[SOL bridge interior]
[The photography equipment has all been removed, and DIANE
stands behind the console, looking thoughtful. After a moment,
NUMBER ONE (F) enters from the right, looking for something.]
NUMBER ONE (F): (to DIANE) Hey, riot grrl. You seen my
DIANE: Don't you have it with you?
NUMBER ONE (F): [gestures at outfit] Where would I keep it?
DIANE: I haven't seen it.
[NUMBER ONE (F) grunts and resumes looking for her lighter.
After a moment, she exits to the left. DIANE watches her.]
[HELEN enters from the right]
HELEN: (to DIANE) What're you up to?
DIANE: Evil thoughts. Terrible, evil thoughts.
HELEN: How evil?
DIANE: [grins] Well, you see how tight that bikini is on poor
Number One's butt, right?
HELEN: (dreamily) Oh, yes...
DIANE: I was just thinking about how much tighter they'd be
if she was in male form.
HELEN: (dreamily) Oh yes... [starts] Oh, no. It'd be like an
DIANE: Indeed. I was also thinking about how much aggression
I have bottled up in me right about now, and also about how I just
happen to have this cup of hot tea. [holds up teacup]
HELEN: You wouldn't... Would you?
DIANE: I might just...
NUMBER ONE (F): (off-screen) Damn it! Where's that stupid
[NYSSA enters from the right, carrying an electronic device with
an antenna sticking out of it.]
NYSSA: (to self) Just a little more power... Hah!
DIANE: (to NYSSA) What's that?
NYSSA: I'm trying to block Tegan's signal. This jammer won't
hold up for long, but maybe we can get a message to Adric.
Right now, he's the lesser of two weasels. [adjusts device] I
think that will do it!
[A light on the console begins to flash.]
NYSSA: All right! With any luck, that will be Groucho, Harpo,
and Chico calling instead of the Trenchcoat Brigade. [presses
[TTR back room interior]
[The picture is a bit staticky, but visible. ADRIC is behind the
console, furiously working the controls, while FRANCOIS is
operating another console in the background.]
ADRIC: (to FRANCOIS) I need... more... power!
FRANCOIS: Francois giving all can take! Equipment not take
much more of such!
NYSSA: Oi! Captain Jerk and Mr. Snot! Look here!
ADRIC: Hah! I've finally broken through! What's going on up
NYSSA: No, I broke through. And Tegan is taking over your
show and making us read a Woon-fic. Life sucks.
ADRIC: Taking over? We'll just see about that! You are _mine_
to torment, and no one else's!
NYSSA: (deadpan) I feel so loved.
ADRIC: I'll soon have this back under proper control! No bit
of loudmouthed eye-candy is going to beat _me_!
[The screen dissolves to static again.]
[The device in NYSSA's hands is smoldering slightly.]
HELEN: Well, that was helpful.
NYSSA: Tegan's flipped, Adric's beyond flipped, and we're
not getting to read 'Iris'. It's safe to say that I'm rather ticked.
I think I'll go run a Teletubby through the garbage disposal.
[exits to the right]
HELEN: So _that's_ why she bought those dolls.
DIANE: [looking off to the left] I don't have any Teletubbies.
I guess I'll have to do the next best thing. Hey, One!
NUMBER ONE (F): (off-screen) Yeah?
[DIANE throws her cup of tea off to the left. A moment later,
NUMBER ONE screams in pain in a very high-pitched male
DIANE: I feel better, but that is _not_ a pretty sight.
HELEN: Good Goddess! If he tries to walk, he'll cut himself in
DIANE: There are wedgies, and then there are _wedgies_. I
feel a _lot_ better.
NUMBER ONE: (off-screen, high-pitched) You she-dog! What
did you do that for?!
[Various alarms, lights, and sirens go off.]
DIANE: Uh-oh! Fanfic sign! [runs off]
HELEN: [looking left] Uh, can I get you anything, sweetie?
NUMBER ONE: (off-screen, high-pitched) Either some cold
water or a crowbar! Oww!
[Door sequence: 6... 5... 4... 3... 2... 1...]
[SOL Theater interior]
[All four enter the theater as usual and take their accustomed
NUMBER ONE (F): (to DIANE) You're going to pay for that.
Trust me on that. You will pay.
DIANE: [smirks] Like the duck said, just put it on my bill.
>SCENE 6: Several hours later
HELEN: (whiny kid) Are we there yet?
DIANE: (whiny kid) How much further is it?
HELEN: (whiny kid) Are we there yet?
NYSSA: (whiny kid) I have to go to the bathroom.
HELEN: (whiny kid) Are we there yet?
NUMBER ONE (F): (angry Dad) If you three don't shut up, I'll
turn this fanfic around and we'll go right back to Scene 1!
>R. We should be ready to materialise. Don't become visible or
>there will be what you might call a "fine how-do-you-do".
DIANE: Or, worse still, a 'reasonably nice pleased-to-meet-you'.
>D. Where are we landing?
>R. England, about ten years before I left Earth.
HELEN: Let's see, that'd be... 1980? (shocked) Oh, Goddess...!
NYSSA: (to HELEN, worried) What? What is it?
HELEN: Could they be going back into the past to try and
prevent the death of Disco?
NUMBER ONE (F): (grimly) They must be stopped!
>(The TARDIS lands, but the spatial rotor stays in motion
NUMBER ONE (F): The TARDIS is dieseling. Don't you hate
NYSSA: (grumpily) I knew I shouldn't have filled it up with
that cheap Sontaran petrol...
>to indicate that it isn't quite within the time stream.)
>R. Turn on the viewscreen.
DIANE: (singing) Let it shine wherever you go/Let it make a
[The OTHERS begin viciously and repeatedly whapping DIANE
on the head.]
OTHERS: (shouting) No Neil Diamond!
DIANE: OWW! OWOWWOW!! OUCH! Okay! Okay!
>(It comes to life and shows that they have arrived during the
HELEN: ...'Debbie Does Devonshire'.
> "The Black Orchid." We are near the large English home used
>during the filming.)
NYSSA: [covers face] Oh, dear Keeper, no...
NUMBER ONE (F): [pulls out a rope and begins tying it into a
hangman's noose] Goodbye, cruel world...
DIANE: [begins crying and banging her head on the back of her
HELEN: (shocked) There hasn't been this much fanwank since
somebody tacked up those Katy Manning pictures in the Con-
vention men's room...
DIANE: [still crying, whaps HELEN on the head]
>N. It's us!
NUMBER ONE (F): (Pogo Possum) We have met th' enemy!
>(We see the cameras and crew, as well as the entire regular
>D. No, Nyssa, it isn't us.
DIANE: [sniffles] (Doctor) Us is us and them is them.
HELEN: (singing) And after all/We're only ordinary men...
>R. You're right.
NYSSA: (Doctor) No, according to the NAs, I'm somewhere
just to the left of Rosa Luxemburg.
>In my world, Nyssa was played by an actress named Sarah
NUMBER ONE (F): [bows repeatedly]
NYSSA: (offended) What? What a common, everyday name
for someone who's supposed to be _me_! I should be played by
someone with a stylish name, like... I don't know...
HELEN: (to NYSSA) Rachel Weisz?
NYSSA: No, no. Something with more flair, like...
DIANE: (to NYSSA) Ellen DeGeneres?
NYSSA: No, she'd be playing you. I know! (grandly) Lilliana
NUMBER ONE (F): (to NYSSA) Who's that?
NYSSA: [shrugs] I've no idea. I just like that name.
>and that Doctor is Peter Davison.
DIANE: [bows repeatedly]
HELEN: (to DIANE) Fangirl.
DIANE: (to HELEN) You bet your bippy.
>Adric is Matthew Waterhouse
NUMBER ONE (F): [makes various warding gestures]
NYSSA: [sneers] Watercloset. What a perfect name for some-
one who'd want to play Adric.
