‘The Railway of Time’, Part Four, Chapter 16

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16. The Journey Home

SCENE #169 – INT – GENERATOR ROOM, VEGRON BASE – DAY – SUMMER 2163
Back in the Vegron generator room, the generator is fully charged with energy from the three time zones . Sinroth works delicately at the control panels, intent to start the next phase of her mission.

SINCLAIR
“Just a few switches…and…”

The chamber doors open loudly and in a very foreboding manner, as Sinroth walks towards the chamber and makes to enter into it.

SINCLAIR
“At last!” (Pause) “The chamber of transportation is ready! My ascent is assured! So much for the Doctor!”

Sinclair steps inside the chamber, chuckling with glee, as the chamber doors close behind her.

SINCLAIR
“My journey home…begins!”

The doors firmly shut, whilst the generator keeps on sizzling with energy.


SCENE #170 – INT – STEAM ENGINE CAB, TRAIN EXPRESS – DAY – SUMMER 2163
In the steam engine cab, the Doctor, Nyssa and Billy with Thomas and Percy are ready for the train to set off.

DOCTOR
“It’s a good thing that this train can carry the passengers we need to take back to twenty sixty-three and nineteen sixty-three! Hopefully the slave workers here in twenty-one sixty-three should return to their homes safely!”

NYSSA
“I’m surprised Mr. Adams didn’t want to join us in the steam engine cab when we asked him to!”

BILLY
“It’d be too crowded in here Nyssa for him to even join us as it is!”

DOCTOR
“Anyway, Mr. Adams will do better keeping an eye on the passengers whilst we’re on the track in case of any problems!”

NYSSA
(matter of factually) “There are a lot of passengers you know, Doctor.”

DOCTOR
“Yes. So there are.” (to Thomas; Percy) “Now Mr. Thomas; Mr. Percy? Are you ready?”

THOMAS
“Yes Doctor. Whenever you say so, we’re off!”

DOCTOR
“Right! Off you go then!”

THOMAS
“Yes! Full steam ahead!” (Pause) “Would you care to blow the whistle, Doctor?”

DOCTOR
(thrilled) “Would I? Oh how very kind of you!”

The Doctor pulls the train whistle crowd and it blows loudly. The train trudges forward shakily and begins its journey. The train chugs on, leaving Thursdan station. The Doctor pulls the train whistle cord a number of times, with the whistle continuing to blow loudly.

NYSSA
“Do you have to keep doing that, Doctor?”

DOCTOR
(excitedly) “You know Nyssa! I’ve always wanted to blow a train whistle all of my life!”

The Doctor keeps tugging at the whistle, as the train goes on its journey to the wormhole.


SCENE #171 – EXT – ENGLISH COUNTRYSIDE – DAY – SUMMER 2163
The train chugs on the railway line for some time as it is a fair distance away from Thursdan. It chugs through the English countryside, heading for the wormhole to get back to Kelton, 2063.


SCENE #172 – INT – STEAM ENGINE CAB, TRAIN EXPRESS – DAY – SUMMER 2163
Meanwhile, Thomas and Percy stoke as much coal as they can into the boiler, as the train chugs closer to where wormhole should be.

PERCY
(cries) “Thomas! We should be going at fifty miles now!”

THOMAS
“Fifty miles might not be enough, Percy!” (to Doctor) “How much further are we to that wormhole thing you said we’ll be travelling through, Doctor?”

DOCTOR
“Oh it shouldn’t be far now! We’re nearly there!”

NYSSA
“What are you going to do about Sinroth, Doctor?”

BILLY
“Yes, how are you going to stop her?”

DOCTOR
“Easy! With these!”

The Doctor shows the time bombs to Nyssa and Billy.

NYSSA
(shocked) “Doctor! You’re not seriously suggesting using those bombs against her, are you?”

DOCTOR
“And why not? Beside you don’t know the other half of my plan yet!”

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

DOCTOR
“Well whilst you and Billy were running to get up here to meet me, I injected anti-radiation inside the fluid tubes of these time bombs. I intend to activate the bombs and throw them out of the train once we cross into the time vortex through the wormhole!”

BILLY
“Say that’s a bit risky isn’t it, Doctor?”

NYSSA
(shocked) “Doctor you can’t be serious! Anti-radiation could be hazardous when being used.”

DOCTOR
(coyly) “Certainly!”

BILLY
“How does this stop Sinroth then?”

DOCTOR
“Whilst she’s about to drain the energy from the time conduits connecting to the three time zones, I shall throw the bombs out which will release the anti-radiation and shut down the link to the time zones in an instant!”

NYSSA
“Doctor, how will we know it won’t affect the time continuum once we’ve passed through?”

DOCTOR
(thinks; intrigued) “I don’t really know! I’ve never done this before!”

Moment of silence.

BILLY
“What?”

The Doctor then looks ahead.

DOCTOR
“Ah! We’re about to enter the wormhole!” (to Thomas; Percy) “Are you ready Mr. Thomas; Mr. Percy?”

THOMAS
“Yes Doctor.”

PERCY
“Ready, ready, ready!”

NYSSA
(protests) “Doctor…!”

DOCTOR
(cheeringly) “And off we go!”


SCENE #173 – EXT – ENGLISH COUNTRYSIDE – DAY – SUMMER 2163
The train chugs on, whistling as it goes, as it’s about to enter the wormhole. Once it enters the wormhole, a sizzling, rippling noise occurs. The train breaks through the wormhole. travelling back in time from 2163 to 2063. Once the train express has gone through, the English countryside of 2163 becomes quiet again.


SCENE #174 – INT – DINING CARRIAGE, TRAIN EXPRESS – VOID – N/A
Whilst travelling through the void, Adams is in the dining carriage with the other passengers. It is the bumpy ride for the passengers, as the cutlery and tables of the dining carriage shudder and tremble whilst going through the void. The passengers’ voices echo whilst they’re travel through the void as they speak in slow motion.

ADAMS
(in slow motion; mutters) “Ghosts and goblins! I’ll be glad when this is over!”

The passengers also mutter and mumble too as they ponder on what’s going on.


SCENE #175 – INT – STEAM ENGINE CAB, TRAIN EXPRESS – VOID – N/A
Meanwhile in the steam engine cab, the Doctor is about to throw the bombs into the void. Everything for the Doctor and his friends happens in slow motion too.

