of the Ice Box - Part Five
Written by Bruce Stewart
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 and then gently closes the late Dr. Joynton's
eyes, pronouncing her dead.
The Director joins everyone in the Fantasy Room and asks why
the alarm was sounded. When he notices the crumpled figure on
the floor he asks what happened and if everything was in order.
Beth asks if it might have been the longevity drug. The Director
states that the drug cannot fail as he checked the dosages whilst
on brain link to the computer, and that the reason for Dr. Joynton's
death is obvious - citing negligence to such a degree as to be
In the corridor outside, the Director summons Larry and relieves
him of his duty claiming the error must have been his during the
manufacturing of the last batch of the drug. Larry protests that
he manufactured the dosages to the Director's instructions, which
the Director perceives as Larry's attempt to shift the blame onto
him. Liz intercedes to protest Larry's innocence, with Beth flying
to the Director's defence. Jean tries to calm Liz resulting in
the Director questioning Jean's apparent closeness to her. Jean
makes an excuse that she was just being nice to Liz and Simon
who were unhappy after their arrival at the Ice Box. Beth then
reveals to the Director that immediately prior to the alarm being
sounded, she had caught the two children in his office. Simon
says they were in there to 'find out things.' Liz adds that they
had found another computer in the room at the rear of the office
and asks what it is and then accuses Beth of knowing something
about it. The Director orders that Liz and Simon be placed behind
an electronic shield in the Fantasy Room, which Beth agrees with.
The Director then turns his attention to Larry and tells him that
a computer memory bank check will soon determine where he went
wrong. Larry asks Beth what she thinks about the 'human error'
the Director is talking about but she refuses to be drawn on it
merely telling Larry he is 'confined to quarters.' A disconsolate
Larry remarks he is now out of Beth's way - just as she wanted.
Once again, Liz criticises Beth's seemingly cold attitude.
In the Computer Room Dr. Bukov is checking the computer log and
notices a break in the flow of information on one of the tapes.
He double-checks it but the fault is still there.
The Director and Beth are consulting the computer regarding the
HA57 dosages for Dr. Joynton. The computer reports that there
was NO error in the manufacturing and suggests a 'Depth Check'
of the procedure. Beth states that the computer read out clears
Larry but the Director suspects that there is an emotional link
between her and Larry. Beth protests, retorting that she dislikes
Larry. The Director points out to her that dislike is in itself
evidence of an emotional link and goes on to point out that Beth's
behaviour is very much like that of Liz. He urges her to discard
all emotional reactions. Beth defends herself saying that since
taking the intelligence enhancement course, she has had only one
aim - the pursuit of science. They return to the subject of the
death of Dr. Joynton with the Director agreeing that a 'Depth
Check' is required. The Director describes his relationship with
the computer as being 'subtle' and that they sometimes lay little
'traps' for each-other. This seems to disquiet Beth. The Director
asks Beth if she knows what the 'Inner Computer' in the room at
the rear of the office is for. Beth tells the Director that she
believes the computer is just to help him in his research but
the Director reveals there is a secret in there too... He relates
to Beth that if Larry was not responsible for the error in the
HA57 manufacture then someone else must have been... Liz and Simon!
The Director then prepares for the 'Depth Check', which will now
also incorporate his suspicions about the two children.
Liz and Simon are behind an electronic shield in the Fantasy
Room. Simon suspects that the Inner Computer may have something
to do with the testament that Dr. Bukov told him about. Liz is
frustrated that Simon is more concerned with the testament than
about the prospect of the AB experiment and all that it entails.
Simon assures her that nothing can happen to them, especially
her as she is already at the Ice Box in the form of Beth and that
Beth clearly doesn't have artificial body parts! Jean comes to
see the children and tells them that they must escape back through
the time barrier. Jean reflects on how hard her life has been
since Beth took the intelligence enhancement course and Frank
lost his business. Simon then hits on the idea that if Jean cannot
remember letting him and Liz come to the Ice Box then perhaps
it can be avoided by going back to 1970 and warning Jean then.
Liz is somewhat annoyed that Simon has worked all this out when
it is apparently too late - they're now trapped behind the electronic
Dr. Bukov is still checking the computer records. He takes one
of the spools, labels it and puts it to one side.
Outside in the corridor, a now free Larry is making his way to
the Computer Room. He pauses briefly outside the Director's office
and then moves on.
Larry enters the Computer Room where Bukov is surprised to see
him. Larry explains that his confinement to quarters has been
suspended - but doesn't seem too interested in why. Larry asks
what the tapes Bukov has set aside are for. Bukov explains that
they relate to some research he is doing and must be kept separate.
