by DOUGLAS ADAMS
would have been
transmitted - 9th February 1980
1. CORRIDOR, ST. CEDD COLLEGE
(WILKIN steps up to the PROFESSOR's door and knocks.)
WILKIN: 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.)
2. SHIP, MAIN CONTROL (NOT MADE)
[Edited replay of the end of Part Three]
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
motionless. . . . )
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!"
3. SHIP, BRIG
(In the ship's brig, K-9 and CHRIS are pacing (or wheeling) around the
room, looking for some way out, but not too enthusiastically as they've
already done this several times. CHRIS stops and kneels down by K-9.)
CHRIS: Not a clue.
(Suddenly the glowing cube of light appears again, engulfing CHRIS and
K-9 and dematerialising them.)
4. SHIP, CORRRIDOR (NOT MADE)
(In the main corridor, CHRIS and K-9
CHRIS: Hey, We did it!
K-9: We must find the Doctor Master. He is in
(K-9 trundles to the sealed doorway leading to the
Stand clear. Preparing blaster fire.
(The blaster nozzle comes out. Meanwhile CHRIS has
seen the two buttons on the side of the door marked "Open" and "Close". He
presses the "Open" one. The door opens.)
(Glumly) Most satisfactory.
(CHRIS shrugs apologetically as the blaster nozzle
went back into K-9's mouth. They rush into the control room. There was a
roaring sound as air came rushing back into the room.)
5. SHIP, MAIN CONTROL (NOT MADE)
(The DOCTOR is lying unconscious on the floor of the
SHIP: Oxygen levels returning to normal.
(CHRIS spins round.)
CHRIS: Who said that?
(K-9 tries to pinpoint the source of the voice as
the DOCTOR slowly comes to.)
SHIP: I am the ship. The servant of the Lord
CHRIS: Where's that voice coming from.
K-9: Impossible to pinpoint source. It pervades
the whole ship.
CHRIS: (checking the DOCTOR who is opening
his eyes.) He's alright!
DOCTOR: No, I'm not, I'm dead.
DOCTOR: I've been nearly too clever by three
CHRIS: You never seem to do anything by
DOCTOR: I persuaded the ship I was dead and it
cut off my oxygen supply.
CHRIS: You what?
DOCTOR: It won't take orders from an enemy of
Skagra. But since it believes I am dead...
(He corrects himself loudly as the ship might be
I AM dead, the ship has no reason not to accept my
K-9: Logic is peculiar but acceptable.
DOCTOR: It only resumed the supply of oxygen
when you came in. You're still alive, officially.
CHRIS: That's reassuring.
DOCTOR: Where's Romana.
CHRIS: I thought she was with you. Whatever took
us off came back for her.
DOCTOR: Skagra! He must have her, as well
CHRIS: As well as what?
DOCTOR: That book and a copy of my own
CHRIS: He got what?
DOCTOR: A copy of my mind. In his sphere. He
thinks I know the key to the book.
CHRIS: Well, what is the key?
DOCTOR: I don't know. I deliberately avoided
thinking about it in case he did use the sphere on me.
(The DOCTOR sets off for the main door.)
Come on, we can trace them from the TARDIS.
K-9: Negative Master.
DOCTOR: What do you mean?
K-9: The TARDIS is gone.
DOCTOR: Has what?
K-9: Gone Master.
(All three are stunned into silence.)
TOM: (after CHRIS and K-9 are released from
the brig, in front of the Giant Robot.) Chris and K-9 were transported to
the corridor, where they discovered the way to the control room. As they
entered, the ship returned the oxygen levels to normal. K-9 informed me that
the TARDIS has gone..........
[There is more to this link but contains spoilers.
(In the space/time vortex, a solid blue police box spins on course for
7. TARDIS, CONSOLE ROOM (NOT MADE)
(Inside the TARDIS, SKAGRA stands at the controls.
One hand he touches the sphere, with the other he manipulates the TARDIS
controls. ROMANA stands near, helpless. She does try a little psychology,
ROMANA: Anyone can dematerialise a TARDIS, but
you'd be a real safety hazard at the major controls. That's why they're
SKAGRA: Not true.
ROMANA: How do you know?
(SKAGRA taps the sphere.)
You know everything?
SKAGRA: It's all in here.
(ROMANA edges towards the console. The sphere rises
and approaches her, emitting the voice babble. ROMANA backs off and the sphere
I wouldn't go near it if I were you. It can do far
worse things to you than you possibly do to it.
ROMANA: I don't see why you want to steal an old
crock like this anyway. You've got a perfectly good ship of your own.
