‘The Railway of Time’, Part Four, Chapter 14

The TARDIS Trio

14. Mission In Kelton

SCENE #144 – INT – TARDIS CONSOLE ROOM – N/A
In the TARDIS, the Doctor works at the console as he presses switches to make the journey to Kelton in 2063.

DOCTOR
(to himself) “Generating regional-balance cones.” (Pause) “Stabilising temporal dampeners.” (Pause) “There!”

NYSSA
“We’re now going to Kelton?”

DOCTOR
“Yes. The TARDIS geometers are registering the time and place that we need to go to, so we should be there very soon!”

Moment of silence.

BILLY
“Doctor? When we came into this TARDIS, you said ‘Of course!’ Why?”

DOCTOR
“Is there anything wrong with saying ‘Of course!’, Billy?”

NYSSA
“Billy has a point, Doctor. You realised this was the TARDIS we had to go in, didn’t you?”

DOCTOR
(self-assured) “Of course!”

Moment of silence.

BILLY
(confused) “How do you know, Doctor? It could have been the other one!”

DOCTOR
“No it couldn’t!”

NYSSA
“Why not?”

DOCTOR
(gradually) “Because it got here before we did!”

NYSSA
“Sorry?”

DOCTOR
(tries to explain) “This is the TARDIS that you Nyssa and I travelled in when we first arrived in Huttle. The other TARDIS is the one that came from twenty-one sixty when we escaped from Sinroth!”

NYSSA
“But it still doesn’t explain how you knew which TARDIS was which!”

DOCTOR
“Because before we took off, I checked the TARDIS flight database to calculate our journey. You remember when we arrived in Kelton on the train and found the TARDIS in one of the street ways.”

NYSSA
“Yes. Which we still haven’t had an explanation of yet!”

DOCTOR
“Well don’t worry. I’m getting to that bit!” (Pause) “Anyway, that TARDIS said that we left Huttle at two o’clock on the fourth of March, nineteen sixty-three.” (to Billy) “Billy? What time is it, by your watch?”

BILLY
“Hang on!”

Billy checks his watch.

BILLY
“Well, its two o’clock now!”

NYSSA
(realises) “So this TARDIS is on its way to Kelton…”

DOCTOR
“…at around 11 o’clock on the 19th October 2063!”

NYSSA
“That’s half an hour…!”

DOCTOR
“…before we arrived in Kelton, yes!”

NYSSA
“So the TARDIS is recording its journey in the database…”

DOCTOR
“…as we speak at this point! And we’ll be arriving at Kelton very shortly!”

NYSSA
“And we ourselves will be entering Kelton half an hour later…”

DOCTOR
“…to discover the TARDIS, yes!”

BILLY
(baffled) “Sorry, let’s get this straight! We now are travelling in the TARDIS and arriving in Kelton, before we actually arrive in Kelton after walking from the train station?”

DOCTOR
“Precisely!”

NYSSA
“You understand Billy!”

BILLY
“Well just about! It’s all too fantastic for me!”

DOCTOR
“Never mind about fantastic! We’re nearly there! Hold on!”

The Doctor presses a switch…and the TARDIS lurches forwards. The Doctor, Nyssa and Billy hold onto the console for support as the TARDIS jerks.

NYSSA
“Doctor, what happened?”

DOCTOR
(self-conscious) “Sorry. I pressed the wrong button!”

The Doctor looks to the console.

DOCTOR
“Ah! This is the right button! Now really hold on!”

Once the Doctor presses the button…


SCENE #145 – EXT – TIME VORTEX – N/A
…the TARDIS zooms through time and space as it travels forwards in time to reach Kelton in 2063. It bounces from side to side in the time vortex.


SCENE #146 – INT – TARDIS CONSOLE ROOM – N/A
A while later, the TARDIS has been travelled for quite some time as the three travellers are getting tired of the journey whilst holding onto the console.

BILLY
“Are we there yet?”

DOCTOR
“Not yet!”

NYSSA
“How much longer Doctor!”

Before the Doctor answers, the console room stops shuddering around them as the TARDIS finally comes to a stop. The time rotor rises and falls again, before a loud thump and a ding occurs. The TARDIS has landed.

