by DAVID WHITAKER
from a story by KIT PEDLER
first broadcast - 25th May 1968
(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 both go over to have a look at it. They both speak in whispers.)
JAMIE: It's safe?
DOCTOR: Yes, this is it.
JAMIE: But can they......
(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 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...... Instead it effortlessly lifts the box, carrying it back to the steps. It quickly ascends, vanishing from sight. After they are sure that it has gone, The DOCTOR and JAMIE come out of cover.)
JAMIE: That was close.
DOCTOR: So easy.
DOCTOR: I don't understand them.
JAMIE: What are you talking about?
DOCTOR: Destroying the wheel Jamie, that's what I am talking about. From the outside it is strong enough but now that the Cybermen are inside I....
JAMIE: Yes, I see what you mean... What do you think they are planning?
DOCTOR: Well, they obviously don't want to destroy the wheel.
JAMIE: What do they want then?
DOCTOR: I wish I knew. The first thing that we must do is to protect the people here.
DOCTOR: What's the thing we need to survive which the Cybermen don't?
DOCTOR: You're always thinking of your stomach aren't you? No. Air, Jamie, air!
(He crosses to the communicator)
Now I wonder how this works.....
(The communicator bleeps and TANYA goes to answer it. The face of the DOCTOR appears.)
TANYA: It's the Doctor.
(Both GEMMA and LEO come over to watch.)
DOCTOR: (oov) Hello, I think that it would be wise to lock all of the air-lock doors. Can you do that?
TANYA: (to the DOCTOR) Leo says that he can. Why?
DOCTOR: (oov) The Cybermen are definitely on the Wheel. Jamie and I have just seen one. They may try interfering with the air supply.
DOCTOR: (to the watchers) Keep this channel open.
JAMIE: Something moved over there - just out of the corner of my eye.
(They both turn to have a look.)
GEMMA: What's wrong?
TANYA: I don't know.
LEO: Shall I seal off the airlocks, Gem?
(LEO goes across to the console and seals the airlocks.)
LEO: (from console.) Sealing off all the airlocks.
TANYA: (to GEMMA) I suppose that we can trust the Doctor?
GEMMA: Not sure why I do but I do. Sealing off the airlocks is good common sense anyway.
JAMIE: It's there.
(It's a Cybermat. They both draw back, wary of the approaching device. The DOCTOR turns to the communicator as JAMIE keeps a eye on it.)
DOCTOR: (to communicator.) Listen to me very carefully. Do as I ask and don't delay. One of the Cybermats is very close to us. It will tune into our brain waves at any minute.
(The Cybermat is getting closer.)
JAMIE: Doctor! It's turning!
DOCTOR: Hook up a variable audio-frequency on this channel right away. Do it at once!
(GEMMA turns to ENRICO who is doing something.)
GEMMA: Enrico, leave that.
(He does and comes over to GEMMA.)
(A second Cybermat has arrived.)
JAMIE: There's a second one.
(He starts to move towards the stairs.)
JAMIE: Come on.
(He holds on to JAMIE.)
DOCTOR: We don't stand a chance. They've got a range of at least ten feet.
DOCTOR: (oov) Hurry, please hurry.
GEMMA: Come on Enrico.
(ENRICO is working through the circuits.)
ENRICO: All right, all right!
(He stands up.)
(To his technician) That's it. Power!
(A high-pitch noise is heard.)
(To his technician) Come on! Come on! Come on!
(The high-pitch grows louder and higher.)
(The sound reaches the Loading Bay. Both the DOCTOR and JAMIE are forced to cover their ears. The Cybermats begin to spasmodically lose control. They run across the room in some kind of metal agony. They spin round and collide as the noise increases and decreases in pitch and intensity. One of the two begins to emanate thick smoke while the other slams into a wall, disintegrating with a burst of light and noise.)
GEMMA: That's enough Enrico.
(ENRICO turns the power down and the sound stops.)
(The DOCTOR and JAMIE take their hands down.)