SKAGRA: Impressed with it were you?
(ROMANA doesn't answer.)
I should hope you were. I designed it. But it has
certain limitations. And what the Time Lords have hidden, I shall need Time
Lord technology to find.
ROMANA: You seem to know a lot about the Time
Lords. Who are you? What do you want?
SKAGRA: Have you heard of a man called
ROMANA: Salyavin! You're Salyavin?
SKAGRA: You asked me two questions if you
ROMANA: What do you mean?
SKAGRA: Quiet. I must concentrate.
(In the vast reaches of space, a massive ship lies motionless, as though
waiting for someone to arrive.)
TOM: (carrying on
with link) In fact, the TARDIS was now on board
a massive command-ship. Skagra revealed little to Romana except he needed
Time-Lord Technology to discover what the Time Lords have hidden...
(there's more on this link but with spoilers so I
stopped it there and will put the rest at the appropriate place.)
9. KRARG CARRIER, COMMAND DECK (NOT
(The ship's main control centre is highly
technological and sleek. One entire wall is taken up with an enormous screen
that shows a wide stretch of the galaxy. Aside of the screen, the TARDIS
materialises, and SKAGRA and ROMANA emerge from it together.)
ROMANA: Where are we?
SKAGRA: On my command ship.
ROMANA: (sneers) Command ship! And what
do you need to command?
SKAGRA: More than you can possibly
(A deep, alien voice is heard from behind them both
VOICE: Welcome back to your ship, My
(ROMANA spins around and sees... something...
something that is very large and very dark and very formidable looking, if
ungraceful. It appears to be made of diamond-shaped crystallised lumps of
coal. ROMANA's jaw hangs open...)
(The field on Earth still appears completely empty...)
11. SHIP, CONTROL ROOM (NOT MADE)
(CHRIS and the Doctor are seated inside the
invisible spaceship, both looking very dejected. K-9 appears to have turned
himself off. The DOCTOR takes a deep breath and wants to work out what they
don't know. )
CHRIS: So where's he gone?
DOCTOR: Or when.
DOCTOR: Time Machine.
CHRIS: Oh yes. (Doubtfully) Yes. He must
take taken Romana because she can operate it.
DOCTOR: So can he. He's got my mind in that
sphere of his. Everything I know is at his disposal.
CHRIS: There's one thing he doesn't know.
CHRIS: You're still alive.
DOCTOR: Shhh! I'm dead, remember.
CHRIS: (quietly) Doctor, why doesn't the
ship realise that......
DOCTOR: It's only programmed to obey
instructions not to think about them. Blind logic. Let's work out what we
know. We know that ... er .... Let's work out what we don't know.
DOCTOR: We don't know where Skagra has taken
Romana, we don't know why he wants the book, we don't know what he's going to
do . . .
CHRIS: That's enough don't knows to win an
CHRIS: This ship must know where he's
DOCTOR: Ship! Speaking to you as a late lamented
enemy of your Lord Skagra I command you to Tell me where he has gone.
SHIP: I do not have that information.
DOCTOR: (angrily) Don't know, don't know,
12. KRARG CARRIER, MAIN CONTROL (NOT
(SKAGRA places the silver sphere on a console meant
for it to sit on.)
ROMANA: Why won't you tell me? Why won't you
just say what you're trying to do?
(SKAGRA looks quietly at her for a moment and then
leads her to the big screen which filled with stars.)
SKAGRA: Tell me what you see.
ROMANA: Stars. Billions of them.
SKAGRA: What are they doing?
ROMANA: What do you mean what are they doing?
They're just there. They're.....
SKAGRA: Exactly. Spinning uselessly through the
void. And around them, trillions of people spinning uselessly through their
ROMANA: Says who.
SKAGRA: I say.
ROMANA: And who are you?
SKAGRA: What I am now is not important. But what
I - what we all - shall be.
ROMANA: What do you.....
(SKAGRA seems like a man possessed, and for the
first time, passionate. He cups his hands together and shows them to
(Mystified, ROMANA looks in his hands.)
SKAGRA: What do you see?
ROMANA: Nothing. Air.
SKAGRA: Billions of atoms spinning at random.
Expanding energy, running down, achieving nothing. Entropy. Like the stars.
But what is the one thing that stands against entropy, against random
(He holds out one hand to her.)
Life!! See how the atoms are arranged here. They have
meaning, purpose. And what more meaning and purpose than.....
(SKAGRA slowly points the finger of that hand to his
(ROMANA's face shows him that she is now convinced
him is insane.)
