1: INT. SPAR SHIP
(KATARINA mutters to the Trojan Horse-god. The sound of the ship's engines start to rise...)
KATARINA: Great One, don't leave us! Don't let the strange beings catch him!
BRET VYON: He's been caught! We've got to leave!
STEVEN: No! He said we had to...
(VYON tries to operate the controls for take-off. STEVEN pulls him away.)
BRET VYON: No!
(He turns and knocks STEVEN to the floor, then resumes preparations for take-off.)
KATARINA: Stop! You can't leave him! He can't reach the place of perfection!
BRET VYON: He won't! We're going without him!
(BRET activates more controls and the ship starts to power up further.)
BRET VYON: We're going into countdown!
(BRET looks at a countdown indicator on the control panel which nears zero...)
(Suddenly STEVEN points to a light winking on the hatch panel.)
STEVEN: What's that light?
BRET VYON: It's the outer door! It's not fully shut. Quick, or we'll all be sucked out!
(STEVEN rushes to the airlock and is pressing the switches to close the door when he sees someone outside. He yells back at BRET.)
STEVEN: Hold countdown! It's the Doctor!
(BRET holds the countdown sequence as STEVEN and KATARINA help the breathless DOCTOR up through the airlock and into the ship.)
DOCTOR: Get us off, Bret! Get us off! Get us off!
BRET VYON: Right.
(He starts to resume the held countdown.)
DOCTOR: Take off, man!
BRET VYON: Stand by, everyone! Take off!
(The airlock door closes. They all desperately grab hold of anything close as the ship rises swiftly into the air, leaving the planet of Kembel far below.
The breathless DOCTOR eyes VYON with austere reproof.)
DOCTOR: Oh! Oh! This is rather a violent acceleration, young man! Hmm!
(The SPAR shoots into space...)
3: INT. KEMBEL. DALEK CITY. CONTROL ROOM
(The DALEK SUPREME enters the DALEK control room. Normal scanners and consoles line the room which is dominated by a central piece of machinery. The DALEK
SUPREME hovers in anger as the DALEKS report the readings off the consoles.)
FIRST DALEK: Altitude: five sections. Speed: Three thousand.
SECOND DALEK: Vessel attained gravitational escape velocity.
DALEK SUPREME: Cut in automatic trackers.
SECOND DALEK: All is ready for their space extinction.
DALEK SUPREME: Do not destroy! That vessel must not be destroyed!
SECOND DALEK: Trackers operating.
DALEK SUPREME: Prepare neutronic randomiser.
(The FIRST DALEK, at its console, obeys...)
FIRST DALEK: Stand by randomiser.
DALEK SUPREME: The intruders must be caught alive!
4: INT. SPAR SHIP
(Things have calmed down somewhat on the stolen SPAR ship.)
DOCTOR: Well done, Bret, well done. You got us off very well.
(He laughs to himself.)
BRET VYON: Thanks. I thought you weren't going to make it.
DOCTOR: Of course I was. You're far too pessimistic. Now, where's that little box of mine, hmm?
(STEVEN picks up the box holding up the Taranium Core.)
STEVEN: This one?
(The DOCTOR takes the box.)
DOCTOR: Ah, splendid, splendid. The Daleks' plans are utterly useless without this.
STEVEN: Why? What did you find out at the Council meeting?
DOCTOR: They've allied themselves with the rulers of the outer galaxies... to take over the Universe!
BRET VYON: (Shocked.) Universe?
DOCTOR: Yes, their first objective being Earth and then... the solar system.
STEVEN: Then we've got to warn Earth and fast!
BRET VYON: But what about Mavic Chen?
DOCTOR: Oh, he's one of them, my friend. By sacrificing the Solar System, he hopes to gain more power.
BRET VYON: That's impossible!
DOCTOR: Oh, no it isn't, no it isn't. Therefore we must get back to Earth before him.
KATARINA: (Timidly.) But how can we return to Earth? We've already left it.
DOCTOR: Yes, I know, my dear, but this is not Earth... as we... think of it. It's something very different.
(VYON is more puzzled than ever by KATARINA and speaks quietly to STEVEN.)
BRET VYON: What's the matter with this girl? I mean, where's she from?
STEVEN: (Casually.) Oh, it's quite all right - she helped us in Troy. She doesn't really understand.
BRET VYON: (Puzzled.) Troy?
