by DOUGLAS ADAMS
would have been
transmitted - 2nd February 1980
(The sphere pursues the DOCTOR down the street. It knocks a passer-by
over, spilling groceries over the sidewalk. It pauses at the sign when it
finds the bicycle, makes beeping sounds to itself, and then heads after the
DOCTOR down the passageway. The DOCTOR has depressingly realised that the
alley he's taken ends in a wire mesh gate. There are doors to the buildings on
either side which he tries to open without success. The sphere passes the end
of the alley, turns back, and then heads for the DOCTOR's head. The DOCTOR
sees it coming and tries desperately to climb the wire mesh gate, but finds
that his boots' tips are too large to fit inside the mesh for footholds. The
sphere floats above him and begins to descend towards his forehead.....
Frantically, the DOCTOR jumps down off the fence and tries to squeeze under
them, but gets stuck halfway through...... the sphere floats closer, and
reaches the DOCTOR's head..... The DOCTOR's eyes grow wide in fear..... and
then suddenly the grating industrial wheeze of the TARDIS is heard, and the
battered Police Box materialises in the alley almost on top of the DOCTOR. The
sphere seems disoriented, and in fact it retreats completely from the DOCTOR.
ROMANA's head pokes its way out of the TARDIS, looking up and watching the
(....and the DOCTOR gets up off the ground and leaps into the TARDIS. It
rapidly dematerialises, with the end of the DOCTOR's scarf sticking out of the
2. TARDIS, CONSOLE ROOM (NOT MADE)
(The DOCTOR is taking a breather by the doors whilst
the time rotor is rising and falling. K-9 is here.)
DOCTOR: Romana, thank you, thank you very much,
thank you so much.....
(He runs, understandably out of steam.)
K-9, you took your time.
ROMANA: It was K-9 who traced you. He picked up
that voice babble.
DOCTOR: (brushing this aside) Romana,
we've got to get the book back.
ROMANA: I thought that's where......
DOCTOR: I dropped it.
ROMANA: Dropped it!
DOCTOR: (fiercely) Yes, dropped it! What
was that thing chasing me!
K-9: Unidentified, Master. Origin
ROMANA: All we know is it attacked the
DOCTOR: The Professor ... how is he?
(ROMANA can't reply for a moment.)
How is he?
K-9: The Professor's life is terminated,
DOCTOR: (horror-struck) Dead!
ROMANA: We think that thing stole his mind. The
DOCTOR: When did this happen?
ROMANA: Just when....
DOCTOR: I thought you were meant to be looking
ROMANA: I had just gone back into the
ROMANA: (braving it) I had just gone back
into the TARDIS for some milk.
DOCTOR: For some milk.
DOCTOR: I see.
ROMANA: Well otherwise he was.... going out to
get some himself.
DOCTOR: You needn't explain.
(The DOCTOR takes over the TARDIS
3. CHRIS'S LAB (NOT MADE)
(CLARE is sitting on a chair. She has fallen asleep
over a bench. The teletext attached to the X-ray machine suddenly chatters
into life again. It disturbs her sleep, but doesn't wake her up.)
[TOM - over the sphere hovering off into the
TOM: Romana explained that K-9 had traced the
sphere after it had attacked the Professor. I decided to receive the
4. PROFESSOR'S ROOM
(CHRIS watches the Professor worriedly and moves to close his eyes. As
he bends over to close them, his hand passes straight through the PROFESSOR's
body and the body completely vanishes.)
(.....but it's the DOCTOR he gets instead as back in the corner of the
room the TARDIS materialises. The DOCTOR, ROMANA, and K-9 disembark.)
DOCTOR: Who are you?
CHRIS: Chris Parsons, Bristol, Gramson, and Johns.
DOCTOR: Never heard of you. You're the one causing all the trouble.
CHRIS: Me?! Where's the Book?
DOCTOR: Where's the Professor?
CHRIS: Well, I just, just, just....
DOCTOR: Just what?
