THE DEATH OF TIME
1: EXT. ARIDIUS
(With a straining, groaning sound, a buried DALEK rises up out of the sand and looks about its surroundings.)
DOCTOR: Keep your head down. They havenít seen us yet.
BARBARA: (Pointing.) Doctor, look! Thereís more of them.
(BARBARA points to her right.)
2: EXT. ARIDIUS
(A FIRST DALEK glides up to another that waits on a small ridge.)
SECOND DALEK: The enemy time machine is in this area.
FIRST DALEK: We can locate the position with our seismic detectors.
SECOND DALEK: Find and destroy it. The remainder will search for the humans.
FIRST DALEK: Are they to be taken alive?
SECOND DALEK: No. They are to be exterminated.
FIRST DALEK: Good!
SECOND DALEK: Destroyed.
FIRST DALEK: Exterminated!
SECOND DALEK: ____. Let the search begin.
3: EXT. ARIDIUS
DOCTOR: Stay down. One of themís coming this way!
(The DOCTOR and BARBARA duck down behind the ridge of sand that they are lying on. A DALEK glides past without seeing them. Once past, the DOCTOR and BARBARA
sit up again.)
DOCTOR: We must find the TARDIS before they do, hmm? Hmm?
BARBARA: Yes, and we must warn Ian and Vicki. They donít even know the Daleks are here.
DOCTOR: Yes, ye... (Realising what she has said.) Warn them? But how? We havenít seen them for hours. Anyway, itís no good hanging about here.
Come on, letís get moving, come...
(They struggle to their feet. But before they can move on, they are stopped in their tracks by the sight of two alien beings who stand before them. Basically
humanoid in shape, they are partially covered in scales and have amphibious-like fins on their head and down their back.)
4: INT. TRAPDOOR ENTRANCE
(VICKI screams at the creature that has just shut the trap door.
IAN: Donít just stand there and scream you little fool! Run!
(As they run off, a tentacle waves in the air.)
5: INT. TUNNEL
(IAN runs down a tunnel but another of the octopoid creatures blocks his way. VICKI runs up.)
VICKI: Oh, donít just standing there gaping, you nit! Come on, back!
(IAN runs a few yards, then throws a rock at the creature. He and VICKI run off.)
6: EXT. ARIDIUS
(A DALEK glides down a sand dune. It comes across a THIRD DALEK which has a detector type instrument in place of the usual sucker arm.)
THIRD DALEK: Wait. Tracks of the humans.
FOURTH DALEK: Follow them.
(A low bleeping noise starts to emit from the THIRD DALEKíS detector.)
THIRD DALEK: Wait. Perceptor indicates someone is near. It draws closer.
FOURTH DALEK: Destroy on sight.
(Another of the amphibious creatures wanders into view over a ridge. The FOURTH DALEK fires and the creature falls back with a scream.)
THIRD DALEK: An Aridian. One of the species that inhabits this planet. Unimportant. Continue the search.
(The FOURTH DALEK glides away.)
7: EXT. ARIDIUS
(The DOCTOR and BARBARA have made the acquaintance of the two Aridians. One of them, MALSAN stands with BARBARA on a ridge as he explains the history of
MALSAN: This desert, was once a vast ocean. We, the Aridians, lived in a city beneath the sea, but for a thousand years, those twin suns that burn,
have moved closer and closer.
(Next to them, the DOCTOR sits, wafting himself with his Panama hat as the other Aridian, RYNIAN, who is sat next to him, continues with the story...)
RYNIAN: Then...then the seaís dried up and all the creatures that lived within their waters perished.
MALSAN: All but...the Mire Beasts.
BARBARA: Mire Beasts? What are they?
MALSAN: They lived in the slime, at the bottom of the ocean. When the waters were gone, they invaded our cities.
RYNIAN: There were too many of them. We tried to destroy them! They multiplied too quickly for us. We were driven back as the Mire Beasts took over more
and more of our beautiful city.
DOCTOR: These Mire Beasts - what do they feed on, mmm?
MALSAN: They are...flesh eaters.
