Doctor Who (1963–1989): Season 3, Episode 10 - The Nightmare Begins - full transcript

In the year 4000, the Daleks conspire to conquer the Solar System. Their scheme involves treachery at the highest levels, and a weapon capable of destroying the very fabric of time. Only the Doctor and his friends have the means to prevent catastrophe - and there is no guarantee they will escape with their lives...(Originally broadcast in twelve parts.)

Are you wondering how healthy the food you are eating is? Check it -
He has a strange sickness.

Can you not help him?

I'm doing the very best I can, my child.

Oh dear, dear, dear, this is such a worry.

This poison seems to be spreading throughout the whole of his system.

Yes, we need a special drug.

I shall have to land somewhere.

What is that?

Oh, we're slowing down, my dear.

We're going to land in a moment.

Can we have reached the place of perfection so soon?

Er, well, I rather doubt it.

At least, that is, er, we shall be stopping at a lot of places before that.

Now, I... I... I want you to look after Steven, if you will.

And see that you keep that wound clean, please, hmm?

That's a good girl.

Five Zero Alpha to Charlo Charlo Egan

Five Zero Alpha to Charlo Charlo Egan, come in!

Charlo Charlo Egan, this is Five Zero Alpha, can you read me?

Come in!


When we get back to Earth, I'll have every fool in CCE court-martialled!

If we get back to Earth.

If Central Communications has gone dead on us, we haven't a hope!

Well, we're not dead yet.

Don't fool yourself.

They're out there looking for us right now.

They'll find us and then...

All right, all right, they may well find us!

But we've got to get through to Earth first or the whole solar system is finished!

I know, I know.

Try them again.

Five Zero Alpha to Charlo Charlo Egan, come in!

Five Zero Alpha to Charlo Charlo Egan, come in!

So it's checkmate, isn't it?

I want to see the Venus-Mars game

you want to see your hero, Mavic Chen

I just happen to admire him, that's all.

Well, I'm going to do some work now, even if you aren't.

I, er... I'll tell you what.

If we tune into Channel four-oh-three, we'll get the news.

That should cover both our requirements. Agreed?

Ah, but we may only get a report of what Mavic Chen said, not actually see him.

That's hardly likely!

The Guardian of the Solar System is going away on holiday.

He will, no doubt, say a few well-chosen words.

Every well-chosen word will no doubt be transmitted.

And what about the routine calls?

Oh, you worry too much.

The next one's Five Zero Alpha.

Five Zero Alpha?

It's not for another twenty minutes.

Well, what about four-oh-three?

Bring up four-oh-three, please.

Five Zero Alpha?

Is that the patrol out looking for Marc Cory?

Yes, the... er... agent who disappeared near the planet Kembel.

Probably crashed, so they think.

Hey, bring up the sound!

It's Mavic Chen on holiday.

...Yes, the mineral agreement with the fourth galaxy proved a little more...

complicated than was at first expected.

And as that has been concluded so successfully

I'm sure no one will begrudge you a little time off.

Er, where are you going to on this trip?

That I am keeping a secret.

I hope to be able to get away from all interviewers.

I'm just going to climb aboard my Spar and drift...

about the solar system.

Drifting round the solar system

that's the life if you can get it!

Well, become a galactic politician and who knows?

Maybe one day you will.

As far as I'm concerned, give me terra firma any day.

You are in a rut, my friend.

Now, if I had the latest Flip T-4...

Ah, it's a trifle brash, isn't it?

There are other space vessels, you know?

You mean the Spar 7-40.

Yes, if I had to travel around ultra space, I'd think the 7-40.

Elegance, plus ultimate technology.

It hasn't got the speed.

Speed isn't everything.

Is there anything you would like to say to the citizens before you depart?


It is my earnest hope that the solar system may continue along this path of peace,

this path that was laid by the signing of the non-aggression pact of 3975.

And now, in this year of 4000, we can feel justly proud of that pact.

May the past twenty-five years prove that they are the dawn of an everlasting peace...

...which will spread throughout the universe.

Let us go forward together

secure in the knowledge that the life ahead is built on the cornerstone

of richer understanding, not only of the past or of the present

but also of the future.

And may it be this cornerstone, so firmly laid deep

be built upon in brotherhood and bring peace

progress and prosperity to each and every one of us.

Thank you sir.

I'm sure that all throughout our system echo your thoughts.

Even you must agree he's an impressive man.

Yes, it's nice to hear his speech again.


Was that a flash?


Well, there's nothing coming through.

I thought I saw one.

You're imagining things.

Okay, so I'm imagining things.

They are out there, I know it, and they're getting closer!

Look, you're imagining things. Now shut up!

Do you think I'm a fool? There's something out there and it's close!

Look, I tell you...

Just listen!


You heard it?

Yes. Come on, we've got to get out of here

I stay.

What? But you know we can't fight them!

Our weapons are useless against... those things.

Now we must move out.

How can I keep on the move with this?

Have you got any more bright ideas?

All that will happen is I'll hit one of those spiked plants.

I nearly fell on one before.

Look, we won't go fast, just keep moving.

I'll make sure we avoid the Varga plants.

If I fall and hit one, you know what happens then!

Don't be a fool!

That could be what happened to Cory.

He tripped, pricked himself on a thorn and... then he turned into one!

You're letting your imagination run riot again.

Besides, we haven't seen any Varga that look like him.

