The Mark of the Berserker, part two

Original Airdate: Nov 10, 2008

[Street]

PAUL: Are you okay, son?
CLYDE: Yeah, yeah. I'm fine.
PAUL: You don't want to go back to Luke and Rani, then?
CLYDE: Who?
PAUL: Oh, er, it doesn't matter.
(Clyde notices the pendant around his father's neck.)
CLYDE: Dad, what's that?
PAUL: That's our future, Clydey-boy. Don't worry about it.
CLYDE: I won't worry about it.
PAUL: So, how about you and me, we go away for a bit?
CLYDE: I don't know. I should call Mum, let her know what we're up to.
PAUL: You don't need to call your mum.
CLYDE: I don't need to call my mum.
PAUL: No. So, you want to go on a trip?
CLYDE: Have you got a car?
PAUL: Oh, yeah. Back in Germany. But we could always get a new one.

[Attic]

RANI: He can do anything. He's got the pendant and he used it to make Clyde forget who we are.
LUKE: Mum would know what to do.
But if we call her, we'll have to tell her Clyde brought his dad up here. She'll be really mad. But, if we don't then. No, it doesn't matter. Just call her.

[Hospital corridor]

(Disguised as a nurse, Sarah Jane is scanning with her lipstick.)
SARAH: It's no good, Travast Polong. I'm going to find you.
(A giant slug, or extremely agile Horta, nips out of a side room and around the corner. Then three eyes on stalks look back at her. Sarah Jane walks past a No Mobile Phone sign.)

[Attic]

LUKE: No answer.
RANI: I just don't know what to do.
LUKE: I do.
(He turns on the 'ordinary' Magpie Electricals computer.)

[Washington DC / Attic]

ALAN: Wakey, wakey!
MARIA: What is it, Dad?
ALAN: Your computer is beeping. Someone wants to talk to you. Stop it beeping.
MARIA: Luke!
ALAN: Tell him what time it is here!
MARIA: Shut up. Hey, how are you?
LUKE: I'm fine, but, I need your help. We need your help.
RANI: Maria.
MARIA: Hi! Rani, yeah? Luke's told me all about you. How are you finding the whole alien thing?
RANI: Yeah, it's cool. All right, it's more than that. It's
ber cool.
MARIA: Tell me about it. So, what can I do for you?
LUKE: Actually, it's your dad we wanted to talk to.
MARIA: Dad?
ALAN: Yes, love?
MARIA: They want to talk to you.
ALAN: Me? Cool.
ber cool, in fact. Hey, Luke.
LUKE: Mister Jackson, Sarah Jane's not here. We need you.
RANI: We're sending over a picture now. It's a drawing of an alien pendant. I'm Rani, by the way.
ALAN: Nice to meet you, Rani. What do you want me to do?
LUKE: You can hack into any computer, can't you, Mister Jackson? We need you to get into UNIT, see if they know what this pendant is.
ALAN: What's UNIT?
MARIA: Unified Intelligence Taskforce. They're like the army, but they deal with aliens and stuff.
ALAN: I won't even ask how you know that. Okay, okay, let's do it.

[Porsche showroom]

SALESMAN: Good afternoon, sir. Can I help you?
PAUL: All right, mate? We're looking for a motor. Something flashy. Something that'll turn a few girls' heads.
SALESMAN: Of course, sir. Just out of interest, what sort of price range are we looking at?
PAUL: Oh, money's not a problem.
SALESMAN: We do, of course, offer a number of different payment schemes.
PAUL: Save the patter, mate. I'm having this one.
(It is red, of course.)
SALESMAN: It is a bit on the expensive side, sir.
PAUL: I'm sure it is, but you're going to give it to us for free.
SALESMAN: I, I'm going to give it to you for free.
(Paul checks his arm. The blue lines are getting longer. Then Clyde's phone rings. It says Luke.)
CLYDE: Hello?

[Attic / Porsche showroom]

LUKE: Hi, Clyde. You think you don't know me, but you do, so please just listen.
CLYDE: Look, who are you? And why is your number in my phone?
LUKE: I just, I'm your best friend.
CLYDE: You're a freak. Get lost.

[Porsche showroom]

(The salesman has handed over the keys.)
PAUL: You ready?
CLYDE: You betcha.

[Attic]

RANI: I gave my dad some water, but he won't stop.
(HG07FKD roars out of the showroom.)

