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THE
TIME MONSTER

BY
ROBERT SLOMAN

EPISODE THREE


1: INT. NEWTON INSTITUTE. LABORATORY. FIRST ROOM

(The MASTER throws BENTON back against a locker and the wall. He hits his head and falls.)

MASTER: (Shouts.) You're wrong, Sergeant Benton. That is the oldest trick in the book!

(He dashes over to the main console and starts flicking switches. The power starts to rise.)

DR. PERCIVAL: What are you going to do?
MASTER: I am going to bring somebody here who can help me find the power that I need. Without it, I am helpless!
DR. PERCIVAL: I don't understand!
MASTER: Of course you don't understand! How could you possibly understand? Only one thing stands between me and complete power over the Earth, over the universe itself. Now the one I bring here will show me how to harness that power. Now...

(He slams home the two power levers and points PERCIVAL towards the second room.)

MASTER: You watch that crystal!


2: INT. NEWTON INSTITUTE. LABORATORY. SECOND ROOM

(PERCIVAL looks through the glass partitions at the crystal as it glows again.)


3: INT. NEWTON INSTITUTE. LABORATORY. FIRST ROOM

(BENTON starts to stir on the floor. He sits up and starts to edge towards the door. He sees the MASTER and PERCIVAL intently looking through the glass into the second room where a dazzling display of white light starts to flare out. A figure starts to materialise within the light. PERCIVAL turns in shock to the MASTER as, with a crash of thunder, KRASIS appears in the twentieth century.)


4: INT. NEWTON INSTITUTE. LABORATORY. SECOND ROOM

(The MASTER opens the door of the second room as the flare of light fades. KRASIS still stands with his arms raised in supplication.)

MASTER: (Delighted.) Welcome!

(He walks in.)

MASTER: Welcome!
KRASIS: I am Krasis, High priest of the temple of Poseidon in Atlantis!
MASTER: (Puzzled.) Poseidon? But surely Kronos is your lord?

(KRASIS lowers his arms and looks coldly at the MASTER.)

KRASIS: You would dare profane, with your irreverent tongue, the great secret?! The mystery which no man dare speak?! Who are you?
MASTER: I am the Master - lord of time and ruler of Kronos.

(KRASIS points a finger of accusation at the MASTER.)

KRASIS: You are lying! No one rules Kronos!
MASTER: I shall, with your help.
KRASIS: You...
MASTER: (Interrupts.) And together we shall become masters of the universe.


5: INT. NEWTON INSTITUTE. LABORATORY. FIRST ROOM

(BENTON makes a run for the door. He is spotted by PERCIVAL.)

DR. PERCIVAL: Professor!

(The MASTER appears in the doorway to the second room.)

MASTER: Oh, let him go. He can do us no harm now. (To KRASIS.) Come with me.

(KRASIS steps down into the first room and starts to walk round in his sandalled feet, looking round at the strange walls, furnishing and equipment.)

KRASIS: Is this the abode of lord Kronos?
MASTER: No, but with you to assist me, I shall bring him here.
KRASIS: I exist only to do his will. He is not to be commanded.
MASTER: Oh, but surely...Kronos obeys the priests of Kronos as a pet dog obeys his master?
KRASIS: (Angrily.) You...!
MASTER: The truth, Krasis?
KRASIS: It is so written.
MASTER: Ah. Well, therefore you have the secret? You have the formula?
KRASIS: No, it is lost. For five centuries it has been lost to Atlantis.
MASTER: And there was nothing can be done?
KRASIS: Nothing.
MASTER: Nothing at all?
KRASIS: Nothing, save the crystal...and the seal of the high priest.

(He holds up a round metal seal that hangs on a chain round his neck. He takes it off the chain and hands it to the MASTER.)

MASTER: (Triumphantly.) But that's it! From this seal, I can learn the true constants! Kronos is in my power at last!


6: EXT. NEWTON INSTITUTE

(RUTH pushes STUART out to a waiting ambulance in a wheelchair, accompanied by the DOCTOR, JO and the BRIGADIER.)

DOCTOR: Rest - that's all you need at the moment, until your body recovers from the shock.
STUART HYDE: A charming prospect, I must say. Hey, Ruth? You'd better find out about my old age pension. After all, I'll be twenty-six in seven weeks time.
DR. RUTH INGRAM: Oh, try not to be too bitter, Stu.
STUART HYDE: Oh...

(SERGEANT BENTON comes running out of the main house.)

SERGEANT BENTON: Doctor!
JO: Sergeant Benton?
SERGEANT BENTON: Doctor, it's the Master. He's there in the laboratory.


