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COLONY
IN
SPACE

BY
MALCOLM HULKE

EPISODE THREE


1: INT. LEESON'S DOME

(MORGAN looks up at the DOCTOR.)

MORGAN: So what do you think happened?
DOCTOR: Well, I think the whole thing has been faked by someone who wanted to frighten the colonists away.
MORGAN: Well, these claw marks, I mean, something made them.
DOCTOR: Yeah, they could have been faked by some sort of mechanical device.

(MORGAN stands up and operates the remote control for the ROBOT.)

MORGAN: You mean with something like this?

(The ROBOT glides into the room. In place of the two metal hands are two mock "monster" hands - complete with razor sharp claws. The DOCTOR spins round.)

DOCTOR: Yes, yes - exactly like this!
MORGAN: By the time they find you, the monster will have claimed another victim.

(The DOCTOR turns back to MORGAN and is about to jump him but the miner is too quick and raises his gun.)

MORGAN: Keep back! Purely business, you understand. Nothing personal...
DOCTOR: Now, if you fire that thing...you'll spoil your whole story. Monsters don't carry guns!

(MORGAN moves his gun-carrying hand towards the remote control. With a cry and a karate kick, the DOCTOR knocks the implements out of the assassin's hands and then chops the man flying into a cupboard. MORGAN is half-stunned but recovers enough to run out of the dome. The DOCTOR backs away from the flailing arms of the ROBOT. He crouches down to the floor and edges to the dropped remote control. He manages to reach it and smashes it against a wrecked table. The ROBOT falls quiet and a relieved DOCTOR gets to his feet.)


2: INT. MAIN DOME. ENTRANCE HALL

(JO wearily turns a wheel for a turbine generator, which is attached to the main dome's radio. MARY ASHE sits at the radio.)

MARY ASHE: (Into radio.) You'll have to keep going on your individual power units. Main dome out.

(She switches off the radio as ASHE walks by, sees them and walks over.)

MARY ASHE: (To JO, wearily.) Oh, take a rest.
JO: I could do with it.
ASHE: (To MARY.) What's happening?
MARY ASHE: Have they had any luck with the relay circuits?
ASHE: I don't know - Norton and Winton are still working on it.
MARY ASHE: All the domes have been screaming for power.
ASHE: I've been checking the stock of individual power units. We've only got enough to last us a few days.
JO: Well then what?
ASHE: No power for machinery, no heat, no light - we're finished.
JO: I wish the Doctor was here. He'd be able to fix it for you. Look, he has been gone rather a long time. You said you'd be able to go and look for him.
ASHE: (Snaps.) I've got rather more to worry about than your friend, you know! The whole life of this colony is in danger!
JO: Yes, I know, but he was trying to help you.
ASHE: (Calmer.) Yes, yes, I'm...I'm very sorry. I'll send someone to look for him.
JO: Thank you.

(WINTON walks into the fenced off area where the radio is held.)

ASHE: Any luck?
WINTON: Norton say's it's impossible.
ASHE: Well that's it then.

(JO suddenly hears an engine type noise.)

JO: What's that?

(The other colonists listen.)

ASHE: It sounds like a spaceship!

(The sound grows louder.)

ASHE: It must be going to land right by us!

(He runs towards the entrance.)


3: INT. IMC ROCKET. CONTROL ROOM

(Aboard the spaceship, DENT and CALDWELL sit in two commands facing a monitor screen. On it is displayed the rocky surface of the planet.)

VOICE: (Over tannoy.) Radar ___ confirm terrain firm.
DENT: Keep main retrorockets steady. Altitude report?
VOICE: (Over tannoy.) One hundred meters. Descent rate now at minimum.
DENT: Activate landing stabilizers.

(On the monitor, the ground rushes upward and the dome appears.)

VOICE: (Over tannoy.) Landing stabilizers in position.
DENT: Final altitude report.

(The dome grows closer.)

VOICE: (Over tannoy.) Twenty meters...fifteen meters...ten...nine...eight...seven...six...five...

(The men all brace themselves. The ship judders as it hits the ground.)

VOICE: (Over tannoy.) We have contact.
DENT: Cut motors.

(DENT gets out of his chair.)

CALDWELL: You've landed practically in their laps.
DENT: I never like walking.

(CALDWELL follows him. DENT picks up a folder and speaks to one of the IMC men - LONG - who sits at one of the desks.)

