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___D_O_C_T_O_R___ _ _ __ / \\ ^ /|_|/ \ / \\/ \/ | |\_// \__________/ The Trial of a Time Lord by Philip Martin Part Five The space station approaches. . . more passive now . . . active but in a controlled manner. . . for a trial goes on within. . . The Valeyard stands before the Court and tells all that they have just finished witnessing a typical, glorious escapade of the Doctor's. The Doctor jumps to his feet and angrily demands, "Madam, I ask that the Court protect me from the abuse of the Brickyard here!" "How pathetic and juvenile are your attempts at humor," sneers the Valeyard. The Inquisitor interrupts and tells the "gentlemen" that this is a Court of Law, and not "a debating society for maladjusted psychotic sociopaths." She tells them they will _both_ conduct themselves in an orderly manner and show proper respect for the judicial procedure. She fires a rebuking look at the Doctor and makes certain that he knows that the prosecuting counsel's title is the Valeyard, "not the Brickyard, Backyard, Knacker's Yard, or any other kind of yard. Again, do I make myself clear?" "Piercingly and irrefutably so, madam," apologizes the Doctor. The Inquisitor tells the Valeyard to proceed, and the Doctor takes his seat. The Valeyard begins again by telling the Court that they "have just witnessed a sequence in the Doctor's history that illustrated perfectly his almost gleeful pleasure in interfering in the development of alien life forms." The Doctor shouts, "I object!" and rises from his chair yet again. "Sit down and shut up!" orders the Inquisitor. The Doctor looks at the Inquisitor with his mouth open and sinks into his seat in shock. "Thank you, Sagacity," smiles the Valeyard. The Doctor looks at the Valeyard in disbelief. "Sagacity?" he repeats as though unable to believe his ears. "You sycophant! Since when has that been a form of address in a Gallifreyan Court of Law?" The Valeyard insists he is merely showing respect to their learned Inqusitor. The Inquisitor looks up from her notebook in which she is writing and tells the Doctor that this is an attitude she much approves of. "Well, you would, wouldn't you?" mutters the Doctor. "Sagacity, indeed!" "Doctor!" warns the Inquisitor. The Doctor mutters something resembling an affirmation and shifts in his chair. The Inquisitor instructs the Valeyard to continue. The Valeyard decides to not give the Doctor another chance to interrupt his introduction and moves straight to introducing the next evidence. He says he is about to present the Doctor's next frightening adventure, which is in fact the one in which he was engaged when removed from Time and brought before the Court. The Doctor has raised his hand. The Inquisitor notices and asks what he wants to say. Now called on, the Doctor asks about the box and the fact that Earth was two light years off course. The Valeyard tells him, somewhat tersely, that these are things not relevant to this segment of evidence. The Doctor retorts, "It was relevant enough to be bleeped from the Matrix record!" The Inquisitor, somewhat tiredly, says that the Valeyard is quite right and that these are matters for the High Council to adjudicate upon and beyond the purvue of this Trial. The Doctor looks like a child who has been denied a piece of candy, but says nothing. The Valeyard is somewhat surprises to find he's got the floor back, and he continues. "As we may see from the Doctor's arrival on the planet Thoros Beta." The Valeyard reaches for the control pad by his seat and operates it. The Matrix screenactivates, with the new picture appearing in the usual manner of small, growing squares. It shows the large form of a pink terrestrial-type planet in the foreground, with what appears to be a Jovian-like, ringed companion nearby in the background. "Twenty-fourth century," continues the Valeyard, "Last quarter, fourth year, seventh month, third day. . . " -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Prosecution Interface Two "Mindwarp" Thoros Beta is a very colorful world. Most of the planet seems to glow with an eerie flourescence. Electric blue rocks form the "countryside." Its ringed twin can be seen through the daylight of the green-colored sky, whose horizon appears deep red. It appears to be either rising or setting. The sea is an iridiscent pink, but its waves behave otherwise like a usual Earth sea. One beach in particular leads down from aggressively glowing blue cliffs. On the little sand there is on this beach, at the boundary between the shore and the ocean, the solid blue form of a British police telephone box materializes with its customary groans in the fabric of reality. The TARDIS has perched itself on a somewhat solid chunk of sand/rock that seems