STEVEN: (Smiles.) Yes.
(He rejoins his companions.)
STEVEN: Well, come on, Doctor, what's so special about that box?
DOCTOR: Well, as I said before, my boy, the Daleks' plans are utterly useless without this.
STEVEN: (Pleased.) Then we've won!
(STEVEN picks up the box and is about to open it when the DOCTOR stops him.)
DOCTOR: No, no, no, no! Don't open it, please.
STEVEN: Why not?
DOCTOR: It'll burn your eyes - you'll go totally blind! That is a full emm of Taranium!
BRET VYON: (Shocked.) What?
(He steps forward.)
BRET VYON: That can only be found on the planet Uranus. A full measure would take years to mine!
DOCTOR: Fifty years, to be surprice... to be precise. And Mavic Chen has given this to the Daleks to complete one of the most evil weapons ever devised -
their Time Destructor!
5: INT. KEMBEL. DALEK CITY. CONTROL ROOM
(ZEPHON stands before the DALEK SUPREME. MAVIC CHEN is also present, as are several other DALEKS.)
DALEK SUPREME: Representative Zephon! You deny that your negligence caused the loss of the Taranium Core?
ZEPHON: (Arrogantly.) Had the Daleks made full security arrangements, the invaders would not have reached this city.
MAVIC CHEN: Had the master of the Fifth Galaxy been less arrogant, he would have gone with me to the meeting. Instead he preferred to keep us all
ZEPHON: I believe the intruders came from the Solar System.
MAVIC CHEN: Did you see them?
MAVIC CHEN: Did they speak and tell you so?
MAVIC CHEN: Then your accusation is preposterous.
ZEPHON: How was it the intruders knew that the Taranium was here and that it was to be handed over, if they did not come from the Solar System? None of
the others knew what it was that representative Mavic Chen was bringing here!
(All eyes are now on MAVIC CHEN.)
DALEK SUPREME: Have you nothing to say?
MAVIC CHEN: Oh, this is absurd. Why should I arrange that fifty years be spent secretly mining to acquire this mineral - only to have it stolen?
ZEPHON: The quest for power. Perhaps you wanted to use the Core for yourself!
MAVIC CHEN: How? Only the Daleks know how to assemble the Time Destructor. I only provided the vital ingredient - the core.
ZEPHON: (To the DALEK SUPREME.) I did not know about the Core. How could I?
DALEK SUPREME: You knew about the intruders.
ZEPHON: We all did. You were going to deal with them, or so you said.
DALEK SUPREME: (Angrily.) Silence! It is agreed that you are guilty of negligence.
(MAVIC CHEN moves and stands behind the DALEK SUPREME in a show of support.)
ZEPHON: If I go, the Masters of Celation and Beaus go with me!
DALEK SUPREME: (Warningly.) You threaten our unity?
ZEPHON: I have nothing to say.
(He turns for the door.)
ZEPHON: I will leave now.
(ZEPHON starts to walk from the room, but he is stopped by DALEKS closing in from each side of the doorway. ZEPHON trembles violently as he looks round for
an escape route.)
DALEK SUPREME: Execute!
(Caught in the crossfire at close range, ZEPHON crumples to the floor. The DALEK SUPREME turns and glides to one of its subordinates at a console.)
DALEK SUPREME: Where is the ship?
DALEK: Course seven-oh-seven. It is approaching the influence of the planet Desperus.
DALEK SUPREME: Prepare pursuit ships. Stand by randomiser.
6: INT. SPAR SHIP
(Having found special guards for their eyes, the DOCTOR, STEVEN, KATARINA and BRET VYON are looking at the Taranium. A brilliant white flare shimmers around
the mineral inside the open container causing them all obvious discomfort.)
STEVEN: That is Taranium?
DOCTOR: Yes, the rarest mineral in the universe.
STEVEN: Funny, It makes your eyes feel strange even with these on.
(STEVEN indicates their eye-guards.)
STEVEN: It's like looking into the sun for too long.
(The DOCTOR closes the container. They all remove their glasses and rub their eyes.)
DOCTOR: Oh, don't complain, young man. You're a very privileged person. Do you realise that very few people have seen this in this universe, hmm?
STEVEN: All right, Doctor. But now that we've got it, what are we going to do with it?
DOCTOR: Well, for the moment, nothing.
