‘The Railway of Time’, Part Two, Chapter 7

7. Adams’ Fate

SCENE #66 – EXT – CEMETRY, ST. JOHN’S CHURCH, KELTON – DAY – AUTUMN 2063
At the church cemetery of St. John’s Church, the Doctor is seeking for a grave memorial stone whilst Adams tags on behind following him around like a scared dog.

ADAMS
(frustrated) “This is pointless Doctor! Just pointless! What do you hope to achieve out of all this?”

DOCTOR
“A lot! And what are you so worried about? Don’t you like cemeteries Mr. Adams?”

ADAMS
(laughs wryly) “Are you trying to be funny?”

DOCTOR
“Not at all! Don’t you think they’re just fine beautiful sections of the church layout?”

ADAMS
“Beautiful? Beautiful?!”

DOCTOR
“Yes. A place where fine people can rest in peace, despite the circumstances.”

ADAMS
“You must be mad! When it comes to cemeteries and churches, for me there are bound to be haunted things! Ghosts and creepy crawlies all over the place at night!”

DOCTOR
“Oh surely you don’t believe in that sort of thing, Mr. Adams.”

ADAMS
“I believe in that sort of thing!”

DOCTOR
“Oh Mr. Adams! It’s not even night!”

ADAMS
“I’m being serious, sir. I have every good reason to be superstitious. It is my opinion to leave grave stones well alone and respect the dead!”

DOCTOR
“I quite agree with you.”

ADAMS
“Then let’s leave while we can and get out of this wretched-place!”

DOCTOR
“I must find out where that design of that medallion is on one of these grave stones.”

ADAMS
“Really Doctor. Is it that really important?”

DOCTOR
“Yes!” (Pause) “Now if you wish to leave since you’re squeamish that’s fine.”

ADAMS
(protests) “I’m not squeamish!”

DOCTOR
“Otherwise you can stay and help me. For I really would appreciate it if you did help me.”
Adams becomes silent not saying anything.

DOCTOR
(pleased) “Splendid. Now, where is that medallion design?”

The Doctor continues searching with Adams behind him as they search for the particular tombstone. Eventually, the Doctor finds the tombstone he’s looking for, as he is heard kneeling down to see it.

DOCTOR
(triumphant) “Ah! Here it is! This is the stone.”

The Doctor takes the medallion device out of his pocket to check to see if it matches its design to the tombstone. Adams then comes by.

ADAMS
“What did you say, Doctor?”

DOCTOR
“I said this is the tombstone. Just checking to see if the same design matches as on this medallion.”

The Doctor raises his device to the tombstone to make a match. A while later, the Doctor is full of enthusiasm.

DOCTOR
“Yes! The medallion’s architecture matches the same style of line-etching engraved on this tombstone! Definitely a match!” (puzzled) “But how all this connects the medallion and the tombstone to the train disappearances and temporal anomalies…I can’t guess.”

Moment of silence.

DOCTOR
“Mr. Adams?” (concerned) “Mr. Adams, are you okay? You look like you’ve seen a ghost!”

ADAMS
“If you think that’s worse, take another look at that tombstone and see whose name’s on it.”

The Doctor looks to see the name of the stone memorial and stares at it for a while.

DOCTOR
(apprehensive) “Ah I see.” (reads) “Henry Adams – Beloved husband of Alice Adams – Former Chairman of Huttle and Chairman of Kelton. Born nineteen o-one. Died nineteen seventy-four.”

ADAMS
(horrified) “Think that cemeteries are still beautiful, Doctor? I’ve just been to grave’s end!”

The Doctor remains silent, as they observe the tombstone with Adams’ name on it.


SCENE #67 – INT – JACK’S CORNER CAFÉ , KELTON – DAY – AUTUMN 2063
A while later at Jack’s Corner café, Nyssa and Billy are at a table waiting for the Doctor and Mr. Adams to meet them. In the meantime, a waitress comes over to give them their order as they have requested earlier.

WAITRESS
“There we are. One sausage sandwiches with a cup of tea, for you sir. And one glass of water for you, dear.”

NYSSA
“Thank you.”

BILLY
“Yes, thank you very much.”

WAITRESS
“Do you wish to pay now or later?”

BILLY
(hesitant) “Err…later please!”

WAITRESS
“That’s fine by me.”

