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COLONY
IN
SPACE

BY
MALCOLM HULKE

EPISODE FOUR


1: 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.)


2: INT. PRIMITIVE CITY. ENTRANCE PASSAGE

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


3: INT. PRIMITIVE RUIN

DOCTOR: My dear Ashe, if the Primitives have taken Jo to their city, I must go after her.

(The DOCTOR heads for the door.)

ASHE: And get yourself killed - or captured too?

(The DOCTOR turns in the doorway.)

DOCTOR: (Angrily.) What else can I do?
ASHE: Well, you may be able to buy her back.
DOCTOR: What?
ASHE: Well, from time to time they capture someone and trade them for food. With luck, they should be along soon to offer her back.
DOCTOR: Well, I can't just sit here and wait! In any case, I haven't got any food to offer them.
ASHE: Well, you don't have to worry about that. We've got plenty of food.
DOCTOR: But you're running short!
ASHE: All right, if you're determined to go on alone, tell them I'll pay the ransom. I think they trust me.
DOCTOR: Thank you.

(The DOCTOR is about to leave when the two men suddenly hear the whine of a rocket. They run to the hole in the wall and look out.)


4: EXT. PRIMITIVE RUIN

ASHE: It must be the Adjudicator!


5: EXT. UXARIEUS

(Above them a red rocket, shaped rather like a fighter aircraft flies overhead. It crosses over a range of hills, swings on its axis until it points to the sky and lowers to the ground in a cloud of displaced dust.)


6: INT. IMC ROCKET. CONTROL ROOM

(DENT and his crew are still held at gunpoint by the colonists.)

DENT: You're simply making this worse for yourselves.

(WINTON is using a crowbar to get into a locked cupboard.)

WINTON: Well, you think so?
DENT: You heard that ship land. What sort of impression will this make on the...Adjudicator?

(DENT falters as WINTON succeeds in getting into the cupboard. He pulls out a small device rather like a camera.)

WINTON: What's this?
DENT: A very delicate piece of equipment. Leave it alone!

(WINTON takes the cap off a lens.)

WINTON: Some kind of projector!
DENT: An item of Caldwell's survey equipment, isn't it, Caldwell?
CALDWELL: Yes, that's right.
WINTON: They why lock it away?

(He switches the device on. The Lizard that was seen outside the Leeson's dome appears as a shimmering image on the far wall, accompanied by a series of low growls.)

WINTON: Optical trickery!

(He switches it off.)

CALDWELL: It was only meant to scare you away. There was no need for anyone to be killed.
DENT: Shut up, Caldwell.

(WINTON reaches back into the cupboard and pulls out one of the huge "monster" claws that was attached to the IMC robot.)

WINTON: Well, Captain Dent, I wonder how this will look to the Adjudicator?


7: INT. MAIN DOME. ENTRANCE HALL

(ASHE runs into the dome and into the wire pen where the radio set is. MARY is on the radio speaking to the Adjudicator. The signal is heavy with static.)

ADJUDICATOR: (OOV: Over radio.) Are both parties to the dispute assembled?
MARY ASHE: (Into radio.) Well, er, not exactly, sir.
ADJUDICATOR: (OOV: Over radio.) Surely you were advised of my arrival?

(MARY puts her hand over the microphone and speaks urgently to her father.)

MARY ASHE: It's the adjudicator calling from his ship.

(ASHE signals to MARY who jumps out of the seat and hands the headphones to ASHE.)

ADJUDICATOR: (OOV: Over radio.) Will you answer my question please?
ASHE: (Into radio.) Er, this is Robert Ashe, sir. I am the leader of the colonists.
ADJUDICATOR: (OOV: Over radio.) Good, now I require both parties to the dispute to be assembled as quickly as possible.
ASHE: (Into radio.) But things have become rather confused, sir. The situation...
ADJUDICATOR: (OOV: Over radio, interrupting.) I have no desire to discuss that before the inquiry. Kindly let me know when you're all ready.

(There is a buzzing sound as the radio cuts out. MARY switches the set off for her father.)

