(A spaceship carefully navigates an extremely
dense asteroid field, and comes safely through to the other side. On
the bridge, two crewmen in spacesuits, but without helmets, are dozing
whilst the third is at the controls on an upper level by the forward
MEEKER: Going to manual.
SILVEY: What for?
MEEKER: Why not? If we're going to be slammed around, I'd sooner do it
SILVEY: It's still telling you what to do.
MEEKER: Yes, but at least I'm doing it.
(The ship jerks sideways.)
SILVEY: Come on, Meeker.
(An alarm sounds.)
SAFRAN: You're off course.
MEEKER: Yes, sorry, skipper.
SAFRAN: Put it back on automatic, please.
(Meeker turns off the alarm and presses a lot of buttons.)
MEEKER: Eh? I can't!
(Safran goes to a computer panel.)
SAFRAN: Titan shuttle captain. New course for Titan, please.
(He goes up to Meeker.)
SAFRAN: All right, Meeker, that is enough.
SAFRAN: Off watch. Please.
(Meeker gives up his seat to Safran and goes down to sit with Silvey.)
MEEKER: Look, I qualified for exploration eight years ago, and what am
I? Glorified garage attendant on some planetary filling station.
SILVEY: Your turn'll come. You'll be glad enough of refuel bases then.
MEEKER: All I'm saying is that I want a real
SAFRAN: Not now, Meeker.
COMPUTER: Unidentified organism. Changing course to avoid.
(The spaceship is surrounded by a gaseous neuron-shaped Thing which
fires electricity at it.)
SAFRAN: What was all that about? There's nothing there. Titan shuttle
captain. Report please.
NUCLEUS [OC]: Contact has been made.
(Rejoice, everyone! Leela is back in her leather
loincloth, and currently carrying the coat stand back into a proper
shiny, metallic console room. No more wooden claustrophobia.)
LEELA: We've never been in here before.
DOCTOR: You've never been in here before.
LEELA: What is it?
DOCTOR: Number two control room has been closed for redecoration. I
don't like the colour.
LEELA: White isn't a colour.
DOCTOR: That's the trouble with computers. Always think in black and
white. No aquamarines, no blues, no imagination.
(The time rotor stops.)
LEELA: Have we stopped?
DOCTOR: No, we haven't stopped.
(The viewscreen opens.)
LEELA: Have we materialised?
DOCTOR: Solar system, between Jupiter and Saturn. About five thousand
AD. Five thousand AD? We're still in the time of your ancestors.
DOCTOR: Yes. That was the year of the great breakout.
LEELA: The great what?
DOCTOR: Mmm. When your forefathers went leapfrogging across the solar
system on their way to the stars. Asteroid belt's probably teeming with
them now. New frontiersmen, pioneers waiting to spread across the
galaxy like a tidal wave. Or a disease.
LEELA: Why disease? I thought you liked humanity?
DOCTOR: Oh, I do, I do. Some of my best friends are humans. When they
get together in great numbers, other lifeforms sometimes suffer.
(The spacecraft lands at a spaceport and is taken
underground on a massive lift. It's cargo doors are open to reveal two
large circular containers. As the ship is transported along a tunnel,
the crew put on their helmets and prepare to disembark.)
COMPUTER: Docking. Docking. Contact. All locked.
(The three men take hand weapons from a rack and enter the airlock.)
(They leave the airlock and walk through the
rock-cut corridors, still with helmets on and visors down.)
MAN [OC]: Hey, are we glad to see you. Welcome to Titan. You're welcome
to it. We're in the mess. Come on down.
(Three men are sharing food and a couple of
bottles of drink.)
MAN: Come on in. Join the party. Our last supper on Titan. Well, come
on. Get your gear off and relax. You're going to be here for
(The three spacemen draw their weapons.)
MAN: Hey, what kind of a joke is
(The spacemen shoot them. Safran walks over to check the bodies. He
raises his visor to reveal a strange scaly substance growing over the
skin around his eyes.)
SAFRAN: There is one other. The station supervisor. We must find him,
(Silvey and Meeker raise their visors. They have the same affliction.)
SAFRAN: Then we can make this the ideal place in which to breed and
LOWE: Shuttle relief crew. Shuttle relief crew.
Come in, please. Shuttle relief crew, this is Supervisor Lowe. Please
report. Relief crew, this is the supervisor. Where are you?
(He puts down his mug and switches on a small monitor. It shows the
dead men in the mess.)
LOWE: My God, what's happened? Hello? Hello?
(He activates a second monitor, which shows Safran.)
LOWE: What is it? What's gone wrong?
SAFRAN: Wrong? There is nothing wrong. This is most suitable for our
purpose. What, what purpose? Safran. Safran, is that you? What has
SAFRAN: Who is this Safran?
(Lowe hits an emergency broadcast button.)
LOWE: Mayday! Mayday! Mayday! This is Titan Base. Mayday! Mayday!
(He sounds the general alarm, locks the door and grabs a helmet from a
shelf before heading for the emergency exit - labelled Imurjinsee
Egsit. Silvey and Meeker arrive outside and start cutting into the room
but they are too late. Safran enters after them.)
MEEKER: The supervisor has escaped.
SAFRAN: Leave him. Let him suffocate.
(Safran turns off the distress alarm.)
(Leela is learning to write her name on a
blackboard. She is left-handed.)
DOCTOR: As soon as I've reset these coordinates, we'll go somewhere
LOWE [OC]: Mayday! Mayday! Mayday! This is Titan Base. Mayday! Mayday!
LEELA: What was that?
DOCTOR: Distress call. From Titan. That message took half an hour to
LEELA: Is Titan really interesting?
DOCTOR: What does that matter? What's important is that someone needs
help. Quadrant six two. WHI1212. 9990EX41.
(Leela is holding on tightly to the end of his scarf.)
DOCTOR: What's the matter?
LEELA: I'm troubled.
DOCTOR: About what?
LEELA: I can feel something.
SAFRAN [OC]: Titan. This is Titan Base. All vessels, repeat, all
vessels disregard mayday. I say again, disregard mayday. All under
DOCTOR: There we are.
SAFRAN [OC]: Our apologies. Our apologies.
LEELA: That's it!
DOCTOR: That's what?
LEELA: That's something evil.
SAFRAN [OC]: Titan Base out.
LEELA: It was not a human speaking.
DOCTOR: It wasn't?
(The Tardis is passing through the same electro-phenomenon as the
shuttle did earlier. A small component on the console explodes and the
Doctor is briefly surrounded by a purple glow.)
LEELA: What was that?
DOCTOR: Static. Nothing important.
LEELA: There was a sort of glow all around you.
DOCTOR: There was? Oh. Well, a kind of Saint Elmo's fire. It happens at
LEELA: Saint Elmo's?
DOCTOR: Yes, it causes a sort of halo effect round the masts of ships.
DOCTOR: Why do you keep repeating everything I say? You're not a
parrot, are you?
DOCTOR: Yes. A parrot's a bird that repeats things. Move over.
LEELA: (deep) Move over.
DOCTOR: That's it.
(Bang! from inside the console.)
LEELA: I thought you said there was nothing wrong.
DOCTOR: Well, there isn't anything wrong. Well, there isn't anything
important wrong, but I've got to check it, haven't I?
LEELA: I can still feel it.
DOCTOR: Come on, old thing. Come on.
(Tendrils of energy leave the console and enter the Doctor's eyes. He
NUCLEUS [OC]: Contact has been made.
(The Doctor collapses.)
(Safran points to a map of the base.)
SAFRAN: Incubation will start here.
NUCLEUS [OC]: Contact has been made. The nucleus has found a host.
Prepare for his coming.
(The Tardis materialises by the airlock, inside the base. A suited
figure watches though a window.)
(Leela is also zapped by the nucleus.)
LEELA: Doctor, wake up. We've landed. We've materialised.
(The three spacemen approach the Tardis.)
SAFRAN: There is one other with the host. She has been rejected. We
must destroy her and dispose of her body with the rest. Take up your
(The Doctor wakes.)
