Doctor Who (1963–1989): Season 3, Episode 26 - The Steel Sky - full transcript

The Doctor, Steven and Dodo arrive on a giant spaceship millions of years in the future, transporting the last humans away from the doomed Earth.






Just where do you think you're going?


Yes, I thought I'd get some fresh air.
Somebody opened the door...

But nobody said you could go out.

Do they have to, then?

Well, of course they...

Dodo, you don't know what
you might have found out here!

No gravity, poisoned atmosphere,
all sorts of things!

Look, stop prancing around over there.

What happens if you get lost?

DODO: I catch a bus back.

A bus?

What are you talking about?

I mean, just where do you think you are?

Ah, bet you thought you caught me,
didn't you?

Bet you thought I didn't know.
Well, I do.

-You do?
-Of course I do.

What, this place?

I mean, you recognise it?

What, with all these strange animals
and flowers and things?

Well, you can't have been here before.

Yes, I have. It's just outside London.
I came here once with the school.

It's called Whipsnade.

Just outside Lon...

Look, wait a minute!

I mean, well, it can't be.

Yes, it is.

I'll bet if you go down that path there,

you'll come to the American bison
and the tea bar.

Look, we don't even know
that we're on Earth!

Earth? Earth? Well, it couldn't
be anywhere else, now, could it?

Hey, look, Steven, that proves it.
That's a chameleon.

STEVEN: What, this?
DODO: Mmm-hmm.

And here's a monitor.

Look, that's a locust.

-There, what did I tell you?
-Look, how do you know all this?

I learnt it at school.

There's nothing you can tell me
about nature, simply nothing.


-Having second thoughts?

Just don't remember Whipsnade
being so rowdy, that's all.

Improbable as it may seem, dear boy,
I think the child, er, Dorothea...

-DODO: Dodo.
-Oh, yes, of course, my dear.

Dodo is right.

What do you mean? It is Earth?

Well, I can't tell you just yet.

All I can say is that it's more likely
to be Earth than anywhere else

and it's very strange indeed.

You know, I've been taking a look
at my instruments in there

and it's really very strange. Hmm!


Prisoner, you have been found guilty
of extreme carelessness

in carrying out your duties.

By leaving open a wide valve
in the heat exchange unit,

you could have caused an explosion
that would have been fatal,

not only to the human race,
but also to our friends the Monoids.

As your Commander, Galactic Law
gives me wide powers in such cases.

The safety of our people
must be preserved at all costs.

In these grave circumstances,
the lightest sentence I can pass

is one of miniaturisation.

Prepare the Minifier. Sentence will
be carried out immediately.

The prisoner will be retained
at micro-cell size,

to be reconstituted
in approximately 700 years' time,

when he can no longer be a danger to us.

Does the prosecution
accept this sentence?

We do.

Has the defence anything further
to say on the prisoner's behalf?

Father, anyone can make mistakes.
He's not likely to do it again!

My child,
we are the Guardians of the human race.

You know our responsibilities
cannot be taken lightly.

Under Galactic Law,

the only alternative punishment

would be...expulsion!

Sir, the prisoner accepts the verdict,

and thanks you for your clemency
in not imposing a harsher sentence.

Very well. Proceed.


My learned friend wishes to thank you,
sir, on behalf of the Monoids,

for the care you take of us all.

Look, Doctor!

Hey, look at him, then.


Well, it's just as I said,
it's all very, very strange.

That is an Indian elephant. (CHUCKLING)

Yes, I know.
What difference does that make?

Well, that's what I'm trying to
find out, dear boy.

Flowers from America,
birds from Africa, a snake from Brazil,

-and now an elephant from India.
-Exactly, my dear.

Yes, it's a jungle incorporating things
from all over the world.

Yes, you're quite right, my boy.

Yes, and on top of everything else,
it's a jungle without a sky.

DODO: Hey, look at that, then.

STEVEN: No sky?

No sun, no clouds, merely a metal roof
radiating some kind of light.

It's extraordinary!

Yes, and plus something else.

DODO: What's that?

The earth, this...

This ground we're standing on,
it appears to be trembling.


Is it more elephants coming?

An earthquake building up?

No, it's too regular for that, no.

It's more...
It's more of a mechanical vibration.

Hmm. Yes.

In what circumstances
do you get all these things together?

I mean, animals and vegetable life
from different continents?

With a metal roof and all this shaking?

There's only one thing that strikes me.

This could be some kind of
indoor nature park.

Oh, but on this scale?

Yes, yes, improbable, dear boy,
but possible. Definitely possible!

But are we on Earth or...


-Oh, bless you, my dear.
-Oh, thanks.

-You have a handkerchief, I hope?
-Of course I have.

Well, then, use it, my child!

We must do something
about that cold of yours.

