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___D_O_C_T_O_R___ _ _ __ / \\ ^ /|_|/ \ / \\/ \/ | |\_// \__________/ The Trial of a Time Lord by Pip and Jane Baker Part Nine The Doctor enters the courtroom silently and with a look of sadness on his face. He enters his docket and sits down while the Chancellery guards close the main doors. The Inquisitor sympathetically tells him that they are all aware of the distress Peri's death has caused him, and she asks if the recess they've just taken has given him time to overcome the stress. The Doctor looks up and quietly tells her he doesn't believe there will ever be sufficient time for that. The Valeyard cynically gets to his feet and declares this sorrow of the Doctor's to be a charade, which he bases on the "cavalier" manner in which the Doctor allowed his young companion to be destroyed. The Inquisitor snaps at him that the Doctor is fighting for his life, but then acknowledges that the Valeyard does have a point. She turns to the Doctor and asks him if he is ready to present his evidence in his defence. The Doctor seems to only half-hear her, still thinking about Peri, and then he becomes slightly more "awake" as he tells the Inquisitor that he is and that he is indebted to her for allowing him access to the Matrix in the same manner the Valeyard had. He stands and addresses the entire Court. "My excursion will be into the future." "The future?" asks the Valeyard with a curl on his lips. "Is it going to be the Doctor's defence that he improves?" "Precisely," nods the Doctor at the Valeyard, as though agreeing with him that he needs improvement. "This I must see," smiles the Valeyard. He takes his seat calmly. The Doctor addresses the Court again. "My submission concerns a crisis which threatens not only the lives of a group of people confined together with no means of escape, but would, if unresolved, threaten every mortal being on the planet Earth." The Inquisitor tells the Doctor to proceed, and he turns to a stand like the Valeyard's near his seat that contains some basic controls for the Matrix screen. He presses a button, and the picture on the screen begins to resolve. The picture, once resolved, shows a planet in space with an extremely rich rusty reddish color and what appears to be very rocky terrain. Above it and in the foreground is a type of spaceship. It is a whitish- orange and seems arranged in tiers, giving an impression reminiscent of ocean-bound cruise liners. The Doctor begins to explain the scene to the Court. He says the planet is called Mogar, and is located on the Perseus Arm of the Milky Way. He adds that it is rich in rare metals. He says that a top priority consignment of these precious metals is being loaded on board "Hyperion III." As he explains this, the screen view closes in on the ship and a name-plate on the exterior of the hull can be seen to read this name in large letters. The view pans along the hull until a window into the interior permits a view of a large, lounge-like area within that has numerous luxurious seats, an observation gallery near the window, and a sort of reception desk near two of the entrances on the far wall. The Doctor explains that Hyperion III is an intergalactic liner that ferries between Mogar and Earth, and that this is a scheduled flight in the Earth year 2986. In the lounge area, perhaps a dozen people can be seen walking to and fro, crossing paths, travelling down the spiral staircase from the observation desk, some carrying cases that appear to be luggage. The Doctor explains that the crew is already aboard and that now the last passengers are reporting in. "Many will never complete the journey. For in order to protect a secret hidden on the space liner, _one_ will become a murderer. . . " -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Defence Interface One "Terror of the Vervoids" Within the lounge/reception area of the Hyperion III, a very angry woman in her late forties storms across the deck towards the reception desk. Her casual attire is colored red to match her face at the present moment. Her voice seems to match everything as it has a kind of scratchiness about it that makes a person want to flinch when listening. Her tirade seems directed at a young woman in pink and white skirt uniform that will eternally be in the style known as "stewardess." The angry woman is complaining that she is expected to trust her life for millions of miles to a bunch of incompetents who can't even get her luggage aboard without losing it. The young stewardess smiles sweetly and disarmingly (although it is to no effect) and asks politely if the Professor's luggage is not in her cabin. Behind the desk, a man with a very thick dark beard looks up and smiles a little before leaving to allow the stewardess to come around to check the records. The Professor is furious that she has to repeat herself. The stewardess says she's sure they can sort this out. As she does, an aging grey-haired man in a black uniform with white trim enters and asks Janet the stewardess if there are problems that he can help with. He seems to be pretending he didn't hear any of the earlier shouting, but he doesn't pretend very well. The Professor looks at him and asks who he is. He introduces himself as Security Officer Rudge, and asks the Professor which cabin she went to. The Professor seems furious that the Security Officer has to ask _her_ which cabin she went to. She tells him she went to cabin 6 as Rudge begins looking over a chart given to him by Janet from