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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 Day of the Clone - Part Four

Written by Victor Pemberton

As Liz and Simon pass the time chamber room, Simon realises that Liz's bracelet is still in there. They must retrieve it otherwise Devereaux and his people will know they have been in there. Luckily for them the time chamber door is still open and they enter the regency-style room. Liz hunts round for it and sees it dangling on the back of a chair. Before she can pick it up, Simon grabs her. He reminds her that they were hiding on the floor when it was lost. Why is it now on the back of a chair? Before they can react, the door to the chamber is slammed shut. From another door emerge two security guards in gas masks brandishing guns.
Liz and Simon find themselves fastened into chairs in a darkened room. Lights play across their faces. Simon warns her not to reveal anything to their captors. Suddenly, the noise of the sound beam can be heard. Liz panics. Simon tells her to "hold on" as the sound beam rises in power...

Meanwhile at the Skinner's home in 1970, Jean is vacuuming the living room when she suddenly has a vision of Liz and Simon in danger. She freezes in terror as Frank enters the room. Seeing his wife in this state, he removes the vacuum cleaner's plug from the wall as she collapses unconscious to the floor.

 

Liz and Simon are now unconscious. The lights and the sound beam have ceased. De Sarem stands over them. He examines Simon and removes his restraints. He does the same to Liz. After moment's pause he tells them that from this moment they will obey only one voice and answer only the truth.

Jean, in a trance-like state, says "yes."

De Sarem continues his hypnotic to instructions to Liz and Simon, telling them they are asleep and than sleep is a purification of the consciousness. He also tells them that under his control, time holds no barrier and that the past, present and future are one. He moves to a microphone and speaks into it that they are ready. Over a loudspeaker, the voice of Devereaux asks them their names. Liz and Simon reply blankly. He asks them why they are here. Simon says they are seeking the secret of longevity adding that they are from the future and can help.

Later, Liz is awakened by Maria in the dormitory. She is happy to see her face and tells Maria about the awful noise from the sound beam. Maria attempts to reassure her that everyone feels that way after they first session in the time chamber. Liz is worried that Simon isn't there and Maria explains that he's probably in the boys' dorm. Suddenly, the louver doors open and Simon enters much to Liz's delight. The two greet each other with an air of celebration. Maria is puzzled. Simon explains that the two of them led De Sarem on, into thinking they had hypnotised them using the sound beam. As Simon points out to a still confused Maria, they can't be hypnotised because they are from the future. It's different for Maria and the volunteers because they are willing participants in the experiments. Simon warns Maria that Devereaux, Frazer and De Sarem are dangerous men. Devereaux has a plan "...to build an impossible future." Simon reveals to a more and more disturbed Maria that the hypnosis experiment is only a way of processing the mind for a more evil purpose. Liz reminds Maria that they are from the future and cannot change what they know has already happened.

Devereaux is with Dr. Frazer in his office. He is peering at a microscope slide and discussing HA57 as Dr. Frazer examines an x-ray photograph. The doctor reminds Devereaux that HA57 still needs to be tested on humans. Animal experimentation has worked but there is no guarantee of its success on man. Devereaux indicates to Dr. Frazer to examine the microscope slide. Dr. Frazer remains unconvinced even though the slide appears to suggest the survival of a person who would otherwise have died had it not been for HA57. Devereaux become infuriated by Dr. Frazer's casual dismissal of what he sees as HA57's success.

Liz is trying to convince Maria to help them escape. Maria is still unconvinced about Liz and Simon's tale of being from the future. She is upset that her faith in Devereaux has been compromised. Simon reveals that the drugs they will eventually use on her won't work. She may not be able to help herself but she can help Liz and Simon to "...change the future her way." She pauses for a moment before looking to Simon and asking what she can do to help.

Devereaux is preparing a syringe whilst discussing the ethics of experimenting of live specimens with Dr. Frazer. The doctor is adamant that Devereaux can't do it. Devereaux literally has another idea up his sleeve and moves to use the drug on himself to prove to Dr. Frazer that HA57 does work. He offers the reluctant doctor the syringe with which to inject him.

Outside the dormitory, Maria is leading Liz and Simon towards the exit passing a nurse on the way. She tells the two that they won't be able to get past reception but that there is another way, that they may not like that much! She leads them off.

The trio exit from the lift and Maria takes them into a room full of gurneys with what appear to be shroud-covered cadavers on them.

Back in the Skinner's front room, Jean is still unconscious on the settee. She is being examined by Dr. Ferguson. He tells a worried Frank that his wife appears to be in some form of self-hypnosis. He knows very little about the subject himself but advises Frank to leave her to "wake up" on her own. If he were to try and wake her, he couldn't be held responsible for what may happen...

