THE TENTH PLANET
BY KIT PEDLER
first broadcast - 15th October 1966
1. POLAR LANDSCAPE
(A Cyberman is inspecting the body of a dead guard. The Cyberman's hands are human.)
2. TRACKING ROOM
(Cutler is talking to the Doctor and Ben in the observations room. Polly and a Guard are watching.)
CUTLER: That's the most fantastic story I've ever heard.
DOCTOR: I can only repeat, sir, what I have already told you. You will get visitors from that other planet.
(Cutler walks into the tracking room. Barclay is looking at a clipboard and various technicians are milling about.)
CUTLER: What's the position on the capsule, Dr Barclay?
BARCLAY: Full instructions have been issued, General.
(Cutler walks over to the radar screen.)
CUTLER: What's the range?
TECHNICIAN: 1250 miles, sir.
CUTLER: How much off course?
TECHNICIAN: About 230 miles.
(The Technician indicates a blip on the radar screen.)
CUTLER: I don't like it.
(Cutler walks over to a nearby monitor and takes a radio from underneath it. He speaks into it.)
CUTLER: Hello, Zeus 4. Cutler, Snowcap here. Now look gentlemen, everything's under control, there's nothing to worry about. We're going to get you
down here soon as God makes a little effort.
(On the monitor screens Glyn and Bluey can be seen.)
GLYN: (Over radio.) OK.
CUTLER: We'll be seeing ya.
(Cutler puts the radio back and moves away. He sees Barclay drinking something.)
CUTLER: All right, Dr Barclay, this isn't a convalescent home.
DYSON: Are you all right.
BARCLAY: Yes. Ready?
3. POLAR LANDSCAPE
(The three Cybermen put on the guards' fur cloaks and move towards the trapdoor. Some of the dead guards can be made out through the thick blizzard, their
bodies just protruding through the snow.)
4. ISC, GENEVA
(Wigner is sitting behind his desk. A Technician is at a control desk and two international aides are by him.)
WIGNER: Get me Polar base.
TECHNICIAN: We are having trouble there, sir.
WIGNER: Keep trying.
TECHNICIAN: Yes sir.
(Wigner looks behind himself for a moment and then switches on a television on his desk. A reporter with an American accent appears on the screen.)
REPORTER: ...and since it was first discovered at the South Pole rocket base...
5. INTERNATIONAL TELEVISION NEWS STUDIO
(A reporter is sitting behind a desk. A plaque behind him and in front of him both say "International Television News". A large microphone sits
REPORTER: ...reports have been coming in from observatories the world over confirming its' existence.
(The reporter is passed a sheet of paper, which he reads from.)
REPORTER: And here, straight from Mount Polomar observatory, is the first picture of our new neighbour in space.
(A picture of the new planet appears.)
REPORTER: Some observers have reported that it's land masses resemble those of Earth, but this is being hotly disputed in top astronomical circles and
no general agreement has yet been reached.
(The picture of the planet disappears, to be replaced by the reporter.)
REPORTER: Jodrell bank, England, says the planet is approaching Earth but there is absolutely no cause for alarm. It won't come near enough to
6. ISC, GENEVA
(The report is still playing on Wigner's television.)
REPORTER: ...so I repeat, there is no danger.
(Wigner turns the television off.)
WIGNER: Let's hope they are right. What about Polar base? Are you through?
TECHNICIAN: No sir, we can't get them.
WIGNER: What's happened?
TECHNICIAN: There's some interference, sir.
WIGNER: What sort?
TECHNICIAN: Well, that's the trouble sir, we don't know. It's enormously powerful, it seems to be... coming from the base.
WIGNER: We must get in touch with them.
7. TRACKING ROOM
(Barclay is sitting by the microphone. He speaks into it.)
BARCLAY: May I have your attention everybody.
(Everyone listens to him.)
BARCLAY: This is very important so please listen carefully. Final orbit commencing from base reference one is four minutes, ten seconds from... now.
Now, we've got a very difficult job on our hands and I want everybody to be on their toes all the time. If the capsule power falls too low I shall take over
re-entry from here, and for that I want the entire team behind me. Now, base reference one commencing... (Pulling a switch.) now.
(In the observation area, The Doctor, Ben and Polly have been listening to Barclay.)
DOCTOR: Yes, they must bring them down!
BEN: But why, Doctor?
DOCTOR: Because they can't last another orbit.
(The Doctor walks into the tracking room. As he does he sees three Cybermen dressed in the guards cloaks on the landing. He taps General Cutler urgently on
DOCTOR: It's imperative that I talk to you, General.
