THE TENTH PLANET

BY KIT PEDLER
AND GERRY DAVIS

EPISODE 4


first broadcast - 29th October 1966


1.  TRACKING ROOM

(Ben lies on the ground, nursing a bruise on his head from General Cutler's blow.  Polly, kneeling next to Ben, tries nursing his wound.  Cutler is preoccupied with the launch of the rocket at Mondas.  Dyson and Barclay look on anxiously.)

(The computer monitor's screen is temporarily obscured by the rocket's afterburn.  Suddenly, the afterburn clears and the rocket is revealed not to have taken off.)

(The General is enraged.  He turns to Ben and Polly.)

(He looks at the unconscious Doctor.)

(As he speaks, the Doctor recovers and speaks weakly to Cutler.)

(Cutler turns around and sternly addresses Dyson.)

(With the General's attention drawn elsewhere, Polly moves over to the Doctor.)

(The Doctor rises to his feet.  He, Ben and Polly move over behind General Cutler, who is pointing a pistol at Barclay's head.  Barclay sits watching him calmly.)

(He motions Barclay over to the wall, with the Tardis crew.)

(Lt. Terry Cutler appears on Dyson's monitor.  The General moves over to listen to his son.)

(The Doctor has been listening, and adds to Terry Cutler's remarks.)

(Nearby, a radar technician notices blips on his radar.)

(The General is growing increasingly agitated.  Lt. Cutler's signal is becoming weaker by the second.)

(The image on the screen cuts out, and there is a disturbing silence as the static fades away.)

(The General starts to show even more signs of panic and strain.)

(For the first time, General Cutler seems to lose control.  His face is sweating and his shoulders are slumped forward.)

(He turns to face the Doctor.)

(General Cutler is oblivious to the warnings.  He rounds upon Barclay, the Doctor, Ben and Polly with his pistol drawn.  All the technicians in the room scatter for cover.  Cutler points his gun at the four.)

(The crack of rifle shots is heard from outside the room, followed by the whine of Cyber-weapons.  Polly begins to scream.  The whine of the Cyber-weapon is heard again.  General Cutler spins around to see a Cyberman standing in the doorway!  He shoots a bullet into the Cyberman's front armour, only to see it ricochet harmlessly.  The cyber-weapon whines again, and this time is followed by silence.  There is a horrified look on the General's face, and smoke begins to pour out from his collar.  He slumps to the ground, dead.  The Cyberman casually walks into the room, followed by two others.  The men in the room stand frozen like statues.  The Doctor steps forward; immediately the lead Cyberman swings around to face him, weapon levelled.)

(The Doctor turns and points to Barclay, Ben and Polly.)

(He points to the body of General Cutler.  Krang, the new Cyberleader, ignores the Doctor and gestures to the guards with his Cyber-weapon.  Without hesitation, the guards obey, tossing down their guns and raising their hands.  Krang points at the Doctor and his friends.)

(The Doctor, Ben, Polly and Barclay join the guards and base technicians.)

(Krang turns around and looks at the Doctor and Ben.)

(Krang raises his hand for silence.)

(Krang walks over to the other two Cybermen in the room to discuss the proposal.)

(The Doctor advances towards Krang.)

(He turns to Barclay.)

(He points to Polly.)

(He then turns to the Doctor.)

(Ben approahes the Cybermen.)

(The Doctor walks towards the Cybermen and addresses Krang.)

(One of the Cybermen leaves the Tracking Room with Polly.)


2.  INTERIOR, CYBERMAN SHIP

(Inside the Cybership, Polly's captor places her in a chair-like cage.  The barred front of the cage is closed, trapping her.)

(Without replying, the Cyberman moves closer.  He presses a button on his chest unit; a flash of light shoots from his helmet, and Polly falls unconscious.  As she sleeps, the ship begins to warm up.  She is being kept alive... for now.)


3.  TRACKING ROOM

(A video message is coming through from International Space Command Headquarters in Geneva.)

(The Doctor looks at Krang.)

(The message continues to echo throughout the Tracking Room.)

(The two Cybermen order the Doctor to answer the call.)

(The Doctor looks a bit awkward.)

(As Wigner speaks, the Geneva base is stormed by Cybermen.  After a moment's silence, a harsh, metallic Cyberman voice is heard over the monitor from Geneva.)

