‘The Austen Code’, Part Two, Chapter 8

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8. The Ceremony Begins Again!

SCENE #68 – EXT – BROAD STREET, BATH – DAY, EVENING – NOVEMBER 1797
Out on Broad Street, the horses with carriage driven by Henry and containing the Doctor and company, rides through the city. The city’s in panic as people encounter hordes of water zombies.


SCENE #69 – INT – CARRIAGE – DAY, EVENING – NOVEMBER 1797
Inside the carriage, the Doctor thumps his hand up on the roof.

DOCTOR
(calls; impatiently) “Mr. Clay! Can’t this carriage go any faster?!”

HENRY
“I’m going as fast as I can, sir!”

The Doctor sits back in his seat.

DOCTOR
(impatiently; anxiously) “We must abide the casual events that occur and get to Bath Abbey!”

BILLY
“Doctor, we don’t even know if we’re following the events as planned!”

NYSSA
“Time is fluid you said, Doctor!”

DOCTOR
(impatiently) “Quiet, you two! I’m thinking!”

WENTWORTH
“I believe Miss Cassandra; Miss Jane Austen and myself, require an explanation to all this madness!”

JANE
(agitated) “I agree! What were those marauders attacking the rooms in such a manner, and who is this boy you’re so acquainted with Lady Nyssa?!”

BILLY
“Are you talking to me?” (Pause) “Oh of course, you haven’t met me yet!” (cheerily) “Hello! My name’s Billy Walker. I’m really pleased to meet you Miss Austen….”

Billy lets out a hand to Jane at which she backs away. Wentworth defends her.

WENTWORTH
“Keep your filthy hands away from Miss Austen, young man!”

NYSSA
(defensively) “This is Billy, my friend!”

JANE
“Billy?! You address a young man by his Christian name! Are you two engaged?”

BILLY
(startled) “Engaged?”

NYSSA
“Billy’s a good friend of the Doctor and I. You don’t mean any harm, do you Billy?”

BILLY
“No I don’t. In fact that’s why I came here to prevent any harm! I had to tell the Doctor and Nyssa to warn them about this.”

CASSANDRA
“But you are a waiter! And the hem of your trousers is covered in mud.”

BILLY
“Yes, well I had to get to the Assembly Rooms in a hurry. Besides my communicator wasn’t working.”

WENTWORTH
“What say you, sir?”

BILLY
“Commun…” (Pause; realises) “Oh no, you wouldn’t know that because they haven’t been invented yet. Silly Billy, me.”

JANE
“This boy rambles without justification. I find that insufferable!”

NYSSA
(angrily) “Well thank you for explaining yourself so fully, Miss Austen. This was exactly your opinion of Billy when we first met you!”

JANE
“I beg your pardon?”

DOCTOR
(irritably) “Am I allowed to think while everyone else keeps talking? Now shut up!”

Everyone is shocked by what the Doctor says.

JANE
(abjectly) “I beg your pardon, sir…”

DOCTOR
“And I’m sorry Miss Austen but that includes you as well.”

JANE
(shocked) “How dare you, sir! I pray I may be in the company…”

DOCTOR
(firmly) “Fingers on lips!”

Everyone eventually does as the Doctor says, except…

DOCTOR
“Come on, Nyssa; Billy! You too!”

BILLY
(astonished) “But we haven’t said anything…”

NYSSA
(gently) “Come on, Billy. Do as the Doctor says.”

Nyssa gently presses her fingers with her one hand to Billy’s lips, as well having her fingers with her other hand on her lips too. They both keep quiet.

CASSANDRA
(whispers; to Jane) “Did you notice the way Miss Nyssa pressed her fingers to that boy’s lips, Jane? She seems to be more of a lady than she appears.”

JANE
(whispers; to Cassandra) “I marvel at her being acquainted with the young man. They seem so intimate and friendly with each other!”

CASSANDRA
(whispers; to Jane) “Perhaps there’s more to this. Though I do not wish to judge…”

DOCTOR
(irritably) “I told you two ladies to be quiet while I’m thinking!”

WENTWORTH
“Shall I inform Mr. Clay to keep quiet, sir?”

DOCTOR
(irritably) “No!”

Wentworth is startled and he remains quiet.

BILLY
“Doctor, can I ask you something?”

DOCTOR
(annoyed) “Oh for goodness sake!”

BILLY
“It is important, Doctor! Please may I ask you something?”

DOCTOR
“Alright, what is it?”

