by DOUGLAS ADAMS
would have been transmitted - 9th February 1980
(WILKIN steps up to the PROFESSOR's door and knocks.)
WILKIN: Miss? Are you in there Miss?
(He hears no reply and opens the door expecting to find the young woman inside. His jaw drops and his eyes widen in amazement as he finds a blowing blue void beyond the door.)
[Edited replay of the end of Part Three]
DOCTOR: Excellent! Thank you.
(He smiles, until he notices a change in the atmosphere of the room. . .)
It's getting very stuffy in here.
SHIP: You are dead?
DOCTOR: Yes! I thought we'd sorted that out.
SHIP: I am programmed to conserve resources. Since there are no live beings in this area, I have shut down the oxygen supply.
(The DOCTOR begins gasping for breath, and he sinks to the floor. The last thing he hears while conscious is the voice of the Ship saying over and over:)
SHIP: Dead men do not require oxygen!
(The DOCTOR loses consciousness. . . and lies motionless. . . . )
TOM: With a fascinating display of illogic logic, I convinced the ship that I was dead in order to secure the release of my companions. The ship agreed, but shut down the oxygen supply. As I sank to the floor gasping for breath, the last thing I heard was the voice of the ship - "Dead men does not require oxygen!"
(In the ship's brig, K-9 and CHRIS are pacing (or wheeling) around the room, looking for some way out, but not too enthusiastically as they've already done this several times. CHRIS stops and kneels down by K-9.)
CHRIS: Not a clue.
(Suddenly the glowing cube of light appears again, engulfing CHRIS and K-9 and dematerialising them.)
(In the main corridor, CHRIS and K-9 appear.)
CHRIS: Hey, We did it!
K-9: We must find the Doctor Master. He is in danger.
(K-9 trundles to the sealed doorway leading to the main control.)
Stand clear. Preparing blaster fire.
(The blaster nozzle comes out. Meanwhile CHRIS has seen the two buttons on the side of the door marked "Open" and "Close". He presses the "Open" one. The door opens.)
(Glumly) Most satisfactory.
(CHRIS shrugs apologetically as the blaster nozzle went back into K-9's mouth. They rush into the control room. There was a roaring sound as air came rushing back into the room.)
(The DOCTOR is lying unconscious on the floor of the control room.)
SHIP: Oxygen levels returning to normal.
(CHRIS spins round.)
CHRIS: Who said that?
(K-9 tries to pinpoint the source of the voice as the DOCTOR slowly comes to.)
SHIP: I am the ship. The servant of the Lord Skagra.
CHRIS: Where's that voice coming from.
K-9: Impossible to pinpoint source. It pervades the whole ship.
CHRIS: (checking the DOCTOR who is opening his eyes.) He's alright!
DOCTOR: No, I'm not, I'm dead.
DOCTOR: I've been nearly too clever by three quarters.
CHRIS: You never seem to do anything by halves.
DOCTOR: I persuaded the ship I was dead and it cut off my oxygen supply.
CHRIS: You what?
DOCTOR: It won't take orders from an enemy of Skagra. But since it believes I am dead...
(He corrects himself loudly as the ship might be listening.)
I AM dead, the ship has no reason not to accept my orders.
K-9: Logic is peculiar but acceptable.
DOCTOR: It only resumed the supply of oxygen when you came in. You're still alive, officially.
CHRIS: That's reassuring.
DOCTOR: Where's Romana.
CHRIS: I thought she was with you. Whatever took us off came back for her.
DOCTOR: Skagra! He must have her, as well as...
CHRIS: As well as what?
DOCTOR: That book and a copy of my own mind.
CHRIS: He got what?
DOCTOR: A copy of my mind. In his sphere. He thinks I know the key to the book.
CHRIS: Well, what is the key?
DOCTOR: I don't know. I deliberately avoided thinking about it in case he did use the sphere on me.
(The DOCTOR sets off for the main door.)
Come on, we can trace them from the TARDIS.
K-9: Negative Master.
DOCTOR: What do you mean?
K-9: The TARDIS is gone.
DOCTOR: Has what?
K-9: Gone Master.
(All three are stunned into silence.)
TOM: (after CHRIS and K-9 are released from the brig, in front of the Giant Robot.) Chris and K-9 were transported to the corridor, where they discovered the way to the control room. As they entered, the ship returned the oxygen levels to normal. K-9 informed me that the TARDIS has gone..........
[There is more to this link but contains spoilers. Carrying on.]