DIANE: [gets up and whaps NYSSA on the head] Infidel!
>and Tegan is Janet Fielding.
TEGAN (Voice-Over): (threateningly) I think I'd consider my
words _very_ carefully right about now...
ALL: [look at each other and shrug sheepishly]
>N. On that trip I met a girl who looked just like me...
DIANE: Odd, isn't it, that none of Nyssa's crazed pervert fan-
boys have written a Nyssa/Ann Talbot slash-fic...
[NUMBER ONE (F) gets a look of sudden revelation and pulls
out a small notepad. As she starts writing, NYSSA notices and
punches her out of her seat.]
NUMBER ONE (F): (to NYSSA, from floor) A thousand
pardons, my lovely and wondrous goddess...
NYSSA: [kicks NUMBER ONE (F)] Pervert. [kicks again]
Hentai. [kicks again] Sicko.
NUMBER ONE (F): (from floor) I'm guilty! I beg forgiveness
for my transgression! It was a moment of weakness!
NYSSA: [thinks] Weellll... I'll forgive you, if you'll help me
with some of my experiments later.
NUMBER ONE (F): [climbs back into seat] As you command!
Anything you want!
HELEN: [points at NUMBER ONE (F) and makes whipping
motions] Meow! Meow!
DIANE: [laughs and shakes head]
>R. Sarah Sutton played both roles.
NYSSA: I wonder, did she lobotomize herself for the role of
Ann, or did she just use method acting and some horse tranquil-
>D. This isn't the same as meeting oneself. But it's close.
>N. I understand now why you find all this disconcerting,
DIANE: (Nyssa) In fact, it's downright discombobulating!
>D. I wonder what would happen if we did materialise.
>R. Do you think there would be any harm?
>D. Only if Nyssa herself went out.
DIANE: That's always a good rule-of-thumb. There's less
chance of mindless violence if you keep the nutso Traken put
NYSSA: (to DIANE, sweetly) Yes, and might I remind you,
dear heart, that I'm not put up right _now_...
>They wouldn't recognize you or me.
HELEN: ...no matter what _Robert's Rules of Order_ might say.
OTHERS: [look at HELEN]
HELEN: (defensively) What? I can do intellectual stuff, too.
>R. Nyssa, have us materialize so that we can walk on the
NUMBER ONE (F): ...wild side.
ALL: (singing) Dootoodoo doo doo/Dootoodoo doo toodoo/
>set without them seeing your TARDIS.
>(She does so. Her TARDIS appears, but out of current sight. It
>looks very much like a large case
HELEN: ...of chlamydia.
DIANE and NYSSA: Eeeeww! [whap HELEN on the head]
>used for packing
HELEN: ...fud-- Mmmph!
NUMBER ONE (F): [puts hand over HELEN's mouth]
>cameras or other equipment.)
>N. I wish I could come along.
NUMBER ONE (F): (Dave, as child) Well, you _can't_, 'cause
you're a icky _girl_!
DIANE: (Doctor, as child) Nyssa's got cooties! Nyssa's got
>D. You would be too hard to explain.
HELEN: (dismissively) Feh. Lawrence Miles could do it.
NYSSA: (to HELEN) You mean he doesn't write _everything_
>R. We can go forward in time and show up after the date when
>Sarah Sutton left the show.
NUMBER ONE (F): (somberly) The beginning of the Age of
>They'll mistake you for her, but no one will suspect the truth.
DIANE: ...that you actually _can_ have your cake and eat it, too.
NYSSA: (announcer) The preceding riff was brought to you by
the 'Little Debbie' Corporation.
>(Dave and the Doctor
NUMBER ONE (F): That sounds _so_ much like a 'Cheech and
DIANE: (Cheech Marin, whispering) Hey, man, open up. It's
me, Dave. I got the stuff. Lemme in, man, there's cops all over
HELEN: (Tommy Chong, loudly) Who?
DIANE: (Cheech Marin, whispering) It's Dave.
HELEN: (Tommy Chong, loudly) Dave's not here, man!
>exit and are shown leaving the open case. They move up to
NUMBER ONE (F): (singing) ...the East Side!/To a dee-luxe
apartment/In the sky-y-y!
>where they can unobtrusively watch the filming. The current
NUMBER ONE (F): (eagerly) ...meets up with Current
Companion in a touching, poignant reunion?
NYSSA: [whaps NUMBER ONE (F) on the head] That was
_five_ episodes ago! Get over it, already!
>[the real one],
DIANE: The Evander Holyfield Doctor?
NUMBER ONE (F): (to DIANE) You're thinking of the 'Real
>by the way, has returned to wearing fairly undramatic
HELEN: A halter-top, puttees, flip-flops, and a burlap thong.
>(After a bit, the actors take a break. John Nathan-Turner
>wanders off with Matthew Waterhouse
NUMBER ONE (F): (triumphantly) AH-HAH! I friggin'
_knew_ it! The rumors were all true!
DIANE: (to NUMBER ONE (F), defensively) Hey, now! You
NUMBER ONE (F): (to DIANE) 'Imply', Hell! [points at
screen] It's right there in black-and-white, so just butch it up
and deal with it, girlie!
DIANE: [sulks angrily]
>and Janet Fielding.
DIANE: (to NUMBER ONE (F)) Hah! See, there? It's _not_
what you think!
NUMBER ONE (F): (to DIANE) Sure it is. After all, _somebody_
has to be the butch one, right?
DIANE: [resumes sulking]
>The Doctor marches right up to Peter Davison and Sarah
HELEN: (Doctor) I say, would you two like to join me in some
close-order drill? Hup-two-three-four...
>We see that Dave is a bit
NUMBER ONE (F): ...spastic?
NYSSA: ...of a schlemiel?
>concerned about what the Doctor might say.)
ALL: That, too.
>D. Hello, Mr. Davison, Miss Sutton.
HELEN: ...Mr. Moto, Miss Marple.
DIANE: ...Mr. T, Miss Moneypenny.
NYSSA: ...Mr. Greene, Miss Scarlett.
NUMBER ONE (F): ...Mr. Completely, Miss Issippi.
DIANE: (to NUMBER ONE (F)) 'Mr. Completely'?
NUMBER ONE (F): Yeah. The guy who wrote _Holes in the
OTHERS: [groan in pain and throw popcorn at NUMBER
>(He shakes their hands, although they are a bit wary. Who is
>this odd stranger who has shown up out of nowhere.)
ALL: Yes, quite!
NYSSA: I swear, that boy picks the most awkward times to
>D. Excuse me, this is my assistant, David Ramsey.
>R. I'm not sure this was such a good idea.
NUMBER ONE (F): At last, the author begins to realize what
DIANE: A story synopsis already?
>(To the actors.)
HELEN: (Doctor) 'All the world's indeed a stage, and we are
NYSSA: (to HELEN) Shakespeare? Voltaire? Francis Bacon?
HELEN: (to NYSSA) [shakes head] Geddy Lee.
>David suggested that we introduce ourselves, but he would
>never have done it without me.
NYSSA: Yes, I can see how it would have been difficult for Dave
to introduce himself and the Doctor if the Doctor wasn't there.
>P. And you are?
NUMBER ONE (F): (Doctor) Yes, because I think. That's
assuming that Descartes is correct, of course.
>D. I'm the Doctor, of course.
>R. Oh, no!
>(Davison and Miss Sutton react as anyone would,
DIANE: They kick him in the shin and demand to know why he
dumped Sarah Jane like that?
>especially considering the occasional slightly batty individual
>who inevitably shows up where a show like "Doctor Who" is
HELEN: Like Pip Baker, you mean?
>They are on the verge of calling for assistance in having the
NYSSA: (Sutton, as Queen of Hearts) Guards! Off with their
>R. Think fast, Doctor.
