THE DALEKS' MASTER PLAN - EPISODE 3

first broadcast - 27th November 1965


DEVIL'S PLANET

Written by
TERRY NATION


1.  SPAR SHIP

(Katarina mutters to the Trojan Horse-god.)

(Vyon tries to operate the controls for take-off.  Steven pulls him away.)

(He turns and knocks Steven to the floor, then resumes preparations for take-off.)

(The countdown continues.  Suddenly Steven points to a light winking on the hatch panel.)

(As he adjusts the automatic switch, Steven shouts at him.)

(Through the clear panel of the control room door he can see the Doctor in the airlock doorway.  The hatch to the outside slides shut and Steven pulls the Doctor to safety.)

(They all desperately grab hold of anything close, as the rocket rises swiftly into the air, leaving the planet of Kembel far below.  As equilibrium returns, the Doctor eyes Vyon with austere reproof.)

(Vyon's expressionless face twists into a wry smile as the rocket ship blasts into space.)


2.  DALEK CONTROL ROOM

(In the Dalek Communications Control Room, the Black Dalek joins the watchers around the main monitor.  Outside, the aliens are being shepherded back to the Conference.  The Communications Dalek [Comm. Dalek] is watching the scanners and the communicators.)


3.  SPAR

(Through the observation window of the SPAR, the Doctor watches Kembel grow smaller and smaller.)

(The Doctor gives an irascible snort.)

(Steven picks up the cylinder holding up the Taranium Core.)

(The Doctor takes the cylinder.)

(He holds it out for all them to see.)

(This causes Katarina to approach the Doctor in puzzlement.)

(The Doctor puts an encouraging hand on her shoulder.)

(Vyon draws Steven aside.)

(Steven glances mischievously at the Doctor and Katarina.)

(He goes over to join the others.)

(Steven picks up the Core and is about to open it when the Doctor stops him.)


4.  CONFERENCE ROOM

(Zephon stands before the Black Dalek. Mavic Chen is also present.)

(All eyes are now on Mavic Chen.)

(Zephon looks about him in fury.)

(Zephon starts to walk from the room, but he is stopped by Daleks closing in from each side of the doorway.  Quietly, Mavic Chen rises and hurries away down the hall.  Zephon trembles violently as he looks round for an escape route.)

(Caught in the cross-fire at close range, Zephon crumples to the floor.  The other Daleks ignore the lifeless body and head for the Control Room.)


5.  DALEK CONTROL ROOM

(The Black Dalek enters.)


6.  SPAR

(Having found special guards for their eyes, the Doctor, Steven, Katarina and Vyon are looking at the Taranium.  A brilliant white flare shimmers around the mineral inside the open container.  Katarina hides from it.)

          STEVEN: That is Taranium. 

(Steven indicates their eye-guards.)

(They all remove their glasses and rub their eyes.)

(Vyon produces the capsule from his uniform pocket.)

(He notices Katarina who is still hiding from the Taranium.)

(She does so.)

(Katarina looks about her.)

(The tape begins to play and Marc Cory's long-dead voice comes from the speaker.  In the background of the recording the sound of the jungle can be heard.)

(The voice breaks off.)

(The Doctor looks at the tape and then nods.)

(The Doctor squares his shoulders.)

(Katarina shivers.)


7.  DALEK CONTROL ROOM

(The Black Dalek and the Comm. Dalek are watching the instruments which are tracking the SPAR.)


8.  SPAR

(A strange buzzing noise starts up, but nobody on board notices it.)

(By now the buzzing sound is ringing from the control banks and all four look in surprise at the panels.  Bret, with an oath, rushes to the console and Katarina holds onto the Doctor in fright.)

(Vyon wrestles with the controls.)

(He works with Vyon, both men's fingers flying over the console buttons.)

(The Doctor peers at the monitor screen.)

(He points at the screen.  Vyon casts a glance at the rapidly narrowing gap between them and a planet showing on the scanner.)

(They all look at the planet on the scanner which is growing larger and larger.)


9.  DALEK CONTROL ROOM

(Another Dalek chips in.)

(Mavic Chen has been watching from the doorway.  He approaches the Black Dalek.)

(This annoys Mavic Chen.)

(The Black Dalek advances slowly.)

(The Black Dalek's eye swings to look straight at Chen.)

(Chen quickly moves to disprove the accusation.)

(The Black Dalek turns back to the monitors.)

(Chen stalks from the room, with an arrogant smile on his face.)


10.  SPAR

(The Doctor joins Vyon as the Space Agent looks over the controls in puzzlement.)

(The Doctor's face clears.)


11.  DESPERUS

(Desperus is an inhospitable place.  Its broken surface is covered with rocks and dense forests of stunted trees, which are filled with bat-like creatures that the prisoners call "screamers".  The convict's survival depends on them being able to band into tribes.  One such tribe lies in a cave, out of the cold night air.  Garge, whose long, tangled white hair and beard cover a face ravaged by suffering, watches the sleeping forms of his tribesmen.  In the warmest place, lies Bors, leader of the tribe.  He is the only one with a knife.  Also here is Kirksen. Garge unwraps his filthy bedding and rises to his knees, watching Bors all the time.  As Garge stretches out his claw-like fingers for the knife, Bors leaps at his throat in one violent movement and throws Garge on his back.  With Bors' weight holding him down, Garge screams in fright, waking Kirksen.  Kirksen crouches down, ready to spring.)

