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PLANET OF THE DALEKS

BY
TERRY NATION

EPISODE THREE


1: EXT. JUNGLE

REBEC: Somewhere on this planet there are ten thousand Daleks!

(TARON looks stunned. REBEC breaks into another fit of coughing.)

TARON: Are you fit to move?

(REBEC nods.)

TARON: We must find the others quickly. They're bound to send a patrol to investigate the crash.
REBEC: With any luck, they might think there were no survivors.

(TARON hears the sound of several people coughing nearby and looks as VABER returns through the smoke with two more beige spacesuit-fitted, young Thal men. VABER helps one of the - LATEP - along with his arm slung across his shoulder while MARAT can walk unaided.)

TARON: Maret! Latep! Are you alright?
LATEP: Just shaken. We came down with a bang.
MARAT: I'm alright.
TARON: Good. We must move, it's not fit to stay here.
REBEC: Do you have a plan?
TARON: Yes, yes, I think so.
VABER: (Impatiently.) We'd better get a move on, we haven't got much time!

(TARON leads the way off...)


2: EXT. DALEK CITY ENTRANCE

(JO, accompanied by an invisible WESTER who is carrying a branch for protection, hides in the bushes near to the entrance to the DALEK city. It has been built into solid rock and its entrance is all that can be seen. This appears to be some primitive Spiridon work like a former temple. On either side of the tall entrance are carvings of alien shapes, rather like two totem poles. In front of these stand two DALEK guards. Figures covered entirely in purple fur robes wheel large tubs of the green vegetation into the city and through the high open double doors. JO whispers to WESTER...)

JO: Is this the only way into the city?
WESTER: Yes.
JO: Somehow I've got to find a way of getting past those Dalek guards.
WESTER: Even if you could, what would you do once you got in there?
JO: Well, find the Doctor and try to rescue him.
WESTER: Ah...

(JO looks in puzzlement at the fur-covered figures.)

WESTER: Those are my people - the Spiridons. The Daleks have made them slaves.
JO: But I can see them now!
WESTER: Ah, you see the furs they wear to protect them from the cold.
JO: What are they taking into the city?
WESTER: Samples of our vegetation. The Daleks are experimenting with plant-destroying bacteria.
JO: Now, if I could hide in one of those bundles...
WESTER: You can't risk it.
JO: Look, if I got into the city, where's the most likely place they'd be holding the Doctor?
WESTER: In the lower levels, most certain - deep, deep down.
JO: I'm going to try it.


3: INT. DALEK CITY. CELL

(CODAL nervously paces the cell as the DOCTOR continues to adapt the TARDIS log.)

CODAL: Doctor?
DOCTOR: Mmm?
CODAL: If this jamming device of yours works, we'll have a weapon that we can use against all the Daleks. We can give the lot of them brain-storms.
DOCTOR: No, I'm afraid not, Codal. You see, the Daleks armour acts as a sort of shield, so we've got to get in very close. In any case, the effect will only be temporary.
CODAL: Well, how long will it last then?
DOCTOR: Well, if we're lucky, long enough to get away. That is...if...
CODAL: If what?
DOCTOR: If it works.

(The DOCTOR continues working. Now CODAL looks even more nervous...)


4: EXT. ICE TUNNEL ENTRANCE

(TARON has taken MARAT and REBEC to a small tunnel entrance, no more than a couple of feet wide, in a rock face on the edge of the jungle. It can be seen that inside the tunnel, the walls are composed of ice. REBEC puts her hands in a small pool of liquid that drips down the rock in front of the cave. The liquid has a slight greenish hue.)

REBEC: It's freezing!
TARON: Yeah, it's an anatrope of ice.
REBEC: A what?
TARON: Well, it's a form of ice that never gets hard. Codal is convinced that the core of this whole planet is a mass of it, because every once in a while the pressure builds up and the whole thing bursts to the surface.
REBEC: Like a volcano?
TARON: Yeah, but instead of...instead of white hot lava, this erupts with molten ice. We've seen it - tremendous explosions - the ice covers the jungle for miles around!
MARAT: Are there many of these outlets?
TARON: Yes, dozens of them, but this is the nearest one to the city.
REBEC: Yes, but...why's it important to us?
TARON: Ah, well...when they built the city, they used this ice volcano to provide a cooling system. They drove shafts out to meet the natural fissures.
MARAT: So if we could find the junctions we could get right inside the city?
TARON: That's the theory anyway.

