The General's adjutant enters. Whereabouts, sir? He's sending them straight back here. I'm going to turn in for half an hour. The obligatory mug of tea arrives. A wood panelled room with a large trunk on its end in the corner. Smythe reaches for a portrait on the wall when the door opens. It's the Sergeant Major with his mug of tea. Get out! He leaves. Smythe reaches for the portrait again and it swings open on hinges to reveal a circular monitor and a dial.
Smythe turns it on. Reinforcements urgently required. At least five thousand specimens. For all I know you may be spies. Don't let us lose our tempers. Get them onto it. Off you go. Now, come on. Jamie's exit is stopped by a soldier and rifle.
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Barrington leaves. They didn't look like spies. I don't envy them if they are. General Smythe can be pretty ruthless. Know what my chaps call him? The Doctor, Jamie and Zoe are marched under escort into a large room in a faded and dilapidated Chateau. A Sergeant Major gives the orders. Prisoners and escort, mark time! Right turn! Civilian prisoners from Major Barrington, sir.
At ease. Jamie stamps his foot to the side, stepping on the Doctor. I'm sure we'll be able to explain everything to his satisfaction. The room is empty. Take them away. No, the other right, Jamie. Left, right, left, right. ZOE: There's no need to keep shouting at us, you know. Carstairs pours himself some tea from a billy can.
Memory's a funny thing out here. Can't always remember things myself. Names, dates, how long I've been here. Sometimes wonder if I've got a touch of the old shell shock. Have you talked to anybody else about it? One feels so stupid. Still, it is rather worrying not being able to remember things. The telephone rings. Suppose I'd better answer that. Barrington rushes in and takes the receiver from Carstairs. Major Barrington. Right, sir. We're wanted at HQ. Some sort of enquiry to do with those civilians you brought in.
I'm bound to be needed back at the hospital. We'll all go in that, and then you can go straight on from HQ. Are you ready? No bottles, just racks and barrels. ZOE: These walls are solid stone. There's just no way out. We'll get it cleared up when we see the General. ZOE: Why should he listen to us? No one else has. That's the military mind.
ZOE: We must have looked a bit suspicious. Three civilians in the middle of a war? Smythe comes out of his room. I've got them in the cells. You did not wish to disturb me. I didn't wish to disturb you. Now, what did you make of these civilians? According to Major Barrington they can't account for themselves. He seemed to think the younger lad was a deserter. Apparently the older man tried to make off for the enemy lines.
Major Barrington, sir. The Sergeant Major leaves. Do sit down. You were at school together. How are you Ransom? Later the Kings Regulations and Orders for the Army, is opened. Ransom, Smythe and Barrington are at the little table as a Court Martial. Escort and accused, mark time. Back in line. March the prisoners forward, Sergeant Major. Accused, one pace forward, march. But we're civilians. The ambulance found us. Recaptured by Lieutenant Carstairs, the prisoners insinuated themselves into a forward command post, where at the earliest opportunity one of them made a break for the enemy lines with whatever information he had gathered.
ZOE: Oh, but none of that's true. You've twisted the whole thing. What are we charged with? The penalty for all these charges is death. Have you anything to say? Am I allowed to question the witnesses? We wish to give you every opportunity to explain yourselves. Lady Jennifer, will you please explain to these gentlemen the circumstances of our meeting.
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Next question. Well, Lieutenant Carstairs, when your men recaptured the ambulance, wasn't it obvious to you we were prisoners of the Germans? Have you any explanation to offer before the Court passes sentence? ZOE: But you haven't heard anything yet. You don't really call this a trial, do you? You are a deserter! March him away, Sergeant Major! Escort and accused, left turn. Left wheel, by the front, quick march!
There's something very strangely wrong here. ZOE: Why has that General got it in for us? He seems determined to find us guilty. They seem pretty harmless to me. Smythe puts on his spectacles. All guilty! Knew it as soon as I looked at them. Well, I think we can resume. Sergeant Major, bring the prisoners back. By the front, quick march. Left, right, left, right, left wheel. Mark time. Desertion in a time of war is a most heinous military crime.
I was never in your rotten army. You are sentenced to ten years penal servitude to be spent in a civilian prison. ZOE: Oh but I haven't done anything! For a crime of this magnitude there is only one penalty. You know all the evidence has been twisted against us! Tell them! The court has reached it's verdict.
