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THE TRIAL OF A TIME LORD

EPISODE 4

By Robert Holmes

First Broadcast: 27.09.86
Running Time: 24 minutes 20 seconds
Directed by Nicholas Mallett


1. MARB STATION - UNDERGROUND.

(The DOCTOR and PERI are running through the tunnels.)

DOCTOR: Hurry Peri, we haven't much time.

PERI: Well how long before this black light thing blows up?

DOCTOR: There's no telling. We've got to pass Queen Katryca, into the castle and make that demented robot see sense.

(MERDEEN appears behind them.)

MERDEEN: So, you have returned!

DOCTOR: Merdeen. Missed you train?

MERDEEN: The train is noisy. We hunt by foot.

DOCTOR: Oh. What are you hunting?

MERDEEN: You!

(He draws his crossbow and fires it in the DOCTOR's direction. The bolt misses the DOCTOR and PREI and it hits someone else in the stomach. He drops the crossbow that he has aimed at MERDEEN and falls forward. MERDEEN runs over to him and we see that it is GRELL.)

Why Grell? Why?

GRELL: (almost inaudible) Y... you... be... betrayed...

MERDEEN: No! We were not meant to live like this. We were not meant to...

(GRELL dies.)

We should be free.

(The DOCTOR kneels down beside the body. He checks for a pulse and frowns. MERDEEN looks at the DOCTOR.)

He wanted the glory of your capture to please the Immortal.

DOCTOR: Don't blame yourself, Merdeen.

MERDEEN: I've known him all his life. I asked him to join the guards. I helped him. I hoped that one day he would see that there is no reason for the cullings.

DOCTOR: Well perhaps I can convince the Immortal of that. I must get to his castle.

MERDEEN: He'll kill you!

DOCTOR: Not if he thinks I can still be of use to him. Come on, there isn't much time.


2. DRATHRO'S CHAMBER.

DRATHRO: The black light system will collapse in upon itself and we shall all cease to function.

(TANDRELL and HUMKER are move around the room unlit they standing near to the entrance of the chamber.)

TANDRELL: We shall leave here, Humker.

HUMKER: Well where shall we go?

TANDRELL: I don't know, but Drathro says that if we stay for this explosion we shall all be killed. So, the logical course is to leave.

(The screen lights up to show KATRYCA's group.)

HUMKER: The wild ones! We're too late!

TANDRELL: You know I've always said you talked too much. Come on!

(They move off.)


3. OUTSIDE DRATHRO'S CHAMBER.

(BROKEN TOOTH is trying to open the doors.)

BROKEN TOOTH: They are iron Katryca. They will not yield.

KATRYCA: Then we will cut down the wall. Fetch tools!

BALAZAR: Wait!

(The doors glide open.)

The doors open!

(KATYRCA steps into the foyer between the tunnels and DRATHRO's chamber.)

KATRYCA: Come, the Immortal is dead. We have nothing to fear.

(She walks on, followed by the others.)


4. DRATHRO'S CHAMBER.

(The door opens and KATRYCA's group enter. She marches in with her head down and doesn't notice DRATHRO until she is very near him.)

KATRYCA: It can't be!

(Whilst everyone is looking at DRATHRO, TANDRELL and HUMKER run from the room.)

DRATHRO: Why have you entered here?

KATRYCA: The guns, Broken Tooth!

DRATHRO: Lay aside your useless toys. I asked, why have you entered here?

KATRYCA: We are the tribe of the Free.

DRATHRO: You are fossils. Outside the law. Outside the plan. You have brought disorder where order reigned.

KATRYCA: I am Katryca, queen of the...

(DRATHRO grabs KATRYCA round the neck and her face begins to glow brightly. She screams. BROKEN TOOTH steps forward and grabs the robot's arm, trying to free his queen. The same thing happens to him. When the glow subsides, their faces are covered in blood. They collapse, dead at DRATHRO's feet.)

DRATHRO: You cause me to waste energy. Now return to wait outside. You will be culled in accordance with the plan.

BALAZAR: Oh great Immortal one...

DRATHRO: Go! Do not attempt to hide, my guards will track you down.

(They leave hastily.)


5. MARB STATION - UNDERGROUND.

(TANDRELL and HUMKER are running through the passages.)

HUMKER: I remember these subways from my childhood.

