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Eye of the Gorgon - Part One

ORIGINAL AIRDATE: October 1, 2007

WRITTEN BY: Phil Ford
DIRECTED BY: Alice Troughton



EXT. LAVENDER LAWNS – NIGHT

It’s nighttime at Lavender Lawns. There is a light on on the side of the building. Owls hoot. Eerie music plays.

LAVENDER LAWNS -– MRS RANDALL’S ROOM

Mrs Randall is asleep in her bed. Her clock reads 2:36. A dark figure crosses in front of the bed. Having woken up, Mrs Randall props herself up slightly in her bed.

MRS RANDALL
Hello? Who’s there?

She looks to her left and gasps. A nun is watching her. She pulls the covers tighter around her.

MRS RANDALL
The nun! Help me! She’s here!

Mrs Randall reaches over and turns on the light on her bedside table. The nun is gone. Mrs Randall clutches her blankets in fear.

MRS RANDALL
The nun! The nun!

OPENING CREDITS

EXT. ROAD TO LAVENDER LAWNS - DAY

Sarah Jane’s car is driving around a bend.

CLYDE
(v.o.)
My Nan and Mrs Randall go way back.

A close up look through the windshield reveals Clyde is sitting next to Sarah Jane in the front of the car as she drives while Luke is sitting in the back.

CLYDE
She used to live next door until her old feller died. Nan says there’s no way Mrs Randall sees things or makes things up.

The car drives past a sign that says ‘Lavender Lawns Rest Home’.

SARAH JANE
(v.o.)
And it’s not just her that’s been scared by this ghostly nun? Other residents have seen it too?

CLYDE
(v.o.)
Yeah, always at night, in their rooms.

The car parks in front of Lavender Lawns near some stone steps.

INT. LAVENDER LAWNS -- MRS RANDALL’S ROOM

Sarah Jane is sitting next to Mrs Randall who has a teacup and saucer in her hand.

MRS RANDALL
Nora Connelly saw her first. She’d been to the loo. Oh, dreadful trouble she has with her waterworks.

Clyde, who is standing nearby and readjusting things on top of Mrs Randall’s glass cabinet, looks over in disgust at hearing this.

MRS RANDALL
Three or four times every night. She comes out of the bathroom and there she is. The nun, by her chest of drawers.

SARAH JANE
And what happened?

Mrs Randall hands the cup and saucer to Clyde. He slowly reaches out to take it, clearly unhappy with the task she’s given him to rearrange her teacups.

MRS RANDALL
Well, she fainted clean away like a schoolgirl.

Luke is sitting near Sarah Jane in front of the window. The clock on the small table by his knees says 10:57.

MRS RANDALL
(o.s.)
No constitution at all.

Bea walks in front of the window outside and peers inside.

MRS RANDALL
(o.s.)
Surprised, the amount of times she’s been married.

Luke stands up and as he looks out the window, he sees Bea walking towards the window and looking inside.

MRS RANDALL
(o.s.)
Since then most of us have seen her.

EXT. LAVENDER LAWNS – DAY

Bea sees Luke looking out at her.

MRS RANDALL
(v.o.)
Them that’s not too ga-ga not to notice anyways.

INT. LAVENDER LAWNS -- MRS RANDALL’S ROOM

SARAH JANE
(o.s.)
Well, thank you for your help, Mrs Randall.

Luke watches as Bea turns away from the window.

Clyde walks towards Luke, having completed his task. Sarah Jane watches to see where he’s going.


MRS RANDALL
So, um, will there be a photographer? You wouldn’t think it but uh I was in all the papers once. Miss Ealing of 1951.

Luke and Clyde look over at Mrs Randall as she says this, then share a look of disbelief at her statement.

SARAH JANE
Well it depends. I have to talk to the manager first.

Sarah Jane moves her purse onto her lap as she gives Luke and Clyde a look of warning.

MRS RANDALL
Oh. While you do that, I’ve got a few little jobs for Clyde to do.

Clyde and Luke look back over at Mrs Randall. Clearly Clyde was not expecting this.

MRS RANDALL
(to Clyde)
Your grandma said you wouldn’t mind.

Clyde nods, smiling slightly. Clearly he can’t say no. Luke taps him on the shoulder as he walks away.

INT. THE JACKSON HOUSE -– KITCHEN

Alan Jackson is in the kitchen, mixing something in a large yellow bowl as he listens to the radio. He takes a quick taste of the batter from the wooden spoon before continuing to stir.

ALAN
Mmm... Delicious

A pair of feet in pink shoes are shown entering the house with a suitcase being rolled in behind.

Alan turns around, putting the bowl down on the counter, as he hears his ex-wife Chrissie’s voice.

Chrissie walks in with her suitcase and starts talking as though they were in the middle of a conversation. She doesn’t even bother to say hello.


CHRISSIE
Oh! It’s his own stupid fault. If he hadn’t been spending so much time in the flaming office then I wouldn’t have even thought of going to salsa classes, would I?

Chrissie lets go of her suitcase’s handle.

ALAN
Salsa?

Chrissie walks towards where Alan is standing and pushes him out of her way.

CHRISSIE
And Ivan gets the hump, gets all possessive and the next thing I know Carlos is on the ballroom floor with a bloody nose.

She dips her fingers into the bowl and takes a sample of the batter while Alan walks towards where she had been standing with her suitcase a moment before. He turns to look at her, his arms folded across his chest.

ALAN
Carlos?

CHRISSIE
Mmm... My salsa teacher.

ALAN
So Ivan’s got the push, has he?

CHRISSIE
Don’t get your hopes up. It’s just a little nudge. Just to let him know what he stands to lose if he doesn’t sharpen up.

Alan nods at Chrissie’s suitcase.

ALAN
And you’re planning on staying here, are you?

CHRISSIE
Well, where else am I going to go? It’ll be like old times.

Maria enters the kitchen from behind Alan. She walks next to her dad and smiles broadly at seeing Chrissie.

MARIA
Mum!

Chrissie and Maria give each other a big hug and Maria smiles at Alan, seemingly oblivious to the fact that Alan doesn’t want Chrissie to stay there. Alan smiles back, though his smile is not genuine like Maria’s.

EXT. LAVENDER LAWNS -- GROUNDS - DAY

Bea walks down the small flight of stone steps with her cane, talking to herself.

