PLANET OF THE DALEKS
1: EXT. JUNGLE (NIGHT)
(VABER struggles in the Spiridon's grasp.)
SPIRIDON: Take him to the Daleks...
(They lift him to his feet and start to carry both him and the two bombs away.)
2: EXT. ANOTHER PART OF THE JUNGLE (NIGHT)
(TARON and CODAL follow VABER'S trail. Hearing movement, they hide in the bushes as watch as the procession of the Spiridons and their prisoner passes.)
TARON: (Whispers.) They've got Vaber.
CODAL: And the bombs!
TARON: (Whispers.) We must get them.
(They start to follow the group.)
3: EXT. PLAIN OF STONES (NIGHT)
(The eyes of the animals watching the group at the plain of stones continue to glow in the darkness. The four left behind have lit a fire in the rocks and
look out at the circle of watchers.)
REBEC: What sort of creatures are they?
DOCTOR: I've no idea...but whatever they are, they're moving in closer.
REBEC: I'll try a shot at them.
(She fires her gun. The end lights up and one of the creatures gives a howl of pain. The eyes disappear.)
LATEP: (Delighted.) They've gone. It scared them off.
DOCTOR: Yes...but they don't stay scared for long, do they?
(The eyes appear in the darkness as the creatures return. REBEC fires again. There is another howl of pain.)
LATEP: Let them get in closer.
(REBEC looks at her gun.)
REBEC: That's the last of my charges!
(LATEP looks at his.)
LATEP: And I've only two left.
(The eyes continue to watch.)
4: EXT. JUNGLE (NIGHT)
(The procession of Spiridons moves through the jungle. One leads the way, two follow with the struggling VABER, a fourth carries the bombs and a fifth brings
up the rear. This one holds back slightly and TARON and CODAL jump out of the trees and wrestle it to the ground. TARON has a large stick and he clubs the
Spiridon with it. They take the fur off the invisible creature.)
TARON: Help me into this.
TARON: Let's see if we can get in.
(TARON wraps the fur over his shoulders.)
TARON: Now listen, I'll try to get close to one of the others. Be ready to move in when I jump in.
CODAL: Good luck.
(TARON covers his head and moves off after the others.)
5: EXT. PLAIN OF STONES (NIGHT)
(LATEP fires his gun. Another creature howls and he checks the levels of his now useless gun.)
LATEP: That's it.
(The group looks nervously at each other. The DOCTOR picks up a large stick.)
DOCTOR: Well, if they come in ones and twos, we might manage to beat them off.
LATEP: And if they rush us?
(The DOCTOR places the stick into the fire, waits a minute and then lifts it out. The end is alight.)
DOCTOR: I'm going to try something.
(He stands up and waves the flaming torch into the darkness with wild cries. Frightened, the creatures roar and the pinpoints of lighted eyes start to
DOCTOR: Don't just stand round there - get yourselves torches. They're frightened of flame.
LATEP: But, Doctor, there won't be enough wood for the fire.
DOCTOR: We'll just have to hope that supply lasts till morning. We've got to keep that fire going at all costs!
(He waves his torch again.)
6: EXT. JUNGLE (NIGHT)
(The group of Spiridons continues through the trees. CODAL has kept up with them and whispers to the last of the group.)
CODAL: Taron! Taron!
(The final fur-wrapped figure hangs back and looks at the Thal.)
CODAL: If you can work your way through to Vaber, and get close to him, then I'll...
(CODAL hesitates as he starts to suspect the worst. He opens the front of the fur wrap. There is nothing behind it. The real Spiridon pushes CODAL to the
ground and then lifts up a huge rock to crush him with. In so doing, he fails to see TARON behind him with a raised stick and it is the Spiridon instead who
becomes the victim. TARON helps CODAL up.)
TARON: (Whispers.) Come on...
(CODAL looks the worst for wear.)
TARON: (Whispers.) You nearly got yourself killed!
CODAL: (Quietly.) I thought it was you.
(TARON picks up the fur from the Spiridon on the ground.)
TARON: (Whispers.) Get into this.
(CODAL puts the fur round himself.)