BILLY
“Is that it?”

NYSSA
“Have we arrived?”

The Doctor presses the switch to open the scanner screen. The screen rises, whirring away, as the Doctor, Nyssa and Billy look to see what’s outside.

DOCTOR
(astonished) “Yes. There’s Kelton.”

The Doctor looks to the geometers.

DOCTOR
“And we’ve arrived dead on 11 o’clock!” (to himself) “I wonder if the old girl is precise at getting to right places and times when things are at their grimmest.”


SCENE #147 – EXT – LUTTON STREET, KELTON – DAY – AUTUMN 2063
Eventually, the Doctor, Nyssa and Billy step out of the TARDIS and enter into Lutton Street in Kelton. They look around to see their surroundings.

NYSSA
“It’s dark and damp around here. Almost as if it’s about to rain.”

BILLY
“And just think we’re about to arrive in Kelton in thirty minutes!”

DOCTOR
(anxiously) “Then let’s just hope they don’t see us before we’re finished here! Come on!”

The Doctor walks ahead with Nyssa and Billy following behind him.

NYSSA
“Where are we going, Doctor?”

DOCTOR
“Either to find the agent who’s about to plant the bomb here in Kelton, or to find the bomb itself by going to the railway line!”

BILLY
“Would the train arrive in Kelton at this minute now that we three are here, Doctor?”

DOCTOR
“I should imagine so!” (Pause) “I’m just worried about Adams, the train drivers and the passengers.” (to Nyssa; Billy) “A fine job you two did on sorting that transmat system out! But it did cause an overload which I told Adams to bear in mind, but he would go on with this plan of his to get the rest of the passengers onboard! I just hope they’re not dead!”

NYSSA
“We’ll worry about them later, Doctor! We must sort out these bombs and disarm them at once before they explode!”

DOCTOR
“Yes Nyssa! You’re absolutely right! Come on! Let’s see if we can find that agent and the bomb! Then we get ourselves out of here!”

They walk down Lutton street to search for the Vegron agent or find a way to the railway line.


SCENE #148 – EXT – PORTER’S STREET, KELTON – DAY – AUTUMN 2063
Minutes later, the Doctor, Nyssa and Billy have walked through the streets of Kelton before ending up in Porter’s Street. They are at a loss as to where they should go now.

DOCTOR
“Left! I say we go left!”

NYSSA
“No Doctor. If we go left we find ourselves back to where the TARDIS is.”

DOCTOR
“No we won’t! We’ll just take the turning right and make our way down the street way!”

NYSSA
“But that’s just guess work, Doctor!”

DOCTOR
“No it isn’t!”

NYSSA
“Yes it is! You’re just guessing! You don’t know where we are just as I don’t know where we are!”

DOCTOR
“Of course I know where we are!”

BILLY
(to himself) “I said we should have gone straight ahead when we started!”

NYSSA
“Alright Doctor? Where are we?”

DOCTOR
“Well I’m not exactly sure…yet!”

NYSSA
“Doctor we’ve got minutes left before that agent charges the time bomb! For all we know he could have set it already!”

DOCTOR
“Alright! Let’s not panic!” (Pause) “What shall we do?”

BILLY
“There must be somebody who must have seen something! Somebody must have seen the Vegron agent walking by here!”

NYSSA
“Why don’t we go and look in one of these shops and ask somebody, Doctor?”

BILLY
“There’s a newsagents over there, Doctor. There might be somebody in there that might help us!”

NYSSA
“Yes. Come on Doctor! Let’s go over there!”

DOCTOR
(cautiously) “Uh I’ll stay here! You and Billy go to the newsagents, Nyssa. I’ll wait for you!”

NYSSA
“Why Doctor?”

BILLY
“Have you got something against newsagents, Doctor?”

DOCTOR
“I’ve been to that newsagent before! Or at least I will be if I avoid going in there and cause a contradiction in the timeline.”

NYSSA
(realises) “I see!” (Pause) “We’ll try not to be long, Doctor!”

DOCTOR
“Of course. There’ll be two people there. A man and woman. I’m sure they’ll be helpful!”

NYSSA
“Thanks Doctor!” (to Billy) “Come on Billy! Let’s go!”