CHRIS: Well, I just don't know. His body just disappeared into thin
DOCTOR: Where was the body?
(He shows the DOCTOR the exact spot on the floor where it
It disappeared just before you arrived.
(The DOCTOR examines the area and then looks up suddenly:)
DOCTOR: He's gone! He must have been on his very last regeneration.
(stands up) Did you say that someone had stolen his mind.
DOCTOR: Yes. That's what Skagra threatened to do to me.
(ROMANA and CHRIS pipe up upon hearing that name.)
ROMANA & CHRIS: Skagra!
DOCTOR: You know the name?
CHRIS: Just before the Professor died, he said three things, "Beware
the sphere, Beware Skagra....."
ROMANA: .....and "Beware Shada".
DOCTOR: (reacts like he knows that name.) Shada!
ROMANA: Do you know the name?
DOCTOR: Shada, Shada? No,
(to CHRIS) You?
CHRIS: Doesn't mean anything to me.
DOCTOR: (to himself) Well Mr. Skagra, or whatever it is you
call yourself, you've killed a Time Lord and a very good friend of mine. It's
time you and I had a little chat! K-9!
DOCTOR: Can you find any trace of that sphere?
K-9: Affirmative, Master, but it is far far too weak to take a
DOCTOR: We'll have to wait till it becomes active again. Now listen,
K-9, the moment the signal becomes clear....
K-9: Affirmative, Master.
(to the others) We'll wait in the TARDIS.
ROMANA: Excellent thought.
(the two Time Lords walk off towards the TARDIS.)
DOCTOR: Come on, you too, Bristol.
(CHRIS follows them inside followed by K-9.)
5. RIVER CAM
(On the outskirts of Cambridge, near the field where the ship is parked,
a man is fishing on the banks of the Cam. He throws his line in and waits for
the fish to bite. However he gets bitten himself by the angry sphere, who
decides to catch him. He casts another line until suddenly the sphere floats
right next to him. He looks and stares at it in surprise, until it attaches
itself to his forehead. His eyes and forehead crinkle as his mind is drained.
He suddenly pitches forward and lands face-down and unmoving in the water,
while the sphere floats off into the air and on a more determined course.)
6. CHRIS'S LAB (NOT MADE)
(Light is pouring in the window and CLARE is still
asleep over the table. The teletext machine chatters again and this time it
causes CLARE to wake with a start. She reacts to the light outside and looks
at her watch and is startled at the time.)
CLARE: Chris? Chris? Are you there?
(She looks at her watch again and shakes it. Then
she goes to look at the readout. She tears it off and stares at it in
Where's has he got to?
(She takes down a university directory from a shelf.
She looks up an entry.)
Charlton, Charlton, Chester, Christie,
(She writes down the address and leaves.)
[TOM - over the sphere hovering off.]
TOM: Clare was woken from a deep sleep by the
teleprinter. She tears off the text and rushed out.
7. TARDIS, CONSOLE ROOM (NOT MADE)
(The DOCTOR, ROMANA and CHRIS are sitting round in
various attitudes of sleeping.)
K-9: (suddenly alert) Master!
DOCTOR: (Waking with a start) Have you
got something, K-9?
K-9: Affirmative, Master. the sphere is active.
5.7 miles at bearing 4.378. Velocity 15.3.
DOCTOR: Good dog.
(The DOCTOR prepares to dematerialise.)
(Outside the Professor's rooms, CLARE arrives and knocks at the door,
receiving no reply.)
9. PROFESSOR'S ROOM
[TOM - over the TARDIS dematerialising.]
TOM: As I prepared to dematerialise, K-9
detected the sphere's activity.
(CLARE enters the room - just too late to see the TARDIS leaving.)
(The sphere floats by the car SKAGRA stole and into the deserted field
beyond. Further across the same field the TARDIS materialises. Emerging
quietly, but quickly, the DOCTOR and the others are just in time to see the
sphere disappear as it enters the invisible ship.)
DOCTOR: Did you just see what I didn't see?
DOCTOR: Neither did I.