to be part of a bar jutting out slightly into the sea. The door opens, and Peri and the Doctor look out from inside. Peri looks around at the bizarre landscape around her and declares it to be "Far Out," which may be an understatement. She then turns and asks the Doctor is he's certain this is the planet he aimed for. The Doctor looks around and tells her that it is. He asks if Peri fancies a swim. Peri looks at the pink color, calles it "goo," and tells the Doctor, "no thanks." The Doctor thinks its a pretty color. Peri says its an amazing one for a sea. She then looks at the ringed planet visible on the horizon and asks if it is this planet's moon. The Doctor answers that it is not, but rather its twin planet, Thoros Alpha. He begins to move out the door, and he tells Peri to come along. Peri turns back for the interior of the TARDIS, telling the Doctor she's going to "fetch her galoshes." The Doctor disparages her, saying she's making a lot of fuss over a little water. Peri says she's not worried about the water so much as its color. The Doctor asks if she thinks it will clash with what she's wearing. Peri smiles and tells him she's more worried about clashing with whatever lived in it. The Doctor steps out of the TARDIS and into knee-deep water, telling Peri she won't come to any harm. Peri somewhat nervously follows him, closing the TARDIS door behind her. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The Doctor waves at the screen as he rises and asks the Valeyard if he is _really_ offering this "inconsequential silliness" as evidence. The Inquisitor agrees, saying she thinks the Doctor has a point and asking if they could join this segment at a more relevant place. The Valeyard stands a little and apologizes to the Inquisitor for wasting the Court's time. The Doctor looks a little surprised, then smiles as he realizes he's scored a small point, and sits. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Prosecution Interface Two "Mindwarp" Continued The Doctor and Peri carefully walk across the stony purple shale on the beach. Peri tells the Doctor she can't get over how weird this place is. The Doctor mutters a little, saying he supposes it is. Peri goes on to say she thinks its difficult to believe there's any industry on this planet. The Doctor takes a small plastic device that Peri has been carrying from her hand and looks it over, telling Peri that this device _was_ manufactured on this planet somewhere. He looks over the hand-sized device's controls and tells Peri it appears to be multi-functional, with varying fields of energy projection, which means its quite advanced. He presses one important-looking button in particular, and the white clear end of the reddish device begins glowing with an orange light, and an electronic whine sounds. Ahead of them some distance, a large stone crumbles as though under its own weight, and appears to melt of its own accord, except that it is plain that the Doctor has the device pointed at it. Peri gives a worried cry of "Doctor," and the Doctor looks a little worried as well as he realizes aloud that it seems the device can liquefy as well as stun. Peri asks again if the Doctor thinks the device was made here, and the Doctor tells Peri that he's sure because a dying War Lord of Thordon would not use his dying words to lie to them. "Remember what he said. Thoros Beta. Send more beams that kill." Peri reminds him that beams that kill weren't the only things on that dirty old War Lord's mind. She follows the Doctor as he walks down the beach a little towards the shore. The Doctor wonders aloud how a bunch of skullthackers like the Thordonians got hold of such a device as he has in his hand. Peri asks if it really matters how they blow each other to bits. The Doctor stops suddenly, aghast, and tells Peri that it does matter. If an advanced culture is manipulating the destinies of a less developed civilization then its got to be stopped. "By us?" asks Peri. "Who else is there?" answers the Doctor as though the question need never have been asked. They continue walking down the beach. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- "'Who else is there'," repeats the Valeyard, stopping the edence and addressing the Doctor, "Your very words condemn you, Doctor. They show your arrogance." "Sorry?" asks the Doctor, perplexed by what the Valeyard is getting at. "You feel only you have the right to meddle," explains the Valeyard. "Anyone else with that ambition, according to you, should be stopped." The Doctor tells him that he'll soon discover that he made the right decision. The Valeyard smiles tightly and turns back to the Matrix screen. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Prosecution Interface Two "Mindwarp" Continued The tide seems to have gone out, leaving water-stained rocks behind that appear a blackish grey instead of the blue of the dry rocks. Peri remarks that she's never seen a tide go out so quickly. She points at Thoros Alpha and asks the Doctor if he thinks its something to do with that. He answers that he doesn't think so. His theory is that there is some mechanical tide control. He looks up at the cliffside and sees a large entrance to a dark cavern. He climbs up, with Peri following, and stops at the entrance. The green and red horizon shines brightly behind him as he tells Peri he wouldn't be at all surprised if such a tide control were housed inside this cave. Peri joins him and looks inside. She asks why they should want to control the tide. The Doctor begins to answer, then stops as he realizes he doesn't know, and asks Peri, "Why not?" He then waves her on and sets off down the tunnel. The inside is very dark, until they come to a point where there seems to be a light source (possibly a skylight) lighting the tunnel from above. The Doctor stops to look at it, at which point Peri asks if he thinks this is wise. He tells her that if he ever stopped to question the wisdom of his actions, he would never have left Gallifrey. Peri says she wishes sometimes that he hadn't. He is a little offended by this until he sees the smile on her face. Peri looks ahead down the tunnel and asks the Doctor to look at what she's seeing, which appears to be two large refrigerator-like pieces of equipment standing side by side in a chamber ahead. She begins to walk towards them, when suddenly something grabs her around the neck. She manages to scream once before her air is choked off by a very slimy looking green arm that seems to lead up to a large, bulbous, golden head armed with very long teeth. The Doctor rushes over and successfully pulls the arm off of Peri, and she gets out of the way. The arm now reaches for the Doctor and grabs him around the neck. The Doctor struggles to get it off him, and he does so, but he is still in its grasp. He pushes and wrestles with it a little. He pulls up an arm and tries to push the reptilian arm away from him. In the process, the creature's arm grabs his. He pushes against it, and in so doing, presses the button on the energy weapon still in his hand. It fires, and the creature seems to belch in pain. It releases the Doctor and crumples to the floor. The Doctor rubs several bruises and his neck and catches his breath, looking at the creature a little sadly. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- "Another death, Doctor," accuses the Valeyard. The Doctor insists that the CD phaser discharged accidentally, and he invites the Court to rerun the struggle to see for themselves. The Valeyard says there is no need, as there are clearer examples of his guilt to come. The Doctor looks a little worriedly across the room at the Valeyard. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Prosecution Interface Two "Mindwarp" Continued Peri and the Doctor look over the dead body of the massive creature that attacked them. Peri asks why it attacked them, and the Doctor tells her he doesn't know. He looks down the tunnel into the chamber Peri saw earlier and wonders if its something to do with the machines in there. He walks down a short ramp into the chamber while an alarm klaxon begins to sound. Peri follows. The Doctor looks around the medium-sized chamber a little, notes the ankle-deep mist covering the floor, and approaches the free-standing units in the center. Peri nervously follows, trying to get the Doctor to notice the klaxons and to get him to start moving out of here as its bound to attract someone's attention. The Doctor only half hears her, and is more engrossed in the machinery they've discovered. He opens the doors on the device on the ramp and looks inside in admiration at a very sophisticated device that he says is used for extracting energy from the sea, as he suspected. He adds a comment to Peri that her planet had the technology to do something of the same long before its fossil fuels ran out but that they didn't bother. He tells Peri this is, however, only an auxiliary console and says the main control must be somewhere else. He looks around as though looking for a lead to the location of that place, when he and Peri both notice the klaxon's sudden silence. "Oh dear," says Peri. "Yes," adds the Doctor. "Oh dear." They start up the ramp and back for the tunnel quickly, but stop when a purple-uniformed man appears and bars their way. Behind him, two men in clothes resembling Roman arena fighting outfits with the addition of medieval helmets join him. All three appear to be humans of African descent. The more obvious "warrior" men are extremely well-muscled. "Murderers!" accuses the