(MARAT crouches down and looks into the ice tunnel.)

TARON: Trouble is we don't know if the shafts will stay wide enough to crawl through...and we'll have no idea which tunnel to follow.
REBEC: And if the ice erupts when we're in there?

(TARON looks at her, but before he can answer, VABER and LATEP return through the jungle. VABER carries one of the bombs.)

VABER: I've left the rest of the explosives in a safe hiding place.
TARON: Good.
VABER: I've marked the position - just in case.

(He hands TARON a map which he looks over and passes to MARAT.)

TARON: (To MARAT and REBEC.) Switch on your heating units. It's going to be cold in there.

(The two adjust a small electronic pack on the belt of their spacesuits.)

TARON: You two get started.

(MARAT nods and he and REBEC crawl into the tunnel.)

TARON: Vaber, Latep, remember - positions by the main entrance to the city. If we manage to cause a diversion - you attack.
VABER: Right.

(LATEP nods and moves off. TARON turns to follow the other two.)

VABER: Er, Taron. Er, about what happened, I'm...

(His apology dries up.)

TARON: Forget it.

(VABER follows LATEP without a word or a gesture. TARON starts to crawl into the ice tunnel.)


5: INT. DALEK CITY. CELL

(The DOCTOR finishes adapting the log.)

DOCTOR: Oh, well that's it. That's the best that I can do.

(He passes it to CODAL to look over.)

DOCTOR: There's only one thing we need now.
CODAL: What's that?
DOCTOR: A Dalek to try it out on.


6: EXT. JUNGLE

(In the jungle two, fur-clad Spiridons dump vegetation into one of the tubs. JO and WESTER watch. The two Spiridons move into the trees.)

WESTER: Quickly - now!

(JO runs up and into the tub, pulling the vegetation over herself. Seconds later, the Spiridons return with more supplies, throw it into the tub and wheel it away. JO pokes her head up briefly to see where they are going.)


7: EXT. DALEK CITY ENTRANCE

(The Spiridons wheel the tub into the city past the DALEK guards.)


8: INT. ICE TUNNEL

(The Thals crawl along the ice tunnel on their hands and knees, TARON in front, REBEC behind and MARAT bringing up the rear. They can hear constantly rumbles of ice flows and these sounds echo through the cramped tunnel. Turning a corner, the angle of the tunnel is constantly downwards. The three stop and huddle for a moment.)

REBEC: Oh, it's so cold! My heating unit's turned to maximum but I'm still freezing.
MARAT: Ha...how far do you think we've come?
TARON: It's hard to tell. We should strike one of the cooling ducts soon.

(There is a louder rumble, loud enough to be a crash.)

REBEC: What's that?

(They look down the empty but ominous tunnels in both directions but see nothing.)

TARON: I don't know - just keep moving!

(He pushes REBEC ahead. He is about to follow but a nervous MARAT holds him back.)

MARAT: Taron - could be the start of an eruption?
TARON: It's possible.
MARAT: Then let's get back while we still have time.
TARON: No, if it's coming, we're already too late. We've no chance of getting to the surface in time. Our only chance is to strike one of the shafts and quickly!

(He crawls off. REBEC is waiting a little further along and TARON re-takes the lead.


9: INT. DALEK CITY. CONTROL ROOM

(The Spiridons wheel the tub into the control room and leave it there, next to a window overlooking a small laboratory. A DALEK glides into the control room and joins another as JO pokes her head out of the vegetation. A DALEK turns and JO quickly ducks down. The DALEK that has just arrived speaks.)

FIRST DALEK: Attention! The prisoners are to be taken for interrogation immediately.
SECOND DALEK: I obey.


10: INT. DALEK CITY. CELL

(CODAL has his ear pressed to the cell door. He can hear a dying whine of machinery beyond it.)

CODAL: I can hear the lift.