(In the space/time vortex, a solid blue police box spins on course for somewhere...)
(Inside the TARDIS, SKAGRA stands at the controls. One hand he touches the sphere, with the other he manipulates the TARDIS controls. ROMANA stands near, helpless. She does try a little psychology, however.)
ROMANA: Anyone can dematerialise a TARDIS, but you'd be a real safety hazard at the major controls. That's why they're booby-trapped.
SKAGRA: Not true.
ROMANA: How do you know?
(SKAGRA taps the sphere.)
You know everything?
SKAGRA: It's all in here.
(ROMANA edges towards the console. The sphere rises and approaches her, emitting the voice babble. ROMANA backs off and the sphere settles back.)
I wouldn't go near it if I were you. It can do far worse things to you than you possibly do to it.
ROMANA: I don't see why you want to steal an old crock like this anyway. You've got a perfectly good ship of your own.
SKAGRA: Impressed with it were you?
(ROMANA doesn't answer.)
I should hope you were. I designed it. But it has certain limitations. And what the Time Lords have hidden, I shall need Time Lord technology to find.
ROMANA: You seem to know a lot about the Time Lords. Who are you? What do you want?
SKAGRA: Have you heard of a man called Salyavin?
ROMANA: Salyavin! You're Salyavin?
SKAGRA: You asked me two questions if you remember.
ROMANA: What do you mean?
SKAGRA: Quiet. I must concentrate.
(In the vast reaches of space, a massive ship lies motionless, as though waiting for someone to arrive.)
TOM: (carrying on with link) In fact, the TARDIS was now on board a massive command-ship. Skagra revealed little to Romana except he needed Time-Lord Technology to discover what the Time Lords have hidden...
(there's more on this link but with spoilers so I stopped it there and will put the rest at the appropriate place.)
(The ship's main control centre is highly technological and sleek. One entire wall is taken up with an enormous screen that shows a wide stretch of the galaxy. Aside of the screen, the TARDIS materialises, and SKAGRA and ROMANA emerge from it together.)
ROMANA: Where are we?
SKAGRA: On my command ship.
ROMANA: (sneers) Command ship! And what do you need to command?
SKAGRA: More than you can possibly imagine.
(A deep, alien voice is heard from behind them both saying.)
VOICE: Welcome back to your ship, My Lord.
(ROMANA spins around and sees... something... something that is very large and very dark and very formidable looking, if ungraceful. It appears to be made of diamond-shaped crystallised lumps of coal. ROMANA's jaw hangs open...)
(The field on Earth still appears completely empty...)
(CHRIS and the Doctor are seated inside the invisible spaceship, both looking very dejected. K-9 appears to have turned himself off. The DOCTOR takes a deep breath and wants to work out what they don't know. )
CHRIS: So where's he gone?
DOCTOR: Or when.
DOCTOR: Time Machine.
CHRIS: Oh yes. (Doubtfully) Yes. He must take taken Romana because she can operate it.
DOCTOR: So can he. He's got my mind in that sphere of his. Everything I know is at his disposal.
CHRIS: There's one thing he doesn't know.
CHRIS: You're still alive.
DOCTOR: Shhh! I'm dead, remember.
CHRIS: (quietly) Doctor, why doesn't the ship realise that......
DOCTOR: It's only programmed to obey instructions not to think about them. Blind logic. Let's work out what we know. We know that ... er .... Let's work out what we don't know.
DOCTOR: We don't know where Skagra has taken Romana, we don't know why he wants the book, we don't know what he's going to do . . .
CHRIS: That's enough don't knows to win an election.
CHRIS: This ship must know where he's gone.
DOCTOR: Ship! Speaking to you as a late lamented enemy of your Lord Skagra I command you to Tell me where he has gone.
SHIP: I do not have that information.
DOCTOR: (angrily) Don't know, don't know, don't know!
(SKAGRA places the silver sphere on a console meant for it to sit on.)
ROMANA: Why won't you tell me? Why won't you just say what you're trying to do?
(SKAGRA looks quietly at her for a moment and then leads her to the big screen which filled with stars.)
SKAGRA: Tell me what you see.
ROMANA: Stars. Billions of them.
SKAGRA: What are they doing?
ROMANA: What do you mean what are they doing? They're just there. They're.....
SKAGRA: Exactly. Spinning uselessly through the void. And around them, trillions of people spinning uselessly through their lives.
ROMANA: Says who.
SKAGRA: I say.
ROMANA: And who are you?
