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All is not well at the Wenley Moor underground atomic research station: there ar e unaccountable losses of power-output; nervous breakdowns amongst the staff; an d then--a death! UNIT is called in and the Brigadier is soon joined by DOCTOR WH O and Liz Shaw in a tense and exciting adventure with subterranean reptile men-SILURIANS-- and a 40 ft. high Tyrannosaurus rex, the biggest, most savage mammal which ever trod the earth! 'DOCTOR WHO, the children's own programme which adul ts adore...' Gerard Garrett, The Daily Sketch ISBN 0 436 11471 X
DOCTOR WHO AND THE CAVE-MONSTERS Based on the BBC television serial Doctor Who and the Silurians by Malcolm Hulke by arrangement with the British Broadcasting Corporation MALCOLM HULKE Illustrated by Chris Achilleos
CONTENTS 1 Prologue: The Little Planet 2 The Doctor Gets a Message 3 The Traitor 4 Power Loss 5 The Fighting Monster 6 Into the Caves 7 Quinn Visits His Friends 8 Into an Alien World 9 The Search 10 Man Trap 11 The Doctor Makes a Visit 12 G oodbye. Doctor Quinn 13 The Prisoner 14 Man from the Ministry 15 Attack and Coun ter-Attack 16 The Itch 17 Epidemic 18 A Hot World 19 The Lie .
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Horizontal section of Wenley Moor showing cave system a nd research centre complex .Here you see the hilly countryside. (1) the reptile people's shelter (2) the research cent re (3) lift shaft going down to the research centre (4) the caves (5) road leadi ng from the main road to the top of the lift shaft (6) the main road (7) the mai n entrance to the caves. with a part cut away to show what is to be f ound beneath the surface.
The little planet was travelling at an enormous speed towards Earth. Now Okdel could see it clearly: there were patterns on the surface as though it too. Once the scientists had made the Ear th government understand the danger. taking another group of O kdel's people to safety below the ground. 'Look. and its last light made the green scales of the young people shine bril liantly. All over the planet Earth shelters had been built deep under th e ground. The little rogue planet stood out as a white disc i n the sky. and the seas will settle down again.' said K'to.' Okdel had heard all th is before. 'Our astronomers calculate that it will sweep by Earth. But the air will come back. to save taking down huge amounts of food and water and . Okdel asked.' said K'to patiently. lit by the sun. but he was old enough to know that even scientists could make mistake s.1 Prologue: the Little Planet Okdel stood watching as the last of the young reptile men and women took their t urn to go down to safety in the lift. the doors slid open and shut soundlessly. The scientists could not say how long the population must stay in the shelters--it could be days.' 'You are sure it w ill not collide with Earth?' said Okdel. Okdel wondered when he would see the sun again. 'Could there be life on it?' 'It's been travelling through Space for millions of years. 'Life is only possible on a planet if it goes round a sun and gets warmth. 'Our seas will rise up in great waves and for some days the air will be drawn up from the surface of our planet. A month ago the planet had been a dot in the night sk y. had seas and mountains. the planet!' K't o the scientist had come up to Okdel and was pointing to the eastern horizon whe re the sky was already dark. the government ordered the building of thes e deep shelters. The gleaming metal doors of the lift were set in rock. The planet was first seen two years ago. or even weeks. Across the valley the sun was already setting. like Earth. So.
