Scene 1 - TARDIS interior
Inside the TARDIS, the Doctor is regenerating. Ben and Polly watch in amazement as the frail old man changes into a younger figure.
POLLY : Hey Ben, look at it!
BEN : He's breathing, and the TARDIS seems to be normal.
POLLY : Ben, what are we going to do? We can't just leave the Doctor there.
BEN : What, him? The Doctor?
POLLY : Well that's who came through the doors - there was no one else outside. Ben, do you remember what he said in the tracking room? Something about 'This old body of mine is wearing a bit thin.'
BEN : So he gets himself a new one?
POLLY : Well, yes.
BEN : Do me a favour!
POLLY : Then whatever happened, happened in here.
BEN : But it's impossible!
POLLY : Not so long ago we'd have been saying that about a lot of things.
The stranger on the floor moans. Ben and Polly look down, and notice that the stranger is slowly opening his eyes. The small man struggles to sit up, but immediately clasps his head as he is inflicted by a searing pain. The stranger looks at Ben and Polly, but his vision is distorted from the effect of his transformation. Continuing to hold his throbbing head, the stranger begins to mutter.
DOCTOR : Slower. Slower. Concentrate on one thing. One thing.
The Doctor peers in concentration at the TARDIS console. Gradually, the panel of knobs, dials and levers focus clearly in his eyes. Relieved, the Doctor smiles broadly.
DOCTOR : It's over. Hmm, hmm, hmm. It's over.
The Doctor staggers to his feet, and grabs hold of the TARDIS console to steady himself. He glances over the TARDIS controls, and operates a number of controls.
BEN : Doctor?
Ben and Polly hear the familiar sound of dematerialisation. The Doctor staggers against the console a second time, causing his ring to fall from his finger. It clatters on to the floor. Completely ignoring the ring, the Doctor removes his predecessor's cloak, revealing an assortment of oversized clothes (giving the Doctor a very tramp-like appearance). Sighting the TARDIS' storage chest, the Doctor painfully hobbles over to it.
DOCTOR : (muttering to himself) The muscles are still a bit tight.
Ben and Polly watch in confusion as the Doctor pokes his head into the chest, and begins to rummage through the contents.
BEN : What are we going to do?
POLLY : It is the Doctor. I know it is -- I think.
BEN : It's not only his face that's changed - he doesn't even act like him. Come on, it's time we sorted this out.
Ben walks over to confront the 'stranger'.
BEN : Now look here!
The 'stranger' thrusts a mirror into Ben's hands.
DOCTOR : Hold that. Tilt it.
As Ben obeys the Doctor's order, the Doctor stares deep into the mirror. At first he sees an image of his current face. But suddenly this changes into an image of his predecessor. The Doctor stares at the image in confusion. The image eventually turns back to that of his current self. Grunting in satisfaction, the Doctor begins to search through his pockets.
BEN : (referring to the mirror) Have you done with this?
DOCTOR : Put it down. Put it down.
BEN : Now, what's the game?
Ignoring Ben, the Doctor pulls out an ornamental dagger from one of his pockets. He examines the object thoughtfully.
DOCTOR : Ah! The Crusades, from Saladin. The Doctor was a great collector wasn't he!
POLLY : But you're the Doctor!
DOCTOR : Oh, I don't look like him.
BEN : Who are we?
DOCTOR : Don't you know?
The Doctor places the dagger back in his pocket, and then brings out a dull-looking piece of metal. A look of fear appears on his face.
DOCTOR : Extermination.
Ben and Polly look at each in mutual puzzlement. The Doctor replaces the metal back in his pocket, and gives a cry of joy when he discovers a magnifying glass. Peering through the magnifying glass, the Doctor studies his hands.
DOCTOR : Very good. Nails need growing.
Ben picks up the ring from the floor.
BEN : Now look, the Doctor always wore this. So if you're him, it should fit now, shouldn't it?
Ben grabs the Doctor's hand, and slips the ring on. However, the ring is far too big for the Doctor's finger.
BEN : There - that settles it.
DOCTOR : I'd like to see a butterfly fit into a chrysalis case after it's spread its wings.