BILLY
(in slow motion; concerned) “Doctor? Are you sure you want to do this?”

DOCTOR
(in slow motion; focused) “Ready…now!”

The Doctor throws the bombs into the void. There is a blinding flash of light once the Doctor throws the bombs away, and then an explosion occurs.


SCENE #176 – EXT – ENGLISH COUNTRYSIDE – DAY – AUTUMN 2063
Eventually, the train express exits out of the wormhole, with sizzling and rippling noises following it. The train chugs on, leaving the wormhole behind that closes instantly. The train express is now in 2063 and continues its journey through the English countryside.


SCENE #177 – INT – TRANSFER CHAMBER, VEGRON BASE – DAY – SUMMER 2163
Back in 2163 in the generator room of the Vegron base, Sinroth stands inside the chamber, waiting to be transferred to her home planet. She wakes up suddenly and experiences a sudden shock going through her.

SINCLAIR
(troubled; confused) “What was that? What is happening?”

Moment of silence, as Sinclair searches through the recesses of her mind.

SINCLAIR
(realises) “The link from twenty sixty-three to twenty-one sixty-three! It’s gone! The Doctor’s disabled it!” (Pause) “He’s attempting to break off all sources of power within the time conduits to enable my journey home!”

Sinroth cries out in rage before becoming silent again.

SINCLAIR
(chuckles) “Ah! But he will not be so lucky next time when he attempts to travel back to nineteen sixty-three!” (Pause) “At this very moment, those Vegron hounds have been let loose on the fields, which I did before entering this chamber! They will chase after the Doctor and his pitiful friends on that train as intended! And I shall outmanoeuvre by another means.”

Sinroth laughs out loud.

SINCLAIR
“Fear not, Macorin! I am coming home!”


SCENE #178 – INT – STEAM ENGINE CAB, TRAIN EXPRESS – DAY – AUTUMN 2063
Meanwhile, the train drivers, the Doctor, Nyssa and Billy are still in one piece, having managed to survive the explosion whilst travelling through the void.

THOMAS
(baffled) “Goodness me! What just happened?”

DOCTOR
“Hopefully I managed to break off the link from twenty sixty-three to twenty-one sixty-three! We just travelled through the wormhole and have travelled back in time one hundred years from when and where we last left Thursdan!”

NYSSA
“Do you really think we’ve managed to lessen Sinroth’s chances of destroying Earth’s timeline, Doctor?”

DOCTOR
“Well she’s only dependent now on one power source! And that’s the link from nineteen sixty-three to twenty sixty-three!”

BILLY
“That will be the tunnel from where we left Huttle to get to Kelton then!”

DOCTOR
“Agreed! So let’s go softly on to Kelton station to drop off the passengers! Then we make for the tunnel!”

PERCY
(worried) “Tunnel, did you say?”

The train chugs on and whistles away, as it heads on to Kelton’s abandoned train station.


SCENE #179 – INT – TRANSFER CHAMBER, VEGRON BASE – DAY – SUMMER 2163
In the transfer chamber, Sinroth uses the recesses of her mind to determine what is occurring in 2063. She breathes deep through her vile fangs as she adapts the information.

SINCLAIR
(assured) “At last! I have found them!” (Pause) “They are dropping off passengers! They will soon attempt to head for the tunnel! Let’s see if the Doctor can cope with two train drivers out of the picture.

She lets out a sinister chuckle and breathes in deeply.


SCENE #180 – EXT – KELTON STATION – DAY – AUTUMN 2063
Back in 2063 at Kelton station, the passengers of 2063 disembark from the train and head off back to their homes. Adams, who has supervised the departure of the 2063 passengers, makes to meet the Doctor, Nyssa and Billy in the steam engine.

ADAMS
“The passengers of this time have all got off, Doctor! We can make tracks now to get ourselves home now!”

DOCTOR
“Good Mr. Adams! You were nice to them when they left were you?”

ADAMS
“What’s that supposed to mean?”

DOCTOR
“Oh nothing!”

NYSSA
“Doctor? Sinroth will soon make plans to deal with us and try to stop us from reaching the tunnel to get back to nineteen sixty-three.”

ADAMS
“Exactly which is why I say we should make tracks to get back home!”

DOCTOR
“Yes of course!” (to Thomas; Percy) “Mr. Thomas? Mr. Percy? Be so good as to get us on our way and return to the tunnel will you?” (Pause) “Gentlemen?”

BILLY
“Doctor, look!”

They look to see Thomas and Percy suddenly slump to the footplate of the steam engine, as they fall unconscious.

ADAMS
“What is it? What’s happening?”

NYSSA
(concerned) “Oh no! Mr. Thomas and Mr. Percy! They’re out cold!”

ADAMS
“What?”

The Doctor kneels down to check Thomas and Percy.

BILLY
(concerned) “What’s happened to them, Doctor?”

DOCTOR
“They’re still wearing those watch-like things with diamonds on!”

ADAMS
(apprehensive) “Are they being hypnotised again?”

DOCTOR
“No they’re not!”

NYSSA
“How can you tell?”

DOCTOR
“Mr. Adams and I took the diamonds out of their watches earlier.” (thinks) “No I think this is some way of putting them to sleep under synaptic impulse frequencies. Sinroth’s knocked them out so they can’t take us to Huttle!”

BILLY
“Will they be alright?”

DOCTOR
“Oh yes! I should think so eventually!”

NYSSA
“But how could she be doing that from so far away?”

DOCTOR
(sharply) “It’s her technology, Nyssa! She can do what she likes with it! This does leave us though a bit short with capable hands!”

ADAMS
(infuriated) “So! We have no train drivers to take us home! Well that’s just great! We’ll never get home now!”

DOCTOR
(invigorated) “Not quite right, Mr. Adams!”

The Doctor stands up, as he makes toward the levers in the cab.

BILLY
(puzzled) “What are you doing, Doctor?”

DOCTOR
(excited) “I always wanted to drive a train, Billy! Now is my chance!”

The Doctor tugs at the train whistle cord again and it blows loudly.

ADAMS
“You must be mad, man!”

DOCTOR
(cheers) “All aboard everyone! We’re heading home!”

Adams returns to the train carriages, whilst the Doctor attends to the train levers.

