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THE
TIME MONSTER

BY
ROBERT SLOMAN

EPISODE FIVE


1: INT. MASTER'S TARDIS

MASTER: Now, what are we going to do about you though? You're an embarrassment to me. As indeed is that antiquated piece of junk of the Doctor's. Now let me see...

(He looks down at the console.)

JO: (On scanner.) I don't really care anymore. Do what you like. But just get it over with.
MASTER: Your word is my command.

(He stabs a control on the console.)

MASTER: Goodbye, Miss Grant!

(The slowed down, tortured sound of materialisation fills the room.)


2: VORTEX

(In vortex, the two TARDIS's spin round, one superimposed over the other.)


3: INT. MASTER'S TARDIS

(The MASTER bursts into laughter as the image of JO on his scanner starts to rock wildly out of control prior to the two ship's separating.)


4: VORTEX

(The two ships are no longer joined together. They spin off in different directions into the infinity of vortex.)


5: INT. TARDIS. CONSOLE ROOM

(JO slowly comes to on the floor of the TARDIS. The air is filled with whispering voices.)

JO: (Weakly.) Doctor...
DOCTOR: (OOV.) Jo...Jo, are you in there?

(She sits up in surprise.)

JO: Doctor?

(She gets to her feet and looks round in space, trying to locate the source of the voice.)

JO: Well, it is you!
DOCTOR: (OOV.) Thank heavens you're alive.
JO: Oh, I'm so happy! Where are you?
DOCTOR: (OOV.) I'm nowhere, Jo. I'm in the time vortex. The TARDIS is relaying my thoughts to you.
JO: What are all those other voices I can hear?
DOCTOR: (OOV.) What other voices? Oh...oh, those are my subconscious thoughts. But I shouldn't listen to them too hard if I were you. I...I'm not all that proud of some of them.
JO: But I still don't understand? But you must be somewhere. Tell me how I can get you back?
DOCTOR: (OOV.) Well, you can't, Jo, but luckily the TARDIS can. That's why she's put us in touch.
JO: But what do you...I mean, w...w...what does she want me to do?
DOCTOR: (OOV.) Well, go to control panel number three.

(She walks round the console to one panel.)

JO: Okay.
DOCTOR: (OOV.) Now, lift the little lid marked "Extreme Emergency".

(She lifts a lid on a small unit.)

JO: Right.
DOCTOR: (OOV.) The one with the red handle inside?
JO: Mmm hm.
DOCTOR: (OOV.) Alright, Jo, pull it!

(She does so. With a sound of materialisation, the DOCTOR appears sat cross-legged on the floor. JO is still looking up into the air and fails to see him.)

DOCTOR: Hello, Jo.
JO: Doctor!

(She rushes to him and hugs him.)


6: EXT. ATLANTIS. FORECOURT OF THE TEMPLE OF POSEIDON

(In Atlantis, two trumpeters blow large curved ceremonial horns. The people and the councillors of the land stand in the forecourt of the temple which is adorned with Doric columns. The entrance to the temple itself is an ornamental entrance at the rear. To the side is the palace of the King. The people wear a mixture of robes and have their hear long. The green robed and armoured guards carry tridents.)

FIRST ATLANTIAN COURTIER: Open the doors!
SECOND ATLANTIAN COURTIER: Open the doors!

(To stirring music, the doors to the palace are opened and DALIOS steps out. He stands on the steps of the temple and waits. Behind him, four black slaves carry out a litter chair. In it sits a voluptuous red-headed woman, many years younger than DALIOS. She is adorned with gold over her luxuriant white robe and stroking a black cat which sits on her knee. The woman is GALLEIA, Queen of Atlantis. They place the chair next to DALIOS who bows to the council, as do the people. He then sits on a stone throne. A handmaiden, LAKIS, stands behind the Queen. A courtier - CRITO - slams down a staff three times on the stone floor.)

CRITO: Peace, my brothers. His holiness, the most venerable priest of Poseidon, king of the ten kings, will hear his council.

(HIPPIAS steps forward, to a cold smile from the Queen.)

