Doctor Who (1963–1989): Season 3, Episode 38 - The Savages: Episode 1 - full transcript

The Doctor, Steven and Dodo arrive in the far future and are welcomed by the advanced civilisation of the Elders but soon begin to suspect they are hiding a secret.

We've now reached the distant horizon of an age - an age of peace and prosperity. Now I'm going to be off.

He said five minutes.

The Doctor has no idea of time. For someone who's travelled about in time as much as he has, that's rather funny.

This is nothing to laugh at, Dodo.

Don't take it so seriously. If you're so worried about him, you shouldn't have let him go.

All right - you try telling the Doctor what to do.

Then you should have gone with him.

You heard what he said.

You don't have to do everything he tells you. You're a grown man. Or are you?

Hmmm, yes. It's just as I thought! Yes... yes, well I think my young friends are in for quite a surprise!

Doctor! Doctor!

Oh dear me, what is that now?

Well, I shan't be long anyway!


Doctor! Doctor! He doesn't answer yet, Dodo. I think I'd better go and look for him.

All right.

I won't go far.


What's happened?

Up there.

There's nothing there.

I saw a man in animal skins, and with an axe.

You sure? Well, the Doctor said...

I don't care what he said! I saw him! He was like a savage from the Stone Age.

Then the Doctor was wrong. We're not in the future at all. We must be back at the beginning of man.

That ridiculous young man! He thought I'd made a mistake!

He is coming. What's he carrying?

It is not a light gun.

He is one of the leaders?

He is not one of our people.

He is coming near. We must run.

Stay. We kill this man.

Hello there, I say. Come out from underneath there. Now don't be alarmed. Come along, now. Hmmm. Can you hear me? Hmm? Oh, I say, do come out from underneath there, will you? Hmm?

Oh good gracious me! You know, I thought for one moment you were hiding behind those bushes.

We have come to welcome you.

It is a great honour to have you visit our planet.

Oh yes, I see. Well, I am expected. Do you know who I am?

Not your name, of course. But our space observers have their own name for you.

Oh, and what might that be?

You are known to us as the Traveller from Beyond Time.

I see, and how would you expect me here and now?

The Elders of our city have been plotting the course of your space-time ship for many light years. They estimated your arrival some time ago.

I see. Well that's very clever of them.

What is this? We understood from our Elders that you did not carry weapons.

Oh yes, they're quite right, yes I never do. No, this is my R.V. you see - my Reacting Vibrator. I'm able to do my calculations from this. As I told my young friends...

You are not alone?

Good gracious, no. Did you expect me to be?

We have no information about your companions.

Oh! They're very pleasant, yes they're both very pleasant. Apart from their juvenile exuberances, I'm sure you'll like them.

They must be at the back here somewhere. I think they're rather worried because I'm a bit late joining them...

We had no instructions about them. The Elders must be informed. You must come with us.


Captain Edal wishes to take you to the Elders of our City. They are waiting to welcome you.

Oh yes of course, yes, yes, yes, I shall come with you. In the meantime, young man, I wonder if you'd mind trying to find my young people for me. Steven and Dodo. Tell them the Doctor sent you.

Go for them Exorse. Bring them to the city.

This way.

I'll have to go and look for him, Dodo. Something must have happened to him.

I'll come with you. Steven!

What is it?

There is something up there!

Look - you're imagining things. Come on.

I told you.

A spear... It's sharp as a knife. You were right Dodo, there is someone up there.

What are we to do now?

Back to the TARDIS. Quick.

They're getting nearer!

Welcome to the Traveller's companions. You are Dodo and Steven?

How do you know? Who are you?

The Traveller told me I would find you here.

The Traveller? You mean the Doctor? Is he all right?

Perfectly. He has gone to meet the elders of our city.

But the savages!

I think you will find that some of us are fairly civilised.

Then this isn't the Iron Age?

By no means.

The Doctor was right.

Please come with me to the City. Our Elders wait to honour your Doctor. They will be very happy also to welcome his friends.