DENT: Now, I'd better go and make friends. Close down all systems - we shall be here some time.
LONG: Yes sir.

(DENT walks off watched by a worried CALDWELL.)


4: INT. MAIN DOME. ENTRANCE HALL

(Having met ASHE and WINTON, DENT walks into the dome with them.)

DENT: I can assure you, Mr. Ashe, I'm as surprised as you are. How long have you been here?
ASHE: More than a year now. You realize this planet has been assigned for colonization?
DENT: No, not according to my company. We've been assigned full mineral rights.
ASHE: Then your people must have made a mistake.
DENT: Or yours. In any event, we're both here, so there's only one remedy - we shall have to send for an Adjudicator.
WINTON: (Simmering.) Well, we know all about that. It takes years to reach a decision and by then, you've chewed up the entire planet.
DENT: I'm sure you agree we must apply the proper procedures.
ASHE: Well, yes I suppose so...
WINTON: (Interrupting, angrily.) Procedures nothing, Robert! (To DENT.) This planet's ours - and the sooner you're off it, the better!
ASHE: David!

(ASHE pulls the man back. At that moment, a distraction is caused as the DOCTOR walks into the dome.)

JO: (Delighted.) Doctor!

(She rushes up to him and hugs him.)

JO: What happened? Are you all right?
DOCTOR: Yes, I'm fine Jo, fine.

(He sees DENT and walks over to him as other colonists including NORTON gather.)

DOCTOR: Sorry if that spoils your plans, Captain Dent!
DENT: My plans? I...don't understand.
DOCTOR: (To ASHE.) I was to have been another victim of their imaginary monsters. They're trying to frighten you off this planet.
DENT: That's a very serious allegation, Doctor.
DOCTOR: Yes, and one that I shall have great pleasure in bringing before the proper authorities. (To ASHE.) You say there's some sort of procedure?
ASHE: Yes, we're going to send for an Adjudicator.
DOCTOR: Good. I'm sure he'll be very interested in hearing what I have to say.
ASHE: (To DENT.) Well?
DENT: I refuse to listen to this man's... "ravings" any longer. I'll send a message to the Adjudicator's bureau right away. If you'll excuse me.

(He walks out watched by the silent colonists. WINTON turns to the DOCTOR.)

WINTON: He really tried to kill you?
DOCTOR: Oh yes! Yes, the IMC people are using a robot to fake these monsters.
WINTON: Doctor, those monsters were real - I saw them!
DOCTOR: Optical trickery so that you think you can see monsters...and a robot with claws so that you can see their effects. The immobilized robot is at Leeson's dome. Or it was - they've probably removed it by now.
ASHE: This is unbelievable!
DOCTOR: Yes, well, don't worry old chap. When the adjudicator hears of IMC's methods, he's bound to decide in your favor.
WINTON: Yes, if we're still here.
DOCTOR: Why shouldn't we still be here?
ASHE: We're in a middle of a power breakdown. Jo said that you might be able to fix it.
DOCTOR: Well, I'd be only too pleased, but at the moment I'm looking for some lost property. It's a box, erm...

(He holds up his hands to describe the shape of the TARDIS.)

DOCTOR: A tall blue box like...

(JO overhears and realizes what he is talking about.)

JO: Doctor! You haven't lost the TARDIS?!
DOCTOR: Well no, I haven't exactly lost it. Let's say it's temporarily mislaid.
JO: But don't you realize, without the TARDIS we're stranded?
ASHE: Look Doctor, the whole life of this colony is in danger! Now, we'll help you look for your blue box later.
DOCTOR: Yes, all right. Come on, show me what's wrong.

(He starts to lead ASHE away.)

JO: But Doctor...
DOCTOR: Later, Jo, later.

(ASHE and the DOCTOR leave, with ASHE describing their problem as they go.)

ASHE: The relay circuits have been completely destroyed...

(NORTON steps forward up to WINTON with a smile on his face JO and MARY watch.)

NORTON: What's he talking about? Optical trickery? I've been hunted by those things. You've seen them.
WINTON: I saw something. It could have been faked.
NORTON: I tell you the man's crazy! Those creatures are real and you know it!

(JO steps forward.)

JO: (Firmly.) If the Doctor says they were faked, they were faked.

(WINTON walks a few paces away.)