CHRIS: It just vanished.
DOCTOR: That's what I said.
(pointing to a deposit a cow had left.) Watch that cow pat.
(The DOCTOR and CHRIS walk off while ROMANA keeps the door open for
ROMANA: Come on, K-9
11. SHIP (NOT MADE)
(The sphere has returned to SKAGRA (who is back in
his white suit) in the ship. SKAGRA ceases his study of the Book.)
(The sphere obediently settles onto the playback
cone and shows him on a screen the scene of the DOCTOR escaping into the
TARDIS. SKAGRA is visibly annoyed by this.)
(to SHIP.) What is that machine?
(The picture resolves into computer graphics of the
SHIP: My lord, it displays characteristics of a
Gallifreyan time capsule, Type 39, possibly Type 40.
SKAGRA: Present whereabouts?
SHIP: In close proximity my lord. Intruders are
approaching the ship.
SKAGRA: Show me!
(On the screen we see a close up of the DOCTOR and
Co approaching the ship purposefully [Over this -
TOM: The sphere reported to Skagra that I had
escaped and was approaching the ship.
(The DOCTOR steps straight into the invisible side of the ship and stops
painfully, rubbing his nose.)
DOCTOR: Oof! Don't move.
(He feels the invisible wall as though pantomiming. CHRIS looks at
ROMANA, who gives him a friendly smile.)
K-9, there's something here.
K-9: Affirmative Master!
DOCTOR: Then why didn't you tell me, you stupid animal?
K-9: I assumed you could see it, Master.
ROMANA: What is it, K-9?
K-9: A spacecraft, Mistress, of very advanced design. Many of its
functions are beyond my capacity to analyse.
(All three feel the strange craft - it looks like all three are feeling
CHRIS: If I built something that clever I'll want people to see it.
DOCTOR: Shhh. K-9, what's it powered by?
K-9: Insufficient data.
DOCTOR: Aren't we all? Where could it come from?
K-9: Insufficient data.
ROMANA: What does it look like?
K-9: Very large.
CHRIS: How large?
K-9: One hundred meters long.
DOCTOR: (impressed and looking about) That should keep the
cows guessing. There must be an entrance.
CHRIS: (spots something) What's that carpet doing there?
(the DOCTOR spots the carpet)
DOCTOR: What's that carpet doing here?
(He is looking in the direction of a red carpet that is laying on the
grass in front of the ramp to SKAGRA's ship.)
13. SHIP (NOT MADE)
(SKAGRA is watching them on his screen.)
SKAGRA: Admit them.
SHIP: My lord.
TOM: Skagra ordered the ship to allow us to
(We hear a door opening.)
K-9: A door is opening, Master
DOCTOR: Affirmative, K9, Affirmative,
(ROMANA and CHRIS join him at the foot of the ramp and then follow him
as he walks up the invisible ramp into the ship. K-9 lags behind until the
DOCTOR waggles his leg.)
Come on, K-9, heel.
ROMANA: Affirmative Master.
15. SHIP, ENTRANCE (NOT MADE)
(They find themselves inside a hexagonally shaped
corridor whose walls pulsate with a very bright light.)
CHRIS: Better than an old police box.
DOCTOR: Shhh. K-9, any sign of that deranged
DOCTOR: The gaggleback, the beastly.
DOCTOR: The sphere!
K-9: All signal sources are confused,
DOCTOR: Romana, I'd feel happier if you three
went outside again. No point us all walking into the spider's web.
ROMANA: No Doctor, I'll stay, you might need
(Suddenly a cube of light engulfs all of his
companions and they disappear.)
(He searches round for traces of them. As he turns
to face up the corridor again SKAGRA is there.)
SKAGRA: They will not be harmed, Doctor, For the
DOCTOR: I'm not very impressed by the party
tricks, Skagra. This is your name, isn't it?
SKAGRA: These party tricks, Doctor, are purely
functional, their purpose precisely defined, as is mine.
DOCTOR: Where have you taken my
SKAGRA: Come with me, Doctor.
