MISSION TO THE UNKNOWN

Written by
TERRY NATION


first broadcast - 9th October 1965


1.  JUNGLE ON KEMBEL

(In the midst of a dense jungle lies what remains of Jeff Garvey.  Half man, half plant, he jerks into consciousness.  The air is filled with the screams of the animal life.  He picks himself up and sets off into the dense undergrowth, one thought clear in his mind.)


2.  SCOUT SHIP - EXTERIOR

(In another part of the jungle, a scout ship sits in the middle of a clearing, which its rockets made during landing.  Beside the ship are two of its crew members.  Marc Cory looks anxiously at Gordon Lowery, who is head and shoulders inside a large hole in the side of the ship, apparently affecting repairs.)

(One particularly loud squeal emanates from the jungle.)

(Cory removes a tool from the tool box and hands it to Lowery.  Lowery scowls, and returns it to Cory, directing him back to the tool box to try again.)

(Cory hands the correct tool to Lowery.)

(Cory rummages in the tool box, apparently obtaining the correct tool, as Lowery disappears back into the hole in the side of the ship.  Meanwhile, Garvey is watching them from behind nearby bushes.  While Cory is momentarily distracted, Garvey slips unnoticed from behind the jungle cover, so that only the ship itself is between him and his prey.  His mind continues to focus on the one goal, which he speaks out loud like an oath.)

(On the other side of the ship, Lowery has removed one of the damaged components.)

(Lowery throws the damaged part far into the jungle.)

(Cory starts to dig through the tool box again.)

(Cory heads back inside the craft.  In the meantime, Garvey takes the opportunity to get closer to his prey, a pistol raised.  The unsuspecting Lowery continues his repairs, unaware of the danger.)

(Garvey appears round the side of the ship and aims at Lowery.  Just as he starts to squeeze the trigger, a blaster is heard, and Lowery spins around quickly enough to see Garvey ringed in blaster fire before falling face down - dead.  Behind him, Cory stands in the ship's hatchway, pistol drawn.)

(He jumps to Garvey's side, turning him over.)

(He jumps at Cory, hands outstretched to choke him.  However, he finds himself lying breathless next to Garvey, as a result of the punch he never saw.  Cory moves to examine Garvey, and removes something from behind his ear, which he shows to Lowery.)

(Once they are inside, Garvey's body stirs and moves to sit upright.  Less humanoid now, white hairs cover him, and the Varga thorns grow out of his skin.)


3.  SCOUT SHIP - INTERIOR

(The interior of the ship is very cramped.  Most of the space is taken up by the acceleration couches and Lowery's instruments.  Cory and Lowery stand by the control panels, as Cory tries to explain his actions.)

(Lowery sits. Cory removes a small document from a pocket and gives it to him.  Lowery reads it to himself, then looks up at Cory.)

(He removes another document from the same pocket and also hands it to Lowery.)

(Cory sits down on one of the couches.)


4.  SCOUT SHIP - EXTERIOR

(Garvey's mutated body struggles to stand upright.)


5.  SCOUT SHIP - INTERIOR

(Cory is using the radio, desperately attempting to make contact with their intended rendezvous target.)

(Cory turns back to the radio.)

(Cory waits and listens for a response.  There is none.)


6.  DALEK CONTROL ROOM

(Several Daleks attend to various controls.  All eye stalks turn towards the doorway as the Black Dalek enters.)

(Each Dalek moves forwards as it reports.)


7.  SCOUT SHIP - EXTERIOR, NIGHT

(Night has fallen.  The jungle noises seem louder now, and Cory appears more anxious to finish his mission and get off the planet.  Noticing movement in nearby bushes, he darts into the undergrowth, where he can make out three lumbering shapes in the starlight.  Lowery breaks off from working on a small rocket-shaped object.)

(Cory hands him the pliers from the tool box.)


8.  JUNGLE

(A Dalek patrol is in pursuit of the scout ship crew.  One of the Daleks has a compass-like device in place of the usual sucker.  The patrol halts.)

(The patrol splits up and moves off.)


9.  SCOUT SHIP - EXTERIOR

(Lowery works feverishly, while Cory stands on watch, frustrated at his inability to assist.)

(Lowery brandishes a blaster.)

(A ship rumbles overhead, its landing lights casting shadows across the jungle.  Cory and Lowery look up at it.)


10.  JUNGLE

(One of the Dalek patrols has also spotted the arriving ship.)


11.  SCOUT SHIP - EXTERIOR

(Lowery finishes his repairs and puts down his tools with a sigh of relief.)

(He sees that Cory's attention is on the surrounding jungle.)

(Cory indicates a direction, making sure to point out the deadly thorns of the nearby Varga plants.)

(Cory and Lowery move off into the jungle, carefully avoiding the Varga plants.  Just before they disappear into the undergrowth, the Dalek patrol arrives in the clearing.)

