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1: INT. SPACE CONTROL. CAPSULE HANGER

(LIZ stands at the console with the microphone, watched by the DOCTOR, the BRIGADIER and CORNISH.)

LIZ: (Into microphone.) Hello recovery 7, do you read me?

(The static continues...)

LIZ: (Into microphone: urgently.) Hello Recovery 7, do you read me?

(VAN LYDEN'S voice suddenly comes from the speaker.)

VAN LYDEN: (OOV: Over tannoy.) Hello, Space Control. This is Recovery 7. Will you clear us for re-entry?

(The four look at each other in delight. LIZ hands the microphone to CORNISH and they all go over to the capsule. CORNISH, smiling with relief, speaks to VAN LYDEN.)

RALPH CORNISH: (Into microphone.) Charlie! This is Ralph Cornish. You are back at Space Control. Open the capsule.
VAN LYDEN: LIZ: (OOV: Over tannoy.) We are not cleared for re-entry.

(They four start to look puzzled.)

RALPH CORNISH: (Into microphone.) Charlie? You are back at Space Control. What's wrong? Open the hatch.
VAN LYDEN: (OOV: Over tannoy.) Hello, Space Control. This is Recovery 7. Will you clear us for re-entry?
DOCTOR: Let me try.

(He takes the microphone from CORNISH.)

DOCTOR: (Into microphone.) Hello, Van Lyden? What is the capital of Australia?
VAN LYDEN: (OOV: Over tannoy.) We are not cleared for re-entry.
DOCTOR: (Into microphone.) How many beans make five?
VAN LYDEN: (OOV: Over tannoy.) Hello, Space control. This is Recovery 7. Will you clear us for re-entry?
DOCTOR: (Into microphone.) Van Lyden!
VAN LYDEN: (OOV: Over tannoy.) We are not cleared for re-entry.
DOCTOR: (To CORNISH.) Right - cut it open!


THE
AMBASSADORS
OF DEATH

BY
DAVID
WHITAKER

EPISODE 3


2: INT. SPACE CONTROL. CAPSULE HANGER

(Two men with masks and thermal lances are standing on ladders leant either side of the hatch cutting through the hatch into the capsule. They finish their task and carry the hatch away. RALPH CORNISH dashes up the ladder and looks into the capsule.)


3: INT. RECOVERY 7

(He sees that there is no one in the capsule.)


4: INT. SPACE CONTROL. CAPSULE HANGER

RALPH CORNISH: It's empty!
DOCTOR: What? Let me see?

(He leaps up the other ladder...)


5: INT. RECOVERY 7

(...and peers into the empty chamber.)


6: INT. SPACE CONTROL. CAPSULE HANGER

RALPH CORNISH: But we were talking to Van Lyden!


7: INT. RECOVERY 7

DOCTOR: Liz...


8: INT. SPACE CONTROL. CAPSULE HANGER

DOCTOR: ...try them again.
LIZ: (Into microphone.) Hello, recovery 7. Do you read me?


9: INT. RECOVERY 7

VAN LYDEN: (OOV.) Hello, Space control.

(The DOCTOR snaps his fingers at CORNISH who pokes his head round the hatch doorway and looks towards what the DOCTOR is pointing at - a tape recorder.)

VAN LYDEN: (OOV: On tape.) This is Recovery 7. Will you clear us for re-entry?
DOCTOR: Well, well, well - a tape recording.
RALPH CORNISH: Triggered off by our speech.
BRIGADIER LETHBRIDGE STEWART: Then where are the astronauts?


10: INT. SPACE CONTROL. CAPSULE HANGER

(CORNISH climbs down from the his ladder.)

DOCTOR: Well, someone wanted us to believe they were still inside there. (To CORNISH.) That tape recorder's not a standard part of their equipment is it?
RALPH CORNISH: No, of course not.
DOCTOR: Then somebody put it there, didn't they?
LIZ: Why?
RALPH CORNISH: To delay us opening the capsule.
LIZ: Why should they want to do that?

(The DOCTOR climbs down from his ladder.)

DOCTOR: Well, to gain time. Now, suppose the astronauts were still in there when it landed, and later they were removed.
BRIGADIER LETHBRIDGE STEWART: No, that's impossible - this capsule's been guarded all the time...

(He nods at LIZ and CORNISH.)