ASHE: I'd better tell Winton to get those IMC men over here. This is going to look very bad to the Adjudicator.
MARY ASHE: Why?
ASHE: Well, we've become the aggressors now. It may prejudice our case.
MARY ASHE: Did you find Jo?
ASHE: We found where they've been keeping her. It looks as though the Primitives have got her.


8: INT PRIMITIVE CITY. PASSAGE

(JO is pulled along a passage by one of her captors. Another follows. The passage is in semi-darkness and is a strange mixture of hewn black rock and overhead mechanical supports which contain electronic devices within. JO is taken up to a doorway. The shape of the doorframe is the same as in the Primitive ruin but the door itself is rock illuminated by a glowing internal orange light. It opens with a rushing sound.)


9: INT PRIMITIVE CITY. ARCHIVE ROOM

(JO is pushed inside. The room is hewn out of the same black rock. Within is a being smaller in height than JO. It faces the wall and is dressed in a long white cloak and a large collar which rises high above the head. Both are adorned with silver braid. JO stares at the back of the creature which slowly turns and faces her. Its face is pale with no discernable colour. The top of the head has ridges which resemble the patterning of a brain. Large black eyelids almost totally obscure a small pair of eyes. The lower lip protrudes outwards over the upper lip. JO screams.)


10: INT. IMC ROCKET. CONTROL ROOM

(DENT, CALDWELL and MORGAN are still held at gunpoint. WINTON is on the radio to ASHE.)

WINTON: (Into radio.) What's the point in bringing over the prisoners? We'll bring the evidence. That should be enough for the Adjudicator.


11: INT. MAIN DOME. ENTRANCE HALL

(MARY stands next to an agitated ASHE.)

ASHE: (Into radio.) The Adjudicator insists that all parties should be brought together. We've got to do this legally, Winton.


12: INT. IMC ROCKET. CONTROL ROOM

WINTON: (Into radio, reluctantly.) Very well. We'll be over in a few minutes. (To the colonist guards.) Untie them.

(The IMC men are released. Another bearded colonist - ALEC LEESON - enters the room, a rifle in his hands.)

ALEC LEESON: The guards have been disarmed and locked in their quarters.

(He sees the "monster" claw and the projector.)

ALEC LEESON: What are those for?
WINTON: They used those to fake the monsters. That's the evidence we need.

(LEESON points angrily at DENT and his men.)

ALEC LEESON: Why have they been untied?
WINTON: They're being handed over to the adjudicator.
ALEC LEESON: No, we're not going to bother with the Adjudicator. (To MORGAN.) My name is Leeson. You murdered my brother.

(He points his gun at him.)

WINTON: Now Alec.
MORGAN: (Nervously.) But...but Dent's the killer - not me. I mean, he's killed colonists on other planets.
DENT: Shut up, Morgan.
MORGAN: (Shouts.) Now look, I've got all the proof you need!

(He gestures to DENT.)

MORGAN: He murdered the Leesons.

(LEESON points his rifle at DENT. WINTON jumps forward and grabs it.)

WINTON: Take it easy, Alec!

(WINTON himself points the rifle at MORGAN.)

WINTON: All right, where is your proof?

(MORGAN points at DENT'S desk.)

MORGAN: There's a secret compartment.
WINTON: Well open it!

(MORGAN goes over to the desk followed by WINTON.)

CALDWELL: (To DENT.) Is he telling the truth, Dent? How many other killings have there been?
DENT: I thought you didn't want to know about that sort of thing? Morgan!

(MORGAN has opened the drawer and, unseen by WINTON, has his hands on a gun. DENT jumps forward to distract WINTON.)

DENT: I'm warning you, Morgan!

(The ruse works. WINTON turns and points the rifle at DENT.)

WINTON: Now you be quiet!

(MORGAN uses the distraction and jabs the gun into the back of WINTON'S head.)

MORGAN: Drop your guns - or he's dead!

(DENT takes the rifle off WINTON and points it at the other colonists. He allows a small smile to appear on his face.)

DENT: You'll release my security guards.


