New Doctor Who Adventure:
Ok folks, here it is, the long-promised first episode of the new Doctor Who adventure."CRYSTAL"Featuring:
The Doctor - David Tennant
Donna Noble- Catherine Tate
Ben Chatham - Adam Rickitt
Katie Ryan - Kate Ryan
Kyle Scott - Rory Jennings
London Zoo. As the sun sets and the cold March wind blows straw, dust and empty crisp packets into the air, the last visitors are being shown out. Len Meadows, the head keeper is staring at the tigers in their enclosure and a sense of unease creeps over him. All of the animals had been behaving oddly all day, unusually quiet, docile and tranquil. Now the tigers were showing no interest whatsoever in the meat Len had thrown into their cage, when normally they’d be gnawing and tearing at it. Suddenly the animals all turn and stare at him simultaneously and Len has a feeling of deep foreboding. Then they move. The tigers leap into the air and an unnatural energy seems to propel them upwards and over the high fence which encloses them. The first tiger bites into Len’s head and shakes him like a gazelle. The others race at the departing visitors. Women scream as the tigers leap upon the crowd, tossing children around like rag dolls and biting deep into flesh…….
The TARDIS lands in the grounds of ‘The Cedars Private Clinic’ in London, a well-maintained Victorian building set among a spacious and well-kept garden.
“Well here we are then,” the Doctor quips, grinning as he steps out onto the grass, followed by Kyle, Ben, Katie and Donna.
“Mmmm lovely building , Victorian neo-gothic.”
Ben looks around confused:
“Are you sure this is where your mother is staying Kyle? I mean don’t take this the wrong way but when you said that she’s in hospital due to heroin withdrawal symptoms , I didn’t have in mind what looks like an exclusive private clinic.”
“Clearly a mistake” Katie chips in.
Kyle is irritated:“Look all I know is this ere is where mum said in ‘er text.”
“I don’t know why you bother with her,” Katie replies, “She dragged you up badly while on heroin , always a different boyfriend while you were left to look after yourself from what you’ve told us.”
“Look, quit dissin’ my mum. Whatever she’s done she’s still my mum and I love her.”
The Doctor turns round:“Look, why don’t you all go in and sort this out while me & Donna pay a visit to London Zoo. That incident with the tigers yesterday intrigues me. We’ll be back in an hour at a guess.”
The Doctor and Donna step back into the TARDIS while Ben and the others walk up to the door of the Cedars.Inside the Cedars, the group are greeted by a well-spoken and immaculately dressed woman of around 40.
“Hello. I’m Lavina Hendridge, Director of the Cedars. How can I be of assistance?”
“I’ve come to see my mum like. I did ring.” Kyle says.
“Oh you must be Mr Scott, Sharon’s son. She’s progressing very well. Our exclusive personalised care can make all the difference in these cases. You can see her now if you like.”
Katie whispers to Ben:“How the hell can chavboy’s mum afford this? Are they lottery winners?”
They are shown upstairs to a private room where Sharon Scott sits watching tv, her thin face looking older than her 38 years.
“Mum” Kyle shouts, embracing her as she smiles:
“Ere hows things Kye babe?”
“Great. These are some of my friends like. You ok?”
“Yeah, this place is really ‘elpin’ me deal with it. Trevor’s payin’ for it, my new fella. He’s loaded, owns a string of nightclubs. Looks after me real well.”
Katie mutters to Ben:“So she’s living off some dodgy London wide boy, that explains it.”
Sharon looks up:“Ere I heard that, who the **** are you.?”
“Don’t you swear at me. Some of us gain money via careers rather than on our backs. It’s a shame you didn’t think more about your son years ago when getting hooked on drugs instead of wasting half your life as an addict.”
Ben grabs Katie by the arm and pushes her out:“I’m sorry Kyle& Miss Scott, sorry….”
Outside,Ben is furious with Katie:“Look that was bang out of order. What the hell is wrong with you Katie?”
“Oh come off it Ben. I was only saying what you were thinking.”
Meanwhile, Kyle is simmering with anger, however Sharon stares at him:
“She does ‘ave a point Kye. I’ve been a terrible mum….”
“No you ain’t…”
“Yes I ‘ave. Half the time never ‘ome, you left to feed yourself ‘an stuff. I’m sorry Kye.But I promise you, its all changing.I’m gonna get off smack for good.”
“Am I like my dad?” Kyle asks. Sharon smiles:
“Why’d you ask that?”
“Its just you never tell me about ‘im.”
“Well we only went out a few times. We was only kids. He didn’t wanna know when I got pregnant. But you look like ‘im…..”
Meanwhile, Ben and Katie are wandering through the clinic:
“I’m half expecting to bump into the likes of that Amy Whitehouse person or Pete Docherty” Katie observes.
“Well theres certainly some money in here.” Ben replies.
In the lounge, the window is open and a young male heroin addict is staring vacantly out of it. Suddenly, a cat leaps through the window and buries its teeth in his neck. As he howls and tries to throw it off, three more cats leap in and attack him, spitting and screeching, claws plunging towards his eyeballs………
………..to be continued.