BRIGADIER LETHBRIDGE STEWART: ...and you two were here.
RALPH CORNISH: Except when your men turned us out for that security check.
BRIGADIER LETHBRIDGE STEWART: What!
LIZ: They sent us back to the control room while they searched the area.
DOCTOR: (To the BRIGADIER.) I take it you didn't order this?
BRIGADIER LETHBRIDGE STEWART: No, I didn't.
DOCTOR: Well, there you are then - a bogus patrol turns up, clears the area, and removes the astronauts at their leisure.

(LIZ goes to look inside the capsule.)

RALPH CORNISH: Who would want to kidnap three astronauts?
DOCTOR: Yes, perhaps the same people who replied to that message.
BRIGADIER LETHBRIDGE STEWART: I think I'll have a word with my guard commander.
DOCTOR: Yes, I'll come with you.

(They are about to head off when LIZ calls from the capsule hatch.)

LIZ: Doctor!
DOCTOR: Yes? What is it?
LIZ: The Geiger counter - it's on maximum - the interior's radioactive. If anyone was in there, they're as good as dead!


11: INT. HELDORF'S LABORATORY

(The needles on another Geiger counter fluctuate wildly. The three fully suited and helmeted ASTRONAUTS, as seen through a large observation window, lie on a slab in an enclosed room. One of them moves slightly. On the other side of the window, CARRINGTON looks at them. He is now dressed in a General's uniform. He walks away from the window to a control console where a lab-coated scientist - HELDORF - and an assistant monitor the counter and take readings. HELDORF speaks in a Germanic accent.)

HELDORF: Two million rads! Scientifically, they should be dead.
CARRINGTON: But they're not.
HELDORF: When we tried to remove their helmets, they resisted violently.
CARRINGTON: (Snaps.) I told you not to remove their protective clothing!
HELDORF: General Carrington, these men have received massive doses of radiation.

(HELDORF walks round to the observation window.)

HELDORF: They need total blood transfusions immediately, they need antibiotics, cortisone injections - you don't understand the situation. We must reduce the radiation...
CARRINGTON: (Interrupts.) Just increase it!
HELDORF: Are you mad? That would be murder!
CARRINGTON: The radiation which affects these men is something totally new to us. To survive it, they have become dependent on it.
HELDORF: What you're saying is contrary to everything that's understood about radioactivity.
CARRINGTON: You must feed them radiation - otherwise they will die.

(HELDORF walks away.)

HELDORF: No, no, no, you can't ask me to do that.
CARRINGTON: (Snaps.) I'm not asking you!

(HELDORF turns round and looks at him.)


12: INT. SIR JAMES QUINLAN'S OFFICE

(The DOCTOR, LIZ and the BRIGADIER are back with QUINLAN in his office.)

DOCTOR: I don't think you can sweep all this under the Ministry carpet, Sir James. Someone in authority has done this.
QUINLAN: (To the BRIGADIER.) The astronauts were in your charge, Brigadier.
BRIGADIER LETHBRIDGE STEWART: They were taken from the Space Centre by two army officers.
QUINLAN: Obviously impostors.
BRIGADIER LETHBRIDGE STEWART: The papers of authorisation were genuine. Their passes were made out in the names of two non-existent officers. They had a platoon and an army vehicle of the latest design -not the sort of thing you'd buy from an army surplus store.
QUINLAN: You've been very thorough, Brigadier. It's a pity you've no explanation to offer for these strange occurrences.
DOCTOR: We haven't come here to offer explanations, Sir James. We've come to demand them - from you.
QUINLAN: All right.
DOCTOR: (Puzzled.) You mean you're going to tell us the truth?
QUINLAN: No.
DOCTOR: Oh...
QUINLAN: But I'm going to introduce you to the man who can.

(He speaks into an intercom.)

QUINLAN: Will you come in please?

(The rear door opens and CARRINGTON walks in. The BRIGADIER stands up.)

QUINLAN: General Carrington - head of the newly formed Space Security department.
LIZ: Space Security? Weren't you an astronaut on Mars Probe 6?
CARRINGTON: (Smiles.) Yes I was. Please sit down Brigadier.

(Nevertheless, the BRIGADIER waits until the senior officer sits himself before he takes up the offer.)