the desk. He looks up and asks to see the Professor's key. She shoves the key in his hand, and he holds it up upside-down from the way the Professor gave it to him. "Uh, no," he says, "The other way round, I think. You are in cabin 9, and that's where you will find your luggage, Professor." The Professor snatches the key out of his hand, spits, "Let's hope so!" and storms off perhaps even more angry. Another man has just entered with a case in his hand, of about medium height and a thick beard with traces of grey in it. Janet smiles at him as he signs a register on the desk, and she tells "Mr. Grenville" that _he_ is in cabin 6. He looks up, gives the pen back to Janet and thanks her. He sets off across the lounge. Rudge begins to follow him and annoyingly begins to introduce himself and promise that if he has any problems. . . "Mr. Hallett! How pleasant!" Rudge's banter is cut off by a greeting and an outstretched hand from an elderly gentleman who seems to recognize Mr. Grenville as a Mr. Hallett. He goes on to say he's glad there is at least one face on the ship that doesn't belong to a stranger. Mr. Grenville tries to explain that there must be some mistake, and he then tries to leave the lounge. The old man persists, however, and insists he is correct and that Mr. Hallett here and he met several years ago on Stella Stora when he came to investigate shortages in a grainery. Mr. Grenville seems a little upset about this, and explains earnestly that his name is Grenville and that he's never been to Stella Stora, and that he is obviously confusing him with someone else. He turns and quickly leaves the lounge, with all eyes looking at him. In particular, a group of three people including the angry Professor from before watch and seem to look a little worried. Also watching are a pair of aliens completely encased within environment suits in a gold and brown color scheme. Their faces are completely invisible behind the face-plates of very sturdy-looking helmets. The old man tells Rudge that he could have sworn he was correct as even the voice was the same. Of the group of worried people, the tallest is a man with a moustache and a balding head. He walks closer to the other man and the Professor. (The other man is shorter, about the same age, forty, and he has brown curly hair.) "An investigator?" asks the tall man. The Professor leans forward and calls the tall man Bruchner. She tells him quietly and conspiratorially to go and check the safety measures on the isolation room immediately. What appears to be the cargo hold of the Hyperion III is bustling with activity. A group of perhaps two dozen workers in grey coveralls and all wearing welding masks seem to be delivering cargo into the hold of the Hyperion. From an upper level overlooking the hustle below, Mr. Grenville watches quietly. Unnoticed by anyone, he climbs down a metal ladder and spies some spare coveralls and a helmet hanging on the wall, which he takes. A man in a purple guard-like uniform, armed with an energy weapon and a checklist, turns to one of the people in the coveralls and tells the person to get everyone ashore as that was the last batch of cargo they just unloaded. The people in coveralls begin moving out of the hold towards a rear exit. No one seems to notice Mr. Grenville donning a helmet and joining their precession out of the hold. Hyperion's bridge is manned by only two men behind a single console looking at a large viewscreen that shows a forward view of empty space. The room is large but otherwise undecorated. A dark, stone-like greyish black is the color scheme of the chamber. The view on the screen seems to start moving, and a sound of rumbling engines can be heard. One of the men speaks over a tannoy system to the rest of the ship. "Hyperion Flight One One Three. . . " ". . . is now in progress." The liner cruises swiftly out of orbit of Mogar and into open space. The time column of the Doctor's TARDIS is rising, falling, and flashing, and the console room's hum also indicates that the ship is in flight. "Twenty-three, twenty-four," counts a young woman. She seems to be in her early twenties and looks very thin. This is offset vastly by her almost out-of-control wild red, curly hair that reaches halfway to her waist. She is wearing a yellow-colored blazer and pants that look suitable for exercising in. Exercise is an appropriate term because at the moment she is reading numbers off a stopwatch and watching as the Doctor, in usual clothes except for his coat, is riding an exercise bike with mobile handlebars that rise and fall. Each time the young woman calls a number from the watch, he has to push the bars down and up in addition to pedalling the pedals, all to the accompaniment of some annoying-sounding all-treble exercise music. He is obviously not enjoying this and is looking at the woman with anguish and is probably wondering why he's putting up with this. He counts along with the woman up until the number thirty. At this point, she turns and heads for the TARDIS interior door. As soon as she is out of sight, the Doctor stops working the bike but continues to shout the numbers as though he were still exercising. At about thirty-eight, the woman returns carrying a glass of some orange liquid in her hand, and the Doctor quickly resumes his exercising. At the number forty, the music and the Doctor stop, and the woman gives him the glass, telling him it'll perk him up. "Carrot juice!!" he shouts in complaint. The woman tells him it'll do him good as carrots are full