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"Survival"
Episode One
Broadcast: 22 November 1989
Duration: 24 minutes 14 seconds


We race through a spiral of stars -- a galaxy -- the familiar form of the TARDIS appears, wrapped in a sphere of energy.....it speeds away from us......the galaxy forms a friendly, enigmatic face that winks at us......the logo forms: ďDoctor WhoĒ.......


1: EXT. STREET -- PERIVALE, ENGLAND -- 1989 A.D.

A nice, sunny day in the English suburbs. The perfect day for washing your car, in fact. And thatís just what a young blond-headed man is doing right now, scrubbing his car with care.

Far above him on a wall behind a tree, unnoticed, is a black cat.

An old womanís face appears at the open window of the house.

OLD WOMAN
Hey, your dinnerís on the table!

YOUNG MAN
All right, mum!

Still unnoticed, the cat hisses at the young man. We look at the young man through the catís slit-irised eyes.....

A low growl echoes through the street. THIS the young man notices. He looks up, as a stiff blast of wind tears past him....

YOUNG MAN
oh my god.....

He backs away, knocking over his bucket of soapy water. He starts running, but the whatever-it-is thatís following him is keeping up (weíre looking through itís POV). He trips back -- the thing rushes at him --

YOUNG MAN
No -- NO --

A flash of light --

-- and an instant later, the street is empty. On the hood of a nearby car, the cat slinks off.

At that moment, a long familiar wheezing and groaning sound appears.....and the TARDIS materializes.....

Dorothy ďAceĒ McShane is the first out, her leather jacket slung over her shoulder.

ACE
You had to pick a Sunday, didnít you?

The Doctor is next out, and he locks the door behind him.

ACE (as they start down the road)
You bring me back to the boredom capitol of the universe, you pick the one day of the week you canít even get a decent television program....

DOCTOR (putting the TARDIS key in his pocket and hefting his umbrella)
As I recall, Ace, we came here at your request.

ACE
I just said I wondered what the old gang was up to! Thatís all! You didnít have to bring us here....you could have dropped me out of town, I could have phoned...I just wanted to see what my old mates were up to.....

The Doctor is walking by the half-washed car. He noticed the spilled bucket. The old woman is outside as well, looking worriedly around.....

ACE
You didnít have to have the guided tour....

The Doctor stops, and picks the bucket back up. He tips his hat to the old woman.

ACE
Come on, Professor!

The Doctor resumes his walk with Ace.

DOCTOR
So whatís so terrible about Perivale?

ACE
Nothing ever happens here.


2: EXT. HOUSE -- PERIVALE

Outside another house in the Perivale suburbs, a terrific racket is going on. Bushes are shaking, the yowl of a cat can be heard....

A window opens, and another old woman peeks out.

OLD WOMAN #2
Wretched cats! Get out of my garden!! Go on, out! OUT!! SHOO!! SHOO!!

The black cat leaps out of the bush, bolting across the green field, out of sight.


3: EXT. FIELD -- PERIVALE

You can see the whole city from here. Ace and the Doctor take a good look around as their walk continues.

ACE
How long since I was here?

DOCTOR
Youíve been away as long as you think you have.

ACE
I feel like Iíve been away forever.

The good Doctor looks bored.

DOCTOR
Any particular reason for coming here?

ACE
Itís Sunday. Some of the gang always comes up here on a Sunday.

DOCTOR
What for?

ACE
Oh, I donít know. Light a fire, muck about...you know.

The Doctor yawns.

ACE (clasps his shoulder)
Well, I told you it was dull. You donít have to hang around here. Iíll meet you back at the TARDIS if you want.

The Doctor starts to walk off.

DOCTOR
Oh, Iím sure Iíll find something to interest me.....

ACE (looks around)
Maybe they donít come up here anymore.

The Doctor notes a couple pieces of litter on the ground. He picks a piece up. A bent-up can of cat food. He sniffs it.