BILLY
“Right you are Nyssa.”

Nyssa and Billy make their way to the newsagents, whilst the Doctor paces in the street to wait for them.


SCENE #149 -INT – NEWSAGENT, PORTER’S STREET, KELTON – DAY – AUTUMN 2063
In the newsagents, Nyssa and Billy enter as the doorbell rings. They walk in to find nobody about at the counter.

NYSSA
“Let’s see if there’s anybody about in here.”

BILLY
“I didn’t understand what the Doctor meant by a contradiction in the timeline.”

NYSSA
“The Doctor will be coming to this place later, Billy. If he were to come in here now the couple he mentioned would have met him sooner than later. I don’t quite understand it myself, but if the Doctor wants to restore the balance of the timeline then we’ve got to be careful where we go and what we do.” (Pause) “Do you understand?”

BILLY
“I think so.”

NYSSA
“Good.”

BILLY
“That is…no!”

NYSSA
“Never mind. I’ll try and explain later.”

Nyssa and Billy approach the counter.

NYSSA
(calls) “Hello? Is there anybody here?”

BILLY
(calls) “Hello!”

Moment of silence.

NYSSA
“Perhaps there’s nobody here.”

BILLY
“No wait! There’s someone coming now!”

Mike then enters as he mumbles rather bitterly to himself. He then looks up to see Nyssa and Billy before him.

MIKE
(startled) “Oh. Sorry! Didn’t see you two there!” (Pause) “You must be our first customers?”

BILLY
“First?”

MIKE
“Yes. We usually open rather early on a Saturday morning!” (Pause) “Anyway, what can I do for you two?”

NYSSA
(gradually) “This may sound a strange question, but have you by any chance seen somebody in a white suit today?”

MIKE
“A white suit?”

BILLY
“Yeah. He was wearing a helmet! He might have a dog with him. With a strange chain?”

NYSSA
“It’s really important!”

MIKE
(gradually) “Yes I did see somebody strange walking down the street earlier.”

NYSSA
“You did?”

MIKE
“Yeah. In fact he came straight to my door in a peculiar manner and asked me where the nearest railway line is.”

BILLY
“Did you tell him?”

MIKE
“Well I didn’t have much say in the matter! He just told me to tell him otherwise his dog would have lashed out on me!” (wryly) “And what a friendly and good-looking brute he was too!”

NYSSA
“Where did you send him?”

MIKE
“Well…back down the road to Lutton Street to get to Dover’s Street actually. That’s where the nearest railway line is.”

NYSSA
“Thank you so much! You’ve been a great help!” (to Billy) “Come on Billy! Let’s go and meet the Doctor.”

BILLY
“Yes Nyssa.”

Nyssa and Billy leave the newsagents, doorbell ringing as they go.  Mike is confused and puzzled by their visit, before Tina enters, yawning as she comes in.

TINA
“Mike?” (yawns) “Mike, who just came in? Was it Mr. and Mrs. Jones?”

MIKE
“No it was a young girl and a boy.”

TINA
“Oh how sweet! What did they want?”

MIKE
“I’m not quite sure! They seemed to be interested in some man and a dog!”

TINA
(chuckles) “Aren’t there just too many of them!” (Pause) “Now didn’t I tell you Mike about what I saw on the telly last night?”


SCENE #150 – EXT – LUTTON STREET, KELTON – DAY – AUTUMN 2063
Meanwhile, the Doctor, Nyssa and Billy quickly walk their way back down Lutton Street as they make to find the Vegron agent and his Zegor pet in this time period.

DOCTOR
(anxiously) “Come on you two! We must get to Dover’s Street as quickly as possible to get to the railway line!”

BILLY
“Doctor! That was where the people living in these streets were taken as hostages on that train from Kelton to Thursdan!”

NYSSA
“And it was where I and you Doctor had discovered that wormhole!”

DOCTOR
“And if my suspicions are correct, the agent will definitely plant the bomb where that wormhole is. He will attempt to place it underneath to disrupt its stability!” (to Nyssa) “Nyssa, have you still got that medallion on you?”

NYSSA
“Yes it’s been in my pocket! Never left it out of my sight!”