BILLY
“Look! How do we know we’re following the right path of causal events as you say? How do we know we should be taking Miss Austen to Bath Abbey as you predicted?”

JANE
“I to Bath Abbey?”

DOCTOR
“Because Billy it’s what we can rely on. The events proceed accordingly relating to how we depend on relative experiences. We met Miss Austen in two thousand and eleven and she appeared in Bath Abbey where I found her chained to the altar.”

CASSANDRA
(puzzled) “Captain Wentworth? Do you understand what the Doctor is saying?”

WENTWORTH
“Not a word, Miss Cassandra. Not a word.”

NYSSA
“You’re forgetting something, Doctor. Miss Austen said she met us in Aquae Sulis after she left the Pump Room.”

JANE
(puzzled) “I said what?”

CASSANDRA
“Aquae Sulis?”

WENTWORTH
“The Pump Room?”

DOCTOR
“Will people please stop speaking while I…”(Pause; realises) “Yes! Yes of course! I’ve been so silly!”

The Doctor thumps his hand up on the roof again.

DOCTOR
(calls) “Henry! Mr. Clay! Take us to the Pump Room!”

HENRY
“Pump Room? But you said…”

DOCTOR
(calls) “I know what I said! Take us to the Pump Room immediately!”

HENRY
“Yes, sir! But that’s also next to Bath Abbey…”

DOCTOR
(calls; impatiently) “Just take us to the Pump Room, will you?!”

HENRY
“Very good, sir!”


SCENE #70 – EXT – BROAD STREET, BATH – DAY, EVENING – NOVEMBER 1797
Henry yanks the reins at the reins. The horses speed onward to the Pump Room as they’re driven by Henry. They charge through startled pedestrians on the road, jumping out of the way.


SCENE #71 – EXT – ROMAN BATHS – DAY, EVENING – NOVEMBER 1797
Meanwhile, the people from the Assembly Rooms are currently being forced into the Roman Baths. They are being pestered by the water zombies. In amongst the crowd are Uncle James, Aunt Jane, and the Morland family. The little boys Charles and Frederick are becoming restless and whiny and Mr. Morland is bitter about this.

MR. MORLAND
(angrily) “Charles, Frederick! Be quiet! Can’t you see we’re in danger?! Have some consideration for your mother!”

The boys whine more and Mr. Morland snaps at them as they enter the Baths. With the Morland girls…

SUSAN
(groans) “I was so hoping to enjoy this evening. I bought all my ribbons and my dress for nothing. Cost fifty guineas as well.”

MARGARET
(shocked) “Fifty guineas?! Mine cost five pounds!”

CATHERINE
“This ball has turned into more of a gothic fiction from Pope than it is real, Isabella! I find it so terrifying, don’t you?!”

ISABELLA
“Actually I find all this quite amusing.”

Meanwhile with Aunt Jane and Uncle James…

AUNT JANE
“Oh! Oh, Mr. Leigh Perrot! I worry about our two nieces! Are they safe I wonder?”

UNCLE JAMES
“Last time I saw them was when they left with their friends and escaped.”

AUNT JANE
(shocked) “Oh how inconsiderate of them to leave us behind! Their own aunt and uncle!” (Pause) “At least you will protect me, Mr. Leigh Perrot. At this moment, I believe my hand has never let go of you!”

UNCLE JAMES
“It hasn’t, my dear. Your hand has clenched my hand so tight I can hardly break free!”

Aunt Jane dismisses Uncle James’ comment.


SCENE #72 – INT – ROMAN BATHS – DAY, EVENING – NOVEMBER 1797
Inside the Roman Baths, the Assembly Rooms attendees step into the hot waters of the Great Bath. They are all terrified and confused with the hordes of water zombies surrounding and hissing at them. The attendees are being monitored by Mr. Salvador, Mr. Thorpe-Willoughby, Lucy Gibbons and Lady Anne.

LADY ANNE
“Your servants do you credit, Mr. Salvador. They gather everyone according to your commands. It’s a wonder they do not attack you.”

SALVADOR
“They are not my servants, Lady Anne. But the servants of the one I shall call upon!”

THORPE-WILLOUGHBY
“But the so called Roman Baths complex is not like what it will be in two hundred years time. How can you be sure this ceremony you’ve done before will converge all of time together?”

SALVADOR
“You are a sceptic, Mr. Thorpe-Willoughby. You forget…that these baths were once Roman origin. As is the Cross Bath and the Thermae Bath Spa currently used in Regency!”