DOCTOR: You mean they attack humans?
MALSAN: Of course.
DOCTOR: Oh, good gracious!
(BARBARA, who has joined the DOCTOR, is horrified at this news...)
BARBARA: Doctor! Look, two of our friends went out into the desert. Will you help us find them?
RYNIAN: When did you see them last?
BARBARA: Last night.
MALSAN: The Mire Beasts hunt at night.
RYNIAN: Do you think they are near or far?
DOCTOR: Oh, I donít think they can travel far in this sand.
MALSAN: Then they might have gone through the Taltarian air-lock, into the tunnels.
RYNIAN: Then it is too late!
BARBARA: How do you mean ďitís too lateĒ?
RYNIAN: It is to be exploded.
RYNIAN: Yes, the air-lock. You see, we Aridians have learned the only way to destroy the Mire Beast is to entomb them in the sections of the city they
MALSAN: The Taltarian air-lock will be detonated at high suns.
BARBARA: Well then we must stop it!
RYNIAN: No, we would not reach the air-lock in time.
(BARBARA, unconvinced, jumps up and tries to get past MALSAN.)
DOCTOR: (Trying to calm her.) Now, hush, hush, hush.
BARBARA: (Struggling with MALSAN.) Look where...?
(MALSAN lets go of BARBARA but blocks her path. RYNIAN has hold of her now.)
BARBARA: Look, where is this place?
(RYNIAN lets go of her and joins MALSAN.)
RYNIAN: If we move faster than the suns?
(MALSAN looks into the sky and considers.)
MALSAN: We will try. (To the DOCTOR and BARBARA.) Follow!
(They all run off.)
8: EXT. ARIDIUS
(The two suns burn brightly onto the sandy wastes. Another Aridian looks into the sky. Next to him is a plunger-type device.)
PRONDYN: Itís high sun.
(He adjusts the machine and grasps the handle.)
9: INT. TUNNEL
(VICKI steps forward through the tunnel. Suddenly a tentacle grasps her round the neck.)
IAN: (Coming into view.) Vicki!
(He grabs the startled girl and tries to pull the tentacle of the MIRE BEAST away from her.)
10: EXT. ARIDIUS
(PRONDYN activates the explosives. The sand dunes blast apart...)
11: INT. TUNNEL
(The roof of the tunnel falls down on top of the MIRE BEAST and the struggling humans.)
12: EXT. ARIDIUS
(A small distance away, the DOCTOR and BARBARA cover their faces from the effects of the explosion.)
13: INT. TUNNEL
(IAN lies face down on the tunnel floor. VICKI sits over him as the dust settles and the arm of the MIRE BEAST falls to the ground as it dies. VICKI tries to
VICKI: Ian! Ian! Oh!
(She turns him over.)
VICKI: Oh, Ian!
(She takes her handkerchief out of her pocket and dabs his face.)
VICKI: Iíll get help, Iíll...Iíll find the Doctor and get help!
(She runs off past the dead MIRE BEAST.)
14: EXT. ARIDIUS. CITY ENTRANCE
(The two Aridians and the two time travellers come up to a large hole in the ground.)
MALSAN: We have arrived. This is the gate to our city.
DOCTOR: (Looking round.) Iím afraid I canít see any signs of a city, hmm! (Laughs.)
(RYNIAN starts to clear way some sand next to the hole.)
MALSAN: This...this old air-lock, we used it when our city was beneath the sea.
MALSAN: It will take us to a part of our home that is still free from Mire Beasts.
DOCTOR: I see. Well, weíre very grateful for your hospitality but I must you the Daleks are right on top of us. And I donít want either you or your
people involved in any of this dangerous business. If they knew...youíd given us shelter, theyíll show no mercy.
MALSAN: No matter. First, you need food and rest. Then we will help you search for your time machine.
DOCTOR: Ah, splendid, splendid!
MALSAN: (To RYNIAN.) Open the lock.
(RYNIAN pulls up a lever and a trapdoor opens downwards with a creaking noise. The DOCTOR steps forward and looks through the trapdoor.)