DOCTOR: We're coming back as fast as we can.
(The DOCTOR picks up a destroyed Cybermat and shows it to the communicator.)
This is what you have saved us from.
TANYA: What that's thing?
ZOE: It's a Cybermat?
(Meanwhile a Cyberman opens a communicator and soon the picture of the CYBER-PLANNER appears.)
(TANYA is now by the controls.)
(LEO comes up and joins her.)
There is an energy reading coming from the power house.
(LEO checks some of his readings.)
LEO: It's not coming off our power source that's for sure. Let's check it out.
CYBERMAN 1: All Cybermats have been destroyed.
CYBER-PLANNER: (oov) Destroyed? By what method.
CYBERMAN 1: They have used high-current phase contrast.
CYBER-PLANNER: (oov) One human has knowledge beyond our predictions. Report.
CYBERMAN 1: The X-ray laser machine is repaired.
CYBER-PLANNER: (oov) And operative?
CYBERMAN 1: Yes. In stage of operation.
CYBER-PLANNER: (oov) Communication beam to Earth?
CYBERMAN 1: Attacked and damaged.
CYBER-PLANNER: (oov) Phase Six.
CYBERMAN 1: Yes.
CYBER-PLANNER: (oov) The space station is to be taken over. Complete Phase Six.
(The CYBER-PLANNER fades from sight.)
(ENRICO and TANYA are talking about the damage from the attack by Bill Duggan. LEO is trying to work the Communicator.)
LEO: (into the Communicator) Workshop! Workshop would you come in please?
ENRICO: Well, Bill Duggan knew the right spot OK.
TANYA: What about radar?
ENRICO: The radar's fine but the radio's kaput.
TANYA: When is the next check to Earth Central?
ENRICO: 0300. In two hours time.
TANYA: Set up a check on the first wave of the meteorites.
ENRICO: I don't see the point. We haven't got a laser to knock them out with.
TANYA: Don't be pessimistic Enrico. They may not have a direct course on us so anything can happen.
ENRICO: Everything is.
(They both turn to LEO who just joined them.)
LEO: Blimey, you'd think that we are alone on the Wheel. I can't raise anybody.
TANYA: Have you told Gemma?
LEO: She's got her hands full as it is.
(Nearby, the DOCTOR and GEMMA are talking to JARVIS while ZOE is holding the Cybermat.)
GEMMA: Jarvis. Jarvis, look at the creature.
(JARVIS doesn't look at it.)
Show it to him Zoe.
(ZOE moves forward and presents it under his nose, but JARVIS looks like he doesn't want to see it or believe that it is there.)
JARVIS: No. No, it's not true. Not true.
GEMMA: All right Zoe. Put it away somewhere.
(ZOE moves away with the creature.)
(To the DOCTOR.) Complete withdrawal. Loss of effect.
DOCTOR: But not necessary complete. Hmm, catatonic feature certainly.
GEMMA: I can try ECT. He could be shocked back to normal.
DOCTOR: Is the equipment here?
GEMMA: No it is in the Medical bay.
DOCTOR: Oh, I wouldn't advise moving him. You've thrown a magnetic forcefield about this section.
DOCTOR: Enough to keep the Cybermen out?
GEMMA: Enough to keep anything out. The crew have been warned. Oh..
DOCTOR: No, it's no good. You are second-in-command. You must take over.
GEMMA: Take over what? We're invaded. We have no contact with Earth, we are in the path of meteorites. Take over what? How do we fight without the laser?
(Nearby ZOE looks after JARVIS. JAMIE comes over to join her.)
JAMIE: How is he?
JAMIE: Well, that's just fine.
ZOE: He just closed himself away.
JAMIE: Who is the second in command?
ZOE: Dr. Corwyn.
JAMIE: At least she's all right.
ZOE: Yes, but what she can do I don't know.
JAMIE: (a little happy at having something that he can gloat over) Oh, there's is something that you don't know then.
