Doctor Who (1963–1989): Season 1, Episode 38 - Guests of Madame Guillotine - full transcript

Susan, Ian and Barbara are sentenced to be guillotined but an encounter with a dying English prisoner may offer Ian a chance of survival.

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Are we to be allowed to tell our story?

Prisoners are not required to speak.

I have the charges here.

You were found in the house with Rouvray and D'Argenson

and arrested by a platoon of soldiers.

I am satisfied as to your guilt as being in the company of wanted traitors.

The sentence - immediate execution.

We demand the right to speak!

You have no rights!

You will be guillotined as soon as it can be arranged.

Take them to the cells!

Stay back, by the wall.

Ian! Ian!

Go away. Keep hold of her, can't you?

I've told you to stay back by the wall.

There's nothing to interest you.

Stay with her over there.

Lady like you shouldn't be kept in this pig sty.

Course, I have the keys.

It wouldn't be very difficult to leave a few doors open, now, would it?

No, of course not. But, I couldn't pay you.

I don't have any money.

There's the soldiers in... in this place.

They're nothing but peasants.

Not fit company for an intelligent man like myself.

Gets very lonely in here sometimes.

Very lonely indeed. Now, if we were to be friends, eh?

You'll regret that! I promise you.

Here! Lock them away.

No. In there.

It's the cell I keep for my special guests.

The smell in here. Oh, it's terrible!

Yes, it reminds me of when we were prisoners before in the prehistoric age.

Oh, yes. I remember that.

But, there was one very important difference

- grandfather and Ian were with us then.

Oh, I wish I could see where we were.

Oh. You'll have to lift me up, Barbara. Barbara?

Yes. Sorry. Yes.

Well, I can't see very much down there.

It's just a prison yard.

There's nothing to the right.

Oh, if only I knew where grandfather was.

He'd have got out of that house, Susan.

I know he would.

Yes. Thank you.

Oh, It's most refreshing.

Where are my fiends, hmm?

The soldiers set fire to the farmhouse

and took them to Paris, to the Conciergerie Prison.

They'll be locked up there before they go to the guillotine.

Oh. Oh, very brave boy!

- Are you all right now, sir?
- Yes, I think so. Thank you.

Oh, well, it's quite remarkable.

How could I ever begin to thank you, hmm?

You see, there were two men hiding in the house.

One of them knocked you over the head.

Then the soldiers came.

The two men were shot and your friends arrested.

Oh, it's a tragic business.

But you can still escape.

My mother can give you some food.

Our farm isn't far away - just over there.

And that way leads to Paris.

Yes, I must rescue my friends.

But you mustn't do that, sir!

You'll be captured - sent to the guillotine!

You saved me, my boy, so I must rescue them.

Now you can understand that, can't you, hmm?

Yes. I wish I could come with you.

But, since my father was taken away, he told me to look after my mother.

Yes, yes, yes.

Now, you're the head of the house.

Yes. Yes, well I...

Oh, thank you. Thank you for everything.

- And what's your name?
- Jean-Pierre.

Yes, I shall remember.

Yes. Jean-Pierre. Au revoir. _____.

He's going.

Oh, what's the use?

We'll never get out of this dreadful place.

Oh, you mustn't lose heart, Susan.

I'm not going to fool myself.

Well, think of the times we've been in trouble before.

We've always managed to get out of it in the end.

Oh, we've been lucky.

We can't go on being lucky.

Things catch up with you.

I've never heard you talk like this before.

You're usually so optimistic.

I want to know about grandfather.

I'm sure he's all right, Susan.

You keep on saying that.

I just want to know, that's all.

Look. We should try and get out of here.

It hasn't always been luck, you know.

We made our own opportunities.

Did you notice that we came past the river to get here?

Oh, you're not going to dig your way out, are you?

- Well, why not?
- It's solid stone.

Hey, there's a damp patch in the wall here.

Maybe a sewer leading to the river.

Yes. All you need are a couple of dozen drills

and a gang of men and you might... might get out.

Well, what are you looking at?

Crowbars. May not be necessary to dig our way out after all.

I might be able to lever up one of those stones with this.

Look. You go over there and keep your eye open for the jailer.

Put him in there.

Don't make so much noise!

You'll give the place a bad name!

Sorry, Ian. My side's hurting again.

The bleeding's stopped, Webster.

You've lost a lot of blood.

As soon as we were arrested we couldn't wait to pull the trigger.

Is there any more water?

Yes. Must be about the last of it.

You know, I've looked this place over,

and it isn't impossible to escape.

It is for me, and you know it.

I'll never get up from here.

Listen, you're an Englishman. You must help me.


One day soon, France will stop this madness

and turn her full attention across the channel.

We must be ready for that day.

There's a man in France - Englishman - working to that end.

He will tell us when that day is near. You understand?

England at war with France.

Yes, I know that.

I was sent to bring him home to England.

The day nears that his information is important.

Find him if you can.

Try to escape. Try.

Promise to find James Stirling - and home.

Promise! Promise!

Yes, yes. James Stirling.

Find James Stirling and tell him to come back to England.

He has important information. I understand and I promise.

Where shall I find him, Webster?