CUTLER: Get away, old man. Can't you see...
(The Doctor turns to Barclay.)
DOCTOR: (Shouting.) You, will you pay attention? Will you?!
(Cutler sees the three Cybermen and mistakes them for the soldiers.)
CUTLER: Get this man back into the observations room. Sergeant, that was an order!
(Cutler walks over to the `Sergeant'.)
CUTLER: Take that man back to the obs...
(The Cyberman takes off his cloak and turns to Cutler. Polly screams. Cutler turns and sees the other two Cybermen.)
CUTLER: Back to your places.
(Suddenly, the Sergeant who had been guarding the Doctor, Ben and Polly rushes towards the Cyberman with his gun raised. The Cyberman at the top of the
landing aims it's gun unit at him and fires. It glows and emits a strange noise. Smoke emerges from the guard's body, which falls lifelessly to the ground.)
POLLY: Oh no...
(Polly tries to go over to the dead man. Ben and the Doctor stop her.)
BEN: Come back Polly, they'll blow your head off!
CUTLER: Now look, I don't know who you are or what you are but we've got two men in space, if we don't act now we won't get them back alive.
(The Cyberman opens it's mouth to speak, and keeps it wide open as it talks.)
CYBERMAN 1: They will not return.
(The Cyberman's voice is strange and mechanical. The emphasis and pronunciation is wrong. Everyone says "Not return?" in disbelief.)
CUTLER: Why not?
CYBERMAN 1: It is unimportant now.
CUTLER: But... We must get them back! When...
(Cutler tries to hold the Cyberman's arm but it knocks him away.)
CYBERMAN 1: There is really no point. They could never reach Earth now.
POLLY: But don't you care?
CYBERMAN 1: Care? No, why should I care?
POLLY: Because they're people and they're going to die!
CYBERMAN 1: I do not understand you. There are people dying all over your world yet you do not care about them.
(Polly rushes over to the Cyberman.)
POLLY: Yes, but we could avoid their deaths...
CYBERMAN 1: You will be wondering what has happened. Your astronomers will have just discovered a new planet. Is that not so?
BARCLAY: Yes, that's right.
CYBERMAN 1: That is where we come from. It is called Mondas.
BARCLAY: Mondas? But isn't that one of the ancient names of Earth?
CYBERMAN 1: Yes. Aeons ago our planets were twins then we drifted away from you on a journey to the edge of space. Now we have returned.
BEN: You were right, Doctor.
BARCLAY: But who or what are you?
CYBERMAN 1: We are called Cybermen.
CYBERMAN 1: Yes, Cybermen. We were exactly like you once but our cybernetic scientists realised that our race was getting weak.
BARCLAY: Weak, how?
CYBERMAN 1: Our life span was getting shorter so our scientists and doctors devised spare parts for our bodies until we could be almost completely
POLLY: But... that means you're not like us. You're robots!
CYBERMAN 1: Our brains are just like yours except that certain weaknesses have been removed.
BARCLAY: Weaknesses? What weaknesses?
CYBERMAN 1: You call them emotions, do you not?
POLLY: But... that's terrible! You... you mean you wouldn't care about someone in pain?
CYBERMAN 1: There would be no need. We do not feel pain.
POLLY: But we do.
(Suddenly Cutler moves towards the communications desk and presses a button.)
CUTLER: Ha, that'll fix ya! Europe will know there's an emergency here now.
CYBERMAN 1: That was really most unfortunate. You should not have done that.
8. ISC, GENEVA
(As ever, Wigner, the technician and his two international aides are here. Wigner stands up and begins walking around.)
WIGNER: Well, it seems to me there is a pattern. Number 1, a new planet appears. Number 2, the Earth is losing it's energy. Number 3, as the planet
gets nearer the energy loss gets worse. We see my mind connects the two. Exactly how I don't know, but a...
WIGNER: Yes, what is it?
TECHNICIAN: Emergency signal from the Pole, sir.
WIGNER: What did they say?
TECHNICIAN: Well, nothing sir. It went off again.
WIGNER: Heavy static, emergency signal. Get them on the emergency microlink.
9. TRACKING ROOM
(Cyberman 1 is looking at Cutler, who is by the communications desk. Polly and Dyson are nearby.)
CYBERMAN 1: Switch off the radio and tell Europe that nothing further has happened and that all is well here.
CUTLER: I'll do no such thing.