>D. Ah...yes. As I recall, in the context of what you would call
>this "story", you prevented yourself from being arrested by
>showing the local constabulary
DIANE: ...how to do the Macarena.
>S. And yours...
HELEN: No, no dear. That's 'up', not 'and'.
>D. Right around there (pointing).
NUMBER ONE (F): (Dave) Oww! My eye!
>P. It would be interesting if true.
DIANE: (to HELEN) Help me out, here. Is that an example of
typical British understatement, or merely a case of blah dialogue?
HELEN: (to DIANE) I think you knew the answer before you
>(The two actors wander over to the case and all four enter one
NUMBER ONE (F): (Coleridge) One after one, by the star-
dogged moon/Too quick for groan or sigh/Each turned his face
with a ghastly pang/And cursed me with his eye...
NYSSA: (to NUMBER ONE (F)) I'm impressed. I didn't think
you knew poetry that well.
DIANE: (to NYSSA) Don't be. She got it from an Iron Maiden
>(We flash inside to see Sarah Sutton seeing the real Nyssa.)
>S. Oh, my.
DIANE: (Sutton, horrified) I'm going to age _that_ badly?!
NYSSA: (to DIANE, growling) Eat my shorts, hussy-bitch.
HELEN: (to NYSSA, breathlessly) Ooh, I love it when you talk
dirty like that...
>P. It really is bigger on the inside than it is on the outside!
HELEN: [shakes head] Too easy.
DIANE: (to HELEN) Like you?
HELEN: (to DIANE) Why don't you find out for yourself, dar-
ling? [licks lips]
>(The two Nyssa's approach close enough to touch hands.)
NYSSA: (to OTHERS) And that is _all_, you perverts. Just
hands. So, don't even start.
>P. I never dreamed that we were imitating reality.
>D. Not quite imitating.
NYSSA: (Doctor) That would, after all, imply a degree of acting
NUMBER ONE (F): (to NYSSA) You are gonna get flamed to
an absolute _crisp_ for that, you realize.
>Apparently, my life and the fictional one you are portraying
>have essentially the same details.
HELEN: (Doctor) In my Universe, the Frogstar Fighters are
green. Apart from that, though...
>P. If I'm the fifth Doctor, then which one are you? Something
>out of the future, I suppose?
>D. I'm the eighth one.
NUMBER ONE (F): (Doctor) Shhh! Keep it down! If the
PMEB find out that I'm here...
HELEN: Foolish man. We have eyes _everywhere_!
>So you actually once looked just like myself?
NUMBER ONE (F): (Doctor) Yes, although I must say I always
thought I was a bit more butch than this.
DIANE: [whaps NUMBER ONE (F) on the head]
>D. As much as Nyssa and your Miss Sutton resemble one
HELEN: (Davison) Really? Does Nyssa have a cute little birth-
mark on her inner thigh like Sarah does?
NYSSA: [clamps legs together] (to HELEN, angrily) Have you
>(The likeness is exact except for the age difference, of course.)
>S. Peter, this isn't all insanity is it?
NUMBER ONE (F): [points at screen] Typo. There's not
supposed to be an 's' in 'inanity'.
>P. I don't think so.
>N. We're quite real. The Doctor and I happen to come from an
>alternative reality. David is from yours.
NYSSA: So, don't go blaming _us_ for him.
>P. From where? You sounded American.
>R. I am. Actually, if this is 1982, then there is another one of
>me over there right now studying metallurgy at a school in the
>state of Michigan.
NUMBER ONE (F): Finally moving up to the Bronze Age, are
>P. Then you're from the future and they're from a different
DIANE: (Dave, sarcastically) Gee, you know, I really am
getting absent-minded, 'cause I could have sworn that I just
told you that.
>R. Yes. I won't see any of Doctor Who for about six more
>years, then I'll see about 20 year's worth in the course of two
>real years. I'm a great fan.
NYSSA: (Kathy Bates) I'm your biggest fan! Now, where's my
DIANE: (to NYSSA) Gonna put 'em out of their _Misery_?
HELEN: [whaps DIANE on the head]
>I think I enjoyed your protrayal of the Doctor the most, and that
>includes the men who will follow you as well as Hartnell,
>Troughton, Pertwee and Tom Baker. I also liked Sarah Sutton
>as Nyssa, and missed her quite a bit when she left the show.
NYSSA: Well, if she looked like _me_, she should've had no
problems attaining marvellous heights with her acting career.
Within 20 years, her name should be a household word.
DIANE: [grins evilly] (to NYSSA) Look out, there's a sharp
learning curve ahead of you...
>P. Well, thank you.
NUMBER ONE (F): (Dave) Pond, you're welcome.
>S. The two of you are the Doctor's companions?
HELEN: (Nyssa) That would be the modern, PC term for it. In
the old days, 'concubines' would've been more accurate.
>D. No, they're travelling separately. This is actually Nyssa's
>P. How can that be?
>N. I've become a Time Lord.
DIANE: (Nyssa) I wanted to be a Time _Lady_, but they said
they had a Federal Directive on Proportional Gender Represent-
ation. At least I can pee from a moving vehicle, now...
>P. You know, this is an awful much for someone to absorb all
NUMBER ONE (F): Peter Davison, actor and part-time amoeba.
>D. Mr. Davison, I agree.
>R. You see, they're as shocked to meet their counterparts as
NYSSA: Shocked, appalled, same thing. [shrugs]
>P. I don't suppose that we could travel with you for awhile?
NUMBER ONE (F): (Doctor) That depends on whether you can
pony up for some gas, grass, or ass, man. Nobody rides for free,
>S. The Doctor being a companion to the Doctor?
DIANE: (dreamily) I see a pretty-pretty slash-fic just up ahead...
>P. You have to admit it would help me to understand my role
>R. You do very well already.
HELEN: ...at making any role you play seem just like Tristan
from 'All Creatures'.
DIANE: (to HELEN, angrily) And what's so wrong with that!?
>D. I wouldn't want to alter your interpretation.
>P. Well, after this, I will certainly be able to play you with
>more conviction. Sarah, we should get back to the set before
>someone starts looking for us.
HELEN: Now, why do I get the feeling that he's said that line to
her many, many times before?
>S. We wouldn't want them to find us.
HELEN: Now, why do I get the feeling that she's said that line
to him many, many times before?
DIANE: Hmmph. At least she has good taste.
>P. It was a pleasure to meet you, Doctor.
NUMBER ONE (F): (Doctor, as Barry White) It always is,
>D. Likewise, Doctor.
>(They smile at each other and then the two actors depart. As
>soon as they're outside, Nyssa activates
DIANE: ...her Wonder Twin Powers.
NYSSA: (Jana of the Wonder Twins) Form of... A YETI RIDING
A BULL WHILE CARRYING AN EEL AND A CRANE!
NUMBER ONE (F): [nods] I was wondering when somebody'd
get around to another gratuitous Takahashi reference.
>dematerialisation circuit. We see Peter Davison and Sarah
>P. I suddenly feel incredible cheerful.
HELEN: ...now that we're alone. Want to shag like mad
>You don't suppose John would believe us....
DIANE: Or, as JNT preferred to be called, 'Lady Joanna the
>(Sarah Sutton is shaking her head slowly. She is already
NYSSA: ...whether her career can ever recover from her having
appeared in this story.
>she really saw the real TARDIS, Nyssa and Doctor.)
> - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
DIANE: (Chef Julia Child) Next, you chop the eel into sections,
like this, then add the chocolate sauce...
>SCENE 7: Beta Orionsis 5, outside the TARDIS's
NUMBER ONE (F): I've heard fans argue that 'Outside the
TARDIS's' is actually titled 'Fanboy Cutaway'.
HELEN: (to NUMBER ONE (F)) I thought it was 'Beyond the
NYSSA: I think that's enough in-jokes for now.