16. PROFESSOR'S ROOM
(CLARE is looking about the PROFESSOR's rooms urgently.)
CLARE: Chris? Chris Parsons? Professor Chronotis?
(She finds CHRIS' backpack on the floor and only then realises that many
books are scattered on the floor.)
(She can tell something has happened and becomes frightened. She hurries
17. SHIP, CORRIDOR (NOT MADE)
(SKAGRA enters followed by the DOCTOR.)
DOCTOR: Skagra, what have you done with the
SKAGRA: It will be put to a more useful
DOCTOR: I would argue that it was serving a very
useful purpose where it was.
SKAGRA: Not to me.
DOCTOR: You realise he had died?
SKAGRA: Only his mind was of use to me. Not his
DOCTOR: You take a very proprietorial attitude
to other people's brains.
SKAGRA: It seems to me that Time Lords take a
very proprietorial view of the Universe.
DOCTOR: Just exactly who are you, Skagra?
SKAGRA: That knowledge will be of no use to
DOCTOR: Then I think you may as well tell
SKAGRA: And I think I may as well not. We have
more important matters to discuss.
TOM: Finding no sign of the sphere, I suspected
a trap. Suddenly, a cube of light surrounded Romana, Chris and K9 and they
disappeared. Skagra revealed himself to me and took me deeper into the ship
assuring me that my companions would come to no harm. I chided him on the
death of the Professor but Skagra revealed that he was only interested in the
old man's mind.
18. SHIP, MAIN CONTROL (NOT MADE)
(SKAGRA enters followed by the DOCTOR. SKAGRA picks
up the book. He weighs it thoughtfully in his hand.)
SKAGRA: This book, Doctor.....
DOCTOR: Which book, this book?
(He takes it and looks at a couple of
I've read it. It's rubbish.
(He hands it back. SKAGRA gives it back to the
SKAGRA: Then perhaps you would read it to
DOCTOR: I have a very boring reading voice. By
the time I'd got to the bottom of the first page you'd be asleep, I'd escape,
and then where would you be?
SKAGRA: Read it to me.
DOCTOR: I presume you can't read Gallifreyan
SKAGRA: Like a native. Read it to me,
DOCTOR: Alright. Are you standing
SKAGRA: I am.
DOCTOR: Then I'll sit down.
(As he does so, he notices the sphere next to
"Grrr vdd thrrr hurburgh dud dududud vvvlllll" I'm
paraphrasing, of course.
SKAGRA: (warningly) Doctor.....
DOCTOR: Shh, this is a good bit ....
"jjjjjdddrrr gr gr gr hummmmm....."
(Suddenly a look of mock worry comes over his face.
He hunts through the book.)
Skagra, do you realise this book doesn't make one bit
SKAGRA: Doctor, a fool would realise it was
written in code.
(The DOCTOR stares at it.)
DOCTOR: This thing's written in code! How am I
SKAGRA: I believe you know the code.
DOCTOR: Who, me?
DOCTOR: Oh no no. I'm afraid I'm very stupid.
Very stupid. I am very very stupid.
SKAGRA: Doctor, I believe you as a Time Lord
know this code, and you will give that knowledge to me!
DOCTOR: There's no point in giving me orders,
I'm very very stupid.
SKAGRA: That is not an order.
SKAGRA: It is a statement of fact.
DOCTOR: Ah, how stupid of me.
(SKAGRA makes a gesture. The sphere rises and
approaches the DOCTOR.)
SKAGRA: You will give me that knowledge because
you have no choice.
DOCTOR: Ah well, I don't know about that. I
don't know about anything, in fact. I'm an appallingly stupid person.
SKAGRA: That, Doctor, will soon be very
(The sphere attaches itself to the DOCTOR's
forehead. With a long cry of pain he collapses in his seat.)
[TOM - over the inside of the book.]
TOM: And in the ship's control room, I was shown
the book by Skagra who attempted to force me to reveal the code in which the
book has been written. Of course, I refused. But I kept asserting my own
stupidity. Responding to Skagra's gesture, the sphere attached itself to my
head and I let out an agonising cry as I fell back in my set.
