PLANET OF THE DALEKS
1: INT. DALEK CITY. COOLING CHAMBER
DOCTOR: It's lifting! It's beginning to lift!
(The four jerk slightly as the parachute starts to climb.)
DOCTOR: Hang on tight!
TARON: I got...
DOCTOR: Hang on!
TARON: It's going...
(The four are lifted off the ground and upwards. The thudding sound is still coming from the door as...)
2: INT. DALEK CITY. LEVEL ZERO CORRIDOR
(...as on the other side, the DALEKS batter away at it.)
3: INT. DALEK CITY. COOLING CHAMBER
(Only the legs of the four can now be seen as the chute moves further upwards. The cut arch in the door comes down and the DALEKS start to glide in...just as
the feet of the four move up out of sight. The DALEKS look round the empty room and the one with the cutting blade as an arm states the obvious...)
FIRST DALEK: Escape from this section is impossible. The prisoners are hiding. Locate and destroy. They are to be exterminated!
(The DALEKS look round the empty room in bafflement.)
4: INT. COOLING SHAFT
(The chute slowly climbs with the four hanging desperately on. REBEC looks down and then, wishing she hadn't, closes her eyes.)
TARON: How far have we come?
DOCTOR: Well, it's hard to tell. Let's hope we're high enough to be out of range.
5: INT. DALEK CITY. COOLING CHAMBER
(One of the DALEKS has at last looked upwards.)
SECOND DALEK: Prisoners located! Prisoners located!
(The others swing round to look as the SECOND DALEK aims upwards with its gun and fires.)
6: INT. COOLING SHAFT
(The force of the blast fails to reach the four in the shaft.)
DOCTOR: Yes, we are out of range. That's a relief. You alright, Rebec?
REBEC: I can't stand heights. I daren't look down.
TARON: Just keep your eyes closed and hang on tight. You'll be alright.
CODAL: Any idea how far to the surface?
DOCTOR: Miles, I should think. Don't forget we started at the lowest level of the city. Should be a long slow haul.
7: INT. DALEK CITY. COOLING CHAMBER
FIRST DALEK: A patrol will ascend to surface level and proceed immediately to the point where the shaft emerges. Patrol will require to travel at
maximum speed to reach the point before prisoners escape.
(A DALEK glides out to carry out the order.)
FIRST DALEK: An anti-gravitational disc is to be brought here at once.
SECOND DALEK: I obey.
8: JUNGLE. ROCKFACE
(The three DALEKS with the map of the explosives carry on through the jungle, failing to see that JO is managing to keep up with them. She hides behind some
tall reeds and watches as the DALEKS approach a rockface. One of them moves forward and moves its sucker arm over a niche in the rocks.)
FIRST DALEK: Explosives located - assist.
(The DALEK with the map moves backwards to allow the third forward to assist. JO watches. The one with the map senses something and turns towards JO'S hiding
place. She ducks down. The DALEK glides forward but doesn't search far and glides back to the other two DALEKS. In the meantime, they have managed to uncover
the three bombs and placed them on a rockshelf.)
FIRST DALEK: The explosives are equipped with detonating mechanisms.
SECOND DALEK: We will detonate them here - activate mechanism.
(JO watches again.)
FIRST DALEK: All mechanisms primed. The bombs will self-detonate.
SECOND DALEK: We will return to the city.
(As the DALEKS move off, scree falls downwards from the rockface. JO crouches down even further as the DALEKS glide past. Once they have gone, she steps out
of hiding and moves across to the bombs. She hesitates and then starts to turn the timing mechanism on the first bomb to the "off" position. She does
the same with the second. More scree starts to fall on top of her. She reaches out for the third bomb, when the rockfall becomes more serious and a small
boulder lands on top of her head. She is instantly knocked unconscious to the ground - leaving the timer on the third bomb ticking away...)
9: INT. COOLING SHAFT
(The four escapees move further upwards.)
DOCTOR: You know, after this, I think I must take up hot-air ballooning. It really is most exhilarating.
REBEC: I'd prefer a rocket to take me off this planet.
DOCTOR: Ah, cheer up, my dear. Just you hang on tight - we're perfectly safe.
(They fail to see that one corner of the plastic is starting to tear where the rope is attached.)