NYSSA
(concerned) “Doctor! You don’t know how to drive a train surely!”

DOCTOR
“Just watch me!”

The Doctor pulls a lever as the train judders its way forward.

DOCTOR
“And off we go!”

The train moves forward, as it makes it journey to the tunnel, chugging on the line and whistling out loud.


SCENE #181 – INT – TRANSFER CHAMBER, VEGRON BASE – DAY – SUMMER 2163
Back in the transfer chamber with Sinroth…

SINCLAIR
“So Doctor! You’ve decided to become train driver! Don’t think that will help you stop me! The dogs are out to get you!”


SCENE #182 – EXT – ENGLISH COUNTRYSIDE – DAY – AUTUMN 2063
The train now journeys through the English countryside, leaving Kelton behind. It chugs on in the direction of Huttle, as the train is now close to the tunnel as it is about to enter it. The train whistles away.


SCENE #183 – INT – STEAM ENGINE CAB, TRAIN EXPRESS – DAY – AUTUMN 2063
The Doctor keeps pulling the train whistle, whilst helming the train.

NYSSA
“Doctor, will you stop playing with that whistle! You’re giving me a headache!”

DOCTOR
(composes himself) “Sorry Nyssa. Just getting a little excited with handling these gears and controls of a train. Like I said before, these trains are at the height of state-of-the-art!”

NYSSA
“We’re nearly approaching the tunnel! Surely, we should be prepared for any setbacks when we go through.”

DOCTOR
“Yes. You’re right Nyssa!”

The Doctor attends to the train’s control.

DOCTOR
“Setting full steam ahead!” (Pause) “We should be making for the tunnel any minute now!”

Just then, there are barking noises from the distance, getting closer to them. Billy looks to see what’s happening.

BILLY
(concerned) “Doctor! I’m afraid we’ve got a setback out here!”

NYSSA
“Why what’s wrong Billy?”

BILLY
(panics) “There are those monster dog things chasing after us! They’re running alongside this side of the train ready to catch us! What are we going to do?”

NYSSA
“Don’t worry Billy!”

DOCTOR
“Yes, don’t worry! We should be nearly at the tunnel soon!”

The Doctor attends to the controls and the tunnel up ahead, whilst the Zegors chase after them alongside the train, getting closer.

BILLY
(panics) “They’re getting close now!” (Pause) “Doctor, one of them is about to jump!”

The Zegor jumps up to the steam engine cab, as it bites onto Billy’s ankle. Billy cries out in pain.

NYSSA
(horrified) “Billy!”

BILLY
(cries) “Ah it’s got my leg!” (panics) “It’s pulling me out of the train!”

The Zegor makes to pull Billy out of the steam engine cab whilst the train chugs on.

NYSSA
“Billy! Hold on!”

DOCTOR
“Nyssa! I need your help here when we get into the tunnel…”

NYSSA
“I need to help Billy!”

DOCTOR
“Oh alright then!”

NYSSA
(to Billy) “Billy, hang on!”

BILLY
(cries) “Help!”

Nyssa kneels and grabs onto Billy’s arm, pulling him back into the cab. But the Zegor gets stronger as it pulls Billy back out again, causing Nyssa to fall down.

NYSSA
“Billy! The Zegor’s stronger than me! I can’t match his strength!”

The struggle ensues, as Nyssa pulls Billy back into the cab whilst the Zegor pulls him back out.

BILLY
“It’s no good! Let me go, Nyssa! You and the Doctor get these passengers back to nineteen sixty-three!”

NYSSA
“No!”

BILLY
“I’m wiling to sacrifice myself…for the sake of saving Earth! I’m glad I met you two! Let go of me Nyssa, please!”

NYSSA
“No! I’m not giving in! Not without this!”

Nyssa then holds up the medallion-like device.

BILLY
(cheers) “The medallion!”

The Zegor instantly lets go off Billy’s leg once it sees the medallion held by Nyssa. It whines and howls loudly like a baby as it rejoins its pack, still chasing them. Nyssa helps Billy back into the cab as she saves him. Billy is worn out and flustered.

NYSSA
“Are you alright?”

BILLY
(flustered) “Yes. I think so. You didn’t have to use that medallion thing in the end. That mongrel was scared the moment it saw it” (Pause) “Thanks for saving me, Nyssa.”

NYSSA
(charismatically) “I’m returning the favour!”

Nyssa hugs Billy. They look out too see the Zegors still barking and chasing them.

BILLY
“Those dog things are still behind us!”

DOCTOR
(calls) “Hey you two! Hold on tight! We’re about to enter the tunnel.”


SCENE #184 – EXT – ENGLISH COUNTRYSIDE – DAY – AUTUMN 2063
The train heads towards the tunnel, chugging and whistling away. It then enters the tunnel, disappearing into the darkness and leaving 2063 behind.


SCENE #185 – INT – STEAM ENGINE CAB, TRAIN EXPRESS – N/A
In the steam engine cab, the Doctor; Nyssa and Billy stay calm, as the train now travels in the tunnel.

DOCTOR
“Now. Time to use another time-bomb! It’s in my pocket somewhere!”

The Doctor looks for the time-bomb in his coat pocket, before a loud whirring sound echoes close by. The trio listens in to the sound.

BILLY
“What…what’s that noise?”

Nyssa then looks through his pockets, as she takes out the temporal communicator she’s carried from ‘Part One’. It is the temporal communicator making the whirring noise.

NYSSA
“Doctor! This interocitor! The one that Jeffries had! I’ve been carrying it all this time!” (Pause) “Why is it making a whirring noise?”

DOCTOR
“I’ll take that!”

The Doctor takes the temporal communicator from Nyssa, as he speaks into it. This is taken from the Doctor’s point-of-view, as it is Sinroth who’s speaking to her.

DOCTOR
(though communicator) “Hello?”

SINCLAIR (V’O)
“Doctor! I am speaking to you now from my transfer chamber!”

DOCTOR
(through communicator) “All ready to go home, hey? Well I’m sorry but I’m afraid I can’t let you!”

SINCLAIR (V’O)
“You can’t stop me! I’m nearly on the verge of completing my journey! I’m about to make transfer to my home planet!”

DOCTOR
(through communicator) “But you can’t use the power of just the link from 1963 to 2063. It’s just too limited for your purposes! And I intend to cut that power off!

