‘The Austen Code’, Part Four, Chapter 16

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16. Return To Home

SCENE #151 – INT – BATH ABBEY – DAY, EVENING – NOVEMBER 1797
Eventually, Jane Austen wakes up in Bath Abbey in 1797. She finds herself losing her balance and caught in the arms of her sister Cassandra.

CASSANDRA
“Jane! Jane, it’s alright! I’ve got hold of you!”

JANE
(disorientated) “Doctor? I…I…What just happened?”

DOCTOR
“What do you think happened, Miss Austen?”

JANE
(thinks) “I…I saw you, Miss Nyssa and Mr. Walker. Back in that Roman version of Bath we were in.” (Pause) “You were all dying. Then I gave you the smelling salts.”

NYSSA
“The smelling salts! Doctor, it’s alright! The timeline’s restored!”

DOCTOR
“It would seem to be that way, Nyssa.” (to Jane) “Thank you so much Miss Austen?! We really appreciate what you’ve done!”

JANE
“Thank you for your kind felicitations, sir? To what pleasure do I have of making you appreciate me?”

BILLY
(realises) “Wait a minute, Doctor! I’ve just thought of something! When we were in two thousand and eleven, we saw Jane Austen appear three times in order for us to be where we are! Perhaps this machine could do the same and send Miss Austen to meet us those three times.”

NYSSA
(uneasy) “No! We can’t do that! It’ll be risky!”

WENTWORTH
(frustrated) “What language do these people use?! They’re not words I comprehend!”

DOCTOR
(to Nyssa) “I agree with you Nyssa, but Billy’s right. We have to send Miss Austen through to two thousand and eleven to meet us those times.” (to Jane) “Miss Austen? Did you say you were sent into the future before?”

JANE
“Yes, sir. We met in a sort of shop…or it seemed like a tearoom.”

BILLY
“Were we eating pasties and drinking tea?”

JANE
“I know not what you were devouring, but I recollect you did eat something and were sat at a table!”

NYSSA
“The Cornish Pasty shop! It all makes sense!”

DOCTOR
(pleased) “Excellent! That just leaves two times we met Jane Austen in two thousand and eleven instead of three.” (Pause; to Jane) “Miss Austen, I wonder if it’s not asking too much whether we can send [you to]…”

JANE
(apprehensively) “Oh no! I’m not going to be set forth to another place and time again! I’ve had too much excitement to bear!”

CASSANDRA
“Absolutely! Mr. Doctor, I really must ask you not to impede on my sister further!”

WENTWORTH
“Yes, Doctor! Or you’ll have me to answer for it, sir!”

DOCTOR
“Miss Austen, please!”

JANE
“I refuse to co-operate!”

DOCTOR
(calmly) “Miss Austen.” (Pause) “Miss Austen…those novels you’ve been writing. The ones you say that were from the heart.”

JANE
“Yes, sir. What about them?”

DOCTOR
“In about two hundred years time, those novels will become books and you’ll be remembered for a million generations to come!”

JANE
(astonished) “A million, sir?!”

DOCTOR
“To say a billion or a trillion!” (Pause) “Now I shouldn’t be telling you this. But if you are found not to have written all your great works, which you have in your really, brilliant mind…and I mean really brilliant fantastically brilliant…”

JANE
(interrupts) “You flatter me, sir!”

DOCTOR
(continues) “If you don’t get to write those worthy works of yours…then all of history will change! And the Earth will not be the same! Not to mention the universe! People won’t appreciate the wonders of the great lady author Jane Austen in years to come if you don’t get to write them.” (Pause) “That’s what will happen if you don’t agree to help us!”

CASSANDRA
“You threaten my sister, sir!”

NYSSA
“No! The Doctor’s right, Miss Cassandra!”

DOCTOR
“I’m not threatening you, Miss Jane Austen! I’m asking you to save people’s lives! The ones who will get to read your novels if you choose to help us! Please!”

Moment of silence, as Jane becomes indecisive.

JANE
(gradually) “Very well, Doctor! I shall assist you!”

DOCTOR
“Good.”

CASSANDRA
“Jane dear, you can’t possibly mean to…”

JANE
“I must help them, Cassandra! They are in great need.” (Pause) “I am persuaded!” (to Doctor) “What is it you want me to do, Doctor?”

DOCTOR
(to Nyssa) “Nyssa; Billy? Is the machine ready?”

NYSSA
“Just setting the temporal co-ordinates now, Doctor.”

BILLY
“Two thousand and eleven it will be, won’t it? At the Jane Austen Centre?”

NYSSA
“Yes. That will be the second time we saw Miss Austen.”

DOCTOR
“Splendid.”

CASSANDRA
(astonished) “Jane Austen Centre…?”

DOCTOR
(to Jane) “In response to your question Miss Jane Austen, it’s quite simple. You need to send a message…to me!”


REPRISAL OF SCENE #19 – INT – JANE AUSTEN CENTRE – DAY, MORNING – SEPTEMBER 2011
In the Regency Tea Rooms at the Jane Austen Centre in 2011, Jane Austen appears before the Doctor, Nyssa and Billy. This is just as before in Scene #19 of ‘Part One’.

JANE
“Doctor? Is it you?”

The TARDIS trio turn to see Jane Austen standing there before them whilst the convergence is occurring. The Doctor steps forward.

DOCTOR
“Miss Austen?”

JANE
(relieved) “How glad I am to make your acquaintance again?”

The scene continues as before in Scene #19 of ‘Part One’.