ACE
Thereís no one around, is there? Nothing but tin cans and stray cats.

The Doctor sticks his umbrella into a piece of manure.

DOCTOR
And horses.

ACE
Horses? In Perivale? Donít be stupid.

The Doctor sniffs at the can again, uncertain....


4: ANOTHER FIELD -- PERIVALE

A bunch of kids are playing football. And from the reeds, watching, is the cat. A kid falls in front of the cat.....the kid gets up....the catís eyes narrow....


5: SOMEWHERE ELSE....

A manís eyes suddenly turn glowing yellow.

MAN
Show me.


6: ANOTHER FIELD -- PERIVALE

The cat slowly turns his head to follow the boy. Itsí eyes, we notice, is the same shade of green.


7: SOMEWHERE ELSE....

MAN (his voice strangely distorted)
No...no sport for you here.


8: EXT. HORSENDEN HILL -- PERIVALE

The kids with the football run downhill past the Doctor, who is consulting a public map. He looks over at Ace, whoís just hung up a pay phone in disgust.

ACE
No one home. Are you really fed up?

DOCTOR
Hmm.

ACE
Do you mind if I just trot down to the youth club?

DOCTOR
Hmm.

Ace and the Doctor walk off. The cat shoots by a second later....


9: INT. YOUTH CLUB

The Doctor and Ace enter the hangout....but....

ACE
Where is everyone?!?

....it's deserted. And it apparently has been for some time.

Ace suddenly walks over to a bulletin board, filled with torn-up posters and messages of various stripes, gouged into the wood.

ACE
Look at this. We used to have the coffee bar here. Whatís happened to the coffee bar? (sigh) I mean, it always was a dump, but at least you could meet people....

The Doctor walks around the back. He cracks open a door with his umbrella --

-- revealing a fully equipped gym. A pair of guys in tights are wrestling on the floor as a few others watch.

DOCTOR
Ace?

He points with his umbrella. She comes over and has a look. We notice a middle-aged, balding, mustachioed guy in army fatigues with the wrestlers and the audience.

ARMY GUY
Well go on! Go on lad, what are you waiting for?

WRESTLER
Iíve beaten him, Sarge!

ARMY GUY
Oh, you think weíre playing games, do you? Letís Pretend, eh? Is that it? Is that what youíre going to do to help some villain, some mugger? Help him up, dust him down, shake hands?!? Go on!

The wrestler (who canít be any older than Ace) slams his similarly-young opponentís face into the mat. We notice that all the tight-wearing audience are similiarly teenaged. The group applauds.

ARMY GUY
Thatís better. Thatís it. You all right, son?

WRESTLER #2 (rubbing his cheek)
Yes, sir.

ARMY GUY
You sure? Let me see that. You okay?

The wrestlers get up, and the army guy has a look at the injured wrestler.

ARMY GUY
Right, you go get cleaned up.

The wrestler walks off, and the army guy spots the Doctor and Ace.

ARMY GUY
Iíll be with you in a minute.

The Doctor tips his hat.

ARMY GUY (to the wrestlers)
Okay, lads. Shake hands, and ehh, weíll see you next week, okay?

The wrestlers shake hands and start out of the club.....with the exception of the first wrestler, who looks like heís about to cry.

ARMY GUY
What?

WRESTLER (starts off)
Iíd already beat him, Sarge!

SARGE (shoves him, continually poking a finger in the wrestlerís chest)
Oh, you think Iím too hard, do you? Pushing you too hard, am I? Have you ever heard of ďsurvival of the fittest,Ē son? Eh? Have you ever heard of that? Lifeís not a game, son. Here, Iím teaching you the art of survival. Iím teaching you to fight back. What happens when life starts pushing you around, son, eh? Whatíre you gonna do then?

The young manís fist flashes across the air -- the Sarge effortlessly catches it.

SARGE (laughs)
Thatís better. You all right now, eh? You all right?

WRESTLER
All right, Sarge.