SINCLAIR (V’O)
“I beg you, Doctor! Do not disrupt my mission. I will not be cancelled out in the three times! I’ve spent a lifetime attempting to get home! I will not fail my brothers! In the names of the long-lived, do not oppose me!”

DOCTOR
(through communicator) “I can’t allow you to destroy Earth’s future and its history!”

SINCLAIR (V’O)
“And what do I care about the history of primitives such as those of Mr Adams and Billy!”

DOCTOR
(through communicator; defiantly) “And on that statement I refuse to comply with your wishes, Sinroth!” (to Nyssa; Billy) “Nyssa? Billy? Take this bomb and throw it out of the train at my command!”

NYSSA
“But Doctor? Who is it that you’re…”

DOCTOR
(impatiently) “Do as I say!”

The Doctor hands the bomb to Nyssa and Billy, which they take from him. From the Doctor’s point-of-view, Sinroth writhes in anger from the communicator.

SINCLAIR (V’O)
(angrily) “Doctor! Don’t you dare defy me!”

DOCTOR
(through communicator; cheeringly) “Goodbye Sinroth! Been nice meeting you!”

Sinroth roars in anger from the temporal communicator, whilst the Doctor looks to Nyssa and Billy.

DOCTOR
(calls) “Ready, you two!” (Pause) “Now!”

Nyssa and Billy throw the bomb out of the train. First there is a blinding flash, then a loud explosion.


SCENE #186 – EXT – VOID – N/A
The loud explosion dies away, before there is complete silence. The silence lasts for eleven seconds.


SCENE #187 – EXT – ENGLISH COUNTRYSIDE – DAY – SPRING 1963
The train chugs on out of the tunnel and into the beautiful English countryside. The Doctor and friends have returned to 1963, as the train chugs on back to Huttle station.


SCENE #188 – INT – GENERATOR ROOM, VEGRON BASE – DAY – SUMMER 2163
Back in 2163 in the generator room of the Vegron base, the chamber doors open as Sinroth comes out writhing and wheezing in pain. Sparks of energy from the consoles and generator fly about, as the whole place becomes fried and damaged with explosions all over the place. Sinroth falls to the ground on her knees, feeling the pain inside of her.

SINCLAIR
(wheezes) “I have failed! I, Sinroth, have failed!” (coughs; wheezes) “Glory shall not be for Macorin!” (bitterly) “Curse you, Doctor!”

Sinroth then slumps to the floor, whilst the control panels and equipment keep on exploding around her.


SCENE #189 – INT – THRONE ROOM, VEGRON BASE – DAY – SUMMER 2163
In the throne room of the Vegron base, the Vegrons and Domus Clag wake up after the trance put on them by Sinroth is broken. They hiss and murmur, as they stand to their feet dazed and confused.

DOMUS CLAG
(baffled) “What is this? What’s going on? I feel like I’ve been hypnotised!” (Pause) “Wait! I remember! That Miss Sinclair! The one I proposed marriage to has betrayed me! But why?”

Just then there is a teleport beam, as the Vegrons are completely surrounded by…Vegrons. The surrounded Vegrons are completely baffled as these are Vegron police. The Vegron police hiss venomously and raise their guns at the surrounded Vegrons. There is another  teleport, as the Vegron police chief arrives. He makes his way towards Domus Clag to address him.

VEGRON POLICE CHIEF
“Domus Clag, former magistrate and lord of Vegros!”

DOMUS CLAG
“Yes. That’s me! What can I do for you?”

VEGRON POLICE CHIEF
“I hereby arrest you and all affiliated Vegrons in your employ!”

DOMUS CLAG
(shocked) “What?”

VEGRON POLICE CHIEF
“In the name of our glorious Vegron empire! On a charge of espionage and treachery including the following! Alliance with another alien species! Use of temporal technology proven to be of potential risk! And intention of plot to overthrow Vegron empire with yourself as new emperor!” (Pause) “Have you anything to say before I take you into custody?”

DOMUS CLAG
(despairs) “Oh! And she said ‘don’t stress yourself…dear Excellency!’”

Clag despairs further as he is taken into custody by the Vegron police.


SCENE #190 – INT – STEAM ENGINE CAB, TRAIN EXPRESS – DAY – SPRING 1963
The Doctor, Nyssa and Billy meanwhile are thrilled to be back in 1963.

BILLY
(excited) “We’re back! We made it! We’re back in nineteen sixty-three!”

DOCTOR
“Yes. I never thought we would be able to get through that!”

NYSSA
“You know Doctor. Sometimes you still amaze me!” (Pause) “What happened to Sinroth?”

DOCTOR
“Oh I don’t think we need to worry about Sinroth. From what I can tell she got a taste of her own medicine!”

BILLY
“Well I certainly hope we won’t have any more problems on our way back!”

Adams then calls from one of the train carriages from a distance.

ADAMS
(shouts; impatiently) “Hey! You lot up there! Can you hear me?”

Billy and Nyssa look to see Adams as he calls to them.

BILLY
“Hello Mr. Adams! It’s great to be back, isn’t it?!”

NYSSA
“Now you can see your wife again!”

ADAMS
(agitated) “I don’t wish to be impertinent! But haven’t you lot noticed there’s a train ahead!”

A train whistle echoes, as they look to see in the opposite direction a train coming towards them.

BILLY
“He’s right! There’s a train coming towards us!”

NYSSA
(panics) “Doctor! We have to get out of the train!”

BILLY
(agitated) “There isn’t time Nyssa! We have to get the other passengers out as well!”

NYSSA
“Doctor! There must be something we can do!”

DOCTOR
“Yes! There is something we can do!”

BILLY
“What?”

DOCTOR
(gradually) “We do nothing!”

Moment of silence.

BILLY
“What?”

NYSSA
(shocked) “You can’t be serious. Doctor, we’re about to be crashed into by that train if we don’t…”

DOCTOR
“Save your breath Nyssa! The train’s coming…now!”

They wait for the imminent doom, as the trains are about to crash into each other, whistling noisily and furiously.


SCENE #191 – EXT – ENGLISH COUNTRYSIDE – DAY – SPRING 1963
But thirteen seconds later, the danger has passed as the trains shimmer through each other like ghosts, continuing on their respective journeys. It’s like nothing has been disturbed.


