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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

Episode 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 Year of the Burn Up - Part Seven

Written by Bruce Stewart

2957 finally admits to Beth he no longer believes in the Master Plan and that they must save the Community above all else.
Outside, Alpha 4 and the Deltas arrive in the Community with Vera their prisoner. Their noise causes the Misfits to come out of the huts. Simon calls out for the light but is shocked when Traynor throws it to the ground and smashes it. He says that nothing must stand in the way of the Master Plan. He turns to Alpha 4 and admonishes him for taking his time. He then tells him that he is resuming command.

 

Alpha 4 refuses to acknowledge Traynor's authority calling him a traitor to the Master Plan. He seems to believe more, 2957 however Traynor is quick to describe 2957's duplicity. Liz tries to defend him but Traynor dismisses her "lies" and taunts 2957. As Alpha 4 admits that he only came out into the jungle to gather evidence against 2957, he is faced with the quandary of who to believe... 2957 or Traynor! Finally, appearing to side with Traynor, he orders that the misfits (including Simon, Liz and 2957) be imprisoned in the huts and tells Traynor he'll decide everybody's fate in the morning. There will also have to be an inquiry into the matter. He leaves Traynor to his thoughts.

In the hut, Simon has made a make-shift model of the Earth and is showing Vera the problems that the planet is now facing, now that so much water has been pumped into Southern hemisphere. 2957 and Beth are discussing their fate at the hands of the technocrats. Beth bitterly regrets trusting Traynor. She asks 2957 if he really did betray Traynor. 2957 tells her that he has changed since then. Suddenly Simon comes up with a theory about the planet's burn up involving a build up of water vapour from the Southern oceans causing the various freak weather conditions they have been experiencing. 2957 chimes in and agrees with him. The very structural composition of the atmosphere is changing. Simon indicates that is the real Master Plan and, ultimately, what Traynor wants.

Outside, Alpha 4 checks with the guards that all is well and goes to join a contemplative Traynor. He tells Traynor that he plans to force- march the prisoners through the jungle before allowing the hovercrafts to pick them up. Traynor tells Alpha 4 about the background to the Master Plan and about how inefficient nature is and that he plans to remake the world. "Nature is finished now.... We observe her death throes!"

In the hut, Beth is tending to an injured misfit whilst Liz is sewing strips of material. A group of misfits observe 2957 as he attempts to cut a hole big enough to crawl through, in the side of the building. Beth takes the material from Liz and offers to continue commenting on Liz's inability with the needle and thread. Liz goes to join Simon. She asks him if they are watching the end of the world. Simon is unsure stating that it depends how far things go. He remains optimistic and tells her that when they go back through the time barrier, they can change this future and prevent it from happening. They can go back through the barrier whilst Beth and the misfits head for the caves. Much to Simon's annoyance, Liz brings up the subject of their intelligence tests again stating that nothing can change those...

Outside, Traynor tells Alpha 4 that he's going to get some rest for the early start the following morning. As Alpha 4 retires, one of the Delta hunters fails to notice the person-size hole that has appeared in the side of the "prison" hut.
Inside, 2957 tells Beth that once he's got all the misfits out to her, then they must all head for the caves. Beth tells 2957 to take care and is the first to sneak out of the escape hole. Liz and Simon are faking playing a game of chess so that all seems normal if anyone looks in on them, as the misfits begin to make their escape aided by 2957. As Liz makes a wrong move, Simon notices that one of the Delta hunters is about to discover the escape route. He rushes outside and tackles the guard. But too late, the hunter fires his gun and 2957 collapses to the ground.

 

In the mêlée, Beth manages to grab 2957 and drag him into the jungle after the other escaping misfits. Simon tries again to thwart the Delta hunter but by this time Alpha 4 and Traynor have been alerted and are on the scene. An angry Traynor grabs Simon and demands to know his part in the escape. Simon accuses Traynor of lying to them all as Alpha 4 gathers the Delta hunters into a search party. As Traynor grapples with Simon, Liz rushes out of the hut carrying a flaming torch with which she threatens Traynor. Traynor releases Simon as Liz then uses the bright light from the torch to incapacitate the clones along with Simon who has also grabbed one. The two extinguish the flames and attempt to go after Beth and the misfits. However, a recovered Traynor captures Simon. As Simon screams at Traynor that his Master Plan is destroying the world, Traynor madly defends the plan stating that even if the Earth's surface becomes uninhabitable, then man can live underground. Simon manages to elbow Traynor savagely in the stomach, leaving him recoiling in pain and collapsed on the ground. Free and about to run off into the jungle, Simon glances back and pauses. He goes to help the struggling old man to his feet. Traynor says he cannot keep up with the youngsters anymore. Simon questions Traynor about the Master Plan but gets very little sense from him. As Traynor continues his mad ramblings about the new world, Simon realises that the man he previously respected is now quite mad and truly beyond all help and he runs off into the jungle.