>R. I was concerned there for a moment when you admitted that
>you were the Doctor.
DIANE: (Dave) After all, in 1982 the statute of limitations had
not yet run out on all those 'Indecent Exposure' charges you
>N. Anything could have happened.
NUMBER ONE (F): But, this being 'Stories of Nyssa', it naturally
>D. If these people were playing us, they must believe in what
NYSSA: I believe in consistent verb tenses.
DIANE: (to NYSSA) Pedant.
NYSSA: [nods] Yes, and a right sexy one, too.
HELEN and NUMBER ONE (F): [nod enthusiastically]
>At least a little bit or they wouldn't want to pretend to be me
DIANE: If only they knew...
>N. They'll believe it a little bit more now.
>D. David, I don't suppose you could build me the proper
>circuitry to convert my TARDIS to add this capability? I can
>think of dozens of imaginary circumstances I'd love to
NUMBER ONE (F): (Doctor, thinking) First, a stop in 'Ranma
1/2', where I kick Ranma's ass and boink Ukyou. Then, on to
'Sailor Moon', where I kick Mamoru's ass and boink Usagi. And
Rei. And Makoto. Then, I go to 'Tenchi Muyo' and kick
Tenchi's ass and boink Mihoshi. Then...
HELEN: (to NUMBER ONE (F)) Are those supposed to be the
Doctor's thoughts, or are you just giving a plot synopsis of a
typical anime fanfic?
>R. Sorry. I haven't any idea of the physics involved.
>D. Maybe it's better this way. If you do work it out, let me
HELEN: Just do what the constipated mathematician did.
OTHERS: [look at HELEN] Eh?
HELEN: He worked it out with a pencil!
OTHERS: [groan and throw food at HELEN]
>(The Doctor says good bye to Nyssa and shakes Dave's hand.
>then enters his TARDIS and dematerialises.)
NYSSA: Professional-quality prose, that is. Terrance Dicks
might have written it... and probably did.
> - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
NYSSA: So, Lorena Bobbitt got a little bored...
>SCENE 8: The Amalgam Pub, the Amalgams of the Doctor
DIANE: ...are snogging in the corner.
NUMBER ONE (F): Yuck...
DIANE: (to NUMBER ONE (F)) Hmmph. Why is it that
talking about two _women_ doing that is okay with you, but two
guys isn't? Kind of inconsistent.
NUMBER ONE (F): (quickly) That's different.
NYSSA: (to NUMBER ONE (F)) How is it different?
NUMBER ONE (F): (confused) Because it's... it's _men_... I
HELEN: (to NUMBER ONE (F)) Yeeeeesss...?
NUMBER ONE (F): (confused) It's... you know... different.
Women are... you know... sort of, umm... And men aren't...
HELEN: You're so adorable when you squirm.
NUMBER ONE (F): (confused) I guess it's because I, uh... that
DIANE: Because you're a male-chauvinist weasel?
NUMBER ONE (F): [shrugs] Yeah. That works for me.
>D. The Doctor, Nyssa and Dave have all crossed to Dave's
DIANE: (announcer) Starring Harry Anderson as Dave!
NYSSA: (to DIANE) You're thinking of 'Dave's World'.
NUMBER ONE (F): Yeah. But, wouldn't Dave Barry make a
cooler companion for Nyssa than Dave Ramsey does?
NYSSA: (thoughtfully) Well, I know our first trip would've been
to perform the 'Tupperware Song' on the Planet of Giant Flaming
>and back. They visited the place where they were filming one
>of the Doctor's earlier adventures.
HELEN: (Doctor's Amalgam) Specifically, it was the place they
were filming 'Emmanuelle XVII: Getting Some in Galveston'.
>This is getting out of hand!
NYSSA: (German Officer) Ve vill haf _order_! Ve vill haf
_discipline_! Or I vill haf all of you _shot_ at sunrise!
>He introduced himself and brought two actors into Nyssa's
NUMBER ONE (F): (flatly) That wild, chaotic bastard. Lives
right on the edge, he does. [yawns]
>R. You're worried about the Doctor? I wonder if they have the
>smallest glimmer of what it is they're playing around with.
DIANE: (teenager) They could get, like, pregnant, or like, get
VD and have to soak their nasty bits in buttermilk.
HELEN: (to DIANE) [grins] I don't know where the Hell that
came from, but I do so like how you think!
>D. Do you think it's dangerous?
NYSSA: As the old Zen proverb says, 'Anything may be danger-
ous to a man who talks to furniture.'
HELEN: (to NYSSA, skeptically) Is that really a Zen proverb?
NYSSA: (to HELEN) You can't prove that it isn't.
>R. I haven't a clue.
DIANE: (Sherlock Holmes) Can't say that surprises me, Lestrade.
>We have no facts upon which to base any reasonable
NUMBER ONE (F): Obviously, he ain't a liberal, or that
wouldn't even be an issue.
>Perhaps Trefusis would know.
HELEN: Isn't that what you get from eating bad pork?
NYSSA: (to HELEN) That's 'trichinosis'.
TEGAN (Voice-Over): For your information, Trefusis appeared
in a previous story that you have not had the pleasure of reading.
He is a mysterious extra-dimensional being who tends a store-
house of artifacts known as the Attic of Eternity...
DIANE: She's making that up. She _has_ to be making that up.
TEGAN (Voice-Over): No such luck. Anyway, he is accompanied
by a butler named Givens, who plays Jeeves to his Wooster. So,
NYSSA: (stunned) Astonishing. Simply and utterly astonishing.
NUMBER ONE (F): (to NYSSA) That someone would come up
with an 'Attic of Eternity'?
NYSSA: No. That Tegan has read P. G. Wodehouse. I mean,
we're talking about _Tegan_, here...
>D. Do you think he would consult with us?
DIANE: (Dogbert) I like to con people. And I like to insult
people... I'm here to consult you!
>He can be very stubborn about getting involved with anything
>where he might overly determine the outcome.
HELEN: Typical bloody mid-level management...
>R. We can only ask.
>D. Then we must find Givens and have him ask Trefusis to
>consider coming by to chat.
NUMBER ONE (F): (suddenly) F. U. Sister!
DIANE: (to NUMBER ONE (F), angrily) Well, F you too, Jack!
NUMBER ONE (F): No, no. It's an anagram. 'Trefusis' is an
anagram for 'F. U. Sister'.
NYSSA: Hmmm... And also for 'Fist User'. [smacks fist in
HELEN: (purring) And 'Sure Fits'.
DIANE: And 'Serf Suit'.
NUMBER ONE (F): (to OTHERS) Think there's a hidden
HELEN: Yes. It means we all need to get a life.
> - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
DIANE: Oh, cool! It's the front wall of Les Nessman's office!
HELEN: (to DIANE) Huh? What the Hell does that mean?
NYSSA: (to HELEN) It means Diane's been watching way too
much TV lately.
>SCENE 9: Nyssa's TARDIS, Dave and Nyssa
DIANE: (little kid) ...sittin' in a tree! K-I-S-S-I-N-G!
>(Dave can be D. again.)
NYSSA: (puzzled) He's actually a half-vampire swordsman from
the 71st Century?
NUMBER ONE (F): (Vampire Hunter D) Doris, Count Lee has
only one vulnerability that you can exploit. When the Full Moon
turns red, a properly-floommphed rock can pierce his heart...
DIANE: (dreamily) ...D-sama...
>N. Where are we going to go now?
ALL: We're goin' to _Disneyland_!
>D. I thought we'd try to find another parallel universe.
HELEN: Why not a perpendicular universe?
DIANE: That last one wasn't parallel, it was more like an obtuse
>N. What sort of place?
>D. Perhaps another television series from my world.
NYSSA: Okay. We can go to 'Full House', as long as we stop
and buy a 12-gauge first.
