Broadcast: 29 November 1989
24 minutes 13 seconds
1: EXT. ?????
And suddenly the Doctor and the Sarge are lying in the sand, on that
You stupid --
A growl interrupts him. A cheetah man, lying on the ground with them,
chowing down on some bloody meat.
The two freeze.
Where the hell are we?
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,
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.......
2: EXT. ????? -- ELSEWHERE....
Ace watches as the twin black cats feed off of.....something....or someone.
Itís mostly down to bones and guts by now. Shreela joins her.
They donít bother us. They only eat us when weíre dead.
Itís like theyíre watching us...
3: EXT. TENT -- ?????
The Doctor takes a step back.
Run, Doctor. Run.
The Sarge starts to do just that, but the Doctor grabs his arm.
The Master emerges from the tent, grinning like....well, like a Cheshire
cat. From a pocket, he pulls out a ball of silver foil -- he tosses it at the
Sargeís feet -- the Sarge panics, bolts --
Too late. The Sarge is suddenly surrounded by a dozen angry, hungry cheetah
I was relying on your intelligence, Doctor. It would be
such an uncivilized death....
The cheetah people are all over the poor Sarge now...
Theyíre just playing with him....
Yes. Actually a fun-loving species. (looks at the Doctor)
Doctor, there are things I must discuss with you.
4: EXT. ????? -- ELSEWHERE....
Ace, Shreela, Midge and Derek peek from behind a bush.
Okay, so what do we do?
ďDo?Ē We die. Maybe today, maybe next week. We could hurry
things up a bit, go and find of those big pussy cats. That what you want to
We tried to fight them once. They caught Steven.
She threw sticks at it.
Oh yeah? And where were you, Midge?
You canít hurt them!
ACE (jumps to her feet)
Thatís right Ace, you tell Ďus. You sort us out.
SHREELA (gets up)
Better get back to camp. Weíre not safe in the
Well, are we any safer back there? At least out here in the
open you can see them coming!
They usually donít bother us in there. They only hunt in
the open. Unless theyíre hungry, then they take us anywhere.
ACE (to herself)
Why do they only hunt in the open...?
MIDGE (gets up)
What do you think this is, ďThe Wonderful World
of WildlifeĒ? Who knows? Why do they always ride through here?!? Why do they
always eat us up without ketchup?
They always ride through here?
So letís get one!
MIDGE (laughs unconvincingly)
NOTHINGíS invincible! (to Shreela) Weíve got to fight back!
Shreela slowly nods. The group heads back to the woods....
5: EXT. TENT -- ?????
The cheetah people are still playing with their food -- namely the Sarge.
DOCTOR (picks up the foil ball and stuffs it in his pocket)
was a useful trick before.
MASTER (pulls out three more)
Pretty, arenít they? Theyíre a
The Doctor snatches the foil balls out of the Masterís hands and runs
toward the cheetah people.
Come on, pussycats! Come on!
The Doctor takes the foil balls and......starts juggling.
The cheetah people stare at him. What the....?
DOCTOR (flings the balls every which way)
Fetch! Come on, fetch!
The cheetah people stare at him deadpan for a moment. Then they go back to
Iím afraid theyíre not so easily distracted. Theyíre more
interested in him.
The Doctor runs over to one of the cheetah peopleís horses, leaping upon
it. As the cheetah people start toward him, the Master holds up his hands.
The Doctor rides the horse through the cheetah people, over to the Sargeís
Doctor, why donít we leave these animals to their meal?
He jumps on the horse behind the Doctor. The cheetah people start towards
MASTER (to the cheetahs)
The Doctor starts riding toward the Master.
Bit of healthy exercise, Paterson! Do you a world of good!
Doctor, Iím warning you. I control these animals. Theyíre
mine to command! I control them!!
The Doctor and Sarge gallops past the Master, out of sight. The cheetah
people turn their attention to the Master, miffed at missing out on a meal.
The Master backs into the tent, wagging a finger.
Very well. Iíll find some other food for you.
6: EXT. ????? -- ELSEWHERE....
Ace and Shreela have set up a trip wire between two trees on the path the
cheetah riders travel.
