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One - Four Hundred Dawns
(Vicki is giving Steven a haircut. The Doctor is
busy at the controls.)
VICKI: Arrived, have we?
DOCTOR: We have, my dear.
STEVEN: Good. Where?
DOCTOR: Well, we should know about that when we have a look at the
scanner, shan't we. Now, you can both take a look.
STEVEN: Where are we, Doctor? Is it a planet you recognise?
VICKI: Keep still, you nuisance! It's
STEVEN: I just want to know where we are.
DOCTOR: Quiet, both of you, will you?! Listen. Listen.
STEVEN: Listen to what? I can't hear a thing.
DOCTOR: Exactly. Exactly. There isn't a sound out there. Not a sound!
(The Doctor reexamines the Tardis' instruments. Everything seems to be
in satisfactory working order.)
DOCTOR: Well, the atmospheric pressure's quite normal. Oxygen,
temperature, radiation. It's all quite normal. I wonder. Hmm. I wonder
if it's possible to have a planet so obviously conducive to life and
yet without any?
VICKI: Well, I've finished chopping this fellow. Could we go out and
DOCTOR: Yes, I don't see why not, my child. It appears absolutely
deserted. As a matter of fact, I think we shall get some long-deserved,
undisturbed peace for once.
(On a rocky slope above the Tardis, a squat dome-shaped machine appears
and moves towards the ship. Steven is more concerned with his new
STEVEN: Not bad. It's a bit amateurish, really.
VICKI: Oh, come on.
STEVEN: Hey, you know, there might be a lake or a river around, Doctor.
Do you fancy a swim?
DOCTOR: My dear young man, this isn't a joy ride. This is a scientific
STEVEN: Oh, come off it, Doctor. You can't be scientific all the time.
Anyway, you look as if you could do with a good wash-down.
VICKI: What, get him in cold water? You'll be lucky.
DOCTOR: From past experience, we must always be on our guard.
STEVEN: Yes, well I'm prepared to take the risk.
(Outside, the robot reaches the Tardis and collides with it.)
VICKI: What's that?
STEVEN: Well, are we all ready, then?
DOCTOR: Shh, shh!
(The robot bumps into the Tardis again, then slowly turns to the right,
remaining in contact with the outside of the ship, feeling its way
along the side. At the corner, it stops, then nudges its way round and
proceeds along the next side.)
STEVEN: What's going on?
VICKI: Something is feeling it's way around the ship.
DOCTOR: Yes. Like something trying to discover by touch. Something
VICKI: It's just reaching this corner now.
DOCTOR: Yes, it is blind.
VICKI: Whatever it is.
DOCTOR: As you say, my dear, whatever it is.
(Completing its circuit of the Tardis, the machine stops. After a
moment it moves away from the ship, coming into view on the Tardis
scanner. A light on top of the machine begins to flash.)
DOCTOR: Just look, now. Now look, that's something quite different,
STEVEN: You know, Doctor, it looks to me as if it's sending some kind
of message. What do you think?
DOCTOR: Yes, yes, it might be that. To its controller, whoever it might
STEVEN: Yes, or whatever it might be.
VICKI: Oh, look. It's got a sort of chumbley movement.
VICKI: Yes, you know, all sort of chumbley.
DOCTOR: It's gone now.
STEVEN: Bang goes my swimming.
VICKI: Oh, it doesn't take much to put you off. A sweet little thing
DOCTOR: You know, I must be wrong, child. There is life out there. Yes,
a very intelligent, highly intelligent life, to build machines like
DOCTOR: Well, Chumbley, if you like, my child.
STEVEN: You know, Doctor, that thing might have been dangerous. What
are we going to do about it?
DOCTOR: I'm going to find out. Come along, my child, and bring my
DOCTOR: Oh, it's delightful. Yes, thank you. Just
about the right amount of oxygen.
VICKI: Mmm. I can smell flowers.
DOCTOR: Oh, indeed, how delightful. Well, there's one thing child,
there's no Chumblies about.
STEVEN: Vicki. Look at this.
VICKI: Three suns?
STEVEN: Yes, I wonder which one we're revolving around.
VICKI: Oh look, there's those flowers that I could smell. Hey, they're
roses. No, they're not. Not quite roses, but almost.
DOCTOR: This silence reminds of the planet Xeros.
VICKI: You don't think we've jumped the time track again, do you?
DOCTOR: No, no, my dear, not again, not again, but it's so quiet.
STEVEN: It's almost too quiet.
VICKI: Doctor! A Chumbley!
(The Chumbley points a rod-like appendage at them from beneath its
STEVEN: That one looks pretty vicious, Doctor. Is that a gun?
DOCTOR: Stand still, otherwise we all might be killed. We come in
peace. We don't wish you any harm.
VICKI: He can't speak.
DOCTOR: No, but by the look of that thing sticking out in front, it's
unmistakably like a speaker to me.
VICKI: It's trying to talk. Steven, look out!
DOCTOR: You dumb fool!
STEVEN: I was only trying to get
DOCTOR: Oh, indeed. That was very noble of you, indeed. Now you've put
the thing on its guard. Yes, it's interesting, it's fascinating. Did
you notice that it didn't do anything until you made a noise?
STEVEN: Yes, it is blind.
VICKI: But it can hear.
DOCTOR: Oh yes, and very accurately. You know, I believe it can locate
us by some form of heat wave, as it were.
(The Chumbley moves towards the trio. It reaches the Doctor and nudges
him gently forward.)
STEVEN: Do you get that feeling that it wants us to go somewhere,
DOCTOR: Stand still. Don't let it move you.
(After a moment, the Chumbley aims it's weapon at some nearby
vegetation, and fires. The plants burst into flames.)
DOCTOR: As neat a threat as ever I saw.
VICKI: What was it?
DOCTOR: Well, it's some kind of light ray, very powerful and dangerous,
I would say. I think we're better do what the thing wants.
STEVEN: Yes, come on Vicki.
(The three travellers turn in the direction indicated, and move off
across the plain. The Chumbley follows close behind. A short way ahead,
two female figures are lying in wait behind a rocky outcrop. These are
Drahvins. They have long blonde hair and might be considered attractive
were it not for the total lack of warmth in their faces, their rigid
features showing no emotion. They wear plain high-necked green and
white uniforms, and each carries a large gun. As the Chumbley and its
prisoners draw nearer, Drahvin 2 sets down her weapon and grasps one
side of a metal mesh at her feet. Her companion takes the other side of
the mesh. As the Chumbley passes beneath them, the Drahvins hurl the
mesh down on top of it. The Chumbley's domes instantly collapse down
one on top of one another. It is immobilised.)
DOCTOR: What's that?
VICKI: Who are they?
STEVEN: I have no idea, but aren't they a lovely surprise.
DRAHVIN 1: We are the Drahvin.
STEVEN: And very nice too.
DOCTOR: What might the Drahvins be?
DRAHVIN 1: We are from the planet Drahva, in Galaxy Four.
STEVEN: Yes, well you seem to have put a pretty effective stop to this
DRAHVIN 1: As long as the metal mesh covers it, the control waves
cannot reach it.
VICKI: What do you want?
DRAHVIN 2: We came to rescue you from the machine.
DRAHVIN 2: Maaga will tell you.
DRAHVIN 1: Our leader.
DOCTOR: Why can't you tell us?
DRAHVIN 1: Our mission was to rescue you. We have done that. We have no
other instructions except to take you to Maaga.
DRAHVIN 2: We do nothing until a leader speaks.
DOCTOR: I see.
DRAHVIN 2: You will come now.
VICKI: Doctor, I don't trust them. I don't think we should go with
DRAHVIN 1: If you stay here, more machines will come. They will capture
you and take you to the Rills.
DOCTOR: The Rills. Are these the people that control these things?
DRAHVIN 2: They are not people.
DRAHVIN 1: They are things.
DRAHVIN 2: They crawl.
DRAHVIN 1: They murder.
DRAHVIN 2: They have already killed one of us.
DOCTOR: Oh, I should like to meet these Rills.
STEVEN: And be killed, Doctor?
DOCTOR: It's only what they say, and who are they?
STEVEN: At least they stopped the Chumbley. Doesn't that prove
DOCTOR: Yes, all right. Well, perhaps you'd better take us to this
Maaga, this leader, whatever it is.
VICKI: Doctor! More Chumblies!
(Off in the distance, four more Chumblies are moving in a convoy
towards them. As the robots come closer, the Drahvins react in panic.)
DRAHVIN 1: The mesh!
DRAHVIN 2: It's caught!
DOCTOR: They're all magnetised so that you can't get the top off.
VICKI: They're getting close!
DOCTOR: Goodness gracious!
STEVEN: It won't come off. Let's leave it.
DRAHVIN 2: We were instructed not to lose it.
STEVEN: Were you instructed to be killed as well?
DRAHVIN 1: We must go!
DOCTOR: Come! Come!
VICKI: All right, Doctor!
DOCTOR: Quickly! Quickly!
(The pursuing Chumblies move in, and encircle the Chumbley trapped
beneath the metal mesh. One of them stands before it, then extends a
claw arm, grasps the mesh and pulls it away from the inert machine.
