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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 Six

Written by Victor Pemberton

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...

 

Pitman enters the children's room. Liz and Simon cower back from him as Simon defiantly says that they will not submit to his hypnotherapy. Pitman is calm and tries to reassure the two children. He is there to help them. Liz and Simon are dubious at first until Pitman mentions that Traynor is scared of them.

In Dr. Frazer's office, Traynor is calming down slightly. He pours a drink and quickly downs it before replacing the file in the desk drawer. He pauses for a moment, looking at the huge portrait of Morgan C. Devereaux that hangs over the fireplace. Deep in thought, he glances across the room towards the bookcase directly opposite the painting. There is something about the bookcase that is giving him cause to think. He reaches under the desk where he finds a button that activates a hidden mechanism. The whole bookcase swings across revealing a secret room beyond.

Jean is panicking. The vision of Traynor beyond the time barrier has frightened her and Frank is trying to calm her down. He tells her to look into the barrier. There is nothing there. She is adamant though - Traynor WAS there! More to the point though, where were Liz and Simon? She can feel their presence. She turns from the barrier, then points into the distance... towards R1. That's where they'll find them. Frank grabs her and virtually drags her towards the car. At last, they are getting somewhere.

Pitman is bemused by Simon's revelation that Traynor is a clone until he realises that Dr. Frazer was trying to warn him about Traynor earlier. He relates the crux of their conversation telling the children about Traynor's instability and the fact that "...he was only half the genius that Devereaux intended him to be." Pitman is still confused. He was told that Devereaux was the first clone subject and that he died during the experiments. Simon agrees that Devereaux did die BUT that Traynor was the subject of the cloning experiments, not Devereaux himself. Simon goes on to relate the fact that the original Traynor posed a threat to Devereaux's work. The only way that Devereaux could stop him was by creating a clone of the Commander. But Devereaux died before he could achieve his ambition of creating "...the mental and physical reproduction of human cells." As Liz points out, if they hadn't gone through the time barrier none of this would have come out and only Dr. Frazer would be aware of Traynor's secret. Pitman states that Traynor is now a madman. Simon agrees that he must be stopped...

"The clone has been constructed from the past to create the future - a future where technology comes first and people last. His mind is within both worlds and they cannot be reconciled. The clone of Traynor could have been the most brilliant scientific brain the world has ever known but that brain is incomplete... Tortured by what he doesn't know and what he cannot foresee. It cannot face it's own reality..." As Simon continues to postulate on the clone's state of mind, Traynor is staring at a second closed door beyond the bookcase's secret panel. He turns to the desk again and removes a key. Again, he is frozen in terror as he looks at it.

Back in the room with no windows, Simon concludes that if they allow the clone Traynor to interpret Devereaux's technological masterplan his way, it could mean the end of mankind, as they know it. Liz reveals to Pitman that she and Simon have been to the future and know, first hand, what will happen to the world. Pitman is convinced of their integrity and asks what they should do now? Liz adds another unanswered question into the scenario. If the Commander Traynor they are dealing with is a clone, where is the real Commander Traynor and what has happened to him? Simon points out that for the cloning process to work, the real Traynor must still be alive. As he reveals this, Dr. Frazer walks silently into the room. Calmly he confirms Simon's hypothesis.

In Dr. Frazer's office, the clone Traynor slowly approaches the door's lock with the key. As he moves to insert the key, he starts shaking. He cannot bring himself to open the door and bangs on it violently. He calls out "Why?" adding, "Who are you?" After a brief moment, he regains some degree of composure. He crosses to the desk and operates the hidden switch to close the secret panel. Then he rushes from the room heading off down the corridor just as Liz, Simon and Pitman narrowly miss him as they head for Dr. Frazer's office.

Once in the office, they scramble about the desk trying to find the hidden switch Dr. Frazer has just told them about. As Pitman carries on looking, Simon finds the biological diagram of Charles Traynor and shows it to Liz. Pitman finds the switch and activates it. The bookcase swings aside to reveal the locked door.

At the gates of R1, Frank and Jean arrive in their car. Both get out and dash for the gates. They are locked and Frank calls out to be let in. Jean is worried. She knows the children are in danger. Frank attempts to climb the gate but is stopped by a guard who brandishes a gun toward the frightened couple.