SCENE #152 – INT – BATH ABBEY – DAY, EVENING – NOVEMBER 1797
Back in Bath Abbey, Jane returns to 1797. Just as before, she feels disorientated. The Doctor helps her out of the chair.

CASSANDRA
(concerned) “Jane? Jane dear, are you well?”

JANE
“I’m well yes, Cassie. Very well.”

DOCTOR
“Did you send my message to me, Miss Austen?”

JANE
“Yes, Doctor. I’ve remembered your exact instructions. You are to attend Bath Abbey whilst Miss Nyssa and Mr. Walker are to go the Roman Baths.”

DOCTOR
“Marvellous! Now…”

Suddenly, Nyssa cries out as she’s been apprehended rather abruptly by Thorpe-Willoughby who’s entered.

NYSSA
(cries) “Doctor; Billy! Help me…”

Nyssa’s mouth get covered by Thorpe-Willoughyby’s strong hand and she is unable to speak. Billy sees Nyssa getting captured and immediately runs forward.

BILLY
“Oi! You! Let her go!”

THORPE-WILLOUGHBY
“No-one touches Miss Nyssa whilst I have her! She’s mine!”

WENTWORTH
“You dare claim that she’s yours sir in such an under-hand manner, sir!”

THORPE-WILLOUGHBY
“Stop what you’re doing, Doctor! Do not send Miss Austen through time using that engine of sorcery anymore!”

DOCTOR
“I have to send her through, Thorpe-Willoughby! Time must be maintained!”

THORPE-WILLOUGHBY
“If you send her through Doctor, I shall kill Miss Nyssa!”

Nyssa somehow manages to get Thorpe-Willoughby’s hand off her mouth.

NYSSA
“Get off me, Thorpe-Willoughby! Let me go!”

BILLY
(angrily) “Leave Nyssa alone, you jerk!”

THORPE-WILLOUGHBY
(to Nyssa) “Oh no! You Nyssa, object of my desire, are coming with me!”

Nyssa struggles, as she’s been dragged violently by Thorpe-Willoughby through the main aisle. Billy immediately runs forward, as he reaches for Thorpe-Willoughby.

BILLY
(shouts) “I said, leave her alone!”

Billy roughly pulls Thorpe-Willoughby off Nyssa and throws him against one of the pews. Thorpe-Willoughby lands, head first, on the floor next to the pews. Meanwhile, Billy is shaken up, realising what he’s just done.

BILLY
(panics) “Oh! Sorry! I did not mean to do that!”

NYSSA
“Don’t apologise to him, Billy! You were more honourable than him!”

Thorpe-Willoughby gradually rises from his feet, as he leans up on the pew.

THORPE-WILLOUGHBY
(challengingly) “Oh! So you would defend your girl, would you?! Dare to challenge me, would you?! Well…I sincerely would like to fight you over her!”

BILLY
“What are you talking about?”

Thorpe-Willoughby draws a rapier from his side.

THORPE-WILLOUGHBY
“I challenge you to a duel with me, sir! Draw your sword!”

BILLY
“Oh now, don’t be silly!”

THORPE-WILLOUGHBY
“Draw your sword!”

BILLY
“I don’t have a sword!”

NYSSA
(to Wentworth) “Captain, help Billy!”

CASSANDRA
“Please Captain!”

Wentworth draws out his rapier from his side.

WENTWORTH
(calls) “Here, Mr. Walker! You can have my sword! Catch!”

Wentworth throws his sword to Billy, who manages to catch it by its handle. Billy feels the weight of Wentworth’s sword, as he tries to hold it.

NYSSA
“No! I meant help Billy in stopping this!”

WENTWORTH
“I make it not my business to interfere in private matters between gentlemen who have a disagreement!”

CASSANDRA
“But you let Mr. Walker have your sword, sir.”

WENTWORTH
“A little help, yes!”

NYSSA
(angrily) “Pathetic!”

THORPE-WILLOUGHBY
(challengingly; to Billy) “Come on, young man! Face me if you might!”

NYSSA
(pleadingly) “Please Billy, don’t do this! Don’t fight him over me!”

BILLY
(nervously) “It’s alright, Nyssa! I can manage…”

Thorpe-Willoughby strikes his sword at Billy. Billy manages to defend himself, but barely. He loses his balance and falls back, crying out in shock.

WENTWORTH
“You’re not supposed to use a sword with one hand, sir! That’s dangerous!”

CASSANDRA
“He may not be used to fighting with a sword, Captain! He is a waiter after all!”

NYSSA
(cries) “Thorpe-Willoughby, stop this!”

THORPE-WILLOUGHBY
(mockingly; to Billy) “You don’t know how to use a sword, young man! You shall prove an easy opponent! You will not defend your dear Nyssa as you think!”

BILLY
(angrily) “I don’t want to fight you, you idiot!”

THORPE-WILLOUGBY
“Well that’s as well! Because I do not wish to fight myself either!”

Thorpe-Willoughby strikes again. Billy moves out of the way and avoids Thorpe-Willoughby’s strike on him. They face each other in-between the pews. Thorpe-Willoughby is about to strike Billy again.

THORPE-WILLOUGBY
“Come on, young man! Fight!”

Both swords clash with each other, as Billy defends himself against Thorpe-Willoughby.

NYSSA
(calls) “Doctor, help Billy!”

DOCTOR
(occupied) “Keep Thorpe-Willoughby occupied! I’ve got to send Miss Austen through to two thousand and eleven again!”

