The Sontaran Experiment
1: EXT. EARTH- EMPTY FIELD (MATTERBEAM GLOBE AREA)
HARRY: Ah! Doctor!
DOCTOR: Are you staying, coming, or going? Or going or staying or coming?
HARRY: I feel a bit like a Morse message. Slightly scrambled.
DOCTOR: Yes, well, now, let's get on with it.
DOCTOR: These must be the refractors. Now then...
HARRY: Oh, Doctor...
DOCTOR: Mmm... yes?
HARRY: I can see you're busy but, er... what about Sarah?
DOCTOR: Oh, yes. Sarah...
DOCTOR: Oh, dear. That sounds like Sarah.
SARAH: Help me! Ouch!
DOCTOR: Mm... it's not only oscillating, it's ellipsing as well... you'd better give her a hand, old chap. Harry...
DOCTOR: Yes, I see the problem. Focus has gone a bit funny...
HARRY: Okay, old thing?
SARAH: Harry, I am not a thing.
HARRY: Doctor says it's the refractors.
SARAH: Is it? Ouch...
HARRY: I say, not hurt are you?
SARAH: Only in the... in my... ouch... dignity.
DOCTOR: Ah, Sarah! You're looking well.
DOCTOR: Look, ahem... this is going to take some time to do the whole lot.
DOCTOR: So why don't you make the most of it?
SARAH: Make the most of what?
DOCTOR: I mean, it's a glorious day. Beautiful unspoilt countryside... no one has set foot here for thousands of years!
SARAH: What you're trying to say is that you're busy and you'd like us to push off.
DOCTOR: Pithily put. I would phrase it more elegantly myself of course, but yes.
HARRY: Might as well have a recce while we're here. Coming old... coming, Sarah?
DOCTOR: Enjoy yourselves!
DOCTOR: Trafalgar Square should be that way!
SARAH: Trafalgar Square?
DOCTOR: If this is Piccadilly...
SARAH: You're joking, aren't you?
DOCTOR: Mind the traffic!
2: EXT. ANOTHER AREA OF THE FIELD
3: EXT. THIRD AREA OF HEATH
SARAH: Trafalgar Square, my foot. Not a pigeon in sight!
HARRY: Don't suppose many of our feathered friends survived. There's not much in the way of life, is there?
SARAH: It's rather creepy. Doesn't seem like Earth at all.
HARRY: Oh, I don't know... it's nice and tidy, anyway. No lolly sticks.
SARAH: It's not what I expected.
HARRY: Well, it'll all change when they get down from Nerva. The animal and botanic section is packed with stuff.
SARAH: What was that?
SARAH: Shh! Listen!
HARRY: I can't hear anything!
SARAH: Over there!
HARRY: Come on, Sarah. You're imagining things.
HARRY: Sarah, there has been no life on Earth - not of any size... for ten thousand years!
SARAH: We don't know that, do we? There could be anything here!
HARRY: Such as what?
SARAH: Mutations.. creatures... I don't know...
HARRY: Oh, come on!
4: EXT. GLOBE AREA
ERAK: Keep him covered, Zake. I'll get the others.
5: EXT. MARSH AREA
HARRY: Hey, Sarah. Come and have a look at this...
SARAH: Harry! Are you alright? Harry!
6: EXT. CAMP SITE
ERAK: Krans! Krans! I've seen a guy... some stranger!
ERAK: Zake's watching him! He's down by that circle. I thought maybe Vural ought to know...
KRANS: No, no, no. He's out looking for grub. Down by the circle, hey?
ERAK: Yeah. Could be something to do with this mess, hey?
KRANS: We'll soon find out!
7: EXT. BOTTOM OF THE PIT
HARRY: No bones broken, I don't think.
HARRY: All the same, I'm, stuck, aren't I?
SARAH: Harry... Harry, there's something wrong here! The edge of this hole has been covered!
HARRY: Of course it has. That's how I fell down it! Oh, I see what you mean. Deliberate trap, hey?
SARAH: I'll go and get the Doctor.
HARRY: Alright... I'll wait here then.
8: EXT. HEATH
9: EXT. GLOBE CIRCLE
10: EXT. HEATH
11: EXT. HEATH WALK AREA
12: EXT. GLOBE CIRCLE
13: EXT. HEATH WALK AREA
DOCTOR: Broken neck...
KRANS: Hold it!
DOCTOR: Is he a friend of yours?
ERAK: He's killed Zake!
DOCTOR: No, I...
14: EXT. GLOBE AREA
15: EXT. BOTTOM OF THE PIT
HARRY: Hello? Hey! Who's there?
HARRY: Hey! Now, look here...
16: EXT. GLOBE AREA
17: EXT. PIT AREA
SARAH: Harry... Harry, I can't find him.
SARAH: Oh... Harry?
18: EXT. MARSHLAND
19: EXT. THE CAMP SITE
ERAK: How long before the dope wears off?
KRANS: He's coming round now...
