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(IAN and BARBARA are in a frozen tundra with snow on the ground. It is obviously freezing, a howling wind blows and they huddle together for warmth as they fall to the ground.)

IAN: Get up, Barbara! We must keep moving! If we don't find shelter, we don't stand a chance.
BARBARA: It's no good Ian, I…I can't... I'm too tired... Sleep...
IAN: No!
BARBARA: (Falling forward.) I must sleep...

(She collapses and lies still. IAN slowly crawls over to her.)

IAN: No…no, Barbara, no! We'll freeze to death… We…

(The cold overcomes him and he collapses too.)


(BARBARA sits up slowly. She sees a large, bearded MAN in a hood standing over them and faints. The MAN holds her wrist and pulls off the travel dial.)


(The sound of howling wind is heard from outside a wooden hut as a fire is burning. The MAN from the tundra returns through the door and bolts it behind him. He checks on BARBARA who is sleeping in on a bed. He taps her on the shoulder. She sits up in alarm.)

MAN: Don't be afraid, you're safe now.
BARBARA: How... How did I...? Ian, where's Ian?

(The MAN glances at IAN'S still form on another bed.)

MAN: Ah, your friend is here. He still sleeps.

(He takes her hand.)

MAN: Your hand is slightly frost-bitten. Put it in mine. We must help your friend like this, too. Rub the hand slowly, like this.

(He does so.)

MAN: Yes? Understand? You afraid of me?
BARBARA: (Nervously.) No….
VASOR: Last year I broke the back of a wolf with my bare hands. I'm Vasor. Most men fear me, so I have few visitors. There, mm? The blood is beginning to return.
BARBARA: Thank you.

(She quickly withdraws her hand.)

VASOR: I'll get a warm drink for both of you.

(He goes to another room to make them. BARBARA nervously watches him go then slips over to IAN and shakes him.)

BARBARA: Ian, wake up!
IAN: (Coming round.) Mmm?
BARBARA: How are you feeling?

(He sits up slowly.)

IAN: (In pain.) Oh, my hands!
BARBARA: Yes, they're swollen with frostbite.

(He reaches towards the fire.)

BARBARA: No, no, no, you mustn't put them near the fire, you have to bring back the circulation slowly.

(IAN looks around as BARBARA rubs his hands.)

IAN: Well where are we?
BARBARA: I don't know. I don't even know how we got here.

(VASOR returns.)

VASOR: Ah, you're awake, good. Here, drink this.

(He hands them both bowls that they accept gratefully.)

IAN: Oh, thank you.

(They drink some of it.)

IAN: Mmm, oh, that's better. (To VASOR.) Do we have you to thank for saving us on the mountain.
VASOR: Hah! I found you when I was resetting my traps. (He laughs.) Had a difficult journey getting you back to the hut.
BARBARA: (Smiling gratefully.) Well, we would have frozen to death.
VASOR: Nah, the wolves would've eaten you first.
IAN: Wolves?
VASOR: Yes, there are more than ever of them this Winter. I've counted a dozen packs. Twenty in each. They're hungry. They're even raiding the villages at night.
BARBARA: Are we in a village?
VASOR: No, the nearest village is three miles away. I stay out here to look after me traps.
IAN: Well we're grateful for…you getting to us before the wolves.
VASOR: Oh, one of you would've died anyway if it hadn't been for the stranger. I couldn't have carried you both.
BARBARA: Stranger? What stranger?
VASOR: Oh, madman. Came in here early last night, raving and ranting. I couldn't talk to him. Gave him some furs and went with him up the mountain. He was searching for a couple of girls.
IAN: Altos!

(They both stand.)

BARBARA: Where is he now?
VASOR: In the village, I think. After he got you back here I... think he went out.
BARBARA: Did he say he was coming back?
VASOR: Yes, but er... it's getting nearly dark. He won't be able to get over the ledge at night.
IAN: Well, we must go and help him!
VASOR: Oh, there's a storm coming up.
IAN: You've already done so much for us I…can't ask you to risk coming with me, but will you lend me warm clothing?
VASOR: Lend you? (Chuckles.) My furs are my living, I'm a poor man. Wouldn't stand much chance of getting them back if you fell down a crevasse.
IAN: Look, I can't pay you for them, I haven't got any money!
VASOR: That thing on your wrist looks valuable.