SKAGRA: What I am now is not important. But what I - what we all - shall be.
ROMANA: What do you.....
(SKAGRA seems like a man possessed, and for the first time, passionate. He cups his hands together and shows them to ROMANA.)
(Mystified, ROMANA looks in his hands.)
SKAGRA: What do you see?
ROMANA: Nothing. Air.
SKAGRA: Billions of atoms spinning at random. Expanding energy, running down, achieving nothing. Entropy. Like the stars. But what is the one thing that stands against entropy, against random decay?
(He holds out one hand to her.)
Life!! See how the atoms are arranged here. They have meaning, purpose. And what more meaning and purpose than.....
(SKAGRA slowly points the finger of that hand to his head)
(ROMANA's face shows him that she is now convinced him is insane.)
You do not understand me. Your mind is too limited.
(SKAGRA steps towards ROMANA, who backs away from him, frightened, but she backs straight into another one of the coal-created creatures. She tries changing the subject.....)
ROMANA: What are these ... things?
SKAGRA: These? My Krargs. They shall be the servants of the new generation.
ROMANA: New generation? A new race?"
SKAGRA: Not people. A new person.
(ROMANA is now baffled but horror-struck.)
KRARG COMMANDER: My Lord.
KRARG COMMANDER: We shall shortly require new personnel.
SKAGRA: Operate the vat.
KRARG COMMANDER: As my Lord commands.
(The KRARG COMMANDER goes off to the Krarg generation annex.)
SKAGRA: (to ROMANA) You shall see this.
(He takes her with him.)
(The annex is filled with a row of coffin-shaped vats of a strange, heavy, thick green gas. The KRARG enters the room first and presses a button on the wall.)
(Inside one of the vats a wire skeleton suddenly glows alight and visible. Black crystals begin to form quickly on this wire, coalescing quickly until another Krarg is created. The new Krarg pulls itself out of the vat and asks SKAGRA)
NEW KRARG: What is your command, Master?
(ROMANA is appalled.)
(Frustration has long since departed the DOCTOR, CHRIS, and K9, now that despondency has come in to take its place.)
CHRIS: So. Back to square one.
DOCTOR: That's it!
DOCTOR: (leaping up and shouting.) That's it!
DOCTOR: Square one. That's where we've got to go if we want to find out who Skagra is and what he's up to. Once we know that, we'll know where to find him. Ship! I order you to take us where to find him.
(He turns to speak to the SHIP.) Ship! I order you to take us to where your Lord Skagra last come from.
SHIP: The order does not conflict with its programmed instructions. I will activate launch procedures.
(The DOCTOR and CHRIS grin at each other.)
Launch procedures activated.
(repeating this again and again.)
(The SHIP's voice echoes around its structures, activating launch procedures. The voice is heard in the corridors.....)
(.....and in the brig.....)
[probably made but not shown on the video]
(. . and also in a small Krarg generation room aboard the ship, hidden off to the side of the main corridor. As though in response to the voice, a body starts to form inside the vat.)
TOM: (carrying on with the link.) She (ROMANA)was introduced to the Krargs. Creatures made of crystallised coal. Skagra took her to an annex in the ship which contained coffin shaped vats and heavy gas. The Krarg Commander needed new personnel and pressed a button near the vat. Crystal quickly formed around a basic skeleton, rapidly a Krarg was born. It pulled itself out of the vats. Romana was appalled. Meanwhile, on the invisible space-ship, I decided to order the ship back to its last destination. The ship complied, but as the launch procedures commenced, unknown to me a Krarg started to form in a generation room nearby.
(In the field outside, the Ship's engines can be heard to roar as the ship takes off. Once it is in flight, it becomes visible as a yellow, dart-shaped sleek vessel. )
DOCTOR: Now, ship. How long will the journey take?
SHIP: Thirty nine astrasiderial days.
DOCTOR: What! That's nearly three months.
SHIP: That is at full warp drive. We have hundreds of light years to cover.
CHRIS: Hundreds of light years. In three months. That's an incredible speed.
DOCTOR: Yes, but not nearly fast enough. Ship, can you alter your own circuitry?
SHIP: Yes, I can do that.
DOCTOR: Right then stop.
SHIP: Repeat please.
DOCTOR: I said stop. Halt.
(The SHIP's engines die away.)
(Deep in space now, the ship slows to a stand-still.)
TOM: I was delighted, until I discovered that the journey will take nearly three months. I ordered the ship to stop.
