‘The Space Hotel’, Part One, Chapter 4

Billy and Nyssa

4. Nyssa and Billy

SCENE #26 – INT – DANCE VENUE (SIMI-SUITE #5) – 37TH CENTURY – EVENING
On Level #60, in simi-suite #5, the dance venue for Nyssa and Billy takes place here. The setting has a 1930s feel to it, though there is a sense of smallness as the venue is relatively simple and not overcrowded. Big band music is played in the background whilst a few dancing couples are on the dance floor doing an energetic waltz. The music played is by Guy Lombardo. The suite doors open, as Nyssa and Billy enter. They are in awe once they enter.

NYSSA
“Is this what you had in mind, Billy?”

BILLY
“Oh yes! This is exactly the same place I wanted to take you to back on Earth. But I thought since records of precise detail are kept at this hotel of what the eras of Earth’s history looked like, which is astounding, why not have it in the nineteen twenties or thirties style.”

NYSSA
“Well I like it! It’s lovely!”

BILLY
“I’m glad to hear you say that!” (Pause) “Shall we get a table?”

NYSSA
“Yes, alright.”

Nyssa and Billy make their way towards a table in the dance hall. They sit down and watch the fellow couples enjoying themselves.

BILLY
“The dancing looks good.”

NYSSA
“Yes. I believe it’s some sort of waltz.”

BILLY
“Yes. And the music’s Guy Lombardo.”

They watch and see the other dancers dance to the music on the dance floor.

NYSSA
“So why this time period, Billy? Why did you want to do it in nineteen-thirties style?”

BILLY
“Well music and dancing was at its hype by this time. Everybody wanted more of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. They couldn’t get enough. And of course it was the depression.”

NYSSA
“The depression?”

BILLY
“Yes. In America, they had quite a turnover of job losses and poverty during the nineteen thirties before the Second World War. The only way that people could cheer themselves up was to embrace the luxuries of this time period. Dancing and music were among them.”

NYSSA
“You seem happy with what this simulation’s turned out to be then.”

BILLY
“Yes I am.” (Pause) “Though I don’t know why not many people have turned up. I thought this would be happy music to everybody’s ears.”

NYSSA
“Maybe human society of this time period might not like the sort of music you like. It could have gone past its prime!”

BILLY
“Well, that’s a shame! And sad!” (sighs) “It’s all the fault of that new rock music I suppose.”

NYSSA
“If you want more people here Billy, the computer on the simi-suites can provide that you know.”

BILLY
“Yes but it wouldn’t be the same though, would it. Those animated people would just be dancing because that’s what they’re supposed to do.”

Billy becomes silent and feels sad. Nyssa then stands and takes Billy’s hand.

NYSSA
“Come on. They’re bound to finish soon. Let’s get started with a few steps on the dance floor.”

BILLY
“Don’t you want to have something to drink first before we get started?”

NYSSA
(frustrated) “What is it with boys that they can’t get started with the dancing first?”

BILLY
“Nyssa, I was only…”

NYSSA
(bossily) “Follow me, come on!”

Nyssa drags Billy up from his seat and takes him to the dance floor. They begin their dance together, whilst Guy Lombardo’s music is played by the band in the background.


SCENE #27 – INT – LOBBY, LEVEL #1 – 37TH CENTURY – EVENING
At reception in the lobby on Level #1, Mr. Stedman enters and approaches the desk with Elizabeth behind it.

STEDMAN
“Excuse me?”

ELIZABETH
“Yes? Oh hello, Mr. Stedman! How are you?”

STEDMAN
“Not too good, I’m afraid.”

ELIZABETH
“Oh dear. Are you ill?”

STEDMAN
“Yes I am.”

ELIZABETH
“Oh. Well, would you like me to fetch you something…?”

STEDMAN
“No, no, no. I’ll be alright. I was wondering if I could have some buttered croissants in bed for breakfast tomorrow morning.”

ELIZABETH
“Croissants in bed?”

STEDMAN
“Yes.”

ELIZABETH
“Certainly, Mr. Stedman. I’ll make a note of it to the chef!”

STEDMAN
“Thank you.”

ELIZABETH
“Would you like a cup of tea or coffee with your croissants?”

STEDMAN
“Err…tea, please. That would be nice.”

ELIZABETH
Newspaper?”

STEDMAN
“Uh, no thanks. I’ll be alright without a newspaper.”

ELIZABETH
“Okay then.”

Stedman then starts to feel queasy again.

ELIZABETH
“Are you sure I can’t fetch you anything, Mr. Stedman?”