19. SHIP, BRIG
(Somewhere else in the ship, ROMANA, CHRIS, and K9 are captives within a
totally featureless room with no door. Chris completes his circuit of the
CHRIS: There's no door. We must have got here by some form of matter
ROMANA: (a little sarcastically) Very clever.
CHRIS: Oh, I suppose you do this sort of thing all the time.
ROMANA: (smiling) Yes, actually.
(She then bends down next to K-9)
K-9, can you pick up any trace of the Doctor?
(K-9's ears rotate weakly)
K-9: Negative, Mistress. Every signal is shielded.
(ROMANA begins tinkering with some of K-9's circuits.)
CHRIS: I was meant to be delivering a paper to the Astronomical
ROMANA: (concealing her disinterest badly.) Oh yes?
(to K-9.) Anything now?
(K-9's ears rotate.)
K-9: Negative, Mistress.
CHRIS: Finally disproves the possibility of life on other planets.
ROMANA: Oh yes?
CHRIS: Well, I can deliver it next month.
ROMANA: (to K-9) Now try.
(K-9's ears rotate.)
CHRIS: Means a complete re-write through.
K-9: Triple negative, Mistress.
CHRIS: (feeling the walls) Curious substance this wall.
ROMANA: (who's frustration boils over at the situation.) Oh,
K-9: Please duck.
(K9 immediately extends his nose laser and shoots a beam at the wall. It
ricochets and nearly hits ROMANA and CHRIS, who rapidly duck and throw
themselves at the floor.)
ROMANA: Not at all, it was a good try K-9.
(Suddenly K-9's ears twist as normal)
K-9: Mistress, I am picking up faint signals.
(Both CHRIS and ROMANA kneel by the dog.)
ROMANA: What is it?! Can you let us hear it?
K-9: Affirmative Mistress.
(He puts it on his speakers and the sound of the sphere's babble can be
heard, though this time slightly different, with a deeper voice mixed in with
CHRIS: Sounds different this time.
K-9: Affirmative. A new voice has been added. It is the Doctor!
(CHRIS and ROMANA look at each other in shock.)
20. ST. CEDD COLLEGE
(CLARE is running from the PROFESSOR's rooms. She is fumbling with some
notes and a bag and not watching where she is going when she runs straight
into the porter, WILKEN.)
WILKIN: Oof! Mind where you're going.
CLARE: You don't know where Professor Chronotis has gone, do you?
WILKIN: Now now, calm down. Isn't he in his room?
CLARE: No, I've just come from there.
WILKIN: That's funny. He hasn't come out this way. If you want to
leave a message I'll see he gets it.
CLARE: It's terribly urgent. A book a friend of mine was taking to
him, look, I think it's very dangerous.
WILKIN: Well what I say is people shouldn't write things if they
don't want people to read them.
CLARE: No, you don't understand. It's the book itself. It seems to
be absorbing radioactivity. I think it's very very dangerous.
WILKIN: A book's doing that?!
CLARE: Yes. We must find the Professor.
WILKIN: All right, Miss. I tell you what, you go back to his room
and I'll ring around the College and see where he's got to.
CLARE: Yes.. But it's......
(looks apprehensively the way she had come.)
All right, I go back.
(She then proceeds to do. )
WILKIN: I don't know, nowadays they'll publish anything.
21. SHIP, CONTROL ROOM (NOT MADE)
(In the control room, the DOCTOR is slumped in the
chair, apparently dead, and now alone as SKAGRA has gone.)
22. SHIP, BRIG
ROMANA: Are you positive, K-9? Absolutely negative?
K-9: Affirmative, No signals on any frequency, Mistress.
(ROMANA sighs and stands.)
ROMANA: I wish I could get out of here.
(Suddenly the cube of light reappears and ROMANA disappears as the cube
also does. CHRIS turns in surprise.)
CHRIS: That's it!
