of the Ice Box - Part Six
Written by Bruce Stewart
Simon and Liz enter the lobby of the Ice Box. Simon hands Liz
a survival suit and tells her to put it on.
In the Computer Room Beth indicates that the temperature is now
normal again. Dr. Bukov notes it is another breakdown in the standard
procedures of the base's systems. Beth is now also curious as
to the cause.
In the lobby Liz is suited up and is ready to leave for the time
barrier. However, Simon seems deep in thought. He then announces
he is staying to find out more about the longevity drug. Despite
Liz's protests, he propels her through the door, closing it behind
Outside Liz heads for where the time barrier is located. She passes
several of the large ice blocks (seen in episode one). Something
causes her to pause and examine one of the blocks more closely.
She cracks open a thin layer of ice to reveal a human face underneath.
To her horror, she realises it is the face of her father.
In the Computer Room, Beth is arguing with Larry over why things
are going wrong. She isn't convinced by Larry's blasé answers.
Bukov reveals that the Director is suffering from blackouts. Beth
says she witnessed one not half an hour ago and isn't surprised
he does, since he's under a lot of pressure because of their hindrance.
She storms out.
On the ice field, Liz is clawing at the ice surrounding her father's
face. She pleads vainly to him to wake up before realising the
futility of her actions. She collapses to the ground in tears.
The dial on Frank's ice block triggers an alarm in the base.
His body is brought into the infirmary where the Director demands
answers. The Director and Bukov are joined by Jean and Beth. Bukov
offers the theory that it is something to do with the temperature
rise. Bukov can offer no further answers. The Director questions
Liz about how she escaped. Jean says it was because she was unhappy.
Liz chimes in to say she is alright and that she knows nothing
about how the electronic shield failed. The Director wants to
know what has become of Simon.
Simon is listening at the door to Infirmary.
Dr. Bukov explains to the Director that Frank will have to be
artificially fed for the next few weeks. The Director becomes
frustrated at the group's lack of answers. It is obvious that
Bukov is angry with the Director and he accuses him of not so
much asking questions but offering up his own conclusions for
the rest of them to accept blindly. He turns to Beth for further
Out in the corridor, Simon hides as Bukov exits. The Director
storms after him and admonishes Bukov. Bukov ignores him and walks
off. The Director asks Beth to join him but Beth tells him she
wants to monitor the patient and, in turn, the children's reaction
to his recovery.
In the Infirmary as Frank begins to recover, Liz questions her
mother's decision not to have told her about her father's involvement
in the Ice Box experiment programme. Jean cannot quell Liz's disappointment
with her. When Beth's name is brought up, Liz instantly blames
her for the situation unaware that Beth has just entered the room.
Beth says everything will be alright. The experiment was controlled
by the computer. Liz is unconvinced by Beth's loyalty to the computer
and in turn questions Beth's blind obedience to the Director.
Beth says that Liz cannot understand how brilliant the man is
and calls her a stupid little girl. As the two begin to argue
further, Jean steps in and tells them both to stop - it's Frank
they should be worrying about now. Liz apologises. When Liz asks
why Frank took part in the experiment, Beth reveals that he should
have remained in the ice for ten years and that he knew that when
he volunteered. Beth adds that the experiment is now to be deemed
a failure. Jean finally reveals to Liz that her and Beth's presence
at the Ice Box is a direct result of an agreement made when Frank
volunteered for the hibernation experiment. Beth and Jean were
only allowed to come to the Ice Box if Frank agreed to be a guinea
pig in the ten-year experiment. Liz is disgusted with them for
allowing him to do it. She admonishes Beth further and Beth asks
Jean to send her away. Jean does nothing and Liz further pushes
the point home that she and Beth aren't the same person anymore.
She questions Beth's loyalty to the Director again pointing to
the prone body of Frank on the bed as an example of the Director's
work. Beth slowly turns to him.
In the corridor, Simon comes out of hiding and heads into the
The Director is still accusing Bukov of being responsible for
the rise in temperature and questions his constant defence of
Liz and Simon. Larry enters. The Director dismisses everyone on
the base as suspects and again points to Bukov as the suspected
culprit. Bukov announces he has evidence concerning the things
that have been going wrong. He was intending to make a report
to the International Commission. The Director is apoplectic.
Simon enters the darkened Inner Computer room in the Director's
Bukov shows the Director the computer spools containing the evidence
and reveals that he and Dr. Joynton were working together on it.
The Director knew nothing of this, much to his horror. He is further
horrified when Bukov explains that they were reporting on him.
