In a dark jungle, black robed men,
soldiers with masks on and knives on their ankles, accompany a tall statuesque
woman, Lady Adrasta, and her older vizier, Karela, to an opening in the
ground. A horn is blown and a man in black robes, begging for his life,
is thrown into the pit.
In the TARDIS, K-9 reads "Peter Rabbit" to the Doctor,
who sneezes as Romana pulls a crate of what she calls "old junk"
out of the Number Four hold. She pulls out a ball of string which the Doctor
used once. There is a note of thanks for helping Thesseus and Ariadne out
of the Minotaur's maze. He snaps that the wretches were going to unravel
his scarf and use it to help them get out of the maze. Romana asks what
possible use the jawbone of an ass would have. The Doctor just tells her
not to be a Philistine. She also pulls an MK3 Emergency transceiver which
hasn't been used since the Doctor calls it a nuisance -- Romana takes his
meaning to be that he was always getting calls from Gallifrey. He calls
all that a bore and tells her he is never in distress -- or rather not
often in distress as he must admit since she's quite sceptical. Romana
plugs the transceiver into the console and the TARDIS shakes.
Romana switches it off but the TARDIS has landed and the
viewscreen shows a thick jungle and a strange object with a flat side and
many angles. K-9 stays inside but the other two go out past mist to the
shell which the Doctor calls an egg or part of an egg, figures is semi-metallic,
and is alive. He hears a transmission -- the same noise they heard in the
TARDIS before they landed. Romana moves around to the other side while
the Doctor stays and examines it with a stethoscope. He deduces it
is a shell and a transmitter, and the shell looks woven. Bush-tumble weeds
sneak up on and knock down the Doctor who ends up lying on his back, calling
Romana for help. He calls her more urgently but a dark red and black
dressed soldier stands over him. A Huntsman whips the wolf weeds off the
Doctor, who thanks him but the Huntsman orders his men to kill the Doctor.
He asks them instead to take him to their leaders. Before they can kill
him Karela arrives and tells them to wait, something the Doctor repeats
and then he thanks her. The wolf weeds are grown in Lady Adrasta's nurseries.
Karela explains the Doctor is in the place of death; she tells him that
anyone found here is put to death. He wonders about place names and hopes
she will make an exception on his part. She tells him they have his commander
-- which is Romana. The Doctor waves to his commander and tries to take
her into the TARDIS, "It travels. We travel in it." Karela has her
men stop them from getting into the TARDIS, "I hope you're not lying, Doctor."
They put him in a portable woodstock which goes around his hands and neck.
Lady Adrasta will want to see him. "All she had to do was make an
appointment" retorts the Doctor.
As the group moves on, the Doctor realizes they are being
followed. Scavengers attack, clubbing guards down, knifing the soldiers
dead, and getting Romana away. The Doctor knocks a few down with his wood
stock. Karela sits back on her chair and the men carry her.
The Scavenger leader, Torvin, a chubby, bearded messy
man, admires his collection of metal in some old tent as Romana is brought
in by his men, who include the younger Ainu and the older Edu. Torvin,
Ainu, and Edu are former miners. Ainu thinks Romana is a Lady In Waiting
from Adrasta's Palace. Torvin wants her killed since she has no use and
no metal on her. The others tell him they want to vote on whether or not
they should kill her.
The Doctor waits as Karela goes to get Adrasta from her
throne room. He tells the guard he has an itch on his nose. The guard scratches
his own nose but the Doctor gets both guards to come over, one scratching
his nose. He then knocks down both of them with some karate. He is about
to leave when Adrasta returns, offering her clawed and sharp nails to scratch
his itch for him but he declines. Adrasta has been told the Doctor was found
in the place of death. The Doctor is about to tell her something fascinating
about the place -- but finds Adrasta already knows that anyone found there is put to death.
Adrasta takes the Doctor to her throne room where younger
ladies stand at attention. She asks about the egg and mentions his commander.
He tells her Romana is his companion. Adrasta tells him that she knew anyone
of his intelligence wouldn't be in a subordinate position. She sends guards
to go find Romana.
In the tent, Romana is tied to a stake. Only Ainu votes
not to kill her. Romana tells them to go ahead and kill her -- they would
be committing suicide, calling the leader a hair suited moron who wonders
what that means. She tells him it means hairy. She is not from Adrasta,
she explains, "I'm a Time Lord." Using her regale voice, she makes them
untie her and sit down, then takes out her dog whistle which they like
since it is metal. The men all have a turn trying to blow into it
and Torvin succeeds. K-9 comes out of the TARDIS, answering the continuing
blowing with some impatience, "Coming. Coming!"