CYBERMAN 1: That is an order.
CUTLER: Go take a jump!
CYBERMAN 1: (To Cyberman 2.) Trigger pack.
(Cyberman 2 walks over to Cutler and moves it's hands towards its' chest unit. Suddenly it puts its' hands against Cutler's head and he collapses. He is
lifted by two Cybermen onto a bunk in front of the landing.)
CYBERMAN 1: Stay where you are.
POLLY: You've killed him!
CYBERMAN 1: I have not killed him. He will recover. Now, someone must answer your commander in Europe. He is waiting.
BARCLAY: I refuse.
(Barclay sits down at the communications console.)
CYBERMAN 1: You.
(It points at Dyson.)
CYBERMAN 1: Which are the communication controls?
DYSON: O... over here.
(Dyson indicates the monitor links to Zeus 4.)
(Cyberman 1 walks over to the controls and the men by them.)
CYBERMAN 1: Stand aside.
BARCLAY: What are you going to do?
(Barclay stands up.)
CYBERMAN 1: You will see.
BARCLAY: If you destroy those we shall be unable to keep contact with the capsule.
CYBERMAN 1: Your commander is still waiting for your report.
DYSON: For God's sake Barclay, do as he asks. Do you want the place destroyed?
BARCLAY: All right.
(Barclay sits down and activates the link to ISC Geneva.)
BARCLAY: Come in Geneva.
WIGNER: (Over radio.) Snowcap. What's going on? We received an emergency from you on the radio link.
BARCLAY: I-i-i-it was a fault. We're, we are looking at it now. I'm sorry about the false alarm.
WIGNER: (Over radio.) Where is the static coming from? We can hardly hear you, even on these bands.
BARCLAY: It it it, well, I-I-I, er think it must have been the reactor. We had the moderator on, er, for a time this afternoon and er, well, well that's
WIGNER: (Over radio.) I see. Contact us if you have any further reports on this new planet.
BARCLAY: Yes sir.
(Barclay cuts the link off.)
DYSON: Well done, Barclay. Now the space capsule will have another chance.
(Barclay walks over to Cyberman 1, who is by the Zeus 4 monitor links.)
BARCLAY: Now you must let us try and get in touch with our astronauts.
CYBERMAN 1: I told you it is impossible for them to get back now. The force on them is too strong.
BARCLAY: But you must let us try, please.
CYBERMAN 1: It is a foregone conclusion. You are wasting time. However, if you wish to contact them I have no objection.
(Barclay rushes back over to the communications desk.)
CYBERMAN 1: He and his colleagues may use their equipment. Any attempt at deceit however, kill them at once. Remove the soldier. I will carry on
BARCLAY: (To Zeus 4.) Snowcap to Zeus 4, come in please. Zeus 4, come in please.
(Cybermen 2 and 3 pick up the soldier. Ben watches, while the Doctor comforts Polly.)
GLYN: (Over radio.) We have you, over.
(By the dead guard is his fallen gun.)
BARCLAY: (To Zeus 4.) Prepare to check orbital density.
GLYN: (Over radio.) Ready.
BARCLAY: As it was.
(Barclay continues to talk to Zeus 4. Ben sees the gun.)
BEN: Right Doctor, while they take him out we'll make a break for it.
BEN: Then we can get back to the TARDIS!
DOCTOR: Well how can we do that, boy?
BEN: Well, we can make a break for it. Down that corridor, the trapdoor and then bolt it from behind.
DOCTOR: Nonsense, nonsense, they'll burn it down in a flash!
BEN: We can do with that for a start!
(Ben picks up the gun.)
DOCTOR: No, Ben!
POLLY: If they see you... Ben, for goodness sake!
(Cyberman 1 appears on the landing and aims its gun unit at Ben.)
CYBERMAN 1: Stop! Come here.
(Ben walks slowly towards the Cyberman. The other two Cybermen appear behind him and push him forward. Cyberman 1 walks down and gives Cyberman 2 his gun
unit. Cyberman 2 points it at Ben.)
CYBERMAN 1: You do not seem to take us seriously.
(The Cyberman takes the gun off of Ben and bends it completely. It then drops the now useless gun.)
CYBERMAN 1: Take him out and look after him.
(Cyberman 3 escorts Ben out through the door at the top of the landing and into the corridor.)
CYBERMAN 1: It is quite useless to resist us. We are stronger and more efficient than your Earth people. We must be obeyed.