Beth, 2957 and the other misfits have stopped to catch their breath in a jungle clearing. Beth and Paul are tending the injured 2957. Suddenly, Liz and Vera let out a scream... They see Simon rushing into the clearing. Both are happy to see him. As Simon tries to catch his breath, Liz launches into another of her frantic speeches about her "low" intelligence and the computer tests. Simon surprises her by revealing that the tests mean nothing to him. He also reveals Traynor's plan for the world... 2957 manages, with the help of Beth and Paul, to stagger to his feet as the party move onwards through the jungle towards the caves.
Back at the community, Traynor is guzzling from a bowl of food as Alpha 4 watches. It is nearly two hours to daybreak. Alpha 4 orders the Delta hunters to set out of their search as he and Traynor follow them into the jungle.

Simon, Liz and the rest of the escapees are struggling to make their way through the dense and dry foliage of the dying jungle. The group stops to catch its collective breath as 2957 points to the jungle's edge and the wasteland beyond. He asks Simon and Liz to start getting the community across the wasteland and to the caves whilst he stays put and rests. Beth wants to stop with him but he refuses her help at first until Beth lays down the law and orders Simon and Liz to carry on without them.

Elsewhere in the jungle, Alpha 4 and Traynor's search party are making little headway. One of the Delta hunters collapses from heat exhaustion. Alpha 4 finds a scrap of material on the ground. Realising the misfits are somewhere ahead of them, he orders the party onward leaving the collapsed Delta to his fate.
Simon and Liz are running across the arid wasteland towards the caves followed by the rest of the misfits. Liz stumbles, forcing Simon to stop to help her to her feet. As the sun beats down stronger than ever, the group of misfits struggles on.
Beth is tending the almost delirious 2957. She helps him to his feet trying desperately to raise his spirits by offering to call him "29" for short.... or even "Simon".
Simon, Liz and the misfits finally reach the safety of the caves. To everyone's joy, they discover a fresh water spring inside. Simon and Liz pause before leaving to help Beth and 2957.... then Simon says they will return to the time barrier.
Alpha 4, Traynor and the last two Delta hunters stop at the edge of the jungle. As they pause to rest, Traynor suddenly sees something in the distance.

It is 2957 and Beth struggling to make their way across the wasteland. The group runs after them. As Simon and Liz are getting near them, 2957 stumbles and falls. Beth tries to help him as Alpha 4 and the Delta hunters are getting closer and closer. Simon and Liz finally catch up with Beth and 2957..... unfortunately, so do their pursuers. As Alpha 4 and the Delta hunters hold the group at gunpoint, an exhausted Traynor shambles up behind them. He tells them they cannot escape... "No one escapes the new world!" He indicates to the hunters to shoot them. Much to his horror the first of the Delta hunters collapses to the floor as the heat and bright light from the overpowering sun begin to have their effect on the clones. Suddenly, Alpha 4 appears to have a fit and letting out a guttural cry, he too collapses dead to the ground. As the sun glares ever brighter, Beth and Simon help 2957 to his feet. Beth says that the brightness of the sun will keep the clones away, and her community safe from them. Simon promises her that he and Liz will make sure they are all safe. The group begins to move off ignoring the pathetic calls of the now frantic Traynor. Traynor fumbles at the still corpses of the Delta hunters trying vainly to revive them. He then notices the body of Alpha 4: its eyes staring blindly skywards. Traynor pauses for a moment before he too looks to the heavens...

 


Complete cast list for part Seven

Denis Quilley (Commander Traynor), Cheryl Burfield (Liz Skinner), Spencer Banks (Simon Randall), Mary Preston (Beth Skinner), David Graham (2957), Brian Pettifer (Paul), Merdel Jordine (Vera), Ian Fairbairn (Alpha 4), Patrick Durkin (Delta 22)

Script editor Ruth Boswell
Scientific Advisor Geoffrey Hoyle
Film Camerman Michael Boultbee
Designer Michael Eve
Director Peter Jefferies
Producer John Cooper

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