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The Dominators

Episode Five

By Norman Ashby


TOBA: Quark, kill!

(The robots power units sing with glee as it discharges both its force weapons into Balan. He gives a horrible scream and falls to the floor, dead.)

TOBA: You! You're next, you know the boy, where is he?

(The Doctor faces Toba in silence.)

TOBA: Answer or you will die! Quark..!
RAGO: Toba! What is the meaning of this? Explain!

(Toba turns to see Rago looking at him with a face like thunder.)

TOBA: We were being attacked and a Quark was destroyed; it was an emergency.
RAGO: Emergency? A few hostile primitives manage to destroy a Quark and you expend time and power chasing them!
TOBA: Don't you see...
RAGO: Why has the drilling stopped? Are you finished?
TOBA: All four perimeter bores are complete!
RAGO: And the centre bore?
TOBA: The centre bore is...
RAGO: Not even started! The Quarks power cells are dangerously low, and yet you send them scuttling all over this island on a pointless search and killing harmless aliens!
TOBA: I considered it was my..!
RAGO: Silence! Have the rockets been inserted into the perimeter boreholes yet?
RAGO: Do it! Is the seed device at a critical mass?
TOBA: There has not been enough time!
RAGO: Time?! You have jeopardised this most vital part of the Dominator's war mission, you will remain on this planet and die with it!
TOBA: Navigator Rago I have been..but..but!
RAGO: You are useless unless you obey the Navigator's orders! Now check that seed device.

(The Doctor skips out of the way as Toba sweeps past him to check a device the size and shape of a silvery ostrich egg, nestled safely within a transparent crystal box.)

ZOE: Oh!
RAGO: Well?
TOBA: Seed device is almost at critical mass.
RAGO: You are fortunate Toba.

(The Doctor stands silent, taking advantage of his "worthless simpleton" status to earwig unchallenged.)

RAGO: Now, time is running short. You must complete the operation with maximum speed. Has there been a reply from fleet leader concerning the potential use of slave labour force?
TOBA: I will check
RAGO: No, I will. Take these aliens and place them under guard. Complete the centre borehole and place rockets in all perimeter holes, understood?
TOBA: Command accepted.

(He moves off.)

RAGO: Recall all Quarks from this ridiculous search and conserve their power. We can afford no more delays.


(A pursuing Quark's energy banks giggle as the force weapons fire off two rounds that explode in the sand at the heels of Jamie and Cully as they run across the dunes. They run up an incline and over the other side, skidding to a halt as they scan the ground below.)

CULLY: That was too close for comfort, they're all around us.
CULLY: Wait a minute, they're leaving I think - look!

(Below them three Quarks solemnly march away.)

JAMIE: Hey you're right. Come on, let's get back to the shelter while there's still a chance.

(They scramble back the way they came)


(Jamie and Cully descend the ladder.)

JAMIE: Alright Cully?
JAMIE: I've unblocked that ventilator shaft, at least we can breathe now.
CULLY: Oh I haven't had so much running about for years! Still, it was worth it.

(Cully collapses on the bunk puffing with exhaustion.)

JAMIE: Aye, we certainly stirred them up didn't we? Anyway, we'll lie low a wee while and then nip out and get us another Quark.
CULLY: Oh, you don't believe in half measures do you?
JAMIE: Well it's important to keep the enemy guessing. Oh I wish we had some food though, I'm fair famished.
CULLY: Hold on, I seem to remember...
JAMIE: What?

(Cully rummages in the nearby storage locker.)

CULLY: Yes, survival kit.
CULLY: Goes with the shelter; food, medicines, all that sort of thing.

(He places a box on the nearby table and examines the contents.)


(He extracts a long waxy slab of pasty nougat-looking comestible.)

JAMIE: Well what's that?
CULLY: Try it.

(Jamie nibbles a corner with obvious distaste.)

CULLY: Basic nutriments. Vitamins, carbohydrates, proteins - you can live on it for years!
JAMIE: Oh, I hope I'll not need to do that. Here did you unblock that periscope?
JAMIE: Good, let's see if we were followed.

(The periscope gives an ancient creak as he pulls it down from the ceiling and turns it, squinting into the viewer to examine the outside surroundings.)