10: INT. DALEK CITY. COOLING CHAMBER
(Hundreds of feet down below, a small ramp has been placed directly under the shaft opening. Within it are a series of flashing lights. The six DALEKS
SECOND DALEK: Anti-gravitational disc in position. Energy level building to lift-off capacity. Prepare for ascent.
(One of the DALEKS glides up the ramp and onto the disc.)
SECOND DALEK: Lift off.
(The DALEK starts to rise upwards.)
11: EXT. JUNGLE
(Three more DALEKS, on their mission to intercept the four escapees at the end of their journey, glide through the jungle.)
FIRST DALEK: We are nearing the top of the shaft. Central command reports prisoners still in shaft.
12: JUNGLE. ROCKFACE
(JO is still unconscious. The timer on the third bomb is almost at the detonation point. At last, JO starts to slowly recover. Holding her head, she
struggles into a sitting position. Her face looks cloudy as she looks round and takes in her surroundings. Suddenly she remembers and looks upwards. She jumps
up and grabs the two unprimed bombs and runs off with them - just as the three DALEKS on their way to the shaft exit glide up. JO dives behind a wall of rock to
shield her from the blast as the third bomb explodes - destroying the three DALEKS. Carrying the two bombs, JO steps over the wreckage of the three DALEKS as
the wildlife in the jungle cries out in a panic at the blast.)
13: INT. COOLING SHAFT
(The DALEK on the anti-gravitational disc moves further up the shaft. TARON looks down and sees its distant shape.)
TARON: Doctor? There's something coming up after us.
(The DOCTOR looks down.)
DOCTOR: Well, its rate of ascent doesn't seem much faster than ours. We should reach the surface before it can catch up with us.
(The tear in the plastic is getting longer. REBEC sees it.)
REBEC: Doctor - look!
(The DOCTOR looks up. The tear is on his rope.)
DOCTOR: The whole thing's going! Get on the side!
(The plastic tears. The DOCTOR jumps. Running down the side of the shaft are four ridges at each corner like ladder steps. The DOCTOR grabs one as he falls
and desperately hangs on. The DALEK is still coming up.)
14: EXT. JUNGLE. SHAFT EXIT
(The shaft emerges into the jungle through a raised area against a rockface. Using the handholds, CODAL, TARON and REBEC make it to the surface and climb out
on three sides of the shaft. They look back downwards as they start to loosen their supplies of rope which hang off their belts.)
REBEC: Taron - quickly!
15: INT. COOLING SHAFT
(The DOCTOR has grabbed the very lowest of the ridges and therefore has no foothold. He strains to pull himself upwards as the DALEK gets nearer.)
16: EXT. JUNGLE. SHAFT EXIT
CODAL: The Dalek's only just below him!
(TARON starts to lower his rope into the shaft.)
17: INT. COOLING SHAFT
(The end comes down and dangles inches above the DOCTOR. Holding on with one hand, he tries to reach for the rope with the other.)
REBEC: (OOV: At the shaft exit.) He can't reach it!
18: EXT. JUNGLE. SHAFT EXIT
CODAL: I'll try mine.
(CODAL dangles his rope downwards.)
19: INT. COOLING SHAFT
(As the DALEK gets nearer, CODAL'S rope reaches the DOCTOR. He has tied the end into a loop which the DOCTOR manages to step into. He lets go of the side and
grabs the rope.)
20: EXT. JUNGLE. SHAFT EXIT
(CODAL has put the rope round his own neck as TARON helps heave it upwards.)
21: INT. COOLING SHAFT
(The DOCTOR gets near the top.)
22: EXT. JUNGLE. SHAFT EXIT
TARON: Get on the step! Codal!
CODAL: It got it!
(TARON leaves CODAL to take the reduced strain on the rope and reaches into the shaft for the DOCTOR.)
TARON: Give me your hand!
(He takes the DOCTOR'S hand as he starts to emerge from the shaft. The strain on the rope now gone, CODAL is able to join TARON.)
TARON: Come on, Doctor, that's it!
(The DOCTOR'S head and shoulders come over the edge.)
23: INT. COOLING SHAFT
(The DALEK is also near the top.)