(Gern turns and talks into the monitor link.)

(Krang orders the Doctor to move, and sits down in Barclay's chair.  He leans forward to speak into the microphone.)

(Krang addresses the Cybermen in the South Pole base via the microphone.)

(The Doctor rises and approaches Krang at the controls.)

(He grabs the microphone and speaks into it.)


4.  RADIATION ROOM

(Ben, Barclay, Dyson and Haines, a technician, are all clothed in protective radiation suits.  They hear the Doctor's warning, and watch events in the Tracking Room on a monitor link by the door.)

(A Cyberman is on guard outside the room.  Krang can be heard over the monitor giving orders to the Cyberman.)

(They pretend to be working as the Cyberman walks past the door.)

(Barclay, Dyson and Haines lie on the floor, as Ben stands by the door and shouts to the Cyberman guard.)

(Ben feigns collapse as the Cyberman peers carefully through the small door portal.  It then opens the door and slowly walks into the room.  After only a few steps the Cyberman stops dead and drops its Cyber-weapon.  Ben shoves the large metallic body out of the room and locks the door.)


5.  TRACKING ROOM

(After witnessing the events in the radiation room over the monitor link, the Doctor turns to Krang.)

(Krang turns to the monitor and addresses the Radiation Room.)


6.  RADIATION ROOM


7.  TRACKING ROOM

(Krang listens to Ben, and watches Mondas's condition on another monitor screen.)

(He turns to another Cyberman.)

(Krang addresses the captives in the Radiation Room.)

(The second Cyberman grabs hold of his Cyber-weapon and escorts the Doctor out of the Tracking Room.)


8.  RADIATION ROOM

(As Krang finishes his ultimatum, Ben turns from the monitor screen to face the others.)

(Ben turns to the monitor screen and smashes it.)


9.  CYBERMAN SHIP

(On board the Cybermen's craft, the Doctor and Polly are imprisoned together; the Doctor is in another chair-cage next to Polly.  Both have their hands bound.)

(The Doctor barely has enough energy to raise his head to reply.)

(The Doctor listens to the low, throbbing background vibration.)


10.  RADIATION ROOM

(Ben is examining a large machine which holds a number of radiation rods.)

(He points to a panel in the wall of the room.)


11.  TRACKING ROOM

(Krang and Jarl, the second Cyberman, wait for the three minutes to pass.  They watch impassively as the monitor screens are filled with the globe of the planet Mondas.  The planet is violently alternating between light and dark.)

(Jarl tries turning on the Radiation Room monitor, but it doesn't work.)


12.  RADIATION ROOM

(Ben and Haines are extracting the fuel rods from the reactor.)

(He opens the reactor room door slightly and walks out into the corridor.)


13.  CORRIDOR

(Krang, Jarl and a third Cyberman are advancing to the radiation room.  Ben watches them from around the corner.)

(Ben retreats to the others in the Radiation Room.)


14.  RADIATION ROOM


15.  CORRIDOR

(The Cybermen come to the door to the Radiation Room.  Jarl addresses the men inside.)

(There is no reply.)

(Krang nods to the third Cyberman, who starts to pour gas into the reactor room through the crack in the door.)


16.  RADIATION ROOM

(As smoke pours into the room, Barclay starts to cough.  Ben runs over to the far wall and levels the Cyber-weapon the Cyberman had dropped previously.)

(Barclay opens the door wide.)

(Without aiming, Ben fires his Cyber-weapon into the thick gas, where he can only just see the outline of the Cyberman holding the cylinder.  The Cyberman drops the gas cylinder, raises his hands up in the air, and staggers back.  Krang and Jarl pull the door shut to prevent any further shots.)


17.  CORRIDOR

(As he speaks, Haines and Dyson approach from either end of the corridor.  The radioactive rods they are holding cause the Cybermen to stagger and lose control.  As the two men come closer, both Cybermen collapse and lie still.  Ben calls out from inside the radiation room.)

(The two men pull Barclay clear of the gas, and they head back to the Tracking Room.)


18.  TRACKING ROOM

(The room is a hive of activity, with technicians reclaiming control of the base.  Barclay speaks to a technician.)

          DYSON:  Back to your desks all of you. The emergency's not over yet. Philips, there are two reactor rods in the corridor.  See that

          they're put back at once.