BILLY
“What do you plan to do, Doctor?”

DOCTOR
“Hopefully we’ll be able to use the device Nyssa’s carrying to weaken the Zegor and his master!”

NYSSA
“That will mean more ultra-sonic sound to be put to use.”

DOCTOR
“Yes!”

BILLY
(wryly) “Oh great! More ear piercing pain!”

The Doctor then abruptly pushes Nyssa and Billy back up against the wall, as he attempts to hide them, including himself, away.

DOCTOR
“Get down!”

NYSSA
“What?”

DOCTOR
“Get down and keep quiet, okay!”

BILLY
“Hey? What’s going on?”

DOCTOR
(bitterly) “At a time like this, I’d hoped we’d avoid ourselves! But obviously not!”

NYSSA
(realises) “You mean…”

DOCTOR
“Yes Nyssa! Our past is just in front of us!”

BILLY
“What do you mean?”

DOCTOR
“Take a peak, you two! Watch as we are about to leave the TARDIS!”

NYSSA
“While Mr. Adams is banging the phone at the door!”

DOCTOR
(irritated) “Yes I wished he would stop banging the phone on the door!”

They look as Adams bangs the phone on the police box door, before the Doctor, Nyssa and Billy step out from the TARDIS. This is a reprisal of the beginning of Scene #53 from ‘Part Two’.

DOCTOR
(annoyed) “Would you mind not banging against the door, please!?”

ADAMS
(surprised) “Doctor?”

DOCTOR
“Mr. Adams!”

ADAMS
“But…?”

DOCTOR
“And by the way! That phone doesn’t work! So put it back where you found it!”

ADAMS
(confused) “Err…?”

The Doctor steps out of the police box, whilst Nyssa and Billy follow.

NYSSA
“Oh. Mr. Adams!”

BILLY
“Thank goodness you’re alright!”

ADAMS
(surprised) “I…”

Whilst the conversation goes on, Nyssa spots something whilst hiding behind the wall with the Doctor and Billy.

NYSSA
“Doctor!”

DOCTOR
“Yes Nyssa, what is it?”

NYSSA
(concerned) “You said Sinclair looked old and frail when she was here in 2063!”

DOCTOR
“That’s right!”

NYSSA
“Well then…I’m afraid we have a problem!”

DOCTOR
“What problem’s that?”

NYSSA
“Look!”

The Doctor looks to see.

DOCTOR
(despairingly) “Oh no!”

NYSSA
“She’s over there in the far corner of the street! She’s going to make a jump on us!”

DOCTOR
“Yes! And if she does that she’ll cause a disruption in the timeline. And then zap, as Tegan would say, for us!”

NYSSA
“We’ve got to do something! We must stop her!”

Nyssa is about to get out of hiding before the Doctor stops her.

DOCTOR
“Nyssa, what are you doing? You’ll make things worse!”

NYSSA
“Worse?”

DOCTOR
“Yes if we ran over there to stop Sinclair, then our other selves will see us and cancel us out!”

NYSSA
“It didn’t cancel us out when we encountered ourselves in the Vegron throne room!”

DOCTOR
“Don’t argue with me, Nyssa! We stay put here!” (to Billy) “And that goes the same for you…where’s Billy?”

The Doctor and Nyssa see that Billy has gone.

NYSSA
(shocked) “He’s gone! Billy’s gone!”


SCENE #151 – EXT – LUTTON STREET, KELTON – DAY – AUTUMN 2063
Whilst Doctor and Nyssa wonder where Billy is, on the other side of Lutton Street, Sinclair watches the other Doctor, Nyssa and Billy meeting Adams coming out of the TARDIS from ‘Part Two’. She then steps forward as she’s about to jump on them.

SINCLAIR
(chuckles) “So Doctor, you’re as gullible as ever! Pity you won’t be able to survive your own future!”

BILLY
“Don’t count on it!”

Sinclair turns as Billy jumps on her. Both struggle with on the ground as Billy pins her down.

BILLY
“This seemed easy as I thought. I’d thought you’d be stronger being an alien!”

SINCLAIR
“Age has not been kind to me, young man! You should appreciate that!”

