In a consulting room, Dr. Kinderhaus and Martha watch
a TV screen. They can see Lucy on the screen talking
Please sit down Doctor Jones.
Call me Martha. It still feels a bit strange everyone
calling me Doctor now.
As you wish, Martha.
Thank you for volunteering to help us with Lucy Saxon.
With all of the work that you have at the hospital,
I appreciate that you’ve agreed to spend your
afternoons with us.
And I appreciate how you’ve helped me to become an
affiliate of this facility. I’m thinking of
specializing in psychiatric medicine, so this
experience is invaluable to me.
And it’s no sacrifice. I’ve met Mrs Saxon before, and
I was concerned about her. I would really like to see
her get well again.
It would be a great advantage to us if you continued
working here. You seem to be very dedicated, and Lucy
Saxon has improved tremendously since you started
coming to see her. All the staff has remarked on it.
When she first arrived, she was almost catatonic. But
now she will respond when spoken to, although she
still has a resistance to authority which makes it
difficult to get her to respond to treatment, and
these auditory illusions. There is no medical reason
that she should hear a drumming noise.
I know that her husband, Harold Saxon, complained of
hearing a drumming sound.
I see. Then it may all be part of the same problem.
Mrs Saxon is famous, Yes?
She shot her husband after
he assassinated the American President, and thus put a
halt to a situation that may have led to war. But
before this, Mrs. Saxon’s self-image was that of a
supportive wife. She, in large part, helped her
husband to become the Prime Minister.
I believe that Mrs Saxon is exhibiting a kind of
hysterical, psychotic defence reaction brought on by
these negative experiences. The guilt of killing her
husband has made her unable to accept herself as Lucy
Saxon, and it has resulted in a fragmentation of her
She has associated herself with this ficticious image
of power that she calls the Master.
But why …why would she want to be the Master?
It must have been a great shock, the death of her
husband. Her entire wordview was shattered. It is not
unusual for a person subjected to these kind of
stresses to want to be someone else.
And how long do you think it will take for her to
It’s hard to tell. There have been similar cases, but
this one is very difficult. Lucy Saxon has been very
resistant to standard therapy. She refuses to
participate in group activities, or even to talk with
most of her doctors. All we can do now is give her
I am encouraged by the fact that she seems to respond
well to you. You would do us a great favor if you
could stop by more regularly, if you have the time.
I’d be happy to.
Lucy Saxon has many admirers. I know that she condemns
herself, but her actions alone may have stopped a war.
She’s quite the hero.
I want to do whatever I can to help her regain her
sanity. The world needs more people like her.
The screen shows Lucy sitting on her bed rocking with
her hands over her ears.
An oversaturated blue sky. Martha is in a billowing
dress on a hill. The doctor stands across from her
with a sword in his hand. He drops the sword and runs
into her arms. There is a closeup on the Doctor’s
Martha Jones, I love you.
BEEP! BEEP! BEEP!
Martha sits up in her bed. It’s morning.