That reminds me, why are you dressed
in these stupid clothes, hmm?

Have you been frootling about
in my wardrobe?

Is that what it is? What do you think
you're playing at? Crusades?

I'm not playing at anything.
Is it all right to wear them?

Or do I have to ask permission
for that as well?

Yes, you do, my dear.

Now, you take care of them,

'cause you never know
when we might use them.

Now, I suggest we take
a last look round

and we'll get you off to bed.

Oh, you're not going
to send me home, are you?

Home? Hoo-hoo! What an idea! Mmm.

I couldn't send you home
even if I wanted to.

Oh, that's all right, then.

I think I'm beginning to enjoy
this space travel or whatever it is.


-Yes, Zentos.

Strange report from the jungle.
The Monoids acquaint us of intruders.

Intruders? But how can that be?

How could they have entered it?

I have no idea. I'll try and trace them.

But surely it's impossible
for anyone to be in the jungle

that we don't know about.
Where would they have come from?

I don't know.

Perhaps when we see them.

ZENTOS: Here they are.

They look like human beings.

But they can't be!

We accounted for everyone.

Shall we not arrest them
and bring them here and question them?

MELLIUM: Father, look!
It seems to be their spaceship!

It is an unusual design.

Are we sure this is nothing to do
with the Monoids?

Quite sure. It was they who reported it.

Good! Then you're right.
They must be questioned.

But Zentos, not arrested, invited.

DODO: Doctor, Steven,
get a look at these fab pictures.

Fab, hmm!

My dear child, if you're going to be
with us for any length of time,

you'll have to do something about
that English of yours.

-What's wrong with it?
-Well, it's terrible, child.

Oh, it's most irritating! Hmm!

Oh, look at that now,
isn't that extraordinary?

Oh, very interesting.

Looks like a zebra with two heads.

Yes. Well, that could be
the imagination of the artist.

Mmm, perhaps.

And perhaps not. What then? Mmm? Hmm!

Yes, we've already established
this place as illogical.

Why shouldn't there be
animals with two heads, hmm?

STEVEN: No reason at all.

Except the more we see of it,
the less like Earth it becomes.


What's that?
Do you think somebody's seen us?

-There's a quick way to find out.

You were right. It is an alarm.
They've found the Tardis.

-I can't say I like the look of them.
-What's that?

They're coming this way,
searching for us.

There's a kind of cave there.

-Go on. You go ahead.
-Yes, yes.

-What do they look like, dear boy?

If this is Earth, it's no longer
inhabited by human beings.

Shh! You'll frighten the child. Come on.

(WHISPERING LOUDLY) What are they?
They sound awful.

Now, don't worry, child.
You're quite safe with us.

Yeah, but supposing they've got two...


-Bless you.

Remind me never to take you out again
when you've got a cold.

Now, let's try and get back
to the Tardis.

Take care. This might be dangerous.

-Keep quiet!


-What's the matter? Are you crying?
-No, me nose is running.

Just do as he says, child!

This may be very difficult.


Why, yes, of course. Yes! (LAUGHS)

I know where I am now. Yes, indeed.

Is it some sort of city? Factory?

No, no, no, dear boy.
All this is a spaceship! Hmm!

-A spaceship?
-Yes, exactly!

-Hey, Doctor?

If this is a spaceship, what are they?

COMMANDER: You travel in that black box?

COMMANDER: So how were you able
to make your spaceship enter ours?

Look, it isn't just a spaceship.
It can travel anywhere in time or space.

And why have you chosen to come here?

We didn't. It has a mind of its own.

(LAUGHING) I don't understand.

Experiments to pass through
the fourth dimension

were undertaken in
the 27th segment of time.

They were unsuccessful.

-How could anything so crude...
-Look, I told you before,

the Doctor's the one who'll tell you
what you want to know.

-May I ask you a question also?

Why not? We're all friends here.

Look, is this really a spaceship?
This city and all that surrounds it?

(CHUCKLING) Yes, indeed.

Here we are.

That's the biggest we've ever seen!

Look, who are you?
And these creatures that serve you?

Like you, we come from the Earth.

The origin of the Monoids is obscure.

They came to Earth many years ago,

apparently from their own planet,
which was dying.

They offered us
their invaluable services

for being allowed
to come on this joint voyage.

And where are you going?

To Refusis II.

The Earth also is dying.

We have left it for the last time.

The last time?

Yes. In a short time, it will burn
and be swallowed in the pull of the sun.

Then we must have journeyed forward
millions of years!

You yourself, I take it, are human?

-Why, yes, of course.
-Why do you doubt him?

They could be Refusians sent here to
intercept us, to sabotage our mission.

Refusians, from the planet
you're heading for?


We only know them as intelligences
that inhabit that planet.