WINTON: Yes, but he hasn't mannered...managed to produce any evidence, has he?
JO: Well, why don't we do something?
WINTON: Such as what?
JO: Well, we could find some proof.
WINTON: Where?
JO: We could start with the IMC spaceship.

(WINTON overhears this...)


5: INT. IMC ROCKET. CONTROL ROOM

(MORGAN is de-briefing DENT over what happened at Leeson's dome. DENT is as calm and cold as ever.)

MORGAN: There was nothing I could do!
DENT: The Doctor told everyone what happened.
MORGAN: Did they believe him?
DENT: I'm not sure.

(The door to the room opens and CALDWELL walks in. He puts a rock sample down on DENT'S desk.)

CALDWELL: These look very good. Have you sent for an adjudicator?
DENT: Not yet.
CALDWELL: But you are going to?
DENT: Of course - legality must always be maintained.
CALDWELL: (Smiles.) What are you two going to say when the Doctor tells the adjudicator his story?

(DENT looks coldly at CALDWELL but before he can answer, a buzzer sounds on the console in front of him. He presses a switch.)

DENT: (Into microphone.) IMC control room?


6: INT. MAIN DOME. ROOM

(The caller is NORTON who speaks into a small radio in a darkened room.)

NORTON: (Into microphone.) Norton to IMC. Urgent message: two colonists are about to enter your ship.


7: INT. IMC ROCKET. CORRIDOR

(WINTON stealthily makes his way down a corridor. He sees the deactivated ROBOT in the corridor. He turns and signals to JO. She walks up and looks over the ROBOT as WINTON examines a doorway.)

WINTON: Jo!

(He signals her to follow and they move off. After they have gone, the ROBOT comes to life and turns as a metal corridor door marked "EMERGENCY BULKHEAD" slides quietly down into place.)


8: INT. IMC ROCKET. ANOTHER CORRIDOR

(WINTON and JO pass a notice board that displays the IMC logo and the sign "OFFICIAL NOTICES".)


9: INT. IMC ROCKET. ANOTHER CORRIDOR

(They hide round a corner as LONG passes. When he has gone, they carry on. Another bulkhead slides down.)


10: INT. IMC ROCKET. CORRIDOR OUTSIDE CONTROL ROOM

(They reach a doorway marked "COMMUNICATION DECK". WINTON is examining the door when it silently slides open. The room beyond is in darkness. JO and WINTON look at each other. They enter and the door slides shut.)


11: INT. IMC ROCKET. CONTROL ROOM

(Within, the lights in the room suddenly come on. JO and WINTON spin round to see DENT with MORGAN and IMC guards - all armed. DENT stares coldly at the intruders.)


12: INT. MAIN DOME. POWER ROOM

(In the darkened power room, the DOCTOR makes final adjustments with a screwdriver to the unit in the center of the room. A nervous ASHE watches.)

DOCTOR: There you are. I think that should do it.

(He moves to a wallboard and flicks a switch. Instantly, the room is flooded with light and the hum of power fills the air. ASHE sighs and smiles.)

ASHE: I'm really very grateful, Doctor! I'd better get power out to the outlying domes.

(ASHE moves to another junction box and flicks further switches as the DOCTOR moves back to the central unit.)

ASHE: How long will it keep going?
DOCTOR: Eh? Well, as long as you want it to, of course. You say that somebody else has been trying to repair this relay circuit?
ASHE: Yes, Norton.
DOCTOR: Well, he didn't make a very good job. In fact one might almost think that he'd been trying to make things worse.

(Before ASHE can answer, MARY runs in.)

MARY ASHE: Doctor! There's a message for you from the IMC ship.
DOCTOR: What?
MARY ASHE: Captain Dent says he wants to see you.
DOCTOR: What about?
MARY ASHE: Something to do with Jo Grant.

(The DOCTOR looks in alarm at ASHE.)


13: INT. IMC ROCKET. CONTROL ROOM

(The DOCTOR walks into the IMC control room where DENT and several IMC men wait.)

DENT: Good of you to come so promptly, Doctor.

(DENT sits. The DOCTOR walks up to him followed by MORGAN.)

DOCTOR: All right, Captain Dent, where's Jo Grant?
DENT: Under arrest. She was caught attempting to rob this spaceship.
DOCTOR: (Angrily.) You've got no right to hold her...!
DENT: (Interrupting.) You are acquainted with interplanetary laws? She's committed a capital offence.

(The DOCTOR calms at this statement.)