(He indicates a small piece of Cyber-machinery on the floor.)

(He begins to fiddle with the contraption, which starts making a buzzing sound.)

(The lights go out.)

(Ben looks through the doorway and sees the Cybermen advancing.)

(Just outside the Tracking Room, Krang addresses the humans.)

(Just then, Ben looks up at the monitor screen showing the planet Mondas.)

(Everyone turns to look at the screen.  The planet is alternating from light to dark much faster now, and the planet starts to distort.  As they watch, huge fissures and cracks appear in the surface.  Streams of white-hot lava run from the cracks and spread over the face of the planet.)

(In the excitement, the Cybermen in the room have almost been forgotten.  Like their planet, the Cybermen are changing visibly.  Their arms drop; the Cyber-weapons fall to the floor; each teeters slightly on his feet.  They slowly collapse down on one knee, then the other.  Finally they pitch forward on the floor, and are still.  The corpses begin to disintegrate, leaving just the crumpled silver outer shells.)

(They turn back to the monitor.  The planet is now a huge corona of gas surrounding the few remaining solid segments.  As they watch, the distorted flare of gas that was once the Tenth Planet grows fainter and fainter as it spins away from the Earth.  As Mondas disappears, the R/T system crackles back to life.  The voice of Terry Cutler can be heard.)

(Dyson runs over to the communications system.)

(Terry Cutler's face appears on the monitor.)

(Barclay moves over next to Dyson.)

(Barclay uses the communications system to contact Geneva.)

(Just then, Ben remembers his travelling companions.)

(The monitor switches to a picture of the Geneva office.  Wigner sits at the desk, with a secretary beside him.)

(In the general excitement, Ben is not noticed as he leaves the room.)


19.  CYBERMAN SHIP

(Ben arrives in the containment room of the Cybership, where the Doctor and Polly are still imprisoned.)

(The Doctor is motionless.)

(Ben opens the cages holding Polly and the Doctor.  Polly immediately leaps up, but the Doctor still does not move.)

(Ben looks over at the Doctor.)

(Ben bends down in front of the Doctor and snaps his fingers.)

(The Doctor shakes his head.)

(The Doctor has a glazed, distant look on his face.)

(Polly offers a helping hand, but the Doctor refuses it, brushing quickly past.  Ben holds out his scarf.)

(The Doctor leaves without waiting for his companions.  Polly whispers to Ben.)

(They walk through the Cyberman craft towards the exit.  Ben looks at some fallen Cybermen as they go.)


20.  EXTERIOR THE TARDIS

(Outside, the Doctor battles through the snow, followed some distance behind by Ben and Polly.  The Doctor stops in front of the TARDIS and opens the outer doors.  He enters, and the doors shut just as Ben and Polly arrive.)


21.  INTERIOR THE TARDIS

(In the control room, the Doctor is clearly weakening.  He leans against the console and operates the door control; Ben and Polly burst in to see him stagger past the console and lean forward.  The TARDIS controls are now working themselves; the door closes and the central column begins moving up and down.  The Doctor's body is wracked by some huge inner turmoil; he struggles to stay on his feet, but the effort is too much for him.  He collapses.)

(Ben points at the unconscious Doctor.  The old man is lying on his back, totally still, his face expressionless.  As they watch, a strange glow comes over the Doctor's face; the glow brightens to a brilliant white, then fades.  And the face which is left behind is that of a total stranger...)


DR. WHO
POLLY
BEN
GENERAL CUTLER
BARCLAY
R/T TECHNICIAN
TERRY CUTLER
RADAR TECHNICIAN
DYSON
KRANG
JARL
GERN
WIGNER
GENEVA TECHNICIAN
CYBERMEN VOICES

WILLIAM HARTNELL
ANNEKE WILLS
MICHAEL CRAZE
ROBERT BEATTY
DAVID DODIMEAD
CHRISTOPHER DUNHAM
CALLEN ANGELO
CHRISTOPHER MATTHEWS
DUDLEY JONES
HARRY BROOKS
REG WHITEHEAD
GREGG PALMER
STEVE PLYTAS
ELLEN CULLEN
PETER HAWKINS
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DR. WHO
RICHARD LAWRENCE
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