Broadcast: 6 December 1989
minutes 20 seconds
1: EXT. ?????
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.....
The other humans' eyes go wide. The rider comes down from her mount.
Come hunting, sister!
Ace flashes a nasty grin.
She runs to join the rider. They run off into the prairie, laughing all the
Whoís next, eh? Whoís next?!? If I had a gun --
DOCTOR (spitting out the words)
Weíd be in even more trouble than
we are already!! (calms down) Right. Stay here. Iíll follow her.
2: EXT. ?????
Ace and the rider (Karra, according to the credits) bounds down the side of
a hill. Ace seems to be loving every second of it......
3: INT. HOUSE -- PERIVALE, ENGLAND
On a wall on a house, sits a picture of a tiger and her cub, nestled
against a tree. The camera pans down from the picture to a couch. Midge is
lying on the couch, moaning horribly. The Master kneels beside him.
The Master gets up and looks in a mirror. His eyes donít look any more
human than they did a few moments ago on the Cheetah planet.
I will be free of it....I will be free of it....
He closes his eyes tightly for a moment. Then he opens them again.
Nice and human-looking.
He looks down at Midge. Midge is still yellow-eyed and fanged, looking
pretty damn sad on that couch.
You are all animal now. Youíre so weak, your will
devoured...A stronger mind will hold on itself longer. A will as strong as
His smile slowly fades as he looks at himself in the mirror.
How much longer? (looks closer) If I have to suffer this
contamination, this humilation.....if I am to become an animal....then like an
animal, I will destroy you, Doctor. I will hunt you, trap you, and destroy
4: EXT. ?????
Ace and Karra are kneeling beside a bush. Karra is lapping up a small pond
I thought cats hated water.
Iím not a cat. Iím Karra. Iím your sister.
Ace pulls herself back a bit.
No, youíre not. Why do you keep calling me that?
Youíre like me.
You will be.
ACE (to herself)
This is good. I like feeling like this.
She looks at herself in the puddle....and notices the yellow eyes for the
first time. Her earlier joy vanishes.
Whereís the Doctor? Iíve got to get back to the Doctor.....
She seems to be fighting some internal struggle.....
Are you hungry?
Aceís anguished look is her answer. Karra gets up.
The hunt. Smell the blood on the wind. Hear the blood in
your ears. Run, run beyond the horizon and catch your hunger!!
She lets out a blood-curdling howl. Her horse suddenly appears, joined by
KARRA (mounts her horse)
Are you hungry, sister? Come hunting.
She howls again. An ugly expression forms on Aceís face. She gets up to
5: EXT. ????? -- ELSEWHERE.....
That combination pocket watch/computer/compass also seems to work as a
trail tracker. It whirrs softly as the Doctor waves it close over the ground.
He studies itsí readings, and sighs.
Ace....how far have you gone? Can you come back?
A roar -- the Doctor looks out -- and spots a Cheetah person in the brush
before him, chowing down on another luckless soul. He slowly walks off.
6: EXT. ????? -- PRAIRIE
Speaking of carcasses, Ace and Karra have just rode up to one.
Good hunting. Good.
Ace doesnít seem too sure of herself or Karra now.
You kill people. You eat people....
When Iím hungry, I hunt. When I hunt, I eat.
Would you eat me?
There is meat here.
Yeah, but if there wasnít -- would you kill me?
KARRA (a dangerous new tone in her voice)
How fast can you run,
Ha. That would be a good hunt. Are you hungry? Come
Ace smiles herself, and dismounts to join Karra at the bloody carcass. At
sheís about to reach it, the Doctor runs up --
Ace spins to face him.
Ace, come back. Come home.
Sheís in a tug of war with herself -- humanity versus Cheetah-ness. After a
long moment, the humanity wins out. The yellow light fades from her eyes, and
she runs and joins the Doctor, hugging him tightly.
Good hunting, sister.
Whatís happening to me, Doctor?
Itís all right, Ace. Weíre going home.
Karra hisses and growls as the two heroes walk away....
7: INT. HOUSE -- PERIVALE, ENGLAND
Midge is all but comatose on the couch. The Master kneels beside him again.
The yellow eyes and fangs are back on the renegade Time Lord.
Look at me. Look at me.