RYNIAN: Please enter. There is no danger.
(The DOCTOR starts to climb through the trapdoor. He signals to a saddened looking BARBARA who stands some feet away gazing over the sandy wastes.)
DOCTOR: Barbara! Barbara, my dear! Come along, come along!
15: EXT. ARDIUS
(The DALEKS perceptor instrument bleeps away...)
THIRD DALEK: The seismic detector is registering a contact.
FIRST DALEK: The enemy time machine is beneath the sand at this point.
THIRD DALEK: Then it was buried by last nightís storm.
FIRST DALEK: It must be uncovered before we can destroy it.
THIRD DALEK: Yes.
FIRST DALEK: We will take some Aridians prisoner.
THIRD DALEK: Yes.
FIRST DALEK: And use them to dig the ship free.
THIRD DALEK: Yes.
(The FIRST DALEK turns to go. The THIRD DALEK doesnít move and the FIRST DALEK turns back.)
FIRST DALEK: Well, see to it!
THIRD DALEK: I obey!
(It glides away.)
16: INT. CHAMBER
(The DOCTOR and BARBARA sit on some steps in a darkened stone chamber in the Aridian city. The DOCTOR is happily tucking into a plate full of food. BARBARA
has a plate of her own but simply stares at her food.)
DOCTOR: Mmm. I think this is..is...is absolutely delicious. Mmm. Itís a most unusual flavour, isnít it?
BARBARA: (Angrily.) Doctor, how can you sit there eating when Ian...
DOCTOR: Oh, my dear, you think Iím being callous do you?
BARBARA: Yes I do!
DOCTOR: Then I think itís pure supposition that theyíve been caught by those Mire Beasts. After all, we werenít, mm? You havenít much faith in
Ianís infallible self-preservation, have you? Mmm?
BARBARA: (Quietly.) Iím sorry. This place gives me the creeps.
DOCTOR: Oh rubbish, my dear, rubbish!
(The DOCTOR looks round the rest of the chamber which is decorated with arches, pillars and has several flights of steps.)
DOCTOR: I think itís fascinating, ye-es! You could almost call it...ĒbeautifulĒ. You know I think youíre tired. Close your eyes and try and
get some rest. Go on, go on! We must conserve our strength if weíre going to get back to the TARDIS.
(BARBARA nods and falls asleep against the wall behind her.)
DOCTOR: (To himself.) Yes...if ever we can get back to the TARDIS. Hmm!
(The DOCTOR looks round as MALSAN and two other Aridians enter the chamber and descend one of the flights of stairs.)
DOCTOR: Ah, Malsan! Hmm!
MALSAN: You enjoyed your meal?
DOCTOR: Oh, indeed, yes! Indeed, yes. Yes, it was a most unusual taste. You know, Iíve been taking stock of this place, having a jolly good look round
here. Tell me, why is this, er, opening walled up, hmm?
(The DOCTOR points to the wall against which BARBARA is asleep. The wall she leans against has obviously been walled up recently and means that this flight
of steps goes nowhere.)
MALSAN: It led to a part of our city thatís been invaded by Mire Beasts.
DOCTOR: (Thinking.) Yeah...
MALSAN: It is the same all over. We have to block off tunnels to stop their advance.
MALSAN: (Embarrassed.) Do please sit down. I have...some news for you.
(The DOCTOR looks as if he knows what is to come. He does as he is asked. The other two Aridians stand respectively at the top and bottom of the flight of
steps - as if they are on guard.)
DOCTOR: Now, what is it?
MALSAN: The leader of the Daleks has communicated with us. They have issued an ultimatum.
DOCTOR: Yes, I suspected something of that kind might happen. What is it, hmm?
MALSAN: We hand you over to them, or they will destroy what remains of our city.
DOCTOR: They mean what they say. They donít make idle threats. Have you replied, hmm?
MALSAN: Not yet. The elders are still discussing it. We have a half-sun in which to give them our answer.
DOCTOR: Hmm, you havenít much choice, have you? Well I donít propose to inflict our troubles on you sir, so I think weíll leave and take our
(He gets up.)