Behind Adrasta's throne seat is a strange object almost
like the shell -- the same design. She tries to keep the Doctor's interest
away from it, wanting to know more about the shell outside which was found
15 years ago. The Doctor tells her it is screaming in pain -- a scream
which can only be heard on low frequency wavelengths. He imagines what
is it calling for, "By the pyramids, imagine the size of its mummy."
Adrasta snaps her fingers and two men, Doran and Tollund, pop out of a
curtain, having been listening to this exchange between Adrasta and the
Doctor. They are engineers. Tollund wonders about it being an egg of a
bird -- the bird would be enormous and have a one mile wingspan. The Doctor
tells them that not only birds lay eggs -- fish and reptiles do. The engineers
and Adrasta ask about the heat on the shell. The Doctor suggests that "maybe
someone tried to fry the egg!" Doran tells the Lady that this man
is being facetious and the Doctor says "he's quite right!" The Doctor
claims to have a teaspoon and an open mind which is why he found out more
about the egg than Doran. Adrasta has Doran taken away with the Doctor
following so he can see what happens to people who disappoint her. A guard
who wants the Doctor to go ahead of him, waits for him and waves him on.
The Doctor smiles, "How nice to meet a well mannered guard."
In the tent, Romana calls the bandits a duff bunch. One
takes this to mean they have impressed the lady. K-9 arrives. Romana tells
the scavengers she hopes they don't meet again, " I can't honestly say it's
been a pleasure. Good day." As she tries to leave, K-9 has to stun
Torvin who tried to stop her with his knife. She tells the rest he is just
stunned and will wake up with a sore head, "I expect you're used to that."
They arrive at the pit - which they call "the Pit" -- and
the horn is blown. The Doctor pleads with Adrasta not to kill engineer
Doran even though he may be a bit of an idiot, "...even bad engineers are
hard to come by on this side of the galaxy." Doran is thrown into
the pit. They hear noises of the thing in the pit and a green glow comes
onto Doran's face.
Romana arrives with K-9 who has to shoot an attacking
guard -- who falls into the pit and dies. The Huntsman snaps his whip to
get the wolf weeds to attack the dog. K-9 rays guns one of them with his
nose laser but too many more arrive and cover him. He seems to whine and
lose power. Adrasta tells Romana he is dead. She cries over him. Adrasta
goes to the Doctor, "Well, Doctor, now I have you both -- now you're bound
to be cooperative." The Doctor hugs Romana a bit and then races to
the wheel over the pit. He grabs the rope on it and jumps into the hole.
The rope runs out and the Doctor seems to plunge downward...
Romana looks over the pit edge and
sees the Doctor holding onto to some rocks below. She asks to go down to
the Doctor, who has begun to rock climb using a hammer, chisel, and spikes.
The Doctor hears some creature below and reminds himself to not be afraid.
Romana begs Adrasta to save the Doctor. K-9 is not dead as Adrasta told
Romana but he is webbed up by the wolf weeds and cannot help. He calls
Romana and Adrasta is impressed that K-9 is metal. She goes to the hole
and kicks dirt down it, "Pity you were such a fool, Doctor, I could've
used you, too." Dirt hits the Doctor and backs him up so much that
the spike he is on falls.
On the bottom, the Doctor finds the guard dead, and Doran,
apparently dead of fright. He sees skulls and hears low moans of the creature.
Romana is brought to the throne room of Adrasta who tells
her the name they have for the creature is "The Creature." Romana
says that's original and asks if the monster is a native from this planet,
Chloris. Adrasta avoids Romana's questions and looks in a mirror, handed
to her by a servant girl. Since the Doctor left them, Adrasta has to keep
Romana alive now. Romana asks her more questions but Adrasta tells her
there are some questions better not asked. When Adrasta asks Romana questions,
Romana responds with the same comment until Adrasta slaps her across the
face. Metal here is valuable so Adrasta orders her guards to "break up
the tin dog."
In the caves of the old mine, the Doctor finds green,
glowing glop on the walls. He lights a match and comes face to face with
an old man in robes.