(He listens further.)

CODAL: There's one coming!
DOCTOR: Come and sit here.

(CODAL comes and sits next to the DOCTOR on one of the stools.)

DOCTOR: Now remember what I told you - get in close so that it can't use its blaster, right?
CODAL: Right.


11: INT. DALEK CITY. CORRIDOR

(Outside, a DALEK closes the lift door and turns to the cell door sensor. It presses it and enters the room.)


12: INT. DALEK CITY. CELL

DALEK: Prisoners will stand.

(CODAL gets to his feet but the DOCTOR pushes him back down. The DALEK moves closer.)

DALEK: (Angrily.) Prisoners will stand!

(The DOCTOR stares at the DALEK for a moment, then...)

DOCTOR: (Shouts.) Now!
CODAL: Wha...

(The two men jump up and start to wrestle with the DALEK, keeping well out of the way of its gun.)

DALEK: (Shouts.) Surrender or you will be exterminated!
DOCTOR: (Shouts.) Hold on! Hold it!

(As CODAL tries to keep the base of the DALEK still, the DOCTOR slams the recorder onto the top of its dome and tries to hold onto the back of the creature.)

DOCTOR: (Shouts.) Hold on!

(The DALEK starts to spin round to try and dislodge the two men.)

DOCTOR: (Shouts.) Mind yourself! Hold on to it!

(The DALEK starts to give out cries as the recorder begins to have an effect.)

DOCTOR: (Shouts.) Hold on to it!
CODAL: (Shouts.) I can't!

(CODAL is flung off...)

DOCTOR: (Shouts.) Hold it!

(...and then so is the DOCTOR. The DALEK'S cries get louder and more anguished until it suddenly slams into a wall and is still. The two men get off the floor and gingerly approach it. The DOCTOR touches the casing. There is no movement.)

CODAL: That little machine of yours has quite an effect.
DOCTOR: Had quite an effect.

(He picks the dislodged and broken recorder off the floor.)

DOCTOR: Not any more, I'm afraid. You know, for a man who abhors violence, I took great satisfaction in doing that. Right, let's get on. We may be out of the cell but we're a long way from being free.

(He leads CODAL to the open door and looks out.)


13: INT. DALEK CITY. CORRIDOR

(The corridor appears to be empty. They move to a junction and look round. The DOCTOR spots a coat-stand type object with CODAL'S confiscated belt-pack hanging off it.)

DOCTOR: Get your gun.

(CODAL retrieves his belt and puts it back on. The two set off.)


14: INT. DALEK CITY. CONTROL ROOM

(JO peeks out of her tub again. There are to DALEKS in the control room, both with their back to her. She jumps out of the tub and hides round a corner, just before a third DALEK glides in. A quiet alarm suddenly pulses and the hands of a clock-like dial on the wall suddenly start to turn.)

FIRST DALEK: Sensors detect ice eruption is imminent.

(It turns and looks at the dial.)

SECOND DALEK: Prepare to close all cooling ducts. Activate when scale registers "red alert".
FIRST DALEK: I obey.


15: INT. ICE TUNNEL

(The three Thals move as fast as they can on their hands and knees along the rumbling tunnel. After MARAT has gone past, liquid ice starts to pour down from a crack in the tunnel roof. The three reach a junction and look round the corner. They see shards of ice being pushed towards them by a rush of liquid ice.)

TARON: Back!

(REBEC and MARAT reverse slightly enabling TARON to crawl into a side tunnel. The other two follow. The ice continues to flow.)


16: INT. DALEK CITY. CORRIDOR

(The DOCTOR and CODAL also reach a junction in the corridors of the city. Hearing something, the DOCTOR stops CODAL proceeding. Round a corner, a DALEK glides along and also stops. Its eye-stalk swings round suspiciously. The DOCTOR indicates with sign language that they should proceed. They do so and turn the corner at the same time as the DALEK glides forward.)

DOCTOR: Back! Back!

(The two men rush back the way they came.)

DALEK: Alert! Alert! Alert!

(The DALEK fires ineffectually.)


