Doctor Who (1963–1989): Season 4, Episode 9 - The Power of the Daleks: Episode 1 - full transcript

The TARDIS arrives on the Earth colony of Vulcan where the newly-regenerated Doctor assumes the identity of an Earth Examiner.

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His face, his hair - look at it!

He's breathing...

...and the TARDIS seems to be normal.

Ben, what are we going to do? We can't just leave the Doctor there.

What, him? The Doctor?

Well, that's who came through the doors - there was no one else outside. Ben, do you remember what he said in the tracking room? Something about "This old body of mine is wearing a bit thin. "

So he gets himself a new one?

Well, yes.

Oh, do me a favour!

Ben, whatever happened, happened in here.

But it's impossible!

Not so long ago we'd have been saying that about a lot of things.

Oh, Ben!

Slower... Slower!

Concentrate on one thing... one thing!

It's over.

It's over.


The muscles are still a bit tight.

What are we going to do?

It is the Doctor. I know it is... I think.

It's not only his face that's changed - he doesn't even act like him.

Come on, it's time we sorted this out.

Now look here!

Hold that.

And tilt it.

Have you done with this?

Put it down, put it down.

Now, what's the game?


The crusades, from Saladin.

The Doctor was a great collector, wasn't he!

But you're the Doctor!

Oh, I don't look like him.

Who are we?

Don't you know?



Ah, very good. Nails need growing.

Now look, the Doctor always wore this. So if you're him, it should fit now, shouldn't it?

There - that settles it.

I'd like to see a butterfly fit into a chrysalis case after it's spread its wings.

Then you did change!

Life depends on change... and renewal.

Oh, so that's it - you've been renewed, have ya?

I've been renewed, have I? That's it, I've been renewed!

It's part of the TARDIS - without it, I couldn't survive.

Come here!

Come here.

The Doctor kept a diary, didn't he?


I thought so. Now, I wonder where?

I wonder where?

He's a very different Doctor, Ben.

Yeah, maybe. Just where do we stand, though?

Doctor? Doctor, what's going to happen to us?

I think... I think we must have landed for sometime. I think it's time we went for a stroll.

But you don't know where we've landed!

No, you haven't checked the oxygen or the temperature or anything!

Oxygen density one-seven-two, radiation nil, temperature... eighty-six - strong suggestion of mercury deposits. Satisfied, Ben? Now, are you two coming or are you not?

He does know us! He said "Ben", didn't you hear him?

Yeah, I heard. But he might just have been copying you though, mightn't he?

Oh no!

Are you coming, you two?

Time I put you through some tests, I think!


Hello? Is there anyone there? Hello?

Hello? Why don't they come?

Ah, so you've come at last. I'm from Earth. I'm the Examin...

"Earth Examiner. Accord every access. Vulcan. "

Doctor?! Where are you?

Whoa, they're hot!

Hmm, do you think the air's like this everywhere?

Nah - might be just round here. Don't want too many lung full of it, I know that. Here, when I was a kid, we used to live opposite a brewery. You could take a walk and get tipsy all in one go!

It's beautiful!

No, don't touch it, Polly!

I wasn't going to.

No, it's quicksilver - it gets through the pores.

Where is the Doctor, or whatever he is, got to?

What's the matter? Hey, Polly!

Hey, Doctor - wherever you are! Quick, there's something happened to Polly!

Quick, over this way!


Ah, Quinn, there you are. What have you got there?

My people have found two more of them by one of the pools.

This one's got a nasty bruise on the back of his head. Fallen over his feet and knocked himself out, I suppose.

I suppose so.

Why don't they use the kit we send them?

Yes, the other two have had a rather bad dose of fumes - the girl has anyway.


Yes, but she'll recover.

These comic-opera guards of yours do have some uses after all.

I pick them for their physical fitness.

I thought it wasn't for their I.Q. Give me a hand with the Examiner, will you.

I wonder why Earth has chosen to send an Examiner to Vulcan? Just now, I mean?

I don't know.

A mystery, isn't it? He isn't due for another two years.

How do you feel?


We saw your rocket overshoot the landing area.


Don't worry - most of the ships from Earth do over-shoot. I'm Quinn, Deputy Governor.

Bragen, Head of Security.

Let's get all back shall we? I'll take the girl.

Here, you two, help carry the Examiner.

I suppose you Earth people can't wait to examine Lesterson's space capsule?



Look at this.

They've just brought in an Examiner from Earth, and a couple of assistants.

An Examiner? What's he here for?

I thought you'd know.

Ah, it's the capsule, it must be.

Well, they can't stop me working on it, I can tell you that.

Could anyone?

The Governor's always been difficult about it. But surely they wouldn't send someone all the way from Earth just to...?

Look, what about the meeting?


Yes - I've arranged everything. Can we still use the old rocket room?

Yes, I suppose so. But I do wish you wouldn't get mixed up with these pressure groups, Janley.

Well, somebody has to do something. The colony's running down and you know it.

Well, I am too busy.

But if we ran things, you'd have better facilities, more money. I wish you'd take an interest.

Now look, I don't mind letting you have the use of one of my rooms now and again, Janley, but don't try to involve me.

This is what I find important. Two hundred years in a mercury swamp...

...and this piece of metal that dropped from it. Look - a couple of minutes polishing and it's as good as new.


Rain, damp, heat, mercury - nothing touches this metal. No corrosion, Janley - think of that.

Well, I hope the Examiner lets you go on with your experiments.

Frankly, I doubt it.

I think the Governor's brought the Examiner here to stop you opening the capsule.