STEVEN: Well, that doesn't make sense. I mean, you said yourself that the Daleks have the most dangerous weapon ever devised.
DOCTOR: We have the Taranium, so for the moment we do nothing. And by doing nothing, we do everything. Do I make myself clear?
STEVEN: Come off it, Doctor. What's all that supposed to mean?
DOCTOR: Oh, my dear young man, you ask so many questions.
(He laughs and looks at KATARINA who is stood across the room looking over one of the consoles.)
DOCTOR: Look at Katarina over there. She doesn't ask questions - she just looks and learns. Now, why don't you try the same thing, hmm?
(The DOCTOR takes a moment to look over the control room of the SPAR.)
DOCTOR: You know, I find all this extremely fascinating. Hmm! It's a little primitive, of course, but it's still very fascinating, hmm!
(STEVEN tries to bring him back to the point.)
STEVEN: Look, Doctor, I'm sorry, but can't we do anything?
(He turns to BRET at the main console.)
DOCTOR: Bret, can you find me something to play a magnetic tape, hmm?
BRET VYON: Yes, Doctor. Here.
(He points to part of the console.)
DOCTOR: Well, my dear fellow, that's magnificent. Huh, it's all so convenient, isn't it? (Laughs.) Now play that tape I gave you, before I went
to the Daleks' conference.
STEVEN: What tape's that?
(VYON produces the capsule from his uniform pocket.)
DOCTOR: Oh, I found a small tape beside a skeleton, and it, er, might be able to tell us something.
(He notices KATARINA who is still looking over the control room.)
DOCTOR: Er, Katarina, come over here, my child.
(She does so.)
DOCTOR: Now, have a look at another wonder.
(KATARINA looks about her.)
KATARINA: Everything is so strange. This isn't like your TARDIS.
DOCTOR: No, my dear, no.
STEVEN: Yes, but Doctor, surely, I mean, the Daleks aren't going to leave a tape around with their plans on it?
DOCTOR: No, no, no! Bret here was searching for someone and the skeleton I found was humanoid. Well, whoever it was may have learned something that we
BRET VYON: (Exclaiming.) Marc Cory! You found him? Well, Kert and I searched that jungle but we could find no trace.
DOCTOR: Oh, and did you search that bearing twice, hmm?
BRET VYON: How do you mean?
DOCTOR: Well, it so happens that that kind of jungle is apt to lead you back to the same place more than once.
BRET VYON: Yes, but we were methodical, or as methodical as the Daleks would...
DOCTOR: (Interrupts, irritated.) Oh yes, no doubt you were, and I suppose I was lucky! Now play the tape. Come along, come along, stop all this
(YVON looks annoyed but activates the tape as instructed. It begins to play and Marc Cory's long-dead voice comes from the speaker.)
MARC CORY: (On tape.) This is Marc Cory, Special Security Agent, reporting from the planet Kembel.
STEVEN: You've cracked it!
MARC CORY: (On tape.) The Daleks are planning the complete destruction of our galaxy. Together with powers of the outer galaxies, a war force is
being assembled and...
(The tape and the voice break off.)
STEVEN: That's all?
BRET VYON: Poor Marc. He never got through.
DOCTOR: But we must! The Daleks will stop at anything... to prevent us.
7: INT. KEMBEL. DALEK CITY. CONTROL ROOM
(The DALEK SUPREME and a DALEK are watching the instruments that are tracking the SPAR.)
DALEK: Ship now at closest point to planet Desperus.
DALEK SUPREME: Operate Randomiser!
8: INT. SPAR SHIP
(On board the ship, the escapees are discussing what they should do next. A strange buzzing noise starts up, but nobody on board notices it.)
DOCTOR: Yes, yes, you must find someone you can trust. Someone in a high enough position that may be able to help.
BRET VYON: Well, Karlton is the man in charge of all Space Security. But he's very close to Chen.
STEVEN: Yes, well, this chap Karlton, he may be part of the plan with the Daleks.
BRET VYON: It's possible...
(Suddenly the buzzing sound increases and the ship lurches to one side. All its occupants are thrown off their balance and clutch onto the console for
KATARINA: Oh, Doctor, what's happened?
(The DOCTOR looks up at the scanner.)
DOCTOR: I think we're changing course.
(BRET VYON wrestles with the controls.)
BRET VYON: The steering boosters won't fire! I can't get her round.