Midgeís eyes slowly meet his.
You have power now. We have power now.
MIDGE (lifts his head up)
You can do anything you want now. Anything.
You my hunting dog, Midge? The teeth for my trap? Trust
me, Midge. Trust me.
Trust me, Midge. Trust me.
Midge is eating right out of the Masterís hands.....
8: EXT. ?????
The Doctor and Ace rejoin the other humans on the plain.
DOCTOR (stops Ace to make her face him)
Ace, listen to me. Youíre
possessed. Itís the planet, the Cheetah people. Youíve changed.
ACE (her eyes yellow again)
Youíre powerful. Dangerous.
You can do what they do. You can carry your prey home. You
can help us escape.
ACE (hears the ďbutĒ in his voice)
But if you do that, you may never change back. Youíll
become like the Cheetah people forever.
ACE (shakes her head)
What shall I do? Tell me, Doctor....I trust
The choice is yours.
She thinks about it -- then grips the Doctorís hand. The Doctor runs to the
others, making them join hands and taking Shreelaís.
Weíre going home!
A flash of light, and theyíre gone from the Cheetah planet.
9: EXT. STREET -- PERIVALE
The group reappears on the Perivale street, right next to the good olí
I did it. I got us back! Iím all right now, arenít I?
Her eyes do seem normal now....
SHREELA (looks around)
Perivale. Weíre back. Got to get home!
She hugs Ace, then bolts down the street. The Sarge suddenly notices
Derekís hand is still in his.
SARGE (forces the hand away)
Whatís your game, then? (shakes his
head) So I had a blackout. Itís perfectly normal. Stress, overwork.....thatís
all. Iíve had medicals. You shouldíve got a doctor to me, though. Thatís the
least you couldíve done, instead of keeping me lying about in the street.
Youíre a doctor, right? You shouldíve known better.
The Doctorís amused by the Sargeís trying to forget everything. Ace is
ďThanks, Ace. Thanks, Doctor. Thanks for saving my life,
getting me back home.Ē
I donít know what you mean. What are you talking about?
DEREK (shakes the Doctorís hand)
Thanks, Ace! Thanks, Doctor!
Thanks for saving my life and getting me back home!!
He runs off into the street, laughing.
Iím late for self-defense.....
He walks away, shaking his head slowly. The Doctor takes a quick look
ACE (walks back to the TARDIS door)
Looks like everythingís back
to normal, then.
The Doctor taps the end of his umbrella on his chin thoughtfully.
Well, come on Professor! What are we hanging about for?
DOCTOR (a dark look in his eyes)
Oh, heís not still around here, is he? Dump of the universe.
DOCTOR (waves at her absentmindedly)
It was you --
Yeah yeah, who wanted to come home, I know. Listen -- (slaps
her hand on the TARDIS) this is the only home Iíve got now, right?
DOCTOR (shakes his head and hand)
No, it was you who brought us
here home. Therefore, Midge mustíve -- where does Midge live?
Oh, I donít know. He used to live in some flats over there
She points down the road. The Doctor takes off like a Dalek armyís at his
10: INT. BIKE SHOP
A rivulet of milk runs down the receiver of a phone. Itís dangling off the
hook, next to the spilled cup. Across from there, Midge is looking over a
motorbike like heís never seen one before. He then hops on another, trying it
out for size. The Master comes into view at the shopís front window.
ďJust the start, Midge. Just the start.Ē
Both grin cruelly at each other.
11: INT. MIDGEíS HOME
The Doctor looks at a portrait of Midge, pre-transformation. Ace is looking
over a pair of old vinyl records.
ACE (referring to the records)
Are they still on the go, then?
They were practically drawing their pensions when I was clubbing it.
He spots something in a mirror -- and freezes. Slowly, he turns around, and
pokes his umbrella end down at the disemboweled grey cat on the carpet. As Ace
joins him, the sound of a young girl crying reaches their ears. Ace runs over
into another room after the sound. She comes back with a little dark-haired
girl, who was hiding behind a washing machine.
ACE (kneeling over the girl)
The bad cat killed it. The bad cat the man brought --
What man? Which way did he go? Show me!
The girl leads the Doctor and Ace out of the house.