CARRINGTON: I...realise I owe you all an apology. I can only ask you to believe that everything I have done has been for the good of us all.
DOCTOR: Does that include sending coded messages to Mars Probe 7? And kidnapping three astronauts?
LIZ: And Doctor Bruno Taltalian holding a gun on us in the computer room?
CARRINGTON: Taltalian was under strict orders to make sure you didn't have access to the computer. You see...every astronaut is issued with an emergency code - only to be used in the ultimate emergency - the code you've been trying to crack. The message we received from Mars probe 7 told us that the deep-space capsule had passed through a hitherto unsuspected high density radiation belt on its way back to Earth orbit.
LIZ: Why didn't you inform Space Control at once?
CARRINGTON: Security.
BRIGADIER LETHBRIDGE STEWART: Then why wasn't I informed...sir?
CARRINGTON: UNIT is an international organisation and the government wanted to keep it in its own hands.
DOCTOR: Yes, but why all this extraordinary behaviour? Well, surely radiation is a normal hazard of space travel?
CARRINGTON: We believe this radiation to be a different kind. We believe it to be self-sustaining and highly contagious...and that it could spread like a plague, contaminating the entire planet.
QUINLAN: (Smiles.) Well, we don't want the public to become panic-stricken.
DOCTOR: (Amiably.) Well...seems to have been a question of the right hand fighting the left, doesn't it, Brigadier?

(There is some quiet laughter. CARRINGTON gets to his feet to leave, followed by QUINLAN and the BRIGADIER.)

CARRINGTON: Good! Well, I hope this explanation has eased your minds, gentlemen.
DOCTOR: (Sharply.) Well, it hasn't eased mine.

(CARRINGTON turns and looks at him.)

CARRINGTON: I'm sorry?
DOCTOR: I should like to take a look at these mysteriously irradiated astronauts for myself, if I may.
CARRINGTON: There's no need for that - they're in expert hands.
DOCTOR: (Firmly.) Nevertheless, I would still like to see them.

(After a moments pause, QUINLAN looks at CARRINGTON.)

QUINLAN: Well, I don't see it can do any harm.
CARRINGTON: Oh, very well then, I'll take you there now, but I can assure you, they're perfectly safe.

(The DOCTOR stares but does not reply.)


13: INT. HELDORF'S LABORATORY

(The three ASTRONAUTS walk out of their enclosed room. Their breathing resembles the sound of a stream of gas escaping from a pipe. HELDORF and his assistant stand with their hands raised before three men with hand guns - two thugs and their boss - REEGAN, a sardonically intense man.)

HELDORF: Who are you people?
REEGAN: I've told you before to be quiet.

(The ASTRONAUTS walk in line past HELDORF and through the door out of the lab.)

HELDORF: (To the ASTRONAUTS.) Where are you going? (To REEGAN.) Where are you taking them?
REEGAN: Shut up!

(REEGAN follows the ASTRONAUTS out. His thugs continue to hold HELDORD and his assistant at gunpoint.)

HELDORF: But if you take them out of here, they will die. You must stop!
REEGAN: (To his henchmen.) I'll take them out to the others. You two go back by the direct route... when you've finished here.

(He leaves. HELDORF goes to follow but is punched back by one of the thugs. HELDORF tries again, receives another punch and is then shot. His assistant picks up a chair and throws it at one of the thugs but he too is shot down by the other thug.)


14: EXT. HELDORF'S LABORATORY

(REEGAN locks the door to the lab as the ASTRONAUTS climb into the back of a van. REEGAN padlocks the door to the lab and turns to his two thugs.)

REEGAN: You two ride with them.

(The two thugs look at him nervously.)

REEGAN: They won't hurt you. You've got guns haven't you?

(The two thugs get in the back. REEGAN climbs into the drivers seat and the van, emblazoned with the sign "HAYHOE LAUNDERERS LTD.", speeds off down the road through what appears to be a deserted army camp. A minute later Bessie, with the DOCTOR is driving, CARRINGTON in the passenger seat and the BRIGADIER and LIZ in the rear roars round a corner and pulls up in front of the lab. The DOCTOR and CARRINGTON look at each other and then they all get out. CARRINGTON goes to the door of the lab and unlocks it. The DOCTOR enters followed by LIZ. The BRIGADIER motions for CARRINGTON to enter, then follows him in.)


