of the Ice Box - Part Three
Written by Bruce Stewart
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!
Beth is almost hysterical with Liz and accuses her of following
her and spying on her. Beth tells Liz about the changes she made
with her life about ten years previously when she had to find
some purpose to her existence. Jean tries to explain to Liz about
why she and Beth came to the Ice Box and how the Skinners had
lost their home - although she is reluctant to go into great detail.
Jean explains to Liz that she was able to accompany Beth to the
Ice Box in 1980 because she was telepathic and that this was an
area of research of interest to the Director. Liz enquires about
her father and where he is but her question goes unanswered apart
from a meaningful glance between Jean and Beth. Beth swiftly changes
the subject round to what should be done about Liz and Simon.
She wants to make some enquiries, saying she is not convinced
that the pair arrived via the time barrier and that their arrival
was part of some prearrangement of Devereux and the computer.
Jean treats the situation with a degree of levity, which inflames
Beth to the point that she threatens to report Jean to the Director.
Liz is still confused and asks Jean why she changed her name to
Beth. Jean replies she just wanted to be different and the subject
of 1980 is raised again, but once more Beth heads off any explanations.
Beth threatens Liz to keep her mouth shut and that she will discover
why Liz and Simon are really at the Ice Box. Jean retorts that
there is no 'reason' why the children are there and that it is
just as Liz said. Beth replies that the computer confirmed Liz
and Simon's arrival - and the computer doesn't make mistakes.
Liz tries to remind Beth about the events in 1940 and that she
should remember them as they had happened to her so proving that
she is telling the truth. Beth leaves the room warning both Liz
and Jean that she doesn't want it to be common knowledge that
she and Liz are one and the same. Liz is appalled that she or
anyone could grow up to be like Beth which upsets Jean. Liz apologises
and asks again about her father. Once again Jean refuses to discuss
Simon leaves the Director's office and meets Bukov in the corridor.
Bukov asks if there is any news of Liz (neither of them realising
she is already back in the Ice Box) Simon asks Bukov what his
job is and he is told he is a physicist who, aside from maintaining
the base's power systems, is researching into intelligence enhancement
through radiation exposure(!) The pair go off to see Larry.
In the Computer Room, Larry is worried about a five-second shut-off
in section 4. He conveys his suspicions to Bukov whilst Simon
listens. Bukov tells Simon that there have been other such incidents
but they are not particularly important, although the Director
must be informed. Bukov calls the Director over the video-link
but the Director has his audio switched off. Larry theorises that
he may be about to enter 'Depth Research' - a process the Director
undertakes occasionally to check that the base's research is proceeding
to plan. Simon engages Larry in conversation about the Director
and his relationship to the late Morgan C. Devereaux who died
in 1969 and who was a friend and colleague of Traynor's. Larry
has never heard of the 'other' Devereaux although, unseen by Simon,
Bukov seems to register what Simon is saying. Larry remarks that
the only odd thing about Director Devereaux is his total lack
of a sense of humour.
Simon makes his way to the Fantasy Room and watches a broadcast
about city life in the Far East. He enters the Fantasy booth and
finds Dr. Joynton in the midst of a 'dream' about her beloved
New Zealand. Liz enters the Fantasy Room and explains to Simon
why she has come back and about Beth and her being the same person.
Simon is astonished and leaves the room.
Beth goes into the Director's office just as he emerges from the
darkened room at the rear. The Director looks caught out by her
sudden appearance in his office, but she ignores his unease and
simply reports that the 'volunteer' Liz has returned safe and
well. He authorises the commencement of the AB experiment and
the administering of HA57 to Liz and Simon. Beth is reluctant
to do this and tries to persuade the Director to have them replaced
but he is adamant that the experiment must continue with the present
'volunteers.' The Director is perturbed that it seems Beth is
beginning to question the decisions and directives made by the
computer. He insists that Liz and Simon are at the Ice Box because
the computer sanctioned it and he is disappointed in Beth for
even conceiving that it might be otherwise. The Director reiterates
that Liz and Simon should begin on HA57 at once. Beth seems defeated
and leaves the office.
In the Computer Room, Liz and Simon are having immunisation boosters
from Dr. Joynton. While the computer is calculating everyone's
HA57 dosage, Larry asks Beth if she would like to listen to some
music with him that night. She declines, but Liz, almost as an
act of defiance against Beth, offers her company to Larry instead,
stating that she can't stand girls with bad manners. Beth flounces
off in high dudgeon. Meanwhile, Doctor Bukov is showing Simon
something he calls their 'last ditch' - a form of anti-freeze
which can be taken by the base personnel in the event of total
life support failure enabling them to survive until a rescue party
arrives. Simon questions Dr, Bukov about HA57. Bukov tells him
it was developed by the Director, who has stored the formula in
his brain. Bukov is suspicious of Simon's curiosity but tells
him that a testament of the 'work' exists. Dr. Joynton shows the
children how to obtain their daily dose of HA57 and they reluctantly
take the first of their tablets.
The Director leaves his office, observed by Simon from the doorway
of the Fantasy Room. He slips back into the room and explains
to Liz about the testament and how he intends to obtain it for
Traynor. Liz is still disturbed about Beth and her mother (who
are also present but out of earshot) and the whereabouts of her
father. Simon persuades Liz to come with him to the Director's
office and keeps watch outside while he goes in to look for the
Beth finds Liz outside the office and questions her about why
she is loitering in the corridor.
In the office, Simon notices the door that leads through to the
Beth and Liz are arguing in the corridor with Liz trying to bluff
Beth into thinking she is trying to see the Director.
Back in the office, Simon finds the concealed switch to the sliding
As Beth and Liz continue with their argument, the Director arrives
and asks what is going on. Beth tells the Director that Liz was
trying to enter his office. Liz calls out to Simon.
Simon opens the door to the secret room and makes to enter.
Liz is taken away by Beth and the Director enters his office.
Dr. Bukov walks past and sees the Director close the door behind
The Director, furious to find Simon in his office, makes a grab
for him and attempts to throttle him. He suddenly begins repeating
his speech and then halts as if frozen, allowing Simon to escape
his grip. Dr. Bukov enters, without knocking, and the Director
apparently recovers, ignoring Simon. He immediately launches into
a criticism of Bukov's handling of that morning's power failure,
claiming he had been careless and that the failure was due to
human error. Bukov refutes the allegation but the Director launches
into a tirade against him and again appears to suffer some sort
of breakdown. Bukov leads Simon out into the corridor leaving
the Director bent over his desk motionless.
Simon is recovering from his ordeal as Dr. Bukov asks him what
happened in the office. A distressed Simon explains that the Director
tried to kill him. Bukov tells Simon something that he thinks
he should know. He tells him that the Director isn't a human being
in the normal sense, describing him as 'a man of the future...'
Complete cast for part three
Cheryl Burfield (Liz Skinner), Spencer Banks (Simon Randall),
Iris Russell (Jean Skinner), John Barron (Devereaux), Beth Skinner
(Mary Preston), Peggy Thorpe-Bates (Dr. Edith Joynton), John Barcroft
(Dr. Bukov), Robert Oates (Larry).
Script Editor Ruth Boswell
Scientific Adviser Geoffrey Hoyle
Designer Michael Eve
Director Peter Jefferies
Producer John Cooper
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