BILLY
“Ah but you’re not old, are you?”

Sinclair remains pinned down as Billy keeps her captive.


SCENE #152 – EXT – LUTTON STREET, KELTON – DAY – AUTUMN 2063
Nyssa and the Doctor have also seen Billy’s capture of Sinclair before her attack.

NYSSA
“Doctor, did you see?”

DOCTOR
“Yes I did! Billy just saved us!” (Pause) “Where did he come from? How didn’t we see him?”

NYSSA
(relieved) “Well at least Billy’s got Sinclair! Or Sinroth, whatever she’s called! We must get to him!”

The Doctor holds Nyssa back.

DOCTOR
“Wait Nyssa! Wait until we’ve gone!”

They wait as the end of the reprised Scene #54 from ‘Part Two’ takes place.

NYSSA
“Come on, Billy. Take me to this library. I certainly would like to see what information resources they have.”

BILLY
“Yes Nyssa. We should get there in ten minutes. It isn’t really far from where we are…”
Nyssa and Billy head off for the library, whilst the Doctor attends to Mr. Adams.

DOCTOR
“Come on, Mr. Adams. We’ve got some work to do.”

The Doctor leads on. Adams is left baffled and bewildered before he eventually follows the Doctor.

ADAMS
(calls) “Oi! Wait for me!”

The Doctor and Nyssa stay out of sight, as they wait until Adams and the other Doctor have gone. Once gone, the Doctor and Nyssa quietly run over to meet up with Billy and Sinclair.


SCENE #153 – EXT – LUTTON STREET, KELTON – DAY – AUTUMN 2063
Billy keeps Sinclair down, before the Doctor and Nyssa turn up.

BILLY
“There you are! Did we do it? Have our selves passed?”

NYSSA
“Yes Billy. Events are running smoothly as we speak!”

DOCTOR
(irritated) “Billy, what were you thinking? You could have been caught by one of us?”

BILLY
Sorry Doctor. I had to take the risk! Sinclair was about to get you!”

DOCTOR
“At any rate, how come you got here so quickly?”

BILLY
“I ran round the buildings very quickly in order to get to here! It was hard work running, but I got here just in time!”

NYSSA
“See Doctor! Why didn’t you think of that?”

DOCTOR
“I did!”

Nyssa laughs.

DOCTOR
“I did, Nyssa! I was just…oh never mind! Let’s sort out this problem we’ve got!”

BILLY
“Yeah what shall we do with her?”

SINCLAIR
(laughs) “Don’t mind me! You should worry about yourselves!”

NYSSA
“What do you mean?”

SINCLAIR
“Beware my agents, Doctor! I anticipated your arrival here, and that’s why I had this little distraction before you came!”

DOCTOR
“You seem to be very well informed!”

SINCLAIR
(chuckles) “My agents inform me of everything! They’re very good you know!”

NYSSA
(bitterly) “Good as allies or good as slaves!?”

SINCLAIR
(shouts) “Take heed of the words you use, girl! None shall defy the will of Sinroth! I shall be victorious!”

A teleport is initiated and Billy falls back as a glowing surrounds Sinclair. Sinclair soon disappears . Billy, startled by the teleport beam, is helped by Nyssa.

NYSSA
“Billy! Are you alright?”

BILLY
“Yes I’m fine, Nyssa! Thanks!”

NYSSA
“Where’s Sinroth gone to?”

DOCTOR
(anxiously) “Never mind about that! We must get to the railway line immediately! We’ve wasted too much time as it is!”

NYSSA
“Perhaps they’ve already planted the bomb, Doctor!”

BILLY
“We may be too late!”

DOCTOR
(impatiently) “Then I suggest we go and find out and see the truth! Come on! Let’s run!”

NYSSA
(uncomfortable) “Run?”

The Doctor runs down the street, with Billy and Nyssa following behind him as they head for the railway line.


SCENE #154 – EXT – ENGLISH COUNTRYSIDE – DAY – AUTUMN 2063
Meanwhile, on the railway line at the entry to the wormhole from 2063 to 2163, the second Vegron agent charges the time-bomb. The Zegor pet is chained up close by as it growls patiently observing his master. The Vegron agent has the bomb charged, as it makes frequent beeping noises. The Vegron agent then steps up and takes out his communicator before speaking into it.

