The Tomb of the Cybermen
By Kit Pedler and Gerry Davis
1, INT: MAIN CAVERN
(The Cyber-Controller looks on impassively with a thin layer of frost on it's emotionless faceplate.)
CONTROLLER: YOU BELONG TO US. YOU SHALL BE LIKE US.
PARRY: How did you know that we would come to release you? You could have remained frozen forever!
CONTROLLER: THE HUMAN MIND. YOU ARE INQUISITIVE.
DOCTOR: Ah I see a trap! A very special sort of trap too.
PARRY: What do you mean special trap?
DOCTOR: Well don't you see, they only wanted superior intellects, that's why they made the trap so complicated!
CONTROLLER: WE KNEW THAT SOMEBODY LIKE YOU WOULD COME TO OUR PLANET SOMEDAY.
DOCTOR: Yes, and we've done exactly as you've calculated, haven't we?
CONTROLLER: NOW YOU BELONG TO US.
2, INT: CENTRAL CHAMBER
(Kaftan is still unconscious, slumped at one of the seats of the Cybertable.)
VICTORIA: Now quick, find the opening device. I don't know which it is!
HOPPER: Now hold on. I'm not pulling any levers until I know what this is all about!
CALLUM: I don't reckon we should have left the rocket captain. I can't see much wrong here.
VICTORIA: Not much wrong? Are you blind the pair of you? What about this then?
(She points to the closed hatch.)
CALLUM: W... I can't see any change, Vic.
VICTORIA: That's just it. They're down there now!
CALLUM: Well then why close the hatch on them?
(Unseen by anyone, Kaftan's eyes flicker and she awakens, but stays low and immobile listening to the conversation.)
CALLUM: Doesn't make sense, Vic.
VICTORIA: I didn't, and please stop calling me Vic. She closed the hatch.
CALLUM: Oh did she now.
VICTORIA: Now look, are you going to help me or not? They're probably freezing to death down there! If you're not going to help me, I'm going to pull
every one of those levers on that board and see what happens!
HOPPER: Ah now, I wouldn't do that Vic. Er, come on Jim, I think we'd better do as she says.
HOPPER: OK now, were you here when they opened it all up?
HOPPER: Well come on! You must have some idea!
VICTORIA: I don't know, I wasn't looking!
(She looks wretched.)
VICTORIA: Oh I think it's one of those levers down there.
(Callum turns and looks incredulously at Hopper.)
CALLUM: She thinks!
3, INT: MAIN CAVERN
JAMIE: Could we not make a run for it Doctor?
DOCTOR: No-no, we wouldn't even reach the ladder, it's too risky.
PARRY: What can we do?
DOCTOR: We'll play for time, wait our chance. Leave it to me.
(The Doctor walks up to the Controller.)
DOCTOR: Ahem... Excuse me. May I ask a question? Why did you submit yourself to freezing?
(The Controller spins around and bears menacingly down on the Doctor.)
DOCTOR: Er, you-you don't have to answer that if you don't want to...
CONTROLLER: TO SURVIVE. OUR HISTORY COMPUTER HAS FULL DETAILS OF YOU.
DOCTOR: Oh, how?
CONTROLLER: WE KNOW OF YOUR INTELLIGENCE.
DOCTOR: Oh, thank you very much... Ah yes, the lunar surface!
CONTROLLER: OUR MACHINERY HAD STOPPED AND OUR SUPPLY OF REPLACEMENTS' BEEN DEPLETED.
DOCTOR: So that's why you attacked the Moonbase!
CONTROLLER: YOU HAD DESTROYED OUR FIRST PLANET AND WE WERE BECOMING EXTINCT.
JAMIE: W-what use will capturing us make? You'll still become extinct.
CONTROLLER: WE WILL SURVIVE. WE WILL SURVIVE. NOW YOU WILL HELP US.
PARRY: What makes you think that we will help you? That murderer doesn't speak for us.
CONTROLLER: YOU WILL BECOME THE FIRST OF A NEW RACE OF CYBERMEN. YOU WILL RETURN TO THE EARTH AND CONTROL IT.