Come on, Shreela!
SHREELA (her eyes going wide)
Ace hears it too. She ducks behind the tree.
A Cheetah person rides up, in no big hurry. He pauses the horse before the
wire. He gazes at it, as if itís a curiousity. Then, extending his claws, he
plucks the wire apart with one hand and rides off. Ace looks glum.
7: EXT. ????? -- DIRT ROAD
The Doctor and Sarge trot along this dusty path in the middle of nowhere.
The smoke trail is still rising in the distance.
Itís just not like me, you know. You ask anyone --
ďSargeíll keep his head in a crisis.Ē You ask any of the lads. I donít scare
easily, Doctor, believe you me.
I was on one of those survival courses, you know, S.A.S
style of thing. I was the only one that ate the worm stew.
DOCTOR (sounding bored)
But this....this is just -- where the hell are we, anyway?
Weíre on the planet of the Cheetah People. Intelligent
carnivores. No one knows much about them -- they donít survive long enough to
find anything out.
Youíre trying to tell me weíre on another planet?
DOCTOR (brings the horse to a stop)
Yes. The trouble is, Iíve
never heard of the Cheetah People hunting so far away from their feeding
grounds before. And the kitling.....
The Doctor nods out across the plain. Luxuriating in that direction.....a
That. A kitling. A feline vulture. Itís got the power of
teleportation. It can jump from world to world hunting for carrion.
A rumbling noise echoes through the air. The Doctor and Sarge looks off to
I think weíre going to be in big trouble, Sergeant.
8: EXT. PERIVALE -- STREET
The milkman is off on his daily rounds, dropping off two fresh bottles and
picking up one at a door. Whistling, he heads back out into the street. He
pauses to pet a black cat -- or a Kitling, as we now know it -- thatís sitting
on the wall. He then continues toward the milk truck, as the Kitling watches,
licking its lips....
9: EXT. ????? -- WOODS
A small campfireís been set up. And the lunch being cooked is roast
Kitling. Derek rubs his arms nervously as the others sit about. Midge seems
ready to jump out of his skin --
Itís gonna get us all killed.....Itís gonna get us all
He snaps, leaping atop Derek, punching at him hard. Shreela and Ace run
over and pulls him off.
NO!! GET OFF ME!!
Ace forces Midge to the ground.
SIT DOWN AND SHUT UP!!
The noise of a horse whickering.....
A horse is coming up. Ace grabs a large branch and thrusts it into the
fire, lighting the end.
The horse travels into a trip wire -- this one close to the ground. The
wire goes taut -- Ace runs into view, waving the torch around, howling--
-- and finds one very startled Sarge lying on the ground.
Ace turns around.
The good Doctor is hanging in mid-air, his ankles caught by the wire. Itís
all he can do to keep his hat on.
What kept you?!?
How many times have I told you about playing with fire?
10: INT. TENT -- ?????
Sitting on a rough chair, the Master feeds a kneeling Cheetah person a
piece of meat. He pets the Cheetahís head absentmindedly, watching as the
others feast on a dead body nearby, thinking to himself.
MASTER (to himself)
Where are you, Doctor? Whatís your plan....?
11: EXT. ?????
The Doctor is walking along the blasted plain, with the Sarge, Ace,
Shreela, Derek and Midge in tow. He uses a small compass, looking about. They
set up watch on a high slope.
Got to stick together, lads. Thatís the way. Stealth --
thatís whatís needed here.
At the bottom of the slope, a few Cheetah people are lounging about, toying
with the remnants of a few good people.
Stealth....and surprise. (to the Doctor) You follow me, and
Iíll get us through this. Iím a hunting animal. Iíve got instinct for it.
Oh, do shut up. (consults his compass -- no wait, thatís a
minicomputer!) This planetís disintegrating. According to my calculations, the
safest place at the moment is over there.
He points toward that far-off smoke column. Only itís not so far off
anymore. Itís clearly emanating from a volcano, as if the rumbling wasnít
enough of a clue.
Yeah, but what about them?
We have to make our way through.
This disintegration -- you think weíre going to blow up?