TANDRELL: Is this the way to the surface?

HUMKER: I said I remember the subways, Tandrell. Not where they led.

TANDRELL: But if we do not find the surface Drathro will send his guards after us.

HUMKER: First he must deal with the wild ones and then if there's an explosion...

(They stop. Whilst they argue, the DOCTOR, PERI and MERDEEN appear.)

DOCTOR: Ah, Tumker and Handrail. Now where are you two off to?

HUMKER: We are laving, Doctor.

TANDRELL: Drathro says there's going to be an explosion.

DOCTOR: I know.

TANDRELL: It is a mechanical fault.

HUMKER: Electronic.

TANDRELL: There is a constant external discharge from one pole to the other.

DOCTOR: I may only have minutes. Come along!

(He rushes off followed by PERI and MERDEEN.)


6. THE TRIAL ROOM.

DOCTOR: I didn't appear to be hurrying there did I? But that deceptively easy gate of mine covers the ground at amazing speed.

INQUISITOR: I did not interrupt the evidence to commend you on your athleticism, Doctor.

DOCTOR: Oh! Well you can if you like. All complements gratefully accepted.

INQUISITOR: And may I remind you again, this is a serious trial!

DOCTOR: (shouting) it is not serious! It's a farce! A parago of trumped up charges!

INQUISITOR: You will have the cause to rebut any or all of the Valeyard's charges.

DOCTOR: Oh, the Valeyard's charges! I always thought Valeyard meant learned court prosecutor.

VALEYARD: And so it does.

DOCTOR: Not in your case, sir. Your points of law are spurious. Your evidence weak, verging on the irrelevant. And your reasoning, quite unsound. In fact, your point of view belongs in quite another place. Perhaps the mantle of Valeyard was a mistake. I would therefore suggest that you change it to the garment of quite another sort of yard. That of the knacker's yard. For your argument is as tired and warn out as the poor, unfortunate creatures that end up there!

INQUISITOR: You will apologize at once!

DOCTOR: For telling the truth. Never!

VALEYARD: The Doctor is well known for these childish outbursts. I do not find the ramblings of an immature mind offensive.

DOCTOR: Immature!

VALEYARD: It is that particular state of mind that has made it necessary for you to be brought before this court.

DOCTOR: Immature! I was on Ravalox trying to avert a catastrophe! The deaths of several hundred innocent people! Surely not even in the eyes of Time Lords can that be deemed immature or a crime!

VALEYARD: The crime was in being there, Doctor! Your immaturity was in not realizing you had broken a cardinal law of the Time Lords! Your presence initiated the whole chain of events that we have witnessed.

INQUISITOR: Thank you, Valeyard. It was that point about the relevance of a testimony that I had intended to raise.

VALEYARD: My pleasure, Inquisitor.

DOCTOR: Oh this is ridiculous.

INQUISITOR: May we continue? I tire of this eptivanter.

VALEYARD: Of course... My lady.


7. OUTSIDE DRATHRO'S CHAMBER.

(The remains of KATRYCA's group are standing around outside. The DOCTOR and his friends approach.)

DOCTOR: What's happened?

BALAZAR: Alas, Doctor. These are woeful times for the tribe of the Free. The queen is dead.

PERI: Katryca? How?

BALAZAR: The Immortal struck her down with a bolt of lightning.

DOCTOR: Oh where is he now?

BALAZAR: The all powerful is in his castle.

PERI: Well why'd he let you go?

BALAZAR: We are waiting... to be culled.

DOCTOR: Oh, you'll be culled all right, if I don't get inside that castle along with everybody else around here.

(The DOCTOR goes up to the camera outside the door.)

Drathro, this is the Doctor. Let me in at once, d'you hear me?

MERDEEN: It's no good, Doctor. You can only speak to the Immortal through the communications box.

DOCTOR: Oh. I forgot, he doesn't exactly entertain very much does he? Right. Quickly man, take me to the nearest one.


8. MARB STATION - UNDERGROUND - ELSWHERE.

(DIBBERI and GLITZ are moving through the tunnels with their guns.)

DIBBER: When we find this castle..?

GLITZ: Dibber stop. I must rest. I am exhausted.

DIBBER: If we ever do find this castle, and we knock out the L3. How do you know we're gonna find all these secrets you've been talking about?