12: INT. EVE CLUB -- GYM
The teenage guys are all gathered for the Sargeís class, just shooting the
breeze and chatting. The door opens. Midge walks in, wearing sunglasses over
his Cheetah eyes and sporting a nice black suit. All eyes turn to him.
MIDGE (slowly advancing on the students)
Waiting on the Sarge?
Heís been held up. He asked me to have a little chat with you. I learned a
secret today. The secret....of success. Thought Iíd share it with you....
13: EXT. BACK OF BUILDINGS
The girl leads our heroes to the edge of a overlook and points down.
Over there....Midge and the bad cat man. Midge went away and
then he came back. Heís my big brother. Heís got funny eyes now.
Whereís your mum, Squeak?
He made her go away!
Whatís he doing it for? Why?!? Heís escaped, hasnít
he? He doesnít need to keep the Cheetahs busy. Heís safe! Whatís he still
doing it for?!?
DOCTOR (snarls the word)
ACE (puts an arm around the girl)
Her granís the next floor up.
Iíll take her....itís not just malice.
Survival. Itís what he lives for. He must hope, believe he
can find something...
To destroy me.
Youíd wipe the floor with him!
Yes, well, we are an explosive combination. One day, one
of us might blot the other one out.
He looks down at a pair of white-and-brown spotted cats, rummaging through
some trash bags.
If only I could track him down, take him by surprise
before heís ready....
Ace suddenly jerks, sags to her knees. Her eyes turn gleaming yellow again.
GIRL (brushes at Aceís hair)
Bad cat man.
14: EXT. PERIVALE -- EVE CLUB
The Master and the Kitling (in the formerís arms) look at each otherís
reflection in the window of the club. The Kitling slips out of his arms as he
approaches the window. The yellow eyes and fangs are back...
15: EXT. BACK OF BUILDINGS
Heís at the youth club!
She gets to her feet, the eyes going normal again.
Heís at the youth club!! I know he is!!
The three run back into the building --
16: INT. YOUTH CLUB -- GYM
MIDGE (continuing his little lecture)
Itís common sense, right? Itís
just the way of the world, right? Survival of the fittest. Get rid of the
deadwood, let the wasters go to the wall, and the strong will inheirit the
earth. You and me. Do you hear what Iím saying? Do you know what Iím talking
A long silence. Midge yanks off the shades, revealing the Cheetah eyes. The
students are stunned at the sight. One steps forward to speak --
The students freeze, the words of that one dying in his throat.
MASTER (appearing at the back of the gym)
You understand me?
You understand me, all right?
MASTER (approaches Midge and the students)
Youíll do anything I
Youíll do anything I say.
MASTER (joins Midgeís side, facing the students)
At that moment, the Sarge staggers in. He hasnít cleaned up from his
earlier adventure, and looks pretty skanky.
Right, lads. Sorry Iím late. Had a wee accident, but
everythingís all right now. (claps his hands) Right, come on then, letís get
things moving --
The students part, revealing the Master and Midge to the Sargeís sight. The
Sarge goes pale.
Why donít you take over now, Midge?
Midge slowly stuffs his shades in his pocket. He saunters up to the Sarge
as the students clear a path, grinning evilly......
17: EXT. PERIVALE -- ROAD
The Doctor and Ace sprint down the road toward the club --
18: INT. YOUTH CLUB -- GYM
-- but by the time they rush in, the room is empty. Except for the mangled
remains of one Sergeant Paterson.
So much for the SAS survival course.
Ace jerks again, the eyes going yellow.....
19: EXT. PERIVALE -- FIELD
Theyíre back to the wide field. Only now the only thing in sightís a
Heís chosen the time. The place. And the means.
Ace is staring off into nothing. The Doctor draws her around toward him.
Her eyes are normal again -- no, theyíre starting to turn yellow --
The eyes go normal again.
Did I go again? (the Doctor nods) I donít even feel it! I
donít even feel myself go! Doctor... will I stay like this?
Before the Doctor can answer either way, the roar of a motorcycle engine --
and a bike (ridden by Midge) leaps into view over a high hill, followed by a
pack of the hypnotized students. Ace starts at Midge, but the Doctor yanks her
back with the hook of his umbrella.
Stay out of this, Ace!