BEA
The Colonel won’t believe us, darling, but who would? Better to keep mum. Oh, yes, better that way.

Luke comes up from behind Bea and grabs her arm, helping her catch her balance.

LUKE
Are you all right?

BEA
Oh, yes, yes, yes. Quite all right, thank you.

Luke continues to help Bea as she walks on the grass.

BEA
Are you um... one of the Colonel’s chaps?

LUKE
The Colonel? No, I...

Bea shakes Luke’s hand, not listening to his protests.

BEA
I’m Bea Nelson-Stanley.

She looks around the grounds.

BEA
I’m looking for my husband, the Professor. He said to meet him between the paws of the... oh, what do you call it? The blessed thing!

She looks back at Luke.

BEA
Um... the Sphinx.

LUKE
The Sphinx?

BEA
Yes.

LUKE
That’s in Egypt.

Bea’s smile disappears as she realizes she’s not where she thought she was.

BEA
You’re the boy in the window.

LUKE
My name’s Luke. We were visiting Mrs Randall. She says this place is haunted by a nun. Have you seen her?

BEA
Yes I have. And she’s no ghost. There’s something different about you. Oh, don’t be afraid, it’s alright.

She starts walking again, smiling at Luke.

BEA
I’ve seen al – uh – unusual people before. Perhaps you can help me.

INT. LAVENDER LAWNS -– COMMON LIVING AREA

Mrs Gribbins walks into the common living area at Lavender Lawns, holding Sarah Jane’s card as Sarah Jane follows her.

MRS GRIBBINS
I understand you’re looking for a good story, Miss... Smith. Might I suggest you try Westminster for something rather more newsworthy?

Mrs Gribbins straightens the pillows on the couch, still holding Sarah Jane’s card.

SARAH JANE
You don’t believe Lavender Lawns is haunted then?

Mrs Gribbins fluffs the pillow behind an elderly woman’s back.

MRS GRIBBINS
One of the old dears has a nightmare, she tells her friend she’s seen a ghost, then next thing, what do you know, they’ve all seen one. It’s hysteria, Miss Smith. It’s as simple as that.

SARAH JANE
Perhaps. Or maybe it’s a cry for attention.

Mrs Gribbins pockets Sarah Jane’s card and walks away from her. Sarah Jane stands still for a moment, looking after Mrs Gribbins before following her.

EXT. LAVENDER LAWNS -- GROUNDS – DAY

Bea has her arm on Luke’s shoulder as they walk across the grounds.

BEA
We have to be quick, Luke, in case anyone’s watching.

LUKE
Who’s watching?

Luke looks around the grounds for anyone who might be watching them. Bea nods towards the rest home.

BEA
The... um... the...

She taps her forehead, trying to remember.

BEA
Oh for goodness sake,--

She puts her hand back on Luke’s shoulder.

BEA
--I have these gaps. Hold this.

Bea hands Luke her cane and reaches for a nearby tree covered in ivy. She clambers over to it and pulls out a small metal box before turning around to face Luke again.

BEA
I knew they might find me one day but I couldn’t be parted from it.

Bea opens the box.

BEA
Foolish old woman.

A gold Talisman on a chain is revealed inside on top of an embroidered handkerchief. There is a green stone in the middle and as Bea moves her hand over it, it starts to glow.

LUKE
What is it?

BEA
Never you mind.

She closes the box again and hands it to Luke.

BEA
Just promise me you will not tell anyone you have the Talisman. And whatever you do, do no let her get it.

Bea grabs hold of Luke’s neck and pulls him a bit closer to her, insistent.

BEA
Do not let her get it.

LUKE
Who?

Bea isn’t listening to Luke. She keeps looking behind her to make sure no one is watching them.

BEA
Put it away... and promise me.

Luke puts the box with the talisman inside his jean jacket, out of sight.

LUKE
I promise.

Bea, with her cane back in her hand, starts to walk away again.

LUKE
But who’s after it?

Bea turns back to look at Luke, confused.

BEA
Do I know you?

LUKE
What?

Bea walks away from him, still confused and he follows her.

Mrs Gribbins is watching Luke and Bea through a pair of binoculars in the window. She pulls the binoculars away from her eyes and watches as they walk back towards the stone steps.


INT. THE JACKSON HOUSE -- MARIA’S BEDROOM

Maria is sitting on the floor, a pencil in her hand as she does her homework.

CHRISSIE
(o.s.)
Anything I can help with?

Maria looks up, amused at the suggestion.

MARIA
You and maths? I don’t think so.

Chrissie takes her hand off the doorframe and walks over to Maria.

CHRISSIE
At school the only figures I was interested in was fellas’ phone numbers.

Chrissie chuckles as she sits down on Maria’s bed.

CHRISSIE
Maybe we can do something after you’ve finished? Go into town, do some more maths on my credit card?

MARIA
I’d like to, Mum, but I said I’d go over to Sarah Jane’s.

Chrissie looks at her daughter in disbelief.

CHRISSIE
Sarah Jane’s? Maria, come on, I’m your mum.

Maria is shocked by Chrissie’s reaction to her wanting to spend time with Sarah Jane.

CHRISSIE
What are you doing always off gallivanting with those weirdos over the road for?

MARIA
Uh, Sarah Jane and Luke aren’t weirdos.

CHRISSIE
Well it’s weird how much time you spend with her. And there’s something about that boy. I really hope you don’t fancy him. I don’t know what it is but he’s just not right.

Chrissie has upset Maria because of what she’s said about her friends.

MARIA
Well you don’t know anything about them!

CHRISSIE
I’m your mum, Maria, I’m just trying to protect you.

MARIA
I don’t need you to protect me.

CHRISSIE
Come on, darling,--

Chrissie puts her hand on Maria’s shoulder but she shrugs it off.

CHRISSIE
--every girl needs her mum.

MARIA
Yeah? How come you walked out on me then?

CHRISSIE
Maria!

Maria yells at her mother.

MARIA
Get out! Get out!

Chrissie gets up off of Maria’s bed and leaves the room. Maria, obviously upset, kicks at her school supplies in frustration as the door shuts. She puts her hands up to her face and rubs at her eyes before sighing in frustration.