GLITZ: Would I have spent all the time, effort, not to mention a small fortune, if I wasn't certain on that point?

DIBBER: Yeah, but even if we do find them they might not be worth anything. Not after five hundred years?

GLITZ: Do me a favour, Dibber. The Sleepers found a way into the...

(Again there is a bleeping sound, hiding GLITZ's words.)

...the biggest net of information in the...


9. THE TRIAL ROOM.

(The DOCTOR springs to his feet.)

DOCTOR: What is going on?

INQUISITOR: That question had formed in my mind, Valeyard.

VALEYARD: The information extracted is for your eyes and ears only, my lady.

INQUISITOR: Something else that is not in the public interest to reveal?

VALEYARD: Exactly, my lady.

DOCTOR: Well this is a charade! If that information was known to those two rogues, what possible reason can there be from concealing it from this court?

VALEYARD: This trial is concerned with your and their consequences, nothing else. Wider issues, if there are any, are not within our terms of reference.

INQUISITOR: Perhaps that is something I should decide, Valeyard.

VALEYARD: Of course my lady. But my own instructions were to peruse only matter pertinent to the central issue.

INQUISITOR: That is accepted, however I should like to see the last sequence again.

DOCTOR: Yes.

(The VALEYARD restarts the Matrix.)


10. MARB STATION - UNDERGROUND.

GLITZ: Do me a favour, Dibber. The Sleepers found a way into the...

(Again there is a bleeping sound, hiding GLITZ's words.)

...the biggest net of information in the universe. D'you think they were nicking recipes for making chutney?

(He picks up his gun.)

DIBBER: Yeah, but do you know what the secrets are?

GLITZ: Facts, my son, figures, formulas. Travelling faster than light, anti gravity power, dimensional transference. Scientific stuff like that. Worth a fortune!

DIBBER: How?

GLITZ: Oh... We sell it Dibber! A government here, a federation there. They're all in the market for that sort of hi-tech coppers. Don't think about it Dibber, you'll give yourself a hernia.


11. MARB STATION - UNDERGROUND - COMMUNICATIONS BOX.

(The DOCTOR, PERI, MERDEEN and BALAZAR approach the box. MERDEEN operates it.)

MERDEEN: The Immortal doesn't always answer.

DRATHRO: (oov) Yes, Merdeen?

MERDEEN: Immortal, you commanded me to find the Doctor. I have him here.

DRATHRO: (oov) Show me!

(The DOCTOR stands in front of the camera.)

DOCTOR: I have returned to help you Drathro.

DRATHRO: (oov) You are too late.


12. DRATHRO'S CHAMBER.

(DRATHRO is watching the image of the DOCTOR on his screen.)

DOCTOR: If I believed that, I wouldn't be here.

DRATHRO: You are here because Merdeen found you!

DOCTOR: No, Drathro. I came voluntarily. There may be time to fix the black light system.

DRATHRO: Very well, Doctor. Present yourself at my portals alone. Merdeen?

MERDEEN: Yes, Immortal.

DRATHRO: Assemble my guards. Cull all the organics who stand waiting outside my castle.

MERDEEN: At once, Immortal.

(DRATHRO turns away from the screen and begins looking for his assistants.)

Humker? Tandrell?


13. COMMUNICATIONS BOX.

PERI: You can't do it Merdeen. You can't kill all those innocent people!

BALAZAR: Peri is right. You have seen the truth. It would be murder to kill them.

MERDEEN: Neither can I free them.

PERI: Well just leave them. Leave them for the present anyway.

MERDEEN: The Immortal will kill me.

PERI: Oh Merdeen, if the Doctor's right we're all in danger anyway. We might all die!


14. OUTSIDE DRATHRO'S CHAMBER.

(The DOCTOR walks towards the doors and opens them.)


15. DRATHRO'S CHAMBER.

(The DOCTOR strides in.)

DOCTOR: Well I don't need a computer to tell me that system is defunct. I must shut it down!

(He crosses over to the machine.)

DRATHRO: No! You will not shut it down!

DOCTOR: But it's the only way.

DRATHRO: If the system is shut down, I too cease.

DOCTOR: But if it's allowed to run wild and lead to...

DRATHRO: Termination point.