DOCTOR: Hello, Lalee.
LEELA: Are you all right?
DOCTOR: Rightly perfect, thank you yet, Lalee.
LEELA: What did you say?
DOCTOR: I said, I'm perfectly all right, thank you, Lalee.
LEELA: My name is Leela.
DOCTOR: Hmm? I know your name. Leela.
LEELA: What happened?
DOCTOR: Must have had a bot of a shik.
DOCTOR: A bot of a shik.
LEELA: Doctor, what is it? What's the matter?
DOCTOR: There's a voice or something in my head.
LEELA: The evil thing.
DOCTOR: Nonsense. Just a nasty turn. Come on, we're on Titan. Let's
take a look.
(The Doctor opens the doors, then walks straight into one.)
DOCTOR: That was odd.
LEELA: Doctor, don't go out.
(Leela closes the doors.)
LEELA: It's out there. Evil!
(Meanwhile, Lowe goes back into the Base and grabs a weapon.)
DOCTOR: We must go. We've had a mayday.
LEELA: No. I can feel it is wrong.
DOCTOR: What, intuition?
LEELA: I don't care what you call it, Doctor. I knew. I knew before
that. Before you were affected.
DOCTOR: What are you talking about, affected?
LEELA: Well, before you were knocked out.
DOCTOR: Leela, listen to me. I'm perfectly all right. Move over.
LOWE: Drop your weapons. I'm arresting you. All of
(The three spacemen spin round. Lowe kills Silvey then runs. He hides
behind a door labelled Kryogenics Sexshun. Safran and Meeker follow
SAFRAN: Close the door. Turn off the oxygen supply.
(The Doctor briefly looks out of the Tardis, goes back inside then
comes out again a few moments later. Leela follows slowly, knife
DOCTOR: Nobody around. Not a soul.
(The Doctor sounds a duck call.)
DOCTOR: Anyone home?
LEELA: Doctor, look.
(They go to Silvey's body.)
DOCTOR: Disregard mayday. He said disregard mayday. Why?
LEELA: It is still warm.
DOCTOR: Don't be gruesome.
LEELA: I am a hunter.
DOCTOR: You're a savage.
LEELA: Perhaps. I'm not ashamed of what I am and I tell you, Doctor, I
can smell danger.
DOCTOR: What did you say?
LEELA: I said, I can smell danger.
DOCTOR: Evil again?
LEELA: Everywhere. In this place.
DOCTOR: We'd better find it before it finds us.
DOCTOR: Stay here.
LEELA: I'm no coward.
(The Doctor moves off. Leela runs in another direction. The Doctor
returns, walking backwards.)
DOCTOR: Now listen, whatever happens.
(He realises she has already gone, and leaves.)
SAFRAN: Set temperature and humidity rate for
optimum breeding conditions.
MEEKER: Set temperature and humidity rate for optimum breeding
(The Doctor enters.)
DOCTOR: Excuse me, you don't know me. Let me introduce myself.
SAFRAN: There is no need. We are preparing the hives now.
DOCTOR: People call me the D. Hives?
SAFRAN: For the nucleus which you carry within you.
DOCTOR: Are you all right? I answered your mayday.
(Safran and Meeker turn, and the Doctor sees the silver growths on
their faces. He backs away a little.)
SAFRAN: You answered the call?
DOCTOR: That's right, that's right. Has someone been hurt?
SAFRAN: It is of no consequence. The physical envelope is of no
MEEKER: Of no importance.
DOCTOR: What do you mean, of no importance? I just found a dead body
(Energy passes between Meeker and the Doctor.)
MEEKER: Now that you have arrived.
DOCTOR: I have arrived.
SAFRAN: All that matters is that the reject should be destroyed.
DOCTOR: Reject should be destroyed.
SAFRAN: And breeding begin.
DOCTOR: And breeding from my nucleus begin.
(Leela finds the Kryogenics door and opens it. Lowe topples out,
covered in ice. She drags him away. Meanwhile, Safran gives the Doctor
DOCTOR: Leela the reject will not suspect me.
SAFRAN: One of us will follow.
DOCTOR: That is not necessary.
SAFRAN: The nucleus within you must not be harmed.
MEEKER: Must not be harmed.
DOCTOR: Very well.
(The Doctor and Meeker leave.)
(Leela gives the recovering Lowe a hot drink.)
LOWE: Who are you?
LEELA: We answered your mayday.
LOWE: They tried to kill me. The relief crew. They're insane. They've
already killed these poor devils.
LEELA: But why? Are they your enemies?
LOWE: No. I know them. At least, I thought I did. But they've changed.
LEELA: How changed?
LOWE: Their eyes, their manner, their whole behaviour is different. One
of them said something.
LOWE: Their purpose. This place will be suitable for our purpose. For
our purpose, whatever that is.
LEELA: The Doctor will know. He'll be here soon.
DOCTOR: Leela? Leela, where are you?
LEELA: That's him. That's the Doctor.
LOWE: No, wait. It could be a trap, if they've caught him.
LEELA: What are we going to do?
(Leela stands beside the door and Lowe picks up his weapon.)
DOCTOR [OC]: Don't worry, Leela, it's only me. Listen to me, Leela.
There's nothing wrong with this place. It's most suitable. It's a good
place. A good place.
DOCTOR: Come on, Leela. I'm waiting. Please leave
me. Please. I can't do it. I can't do it.
MEEKER: Think of the purpose. She is a reject. She must die.
DOCTOR: I can't.
MEEKER: Think of the purpose!
DOCTOR: I can't.
MEEKER: The purpose is all important!
(Lowe knocks over a plant.)
DOCTOR: The reject is here.
(They walk to the Mess door.)
MEEKER: Stay. The nucleus does not wish to be harmed. I shall destroy
DOCTOR: Yes. Kill her. Kill her.
(Meeker enters and shoots the gun out of Lowe's
hand. Leela throws her knife into his back. Meeker falls over a chair.
Leela grabs her knife back and runs out, also carrying a gun.)
LOWE: Meeker, this purpose, what is it?
(Energy transfers from Meeker to Lowe, then he dies. Lowe runs after
LOWE: Leave it to me. I know this place.
(Lowe runs off. The Doctor comes up behind Leela, holding a gun in his
very hairy hand.)
NUCLEUS [OC]: Destroy. The reject must be
destroyed. Kill. Kill.
DOCTOR [OC]: I can't. I won't.
NUCLEUS [OC]: You must.
(She turns and sees the gun.)
DOCTOR: Leela, I can't stop it.
(Leela ducks as he fires.)
DOCTOR: Got to fight it. Got to fight it.
(The Doctor curls up into a ball.)
LEELA: Doctor, what's wrong?
(He lets go of the gun, and the long silver hairs on his hand
LEELA: Doctor, what was all that?
DOCTOR: I'm fighting for my mind. Whatever it was that attacked Safran
and the others is also affecting me.
LEELA: Why not me?
DOCTOR: Perhaps because. Oh! I can feel it gathering strength to attack
LEELA: The evil one?
DOCTOR: Some kind of organism that attacks the mind, the intelligence.
It's trying to take me over, Leela. It's trying to change me.
LEELA: No, Doctor, please.
DOCTOR: I need help. I must withdraw into myself, save strength.
(The Doctor becomes very still.)
LEELA: Why not me?
[Titan base airlock]
(Safran has just pressed the button when Lowe
comes round the corner. Safran draws his gun.)
LOWE: No, wait. Contact has been made.
(Lowe has the silver scales around his eyes.)
LOWE: We are one, Safran.
SAFRAN: Then why pursue me?
LOWE: For the purpose. The Doctor has not yet succumbed to the power of
the Nucleus. You will prepare the tanks for incubation. They do not
suspect me yet. I will stay with them to guard the Nucleus and to
destroy the reject.
(Leela is running along the corridor. Lowe snatches a pair of goggles
from Safran and puts them on.)
LOWE: Give me those. Get down!
LEELA: Did you get him?