ZOE: There's too much I don't know. I was trained to believe that logic and calculation would provide me with all the answers. Well I'm just beginning to realise there are questions which I can't answer.
JAMIE: You're just not trained for a emergency like this.
ZOE: Well, that's the whole point! What good am I. I've been created for some false kind of existence where only known kinds of emergencies are catered for. What good is that to me now?
JAMIE: Hey, we are not done yet you know.
ZOE: And if we survive? What then, Jamie? Suppose that we do get ourselves out of this mess - what have I got left? A blind reliance on facts and logic?
(It's clear that ZOE's self-confidence is in tatters and she walks away. Back at the communicator LEO is trying to get through to the Oxygen Supply Room.)
LEO: (a little annoyed) Section Twelve, Section Twelve. Will you please come in?
(Even through the Communicator is bleeping there is nobody to answer it. Another body is casually thrown on the floor by a murderous Cyberman.)
LEO: (into communicator) Calling power house, calling power house. Power house will you please come in.
(The communicator bleeps in the power room, where FLANNIGAN is. Just as he turns to answer it, the controlled VALLANCE and LALEHAM walk into the room.)
FLANNIGAN: Oh, it's yourself. Why don't you answer this thing. Sounded like a bit violent.
VALLANCE: (dull) It's not important.
(The Communicator stops bleeping.)
FLANNIGAN: Nah, it could be the old man himself you know. Well, is this laser working yet is it?
LALEHAM: (in the same tone as VALLANCE) Yes. Finished.
FLANNIGAN: Well are we not going to get rid of the meteorites then?
VALLANCE: (dull) No.
FLANNIGAN: (a little testily as the Communicator starts again.) Well, that's great. I got a whole years leave coming to me back on Earth. Now come on.
(He reaches for the communicator.)
LALEHAM: (dull) Don't touch that.
FLANNIGAN: You just can't ignore it. What is it? What's the matter with you two hey?
VALLANCE: (dull) Do as you are told.
FLANNIGAN: Hey, have you both gone mad or what?
(VALLANCE draws his blaster and points it at FLANNIGAN.)
Don't point that thing at me laddie.
(FLANNIGAN knocks the weapons from both VALLANCE and LALEHAM's hands. A violent struggle erupts While LALEHAM tries to hit FLANNIGAN with a metal bar, and VALLANCE dives for his blaster, FLANNIGAN fights for all his worth. He is more than capable of holding his own.)
FLANNIGAN: All right, if it is a fight that you are after, I'm your man. Come on.
(The fight goes on.)
(above the noise of the struggle) You need a few lessons in the noble and manly art, me bucko! All right, come on!
(They fight on. VALLANCE fires into the struggle with his blaster just as FLANNIGAN turns around with LALEHAM around his neck. The blaster shot goes into LALEHAM's back, causing him to crumple to the floor and die. VALLANCE is in shock from his actions and this causes his mind to be freed from the Cybermen's control. Meanwhile, behind FLANNIGAN the door opens and a CYBERMAN enters. While FLANNIGAN stares at the silver giant the control beam from the CYBERMAN's head-piece is activated causing both VALLANCE and now FLANNIGAN to fall under the Cybermen's control again.)
CYBERMAN 1: The Earth machine has been installed?
VALLANCE: (back in his slurred dull voice) Yes.
CYBERMAN 1: A force field has been set around the Operations control room. How is it operated?
VALLANCE: (dull) Only from within the Operations Room.
(The Cyberman now sees LALEHAM's body.)
CYBERMAN 1: Dispose of the body of the human.
(They drag the body away.)
(ZOE is trying to get JARVIS to drink some water.)
ZOE: Come on some more. Just a little more.
JARVIS: (dully) No, no more.
TANYA: (to ZOE) Don't force him. Give him whatever he wants.
(The DOCTOR meanwhile has been watching LEO's attempt to get someone on the communicator.)
DOCTOR: Well I am not surprised that you can't get in touch with the rest of the Wheel.