TARON: (Whispers.) Now stay close to me. We've got to near the one carrying the bombs. When I jump him, grab the bombs and make off quickly.
Make as much noise as you can. They'll follow you. I'll try and free Vaber.
CODAL: (Quietly.) Oh, I'll...I'll try and head back for the Doctor. If all goes well, I'll meet you there.
TARON: (Whispers.) Alright.
(They cover themselves fully and follow the group again.)
7: EXT. PLAIN OF STONES (DAWN)
(The sky is starting to become lighter. The DOCTOR is deep in thought over the remains of the fire. JO huddles in the cold.)
JO: Penny for them?
DOCTOR: Ah, I was just thinking about Vaber. What on earth possessed him to go rushing off like that?
REBEC: Once we'd worked out the plan, he wanted to attack straight away.
DOCTOR: (Puzzled.) Plan, what plan?
REBEC: To blow up the refrigeration unit.
DOCTOR: (Appalled.) What? But that's the worse thing he could possibly do.
REBEC: But Codal said if we destroyed the refrigeration unit, we'd be destroying the Daleks.
DOCTOR: On the contrary, you'd be bringing their army to life.
LATEP: How, Doctor?
JO: Oh, I get it - the Daleks you saw in the arsenal were in, sort of, suspended animation?
DOCTOR: No ageing process, no degeneration. An army of Daleks in cold storage until they're needed.
REBEC: So that's why they built the refrigeration unit?
JO: And you mean, they need a constant controllable low temperature because the volcano's too unstable?
DOCTOR: Yes, that's about it. And the moment that temperature rises, the Dalek army's going to be on the move. Now we've got to find the others and warn
WESTER: Ah, Jo!
(A purple fur-covered figure looms over them.)
DOCTOR: A Spiridon!
(The DOCTOR jumps to his feet with a stick to club it.)
JO: Doctor - no!
(The DOCTOR hesitates as JO grabs his arm.)
JO: That's Wester - he's the Spiridon that helped me.
DOCTOR: You sure?
(The DOCTOR throws his stick down.)
DOCTOR: Well, please accept my thanks...Mr. Wester. I owe you a very great deal.
WESTER: Jo, I have news from inside the city.
JO: Well, what is it?
WESTER: The Daleks have prepared a bacteria bomb. It will destroy every living thing on this planet.
DOCTOR: Except, presumably, the Daleks?
WESTER: Yes, they have a way of immunising themselves. They are preparing them to release the bomb now.
JO: Well, what shall we do?
WESTER: I shall go back into the city. Perhaps I can find some way of delaying them.
DOCTOR: Well, thank you for warning us. We'll do all that we can to help you.
WESTER: Goodbye, Jo.
JO: Goodbye, Wester.
WESTER: I must go now.
(The figure moves off. JO shouts after him.)
JO: Wester! Take care.
REBEC: (To the DOCTOR.) What shall we do about Taron and Codal?
DOCTOR: Well, we'll wait till it's full light, if they're not back by then, we move out without them.
REBEC: Very well.
(REBEC and LATEP move off to confer.)
JO: Doctor - what shall we do?
DOCTOR: Well, first of all we've got to stop the Daleks releasing their bacteria, second - we've got to make sure their army stays inactive and third -
we've got to generally put an end to their chances of invasion of other planets.
JO: Well, how're we going to do all that?
(The DOCTOR checks to make sure that the Thals can't hear him and then shakes his head.)
DOCTOR: I haven't the faintest idea.
8: EXT. JUNGLE CLEARING
(The Spiridons drag VABER into a clearing where two DALEKS wait.)
(The group halts. One of them steps forward with the bombs.)
DALEK: What is this?
SPIRIDON: We have captured one of the aliens.
DALEK: We will question him.
(It glides closer to VABER.)
DALEK: Where are the others hiding?
(VABER remains silent.)
VABER: If you want them...
(TARON and CODAL are with the group. TARON looks alarmed at the start of this answer...)
VABER: If you want them - you find them!
DALEK: Answer - or we will exterminate you!
VABER: I haven't seen them.
DALEK: The others are near the plain of stones. You will lead us to them.
(The gunsticks aim at him.)