The waitress leaves, as Billy voices his new concerns to Nyssa.

BILLY
“That’s something I’ve forgotten. The currency has changed by this time. No-one will be using shillings and half crowns to pay for things.”

NYSSA
“I’m sure the Doctor will sort it out when he comes.”

BILLY
“I sincerely hope so.”

NYSSA
(compassionately) “I’m really sorry Billy. This was all unprepared as expected. I just hope we’ll be able to tell the Doctor what we’ve discovered as soon as possible.”

Nyssa and Billy continue waiting whilst they have their snack at the café.


SCENE #68 – EXT – HOWARD’S ROAD, KELTON – DAY – AUTUMN 2063
The Doctor and Adams meanwhile are on their way to meet Nyssa and Billy as they’re nearly close to Jack’s Corner cafe. Adams is still shocked after what he just encountered at St. John’s Church.

DOCTOR
(relieved) “Ah! There’s Jack’s Corner, like Billy said. Let’s see if he and Nyssa are there, shall we?”

ADAMS
“Doctor? You’re a man who seems to know all the answers. Tell me, for pity’s sake! How come my tombstone happens to be in Kelton and how I’m going to die in nineteen seventy-four? Tell me!”

DOCTOR
(solemnly) “I can’t!”

ADAMS
“You wish me to die?!”

DOCTOR
“I don’t wish anybody dead! At least not anyone with potential worthiness! But I can’t reveal the facts about someone’s future to anyone. Or try to explain why.”

ADAMS
“You could just at least grant a dead man’s last request!”

DOCTOR
“You’re not dead yet, Mr. Adams!”

ADAMS
(wryly) “No but I will be.”

DOCTOR
“And while we’re at it, can’t I call you by your first name, Mr. Adams? Henry, isn’t it?”

ADAMS
“Will you stop changing the subject? I’ve just seen my own future, man! And I for one am not a happy man to know that I’m going to be dead in eleven years time when I get back to 1963! I deserve an explanation!”

DOCTOR
“We’re here! At Jack’s Corner! Come on! We’d best go inside to see Nyssa and Billy!”

But before the Doctor and Adams go inside, they’re stopped in their tracks as they encounter a woman who halts them. It’s Miss Sinclair who we saw in ‘Part One’, but she’s now old and frail as she approaches them.

SINCLAIR
“Mr. Adams? The Doctor? Is it really you two? I thought I’d never see such familiar faces in a hundred years!”

ADAMS
(shocked) “Good God! It’s Miss Sinclair!”

SINCLAIR
(thrilled) “You remember me! You recognise me! Oh I was so afraid that you wouldn’t!”

DOCTOR
“Miss Sinclair, it is you! Mr. Adams’ personal secretary!”

ADAMS
“But it can’t be you, Miss Sinclair! I mean…well…you’re old! Old enough to be my mother! You were so young!”

SINCLAIR
“Alas Mr. Adams, time has not been kind to me! I am an old woman, fortunate to have lived for ninety-three years.”

DOCTOR
(amazed) “You’re ninety-three years old!”

ADAMS
“It’s incredible!”

SINCLAIR
“Listen to me, Doctor. Mr. Adams. There isn’t much time. I was anticipating your arrival here in Kelton in two thousand and sixty-three?”

DOCTOR
“You were expecting our arrival? How?”

SINCLAIR
“No time to explain! Listen! Trains are still mysteriously disappearing at this time, as I’m sure you and your friends will have discovered. But it’s not just Huttle and Kelton. It’s also in places where steam locomotives are used for tourist attractions. You are to stay where you are in Kelton in order to be safe.”

DOCTOR
“I see.”

SINCLAIR
“If you need more information, I’ll be at my cottage. At Elm Grove Cottage in Watson Street. That’s about five miles away from where we are now.” (groans) “I must go now. I must get back to my cottage. There’s so little time.”

Sinclair slowly makes her way forward as she leaves the Doctor and Adams who are still completely baffled. Adams makes to help her.

ADAMS
“Here Miss Sinclair! Let me oblige and take you home!”

SINCLAIR
“No! You must stay with the Doctor, Mr. Adams. I’ll be fine getting back home. Now I must go!”

Sinclair carries on walking her way home.

SINCLAIR
(mutters quietly) “Yes! I’ll be alright! I’ll find my way back home! I’ll find it somewhere! I’ll find it! I’ll find it!”

