first broadcast - 15th January 1966
running time - 23mins 37secs
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(The tomb is big, filled with the pharoah's treasure and also his coffin. By the coffin is the TARDIS.)
STEVEN: (oov) Doctor? DOCTOR?!
(Steven and Sara comes into view.)
STEVEN: Doctor? DOCTOR?! (turning to Sara) No Doctor.
(Sara sees the TARDIS.)
SARA: Perhaps he's inside.
(They rush over and start hammering on the TARDIS doors.)
(He turns and shouts through his cupped hands.)
(Sara has turned her back on the TARDIS and notices something.)
SARA: Steven! Look!
(Steven turns and looks. A bandaged hand has opened the lid of the coffin and is moving about. The coffin lid fully opens and a near fully bandaged person rises. He spots Sara and Steven and starts trying to talk, but the bandages muffle the sound.)
STEVEN: He is trying to say something.
(Sara and Steven move over to the mummy and start to unravel the bandages. When all of the bandages have been removed from the face they see that it is the Monk.)
MONK: Well, thank goodness for that!
2. DALEK TIME SHIP
(Mavic Chen and two Daleks are waiting inside the ship for the Monk to bring them the Taranium Core from the Doctor.)
RED DALEK: The plan has failed.
MAVIC CHEN: We can't be certain. Although the time travelling Monk has not yet contracted us. We don't know what difficulties he had to face.
RED DALEK: The Earth hour allowed has expired.
MAVIC CHEN: In the present situation we can't afford to measure time exactly.
RED DALEK: The time traveller has deceived us!
MAVIC CHEN: I don't think so. He DARE not! Will the Daleks never learn that all things do not work to a pattern? That flexibility can also lead to conquest.
RED DALEK: Silence! All Daleks will disembark! All forms of life will be treated as hostile!
DALEKS: We obey!
(The Dalek moves to Mavic Chen.)
RED DALEK: You, Chen, will come with us.
MAVIC CHEN: But recovery of the Taranium Core was made my responsibility...
RED DALEK: Orders will not be questioned!
MAVIC CHEN: If you insist on this approach, I fail to see how I will be able to answer for the consequences!!
(With that, Chen hits the Dalek eyepiece causing the Dalek to be disoriented for a brief moment. Then Chen and the Daleks leave their time ship.)
(By now the Monk has been totally freed from his bandages and is telling Steven and Sara what he has been up to.)
STEVEN: So it was the Doctor who did this?!
MONK: Yes. Unbelievable isn't it. Absolutely unbelievable. I admit that I succumbed to temptation...
SARA: What did the Doctor say?
MONK: Well, he didn't say anything really, nothing. There I was, trying to warn him of the Daleks and suddenly there I am in the sarcophagus!
SARA: Well, I sure he apologise when he hears your story.
MONK: Well, I am... I am not one to bear a grudge. We all know what the Doctor's like. No, I think that it was just one of those things.
STEVEN: Where do he go?
MONK: I'm afraid I don't know. Unfortunately, immediately after this brutal attack, the next thing I remembered is...
SARA: He probably gone looking for us.
STEVEN: Well then, what do we do? Go out again and take a chance on missing him? Or just stay here?
SARA: If he meet the Daleks he will need our help.
MONK: Stay here. Definitely.
(The Monk hasn't realised that Steven and Sara aren't listening to him.)
MONK: I got a terrible headache.
STEVEN: What happens if we meet them?
SARA: We just have to take that chance.
MONK: No doubt, the Doctor has got some some drug or other.
STEVEN: All right. But I won't even pretend that I like the idea.
MONK: Well, if you give me the key to the TARDIS I can go and get something out...
(Sara finally gives her attention to the Monk.)
SARA: What about him?
STEVEN: He can come with us. That way, we can keep an eye on him.
SARA: Come on then.
MONK: Oh dear.
(Sara and Steven start to leave the tomb, but Steven realises that the Monk isn't following them.)
STEVEN: What are you waiting for?
MONK: Well, are you going to let me into the TARDIS or not?
STEVEN: I couldn't, even if I wanted to. The Doctor's the only one with a key.
MONK: (disappointed) Oh.
(It's obvious that the headache was a fake and the Monk wanted to search the TARDIS for the Core. His face falls and Steven misunderstands this as worry for the Doctor.)
STEVEN: Don't worry, we'll find him.
MONK: (quietly) That's what I'm worried about.
4. BASE OF THE PYRAMID
(We hear Steven calling and also we see Mavic Chen and the Daleks moving about. Mavic Chen and Daleks can hear Steven's shouting.)