DOCTOR: Yes! Then you'll cease then, Drathro. And so will everyone around here.

DRATHRO: That does not matter, Doctor. All that you see it my creation.

DOCTOR: But there are several hundred people here as well, Drathro.

DRATHRO: The work units exist only to serve me. Without me they would have no function.

DOCTOR: You can't see beyond the end of your tin nose, can you?

DRATHRO: Is that abuse?

DOCTOR: Listen.

DRATHRO: I am listening.

DOCTOR: You are only a robot! The people out there, the work unit, the organics, whatever you choose to call them. They're living creatures, Drathro. They have a right to their lives.

DRATHRO: Explain why!

DOCTOR: In your terms I can't. Whoever programmed you forgot to include moral values.

DRATHRO: I know of values. Is your point that organics are of more value than robots?

DOCTOR: Yes, if you want to look at it that way.

DRATHRO: Then why should I be in command of organics if they are of greater value?

DOCTOR: W... without organics there wouldn't be any robots. There'd be no one to create them.

DRATHRO: Accepted. This shows that robots are more advanced, therefore of more value.


16. OUTSIDE DRATHRO'S CHAMBER.

(PERI, BALAZAR and MERDEEN reach the outer doors.)

PERI: Is there another way into the castle Merdeen?

MERDEEN: Another way?

PERI: Well you know what I mean. A back door or something.

MERDEEN: There are only the big doors.

PERI: Well there must be some other way in.

MERDEEN: Why?

PERI: Well the Doctor might need help. I've gotta get in there.

BALAZAR: Well there's the ration shoot.

PERI: Ration shoot?

MERDEEN: Of course. Each day the Immortal sends out food to the work units. Perhaps that leads into the castle.

PERI: Oh Merdeen you're a pal you're both pals. Now show me.


17. DRATHRO'S CHAMBER.

DOCTOR: Your trouble is Drathro that you have no concept of what life is.

DRATHRO: I have studied my work units for five centuries. I understand all their responses. What you would call life.

DOCTOR: Understanding is not the same as knowing Drathro. Your work units are the result of millions of years of development. Life Drathro.

DRATHRO: I understand evolution.

DOCTOR: B... but you don't. If you could understand one tenth of what life was about you would want me to save those people out there.

DRATHRO: Why? I have said that without me they have no purpose.

DOCTOR: Everything in life has its purpose, Drathro. Every creature plays its part. But the purpose of life is too big to be knowable. A million computers couldn't solve that one.

DRATHRO: This discussion is of no value. I do not wish the work units to continue when I have ceased to function.

DOCTOR: Oh that's it isn't it? Hubris!

DRATHRO: Hubris?

DOCTOR: Yes, hubris. False pride! A human sin. You've controlled your pointless little empire for too long. Now you can't see anything beyond it.


18. OUTSIDE DRATHRO'S CHAMBER.

(GLITZ and DIBBER approach the doors.)

GLITZ: Hmm. We'll have to blast through them, Dibber.

DIBBER: Don't like it Mr. Glitz.

GLLITZ: Five rounds rapid should do the trick!

DIBBER: And what if the L3's still functioning?

GLITZ: Eh?

DIBBER: What if he's got an emergency backup support system?

GLITZ: There are a lot of what ifs there lad.

DIBBER: Yeah, well the most important of all is what if I'm right?


19. TUNNELS.

(MERDEEN and BALAZAR are hurrying through the tunnels. PERI is struggling to catch up.)

PERI: Oh I don't know. All these tunnels look the same to me.

(They stop beside a panel-less section of wall.)

Are you sure this leads into the castle?

MERDEEN: It must do.

BALAZAR: There's no where else it could go.

PERI: Talk about using the tradesman's entrance.

(GLITZ and DIBBER enter behind them with their guns.)

GLITZ: Well, well!

PERI: Glitz and Dibber! I wondered where you two had got to.

GLITZ: How do you do? Where's your friend, the Doctor?

PERI: In the castle!

GLITZ: Oh, he didn't hang about did he?

PERI: I'm worried about him.

GLIUTZ: So am I!

PERI: Well Merdeen thinks we can get in through this hatch.

GLITZ: Go on then!


20. DRATHRO'S CHAMBER.

DOCTOR: It's only a matter of minutes Drathro. Can't I make you see sense?