CHRIS: What are you doing?
DOCTOR: I'm going to introduce this ship to a few new concepts.
DOCTOR: Regrade your deoscillation digretic synthesisers by ten points
SHIP: I cannot do that. The drive will explode.
DOCTOR: Nonsense, it will be perfectly ... did I say ten points? MINUS ten points!
DOCTOR: Phew, that would have been nasty. Now, realign your maxivectometer on drags so they cross connect with your radia-bicentric anodes.
DOCTOR: Good, now this is the difficult bit....
(The DOCTOR's voice can be heard over an intercom next to the generation vat. The new Krarg is nearly complete. . . )
DOCTOR: (oov) Now switch your conceptual geometer from analogue to digital mode and keep triggering feedback responses till you get a reading of 75 dash 839.
DOCTOR: Now. Let's see if that works. Alright, ship, activate all re-aligned drive circuits.
(There is a noise as the SHIP does this.)
SHIP: Something very strange is happening.
DOCTOR: Don't worry, keep going!
(With a grinding noise, not unlike that of the TARDIS in operation, the ship dematerialises.)
TOM: I introduced the ship to a new concepts including the conceptual geometer from analogue to digital mode and keep triggering feedback responses up to readings of 75 dash 839. As the Krarg generation completed, my voice was heard over the ship intercom ordering the activation of all re-aligned drive circuits. Which allow the ship to travel anywhere in a few minutes. A familiar sound was heard as the ship dematerialised.
CHRIS: What have you done?
DOCTOR: I've constructed a primitive form of dimensional stabiliser by remote control. The journey will only take a couple of minutes to anywhere. Pretty clever don't you think, ship?
SHIP: For a dead man, Doctor, you are extremely ingenious.
DOCTOR: Yes, well let's not to harp on that aspect shall we?
(SKAGRA's command ship is motionless in space.)
(SKAGRA stands beside the sphere in the command deck of his Command Ship.)
SKAGRA: Now, my dear, you shall see that though your friend the Doctor is unfortunately deceased, his mind lives from within the sphere.
(SKAGRA places his hand on the sphere and turns to the screen-window. An image begins to form on it... The image switches rapidly, to show different views of Romana in Chronotis' rooms as though the Doctor were looking at her.)
Ah, you see what is uppermost in his mind. He is fond of you.
(ROMANA flashes SKAGRA a look of hate.)
But not what I am looking for. Somewhere in his mind, I am convinced he knows the code that will unravel the secrets of this book for me.
(The lights on the golden console in PROFESSOR Chronotis' rooms are winking on and off, and the entire room hums peacefully to itself, with the same kind of hum that one hears inside the DOCTOR's TARDIS. CLARE is lying unconscious on the floor. She slowly begins to regain consciousness. She starts to get up and bangs her already aching head on the bottom of a table. She rubs her head and staggers to her feet, then sits down quickly in the nearest chair, as though exhausted.)
PROFESSOR: What have you done with my machine?
(CLARE jumps at the sound of a man's voice and is even more startled to see the PROFESSOR in a night shirt and night cap peering over a chair at her accusingly. She does not recognise him, but one can easily tell that this is somehow Professor Chronotis! The PROFESSOR gets off the chair, puts on his spectacles and approaches the golden console. He looks it over, presses a few buttons, and the humming noise subsides. He turns back to the now-standing CLARE, smiles at her, and asks...)
(SKAGRA's formerly invisible ship materialises with the sound of a TARDIS nearby the earlier-seen space station. The station is now completely dark except for the light it reflects from the nearby red sun. The ship slowly descends towards the station and starts to dock.)
(Although this is where this scene appears in the script, on the video it is shown later on.)
DOCTOR: Well, wherever it is we're going there.
CHRIS: Whilst Skagra is presumably going in the opposite direction.
DOCTOR: I know. Worrying, isn't it? It's the only thing we can do though.
CHRIS: Have you any idea what he's after?
DOCTOR: Something's niggling at the back of my mind.
DOCTOR: I don't know. Whatever it is we've got to stop him. Mind control is the most horrible thing. Any physical threat you can fight, but once someone has control of your mind you've lost everything. That rings a bell. I SHOULD know the answer!
CHRIS: It would help if we knew who Shada was.
DOCTOR: Who. Or what.
(In the main corridor of the Ship, the newly created Krarg is lumbering towards the control room.)
