THE TENTH PLANET
BY KITT PEDLER
first broadcast - 8th October 1966
1. ROCKET LAUNCHING BAY
(A rocket blasts off into space.)
2. TRACKING ROOM
(The tracking room is large. At one end there is a radar screen on a wall and some monitors. In the middle of the room there is lots of equipment, including
a radio with a microphone and a telephone. At the other end there is a small observations room which has a monitor in it and a communications device on a wall.
A stairway leads into the middle of the tracking room from a landing. Various people are in the room. General Cutler is at the radio and Doctor Barclay is
nearby. Dyson is at a console in front of the radar screen. A technician keys in information into some equipment. On the radar screen a blip appears at the
bottom, representing the rocket that has just been launched. The rocket is called Zeus 4 and has two astronauts aboard, Dan "Bluey" Schultz, an
Australian, and Glyn Williams, a Bermudan.)
MAN: (Over radio.) Handing Zeus 4 to Polar base. Will you take control now, please?
CUTLER: We have Zeus 4, thank you Geneva.
(General Cutler is American, middle aged and not someone you would want to get on the wrong side of. Unfortunately most people do.)
DYSON: Snowcap to Zeus 4. Over to local control channel J for Jimmy.
GLYN: (Over radio.) Over to J for Jimmy now.
CUTLER: (To Zeus 4.) Good morning gentlemen. You lucky devils! Have a nice trip.
BLUEY: (Over radio.) Why not come up and join us?
CUTLER: Ha ha! The penguins might miss me!
(Glyn and Bluey laugh.)
CUTLER: Take over, will you Barclay?
(Cutler moves away and Barclay sits by the microphone.)
BARCLAY: Dyson, give Texas tracking the next orbital pattern will you?
DYSON: Right, will do.
BARCLAY: (To Zeus 4.) Snowcap to Zeus 4. Morning Blue, morning Glyn. How do you read me?
BLUEY: Loud and clear Snowcap, loud and clear. Hey, we have a great view of your weather. How is it your end?
BARCLAY: There's a blizzard and an 8-force wind. Repeat your velocity for ground check please.
3. ZEUS 4 INTERIOR
(The rockets' interior is full of controls. There are two seats which Glyn and Bluey are sitting in. To either side of the seats is a porthole. Above the
seats is a sort of pull down telescope that both astronauts can look through.)
BLUEY: Well, let's see. We have 18,250 at er, 0132.
GLYN: Williams coming in. Cosmic mor... management now complete. Are you ready to receive data?
BARCLAY: (Over radio.) Go ahead.
GLYN: OK Bluey, let him have it.
(Bluey operates some switches.)
GLYN: Are you receiving it?
BARCLAY: Yes, A1 OK.
4. POLAR LANDSCAPE
(Mountains are all around. Everything is covered in snow.)
5. GUARD ROOM
(The guard room is quite small. It has several bunks in it for the guards and there is a periscope in the middle of the room. On one bunk an Italian, Tito,
is singing while reading a magazine. On the wall by him are pictures of women in bikinis. Several other guards are there, including an American Sergeant who is
looking through the periscope, slowly turning it round to scan the surface above.)
SERGEANT: Man, it's blowing like crazy out there. All I can see is snow, snow and more snow.
6. POLAR LANDSCAPE
(The periscope turns slowly round. A thick blizzard is blowing. Suddenly the TARDIS materialises, just after the periscope passes its position.)
7. TARDIS CONSOLE ROOM
DOCTOR: Quite an arctic storm blowing out there. Hmm! Come along Polly, my child, with my cloak.
(Polly enters, dressed in a fur coat and hat.)
POLLY: Hey Doctor, you've got the most fantastic wardrobe!
DOCTOR: Yes, well I'm glad you approve my child.
POLLY: These are gorgeous. Where do you shop, Carnaby street?! Ha ha!
BEN: Who do you think you are, Nanook of the North or something?!
DOCTOR: Oh now, now, now. Tcha, tcha, tcha. Stop being so flippant. We don't know what we are in for outside there. Now come along, come along, come
POLLY: Here you are, Doctor.