13: EXT. PRIMITIVE CITY ENTRANCE

(The DOCTOR slowly walks into the same gully that JO was taken into previously. He walks cautiously, following the tracks in the ground. He suddenly catches sight of the closed entrance in the rock and walks over to examine it. He hears a noise behind him and turns. Four spear-armed Primitives are facing him.)

DOCTOR: I've, er, I've come to bring back the girl. Well, Ashe will come and give you food if you come and return her.

(The four Primitives stare impassively at him.)

DOCTOR: Look, I know you can understand me. You can read my mind. I've come to buy back the girl!

(One of the PRIMITIVES approaches and stares at the closed rock door. It glances at its companions and then back at the door which creaks open.)

DOCTOR: Thank you.

(He approaches the entrance.)


14: EXT. MAIN DOME

(The Adjudicator walks up to the dome entrance. He wears a long black cloak and an imposing collar that completely covers his shoulders and rise up high behind his head, obscuring his face. ASHE and his daughter await him and bow to him as he approaches. The Adjudicator gives a slight bow of return.)

ASHE: A great honour to meet you, Adjudicator. I am Robert Ashe and this is my daughter, Mary. We've done the best we can, er, the...rest will be here shortly.

(He gestures to the entrance hall and the Adjudicator sweeps past them. ASHE speaks urgently to MARY.)

ASHE: Get onto the radio! Find out why the others aren't here!
MARY ASHE: All right. Have you told him the IMC people are prisoners?
ASHE: No, not yet. I'll have a go now.


15: INT. MAIN DOME. ENTRANCE HALL

(The two walk inside, MARY to the radio set and ASHE to their new visitor. The Adjudicators visage is revealed - it is the MASTER!)


16: INT PRIMITIVE CITY. ARCHIVE ROOM

(JO waits patiently alone in the same room that she was previously brought into. The door opens and the DOCTOR walks in. She rushes up to him and hugs him. He kisses her forehead.)

JO: Doctor! Oh, I'm so pleased to see you! I didn't think I'd see you again!
DOCTOR: It's all right, Jo, it's all right, I'm here now.

(Behind him the door closes on the PRIMITIVE waiting in the corridor. The DOCTOR rushes up to the door.)

DOCTOR: Wait, wait! We must talk!
JO: He's probably gone to get the other one.
DOCTOR: (Puzzled.) What other one?
JO: There's some sort of creature that seems to be in charge of them.
DOCTOR: Is it humanoid?
JO: No, not really.
DOCTOR: Well, that's interesting. There must be two races on this planet.
JO: Well never mind that! How are we going to get out of here?
DOCTOR: Don't you worry about that, my dear. I'm gonna buy you back!
JO: Buy me back?
DOCTOR: That's right, just a simple business transaction.

(He looks over their surroundings. Various pieces of machinery adorn the room.)

DOCTOR: You know, judging by the room and this machinery, it could have been a highly advanced civilisation.
JO: Then what happened to it?
DOCTOR: It went into a decline. You know, these Primitives could be descendants of a tremendously advanced race.
JO: That's just what I was thinking. Come take a look at this.

(JO leads him to the left-hand side of the room on which a series of pictograms have been painted on a series of glass frames.)

DOCTOR: Well, it's extraordinary. A sort of chronicle, history. Buildings, cities, machines...well, they even invented flight.

(JO walks along several paces to a part of the frieze which displays dead and falling bodies.)

JO: What happened here?
DOCTOR: Mmm?

(He joins her.)

DOCTOR: Oh...buildings in ruins, people lying dead. Mmm, some great catastrophe, I should think. After that everything changes.

(He looks further along to a part of the frieze which shows four figures holding a fifth aloft and putting it towards a bright hole in the wall - almost like a furnace.)

DOCTOR: Yes, look at this, Jo. A completely different style and design. Much cruder, more primitive.
JO: More recent too.
DOCTOR: Mmm.
JO: A man being...forced through a hatch.
DOCTOR: It looks like some sort of sacrifice.

(JO gasps in alarm. The DOCTOR sees this and leads her across the room to a piece of machinery in an effort to distract her.)

DOCTOR: Jo, there - would you say that was some sort of time mechanism?

