LADY ANGELA
(anxiously) “This watchtower hasn’t been used in years, Doctor. You won’t find anything of significance here.”

DOCTOR
“How do you know the watchtower hasn’t be used in years, Lady Angela?”

LADY ANGELA
(puzzled) “How do I…?” (Pause) “Because we were told so, Doctor. When we first bought the hall. Isn’t that right, Frederick?”

LORD FREDERICK
“Yes, my dear. We were told on our first visit that the watchtower was left abandoned. Obviously it must have been for some military purpose in the Middle Ages but now it’s just a monument connecting to the past. Wouldn’t mind if this bally tower crumbles down.”

DOCTOR
“Who told you this then, your lordship?”

LORD FREDERICK
“Why Beeston, of course.”

DOCTOR
“Beeston, hey? Hmm.” (Pause) “How high is this tower, Lord Frederick?”

LORD FREDERICK
(startled) “Oh…about seven feet tall, dash it. At the top there are the regent’s quarters. In olden times, the regent would watch out for any person approaching the hall. Whether it’d be friend or foe.”

Angela then screams and stumbles forward, as Lord Frederick catches her.

LADY ANGELA
(shudders) “Oh the life of me!”

LORD FREDERICK
(concerned) “Angela, my dear? What’s the matter?”

LADY ANGELA
“I…I felt something! Something went through me!”

LORD FREDERICK
“What do you mean?”

LADY ANGELA
“I felt…suddenly cold. Chilled to the bone. Almost as if someone has sprayed cold water all over me.” (Pause; gasps for breath) “Frederick? It couldn’t be…”

LORD FREDERICK
(dismissive) “Oh what nonsense! No, it couldn’t, darling. It’s just probably the cold outside.”

LADY ANGELA
“But you seemed unsure a minute ago!”

LORD FREDERICK
“A mere doubt, dear. A mere doubt. Nothing to debate about.”

Just then a loud mocking laughter echoes around them and the threesome swivel round to hear it. Angela trembles once she hears the laughter before it dies away.

LADY ANGELA
“W-What was that?”

DOCTOR
“Someone’s waiting in the regent’s quarters upstairs.”

There is suddenly a loud bang behind them.

LADY ANGELA
“That was the tower door!”

Lord Frederick goes back downstairs to see what’s happened. There is tugging and pulling at the door.

LORD FREDERICK
“It’s been shut! Who could have shut it for heaven’s sake?”

Lord Frederick keeps on pushing; tugging and nearly kicking the door. But it’s no good as he can’t force it open.

LORD FREDERICK
(bewildered) “I don’t understand! We’re completely locked in! Someone must have bolted the door from outside!”

DOCTOR
(unsurprised) “Why does that not surprise me?”

After a short while, they continue up the stairs to reach the top of the watchtower.


SCENE #18 – INT – READING ROOM, LECKWICK HALL – NIGHT
In the reading room, Nyssa enters to find nobody about.

NYSSA
(calls) “Hello?!” (Pause) “Mr. MacDougall? Mr. Bergo? Professor Rogers? Miss Rogers?”

No response.

NYSSA
(bemused) “That’s odd. They were supposed to stay in here.”

Moment of silence.

NYSSA
(calls) “Mr. Bergo; Mr MacDougall? Professor Rogers; Miss Rogers?”

Still no response.

NYSSA
“Where are they?”

BEESTON
“You called, miss?”

Nyssa jumps startled, as she turns round to see Beeston next to her.

NYSSA
(startled) “Beeston! You startled me!”

BEESTON
“My apologies; miss. Can I help you?”

NYSSA
(calms down) “Yes. Where are the other guests, Beeston?”

BEESTON
“Guests, miss?”

NYSSA
“Mr. MacDougall; Mr. Bergo; Professor Rogers and his sister. They were told to stay here in the reading room. Where are they?”

BEESTON
“I’m unable to ascertain what you are referring to, Miss Nyssa.”

NYSSA
(baffled) “Beeston? Just what are you playing at?”