KRANS: Cut him loose, Erak. Leave his hands tied.
KRANS: Alright. Now talk!
DOCTOR: Certainly. What would you like me to talk about?
KRANS: What have you done with our crewmates?
20: EXT. PIT AREA
21: EXT. RUINS
22: EXT. PIT AREA
SARAH: What on Earth...?
ROTH: Who are you? Where are you from?
SARAH: Funny, that's what I was going to ask you. OK, my name's Sarah. What's yours?
SARAH: What's you name?
SARAH: Do you live here, Roth? No, those are space clothes, aren't they?
ROTH: I covered this, understand? To catch the machine!
SARAH: Tell me about the machine. Why are you so frightened of it?
ROTH: The machines serves him. Captures my crewmates.
SARAH: Serves who?
ROTH: The thing in the rocks. I'll not get caught. Not again!
SARAH: What thing in the rocks?
ROTH: The alien, in the rocks. The machines catches us and takes us for torture. I got away, see?
SARAH: Those are burns, aren't they? Did the alien do that? Is that what you're saying?
ROTH: He killed Heeth and Splier. I got away!
SARAH: I think I'm beginning to. Look, take me to where the rocks are.
ROTH: No, no!
SARAH: Roth, you've got to help me! I came here with two friends and they've both vanished, understand?
ROTH: I saw them.
SARAH: Then it was you following us?
ROTH: One of your friends is with Vural?
ROTH: He was in the circle. I saw them take him.
SARAH: Then you know where the Doctor is!
23: EXT. THE CAMP SITE
DOCTOR: I told you, I just got here.
ERAK: How? We've seen no ship.
DOCTOR: I didn't use one. I came by transmat beam.
VURAL: That's a lie!
DOCTOR: That's the truth. And who are you?
VURAL: Vural. I am the leader of this party.
VURAL: Where did you find him?
ERAK: First saw him creeping about the circle.
DOCTOR: Not creeping. I was repairing the...
KRANS: Shut up!
KRANS: By the time we caught up with him, he was bent over Zake.
KRANS: Killed him.
DOCTOR: I did not kill him! I heard a cry and found him lying in a gully with his neck broken. An accident, I assume.
VURAL: You say you came here by transmat beam?
DOCTOR: That's right.
VURAL: There's no transmat beam on this planet. The Earth's been junked.
DOCTOR: Temporarily abandoned, perhaps. But not junked. Oh, no.
VURAL: It's worn out, useless. Too far from the freighter routes. Nobody comes here so there's no transmat beam. Check?
VURAL: So you better start telling the truth or you'll find things getting a little rough.
DOCTOR: I'm sorry to keep contradicting you, but there is a transmat beam from Space Station Nerva.
KRANS: From where?
DOCTOR: Space Station Nerva.
ERAK: Is he crazy?
KRANS: A joker.
VURAL: You don't expect us to believe that!
DOCTOR: Nerva. Transmat beam. Earth. It's as simple as that. Why don't you believe me?
VURAL: Because Nerva doesn't exist, that's why. There's no such place.
DOCTOR: Fascinating. You don't believe it exists and yet you've obviously heard of it.
KRANS: Everybody's heard of the Lost Colony.
DOCTOR: Lost Colony? You mean it's become a legend like Lost Atlantis?
ERAK: Like what?
DOCTOR: Lost Atlantis. It's a legendary city... oh, never mind. This is extremely interesting. Are you going to cut me loose?
VURAL: We're going to get the truth out of you first.
KRANS: Too right.
DOCTOR: Very colonial. You are from a colony, I take it?
DOCTOR: Of course, on Nerva, they know that various colony ships left Earth. They'll be delighted to hear that they're not the
sole survivors of the human race. You are human?
KRANS: What do you mean?
ERAK: Course we are!
DOCTOR: Oh, no offense. No offense.
DOCTOR: Do you mind if I take a close look at that?
24: EXT. RUINS
DOCTOR: (filter) Do you mind if I take a close look at that?
DOCTOR: Id' say it's not a product of human technology, eh, Vural?
VURAL: You're a freak!
25: EXT. RUINS- STAIRCASE TOP
26: EXT. MARSH
27: EXT. ENCAMPMENT
ERAK: I say get rid of him now and save ourselves the trouble later.
KRANS: If he landed by ship we'd have heard. Maybe he did come by transmat beam.
ERAK: From Nerva?
VURAL: I remember the old story. Back in the days of the Expansion, a bunch of survival sleepers went to Space Station Nerva
to wait for the planet to cool down again.
ERAK: So the planet's cooled down and they've never come back. And Nerva has never been found, it's just a story.
VURAL: Yeah. I reckon if it ever existed, it got burnt up in the sunbursts.
KRANS: You know what makes me half believe him? The fact that it's such a crazy story.
ERAK: You mean that if he was lying, he'd think of something better?
KRANS: I'll question him again.
VURAL: No. I'll handle this.
28: EXT. MARSH
ROTH: Shh! It's just a way down here!