Instantly, the Chumbley comes back to life. The Chumblies set off in
pursuit of the Doctor and his party, who are heading to the Drahvin
[Outside the spaceship]
(Exhausted, the fugitives finally reach the ship.)
DOCTOR: Oh, good gracious!
VICKI: Are you all right?
DOCTOR: Yes, I think so. It's all this physical exercise at my age.
DRAHVIN 2: They're nearly here. Quickly, inside.
DRAHVIN 1: Close external door.
DRAHVIN 3: Close external door.
STEVEN: Well, it was a decent space ship once.
DOCTOR: It's pretty backward now, isn't it? Yes, it's almost fossilised.
STEVEN: Oh I don't know, it's got one or two good features.
VICKI: We only just beat those Chumblies. They're still outside.
DOCTOR: Are we safe here?
DRAHVIN 1: Yes. They cannot enter.
DRAHVIN 2: Silence. Maaga is coming.
DOCTOR: Maaga. We're back there again.
DRAHVIN 1: Mission accomplished. We have brought the prisoners.
MAAGA: And the metal mesh?
DRAHVIN 1: It stopped the machine.
DRAHVIN 1: We could not get the mesh back.
DRAHVIN 1: It became affixed to the machine.
STEVEN: She's got them pretty frightened, hasn't she, Doctor?
DOCTOR: Yes, madam, the young lady speaks the truth. The Chumblies are
MAAGA: I will deal with you both later. Sit. I'm sorry to have kept you
waiting. Won't you sit down?
DOCTOR: Yes, thank you, I will.
MAAGA: I have to hear the report first.
DOCTOR: Oh, naturally.
MAAGA: It is necessary when you're at war.
STEVEN: At war?
MAAGA: With the Rills and their machines.
VICKI: The Chumblies!
MAAGA: This is a fight to the death for existence itself.
DOCTOR: I see.
MAAGA: in which one of us will be obliterated.
DOCTOR: Oh, as bad as that?
MAAGA: Yes. So bad that it is conceivable that you, too, will be
DOCTOR: Oh, come now, there's no need to exaggerate.
MAAGA: It's no exaggeration.
VICKI: You want to kill us, don't you? You want to.
MAAGA: When a planet disintegrates, nothing survives.
DOCTOR: Disintegrates? This planet?
MAAGA: Yes, it's in its last moments of life. Soon it will explode.
MAAGA: In fourteen dawns time.
STEVEN: Look, how do you know? How can you be so certain?
MAAGA: The Rills told us. That is why they're repairing their
spaceship, so that they can escape.
DOCTOR: Well, that sounds reasonable enough to me.
MAAGA: We must capture that spaceship from them.
STEVEN: What for? This is a spaceship as well, isn't it?
MAAGA: Yes, but it cannot fly. The Rills shot us down. We cannot move.
STEVEN: You, you don't belong here?
MAAGA: No. Nor do the Rills. There is no life on this planet. We come
from Drahva. Some four hundred dawns ago, we were investigating this
particular section of the galaxy. We were looking for a planet such as
this, capable of supporting life so that we might colonise it. There
are too many of us on Drahva.
STEVEN: All women?
DOCTOR: Yes, feminine. Ah, female.
MAAGA: Oh, we have a small number of men, as many as we need. The rest
we kill. They consume valuable food and fulfill no particular function.
(Maaga indicates the two Drahvins)
MAAGA: And these are not what you would call human. They are cultivated
in test tubes. We have very good scientists. I am a living being. They
are products, and inferior products. Grown for a purpose and capable of
STEVEN: Grown for what purpose?
MAAGA: To fight. To kill.
DOCTOR: Yours must be a very interesting civilisation. You attacked the
MAAGA: No. We were in space above this planet when we saw a ship such
as we had never seen before. We did not know it, but it was a Rill
ship. It fired on us, and we crashed. But before we did, we managed to
fire back so that they'd crash, too. On landing they killed one of my
STEVEN: What are they like, these Rills?
DOCTOR: Well, that's no description, no description at all.
MAAGA: That's all I'll say.
DOCTOR: Yes, I think I'm beginning to understand.
STEVEN: Yes, so am I, Doctor. This planet's about to explode, the Rills
have managed to repair their ship in time so they can escape. You
haven't, so you want their ship.
MAAGA: We have no desire to be here when this planet ceases to exist.
DRAHVIN 3: Machine approaching!
(The Chumbley outside is moving rapidly towards the Drahvin spaceship.)
MAAGA: To your stations. Switch off the outside radio.
VICKI: What are they doing now?
STEVEN: They're going to have another go at the Chumblies, by the look
DOCTOR: Switch off the outside radio? Why, I wonder?
MAAGA: They send the machines to tell us lies. We do not wish to hear
DOCTOR: Yes, yes, madam! You may not but I'd like to hear it.
MAAGA: It's not good for my soldiers.
DOCTOR: Ah, I see. It's stopped.
MAAGA: Yes. Now it is sending its message. Fire!
(The Chumbley is hit by a burst of flame. It collapses its domes and is
still. After a moment, it raises them again, signals, turns and
DOCTOR: You didn't do it very much damage, did you?
MAAGA: My only intention was to scare it off. We've succeeded. To your
DOCTOR: And you haven't destroyed one Chumbley yet.
MAAGA: We will.
DOCTOR: You know, I think you rather underestimate the Rills. Why
should they tell you that this planet is going to die?
MAAGA: They were trying to tempt us on board their spaceship so that
they may kill us.
STEVEN: You know, it seems to me as if they offered you help.
MAAGA: That is what they maintain.
VICKI: They might have been speaking the truth. They might have meant
DOCTOR: On the other hand, it might have been a pack of lies.
MAAGA: What do you mean?
DOCTOR: Well this planet could last another million years.
MAAGA: Yes, but we have no way of proving.
DOCTOR: I have. I'm a scientist.
MAAGA: Very well. I should be grateful if you would find out.
DOCTOR: Oh, thank you, thank you. Well, I'm afraid we shall have to go
back to my ship.
MAAGA: Oh, wait! You cannot all go.
DOCTOR: Oh, but why?
VICKI: Prisoners, are we?
MAAGA: Of course not. But if you should encounter the machines
STEVEN: What of it?
MAAGA: I could not guarantee to rescue you again.
DOCTOR: Oh, you worry too much!
MAAGA: I shall feel easier if one of you remain behind.
VICKI: I'll stay.
DOCTOR: But my dear!
VICKI: I'll stay. You'll need Steven anyway if you bump into the
DOCTOR: Yes, well, very well. Young man, you and I will go.
DRAHVIN: Door opening!
STEVEN: We won't be long, Vicki. I promise we won't get lost.
[Outside the Tardis]
(The Doctor and Steven make their way back to the
Tardis, but discover to their horror that they've been
beaten to it.)
(Crouching down, they observe a Chumbley trying to gain entry to the
Tardis. A second
Chumbley joins it, holding some kind of drill.)
STEVEN: Can they get in Doctor?
DOCTOR: Well, they'd have to be pretty well advanced to break my force
STEVEN: How do you know they aren't?
(Vicki has been left on her own in the Drahvin
living quarters. She's troubled, unable to quell the nagging suspicion
that Maaga is hiding something. Hearing raised voices in the next
compartment, Vicki crosses to the bulkhead and presses her ear against
MAAGA: To lose the mesh was gross incompetence. It was our only weapon
against the machines. If we lose to the Rills it will be because of
you. You want that, do you?
DRAHVINS: (groans, groans)
MAAGA: You want to be captured by those creeping, revolting, green
monsters? You want their slimy claws to close about your necks?
DRAHVINS: No, no Maaga, no.
MAAGA: You fools. You fools.
[Outside the Tardis]
DOCTOR: I wonder what they're up to, eh?
STEVEN: Trying something else by the look of it.
(One of the Chumblies aims it's light beam at the lock of the Tardis
doors. The ray has no effect. Backing off, the machines transmit a
brief message then chumble away. As soon as they've gone, Steven and
the Doctor emerge from their hiding place.)
DOCTOR: There, you see, my boy? Look. Not a scratch. Not a scratch.
STEVEN: Yes, well, are we going in or not, Doctor?
DOCTOR: I certainly excelled myself with that force barrier.
STEVEN: Yes, Doctor.
DOCTOR: Oh, now wait a minute. I think they've all gone to bed. Well,
it's a very good thing I brought you around, young man, to tell me what
I'm supposed to be doing.
STEVEN: Yes, you're so right, Doctor.
(Inside the Tardis, the Doctor moves across to his
astral map and activates it. The machine lights up and the Doctor
adjusts various dials, checking the readings with growing concern.)
STEVEN: Well, Doctor? Will this planet explode?
DOCTOR: The Rills were quite right.
STEVEN: We've got to get off the planet.
DOCTOR: Yes, if the Drahvins let us go.
STEVEN: We've got to make that sure they do.
DOCTOR: They need our help with the Rills! Why do you think they've
held Vicki back?
STEVEN: Okay, but we've got to get off here somehow!
DOCTOR: It's imperative that we leave at once.
STEVEN: Why is that that? The Drahvins did say fourteen dawns.