SCENE #192 – INT – STEAM ENGINE CAB, TRAIN EXPRESS – DAY – SPRING 1963
In the steam engine, the Doctor tends to the steam engine controls whilst Nyssa and Billy are baffled.

NYSSA
“Doctor. What just happened?”

BILLY
“Yeah. How come we didn’t get crashed into by that other train?”

DOCTOR
(gradually) “Because of the distortion effect!”

NYSSA
“Distortion effect?”

DOCTOR
“Yes.” (Pause) “That was our train! The train we boarded and got started on our journeys which travelled through time. Where all our troubles started!”

NYSSA
“Doctor, do you mean that…we went through an earlier version of this train. And there weren’t any lasting repercussions!”

DOCTOR
“Of course. The two versions simply passed through whilst the distortion effect was occurring. Since the trains are similar and identical in every way possible in time and space, there’s no need for an ultimate collision. It’s quite simple. And less disastrous!”

Moment of silence.

NYSSA
“Doctor. I don’t understand!”

BILLY
“Neither do I!”

DOCTOR
“Well…do you need to understand?”

NYSSA
(thinks; gradually) “No. I suppose not.”

DOCTOR
“Billy?”

BILLY
(cheerily) “Well no. I don’t think I do. I mean, we’re all in one piece.” (Pause) “And you got us all back home safely! You saved us all! Thank you so much!”

DOCTOR
“Thank you Billy for helping us out and saving the universe from ultimate chaos!”

NYSSA
“Yes. Thanks Billy.”

Nyssa then kisses Billy on the cheek. Billy blushes when this happens. Thomas and Percy then wake up from their sleep.

DOCTOR
“Ah! Mr. Thomas! Mr. Percy! Good to see you two alright! Hope you had a nice sleep! Good news for you though! We’ve returned home!”

THOMAS
(baffled) “Well…err…that’s very reassuring!”

PERCY
“Yeah.” (Pause) “Who drove this train anyway?”

Moment of silence.

DOCTOR
“When we get back we’ll have a lot of sorting out to do.”

BILLY
“Hopefully Mr. Adams will be happy to see his Mrs again!”

NYSSA
“Yes. I hope so!”

Everyone is happy, as the train continues its journey to Huttle.


SCENE #193 – INT – HALLWAY, ADAM’S HOUSE – DAY – SPRING 1963
Hours later back in Huttle, Adams returns house as he bursts through the front door and enters the hallway.

ADAMS
(calls) “Alice! Alice my dear where are you?”

There is a moment of silence, before Alice runs out in the hallway to meet her husband.

ALICE
“Who is it?” (startled) “Oh. Henry, my dear! I thought you would have been on that train by now! It’s 2 o’clock! Have they stopped the train already?”

Adams then steps forward and kisses Alice on the lips, startling her.

ADAMS
“I do love you, Alice!”

ALICE
“What?”

ADAMS
“I love you so much! And I don’t want us to be parted ever again!”

Adams holds Alice in his embrace, as he sobs with joy and happiness.

ADAMS
(sobs happily) “I love you, love you so much Alice!”

ALICE
(puzzled; pleased) “Oh Henry! I love you too!”

They embrace for quite a while, as they stand in the hallway.


SCENE #194 – EXT – HUTTLE VILLAGE – DAY – SPRING 1963
Half an hour later in Huttle village, Mr. Adams meets up with the Doctor, Nyssa and Billy  who are waiting for him.

NYSSA
“How is your wife, Mr. Adams?”

ADAMS
(happily) “Oh she’s fine! She doesn’t know that I’ve been away for so long!”

DOCTOR
“Well I’m glad to hear it Mr. Adams.”

ADAMS
“Thank you Doctor. Indeed, thank you so much for getting me home to my wife!”

DOCTOR
“My pleasure.”

BILLY
“Will we have any more trouble with those Vegrons, Doctor?”

DOCTOR
“Oh no. I don’t think so. I should imagine they’ve learnt their lesson.”

NYSSA
“What about Sinroth? And Sinclair? If she’s living in three time zones surely she must be dealt with!”

DOCTOR
“Oh I shouldn’t think history will be too disturbed by her presence. Besides it can’t be determined how long she stays in nineteen sixty-three; twenty sixty-three or twenty-one sixty-three.” (Pause) “Mind you, there’s still a lot of tidying up to do. I mean, how do events get preserved without them being interfered by Sinroth, the Vegrons or the Zegor beasts. Or make sure that we four are in Kelton and Thursdan according to the time lines.”

ADAMS
“Well I can make enquiries and requests to get that, Doctor. My wife and I will go to Kelton to make sure residents are aware of certain things to happen in twenty sixty-three and twenty-one sixty-three and see that those dastardly Vegrons; Zegors or Sinclair cause trouble.” (to Nyssa) “I can take that medallion of yours Miss Nyssa and see to it that you’ll find it when you arrive in Kelton first time in twenty sixty-three!”

NYSSA
“Of course, Mr. Adams. Here you are!”

Nyssa passes the medallion device to Adams, which he takes from her.

DOCTOR
“Excellent! Thank you, Mr. Adams. That is greatly appreciated!” (Pause) “I know what! You can put the medallion device design on that tombstone if you want!”

ADAMS
“Yes I…” (realises) “Oh…I see! Yes I could, couldn’t I. For you and me to see when…”

DOCTOR
(apprehensively) “Well it’s been great meeting you Mr. Adams and you Billy! I’ve really enjoyed our company, but I’m afraid it’s time we parted!”

BILLY
“You’re leaving?”

DOCTOR
“Of course. There are lots to do and plenty of places to see!” (to Nyssa) “Come on Nyssa! Are you coming?”

NYSSA
(gradually) “No Doctor!”

DOCTOR
“What? You’re not!”

NYSSA
“No! At least not yet! You see…Billy has asked me out on a date to a dance. And I’ve accepted his invitation!” (to Billy) “That is, if you still want to take me to the dance, Billy.”

BILLY
(astonished) “You…you’d like to come with me?”

NYSSA
“Yes.”

BILLY
(amazed; thrilled) “That’s great! You really mean it?!”

NYSSA
“Yes.” (to Doctor) “And of course, if you don’t mind Doctor?”

DOCTOR
“No, no, of course not! You have a good time!”