NYSSA
(shocked) “Keep him occupied?!”

Thorpe-Willoughby savagely strikes at Billy with his sword. Billy tries to defend himself, as he weakly uses his own sword. Nyssa runs up to Thorpe-Willoughby and tries to stop him fighting Billy, holding his arms back.

NYSSA
“Stop this, Thorpe-Willoughby! Leave Billy alone!”

Thorpe-Willoughby pushes Nyssa away from him. Nyssa ends up on the floor. Thorpe-Willoughby laughs away, as he carries on striking Billy with his sword. Jane watches from a distance with the Doctor attends to her.

JANE
(to Doctor) “I saw Miss Nyssa attempt to save Billy by stopping Thorpe-Willoughby, Doctor! She must really admire the boy the way he defends her against that horrid man!”

DOCTOR
“Miss Austen, quickly! There isn’t much time!”

Rushing water echoes from outside. This puts Jane Austen on edge.

JANE
(uneasily) “Doctor?! I hear…”

DOCTOR
“Yes, Miss Austen! I hear it too! Now listen! I need you to…”

CASSANDRA
(interrupts) “No, Doctor! I won’t have you endanger my sister anymore!”

JANE
“Please, Cassandra! Let the Doctor speak!” (to Doctor) “Tell me, Doctor. Am I giving you another message in the future?”

DOCTOR
“Yes Miss Austen. But first there’s something I must do!” (Pause) “Sit on the altar, will you? I’ll still be connecting you to the time-machine chair as we speak.”

Jane goes over to sit on the altar with the Doctor attaching a wire from the time machine chair. The fighting between Billy and Thorpe-Willoughby continues in the Bath Abbey.


REPRISAL OF SCENE #31 – INT – BATH ABBEY – DAY, AFTERNOON – SEPTEMBER 2011
In this scene, Jane appears tied to the altar in Bath Abbey 2011. She sees Mrs. Bates and the Doctor arguing with each other, before she interrupts them.

JANE
(calls) “Sir Doctor?!”

DOCTOR
(irritated) “Please don’t interrupt me, Mrs. Bates!”

MRS. BATES
(agitated) “I didn’t say anything, Doctor!”

JANE
(calls) “Doctor, sir?!”

The Doctor and Mrs. Bates turn round to see Jane Austen standing before them. The scene continues as before in Scene #19 in ‘Part One’.


SCENE #153 – INT – BATH ABBEY – DAY, EVENING – NOVEMBER 1797

CASSANDRA
(angrily) “What have you done, Doctor?! Where’s my sister gone now?!”

DOCTOR
“It’s alright, Miss Austen! It’s alright! I had to send her through to two thousand and eleven so that I could pick her up!”

CASSANDRA
“Had to?!”

WENTWORTH
“Why chain her to the altar, sir?!”

DOCTOR
“A clue! A message which would be sent to me in the future to get back to me now in order for me to send her through!”

CASSANDRA
“Doctor?! I know not why you persist explaining yourself in riddles, but I want my sister back!”

DOCTOR
“And that’s exactly what’s going to happen, Miss Cassandra! I’m going to go and get her for you now and bring her home!”

CASSANDRA
“How can you say that and yet…?”

DOCTOR
(reassuringly) “Please, Miss Cassandra! Trust me! I must go now and find out where Mrs. Bates has taken her!”

CASSANDRA
“Mrs. Bates?!”

WENTWORTH
“What about your young friend who fights the villain over Miss Nyssa?”

At that moment, Billy falls down after fighting with Thorpe-Willoughby. He lets out a cry of pain.

BILLY
(in pain) “Oww! Oww my arm! And my back!”

NYSSA
“Billy! Watch out!”

BILLY
(puzzled) “What?”

Thorpe-Willoughby makes a strike with his sword. But Billy makes a dash for it. Billy retreats to one side, as Thorpe-Willoughby turns on him.

THORPE-WILLOUGBHY
(gloatingly) “Foolish boy! Do you really think you could fight a man like me?!”

NYSSA
(cries) “Thorpe-Willoughby, please stop this! Leave Billy alone!”

THORPE-WILLOUGBHY
(to Billy) “You keep running away scared out of your wits, man! You’re not worthy of this lady! You’re not good enough to protect and defend her!”

NYSSA
(protests) “Don’t you say that Thorpe-Willoughby! Billy here…!”

THORPE-WILLOUGBY
(proudly) “I shall take Nyssa all for myself now! She will be mine! And you will not be able to have her!”

NYSSA
“No!”

THORPE-WILLOUGBY
“You have no choice, girl!”

Billy angrily gets on his feet and hits Thorpe-Willoughby with his sword. Thorpe-Willoughby cries out in pain, as he is pushed to the floor by Billy. Thorpe-Willoughby falls to the floor, whilst Billy towers over him.

BILLY
(angrily) “Nobody takes my friend, Thorpe-Willoughby! So you leave her alone!”

Thorpe-Willoughby is in pain once he’s on the floor.

DOCTOR
“To answer your question Captain Wentworth, I say Billy managed to handle Thorpe-Willoughby well!”

CASSANDRA
“Did you see that, Captain?! That boy struck Mr. Thorpe-Willoughby in his thigh! He defended Miss Nyssa to the last!”

WENTWORTH
“Yes!” (dismayed) “I could have done that!”

Nyssa approaches Billy, who is quite worn out.

BILLY
“Are you alright, Nyssa?”

NYSSA
“I am now! Thank you for saving me!”

Billy receives a peck on the cheek by Nyssa.