DOCTOR: Two dawns! Tomorrow is the last day this planet will ever see.
Episode Two - Trap of
(With Vicki still a captive of the Drahvins, Steven
comes to a decision.)
STEVEN: We've got to get back, get Vicki away from the Drahvins.
(Reaching the door, Steven spots a Chumbley outside.)
STEVEN: The doors, Doctor! Can we see the scanner?
(The Chumbley is moving towards the Tardis carrying a large black
STEVEN: What's that it's got?
DOCTOR: I wish I knew.
(Reaching the Tardis, the Chumbley drops the vial and then retreats to
a distance of a few yards.)
STEVEN: Perhaps it's just going to stand guard there.
DOCTOR: No. No, it's waiting for something.
STEVEN: But what?
DOCTOR: I can't quite see.
STEVEN: Doctor, I think it's holding a couple of wires. Look out!
STEVEN: Doctor? Doctor, where are you?
(Steven spots the Doctor lying behind the console, and goes over to
help him to his feet. As he does so, there's a second explosion.)
DOCTOR: Oh, thank you. Oh! Oh! I think Guy Fawkes must have been
STEVEN: Oh, please, Doctor! You all right?
DOCTOR: Yes, well. Are you all right dear boy?
STEVEN: Yes, fine, thanks. Do you think it's done any damage?
DOCTOR: No, no, no. no, no, no, no. It'd take more than that to get in
STEVEN: It's all right, Doctor. I think it's just come to investigate.
DOCTOR: Yes, well, it's going to be disappointed, isn't it. Look, you
see? There they go. Look, away into the distance, empty-handed.
STEVEN: Yes, they've given up.
DOCTOR: Yes, yes, unless they come back with a piece more trouble, I
wonder. Come on, we must go. So little time.
STEVEN: Two dawns, hmm?
DOCTOR: Two dawns. Come on, come on!
(Back in the Drahvin spaceship, Maaga joins Vicki
at a table in the living quarters.)
MAAGA: Are you sure you won't eat?
VICKI: No. Thank you.
MAAGA: It's very good.
VICKI: It looks like leaves to me.
MAAGA: It is leaves.
VICKI: Leaves? Is that what you eat?
MAAGA: Of course.
MAAGA: Everything that lives must eat.
VICKI: They've been gone ages. It must be at least two hours.
MAAGA: They'll be back soon.
VICKI: Not if a Chumbley gets them first.
MAAGA: They won't allow themselves to be caught. They're much too
worried about you.
VICKI: That's why you've kept me here, isn't it. Isn't it?
MAAGA: You're safe here.
VICKI: Look, can't I go and look for them?
MAAGA: If they're not back soon, we will go and look for them.
VICKI: But let me go, now.
MAAGA: No, I can't let you do that, because you might all escape in
your spaceship. And we need your help.
VICKI: Whether we want to give it or not.
MAAGA: Oh, I'm sure that all of you want to help us.
[Outside the spaceship]
STEVEN: Well, we've made it Doctor. You know, this
is a pretty strange kind of spaceship.
DOCTOR: Are you talking to yourself, dear boy?
STEVEN: I was just saying that it's a strange kind of spaceship.
DOCTOR: Yes, yes. I don't think much of it. It's not very well
advanced, is it? In fact, as you say, it's old-fashioned. Yes. I don't
think these Drahvins are very intelligent, do you?
STEVEN: Yeah, but it's the metal, I mean, Doctor, you know. Well, it's
DOCTOR: Yes, well, it's tough, but, it's not impregnable. No, it's very
common metal really. Yes, its it's nothing unusual, nothing unusual.
Well, I suggest that we go in instead of standing around here admiring
the scenery. Come along.
STEVEN: Well, what are you talking about, Doctor? It's you who stopped
to fiddle around on the outside.
DOCTOR: But you brought up the subject. Now don't argue, please. Don't
argue. I've never heard such rubbish.
(They knock on the airlock door.)
MAAGA: Your friends, safe, you see?
VICKI: No thanks to you, though, is it?
STEVEN: All right Doctor?
DOCTOR: Yes, yes, yes, yes.
VICKI: Oh, Doctor, you're all right!
DOCTOR: Yes, my child, I'm all right.
VICKI: But, you were away so long.
STEVEN: Yes, well, we'd have been a lot quicker if it hadn't been for
the Doc. We got held up by a Chumbley.
DOCTOR: They tried to blow us up inside the Tardis.
MAAGA: They didn't succeed?
DOCTOR: Well of course they didn't. My ship's not made of tin like this
old trash. Oh, good gracious me! Seems if I cough too loudly, the whole
thing'd fall to pieces.
MAAGA: It served its purpose.
DOCTOR: Ah, yes. Whatever that might be.
(Maaga closes the main airlock doors.)
DOCTOR: Is that necessary?
MAAGA: We have to protect ourselves against the machines.
MAAGA: Did you find out about this planet?
MAAGA: Will it explode?
DOCTOR: I'm afraid so.
DOCTOR: Exactly when the Rills said it would. In fourteen dawns time.
MAAGA: Fourteen dawns.
VICKI: Well, we should go, shouldn't we? We should
MAAGA: Will you help us?
DOCTOR: To do what, exactly?
MAAGA: To capture the Rill spaceship so that we can escape.
DOCTOR: And how do I do that? What happens then?
MAAGA: What do you mean?
DOCTOR: Well, I mean, what happens to the Rills?
MAAGA: Well, they remain on this planet.
VICKI: To be blown up?
MAAGA: They are murderers!
STEVEN: Why couldn't you take them off with you?
MAAGA: Because they're evil. You only have to see them to know. Evil!
DOCTOR: We only have your word for that. In any case, I can't help you.
MAAGA: Why not?
DOCTOR: In the first place, madam, I never kill anything. Neither do my
MAAGA: Well, either the Rills die or we do.
DOCTOR: Or, as the young man suggests, why don't you both go off
STEVEN: Come on, what's so impossible about it? Have you ever tried
DOCTOR: Yes, a very good question, dear boy.
VICKI: It seems to me you want to be enemies.
MAAGA: The situation was forced upon us.
STEVEN: Or maybe they killed your soldier by mistake.
MAAGA: There's no mistake about it.
STEVEN: Well, you seem pretty sure for someone who was half unconscious
after the crash.
MAAGA: You, too, doubt my word.
VICKI: We'd be pretty stupid not to.
DOCTOR: Yes, all these objections sum up mine. It's none of our
business. It's impossible. I'm afraid we can't help you. And it does
appear to me that none of you have tried to help yourselves.
STEVEN: Too busy fighting.
MAAGA: You will not change your mind?
MAAGA: This is your last chance.
DOCTOR: Very likely.
(Maaga pulls a weapon from her belt.)
MAAGA: You may not realise it, but at first I point this at your hand
and then I pull the trigger and
(Steven leaps at Maaga. The Drahvin leader is unexpectedly strong and
retains her grip on the gun. They wrestle to and fro as Vicki and the
Doctor watch in consternation. Just as Steven is gaining the upper
hand, two Drahvins enter, guns drawn.)
(Steven gives up.
DOCTOR: A very good attempt, my boy. Never mind.
MAAGA: You'll help us now?
DOCTOR: Yes, I don't seem to have much chance.
MAAGA: You have none whatsoever. The Rills are repairing their
spaceship. They have fourteen dawns in which to complete it.
(The Doctor and Steven exchange a look)
MAAGA: It is fourteen, isn't it?
DOCTOR: Oh, er, yes, quite.
MAAGA: You sure?
DOCTOR: Yes, quite sure.
MAAGA: Suddenly I don't believe you.
DOCTOR: Oh, but why should I lie?
MAAGA: I don't know. To trick us or something. When is this planet due
DOCTOR: Fourteen dawns time.
MAAGA: Very well, we shall kill the girl.
(At Maaga's signal, two Drahvins seize Vicki and a third points a gun
DOCTOR: Two dawns.
MAAGA: As soon as that? Well, you'll have to work quickly. The Rill
spaceship is that way. You will capture it for us.
DOCTOR: It may not be ready yet.
STEVEN: If it were, they'd have taken off by now.
MAAGA: I'm sure the Doctor can cope with that.
DOCTOR: Oh, you have great faith in me, haven't you.
MAAGA: Yes, I have, because I shall keep one of you here. I shall keep
STEVEN: Oh no you won't. You'll keep me.
MAAGA: I said I shall keep
STEVEN: Do you want our help or don't you?
DOCTOR: You will do as the young man suggests.
MAAGA: Very well, we'll keep him.
DOCTOR: Come along, Vicki. We have very little time. Madam, do I begin
by walking through this?
(The Doctor waves at the locked airlock doors. They open.)
STEVEN: Do you honestly believe that they can capture the Rills'
spaceship all by themselves?
MAAGA: Either they succeed, or we all die together.
[Outside the spaceship]
(Outside the Drahvin spaceship, the Doctor stops to
gaze pensively up at the sky.)
VICKI: Doctor, come on. What are you standing there for?
DOCTOR: Oh, I was just ruminating about the night and day. I was
wondering when it was going to get dark, then I just realised that
there's three suns on this planet.