POLLY : Then you did change!
DOCTOR : Life depends on change -- and renewal.
BEN : (sarcastically) Oh so that's it, you've been renewed have ya?
DOCTOR : (taking Ben's remark seriously) I've been renewed have I? That's it, I've been renewed! It's part of the TARDIS - without it, I couldn't survive.
The Doctor rushes back to the storage chest, and begins to search through the vast array of items.
DOCTOR :Come here! (softly) Come here. The Doctor kept a diary, didn't he?
POLLY : Yes.
DOCTOR : I thought so. I wonder where. I wonder where.
Ben and Polly watch silently as the Doctor pockets a number of objects, sometimes chuckling to himself with childish glee.
POLLY : He's a very different Doctor, Ben.
BEN : Yeah, maybe. Just where do we stand, though?
Suddenly, an expression of joy appears on the Doctor's face, as he pulls a tattered recorder from the storage box. He immediately blows a short tune on the recorder, while shuffling a few steps of a dance at the same time. At the conclusion of the tune, the Doctor deposits the recorder into a pocket, and resumes the search of the storage chest. He pulls out another object - his 500 year diary. He starts to flick through the pages.
POLLY : Doctor? Doctor, what's going to happen to us?
DOCTOR : I think... I think we must have landed for sometime. I think it's time we went for a stroll.
The Doctor grabs a tall-peaked hat from the chest, and places it on his head. With his eyes firmly placed on the diary's contents, the Doctor walks over to the console and flicks a switch. The TARDIS doors glide open. Continuing to read the diary, the Doctor walks out of the TARDIS.
POLLY : But you don't know where we've landed!
BEN : No! You haven't checked the oxygen or the temperature or anything!
DOCTOR : (not looking up from the diary) Oxygen density 172, radiation nil, temperature 86, strong suggestion of mercury deposits. Satisfied, Ben? Now, are you two coming or are you not?
POLLY : He does know us! He said 'Ben', didn't you hear him?
BEN : Yeah, I heard. But he might just have been copying you though, mightn't he?
(the Doctor laughs) DOCTOR : (shouting back) Are you coming you two?
Without looking where he is walking, the Doctor continues around the pool. He is able to successfully traverse the edge of the pool without even glancing up. The Doctor's concentration is interrupted when he detects the sounds of movement ahead. The Doctor looks up, and notices a medium-sized rock blocking his path. Pulling a tape measure from one of his pockets, the Doctor measures the rock. He then taps his legs mischievously.
DOCTOR : Time I put you through some tests I think!
The Doctor moves back a short distance, carefully studying the rock in front of him. Suddenly, he breaks into a run, and successfully leap-frogs the rock. A man in a space tunic strolls into view.
THE EXAMINER : Hello? Hello? Is there anyone there? Hello? Hello? Why don't they come? (noticing the Doctor) Ah, so you've come at last. I'm from Earth. I'm the Examin...
Suddenly, a shot rings out. The Examiner collapses at the Doctor's feet, mortally wounded. The Doctor glances around his surroundings in startled surprise. He is about to rush behind the rock, when he looks back to the victim on the ground. Realising that the man could still be alive, the Doctor cautiously moves towards the body and kneels next to it. His worst suspicions are confirmed - the man is dead. The Doctor notices a badge attached to the dead man's uniform. He removes his predecessor's wire-rimmed spectacles from a pocket, and places them on. However, when the Doctor attempts to examine the badge, all he sees is a misty blur. Realising that his new incarnation has no need for spectacles, the Doctor removes the glasses, and places them back in his pocket. The Doctor then turns his attention back to the Badge.
DOCTOR : Earth Examiner. Accord every access. Vulcan.
As the Doctor searches the Examiner's body for further information, a figure begins to move in. The figure is wearing a shiny silver suit and a large helmet, which completely obscures the stranger's appearance. The stranger raises a futuristic-looking pistol to the Doctor's back. Suddenly, Ben's voice shatters the silence.
BEN : Doctor?! Where are you?