HIPPIAS: My lord, your holiness, most venerable priest of...
DALIOS: (Smiles.) Yes, yes, yes, I hear you, friend.
HIPPIAS: Lord, may I speak plainly?
DALIOS: (Good humoured.) It would grieve me to think you would ever speak otherwise. Speak as a friend should speak.
HIPPIAS: You are popular, Dalios. The people love you. Will their love fill their bellies in the winter when the granaries are empty?

(DALIOS sits up sharply, a look of anger on his face. The crowd murmurs.)

DALIOS: Your words are plain indeed, Hippias. What would you have me do? Order the rain to fall?
HIPPIAS: Aye, Dalios, I would!

(Another young councillor grabs HIPPIAS' arm.)

MISEUS: Hippias!
DALIOS: Have a care!

(HIPPIAS is carried away with himself. He raises his voice.)

HIPPIAS: Indeed, I shall have a care! A care for the people of Atlantis. A care that foolish superstition, old wive's tales, the fear of old men should not prevent our caring for them as our rank demands!
MISEUS: He speaks the truth, O, King.
DALIOS: You know not what you ask.

(HIPPIAS ascends the steps and turns and faces the crowd.)

HIPPIAS: Must I be plainer still?! I know quite well! I ask for the blessings out forefathers once enjoyed! I ask for the divine power to be given back to the land, from which it was most cruelly stolen!


7: INT. MASTER'S TARDIS

(The MASTER is working out his position on a map of Atlantis.)

KRASIS: But, Master, why are we not in Atlantis?
MASTER: My dear Krasis, I must work out our landing coordinates as accurately as possible. You see, your people must realise immediately that I am the Master, that I come from the gods and that I am bringing Kronos back to them.
KRASIS: Where then will you arrive?
MASTER: Why...smack in the middle of the temple, of course.

(He points at a place on the map.)


8: EXT. ATLANTIS. FORECOURT OF THE TEMPLE OF POSEIDON

(The meeting is getting more out of hand. DALIOS stands and raises his arms for silence.)

DALIOS: (Shouts.) Brothers, silence!

(The order is not instantly obeyed.)

DALIOS: (Shouts.) Peace, peace, I say.

(The crowd falls silent.)

DALIOS: I shall speak plainly too. You ask for the blessings of the golden years. Yet there came a time when Atlantis grew to hate them. What would you have, Hippias? If you were master of Kronos, lord of time - ten crops in one season? A surfeit of fishes? An ocean of wine? Then take the barren soil as well, the stinking piles of rotting meat, an idle drunken people - I tell you: Kronos was a curse!
HIPPIAS: But Dalios, I...
CRITO: (Shouts.) Be silent! The King speaks!
DALIOS: I have seen a temple, twice the size of this, fall through a crack in the very bedrock of the earth. I have seen a city drowned, a land laid waste by fire, so listen to the fears of an old man. For I tell you, if Kronos came again, Atlantis would be doomed, destroyed, never to rise again!

(The crowd starts to mutter once more. It is GALLEIA who first hears the noise of the materialisation of the MASTER'S TARDIS. She gets to her feet.)

GALLEIA: No, listen - I hear strange music.

(The crowd fall silent and listen as well.)

GALLEIA: There it is again.

(In an empty space to one side of the temple, the computer unit appears and solidifies.

GALLEIA: Look!
DALIOS: Guards!

(The guards surround the MASTER'S TARDIS with their tridents. The door in the side slides open and the MASTER emerges to gasps. He calmly pushes a trident aside and steps forward.)

DALIOS: Who are you?
MASTER: I am the Master. I come as an emissary from the gods.

(DALIOS is almost amused.)

DALIOS: Indeed? Any god in particular?
MASTER: Of course, why should you trust me?

(He snaps his fingers and KRASIS steps out of the TARDIS, to gasps of shock from the assembled people.)

ATLANTEAN: Krasis!
DALIOS: (Shocked.) Krasis!
MASTER: Now do you believe me?
DALIOS: What do you want?
MASTER: To speak of the ancient mysteries - the secrets of the mighty Kronos.

(There are more gasps of shock. DALIOS looks sternly at the MASTER.)

DALIOS: You are brave indeed, oh Master. An emissary from the gods? Brothers, should I listen to this man?

(GALLEIA steps forward, her eyes lit up. It is clear that she is very taken with the MASTER.)

GALLEIA: He has the very bearing of a god himself.
MISEUS: He appeared from the heavens like Zeus.
DALIOS: I have seen many such tricks. Krasis?

