by DAVID WHITAKER
from a story by KIT PEDLER
first broadcast - 18th May 1968
(The two hypnotized men turn to their new masters.)
CYBERMAN1: You will take us to the Wheel.
CYBERMAN 2: Obey. Inside the Wheel you will help us. You will obey.
(LALEHAM and VALLANCE nod in agreement.)
(ZOE has got JARVIS and GEMMA and they have been listening to the Doctor as he explains about the Cybermen and show them the Cybermat.)
JARVIS: And what's all that supposed to mean?
DOCTOR: The Cybermen are threatening this space Wheel.
JARVIS: Cybermen!? Where did you dream up a name like that.
(ZOE, ever wanting to be useful, pitches in)
ZOE: The study of a a system. Control and communication in animals and devices such as Cybernetic machines.
JARVIS: (talking to Zoe) What are you talking about?
JARVIS: (snaps) I know all there is to know about Cybernetics. I don't need a lecture from you.
DOCTOR: But the Cybermen exist. You got to believe me, you got to!
JARVIS: What on the evidence of one faked-up X-ray shot.
ZOE: It is not faked-up. I took it myself Controller.
(This takes the sting out of JARVIS.)
JARVIS: Well.... what are these Cybermen then?
DOCTOR: They were once men, human beings, like yourself, from the planet Mondas. But now they're more robot then man.
JARVIS: You mean half and half?
DOCTOR: Oh no, more than that. Their entire body are mechanical and their brains have been treated neuro-surgically to remove all human emotion. All sense of pain. They're ruthless inhuman killers!
(JARVIS greets this with mocking laughter.)
JARVIS: You really expect me to believe that rubbish!
DOCTOR: It's not rubbish! They kill anyone that stands in their path. You got to believe me. You just got to!
(The two crewmen get their instructions.)
CYBERMAN 1: You will ferry us to the Wheel. Obey. Inside the Wheel you will help us.
(The CYBERMEN then climb into a huge empty crate and two men then duly fit false bottoms. They then stack Bernalium rods above the prostrate Cybermen.)
DOCTOR: But don't you understand. The Cybermen will get inside this space Wheel.
JARVIS: Nothing just comes in and out of this Wheel, What do you think this is - a jet heliport?
DOCTOR: They already sent their Cybermats in to weaken you.
JAMIE: Look, listen to him. He's telling you the truth!
JARVIS: No, I'll tell you what he's doing. What too many people are trying to do. I don't know why - must be space sickness. They're spreading fear alarm - terror. You think I can't see it.
GEMMA: He's sincere Jarvis. At least......
JARVIS: How can anything get inside the Wheel, Gemma, How? How can it get through the airlock. Perhaps it'll float through the loading bay in full view of everybody.
GEMMA: Still worth listening and taking precautions just in case there is anything....
JARVIS: Don't tell me my job, Gemma. I am still Controller of this Wheel and this will be run my way. Any orders to the contrary can come from Earth central. That's what....
(The increasing pressure begins to show on the frantic man's face as he storms out.)
DOCTOR: Oh dear. How can you convince a man like that?
GEMMA: That X-ray. I think that Bill Duggan should see it. Go and find him, will you Zoe?
ZOE: Isn't he confined to his quarters?
GEMMA: Have him bought here, under guard if necessary, but get him here - I'll be responsible.
GEMMA: Jarvis was right about one thing, Doctor. These Cybermen of yours can't just walk into the Wheel you know.
DOCTOR: (grim) They will find a way.
(VALLANCE and LALEHAM space walk back to the Wheel trailing the big crate behind them.)
(Enrico now mans the communication console.)
ENRICO: (into communicator) Rainbow flux normal. That completes the advance weather information. This is Station W-3 signing out.
VOICE: (oov) Thank you W-3. Thanks for the good news. Signing out.
ENRICO: Survey party calling in.
(into communicator) Yes, come in survey party.
VALLANCE: (dull and oov) Coming in through loading bay, Control.
TANYA: Ask why. Airlock five is all ready.
ENRICO: (into communicator) Is anything wrong? Airlock five is ready for you.
VALLANCE: (oov) We found a whole crate of Bernalium on the rocket. Bringing it over with us. Approval please Control.
