EPISODE 4: FROM THE DEPTHS
First of a two part story
A body is washed up on a Norfolk beach, horribly mutilated. The TARDIS lands in Norwich, where the Doctor wishes to attend a conference at Norwich Cathedral on gothic architecture. Donna is not impressed, so Ben agrees to go with her on a walk about the town. In a café, Ben and Donna overhear an eccentric tramp babbling on about having hitched from coastal town Hunstanton to get away from ‘the creatures’ that stalk the streets at night there. “They come in from Brancaster Bay” he claims. Everybody else ignores the tramp, however as they are leaving, Ben & Donna see two men get up from a table, grab the tramp & bundle him into a car.Ben & Donna contact the Doctor who agrees to investigate that evening and the TARDIS lands near Brancaster Bay. However the whole area is cordoned off with security fences with ‘New World Enterprises’ signs, Stephen Poole’s company. The Doctor learns from a local fisherman Jack that the whole area has been cordoned off for supposed research purposes, however the local community believe that something is being secretly dumped off the coast. The Doctor persuades Jack to take him out in the fishing boat, while Ben & Donna book into as b&b in Hunstanton to check out the tramp’s story. Out at sea at night, the Doctor and Jack witness canisters being dumped off the side of a large boat. They are seen and men from the boat start shooting at them. Back in Hunstanton, Ben & Donna are exploring the streets at night when they are confronted by….. Silurians!
EPISODE 5: REPTILIAN DAWN
Ben & Donna are chased by Silurians, while the Doctor is captured by the boat crew after Jack is shot dead. The crew leader admits to illegally dumping chemicals off the coast to save time and cash . However the ship is attacked by Sea Devils who kill most of the crew . The Doctor tries to reason with them, however they argue that the canisters are rupturing in the depths and polluting the sea. ‘We have come to reclaim our earth from the irresponsible usurper species’ they claim. Meanwhile, Silurians and Sea Devils emerge all along the Norfolk coast in their thousands and begin a relentless march to Norwich.Ben & Donna hide in a disused warehouse, where Ben phones UNIT & Torchwood. Emerging, they find the Silurians gone . The Doctor uses a Venusian Bliss Spray (shaped like a cigarette lighter) to stun the Sea Devils into a state of happy lethargy and escapes in Jack’s fishing boat. UNIT arrive , as does a para-military force owned by Poole’s New World Enerprises. A huge row ensues about the ethics of using reason first or just force against the Silurians, however the New World Enerprises group pre-empt the conclusion by spraying nerve chemicals all over the marching Silurian/Sea Devil hoards , killing them and hundreds of Norfolk people.The UNIT Brigadier threatens to go to the press with all of this, however Poole’s force commander assures him that press & politicians are ‘in our pockets’. Just to reinforce this, he hands the Brigadier a phone saying ‘speak to the PM’. It is clear that the PM backs New World Enterprises’.The Doctor arrives and Ben & Donna furiously tell him of recent developments. He feigns lack of concern, however back in the TARDIS, he admits that Stephen Poole is a deadly threat to the world, and will need careful investigation.
EPISODE 6: CAVALIERS
Attempting to travel to Cardiff to enlist the support of Captain Jack & Torchwood, the TARDIS is thrown off track by a cosmic storm, landing in England in the 1640s . The Civil War is raging and the Doctor, Ben & Donna take refuge in a country house owned by Sir Philip Blanchet, a royalist , and defended by cavaliers. At first treated with suspicion, the TARDIS crew are welcomed into the house after the Doctor convinces them that he supports the King. They are secretly hiding the Prince of Wales & future Charles II in the house. However at night, Donna learns by listening through a door that Blanchet & his valet are secret parliamentarians who plan to deliver the boy to his enemies. She is caught listening and thrown into a rat infested cellar. Later an army of roundheads arrive & Blanchet orders the men not to fire but to ‘let them in for negotiations’. Ben & the Doctor smell a rat and smuggle the Prince out through the back of the house. They catch a glimpse of the roundhead commander and are shocked to see Stephen Poole, clearly manipulating history again. Ben asks if he could be the Master, of whom he has heard about from Martha Jones. ‘Oh no its not him. At least he was a known quantity’ the Doctor replies. The Doctor speculates that Poole needed the monasteries dissolved to deliver land to the protestant aristocracy who in turn could be persuaded to sell it to companies like his in the future.They hide the Prince in the TARDIS, while Donna escapes from the cellar by decking a guard with a feisty right-hook and runs through the house as the TARDIS lands in the main hall. Reunited, the TARDIS crew deposit the Prince safely in France.