(At that moment the door opens and the small being that JO saw earlier walks into the room accompanied by three Primitives. The DOCTOR is shocked but manages to retain his composure.)

DOCTOR: How do you do?

(The being looks closely at him then moves nearer to JO. She gasps and steps back.)

DOCTOR: Don't move, Jo! I think he's almost blind.

(The being moves back to the DOCTOR who speaks slowly and clearly to him.)

DOCTOR: Er, I've come to take this young lady back. If you go to Ashe's dome, he will give you food.

(The being moves over to the frieze. It stares intently at the final picture of the four figures putting the fifth into the furnace. It then moves to the Primitives, points to the DOCTOR and JO and then at the picture. The Primitives salute with their spears. The four creatures then leave the room without another movement.)

JO: (Alarmed.) That picture he pointed to - it was the sacrifice!


17: INT. MAIN DOME. ENTRANCE HALL

(Back at the dome, the tribunal is in session. The MASTER sits alone at one table. At right angles to this sit DENT, MORGAN and CALDWELL with more IMC men behind them. Facing the MASTER'S table is the one for the colonists where WINTON and MARY sit. ASHE is stood up between the colonists' table and that occupied by IMC, giving his evidence. NORTON stands behind him.)

ASHE: Those sir, are the facts. The Interplanetary Mining Corporation has entered plan to drive us from this planet, which is rightfully ours. They've used violence and murder.
MASTER: Do you have any proof to support these allegations?
ASHE: There was proof.

(WINTON stands.)

WINTON: We found it on board their spaceship, the claws, the projection equipment - everything!
MASTER: Can you produce this evidence?
WINTON: They've destroyed it.
MASTER: I see. (To ASHE.) Do you anything more to say?

(He starts to return to his seat but WINTON blocks him.)

ASHE: No sir.
WINTON: Robert, you can't just leave it at that! What about the killings?!
ASHE: (Angrily.) Look, leave it Winton!

(ASHE returns to his seat. WINTON reluctantly does the same.)

MASTER: Thank you. Right, I will now hear the statement from IMC. Captain Dent, please?

(DENT stands with his papers in his hand and prepares to speak...)


18: INT PRIMITIVE CITY. ARCHIVE ROOM

(The DOCTOR is still looking over the machinery in the room when the door enters and a lone-armed PRIMITIVE enters.)

JO: Now what?
DOCTOR: No idea. But if want to get out of here, we'd better distract him somehow.

(The DOCTOR snaps his fingers to get the PRIMITIVE'S attention. He smiles, reaches into his trouser pocket and pulls out a coin. He holds it between the thumb and forefinger on his left hand and waves his right hand over it. He mimes an upward throw which the PRIMITIVE follows. The DOCTOR then pulls the coin from out of JO'S ear. The PRIMITIVE is thoroughly absorbed with the trick. The DOCTOR repeats the trick, upward throw and all but this time he taps the underside of his chin to show the PRIMITIVE the coin coming out of his mouth. The trick is repeated again but now the DOCTOR points behind the PRIMITIVE for the source of the disappeared coin. The PRIMITIVE looks round, JO grabs his spear and the DOCTOR chops him down with a blow to the back of the neck. The DOCTOR holds up a hand.)

DOCTOR: After you, Miss Grant.
JO: Thank you, Doctor.

(They walk out into the corridor.)


19: INT PRIMITIVE CITY. PASSAGE

(JO starts to head in one direction but the DOCTOR pulls her back the other way. They have hardly gone a few paces when the smaller being - the ALIEN PRIEST - appears at the end of the passage. It turns until it faces the two fugitives and then carries on turning as if it had not caught sight of them. JO uses the opportunity and tries to make a run for it but again the DOCTOR stops her.)

DOCTOR: (Whispers.) Jo, I don't think he can see us. Come on.

(They stealthily make their way to a side passage and press themselves against the darkened wall. Across the passage can be seen an opening with a large hall of machinery beyond. The ALIEN PRIEST is joined by two others of its kind and four Primitives who proceed down the passage back towards the archive room.)

JO: Where are they going?
DOCTOR: Let's not wait to find out.