(IAN clutches his travel dial in indecision.)

IAN: Yes, all right.

(He hands it over.)

IAN: Now please, hurry.
VASOR: All right. Coat and gloves over there.

(He points to a peg by the door with a fur coat on it.)

VASOR: I'll get you a lantern.

(He vanishes into the other room with IAN'S travel dial. BARBARA helps IAN into the coat.)

BARBARA: Ian, Susan and Sabetha, do you think you'll find them?
IAN: I don't know what to think Barbara. I'll know more when... when and if I find Altos.

(VASOR returns and gives IAN a lantern and a bag.)

VASOR: There you are.
IAN: (Taking them.) Ahh…
VASOR: (Pointing.) The village lies that way. When you get through the fir forest, you'll see the lights.
IAN: Well... thank you.

(He makes for the door but BARBARA stops him.)

IAN: I'll be back as soon as I can.

(He opens the door and walks out into the snow. VASOR shuts it behind him and slides the bolt across. He joins BARBARA by the fireplace, placing his hands on her shoulders.)

VASOR: Ah, we're alone.
BARBARA: Oh, he'll be back, I know he will.
VASOR: We'll see. Well, I'll go and get us some food. We must fatten you up, eh?

(He chuckles and walks off leaving BARBARA looking very nervous.)


(IAN stumbles through the blizzard. On the hillside wolves appear howling. He quickens his pace but stops suddenly as he sees a body on the ground. It is ALTOS. His turns him over and tries to help him up. He sees that his hands have been tied together.)


(VASOR and BARBARA are sitting at a table, eating. The wolves can be heard howling from here.)

BARBARA: They sound so close.
VASOR: Aha, you're safe here! That door'll keep anything out. (Meaningfully.) Or in. Well you clear those things away will you? And I'll get rid of these.

(He carries some of the bowls away. Trying to find somewhere to put the rest, BARBARA opens a drawer. Inside are four travel dials and...)

BARBARA: Sabetha's chain!

(VASOR bursts in.)

VASOR: (Angrily.) What are you doing in that drawer?
BARBARA: Where did you get these? One of the girls was wearing this.
VASOR: You give me those. They're worth money.

(He snatches the chain back.)

BARBARA: How did you get them?
VASOR: There's a cave on the mountain’s where I store my traps. I found the two girls hiding there.
BARBARA: So they're alive?
VASOR: They may be. That was yesterday. I gave them food and flint in return for these. I left 'em there.
BARBARA: But why? Why didn't you bring them back?
VASOR: Ah, don't keep annoying me. These accusations… Huh! I can't afford to look after every fool that gets lost on the mountains.
BARBARA: They gave you all those things in the drawer.
VASOR: Yah, trinkets!
BARBARA: Well what about Altos, the young man, who...
VASOR: He forced me to go up the mountain to look for these girls. Instead we found you and when we brought you back here, he wanted to go out again.
BARBARA: I don't believe you. You stole those things.
VASOR: (Quietly.) Ah? Did I?
BARBARA: Oh, they might have given you the wrist bracelets, but for the keys and the chain, Sabetha would never have parted with them!
VASOR: Yes, I thought they were valuable.
BARBARA: What have you done with them. You didn't kill them?
VASOR: (Chuckles.) You don't kill anybody in this country. The cold and the wolves do that.
BARBARA: Well, when Ian gets back...

(She glances at the door as VASOR chuckles again.)

VASOR: What makes you think he will get back? He doesn’t know what’s in that bag I gave him. (He laughs.)
BARBARA: What did you put in it?

(VASOR just laughs again.)

BARBARA: Tell me!

(VASOR continues to laugh.)


(ALTOS is now conscious and IAN is rubbing his legs to help bring the circulation back. Another wolf howls nearby. They both look up.)