>Actually, I'm divided between stepping in on "Star Trek"
NUMBER ONE (F): (sourly) Anyone who didn't see that one
coming deserves a butt-whipping.
HELEN: _I_ didn't expect it.
NUMBER ONE (F): (to HELEN) Really?
HELEN: Okay, actually, I'm lying. I just like butt-whippings.
>or "Remington Steele."
>N. Why more television?
NYSSA: (snottily) Don't you ever _read_?
NUMBER ONE (F): (to NYSSA, quietly) He's from Michigan...
>D. I don't know. It doesn't really matter.
HELEN: (Dave) Anyone can see. Nothing really matters... to
DIANE: Ladies and gentlemen, a moment of silence for the late,
great Freddie Mercury, please...
ALL: [bow heads]
>Is there some place you want to go?
>N. No, not really.
NYSSA: As long as I've got you, every place is like the fiery
pits of eternal damnation.
ALL: [stare at screen for a moment, then applaud]
NUMBER ONE (F): (singing) HALLELUJAH!
NYSSA: Can I really be this fortunate? Is life suddenly worth
living again? [wipes away tears of joy]
DIANE: [throws confetti and blows a party horn]
HELEN: I may have just found religion...
>N. Dave? Where are you?
>(He's gone. He's ceased to exist on Nyssa's plane of existence.)
DIANE: (John Cleese) 'E's off the twig! 'E's run down the
curtain and joined the bleedin' Choir Invisible!
NYSSA: (John Cleese) If you hadn't nailed 'im to the perch, 'e'd
be pushin' up the daisies!
>(Nyssa looks around for a bit, then dissappears as well.)
DIANE: (Mindy) OkayIloveyoubyebye!
NYSSA: I've gone to a far better place. Specifically, the South
Side of Chicago.
>(The TARDIS follows shortly thereafter, as see from an
>external shot. It should be seen hurtling through space when it
HELEN: And the rampaging David Copperfield claims yet
> - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
NUMBER ONE (F): (Californian) I'm sensing a lot of negativity
DIANE: (to NUMBER ONE (F)) Eh?
NUMBER ONE (F): (to DIANE) You know, all those 'minus'
DIANE: [shakes head] Weak. Very weak.
>SCENE 10: The Amalgam pub
HELEN: Better known as 'The Spleen and Hedgehog' in Burton-
>(This should be impossible, but
NYSSA: ...the story is about to become even _less_ exciting.
>that was before the existence of Nyssa's new TARDIS. We
>have Nyssa, Dave, Trefusis, Givens, and the Amalgam of
NUMBER ONE (F): (terrorist) And, unless our demands are
met, we will execute them, one-by-one!
>Trefusis is in charge.)
NYSSA: You know, it's also an anagram for 'Sue First'.
HELEN: Yes, I think we've already covered that ground.
>(Dave and Nyssa and the TARDIS are seen to appear one by
>one [Dave and Nyssa outside the TARDIS, of course].
DIANE: Not _under_ it?
NUMBER ONE (F): (Dave) Where am I? Oh, Nyssa, you're
here! Now-- <CRUNCH!>
>They are mystified. The others are already seated at a table, so
>Nyssa and Dave join them.)
DIANE: ...in Holy Matrimony.
HELEN: [cheers] Whoohoo! Let's hear it for polyamory!
NUMBER ONE (F): Whoever Polly Amery is...
HELEN: [whaps NUMBER ONE (F) on the head] Don't act
>(N = Nyssa, D = David Ramsey, T = Trefusis, G = Givens, R =
NYSSA: Therefore, the following equation is true.
N - (D + T + G + R) = 1
HELEN: (to NYSSA, puzzled) Equals one?
NYSSA: [nods] Equals one happy Trakenite.
>assuming they all have speaking parts.)
HELEN: Ooh, that's new! I've seen lots of 'parts', but I never
had one talk to me.
>N. Trefusis? What's going on?
NYSSA: (to OTHERS) Anyone who starts singing a Four Non-
Blondes song is going to get themselves hurt.
>T. I'm sorry, my dear, I thought it best to intervene.
>(Nyssa notices that Dave has a very lost look on his face.
NUMBER ONE (F): (Dave, as Ryouga Hibiki) Arrgh! Where
the Hell am I _now_?! I could have sworn this was the street
Akane lives on...
>He's feeling like he's been drawn into something which is too
>big for his mind to deal with.)
NUMBER ONE (F): Therefore, he turns the job of thinking over
to his liver.
DIANE: [smirks] That's not the body part that does men's
>N. David, this is
HELEN: ...Goliath, from next door. I expect you two to play
nice while I'm gone, okay?
>Trefusis and Givens, the ones you wrote about. I don't know
>who the others are. I don't know where we are, either.
NYSSA: (singing) Don't know much about History/Don't know
much Biology... [pause] Actually, I know pretty much everything
about Biology. Perhaps that song wasn't particularly appropriate,
>T. This is the plane of the Amalgams.
>N. Oh. I didn't know they had their own plane.
DIANE: (Trefusis) But, of course. And that is the handsaw of
the Amalgams. And over there is the belt sander of the Amal-
gams. We can handle all your carpentry needs.
>T. Up until this moment, no Time Lord was aware of its
NUMBER ONE (F): (Trefusis, as Scooby-Doo villain) And it
would still be that way if it weren't for you meddling kids!
>Givens and I, er, found it a long time ago.
>G. Trefusis, you may as well tell them the truth.
HELEN: (Trefusis) What, all of it? Even the bits about the frogs?
NYSSA: (softly) Someone's been reading Douglas Adams lately.
>T. All right, Givens, if you think it's best. Actually, we
>founded it. A long, long time ago
DIANE: ...in a Galaxy far, far away--
NYSSA: (interrupting) --something much more interesting was
>Rassilon started the traditions on Gallifrey and became the first
>Time Lord. This is his Amalgam, by the way.
>R. Pleased to meet you, Nyssa and you as well, Dr. Ramsey.
NYSSA: The pleasure is all yours.
>N. Rassilon's Amalgam? How can his Amalgam still be alive?
DIANE: (Rassilon's Amalgam) Clean living, plenty of exercise,
a healthy diet, and the occasional bit of raw mermaid flesh...
NYSSA: And, the Takahashi fans all have a private chuckle at
the expense of the nine-tenths of viewers that are scratching their
heads over that one...
>R. Although Rassilon died in the depths of time,
HELEN: Better than dying in the loo, like Elvis.
>I will live on as long as his TARDIS continues to exist.
ALL: (singing) Whoh-oh not I!/I will survive!
> . The first TARDIS still exists?
HELEN: Who said that?
NYSSA: [shrugs] Who cares?
>R. Yes, and its position is the best-kept secret in the universe,
NUMBER ONE (F): I thought the best-kept secret was the
answer to the question, "Why is Bruce Willis considered an
>since no one but myself can know where it is. But we are
NUMBER ONE (F): Cronkite.
NYSSA: Andy Rooney.
>but I'm always tantalized by that bit of information. I haven't
>run across the TARDIS of Rassilon since his death, and I've
>been around. I've even looked for it a bit.
NUMBER ONE (F): (Trefusis) I searched the topless bar down
the block. It wasn't there. So, then I checked the locker room at
the girls' gym. It wasn't there. Then, I went to the Victoria's
Secret store, but no luck. So, I decided to recheck the topless
>R. Did you know Rassilon?
NYSSA: An Amalgam stores all of a Time Lord's memories, yes?
Rassilon was a Time Lord. You are his Amalgam. You have all
his memories. Therefore, why the Hell are you asking that?
HELEN: (to NYSSA) You're paying way too much attention,
dear. Just sit back and let the snideness and cheap sexual innu-
endo have free rein. There's nothing to be gained by trying to
>T. Certainly. He wouldn't have solved the problem of breaking
>out of or back into the chronistic manifold without me.