DRATHRO: It is finished!

DOCTOR: It's not just this planet! Nobody knows where a black light explosion might end, there's never been one!

DRATHRO: There will be soon.

DOCTOR: Some people think it might cause a chain reaction, which could roll on until all matter in the galaxy is exhausted! Is that what you want?

DRATHRO: It is no longer of concern to me!

DOCTOR: Others believe an explosion might cause dimensional transference. Which would threaten the stability of the entire universe!

DRATHRO: Look!

DOCTOR: What is it?

DRATHRO: Intruders in the food production chamber!

(On the screen Merdeen can be seen entering a small chamber.)

So, that was your intention, Doctor!

DOCTOR: What?

DRATHRO: To distract me.

DOCTOR: That's Peri!


21. FOOD PROCESSING CHAMBER.

(As they venture forward, the door closes behind them trapping them.)


22. DRATHRO'S CHAMBER.

(The DOCTOR leaps towards DRATHRO, who is operating various controls.)

DOCTOR: You can't do that! You can't!

(He is pushed aside.)


23. FOOD PROCESSING CHAMBER.

(MERDEEN ventures down a tunnel towards an enormous fan. Suddenly it begins to spin. The same thing happens to another one behind them. PERI pulls MERDEEN out of the tunnel and into the main chamber, where GLITZ and DIBBER are trying to dodge some laser beams which are firing around the chamber.)


24. CORRIDOR OUTSIDE THE FOOD PROCESSING UNIT.

(BALAZAR is looking through the hatch.)

BALAZAR: What's happening?


25. FOOD PROCESSING CHAMBER.

PERI: What are we gonna do? If we don't get round from that, we'll be fried.


26. DRATHRO'S CHAMBER.

(The DOCTOR runs at DRATHRO.)

DOCTOR: No!

(He tries to pull DRATHRO back, but he is knocked to the ground.)


27. FOOD PROCESSING CHAMBER.

(DIBBER raises his gun.)

DIBBER: Stand back.

(DIBBER aims his gun and fires at the far wall. The wall blows through and the lasers stop.)


28. CORRIDOR OUTSIDE THE FOOD PROCESSING UNIT.

(Food from the processing chamber pours onto BALAZAR.)


29. DRATHRO'S CHAMBER.

(DIBBER, GLITZ, MERDEEN and PERI run into the room via the hole they have just blown in the wall. GLITZ walks over to DRATHRO.)

GLITZ: We come in friendship!

PERI: Doctor, are you all right?

DOCTOR: Ah, I'm all right for the moment, though not for long I fear.

GLITZ: What?

DRATHRO: I would kill you all now, but it is unnecessary. We are waiting for something the Doctor tells me is unique. A black light explosion.

GLITZ: Do something Dibber.

DIBBER: Such as what?

DOCTOR: I've been trying to convince this mobile junk heap here that none of this need happen if he'd only let me shut the system down.

GLITZ: That seems eminently sensible.

DOCTOR: Oh, he won't listen to reason. He needs black light to function, so he sees no reason why thew rest of us should survive. That is roughly your narrow, egotistical little view, isn't it Drathro?

DRATHRO: If I am doomed, then you are all doomed.

GLITZ: Now wait a minute, why don't we just... If it's only black light you want, Drathro, we have plenty of that. Don't we Dibber?

DIBBER: Do we?

GLITZ: On the ship, Dibber.

DIBBER: Oh, the black light, yeah, we've got so much of that, sometimes we can hardly see.

DRATHRO: There is black light on your ship?

GLITZ: As my friend says. So what I suggest we do is you come with us, and we'll fix you up, eh?

DRATHRO: Why?

GLITZ: Oh, well, I hate to see a good robot like you go to waste. I'll tell you what else we can do for you. We can drop you back in the constellation of Andromeda. How about that?

DRATHRO: It is possible?

GLITZ: And, oh, the secrets of course you must bring them. I mean they'll expect you to bring them.

DRATHRO: How far from here is your ship?

GLITZ: Oh, right outside really. No distance at all.

DRATHRO: I could function for a short distance.

GLITZ: Of course you could.

DRATHRO: Then I accept your offer. Take that.

(GLITZ picks up his weapon.)

Tie these others up. I will fetch the secrets.

GLITZ: You two, over there.