They might have a way
of assuming human bodies,

of using them to pass,
to mingle amongst us.

Oh, rubbish, rubbish!

With all our imperfections,

I can assure you, sir,
if you were to cut my skin,

I would bleed the same as you would.

That's right.

-There, you see? Complete with chills.

A virus fever, which used to be
quite common to the human being.

(LAUGHING) And cured so long ago
we've forgotten what it was like.

Fascinating! (LAUGHS)

It's like history coming to life.

Tell me, Doctor,
if you cannot direct your spacecraft,

your journeys must take you
to some strange places.

MELLIUM: What were you telling him?

I wish to know more of
the travellers' spacecraft.

You do not trust the traveller?

I know nothing of them.

Your father trusts them.

And he knows no more than you.
He simply has faith.

So have I. In my own eyes and ears.
And machines tell fewer lies than men.

...including the Daleks.

Nero, the Trojan wars, the Daleks.

But all that happened
in the first segment of time.

Segment? Er, to use your phrase, sir,
what segment are we in now?

The 57th.

Good gracious!

We must have jumped at least
10 million years. Hmm.

When do you expect your journey to end?

Not for a long time.

Neither I nor my daughter Mellium
nor Zentos will ever see the planet.

That pleasure is reserved for our
children's children, many years hence.

STEVEN: How long from now?

Using your measurement of time,
700 years.

Seven hundred years?
But why travel that far...

Only Refusis has the same conditions
that we had on Earth.

Atmosphere, water,
the right temperature.

-STEVEN: Has anyone ever been there?

Our knowledge is based purely
on audio-space research.

Hmm. No wonder
you had to bring everything.

At least two of each, I suppose?

DODO: Like the Ark.

Yeah, Noah's Ark. You know, two-by-two.
The flood!

I'm afraid I don't know.

But we do have the Earth's full
population, human and animal.

Yes, but where, sir?
I can only see but a few people. Hmm?

We are the Guardians.

The rest have been reduced
to micro-cell size.

They are stored in trays and will
re-emerge normally when we land.

Each cabinet contains a million people.

Oh, yes! (LAUGHS)

There are many things aboard our ship
which would interest a traveller.

Mellium, why don't you show
the young people the statue?

Would you like to see it?

-It depends...
-Yes, of course we would.

-Come on.
-This way.

While I am sure
that you would be more interested

in the technicalities
of our control deck.

Oh, yes, indeed.

Then I'll leave you with
our chief controller, Manyak.

-He will explain everything.
-Thank you.

-Ah, tell me,

that noise we heard just now,
was that a flight adjustment?

-No, sir, a refuelling pause.

Here it is. Homo sapiens.

Started on Earth, due to be completed
just before the landing on Refusis.

What, 700 years to sculpt one statue?

Well, yes. We're constructing it by hand
using the ancient methods.

It's for our children
and our children's children,

so that they can watch it grow gradually
as time goes by.

What's it made of?
You can't scratch it, can you?


You'll have to watch her
or she'll have the whole thing down.

It's a substance called gregarian rock.
It'll last forever.

Here's the finished design.

DODO: Hey, that's gear!


What's that, all that carry-on?

Commander, the strange disease,
the fever,

is spreading among the Monoids.

hardly hear you, Zentos.

It's so hot.

What's happened to the temperature?

ZENTOS: Commander?

The Commander, too.
He has the strange fever.

-The fever brought by the strangers!
-What is it? What's wrong?

Stay away from them, Mellium.
And from your father.

-But what is it?
-I don't know.

I'm not sure.

But Zentos is right.

-Stay away!
-Don't touch him!

-We may be able to help.
-It's nothing to worry about.

His temperature's a bit high,
that's all.

It's just a fever.
It can only be a cold.

Do you realise what this means,
dear boy?

What's all the fuss about?

The man's caught Dodo's cold,
that's all.

All? All? These people, this generation,
have never experienced the common cold.

For the simple reason it was wiped out

many generations ago,
before they were born.

They have no resistance to it.

(WHISPERING) What'll happen?

I don't quite know. I don't know.

But it might be fatal,
and we shall be to blame.

Yes, it's all our fault
and I should have foreseen it!

Did you hear that?

Did I not try and warn the Commander?

I told you these people were evil.

But it wasn't my fault.
How was I supposed to know?

The sick Monoid,

he's dead.

Seize them!

All of you, listen!

The success of all we stand for,

everything aboard this spaceship
is suddenly endangered

by the strange fever, a fever
brought by these strangers in our midst!

I invoke the special Galactic Law
against them!

Hold them. Take them into custody.

And later, they will be made to suffer
for the crime that they have committed.

-STEVEN: Listen to us!
-Take them away!

What about my father?

He may well die.

But then again, so might all of us.

In which case, it was pointless leaving.