STEDMAN
(queasily) “I really don’t want to put you to any trouble…”

ELIZABETH
“It’s no trouble at all!”

Elizabeth presses a switch which opens a drawer in the reception desk. She takes out a bottle from the drawer and opens it.

ELIZABETH
“Here have one of these.”

STEDMAN
“What are they?”

ELIZABETH
“Pain relaxant pills. They ease the pain and make you sleep better. They’re very effective.”

STEDMAN
“Well, I don’t know…”

ELIZABETH
“They’re quite harmless. I have tried one and they’re really good.”

STEDMAN
“Well okay. I’ll just take one and have it when I go to bed.”

Elizabeth takes a pill out from the bottle and passes it over to Stedman, to which he takes.

ELIZABETH
“Here you are. Just take a glass of water and pop it into your mouth. Then you should be fine.”

STEDMAN
“Well thank you very much, Mrs. Rotenhend. Thank you.”

ELIZABETH
“Good night then.”

STEDMAN
“Good night.”

Elizabeth closes the bottle of pills before putting it back into the drawer and closing it at the reception desk. Stedman leaves the reception desk, as he makes for the lift. Gordon then passes by.

GORDON
“Good night.”

No response.

GORDON
(shouts) “I said good night!”

Stedman turns round.

STEDMAN
“Oh good night.”

Gordon then goes behind the reception desk where Elizabeth is.

GORDON
“What’s the matter with him? Is he deaf?”

ELIZABETH
“He’s not well, Gordon. Please be gentle with him.”

GORDON
“But I said goodnight to him! And people should respond when they’re said goodnight to.”

ELIZABETH
“Don’t be such a bully. He seems ill and I just gave him one of my pills!”

GORDON
(shouts) “What?! You gave him one of your pills?!”


SCENE #28 – INT – CORRIDOR, LEVEL #46 – 37TH CENTURY – EVENING
Meanwhile on Level #46, the lift door opens as the Doctor steps out. The lift door closes, as the Doctor walks down the corridor to find Larry and Bob’s room.

DOCTOR
“Now…as I remember correctly, the room was two twenty-five. Let’s see if we can find it.”

The Doctor walks further, before he comes to the door that has the number ‘225’ on it.

DOCTOR
“Ah, here we are!”

The Doctor walks to the door, clears his throat and knocks gently at the door.

DOCTOR
“Err, gentlemen?” (Pause) “Mr. Cooper; Mr Hill, are you in there?”

No response. The Doctor knocks again.

DOCTOR
“I really think we should talk you know.”

Still no response. Moment of silence.

DOCTOR
“I’m sorry I have to do this.” (to himself) “Let’s get my sonic screwdriver.”

The Doctor looks in his coat pocket for the sonic screwdriver. He takes it out and places it at the lock of the door. Switching it on, it buzzes away to unlock the door. There is a click and the Doctor switches his screwdriver off. He places his hand on the door handle.

DOCTOR
“Mr. Cooper; Mr. Hill? I’m coming in!”

With no response, the Doctor makes his way in.


SCENE #29 – INT – LOBBY, LEVEL #1 – 37TH CENTURY – EVENING
Bursting forth from the lift are Larry and Bob who enter the lobby on Level #1. They huff and puff, before breathing a sigh of relief.

LARRY
“Well. That was a close one, wasn’t it?”

BOB
“Did we really have to run that fast?”

LARRY
“Well, what else could we do? That Doctor was on our tail, we had to move fast! Anyway, I hope our little deception fooled him.”

BOB
“Oh you mean when you pressed the lift button for our floor where our room is and then the one for here in the lobby, the first floor.”

LARRY
“That’s right! He’ll think someone’s got the lift from above whilst we got in on the floor to get to our hotel room. Hopefully nobody will be any the wiser!”

BOB
“Why would he be so interested in those stabilisers of ours?”

LARRY
“I don’t know. Let’s just hope our little trick fooled him.”

BOB
“Can we go for a drink now?”

LARRY
“Yeah. Good idea. We’ll both have drinks!”

LADY MITE
“Don’t underestimate the Doctor.”

Larry and Bob are startled, once they see Lady Mite before them.

LARRY
“Your ladyship!”

LADY MITE
“The Doctor has a really crafty mind. So you’d better make sure he doesn’t get under your skin.”

BOB
“You said you weren’t coming.”

LADY MITE
“I said I’d been delayed.

LARRY
“We didn’t tell him anything. The Doctor. About our business.”

LADY MITE
“It doesn’t matter. Now, talking of business, will you two gentlemen accompany me to my chambers? We can have those drinks you two suggested there if you like!”