[Washington DC]

MARIA: How's it going?
ALAN: Getting there. They've got a whole load of firewalls, though. I did think we'd left this sort of thing behind us. Ah ha. Got it. Oh, my God.
MARIA: Dad?
ALAN: It's the UNIT archives. A photo. December, 1940.
MARIA: What is it?
ALAN: It's what happens to you when you use the pendant.
(You turn into a blue-veined Hulk.)

[Porsche]

PAUL: Do you remember when you were a kid and I said one day, I'd show you the world? Well, that's today, my son.
(The mark on his palm is bothering him.)
CLYDE: What's that?
PAUL: Don't worry about it.
CLYDE: I won't worry about it.
(Paul looks in the rear view mirror, and briefly sees himself as a monster.)

[Washington DC / Attic]

MARIA: UNIT know about it. The pendant belongs to this race of creatures, the Berserkers.
LUKE: Aren't they from Norse mythology?
MARIA: Still the brainbox, Luke.
LUKE: The Berserkers were warriors who put on animal skins as armour.
MARIA: And they were vicious, and mad and
RANI: Berserk?
ALAN: Exactly. Only according to UNIT, they're actually this old race of superbad alien soldiers who, to build up their army, sent out loads of these pendants.
LUKE: How did one end up at the school?
MARIA: The last sighting of it was at the Park Vale army barracks in Ealing. In December, 1940, the base was destroyed by a German bomb. And fifty years later, that's where they built the school.
RANI: What does it actually do to you?
MARIA: Every time you use it, it changes you. The Beserkers weren't wearing animal skins, they were changing into something people at the time couldn't recognise. If Clyde's dad is using the pendant, he's turning into one of the Berserkers. Luke, Clyde's in real danger.
LUKE: Okay. Well, we'll deal with it. We'll find them.
RANI: How? He won't tell us where he is. He doesn't know us any more.
ALAN: I reckon I can help with that. Well, UNIT can. They've got a satellite tracking system. All I need to do is put in Clyde's mobile phone number. Got him!

[Porsche]

PAUL: You having fun?
CLYDE: Oh, yeah!
PAUL: Want more fun?
CLYDE: Oh, yeah.
(So they park in a No Parking area and go shopping, while Luke and Rani run down the road.)

[Street]

(New clothes, shades, an electric guitar.)
PAUL: Look at that. Put it on. Put these on.
CLYDE: They're cool. They're cool.
PAUL: Get in the car. We don't have time.
CLYDE: Can I can play later, then.
PAUL: Play it later. I want some more stuff.
(They drive off just before the traffic warden can get the ticket on the windscreen.)

[Langer home]

LUKE: Hi, Mrs Langer.
CARLA: What have I told you, Luke?
LUKE: Sorry, Carla.
RANI: We need your help. It's about Clyde.

[Carla's car]

CARLA: Okay, kids. Belt up.
RANI: They're heading out of London.

[Porsche]

PAUL: Pretty cool, yeah? We can do anything, go anywhere. We're kings of the road. Kings of the world! You okay? Come on, what is it?
CLYDE: It doesn't matter.
PAUL: Just tell me what you're thinking.
CLYDE: Why did you leave me?

[Side road]

(They park near an overgrown roundabout.)
PAUL: Me and your mum, we weren't working.
CLYDE: I know, but did you even try?
PAUL: Yeah, of course I did but, but these things happen.
CLYDE: But you left me. I mean, today, it's been brilliant and mad and everything, but you left me. I was just a kid and you died.
PAUL: I didn't die.
CLYDE: That's what it was like. My whole life up until that point had been you, Mum and me. The three of us. And then suddenly it was just me and Mum. And I was so scared. Every night, when I went to bed, I thought, what if Mum leaves me? What if I wake up and it's just me, alone?
PAUL: I never realised. I'm sorry.
CLYDE: Yeah, I know.
PAUL: Look, I just want to make it up to you. I want to make it better. I just. Look at me. I want you to forget all those feelings. Forget how I left you. Forget how you were scared and lonely. Forget it all.
CLYDE: I'll forget it all.
PAUL: You okay?
CLYDE: Yeah. Come on then, Dad. Where are we going?
PAUL: It's a surprise.
CLYDE: Ah, tell me. You did say no secrets.
PAUL: All right. I always said I'd show you the world, right? Let's go and see it. Let's get a boat. A yacht. We'll go everywhere. Europe, America, Australia. This is the chance of a lifetime. Around the world, in a yacht.
CLYDE: I know but, but Mum.
PAUL: What about her?
CLYDE: We should let her know if we're just going away.
PAUL: I thought we were cool. Right. Just forget about her, okay? Forget about your mum.
CLYDE: I'll forget about Mum.