DOCTOR: I see. All right, what do you want?
DENT: When the adjudicator arrives you will withdraw your ridiculous accusations.

(The DOCTOR'S temper rises again.)

DOCTOR: That's quite out of the question, and I repeat: where is Jo Grant!
DENT: Not here, Doctor. She is rather uncomfortably placed. Do you know anything of our survey methods?
DOCTOR: (Puzzled.) What?
DENT: An explosive charge is laid and activated by remote control. I have only to press...

(He points to a red button on his console.)

DENT: ...this button.

(The DOCTOR realizes DENT'S meaning.)


14: INT. PRIMITIVE RUIN

(JO and WINTON are held in a rough brick-built Primitive ruin. In the center of the bare floor is a black ridged bomb. JO and WINTON are on the ground and handcuffed by large devices, which surround the wrists and hold the hands together. Metal chains run from the cuffs to spikes in the floor next to the bomb. An IMC man - ALLEN - hammers in WINTON'S spike into the ground. ALLEN activates a switch on the bomb, which begins to emit a humming sound, and a red light on the top begins to flash. WINTON tugs at his chains.)

ALLEN: I wouldn't do that - not until I've gone. Once the charge is primed, these things are very sensitive. In fact...I wouldn't move at all.

(ALLEN picks up the hammer and walks off. Despite the advice, WINTON immediately starts to try to free himself as JO looks round.)

JO: What is this place?
WINTON: Primitive dwelling. Rather aptly named. (Smiles.) Well? What do we do now?
JO: (Smiles.) Try and escape?
WINTON: Of course!


15: INT. MAIN DOME. ASHE'S OFFICE

(ASHE sits at his desk speaking to the DOCTOR who has returned to the dome.)

ASHE: But this is abominable, Doctor! I'll go and see Captain Dent at once!

(He stands up.)

DOCTOR: (Sharply.) What good will that do? Dent'll deny everything and you'll be putting Jo's life at risk.
ASHE: Then we must organize a search.
DOCTOR: Look, Dent's spaceship is only a few hundred yards from this dome. He'll be monitoring us on his scanners.
ASHE: Well, what if he is?
DOCTOR: (Shouts.) Use your head, man! If he sees the slightest sign of a search, he'll detonate that charge!


16: INT. PRIMITIVE RUIN

(JO falls over as she tries to pull free.)

WINTON: Be careful, Jo!

(JO gets back up, covered in sand and dust.)

WINTON: You'll blow us all sky high.

(WINTON sees something on the bomb.)

WINTON: Wait a minute...this thing's just been unpacked.
JO: So?
WINTON: Well, there's still some grease on the casing.
JO: I get you.

(JO puts her hands out towards the side of the bomb facing WINTON.)

JO: But, I can't reach. Look, if you can get some on my wrist...

(WINTON collects some grease and rubs it on JO'S wrist.)

WINTON: You'll have to try and pull your hands through. It won't be very easy.
JO: Well, I...took a course in escapology - once.

(WINTON starts to pull at JO'S cuffs.)

WINTON: Steady...

(JO grimaces as WINTON pulls harder, then...)

JO: Pull!

(WINTON is able to yank the cuffs off.)

WINTON: Now back to the dome and warn Ashe!

(JO looks round and starts to collect two large rocks.)

JO: I'm not leaving here without you!
WINTON: Look, don't you see this is just the evidence we need for the adjudicator?
JO: (Firmly.) I'm not leaving here without you!

(JO places WINTON'S chain on one rock and starts hammering at it with another.)

JO: Oh!

(She succeeds in knocking the bomb, causing an alarm to sound from it. JO and WINTON look at it in horror...)


17: INT. IMC ROCKET. CONTROL ROOM

(Within the rocket, an alarm sounds on a wall console behind DENT.)

DENT: Something's happening. (To MORGAN.) Who's guarding the girl?

(LONG passes MORGAN a clipboard with a duty roster which MORGAN reads.)

MORGAN: Allen.

(DENT switches on a radio.)

DENT: (Into radio.) Captain Dent to security guard Allen.
ALLEN: (OOV: Over radio.) Receiving you.
DENT: (Into radio.) Check up on your prisoners.


18: INT. PRIMITIVE RUIN

(JO continues to hammer at WINTON'S chain. Finally she succeeds. WINTON runs to a hole in the wall leading to the outside and looks round.)