7: INT. NEWTON INSTITUTE. LABORATORY. FIRST ROOM

(The MASTER traces a pencil over the lines on the seal, makes some notes and flicks some switches, watched by KRASIS and a very nervous PERCIVAL.)

DR. PERCIVAL: But...how can Atlantian measurements mean anything to you?
MASTER: Comparative ratios remain constant throughout time. If you have nothing intelligent to say, do please keep quiet! Right. Now...

(He crosses to the main console.)

MASTER: We switch on.

(He does so. The power starts to rise again. KRASIS looks alarmed and raises his arms.)


8: EXT. NEWTON INSTITUTE

(BENTON has told the DOCTOR of the conversation that he overheard...)

DOCTOR: Are you sure he said he was from Atlantis?
SERGEANT BENTON: Yes, he...he just appeared from nowhere.
BRIGADIER LETHBRIDGE STEWART: Right, what are we waiting for? Benton, Doctor, on the double! Females stay under cover, right, Miss Grant?

(He runs towards the stable block.)

DOCTOR: Brigadier - wait!
DR. RUTH INGRAM: Hey, wait for me! Females indeed!

(She runs after the BRIGADIER and BENTON. JO stays with the DOCTOR. She looks down at STUART.)

JO: Doctor, look!

(As they watch, STUART, unconscious again, starts to shed his years and return to his youthful looks.)

DOCTOR: It's a massive feedback of time. Jo, it's too late. Kronos is coming.


9: INT. NEWTON INSTITUTE. LABORATORY. SECOND ROOM

(KRASIS and PERCIVAL look through the open doorway at the glowing crystal.)


10: INT. NEWTON INSTITUTE. LABORATORY. FIRST ROOM

(The MASTER pushes up the power lever as the hum of the equipment again reaches its highest pitch.)

MASTER: Come, Kronos, come!


11: INT. NEWTON INSTITUTE. LABORATORY. SECOND ROOM

(From within the depths of the crystal, an image of a white flapping animal appears. It grows bigger and more distinct.)

MASTER: Kronos - welcome!

(It solidifies into a huge man-shaped creature which gives out unearthly cries and screeches as it tears flying around the room. Glowing with an intense white light, it swoops down onto the terrified PERCIVAL who has stepped within the room. The unfortunate man cries out.)

DR. PERCIVAL: No!

(When KRONOS moves back, the elderly academic has disappeared, totally absorbed by the creature.)


12: INT. NEWTON INSTITUTE. LABORATORY. FIRST ROOM

(The MASTER rushes to the doorway, appalled as he realises the creature is out of his control.)

MASTER: (Shouts.) Kronos, be at peace - I am your friend!


13: INT. NEWTON INSTITUTE. LABORATORY. SECOND ROOM

(The two men watch the flapping manifestation from the doorway...)

KRASIS: (Shouts.) You will never control Kronos! He is the ruler of time! He is the destroyer! You are doomed!
MASTER: (Shouts.) Rubbish! Kronos - hear me! I order you to obey!

(He holds up his hands. Within the left one, he still holds the seal. KRONOS gives out a cry of pain and flies backwards.)

MASTER: Well, well, well - so the pet dog does obey him master, eh? Right, you stay in your kennel until I have need of you.

(He pulls the door to. KRONOS continues to flap its huge wings.)


14: EXT. NEWTON INSTITUTE

(The two UNIT men run towards the stable block but, as they get nearer, their movements get slower.)

DOCTOR: Just as I thought - they've run right into trouble. Jo, you stay here.

(JO nods and the DOCTOR runs towards RUTH. Like the MASTER before him, he is unaffected by the slowdown in time. He grabs hold of RUTH and drags her back to the ambulance. As they get nearer, her movements start to speed up. They reach JO and STUART. RUTH looks dazed.)

DOCTOR: She'll be alright - now she's outside the limit.
JO: What's the matter with them?

(Without replying, the DOCTOR runs back for the soldiers.)

DR. RUTH INGRAM: (Uncertain.) What's happening?
JO: Are you alright?
DR. RUTH INGRAM: Well, what's going on?
JO: Don't worry. The Doctor'll explain later...I hope.


15: INT. NEWTON INSTITUTE. LABORATORY. FIRST ROOM

(KRASIS watches in fear as KRONOS flies around the walls of the second room. The MASTER is busy at various consoles of TOMTIT.)

KRASIS: What are you doing?
MASTER: Reversing the interstitial flow. Now don't interrupt me. I must concentrate.
KRASIS: You have not the power to control him!
MASTER: I shall have - never fear. Just give me time.

