Doctor Who (1963–1989): Season 6, Episode 1 - The Dominators: Episode 1 - full transcript

The TARDIS arrives on the planet Dulkis where the Doctor, Zoe and Jamie decide to have a quiet holiday. Only to find the Evil Dominators and their robotic slaves, The Quarks have arrived on a radioactive island, where they plan to...

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Is the local radiation completely absorbed?

Yes, its energy's been transferred to our fuel reserves, but we need much more.

Of course, that is why we are here.

With respect Navigator Rago, I still consider we should have continued on to Epsilon-Four.

I decided otherwise Probationer Toba.

But this planet has never been fully surveyed.

It is suitable for our purpose. The planetary crust is thin here, and there is a intelligent form of life suitable for a work force.

But the natives may not be suitable for slave labour. Suppose they're hostile?

If necessary we shall destroy them.

Yes, destroy them!

But only if necessary! Commence work on the preliminary survey.

Command accepted. Shall I order the Quarks to mark out the drilling sites?



I'm not so sure that this so-called "adventure" was such a good idea after all. I mean, this is a terribly primitive way to travel isn't it?

Well, we are supposed to be looking for excitement aren't we?

That's why I came.

I really don't see what's so exciting about sitting for hours on end in this old tub! If we'd used a travel capsule we could have been here in a few minutes.

Not without a permit you wouldn't.

I suppose that does add a little zest.

Well, here we are everyone, the island of death! Uninhabited for one hundred and seventy years, nothing can live on this poisonous plot of soil!

You're being melodramatic again Cully - as usual. You know perfectly well that there's a permanent survey unit there to monitor the radiation.

And there's a weekly visit there by parties of students to show them the horror of atomic radiation.

Alright, alright, I know; but all this is organised and supervised by the state. You've travelled miles by sea in a ship navigated by man, none of your auto-piloting. And don't forget we're here without permits, all of this is illegal.

Yes, I'd almost forgotten that.

An adventure with Cully is something never to be forgotten.

It doesn't look any different to me from the way I've seen it in vision-books on my own screen at home.

Ah, but this time it's real.

Is it?

Well yes of course it is. You're actually here.

Are we?

You don't believe me.

Well you could just be throwing up old pictures on your scanner, couldn't you? After all, there's nothing to show that it is real.

Well you can't go out and see.

Why not?

Yes, why not?

Look, I'm all for a bit of danger, but going out on that island without protective suits would be madness!

So we just have to take your word for it Cully?

Yes you do.

Didn't you mention something about a warning signal?

Yes, when we're in the radiation zone, why?

Well aren't we a bit close?

Do something Cully!

We're going to crash!

Quickly Cully!

We're stuck.


Oh no!

Do you mean permanently?

Yes, we've run aground. The drive is well and truly waist-in solid.

Well how are we supposed to get back to the mainland?

Look don't ask me!

This really is an adventure isn't it?

Are you sure this isn't one of your practical jokes Cully?

Now look, running aground on an atomic island isn't my idea of fun!

Yes, but is that where we really are?

Well the radiation meter's registering zero.

Yes, odd. Well they... they-they've probably broken down.

Let's try again shall we?

Clear the computer. Now!

Zero? But it can't be!

So much for your navigation Cully!

Island of death!

Alright, go out there. Get yourselves cooked to a frazzle by the radiation, but don't come complaining to me if you get yourselves killed because I don't refund money to... Refund? What am I saying, they haven't even paid me yet, hey wait!

Oh Tolata, don't be a little fool, this island is a killer!

So you say, but your radiation counter didn't seem to be making too much of a fuss about it.

Yes I-I know... but, well; it must have gone bust.

And all the others in this tub of yours as well?

Why don't you admit it Cully, you're a rogue! This isn't the test island is it?

But I tell you it is!

Wahed! Over the hill, people.

People? Well that settles it rather doesn't it Cully. No-one ever visits the island of death!

There's the survey unit, or they could be students. Were they wearing protective suits?