CULLY: Hey Cully would you look who's here!

(Cully replaces Jamie, and sees the Doctor, Kando, Teel and a Quark.)

JAMIE OOV: Any Quarks?
CULLY OOV: Yes, one.

(Cully turns a little more to the left and sees Toba and two more Quarks working the ultrasonic drill.)

CULLY OOV: No there's more...can't quite see but I think they're working at something just outside the building.
JAMIE: Let's have a look.

(He takes Cully's place.)

JAMIE: Aye, they don't seem to have harmed anybody.
CULLY: Well Balan isn't there.

(Jamie folds up the periscope handles and pushes it towards the ceiling.)

JAMIE: Aye, he's probably working somewhere else. Look Cully...
CULLY: What now?
JAMIE: We can't just let them stay up there can we?
CULLY: Well what can we do?
JAMIE: Get them down here with us.
CULLY: But what about the Quarks?
JAMIE: Well we'll...
CULLY: Here we go again! But how?
JAMIE: Ah well, don't know yet. Er...

(He paces the floor chewing his finger in thought, his gaze falling upon the bunk.)

JAMIE: Ah, wait a minute!

(He pulls off the sheet and examines it thoughtfully.)

JAMIE: Ah...yes.


TOBA: Operate!

(The sonic drill glows harshly as the two Quarks divert their fizzing, sparkling energy into it.)


(The Doctor, Zoe sit beside one of the remaining walls, beneath the map of the island with the hole neatly lasered into it. In a corner a Quark stands guard over them, Kando and Teel are slouched not far away.)

ZOE: Doctor?
ZOE: What are they doing?
DOCTOR: They're drilling.
ZOE: Well yes, I know that, but what for?
DOCTOR: Mm? I don't think they want to take something out of the earth Zoe, rather put something into it.
ZOE: Well what?
DOCTOR: Well, if I'm right... Oh no!

(The Doctor has seen Jamie's head pop up from the rubble several feet away, with Cully in his wake. Jamie swings a rolled up sheet like a rope, trying to get it over the head of the nearby Quark, but twice he misses. He decides to kneel silently behind the machine and ties the sheet around it's legs. As the Quark burbles to itself Doctor appears from the ruined doorway.)

DOCTOR: Ah, excuse me, I wonder...
DOCTOR: Oh...oh!

(The Quark tries to walk towards the Doctor, but it's legs don't move. Jamie gives the robot a shove from behind and it keels over pitifully wailing it's alarm cry. As Jamie sits on the robot to keep it from swinging round to shoot anyone, the Doctor, Zoe and the others rush past.)

JAMIE: Right Cully!

(Cully throws another sheet other the robot's head.)

CULLY: Quick follow me!
JAMIE: Doctor, come! Move on!
CULLY: Quick!

(In moments the others scamper to freedom, a few seconds later Jamie rushes after them.)


TOBA: Cease drilling, a Quark is being attacked! Follow!

(The two Quarks obey, and they move off. Not far away a hatch in the floor of the ruins silently closes.)


(The Doctor descends the ladder.)


TOBA: Quarks search and destroy!

(Toba pulls the sheet from around the neck of the Quark and rights it, the alarm stops.)

TOBA: Quark, where are the prisoners?
TOBA: They can't be far away, they must be hiding. Quarks, search and destroy!
RAGO: Command countermanded! Why has the drilling stopped again Toba?
TOBA: The prisoners have attacked a Quark and escaped!
RAGO: And once again you drop everything to hunt them! I have just completed calculating the remaining power levels of the Quark force; thanks to your foolish actions they are dangerously low! All efforts must now be concentrated on completing our mission!
TOBA: And if they attack us again?
RAGO: The Quark's power must be conserved. Complete the drilling operation!
TOBA: Command accepted.
RAGO: Toba. The primitives will not go unpunished. Fleet leader has just confirmed the Dulcians are unsuitable for slave labour. They will die with their planet.
TOBA: Good! So the sooner we complete the drilling operations the sooner they will die.


(The Doctor and Jamie descend, looking nervously upwards.)


TOBA: Quark, follow!