   

The Traynor clone enters the room with no windows only to find it apparently empty. Dr. Frazer steps out from behind the door and tells him that he is too late. Traynor accuses the doctor of letting them go and threatens to tarnish Frazer's name in the scientific world. Dr. Frazer, however, is resigned to the fact that his name is tarnished anyway, ever since he started working with Morgan C. Devereaux. He now sees the flaws in Devereaux's schemes. Devereaux wanted the future for himself but could never have it. That's why he created the Traynor clone! Dr. Frazer admits before the clone that he knew it could never had worked. The clone pauses for a moment before turning and leaving the room. Dr. Frazer makes no attempt to stop him.

Having found the secret door, Liz, Simon and Pitman are now trying to find the key. It is Liz who finds it, where the clone Traynor discarded it on the carpet. Simon grabs it from her and tries it in the lock. It fits. Liz is cautious and worried about what they may find beyond. Simon slowly opens the door. In the bare room beyond is a small bed. Sitting on the bed in a plain shirt and dark trousers is the figure of a man, head bowed and hidden. Gently, Simon calls out to him. The hunched figure turns, his face revealed. It is Commander Charles Traynor...

Pitman explains to the apparently weary prisoner about the clone. Simon is still amazed that they have found the real Traynor whilst Liz is horrified to think that the Commander has been a prisoner ever since they left him in 1965. Traynor is disturbed and aghast that he has been locked up for the past five years, but the years have given him cause to think and to come to know himself.

The clone Traynor is in the room with the mannequin effigies. He is still tormented and finds that the voices in his mind appear to be coming from the dummy heads scattered about the room. He whirls about turning to face them as they call out his name. Maddened by their voices, he starts to wreck the room before he suddenly comes face to face with one of the heads. It is a copy of his face... He runs from the room in terror.

The real Commander Traynor is calmly telling Liz, Simon and Pitman about the first time he saw his clone. Simon asks how long it was before he realised what they were doing to him. Traynor admits that the passage of time was meaningless to him during his imprisonment but he believes it was about a year. Pitman is more inquiring about the processes that were used. Traynor reels of a list of procedures that include hypnotherapy, psychiatric treatment and skin grafting. Pitman asks about HA57. Before the Commander can answer, Dr. Frazer tells them it doesn't work. It never has done. He is standing at the door. He reveals that Devereaux himself took the drug in order to prove that it worked. It didn't and he died a broken man, unable to accept that he had been wrong.

Simon is reminded of the clone Devereaux in the Ice Box and his inability to accept his own failure. Liz asks what will become of all the volunteers who took the HA57... Dr. Frazer admits they will all die unless they can find a way to halt the rejection symptoms. Liz is mortified and Pitman questions how he ever became involved in it all. Dr. Frazer then states that regardless of anyone's conscience, they are about to loose Devereaux's great dream of the future. The clone's mind is poised between life and death. "His mind is struggling against something he knows nothing about..." It's own past. Dr. Frazer continues explaining the clone's dire situation unaware that it is listening at the door to his every word. Frazer tries to convince the real Traynor of the validity of Devereaux's dream but Simon is quick to warn him about the danger that the technological masterplan poses. He explains to Dr. Frazer that the secret of the longevity drug would have been the final part of the clone's quest to perpetuate Devereaux's masterplan. That was why he wanted Simon to get it from the Devereaux clone in the Ice Box. But the masterplan itself was flawed and would only create a terminal future for mankind resulting in the burn up. But Dr. Frazer still cannot see the flaws in the plan. As he argues Devereaux's case, all are unaware that the clone Traynor is moving towards the desk. He operates the hidden switch and the bookcase slides across the room's entrance locking them all in the real Traynor's prison.

As Frank and Jean are being frogmarched at gunpoint by one of R1's guard across the centre's grounds, they are confronted by the Traynor clone. He sees them and appears to panic, running off in the opposite direction. The Skinner's guard is distracted enough for Frank to overpower him much to his wife's horror. As Jean heads off towards the centre's main building to get the children, Franks goes after Traynor.