You do not understand me. Your mind is too
(SKAGRA steps towards ROMANA, who backs away from
him, frightened, but she backs straight into another one of the coal-created
creatures. She tries changing the subject.....)
ROMANA: What are these ... things?
SKAGRA: These? My Krargs. They shall be the
servants of the new generation.
ROMANA: New generation? A new race?"
SKAGRA: Not people. A new person.
(ROMANA is now baffled but
KRARG COMMANDER: My Lord.
KRARG COMMANDER: We shall shortly require new
SKAGRA: Operate the vat.
KRARG COMMANDER: As my Lord commands.
(The KRARG COMMANDER goes off to the Krarg
SKAGRA: (to ROMANA) You shall see
(He takes her with him.)
13. KRARG GENERATION ANNEX, CARRIER SHIP (NOT
(The annex is filled with a row of coffin-shaped
vats of a strange, heavy, thick green gas. The KRARG enters the room first and
presses a button on the wall.)
(Inside one of the vats a wire skeleton suddenly
glows alight and visible. Black crystals begin to form quickly on this wire,
coalescing quickly until another Krarg is created. The new Krarg pulls itself
out of the vat and asks SKAGRA)
NEW KRARG: What is your command, Master?
(ROMANA is appalled.)
14. SHIP, MAIN CONTROL (NOT MADE)
(Frustration has long since departed the DOCTOR,
CHRIS, and K9, now that despondency has come in to take its place.)
CHRIS: So. Back to square one.
DOCTOR: That's it!
DOCTOR: (leaping up and shouting.) That's
DOCTOR: Square one. That's where we've got to go
if we want to find out who Skagra is and what he's up to. Once we know that,
we'll know where to find him. Ship! I order you to take us where to find
(He turns to speak to the SHIP.) Ship! I order
you to take us to where your Lord Skagra last come from.
SHIP: The order does not conflict with its
programmed instructions. I will activate launch procedures.
(The DOCTOR and CHRIS grin at each
Launch procedures activated.
(repeating this again and again.)
15. SHIP, CORRIDOR (NOT MADE)
(The SHIP's voice echoes around its structures,
activating launch procedures. The voice is heard in the
16. SHIP, BRIG [?]
(.....and in the brig.....)
[probably made but not shown on the
17. SHIP, VERY SMALL KRARG GENERATION ROOM (NOT
(. . and also in a small Krarg generation room
aboard the ship, hidden off to the side of the main corridor. As though in
response to the voice, a body starts to form inside the vat.)
TOM: (carrying on
with the link.) She (ROMANA)was introduced to the
Krargs. Creatures made of crystallised coal. Skagra took her to an annex in
the ship which contained coffin shaped vats and heavy gas. The Krarg Commander
needed new personnel and pressed a button near the vat. Crystal quickly formed
around a basic skeleton, rapidly a Krarg was born. It pulled itself out of the
vats. Romana was appalled. Meanwhile, on the invisible space-ship, I decided
to order the ship back to its last destination. The ship complied, but as the
launch procedures commenced, unknown to me a Krarg started to form in a
generation room nearby.
18. FIELD & SKY
(In the field outside, the Ship's engines can be heard to roar as the
ship takes off. Once it is in flight, it becomes visible as a yellow,
dart-shaped sleek vessel. )
19. SHIP, CONTROL ROOM (NOT MADE)
DOCTOR: Now, ship. How long will the journey
SHIP: Thirty nine astrasiderial days.
DOCTOR: What! That's nearly three months.
SHIP: That is at full warp drive. We have
hundreds of light years to cover.
CHRIS: Hundreds of light years. In three months.
That's an incredible speed.
DOCTOR: Yes, but not nearly fast enough. Ship,
can you alter your own circuitry?
SHIP: Yes, I can do that.
DOCTOR: Right then stop.
SHIP: Repeat please.
DOCTOR: I said stop. Halt.
(The SHIP's engines die away.)
(Deep in space now, the ship slows to a
TOM: I was delighted, until I discovered that
the journey will take nearly three months. I ordered the ship to stop.
21. SHIP, CONTROL ROOM (NOT MADE)
CHRIS: What are you doing?
DOCTOR: I'm going to introduce this ship to a
few new concepts.
DOCTOR: Regrade your deoscillation digretic
synthesisers by ten points
SHIP: I cannot do that. The drive will
DOCTOR: Nonsense, it will be perfectly ... did I
say ten points? MINUS ten points!