ENRICO: This should buck the old man up a bit.
TANYA: Yes. I'll just check.
(She goes to the communicator and calls up JARVIS.)
ENRICO: (into communicator) Just checking with control Armand, Await confirmation.
JARVIS: (oov) Yes?
TANYA: Survey party reports a find of Bernalium. They are bringing it over from the rocket. Can I give them the go-ahead?
JARVIS: (oov) Somebody using their brains as last. Yes, yes. We need it badly. Good work, good work.
TANYA: All right, Enrico.
ENRICO: Hello, survey party. All clear on the cargo run. Am clearing the loading bay for your arrival.
TANYA: Close off airlock five and clear loading bay.......
(BILL has arrived and has been shown the picture.)
BILL: Well, that's it all right.
GEMMA: What you called "billy-bug"
GEMMA: You're sure about this?
BILL: I'm definite. I thought that I had come across some strange space-creature.
DOCTOR: It's an alien machine. Destructive. Capable of killing.
BILL: It seems like a space-rodent. Look, I know, you all think I'm crazy.....
GEMMA: 'Course not Bill. After all you discovered space flora out here. When you found the Cybermat you obviously thought that it was space fauna.
DOCTOR: Yes, it's a pity you didn't tell somebody sooner.
BILL: Maybe so, Doc, but look at what happened when I did tell the old man.
ZOE: (to BILL) I better take you back Bill.
(to the others) I got some new calculations to do on those meteorites. Half of the space-fleet might be flying straight into them.
(She leaves with BILL.)
DOCTOR: Meteorites. Now the Cybermats must have sent in to destroy the laser gun.
GEMMA: They nearly did.
GEMMA: Well, I assume they did. They seem to have taken a liking to all of the stock of Bernalium we have on board. The laser needs a constant supply of Bernalium rods.
DOCTOR: You see, Jamie.
JAMIE: I see right enough. If I haven't put the laser out of action, the Cybermats would have.
DOCTOR: Yes, but why?
JAMIE: But that's obvious. Put the Wheel out of action and make it defenceless.
DOCTOR: But the Wheel must have other defences.
GEMMA: Magnetic field deflectors. The messeng shield. They can counter-act small meteorites.
DOCTOR: No, I think the Bernalium was destroyed for another purpose but what? What?
(LALEHAM and VALLANCE's space walk nears it's end Bringing the large crate behind them, they enter the loading bay doors of the Wheel with their deadly cargo.)
ZOE: (into microphone) Progress readings on the star Hercules 208 in Messia 13. Radar computes.....
JAMIE: What are you doing?
(ZOE carries on like nothing as happened.)
ZOE: Bank A-208.16, Bank B-321.64. Lateral......
JAMIE: Are you talking to yourself.
(ZOE gives up and switches off the tape.)
ZOE: James Robert McCrimmon, do you realise what you have done?
JAMIE: What have I done?
ZOE: Well I was recording some very important readings. Well now, you're on my tape.
JAMIE: (lost) Hey?
(ZOE rewinds the tape and plays it back.)
JAMIE: How did you do that without moving your lips?
(ZOE points to the recorder. We hear JAMIE interrupt ZOE again.)
JAMIE: That's me. Sorry have I ruined it?
ZOE: No, not really.
(She turns and moves further down the library. JAMIE follows her and she turns round.)
ZOE: Is there anything you want?
JAMIE: No. I'm all right.
ZOE: Well, I've got some calculations to do on those new readings.
JAMIE: Aye, everybody's so busy. Not that they would talk to me anyway.
ZOE: Well, you did get off to a bad start.
JAMIE: You mean ruining the laser. Aye, I suppose I did. Hey, anyway I had to do that.
JAMIE: Because the......
(JAMIE is torn between lying and telling ZOE about the TARDIS.)
Well, I can't really tell you.
(FLANNIGAN, LEO and another crew-member are trying to mend the laser.)
LEO: Will you hold that light still, Flannigan.
FLANNIGAN: My arm's getting tired.
LEO: Oh, you are a great help.
CREW-MEMBER: Just another few seconds, sir.
LEO: Will you get me that driver.
(The crew-member goes over and gets it.)
LEO: Come on, hurry up.