Well, it is an old planet. A bit frayed at the edges. But
weíll be safe over there. Safe from the Cheetahs, and the Master....
Master? Whoís he?
An evil genius. One of my oldest and deadliest of enemies.
Do you know any nice people? You know, ordinary people? Not
power-crazed nutters trying to take over the galaxy?
I donít think heís trying to take over the galaxy this
So whatís all this in aid of?
Heís got some kind of mind-link. The cats, the
Um....they find things for the Cheetah People to eat.
He puts the compass/watch/computer away and gets up.
He leads the group down the slope.....
12: EXT. ????? -- ELSEWHERE.....
.... as the Master walks up another, cradling a Kitling in his arms.
Hunt him. Seek him out. Find him for me. Hurry.
He sets the Kitling down, and it slinks away. He closes his eyes, seemingly
wracked by pain.
Must keep control......I must keep control....
13: EXT. ?????
The Doctor gingerly leads the group down the slope toward the Cheetah
People. Derek slips slightly --
MIDGE (grabs his arm)
No sudden movements!
DOCTOR (holds up his hand)
They wonít bother you....unless
And with them feeding, that doesnít seem too likely. But they are well
aware of the party, and itís all Ace can do to keep the jittery Derek down.
Theyíre essentially a fun-loving species....
He kneels down and picks up a human skull.
DOCTOR (tugs at his collar)
Is it my imagination...or am I
Doctor, I think weíd better keep moving.
DOCTOR (puts the skull down)
Yes. Quietly...gently....just taking
a nice little stroll.....
The party continues across the Cheetah area, and eventually comes out into
a nice clearing.
You see? Itís all a matter of keeping your head and
allowing for the unexpected --
Flash of light --
-- and the terrified milkman running down a rock face, screaming his head
AAAHHH!!! OH GODD!!!!
He sprints through the party -- and right into the waiting arms of the
Cheetah people. A rider and a couple of walking Cheetahs watches from the top
of the face as the slaughter begins. Ace grabs a rock --
Thereís one thing more dangerous than being attacked by a
Cheetah, and that is ATTACKING a Cheetah! You do NOT know what it will do to
The Cheetahs are all around the party now -- the poor milkmanís trying to
evade them --
SARGE (fed up)
Iím not putting up with this. Iím not standing
here and getting eaten alive!!
He does what Ace tried to do a second ago -- picks up a rock and chucks it
at the rider, running at him --
MIDGE (does the same)
SARGE (chucks another rock)
YAAAHH!! COME ON THEN!! COME AND
The rider doesnít need to be asked twice. He races down the rock face at
the group. Ace breaks free of the Doctor, running to protect the milkman --
One by one, the humans are run down by the Cheetahs -- the milkman,
....and from above the fray, at the edge of a cliff, the Master and his
DOCTOR (going hoarse from the shouting)
DONíT RUN!! STAY STILL!!!
Derek is completely terrified, being batted around by two Cheetahs --
Ace runs at the rider --
Come on, then!!!
She chucks her rock, clocking the Cheetah on the head. He slips off the
ACE (runs at the horse)
Shreela wrestles one Cheetah off Derek --
The Doctor watches helplessly as the fight turns against the humans....
I TOLD YOU TO STAY STILL!!!
He nevertheless helps out, using his umbrella to trip a Cheetah up. He tips
his hat to him.
STAY STILL!! DONíT RUN!!!
Nobodyís listening to him now. The humans are taking to their heels, racing
up the rock face.....
The Doctor looks around, panicking --
14: EXT. ????? -- LAKE
Ace stops running at the side of a lake, gasping for breath.
A rider comes into view at the other side of the lake -- the same one Ace
clocked a moment ago. It slides off the ground, prostrate on the ground. It
crawls itsí way to the lake, moaning, finally collapsing at the edge of the
Ace runs across the lake, grabbing the Cheetah by the neck, turning it
Itsí eyes snap open, staring right at Ace......
15: EXT. ????? -- ELSEWHERE.....
The Doctor runs around, trying to find Ace.
He comes to a stop at some old stone ruins of some sort.
The growl of a Kitling -- the Doctor spins around --
The Master, looking at him from atop one of the ruins.