(With that, Garge lies down and pretends to sleep again.  Bors jerks his head towards the black night outside, and looks venomously at Kirksen.)

(Garge slinks away, avoiding Kirksen.  With another curse, Bors rolls down into his bedding and replaces the knife beside his head.  Silence falls and gradually the small fire dies down.  Kirksen raises his head and looks at the cave mouth - Garge is out of sight.  Turning on one elbow, Kirksen looks towards Bors.  Steady breathing reassures Kirksen, and he silently repeats Garge's attempted theft - only to be caught as well.)

(He drags Kirksen up by the hair.)

(Bors shrugs.)

(Kirksen pauses in the cave entrance.)

(The sound of a space-ship reverberates in the small cave.  Kirksen turns a worried face to Bors.)

(Garge runs through the entrance.)

(The two other prisoners started forward to join him at the entrance.)

(Bors shoves Kirksen off him.)

(Bors gives Kirksen and Garge a shove.  He snatches up some branches and lights them from the fire.  Garge does the same.  Then they run down a hill into the darkness.)


12.  SPAR

(Katarina stands in the airlock doorway, gazing at the dark landscape.  She sees three bright lights moving towards the ship.  Meanwhile, the Doctor is supervising Vyon as they check for damage.)

(Steven comes to the rescue.)

(He storms off to join Katarina.)

(Over at the airlock door, Katarina shivers with cold.)

(Katarina points out into the night.)

(The Doctor spots the lights too.)

(The Doctor surveys the area lit by the red glow from the airlock.)

(They both re-enter the ship.)


13.  DALEK CONTROL ROOM

(The Comm. Dalek turns to the Black Dalek.)

(It turns to the communicator, but at that moment a Dalek voice comes over the speaker.)


14.  DESPERUS

(Bors, Kirksen and Garge soon arrive at the crash site.  Reaching the soft edges of the swamp which separates them from the Spar, they halt.  They proceed slowly through the swamp, grimacing as the ice cold mud slides up their legs.  Once through the swamp, they peer over a grass-covered bank.  The SPAR stands on hard ground some way ahead.  Nothing moves in the pool of light cast by the red lights in the open hatchway.)

          KIRKSEN:  We were here first, let's go and get it!  

(Bors and Garge move gingerly along firmer ground.  Kirksen follows, shrieking and waving his arms over his head to ward off the screamers.)


15.  SPAR

(Katarina spots the prisoners, and calls out to the Doctor, who is fixing the rocket housing under the main control room.)

(In the control room, Bret and Steven hold a complex piece of circuitry.)

(She helps the Doctor climb up and then to replace the cover.  The Doctor strides across to Vyon.)

(Vyon points to a panel on the bulkhead and returns to his work with Steven.)

(The Doctor opens the panel and calls to Katarina.)

(The Doctor unravels a large coil of covered wire, fixed one end to a plug and carries the coil towards the hatch.  As Katarina runs to help, he points to a switch.)

(She crosses to the control panel and waits.  The Doctor carefully unrolls the coil, and lays the wire over the bottom step of the automatic ladder.  He hurries back up the stairs, grinning.)


16.  DESPERUS

(Bors and Garge climb the short bank and part the long, rank grass to look at the ship.)

(Garge points at the bit of land in front of the ramp of the SPAR.)


17.  SPAR

(The Doctor and Katarina flatten themselves against the bulkhead in the airlock, looking out into the shadows.)

(The Doctor nods.)

(Bors and Garge creep up to the steps.)

(As Katarina pulls the switch, the ladder is electrified and a loud humming buzzes through the ship.  Bors and Garge are flung from the step and fall to the ground.  Their ragged bodies lie still in the red glow.  Steven and Vyon come over.)

(Vyon observes the cable.)

(Steven and Vyon turn on their heels and march off back to work.  The Doctor comes back to Katarina.)

(Together they roll up the coil and stow it away.)

(A tremendous roar of rockets sounds over Desperus.  The Doctor darts to the scanner.)

(Steven and Vyon are already cramming circuits back into the panels.)

(Steven shuts the last panel with a bang.)

(Steven rushes into the co-pilot's space next to Vyon, who starts flicking switches as light springs up on the monitors.)

(Figures for take-off race over the screens.  Vyon shuts the internal door leading to the airlock.  A light still glows on his panel.)

(The Doctor moves towards the airlock.)

(The light on the console goes out.)

(The newly repaired guidance system lights up on cue and all four smile in relief.  Power builds up in the SPAR, as the craft slowly takes off.  The Doctor is watching the scanner.)

(Katarina goes up to the door.)

(Katarina screams as Kirksen bursts through the internal door.  He seizes her with one hand, and pulls her round in front of him like a shield.  In his other hand he is brandishing Bors' knife...)


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Steven
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Zephon
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NICHOLAS COURTNEY
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ADRIENNE HILL
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JULIAN SHERRIER
DOUGLAS SHELDON
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Directed by
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Transcribed by
LEE HORTON

Corrections by
MAL

Special Thanks to
GARY ZIMMER
SIMON HUNT
ROSEMARY HOWE
BRUCE ROBINSON