SARGE
Good. Off you go, then.

The Sarge lets him go, then picks up his jacket from a punching bag.

DOCTOR
ďSurvival of the fittest.Ē Rather a glib generalization, donít you think? Survival of what, Mister, er...?

SARGE (puts his jacket on)
Sergeant Paterson. You show me a better way of surviving, and Iíll give it a go.

ACE (as the Doctor walks off)
Whereís everyone else?

SARGE
Who you looking for, luv?

The Doctor steps out and walks back to the bulletin board.

ACE (O.S.)
Everyone! Everyone used to hang around here on Sundays. This was the only place you could get out of the house and out of the weather....

Ironically, one of the posters on the bulletin board advertises ďCats.Ē The Doctor seems more than a bit disturbed by it.

Meanwhile, Ace is still talking to the Sarge...

SARGE
Well, itís self-defense every Sunday afternoon now. I donít know what happened to the rest. (pauses, looks oddly at her) Donít I know you from somewhere?

ACE (a bit too quickly)
I donít think so.

SARGE
Oh, thatís right. The police let you off with a warning, didnít they? You were lucky.

Back at the bulletin board, the Doctor notices something at the front door, looking back at him. The black cat.

ACE (O.S.)
Listen, Iím just looking for my friends, okay?

SARGE (O.S.)
I donít think youíll have much luck then.

The Doctor walks over to the outer door, kneels down, and stares at the cat. The cat matches his intense stare exactly.


10: SOMEWHERE ELSE....

MAN
Ahhhh......


11: INT./EXT. YOUTH CLUB

The Doctor looks back at the other door. The Sarge and Ace are coming up to him now.

SARGE
I think youíll find most of your crowd have moved on.

ACE
Moved to where?

SARGE
Well, I think youíd have a better idea of that than me luv, eh? Whereíve you been hiding yourself?

ACE
Around.

SARGE
Your mum had you listed as a missing person. You donít give a toss, do you? I dunno...four kids gone missing just this month....vanished into thin air.

The Doctorís ears prick up at this....Ace looks stung by Sargeís words....

SARGE
Itís the parents I feel sorry for. Doesnít cost much to phone, luv. Tenpence, is all --

Ace has heard enough. She starts for the door, flinging her jacket on.

ACE
Come on, Doctor.

The cat bolts as Ace reaches the door. She runs out.

SARGE
I wouldnít be that age again if you paid me. Would you?

DOCTOR
I canít remember. Itís too long ago.

The Sarge snorts and walks out. The Doctor follows.

SARGE
What a world to be young again in, eh? Only thing I can do is teach Ďem to fight. That way, theyíll fight or go under.

The Doctorís eyes are riveted on where the cat went. The Sarge unchains his motorbike from a post.

SARGE
Half of them go under anyway around here. Canít save Ďem. Wasters.

DOCTOR
Tell me Sergeant, do you have a problem with strays?

SARGE
Stray what?

DOCTOR
Cats!!

SARGE
I wouldnít know. Itís hardly a priority around here.

ACE (nearby leaning against a tree, loudly and disgusted)
Come on, Doctor!

SARGE
Doctor, eh? (pokes the Doctorís chest) Youíre not in the best of shape yourself though, are ya? You ought to build yourself up. You know, I teach a class around here Monday nights for the older men.

DOCTOR (walking off, flustered)
Iím going to see a man about a cat.

Ace smiles at the Doctorís discomfort. The two walk away from the club.

SARGE (calling after them)
Remember, keep fit! And self-defense! One finger can be a deadly weapon!

As the two walk out of view, the cat hisses after them....


12: EXT. STREET -- PERIVALE

The two are now in a commercial district. Nearby, a news stand proclaims ďLOCAL WOMAN STILL MISSING -- POLICE ABANDON HOPE!Ē And thereís no one in sight....

ACE
It still looks the same. Dead. Weíre the only life there ever was around here.

The Doctor notices the news stand headline. His eyes narrow.