(Polly passes the Doctor his cloak and hat. He puts them on.)
POLLY: Are you sure you're going to be warm enough?
DOCTOR: Oh, like toast my dear. Now, did you find everything you want?
POLLY: Yes thanks!
DOCTOR: All right, well let's go outside and investigate. Go along.
(The Doctor pulls the switch to open the doors.)
8. POLAR LANDSCAPE
(Polly and Ben emerge from the TARDIS. They struggle to move in the blizzard.)
POLLY: The Doctor was right about this being the coldest place on earth. I'm freezing already.
POLLY: Hey, what's this?
(Polly walks towards an aerial.)
BEN: Well watch it Polly!
POLLY: It's some kind of an aerial. There must be something buried underneath there. Hey, look over there, there's something moving.
(Polly and Ben walk towards the periscope. The Doctor emerges from the TARDIS and locks the doors. Polly inspects the periscope.)
BEN: Don't touch it Polly! It looks like some kind of periscope.
POLLY: Is there some kind of a submarine or something down there?
9. GUARD ROOM
(The Sergeant moves the periscope round and sees Polly, Ben and the Doctor.)
SERGEANT: Hey Tito, will you come over here?
TITO: Oh, what is it?
SERGEANT: Come over here quick! I can see people!
TITO: Sure, sure, lots of people!
SERGEANT: And there's a woman!
TITO: A woman... A WOMAN! Hey!
(Tito puts his magazine down and jumps off the bunk. He looks through the periscope.)
TITO: Hey, hey! Mama Mia bellissima!
(Polly can be seen in the periscope's sights. The Sergeant takes over at the periscope. He turns it and sees the TARDIS.)
SERGEANT: Looks... looks like some kind of a hut. Quick, take those small arms, get upstairs and get... bring them down. Get moving!
(Three guards move off.)
10. POLAR LANDSCAPE
(The guards emerge from a trapdoor hidden beneath the snow. They are now dressed in fur cloaks and are carrying guns. Ben and Polly turn round and see them.)
BEN: I think we'd better go with 'em.
(The Doctor, Polly and Ben are forced down the trapdoor at gun point. The guards follow.)
11. GUARD ROOM
(The Doctor, Ben and Polly make their way down some stairs followed by the guards.)
SERGEANT: Move it, come on, hurry it up, come on, let's go, let's go, come on pops, will you move it, will you move it pops, let's go, come on!
DOCTOR: Please stop that. Please, please stop that.
SERGEANT: Just a moment pops. Now who are you, and what are you doing here?
POLLY: Oh, we just landed outside.
(Polly, Ben and the Doctor brush the snow off their clothes.)
SERGEANT: What in?
POLLY: Well it's a sort of spaceship actually.
TITO: Ha ha! Some spaceship, box!
SERGEANT: You can knock off the jokes.
BEN: She's not joking.
SERGEANT: Look buddy, I want the truth, and quick.
DOCTOR: Can you tell us precisely where we are please?
SERGEANT: You're at the South Pole base of international space command, and frankly pops...
SERGEANT: ...Doctor, your story's gonna have to be awful good.
POLLY: So you mean we are on Earth?
BEN: Well you heard, the South Pole.
SERGEANT: Oh boy. Tito, get the CO.
TITO: He's a-not going to like it.
SERGEANT: (Shouting.) Get him!
DOCTOR: Why don't you speak up, I'm deaf!
(Polly laughs and the Doctor looks questioningly at Ben.)
DOCTOR: (Whispering.) Who's the CO?
BEN: The Commanding Officer, the boss.
(Tito picks up a phone.)
TITO: Hallo... Sir? Er, Private Tito, duty guard here. Could you give a message to the General please?
SERGEANT: General Cutler, the CO.
TITO: Sir? I know, but this is an emergency! What's that? The General's not there?
TITO: Well canna you tell me where he is then?
CUTLER: Right here, Private.
(Tito puts the phone down and stands to attention.)
CUTLER: What is it Sergeant?