MALSAN: No, no, no! The Daleks have said that we must hand you over, not...set you free to try and escape.
DOCTOR: You mean?
MALSAN: You must be our prisoners, until such time as our arrangements with the Daleks have been completed, then...if the elders agree, you will be given
into their custody.
(The DOCTOR receives this news quietly...)
17: INT. TRAPDOOR ENTRANCE
(VICKI has reached the steps which leads up to another trapdoor. She climbs them.)
18: EXT. ARIDIUS
(She emerges into the bright sunlight and sees, a matter of feet away, two Aridians clearing the last of the sand away from the TARDIS. They are supervised
by two DALEKS.)
FIRST DALEK: The digging is completed. Are the prisoners to go free?
SECOND DALEK: No. They are worthless inferior creatures.
THIRD DALEK: They have no value to us. Destroy them.
(The two ARIDIANS try to flee in a panic but the DALEKS spin round and blast them. With a cry, they fall to the ground, dead.)
SECOND DALEK: Destroy the enemy time machine. Use full power. Fire!
(The TARDIS light around the TARDIS flares as the DALEKS fire. There is no other effect.)
SECOND DALEK: Again - fire!
(Again, the DALEK guns have no effect.)
SECOND DALEK: It is undamaged.
FIRST DALEK: It must be constructed of a material that can resist our neutralisers.
THIRD DALEK: Failure.
SECOND DALEK: Remain on guard until the prisoners have been handed over and exterminated.
FIRST & THIRD DALEK: We obey.
(The SECOND DALEK glides away.)
19: INT. TRAPDOOR ENTRANCE
(VICKI climbs back down the steps and goes back into the Aridian city.)
20: INT. CHAMBER
(BARBARA is still asleep, watched over by an Aridian. The DOCTOR walks up to her and touches her on the shoulder. She awakes.)
DOCTOR: Feeling better, hmm?
BARBARA: Yes. Whatís happened?
DOCTOR: Well, itís not too good, Iím afraid. Ah, this looks like bad news coming now.
BARBARA: Bad news? What bad news?
(RYNIAN walks down one of the flights of steps and up to MALSAN.)
RYNIAN: The elders have made their reply to the Daleks.
(MALSAN looks perturbed, but collects himself.)
MALSAN: They must be told.
(RYNIAN nods his agreement. MALSAN walks over to where the DOCTOR and BARBARA sit on the steps leading to the walled-up exit.)
DOCTOR: (Quietly.) Well?
MALSAN: Have you eaten?
DOCTOR: What is the news, hmm?
MALSAN: You are to be handed over at last suns. The Daleks have promised that when the execution is over they will Aridius unharmed.
BARBARA: (Shocked.) Youíre...youíre going to hand us over to the Daleks?
MALSAN: (Unhappily.) We have no choice. The elders have so decreed. Please...?
(MALSAN and the other Aridian bow their heads and walk away.)
DOCTOR: They have no choice.
BARBARA: Yes...but...just to be handed over like that?
DOCTOR: Two hours. Their suns are due to set in two hours.
(Behind them unseen, dust falls as something starts to push the wall from the other side...)
21: INT. TUNNEL
(IAN slowly comes round. He feels his head and looks around.)
IAN: (Weakly.) Vicki...
(He sits up.)
IAN: (Shouts.) Vicki? Vicki?
(He gets up and walks down the tunnel.)
22: INT. TUNNEL
(Elsewhere, VICKI cautiously runs down a tunnel. Suddenly she is grabbed from behind by an Aridian. She yells as she is carried away.)
PRONDYN: You must come with me.
23: INT. CHAMBER
(More dust falls from the wall. This time, BARBARA notices it.)
BARBARA: Where does this walled up section lead?
DOCTOR: Oh, itís another part of the city, I believe. The part that was invaded.
(At that moment, VICKI is carried in. She gives her abductor a hard kick in the chin that sends him to the floor with a cry.)
(VICKI tries to run out but there are other Aridians on guard. She runs down some steps to the DOCTOR and BARBARA.)