He says the tapes contain breaks in programming that the Director
tries to dismiss. Bukov moves to show the Director evidence from
the tape but is stopped when Larry indicates another problem with
the base's heating. This time it is a drop in temperature. The
Director backs away from them.
Simon is in the inner computer room when he hears some kind of
alert sound - a slab set into the rear wall begins to glow.
Larry reports that the temperature has dropped by three degrees
in the last half hour. Bukov offers the Director the truth. The
Director tries to dismiss it but Bukov is insistent that errors
occurred whilst the Director was on brain link. Larry announces
that the temperature is now down four degrees.
In the Infirmary, Frank is starting to come round. Jean asks
Liz to leave. Her presence might be too much for him. Reluctantly
Liz leaves. Beth moves to leave also but Jean asks if she will
stay. Beth refuses but stays long enough to see Frank regain consciousness
and speak his first croaky word to Jean.
Out in the corridor, Beth tries to talk to Liz. She admits that
Liz doesn't like her. Finally Beth sees what each of them are.
Beth is someone Liz will never be whilst Liz is someone she never
was. They are interrupted by Simon who rushes out of the Director's
office. He says he now understands about the testament. Beth and
Liz reluctantly follow him back into the office and the inner
computer room. Behind the glowing panel, images are forming showing
the apparent life history of Devereaux. Simon asks Beth if she
really knows the true nature of the Director. She tells him Bukov
told him that he was a clone. Beth is astounded as Simon reveals
further that the so-called "inner computer" is there
to build another clone - the testament that Bukov spoke of. The
secret of the longevity drug will remain in the mind of the new
The temperature of the base is dropping further. In the Computer
room, Bukov is still trying to convince the Director that the
fault is in the programming whilst the Director is still immovable
in his opinion that it isn't. Eventually Bukov can take it no
more. He tells Larry that HE is taking command. The Director cannot
be trusted to govern them anymore. The Director is speechless.
In the corridor outside, Liz and Simon start shivering as the
base's temperature lowers even further. The Director rushes into
the corridor calling for Beth only to be restrained by Bukov who
along with Larry drags him back struggling to the Computer room.
Liz, Simon and Beth follow them. Larry throws an electronic shield
around the Director as he calls again for Beth to help him. Bukov
laces up one of the computer tapes in order to show the Director
the errors on it. It is the one showing the previous days HA57
dosages and the one that will reveal how Dr. Joynton died. The
Director and Bukov link up with the computer as it shows them
the dosages for each of the base's personnel. Suddenly, when they
reach the information regarding Dr. Joynton, the Director lets
out a scream of disbelief as the tape reveals a break in the programme:
a break that resulted in Dr. Joynton not getting her correct dosage.
Bukov asks the Director if they should also analyse the other
tapes... He finally confronts the Director with the fact that
he suffers from blackouts that he cannot control, and advises
him that he must go on brain link to correct the errors he has
made to save the base. The Director still cannot accept his own
failing and refuses to believe the evidence in a fit of paranoia.
He says he'll leave them to their fate and makes a break for the
door. Bukov tries to stop him but the Director escapes....
In the Control room, Beth, Larry, Liz and Simon are feeling the
effects of the cold. Simon points to the anti-freeze compound
as they're only hope. Larry sends an emergency signal to central
control. As Larry makes for the supply cupboard to get the anti-freeze,
Beth says sorry to him.
Out in the corridor, Liz takes some of the anti-freeze compound
to her parents whilst Simon is told by a disbelieving Bukov that
the Director simply ran out into the freezing cold outside the
Liz gives the compound to Jean and explains the dénouement
in the computer to her. She promises not to let this future happen
and leaves her parents to their fate.
Simon is already dressed in a survival suit when Liz arrives at
the entrance. He tosses one silently across to her and she begins
to put it on.
In the Computer room, Bukov administers his dosage of the anti-freeze
compound. On the floor are the unconscious bodies of Larry and
Beth... now hand in hand.
The Ice Box is freezing over and an eerie silence pervades the
In the inner computer room, the cabinet holding the Devereaux
As they make their way across the ice field to the time barrier,
Liz and Simon discover the frozen body of the Director - his face
contorted in a horrifying death mask.
Complete cast for part six
Cheryl Burfield (Liz Skinner), Spencer Banks (Simon Randall),
Iris Russell (Jean Skinner), Derek Benfield (Skinner), John Barron
(Devereaux), Mary Preston (Beth Skinner), John Barcroft (Dr. Bukov),
Robert Oates (Larry).
Script Editor Ruth Boswell
Scientific Adviser Geoffrey Hoyle
Instrumentation Century 21
Designer Michael Eve
Director Peter Jefferies
Producer John Cooper
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