A blue-uniformed man stumbles across a bleak foggy landscape. He is struck
on the right side of his torso by an arrow; he groans, and tumbles down a
rocky slope into water.
'Oh I do like to be beside the seaside, I do like to be beside the sea,'
sings the Doctor cheerfully in the TARDIS control room, as he twirls a
multi-coloured beach umbrella over his head. Sarah, scantily-clad for the
beach, is checking her holiday gear - sunglasses, sun lotion, water wings -
but the Doctor assures her that she will not need water wings, because on
Florana the water is effervescent and the bubbles support a swimmer. He
remarks that he always comes back from Florana feeling a hundred years
Sarah notices a red light flashing on the TARDIS control console, and the
central column comes to a stop. The Doctor hypothesises that they are
experiencing a mains power failure; then a violent explosion of sparks on
the console causes Sarah to cry out. The control room darkens as the lights
fail. The Doctor cuts in the TARDIS's emergency units, and the lighting is
restored. But a few moments later the lights start failing again, and the
Doctor and Sarah are thrown to the floor as the TARDIS lands. With a
distinctly unhealthy version of its usual landing sound, it materialises on
the dark and foggy landscape.
The Doctor and Sarah get to their feet. Eerie groaning sounds can be heard
in the control room. 'It's as if the TARDIS was dying,' exclaims Sarah.
There is sufficient charge to operate the scanner briefly, but its image of
the external environment shows only fog, and quickly fades. Perhaps the fog
is what has put the TARDIS out of action, the Doctor suggests. With a whine
and a groan the remaining lighting in the control room fades out. Sarah has
the idea of using the emergency storage cells, but after a moment's
functioning these fail too. The Doctor points out the complete silence in
the TARDIS, despite the fact that 'the TARDIS is a living thing - thousands
of instruments. Its energy sources never stop.' 'Well they have now,'
Sarah observes unhappily. A battery-powered torch from the Doctor's cabinet
quickly fails, just like the other lighting. Only an oil lamp, which the
Doctor pulls from beneath the console, proves immune to this mysterious
The Doctor wants to go out and see where they are. He ignores Sarah's
protest that they should be on Florana. The TARDIS door is normally
power-operated; the Doctor has to open it manually with a crank, while Sarah
holds the oil lamp so that he can see what he is doing. Fog creeps into the
control room as the door opens. The Doctor takes the oil lamp and leads the
way out into a cold, dark, uninviting, boulder-strewn environment. Sarah
makes an ironic remark to the effect that this is obviously not Florana.
This makes the Doctor irritable, but his rebuke is cut short when Sarah
screams at the sight of a mass of rock resembling a looming figure. The
Doctor identifies it as 'some sort of life-form that has become petrified'.
He doubts if anything has grown here for centuries, and observes that if the
rest of the planet is the same as this spot, life on it certainly doesn't
depend on photosynthesis. 'What life?' Sarah protests. 'Some power
emanating from this planet has stopped the TARDIS's energy banks,' explains
the Doctor. 'Now logically that power can hardly be of geological origin.'
A frightened Sarah wants to 'fix the TARDIS and clear out,' but the Doctor
points out that they cannot do this without discovering the source of the
power that is keeping them here. Meanwhile, a dark figure observes them
surreptitiously from behind a rock.
Sarah is aghast at the prospect of being permanently stranded. The Doctor
proposes that they begin by checking the immediate area. Sarah heads for
the TARDIS to put on some warmer clothes, having anxiously checked with the
Doctor that he will not go away. But the Doctor apparently cannot resist a
little stroll around, his oil lamp held in front of him; and almost at once,
two menacing cloaked figures move after him.
After a short time, while the Doctor is kneeling to examine the planet's
surface with his lamp, one of the figures rushes at him, and is upon him too
quickly for him to defend himself.
Sarah, now more suitably dressed for this environment, leaves the darkened
TARDIS and discovers to her alarm that the Doctor is gone. She races
through the foggy wilderness to the place where he was attacked. She finds
the abandoned oil lamp, still burning and - to her horror and disgust - with
blood smeared on it. She drops the lamp and runs in panic back to the
She breathlessly enters the control room, but, unseen by her, a figure clad
in a ragged brown cloak has already got inside. Straining with the crank,
she closes the door. The cloaked figure creeps up behind her; she turns
just in time, screams, and beats the intruder to the floor with five blows
of the crank. Now she has to get the door open again. On the floor, the
intruder's left hand twitches; he crawls forwards and grabs Sarah's leg.
She screams and hits the intruder with the crank again - then runs from the
TARDIS, observed by other cloaked figures.
It seems to be growing lighter. The Doctor, his hands tied, is led along by
the two cloaked figures, one walking in front of him and the other behind.
He falls forward; the figure behind moves up to him, and the Doctor, rising,
pushes him violently to the ground. He wrests the other captor's flaming
torch from him, turns and hits the first captor with it. He turns again,
and manages to untie his own hands. He stumbles backwards as the cloaked
figure advances, but succeeds in fending him off, hits him, grabs his arm,
drags him to the ground and finishes him off with a martial arts-type blow.
The Doctor looks quickly around and makes good his escape.
Elsewhere, more cloaked figures are on the move. Sarah has to evade them,
dodging between upright rocks - when to her astonishment, she beholds an
enormous pristine-white temple-like complex rising up from the barren
surface. It is surmounted by a tower, with a light that flashes
rhythmically, accompanied by an eerie funereal tone. Fascinated, she moves
It is daylight, and the Doctor walks alone in the dry, barren wilderness,
observed from above by another cloaked creature. He spots a trip-wire
almost concealed in the sand. He triggers it deliberately by throwing a
stone onto it, and a huge boulder is dislodged from a nearby rise and
thunders down towards him as he quickly takes refuge. A blue-uniformed man,
wielding a knife, hurries down and grapples with the Doctor; but a second
blue-uniformed man appears and stops the fight with an angry yell of
'Galloway!' The newcomer apologises to the Doctor, but Galloway has spotted
something moving; the newcomer proposes they get back to the base, where
they can talk. All three move off, silently observed as ever.
The base is a metallic structure incongruously embedded into the
sandy-coloured rock. On arrival, the second uniformed man has to prevent a
third - a young man called Peter - from shooting the Doctor with a bow and
arrow. He tells Peter to keep a sharp watch, because of the movements heard
by Dan (Galloway).
Inside, the base has a makeshift appearance. Another member of the team, an
attractive brown-haired young woman, asks the second man if they have found
Jack: 'I'm afraid not,' he replies. He enquires after the health of another
man who lies unconscious in the room, his head bandaged. 'He's not good,'
she says. 'And we're down to our last pack of sulfagen tablets, Richard.'
The woman explains to the Doctor that 'the Exxilons took us by surprise,
right after we landed.' Galloway, who has a Scottish accent, remarks that
the Exxilons' stone knives have some sort of poison on them: 'They're dirty
wee fighters,' he adds.
'Richard' now introduces the team to the Doctor properly: 'I'm Captain
Railton, second in command of the expedition, and' (indicating the
unconscious man) 'this is Commander Stewart. And that's Jill Tarrant, our
civilian geologist.' Jill asks if the Doctor is from Earth, and he replies,
'In a roundabout sort of way, yes.' 'Lieutenant Galloway is our weapons
officer,' Railton says; the Doctor good-naturedly reproves Galloway for his
earlier ill-mannered way of introducing himself. 'The chap outside is
Lieutenant Peter Hamilton,' concludes Railton.