BEESTON
“There are no people of the descriptions you’ve given of them here, Miss Nyssa.”

NYSSA
“But they were told to wait here until Billy was found. You must remember them, Beeston!”

BEESTON
“Must I, Miss Nyssa?”

NYSSA
(baffled) “You were serving dinner earlier. They were there in the dining room. MacDougall; Bergo; Professor Rogers and his sister Mabel. You can’t have forgotten them.”

BEESTON
“There were no such people, Miss Nyssa.”

Suddenly, a gentle voice echoes in the dining room.

BILLY (V’O)
(calls) “Nyssa! Nyssa, can you hear me? Nyssa!”

Nyssa follows the trace of the call as she searches around the room.

NYSSA
“Billy! Billy, is that you?”

BILLY (V’O)
(calls) “Nyssa, can you hear me? I don’t know where I am. I’m lost.”

NYSSA
“I can hear you, Billy! The Doctor’s trying to find you. Why can’t I see you, Billy? What’s happened to you?”

BILLY (V’O)
(calls) “Can you hear me Nyssa? I don’t know what’s happening? I can’t see much! I’m lost!” (panics) “I’m lost, Nyssa! I’m lost!”

NYSSA
“Don’t worry Billy! We’ll find you! We’ll get you out of wherever you are now. Beeston here…”

Nyssa turns round and finds that Beeston has gone. She turns round this way and that, wondering where Beeston has gone.

NYSSA
(calls) “Beeston? Beeston, where are you? Where have you gone?!” (shouts) “Beeston?!”

No response. Nyssa turns back round to call back to Billy.

NYSSA
(calls) “Billy? Billy, are you still there? Billy, please answer me! It’s Nyssa!”

But Billy doesn’t respond. Suddenly a grandfather clock chimes spookily causing Nyssa to jump. She calms down as she discovers something odd.

NYSSA
“Wait a minute. That clock’s supposed to chime for two o’clock according to the large and small hands.” (Pause) “Yet it’s still chiming.”

This is confirmed as the clock keeps on chiming, never-stopping. Just as Nyssa’s about to go out of the reading room, the doors shut suddenly, locking her in. She runs to the door and tugs at it to get it open. She has no success.

NYSSA
(shouts) “Beeston?! Beeston, are you out there?!” (Pause) “Beeston?!”

No response. The lights then flicker on and off. Nyssa gradually walks into the centre of the room again, as she cringes slightly and stumbles off balance.

NYSSA
(in pain) “Ooh! My head! It’s all gone all funny!”

The lights flicker frequently as the clock keeps chiming.

NYSSA
“There is something here. Something evil and malevolent.” (calls) “Who are you? What are you? What do you want with me?”

The familiar mocking laughter echoes again which Nyssa recognises instantly.

NYSSA
(anxiously; calls) “What have you done to Billy and the other guests?”

The laughter continues, ignoring Nyssa.

NYSSA
(shouts) “Stop laughing! Stop it, please!”

Just then, Nyssa stumbles off balance again as she drops on her knees to the floor.

NYSSA
(queasily) “I feel…so strange. What…what’s happening to me?”

Suddenly, Nyssa cries as she’s out of the reading room in a flash and whisked away. The reading room becomes empty again and the lights are restored to normal. The laughing stops. All is quiet again.


SCENE #19 – INT – WATCHTOWER, LECKWICK HALL – NIGHT
In the watchtower, the Doctor, Lord Frederick and Lady Angela reach the regent’s quarters at the top. Both Tottinghills gasp for breath, exhausted whilst the Doctor looks around, holding the neutrino device in his hand.

LORD FREDERICK
“Angela darling? Are you alright?”

LADY ANGELA
(gasps) “I’ve never been up so many flights of stairs in all my life.” (takes deep breath) “Of course, you men are all used to it!”

LORD FREDERICK
(chuckles) “It’s invigorating, dash it!”

Lord Frederick then turns to the Doctor. The Doctor switches off his neutrino detector.