VICKI: What, you don't think they have night here at all?
DOCTOR: Oh yes, they must, my dear, they must, otherwise this Maaga
woman wouldn't be talking about dawns. Probably lasts about two hours.
VICKI: Two hours?
DOCTOR: You remember when we were captured by those Chumblies?
VICKI: Yes, I do.
DOCTOR: That ray gun, why did they use it on the ship? I mean, if the
Rills are such enemies of the Drahvins, why don't they just wipe them
VICKI: Maybe their rays can't cut through metal or
DOCTOR: Oh, don't you believe that, my dear. Don't you believe that for
one minute. No, that ray gun could go through this like a piece of
VICKI: Oh. They don't even seem to have tried.
DOCTOR: No, it's all very odd, isn't it? Yes, it's very odd.
VICKI: Come on, Doctor, you said we haven't much time.
DOCTOR: Oh. Yes, of course, nearly one dawn. Yes, we must start that
journey. Are you nervous?
VICKI: Well, they sounded a bit nasty, didn't they?
(The Doctor and Vicki begin their journey to the Rill craft, while
Steven remains under guard in the Drahvin ship.)
[Inside the spaceship]
(Steven approaches one of his guards, who watches
him impassively, and she does not even react or resist when he takes
her gun from her. But the gun appears not to work. Bewildered, Steven
attempts a hasty and unsuccessful repair before returning it to its
STEVEN: Yes, well, it still won't work, but at least it looks prettier
now. Can I have some food?
(The Drahvin guard offers him two small tablets.)
STEVEN: Is this all there is?
DRAHVIN 1: That is our food.
STEVEN: Ugh. Does Maaga eat this?
DRAHVIN 1: No! She is our leader.
STEVEN: Well, then I'll have some of what she eats.
DRAHVIN 1: You cannot. It is food for our leaders only.
STEVEN: Well, that hardly seems fair, does it?
DRAHVIN 1: Fair?
STEVEN: Yeah, I mean that, you know, she should have special food, and
you have to eat this?
DRAHVIN 1: It is food.
STEVEN: Does Maaga have other special things?
DRAHVIN 1: She is our leader and has leader's things.
STEVEN: What leader's things?
DRAHVIN 1: Her gun.
STEVEN: Her gun?
DRAHVIN 1: Her food. A leader's gun can destroy anything.
STEVEN: What, even the Chumblies?
DRAHVIN 1: Even the machines.
STEVEN: Well, then, you know, surely it would be better if you all had
these guns. Well, then you wouldn't have to fear the machines.
DRAHVIN 1: There is only one gun. Maaga has that gun, as she is leader.
STEVEN: You could take it with you when you went on patrol.
DRAHVIN 1: Yes.
STEVEN: Doesn't it seem right that you should?
DRAHVIN 1: Only if Maaga says so.
STEVEN: Yes, but I mean, if you took it, and you you went out and you
destroyed the machine, Maaga would be pleased? Maaga would be pleased
if you destroyed the machine.
DRAHVIN 1: Yes.
STEVEN: Well then you should take it.
DRAHVIN 1: Yes.
STEVEN: Well, I'll tell you what. You give me your gun, whilst you go
and fetch Maaga's, and then we can both fight the machines together.
DRAHVIN 1: Yes.
MAAGA: You're trying to be too clever.
(Unnoticed, Maaga has entered the room)
MAAGA: You have done badly. You will be punished. This is a prisoner.
You must not talk to him.
DRAHVIN 1: He was talking.
MAAGA: He was trying to trick you like the machine.
DRAHVIN 1: I have done wrong. I did not understand.
MAAGA: Go to your quarters.
(Drahvin 1 leaves the room, and Maaga turns to address Steven.)
MAAGA: You must keep out of our way.
STEVEN: I don't particularly want to be here at all.
MAAGA: You don't have to be.
MAAGA: You could easily escape from this planet.
STEVEN: Oh, could I?
MAAGA: In your own ship.
STEVEN: Oh, taking you with me, of course.
MAAGA: Well, you wouldn't expect us to stay behind.
STEVEN: No, I suppose not.
MAAGA: All you have to do is to take us off this planet and you are
STEVEN: What, just like that?
MAAGA: It's a fair offer.
STEVEN: Oh, yes, yes. But even assuming I believed you, that on the way
you didn't decide that I was eating too much food, there is a snag.
MAAGA: What's that?
STEVEN: I can't operate it. I couldn't if I tried. Only the Doctor
could do that. It's his ship. Why don't you try making an offer to him?
Or is it that you think he might be just a little bit too clever for
you? I'm the gullible one, is that it? I'm not much help, am I?
MAAGA: I could make you help us.
STEVEN: No, you couldn't. Not even I can do the impossible. So sorry.
MAAGA: Get over there and stay there!
STEVEN: That's an order, is it?
MAAGA: Yes, it is.
(Steven moves over to the corner Maaga indicates. Frustrated, he sits,
then lies down and closes his eyes. Satisfied that he will cause no
more trouble, the Drahvin soldiers cross to the table and sit down with
Maaga. Eventually, Drahvin 3 breaks the silence.)
DRAHVIN 3: Maaga.
MAAGA: What is it?
DRAHVIN 3: Why do we not kill him now?
MAAGA: I will let you kill him when I am good and ready.
(Out on the surface, the Doctor and Vicki have
reached a ridge, from where they can observe several Chumblies
patrolling back and forth ahead of them.)
VICKI: Doctor, we'll never get past those sentries.
DOCTOR: Fascinating things to watch, ay? I wonder what the principal of
the operation is? I suppose it's quite simple once you know.
VICKI: How are we going to get past them?
DOCTOR: Ah, yes, yes, that's quite a problem, my child, isn't it.
VICKI: You're telling me it is.
DOCTOR: Well, now don't lose patience, you see. Now look, in this case,
first we must observe, note, collate, and then conclude. After that,
perhaps we can act.
VICKI: Yeah. Well, with the time we've got you have to all that in ten
DOCTOR: Shh, shh, shh. Quiet, quiet.
(Ducking out of sight, they watch a Chumbley pass close by. As a second
moves past, Vicki picks up a rock and throws it down behind the
machine. The Chumbley does not react, and continues on its way.)
VICKI: That's your answer.
DOCTOR: What are you doing?
VICKI: Doctor, I thought
DOCTOR: Are you trying to get us killed?
VICKI: Didn't you see? They only pick up sounds in front of them. If we
keep immediately behind them, they won't know we're there.
DOCTOR: Yes, yes, yes, you may appear to be right, but it's dangerous,
and it's very risky!
VICKI: That was no risk. I noted, observed, collated, concluded, and
then I threw the rock.
DOCTOR: Oh yes, yes, yes, quite so, yes, yes. You about finished? This
time I'll give you the benefit of the doubt. But, well now, I suppose
we've got to make a run for it.
VICKI: Are you sure you can manage?
DOCTOR: I think I can drag my aged limbs in some sort of semblance of a
run. Go on.
(Vicki and the Doctor dash towards the Rill ship, careful to remain on
the blind side of any Chumblies.)
(Meanwhile, on the Drahvin spaceship, Steven is
ignored as Maaga takes her soldiers through a weapons drill.)
MAAGA: Power units off. Guns down. Power unit readings. One?
DRAHVIN 1: 397.
DRAHVIN 2: 394.
DRAHVIN 3: 386.
MAAGA: Get it charged, Three. All guns must be perfect. If any one is
found defective, the owner will be severely punished. Because soon now,
we will use them. I, Maaga, will see to it. Soon now, we will break
into the Rills' spaceship, and the Rills, they will all be wiped out.
VICKI: So far, so good.
DOCTOR: Look! That looks like the home of the Rills.
(The Doctor indicates a bunker-like building carved of rock, with what
appears to be a vast black sphere growing from its left side.)
VICKI: That must be their space ship over there.
DOCTOR: Yes. And what's that other thing?
VICKI: It looks like a drill rig.
DOCTOR: Yes, it does, doesn't it. What could they be drilling for?
VICKI: Oil? Gas?
DOCTOR: Yeah. Well, there's only one way to find out. Go on.
[Outside the Rill building]
(The Doctor and Vicki are forced to duck out of
sight as a Chumbley emerges from the entrance. After a moment the robot
swings round and disappears back inside. Once they're sure that it has
gone, the Doctor and Vicki creep forwards to the entrance.)
VICKI: What on earth will we do if another one of those things comes
DOCTOR: We'd be in trouble. You know, this is a nice piece of building.
VICKI: It looks very temporary to me.
DOCTOR: It's most impressive. Yes, most impressive. And what's this, I
wonder? You know, I think these Rills are far more advanced than I
thought they were,.
VICKI: It looks like some kind of air purifier.
DOCTOR: Yes, or some kind of machinery for converting air into
something else. Yes, it's most interesting. Can you see anything?
DOCTOR: I'll lead the way.
DOCTOR: You know, this looks as though it's been
built for the Chumblies.
VICKI: A Chumbley-shaped corridor. Doctor?
VICKI: This one is for the Rills.
DOCTOR: Can you smell anything?
VICKI: Very faint though, isn't it?