STEVEN: Switch to manual control!
BRET VYON: I can't... we're picking up speed!
(The DOCTOR continues to peer at the monitor screen.)
DOCTOR: You know, I believe we're approaching the... gravitational point of that planet.
(He points at the screen. VYON casts a glance at the rapidly narrowing gap between them and a planet showing on the scanner.)
BRET VYON: Desperus!
(BRET attempts to once more master the controls.)
DOCTOR: Has it any kind of atmosphere, hmm?
BRET VYON: Yes, but we can't get off there, we'll never be able to get off again.
STEVEN: Why not? What's wrong with it?
BRET VYON: Desperus is the penal planet of the Solar System.
DOCTOR: Well, if it's one of your prison planets, surely there are guards and warders there to help us?
BRET VYON: They're aren't any. The only craft which stop there are prison ships, bringing other criminals. If we crash there, we'll be left there to rot
the rest of our lives away.
DOCTOR: You must try to land softly somewhere.
BRET VYON: I can't! This vessel is out of my control!
(They all look at the planet on the scanner that is growing larger and larger.)
9: INT. KEMBEL. DALEK CITY. CONTROL ROOM
(The DALEK SUPREME glides up to several DALEKS manning controls.)
FIRST DALEK: Space vessel's instruments now randomised.
(Another DALEK reports.)
SECOND DALEK: On course for planet Desperus. Impact in point six.
THIRD DALEK: Remote control standing by.
DALEK SUPREME: Cut in remote control.
FIRST DALEK: Now under Dalek control.
DALEK SUPREME: Reduce descent velocity. Vessel must make soft landing.
FIRST DALEK: I obey.
DALEK SUPREME: Pursuit ships to stand by.
(MAVIC CHEN has been watching. He approaches the DALEK SUPREME.)
MAVIC CHEN: A highly effective operation. May I congratulate you?
DALEK SUPREME: Dalek technology is the most advanced in the Universe.
MAVIC CHEN: (Slyly.) You... still haven't recovered the Taranium.
DALEK SUPREME: We shall.
(The DALEK SUPREMES' eye-stalk swings to look straight at MAVIC CHEN.)
DALEK SUPREME: It is strange that the intruders took your space vessel. Perhaps they were indeed creatures from Earth?
MAVIC CHEN: My SPAR was the last to arrive here, so consequently was in the best position to leave quickly. But to set your mind at rest, I will return to
Earth now, and if I find that the intruders do come from there, they will be dealt with - quickly and without arousing any suspicion.
DALEK SUPREME: Very well. A vessel similar to your own craft will be put at your disposal.
MAVIC CHEN: I will return here as soon as all final preparations for the take-over are completed.
DALEK SUPREME: All will be in readiness.
(The DALEK SUPREME turns back to the monitors.)
MAVIC CHEN: Good. We don't want any more mistakes.
(CHEN stalks from the room, with an arrogant smile on his face.)
10: INT. SPAR SHIP
(BRET VYON and STEVEN look over the controls in puzzlement.)
STEVEN: We've slowed right down.
BRET VYON: We're going to be able to make a soft landing. I don't understand it.
DOCTOR: (Worried.) Yeah, and I'm afraid I do - only too well.
STEVEN: The Daleks?
(The DOCTOR nods.)
STEVEN: Oh, yes. Some sort of remote control, I suppose. We'd all better prepare for landing.
DOCTOR: You're quite right, my boy, quite right.
BRET VYON: Well, if it's the Daleks, it can only mean one thing.
DOCTOR: Yes, it means they're coming after us again.
11: INT. DESPERUS. CAVE (NIGHT)
(In a cold dank cave, three men stand looking over a crude table which has a long thin knife dug into it. KIRKSEN, whose long, light, tangled hair and beard
cover his face, is the youngest. GARGE is a burly man with dark hair and a beard. BORS, also bearded, is the eldest of the three. KIRKSEN makes a grab at the
knife but GARGE smashes his hand away and tries to go for it himself but BORS is quickest and grabs the weapon.)
BORS: It's mine again!
(He nods at two decrepit women in the corner of the cave.)
BORS: And they stay where they are.
GARGE: With the soft life you lead, I'll be able to beat you one day.
BORS: Out on guard!
GARGE: Why is it always me?
BORS: I am the leader. I have the knife. Do you want to argue about it?