LUCY
“You lot make me sick! You’re all mad! Inhuman!”

SALVADOR
(coldly) “A better quality in all of us do you not think so? Better than being so sentimental!”

LUCY
“What kind of man…?”

SALVADOR
(tiredly) “Oh do keep Miss Gibbons quiet, Thorpe-Willoughby!”

THORPE-WILLOUGHBY
“Yes, Miss Gibbons! Do keep quiet!”

LADY ANNE
“We shall share this partnership together, my dear future husband! Your skill and manners will endure through all eternity. With me at your side!”

SALVADOR
(gradually; bitterly) “You are a dull woman with no sense of imagination, Lady Anne Musgrove!”

LADY ANNE
(puzzled) “I beg your pardon, sir?!”

SALVADOR
(shouts) “Volturnans, servants of Sulis! Throw this woman into the waters!”

A few water zombies come up behind Lady Anne and they push her in. She screams terrified, as she falls into the Great Bath. Water splashes all over.

LUCY
(angrily) “You monster! How dare you throw her ladyship into the water like that?!”

SALVADOR
“She does not concern me in my plan of power!”

Lady Anne recovers her wits, gasping for breath, whilst she’s in the Great Bath.

LADY ANNE
(protests) “But you promised marriage to me, sir! You promised me great power without end!”

SALVADOR
“I share my power with no-one! Only I command those who are not needed!”

LUCY
(challengingly) “Is that what you’re going to me and Thorpe-Willoughby?”

SALVADOR
(thinks; gradually) “You are still needed!”

THORPE-WILLOUGHBY
“How hot is that water going to be for our purposes, Mr. Salvador?”

SALVADOR
“As hot as need be! We shall have all the power we require!”

LUCY
“You’re forgetting, Mr. Salvador. You do not have the HDS or the Hydrogen Crystal Container to generate your particles of water and to generate the heat levels of the spring.”

SALVADOR
(triumphantly) “This is a city of time, Miss Gibbons! The convergence shall provide that extra heat and water” (Pause) “Now disturb me not! For I shall call the warrior’s strength of a goddess!”

Whilst Salvador is about to do his work, Lucy whispers to Thorpe-Willoughby.

LUCY
(whispers) “You better watch out, Mr. Thorpe-Willoughby!”

THORPE-WILLOUGHBY
(whispers) “What do you mean, girl!”

LUCY
(whispers) “Watch out! Before that scoundrel kills you!”

Thorpe-Willoughby becomes troubled, as the heat level in the water starts to boil with the Assembly Room attendees inside the Great Bath.


SCENE #73 – EXT – PUMP ROOM – DAY, EVENING – NOVEMBER 1797
Next to the Roman Baths, is the Pump Room. The horse-drawn carriage by Henry Clay arrives outside. Henry pulls at the reins of the hoses to make them stop which they immediately do so.

HENRY
“We’ve arrived, Doctor! Outside the Pump Room as requested!”

The Doctor immediately gets out of the carriage with Nyssa and Billy following after him.

DOCTOR
“Now! For all we know the temporal convergence will occur instantly and that would mean catastrophic proportions beyond what we’ve already experienced!”

NYSSA
“But Alexandros, Thorpe-Willoughby or whatever he may be called can’t have the capacity to compose such energy to unleash an exposure of chronic radiation to break the temporal barriers. There must be more to it…”

DOCTOR
“Please, Nyssa! Let’s just get into that Pump Room and see what remains of the Roman Baths and give them the element of surprise!”

BILLY
(apprehensively) “Doctor, there was something I had to tell you when we arrived in those Assembly Rooms. Those creatures…”

DOCTOR
“Not now, Billy!”

BILLY
“But this might be important!”

DOCTOR
“So is this! Into the Pump Room!”

But just as they are about to go in, Jane Austen steps out.

JANE
(determined) “Wait, sir Doctor! I’m coming with you!”

DOCTOR
“No, Miss Austen! You stay in the carriage with your sister and Captain Wentworth! These are things you don’t understand!”

JANE
“I realise that sir, but I demand satisfaction.”

DOCTOR
(anxiously) “Miss Austen, I really…”

JANE
“I wish to know the truth of your affairs, sir! And I pride myself on your good nature to show me what I do not know. I am a woman of mean understanding, little information, and uncertain temper”

DOCTOR
“Please don’t bring ‘Pride and Prejudice’ into this!”

JANE
“I’m coming with you, sir!”

NYSSA
(knowingly) “Doctor! Let Miss Austen come with us! She may be helpful!”