of vitamin A. The Doctor leans forward and asks her, "Mel, have you studied my ears lately?" Mel answers that she's more concerned with the Doctor's waistline. "No," he goes on, making motions at his ears, "Is it my imagination, or have they started to grow longer?" Mel tells him to not worry until she calls him "Neddie." She toasts his carrot juice with a glass of her own and tells him to drink up. The Doctor tells her she'll worry sooner when he starts to bray, and he swallows the drink. He grimaces horribly at the taste. In a dark room filled with electronic equipment, a young man sits and tunes a radar control. He is somewhere in his mid-twenties, has brown hair, and wears a white uniform with a green loop-like flash across his chest. He adjusts a radar sweep on a monitor. The equipment registers the readings, "WARNING. UNIDENTIFIED CRAFT. GRID REF. -14.28.8, EXTREME RANGE NO ID POSSIBLE." The number changes to -22.26.8 as the sweep crosses the box-like blip on the screen again. Janet the stewardess walks down a cramped, wood-panelled corridor with many doors at intervals. She is carrying a cup of a hot drink. Suddenly a gloved hand reaches forward from behind her and touches her on the shoulder. She whirls around with a gasp and tells the person that he startled her. The person in question is one of the aliens. His head bobs up and down and an unintelligible gibber is heard. Janet reminds the alien that he doesn't have his translator switched on. The alien reaches to a diamond-shaped device on his chest and presses a switch. With a beep, the device lights up green, and English words can be heard when he next speaks. He asks why they did not depart on schedule. Janet tells him that they were delayed for a late arrival, somebody from his planet as a matter of fact. "A Mogarian?" asks the man. Janet answers yes, and the Mogarian turns abruptly and walks away. Janet turns her head with an "oh well" look on her face and heads for the end of the corridor. She opens a door marked as the communications room. The young man leans back as the room brightens up a little from light from outside as Janet enters carrying the cup of steaming something. Janet asks him if anything interesting is going on. The man turns and tells her there may be as he's found an unidentified craft, and he's tried all the standard signals on it. "Without response?" asks Janet, giving the cup to the man and leaning forward to get a better look at the screen. "Not a bleep," answers the man as he takes a drink from the cup. Janet suggests it could be a piece of space flotsam. The man looks at her, smiles, and says, "You make delicious coffee, Janet," as though to put her off. Janet leans against the console suggestively and says, "Well, if you don't want the benefit of _my_ advice. . . " and then walks out playfully. The man looks after her with a smile, takes another sip from his coffee, and then turns his attention back to the unidentified blip. He says aloud that he'll try her on a high frequency. While his attention is focussed on his attempts at contact, he does not notice the door open again to admit someone else who closes the door behind them. The person sneaks up on the young man and presses a hypodermic spray device onto the man's neck and presses the trigger. With a hiss, the spray injects something into the man, and he instantly slumps forward onto the console, unmoving. The person shifts the man's hand slightly to allow him access to certain controls, which he begins to adjust. The console begins to emit a series of controlled bleeps like a sort of Morse code. . . The Doctor reluctantly drinks his carrot juice, still seated on the exercise bike. He looks over at Mel who is now rapidly jumping rope in the opposite corner of the console room. He shakes his head in wonder. Suddenly the console begins sounding with a Morse codelike bleeping sound. The Doctor bends down to unbuckle his feet from the bicycle pedals, and he shouts for Mel to quickly press the red button to get the message on the screen. Mel stops jumping rope and goes to the console and repeatedly presses a control. She doesn't seem to be having any success as the console is still bleeping. The Doctor runs over to join her, having to be careful of spilling carrot juice. He tells her to press it again, and she protests she is doing so. He gets to the panel and presses another button. Mel tells him he said it was a red button. He looks up and asks, "Did I? Must be the carrot juice making me color blind!" He and Mel both look at the computer screen on the console and read a message labelled with a flashing "MAYDAY MESSAGE" on the top. The message reads "-PERATIVE TRAITOR BE IDENTIFIED BEFORE LANDING EARTH MAYDAY END" Mel reminds the Doctor that they have to respond to a MayDay call, and the Doctor tells her its coming from practically on their doorstep. In the Hyperion cargo hold, a solid blue police box begins to materialize with its customarily unhealthy-sounding noises. Once solid, the door opens and Mel jumps out. She looks up and down the wide alley in the center of the hold they've landed in and tells the Doctor to come on and hurry. The Doctor steps out, putting his usual color-clashing coat on as he closes the door to the TARDIS. He tells Mel that he is constantly amazed by how he manages to keep up with her. As he tells her this, she has already paced down the alley and back again, looking around and seeing no one. She reminds him that no one would send a MayDay call unless it were a matter of life and