(GARGE looks at BORS in a surly manner and then leaves the cave. BORS settles down to sleep.)
12: EXT. DESPERUS (NIGHT)
(GARGE walks out of the cave. He starts his guard duty as, above him, he hears the screams of creatures flying in the air.)
13: INT. DESPERUS. CAVE (NIGHT)
(Later on, all is quiet. BORS is asleep near his women and some other prisoners but KIRKSEN is not. He notes that BORS is asleep and makes his way quietly
across the cave to where the "leader" lies. He reaches for the knife but BORS wakes in an instant and grabs the young man roughly on his wrist, the
knife in his other hand.)
BORS: And you can build up the fire.
(KIRKSEN starts to gasp in panic. He is obviously slightly deranged.)
BORS: Kirksen! Like the knife, would you? Then you'd be leader. You could tell Garge what to do, like I do. You could tell me what to do!
KIRKSEN: I'll get it next time!
BORS: Who knows, perhaps you will. Now, get out and get the fuel.
(KIRKSEN points at the women as the sound of the landing SPAR starts to be heard.)
KIRKSEN: Why don't you send one of them?
BORS: (Screams.) Get it!
(KIRKSEN looks upwards at the sound of the ship and then looks enquiringly at BORS.)
BORS: I can hear it. Now get out! Do you want one of the new lot to come here and take over our place?
(GARGE has come through the entrance.)
GARGE: It's no prison ship!
GARGE: It's strange. I haven't seen one like it before.
BORS: Where's it landing?
GARGE: The swamp by the look of things.
KIRKSEN: It's a strange ship. We can kill the crew and take over.
KIRKSEN: We can use it to get away!
BORS: (Sharply.) It may be a crash landing!
KIRKSEN: You can kill the crew with your knife!
(KIRKSEN starts to laugh in an insane fashion.)
BORS: Shut up! We'd better get over there right away. Others will have seen it too! Now, on your way!
(BORS gives GARGE a shove towards the cave entrance and they move out into the darkness, carrying lighted torches.)
KIRKSEN: Well, what about me? If you're leaving this filthy planet, so am I.
(KIRKSEN also grabs a torch and follows them out.)
14: EXT. DESPERUS (NIGHT)
(The convicts make their way out of the cave. Above them, the creatures still cry in the darkness.)
15: INT. SPAR SHIP (NIGHT)
(KATARINA stands in the airlock doorway, gazing at the dark landscape outside while BRET and STEVEN try to make repairs to the ship.)
DOCTOR: (To VYON.) Now, you sure you've got spare parts for this, hmm?
BRET VYON: Certain - it's safety regulations.
DOCTOR: Hmm! Ah, that's the worst of these... out-of-date and primitive spaceships - one little bump and they all fall to bits.
BRET VYON: (Annoyed.) Doctor, what are you talking about? This is a SPAR - the most technically perfect craft in the history of space travel.
DOCTOR: Oh, yes, quite so. That's why we are stranded on this pimple of a planet, whilst you footle with that fuse box, mm?
STEVEN: Oh, come on, Doctor, the TARDIS isn't exactly perfect, is it? I mean, you can't even control where we're going.
DOCTOR: Now, you listen to me, young man. Don't you start to criticise my TARDIS! And as for space travel, you're still wet behind the ears. Oh do get on
with it, both of you!
(He storms off to join KATARINA, snorting as he goes. BRET turns to STEVEN.)
BRET VYON: What's the matter with Grandpa?
STEVEN: (Smiling.) Oh, it's nothing. We all have our own obsessions, don't we? Now come on.
(They crouch down at an inspection panel.)
STEVEN: Look, do you think we're going to have enough drive-force to lift off here and get us back to Earth?
BRET VYON: We've got to. Now, as the Doctor said, let's get on with it.
16: EXT. SPAR SHIP (NIGHT)
(Just outside the airlock door, KATARINA shivers with cold. The DOCTOR steps out and admonishes her.)
DOCTOR: What are you doing out here, child? I thought I told you to keep these doors closed.
(KATARINA points out into the night.)
KATARINA: There are lights out there.
(The distant light of three torches move through the darkness.)
DOCTOR: Good gracious, so there are. Two - no - three. Yes, we must get on with the repairs to the ship and get away from here.
(He laughs sardonically.)