The Doctor enquires if this is a military expedition. 'MSC,' says Railton.
'Marine Space Corps.' Galloway wants some answers from the Doctor about his
movements on the planet; the Doctor says he was heading back to the TARDIS
('that's my spaceship'). He says he hopes Sarah had the good sense to stay
inside it, but remarks that she is 'rather headstrong'. Railton says that
Sarah should be all right as long as she is careful; 'the Exxilons seem to
be night creatures.' 'Just so long as she didn't go near that forbidden
city of theirs,' says Jill. Railton explains that only the Exxilons' high
priests can visit the city; Galloway adds that other intruders are killed.
Railton shows the Doctor photographs of the city from the visual file: 'It's
a fantastic building. Must have been constructed thousands of years ago.'
Jill adds: 'And not by a stone-age tribe like the Exxilons, either.'
Railton continues: 'They treat it as a sort of shrine. If you're caught
near it, it's certain death.'
Meanwhile, Sarah is just arriving at the outermost city wall, which is
patterned with peculiar symbols. When she touches the wall, that section of
wall lights up with a bizarre humming sound. The symbols, too, light up
when touched. All the time, the rhythmic chiming that accompanies the
city's main beacon can be heard. 'No doors...no windows,' Sarah muses to
herself. Suddenly, a cloaked Exxilon ambushes her from behind.
At the base, the Doctor and the MSC team are sharing a meal. Railton
explains: 'As soon as we got within range of Exxilon, we had total
malfunction on all instruments. We managed to touch down without damaging
the ship, but we can't take off again until we find some way of restoring
Jill explains that the purpose of the expedition is to collect parrinium:
'It's a chemical. It can be found in minute quantities on Earth, but it's
so rare there that it's virtually priceless. A chemical-detecting satellite
did a fly-past on this planet, and registered that it was as common here as
salt.' Galloway is astonished that the Doctor does not know what the humans
want the parrinium for. 'The outer worlds are being ravaged by a disease,'
Jill tells the Doctor. 'The colonists are dying in their thousands.
Another ten million men, women and children will die unless we help them -
and help them quickly. Every hour we're stuck here on this planet, the
death toll's mounting.' Parrinium, explains Railton, both cures the disease
and immunises against it; but a lot of the chemical is needed quickly. 'If
it's not delivered within a month, it'll be too late,' observes Jill.
Railton says that before they had total power failure, the team managed to
get a message off to Earth, requesting a relief ship. But Galloway thinks
that if the message had been received, help would have come by now. 'I
think we can safely assume that no help is coming,' the Doctor says. He is
about to make a suggestion to Railton, when Hamilton bursts in and yells
that the relief ship is here. Commander Stewart stirs weakly on his bed;
the other four MSC members and the Doctor rush outside to see.
Hamilton says he heard the ship, up in the haze, over to the north a little.
Galloway says it is probably making a spiral descent. 'Here she comes!'
cries Jill, and they see a bulky-looking silver flying saucer coming
speedily in to land. Railton sees that it will land in the next valley, and
they hurry off to meet it. Behind them, two Exxilons emerge from hiding.
Inside the base, Commander Stewart looks up in fear...
The Exxilons have Sarah tied up and behind bars, in a chamber lit by candles
and flaming torches. A party of the cloaked creatures advances menacingly
towards her cage, their alien religious chants filling the smoky air. A
booming voice accuses her: 'You have looked upon the sacred place. You have
walked where only the chosen may go. You have defiled the place of all
power.' Two Exxilons - now clearly seen as bald brown-skinned humanoids
with large dark glassy eyes - enter Sarah's cage, untie her bonds and lead
her out. His hands raised in ceremonial gesture, the High Priest booms: 'A
judgement has been made. Prepare her for sacrifice!' The other Exxilons'
chanting moves up to a higher pitch of excitement. Sarah struggles
desperately in the grip of her captors.
The saucer settles to the ground as Jill, Railton, Galloway, Hamilton and
the Doctor arrive to meet it. Hamilton is concerned that it does not look
like an Earth ship; Galloway suggests it may be 'that new Z47 they've been
planning'; Railton notes that it is not a Space Corps craft; and Galloway
hopes that the ship has not run into the same power block that his team did.
They approach the ship's door and it opens, tilting outwards and upwards.
Hamilton shouts a welcome, but what emerges from the ship is certainly not a
rescue party. 'Daleks!' exclaims the Doctor, moving instinctively backwards
with the rest, as one, two, three, and then four of the familiar metal
shapes glide out. A pitiless Dalek voice gives the order: 'The Earth
creatures are to be exterminated! Fire at my command!' Railton's frantic
protest is ignored. 'Total extermination! Fire! Fire! Fire!'
Eyes closed, the Doctor holds grimly on to a terrified Jill as they wait for
death. But the Dalek guns are not working - the three-pronged tips of their
weapons flutter impotently, but no death-rays emerge. 'Maximum power!'
orders the lead Dalek. 'Fire! Fire! Fire!' But still nothing - there is
a total power failure in the Daleks' armament circuits.
'Well well well,' exclaims the Doctor delightedly. 'Daleks without the
power to kill. How does it feel?' The lead Dalek's voice sounds frightened
as it warns him to keep back. The Doctor is confident now, realising that
the Daleks' weapons have been affected by the same energy blackout that has
stranded the TARDIS and the MSC team. The Dalek assures him that 'superior
Dalek technology will overcome interference shortly - meanwhile you will
obey our orders'. But the Doctor reminds the Dalek that it is in no
position to give orders - all those present are equal, and all powerless.
The Dalek's rant in reply is cut short by Railton, who recommends that the
humans and the Daleks join forces. 'Daleks do not require the cooperation
of inferior creatures' is the predictable response. But Railton points out
that there are only four Daleks and five humans, on a planet swarming with
aggressive creatures: 'That's a fact that must penetrate even Dalek
arrogance,' he adds boldly. The Daleks withdraw to discuss Railton's
The Doctor warns Railton not to trust the Daleks. Galloway simply feels
that the humans don't need the Daleks' help, but here the Doctor disagrees:
'They're brilliant technicians. It was their inventive genius that made
them one of the greatest powers in the Universe, remember that.' Hamilton
hates the thought of working with the Daleks because his father was killed
in the last Dalek War; but Railton points out that he was just one man, and
'ten million will die if we don't get off the planet with the medical
In the smoky chamber of the Exxilons, Sarah is surrounded by the chanting,
cloaked creatures. An Exxilon advances upon her, bearing a flaming torch.
Hamilton and Galloway privately discuss the idea of cooperating with the
Daleks. Hamilton is sceptical about Railton's judgement; and Galloway
remarks that Railton is 'scared of the wee salt-shakers'. The Doctor
returns with news of the Daleks' decision: they are willing to cooperate, in
the absence of any other choice. But he repeats his warning to the captain
not to trust them an inch. The Daleks have told the Doctor that several of
the planets they have colonised are suffering from the same disease that has
attacked the humans, and that the Daleks are dying in their millions - the
Daleks need the chemical parrinium just as badly as the humans do. For this
reason, the Doctor thinks the Daleks will cooperate.
