by DAVID WHITAKER
first broadcast - 27th January 1968
running time - 21mins 41secs
(ASTRID has escaped from the caravan, and is hiding behind some bushes. Nearby, a wounded SWANN is staggering out of the tunnel. ASTRID crawls through the bushes, and notices SWANN.)
SWANN: (calling out) Help! Somebody help me.
ASTRID: Ohhh... who did this to you?
SWANN: A man named... Salamander.
SWANN: (pointing towards the tunnel) He did it... down there...
ASTRID: Down there?
BRUCE: Now wait a moment! Are you seriously trying to tell me without a shred of evidence that Salamander's is attacking the world with natural disasters?
JAMIE: He must be.
DOCTOR: That's what I believe!
BRUCE: But it's beyond belief! How could he possibly...
DOCTOR: I'm sure we'll find proof in the Records Room.
BRUCE: Maybe. But that's where Salamander is.
DOCTOR: Ahhh... well we shall have to wait until he comes out, won't we?
(Suddenly, BENIK strides into the room.)
(SWANN starts mumbling.)
ASTRID: (looking towards the tunnel) Yes.
SWANN: No no, Salamander's place... Danger...
ASTRID: Right. Be careful. I'll get you some water.
SWANN: (weakly) Salamander...
SALAMANDER: Really Benik, I'm beginning to wondering why I pay you such a monstrously high salary. Worrying me over trifles. Make your own decision! Is that all?
BENIK: You have to sign these passes for the hovertruck food supply.
SALAMANDER: What, now?
BENIK: Well you always told me they had priority over everything.
SALAMANDER: Oh very well.
BENIK: By the way?
BENIK: The door to the Record Room is jammed. It was alright when you came out, wasn't it?
SALAMANDER: Oh, yes.
BENIK: Well it won't open now. May I have your key?
SALAMANDER: Aha. I'm going mad. I left it in there, what a fool. Ha ha ha.
BENIK: It's alright, I'll use the emergency key.
SALAMANDER: Yes, do that will you? Right away. Oh please don't wait for these.
DOCTOR: (own voice) That was close.
BRUCE: How long was he standing there listening to us?
DOCTOR: I don't know.
JAMIE: D'you think he's on to us?
DOCTOR: I hope not. But he's done us a good turn in bringing me these. This'll interest you, Bruce.
DOCTOR: How many people you say work in the research centre?
BRUCE: Fewer than you'd think. It's fully automated, you know. Six engineers, and six guards on duty at any one time.
DOCTOR: A dozen, eh? Will you tell me why thirty people are catered for here?
SWANN: The war, h-how bad was the war?
ASTRID: War? I didn't understand you.
(SWANN groans weakly.)
I wish there was something I could do for you.
SWANN: What's he done? What's he done? He's kept us prisoners. Listen, there are others, they're more people down the shaft... Salamander's kept us down there, prisoners, years of it. Promise you'll bring them to the surface. Swear it... You've got to swear it...
ASTRID: I swear it.
DOCTOR: (into intercom, as SALAMANDER) This is Salamander. I want a security escort to come to the interrogation room immediately. I'm releasing two prisoners. They are to be conducted to the main gates and set free. Is that understood? Good.
(as himself) Well I hope that works.
JAMIE: So do I.
VICTORIA: What do you want us to do when we get outside?
BRUCE: There are plenty of public phones in the area. Dial double zero one and ask for a man named Forrester.
BRUCE: He's my deputy to this area.
VICTORIA: Double zero one Forrester.
BRUCE: Tell him where I am and just say "redhead".
BRUCE: Redhead. Is that clear?
JAMIE: Redhead? Is that your wife?
BRUCE: It's our emergency call.
(The intercom buzzes.)
DOCTOR: (as SALAMANDER) Salamander... Is the, is the pass in order?... Very well, you have my authority.
JAMIE: What's all that about?
DOCTOR: We have a visitor. Now Bruce, you're going to get your proof, but I want you to do one thing.
DOCTOR: I want you to take my two friends to the gates and see they get away alright.
BRUCE: What are you going to do?
DOCTOR: You are to go straight to the Tardis as soon as you can.
JAMIE: No. Wait a minute...
BRUCE: What is this "Tardis"?
VICTORIA: It's a sort of spacesh- ...house. House we live in.