EXT. LAVENDER LAWNS - DAY

Sarah Jane and Clyde walk out of Lavender Lawns and towards the car. Clyde gestures as he talks.

CLYDE
Why is it old people want you to do everything for them? Turn the mattress over. Move things around on the top shelf. Take that spider out the bath. I came here looking for spooks not jobs.

Sarah Jane looks at Clyde who is walking slightly behind her.

SARAH JANE
Everyone gets old, Clyde, even you.

CLYDE
Oh no, not me.

As Clyde talks, Sarah Jane scans the grounds, looking for Luke.

CLYDE
The way technology’s moving, by the time I’m 40 I can get my brain put in a robot and live forever.

Luke walks up the stone steps towards Sarah Jane and Clyde.

Sarah Jane is annoyed at Luke for walking off.


SARAH JANE
Where have you been?

LUKE
Just looking around.

Sarah Jane looks between Luke and Clyde.

SARAH JANE
Come on, let’s get going.

Sarah Jane opens her car door.

CLYDE
So what’s the story then? Is this place haunted or what?

Luke looks over at Clyde and Sarah Jane while Sarah Jane stands there, her hand on the car door, waiting for Clyde to get in.

SARAH JANE
I don’t know. But there’s something about it here I don’t like.

Clyde gets in and Sarah Jane gets in after him.

Once Sarah Jane is in the car, it is revealed that Mrs Gribbins is watching them from the large window the car is parked in front of.

As they drive off around the bend, a nun steps out from behind a large tree nearby.


INT. THE JACKSON HOUSE -- MARIA’S BEDROOM

Alan pokes his head into Maria’s room and knocks lightly on the open door. Maria looks over at him and he folds his arms across his chest as he leans against the doorframe.

ALAN
What’s the problem?

Maria shakes her head slightly and lets out a sigh.

MARIA
She doesn’t like me seeing Sarah Jane and Luke. Like she knows anything about them!

ALAN
Oh don’t worry, we’ll be back to normal in a few days.

MARIA
You mean she’ll be back with Ivan.

Alan walks over to Maria.

ALAN
If he doesn’t see sense and do a runner while she’s gone.

Alan sits next to Maria on the floor, resting his arm on her bed.

MARIA
Doesn’t it bother you?

ALAN
Maria, your mum and me, you know that’s all over.

Maria turns to look at her dad.

MARIA
Well, that’s great for you, isn’t it? Some solicitor gives you a bit of paper and it’s all over! But what good is that to me, Dad, she’s always going to be my mum!

ALAN
I know that. Of course she is, sweetheart.

MARIA
Well, maybe I want her to get to know my friends so she doesn’t think they’re weird anymore and maybe I don’t want her to go back with Ivan. But that’s never going to happen, is it? Because you’ve got a bit of paper!

Maria gets up and leaves the room, shutting the door behind her, leaving Alan alone and feeling sorry for what he said.

EXT. SAINT AGNES ABBEY - DAY

Mrs Gribbins walks up the path to the front door of the abbey. She knocks on the door and waits for an answer. A moment later, a nun opens the door.

MRS GRIBBINS
I’ve come to see Sister Helena.

The nun lets her in and closes the door behind her.

INT. SARAH JANE’S HOUSE -- ATTIC

Sarah Jane walks into her attic.

SARAH JANE
Mr Smith, I need you.

The chimney opens up, letting out steam to reveal the super-computer Mr Smith.

Sarah Jane folds her coat over her arm as Luke sits down on an old bed near the door.


MR SMITH
Yes, Sarah Jane. What can I do for you?

SARAH JANE
The Lavender Lawns Rest Home is apparently being haunted by a nun.

Sarah Jane continues to talk to Mr Smith over her shoulder as she walks away from the computer. Clyde, meanwhile, is walking towards Mr Smith, looking at the computer in awe.

SARAH JANE
I need you to access central land registry database for me. See if there’s anything to historically support the possibility.

MR SMITH
Of a haunting?

Having put down her coat, Sarah Jane turns to look back at Mr Smith.

SARAH JANE
Just run the check, Mr Smith.

MR SMITH
Very well.

Clyde looks between Sarah Jane and Mr Smith.

CLYDE
Doesn’t Mr Smith believe in ghosts?

SARAH JANE
Not as such. And neither do I.

The scan is finished and NO RESULTS shows up on the screen.

MR SMITH
There is no record of any past ecclesiastical building on the site of Lavender Lawns.

Luke looks over towards Sarah Jane, Clyde and Mr Smith as he secretly takes out the Talisman.

SARAH JANE
So no obvious reason for the home to be haunted by a nun, then?

MR SMITH
I assume that by ‘haunting’ you mean the projection of energies imprinted on psychic-assimilating matter.

SARAH JANE
Obviously.

Clyde is confused by what Mr Smith has said.

CLYDE
Come again?

SARAH JANE
Events get recorded on their surroundings then under certain circumstances they get played back.

Clyde nods and smiles, still confused.

MR SMITH
Sarah Jane, are you aware that Luke--

Luke looks up at hearing his name.

MR SMITH
--has brought an unidentified element of alien technology into the attic?

Sarah Jane is shocked.

SARAH JANE
What?

Luke gets up, the Talisman in his hands as Sarah Jane and Clyde rush over to him.

CLYDE
Whoa, Luke! No way did that come off the shopping channel.

SARAH JANE
Give it to me, Luke

Luke hands the Talisman to Sarah Jane.

LUKE
One of the residents, Mrs Nelson-Stanley, gave it to me. I had to keep it a secret. I’m sorry. Was that wrong?

Sarah Jane walks with the Talisman towards Mr Smith.

SARAH JANE
I don’t know. Mr Smith, is it safe?

She places the Talisman on Mr Smith’s scanning panel. Mr Smith starts to analyze it, a revolving image of the Talisman showing up on the screen.

MR SMITH
Insufficient data.

Maria walks into the attic.

MR SMITH
I’d like to carry out a detailed analysis.

Maria slams the attic door shut and Sarah Jane quickly turns around, annoyed.

SARAH JANE
Do you mind? There’s a lot of sensitive equipment in here.

Maria is still upset after her fights with her parents. She barely acknowledges Sarah Jane.

MARIA
Sorry.

Maria walks a little bit and turns to face them as Sarah Jane notices something’s wrong and regrets shouting at her. Maria even sounds bored as she notices something is obviously happening from the way everyone is acting.