In the throne room, Romana watches as guards begin hitting
K-9. She will cooperate and tell Adrasta what she wants to know about the
shell only if the guards will stop banging away at K-9. She tells Adrasta
the information is in K-9's memory, which makes Adrasta, in anger, call
the guards off. Adrasta tells her that this little metal animal makes both
Romana and the Doctor redundant. Romana doesn't think so...only she can
The old man in the cave, Organon, leads the Doctor to
a safer place of wood and rock. The place is illuminated by candles in
half skulls. He tells the Doctor something about his mother being under
the sign of a Praxus, about her being a middle cousin or some such prattle,
and that she taught him not to let anyone be eaten alive if he can help
it. The Doctor introduces himself to Organon, telling him his mother must
have been a very fine woman. Organon was Adrasta's Seer, a court astrologer,
although he has been to other courts and sold them on his being able to
see into the future, "Astrologer extraordinary. Seer to princes and emperors.
The future foretold, the past explained, the present...apologized for."
He basically tells the Doctor his act is just an act. He has survived by
eating the scraps of food the serfs or servants throw down, an offering
they make to the creature, he supposes. He asks the Doctor how he sees
into the future and what he uses -- the stars, a crystal ball, or something
else. The Doctor tells the truth, "Oh, I tend to use the Police Box Affair."
Organon's prophesy, of the Lady Adrasta getting visitors from beyond the
stars was what made her throw him down the pit. Organon asks the Doctor
where he is from. "Oh, from beyond the stars," he answers. They wonder
why Adrasta would be afraid of something or someone from beyond the stars.
In the Scavenger's tent, Torvin gets up and makes plans
to ransack Adrasta's palace since she is the only one to have mineral and
metal wealth on this planet.
In the cave pit, Organon explains he has managed to avoid
the creature. These caves were mines which were worked out of metal. Metal
is scarce on this planet. Adrasta owns the only mine there is. She depends
on the shortage of metal for her power. Organon's horoscope told him he
was going to be useful to somebody today... he thought it was going to
be the creature - which is about 200 feet tall. At times, it sounds as
if it is crying, singing, or growling. He thinks there is only one but
the Doctor wonders how he knows that. He thinks the planet is very beautiful
but the jungle and forests make it difficult for anyone to travel far.
As they talk, the creature's blob body comes to the door to Organon's little
In the throne room, K-9 confers with Romana. He can stun
the guards but is not mobile. Karela doesn't trust the girl or the tin
animal and pushes Adrasta to kill Romana. Adrasta tells her later. Romana
picks up K-9 who stuns the guards down but other guards grab her and pull
K-9 from her arms. One guard has his long knife to Romana's throat. Adrasta
stops him from killing her, calling that an invaluable demonstration.
Adrasta throws Romana at K-9, wanting her to make K-9 behave.
In the cave place, Organon has a candle skull which the
Doctor moves at the monster to see it. It moves away. Organon closed his
eyes and is startled when the Doctor touches his arm. Organon thinks this
is the Doctor's Lucky Day -- and asks what sign he was born under -- Aquatraian,
Ariel, or others. The Doctor asks if he ever felt its skin to which the
old man answers "I was rather trying to avoid it touching mine."
To the Doctor it looks as if its skin is like the cerebral membrane which
protects the brain in humans. The Doctor wants to go after it and leaves.
Organon decides to remain behind and tells the Doctor so. But after the
Doctor leaves, he decides to follow.
In the throne room of the palace, Adrasta asks K-9 about
the TARDIS. With it, she tells Karela, they can go anywhere, anytime and
get pure metal. She will still have the monopoly on metal here. Karela
says it's a pity the Doctor is no longer with them. When they talk
of his demise, Karela isn't sure, "He struck me as most resourceful for
a man." She will take guards and go into the pit to make sure the
Doctor is dead. Karela will also kill the thing in the pit, just for Adrasta,
her lady. Adrasta doubts she can and orders K-9 to kill it, calling him
tin. He corrects her and tells her he cannot kill -- unless in defense.
Adrasta tells him she can see to that. The TARDIS makes the creature in
the pit superfluous now and she wants it dead. Karela warns K-9 that he
will do as they say. There are three doors to the pit from the palace,
one behind the throne, all three bolted on the palace side. A guard carries
K-9 in, followed by Romana, and then the Guard Master and two men go in,
Karela follows, and lastly, Adrasta joins them, putting herself last for
her own safety.
Organon, in the pit caves, tells the Doctor not to move
too fast. The Doctor doesn't know what they are going to do when they find
the monster. Organon is upset but the Doctor tells him he has a plan --
he just doesn't know how to apply it. As they talk, the monster looms over
them, gigantic, and glowing green. Organon looks up at it, "Fine
time to tell me." They move back slowly as the Guard Master and his two
men arrive and fire at it with bow and arrows! The guards move back and
away. This gives the Doctor a chance to move forward. He hands the candle-skull
to a protesting Organon and pats Organon's hand to calm the old man.