DOCTOR: Phew, that would have been nasty. Now,
realign your maxivectometer on drags so they cross connect with your
DOCTOR: Good, now this is the difficult
22. SHIP, VERY SMALL KRARG GENERATION ROOM (NOT
(The DOCTOR's voice can be heard over an intercom
next to the generation vat. The new Krarg is nearly complete. . . )
DOCTOR: (oov) Now switch your conceptual
geometer from analogue to digital mode and keep triggering feedback responses
till you get a reading of 75 dash 839.
23. SHIP, MAIN CONTROL (NOT MADE)
DOCTOR: Now. Let's see if that works. Alright,
ship, activate all re-aligned drive circuits.
(There is a noise as the SHIP does this.)
SHIP: Something very strange is
DOCTOR: Don't worry, keep going!
(With a grinding noise, not unlike that of the
TARDIS in operation, the ship dematerialises.)
TOM: I introduced the ship to a new concepts
including the conceptual geometer from analogue to digital mode and keep
triggering feedback responses up to readings of 75 dash 839. As the Krarg
generation completed, my voice was heard over the ship intercom ordering the
activation of all re-aligned drive circuits. Which allow the ship to travel
anywhere in a few minutes. A familiar sound was heard as the ship
25. SHIP, MAIN CONTROL (NOT MADE)
CHRIS: What have you done?
DOCTOR: I've constructed a primitive form of
dimensional stabiliser by remote control. The journey will only take a couple
of minutes to anywhere. Pretty clever don't you think, ship?
SHIP: For a dead man, Doctor, you are extremely
DOCTOR: Yes, well let's not to harp on that
aspect shall we?
(SKAGRA's command ship is motionless in space.)
27. CARRIER SHIP, COMMAND DECK (NOT
(SKAGRA stands beside the sphere in the command deck
of his Command Ship.)
SKAGRA: Now, my dear, you shall see that though
your friend the Doctor is unfortunately deceased, his mind lives from within
(SKAGRA places his hand on the sphere and turns to
the screen-window. An image begins to form on it... The image switches
rapidly, to show different views of Romana in Chronotis' rooms as though the
Doctor were looking at her.)
Ah, you see what is uppermost in his mind. He is fond
(ROMANA flashes SKAGRA a look of hate.)
But not what I am looking for. Somewhere in his mind, I
am convinced he knows the code that will unravel the secrets of this book for
28. PROFESSOR'S ROOM
(The lights on the golden console in PROFESSOR Chronotis' rooms are
winking on and off, and the entire room hums peacefully to itself, with the
same kind of hum that one hears inside the DOCTOR's TARDIS. CLARE is lying
unconscious on the floor. She slowly begins to regain consciousness. She
starts to get up and bangs her already aching head on the bottom of a table.
She rubs her head and staggers to her feet, then sits down quickly in the
nearest chair, as though exhausted.)
PROFESSOR: What have you done with my machine?
(CLARE jumps at the sound of a man's voice and is even more startled to
see the PROFESSOR in a night shirt and night cap peering over a chair at her
accusingly. She does not recognise him, but one can easily tell that this is
somehow Professor Chronotis! The PROFESSOR gets off the chair, puts on his
spectacles and approaches the golden console. He looks it over, presses a few
buttons, and the humming noise subsides. He turns back to the now-standing
CLARE, smiles at her, and asks...)
29. SPACE STATION, EXTERIOR
(SKAGRA's formerly invisible ship materialises with the sound of a
TARDIS nearby the earlier-seen space station. The station is now completely
dark except for the light it reflects from the nearby red sun. The ship slowly
descends towards the station and starts to dock.)
(Although this is where this scene appears in the
script, on the video it is shown later on.)
30. SHIP, MAIN CONTROL (NOT MADE)
DOCTOR: Well, wherever it is we're going
CHRIS: Whilst Skagra is presumably going in the
DOCTOR: I know. Worrying, isn't it? It's the
only thing we can do though.
CHRIS: Have you any idea what he's after?
niggling at the back of my mind.
DOCTOR: I don't know. Whatever it is we've got
to stop him. Mind control is the most horrible thing. Any physical threat you
can fight, but once someone has control of your mind you've lost everything.
That rings a bell. I SHOULD know the answer!
CHRIS: It would help if we knew who Shada
DOCTOR: Who. Or what.
31. SHIP, CORRIDOR (NOT MADE)
(In the main corridor of the Ship, the newly created
Krarg is lumbering towards the control room.)