(SKAGRA continues to search the DOCTOR's mind for the information he seeks. The screen shows a backwards and forwards effect, as though SKAGRA were rewinding and fast forwarding a VCR tape. Whatever SKAGRA is searching for, it isn't obvious as we see pictures of the DOCTOR's face, inter cut with lots of pictures of the book, both open and closed. There are close-ups of the print. Superimposed on this are very rapid computer readouts, each of which end with the word "INSOLUBLE". Meanwhile ROMANA is watching anxiously.)
ROMANA: What's so important about the book?
SKAGRA: It is the Ancient Law of Gallifrey.
SKAGRA: So what does a Gallifreyan judge say when passing sentence?
SKAGRA: I'll tell you. "We but administer. You are imprisoned not by this Court but by the power of the Law."
(SKAGRA holds up the book.)
That used to be quite literally true.
ROMANA: You mean the book is the key....?
SKAGRA: The key with which the Time Lords used to imprison its most feared criminals. Like for instance....
(SKAGRA allows his voice to tail off as his interest returns to the screen. A series of images flash, all as though seen from the DOCTOR's point of view. The book flashes by, so too does the PROFESSOR, so do SKAGRA, ROMANA, WILKEN, CHRIS, and CLARE. Computer data flashes symbolically followed by one word, "INSOLUBLE!")
(Shouts) He doesn't know! He doesn't know the code!!
ROMANA: I'm glad you realise that. It's about time.
(SKAGRA looks at her and turns a thought over in his head.)
SKAGRA: Time. About Time. Yes, I should have seen that. A Gallifreyan code would have to include the dimension of time.
(Meanwhile, on the screen has been the effect of fast winding backwards and forwards. SKAGRA concentrates his attention on the Sphere.)
Stop! Find me the Doctor's last reference to time.
TOM: (after the Professor's and Clare's scene - over pictures of computer graphics of the outside of the TARDIS over pictures which were recorded of the people the DOCTOR has met - CHRIS, WILKIN, ROMANA, PROFESSOR, SKAGRA, CLARE, K-9. All the time the word "INSOLUBLE!" appears.) On the carrier ship, Skagra was using the sphere to dive into my mind in search for the code that will unravel the book. Images was thrown up on the screen but one word kept recurring. Skagra was frustrated at my apparent lack of knowledge but he knew the book was the key that which the Time Lords imprisoned their most feared criminals.
DOCTOR: Oh come on, ship! What's taking you so long? SHIP: Estimated docking time two minutes.
(As the docking of the Ship completes, the KRARG suddenly bursts into the control room. Both Chris and the Doctor leap to their feet and are baffled by the sight of the creature.)
KRARG: Who are you?
(The KRARG approaches the centre of the room, and both CHRIS and the DOCTOR try to edge their way around the slow-moving creature in order to get a clear run for the door.)
DOCTOR: Ah, hello there.
CHRIS: What is it?
DOCTOR: I don't know.
KRARG: You are intruders.
DOCTOR: Well actually I'm dead and this is Chris.
KRARG: You trespass on my Lord's ship. You shall die!
(The KRARG raises a prong-like electronic weapon in their direction.)
(K-9 retaliates, instantly blasting the KRARG with his red coloured nose laser that stops the Krarg in its tracks. However, as soon as the shot ceases, the Krarg starts moving again.)
K-9: (Desperately) Master, I can only just hold him with blaster at maximum power.
DOCTOR: Hold on K-9!
(To CHRIS) We need a power feed - any power feed.
(He crouches down and removes K-9's functioning side. CHRIS yanks a power line flex from the wall and hands the bared ends to the DOCTOR who sticks them into terminals inside K-9.)
K-9: Affirmative, Master.
(K-9's blaster beam holds the Krarg frozen.)
CHRIS: What on Earth is it?
DOCTOR: What's Earth got to do with it? It looks like some sort of crystalline structure.
SHIP: Preparing to dock.
DOCTOR: You go ahead. Don't mind us.
TOM: (over the shot of SKAGRA's ship materialising near the Think Tank Space Statsion) As the crew and I prepare to dock, the Krarg burst into the room, determined to destroy the intruders. With the aid of a power line, K-9 was able to hold the Krarg immovable
(PROFESSOR Chronotis enters the study, still in his night attire, and carrying his usual tea tray. CLARE accepts the teacup.)
CLARE: May I ask who you are?
PROFESSOR: I was, I am, I will be, Professor Chronotis. Oh dear, we Gallifreyans have never managed to come up with a satisfactory form of grammar to cover these situations.