SERGEANT: Ah, well sir...
(Cutler sees the Doctor, Ben and Polly.)
CUTLER: Who are these people?
SERGEANT: Well sir, they just appeared outside.
SERGEANT: Yes sir, as I said they just appeared, from a hut.
CUTLER: A hut?!
SERGEANT: Yes sir. Never been there before.
TITO: That's a right General. That's just the way it happened.
(Cutler walks past the Doctor, Polly and Ben, surveying each of them as he goes past.)
CUTLER: Well? Who are you?
BEN: Able seaman Ben Jackson sir, Royal Navy.
CUTLER: Then why aren't you with your ship?
BEN: That's a bit difficult to explain sir.
CUTLER: Yeah, I'll bet my sweet life it is.
DOCTOR: We don't intend you any harm General, I can assure you of that.
CUTLER: You can assure me of what you like but whether I'll believe you or not is another question.
DOCTOR: Huh, huh!
CUTLER: I haven't got time to deal with these now, but when I do you'd better have a good explanation.
DOCTOR: I don't like your tone, sir.
CUTLER: And I don't like your face, nor your hair!
CUTLER: Sergeant, bring him into Tracking and put him under guard in the observation room. I'll deal with them as soon as I have time.
SERGEANT: Yes sir!
(Cutler leaves the room.)
12. TRACKING ROOM
(Cutler enters, closely followed by the Doctor, Ben and Polly who are being escorted by Tito.)
TITO: OK, come on, move, ivante, ivante, svarro.
TECHNICIAN: (upon seeing Polly.) Wahey! Ha ha ha!
CUTLER: All right, all right. Don't sit there like a lot of frustrated penguins. Get on with it.
POLLY: Hey, this is smashing. It looks just like that rocket place in America.
BEN: Yeah, but I wonder why there are so few people. I mean it's not like what you see on the telly, is it?
SERGEANT: I don't know what you see on your TV, son, but this is General Cutler's outfit. Come on, you'd better take a seat.
(Ben and Polly sit down.)
SERGEANT: He don't like a lot of personnel, cuts down to the bare minimum and works them right into the ground. We only spend a couple of months on
this station anyway. We can't stand more than that.
BEN: Ha ha ha!
POLLY: I see. Hey, perhaps we can catch a lift back to England.
BEN: Oh, I can't see the squire there giving us a free lift to anywhere.
(The Doctor appears by Ben.)
DOCTOR: Well I don't want to depress you both but I'm afraid we're not quite where you think we are.
BEN: What do you mean?
DOCTOR: Well, just take a peek at that. Huh huh! Hmm!
(A calendar on the wall shows December 1986.)
POLLY: 1986! Oh no, and I thought we'd be able to get home.
BEN: Yeah, we're still at sea. Here, but that'll explain the few people. Them computers must do all the work now. Here, I wonder if they got to the moon
SERGEANT: Sure, don't you listen to the news?
BEN: You mean you have sent people to the moon?
SERGEANT: Yeah, an expedition just returned.
POLLY: Well what's this flight then?
SERGEANT: Oh, this is just a normal atmosphere testing probe.
DOCTOR: Yes, I see, a rocket testing site. Hum hum!
SERGEANT: (Looking towards the radar screen at the other end of the room.) Hey, what's that?
(Various technicians, including Barclay, are by the radar screen.)
BARCLAY: (To Zeus 4.) An error? Where?
GLYN: (Over radio.) Looks bad. We're now over south isle of New Zealand and reading a height of 1100 miles.
BARCLAY: 1100? But that's impossible! Dyson, check what it should be, will you?
DYSON: It should be 980.
BARCLAY: No, it can't be, let me try.
DYSON: Let me do it.
(Dyson operates some controls as Barclay and Cutler look on.)
BARCLAY: No, you're right. 980 miles... they're out of position by more than a hundred miles!
DYSON: Mmm, looks like it.
BARCLAY: (To Zeus 4.) Snowcap to Zeus 4. Can you read me?
GLYN: (Over radio.) Zeus 4 to Snowcap. Strength 8, over.