(He returns to the main console.)

MASTER: Now, I must put him back where he belongs.

(He pulls the lever home.)


16: EXT. NEWTON INSTITUTE

(Only the BRIGADIER remains to be rescued from the time displacement. The DOCTOR reaches him and starts to pull him back to the watching group, their movements speeding up as they approach.)

BRIGADIER LETHBRIDGE STEWART: Well...well, what on earth? Doctor, will you...please kindly explain...?
DOCTOR: There's really no time to explain now. Benton, take the chair. Everybody inside - quick.


17: INT. NEWTON INSTITUTE. LABORATORY. SECOND ROOM

(KRONOS diminishes as it fades back into the crystal.)


18: INT. NEWTON INSTITUTE. LABORATORY. FIRST ROOM

(The MASTER mops his brow. His tie is askew and he looks drained by the event.)

MASTER: Right, it's safe to go in now, most noble high priest.


19: INT. NEWTON INSTITUTE. LABORATORY. SECOND ROOM

(He opens the door to the second room and enters. KRASIS follows.)

MASTER: Thank you for your help.
KRASIS: I am no slave that I should serve you. I serve only the gods.
MASTER: You'll serve me, Krasis, and you'll like it.
KRASIS: (Angrily.) You dare mock the high priest?
MASTER: Take care! I can always bring Kronos back, you know?
KRASIS: No! No, I beseech you! What is your will?
MASTER: Knowledge - your knowledge of the ancient mysteries. (Angrily.) Why could I not control him?!
KRASIS: For all your sorcery, you are as a child trying to control a rogue elephant. A puny child!
MASTER: But I have the crystal!
KRASIS: That crystal is but a part of the true crystal of Kronos - a small fraction!
MASTER: Fraction? And the rest is in Atlantis?
KRASIS: Deep in the vaults of the temple of Poseidon, guarded by night and by day from such thieves as you. You may command the slave but never shall you command the mighty one himself.
MASTER: You think not? We shall see.

(He grabs hold of the crystal.)


20: INT. ATLANTIS. THE TEMPLE OF POSEIDON

(HIPPIAS runs into the temple with the lighted torch. He is accompanied by an old man whose hair is as white as his robes and whose lined face shows a lifetime of wisdom and experience. They look at the empty receptacle.)

HIPPIAS: Do you see, most venerable king? The crystal has gone!
DALIOS: And Krasis?

(HIPPIAS nods.)

HIPPIAS: I was here. The sky opened and a sphere of fire whirled by the hand of Zeus...
DALIOS: Yes, yes, yes, I saw the thunderstorm myself. What next?
HIPPIAS: They disappeared - Krasis and the crystal together like smoke. What does it mean, Lord Dalios? Has the time come at last?
DALIOS: You are young, Hippias. As young in years as in the sacred mysteries. What do you know of...Kronos?
HIPPIAS: The years of Kronos were the golden years of Atlantis. Perhaps he will return to us.
DALIOS: That is my fear. Our world is in great danger! Come!

(He pulls him away.)


21: INT. ATLANTIS. THE TEMPLE OF POSEIDON. ANTECHAMBER TO CATACOMBS

(The two men walk down some steps into the vaulted depths of the temple. DALIOS takes a torch from a wall bracket to help light his own way.)

DALIOS: How old would you think me, boy?
HIPPIAS: A great age, Dalios.
DALIOS: How great?
HIPPIAS: Four score years or...more, perhaps.
DALIOS: A stripling of eighty summers, eh? No, Hippias, when these eyes were clear like yours, I saw the building of the temple. I was a witness at the enthronement of the image of the great god Poseidon himself.
HIPPIAS: But, that was...well, it must have been five hundred years ago?
DALIOS: Five hundred and thirty seven.
HIPPIAS: Dalios, will you have me believe you are...?
DALIOS: I am.

(DALIOS leads him to a great wooden door. He pulls the bolts back and opens the door. An intense white light glows from within.)

HIPPIAS: What is it - that light?!
DALIOS: It is the light of true crystal of Kronos. This is the great secret, the veritable mystery. But now that Krasis has gone, you alone know the secret. You must guard it with your life.
HIPPIAS: I shall, my lord.

(There is suddenly a bellowing noise of a great animal from within the room. HIPPIAS steps back in terror.)

DALIOS: There is nothing to fear, it is the guardian.

(He calls into the room.)

DALIOS: Return to your rest! It is I, Dalios!

(He shuts the door and re-locks it.)