You are welcome. Welcome indeed. Though we know you only as a record in our charts of space and time, yet you seem to us like an old friend.

Well that's very kind of you to make me feel so welcome.

We are honoured by your visit. The whole city looks upon you with admiration. Let me introduce myself. I am Jano, leader of the council of elders. These are my councillors.

We have all known about you for a long time. Look. We have charted your voyages from galaxy to galaxy and from age to age. But we never thought that we would meet you face-to-face. This is a great moment in our history.

To mark our admiration, we would be pleased if you would accept the office of one of our high elders.

Well, my dear sir, that's very good of you. Yes, very good of you indeed. Yes, I don't remember being so highly honoured before like this anywhere I've been.

We recognise in you the greatest specialist in time-space exploration. You have taken this branch of learning far beyond our elementary calculations.

Oh come come, my dear sir. I know that you've been very responsible for vast scientific research. And at the same time, I always knew a race existed of great intelligence in this segment of the universe.

Thank you, Doctor. We'd like to think that we have created here something of lasting value.

You have. You have indeed, you have. And if I may so say, thank you dearly for making me appear so grand.

The Doctor's two friends, sir - Steven and Dodo.

You are very welcome.

Ah, there you are, both of you. Well, I don't think I was so far wrong, my boy.

What do I look like, my dear?

You're really with it now, Doctor.

With what, my dear?

What is this place?

Did the Doctor not tell you?

Not exactly.

He said it was an age of peace and prosperity.

Yes, and I was right. They are very highly developed civilised minds.

But our calculations were incomplete. We did not realise that the Doctor would have anyone with him. Nevertheless, although our honours are for him, our gifts are for you.

Oh, thank you. It's beautiful.

Look at that Doctor.

These are real diamonds!

Perhaps Steven and Dodo would like to make themselves at home.

Oh yes, thank you.

Our young people will show them round.

An excellent idea, sir. Well, my boy, now perhaps you'll believe me next time I tell you I know precisely where I am!

Now Doctor... we have many questions to ask you.

We're only the city guard, of course. They don't ask our opinion, do they?

What's the matter, Captain?

I don't trust them. I never did trust strangers. Why should we treat this old Doctor as one of ourselves?

The Elders think highly of him.

The Elders! All right, we've wasted enough time this morning. Get back on patrol. Take the Crater Section.

They have begun hunting.

We must warn our people.

Nanina, go back to the caves. Tell the families to hide.

But what of you, Chal?

We will be safe, we will warn the others. Nanina... take care in the craters.

We have built into the city a life-giving sun of our own. Isn't that right Avon?

It is man's intellect which decides the heat and cold of our city.

Yes. After all, the elders do know what's best for us... although it would be rather nice to know what real things are like sometimes.

Real what?

You know. Real wind, real rain, real sunshine.

Don't be ridiculous. They have given us all this.

It's beautiful.

Our artists have every opportunity to develop their talents. Here, everyone has a chance to do what is best for him to do.

It's certainly a wonderful job. But how do you manage it? What's the secret?

Secret? What makes you think we have a secret?

Other civilisations have failed to make this advance.

Well, that doesn't mean...

Be quiet Flower. Our scientists have made one simple discovery. And due to this, they have found the way to give us all greater energy, greater intellect and greater talent.

One simple discovery?

What was it?

This is something best discussed by the Elders and your Doctor.

Well, gentlemen, I can't just sit here in all these grand clothes without asking a few questions. After all, there's my reputation to think about.

What do you mean Doctor?

Well, if I accept your gifts, I must endorse your life. But I can't do that without knowing something about you.

But surely, you know a great deal about us.

Yes, I know very well that you are far advanced than most planets. But, how you achieve this, I know not. And let's face it gentlemen, you are much advanced. Now, I would like to know how.

I cannot see her. She must have got away.

She has not crossed the ravine yet. She is still hiding.

Can you see the hunter?

He is going into the ravine!

He is over there. And Nanina?