10. PROJECTION ROOM
(Ben is shoved into the room by the Cyberman. It closes the door and stays on guard outside. Ben tries to open the door but he can't.)
BEN: Uh! Locked... uh! Oh, now where they put me?
(Ben looks around. There is a projector opposite door, and several shelves against the walls with film cans on them.)
BEN: Oh great. A projection room!
11. ZEUS 4 INTERIOR
BARCLAY: (Over radio.) You begin exactly 60 seconds from now. Are you ready to go?
(Bluey looks at Glyn, who nods conformation that he is ready.)
BLUEY: Yeah, ready.
BARCLAY: (Over radio.) Our readings here show that you need forward correction of 7 degrees.
GLYN: Yes, that checks. We'll correct with altitude control. OK Bluey, go ahead.
(Bluey uses the altitude control. Both men move as Zeus 4 adjusts its position.)
BLUEY: Hello, Snowcap. We've reoriented capsule. Altitude now correct.
BARCLAY: (Over radio.) Retro rockets to go in 20 seconds. After I give you the time check you'll come in on your own. Right?
GLYN: Will do.
(Bluey holds onto a lever, ready to move it.)
BARCLAY: (Over radio.) Ready... 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, fire!
(Bluey fires the retro rockets.)
GLYN: OK Bluey, check velocity, I... I'll do ground check.
(Bluey does a velocity check and turns to Glyn, alarmed.)
BLUEY: We're not down to re-entry velocity.
BLUEY: We're still at 14.5, we should be down to 11.2.
GLYN: We'll have to use the retros again. (Shouting.) Quick man, quick!
(Bluey fires the retros again.)
BLUEY: Fuel's gone!
GLYN: Hello Snowcap. Hello Snowcap, fuel's gone! Can't go back in! Any ideas?!
(Bluey puts on his helmet.)
12. TRACKING ROOM
(Dyson rushes over to the radar screen and looks at it.)
DYSON: Look at the radar now... they are accelerating!
POLLY: Can't you do anything to help them?
BARCLAY: No, the retro fuel's gone.
DOCTOR: Terrible, terrible.
(Everyone is looking on distraught at the pictures on the monitors as Glyn puts on his helmet, except the two Cybermen who are watching impassively.)
RADAR TECHNICIAN: Emergency red and await instructions. I repeat, emergency red...
DYSON: Their course is changing now, they're spinning out. The acceleration is enormous!
(On the radar the blip representing Zeus 4 is moving rapidly away from the Earth.)
13. ZEUS 4 INTERIOR
(Smoke is bellowing out of everything. Glyn struggles to fasten his helmet on securely.)
14. TRACKING ROOM
DYSON: They're beyond escape velocity now. They can't possibly re-enter.
(Suddenly the monitors flash white and then go black. All the base crew look away, clearly upset. Polly watches, puzzled.)
POLLY: What happened?
DOCTOR: I'm afraid the spaceship exploded, my dear.
POLLY: You mean they're dead?
CYBERMAN 1: Now perhaps you can see that your planet is in great and imminent danger. In order to save you we shall require information to be transmitted
(The Cyberman produces a small microphone and it holds it in front of everyone.)
DOCTOR: Save us?
POLLY: What about those poor men?
CYBERMAN 1: Perhaps you will co-operate. Mondas drew the ship away. It was unavoidable.
DYSON: Why? What is happening?
CYBERMAN: I will require your name.
(The Cyberman walks towards Dyson and holds the microphone towards him.)
DYSON: Tell us!
CYBERMAN 1: The energy of Mondas is nearly exhausted and now we turn to it's twin and will gather energy from Earth.
BARCLAY: But... but!
DOCTOR: Gather energy?!
CYBERMAN 1: Age, name and occupation.
BARCLAY: But for how long?
DYSON: My name is John Dyson, supervising engineer.
CYBERMAN 1: Until it is all gone. Age.
DYSON: But that means that the Earth will... will die!
CYBERMAN 1: Yes. Everything on Earth will stop. Age please.
BARCLAY: But you can't calmly stand there and tell us we're all going to die!
CYBERMAN 1: You are not going to die.
(The Cyberman turns the microphone towards Barclay.)
DOCTOR: And how are you going to stop this energy drain from Mondas?
CYBERMAN 1: Name and occupation please. We cannot. It is beyond our powers.
DOCTOR: How are we going to survive?!
CYBERMAN 1: Speak please. By coming with us. Age.
BARCLAY: With you?
CYBERMAN 1: Yes. We are going to take you all back to Mondas. Your age please.