You should join our group, Lesterson. You might need us one day.

So the murdered man was the real Examiner?

Well, didn't you see who did it?

The Doctor got this button though.

Well, I think it's pretty dull around here. I don't know why we don't just go back to the TARDIS.

Doctor, are you going to let them think you're the real Examiner?

Well, won't that be dangerous?

Look, why don't you stop blowing that thing and talk to us properly?


Now don't you start - it's bad enough with him!

Well, he hasn't done anything.

No, that's just the trouble! He knows what happened back at the TARDIS, yet will he tell us? Will he come out and say? Will he admit to being the Doctor?

Come in!

I am Hensell - the Governor. I trust you're all feeling much better?

Huh, I've felt worse, Governor.

The Governor?

If Earth had seen fit to warn us you were coming, we might, possibly, have been able to guide you down to the landing area.

If Earth didn't warn you we were coming, Governor, they must have had a very good reason. I wonder what it was?

Now look here - I run this Colony. I'm entitled to know why you've come to Vulcan. What is your brief?

I am the Examiner.

Why are you here?

To examine. And I intend to start my examination at once!

Someone's leaked reports about these rebel groups - that's it, isn't it?

Your turn now, Governor.

There is Lesterson's capsule.

Internal affairs are my business, Bragen. Please don't interfere!

Please go on.

The capsule. It was found in a mercury swamp. It must have been here for centuries.

Interesting - continue.

For centuries before the Earth colony arrived. I felt it might be dangerous, it might contain bacteria.

I shall examine the capsule... later. You may leave us.

I shall look forward to your report. Bragen, see that the Examiner and his party... get some proper clothes, will you?

We are wearing proper clothes!

Oh, how did he get that thing back again? That was a bit of a cheek, wasn't it? Er, seeing if the Governor was the guy that you got the button off?



When he was talking to you, you were staring at the other man?

Yes, very rude of me, wasn't it? Terrible manners.

To tell you the truth, I was studying his reactions - seeing if he agreed with the story.

Did he?

Must have a look at that capsule.

You know, you wanna watch you don't take this Examiner stuff a bit too far.

Our answers must come from that mercury swamp.

'Cos at least one bloke ain't gonna be fooled.

When Bragen found us, he definitely said space capsule.

Look, you're not going to fool the guy that did the real Examiner in!

Bragen! What's all this nonsense about having to have a pass to see the Examiner?

It's the Governor's idea.

Surely it doesn't apply to me?

It's not my order, Quinn. I expect the Governor wants to keep people away from him.

It sounded like one of your red-tape ideas.

It has nothing to do with me.



Sorry, Janley.

My fault.

Are you all right?

Yes. Lesterson's just cleared me out of his lab.

Is the Examiner going to let him open the capsule?

I don't know. I'm on my way there now... if I can push past Bragen's army of layabouts.

Where did you get this?

It dropped from the capsule.


Yes, when it was being hauled into the laboratory. But, you can see! This metal could revolutionise space travel. That's why I'm insisting that we open it. Well, who knows what other marvels there may be inside?

But Lesterson, I didn't think you could open it?

Well, I have a theory. I'm convinced that the opening mechanism on the other side is either here, or here.


Now, my theory is that I can insert a laser ray in this ridge here.

The ray spreads, fuses the opening device and gets us in.

Examiner, I shall have to make it your responsibility.

A laser? Why not? It shouldn't be too difficult.

Well, we'll try the other side.

Hmm, it's a bit... disappointing.

Not really. This is just an entry bay, isn't it?

Yes, I... I suppose so.

Well, this doesn't get us very far does it?

Ah, getting into the rest of the capsule will take time, Governor.

Well, can't you use that torch thing again? That must be an opening door.

Well, I should have to measure it up and find out where the lock mechanism is.

And I think we'll leave if for tonight.

Leave it?

Leave it for tonight? But what did we come here for?

That is my decision, Governor.

But, good heavens above, man!

Two hundred years, you say, this has been buried?

Oh, at least. Now, there must be something in the inner compartment.

We shall be able to find out where it came from originally.

It didn't come from this planet - Vulcan.

Oh no, no, no. The metal is quite alien.

Alien, yes. Very alien. Goodnight.

What's he up to now?

Ben, we're not going to let him out of our sight.

Well, Lesterson, you got your way. Was it worth sending for this Examiner? This idiotic Examiner?

I didn't send for him. I thought you did.

Why don't you let me talk to the Examiner, Hensell? I can find out what's he's here for.

No, no, no, no, you keep away from him. We'll leave him to work with Lesterson here. We've all got enough to do without having to worry about some amateur critic from Earth interfering.

But with five minutes, I _...

You heard what I said, Quinn. You won't mind keeping the Examiner busy, Lesterson? I don't mind what you do with him so long as you keep his nose... out of our business.

Yes. All right.

All right. Well, we shall talk about it tomorrow.



Shh! He's in the corridor.

Who is?

The Doctor, you clod! Come on - quick!

He's going towards Lesterson's lab.

Of course - to the space capsule!

Come on.

Polly, Ben, come in and meet the Daleks.


The Daleks.

You could have opened this before.

These two pieces of metal are identical. The Doctor got one of them from the Daleks himself.

Why do you keep saying the Doctor if you mean you?

I knew I should find them here - I knew it.

Ah, they look harmless, not very lively.

What do you think? Two hundred years in a swamp and you wouldn't look very lively either. Nothing could live through that, could it?


Nothing human, no.

Doctor, look!

What's the matter?

Well, there were three Daleks in here! What's happened to the other one?