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