As Sinclair heads off, Adams and the Doctor watch with fascination.

ADAMS
(to Doctor) “What are we going to do, Doctor? Shall we follow and help her?”

DOCTOR
“No. She said not to. And if she’s insistent on staying in Kelton, then it must be for a reason.”

ADAMS
“Yes but what for?”

DOCTOR
(puzzled) “I don’t know.” (Pause) “Anyway! Let’s go and see Nyssa and Billy. They’ll be waiting for us!”

The Doctor pushes the door inward as he goes inside Jack’s Corner, followed by Adams.


SCENE #69 – EXT – PORTER’S STREET, KELTON – DAY – AUTUMN 2063
Meanwhile on the edge of Porter’s Street in Kelton, Thomas and Percy are walking down the path like zombies. They have just come from the steam engine as they have parked it somewhere close by. They soon stop in their tracks as they are in the street-way. Their voices are still expressionless and cold.

THOMAS
“Percy! We are here in Kelton.”

PERCY
“The train will be secure?”

THOMAS
“Of course. Nobody will suspect.”

PERCY
“What are our instructions now?”

THOMAS
“We are to use the coercive amplifiers in our polygrite bonders to direct our masters’ cognition onto our victims.”

PERCY
“I understand.”

The sound of their watch-like device is being changed, as each of the drivers presses a switch to initiate a low hum. This is heard on its own for eight seconds.

THOMAS
“I will take the left side of this street. You will take the right.”

PERCY
“Very good.”

The two of them set about their tasks as they make to go on each side of the street to gather their ‘victims’.


SCENE #70 – INT – JACK’S CORNER CAFÉ, KELTON  – DAY – AUTUMN 2063
Back at Jack’s Corner, Nyssa and Billy exchange the information they’ve discovered with the Doctor, whilst Adams and the Doctor exchange theirs. They eventually finish as they are about to establish the facts.

NYSSA
“An alien medallion design in stone!”

BILLY
“Miss Sinclair having aged!”

DOCTOR
“And trains disappearing for each hundred years or so in certain parts of the UK!”

ADAMS
(agitated) “Not to mention my bally name on a tombstone in a cemetery! And me dying in nineteen seventy-four!”

BILLY
“It’s mind boggling!”

DOCTOR
“It doesn’t quite add up though. What do all these significant factors we’ve discovered have in common?”

Moment of silence.

NYSSA
“Do you know yet where the medallion comes from, Doctor?”

DOCTOR
“No. Not yet. But the medallion’s certainly familiar! I remember seeing a design like that from the Ciba Galaxy.”

BILLY
“Ciba?”

DOCTOR
(thinks) “Oh that’s far away from home Billy!”

ADAMS
(agitated) “Can we get back to basics, please? Like talking about me?”

NYSSA
(ignoring Adams) “Is there a society that has temporal innovation from that galaxy?”

DOCTOR
“I shouldn’t think so, Nyssa.”

NYSSA
“Why not?”

DOCTOR
“There aren’t many cultures that I know of who are capable of having knowledge of temporal stability and graph-ting from Ciba. Though speaking myself I haven’t actually visited the Ciba society very often. That’s me all over frankly!”

BILLY
“Sorry Doctor. I’m still catching up!”

ADAMS
(insistent) “Me! Dying! Stop talking nonsense!”

NYSSA
(ignoring Adams) “The temporal disturbances appear to be coincidences Doctor. Like when we found the TARDIS here in Kelton when we left in Huttle.”

DOCTOR
“Whoever’s initiating the temporal disturbances every hundred years might not be responsible entirely for everything that’s been going on! There may be other parties supporting them.”

NYSSA
“You think there are more than just one group of aliens?”

DOCTOR
“I don’t know!” (Pause) “But I think that someone’s making these time-travel journeys from nineteen sixty-three to twenty sixty-three in different parts of the UK possible in order to achieve some intergalactic purpose. But what for? War? Conquest?”

BILLY
“The disappearing passengers!”

NYSSA
“Yes! When we arrived in twenty sixty-three, the passengers at Kelton station disappeared!”

BILLY
“That could be connected to this ‘purpose’ you mentioned, Doctor.”

DOCTOR
“A possible theory, Billy!”