Ace pauses at the door of a restaurant -- ďDrayton Court.Ē

ACE
I should have tried in here first, right? I wasnít thinking. Back in a sec!

She runs in, as the Doctor rereads the headline with a creased brow. He then turns and enters the convenience store the standís in front of....


13: INT. CONVENIENCE STORE

The Doctor takes a hand basket -- then pauses, overhearing a conversation between the store owner (reading a tabloid) and a stock worker in the back.

STOCKER
Taking Sunday off? Do you think I wanna do it?

STORE OWNER
You think I wanna do it? You think I want to give up my one day of rest to come in here and stand behind a cash register?

STOCKER
Standing behind a till all day can do your back in. I saw something about it on the news last night....

The Doctor walks over to the cat food aisle, looking it over.

STORE OWNER
Yeah. Itís a jungle, though, right?

STOCKER
Yeah. Survival of the fittest, mate.

STORE OWNER
I mean, all these other shops are open, arenít they? Whereíd you think weíd be if we didnít join here?

STOCKER (walks over to where the Doctor is)
Down the plughole. Down the plughole without a paddle, mate. (to the Doctor) Can I help you?

DOCTOR
Yes. (points to the cans) Which do you think theyíd prefer?

STORE OWNER (joins them)
What?

DOCTOR
Well, these brands. Which one do you think our feline friends will find particularly....irresistable?

STOCKER (pulls out a couple of cans marked ďFurryĒ)
Well, if you believe our advertisers, this is the one preferred by your cat connoisseur.

The Doctor takes the two cans of Furry.

STORE OWNER (pulls out a couple cans of another brand, dumping it in the Doctorís arms)
And that one has a taste all cat owners who really care put in a dish.

STOCKER (pulls out yet another brand, dumping it on the Doctor)
Whereas these ones have the smell that drives a tabby cat wild.

The Doctorís arms are filled to near bursting.

STORE OWNER
No, no, no. Thatís an aftershave ad.

STOCKER
Is it?

STORE OWNER (to himself)
Or is it for cats?

STOCKER
All I know is, my Tiger prefers cheese.

DOCTOR (lights up)
Cheese! Ahh yes....

The Doctor moves off toward the dairy section.

STOCKER
Itís the law of the jungle, mate, isnít it now?

STORE OWNER
Hmm. Thereís these two blokes, right? In a tent, in the jungle....

STOCKER
You got another one for me, huh? Go on then, go on....

STORE OWNER
Itís really dark, and they hear this terrible noise outside the tent. This terrible roaring noise. And one bloke turns to the other bloke and he says, ďDid you hear that?Ē

STOCKER (misunderstanding)
What?

STORE OWNER
I said, ďDid you hear that?Ē

STOCKER
Oh, right, right, yeah....

STORE OWNER
ďThat was a lion.Ē

The Doctor, checking out a choice piece of cheese, snaps alert and cocks his head to the story.

STORE OWNER
And the other bloke, he doesnít say anything. He just starts putting on his running shoes. The other bloke turns to him and says, ďWhatíre you doing? You canít outrun a lion!Ē The bloke turns to him and he says, ďI donít have to outrun the lion...Ē

STOCKER
Ha ha ha.....donít get it.

DOCTOR
He doesnít have to outrun the lion. Only his friend. Then the lion catches up with his friend and eats him. The strong survive, the weak are killed. The law of the jungle.

STOCKER
Oh yeah. Very clever.

DOCTOR
Yes, very clever. If you donít mind losing your friend.

Strangely, weíre suddenly seeing the Doctor, store owner, and stocker through the catís POV -- but the cat would be behind the cans on the shelf.....

....and even stranger, the Doctor seems to be looking right at the cat.

DOCTOR
But what happens when the next lion turns up?

STORE OWNER
What next lion?

The Doctor points directly at the cat -- who erupts out of the shelf, blasting past the startled store owner and sprinting out of the store in a blur.