death. The Doctor points his finger at her head and suggests they exercise their grey cells for once, rather than their muscles. He begins to look around the hold for himself, much more slowly and paying more attention to the upper level. Unseen by either of them, a man in purple guard's uniform and armed with a yellow hand-held weapon sneaks around some of the cargo, keeping an eye on the pair of them. The Doctor tells Mel that that was no ordinary MayDay call as it had been specifically aimed at the TARDIS. Mel suggests that means its from someone who knows the Doctor. Someone in a Mogarian's environment suit also watches, unnoticed. The Doctor wonders that if such was the case why the message wasn't signed. Mel suggests it could've been panic or desperation, and says they won't find out by hanging about down here. She starts to set off when the Doctor stops her by grasping her at the shoulders. "We won't go blundering into a trap, either," he warns her. Mel looks at the Doctor in wonder and says she's never seen this side of the Doctor before, as he's usually the one who goes charging in regardless. The Doctor looks distantly at a wall and asks, "Can't you sense it, Mel?" Mel asks what he's talking about. "Evil," he answers. "There's evil in this place." Another man in a guard's uniform nears the TARDIS. The Doctor tells Mel he has a better idea for somewhere they could go. He turns and walks towards the TARDIS, telling her about this place, when Mel calls for him. He turns and sees that she's being held at gun-point by a guard. "So much for your enthusiasm," mutters the Doctor. "Let me do the talking." He steps forward to address the guard, when the second guard comes out from behind the TARDIS and pokes the tip of his gun into the Doctor. The Doctor turns and smiles at him, promising that he can explain everything. The guard tells him to shut up and move. A conference is taking place on the bridge of the Hyperion III. A navigator is paying attention to the instruments, while the officer in charge has his seat turned around to face the young communications officer who was hyposprayed earlier. Standing next to the officer and facing the young man is Security Officer Rudge. Rudge is asking if the man heard anything. He answers he didn't hear a sound. Rudge asks if he saw anything. The man says he's already told them about that. Rudge tells the "laddie" that no one is blaming him, but he had thought that now that he had a clearer head he might. . . The seated officer interrupts Rudge and asks the young man, whom he calls Mr. Edwardes, about the security tape. Edwardes answers that the tape was deactivated. The seated officer (grey-haired himself but more focused-looking than Rudge) says this indicates knowledge of their procedures. Rudge puts in that these were just his thoughts too, although from his facial expression, one wonders. He calls his superior by the rank of Commmodore, and he replies that he's sure Rudge was thinking that. The Commodore asks what happened to the other equipment, and Edwardes answers that its in perfect working order. The Commodore adds that this means there was only one objective the assailant could have had. "To send a message," adds Rudge. The Commodore looks up at him in dismay and says, "I was trying not to state the obvious, Mr. Rudge." He turns back to Edwardes and tells him to report to the medic before returning to duty. Edwardes answers with a "Thank you, sir," and begins to leave the bridge, but stops when the doorway becomes filled with two guards escorting the Doctor and Mel at gunpoint into the bridge. The Doctor is complaining about the guard who is still poking his "contraption into my spine!" He suddenly stops and smiles at the sight before him, clearly recognizing the Commodore. The lead guard looks at the Commodore and explains that he and his fellow heard a noise in the cargo hold, investigated, and found these two. "Is it?" asks the Doctor happily. "Yes it is!" He extends a hand for a handshake to the Commodore and calls him, "Captain Tomker Travers!!" The Commodore stands and informs the Doctor testily of his new rank. The Doctor is taken a little aback, and then realizes aloud that as a commodore is in command of this ship, it must be a Grade One security craft. Rudge answers that it is, and demands to know how the Doctor got on board. The Commodore turns to him and tells him not to bother wondering as he already knows how, but he doesn't know why. The Doctor puzzedly asks if it was the Commodore who sent the Mayday call. The Commodore is now equally puzzled, and Mel interjects that they had to respond to such a call. Edwardes leans in to the group and says, "That's true, sir." The Commodore looks at him and dresses him down a little by telling him he is fully conversant with the navigational code. He adds that he thought Edwardes was reporting to the medic. Edwardes smiles in embarassment, nods, and heads out the door. The Commodore tells the Doctor he authorized no Mayday call, and that shortly after his communications officer was attacked, he's turned up. Mel doesn't like his tone. "And a fat lot of thanks we got for all our pains." The Commodore tells the young woman, whom the Doctor introduces as Melanie (known as Mel) that the previous occasion that he met the Doctor found him involved in "a web of mayhem and intrigue." The Doctor reminds him quietly that he did save the Commodore's ship. The Commodore agrees but wonders if it would've been in danger in the first place without the Doctor's