NYSSA
“Thank you.”

DOCTOR
“It just means I’ll have nothing to do!”

ADAMS
“Well wouldn’t you like to help us lads out with the cricket match this Saturday, which is tomorrow? We would very much like to have another hand with us on the team!”

DOCTOR
(excited) “Really? I can play cricket!”

ADAMS
“Of course. As a thank you for all your help and for your support to me all the way through that horrendous trip we had!”

DOCTOR
“Well thank you Mr. Adams! I would very much like to play for the cricket team!” (to Nyssa) “If you don’t mind, Nyssa?”

NYSSA
“No of course I don’t mind!”

DOCTOR
“Very well I’ll see you later!”

NYSSA
(to Billy) “Come on Billy! Take me to the dance!”

BILLY
(happily) “Righty-ho!”

The Doctor and Adams attend to their cricket match, whilst Nyssa and Billy walk hand-in-hand into the sunset to the dance.


Sting music. Roll original 1982 Peter Davison end credits.


  © Tim Bradley, 2016

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9 Responses to ‘The Railway of Time’, Part Four, Chapter 16

  1. IWishIHadATardis says:

    Hi Tim

    Well, I’ve read Part Four. Talk about timey-wimey! Had to keep my thoughts straight, but it was great fun all the way through.

    My thoughts:

    In chapter 13, at the end of scene #129, Nyssa says that the van might not get them to Huttle fast enough – should she not be saying it might not get them to Kelton fast enough? Or even more specifically, to the tunnel fast enough?

    I laughed to myself at the scenes when the train’s chugging along the line, and the Doctor, Nyssa and Billy are racing along the road in the post van. I could really imagine those scenes as they played out, and how visually great they would look.

    The Signalman made me laugh, too, wanting to enjoy his sandwiches in peace and quiet.

    Mrs Greenford, and the scene with the Doctor and the bomb made me laugh. Lots of action, but lots of nice referencing in these scenes. Really good fun.

    I liked that the Doctor got to reverse the polarity of the neutron flow!

    Oh, and the trains nearly crashing – it all makes sense now! My goodness, that was all very tricky; I don’t know how you managed to keep track of all that was going on in all the different time zones!

    But I don’t think it was explained how Mr Adams came to be living in Thursdan? Did I miss that bit?

    I really liked the characterisations; they were all very real, and very well done. The right amount of narrative driving the action along, and character-driven narrative; the funny asides with the Doctor, Nyssa, Billy, Mr Adams and the others. All very well done.

    I thoroughly enjoyed the read of your story, Tim, and I found it very engaging. A really great undertaking, that you have pulled off extremely well. I look forward to reading more one day!

    Leigh

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  2. Tim Bradley says:

    Hello Leigh!

    Thank you so much for sharing your kind thoughts on ‘Part Four’ on this story. I’m glad you enjoyed reading it. It was a very complex episode to write, but it was great fun to write.

    Well done for spotting that mistake I made in ‘Scene #129’. I’ve now amended it to have Nyssa say about the van getting them ‘to the tunnel before Kelton fast enough’. I got myself confused in the wibbley-wobbly, timey-wimey stuff already. 😀

    I’m pleased you enjoyed the scenes with the Doctor; Nyssa and Billy driving in the post van alongside the chugging train. Glad you found them easy to visualise in your head. It was fun writing those scenes to heighten the tension of the story. Do you think the Doctor; Nyssa and Billy make a great team?

    I’m glad you enjoyed the scenes with the signalman in his signal box. I had fun writing those too. They were inspired by Stephen Lewis’ performance as Harry the signal man in the BBC sitcom ‘Oh Doctor Beeching’.

    I’m also glad you like the scenes with Mrs Greenford and the Doctor deactivating the bombs. I hope I’ve balanced the comedy; action and drama well enough into my story to make it exciting and enjoyable. I also hope the timey-wimey didn’t confuse you too much either. 😀

    Yes the train nearly crashing was something pretty risky and tricky, but somehow it seemed to make sense to me when I wrote. I know it’s not explained well, even the Doctor’s does it badly, but it was the only way to get out of a tricky situation and to establish continuity without making things too complicated.

    This was my first ‘Doctor Who’ story and my first attempt of doing a timey-wimey story. I know there are holes in the plot that could have worked better, but I wanted to have a go and I’m glad I did as it is a very tricky thing to get right. I would get better with timey-wimey stories later on.

    Adams ends up in Kelton NOT Thursdan actually. Adams does say in ‘Scene #194’ that he and his wife will go to Kelton to let residents know about future events in 2063 and 2164 and prevent Sinclair; the Vegrons and Zegor beasts interfering with history, which was worrying the Doctor. Adams also said he was going to take the medallion from Nyssa and make sure she finds it when they arrive in 2063 in ‘Part One’.

    Adams does become chairman in Kelton according to ‘Part Two, Chapter 7, Scene #64’. I’ve amended the lines slightly in ‘Scene #194’ to make it clearer. I’ve also added Nyssa giving the medallion to Adams for him to keep for Nyssa to find in Kelton, 2063.

    My focus on Adams was to see his own future through his gravestone in Kelton and be determined to get back home to his wife Alice so that he can live the rest of his life with her and not worry about what’s going to happen to him 1974. He’s more or less accepted his fate by the time he comes to the end of this story.

    Did you like the scene where he’s reunited with his wife Alice at the end of the story?

    Billy got to take Nyssa to the dance after all at the end of the story. He must be very happy. 😀

    I’m very pleased you liked my character-driven story Leigh and that you enjoyed the narrative with the Doctor; Nyssa; Billy and Adams. Thank you so much and pleased you found it very engaging.

    I hope to post my next story ‘The Space Hotel’ soon in February. Tim. 🙂

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  3. IWishIHadATardis says:

    Hi Tim

    I did enjoy reading your story, very much. I read it very eagerly to see what happened next as each part unfolded, so I will look to read it again shortly, and take in more detail as to how the events unfolded, as it will be a good read the second time round to take in more slowly.

    You’re welcome; I read that bit a few times, and thought, no that can’t be quite right. Glad I could help you with all that timey-wimey business!

    I did like the scenes with the post van alongside the train. Made me chuckle to think of the scene as it would look, visually. I think the repartee between the three of them in the van, and in fact throughout the whole story, was really great. The bits later on when the Doctor is talking to himself are very funny, and very like the Fifth Doctor; I could really visualise him doing all that.