VEGRON AGENT #2
(through communicator) “This is twenty sixty-three point! I have charged the bomb for detonation! I assume you’ve already dealt with the three intruders!”

DOCTOR
“I’m afraid your master hasn’t, mister! As you can see we’re still in one piece.”

The Vegron agent looks up to see the Doctor, Nyssa and Billy standing there, as they’ve managed to arrive before the bomb detonates. Nyssa and Billy are heard huffing after being exhausted from running, whilst the Doctor stands upright.

VEGRON AGENT #2
“Then it’s unfortunate that you are to be confronted with me! For I am armed!”

DOCTOR
“Listen to me! If you value your own life you must know…”

VEGRON AGENT #2
“I will not listen to your bribery! I shall set the bomb as my masters instructed!”

DOCTOR
“If you will just listen…!”

VEGRON AGENT #2
(to Zegor) “Zegor! Set on them when I release your chain!”

The Zegor growls and barks making ready to charge, as the agent is about to unleash it onto the Doctor, Nyssa and Billy.

DOCTOR
“Nyssa! Use that medallion!”

NYSSA
“Right!”

Whilst Nyssa searches for the medallion in her pocket, the Zegor is unchained by its master.

VEGRON AGENT #2
“There you are boy! Have them!”

The Zegor growls as it charges at them.

DOCTOR
(panics) “Nyssa now!”

As the Zegor charges, Nyssa presses a switch on the medallion device and a loud ultra-sonic sound is unleashed. The Doctor and Billy hold their ears, agitated by the noise, whilst the Zegor whines and howls before it collapses to the floor. Nyssa eventually switches the device off once  finished.

BILLY
“You got it down!”

DOCTOR
“Well done, Nyssa! Handy thing that device is!”

VEGRON AGENT #2
(angrily; displeased) “You knocked out my pet! I gave him breakfast every day and now you knocked him out!”

NYSSA
“I’m sorry! I could hear his pain! It was only necessary…”

VEGRON AGENT #2
(yells) “You shall now all have my wrath!”

DOCTOR
(defensively) “You two! Get back!”

VEGRON AGENT #2
“And my gun! Prepare to die!”

There is then a flash, before the Vegron agent immediately writhes in pain and falls to the ground unconscious next to his Zegor pet.

NYSSA
(amazed) “Billy! Did you just…?”

BILLY
“Yes I did! Since the Vegrons are sensitive to light as the Doctor said, I thought there was no reason why this camera shouldn’t be used!”

DOCTOR
(pleased) “Well done Billy! Good work!” (Pause) “Now let’s see to this time bomb of ours!”

The Doctor goes over to the time bomb as he is about to discharge it.

NYSSA
(impressed; to Billy) “You seem to be full of surprises so far, Billy!”

BILLY
(puzzled) “What do you mean?”

NYSSA
“Well…the way you handled the signal box in nineteen sixty-three, the problem with Sinclair back in Kelton and now handling the Vegron with your camera! Seems like you’re trying to make an impression!”

BILLY
(modestly) “Don’t be ridiculous! As if I would!” (to Doctor) “Have you sorted out the bomb, Doctor?”

DOCTOR
“Just a minute! This will take a while!”

NYSSA
“Does it take a while to disarm?”

DOCTOR
“Oh not really! It’s just a matter of precision! If I were to disarm this bomb without knowing what switches to press then the whole palaver will be in an uproar!”

BILLY
“Can’t you just pull all the wires out?”

DOCTOR
“No I can’t! If I were to do that the whole thing will explode and time will be distorted, with us this close to the wormhole!”

The Doctor soon gets a shock and lets out a cry.

NYSSA
(concerned) “Doctor?”

DOCTOR
“I’m alright, Nyssa! I’m alright! Just pressed the wrong switch that’s all!” (Pause) “Nearly there!”

The Doctor presses a few more switches before he eventually manages to discharge the bomb.

NYSSA
(pleased) “You’ve done it Doctor! You’ve discharged it!”

DOCTOR
(cheers triumphantly) “Yes! Come on!”

