Doctor Who (1963–1989): Season 2, Episode 28 - The Search - full transcript

With the Doctor missing, Ian, Barbara and Vicki find themselves in danger from the Moroks while the Xerons also try to make contact with them.


Yes Doctor, I see you take my meaning.


Take him to the preparation room.

Leave it alone.

It didn't take them long to find it.

Well, I hope they didn't do any damage.

Well, there's nothing they can do. Unless they get inside.

Are they bringing it in here?

No, it doesn't look like it. Take a look for yourself Vicki.

Ahh, well, what do we do now?

Find the Doctor, I suppose.
I'm afraid I'm no great expert when it comes to changing the future.

I think one of us should keep watch on the TARDIS.

If we want to leave in here in a hurry we don't want to waste time looking for it.

Well, we know where it's going Vicki, we've already seen it.

Well if it gets there, we needn't bother.

We won't have changed what's going to happen in the future.

Oh, this whole thing is becoming a nightmare.

It's been a nightmare ever since we saw those cases!

But all we do is stand around saying "this whole thing is a nightmare".

Why don't we do something?

Choice is only possible when you know all the facts.

Don't you realise we know nothing about this place...

Shh! Listen!

Keep clear! Now move! Move!

Is there no way in?

No Commander.

That's all I need. You know what Lobos will say about that, soldier.
He will blame me.

Everything that goes wrong on this wretched planet is my fault! Think yourselves lucky that you have me...between you and our illustrious Governor.

A scapegoat - and for what? For this...rank and a meagre pittance of extra pay.

Oh, what's the use?

A strange looking craft. It must be very cramped and uncomfortable for four travellers inside at one time.


This door is locked.

We could not gain entry sir.

Didn't they leave you the key?

Force it open, you fool!

Why was not the cutting equipment bought to me?

I asked you bring it several times, didn't I, soldier?

Now don't you give me any of your feeble excuses.

I with you later. Get it!

Incompetent fools...

Have any of the aliens been caught, sir?

One has...

Three are still at large.

Did you hear that?

Yes. Shh!

They could be in a thousand places.

Then I expect a thousand places to be searched!

When this is over, discipline will be tightened. The army here's gone soft.

I'm supposed to have at my command trained soldiers
not a feeble bunch of half witted amateurs.

He's stopped talking.

Maybe they've gone.


Stay as you are!

You! You with the gun - bring it to me!

Now careful.

Don't move!

Don't! He'll fire that thing.

Well? Wouldn't that change the shape of things to come?

Well it would for you - you'd be dead.

They can't kill us! We're going to end up in those cases.

Not necessarily.

Oh, you can change the future so that we don't end up
in those cases, but if we're all dead, what's the point?

But that means we can't fight against anybody.
We don't know what we're doing!

We've just lost the Doctor. Has that already changed the future?

We don't know Vicki. Maybe that's the way it happened.

We've no reason to suppose that we all ended up in
the cases at exactly the same time.

So we could be doing exactly what we're supposed to do?!

I've had enough of this. Now listen, we're going to deal with him

and then we're going after the Doctor,
whether we're supposed to or not.

That's enough talking! Come on - move out, slowly.

Be careful!

Don't worry! I'm going to try something.

I said move out.

Yes, we heard you the first time, but we don't feel like moving, do we?

No, definitely not!

Ian, don't go too far!

Now what were you orders? To capture us? To bring us in?

Yes, get back! Back!

There was nothing about killing us, was there?

Well? Was there? Well, answer me?, there wasn't.

Well, think what your superiors are going to say.

They're going to ask "did you bring in the aliens?"

"No" you're going to reply "I went out and shot them all".

Now run! Both of you!

Ian! Come on!

Open those doors! Open them!

Get after those women!

Take him to my office. Wait for me there.

Guards! Guards!


One of them came this way!

No sir.

Come, come.

Let me go! Let go of me!

Look, you've got to trust us!

Why should I?!

We hate the Moroks. We want to see them dead!

Well, you can see we're nothing like them.

Who are you?

Well, we'll explain everything later.

First of all, we must find your companions.

It was you who took the Doctor - like you took me.

The old man who was with us...

Well, yes but...