PARRY: Never! Never!
CONTROLLER: EVERYTHING WE DESIGNED HAS BEEN CARRIED OUT. THERE WILL BE NO MISTAKES.
JAMIE: A new race of Cybermen? But we're humans, we're not like you!
CONTROLLER: YOU WILL BE.
(The Controller turns in one mighty movement and strides off unconcerned about it's prisoners for the moment.)
DOCTOR: Oh no-no keep away! Keep away, keep away from me!
(There is a gaggle of frightened voices as the Cyberman drones move forward and take the prisoners by force. Jamie manages to escape in the throng of bodies
and sprints off towards a side tunnel and runs left. A Cyberman follows him, walking with brisk deliberate movements and turns right. Jamie doubles back the way
he came. Moments later the Cyberman follows him. Jamie rounds the corner of a pillar, seemingly unseen by the Cyberman and makes for the ladder, but halfway up
he gets hit by a crackling blue arc of electricity. The Cyberman has anticipated where he would go, and stunned him from behind by discharging a little of it's
power through it's three metal digits.)
DOCTOR: Let me go of me! If you would let go I'd stand still!
TOBERMAN: Please, please, please let me go! Let me go!
(The Cyberman struggling with Toberman seems to be having trouble keeping a grip of him so it picks him bodily up and holds him in the air for a moment then
throws him across the cavern into a stack of barrels.)
DOCTOR: Oh if you would let go of me. I would be still! Please! You're breaking my arm! Oh!
CONTROLLER: TO STRUGGLE IS FUTILE.
4, INT: CENTRAL CHAMBER
(Callum has taken apart a panel and is examining the wiring beneath.)
HOPPER: You sure that's the one?
CALLUM: Yeah. Yeah-yeah, it's the only one it could be. Yeah. It, er, leads up to that one there, yeah.
(He points to a lever.)
VICTORIA: Please hurry Captain Hopper!
(Unseen, Kaftan moves around the Cybertable and picks up her fallen gun.)
HOPPER: Keep back will ya? Leave this to me. Jim, stand by to power it up. Stand back will you, just in case you got the wrong one.
(Kaftan jumps up and levels the gun again.)
KAFTAN: Don't move! Raise your hands!
(Wearily they turn and raise their hands.)
HOPPER: Now look here lady...
KAFTAN: I shall kill you!
HOPPER: Well your own men are down there, what are you doing this for?
KAFTAN: Move away from that control board! Over here. I shall open the hatch when Klieg gives the signal.
HOPPER: Oh why close it in the first place?
KAFTAN: Klieg must remain undisturbed. Your friends will not escape from there, and you will not interfere.
(Victoria screams and Kaftan is off guard for a moment in which Hopper rushes forward grabbing the gun, then he hands it to Callum.)
HOPPER: Watch her, if she moves, blast her.
HOPPER: Ah, ya scream real good Vic! Thanks a lot!
VICTORIA: Please, the hatch!
HOPPER: OK, we'll take a risk. Standby!
(He pulls the lever and with a mechanical hum the hatch raises again.)
VICTORIA: It's very quiet down there.
HOPPER: Yeah, too quiet.
VICTORIA: Something must have happened.
HOPPER: How long've they been down there?
VICTORIA: About an hour.
HOPPER: That's too long, I'm going down. 'Ey Jim, what're those bombs loaded with?
(He motions towards a small bag of that Callum has brought with him.)
CALLUM: Ah, smoke.
HOPPER: Great, give us a couple will you?
CALLUM: Yeah, sure.
HOPPER: Come on, come on!
CALLUM: Yeah, yeah, yeah!
HOPPER: Okay, here we go.
VICTORIA: I'm coming too!
HOPPER: Ah, later maybe, not this trip.
VICTORIA: Who'd be a woman!
HOPPER: Ah, how would you know honey? Ah, you'd better stay up here, we don't know what's going on down there.
VICTORIA: Is he always like that?
CALLUM: Ah, most of the time ah, Vic, yeah.
5, INT: MAIN CAVERN
(The expedition members are all sitting on the floor waiting as the Cybermen are conferring in a large circle. The drones all salute the Controller with
their arms across their chests and move off. The Controller and a drone approach the group.)