BILLY
“Where to?”

DOCTOR
“Back to the TARDIS! Come on!”

The Doctor runs on back up the hill. Nyssa and Billy are puzzled before they follow after him and make their way back to the TARDIS. Whilst the trio head off, the Vegron slowly recovers and groans as he sees the three heroes running off. He picks up his temporal communicator and talks into it.

VEGRON AGENT #2
(struggles to speak; through communicator) “My lady! The intruders! Bomb discharged! What shall I do?”

It isn’t before long the Vegron agent slowly faints and is completely knocked out. Just then, a sizzling, rippling energy beam slowly overcomes him.


SCENE #155 – EXT – ENGLISH COUNTRYSIDE – DAY – AUTUMN 2063
The trio have been walked for quite some time as they ‘re on some hills close to the railway line making their way back to Kelton. The Doctor looks at the time bomb he’s just discharged with great fascination with Nyssa and Billy watching him.

DOCTOR
“Fascinating little contraption this is, isn’t it?”

BILLY
“Doctor, are you taking that bomb back to the TARDIS?”

DOCTOR
“Of course I am!”

NYSSA
“And you have the first bomb from Huttle in the TARDIS as well!” (Pause) “Why?”

DOCTOR
“Well why not? There’s a huge supply of Artron particles in each of these canisters and I would like to put it to good use!”

NYSSA
“Artron particles?”

DOCTOR
“Yes. They’ve very good at stabilising the time waves when matter passes through!”

NYSSA
“I understand what you mean by Artron energy, Doctor? But what do you want to use it for?”

DOCTOR
(exasperates) “Oh really Nyssa! Must I explain everything to you?”

NYSSA
“If I and Billy are to help you, yes!”

DOCTOR
(self-assured) “Yes! Yes, you’re quite right Nyssa! I’m sorry I snapped like that!”

NYSSA
“That’s alright, Doctor.” (thinks) “Will you be using the energy to help the passengers get back to their own time zones?”

DOCTOR
“Something like that yes.”

NYSSA
(determined) “Then we must get to twenty-one sixty-three!”

DOCTOR
“Exactly!”

BILLY
(worried) “Doctor?”

DOCTOR
(dismissively) “Not now, Billy! Now let’s assume that…”

NYSSA
(panics) “Doctor!”

DOCTOR
“Hmm! What is it?”

NYSSA
“There’s something you should know!”

DOCTOR
“Yes?”

BILLY
“The railway train is close by now! They must have moved from Kelton station now!” (surprised) “Oh. Is that you and Nyssa down there, Doctor?”

The Doctor looks to see.

DOCTOR
“Yes they are! They are us! Nyssa and I are down at this minute!”

NYSSA
“Doctor! That must have been when we were searching for the wormhole!”

DOCTOR
(concerned) “Yes Nyssa! I believe you’re quite right!”

NYSSA
“Well what are we to do?”

DOCTOR
(thinks) “Keep walking!”

NYSSA
“What?”

DOCTOR
“They may not have seen us so just keep walking! We must get back to the TARDIS at once! Come on!”

BILLY
“But Doctor…”

DOCTOR
“Please don’t argue! Let’s go before they see us!”

NYSSA
“They might have seen us already, Doctor!”

DOCTOR
“Well let’s just pretend we’re not looking! Come on!”

The trio head off down the hill as they make their way back to the TARDIS.


REPRISED SCENE #76 – EXT – ENGLISH COUNTRYSIDE – DAY – AUTUMN 2063
This is a reprised scene, as the Doctor and Nyssa see their future selves from Scene #76 in ‘Part Two’.

NYSSA
“Doctor?”

DOCTOR
“Did you see that?”

NYSSA
“See what?”

DOCTOR
“Up on that hill!”

NYSSA
(gradually) “You saw something?”

DOCTOR
(thinks) “No. No it must have been my imagination.”

NYSSA
“You saw something Doctor, and it obviously troubled you.”

DOCTOR
“No, no. I just thought….well…I thought I saw…me!”

NYSSA
“You?! On the hill?”

DOCTOR
“Yes.”


SCENE #156 – INT – TARDIS CONSOLE ROOM – N/A
A while later, the TARDIS interior doors open as the Doctor, Nyssa and Billy return, entering the console room.