uniformed leader. Peri blurts out that the thing back there attacked them. "The Raak was not programmed to attack," returns the officer. "You must have threatened him." He turns to the men behind him and tells them to fetch a stretcher. They leave to obey. The Doctor puts on an air of childish innocence and maintains that all they did was land here. The leader asks where their submersible is. The Doctor answers that its further along the shore, looking to Peri for confirmation. Peri smiles at the man. "You are part of Crozier's new group?" asks the officer, an idea seeming to come to him. The Doctor improvises some replies to the affirmative. The officer tells them there will have to be an inquiry about the death of the creature. The Doctor promises that he and Peri will help in any way possible. The leader adopts an air of patriotism, telling them how much the Raak was proud of its "upgrading," and how happy it was to be in service to "the Mentors." The Doctor says he is sure he was, and its a pity that he lost his head and decided to attack them. Peri adds her own weight, assuring the officer again that it was an accident. The guards have returned with the stretcher, and the officer instructs them to take the Raak to the dissection lab, as there might have been a regression which will need to be investigated. He turns to the Doctor and Peri and tells them they will come with them to Crozier's laboratory, and that once he has verified their identities, they will be released. The Doctor nods understanding and tells him he knows how important security is. The officer says he is glad the Doctor agrees, and then places his hand gently on the CD phaser that the Doctor still holds in his hand. "If you don't mind?" he asks, taking the phaser from the Doctor. The Doctor consents gladly, telling the officer that you can't be too careful. The Doctor leads the way back down the passage, with Peri and the officer following behind. A very complex web of machinery and equipment hangs from a white-painted, domed ceiling. Most of the machinery is a solid black column with consoles arrayed across its surface. Numerous leads and fiber optic cables wind their way around the device and down its length to where it connects with a small number of stretchers on the floor of what is obviously a medical laboratory of some kind. Two people are at work in this lab on one patient who appears to be a captive on the stretcher he occupies. He is strapped down and a large, silver helmet is fixed to his head. Both people wear white lab clothing. One is a medium-sized woman in her mid-thirties of African descent. The other is a blonde man right around the age of thirty. He carries himself with an air of arrogant intelligence like someone who got every scholarship he ever asked for in college and felt it wasn't enough for someone of his brains. Their prisoner is a very large, (in all dimensions) dark-bearded white man wearing white and black clothing that seems to have some stature. The blonde man leans over the face of the "patient" and says, "Let us pacify the brain of this _barbarian_." The woman, who appears to be his assistant, operates some controls on the device hanging from the ceiling. The man does the same on the other side of the machine. An electronic whine sounds from the machine and the man's face twists with pain. His left leg shoots up in the air. The scientists cut the power, and his leg drops on top of his right one. A confused-looking short person in floppy clothing watches as the party of the Doctor, Peri, the officer, and the two guards bringing the dead Raak on the stretcher pass by. The officer leads the way, and stops at the end of the passage, telling everyone they have to wair as Crozier cannot currenly be disturbed. Peri says this is a pity, and the Doctor tells the officer he can't wait to see good old Crozier. This arouses the officer's suspicion. "Old?" he asks. "He is young for a man of science. Perhaps you should describe Crozier for me." "Crozier?" asks the Doctor. "Well, young-_ish_. . . " The Doctor trails off and turns to look at the partially blanketed body of the Raak. He asks if they should attend to the Raak first. The officer asks why they should, as the Raak is dead. The Doctor says he thinks it just winked at Peri. "Cheek," says Peri. "No accounting for alien taste," comments the Doctor. He walks around the end of the wheeled stretcher to better examine the Raak, and tells the officer again that it might not necessarily be dead. He asks to examine the Raak, saying he is a doctor. "Like Crozier?" asks the officer. "Yes," smiles the Doctor. "Just like _young_ Crozier." He looks at Peri and calls her "nurse," and asks her to prepare to apply the "skedaddle" test. He turns briefly to look down the tunnel