We did but he fooled us. Then the Moroks caught him.

Oh, we didn't hand him over to them if that's what you're thinking.

Now where are the others?

I think they caught Ian.

The man? What of the woman?

Oh, we ran so quickly, we went in opposite directions.

I couldn't turn back when I realised, the guards were already behind me.

She must be making for the storerooms.

We'll have to wait at the headquarters. Dako?


Go and see if you can find her and bring her there.

What's her name?


Go quickly!

You fools! You let them escape!

Yes sir.

Well there are other ways of getting them out.

Withdraw our men from this building.

Have all exits guarded and have this rest search this area for the one these fools allowed to escape.


You remain here.

Who's there?

Ah...ah...don't kill me! Don't...!

That depends on you. I want the answers to some questions.

Uh, if I can help you, I will! I promise!

I've a friend of mine - an old man.
He's been captured. Now what's happened to him?

I don't know! I don't know!

Is he dead?

No! No!

Where is he?

They...they took him to the preparation room,'s nothing to do with me!

I'm just a simple soldier!

What happens there?

I said what happens there?

He'll be got ready for the museum.

But you can't help him. Once the process starts...

What process?

Well, it''s a kind of embalmment.

How long's it take?

Well, several hours, but...

Take me there.

Well, you'll be killed.

Take me!

We...we...we'll both be killed!

A directive from Morok.
They think we made a mistake in allowing the Xeron youth to live.

They are almost men and dangerous.

These aliens - they've made fools of us!

6-2? The ventilation is standard.

Yes sir.

Good, it won't take the guards long to withdraw.

In one hour the air is to be, replaced
with g...Zaphra gas, is that clear?


Then see that my order is carried out!

Zaphra gas...?

It is very effective.

If the two women do not leave the building and
surrender to the guards, the gas will eventually paralyse them.

Barbara? Are you in here?

Who are you? How do you know my name?

There's no guard here, hurry!

Can't we wait for Barbara?

Oh no, it's too dangerous.
Dako will find her and bring her to the hideout.

Now, quickly!

Tor and Sita have taken Vicki to our headquarters.
You must believe me - we are your friends.

Why should you be?

We're Xerons. This is our planet.

And the others - the ones in uniform?

Moroks - they changed our planet into a museum.

A record of their wars.
But soon we shall rise against them and drive them from Xeros!

Moroks? Well, where do they come from?

Their planet is three light years away.

They invaded us without warning.
Xeros was a place of peace...and knowledge and the wisdom of our elders made us free from want.

Well why didn't you fight back?

Their weapons were far superior to ours. We had planned for peace and they for war.
Now I want you to come with me.

Well...can you get us out of here?

There are many guards but I'll find a way, come on!


They've set the museum on fire!

That isn't smoke - it's gas! Put something over your mouth!

So then what happened - after the Moroks had captured the planet?

They destroyed everything, even our people. Only the children were spared - to work.

How horrible.

We are a slave race. When we grow older we are taken to other planets.

Sita, Dako and myself were due to go. Well that is why we hide here and plan.

But although we have sworn to drive the Moroks from...from Xeros, it will not be easy.

The life they impose on us makes organisation difficult.

But there don't seem to be many Moroks. Surely you must outnumber them?

It is unpleasant to admit but our opposition is weak and unarmed.

Well, a very small army can easily keep control.

But you're supposed to be planning a revolution?!

Why did you and your friends comes to Xeros?


It was an accident.

Of course, no one would come to Xeros from choice. The Moroks reputation is universal.

It's late. I'm sure Dako and your friend, Barbara, have been captured.

Well, they'll need time to dodge the guards.

All this time. We'd be fooling ourselves to believe otherwise.

Well you can't just accept it! We've got to help them!

Well, sitting here planning and dreaming of a revolution isn't going to win your planet back..

We do all we can...

By making a nuisance of yourselves, that's all it is.

But what can we do without weapons?

Nothing - we must get some!

Ha! Now who's dreaming?

The Moroks are armed.

So we take them from the Moroks?

Why not? That is revolution!

Oh Vicki, we have tried. Occasionally we have overpowered a guard and taken his ray gun.

But what can one gun do against even a small army?