WINTON: There are no guards - quick! This way, Jo!

(JO is about to follow but ALLEN runs in from another part of the ruin and grabs her. She screams.)

ALLEN: Stay where you are!

(ALLEN fires a gun and the bullet hits WINTON. JO struggles madly in ALLEN'S grasp stopping him from firing again...)

JO: Run, run!

(...and giving the wounded colonist the chance to make a dive for the hole in the wall.)

JO: Oh, please, no! Run, Winton, run! You'll be killed!

(ALLEN fires again but is unsuccessful.)

JO: No, no!

(JO continues to struggle as ALLEN pulls out a radio.)

ALLEN: (Into radio.) Security guard Allen to Captain Dent. Male prisoner has escaped.


19: INT. IMC ROCKET. CONTROL ROOM

DENT: (Into radio.) You've still got the girl?
ALLEN: (OOV: Over radio.) Yes sir.
DENT: (Into radio.) From now on, stay where you can see her.
ALLEN: (OOV: Over radio.) What about the explosive charge, sir?
DENT: (Into radio.) Don't worry. I'll give you plenty of warning.

(He switches off the radio as MORGAN steps forward, awaiting orders.)

DENT: Send some guards after the man.
MORGAN: Do you want him brought back alive?

(DENT looks at MORGAN in answer...)


20: EXT. UXARIEUS

(The chase for WINTON begins. An IMC buggy drives at top speed across the surface of the planet but they fail to see the wounded fugitive crouched down behind a rock, the cuffs still on his hands. After they have gone, WINTON runs up a track but sees another buggy approaching him over the brow of the hill. He turns and runs in another direction. The buggy gives chase. WINTON stumbles and falls through a pit of muddy sludge but he carries on. The buggy comes to a halt and the two IMC men get out and start firing. WINTON sees them following in the distance and continues his escape but he is close to exhaustion. He sees a small metallic tent a few yards ahead with a piece of equipment outside out tended by CALDWELL. The miner gets a gun out of his buggy and cocks it. WINTON closes his eyes in resignation and gets up. He walks towards CALDWELL. The two IMC men run up a slope towards CALDWELL'S survey unit. They hear several shots, pause, then run on, but...)

CALDWELL: (Shouts.) Don't bother! I got him for you!

(The two IMC men catch their breath and then waves their thanks.)

IMC MAN: Okay. Right.

(They walk off. WINTON lies at CALDWELL'S feet. After a moment...)

CALDWELL: It's all right. They've gone.

(WINTON opens his eyes.)


21: INT. SURVEY UNIT

(CALDWELL half-carries WINTON into his survey "tent". He helps WINTON onto a small bunk bed but the colonist cries out in pain.)

CALDWELL: All right.

(CALDWELL takes his helmet off and prepares to examine the young man.)

CALDWELL: You'll be all right here.

(He takes out of his belt a thin metallic pencil-like device. He points it at WINTON'S cuffs and presses a button. It emits an electronic noise and the cuffs spring open. CALDWELL takes them off totally and puts them on a side table.)

CALDWELL: Now I'd better have a look at you.

(He takes a metal box down from a shelf and takes a another small electronic device out of it. He pulls WINTON'S jacket open. WINTON again cries out in pain.)

CALDWELL: All right, all right.

(CALDWELL, his fingers now coated with WINTON'S blood, activates the device, which gives him a read-out.)

CALDWELL: Yes, you're lucky...and you're lucky we've got these.

(CALDWELL indicates his advanced first-aid kit out of which he takes a syringe-type device.)

WINTON: (Weakly.) Why are you helping me?
CALDWELL: I'm not one of Dent's killers. I'm a miner.

(CALDWELL presses the syringe to WINTON'S chest. He presses a button and the solution enters. WINTON grimaces again, then calms.)

WINTON: Thank you.
CALDWELL: Why were they after you?
WINTON: We were hostages. There was a girl with me, they've...still got her.

(CALDWELL looks torn by guilt as he tries to help the young man...)

CALDWELL: You go back to the colony and persuade your friends to get off this planet.
WINTON: We're waiting for the adjudicator.

(WINTON manages to sit up.)

CALDWELL: (Shouts.) Look!

(He shows WINTON a rock.)