VABER: (Frightened.) No!
DALEK: You will lead us to them!
VABER: (Frightened.) No...no, don't fire. I'll take you there. Whatever you say.
DALEK: We will start immediately.
(VABER throws off the Spiridon holding him.)
VABER: It's...it's back this way.
(He points in one direction but then pushes his Spiridon guards aside and dives into the trees. A Spiridon gives chase. The DALEKS fire, killing both VABER
and their Spiridon slave. TARON and VABER use the distraction to try to get the bombs. TARON grabs the Spiridon who is holding them while CODAL snatches the
bombs from his grasp. They then both run off into the jungle. The DALEKS follow.)
DALEK: Pursue! Pursue!
9: INT. DALEK CITY. CONTROL ROOM
(The DALEK LEADER glides from the control room and towards the laboratory where another DALEK waits near the tank of bacteria. Over it, hangs a heat-lamp
type of device.)
10: INT. DALEK CITY. LABORATORY
(The door slides upwards and the DALEK LEADER enters.)
DALEK LEADER: Report.
SECOND DALEK: The antidote is prepared and ready to be administered.
DALEK LEADER: Demonstrate.
(The overhead lamp lowers and flashes over the two DALEKS.)
SECOND DALEK: Synthesised anti-bacteria elements are released in immediate vicinity of subject. The elements provide immunity on contact.
(The lamp stops flashing.)
SECOND DALEK: We are now protected against the bacteria.
DALEK LEADER: Approved. I will order all Dalek units and Spiridon slave workers assembled here for treatment shortly. Is the bacteria ready for release?
SECOND DALEK: All is prepared.
(The bacteria has continued to develop. The vegetation matter in the tank has now disappeared and a green gelatinous substance now remains.)
DALEK LEADER: The final phase of the operation is to commence immediately.
(The DALEK LEADER turns to leave the room.)
SECOND DALEK: Removal of the container top is all that is required to allow bacteria to enter the atmosphere.
11: INT. DALEK CITY. CONTROL ROOM
(The DALEK LEADER glides into the control room.)
DALEK LEADER: Transmit a general call to all units. They are to report here immediately for protective treatment prior to release of bacteria.
THIRD DALEK: I obey.
12: EXT. PLAIN OF STONES
(The DOCTOR is stamping out the smoking cinders of the fire when LATEP holds up a hand of caution.)
(They wait. TARON and CODAL run, gasping for breath, into the plain carrying the bombs and the furs.)
DOCTOR: Where on earth did you get those?
TARON: We persuaded a couple of Spiridons to part with them.
DOCTOR: Well done. Have you got the bombs?
LATEP: Where's Vaber?
CODAL: He's dead.
TARON: I'll tell you about that later. We've got to move away from here. There's a Dalek patrol right behind us.
DOCTOR: Now wait! We can't go on running forever. It's time for a change of tactics.
TARON: We can't risk a straightforward confrontation.
DOCTOR: No, I agree, so let's stop for a moment and use our intelligence, shall we?
TARON: Alright...what have you got in mind?
DOCTOR: Well, to take any effective and permanent action, we've got to get inside that city.
REBEC: How do we do that?
DOCTOR: Well, I do have a plan. You'll have to trust me.
(The Thals look at each other, then...)
TARON: What do you want us to do?
DOCTOR: Well, first of all, we've got to make sure that a Dalek patrol finds us. Somebody must go out, show themselves and then lead them back here.
LATEP: I'll go.
DOCTOR: Thank you, Latep. Now try and lead them around for a bit before you bring them back here. We'll need a little time to get ourselves ready.
(He starts to leave.)
JO: Wait, Latep, I'm coming with you.
DOCTOR: (Shocked.) Jo!
JO: Doctor, I'm tired of being hunted too.
DOCTOR: Yes, alright.
(The two move off.)
(The DOCTOR indicates that he wants TARON to follow him. He hands his fur to REBEC.)
CODAL: We'll keep watch.
(TARON follows the DOCTOR.)
13: EXT. ICE POOL
(Nearby is a large pool of molten ice. Steam and bubbles rise out of it, causing a mist to hang over the whole area. The DOCTOR leads TARON down to it.)