IAN: They're getting closer. We can't stay here. How are your legs?
ALTOS: The feeling's beginning to return. I…should be able to walk in a minute or two.
IAN: You haven't yet told me who tied you up.
ALTOS: The trapper.
IAN: What? But he rescued us.
ALTOS: Only because I forced him to. He's utterly ruthless.
IAN: (Appalled.) Barbara's back there with him, alone!
ALTOS: Well then we must get back there as quickly as we can. Help me up.

(They get to their feet but ALTOS leans on IAN for support.)

IAN: All right, can you stand?

(IAN notices something poking out of the bag.)

IAN: Wait a minute! Look at this! Raw meat! What on Earth would Vasor want to give that to me for?

(A wolf howls very close now.)

ALTOS: There's your answer. Those beasts can scent raw meat miles away, it draws them like a magnet. Vasor was making certain that you wouldn't get back.
IAN: (Angrily.) Well he's got a surprise coming to him, hasn't he?

(He throws the meat away.)

IAN: Come on.

(As they leave a wolf approaches the meat.)


(VASOR advances on BARBARA and corners her.)

VASOR: There's nowhere you can run.
BARBARA: Keep away!

(She edges round him to the fireplace as VASOR follows laughing. BARBARA picks up a poker from the fire.)

VASOR: Put that down!
BARBARA: Don't you dare come near me!
VASOR: (Calmly.) All right. I'm in no hurry. There's no one coming to help you. I can wait.


(IAN and ALTOS stagger along together. They stop as they hear the wolves again.)

IAN: They're catching up.
ALTOS: Look!

(He points at VASOR'S hut in the distance from which can be seen a curl of smoke coming from the chimney.)

IAN: About a quarter of a mile I make it. I think we've got a chance, but we'll have to run, Altos.
ALTOS: All right, I'll try.
IAN: Come on.

(They run down the hill together.)


(VASOR makes a grab for BARBARA. She hits him with the poker. He yells in pain as BARBARA drops the poker.)

VASOR: (Snarling.) All right, I'll wait no longer!

(BARBARA dodges around the table and tries to defend herself with a stool but he snatches it easily. She screams as she falls back on one of the beds. Suddenly there is a fierce knocking on the door.)

IAN: (OOV.) Barbara, open the door! Open the door! Open the door!

(BARBARA slips past VASOR and tries to open the door…)

IAN: (OOV.) Open the door!

(…but VASOR grabs her. She bites his hand.)

IAN: (OOV.) Open the door!

(Howling, VASOR lets go and BARBARA slides back the bolt.)

IAN: (OOV.) Open the…!

(IAN and ALTOS burst in.)

IAN: (To BARBARA.) Are you all right?
BARBARA: Yes. The girls are all right, they're in a cave in the mountain.

(ALTOS pulls VASOR up.)

ALTOS: You…!
VASOR: I meant them no harm, I swear it! I gave them food and flint to light a fire...
ALTOS: You treacherous...
IAN: No Altos, we want him unharmed. He's going to show us where the cave is.


(SUSAN is trying to re-light a fire on the ground. The cave walls are totally covered in glistening ice. No rock can be seen. SUSAN gives up and huddles closer to SABETHA for warmth.)

SUSAN: It’s no good, Sabetha.
SABETHA: It doesn't matter. There was hardly any wood left.
SUSAN: Look, there's no point in us just waiting here, we must go out there and take a chance.
SABETHA: In these clothes? We wouldn't last an hour.
SUSAN: How long do you think we'll last here without any fire?
SABETHA: I suppose you're right.
SUSAN: Come on then.

(SUSAN starts off down a passage on the left but SABETHA shakes her head.)

SABETHA: That wasn't the way we came in. It was the tunnel on the right.
SUSAN: Well, I'm sure it was this one.
SABETHA: I could've sworn it... Well, if you're certain.
SUSAN: Well I thought I was certain. You've made me doubtful now.
SABETHA: Come on. Let's try it.

(They set off down the left passageway.)


(VASOR is showing the others the way. They all wear furs against the howling wind.)

IAN: How much further?
VASOR: It's just beyond the next ridge. When we get there can I go back?
IAN: You're getting no promises out of me. Come on!


(SUSAN and SABETHA have reached a dead end.)

SABETHA: Oh! Now we've got to go back.
SUSAN: I'm sorry, Sabetha.
SABETHA: (Hugging her.) Oh, it's not your fault, don't worry. We'll just go back the way we came. Come on.