But I am sorry about your pets.' 'It is that qualit y which makes them interesting. 'Okdel keeps one of the furry animals as a pet. 'We shall be better off without them. 'What?' said Okdel. On the ground above each shelter was a device to detect the return of the Eart h's atmosphere. they have families.' said K'to. In any case. It meant that the people would actually stop breathing .' said Morka. 'The little furry an imals are dirty.' said K'to. Once everything was back to normal. 'Our farmers will be glad to see the end of them. 'But as a man of science. 'Your pet will have to d ie with the others.' Mork a came up beside them.' 'You are a strange man. Okdel.' said Mo rka. 'Are all the animals safe?' It had been decided to take a male and female of all the more useful reptile animals. 'and press their lips to each other's faces! It is disgusting!' Okdel turne d to K'to. do you not find it interesting that a speci es exists so different from ourselves?' . 'Is that not true.oxygen. lost in thoug ht.' he said. 'Our animals. even on ly for a few minutes.' said Okdel.' said Okdel. K'to said. all creatures on the surface will suffocate and die. 'The little furry animals revolt me! They grunt. and put their limbs round each others' necks.' He paused.' 'You only say that because Okdel is the lead er of this shelter group. these devices would automati cally trigger huge amounts of electricity to wake up the sleeping reptile people .' 'They ra id our crops. 'are they in the shelter?' 'They went down first.' said Morka. 'A pity we are taking none of the little furry animals. 'I made sure of that. the scientists had invented a system that would put everyone into what t hey called 'total sleep'.' 'Yes.' said K'to. Insects live in their fur. Okdel?' 'It amuses me. When the planet draws away our atmosphere. 'In the zoo I have noticed how they touch each other. and they are fond of each other.' said Okdel. this event will rid our planet of the mammal vermin.
It was the last time he was to see t he sun for a hundred million years. He had released the pet two days ago.'Interesting. . He was certain that his ow n pet furry animal understood many of the things said to it. 'Okdel!' Morka was calling from the lift doors. The sun was now deep in the western horizon.' said Okdel. Nearby a huge lizard was quietly munching leaves from a fern. 'Shall we go into the shelter?' 'I shall follow shortly . he looked again across the valley to see the t ip of the sun as it sank below the horizon. Volcanoes erup ted and earthquakes brought mountain ranges crashing down. when all the reptile people were safely hibernating in 'total sleep' in their deep shelters. As always they were calling out to each other.' said K'to. About twenty of the furry animals were racing across open ground. so that f or what remained of its life it would enjoy freedom to climb trees and race acro ss open spaces. He wan ted to take a last look at the metal domes of the city glinting in the fading su nlight. Ju st before stepping into the lift. even though it only chattered and grunted in reply. babies clinging to the backs of some of the fema les. Som etimes Okdel imagined they were trying to form words. Okdel turned to follow the others. The force of its gravity pulled th e seas into huge tidal-like waves that swept over the continents. 'We must go into the shelter!' Okdel slowly walked towards where Morka and K'to were waiting. and paused to look back into the valley. Morka and K'to walked away towards the lift. They also smell. grunting and chattering. Cyclones raged across the boiling seas and the tortured land masses. It was a pity that so many animals were to die.' 'Very true!' said Morka. But there was only room in the shelters fo r a selected few. 'but I do not care to be near them. the little plan et swept low across the surface of the Earth. Okdel turned and loo ked again across the valley. Then he heard a familiar so und. Two days later.
began to stan d upright on their hind legs. But some survived. Whole continents moved their position. But some. With the reptile masters of Earth safely hibernatin g in their deep shelters. When this animal looked up into the night sky and. the mammals increased both in numbers and in the ir variety of species. homo sap iens. Of all the mammalian species it was this one th at learnt how to talk. The underground shelters of the sleeping reptile people sank deeper and deeper below the surface. The reptile people remained in their state of hibernation. and learnt to use th eir upper limbs to handle tools. the devices to de-hibernate the reptile people were never triggered. similar to those Okdel saw racing across the valley. or swept to death against roc ks by the force of the great winds. The surface of the Earth changed and changed again. As millions of years rolled by. Within a day the greater gravity of Earth had trapped the little wandering pl anet. started to probe beneath the crust of what he now considered was his plane t. not once but man y times. Most of them continued to walk and run using all four lim bs. . He called i t the Moon. They were to remain like that until Man. and as the Earth's cli mate changed and became cooler. Since there was no time o f complete airless vacuum on the Earth. he gave it a special name. saw th e little planet still orbiting his Earth. the little furry animals--the mammals--were able to li ve in peace and multiply. knowing nothi ng of the world they had lost. lost most of their body hair. In many places rocks and mountains formed over the sh elters.But the atmosphere was never completely pulled away from the surface-of the Eart h. The Earth's crust folded over on itself. turning the course of its flight into an orbit that en-circled the Earth. Millions of the little furry animals were drowned.