intervention. Melanie reminds him that whatever happened then doesn't alter the fact that a Mayday call was sent to them. The Doctor notes that it wasn't by the Commodore, though, and turns to leave, saying he'll just make this "hail and farewell." The Commodore tells the Doctor to stand easy, as he'd prefer to have him where he can see him rather than swanning around outside. He tells the guards to conduct the Doctor and Melanie to the lounge, and then informs the Doctor and Melanie that they are restricted to the passenger quarters. "In other words," completes Melanie, "Welcome aboard." The Doctor and Melanie are led out by the guards, who still have their weapons aimed at them as they leave. The Commodore retakes his seat. Rudge watches them leave and doesn't mind telling the Commodore that he could've done without stowaways on his final service report. The Commodore tersely tells Rudge that he's not going to get a smooth ride on this trip. Rudge turns and protests at the Commodore's attitude, saying its a mite unfair. The Commodore clearly doesn't care if he is, and then tells Rudge not to be too diligent in policing the Doctor. Rudge asks for clarification of that instruction. The Commodore answers, "Give him enough rope and he will snare our culprit for us." On one end of the cargo hold is an area fenced off with standard metal wire fencing covered over by plastic sheeting. The area glows with a deep red-orange light, and a sign on the fence reads, "WARNING. HIGH INTENSITY LIGHT FORBIDDEN. Infra-spectrum light only." In one corner of the fencing near the security door, a tear has been torn big enough for a person to slip through. A Mogarian slowly and quietly creeps across the area, being careful not to disturb the dozen-or-so huge vegetable pods that stand upright in the center of the room in some soil. He moves towards a sheet-metal shed on the right side of the area and opens the door. He goes inside, leaving the door partway open. Inside, he turns on a light and begins looking around. A sliver of the light passes out the door and onto one of the vegetable pods. From within the pod, a rhythmic whirring sound begins, accompanied with a soft glowing light. The Mogarian finds a clear plastic jar labelled "DEMETER" in which are about a dozen silver-colored seeds. The Mogarian opens the jar and pours the seeds onto the cover of the jar. He takes the cover and the seeds with him as he leaves, turning off the light as he does so. Once the light is out, the noise from the pod stops, as does the glow. The Doctor and Melanie are lounging in, strangely enough, the lounge. The Doctor remarks that this is a far cry from the care-free life Mel had in Pease Pottage. She tells him she's not complaining. She looks over at the Doctor and his worried expression and comments on just how worried he looks. The Doctor tells her he can't rid himself of the feeling that he is being used, because whoever sent the message knew him. Mel suggests there is a made-to-measure candidate in the form of the Commodore, who has met the Doctor before. The Doctor shrugs this off, thinking the Commodore would have said so. Mel is skeptical, saying she's not sure he'd admit he needs outside assistance. The Doctor thinks she's raised an intriguing possibility, but that's all it is. Mel looks up at a Mogarian entering the lounge, then leans forward in conspiracy and suggests that the Doctor solve the mystery as that would be the quickest way out of this. The Doctor is reluctant, telling her it'll also be the quickest way into trouble. Melanie suggests that the Doctor could ask for a copy of the passenger list. The Doctor tells Mel not to hustle him. Melanie asks who's hustling, and tells him she's merely suggesting that he might recognize a familiar name. "Simple, isn't it?" she smiles. The Doctor looks at Mel, knowing what she's trying to do, and asks, "Meanwhile?" Melanie freely admits that in the meantime she will wander around, poke her nose into nooks and crannies and see if anyone tries to make contact. The Doctor sighs, but doesn't really try to stop her as she stands and reminds him they were restricted to the passenger quarters and that this is only the lounge. The Mogarian watches as she leaves the lounge. Melanie stops in one of the cramped corridors to the passenger's quarters. She looks to her left and right, deciding where to go. She spots a door that juts out into the corridor at a slant as do all the others and crosses to try and get it open. She stops her efforts suddenly as she sees Rudge come around the corner of the corridor. She turns and looks at a map of the ship on the wall as though she had been looking for something in particular. Rudge stops next to her with a smile, and he asks if there is something he can help her with. Mel points out that there seems to be a gymnasium on the map. Rudge says they need one on a long trip such as this one. Mel tells him she thought she might do a bit of limbering up. Rudge smiles down on her and offers to escort her there. Mel openly asks if this is so he can keep tabs on her, and he tries to innocently ask why he should want to do that, but doesn't really pull off the innocent part. The Doctor suddenly gets up from his seat and strides quickly to the reception desk to ask Janet a question. She says she'll do her best to help him, and he asks with a honey-sweet smile if he could see a copy of the passenger list. Bruchner comes down a corridor wearing a dark blue surgical cloak and gloves. He places a similar mask over