JAMIE: Aye, the Cybermen are not just going to sit around doing nothing.
GEMMA: But can they still control our people. I thought that.....
DOCTOR: The metal plates you mean. Has everybody had them fitted to the back of their necks?
GEMMA: No, not yet. There are still some crew members without.
DOCTOR: Well, it would be advisable to have it done.
LEO: (from the other end of the room.) Coming through now!
(The rest except for JARVIS rush over to the radar which has just reported the meteorites.)
ENRICO: Thought we lost it for a moment there.
(The blips on the radar show that the meteorites are now very close. They can all listen to the noise of the meteorites getting closer and closer.)
Hey, will you listen to that! Now this is a big storm, bigger than we thought.
LEO: All right, all right, don't make it worse.
GEMMA: We have to rely on the anti-matter field projectors.
ENRICO: You don't think the meteorites are going to bounce off them do you? We are talking about things that weigh two to three hundred tons here.
GEMMA: How far away are they?
ENRICO: See for yourself. Less than a million miles now. Closing on an elliptical path tilted ten degrees.
(The Communicator bleeps.)
LEO: Well, thank goodness for that.
(LEO runs across and presses the button. The picture of FLANNIGAN appears on the screen.)
FLANNIGAN: (oov & dull) Power room!
LEO: Flannigan! Where have you been?
FLANNIGAN: (oov and dull) Storing the laser discharge.
LEO: What was that?
FLANNIGAN: (oov and dull) It has been completed.
LEO: The laser's repaired?!
FLANNIGAN: (oov and dull) It is ready for testing now.
(to the others.) The laser's working.
(There are sounds of relief.)
Stand by to run a test.
(to the communicator) Flannigan, where have you been? I've been trying to raise you for ages.
FLANNIGAN: (oov and dull) There must be a fault on the line. Vallance is here with me. We are ready when you are ready.
(A partition opens on one of the other sections of the Wheel, spawning a huge laser cannon. The weapon slowly repositions itself as the crew calibrate a new angle. With a relatively short effective range there is little room for error.)
(LEO has moved from the communicator and is now in his chair.)
ENRICO: (slightly panicky) We are cutting it too fine, they're coming at us too fast. Seven hundred thousand now. Six-ninety, Six-eighty. The speed of them is fantastic.
LEO: Take position from radar calibration estimates.
ENRICO: Angle ninety on zero-four, zero-two. Distance now six-ten thousand, Six-dead, Five-ninety.....
JAMIE: (to GEMMA) What's the range of your machine?
GEMMA: Fifty thousand total destruction, ninety thousand partial.
DOCTOR: Well, it would be well not to miss isn't it.
(This fails to relieve the tension in the air.)
LEO: We'll try a random shot, at least see how the power banks react.
(to the others in the room) Stand by to test laser. Blue button. Red on stand-by!
ENRICO: Angle eighty on zero-four, zero-one now. Distance closing - five hundred thousand dead. Four-ninety, four-eighty.
LEO: (calls to TANYA) Tanya, take a power reading on this.
(to the others) And fire!
(We hear the laser fire)
TANYA: Power maximum and normal.
LEO: (turns his chair around and speaks confidently) Well everybody, I think that we stand a chance.
(The meteorites continues to rush inexorably toward them.)
ENRICO: Angle eighty-eight on zero-four, zero-one and holding. Distance closing three-fifty thousand, three-forty, three-thirty. Angle change. Eighty- seven on zero-four-zero point nine-nine recurring. Distance two-eighty thousand. Two-seventy, Two-sixty.
LEO: Stand by for further tests on lasers.
TANYA: Power max one hundred. Power packs green and steady.
LEO: Red on stand-by. Fire.
(The laser is fired again.)
TANYA: Power maximum and normal. All systems operating.
LEO: Stand-by for test blanket fire. Red on stand-by.
TANYA: Power max one thousand, all systems green and steady.
LEO: Red on stand-by. Fire.
(The laser is fired.)