MARIA
So, what’s going on?

CLYDE
Some old biddy’s given Luke an alien gizmo.

LUKE
She said the nun wasn’t a ghost and now it’s looking for the Talisman.

SARAH JANE
Well, I’d better go back and talk to Mrs Nelson-Stanley.

Sarah Jane walks up towards where Maria is standing and grabs her coat off the back of a chair.

SARAH JANE
(to Maria)
Do you want to come with me?

Luke and Clyde have already started walking towards Sarah Jane and Maria, ready to go off and investigate. Seeing this, Sarah Jane stops them.

SARAH JANE
You two stay here.

LUKE
But she gave it to me!

CLYDE
And I brought you in on this! It’s like, my case!

SARAH JANE
No arguments.

Sarah Jane wraps her arm around Maria’s shoulders and turns her towards the door.

SARAH JANE
(to Maria)
You all right?

Maria answers her quietly, seemingly not wanting Luke and Clyde to overhear.

MARIA
Mum is back.

Sarah Jane opens the attic door and as she and Maria leave, Clyde throws his arms up in frustration. He and Luke stand there looking at Mr Smith.

INT. THE JACKSON HOUSE -- MARIA’S BEDROOM

Chrissie paces around Maria’s bedroom.

CHRISSIE
It isn’t like my Maria to run off like this. She never used to be such a drama queen.

Alan is sitting on Maria’s bed, holding a paper in his hands.

ALAN
Thank goodness, that’s another gene she managed to give the slip.

Arms folded, Chrissie looks in the direction of Sarah Jane’s house.

CHRISSIE
She’ll be over there, won’t she, with that Sally Jane.

Alan is looking over at Chrissie.

ALAN
We all need a friend, Chrissie. You’ve got your Salsa teacher.

CHRISSIE
I told you, there’s nothing going on with Carlos. Don’t be stupid, I’ve got too good a thing going on with Ivan.

ALAN
And you hadn’t with me and Maria?

CHRISSIE
Oh, look, Alan, if you want to pick a fight over dirty old laundry, do it some other washday. I’m too worried about our daughter.

ALAN
You’re worried now.

CHRISSIE
What’s that supposed to mean?

ALAN
It means why didn’t you stop and think before you dumped yourself on us today like nothing had ever happened? It isn’t your home, Chrissie. You took our home apart six months ago. Showing up like that with your bags, it has consequences.

EXT. SAINT AGNES ABBEY – DAY

Beautiful shot of Saint Agnes Abbey to establish the location.

SAINT AGNES ABBEY -- CORRIDOR

Mrs Gribbins walks down a corridor with Sister Helena.

SISTER HELENA
And you’re sure it was the Talisman?

MRS GRIBBINS
Absolutely. I saw her give it to the boy.

SISTER HELENA
Why would she give it to the boy unless she knew we were looking for it? You told us she barely knows her own name.

Mrs Gribbins reaches into her sweater pocket.

MRS GRIBBINS
I know where you can find him.

Mrs Gribbins hands Sister Helena Sarah Jane’s card. Sister Helena takes it and looks at it.

SISTER HELENA
All the same, we have paid you well for your assistance, Mrs Gribbins, but this just complicates everything.

Mrs Gribbins and Sister Helena stop walking and Sister Helena turns to Mrs Gribbins.

SISTER HELENA
The Abbess will want to see you.

Sister Helena snaps her fingers.

MRS GRIBBINS
The Abbess?

Two nuns arrive and take Mrs Gribbins away to see the Abbess. Sister Helena turns her head to watch them leave, smiling.

INT. SAINT AGNES ABBEY -– THE ABBESS’ CHAMBERS

The Abbess is sitting in a chair, only her wrinkled hand with long fingernails visible.

The door opens and Mrs Gribbins walks in, followed by two nuns who leave a second later, closing the door behind them. Mrs Gribbins walks towards the Abbess.

A full view of the Abbess sitting in the chair reveals that a black veil is covering her face and all that’s visible are still just her hands.

She turns in the direction of Mrs Gribbins and lets out a long hiss. She reaches her hands up to lift up her veil.

Mrs Gribbins looks on, horrified by what she sees. She raises her arms while her mouth drops in fright while she--


EXT. SAINT AGNES ABBEY - DAY

--lets out a loud scream.

INT. LAVENDER LAWNS -- BEA’S ROOM

Mrs Randall walks into Bea’s room, followed by Sarah Jane and Maria.

MRS RANDALL
Poor Bea, she can’t really tell you anything, Miss Smith. It’s the Alzheimers, you know. Such a tragedy after the life she led.

Sarah Jane and Maria scan the room, taking in all the pictures Bea has around her room.

MARIA
She’s been everywhere.

Maria looks at a picture of a young Bea with her husband.

MARIA
Was this her husband?

MRS RANDALL
Archeologist, so the nurses reckon. They went all over the world together.

Mrs Randall closes Bea’s bedroom door. Sarah Jane looks at a picture in her hands.

SARAH JANE
What happened to him?

MRS RANDALL
Died about five years ago.

Maria picks up the picture she just asked Mrs Randall about.

MRS RANDALL
Bea started to lose it after that. That’s when she washed up here.

Maria looks over at Sarah Jane, having noticed something about the picture.

MARIA
The Talisman!

Surprised, Sarah Jane rushes over to Maria to look at the picture. The picture shows Bea and her husband Edgar. Bea is wearing the Talisman around her neck in it. She takes the picture from Maria.

MRS RANDALL
Talisman? I-I-I thought you wanted to talk to her about the ghost.

Bea enters the room.

MRS RANDALL
Bea,--

Sarah Jane and Maria turn around to look at Bea. Maria has a smile on her face while Sarah Jane still looks stunned.

MRS RANDALL
--you’ve got visitors.

BEA
Don’t I know you? I’m sorry, these days I’m not very good with faces.

Maria smiles at Sarah Jane who is now smiling as well.

MRS RANDALL
This is Miss Sarah Jane Smith. She’s a reporter.

BEA
Oh! Oh, well it’s my husband you want to talk to then.

Sarah Jane walks over towards Bea.

SARAH JANE
No, it’s you I need to talk to, Bea.