He moves at the monster. Organon calls, "Doctor, come back."
The Doctor tries to talk to it but it moves at him too
fast and he falls back as it moves on top his scarf. This makes the Doctor
fall onto his back, caught, and the blob moves over his entire body and
face. The Doctor gets his arm free but it does no good...the thing is covering
Organon moves to the Adrasta guard
master and his two men, telling them they must help the Doctor but a light
from the creature moves them back out a hole and the light forms a new
shape covering the door, a shape just like the egg shell formation and
the formation behind Adrasta's throne. It is hard as rock and Organon wants
them to get the Doctor out and they try. They hear a knock which Organon
knows is the Doctor -- knowing, he tells the guards, is his profession.
Outside the Palace, Ainu reports that Edu is going to
talk to the guard; then they overhear Edu stab the guard.
In the caves, Romana whispers to K-9 to be ready.
Karela moves to get her away from the tin animal but Adrasta believes
or makes believes she trusts Romana, much to Karela's fear. They get the
news about the Doctor from a guard. Another guard lifts K-9 off a rock
and down to the floor.
In the entrance room of the palace outside the throne
room area, Edu stabs a guard in the back, killing him. He opens the door
for the other scavengers.
In the cavern cut off from the rest, the Doctor finds
other minerals not from the mine -- cadmium and malgavic iron. He puts
his match out and waves the creature which just let him go. He calms it,
telling it he is not armed and he won't hurt it. He says its skin is beautiful
and extraordinary. He figures it has green veins and lives on chlorophyll
-- which makes Chloris the right place for him to come to. He puts his
hand on it, calling it a good girl and a good boy. He figures that it has
no eyes or mouth -- but that he can see. He listens to its side, pressing
his ear to it, thinking possibly telepathy can help him make contact. He
pats it and then looks into and then blows into the large tentacle thing
coming out of it. He also talks into it. The tentacle points to the
shell over the door -- perhaps pictures can help them communicate. It glows
and makes the shell glow, the molecules around the shell's outer surface
In the throne room, Torvin calls a guard over, showing
that he is not armed. His other men trip the guard and stab at him with
their knives and hit him with clubs or spears. They take bronze and iron,
then see the strange object behind the throne -- Edu feels it and it is
warm but when Torvin touches it, he finds it less so. They take it and
exit one of the doors to the pit.
The Doctor knows the creature wants something but asks
if the object is a weapon, "I wish I knew how far I can trust you."
The Doctor will get it but first starts to ask the creature to promise
him... but realizes that is a stupid thing to say. He finds smaller egg-shell
objects in the pit but the blob won't let him take any of them. He pulls
his scarf along the dirt as he leaves, almost as if he wants to pull one
away with him.
On the other side of the door, Romana finds Organon telling
her that his friend is trapped in there. She tells him she knows the Doctor
and he asks the celestial circumstances of his birth. She tells him that
the Doctor claims to have been born about 750 years ago, "..so he says."
Adrasta arrives and asks Organon why he hasn't died. He says it was an
oversight. The Guard Master tells her they cannot get through but she threatens
him, using his commission. Other guards are told by Adrasta to keep Organon
here as he tries to leave. K-9 repeats he is programmed not to kill, only
in defense. Romana tells him to his best on the door.
In the cave, Torvin is examining a zinc candle holder,
but when he and Edu hold up the shell object, it seems to trance Torvin
and Edu, who hold it up higher and take it off toward the cave area where
the Doctor is.
K-9 tells Romana his power packs are almost depleted and
he needs power. The material around the door entrance only self renews
itself every time it is damaged or shot at by K-9. The atoms recombine
and the molecules reform to get stronger. Adrasta wants to keep blasting
at it but Romana tells her they must think. She knocks on it, wondering
how they are going to get through it. Seconds later, the Doctor comes smashing
through it to their area. Adrasta demands to know how he got through. He
asked the creature very nicely but she slips and reveals she knows the
creature cannot talk. The Doctor goes to Organon who asks his sign. The
Doctor tells him the sign of Crossed Computers was what the Doctor was
born under -- the symbol of the Maternity Service on Gallifrey. Adrasta
order Karela, Romana, and guards and go to the creature to kill it. A
guard stops the Doctor from interfering by holding a sword on him. K-9
is drained so Romana has to carry him. After they go, the Doctor tells
her she's sent them to their deaths. He also tells Organon that Adrasta's
evil eye is upon him. She stops the Doctor from going to find out what
is happening and demands Organon to go. If he doesn't go, her guards will
cut his throat from ear to ear. The Doctor tells him to find another line
of work, astrology is not his forte.