his face and enters a room guarded by one of the ship's guards. The room is marked "ISOLATION ROOM." The Professor is wearing a purple track suit and doing sit-ups in one part of the middle-sized gymnasium. The room is brightly lit and colored, and dotted about with gymnastic and exercise equipment of the usual sorts. One wall has what appears to be a small recording studio set into it, complete with a clear window looking out into the gym. Melanie takes a pair of headphones off a wall and moves in front of the window. She watches Lasky in her exercise routine. Rudge is standing behind the console in the studio, and he tells Mel over an intercom to put the headset on. Mel does so. He turns on a tape that blares the sort of music Mel was using in the TARDIS earlier at full volume, and Mel pulls one earphone away to indicate that the sound is too loud. Rudge apologizes and turns the sound lever down. He tells her that if she gets tired of aerobics, she can select another tape, and that they all come complete with instructions and music. She smiles at him and starts to jump around in exercise as he leaves. The other door to the gym opens and the third member of the Professor's party enters. He runs over to the Professor, and noting Mel's presence lowers his voice. He tells Professor Lasky that they have a problem in the hyrdoponics center. Melanie watches them as though she is listening, even though she is still listening to the music as well. The man explains that the center has been broken into. Lasky stops her routine completely and tells him to get Bruchner down to the center. She rubs a towel on her face briefly and then follows the other man. Melanie watches them leave and another man carrying towels enter and place the towels inside a large plastic pin. She stops suddenly as she realizes the music has stopped. She turns as though listening to someone speaking over the headphones, and she turns to the studio and answers the person, saying she heard but she wants to know who is speaking. The studio lighting is dark and she cannot see through the window. Melanie runs around the side and into the studio. It is empty, and she explores a little more and finds another way out that leads into a corridor. She looks up and down the corridor and can see no one. The Doctor conjures a bouquet of magician's flowers out of his sleeve for Janet, and she remarks that he is very persuasive, but that she can't possibly let him see the list. Rudge enters from behind the Doctor, and she points him out, saying that he's the man who could give him permission. The Doctor looks nervous at Rudge's arrival and changes his mind, telling Janet he's not interested any more. Rudge is suspicious, and asks the Doctor what he wanted permission for. The Doctor doesn't mention what he wanted, saying it was just a whim and that he's subject to them, so he's told. Janet tells Rudge the Doctor wanted to see a passenger list. Rudge asks why he shouldn't, and in fact endorses the idea, saying it makes good sense. The Doctor looks at Rudge in surprise, and goes on to say that if he could just spot a familiar name. . Rudge completes the sentence, saying they'd get their culprit and the Doctor would bid them farewell. He says he should have thought of this himself. As the Doctor looks over a datapad given to him by Janet, Rudge remarks that this is a sign of his age, and that he's due to retire after this voyage. The Doctor looks up from the list and admits that the names are all of complete strangers. Rudge says this is a pity. The Doctor thanks Rudge, then goes back towards his seat. Before he gets there, Melanie runs in and intercepts him. She almost whispers that "he" has been in touch, and he wants the Doctor to meet him in cabin 6. The Doctor asks if she saw him or got a name, and she says all she got was the message. She then wants to get going, but the Doctor is again reluctant. He asks her if she knows what a Judas goat is, and Melanie answers that she does know a Judas goat is one that's tied to a stake to lure a tiger out into the open. The Doctor notes that such a goat gets badly mauled in the process. He decides he's going to refuse this role, and then sets off up the spiral staircase to the observation level. Melanie asks where he is going then, and he answers that he's off on a non-provocative stroll around the deck. Lasky enters the hold and heads for the hydroponic center. The other scientist follows her, as does Bruchner entering behind them. Lasky looks at the damaged portion of fence, and asks the scientist whom she calls Doland if he couldn't have repaired this. Bruchner opens the proper door with his palm print on a pad and enters the center. Doland answers that he thought Lasky would want to see the damage for herself. Lasky insults Doland, saying it never penetrated his thick academic skull to check the pods. Doland says it was the first thing he did, and they're stable. Bruchner comes back out the door carrying the empty jar marked Demeter. He tells Professor Lasky that the Demeter seeds are gone. The silver seeds sit on top of a piece of paper near a single shoe. The entire cabin is disheveled and a wreck, with material spread out all over the place. The door to the cabin opens and Melanie peers in. She calls hello and asks if anyone's at home. She moves in completely and looks at the ransacked mess. She hears someone coming from the bathroom area and leaps for a weapon of some sort. She grabs and brandishes the deadly weapon of the shoe. The Doctor comes out of