ADAMS
(annoyed) “Excuse me? Is anyone listening to me?”

DOCTOR
“It still doesn’t clear things up though. Too many relational events. Why Jeffries died. The presence of the Zegor beasts. Mr. Adam’s tombstone.”

ADAMS
“Thank you!”

NYSSA
(intrigued) “So what’s our next step?”

BILLY
“Yes? What do we do?”

DOCTOR
(thinks) “Well personally speaking I think we should go to the source of the mystery. The railway!”

NYSSA
“The railway?”

DOCTOR
“If my theory is correct on the railway line there will be another crossover from twenty sixty-three to another time zone!” (Pause) “Come on! Let’s go!”

The Doctor, Nyssa, Billy and Adams make to leave as they get up from their chairs.

WAITRESS
(calls) “Excuse me, you four! Three sausage sandwiches, two teas, one coffee and glass of water? That’ll be £25.20 please!”


SCENE #71 – EXT – HOWARD’S ROAD, KELTON – DAY – AUTUMN 2063
Hours later, the Doctor, Nyssa, Billy and Mr. Adams walk out of Jack’s Corner flustered and rather annoyed.

DOCTOR
(irritated) “After all this time, when we could have got out saving the earth from temporal imbalance and sort out this train mystery, we were in that kitchen washing the dishes!”

NYSSA
“We didn’t have any money, Doctor. We should have come prepared!”

DOCTOR
“Don’t start blaming me! It’s Billy who wanted a sausage sandwich.”

BILLY
“Yes but I didn’t have those other sandwiches. You and Mr. Adams wanted one.”

DOCTOR
“I was led astray!” (Pause) “And they had terrible dish washers! They could have improved the method of washing dishes by this time in Earth’s history!”

NYSSA
“Let’s not fuss over this Doctor. Let’s concentrate on what we’re doing going to do now with the railway. It’s getting dark anyway.”

DOCTOR
“Yes, yes. Alright. Mr. Adams, what’s the next destination point from Kelton station?”

ADAMS
“Thursdan station, of course.” (to himself) “I wonder what my Alice is doing now. Back home in Huttle. She could be having her feet up and listening to the wireless. Although I expect she’s dead. Of course she is. It’s 2063 for pity’s sake!”

NYSSA
“Don’t worry Mr. Adams! You’ll see your wife again soon.”

ADAMS
(laughs unconvinced) “I wish!”

DOCTOR
(interrupts) “Now Nyssa, you and me will go to the railway line and find anything on the track before Thursdan station. We might find some temporal barrier according to my theory.”

NYSSA
“Yes Doctor. Shall we be using the frequency modulator and the diode thryistor to take down measurements?”

DOCTOR
“Yes of course. The railway line should be ahead beyond that green hill.”

BILLY
“What do you want me and Mr. Adams to do, Doctor?”

DOCTOR
“Well I suggest Billy, you and Mr. Adams go to Miss Sinclair’s house and find more information about train disappearances. She said her cottage is Elm Grove Cottage in Watson Street.”

BILLY
“Shall we follow you and Nyssa afterwards?”

DOCTOR
“No. Stay where you are in Kelton and wait.”

BILLY
“But…”

DOCTOR
“Please Billy! If we are to sort out this train business once and for all, then we need to move fast. Now trust me and do as I say and see Miss Sinclair. Me and Nyssa will come back for you. Alright?”

Moment of silence.

BILLY
“Alright Doctor. We’ll go and see Miss Sinclair at once!”

DOCTOR
(pleased) “Splendid! Well we’ll see you later!”

The Doctor heads off down the path as he and Nyssa make their way for the railway line.

DOCTOR
“Good luck Billy! Mr. Adams!”

BILLY
“Yes, see you later Doctor! Take care! You too Nyssa!”

NYSSA
“Yes Billy! See you later!”

DOCTOR
(insistent) “Come along Nyssa!”

The Doctor and Nyssa head off for the railway line whilst Billy and Adams watch them go. Billy then turns to Adams.

BILLY
“Come on Mr. Adams! Let’s go to Miss Sinclair’s cottage!”

Billy heads off, whilst Adams remains alone in his thoughts.

ADAMS
“Strange. Nobody seemed to care that I’m going to die soon.” (Pause; realises) “Hey! Wait for me!”

Adams chases after Billy, as they make to find Miss Sinclair’s cottage.