DOCTOR (taking the cat food and cheese out the door)
I think youíd better get your running shoes on, gentlemen.


14: EXT. STREET

Ace is sitting at a table outside the restaurant, slumped head on arms, bored to tears. A can of diet soda sits on the table before her. The Doctor comes out of the convenience store with the food.

DOCTOR
Did you find your friends, then?

ACE
No one even remembers them.

The Doctor glances over at that news headline again.

DOCTOR (uncertain)
Iím sure Iíve forgotten something....

The store owner comes out.

STORE OWNER
Hey! Havenít you forgotten something?

DOCTOR
Yes...

STORE OWNER (holds out his hand)
Money.

The Doctor thinks about it.

DOCTOR (shakes his head)
No, it wasnít that.....

He walks over to the table. He notices a pile of coins by the can of soda.

ACE
I got lucky on the fruit machine.

DOCTOR
Lucky?

ACE
Well, theyíre all fixed anyway, those machines.


15: INT. CONVENIENCE STORE -- BACK ROOM

Wielding a flashlight, the stocker walks into the storage area of the store.

STOCKER
Tiger? Psst psst? Here boy. Tiger? Psst psst psst....

He suddenly spots something on the floor. His face twists with revulsion.

STOCKER
God....LEN!!

Len (the store owner) runs in.

LEN
What is it?

The stocker directs his attention to the floor.

STOCKER
Somethingís eaten Tiger.

From what we see on the floor, thatís an understatement....


16: EXT. STREET -- PERIVALE

At the door of another store, a skanky young woman shakes a collection cup marked ďHunt Saboteurs.Ē Ace and the Doctor (now carrying his food in a bag) runs up. The woman lights up as she recognizes Ace.

ACE
Ange!!

ANGE
Oh....hi, Ace! I thought you were dead!

ACE
What?

ANGE
Thatís what they said. Either you were dead, or youíd gone to Birmingham. (looks at the Doctor, whoís looking around nervously) Whoís he?

ACE
Oh, a friend of mine.

ANGE
Oh. So you back to see your family?

ACE
No.

ANGE
So what you doiní here? Youíre well out of this dump.

ACE
I just wanted to see my friends, catch up a bit.

ANGE
Oh.

ACE
So where is everyone?

ANGE
Who?

ACE
Jay?

ANGE
Dunno. Moved over west someplace. Think heís doing window cleaning, thatís what I think.

The Doctor hunts over a small table before the shop. He picks up a book about cats, then a scratching post....

ACE
Stevie?

ANGE
Oh, heís gone.

DOCTOR (to himself)
Where are they all coming from...?

ACE
Flo?

ANGE
Married Darth.

ACE
Darth Vader, the brain-dead plumber? Flo??

ANGE
Yeah. Makes you think, eh?

Ace laughs.

ACE
What about Shreela?

ANGE
Oh, sheís gone.

ACE
Midge?

ANGE
Heís gone, too.

ACE
Gone? Whatídya mean, gone?

ANGE
Well, I dunno! Gone! Vanished!

ACE
People donít just vanish.

ANGE
You did.

ACE
Yeah, well thatís different.

ANGE
Is it?

ACE
Yeah. So when did they go?

ANGE
Dunno....last month?

ACE
What?!?

ANGE
Well, Midge and Stevie went last month. Shreela went last week, and they had to scrape her mom off the ceiling. Funny though, I always thought she got along with her family....

ACE
This doesnít make sense....

ANGE
Thatís what I said. Know what I reckon?

ACE
What?

ANGE
UFOs. They whisk Ďem off and do experiments on them like we do on animals. Fancy cutting Stevie up to see whatís inside him....

Ace giggles.

ANGE (nudges her with the cup)
Well, come on, give us tenpence, then!

Ace obliges. Ange shakes the cup at the Doctor.