SCENE #30 – INT – DANCE VENUE (SIMI-SUITE #5) – 37TH CENTURY – EVENING
Meanwhile at the dance event in simi-suite #5 on Level #60, the music has changed from Guy Lombardo to Ray Conniff. Nyssa and Billy happily dance along with the other dancers, as they do the foxtrot. Trumpets, trombones; clarinets and the piano are played out loud.

BILLY
“So he wouldn’t dance with you? That’s a bit sad, isn’t it?”

NYSSA
“Well, he did a little bit! But all he wanted was to look at the buffet!”

BILLY
(laughs) “Oh dear.”

NYSSA
“And when I saw the amount of food he had on his plate, I called him a pig and he just gave the excuse that he hadn’t had any breakfast.”

BILLY
“This um…what was his name?”

NYSSA
“Adric.”

BILLY
“Adric. He must have been quite a character.”

Moment of silence.

BILLY
“So this Ann. She looked like exactly like you.”

NYSSA
“Yes, she did. And that was where our troubles started for the Doctor, me, Adric and Tegan.”

BILLY
“How come she looked like you?”

NYSSA
“I don’t know. We didn’t really find out. We were too busy enjoying ourselves.”

BILLY
(laughs) “I wished I’d been there. I could have enjoyed it.”

NYSSA
“I don’t think being claimed as an accessory to the Doctor would be an enjoyable experience, since he was charged with murder.”

BILLY
“Oh I wouldn’t have minded that! It would have been fun.”

NYSSA
“You’re very peculiar, Billy.”

BILLY
“That’s me all over!”

Both laugh together, as the dance comes to an end. Everybody claps in applause for the band and their music. Nyssa and Billy then go back to their seats and sit at their table.

NYSSA
“I enjoyed that dance!”

BILLY
“So did I. I thought the band played rather well.”

Moment of silence.

NYSSA
“So, Billy? How many girls have you taken to dances?”

BILLY
“Err…not many actually.” (Pause) “The truth is Nyssa, I…I’ve never taken anyone out before. You’re the first girl I’ve been on a date with.”

NYSSA
(astonished) “How come you’ve never gone out with anyone? Before me?”

BILLY
(gradually) “Been too busy, really. I was wrapped up in my exams that I hadn’t had a chance to think about going out with girls. I mean I wanted to. But there was so much to think about. And so little time to spend with anybody.”

NYSSA
(gradually) “I suppose in a way…I know what that feels like. I spent a lot of time understanding science, and never really had a time to think about anything else. Not that I’d blame my studies. I wanted to learn.”

BILLY
(astounded) “I would have thought someone like you would have a lot of admirers. That you would have gone out with lots of blokes.”

NYSSA
“Oh I did have admirers on Traken. I just never got round to forming an attachment to them”

BILLY
“Well thank you for spending time with me. I hope I’ve not been too boring for you.”

NYSSA
“Don’t say that, Billy. I’ve enjoyed your company.”

BILLY
“Thank you.”

Moment of tender silence. The band leader then makes an announcement.

BAND LEADER
“Thank you very much! Thank you!” (Pause) “Now get your partners! We’re going to do one of those all time classics made in the US composed by one of the finest composers and pianists in the whole of Broadway. James P. Johnson. It was a hit during the nineteen twenties! It’s one that you know and love. Yes, you’ve guessed it! It’s the Charleston!”

The band starts again, as the dance for the Charleston begins. Everyone on the dance floor gets into a happy mood, as they dance to the Charleston. Nyssa is in the mood too, as she taps her feet away on the floor.

NYSSA
(encouragingly) “Come on! It’s the Charleston! Surely you can’t resist doing this one!”

BILLY
(apprehensively) “Oh err…I’m not good at that dance, Nyssa. Maybe I better fetch another drink.”

Nyssa stops Billy.

NYSSA
“No, you don’t. You brought me here and you’re going to do the Charleston with me.”

BILLY
“But, Nyssa…”

NYSSA
“Come on!”

BILLY
(nervously) “Oh. Alright.”

Billy joins in, as he dances with Nyssa to the tune of the Charleston. Eventually, he picks up the steps and performs well to the dance.

BILLY
(surprised) “Oh. Oh it doesn’t seem as bad as I thought.”

NYSSA
“See…you can do it. It’s a bit of fun anyway.”

BILLY
“Yes! Yes I’m getting into this!”

They both happily dance away, as the music plays.


SCENE #31 – INT – ROOM #225, LEVEL #46 – 37TH CENTURY – EVENING
Meanwhile the Doctor searches Larry and Bob’s room on Level #46, unable to find them.

DOCTOR
“Hello! Anybody home? Hello!”