(They duck under nearby bushes and observe the Daleks.)

(Cory and Lowery watch helplessly as the ship disintegrates under the Daleks' fire.)

(Lowery falls and is pricked by a Varga thorn.  He looks at it for a moment and then realises what has happened.  He removes it from his palm and tries to suck the poison out.  He hears a movement and removes his hand from his mouth.)

(The Daleks are standing by the twisted wreck of the scout ship.)


12.  CONFERENCE ROOM

(Gathered round a semi-circular table are the representatives of the seven galaxies, each with their own lectern.  Trantis is tall, with dark hair. From his face hang short tendrils.  Gearon has a featureless, egg-shaped head and wears a visor.  Strangest of all is Beaus, who is all black, apart from two burning, bright eyes in his cylindrical head.  His body looks as though it consists of several open cones stacked on top of each other.  Warrien and Sentreal both wear protective suits and helmets.  Sentreal's face is dark and his helmet has an antenna on top.  Malpha is tall and well built.  His face looks like a patchwork, with a network of dark veins on pale skin.  The seventh species is, of course, the Daleks.

In the center of the room is a large circular table, on top of which is a representation of our solar system.  In the center of the solar system is a large, bright light representing the Sun.  Around it, on the surface of the table, are concentric rings representing the orbits of the planets. Each planet is represented by a light.)

(There are general sounds of displeasure from the alien delegates.)


13.  JUNGLE

(Cory and Lowery are making their way through the jungle.)


14.  CONFERENCE ROOM

(The aliens make various shouts of triumph, speaking over one another.)

(The noise subsides.)

(Malpha steps from behind his lectern and moves to the map of the solar system.  As he announces each planet, he points to the light representing that planet.)

(Lastly, the Black Dalek's sucker arm comes to rest on the representation of the Earth.)


15.  JUNGLE

(Lowery is resting on a small rock.  He is sobbing with pain and fear, and shaking all over.  Cory returns from a short recce.  He is too busy worrying about the Daleks to notice his colleague's odd behaviour.)

(Lowery is finally succumbing to the poison of the Varga thorn.  He knows there is only one cure.)

(Cory shoots Lowery, who collapses dead with a groan.  Realizing that it is only a matter of time before the Daleks find him, Cory sets about recording his message.)


16.  JUNGLE

(Nearby, the Dalek patrol, still checking their instruments, close in on Cory's position.)


17.  JUNGLE

(Cory continues his message, getting more and more terrified of the impending Dalek arrival.)

(Just as Cory finishes the recording and turns to place it in the rocket, the Daleks enter the clearing.)

(Cory is hit by a barrage of Dalek fire.  He collapses, lifeless.)

(The Daleks leave.  By Cory's lifeless hand, the message recorder remains unnoticed.)


18.  CONFERENCE ROOM


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TEMPLE OF SECRETS
Dr. Who
Jeff Garvey
Marc Cory
Gordon Lowery
Malpha
Dalek voices

Dalek Operators


WILLIAM HARTNELL
BARRY JACKSON
EDWARD DE SOUZA
JEREMY YOUNG
ROBERT CARTLAND
DAVID GRAHAM
PETER HAWKINS
ROBERT JEWELL
KEVIN MANSER
JOHN SCOTT-MARTIN
GERALD TAYLOR
Title music by

Story Editor
Costume Supervisor
Make-up Supervisor
Lighting
Sound
Designers

Producer
Directed by
RON GRAINER and the
BBC Radiophonic Workshop
DONALD TOSH
DAPHNE DARE
SONIA MARKHAM
RALPH WALTON
GEORGE PRINCE
RICHARD HUNT
RAYMOND P. CUSICK
VERITY LAMBERT
DEREK MARTINUS
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Vargas


Trantis
Sentreal
Planetarians (Beaus,
Gearon, Warrien)
TONY STARN
ROY REEVES
LESLIE WEEKS
RONALD RICH
SAM MANSARY
JOHNNY CLAYTON
PAT GORMAN
LEN RUSSELL
(It is not possible to link Beaus, Gearon or Warrien to specific actors.)
Producer
Special Sound
Title Sequence
Production Assistant
Assistant Floor Manager
Secretary
Costume Assistant
Grams Operator
Crew
TM2
Floor Assistant
Vision Mixer
JOHN WILES (trailing)
BRIAN HODGSON
BERNARD LODGE
ANGELA GORDON
MARJORIE YORKE
SUE WILLIS
JOHN ATKINS
RICHARD WORBY
FOURTEEN
BERNARD FOX
NICK WRIGHT
DEREK KIBBLE

Transcribed by
TREVOR LEE

Additional Transcription/Editing
ANDREW CLONINGER

Edited by
DAVID HERRICK

Corrections by
ZEPO
Z1R0
MAL