DOCTOR (reads the name)
Not a very efficient way to hunt, is it? All that noise and pantomime just to slaughter one little animal. No, if youíre going to hunt, you stalk your prey. You observe it, so you can take it by surprise. And then you donít kill too many -- cover your tracks, so you donít leave a smell....can you smell that?

Both girls are looking at him like heís nuts.

ANGE
Canít. Hay fever.

ACE
What are you talking about, Professor? Something going on here?

DOCTOR (walks off)
Not sure.....

ANGE (to Ace)
Is he...?

ACE
Professor!!

DOCTOR (to himself)
When is a cat not a cat.....? When it builds its own catflap!

He yanks a can of cat food from his bag.

DOCTOR
Bait, Ace. Bait.

The Doctor walks off.

ACE
Hang on, Professor!

She waves goodbye to the young woman, who waves back. Then she follows the Doctor out of sight.


17: SOMEWHERE ELSE....

MAN (his eyes glowing yellow)
Show me. Show me....


18: EXT. YET ANOTHER STREET -- PERIVALE

A beefy young jogger is running down the sidewalk. The cat sits on a nearby wall, watching him.


19: SOMEWHERE ELSE....

MAN
Yes, heíll do very well.....


20: EXT. STREET

A shadow passes over the jogger as he crosses the street. The wind, the roar -- he falls back -- flash of light --

And again, an empty street.


21: EXT. ANOTHER STREET -- PERIVALE

The Doctor and Ace continue on down the road...

ACE
I canít believe he said that, you know! That T.A. Twit. (sits up on a wall) I reckon that was well out of order. ďTenpence.Ē I mean, even if I couldíve phoned, which I couldnít really --

The Doctor has knelt down on the ground, pulling a can out of cat food out of the bag.

ACE (conít)
-- dyía think anyone wouldíve listened to me?

DOCTOR (to himself)
Hello, cat.....

ACE
It was just that time. Just the whole crowd.....(grins) we had a really good laugh. I canít believe everyone just disappeared...

The Doctor works furiously at the ground, opening up a dish of Sheba cat food. Ace just now notices he hasnít been listening.

ACE
Professor?

DOCTOR (holds out his hand)
Tin opener?

Ace pulls out a can opener, and hands it to the Doctor. He starts to open the can of ďFurry.Ē

ACE
Professor?

DOCTOR
Hmm?

ACE
Are you listening to me?

DOCTOR (effort as he tries to open the can)
Quiet, Ace....Iím concentrating...

Ace rolls her eyes and walks off. He starts spooning large dollops of Furry onto the ground. She looks back, shakes her head, and walks on. The Doctor grabs his umbrella and hides behind a fence.

Eventually, a white-and-brown cat walks up and starts dining on the Sheba.

DOCTOR (frustrated)
No, youíre not the one Iím after....

Behind him at a house, a woman taps on her window from inside.

WOMAN
What are you doing?

DOCTOR (waves at her)
Shhh....quiet! (to the cat) Shoo!

The cat runs off. The Doctor sighs.


22: EXT. PLAYGROUND

Ace is sitting forelorn on an old spinning chair. As she moves around, her eyes fall upon --

-- the black cat.

She gets up and walks over to it, holding her hand out. She picks the cat up, moving it over to a tire swing. The cat hisses....jumps out of her grip, running off....Ace sighs, sitting back on the swing.....

The wind starts up.....that loud growl is heard again....Ace turns, and sees whatís been stalking the people.

A humanoid on a horse. Except that humanoid has the head, arms and growl of a cheetah.

Any other person would scream at this point. Ace says ďWow.Ē

The cheetah person leans in close, snarling at her.

Ace gets the idea that this guy doesnít like being told ďWow.Ē She starts running, leaping atop the spinning chair as the horse gallops at her. She leaps off the chair, bolts to a slide -- then to another -- the horse keeps up with her --

She puts herself in one of those dome-shaped swinging bar cages. Now the cheetah person canít get at her without jumping off the horse.....