LOWE: Yes, but he almost got me. My eyes caught a flash from his
LEELA: Come with me. The Doctor's ill, very ill. He told me to get
LOWE: But there are no facilities here.
LEELA: Well, where, then?
(Lowe and Leela leave, and Safran gets up again.)
(The Doctor is still sitting very still. The
Nucleus speaks inside Lowe's head.)
NUCLEUS [OC]: You must protect the host.
LOWE: The nearest place is the Centre for Alien Biomorphology. But
that's in the asteroid belt.
LEELA: We'll take the Tardis. Doctor, we're taking you somewhere to get
help, but we need the Tardis. Now, where are we going?
LOWE: The Bi-Al Foundation, asteroid K four zero six seven.
LEELA: What are the coordinates? Doctor, what are the coordinates?
DOCTOR: Vector one nine, quadrant three. Seven four three.
LEELA: Seven four three.
(They help him up.)
DOCTOR: Eight zero zero.
(The asteroid has been completely hollowed out,
and has lots of groups of windows in its surface. There is also a Red
Cross logo, a tall antenna and a space ambulance on a landing pad.
Inside, a patient swathed in gold foil has been strapped to a gurney
and is being wheeled away down a corridor on level 2X. It is the
Doctor. He is put inside a frosted compartment in the wall, the
attendant presses a button and leaves. At the reception desk, Leela is
checking him in. The Tardis is neatly parked nearby, next to a potted
WOMAN: Patient's name?
LEELA: Er, just the Doctor.
WOMAN: Place of origin?
LEELA: Oh, I expect so.
WOMAN: Thank you, that's all we need for now.
LEELA: But where is he?
WOMAN: Level X4, Isolation, being datalysed.
LEELA: Being what?
WOMAN: Datalysed. Treatment is already underway. Are you next of kin?
LEELA: Oh, no. Er, yes. I don't know. I expect so.
(Lowe enters, wearing the goggles of course.)
LOWE: Where's the Doctor?
LEELA: They've taken him away to level X4.
WOMAN: Isolation. What's your trouble?
LOWE: Blaster flash. Accident.
WOMAN: Eye section straight through. They'll deal with you there.
LOWE: (to Leela) I'll find you later.
LEELA: Can I be with the Doctor?
WOMAN: Not until Professor Marius has had a chance to examine him.
WOMAN: He's our specialist in extraterrestrial pathological
WOMAN: Wait over there, please.
(A wild-haired man takes a paper readout from a
mobile computer built in the shape of a dog, and turns to his
assistant. He speaks with a teutonic accent.)
MARIUS: Blithering idiots, the pair of you. This man is in a
self-induced coma. There's absolutely nothing wrong with the fellow.
Oh, look at him.
(The Doctor is lying on the examination table.)
MARIUS: He's probably one of those good-for-nothing spaceniks. Now, why
have I been sent for? Tell me that. Why? Complete and utter waste of
(The dog-computer is producing another printout from its 'muzzle'.)
PARSONS: Excuse me, sir.
MARIUS: What, what, what, what, what?
PARSONS: K9 indicates that the, the patient is not a member of the
PARSONS: Well, see for yourself. Look, two hearts. Symbiotic,
self-renewing cell structure.
MARIUS: Is this right, K9?
K9: (for it is he) Affirmative, master.
MARIUS: Is he now. Point of origin?
K9: Beyond the solar system.
MARIUS: Thank you, K9.
MARIUS: Nurse, let's get an encephalograph out on him, hmm?
(The Doctor is slid underneath a scanning device. K9 beeps.)
MARIUS: Well, well, what is it?
K9: Unidentified viral type infection with noetic characteristics, at
present seated in the mind-brain interface and therefore having no
ascertainable mass or structure, master.
MARIUS: Interesting. Most interesting. It isn't every night that we
come up with a brand new infection, is it, Parsons?
PARSONS: No, sir.
(The Doctor sits up.)
MARIUS: Good evening.
DOCTOR: Find anything?
MARIUS: Not yet, my boy, but we will, we will.
(Marius lies the Doctor back down again. An image of the Doctor's head
comes up on the scanner.)
MARIUS: Ah, Doctor, I see.
DOCTOR: Yes. What have you found?
MARIUS: Cataleptic trance?
MARIUS: Ha. Why?
DOCTOR: Self-preservation. Whatever it is I'm suffering from seems to
thrive on intellectual activity.
MARIUS: Oh, I see. You mean that the harder you think, the more of a
grip it seems to take?
DOCTOR: Yes. Non-thinking is the only way to shake it off, but I can't
stay mindless for eternity, can I.
MARIUS: Oh, no, I take your point, I take your point. Now my computer
DOCTOR: Ah. Hello.
DOCTOR: How are you?
MARIUS: Well, he seems to think that it's noetic in character, that
means it's only detectable during consciousness.
DOCTOR: I know what noetic means.
MARIUS: I'm sorry.
DOCTOR: Mind-brain interface.
MARIUS: Well, if it exists.
DOCTOR: But of course. How stupid. That's why it attacked the Tardis
computer first. It was showing the greatest amount of mental activity.
I was just idling, so to speak.
MARIUS: When was this?
DOCTOR: When we were first attacked. We were on our way to Titan. I
assumed it was just a static build-up. Then when I checked the
computer, it jumped into my mind, and that explains why Leela was
DOCTOR: Why Leela was unaffected. Have you met Leela?
DOCTOR: She's all instinct and intuition.
DOCTOR: That's why the virus rejected her. Of course. I begin to see it
MARIUS: Well, it's possible, it's possible. Was anyone else exposed to
DOCTOR: Yes. The entire crew on Titan. Well, one exception. The
supervisor, man called Lowe.
K9: Supervisor Lowe has been seen in the eye section.
MARIUS: Are you sure?
(The Doctor goes back into his coma.)
MARIUS: Are you sure that he was the, oh. Oh dear, he's gone again. I
want him kept under constant observation. See to it, K9. Full
K9: Affirmative, master.
MARIUS: Now let's see if we can find this chap Lowe, just in case he's
a carrier. Come along, Parsons.
PARSONS: Coming, sir.
(Lowe is reclining on a couch, wearing the
goggles, when the Ophthalmologist enters.)
OPHTHAL: How did this happen?
LOWE: Accident, on Titan.
OPHTHAL: Accident? What sort of accident? Well, let's have a look at
(Lowe removes the goggles, turns his head, and the energy jumps to the
OPHTHAL: Contact has been made.
(On level 4X, Leela reads the sign, then makes her
way carefully along the corridor with a gun ready. She pauses outside a
door labelled Isolayshun Ward. Inside are the Doctor and K9. Leela
K9: Negative, negative, negative. No entry. No entry.
LEELA: Look, whatever you are, I
K9: I am K9 and I am warning you.
LEELA: Look, I came to see the Doctor. I arrived with him.
(She points her gun at K9.)
K9: I too have offensive capability. You have been warned. Retreat.
Retreat. Patient in total isolation. Contagion risk. Retreat. Retreat.
(Marius enters and pushes Leela's gun down.)
MARIUS: Who are you?
LEELA: I am Leela.
MARIUS: Ah, yes, of course. The Doctor's aide.
LEELA: I think so.
MARIUS: K9, memorise. Friend.
K9: Memorised. Friend.
LEELA: Is that tin thing something to do with you?
MARIUS: That tin thing is my best friend and constant companion. He's a
computer. You see, on Earth, I always used to have a dog. But up here,
the weight penalty, well, it's just not possible. So I had K9 made up.
He's very useful. He's my own personal data bank. He knows everything
that I do, don't you, K9?
K9: Affirmative, and more, master.
MARIUS: I'm afraid there's not much I can tell you about the Doctor,
yet. You know, I should like to have you scanned and datalysed, just to
see why you're immune. You see, if we can isolate that factor, we can
inoculate against it. You get it?
MARIUS: Yes, perhaps it is a matter of intelligence.
MARIUS: Right. Well, what about this Lowe chap?