If you've nothing further to say, sentence will be passed. This is all just a mockery! I demand the right to appeal to a higher authority. You will be executed at dawn tomorrow. Take him away, Sergeant Major! They'll take him to the military prison. Jamie is taken away. Captain Ransom, surely you're not going to keep this poor girl in the cells all night? I could look after her. Goodbye, my dear. The Doctor kisses Zoe on the forehead and leaves with the Sergeant Major. Must be getting back.
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Chin up. ZOE: But you can't let them execute the Doctor. He hasn't done anything. It's all proved. I'm afraid he is a spy. The Doctor is marched in. Sergeant Major? Have you been at the front long? Here, what are you asking me all these questions for? Is everything arranged for the execution? Ransom leaves. Smythe puts the keys under his pillow and lies down. A sentry checks on Zoe and Buckingham sleeping in chairs in the main room. Once he has gone, Zoe sneaks over to Smythe's room and goes inside. There is no one there. She discovers the monitor behind the portrait, then hunts for the keys, finds them and leaves.
The Doctor hides behind the door when he hears it being unlocked. ZOE: Oh Doctor! It's dawn. Now, we must find Jamie. They said something about a military prison. ZOE: Yes. It is time to go. The firing squad is all ready and waiting. A soldier holds Zoe by the arm as the Doctor is lead to a stake in front of wall and fastened to it. A volley of gunfire. The Doctor tenses up for the pain but it is a soldier who has been injured.
There is a sniper in one of the barns nearby. The firing squad scatter to try and get the sniper. The soldier guarding Zoe is hit and she runs to free the Doctor. Can you undo it? ZOE: Oh, Doctor. Zoe unties him. ZOE: Come on! Smythe is reporting to his controllers. Smythe turns off the monitor and closes the portrait over it. There is a Tardis-like sound as a large metal object appears in the corner of the room and an entrance slides forward from the centre.
Ransom enters. You can see nothing. I have been called away to an important meeting. Oh, of course, he's gone to that meeting. Still not a proper cell, but with barbed wire wrapped around the bars in the door grille. Two guards throw another man in with Jamie. Dishevelled but still wearing his powdered wig What are you doing here? Keep away from me, you! I'm a prisoner too, you know! How'd you get here? Well, come on, how did you get here? I got lost, I think. Why, it's seventeen forty five. The Doctor uses his telescope to spy out a set of heavily guarded farm buildings complete with machine gun emplacements.
Yes, that's it. That's the military prison, all right. That's where Jamie'll be. Take a look. The trouble is those sentries. ZOE: What are we going to do? I shall have to think of something. They run down a slope to a road where a staff car is driving along. The Doctor flags it down. And about time too! Where have you been? Take us to the prison! In you get, Miss Heriot. Well, drive on!
I was fighting up in the Highlands, I got lost and I don't. There was this mist. The next thing I knew, everything was different. Now, go on, go on. Where are we? But I've got to get to the Doctor. Look, and you're going to help me. I don't trust you. You're one of them rebels! Jamie advances on the Redcoat with a wheel spoke in his hand.
Farmhouse kitchen, actually. Another officer on another field telephone. Well, tell them to wait. I'm having my tea. Who the blazes are you? This is disgraceful! I shall make a complaint directly to the Minister himself! That would be Lord Derby. Oh, I don't understand. Who are you?
This young lady is my secretary. Well, you were expecting us, surely? I mean, can I see your identification papers? You send no car to meet us on our arrival, and now you add insult to injury by doubting my credentials! Do you know who I am, sir? It's probably my adjutant's fault. Would you care for some tea? Now I suggest we stop wasting time and get on with it!
General Smythe'll be furious. We must get those people back. Get a party from my sergeant and search this building. I've put out an alert and someone might phone in some information. All right, Carstairs? Where's he gone? The Redcoat has Jamie on the floor, struggling.
Stop it! Two guards rush in and haul the Redcoat off Jamie. Jamie rams the wheel spoke into the sergeant's belly then punches his lights out while the Redcoat first knees then hits the other. I'll tell the Captain. Carstairs enters. Nothing to report. He's in for a sticky time when the General gets back. It's not like the Old Bailey. I was driving through a forest and all of a sudden there was a strange sort of mist.