He seems to ponder for a second before asking Larry if he can
trust him, going on to tell a curious Larry about the special
project he and Dr. Joynton were charged with - Larry is shocked
that the project involved keeping the Director under close observation.
Bukov tells Larry that the tapes are part of the material he needs
for his report and that he needs Larry to know about them in case
anything should happen to him. He locks the tape in a cupboard
in the Computer Room, shows Larry the key before slipping it into
his pocket. Bukov leaves and Larry returns to his station. On
the monitor he notices Liz and Simon imprisoned behind the electronic
shield in the Fantasy Room.
Back in his office, the Director is becoming impatient as he
waits for the results of the Depth Check from Beth. As Beth is
examining the results, the Director gets up from the desk and
enters the 'Inner Computer' room. The readout Beth is examining
reveals that NO volunteers had been sent to the Ice Box for the
AB experiment. She is so startled by the news that she rushes
into the 'Inner Computer' room where she discovers the Director
hooked up to the computer. The Director appears to be in distress
and berates Beth for entering whilst he is at work and accuses
Beth and the rest of the staff of hindering him. Beth is clearly
terrified by the Director's condition and his erratic behaviour
and makes to leave the office. The Director calls her back, now
apparently recovered from his distress and tells her to cancel
the Depth Check as he has confirmed by 'personal depth contact'
with the computer that Liz and Simon were responsible for the
death of Edith Joynton. Beth argues otherwise and tells the Director
about the readout she received from the computer stating no volunteers
had been sent. The Director dismisses the message as a forgery
on the grounds of not having received it through his computer
brain link, once again blaming Liz and Simon for sabotage. As
he leaves he is becoming more and more unstable unnerving Beth
further and finally convincing her that the Director is in 'error'.
In the corridor outside the office, the Director is struggling
to regain his composure. Larry notices the Director's distress
and goes to help. He dismisses Larry - whom he initially fails
to recognise - with a comment about the base's temperature seeming
too high. Larry is perplexed but confirms he will attend to the
Larry enters the Fantasy Room to visit the children. He tells
them the Director is now blaming them for Dr. Joynton's death,
which astounds the children. Liz tells Larry that she has claustrophobia
so Larry agrees to blow the fuse controlling the shield. Before
leaving, Larry notices that indeed the temperature is higher than
normal... An apparently jealous Simon accuses Liz of flirting
Beth turns the computer monitor off and bustles out of the Director's
office with a sense of urgency.
The temperature gauge in the Computer Room is causing Larry some
concern. Beth enters and tells Larry she needs to talk to him.
Larry is sceptical that Beth would have anything that she would
want to talk to him about. She tells him about the instruction
not to proceed with the AB experiment and not to expect volunteers.
Larry says he was aware of the instructions, thus confirming that
the message was not a forgery, though he thought it had since
been countermanded. Larry tells Beth that the Director would have
the instructions on brain link anyway, so he would be the one
to ask. Beth is intrigued about the mention of brain links...
she scolds Larry for seeming preoccupied and rushing around the
Computer Room. Larry explains that there is a fault with the heating
system, causing a steady rise in temperature. When Beth isn't
looking, he shorts out the circuit controlling the electronic
shield holding Liz and Simon.
As soon as the shield falls, Liz and Simon head for the door
of the Fantasy Room and steal out into the corridor, narrowly
avoiding Dr. Bukov.
Larry is still trying to discover the reason for the increase
in temperature when Bukov enters the Computer Room and complains
about the heat, then Beth notices that the temperature is starting
to return to normal.
Simon and Liz enter the lobby of the Ice Box. Simon hands Liz
a survival suit and tells her to put it on.
In the Computer Room Beth indicates that the temperature is now
normal again. Dr. Bukov notes it is another breakdown in the standard
procedures of the base's systems. Beth is now also curious as
to the cause.
In the lobby Liz is suited up and is ready to leave for the time
barrier. However, Simon seems deep in thought. He then announces
he is staying to find out more about the longevity drug. Despite
Liz's protests, he propels her through the door, closing it behind
Outside Liz heads for where the time barrier is located. She passes
several of the large ice blocks (seen in episode one). Something
causes her to pause and examine one of the blocks more closely.
She cracks open a thin layer of ice to reveal a human face underneath.
To her horror, she realises it is the face of her father.
Complete cast for part five
Cheryl Burfield (Liz Skinner), Spencer Banks (Simon Randall),
Denis Quilley (Commander Traynor), Iris Russell (Jean Skinner),
Derek Benfield (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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