STEVEN: (oov) DOCTOR! DOCTOR!
5. ANOTHER CORNER AT THE BASE OF THE PYRAMID
(Steven, Sara and the Monk move into view.)
STEVEN: (yelling) DOCTOR! Where are you?
(The Monk, not wanting to find the Doctor, tries to call out for the Doctor through his hands but makes it so that most of the shout is caught is his hands.)
MONK: (muffled) DOCTOR! DOCTOR! (then normally) There you are, you see. You'll wasting your time.
(Sara tries now.)
SARA: DOCTOR! It's hopeless.
STEVEN: I know it is. But what else can we do?
(The Monk, seeing that Steven and Sara are busy talking, tries to slip about the corner but runs straight into two Daleks.)
MONK: (trying to cover himself) Ah... There you are. I'm been looking for you.
(Sara, surprised at the distance of the Monks voice, turns and trys to see what happened to him.)
SARA: What was that?
(Suddenly a Dalek appears.)
DALEK: You will join the other human. Move!
(With no choice, Sara and Steven crosses the corner to join the Monk.)
RED DALEK: Prepare to exterminate them!
MONK: Exterminate! When I fulfilled our part of the bargain?
(With these words, Mavic Chen rushes forward and seizes the Monk.)
MAVIC CHEN: GIVE ME THE TARANIUM Core!!
MONK: I... I haven't actually got the Core. But... I brought you hostages!
STEVEN: (in total disgust) Hostages!
MAVIC CHEN: Hostages?
(He thinks for a moment.)
MAVIC CHEN: Yes. That could work. The Doctor's
loyalty to his friends is beyond question.
RED DALEK: No more discussion.
MAVIC CHEN: In exchange for their lives, the Doctor would hand us the Core of the Time Destructor.
RED DALEK: (to Steven) Is that true?
(Steven says nothing and stares ahead.)
MAVIC CHEN: Their silence confirms that it. They
know that it is true.
RED DALEK: Take them back to the Time Machine.
DALEK: I obey.
(The Dalek moves Steven and Sara off who moves reluctantly. The Monk says behind.)
MONK: Well, now that little problem's settled. I'd
RED DALEK: You will return with us!
MONK: Return with you. That was what I was going to say.
(With more reluctance than Steven and Sara, he moves off with Mavic Chen and the Red Dalek.)
6. WORK SHANTY
(Khephren is waiting by the Work Shanty. Suddenly Tuthmos appeared. He is lightly stunned and has a big bruise on his neck.)
TUTHMOS: Master. (rushing over to Khephren)
KHEPHREN: (in shock) Escaped? (thinks) We left the tomb unsealed.
TUTHMOS: We must take the men and go after...
KHEPHREN: No! The war machines will destroy us all. Hyksos said he would return when the sun is above us. See. (points up) We do not have long to wait...
(We see the sun.)
8. DALEK TIME SHIP
(The glare from the sun fades so that it becomes a light bouncing off a Dalek as we move into the Time Ship. Sara, Steven, and the Monk are bundled into a corner, guarded by a single Dalek. The Red Dalek and some other Daleks are over by the communications part of the time ship and Mavic Chen is standing in another part of the ship doing what he does best - planning.)
COMM. DALEK: The voice audio has been adjusted.
RED DALEK: What is its present range?
COMM. DALEK: Seven earth miles.
RED DALEK: Mavic Chen can issue the ultimatum. Bring Chen to the voice audio.
DALEK: I obey.
(The Dalek moves off obeying the order. The Monk tries talking to Steven and Sara.)
MONK: Well now, there seems to be some activity going on...
(Steven and Sara stare at him coldly.)
MONK: What's the matter? Was it something I said?
STEVEN: (with barely contained anger and disgust) Don't you think that you've done enough?
MONK: Yes, yes - I suppose that saving your life...
SARA: (amazed) What?
MONK: Well, we're all here, aren't we? Yes, it was very quick thinking on my part. Very quick.
STEVEN: (amazed too) I don't believe it!
MONK: Just a minute... you don't actually think I meant what I said to the Daleks? (acts like he is in total shock) My dear fellow, it was a desperate gamble, risking my own life to save yours.
STEVEN: We can trust him as much as we can trust the Daleks.
MONK: You mean, my performance was that good? I knew I had to fool the Daleks, but I thought you would see right through it.
SARA: (dubiously) He could be telling the truth, Steven.
MONK: Only could be? You don't think I take the side with those creatures against you, do you? You do! This baffles me... It destroys my faith in human nature.
STEVEN: (nastily) Well, you can have your faith destroyed.