(The Quarks bibble and move back to the drilling site with him. Rago glares curiously around, then follows.)


(Jamie steps from the ladder.)

CULLY: They've gone.
DOCTOR: It was very rash of you Jamie, those Quarks are appallingly dangerous.
JAMIE: Och they're not so terrible.
CULLY: You know, we dropped a rock on one earlier.
CULLY: Hey where's Balan? Why wasn't he...
TEEL: He's dead Cully, the Dominators killed him.
CULLY: Oh no! If only we'd managed to get him away too.
KANDO: You did your best Cully.
TEEL: It's thanks to you and Jamie that the rest of us are safe.

(The Doctor looks glum.)

DOCTOR: I'm afraid not. Nowhere on the island is safe; nowhere on the entire planet come to that!
JAMIE: You see we heard the Dominators say that the Dulcians were unsuitable for slave labour.
TEEL: But then they'll leave us in peace!
JAMIE: Well, no. They said you'd all die with your planet.
KANDO: Surely they don't mean to destroy Dulkis completely?
DOCTOR: I'm afraid they do.
TEEL: But why, what do they want?
DOCTOR: A large amount of fuel for their invasion fleet.
ZOE: But we know that there are no minerals worth having, at least not on this side of the planet.
DOCTOR: They're not mining for minerals or any natural fuel source.
ZOE: But their spaceships use atomic power, we've established that.
DOCTOR: But there was no reactor in their ship of theirs, only a radiation storage unit. You remember how, when they landed it sucked up all the radioactive dust from the island.
ZOE: Yes. So you're saying that they store radioactive particles and then convert that energy into power.
DOCTOR: Exactly!
ZOE: But then why are they drilling?
DOCTOR: Look, I'll show you.

(Digging a piece of chalk from his breast pocket he draws four circles in a diamond pattern upon the metal table.)

DOCTOR: There are four drill holes here, here, here and here. And one drill hole in the centre.

(He adds a circle.)

DOCTOR: Now then, they have rockets mounted in each of these drill holes, and the centre hole is probably for that atomic seed device.
DOCTOR: W-well don't you see? They've chosen this spot because the crust of the planet is thin.

(He adds a thin strip beneath the diamond pattern.)

DOCTOR: They're going to fire the rockets through the crust into the magma, the molten core.

(He finishes the diagram by drawing a V-shape down through the crust from the centre hole, and scribbling to indicate the mighty forces of the planetary core.)

ZOE: Then that will almost certainly fracture the crust of the planet.
DOCTOR: Exactly.
ZOE: But that would create a volcano; and if they explode the atomic seed device in the middle of that...
DOCTOR: Yes, that's right Zoe. The whole planet will become one vast molten mass of radioactive material - the fuel store for their fleet!
JAMIE: Well we'll just...have to stop them then.
DOCTOR: Oh Jamie, it's not as simple as that is it? If only I could get hold of that atomic seed device I-I might be able to defuse it.
ZOE: Yes. Then there'd only be a local volcanic eruption on the island.
DOCTOR: Yeah...
ZOE: How can we get to the device?
DOCTOR: Yes, that's the problem.
JAMIE: Doctor, I've just had an idea.
DOCTOR: Shush a minute Jamie, I'm trying to think.
JAMIE: Yes I know that but...
ZOE: Oh Jamie!
CULLY: Will you listen to me?! Now look, there's a dead easy way to get that device thing.
ZOE: Really?
JAMIE: Yes! You said they were going to drop it down the centre hole, the one they're drilling outside here.

(He sounds exasperated.)

JAMIE: Well it's simple isn't it? All we've got to do is dig a tunnel through from here to the borehole and catch the seed device thing on it's way down!

(There is a pause.)

JAMIE: Oh, well it was just an idea...
DOCTOR: But Jamie... It's a brilliant idea! It's so simple only you could have thought of it.

(He grins, then thinks about the words a little more carefully.)