(The old high priest steps forward.)

KRASIS: Most venerable, I have seen him!

(The people gasp again.)

KRASIS: I have seen the mighty one!

(Even DALIOS is shocked at this...)

DALIOS: You have seen Kronos? (To the MASTER.) We must speak together privately. The council is at an end. Come, lady.

(He starts to walk back into the palace, followed by KRASIS. The MASTER also follows, but he stops momentarily to bow at the Queen. A look of understanding passes between them.)

CRITO: The council is at an end. The king departs. Sound trumpets!

(The MASTER follows the others. GALLEIA mutters to herself...)

GALLEIA: He had the bearing of the gods.

(This does not go un-noticed by HIPPIAS.)


9: INT. TARDIS. CONSOLE ROOM

(The time sensor is once more active.)

DOCTOR: There we are, Jo - on our way to Atlantis.
JO: But you can't just take the TARDIS wherever you want, can you? I mean, you haven't even managed to fix it yet? Or have you?
DOCTOR: No, not entirely, but the time sensor will lead us to where the Master's TARDIS is.
JO: But not inside it?
DOCTOR: No, that's right. Not this time. But we'll soon find out.


10: EXT. ATLANTIS. FORECOURT OF THE TEMPLE OF POSEIDON

(HIPPIAS is trying to gain entry to the palace and is being stopped by KRASIS.)

HIPPIAS: But, Krasis, I beseech you! Please give me the chance!

(Before KRASIS can reply, he hears the materialisation of the DOCTOR'S TARDIS. They run across the forecourt to where the sound is coming from and, with MISEUS and some guards, watch the police box appear next to the computer unit. The DOCTOR and JO step out, straight into a set of pointed tridents. The DOCTOR spots KRASIS almost immediately.)

DOCTOR: Well, well, well. Isn't it a small world?
KRASIS: You are still alive?
DOCTOR: Yes, so it would seem.
KRASIS: But not for long! Guards!

(They are about to thrust their tridents into the pair but...)

HIPPIAS: No! I forbid it! Are you mad? Who are these strangers?
KRASIS: They are the enemies of the Master, and therefore the enemies of our people and our land.
DOCTOR: We've come here to warn you that...
KRASIS: (Interrupts.) Silence! (To HIPPIAS.) You will regret this interference, lord. (To a GUARD.) Take them to the King!
GUARD: Come, this way.

(The GUARD and his compatriots lead the DOCTOR and JO into the palace.)


11: EXT. ATLANTIS. PALACE. KING'S TERRACE

(DALIOS sits on a chair on his columned terrace which overlooks the buildings of the city. The MASTER stands before him and two guards stand on the door.)

DALIOS: But if the high priest saw fit to break a scared trust, you think that good reason for the king to follow?

(Behind a nearby pillar, GALLEIA stands hidden, listening to every word.)

MASTER: Your high priest saw the crystal in my hands. He saw Kronos himself, saw him dominated by me. Krasis knows that I am the Master of Kronos.
DALIOS: Krasis is but a slave at heart.
MASTER: Maybe, but he has come to learn that it is as well to obey me.
DALIOS: You seek to make me fear you?
MASTER: Oh, not at all.

(Unbidden, he sits next to the King and stares into his eyes.)

MASTER: But if you will but see, like Krasis, that I am indeed the Master of Kronos, then naturally you will obey me...

(His voice hardens as he attempts to hypnotise the King...)

MASTER: You will obey me...you will obey me!

(DALIOS smiles and bursts into laughter.)

DALIOS: A very elementary technique of fascination!

(He gets up.)

DALIOS: I'm too old a fish, too old in years and in the hidden ways to be caught in such a net.

(He looks down at the MASTER in amused contempt.)

DALIOS: You are no emissary from the gods.
MASTER: But you saw...!
DALIOS: (Cutting.) Tell me then, what of great Poseidon? What did he have for breakfast? Fish, I suppose? And what of Zeus and Hera? What is the latest gossip from Olympus? Do tell me!
MASTER: I underestimated you, Dalios.
DALIOS: (Angrily.) I'm no child to play with such painted dolls. Kronos is not god, no titan. I know that and so do you.
MASTER: The king is old in wisdom.
DALIOS: Now you try to flatter me. You'll pull a string and want to see me dance. You shall not have the crystal!