DOCTOR
“I’m glad to see you alright, Nyssa.”

NYSSA
“Thank you, Doctor.”

Thorpe-Willoughby still cries out in pain.

THORPE-WILLOUGBY
“Is that all you got, sir?! You strike in the thigh with one sword and you still win Miss Nyssa’s heart!” (angrily) “IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ME, SIR!”


SCENE #154 – INT – ROMAN BATHS – DAY, EVENING – NOVEMBER 1797
Meanwhile, in the Roman Baths in 1797…

SALVADOR
(to Volturnans) “All of you! Go to Bath Abbey! Terrorise those who are there!”

The Assembly Rooms victims who have turned into zombies, including Lady Anne, Aunt Jane, Uncle James and the Morlands, make their way out of the Great Bath. They join the other water-zombie Volturnans, as they head for Bath Abbey.

SALVADOR
(aside;angrily) “Meanwhile, Thorpe-Willoughby…you have failed and disobeyed me! I told you to stop the Doctor from sending Miss Austen to two thousand and eleven! And you let your desire overcome you! For that…you shall die!”


SCENE #155 – INT – BATH ABBEY – DAY, EVENING – NOVEMBER 1797
Back in Bath Abbey, Thorpe-Willoughby suddenly screams out loud in agony. He wrestles on the floor, trying to hold onto the last remnants of his life.

BILLY
(disturbed; panics) “He’s screaming! What for? I didn’t do anything! It was just a knock in the leg!”

NYSSA
(disturbed; gasps) “Doctor! He’s fading! His body’s disappearing!”

The Doctor steps forward, as he examines Thorpe-Willoughby more closely.

DOCTOR
(concerned) “Mr. Thorpe-Willoughby, are you alright?”

Thorpe-Willoughby shakes and shudders, as he is being erased.

THORPE-WILLOUGHBY
(screams) “No! Please, my lord! You promised! You promised my desire! My lord! My lord….”

Thorpe-Willoughby shrieks out loud, as he is suddenly erased instantly out of existence. This shocks Wentworth and Cassandra, as it does for the Doctor, Nyssa and Billy.

WENTWORTH
(shocked; shudders) “Horrible! Horrible that was!”

CASSANDRA
(shocked) “He just vanished! What has become of that scoundrel?!”

NYSSA
(shocked) “Doctor, he seemed to have been erased from time! As if someone’s manipulated his own life and terminated it instantly!”

BILLY
(shocked; astounded) “That’s an intelligent deduction, Nyssa.”

DOCTOR
(shocked; disturbed) “I’m afraid Nyssa must be right, Billy. Poor Thorpe-Willoughby!”

NYSSA
“I wish I could say I feel sorry for him. He was so ruthless that he even went to great lengths to take me!”

BILLY
“I told you, Nyssa! I wouldn’t let him take you away!”

DOCTOR
“There’s no time for that now! We’re going to go on another journey!”

BILLY
“Another one?!

NYSSA
“To two thousand and eleven, I expect!”

CASSANDRA
(insistent) “Doctor, what has become of my sister?!”

DOCTOR
“I’m going to fetch her now, Miss Cassandra! Please, just stay here with Captain Wentworth and he’ll look after you! We’ll back as soon as we can!”

Suddenly, the main tower roof cracks open. Rain water floods in.

NYSSA
“Doctor! We can’t just leave them here! This abbey is going to be flooded with that tidal wave soon!”

As Nyssa says this, the temporal shuddering causes an earthquakes. The TARDIS trio, Wentworth and Cassandra tumble over, losing their balance. The Doctor, Nyssa and Billy regain their balance and refocus, as they’re now intent on leaving the abbey.

DOCTOR
“Once we’ve saved Jane Austen and stopped this catastrophe, the Captain and Miss Cassandra will be well, Nyssa!”

BILLY
“But we don’t even know how we’re going to stop this catastrophe, Doctor!”

NYSSA
“Exactly!”

DOCTOR
“One thing at a time, you two! Let’s find Jane Austen! Back to the TARDIS!” (calls) “Captain! Look after Miss Austen will you?”

WENTWORTH
“Err…”

DOCTOR
“Good man! Nyssa; Billy! Out we go!”

The TARDIS trio runs off, as they head down through the aisle of pews to make their exit.

NYSSA
“But the TARDIS is at the Royal Crescent! How are we going to get there?!”

At that moment, Henry enters from the other end at the abbey entrance where the TARDIS trio are heading to exit.

HENRY
(calls) “I can take you to the Royal Crescent if you like, miss!”

DOCTOR
(thrilled; calls; to Henry) “Excellent! Thank you, Mr. Clay!” (to Nyssa; Billy) “Come on, Nyssa; Billy!”

BILLY
(calls; to Henry) “Thanks a lot, Henry! Much appreciated!”

HENRY
“It’s no problem, Billy; my lord; my lady.”

The Doctor, Nyssa and Billy run towards where Henry Clay is to join him outside. Whilst the TARDIS trio go off with Henry, Cassandra worries with Wentworth trying to comfort her.

CASSANDRA
“I long to know that Jane is alright! Why has all this happened so suddenly?!”

Cassandra ponders on her worries, before a tidal wave approaches and water-zombie Volturnans advance nearby. Cassandra and Wentworth are shocked once they see the Volturnans.

CASSANDRA
(shocked) “Captain Wentworth! Zombies! So many of them! Coming for us!”