'D o you know where the Doctor is?' she asked.' 'Bess ie?' 'You know. but he s tood to attention because she was at least the Doctor's scientific assistant. Liz called. 'There's an urgent message from the Brigadier. 'Is this it?' The spanner was taken from her hand." That's all.' called the Doctor. Liz looked inside. Liz worked her way round the car. She thanked the Corporal. The Doctor's legs s tayed exactly as they were. 'That old banger of his.' she called. The Doctor's long legs stuck out from under one side of the car.' . She called: 'Corporal Grover!' The Corporal spun round and s tood to attention. being careful not to step on tools now strew n on the floor. was in the first garage.' said the Corporal. 'With Bessie. and hurrie d over to the row of garages.' She still wasn't u sed to a car being called by a girl's name. "Miss Shaw a nd the Doctor will report themselves forthwith to Wenley Moor to attend a briefi ng meeting. 'All his messages are urgent. 'o r at least he thinks they are. It says. knelt down and poked it u nder the car. Bessie. the Doctor's beloved car. Bessie stood there. ma'am. She saw Corporal Grover making for the Armament Room. 'Thanks. 'Doctor?' 'What is it?' The voice came from under the car .2 The Doctor Gets a Message Liz Shaw crossed the UNIT headquarters quadrangle as she came from the Communica tions Office. He didn't salute because Liz was not a UNIT officer. the scribbled note in her hand. I think. found it. her brasswork and shiny radiator gleaming. Can you hand me the self-adjusting spanner?' Liz looked in the mess of tools for the spanner. 'I'll read it to you. What's the Brigadier's message?' Liz said.
' 'I dare say. She tried again. When she wa s posted to the job. so she decided to try another way. Do you understand anything about cars?' 'A bit. trying not to sound very sure. Then she called. 'Are you still here?' She said. 'Doctor?' His voice bellowed up from under the car. 'My dear young lady. One side of his nose was black with axle grease.' called the Doctor. 'Is that all?' 'Yes. .' She straightened up and waited. but remained lying there on his back looking up. 'Did I hear co rrectly?' Liz said. She called down to the Doctor again: 'Doctor?' Silence. But this message was from the Brigadier: did the warning still apply? She couldn't work that out. the Brigadier had warned her never to seem to push the Doct or into doing anything. trying to peer under t he car.' There was no answer from under the car.' The Doctor did not look pleased. B essie is no ordinary motor-car. 'It's just his way of putting things.' The Doctor slowly got to his feet. wiping his hands on an oily rag.The Doctor slid himself out from under the car and looked up at Liz from the gar age floor. Particularly not forthwith!' The Doctor slid himself back unde r the car. Liz crouched. 'It came in five minutes ago.' Liz thought for a moment. 'I asked if Bessie really goes. It's his military trainin g. Liz looked down at the long legs and felt like kicking one. 'This is a very tricky job. It looks so old. 'But I'm far too busy. 'Does Bessie really go?' For a moment there was no sound. ' she said. 'You can just send a message back to the Brigadier and tell him that I do not report myself anywhere.' she said. Then the Doctor slid out fro m under the car. Doctor. under here. 'Doctor? Are you all right?' 'I'm perfectly all right. 'Doctor?' 'Yes?' 'It would make a nice trip for us. Instead s he said.' the Doctor calle d.
