The Tomb of the Cybermen
By Kit Pedler and Gerry Davis
1, INT: CENTRAL CHAMBER
(Klieg holds a Cybergun in his hand.)
CALLUM OOV: Watch out Doctor!
(Klieg fires the gun with a "woompf" and Victoria screams as Callum falls to the floor clutching his shoulder which is, amazingly, still intact.
Callum only caught the heat from the beam as he threw the Doctor aside, but even that was enough to cook him considerably. Parry rushes over to Callum, but
Klieg waves the gun at him.)
KLIEG: Keep back! Your gun.
(Parry reluctantly hands over the weapon and Klieg gives it to Kaftan.)
PARRY: You've killed him you murderer!
KLIEG: No, he is fortunate, I spared him!
JAMIE: Hah, you mean you missed him!
KLIEG: Silence! I could have destroyed him if I wanted to! Shall I kill them now?
KAFTAN: No, no, that will not be necessary. I'm sure the Cybermen will have a good use for them. You will make excellent experimental specimens!
(Callum begins to moan from where he is lying on the ground.)
VICTORIA: Oh let me help him please!
KLIEG: No tricks!
DOCTOR: You still think that you can bargain with the Cybermen?
KLIEG: Certainly! And this time on our terms!
(He pulls the lever and the hatch rises. Klieg walks over and shouts down into the hole.)
KLIEG: I wish to speak to the Controller! I wish to speak to the Controller!
2, INT: MAIN CAVERN
(Down in the main cavern Klieg's voice can be heard calling from up above like the Megatron.)
KLIEG: (OOV.) I wish to speak to the Controller!
(In the cavern the Cybermen can hear, but are ignoring the voice.)
CONTROLLER: THE HUMANOIDS MUST FIRST BE DESTROYED. YOU WILL RE-ENTER CELLS TO CONSERVE ENERGY.
DRONE: HE IS NOW PREPARED.
CONTROLLER: RELEASE HIM.
(The drone pulls back a sheet and Toberman sits up, but he is no longer human. He stares mindlessly forward and his right arm is visible, but it is silver
and has three fingers exactly like the Cybermen. Slowly the Cybermen climb back into their tombs and seal themselves up again.)
3, INT: CENTRAL CHAMBER
KLIEG: They're coming! And now gentlemen you will see how I shall use the power of the Cybermen!
DOCTOR: Use maybe, but you'll never control the Cybermen.
(The Controller's upper torso appears past the hatch, and Toberman follows.)
KAFTAN: Eric, behind you!
KLIEG: Stop! You know what this can do to you!
(The Controller stops.)
KLIEG: That's better. Now you are under my control. We know you that you must be revitalised or you will perish. If you agree to my terms I will let
CONTROLLER: I WILL LISTEN.
KAFTAN: Make them release Toberman.
JAMIE: If you think they'll listen to you you're even dafter than I thought.
KLIEG: Silence! Sit down. First, you release our man.
(The Controller turns to face Toberman and a wave of energy passes from the Controller's forehead to Toberman's. Slowly Toberman climbs the ladder and
descends the steps and stands in silence like a man possessed.)
KAFTAN: Toberman, it is good that you are back, watch them.
(Jamie has notices the way that Toberman is acting like a Zombie and whispers to the Doctor.)
JAMIE: Doctor he seems, uh...
DOCTOR: Yes Jamie, yes.
(Klieg wonders what Jamie meant, but as he has taken his eyes off the Controller it has begun to move and is at the top of the steps, about to descend into
the chamber. He spins around and trains the gun once again.)
KLIEG: Stay where you are!
(He approaches the Controller.)
KLIEG: No, do you agree to accept our plan?
KLIEG: The conquest of the Earth.
PARRY: What? You must be out of your mind!
KLIEG: Silence! Your answer?
CONTROLLER: WE ACCEPT. WE WILL GIVE YOU SOME OF OUR POWER DEVICES.
KLIEG: Good! I knew an understanding could be reached. I shall let you be revitalised. To survive it must be now. Come forward - slowly.
(The Controller does as he is told and walks slowly across to the power room.)