The Doctor seemingly considers this before he replies.

DOCTOR
(realises) “Oh yes! Yes of course! Very well, Miss Austen! Come on!”

The Doctor, Nyssa and Billy dash off into the Pump Room with Jane following them. Cassandra and Captain Wentworth call out from the carriage.

CASSANDRA
(calls) “Jane, dear! Where are you going?”

WENTWORTH
(calls) “You can’t go with them, Miss Austen. You are a lady and they are lunatics!”

CASSANDRA
(calls) “Please, Jane!”

JANE
(to Wentworth) “Look after my sister will you, Captain!” (to Cassandra) “I’m going with them, Cassie!”

Picking her skirts up, Jane runs after the Doctor, Nyssa and Billy.

CASSANDRA
(calls) “Please Jane, don’t! Come back, Jane! Come back!”

But Jane is willing as she goes on. Cassandra then gets out of the carriage before Wentworth grabs hold of her arm.

WENTWORTH
“No, Miss Cassandra! I won’t let you!”

CASSANDRA
“Let go of my arm please, Captain! I must pursue my sister!”

WENTWORTH
“I will not have you ladies enter into danger! That is the occupation of a gentleman!”

CASSANDRA
“And I’m my sister’s sister! We’re inseparable!” (pleads) “Please, Captain! Let me go after my sister!”

Moment of silence.

WENTWORTH
“Very well! I’ll accompany you!”

CASSANDRA
“Thank you, Captain.”

Captain Wentworth releases Cassandra as they both step out of the carriage.

WENTWORTH
“Will you not join us, Mr. Clay?”

HENRY
“Err…I don’t think so, Captain! Goblins and demons are not my sort of specialty. They do not fit in with the job description.”

WENTWORTH
(bitterly) “Bother your job description, sir. It is a gentleman’s duty to accompany…”

CASSANDRA
(anxiously) “Please, Captain! My sister!”

WENTWORTH
“Very well!” (to Henry) “You’ve not heard the last of this, Clay!”

They go after Jane, leaving Henry sitting atop the carriage. Whilst Henry’s sitting atop, he twiddles his thumbs humming a tune before stepping down from the carriage.

HENRY
“Right! Now where can I find the nearest butcher’s?”

Henry then walks off into the dark night.


SCENE #74 – INT – ROMAN BATHS – DAY, EVENING – NOVEMBER 1797
In the Great Bath of the Roman Baths, the spring water gets hotter and hotter and the Assembly Room attendees are shuddering violently. They feel the hot temperature as it becomes unbearable.

AUNT JANE
(feverish) “Mr. Leigh Perrot! I can’t take this heat! I am too weak to be healed by these waters!”

UNCLE JAMES
(feverish; infuriated) “I came to Bath to rid myself of this dreaded gout! Now I have come for it to be made worse!”

With the Morlands…

CATHERINE
(feverish; shudders) “Isabella! This is too much for me! When will they stop? I must know when they’ll stop!”

ISABELLA
(feverish) “It is getting warmer I grant you.”

CATHERINE
(feverish; astonished) “Getting warmer?!”

SUSAN
(feverish; moans) “I’ve had enough! I want to get out! Get me out of this bath!”

MARGARET
(feverish; shrieks) “Yes! Let’s get out!”

Susan and Margaret make an attempt to get out of the Baths, as they wade forward.

CATHERINE
(feverish; cries) “Susan; Margaret! Don’t!”

Before Susan and Margaret can get up on the bank, a few water-zombies approach as they hiss and sneer. Susan and Margaret scream and fall back into the waters almost quickly, causing them to shriek loudly in reaction to the heat of the waters. Meanwhile, Salvador coordinates the ceremony.

LADY ANNE
(feverish; cries) “Mr. Salvador! Enough of this tomfoolery! I demand to be released from our engagement! You have behaved most ungallantly!”

THORPE-WILLOUGHBY
“It’s no use, Lady Anne! Mr. Salvador won’t listen to you now!”

Salvador then shudders, as something’s affected him to cause him to worry.

SALVADOR
(cries) “Thorpe-Willoughby! I hear the sounds of footsteps! From the Pump Room! The Doctor is here! Attend to it Mr. Thorpe-Willoughby! ATTEND!!”

THORPE-WILLOUGHBY
“Footsteps? I can’t hear any…”

SALVADOR
(fiercely) “Do it Thorpe-Willoughby! Take Miss Gibbons with you!”