24: EXT. JUNGLE. SHAFT EXIT
(Leaving TARON with the escaping DOCTOR, CODAL joins REBEC who is with some heavy rocks on the other side of the shaft. They each strain at a rock and push
them down into the shaft.)
25: INT. COOLING SHAFT
(The rocks hit the DALEK, sending both it and its disc plummeting back down to level zero with a large crash and a shower of debris.)
26: EXT. JUNGLE. SHAFT EXIT
(As the smoke comes upwards, the Thals look downwards in exultation...)
REBEC: We've done it!
CODAL: Well done, Rebec. We've made it!
TARON: Thanks to the Doctor.
DOCTOR: Yes, well I think we ought to postpone the celebrations until we're in a slightly safer area. Come on.
(They run off the shaft platform.)
27: INT. DALEK CITY. CONTROL ROOM
(Eight DALEKS are assembled in the control room being addressed by the DALEK LEADER.)
DALEK LEADER: Whilst the aliens are at liberty, a full state of emergency will be maintained. Normal operations will be suspended. Spiridon slave
workers will cooperate with Dalek patrols in saturation level search. The aliens must be located and destroyed!
28: EXT. JUNGLE
(JO is making her way through the jungle with the bombs when she hears voices. She puts the bombs down in some long grass and presses herself up against a
tree and waits. TARON walks past, his gun ready but the figure who follows him is a much more welcome sight. She runs towards him joyfully.)
DOCTOR: (Amazed.) Jo!
(Just as delighted, he hugs her. JO steps back and looks at him, babbling with delight as the Thals look on with some bemusement.)
JO: (Overjoyed.) Oh, Doctor, I thought...I thought you were dead! I thought...oh, I don't know what I thought! I'm so pleased to see you!
DOCTOR: Jo, you were in that Thal spaceship?! I saw it destroyed!
JO: No, I wasn't.
DOCTOR: But you were!
JO: No, I wasn't. Look, Doctor, what's been happening? Where've you been?
DOCTOR: Well, it's a long story and there were a few moments that were a trifle worrying...
CODAL: A trifle worrying?
(The Thals laugh.)
DOCTOR: You know Codal and Taron, don't you?
JO: (Nods.) Yes.
DOCTOR: I don't think you've met Rebec?
JO: Look, Doctor, the last I'd heard about you, you'd been captured by the Daleks, right?
DOCTOR: Yeah, but...
(JO races away with her questions as the DOCTOR tries manfully to interrupt her...)
JO: And I was told that they were going to take you b...
DOCTOR: Yes, I know that...
JO: Because they're doing all these experiments...
DOCTOR: Now look, Jo, please...
JO: ...and then I thought you were going to be in them...
(The DOCTOR cups her face in his hands.)
DOCTOR: Alright, Jo...Jo! Jo! Jo!
JO: I didn't know what I was going to do...!
(JO at last falls silent.)
(The Thals smile.)
DOCTOR: (To TARON.) Look, will you excuse us for a moment? My friend has rather a lot to talk about!
TARON: Of course.
(The DOCTOR leads JO across the clearing. She immediately starts up again.)
JO: Doctor, wait till you hear what happened to me! It was te...and then I got rescued by this bowl!
(Left behind, TARON and REBEC sit down. They eat small pieces of food concentrates but TARON is silent.)
REBEC: You might say you're glad to see me?
TARON: I might. Why did you come?
REBEC: I was part of the back-up crew. I was trained and ready - I had no choice.
(CODAL joins them.)
TARON: That's not true. There were dozens of other people trained to the same state of readiness as you. You could have backed out.
REBEC: Why should I? I wanted to come on the first landing, and you made sure I was kept out of your crew. So when the chance came, I took it.
(There is an uncomfortable silence.)
CODAL: Look...I...I think one of us ought to keep watch. I'll take the first stretch.
(He moves off.)
TARON: (To REBEC.) You shouldn't have come!
REBEC: Now I'm here, we're together again - and there's nothing you can do about it.
TARON: But don't you realise what you've done? Can't you see the position you've put me in? I mean, not counting Jo and the Doctor, there's only five of
us left now. Five of us out of two missions! And somehow we've got to achieve what we set out to do. We must destroy the Daleks!
REBEC: And how does my being here change that?