Good hunting, Doctor?
16: EXT. ?????
Meanwhile, a rider is finally catching up with Midge. The rider dismounts,
walking toward Midge. Another Cheetah comes into view. Midge braces himself --
And suddenly, the other Cheetah plows into the rider, biting and clawing
Midge canít believe his luck. But then the rumbling starts again.....
17: EXT. RUINS -- ?????
The Doctor and Master watches the volcano from the ruins as the rumbling
Theyíre fighting again in the dead valley.
18: EXT. DEAD VALLEY -- ?????
The two Cheetahs are really going at it. One finally gains the upper hand,
killing the other.....
19: EXT. RUINS -- ?????
The rumblingís continuing, getting louder.....
Itís breaking up.
This planetís alive. The animals are part of the planet.
When they fight each other, they trigger explosions. They hasten the planetís
How long before it blows up?
Not long. Theyíve been fighting a long time.
Why did you bring me here?
The Master says the last thing the Doctor ever expected to hear him say....
I need your help.
20: EXT. LAKE -- ?????
The Cheetah slowly pulls its way up, purring. It reaches out, itís arm
touching Aceís jacket....or rather, the astronaut patch on Aceís jacket.
Realizing this, she pulls it out, making it easier to touch. It looks at Ace
with a strangely intelligent stare.....a strangely human stare......
21: EXT. DEAD VALLEY -- ?????
The other Cheetahís gone now, and the wounded rider lies on the ground.
Midge finds a dead animal skull, and breaks a horn out from it. Walking slowly
over to the rider, he grips the horn like a dagger and buries it in the
22: EXT. RUINS -- ?????
Youíre trapped. You canít escape.
Just so. It seems the creatures of this world canít take
us away from this place. They can only bring us to this place.
Yes. They can only return home with their prey.
I never thought of it quite that way.
But now that weíre both trapped, what good is it to you?
Youíll find a way out, Doctor. You must.
Why should I help you?
Itís not just death weíre all facing. This
place....bewitches you. (gestures to the ruins) If we stay here, weíll be like
the people who built these. They thought they could control the planet....the
wilderness. They were the ones that bred the Kitlings. Creatures with minds
they could talk to, eyes they could see through the way I do. It only led to
their corruption. We shall become like them.....
The Masterís eyes suddenly turns glowing yellow again. He smiles, showing
off animal fangs. Cheetah fangs.
We shall become animals.
The Doctor recoils at the sight. And nearby, by the light of the red moon,
a Kitling howls.....
The Master delights in the howl. The Doctor simply shakes his head and
23: EXT. ?????
The Cheetah people lounge around, chewing at the numerous dead people
around them....another rumbling begins....
24: EXT. ????? -- ELSEWHERE....
The Sarge, Shreela, and Derek finally stop to rest some distance away from
You all right, lad, eh?
The sound of footsteps makes them look out. Midge is walking up to them,
the blood-covered horn in hand. His demeanor seems completely different
25: EXT. LAKE -- ?????
ww....waterrr.....will make me well......very fast.......
Ace stares at the talking Cheetah with wide eyes. She runs over to the
lake, scooping up some water with her cupped hands. She stares at the water --
in her hands, it seems to be glowing pink. She walks over to the Cheetah with
it. The Cheetah laps it up, nods, then drifts off to sleep. Ace is about to
pat it on the head....
DOCTOR (comes up)
What is it?
He doesnít answer. He walks slowly over to the Cheetah.....
Should we leave it, Doctor?
Theyíre extremely dangerous creatures. They could eat you.
DOCTOR (a strange, sinister tone in his voice)
say....theyíre dangerously attractive.
He looks down at the sleeping Cheetah.
I think itís the one that chased me. It killed that boy.
It could be useful to us....
ACE (runs over)
You mean it could help us get home?
Theyíre hunting animals, Ace. Weíre their prey. They bring
their prey home.
We need an animal whose home is Earth.
Better keep it alive, then.
Ace walks back over to it, kneeling by it.
It could be very dangerous for you.
Donít worry, Professor. Iím no oneís bowl of cat food.
From the look in his eyes, thatís not what he was talking about....