No, but they had a new type of robot.

A work party most probably. Come on Etnin, let's go and seek their assistance in getting us off this dreary island which Cully has so carelessly marooned us on.

No wait, Wahed stop!

Quarks! You will set up the drilling site in accordance with the instructions of Domin...

Wait, stop!

Quarks, destroy them!

Oh get down quickly! They're going to... Get down!

Quarks, reload force units.


I have dealt with it. Three alien beings of the planet.


Of course.

That was unnecessary!

Oh yes, o-hoh yes! Ah... oh!


Are you still feeling tired Doctor?

Yes, just a little bit weary Jamie. It's a very exhausting business projecting all those mental images you know.

You need a good rest Doctor.

Yes, we all do. A nice holiday! Mm.

Oh, where did you say this place was again?

Well the scanner screen in the TARDIS showed it as an island of some sort surrounded by a sea of mist.


Yes, it's an island on Dulkis, a perfectly splendid planet!

Aye, I've heard that one before.

And there won't be any Cybermen or Daleks will there?

No-no-no of course not. There's nothing unpleasant on Dulkis.

Well is the whole island as dreary as this?

Oh no, goodness me no, they're a very advanced race the Dulcians. And-and they're very gentle too - and friendly. You're going to like them.

Oh I see, you've been here before.

Oh yes Jamie, blow that up for me would you?


Yes... some time ago mind you, it was splendid! It was so peaceful I just didn't want to leave.

Yes, that's what we all need, a nice peaceful holiday.

Quarks! Destroy the alien vessel.

I thought you said it was a peaceful planet?

Well which direction did it come from? It sounded as though it was almost on top of us.

Hey, now would you look at that!

Did you say these people were peaceful Doctor?

Well yes Zoe they... But-but Dulki.. Duclians are-are gentle... and-and friendly!

Aye, sounded like it! Did the explosion cause this?

Oh no-no-no, this was caused by an explosion some time ago, Jamie.

Looks like atomic blast damage to me.

Yes, I-I think you're right Zoe... but I don't understand it! Let's look inside shall we?

Mind... Over here.

Hey, what sort of place is this?

Looks like a kind of museum.

Yes, you're right Zoe... A war museum!

Peaceful you said?

Oh yes, but these are very old fashioned weapons, Jamie. They.. this was banned ages ago.

Hey how you work this sort of thing..?

No, Jamie no! p-put that down!

What's the matter? W-what?

Well it's a sort of laser gun. You know what that'll do, it'll burn a hole through anything. Metal, concrete, wood, anything! It-it may look old, but you never know it-it just might go off. Now please, just leave things as they were! Where was it? Oh...

I wonder what's down here?

Oh is that the trigger there?

Oh well that seems to be something...


Oh, what's the matter?

What did you see?


What's happened to them?

Stay here Zoe. Come on Jamie.

Oh what are you laughing at?... Oh, they're just dummies!

What did they put them in here for?

They're dummies!


Did you check...


Did you check the radiation levels before we left the TARDIS?

That's just what I was thinking Zoe, I... I think I did, I... Yes I'm sure I did!

Hey, what are you two on about?

Well I was just thinking. This place reminds me of the old atom-test islands on Earth.

Yes, yes I think you're right Zoe.

Test islands?

For atomic weapons Jamie.

But-but-but, why on Dulkis? They've outlawed war! No there must be some other explanation...

Aye, well I vote we go back to the TARDIS and find somewhere else.


Oh I hope we're not too late. If they were out there for any length of time... How badly are they affected?

I don't know, Educator Balan.

Oh come now Kando, I've taught you how to read a radiation meter. But this is registering negative - are you sure you've switched it on?


How is yours Teel?

Exactly the same sir, the sign says zero.

It's very strange.

Could it be that the meters aren't working sir?

No, the warning lights would have gone on if the circuits had failed.

Well we can't leave them in there indefinitely!

No, that is true. Teel, as they're not radioactive we may as well let them out.