WENTWORTH
(shocked) “Miss Cassandra! I recognise a number of faces within that horrid crowd of zombies! There’s Lady Anne Musgrove, Mr. and Mrs. Morland, the Morland girls and the Morland boys, and…” (horrified) “…Oh my!”

CASSANDRA
(shocked) “Aunt Jane! Uncle James!”

Aunt Jane and Uncle James grunt and snarl as zombies, as they advance on Cassandra and Captain Wentworth in the abbey.


SCENE #156 – INT – JANE AUSTEN CENTRE – DAY, EVENING – SEPTEMBER 2011
At the Jane Austen Centre in 2011, Mrs. Bates is showing the gift shop to Jane Austen who is in awe. The temporal shuddering and the flooding still occurs from outside whilst Mrs. Bates shows the place to Jane.

JANE
(awed) “Astounding! Truly remarkable!” (Pause) “All of this because of me?”

MRS. BATES
“All of your work, Miss Austen! Your six books have been read by millions!”

JANE
“But I haven’t written six books, Mrs. Bates! Truly I haven’t!”

MRS. BATES
“Well of course you have, Miss Austen! The great Jane Austen has written six novels! And they are much loved!”

JANE
“Are they indeed? I’m very pleased, if a bit surprised!”

MRS. BATES
(encouragingly) “Have a look at these gift cards, Miss Austen! And these needlepoint and craft goods! Rare books and your books! Quality wrapping paper and stationery! All of this is dedicated to you!”

Suddenly, the Doctor, Nyssa and Billy burst into the gift shop.

DOCTOR
“Mrs. Bates, where are you…?!”

NYSSA
“She’s here, Doctor!”

They find Mrs. Bates with Jane Austen.

BILLY
“Oh thank goodness!”

NYSSA
“Definitely thank goodness!” (to Jane) “Miss Austen, are you alright?!”

JANE
“I am well, Nyssa. And please call me Jane!”

DOCTOR
(accusingly; to Mrs. Bates) “What are you doing, Mrs. Bates? I told you to take Miss Austen to a safe place!”

MRS. BATES
“Well this is a safe place, Doctor! And I don’t see any harm in showing the young author’s success!”

DOCTOR
“She’s not an author yet, Mrs. Bates! Don’t you understand that?!” (realises) “No you don’t understand that! I should never have trusted her to your care, Mrs. Bates!”

NYSSA
“Doctor?!”

DOCTOR
“Well it’s true!”

JANE
“It’s true then! I am really going to be a great lady author! How…” (laughs) “…How invigorating!” (cries) “Sir, my eyes!”

The Doctor places his hand over Jane’s eyes instantly.

DOCTOR
“Close your eyes, Miss Austen! They’re very delicate!”

The Doctor then escorts Jane out of the gift shop.

DOCTOR
“Come on! We must leave!”

NYSSA
“Where are we going?”

DOCTOR
“Far away from here! To the Roman Baths, preferably!”

BILLY
“In order to stop the catastrophe!”

DOCTOR
“Precisely! Come on, Miss Austen; Nyssa; Billy. Let’s go!”

MRS. BATES
“But…Miss Austen has not seen the whole of the Jane Austen Centre! She must see the tea rooms and the expedition!”

DOCTOR
(shrewdly) “Thank you for looking after Miss Austen, Mrs. Bates. You’re not needed now!”

The Doctor, Nyssa and Billy leave with Miss Austen. Everyone in the gift shop starts muttering away excitably, as they talk about who they’ve seen.


SCENE #157 – INT – ROMAN BATHS – DAY, EVENING – 79 AD/1797/2011
Meanwhile in the Roman Baths, Salvador still gives praise to Sulis Minerva. Sulis has finally materialised, as the ferocious warrior woman composed of water. She slashes her sword and strikes her shield, as she’s terrifying within the three time zones in convergence.

SALVADOR
(cries) “Now Sulis! Now the convergence has taken shape! You shall declare your rule over this city! Only let me share in your rule of Bath! Let me have your power! LET ME HAVE YOUR POWER SO THAT I MAY TAKE REVENGE ON THOSE WHO HURT ME!”

But Sulis screams horrendously, as she makes a strike at Salvador with her sword. Salvador stumbles back from this.

SALVADOR
(astonished; cries) “You dare to deny me, great one?! I am the one who summoned you! Who gave you life?! WHAT HAVE I DONE TO DESERVE YOUR DISRESPECT?!?”

Sulis shrieks, as she strikes her sword again. Parts of the Roman Baths crumble and the terrace breaks apart, falling into the Great Bath.

SALVADOR
(cries) “Please, Sulis! Hear me! I am your friend! You do not have to rebel against me! Just let me rule this city with you! PLEASE!”

But Sulis carries on shrieking, like a wild animal. Just then, the Doctor, Nyssa, Billy and Jane enter. They see the great water goddess before them.

NYSSA
(relieved) “We’re here! We’re here at last! I hope we’re not too late!”

DOCTOR
“That energy barrier’s keeping Sulis within her sanctum! Let’s hope we’ll be able to stop this before the temporal convergence destroys Earth completely!”

JANE
“That is what the Romans worship?! Are they blind to reason in knowing what this thing is?!”

BILLY
(cries) “Doctor; Nyssa?! Look!”

NYSSA
“What is it, Billy?!”

BILLY
“There’s a man standing at the far end of the Baths! On the left!”

DOCTOR
(uncertain) “Where? I can’t see…”

Salvador has seen the TARDIS trio before him.