PARSONS: He was in the eye section, sir, but now he's disappeared. And
(The Ophthalmologist is wheeling Lowe along on a
gurney. He has grown the silver scales now. Two men enter the corridor
and walk ahead of them.)
LOWE: Who are they?
OPHTHAL: Doctors. Cruikshank and Hedges.
LOWE: Get them here.
OPHTHAL: Cruikshank? Hedges? Interesting case here. Come and have a
(The Ophthalmologist keeps his back towards the doctors as they
approach. Lowe shields his eyes.)
HEDGES: What is it?
(The Ophthalmologist and Lowe zap the doctors.)
HEDGES: (or Cruikshank) Contact has been made.
CRUIKSHANK: (or Hedges) Contact has been made.
LOWE: A place has been found, most suitable for our purpose. Titan is
being prepared as a hive. Meanwhile, our duty here is twofold. To guard
the Nucleus, which is in the mind of one called Doctor, and to make
contact with the best minds. When we leave for incubation on Titan, all
rejects will be destroyed.
OPHTHAL: Do you understand?
HEDGES: (or Cruikshank) We understand.
CRUIKSHANK: (or Hedges) Contact must be made.
LOWE: For the purpose.
(They all walk off.)
(Leela is going under the scanner.)
MARIUS: Virus contamination would seem to be instant and total. If
there's anything unique in her metabolism, the scan will detect it.
K9: Negative on immunity, master.
MARIUS: There must be something!
PARSONS: What if there isn't?
MARIUS: But he's our only guinea pig. He's the only one with any
resistance to it. I can't allow him to be taken over like those poor
devils on Titan. No, if there's no immunity factor in Leela, I will
just have to operate.
(A short time later, the Doctor is back under the scanner.)
MARIUS: No anaesthetics, but keep them handy. K9, monitor the brain. If
he shows signs of emerging from the coma, warn me immediately.
Otherwise the shock might kill him.
K9: Affirmative, master.
NUCLEUS [OC]: Lowe. Lowe, I am endangered. The
host is threatened.
LOWE: We must act before it is destroyed.
(Meanwhile, another space shuttle is being
attacked by the Thing.)
WOMAN [on screen]: Emergency, all stations. All stations, emergency.
Shuttle approach on collision course, out of control. All medical
personnel stand by. Emergency, emergency.
MARIUS: Now? Why now?
PARSONS: We'll have to go, sir.
MARIUS: Yes, yes, I know we have to go. K9, stay in charge. You stay
with him. No one is to come into contact. Have you got that? No one.
LEELA: All right.
MARIUS: Come along, Parsons!
PARSONS: Coming, sir.
(The zapped shuttle crashes into the asteroid. The impact makes the
Doctor roll off the examination couch. That gets him out of his coma.
He climbs back on and curls up. The alarm blares.)
DOCTOR: What was that?
LEELA: There's been a crash. A shuttle. They've gone to help.
K9: On level below. This level now completely cut off.
(On the crash level, X3, Marius, Parsons and his nurse are helping
OPHTHAL: That way is blocked.
LOWE: We have to get to level X4. There must be other ways.
HEDGES: The service shaft here.
CRUIKSHANK: It will take longer.
LOWE: Then hurry.
(They all climb into the frosted wall compartment.)
WOMAN [on screen]: All available personnel to X3,
to X3 accident zone.
DOCTOR: I don't think that was an accident.
DOCTOR: It must be something to do with whatever's in my head. (to K9)
Can I have a word with you? (to Leela) Where are you going?
LEELA: I think I'm needed elsewhere.
(Leela leaves, gun ready.)
DOCTOR: K9. Cloning techniques. Give me a rundown, state of the art so
K9: Cloning. Cloning is replication, making a copy of an individual
from a single cell of that individual. Clones. Clones retain
characteristics of original organism.
DOCTOR: Go on, go on.
K9: Successful experiments first carried out in the year thirty nine
DOCTOR: Thirty nine twenty two. Oh good.
(The body has silver scales around the eyes.)
MARIUS: If these two unfortunates have contracted the virus, we must
assume that they all have. But if we attempt treatment, the disease
will spread like wildfire and wipe out the entire Foundation. Everybody
back. Clear the area. Get everybody out of here. I want the whole
section cryogenically cocooned until we find out more about the nature
of this virus. Get out the helium pumps.
MAN: Yes, sir.
MARIUS: Parsons, come with me.
(Leela fires at the bad guys as they climb out of
the service shaft.)
LOWE: Destroy her! That's the reject!
LEELA: Reject yourself.
DOCTOR: Hurry, K9, hurry.
K9: At present, cloning procedure is possible, but unreliable.
(Marius joins Leela, hiding behind a column.)
LEELA: It's Lowe. He's got the disease. Get inside quick. I'll cover
(Leela advances one column as Marius, Parsons and the nurse make a dash
K9: Replicants do not maintain their existence for
long because of possible unsolved psychic stress problems.
DOCTOR: How long? How long?
K9: Longest recorded clone life, ten mi
MARIUS: Ten minutes, fifty five seconds.
DOCTOR: Professor Marius, could you clone me?
MARIUS: Certainly. The Kilbracken technique is very simple. But it's a
circus trick. It's of no medical value.
DOCTOR: Could you clone me now?
DOCTOR: Yes. Because if you don't clone me now and the virus gets to
me, it'll take the whole centre with it.
(Outside, Leela throws her knife behind her. Lowe sends Cruikshank and
Hedges the wrong way and she rolls head over heels into the isolation
LEELA: Can't hold them off any more. Out of ammunition.
MARIUS: Ka lay lee! K9: Affirmative.
(K9 leaves, nozzle sticking out of his muzzle.)
LEELA: What does that mean?
(Sounds of gunfire outside.)
MARIUS: He knows.
LOWE: We'll never get through this way. Is there a
OPHTHAL: In my office.
DOCTOR: Hurry, Marius. Hurry.
MARIUS: Now, you must realise, Doctor, this is not in any real sense a
clone, but a short-lived carbon-based imprint. A sort of three
DOCTOR: Leela. I shall need Leela.
MARIUS: Leela? Why? Why Leela?
LEELA: What does he mean, he needs me?
MARIUS: Ah, it must be because you are immune. I think he wants you
cloned as well.
LEELA: But what will happen to me? The real me?
MARIUS: Nothing. Nothing at all.
LEELA: But you said it was just short-lived.
MARIUS: Oh, yes. A permanent clonal copy is theoretically possible, but
it would take years to achieve because of the experiental gap. Now, you
see, in this way, we manage to transfer both heredity and experience,
but the transfer is unstable.
MARIUS: Well, it means that your photocopy twin will deteriorate and
expire after a maximum life of ten or eleven minutes.
LEELA: Oh, well, in that case, if you do not mind, I will not stay to
MARIUS: Just as you wish.
LEELA: Oh, Professor?
MARIUS: Yes? Now what?
LEELA: If you need me, I shall be with K9.
MARIUS: Yes, yes, yes, yes.
(Leela leaves. The Doctor's skin is covered in silver hairs. Marius
places Petri dishes containing the sample cells into a cubicle. There
are a series of flashes, and figures of the normal Doctor and Leela
appear. They walk out.)
MARIUS: Doctor, where are you going? Where are you going?
DOCTOR 2: Just you trust me, Professor. Just trust me.
(We see his legs walk past Leela, who is sitting
on the floor next to K9.)
LEELA: Doctor? Which one was that?
K9: That was the Doctor two.
LEELA: Can you explain?
K9: Affirmative. The Kilbracken cloning technique replicates from the
single cell as a short-lived carbon copy. Efficacy of individuation not
LEELA: Can you explain simply?
(The man turns and Lowe zaps him.)
NUCLEUS [OC]: Release this body. You cannot
prevail. I am the One. It is my purpose. It is my destiny. Let me go,
(The Doctor is strapped down on the couch, with Marius and Parsons
hanging onto his arms.)
NURSE: Shall we sedate him?