CALDWELL: Do you know what that this - those veins? It's duralinium. This is the richest source we've ever found. Now IMC want this planet and they're going to have it!
WINTON: The adjudicator's decision is law. If he says we can stay...
CALDWELL: (Interrupts, impatiently.) Even adjudicators can be dealt with! Oh, get your people off this planet before someone else is hurt.


22: INT. MAIN DOME. ASHE'S OFFICE (NIGHT)

(The DOCTOR, ASHE, NORTON and a group of colonists are collected in ASHE'S office. ASHE holds up a map.)

ASHE: It's dark now so they can't use their scanners.

(He points at various places on the map.)

ASHE: We'll start the search at the Primitive caves here, then onto the Primitive ruins here and here.

(A vastly recovered WINTON rushes into the room and immediately picks up a rifle, which he starts checking over.)

ASHE: Winton!
DOCTOR: Winton, where's Jo?
WINTON: IMC have still got her.
DOCTOR: What, you left her?
WINTON: Doctor, there was nothing else I could do.
DOCTOR: Well how did you get away?
WINTON: One of the IMC men helped me but I had to leave Jo in the Primitive ruins.
ASHE: Then we'll have to get over there at once!
WINTON: Well, they'll have moved her by now.
ASHE: Then we must organize a search.
WINTON: No - we're going to mount an attack on their spaceship. We're going to try and get them to surrender, make them release Jo and then get them off this planet.
ASHE: We're not going to start a war!
WINTON: Now look, Robert - I've been chained to a bomb, hunted and shot at. As far as I'm concerned, the war's already started.

(ASHE is about to speak but WINTON stride out of the room with his rifle.)

DOCTOR: (To ASHE, urgently.) You've got to stop him. Dent'll shoot them down and be glad of the excuse!
ASHE: It seems the decision has been taken out of my hands.
WINTON: (OOV: In the entrance hall.) Come in, dome three. Come in, dome three.


23: INT. MAIN DOME. ENTRANCE HALL (NIGHT)

(WINTON is on the radio. The DOCTOR walks out of ASHE'S office and up to him.)

WINTON: (Into radio.) Report to main dome immediately - do you read me?
COLONIST: (OOV: Over radio.) Yes, I read you.
DOCTOR: Did you say one of them helped you?
WINTON: Yes - Caldwell, their chief mineralogist.
DOCTOR: Well, where was he?
WINTON: He had a survey tent pitched in the north sector.
DOCTOR: Can you direct me there?
WINTON: Well, why?
DOCTOR: Well, I've got to talk to him. The only way we can save Jo now is with help from the inside.


24: INT. SURVEY UNIT (NIGHT)

(CALDWELL is running a small probe over a sample of rock. The DOCTOR enters unseen.)

DOCTOR: Ah, Caldwell.

(CALDWELL jumps and reaches for his gun but sighs heavily when he sees who it is.)

DOCTOR: Working out your future bonuses?
CALDWELL: What do you want?
DOCTOR: I want your help.
CALDWELL: I work for IMC.

(The DOCTOR takes his gloves off and sits down uninvited.)

DOCTOR: Did you know that Captain Dent had given orders to have me killed?
CALDWELL: (Feigning disinterest.) No.
DOCTOR: Or that they'd taken Jo Grant prisoner and may kill her?
CALDWELL: Look, Dent's just bluffing to...to scare you into keeping quiet.

(The DOCTOR leans forward and switches CALDWELL'S rock probe off. The miner looks exasperated.)

DOCTOR: Tomorrow morning, the colonists are going to attack your spaceship.

(CALDWELL looks closely at the DOCTOR upon hearing this news.)

CALDWELL: Then you'd better stop them. The guards will mow them down.
DOCTOR: I know. That's why I'm here. There's something that you can do to help me.
CALDWELL: What?
DOCTOR: Release Jo Grant before the attack starts.

(CALDWELL sighs...)

CALDWELL: All right, I'll do what I can. But you'd better stop that attack, Doctor. It won't be battle - it'll be a slaughter.


25: INT. IMC ROCKET. CONTROL ROOM

(The next morning, MORGAN winds a small tape recorder back and then plays the tape.)

VOICE ON TAPE: Your message received from Captain Dent. Confirm an adjudicator is in your present galactic sector and is now on his way. Message ends.

(DENT enters the room.)

MORGAN: Message from Earth control. An adjudicator's on his way.
DENT: Did they say who?
MORGAN: No.
DENT: Doesn't matter. Allen's still guarding the girl?