LUCY
“If you think I’m going with this swine…”

THORPE-WILLOUGHBY
“Come, Miss Gibbons! We bide by Salvador’s commands now, lest you wish to witness his wrath! You shall lock the doors to the Pump Room whilst I’ll supervise the capture! Come!”

Thorpe-Willoughby drags Lucy with him, as they make their way to the Pump Room.

SALVADOR
(calls) “Take some Volturnans with you, Thorpe-Willoughby! They will be useful!”

The zombies snarl, as some of them follow Thorpe-Willoughby and Miss Gibbons. Meanwhile with Mr. and Mrs. Morland…

MRS. MORLAND
(feverish) “My dear? How shall we survive this? Our daughters are so young that they deserve to live.”

MR. MORLAND
(feverish) “It is pretty grim, Mrs. Morland. But fear not. Our Lord and mighty God will save us all!”

The little boys Charles and Frederick play about frantically in the water, becoming childish and annoying.

MRS. MORLAND
(feverish) “Frederick! Charles! Do stop playing about in the bath! It’s too hot for you and you will die of hypothermia!”

Meanwhile, Lady Anne attends to Salvador again.

LADY ANNE
(feverish; cries; pleads) “Salvador! Enough of this! By God’s mercy I beg of you stop!”

Salvador does not answer as he becomes focused on the task at hand.

SALVADOR
(triumphantly) “Now! I shall pour the potion into the water!”

Salvador does this, as he uncorks the bottle and pours the potion into the water.

SALVADOR
(calls) “Great and mighty Sulis! Lady and warrior of the sea! Powerful and all-knowing Sulis! Give me your power to control the waters of your realm! STRONG AND FEARLESS SULIS! MAKE ME RULER OF THE CITY OF TIME!!!”

The people within the Baths start coughing and shaking. Another temporal shudder occurs, but this time it is far more powerful and terrifying than ever. Motorised cars and conversations occur between people from different times and places, starting from whispers growing louder and louder. The waters from the Great Bath begin to swirl into something terrible as a whirlpool emerges. Thunder and storm clouds gather and echo from outside above in the sky.


SCENE #75 – INT – PUMP ROOM – DAY, EVENING – NOVEMBER 1797
In the Pump Room, the Doctor, Nyssa, Billy and Jane enter and experience the temporal shuddering as well. Everything phases in and out everywhere where they are.

NYSSA
“Doctor, it’s happening again! The temporal convergence!”

DOCTOR
“Exactly as before! Only we’re more close to it!”

BILLY
(astonished) “I see parts of ancient Bath; people in fine robes like the Romans wear. I see those tables that they have in the Pump Room as if it were a restaurant!”

JANE
“But surely the Pump Room is empty when I and my relatives visit it!”

NYSSA
(astonished) “Miss Austen, do you see it as well?”

JANE
“I do indeed. Now I know I’m not hallucinating. All the time I thought I was becoming delirious and mentally deranged. But now I know you Miss Nyssa, the Doctor and Mr. Walker are able to see what I see!” (Pause) “What are these images of people I see before me? Most extraordinary imagery!”

DOCTOR
“Fascinating!”

NYSSA
(curiously) “What is?”

DOCTOR
(to Jane) “Miss Austen. The greatest lady author in history who has no experience of temporal mechanics and understanding of space-time or theories of relativity…”

JANE
“I, ‘the greatest lady author in history’ sir?”

DOCTOR
(continues; to Jane) “…and now you’re seeing what we see here in seventeen nineteen seven. Different time zones. Different places! Different people! But why is that? Why can you see what no traditional lady of the eighteenth century is meant to see?”

NYSSA
“Doctor, we must get on! The temporal convergence is bound to be almost complete now!”

But before they move on, Cassandra and Wentworth enter the Pump Room.

CASSANDRA
(calls) “Jane?! Jane!”

WENTWORTH
(calls) “Wait for us, dear Miss Austen!”

DOCTOR
(annoyed) “What are you two doing here? I thought I told you to stay in the carriage with Mr. Clay! Why does nobody ever, ever listen to me?!”

WENTWORTH
“Miss Cassandra was determined to be with her sister! They are inseparable, sir!”

CASSANDRA
(concerned) “Jane dear, please let me accompany you? I’d rather be sure you are safe.”

JANE
(astonished) “Cassandra dear, can’t you see it?”

CASSANDRA
“See what, Jane?”

JANE
“All these different people and places! They’re right before your eyes! Can’t you see them? In this very Pump Room in which we stand?”

