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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 Five

Written by Victor Pemberton

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.

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...

 

In their kitchen, Frank is questioning Jean about where Liz and Simon could be. She doesn't know and Frank is getting more frustrated by the minute. He apologises for his abruptness to her. They both want to find the two children but are at a loss. Frank suggests going direct to Colonel Murray at Whitehall. Jean points out how fantastic the story of Liz and Simon's disappearance would sound to him. Franks tries to get Jean to recall the details of the office she saw Liz and Simon in whilst she was under the influence of hypnosis. Jean cannot remember much about it - just the children. Frank tries to dig deeper. He reminds her of the man behind the desk. She didn't trust him. Jean breaks down and cannot face her husband's questioning. She is scared she may never see Liz or Simon again.

In an operating theatre at R1, surgeons are tending to an old man obviously near death. Nearby Dr. Frazer and Pitman are examining a slide under a microscope. Both men look weary. The conclusion from the examination is obvious to Pitman. HA57 doesn't work. They should stop the experiments now. They have no right to test a drug that hasn't been proven "...on the laboratory bench." It needs at least another five years, he concludes. Dr. Frazer is more oblique. He suggests that there comes a time when human life has to be put at some form of risk in biological research. He still has the faith that HA57 will be as beneficial one day to humankind as penicillin is. Pitman points out that HA57 is having the reverse effect to that which Devereaux predicted. It isn't slowing the ageing process... it's speeding it up. Pitman tries to argue further but Dr. Frazer is having none of it. He turns to a nurse and orders her to have the patient removed back to the ward.
In the corridor outside, Pitman confront Dr. Frazer again. He asks why they have to extend human life. Dr. Frazer storms off towards reception as Pitman heads off in the other direction. He passes the group of men bringing Liz and Simon back into R1. As the group stand at the reception desk, an old woman exits the lift and stumbles before collapsing to the floor. Liz goes across to help and, to her horror, realises that the old woman is Maria. She calls her name but Maria mumbles deliriously. Pitman joins the group and tells the orderlies to get the patient on oxygen. He heads off and runs straight into Commander Traynor. He tells the Commander he wants to talk to him and explains that the patients are not responding to treatment. Traynor suggests they discuss it later, despite the fact that Pitman warns that some of them may be dead within 48 hours. As Traynor walks off, Pitman stares horrified after him.

Liz and Simon have been locked in the room with no windows. Liz points out that now they are back in their own time, anything could happen to them. Simon indicates the far wall and suggests something may be beyond it. He is still puzzled by the fact that time has appeared to stand still on this side of time barrier. Traynor and his men were waiting for them in exactly the same positions in the Ministry field as they were when they originally escaped to 1965. The children are shocked when they realise that Commander Traynor is standing at the door listening to the "...most interesting theory." He closes the door and smiles, urbanely asking Simon to explain it to him.

As Jean is clearing the kitchen table, Frank is desperately thumbing through the yellow pages trying to find a number for the Ministry of Forward Development at Whitehall. He finds it and makes for the telephone. Jean tries to consider the situation more carefully but Frank is adamant. He gets through to the Ministry and demands to speak to Commander Traynor.

In the room with no windows, Traynor is still questioning Liz and Simon. Simon argues that HA57 doesn't work. Traynor's way of controlling time for humankind is flawed and he knows it. Traynor appears to agree but, as he points out, the two of them have seen the future and can help him progress the research by twenty years. Simon reminds him that he was unable to discover the formula for the HA57 in the Ice Box. Liz wants to know why he is holding them prisoner, after all the help they've given him. Traynor rebuffs her with the fact that they've done nothing but hinder. Liz tries to remind him about the help they gave in 1965 when he was a prisoner of Devereaux. Traynor seems taken aback for a moment and repeats the year 1965 under his breath. Simon demands answers: Why did he lie to them? What happened in the room after they left him? Why was he given a year's leave of absence from his office? HA57 doesn't work... Traynor is confronted with the horrible truth about the experiments on the young volunteers and clutches his forehead in apparent anguish. He turns to face Simon who steps back in fear. There is a pause before the Commander turns and heads silently out of the room.

Frank is still on the telephone demanding to speak with Traynor. He threatens to go straight to the Minister himself. Dejected, Frank replaces the receiver explaining to Jean they hung up on him. Frank believes Traynor is there and is refusing to take his call. Despite Jean's protests, he plans to go to Whitehall and find the Commander himself. Then it is Frank's turn to protest as his wife decides to accompany him. Jean makes Frank realise that as Liz's mother, she has as much of a stake in the situation as he does.

Liz is lying on the bed when she suddenly announces that she thinks Commander Traynor is "stark raving mad." Simon thinks there is more to it than that. When they mentioned the events of 1965, he seemed troubled by it. Liz points out that the Commander has changed from then. Suddenly Simon recalls something that Dr. Bukov told him in the Ice Box about clones - that a clone only remembers what happened to it from the point at which it was created. "All the previous memories are only partially transmitted." It takes seconds for Liz to realise the implications and for Simon to acknowledge that the final piece in the jigsaw had been staring them in the face all the time... The Commander Traynor who met them at St. Oswald's, who had dealings with Liz's parents and sent Simon back to the Ice Box is really a clone! Devereaux's clone in the Ice Box was only a projection within a time bubble. In reality, the clone didn't survive. Devereaux cloned Traynor instead!