(They run off down the side passage.)


20: INT PRIMITIVE CITY. ARCHIVE ROOM

(The alien procession reaches the archive room. The lead ALIEN PRIEST almost walks into the unconscious PRIMITIVE on the floor. It reaches down to touch him, realises what has happened and gestures to the Primitives to give chase.)


21: INT PRIMITIVE CITY. PASSAGE

(JO and the DOCTOR slowly walk into a main passage and look around uncertainly. JO points in one direction.)

JO: I think they brought us in this way.

(They turn to see a Primitive appear at the end of the passage. They run off and the creature gives chase followed by four more of its kind.)


22: INT PRIMITIVE CITY. ANOTHER PASSAGE

(The DOCTOR and JO run down a slim passage whose floor is sectioned off by buttresses. They jump over these and realise that they have reached a dead end. They turn back a short way and take a side passage as the Primitives continue the pursuit.)


23: INT PRIMITIVE CITY. PASSAGE

(The DOCTOR and JO run into two ALIEN PRIESTS. They turn back but the armed Primitives stand in their way. The escapees give up.)

DOCTOR: Checkmate, I'm afraid, Miss Grant.

(One of the ALIEN PRIESTS gestures dramatically in one direction and the DOCTOR and JO are led off that way.)


24: INT PRIMITIVE CITY. CONTROL ROOM

(An illuminated door opens onto another room and an ALIEN PRIEST leads the DOCTOR and JO in with another following. This room is different to another other part of the city. The walls are made of metal, not hewn rock, and it is well lit. A bank of machinery stands to one side. Columns of pulsing light on the walls and a constant humming sound show that the room is filled with power. One of the ALIEN PRIESTS goes to a double hatch at floor level which sits beneath a panel which appears to be made of the same material as the doors. The PRIEST opens the hatch and a blinding light floods out.)

JO: What is that thing?
DOCTOR: It's like a reactor.

(Two Primitives stand behind the DOCTOR and JO and start to push them towards the hatch. JO realises what is happening...)

JO: It's like that picture! I think they're going to sacrifice us!

(Suddenly above the hatch, the panel starts to slide upwards. Beyond, in an alcove, is revealed another being. Its face is similar to that of the PRIESTS but its body and limbs are short and stunted - as if it is almost all brain with no need for body. It sits in a small metal chair from out of which pure rock stalagmites seem to grow. With a hum, the whole structure moves out from the alcove. The DOCTOR and JO stand in amazement as the creature speaks to them in a high pitched warbling voice.)

GUARDIAN: My city is forbidden. Why have you come here?
JO: (Nervously.) I was brought here.
GUARDIAN: (To the DOCTOR.) And you?
DOCTOR: I came to take her back.
GUARDIAN: All intruders in the city must die. That is the law.

(The DOCTOR looks nervous.)

DOCTOR: We have no wish to offend your laws. The race that built this city were intelligent, civilised. They wouldn't condemn the innocent.
GUARDIAN: The law must obeyed!
DOCTOR: Surely the basis of all true law is justice. Look, we...we're both strangers to your planet. The girl was brought here by your warriors as a captive! All we ask is to be allowed to leave in peace.
GUARDIAN: (Considered.) I sense...that you are a being of...superior intelligence. And, although the creature with you is of no value, I will let you both go.

(The DOCTOR and JO look at each other and then glance at their Primitive captors. They head for the door but stop as the GUARDIAN speaks again...)

GUARDIAN: But...remember this - if you ever return, you will be destroyed.
DOCTOR: Thank you sir. And may I say that I'm overjoyed to find that justice prevails in your city.

(They walk out, followed by their Primitive escorts. The air shimmers with heat as the GUARDIAN'S chair retreats back into its alcove and the panel slides shut.)


25: EXT. PRIMITIVE CITY ENTRANCE

(The rock door entrance to the city creaks open and the DOCTOR leaves first, then giving JO a hand to step outside. As they walk away, the door creaks shut again.)