But a nearby conference among the four Daleks confirms the Doctor's mistrust
of them: 'We will cooperate until they are no further use to us.' 'And the
true reason that we need the chemical parrinium must remain secret...they
must continue to believe there are only four of us.'
The Daleks return to declare a truce - until power is restored. Railton
recommends that they should all go to the mining dome, which the humans have
set up near the stratum of parrinium they have found. Railton suggests that
perhaps the Daleks can suggest a quicker technique for refining the ore,
which is slow work without power. They set off, Railton leading the way.
Meanwhile, in the dome, wreckage is scattered around; and Commander
Stewart's bed is empty.
The party consisting of Railton, Galloway, Hamilton, Jill, the Doctor and
the Daleks is en route for the mining dome, observed from higher ground.
The Doctor cautiously scans the barren landscape around them. He turns his
head as some dislodged sand rattles down a nearby rise. The Daleks come to
a halt; the rest of the party stops with them, aware that something is
Suddenly Railton, standing a little apart from the others, is struck in the
middle of the back by an arrow, staggers forward and falls to the ground.
The Doctor urges everyone to take cover; the lead Dalek hysterically orders
the others to locate the enemy. Jill runs to Railton's aid. Exxilons
gather on the rise overlooking the group. The Doctor runs with Galloway and
Hamilton; at Jill's request for help he turns round and runs to join her at
Railton's side; but the captain is beyond help. Jill still does not want to
leave Railton, but arrows are thudding nearby, and the Doctor pulls her
away. They join Galloway and Hamilton behind the shallow cover of a sandy
ridge. Arrows hit the ridge. The Doctor suggests that they might make a
break for it if the group of Exxilons is small. Galloway points out that as
next in seniority to the captain, he is now in command, but he has no
alternative suggestion. More Exxilons are gathering above, some with bows
and arrows, some with spears - it is a large group of Exxilons after all.
Galloway aims his own bow and shoots one of the Exxilons, exciting the rest
into heightened agitation. More Exxilon arrows are fired, and spears are
thrown. One of the Daleks instinctively yells 'Exterminate!' but of course
its gun still does not work. Realising its helplessness, the grunting
Exxilons hurry down and surround the Dalek, battering against its metal
shell with their bows. They withdraw from the hysterical creature, and its
head explodes, leaving the headless shell on fire. The Doctor and the three
humans watch from cover as the Exxilons caper triumphantly around the
blazing wreckage of the Dalek.
A second group of Exxilons now approaches, with Commander Stewart captive.
Clearly weak, he falls to the ground, and urges the others to give
themselves up. The Doctor agrees with Hamilton and Jill that they should
follow Stewart's instruction, 'when the only alternative to living is
dying.' They emerge from cover, the Doctor and Jill raising their hands in
surrender. Hamilton follows, then finally Galloway, reluctantly.
At the entrance to the Dalek ship, the returning Dalek announces the capture
of the patrol 'by alien beings' and the destruction of their comrade. 'We
will report,' replies another Dalek, and they go inside the ship.
Sarah's head is held fast by an Exxilon as a large goblet of smoking incense
is waved in front of her face. She passes into semi-consciousness, and the
incense is taken away. Only the pressing throng of Exxilons prevents her
from slumping to the floor. The Doctor and the humans are led captive into
the chamber. The Doctor is horrified to see Sarah there, and demands to
know what the Exxilons are doing with her. He is told that Sarah 'has
defiled the place of our gods - she is to be sacrificed.' After a moment
pondering this, the Doctor elbows both the Exxilons behind him and rushes
forward into the main group of Exxilons. There is a scuffle, but the Doctor
is swiftly overwhelmed by the throng of Exxilons; he is crushed to the floor
and loses consciousness...
Sarah emerges from her incense-induced trance, and meets Jill, who is
tending the Doctor. The Doctor is also coming round. 'Neither of you is
very popular,' Jill tells Sarah anxiously. 'The Doctor attacked their High
Priest. From what we can gather, that's about the worst crime you can
commit on this planet.'
Nearby, Hamilton and Galloway are with the unconscious Commander Stewart.
Galloway is sure that the Doctor's 'crazy' behaviour has ruined their chance
of a deal with the Exxilons. He doesn't care that Sarah would have been
killed without the Doctor's intervention: 'We have no loyalties to them,
they're not part of our mission.' All Galloway is interested in is getting
medical relief to the millions who need it: 'If some people we don't even
know have to die in the process, well that's just too bad.' Two Daleks
appear and tell Hamilton and Galloway that they have decided to offer the
Exxilons Dalek knowledge and technology in return for their assistance. But
when Hamilton mentions the Doctor and Sarah, the response is: 'The Doctor is
an old enemy of the Daleks. The girl is unimportant.' The lead Dalek tells
an Exxilon guard that it wishes to speak with the High Priest.
Jill tells Sarah and the recovered Doctor that she doesn't know what the
Daleks are up to, but that she doesn't like it. The Doctor warns Jill that
it might be better if she did not associate herself too much with him and
Sarah: 'I think we're the flies in a jar of very nasty ointment.' He tells
Sarah regretfully that her sacrifice has merely been postponed, and that 'in
the next performance' both of them will die.
The lead Dalek is told that he has been granted an audience with the High
Priest; but only that one Dalek is allowed to leave the cell.
Jill optimistically suggests that the Daleks may be trying to negotiate a
way for all the captives to be freed; but with a little shake of his head,
the Doctor dismisses this as pure wishful thinking: 'The Daleks won't give
us any loyalty. And I don't expect too much help from your space chums
Inside the Dalek ship, the Daleks are testing improvised substitute weapons
- mounted as normal, but firing conventional bullets - using a small model
of the TARDIS for target practice. They glide out of the ship and gun down
two Exxilons who were waiting outside with bows and arrows. The Exxilons
scream horribly as they die. 'Primitive weapons moderately efficient,'
announces one of the Daleks.
Two Exxilons arrive to take the Doctor and Sarah from the cell. Hamilton is
desperate to help, but Galloway urges him to stay focused on the mission.
The lead Dalek enters the cell and says that it has been agreed that the
Exxilons will discuss terms - once the sacrifices have been completed. The
other captives are to follow and observe. The Dalek turns and leads
Hamilton, Jill and a second Dalek from the cell; Galloway, on the point of
following, is called back by the dying Commander Stewart. 'You're not fit
to command,' Stewart gasps. 'I'm doing what's necessary, sir,' he responds.
'I'll get that chemical to the peoples of the outer worlds whatever it
costs.' Stewart accuses Galloway of wanting to achieve this for his own
glory, rather than for anyone else's welfare. As his last order, Stewart
tells Galloway that he is appointing Hamilton over him. Galloway looks
terribly hurt. 'Peter will take command,' gasps Stewart as he dies.
Galloway gently closes Stewart's eyes. 'Sorry, Commander. Couldn't quite
hear what you said.'
Flames flicker and the smoke of incense fills the air; it is time for the
Doctor and Sarah to be sacrificed. Cloaked Exxilons mill around; the other
captives observe grimly. A goblet of incense is waved in front of the
condemned travellers' faces. Suddenly the sharp snap of gunfire interrupts
the ceremony. An improvised Dalek gun fires upon the assembled Exxilons.