Oh, joke away, but you know I'm right.

There's been no trace of Marc Cory anywhere.

Perhaps they took him prisoner.

You know they don't take prisoners.

All the more reason for you to come with me.

Now come on!

Come on.

This is no time for phony heroics.

I'll just slow you down, and then we'll both get it.

Now without me you've got a chance.

It's not a good one, but it's a chance

Just stay alive and get that message through!

I'm not going without you - is that clear?

Get out! Get out of here or I'll kill you now!


Good... luck.

All right, I'm ready for you now!

Where the devil are you?

Come on!

FIRST DALEK: One man remains. Find and destroy him!


Strange place... Can you find help here?

I don't know my dear, but I must try.

Now I want you to stay here and look after Steven.

I shall be as quick as I can, hmm?

I'll do as you ask.


Now you know which switch to pull to close the doors, don't you?

So I want you to do that straight away.

I have my key to let myself in.


Yes, this child - key.

This opens the door from the outside, hmm?

Now go in please and shut the door.

Hmm, charming!

Ah! A city... or perhaps a town, hmm.

I wonder where we are, hmm? Hmm!

All I have to do is get through that jungle and perhaps then I can get some help.

I must say it's a strange place to put a city, hmm.

Keep absolutely still.

What is it you want?

The key.

What key?

Give me that key or I'll kill you.

The Doctor will return very soon. He will get help.

Wh... where are we?

On our way through the underworld.


Look, I... don't understand.

Vicki? Troy?

Ohh, you... you helped me when that Trojan...

Deep calm. You must rest.

Did the Doctor bring you on board?

Yes. We all make the journey together.

Who are you?


I served as handmaid for the High Priestess Cassandra.

But you must rest.

The Doctor will bring help.

Don't ask any more questions.

I... I... I want...

Did the Doctor send you?

That's right - the old man sent me.

Have you brought help?

This is fantastic!

Erm... you, what's your name?


Did the Doctor send you to cure the sickness?

Yes, but we must shut the doors first.

The... old man said you knew the switch.


What sort of craft is this?

I've seen most, but nothing like this.

From the outside it looks so small.

How do you work this thing?

Only the Doctor works his temple.

His what?

You must help Steven!

Yes, yes, of course I'll help Steven, but we must get back to Earth first.

I explained this to the old man, the, er... Doctor.

We can't go back to Earth, we've left it.

That means we can get back.

Katarina, are you sure you don't know how to work this?

How could I know? It belongs to the Doctor.

The old man said this was no ordinary ship... and he was right.

So, you'd use physical violence, would you?

You don't know what you've let yourself in for.

Ah, so you've left the key in the door! Well, well!

That's the first big mistake, isn't it?

Yes, very foolish... very foolish indeed, young man.

Well now, if it's brain, or brawn rather, versus brain, heh, heh

I've got you beaten from the start, young man!


Ha, I wonder if that spaceship has any...

anything to do with that violent young man

- or any connection with that city below.

Yes, there are one or two questions I must have answered.

DALEK: Control reports space vessel 1-11 in landing circuit.

DALEK SUPREME: Is all prepared?

DALEK: Everything is ready.

I don't think you'll be able to get out of there in a hurry, my friend?

What is it?

Oh, it's a little invention of mine - I call it the magnetic chair.

It has a force field strong enough to restrain a herd of elephants

so I wouldn't waste your energy trying to escape, hmm?

You will stay there until I direct otherwise.

How is he my dear?

He's asleep.

Yes. Oh, by the way, I found a city...

and just as I was about to ascertain it's locale

that young ruffian set about me.

Can you get help for Steven?

Oo yes, I hope so, er, er, just a minute, er, er...

That, erm...

that young man, did he say anything? Hmm?


Hmm, that's strange, hmm.

Yes, I shall have to cross-examine him when I get back.

But don't worry. He's quite safe... he...

our guest... is quite unable to move until

I press that little switch at the back.


So you're quite safe.

Whilst he's there, he's quite harmless.

Oh, and, er, quite comfortable I hope?

Male. I wonder... is this the solar system, hmm?

That's very strange.

Hah, hmm! That's strange indeed. Well, hmm!

DALEK: Space vessel 111

touch-down completed.


I will await our guest here.


What's the matter with him?

I said, what's the matter with him?

He's sick.

The Doctor says he's poisoned in the blood.

There are some tablets in the pouch of my belt.

Give him two.

But you're an enemy.

The Doctor's gone to get help.

He won't find any on this planet, believe me.

So why not try the tablets?

I hate to see anyone die through stupidity.

I do not understand you.

For heaven's sake, girl!

Take the tablets and give them to him!

All right.

Now you're showing some sense.



It's all right, I won't harm you.

This chair of the Doctor's seems to be everything he claimed.

All right, the tablets are in that tube.

Are these tablets?

What do they look like?

Take two and put them in his mouth.

They dissolve quickly and take effect almost immediately.

Praise be that you're not nursing me!

It's all right. He'll be all right now.

You can leave him alone.

If you're wrong, the Doctor will be angry.

I've disobeyed him.

If Steven, or whatever his name is, recovers, you'll be forgiven.

And if the Doctor gets back here soon...


DALEK: Our new ally approaches!

DALEK SUPREME: We welcome you

as we welcome all allies of the Daleks!

I am honoured to be here.

And to be part of your plan to conquer Earth

and all the planets in the solar system!