 

At Whitehall, Frank is talking to Miss Stebbins in Traynor's office. She is warning him that he can expect serious trouble from breaking into a government building. He angrily demands that the secretary tell him where Traynor is and more to the point, where his daughter and Simon Randall are. She recognises Simon's name but continues to insist that Commander Traynor is unavailable and cannot be disturbed. She lets slip that he is at R1. Frank asks what R1 is but Miss Stebbins refuses to elaborate. Suddenly, Jean bursts into the room much to Miss Stebbins' chagrin. She recognises the office as the one she 'saw' under hypnosis. Frank becomes more assertive and demands to see Traynor. He wants to know the whereabouts of R1. Miss Stebbins is evasive until Frank points out that his daughter's life is at stake. Without a word, she opens a notepad and starts to write directions on it.

Simon is asleep. He is woken by the sound of voices. He wakes Liz up. The voices appear to be coming from a vent above the bed. He realises it is Traynor.

In the room next door, Traynor, Pitman and Dr. Frazer are tending to a clearly critically ill Maria. She is unconscious. Pitman forcefully points out to Traynor the failure of HA57. He wants the longevity programme cancelled. Traynor refuses point blank and Pitman leaves. Dr. Frazer calmly tells Traynor that he agrees with Pitman. Many of the other patients are showing similar symptoms to Maria. Traynor still wants to carry on the programme insisting it will succeed. The cloning programme will also go ahead.

Simon listens as Traynor tells Dr. Frazer that Devereaux's future must succeed and that they must "open the minds of those who are unwilling to part with its secrets." Dr. Frazer realises Traynor is referring to Liz and Simon.

Dr. Frazer is aghast at Traynor's willingness to use hypnosis on the two children and reminds him that after the government investigation in 1965, they were "...forbidden to use human life in psychiatric research of this type." Traynor is adamant. The technological master plan will succeed purely through scientific research! He leaves an angered Dr. Frazer with his dying patient.

Liz asks Simon what he heard. Simon tells her that he heard enough to tell him that they need to escape. He indicates the false wall behind which he knows is a window that leads to the outside world.

Frank and Jean stop their car by the Ministry field. Frank wants to move on to R1 but Jean wishes to stop there a while. He acknowledges the fact that R1 is close by. Jean knows the children are somewhere about and wants to move closer to the time barrier. Despite Frank's protestations, Jean heads off towards it on her own. Frank follows.

Pitman is studying a microscope slide in the lab when Dr. Frazer enters. The doctor warns Pitman that he must leave as soon as possible. Pitman is suspicious and demands to know what Traynor really is. Dr. Frazer admits that he is a sick man. He must go on with the research. It is the way Devereaux wanted it. He further explains that the Commander "...exists on only half a brain." One half is genius that Devereaux created, the other is a danger to them all. Pitman suggests that Traynor is a schizophrenic but Dr. Frazer knows him to be worse than that.

Traynor enters Dr. Frazer's office. He closes the door and begins rifling through the doctor's desk. He picks out a folder titled "The Art of Genetic Synthesis - 3 - An Analysis by Morgan C. Devereaux" He frantically leafs through the pages until he finds an anatomical diagram of a human body. It bears the legend "Charles Traynor 1965-1967" Attached to it is a portrait photograph of him.

Simon manages to wrench the cover from the air vent above the bed. It's to little avail since the hole is too small for either of them. Simon wanders about and tries the door handle. Liz reflects again on the fate of Beth and her world during the burn up. Simon reminds her again that the futures they see beyond the time barrier are only projections and that they can prevent them from happening. Liz says she feels sorry for Commander Traynor - being the first of a new species. Simon points out that Traynor's problems are worse than that since he only has "...half a brain." His mind is split in two with neither side knowing what the other is doing. "Like living in sunshine on one side and darkness on the other." He acknowledges that the Traynor clone is beyond any help now.

In Dr. Frazer's office, Traynor is staring aghast at the file.

Jean is staring into the time barrier. She can see something. Frank asks her what. She isn't sure but it isn't Liz. Suddenly, she realises that it is Traynor himself.

As Traynor become more and more agitated by the contents of the file, he is struck by a shaft of sunlight through the office window. Reeling from the brightness, he crosses to the window and closes the curtains plunging the room into darkness. He turns, terrified at the realisation of his true nature...

 


Complete cast for part five

Cheryl Burfield (Liz Skinner), Spencer Banks (Simon Randall), Iris Russell (Jean Skinner), Derek Benfield (Skinner), Denis Quilley (Commander Traynor), Ian Fairbairn (Dr. Frazer), Pitman (John Swindells), Randall (John Cazabon)*1, Teresa Scoble (Miss Stebbins), Mary Larkin (Maria)*2.

Script Editor Ruth Boswell
Scientific Adviser Geoffrey Hoyle
Designer Gerry Roberts
Director Ron Francis
Producer John Cooper

*1 - Although credited in the end titles, John Cazabon does not appear in the episode.

*2 - Mary Larkin appears as a bed-ridden Maria in the episode but is un-credited in the end titles.

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