Oh-oh... oh my beautiful coat is all wet!

Oh thank goodness for that!


All this is totally unnecessary you know, there's not a trace of contamination on us!

Yes, so I've noticed, it's odd isn't it?

What's odd about it?

Well the whole island is radioactive - it has been for a hundred and seventy-two years, you must know that.

Well it isn't now.

Of course it is.

Have you checked?

Well not yet, we've only just arrived. We'll be taking the annual readings during the next few days.

Well if I were you I'd take them now. Oh!

I, er... I wasn't aware that anyone else had permission to work on the island. So, tell me what has been happening.

But... but I was hoping you were going to tell us that!

This is an atom test island isn't it?

Of course, everybody knows that.

Ah, well we don't.

But atomic weapons on Dulkis? I thought war had been abolished here!

It has, you seem to know surprisingly little about your own planet!

Ah well that's it you see, we've just come in the TAR-TAR...

Well, as Jamie was about to say; we come from a different world, a different time...

Not from this world? Really, that's very interesting, I must note that in my daily report.

Well you don't sound very surprised.

Well it does explain how you came to expose yourself to the dangers on this island. No Dulcian would do such a foolish thing.

Oh? What are you doing here then?

We're part of Educator Balan's expedition from the university.

But-but when I was here some time ago you were a peaceful race.

Ah, so you've been here before?

Well, yes...

Ah, I must put that in my... I'm so sorry, you were saying?

Well, well what's happened to you? I thought aggressive weapons had been abolished?

Oh, indeed they have, under the second council, under Director Olin. He banned the manufacture of all weapons.

Then what are you doing letting off atomic devices all over the place?

Oh... Oh, there was only one device. Perhaps my pupil Kando should tell you? Let's see how much you remember my dear...


The seventh council...

The seventh council under Director Malos initiated research which led to the development of atomic energy. The dest...

Destructive capabilities.

The destructive capabilities of this were immediately apparent, and...

This island.

...And this island was used to test an explosive des-device, the results of which can be seen today. Thereafter all further research into this type of energy was prohibited, and this island was kept as both a museum and warning to future generations.

Oh well, she certainly does her homework.

I see. Then this, this is an atomic test site?

Oh yes, you see students are... That was really very good Kando... Students are brought here to test the radiation level and observe the effect on the vegetation. And of course, to see for themselves the horrors of atomic destruction.

So there should be radioactivity here?

But there isn't?

No. I wonder why?

And you destroyed this travel-ship?

You gave me no order to the contrary!

You are a Probationer Navigator, your first duty is to investigate, second assess! You allowed your instinct for destruction interfere with your primary task!

Not accepted!

How can you asses that which does not exist?!

Have you completed your atomic analysis?

Analysis complete. Atomic energy released on this island seventeen point-two decades ago.

A long time... strange that this should be the only trace of radiation on this planet. Continue!

Drilling sites have now been located and marked.

Then we will examine them.

This is the eastern drilling site.

What is that?

Oh just a crude box-like structure. Shall I summon the Quarks to destroy it?

Why, will it interfere with the work?

No, but...

Then it would be wasteful to destroy it!

Cully what are you doing here?

Who is it, who's that over there?

My name is Teel, you remember, I'm with the survey team.

Survey? Right, take me to your survey unit.


Come on don't argue!

Oh very well. It's over this way.

Here. Evidently a test site - it would explain the radiation.

Primitive architecture.

Every culture develops Probationer Toba. Never base an assumption on the past, examine the present.

Yes Navigator Rago. Hmph, you were right it was a test site.

Come here. Explain.

Part of this collection of crude weapons.


Well, this one operates on the early laser-principle.

Fire mechanism here.

Self-charging power-cell, limited range.

All you notice?

The other weapons are just as simple; there's nothing here that could threaten us. These things are so old that they could...

Precisely! Old! At last you casually mention a fact of major significance. Has it not occurred to you Probationer Toba that other weapons must have been developed since these?

Agreed Navigator Rago.