And when we do that they take hostages until the gun is returned.

Where are the guns kept?

Well, at the armoury.

If you had guns, lots of them, could you organise your friends?

Distribute the arms and really wage a war?

Of course! That is where we are strong - in our planning.

But the armoury is out of our reach.

Don't you know where it is?

Oh, we know, but its key is something that we could never obtain.

Oh, I don't understand.

The armaments are kept behind locked doors - an impregnable safe.

What kind of lock does it have?

An electronic brain - programmed to ask questions.

The answers given open the door. But they only open to the truth.

A sort of lie detector. If I could see it, maybe I could...well, I'd just like to see it anyway.

We can take you...

But why are you so interested in this, Vicki?

Why do you want this revolution so much?

I've as many reasons as you.

Perhaps more, for wanting to see the future changed.
Perhaps I'll explain later but I think we should go now.

What's wrong?

This is the building.

Well take me in.

It would be better to wait.'s a busy time of day. Later on there won't be so many guards on duty.
You'll stand a better chance.

Now find out what happened to the others, and remember, I'm here.

Soldier! What are you doing here soldier? Why have you left your post?

The governor sent for me - I am to report to him.

You didn't leave it unguarded, did you?

The replacement hadn't arrived...

But the Governor's orders! He said immediately!

Then why are you waiting? I will attend to your replacement.


What is it now soldier?

Have the...aliens been recaptured?

Not yet. But the Zaphra gas will soon drive them from their hiding place.

You did well. We'll take your advice and wait a while

Over there.

Well, this is the armoury Vicki.

These must be the light beams.


Can you do anything? Do you know how it works?

It must work to a standard pattern.
Break the light beam.

Well, the questions will start!

Yes I know!

COMPUTER: Do you understand that all questions are to be fully answered?


COMPUTER: What is your rank?

I have no rank.

You see Vicki? Not only does the reply have to be true,
it has to be the correct answer as well.

Yes. Sita, break the light beam again but this time don't answer
just let the questions run right through.

COMPUTER VOICE: Do you understand that all questions are to be fully answered?

(Whirrs.) What is your rank?

(Whirrs.) What is your name?

(Whirrs.) Do you have the Governors permission to approach?

(Whirrs.) Have you a requisition signed by the Governor?

(Whirrs.) What is its reference number?

Withdrawal requisition numbers are fed in from headquarters
it has to tally with the number given - there's no chance Vicki!

COMPUTER VOICE: Which unit are you attached to?

Isn't there? I wouldn't give in a easily as that.

COMPUTER VOICE: For what purpose are the arms needed?

Look, now this is where the questions...are recorded.

COMPUTER VOICE: Has the guard on duty examined your identification papers?

Help me get the front off.

COMPUTER VOICE: What is the current password?

Are the aliens still in the building?

Yes sir. We have seen no movement.

Very well. Keep the men alerted - they'll soon be coming out.

We're almost there, Dako!

Dako, come on! Come on!

Have you done it?

I'm not sure. I...think so.

Well the door hasn't opened.

You've got to answer the questions yet.

Well then you've failed! The lock reacts only to the truth.

And it still does Tor. You'll see.

COMPUTER VOICE: What is your name?


COMPUTER VOICE: For what purpose are the arms needed?


Oh, well done Vicki!

I fixed it so that I only had to answer the truth.
I didn't have to give the correct reply.

There's everything we need here and more! We'll be able to arm everybody!

Oh good! Get as many as you can carry and give them to Sham for distribution.

and bring them back here for more.

I wonder if this will keep us out of the cases?

Come in.

Well - at last.

You aliens have caused me enough trouble. I shall see that you pay for it.

You'll be a fool if you kill me. You will achieve nothing.

Possibly, but it might be enjoyable.

What do you want?

Take me to the Doctor. The old man you captured.

And I refuse?

I don't think you'll be that stupid.

You'll kill me anyway...

You're wasting time.

Am I? It is too late for you to help him.

He has already passed into the second stage of preparation.

And what does that mean?

He is beyond your help.

Come on! Take me to him! Move!


Hurrying won't help your friend, the Doctor.

Is he in there?


Open the door.

Now get in, both of you.