15: INT. HELDORF'S LABORATORY

(Having found the two dead men, the DOCTOR closes HELDORF'S eyes.)

BRIGADIER LETHBRIDGE STEWART: Do you know where the phone is, sir?
CARRINGTON: Oh yes, it's over there.

(He points to a wall phone behind him. The BRIGADIER starts to dial as the DOCTOR looks round.)

BRIGADIER LETHBRIDGE STEWART: (Into phone.) Hello UNIT control? This is the Brigadier.
DOCTOR: (To CARRINGTON: Sharply.) Perfectly safe were they?
BRIGADIER LETHBRIDGE STEWART: (Into phone.) This is a yellow alert.
CARRINGTON: (To the DOCTOR.) I don't understand it. Who would have done this?
BRIGADIER LETHBRIDGE STEWART: (Into phone.) I want ___.

(LIZ is on one side of the lab with a mass of paperwork.)

LIZ: Doctor, look at this.

(The DOCTOR joins her and looks to where LIZ is pointing on the sheets of paper.)

LIZ: These seem to be the radiation records of the missing astronauts
DOCTOR: Mmm hmm?
LIZ: Over two million rads. They couldn't possibly have survived that amount.


16: EXT. GRAVEL PIT

(REEGAN'S van drives into a gravel pit works. It passes the main buildings and continues to the out fringes of the pit where huge mechanical diggers move the gravel around. The van stops. A digger moves along on its rails while REEGAN changes into a radiation suit. He goes to the back of the van and pulls the lifeless body of one of the thugs out, depositing it on a gravel heap. He then does the same thing with the other dead thug. As the diggers and movers continue their work, REEGAN drops the dead men's guns next to their bodies, plants some papers on them then scrambles further up the pile, kicking sufficient gravel over the bodies to cover them. He shuts the back of the van up and, divested of his radiation suit, drives off.)


17: EXT. ROADSIDE

(REEGAN pulls to the side of the road, checks for other traffic, then flicks a switch. The van's front and rear number plates rotate, changing from "KBF979H" to "YLD259H". Another switch is activated and the signage on the side of the van flips over from "HAYHOE LAUNDERERS LTD." to "SILCOCK BAKERIES". He drives off.)


18: INT. HELDORF'S LABORATORY

(A UNIT team have reached the lab and one soldier runs a Geiger counter over the room whilst others take photographs all supervised by the BRIGADIER. CARRINGTON watches as the DOCTOR and LIZ go over HELDORF'S paperwork.)

DOCTOR: Liz what were those exact radiation figures, again?
LIZ: Mmm? Ah...

(She finds the paper with the numbers and reads them out to the DOCTOR who writes them down.)

LIZ: Two million, one-o-two, four-six-two.
DOCTOR: Thank you.
CARRINGTON: Are you getting anywhere?
DOCTOR: Possibly.
CARRINGTON: Do you realise the importance of this...
DOCTOR: (Interrupts.) I realise the importance very well, General Carrington. That is why I must be allowed to continue my work undisturbed.
CARRINGTON: I'm so sorry.

(The DOCTOR walks away. LIZ joins him with a print out.)

LIZ: These are the complete readings.
DOCTOR: Mmm thanks, You know, it's the most extraordinary thing. Those astronauts were emitting radiation like walking reactors.
LIZ: But radiation destroys human tissue.
DOCTOR: Yes. I know.

(The BRIGADIER comes from outside the lab and reports to CARRINGTON.)

BRIGADIER LETHBRIDGE STEWART: The radioactive trace goes to just outside the building, sir. Then it vanishes.
CARRINGTON: Obviously they were taken away in a vehicle.
BRIGADIER LETHBRIDGE STEWART: Why should anyone kidnap them?
CARRINGTON: Contagious radiation - could be a terrible weapon in the hands of a foreign power.
BRIGADIER LETHBRIDGE STEWART: Who else knew of the location of this laboratory, sir?
CARRINGTON: Only my immediate staff.
BRIGADIER LETHBRIDGE STEWART: And Sir James Quinlan...and his immediate staff.

(CARRINGTON looks at the BRIGADIER meaningfully. A thoughtful DOCTOR joins them.)

