REMEMBRANCE OF THE DALEKS
by Ben Aaronovitch
A gold and cream Dalek rushes to the transmat pad, screaming at the Doctor
and Ace as it comes: "Stay where you are! Do not move!!"
The Doctor yells for Ace to run up the stairs, and she does, but the Doctor
stalls at the base of the stairs when he trips. Ace reaches the top and
is floored by a knee to the groin by the school Headmaster who then
deadbolts the door at the top of the stairs.
The Doctor has reached the top of the stairs and is shouting for
Ace to open the door. A whirring sound reaches our ears, and the Doctor
turns to see the Dalek jetting its way UP THE STAIRS by firing rockets in
its base. And as it nears him, it cries out the ancient Dalek battlecries:
"You are the Doctor!"
"You are the enemy of the Daleks!"
"You will be exterminated."
Ace pulls herself off the floor and knees the Headmaster in the
groin, and he falls to the floor. She unbolts the door and the Doctor falls
back onto the ground floor. She pulls him clear and rebolts the door as
the Dalek draws nearer.
The Doctor insists they pull the Headmaster clear until he spots
an electronic device behind the man's ear grafted into his very head.
They decide to leave him and run outside the school.
The Dalek blasts down the door and floats itself up onto the
grund floor. The Headmaster stands up slowly, and the Dalek orders him
to help it repair the transmat.
Outside, the Doctor and Ace bump into a jeep sent by Gilmore.
The Sergeant, Kaufman, tells him he was ordered to deliver anti-tank
rockets to this position. Ace asks if the rockets will be any good
against the Daleks, but the Doctor tells her they're after the transmat.
The Headmaster finishes the repairs to the transmat under the
Dalek's supervision. It orders him to remain here.
The Doctor signs for the rocket and launcher he and Ace take from
the truck, Kaufman having seen the Doctor working with Gilmore earlier and
thus believing the Doctor to have that authority. As Kaufman seals up
the truck, he spots a little blonde girl watching the Doctor and Ace
The Doctor and Ace creep cautiously back inside the school, Ace
being worried that the Dalek will certainly try to stop them. Suddenly,
the Dalek emerges from the stairs and fires at them, blowing away a good
chunk of wall behind them. They take cover and it fires again, hitting
an obstruction between them and it. Ace fires the rocket launcher point-
blank at the Dalek and blows its top section apart. The Doctor is a
little surprised until Ace tells him she aimed for the eyepiece.
Mike, Rachel, Allison, and Gilmore run into the building and ask
if there are any more Daleks. The Doctor tells them no. Mike is very
impressed by Ace's handiwork. Gilmore remarks that its good that they
destroyed the Dalek to which the Doctor responds that nothing about the
situation is good and that he has made a grave error of judgement. "I
'm beginning to wish I never started all this."
The Doctor asks Gilmore to evacuate the immediate area in the
belief that he thinks a major Dalek taskforce will soon be operating there.
He says that one force is already in place somewhere in the immediate area,
and that the other will probably arrive from a mother ship in geostationary
orbit. Gilmore protests again at the unbelievability of it all and the
Doctor suggests he examine the Dalek for himself and ask Rachel. He does
so, and Rachel tells him that the Dalek is indeed alien. He also asks
her if she trusts him and she replies that she thinks they should go along
with him for now.
He tells the Doctor he'll consult his superiors about this
evacuation and he should have a decision by the morning, and he leaves.
The Doctor warns Rachel not to touch the Dalek in case it isn't completely
dormant yet, and as Rachel begins to question him, he tells everyone he'll
return in the morning, grabs Ace's baseball bat, and leaves. Ace wants
to come with him and asks what he's going to do. He says he's going to
bury the past and that she can't come as it's not her past since she hasn't
been born yet. He asks for someone to look after Ace for the night as
he leaves. Mike says his Mum can put her up in the boarding house she
runs for the night, and Rachel asks Ace what the Doctor meant by her not
being born yet...