SCENE #72 – INT – HOUSE, PORTER’S STREET, KELTON – DAY – AUTUMN 2063
On Porter’s Street in one of its houses, we hear a family being panicked out of their wits, as someone is trying to break an entry. The family consists of a husband, wife and two girls. The husband is Paul, the wife is Sue and the two girls are Mary and Jane. Sue and the girls are screaming whilst the break-in is occurring, whilst Paul is upstairs.

SUE
(shouts) “Paul! Paul! Get down here at once! Get downstairs, please!”

Paul comes downstairs quickly in response to Sue’s call.

PAUL
“What’s going on?”

SUE
(panics) “Paul! There’s someone trying to break-in. It must be a burglar!”

PAUL
“What a burglar smashing down a door?”

MARY
“It might be a thug, daddy!”

PAUL
“A thug in a street like this! And in daylight! I’ll kill him!”

MARY
(scared) “Please, daddy! Save us!”

JANE
“Don’t let the big man come in and take us away!”

SUE
“Don’t worry, you two! Dad’s going to sort everything out!” (to Paul) “What are you going to do, Paul?”

Paul picks something up.

PAUL
“I’ll use this rolling pin to knock him out flat!”

MARY
“But it’s broken, dad!”

PAUL
“Oh.”

The door is then heard broken down into bits, as the suspected thug smashes his way through.

PAUL
(yells) “The door! That hooligan’s ruined my door! It belonged to my mother!”

The door is smashed all the way, as the intruder finally manages to break in an entry as he makes his way forward. The girls scream at the sight of the intruder.

PAUL
(shouts) “Get out! Get out of our home! And in fancy dress too!”

The intruder apparently happens to be Percy, who is still under hypnotic control.

PERCY
(coldly) “You are to come with me! You are to board the railway train!”

PAUL
“Oh no, you don’t! You’re not taking my girls anyway!”

Paul is about to make a strike at Percy as he defends his wife and girls. But Percy is relentless, as he pushes Paul back which sends himself falling onto his wife and daughters who are terrified.

PERCY
(coldly) “You must come with us to board the train! You must come!”

Percy approaches Paul and the women, as we then hear the sound of a sonic beam being fired as the watch-like device is being used.


SCENE #73 – EXT – WATSON STREET, KELTON – DAY – AUTUMN 2063
Billy and Adams are walking on Watson Street as they make their way to Elm Grove Cottage where Sinclair apparently lives. We hear the sound of a camera being clicked as Billy is apparently taking photos.

ADAMS
(slightly annoyed) “What do you think you’re doing, you whipper-snapper? Do you have to use that camera and go click; click; click!? We’re not in nineteen sixty-three, remember?”

BILLY
“Just taking a few shots for some souvenirs when we get back!”

ADAMS
(laughs wryly) “If we ever get back!”

BILLY
“Of course we will. I trust the Doctor and Nyssa!”

ADAMS
“Well I hope we won’t get back!”

BILLY
“Why? Don’t you want to see Mrs. Adams again?”

ADAMS
“Nothing will make me happier than to see Mrs. Adams again, young man! But I do not wish to return when I know I’ll die in 1974!”

BILLY
“Oh don’t worry about it Mr. Adams!”

ADAMS
“Don’t worry? You can talk! You’re young! You don’t have to worry about dying!”

Moment of silence.

BILLY
“There’s it is! Elm Grove Cottage! Let’s see if Miss Sinclair inside!”

They walk their way up to Elm Grove Cottage, as they open and close the front gate behind them. They are heard walking up to the door.

BILLY
“Here we are!”

ADAMS
“Well go on then! Knock the door.”

BILLY
“Alright.”

Billy knocks at the door three times, when suddenly the door creaks open inward.

BILLY
“Hey! Mr. Adams! The door’s open already!” (calls) “Miss Sinclair? Are you in there?”

No response.

ADAMS
“Well let’s go inside, boy!”

BILLY
“Wait a minute, Mr. Adams. We can’t go inside without being invited.”

ADAMS
“We can’t stay out here! Come on!”

Adams makes his way forward, followed reluctantly by Billy as they make their way inside the cottage.


SCENE #74 – INT – ELM GROVE COTTAGE, KELTON – DAY – AUTUMN 2063
Inside Elm Grove Cottage, Mr. Adams and Billy step inside the hall. It seems apparent that nobody’s about, and there is a sense of unnerving quietness and gloominess once they’re inside.

