“Gas!” Parry Percival said under his breath. Martyn, who thought the Doctor was doing well, glanced indignantly at Parry and was astonished to see that he looked frightened. “ ‘—therefore,’ ” the Doctor was saying arrogantly, “ ‘to beg will not become me—’ ”
“Gas!” said an imperative voice off-stage and someone else ran noisily round the back of the set.
And then Martyn smelled it. Gas…