DOCTOR: Well done!

(He runs towards the console but is stopped by DIBBER.)

DIBBER: Sorry Doc. You heard what he said.

DOCTOR: Don't be a fool.

(DRATHRO enters carrying a diamond-shaped box. GLITZ finishes tying the DOCTOR up.)

GLITZ: Slip-not, Doctor. The best I can do for you.

DOCTOR: Strange how low cunning succeeds where intelligent reasoning fails.

GLITZ: Don't knock low-cunning Doctor. You're still here aren't you?

(He crosses over to DRATHRO.)

Oh, that's it is it? The secrets. My word there should be a lot there. All micro-dots no doubt. Come along then Dibber, open the door for the Immortal.

(They leave. The DOCTOR quickly undoes his bonds and frees MERDEEN and PERI.)

DOCTOR: Quickly, you've got to help me. It's a three-stage cutout. We've got to try and shut the machine down.

PERI: Will that prevent an explosion?

DOCTOR: Oh, all I can do now is hope to contain it. Peri, press that row of buttons in front of you.

PERI: Which ones?

DOCTOR: Oh! All of them! Merdeen, flick up all the switches with red neons on them.

MERDEEN: Neons?

DOCTOR: Oh, show him Peri.

(She waves vaguely at the switches.)

PERI: Those. How long have we got?

DOCTOR: Not long.

(They begin flicking the switches and pressing the buttons while the DOCTOR begins pushing in the first of three plunger-like rods. He strains and eventually the first one is pushed into place.)

Oh, these nodes haven't been moved in centuries.

(They finish flicking the switches.)

PERI: Now what?

DOCTOR: Get out of here the pair of you.

PERI: What about you?

DOCTOR: Get out! Merdeen, take her.

(The DOCTOR manages to push down the second rod, but the third won't budge. He leaves it and heads for the door. He pauses.)

I did my best. I only hope it's enough.

(He turns and runs. Behind him, the control panels explode and DRATHRO's chamber is destroyed.)


30. CORRIDORS.

(BALAZAR is standing still when the blast blows out a wall behind him and sends him flying.)


31. MARB STATION - PLATFORM.

(DRATHRO stops and begins to wail. GLITZ and DIBBER duck behind the escalator for cover.

GLITZ: It's blowing up!

(DRATHRO falls forwards. It is glowing red. When it stops growing, it had crumbled to black dust. DIBBER crosses over to the robot.)

DIBBER: Er, you're not going to like this, Mr. Glitz.

(GLITZ takes his fingers from his ears and crosses over to Dibber.)

GLITZ: Is it finished?

DIBBER: All finished. And the secrets.

GLITZ: Eh?

DIBBER: Well, except for this.

(He tosses GLITZ a chunk of black rock.)

GLITZ: And what's that?

DIBBER: It's a piece of black-light converter ariel. Pure silictone!

GLITZ: The hardest known metal in the galaxy.

DIBBER: And the most expensive. What's more, there must be a couple of tons of the stuff...

GLITZ: I'm way ahead of you my son. You know we could clean up on this job very nicely. What's more, we have a tasty little kitty for the next venture.

(TANDRELL and HUMKER enter.)

TANDRELL: Fresh air! What a wonderful smell.

HUMKER: You know, you're right. Absolutely wonderful.


32. MARB STATION - UNDERGROUND.

(The DOCTOR stumbles into an open space coughing. He catches sight of BALAZAR.)

DOCTOR: And still the lobster held on. You're in a worse mess than I am.

BALAZAR: Are Merdeen and Peri safe?

DOCTOR: You can ask them for yourself.

(MERDEEN and PERI enter.)

MERDEEN: Balazar!

PERI: I wish you wouldn't keep frightening me like this.

DOCTOR: I told you to get out of here.

PERI: Please don't start. I'm too tired and too scared to cope.

DOCTOR: All right.

BALAZAR: This seems to be the end, Doctor. As it is written in the books.

DOCTOR: No, Balazar. For you, this is the beginning. Chapter one, paragraph one as they say. Take your people up to the surface. Where they belong.

BALAZAR: Yes! Perhaps at last we shall find the habitat of the Canadian goose.

DOCTOR: Perhaps.

(The DOCTOR, dips his finger in the green food that is on BALAZARI and licks his finder.)