The Doctor and Sarah make a run for it; so do Galloway, Jill and Hamilton.
It is a massacre. In the smoke and confusion, the Doctor and Sarah climb up
a shallow ledge, and then jump down and out of the chamber, into the tunnel
'The Daleks don't seem to be following us,' the Doctor tells Sarah. 'Those
robot things,' says Sarah. 'Are they locals?' 'Hardly,' the Doctor
replies. 'They're probably the most technically advanced and ruthless life
form in the galaxy.' 'But if they're robots,' asks Sarah, 'how is it their
power's not affected? They can't half move!' 'Because they're only half
robots, Sarah. Inside each of those shells is a living, bubbling lump of
hate.' 'You mean they've got legs?' 'No, they move by psychokinetic
power.' 'I see.' 'Do you?' 'No,' Sarah admits miserably.
Back in the chamber, the Exxilons have stopped trying to resist the Daleks.
The lead Dalek orders a second Dalek to bring the High Priest to him.
Galloway asks what the Daleks want with the High Priest. He is told that
the Daleks need the Exxilons' cooperation, but that now the cooperation will
be on the Daleks' terms. If the Exxilons do not agree to this, groups of
hostages will be selected for extermination until they do. Galloway seems
to approve of this scheme. He suggests that the Exxilons should be made to
supply working parties to mine the parrinium, but the lead Dalek does not
want his advice - the Daleks are in command, and Galloway is to obey their
In the tunnel, Sarah asks the Doctor how the Exxilons intended to sacrifice
them just by dumping them down here. The Doctor does have an idea about
this, but says it isn't one of his favourites: 'I think they expect that
sacrifice to be completed by something else - something that lives down this
tunnel.' They hear a distant howling roar. Fighting down her nerves, Sarah
tells the Doctor to keep his next idea to himself. She smiles shakily at
him. He puts an arm reassuringly round her shoulder, and they move forwards
into the gloom.
In the Exxilon chamber, Galloway tells Jill and Hamilton about the 'deal'
that has been struck with the Exxilons: they will provide a working force to
help mine the parrinium; the humans will be in charge of this, along with
two Daleks, while the other Daleks investigate the cause of the electrical
interference; and in return the Exxilons will get help wiping out their one
enemy, a sort of breakaway group. Hamilton and Jill are horrified at this
proposal. But Galloway, while obviously not comfortable with the
arrangement, still feels it is worth it: 'The creatures on this planet are
primitives, they don't count.' Reluctantly he tells them the final part of
the deal: the Doctor and Sarah have to be brought back, dead or alive. Jill
looks horrified, and Hamilton says Galloway is totally ruthless. 'The
Daleks have gone down the tunnel after them,' Galloway tells them. 'Just in
case the creatures that live down there don't get them first.'
In the tunnel, the Doctor and Sarah hear the howling roar again, closer this
time. The Doctor suggests it is probably 'some sort of subterranean wind
effect.' Another roar rings out. 'Who are you kidding?' Sarah asks.
'Myself, chiefly,' the Doctor replies.
Somewhere behind them in the tunnel, two Daleks are following.
The Doctor and Sarah continue along the tunnel. A humanoid shape, ribbons
of light glinting on its surface, gropes its way out from the rocks they
have just passed.
Candles illuminate the tunnels. The roaring is heard again. 'I just heard
your wind effect gnashing its teeth,' Sarah says nervously. They have
arrived at a junction. The Doctor wants to make a short reconnaissance by
himself down one of the available tunnels, while Sarah stays behind to keep
watch - she has a choice of three different ways to run if anything nasty
should happen. The Doctor will check approximately the first half-mile of
the tunnel to see if it holds any promise; if so, he will come right back.
Sarah wishes him luck. The Doctor heads off along the tunnel, leaving Sarah
glancing nervously around in the gloomy, candle-lit cavern. Unseen by Sarah
at first, something alien is creeping into the cavern to join her...
Not far away, the two Daleks are approaching.
Sarah, sensing a presence, asks nervously if somebody is there. She turns,
paces a short way, stops, and waits. Then suddenly, seemingly filled with
conviction that something is behind her, she turns - and gives a strangled
cry of horror. A smaller version of the surface-dwelling Exxilons, its grey
parchment-like skin giving it an almost corpse-like appearance, is leaning
into the cavern, staring at her with its enormous glassy dark-grey eyes, and
groping in the air towards her with its right arm.
As he proceeds down the tunnel, the Doctor is confronted by a black,
snake-like machine-creature that rears up at him from the tunnel floor, its
single green eye blazing.
The machine-creature swings its head at the Doctor. As he dodges out of the
way, it strikes the tunnel wall next to him, which ignites in a violent
burst of white flame. He falls backwards to the tunnel floor. The monster
swoops down on him, and he rolls out of the way just in time; the tunnel
floor ignites explosively where the creature's head touches it. The
snake-head bobs menacingly in the air, poised for a third strike.
Sarah, utterly terrified, warns the diminutive corpse-like creature to keep
away from her as it enters the cavern. 'Please...' implores the creature,
in a voice like that of a frail old man, sounding almost as scared as Sarah.
'Who are you?' she cries. 'I am called Bellal,' says the creature. 'I mean
you no harm. I will help you if I can. I do not share the beliefs of those
who would have killed you - they consider that I and others like me are
their enemies.' 'And are you?' 'Oh no - we seek merely to save the Exxilon
race from extinction. We do not share their beliefs, and for that reason we
are persecuted and driven to live in the secret places beneath the surface.'
Bellal gestures around the cavern, seemingly terribly anxious to make
himself clear. Sarah, still terrified, asks how many of Bellal's group
there are. 'Very few against so many,' he replies; then adds agitatedly,
while Sarah desperately tries to avoid touching him: 'I will answer all your
questions, but first we must go from here. We have a place that is safe.
Follow me and I will take you to it.' But Sarah says that she cannot go
with Bellal, because she is waiting for the Doctor. When she indicates
which path the Doctor took, the little creature gasps in horror. 'That way
leads to death!' 'Well you've got to help him!' urges Sarah, but Bellal
shakes his head vigorously in fear. A distant roar is heard. 'It may
already be too late,' he says. 'But we will do what can be done.'
A second creature, of similar appearance to Bellal, hurries into the cavern
with news that two of the 'creatures from the spacecraft' are coming this
way. 'Machine creatures?' asks Bellal, and the newcomer nods. 'Daleks,'
Sarah confirms. She and the two natives hide behind a large rock as the two
Daleks glide into the cavern, eyestalks swivelling as they look around. 'We
will search independently,' announces one. 'Fugitives are to be
exterminated on sight.' Each Dalek heads off down a different tunnel; one
of the tunnels is the Doctor's. Sarah is desperate to warn the Doctor, but
as she starts to hurry towards his tunnel, the two little Exxilons restrain
her. 'It will be no use!' Bellal insists to the struggling Sarah. 'You
must stay silent or you will destroy us all. You must understand - it is
beyond our power to help him now.' Sarah turns her head and gazes
helplessly at the entrance to the Doctor's tunnel.