Moment of silence, as the temporal shuddering continues.

CASSANDRA
(puzzled) “I see no-one but you, the Doctor, Miss Nyssa, Mr. Walker and Captain Wentworth! Why pray do you ask this peculiar query to me?”

JANE
(anxiously) “Captain, can you see?”

WENTWORTH
(thinks; gradually) “I beg your pardon Miss Austen, but I see no-one here apart from present company.”

JANE
(confused; agitated; to Doctor) “Doctor? Explain yourself!”

DOCTOR
“Believe me, Miss Austen! I only wish I could! You alone should not be seeing what Nyssa, Billy and I see. Unless there’s a perception filter hanging in your sister and the captain’s eyes.”

JANE
“You’re talking in riddles, sir! There is no question as to what I should be seeing! I am seeing it!”

NYSSA
(apprehensively) “Doctor, we have to get to the Great Bath before Thorpe-Willoughby or whoever he is makes it worse with his experiment.”

CASSANDRA
“No, Doctor. You and your friends may go! But Miss Austen, the captain and I are leaving!”

JANE
(determined) “No, Cassandra! I must stay with them!”

Cassandra takes Jane’s hand.

CASSANDRA
(to Jane) “Come dear let’s go!” (to Wentworth) “Do escort us, Captain!”

The captain obliges as he leads the Austen girls out of the Pump Room.

DOCTOR
“No! Miss and Miss Austen; Captain, don’t!”

But before Captain Wentworth, Cassandra and Jane can get through to the exit, hordes of water-zombies block their way. Both Jane and Cassandra scream, as the zombies send the Austen girls and Wentworth back. More zombies enter and surround the Doctor, Nyssa and Billy.

BILLY
(agitated) “Those zombie things! They’ve got us!”

NYSSA
(terrified) “We’re trapped!”

DOCTOR
(calls) “Cassandra; Jane; Captain! Whatever you do, don’t let them touch you! Don’t enter into physical contact with these creatures!”

WENTWORTH
“Do you think I want to touch gentlemen and women as horrendous as these, sir! They are in filthy attire and have unpleasant manners.”

JANE
“Snobbery does not become you, Captain!”

As the zombies surround their victims, Mr. Thorpe-Willoughby enters. He approaches the gathered company to address them.

THORPE-WILLOUGHBY
“Well, well, well. If it isn’t the Doctor; Miss Nyssa and Mr. Walker.”

DOCTOR
(wryly) “Somehow I’d hoped you’d resist the temptation of saying that!”

THROPE-WILLOUGHBY
“And greetings to you dear ladies and to you Captain. For you are about to witness the wonders of time. The collision of where all time can be one! And my benefactor shall see it through!”

Everyone stares at Thorpe-Willoughby, as he utters those terrifying words.


SCENE #76 – INT – ROMAN BATHS – DAY, EVENING – NOVEMBER 1797
Back in the Great Bath of the Roman Baths, the thunderstorm grows worse. Lightning strikes where Salvador is standing. Salvador becomes passionate and wild, whilst the people suffer from preliminary drowning with the water level getting higher and higher.

SALVADOR
(passionately; wildly) “Excellent! The HDS and Hydrogen Chamber are merging with this time! All of time will be crossed over! A new dawning will begin!” (calls) “MIGHTY SULIS MINERVA! I GIVE YOU YOUR REALM! TAKE IT AND LET ME SHARE IT WITH YOU THAT I MAY WORSHIP YOU!”

LADY ANNE
(feverish; horrified) “Shame on you, sir! It’s the lord God Almighty you should be worshiping! Not the power of a fake goddess! Come, sir!”

The lightening grows worse, as Salvador ignores Lady Anne and is determined.

LADY ANNE
(feverish; horrified) “Mr. Salvador, stop! Stop! Stop, Salvador! Stop!”

Lady Anne then coughs as she, along with the other Assembly Room attendees, turns into a water zombie. Everyone begins to gargle; gurgle and growl.

SALVADOR
(shouts) “GREAT AND MIGHTY BEAUTIFUL HOLY ONE!! I HEAR AND OBEY!!”

The thunder and lightening continues, as the water within the Great Bath swirls round and round and a bolt of water shoots up into the sky.


SCENE #77 – INT – PUMP ROOM – DAY, EVENING – NOVEMBER 1797
Back in the Pump Room, the lightening grows worse and the temporal shuddering becomes powerful than ever. The Doctor and company are surrounded by the water-zombies whilst Thorpe-Willoughby gloats at them.