17: INT. DALEK CITY. CONTROL ROOM

FIRST DALEK: Level seven reports prisoners at liberty!
SECOND DALEK: Instigate condition of maximum alert! Normal operations will cease!
FIRST DALEK: I obey.

(The FIRST DALEK glides off as the other presses a button on the bank of controls.)

SECOND DALEK: All Daleks units will report to lower level. Maximum search to commence immediately. Locate and destroy prisoners.

(It too turns and glides off to join the search.)

SECOND DALEK: Locate and destroy! Locate and destroy! Locate and destroy!

(Just one DALEK is left in the control room, its eye-stalk held with rapt attention of the wall dial. JO steps out of hiding and ducks back behind the vegetation tub.)


18: INT. DALEK CITY. CORRIDOR

(A lift whines to a halt and the doors open. The DOCTOR and CODAL creep out. They move along, checking all the time that the corridor is clear. Turning a corner, they find it isn't as a DALEK sentinel stands at the end.)

DOCTOR: Back to the lift!
DALEK: Halt! Halt!
DOCTOR: Back to the lift!

(The DOCTOR and CODAL rush back into the lift and close the doors. Outside the DALEK fires and the lift doors blister under the heat.)


19: INT. DALEK CITY. LIFT

(The DOCTOR presses the lift sensors but nothing happens.)

DOCTOR: Well, it's not going up. They must be operating it by remote control. Well, there's only one thing for it - we'll have to go down.

(He presses the button to do this and the lift shoots downwards. It halts and the DOCTOR opens the doors and CODAL tensely waits with his gun in his hand. CODAL looks through the opening gap and sees a DALEK outside.)

CODAL: Shut the doors!

(He dives to one side out of harm's way as the DOCTOR starts to close the doors.)


20: INT. DALEK CITY. CORRIDOR

(The DALEK fires at the narrowing gap between the doors.)


21: INT. DALEK CITY. LIFT

(The doors have closed. A vertical scorch mark is burnt onto the back wall of the lift where the DALEK firepower made it through the closing gap. The lift starts to go downwards again.)

DOCTOR: Whew! That was close.
CODAL: If they keep driving us down to the lower levels, we'll never get out.
DOCTOR: Presumably, that's their intention. Still, we haven't much alternative, have we? Let's try another level.

(He presses a button to open the door. CODAL holds him back and holds up his gun.)

CODAL: Let me go first, Doctor. At least I've got this.
DOCTOR: Thank you very much.


22: INT. DALEK CITY. CORRIDOR

(The two men come out of the lift and start to edge along the corridor. They reach a point where there is a grille in the wall which the DOCTOR stops to inspect.)


23: INT. ICE TUNNEL

(Liquid ice is now dripping liberally into the tunnel as the three Thals shuffle desperately along. TARON pushes REBEC ahead as MARAT looks back and sees a wall of liquid ice coming up behind them. REBEC looks round a corner and sees a metal, manufactured shaft.)

REBEC: Look - the shaft!

(TARON shoots up it, followed by REBEC. MARAT is now crawling through the ice which forms a lake on the floor of the tunnel as more pours towards them from another direction. TARON crawls up to a grille at the top of the shaft.)


24: INT. DALEK CITY. CORRIDOR

(It looks out onto a corridor, into which the DOCTOR and CODAL suddenly walk. TARON yells out to them from the grille.)

TARON: Doctor! Codal!

(The two men go up to the eye-level grille, beyond which they can hear the rumbling of the ice.)

DOCTOR: I know it's not the moment to ask how you got in there, but I'd be fascinated to know how.
TARON: Help me free this grille! Hurry! The ice is moving up - behind us!
DOCTOR: (To CODAL.) Push it up!

(The DOCTOR and CODAL on one side, and the other Thals on the other, try to push the grille up and off the wall.)

DOCTOR: (To CODAL.) Use your knife!

(CODAL takes his knife out of his belt and gets it under the edge of the grille.)

DOCTOR: Right now, lever it down, lever it down - right, now push!

(The grille starts to come off the wall.)

DOCTOR: That's it!

(They lower the grille.)