TARON: Because I love you. I can't convert you into a cypher. But from now on, every judgment I make will be clouded. I'll even hesitate to take the
right risks because I'll be worrying about you.
(REBEC shakes her head.)
REBEC: I'm sorry. I didn't think of it like that. I didn't understand.
TARON: Well you might understand this - your being here might be the very reason the Daleks win.
(REBEC looks at him. He sighs and moves off.)
29: INT. DALEK CITY. LABORATORY
(Beyond the window in the laboratory that overlooks the control room, two DALEKS confer...)
FIRST DALEK: Our patrols report no contact with the aliens. Temperatures falling rapidly.
SECOND DALEK: The search will continue.
FIRST DALEK: I obey.
SECOND DALEK: Supreme Command has decreed that we prepare a bacteriological culture that will destroy all living tissue. Daleks and Spiridon slave
workers will be given immunity to the disease.
(Within the laboratory is a large glass tank. In the base of it is a pile of vegetation with a yellow spongy fungus growing on it.)
FIRST DALEK: If the aliens are not taken, the bacteria is to be released. Without immunity, no living thing can survive the disease. All will be
30: EXT. JUNGLE
(The DOCTOR and JO sit in the jungle as they talk. An upset REBEC is still sat nearby.)
DOCTOR: But, Jo, why on earth didn't you stay in the TARDIS? We'd have been safe there.
JO: Well, Doctor, you didn't look very safe. Well, I thought you were dying and I went out to try and find some help for you.
DOCTOR: On a planet full of Daleks? Well surely I warned you?
JO: Well, Doctor, you didn't tell me anything. You just rushed into the TARDIS, you...you rattled off some sort of a message and...well, then you flaked
DOCTOR: Did I?
JO: (Nods.) Uh huh.
DOCTOR: Oh, I'm sorry, Jo. I'm afraid I wasn't myself.
JO: What did you say to the Time Lords in your message?
DOCTOR: Well, I told them about the Dalek spaceship leaving the Ogron planet and told them to send the TARDIS after it.
JO: But what are the Daleks doing on this planet?
DOCTOR: They've got an army based here, Jo - the mightiest army of Daleks there's ever been.
JO: But...but when we were on the Ogron planet, we...we put a stop to their plan to sort of cause a war?
DOCTOR: Well, evidently that was only part of their plan - to make their conquest easier perhaps? Well, with an army this size, we now know they intend
to invade the galaxy anyway - unless we can stop them.
JO: Just us?
DOCTOR: Well, and our Thal friends.
(Looking over to the group, he catches sight of the upset REBEC.)
DOCTOR: Oh dear. (To JO, quietly.) Perhaps a female shoulder to cry on might come in handy?
JO: (Smiles.) Right.
DOCTOR: Give it a try, will you?
(With a smile on her face, JO moves up to REBEC and starts quietly chatting. The DOCTOR moves across the clearing to where a distracted TARON stares into
DOCTOR: The load getting a little heavy?
(TARON gives a rueful smile.)
TARON: I don't think I'm equipped to handle all this any more.
DOCTOR: Oh, why? Just because you've found out that you're not made of stone?
TARON: This job doesn't allow for human weakness.
DOCTOR: Then they should have sent a machine, shouldn't they?
TARON: I thought they had. I was wrong.
DOCTOR: Good, because the business of command is not for a machine, is it? The moment that we forget that we're dealing with people, then we're no better
off than the machines that we came here to destroy. When we start acting and thinking like the Daleks, Taron, the battle is lost.
(TARON frowns in thought at the DOCTOR'S words. Before he can react further, he hears something.)
TARON: Someone coming!
(With a low whistle of a signal, CODAL comes into the clearing.)
CODAL: Look who I found.
(VABER and LATEP are right behind him.)
TARON: (To VABER.) What happened to you?
VABER: What happened to you? We saw the ice eruption and assumed you hadn't made it.
LATEP: We went to the entrance of the city anyway.
VABER: I wanted to take a chance - make a rush, but we found our bomb was faulty.
LATEP: So we had to go back to get the other bomb, to find some Daleks had been there before us and blown themselves up.
JO: Well, I managed to get two of the bombs before that. I've hidden them.