BRIGADIER LETHBRIDGE STEWART: Well Doctor, any luck?
DOCTOR: Well, I can tell you where your three astronauts are.
CARRINGTON: Well?
DOCTOR: They're still in orbit.
CARRINGTON: But they came down in the capsule. They were here - I saw them.
DOCTOR: No, you saw three spacesuits. I don't know what came down in Recovery 7, but it certainly wasn't human.


19: INT. UNDERGROUND LABORATORY

(The helmeted ASTRONAUTS are again lying on a slab in a booth behind a glass window in a laboratory similar to HELDORF'S although this one is underground with steps to the left of the booth leading to the surface. A balding middle-aged scientist, LENNOX, is studying readings on monitoring equipment. REEGAN, dressed in a radiation suit, without the headpiece sits at a table nearby on which there is a telephone.)

LENNOX: They must be dying.
REEGAN: (Slightly smiles.) I don't think so.

(LENNOX gets up and goes over to him as REEGAN starts dialling a number on the phone.)

LENNOX: Well, I can't deal with them here. They should be the intensive care unit...in a hospital.
REEGAN: You've got your instructions, Lennox.
LENNOX: Doctor Lennox, if you don't mind.
REEGAN: I thought they took that away from you.

(Almost bored with the conversation, REEGAN turns to the phone. An exasperated LENNOX goes back to his equipment.)

REEGAN: (Into phone.) Hello? This is Reegan. Everything went fine. Lennox is looking after them here. (He listens.) No, no trouble at all. (Listens then smiles.) I just dropped those two off on the way. (Listens.) Right.

(He hangs up the phone.)


20: INT. SPACE CONTROL. CAPSULE HANGER

(The DOCTOR and CORNISH are walking into the capsule hanger.)

RALPH CORNISH: And you really think that they're still in orbit in the Mars Probe?
DOCTOR: I do.
RALPH CORNISH: Their life support systems will be running down. We've got to send up another recovery capsule.
DOCTOR: I should do that as quickly as possible if I were you.

(CORNISH walks over to the console and picks up a phone.)

RALPH CORNISH: I'll get onto Quinlan.
DOCTOR: Must you?
RALPH CORNISH: I'll need his authority.

(He dials a number.)

RALPH CORNISH: (Into phone.) Get me Sir James Quinlan - top priority.


21: INT. SIR JAMES QUINLAN'S OFFICE

(QUINLAN takes the call...)

QUINLAN: (Into phone.) Yes? (He listens.) Yes! (Listens.) But we don't really know if the astronauts are up there.


22: INT. SPACE CONTROL. CAPSULE HANGER

RALPH CORNISH: (Into phone: Puzzled.) Well, if there's any possibility they're alive up there, we've got to go and get them.


23: INT. SIR JAMES QUINLAN'S OFFICE

QUINLAN: (Into phone.) Yes, of course, but the government simply will not authorise the expenditure on so little evidence.


24: INT. SPACE CONTROL. CAPSULE HANGER

RALPH CORNISH: (Into phone.) We're not talking about money, we're talking about human life.


25: INT. SIR JAMES QUINLAN'S OFFICE

QUINLAN: (Into phone.) Oh yes, indeed...


26: INT. SPACE CONTROL. CAPSULE HANGER

RALPH CORNISH: (Into phone: Interrupts.) Sir James, I'm going to start preparations now. Unless I get your full backing, I'll call a press conference and tell them the entire story.


27: INT. SIR JAMES QUINLAN'S OFFICE

QUINLAN: (Into phone: Coldly.) I would advise you not to do that.


28: INT. SPACE CONTROL. CAPSULE HANGER

RALPH CORNISH: (Into phone.) Then you'll have to make sure that I don't have to.


29: INT. SIR JAMES QUINLAN'S OFFICE

(QUINLAN hears the buzzing tone as CORNISH hangs up. CARRINGTON is also in the office and has been listening in on another phone.)

QUINLAN: What are we going to do?
CARRINGTON: They mustn't send up a second recovery capsule.
QUINLAN: I know that, but how are we going to stop them?


30: INT. UNDERGROUND LABORATORY

(One of the ASTRONAUTS clambers up off the slab and goes over the window. LENNOX looks up to see the ASTRONAUT weakly leaning against the window, then falling to one side. is groggily knocking on the booth window. LENNOX goes to unbolt the booth door, just as REEGAN, now dressed in a business suit walks down the stairs and enters the lab, carrying a file.)