LORD FREDERICK
“See Doctor. Like we told you. No living soul.” (shivers) “I can’t imagine anyone living on top of the tower in this weather.”

LADY ANGELA
“Me neither.”

DOCTOR
“On the face of it, yes.”

LORD FREDERICK
“What do you mean, ‘on the face of it’?”

DOCTOR
(seriously) “There’s some presence here in our midst. And it’s point of origin is here at the top of the tower.”

LADY ANGELA
“So it is ghosts!”

LORD FREDERICK
“Hold on a minute, Doctor. I thought you said you didn’t believe in ghosts.”

DOCTOR
(seriously) “I don’t. And that’s precisely what we’re not dealing with.”

LORD FREDERICK
“Then what are we dealing with then, Doctor?”

DOCTOR
(seriously) “I don’t know.” (Pause) “You tell me, your lordship.”

LORD FREDERICK
(confused) “Me? I beg your pardon?”

DOCTOR
(seriously) “There’s a lurking presence at Leckwick Hall and you know full well what it is, Lord Frederick Tottinghill.”

LADY ANGELA
“Frederick? What is he on about?”

LORD FREDERICK
“I don’t know, my dear.”

DOCTOR
(seriously) “Oh yes you do, your lordship. For one thing you locked that door to the watchtower to prevent me from escaping, isn’t it that right?”

LORD FREDERICK
(flabbergasted) “I locked it?!”

DOCTOR
(seriously) “But come to think of it, you’ve been at it ever since Billy vanished. You ordered everyone to remain in the reading room. You reacted in terror when you discovered Nyssa and I were about to search for Billy. You’ve been working to get me up here, since you knew it would arouse my curiosity.”

LORD FREDERICK
(ashamedly) “It’s not what you think, Doctor.”

DOCTOR
(challengingly) “Isn’t it?” (Pause) “I think it’s time I deserve a little audience with your masters, don’t you think?”

LADY ANGELA
(shocked) “Frederick, what’s going on here?”

DOCTOR
“There’s no point trying to deny it as well, Lady Angela. You’re in on this as well, aren’t you? I can see it in your eyes.”

LORD FREDERICK
“How did you know, Doctor? When did you find out?”

DOCTOR
“It was the way you flinched at being uncertain about ghosts in your home. Now that would be ordinary if you weren’t bragging on about not believing in ghosts earlier at dinner last evening, wouldn’t it?”

LORD FREDERICK
“It wasn’t anything to debate about, Doctor…”

DOCTOR
“But it is worth debating about now, isn’t it? For someone who doesn’t believe in ghosts goes a long, long way to show any kind of doubt if one isn’t trying to hide his own worst fears.”

LORD FREDERICK
“Don’t do this please, Doctor!”

DOCTOR
“I’m not planning on doing anything, your lordship. I’m waiting for your benefactor to turn up. Or is it benefactors?”

Suddenly the floor opens up beneath them like a gate opening.

DOCTOR
(cheerily) “Ah! Surprise, surprise!”

LORD FREDERICK
“Doctor, stand back!”

Frederick moves the Doctor back as the floor opens up.

DOCTOR
(amazed) “Oh! A secret staircase underneath the floor boards. How quaint!”

LADY ANGELA
“It’s him, isn’t it Frederick.”

LORD FREDERICK
“Yes dear. I’m afraid he is. He’s come to meet us.”

DOCTOR
“It would have been better if you’d gone with Nyssa, your ladyship.”

Footsteps echo as somebody comes up the stairs to meet them. Frederick steps forward before Angela stops him.

LADY ANGELA
“Frederick! He’s wearing a hood and cloak. Are you sure he…or she’s the right one?”

LORD FREDERICK
“It’s a ‘he’, my dear. Please, let me do the talking.”

The newcomer arrives at the top of the stairs, wearing a hooded cloak. The newcomer laughs mockingly, similar to what Nyssa heard in the dining room and reading room earlier.