32. KRARG CARRIER SHIP (NOT MADE)
(SKAGRA continues to search the DOCTOR's mind for
the information he seeks. The screen shows a backwards and forwards effect, as
though SKAGRA were rewinding and fast forwarding a VCR tape. Whatever SKAGRA
is searching for, it isn't obvious as we see pictures of the DOCTOR's face,
inter cut with lots of pictures of the book, both open and closed. There are
close-ups of the print. Superimposed on this are very rapid computer readouts,
each of which end with the word "INSOLUBLE". Meanwhile ROMANA is watching
ROMANA: What's so important about the
SKAGRA: It is the Ancient Law of
SKAGRA: So what does a Gallifreyan judge say
when passing sentence?
SKAGRA: I'll tell you. "We but administer. You
are imprisoned not by this Court but by the power of the Law."
(SKAGRA holds up the book.)
That used to be quite literally true.
ROMANA: You mean the book is the key....?
SKAGRA: The key with which the Time Lords used
to imprison its most feared criminals. Like for instance....
(SKAGRA allows his voice to tail off as his interest
returns to the screen. A series of images flash, all as though seen from the
DOCTOR's point of view. The book flashes by, so too does the PROFESSOR, so do
SKAGRA, ROMANA, WILKEN, CHRIS, and CLARE. Computer data flashes symbolically
followed by one word, "INSOLUBLE!")
(Shouts) He doesn't know! He doesn't know the
ROMANA: I'm glad you realise that. It's about
(SKAGRA looks at her and turns a thought over in his
SKAGRA: Time. About Time. Yes, I should have
seen that. A Gallifreyan code would have to include the dimension of
(Meanwhile, on the screen has been the effect of
fast winding backwards and forwards. SKAGRA concentrates his attention on the
Stop! Find me the Doctor's last reference to
TOM: (after the Professor's and Clare's scene
- over pictures of computer graphics of the outside of the TARDIS over
pictures which were recorded of the people the DOCTOR has met - CHRIS, WILKIN,
ROMANA, PROFESSOR, SKAGRA, CLARE, K-9. All the time the word "INSOLUBLE!"
appears.) On the carrier ship, Skagra was using the sphere to dive into my
mind in search for the code that will unravel the book. Images was thrown up
on the screen but one word kept recurring. Skagra was frustrated at my
apparent lack of knowledge but he knew the book was the key that which the
Time Lords imprisoned their most feared criminals.
33. SHIP, MAIN CONTROL (NOT MADE)
DOCTOR: Oh come on, ship! What's taking you so
long? SHIP: Estimated docking time two minutes.
(As the docking of the Ship completes, the KRARG
suddenly bursts into the control room. Both Chris and the Doctor leap to their
feet and are baffled by the sight of the creature.)
KRARG: Who are you?
(The KRARG approaches the centre of the room, and
both CHRIS and the DOCTOR try to edge their way around the slow-moving
creature in order to get a clear run for the door.)
DOCTOR: Ah, hello there.
CHRIS: What is it?
DOCTOR: I don't know.
KRARG: You are intruders.
DOCTOR: Well actually I'm dead and this is
KRARG: You trespass on my Lord's ship. You shall
(The KRARG raises a prong-like electronic weapon in
(K-9 retaliates, instantly blasting the KRARG with
his red coloured nose laser that stops the Krarg in its tracks. However, as
soon as the shot ceases, the Krarg starts moving again.)
K-9: (Desperately) Master, I can only
just hold him with blaster at maximum power.
DOCTOR: Hold on K-9!
(To CHRIS) We need a power feed - any power
(He crouches down and removes K-9's functioning
side. CHRIS yanks a power line flex from the wall and hands the bared ends to
the DOCTOR who sticks them into terminals inside K-9.)
K-9: Affirmative, Master.
(K-9's blaster beam holds the Krarg
CHRIS: What on Earth is it?
DOCTOR: What's Earth got to do with it? It looks
like some sort of crystalline structure.
SHIP: Preparing to dock.
DOCTOR: You go ahead. Don't mind us.
TOM: (over the shot of SKAGRA's ship
materialising near the Think Tank Space Statsion) As the crew and I
prepare to dock, the Krarg burst into the room, determined to destroy the
intruders. With the aid of a power line, K-9 was able to hold the Krarg
34. PROFESSOR'S ROOM
(PROFESSOR Chronotis enters the study, still in his night attire, and
carrying his usual tea tray. CLARE accepts the teacup.)
CLARE: May I ask who you are?
PROFESSOR: I was, I am, I will be, Professor Chronotis. Oh dear, we
Gallifreyans have never managed to come up with a satisfactory form of grammar
to cover these situations.
CLARE: I don't know what's happening. What situation?
PROFESSOR: Timelessness, standing obliquely to the time fields.
CLARE: Is that what we're doing?