KAFTAN: Eric be careful!
KLIEG: Leave this to me!
PARRY: You're absolutely crazy to trust them!
KLIEG: Do you think so? Then perhaps you and your colleagues had better join him!
(He motions with the Cybergun and they all walk towards the power room.)
KLIEG: Oh go on, go on!
(Klieg grabs Victoria.)
KLIEG: The girl stays with us!
(The door to the room slides shut silencing their protestations. Klieg walks by Toberman.)
KLIEG: Now close the hatch.
(Toberman remains standing silently as if awaiting real orders.)
KAFTAN: Go on! Close it!
(Toberman doesn't respond. Kaftan moves him aside and pulls the lever and the hatch thumps shut. She looks at Toberman curiously.)
4, INT: POWER ROOM
(The Neuro-Electric Potential emitter, the huge gun-like probe device, is pointed at the coffin-shaped revitaliser. In perfect synchronisation three cautious
heads peer silently from behind, Parry on top, the Doctor in the middle and Jamie at the bottom. However, they are the last thing on the metal monster's mind.
The towering silver figure of the controller is attempting to get into the Cyberman-sized coffin to revitalise itself, but seems too weak to manage it
JAMIE: He's too weak to get in!
(The Doctor gently pats his head.)
DOCTOR: Quiet Jamie.
(The Doctor gets out from the hiding place and tiptoes over to the Controller who is still facing the coffin. For a moment the Doctor considers tapping him
on the shoulder, but being accustomed to having two arms he thinks the better of it.)
DOCTOR: Ahem, you seem to be in trouble.
CONTROLLER: THE ENErGy LEVels ARe Low... WE WiLl SURVive. YOU WIlL HeLp us. YOU WILL Help uss...
DOCTOR: Er Yes, certainly! Ahem, Jamie, Professor...
JAMIE: You don't mean to say you're actually going to help them?
PARRY: Surely not! You can't support these creatures!
DOCTOR: I think it best. Come on.
(They all struggle to get the Controller into the coffin.)
DOCTOR: Come along That's it, up there and in!
CONTROLLER: YOU UNDerstanD thE MachIne.
DOCTOR: Yes, one moment.
JAMIE: Have you taken leave of your senses? Now let's go and help Victoria!
DOCTOR: In a moment. Now, are you ready?
(The Doctor moves to the control panel and flips a sequence of levers. The NEP emitter begins to move up and down with a hum of power and Parry, who was
standing in front of it jumps back.)
CONTROLLER: wE WiLl SurvIve. WE will SURv..
(The door to the coffin with the Controller inside slams shut.)
DOCTOR: Well now, where would you rather have him, in or out of there?
JAMIE: Oh I see.
DOCTOR: Only we must make sure that he stays in there.
5, INT: CENTRAL CHAMBER
VICTORIA: Do you really believe you can bargain with those terrible Cybermen?
KAFTAN: That is our concern not yours!
VICTORIA: I was talking to him not you!
KLIEG: They will have to agree to our plan.
VICTORIA: Oh, what about the other weapon?
KLIEG: What other weapon?
VICTORIA: Well I saw another one like that in that room over there.
(Klieg looks concerned.)
KLIEG: Is that true?
KAFTAN: I don't know, but we'd better make sure!
KLIEG: No wait, that means that any one of them in there could...
KAFTAN: Yes you're right Eric.
KLIEG: We'd better wait in here. If the Cyberman is roused we shall be ready for him. No. Stay well clear, take no chances.
(He glances up at Toberman nervously.)
6, INT: POWER ROOM
(The large coffin in the corner has been firmly tied closed with wires cannibalised from one of the pieces of equipment. The NEP emitter is moving up and
down wildly and beginning to smoke.)
PARRY: Keep back, it's smoking!
JAMIE: I told you you shouldn't have touched it!
PARRY: Yes, turn it off, it's out of control!
(He rushes to the panel, but before he can touch anything the probe stops and falls silent all by itself.)
PARRY: It's taken over!
DOCTOR: I think not. I think there must be some sort of internal timing mechanism. Jamie, I hope you made those ropes secure.