BARCLAY: Take visual checks on Mars to establish position. Report back.
GLYN: Will do, out.
13. ZEUS 4 INTERIOR
GLYN: Did you get that Dan?
GLYN: OK, go ahead. Should be about 4-2-0.
(Bluey lowers down some sort of telescope. He looks out of it.)
BLUEY: No, it's 4-3-2.
GLYN: It can't be. Try again.
BLUEY: I am.
GLYN: Come on, shake it up, we'll be back in sunrise in a bit.
BLUEY: Cut it out Glyn.
GLYN: (To Snowcap.) Did you read conversation?
BARCLAY: (Over radio.) Yes. We're getting a Mars fix too. We'll call back.
BLUEY: Hey, Glyn?
BLUEY: Well er, take it easy but, er...
GLYN: Come on, what is it?
BLUEY: It wasn't Mars I had.
GLYN: Ha ha ha ha ha! Well that explains it, doesn't it. Come on now Dan, try again.
BLUEY: No, listen Glyn, there's something else out there.
GLYN: What do you mean?
BLUEY: There's another planet out there!
GLYN: Ano... another planet?
(Glyn is now concerned so he looks through the telescope.)
GLYN: Yeah, you're right. There is something. I can't see properly but it reads as if it was in orbit between Mars and Venus.
BLUEY: Yeah, that's it. Funny how I can't put me finger on it but it looks kinda familiar.
(Bluey looks out of a porthole and sees it is dawn.)
BLUEY: Came the dawn.
GLYN: Yeah. Well I guess we've had any, huh, Earth observations for a bit. (To Snowcap.) Hello Snowcap. Hello Snowcap. We're now in dawn over San
Francisco. Can you get the subject from where you are?
BARCLAY: (Over radio.) Snowcap to Zeus 4. You are very faint. Put up your power output please.
GLYN: It is up.
BARCLAY: Reading you strength 3. Come in please.
GLYN: Repeat, can you get the subject on your retina scope?
BARCLAY: Can do.
GLYN: Hey... hey Dan. That's odd.
GLYN: Fuel cells are showing a power loss!
14. TRACKING ROOM
(Cutler, Dyson, Barclay and a technician are looking at the radar screen. At the other end of the room the Doctor has finished writing something down.)
DOCTOR: Here we are. Well now, excuse me my dear...
(Polly moves out of his way.)
DOCTOR: ...er, take this to your General please.
(The Doctor shows the Sergeant a folded piece of paper.)
SERGEANT: Me? Are you crazy?
DOCTOR: Very well then, take me to the General. I think perhaps I can help him.
SERGEANT: Oh I... I don't know.
DOCTOR: Now look here Sergeant, this is urgent, I insist.
(The Sergeant rushes over to Cutler. The Doctor follows.)
SERGEANT: General, sir.
CUTLER: Yes, what is it?
SERGEANT: The old boy would like to have a word with you. Claims it's urgent.
CUTLER: OK, bring him over. But make it fast.
DOCTOR: I think I know what you are going to see.
CUTLER: How can you possibly?
CUTLER: Oh, get him back over there.
(The General indicates for the Sergeant to escort the Doctor to the other side of the tracking room.)
DOCTOR: (To Barclay.) I've written down here what he will see.
(The Doctor passes Barclay the folded scrap of paper. The Sergeant grabs his arms.)
DOCTOR: Take your hands off me please!
DYSON: Barclay! It's not very clear but it's a planet all right.
(On a monitor there is an image of an oddly familiar looking planet.)
CUTLER: How could it be? Planets don't just appear.
BARCLAY: It must be on a weak orbit.
DYSON: It's approaching quite fast. Barclay, couldn't it be...
BARCLAY: I know what you're thinking. Zeus 4 is out of orbit and a new planet has appeared. Therefore the new planet is influencing Zeus 4. Right?
DYSON: That's about it.
BARCLAY: We must get them down!
CUTLER: An emergency splash zone?
BARCLAY: (Rushing off.) Yes. (To Zeus 4.) Snowcap calling Zeus 4, come in please. Zeus 4 come in please. Do you read me?