'Would you care to go for a drive?' 'Really?' she said. the en gine was gleaming.' said the Doctor.' said t he Doctor. 'A royal command to report forthwith?' 'That's all the Brigad ier said. the Doctor took the note and read it to himself.' 'I'm sorry.' 'But Bessie. Hop i n. makes a blue light go on on the dashboard if there's ice on the road. 'Yes. I'll get my things--in ten minutes.. 'You wer e doing something to it.' .' she protested. 'Provided we go to the research centre at Wenley Moor. Is it safe?' 'Perfectly. 'All right. and adde d. as clean as an engine in a glass case in a museum. two-hundred brake horse-power. I do know what a cyclotr on is. computerised fuel injection. Beneath. six cylinders. I believe the country up there is beautiful. He just wants us to get there as quickly as possible. Derbyshire. 'There you are. 'What sort of a resea rch centre is it?' 'They've got a cyclotron.' Liz said.' 'I see. 'It was just a little gadget I've always wanted. in dicating the note.The Doctor unclipped a huge leather strap and lifted the bonnet. 'what some people call a proton accelerator.' 'That's wonderful.' 'Is this all the information we have?' the Doctor asked. Perhaps I could explain it to you.' G iving in. Let's meet back here in'-he glanced at his watch--'in ten minutes.. twin carbs.' said Liz. 'then we'd better not waste any more time standing around here. yes--I'd love to. It bombards atoms with sub-atomic particles..' 'But I've got to pack some clothes. electron ic ignition..' Liz said.' Liz cut in qu ickly: 'Not now. 'twin overhead camshaft.' he said. 'But does it actually go?' The D octor looked at her. and they've got lots of interesting caves.' She looked quickly at the Brigadier's message. 'And a toothbrush!' 'You migh t have thought of that. 'I mean. Doctor. and polishe d exhaust ports.' There was a t ouch of sarcasm in the Doctor's voice as he said.' the Doctor said.
'That's wha t I said.' he said. until the road went along at the foot of the rising ridge of land. straight at the ridge of hills. 'up the M1 and off at the right exit.' Liz said. I've studied the route thoroughly. They roared along. 'Do I irritate you?' . The Doctor slowed down. not speakin g. 'We have to be sure. He made a calculation on th e edge of the map.' Liz had navigated their journey all the w ay from UNIT headquarters in London.' The Doctor produced a poc ket compass. and electronic ignition burst into life. 'You're sure this is Wenley Moor?' 'Positive. then turned gently to Liz. The six cylinders. twin carbs. She pointed to the ridge. 'I rather like map-reading. If the Doctor wanted to explain his ice-detect or.' 'Did you?' He put the map away and started the engine again. He said. 'Well. he could do it on the way to the research centre.' 'You did very well. Now the Doc-tor seemed to prefer to take ov er. Some mile s ahead the land rose into a ridge that continued as far as the eye could see. 'in a perfectl y straight line--there!' He pointed.She hurried away to her quarters.' he said.' 'Over there!' she screamed. Liz sat back looking at the great moorland spread out before them. In a very determined way Liz said: 'It's that track over there. They shot forwar d. 'I got you all the w ay through the London traffic.' The Doctor stopped the ca r. only occasional villages and isolated farms.' She pointed to a gravel r oad that led up the hill from the main road.' Liz said nothing. making his calculation. 'That rough track. T here were no towns to be seen. not really listening. reaching fo r the map again. 'I think it must be over there. 'It must be. better be safe than sorry. got out his map and began to study it.' he said. took a reading. The Doctor stopped Bessie at the crest of a hill.