K-9: Please explain.
CHRIS: That's what you have to say! I wish we can get out of here.
I wish we could get out of here!
(Nothing happens again. He gets up and disgustedly hits the wall.)
I wish I could get out of here! Oh blast it!
(K-9's nose laser begins to take aim again until CHRIS tells him
No, no K9. Good dog.
(K-9's laser retracts.)
23. SHIP, CORRIDOR (NOT MADE)
(ROMANA materialises in the block of light. She
stumbles and spins round. SKAGRA is standing there - with the carpet
ROMANA: What have you done to the Doctor?
SKAGRA: Nothing you would like to hear
ROMANA: Let me see him!
SKAGRA: You would not enjoy it. I have taken his
(With an iron grip he takes hold of her arm and
moves her down the corridor towards the exit.)
ROMANA: Let go of me! Who are you? What do you
SKAGRA: I want many things. At the moment I want
you to stop struggling. Come!
(He pushes her forward.)
(The invisible door opens and SKAGRA forces ROMANA down the invisible
ramp. She struggles.)
ROMANA: Where are you taking me?
Where are you taking me?
SKAGRA: Quiet! Or I shall use the sphere on you as well.
(The sphere drifts down the ramp after them, and the door is heard to
25. SHIP, CONTROL ROOM (NOT MADE)
(The DOCTOR, still stumped.)
26. SHIP, BRIG
CHRIS: How did she get out and not me?
(K-9's ears turn as he computes and he concludes:)
K-9: Insufficient data.
(This was getting a little too much for CHRIS.)
CHRIS: (angrily) Insufficient data, Insufficient data! Why
did I get myself involved in this?
(K-9 computes again and concludes again:)
K-9: Insufficient data.
(SKAGRA and ROMANA are now nearing the edge of the field, approaching
the TARDIS. )
ROMANA: (feigning ignorance of their destination.) Where are
you taking me?
SKAGRA: Your travelling capsule.
(They stop outside the TARDIS door.)
ROMANA: If you think I'm going to open the door, you're going to be
SKAGRA: It's just as well I have the Doctor's key.
(He takes the mentioned key, inserts it into the TARDIS lock and opens
the door. He forces ROMANA inside and follows her in. The sphere also floats
in behind them. The door closes, leaving the key in the door.)
28. TARDIS, CONSOLE ROOM (NOT MADE)
(SKAGRA doesn't look amazed at the big room but
walks straight to the console.)
SKAGRA: No doubt you also refuse to operate the
capsule for me.
ROMANA: Of course. And no one can operate it
other than the Doctor or myself, so bad luck.
SKAGRA: If the Doctor can operate it, then so
(He has the sphere land on top of the console and
with one hand on the sphere he begins to operate the TARDIS controls with the
other hand. ROMANA tries to stop him but Skagra forces her roughly to the
(The TARDIS dematerialises, leaving the field again apparently
30. PROFESSOR'S ROOM
(Inside the PROFESSOR's rooms, CLARE grows more impatient and starts to
search the room. She looks in drawers, in benches, and in cupboards. On the
mantlepiece she finds a large rusted key. She considers this for a moment and
looks for what this key might be for. She finds a wooden cupboard on the right
wall beneath a bookcase which she tries the key on. It opens, and inside she
finds some punting gear, and behind that, some futuristic looking equipment
that also looks somehow old-fashioned. She places her hand on the shelf above,
and it swings around, proving to be a false shelf and revealing a golden
coloured complex control panel, also futuristic and yet somehow old-fashioned.
CLARE becomes intensely curious, and she presses a button. The curtains close
and the room darkens. She looks around for any other effects and can see none.
Lights on the console have come on now, and so she touches another switch.
Suddenly there is a small explosion on the console that knocks her back
against the desk, where she hits her head and knocks herself out. The entire
room shakes violently and the air appears to shimmer as though with a
tremendous amount of heat.)