JO: Doctor, what was that thing that saved us?
DOCTOR: Well, it was a being of tremendous intelligence, probably one of the rulers of this city. (To himself.) Three different races or three mutations of the same race?
JO: Come on, Doctor. This is no time for philosophising.
DOCTOR: (Smiles.) Yes. You're quite right. Let's get back to the space dome.

(They walk off back to the dome.)


26: INT. MAIN DOME. ENTRANCE HALL

(The MASTER addresses the tribunal...)

MASTER: Right. Well, I have now heard the statements from both sides. I think you should know that on my way here I contacted Earth and had a check made of planetary records. Now obviously, an error has occurred.

(ASHE and WINTON exchange a look.)

MASTER: A faulty computer on Earth has allocated this planet both for colonisation and for mineralogical exploitation. It will therefore be my duty to judge this case upon its merits.

(At that moment, the DOCTOR and JO enter the dome. They halt, stunned, as they see the figure sat across the room.)

JO: It's the Master!

(The "Adjudicator" looks thrown for the first time since his arrival. He coughs nervously and continues, although somewhat speedily to try and bring matters to an early conclusion...)

MASTER: Since however the issues are, er, extremely complicated, I shall need time to consider my decision. This tribunal stands adjourned.

(The MASTER stands and walks into the pen where the radio set is held. Naturally, the DOCTOR is hot on his heels. JO stands in the doorway and watches proceedings.)

DOCTOR: And why are you impersonating the adjudicator?
MASTER: My dear Doctor, I am the adjudicator!
DOCTOR: Rubbish!
MASTER: What are you doing here anyway? Did the Time Lords send you?
DOCTOR: Nobody sends me anywhere. I'm a free agent.
MASTER: So you've at last succeeded in escaping from your long exile on Earth. Congratulations. What are your plans now?
DOCTOR: Well, my immediate plans are to expose you as an imposter!
MASTER: That would be very foolish of you. My credentials are immaculate.
DOCTOR: Forged, of course.
MASTER: Of course! But...immaculate. May I see your credentials, Doctor?
DOCTOR: Don't be absurd.
MASTER: What? No interplanetary travel permit?

(The MASTER holds up his own plastic card permit.)

MASTER: No registration for your TARDIS?

(His own is again displayed. The MASTER smiles as he sees the DOCTOR starting to feel uncomfortable.)

MASTER: No personal identification?
DOCTOR: Bureaucratic mumbo-jumbo!
MASTER: Maybe, but in this regimented age of ours, essential.

(The MASTER holds up his wallet of cards.)

MASTER: Without these, my dear Doctor, you do not exist. I could have you sent back to Earth as a prisoner.
DOCTOR: Oh, is that what you plan to do?
MASTER: Not, not unless you force my hand. I think you'd be well advised to keep silent - for both our sakes? Now if you'll excuse me.

(The MASTER walks out of the pen. The colonists and IMC men return to their places.)

MASTER: The tribunal will reconvene.

(He sits at his own place and the attendees at the tribunal take their cues from him and also sit. The DOCTOR and JO watch from the pen.)

MASTER: Well, I have had time carefully to consider the statements that have been put before me. On the one hand, while I have...every sympathy with the aspirations of the colonists, there can be little doubt that their...their stay here is not proving a success.

(ASHE and WINTON look concerned.)

MASTER: On the other hand, we have this planet, rich in duralinium - a mineral that is much needed on Earth. I therefore have no alternative but to rule that colonisation on this planet is unsuitable and the settlers will leave here as soon as possible.

(ASHE looks devastated...)


27: INT. IMC ROCKET. CONTROL ROOM

(The IMC men relax and celebrate with glasses of wine. They are slightly drunk on both their victory and the wine. CALDWELL has a grin on his face and the normally correct DENT slumps back in his seat. MORGAN sits of the edge of DENT'S desk.)

CALDWELL: I still can't understand how we got away with it.
DENT: The adjudicator was a sensible man.
CALDWELL: He bent over backwards to help us and you know it!

(MORGAN goes over to CALDWELL. He is impatient but, for him, good-natured.)

MORGAN: Caldwell! We don't have to worry about it any more! From now on, this planet belongs to IMC.
CALDWELL: And what happens if the colonists refuse to accept the decision?
DENT: Then they'll be rebels - and we know how to deal with rebels - don't we Morgan?