And from the distance, behind a bush, the Master watches.....
MASTER (to himself)
ďWhose home is Earth....Ē
26: EXT. ?????
The Sarge regroups the kids together.
Right. You just follow the Sarge, and Iíll get us all
through this. Thereís nothing I donít know about survival. Itís kill or be
killed, right? Kill or be killed.
Kill or be killed.
Good lad. Youíll come through. Weíll come through, if you
just follow the Sarge. Are you with me?
Are you all with me?
Shreela and Derek look uneasily at each other.
Well, youíd better get with me, because if weíre going to
survive we canít carry shirkers and we canít carry deadwood!
Midge glares at the other two, a very ominous look in his eyes. Derek goes
from nervous to scared.
27: EXT. ???? -- ELSEWHERE.....
Somewhere in the graveyard of dead people, the Master carves a chunk of
clothing out of a carcass. He looks up as a rumble begins, very worried
28: EXT. LAKE -- ?????
Ace absentmindedly tosses rocks into the lake, as the Doctor stays by the
rider. The rider looks up, growling at him. The Doctor gets to his feet.
Where are the others?
I donít know. Weíll have to find them, and soon.
Itís weird, Doctor. I think I like this place.....I like it.
I feel like I belong here.....
Itís just what the Doctorís expected. And dreaded.
DOCTOR (to himself, looking from Ace to the rider)
Iím a bit scared. It feels....exciting.
What do you feel?
ACE (gets up)
Like I could run forever.....I can smell things as
clear as pictures!!
She turns to face him.
Iím starving, Professor.
DEREK (from far off)
The Doctor and Ace bolt toward --
29: EXT. ?????
Where Midge is trying to run Derek through with his horn dagger -- the
Sarge trying to pull him off --
Donít be a fool!
No! Get off him!
The Doctor and Ace run up, the Doctor grabbing Midge by the shoulders and
forcing him to look into the Doctorís eyes....
Heís going to get us all killed Ďless someone sorts him
ďSorts him out?Ē
The Doctor abruptly notices a homemade necklace on Midge -- one that looks
like it was made from bones. He grabs the necklace.
Where did you get this?
I killed it.
The Doctor lets go, taking a step back. Everyone elseís jaws drop. Midge
for his part seems ecstatic.
I killed it....
Now then, son...why donít you just give me the weapon, eh?
Midge jumps up and spins around, looking for a second like heíll give the
Sarge the horn -- right through the chest. Then he runs off.
DOCTOR (starts after him)
Midge spins to face him.
DOCTOR (to Midge)
Itís not too late to go home.
Midge suddenly doubles over in pain....then straightens. His eyes have
turned yellow. He hisses at them, his teeth elongating into fangs. He turns
and races away.
Come on. Weíd better follow him.
They start after him, but someone else has seen him as well -- the Master
and his Kitling. The Master tugs at the makeshift rope heís made from the
clothing, grinning from ear to ear. He then starts after Midge himself.
The Master catches up to Midge first, using the rope as a noose to trap his
feet and yank him to the ground. He quickly ties the noose around Midgeís neck
as the Doctorís party arrives.
Go hunting. Go home.
Midge starts sniffing around, looking at the Doctorís group --
You see, Doctor, you did help me. You kept these others
alive just long enough to serve my purposes.
Only the animals of this place can leave, Doctor, because
they carry it with them.
Midge, listen to me!!
Midgeís only answer is a hiss. The Master nearly laughs.
He doesnít remember his name. (to Midge) Go home.
Midge stares at the Master. He turns to run -- flash of light --
-- and Midge and the Master are gone.
So there is a way out!
A way out? Yes. We wait for one of us to change, and then
we use them. Before they try to escape or kill us all.
Well, thereís no telling whoíll be next, is there? Just get
a grip and.....(looks hard at the staring Derek) Whatíre you looking at? Itís
him, isnít it? Heís the one!! (jumps back) You stay away from me!
In the distance, the rider on her horse.
ACE (walks a bit toward the rider)
Oh yeah! Sheís better! Doctor,
When Ace turns back to the Doctor, her eyes have turned bright yellow.....
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