In the reception area, Jean calmly crosses over to the main desk. She asks to speak to the director in charge. The man behind the desk tells her that Dr. Frazer is unavailable. He asks her for an ID card. Jean looks uneasy.

Pitman is trying to get Dr. Frazer to tell him the way out of the room. The real Traynor is resigned to the fact that there is none. Simon is worried that the clone will get away but Traynor is more optimistic that the pressures building up inside his mind will put a stop to him. He thinks the clone is unable to face it's past - of how he came into being.

The clone Traynor is now face to face with the time barrier at the St. Oswald's Naval Station. Frank has caught up with him and calls out his name. He turns to face the approaching Frank.

The man behind the desk is talking on the phone asking if Dr. Frazer is expecting any visitors. His back is towards Jean who takes the opportunity and silently moves off into the building.

Liz and Simon are sitting back to back on the real Traynor's bed. Liz promises never to have anything more to do with the time barrier if they manage to escape. Simon is more positive and suggests that their journeys through the time barrier have been more of a privilege; something nobody else can do. They are reminded of their future selves. Liz wouldn't mind growing up like the Beth they saw during the burn up. She continues commenting that although Controller 2957 was "a bit square", she could see him and Beth getting along together. Simon is shocked. 2957 was/is him... but he doesn't have time to agree or disagree. Pitman has heard a noise coming from Dr. Frazer's office beyond. Liz and Simon rush up to listen with him.

Jean has found her way to Dr. Frazer's office. She looks round the room. She sees the desk and, in turn, discovers the diagram of the clone Traynor where Simon had discarded it earlier. She is horrified by its implications. As she moves to leave, she hears a voice calling out. She stops at the door. Suddenly, there are several voices calling out for help. She immediately recognises one of them as Liz's. She moves towards the bookcase.

Frank has caught up with the clone Traynor. He demands to know where Liz and Simon are. Traynor is silent. Suddenly, Frank hears the voice of his daughter calling out to him. He turns and sees Liz, Simon and Jean running towards him followed by Pitman helping to support the real Traynor. Frank throws open his arms to greet his daughter. Everyone is together now but the happiness of the reunion is broken by the sight of both Traynors standing face to face.

   

Frank cannot believe what he is seeing. Simon moves towards the clone Traynor but the real one holds him back telling him to leave it to him. He approaches the clone and the two identical figures are now within inches of each over. The clone cries out, "Who are you?" The real Traynor tells the clone that he is it's past and it's future. The clone retorts that there is no past... only the future! The real Traynor tells the clone that it doesn't exist. It is a product of their minds, their imaginings. The clone is panicky as the real Traynor tells it to find itself before it is too late. The clone won't do it. He was man's greatest chance... to change everything. Finally, the real Traynor reinforces himself. "You don't exist!" He tells him again. Strangely, a force appears to have gripped the clone. Like a strong breeze building to a thundering gale, it grips not just the clone but begins to throw the whole group off balance. Liz, Simon, Jean, Frank and Pitman fall to the ground as the force from the time barrier builds. Only the two Traynors remain standing.

   

The real Traynor watches horrified as the clone is grabbed, as if by some unseen hand, and dragged towards the time barrier. The clone is flat on his stomach and clawing at the ground but the time barrier's power is too great and it drags him closer and closer to its threshold. Gripping clumps of grass and screaming in terror the clone is pulled through the barrier and vanishes. The real Commander Traynor stares at the empty field in disbelief. The rest of the group pick themselves up and Simon joins Traynor as the two look towards the now silent naval station. "Why?" asks Simon. Traynor explains that the time barrier was the one thing it feared. It claimed the clone as it once claimed Liz and Simon. He also adds cryptically that the clone is "...out there somewhere! Neither in the past or the future." They are joined by Liz who asks if the clone has gone for good. Traynor admits that they may possibly meet him again on the other side of the time barrier. Liz and Simon look at each other and break into a smile. They leave Traynor and rejoin Liz's parents, as the group walk away leaving Commander Traynor lost in his thoughts, gazing towards the spot where his clone disappeared through the time barrier...

 


Complete cast for part six

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), Bruce Beeby (Desk Attendant)

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

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