(He is handed the driver.)
(He attempts to get something out......)
Ah, my beauty.
(.....which he succeeds in doing. JARVIS and BILL enter the room.)
JARVIS: How's it going?
LEO: Ah, hello sir.
(To the Crew-Member) Al right Penny.
(To JARVIS) Well, the boys can do with a break, they worked non-stop.
JARVIS: I'm giving you Bill Duggan, No reason why he can't make himself useful. You others take a break. Keep up the good work.
LEO: Al right sir.
LEO: Oh boy, am I glad to see you Bill.
BILL: How's it look?
LEO: Oh, we just had a bit of luck. The central deployment didn't get any plastic.
BILL: Oh, that's great. What about the Bernalium?
LEO: I haven't got around to that yet.
(To the crew-member and FLANNIGAN.) Go on you two, hop it.
FLANNIGAN: If it's all the same with you sir, we'll just grab a snack and be back in five minutes.
LEO: You take 45 minutes and like it.
BILL: What about you - you look done in.
LEO: Oh, I can't leave you on your own. It needs at least two to handle this thing.
(CHANG walks by FLANNIGAN at the door and enters the room.)
CHANG: Some people have all the luck. The Controller said that you needed some help. Of course, I have only done two watches in a row.
LEO: Congratulations. I done three.
BILL: Oh, go and shove off Leo, Chang and I can handle this.
LEO: Well, I....
BILL: Come on, I know how to get the Bernalium done, hey.
GEMMA: It's an extraordinary X-ray.
DOCTOR: Extraordinary! Extraordinary?
GEMMA: I dare say your head will ache for a quite a while yet but at least there's no damage.
DOCTOR: Oh, I am so glad there is no damage. Miss Corwyn.
DOCTOR: Oh, oh forgive me.
GEMMA: My husband died in the asteroid belt three years ago.
DOCTOR: Oh. I'm so sorry.
GEMMA: My name's Gemma.
DOCTOR: Gemma.... How nice. Hmm, Gemma. Tell me.... tell me about the Controller, Jarvis.
GEMMA: Tell you what?
DOCTOR: He is a strange man to be in a position like this?
GEMMA: In ordinary circumstances no.
DOCTOR: Are there any ordinary circumstances in space?
GEMMA: Jarvis is simply a man that can't accept phenomena outside the laws of physics.
DOCTOR: Yes, that is a very accurate.....
GEMMA: Were you going to say diagnosis?
DOCTOR: You're very perceptive.
GEMMA: You see in this failing of his a medical weakness.
DOCTOR: Don't you?
GEMMA: Normally he is more than capable of commanding this station. It's a continuous and merciless responsibility.
DOCTOR: Exactly. One does wonder what a man like that will do when faced with a problem for which he has no solution.
GEMMA: I must confess I have been concerned. Jarvis shows sign of blocking off his mind. He can't face the truth.
(JARVIS enters the room and walks up to TANYA.)
JARVIS: Everything in order here?
(He jumps in before TANYA can say a word.)
JARVIS: Yes, yes. I see it is. Good, good.
(He goes, leaving TANYA with suspicions about his behaviour.)
(JARVIS breezes through the Wheel on his way to the Medical unit.)
(The DOCTOR is out of bed and is putting on his black frock-coat against GEMMA's advice.)
GEMMA: But you need rest, you really shouldn't get up yet.
DOCTOR: Of course I have to get up.
(JAMIE enters the room, GEMMA turns to him.)
GEMMA: Can you persuade him to rest?
JAMIE: Och, there's no good trying to stop him.
GEMMA: But it's much too soon.
DOCTOR: Gemma, be reasonable. I know the dangers. The Cybermen need to colonise. They must have the treasures of Earth.
GEMMA: You can't leave this room. Jarvis has given orders.
DOCTOR: He is not in control of himself.
GEMMA: I'm sorry, Doctor. I can't counter-command any order that the controller has issued.
JAMIE: (to DOCTOR) He is as stubborn as you are.
(JARVIS stops a person walking along the corridor.)
JARVIS: Everything in order here? Good. Good.
(He enters the Doctor's room.)
JARVIS: (cheerfully to the Doctor.) Up and about already eh? That's better.