REEGAN: And just what do you think you're doing?
LENNOX: You've got to let me examine those men.
REEGAN: It's against orders.
LENNOX: The radiation count has dropped drastically- they should be recovering.
REEGAN: That's good then.
LENNOX: But one of them's collapsed!

(REEGAN goes and looks through the window into the booth.)

REEGAN: Well, I was, er, I was hired to get them here - that's all.
LENNOX: You weren't hired to let them die.
REEGAN: We don't know they're dying.
LENNOX: Reegan, do you think you'll...get your money if they're dead?

(REEGAN considers then starts unbolting the booth door, pulls on a pair of radiation gloves.)

LENNOX: Well, what about protective clothes?
REEGAN: You said the radiation had dropped. Right, I won't hang about in there.

(REEGAN enters the booth and, watched by LENNOX starts to lift the ASTRONAUT to his feet. However, the previously groggy form suddenly slams him against the wall and then punches him out of the way as REEGAN tries to get to his feet. The ASTRONAUT then exits the booth bearing down on a frightened LENNOX.)

LENNOX: It's all right. I...I want to help you.

(The ASTRONAUT comes nearer.)

LENNOX: Can't you understand? I want to help you.

(He runs up the stairs, followed by the ASTRONAUT. The top door is locked. LENNOX slams his hands against it and turns to see the ASTRONAUT reaching out to him.)

LENNOX: (Screams.) No! No!

(The ASTRONAUT suddenly becomes groggy again, falls against the wall and slumps down on the stairs. REEGAN, now somewhat recovered, appears.)

LENNOX: You shouldn't have locked this door. I might have been killed!
REEGAN: Shut up. Help me get him back in there.

(The phone rings. REEGAN, still shaken, goes to answer it.)

REEGAN: (Into phone.) Hello. (He listens.) All right, I'll take care of them. Listen, about those astronauts... (Listens.) Isotopes? (Listens.) Well you'd better get them over here.

(He hangs up the phone.)

REEGAN: I found out what's wrong with these fellows. They don't need less radiation - they need more!


31: EXT. GRAVEL PIT

(Back at the gravel pit, the digger continues to work on the piles of stones. Suddenly the driver of one of the machines notices something...)


32: INT. UNDERGROUND LABORATORY

(LENNOX, clad in radiation gear, is extracting an Isotope in the booth containing the three ASTRONAUTS, all lying on the slab. A Geiger counter starts clicking away furiously as the Isotope is put into a container on the slab. His task completed, he exits the booth.)


33: INT. SPACE CONTROL. CAPSULE HANGER

(CORNISH is on the phone.)

RALPH CORNISH: (Into phone.) I must have all stages in go condition as soon as possible, so get on with it!

(He puts the phone down and joins the DOCTOR and the BRIGADIER who are next to the capsule.)

BRIGADIER LETHBRIDGE STEWART: Having trouble?
RALPH CORNISH: (Exasperated.) Everything's taking just that little bit longer than it should.
DOCTOR: And why do you think that is?
RALPH CORNISH: I think it's got something to do with Sir James Quinlan.
BRIGADIER LETHBRIDGE STEWART: Could you prove it?
RALPH CORNISH: No.


34: INT. UNDERGROUND LABORATORY

LENNOX: I feel as if I've just murdered them
REEGAN: You just keep doing what you're told - they'll be all right.

(The phone rings. REEGAN answers it.)

REEGAN: (Into phone.) Who is it? (He listens.) All right. I'll open the front door.

(He puts the phone down and is about to go to the door when LENNOX calls out from the observation window.)

LENNOX: Look!
REEGAN: What is it?
LENNOX: It's working!

(The ASTRONAUTS are stirring on the slab.)

REEGAN: I told you they'd be all right, they thrive on the stuff.

(He runs upstairs.)


35: INT. SPACE CONTROL. CAPSULE HANGER

(The BRIGADIER is now on the phone.)

BRIGADIER LETHBRIDGE STEWART: (Into phone.) What? (He listens.) Yes, I see. Right, I'll get right down there.

(He hangs up and turns to the DOCTOR.)

BRIGADIER LETHBRIDGE STEWART: Two bodies have been found in a gravel pit in Hertfordshire. They died from Radiation.