DOCTOR: What is it?
VICKI: I don't know, but I feel as though I ought to.
DOCTOR: Yes, so should I. Come on.
DOCTOR: Well, I must say, it's an astonishing shape and design.
Marvellous work. Marvellous.
VICKI: That smell's getting stronger, you know.
DOCTOR: That what?
(They freeze as a Chumbley approaches, and are forced to hide as
several more appear.)
VICKI: Oh, Doctor, I thought they'd heard us.
DOCTOR: What's it doing, listening or smelling? Come on, Come on.
(They emerge into a large central chamber)
DOCTOR: A spaceship!
(The Doctor notices that one wall is black, and realises what it must
DOCTOR: You can't scratch the metal. Isn't that astounding? Yes, it's
far superior, far superior. Wonderful stuff for a spaceship.
VICKI: Doctor? I know what that smell is now.
(At the entrance to the Rill centre, a Chumbley moves into the
passageway. VICKI: Doctor? What do you think this thing is here?
DOCTOR: Well, I should say this is some sort of repair shop. Yes, and
that's a what, a Chumbley attachment?
DOCTOR: Yes, a revelation, a revelation.
(Vicki notices a deactivated Chumbley with its domes collapsed, making
it look smaller than the others.)
VICKI: Do you think it's a baby one?
(The Doctor reaches out and taps the inert Chumbley.)
DOCTOR: Not awake just yet.
(They laugh, then Vicki screams.)
Episode Three - Airlock
(The Doctor turns to see what has scared Vicki. An
alien eye is observing them with curiosity through a window. Meanwhile,
a Chumbley is making its way towards the central chamber.)
DOCTOR: There's a Chumbley coming! Quickly!
(Dashing to the nearest doorway, the Doctor and Vicki spot a second
Chumbley coming down the passage. They turn and run into another
tunnel. Behind them, the Chumblies emerge into the central chamber and
pause. After a moment they both move into the passage way that the
Doctor and Vicki used as their escape route.)
DOCTOR: Come on.
VICKI: Come on, Doctor.
)The Doctor emerges from the Rill central chamber and turns to help
DOCTOR: This way. Come on, we'll make it.
(But an iron grill slams down in front of her, blocking her exit.)
DOCTOR: I can't move it. It's immovable! Wait, wait, wait. I have an
idea. I might be able to sabotage them. Be patient. We know what this
machine's for. This is to convert air into ammonia gas.
VICKI: Doctor, hurry up!
DOCTOR: Yes, well, have patience child. When I've finished with this
machine, I'm sure they will release you.
VICKI: Never mind about that, release these bars!
DOCTOR: No! No! That's the last thing we do. This is the thing that
gives them the gas to breathe with.
VICKI: You don't know that for certain.
DOCTOR: My dear child, the Rills can't go outside. It's a foregone
)Two Chumblies have appeared in the tunnel behind Vicki.)
VICKI: I think they want me to go with them.
DOCTOR: Well, I think you you'd better do what they want.
VICKI: But Doctor, that thing in there, that thing looking out of the
DOCTOR: Yes, that was one of the Rills, I suppose.
VICKI: Doctor, I'm so scared.
DOCTOR: Look, you go with them, quickly, but don't cause any trouble.
It'll give me time to see if I can help you. I think perhaps I can do
something to that machine, but I must have time, yes?
VICKI: All right, but be quick.
DOCTOR: All right, don't worry. Goodbye.
(Reluctantly, Vicki allows herself to be taken back into the ship, and
the Doctor turns his attention to the air converter.)
(On the Drahvin spaceship, Steven is still
pretending to be asleep. Nervously, Drahvin 2 approaches Maaga.)
DRAHVIN 2: Maaga, shall we go?
DRAHVIN 2: To patrol.
MAAGA: I see no need.
DRAHVIN 2: To see what the other two are doing.
DRAHVIN 2: But, Maaga
MAAGA: Can you hear me?
DRAHVIN 2: We always go out on patrol at this time.
MAAGA: Yes, but not now. Soldier Drahvins, you can't understand
anything that's different, can you? You are made unintelligent, and you
remain that way for the rest of your lives. I told them soldiers were
no good for space work. All they can do is kill. But they wouldn't
listen. If you are to conquer space, they said, you will need soldiers.
So here I am confronted with danger, and the only one able to think.
Very well. I am your commanding officer. I am your controller, am I
DRAHVIN 2: Yes, Maaga.
MAAGA: And you obey my orders?
DRAHVIN 2: Yes, Maaga.
DRAHVIN 2: Because you are our leader.
DRAHVIN 2: You think.
MAAGA: And you don't know what that means. But because I think, I order
that there'll be no patrol now. We have a prisoner. In order to save
him, the other two must help us.
DRAHVIN 1: I do not understand why they would want to help a friend.
MAAGA: I know you don't.
DRAHVIN 1: We would not. We would leave him here.
MAAGA: Yes, we would. But I have heard of creatures like these. They
help one another.
DRAHVIN 3: Why, Maaga?
MAAGA: I don't know. I have heard that on occasions, they even die for
DRAHVIN 3: Die? For their friends?
MAAGA: There are many strange things in the universe.
DRAHVIN 2: I do not understand.
MAAGA: I know you don't. But despite that, you will obey orders. It may
be that we shall kill neither the Rills nor the Earth creatures. Not
with our own hands, that is. It may be better for us to escape in the
Rills' spaceship and leave them here. And then, when we are out in
space, we can look back. We will see a vast, white, exploding planet
and know that they have died with it.
DRAHVIN 1: But we will not see them die.
MAAGA: You will not. But I, at least, have enough intelligence to
imagine it. The fear, the horror, the shuddering of a planet in its
last moments of life. And then they die. But that is for later.
(Maaga turns to address each of her soldiers in turn.) You will rest.
You will guard the prisoner. You will go out and look for the Earth
creatures. Open the door.
(As the others leave the room, Drahvin 1 crosses over to sit next to
Steven, where Maaga joins her.)
DRAHVIN 1: He sleeps.
MAAGA: But you will not. He must not move.
(Maaga leaves the room. Unobserved, Steven opens his eyes to assess his
(Vicki has been taken back to the Rill central
chamber. Nervously, she glances at the window where she saw the
watching eyes, but the shutter is now closed. A second machine enters
the chamber. One of the Chumblies gently nudges against Vicki.)
VICKI: Stop doing that! What do you want, anyway?
CHUMBLEY: (fast, then slowing down) What do you want anyway? What do
you want anyway? What do you want anyway? What do you want anyway? What
do you want anyway? We are sorry to separate you from your friend, but
it was necessary.
(The shutter on the window has lifted.)
VICKI: Who are you?
CHUMBLEY: Who are you?
VICKI: We're, er, we're time travellers from the planet Earth.
CHUMBLEY: I see. You were sent here by the Drahvins?
CHUMBLEY: To do us harm?
VICKI: No. No, you see the Drahvins are keeping a friend of ours
prisoner. So, we had to do as they said.
CHUMBLEY: What was that?
VICKI: To capture your spaceship.
CHUMBLEY: Why do they want to capture it? We have offered to take them
VICKI: They didn't tell us that.
CHUMBLEY: No. They would not. They would rather kill. They hate us.
VICKI: Well, you did kill one of them.
CHUMBLEY: We kill no one.
VICKI: But they. Look, who is talking? Is it, is it this Chumbley, or
is it someone else?
CHUMBLEY: You call the machines Chumblies?
CHUMBLEY: The Chumblies have a speaker in them. They are transmitting
VICKI: Your, your thoughts.
CHUMBLEY: We do not speak like you. We have no vocal chords. We
communicate in thought.
VICKI: Who are you?
CHUMBLEY: We are the Rills.
VICKI: Why can't I see you?
CHUMBLEY: It is better that you do not. Not all the dominant species in
the universe look like humans. Our appearance might shock you as it
shocked the Drahvins.
(Outside, the Doctor has removed one of the access plates from the air
convertor, and he peers inside.)
VICKI: The Drahvins said that you attacked them.
CHUMBLEY: That is short of the truth. We were investigating outer space
when we encountered a strange ship. Rills do not attack or kill without
good reason, so we stopped our ship. Their ship also stopped. We hung
in space facing each other. We could have turned and gone away, but we
were afraid that we would be attacked.
VICKI: Yes. Well, what happened?
CHUMBLEY: For four dawns we hung there. Then we decided to turn. As we
were doing so the Drahvins fired. Immediately we did the same, and both
ships crashed. When we escaped from our ship we discovered that we
could not breathe the atmosphere here, but we had a small supply of our
own, and set out to help the Drahvins.
(Through some form of mental projection, Vicki is now able to see past
events unfold before her eyes.)
CHUMBLEY: The first one we found was badly injured. We started to help
the soldier. Then Maaga, their leader, appeared. She started to shoot
at us, so we left. We could have fought back. Our weapons are superior
to theirs. But, we do not kill. The Drahvins do. When we looked back,
we saw Maaga kill the injured soldier.
VICKI: But all the Drahvins believe that you did that.
CHUMBLEY: We know. That is why they keep attacking us.
VICKI: Would you really have taken those people off with you?