which is just behind him. Peri looks nervous and asks the Doctor is he thinks this is wise. He tells her to come around the stretcher, as he thinks the alternative could be much worse. Peri joins the Doctor at his right. He asks her if she's ready to apply the test, calling her "sister." "More than ready, Doctor," answers Peri. "On the count of three then," says the Doctor. "Onetwothree!" he shouts and then quickly upends the stretcher, turns, and runs down the tunnel with Peri in tow. The guards are caught a little off-guard and have to get over the stretcher before they can pursue. They draw their own CD phasers and are about to pursue when the officer tells them to let them go, as there's nothing down where the Doctor and Peri have gone, nothing that is except for something called "the Lukoser." "We'll wait here for a minute," orders the officer, "and then pick up their bodies." The Doctor and Peri stop running as Peri's foot bumps into a large, long, stained-white piece of something on the ground. She bends over and asks what it is. The Doctor takes it an examines it and tells her its bone, from an animal he doesn't recognize that's been snapped off. He spots sharp, jagged edges on it as well. Peri asks him if they can get back to the TARDIS. Before he can answer, they hear a wolf-like howl echo from further down the tunnel. Peri and the Doctor ask each other what it was, and edge around the corner ahed of them to enter the tunnel from where the sound came. On the ground ahead of them is a man whose face they cannot see. He is huddled up in a ball. As Peri notes as she bends to look at him, the man is chained. Suddenly the man leaps up and swings ferocious-looking claws at her and slobbers over jagged teeth. His face and body seem half-changed into something other than human. He is covered with fur wherever his once- white clothes do not cover, and his mouth and nose are unnaturally jutted out. Peri screams. The Doctor grabs the creature by the neck and shoulder to give Peri and then himself time to get away and beyond the reach of the creature's leash. Peri asks the Doctor is he's OK, and he says he is now. He looks over the bone in his hand and tells Peri this explains how the tooth marks came to be on the bone itself. Peri asks what the thing is. "Looks like a man, acts like a wolf," answers the Doctor. "Lycanthropy?" Peri asks how that could be, doesn't get an answer, and then turns to examine the creature again. She stays on the edge of his leash range and tries to calm him down. "Good boy," she says. She tries again to calm him down. "Nice dog," she says. She corrects herself. "Nice man," she says. "Can you help us? We were wondering if. . . " The creature leaps up suddenly again and Peri backs away. The Doctor warns her to be careful. Suddenly the wolfman starts to whimper, and words from in his deformed mouth. At first they can't be understood, and then it can be clearly heard to be "Help me." The Doctor and Peri are surprised and kneel beside the man. Peri tells the Doctor she thinks the wolfman is crying. The Doctor begins to reach forward to touch the man when suddenly a phaser shot rings out. The Doctor looks back the way he came and throws the bone. The wolfman leaps after the bone, holding off the guards that fired the shot. Peri and the Doctor run off down a side tunnel. The Doctor and Peri stop only a short distance down the new tunnel. The Doctor notes that the guards aren't following yet. Peri insists that they do back as the wolfman asked for help. The Doctor shakes his head and tells her they shouldn't yet. Peri reviews the situation, asking the Doctor again what's going on, as they've found a sea monster that was upgraded to operate machinery, and a wolfman who begged for help. The Doctor tells her they should find out. They hear another howl from the wolfman back down the corridor they came. Peri begins to go after the sound, until the Doctor stops her and tells her they still can't help him yet, as he has the feeling there are more important considerations. They hear another painful-sounding howl, and Peri asks the Doctor who it is that could keep a creature in such torment. "Who indeed," muses the Doctor. He looks behind himself suddenly, alerted by something, and he tells Peri that there's someone coming. He takes her with him to hide around a dark corner in the tunnel. From their hiding place, the Doctor and Peri watch as a long procession passes by. First there is a guard who looks very much like the guards they had seen earlier. Following him is an alien bipedal creature with a red colored reptillian head and flowing robes. It is followed by two guards who are carrying between them (one in front, one behind) a short, reptillian creature with green skin, fins, and a tail instead