MARIUS: Not yet, not yet.
PARSONS: But the danger of contagion, sir.
(Leela 2 is still in the cubicle.)
MARIUS: No, Parsons, we would all have caught it by now.
PARSONS: But if the Doctor's right, sir, and the virus has
intelligence, there must be some reason for choosing him.
MARIUS: Yes, yes. I think we could be dealing with some kind of leader.
NUCLEUS [OC]: My purpose. You must not delay my purpose. The place of
the hive is ready. Release me!
(Doctor 2 comes out of the Tardis, carrying a piece of equipment.)
LOWE [on screen]: Professor Marius, listen to me. You must release the
LOWE [on screen]: I warn you. We are in control of the entire centre.
If you do not do as I say, I shall destroy your Foundation!
(The legs walk past again.)
LEELA: That was Doctor two.
LOWE [on screen]: You have two minutes in which to
decide. Either give us the Doctor, or your Foundation will be wiped
(Doctor 2 enters.)
MARIUS: Ah, Doctor, what are you doing? We've just had an ultimatum.
DOCTOR 2: Don't you worry, Professor. If this doesn't work, the whole
place'll be destroyed anyway.
MARIUS: What is it?
DOCTOR 2: It's a Relative Dimensional Stabiliser. RDS.
PARSONS: What does it do?
DOCTOR 2: It's part of a Tardis control system, the part that allows me
to cross the dimensional barrier. It's quite simple, really. It means I
can change shape, large or small, as I wish. Yes. Won't keep you a
LEELA 2: Why have I been left
(Doctor 2 slots the RDS into the cloning chamber controls.)
DOCTOR 2: Now listen, Professor. You operate the RDS. We'll be reduced
to micro-dimensions. You'll then scoop us both up and inject us into my
master-print there. Any questions?
MARIUS: Yes. Why are you taking Leela?
DOCTOR 2: Because she's immune and because she's a huntress.
MARIUS: Of course, of course. Well, get on with it. There's not much
time. Is there anything that we can do meanwhile?
DOCTOR 2: Yes. Just stay here and hope we come back with the antidote.
DOCTOR 2: When we emerge, we'll be coming out through the tear duct.
MARIUS: Right. Good luck.
DOCTOR 2: Thank you.
(Doctor 2 goes into the cubicle. Marius switches it on. It starts
flashing. Leela and K9 watch from the doorway.)
LEELA: K9, do I really look like that?
(The clones shrink until we cannot see them any more. Parsons hands
Marius a hypodermic. Marius goes into the cubicle and sucks the
mini-clones into it.)
MARIUS: Well, here we go.
LOWE [on screen]: Your time is up. Surrender the Doctor!
MARIUS: Pleasant journey, Doctor.
(Marius injects the mini-clones in behind the Doctor's right ear, and
off they go on their Fantastic Voyage, but without the submarine.)
[The Doctor's brain]
(The mini-clones make their way onto 'dry land'.)
DOCTOR 2: Well, what do you think?
LEELA 2: I don't know what to think. I've never been inside anybody's
DOCTOR 2: No.
LEELA 2: It's very interesting.
DOCTOR 2: Thank you.
LEELA 2: Hey, why aren't we wet?
DOCTOR 2: Because we're too small to break the surface tension.
(A flash of light goes past with a beep.)
LEELA 2: What was that?
DOCTOR 2: Oh, just a passing thought. Electrochemical reaction in the
synapses. Leg wants to move.
(The Doctor's right leg jerks up, breaking the
MARIUS: I don't think he can hold out much longer. The virus is
strengthening its grip.
LOWE [on screen]: Marius! You have not replied to my ultimatum. I shall
destroy this centre.
MARIUS: No, wait! I agree to your terms. I have no further use for the
Doctor. He's yours whenever you want him.
LOWE [on screen]: A wise decision. Tell me, Professor, is the woman
Leela with you?
MARIUS: No. As you can see, there's simply myself and my two
assistants. She is somewhere in the Foundation, but I have no idea
LOWE [on screen]: No matter. She will be destroyed. Stay where you are.
We are on our way.
(Marius goes to the door and calls out into the corridor.)
MARIUS: Leela! They're coming now. We must hold them up for ten
minutes. Can you do that?
LEELA: Can I borrow K9?
MARIUS: Yes, certainly, certainly. K9, cooperate with Leela.
LEELA: What we need is that corridor.
K9: Corridor X3.
LEELA: Yes. If we can just make some sort of barrier.
K9: Recheck. First we must eliminate the service shaft.
LEELA: Of course! They can attack us from behind.
MARIUS: You haven't got much time.
LEELA: Right. K9, you destroy the shaft and meet me in the corridor.
(Leela and K9 leave.)
PARSONS: Suppose they fail?
(Marius takes two guns from the wall by the door.)
MARIUS: Have you ever used one of these?
PARSONS: Thank you, sir.
MARIUS: Parsons, if by any chance I am taken over by the virus, I hope
you won't hesitate to use that on me, because I certainly will on you.
We must give the Doctor his ten minutes.
PARSONS: I understand, sir.
[The Doctor's brain]
(There is a wailing sound.)
LEELA 2: Doctor?
DOCTOR 2: Yes?
LEELA 2: I do not think you have any idea where we are going.
DOCTOR 2: What do you mean, I've got no idea where we're going? We're
travelling along my neural pathways looking for a sort of bridge, a
crossover point between the left lobe and the right lobe.
LEELA 2: Is that where the virus will be?
DOCTOR 2: Since it seems to control both the conscious and unconscious
it's a good enough place to start.
LEELA 2: Suppose we meet it?
DOCTOR 2: What? No, no, no. It came in through the optic nerve. We are
somewhere between the spinal cord and the cerebellum. But keep your
eyes open for tissue deterioration.
LEELA 2: Like this?
(An Ow sound off-screen.)
DOCTOR 2: That's me you're kicking.
LEELA 2: Oh. Sorry.
(As they head off, a round white cell drops down behind them.)
K9: Mission accomplished. Service shaft destroyed,
LEELA: Thank you, K9. Now, what we need here is some sort of barrier.
(K9 fires his muzzle mounted photon gun at an obviously already damaged
wall corner. The construction material breaks along the crack and falls
across the corridor.)
LEELA: Perfect. Thank you, K9.
K9: There is no need for gratitude. I am an automaton.
K9: I am without emotional circuits. Only memory and awareness.
Attention. Four hostiles approaching.
LOWE: It's the reject.
(The four possessed men take cover.)
LOWE: Leela. Leela. Bring me the Doctor.
LEELA: Come and get him.
(She fires and moves back to another corner, leaving K9 by the
(Marius has set a countdown running on the screen.
It drops to 7:57.)
MARIUS: Eight minutes to go. Anything?
PARSONS: It's all there, sir. Leela's tissue profile, adaption, disease
NURSE: Bit of a mongrel, isn't she?
MARIUS: I imagine that's why her race survived. There's no sign of any
NURSE: There's a wide variation in blood characteristics, sir. It'll
take hours to check them all.
MARIUS: On the other hand, it could be a psychological factor.
PARSONS: You mean not physical at all?
MARIUS: Yes, something in her mind, her way of looking at things.
NURSE: Determination. Stamina.
MARIUS: The predator's instinct.
[The Doctor's brain]
(The pulse is booming away steadily as their route
becomes congested with dangly bits.)
DOCTOR 2: Doesn't look like the most advanced computer system ever,
LEELA 2: Urgh. What's that?
DOCTOR 2: That is why my brain is so much superior to yours.
LEELA 2: Doctor.
DOCTOR 2: What is it?
LEELA 2: I can sense danger.
DOCTOR 2: Rubbish. If there was any danger about, I'd be the first to
scent it. I know this brain like the back of my hand. Danger. What do
you know about brains, anyway?
LEELA 2: All right, all right, don't get excited.
DOCTOR 2: I'll get excited if I want to. It's my brain. Danger. I'll
tell you something about brains. Do you want to know something?
LEELA 2: Not much.