DOCTOR: Well done, Jo. If those two are alright, we at least have a chance.
TARON: We must move on. It'll be dark soon.
CODAL: And cold. You haven't experienced a full Spiridon night, Doctor. You don't know what cold is until you have.
DOCTOR: Then we must find shelter.
VABER: Right, but not here. There are Daleks and Spiridon slave workers making a terrific sweep across the jungle - not that far behind us.
TARON: Well prepare to move. We'll go to the plain of stones.
JO: Plain of stones?
CODAL: Yes, it's an area of huge boulders. They absorb the heat of the sun and then discharge it at night.
DOCTOR: You know, this planet never ceases to amaze me. First we find a gigantic refrigerator and now night storage heaters. It really sounds quite
CODAL: Not exactly, Doctor. All the animal life from the jungle goes there as well.
(JO looks alarmed at this prospect.)
DOCTOR: Oh, that's nice. Right, let's get going.
(VABER and CODAL move off, following TARON and REBEC.)
DOCTOR: Jo, where did you hide the bombs?
JO: I'll get them.
LATEP: Let me help you.
JO: They're here.
(JO shows him the bombs in the grass. The young Thal seems attracted to JO.)
LATEP: We...haven't met properly. I am Latep.
JO: I'm Jo. How do you do?
(She takes his hand. It hangs limp in hers.)
JO: Oh...oh. You don't know about a handshake? Well, you see, it's an old Earth custom. We clasp hands like that and...it shows that we're good
friends and that we're pleased to meet one another.
(LATEP smiles as they hold hands.)
JO: Come on.
(Carrying the bombs, they follow the others.)
31: EXT. JUNGLE (NIGHT)
(Night is falling again. Several DALEKS and fur-covered Spiridons move through the darkened jungle. Crouched in the bushes, the DOCTOR, JO, CODAL and LATEP
DOCTOR: (Whispers.) What are those animals?
CODAL: (Quietly.) They're not animals, Doctor - Spiridons. They wear those furs against the cold.
DOCTOR: (Quietly.) That's good. At least we can see them now. Did you notice anything peculiar about the Daleks, Jo?
JO: Not particularly - why?
DOCTOR: Only that their movements seem to be slower.
LATEP: Well, fast enough to kill us on sight, Doctor.
CODAL: Almost as though their mechanical reflexes weren't functioning properly.
DOCTOR: Yes, but the reason? The reason is the important thing.
CODAL: They're out of range now. I think we can chance a move.
JO: Come on, let's do it. I'm freezing!
(They move onwards.)
32: EXT. PLAIN OF STONES (NIGHT)
(The plain of stones is a barren area of rocks and crags. The night sky is illuminated by the Spiridon version of the aurora borealis whilst the stones
themselves glow slightly in the moonlight. The DOCTOR and JO walk into the plain, followed by the Thals. The group immediately stands right up against various
of the stones, absorbing their heat. Suddenly, they hear the sound of the flapping of huge wings and they duck down as a shadow shoots over them and a roar
echoes over the area. The danger having passed, they look upwards.)
REBEC: What was that?
TARON: I don't know. We've heard them before - never seen them. Latep, take first guard.
(LATEP moves off to carry out the order.)
DOCTOR: Yes...yes, of course.
TARON: Do you mind?
DOCTOR: Come on, Jo. Come and keep me company.
(They move off as VABER starts to harangue TARON with his usual mantra...)
VABER: I hate this running and hiding. We need to attack - and soon!
TARON: I'll decide when - and how.
VABER: You've been putting off this attack since we got here. What do you want - a guarantee of safety?
TARON: No, I just want the best possible guarantee of success. Any attempt that fails is worth nothing!
(VABER walks off in a sulk. TARON crouches down near VABER.)
TARON: Codal, that giant refrigeration unit - what did you make of it?
CODAL: It was neutron powered...
CODAL: Could run for a thousand years. I'm convinced that somehow it's vital to the Dalek's survival.
TARON: Why do they need such low temperatures?
CODAL: I can't answer that...but I am sure that refrigeration unit is the key to our attack.
(VABER returns having heard this.)
VABER: Are you saying is we destroy the refrigeration plant, we destroy the Daleks?
CODAL: Yes...yes, I think it would wipe them out.