23: EXT. STREET

At the fence, the Doctor winces -- a brown dog is coming up to the cat food trap.

DOCTOR
Go on, go away! Go on! Shoo! Dog, go away!!

The dog doesnít listen.

ACE (O.S.)
DOCTOR!!!!

The Doctor suddenly double-takes -- he runs in front of the fence, down the road --


24: EXT. PLAYGROUND

The cheetah personís still riding around Ace.

ACE
DOCTOR!!!!

This guy ainít going anywhere -- sheíll have to risk it. She dives out of the dome, running across the field -- the jet black horse effortlessly keeps up, catches up -- a flash of light --


25: EXT. ?????

-- and Ace is suddenly somewhere else entirely.

Sheís at the top of a rocky slope. On pure instinct, she runs down the slope, diving for the ground.


26: EXT. PLAYGROUND

The Doctor arrives to find nothing but an empty playground. Heís almost breathing fire, heís so mad.

DOCTOR
So, theyíve taken you away...taken you off the planet....but Iíll find you....


27: EXT. ?????

Rocky slopes are far as the eye can see. Purple, cloudy skies. And a smoke column, rising in the far distance....

Ace pulls herself up. She suddenly notices, half hidden behind a bush, two black cats and --

-- a dead man, holding a sponge. The car washer, his eyes open.

Ace forces back a wave of nausea. From behind her, several feet away, the cheetah person and horse appears. He lets out a howl -- Ace bolts again, as the horse starts down the slope towards her....


28: EXT. STREET

The Doctor races back to the site of his cat trap. And this time, the cat chowing down is pure black.

DOCTOR (reaches an arm out for it)
Gotcha....

Just as heís about to snatch it by the scruff, a beefy arm yanks him back -- itís the Sarge!

SARGE
Now what do you think youíre up to?

DOCTOR
Sergeant--!!!

The cat bolts away. The Doctor looks ready to slug the Sergeant.

SARGE
Iíve heard complaints--

DOCTOR
Whatís that to do with you?!?

SARGE
Neighborhood Watch!

DOCTOR
Iíve got no time for that!! Iíve got to catch that cat!

The Sargeís steel arms keep the Doctor locked firmly in place.

SARGE
Youíre a public nuisance --

DOCTOR
Will you leave me go -- ?!?

SARGE
Now donít be stupid, and donít get yourself into real trouble!

Aw, the hell with this. The Doctor presses a thumb against the Sargeís forehead. The Sarge drops like a sack of rocks.

DOCTOR (snide imitation of the Sarge)
One finger can be a deadly weapon.

He runs off. The Sarge gets back on his feet.


29: EXT. ?????

Ace is still in a losing chase with the cheetah person. Her breathís almost gone, and she finally slips and falls in a sand dune. The horse comes to a halt beside her. The cheetah man dismounts, slowly approaching....

VOICE
Go away! Get away from here! GET AWAY FROM HERE!!

Suddenly thereís a young guy rushing out of a grove of trees. The cheetah person takes off after him. Heís on him in two large strides, forces him down, sinks its fangs into him.....

Ace grabs a rock....

The cheetah person turns, blurs past Ace, knocking her to the ground before she can use the rock, is back on his horse, riding over to the young man, picking him up, slinging him over the horseís back, riding off......

WOMANíS VOICE
Ace.....

A bedraggled young woman appears from the trees. Ace jumps up.

ACE
SHREELA!!

She runs over to the woman.

SHREELA
Ace, you shouldnít have run....they always go for you if you run.....

She pulls Ace toward the trees.


30: EXT. STREET -- PERIVALE

The Doctor is on his hands and knees now, stalking that black cat. He approaches a pair of garbage cans.....

DOCTOR
Why donít you come out and weíll talk about this sensibly, hmm?

The cat leaps out of the garbage. The Doctor jumps upright and starts running after it again. In the distance behind him, the Sarge becomes visible on his bike.

SARGE
HEY, COME BACK!! COME BACK HERE!!