DOCTOR: I noticed this this morning. Have you seen them before?
TARON: Yes, they're all over the place - molten ice pools. A sort of natural spring.
(The DOCTOR takes off a glove and picks out some of the molten ice in his hand. He shakes it off.)
DOCTOR: Yes, and hyper-cold. Yes, it's an odd phenomena - the water on this planet. It sustains sub-zero temperatures and yet remains semi-liquid.
TARON: I'm sorry, I don't see the significance of all this. We've known about these ice pools for some time.
DOCTOR: The Daleks are vulnerable to extremely low temperatures...and they hardly function at all at sub-zero level.
(TARON smiles as he realises what the DOCTOR is getting at.)
TARON: Yes...yes, I see. Come on, let's look around. Find a way of making it work.
DOCTOR: Yes, it's a good feeling, isn't it? When the hunted become the hunters.
14: EXT. DALEK CITY ENTRANCE
(A group of five Spiridon slave workers and their DALEK escort glide into the city, past the DALEK guards.)
15: INT. DALEK CITY. CONTROL ROOM
(They enter the control room and stand in line before the DALEK LEADER.)
DALEK LEADER: Spiridon slave workers will proceed to level four to await treatment. Move!
(The Spiridons shuffle off. The DALEK LEADER turns to another DALEK at the control bank.)
DALEK LEADER: Report.
SECOND DALEK: Dalek patrol three is proceeding towards the city with remainder of Spiridon slave workers.
DALEK LEADER: Only patrol seven remains unaccounted for.
(It turns and faces another DALEK.)
DALEK LEADER: Report.
THIRD DALEK: Contact with patrol seven established. They have made contact with aliens and are in pursuit. They request permission to continue.
DALEK LEADER: Permission granted. Advise that no prisoners are to be taken. They are to be exterminated.
16: EXT. JUNGLE
(Hand in hand, JO and LATEP run through the trees and pause to rest, crouched down in a clearing. They both gasp for breath.)
LATEP: You alright?
JO: Bit winded. Never run so far in all my life!
LATEP: I think we've given them enough running around now. It's time we started back for the others.
(He looks into the trees.)
LATEP: (Whispers.) There we are!
(Two DALEKS glide nearby.)
LATEP: (Whispers.) Are you ready?
JO: (Whispers.) Yes.
(They stand up in sight of the DALEKS and run off. The DALEKS burst through the bushes in pursuit.)
DALEK: Pursue! Pursue! Pursue! Surrender!
17: EXT. PLAIN OF STONES
(The DOCTOR and TARON return to the CODAL and REBEC. She is keeping watch.)
DOCTOR: Right, you all set?
TARON: Yes, we're ready.
REBEC: Doctor - it's Jo and Latep!
(The two run gasping into the group.)
JO: The Daleks are right behind us.
(TARON looks at the DOCTOR.)
DOCTOR: Come on, Jo!
(He grabs JO'S hand and they all run off in different directions. After a moment, the DALEKS glide into the plain of stones. Hidden behind one of the rocks,
the DOCTOR and JO watch.)
DOCTOR: Alright, I'll try and draw them off that way.
(He nods in one direction. The DOCTOR runs off past the DALEKS before they can react into the mists.)
FIRST DALEK: Give protective fire.
(The FIRST DALEK glides after him.)
18: EXT. ICE POOL
(The DOCTOR steps through the mud at the edge of the molten pool and hides behind a rock.)
DOCTOR: Taron! Taron, get ready!
(The DALEK glides nearer and stops. The DOCTOR runs off again to draw it along and he manages to hide behind another rock just before it fires at him. As the
DALEK glides forward, TARON runs over a small rise and grabs the DALEK. The DALEK starts to turn and therefore to be able to fire at TARON.)
DOCTOR: Get out of its line of fire!
(The DOCTOR runs up and starts to pull the DALEK with TARON.)
DOCTOR: Pull it!
(They start to pull it towards the molten pool.)
FIRST DALEK: Assist! Assist!
19: EXT. PLAIN OF STONES
(JO peeks out from behind her rock. The SECOND DALEK spots her.)
SECOND DALEK: Halt!