PROFESSOR: Oh yes, and I'm very grateful to you for arranging it.
CLARE: Me? But all I did was to press a button and........
PROFESSOR: Yes, I know. A very ancient TARDIS this. I rescued it
literally from the scrap heaps. I'm not allowed have one you know, still just
as well because I'd be dead still.
CLARE: (puzzed) Still dead?
PROFESSOR: Yes, I've been killed. Only your timely mishandling of
this machine meant that you tangled with my own time fields at the critical
(He can see she's not following him.)
You're not following me are you?
PROFESSOR: Good. Think of me as a paradox in an anomaly and get on
with your tea.
(She remembers the Tea.) Oh yes.
PROFESSOR: We must find Skagra.
PROFESSOR: He has the book.
(Its something she actually knows something about.)
PROFESSOR: You know something?
(Her face says that "I know of it but I don't know what it is.")
It is a very dangerous book and I have been very careless with it. It is
the key to Shada.
PROFESSOR: The ancient Time Prison of the Time Lords.
CLARE: I see.
PROFESSOR: They have been induced to forget about it.
PROFESSOR: If Skagra is meddling with time control and mind
transference, he is only going to Shada for one particular reason and it is
imperative he be stopped.
(The PROFESSOR rises from his chair and heads for the bedroom. CLARE
leaps up enthusiastically.)
(then sits down in confusion.)
Hm. Why? What on earth is there?!
PROFESSOR: (from the bedroom door.) It's not a matter of
what, it's a matter of who.
35. KRARG'S CARRIER SHIP (NOT MADE)
(SKAGRA is still scouring the DOCTOR's mind. On the
screen, the book is in the DOCTOR's hands. And the DOCTOR can be heard to
DOCTOR: (oov) Not only is this not a
book, but time is running backwards over it.
(SKAGRA reacts with excitement.)
ROMANA: You really are snooping through the
Doctor's mind. I think that's horrible
SKAGRA: Quiet! I think I have the answer. Come,
we try a little experiment.
(SKAGRA gets up, excited by this find. He approaches
the TARDIS, taking the sphere with him. He holds open the door and ROMANA is
forced to follow him.)
TOM: Skagra decided that the Time Lord code
would undoubtedly include Time and review what he thought what my last few
(We see some film and studio bits of the scenes
involving the DOCTOR.)
Then he took the sphere and the book back to the
36. SPACE STATION
(The ship docks with the space station.)
37. SHIP, MAIN CONTROL (NOT MADE)
(With the ship fully docked, the Doctor and Chris
make their way to the door of the control room as K9 holds the Krarg at bay,
though the Krarg is beginning to heat visibly.)
SHIP: Docking sequence now complete.
DOCTOR: Right. Let's go and see where we are.
DOCTOR: Keep holding him.
K-9: Affirmative Master.
TOM: Chris and I left, leaving K-9 in control of
38. SPACE STATION, CORRIDOR
(The interior of the space station has changed over the past three
months or so. It is now a dark, dank, dreary mess with dirt and rubbish
littering every corner. Faintly the Quarantine Message can be heard in the
background. The door marked "shuttle bay" opens and the DOCTOR and CHRIS
DOCTOR: Where are we?
CHRIS: I don't know.
DOCTOR: Neither do I.
CHRIS: ....And I don't believe we just travelled hundred of light
DOCTOR: Why not?
CHRIS: "You cannot travel faster than light" - Einstein.
DOCTOR: What? Do you understand Einstein?
DOCTOR: What? And quantum theory?
DOCTOR: What? And Planck?
DOCTOR: What? And Newton?
DOCTOR: What? And Schoenberg?
CHRIS: Of course.
DOCTOR: (pauses.) You've got a lot to unlearn.
(They advance down the corridor and stop at where it joins with another
corridor and examine a sign on the wall that says in magnetic-style lettering
"IASS" and also, in smaller letter, "ASD". The DOCTOR recognises this and
Institute for Advanced Science Studies.
CHRIS: ASD - Advanced State of Decay?
DOCTOR: Shh! Did you hear something?
(The DOCTOR leads CHRIS down the rest of the corridor and into the main
chamber of the space station.....)
39. SPACE STATION, MAIN CONTROL ROOM
(The Doctor looks up at the ceiling of the central control room and
DOCTOR: Aha! Think Tank! Quite interesting.
CHRIS: Quite interesting! This is fascinating. Absolutely
fascinating! Do you mean that all this means something to you?
DOCTOR: Oh yes! It's all terrible simple. You see.....
(He stops short as he and CHRIS nearly run straight into a pile of.....
old-looking men with very long hair.)
