THE TENTH PLANET

BY KITT PEDLER

EPISODE 1


first broadcast - 8th October 1966
running time - 23mins 08secs


1.  ROCKET LAUNCHING BAY

(A rocket blasts off into space.)


2.  TRACKING ROOM

(The tracking room is large.  At one end there is a radar screen on a wall and some monitors.  In the middle of the room there is lots of equipment, including a radio with a microphone and a telephone.  At the other end there is a small observations room which has a monitor in it and a communications device on a wall.  A stairway leads into the middle of the tracking room from a landing.  Various people are in the room.  General Cutler is at the radio and Doctor Barclay is nearby.  Dyson is at a console in front of the radar screen.  A technician keys in information into some equipment.  On the radar screen a blip appears at the bottom, representing the rocket that has just been launched.  The rocket is called Zeus 4 and has two astronauts aboard, Dan "Bluey" Schultz, an Australian, and Glyn Williams, a Bermudan.)

(General Cutler is American, middle aged and not someone you would want to get on the wrong side of.  Unfortunately most people do.)

(Glyn and Bluey laugh.)

(Cutler moves away and Barclay sits by the microphone.)


3.  ZEUS 4 INTERIOR

(The rockets' interior is full of controls.  There are two seats which Glyn and Bluey are sitting in.  To either side of the seats is a porthole.  Above the seats is a sort of pull down telescope that both astronauts can look through.)

(Bluey operates some switches.)


4.  POLAR LANDSCAPE

(Mountains are all around.  Everything is covered in snow.)


5.  GUARD ROOM

(The guard room is quite small.  It has several bunks in it for the guards and there is a periscope in the middle of the room.  On one bunk an Italian, Tito, is singing while reading a magazine.  On the wall by him are pictures of women in bikinis.  Several other guards are there, including an American Sergeant who is looking through the periscope, slowly turning it round to scan the surface above.)


6.  POLAR LANDSCAPE

(The periscope turns slowly round.  A thick blizzard is blowing.  Suddenly the TARDIS materialises, just after the periscope passes its position.)


7.  TARDIS CONSOLE ROOM

(Polly enters, dressed in a fur coat and hat.)

(Polly passes the Doctor his cloak and hat.  He puts them on.)

(The Doctor pulls the switch to open the doors.)


8.  POLAR LANDSCAPE

(Polly and Ben emerge from the TARDIS.  They struggle to move in the blizzard.)

(Polly walks towards an aerial.)

(Polly and Ben walk towards the periscope.  The Doctor emerges from the TARDIS and locks the doors.  Polly inspects the periscope.)


9.  GUARD ROOM

(The Sergeant moves the periscope round and sees Polly, Ben and the Doctor.)

(Tito puts his magazine down and jumps off the bunk.  He looks through the periscope.)

(Polly can be seen in the periscope's sights.  The Sergeant takes over at the periscope.  He turns it and sees the TARDIS.)

(Three guards move off.)


10.  POLAR LANDSCAPE

(The guards emerge from a trapdoor hidden beneath the snow.  They are now dressed in fur cloaks and are carrying guns.  Ben and Polly turn round and see them.)

(The Doctor, Polly and Ben are forced down the trapdoor at gun point.  The guards follow.)


11.  GUARD ROOM

(The Doctor, Ben and Polly make their way down some stairs followed by the guards.)

(Polly, Ben and the Doctor brush the snow off their clothes.)

(Polly laughs and the Doctor looks questioningly at Ben.)

(Tito picks up a phone.)

(Cutler enters.)

(Tito puts the phone down and stands to attention.)

(Cutler sees the Doctor, Ben and Polly.)

(Cutler walks past the Doctor, Polly and Ben, surveying each of them as he goes past.)

(Cutler leaves the room.)


12.  TRACKING ROOM

(Cutler enters, closely followed by the Doctor, Ben and Polly who are being escorted by Tito.)

(Ben and Polly sit down.)

(The Doctor appears by Ben.)

(A calendar on the wall shows December 1986.)

(Various technicians, including Barclay, are by the radar screen.)

(Dyson operates some controls as Barclay and Cutler look on.)


13.  ZEUS 4 INTERIOR

(Bluey lowers down some sort of telescope.  He looks out of it.)

(Glyn is now concerned so he looks through the telescope.)

(Bluey looks out of a porthole and sees it is dawn.)


14.  TRACKING ROOM

(Cutler, Dyson, Barclay and a technician are looking at the radar screen.  At the other end of the room the Doctor has finished writing something down.)

(Polly moves out of his way.)

(The Doctor shows the Sergeant a folded piece of paper.)

(The Sergeant rushes over to Cutler.  The Doctor follows.)

(The General indicates for the Sergeant to escort the Doctor to the other side of the tracking room.)

(The Doctor passes Barclay the folded scrap of paper.  The Sergeant grabs his arms.)

(On a monitor there is an image of an oddly familiar looking planet.)


15.  ZEUS 4 INTERIOR

(Bluey pulls a lever and both men move forward with the motion of the ship.)

(Bluey pulls the lever again and both men move forward.)

(The ship is rolling in space.)

(Bluey tries to pull the controls but can't.  He doesn't seem to have enough strength.)

(The rocket continues to tumble.  Glyn helps Bluey pull the control.)

(Glyn and Bluey strain to pull the control.  Eventually it moves back.)


16.  TRACKING ROOM

(Everyone is busy working out figures and computations.  People are muttering in the background.)


17.  ZEUS 4 INTERIOR


18.  TRACKING ROOM

(Barclay removes his glasses.)

(Barclay walks over towards the Doctor, Ben and Polly.  They are in the observations room.)