(JO runs out from the other side of the rock and tries desperately to keep behind the DALEK. They each turn one way and the other playing a desperate game of
cat and mouse.)
SECOND DALEK: Surrender! Surrender or you will be exterminated! Surrender!
(The DALEK suddenly spins round knocking JO to the ground. She falls with a cry.)
SECOND DALEK: Surrender or you will be exterminated!
(It aims at her but suddenly CODAL runs forward and throws his Spiridon rug over it. He then starts to grapple with the creature himself.)
SECOND DALEK: I cannot see!
(LATEP and REBEC run forward. LATEP starts to hit at the DALEK with a rock while REBEC helps JO to her feet in order that all four can help in the fight.)
SECOND DALEK: Emergency! Alert! Vision impaired!
20: EXT. ICE POOL
(Meanwhile, the DOCTOR and TARON are still struggling with the FIRST DALEK towards the molten pool. It swings its eye-stick round and hits TARON who falls to
the ground. He looks up in terror as the DALEK aims at him but the DOCTOR exerts all his strength and pushes the creature onto an incline towards the pool. It
starts to roll towards it.)
FIRST DALEK: Assist! Assist! Assist! Assist! Assist!
(As the FIRST DALEK enters the pool, the other four push the SECOND DALEK in the same direction, past the DOCTOR and TARON.)
CODAL: Hold on!
SECOND DALEK: Assist! Assist!
(The SECOND DALEK enters the pool. The two creatures are both still at slight angles in the liquid. The group is overjoyed.)
JO: We've beaten it!
DOCTOR: Well done. Well done everybody! Now come on, Taron. We've got work to do.
TARON: Latep, switch on your thermal liner.
(The two men switch on the units on the belts and wade into the pool and up to the DALEKS.)
DOCTOR: Keep out of their angle of fire. They may still be dangerous.
(They nod their understanding and grab hold of the casings.)
DOCTOR: Right, now lift up the top section.
(The two Thals do so.)
DOCTOR: Are they dead?
TARON: Yes, that...the shock of the sudden cold must have killed them straight away.
(The group on the bank watch as the creatures inside as lifted out of the casing and dumped in the pool. REBEC looks on with disgust while JO'S eyes widen
with horror at the sight.)
DOCTOR: Right, get that one up onto the bank.
(TARON and LATEP start to push the casing of the SECOND DALEK.)
21: INT. DALEK CITY. CONTROL ROOM
(A fur covered Spiridon - WESTER - hangs about on the periphery of the control room. He moves quickly out of the way as a DALEK glides into the room and up
to the DALEK LEADER.)
DALEK LEADER: Report.
SECOND DALEK: We have lost contact with patrol seven. Last reported position was they were entering the plain of stones in pursuit of the aliens.
DALEK LEADER: No further information?
SECOND DALEK: Weak signal from the automatic distress transmitter, then silence.
DALEK LEADER: We will wait no longer.
(The DALEK LEADER glides into the laboratory. A THIRD glides round the corner and sees WESTER.)
THIRD DALEK: Stop! What are you doing here?
WESTER: My name is Wester. I have a vital message for the section leader. I've made contact with the aliens - lured them into a trap.
THIRD DALEK: The section leader is occupied.
WESTER: He ordered an immediate report.
THIRD DALEK: You will enter the laboratory and report when the section leader is free.
(WESTER enters the laboratory.)
22: INT. DALEK CITY. LABORATORY
(The door slides down behind him. The two DALEKS within ignore him.)
DALEK LEADER: We will commence to administer the protective treatments immediately.
DALEK: I have located minor mechanical fault in the equipment. It will be rectified quickly.
DALEK LEADER: Work at all speed. I shall assist you.
(The DALEK LEADER turns and knocks the tank of bacteria.)
DALEK: Caution! Caution!
23: EXT. DALEK CITY ENTRANCE
(At a small distance, the DOCTOR looks at the city entrance. He then turns back to the group of JO, LATEP and the retrieved DALEK. He leans down and speaks
to the casing.)
DOCTOR: Alright, Rebec.
REBEC: (OOV: Inside casing.) Yes, I think so.