(A door opens and Mavic Chen moves into view. He moves across the room towards the communications section.)
RED DALEK: Speak the ultimatum into the voice audio.
(Mavic Chen moves over to the microphone.)
MAVIC CHEN: (into microphone) Doctor? Doctor, you should be able to hear me now, wherever you are.
(He stops and checks that the machinery is working.)
RED DALEK: Continue, voice audio is functioning.
(In their corner, the prisoners watch.)
SARA: (thinks) Some sort of loudspeaker system.
STEVEN: Maybe it would be better if the Doctor couldn't hear it.
(We see the whole of the area including the pyramid in the background. Next we move in and we see the Doctor walking about, wearing his hat and his walking stick. His face is grim as he listens to Mavic Chen's message.)
MAVIC CHEN: (oov) Doctor, listen carefully to what I have to say. It is useless to try to fight us any more. Your two young friends are held prisoner by the Daleks. You know why we have pursued you through Time and Space. We want the Taranium that you stole. You are to proceed to the Dalek time-machine, south of the Great Pyramid and receive your instructions. The vital Core will be returned to us. Failure will mean the death of your friends.
10. WORK SHANTY
(Tuthmos and Khephren are amazed that a large voice is speaking all about them.)
TUTHMOS: Master, It is the voice of the gods.
KHEPHREN: No, Tuthmos. The gods would speak words that we would understood.
TUTHMOS: Who else but the gods could speak in a voice like thunder?
KHEPHREN: (grim) The same mortals who would build war machines that throw fire. When Hyksos returns, you will see the end of your gods!
11. DALEK TIME SHIP
(The Daleks start to leave the ship. As Mavic Chen prepares to leave he turns to the prisoners.)
MAVIC CHEN: (presently) For your sake, I hope that the Doctor does not keep us waiting long.
SARA: We might try to warn the Doctor.
MONK: Warn him. Whatever for?
SARA: (ignoring the Monk) If one of us could get to that microphone.
STEVEN: No, Sara, it wouldn't stop him coming here. In fact it would probably make him more determined!
(Suddenly they hear the Doctor's voice outside.)
DOCTOR: All right - I'm here. Tell me what you want me to do.
12. OUTSIDE THE DALEK TIME SHIP
(The Doctor is outside the ship calling out. He is leaning on his walking stick and seems to have no apparent fear.)
DOCTOR: (half angry and half business-like) I'm here. Can you hear me?
(Mavic Chen fully leaves the ship with the Daleks.)
MAVIC CHEN: Yes Doctor. We heard you.
DOCTOR: Where are they?
MAVIC CHEN: Now come Doctor...
DOCTOR: (more annoyed) WHERE ARE THEY??!!
MAVIC CHEN: (to Red Dalek) It seems that the Doctor requires proof of what we say.
RED DALEK: Put the prisoners on view.
(The Daleks move Sara, Steven and the Monk on view in front of the Doctor.)
MAVIC CHEN: We want the Taranium Core back Doctor, and
there is nothing you can do to stop us now.
MONK: (waves to the Doctor) Hello Doctor...
(The Monk clams up.)
DOCTOR: Very well, I will hand over the Taranium Core.
MAVIC CHEN: Oh... Very wise!
DOCTOR: But on MY terms.
MAVIC CHEN: (shouts) You are in no position to make demands, Doctor. A Dalek escort will accompany...
DOCTOR: No escort! And on my terms!
RED DALEK: We could exterminate you now.
DOCTOR: Yes, indeed, indeed you could, but then you'd never get back the Taranium Core, hm, would you?
MAVIC CHEN: What are your terms, Doctor?
DOCTOR: You will release your prisoners. I also include that Monk fellow too, although I don't know why I should bother with him. Bring all three to the place of rendezvous and handed them over at the same time.
MAVIC CHEN: Why can't you come here?
DOCTOR: (in disgust) You should know the answer to that as well as I do. (shaking his stick at Mavic Chen and the Daleks) None of you can be trusted. You (points to Mavic Chen) and one Dalek - by the west angle of the Great Pyramid.
RED DALEK: We accept - take the prisoners inside.
(The prisoners are prodded back inside the ship.)
MAVIC CHEN: I should go now Doctor, before the Daleks change their minds.
(The Doctor returns this with his most withering glances. Then he marches off.)
(The Doctor leaves.)
MAVIC CHEN: I surprised that that you met his terms so
RED DALEK: One Dalek is capable of exterminating all!!
13. WORK SHANTY
(Hyksos and some men arrive. Khephren and Tuthmos are very happy to see them.)
KHEPHREN: Have you enough men?