The Doctor turns around as he hears Ben's voice. The assassin quickly steps behind a nearby rock, but the Doctor has detected the movement. The Doctor turns towards the rock, but the stranger has disappeared. Behind the rock, the stranger reverses his hold on the pistol - he now intends to use it as a bludgeon.
Ben and Polly have emerged from the TARDIS, and are closely examining one of the mercury pools. Both are oblivious to the fumes slowly drifting up from the active mercury geyser.
BEN : Whoa, ain't it hot!
POLLY : Hmm, do you think the air's like this everywhere?
BEN : Nah - might be just around here. Don't want too many lungfuls of it, I know that. Here, when I was a kid, we used to live opposite a brewery. You could take a walk and get tipsy all in one go!
Polly kneels next to the pool for a closer look.
POLLY : It's beautiful.
BEN : No, don't touch it Polly!
POLLY : I wasn't going to.
BEN : No, it's quicksilver - it gets through the pores. Where is the Doctor, or whatever he is, got to?
As Ben looks around for the Doctor, a jet of steam is suddenly emitted from the mercury geyser. It sprays all over Polly's face. She coughs and splutters.
BEN : What's the matter? Hey, Polly!
As Ben kneels next to her, Polly suddenly falls unconscious and collapses against him. Ben cries out.
BEN : Hey, Doctor - wherever you are. Quick, there's something happening to Polly!
The Doctor, still holding the Examiner's badge, glances around his surroundings in alarm.
BEN : Quick, over this way!
The Doctor strides towards Ben's voice, but unbeknownst to the Doctor, this brings him closer to the helmetted stranger. The figure suddenly emerges from behind the rock, and strikes the Doctor on the head with the pistol. The Doctor is knocked unconscious. In the Doctor's motionless hand, the stranger carefully places a button. The stranger then proceeds to drag the Examiner's body away.
Meanwhile, Ben is trying to lift Polly to her feet. Suddenly, another jet of toxic vapour is emitted from the mercury geyser.
BEN : Doctor!
Like Polly, Ben begins to cough and splutter. Slowly, Ben fades into unconsciousness. Ben's last vision is of a white-suited figure approaching, with a pistol held firmly in his hand.
Two more white-suited figures have discovered the Doctor. The younger of the two is Quinn, while the older man is Bragen. Pretending to be unconscious, the Doctor listens as Bragen walks over to Quinn.
BRAGEN : Ah, Quinn, there you are. What have you got there? My people have found two more of them by one of the pools.
QUINN : (indicating the Doctor) This one's got a nasty bruise on the back of his head. Fallen over his feet, and knocked himself out, I suppose.
BRAGEN : I suppose so.
QUINN : Why don't they use the kit we send them?
BRAGEN : Yes, the other two have had a rather bad dose of the fumes - the girl has anyway.
QUINN : Girl?
BRAGEN : Yes, but she'll recover.
QUINN : These comic opera guards of yours do have some uses after all.
BRAGEN : I pick them for their physical fitness.
QUINN : I thought it wasn't for their IQ. Give me a hand with the Examiner, will you.
BRAGEN : I wonder why Earth has chosen to send an Examiner to Vulcan? Just now, I mean.
QUINN : I don't know.
BRAGEN : It's a mystery, isn't it? He isn't due for another two years.
Meanwhile, Ben is slowly recovering from the effects of the fumes. Quinn walks over towards him.
QUINN : How do you feel?
BEN : Ahh.
QUINN : We saw your rocket overshoot the landing area.
BEN : Eh?
QUINN : Don't worry - most of the ships from Earth do over-shoot. I'm Quinn, Deputy Governor.
BRAGEN : Bragen, Head of Security.
QUINN : Let's get all back shall we? I'll take the girl.
BRAGEN : (to two guards) Here, you two, help carry the Examiner (indicates the Doctor).
Quinn grins at Bragen. As soon as Quinn turns his back, Bragen directs a look of hatred towards Quinn.
BRAGEN : (turning back to Ben) I suppose you Earth people can't wait to examine Lesterson's space capsule?
BEN : Eh?
One of the guards picks up the Doctor's 'unconscious' body. Ben is surprised when the Doctor's eyes suddenly open, wink at him, and then close again.
JANLEY : Lesterson.