(In reply, MORGAN looks at DENT.)


28: INT. MAIN DOME. ENTRANCE HALL

(ASHE and several colonists are consulting a book of law. WINTON paces the entrance hall, furious in thought. NORTON is with him, silkily trying to persuade him to see "reason".)

NORTON: Look, be better for all of you to go before you get into more trouble.
WINTON: (Coldly.) You're very keen for us to give in aren't you, Norton?

(NORTON walks off. ASHE finishes his investigations.)

ASHE: According to interplanetary law, we can appeal.
WINTON: (Angrily.) What good will that do? By the time it's all decided, this planet will be gutted!
ASHE: (Also angry.) The decision went against us because you made us look like criminals! Now what do you want to do now?
WINTON: Capture the IMC men, disarm them and get them off this planet!
ASHE: And once we've been classified as outlaws, what then?
WINTON: Then declare ourselves an independent republic! Break with Earth altogether!
ASHE: I absolutely forbid it!
WINTON: I don't think you're in any position to do that.

(WINTON turns his back on him. ASHE goes over to him and speaks quietly. NORTON watches.)

ASHE: David, you've used violence once and we're worse off now than we were before. Now just give me a chance to use legal methods.

(WINTON thinks, then...)

WINTON: I'm sorry Robert.

(ASHE nods and walks off quietly into the radio pen.)

WINTON: (To himself.) Believe me, I really am sorry.

(In the pen, ASHE finds the DOCTOR and JO. He is somewhat despondent.)

ASHE: They're planning another attack.
DOCTOR: Winton again?
ASHE: I've got to talk to the adjudicator! We've got to appeal!

(He walks off.)

JO: Why don't you tell them about the Master?
DOCTOR: I can't Jo, he wouldn't understand.
JO: Well, we've got to do something.
DOCTOR: (Thinks.) Yes, well, the Master came to this planet for a purpose, Jo. I'd like to hear what he has to say when Ashe goes to see him.

(He walks off to carry out his plan.)


29: INT. IMC ROCKET. CONTROL ROOM

(MORGAN is still drinking. A buzzer sounds from the radio set and he goes over the room to answer it. DENT is almost asleep.)

MORGAN: (Into microphone.) IMC control?

(WINTON'S voice comes over the radio but is heavily disguised by static...)

WINTON: (OOV: Over radio.) This is the adjudicator. I have received an emergency call and am preparing to leave this planet immediately. I wish to see Captain Dent at once.

(DENT struggles to sit up and takes the microphone.)

DENT: (Into microphone.) This is Captain Dent. Shall I come to your ship?
WINTON: (OOV: Over radio.) You and your officers are to report...

(The static gets worse and breaks up the message.)

DENT: (Into microphone.) I do not read you. Reception is very poor. Please repeat.
WINTON: (OOV: Over radio.) I repeat: your and your officers are to report to the main dome immediately. This settlement is to be ratified in the presence of all parties.

(DENT clutches his head.)

DENT: (Into microphone.) Very well, adjudicator.


30: INT. MAIN DOME. ENTRANCE HALL

(WINTON gets up from the radio set. He is watched by MARY ASHE, NORTON and ALEC LEESON.)

ALEC LEESON: Do you think you've fooled them?
WINTON: Well, we shall soon find out.

(He walks away to prepare.)


31: INT. MAIN DOME. DINING HALL

(The DOCTOR and JO enter the dining hall which is next to ASHE'S office. From through the walls come the faint sound of ASHE and the MASTER in conversation. The DOCTOR takes a device out of his pocket which has two earpieces and a flat round metal microphone. He and JO don an earpiece each and the DOCTOR places the microphone against the wall. Immediately, the voices from ASHE'S office come through loud and clear.)

MASTER: (OOV: In office.) ...Anyway, Earth is crying out for minerals.


32: INT. MAIN DOME. ASHE'S OFFICE

(Within the MASTER has changed out of his Adjudicator's robes and is now dressed in his normal collarless suit. He is going through his papers as ASHE talks to him.)