BILLY
(calls) “Hello? Miss Sinclair!”

Still no response.

BILLY
“Perhaps she’s not in!”

ADAMS
(shocked) “Look at the state of this place! It’s a shocking disgrace!”

BILLY
“This cottage doesn’t seem to have been lived in for days.”

ADAMS
“Miss Sinclair would never accommodate herself in such a place as this!”

They make their way forward, as we hear the floorboards creaking underneath.

ADAMS
“So what now? Do we have to wait here in this dump for something to happen?”

BILLY
“What else can we do? Miss Sinclair may have just gone out and may be coming back later.”

ADAMS
“That’s inconsiderate, isn’t it? She would have left a note or something!”

BILLY
“Or maybe because she’s old, she may be a bit forgetful.”

ADAMS
“Oh. Yes. I haven’t considered that.”

Just then, there is a sound of growling and grunting in the background.

BILLY
“What’s that?”

ADAMS
“What’s what?”

BILLY
“Did you hear that? I heard something growling?”

ADAMS
(dismissively) “Oh you’re imagining things, boy!”

BILLY
“No! Listen!”

The two of them listen to the growling and grunting, as it is heard coming closer and closer.

ADAMS
(shouts) “What’s that?” (Pause) “There…there’s a…a thing coming through the passageway.”

BILLY
(intrigued) “Yes, you’re right Mr. Adams. I wonder what it is.”

ADAMS
“Don’t go too close to it, boy! We don’t know what it is.”

BILLY
“It’s alright Mr. Adams, I’ll be careful.”

Billy steps closer to see the creature more closely as he tries to see what it is.

BILLY
(gradually) “It looks like a dog.”

The animal then growls loudly and savagely as it is heard moving forward. Billy staggers backwards as he attempts to get away.

BILLY
(panics) “Oh no! It’s that creature Nyssa spotted earlier! Mr. Adams, get out of here!”

ADAMS
“What for?”

BILLY
(raises his voice) “Don’t argue with me! Just get out!”

ADAMS
(determined) “Not before I leave without you!”

The Zegor roars as it leaps forward. Adams manages to grab Billy by the arm, as he pulls him to head out of the door.

ADAMS
“Come on, boy! Come on!”

Both Billy and Adams head out of the cottage, and they shut the door slamming it shut behind them. The Zegor leaps at them just as the door is shut before it attacks. It scratches against the surface of the door whining and howling.


SCENE #75 – EXT – WATSON STREET, KELTON – DAY – AUTUMN 2063
Outside, Adams and Billy run out into the centre of Watson Street as they recover from the terrifying experience they’ve just had. The two of them gasp out of breath as they stand in Watson street.

BILLY
(gasps) “Thanks Mr. Adams! You saved my life!”

ADAMS
(gasps) “Don’t mention it! Ever!” (Pause) “I just can’t believe what we’ve just been through. A dusty cottage with a monster in it!”

BILLY
“You know something, Mr. Adams. I suspect that we’ve been set up!”

ADAMS
“Set up? What are you talking about?”

BILLY
“Well…it was as if we were supposed to enter that cottage and get attacked on purpose. If only we had that medallion Nyssa found earlier.”

ADAMS
(sharply) “Well we didn’t! Let’s just hope the doors of that cottage hold it in while it can! And anyway, I can’t believe Miss Sinclair would set a monstrosity on us like that!”

BILLY
“Yes. Well we can’t wait for Miss Sinclair to come back.” (seeming to walk off)

ADAMS
“Where are you going?”

BILLY
“To find the Doctor and Nyssa. We’re got to let them know what’s just happened.”

ADAMS
“If it hadn’t been for the Doctor and his young friend, we wouldn’t be in this mess!”

BILLY
(frustrated) “The Doctor and Nyssa aren’t responsible for getting us into this mess, Mr. Adams! Stop being so judgemental!”

ADAMS
“I’m not being judgemental. And don’t you speak to me that way, boy!”

BILLY
“I’m going to find the Doctor and Nyssa, whether you like it or not! Now are you coming or not?”

ADAMS
(groans) “I want to see my Alice, again!”