(The MASTER stands.)

MASTER: I shall go now. I have nothing more to say to you!

(He heads for the door but the guards cross their tridents.)

DALIOS: You have said nothing to me yet. When you find the true words to speak, I will listen.

(The guards let the MASTER through and follow him out. Across the room, GALLEIA watches from her hiding place.)


12: EXT. ATLANTIS. PALACE. ANTECHAMBER TO TERRACE

(A furious MASTER walks into the antechamber from the King's terrace - and straight into the DOCTOR and JO, escorted by HIPPIAS and their guards. The DOCTOR grins.)

DOCTOR: Good afternoon! Now where have I seen that face before?

(The MASTER looks stupefied. His mouth moves but no words come out.)

DOCTOR: Can't think of anything to say?
JO: How about: "Curses, foiled again!"?

(The two grin as the MASTER storms off.)

HIPPIAS: Come this way.

(He leads them towards the terrace.)


13: INT. ATLANTIS. PALACE. QUEEN'S CHAMBER

(Having returned from the terrace, GALLEIA walks into her own richly decorated stone chambers. Her face looks thoughtful.)


14: EXT. ATLANTIS. PALACE. KING'S TERRACE

(The DOCTOR, JO and HIPPIAS stand before the King.)

DALIOS: Strangers are uncommon in our land. Who are you?
DOCTOR: Er, this is Jo, Jo Grant, your majesty.
DALIOS: You are welcome, Jo Jo Grant. Surely as in ancient times, a goddess has descend from Olympus.
JO: But I'm not a goddess! Honestly, I'm not.
DALIOS: No, no, of course you're not, my child. Forgive the clumsy gallantry of an old man. I'm afraid I'm sadly out of practice. Hippies?
HIPPIAS: Lord?
DALIOS: Take the lady Jo Jo Grant to the Queen while I talk with this, er...?
JO: Oh, this is the Doctor.
DALIOS: This learned man.
HIPPIAS: This way, lady.

(HIPPIAS opens the door. JO steps forward but looks back at the DOCTOR with reluctance.)

DOCTOR: You'll be alright.

(JO and HIPPIAS go.)

DALIOS: Forgive the roughness of your welcome. Hippias has all the delicacy of a red-necked fisherman.
DOCTOR: Nevertheless, he did save our lives, your majesty.
DALIOS: Indeed? He kept that to himself.


15: INT. ATLANTIS. PALACE. QUEEN'S CHAMBER

(GALLEIA sits on a divan, holding a hand mirror whilst LAKIS rearranges her hair.)

GALLEIA: But what did you think of him, Lakis?
LAKIS: He has the bearing of a god, lady.
GALLEIA: My very thoughts. In fact, my very words. (Coldly.) Are you teasing me, girl? Would you dare?
LAKIS: No, lady, no.

(GALLEIA considers.)

GALLEIA: No, I hardly think you would.

(She moves the mirror round in order that she can see the girl's face.)

GALLEIA: Are you frightened? I shan't be angered by your reply...if it is an honest one.
LAKIS: I like...the lord Hippias better.

(GALLEIA gives a short laugh.)

GALLEIA: A sweetmeat. A confection for a child's taste. I prefer this Master. He would not claw you upon the tongue as Hippias does.
LAKIS: He is a very handsome man, lady.
GALLEIA: Handsome? Aye, he looked well enough. But his face, Lakis - it was a face of power. A man with such a face would dare risk the world to win his own desire. Hippias is but a boy, a petulant boy.

(At that moment, the door to the chamber opens and HIPPIAS enters. He has heard these final comments.)

HIPPIAS: I am a foolish one, no doubt, to trust a queen.

(GALLEIA stands in anger.)

GALLEIA: Foolish, certainly, to think himself man enough to love a queen.

(Behind her, she hears LAKIS turning and leaving the chamber.)

GALLEIA: No, Lakis, come back. The lord Hippias is not staying.
HIPPIAS: The lord Hippias would not be here at all, but he has been sent on an errand by the King.
GALLEIA: Then give me your message and go.

(He turns and calls into the hallway where JO waits with a guard.)