DOCTOR: Latep, you sure you know the way to the ventilator shaft?
LATEP: Taron marked it on the chart, Doctor.
JO: Can we come with you, Doctor?
DOCTOR: I'm sorry, Jo. No, it must be a two-pronged attack and double our chances of success. Have you got the bomb?
(LATEP holds up one of the bombs.)
DOCTOR: Whichever group gets there first must detonate that bomb in one of the tunnels near the cooling unit - block off the Daleks completely. Now,
whatever you do, don't damage the refrigeration unit. It's absolutely vital that that continues to function.
JO: We understand.
(TARON and CODAL, wrapped in Spiridon furs run up. They hold a third fur.)
TARON: Here you are then!
DOCTOR: More gentle persuasion?
TARON: You could put it like that.
DOCTOR: Right, put it on.
(TARON helps the DOCTOR into the fur. Only his head pokes out.)
DOCTOR: Well, Jo, do I pass?
JO: You'll do - at a pinch. Good luck, Doctor.
(She hugs him.)
DOCTOR: And to you.
LATEP: Good luck.
DOCTOR: Alright, Rebec?
REBEC: (OOV: Inside casing.) Alright.
DOCTOR: (To TARON and CODAL.) Okay?
(The three cover their heads with the furs.)
DOCTOR: Right, off we go.
(The three "Spiridons" and their "DALEK" escort move towards the city entrance, watched by JO and LATEP. As the group of four approach
the doors, a DALEK glides out. JO and LATEP duck into the bushes.)
DALEK: All units were ordered to return to base. You are late. Report to central control immediately.
(The group carries on into the city.)
JO: (Whispers.) They're in!
LATEP: (Whispers.) We'd better get going.
JO: (Whispers.) Right.
LATEP: (Whispers.) Come on.
(They move off into the trees.)
24: INT. DALEK CITY. CONTROL ROOM
(Beyond the glass, the two DALEKS and WESTER can still be seen in the laboratory. The DOCTOR'S group enters unchallenged and see what is taking place.)
TARON: What are they doing?
(TARON and the DOCTOR peek out of their furs.)
DOCTOR: Presumably, they're preparing the bacteria.
TARON: There's a Spiridon in there.
DOCTOR: That's Wester!
25: INT. DALEK CITY. LABORATORY
DALEK: Fault rectified. Equipment now fully operational.
DALEK LEADER: We are both already immune. We will start to administer the protective treatment to all units at once.
(WESTER runs forward and grabs the glass top of the tank and starts to heave it off.)
DALEK LEADER: You must not open the container!
(The misty substance within starts to fill the room. The air starts to flare red as WESTER, unprotected, groans and falls to the floor. The DALEK LEADER
turns to open the door, but is warned off.)
DALEK: Bacteria is released. Do not open door! Repeat: do not open door!
26: INT. DALEK CITY. CONTROL ROOM
(Another DALEK in the control room glides forward in a panic. The DOCTOR'S group have observed these events.)
DOCTOR: (Whispers.) If they open that hermetically sealed door even a fraction of an inch, the bacteria will escape and destroy everything -
27: INT. DALEK CITY. LABORATORY
(Within the laboratory, WESTER, now dead, starts to assume a visible form. His face fades into view within the furs. The Spiridons are humanoid but with a
double row of eyebrows, almost like ridges on their forehead and a nose that spreads out partially across their cheeks.)
DALEK LEADER: We cannot leave here. No one can enter. We can never leave here - never, never, never!
28: INT. DALEK CITY. CONTROL ROOM
DOCTOR: (Whispers.) Let's try and get to the lower levels.
TARON: Alright, Rebec.
(REBEC starts to move her casing forward and the others follow but a DALEK glides forward.)
DALEK: Wait! Spiridon slave workers are to report to level four immediately.
(The group hesitates.)
(Within the furs, TARON looks at the DOCTOR and then they set off. Bringing up the rear is CODAL, but he fails to spot that his booted foot is sticking out
from his fur. The DALEK looks down and sees it.)
DALEK: Wait - you are not Spiridons! Emergency! Emergency! Emergency!
JOHN SCOTT MARTIN
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