The Doctor receives no response. He searches a little while longer, but the two men are nowhere about.

DOCTOR
“Well’s that peculiar. Where could they be?”

Moment of silence.

DOCTOR
(thinks) “Hmm. They must have slipped away whilst I was not looking. Or maybe they deceived me when going in the turbo-lift.” (Pause) “Well, there’s no point sticking around. I’d better see if I can find those stabilisers.” (Pause; thinks) “Now, I wonder where they can be.”

The Doctor looks about the place for a while, before spotting something that disturbs him.

DOCTOR
“Oh. Oh dear me.”

The Doctor steps down to the floor. Moment of silence.

DOCTOR
“Blood on the floor.” (Pause) “And coming from upstairs. Leaking through the ceiling.”

The Doctor looks up to see blood, dripping through a crack in the ceiling above to the floor. He moves on to something else that distracts him.

DOCTOR
“Ah! Those are the luggage cases where the stabilisers are being kept!”

The Doctor picks up the cases to check inside. He opens them up, before turning the cases over to find that they are empty.

DOCTOR
“And now they’re empty.” (Pause) “Well, surely the two gentlemen wouldn’t take them and expose them to the open, now would they?!” (thinks) “Unless, they’d been stolen. It’s forty-nine-point-two-three-zero-eight-four-seven-six-six-seven-seven-eight-four plus fifty-point-seven-six-nine-one-five-two-three-three to one against!”

The Doctor ponders on this mystery, whilst blood keeps dripping down from above.

DOCTOR
“I better check to see who’s bleeding up there!”

The Doctor stands and makes his way to leave the room.


SCENE #32 – INT – CORRIDOR, LEVEL #46 – 37TH CENTURY – EVENING
Outside in the corridor, the Doctor shuts the door of Room #225 behind him.

DOCTOR
“Now. Before I am spotted…”

GORDON
(loudly) “Ah, Doctor! How nice to see you again!”

The Doctor turns to look and see Gordon Rotenhend coming down the corridor to meet him.

DOCTOR
(sighs) “I spoke too soon.”

GORDON
“I have been meaning to chat with your good self about a very delicate matter.”

DOCTOR
(apprehensive) “Well so would I, Mr. Rotenhend. But I really have to…”

GORDON
“Oh, please let’s talk. It’s actually a matter of cricket!”

DOCTOR
“Cricket?”

GORDON
“Yes, cricket! I’ve observed how you seem to like cricket with your gear on and thought you would be interested to partake in a game of that calibre with me!”

DOCTOR
“Well that’s very kind of you, Mr. Rotenhend. But I really…”

GORDON
(puzzled) “What are you doing standing outside this room?”


SCENE #33 – INT – DANCE VENUE (SIMI-SUITE #5) – 37TH CENTURY – EVENING
Back in simi-suite #5 on Level #60, the Charleston dance has finished. The dancers applaud the band and their music. The band leader speaks into the microphone again, making another announcement.

BAND LANDER
(through microphone) “Now do take your partners again, as we’re about to perform one of the finest songs ever to exist in music history. Performed originally by Vera Lynn and lyrics by Ross Parker and Hughie Charles in nineteen thirty-nine…the song that brought us all together in some form or other…yes you’ve guessed it…‘We’ll meet again’!”

The band starts again, as the song and music are played in Ray Conniff style. The dancers dance to the music, including Nyssa and Billy. The band leader sings the song through the microphone.

BAND LEADER
(singing; through microphone) “We’ll meet again…don’t know where…don’t know when…but I know that it will be some sunny day…”

Whilst the band leader sings the song, Nyssa and Billy chat quietly as they dance together.

NYSSA
“I never thought I would enjoy something like this again.”

BILLY
“We certainly came to the right place.”

Moment of silence.

NYSSA
“I’m afraid it won’t always be like this, Billy. From what happened earlier with two deaths, it’s seemingly grim. And the Doctor would want to investigate this further.”

BILLY
(calmly) “I know that. I’m not complaining.” (Pause) “I mean…I know I’ll be going back to Earth when all this is over.”

NYSSA
“You want to go back home?”

Moment of silence.

BILLY
“Well I…I assumed…that’s what’s going to happen to me. I’ll be taken back home once the Doctor sorts this out.”

NYSSA
“Not if you don’t want him to.”

BILLY
(intrigued) “You…you’ll think he’ll let me stay?”

NYSSA
“If you ask him.”

BILLY
(hesitant) “No, I-I-I I better not.”

NYSSA
“Why not?”