HYKSOS: Yes. They are already moving into position and waiting for my command. Have the war machines been seen?
KHEPHREN: No. But we have heard them speak in a mighty roar!
HYKSOS: (in anger and grim) My men will destroy them! COME!
(They all move forward, ready to attack.)
14. DALEK TIME SHIP
RED DALEK: It is time for the rendezvous.
(Mavic Chen nods and indicates to the prisoners that they should follow him.)
MAVIC CHEN: (to prisoners) You heard what the Dalek said.
(Before moving off Steven grabs the Monk's arm.)
STEVEN: If you try any more of your funny business, I'll
exterminate you myself.
MONK: (acting injured innocence) Funny business? Me?
15. OUTSIDE THE DALEK TIME SHIP
(Hyksos had a man watching the time ship who signalled that the Daleks are moving. Hyksos gives some last minute advise to his troops.)
HYKSOS: Be on your guard! The war machines will kill and destroy without warning. Follow me!
16. WEST ANGLE OF THE PYRAMID
(The Red Dalek, Daleks, Mavic Chen, and the prisoners arrive at the meeting point.)
RED DALEK: Halt. This is the location. Mavic
Chen, you will receive the Taranium.
MAVIC CHEN: Yes, of course.
RED DALEK: (to prisoners) There will no movement from you until the hand over is completed.
MONK: (softly) It's not being done on your terms, Why don't you shut up?
(The Doctor's voice comes over to them.)
DOCTOR: (oov) Stay where you are. You will move when I tell you.
(The Doctor moves into view.)
DOCTOR: Mavic Chen! Walk towards me.
(Mavic Chen starts to move forward to the Doctor but he sees the Red Dalek trying to follow.)
DOCTOR: Dalek, halt!
(The Red Dalek stops.)
DOCTOR: Mavic Chen! You have disregard my conditions.
I said one Dalek.
MAVIC CHEN: But I am not their master!
DOCTOR: Before we go any further, you will now release your hostages! Then, and only then, will I hand you the Taranium Core.
STEVEN: Don't trust them, Doctor!
(The Red Dalek turns to the prisoners.)
RED DALEK: You are released!
DOCTOR: (waving his stick at them) Away, all of you.
(The prisoners dash off towards the stones.)
DOCTOR: Mavic Chen, join me at the back here.
(Mavic Chen moves forward and meets the Doctor.)
DOCTOR: I am now about to hand over the Taranium Core to Mavic Chen! (to Mavic Chen) Follow me.
(Mavic Chen moves forward for a moment towards the Doctor, but then turns as the Doctor is halfway through handing over the core. At this point Hyksos yells to his troops to attack. Using this opportunity, Mavic Chen tugs hard at the Core and it is pulled from the Doctor's grasp. Mavic Chen then dives for cover.)
RED DALEK: (to Daleks) Attack formation. Attack formation.
(The soldiers turn and as they attack the Daleks, most of them are killed by the Dalek guns. As the killing go on, the Red Dalek manages to kill a guard but it becomes trapped as some of the remaining soldiers starts to build stones about it blocking it in.)
RED DALEK: Help! Help!
(Meanwhile, the Monk is separated from Steven and Sara and dashes off while Steven dives in and grabs the Doctor pulling him and Sara towards the tomb.)
(The Doctor, Steven and Sara rest inside the tomb.)
STEVEN: (happy) You did it, Doctor.
We got away again.
DOCTOR: (grim) I'm afraid not, young man.
SARA: Why not, Doctor? What went wrong?
DOCTOR: I had to hand the real Taranium Core over to Mavic Chen. I know I should try to get in but it would have been hopeless. There is so much chaos going on... and now it is too late.
SARA: That means that the Daleks have won! There's nothing to stop them now.
DOCTOR: Except this...
(He holds up the circuit that he stole from the Monk's TARDIS.)
SARA: (in wonder) What's that?
DOCTOR: That is the directional unit from the Monk TARDIS.
STEVEN: Directional... Then with this we can get back to Kembel!
DOCTOR: Perhaps, Perhaps!
SARA: But that's marvelous, Doctor!
DOCTOR: Yes, I suppose it is. But that isn't all...
STEVEN: (interrupts) No, I sure it isn't Doctor. But this is hardly the time or place to tell us about it. I mean, the Daleks will be here soon.
DOCTOR: I think not, dear boy. I had to take precautionary measures in case my plan didn't work. Now while, I was collecting that unit, I changed the Monk's TARDIS into a police telephone box.
SARA: (giggles) Like yours?