BILLY
(whispers; to Nyssa) “I wish I could have told the Doctor what I’ve discovered if he hadn’t prevented from telling me before we came in here.”

NYSSA
(whispers; to Billy) “Something to do with the water-zombies, you said? When you were at the hotel where you were working.”

BILLY
(whispers; to Nyssa) “Yes. Mr. Knightly, the man who had been attacked by those creatures. He was behaving like a wild animal when we put him in his room. And Henry, Fanny and some of the guests and servants; suggested giving some food to Knightly so that he wouldn’t starve to death. It was a mistake to even suggest it let alone do it!”

NYSSA
(whispers; to Billy) “What happened?”

BILLY
(whispers; to Nyssa) “Well…we gave him some venison…a bit of venison left over from the previous day…and I didn’t see what happened but when we went into his room we found he was dead.”

NYSSA
(whispers; to Billy) “Dead?! He died from eating the meat?!”

BILLY
(whispers; to Nyssa) “Seems to be that way. I’m sorry for Knightly but if we had some venison it’d sort out these creatures.”

NYSSA
(whispers; to Billy) “We would have to find out what was in the meat that caused Knightly to die. Something within his body metabolism. Particularly with the water composed internally.”

BILLY
(whispers; to Nyssa) “What you mean…the water could have been something to do with the meat. That’s what I thought. Meat killing the water.”

NYSSA
(whispers; to Billy) “Meat does contain proteins. So venison would contain proteins that would digest cellulose. Cellulolysis would occur in the breakdown of cellulose into smaller polysaccharides called cellodextrins or completely into glucose units. A hydrolysis reaction. Mainly in the destruction of biomass in plants.”

BILLY
(whispers; to Nyssa; baffled) “Plants?! But Knightly isn’t a plant!”

NYSSA
(whispers; to Billy) “But he is a living being. And it could also be formaldehyde. A process that protect humans and humanoid life in safeguarding the organic components like amino acids which is a restorative in proteins. Or it could be cellular metabolism.”

BILLY
(whispers; to Nyssa) “Well whatever it is, I’m sure those theories aren’t going to help us because we seem to be the fish to be fried!”

DOCTOR
(agitated; to Nyssa; Billy) “Will you two, keep quiet! I’m anxious about Thorpe-Willoughby.”

Just then, somebody enters as it turns out to be Lucy. Thorpe-Willoughby turns to greet her.

THORPE-WILLOUGHBY
“Ah! Miss Gibbons! There you are! All doors are locked!”

LUCY
“All doors are locked just as you said, Thorpe-Willoughby! No need to ask you how you got on!”

Lucy stands next to Thorpe-Willoughby, as he confronts the Doctor and company.

BILLY
(astonished) “Doctor, it’s her! That girl that was with Alexandros when we were in…”

DOCTOR
“Yes, Billy! I know!”

LUCY
“What?! You’ve seen me before then?”

NYSSA
“You certainly do travel a lot in time, Alexandros. Or should we call you Thorpe-Willoughby or Vernon?”

CASSANDRA
(whispers) “Why do Miss Nyssa and her friends call this man three names?”

THORPE-WILLOUGHBY
“My dear, Miss Nyssa! The one I desire! I must have you without delay if only my benefactor would permit me to have you!”

Nyssa backs away.

NYSSA
“Keep away from me whoever you are!”

BILLY
“Yeah you keep away from her!”

THORPE-WILLOUGHBY
(mockingly) “Ah the lady already has a man! Pity he is without fortune and reputation.”

BILLY
“You shut up!”

THORPE-WILLOUGHBY
“Shame, for he would provide you with an unhappy life. Not like myself who has a great fortune!”

NYSSA
“You mind your own business!”

JANE
(whispers; to Cassandra) “I do not know why they call him different names, but I observe they know each other well and his arrogance and selfish attitude makes him an undesirable suitor for Miss Nyssa indeed!”

DOCTOR
“Tell us who your benefactor is, Mr. Thorpe-Willoughby?!”

THORPE-WILLOUGBHY
“Oh wouldn’t you like to know, sir?”

DOCTOR
“Yes! That’s why I’m asking! Now tell me!”

THORPE-WILLOUGBHY
(mockingly) “It will not matter since the information will be useless to you and you will surely die!”

WENTWORTH
“What say you, sir?”

THORPE-WILLOUGHBY
“Volturnans! Kill them!”