HIPPIAS: What? Who was it? You said no other person shares the great mystery.
DALIOS: The guardian is a person no longer. A thing, a creature, too horrible to imagine! Half-man, half-beast! Come.

(He leads the young man away.)


22: INT. NEWTON INSTITUTE. STUART'S ROOM

(Fully recovered, STUART leads the others into his room.)

STUART HYDE: Make yourselves comfortable...if you can.
DOCTOR: Thank you.
BRIGADIER LETHBRIDGE STEWART: Alright, Doctor, go on - what next? Having picked us all up by the scruff of the neck and bundled us all in here, what do you propose to do with us?
DOCTOR: Nothing at all. There's nothing to be done except wait.
JO: I seem to have heard that before.
DOCTOR: Speaking personally, I'd like a cup of tea. How about it, Stuart?
STUART HYDE: Well, I'll put the kettle on. Hey, Ruth, get the mugs out, er...
DR. RUTH INGRAM: Right.

(RUTH heads for the kitchen area.)

STUART HYDE: How about a sandwich? Only marmalade, I'm afraid.
SERGEANT BENTON: I'd love one, please.
BRIGADIER LETHBRIDGE STEWART: This isn't a picnic! One moment you're talking about the entire universe blowing up, and the next you're going on about tea! Doctor! What's happening?
DOCTOR: A great deal. For instance, you, Brigadier, you were caught in a hiatus in time.

(The BRIGADIER, his patience running out, raises his eyes to the skies.)

DOCTOR: Being without becoming! An ontological absurdity.
BRIGADIER LETHBRIDGE STEWART: I don't understand a word you're saying.
JO: Well, it's true. You and Benton and Dr. Ingram, well, you were...you were stuck.
BRIGADIER LETHBRIDGE STEWART: Nothing of the sort, Miss Grant.
DOCTOR: Well, you wouldn't be aware of it, of course. Because your time had slowed down too.
SERGEANT BENTON: And all because of this TOMTIT gadget?
DOCTOR: Yes, so it would seem. After all, it did make a crack in time, didn't it?
JO: A what?
BRIGADIER LETHBRIDGE STEWART: Oh, a gap between the now and the now, as Sergeant Benton put it.
DOCTOR: Yes, exactly. So we're bound to experience all kinds of freak side effects.

(RUTH returns with a plate of sandwiches.)

DR. RUTH INGRAM: You mean, even leaving Kronos and the crystal right out of it?
DOCTOR: That's correct.

(She holds out the plate to him.)

DR. RUTH INGRAM: Marmalade sandwich?
DOCTOR: No, thank you. Jo?

(He passes the plate to JO to take one.)

DR. RUTH INGRAM: Well, why weren't we affected when we were actually working the machine? I mean, we weren't slowed down.

(Having passed the plate back to RUTH, the DOCTOR starts to pick objects off STUART'S shelves.)

DOCTOR: Well, you stand right under a fountain, you don't necessarily get wet, do you?
DR. RUTH INGRAM: Oh, I see, mm.

(RUTH hands the plate to the BRIGADIER and BENTON.)

BRIGADIER LETHBRIDGE STEWART: Well, I'm dashed if I do. Doctor, what are you doing?
DOCTOR: Me? Collecting.


23: INT. NEWTON INSTITUTE. LABORATORY. FIRST ROOM

(The MASTER walks out of his TARDIS, clapping his hands in satisfaction. He has changed out of his business suit and is dressed in his usual collarless jacket suit.)

MASTER: Right! Now we shall soon be ready to move.

(He picks up a piece of equipment from TOMTIT and starts to work on it.)

KRASIS: (Fearfully.) Master, he may return. The mighty one may return!
MASTER: Oh, fortunate Atlantis - to be blessed with such a courageous high priest! Never fear - Kronos will only return if I desire it.
KRASIS: But the crystal!
MASTER: I am reversing the interstitial flow, thus draining the time energy from the crystal. Otherwise, we couldn't take it with us.
KRASIS: We? Where are we going?
MASTER: Where do you think? Atlantis, of course!


24: INT. NEWTON INSTITUTE. STUART'S ROOM

(The DOCTOR starts to throw his collected objects onto STUART'S bed.)

DOCTOR: Well, he must be stopped.
BRIGADIER LETHBRIDGE STEWART: Fair enough. Why don't we get on with it?
DOCTOR: Because we can't even find out what he's up to without the TARDIS. Right, a bottle - I need a bottle.

(STUART crosses from the kitchen with a milk bottle.)

STUART HYDE: How about this?
DOCTOR: No, no, that won't do. Erm, one with a narrow neck...a...a...a wine bottle.
STUART HYDE: Moroccan burgundy, for instance?
DOCTOR: Yes, that'll do nicely.