JAMIE: Och, the King of the beasties himself couldnae get out of that one!
(The silence is interrupted by a series of thuds from the coffin. They all rush behind the NEP emitter once more as silver fist busts through the heavy lid
of the coffin as if it were constructed of nothing more than polystyrene and tin foil.)
PARRY: Good h-!
(The Controller bursts through the lid in a shower of fragments and surveys the room.)
DOCTOR: Jamie, remind me to give you a lesson in tying knots sometime.
(The Controller walks around the NEP emitter until it is face to face with the humanoids. This is a different Controller freshly charged and full of beans.)
CONTROLLER: YOU WILL REMAIN STILL.
(The creature once again transmits it's thought-wave, and it passes through the wall.)
7, INT: CENTRAL CHAMBER
(Toberman is still standing still awaiting orders when he receives the Controller's telepathic signal and turns. Klieg waves the Cybergun authoritatively.)
KLIEG: Stay here and watch that door. At least now we will have some warning. Ahh.
CALLUM: What do you two hope to gain from all this?
KLIEG: That does not concern you.
KAFTAN: Oh they might as well know Eric. We are going to build a better world.
CALLUM: Better? Well who for?
(Toberman approaches Klieg.)
KLIEG: I told you to watch that door!
(Toberman throws back his robes and raises his right Cyberarm and brings it down on his neck in a slicing Cyberchop.)
(Kaftan screams and Toberman approaches her.)
(But the half-Cyberman walks past and pulls a lever on the panel. With a hum the door to the power room slides open and everyone exits)
VICTORIA: What's going on?
JAMIE: What is it?
(The Controller strides around the table and picks up the fallen Cybergun, then approaches Toberman.)
CONTROLLER: YOU HAVE DONE WELL.
CONTROLLER: SILENCE. HE IS NOW UNDER OUR CONTROL. OPEN THE TOMBS.
(Kaftan backs away against the panel.)
KAFTAN: No! You have broken your promise.
CONTROLLER: CYBERMEN DO NOT PROMISE. SUCH IDEAS HAVE NO VALUE.
(The Controller advances and she retreats a little further.)
(The Controller raises the Cybergun, but then lowers it again and operates the lever itself. The hatch swings open and the Controller walks over to it.
Kaftan flips the lever back and the hatch thumps down before the Cyberman, causing it to wheel around. She pulls the pistol from her bag and fires it at the
Cyberman causing it to pause for a moment in the creature's closest approximation to bemusement.)
CONTROLLER: THAT GUN WILL NOT HARM ME.
(Kaftan fires again and the Controller does the same, but more effectively. There is a "whoosh" and the Cybergun spits flaming death at Kaftan. She
gives one last, hideous scream and falls to the ground smouldering profusely. The Controller strides over to the panel to open the hatch and then returns to the
DOCTOR: Look what they've done! You're not like them, you're a man like us! You must help us! He has killed Kaftan! You must help us!
(The Controller peers down into the open hatch.)
CONTROLLER: YOU WILL REPORT TO THE SURFACE.
(Toberman walks up to the Controller and bashes him on the back sending him reeling, and the gun skitters across the floor to be snatched up by Jamie.
Toberman ducks a swinging arm and lands another hit, and they both fall to the floor. The half-human Toberman seems more nimble though, and before the burbling
Controller can get to it's feet he bodily picks it up and walks across the chamber. He throws it down upon the control panel. The Controller collides with the
panel in a shower of sparks and crumples like an inflatable doll.
Beside the table it writhes a little, then lies still.)
DOCTOR: Jamie, the hatch!
(Jamie spins around to see a drone climbing up the ladder, he runs across, aims the Cybergun and "woompf". The Cyberman writhes around burbling,
belching smoke from it's visual and vocal holes, and slumps forward over the rim of the hatch. Jamie gives the creature a shove and it rolls backwards and down
into the abyss beneath with a resounding metallic clang.)
JAMIE: There's another one Doctor!
(He fires down into the hatch and there is another distant clang.)
DOCTOR: Are there any more?