[Carla's car]

CARLA: So, what did he say when you spoke to him?
LUKE: He won't answer his phone.
CARLA: Oh, he'll answer mine if he knows what's good for him.

[Porsche]

(Clyde's phone rings.)
CLYDE: Dad, what's Mum?
PAUL: It doesn't matter, mate. It's just us from now on.

[Carla's car]

CARLA: Why isn't he answering? Where is he?
RANI: Luke's got it switched on. Can you get it to work?
CARLA: And who are you talking to?
RANI: Oh, just one of Luke's geeky mates.

[Washington DC / Carla's car]

ALAN: Geeky? Cheers for that, Rani.
CARLA: What are you doing to my sat-nav?
RANI: It's just a tracking upgrade. Luke did it at Science Club.
CARLA: Yeah? Okay.
ALAN: OK, it should be just about, just about there. Any luck?
(The UNIT tracker downloads to the Sat Nav.
LUKE; Yes.
RANI: It worked, thank you so much.
CARLA: And that's definitely my Clyde on there?
LUKE: Yeah.
ALAN: Now listen to me. I want you to promise you'll talk to Sarah Jane as soon as possible, yeah?
RANI: Yeah, promise.
ALAN: If Clyde's dad is, you know? You're putting yourselves in danger.
RANI: I know. And we promise we'll be careful. We'll call you later.

[Washington DC]

MARIA: And that's it? We just sit here and wait?
ALAN: What else can we do?
MARIA: I've got an idea. Get typing, Dad. And you thought we'd left it all behind.

[Porsche]

PAUL: We're going to have such fun. You and me, travelling the world. The Langer boys in a yacht. It's going to be, it's going to be cool.
(He pulls in to a marina.)
PAUL: We're here.

[Carla's car]

LUKE: They've stopped moving. You need to turn left here.
CARLA: The marina? He wants to take him away? He wants to take my baby! I don't think so.

[Lynport Marina]

(Paul is clutching his arm and staggering a bit.)
PAUL: Look at it. There's nothing stopping us. We can go anywhere out there. Ow!
CLYDE: Dad? Dad? Dad? What's happening to you?
PAUL: We just need a boat. Argh! Clyde, help me!
CLYDE: Help! Someone help me, please! Please help my dad.
(Carla drives in.)
CLYDE: It's OK, Dad. Someone's coming.
CARLA: You two, stay here.
RANI: She's going to see the pendant. She's going to see everything.
CARLA: Clyde! Clyde!
CLYDE: Please, please help us. My dad is ill and
CARLA: Oh!
(Carla hugs Clyde.)
CLYDE: What are you doing? Get off me, you! Who are you?
CARLA: Clyde, that's not funny. Seriously, don't mess about. Not now.
CLYDE: How do you know my name? How does everyone know my name? You've got to help my dad, he's all I've got.
CARLA: It's me. It's Mum. What have you done to him, Paul? I knew you were trouble, but I never knew you could be such a monster.
(Paul is covered in luminous blue veins, and has white irises.)
CLYDE: He's not a monster. Dad? Please, will you help us?
PAUL: What's happening to me?
RANI: Mister Langer, it's the pendant. Every time you use it, it overpowers you.
CARLA: Clyde, get back. It's not safe.
(Paul grabs Clyde's arm.)
PAUL: He's my soldier and you can't stop us, because if you do, if you try to, I'll tell you to walk into the water. I'll destroy you all. Bwahahahahaha! This whole world will do as I say.
CLYDE: Dad, please.
PAUL: I'm a Berserker and you will follow my orders.
SARAH [OC]: Oh, I don't think so.
CLYDE: Sarah Jane! I don't understand what's happening. These people reckon I should know them, but I don't. Who are they?
SARAH: They are the most important people in your life. Okay, Clyde, I need you to trust me. You and me, we're going to sort all this out. Now we're going to put your dad right, before it's too late. Now, come on. Paul, now listen to me. You love your son, yes?
PAUL: The war. I need him for the war. He's my soldier and he's going to be just like me.
CLYDE: Dad, no. Turn yourself back. Tell yourself to be human again.
PAUL: I'm better like this. I'm not useless or cool or scared. I'm a soldier. I'm a Berserker.
CLYDE: I could get the pendant, put things right.
SARAH: No. I'm not going to let that happen to you.
CLYDE: Well, what then? I can't lose him.
SARAH: Look at him. Deep down, he needs to know who he really is.
CARLA: Clyde, be careful.
CLYDE: Dad? Remember the park in Hounslow where you used to take me? Just think back to that.
LUKE: Be careful, Clyde.
CLYDE: Remember, ich heisse Clyde Langer.
CARLA: Remember how you felt when you first met me.
CLYDE: Remember how you came back for me.
PAUL: I remember.
SARAH: Look at the mirror. Look at your reflection. That isn't you. Just remember what you are. Remember before the pendant, no Beserkers, no mind control. That's not you, Paul. You need to remember who you are.
(Paul screams and writhes until all the blue veins are gone.)
SARAH: That's it. You're human, just like the rest of us.
(Paul rips off the pendant and throws it onto the concrete slipway. There is a big flash. Haresh collapses from exhaustion.)