SALVADOR
(cries; angrily; passionately) “SULIS, HEAR ME! YOUR ENEMIES ARE HERE! DROWN THEM I SAY! DROWN THEM!!!”

Sulis shrieks out loud, as she sees the TARDIS trio and Jane Austen before her.

BILLY
(cries) “Doctor! That creature! It’s raising its sword!”

NYSSA
“It’s about to attack us! It’s about to drown us!”

DOCTOR
“Keep back, everyone! Whatever you do, don’t come into physical contact with that creature! Unless you want to be infected!”

BILLY
(surprised) “It’s carrying an infection?!”

NYSSA
“How do you know that?!”

DOCTOR
“Trust me! Keep back!”

NYSSA
(terrified) “It’s coming closer!”

Sulis charges forward, screaming with vengeance.

BILLY
“It’s reaching its hand out!”

DOCTOR
“Keep back I say!”

NYSSA
(cries) “It’s about to strike us!”

Sulis strikes her sword down on them.

SALVADOR
(roars) “DROWN THEM! DROWN THEM, SULIS! DROWN THEM!!!!”

Sulis does her work, as the Doctor, Nyssa and Billy crumble to the floor. They choke as they do so.

DOCTOR
(chokes, annoyed) “Not again!” (to Billy) “Billy! Give us those smelling salts Jane Austen gave us when we were in Aquae Sulis!” (Pause) “The smelling salts, Billy!”

BILLY
(chokes) “I don’t have them!”

DOCTOR
(shocked; chokes) “What?!” (to Nyssa) “Nyssa?”

NYSSA
(chokes) “I don’t have them either! You didn’t say anything about bringing it…”

Nyssa, the Doctor and Billy cough badly, as they find themselves infected by the water from Sulis Minerva.

BILLY
(coughs) “Doctor! Please!”

NYSSA
(coughs) “Do something! Please, Doctor!”

DOCTOR
(coughs) “I can’t! I’m sorry I…I can’t!”

Sulis shrieks menacingly, whilst Salvador laughs mockingly at Nyssa, Billy and the Doctor’s suffering. But Jane Austen, who’s avoided being infected, is shocked at seeing this happen to the TARDIS trio. She steps forward to address Sulis.

JANE
(cries; to Sulis) “Stop! Stop! You are no goddess! You are not worthy to be praised! There is one God almighty and he loves all! You bring pain to others and I declare to you that you are not real! YOU ARE NOT REAL!”

A moment of time being stopped ensues. Within moments and very suddenly…Sulis screams out loud in terrible agony and rage…before she explodes all over! The explosion of Sulis spreads all over the Bath complex.

SALVADOR
(enraged) “No! NO!!!!!”


SCENE #158 – EXT – AQUAE SULIS, 79 AD/BATH, 1797/BATH, 2011 – N/A
All over Bath in all three time zones, water erupts from the Roman Baths. But the water soon dissolves and evaporates immediately. The rain and storm clouds soon pass away, as it becomes clear sky again and the flood is over. Sulis’ screaming stops once she is no-more. A loud whirring noise echoes, but very soon the temporal shuddering dies away. The convergence disseminates. The three time zones have been restored.


SCENE #159 – INT – JANE AUSTEN CENTRE – DAY, EVENING – SEPTEMBER 2011
Later on at the Jane Austen Centre in 2011, in the gift shop, everyone recovers after they’ve collapsed to the floor. Visitors and staff at the Jane Austen Centre are puzzled, anxious and disorientated as to what’s happened. The temporal convergence has stopped and there is no more flooding outside. Mrs. Bates is among those who fell to the floor and is recovering. She’s giddy as she tries to reassert herself.

MRS. BATES
(giddily) “What…in heaven’s name happened?! I felt the whole world go!”

Mrs. Bates watches, as she sees visitors approach one of the counters and asking the staff a lot of questions. Some visitors however resume purchasing items from the gift shop.

MRS. BATES
“Ah well, no matter. I shall enjoy a nice cup of tea in the Regency Tea Rooms upstairs. And I’ll have a read of Mansfield Park.”

With that, Mrs. Bates leaves the gift shop.


SCENE #160 – EXT – ROMANS BATHS – DAY, AFTERNOON – SPRING 79 AD
At the temple precinct of Sulis Minerva, in Aquae Sulis 79 AD, every Roman civilian and official recovers. The temporal shuddering and the flooding stops for them as well. Gaius Tiberinus recovers, as he is helped up by Gaius Calpurnius Receptus.

CALPURNINUS
“Here, my lord Gaius! Do take my hand! The crisis has passed now!”

GAIUS
“High Priest Calpurnius! What has happened? Where is that creature?!”

CALPURNIUS
“It has gone, Lord Gaius! The crisis has passed!”

LUICIUS
(to himself) “Time has not destroyed Aquae Sulis in the end! The woman who was cursed did not bring chaos to our lands!” (Pause) “That is fortunate!”

Omen prophesier Luicius Marcius Memar leaves as he ponders on his words.

CALPURNIUS
(happily) “Come now, my lord Gaius! Take some wine to calm your nerves!”

GAIUS
(puzzled) “Where is Lady Flavia?” (bitterly) “And where have that sorcerer Alexandros and his master gone to? And where is that girl Apaulia?!”

Gaius Calpurnius Receptus and Gaius Tiberinus leave the temple precinct. Meanwhile, in hiding, Apaulia sobs her heart out. She is bitter about all that’s happened to her, as she has been left behind by Alexandros/Thorpe-Willoughby/Vernon.