NUMBER ONE (F): (Trefusis) We put chronistic manifolds, a
Holley four-barrel carburetor, and a Hurst shifter in that sucker
and painted some boss-looking flames up the sides. I tell you,
it was the baddest VW Rabbit in town!
>I question that decision every once in a while.
>Later on, Rassilon discovered that the TARDIS needed an
>artificial intelligence of its own or time travel would be
DIANE: Not the actual _travel_ part, as much as trying to cal-
culate the 'Frequent Flier' mileage.
>Computers weren't enough; it required the ability to synthesize.
NYSSA: It required crappy European Techno music?
>Hence, the chronic nebuliser and so on.
NUMBER ONE (F): I had an uncle who was like that, until we
put him in 'Nebulisers Anonymous'.
>Each TARDIS needs to be imprinted with the psyche of a Time
>Lord. You already know that under normal circumstances, this
>means that only that Time Lord can really control that TARDIS.
>Rassilon couldn't foresee that the intelligence of the TARDIS
>would be able to manifest itself as this pseudo-being called
DIANE: ...Rosie O'Donnell.
OTHERS: [look at DIANE]
DIANE: (to OTHERS) Come on. You can't tell me you actually
think she's a _human_, right?
NUMBER ONE (F): Very true...
>an Amalgam, but he was pleased to meet his.
HELEN: Especially after he found out that it could make itself
look like Heather Locklear.
>It meant that travelling in a TARDIS is more like travelling
>with a TARDIS.
NUMBER ONE (F): And repeating the experience is like
travelling with a re-TARDIS.
HELEN: [kicks NUMBER ONE (F) in the leg] Don't be an
utter prick, darling...
>He was unaware that these Amalgams had no place to go when
>they weren't visible. I gave them a place.
DIANE: (Trefusis) The YMCA. But, they decided they'd rather
hang around in a bloody pub all day...
>N. None of this sounds very plausible.
NUMBER ONE (F): (Nyssa) Oh, were you talking? I'm sorry, I
was just listening to an Al Gore speech on the radio...
>T. I don't think so either. Givens, if you hadn't insisted on the
>truth, I wouldn't be in this mess.
DIANE: (Trefusis, as Jack Nicholson) You can't handle the
>You explain it.
>G. You've explained it well enough. Just as we created an
>enormous time bubble for the Attic of Eternity, we also created
NYSSA: ...a space bubble for the Basement of Infinity and an
energy bubble for the Rec Room of Perpetuity.
>a bubble which is generally only accessible to Amalgams.
>N. All right. At the beginning you talked about intervening.
>What's really going on here?
NYSSA: No, no, no. If you want answers, you do it this way...
(snarling) All right, here's the deal: the first person to tell me
what the Hell's really going on here _doesn't_ get disembowelled.
So, start talking or be prepared to start screaming...
OTHERS: [eye NYSSA nervously]
>T. The Amalgams have been aware of your use of the imaginary
>circuits in your TARDIS,
HELEN: ...watching with intellects vast and cool and unsympa-
>and they feared that there could be some danger. They
>consulted me with this information, and I
DIANE: ...charged them an enormous fee and told them to go
ahead and do all the things they'd already decided on.
HELEN: [nods] That's a consultant, all right.
>summoned this gathering.
>N. Do you mean to say that there is danger?
>T. Not necessarily danger.
NYSSA: (Trefusis) More like 'peril', I'd say. Or, perhaps
'mortal hazard'. But certainly not danger.
>But I must warn you of an aspect of your travels that you cannot
>be aware of.
>D. Frequent crossings between realities can erode the barriers
>which protect universes from each other.
HELEN: Sounds like an advert for a Time-Space Condom.
>Potentially hazardous interactions may then follow.
NUMBER ONE (F): If this occurs, wash the affected areas
thoroughly in clean water. If ingested, induce vomitting
immediately. A 'Sailor Moon' fanfic is provided to facilitate this.
>T. Quite right. But will you tell me how you know that?
DIANE: (Dave) What can I say? It's good to be the God-boy.
ALL: Monty Python's Flying Circus!
>(He closes his eyes suddenly and then shakes his head
NYSSA: (nature-show host) And here we see how the North
American Spotted Fanboy -- geekius anorakus -- reacts to
danger, by blinding predators with a cloud of dandruff.
>N. Dave, are you all right?
NYSSA: Please say 'No'.
>D. For a moment, it almost all fell into place. I thought I saw
DIANE: (Tweety) ...a puddy-tat!
>a future me, and those words came into my mind.
NYSSA: And how long have you been hearing voices?
NUMBER ONE (F): (Dave) It started right before I lost my job
at the Post Office...
>T. Most interesting. Have you experienced this sort of thing
HELEN: (Dave, naive) No, you're my first! [giggles]
>D. Not like this.
>T. But you have felt as if you were looking forward and
>backward at a multiple of former and future you's?
DIANE: (Dave) Yes, and I'm appalled to see that I'll apparently
never outgrow this acne.
>N. (To David.) That's what you were talking about that
>evening at your cottage.
NYSSA: And here I thought you were just trying to impress me,
thinking I'd put out.
>D. Yes. Trefusis, I've been seeing like this for ten years.
NUMBER ONE (F): (Trefusis) Then, let me recommend a
NYSSA: (sourly) Let _me_ recommend a prefrontal lobotomy.
>T. You are becoming one of the unchained.
HELEN: (Nyssa) Not if Mistress Nyssa has any say in the
NUMBER ONE (F): (to HELEN) Not quite Tira Misu, are you?
>D. Like a Threnodanian?
>(Trefusis looks across at Rassilon.)
HELEN: (Trefusis) Did you know that you can sing that name
to the tune of 'Rule Brittania'? (singing) Thren-odanian!/Thren-
DIANE: (to NYSSA and NUMBER ONE (F)) Is she scaring
the two of you, as well?
>T. This gathering does not appear to have been necessary.
NYSSA: (throws hands up) Why couldn't you have figured that
out about two scenes ago? Sheesh!
>They already know about barrier erosion,
NUMBER ONE (F): (farmer) The County Extension agent gave
a talk on it down at the Co-Op. Said you can stop it with
windbreaks and cross-plowing.
>unchaining and Threnodanians.
>R. They know more than I do.
>T. I suppose you can also tell us where Givens came from.
DIANE: They generally start out as assumptions, until they
become consistently reliable facts.
NYSSA: (to DIANE) You're really reaching, aren't you?
DIANE: (to NYSSA) Cut me some slack. I didn't hear you
offering up any riffs for the ages.
>(We wait to hear such a pronouncement, but it doesn't arrive.)
NUMBER ONE (F): They sent it by Regular Mail, so it's
probably somewhere in Uganda right about now.
>T. Too bad. He would like to know.
NUMBER ONE (F): Bright boy, that Givens. Got a mind like a
DIANE: Yeah. Full of mice.
>You wouldn't have any idea where Rassilon's Amalgam has
>hidden away the first TARDIS, would you?
HELEN: This looks like a job for that dashing archaeologist,
NYSSA: [snorts] 'Raiders of the Lost Plot'.
>D. I don't know very much.
NYSSA: (singing) Don't know much about... Oh, hang on.
Didn't I already do that one?
DIANE: (to NYSSA) Yes, and it didn't work that time, either.
>We happened to encounter a sprite, and he told us
NUMBER ONE (F): ...to obey our thirst.
>about the Threnodanians.
>T. A sprite? Do you realize that the sprites are almost as
>elusive as the Threnodanians themselves?
NUMBER ONE (F): (Trefusis) They're rarer than straight
women at a k. d. lang concert, and twice as hard to get your
HELEN: (looks thoughtfully at NUMBER ONE (F)) Hmmm...
to whap, or not to whap. That is the question...
>N. How could we know?
>T. I'm sorry. I'm not used to people stealing my wind.