DOCTOR: His age is unimportant here!! You cannot for one moment...
BARCLAY: That's the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard in my life!
15. PROJECTION ROOM
(Ben tests a screwdriver against a tabletop. It is useless.)
BEN: Oh, I can just imagine trying to tackle one of them geezers with a screwdriver.
(Ben drops the screwdriver and sighs. He walks over to the projector and looks at it.)
BEN: Hey, wait a minute! If I was to turn this on the door...
(Ben pushes the projector round so that it faces the door.)
BEN: ... it might blind him! Yeah.
(Ben walks over to the light switch and puts the lights off. He then goes back over to the projector and turns it on. An old western appears. He aims the
image towards the top of the doorframe.)
BEN: Hah! I saw that film 20 years ago.
(Ben walks back over to the door and starts banging against it.)
BEN: Oy, come in here mate, you're wanted! Oy, come in here!
(The Cyberman opens the door and is blinded by the light from the projector. Ben snatches it's gun unit off while it attempts to cover its' eyes.)
CYBERMAN 3: Blemmy ehny ah fu! Uh!
(Ben dashes over to the other side of the room, by the projector. The Cyberman moves out of the light.)
BEN: Now then, Fred!
CYBERMAN 3: Ahh!
(The Cyberman can now see and advances towards Ben, smashing some boxes as it goes.)
CYBERMAN 3: Do not resist. Give me that weapon.
(The Cyberman is only six feet away from Ben.)
BEN: No, I'm sorry mate, I'm giving the orders here. Now look, get back.
(The Cyberman is a few feet away from Ben now.)
BEN: (Shouting.) Look, I'm telling you, get back!!
(The Cyberman is about to attack Ben. Ben is forced to fire the gun unit. The Cyberman dies.)
BEN: You didn't give me no alternative!
16. TRACKING ROOM
BARCLAY: There's no scientific certainty that this is a dying planet!
DYSON: Perhaps we would prefer to take our chances here.
CYBERMAN 1: You must come and live with us.
POLLY: But we cannot live with you, you're... you're different, you've got no feelings.
(The Cyberman turns to face Polly.)
CYBERMAN 1: Feelings? I do not understand that word.
DOCTOR: Emotions. Love, pride, hate, fear. Have you no emotions, sir?
CYBERMAN 1: Come to Mondas and you will have no need of emotions. You will become like us.
POLLY: Like you?
CYBERMAN 1: We have freedom from disease, protection against heat and cold, true mastery. Do you prefer to die in misery?
(Cutler suddenly wakes up. He looks around.)
POLLY: But look, surely I... it's possible for us not to lose Earth's energy?
CYBERMAN 1: It is inevitable.
POLLY: Then you don't mind if we all die.
CYBERMAN 1: Why should we mind?
(Cyberman 2 turns away from Cutler.)
DOCTOR: Why? Why?!
(The Doctor stands up. Polly walks over to Cyberman 1.)
POLLY: Because millions and millions of people are going to suffer and die horribly!
CYBERMAN 1: We shall not be affected.
POLLY: Don't you think of anything except yourselves?!
CYBERMAN 1: We are equipped to survive. We are only interested in survival. Anything else is of no importance. Your deaths will not affect us.
(Ben has appeared unseen at the top of the landing. Cutler sees him and signals for Ben to pass him the gun unit. Ben does so.)
POLLY: But I can't make you understand, you're condemning us all to die, have you no heart?
CYBERMAN 1: No, that is one of the weaknesses that we have removed.
(Cutler stands up and fires the gun unit at Cyberman 2. The Cyberman collapses dead to the ground. Cutler rushes over to Cyberman 1 and kills it also.)
CUTLER: All right, get me Geneva, quick!
(Everyone rushes back to their posts.)
CUTLER: Come on, let's have some action. Get rid of these... things!
(Cutler points at the dead Cybermen.)
DOCTOR: I don't think you should have done that, General. We may have learned a very great deal.
CUTLER: Yeah, we may have lost a very great deal, our lives!
(Cutler walks over to the communications desk and picks up the phone.)
CUTLER: Put me through to the general secretary.
(Cutler turns towards Barclay, who is sitting next to him.)
CUTLER: Is Zeus 4 down yet?
BARCLAY: I'm afraid we lost them, General.
(Cutler is appalled.)
17. ISC, GENEVA
(Wigner is sitting at his desk, talking to Cutler on the phone. His two international aides are standing by him, listening to the conversation.)