BRUCE: I don't think you heard me the first time. What are you going to do?
MARY: Please eat some of them Colin.
COLIN: I will, but later.
(The buzzer sounds, indicating the arrival of the elevator from the surface.)
MARY: He's coming back.
COLIN: Right, this time I'm going to have it out with Salamander.
(The door opens. ASTRID emerges. The survivors fall silent.)
MAN: Who's that?
(They edge back.)
ASTRID: Where are you?
MAN: Keep away. Get back.
ASTRID: I've come to help you.
(Panic breaks out.)
WOMAN: The radiation!
ASTRID: Please, don't. Please...
COLIN: It's a girl, a human being.
WOMAN: And the radiation.
COLIN: What's the matter with you? Are you all mad? Get back! Get back!
ASTRID: Oooh. Thanks.
COLIN: First, don't move. I don't know who you are, but you must be carrying radiation.
COLIN: You're from the surface, aren't you?
ASTRID: Radiation? How'd you get down here?
COLIN: Did you see Salamander? And Swann? What about Swann?
ASTRID: Swann sent me.
MARY: Swann? Where is he?
ASTRID: He's dead.
(There are cries of disbelief.)
MARY: You see, Colin, Salamander was right. He always said if we went up to the surface we'd die of radiation.
ASTRID: No, not radiation. Salamander killed him.
VARIOUS: No. No. I don't believe her. She's lying.
ASTRID: He's been keeping you prisoners, I don't know why.
VARIOUS: No. No.
ASTRID: Now listen to me...
COLIN: Now wait! We must decontaminate you. There's equipment in Salamander's control room. In there.
VARIOUS: Yes. In here.
COLIN: In there.
(ASTRID enters. COLIN switches on the detector. It beeps.)
COLIN: See. Radiation.
(The beeping dies out.)
You can come out now.
ASTRID: I'm alright?
COLIN: Yes. Now, tell us. What's this about Swann?
ASTRID: No. Just watch. Look at the meter.
(She holds a ruler in front of it. It beeps once again.)
The machine's a fake. Is this ruler contaminated? Look. See those valves. There's an invisible ray. Break it, and it works the meter.
COLIN: But Salamander...
MARY: He built it. He always uses it when he comes down.
ASTRID: Yes I know, to try to convince you for some reason or other that there's radiation above ground.
MARY: There is. The war.
ASTRID: War? What war?
COLIN: Where is he? Where's Salamander?
ASTRID: That's just what I would like to know.
GUARD CAPTAIN: Wait. Where are you going?
JAMIE: Leader Salamander's orders.
CAPTAIN: What orders?
JAMIE: He's released us.
CAPTAIN: I wasn't informed.
BRUCE: I was.
CAPTAIN: Where are the release papers?
BRUCE: Are you questioning my word?
CAPTAIN: No, of course not, sir, but there are strict rules.
BRUCE: Rules? Really? You forget, I'm world Security Controller. I make rules and break them. And men, Captain. Come on, you two.
CAPTAIN: Find Deputy Benik. Quickly.
(There is discord amongst the survivors as the truth dawns on them.)
ASTRID: But I can only take two at a time.
MARY: I'm sure they all understand that.
COLIN: Where is he? I must find Salamander.
MARY: Are you sure you don't want me to wait here with them?
ASTRID: No. Now that Swann's dead you two seem to be the leaders. After what you've told me we must confront the man that started all this, face to face.
GUARD: Yes, sir, the door's jammed and I can't get a view of the inside of it all.
BENIK: Right. So Bruce and the rest of them are in the interrogation room?
GUARD: Yes sir. The Captain felt something was wrong and so do I sir. One minute Leader Salamander's locked in the Records room, the next he's in the interrogation room. It doesn't make sense, sir.
BENIK: Of course it doesn't make sense if you haven't got any sense. Just stand guard and try and keep your wits about you.
GUARD: Yes sir.
SALAMANDER: Giles Kent. What are you doing here?
KENT: Oh, I've been looking forward to this meeting. You're getting careless. You didn't double lock the doors. Oh, its alright, I've done it now. The only way anybody can get through there is to blast their way through.
SALAMANDER: How did you get into the Research Centre?
KENT: Oh, you know me. There isn't a pass in the world I can't get my hands on if I put my mind to it.
SALAMANDER: You won't find it so easy getting out.