36: INT. UNDERGROUND LABORATORY

(REEGAN comes down the stairs studying some photographs.)

REEGAN: Hey Lennox, you're a kind of a scientist - do you know these two?

(He hands photos of LIZ and the DOCTOR to him. The picture of LIZ appears to have been taken by a hidden camera in the computer room at Space Control.)

LENNOX: Yes, I...I think I met the girl once. She was doing research at Cambridge- why?
REEGAN: Seems like they're getting in the way. I'll need to deal with them.


37: INT. RECOVERY 7

(The DOCTOR lies half-way in the capsule with a Geiger counter wearing a radiation suit.)


38: INT. SPACE CONTROL. CAPSULE HANGER

(He emerges from the capsule, handing the counter to a girl technician. LIZ and CORNISH are waiting. The DOCTOR takes off his hood)

DOCTOR: Well, it's the most extraordinary thing - the radioactive contamination has almost vanished. If you can't get Recovery 8 ready in time, you can use this capsule.
RALPH CORNISH: Provided we can get the three thousand tonnes of rocket to go underneath it.

(A UNIT soldier enters and hands a message to LIZ.)

DOCTOR: Who's it from?
LIZ: The Brigadier.

(She reads it.)

LIZ: He wants us to go down to Hertfordshire to look at those bodies.
DOCTOR: How very morbid.
LIZ: Well, are you coming?
DOCTOR: No, I'm going to stay and get this capsule fully operational.


39: EXT. SPACE CENTRE ENTRANCE

(LIZ drives through the checkpoint at the tunnel like entrance to the Centre in Bessie.)


40: EXT. ROAD

(Further down the road, a Ford Capri pulls out of a side road in pursuit.)


41: INT. SPACE CONTROL. CAPSULE HANGER

(The DOCTOR is back leaning into the capsule working.)

BRIGADIER LETHBRIDGE STEWART: Doctor?

(The BRIGADIER gets no answer and taps him with his swagger stick. The DOCTOR looks up.)

DOCTOR: You're back soon.
BRIGADIER LETHBRIDGE STEWART: Well, I started back an hour ago.
DOCTOR: But Liz has just gone to meet you. We received a message asking us to join you.

(The DOCTOR sees the look on his face.)

DOCTOR: You didn't send it?
BRIGADIER LETHBRIDGE STEWART: I'll get after her.

(He runs out.)


42: EXT. ROADS

(LIZ has realised that she is being followed and desperately tries to pull ahead of the roaring Capri. The two cars swerve as LIZ tries to avoid her pursuers. Realising that the Capri is trying to pull ahead of her, she swerves from one side of the road to the other to try and keep ahead. The Capri - and the two men in it - keep pace with her.)


43: EXT. ROADSIDE

(Finally, the Capri pulls ahead of Bessie and forces LIZ to stop. LIZ jumps out and runs. The two men from the Capri give chase...)


44: EXT. FIELD

(...across a football field...)


45: EXT. WEIR

(...and onto a weir. LIZ is out of breath from the chase and despite the fact that she can see no obvious way of escape, continues to run carefully along the narrow ledge. Halfway across they catch up. LIZ struggles with one of the men who she one flips over the side. He manages to hang on. She runs on a few paces but the other man catches her and knocks her over towards the torrent of water...)


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CAROLINE JOHN

Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart
NICHOLAS COURTNEY

Taltalian
ROBERT CAWDRON

Ralph Cornish
RONALD ALLEN

Carrington
JOHN ABINERI

Reegan
WILLIAM DYSART

Lennox
CYRIL SHAPS

Quinlan
DALLAS CAVELL

Heldorf
GORDON STERNE

Van Lyden
RIC FELGATE

Astronauts
STEVE PETERS
NEVILLE SIMONS

Title Music by
RON GRAINER AND
BBC RADIOPHONIC
WORKSHOP

Incidental Music by
DUDLEY SIMPSON

Film Cameraman
A.A. ENGLANDER
TONY LEGGO

Film Editor
DON GODDEN

Action by
HAVOC

Visual Effects
PETER DAY

Script Editor
TERRANCE DICKS

Designer
DAVID MYERSCOUGH-JONES

Producer
BARRY LETTS

Directed by
MICHAEL FERGUSON

 

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