(to Gemma) I've done a tour, Gemma. Everything running like clockwork.
GEMMA: Fine. I'd like to talk to you about the rocket.
(JARVIS doesn't seem to have heard the question.)
JARVIS: Yes, everything is going rather well. Very well indeed.
(to the DOCTOR) You must want to stretch your legs. Get someone to take you round.
DOCTOR: Oh, oh thank you. Er, you will tell the guard, won't you.
JARVIS: (To the GUARD outside) Off you go. Everything is in order here.
JARVIS: You might want to make a note about morale, Gemma. It's excellent. Never been better.
JARVIS: Yes, there is nothing we can't handle. Nothing.
(He rubs his forehead.)
Tired now. Turn in I suppose and get some sleep. Yes that's good. I need you first watch. Yes, keep up the good work. Keep up the good work.
(He leaves leaving three people shocked and confused about his behaviour.)
(BILL takes out the Bernalium rods from the laser.)
BILL: These are no good anyway. They're covered in plastic.
CHANG: Laleham and Vallance bought back a load of Bernalium from the rocket.
BILL: Well just don't stand there, go and grab a dozen sticks. With a bit of luck, we can replace these and reassemble in a couple of hours. Well, go on. Chop Chop
CHANG: I'm on my way.
(CHANG walks out of the room.......)
(............and goes to the loading bay. It is seemingly deserted as CHANG descends a ladder to examine the opened Bernalium boxes. However, the open crate with an obviously false bottom soon diverts his curiosity. A stubby metallic hand clutches his shoulder before he can continue investigating. He staggers back in horror on realising the threat posed by the powerful silver giants. LALEHAM and VALLANCE, now out of their spacesuits, do nothing as CHANG turns to them for help.)
CHANG: Help me!
(CHANG makes some desperate gestures of resistance, but the aliens viciously terminate his life by activating lethal energy bursts from their chest units. LALEHAM and VALLANCE then pick up the boxes of rods and carry them up the ladder while the Cybermen turn to the body.)
(A light shines up on Tanya's panel as Leo comes in.)
(LEO walks in.)
TANYA: Oh, hello Leo.
ENRICO: Hello Chief.
TANYA: Have you any notes of anybody using the waste incinerator in the loading bay.
ENRICO: No, I don't think so. I'll check.
LEO: What's the problem?
TANYA: Someone has just used the incinerator in the loading bay.
ENRICO: No, no, there's nothing here.
LEO: Hmm, you better put it in the log, Tanya. Someone for the high jump.
(BILL hears VALLANCE and LALEHAM come back with the boxes.)
BILL: (thinking that it is Chang) Hello boys, hey good on ya.
(He sees who it is.) Where's Chang?
LALEHAM: (dull) Cut his hand - gone to the Medical bay.
BILL: Trust him.
VALLANCE: (dull) Anything to be done?
BILL: Yea, you can open up a box of rods.
(Turns back to the laser.)
Got this problem licked. I just hope that the rods are the right dimension. That's all.
LALEHAM: (dull) They are.
BILL: Since when have you been a expert.
(The controlled humans open the box as BILL continues to work.)
VALLANCE: (dull) The laser has to be made operative. Or the meteorites will destroy the Wheel.
(He states this as if it is his only purpose in life.)
BILL: (sarcastic) No! Why do you think I'm sweating my back off here.
(He laughs. LALEHAM removes a rod and takes it up to BILL. VALLANCE is out of earshot.)
Here, what's up with him?
(LALEHAM ignores the question.)
LALEHAM: (dull) They're the right ones.
(BILL looks at them.)
BILL: Yes, so they are. You must be psychic. But don't tell the old man. He doesn't believe in ESP.
(He fits the rod in.)
Hey, this is perfect, marvellous.
VALLENCE: (dull) When will the repair be finished?
BILL: Won't be done at all if you keep nattering.
VALLENCE: (dull) The meteorites must not strike the Wheel.
BILL: Sheech, that's all that worries you doesn't it. Oh, don't worry, don't worry. It be a close call but I bet I have this laser ready and in operation in six to seven hours. So you can sleep in your bed like babies; the pair of you. Daddy won't let anything happen to you.
(He turns back to the laser and starts work again, whistling.)