KENT: Really? Well we'll see. I'm not on my own this time. I've got friends here with me. And between us we're going to fix you once and for all.
SALAMANDER: You always were a tiresome man, Kent.
KENT: I'm going to be more than tiresome this time. You know the biggest mistake you ever made was not killing me when you had the chance.
SALAMANDER: Oh so you going to kill me huh? How petty. What good do you think that will do?
KENT: Hold it! Now don't move quickly, my nerves are a bit shaky at the moment.
BRUCE: We must get in there somehow.
BENIK: We can't without the emergency key, and Salamander has it in there.
GUARD: We could burn our way in.
BRUCE: Why not?
BENIK: It's an X-structure alloy, you'd hardly scratch the surface.
BRUCE: We'll have to try it. Get the gear up here. Fast!
KENT: Ha ha ha. Never get away with it. Oh, that's good, coming from you. Don't you realize you're dispensable, and the world is going to get along fine without you from now on. The only good idea you ever had in your life was getting rid of me and you couldn't even do that properly, could you? Ha ha ha. And now I'm back and you're finished.
(From outside, the sound of machinery can be heard.)
Oh, what's that?
SALAMANDER: They're breaking down the door.
KENT: They don't appear to be having much success.
GUARD: It's not cutting, sir.
BRUCE: Never mind, keep at it. (...?...)
GUARD: It's no good sir.
BRUCE: Keep going!
SALAMANDER: You're trapped, aren't you?
KENT: You're a fool, Salamander. You don't think I'd forgotten already, do you?
KENT: I've been with you too many times in this room in the past, not to know where this leads to.
(He operates a switch, a door opens.)
Your little bolt-hole. Half-way down the tunnel. A passage out to the fields and enough explosives down there to stop you or your thugs following me.
DOCTOR: (own voice) Well that's very interesting Mister Kent. Why didn't you tell me that before?
KENT: Oh no, it can't be.
DOCTOR: Oh, I'm afraid it is. Oh look. Here's another surprise for you. Look behind you.
(ASTRID, COLIN and MARY enter from the elevator.)
KENT: Astrid, you've come just in time.
ASTRID: It's too late, Giles, I know everything.
COLIN: That's him, that's the man who took us down there in the first place.
MARY: Giles Kent, we thought you were dead.
KENT: Now look, I've never seen these people before in my life.
ASTRID: They told me everything. You and Salamander were in it together...
(The survivors listen to the conversation in the Records Room.)
ASTRID: ...You built an atomic shelter, took some people down for an endurance test. The next person they saw was Salamander...
ASTRID: ...who told them that an atomic war had started.
DOCTOR: You see, Kent...
ASTRID: Oh, be careful, Doctor. He'll kill you.
MARY: You kept us down like animals.
COLIN: Why? Why did you do it to us?
KENT: We had to have someone to create the natural disasters, didn't we, and we fooled you all!
DOCTOR: You didn't fool me, Kent...
KENT: You didn't suspect me.
DOCTOR: Any man who resorts to murder as eagerly and as rapidly as you must be suspect. You didn't just want to expose Salamander, you wanted to kill him and take his place.
KENT: And I will! Do you think you're going to stop me? And these people? Now move out of the way, quick! We'll see who'll stop me!
(KENT steps into the elevator and descends.)
DOCTOR: Stop him. Stop him. He's going to try and blow the place up.
ASTRID: Come on then!
(She heads for the Records Room door.)
DOCTOR: No! Don't touch that door, it's red hot.
ASTRID: What do you mean?
DOCTOR: Well it's locked. They're trying to burn through from the other side.
DOCTOR: It looks like some sort of cave.
ASTRID: It's the escape route. Salamander!
DOCTOR: Yes. I wonder if he knows Kent's on his way?
GUARD: Still no good, sir.
BRUCE: Come on, man. Can't you increase the power?
GUARD: No sir.
GUARD: Get back!
BRUCE: About time, Forrester.
BENIK: Don't shoot, don't shoot.
(The men cutting the door stop.)
I demand a trial, Bruce, a fair trial.
BRUCE: What a nasty little man you are, to be sure. Forrester, I want all research personnel detained, and you can begin with Benik, here. Take him away.
DOCTOR: (oov) Bruce? Bruce, can you hear me out there? Bruce?
DOCTOR: Can you hear me?