APAULIA
(sobs) “What do I do now?! How am I to live?!”

Apaulia sobs more before the Roman boy Belator approaches her.

BELATOR
“Greetings, young lady! May I help you?”

Apaulia slowly stops sobbing, once she sees Belator before her.


SCENE #161 – INT – ASSEMBLY ROOMS – DAY, EVENING – NOVEMBER 1797
In 1797 Regency Bath, happy dance music is played in the ball room of the Assembly Rooms. After all that’s happened, the ball carries on through midnight. Nyssa and Billy are dancing together within the throws of merry people. The dance is quite elegant and energetic at the same time as they talk to each other.

NYSSA
“We did it, Billy! We made it up about dancing together in the ball room when we last spoke to each other via the communicators.”

BILLY
“Yes! Are you enjoying the dance?”

NYSSA
(thrilled) “Yes! Definitely! Are you, Billy?”

BILLY
(uncertain) “Yes…sort of!”

NYSSA
“Why? Don’t you like this dance?”

BILLY
“It’s alright! I am enjoying it! It’s not the same as dances we get with Frank Sinatra; Ray Connif and Bert Kaempfert! I’m not used to these sorts of dances! And I don’t think I’ve got the knack of it!”

NYSSA
“Oh you’re doing it splendidly!” (Pause) “Besides! I think it makes a good change! Dancing to this type of music makes me happier than ever! Not that I don’t like the dancing music you like, Billy.”

BILLY
“Is this similar to the sort of music you have on Traken?”

NYSSA
“Oh yes! Well my father played the lute! There was one time when the Doctor took me to [Concordum. A planet…]”

Whilst Nyssa and Billy dance together, Jane Austen and the Doctor watch them from the far end of the room.

JANE
(pleased) “They look really happy together, don’t they?!”

DOCTOR
“Yes, they most certainly do.” (Pause) “Is that supposed to mean something?”

JANE
“Not at all. Although I would like to say I believe they’d make a good match!”

DOCTOR
“I didn’t consider them to be a match, Miss Austen.”

Their conversation is interrupted, as Aunt Jane calls to Uncle James.

AUNT JANE
“Mr. Leigh Perrot! Help me! Help me, Mr. Leigh Perrot!”

UNCLE JAMES
“Yes, my dear Jenny! I’m coming!”

The Doctor resumes his conversation with Jane.

DOCTOR
“Your aunt seems to be recovering well from all that’s happened.”

JANE
“Yes. And Cassandra’s happy. For she dances with Captain Wentworth.” (Pause) “Not that I see anything coming from their acquaintanceship.”

DOCTOR
(sadly) “No. I suppose not.”

They continue watching Cassandra who dances and laughs happily with Captain Wentworth.

JANE
“I am fortunate in meeting you, Doctor. You and your friends have given me so much in terms of inspiration.”

DOCTOR
(intrigued) “Indeed, Miss Austen?”

JANE
“Yes. I shall carry on with my novel Susan and write the story I wish to write. Though it will be nothing like what I’ve experienced.”

DOCTOR
“Of course not. It wouldn’t be proper in society to include such details about Volturnans, the goddess Sulis, time-travelling, Aquae Sulis, Mr. Thorpe-Willoughby…”

JANE
(interrupts) “I agree with you. It would be improper to mention those details in my works. Follies and nonsense, whims and inconsistencies do divert me I own, and I laugh at them wherever I can.”

DOCTOR
“A line from one of your novels I believe.”

JANE
“You are correct, sir.” (interrupts) “But I am determined! Yes! I shall set it in Bath! For Bath is a place where all the fantasies that the naïve Susan expects to be reality but aren’t! Bath is certainly a place for inspiration!”

DOCTOR
(encouragingly) “Oh yes! It most certainly is, Miss Austen! You must certainly keep on with your ideas for writing! Bath may be something you need to consider in your writings! You may wish to visit it again!” (Pause) “Or you could live here!”

JANE
(shocked) “What me? Live here?! Oh no! No! If I were to consider even living in Bath, I should faint!”

DOCTOR
(laughs) “Yes. Yes, Miss Austen. I expect you would!”

Moment of silence.

JANE
“Shall I not see you again, Doctor?”

DOCTOR
(slightly amused) “Oh yes! That I promise you, Miss Austen! You will see me again! Though I’ll be an old man and you will be in your forties.”

JANE
(laughs) “You do jest, sir!” (Pause) “Thank you for saving my life, Doctor. I really am much obliged to you!”

DOCTOR
“Not at all, Miss Austen! It’s my honour and a pleasure!”

Another moment of silence.

JANE
“Will you not ask me to dance, Doctor?”

DOCTOR
“I have already danced with you, Miss Austen. And I wasn’t really that good if you remember!”

JANE
(encouragingly) “But it has been a long time since we danced, Doctor! And…I find you to be a most agreeable partner!”

The Doctor realises Miss Austen’s insinuation.

DOCTOR
(realises) “Ah! Er…Miss Austen…”

JANE
(interrupts) “Jane! Please! Call me, Jane!”

DOCTOR
(apprehensive) “I really think Miss Austen it would best! Miss Austen, if…” (realises; calls) “Ah! Billy! Nyssa!”

Nyssa and Billy return from their dance to join the Doctor and Jane.

NYSSA
“Doctor; Miss Austen!”

JANE
“Are you enjoying yourself, Nyssa?”

NYSSA
“Oh yes! Very much thank you, Jane! Billy’s been keeping me right on my toes this evening!”