    Oh, I remember watching a few episodes some years ago of ‘Oh Doctor Beeching’; I can imagine Stephen Lewis as the signalman in those scenes, definitely.

    Mrs Greenford was a good character, too; I thought she was a nice lady, and one whom Billy would have been friends with, definitely. The timey-wimey business was complex, certainly, but you had written it out very well. Bits that didn’t seem to make sense at first, were all explained very well as the timey-wimeyness worked itself out.

    When I read the bit with the train crashing the first time, I thought, hmmm, how does that work? But now it’s all explained! Very clever, and I liked that the Doctor didn’t explain it terribly well, it showed him perhaps making it up a bit as he went along, which of course we know the Doctor can definitely do!

    It is certainly a very tricky thing to get the timey-wimey bits right – not only the continuity, but also the time periods that elapse between each instance of timey-wimey, so as to make sure the characters don’t have too much to do in their bit of time, and also that they don’t run out of things to do. I thought you did a truly tremendous job, Tim, in the whole story.

    Ah, of course! I was getting myself confused with the names. It was Kelton, of course. Ah, yes, I see now how Adam and Alice end up in Kelton; that’s really nice, and I’m glad they have happiness for the rest of their lives. They were a nice couple.

    I’m sure Billy and Nyssa had a great time at the dance; I liked that they had that to look forward to, after the end of a very busy time, and it’s nice for Nyssa to have someone more her own age to spend time with, as well.

    I really liked reading this story, Tim, and I know I’ll read it again. I’m looking forward to reading ‘The Space Hotel’ in due course, as well.

    Leigh

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  4. Tim Bradley says:

    Many thanks Leigh!

    Wow! My writing seems to have really impressed you to make you want to read ‘The Railway of Time’ again. I hope you’ll enjoy reading the story a second time.

    I’m glad you like the repartee between the Doctor, Nyssa and Billy throughout the story, especially in the post van scenes. I’m pleased you found my writing for the Fifth Doctor spot on, especially as it was the first time I wrote for him. I had been watching/listening to plenty of Peter Davison’s stories as the Doctor to know how his Doctor talked and sounded.

    Billy is clearly a down-to-earth person, so he would be friendly to anyone even in the most strangest of scrapes. I’m glad you like how Billy is clearly friendly to Mrs Greenford and how his friendship with Nyssa develops over the story.

    I’m pleased you found the timey-wimeyness worked itself out in the story. Most of the stuff I’d forgotten I’d written when I was revisiting the story to upload onto my blog. I can tell you, it was very challenging to get right, but I had great fun in doing it. I’d like to think I’ve emulated the style of writing that Jonathan Morris does in his ‘Doctor Who’ stories for Big Finish that have timey-wimey elements in it.

    I’m pleased I used a steam train to help with writing a time-travel story, as I love trains and it was nice to do that in a ‘Doctor Who’ story, following my love of ‘Doctor Who’; Nyssa and of ‘Thomas the Tank Engine’ when I was a kid.

    I’m glad you’re okay with how the Doctor explains it terribly with the trains crashing into each other. It is something the Doctor did when explaining to Nyssa about the end of ‘The Mutant Phase’ which didn’t make sense. Hopefully, the way I did was a little clear and perhaps better (although that is to be debated) than what was in ‘Mutant Phase’.

    Many thanks for your encouraging words on how I tackled a timey-wimey story. I did feel afterwards I needed to have another go at writing another ‘Doctor Who’ with timey-wimey elements. So I decided to do another one setting three time zones in Bath with Jane Austen a year later (but that’s another story for another time just to tease you!). 😀

    I didn’t really want to dwell on the death of Adams in the story since that can be told for another day, should I decide to do so. I enjoyed writing for Adams and really hope I’ve been able to balance him as a comedic character and someone you can truly believe in with faults and frailties and wanting to be reunited with his wife Alice back in 1963, which he clearly is overjoyed at the end.

    I hope I’ve done the development of Nyssa and Billy’s relationship justice in this story. Billy clearly takes a shine to Nyssa, and I did it gradually with how he gets to know she’s from Traken and not human yet still wants to take her to the dance. I also wanted Nyssa to gradually warm to Billy, with at first refusing to accept his invitation to the dance; to considering it to eventually accepting it at the end. Yes, it’s nice that Nyssa has someone of her own age to talk to and spend time with like Billy and I hope what I’ve done between the two isn’t over-the-top and is well-written.

    I’m so pleased to hear you’ll be reading this story again. I hope you’ll enjoy ‘The Railway of Time’ a second time. Expect ‘The Space Hotel’ soon next month.

    Many thanks Leigh. Your generous feedback and comments have meant a great deal to me.

    P.S. Did you feel sorry for Sinclair; Domus Clag or the Vegrons at all? 😀

    Tim. 🙂

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  5. IWishIHadATardis says:

    Hi Tim

    Oh, I was definitely impressed!

    I think you captured the dynamic of the Tardis team, including Billy, really well. Yes, I did think that you had captured the Fifth Doctor very well, too, including his little asides, and mutterings, and his nervous energy that he brings to everything.

    I think it’s always good to write about the things that you know, and are interested in, and the use of the train motif throughout the story definitely shone through. It was clear that you knew about it, and used that knowledge well.

    The whole timey-wimey part of your story was very well done, I thought. I should imagine it’s very tricky to do, and to do it well even trickier. So I think you did a great job at it.

    Ah, the Jane Austen story sounds very intriguing! I like her books, so it would be interesting to have a story with her in.

    I think you wrote Adams in as a very human character, and that is really what he represented, wasn’t it – the quintessential Englishman, with worries about his everyday life, taken over by things that he couldn’t imagine he’d ever have to try to comprehend, and coming to terms with it in his own funny understated way. I really liked that he had a happy ending in the story, and it would certainly be interesting if he one day had more adventures that he hadn’t expected to have.

    I thought Billy, and the friendship that he builds up with Nyssa, was really nice. He’s a nicely balanced character, and open and honest, and that shows through in the narrative, and in the character development. It was really nice to have that interaction between him and Nyssa, as well as someone else for the Doctor to order about!