(STUART picks up an empty bottle from under the bed.)

STUART HYDE: There we are.
DOCTOR: Fine. And the cork?
STUART HYDE: Oh, you've got me there, I'm afraid, erm...

(RUTH comes out of the kitchen with the corkscrew.)

DR. RUTH INGRAM: How about this, Stu?
STUART HYDE: Oh, remarkable efficiency! Still on the corkscrew.
DOCTOR: Well done.
BRIGADIER LETHBRIDGE STEWART: (Angrily.) Doctor, I must insist - what are you up to?
DOCTOR: Delaying tactics, Brigadier. A small fly in the Master's metaphorical ointment.


25: INT. NEWTON INSTITUTE. LABORATORY. FIRST ROOM

(The MASTER turns a lever on one of the consoles as KRASIS watches through the doorway into the second room.)

MASTER: Right, nearly there.
KRASIS: The fire is dying! You are indeed the Master!

(The MASTER smiles with satisfaction.)


26: INT. NEWTON INSTITUTE. STUART'S ROOM

(Watched by the others, the DOCTOR is putting together a strange piece of equipment. The main part of it is the wine bottle with the cork part-rammed back in. A needle sticks upwards out of this.)

DOCTOR: Do give me a fork, Jo, will you?

(JO passes him a fork and the DOCTOR sticks this into the side of a second cork. Another fork still out of the other side. He presses this second adorned cork onto the needle that sticks upwards out of the first cork.)

DOCTOR: Right, so far, so good.
DR. RUTH INGRAM: Another nutcase!
STUART HYDE: Fruitcake standard!
JO: You just wait and see.


27: INT. NEWTON INSTITUTE. LABORATORY. SECOND ROOM

(The MASTER unplugs the unit that holds the crystal.)

MASTER: Right, Krasis, you'll have to help me to carry it.
KRASIS: No! No, I dare not!
MASTER: But there's nothing to be afraid of - I promise you. Do as I tell you!
KRASIS: Master, do not compel me! I beseech you!


28: INT. NEWTON INSTITUTE. STUART'S ROOM

(The DOCTOR has stuck another series of strange objects, topped by a metal ashtray, onto the second cork using the corkscrew, thus assembling an unusual tower. He dangles a set of keys from one of the stuck-out fork handles and a small bottle from the other.)

BRIGADIER LETHBRIDGE STEWART: And what's that meant to be?
DOCTOR: You're a philistine, Brigadier. It's not meant to be anything - it just is - I hope.
DR. RUTH INGRAM: You mean it's just a ridiculous piece of modern art?
DOCTOR: No, certainly not. It's a time-flow analogue.
STUART HYDE: Course it is, Ruth. You should have seen that at a glance!
DOCTOR: The relationships between the different molecular bonds and the...actual shapes form a crystalline structure of ratios.
BRIGADIER LETHBRIDGE STEWART: Does this make any sort of sense, Dr. Ingram?
DR. RUTH INGRAM: None whatsoever.
BRIGADIER LETHBRIDGE STEWART: Just as I thought. Doctor, please stop this silly game at once.
DOCTOR: Patience, Brigadier, patience. Now then, here goes.

(The spins the tower stuck into the cork round. It spins, but does little else.)

DOCTOR: Oh dear.
JO: What's up?
DOCTOR: Well, it doesn't work.
BRIGADIER LETHBRIDGE STEWART: You astound me.

(BENTON has trouble suppressing a grin.)

STUART HYDE: Bad luck, Doc. Have a cup of tea and drown your sorrows.
DOCTOR: Thank you.

(He takes the cup.)

DOCTOR: Tea! Yes, of course - tea leaves.

(He swigs the drink down in two goes and then places the empty cup on top of the tower.)

DOCTOR: Tea leaves.


29: INT. NEWTON INSTITUTE. LABORATORY. SECOND ROOM

MASTER: I give you my firm pledge, Krasis, the crystal is totally inactive.
KRASIS: It...it looks dead.
MASTER: Well, of course it is. I promise you.

(The MASTER takes the cover of the unit off and KRASIS gingerly reaches out for the crystal.)


30: INT. NEWTON INSTITUTE. STUART'S ROOM

DOCTOR: Right, here we go.

(He spins the tower round again. It starts to give out a bleeping noise and glows from within with a light.)


31: INT. NEWTON INSTITUTE. LABORATORY. SECOND ROOM

(At the same time, the crystal starts to glow. KRASIS snatches his hand back.)