DOCTOR: Yes, those men will be vicious out there. We're liable to come under attack.
(The DOCTOR surveys the area lit by the glow from the airlock.)
DOCTOR: Mmm, what's that marshy ground? That's very interesting. (He laughs.) Very interesting... interesting!
(They both re-enter the ship.)
17: INT. KEMBEL. DALEK CITY. CONTROL ROOM
(A DALEK turns to the DALEK SUPREME.)
FIRST DALEK: The exact location of the ship has been calculated.
DALEK SUPREME: Inform the pursuit fleet.
FIRST DALEK: I obey.
(It turns to the communicator, but at that moment a DALEK voice comes over the speaker.)
SECOND DALEK: (OOV: Over communicator.) Pursuit Fleet Commander calling control. We will land on Desperus at one hundred.
DALEK SUPREME: (Into communicator.) When the Taranium is recovered, the fugitives are to be eliminated. Is that understood?
SECOND DALEK: (OOV: Over communicator.) I obey.
18: EXT. DESPERUS. SWAMP (NIGHT)
(BORS, KIRKSEN and GARGE soon arrive near the crash site through some trees. Reaching the soft edges of the swamp which separates them from the SPAR, they
halt. They look round to see if they are alone.)
KIRKSEN: We were here first. Let's go and get it!
(He tries to force his way past. BORS grabs KIRKSEN'S hair.)
BORS: Keep quiet! This part of the swamp is tricky. We must put out the torches.
KIRKSEN: Well, what about the screamers?
BORS: (Hissing.) Shut up - put out that light!
(He and GARGE throw their torches into the water. KIRKSEN reluctantly does the same.)
BORS: They're only bats.
KIRKSEN: (Panicking.) Bats? Bats with those wings and that beak?
BORS: Oh, now follow us or go back to the cave.
(BORS and GARGE move gingerly along firmer ground and out of sight. KIRKSEN remains where he is, but suddenly, the Screamers attack. KIRKSEN shrieks and
waving his arms over his head to ward off the Screamers as the clawed creatures swoop down. KIRKSEN runs off into the night.)
19: INT. SPAR SHIP (NIGHT)
(KATARINA, in the airlock, calls out nervously to the DOCTOR, who is still outside.)
KATARINA: Doctor! Doctor!
(In the body of the control room, BRET VYON and STEVEN hold a complex piece of circuitry.)
STEVEN: Look, hold that reading steady. I think I can get this fixed.
BRET VYON: Good.
(At the doorway...)
KATARINA: Come on, Doctor.
(The DOCTOR starts to clamber back into the ship, helped by KATARINA.)
DOCTOR: Thank you, my dear.
(Somewhat out of breath, the DOCTOR crosses to a drum of cable and then calls across to BRET.)
DOCTOR: Where is your catic power, or rather, outlet?
BRET VYON: What?
DOCTOR: Catic outlet, hmm?
BRET VYON: It's there.
(VYON points to a panel on the bulkhead.)
BRET VYON: Under there.
DOCTOR: Oh, yes, thank you, thank you.
(BRET returns to his work with STEVEN, as the DOCTOR goes to the panel and calls to KATARINA.)
DOCTOR: Come here, my dear.
(KATARINA crosses to one side of the DOCTOR.)
DOCTOR: No, round this way, child.
(The DOCTOR unravels a large coil of covered wire, which has one end fixed to a plug. He points to a switch.)
DOCTOR: Now, you see that switch?
DOCTOR: I'll tell you when to pull it.
KATARINA: What are you doing?
DOCTOR: Oh, don't ask questions, my dear girl, otherwise you'll become like the other two! Just do as you're told, mm?
(He laughs gently as she crosses to the control panel and waits. The DOCTOR carefully unrolls the coil and makes for the door.)
20: EXT. SPAR SHIP (NIGHT)
DOCTOR: Now then, ah...
(He throws the loose end out of the door and into the swamp. He laughs.)
DOCTOR: That should repel any boarders!
(He laughs in triumph and goes back into the SPAR.)
22: EXT. DESPERUS. SWAMP (NIGHT)
(BORS and GARGE make their way to the edge of the swamp.)
BORS: It's there. We're nearly there.
GARGE: How many do you think are on board?
BORS: How should I know? Difficult to say with a ship of that size.
GARGE: At least we've got surprise on our side.