BARBARA: Vicki, whereís Ian?!
DOCTOR: Is Ian...is Chesterton all right, mm?
VICKI: He...he got a bad knock on the head. I made him as comfortable as possible and came to get help.
BARBARA: It might have been better if youíd stayed where you were.
VICKI: No it wouldnít - because on my way here, I found an exit out of one of the tunnels, and just outside it - the TARDIS!
DOCTOR: (Happily.) Ah, well, well, well now! That puts a different complexion on the matter. Tell me, my dear, this tunnel - would you know how to
find it again? Mmm?
VICKI: Iím very sure of it. A big iron door, just beyond that opening, over there.
(VICKI points to the entrance through which she was just brought in.)
BARBARA: Oh Doctor, maybe things will be all right after all?
DOCTOR: Yes, now I c...
(He stops as he sees RYNIAN and another Aridian walk in and go up to MALSAN. They nod their heads in confirmation. MALSAN slowly walks up to the time
MALSAN: It is time. I am to take you to the main airlock.
(There is a creaking noise behind them. One brick of the walled-up entrance has been dislodged and the tentacled arm of a MIRE BEAST appears through it. At
the same time, BARBARA retreats from the Aridians and backs up against the self-same weakened wall which collapses around her. She screams. Chaos erupts as the
MIRE BEAST starts to break through and the DOCTOR, VICKI and the Aridians go to assist. After a struggle, which involves much shouting, the time travellers and
all but one of the Aridians break free and retreat. The invading MIRE BEAST quickly starts to smother the remaining Aridian. BARBARA tries to free him but the
DOCTOR, seeing that the situation is hopeless, turns back and pulls her away. He forcibly throws her up the stairs. They run off as the MIRE BEAST devours its
24: INT. TRAPDOOR ENTRANCE (NIGHT)
(IAN clambers up the same stairs that VICKI found earlier.)
25: EXT. ARIDIUS (NIGHT)
(Up above, another night has quickly fallen. IAN pokes his head above the level of the trapdoor. He sees the two vigilant DALEKS outside the TARDIS.)
26: INT. TRAPDOOR ENTRANCE (NIGHT)
(IAN cautiously climbs back down the steps. He stops for a second to consider and plan, then moves on.)
27: INT. TUNNEL (NIGHT)
(The time travellers have escaped from the Aridians and the DOCTOR and BARBARA follow VICKI as she guides them down a tunnel. The DOCTOR is out of breath.)
VICKI: Down here.
BARBARA: Are you sure this is the right way?
VICKI: ĎCourse I am - come on!
28: EXT. ARIDIUS (NIGHT)
(The SECOND DALEK glides up to the two DALEKS guarding the TARDIS.)
SECOND DALEK: The prisoners have escaped from the Aridians.
FIRST DALEK: Are we to proceed with the destruction of the underground city?
SECOND DALEK: The Aridians have one hour to re-capture the humans. If they fail, we act.
FIRST DALEK: I understand.
THIRD DALEK: The humans may try to reach their machine.
SECOND DALEK: Remain on guard.
FIRST DALEK: I obey.
(The THIRD DALEK follows the SECOND DALEK and they glide away.)
29: INT. TRAPDOOR ENTRANCE (NIGHT)
(IAN is collecting branches. He hears movement from a tunnel leading off from the trapdoor entrance and retreats. VICKI comes into view leading the DOCTOR
VICKI: Come on.
(BARBARA runs forward and spots him. They have an excited reunion.)
DOCTOR: Chesterton, come here!
VICKI: Are you all right? Whatís happened to your ___?
BARBARA: ___all over your face.
IAN: It looks worse than it is. Look....
DOCTOR: My dear boy...!
IAN: The TARDIS...
IAN: Itís only twenty yards away but thereís a Dalek guarding it.
BARBARA: Well, we must get past it.
IAN: Now listen, Iíve got a very good idea. (To BARBARA and VICKI.) You two go first.
IAN: You get out of here and thereís a ridge of sand on the left. Now you take cover. You get in a good position where you can nip in.
BARBARA: Nip in what?