Romana and Karela return to them. The creature is gone
-- it must have found a passage in the back of the cave. Adrasta warns
Romana to hold K-9 facing the rock walls. She demands to the Doctor that
K-9 kill the creature -- which she calls a Tythonian. He responds, "Oh,
but he's only a little dog." Karela will kill Romana if he doesn't
obey. She turns K-9 toward the Doctor who pulls out a mirror for K-9's
laser to bounce off of and hit the guard attacking Romana. K-9 also shoots
the guard ahead. Karela runs away, getting out. The Doctor warns Romana
not to try to follow Adrasta, who also flees but doesn't get far. The monster
blocks the exit she was trying to run through. The Doctor grabs her and
pushes to it more -- she knows the monster doesn't eat people; she knows
what it eats and Organon agrees with the Doctor about Adrasta. Adrasta
gets a knife out and to the Doctor's throat, ordering Romana to train K-9
on the monster. The Doctor tells Romana not to do it but she only has six
seconds before Adrasta kills the Doctor.
Just then, Torvin and Edu carry in the shell egg device;
the Doctor gets loose from the Lady Adrasta who screams over and over...
and loudly as the device comes in and seems fully alive...
Torvin and Edu run away. K-9 is told
to blast Adrasta if she moves. The Doctor, Romana, and Organon go to the
object. When the Doctor touches its extension, the blob talks like the
Doctor, communicating using his larynx. At first, this confuses the Doctor
In the throne room, Karela calls a guard to get the Huntsman.
The blob uses the object to talk to the Doctor, "Do not
be alarmed or frightened." Erato, the name of the Tythonian blob,
does not have a larynx. Romana asks why he is skulking about in a pit eating
people. The Doctor looks at her, "Oh please, you put that so crudely."
Erato eats chlorophyll and mineral salts. He came to this planet on a trading
mission. Weeds come over K-9 and hold him. The Huntsmen arrive and Adrasta
can move again. She orders the Doctor to have K-9 kill Erato or his "friend"
Organon dies. The Doctor moves to shake Organon's hand, "Organon, good
bye old man, so sorry about all this." He moves back, away from the
old man, who is shocked.
Erato must not die. The well being of two planets hangs
in the balance. The Doctor yells the situation to Adrasta and to the Huntsman
-- all they have on this planet are weeds, weeds, and more weeds. They
can't plow the land because they have no metal. Adrasta yells at the Huntsman
not to listen to the ravings of a demented space tramp. The Doctor calls
her a pathetic woman who does not have a care for her own people. The Huntsman
lets the Doctor speak. 15 years ago, Erato came to Chloris to trade metal
for chlorophyll but the first person he met was Adrasta who did not care
for the welfare of her people. She tricked Erato, an ambassador from Tythonus,
into the pit and "threw astrologers at him." To prove what he says,
the Doctor wants Adrasta to take the communicator. She orders the Huntsman
to kill the Doctor. He, instead, wants her to speak to the creature and
whips his wolf weeds to make her. She is forced to take the communicator
and her voice comes out, "Thank you, Doctor." Adrasta did trick him into
the pit. Adrasta runs and the wolf weeds start to kill her. Erato covers
the wolf weeds and Adrasta, who may have been dead already. Erato eats
the wolf weeds -- his first solid meal in 15 years. The Doctor checks Adrasta
and with her die the dark ages of this planet, the Huntsman feels. Erato
is sorry for all this unpleasantness. The Huntsman thanks the Doctor but
the Doctor tells him not to say that yet.
In the throne room, with K-9 and Romana, Organon complains
that the Doctor was going to allow him to be killed because he would not
order K-9 to kill Erato. K-9 verifies all this. Romana tells him that the
Doctor wasn't going to allow Organon to die, he probably checked his horoscope.
The Doctor comes rushing in just then -- he did check the horoscope, he
says, and found Organon is going to die of indigestion. Erato is taken
out of the pit by the Huntsman and his guards. Romana asks the Doctor if
it is safe, and if Erato is telling them the truth or lying. It has no
intention of crushing people -- it was just trying to contact them and
in the pit, it accidentally killed people. It just wanted to communicate.