the bathroom, smiles at Melanie, and tells her she's not supposed to be in here. Melanie asks what his excuse is, as he told her he was going for a stroll. She realizes this was just said to put her off. The Doctor answers that there isn't any sense in putting two heads into the noose. Melanie asks if he's ever heard of safety in numbers, and the Doctor hums a doubtful hum in answer. Melanie looks around the room again and notes that it looks like someone was in a fight for their life. The Doctor agrees, and turns to the table with the silver seeds. He picks up the piece of paper and pours the seeds off the paper and into his palm. He says the question is if the person in the fight succeeded. The dark-bearded navigation officer looks over at the Commodore as he answers an intercom call coming into the bridge. "Would you. . . come down, sir?" asks the voice of Rudge. The Commodore looks like he can't believe Rudge's stupidity, and asks exactly where he's supposed to come down to. Rudge stammers that he's in the waste disposal unit, and that there's been "an accident." An alarm klaxon rings out in the corridors, and Janet walks quickly down one of them. Melanie and the Doctor leave cabin 6 and see her. The Doctor asks what's going on, and Janet tells them there's an emergency in the waste disposal unit. The Commodore is looking over the unconscious body of one of the crew. He lies beside a large metal hatch that opens circularly and glows with a red heat from some source far below the deck. A small crowd of a couple of guards and Rudge look over the Commodore's shoulder. The Commodore speaks into a small phial-like radio device and orders that the klaxon be cut. The alarm klaxon stops ringing, and the Commodore stands to address Rudge. He asks Rudge why he can't use plain language, as whoever's been dumped into the hatch over here has been pulverized into fragments and sent floating in space. "In my book, that's murder." He also asks if Rudge has called for a medic for the unconscious man, and Rudge answers after a brief pause that he did straight away. The Commodore tells Rudge to start earning his salary and find out who "that" belonged to. "That" is a single shoe Rudge is holding in his hand. The Doctor comes walking down a ramp and offers his help with the shoe. The Commodore isn't surprised. Melanie explains that the passenger in cabin 6 sent for the Doctor, but when they got there he was gone. The Commodore says he doesn't follow how said passenger wound up in the pulverizer. The Doctor explains that the room was a wreck. Melanie sees the show in Rudge's hands, and explains that there was a single shoe in the room that is the match for the one Rudge has. The Doctor suggests that this syllogism only now needs its grim conclusion. The Commodore wearily asks questions he knows the answers to, like "Of course, you've never met the man nor know why he sent for you." Mel adds they don't even know his name. Rudge tells them he was called Grenville, and that he was a mineralogist. The Commodore asks if the Doctor knows why a mineralogist who wanted to see the Doctor should be killed. The Doctor admits he doesn't know. "Or why it is whenever you appear on the scene, people begin to die?" asks the Commodore. Melanie leaps to the Doctor's defence, saying she doesn't think he has the right to say this to the Doctor. "Yes, he does, Mel," sighs the Doctor. Bruchner always seems nervous, so it is accurate to say he nervously enters the lounge and nervously looks for Professor Lasky. He sees her and nervously joins her. She asks "Well?" and Bruchner nervously staves off his answer as he sees the pair of Mogarians passing close by. Lasky pulls him a little away and tells him not to worry about them. She asks if the isolation room is safe, and Bruchner nervously answers that it is, and that the emergency was in the waste disposal unit. Lasky smiles and relaxes, advising Bruchner to do the same as it was nothing to do with them. Bruchner stares her down and doubts her assessment that the danger has passed. The Doctor and Melanie enter the gymnasium. The Doctor looks depressed, and he slowly starts to walk on a treadmill. "That's it then," he sighs, "End of the line." Melanie doesn't understand what he means, and the Doctor says its obvious that it was their contact who has been pulverized. Melanie doesn't believe the Doctor is giving up, but he seems keen on the idea. Someone watching the pair from the studio leaves via the back entrance. Before he does, he hears Melanie suggest that the Doctor investigate the hydroponic center, since she's already told him about the argument she overheard earlier between the two scientists. The Doctor suddenly looks aggressive. He turns to Melanie and says, "My dear Melanie, if you wish to pursue this completely arbitrary course, pray, hurry along the hydroponic center! And leave me to my static and solitary peregrinations." Melanie looks at him strangely as he continues to mope around on the treadmill. She sets off out the gym. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- "Hold it!" cries the Doctor. "Just a minute! I don't remember that!" He stops the Matrix, and the Inquisitor asks him how he could remember this as these events are in his future. The Doctor protests that he reviewed that section earlier while preparing his defence, and that there have since been changes. He maintains this isn't what happened, and that the girl Melanie had information that was important, and he wouldn't have ignored it. He calls it completely uncharacteristic for him to do so. He also ppoints out that the words were misused and that they didn't even sound like his. The Valeyard stands and says that it is not completely uncharacteristic for the Doctor to resort to excuses and subterfuge. He adds that the Doctor is glossing over the death of Peri by conveniently presenting them with another companion. The Inquisitor says its not a convenience as the Doctor hasn't met her yet. The Valeyard stands corrected, "But my assumption of why he has pursued such an arbitrary course in aborting this tale still remains." "Arbitrary course?" repeats the Doctor thoughtfully. The Inquisitor asks the Valeyarfor his assumption, and he answers, "That she too is going to her death!" The Doctor shouts out that this isn't the case and that he is sorry he can't explain but he has a feeling he's being manipulated and that the evidence is being distorted. "Preposterous! Absoluterly preposterous!" shouts the Valeyard suddenly. He apologizes to the Inquisitor but says it was because he couldn't stand the idea that the Matrix could lie. "No, it is we who are being manipulated!" "No!" protests the Doctor. "To conceal the damaging truth!" exclaims the Valeyard. The Doctor protests this is total fabrication. "The truth, Doctor!" shouts the Valeyard. "You sent your companion down the cargo hold into a situation, I quote, 'Can't you sense it, Mel? Evil? There's evil in this place?'" The Doctor yells, "Every instinct of which I am capable, would have made me prevent her!" "Yet you did not!" concludes the Valeyard. The Inquisitor tells the Doctor he must either continue with his presentation or she must consider the evidence for the defence to be concluded. The Doctor turns and presses his Matrix controls. He sits down as the screen resolves in its usual squares to a picture of Melanie entering the cargo hold. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Defence Interface One "Terror of the Vervoids" Continued Melanie enters the hold cautiously and begins to prowl around. Edwardes sees her from her position on the level above and shouts to ask why she is prowling around down there. Melanie looks innocent and asks why she should be prowling. Edwardes answers that its because the cargo hold is off limits, and he suspects she knows it. Melanie tells him she just wanted to have a peep at they hydroponic center. Edwardes comes slowly down a metal ladder and joins her as she tries to convince him that she won't touch anything and that it can't do any harm. He looks her over with a goofy smile on his face and tells her he'll no doubt regret it, but he'll take her on a conducted tour if she doesn't wander off on her own. The two walk side by side across the hold, and Melanie asks him who the woman with the dragon's voice is. Edwardes says she is Professor Sarah Lasky, an agronomist as are her two assistants, Bruchner and Doland. As they pass the TARDIS, Melanie asks if the hyrdoponic center was set up especially for them, and Edwardes answers that they had to allocate this whole part of the hold for them. Melanie notes the sign forbidding all but low spectrum light, and she asks why this is. Edwardes tells her its somthing to do with photosynthesis, and as he uses his palm print to open the door, he goes on to say that low spectrum light allows the plants to stay dormant. The door slides open, and he turns and tells her he'll go first to make sure she doesn't break her neck. He turns and goes inside, reaching up to touch a wire mesh around one of the pods. He says the words, "At least until. . . . " Electric sparks shoot from his hand, and Edwardes cries in the pain of electrocution. His entire body glows with a white aura, and Melanie lets out a scream that could make milk curdle. Explosions fire off in a series across the ceiling of the entire hydroponic center, and electricity sparks fly around like the place were a giant Jacob's ladder. Inside one of the large, green vegetable pods, something stirs, and a hole opens up in the shuck. A flower-like green bud starts pushing its way out of the pod. Melanie screams in mortal terror. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .The Doctor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .COLIN BAKER. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Melanie BONNIE LANGFORD The Valeyard The Inquisitor MICHAEL JAYSTON LYNDA BELLINGHAM Professor Lasky Commodore HONOR BLACKMAN MICHAEL CRAIG Rudge Janet DENYS HAWTHORNE YOLANDE PALFREY Doland Bruchner MALCOLM TIERNEY DAVID ALLISTER Grenville Kimber Edwardes TONY SCOGGO ARTHUR HEWLETT SIMON SLATER Atza Ortezo Guard SAM HOWARD LEON DAVIS HUGH BEVERTON Incidental Music Special Sound MALCOLM CLARKE DICK MILLS BBC Radiophonic Workshop Production Manager Production Associates IAN FRASER JUNE COLLINS JENNY DOE Production Assistant Assistant Floor Manager JANE WELLESLEY KAREN LITTLE Visual Effects Designer Video Effects KEVIN MOLLOY DANNY POPKIN Technical Co-ordinator Camera Supervisor ALAN ARBUTHNOTT ALEC WHEAL Vision Mixer Videotape Editor SHIRLEY COWARD HUGH PARSON Lighting Director Sound DON BABBAGE BRIAN CLARK Costume Designer Make-Up Designer ANDREW ROSE SHAUNNA HARRISON Desinger DINAH WALKER Producer JOHN NATHAN-TURNER Director CHRIS CLOUGH (C) BBC MCMLXXXVI First transmitted on 1 November, 1986. This synopsis by Steven K. Manfred Synopsis copyright July 28, 1994. Permission is given to all to copy this synopsis as long as it is not for reasons of profit.
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