It's late, the sun is not yet up, and the Doctor takes shelter
from the cold streets of London inside Harry's Cafe. An African man
named John waits on him and the Doctor orders a mug of tea.
John asks if he'd like sugar with his tea, but the Doctor is
unsure. It's a decision. "Would it make any difference?" he asks John.
He speculates on what would happen if he could control people's
tastebuds and stopped people wanting to take sugar. "That would make a
difference to those who sell the sugar and those who cut the cane."
John tells him his father was a cane-cutter, and that if the whole
sugar thing had never started, his great-grandfather would never have been
sold as a slave in Kingston in the first place, which would make John an
"I see," says the Doctor a little sadly. "Every great decision
creates ripples like a huge boulder dropped in a lake. The ripples merge
and bounce off the bank in unforseeable ways. The heavier the decision,
the larger the waves, and the more uncertain the consequences."
"Life's like that," says John confidently. "Best thing is just
to get on with it."
A soldier stands guard over the dormant transmat in the cellar of
Coal Hill School. When he isn't looking, it becomes active, and the shadow
of a Dalek begins to form...
Morning has arrived and a milkman delivers milk outside the door
to a funeral parlour. Inside, a pale, nervous-looking Martin turns
a screwdriver onto the handle of a wooden casket. He hears a faint
crackle behind him, and he turns to examine a large, dull grey casket
slab next to the window. It crackles again, and he touches one of its
handles and gets a faint shock from it. He pulls away in fear and bumps
into someone standing behind him.
"Good morning," says the Doctor, and he hands Martin the morning's
milk. He tells Martin he just popped in to collect his casket. Martin
tells him the Gov'nor has yet to arrive and he can't let him take it
until he does and then he asks what casket this would be. The Doctor
uses Ace's baseball bat to point out the big grey crackling one, and
Martin says all he has to do is wait for the Gov'nor to arrive. The
Doctor asks for a moment alone with the casket, and Martin obliges.
Once Martin is gone, the Doctor says hello quietly to the casket and then
orders it to "Open."
The casket's top rises up, revealing a low rumbling throbbing
sound and a glowing white mist inside.
Out in the next room, Martin is on the phone with the Gov'nor,
telling him about the Doctor's arrival and asking him why he isn't an
old geezer with white hair.
The Doctor lowers Ace's baseball bat inside the casket and it
disappears inside the casket.
At Mike's boarding house, he bumps into a bath-robed Ace in the
hall, looking very pleased to see her this way. As he has his coat on,
Ace asks him where he's going and he tells her he has to check some things
out with friends of his at the Association, and that she can meet them
later. As he leaves, Ace thinks about his smile at her and a smile
creeps across her face.
The Doctor tells the casket to give up the baseball bat, and the
bat leaps into the air into his hands. He tells it close up, which it
does and then for it to follow him. As he leaves, it floats in the air
behind him, following out the door. Martin sees it leaving and he faints
In Ratcliffe's warehouse, Ratcliffe asks the Dalek-person-in-the-
chair what will happen once they possessx the Hand of Omega. It tells
him they will be on the brink of great power, and that he can share it
if he has the stomach for the deaths to come. "War is hell," he responds.
The Doctor and a blind vicar walk arm-in-arm through a sunny
graveyard, the Doctor thanking the priest for having his little funeral
at such short notice. Behind them the Hand of Omega casket floats
effortlessly through the air, as the vicar explains that the grave has
been ready for a month and that the grave-digger was wondering what he
should do. The Doctor explains that he had to leave suddenly.
The vicar comments that he thinks the Doctor's voice has changed
since they last met, and he says that it has, several times. The casket
hovers over the grave hole, and the vicar remarks how the pall bearers
are as silent as ghosts...
Ratcliffe gets a phone call. He tells the person on the other end
to stay with the Doctor and watch him, then to call him back. Ratcliff
hangs up and tells the Dalek thing that his man has found the Hand.
It responds that its enemies had also found his man.