of legs, but a human type of face. This bunch is followed by another such creature sitting on top of a large, bubbling water tank which is being pushed by two of the guards. Lastly is a third such little green creature, this one smaller than the other two, and with a gurgling laugh that sounds very familiar. . . Once the party is out of sight, the Doctor and Peri look out from their hiding place. Peri asks, "Did you?" "I did," answers the Doctor. "Well, that explains the CD phaser sales to Thordon. Sil'd sell anything from bows and arrows to planet disintegrators." Peri asks what Sil is doing here, and the others like him. "They live here," answers the Doctor, surprised Peri didn't know the answer already. "Thoros Beta is Sil's home planet. Didn't you know?" "Only because you didn't tell me, Doctor," accuses Peri angrily. "Didn't I?" asks the Doctor innocently. She reminds the Doctor that he knows she would never want to come within light years of that creep again, as the last time they met he tried to turn her into a bird woman. The Doctor mentions he can never forget as it cost him a fortune in bird seed. Peri stamps her foot and says she wants out, adding "I mean it" to emphasize the point. The Doctor ignores her, points down the corridor, and tells her they mustn't lose track of her old friend Sil. Peri looks after him and then follows. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The Valeyard stops the evidence on the screen. The members of the Court turn to watch him as he asks the Doctor is he relishes danger. "Not particularly," answers the Doctor. "Yet you seem to court it so obviously," remarks the Valeyard. The Doctor reminds the Valeyard that even a nervous Time Lord must appear to act with confidence at all times. "At the risk of his companion's life?" asks the Valeyard. "And his own sometimes," answers the Doctor. The Valeyard says that already the "unfortunate Peri has survived the struggle with the Raak. Escaped from the guards. And who, Doctor, was sent to examine the wolfman?" The Doctor asks "Wha?" "Who went into danger first?" demands the Valeyard. "Well, she just happened to be the nearest!" admits the Doctor. "Your assistant!" exclaims the Valeyard. "As usual. Sagacity, I have calculated on a random Matrix sample that the Doctor's companions have been placed in danger *twice* as often as the Doctor." "Well there have been many companions," explains the Doctor. "But only one me!" The Inquisitor asks the Valeyard what the point he is trying to make is. "That you remember such information when judgement is considered in taking the Doctor's life and all future regenerations," answers the Valeyard. The Inquisitor says that this is noted. The Doctor gets to his feet and objects as he had been doing earlier, declaring it the most preposterous travesty of a trial since the so-called Witches of . . . The Inquisitor interrupts and warns the Doctor again with a note of finality in her voice about his behavior. She tells the Valeyard to proceed. Two mountain-like peaks of translucent green crystal dominate and decorate the center of a very dark room. Mounted on the wall are two screens showing artistic pictures that renew themselves periodically. On the left side of the crystal sits Sil, happily eating some green colored slimy bits of something. To the right and consulting a tray of instruments sits another reptilian-like creature, slightly larger than Sil and by the sound of his voice, older. The senior creature asks Sil if he _must_ bring his lunch in here. Sil's sing-song wrigglesome voice tells his boss that he doesn't wish to miss one moment of his infinite capacity to generate profit for Thoros Beta. He calls him "magnificence" as well, and then holds up his tray of little green things. He asks if the Magnificence would like a "marsh minnow." The other creature ignores the question and instead turns to business at hand. He consults his instruments and tells Sil that this Thordon world is what they're discussing. He tells Sil that the Krontep warriors had succeeded in subduing their enemy empire, and as a result they must negotiate with the Krontep king for the usual contracts, development loans, and limited scientific advance. He asks Sil what the position is regarding King Yrcanos. Sil tells him that he is still being happily persuaded by Crozier to co-operate. The scientist and his assistant stand in a corner of the lab and examine a bare brain with a large magnifying lens. Suddenly their prisoner on the stretcher starts screaming threatening words one at a time like, "Blood!" and "Death!" and "Terror!" His last word is almost unpronounceable. The two cross to the central equipment again and operate controls. The blonde man orders that the PULD pulse be increased immediately. The