SARAH: Well, what are we waiting for?
ROTH: No, no...
SARAH: Roth, if you were in Vural's crew, why are you so frightened of him?
ROTH: He's been to the rocks, I saw, I saw.
SARAH: What do you mean, you saw?
ROTH: The alien let him go. Vural's hooked!
29: EXT. CAMP SITE
VURAL: How long have they been in deep freeze on Nerva?
DOCTOR: Oh... ten thousand years?
VURAL: And you woke up before the others?
DOCTOR: Well, no. I'm a sort of travelling, time expert. As you can see, Earth has been habitable for several thousand years.
But they didn't wake up. Why? Clock stopped. Overslept. So here I am.
VURAL: Clock expert...
DOCTOR: Horologist, actually. And chronometrist. Just love clock. Atomic, quartz, grandfather...
ERAK: He's still lying.
VURAL: Shut up, Erak.
DOCTOR: Cuckoo clock...
VURAL: You got any proof!
DOCTOR: Well, no, I didn't expect to meet anyone. I was told Earth was uninhabited.
KRANS: That's what we thought. Until we got a distress call from around here.
DOCTOR: A mayday? Then you're a military expedition, I take it?
VURAL: One of our GalSec freighters went missing. We picked up a distress call and came down for a look, see? Soon as we left,
the ship was vapourised. Nine of us were stuck here.
DOCTOR: Nine? Where are the rest?
ERAK: And we reckon that circle of yours has got something to do with it!
DOCTOR: Rubbish! That’s simply the reception point for the transmat beam from Nerva.
ERAK: Let's kill him now and get it over with.
DOCTOR: That’s wild talk, Erak. Far from killing me, you should treat me as an honoured guest.
DOCTOR: You don't want to be stuck here forever, do you?
VURAL: Go on.
DOCTOR: I might consider helping you.
VURAL: How do you reckon to help us?
DOCTOR: Simple. I finish refocusing the matter beam and we all pop up to Nerva. You get in touch with your headquarters and they
send a ship for you.
VURAL: Listen. If you are one of the Old People, then we’re not raking orders from your lot. While you were dozing away, our
people kept going. And they made it. We’ve got bases across the galaxy now. You’ve done nothing for ten thousand years while we’ve built
an Empire. Understand?
DOCTOR: Oh, absolutely.
VURAL: We’re not taking any of that Mother Earth rubbish!
KRANS: Hey, look! It’s Roth!
ERAK: Hey, Rothy!
KRANS: Roth! It’s Rothy!
DOCTOR: Good girl, Sarah. Who’s your fast friend?
SARAH: Explain later. Come on.
VURAL: Roth! Roth!
ERAK: It’s no good, Krans. He’s bunked.
KRANS: I saw him... plain as daylight.
VURAL: Why’d he run like that? Why’d he run from us?
ERAK: He must have gone bush.
ERAK: That freak! He got away!
VURAL: Get your guns!
30: EXT. MARSH
SARAH: Doctor, the pit is this way!
DOCTOR: I've lost my sonic screwdriver. I feel completely lost without it.
SARAH: I've found your sonic screwdriver! Doctor- the pit!
DOCTOR: What would I do without you?
31: EXT. CAMP SITE
VURAL: Keep your eyes peeled. They can't have gone far.
32: EXT. PIT AREA
DOCTOR: He couldn't have climbed out?
SARAH: Not without help.
DOCTOR: This machine you told me about. Could that have lifted him...
SARAH: No. He'd already gone by the time the machine came.
DOCTOR: Excuse me...
DOCTOR: Terrullian drive.
DOCTOR: The machine. That's very interesting because there's no terrullian to be found in this galaxy.
ROTH: Yeah, alien. Alien, understand?
DOCTOR: Yes, don't you worry about it old chap.
DOCTOR: He's half demented with shock.
SARAH: He's been tortured. Badly, by the look of it. He's terrified of everyone now, even his own crewmates.
DOCTOR: Yes, I can't say I blame him for being wary of his old friend Vural, at any rate. You know, this is absolutely typical
of Harry! How anyone in their proper mind could fall down a whacking great subsidence like... that's it!
SARAH: What is?
DOCTOR: Subsidence! A sewer or something. Maybe the Central Line!
SARAH: I'm not with you!
DOCTOR: There must be a way out from the bottom. Hang on, Sarah. I'll just go down and take a look.
SARAH: Be careful, Doctor. If you break a leg or something, we'll never get you out.
SARAH: Doctor, Doctor!
ROTH: No! No, no, no!
33: EXT. RUINS
34: EXT. SPACECRAFT AREA
35: EXT. PIT AREA
DOCTOR: Sarah! Roth! Sarah! Sarah, are you there?
36: EXT. SPACECRAFT AREA
STYRE: Ah.. the female of the species!
(CUT TO THE CLOSING CREDITS)
Sarah Jane Smith
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Harry Sullivan and Doctor Who Stunt Double
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