DIANE: Eeww. That phrase conjures a number of images, not a
single one of them pleasant.
>Let me think a moment.
ALL: [hum 'Jeopardy' music]
>If A, then B, and if not C, then D.
NYSSA: (Trefusis) Then I before E, except after C, or when
sounding like A...
NUMBER ONE (F): (to audience) Remember that, kiddies! It
could save your life someday!
>Ah. I understand. The sprite most likely showed himself
>because he saw that you are
HELEN: ...attracted to really short people.
NYSSA and NUMBER ONE (F): (to HELEN, angrily) Is there
a problem with that!?
>becoming unchained. I gather that it is a disoriented process,
>but greatly eased if the one under metamorphosis is somewhat
>aware of where the process is taking him.
DIANE: So, he will awake one morning to find that he is
becoming an insect?
>G. Trefusis, you're not being very clear.
NUMBER ONE (F): (Trefusis) Curse my opacity!
>D. What do you mean that I'm becoming unchained?
NYSSA, NUMBER ONE (F), and DIANE: (singing) Ohhh!
My-y-y love!/My daaarling!/I hunger for your touch...
HELEN: (to OTHERS, puzzled) And that would be relevant
NYSSA: (to HELEN) 'Unchained Melody'.
>T. You know what unchaining is: your mind is becoming free
>to wander in time.
>D. More free than it has been?
DIANE: (Trefusis) As free as a bird, now. And this bird you
NUMBER ONE (F): (to DIANE) Sorry, Di, but that just don't
_even_ sound right from a Yankee.
>T. Far more so. You can understand the controls for the
>imaginary circuits because of it. You see flashes into the future
>which carry an increasing degree of conviction.
NYSSA: (Trefusis) You can divide by zero.
NUMBER ONE (F): (Trefusis) You can consistently hit a
DIANE: (Trefusis) You can understand European art films.
HELEN: (Trefusis) You can decipher the lyrics of a Jane's
>The sprite wanted to set you into the path
NYSSA: ...of a speeding bus, and I don't blame him.
>where you would believe that this is real and not the onset of
ALL: (singing) Our house!/In the middle of our street...
>D. I've been a bit afraid of some of what's been happening to
NUMBER ONE (F): (Dave, as teenager) I have hair growing in
the weirdest places, and I keep having these dreams about Kate
Winslet and a jar of pickled beets...
HELEN: (to NUMBER ONE (F)) Whoa! You, too?
>N. Where does it end? Does he end up as a disembodied mind
>that is aware of its entire existence as if it were all the present.
NYSSA: If he does, can I keep the body? I can use the parts in
some of my experiments.
>(Nyssa is becoming concerned that perhaps David is going to
>be taken away from her, and they have just started.)
DIANE: (to NYSSA, cutesy voice) That's so sweeeet! Widdle
Nyssa is worried about her darling Davey-poo!
NYSSA: [reddens] That's not me!
HELEN: (to NYSSA, cutesy voice) Her just _wuvs_ her widdle
pooky-bear, doesn't her?
NYSSA: (yelling) Shut up! That's not me!
>T. There's no telling how far his unchaining will progress, but
>his mind will never become disembodied.
NUMBER ONE (F): ...although I can see how it might want to.
>He may never experience anything more than the current level
HELEN: (Nyssa) Mistress Nyssa alone shall determine whether
he becomes unchained, or unstrapped, for that matter! OHOHO-
DIANE: (to HELEN) Your bitchlaugh still needs a bit of work.
NUMBER ONE (F): (to HELEN) Yeah, I have to give it a 6,
maybe a 6.5. That's better than Martina from 'Slayers', but not as
good as Tira from 'Sorceror Hunters'.
>D. Is there anything else we need to know?
NUMBER ONE (F): (Trefusis) Well, let's see... Never let a
bald man borrow your comb. Don't pee on an electric fence.
Don't fry bacon without wearing a shirt. And don't draw to an
inside straight. That should pretty well cover it.
>I feel like thinking for a while.
NYSSA: [points] Down that way, second door on the right.
And be sure to jiggle the handle to make it quit running.
>T. It would appear that you know or will be given the proper
>understanding to avoid destroying the entire space-time
>continuum by cross-reality travel.
DIANE: (Billy Crystal) Boy, I _hate_ when that happens!
>D. Then I think we should be leaving. It was good to meet all
>of you. Is it all right with you if we leave, Nyssa?
>N. Certainly, Dave.
NYSSA: (submissively) It is not my place as your woman to
oppose your will, master.
NUMBER ONE (F): I know I'm gonna get hit, but I kind of
liked the way that sounded.
NYSSA: (to NUMBER ONE (F)) I'll just bet. Oh, and you
were quite correct, incidentally. [backhands NUMBER ONE
NUMBER ONE (F): [rubs jaw] Oww. I hate being right...
>R. I hope you won't mind if I ask that you never reveal the
>existence of this place to anyone else.
DIANE: (Rassilon's Amalgam) Because then we'd, you know,
have to kill you and stuff.
>N. Not at all. We understand.
>(A confused Dave and concerned Nyssa
HELEN: ...consummate their congenial concomitance with
concupiscent conduct and concluding with consecutive
consensual conjugal conjunctions.
>enter her TARDIS and disappear.)
>T. I wonder what will become of them.
>R. Do you have any ideas?
DIANE: (Trefusis, as Pinky) I do, but how are we going to get
hold of 300 gallons of strawberry jelly, some ping-pong balls,
a giant slingshot, and Barbara Streisand, all in time for the
Running of the Bulls?
>T. You want a prediction about what might come out of love
>between a Time Lord and one who is unchained?
NUMBER ONE (F): (Trefusis, as Joe Pesci) Do I look like
Jeane Dixon to you?
>I can only speculate and most likely, I will be completely
DIANE: (Trefusis, as hippy) But, that's okay, because I don't rely
on that whole 'success' thing for my sense of self-worth. I have
value as a person just because I'm me and make my place in
cosmic harmony with the world around me. Umm, can I have
>R. I'm still curious.
>T. If it works, I can see them reaching into some of the truly
>bizarre aspects of reality out on its very edges.
NYSSA: Like San Francisco?
HELEN: (to NYSSA) He said 'edge of', dear. Not 'way beyond'.
>I'm an ancient explorer, and I've only seen one part in
>10,000,000,000,000 of all that reality has to offer. The places
>they could go....
NUMBER ONE (F): (darkly) R'lyeh, Yuggoth, N'kai, Kadath
in the Cold Waste...
HELEN: (Trefusis) And watch them not even send a bloody
>If they can make it work.
> - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
NUMBER ONE (F): (announcer) New from the Franklin Mint,
it's SCARS OF FAMOUS ANIME CHARACTERS! Order now,
and receive Captain Harlock's Facial Scar -- shown above -- at a
20% discount! Operators are standing by!
>SCENE 11: the sitting room in Nyssa's TARDIS
>N. David, what can I do?
NYSSA: (to OTHERS) Don't _even_ go there, you.
>D. I don't know. I can't focus my thoughts.
ALL: (movie audience) Focus! Focus!
>N. Don't try then.
>D. My head is so full.
DIANE: Chock full o' nuts!
>I can hardly hold one idea long enough to consider it before ten
>more take its place. Some of the ideas must be coming from
>past and future me's, too,
HELEN: ...while others appear to have been primarily inspired
by beer commercials.
>because they come as quick intuitive insights that quickly stop
NUMBER ONE (F): (Dave) For instance, I have this idea for a
story where you and me and the Doctor all throw rocks for a
while and then go meet Sarah Sutton.
>(Nyssa comes and sits closely beside him on the sofa.)
HELEN and DIANE: (porno music) Bomp-chicka-chicka-bomp-
>D. Thanks. Your nearness helps.
NYSSA: I'm just here to revel in the bleakness of your depression
and feast on the gloom and darkness within your soul.