DOCTOR 2: I'll tell you anyway. Somebody once tried to build a machine
as efficient as the brain. Only trouble was, it would have had to have
been bigger than London. Do you remember London? And powered by the
entire European grid. And that was just a human brain. Mine's much more
complex. Left and right sides working in unison via the specialised
neural ganglia, thus combining data storage and retrieval with logical
interest and the intuitive leap. And here. Are you listening to me?
LEELA 2: Yes, Doctor.
DOCTOR 2: That is a reflex link, whereby I can tune myself into the
Time Lord intelligentsia. A thousand super-brains in one.
LEELA 2: Why don't you do it now?
DOCTOR 2: What? Oh, well, I lost that particular faculty when they
kicked me out. Oh look.
LEELA 2: Kicked you out?
DOCTOR 2: Oh look. Connection seven. Hello.
LEELA 2: Hello.
DOCTOR 2: Don't be funny.
LEELA 2: Doctor, you're wasting time. Keep moving.
DOCTOR 2: No, no, no. Come on over here. This is recent damage.
LEELA 2: The virus?
DOCTOR 2: What else. We must be getting close to it now.
LEELA 2: What's that?
DOCTOR 2: What?
(Leela is attacked by a posse of large white balls.)
LEELA 2: Doctor! Doctor, help me!
DOCTOR 2: I can't! It's my body defence mechanism. They're my own
phagocytes. Use your knife!
LEELA 2: Oh, Doctor!
(The Doctor grabs a pair of ganglia and holds them together to create
some electricity. The white cells leave quickly.)
DOCTOR 2: Oh.
LEELA 2: What did you do?
DOCTOR 2: I think I told them my liver was disintegrating. I think.
LEELA 2: That's very clever.
DOCTOR 2: That's very clever.
(He puts another two together.)
(The Doctor jerks.)
PARSONS: What was that?
MARIUS: Well, it proves they're in there at some sensitive area.
PARSONS: They're coming closer, sir.
(The countdown is at 7:39 and falling.)
MARIUS: Seven and a half minutes. Not much chance.
(Lowe sends Cruikshank or Hedges over the
barricade, and K9 shoots him. The virus leaves the dying man and
infiltrates the robot.)
K9: Contact has been made. Master.
[The Doctor's brain]
DOCTOR 2: After you.
LEELA 2: Are you afraid?
DOCTOR 2: Not necessarily, no. From now on, we're on the trail of the
virus, and that's the path it took.
LEELA 2: Where to?
DOCTOR 2: Well, if I knew that, I wouldn't have brought you along. From
now on, this is where your tracking skills come in.
(Leela draws her knife and steps through the icky membrane.)
LOWE: Kill her. Kill the reject.
K9: Affirmative. Kill the reject.
(K9 trundles down the corridor to Leela. She falls to the floor as it
fires. K9 rolls into the wall.)
K9: Reject liquidated. K9 into self-regeneration. Non-functional.
LOWE: Good. Now for the Doctor.
[The Doctor's brain]
LEELA 2: Ow!
DOCTOR 2: What is it?
LEELA 2: Something banged my head. A real bump, but
DOCTOR 2: What?
LEELA 2: There's nothing there.
DOCTOR 2: That was your outside head.
LEELA 2: Oh, that's all right, then.
DOCTOR 2: No, it isn't all right. You and I have only got a limited
life in here. Your outside self and your inside self are made of the
same tissue. Your outside self is hurt, then you feel a shock. Your
outside self is killed, yes.
LEELA 2: We'd better make the most of the next six minutes then.
DOCTOR 2: Yes.
LEELA 2: Where are we?
DOCTOR 2: This is the gap between one side of our mind and the other.
LEELA 2: But it's dark on the other side.
DOCTOR 2: Well of course it's dark. It's the gap between logic and
imagination. You can't see one side from the other side.
LEELA 2: But it is there?
DOCTOR 2: What?
LEELA 2: There is something on the other side?
DOCTOR 2: This is the mind-brain interface, Leela. At least I think it
is. That's the mind and that's the brain. Two things entirely different
but part of the same thing.
LEELA 2: Oh, like the land and the sea?
DOCTOR 2: That's right, that's right.
LEELA 2: It's very deep.
DOCTOR 2: Yes. Sometimes I don't quite understand it myself.
(Leela holds onto the end of his scarf as he walks across the 'bridge'
(Countdown at 4:58 and falling. Well, tiny things
do live at a faster rate than big things.)
MARIUS: Five minutes to go.
(He gestures the nurse into the cubicle. The main door opens and Lowe
LOWE: Don't move, Professor. Release the Doctor.
MARIUS: No, I can't.
(Lowe sends the virus across to Marius.)
MARIUS: Contact has been made.
LOWE: Release him. We must make contact with the Nucleus.
MARIUS: No, no, wait. The Nucleus is in danger.
MARIUS: Micro-cloned copies have been injected into his brain and are
even now trying to hunt down and destroy the Nucleus.
(The nurse sneaks out of the cubicle and out of the room.)
MARIUS: If they succeed
LOWE: They must not succeed.
MARIUS: We can't stop them. There is no time.
LOWE: I say we must!
(K9 gently prods Leela.)
LEELA: Why did you attack me?
K9: I had to. I was temporarily overpowered and my motivational
circuits were in confusion. I have now regenerated and await your
LEELA: Where are the others? Have they got the Doctor?
(The nurse looks back into the ward to see Lowe in the cubicle. She
runs to Leela and K9.)
NURSE: They've got Professor Marius. He's been taken over by the virus.
And they've killed Doctor Parsons.
LEELA: What are they doing now?
NURSE: Well, they're cloning Lowe and they're going to inject him into
the Doctor's brain.
LEELA: Then we'd better stop them.
K9: Negative. We must wait. Maintain surveillance.
K9: We cannot interfere while there is still a possibility that the
Doctor will succeed in destroying the Nucleus.
[The Doctor's brain]
(The two clones are safely across into the
Doctor's imagination side of his brain. There is a strong updraft
DOCTOR 2: Bracing, isn't it?
LEELA 2: Very.
DOCTOR 2: The interface. The mind unsullied by a single thought.
LEELA 2: Where are we going, Doctor?
DOCTOR 2: Into the land of dreams and fantasy, Leela.
(Marius has acquired the silvery scales and is
holding a hypodermic syringe.)
NUCLEUS [OC]: Hurry. Hurry.
(He injects Lowe into the Doctor's head at the same point as the
[The Doctor's brain]
(Mini-Lowe gets to connection seven and through
the gunky bit.)
NUCLEUS [OC]: Hurry! Hurry! They are closing in. Hurry, hurry, hurry!
(Over in the other half of the brain.)
LEELA 2: Is this your land of dreams and fantasies?
DOCTOR 2: Well, on the way to it.
LEELA 2: The evil thing. Very close. And another. Doctor, we're going
to be trapped.
(The Doctor goes a little further on, and finds a three foot high pile
of yuk with a single clawed tentacle flailing around.)
DOCTOR 2: Who are you?
NUCLEUS: I am the Nucleus.
DOCTOR 2: You're trespassing, you know. Treading on my unconscious,
affecting my metabolism. Nucleus of what?
NUCLEUS: The Nucleus of the Swarm.
DOCTOR 2: Oh. Oh, I see. Why did you choose my brain?
NUCLEUS: Because of your intelligence.
DOCTOR 2: Oh, well, I can understand that, but do you realise you have
NUCLEUS: I have every right! It is the right of every creature across
the universe to survive, multiply and perpetuate its species. How else
does the predator exist? We are all predators, Doctor. We kill, we
devour, to live. Survival is all, you agree?
DOCTOR 2: Oh yes, I do, I do. And on your argument, I have a perfect
right to dispose of you.
NUCLEUS: Of course. The law is survival of the fittest.
DOCTOR 2: Touché.
NUCLEUS: Your time is running short. How do you intend to dispose of
me? You have no weapons, and in minutes you will cease to exist. I am
the virus of the Nucleus of the Swarm. For millennia we have hung
dormant in space waiting for the right carriers to come along.