Mike hangs up the phone in a phone box next to the cemetery and
makes for the entrance. On the sidewalk nearby, the Coal Hill School
Headmaster listens to his implant ans responds with "I, obey" to orders
beamed to him. He sneaks up behind Mike and grabs him in a strangle-hold.
The Headmaster demands to know the location of the Renegade Dalek Base,
that the Renegade Daleks have defied the will of the Emperor Dalek, and
they must be located and destroyed, and he insists that Mike is an agent
of the Renegade Daleks. Mike doesn't know what the Headmaster is talking
about, and jabs the Headmaster, freeing himself and turning the tables
on him. He grabs the Headmaster and demands to know who he works for.
The Headmaster cries out "No!" in pain as a new signal is beamed to him,
and he falls dead to the ground. Mike leaves him behind and goes to spy
on the Doctor.
The Hand of Omega casket lowers itself into the grave, and the
Doctor throws mud on it, ceremonially. He escorts the Headmaster away,
whilst Mike watches the whole thing.
Rachel, Allison, and Ace are having breakfast at the boarding
house, Ace a little worried that the Doctor wasn't back yet. He comes
inside, followed by Mike. "I found him wandering the streets," says Mike,
to which the Doctor responds, "I was not wandering the streets. I was
merely contemplating certain local cartographical anamolies."
Mike's mother gives him a message, and he tells everyone that it says
the Group Captain is expecting them at HQ, but that he's specifically
ordered Ace to remain at the house. Ace is angry, and when she goes to
read the note, Mike crumples it up a little suspiciously. Ace goes to
protest to the Doctor, but before she can, he gives her back her baseball
bat, which he demonstrates with a tap on his hand that is now has a
strong electirc charge that goes off every time it hits something.
Rachel demands to know how he did it, but he refuses to tell her since
humans are not yet ready for it.
They start to set off, but before they do, Ace argues with the
Doctor about her staying behind. She finally agrees.
The Dalek-thing in Ratcliffe's warehouse informs him that the
enemy is about to start moving. Ratcliffe wonders if it is Group
Captain Gilmore's forces to which the person in the chair laughs and
says its the real enemy, the Imperial Dalek faction. It tells him
that war will soon come, and Ratcliffe assures it he is ready for that,
and that England fought for the wrong side in the last war, that when
he spoke out, he was imprisoned. The thing in the chair assures him
he will be on the right side in this war.
At the military HQ, Gilmore informs the Doctor, Rachel, Allison,
and Mike that the evacuation is proceeding under a clause in the
Peacetime Nuclear Accident Provisions and a cover story has been prepared.
"Now Doctor," he says, "since you hold my career in your hands, I hope
you can justify my faith." The Doctor responds with,"With respect,
Group Captain, your career is magnificently irrelevant." Gilmore looks
like he's been slapped in the face.
The Doctor surveys a map and asks that the detector vans be
moved to cover new areas. He asks that Jodrell Bank, the Flyingdales
Institution and the Royal Observatory observe certain co-ordinates for
signs of high orbital activity. He also asks that all air and ground
forces be tole to avoid engaging the Daleks at all costs.
Back at the boarding house, Ace is bored. She tries the television
and is impatient that it takes time for the vacuum tubes to warm up.
She considers playing a radio, then remembers that she left her own boom
box back in a classroom at the school. She looks out the window, and
finds pasted on it a sign facing outwards for any potential customers
to see, reading, "NO COLOUREDS."
She goes to ask Mike's Mum about the sign, then changes her mind,
and with a disgusted look on her face grabs her rucksack and announces
she's going out for a breath of fresh air.
AS she leaves, the television wakes up, and the announcer says
the time is a quarter past five, and that Saturday viewing will now
continue with an adventure in a new science-fiction series, "Doc...."
(this archiver, me, wonders how it got so late so soon after breakfast
and before lunch:))
A message comes in to Gilmore's HQ that the observatories have
located the mother ship in a powered geostationary orbit over London.