CONTROLLER: WE HAVE DECIDED HOW YOU WILL BE USED.
CONTROLLER: YOU ARE A LOGICIAN. OUR RACE IS ALSO LOGICAL. YOU WILL BE THE LEADER OF THE NEW RACE.
KLIEG: You will listen to my proposals, then?
CONTROLLER: YES, WE WILL LISTEN. BUT FIRST YOU WILL BE ALTERED.
CONTROLLER: YOU HAVE FEAR. WE WILL ELIMINATE FEAR FROM YOUR BRAIN. YES, YOU WILL BE THE FIRST.
DRONE: AND YOU WILL BE THE NEXT.
(It points to Parry.)
PARRY: I? No, no!
(He begins to struggle.)
DRONE: YOU WILL BE LIKE US.
(It grabs him in a vice-like grip and Parry screams)
6, INT: ENTRANCE TO MAIN CAVERN
(Hopper creeps about by the entrance, as yet unseen by anyone. He carefully pulls the pin from his smoke-bomb and frowns.)
7, INT: MAIN CAVERN
CONTROLLER: TO DIE IS UNNECESSARY. YOU WILL BE FROZEN AND PLACED IN OUR TOMBS UNTIL WE ARE READY TO USE YOU. YOUR LIVES WILL BE SUSPENDED. PREPARE THE
PARRY: They really mean it, they're going to freeze us!
JAMIE: Not me!
DOCTOR: No Jamie, they're coming back!
(Suddenly a number of small explosions go off inside the cavern. The Cybermen mill about looking confused as the weapons don't appear to be causing any
damage at all. Slowly the chamber fills with smoke. Hopper runs through the doorway.)
HOPPER: Come on you guys, run for it!
JAMIE: lets get out of here!
8, INT: ENTRANCE TO MAIN CAVERN
(Parry is being helped along by Jamie, spluttering from the smoke. From where they are they could take one of a number of passages.)
JAMIE: Talk later.
DOCTOR: Is he alright?
JAMIE: Aye, I think so. Which way is it from here? I can't remember.
DOCTOR: That way.
JAMIE: Are you sure?
DOCTOR: No I'm not sure, but just try it! I'll be with you in a minute.
(Jamie and Parry run towards the righthand tunnel. The Doctor runs back the way he came. A few moments later Klieg runs the opposite way, he looks at the
righthand tunnel but decides to take the lefthand tunnel instead, hoping it is the way out.)
DOCTOR: This way! We've got to stop them!
HOPPER: Block off the tunnel perhaps?
DOCTOR: No-no we can't do that. The hatch, we must get there first! Come on!
(They run off the way Jamie and Parry went.)
9, INT: MAIN CAVERN
(Toberman runs through the passages, straight into a group of three Cybermen who drag him struggling into the main chamber. A fourth Cyberman points a three
digit hand at Toberman's face and discharges part of it's power though it's fingers, but he continues to struggle. The Cyberman looks momentarily confused, them
vents another electrical arc at the man's face and he falls slack in the Cybermen's arms.)
CONTOLLER: THIS HUMANOID IS POWERFUL. WE WILL USE HIM. PREPARE HIM.
10, INT: ENTRANCE TO TUNNEL
(Back by the ladder the group are all struggling to climb back up with numb hands after an hour in a deep freeze, all of them hacking and coughing on the
HOPPER: Hurry up can't ya? For Pete's sake get a move on!
JAMIE: Oh my hands are freezing!
HOPPER: Come on, come on get up!
PARRY: I can't see through this smoke!
11, INT: CENTRAL CHAMBER
(Victoria peers down into the hatch.)
VICTORIA: JAMIE! ...What's that smoke?
JAMIE OOV: VICTORIA!
(Jamie clears the hatch, then helps Parry who is looking extremely fatigued from the smoke and cold.)
JAMIE: Come on Mr Parry. Come on - quick! You stand back.
(Parry clears the hatch followed by Hopper.)
HOPPER: The Cybermen! They're right behind us!