TANYA: Power maximum and normal. All systems are operative.
LEO: (cheerfully) Well, let them all come. We're ready for them.
DOCTOR: I think that it is reasonable to assume that the Cybermen caused that star to go nova.
GEMMA: Deliberately causing the meteorites to deflect from their orbit. To destroy the wheel.
DOCTOR: No! Not to destroy the Wheel. To make you want to use the laser. Then they sent in their Cybermats to attack the laser and to destroy the Bernalium.
JAMIE: (catching on) And then you search that drifting rocket and find a big crate.
DOCTOR: With the Cybermen inside it.
DOCTOR: It is the only way they could get into the Wheel.
GEMMA: And now you think they repaired the laser.
JAMIE: They must have done, otherwise they would be smashing up the Wheel wouldn't they.
DOCTOR: So you see this isn't just an attack by an alien race on a space station. The Cybermen have another purpose.
DOCTOR: They have an over-riding ambition to invade the Earth, plunder its mineral wealth. Somehow they can see a way of doing it through this Wheel.
GEMMA: But how can we stop them?
DOCTOR: I don't know.
GEMMA: Presumably these Cybermen disposed of the crewmembers of the rocket in space.
DOCTOR: (in thought) Hmm.. yes.
(to JAMIE) Jamie, the Time Vector Generator from the TARDIS. Where is it?
JAMIE: Oh you mean the gold rod thing?
DOCTOR: Yes, yes.
JAMIE: You got it. I put it your pocket in the rocket.
DOCTOR: Are you sure?
(The DOCTOR checks his pockets.)
DOCTOR: But I haven't got it.
JAMIE: You must have. Not unless it falling out when they were moving you. Is it important?
DOCTOR: Important? Someone will have to go over to the rocket and get it.
JAMIE: Good luck to them. Who's going?
DOCTOR: Well, if Gemma can spare someone to show you how to make the journey....
JAMIE: (in shock) ME!?
DOCTOR: Yes, of course. You're the only one who knows what it looks like besides me and I am much too busy. Besides it is your fault that it is lost.
DOCTOR: Well isn't it?
JAMIE: (confused) Well yes.. no.. Dr. Corwyn.. Oh Doctor. Och.
(This is some kind of control room since there are controls and some kind of lamps in the background. VALLANCE is here standing behind his CYBERMAN master who is communicating with the CYBER-PLANNER via the Cybermen's communicator.)
CYBER-PLANNER: (oov) The meteorite shower is approaching the Wheel.
CYBERMAN 1: The weapons of the Earth humans have been tested and are operating.
CYBER-PLANNER: (oov) Phase six can be completed.
CYBERMAN 1: The Earth humans have set up a neutron field barrier on the perimeter of the section containing their room of Operations.
CYBER-PLANNER: (oov) Do not complete Phase Six. Initiate Plan Three.
(The CYBERMAN stands and turns to VALLANCE.)
CYBERMAN 1: Follow me.
(GEMMA is taking JAMIE and ZOE to the Oxygen Supply Room where there is the nearest airlock.)
GEMMA: (into communicator) Replace the field barrier now! We're through.
ZOE: I see that it's clear ahead. (She moves forward.)
JAMIE: I still don't see why you should send a wee thing like that with me.
GEMMA: She is the only one I can spare who knows enough about space-drill who can get you across to that rocket safely.
JAMIE: Maybe so. I still think that I will be better by myself.
GEMMA: Do you? I wouldn't be too sure if I were you.
(LEO is furious that ZOE is going to the rocket. He rounds on the DOCTOR.)
LEO: Have you gone off your head?!
DOCTOR: She... She agreed to go.
LEO: She had no right to agree. And you've got no right to let her.
DOCTOR: I had to. Jamie will look after her.
LEO: Have you any idea of the dangers they'll face between the Wheel and the rocket? And you send Zoe and your friend out into an area which is bound to be bombarded by small debris, quite apart from the radiation and thermal shock.