KRASIS: No! No, the crystals afire! The great one comes again!
MASTER: The meddling fool!

(He runs into the first room.)


32: INT. NEWTON INSTITUTE. STUART'S ROOM

(The DOCTOR keeps his "device" spinning round, to the amazement of all the others, apart from a stone-faced BRIGADIER.)

JO: But what does it do? I mean, how does it actually affect the Master's plans.
DOCTOR: Well, it's just like jamming a radio signal, Jo. We used to make them at school to spoil each others time experiments.
DR. RUTH INGRAM: I don't believe it! I just don't believe it!


33: INT. NEWTON INSTITUTE. LABORATORY. FIRST ROOM

(The MASTER rams home a power lever...)


34: INT. NEWTON INSTITUTE. STUART'S ROOM

(...and a small explosion rips apart the tower. They all jump back.)

DOCTOR: Ah, well. Well, it was fun while it lasted.


35: EXT. COUNTRY ROAD

(A UNIT convoy, made up of the lead jeep, a troop carrier and a truck with the TARDIS on the back makes its way down a country road towards WOOTTON.)


36: INT. NEWTON INSTITUTE. LABORATORY. FIRST ROOM

(The MASTER is carrying the crystal unit towards his TARDIS when the voice of CAPTAIN YATES comes over a small transmitter unit on his wrist. KRASIS looks round for the source of the voices in the air.)

CAPTAIN MIKE YATES: Greyhound? Greyhound? This is Greyhound three. Over.

(The MASTER puts the unit down and looks at the device on his wrist. Within a small screen, he can see the approaching convoy.)

BRIGADIER LETHBRIDGE STEWART: Greyhound three - Greyhound. Thank you, Captain Yates. And where have you been? Over.
CAPTAIN MIKE YATES: Greyhound three. Won't be long now, sir. About ten miles or so. Over.
BRIGADIER LETHBRIDGE STEWART: Greyhound, well get your skates on, will you? We need the Doctor's TARDIS here double quick. Out.
CAPTAIN MIKE YATES: Greyhound three. Wilco. Out.

(KRASIS looks over the MASTER'S shoulder at the screen as he adjusts the image.)

KRASIS: Images that move and speak! Wagons but no oxen to draw them. This is indeed a time of wonders!

(The MASTER goes over to one of the TOMTIT consoles and starts making adjustments.)

MASTER: I will show you greater wonders than either.
KRASIS: Master Lord, you will not bring the mighty one here once more.
MASTER: Certainly not. I will just give you a demonstration of my power over time. Now, you watch this carefully.


37: EXT. COUNTRY ROAD

(A medieval KNIGHT, in full armour on horseback, appears over the brow of the road. The horse rears and the KNIGHT starts to charge the approaching convoy, as if he was in a jousting contest. From the passenger seat of the front jeep, CAPTAIN YATES looks at the figure in amazement.)

CAPTAIN MIKE YATES: Look out!

(All three vehicles in the convoy turn into the fields at both sides of the road and the KNIGHT charges through the gap. YATES jumps out of the jeep and looks back. He grabs a radio.)

CAPTAIN MIKE YATES: Greyhound three? We're stuck in the mud. Forced off the road by some goon in fancy dress - I think. Over.


38: INT. NEWTON INSTITUTE. STUART'S ROOM

(The DOCTOR thinks deeply as the BRIGADIER replies to the message.)

BRIGADIER LETHBRIDGE STEWART: Are you suffering from hallucinations, Captain Yates, or have you been drinking? Over.


39: EXT. COUNTRY ROAD

CAPTAIN MIKE YATES: I could do with one, I don't mind telling you! This character in armour just galloped at us. Do you know, sir? The King Arthur bit, then he vanished.


40: INT. NEWTON INSTITUTE. STUART'S ROOM

BRIGADIER LETHBRIDGE STEWART: In a puff of blue smoke, I suppose? You have been drinking!


41: INT. NEWTON INSTITUTE. LABORATORY. FIRST ROOM

MASTER: And that, Captain Yates, was just a sample.

(He adjusts both TOMTIT and his wrist receiver.)


42: EXT. COUNTRY ROAD

(CAPTAIN YATES shouts up to the UNIT SERGEANT in the back of the waiting troop carrier.)

CAPTAIN MIKE YATES: Right, Sergeant, get a shift on. I want to get out of here.
UNIT SERGEANT: Right, lads, everybody out!

(The soldiers start to clamber out of the vehicle. The SERGEANT stands and waits for further orders.)

CAPTAIN MIKE YATES: Right, Sergeant...