12, INT: ENTRANCE TO TUNNEL
(The Doctor sprints down the tunnel, his long black cloak billowing behind him, and heads for the ladder. As he begins to climb the bottom rungs, the form of
a Cyberdrone bears down, but is just too late to grab him as he scurries upwards. Resolutely, the Cyberman follows him up the ladder always just a step away.)
13, INT: CENTRAL CHAMBER
HOPPER: As soon as the Doctor's up, slam down the hatch!
CALLUM: Okay! Standby!
(He runs to the Panel. The Doctor's head peaks over the hatch, then he feels something tug him down.)
DOCTOR: Oh! Argh! He's got my leg! Oh-oh!
(Callum's hand hovers over the lever as Hopper and Jamie both attempt to wrestle the Doctor out.)
JAMIE: Oh Doctor! come on! come on!
DOCTOR: Oh! It's no use!
JAMIE: Oh, get up! Pull!
(The Cyberman manages to climb behind the Doctor, and bears down on him again from a precarious position on the ladder, burbling electronically. Victoria
grabs a small thermos flask and beats at the Cyberman's left hand causing it to wobble slightly on the ladder and lose it's grip on the Doctor. It tries to get
a better position. This is all the Doctor needs, and he slithers through the gap, but the Cyberman has now grabbed Victoria with both hands. It tries to pull
her down the hatch instead of the Doctor.)
HOPPER: Jim, close the hatch!
(Callum flips the lever and the hatch descends on the Cyberman who tries to keep it open with it's right arm, but fails. As the hatch descends lower it
releases Victoria and attempts to brace the closing hatch with both of it's arms. For seconds it stands there glaring out into the main chamber burbling in a
perturbed manner, Cybertechnology against Cyberman.
Eventually the hatch wins and the Cyberman is slowly forced down into the icy abyss of the lower levels with a resounding thud.)
JAMIE: Got it!
(The hatch moves from the impact of a might blow from beneath as the Cyberman tries to beat it's way through. It beats the Cyberhatch six more times, then
gives up, moving off to contemplate the logic of double sided door handles.)
VICTORIA: It was horrible! It was so strong!
JAMIE: Aye, it's all right Victoria, You're all over now.
PARRY: That was a near thing, is anyone missing?
HOPPER: Yes! Klieg and Toberman, they're still down there!
PARRY: Oh dear.
14, INT: ENTRANCE TO TUNNEL
(Klieg hides with his back up against a long pillar as the Cyberman descends the ladder and walks along the passageway. It meets the Controller and another
CONTROLLER: THE HUMANOID HAS ESCAPED.
CONTROLLER: GUARD THE PASSAGEWAY.
(As they move off, Klieg climbs up the ladder and knocks softly two times hoping that the Kaftan in the central chamber will hear him without alerting the
Cybermen. He chews his finger nervously and looks around, then knocks again a little louder.)
15, INT: CENTRAL CHAMBER
(Everyone hears the knocking coming from the hatch and Hopper leaps up.)
PARRY: Don't open it, it may be the Cybermen!
DOCTOR: No, no it's too soft. It must be Toberman and Klieg.
HOPPER: Ah you're crazy!
PARRY: You're right, we can't leave them down there, even if they are killers.
JAMIE: Oh, they're probably both frozen solid by now.
(There is another knocking from the hatch.)
KAFTAN: You must let them up. They must be saved!
DOCTOR: Yes, they're more dangerous down there than they are up here!
HOPPER: What? Well, Okay Jim.
HOPPER: Okay let her go!
(By the control panel Callum pulls the lever and the hatch opens. The Doctor moves Kaftan to the side.)
DOCTOR: Excuse me please.
(Klieg scrambles out of the hatch coughing and shivering.)
KLIEG: Close it! Close it - quick!
(The Hatch thumps down after him.)
KAFTAN: Eric, where is Toberman?
KLIEG: They've got him!
DOCTOR: You still think you can form an alliance with the Cybermen?
KLIEG: If I'd only been in a stronger position to bargain with them!
PARRY: You must be out of your mind, Klieg!