(GARGE glances back over his shoulder - the swamp is still and quiet.)
GARGE: Pity we've lost Kirksen.
BORS: Hmm! Fool's probably gone back to the cave, frightened by the screamers. Better just the two of us.
(GARGE points at the bit of land in front of the ramp of the SPAR.)
GARGE: Through the swamp now.
BORS: Yes, but go carefully.
(They move off.)
23: EXT. SPAR SHIP (NIGHT)
(The DOCTOR and KATARINA stand in the airlock door. Suddenly, KATARINA points into the darkness.)
KATARINA: There, Doctor, something moved!
DOCTOR: Yes, I think you're right my dear. Now, you go in and stand by that switch. Wait until I give you an order, hmm?
(KATARINA goes inside and the DOCTOR watches the swamp...)
24: EXT. DESPERUS. SWAMP (NIGHT)
(...where BORS and GARGE creep up to the SPAR.)
25: EXT. SPAR SHIP (NIGHT)
(The DOCTOR waits and then...)
26: INT. SPAR SHIP (NIGHT)
(As KATARINA pulls the switch...)
27: EXT. DESPERUS. SWAMP (NIGHT)
(...the water becomes electrified and BORS and GARGE scream in agony in a flash of light as the current runs through them. They fall unconscious.)
28: EXT. SPAR SHIP (NIGHT)
(STEVEN and BRET join the DOCTOR in the doorway, alerted by the noise. KATARINA is with them.)
STEVEN: What's going on?
BRET VYON: What do you think you're playing at?
DOCTOR: (With a superior air.) Oh, you two go back in there and get on with your repairs. Katarina and I are trying to repel any type of boarders.
(VYON observes the cable.)
BRET VYON: But catic power isn't strong enough to kill anyone.
DOCTOR: But, of course not. But it will knock them unconscious. Now, just you remember, young man, I have no desire to kill anyone! Now go in there and
get on with those repairs. I want to leave this place quickly. Hurry up please! Hmm! Wasting my time!
(STEVEN and VYON turn on their heels and march off back to work. The DOCTOR turns to KATARINA.)
DOCTOR: Well, I think that should do the trick, my dear. Come along, let's get this cable back.
(Together, they start to pull the cable back into the ship.)
DOCTOR: There... we are.
(They then walk back into the SPAR.)
29: INT. SPAR SHIP (NIGHT)
KATARINA: You show me so many strange mysteries. With you I know I'm safe.
DOCTOR: I hope so, my dear, I hope so.
(A tremendous roar of rockets sounds over Desperus. The DOCTOR darts back to the door.)
30: EXT. SPAR SHIP (NIGHT)
(He looks up into the night which is lit up by a spacecraft roaring overhead. He darts back inside.)
31: INT. SPAR SHIP (NIGHT)
DOCTOR: The Dalek Spaceship! It's going to land! Hurry up!
STEVEN: We're being as quick as we can!
DOCTOR: Go on! Get off, get off, get off, get off!
(STEVEN shuts the last panel with a bang.)
STEVEN: That's it, Bret!
BRET VYON: All right? All right, Doctor.
(The DOCTOR closes the inner airlock door. VYON starts flicking switches on the console.)
BRET VYON: Right, stand by everyone. As this take-off is now manual, it may not be quite so smooth.
(A light still flashes on his panel.)
BRET VYON: Doctor, did you close the outer door?
(The DOCTOR moves towards the airlock.)
DOCTOR: Oh I'm so sorry, I'm not used to this kind of craft.
BRET VYON: It's all right, it doesn't matter.
(BRET pulls a lever and the light on the console stops flashing. Power builds up in the SPAR, as the craft slowly takes off. The DOCTOR is watching the
DOCTOR: (Joyfully.) Look! Look! The Daleks' ship's made a bad landing. That's gives us the time we need.
STEVEN: (Also joyfully.) We've made it!
BRET VYON: Next stop - Earth.
DOCTOR: Oh, I'm so glad to hear that, young man! Now, you've got some thinking to do. (To KATARINA.) Katarina, check up on that door and see that
(KATARINA goes up to the door.)
DOCTOR: Do you realise...
(Suddenly, KATARINA screams as KIRKSEN bursts through the internal door. He seizes her with one hand - in his other hand he is brandishing BORS' knife...)
JOHN SCOTT MARTIN
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and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop
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