CHUMBLEY: Why not? What do we gain if they die? We will help you rescue
your friend. Something is worrying you.
VICKI: Yes, I, I wish I could see the whole of you.
CHUMBLEY: It is better that you don't. Besides, we cannot come out. In
order to live we must have ammoniac gas. So we live in here in a
compartment where it is filtered in.
VICKI: You mean you can't breathe oxygen at all?
CHUMBLEY: No. Our home planet. What is it?
VICKI: You must let me out quickly, or you'll all be killed!
CHUMBLEY: Killed? By whom?
VICKI: By the Doctor. He's trying to wreck your machine for making
(Vicki dashes off towards the main entrance, where the Doctor is still
working at sabotaging the air convertor.
(Steven meanwhile is still feigning sleep, hoping
that his Drahvin guard will eventually go to sleep herself. Cautiously
opening his eyes a fraction, he sees that at last she's nodding off in
the chair. Taking great care not to make any sound that might wake the
guard, Steven sits up very slowly. Gingerly he lowers his feet to the
floor, freezing as the material beneath him creaks alarmingly. The
Drahvin jerks and mumbles, but does not wake up. Only once he's sure
that the guard is still asleep does Steven dare to move again. At last
he's sitting directly in front of the Drahvin. He raises his hands, one
aimed at her gun, the other at her mouth. Lunging forward, Steven
quietly knocks the chair backwards and snatches for the gun. He turns
it on the Drahvin, but there's no need. Examining her, he discovers she
was knocked unconscious as she fell. All is quiet. Steven straightens
and moves quickly to the door controls. Very gently, he depresses the
lever. At that moment Maaga appears, gun in hand.)
MAAGA: He's trying to escape!
(Steven enters the airlock but finds himself cornered. He raises the
MAAGA: You can't escape. Give up and we will not harm you.
STEVEN: I'd be a fool to believe that, wouldn't I?
(Steven presses the control and closes the inner door, sealing him off
from the Drahvins.)
[Outside the spaceship]
(Opening the outer door, Steven emerges warily from
the ship. He's about to set off after the Doctor and Vicki when a
familiar sound alerts him to the presence of an approaching Chumbley.
The Chumbley blocks his escape route. Cornered, Steven considers his
options briefly before ducking back into the airlock, and closing the
outer door. Defeated, he turns to find Maaga watching him through the
inner door, a cruel smile on her face.)
(At the Rill ship, the Doctor is poised to destroy
the air convertor.)
VICKI: Doctor, no! Don't do it, Doctor! Doctor!
DOCTOR: Oh, child.
VICKI: Oh good. I thought I was going to be too late.
DOCTOR: Are you sure you're all right, child?
VICKI: Yes, and the Rills won't harm us. They want to help.
CHUMBLEY: We were told your friend is in danger.
DOCTOR: Is that a Rill talking?
VICKI: Yes. Well, answer him.
DOCTOR: Oh yes, you were told correctly.
VICKI: Doctor, they're not deaf.
DOCTOR: Oh, I'm sorry. I beg your pardon. I thought you couldn't hear.
CHUMBLEY: We are not deaf, you know. Perhaps you will both come inside.
DOCTOR: Ah, yes, it does occurs to me that if we do that we might be
VICKI: Doctor, if the Rills wanted to harm us, the Chumbley could shoot
DOCTOR: Well, yes. Indeed. Of course, child. Yes, that's quite true,
quite true. Yes, well, lead the way, lead the way. As it happens, I'd
like to take a look round. What's this? What's this fellow doing?
CHUMBLEY: Going to repair the damage you have done.
DOCTOR: Ah, yes. Quite so.
DOCTOR: Tell me, what do these Rills look like?
VICKI: They won't show themselves, Doctor.
DOCTOR: Oh? Why ever not?
CHUMBLEY: Because our appearance would not be pleasant to you.
DOCTOR: Oh, what nonsense. We're not children, you know.
CHUMBLEY: It is best you do not see us.
DOCTOR: Oh, very well. Carry on, carry on. Oh, what utter rubbish,
(The Doctor and Vicki are escorted back to the central chamber.)
DOCTOR: Oh, yes. This this drill rigging here. Tell
me, what is it you drilling for?
CHUMBLEY: Power. We must have power for launching our spaceship. The
suns are too weak to supply this power, therefore, by drilling we may
find some in the ground.
DOCTOR: Very well, if you take my advice, you'll get a move on. There's
very little time left.
CHUMBLEY: You know about the explosion of this planet?
DOCTOR: Oh yes, we know more than you. Your timing is wrong. The
disintegration of this planet is not fourteen dawns away. It is now
less than two dawns.
CHUMBLEY: Two dawns?
DOCTOR: Two dawns.
CHUMBLEY: Then we have no chance of survival.
VICKI: But you've repaired your ship.
CHUMBLEY: Yes, but the only power we find is a gas, and that is of no
use to us. We have no means of converting it into the sunray power we
DOCTOR: I think I might be able to supply you with the power you need.
Yes, I think I'll help you, since you're so willing to help us.
CHUMBLEY: We would be deeply grateful.
VICKI: You keep saying we. How many of you are there?
VICKI: That doesn't seem many for manning a spaceship.
CHUMBLEY: We were twelve. Eight of us died in the crash.
DOCTOR: First I will need some metal-cored cable.
CHUMBLEY: We have some.
DOCTOR: Splendid, splendid. I think I can put into effect the
transference of power from my ship to this. Now, first of all, I must
have a conversion. Now is that possible?
CHUMBLEY: We shall do all that you say, you are our only
VICKI: What's that?
DOCTOR: What's the matter, hmm?
CHUMBLEY: We have just received a message from a machine.
VICKI: A Chumbley?
CHUMBLEY: It is by the Drahvin spaceship. It reports that a being, not
Drahvin, came out of it.
CHUMBLEY: It detected that he was a friend of yours, but before contact
could be made, he went back in again.
VICKI: He still thinks the Chumblies are dangerous, you see. Doctor,
let me go and tell him.
DOCTOR: That won't be necessary, my dear. He's quite capable enough of
looking after himself. Now, the cable, please, the cable.
MAAGA: Do you hear me, Earthman?
STEVEN [OC]: Yes, I hear you.
MAAGA: Throw down your gun, and we will set you free.
(Defiantly, Steven grips his gun tighter.)
MAAGA: Very well, but if you try to come through here, you may kill one
of us, but we will surely kill you. Yes, outside a Rills' machine waits
to kill also.
STEVEN [OC]: All right. I'll stay here. I may be trapped but you can't
MAAGA: You are in the airlock. On the wall there are some dials. They
are pressure gauges.
MAAGA: We can empty the oxygen out of that section and you will
(Steven looks for the button that opens the outer door.)
MAAGA: If you touch that, the door will open completely, leaving you at
the mercy of the machine.
DRAHVIN 2: Ready?
DRAHVIN 2: Normal.
DRAHVIN 2: Normal.
MAAGA: Good. Empty the airlock. Yes, Earthman. The air is already
leaving the airlock. You have three choices.
STEVEN [OC]: Three?
MAAGA: Stay there and die, go outside and be killed by the machine, or
DOCTOR: Yes, good. Good. Yes, I think that's
enough. That should be all right. Now then, let me have your arm.
That's splendid. Now, follow me to the ship.
CHUMBLEY: Our thanks.
VICKI: What does that mean?
CHUMBLEY: The Chumbley has reported that your friend is still in the
ship, but he is making noises that it cannot understand. It says they
sound like cries of distress.
DOCTOR: I must go at once.
CHUMBLEY: You cannot help him alone. We will send two more Chumbley
machines with you.
DOCTOR: But what can they do?
CHUMBLEY: Cut open the ship, if necessary.
VICKI: Doctor, come on!
CHUMBLEY: Go quickly! The Chumbley reports that the sounds are
DOCTOR: You stay here, child.
VICKI: No, I'm coming with you!
DOCTOR: All right. Come, then, come. Come along. And you, stay here
until you receive a message. Come on! Quickly! Quickly! Quick!
(The Doctor and Vicki follow the Chumblies into the passageway and out
of the Rill base, making their way as fast as they can back to the
[Outside the spaceship]
(Nearing the ship, they encounter a Drahvin soldier
DRAHVIN 1: Halt or I fire! Do not move.
DOCTOR: What is wrong?
DRAHVIN 1: Where are you going?
DOCTOR: Back to your spaceship, of course.
DRAHVIN 1: The machines are our enemies. Why do you bring them too?
DOCTOR: We're going to help you and Maaga and the rest of them to get
to the Rill spaceship. We wish to save lives, not to destroy them.
DRAHVIN 1: Maaga does not trust you. I do not trust you.
VICKI: Listen, we have captured these machines. They do anything we
tell them now. Watch. Come forward. Stop. Go back. Stop.
(Unconvinced, the Drahvin turns and fires at the Chumbley. Horrified,
Vicki wrestles the gun away her.)
DOCTOR: Now, madam! Listen to me!
DRAHVIN 1: Kill me now. I have failed my duty.
DOCTOR: Nonsense. Let us stop this thought of killing anyone. Now,
madam, back to your spaceship. Back please.