HOPPER: You're not in any position to bargain with anybody right now. Well what are we going to do with him?
PARRY: I'd feel much happier if he weren't left here.
DOCTOR: Well what about the testing room? There's only one door, they can't get out.
PARRY: That's a good idea, they'll be quite safe in there.
CALLUM: Right. Mr Klieg, Miss Kaftan.
(He ushers them into the next room with Kaftan's gun.)
HOPPER: Now, if I don't get back to the rocket, we're not going to take off inside a week.
PARRY: We'll, I'll come with you.
HOPPER: I told you before, not till I'm operational again. I'll let you know when that is.
(He turns to the Doctor who is whispering to Jamie.)
HOPPER: I don't think we'll have any more trouble with your friends down there.
DOCTOR: We shall see.
16, INT: MAIN CAVERN
(The Controller tests a lever on the control panel.)
CONTROLLER: RELEASE THE CYBERMATS. WE WILL USE THE POWER OF CYBERNETICS.
(Three drones go to the side of the main cavern and pull three full sized Cybermats out of alcoves. They present the cat-sized legless metal bugs to the
controller who regally waves a hand.)
CONTROLLER: ACTIVATE THEM. THE BRAIN OF THIS HUMANOID WILL BE THEIR TARGET.
(Toberman is lying tied up on the floor. He looks fearfully at the Cybermen. The Controller and a drone approach the control panel.)
(The three Cybermen place the Cybermats onto the ground as the drone at the panel operates a sequence of levers. The Cybermats remain immobile.)
CONTROLLER: THESE CYBERMATS ARE DORMANT THROUGH LACK OF USE. INSPECT THEM.
(The Cybermen pick up the Cybermats once more.)
17, INT: WEAPONS ROOM
(Kaftan is gazing up at the Cyberdummy and what it is holding, while Klieg tries to get to sleep huddle in a corner of the room. As Kaftan reaches out
towards the replica, the cup of coffee she is holding slips from her grasp and clatters to the floor making Klieg jump. Kaftan is shaken from her thoughts for a
moment, but stiffens again with grim determination.)
KLIEG: Huh? What's that?
KAFTAN: Just me.
KLIEG: Oh be quiet.
KAFTAN: Sleep later - look at this.
KLIEG: Oh what is it?
KAFTAN: One of the weapons they were testing. Look, here's the connection.
(Klieg examines it.)
KLIEG: Let me see. Oh yes, you're right it's a Cybergun. Er, take a look at that control, see that everything is turned off.
KAFTAN: All the sequences show negative.
KLIEG: Now they will have to listen!
(Klieg sets to work on the gun with a pair of wire cutters.)
18, INT: MAIN CAVERN
DRONE: THE CYBERMATS ARE READY. STAND CLEAR.
(The controller turns and strides across out of the path of the Cybermats to observe Toberman's reactions.
(The drone pulls a lever, and the Cybermats begin to emit an electronic bleeping noise. They slither towards one another until they are parallel, and advance
on the form of Toberman who is watching paralysed with fear.)
19, INT: WEAPONS ROOM
(Klieg holds the Cybergun triumphantly in his hand, then spins around and fires at a section of wall. There is a "woompf" and a circular hole
appears in the wall in a burst of smoke and flame. Klieg examines the still burning wall delightedly.)
KLIEG: Excellent! A small X-Ray laser!
KAFTAN: What are you going to do now?
KLIEG: Take command of course! What do you think? With this I shall be able to deal with those people in there.
KAFTAN: Nevermind about them, the important thing for us is to control the Cybermen.
KLIEG: Yes, I know but...
KAFTAN: Isn't it, Eric?
KLIEG: You haven't been down there, you haven't seen those vile things!
KAFTAN: You're not scared are you?
KLIEG: I have completely underestimated their power.
KAFTAN: But this time we have the power, at least you do.
(Klieg looks confused.)
KAFTAN: The gun, Eric, the gun! You have the Cybermen's own weapon, this laser to turn against them. Now they will have to obey! If they
refuse we shall destroy the opening device and seal them up in their tomb forever. Now do you understand?