    You’re very welcome for the feedback, Tim. I hope you’ve found it constructive, and I assure you I found your story very enjoyable, and engaging to read. I look forward to more.

    Ah well, I didn’t feel sorry for Sinclair – she was nasty! Domus Clag I felt a bit sorry for, but I think the Vegrons were altogether too trusting. I did think the Zegors might have had a happy ending, especially as they had an affinity with Nyssa through her being able to ‘hear’ their thoughts, but maybe they will return in another story!!

    Leigh

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  6. Tim Bradley says:

    Thanks Leigh

    So pleased you approve of the dynamic between the Doctor; Nyssa and Billy in ‘The Railway of Time’. It was such fun to write and interesting to see how Billy interacts with the Doctor and Nyssa and how they interact with him on the adventure.

    Very pleased you liked Mr Adams. I’m sure Richard Briers would have enjoyed playing the characters had this story been made for TV or audio. I hope you enjoy Adams a second time when reading this story again. Perhaps someday Adams will return. Who knows? 😀

    I’m pleased you found Billy a nicely balanced character and found him open and honest. I wanted to have that clearly in Billy’s characters in his introduction to ‘Doctor Who’, and I’m pleased you found that in his interaction with Nyssa and the Doctor. I’m glad you like the friendship developed between Nyssa and Billy in this story. Yes the Doctor does order Billy about, doesn’t he? Very much like with Adric and Turlough I suppose.

    Your feedback has been very constructive indeed and very helpful. I’m glad you spotted a few inconsistencies in the story, but found it very entertaining and engaging to read. You certainly seem to know the characters inside-out when reading the story.

    No, Sinclair got her just deserts didn’t she? Poor Domus Clag. Him getting arrested by Vegron police was a bit unfair, wasn’t it? Yes it was a shame I didn’t give the Zegors a happier ending as I could have done with the story, but I suppose the Vegron police sent the Zegors where they belonged back on Zeg. It’s just not mentioned in the story. I enjoyed exploring Nyssa’s psychic connection to the Zegors since I wanted to explore that side to her character and I eventually found out Sarah Sutton’s love for animals which was a nice touch to add into the story.

    I would like to do another story with the Vegrons and the Zegors. When that will happen, I don’t know. I haven’t got any plans for that yet. I do have an idea for a story called ‘War of Reptiles’ between the Vegrons and Terileptils. But nothing definite yet.

    Here’s a little tibet of info about the Zegors. I got the inspiration for them and their medallions from seeing the Disney/Pixar film ‘Up’ (which I haven’t seen for a long time).

    Thanks, Leigh. Tim. 🙂

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  7. IWishIHadATardis says:

    Hi Tim

    I can tell you had fun reading this story, with Billy, and Nyssa and the Doctor, and the other characters, especially Mr Adams, I think. I think Richard Briers would be a good model for Mr Adams. Ah, well, I shall look forward to seeing if Mr Adams does return!

    I think the interaction with the Doctor, Nyssa and Billy was good; it showed that the Doctor had accepted Billy as a person with whom he would be happy to be associated, and to have in the Tardis, which is always a good test of character from the Doctor, isn’t it?

    I’m glad you’ve found my feedback helpful and constructive. I certainly did find your story entertaining and engaging, and I’m very much looking forward to reading more in the future.

    I like that Domus Clag, and the Vegrons and the Zegors weren’t neatly ‘wrapped up’ in the story, but that it was left to the idea that they had lives that they went on to live after the end of the story that we had seen – makes the characters more realistic, I think, in that they had lives before the story, and have lives after the story – we only get to see that snippet.

    Ah, the Vegrons and the Terileptils would make a fearsome story!

    Oh, I’ve seen the beginning of ‘Up’ on tv, but haven’t stayed to watch the whole movie. It does look like a fun movie, though. I hadn’t picked up on the Zegors being inspired from there.

    Great work, Tim.

    Leigh

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  8. Timelord007 says:

    Brilliant final chapter Tim which gives a strong conclusion to a excellent Fifth Doctor story, the Doctor blowing the train whistle is very doctorish & Billys self sacrifice had me yelling “don’t kill Billy off”.

    I’m glad Nyssa going dancing with Billy & i love how the Doctor gets to play cricket which is something he should have done more of on Tv.

    The supporting characters had there arcs neatly tied up & Sinoth finally got her comeuppance, here’s hoping Billy joins the Doctor & Nyssa on further adventures & hopefully the Doctor will stop bossing him around.

    I rate this story 10/10, a gripping exciting read from start to finish with wonderful written characters, plot twists & clever story that has a sense of danger throughout.

    Your characterizations of the Doctor & Nyssa are spot on & the dialogue flows brilliantly as i could hear Peter & Sarah speaking throughout this story in my mind.

    Pat yourself on the back Tim you written a classic engaging story here which deserves to be novelized & adapted by Big Finish.

    I can’t wait to read your next story’s.

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  9. Tim Bradley says:

    Thanks for your kind comments, Simon. Glad you liked the doctorish moments where the Doctor blows the train whistle in the train cab and when Billy has his moment of self-sacrifice when Nyssa tries to save him from the Zegors. Nyssa managed to save Billy in the end, didn’t she?

    I’m pleased you liked it when Nyssa accepts Billy’s invitation to join him to go to the dance.

    Yes, the Doctor didn’t get to do a lot of cricket in the TV series which is a shame as I would have liked to have seen more of that in his Doctor. Thankfully the BF audios and some of the books do that for the Fifth Doctor, and I hope that in later stories by me you’ll find more cricketing moments for Peter’s Doctor to enjoy.

    I think the Doctor likes to boss Billy about at times. I don’t think he means to be cruel when he bosses Billy around. I like to think that the Doctor cares for Billy even when there are times that he finds him out-of-his-depth and trying to make a joke in the worst of scrapes which may not necessarily be a good thing.

    10/10?! My goodness! You must have enjoyed my ‘Doctor Who’ story. Thank you Simon. That means a lot to me to hear you say that. Glad you like the plot; the characters and the sense of danger throughout.

    I’d like to think Peter and Sarah would enjoy this material in their characters if they were reading this story and should it be made into BF audio for them which would be nice.

    Thanks again for your kind comments, Simon. Very pleased this story kept you entertained and engaged throughout.

    Many thanks. Tim. 🙂

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