She shows Bea the picture of her wearing the Talisman.

SARAH JANE
Can you tell me where you got this Talisman?

Bea walks towards her bed, the picture in her hand.

BEA
That’s my Edgar.

MARIA
(o.s.)
Your husband?

BEA
Yes. He used to say the Sontarans--

Sarah Jane is stunned at hearing the word ‘Sontarans’.

BEA
--were the silliest-looking race in the galaxy.

SARAH JANE
What did you say?

MRS RANDALL
She’s always going on about monsters and spacemen.

Bea kisses the picture.

SARAH JANE
She’s seen Sontarans!

MARIA
What’s a Sontaran?

BEA
The silliest race in the galaxy! That’s what Edgar used to say. Like a huge potato--

Sarah Jane laughs and Bea uses her cane to mime the use of a gun.

BEA
--with... a ray gun. Quite nasty blighters, they were.

SARAH JANE
Oh yes, Bea, they are! You’re right! You’re absolutely right.

MRS RANDALL
You shouldn’t encourage her. She’ll go on and on about monsters and especially the Gorgon.

Bea looks around in fright and Sarah Jane puts her arm comfortingly around her.

MRS RANDALL
I saw that years ago at the flicks with Christopher Lee and Barbara Shelley.

EXT. BANNERMAN ROAD -- SARAH JANE’S HOUSE - DAY

Sister Helena rings the doorbell to Sarah Jane’s house.

Luke opens the door, Clyde standing right behind him.


LUKE
Hello.

SISTER HELENA
Hello. I’m Sister Helena from Saint Agnes Abbey. And who might you be?

CLYDE
He’s Luke, I’m Clyde.

SISTER HELENA
And which one of you fine young men were at Lavender Lawns today and left with a gift from one of the old ladies?

CLYDE
We don’t know what you’re talking about.

LUKE
How do you know she gave me anything, anyway? She wouldn’t have told you!

CLYDE
Can it, Luke!

LUKE
Why are you hunting through the old people’s homes looking for the Talisman?

CLYDE
Luke!

Clyde reaches for the door but Sister Helena puts her hand on the door to stop him from closing it.

SISTER HELENA
Boys, you don’t understand what you’ve got your hands on.

CLYDE
Well you’re not getting your hands on it either.

SISTER HELENA
Give me the Talisman!

ALAN
(o.s)
Hello, Sister.

Alan walks up to Sarah Jane’s house.

ALAN
Collection, is it?

Sister Helena turns to Alan and smiles at him.

SISTER HELENA
Abbey roofs don’t fix themselves. That’s one miracle we’re still working on.

ALAN
Well, I always give to needy causes.

Alan reaches into his pocket for money.

ALAN
You could say it’s a good habit of mine.

Sister Helena gives a pained smile at the joke.

Alan has both hands up, one has a coin in it intended for Sister Helena, and the other a folded bill. Sister Helena takes the folded bill and walks off without a word. Alan looks after her, stunned by her abruptness before turning back to Luke and Clyde.


ALAN
I was after Maria. She was a bit upset earlier. You haven’t seen her, have you?

LUKE
She’s gone out with Sarah Jane.

ALAN
Look, do me a big favor, okay? When they get back, just tell her I was looking. Please?

Luke and Clyde nod.

LUKE
Of course.

ALAN
Cheers.

Alan walks away and Clyde waits until he’s out of earshot to talk about what just happened with Sister Helena.

CLYDE
Listen, Luke. When weirdo nuns turn up on your doorstep--

Clyde leans against the doorframe.

CLYDE
--asking about freaky glowing alien gizmos, one thing you never do is tell them you got one.

LUKE
I didn’t. But we should call Mum and tell her what’s happened.

CLYDE
Better still, we should go round there and tell her.

LUKE
Isn’t phoning quicker?

CLYDE
Sure we could phone. Or we can go round there--

He tosses Luke the keys to the house.

CLYDE
--and get back in on the action, yeah?

Clyde and Luke walk out of the doorway and Luke closes and locks the door. They walk down the driveway and start off towards Lavender Lawns.

Sister Helena is sitting in a black hearse outside of Sarah Jane’s house with two other nuns. After Luke and Clyde walk past the hearse without noticing it, the nuns drive off, following them.


INT. LAVENDER LAWN’S -- BEA’S ROOM

Bea, humming to herself and blissfully unaware of Sarah Jane and Maria, puts away some old records as Sarah Jane and Maria watch her.

MARIA
So if Bea’s wearing the Talisman, and it’s alien, and she’s seen these Sontarans, then she isn’t just talking about a bunch of old horror movies like Mrs Randall thinks, is she?

A record starts playing in the background.

SARAH JANE
Aliens have been coming to Earth for centuries, Maria. Now maybe Bea’s adventures with her archaeologist husband involved a lot more than just old pots and bones.

Bea pulls out a record and holds it up for Sarah Jane and Maria to see. Sarah Jane walks closer to get a good look at it.

BEA
This was our song. Edgar had such a lovely voice.

Bea puts the record away again.

SARAH JANE
Did he? I’m sure he was quite a man.

MARIA
It’s so sad. The things she must have seen and now everyone just thinks she’s crazy.

Sarah Jane turns to Maria, feeling the need to comment.

SARAH JANE
Yeah, well, who knows where any of us will end up?

Sarah Jane turns her attention back to Bea and starts talking to her even though she doesn’t seem to be listening.

SARAH JANE
But someone doesn’t think you’re crazy, do they, Bea? Someone knows what that Talisman is and they want it.

Bea stands up and quickly turns around to look at Sarah Jane and Maria. What Sarah Jane said has clearly startled her.

BEA
The Talisman?

SARAH JANE
Yes, Bea, the Talisman. Tell me what you know, I promise I’ll believe you. Sometimes people have thought I’ve been mad. But I’ve seen things, too, just like you.

BEA
Edgar unearthed it in a dig--

Maria walks closer to Sarah Jane and Bea.

BEA
--in... in... Syria. He gave it to me and he had no idea what it was.

Bea shakes her head to emphasize her point.

BEA
He had no idea.

MARIA
So what is it?

Bea grabs Sarah Jane and Maria, insistent.

BEA
They mustn’t find it! They mustn’t find it!

MARIA
Who, Bea? Who do you mean?