(The others enter the cave and look around.)

IAN: (To VASOR.) They're not here.

(VASOR points to the floor.)

VASOR: Look, there's been a fire. I told you I'd helped them!

(IAN examines the remains of the fire.)

IAN: This ash is still warm. They can't have been gone long.
BARBARA: (To VASOR.) Is there another way out of these caves?
VASOR: No, this is the only one.
ALTOS: How far do these tunnels go?
VASOR: Oh, right through the mountain.
IAN: Then they must have gone in deeper. Lead on, Vasor.

(VASOR panics and tries to run. IAN holds him back.)

VASOR: No, no, no, no, we mustn’t! There are demons in there... I won't go on!
IAN: (Firmly.) Vasor, I am not asking you, I'm telling you. Now move!

(IAN shoves a frightened VASOR down the passage and the others follow.)


(SUSAN and SABETHA emerge from an archway in the rock.)

SUSAN: It's no good Sabetha, we…we're just going deeper into the mountain.
SABETHA: If we keep going we must find a way out. Now come on.

(They go through another archway...)


(In front of them is a narrow but deep chasm. It is spanned by a single, rickety-looking rope-bridge.)

SUSAN: Oh look! Well there's a rope-bridge.

(She approaches the bridge.)

SABETHA: Be careful.

(SUSAN cautiously begins to cross it. The bridge sags and shakes as she crosses.)

SABETHA: Is... is it safe?
SUSAN: I think so...

(SUSAN stumbles in the middle and panics…)

SABETHA: Don't look down!

(SUSAN reaches the other side. SABETHA manages to traverse it successfully in one go.)

SABETHA: Come on, let's move quickly.

(They duck through a hole in the rock wall on the other side.)


(The other party continue their progress.)

BARBARA: I've just realised, this wall isn't rock, it's solid ice!
VASOR: (Sobbing.) Oh, please, we mustn't go on. I told you the truth when I said there were demons here, there are men who've seen them.
IAN: Well you never know, you might be a man who's seen them too. You're not going back, anyway. Come on, get on.
ALTOS: (OOV, from ahead.) Stop!


(ALTOS and BARBARA balance precariously at the edge of the chasm.)


(SUSAN and SABETHA enter another cave and come face to face with four motionless and frozen figures. Each is armoured, wears a round helmet and carries a vicious looking sword. The girls back off in terror…


(…and run away back down the tunnel.)


(ALTOS and BARBARA have just crossed the bridge when SUSAN and SABETHA return, panicked.)

SUSAN: Oh, Barbara!

(IAN calls from the other side.)

IAN: Hang on, I'm coming over!

(He crosses the bridge with no difficulty, leaving only VASOR to cross. As ALTOS gives his fur to SABETHA, BARBARA helps IAN off the bridge.)

IAN: Thank you. Oh, Susan. Here, put this round you.

(He gives SUSAN his furs.)

SUSAN: I thought we'd never get out of here.
IAN: Well you're all right now. What happened?
BARBARA: What was it that frightened you?

(SABETHA points the way they just came from.)

SABETHA: Down there, there’s somebody down there.
SUSAN: We almost ran into them.
ALTOS: Ian, stop him!

(VASOR has by now cut the bridge at his end and he throws it into the darkness.)

IAN: Vasor, wait!
VASOR: No, you wait! Wait there forever! There's no other way out.

(He walks back towards the mountainside, laughing.)

IAN: (Angrily.) What a fool I was.
BARBARA: How do we get across?
IAN: I don't know. It's too wide to jump.
BARBARA: Well maybe we could find some planks and logs and lay them across?
IAN: Yes, all right. Let's go and look.
ALTOS: Shall I lead the way?
IAN: Yes.
ALTOS: Sabetha, keep close behind me.

(ALTOS leads the party through the hole.)


(They go down another ice passageway. This one has a steep incline.)

ALTOS: Look out for this slope.
IAN: Yes. (To SUSAN and BARBARA behind him.) Mind the slope.

(From ahead there is a rumbling and scraping noise, which none of them notice.)

IAN: All right?