...Jules... Renan...

Jules Renan, yes.

The sign of Le Chien Gris.

Le Chien Gris.

Come on! Put your backs into it!

You can work faster than that!

Good day. Pleasant day, sir.

Yes, it is.

I wonder if you can assist me.

I'm bound for Paris. Am I still on the right road?

- You are.
- Splendid. Splendid.

I was beginning to have my doubts.

I haven't seen a soul for hours.

You've come a long way?

Yes. Further than you would think.

Get on with your work!

Nobody told you to stop.

I have to watch them all the time.

I don't even know why they bother to put them to work.

You know what I'd do with tax dodgers?

Oh, so they're not volunteers, eh?


I have to watch them every second.

I'm given a schedule.

Finish this section by tomorrow, they told me.

And if I don't...

Yes, quite a responsibility.

But, it'll be finished, even if I have to drive every one of them into the ground.

Yes, I see you believe in drastic measures, eh?

Now, put your backs into it.

Look as if you mean it.

The sooner its finished, the better it'll be for all of us.

I'm sure you're very experienced at this job, my man.

But, as an impartial onlooker I think I might have a bit of an advice to give you.

Well, I'll listen to anything that'll get this job finished quickly.

Well, if you were to expend your energy helping with the road,

instead of boring and shouting at them every few seconds

you might be able to get somewhere.

Good day to you, sir!

I suppose you think you're very clever.

Well, without any undue modesty, yes!

Now, would you mind k... standing aside?

Now, show me your papers, or something to prove your identity!

I am not in the habit of...

I see. You can't prove your identity.

Have you paid your taxes? No?

Then perhaps you join the poor wretches and put your energy to better use.

Give him a pick.

Now get to work skinny.

I shouldn't try to run away.

Remember, I've got this.

Common fellow.

Well, what are you waiting for?

Get to work!

I'll complete that schedule yet.

Oh, I must rest.

It's tearing my hands to pieces!

Well, should I take over?

Ah, no. No.

Your hands are worse than mine.

I wonder what Ian's doing?

Barbara, I think I'll work.

It takes my mind off things.

Come on, we'll rest.

I can't do it, Barbara!

Then we'll start again later.

We've make good progress.

We should be through soon.

It takes so long!

Still, we have done well, haven't we?

Someone's coming.

Barbara, they're coming for us!

There's your food.

A waste if you ask me.

- What are they doing down there?
- What?

The blankets! I'm responsible for everything in the cells.

Pick them up!

All right. All right. It gets cold at night.

You'll get no others!



- Jailer!
- Coming citizen!

How long has he been dead?

I asked how long he's been dead.

Several hours citizen.

Did he speak?

No. No, he didn't.

I'll ask you once more.

Did they talk to each other?

Well, eh... They may have done so, citizen, but... Well...

Just simply tell me if you heard their voices.

Yes. Well, yes, citizen. I did.

I didn't know what he said, but I definitely heard them speak.

But, n... not for long.

Let me have the execution list.

At once, citizen!

The other prisoner - which one is he?

Ian Chesterton.

Have the body removed from the cell.

Yes citizen!

Well, I felt sure he'd discover that.

Yes, so did I.

You know, I'd no idea how hungry I was.

Or what I'd eat.

Uh hmm. I think I'll get back to work, now.

- Oh no. It was my turn, Susan.
- No, that's all right.

- What is it?
- Rats!


They must have smelt the food.

Barbara, there's rats down there!

Oh, Barbara. I can't do it anymore.

Not with those down there. I can't do it! I can't!

They won't come in. Not now.

We won't do any more digging.

We'll just stay where we are.

It's a tense time.

He's counting his wealth.

He does it all the time.

Some of us thinks he likes money better than he likes himself.

Do any of you got any money, hmm?

Would we be here if we had?

You want to leave here don't you?

Well, yes. But, how?

He never goes anywhere without that pistol and he never turns his back!

Well, do as I say. Follow me.

- Yes. There it is! _____.
- What?

- Yes.
- Yes.

What are you staring at?

- Yes, we're waiting for the eclipse! Look!
- Eclipse?

- Yes, yes.
- He said the moon could pass in front of the sun at any moment!

See! Look!

Yes, you've heard about it, haven't you?

Yes, yes, yes. I've... I've heard.

Yes. It's a... It's... It's... It's quite a phenomenon, isn't it?

Yes, yes.

All right. All right. We'll see it when it happens.

Until then, get back to work. Now!

Ah, look at it! Look at the coin!

Now, what's wrong now?

I've just found this coin down there.

It must come from some hidden treasure.

A treasure? More likely dropped by a passing traveller.

Oh, no. No, definitely a hidden treasure.

Now, where were you digging?

Just there. Just there. Yeah.

- Here's another.
- Catch his spade! Stop!

Just stand back! It's nothing to do with you.

Nothing! I'll do the digging and then it'll be mine.

Now stand back!

Good day to you, sir!

Pleasant dreams.

All right you two, come on out.

Stand in line.

Where's Ian?

Was that your friend?

He was lucky.

Lemaitre crossed him off the list.

You're not so fortunate.

This batch for the guillotine! Take them away!

Barbara! Susan!