VICKI: Go on. Hurry.
(Inside the airlock, Steven is much the worse for
MAAGA [OC]: Why do you not give up, Earthman?
(Staggering to the wall, Steven attempts to activate the outer door
STEVEN: I'd rather face the Chumblies than you any day.
MAAGA [OC]: That will not work now. The pressure has locked the door.
You must surrender, or die.
(Gasping for breath, Steven slumps unconscious to the floor.)
Episode Four - The
(The Doctor, Vicki, and the party of Chumblies are
approaching the ship. One of the Chumblies carries a spherical
DRAHVIN 2: He cannot live much longer, Maaga. Soon he will die.
MAAGA: We do not wish him dead.
DRAHVIN 2: But he is our enemy.
MAAGA: Also our hostage.
DRAHVIN 3: Machine with bomb approaching!
MAAGA: Quick, take cover!
(The Chumbley projectile crashes through the porthole and begins to
discharge a thick cloud of ammonia gas.)
CHUMBLEY [OC]: Stand clear!
(A second Chumbley fires at the airlock door, releasing Steven.)
[Outside the spaceship]
CHUMBLEY: All right, it's safe now.
DOCTOR: Come along, my boy. Up on your feet. Quickly! Come along. Come
on, come on. Put your head down. Now breathe deeply. Come along.
VICKI: They nearly killed him in there. Come on, let's get away from
there in case they come out.
DOCTOR: Steady. Take it easy. You're with friends.
VICKI: Are you all right?
DOCTOR: Yes, thanks to the Chumblies. They did the trick. I don't know
what those Drahvins were going to think. Come on, keep breathing. Keep
breathing. In and out. In and out. Come on.
MAAGA: Guns ready. Door. After them, and kill!
[Outside the spaceship]
DOCTOR: Be all right in a minute.
(The Drahvins run out.)
CHUMBLEY: Stop! If you move at all, we shall fire. Do not mistake our
intention. You will not interfere. Doctor, please lead your party away.
DOCTOR: I certainly will. Can you walk? Come on, my boy, on your feet.
Come along. That way. That way. Come on. Keep breathing hard. In and
(The Doctor. Vicki and Steven leave with a Chumbley escort.)
CHUMBLEY: Maaga, you will take your soldiers back into the ship, and
you will stay there. Until now we have spared you, although you have
attacked us time and time again. But we will always defend our friends.
CHUMBLEY: We will prevent any attempt on your part to leave the ship. I
am resolute. Now, go back into your spaceship.
MAAGA: You have polluted the air with your bomb.
CHUMBLEY: It will have cleared by now. The ammonia bomb was only a
warning. Go inside.
(The Drahvins return to their ship, closing the
airlock. Maaga crosses to the porthole and looks out.)
MAAGA: It's still there.
DRAHVIN 2: We cannot escape.
DRAHVIN 1: But Maaga, we
MAAGA: We cannot escape yet, but we will. No Drahvin is defeated until
dead. Is that so?
DRAHVINS: Yes, Maaga.
MAAGA: We are still alive. It depends how long that machine will be.
You failed in your mission of patrol.
DRAHVIN 1: I was outnumbered.
MAAGA: You will be dealt with. Failure is never tolerated. You. Does
the forward hatch still work?
DRAHVIN 3: Yes, Maaga.
DRAHVIN 3: Yes, Maaga.
MAAGA: It is now dim light. Soon it will be night. The last night this
planet will ever know. We must capture the Rill spaceship before then.
When I give the order, you will steal silently through the forward
hatch. You will then creep round behind the Rills' machine. Understood?
DRAHVIN 3: Yes, Maaga.
MAAGA: And you will destroy it.
(The Doctor, Vicki and Steven have reached the Rill
VICKI: It's that ammoniac gas we were telling you about.
STEVEN: I'd rather they breathed it than me.
VICKI: Doctor? There can't be a lot of time left now, is there?
DOCTOR: About six hours, child. Have you finished that conversion?
CHUMBLEY: Yes, we have, but it will take some time to transfer the
power of your ship to ours.
DOCTOR: Oh, nonsense, nonsense.
CHUMBLEY: We are concerned for your safety.
VICKI: And we're concerned for yours.
DOCTOR: Oh, indeed, that's very noble of you all. It's a matter of
urgency. Come along, let's have the cable in please at once.
CHUMBLEY: Very well.
DOCTOR: Quickly, quickly. Quickly, child. Here. Yes, that'll do.
STEVEN: What is going on, Doctor?
STEVEN: What are you trying to do?
DOCTOR: I'm going to try to transfer power from my ship into the
interior of the Rill ship here.
STEVEN: Oh, I see.
DOCTOR: Now if you suspect there's any trouble whilst I'm working, I
want you to contact me at once, understood?
STEVEN: But you want me to stay here?
DOCTOR: Yes, I want you to stay here with the leader of the Rills and
try and have some rest. Get some. So, contain yourself. Now then.
Right, off you go.
VICKI: Can I come with you, Doctor?
DOCTOR: Yes, child, if you wish. Come along. Hurry, hurry, hurry.
VICKI: See you later, Steven.
DOCTOR: Come along.
(Vicki and the Doctor leave)
CHUMBLEY: You have not gone with your friends.
)Unable to contain his curiosity, Steven wanders around the chamber,
examining the unfamiliar equipment.)
CHUMBLEY: You are interested in our place?
STEVEN: Yes, quite. So the Doctor trusts you?
CHUMBLEY: Why shouldn't he?
STEVEN: No reason. I suppose you gave right ethical reasons for him, so
naturally he does trust you.
CHUMBLEY: We rescued you from the Drahvins, but you still don't trust
STEVEN: Oh, you could be the same as them, using us for your own
CHUMBLEY: The Doctor offered to help us. We needed his help.
STEVEN: So did the Drahvins.
CHUMBLEY: What are you getting at?
CHUMBLEY: Yes, you are.
STEVEN: All right. You said it would take hours to charge this ship
CHUMBLEY: The Doctor said he could do it in time.
STEVEN: Yes. But supposing, just this once, you're right, and he's
wrong. Would you take us with you, or would you allow us to leave in
our own ship?
CHUMBLEY: In your own ship, if possible.
STEVEN: Come off it. I mean, if you don't get this charged in time, you
aren't going to let us go just like that.
CHUMBLEY: We are strange beings to you. You've never met anything like
us. You come from Earth, a planet we don't know, but clearly it is a
planet which still knows conflict.
STEVEN: What? So?
CHUMBLEY: If we are right and the power-charge is going to take too
long a time, then the Doctor, the girl, and you must leave. We believe
STEVEN: Oh yeah, I'm sure.
CHUMBLEY: But if there is a choice, the Doctor must go. He travels
further than we can. And everything he has shown he stands for is what
we believe in. So it is better that he goes.
STEVEN: I'm sorry. You can't blame me, though, for being suspicious. In
that case, there's something you ought know. Whilst I was in the
Drahvin ship, they said they intended to leave this planet in yours.
CHUMBLEY: We are prepared to take them with us.
STEVEN: Well, that's not what they mean. They take your ship, you stay
CHUMBLEY: We must hope they do not succeed.
STEVEN: Yes, well, there's so little time left, they're going to be
desperate. I'll tell you what. Why not let me fix the cable for you at
CHUMBLEY: Thank you! The machine will help you. It will be quicker.
STEVEN: It's got to be.
(In the Drahvin ship, Drahvin 3 is preparing to
attack the Chumbley outside.)
DRAHVIN 3: I'm ready, Maaga.
MAAGA: Then go. And do not fail.
DRAHVIN 3: I shall not.
(Holding an iron bar, Three leaves the ship through a hatch and drops
silently to the ground.)
[Outside the Tardis]
VICKI: It's getting darker, Doctor.
DOCTOR: Hmm? Oh, it's nothing to worry about, my dear. I think the
evenings last here for about four hours.
VICKI: It's strange. To think that at dawn all this will explode into
DOCTOR: No, not just nothing, child. Hydrogen gas that springs itself
out like molten silver against the other stars in the same galaxy. Yes,
well, let's have the cable, please.
MAAGA: She's out of sight.
DRAHVIN 1: She will die willingly.
MAAGA: She will not die until she has destroyed the machine.
DRAHVIN 2: Will we escape, Maaga?
MAAGA: Yes, when we have destroyed the machine we will escape.
DRAHVIN 2: Oh! What is happening?
MAAGA: It's first warning of the explosion. We have only five hours
left. She must act quickly.
(Undetected, Drahvin 3 creeps up behind the Chumbley. Raising the iron
bar, she brings it crashing down with murderous force on the Chumbley's
(Completing the work of connecting the cables to the Tardis power unit,
the Doctor and Vicki return to the Rill base.)
STEVEN: Well, it's all fixed up here, Doctor. Any
snags at the Tardis?
DOCTOR: Everything under control, my dear boy.
STEVEN: Oh good, good.
DOCTOR: Switch on your motors, please.
CHUMBLEY: Start control. Full intake. Cable guard stand by.
VICKI: Is that the power being transferred?
DOCTOR: Yes, it is, my dear.
VICKI: How long will it take?