HIPPIAS: Lady! (To GALLEIA.) I did my best.
GALLEIA: (Contemptuously.) He made you look a fool.

(A very nervous JO walks in.)

HIPPIAS: Lady Galleia, may I present to you the lady Jo Jo Grant. The King bids you treat her as an honoured guest.

(JO steps forward and holds out her hand in twentieth century custom.)

JO: How do you...

(She sees the cold look that the Queen gives her and steps back.)

JO: Greetings.

(GALLEIA bows her head in greeting.)

GALLEIA: Greetings, lady. You come from a far land?
JO: It couldn't be much further.
HIPPIAS: She and her companion fell from the skies - as did the Master.
GALLEIA: A day of wonders.
JO: You can say that again!
GALLEIA: Why should I say it again? Lakis?

(LAKIS steps forward.)

GALLEIA: Show the lady Jo Jo Grant...
JO: Oh, it's just Jo, actually.
GALLEIA: Your pardon. Show the lady Jo to a guest room.

(She looks over JO'S short-skirted dress, boots and fun-fur coat.)

GALLEIA: And give her attire more fitting to a lady of the court.
LAKIS: Yes, lady.
JO: Thank you.
LAKIS: (To JO.) This way.

(They start to walk out.)

GALLEIA: And Lakis? Return quickly. I have an errand for you.
LAKIS: Yes, lady.

(They leave for the inner rooms.)

HIPPIAS: And none for me to run? A flower perhaps? A token of undying love to some lordling of the court. But no, it would be dead before it were delivered.

(GALLEIA steps forward, her lips pursed and her eyes cold...)

GALLEIA: You are impertinent! Remember, I am Galleia, Queen of Atlantis, daughter of kings and wife of Dalios. So, have a care.

(She strokes his cheek and steps away.)

HIPPIAS: Your pardon. I took you for another. I knew Galleia once, you see? The woman, not the queen. A sweet and loving lady. I took you for her. Please do forgive me.

(She has her back to him. She does not turn.)

GALLEIA: You may go.
HIPPIAS: I thank you, lady.

(He steps out a closer the door. GALLEIA sits on the divan.)

GALLEIA: Lakis? Lakis, come to me at once.

(LAKIS enters and stands warily.)

GALLEIA: Come closer.

(She does so.)

GALLEIA: Go to the lord Master, and when no one is near, say quietly to him only one word...
LAKIS: What word, lady?
GALLEIA: Kronos.


16: EXT. ATLANTIS. PALACE. KING'S TERRACE (EVENING)

(Night is approaching and from the terrace, the city is almost in darkness. The DOCTOR and DALIOS' conversation continues as the King paces the terrace in a distracted manner.)

DALIOS: Kronos, Kronos, Kronos... I am the last alive who has known, who has seen, who remembers with a terror of twisted guts. And these fools would have me bring him back.
DOCTOR: Well, why didn't you destroy the crystal?
DALIOS: We tried and merely split the f...smaller crystal from it. It cannot be destroyed.
DOCTOR: Yes, of course. Just like the TARDIS. It has its being outside time and its appearance is here.
DALIOS: You are a philosopher, friend.
DOCTOR: Well, if wisdom is to seek the truth, I am, yes.

(DALIOS sits next to the DOCTOR, growing fearful as he speaks.)

DALIOS: Then help me, Doctor. Help me to find a way to stop these evil men. Help me to save Atlantis from destruction!


17: INT. ATLANTIS. PALACE. QUEEN'S CHAMBER (EVENING)

(LAKIS shows the MASTER into GALLEIA'S chamber by the back entrance. The room is now lit by torches but the Queen is not there.)

MASTER: Where is she?
LAKIS: If you will please wait, lord.
MASTER: The Master waits for no one. I shall return when the Queen is ready to speak with me.

(He turns for the door but GALLEIA is there already, her cat in her arms.)

GALLEIA: Please stay. Lord, great lord, be seated.

(She gestures at the divan. The MASTER bows but does not sit.)

GALLEIA: The wine, Lakis.

(LAKIS brings forward two golden goblets and hands them out.)

GALLEIA: You may go. Minister to the needs of our guest.

(LAKIS goes into the inner rooms. The Queen and her guest sit on the divan with their wine. The MASTER looks into GALLEIA'S eyes, but attempts a more subtle form of hypnotism.)