IAN: The TARDIS!
BARBARA: Yes, yes, course.
IAN: Off you go.
BARBARA: (To VICKI.) Come on.
IAN: Oh, Barbara, could, I, er, have your cardigan?
IAN: Quickly, quickly!
BARBARA: Oh, not again!
IAN: Itís for the Dalek, not for me!
BARBARA: (Passing it to IAN.) Here.
VICKI: I hope it suits it!
IAN: Off you go.
(The DOCTOR goes to follow.)
DOCTOR: Come along.
IAN: (Stopping him.) Oh, Doctor?
IAN: Er, your coat please?
DOCTOR: My dear boy, weíre trying to beat the Daleks. Not start a jumble sale! Mmm?
IAN: All will be revealed in due time Doctor. Your coat please.
DOCTOR: (Tuts.) Dear, dear, dear, dear, dear.
(The DOCTOR takes off his coat.)
30: EXT. ARIDIUS (NIGHT)
(BARBARA and VICKI settle down behind the ridge.)
VICKI: (Whispers.) What are they gonna do, Barbara?
BARBARA: (Whispers.) I donít know. Trying to get the Dalek away from the TARDIS, I should think.
31: INT. TRAPDOOR ENTRANCE (NIGHT)
(From beneath, the DOCTOR and IAN start laying the twigs and branches across one corner of the trapdoor.)
DOCTOR: Whatís the point of all this, dear boy, mm? Mmm?
IAN: Doctor, with any luck, with your coat, and Barbaraís cardigan, weíre gonna make a trap.
(He throws BARBARAíS cardigan over the branches.)
IAN: Weíre gonna lure the Dalek...
IAN: ...over this trap, and with any luck, heíll...itíll fall down here.
(He throws the DOCTORíS jacket over.)
DOCTOR: Thatís a good scheme. Yes, thatís a good idea.
(His head goes a bit too high over the edge of the trapdoor.)
IAN: Keep down!
32: EXT. ARIDUS (NIGHT)
VICKI: (Whispers.) But how?
BARBARA: (Whispers.) I dunno - but wait and see.
33: INT. TRAPDOOR ENTRANCE (NIGHT)
(The jacket and cardigan have been carefully laid over the branches.)
(The two men start to throw sand over the clothes to hide them.)
DOCTOR: Well, I hope it works.
(They finish their task. IAN checks over the edge.)
IAN: All right, Doctor. Now, Iím going first. Then you follow, you keep on that side...
IAN: You keep plenty of cover in.
DOCTOR: All right, careful.
(The two men carefully clamber over either side of the trapdoor.)
34: EXT. ARIDIUS (NIGHT)
(IAN stands up and waves his arms.)
IAN: Oo-ooh! Dalek!
(The DALEK turns.)
IAN: Over here, friend!
(The DALEK fires. IAN ducks down and the shot misses. The DOCTOR rises on the other side of the trapdoor.)
DOCTOR: Yoo-hoo, Auntie!
(The DALEK fires and again the shot misses. VICKI pops her head up to join in.)
(BARBARA pulls her back down. IAN stands again.)
IAN: Over here!
(Another shot misses...)
(...and another. The DALEK glides forward, into the trap and straight into the hole. IAN runs forward.)
IAN: Try and get out of that hole, friend.
(The others join him.)
BARBARA: Well, that got rid of that one.
IAN: Yeah! (The DOCTOR laughs.)
VICKI: (Points.) Look!
IAN: Quick! Into the TARDIS!
DOCTOR: Go on!
(The four run into the TARDIS and close the door. The other DALEKS have returned. They fire on the ship as it dematerialises.)
FOURTH DALEK: Cease firing. They have escaped.
THIRD DALEK: Final termination is inevitable.
FOURTH DALEK: Eradicate!
THIRD DALEK: Obliterate!
FOURTH DALEK: Annihilate!
SECOND DALEK: We will embark in our time machine at once. The Dalek supreme has ordered they are to be pursued through all eternity. Pursued and
FLIGHT THROUGH ETERNITY
JOHN SCOTT MARTIN
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