CLARE: I don't know what's happening. What situation?
PROFESSOR: Timelessness, standing obliquely to the time fields.
CLARE: Is that what we're doing?
PROFESSOR: Oh yes, and I'm very grateful to you for arranging it.
CLARE: Me? But all I did was to press a button and........
PROFESSOR: Yes, I know. A very ancient TARDIS this. I rescued it literally from the scrap heaps. I'm not allowed have one you know, still just as well because I'd be dead still.
CLARE: (puzzed) Still dead?
PROFESSOR: Yes, I've been killed. Only your timely mishandling of this machine meant that you tangled with my own time fields at the critical moment.
(He can see she's not following him.)
You're not following me are you?
PROFESSOR: Good. Think of me as a paradox in an anomaly and get on with your tea.
(She remembers the Tea.) Oh yes.
PROFESSOR: We must find Skagra.
PROFESSOR: He has the book.
(Its something she actually knows something about.)
PROFESSOR: You know something?
(Her face says that "I know of it but I don't know what it is.")
It is a very dangerous book and I have been very careless with it. It is the key to Shada.
PROFESSOR: The ancient Time Prison of the Time Lords.
CLARE: I see.
PROFESSOR: They have been induced to forget about it.
PROFESSOR: If Skagra is meddling with time control and mind transference, he is only going to Shada for one particular reason and it is imperative he be stopped.
(The PROFESSOR rises from his chair and heads for the bedroom. CLARE leaps up enthusiastically.)
(then sits down in confusion.)
Hm. Why? What on earth is there?!
PROFESSOR: (from the bedroom door.) It's not a matter of what, it's a matter of who.
(SKAGRA is still scouring the DOCTOR's mind. On the screen, the book is in the DOCTOR's hands. And the DOCTOR can be heard to say:)
DOCTOR: (oov) Not only is this not a book, but time is running backwards over it.
(SKAGRA reacts with excitement.)
ROMANA: You really are snooping through the Doctor's mind. I think that's horrible
SKAGRA: Quiet! I think I have the answer. Come, we try a little experiment.
(SKAGRA gets up, excited by this find. He approaches the TARDIS, taking the sphere with him. He holds open the door and ROMANA is forced to follow him.)
TOM: Skagra decided that the Time Lord code would undoubtedly include Time and review what he thought what my last few hours.
(We see some film and studio bits of the scenes involving the DOCTOR.)
Then he took the sphere and the book back to the TARDIS.
(The ship docks with the space station.)
(With the ship fully docked, the Doctor and Chris make their way to the door of the control room as K9 holds the Krarg at bay, though the Krarg is beginning to heat visibly.)
SHIP: Docking sequence now complete.
DOCTOR: Right. Let's go and see where we are. K-9.
DOCTOR: Keep holding him.
K-9: Affirmative Master.
TOM: Chris and I left, leaving K-9 in control of the Krarg.
(The interior of the space station has changed over the past three months or so. It is now a dark, dank, dreary mess with dirt and rubbish littering every corner. Faintly the Quarantine Message can be heard in the background. The door marked "shuttle bay" opens and the DOCTOR and CHRIS emerge.)
DOCTOR: Where are we?
CHRIS: I don't know.
DOCTOR: Neither do I.
CHRIS: ....And I don't believe we just travelled hundred of light years.
DOCTOR: Why not?
CHRIS: "You cannot travel faster than light" - Einstein.
DOCTOR: What? Do you understand Einstein?
DOCTOR: What? And quantum theory?
DOCTOR: What? And Planck?
DOCTOR: What? And Newton?
DOCTOR: What? And Schoenberg?
CHRIS: Of course.
DOCTOR: (pauses.) You've got a lot to unlearn.
(They advance down the corridor and stop at where it joins with another corridor and examine a sign on the wall that says in magnetic-style lettering "IASS" and also, in smaller letter, "ASD". The DOCTOR recognises this and reads)
Institute for Advanced Science Studies.
CHRIS: ASD - Advanced State of Decay?
DOCTOR: Shh! Did you hear something?
(The DOCTOR leads CHRIS down the rest of the corridor and into the main chamber of the space station.....)
(The Doctor looks up at the ceiling of the central control room and proclaims:)
DOCTOR: Aha! Think Tank! Quite interesting.
CHRIS: Quite interesting! This is fascinating. Absolutely fascinating! Do you mean that all this means something to you?
DOCTOR: Oh yes! It's all terrible simple. You see.....