JAMIE: No, It's gone quiet. I'll close the hatch.
DOCTOR: No, wait a minute. I'd better go down there.
VICTORIA: Oh no-no! Not again.
DOCTOR: It's the only way to make sure.
JAMIE: Then I'll go with you.
DOCTOR: No wait. You stay and look after Victoria. I'll take somebody else.
(He walks over to Toberman.)
DOCTOR: Toberman, you see what these creatures have done to you? They've tried to make you like them! Do you understand? They've tried to make you
their slave, they just want to use you! They are evil, think of Kaftan!
(Under the table Klieg regains consciousness, but stays low.)
DOCTOR: They must be destroyed, d'you see? Evil must be destroyed! Now... come!
DOCTOR: Come! Come on! Come on!
(They move towards the hatch and the Doctor ushers Toberman down and follows.)
PARRY: Good luck.
DOCTOR: Thank you.
JAMIE: Doctor, the gun!
DOCTOR: I shan't need that.
(They disappear down the ladder.)
JAMIE: He should have it!
(Callum, who has been standing in the background, suddenly collapses to the floor moaning.)
VICTORIA: Oh come on Mr Callum! How are you feeling?
CALLUM: I can't move my arm. I can't move my arm.
(While everyone is fussing over Callum, Klieg grabs the Cybergun and descends unseen into the lower levels.)
8, INT: MAIN CAVERN
(The Doctor and Toberman stand before the honeycomb of main tombs.)
DOCTOR: Ah, move quietly, they're all dormant, see.
(Toberman begins to loudly smash at a piece of apparatus.)
DOCTOR: No quietly! They're only asleep, they're not frozen yet! Now, you watch them. I have things to do. Ah yes, let me see...
(He moves to the control panel and flips a few levers.)
KLIEG: Stand clear of that! You're freezing them!
(The Doctor see Klieg in the doorway, Cybergun in hand.)
(Klieg moves to the panel and reverses the sequence.)
DOCTOR: No! no, you'll wake them up!
KLIEG: That's exactly my intention! You still don't understand do you? Their Controller is dead, now I shall control them. They'll do what I say!
(He smiles triumphantly.)
KLIEG: You see Doctor, yours is the privilege to witness for the first time the union between mass power and my absolute intelligence!
(He hears a noise from the passages.)
KLIEG: Who's that? Come out! Come out, or I shall kill this man!
(He raises the Cybergun to the Doctor's chest. Slowly Jamie appears with his hands up.)
KLIEG: It's you. Over to that wall - all of you.
(Jamie and the Doctor to the wall.)
KLIEG: All of you!
(Toberman joins them.)
DOCTOR: Yes, as you say, such a combination between intelligence and power would make you formidable indeed! Why you'd be commander of the universe
with your brilliance! It-it makes the imagination reel with the possibilities!
(He lowers the raised Cybergun.)
KLIEG: Why Doctor, if I had only known you shared my imagination. You might even have worked for me!
DOCTOR: Perhaps it's not too late?!
DOCTOR: No Jamie, don't you see?
(To the side the Cybermen begin to move in their cubicles.)
DOCTOR: Don't you see what this is going to all mean to those who come to serve "Klieg the all powerful"? Why, no country, no person
would dare to have a single thought that was not your own! Eric Klieg's own conception of the... of the way of life!
KLIEG: Brilliant! Yes... yes you're right. Master of the world!
(He smiles, gazing into the distance.)
DOCTOR: And now I know you're mad, I just wanted to make sure.
(Klieg looks confused as he tries to remember where he was when he started the conversation.)
9, INT: CENTRAL CHAMBER
(Hopper wanders through the external doors and finds Victoria and Parry sitting on the steps to the hatch.)
HOPPER: Well, the fuel system's okay now, we can blast off any time.
HOPPER: Hey, what gives? Well where is everybody?
PARRY: Down there, and so are Klieg and the Cybermen.
HOPPER: Well I hope they know what they're doing. I've been down there once and I don't reckon to go again.
VICTORIA: That's all right Captain, It's comforting to know that we have your superior strength to call upon - should we need it.