ASHE: Then you think an appeal would fail?
MASTER: I do. Unless of course there were some...special circumstances.
ASHE: (Eagerly.) Such as?


33: INT. MAIN DOME. DINING HALL

(The DOCTOR and JO continue to eavesdrop.)

MASTER: (OOV: In office.) Well, a claim to unusual historical interest, for instance.
ASHE: (OOV: In office.) Well, this is a very old planet. We know there was once a very great civilization here.


34: INT. MAIN DOME. ASHE'S OFFICE

(The MASTER shows interest in this statement...)

MASTER: Indeed? Tell me, did they leave any traces?

(The MASTER walks away from ASHE.)

ASHE: There's a ruined city not far from here.
MASTER: That's very interesting. Tell me more about it...

(The MASTER'S attitude betrays his true interest...)


35: INT. MAIN DOME. ENTRANCE HALL

(The male colonists are gathered and armed. WINTON is giving them instructions...)

WINTON: You two men - up there on the gantry. You two'd better get there behind the steps.

(Two men run up some metal steps to the gantry. Below them, the other two men get into hiding. WINTON, stood with ALEC LEESON, looks round.)

WINTON: Now where's Norton?
ALEC LEESON: No idea.
WINTON: That Doctor said we should keep an eye on him.
ALEC LEESON: I'll go and look for him.

(LEESON goes off.)

WINTON: Right, is everybody ready? They'll be here in a few minutes.


36: INT. MAIN DOME. POWER ROOM

(In the power room, NORTON takes his radio out and starts speaking into it unaware that LEESON is walking into the room.)

NORTON: (Into radio.) Norton to IMC spaceship...
ALEC LEESON: Norton! Winton wants you in the main area!

(LEESON walks forward as NORTON coolly lowers the radio.)

ALEC LEESON: That's an IMC ra...

(He stops as he realises that something is up. He walks towards NORTON, gun raised.)

ALEC LEESON: What the devil are you up to?

(NORTON jumps and wrestles LEESON to the ground. There is a shot. The radio lies broken on the ground. A hand reaches out towards it - it is NORTON and LEESON lies dead. NORTON sees that the radio is useless. He takes LEESON'S gun and leaves the room.)


37: INT. MAIN DOME. ENTRANCE HALL

(WINTON comes down the steps as NORTON runs in.)

WINTON: Where's Alec?
NORTON: I don't know.
WINTON: All right, Norton. Get up there.

(He points up the stairs and NORTON runs up. An armed colonist runs in and whispers to WINTON. They both duck into hiding and the rest of the colonists do the same. They all wait with their rifles raised. After a tense moment, MORGAN, DENT, CALDWELL and the other IMC men walk into the dome. Suddenly, their "inside" man calls out.)

NORTON: (Shouts.) Look out! It's a trap!

(NORTON turns LEESON'S gun on the colonists below him but WINTON aims his rifle and shoots him dead with one shot.)

MORGAN: (Shouts.) Take cover!

(The IMC men dive for the safety of some packing cases and firing commences. The room is filled with the sound of shots and it is a colonist on the staircase who is the first to fall. Several shots from WINTON avenges him as an IMC man falls. CALDWELL, stood to one side of the entrance door, is the only one not firing. As the battle continues, the DOCTOR and JO run out of the dining hall and into the safety of the radio pen. The DOCTOR directs JO to stand behind the door of the pen.)

DOCTOR: You stay here! I've got to try and stop this senseless killing!

(The MASTER steps forward, a gun in his hand. The DOCTOR and JO jump at the sound of his voice.)

MASTER: It won't do any good, Doctor. They won't listen to you. It's always the innocent bystander who suffers eventually.
DOCTOR: What's that supposed to mean?
MASTER: I'm afraid you're both about to become the victims of stray bullets!

(His raises his gun and points it at the defenceless pair.)


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Doctor Who
JON PERTWEE

Master
ROGER DELGADO

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

Alec Leeson
JOHN TORDOFF

Guardian
NORMAN ATKYNS

Primitive
PAT GORMAN

Alien Priest
ROY HEYMANN

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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