DIANE: (to NYSSA) Do you need some lamps for your dark
>N. I'll do whatever I can.
HELEN: (Dave) Well, oral sex would probably help...
NYSSA: [whaps HELEN on the head]
NUMBER ONE (F): Actually, Helen does seem to understand
male emotional needs pretty well.
NYSSA: [whaps NUMBER ONE (F) on the head]
> - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
DIANE: (announcer) Do not adjust your set. We control the
> End of Episode Six
NYSSA: (Lina Inverse) At last, the nightmare is _over_.
[All four get up and leave the theater]
[Door sequence: 1... 2... 3... 4... 5... 6...]
[SOL bridge interior]
[DIANE, HELEN, NYSSA, and NUMBER ONE (F) stand at the
DIANE: Well, I don't know about you lot, but my morale is
pretty well shot to Hell.
NYSSA: Agreed. Major suckitude is the order of the day. [gives
NUMBER ONE (F) an ominous look] Only the promise of a new
subject for my medical experiments keeps me going.
NUMBER ONE (F): [looks panicked] (to NYSSA) Hey, now...
NYSSA: (to NUMBER ONE (F)) You _promised_, remember?
Besides, I intend to have a go at curing your curse.
NUMBER ONE (F): [looks interested] You think you can do it?
NYSSA: [shrugs] I've no idea, but I'm certain that I'll have fun
trying. [chuckles evilly]
[A light on the console begins to flash.]
HELEN: Someone's calling. I wonder whether it's the Beastie
Boys or the Indigo Girls?
DIANE: Let's get this over with... [presses light]
[Tegan World Order Headquarters, interior]
[TEGAN and VARNE stand behind the console, looking smug.]
TEGAN: Hello again, my little test bunnies. I sense by your
slack posture and hopeless expressions that the goal of mental
wellness is a step closer! Another victory for feminism in action!
DIANE: Actually, I think we're all just tired, pissed-off, and in
One's case, fearing for her future physical well-being.
NYSSA: Yes. A lot of Teletubbies will being making the last,
long walk to the disposal unit because of this. Not getting to
read 'Iris' was bad enough, after what we went through to get it,
but having to watch you make like a goth Gloria Steinem is
pushing my annoyance level into the red zone.
TEGAN: So, you're saying that the fic I sent had no effect at all?
NYSSA: The fic was the least of my worries. Painful though
certain parts were, it still takes a backseat to the irritation of
dealing with you.
TEGAN: Very well, then. Next time, I'll send a piece that will...
[Screen begins to slowly fill with static.]
TEGAN: What?! (to VARNE) What's happening?!
VARNE: [checking console] It looks like Adric's found a way
to cut our signal. We can't hold much longer!
TEGAN: Rabbits! (to screen) Until next time, Nys--
[Screen dissolves completely into static, then clears to show
the back room at This Time Round]
[ADRIC is working at the console, a triumphant grin on his face.
FRANCOIS is working in the background.]
ADRIC: That did it! Hello, Merry Wives of Windsor!
NUMBER ONE (F): Joy. It's the Duke Boys. How they hangin',
NYSSA: I take it you've found a way to cut out Tegan's signal?
ADRIC: For the moment, we have. It won't take much modifi-
cation on her part to break in on us again, but we'll just have to
deal with that when it happens. Of course, you realize what her
DIANE: They mean that she's become a really irritating agent
HELEN: They mean that she gets to wear a trenchcoat all the
NYSSA: They mean that your precious ratings are in jeopardy?
NUMBER ONE (F): They mean we're really screwed now?
ADRIC: No, you fools! They mean WAR! All-out war to see
who can break your minds first!
[ALL look worried.]
NUMBER ONE (F): [sighs] I've said it before, and I'll say it
again: I hate being right.
ADRIC: [waving fist] That bit of skirt thinks she can unseat
_me_ as head of this enterprise?! Hah! She's got another think
coming, let me tell you! _I_ made this program what it is! _I_
am the driving force behind MPT3k!
[As ADRIC rants, HARRY enters from the right, looking a bit
pale and carrying a calendar that reads 'MPT3k: Adric's Grrlz'
on the cover.]
HARRY: (to ADRIC) Sorry to interrupt, Old Fellow, but I've
got the first version of our calendar for you to look over.
ADRIC: (to HARRY, testily) Yes, yes. I'll have a look in a
minute. (to screen) Anyway... _I_ rule this show, and no one
else! We'll just see how well Miss Jovanka bears up to the
pressures of playing with the Big Dog! I have not yet begun
to fight! Witness the power of the Dark Side of fan-fiction!
[FRANCOIS steps up and takes the calendar from HARRY
while ADRIC rants. HARRY exits unsteadily to the left, while
FRANCOIS opens the calendar. As he looks through it, his eyes
gradually get wider and wider and he tugs a little at his collar.]
DIANE: So, I take it then that asking for a re-transmission of
'Iris' would be like peeing up a rope?
ADRIC: This is WAR! There is no time for idle pleasantries
now! This is the time for leanness and meanness and break-
your-spleenness! Perhaps later, after Tegan is defeated. And
if you're all _very_ good...
[Behind ADRIC, FRANCOIS turns to the last page of the
calendar. He stares for a moment, eyes bugging out, then quietly
faints dead away.]
HELEN: [laughs] Must have seen that picture of us under the
ADRIC: But, that isn't to say that I don't have a reward for you.
It's something I think you'll like... [works a set of controls] Ah!
There we are! [presses a flashing blue button]
[Without warning, DOUG (a tall, ponytailed man wearing a set
of 'Galaxy Express' pajamas) tumbles out of thin air and lands on
the floor next to NUMBER ONE (F).]
DOUG: (drowsily) Uh, wha--? Am I dreaming again? Honey?
[stands up] Where am I? [looks at NUMBER ONE (F)] GAH!
NUMBER ONE (F): (to DOUG, flatly) Welcome back to Hell,
DOUG: [looks around and whimpers]
ADRIC: And that will do for a closer, I think. Press the button,
Francois. [looks around] Francois? [looks down] Francois?!
What's your problem? Don't tell me it was something in that
calendar. Sheesh. A little sight of skirt, and you and Harry just
lose it. [picks up calendar and opens to last page] Can't you
two just-- Good Lord.
[As ADRIC looks at the picture, his eyes bulge out and his tie
begins to curl up.]
ADRIC: (softly) Oh, my. The things a sprinkler can do to
flimsy material... Oh, mama...
[ADRIC faints. He falls forward onto the console, hitting the
button and then sliding to the floor.]
'Doctor Who' belongs to the BBC.
'Mystery Science Theater 3000' belongs to Best Brains, Inc.
Doug, Diane, and the ADF created by Douglas Killings.
Mistress Helen created by Helen Fayle.
Varne created by Ken Young.
This Time Round created by Tyler Dion.
The fan-fiction 'Punting on the Stream of Time' and the 'Stories of
Nyssa' series of which it is a part are the work of David E. Woon.
No infringement of any copyright is intended, and no offense is
intended to Mr. Woon, no matter how it may sound at times. This
series actually holds a special place in my heart as one of the first
fanfics I ever read. If Mr. Woon happens to be reading this, just
consider this another form of C&C, okay?
The fan-fiction 'Iris' is the work of Nicholas Leifker and is one of
the best damn stories ever written. I cannot recommend it too
highly, but unfortunately don't have the URL available just now.
Regular Characters: Adric, Harry Sullivan, Nyssa, Tegan
Other Recurring Characters: Francois the Ogron, Number One,
Doug, Diane, Varne, Mistress Helen
Categories: 'This Time Round'; 'To Die For' spinoff series;
Humor; Crossover with 'Mystery Science Theater 3000
Synopsis: Things get far more bizarre aboard the SOL.
>R. You floommph rocks!