VABER: Then that's it! That's the way we do it! We go in through the shaft you came out of - or better still, we lower the bombs down.
TARON: The Daleks wouldn't have left the top of that shaft unguarded.
VABER: We think about that when we get there. If we leave now, we can be there before light.
TARON: We'll attack - but this has to be planned. (Firmly.) Until it is, we'll wait.
VABER: Wait! Wait - that's all we've heard from you! Why don't you face it, Taron? Admit what we all know - be honest - you're afraid. Miro would have
taken action by now - he was a real commander, and he wouldn't have had her hanging around our necks!
(He gestures angrily at REBEC. Pushed beyond his limits, TARON starts to fight VABER. CODAL jumps up and tries to pull TARON off.)
(VABER is trying to pull his gun out. Even with CODAL trying to hold him, the bigger and stronger TARON manages to club the weapon to the ground before CODAL
pinions his arms. LATEP holds VABER in a similar fashion. TARON calms down as REBEC hands him his own gun.)
TARON: (Quietly.) I am still in command here...and like it or not, you will obey orders. And believe me, Vaber, if you don't, I shan't hesitate
to kill you.
(VABER pulls himself free of LATEP and again moves off glowering in anger.)
TARON: Now let's all get some rest. Latep, go back to your post.
(LATEP moves off to keep guard whilst all the Thals, except VABER settle down against the stones. He turns and stares at TARON.)
33: INT. DALEK CITY. LABORATORY (NIGHT)
(Three DALEKS hover round the bacteria tank.)
FIRST DALEK: The bacteria are multiplying.
SECOND DALEK: We have calculated that after the release of the culture into the atmosphere, it will totally contaminate the planet within the space of
one Spiridon day.
FIRST DALEK: All plant life will wither and die.
SECOND DALEK: All un-immunised animal life will die within one hour of inhaling the contaminated air.
DALEK LEADER: Approved - continue with preparations.
(The DALEK LEADER glides out of the laboratory area.)
FIRST DALEK: The most virulent form of the bacteria will be ready for release in half a Spiridon day.
34: INT. DALEK CITY. CONTROL ROOM (NIGHT)
(The DALEK LEADER glides up to another in the control room.)
DALEK LEADER: Report.
THIRD DALEK: Spiridon slaves report aliens believed to be hiding at the plain of stones.
DALEK LEADER: Order all search units into that area.
THIRD DALEK: I obey.
35: EXT. PLAIN OF STONES (NIGHT)
(TARON, asleep next to REBEC, wakes up. He glances round. Seeing that someone is missing, he whispers loudly into the gloom.)
TARON: Latep! Doctor!
(He bends down and starts to shake awake a sleeping CODAL.)
(LATEP runs up.)
TARON: Where's Vaber?
CODAL: He was sitting over there.
(TARON stands. CODAL nods to LATEP to search the area with him. The DOCTOR returns.)
TARON: Doctor, the bombs have gone.
(CODAL brings over a sheet of paper.)
CODAL: He left this.
(TARON takes the note and reads...)
TARON: "I'll do what I have to do alone".
(He hands the note to the DOCTOR who reads it.)
DOCTOR: He doesn't stand a chance.
TARON: That's the last of the explosives.
CODAL: We've got to stop him.
TARON: I intend to. Codal, will you come with me? Doctor, would you stay here?
DOCTOR: If that's what you want.
CODAL: He'll be heading for the ventilator shaft.
TARON: Yeah...we'll be back as soon as we can. Latep, stay here. (To CODAL.) Come on.
(They move off into the night.)
REBEC: Be careful, Taron.
(The DOCTOR glances round.)
DOCTOR: Have you still got your guns with you?
DOCTOR: That's good. Keep them handy, will you? Look around you.
(REBEC and the others look round. In the darkness, the eyes of animals, like so many little points of light, are staring at them...)
36: EXT. JUNGLE (NIGHT)
(Carrying the two bombs, VABER makes his way through the darkened trees. Stepping into a clearing, he looks up with alarm as several fur-covered Spiridons
come out of the gloom towards him. They quickly overpower him and wrestle him to the ground. One of them stands and looks down.)
SPIRIDON: Take him to the Daleks...
JOHN SCOTT MARTIN
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