KLIEG: Yes! Yes, you are right. I am invulnerable with this. I shall be master.
KAFTAN: Come, let us deal with these people first.
(Klieg is still standing dreaming of glory.)
KLIEG: Master - the supreme moment in my life. It was logical.
KAFTAN: Eric, we have work to do!
KLIEG: Yes-yes, of course, but hardly work, more a pleasure.
(Kaftan looks worried.)
KLIEG: The pleasure to get this on that Doctor and his companions. The others are of no consequence, but he will make a most precise target.
(Klieg leaves and Kaftan looks on in thought.)
20, INT: MAIN CAVERN
(A Cybermat gradually wobbles towards Toberman.)
CONTROLLER: ENOUGH. THESE HUMANS ARE NOT LIKE US, THEY STILL HAVE FEAR. PLACE THE CYBERMATS ON THE RUNWAY.
(The drones place the Cybermats onto little customised ramps in the walls, as they do, the bleeping changes in pitch.)
CONTROLLER: CYBERMATS WILL ATTACK.
(The Cybermats slither up the ramps.)
20, INT: CENTRAL CHAMBER
(It is the middle of the night, and the expedition is sleeping. Callum is on one side of the hatch, Parry is draped across the steps to the hatch, and Jamie
is asleep at the Cybertable. Victoria is sitting on the table itself very much awake, and the Doctor appears to be dozing, leaning against the control panel,
hugging a long pipe that is trailing from within it. He rubs his face, yawns loudly, then puts his hands up and Victoria spins around levelling Kaftan's gun in
DOCTOR: Oi, I'm on your side - remember? Hey, why didn't you wake me? I should have been on watch half an hour ago!
VICTORIA: I thought you should rest.
DOCTOR: Why me?
VICTORIA: No reason really.
DOCTOR: Oh I think I know, is it because I'm...
VICTORIA: Well, if you are 450 years old you'll need a great deal of sleep!
DOCTOR: Well that's very considerate of you Victoria, but um, between you and me, I'm-I'm really quite lively actually ah, all things being considered.
(He pauses for a beat.)
DOCTOR: Are you happy with us Victoria?
VICTORIA: Yes I am. ...At least, I would be if my father were here.
DOCTOR: Yes, I know, I know.
VICTORIA: I wonder what he would have thought if he could see me now.
DOCTOR: You miss him very much don't you?
VICTORIA: It's only when I close my eyes. I can still see him standing there - before those horrible Dalek creatures came to the house. He was a very
kind man, I shall never forget him. Never.
DOCTOR: No of course you won't. But, you know, the memory of him won't always be a sad one.
VICTORIA: I think it will. You can't understand, being so ancient.
VICTORIA: I mean, so old.
VICTORIA: You probably can't remember your family.
DOCTOR: Oh yes I can when I want to. And that's just the point really. I have to really want to, to bring them back in front of my eyes. The rest
of the time they-they sleep in my mind, and I forget. And so will you.
(Victoria looks unsure.)
DOCTOR: Oh yes you will. You'll find that there's so much else to think about. So remember; our lives are different to anybody else's, that's the
exciting thing. There's nobody in the universe can do what we're doing. Hmm. You must get some sleep and let this "poor old man" stay
(The Doctor undoes his black cloak at the neck. From a concealed vent, the first Cybermat slinks around a corner searching for a victim. It spots the prime
target from it's historical database and homes in. The Doctor examines where Victoria has chosen to sleep, at the foot of the table. He gently places his cloak
over her, then walks, gun in hand, over to the other side of the Cybertable and sits down. Bleeping it's merry tune, the Cybermat scuttles across the floor
towards the Doctor. As it advances it revolves through all of it's stored human brainwave frequencies in an attempt to find the one that will render the Doctor
unconscious from a distance. Unable to find the correct one, it opts for a manual nervous interface, and moves into position by the Doctor's shoe, and prepares
to chew through. The Doctor feels something gently touch his shoe and jumps up in an instant.)
DOCTOR: Jamie, Victoria, Callum, wake up, wake up!
(They blearily respond.)
VICTORIA: What is it?