And then I was in a field dressing station looking after some wounded soldiers. Loss of memory. If perhaps the Germans have invented a new type of poison gas, one that affects our minds. ZOE: Certainly does look escape proof. Oh yes, they're over here. You won't find anything wrong there. Gorton hands over a huge ledger. Latest arrival, Scottish deserter awaiting return to his regiment. Possible to talk to a prisoner? However, for you I'm sure that I can arrange The telephone rings.
Gorton here. Well, get onto it right away, man. Let me know as soon as you've got them. Two chaps. One of them was the Scotsman that you were talking about. Jamie and the Redcoat skirt along a wall, but when they have to step out into the open they are spotted. The guards fire their revolvers. Both of them?
I see, right. Keep me informed. That's one of them. Shot while trying to escape. ZOE: Shot? Well, which one was it? The Highlander? Why, of course it matters! Shooting down prisoners? Why, it's barbaric! I want the other man brought here. I want to hear the prisoner's side of the story. Jamie is dragged along by two guards, his feet not touching the ground, and pushed into the kitchen. Right, let him go. Commandant, dismiss your man.
The MP leaves. Now then, what's all this about trying to escape? What about the other man you escaped with? This is very serious. I shall have to make a full report. My men had no alternative but to shoot. I've had about all I can take from you, sir. General Smythe. Besides, I'm not even sure you're from the War Office. Yes, where are your identity papers? I thought there was a fishy story all along. Hello, is that Zoe smashes a vase of flowers down onto Gorton's head. ZOE: I'm sorry, Doctor, but it seemed the only way.
Yes, I think he'll survive. Right, come on. Let's see if we can bluff our way out of here. Perhaps I can give you a lift? He wanted that man to be shot! You'll never believe where we found them. It suddenly occurred to me I ought to go and tell Gorton about it. Popped into his office and there they were. And he'd nearly bluffed him into letting that Scots lad go. I don't know I must say I admire his gall. It seems a pity, really, to have to shoot him. The court martial wasn't in accordance with King's Regulations. General's a great stickler for that kind of thing.
Sentence will be carried out as soon as he returns. Lady Jennifer, notify Command Post, will you? Let them know the hunt's over. He didn't remember what happened at the court martial.
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I think I'd better have a word with those civilians and try and find out. If Ransom comes back, keep him occupied, will you? It's a what? ZOE: I found it when I was looking for the key. But what are they doing here in ? Carstairs enters, revolver drawn. Captain Ransom wanted me to let you know.
I've notified all the command posts. Has the General not returned yet? Does he often disappear like this? I mean, surely he ought to keep you informed? Where's young Carstairs? I think I'd better go and make certain those prisoners are safely under lock and key. He has a great deal of responsibility, you know. Quite a problem. People don't understand. It's the paperwork, you see. It's quite fantastic how many forms we have to fill in. Just look at that. And never mix up your right foot with your left. You were made to do the impossible, because impossible is made possible through each step you take, so never put a limit to who you can be and what you can achieve.
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Do you dare to go in? How much can you lose? How much can you win? And IF you go in, should you turn left or right Or, maybe, not quite? Or go around back and sneak in from behind? Simple it's not, I'm afraid you will find, for a mind-maker-upper to make up his mind. You can get so confused that you'll start in to race down long wiggled roads at a break-necking pace and grind on for miles cross weirdish wild space, headed, I fear, toward a most useless place.
The Waiting Place Waiting for a train to go or a bus to come, or a plane to go or the mail to come, or the rain to go or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow or the waiting around for a Yes or No or waiting for their hair to grow. Everyone is just waiting. Waiting for the fish to bite or waiting for the wind to fly a kite or waiting around for Friday night or waiting, perhaps, for their Uncle Jake or a pot to boil, or a Better Break or a string of pearls, or a pair of pants or a wig with curls, or Another Chance.
That's not for you! Somehow you'll escape all that waiting and staying You'll find the bright places where Boom Bands are playing. With banner flip-flapping, once more you'll ride high! Ready for anything under the sky. Ready because you're that kind of a guy! Oh, the places you'll go! There is fun to be done!
There are points to be scored. There are games to be won. And the magical things you can do with that ball will make you the winning-est winner of all. You'll be as famous as famous can be, with the whole wide world watching you win on TV. Except when they don't Because, sometimes they won't. I'm afraid that some times you'll play lonely games too. Games you can't win 'cause you'll play against you.
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