DOCTOR 2: Carriers? What do you mean, carriers? I'm not a porter.
NUCLEUS: Consider the human species. They send hordes of settlers
across space to breed, multiply, conquer and dominate. We have as much
right to conquer you as you have to strike out across the stars.
DOCTOR 2: But you intend to dominate both worlds, the micro and the
NUCLEUS: We have waited, waited in the cold wastes of space. Waited for
mankind to come. And now we have not only space but time itself within
DOCTOR 2: Time?
NUCLEUS: Through you, Time Lord.
(Meanwhile, mini-Leela has found mini-Lowe and snuck up behind him.
They grapple briefly. He shoots her then she stabs him. Phagocytes
arrive and attack mini-Lowe as the injured Leela makes her escape.)
NUCLEUS: So, Doctor, how can you puny creatures compare yourselves to
us, the Swarm, the new masters of time, space and the cosmos.
DOCTOR 2: New masters? Not if I can help it.
NUCLEUS: But you cannot. Your time is up. You have fallen for my
stratagem. Already you cease to exist.
DOCTOR 2: Get out of my brain.
(Marius collects something from the Doctor's left
tear duct onto a microscope slide.)
LOWE: Destroy them! Destroy them now!
MARIUS: No, no, we must find out what happened. We must restore them to
their full size and interrogate them.
(Marius puts the slide in the cubicle and activates the RDS. Whatever
is growing in there, it isn't the Doctor and Leela.)
[The Doctor's brain]
DOCTOR 2: Get out of my brain!
(There's a flash and the Doctor, Leela and the nucleus vanish.)
DOCTOR [OC]: The tear duct. The tear duct. The tear duct. The tear
duct. The tear duct. Tear duct.
(Leela's knife and leather clothes remain.)
(The scales disappear from the Doctor's skin. The
thing in the cloning cubicle is fully grown, with several pairs of
claws and lots of bristles, but no feet. It's a prawn, sort of.)
NUCLEUS: Help me out.
DOCTOR: Professor Marius. Oh no, not you too.
MARIUS: Yes, Doctor. Contact has been made. Now I serve the purpose.
DOCTOR: What? That pathetic crustacean, your leader?
MARIUS: You are speaking of the Nucleus, the Nucleus of the Swarm.
NUCLEUS: Take me to him.
DOCTOR: Finding the macro world difficult?
NUCLEUS: It suits me well.
DOCTOR: I thought I'd got rid of you.
NUCLEUS: You were mistaken. I made use of your escape route through the
DOCTOR: Yes, you'd have known about that, wouldn't you.
NUCLEUS: Another mistake, and a costly one, Time Lord, because now,
thanks to your dimensional stabiliser, I am no longer forced to exist
in the micro world to breed and multiply. My Swarm, when it is hatched
on Titan, will no longer be invisible microbes prey to all, but mighty
and invulnerable creatures, invincible. The age of man is over, Doctor.
The age of the virus has begun.
DOCTOR: I've heard it all before. You megalomaniacs are all the same.
NUCLEUS: Bring him with us to Titan, to be consumed by the Swarm.
(Elsewhere, Leela has got dressed up in a green
nurses uniform, and applied silver makeup around her eyes.)
LEELA: How do I look?
K9: Friend, mistress.
LEELA: If I can just get close enough to that Nucleus, we'll see how
friendly I am.
K9: Hostiles approaching with the Doctor.
LEELA: Come on.
(In a corridor.)
NUCLEUS: Hurry, hurry. It is time for the spawning. I must get to the
place prepared on Titan.
MARIUS: Nurse, take over here. I must assist the Nucleus.
MARIUS: Come with me.
NUCLEUS: Breeding time approaches.
(Marius and Lowe leave the Doctor's gurney in the hands of the nurse,
Leela, and go on ahead. Leela cuts the Doctor's restraints with her
knife. The party are assembled at Shuttle airlock entrance when Leela
wheels him past.)
MARIUS: Nurse, not that way.
(The Doctor rolls off the gurney.)
MARIUS: Stop them!
(The Doctor pushes the gurney at Lowe as Leela takes cover and starts
shooting, then they run.)
LOWE: They're getting away!
NUCLEUS: No, they are simply trapped.
NUCLEUS: Marius, stay here to make sure the Doctor doesn't escape, and
make contact with all other staff in the Foundation. Bring the Doctor
to us later. Hurry!
(The Doctor and Leela watch on the scanner. K9 has
LEELA: Now what?
DOCTOR: Now nothing.
LEELA: Doctor, if we get to Titan first, we can still beat that thing.
DOCTOR: No, we can't. The dimensional stabiliser's still in the
isolation ward. Without it, the Tardis won't move an inch.
LEELA: You mean there's nothing we can do?
DOCTOR: I didn't say that. K9. Now listen to me, K9. Do you think you
could poleaxe, do you think you could poleaxe Marius?
DOCTOR: Yes, knock him out.
K9: Affirmative. My photon beam weaponry has four levels of intensity,
Doctor. Kill, paralyse
DOCTOR: No, no, no, not kill. Not kill. Just knock out.
DOCTOR: Good dog.
(The Doctor opens the doors and K9 leaves.)
(Marius activates the tannoy, as seen on the
scanner in the previous scene.)
MARIUS: All senior staff, report to Reception. This is Professor Marius
speaking. All senior staff report to Reception. Ah, K9. K9, I no longer
require you to obey
(K9 shoots him. Marius falls at the base of the Tardis.)
DOCTOR: You're a good dog, K9. Good dog.
(The little ambulance spaceship leaves the asteroid.)
(Marius is on the examination table. Leela is back
in her leathers.)
DOCTOR: Come on, Leela, quickly. We haven't got a moment to spare. Not
frightened of blood, are you? You, the mighty huntress.
LEELA: Just hurry up.
(The Doctor pricks her finger and puts the sample into the scanner.)
LEELA: Haven't we been through all this before?
DOCTOR: I had a virus then. I'm immune now. Something must have
happened while you and I were inside my head. I want to find out what.
Ah, that's interesting. You see that?
(An image of the blood sample is on the screen.)
DOCTOR: That little fish hook is the only thing that you and I have in
common. It wasn't there before, so it must be the antibody, the
LEELA: How did what I have get into your bloodstream?
DOCTOR: Quite simple. Your clone was absorbed into my bloodstream and
passed on the immunity to me. All we've got to do is isolate it,
analyse it, duplicate it and inject it into Marius here, and he in turn
will be able to cure all the others.
LEELA: What about the Nucleus? What about Titan?
DOCTOR: Come on, one thing at a time. One thing at a time.
NUCLEUS: Faster, faster.
LOWE: We can't. We'll burn out the motors.
NUCLEUS: Let them burn out. Once we reach Titan and the breeding tanks,
our job is finished.
LOWE: What about the Doctor?
NUCLEUS: He will follow. Marius will make sure of that, whatever
happens. Faster. Use all the fuel. Faster!
LEELA: Doctor, look! It's working.
(Marius' scales vanish.)
DOCTOR: Sometimes my brilliance astonishes even me. Come on, Marius.
Wake up, wake up. Come on.
MARIUS: Where's Parsons? What happened?
DOCTOR: He's dead, I'm afraid. Do you remember anything?
MARIUS: I remember Lowe coming in, and then Parsons, and then a flash
and then nothing. Did the experiment work?
DOCTOR: Yes and no. Unfortunately the Nucleus got away by means of the
dimensional stabiliser. It's on its way to Titan to breed.
MARIUS: Was I taken over?
DOCTOR: Yes, it got to you.
MARIUS: But we found the immunity factor, so we're safe here for a
while. What was it?
DOCTOR: It was something in Leela. Something we all missed. This is it.
You'll have to cultivate a great deal more.
DOCTOR: If those antibodies can confer immunity, they can be used to
attack the Nucleus.
MARIUS: Attack the Nucleus? Oh, that's dangerous.