JAMIE: ...Eh?
ZOE: We can get the direction from the periscope, just line it up with the drilling site.
DOCTOR: Yes, there's only one snag though - could we complete the tunnel in time? It'd have to be twelve feet long or more.
JAMIE: Well Cully and I could delay the Dominators' work up there.
ZOE: How?
JAMIE: Oh, we're getting very good at destroying Quarks aren't we?
CULLY: Yes, certainly seems to stop them working.
DOCTOR: Yes, that's true - but you've been lucky so far. If only I could devise some sort of weapon for you... Ah, is anything down here, Cully?
CULLY: No, doubt it. Nothing but survival rations and medical kits.
DOCTOR: Medical kit, ooh. It's surprising what you can do with a few simple chemicals and a little ingenuity. Now come on, we must dig this tunnel!
DOCTOR: Zoe, give us a direction will you?
ZOE: Right. Er, on a line!
DOCTOR: Right! We start there tunnel there. Get that bunk away come on.

(Teel and Cully move the bunk away from the wall.)

JAMIE: That's it Cully, I'll start it off with a knife, now... This line here.

(He begins to chip at the concrete with his dirk, to little effect.)

DOCTOR: I think you'd better let me start it, Jamie.
JAMIE: How are you gonna dig through there with your sonic screwdriver?
DOCTOR: A little more than a screwdriver, just watch this.

(As the others look on, he gives his small pencil-torch sized device a twist and aims it at the wall of the shelter. A harsh beam of light issues from the end and the concrete blisters and disintegrates in a neat line.)

TEEL: He's got the technology to do that?
KANDO: It's burning straight through!
JAMIE: Aye, the Doctor's very good.

(In moments the hole in the wall is almost cut.)


TOBA: Cease drilling.
RAGO: Report progress.
TOBA: Proceeding as planned. Operation will be completed on schedule.
RAGO: Good. All rockets are now in position, no further sign of the aliens?
RAGO: Good. Continue. Inform me when you are ready for the seed device.
TOBA: Command accepted.


(Kando and Teel work digging the sandy tunnel beyond the hole in the concrete wall, Jamie and Cully impatiently watch as the Doctor and Zoe add different amounts of medicines and cleaning chemicals to a beaker.)

JAMIE: Oh we can't wait much longer.
CULLY: What's the Doctor trying to do?
JAMIE: I've no idea.

(He approaches the table where the Doctor is working, as Zoe stirs the beaker of suspicious looking browny-grey powder.)

JAMIE: Look Doctor, I-I don't think we should wait you know!
DOCTOR: Hang on Jamie this is ready. Now if this works you should have a good chance of distracting the Quarks, and maybe even destroying one or two of them. Right come on Zoe let's try it.
ZOE: What, in here?
DOCTOR: Yes, in here. There you are. Just a bit.
ZOE: Alright.

(He offers her a small self-sealing vial into which she tips a small amount of the powder.)

DOCTOR: Whoah-whoah, that'll do. Now then Jamie, all you've got to do is to add one of these little number nine pills to each bottle just before you throw it, like that.

(He drops a small white pill into the vial, seals it and raises a cautionary finger.)

DOCTOR: But whatever you do, and this is important, you must throw it before ten seconds have elapsed, otherwise you're liable to blow up with...
JAMIE: Seven...eight... Doctor!
DOCTOR: What? Whoah!

(He tosses the vial into a far corner of the shelter where it erupts violently into a shower of sparks and a puff of smoke. The Doctor laughs delightedly and hops around waving his arms.)

DOCTOR: It works!
JAMIE: You could have blown us all to kingdom come!
DOCTOR: No-no-no Jamie, that was just a small quantity. But with ten times that amount you should have quite a handy little bomb!

(He grins mischievously around.)


(Jamie and Cully skid to a halt overlooking two giggling Quarks as they drill.)

JAMIE: Two each side.
CULLY: Yes. Where do we start?
JAMIE: Well one of the Quark's as good as another. Come on.

(The duo move back up the incline until they can see the other side. On narrow pass below three Quarks slowly trudge. Lying low on their vantage point, Jamie motions to Cully who pops a pill into the vial, seals and hands it to Jamie who in turn throws it at the path of the metal trio.)

JAMIE: Two...three...four...five...

(With an enormous crump the explosive goes off seconds too early. The centre Quark is knocked backwards by the explosion, teeters on it's legs and collapses wailing it's distress siren.)