Erato came here in a giant egg, which parts they have seen, and when the
parts are put together, form a spaceship with a photon drive. The pieces
called out a distress signal. Organon brings in charts and puts them on
the table. K-9 knows that Erato's people live for about 40,000 years. 15
years are but the wink of an eye to them. Romana keeps asking the Doctor
questions but answers her own while he keeps responding with the word,
"Yes." She asks if he can say anything but "yes." to which he answers
once again, "Yes." The Doctor keeps asking Romana questions now about
the situation which she responds with, "Yes." He has taken the photon
drive without which the alien cannot leave the planet. The Scavengers hear
this, listening from outside the window.
The Scavenger Ainu tells them that from what the Doctor
said they can make it big if they steal the photon drive.
Inside the throne room, the Huntsman comes to Organon
and they consult the astrological signs. The Doctor gives Organon the photon
part. The Huntsman goes to the room where Romana is on the communicator,
making Erato use her voice to talk. It tells them the whole truth now.
They all have 24 hours to live. A neutron star is on its way to plunge
into Chloris's sun in 24 hours, retaliation from his people for Adrasta's
putting him in the pit.
Organon looks at his charts in the other room, "Oh dear."
He reads that something terrible is about to happen. He is hit from behind
the head and someone takes the photon drive piece.
The Huntsman, Romana, K-9, and the Doctor continue to
talk to Erato. There is no way of stopping the star, Erato claims, also
stating that he wishes to leave, not wanting to see this distressing finale.
He will build a new ship which will take 26 minoyos -- one hour and seven
seconds by human standards. The ship has Aduminum in it.
The scavengers arrive to their tent with what they stole.
At the palace, the Doctor figures a plan and removes ticker
tape from K-9 -- if Erato spins a thin shell of aduminum around the neutron
star (a collapsed star), the TARDIS can be used to yank the star away from
Chloris's sun. Erato claims he will not do it for a people who put him
into a pit. The Doctor makes him see that it was because of one person
-- Adrasta -- and a whole planet should not suffer because of one person.
The Doctor also makes him see that he came to this planet for his own good...
to get something from it. The Doctor explains about the part after Erato
agrees. Erato asks the Doctor what he would have done if he did not agree
to this. The Doctor fumbles about for words, "My dear old thing..."
Romana is sent to get the piece from Organon but finds
In the tent, Torvin is still musing over his loot he has
all the metal he wants now -- the monopoly will be his. Suddenly, he gasps
as Karela sticks what she calls "six inches more to add to his collection"
-- her knife -- into his back. He dies, looking at her knife which he sees
is tempered steel. She stops the others from killing her by telling them
she has the piece hidden. With it, they will not only have the monopoly
but can force Erato to make more shells. The Doctor comes butting in at
what he calls an indelicate moment. Karela tells them to kill the Doctor
but he yells at them to wait. He tells them the truth about what will happen
to this planet and this solar system. The Huntsman comes behind Karela
and grabs her. She will not tell them where the piece is. The Doctor throws
all the iron and metal onto the floor, off the table. He asks Karela is
she is willing to sacrifice the lives of everyone on this planet for wealth
and power. She cackles yes to him. He makes K-9 nose-laser the metal into
They get the fragment and Erato takes off. Soon, Romana,
K-9, and the Doctor are in the TARDIS with the communicator. Romana computed
their chance of success. The Doctor snaps, "I don't want to hear them."
"Very wise," Romana retorts.
Erato is in space and the TARDIS soon joins him. The Doctor
has Romana activate the gravity tractor beam but then deactivate it --
they can only hold it on five seconds at a time. K-9 has his antenna hooked
up to Erato and communicates to it as it uses his voice! Erato begins weaving
around the Neutron Star as the TARDIS holds it and pulls it, shaking uncontrollably
and lighting up as if the star were affecting it. There is an enormous
strain on the TARDIS and a blast occurs which makes the gravity beam stuck
on the on position. This makes the star become drawn to the TARDIS which
dematerializes at just the right moment. The star goes hurling off into
space, away from the sun of the planet Chloris. Romana figured their chances
at 74,384,338 against. The Doctor claims this is his lucky number.
On Chloris, in the palace, Organon has his head bandaged.
He "sees" a tall, dark object arriving and tells the Huntsman. The
TARDIS reappears in this room. The Huntsman is in charge now.
The Doctor hands him a message -- it's a trading agreement with the planet
Erato came from. Organon leaned in close and then moves back, telling the
Huntsman he knows what it is -- a trading agreement. As the TARDIS vanishes,
the huntsman asks Organon how he knew that. Organon says, "It was written
in the stars."
|Source: Charles Mento