(A shot suddenly tears through the back of YATES' jeep.)

ROUNDHEAD OFFICER: (Shouts.) Open your ___.
UNIT SERGEANT: Look, sir.

(He points and YATES looks across the field to see a unit of ROUNDHEADS, complete with muskets and cannon aiming at the UNIT troops.)

ROUNDHEAD OFFICER: (Shouts.) Give fire to ___.

(Some of the troops fire their muskets...)

CAPTAIN MIKE YATES: (Shouts.) Hey! What do you think you're up to?!

(...and the others fire their cannon.)

CAPTAIN MIKE YATES: (Shouts.) Get down! Blithering idiot means it!

(The UNIT troops get down on their haunches and aim their rifles. YATES uses his radio.)

CAPTAIN MIKE YATES: Greyhound? Greyhound? Over.


43: INT. NEWTON INSTITUTE. STUART'S ROOM

BRIGADIER LETHBRIDGE STEWART: (Into radio, with forced patience.) I'm listening, Captain Yates, over?
CAPTAIN MIKE YATES: Another hallucination, sir. Roundheads attacking us with ball ammunition.

(The others in the room look at each other in surprise as they hear the message and the background shots.)

CAPTAIN MIKE YATES: Cannonballs in fact! Out!

(The BRIGADIER'S tenuous patience snaps...)

BRIGADIER LETHBRIDGE STEWART: Captain Yates, if this is some sort of a joke, I...!
DOCTOR: Believe me, Brigadier, this is no kind of a joke. This is deadly serious.
BRIGADIER LETHBRIDGE STEWART: Alright, Doctor, you tell me what's going on.
DOCTOR: Well, don't you see? Roundheads? Horsemen in armour? The Master's using that crystal to bring them back in time.
BRIGADIER LETHBRIDGE STEWART: So why don't we get over there and stop him?
DOCTOR: Because it would be suicide to go anywhere without the protection of the TARDIS.
SERGEANT BENTON: And that's stuck in the mud being battered by a load of Roundheads.
DOCTOR: We'd better go and fetch it. Come on.

(He heads for the door.)

DOCTOR: Come on, Jo. Brigadier, are you coming?
BRIGADIER LETHBRIDGE STEWART: Yes.

(The DOCTOR and JO leave.)

BRIGADIER LETHBRIDGE STEWART: Benton, you'd better stay here. If the Master shows his face, you know what to do.
SERGEANT BENTON: Yes, sir.
DR. RUTH INGRAM: Can I come, Brigadier?
STUART HYDE: I've always fancied myself as a bit of a cavalier!
BRIGADIER LETHBRIDGE STEWART: Sorry, you'd better stay here with the Sergeant.
DR. RUTH INGRAM: But, Brigadier...
BRIGADIER LETHBRIDGE STEWART: You're the only people who can handle that infernal machine, apart from the Doctor. I must ask you to place yourself under the Sergeant's command. Both of you - right?

(He leaves.)

DR. RUTH INGRAM: Full of old world charm, isn't he?

(RUTH and STUART click their tea mugs together in a toast and drink.)


44: EXT. NEWTON INSTITUTE

(The DOCTOR and JO wait in Bessie as the BRIGADIER comes out of the house.)

DOCTOR: Do buck up, Lethbridge Stewart.

(The BRIGADIER heads for his jeep.)

BRIGADIER LETHBRIDGE STEWART: Sorry, Doctor, a matter of some urgency. Better go under my own steam. Cheers - see you there. Try not to be far behind.

(He gets in and starts off. In Bessie, the DOCTOR pulls the superdrive switch, executes a turning circle in a flash and speeds past the jeep to the BRIGADIER'S amazement.)


45: EXT. COUNTRY ROAD

(The UNIT troops are now returning their fire at the Roundheads.)


46: INT. NEWTON INSTITUTE. LABORATORY. FIRST ROOM

(The MASTER and KRASIS continue to watch the battle.)

KRASIS: But why? Do you fear this machine so much?
MASTER: I fear nothing. It's just that I intend to go to Atlantis and I don't want my enemy to follow us. Now get on with it, you seventeenth century poltroons!


47: EXT. COUNTRY ROAD

(YATES runs forward to the protection of a gatepost. He pulls the key out of a grenade and throws it into the centre of the troop of Roundheads. They disappear into thin air just before the grenade harmlessly explodes. YATES looks out from the cover of the post and sees that the field is now empty.)


48: INT. NEWTON INSTITUTE. LABORATORY. FIRST ROOM

(The MASTER gives a snort of laughter.)