MASTER: Lady Queen, you are beautiful.

(GALLEIA almost purrs...)


18: INT. ATLANTIS. PALACE. QUEEN'S GUEST ROOM (EVENING)

(JO comes out from behind a screen. She wears a long, multi-coloured Atlantian robe. Over her own hear, she wears a long golden wig in the braided style of the women of the court. She looks in a mirror as LAKIS looks on smiling.)

JO: Wow! What a groovy dress! Do you reckon it'll get mum's approval?
LAKIS: (Puzzled.) Mum? Oh, you mean Queen Galleia?
JO: Yeah, guess so.
LAKIS: (Laughs.) Mum!
JO: Anyway, let's go and give her a preview.

(She heads for the door.)

LAKIS: No, I'm sorry. She does not wish to be disturbed. The lord Master is with her.
JO: Is he now?
LAKIS: They speak of the sacred mysteries.
JO: Kronos and all that bit?
LAKIS: (Shocked.) It is forbidden!
JO: But that is what they're on about?
LAKIS: Yes.
JO: Right.

(She starts to pull the door open.)

LAKIS: No, you mustn't go in - you mustn't!
JO: Look, I'll be quiet as a... Do they have mice in Atlantis?
LAKIS: Yes.
JO: Well, that's what I'll be as quiet as - an Atlantian mouse, okay?

(She opens the door a crack and listens...)


19: INT. ATLANTIS. PALACE. QUEEN'S CHAMBER (EVENING)

(...as within.)

GALLEIA: You're a man who knows what he wants, lord Master.
MASTER: And takes it.
GALLEIA: You want the crystal?
MASTER: (Nods.) I am going to possess it.
GALLEIA: Not without my consent.
MASTER: Of course not. But, erm, I am confident that you will give it.
GALLEIA: Why should I help you?
MASTER: For the sake of Atlantis, lady. Would you not see her restored to her former glory? Rich, powerful, magnificent among the nations of the world? (Laughs quietly.) Who would not be ruler of such a country?
GALLEIA: (Quietly insistent.) Nothing must happen to Dalios.
MASTER: Why should it? He will rule for many years - the beloved sovereign of a beloved prosperous people.
GALLEIA: But surely you would want to...
MASTER: Well, purely because of lord Dalios' great age, it might be well if he were "relieved" of some of the more onerous duties of kingship. But the reins of power, Lady Queen, should be in stronger hands - hands such as yours.

(He puts a gloved hand over her be-jewelled one. She completes the pact by putting her left hand on top.)

GALLEIA: And yours?
MASTER: It would be a pleasure to serve you. And then, when the end comes for Dalios, as...it must come for all men, then perhaps?
GALLEIA: The crystal shall be yours.


20: INT. ATLANTIS. PALACE. QUEEN'S GUEST ROOM (EVENING)

(JO and LAKIS look at each other.)

MASTER: (OOV: Within chamber.) Tell me - where is it kept?


21: INT. ATLANTIS. PALACE. QUEEN'S CHAMBER (EVENING)

GALLEIA: Deep in the earth...
MASTER: Mm hmm.
GALLEIA: Beneath the temple. Dalios has the key. (Smiles.) Oh, and Krasis has the key.
MASTER: Well then, Krasis will take me there. I'll speak with him immediately.
GALLEIA: I wish it were as simple as that. No one can get near, save Dalios himself. It's certain death to try.
MASTER: What is the danger?

(GALLEIA looks fearful.)

GALLEIA: The guardian.


22: EXT. ATLANTIS. PALACE. KING'S TERRACE (NIGHT)

(Torches have also been lit on the terrace as night has now fallen.)

DOCTOR: Yes, but who is the guardian?
DALIOS: A beast - a man. You can take your choice. Once he was my friend, a fellow councillor, a great athlete. And just as I longed for the wisdom the years alone could bring, so he craved great strength. The strength of the bull and a long life in which to use it.
DOCTOR: Well, it's a harmless enough ambition, I should have thought?
DALIOS: So should I. But Kronos in his blind sport gave him his desire. But not only the strength - the head of a bull. And so he has remained for the past five hundred years or more.
DOCTOR: (Realising.) It's the minotaur.
DALIOS: (Puzzled.) Please?
DOCTOR: It doesn't matter. Please go on.
DALIOS: Well, there's little more to tell. No one else shall suffer as he has suffered. Till the last day of his life, for which he longs so ardently, he will guard the crystal. No one can approach it. To try is certain death.