Now, (talking over his shoulder) if you really want to make yourselves useful....
(He is aware of a presence behind him. He slowly turns to face one of the Cyberman. The creature emits a mesmerising light-beam from its forehead. Bill falls to his knees and lets out an agonised scream as his mind is taken over. He then stands up.)
CYBERMAN 1: The Wheel must be protected from the meteorites. We will assemble your laser defence rays. You will go to Central Control.
BILL: (dull) Central Control?
LALEHAM: (dull) The Operations Room
CYBERMAN 1: These are your orders.
(GEMMA is working at her desk when she hears a knock at the door. ZOE opens the door and enters the office.)
GEMMA: Oh Zoe, it's you. What do you want?
ZOE: Well, it's rather difficult to explain.
GEMMA: What is it?
ZOE: Well, I've done a report. Some calculations I've been doing. I was ordered to forget them.
GEMMA: (surprised.) Ordered?! By whom?! What report!?
ZOE: My calculations on the orbital path of the meteorite storm. I found a new element which indicated a critical state and I reported my findings to the Controller.
GEMMA: And he ignored them.
ZOE: Yes. You don't sound very surprised.
ZOE: He said that it was all perfectly normal but it isn't.
GEMMA: He's getting worse.
ZOE: Is he ill?
GEMMA: I don't know yet.
ZOE: Well, if he is he has chosen a rather inconvenient time hasn't he?
GEMMA: (half-puzzled and half-disgusted) Do you ever feel anything emotional, Zoe.
ZOE: Emotional. You know that's the second time I've been asked that in the last couple of hours. Leo Ryan said that I was "all brains and no heart."
GEMMA: (understanding) Yes, it's your training. I wouldn't worry about it.
ZOE: But I do. I don't want to be thought of as a freak. Leo said that I was like a robot, a machine. I think he's right. My head has been pumped full of facts and figures which I reel out automatically when needed, but I want to feel things as well.
GEMMA: (pleased) Good. Unfortunately the para-psychologist at the city tends to ignore this aspect in his pupils. Some of them never fully develop their human emotions.
ZOE: You don't think I be like that, do you?
GEMMA: No. You seemed to have survived their brain-washing techniques remarkably well.
ZOE: (with relief) Oh good.
GEMMA: Now about these calculations........
(The DOCTOR is being shown round by LEO and TANYA. JAMIE is in the background)
TANYA: And this last one is how we check everything.
DOCTOR: I see.
LEO: Anything that uses energy on the Wheel, however small is registered on this wall. From a coffee-grinder up ..
DOCTOR: Do you have any coffee?
LEO: Would you like some?
DOCTOR: I'd love some, I really would.
(TANYA offers a tablet to the Doctor.)
TANYA: A coffee pellet. Would you like one?
DOCTOR: That's very kind of you.
(He mumbles about the controls and then GEMMA and ZOE arrive on the bridge. GEMMA signals to LEO.)
LEO: Excuse me Doctor. Tanya.
(TANYA gives the Doctor his coffee and then goes and joins the group. JAMIE joins the DOCTOR.)
JAMIE: Doctor, don't forget we need that mercury stuff for the TARDIS.
DOCTOR: No, Jamie, I haven't forgotten. I'm worried about the TARDIS. If I'm right and those Cybermen are....
(He notices the group.)
What's going on?
(JAMIE spots ZOE.)
JAMIE: Let's find out.
(They join ZOE.)
DOCTOR: What's going on Zoe?
ZOE: I ran some new calculations on the orbital path of the meteorite storm. They're heading toward us faster than we thought.
JAMIE: Don't you have any cheerful news?
ZOE: These are facts. And these are irrefutable.
DOCTOR: I wouldn't dream of contradicting you. Can... Can you repair the laser gun in time?
ZOE: Well, that's not the worry. The Controller. I went to him with the new data on the meteorites and he just bashed the whole thing aside.
DOCTOR: Oh dear, he's getting worse.
ZOE: That what Dr. Corwyn said. He is ill isn't he?
DOCTOR: Why aren't you worried about the laser gun. I thought that all of the Bernalium has been destroyed.
ZOE: Oh no, some more turned up.
DOCTOR: Oh good.