DOCTOR: Yes, yes, exactly like mine. Of course, the Daleks will be on our track. But I think should my plan succeed, they would find the Monk.
(Sara giggles more.)
STEVEN: By the way, what happened to him? He was
DOCTOR: I don't care if he is in Timbuktu.
(The Doctor turns and opens the TARDIS doors and they all enter the craft.)
18. MONK'S TARDIS
(The Monk has escaped and made it back to his TARDIS.)
MONK: Ha ha. I got away from that Steven and Sara.
(He continues laughing until he sees that his TARDIS is in the form of a police telephone box.)
(He moves about banging it.)
MONK: No. The Doctor. He transformed my TARDIS.
DALEK: (oov) There is one of the time travellers. Stop his escape.
(As the Daleks come into view the Monk dashes inside his TARDIS.)
PATROL LEADER DALEK: Exterminate him! Exterminate him! Whole company, fire!
(Too late, the Daleks fire, just as the Monk's TARDIS takes off. As the TARDIS fades from view, Mavic Chen appears and starts to move towards the Dalek group.)
PATROL LEADER DALEK: They have escaped! We shall
pursue them through eternity. The Taranium core must be recovered!
MAVIC CHEN: This patrol is obviously out of touch with events.
PATROL LEADER DALEK: What do you mean?
(Mavic Chen is clearly showing off to the Daleks.)
MAVIC CHEN: All this hysteria is unnecessary... The operation is a complete success. I have the Taranium! Here.
(He brings it out for the Daleks to see.)
PATROL LEADER DALEK: You have done well. Patrol, return to the time-machine. We must leave for Kembel at once.
(They move away.)
19. DOCTOR'S TARDIS INTERIOR
(Sara and Steven are standing while the Doctor is busy wiring the Monk's circuit in his own systems.)
STEVEN: Yes, well I hope that the Daleks don't catch the
SARA: After all he has done.
STEVEN: Yes, after all that.
DOCTOR: Well, I shouldn't worry any more, my dear boy. There's no doubt about it. He's well away by now.
STEVEN: Do you think he will be going for revenge again?
DOCTOR: Perhaps. Perhaps, yes, perhaps one day. But at the moment, I should say he has quite enough for us for a while. Having taken his directional unit is going to take him quite a time to make the necessary repairs to his ship.
SARA: What about our repairs? Will the unit work?
DOCTOR: Well I am not certain. It's a Mark IV remember. There are two possibilities. One - it would work...
STEVEN: Go on, Doc...
DOCTOR: Number Two, the increased energy rate will certainly destroy the centre column.
SARA: (hopefully) But we do have a chance?
DOCTOR: Yes, my dear. A chance. A slim one.
20. DALEK TIME SHIP
(Mavic Chen is standing holding the Core. The Patrol Leader Dalek is currently in charge.)
DALEK: Course for Kembel has now been computed.
PATROL DALEK: Has all preparations for take-off being made?
DALEK: They have.
PATROL DALEK: Prepare to dematerialise... NOW!
(He moves forward touching the controls.)
21. PLANET OF ICE
(We see a snowstorm and then a close view on a iceberg which wasn't there a moment ago. It's the Monk's TARDIS. The door opens and he steps out. His mouth opens at the sight.)
MONK: A planet of ice. I didn't set course for this. Unl... The Doctor again... The Doctor...
(He dashes back inside his craft and a brief moment comes out again, very angry.)
MONK: He stolen my directional unit. Now, I would have to wander through time and space as lost as he is!
(He shouts up to the sky.)
MONK: I get you for this, Doctor! I get you one day!
(He dashes back inside and closes his door.)
22. TARDIS INTERIOR
DOCTOR: They we are. That's finished. It's
a pity we haven't got a more reliable way of testing it. Wel...
SARA: Well, come on, I thought you said that it's was finished.
DOCTOR: Oh yes, it is finished my dear. But...
STEVEN: Oh come on, Doctor. We haven't got time for buts! This is our only hope.
DOCTOR: You realize, of course, we're taking a terrible chance.
STEVEN: Then you can save your breath. We got to try it!
(The Doctor gasps his lapels and turns away.)
DOCTOR: Very well, my boy. Pull the main switch!
(Steven halts for a moment and then pulls the lever. The sound of take-off can be heard but then a massive explosion flings them to the floor...)
THE ABANDONED PLANET
The Meddling Monk
JOHN SCOTT MARTIN
|Title music by
Incidental music composed by
|RON GRAINER and the
BBC Radiophonic Workshop
|Incidental Music Played by
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|THE EDDIE WALKER ENSEMBLE
BILL RICHARDS [Shawcraft]
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