WIGNER: We followed Zeus 4's last orbit from here. A terrible tragedy.
CUTLER: (Over phone.) Yes sir, but I'm afraid that's not the hassle, it's... we've had more visitors.
CUTLER: (Over phone.) Yes sir. They're part man, part robot. They come from this new planet, er, Mondas. Three of them broke into the base here
and overpowered us.
WIGNER: What's happened to them now?
CUTLER: (Over phone.) Well, we overwhelmed them sir, but, er, there'll be more on their way!
WIGNER: Hold on Cutler. Military bases all round the world must be put on immediate alert. Cutler, could you deal with another attack, with your limited
CUTLER: (Over phone.) Yes, we can handle them.
WIGNER: Good. Now Cutler, we've got a special task for you. We sent up a single astronaut to help Schultz and Williams down.
18. TRACKING ROOM
CUTLER: When did you send them up?
WIGNER: (Over phone.) They were sent from Woomera at 14:59 hours.
CUTLER: Yes. You want me to take over the tracking?
WIGNER: (Over phone.) Yes. Establish contact immediately. But... one other thing. This is a dangerous mission. We needed for a brave man, so we
asked for volunteers.
WIGNER: (Over phone.) Your son volunteered.
(Cutler is shocked and looks at the phone in disbelief.)
WIGNER: Cutler? Are you there?
CUTLER: Yes sir, yes I'm here. You've... sent my son to his death, you realise that I hope.
WIGNER: (Over phone.) We'll bring him down.
CUTLER: What about the loss of power?
19. ISC, GENEVA
WIGNER: His spacecraft has double the reserves of Zeus 4.
20. TRACKING ROOM
CUTLER: He's gonna need it.
WIGNER: (Over phone.) Good luck, General.
21. ISC, GENEVA
WIGNER: If Cutler is right, then we are probably going to fight the first interplanetary war.
22. VARIOUS RADAR STATIONS WORLDWIDE
(Radar dishes move into position. A technician's hands can be seen operating controls.)
23. TRACKING ROOM
(General Cutler is briefing everybody.)
CUTLER: All right, that's the, the information, gentlemen. Now get cracking, and establish contact with it.
(Everyone rushes off to their posts and murmurs "Right, sir!".)
BARCLAY: But surely, sir...
CUTLER: No buts. Get the information from computer, and let me know when you've got it.
BARCLAY: Right sir.
(Cutler picks up the phone.)
CUTLER: Security? Major, I want the er, guard doubled on the main entrance. Use section 1. Yes, and section 2 to the flight exit and tracks. Section 3
to the fuel tanks, check them over, and double the guard on them. What's that? (Shouting.) I don't care what sort of a rest they're on! Get them out
there, and do it quick!
(Cutler cuts off the connection.)
CUTLER: I'll get some action here yet.
(Cutler re-establishes a connection.)
CUTLER: Missile control? Program all Cobra anti-missiles for launch imminent. Stand in readiness and await instructions.
(Cutler puts the phone down. Nearby, Ben, Polly and The Doctor have been listening to him.)
POLLY: What a ghastly man.
BEN: Yeah, I wouldn't want him on the bridge.
(Cutler walks over to them.)
CUTLER: We'll soon have this place sealed up like a bottle.
DOCTOR: I think you rather underestimate the Cybermen, General.
CUTLER: Oh, that's what you reckon is it, old man? Well, you're entitled to your opinions so long as you keep them to yourself!
(Cutler turns towards Ben.)
CUTLER: You did well boy, to kill that soldier.
BEN: I had no choice.
CUTLER: Oh, don't apologise. He's dead, isn't he?
(Cutler storms off.)
POLLY: He seems to be enjoying all this.
CUTLER: What's that? What's that you said?
POLLY: I said you seem to be enjoying all this.
CUTLER: Look missy, I've got a personal stake in this emergency. That's my son, up in that capsule. And you know what happened to the last one.
POLLY: I... I'm sorry.
(Suddenly the radar technician calls across to Cutler from the radar screen.)
TECHNICIAN: General Cutler, sir!
CUTLER: Yes, what is it?
TECHNICIAN: Strong signal on the early warning, unidentified.
CUTLER: Well, identify it, man!
(Barclay stands up and takes his glasses off.)
TECHNICIAN: Yes sir, it's er, er... There are hundreds of them, sir!
(On the radar screen hundreds of small blips have appeared. They are moving quickly.)
CUTLER: Hundreds of what?
TECHNICIAN: Spaceships sir. In formation!
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