JAMIE: Not quite. Quick, another one!

(The Quarks move to examine their fallen sister. Cully hands Jamie another vial which he tosses into the middle of the static target. There is a titanic explosion and all three Quarks are instantly rent to smithereens leaving little more than a few robot parts and smoking metal feet.)

JAMIE: That's it! Quick, round the other side.


(On the wall of the saucer, the illuminated display of the active Quarks begins to wail in a warning siren. One of the Quark symbols begins to flicker. Rago descends the central dais and examines the atomic seed device in it's protective casing. There is a distant sound of an explosion and two more Quark emergency lights begin to wail and flicker. Rago stalks from the saucer with a murderous look.)


(Toba hears the explosions and excitedly leaps into action.)

TOBA: Cease drilling. Quarks, search and des...

(But after a moments thought he scowls.)

TOBA: Wait! Continue working.


(Zoe has been watching Toba through the periscope.)

ZOE: They've started again.
DOCTOR: Oh dear, it's obviously going to take quite a disturbance to stop them drilling. Er, Teel?

(He moves to the hole in the wall.)

DOCTOR: Teel, how far have you got?
TEEL: A little bit further than my own length.
DOCTOR: Teel, come out and take a rest. Zoe, your turn. Come on.
ZOE: I hope Jamie and Cully are alright.

(The sound of an explosion is heard not too far away and the Doctor chuckles.)

DOCTOR: Sounds as though they're having great fun.


(Jamie and Cully run along the top, and round a twisting path that leads a little way down. Staying close to the sharp bank of sand, Jamie throws another vial into three more Quarks as they march below. They burble to themselves, but continue to advance. Another explosion goes off to the left, but they ignore it)


(Rago approaches.)

TOBA: Cease drilling.
RAGO: Two more Quarks have been destroyed.
TOBA: You should have let me destroy the aliens!
RAGO: Silence! We have eight Quarks left, but their power levels are very low. Do your two Quarks have sufficient power to complete the drilling?
TOBA: Quarks check power levels and report.
TOBA: Equalise.

(The two Quarks grip each other by the claws and in a rippling burst they even their power.)

TOBA: They will have enough for drilling.
RAGO: Good. Continue operations.

(Rago stalks off.)


JAMIE: They've started drilling again! Look, we've got to stop them somehow.
CULLY: Now that's going to be tricky.
JAMIE: I know, but the others need more time! Come on.


(Kando and Teel help Zoe as she struggles from the hole in the wall.)

ZOE: Oh...ooh, we must be merely six feet or so from the borehole, I can hear their drill.
DOCTOR: Yes, but they must be nearly finished by now!
TEEL: Right, I'll take another turn.
ZOE: Any sign of Jamie and Cully?
DOCTOR: No, still up there. Unfortunately they're taking a bit...

(There is a far louder sound of an explosive blast, and the whole shelter shakes. Zoe squeals and clutches the Doctor who seems more amused than anything.)

DOCTOR: Whoah-ho-ho!
ZOE: That was close!

(The Doctor grins up at the ceiling as Zoe moves to the periscope.)


(Looking through the periscope Zoe sees the drill has turned over and squashed one of the Quarks which is belching a pall of fresh smoke. The blast also seems to have thrown Toba to the ground.)

ZOE OOV: I think they've attacked the drilling Quark!
KANDO OOV: Has the drilling stopped?
ZOE OOV: I think...yes!


RAGO: Toba!

(Toba scrambles to his feet.)

TOBA: Ah, these primitives again! You see what damage they're doing with their primitive explosives? We must destroy them!
RAGO: Replace the Quark! Continue operation! You will not be interrupted anymore. I will personally destroy these primitives. Quark, follow!

(Rago's Quark bibbles and obeys.)


(Cully and Jamie run along the pass, straight into the path of two Quarks.)

JAMIE: Back!

(They rush back, but run into three capturing them in a pincer movement.)

CULLY: It's no good! Trapped.
JAMIE: Up here. Quarks can't climb - I hope.

(They desperately climb up the bank as Rago joins the three Quarks.)

RAGO: Quarks, destroy.

(Two explosions of force rip past Jamie and Cully as they climb.)