I reproved you at the time of your precipitate act of self-gratification in destroying those three creatures. It will now be necessary to find other specimens. They will have to be investigated...

But why do you think we might be responsible?

Thank you.

Well it is conceivable that your craft the um..?


The TARDIS could have attracted the radioactivity in the same way that a m-magnet attracts metal.

Oh, it would have registered!

Do spacecraft often land in Dulkis?

As far as you know you are the first.

Oh I must say then, you don't seem the least bit surprised.

We are taught to accept facts, being foolish to contemplate fantasy in the face of reality. You are here - this is fact. That you come from another planet I accept because I have no other means of proving it.

Not a sign of radiation, but look what I found.

Cully what aren you..?

Never mind that now, we've got to get back to the capital!

Oh we haven't even begun our survey yet!

If you don't you'll be wiped out!

He claims to have seen robots and spacecraft!

You didn't tell me you brought robots!

I haven't!

Look, I've brought three people here in my ship, they've been killed by those creatures!

Well what's so funny?

Now I see it, yes - three people.

So, you come from another world do you Doctor?

Eh, I don't... I...

Really Cully, you and your friends might at least have agreed on the same story!

What, but these aren't my three you oaf! Oh what's the use?

Eh? Look what's he talking about?

I don't know, look I've never seen this gentleman before in my life.

Cully, you had no right to bring these people here without permission, even if you are the son of the Director of the council.

Well go on then, why don't you call him up? At least he's not as stupid as you are!

You say you've seen a spacecraft?

Well I've told you haven't I? A-and robots... well least I think they were robots.

What exactly did this spacecraft look like?

Well it's large and circular and a sort of silvery colour.

Ah, that means it can't be the TARDIS.

Are you sure it wasn't square - like a large wooden box?

No, no, that isn't the spacecraft. No, the box is where the aliens have made a sort of of mark - a five-pointed star. They were examining just now, talking about destroying it!


Jamie we'd better go and see!

Come on!

You're wasting your time.

I-I prefer to make up my own mind thank you! Uh, Jamie... are you coming Zoe?

No, I think I'll stay here.

Right, we shan't be a minute.

Come on then.

Are you sure there's no radioactivity?



Why do you think they're wasting their time Balan?

Because they all think I'm a liar!


Commence work on preparing the sites of the outer boreholes.

At once Navigator Rago.

Send this message to fleet leader. Materials located, detailed report follows.

Command accepted!

No. No, I'm sorry Cully, I'm taking no action until I've spoken to your father.

But all this is just wasting time, and anyway you know full well what the old man's going to say: "Do nothing"!

Yes, and better that than setting the whole of Dulkis in a panic! Besides Cully, I think you should show more respect, if not to me at least to your father.

My father? The great Senex, leader of the Dulcians?

He's as bad as the rest of you! Vegetables, the lot of you. You don't live, you exist.

Haven't you got through yet Teel?

There seems to be some sort of interference.

Ah, there you are! Robots are causing that, what did I tell you?

You don't seem to be having much success with them do you?

Idiots, blind idiots they are! Still, at least your Doctor friend showed some interest.

Yes, he has an enquiring mind.

In that case he'll end up as unpopular as I am!

Ah, at least they haven't harmed the TARDIS.

That's a relief. Jamie, come and have a look at this, it's interesting, look.



Oh, what's so interesting about that?

Well I think it must be some sort of survey-mark.

Ah, very likely...

Jamie, look!

Some sort of tracks.

So they are.

Let's follow them shall we?

Hey look at that!

Now that really is interesting!

Oh look, I-I-I-I think we'd better be getting back. Z-Zoe'll be wondering what's happened to us.

Oh this is interesting, yes... Obviously an interstellar spaceship of considerably advanced design.

Oh no, you're not thinking what I think you're thinking are you?

That, I think Jamie, depends upon what you think I am thinking!


Hey Doctor!

Stop it.


Jamie, don't do it!

Doctor look!

Oh my word!