He steps forward, clearly ready to fight. The Master walks into view beside
MASTER (to Midge)
You are my hunting dog. The teeth for my trap.
The teeth to destroy.
He shoves the horn dagger into Midgeís hand. Down below, Aceís eyes have
gone feral again, and she leaps upon the bike.
Ace!! Listen to me -- LISTEN TO ME!!!
Astonishingly, he flings her off the bike with one hand.
If you fight, youíll change -- youíll change completely!!
He throws the umbrella aside and jumps on the bike himself. He cranks the
bike, as mad as weíve ever seen him. Midge does the same. Itís a jousting
Both stomp on the gas. The two bikes leap at each other -- one downhill,
Ace slowly gets up, her eyes normal again. The Doctorís not armed -- how
can he win??
The bikes get closer -- CLOSER -- COLLISION COURSE -- !!!!
The fireball boils up into the sky.
Several feet away, a burned Midge hits the ground, dazed and hurt but still
alive. The Master and the students walk up to him, and the Master kneels down
Survival of the fittest. The weak must be eliminated....so
that the healthy can flourish. (takes the shades off him) You know what to do,
Midge slowly looks away....his eyes going blank....then he sags lifelessly
to the dirt.
Meanwhile, Ace has run up to the crash site....and all she can find of the
Doctor is his hat and umbrella. She picks them up, clutching them to her......
The Master gets up, as the students crowd around him and the late Midge.
The students all walk past him.
I must not fight.....I must not fight.....
Even so, the students are coming closer, and she braces herself for a
battle she knows she canít win...in either sense of the word.....
Help me.....Help me.....Wonít SOMEBODY HELPPP MEEEE?!??!
As if on cue, a flash of light -- and Karra appears on her steed. The
startled students take a huge step back....
The chase....to hunt in the morning and live until
evening....Run out of the light, and slip into the dark. Smell the blood on
the wind. Hear your blood in your ears. Die at last, with your enemyís blood
in your mouth. WITH YOUR ENEMYíS BLOOD IN YOUR MOUTH!!!
She howls wildly, and shoves the horse into full gallop at the students.
The students panic, running away in every direction. Needless to say, the
Master is not pleased to see this.
Get off the horse.
Karra does so.
You have no power here. This is not your place. I command
here. I command you. Youíve no power over me. I can do anything I wish with
you and you can do nothing -- nothing -- to me.
Do you bleed? I can always do something to you if you
She leaps at the Master -- and impales herself on the horn dagger the
Master hid behind his back. With a weak yowl, she sinks to the ground.
The Master watches Karra expire at his feet, chuckling. He looks over at
Ace, the last one standing....nah, sheís not worth it. He walks away, tossing
the dagger aside. He trots over the hill, up to a couch, a couple of carts,
and some trash bags.
The very place the Doctor crash-landed into after the bike explosion.
He walks on out of view, laughing.
A moment later, the Doctor painfully pulls himself up.
Oh, very good. Very amusing.
He staggers toward the hill crest.
On the other side --
She runs to the fallen warriorís side, turns her over --
And strangely, Karra doesnít look like herself. She looks like a young,
auburn haired Earth woman. Gravely wounded as she is, she still finds the
strength to smile at Ace.
I--I can hunt in the dark.
ACE (her voice shaking)
Iíll get you something....Iíll make you
i can run....into the dark....run forever....
just wait....iíll get you something....
good hunting, sister.....
The life drains out of her. And the spirit out of Ace.
20: EXT. PERIVALE -- STREET
Having beaten his worst enemy, the Master thinks it only fair to take
possession of his property -- namely, the TARDIS. Heís in the process of
trying to jimmy the lock with a tool. The Doctor appears next to him.
The tool falls out of the Masterís hands, clattering to the floor.
Yes. Wouldíve been too easy....seems we must always meet
They do say opposites attract.
But this is the end, Doctor.
His yellow eyes and fangs are back.
You see it -- itís a power. A power from that planet. Itís
growing within me. Are you frightened yet?
You should be. You should be -- it nearly beat me. Such a
simple, brutal power. Just the power of tooth and claw. It nearly destroyed
me, a Time Lord. But I won. I control that force, Doctor. And now at last, I
have the power to destroy you....