RAGO: Recharge force units. Reason for failure?
RAGO: Keep order. Destroy.

(Cully cries out as he gets hit by the force charge.)

JAMIE: Right Cully, I think we're safe now.
CULLY: Wait! It's my arm, I can't move it, nor my leg. You'd better leave me behind.
JAMIE: Now don't be ridiculous, I'll give you help.
CULLY: Those Quarks will be after us in no time!
JAMIE: Aye. How many of those bombs have you got left?

(Rago stares up at Jamie and Cully in the distance.)

RAGO: Quarks, form a flank movement round this area. Disperse.

(The lead robot chitters as they move to obey.)


(Teel carries off a sheet full of sand and the Doctor emerges from the hole.)

ZOE: Doctor, they've started drilling again! The blast didn't destroy that Quark and Toba's managed to get the drill working again!
DOCTOR: Yes, I know, I can hear it up there. We must be pretty near. Ssh.

(The Doctor looks worried for a moment and the all rush to the ladder as they see the hatch moving open.)

JAMIE: Doctor, help him, he's hurt!

(As they see Jamie's face they give a collective sigh and spring into action.)

DOCTOR: What happened?
JAMIE: He was hit by a Quark, lucky for him its power levels were low.
DOCTOR: My word, lucky indeed! Come along, down you come. That's right Cully. Get over to the bunk, get the table out of the way. Here...there we are, it's all right Cully. Sit down, mind your head. There we are, then.
CULLY: My arm seems to be paralysed.
DOCTOR: Can you move your fingers?

(He manages a feeble movement from his battered arm.)

DOCTOR:'re lucky. I think it's only temporary paralysis.
CULLY: Oh don't worry about me; get on with the tunnel.
DOCTOR: Thanks to you and Jamie it's nearly finished.

(Zoe has been looking through the periscope.)

ZOE: Doctor, I think the Dominators have finished drilling too.
DOCTOR: What?! We've still got a few feet left!

(He rushes over and leaps into the hole.)


RAGO: Have you finished?
TOBA: Yes, just completed.
RAGO: Good! I shall enjoy destroying this planet and its creatures. Get the seed device, we will delay no longer!


(The Doctor, Kando and Teel gaze into the tunnel.)

DOCTOR: Can you see the borehole yet Jamie?
JAMIE: Ceiling keeps caving in.

(Zoe turns the periscope slightly.)

ZOE: They're back! Toba's bringing the seed device.
DOCTOR: Oh dear.
JAMIE: I'm through!


RAGO: You will recall all Quarks from their positions and prepare the craft for take off.
TOBA: Command accepted.
RAGO: I will insert the seed device. Prime the rockets at perimeter boreholes.
TOBA: Command accepted.
RAGO: I would soon see this planet die and it's creatures with it.
TOBA: Shall I report to fleet leader?
RAGO: Inform him the Dominator fleet may approach, and it refuel in orbit.
TOBA: Command accepted. Quark, follow.

(The robot giggles and trails behind.)


(Zoe is still at the periscope, the Doctor has replaced Jamie on the tunnel.)

ZOE: Quickly Doctor, he's taking the device out of it's case now. Oh Jamie, he'll be too late! He's putting it in now.

(She watches Rago pause for a moment, then drop the seed device into the hole.)

ZOE: It's gone!

(Zoe rushes to join to the others assembled around the hole.)

DOCTOR OOV: Oh...ooh!
JAMIE: Doctor, have you caught it?
ZOE: Oh Doctor!
TEEL: Great tunnelling Doctor!
JAMIE: Quick, out. Well?

(The Doctor scrambles out of the hole. Moments later he withdraws the primed thermonuclear device from within his jacket as if it were nothing more than a football. There is the sound of sighs and relived laughter as the silvery egg in his hands continues to hum ominously.)

KANDO: Oh thank goodness!

(She moves over to happily link arms with Teel.)

TEEL: We're saved then!
DOCTOR: Now that's just it. I've still got to defuse it before they explode it. Oh. Oho-ho my word!

(He turns the device over in his hands.)