Cautiously, the Doctor creeps sideways along the tunnel; at present he is
succeeding in evading the snake-like machine-creature, which lurks at a
junction behind him. Now the Dalek which followed the Doctor arrives, and
the two monsters confront each other, while the Doctor stays out of sight.
The Dalek peppers the snake-creature with bullets from its improvised gun,
but without effect. Instead, the snake-creature dips its head to touch the
Dalek's, which bursts into flame. The flames quickly die away, and the
Dalek keeps firing; but a second touch from the snake-head, and then a
third, fourth and fifth, gradually wreck the Dalek while the Doctor watches
delightedly: 'Oh, good shot sir! A hit! Yes, a palpable hit!'
In the cavern, Bellal urges Sarah not to go after the Doctor, because the
other Dalek will have heard the noise of the battle and will be on its way
back. Sarah fears that the Doctor may be hurt. 'We must hurry!' urges
Bellal's friend. Bellal says that he will have some of his people look for
the Doctor as soon as it is safe to do so; then he hears something coming
from the Doctor's tunnel, and Sarah and the two natives hide again.
Mesmerised, Sarah watches from cover as a Dalek gun-stick creeps into view
from the tunnel entrance...but behind it is not its original owner, but the
Doctor, who was cautiously holding the gun-stick out in front of him.
Overcome with relief, Sarah runs to the Doctor and embraces him: 'You're
safe!' She is anxious to hear what happened, but the Doctor calms her down.
'I've just had a face-to-face confrontation with a rather nasty root,' he
explains. 'It obviously wasn't very fond of me, but it positively hated the
Dalek.' The Doctor surmises that it was one of the city's underground
support systems. And the result of the battle in the tunnel: 'The root won.
Dalek nil.' The gun-stick is about the only part of the Dalek to have
Bellal hurries forward, and the Doctor sees the two cave-dwelling Exxilons
for the first time. He raises the Dalek gun-stick defensively, but Sarah
stops him and assures him that they are friends. 'The other Dalek is coming
this way!' Bellal announces. The two Exxilons hurry off, and Sarah goes
after them. The Doctor pulls her back by the arm: 'Who are your shining
friends?' he asks, as if not sure whether to trust them yet; but she tells
him there will be time for explanations later, and urges him to follow. A
moment after their departure, a Dalek glides into the cavern, and then out
again, along the same tunnel the Doctor's party left by.
The four companions run along the tunnel, the two Exxilons leading the way.
Bellal urges the others to hurry up, as the Dalek is coming this way. Sarah
thinks they have arrived at a dead end; but there is a narrow crevice they
can squeeze through, which will widen out after a little while. The Doctor
sends Sarah through first and then follows, vowing to go on a diet one of
these days. The Exxilons enter the gap last. The Dalek arrives with five
shrieks of 'Exterminate!' and fires its gun into the crevice; but there is
no straight line to a target, and the Dalek cannot follow. It gives up and
The Doctor asks if anyone is hurt; it seems not. He now wants to get back
above ground so that they can set about restoring power to the spaceships,
and helping the mission from Earth. Sarah observes that the Earth mission
seems 'pretty pally' with the Daleks, but the Doctor knows that the humans
will be wiped out without a qualm as soon as they cease to be useful to the
Daleks. Bellal says that his people are watching what is happening above
ground and will report immediately what happens. The four set off again.
Up above it is broad daylight on the desolate planet, and one of Bellal's
people is secretly observing, from above, the progress of the mining party.
Surface-dwelling Exxilons work around a shallow pool with primitive tools
and pan the rocks for parrinium, while a Dalek supervises the activity and
Galloway strolls about. The Dalek complains to Galloway that the Exxilons
are working too slowly; Galloway blames this on the primitive equipment they
are using. The Dalek says that the work force must be increased; but
Galloway remarks that the High Priest was not very cooperative, and that
they were lucky to get the workers they have. The Dalek is not interested,
and glides away demanding: 'More workers! More workers! More! Exxilons
will obey our commands.' 'And if they don't?' asks Galloway. 'Their
leaders will be exterminated.' 'But - we made an agreement,' Galloway
protests. 'It was expedient,' is the Dalek's reply. 'You will advise the
High Priest that his people will comply with Dalek law or suffer the
consequences.' Galloway protests again but is simply told, five times, that
he will obey. He wearily returns to the job of urging the Exxilons on,
rebuking them for their idleness.
In the Dalek ship, a Dalek announces: 'This planet is now under Dalek
control. Our commands will be obeyed. Those who resist will be
As they walk along a candle-lit underground tunnel, Bellal explains to the
Doctor: 'Exxilon had grown old before life had even begun on other planets.
Our ancestors solved the mysteries of science, built craft that travelled
through space. They were the supreme beings of the Universe.' 'What
destroyed their power, war?' asks the Doctor. 'No, they created their own
destruction. Using all their knowledge, they built a City that would last
through all of time...they used their sciences to make the City into a
living thing. It could protect itself, repair itself, maintain itself.
They even gave it a brain.' 'I see,' says the Doctor. 'So the City became
an entity. Greater and more powerful than the many small parts that had
created it.' 'Yes!' confirms Bellal. 'It then had no need of those who had
made it. Our people had created a monster. They tried to destroy it.
Instead it destroyed them and drove out the survivors. Now we, and the
other Exxilons you met, are all that remain.' 'What separates you from the
others?' Sarah asks. 'They have made the City their god. They worship and
fear it. They even make sacrifices to it.' This part of Bellal's account
has special resonance for Sarah. The Doctor asks Bellal why his people, in
contrast to the surface-dwellers, do not fear the City. 'Yes, we do fear
it, but we don't worship it. Our aim is to destroy it. Unless we succeed,
our race will vanish from this planet.' After a sombre pause, the Doctor
says: 'Yes. Well, I think the time has come to do something about this
City.' He moves purposefully forward.
At the diggings, the Exxilons are still at work, some of them waist-deep in
the dirty brown water of the pool, while three Daleks supervise. Hamilton
and Jill are also supervising the progress of the work. The three Daleks
come together to discuss their plans: explosive charges are to be placed on
the City's beacon, while a patrol of Daleks enters the City to investigate
scientific installations. The Daleks' assumption is that the beacon is the
source of the interference which has stranded them on the planet, and that
destroying the beacon will restore electrical energy.
Suddenly a snake-like machine-creature, like the one that confronted the
Doctor underground, starts to emerge from beneath the surface of the water.