LESTERSON : Look at this.
JANLEY : They've just brought in an Examiner from Earth, and a couple of assistants.
LESTERSON : An Examiner? What's he here for?
JANLEY : I thought you'd know.
LESTERSON : Ah, it's the capsule, it must be. Ah, they can't stop me working on it, I'll tell you that.
JANLEY : Could anyone?
LESTERSON : The Governor's always been difficult about it. But surely they wouldn't send someone all the way from Earth just to...
JANLEY : Look, what about the meeting?
LESTERSON : Meeting?
JANLEY : Yes - I've arranged everything. Can we still use the old rocket room?
LESTERSON : Yes, I suppose so. But I do wish you wouldn't get mixed up with these pressure groups, Janley.
JANLEY : Somebody has to do something. The colony's running down and you know it.
LESTERSON : I'm too busy.
JANLEY : But, if we ran things, you'd have better facilities, more money. I wish you'd take an interest.
LESTERSON : Now look, I don't mind letting you have the use of one of my rooms now and again, Janley, but don't try to involve me. This is what I find important. Two hundred years in a mercury swamp. (indicating the piece of metal) : And this piece of metal that dropped from it. Look - a couple of minutes polishing and it's as good as new.
JANLEY : (bored) Wonderful.
LESTERSON : Rain, damp, heat, mercury - nothing touches this metal. No corrosion, Janley, think of that.
JANLEY : Well, I hope the Examiner lets you go on with your experiment. Frankly, I doubt it. I think the Governor's brought the Examiner here to stop you opening the capsule. You should join our group, Lesterson. You might need us one day.
Janley strides from the room. Lesterson watches her leave, a worried expression on his face.
BEN : So the murdered man was the real Examiner?
Nodding, the Doctor blows a series of notes on the recorder.
BEN : Well, did you see who did it?
The Doctor shakes his head, blowing a high-pitched note. Polly holds out the button for all to see.
POLLY : The Doctor got this button though.
BEN : I think it's pretty dull around here - I don't know why we don't just go back to the TARDIS.
The Doctor again shakes his head, blowing a high-pitched note.
POLLY : Doctor, are you going to let them think you're the real Examiner?
The Doctor nods mischievously, blowing a "Yes" note on the recorder.
POLLY : Won't that be dangerous?
The Doctor pauses, and then blows a "Yes" sequence of notes.
BEN : Why don't you stop blowing that thing and talk to us properly?
Ben suddenly reaches forward and snatches the recorder from the Doctor's hands.
POLLY : Ben!
BEN : Now don't you start - it's bad enough with him!
POLLY : Well, he hasn't done anything.
BEN : No, that's just the trouble! He knows what happened back at the TARDIS - yet will he tell us? Will he come out and say? Will he admit to being the Doctor?
Ben shakes his head, and in mimicking the Doctor, blows a variety of tuneless notes. At that moment, there is a knock on the door.
BEN : Come in!
Bragen and Hensell, the Governor of Vulcan, walk into the room.
HENSELL : I am Hensell, the Governor. I trust you're all feeling much better?
The Doctor takes the button from Polly and pockets it.
BEN : I've felt worse, Governor. (to himself) The Governor.
HENSELL : If Earth had seen fit to warn us you were coming, we might possibly have been able to guide you down to the landing area.
DOCTOR : If Earth didn't warn you we were coming, Governor, they must have had a very good reason. I wonder what it was?
HENSELL : Now look here - I run this Colony. I'm entitled to know why you have come to Vulcan? What is your brief?
DOCTOR : I am the Examiner.
HENSELL : Why are you here?
DOCTOR : To examine. And I intend to start my examination at once!
The Doctor suddenly moves forward and examines Bragen's uniform. He ignores the look of puzzlement on Bragen's face.
HENSELL : Someone's leaked reports about these Rebel Groups - that's it, isn't it?
DOCTOR : Your turn now Governor.
The Doctor moves across to scrutinize the Governor's uniform.
BRAGEN : There is Lesterson's capsule.
HENSELL : Internal affairs are my business, Bragen. Please don't interfere!
The Doctor seems satisfied with Hensell's uniform and moves back to study Bragen again.