31. ST. CEDD COLLEGE
(WILKEN makes his way along the courtyard with a look of defeat on his
[Here the Video and the script go two different
ways. The Video version contain spoilers for the following scenes therefore we
will follow the script book version. You will see why on TOM's
32. CORRIDOR, ST. CEDD COLLEGE
(WILKIN steps up to the PROFESSOR's door and knocks.)
PROFESSOR: Miss? Are you in there Miss?
(He hears no reply and opens the door expecting to find the young woman
inside. His jaw drops and his eyes widen in amazement as he finds a blowing
blue void beyond the door.)
33. SHIP, MAIN CONTROL (NOT MADE)
(The DOCTOR slowly stirs. He groggily stares around
until his eyes focus. He picks up the ends of his scarf and twiddles with the
tassels aimlessly. After a few moments he closes his eyes as though trying to
find a thought. He lapses from concentration to mindlessness.)
DOCTOR: (quietly) Very stupid, Very
(A broad grin spreads across his face and he jumps
to his feet with his memory restored.)
(energetically) Ha! Very stupid.
(He leaps to his feet, but regrets it. He is still
very groggy. He shakes his head.)
SHIP: My Lord has departed.
(The DOCTOR spins round.)
DOCTOR: Who's that?
SHIP: My Lord Skagra.
(The DOCTOR wheels round again, unable to pinpoint
DOCTOR: No! Who's speaking?
SHIP: The servant of Skagra. I am the
DOCTOR: The ship? A talking ship?
SKAGRA: Skagra must be hard up for friends. Will
you tell me where my companions are?
SHIP: I will not. You are an enemy of Skagra.
Any orders you give me are hostile to my Lord.
DOCTOR: Oh I don't mean any harm.
SHIP: I do not understand why you are
SHIP: (sounding puzzled.) You are dead.
Your entire mind was to be seized into the sphere.
DOCTOR: Ah, well, it wasn't, was it? The trick
on these occasions is not to resist. I just let the thing believe I was very
stupid, and it then didn't pull nearly hard enough. It got a copy of but left
me with the original intact. Understand?
SHIP: No, I do not.
DOCTOR: No. Nor do I. Perhaps I really am
[Here sounds a logical place to put the first of
TOM's link - this takes place between WILKIN walking in the courtyard and
arriving in the corridor on the video.]
TOM: In the ship, I slowly came to. The ship
wondered why I wasn't dead and I explained that I let the sphere believe I was
stupid and so it didn't pull at my mind very hard. It had taken a copy of my
mind but the original. (pointing at his head.) But the original was
(Suddenly a brain wave hits the DOCTOR.)
DOCTOR: No! I know. I am dead! And if I'm dead,
then I'm an ex-enemy of Skagra's. Correct?
DOCTOR: (a little dangerously.) Then, if
I'm dead, I cannot give orders that would be any kind of threat to Skagra.
DOCTOR: Then, will you please release my
SHIP: They will be released.
DOCTOR: Excellent! Thank you.
(He smiles, until he notices a change in the
atmosphere of the room. . .)
It's getting very stuffy in here.
SHIP: You are dead?
DOCTOR: Yes! I thought we'd sorted that
SHIP: I am programmed to conserve resources.
Since there are no live beings in this area, I have shut down the oxygen
(The DOCTOR begins gasping for breath, and he sinks
to the floor. The last thing he hears while conscious is the voice of the Ship
saying over and over:)
SHIP: Dead men do not require oxygen!
(The DOCTOR loses consciousness..... and lies
TOM: With a fascinating display of illogic
logic, I convinced the ship that I was dead in order to secure the release of
my companions. The ship agreed, but shut down the oxygen supply. As I sank to
the floor gasping for breath, the last thing I heard was the voice of the ship
- "Dead men does not require oxygen!"
Voice Of Ship
Voice Of K-9
Title Music by
and the BBC RADIOPHONIC
Production Unit Manager
Assistant Floor Manager
Visual Effects Designer
Electronic Effects Operator
(c) BBC MCMLXXIX (1979)
(c) BBC Video MCMII (1992)
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