man on the stretcher stops speaking, but resistance is still all over his face as he struggles against the impulses being sent into his head by the helmet he wears. The woman asks why the pulsification is not working, and the man assures her it will once he adds a few more mills of power. He does so, and the noise from the machine takes on a higher pitch. The "patient" cries in agony and then falls unconscious. The scientist walks around the stretcher and looks into the man's face. He tells his assistant that "Yrcanos" is a barbarian king who knows only how to fight. He is therefore fighting their attempts to give him peace and tranquility. Yrcanos wakes up suddenly and calls Crozier, "Scum." "The more stupid the subject, the longer it takes," adds Crozier. He returns with the woman to the brain they were studying. He calls her "Matrona," and tells her she was correct when she noticed earlier that the ganglions had not recovered from the leisons. Matrona asks him a question about the brain, but before he can answer, they are interrupted when the very large safe-like door to the chamber across the room opens with a sound like an air seal being opened. Crozier is instantly angry to see the purple-uniformed officer and two guards entering, telling them they are "forbidden," until suddenly he sees the dead body of the Raak being wheeled in. Crozier asks the officer what happened and if it was an accident. "No sir," answers the officer, "Murder." Crozier looks concerned and begins to examine the dead body of the Raak. The senior reptile in the "office" chamber reads from his instruments something to the effect that there will be a lease to the Thordonians in the event of a major discovery at a royalty rate of forty percent. He tells Sil this will keep him in marsh minnows for a while. Sil says this is lovely. The Doctor and Peri look down a tunnel at the other side of the door to the lab. The door opens, and they take cover. The two guards leave the lab carrying the dead Raak on a stretcher. The Doctor and Peri approach the lab door once the guards are clear, then turn and hide again as it again opens. They watch from hiding as Crozier, Matrona, and the officer leave the lab. The Doctor and Peri finally make it to the door on this trip, and the Doctor notes that they weren't hanging about. Peri adds that they didn't look very pleased. "Perhaps they had some bad news," muses the Doctor. He turns curiously to the door and pushes it open. The senior reptile swings his instrument deck on a hinge and leaves it by the wall on his right. He asks Sil what is next on the agenda. Sil picks up a small remote control and presses it. The screens above them switch to show a list of alien text. Suddenly Sil's senior cries out in pain and grasps his head. "Oh! My head!" Sil tells his boss that the pain will soon pass. The senior reptile tells Sil in no uncertain terms that the pressure gets worse each time this happens, and that something must be done, or soon Sil will be called Magnificence. "Long may that day be postponed, Great Kiv," enthuses Sil. A door of the same type as the lab's is opened behind them and Crozier, Matrona, and the officer of the guards enter. Sil rebukes them immediately, saying they are not allowed in the Sacred Commerce Room when pact is in progress. Crozier tells Sil there is trouble concerning his hopes of saving Kiv. Sil demands that Crozier show some more respect to the Magnificence. Kiv asks what has happened. Crozier explains that the Raak is dead, killed by intruders. The officer adds that they claimed the Raak attacked them. Sil thinks they should simply manufacture another Raak. Crozier says that that's not easily done, and nor is it the point of his concern. Matrona adds that the Raak was not aggressive. Sil asks what the point is, only he only says, "So?" Crozier walks closer to Kiv and sits down in front of him to explain face to face. He tells Kiv that if the Raak did attack unprovoked, then he might have reverted genetically, and until he can question the strangers to make sure, he cannot guarantee the success of the "transference" he hopes to give Kiv. "You must relieve my suffering!" cries Kiv in pain. Matrona comes to his side and begins spraying water with over his body, telling him that they have hopes the radical treatment will succeed this time. Sil tells them what's at stake. "So much depends on the life of Lord Kiv! The making of mega-wealth! The funding for _your_ work!" Crozier insists he must know that success will be certain. "You said that last time," accuses Kiv. Sil asks where these strangers are, and the guard officer tells him that they've escaped, but that he has every bearer and guard searching after them. Kiv tells Crozier that he hopes this isn't an excuse to