BILLY
(hesitant) “Well I…”

But before Billy answers Nyssa’s question, there is a scream as two 1920s gangsters barge their way into the dance venue. Everyone stops dancing and the band stops playing music in an instant.

NYSSA
“What’s going on?”

Nyssa and Billy turn to see the newcomers enter. The gangsters have their firearms which are loaded. The gang leader steps forward and speaks in a strong American accent.

GANG LEADER
“Alright! Everyone on the ground, hands in the air and no funny business!”

BAND LEADER
(protests) “Now just what are you fellows doing? How dare you come barging in here?!”

GANG LEADER
“Shut up!”

The gang leader shoots the band leader. The band leader falls to the ground dead. Everyone screams as they, as well as Nyssa and Billy, are horrified.

GANG LEADER
“Now do as I say! Hands up and lie down!”

Everyone gets down to the floor, as threatened by the gangsters. Except Nyssa and Billy.

NYSSA
(concerned) “Billy? Did you include this in the program?”

BILLY
“No, I didn’t!”

NYSSA
(calls out loud) “Computer! End program!”

No response from the computer.

NYSSA
(calls out loud; repeats) “End program!”

BILLY
“What’s wrong?”

NYSSA
“The computer’s not responding to my commands. There must be an error in the functioning pattern!”

BILLY
(calls out loud) “Hey! You stupid contraption up there! Stop this at once!”

NYSSA
“Billy! That’s not going to help.”

The gang leader sees Nyssa and Billy and he makes his way towards them. He stands right in front of them.

GANG LEADER
(threateningly) “Hey! You two! I said ‘hands up and on the ground’!” (Pause) “Do it now before I smack you in the face!”

NYSSA
“Billy.”

BILLY
(reassuringly) “It’s alright, Nyssa. He won’t harm us!”

NYSSA
“I’m not so sure about that, Billy.”

BILLY
“He’s not real!”

A loud smack occurs, as the gangster hits Billy in the face with his firearm. Billy falls to the floor.

NYSSA
(cries; shocked) “Billy!”

Nyssa gets down to the floor to help Billy. She tries to wake him up.

NYSSA
(panics; concerned) “Billy! Are you alright? Billy, wake up!”

The gang leader raises his firearm at Nyssa’s head.

GANG LEADER
“You, girl! Get on your face!”

NYSSA
(protests) “That was entirely unnecessary! You didn’t have to…”

GANG LEADER
(yells) “Do as I say!”

Before Nyssa complies with the gang leader’s demands, the whole place phases in and out, as the holographic simulation goes fuzzy, bizarre and all over the place. Nyssa’s voice becomes distorted as she speaks.

NYSSA
“It’s happening again! Like before!”

Nyssa watches, as everything gets awry and out of place in the simi-suite.


SCENE #34 – INT – CORRIDOR, LEVEL #46 – 37TH CENTURY – EVENING
Back in the corridor with the Doctor and Gordon on Level #46, the lights flicker as everything goes dark.

GORDON
(shrieks; shouts) “What’s happening?! What’s wrong with the stinking lights?!”

DOCTOR
“I wonder.”

Eventually the lights go out in the corridor.

GORDON
(annoyed) “Bah! Comets and coconuts! Useless engineers! I don’t know why we bother with them!” (Pause) “I can’t see now!”

DOCTOR
“That’s because it’s dark, Mr. Rotenhend!”

GORDON
(realises) “Err…hey! Who’s that down there?” (shouts) “Who’s that down there?”

The Doctor looks in Gordon’s direction.

DOCTOR
“I can’t see anything.”

GORDON
“There in the shadows! It was there as I saw it from the tip of your celery!”

DOCTOR
“You can’t even see the stick of celery on my lapel, Mr. Rotenhend!”

GORDON
“Nevertheless, I can see him…or her…or it…as I can see the plain of day…or night…or whatever!”

Moment of silence. Gordon then takes out a laser gun from his pocket.

GORDON
(shouts) “There he is! Whoever he, she or it is!” (calls) “Stop, you! Stop or I’ll shoot!”

Gordon then fires his laser gun. The Doctor lets out a pained groan.

DOCTOR
(groans) “Mr. Rotenhend. I don’t think you should…”

GORDON
(shouts loudly) “I said stop!”

Gordon fires again. There is then a slump to the floor. Moment of silence.

GORDON
(triumphantly) “I got him! I got him!” (laughs out loud) “Doctor! I got him!” (puzzled) “Doctor?”

The lights are then switched back on.

GORDON
(pleased) “Ah! The lights are back on!”

Gordon then gasps, as he looks to the floor.