BILLY
“You will, Mr. Adams. But without the Doctor and Nyssa, we won’t be able to get far on a journey back. I just hope they’re alright where they are.” (Pause) “Now come on!”

Adams hesitates and moans, but eventually follows after Billy as they go to find the Doctor and Nyssa. Billy then takes pictures with his camera again as he clicks away taking shots as they walk.

ADAMS
(exasperated) “After all we’ve been through, you’re taking photos?!”

BILLY
“Hey! This is something to keep me occupied and not worry.”


SCENE #76 – EXT – ENGLISH COUNTRYSIDE – DAY – AUTUMN 2063
With the Doctor and Nyssa, they are on part of a railway track that leads from Kelton to Thursdan. They discover that the train express is parked close to where they are.

NYSSA
“Thank goodness we found the railway line.”

DOCTOR
“Now that’s odd! That’s very, very odd!”

NYSSA
“Yes, the train express. I remember it being last left at Kelton station. What’s it doing here?”

DOCTOR
“Well I can’t see any sign of the train drivers? I’ll just check and see if they’re inside the cab!”

The Doctor steps up the ladder leading into the steam engine cab as he goes to look inside.

NYSSA
“Are they in there?”

DOCTOR
“No. There’s nobody about!”

NYSSA
“Perhaps they’re in another part of the train. Or they could be in Kelton under that trance we saw them under.”

DOCTOR
“That doesn’t sound good. Our mysterious temporal rogues could have already moved their plans forward.”

NYSSA
“Should we head back in Kelton and find where the train drivers are.”

DOCTOR
“Oh no. They could be anywhere. Besides we must get on with what we should do.”

NYSSA
“Find the temporal barriers.”

DOCTOR
“Yes. If my hunch is correct…if the train travels from Kelton to Thursdan…then there might be a possibility the train from 2063 will be taken to a different time zone.”

NYSSA
“Doctor? You think this train next to us will be taken to another time zone? That’ll mean the train drivers will be coming back.”

DOCTOR
“And I suspect they’ll not be alone!”

NYSSA
“You mean…”

DOCTOR
“I’m not sure what it means Nyssa. But I have this inkling!”

The Doctor then takes out the gadgets he’s being carrying in his pocket which he took from the TARDIS. He begins to hand one of the devices to Nyssa.

DOCTOR
“Here Nyssa! Take the diode thyristor and I’ll use the frequency modulator.”

The Doctor switches the frequency modulator on whilst Nyssa takes and switches on the diode thyristor.

NYSSA
“We should avoid getting close to the field of entry in the temporal boundary. If we go through the threshold unprotected it could be consequential!”

DOCTOR
“Yes Nyssa. I’m very well aware of that. Once the frequency modulator detects the high presence of the entry point we’ll avoid passing through.”

They walk on leaving the train express where it is, as they begin to track the temporal barriers on the railway line. The Doctor then stops as he looks up. Nyssa eventually notices.

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.” (Pause) “Of course, I didn’t. That’s ridiculous. We’re here, not up there! Come on. Let’s find those temporal barriers.”

NYSSA
“Yes of course.”

With that, the Doctor and Nyssa move on forward.


  © Tim Bradley, 2016

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2 thoughts on “‘The Railway of Time’, Part Two, Chapter 7

  1. This part cracked me up.
    “Three sausage sandwiches, two teas, one coffee and glass of water? That’ll be £25.20 please!”

    Blimey expensive sausage sandwiches eh Tim lol.

    I’m loving the Doctor & Adams dialogue especially when the Doctor found his grave, i sensed the mood of this brilliantly, i heard crows in the background & the howling of wind breezing.

    Brilliant chapter Tim, i can’t wait to read what happens next, Big Finish really should read this it’s awesome.

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  2. Yes! 😀 Well if prices getting higher these days, is it a surprise that sausage sandwiches get expensive by 2063?! 😀 I’m glad you enjoyed that bit I wrote, Timelord Simon.

    I’m glad you like scenes with the Doctor and Adams. I’m glad you like the scene where the Doctor found Adams’ grave. I should have put crows and howling wind in the background like you said. I don’t know why I didn’t.

    Thanks for your kind comments, Simon. Glad you’re enjoying the story. Hope you’ll enjoy the rest of it. I would like BF to adapt my story into audio as I hope Peter Davison and Sarah Sutton would like it. Tim. 🙂

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