In the room full of cadavers, Maria reveals to a shocked Liz and Simon that the bodies are merely mannequins. Maria says she has seen several different ones in use throughout the building. Simon deduces that they must be part of the cloning process (!) Maria tells the two to climb up onto the gurneys. She tries to cover them with sheets but they object. Maria explains that two men will arrive shortly to take away the two specimens nearest the door. It will be Liz and Simon's means of escape! Reluctantly, Liz and Simon lie back down. Maria then tells them that they will be taken to the pathology department which is five miles down the road and that once they get to the T-junction on the main road to St. Oswald they can jump out. Liz and Simon are still concerned as Maria moves their gurneys nearer the door. As they hear the sound of the truck arriving, she wishes them good luck and leaves. Dr. Frazer enters the room and lets two men in through the delivery entrance. He indicates the covered gurneys with the hidden Liz and Simon on them. The two men take them out of the room as Maria watches from a hidden vantage point. As the gurney with Simon on is about to be removed, Dr. Frazer moves to lift the sheet to examine the "body". Maria leaps out from her hiding place to distract him. She calls his name. Dr. Frazer moves to her explaining that she should know that this is a restricted area. Maria says she was on her way to time chamber four but lost her nerve. Dr. Frazer assures her that there is nothing to be worried about and that the "brainwashing" she refers to is nothing more than a mental stimulant. Maria remains unconvinced and refuses to take any further part in the experiments. Dr. Frazer reminds her that she is a volunteer and can leave at any time. Maria wants to leave now. Dr. Frazer calmly suggests they have a word with Devereaux. It would only be common courtesy.

 

Having escaped from the Devereaux Institute, they make their way to Whitehall and find themselves in Traynor's office standing before George Pointer. He demands to know why they have barged into a government building. Simon says they can't tell him why and Liz says that they must speak to Colonel Murray about Commander Traynor. He seems surprised at the mention of Traynor's name and offers the two children chairs. He then tells them that he's taken over Traynor's job.

Jean is rousing from her trance-like state and calls for Frank. He asks if she is all right. She appears distraught and it becomes obvious that she is linked mentally to Liz who is currently in George Pointer's office in 1965.

Simon tells Pointer that they are Traynor's niece and nephew as he spies something on the desk before them that appears to be a microphone. Simon tries to bluff further, as he reveals that they were actually trying to look for "...an excuse to get into the building little realising they'd be breaking government regulations." Liz remains quiet. The story seems to convince Pointer who asks them to wait in the office whilst he gets someone to escort them from the building. Once he has left, Liz tries to ask Simon for an explanation. He quickly silences her and moves to Pointer's desk drawer. He opens it to reveal a hidden tape recorder. Quietly and solemnly, he tells Liz they must try and get back home.

Mr. Randall answers his front door to Liz and Simon. Simon apologises for leaving so abruptly last visit but Mr. Randall is having none of it. Liz protests that they must be allowed in as it concerns his son's future career. Mr. Randall is curious. Liz says they were speaking to Simon's teacher and she told them how intelligent he is. Mr. Randall is flattered and lets them into the parlour. He goes off to fetch young Simon who is upstairs doing his homework. Simon reaches out for the time barrier. He finds it. Liz tells him she is scared of what lies beyond the barrier and where they might end up. Even if they do get back, how can they stop what is going to happen. Simon explains that it isn't Traynor who affected the world but Devereaux. The Devereaux in the Ice-box wasn't a real clone. He was a projection of one. The real Devereaux is the cause of the burn up and not Traynor. Liz is confused and needs more explanation but Simon drags her into the time barrier before he can explain further. Mr. Randall returns to the parlour to find the children gone... again... much to his annoyance.

Liz and Simon find themselves in the familiar surroundings of the Ministry field. As they wonder what the year is, they come face to face with Commander Traynor standing with a group of white-coated scientists watching them. They are standing in the same positions that they were in when Liz and Simon escaped from them into the barrier. Traynor orders the men to take the children away. As they are led from the field, Traynor stares impassively into the time barrier...

 


Complete cast for part four

Cheryl Burfield (Liz Skinner), Spencer Banks (Simon Randall), Iris Russell (Jean Skinner), Derek Benfield (Skinner), Denis Quilley (Commander Traynor), John Barron (Devereaux), John Cazabon (Mr. Randall), Mary Larkin (Maria), Ian Fairbairn (Dr. Frazer), Derek Sydney (De Sarem), Keith Grenville (Dr. Ferguson), Richard Thorp (George Pointer).

Script Editor Ruth Boswell
Scientific Adviser Geoffrey Hoyle
Designer Gerry Roberts
Director David Foster
Producer John Cooper

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