ZOE: What?
DOCTOR: Well it's sealed, it's completely sealed! I can't possibly undo it!
JAMIE: You mean all that was for nothing? W-we're still gonna get blown up?!
DOCTOR: Yes I'm afraid so, unless I can think of some way of getting it off the planet without a...
JAMIE: H-h-have you thought of something?
DOCTOR: Well there is a way of getting it off the planet without it doing any harm to any of us at all...

(He looks thoughtful.)

ZOE: Well how?
DOCTOR: Ha! But it's not going to be easy...
JAMIE: W-what're you gonna do?
DOCTOR: Now just leave it to me Jamie, mm? You and Zoe go back to the TARDIS. Teel take Kando and Cully and get them to the capsule and go to the Capitol. Tell them that there'll be a minor volcanic eruption, but with any luck nothing more violent.
JAMIE: But what're you going to..?
DOCTOR: Now-now-now there isn't time Jamie! Now come along!

(They all rush towards the ladder.)


RAGO: Is all prepared?
TOBA: Yes, just two more Quarks to arrive.
RAGO: Start take off procedure.
TOBA: Command accepted!

(They move through the open doorway.)


(The Doctor runs flat out across the island, once or twice almost dropping the deadly seed device.)


(As the last Quark is embarking the Doctor sneakily nips in behind it, unseen. Silently, he places the seed device down with great care on the floor of the ship, just inside the inner door. As he pauses to admire his handiwork he almost gets caught on board as the external doors close, but manages to struggle through.)


(Rago and Toba are at the consoles of their ship, too engrossed in their tasks to notice anything else.)

TOBA: All Quarks now accounted for.
RAGO: Power level?
TOBA: Capacity for lift off.
RAGO: Electromagnetic field, contact!
TOBA: All systems functioning.
RAGO: Proceed with lift off!


(Glinting dully in the afternoon sun, the silvery saucer lifts off from the planets surface in a blast of dust, the spindly legs retracting as it soars high into the air.)


(Jamie and Zoe are nervously standing by the doorway waiting for the end of the island.)

ZOE: Oh where is he?
JAMIE: The Dominator's ship, it's away!
ZOE: Oh!
JAMIE: Oh where's the Doctor?

(The Doctor cannons into them from behind, skidding to a halt and panting heavily from running all the way to and from the Dominators' ship.)

ZOE: Doctor!
JAMIE: Hey, where's the bomb thing?
ZOE: Oh, did you get rid of it?
JAMIE: Oh where is it?
DOCTOR: Y'askmanyquestionz...there's no time.
JAMIE: What?

(Long whistle like a steam train as jets of gas fire from the perimeter boreholes.)

ZOE: What's that?
DOCTOR: It's the rockets in the other perimeter holes. Come along we'd better get inside the TARDIS there's going to be an almight...Whoah-ohhh!
ZOE: Umph!

(A sudden earthquake knocks them all to the ground.)


(As the ship banks slightly to escape the atmosphere Rago observes the seed device roll across the floor with rising horror.)

RAGO: Toba! Stop the countdown.
TOBA: Impossible, countdown has already started!


(Having just escaped the atmosphere of Dulkis, the Dominator saucer explodes harmlessly in a radioactive flash of smoke and flame.)


JAMIE: Doctor come on will ye, the whole place is gonna blow up!
DOCTOR: Oh it's quite alright Jamie, the planet is quite safe, there's only going to be a localised eruption - it'll only affect the island.

(He beams idly on.)

JAMIE: Maybe so, but we happen to be on the island!
DOCTOR: Oh my word! Oh-oh!

(They both rush for the door of the TARDIS as creamy rivers of molten rock gush and bubble their way hungrily towards them...)

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The Doctor
Patrick Troughton

Ronald Allen

Kenneth Ives

Frazer Hines

John Hicks
Gary Smith
Freddie Wilson

Quark Voices
Sheila Grant

Johnson Bayly

Arthur Cox

Giles Block

Felicity Gibson

Wendy Padbury

Walter Fitzgerald

Council Members
John Cross
Ronald Mansell

Alan Gerrard

Title music by
Ron Grainer and the
BBC Radiophonic

Script Editor
Derrick Sherwyn

Barry Newberry

Peter Bryant

Morris Barry

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