(CALDWELL enters the room.)

MORGAN: Yes, but I'd better send someone to relieve him.
CALDWELL: Never mind about relieving that guard, Morgan. You just have the girl brought back here.

(DENT looks coldly at the man in surprise.)

DENT: What are you talking about?
CALDWELL: Now you heard me - have her brought back!
DENT: You're not in command of this ship.
CALDWELL: I'm in command of the mining operation. If the girl isn't brought back, the survey stops.
DENT: You'd be breaking your contract.
CALDWELL: You'd have to explain to head office.
DENT: (To MORGAN.) Have her brought back.

(DENT sits at his desk and starts work as MORGAN goes over to the radio set.)

DENT: Caldwell, you've just committed professional suicide.

(CALDWELL turns away.)


26: INT. PRIMITIVE RUIN

(JO lies asleep on the floor, again chained to the bomb. ALLEN bends down, wakes her and starts to release her.)

ALLEN: Come on. You're going back to the spaceship.
JO: Why? What for?

(ALLEN pulls her to her feet.)

ALLEN: I'm just obeying orders. Get a move on.

(As they are about to walk out, three Primitives walk in through one of the strangely shaped triangular doors in the walls of the ruin which leads to another room. One of them has a spear, the second a knife. ALLEN pulls out a gun.)

JO: Don't shoot!

(But ALLEN shoots the Primitive with the spear. The second throws his knife hitting ALLEN in the chest. JO screams. The two Primitives surround the frightened young girl.)


27: INT. MAIN DOME. ASHE'S OFFICE

(This time it is WINTON who sits in ASHE'S chair as he convenes a planning meeting of the colonists prior to the attack. An angry DOCTOR tries to reason with him.)

DOCTOR: You make a frontal attack like that, and Dent'll blast you down without a second's thought!
WINTON: (Wearily.) We've got them outnumbered.
DOCTOR: What difference does that make?! That ship is like a fortress and the men are trained! By the time the adjudicator arrives...well, he will have killed them all and claimed it was self-defense.

(WINTON stands.)

WINTON: Now look, Doctor, we're going to attack this morning and that's final!
DOCTOR: (Quietly.) I see. Well, you leave me no alternative. If I can't stop you, I must help you.
WINTON: (Suspiciously.) Oh yes - how?
DOCTOR: By giving you a piece of good advice - unless you want IMC warned, I'd keep a very close watch of our friend Norton.

(The colonists look at each other in surprise.)

WINTON: And secondly?
DOCTOR: By helping you devise a less idiot plan of attack!


28: EXT. IMC ROCKET

(LONG and another IMC man stand guard at the entrance to the rocket. MARY ASHE walks innocently up to them.)

LONG: Where do you think you're going?
MARY ASHE: I believe you've got a friend of mine in there.
LONG: Well, we wouldn't know about that.

(Distracted, the two men don't see the DOCTOR and WINTON edging round the base of the rocket.)

MARY ASHE: But I was told she was here. I was expecting to meet her.
LONG: This in an IMC ship - there are none of your people in here.

(The DOCTOR and WINTON are able to sneak up behind the two IMC men. The DOCTOR taps LONG on the shoulder.)

DOCTOR: Excuse me...
LONG: What the...?

(The DOCTOR and WINTON chop and club the two men to the ground. The DOCTOR puts the finishing touch to LONG with a finger hold to a neck nerve. They drag the two men away watched by a delighted MARY ASHE.)


29: INT. IMC ROCKET. CONTROL ROOM

(CALDWELL stands over DENT as he tried to contact ALLEN.)

DENT: (Into microphone.) Captain Dent to security guard Allen, come in please and report your position.

(The only reply is static.)


30: INT. PRIMITIVE RUIN

(ALLEN lies on the floor of the ruin. DENT'S voice comes over the radio held in the dead man's hands.)

DENT: (OOV: Over radio.) This is Captain Dent to security guard Allen, do you read me?


31: INT. IMC ROCKET. CONTROL ROOM

DENT: (Puzzled.) I can't raise him.
CALDWELL: (Angrily.) Come on, Dent, where's that girl?
DENT: The receiver's on and working...but he's not answering.


32: INT. IMC ROCKET. CORRIDOR

(MORGAN walks down a corridor deep in thought. He passes two unfamiliar IMC guards - the DOCTOR and WINTON dressed in the IMC tunics. MORGAN stops and turns, but not before the DOCTOR has a chance to dive down a side corridor. MORGAN calls out to WINTON.)