Hmm. I think dinner's on him. Farewell my loquacious friend.

(He turns to PERI.)

Right, let's get back to the TARDIS.

(They move off.)

PERI: It's the other way.

DOCTOR: What is?

PERI: The TARDIS.

(They change direction.)

DOCTOR: I know. It's that way. Yes. Farewell. But there are still one or two questions that have to be answered, like who moved this planet two light years off its original course or what was in that box that Glitz and Dibber were so interested it.

BALAZAR: Goodbye 'Old One' and thank you for your help.

PERI: 'Old One'? Hey that's cute.

DOCTOR: I always knew there was an evil streak in you. 'Old One' indeed.


33. THE TRIAL ROOM.

(The picture fades and the TIME LORDS turn into the court.)

DOCTOR: Well that's one up to me I think. There can't be many people who can literally claim to have saved the entire universe. Well, if that's all the muck you can rake up...

(He stands and heads for the door.)

VALEYARD: Sit down! Smugness does not become you Doctor.

DOCTOR: That is an irrelevant observation. I think it's now my turn to prevent the case for the defense.

INQUISITOR: In due course.

DOCTOR: Well that's not fair. Look, I wish it put on record that my involvement in the affairs of that planet resulted in the freedom of Drathro's underground slaves.

INQUISITOR: That has been noted.

DOCTOR: And despite the fact that evidence has been withheld, my presence there was most specifically requested.

VALEYARD: You showed little reluctance in complying with the request.

DOCTOR: Well lives were at stake.

VALEYARD: Lives were lost and because of your meddling Doctor.

DOCTOR: I deny that. Without my help, an entire civilization might have been wiped out.

VALEYARD: Without your interference it might have involved less sacrifice of human life.

DOCTOR: That was a risk I had to take.

VALEYARD: Risk! Risk! Hear how the Doctor condemns himself by his own words.

INQUISITOR: Gentlemen! Doctor, perhaps you should heed the Valeyard. May I suggest that for the time being you have said enough?

DOCTOR: Said enough! Said enough! I have a great deal more to say.

INQUISITOR: Be silent Doctor.

DOCTOR: I wish to demonstrate...

INQUISITOR: You will have your turn when the Valeyard has finished his presentation.

VALEYARD: Thank you Inquisitor.

DOCTOR: Well, if the rest of his presentation is as riveting as the first little epic, wake me when it's finished.

VALEYARD: Finished! I've barely started!

DOCTOR: Well, but nothing more than your future in the legal profession. I only hope your evidence gets a little better.

VALEYARD: Oh yes Doctor! Much better! The most damning is still to come and when I have finished, this court will demand your life!


The Doctor
COLIN BAKER

Peri
NICOLA BRYANT

The Valeyard
MICHAEL JAYSTON

The Inquisitor
LYNDA BELLINGHAM

Katryca
JOAN SIMS

Glitz
TONY SELBY

Drathro
ROGER BRIERLEY

Merdeen
TONY CHADBON

Broken Tooth
DAVID RODIGAN

Dibber
GLEN MURPHY

Balazar
ADAM BLACKWOOD

Humker
BILLY McCOLL

Tandrell
SION TUDOR OWEN

Grell
TIMOTHY WALKER

Title Music composed by
RON GRAINER

Incidental Music
DOMINIC GLYNN

Special Sound
DICK MILLS

Production Manager
CLARE GRAHAM

Production Associate
ANGELA SMITH

Production Assistant
JOY SINCLAIR

Assistant Floor Manager
STEPHEN JEFFRY-POULTER

Visual Effects Designer
MIKE KELT

Video Effects
DANNY POPKIN

Technical Co-Ordinator
ALAN ARBUTHNOTT

Studio Camera Supervisor
ALEC WHEAL

Vision Mixer
JIM STEPHENS

Videotape Editor
STEPHEN NEWNHAM

Studio Lighting
MIKE JEFFERIES

Studio Sound
BRIAN CLARK

Costume Designer
KEN TREW

Make-up Designer
DENISE BARON

Script Editor
ERIC SAWARD

Designer
JOHN ANDERSON

Producer
JOHN NATHAN-TURNER

Director
NICHOLAS MALLETT

Copyright BBC MCMLXXXVI

Transcribed By
Richard Wallace

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