The Master grabs at the Doctorís shoulder, shoving him back -- flash of
21: EXT. CHEETAH PLANET
The planetís in the last throes of destruction. The whole place is a
burning, shaking hell. And the Masterís got the Doctor on the ground,
throttling him, trying to force the life out of him. He seizes up a bone club.
Welcome to my new home, Doctor!
He tries to bring the bone down on the Doctorís head -- the Doctor blocks
the blow, gripping the Masterís wrist -- squeezing at both wrists -- the
Master growls in pain -- the Doctor forces him over, gets atop him -- snatches
up a boulder, raises it over his head, ready to dash his lifelong enemiesís
brains out -- HIS EYES HAVE TURNED YELLOW --
He freezes. Several feet away, the massed Cheetah people watch. Wait.
And slowly fade away into nothingness.
Theyíve gone....what am I doing?!? Iíve got to
stop....weíve got to go.....
He throws the boulder away, shaking.
You canít go. Not this time.
YES WE CAN!!!
Escape to what?!? I donít choose to live as an animal.
DOCTOR (points at the volcanic plains beyond)
If we fight, weíll
destroy this planet!! Weíll destroy ourselves!!
The Masterís hand suddenly clamps like a vise around the Doctorís neck.
You should have killed me, Doctor.
The planetís shaking worse than ever, fire rising into the sky -- the end
is only seconds away -- the Master raises the bone club up --
IF WE FIGHT LIKE ANIMALS, WEíLL DIE LIKE ANIMALS!!!!
The club comes down --
FLASH OF LIGHT --
22: EXT. PERIVALE -- STREET
-- and the Doctorís suddenly back where he was, eyes clenched shut, on his
knees, in front of the TARDIS.
IF WE FIGHT LIKE ANIMALS, WEíLL DIE LIKE ANIMALS!!!!
Only then does he belatedly realize heís back on Earth. His part-time
Itís a beautiful day. Birds are chirping. The sky is sunny. The perfect day
for washing your car.
A blond woman walks up to the Doctor.....
Díyou hear that racket? Did you hear it? Flipping cat
fights all hours of the day.
I think youíll find things quieting down now.
So you say. Flipping cats....itís the owners I blame.
They want the pet, right? They want the animal, but do they keep it under
DOCTOR (with a wise smile)
Well, we try.
So you say.
The woman walks off, leaving the Doctor smirking in her wake.
23: EXT. PERIVALE -- FIELD
A tear-covered Ace remains kneeled beside the late Karra. Her fingers curl
around Karraís necklace. A necklace with a piece of bone set into it.
FLASH OF LIGHT --
And another Cheetah appears on a horse. What the -- ?!?
Ace runs aside. Here we go again --
But the Cheetah person doesnít gallop at Ace. Instead, he trots toward
Karra -- another flash of light --
-- and both he and Karra are gone.
Quiet, Ace wipes away her tears, putting the Doctorís hat on her head. From
behind her, the Doctor walks up.
Mine, I believe.
He plucks the hat off her head and puts it on. Aceís lips twist into a wry
smile. He also takes the umbrella off her.
Where have they gone?
Theyíve been taken back to the wilderness. The place is
different...but the hunt goes on. You know all about the hunt, donít you Ace?
Felt like I could run forever...like I could smell the wind
and feel the grass under my feet. Run forever.....
The planetís gone. But lives on inside you. It always
A feeling of peace comes over Ace.
Good. (a pause) And the Master?
Ace gets up.
The Doctor grins.
Yes. The TARDIS.
The Doctor puts his arm around Ace. They walk off together, into the
future. Into the sunset.
The end has come. 26 years of television history has come down to this. The
final walk into the sunset. A wistful version of the Doctor Who theme plays,
as we hear the Doctorís voice one last time.....
ďThere are worlds out there where the sky is burning. And the seaís asleep,
and the rivers dream. People made of smoke, and cities made of song.
Somewhere, thereís danger. Somewhere, thereís injustice.
ďAnd somewhere else, the teaís getting cold! Come on, Ace -- weíve got work
(Cue DW Theme)
(End credits play over spinning galaxy)
Theme music composed by
Assistant Floor Managers
Visual Effects Designer
© BBC MCMLXXXIX
Fade out. So long, farewell, and Amen.......
Move on to the Next
(Dimensions in Time)