BEA
The sisters!

SARAH JANE
The nuns?

BEA
They protect her.

Maria looks over at Sarah Jane in confusion then back at Bea.

SARAH JANE
Protect who?

Bea looks as though she’s about to cry from fear.

BEA
The Gorgon.

She turns away and puts her hand up to her mouth while Sarah Jane and Maria look at each other.

EXT. BANNERMAN ROAD -- SARAH JANE’S HOUSE – DAY

Sarah Jane’s car pulls into the driveway.

INT. SARAH JANE’S HOUSE -– LIVING ROOM

Sarah Jane reaches up and pulls a book off of the top shelf of the bookcase.

SARAH JANE
It’s all in here, I know it is.

Sarah Jane starts flipping through the book as she walks towards the couch. She sits down as she continues to look for the story about the Gorgon.

As she speaks, Maria walks to the front of the couch and sits down next to Sarah Jane.


MARIA
A Gorgon, all snakes for hair and turning people to stone just by looking at it? It’s a fairy story, isn’t it?

SARAH JANE
A myth, a Greek myth. There’s a big difference. And incidentally, for future reference, Maria, even some fairytales have a foundation in fact.

Sarah Jane has found the page she was looking for.

SARAH JANE
Here it is.

She hands the book to Maria to see who starts to read.

MARIA
“There were three Gorgons. The hideous daughters of Phorcys the sea god and Ceto.”

Sarah Jane leans over and continues reading where Maria left off.

SARAH JANE
“Stheno, Euryale and Medusa.”

Sarah Jane thinks about it for a moment.

SARAH JANE
That’s right. But in some versions of the story there was just one, Medusa. And she wasn’t always ugly. She was a beautiful nymph with golden hair, but Poseidon fell in love with her and jealous Athena turned her into a Gorgon.

Maria turns to a previous page in the book and starts to read.

MARIA
“Medusa was killed by Perseus as a challenge.”

SARAH JANE
The Greeks were always dishing out challenges to each other. I think it must be a man thing.

Maria smiles.

SARAH JANE
But this one really had to be a tough call. Warrior after warrior tried to slay the Gorgons, but all of them had been turned to stone.

MARIA
Because they had to look at them to kill them.

SARAH JANE
Perfect defense mechanism. Once you laid eyes on a Gorgon there was no escape. You couldn’t run, you couldn’t attack, your body was already turning to stone. And there was nothing you could do to stop it. One glance was all it took. Terrifying.

Maria closes the book and looks at Sarah Jane.

MARIA
Does Bea believe Gorgons actually existed?

SARAH JANE
I think she believes one still does.

EXT. NEIGHBORHOOD STREET – DAY

The nuns’ hearse squeals as it turns a corner onto a neighborhood street and parks near a tree.

Luke and Clyde are walking on a path on their way to Lavender Lawns. The hearse is in front of them. Clyde notices it first.


CLYDE
Oh no, it’s Sister Sinister again.

Sister Helena opens the car door and gets out, leaving the door open. She steps onto the path in front of Luke and Clyde, holding up her hands.

SISTER HELENA
Don’t run away, Luke. I won’t hurt you. I just want to have a little chat.

Two other nuns have gotten out of the hearse and are standing behind Sister Helena on either side of her.

LUKE
What about?

Luke and Clyde stop in front of the three nuns.

CLYDE
Don’t listen to her, Luke. No way is she really a nun.

SISTER HELENA
Whatever else would I be?

Clyde makes gestures as he speaks to demonstrate his point.

CLYDE
I don’t know. But I bet you ain’t got legs under them robes, just a bunch of slimy tentacles or something.

Sister Helena lets out a less than amused chuckle.

SISTER HELENA
Your friend watches too much TV.

Sister Helena walks closer to Luke and puts her arm around his shoulder.

SISTER HELENA
I think perhaps we could talk a little more sensibly without him.

Clyde grabs hold of Luke’s arm, trying to pull him away from Sister Helena.

SISTER HELENA
Jump in the car. We’ll go to the abbey.

LUKE
I don’t think so.

SISTER HELENA
You’re safe with me.

CLYDE
We’re not going anywhere with you.

SISTER HELENA
It’s not an open invitation. Listen to your friend here and you will be in far more danger, I guarantee.

Sister Helena starts walking Luke towards the hearse and Clyde lets go of his arm.

SISTER HELENA
But I can help you, I want to help you.

Clyde tries to walk after Sister Helena and Luke but the two other nuns get in his way and he has to move around them.

LUKE
The Talisman is dangerous?

SISTER HELENA
More than you can imagine.

Sister Helena pushes Luke’s head down and forces him into the hearse.

Clyde pushes the two nuns aside and tries to get at Luke.


CLYDE
No way! Lu--!

Sister Helena pushes Clyde and he goes soaring through the air.

Clyde lands on the grass and looks up as Sister Helena closes the door behind her.

Luke presses his hands against the backseat window and calls out for help.


LUKE
Clyde! Clyde!

Clyde forces himself up off of the grass and starts running after the hearse.

LUKE
Clyde!

INT. SARAH JANE’S HOUSE -- LIVING ROOM

Maria looks dubiously at Sarah Jane, still not completely believing her about the Gorgon.

MARIA
So it’s an alien?

SARAH JANE
Remember what I said. Aliens have been coming here for hundreds of years. Thousands.

MARIA
And one’s survived all this time?

SARAH JANE
Yeah, perhaps.

MARIA
But, how can it turn people to stone just by looking horrible?

Sarah Jane laughs as her cell phone starts to ring in her pocket.

SARAH JANE
Well, I doubt that’s quite how it works.

Sarah Jane answers her cell phone, laughter still in her voice.

SARAH JANE
Hello?

CLYDE
(over the phone)
Luke has been nabbed by a nun!

SARAH JANE
What?

EXT. NEIGHBORHOOD STREET - DAY

Clyde runs towards Sarah Jane’s car as Sarah Jane gets out of her car, leaves her door open, and runs towards him to find out what happened.

CLYDE
I warned him not to talk to that freaky nun! I tried to stop it but it just happened so fast! They pulled up and bam!

Sarah Jane reaches Clyde and takes hold of his arm as she tries to calm him down.

SARAH JANE
Clyde, just calm down.