23: INT. ATLANTIS. PALACE. QUEEN'S CHAMBER (NIGHT)

(KRASIS has been summoned to the Queen's chamber. She relaxes on the divan while the MASTER and KRASIS stand before her.)

MASTER: Would you like to volunteer, Krasis?
KRASIS: (Shocked.) No, lord, no!
GALLEIA: Very well then. We shall send one down who is mighty with the sword, and who longs with all his heart to seize the crystal. One whose death would be of little account.
KRASIS: But who, Lady?
GALLEIA: (Smiles.) Hippias, of course.


24: INT. ATLANTIS. PALACE. QUEEN'S GUEST ROOM (NIGHT)

(JO and LAKIS come back from the door. The handmaiden is distraught.)

LAKIS: What can we do? What can we do?
JO: We'll tell the Doctor. That's what we can do. Now, take me to the King.
LAKIS: Oh, I dare not, Lady Jo.
JO: Would you rather let your precious Hippias face that creature?

(LAKIS summons her courage.)

LAKIS: Oh well, come quickly then!

(She takes her to a rear door.)


24: INT. ATLANTIS. PALACE. QUEEN'S ANTECHAMBER (NIGHT)

(LAKIS checks that the coast in clear.)

LAKIS: This way.

(They move off.)


25: EXT. ATLANTIS. FORECOURT OF THE TEMPLE OF POSEIDON (NIGHT)

(They approach the steps to the palace from the temple. Two trident-armed sentries stand on duty. The tridents are crossed in their path when they attempt to approach the main doors.)

GUARD: Halt!
JO: Take me to the King.

(The door to the palace opens and CRITO walks out.)

CRITO: The King is not to be disturbed.
JO: But I've got to see the Doctor! It's a matter of life and death!
CRITO: Indeed it is - yours.
JO: Will you hear what I've got to say?
LAKIS: Come, my lady.

(LAKIS pulls JO away and they whisper.)

JO: (Whispers.) What's the matter?
LAKIS: (Whispers.) Have a care. The Lord Crito is no friend to Hippias.
JO: (Whispers.) ___.

(They suddenly hear movement across the forecourt. LAKIS pulls JO into the shadows and they watch as a door opens and KRASIS and HIPPIAS come out. HIPPIAS is armed with a sword. They move off.)

JO: Right, they're going now. I'll follow them. You try to get in and tell the Doctor, and the King for that matter. Alright? Now take care.

(JO follows the two men who cross towards the entrance to the temple. KRASIS beckons HIPPIAS onwards and JO watches as HIPPIAS draws his sword and walks in.)

JO: (In a shocked whisper.) No!

(She runs across the forecourt and into the temple.)


26: INT. ATLANTIS. THE TEMPLE OF POSEIDON (NIGHT)

JO: No, Hippias! Don't go in there!

(From the shadows, KRASIS jumps out and grabs her. For all his great age, he manages to pull her away.)


27: INT. ATLANTIS. THE TEMPLE OF POSEIDON. CATACOMBS (NIGHT)

(The great wooden door is opened and JO is thrown to the floor. The door is pulled to behind her. She gets up and starts hammering on it.)

JO: Open the door and let me out!

(She turns. From the darkness of the columns comes the bellow of an animal. JO looks over in the direction of the sound and a look of sheer terror appears on her face...)


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Dr. Who
JON PERTWEE

Master
ROGER DELGADO

Jo Grant
KATY MANNING

Dalios
GEORGE CORMACK

Galleia
INGRID PITT

Krasis
DONALD ECCLES

Hippias
AIDAN MURPHY

Crito
DEREK MURCOTT

Lakis
SUSAN PENHALIGON

Miseus
MICHAEL WALKER

Minotaur
DAVE PROWSE

Guard
MELVILLE JONES

Written by
ROBERT SLOMAN

Title Music by
RON GRAINER
and BBC Radiophonic Workshop

Music
DUDLEY SIMPSON

Special Sound
BRIAN HODGSON

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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