MASTER: I could have told you that wouldn't work, Captain Yates. Now...stand by to duck, for here comes the grand finale.

(He makes further adjustments to his wrist device and TOMTIT. The ominous image of a V1 rocket appears on his screen.)


49: INT. NEWTON INSTITUTE. STUART'S ROOM

(The drone of the machine reaches STUART'S room.)

DR. RUTH INGRAM: What's that?
STUART HYDE: Sounds like a motorbike.

(BENTON goes to the window.)

SERGEANT BENTON: Yeah, but...it's coming from the sky.


50: EXT. COUNTRY ROAD

(The V1 continues through the sky. Down below in a much slower Bessie, JO also hears the drone.)

JO: Doctor?
DOCTOR: Mmm?
JO: There's something wrong with the engine.
DOCTOR: Never - why?
JO: Well, listen - there's a funny noise.

(The DOCTOR brakes, as does the BRIGADIER next to them. The DOCTOR listens.)

DOCTOR: Oh no!

(The BRIGADIER gets out of his jeep.)

BRIGADIER LETHBRIDGE STEWART: What's up?
DOCTOR: Listen.

(They listen in silence.)

BRIGADIER LETHBRIDGE STEWART: That sounds like...no, it can't be!
DOCTOR: Oh yes, it can. It's displaced in time, but that's real enough - that's a V1.
JO: What?
DOCTOR: A V1, a doodlebug, a...buzzbomb. The Germans used them towards the end of the Hitler war.
JO: Well, what did they do?
BRIGADIER LETHBRIDGE STEWART: Blew up sizeable chunks of London. It that engine cuts out, then fall flat on your face because that'll mean its on the way down.
JO: Look, there's the convoy.

(She points across the fields. The convoy of three vehicles can be seen moving again beyond some trees. The BRIGADIER speaks urgently into his TM45 radio.)

BRIGADIER LETHBRIDGE STEWART: Greyhound three, greyhound three, can you hear me, Captain Yates? Over.

(CAPTAIN YATES' voice comes through but with a great deal of static.)

CAPTAIN MIKE YATES: Greyhound three, I can only just hear you, over.
BRIGADIER LETHBRIDGE STEWART: Yates, that thing is a bomb and its on its way to you - over!
CAPTAIN MIKE YATES: Say again, say again, I cannot read you, over.


51: INT. NEWTON INSTITUTE. LABORATORY. FIRST ROOM

(The MASTER flicks several switches.)


52: EXT. COUNTRY ROAD

(The drone of the V1 abruptly stops.)

DOCTOR: Jo, out of the car. Get down!

(They get out of the car quickly. The BRIGADIER yells into his radio.)

BRIGADIER LETHBRIDGE STEWART: Yates, get out of it, man! It's a bomb, it's a bomb! Get out of it, Yates!

(The convoy has disappeared behind a copse of trees.)

CAPTAIN MIKE YATES: Alright, lads! It's a bomb! Dive!

(Beyond the copse there is a massive explosion.)

BRIGADIER LETHBRIDGE STEWART: Yates?

(There is only static.)

BRIGADIER LETHBRIDGE STEWART: Yates, can you hear me?

(A cloud of smoke rises into the air.)

BRIGADIER LETHBRIDGE STEWART: Yates, can you hear me? Can you hear me? Over! Mike, can you hear me?!


Next Episode


Dr. Who
JON PERTWEE

Master
ROGER DELGADO

Jo Grant
KATY MANNING

Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart
NICHOLAS COURTNEY

Captain Mike Yates
RICHARD FRANKLIN

Sergeant Benton
JOHN LEVENE

Dr. Ruth Ingram
WANDA MOORE

Stuart Hyde
IAN COLLIER

Dr. Percival
JOHN WYSE

Unit Sergeant
SIMON LEGREE

Krasis
DONALD ECCLES

Kronos
MARC BOYLE

Dalios
GEORGE CORMACK

Hippias
AIDAN MURPHY

Knight
GREGORY POWELL

Roundhead Officer
DAVE CARTER

Written by
ROBERT SLOMAN

Title Music by
RON GRAINER
and BBC Radiophonic Workshop

Music
DUDLEY SIMPSON

Special Sound
BRIAN HODGSON

Film Cameraman
PETER HAMILTON

Film Sound
DEREK MEDUS

Film Editor
MARTYN DAY

Visual Effects Designer
MICHAELJOHN HARRIS

Script Editor
TERRANCE DICKS

Designer
TIM GLEESON

Producer
BARRY LETTS

Directed by
PAUL BERNARD

COLOUR

BBC 1972

 

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