[Porsche salesroom]

SALESMAN: Where's the car gone?

[Lynport Marina]

(The pendant stops glowing.)
LUKE: Clyde?
CLYDE: You're not going to cry, are you? All right, Rani? Hi, Mum.
CARLA: Oh, my darling!
CLYDE: I love you, Mum. Dad?
SARAH: Come on, back to the car. They need to talk.
RANI: How did you know where to find us?
LUKE: We tried calling you.
SARAH: Alan searched the NHS database and found out which hospital I was in, and he managed to get a message to me. I've got some very clever friends.
(Clyde picks up the amulet.)
CLYDE: What about this?
SARAH: You know what to do.
CLYDE: I've got it, haven't I? I've got my family back. The three of us, back together. Mum, Dad and me.
PAUL: It doesn't work though. You can't make us be together.
CLYDE: I could. I could use this. Make you love each other again.
PAUL: And history would repeat itself. We'd fall out. We'd argue. We'd be unhappy. Then I'd leave. Walk away.
CLYDE: I could stop you.
PAUL: You could, yeah.
CARLA: It wouldn't be real. I'm going back to the car. Are you coming?
CLYDE: I want to say bye to Dad first.
PAUL: I'm sorry.
(Under the picture of young Clyde, is an ultrasound scan of a foetus.)
PAUL: Mel is pregnant.
CLYDE: What?
PAUL: That's why I ran away. I remembered what a useless dad I was to you.
CLYDE: But I needed you.
PAUL: You're not a kid any more. You're cool. You don't need me.
CLYDE: You're right. I don't need you. I've got Mum, Sarah Jane, Luke, Rani, Maria. So I don't need you, but I think that baby does. Try not to mess it up. And you can take the car back, the clothes, everything. I'll go home with Mum.
(Paul drives away. Carla goes to Clyde.)
CARLA: So, what was that all about?
CLYDE: It was just what I do.
CARLA: It's dangerous. I tried so hard to keep you safe. Clyde, I can't cope with this.
CLYDE: And I want to keep you safe. I want you to be happy. Mum, forget about the pendant, forget about the aliens, and forget about what I do.
(The pendant glows.)
CARLA: Oh, flipping heck, it's cold. Where's your Dad?
CLYDE: Dad's gone.
CARLA: Sorry, Clyde.
CLYDE: Me too. Let's go home.
(Clyde throws the pendant into the water.)

[Attic]

CLYDE: Knock, knock.
SARAH: Come in, Clyde.
CLYDE: I came to say
SARAH: I know.
CLYDE: I shouldn't have brought him here.
SARAH: You wanted to impress your Dad. I'd probably have done the same.
CLYDE: Do you miss your Mum and Dad?
SARAH: I can't really remember them. I was a baby when they died. Yes, sometimes I think I'd do anything to see them again. Go on, tell me what you're thinking.
CLYDE: Sometimes, sometimes people think I'm not bothered by stuff. That I'm always
SARAH: Clyde, you don't have to be cool all the time.
CLYDE: There's a lot of my Dad in me. I saw that today, and I think, I think if it wasn't for you lot, I'd be weaker, like him.
SARAH: And I think you underestimate yourself. Now go on, get home. I'll see you tomorrow.
CLYDE: Thank you.
(Clyde leaves. Sarah Jane goes to a drawer and takes out an old photograph of her parents from 1951.)

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