DOCTOR : Please go on.
Hensell continues talking, but the Doctor looks at Bragen, as if he wishes Bragen to explain.
HENSELL : The capsule. It was found in a mercury swamp. It must have been here for centuries.
DOCTOR : Interesting, continue.
HENSELL : For centuries before the Earth colony arrived. I felt it might be dangerous, it might contain bacteria.
DOCTOR : I shall examine the capsule later, you may leave us.
HENSELL : I shall look forward to your report. Bragen, see that the Examiner and his party get some proper clothes, will you?
Hensell, Bragen, and the rest of colonists leave. The Doctor slumps on to a bed.
DOCTOR : (grouchily) We are wearing proper clothes!
As soon as the door closes, the Doctor places the recorder to his lips, and starts playing.
BEN : Oh, how did he get that thing back again? That was a bit of a cheek, wasn't it? Ah, seeing if the Governor was the guy you got the button off?
POLLY : Doctor? When he was talking to you, you were staring at the other man.
DOCTOR : Yes, very rude of me wasn't it - terrible manners. To tell you the truth I was studying his reaction, seeing if he agreed with the story.
BEN : Did he?
DOCTOR : Must have a look at that capsule.
BEN : Now, you want to watch out you don't take this Examiner stuff a bit too far.
DOCTOR : Our answers must come from that mercury swamp.
BEN : 'Cause at least one bloke ain't going to be fooled.
DOCTOR : When Bragen found us, he definitely said space capsule.
BEN : Look, you're not going to fool the guy that did the real Examiner in!
But the Doctor is lost in his own thoughts. Ben sighs in exasperation as the Doctor blows a slow tune on the recorder.
QUINN : Bragen! What's all this nonsense about having to have a pass to see the Examiner?
BRAGEN : It's the Governor's idea.
QUINN : Surely it doesn't apply to me?
BRAGEN : It's not my order, Quinn. I expect the Governor wants to keep people away from him.
QUINN : It sounded like one of your red-tape ideas.
BRAGEN : It had nothing to do with me.
QUINN : Right!
Frustrated, Quinn walks away, but almost collides with Janley as she hurries around a corner.
JANLEY : Oh!
QUINN : Sorry, Janley.
JANLEY : My fault.
QUINN : Are you all right?
JANLEY : Yes. Lesterson's just cleared me out of his lab. Quinn laughs.
JANLEY : Is the Examiner going to let him open the capsule?
QUINN : I don't know. I'm on my way there now, if I can push past Bragen's army of layabouts.
Janley touches Quinn's left sleeve, which is missing a button.
DOCTOR : Where did you get this?
LESTERSON : It dropped from the capsule.
DOCTOR : Dropped?
LESTERSON : Yes, when it was being hauled into the laboratory. But, you can see, this metal could revolutionize space travel. That's why I'm insisting that we open it. Well, who knows what other marvels there may be inside?
HENSELL : But Lesterson, I didn't think you could open it.
LESTERSON : Well, I have a theory. I'm convinced that the opening mechanism on the other side is either here, or here.
While Lesterson is occupied, the Doctor pulls out the piece of metal he was studying in the TARDIS. His concern increases as he compares it with Lesterson's piece. Polly and Ben exchange puzzled looks.
DOCTOR: (in background) Extermination.
LESTERSON : Indicating the doorway to the capsule Now, my theory is that I can insert a laser ray in this ridge here. The ray spreads, fuses the opening device and gets us in.
HENSELL : Examiner, I shall have to make it your responsibility.
DOCTOR : A laser? Why not? It shouldn't be too difficult.
The laser torch has already been set up in front of the capsule. Lesterson switches on the torch, causing a small beam of light to shine into the entrance area. Nothing happens.
LESTERSON : Well, we'll try the other side.
Lesterson shines the flame on the right side of the door. Suddenly, there is a crackle from within. The hatchway door falls open. Everyone rushes forward simultaneously to stare into the capsule. The Doctor and Lesterson cautiously step through the entrance door, and into a small empty compartment.
LESTERSON : It's a bit disappointing.
DOCTOR : Not really. This is just an entry bay, isn't it?