DOCTOR: Oh, three to four hours, I think.
STEVEN: Oh, but this planet's due to explode in less than five hours.
DOCTOR: I fully appreciate that fact, young man.
VICKI: There's that alarm again.
STEVEN: Oh, what's happened now?
CHUMBLEY: Silence, please. Emergency message coming through. The
Drahvins have escaped and destroyed the Chumbley outside their
VICKI: Oh, no!
DOCTOR: And the Chumbley outside my Tardis?
CHUMBLEY: In the position he has taken up he is in no danger. Continue,
DOCTOR: Thank you, thank you.
CHUMBLEY: There will be no more incidents.
STEVEN: They won't go after the Tardis anyway, Doctor. It's this ship
they want, and us.
[Outside the spaceship]
MAAGA: You have done well.
DRAHVIN 3: Thank you, Maaga.
MAAGA: I will see that you are mentioned. Did you see any other
DRAHVIN 3: The only one there I destroyed.
DRAHVIN 3: It will not move again.
MAAGA: We are going to attack the Rill spaceship. You will follow close
behind me. Understood?
DRAHVINS: Yes, Maaga.
MAAGA: When we get nearer, I will give you further orders. Come.
DOCTOR: Oh, do stop worrying, dear boy, and stand
CHUMBLEY: Stand still.
STEVEN: Look, Doctor, I know exactly what they intend to do. And as
soon as they see this cable, they're going destroy it.
CHUMBLEY: Do not worry. I am prepared for that.
DOCTOR: Splendid, splendid. Is the power still coming through?
CHUMBLEY: It is.
STEVEN: And how long's it going to take?
CHUMBLEY: Another two hours, at least.
DOCTOR: That should be enough.
STEVEN: Look, isn't it possible to charge any faster?
DOCTOR: Utterly impossible, dear boy. There's great danger of the panel
STEVEN: Yes, well, we're going to be lucky to get back to the Tardis in
STEVEN: Well the Drahvins are still out to get us.
CHUMBLEY: Do not worry. We will ensure that you return safely to your
VICKI: Look, it's a Drahvin.
STEVEN: They don't waste time, do they?
DRAHVIN 3: Stand still. You have escaped once. You will not do so
VICKI: Steven. (inaudible)
STEVEN: And be killed?
DRAHVIN 3: Death does not frighten me. I die a warrior Drahvin.
(As Drahvin 3's finger tightens on the trigger, a Chumbley appears in
the doorway and fires on her. She falls to the ground.)
VICKI: Oh, Steven.
STEVEN: What have you done?
CHUMBLEY: Do not worry, she is completely paralysed. I told you there
would be no further incidents.
VICKI: Doctor? Where's the Doctor?
STEVEN: Oh, there he is
DOCTOR [OC]: Hello, I'm in here. Come in. Come in.
CHUMBLEY: You may enter. But be prepared for a shock.
VICKI: Do you think we ought to go in?
DOCTOR [OC]: Come along, come along, come along.
(Maaga and her soldiers are resting on a ridge
above the Rill base.)
MAAGA: We've driven them off.
DRAHVIN 1: But we have not destroyed one.
MAAGA: Don't worry, we will.
DRAHVIN 2: More machines!
(Entering the inner chamber, the Doctor, Vicki and
Steven can see the Rills behind the glass partition, enveloped in dense
CHUMBLEY: Now you know what we look like.
DOCTOR: I do. And I, for one, am glad of it.
CHUMBLEY: We apologise for the glass partition, but you will understand
we must keep our atmosphere in here.
DOCTOR: Yes, of course, of course.
CHUMBLEY: Our appearance shocks you?
DOCTOR: Not now. I must admit, it did at first.
STEVEN: Well, I don't see why the Drahvins should hate you.
VICKI: I know. I mean, after all, we must look just as strange to you.
CHUMBLEY: To the Drahvins we are ugly, so they become frightened.
DOCTOR: You are different from us, of course, but at least you are
STEVEN: Yes, what difference does it make what your form is?
DOCTOR: Importance lies in the character and to what use you put this
intelligence. We respect you as we respect all life.
DOCTOR: What's the matter, my child?
VICKI: I suddenly feel terribly ill.
STEVEN: It's the ammoniac gas escaping.
DOCTOR: Oh dear, dear, dear, yes, I
CHUMBLEY: You had better return to the other chamber. Our atmosphere is
not good for you.
DOCTOR: Ah, yes, thank you. Young man. Young man.
VICKI: I suppose we won't meet again.
CHUMBLEY: It is improbable.
STEVEN: How much longer, Doctor?
DOCTOR: One hour.
STEVEN: And how long till the explosion?
DOCTOR: One hour and a half.
STEVEN: Hmm. Well, let's hope no more Drahvins get in here.
(The Drahvins take cover from the attacking
Chumblies. Maaga throws aside her gun in disgust.)
MAAGA: Oh, it's no good. Our guns can't harm them.
DRAHVIN 1: Then we must use bars, as Three did!
MAAGA: No, we will go that way. Head for the spaceship part of the
building. We must concentrate on that.
STEVEN: It can't take much longer!
DOCTOR: Oh, patience, dear boy, patience.
VICKI: Dawn will be here in half an hour now.
STEVEN: Yes, and when dawn comes this planet explodes like a bomb.
DOCTOR: Oh, really, you two.
VICKI: What's that? What is it?
DOCTOR: Ah! That is a signal that the spaceship is now fully charged,
unless I'm very much mistaken.
STEVEN: Well, it's about time, too.
CHUMBLEY: You are right, Doctor. We are ready to disconnect.
DOCTOR: Oh, good, good. Now, you have sufficient power?
CHUMBLEY: Enough to get us well out into space, where we can recharge
from a sun.
DOCTOR: Splendid, splendid. Then I don't think there's any more for us
to do. We will go.
CHUMBLEY: A Chumbley will escort you back to your ship.
DOCTOR: And yourself?
CHUMBLEY: We will wait until you are safely there.
DOCTOR: Oh, we shall be quite all right. It is you that needs to be out
of range, not us. The moment I start my motors, we shall be out of
range in time. We don't need space.
VICKI: Go now, please.
CHUMBLEY: Very well. In a moment we shall leave here and enter the
ship. From that time we will not be able to talk with you. The Chumbley
with you will escort you back to your ship. He will protect you and
obey your commands. Once you have gone he will destroy himself.
CHUMBLEY: It will be painless. Merely putting itself out of action.
DOCTOR: Yes, I think I understand, and thank you very much.
CHUMBLEY: It is easy to help others when they are so willing to help
you. Though we are beings of separate planets, you from the solar
system and we from another space, our ways of thought, at times, do not
seem all that different. It has been an honour to know you and serve
VICKI: Good luck.
CHUMBLEY: Thank you. We shall give you time to get clear before we take
off. Now we are going. Goodbye. We wish you well.
DOCTOR: They've started the motors.
STEVEN: Yes, and we've got less than half an hour, Doctor.
DOCTOR: Yes, you're quite right. Quickly, quickly, come, come.
(As a sudden stillness falls, Drahvin 1 emerges to
see what has happened.)
DRAHVIN 1: Where are the machines?
DRAHVIN 2: There are none.
MAAGA: Listen! They're escaping!
(The Drahvins watch in horror as the Rill ship takes off.)
STEVEN: There they go!
DOCTOR: Isn't it amazing? What a wonderful sight! Oh!
DOCTOR: Yes, yes, of course.
MAAGA: The Earth people. We can catch them!
[Outside the Tardis]
(The Doctor, Steven and Vicki hurry back towards
the Tardis, their Chumbley escort following closely. As the pursuing
Drahvins draw nearer, the Chumbley turns and fires at them. The
Drahvins fling themselves to the ground.)
STEVEN: Come on, Doc!
(Finally reaching the Tardis, the Doctor fumbles to unlock the door
then shepherds Steven and Vicki inside. After a moment,
Steven reemerges with the end of the cable and tosses it out of the
STEVEN: Here they come!
(As the Drahvins rush towards the ship, the ground starts to tremble,
and a low rumble like distant thunder starts to fill the air.
Horrified, Maaga watches the Tardis dematerialise, fear etched on her
face. And as the sun rises for the last time, the planet begins to
break up around her.)
STEVEN: Can we see the disintegration on the
DOCTOR: No, I'm afraid not, dear boy. We've dematerialised from that
DOCTOR: A long time ago.
DOCTOR: What's the matter, child?
VICKI: I've hurt my ankle.
DOCTOR: Oh, yes, I'm afraid we shall, yes, we'll just have to put a
cold compress on that. Oh dear, dear, dear. You know, I wish we could
stop somewhere for a while and take stock of ourselves, instead of
being surrounded by dangers all the time. Just put that third switch
forward, would you? Thank you.
VICKI: Look at that planet. I wonder what's going on there?
DOCTOR: Yes. Yes, I wonder.
(Light years away, on the planet Kembel Jeff Garvey
is lying on the jungle floor, barely conscious. Garvey wakes up with a
start, sitting up and peering about himself in confusion.)
GARVEY: I remember now. I must, I must kill. I must kill. I must kill.
Episode - Mission to the Unknown