40. TARDIS - CONSOLE ROOM (NOT MADE)
(SKAGRA stands by the TARDIS console. He turns the
pages of the book, but doesn't seem to make any progress. He tries opening the
book at the first page. Suddenly the central column of the TARDIS jerks, then
stops moving. SKAGRA doesn't seem to have noticed. ROMANA has, however, and
she is visibly alarmed. SKAGRA turns another page, and the column twitches
again. This time SKAGRA notices. His excitement builds as he realises that
turning the pages of the book within the TARDIS operates the column that
houses the navigational instruments. He stops turning the book and the column
SKAGRA: Exactly! Time runs backwards over the
book. So I turn the pages within the time field of this machine and the
machine operates. Good. And turning the last page will takes us to
(With great satisfaction he slams the book
41. KRARG CARRIER SHIP (NOT MADE)
(SKAGRA, pushing ROMANA in front of him, emerges
with the book. He is met by the KRARG COMMANDER.)
SKAGRA: I have found the key.
KRARG COMMANDER: Congratulations my Lord.
SKAGRA: Make all preparations for the entry into
(to ROMANA) And you must prepare yourself to
meet one of the greatest most powerful criminals in history. A man the Time
Lords have chosen to forget.
SKAGRA: Salyavin! The lynch pin to my
TOM: In the TARDIS, Skagra was pondering over
the book. As he turned the pages he realised the TARDIS central column
operated as well. When he stopped turning the column slowed to a halt. He
realised that time ran backwards over the book and turning the last page will
take him to Shada.
42. SPACE STATION, MAIN CONTROL ROOM
(Upon closer inspection we can see that the old men aren't old at all.
They are in fact the men seen at the start of the story, though now all with
three months' long beards, hair, and extremely long fingernails on each
finger. They still exist in their zombie like state.)
CHRIS: Who are they? What are they, Doctor?
DOCTOR: Victims of Skagra's brain drain, whose intellectual powers
have been stolen. Their memory patterns might still remain.
(The DOCTOR turns and regards them.)
CHRIS: If only they can tell us what happened to them?
DOCTOR: Yes. What?
CHRIS: If only they can tell us what happened to them?
(You can see the light bulb that goes off above the DOCTOR's head.)
DOCTOR: Bristol, I would like you to do something for him.
DOCTOR: It won't be pleasant.
(CHRIS looks a little worried but the DOCTOR hits him gently on the arm
(Here a link takes place)
TOM: On returning to the command ship, Skagra
informed the Krarg Commander to prepare for entry into Shada and warned Romana
that she must prepared to meet one of the most powerful criminals in history.
The lynch pin to his plans. Salyavin!
43. SHIP, MAIN CONTROL (NOT MADE)
(Inside the Ship, K-9 is becoming
K-9: Master. The creature is absorbing
impossible amounts of energy! Master!
(The Krarg seems to be growing stronger in K-9's
44. SPACE STATION, MAIN CONTROL ROOM
(The DOCTOR sits down one of the men on the cone structure at the centre
of the room. CHRIS sits on the seat opposite him, facing away from the DOCTOR
and the man. The DOCTOR turns to the nearby console.)
DOCTOR: I'm going to allow this man access to your intelligence
reserves. It's alright as its only temporary, but it might just allow this man
(He crosses the room, adjusting wall controls.)
CHRIS: I hope you know what you're doing.
DOCTOR: So do I. So do I. Take a deep breath.
(....then turns some controls at the free-standing console, and turns on
(Lights begin to twinkle inside the top of the cone, and CHRIS' head
slumps back suddenly as though pulled by a force. The DOCTOR examines the man
and feels his still-limp arm. He worriedly bends down to listen to his
heartbeat, when slowly the man's long-nailed hand reaches over and touches the
DOCTOR's curly-haired head. The DOCTOR jumps back, startled, as the man
45. SHIP, CONTROL ROOM
(K-9 is becoming frantic.)
K-9: Master. This creature absorbing energy, but it is also growing
stronger. Hurry Master.
(The Krarg begins to slowly move. . . )
TOM: K-9's continuing blasting was holding the
creature paralysed, but the creature's strength was growing.
46. MAIN CONTROL ROOM
(CHRIS's head lies motionless.)
MAN: Who are you?
DOCTOR: The Doctor.
MAN: What are you doing here?
DOCTOR: Who are you?
MAN: My name is Caldera.
DOCTOR: What? Not A.C.D Caldera?
MAN: The same?
DOCTOR: The neurologist.
(The DOCTOR carefully shakes CALDERA's hand.)
