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Episode Guide

Story One...
The Wrong End Of Time

  Part One
Part Two

  Part Three
Part Four

  Part Five
Part Six

Story Two...
The Time of the Ice Box

  Part One
Part Two

  Part Three
Part Four

  Part Five
Part Six

Story Three...
The Year of the Burn Up

  Part One
Part Two

  Part Three
Part Four

  Part Five
Part Six

  Part Seven
Part Eight

Story Four...
The Day of the Clone

  Part One
Part Two

  Part Three
Part Four

  Part Five
Part Six



 

The Time of the Ice Box - Part Two

Written by Bruce Stewart

Simon and Liz slip out of the Computer Room and make for the main entrance, stopping to put on survival suits. They are anxious to leave and return to their own time, not wanting to be part of any experiments.

Outside the Fantasy Room, Dr. Bukov is stopped by Beth who is apparently not satisfied with Liz and Simon's story. She tells him she will have another talk with them.
Having got their survival suits on, Liz and Simon are about to leave the base when Liz mistakenly opens the door to a nearby side room. She is astonished to see her mother there. Before either can fully react, Simon plucks her back and thrusts her through the main entrance onto the ice. Bukov sees the children leaving and calls after them.
Outside on the ice field, Simon is struggling with a protesting Liz who is desperately trying to explain the familiar face that she saw in the side room...

The two children arrive at the spot where they first appeared and find the time barrier. Taking off their survival suits, they make their way through the barrier and back to 1970.
At the entrance to the Ice Box, Bukov calls after them.
Back at the naval station in 1970, Liz reiterates that she did see her mother in the Ice Box. Simon refutes this and an argument ensues. Liz breaks down and Simon takes her back to the Inn.

 

At the Bull Inn, Simon and Liz are explaining to Traynor and Liz's parents about the Ice Box. Skinner is confused about how the children got into the future. Traynor suggests that it is due to "possible energies" and may explain why Jean lost psychic touch with her daughter. Jean is perplexed about how, according to Liz, she came to be at the Ice Box in 1990. Liz explains that she looked just as she looks now in 1970 and Simon mentions HA57, the longevity drug, as the probable reason for this. Traynor's interest is piqued at the drug's mention. Simon adds that it's the invention of the Ice Box's director, one Morgan C. Devereaux (He read the name on his office door.) Skinner is happy to leave the whole business alone whilst Traynor is becoming more and more fascinated by the whole scientific concept of the Ice Box. He tries to talk Simon into returning but is stopped by Skinner who is reluctant to put the children in further danger. He decides that he, his family and Simon are leaving St. Oswald's and the time bubble for good...

 

Some days later at the Skinner's house, Frank leaves for work. Simon and Liz are having breakfast. They are discussing the Ice Box and a recent dream Liz has had about it. She is still disturbed by her mother's presence there. Simon loses his patience with her.
Jean answers the front door and discovers it is Traynor. He says he had hoped to see Frank. He muscles his way in and sits down at the breakfast table as Jean reluctantly makes him coffee. He reiterates the fact that beyond the time barrier, the children are quite safe. He brings up the longevity drug again in the hope of tempting Simon onto his side of the argument. Jean is adamant. Liz and Simon are hers and Frank's responsibility. Jean and Liz leave Simon in the company of Traynor. Traynor says that Morgan C. Devereaux is a foremost scientist in the present.... However, he also states that as well as being a friend of his, he also died last year...

Traynor and Simon are now standing by the time barrier. Traynor has convinced Simon to return to the Ice Box. Simon is definitely curious about it. Traynor wants Simon "to bring back anything he can." He wishes Simon "Good luck" and he enters the barrier.
Back at the Skinner's house, Frank is furious with Traynor for letting Simon return through the barrier whilst Jean is apologetic for letting Simon out of her sight. Frank wants to call the police but Traynor convinces him otherwise when he summarises the situation with the time barrier and how it would sound coming from a man who suffered a breakdown during the war. Even Jean is angry with him now as Traynor forces the pair to back down. Liz breaks into the argument saying they should be more worried about Simon and not themselves.
Alone, Frank comforts Liz across the kitchen table. She is crying and obviously upset about Simon's departure to the Ice Box. They resolve to discuss it further.

At the naval station, Traynor, Jean and Frank watch as Liz disappears into the time barrier. Franks comforts Jean as Traynor walks slowly after them.
Liz arrives back at the ice field. She quickly puts her discarded survival suit on and makes her way back to the Ice Box. Once inside, she takes off the suit as Bukov and Joynton enter the corridor discussing Simon's return and Liz's disappearance. Bukov reiterates that the two children are strange. Liz heads into the room where she saw her mother. It is empty. A quick search of it reveals a framed photo of herself and Jean obviously taken around 1970.
Simon is getting a dressing down from Director Devereaux. He asks the computer about the whereabouts of Liz. The computer cannot find her. The Director is anticipating the AB experiment. Simon says he has admired his work for sometime and brings up Traynor's name. The Director has heard of him as a "minor physicist" but only in passing. Simon is confused as this conflicts with Traynor's description of the late Morgan C. Devereaux as being a close friend.

Liz is still looking at the family photograph when Jean enters the office. Jean is initially cold towards Liz but soon comes to realise that the girl she saw earlier really is her young daughter. The family reunion is broken up by the sudden entrance of Beth. She is irrationally angry that Liz has returned to the Ice Box. Jean explains that it is not Liz's fault that she has returned through the time barrier. She adds cryptically that Beth was once able to do the same. Then to a horrified Liz, she explains that Beth is in truth Liz's future self. It's the trick that the time barrier has played on them!

 


Complete cast for part two

Cheryl Burfield (Liz Skinner), Spencer Banks (Simon Randall), Derek Benfield (Skinner), Iris Russell (Jean Skinner), Denis Quilley (Commander Traynor), Devereaux (John Barron), Beth Skinner (Mary Preston), Peggy Thorpe-Bates (Dr. Edith Joynton), John Barcroft (Dr. Bukov).

Script Editor Ruth Boswell
Scientific Adviser Geoffrey Hoyle
Designer Michael Eve
Director Peter Jefferies
Producer John Cooper

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