25: INT. DALEK CITY. CONTROL ROOM

(The dial on the wall has now entered the maximum zone. The DALEK turns from this and to the console, enabling JO to sneak behind it and round to another corner of the control room.)

DALEK: Eruption nearing danger peak. All cooling ducts now being closed down. All cooling ducts now being closed down.


26: INT. ICE TUNNEL

(MARAT desperately holds onto TARON'S hand in the tunnel. His lower half is submerged in the ice.)


27: INT. DALEK CITY. CORRIDOR

(Two doors on either side of the now open shaft start to close together.)

DOCTOR: Doors are closing!
TARON: Hold them! Hold them!

(The DOCTOR and CODAL on the outside, and TARON and REBEC within, grab hold of the doors and desperately try to stop them from closing.)


28: INT. ICE TUNNEL

(MARAT is starting to succumb to the cold.)


29: INT. DALEK CITY. CORRIDOR

CODAL: (Shouts.) I can't hold it!
DOCTOR: (Shouts.) You must! Pull!

(They all struggle to keep the gap open.)


30: INT. ICE TUNNEL

(MARAT tries to slither through the ice and up the shaft watched by REBEC.)


31: INT. DALEK CITY. CORRIDOR

(The machinery to close the doors dies down and the entrance is re-opened.)

DOCTOR: Come on.

(REBEC is the first to clamber out.)

DOCTOR: Put your leg here.

(They help her down.)


32: INT. ICE TUNNEL

(With room created at the top of the shaft, MARAT is able to move out of the ice.)


33: INT. DALEK CITY. CORRIDOR

(TARON gets out of the shaft and they pull a frozen MARAT out.)

CODAL: (Shouts.) Look!

(He points at the shadow of a DALEK on the wall as it nears the corridor junction.)

DOCTOR: (Shouts.) Out of here! Quick - out!

(TARON and CODAL help MARAT along.)

DOCTOR: (Shouts.) Come on, get him out of here!

(They move off as the DALEKS turn round the corner. They aim to fire but are stopped as a cascade of liquid ice pours out of the open shaft and douses them.)


34: INT. DALEK CITY. CONTROL ROOM

(JO watches as the sole DALEK in the control room glides off. She steps out of hiding and up to the control bank. She selects a button and presses it, thereby switching on the intercom.)

FIRST DALEK: (OOV: Over intercom.) ...and prisoners have been driven to level zero. All units will proceed to this level immediately.
SECOND DALEK: (OOV: Over intercom.) All ascent areas sealed off. Prisoners now confined to level zero.


35: INT. DALEK CITY. LEVEL ZERO CORRIDOR

(The DOCTOR looks round a corner and sees that all is clear.)

DOCTOR: Come on.

(REBEC and TARON follow him. CODAL helps MARAT.)

MARAT: You go on, I'll be alright.

(At the end of the corridor, the DOCTOR urges the group through a doorway and into a room beyond. The door is coming down from the ceiling.)

DOCTOR: Hurry, up. The door's going to close. Come on through.

(They all dive under the door but MARAT, gun in hand, hangs back.)

DOCTOR: (Shouts.) Come on, Marat! Marat, come on! Marat!
MARAT: (Shouts.) No, you get inside!

(The DOCTOR ducks under the gap.)

DOCTOR: (Shouts.) Come on, Marat!
MARAT: (Shouts.) Get in!

(He looks behind him, gun ready.)

DOCTOR: (Shouts.) Marat!

(The door closes on the DOCTOR. MARAT fires at the DALEKS as they glide round the corner. His shots have no effect but they easily blast him. He tries to fire as he dies and falls to the ground.)


36: INT. DALEK CITY. COOLING CHAMBER

(REBEC shouts at the closed door as the DOCTOR adjusts his sonic screwdriver.)

REBEC: (Shouts.) Marat! Marat!
TARON: There's nothing we can do - nothing.

(The DOCTOR goes to a small junction box next to the door.)

DOCTOR: Right now, cover your eyes!

(He switches his screwdriver on and the junction box explodes...)


37: INT. DALEK CITY. LEVEL ZERO CORRIDOR

(...just as the DALEK on the other side of the door presses the opening sensor. The door does not move. It turns to its two companions, one of which has the Thal map on the end of its sucker arm.)