DOCTOR: It's a pleasure to meet you, sir. One of the greatest
intellects of your generation.
CALDERA: So are we all.
CALDERA: (introduces the rest of the men, from left to right:)
A.S.T. Thira the Psychologist, G.V. Centauri the Parametricist, L.D. Ia
the Biologist, I. Akriotiti.....
(The DOCTOR shakes the hand of the first man, pats another one on the
head, and shakes his hand in greeting at the one on the end.)
DOCTOR: Some of the greatest intellects in the Universe.
CALDERA: .....And Doctor Skagra.
(This catches the DOCTOR's attention and returned to CALDERA.)
Geneticist, and Astro-engineer, and Cyberneticist, and Neurostructuralist,
and Moral Theologian.
DOCTOR: Yes, and too clever by seven-eighths. Who is he? Where does
he come from?
CALDERA: We don't know.
CALDERA: But he was very impressive. He offered very handsome fees.
So we all agreed.
DOCTOR: To do what?
CALDERA: Don't you see. The Think Tank was his idea, and he set it
DOCTOR: He did? To do what?
CALDERA: Pulling the pooling of intellectual resources by electronic
CALDERA: He conceived it on a grand scale the project on a grand
scale, just how grand we didn't realised. Not at first, not until we had built
the sphere. Not until it was too late
DOCTOR: Why? What happened?
CALDERA: He stole our brains!!!!
(The DOCTOR lowers his head in shock and dismay.)
47. SHIP, CONTROL ROOM (NOT MADE)
(K9 is clearly losing his battle with the Krarg,
which is now clearly moving, and starts running (or wheeling) for the door. .
TOM: The Krarg was absorbing all the power K-9
could pour into it. The blaster fire was fused into the haze that surrounded
48. MAIN CONTROL ROOM
(CALDERA struggles to talk as CHRIS' head rocks back and forth. He
finally softly says:)
CALDERA: He stole our brains!
CHRIS: Shh! Easy!
CALDERA: The whole of humanity!
DOCTOR: What?! The whole of humanity!
CALDERA: The whole! But he needed.....
DOCTOR: What did he need?
CALDERA: One mind, one unique mind.....
DOCTOR: What mind?
CALDERA: A man called.....
DOCTOR: What was he called?
CALDERA: A man called.....
DOCTOR: What was he called?
(CALDERA's head falls to his chest.....)
49. SHIP, CORRIDOR (NOT MADE)
(The Krarg is absorbing all the power K-9 can emit,
and the blaster beam is now fused in the red haze surrounding the Krarg. The
creature moves and K-9 backs away. The Krarg follows him. K-9 concedes defeat,
stops blasting, and retreats toward the Main Door of the ship.)
TOM: Realising he had lost the battle, K-9
headed for the door, followed by the lumbering Krarg.
50. MAIN CONTROL ROOM
(With the experiment over, the DOCTOR tries to wake CHRIS.)
(no answer. The DOCTOR checks CHRIS's heart.)
Bristol? Are you alright?
(CHRIS's eyes opened)
CHRIS: I feel marvellous!
DOCTOR: Good, good, it'll pass. You're fit.
(He pats CHRIS on he back as CHRIS gets up.)
CHRIS: What did you find out?
DOCTOR: Not much, not enough to locate Skagra, just enough to
frighten me out of my wits.
(Suddenly K-9 enters the chamber.)
DOCTOR: K-9! Why aren't you back at.....?
(The DOCTOR stops short as he sees that behind K-9 is the Krarg. Its
footsteps leave a smoking trail in its wake, and its head and torso glow with
a red haze. The glow lights the room, and the zombie scientists cower from it
in fear. It smashes its weapon into the wall and a shower of sparks
K-9, try and keep it back!
K-9: Power supply at danger level.
(The DOCTOR moves towards the cone as though to pull CALDERA and the
other scientists onto his side of the room, but the Krarg's heat forces him to
move to the side. The Krarg swings its prod device into the cone and forces
the DOCTOR away. The DOCTOR backs away as the Krarg advances toward him
slowly. The DOCTOR tries crawling over the cone slightly differently.)
CHRIS: Doctor, look out!
(The Krarg slams the cone again, this time knocking the DOCTOR away from
the cone altogether and back towards CHRIS. The two back away from the
advancing Krarg until they are almost at the wall. The DOCTOR looks straight
into the searing red haze of the coal-like creature as it paces forward
Voice Of Ship
Voice Of Krarg
Quarantine Voice / Voice of K9
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Assistant Floor Manager
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(c) BBC Video MCMII (1992)
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