BILLY
“I’m glad I’m pleasing you, Nyssa! You’re keeping me on my toes tonight!”

JANE
(to Nyssa) “You do have an admirable partner, Miss Nyssa!”

NYSSA
“Yes, I know!”

JANE
(to Billy) “You’re a fine dancer, Mr. Walker!”

BILLY
“Thank you, Miss Austen!”

Moment of silence.

NYSSA
“Billy, go on!”

BILLY
(puzzled) “What?” (realises) “Oh yes.” (clears throat) “Uh…Miss Austen? May I have the next dance?”

JANE
“Of course you may, dear Billy!” (to Doctor) “You don’t mind, Doctor sir?”

DOCTOR
“No, no! Not at all! You carry on!”

JANE
“Let’s join the dance, Billy.”

BILLY
“Yes, Miss Austen.”

JANE
(to Doctor) “Oh and Doctor? You will ask me for the second dance, won’t you? I insist you do!”

DOCTOR
(despondently) “Very well.”

JANE
(to Nyssa) “Oh and Nyssa? I must apologise to you and Billy for the cruel things I said about your company. I was quite wrong about both of you.”

NYSSA
“Oh that’s alright, Jane.”

BILLY
“Yeah no harm done!”

JANE
“I was prejudiced against both of you. But I am persuaded to see you are both fine people. And I hope dear Nyssa, we will remain friends always.”

NYSSA
“Thank you, Jane. I would like that very much.”

Both Nyssa and Jane embrace as a sign of friendship.

JANE
(encouragingly) “Come, Billy! Give me this dance!”

BILLY
“Certainly, Miss Austen.”

JANE
“Please call me Jane, young man.”

Billy takes a happy Jane Austen to the dance floor. They begin to join the other dancers with the joyous music. Both Billy and Jane are happy as they dance together. Nyssa meanwhile joins the Doctor.

DOCTOR
(sighs; relieved) “I thought Miss Austen would never say yes to Billy for that dance!”

NYSSA
(gradually) “Will she be alright, Doctor? After all this?”

DOCTOR
“Oh she’ll be fine, Nyssa! Yes she’s found inspiration! She told me! She’s going to write her new novel based on her first visit to Bath!”

NYSSA
(surprised) “Really!” (realises) “Oh! She’ll be writing ‘Northanger Abbey’! A book about her first visit to Bath!”

DOCTOR
“She’ll write it the following year and make another visit to Bath for some finishing touches. Hopefully there won’t be any Volturnans or Mr. Thorpe-Willoughby to cause her any trouble.”

NYSSA
“Let’s hope not!”

DOCTOR
“And of course she’ll soon be living in Bath during the earlier eighteen hundreds. And she’ll faints at the news when her father announces that to her and the rest of the family!”

NYSSA
“Her experiences with the temporal convergence and the time-travelling will cause her unease to live here in Bath! I can understand that!”

DOCTOR
“Oh Bath will always remain a special place for Jane Austen, Nyssa. Whether she likes it or not! It will be the place for ‘Northanger Abbey’ to be published in Bath as well as ‘Persuasion’, which will be considered her finest and last novel to be ever written!”

NYSSA
“I’m glad we were able to save her life, Doctor!”

DOCTOR
“So am I, Nyssa. Unfortunately however, Miss Austen’s last two books which are ‘Northanger Abbey’ and ‘Persuasion’ will have been published a year after she dies in eighteen seventeen.”

NYSSA
(shocked) “Oh no! And I really liked Miss Austen! She was so good to me! And she really accepts Billy now! I wish she didn’t die!”

DOCTOR
“But Nyssa! We’ve not only saved Miss Austen, we’ve given her life! She was losing inspiration for all the works she was meant to do such as ‘Emma’ and ‘Mansfield Park’! Hopefully our encounters with her have managed to inspire her with all the ideas she has to let out onto those fine pages of the novels she wishes to publishe! For she will definitely be one of the greatest authors in the universe!”

NYSSA
“One of the greatest authors in the universe! Amazing!”

DOCTOR
“And we were here to see that Jane Austen never gave up on her writing! It seems we succeeded!”

They watch, as Jane laughs joyously whilst dancing with Billy.

NYSSA
(satisfied) “So that’s that! We’ve sorted out the temporal convergence and saved Jane Austen and Bath! All is well!”

DOCTOR
(grimly) “No, Nyssa. I’m afraid all is not well. Something or somebody caused that temporal convergence to occur and summon a creature like Sulis Minerva out of the waters to be composed purely of water!”

NYSSA
(satisfied) “It’s a good thing Miss Austen’s faith was able to dispel Sulis!”

DOCTOR
“Yes! But its how it was all meant to happen. Certainly someone like Thorpe-Willoughby wouldn’t be able to achieve something like this. And something penetrated the TARDIS when we saved Miss Austen during the first time. Something very disturbing is happening. With what we’ve experienced Nyssa, it certainly doesn’t seem good!”

The Doctor and Nyssa ponder on this, whilst Jane and Billy dance together.


SCENE #162 – EXT – UNKNOWN VOID – N/A

SALVADOR
(vengefully) “Enjoy your victory while you can, Doctor! For this is not the end! I shall not forget what did to me! I say again…I SHALL NOT LET YOU OUT OF MY SIGHT! I WILL HAVE MY REVENGE, DOCTOR! NEXT TIME! NEXT TIME…FOR MY NEXT TRAP!!!”


Sting music. Roll original 1982 Peter Davison end credits.


© Tim Bradley, 2017

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