GLYN: (Over radio.) Yes, we read you loud and clear.
BARCLAY: You are strength 2 only. Come in please, speak up.
GLYN: Fuel cells are showing a power loss.
BARCLAY: Power loss? How much?
GLYN: Main tanks are down approximately...
15. ZEUS 4 INTERIOR
GLYN: ...twenty percent.
BARCLAY: (Over radio.) We are going to bring you down.
GLYN: Roger. We need co-ordinates to correct orbit.
BARCLAY: Stand by.
BLUEY: What the heck's going on Glyn?
GLYN: I don't know. Let's get down there and find out.
BARCLAY: (Over radio.) Snowcap to Zeus 4, corrected co-ordinates are 0-0-4-8-2-0-8-2-3.
GLYN: Right. We're now correct, out. Ready to do an altitude thrust er, Bluey?
GLYN: OK... go.
(Bluey pulls a lever and both men move forward with the motion of the ship.)
(Bluey pulls the lever again and both men move forward.)
BLUEY: Look, look!
(The ship is rolling in space.)
BLUEY: We're tumbling!
GLYN: No! U... use the manual controls!
(Bluey tries to pull the controls but can't. He doesn't seem to have enough strength.)
BLUEY: I can't, I've...
(The rocket continues to tumble. Glyn helps Bluey pull the control.)
GLYN: Come on. Come on.
(Glyn and Bluey strain to pull the control. Eventually it moves back.)
GLYN: What the heck's going on? I feel absolutely clamped down.
BLUEY: It's like something's sucked out all the power out of my body.
16. TRACKING ROOM
(Everyone is busy working out figures and computations. People are muttering in the background.)
CUTLER: (Into microphone.) Zeus 4 will splash down at 14:45 your time.
DYSON: (To a technician.) Thank you, keep checking.
CUTLER: Yes? Yes, all helicopters to area 6 immediately.
DYSON: Hello, Rome computer base. Final descent path please. Compute and report.
BARCLAY: (To Zeus 4.) Snowcap to Zeus 4. Your flight path is now correcting.
BLUEY: (Over radio.) Power loss is increasing and something's happened to our limbs. We're both finding great difficulty in moving.
BARCLAY: Well you've you've been up there a fair time. It's probably just space fatigue.
BLUEY: No, it's quite different. We had to operate the manual controls together. Neither of us could have done it alone.
BARCLAY: Well, I, er... we have your descent path now.
17. ZEUS 4 INTERIOR
GLYN: You'll have to bring us in this time round. We can't hang on any longer.
BARCLAY: (Over radio.) You must! We can't bring you in this time, you'll overshoot.
BLUEY: We'll never make it, Glyn.
GLYN: No... yes we will Bluey. Come on now. We we...we'll check the re-entry controls. Ready?
GLYN: Retros 1 and 3.
GLYN: Main chute cover.
GLYN: Field sheet bolts.
GLYN: Hey... hey Bluey, what do you make our position?
BLUEY: (Looking out of the porthole.) We're swinging out again!
GLYN: Emergency! Emergency! We've lost flight path again, give correction please, urgent!
18. TRACKING ROOM
BARCLAY: Will do, stand by.
(Barclay removes his glasses.)
BARCLAY: It must be the planet. Its gravity is affecting the capsule.
DYSON: What shall we do about it?
BARCLAY: Well first of all we must give Zeus 4 a new correction path. Will you do that?
DYSON: Right away.
BARCLAY: You try and get a better fix on that so-called planet and see what it is.
TECHNICIAN: Right sir.
(Barclay walks over towards the Doctor, Ben and Polly. They are in the observations room.)
CUTLER: It's better now.
BARCLAY: You say you know what this planet is. Well what is it?
DOCTOR: Well I'm not quite sure sir. Let me have another look into this instrument.
(The Doctor indicates a monitor screen.)
DYSON: (To Zeus 4.) Zeus 4, Zeus 4, can you hear, over?