Sarah Jane and Clyde slow down to a walk as they continue towards the car.

CLYDE
She was after the Talisman.

SARAH JANE
Where has she taken Luke? Any idea?

CLYDE
Well, I dunno, she’s from some abbey.

SARAH JANE
Well obviously, she’s a nun, Clyde, think, which one?

CLYDE
I’ve tried to! I dunno, some old woman’s name. Like the lady writer. The old lady detective...

SARAH JANE
Miss Marple?

CLYDE
No.

SARAH JANE
Agatha Christie? Saint Agatha?!

Clyde grins as he remembers the name of the abbey.

CLYDE
Agnes! Saint Agnes Abbey!

SARAH JANE
Get in the car!

Sarah Jane and Clyde run towards the car, ready to go and save Luke.

EXT. SAINT AGNES ABBEY - DAY

Sarah Jane drives up to the front door of Saint Agnes Abbey. She stops the car and gets out. She walks to the front door and knocks. She opens up her business card wallet and flips through it to find the perfect fake ID card to get her into the abbey. She pulls one out of the wallet just as a nun opens the door.

SARAH JANE
Oh, hello.

Sarah Jane holds up the fake ID card for the nun to see.

SARAH JANE
My name is Felicity Barnes. I’m doing a story for the Times on religion in the 21st century. Is there anyone I can talk to?

Sarah Jane puts her card away.

SARAH JANE
Oh, perhaps Sister Helena?

Sarah Jane forces her way into the abbey, glancing back at the car and winking before going inside.

The nun closes the door to the abbey just as Sarah Jane’s car door opens and Maria and Clyde get sneakily out of it, crouched down low so no one can see them.

Maria shuts the door once Clyde is out and they sneak towards the front of the car, looking around to make sure no one is around and then walk way from the front door to the abbey.


INT. SAINT AGNES ABBEY -- LIBRARY

The library door opens and Sarah Jane walks in. She looks around the empty room as the nun closes the door, leaving Sarah Jane alone in the library. Sarah Jane tries the door but it’s locked. She’s trapped.

SARAH JANE
So much for fake ID.

She walks towards the center of the room as she continues to look around.

EXT. SAINT AGNES ABBEY – DAY

Maria and Clyde are still sneaking around outside the abbey, trying to find a way inside. Maria peers around the side of a pillar but upon seeing two nuns walking a short distance away, she quickly backs up and leans against the pillar so as not to be seen. She checks again after a moment and, seeing the nuns walking farther away, gestures for Clyde to follow her.

They quickly run towards one of the windows and stop again, making sure the coast is still clear. Seeing it is, they run to another window which is partially open.

Maria gets there first and Clyde stoops down to give her a boost into the abbey. Once she has climbed through, she sticks her hand out and helps Clyde crawl inside.


INT. SAINT AGNES ABBEY -- CORRIDOR

Inside Saint Agnes Abbey, Maria and Clyde enter a small and dark corridor, trying to find their way around.

CLYDE
Now what? Where do we go?

MARIA
I don’t know. What do nuns do with kids they kidnap?

MARIA
(o.s.)
Let’s start here.

Clyde hurries over to Maria who is standing outside a door, ready to open it.

CLYDE
Hold on. What if it’s in there? This Gorgon thing.

Maria holds out her hand and smiles nervously.

MARIA
Just, keep your eyes closed and hold my hand.

Clyde laughs and opens the door without taking Maria’s hand.

INT. SAINT AGNES ABBEY -– THE ABBESS’ CHAMBERS

Clyde walks into the Abbess’ chambers, followed closely by Maria. They look around and Clyde jumps back in horror and lets out a yelp when he sees a statue of a terrified Mrs Gribbins standing just a few feet away from them.

They hear the sound of the door creaking open and they turn to see who’s coming into the room.

The door opens and reveals the Abbess, standing with her hand up by the edge of her veil which is covering her face.

The Abbess makes a loud hissing noise as Maria and Clyde continue to stand there, looking at her in fear.


INT. SAINT AGNES ABBEY – LIBRARY

Sarah Jane is reading about the Gorgons when she hears a door open and turns to see who’s coming inside.

It’s--


SARAH JANE
Luke!

Happy to see her son, Sarah Jane puts the book down and rushes to him.

SARAH JANE
Oh, are you all right?

She pulls him into a hug and he hugs her back for a moment before they pull apart, Sarah Jane’s hands still on Luke’s shoulders.

LUKE
Yeah, I’m fine.

SARAH JANE
So what do you think you’re doing getting into a stranger’s car? For an intelligent boy, sometimes I can’t believe how stupid you are!

Sarah Jane lets out a slight chuckle and hugs Luke again.

LUKE
I didn’t just get in...

Sister Helena walks into the library.

SISTER HELENA
Luke was never in any danger, Miss Smith.

Luke moves behind Sarah Jane as Sister Helena walks closer to them.

SISTER HELENA
But it seemed that bringing him to the abbey was the fastest way of attracting your attention. Although your other two young friends were a surprise.

Sister Helena raises her arm and snaps her fingers. Clyde and Maria run into the room and over to Sarah Jane and Luke.

CLYDE
We found Mrs Gribbins!

Clyde takes his place behind Luke.

MARIA
She’s been turned to stone.

Maria stands next to Sarah Jane who puts her arm around her shoulders.

SISTER HELENA
Unfortunately Mrs Gribbins always was something of a useless old fossil.

SARAH JANE
Are you really protecting a Gorgon here?

SISTER HELENA
A creature with writhing serpents for hair?

Sister Helena turns and walks away from them, a smile on her face.

SISTER HELENA
Those melodramatic Greeks. They never could resist embellishing a story.

She turns herself around slightly to look at her hostages again.

SISTER HELENA
But, yes, as you’ve seen--

Hearing the sounds of footsteps, Sarah Jane looks over towards the door. The Abbess, the veil still covering her face, walks inside with two other nuns behind her.

SISTER HELENA
--the myth isn’t entirely without foundation.

The Abbess lets out a long hiss, seemingly looking directly at Sarah Jane and the children. The two nuns standing by her look completely at ease despite the situation.

MARIA
But it’s an alien, right?

Sister Helena walks closer to her hostages again.

SISTER HELENA
The Gorgons traveled to our world three thousand years ago. Once there was three, now only one.