(Hopper gives Victoria a look.)
10, INT: MAIN CAVERN
(Klieg is relishing his moment.)
KLIEG: And so you have forfeited your right to survival. I shall make an example of you to all who question my intelligence, and the supreme
power of the Cybermen!
DOCTOR: You know I've heard all this before somewhere.
JAMIE: You know your trouble? You talk too much.
KLIEG: Oh you're stupid! You still think your puny minds can survive against us?! You're decadent, weak! Do you know that? Weak!
DOCTOR: Alright. Go ahead, kill us.
(Klieg raises the weapon, then thinks for a moment and lowers it again.)
KLIEG: No, I have a better idea, much better idea. I shall leave you to the Cybermen. I'm sure they'll have some use for you.
KLIEG: Or part of you!
(He screams as a Cyberman grabs him from behind in a headlock and with a brittle crunch snaps his neck like a twig. The creature operates a series of
controls on the board.
Toberman is unable to contain himself anymore. Rushing forward, he cannons into the Cyberman, knocking it back and begins to struggle with it. This is all the
Doctor needs, he rushes towards the controls with Jamie.)
DOCTOR: Quick Jamie. These two levers together.
(Jamie tries but it doesn't move.)
JAMIE: I-I can't shift this one.
DOCTOR: What? You've got to trip that first.
(In the background the Cyberman beats Toberman to the floor, raises up with it's arms outstretched and pounces down. For moments they remain locked in a test
of strength, machine against machine. Toberman rolls to the side and the Cyberman ends up beneath him. Toberman raises up and beats at the chest unit until the
front plate comes away in his cybernetic hands. The dying Cyberman begins to belch smoke as a mass of sticky goo and rubber intestines flop out wetly onto the
floor. Jamie and the Doctor watch in disgust as the Cyberman writhes about like a flapping fish out of water. It desperately claws at it's chest unit in an
attempt to stem the flow as more and more evil ichor oozes from it's carapace, running onto the floor and flicking from it's metal fingertips. Toberman walks
off, past the Doctor and Jamie. They look back to where the drone is lying almost still in a mass of sticky puss-like fluid. It's chest gently rises and falls
making faint wet gurgling sounds.)
DOCTOR: Last time they were frozen for five centuries. This time it must be forever!
(They cast a final look back and then depart. The Cybermen all seal themselves in and adopt freezing positions, as the machinery hums as the entire tomb
freezes over gaining a layer of thick white frost again.)
11, INT: CENTRAL CHAMBER
(The Doctor and Jamie appear from the lower levels and climb out.)
VICTORIA: Oh Doctor!
DOCTOR: Here we are Victoria, safe and sound. Close the hatch.
(The Doctor descends and Jamie follows, greets Hopper. Jamie then turns and trips plunging forward down the steps.)
JAMIE: Hello! ...Oop!
(Luckily, between them Victoria and the Doctor manage to catch him either side and he remains on his feet. The Hatch thumps shut.)
DOCTOR: Hah, there we are.
(Jamie turns to look miserably at the offending step, and the Doctor pats him on the back.)
DOCTOR: Now then.
(He moves to the panel and opens it poking at the wires inside.)
DOCTOR: Now, the best thing about a machine that makes sense; you can very easily make it turn out nonsense. Yup. Now I think you'd better all go
PARRY: Why, what are you going to do Doctor?
DOCTOR: I'm going to re-electrify the main doors.
DOCTOR: Only this time I'm going to include the hatch and the control panel.
DOCTOR: Anyone touching any of them will get a considerable shock - in fact a fatal one.
PARRY: I see.
(The Doctor smiles and glances over to Jamie off shot, who is probably making an obscene gesture back at him.)
DOCTOR: Now everyone outside.
DOCTOR: And please take him with you, I shall be glad to see him outside.
(They all move to leave except Jamie.)
JAMIE: No, I'll stay with the Doctor.
VICTORIA: Oh all right.
DOCTOR: There we are, that's done.
(As the Doctor finishes checking the panel, neither of them notices the Controller beginning to stir by the table.)