BARCLAY: (Into a communications device.) Feed the retina scope into the observations room's monitor.
(General Cutler enters as the Doctor is studying the monitor.)
CUTLER: Look Dr Barclay, let's just get those boys down.
DOCTOR: Er, er, General, General, yes, it's just as I thought. Come and have a look at these land masses.
(On the monitor a planet is rotating. Barclay and Cutler look at it.)
CUTLER: Land masses? I don't see... I see what you mean.
DOCTOR: Now, doesn't that remind you of anything, hmm?
CUTLER: Remind? No, I don't think so.
BEN: Yeah, it looks familiar somehow.
POLLY: Yeah. Hey Ben, look, that bit looks just like... Malaysia!
BEN: Oh, give over. No, hang on, isn't that... well it looks like South America but it can't be though!
BARCLAY: Yes, there is a similarity.
CUTLER: Nonsense, how could there be?
BARCLAY: This is unbelievable. That's surely Africa?
POLLY: Yes, certainly and that is Malaysia!
CUTLER: Ridiculous. There must be some reflection off Earth.
BARCLAY: No it can't be, there's nothing to reflect on!
DOCTOR: And now my dear Dr Barclay I suggest you look at that piece of paper I gave you.
BARCLAY: Paper? Oh yes...
(Barclay reads what's on the paper.)
BARCLAY: You knew!
CUTLER: Knew what?
BARCLAY: He has correctly written down what we have just seen and he did it before we saw it.
CUTLER: Oh, it's a... simple confidence trick, that's all.
BARCLAY: No, I know when he gave me the paper. Now, you clearly know something more about the situation. Can you be more explicit?
DOCTOR: Yes sir, I'm sorry, I'm afraid I can. You see, millions of years ago there was a twin planet to Earth and...
CUTLER: Oh, for heaven's sake!
(Cutler leaves the observations room. Outside Dyson is talking to Zeus 4 through the radio.)
DYSON: Roger, Zeus 4. We will give you more information. Over and out.
CUTLER: Get me Geneva on the radio link.
(Barclay walks over and sits down.)
BARCLAY: I do think we ought to take the old boy as well.
CUTLER: We'll see what Wigner has to say about this.
(In the observations room the Sergeant is watching the Doctor, Polly and Ben.)
POLLY: You're looking terribly worried Doctor.
DOCTOR: Am I my dear? Yes, I'm afraid I am rather worried.
BEN: What is it Doctor? What's up?
DOCTOR: Well you see Ben, I know what this planet is and what it means to Earth.
BEN: And what does it mean to Earth?
DOCTOR: Well, that pretty soon we shall be having visitors.
BEN: Visitors? What, here? Well who do you think's bringing 'em, Father Christmas on his sledge?!
DOCTOR: Oh quiet boy, quiet!
(Cutler is on a phone to International Space Control, Geneva.)
CUTLER: ISC Geneva... Put me through to the general secretary. Immediately. Yes, that's right.
DOCTOR: Er, may I ask who that was?
SERGEANT: You're late serge, I was due for my break five minutes ago.
(A guard walks in and takes over the Sergeant's place.)
SERGEANT: Doctor, you don't know nothing about what's going on. That's the secretary general of International Space Command, Mr Wigner.
19. ISC, GENEVA
(Several people from different countries are going about their business. In the centre of the room is a desk and Wigner is seated there. Behind him is a
world map. Wigner is on the phone to Cutler.)
WIGNER: This is very hard to believe General. Are you quite sure?
CUTLER: (Over phone.) Yes sir, there's no doubt at all.
WIGNER: Very well. Just a moment please. (To staff.) Get onto Mount Polomar. Ask them to provide us with a picture as soon as possible.
(A man walks off.)
WIGNER: Contact Jodrell bank and ask them to get an exact fix on this. We must have data, and quickly.
(The other man walks off. Wigner continues his conversation with Cutler.)
WIGNER: Let me know the moment you have any more information General.
20. TRACKING ROOM
CUTLER: I'll do that sir but there's one more thing.
WIGNER: (Over phone.) Yes?