GORDON
(gasps; despairingly) “Oh no! I got him alright!” (Pause) “I shot the Doctor! I shot the Doctor!”


Sting music. Roll original 1982 Peter Davison end credits.


© Tim Bradley, 2016

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7 Responses to ‘The Space Hotel’, Part One, Chapter 4

  1. IWishIHadATardis says:

    Hi Tim

    I really liked reading Chapter 4 of Part One.

    I liked that when we left Chapter 3, the Doctor was dashing out the door after Larry and Bob, but when we start Chapter 4, we’ve left him to see more of Nyssa and Billy’s evening at the dance.

    Made me chuckle to read that Billy was sad about the ‘new’ rock music taking over from the big band dance music. It was a good idea to have music by Guy Lombardo; very appropriate for a nice 1930s style dance.

    Oh, things do not bode well for poor Mr Stedman! I had wondered what was happening with him!

    Oh, and Lady Mite is up to mischief! Goodness, I didn’t see that coming.

    I had a laugh at Nyssa telling Billy about Adric not wanting to dance.

    The scene in the simi-suite going wrong was very good – great tension builder, after Gordon had cornered the Doctor outside Larry and Bob’s room.

    Oh my goodness what’s happened to the Doctor!? I can’t look at Part Two yet, I have to allow the cliffhanger to hang there for a bit before I can go to the next bit!

    Great stuff, Tim, I’m really liking this, and looking forward to getting to the next chapter.

    Leigh

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  2. Tim Bradley says:

    Thanks Leigh.

    Very pleased you enjoyed Chapter 4.

    I’m glad you liked the shift from the Doctor at the end of Chapter 3 to Nyssa and Billy in Chapter 4. Nyssa seems to be enjoying herself at the dance with Billy, isn’t she? She gets to boss Billy about, even as he’s taking Nyssa to the dance.

    Yes Billy’s love for 20s/30s music like Guy Lombardo came from my Dad’s love of big band music, which he’s sorted of infected in me as I like listening to his music including the songs/tunes of Glenn Miller. I thought that would be a nice character trait to add in Billy, as he would have listened to that kind of music when he was growing up in the 1950s with his mum and dad playing it to him before the Beatles and Elvis Presley came along.

    I’m glad you laughed when Nyssa told Billy that Adric didn’t want to dance with her in ‘Black Orchid’. As you know, ‘Black Orchid’ is my favourite ‘Doctor Who’ story. Since Nyssa and Billy were dancing together, it thought it’d be nice to have Nyssa relate the adventure she; Adric; Tegan and the Doctor had in ‘Black Orchid’ to Billy while they were dancing and Billy enjoying her telling him the story.

    So what do you think of Nyssa and Billy’s friendship by this point in the story?

    Yes poor Mr Stedman. I’m guessing you know what’s going to happen to him in the next episode, as it’s a reference to a certain ‘Fawlty Towers’ episode that’s one of my favourites.

    Yes, Lady Mite is up to mischief. I’m amazed you didn’t see that coming. 😀 Were you surprised that Larry and Bob happen to be working for her? Do you have any idea what job Lady Mite’s got for the two ‘blundering idiots’?

    Going back to Chapter 1, what did you make of the scene where Lady Mite manages to speak to Enuji in her alien language whereas Gordon couldn’t? Poor Enuji. She gets mistreated by Mr Rotenhend, doesn’t she? As does Bruce the android.

    I’m glad you like the stuff with the simi-suite going wrong for Nyssa and Billy. Yes that is meant to build tension and to create a sense that something’s not altogether right about the space hotel. I’m glad you liked it matching in with the tension of the Doctor being caught out by Gordon outside Larry and Bob’s room.

    I’m pleased you enjoyed the cliff-hanger to ‘Part One’. I wanted to come up with a cliff-hanger that was both funny; scary and tension-driving at the same time and what Gordon did to the Doctor at the end provided that.

    Well, now you’ve read ‘Part One’, you’ve probably already gathered that this is where the murder mystery begins? Do you have a list of suspects yet or do you have a main suspect of whodunit then?

    Glad you enjoyed ‘Part One’, Leigh. Thank you so much for your very friendly; kind comments on this story. I’m glad you’re enjoying this. Hope you’ll enjoy ‘Part Two’ next? Looking forward to your comments next time.

    Would you like to stay in Rotenhend Hotel 360? 😀

    Thanks again!
    Tim. 🙂

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  3. IWishIHadATardis says:

    I am really liking my read; I’m on to Part Two next!