DOCTOR: Now we just have to close the main doors and the circuit is complete.
(The Doctor wanders off to fiddle with the hatch and Jamie follows.)
JAMIE: Oh, thank goodness for that.
(Jamie has the feeling he is being watched and turns.)
(The Doctor ignores him, so Jamie shakes his shoulder.)
(They both turn to see the Controller on it's feet again. There is still the Cybertable between them, but the Controller is advancing slowly.)
DOCTOR: Jamie. You go that way and I'll go this way, that way at least one of us will have a chance. When I say run, run.
(They walk slowly to the table, the Doctor to the right nearest the external doors, and Jamie to the left. The Doctor attempts to make a dash for the doors,
then skips back.)
(As the Controller tries to follow the Doctor, Jamie hops past behind it. In a second the machine switches target, tries to grab Jamie, but he is too fast
and gets to the doors with the Doctor two steps behind.)
12, EXT: ENTRANCE TO TOMB
(Jamie and the Doctor rush out of the great metal doors, and begin to close them.)
DOCTOR: Quickly! Wait, stop!
(He removes his hands from the door.)
DOCTOR: We'll get a shock!
(Jamie snatches his hand from the door.)
DOCTOR: We must find something to insulate. I know, that shoring timber over there! Hurry up! Hurry up he's coming!
(In the metal of the door skirting something small is reflected. A lone Cybermat that must have got cut off from the others when they attacked slinks across
the sand unseen by anyone. Jamie rushes back with the wooden beams.)
JAMIE: Okay Doctor!
DOCTOR: Oh dear! We must keep him inside or else all our work will be wasted!
(The group tries to push against the doors with the beams, but gradually the Controller is easing the doors open.)
JAMIE: I can't hold mine, come on!
DOCTOR: You must do!
(Toberman strides up and pulls the wooden beams away and places his hands either side of the doors.)
(The Controller burbles to itself as the battle of strength begins between it trying to open the doors from the inside, and Toberman trying to close them
from the outside. Their faces are separated by a foot of empty space in the crack of the door.)
CONTROLLER: WE MUST SURVIVE. WE MUST SURVIVE.
TOBERMAN: You are evil!
(The doors close a little.)
DOCTOR: Toberman come away!
JAMIE: Careful! You'll get killed man!
13, INT: CENTRAL CHAMBER
(The doors inch nearer each other.)
TOBERMAN: They shall never pass Toberman! The door is closed!
(The doors thump together and as the power surges the Controller's hands fizzle with sparks. The huge creature falls backwards in clouds of black smoke.)
14, EXT: ENTRANCE TO TOMB
(Toberman is standing with his hands on the main doors.)
15, INT: CENTRAL CHAMBER
(The Controller writhes about the floor, the charge adding to the damage Toberman had already inflicted. With a sudden jerk of it's limbs it ceases for
function and it goes slack.)
16, EXT: ENTRANCE TO TOMB
(Toberman falls to the ground. The Doctor and Parry rush over, but there is nothing they can do.)
PARRY: How terrible, another life gone!
HOPPER: C'mon Professor, blast off in nine minutes. Well, anybody coming along for the ride?
VICTORIA: Ah, we have our own flying machine thank you.
HOPPER: Flying machine?
VICTORIA: At least it works.
(Hopper waves a hand dismissively.)
HOPPER: Ah, let's go!
PARRY: Right... well... Goodbye Doctor, I'm sorry it had to end...
(They shake hands.)
DOCTOR: I know.
(The party exchange nods.)
JAMIE: Now that really is the end of the Cybermen isn't it Doctor?
DOCTOR: Yes Jamie.
(He thinks for a moment.)
DOCTOR: On the other hand, I never like to make predictions. Come along.
(They leave for the TARDIS. On the ground, the last lone Cybermat slinks across the sand towards the partly cybernetic body of Toberman who is lying where he
Up above, the simple bas-relief outline on the wall of a Cyberman...)
Next Episode : The Abominable Snowman
Title music by
Ron Grainer and the
Michael John Harris
and Peter Day
(C) BBCTV 1967