(ALTOS is about to proceed through an archway when IAN notices something.)

IAN: Altos, look out!

(ALTOS and SABETHA stop suddenly. The slightly detached roof of the archway moves slightly with another rumbling noise but does not fall.)

IAN: This rock's the only thing that's supporting this block of ice.
ALTOS: It might have crushed us to death.
IAN: Yes. Well the only thing to do is to keep away from it, keep down as you go under.
ALTOS: Yes, I agree.
IAN: Right down.

(ALTOS and SABETHA go first.)

SUSAN: Oh, can't we go back?
BARBARA: No, Susan, we must find the key.
IAN: Susan, we must search all these tunnels properly. That key's probably hidden somewhere here inside the mountain.

(SUSAN realises where they are going and hugs BARBARA.)

SUSAN: (Terrified.) Oh! Not there!
IAN: (Determined.) We have no alternative.


(SABETHA, ALTOS, IAN, BARBARA and SUSAN cautiously enter the cave. It is exactly as it was before with the ICE SOLDIERS still frozen solid and stood to attention.)

BARBARA: Is this what you saw, Susan?
SUSAN: Yes, but they seem so like-life.

(A square block of ice sits on a rock in the centre of the cave. The four SOLDIERS stand sentinel, facing outwards at each corner of the block.)

IAN: (Stepping forward.) These must be the demons that Vasor talked about. Well, they're certainly the stuff that make legends.

(SABETHA joins IAN and looks at the block of ice.)

SABETHA: Look, right in the middle of the ice. There’s the key!
IAN: Yes.
ALTOS: It couldn't be better protected, could it? A solid block of ice!
IAN: And four dead warriors…to guard it, eh? And each perfectly preserved. They certainly look frightening enough, don't they?

(BARBARA has discovered a pipe with a valve near the block of ice.)

BARBARA: There's a pipe here. It runs right round the block of ice.

(SUSAN calls from by the entrance to the passageway.)

SUSAN: Oh, yes look. It comes out over here. You can see it running underneath the ice.
BARBARA: Ian, over here. There's a sort of valve or something.

(She starts to turn it as IAN comes over.)

IAN: Hey, well steady on, wait a minute. Go on turning it.

(BARBARA carries on. IAN feels the pipe.)

IAN: It's getting warmer!
SABETHA: But how could it be? Where could the heat come from?
BARBARA: It must be a volcanic spring, buried deep in the bowels of the earth. Like the hot springs in Iceland!
SABETHA: Iceland? Where's that?
IAN: In our own country, far away.
SUSAN: (At the block of ice with ALTOS.) It's melting.
ALTOS: Quite quickly.

(IAN examines the block briefly.)

IAN: Oh, while we’re waiting for it to melt, let's go and see what we can do about that bridge.

(They all walk out leaving the SOLDIERS alone.)


(IAN and ALTOS have finished lashing two spars of ice together.)

IAN: With any luck, they’ll freeze together. (He rubs his hands together.) Oh, cold on the hands isn’t it? Well, let’s get it over.

(Together they lift the spars up.)

IAN: Careful, we don't want it them break.

(They use another spar already spanning the chasm to help them get it across.)

IAN: Right, slide it along that other one gently. Right? (They push it across.) Now, careful when it comes off the end. Careful!

(The spars fall off the third when they span the chasm and all three lie next to each other.)

IAN: (Happily.) Oh! It didn't break! Right, let's get some more and pile around it. Where are the girls? ALTOS: I asked to them to go and see how the melting process is coming along.


(The women walk cautiously back into the cave. The ICE SOLDIERS have also thawed out and their bodies are now slumped forward. SABETHA notices that the key is now free and runs to get it.)

SABETHA: The key!
BARBARA: (Calling back down the passage.) Ian! Altos! It's all right, it's all melted!

(SUSAN approaches one of the ICE SOLDIERS and examines its sword.)

SUSAN: Hey, look at these weapons. Wouldn't like to come across one of these in a battle.

(The ICE SOLDIER opens its eyes and slowly raises its head. SUSAN screams and runs back to BARBARA.)

SUSAN: Aah, he's…he’s alive! (Screaming.) He's alive!