LESTERSON : Yes, I suppose so.
The Doctor moves to one of the metal walls and discovers a thin opening in it. However, he remains silent.
HENSELL : Well, this doesn't get us very far does it?
LESTERSON : Ah, getting into the rest of the capsule will take time, Governor.
BEN : Well, can't you use that torch thing again? That must be an opening door.
LESTERSON : Well, I should have to measure it up and find out where the lock mechanism is.
DOCTOR : (hurriedly) And I think we'll leave if for tonight.
HENSELL : Leave it for tonight? But what did we come here for?
DOCTOR : (tersely) That is my decision, Governor.
HENSELL : But, good heavens above, man!
DOCTOR : A hundred years you say this has been buried?
LESTERSON : Oh, at least. Now, there must be something in the inner compartment. We shall be able to find out where it came from originally.
DOCTOR : It didn't come from this planet - Vulcan.
LESTERSON : Oh no, no, no. The metal is quite alien.
DOCTOR : Alien, yes. Very alien. Goodnight.
The Doctor abruptly walks from the room.
BEN : What's he up to now?
POLLY : Ben, we're not going to let him out of our sight.
Ben and Polly follow the Doctor, leaving the colonists to contemplate the situation.
HENSELL : Well, Lesterson, you got your way. Was it worth sending for this Examiner? This idiotic Examiner?
LESTERSON : I didn't send for him. I thought you did.
QUINN : Why don't you let me talk to the Examiner, Hensell. I can find out what's he's here for.
HENSELL : No, no, no, no, you keep away from him. We'll leave him to work with Lesterson here. We've all got enough to do without having to worry about some amateur critic from Earth interfering.
QUINN : But with five minutes...
HENSELL : You heard what I said, Quinn. You won't mind keeping the Examiner busy, Lesterson? I don't mind what you do with him so long as you keep his nose out of our business.
LESTERSON : Yes. All right.
HENSELL : All right, well we shall talk about it tomorrow.
Lesterson watches as the rest of the colonists file out of the room. Once alone, he turns back to his workbench. He suddenly realises the piece of metal that he was polishing has disappeared - the 'Examiner' must have taken it. A worried expression appears on Lesterson's face.
POLLY : Ben!
BEN : (waking) What?
POLLY : Shh! He's in the corridor.
BEN : Who is?
POLLY : The Doctor you clod! Come on - quick!
Ben rubs his eyes and follows her out. They are in time to see the Doctor disappear around the end of the corridor.
POLLY : He's going towards Lesterson's lab.
BEN : Of course - to the space capsule.
The Doctor creeps up to his discovery in the wall, unaware that Ben and Polly are close behind him. He inserts the shiny piece of metal into the thin opening, and pushes the 'key' home. There is a hum as the inner door of the capsule slides open.
Framed in the doorway, just as the Doctor expected, are two 'dead' Daleks. He spins around as he hears Ben and Polly's startled gasps.
DOCTOR : Polly, Ben, come in and meet the Daleks.
BEN : What?
DOCTOR : The Daleks.
The Doctor begins to search through the inner chamber.
POLLY : You could have opened this before!
DOCTOR : These two pieces of metal are identical. The Doctor got one of them from the Daleks himself.
BEN : Why do you keep saying the Doctor if you mean you?
DOCTOR : I knew I should find them here, I knew it.
BEN : Ah, they look harmless, not very lively.
POLLY : What do you think? Two hundred years in a swamp and you wouldn't look very lively either. Nothing could live through that could it?
BEN : Live?
DOCTOR : Nothing human. No.
POLLY : Doctor, look!
BEN : What's the matter?
The Doctor has noticed something strange about the floor. He bends down to examine it.
DOCTOR : There were three Daleks in here! What's happened to the other one?
Behind the Doctor, a gruesome claw-like appendage crawls from out of the shadows. Paralysed with fear, Ben chokes.
BEN : Doctor!
Polly gasps, as the Doctor turns to confront the horror.
PAMELA ANN DAVY
Title Music By RON GRAINER and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop
Incidental Music by
Daleks Created By
Z1R0 and MAL