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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 Four

Written by Bruce Stewart

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...'
Simon fails to understand what Bukov means.

He follows Bukov into the Computer room and enquires further. Bukov explains more about the basic processes of cloning and adds that the Director is a clone: the first one ever. He was created from cells taken from the original Morgan C. Devereaux in the sixties. He refers to the Director as being an experiment in progress and that he and Dr. Joynton are monitoring the Director. The incident that happened earlier involving Simon is probably more important than it seems. The two retire to the corridor where Bukov asks Simon to tell him if he notices any further strange occurrences. Bukov leaves Simon pondering.

Beth has taken Liz to another room where she plans to keep her locked up. Liz accuses Beth of picking on her and launches into a series of colourful metaphors. Beth puts her cards on the table still labouring under the false assumption that the computer summoned her. She locks her in the room. Liz, alone, puts on a tape of music. Jean arrives at the door to find it locked. She lets herself in and Liz explains what happened outside the Director's office and that Beth had locked her up. Jean cautions Liz to be careful while she is here. A frustrated and distraught Liz asks Jean again why she and Beth are here. Jean explains that it all began in the 70s when Frank's business failed and the family lost their house. In looking for another way of living, Beth had the idea of coming to the Ice Box. She had gone into what Jean refers to as "an intelligence enhancement course." Jean fears that the process had not been perfected and that it was this that caused "Liz" to become "Beth". Jean wanted to stay with Beth in the hope that one day she might change back. Liz asks about her father. Jean doesn't want to answer further save assuring Liz that her father is still alive.

 

In the Computer room, Dr. Joynton is dishing out the dosages of HA57 to everyone including Simon and Liz. Dr. Joynton points out that the Director gets his dosage separately.
Later in the Fantasy room, Larry is attempting to interest an unresponsive Liz in trying out the fantasy apparatus. He accuses her of being like Beth, which upsets Liz. Larry calls Beth who is busy writing at a desk. He explains that the apparatus can also link fantasies between two or more people. Liz is suddenly interested in the idea when Larry mentions about a "trip to the moon". Beth is still unimpressed and reminds Larry that he joined the base after being made redundant and had nowhere to go. Larry and Liz settle down in the fantasy apparatus to experience their moon trip. Simon leaves them to it. Beth tells Simon that he and Liz are to report to Dr. Joynton the following morning for tests. She also reveals to a horrified Simon the nature of the AB experiments that are to be carried out on them - the replacement of body parts with artificial ones.

The following morning, the Director is overseeing Dr. Joynton's checking of Simon and Liz in the infirmary. He wants Dr. Joynton herself to carry out the operations and outlines the schedule for the children's surgery including a heart replacement for Simon. Dr. Joynton wants to take a cast of Liz's arm in preparation for the replacement of it with an artificial one. Liz is mortified and Simon tries vainly to reassure her. Liz and the doctor head off out of the Infirmary leaving Simon alone with the Director. The Director quietly warns Simon off entering his office in future. Simon apologetically says he was just curious and tries to impress the Director with the knowledge he gained from Bukov about "depth research". The Director is having none of it and accuses Simon of wanting to gain the knowledge of the longevity drug for his own ends. He begins to launch into a verbal attack on the boy when he suddenly stops dead; frozen in mid sentence. Slowly, Simon tries to examine him but the black out only last a few seconds. The Director returns to consciousness and calmly warns Simon off. He leaves a puzzled Simon in the Infirmary alone.

A distraught Liz is explaining to Jean about the AB experiments. Jean, too, is horrified by their nature and suggests Liz and Simon return back through the time barrier. Liz says she can't until she finds out what happened to her father. Jean still refuses to tell her. In a moment of calm, Liz asks Jean why she let her and Simon return back through the time barrier back in 1970? Jean cannot recall ever having done this. She recalls their return from 1940 but nothing else. She admits that the ice box scares her and that the only reason she stays there is for Liz's father's sake. In revealing this, she asks that Liz and Simon leave back through the time barrier.

In the Computer room, Larry and Dr. Bukov are hooking the Director up directly to the computer. Simon watches and asks Bukov to explain the process. Quietly, Simon tells Bukov about the blackouts, which he has seen the Director have: first in his office then again in the Infirmary. Bukov guardedly says he has seen nothing of this behaviour in the Director. As he attempts to explain away the incidents, he interrupted by Larry who informs him that there is a power surge. Bukov says to mention the blackouts to no one. As Bukov goes across to Larry, Simon leaves the Computer room.

In the corridor outside, he meets Liz and tells her the Director is on brain link. They can get into his office now and find out about the longevity drug. Liz is still obsessed with the situation involving her mother and Beth. Simon adds about her obvious interest in Larry in the Fantasy room earlier. Their "lover's tiff" is broken up by Dr. Joynton on her way to the Fantasy room.

In the Fantasy room, Beth is busy with her papers as Dr. Joynton hooks herself up to the fantasy apparatus. As the doctor settles into her fantasy, Beth leaves the room.
Simon and Liz quietly enter the Director's office. Simon opens the secret door but their investigation is cut short by Beth. The two quickly hide as Beth enters. She sees the open door to the room beyond and goes inside. Once inside, she checks off readings as the children watch.

In the Fantasy room, Dr. Joynton is experiencing some discomfort and staggers from the fantasy apparatus struggling for breath.
Simon and Liz elect to leave the office but stumble by the desk making a noise that alerts Beth.
Dr. Joynton is struggling to reach a switch set into the wall.
Beth sees the children trying to escape the office when an alarm klaxon blares out. All of them head for the Fantasy room where Dr. Bukov has discovered the prone form of Dr. Joynton. He turns her body face up to reveal a haggard ancient and very dead face...

 


Complete cast for part four

Cheryl Burfield (Liz Skinner), Spencer Banks (Simon Randall), Iris Russell (Jean Skinner), John Barron (Devereaux), Mary Preston (Beth Skinner), 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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