LUCY
(protests) “No! Alex, you can’t do this! You can’t murder them!”

THORPE-WILLOUGHBY
“Ah but I shall not be the one killing them!” (to Volturnans) “Minions, you have your commands! Kill them all!”

The water-zombies are about to charge on the Doctor and friends, as they snarl viciously and terrifyingly. Wentworth steps forward as he unsheathes his rapier.

WENTWORTH
(heroically) “I shall defend you, ladies!”

DOCTOR
“No, Captain! Your rapier won’t be effective against them. They are more capable of tearing you to shreds!”

WENTWORTH
(confidently) “I am a sailor, sir. I’ve travelled the seas and I know how to deal with dangers.”

BILLY
“But you haven’t dealt with creatures like zombies before have you, Captain!”

WENTWORTH
(realises) “Ah! Now you come to mention it, I haven’t! I shall withdraw under your advice, sir!”

Wentworth then sheathes his sword and backs away.

NYSSA
(sighs) “And he seemed so confident earlier.”

As the water-zombies approach, snarling and growling…

NYSSA
(petrified) “Doctor, they’re getting closer!”

JANE
(prays) “Dear God, will you not save us?!”

Suddenly the temporal convergence causes an earthquake and the whole Pump Room shudders and shakes.

BILLY
“An earthquake?! In Bath?!”

NYSSA
“Doctor! The convergence!”

DOCTOR
(agitated) “Yes! Nyssa, I know!”

NYSSA
“Are we too late then?!”

THORPE-WILLOUGHBY
“The whole of time will be converted into one! A glorious establishment where time can be rewritten!”

DOCTOR
“Time does not get rewritten, Thorpe-Willoughby! It cannot!”

THORPE-WILLOUGHBY
(mockingly) “You don’t seem to have any problem with that! The way you time travel and all that.”

LUCY
(pleadingly) “Alex, stop this! You’re going to kill thousands of people!”

NYSSA
(agitated) “Billions of people if Mr. Thorpe-Willoughby’s so determined to cause a temporal feedback limbo!”

LUCY
“Alex, stop this!”

THORPE-WILLOUGHBY
“Don’t you understand, Tracy?! This is my big chance! I cannot let my wealth and glory go away all for nothing! My parents disowned me and I have to carry on! I must carry on the work of Salvador!”

DOCTOR
(surprised) “Salvador?”

Suddenly lightening strikes through the roof and the Pump Room becomes flooded with rain water.

JANE
“Rain! Rain’s falling in the Pump Room! This tempest is horrific! I could never imagine this happening in real life!”

CASSANDRA
“My clothes are drenched! I’ve never felt so wretched!”

NYSSA
(petrified) “Doctor! We’ve lost our chance! The ceremony’s done its work!”

DOCTOR
“Yes! Unless there is a miracle!”

Suddenly without any warning, the TARDIS materialises, whooshing and grinding noisily, as the police box is attempting to appear.

JANE
“What…what do I see before my eyes?”

CASSANDRA
“A blue box! I see a blue box!”

WENTWORTH
“Hark, I see it too ladies! And it is made out of the finery of wood!”

NYSSA
“Doctor, the TARDIS!”

BILLY
“It’s here! The TARDIS is here to rescue us!”

DOCTOR
(pleased) “Yes! Or more accurately to rescue a certain someone, Billy!”

The TARDIS makes a loud thump, whilst the temporal shuddering, earthquake and flooding of the Pump Room grow worse. The TARDIS door opens, as a familiar voice speaks from it.

DOCTOR (2)
(calls) “Miss Austen! Miss Austen! Quick! Get into the TARDIS now! Quick!”

Eventually the whole Pump Room becomes flooded with a massive tidal wave. It surges throughout the room and people cry for help from the distance. The tempest grows stronger and stronger. A loud whirring noise echoes as the temporal shuddering becomes absolutely terrible and there is loud noise.


REPRISAL OF SCENE #44 – EXT – AQUAE SULIS, 79 AD/BATH, 1797/BATH, 2011 – N/A
A loud whirring noise echoes as the temporal shuddering becomes absolutely terrible. All over Bath, the temporal convergence takes place. Like a volcano, water erupts from the Roman Baths, shooting up into the sky. Rain and storm clouds cover Bath, as the whole city floods and gets covered in a surging and tumultuous tidal wave or tsunami. Triumphant evil laughter echoes from a certain lord of darkness.


Sting music. Roll original 1982 Peter Davison end credits.


© Tim Bradley, 2017

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