DOCTOR: Well, they knew the risk. Zoe calculated it.
(This makes LEO angrier.)
LEO: Oh yes. Zoe calculated it! And what about Gemma, hey? What if Gemma meets up with one of those Cyberman things?
ENRICO: Coming in to range now sir.
LEO: All right.
(to the DOCTOR.) Now you don't do anything unless I say so. Clear?
(to TANYA) Tanya, take a power reading on this.
(to ENRICO) Rico, calculate distance and direction.
(to the others.) All systems on stand-by.
(Inside GEMMA, ZOE and JAMIE find the murdered crewman. GEMMA checks the body.)
JAMIE: He's dead?
GEMMA: Yes, I'm afraid so.
(to ZOE) Zoe, the emergency exit.
(ZOE goes to the back of the room and enters an airlock.)
GEMMA: You'll find space equipment in the airlock.
(ZOE opens the airlock door.)
ZOE: Come on, Jamie.
JAMIE: All right. You better take that.
(He hands GEMMA a blaster and enters the airlock.)
GEMMA: Good luck!
JAMIE: Thank you.
(The airlock door closes.)
(The communicator bleeps and the DOCTOR uses it to get GEMMA on the screen.)
GEMMA: (oov) We're through. No problems.
ENRICO: Main concentration coming into range.
LEO: Crossover on vector link. Countdown is from now.
ENRICO: Well, this is the big stuff. Angle ninety on channel-3. Distance - one hundred thousand miles.
(The meteorites come into range of the laser.)
(GEMMA hears a noise as she prepares to leave and ducks for cover when VALLANCE and the CYBERMAN enter the room. The CYBERMAN and VALLANCE stand by a control console)
CYBERMAN 1: This controls the oxygen on the Space Station.
VALLANCE: (dull) Yes.
CYBERMAN 1: Open it.
(VALLANCE opens a box of small silver capsules that he is carrying.)
CYBERMAN 1: Each section of the Wheel has a separate air supply.
VALLANCE: (dull) Yes.
CYBERMAN 1: Insert one capsule into each section. The oxygen will turn into pure ozone. The humans will die.
(A laser shot is again heard.)
(Another laser shot.)
ENRICO: Look, it's hopeless. There's too many of them.
LEO: Shut up, Rico. Fire!
(Another fire. The Communicator bleeps again and the DOCTOR answers it to reveal GEMMA's face very flushed. It looks like she is in hiding from something or someone.)
ENRICO: Angle change. Ten degrees.
DOCTOR: (into communicator) Yes?
GEMMA: (oov speaking fast) Doctor, listen carefully.
(We pick it up from GEMMA's point-of-view.)
GEMMA: They're going to poison the air supply. Do you understand - poison the air supply? Tell Leo Ryan to switch over to the sectional supply unit.
(The DOCTOR notices that the CYBERMAN and VALLANCE have seen her.)
DOCTOR: Gemma, run! Get away from there! Run.
(GEMMA switches off her set knowing that she has been seen but letting the Doctor see what happens.. Raising her blaster, she fires again and again at the advancing Cyberman and tries to maneuver her way to the door. The Cyberman staggers for a moment and taking her chance GEMMA runs for the exit..... .....but she is not quick enough. The Cyberman composes itself quickly and activates its weapon. It's blast catches Gemma by the door and her limp body falls slowly to the ground. She has gone to join her husband.... The Cyberman moves forward to have a look at her body......)
(The DOCTOR watches in horror the events in the Oxygen Room.)
DOCTOR: (into communicator) Gemma, can you hear me?! GEMMA! GEMMA!
ENRICO: Deviation ten degrees.
(The last two are said together. The Doctor is not distracted by Zoe and Jamie's voices on the operations room intercom.....)
(JAMIE and ZOE are caught in the meteorite storm.)
JAMIE: (pointing at the meteorites) Look, Zoe! Look!
ZOE: The meteorites! They've heading straight for us!
(The meteorites get closer and closer to JAMIE and ZOE................)
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