The Daleks, Jill and Hamilton, and the Exxilons notice it almost
simultaneously. Hamilton shouts a warning to the Exxilons in the water, who
scramble for safety as the creature rears higher and higher above the
surface of the pool. The huge creature swoops and makes contact with an
Exxilon in the water; his cloak ignites in a blaze of orange fire, and he
collapses into the water. The Exxilons look on, awestruck, as the
creature's head hovers, poised for another strike. There is a chatter of
bullets from a Dalek standing on a rocky ledge high above the pool. The
snake-head swings round and strikes at the Dalek; the Dalek's head crumples
in a burst of flame and smoke, and with despairing cries it tumbles down the
steep slope into the water. The Exxilon onlookers grunt in superstitious
awe; the other two Daleks simply look subdued, and do not try to attack the
machine-creature. As if satisfied with its two kills, the creature slips
placidly back beneath the surface of the water. It is surveyed from above
by one of Bellal's people, and from the surface by Jill, Galloway and
Underground, Bellal draws representations of the symbols that are cut into
the walls of the City. Sarah recognises them from her earlier visit. The
Doctor has 'a rough idea of what they're intended to convey'; he says he has
seen them before, on the walls of a temple in Peru. Sarah is incredulous,
but the Doctor explains: 'It's one of Earth's great mysteries, that no
primitive man could possibly have built such a structure. Well, now we've
solved it.' He turns to Bellal: 'You say that your ancestors were
travelling in space when other worlds were still primitive.' Bellal
confirms this. 'Then,' says the Doctor, 'they almost certainly visited
Earth and taught the people there how to build.' Bellal explains: 'Our City
supports itself in two ways: through roots in the ground, and from the air.'
'Yes,' says the Doctor, 'they must drain their electrical energy from the
atmosphere, probably via that beacon.' 'So that's what put the mockers on
the TARDIS,' Sarah realises. The tunnel-dwelling Exxilon who observed the
attack at the diggings now arrives with news of the Dalek's destruction.
'Another of our Dalek friends has had root trouble,' the Doctor remarks to
Sarah, who smiles coyly back at him.
At the dig-site, a Dalek instructs that mining will recommence immediately
in a new area. It orders the Exxilons to move, and Jill to accompany them.
Hamilton objects, but Jill reassures him: after all, one of them has to
select the parrinium from the digging, and she can take care of herself.
The Dalek turns to two others, and orders that the Dalek patrol will leave
immediately for the City to conduct its scientific survey; Hamilton and
Galloway are instructed to accompany the mission to position the explosive.
Since Hamilton is under the erroneous impression that Galloway is
legitimately in command of the humans' party, he asks him what they should
do. Galloway tells him to comply with the Dalek's instructions.
The City gleams pristine white beneath the bright sunlight, its beacon
flashing rhythmically, as Bellal, the Doctor and Sarah arrive near its outer
wall. The Doctor whistles admiringly. 'Well, that must be one of the seven
hundred wonders of the Universe,' he remarks. 'It's even more impressive
when we get close,' Sarah tells him. But the Doctor tells her that she will
not be going any closer - he has something far more important for her to do.
Sarah feels fobbed off by this, but the Doctor reminds her: 'Sarah, if that
Earth rocket doesn't get away from here, millions of people are going to
die...I want you to make Galloway and his friends understand they've got to
get the parrinium aboard that ship and be ready for blast-off the moment the
power is restored. Now remember the Daleks will be fully powered too, and
they'll do everything they can to destroy the Earth ship.' 'You think
that's what they're intending?' 'Yes, I'm certain of it. I know the
Daleks, and they're not medical missionaries.' Sarah agrees to pass on this
message, and remarks that Bellal appears impatient; the Doctor and Bellal
should go. Sarah is clearly frightened for the Doctor's safety. He tells
her to take care, and she says the same to him. He is on the point of
leaving when he turns back and adds: 'If I don't come back, you must go with
them.' He stops her protest by touching his fingers to her lips, then
places his hand on the side of her face, a display of warm affection. She
gives a little nod and a nervous smile. As the Doctor and Bellal set off
towards the City's outer wall, the beacon pulses remorselessly...
Arriving at the City's outer wall, the Doctor comments on how beautiful it
is. 'For you, perhaps,' says a nervous Bellal. 'To us it is evil.' He
beckons the Doctor to the wall, and shows him how a section of it lights up
with a muted whooping sound when touched. 'Touch-sensitised - that's
brilliant!' observes the Doctor admiringly. Around the corner are the
symbols whose likeness Bellal tried to draw for the Doctor in the tunnels: a
horizontal array of geometric hieroglyphs, composed of circles enclosed in
U-shapes at different orientations, which light up when their section of
wall is touched. 'I have tried to interpret them many times,' says Bellal.
The Doctor recognises that the puzzle is very difficult. Bellal shows him
the continuation of the sequence of symbols along the next stretch of wall.
The Doctor examines the symbols thoughtfully.
Close behind, the two Daleks who are going to survey the City are
'I think I have something here,' says the Doctor. 'These symbols don't
conform.' Bellal is the first to spot the two arriving Daleks, who open
fire. But as the Daleks round the corner and arrive at the section of wall
that the Doctor and Bellal have just been examining, they find themselves
cheated of their prize - the two companions have vanished. The Daleks look
at each other impotently. 'Continue search.'
The Doctor and Bellal have slipped inside the City. Propped upright in the
bland white room they have entered are the skeletonised remains of an
Exxilon. 'What did you do?' Bellal asks the Doctor. 'I simply picked out
the symbol that appeared to be different, and traced its outline on the
wall.' 'And that made it slide open?' 'Well, I can't think what else.'
'Can we get out again?' asks Bellal. 'I should think that is extremely
unlikely,' replies the Doctor, examining the Exxilon skeleton. 'He didn't
get out again, did he?' But the Doctor refuses to accept that this is
simply a trap; the other visitors who came to grief in this room - some of
whose remains appear to be centuries old - simply failed to pass the next
intelligence test. The Doctor does not yet know what this next test will
be, though 'logically there must be one.'
Sure enough, there is a large square design marked on one wall, which the
Doctor recognises as a maze: 'a test of skill and logic that we have to pass
before we can move deeper into the City.' 'And if we fail?' asks Bellal.
'Well then we shall simply add to these decorations,' replies the Doctor
jovially, meaning the ancient corpses scattered about the room. The Doctor
identifies a point of entry at the top right corner of the maze, and an exit
at the bottom left. The maze, like other sections of wall, is
touch-sensitised. 'Here goes,' says the Doctor. He touches his finger to
the starting-point of the maze and begins to trace out a route through it.
While the Doctor is working on this second puzzle, the two Daleks stand at
the City's outer wall, busily scanning the first. 'Computer eye indicates
the symbols provide a simple logic test. We must deduce which symbol does
not conform to all others.' The computer-scan does not take long, and
within seconds the Daleks have identified the odd symbol out.
But inside the first room the Doctor is also doing well. He completes the
maze without error, and a large section of the wall containing the maze
slides up, allowing him and Bellal to pass through. They cautiously move
into the corridor beyond, and the wall slides shut behind them again. They
A panel in the outer wall of the City slides up, allowing the two Daleks to
enter the room that the Doctor and Bellal have just left. 'Locate next
The Doctor and Bellal creep through the bland greyish-white interior of the
City. Another section of wall slides up into the ceiling, revealing a new
corridor with a red and white geometric pattern marked on a section of its
floor. They pass through, and the wall closes behind them. They move
together along the corridor, but just before they reach the floor pattern,
the Doctor tells Bellal: 'Stop, don't move!'
The Doctor believes the floor pattern is another test. He squats down to
examine it more closely. 'The people who built this City - they didn't go
in for ornamental floors, did they?' He passes his sonic screwdriver over
the pattern, and two different types of electronic squeaking sound are
heard. The Doctor asks Bellal if he has ever tried Venusian hopscotch, then
retracts the question as being silly. He tells Bellal to do exactly as he
does, then starts making his way across the floor pattern, using the sonic
screwdriver to identify which panels are safe to step on, and treading only
Close behind, the two Daleks have just solved the wall-maze, and glide into
the corridor beyond.