31: EXT. FOREST -- ?????

Shreela leads Ace through the forest, to where a pair of leather-jacket wearing young men are sitting around a campfire.

ACE
Midge!!

MIDGE
Hi, Ace. Long time.

ACE
Is Stevie here too?

SHIRELLA
He was.

MIDGE
Stevie? Heís cat food, isnít he?

SHREELA (as the two guys chuckle)
Stop it.

MIDGE (indicates the other guy)
This is Derek. Heís doing very well. Heís been here three weeks. Only got flesh wounds.

SHREELA (moves over to the fire)
Weíll have to move on soon. They hunt at night sometimes....

MIDGE
They can see in the dark. You canít see them....just their eyes.

Shreela and Derek share a haunted look. Midge....well, sullen doesn't quite seem to describe it....

ACE
Just as well Iím here. You need some sorting out, you know?


32: EXT. STREET -- PERIVALE

The Doctorís huffing and puffing, but finally the catís in sight -- sitting on another wall. The Doctor climbs atop it, crawling toward the cat, arm out --

The Sargeís arm clamps down like a vise on the Doctorís ankle!!!

SARGE
GOT YA!!

DOCTOR
GET OFF!!

The cat jumps off the wall -- a flash of light -- the Doctor gets yanked off the wall --


33: EXT. ?????

And suddenly the Doctor and the Sarge are lying in the sand, on that mystery planet.

DOCTOR
You stupid --

A growl interrupts him. A cheetah man, lying on the ground with them, chowing down on some bloody meat.

The two freeze.

SARGE
Where the hell are we?

DOCTOR
Shut up, and we may survive.

The Doctor and Sarge get up, walking -- not running -- away from the feeding cheetah man. They find themselves before a pair of tents. Another pair of cheetah men appear, approaching but not attacking. The two continue walking backwards, herded by the cheetah men towards one of the tents. Realizing this, the Doctor uses his umbrella and lifts the tent flap.

Behind it is the mystery man whoís been controlling the cat. A goateed, familiar face.

The Master.

MASTER
Why, Doctor.....what an unexpected pleasure.

And before the Doctorís own, the Masterís eyes change from human....to the glowing yellow of the cheetah people.......


(Cue DW Theme)

(End credits play over spinning galaxy)

The Doctor
SYLVESTER MCCOY

Ace
SOPHIE ALDRED

The Master
ANTHONY AINLEY

Paterson
JULIAN HOLLOWAY

Karra
LISA BOWERMAN

Harvey
NORMAN PACE

Len
GARETH HALE

Midge
WILL BARTON

Shreela
SAKUNTALA RAMANEE

Derek
DAVID JOHN

Stuart
SEAN OLIVER

Ange
KATE EATON

Woman
KATHLEEN BIDMEAD


Theme music composed by
RON GRAINER

Incidental music
DOMINIC GLYNN

Special sound
DICK MILLS

Production Manager
GARY DOWNIE

Production Assistant
VALERIE WHISTON

Assistant Floor Managers
STEPHEN GARWOOD
LEIGH POOLE

Visual Effects Designer
MALCOLM JAMES

Video Effects
DAVE CHAPMAN

Vision Mixer
SUSAN BRINCAT

Graphics Designer
OLIVER ELMES

Properties Buyer
NICK BARNETT

Engineering Manager
BRIAN JONES

OB Cameramen
PAUL HARDING
ALAN JESSOP

Videotape Editor
HUGH PARSON

Lighting
IAN DOW

Sound
LES MOWBRAY
SCOTT TALBOT

Costume Designer
KEN TREW

Make-up Designer
JOAN STRIBLING

Script Editor
ANDREW CARTMEL

Production Associate
JUNE COLLINS

Designer
NICK SOMERVILLE

Producer
JOHN NATHAN-TURNER

Director
ALAN WAREING

© BBC MCMLXXXIX

Transcribed by
Christopher G. "Nightowl" McElroy

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