CUTLER: We have three intruders.
21. ISC, GENEVA
WIGNER: Intruders? At the pole? Where did they come from?
22. TRACKING ROOM
CUTLER: Well I haven't interrogated yet sir but, er, one of them seems to know a good deal about this new planet.
23. ISC, GENEVA
WIGNER: How can he possibly know?
CUTLER: I don't know but I'm going to find out.
WIGNER: Do that. Relay at once any further information.
24. TRACKING ROOM
CUTLER: I'll do that sir.
(Cutler puts the phone down and walks over to the observation room.)
CUTLER: Now, suppose you tell me how you really came here.
DOCTOR: Yes, well I'm afraid all that's going to be rather difficult.
CUTLER: Now just a minute. You turn up out of nowhere, a routine space shot goes wrong, a new planet appears and you tell us you know all about it. That
puts you slap bang in the hot seat, right?
DOCTOR: Hot seat?
POLLY: But we've got nothing to do with it.
CUTLER: That you're going to have to prove.
DOCTOR: Well, I think if you allowed us to return where we came from, huh, huh! I...
CUTLER: You're not going anywhere.
(Cutler goes over to the communications device on the wall.)
SERGEANT: (Over device.) Yes sir?
CUTLER: Have you searched that hut yet?
SERGEANT: No sir.
CUTLER: Well why not?! Look, I don't want any excuses, get out there and do it immediately.
(Cutler walks back over to the Doctor.)
CUTLER: Now, perhaps we'll get to the bottom of this.
25. GUARD ROOM
(The Sergeant puts the phone down.)
SERGEANT: Come on Tito, we have to go break into a hut.
(Tito is back on his bunk reading. Two other guards are also there.)
TITO: What, that thing out there?
SERGEANT: Yeah, that's right. Come on, hurry up and get dressed up.
TITO: Oh, mama.
26. POLAR LANDSCAPE
(A spaceship lands on the surface. It is round and flat, the bottom half is white and the middle black, with a white top part that spins. As it lands it
makes a humming noise which gradually stops. Several lights flash on it. Nearby the trapdoor opens and the Sergeant and Tito, now dressed in fur coats and hats,
go over to the TARDIS. The Sergeant fails to enter the 'hut'.)
SERGEANT: It's no good Tito, we'll need a welding torch to get inside this thing. Get back inside and bring me out one. You'll need some help, OK?
(Tito goes back down the trapdoor, leaving the Sergeant on his own.)
SERGEANT: Hurry up will ya, before I freeze to death!
(A group of Cybermen walk towards the Sergeant. The Sergeant turns round from his efforts to open the TARDIS and sees them in the distance.)
SERGEANT: What the heck? Huh, Tito! Is that you Tito?
(The Cybermen get closer and the Sergeant begins to make out more of them through the thick blizzard.)
SERGEANT: What's going on here? Who is that?
(Suddenly he can clearly make out the three Cybermen. They have a sort of cowl over their face, if indeed it isn't their face, and a concertina-like device
in front of their chests. On top of their heads is a light. More disturbingly, they are metal - great silver giants walking forwards in unison with each other
through the thick snow with no difficulty at all.)
SERGEANT: Who the heck are you?!
(Panicking, the Sergeant draws his pistol and fires two shots at the lead Cyberman. Trembling, he realises he has done no damage at all. The lead Cyberman
hits him on the neck.)
27. GUARD ROOM
(Tito has got the other two guards to get kitted out in fur coats. He has a blowtorch.)
TITO: OK Joe, that should do it. OK, let's go.
28. POLAR SURFACE
(The three guards emerge and Tito walks over to the Sergeant. Strangely, the Cybermen have disappeared.)
TITO: Hey, this is where it is guys.
(Tito looks at the Sergeant.)
TITO: Hey sir, what's going on?
(The 'Sergeant' turns around and removes his hood. He is clearly not the Sergeant and is in fact a Cyberman. The other two Cybermen emerge from behind the
TARDIS. The Cybermen kill the three guards and kneel down to inspect them. The Cybermen's hands are human.)
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