(IAN and ALTOS enter.)

IAN: What's the matter?

(He sees the ICE SOLDIER lifting up its sword and turning towards them.)

IAN: Get out of here! Run!

(He pushes SUSAN and BARBARA back through the entrance.)

IAN: (To SABETHA.) Have you got the key?
IAN: Then run!

(SABETHA dashes for the exit but trips with a cry. IAN helps her out with ALTOS. The other ICE SOLDIERS are staggering to life by now and they approach IAN who is watching the rear.)


(The others are waiting for IAN. SUSAN, unseen, steps away and starts to tightening the ropes on the improvised bridge, then gingerly starts to cross on her hands and knees...)


(IAN retreats down the passageway, warding off the lead SOLDIERS blows with a stalactite.)


(BARBARA notices that SUSAN is attempting to cross the ice spars over the chasm on her hands and knees.)


(The spar bridge creaks.)

ALTOS: It'll never take her weight. It can’t have frozen solid yet.

(One of the spars of the bridge falls forward and for a moment nobody moves. Eventually SUSAN resumes her progress across.)


(IAN manages to lever down the rock that is supporting the archway, thereby blocking the passageway. The ICE SOLDIERS run up and attempt to attack him from over the top of it.)


(BARBARA gasps as SUSAN reaches the other side.)

ALTOS: Well done, Susan! Come on, Sabetha, get ready. You first.

(They grab the rope bridge.)


(IAN has gone. With superhuman strength, one of the ICE SOLDIERS lifts the rock up and the others rush underneath it.)


(The rope bridge has been thrown over to SUSAN and she has tied it back into place. BARBARA and SABETHA have already gone across. SUSAN helps ALTOS onto the other side who in turn helps IAN across.)

IAN: Right, you carry on, I'll catch you up.

(They leave just as one of the ICE SOLDIERS arrives. It attempts to cross the bridge but IAN cuts the rope. The SOLDIER falls into the chasm, screaming, as IAN stares on, grimly. The other ICE SOLDIERS arrive and look at the gap in frustration.)

31: INT. HUT

(VASOR is sitting at his table, smiling as he looks over the travel dials and the necklace of keys. Suddenly, IAN and ALTOS burst in through the door.)

VASOR: (Shocked.) What...? How did you get...?


IAN: (Menacingly.) We've come to collect our things, Vasor.
VASOR: Ah, ah, no, no, no!

(He runs out of the door. IAN hands the other keys to SABETHA.)

IAN: Here, Sabetha, put these around your neck.
BARBARA: (Passing SUSAN her travel dial.) Susan….
IAN: (To SABETHA.) Now, put the travel dial on. (She does so.) If all got our travel dials on, we'll keep our date with the Doctor!

(VASOR runs back into the hut.)

VASOR: (Panicking.) Aah, ah, they're coming, they're coming! The devils from the mountain! They're coming here!

(He shuts and bolts the door.)

IAN: Then I'm afraid you'll have to entertain them alone, Vasor. We have to leave you.

(He grabs SUSAN. The ICE SOLDIERS are hacking ferociously at the door.)

VASOR: You'll stay, you hear? You'll stay or I'll kill her.
IAN: (Warningly.) Take your hands of her!
VASOR: (Backing up towards the door.) I’m going out the back way...

(He suddenly freezes with a cry and SUSAN breaks free as he collapses. Staring in bafflement, IAN sees that the lance of one of the SOLDIERS has broken through the door and stabbed VASOR through the back.)

IAN: He’s dead.

(The SOLDIERS, meanwhile, have nearly demolished the door.)

IAN: The dials, twist the dials!

(The soldiers burst in only to find that the travellers have disappeared. They look round in puzzlement.)


(A man wearing a black uniform lies still at the foot of several glass cases. IAN, who is alone, crouches down by him. He looks in the nearest case and, seeing something inside, desperately attempts to open it. The black gloved hand of an unseen assailant brings a club down on his head and he collapses. The figure places the club in IAN'S hand before moving to the case. By opening a side panel it removes the object that IAN saw, which is none other than the final key. An alarm bell sounds...)

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Ian Chesterton

Barbara Wright

Susan Foreman




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