LUKE
A real live Gorgon?

SISTER HELENA
Generations of our sisterhood have served and protected the Gorgons down the centuries.

Sarah Jane’s arms are spread out, keeping the three children behind her and away from Sister Helena.

CLYDE
If she’s survived three thousand years, what happened to the other two?

SISTER HELENA
One was killed during ancient days--

The Abbess lets out another long hiss.

SISTER HELENA
--when our sisterhood served Demeter, when the key was stolen.

Sarah Jane steps forward towards Sister Helena, her arms falling back to her side.

SARAH JANE
The key to whatever brought the Gorgons to Earth. And the sisters have been searching for it ever since. Oh, did you get close once, Sister Helena, maybe fifty years ago? Was that when the second Gorgon died?

SISTER HELENA
Professor Nelson-Stanley and his meddlesome wife.

Sister Helena steps towards Sarah Jane.

SISTER HELENA
But you have the key now, Miss Smith. I’m sure you will be more reasonable.

SARAH JANE
I wouldn’t bet on it. Kidnapping, turning people to stone. No, no, no, not the kind of things that make me feel reasonable.

Sister Helena puts her arm around Sarah Jane’s shoulders and starts walking her away from the children who stand there, watching them.

SISTER HELENA
Sarah Jane, three thousand years is a long time, even for a being with the Gorgon’s life span. She is old.

The Abbess hisses.

SISTER HELENA
The Talisman opens a portal to the Gorgon’s world. She only wants to go home to die. You can understand that, can’t you?

SARAH JANE
Why should I believe you?

SISTER HELENA
Miss Smith, you have no choice.

Sarah Jane turns to look at the children.

SARAH JANE
All right. We’ll get it.

Sarah Jane starts to walk towards Maria, Luke and Clyde but Sister Helena calls after her.

SISTER HELENA
The boys stay here.

Sarah Jane stops and turns to look back at Sister Helena.

SARAH JANE
No!

Sister Helena calmly walks closer to Sarah Jane and the children.

SISTER HELENA
They’ll be perfectly safe, as long as you don’t try to deceive us.

The Abbess lets out another long hiss and Sarah Jane looks over at her and the two nuns by her side.

EXT. BANNERMAN ROOM -- SARAH JANE’S HOUSE - DAY

Sarah Jane and Maria are walking towards Sarah Jane’s house from the car while two nuns help the Abbess out of the hearse and Sister Helena oversees.

MARIA
We can’t give them the Talisman.

SARAH JANE
I know that, but at least we’re on my territory now, not theirs.

MARIA
We are, but they’ve still got the boys.

As Sarah Jane and Maria reach the front door, Sarah Jane ready to open it, Sister Helena reaches out and grabs hold of Maria’s shoulder.

SISTER HELENA
The girl stays with me.

Sarah Jane looks back at Sister Helena who is holding Maria close to her. She is not pleased but she still unlocks the door.

As Sarah Jane opens the door, Sister Helena pushes Maria forward.


SISTER HELENA
Move.

INT. SARAH JANE’S HOUSE -- ATTIC

Sarah Jane rushes over to Mr Smith and takes the Talisman off of the scanner.

MR SMITH
Sorry. Analysis incomplete.

SARAH JANE
Shh! Keep your voice down!

MR SMITH
Is this because I’m picking up a hostile alien intelligence within the house?

SARAH JANE
Yes, and it’s about to meet another one.

Sarah Jane turns away from Mr Smith, takes her sonic lipstick out of her pocket and tosses it into the air before catching it again. Then she rushes back out of the attic again.

INT. SARAH JANE’S HOUSE -- LIVING ROOM

Sister Helena guides Maria into the living room towards the Abbess and the two nuns on either side of her.

MARIA
Doesn’t she speak English?

SISTER HELENA
The Gorgon doesn’t need to speak.

The Abbess and the two nuns walk behind Maria towards the fireplace while Sister Helena walks in front of her.

MARIA
You mean she’s like, telepathic? Is that how she controls you?

Sister Helena looks at Maria, annoyed.

MARIA
I mean, looking after a Gorgon isn’t exactly normal for a bunch of nuns, is it?

Sister Helena walks back over to Maria as the nuns and the Abbess turn around to watch them.

SISTER HELENA
I’d shut up if I were you or the Abbess might show you her idea of solving a problem like Maria.

Sister Helena turns towards the door as she hears someone walking into the room only to find Sarah Jane holding up the Talisman for them all to see.

SARAH JANE
Is this what you spent three thousand years looking for?

SISTER HELENA
The key to the portal.

Sister Helena smiles and holds out her hand as Maria rushes over to Sarah Jane and stands behind her.

There’s a humming noise as Sarah Jane holds up her sonic lipstick in her other hand and it lights up. Sarah Jane is smiling.

Sister Helena starts to pace.


SISTER HELENA
What do you think you’re doing?

SARAH JANE
Either let my son and his friend go or I will destroy the Talisman with sonic disruption.

Sarah Jane moves the sonic lipstick and the Talisman closer together.

SISTER HELENA
I warned you, Miss Smith.

Sister Helena snaps her fingers as Sarah Jane moves the two objects even closer.

The two nuns move the Abbess forward.


SISTER HELENA
Now look on the face of the Gorgon and feel your flesh turn to stone.

The nuns start to lift the Abbess’ veil. Sarah Jane looks around, horrified as she tries to find a way out. As the veil is almost lifted off of the Abbess’ face, Sarah Jane realizes Maria is looking at the Abbess.

SARAH JANE
No, don’t look, Maria!

Sister Helena, having been moving closer to Sarah Jane and Maria, grabs the Talisman out of Sarah Jane’s hand just as Sarah Jane moves Maria out of the way so she doesn’t look at the Abbess.

Alan walks into the room, the door having been left open.


ALAN
Hello?

The veil is completely off the Abbess’ face, revealing a wrinkled, old face.

Sister Helena is holding up the Talisman.


ALAN
The door was open...

MARIA
Dad!

Blue swirling lights that look like snakes come out of the Abbess’ eyes and mouth and move towards Alan. They swirl around Alan who has put up his hand in an attempt to shield himself.

Sarah Jane and Maria watch horrified as they watch Alan get turned into stone.


MARIA
Dad!

CLOSING CREDITS

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