DOCTOR
“There we are! Two bombs down! One to go!”

The Doctor pushes the door lever to close the TARDIS interior doors. He then presses some switches as he sets the TARDIS to take off.

BILLY
“Next stop – twenty-one sixty-three!”

NYSSA
“Let’s hope we won’t have any trouble when we get there!”

DOCTOR
“Yes! I hope so too!”

The TARDIS dematerialises, whooshing away as the time rotor rises up and down.

DOCTOR
(grimly) “We’re on our way!”

NYSSA
“Where will we land, Doctor?”

DOCTOR
“Hopefully somewhere a little discrete! I’m going to try to land the TARDIS at the exit to the wormhole in 2163! I’ve entered the co-ordinates and calculations to get us there!”

NYSSA
“Let’s hope those calculations and co-ordinates are right then!”

The TARDIS grinds and whines, before it shudders and goes out of control. The TARDIS trio hold onto the console as the ship continues to shudder violently.

NYSSA
“Doctor! What’s happening?”

BILLY
(panics) “Has the ship gone wrong or something?”

DOCTOR
“Hang on!”

The Doctor checks the monitors.

DOCTOR
“What?! That can’t be!”

NYSSA
“What is it?”

DOCTOR
(worried) “We’re being pulled in by some kind of gravity bubble!” (Pause) “Somehow I don’t think this is caused by a natural occurrence in the time stream!”

NYSSA
“The temporal anomaly! Sinroth!”

DOCTOR
“Sinroth’s attempting to drag us down into oblivion in order to prevent us from reaching twenty-one sixty-three! I don’t think our journey is going to be as smooth as we thought!”

BILLY
“Can you stop it?”

DOCTOR
“Yes! I’ll have to adjust the manifold drive systems in order to reverse the process that’s creating this gravity bubble! It will obviously be a matter of reversing the polarity of the neutron flow!” (Pause; to Nyssa) “Nyssa! Place your hands on the dimensional stabilisers!”

Nyssa does so as she goes over to the panel on the console to place her hands on some buttons.

NYSSA
“Ready Doctor!”

DOCTOR
“Good! Hold them steady!” (to Billy) “Billy! Go over to the mandrel condensers and be ready to press the green switches!”

BILLY
“What…?”

Nyssa then takes Billy over to the panel where the mandrel condensers are.

NYSSA
“Here Billy! Press those green buttons when the Doctor commands you to!”

BILLY
(realises) “Oh I see! Right I’m with you!”

Nyssa goes back to her panel as she’s about ready to press the dimensional stabilisers.

DOCTOR
“Right! When I say ‘now’, press your sections of the console at the same time! I’ll load up the Artron-charge initiator in order to speed up the reversion process of the gravity bubble!” (Pause) “Are you ready?”

NYSSA
“Yes Doctor!”

BILLY
“Ready whenever you are!”

They wait, as the TARDIS continues to shudder violently.

DOCTOR
“Now!”

The trio press the switches and buttons on their panels, as a blinding flash occurs. The TARDIS swivels out of control and makes a low groaning.


  © Tim Bradley, 2016

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2 thoughts on “‘The Railway of Time’, Part Four, Chapter 14

  1. I loved this chapter which was mostly a three hander with the Doctor, Nyssa & Billy who especially stood out throughout this story & hopefully will become a companion.

    The dialogue flows brilliantly & you captured excellent chemistry between the the Doctor, Nyssa & Billy, excellent character moments peppered with great moments of humour.

    This story is helping distract me from recent family dramas & allows me to relax & be part of another universe for a while.

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  2. I’m glad you love this chapter. Yes it does seem to be three-hander with the Doctor; Nyssa and Billy, doesn’t it? It was my aim to build the chemistry between this trio and hopefully have them work well as team.

    Who knows? Billy may well become a companion at the end of this story and beyond. 😀

    I’m glad you like the moments of humour and the dialogue I’ve given to the Doctor; Nyssa and Billy interacting with each other.

    I’m pleased this story is helping you to relax and to distract you from any family problems you’re having at the moment.

    Thanks. Tim. 🙂

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