Allison enters with a pile of electronic parts the Doctor had asked for
and he begins assembling them into something. As he works, he tells
them that the mother ship is the main base for one group of two
antagonistic Dalek factions. He suggests they try to contain the two
and let them destroy each other. Gilmore asks if they should bring
in armoured units, and the Doctor says it wouldn't be a good idea as
at the slightest sign of a military build-up, the Daleks may decide
to sterilize the entire area. He remarks that the Dalek ship has
weapons capable of cracking open the planet like an egg.
"Frightening, isn't it? To find there are others better versed
at death than human beings?" he says.
Ace enters the empty school and heads upstairs to get her radio.
Downstairs, three Daleks observe the transmatting of a fourth onto the
Ace finds her radio, turns it on and finds herself listening in
on Dalek radio FM radio transmissions. They are in the building, and
they receive orders to exterminate any aliens.
She turns off the receiver and puts on some percussion music
on the tape deck. She goes out the classroom towards the stairway,
to find her way blocked by an oncoming Dalek. She runs back as it
takes a shot at her.
The Doctor finishes his device and explains it is like a device
he rigged on Spiridon, in that it will confuse and disorientate the
Daleks' control systems, if it works. Allison gives them a report that
the detector vans are detecting more modulated signalling from the Coal
Hill area. The Doctor tells them this means the transmat is working again.
Gilmore comes in worriedly telling them that his men at the school aren't
responding to calls. The Doctor tells Gilmore to get a vehicle with
plastic explosives and integral detonators ready.
Mike then comes in and tells them that Ace left the boarding house ages ago.
The Doctor grabs his device and they all run out.
The Dalek rises up the stairs, and enters the classroom.
Ace is poised behind the door and it doesn't see her as she hides
behind it. It blasts her tape deck and radios to its fellows that it's
sighted a small human female on level three.
"Who are you calling small?" she yells at it and she flings her
charged baseball bat at its casing. It calls out that it is under attack
and she smashes off its eyepiece. Thinking it to be completely blind now,
she tries to crawl round the front of it, but it starts firing again on
some sort of back-up system and scores four VERy near misses. It
radios for reinforcements as Ace dives through a window into the hall outside.
She runs down the hall straight into another Dalek, surprising it a little.
She bashes it once with her bat and it fires at her, but she moves out of
its range down the stairs.
On the ground floor, she is running with a visible limp, an injury
from her window jump, and she pauses for a momemnt at the sight of dead
soldiers' bodies. She picks up one of the dead men's rocket launchers and
begins to load it when another Dalek appears and she runs for it again.
She runs into an open section of the building with no cover,
and from three sides, three Daleks converge on her. She tries to load
the launcher but before she can get it loaded, they are on her, training
their guns on her and each of them screaming their battle-cry at her,
"Exterminate! EXTERMINATE!! EXTERMINATE!!!!"
Ace looks hopeless and closes her eyes, waiting for the shots to
END PART TWO
SIMON WILLIAMS DURSLEY McLINDEN
PAMELA SALEM KAREN GLEDHILL
GEORGE SEWELL MICHAEL SHEARD
The Girl Vicar
JASMINE BREAKS PETER HALLIDAY
DEREK KELLER JOSEPH MARCELL
JOHN SCOTT MARTIN
Stunt Arranger and Stuntman Stunt Woman
TIP TIPPING TRACEY EDDON
Mrs Smith Teleprinter Operator
KATHLEEN BIDMEAD SIMON HARBORO
FRANCES TANNER RICHIE KENNEDY
ROBERT TERSON JACK TALBOT NORMAN WARREN
IAN BODENHAM STUART SMITH IAN JOHNS
DEREK VAN WEENAN RICHARD HADDON BILL MALIN
TONY ASPIN ROSS MURRAY DAVID SKINNER
LEE RYAN CHARLES HUNTER
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IAN FRASER ROSEMARY PARSONS
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