(He stops short as he and CHRIS nearly run straight into a pile of..... old-looking men with very long hair.)
(SKAGRA stands by the TARDIS console. He turns the pages of the book, but doesn't seem to make any progress. He tries opening the book at the first page. Suddenly the central column of the TARDIS jerks, then stops moving. SKAGRA doesn't seem to have noticed. ROMANA has, however, and she is visibly alarmed. SKAGRA turns another page, and the column twitches again. This time SKAGRA notices. His excitement builds as he realises that turning the pages of the book within the TARDIS operates the column that houses the navigational instruments. He stops turning the book and the column halts.)
SKAGRA: Exactly! Time runs backwards over the book. So I turn the pages within the time field of this machine and the machine operates. Good. And turning the last page will takes us to Shada.
(With great satisfaction he slams the book closed.)
(SKAGRA, pushing ROMANA in front of him, emerges with the book. He is met by the KRARG COMMANDER.)
SKAGRA: I have found the key.
KRARG COMMANDER: Congratulations my Lord.
SKAGRA: Make all preparations for the entry into Shada.
(to ROMANA) And you must prepare yourself to meet one of the greatest most powerful criminals in history. A man the Time Lords have chosen to forget.
SKAGRA: Salyavin! The lynch pin to my plans.
TOM: In the TARDIS, Skagra was pondering over the book. As he turned the pages he realised the TARDIS central column operated as well. When he stopped turning the column slowed to a halt. He realised that time ran backwards over the book and turning the last page will take him to Shada.
(Upon closer inspection we can see that the old men aren't old at all. They are in fact the men seen at the start of the story, though now all with three months' long beards, hair, and extremely long fingernails on each finger. They still exist in their zombie like state.)
CHRIS: Who are they? What are they, Doctor?
DOCTOR: Victims of Skagra's brain drain, whose intellectual powers have been stolen. Their memory patterns might still remain.
(The DOCTOR turns and regards them.)
CHRIS: If only they can tell us what happened to them?
DOCTOR: Yes. What?
CHRIS: If only they can tell us what happened to them?
(You can see the light bulb that goes off above the DOCTOR's head.)
DOCTOR: Bristol, I would like you to do something for him.
DOCTOR: It won't be pleasant.
(CHRIS looks a little worried but the DOCTOR hits him gently on the arm for comfort.)
(Here a link takes place)
TOM: On returning to the command ship, Skagra informed the Krarg Commander to prepare for entry into Shada and warned Romana that she must prepared to meet one of the most powerful criminals in history. The lynch pin to his plans. Salyavin!
(Inside the Ship, K-9 is becoming desperate.)
K-9: Master. The creature is absorbing impossible amounts of energy! Master!
(The Krarg seems to be growing stronger in K-9's beam.)
(The DOCTOR sits down one of the men on the cone structure at the centre of the room. CHRIS sits on the seat opposite him, facing away from the DOCTOR and the man. The DOCTOR turns to the nearby console.)
DOCTOR: I'm going to allow this man access to your intelligence reserves. It's alright as its only temporary, but it might just allow this man to function.
(He crosses the room, adjusting wall controls.)
CHRIS: I hope you know what you're doing.
DOCTOR: So do I. So do I. Take a deep breath.
(....then turns some controls at the free-standing console, and turns on the power.)
(Lights begin to twinkle inside the top of the cone, and CHRIS' head slumps back suddenly as though pulled by a force. The DOCTOR examines the man and feels his still-limp arm. He worriedly bends down to listen to his heartbeat, when slowly the man's long-nailed hand reaches over and touches the DOCTOR's curly-haired head. The DOCTOR jumps back, startled, as the man whispers:)
(K-9 is becoming frantic.)
K-9: Master. This creature absorbing energy, but it is also growing stronger. Hurry Master.
(The Krarg begins to slowly move. . . )
TOM: K-9's continuing blasting was holding the creature paralysed, but the creature's strength was growing.
(CHRIS's head lies motionless.)
MAN: Who are you?
DOCTOR: The Doctor.
MAN: What are you doing here?
DOCTOR: Who are you?
MAN: My name is Caldera.
DOCTOR: What? Not A.C.D Caldera?
MAN: The same?
DOCTOR: The neurologist.
(The DOCTOR carefully shakes CALDERA's hand.)
DOCTOR: It's a pleasure to meet you, sir. One of the greatest intellects of your generation.
CALDERA: So are we all.