FIRST DALEK: This was hidden on the prisoner's body.
SECOND DALEK: This shows where the Thals have concealed their explosives. Take a patrol immediately. Locate explosives and destroy.
FIRST DALEK: I obey.

(It glides off.)

SECOND DALEK: Report.
THIRD DALEK: Door mechanism fails to respond.
SECOND DALEK: Bring cutting equipment.


38: INT. DALEK CITY. COOLING CHAMBER

(CODAL looks at the destroyed junction box.)

CODAL: Well, they won't open that in a hurry.
DOCTOR: Never underestimate the Daleks, Codal. They won't let a little matter of a metal door delay them for long.
REBEC: Doctor?
DOCTOR: Yes?

(He joins her in the middle of the room. Above them is the opening of a massive chimney-like shaft that leads straight upwards. Around the edge of the room are large banks of machinery.)

REBEC: Looks as if all Marat's courage was for nothing. There's no other door.
DOCTOR: No. So I don't know whether I've locked the Daleks out or ourselves in.
TARON: Have a look at this.

(The DOCTOR joins TARON at one of the pieces of machinery. Part of it seems to have slats of ice around the edge.)

TARON: What do you make of it?

(The DOCTOR touches the machine and snatches his hand back.)

DOCTOR: Well if it wasn't for the fact that it doesn't make sense, I'd say it was a gigantic refrigeration unit.
TARON: Yes, it's big enough to freeze an ocean.
DOCTOR: Yes.
REBEC: But why? All their cooling needs are taken care of by the ice tunnels.

(They hear a thumping sound on the other side of the door. The DOCTOR looks up the chimney shaft which rises to the ground hundreds of feet above them.)

DOCTOR: What's this?
TARON: Well it's a ventilator shaft - carries out the hot gases from the unit.
DOCTOR: Right, that's it then.
TARON: What do you mean? Nobody could climb that!
DOCTOR: You're probably right. Nevertheless it does lead up to the surface, doesn't it?
CODAL: Shh!

(CODAL is near the door.)

CODAL: Something's happening outside.


39: INT. DALEK CITY. LEVEL ZERO CORRIDOR

(Outside, a DALEK approaches the door. In place of its sucker arm, it has a heating blade. It presses this against the door and starts to melt a hole in the metal.)


40: INT. DALEK CITY. COOLING CHAMBER

TARON: They're cutting through. Doctor?

(The DOCTOR is busy with a large piece of plastic tarpaulin which covers one of the machinery banks.)

TARON: Doctor, they're cutting through the door.
DOCTOR: Well, it's pretty obvious they'd do something of the sort.
TARON: Well, what are we going to do?
DOCTOR: Nothing. When faced with the inevitable, don't waste precious time by resisting it. Now, what would you say the tensile strength of this material is?

(TARON looks down at the plastic in puzzlement.)


41: INT. DALEK CITY. LEVEL ZERO CORRIDOR

(The heating blade moves down the door, cutting as it goes.)


42: INT. DALEK CITY. CONTROL ROOM

(Hearing a noise, JO ducks behind the control bank as two DALEKS enter from different directions. One of them is the one from level zero holding the Thal map.)

FIRST DALEK: We located the position where the Thals have hidden their explosives. We are to proceed to the area and destroy them.

(They turn and glide off, watched by JO. She rises up out of concealment and follows them.)


43: INT. DALEK CITY. LEVEL ZERO CORRIDOR

(The blade moves further downwards.)


44: INT. DALEK CITY. COOLING CHAMBER

(The DOCTOR has got the Thals working on the plastic sheet by cutting up rope and tying it to the four corners.)

TARON: I wish you'd tell us what the point is of all this, Doctor.
CODAL: Well, we're certainly not going to float out of here.
DOCTOR: Huh! That's precisely what we are going to do. Come with me, Taron. I want to show you something.

(The DOCTOR leads him under the shaft and starts to search his pockets.)

TARON: Hurry up, Doctor, it's pretty hot in here.
DOCTOR: Yes, exactly - but if we can turn the refrigeration unit up to maximum, the updraft will be hotter and even more powerful. Have a look at this.