DOCTOR: Of course it's dangerous. If we allow the Nucleus to breed and
swarm, it'll go through the entire Solar System like a plague of giant
MARIUS: But will you get to Titan on time?
DOCTOR: Yes, by means of the dimensional stabiliser.
SAFRAN: Safran on Titan. Safran on Titan. The hive
is prepared. The breeding tanks are ready. Temperature and humidity are
set. I await your arrival from the generation of the Swarm.
LOWE: Maximum speed. We have reached maximum
NUCLEUS: Faster! We must go faster! Now the time for spawning is very
(Marius has enlisted help to cultivate the
LEELA: How much longer?
DOCTOR: We can't rush these things. They're breeding as fast as they
can. K9 will tell us when they've got the most powerful strain.
LEELA: Doctor, why don't we just blow up Titan? Nucleus, breeding
DOCTOR: That's your answer to everything, isn't it, knock it on the
LEELA: Effective, isn't it? Smash it once and for all. Well?
DOCTOR: With what? This is a hospital, not an arsenal.
LEELA: All right, what are you going to do?
K9: Confirm. Confirm strain C five three one has lethal capacity.
MARIUS: Doctor, we've done it! Congratulations. There isn't a moment to
be lost. Cultivate C five three one.
DOCTOR: Thank you, K9.
DOCTOR: Now, just get it into the tanks and wait for it to attack the
Nucleus in the same way it attacked us. Microscopically. It's neat,
don't you think?
LEELA: Is that all? If we can get to Titan on time, if we can get past
Lowe and the others, if it works when we get it in there. If. I thought
you didn't like killing?
DOCTOR: I don't.
LEELA: Then why are you doing all this?
DOCTOR: The virus has a perfect right to exist as a virus, not as a
giant storm threatening the entire Solar System. Everything has its
place. Otherwise the delicate balance of the whole cosmos is destroyed.
LEELA: I still say we should blow it up.
MARIUS: Doctor. The batch is complete.
DOCTOR: Good. Now for the Tardis.
NUCLEUS: Remember, I must be protected in the
hive. The future of the Swarm depends on you now.
MARIUS: Good luck, Doctor.
(Leela enters the Tardis.)
DOCTOR: Thank you, Professor. Oh, Professor.
DOCTOR: I don't suppose we could borrow K9, could we?
MARIUS: Borrow K9?
MARIUS: What for?
DOCTOR: Well, I'm not at liberty to say, but he could be very useful.
MARIUS: Of course. I understand. K9, obey the Doctor.
(The Doctor and K9 enter the Tardis, and it dematerialises.)
(Lowe posts guards in the corridor outside the
hive. Safran watches the spawning on a monitor, but leaves as the
LEELA: Doctor, what is it?
DOCTOR: They're starting to hatch. Let's go.
(He opens the door and slams it shut again.)
LEELA: Now what's the matter?
DOCTOR: There's a man at the door.
(Leela squats down, gun ready. There is knock on the door.)
DOCTOR: Come in.
(The door opens, and Leela starts shooting. Her weapon has little
effect, and the man only collapses when K9 shoots his leg.)
LEELA: Thank you, K9. Well, Doctor, what's wrong? Why didn't my blaster
DOCTOR: They're developing a resistance to radiation. Their internal
K9: Problem. I have a problem. Offensive capability seriously
diminished. Reserves very low.
LEELA: K9's breaking up, my blaster's finished. What are we going to
DOCTOR: Shall we try using our intelligence?
LEELA: Well, if you think that's a good idea.
DOCTOR: Come on.
DOCTOR: (sotto) K9, do you see that guard?
K9: (sotto) Affirmative.
DOCTOR: (sotto) I want you to decoy him.
(The man follows K9 down the corridor, firing at him as he goes. Safran
and Lowe are talking outside the hive when K9 rejoins the Doctor and
K9: Mission accomplished.
DOCTOR: Good dog. Your turn now, Leela. See you back at the Tardis.
LEELA: Or not. Good luck, Doctor. You know we should have done what I
DOCTOR: What was that?
LEELA: Blow them up. Goodbye, Doctor.
(Lowe and Safran take cover as K9 approaches. Lowe keeps firing at K9
then kicks him into the rock wall.
The Doctor walks up to the now unguarded hive, but there is blaster
fire and he drops the box of antidote.)
LOWE: Your futile attempt has failed, as we knew it would. Now you will
join the Nucleus.
DOCTOR: Well, I'd rather not, actually.
LOWE: You have no choice.
DOCTOR: Oh look, look, they appear to be hatching. Are congratulations
(Lowe opens the door to the hive.)
LOWE: You will join the Swarm to be consumed, to become part of our
(K9 shoots Lowe in the back, the Doctor grabs him and pushes him into
DOCTOR: Well done, K9, well done. Come on. Let's get out of here while
there's still time.
K9: I cannot. All reserves finished.
DOCTOR: What? Come on.
(K9's lights go out. The Doctor attaches a lead to him and drags him
DOCTOR: Come on.
NUCLEUS: Come back, Doctor. We need you.
(Leela takes up position by a large Oxygen tank. Safran comes along and
she jumps down onto him, stabbing him in the neck. The Doctor and K9
LEELA: Did you kill it?
DOCTOR: No, I lost the antibodies.
LEELA: What? Never mind, Doctor, I've found the answer.
DOCTOR: You have?
LEELA: Knife them in the neck.
DOCTOR: Can you do that to a thousand? A thousand thousand?
LEELA: What are we going to do?
DOCTOR: That's a good idea. Take K9 back to the Tardis. He's out of
(The Doctor opens the valve to the oxygen tank, goes back to the hive
and wires the door shut then goes to valve on its side.)
NUCLEUS [OC]: Who's there?
(The Doctor pulls a tube from the sided of the hive.)
NUCLEUS [OC]: Is that you, Time Lord?
DOCTOR: Well, as far as I know, there's no one else except you and me
here, so it must be me.
(Amidst the steam, the Doctor does something clever to the door of the
hive, attaching a blaster to the handle.)
NUCLEUS [OC]: You're finished, Doctor.
DOCTOR: Not quite.
NUCLEUS [OC]: There's no escape for you now. You are destined to become
part of the purpose.
DOCTOR: Well, that depends on how long it's going to take you to get
out of there.
NUCLEUS [OC]: Fool. Do you think a metal barrier can contain the Swarm?
(The Doctor runs past Leela and K9, who are
crouched by the desk, into the Tardis. It dematerialises.)
(The Tardis materialises.)
(Leela pulls K9 inside.)
LEELA: Why did you not wait?
(The Tardis dematerialises again. The Nucleus finally forces the hive
door open and the whole place goes up in flames. The Doctor laughs as
they watch the firework display on the scanner.)
LEELA: Is it gone?
LEELA: All of it?
DOCTOR: Yes. Methane atmosphere. Mix well with oxygen and run. That was
a good idea of mine, K9, to blow it up.
LEELA: What do you mean, it was a good idea of yours. It was my idea.
DOCTOR: What was?
LEELA: To blow it up.
DOCTOR: Well then, you should be feeling very happy.
LEELA: Yes, I am. Shall we return K9 to the Professor?
MARIUS: Goodbye, Doctor, and thank you for everything you've done for
DOCTOR: It's been a pleasure, Professor. It's been a pleasure. Do you
know that without K9 I think we'd have been part of the Swarm by now.
LEELA: We'd never have managed with out him. Her. It. Sorry, K9.
K9: Apologies are not necessary, but thank you, mistress.
MARIUS: I think K9 has taken to you. Oh. Actually, I have to return to
Earth shortly and you could do me a great favour if
LEELA: Take K9 with us?
LEELA: Yes! Oh, please, Doctor, please, please, let's take him.
(K9 goes into the Tardis.)
MARIUS: K9 seems to have made up his own mind.
(The Doctor and Leela go into the Tardis. Marius sniffs and wipes his
MARIUS: I only hope he's Tardis trained.
(The Tardis dematerialises.)