(The Doctor indicates a monitor screen.)

(General Cutler enters as the Doctor is studying the monitor.)

(On the monitor a planet is rotating.  Barclay and Cutler look at it.)

(Barclay reads what's on the paper.)

(Cutler leaves the observations room.  Outside Dyson is talking to Zeus 4 through the radio.)

(Barclay walks over and sits down.)

(In the observations room the Sergeant is watching the Doctor, Polly and Ben.)

(Cutler is on a phone to International Space Control, Geneva.)

(A guard walks in and takes over the Sergeant's place.)


19.  ISC, GENEVA

(Several people from different countries are going about their business.  In the centre of the room is a desk and Wigner is seated there.  Behind him is a world map.  Wigner is on the phone to Cutler.)

(A man walks off.)

(The other man walks off.  Wigner continues his conversation with Cutler.)


20.  TRACKING ROOM


21.  ISC, GENEVA


22.  TRACKING ROOM


23.  ISC, GENEVA


24.  TRACKING ROOM

(Cutler puts the phone down and walks over to the observation room.)

(Cutler goes over to the communications device on the wall.)

(Cutler walks back over to the Doctor.)


25.  GUARD ROOM

(The Sergeant puts the phone down.)

(Tito is back on his bunk reading.  Two other guards are also there.)


26.  POLAR LANDSCAPE

(A spaceship lands on the surface.  It is round and flat, the bottom half is white and the middle black, with a white top part that spins.  As it lands it makes a humming noise which gradually stops.  Several lights flash on it.  Nearby the trapdoor opens and the Sergeant and Tito, now dressed in fur coats and hats, go over to the TARDIS.  The Sergeant fails to enter the 'hut'.)

(Tito goes back down the trapdoor, leaving the Sergeant on his own.)

(A group of Cybermen walk towards the Sergeant.  The Sergeant turns round from his efforts to open the TARDIS and sees them in the distance.)

(The Cybermen get closer and the Sergeant begins to make out more of them through the thick blizzard.)

(Suddenly he can clearly make out the three Cybermen.  They have a sort of cowl over their face, if indeed it isn't their face, and a concertina-like device in front of their chests.  On top of their heads is a light.  More disturbingly, they are metal - great silver giants walking forwards in unison with each other through the thick snow with no difficulty at all.)

(Panicking, the Sergeant draws his pistol and fires two shots at the lead Cyberman.  Trembling, he realises he has done no damage at all.  The lead Cyberman hits him on the neck.)


27.  GUARD ROOM

(Tito has got the other two guards to get kitted out in fur coats.  He has a blowtorch.)


28.  POLAR SURFACE

(The three guards emerge and Tito walks over to the Sergeant.  Strangely, the Cybermen have disappeared.)

(Tito looks at the Sergeant.)

(The 'Sergeant' turns around and removes his hood.  He is clearly not the Sergeant and is in fact a Cyberman.  The other two Cybermen emerge from behind the TARDIS.  The Cybermen kill the three guards and kneel down to inspect them.  The Cybermen's hands are human.)


DR. WHO
GENERAL CUTLER
DYSON
BARCLAY
SCHULTZ
WILLIAMS
TITO
AMERICAN SERGEANT
POLLY
BEN
WIGNER
RADAR TECHNICIAN
WILLIAM HARTNELL
ROBERT BEATTY
DUDLEY JONES
DAVID DODIMEAD
ALAN WHITE
EARL CAMERON
SHANE SHELTON
JOHN BRANDON
ANNEKE WILLS
MICHAEL CRAZE
STEVE PLYTAS
CHRISTOPHER MATTHEWS
TITLE MUSIC BY

STORY EDITOR
DESIGNER
PRODUCER
DIRECTED BY
RON GRAINER AND THE
BBC RADIOPHONIC WORKSHOP
GERRY DAVIS
PETER KINDRED
INNES LLOYD
DEREK MARTINUS
BBC tv
UNCREDITED
TECHNICIAN 1
TECHNICIAN 2
TECHNICIAN 3
TECHNICIAN 4
R/T TECHNICIAN
SOLDIER A
SOLDIER B
CORPORAL
STAND-IN FOR DR.WHO
COLOURED HIGH-RANKING
OFFICER
SPANISH HIGH-RANKING
OFFICER
WIGNER'S SECRETARY
KRAIL
TALON
SHAV
RICHARD LAWRENCE
MORRIS QUICK
BILL GOSLING
GORDON LANG
NICHOLAS EDWARDS
KEN MARGARVIE
TERENCE JONES
ALEC JONES
GORDON CRAIG

CHRIS KONYILS

STANLEY DAVIES
SHEILA KNIGHT
REG WHITEHEAD
HARRY BROOKS
GREGG PALMER
COSTUMES BY
MAKE-UP BY
LIGHTING
SOUND
SPECIAL SOUND
TITLE SEQUENCE
TELESNAPS
SPECIAL EFFECTS

PRODUCTION ASSISTANT
ASSISTANT FLOOR MANAGER
ASSISTANT
GRAMS OPERATOR
CREW
TM2
FLOOR ASSISTANT
VISION MIXER
SANDRA REID
GILLIAN JAMES
HOWARD KING
ADRIAN BISHOP-LAGGETT
BRIAN HODGSON
BERNARD LODGE
JOHN CURA
SHAWCRAFT MODELS LTD
BILL KING, TRADING POST
EDWINA VERNER
JENNY McARTHUR
SALLY HUNT
DEREK HEAPE
FOURTEEN
FRED WRIGHT
EDDIE SHAH
SHIRLEY COWARD

TRANSCRIBED BY
BEN HAUGHTON (ian.haughton@which.net)


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