(He holds up a piece of paper and lets go of it. It starts to float upwards on the current of warm air.)

TARON: So? Hot air rises.
DOCTOR: Exactly - and if we can trap enough of it, we might be able to rise with it.
TARON: (Smiles.) Fantastic! Will it work?
DOCTOR: I've no idea. we haven't got much choice.
TARON: Let's get on with it.


45: INT. DALEK CITY. LEVEL ZERO CORRIDOR

(The blade cuts the top of what is starting to be an archway in the door.)


46: EXT. DALEK CITY ENTRANCE

(Three DALEKS glide out of the city entrance, one of them holding the map. JO follows at a distance.)


47: INT. DALEK CITY. COOLING CHAMBER

(The Thals spread the plastic under the chimney...)

CODAL: Pull ___.
REBEC: Like this?

(They then hold the plastic up to trap the heat as the DOCTOR turns up the dials on the machinery. He looks over to the door where very little of the archway now remains to be cut.)


48: INT. DALEK CITY. LEVEL ZERO CORRIDOR

(The remorseless blade continues its progress.)


49: INT. DALEK CITY. COOLING CHAMBER

(The plastic now fills the base of the shaft like a huge open parachute. The four ropes hang down, held onto by the Thals.)

REBEC: (Shouts.) It's beginning to fill - it's rising! Hurry up, Doctor!
CODAL: (Shouts.) Come on, Doctor!
REBEC: (Shouts.) Come on!
CODAL: (Shouts.) Get your rope!

(But the DOCTOR'S attention has been caught by a small closed inspection hatch in the wall. He opens it...)

REBEC: Doct...


50: INT. DALEK CITY. ARSENAL CAVERN

(...and looks through in amazement.)


51: INT. DALEK CITY. LEVEL ZERO CORRIDOR

(The cutting of the arch is finished.)

DALEK: Attack force prepare - fire power maximum. The prisoners are to be exterminated.


52: INT. DALEK CITY. ARSENAL CAVERN

(The sight through the inspection hatch is of a huge rock cavern. It is filled with rows and rows of frozen still DALEKS. The DOCTOR looks at the awesome sight.)

TARON: (Shouts.) Doctor!


53: INT. DALEK CITY. COOLING CHAMBER

(The three Thals are suspended a few inches off the floor, their feet in a loop at the bottom of their ropes.)

CODAL: (Shouts.) Come on, Doctor, come on! It's going up!
TARON: (Shouts.) Come on, Doctor, we're nearly there!

(The DOCTOR takes his rope from CODAL and steps into the loop. His extra weight pulls them all down to the floor level.)

DOCTOR: (Shouts.) Oh no!
TARON: Oh!
CODAL: (Shouts.) There's not enough lift to take all our weight!


54: INT. DALEK CITY. LEVEL ZERO CORRIDOR

(The DALEKS batter at the door to force the arch down.)


55: INT. DALEK CITY. COOLING CHAMBER

(The four trapped people gaze desperately upwards.)

TARON: Rise, will you? Rise!
DOCTOR: Give it time, Taron, give it time!
REBEC: (Shouts.) It's not going to work! Doctor, it's not going to work!


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JON PERTWEE

Jo Grant
KATY MANNING

Taron
BERNARD HORSFALL

Rebec
JANE HOW

Vaber
PRENTICE HANCOCK

Codal
TIM PREECE

Marat
HILARY MINSTER

Latep
ALAN TUCKER

Wester
ROY SKELTON

Dalek Voices
MICHAEL WISHER
ROY SKELTON

Dalek Operators
JOHN SCOTT MARTIN
MURPHY GRUMBAR
CY TOWN

Written by
TERRY NATION

Title Music by
RON GRAINER

and
BBC RADIOPHONIC WORKSHOP

Music
DUDLEY SIMPSON

Special Sound
DICK MILLS

Visual Effects
CLIFFORD CULLEY

Script Editor
TERRANCE DICKS

Designer
JOHN HURST

Producer
BARRY LETTS

Directed by
DAVID MALONEY

COLOUR

BBC 1973

 

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