BRUCE: (oov) Yes, Doctor.
DOCTOR: Oh, there you are. I think Kent is going to try to blow us up. Any chance of getting us out of here, please? It's going to turn rather nasty in a minute.
BRUCE: (oov) We're doing our best, Doctor.
DOCTOR: Oh. Well if you can't you better leave with your men. There's no point in us all going up in smoke.
SALAMANDER: You always were a fool, weren't you?
KENT: Now wait a minute. They'll be after both of us now.
SALAMANDER: Oh no they won't.
KENT: I tell you, they know!
SALAMANDER: So what you want me to do, huh? Bury our differences, hmm? I didn't need you once, I still don't need you.
KENT: Now wait a minute. The place is mined, we know that. We planned it for years, together. Between us we can destroy them all, and the evidence. Just you and me, Salamander.
SALAMANDER: You and me. What use are you to me? You were useful once, but now...
KENT: No. No...
(SALAMANDER fires. KENT, wounded, tries to escape.)
SALAMANDER: Ha ha ha ha. You won't get away from me, Kent. Ha ha ha ha.
(KENT desperately tries to get away. He is cornered.)
Ha ha hah. I told you you could not escape me.
(He fires again.)
KENT: Well if I'm going to die, Salamander, you'll die with me.
(KENT produces a detonator remote control.)
SALAMANDER: No! No!
(KENT presses the button.)
BRUCE: Come on Doctor, let's get out of here.
ASTRID: Salamander, Giles, they're dead.
BRUCE: Come along man, quickly.
ASTRID: The people...
BRUCE: People. What people?
ASTRID: The people underground in the deep shelter.
DOCTOR: They may have been killed.
ASTRID: I promised Swann I'd get them out.
BRUCE: But that's not your fault. You couldn't have done more.
DOCTOR: There's a TV monitor screen in there. There must be a link to the deep shelter.
(They turn on the monitor.)
ASTRID: It's alright! They're alive!
BRUCE: How are you going to get to them?
ASTRID: There's a tunnel from outside. We can get to it outside the Research Station.
BRUCE: But that's probably been destroyed by the explosion.
ASTRID: We'll get to them somehow.
ASTRID: Get me some men. I'll lead them.
BRUCE: Alright. I'll go with you.
DOCTOR: Oh good then. That's splendid. I'll come too.
ASTRID: Oh no Doctor. It's far too dangerous. They might mistake you as Salamander.
DOCTOR: Oh yes. Ooooh.
ASTRID: Are you hurt?
DOCTOR: Oh I'm alright. I'll come with you as far as the gates. Come along, we must go.
(The DOCTOR arrives, still disguised as SALAMANDER.)
JAMIE: I thought you were never coming.
(The DOCTOR goes inside.)
Hey Doctor, are you alright?
VICTORIA: Oh there you are Doctor. You do look in a state. Come and sit down.
JAMIE: I told you it wouldn't be long. You, you worry too much.
VICTORIA: We shouldn't have left him.
JAMIE: You see, after the explosion, Doctor, we dinna know what to do. You said to come back here, which we did, but I'm sure we were followed.
VICTORIA: Please, can we start straight away?
(The DOCTOR gestures towards the controls.)
JAMIE: Me, Doctor? But you said we were never to touch the controls.
(The real DOCTOR enters.)
DOCTOR: Quite right, Jamie.
(to his double) Welcome to the Tardis.
SALAMANDER: Thank you. You're doing so well impersonating me, ah, I thought I might return the compliment.
DOCTOR: And Giles Kent?
SALAMANDER: Unfortunately, didn't survive the explosion.
DOCTOR: We're going to put outside, Salamander, no friends, no safety, nothing. You'll run, but they'll catch up with you.
(He struggles with JAMIE.)
And now I'm going to kill you.
JAMIE: No you don't.
(SALAMANDER operates the dematerilization control. With a familiar sound the console's column begins moving up and down, as the Tardis dematerializes. The floor tilts and the three travellers and SALAMANDER desperately reach for a hold as they are sucked towards the still open door.)
VICTORIA: Oh, Doctor!
DOCTOR: Victoria! Jamie! Hold onto something!
DOCTOR: Jamie! Oh!
(SALAMANDER is sucked of the Tardis and into the void, as the DOCTOR, VICTORIA and JAMIE hold on for their lives.)
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