The Doctor has crossed the floor design, and is standing at the far side,
talking Bellal across. The important thing is not to step on the red panels
in the design, just the white ones. He takes Bellal's hand, and on the
count of three, helps him jump across the last half of the pattern. Now the
Doctor demonstrates why such caution was necessary: he takes a five-piastre
piece from his waistcoat pocket and tosses it onto one of the red panels. A
blue thread of electricity crackles down from above, and most of the panel
explodes in a searing burst of white flame, taking the coin with it.
'Tilt,' the Doctor says, to Bellal's bemusement. 'Right, let's go and see
what other pleasures they have in store for us.'
The two Daleks, still just one step behind, now arrive at the corridor with
the booby-trapped floor design. 'Proceed with all caution,' warns one.
'This territory will be classified as hostile.' The first Dalek to cross
the design is assailed by crackles of blue electrical charge from above; it
is alarmed and disorientated, but reaches the other side apparently
unharmed. The second Dalek, which still has to cross the pattern, blasts
the patterned part of the floor with bullets. Jagged holes are torn into
the floor, and the Dalek crosses safely. The first Dalek announces that its
non-conductive shielding is burnt out, and that its sensors register it
received a seven-thousand volt electrical charge: 'weapon evidently designed
to destroy humanoid tissue.' As the Daleks watch, the floor heals up behind
them, the holes fading away to leave a perfect patterned surface once again.
'This evidence suggests that City is indestructible. Proceed.'
The Doctor and Bellal arrive in a seemingly empty, featureless room.
'Moving inside the City is like being inside a living thing,' observes the
little Exxilon. 'Yes,' the Doctor agrees thoughtfully. 'Its bloodstream,
rather than its stomach. We're being moved around like microbes, Bellal.'
Meanwhile, in another room, a motionless figure sits before a monitor
screen, apparently watching the Doctor and Bellal and listening to their
conversation. 'And all the time getting closer to the heart,' the Doctor is
It is dark again outside the City, and Sarah, nervously dodging a patrolling
Dalek, finds Jill and wakes her up. Jill is pleased to see her, but Sarah
tells her to keep her voice down. They speak in hushed voices. Sarah tells
Jill what the Doctor is doing: 'He's going to try and black out the beacon.'
And she passes on his message: 'You must be ready for take-off the moment
the power comes back on. Remember, it comes back on for the Daleks too.'
Jill, pausing momentarily as the Dalek passes, tells Sarah that they now
have more than enough parrinium, collected in bags. The problem now, as
Sarah identifies, is to find some way to get it aboard the humans' ship.
Jill is pessimistic about their chances with a Dalek standing guard over
them, but Sarah is determined to try somehow.
Still apparently observed on the monitor screen, the Doctor and Bellal feel
their way around the walls of the empty room. 'Nothing,' says the Doctor
frustratedly. 'Absolutely nothing. A room without a clue.' But he knows
that since everything in the City has a function, the room must have some
purpose. 'Perhaps we have come as far as we are permitted,' Bellal
suggests. But the Doctor does not believe this, and says they will have to
start examining the room all over again. He asks Bellal to look in one of
Bellal does this, but suddenly becomes disorientated by an onslaught of
flashing light and pulsing sound which only he seems to experience. The
Doctor, examining the floor with his sonic screwdriver, looks up just in
time to see Bellal pointing a Dalek gun at him. He holds up his sonic
screwdriver and activates it, apparently to counteract the mind-control to
which Bellal has succumbed. The sound from the screwdriver seems to help
Bellal struggle against the force which has possessed him. 'Bellal, don't!
Bellal - Bellal, don't, now listen to me,' says the Doctor. 'Don't fire that
gun. Now remember why we're here. Remember why we came to this City.' He
switches off the sonic screwdriver and advances slowly towards the little
alien. 'Bellal, I'm your friend. Your friend, you know that. Don't fire
that gun - ' He reaches Bellal and drags the gun from his hands. Freed
from his temporary possession, a terrified Bellal tells the Doctor about a
blinding light that shone in his eyes. A section of wall slides up, freeing
them from the room. 'We seem to have qualified for the next test,' observes
the Doctor. He asks if Bellal feels ready to go on; Bellal doesn't, but
knows that he must. The Doctor leads him gently from the room. The section
of wall slides shut behind them - and the two Daleks enter the room from the
other side, having missed the Doctor and Bellal by only a moment.
The City's beacon pulses out white light, rhythmically illuminating the
night sky. At the base of the City, a Dalek instructs Galloway and Hamilton
to climb to its summit and place explosives on the beacon. The two men are
told that Jill, the Daleks' hostage, will be exterminated if they refuse.
They are also warned that they will be in range of the Dalek's fire at all
times. 'Let's get on with it,' says Galloway. They start climbing the
Sarah and Jill are crouched down, one on each side of a boulder. They talk
furtively when the Dalek guard passes out of earshot. Sarah asks Jill if
there are any empty parrinium bags. There are some, over by the workings.
Sarah has had an idea; she tells Jill to sneak over and get the empty bags,
while she keeps watch. Jill does so, but has to pass some Exxilons to get
to the bags; the Exxilons seem placid and do not attack her, but their
mumbling, grunting noises risk attracting attention. Jill gets back with
the bags, and the Dalek glides past a moment later. Sarah tells Jill they
need to fill the bags - anything will do. If the Doctor manages to restore
power, they have to be ready.
The Doctor and Bellal are deep inside the City. The Doctor suspects they
must be getting very close to its centre. Bellal points out that they have
come quite a way without any tests, and may be safe now; but the Doctor is
not so sure. 'Have you any idea why the City should be testing us in this
way?' he asks. (Their progress along the corridor appears on the monitor
screen before the silent observer.) 'They could have destroyed us dozens of
times. Instead, they gave us a chance to survive by using our
intelligence.' And the Doctor's guess about the purpose of all this: 'By
passing these tests, we've proved that we have an intelligence level that
could be useful. We might have some knowledge or science that they could
add to their data banks.'
They turn a corner into a new area. A cowled skeleton is slumped against
one wall. The lights become dim. 'If I'm right,' says the Doctor, 'the
ultimate test will be an assault on our sanity. So be ready for it.' In
confirmation of this, they are assailed by a psychedelic onslaught of sound
and light. The Doctor gasps repeatedly to Bellal to fight it. 'It's all an
illusion. It's an illusion. You have no substance - no truth,' the Doctor
declares to the force invading his mind. 'You do not exist. You do not
exist!' The Doctor's own words seem to echo into silence as the force fades
away, leaving him exhausted. Bellal too is drained by the attack. The
Doctor helps him to his feet. They watch as a new doorway opens for them:
this time a section of wall simply fades away into nothingness, creating an
exit from the room.
They move into the area beyond - then stop short as they see, from behind,
the seated figure which has apparently been monitoring their progress
through the City. As they watch, the figure slumps into its seat,
disintegrating as it goes. The Doctor and Bellal move forward cautiously.
'Our entrance must have created a current of air, which broke the surface
tension,' the Doctor says. The figure has been reduced to a layer of dust
in its chair.