    Yes, it was good to keep the reader in suspense as to what was going to happen to the Doctor as he chased after Larry and Bob, and cut to what would seem to be a very ordinary type of scene, but one which, as we know now, turns out to be anything but ordinary. I think the slightly bossy part of Nyssa’s nature is one that comes through occasionally, and good on her for making sure Billy does what she wants!

    I’m not really familiar with Guy Lombardo, but I have of course heard Glenn Miller. It’s very true that a young man in the 1960s would have grown up in the late 1940s and into the 1950s and would have been very much part of the scene with the transition in musical styles during and after the Second World War, and the influence of American music on the UK music scene, as well. So it’s nice to see Billy also has that influence in his musical tastes.

    Nyssa telling Billy about Adric, and her experiences in Black Orchid were very appropriate in this context, as she must have had memories brought back to her while on her evening out with Billy. I think Billy and Nyssa are really getting along very well, and they’re obviously having a good evening out, which is good for both of them in the strange situation they’ve found themselves at Rotenhend Hotel. It’s nice to have these scenes where things seem almost ‘normal’ by comparison.

    Yes, I think I know what’s going to happen to Mr Stedman, and it’s not looking good!

    I was surprised to see Lady Mite being the mysterious contact for Larry and Bob. I’m surprised she, seeing as she seems to be a lady of some cleverness and influence (or so she appears so far!) would trust Larry and Bob, but I’m sure she has her reasons, which I will find out eventually. I was surprised when she turned up and was Larry and Bob’s contact. I have no idea what she’s got in store for them, but I’m looking forward to finding out! Great surprise there, Tim!

    I liked that Lady Mite spoke in Enuji’s language, and Gordon has to accept the fact that someone knows better than him. He doesn’t like it when people treat others who he sees as lower down the social scale better than he would, does he?

    Oh yes, the tension in the scene in the simi-suite, as it unfolds with the tension outside Larry and Bob’s room is very well done – the flickering lights, and the person Gordon sees in the distance. That cliffhanger is a doozy!

    I did like Part One, Tim, and I’m looking forward to starting on Part Two. I have a few ideas about who might be up to mischief and murder, but who, and why? These are the questions I don’t yet know too much about! Watching it unfold is very good, though.

    Ha, I don’t think I’d really like to stay in Rotenhend Hotel 360! Maybe when the Doctor was there earlier, and it was run better, it would have been a nice place to stay, but not while Gordon’s in charge, I think!

    You’re very welcome, Tim.

    Leigh

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  4. Tim Bradley says:

    Thanks Leigh.

    I really like your comments about Larry and Bob interacting with Bruce. You seem to know the characters more than I do 😀 Yeah the juxtaposition of Larry and Bob being comical characters in a technological world is something that appealed to me and it is interesting that Lady Mite’s chosen them to do this job for her. I like how Larry and Bob interact with Bruce and keep calling him a ‘robot’ instead of an ‘android’ which he gets very annoyed by. Yes Larry and Bob try to relate Bruce, but it’s so difficult when Bruce just seems so miserable and uninterested. 😀

    Yes, I liked it when Nyssa gets to be a little bossy towards Billy during the dance scenes. She clearly is trying to enjoy herself as she did in ‘Black Orchid’. She sort of knows that Billy likes her when taking her to the dance, so she’s able to get him to take part in her fun even when he’s uncomfortable about some of the dancing like ‘the Charleston’. I think it’s a gentle bossiness that Nyssa has which I liked. I liked the moment when she’s impatient to dance after Billy asks her if she wants a drink first.

    I’m glad you approve of Billy’s tastes of music being right in character. I did wonder if it was unusual for Billy to have an interest in big band music of the 20s/30s/40s/50s compared to the cultural pop/rock music of the 60s. But then Billy comes from an early part of the 60s that’s still in 50s mode, and it felt to me that it was right to put that aspect of his tastes of music into his character. I think Billy’s pleased that Nyssa likes his kind of music, since she’s not a sixties girl herself; comes from Traken and already heard music like that when she went to Cranleigh Hall in 1925.

    Yes I think it’s nice that Nyssa and Billy get to enjoy themselves at this point in the story in a sort-of ‘normal’ situation before the danger and tension creeps in. Yes certainly the events of ‘Black Orchid’ would have come flooding back to Nyssa in the dance scenes she has with Billy, as she was relating them to him. Nyssa seems to want Billy to stay with her and the Doctor during the dance scenes, doesn’t she?

    No, it doesn’t look too good for Mr Stedman does it? 😀

    I’m very pleased that I’ve surprised you with Lady Mite’s ‘sudden’ appearance to Larry and Bob. I had in mind to have Lady Mite appear less frequently in the first two episodes before she gets to reveal herself in the last two episodes. I think you’ll find the revelation of who Lady Mite truly is very interesting, Leigh.