MORGAN: Hey! You!

(He pulls out a gun.)

MORGAN: Come here!

(The two men walk towards each other. From the side passage, the DOCTOR karate kicks the gun out of MORGAN'S hand. The miner lunges out and manages to press a button and the ship echoes to an electronic alarm. The DOCTOR and WINTON grab MORGAN and pull him away as two armed IMC men run into the corridor, however two similarly armed colonists appear at the near end of the corridor and a gun battle erupts. The colonists are the victors. In the side corridor, WINTON holds MORGAN'S gun to his neck.)

WINTON: All right, the control room! Move!

(They pull him away.)


33: INT. IMC ROCKET. CONTROL ROOM

(Hearing the alarm, DENT speaks into the ship's communication system while CALDWELL watches.)

DENT: (Into microphone.) Captain Dent to security section, what's going on? Report immediately.

(The door to the room slides open and MORGAN is led in by the DOCTOR and WINTON.)

WINTON: I'm afraid your guards are rather busy, Captain!

(Leaving MORGAN to WINTON, the DOCTOR strides over to the Captain.)

DOCTOR: All right, Dent, where's Jo Grant?

(DENT switches off the alarm.)

DENT: She's vanished, Doctor. I can't contact her guard.

(The room starts to fill with colonists. The DOCTOR turns to CALDWELL.)

DOCTOR: Is this true?
CALDWELL: I think so.

(The DOCTOR turns to WINTON.)

DOCTOR: I'll leave them to you.

(He leaves. WINTON walks over to DENT, gun raised.)

DENT: You know this is an act of piracy punishable by death under interplanetary law?
WINTON: Never mind the speeches, Captain. Order your guards to surrender - now.


34: INT. MAIN DOME. ENTRANCE HALL

(Back in the dome, the DOCTOR discards his IMC uniform helped by ASHE.)

DOCTOR: All I can do is go down to those Primitive ruins and start searching from there.
ASHE: I know where they are, Doctor. I'll take you there.
DOCTOR: Good. Well, Winton seems to have seized control. I only hope he can keep it.
ASHE: Quite so.
DOCTOR: We've got to find out what's happening in those Primitive ruins - and where they've taken Jo.


35: INT. PRIMITIVE RUIN

(The DOCTOR and ASHE reach the Primitive ruin. The DOCTOR examines ALLEN and finds out that he is dead.)

DOCTOR: Err, seems as if the Primitives are no longer friendly.
ASHE: Well, what do you expect? Norton killed one.
DOCTOR: Yes, and Morgan tried to kill another. Where would the Primitives have taken Jo - to their city?
ASHE: I'm afraid so.
DOCTOR: Afraid?
ASHE: In the early days, one or two of our people went down there. There were rumors of creatures that lived in the ruins.
DOCTOR: Well, did they find them?
ASHE: We don't know - they never came back.


36: EXT. PRIMITIVE CITY ENTRANCE

(JO is led down a small gully by four Primitives. One of them goes up to a rock wall and gestures to the others. A door in the rock creaks open, revealing an entrance. JO is led into it.)


37: INT. PRIMITIVE CITY. ENTRANCE PASSAGE

(Inside the darkened interior, JO looks round in fear as the door closes behind the group.)


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Dr. Who
JON PERTWEE

Jo Grant
KATY MANNING

Caldwell
BERNARD KAY

Winton
NICHOLAS PENNELL

Ashe
JOHN RINGHAM

Dent
MORRIS PERRY

Morgan
TONY CAUNTER

Norton
ROY SKELTON

Mary Ashe
HELEN WORTH

Allen
STANLEY McGEAGH

Long
PAT GORMAN

Robot
JOHN SCOTT MARTIN

Title Music by
RON GRAINER and
BBC RADIOPHONIC
WORKSHOP

Incidental Music
DUDLEY SIMPSON

Special Sound
BRIAN HODGSON and
BBC RADIOPHONIC
WORKSHOP

Film Cameraman
PETER HALL

Film Editor
WILLIAM SYMON

Visual Effects
BERNARD WILKIE

Script Editor
TERRANCE DICKS

Designer
TIM GLEESON

Producer
BARRY LETTS

Directed by
MICHAEL BRIANT

COLOUR

BBC 1971

 

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