As well as the monitor screen, there is other technical machinery in the
room. 'This is the brain of the City?' Bellal asks. 'The brain and the
nervous system, that we've got to destroy,' the Doctor confirms. Bellal
points out that the City defies all attempts to destroy it; he does not
believe that they will be able to end its power. But the Doctor thinks he
knows a way. He pulls out two circuit boards from a unit and places them in
front of him.
Bellal looks nervously around. Two large areas of the wall light up with a
pinkish red glow. It takes Bellal a while to turn and see them; when he
does, he gives a start and calls to the Doctor, who is irritable to have his
work interrupted. As the two of them watch, monstrous shapes begin to
appear in the glowing capsules. 'We haven't got much time,' the Doctor
says. 'The City is creating antibodies, they're trying to neutralise us.'
He tells Bellal to let him know the moment the creatures are completely
formed, and hurries back to his work.
It is still pitch dark outside. Galloway and Hamilton arrive at the
wind-swept summit of the City, at the base of the beacon's main support.
Hamilton says it should be close enough if they set the explosive charges on
this support, and he sets the detonator on one of the two boxes and fixes
the box into position. Galloway, however, insists that just one charge will
be enough to damage the beacon - he wants to save the other one.
Down on the ground, the Dalek that has been guarding Jill instructs a group
of Exxilons that work is to commence at dawn. Grunting, they move
reluctantly off. The Dalek now realises that Jill has escaped. It reacts
with panic, declaring its own failure and activating its self-destruct
mechanism, rotating wildly, its voice winding down to a slurring stop.
The Doctor is hard at work on the circuit boards, while Bellal observes the
completion of the formation of two hulking humanoid antibodies. 'Doctor - I
think you should come now!' The Doctor has nearly finished. The
antibodies, looking like imperfectly made clay statues, lumber clumsily from
their stands. Bellal asks the Doctor what he is doing. 'Psychological
warfare,' he replies. 'I'm trying to destroy the City's brain - engineer
what in human terms is called a nervous breakdown.' He is in the process of
explaining that a computer, as a machine of logic, cannot stand paradoxes,
when the antibodies grab him and Bellal, and drag them roughly away from
where the Doctor has been working.
Now, finally, the two Daleks catch up with the Doctor and Bellal, and their
arrival is unexpectedly timely. They confront the two antibodies, which
advance upon them. The antibodies ignore the Daleks' orders to halt. The
Daleks spray them with bullets, but bullets only make them flinch
momentarily. An antibody pulls the gun off one of the Daleks, and breaks
it. The antibodies batter at the Daleks, forcing them into retreat.
Meanwhile the Doctor and Bellal make their escape. The floor pattern is now
safe to run across. Fluctuating lighting indicates the City's
The Daleks can make no impression on the antibodies. They beat a speedy
retreat towards the City's entrance, the one Dalek that is still armed
covering the other, as the antibodies lurch relentlessly after them.
The Doctor and Bellal arrive at a section of wall that is moving erratically
up and down, as if uncertain whether to open or close. The Doctor's
sabotage of the City is taking effect; its controls are beginning to break
down. The section of wall proves more of a problem to the escaping Daleks,
as they cannot duck underneath it. But the Doctor and Bellal finally escape
out of the City, where it is daylight again. Bellal is relieved, but the
Doctor knows the battle is not over yet - the Daleks will still do
everything they can to prevent the Earth mission ship from getting away. He
urges Bellal to come with him.
The Daleks, with Galloway and Hamilton still captive, await the destruction
of the beacon by the explosive device, and the restoration of power.
'Prepare for immediate takeoff. The prisoners will load the parrinium
aboard our ship.' Hamilton asks about Jill, and is told she escaped when it
was dark. He looks grimly pleased to hear this. The two men start loading
bags into the Daleks' saucer.
Bellal and the Doctor arrive, and observe this from behind a large rock, but
there is nothing they can do to stop it. 'I know the Daleks,' says the
Doctor, 'and they'll cause the maximum havoc and destruction before they
go.' 'Why?' asks Bellal. 'It's their scorched planet policy,' the Doctor
explains. Sarah and Jill arrive from the Earth ship, with news that it is
all set for takeoff the moment power is restored. But Jill cannot pilot the
ship. She will need Hamilton and Galloway - who are currently occupied
loading parrinium bags into the Daleks' saucer.
In the saucer, standing with Galloway, Hamilton looks at his watch and
counts off the seconds until the detonation of the charge attached to the
beacon's main support -
- and the support is toppled by a tremendous explosion at the summit of the
- and the power in the Dalek ship comes back on immediately.
'They've destroyed the beacon!' Jill cries jubilantly, looking up at the
City's summit with the Doctor, Sarah and Bellal. The Daleks arrive, cutting
the celebrations short. Most Daleks enter the ship, while one remains
behind. 'Well don't prolong the agony,' says the Doctor defiantly, while
Sarah holds a terrified Bellal. 'It's obvious you mean to kill us, why
don't you get on with it?' 'It is not necessary,' is the Dalek's reply.
'You will perish with the rest of the creatures.' The Dalek explains: 'We
have all the parrinium we need. With it we can force the space powers to
accede to our demands. If they do not, millions of people on the outer
planets will perish.' Hamilton points out that now the power barrier has
been broken, Earth can have another ship on Exxilon in less than a month.
'I imagine the Daleks have already taken that into account, Peter,' says the
Doctor. 'Correct,' the Dalek confirms. 'When our ship is in space we will
fire a plague missile onto the surface of this planet. The plague will
destroy all life and make further landings here impossible.' The Dalek
backs into the saucer as it delivers this news. The door of the ship starts
to close. 'Galloway, for God's sake use the bomb!' yells Hamilton
desperately to his comrade still inside the ship. The Doctor ushers
everyone away to avoid being caught in the ship's exhaust blast. It lifts
off in a cloud of white dust.
'Well,' says Sarah as they watch the Dalek ship depart, 'it's not much
consolation, but at least they don't have the parrinium.' She explains to
the Doctor: 'The Daleks have only got bags of sand. Jill and I loaded the
real parrinium aboard the Earth ship.'
Hamilton regrets ever trusting Galloway. With the Dalek bomb that he
insisted on keeping, they could have damaged the Daleks' ship. 'If I knew
where he was...' he says furiously.
In the ship, a Dalek orders preparation of the launch of a plague missile.
Unseen by the Daleks, Galloway is hiding behind the bags of sand with the
remaining explosive charge. He sets the detonator, and presses the button -
- and the Dalek saucer explodes, white fire spraying outwards from the
'Galloway,' breathes Hamilton. Jill realises Galloway must have hidden away
on the Dalek ship when he and Hamilton were putting the bags on board.
'Well, he did his duty,' says the Doctor solemnly. 'Now you must do yours.
Get that parrinium to where it's needed.'
'Doctor - look!' calls Sarah. 'Look at the City.'
The City is dying, melting, falling to pieces. Ghostly wails seem to echo
distantly as it falls apart. Sarah watches in awe, then turns to look at
the Doctor. 'It's rather a pity in a way,' he says pensively. 'Now the
Universe is down to six hundred and ninety-nine wonders.'
|Source: Andy Campbell