ZOE: Yes, two of the men bought a crate of it over from the rocket.
DOCTOR: (happy) Ah.
(then changes to obvious concern.) What?! What did you say?
ZOE: Well, that's what Flannigan said. I met him when he was going off duty.
(The DOCTOR dashes over to GEMMA)
DOCTOR: Gemma! Gemma, did you know about this Bernalium from the rocket?
GEMMA: Yes, Tanya told me.
DOCTOR: But don't you see what it means. The Cybermen are here. They came over in that crate.
GEMMA: But how can our two men have bought them over.
DOCTOR: But they didn't know what they were doing. They were obeying orders.
GEMMA: The Cybermen's hypnotised them.
DOCTOR: Yes, something like that.
GEMMA: We not exactly children, Doctor. All space-men are protected against brain-control by drugs.
DOCTOR: Yes but.... but a neuro-tropic drug is only effective against a known enemy. Have you induced repulsion in all parts of the brain yet?
GEMMA: No but there are the planted Silenski capsules. It gives off a signal when there is an adverse influence against the wearer.
DOCTOR: How can we check?
GEMMA: (calls to TANYA) Tanya, I want to check the Silenski circuit.
TANYA: But I shall have to activate the whole defence network.
GEMMA: I'll authorise the extra power.
(TANYA crosses to the particular panel with the DOCTOR. While they are doing this BILL enters the room.)
TANYA: Watch the lines. If there isn't everything is normal.
DOCTOR: I see.
TANYA: Try this room first.
DOCTOR: Yes, yes.
(to GEMMA) Is that all right?
(GEMMA nods. Nearby JAMIE and ZOE have spotted BILL.)
JAMIE: What's he hanging around for. I thought that he was under guard or something.
ZOE: So did I. Bill, has the Controller.....
(BILL walks past them and slowly walks towards the communicator panel.)
TANYA: Here, Wait a minute. Look.
(A line can be seen on the monitor.)
GEMMA: Someone is affected Doctor. You were right.
TANYA: Someone in this room.
DOCTOR: Er, can we pin it down to an individual.
TANYA: I cordoned the room off.
(BILL gets closer and closer and we can see that he has a spanner in his hand.)
(She points to the communication panel. BILL raises the spanner.)
In the direction of......
(She is too late as BILL starts to attack the communication equipment.)
DOCTOR: Oh, stop him.
(ENRICO is hurled from his chair and even an attack from JAMIE isn't much use as he is casually thrown aside by the possessed man, as he attacks the communication panel like there is no tomorrow. LEO pulls out a blaster and shoots BILL before any more damage can be done. As the blaster haze subsides BILL falls to the ground with a scream. The DOCTOR approaches the body and checks him over.)
(He stands up, his face grim. This death must not go unpunished.)
Now listen... listen everyone, the Cybermen are here, in this Wheel. They took over this poor fellow to stop you sending to Earth or signalling for help.
DOCTOR: Just a minute. Gemma, you must alert the whole Wheel and you need something stronger than drugs to stop your people from being taken over. It doesn't matter how crude it is. A metal plate and a transistor will do. Tape them to the back of the neck. It will absorb the Cyber control signal.
LEO: I can do that.
DOCTOR: Yes. Good.
TANYA: (to LEO) I'll help you.
(He joins JAMIE.)
JAMIE: What do we do?
DOCTOR: We're going hunting Jamie.
JAMIE: Are you sure who is going to be hunted.
DOCTOR: That is a very good question. Come on.
(they leave the bridge and ZOE goes over to LEO and TANYA.)
ZOE: Can I do something?
ZOE: Is there anything I can do.
TANYA: Well, all right........
(ZOE starts to help.)
(The DOCTOR and JAMIE edge down the steps to the loading bay. After looking about for a moment, JAMIE sees the crate that they are looking for.)
JAMIE: Doctor, there it is.
DOCTOR: Jamie, I know, now shush.
(They soon discover the crate's false bottom. However a noise is heard - Someone is coming down the steps. They both whisper to each other and they both hide behind the crate to see who it is....... It's a CYBERMAN. It descends the steps, crosses over to one of the boxes of Bernalium. However, if it turns around it will see the DOCTOR and JAMIE......)
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