DOCTOR
(wryly) “My, my, my. He’s got a good sense of humour, your benefactor. Hasn’t he?!”

Lord Frederick steps forward again to speak to the cloaked figure. The cloaked figure has a distorted voice when he speaks.

LORD FREDERICK
(nervously) “Sire? We’ve brought you the Doctor. Do you wish to speak…?”

BEESTON
(disguised; interrupts) “So…this is him. The man who’s been poking his nose into our business of late.”

DOCTOR
“Yes that’s me. As always. Hello I’m Doctor.” (Pause; wryly) “So you’re the Ghost of Leckwick Hall then? This is an honour…”

BEESTON
(disguised) “You have become an annoyance to me, Doctor.”

DOCTOR
“Nonsense. Not a ring of truth in it. I’m just here to find my friend. A young man named Billy Walker. You haven’t seen him, have you…?”

BEESTON
(disguised) “You are of no further interest to me. You are a threat. And I deal with threats very seriously.” (Pause) “You shall be taken down!”

DOCTOR
“Taken down? Well, isn’t that charming! I can tell you don’t get on well with [strangers]…”

Suddenly the Doctor gets knocked on the head by Lord Frederick. The Doctor falls to the floor unconscious.

LADY ANGELA
(gasps in horror) “Frederick! You just hit him on the head with a mallet. His head’s bleeding!”

Lady Angela kneels down to check and tend to the Doctor’s head whilst the cloaked figure looks to Lord Frederick.

BEESTON
(disguised) “Take him to the chapel, Lord Tottinghill. You and your wife have your duties. Your masters must be obeyed!”

LORD FREDERICK
(nervously) “Yes, sir. Whatever you say, sir.”

Lord Frederick and Lady Angela both lift the Doctor from the floor and take him away downstairs. The snow falls and the wind howls as the cloaked figure descends downstairs from the regent’s quarters in the tower, laughing away menacingly.


© Tim Bradley, 2016

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2 Responses to ‘The Ghost of Leckwick’, Chapter 2

  1. Timelord 007 says:

    Ouch, the Doctor’s been clobbered, Nyssa locked in & Billys in trouble blimey Tim you put all three characters in individual dangers & i love it.

    Beeston is a chilling character isn’t he, quite malevolent while I’m intrigued to discover the connection with the house, Lord Frederick & Angela.

    Tense, creepy, atmospheric you certainly know how to write a scary Doctor Who episode Tim I’m loving it.

    Apologies i haven’t read this & commented sooner but i been very ill with this gastro bug.

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  2. Tim Bradley says:

    Hi Simon.

    Glad you enjoyed Chapter 2 of ‘The Ghost of Leckwick’! Yes I know, I can’t believe I’ve put my three favourite TARDIS regulars into peril by this point in the story. I’m glad you’re enjoying it and I hope it gets more interesting later on. Where could Nyssa have been whisked away to then? 😀

    I’m glad you’re enjoying Beeston as a character in the story. I’m pleased you find him chilling and malevolent. It’ll be interesting to see what his motives are, as he’s not the clear-cut butler he seems to be at Leckwick Hall, isn’t he? I hope you’ll enjoy what goes on later on with the house, Lord Frederick and Lady Angela and how it fits all together with Beeston.

    I’m pleased you’re finding this a scary ‘Doctor Who’ episode so far, Simon. I assumed this would be too comedic considering it’s Christmas and Professor Rogers is in it. 😀 I’m pleased you’re finding it tense, creepy and atmospheric so far. I suppose the snowy conditions help. 🙂

    Sorry to hear you haven’t been well lately with this gastro bug. Sounds really nasty that. I’ve been busy myself with Christmas commitments, so no worries about not having commented sooner. I always look forward to hearing from you on my blog and I hope you’ll enjoy the rest of this Christmas episode with the Doctor, Nyssa and Billy. I’m glad you’re enjoying it so much.

    Thanks so much Simon. Look forward to hearing from you in Chapter 3!

    Tim. 🙂

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