CALDERA: (introduces the rest of the men, from left to right:) A.S.T. Thira the Psychologist, G.V. Centauri the Parametricist, L.D. Ia the Biologist, I. Akriotiti.....
(The DOCTOR shakes the hand of the first man, pats another one on the head, and shakes his hand in greeting at the one on the end.)
DOCTOR: Some of the greatest intellects in the Universe.
CALDERA: .....And Doctor Skagra.
(This catches the DOCTOR's attention and returned to CALDERA.)
Geneticist, and Astro-engineer, and Cyberneticist, and Neurostructuralist, and Moral Theologian.
DOCTOR: Yes, and too clever by seven-eighths. Who is he? Where does he come from?
CALDERA: We don't know.
CALDERA: But he was very impressive. He offered very handsome fees. So we all agreed.
DOCTOR: To do what?
CALDERA: Don't you see. The Think Tank was his idea, and he set it up.
DOCTOR: He did? To do what?
CALDERA: Pulling the pooling of intellectual resources by electronic mind transference.
CALDERA: He conceived it on a grand scale the project on a grand scale, just how grand we didn't realised. Not at first, not until we had built the sphere. Not until it was too late
DOCTOR: Why? What happened?
CALDERA: He stole our brains!!!!
(The DOCTOR lowers his head in shock and dismay.)
(K9 is clearly losing his battle with the Krarg, which is now clearly moving, and starts running (or wheeling) for the door. . .)
TOM: The Krarg was absorbing all the power K-9 could pour into it. The blaster fire was fused into the haze that surrounded the Krarg.
(CALDERA struggles to talk as CHRIS' head rocks back and forth. He finally softly says:)
CALDERA: He stole our brains!
CHRIS: Shh! Easy!
CALDERA: The whole of humanity!
DOCTOR: What?! The whole of humanity!
CALDERA: The whole! But he needed.....
DOCTOR: What did he need?
CALDERA: One mind, one unique mind.....
DOCTOR: What mind?
CALDERA: A man called.....
DOCTOR: What was he called?
CALDERA: A man called.....
DOCTOR: What was he called?
(CALDERA's head falls to his chest.....)
(The Krarg is absorbing all the power K-9 can emit, and the blaster beam is now fused in the red haze surrounding the Krarg. The creature moves and K-9 backs away. The Krarg follows him. K-9 concedes defeat, stops blasting, and retreats toward the Main Door of the ship.)
TOM: Realising he had lost the battle, K-9 headed for the door, followed by the lumbering Krarg.
(With the experiment over, the DOCTOR tries to wake CHRIS.)
(no answer. The DOCTOR checks CHRIS's heart.)
Bristol? Are you alright?
(CHRIS's eyes opened)
CHRIS: I feel marvellous!
DOCTOR: Good, good, it'll pass. You're fit.
(He pats CHRIS on he back as CHRIS gets up.)
CHRIS: What did you find out?
DOCTOR: Not much, not enough to locate Skagra, just enough to frighten me out of my wits.
(Suddenly K-9 enters the chamber.)
DOCTOR: K-9! Why aren't you back at.....?
(The DOCTOR stops short as he sees that behind K-9 is the Krarg. Its footsteps leave a smoking trail in its wake, and its head and torso glow with a red haze. The glow lights the room, and the zombie scientists cower from it in fear. It smashes its weapon into the wall and a shower of sparks results.)
K-9, try and keep it back!
K-9: Power supply at danger level.
(The DOCTOR moves towards the cone as though to pull CALDERA and the other scientists onto his side of the room, but the Krarg's heat forces him to move to the side. The Krarg swings its prod device into the cone and forces the DOCTOR away. The DOCTOR backs away as the Krarg advances toward him slowly. The DOCTOR tries crawling over the cone slightly differently.)
CHRIS: Doctor, look out!
(The Krarg slams the cone again, this time knocking the DOCTOR away from the cone altogether and back towards CHRIS. The two back away from the advancing Krarg until they are almost at the wall. The DOCTOR looks straight into the searing red haze of the coal-like creature as it paces forward towards them.....)
Voice Of Ship
Voice Of Krarg
Quarantine Voice / Voice of K9
Title Music by
and the BBC RADIOPHONIC WORKSHOP
Production Unit Manager
Assistant Floor Manager
Visusal Effects Designer
Electronic Effects Operator
(c) BBC MCMLXXIX (1979)
(c) BBC Video MCMII (1992)
LEE HORTON (LeeH@tcp.co.uk)
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