She is there too!


Nanina! Not that way!

He has taken her.

Life preys on other forms of life, as you know Doctor. Wild beasts live on other animals. Mankind must have food, water, and oxygen.

Yes, it's quite obvious to the meanest intellect that, well, how can I say, that you have found a much more... much more effective source of energy.

That is true Doctor. We have learned how to transfer the energy of life directly to ourselves. We can tap it at its source. It is as though we were able to recharge ourselves with life's vital force.


Leave her. Leave the girl. Take me in her place.

The energy of life which we accumulate we store in vats such as these. Then, when the Elders decide that some member of the community needs new force, we can transfer that energy directly.

To a member of your community?

Exactly. We can give ourselves new power.

Yes, of course, you'll need a very high form of life to make this source effective.

That is true Doctor. We absorb only a very special form of animal vitality.

Don't think we're always serious. We play games. We dance. We go hunting. Our life is very happy. We do everything we want - go everywhere we want.

Do not go that way!

I thought you said we could go anywhere.

It leads to the world beyond the city.

Don't you ever go outside?

We're not allowed to.

There is no need.

Yes, that's right. Everything we want, we have here in the city.

What about the men we met outside?

They are the guards.

What, to keep back the savages?

The savages?

The men in animal skins.

You saw them?

They threw spears at us!

Yes, well, the guards are to keep these people away. That is why we seldom go beyond the city.

Let's forget such a dismal topic. Come on, I'll show you the stadium. There's going to be a celebration there tonight. Especially for you.


I'm coming.

Every time I want to see something, they stop me.

Dodo, you're a guest here. Try to behave like one.

I hate conducted tours.

What were you goggling at anyway?

I saw one of the guards go past. He had a prisoner.

You must be off your head! You wouldn't have a prisoner in a place like this.

He had one of the savages with him. A girl. She seemed to be moving along in a light that shone from those guns they carry.

Oh Dodo, really!

Oh no, it's true! It was like a torch, as he moved, she went ahead.

Come along, we're just wondering which way to take you now.

Why are they so cautious about what they show us?

You imagine things...

What are you whispering about?

We're just coming.

We're not going to find out much about this place from these two, are we?

Come on!

Please, let me go.

That must be Exorse. He is already behind his deadline. What's happening to security this morning?

He seems very depleted. What's his vitality reading?

Seventeen point four. They took that very low. Can't they follow instructions in there, or have I got to supervise every transfer of energy myself?

Now, let's see. His recuperative chart is high. He'll recover.

Those confounded guards - they're all the same. They keep you waiting, throw the whole routine out of gear, and then they expect you to be ready for them the moment they arrive. All right, take him away. Release him. Help him along corridor K-O-4, emergency exit. Go ahead.

Prepare this one - A47, We're behind schedule. We must transfer immediately. I am filing a complaint, Exorse. You're late. Surely she didn't give you much trouble?

Of course not. I was delayed by the strangers.

You've seen them?

Captain Edal and I were the first to find them. We brought them back. That was why I was late.

You've actually seen them? What are they like?

Very like us, in some ways.

But in some ways, they're different?

Yes... but I can't quite say what it is. I must be going.

Is A47 ready yet?

Yes, that seems all right. Tell them, to be quite sure not to take A47 below vitality reading 24.

Is she all right? Let's see...

This city really is fantastic. Fountains. Music. Everything.

Yes, we're very proud of it.

Why is it only within the confines of the city itself that you have such ideal conditions? What about beyond?


We told you before! We have everything here that we need.

Please, please...

All right. Take her away.

Oh no! No! No... please!

Doctor, do you realise that with our knowledge, we can make the brave man braver, the wise man wiser, the strong man stronger. We can make the beautiful girl more beautiful still. You will see the advantages of that in the perfection of our race.

Come and see this, Dodo.

Yes, come on, Dodo, I'm sure you'll find...

Oh no! Now where's she gone? What's happened?


Dodo! Dodo, where are you?

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