(A second Cybermat appears and slithers towards the sleeping form of Callum. It receives information from the first, makes a cursory analysis, and finds his
human brainwaves a little easier to manipulate. It leaps onto his chest. With it's metal tail flicking back and forth it moves upwards towards his head,
electronic mandibles gnashing evilly.)
DOCTOR: Callum, Callum!
(The Doctor approaches Callum who is still half asleep and dazed from the Cybermat's signal.)
VICTORIA: It's one of those terrible things again!
DOCTOR: Don't move Callum, don't move!
(The Doctor slowly reaches down, and with one swift movement bats the Cybermat away sending it flying through the air. He pulls Callum to his feet and his
head instantly begins to clear. The Cybermat lands on it's side in a corner of the room. It flicks it's tail in an attempt to right itself, but fails, then
tries again and succeeds.)
DOCTOR: Now get back to the controls all of you! Steady, don't make any sudden movements.
(He tiptoes towards Parry who is still asleep on the steps.)
DOCTOR: Parry, Parry, wake up Parry, wake up.
(Slowly he Gets up, then as his head clears he stiffens at the sight of the approaching Cybermats.)
DOCTOR: Wake up, don't panic. Come back with us, steady. Now we'll all go in the other room and lock them out!
(They turn in the direction of the power room, but see the first Cybermat snaking around the Cybertable in that direction. Victoria screams.)
CALLUM: Let's... get out of here! T-the main doors! No look!
(They see the third Cybermat cutting off their final avenue of escape.)
VICTORIA: Oh Doctor We're trapped!
DOCTOR: Back against the controls, everybody!
(The Cybermats pause briefly, exchanging information between themselves. A second wave appears joining the first, and they all slowly advance on the party,
crushing them in a pincer movement. The Doctor Spots the length of pipe that is trailing from the side of the control panel. He yanks out one end, and trails in
a protective circle around the immediate area of the panel.)
DOCTOR: Here, give me a hand, quick!
DOCTOR: Lay this down on the ground. Come on!
JAMIE: They'll go over it Doctor!
(The Doctor ignores him and continues to lay the pipe.)
DOCTOR: Come on!
(He plugs the trailing end into the other side of the panel.)
CALLUM: Let's blast the filthy things!
(He shoots three times and a Cybermat rolls over pouring with smoke, it's precisely modulated signal tailing off.)
DOCTOR: You're wasting your time, there are too many of them! Now do what I say, come back!
(He pulls a lever and there is a low hum from the panel as the metallic pipe becomes electrified. The pipe begins to smoke under an intense load it was not
designed to carry.)
DOCTOR: There you are, you see!
(The Cybermats whirl around in a confused state, the electrical interference from the pipe overloading their delicately adjusted neuro-electric pathways.
They begin to get trapped in a logic error, with their targets in sight, but unable to detect them. Finally, unable to abandon their hopeless task, they roll
over, their signals getting lower and lower like records being played at the wrong speed until they finally die altogether, belching thick black smoke.)
PARRY: What are those creatures?
DOCTOR: Well, they're a form of-of metallic life. They home on human brainwaves and attack.
VICTORIA: Urgh! Are they safe now?
(All around lie dozens of dead Cybermats all gently smoking.)
DOCTOR: Oh yes, quite safe now. The er, power cable generated an electrical field and confused their tiny metal minds. You might almost say that
they've had a complete metal breakdown.
DOCTOR: I'm so sorry Jamie.
VICTORIA: What about Klieg and Kaftan? They probably attacked them as well!
PARRY: The testing room!
DOCTOR: Come on. Now mind your feet.
(They all hop over the dead Cybermats and move towards the weapons room, but as they do so they meet Klieg and Kaftan in the doorway.)
KLIEG: Most ingenious Doctor. Now, let's see what you can do against this!
(He raises the Cybergun and aims)
CALLUM OOV: Watch out Doctor!
(The gun fires with a "whoosh" and a crackle of residual energy.)
Next Episode : Episode Four
Title music by
Ron Grainer and the
Visual effects by
Michael John Harris
and Peter Day
(C) BBCTV 1967