    Yes Gordon does his superiority-complex on people with views that are truly unjustified. It’s a wonder how Rotenhend Hotel (all 360 of them) managed to have had the success it has. But that’s part of the story I haven’t delved deeply into as that’s not relevant at the moment. It’s amusing that Gordon mistreats people like Enuji and Bruce even when lordly/lady-like people like the Doctor; Nyssa and Lady Mite are watching. isn’t it?

    I’m glad I’m keeping you guessing about who the true culprit of mischief is in this story. I’m sure you have an idea of who the real murderer is, but I won’t spoil it for you and I’m sure it’ll get interesting later on by the time you come to the end of ‘Part Two’.

    I’m going to check out your comments on ‘Part Two, Chapter 5’ now.

    Thanks Leigh.
    Tim. 🙂

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  5. IWishIHadATardis says:

    Haha! I think I’m probably looking at them in a way you haven’t been able to do, being so close to the characters are you’re writing them. I’m glad you were working towards that juxtaposition of the characters like I picked up on, it seems a really great opportunity to have that contrast and compare opportunity. Bruce is a miserable grump, but I hope he gets the chance to surprise me in the continuation of the story!

    I think Nyssa’s slight bossiness is not at all pushy or nasty; she’s really being assertive, and there’s nothing wrong with that. She knows Billy is shy, so she’s making sure she has an evening that she will like, and that she knows Billy will like, as well.

    I think Billy’s taste in music is quite appropriate. While many of his age in that generation may well have turned quite quickly to the ‘new’ styles of music, it seems to me that there would have been a lot of young men and women who preferred to stay with the music they were familiar with, at least to start with, as the 1960s offered opportunities for that transition in musical styles and tastes. There must have been many who didn’t really get into the whole pop and rock scene, certainly not straight away, and some of those would have preferred the big band music, or perhaps started to look to other new styles, such as the music of groups like The Seekers, or Dusty Springfield and artists like that.

    You did surprise me with Lady Mite popping up like that! I look forward to finding out more about her and her involvement with Larry and Bob, and with the Doctor. Very intriguing!

    I think it is interesting, and I’m glad you mentioned it, that Gordon can’t seem to help himself being rude to people, even when people he’s trying to impress are watching him. He really can’t seem to stop himself imposing those preconceptions about peoples’ worth on every thing that he does, can he?

    I’m thinking I may have some clues about the murderer, but I’m not going to embarrass myself by guessing yet! I will look for some more clues!

    Great stuff, Tim.

    Leigh

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  6. Timelord007 says:

    Brilliant chapter, i loved Nyssa & Billys date it was written beautifully dancing to Guy Lombardo & the scene were the gangsters suddenly appear was a great twist as it implies someone is trying to murder poor Nyssa & Billy.

    Gordon is such a rude character he’s definitely one of those love to loathe types & I’m still none the wiser yet on the murderer or murderers? Although i don’t think Gordon has shot the Doctor i think somebody else has…am i on the right track lol.

    Nice subtle reference to Adric & Black Orchid too, tell you what ole Columbo have trouble finding the murderer in this story.

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  7. Tim Bradley says:

    Thanks Simon! Glad you enjoyed Chapter 4.

    I’m pleased you enjoyed the scenes where Nyssa and Billy were dating at the dance in the simi-suite. I’m pleased you found those scenes beautifully written between them when they were dancing to the music. Yes the gangsters appearing suddenly was meant to provide the shock and that something’s not right where Nyssa and Billy are. I like that you think it implies someone is trying to murder Nyssa and Billy.

    Yes, Gordon is very rude. I had great fun writing for his character in ‘The Space Hotel’.

    Who are you top three suspects then for the murders so far then? I’m pleased I’ve got you thinking and guessing about who the murderers can be and that you’re none the wiser. 😀

    I can’t really say about what happened when the Doctor got shot and whether Gordon actually did. You’ll have to find that out in the next episode. Glad you enjoyed the cliff-hanger.

    I’m pleased you like the references to Adric and ‘Black Orchid’ in this story. Since that’s my favourite ‘Doctor Who’ story, it suited the dating scenes between Nyssa and Billy for me.

    Oh I don’t know. Provided Columbo had descendants with some of his traits still intact by the 37th century, his legacy could still have survived and he could have solved the mysteries in some form or other. But then, I’ve thought that the Doctor was a bit like Columbo is some way. Or vice versa. 😀

    Thanks for your comments, Simon. Glad you enjoyed Part One of this story. Hope you enjoy Part Two next. Tim. 🙂

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