delay, and adds that if the experiment on his person is unsuccessful, Crozier will die. Crozier says he accepts that. He then gets up and leaves, with Matrona and the officer following. Kiv tells Sil to take charge. "I'll be as dead as that Raak if I wait for them to find the intruders." He hurries Sil up. "At once, before I perish! Then where will you be, eh? Dead! No, worse than that! Poor!" Sil looks down as though this scares him, and Kiv starts to cry in pain about his head again. The Doctor picks up a plastic cylinder containing a preserved alien creature. Peri looks through the magnifying glass at the bare brain and makes a disgusted-sounding noise. Yracnos grunts from his stretcher near them. They both turn and examine him. Peri says the man's alive, but the Doctor says that isn't necessarily true. He follows the connections from the King's helmet up to the main unit hanging from the ceiling and examines the device with interest. Peri asks what the thing is, and the Doctor begins to tell her that brain impulses go in one place, and then suddenly realizes the purpose of the machine, but without telling Peri what that is, he comes to a quick decision and says, "Well, we can't have that!" He starts pulling wires and connections out of their sockets as fast as he can, leaving the cables wherever they fall. Suddenly the door opens, and two bearers enter, carrying a royal-style couch between them, seated on which is the giggling form of Sil. Peri tells the Doctor to look, and he does, stopping his disassembly as he does so. He smiles, takes Peri by the shoulder, and tells Sil its really nice to see a familiar face. Sil recognizes them both, calling Peri the Doctor's "revoltingly ugly assistant." He adds that age has not improved the Doctor since Varos. Peri says that coming from Sil, this is a compliment. Crozier, Matrona, and some other guards all enter the lab as the Doctor asks Sil what they can do for him. Sil asks why the Doctor had to kill their most promising experiment. The Doctor doesn't know what he means, until Crozier tells him they mean the Raak. The Doctor tells him it attacked them. Crozier says that he doubts that very much. "Doctor," trills Sil, "We have the means to instill cooperation, and the technology to alter how brains think. Would you like to try the helmet on for size?" The Doctor begins to leave, saying he wouldn't just now. Sil waves his hand to the nearest guards, and they seize the Doctor. He tells the Doctor he insists, adding that their warrior king has probably completed his advancement cycle, and that the Doctor must replace him, "so we may coax the truth from your devious brain!" The guards force the Doctor to a stretcher, while he protests that he is sufficiently advanced already. He is forced down. "Silence, or you will be obliterated!" orders Sil. The guards take the stretcher's straps and use them to fasten the Doctor down. "Now," asks Sil, "the Raak didn't attack you, did he Doctor?" "Yes, it did!" insists the Doctor. Sil asks Crozier if he can use the helmet to extract the truth of what happened. Crozier replied that he's never tried, and that it could be fatal if it were used as a means of interrogation. He doesn't sound very concerned one way or the other about that, however. "The Doctor won't mind donating his sanity to the advancement of science," smiles Sil. "Will you Doctor?" he asks gleefully. Crozier switches on the power to the helmet now strapped to the Doctor's curly-locked head. The machine whines, and the Doctor's face contorts in pain. He writhes violently against the straps. Sil laughs hysterically . . . The Doctor COLIN BAKER Peri NICOLA BRYANT The Valeyard MICHAEL JAYSTON The Inquisitor LYNDA BELLINGHAM King Yrcanos BRIAN BLESSED Sil Kiv NABIL SHABAN CHRISTOPHER RYAN Crozier Matrona Kani PATRICK RYECART ALIBE PARSONS Frax The Lukoser TREVOR LAIRD THOMAS BRANCH Incidental Music Special Sound RICHARD HARTLEY DICK MILLS Production Manager Production Associate Production Assistant KEVAN VAN THOMPSON ANGELA SMITH KAREN JONES Assistant Floor Manager O.B. Lighting O.B. Sound ANNA PRICE COLIN WIDGERY MIKE JOHNSTONE Visual Effects Designer Video Effects Technical Co-ordinator PETER WRAGG DANNY POPKIN ALAN ARBUTHNOTT Studio Camera Supervisor Videotape Editor ALEC WHEAL STEPHEN NEWNHAM Studio Lighting Studio Sound DON BABBAGE BRIAN CLARK Costume Designer Make-Up Designer JOHN HEARNE DORKA NIERADZIK Script Editor ERIC SAWARD Desinger ANDREW HOWE-DAVIES Producer JOHN NATHAN-TURNER Director RON JONES (C) BBC MCMLXXXVI First transmitted on 4 October, 1986. This synopsis by Steven K. Manfred Synopsis copyright July 18, 1994. Permission is given to all to copy this synopsis as long as it is not for reasons of profit.
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