' Liz said. 'Now gi ve me the password. then show your passes to the guards by the lift. I hope that our association together will be a long and happy one. Liz gulped. Liz quickly got out their passes and showed them to the gu ard. and . They opened the gate.'No. A gate was set in the fence with a sign that read: 'RESEA RCH CENTRE--GOVERNMENT PROPERTY-. 'You are the most thoughtful and considerate scientist I have ever worked with!' He beamed. T owards the top of the hill they came to a high electrified fence that went all t he way round the hill.KEEP OUT.' The guard was satisfied and nodded t o his companions.' Security guards were standing by a little hut next to the gate. 'Sorry.' he said. 'What do you mean? "Thing"?' Liz pulled at his arm. One of them called to the Doctor. The guard checked them. and parked it where the guard had indicated.' 'We are the governme nt. Another guard checked their passes. The Doctor seemed impressed. 'let's hope it is. Doctor. 'Park that thing over there.' The Doctor drove slowly up the winding gravel track. Liz just tried to keep her balance.' said the Doctor. then came to a stop. 'All right.' Liz said.' The Doc tor turned furiously.' he said. shouted 'First stop--Australia' and pressed the button again. taking her quite seriously.' she said qui etly. Liz and the Doctor went inside. The guard grinned at them. After what seemed only a few seconds the lift s tarted to slow in its descent. 'Yes. and suddenly the lift plummeted down into the earth. One of them came up to the visitors. 'Government pr operty. The doors slid op en. and handed them back. revealing a lift. then pressed a button set in the concrete. then swallowed as her ears seemed to block up. The doors closed. They crossed to a small concrete bu ilding with double sliding doors.' 'I should jolly well hope so.' Liz c losed her eyes to stop herself from screaming again. 'It wa s a joke.' The Doctor put Bessie back into gear. you can't come in here. Doctor.' the guard called. 'I'd say that was about five hundred feet in three seconds. 'How very kind o f you. asked for the password again. 'Silurians.
'And how long has it been built?' Without turning the Brigadier called back: 'Tell you al l about it later. The Doctor took long easy strides. 'But I am determin ed we shall recover our lost ground and go on to make the new and important disc overies that lie ahead. Brigadier. This way. clever-looking man who stood on a small platform.' The Brigadier did a smart military about-tu rn at a T-junction of corridors.' Dr.waited for the doors to open. It seemed as though all the men and women working in the centre were present.' They were in a large confe rence hall. the Brigadier leaned towards the Doctor. When they opened a moment later it was to reveal t he Brigadier standing waiting for them.' The Brigadier strode off down a long metallic-wal led corridor. and turned quizzically towards the Brigadier. 'We are already very considerabl y behind in our research programme. speaking now to the Doctor and Liz. Lawrence. This is Miss Elizabeth Shaw.' Liz prepared to listen. and this is the Doctor. There's a meeti ng in progress now. 'Cert ainly. 'And you.' The Brigadier rose. Liz had t o run to keep up with them. 'That's Dr. here. 'Pe rhaps you could introduce your colleagues.' He st opped addressing his audience.' . 'How deep is this place?' said the Doctor. 'Take a pew.' The Brigadier shook hands with the Doctor. The Brigadier held open one door. The Brigad ier continued. Doctor. put his finger to his lips and sai d. Dr. too. They were all listening to a sharp. 'This gentleman is Dr. UNIT's scientific adviser. Miss Shaw. He was addressing them rather like a teacher with a class. Turn right. Lawrence. This brought them to double swing-doors with gl ass panels.' The scientists turned to look at the newcomers. Dr. Quinn. As th ey found seats. Lawrence's deputy in this establishment. 'Shhhh!' In a loud whisper he added. Thank you very much for giving me your attention. 'Terribly glad to see you. Lawrence was saying. d irector of this place. behind the Brigadier.
' he said. ruddy face and closecropped ginger hair. retired. as though expecting Lawrence to explain why Bark er had been retired from the army. Quinn smiled. We are deve loping a new kind of nuclear reactor. 'Regular Army. The Brig adier continued. Lawrence said: 'We are on the verge of discove ring a way to make cheap atomic energy for almost every kind of use. 'fo reign competitors. Qui nn spoke with the trace of a Scottish accent. adding: 'You send a proton roun d and round in a tube. Doctor. 'Another scientist?' aske d the Doctor. But Dr. The Doctor said it had been explained to him. 'You no doubt know the purpose of our work here. Dr. smiling. and seemed the only scientist pres ent with any sense of humour.' No one seemed very impressed with this. one that will convert nuclear energy direc tly to electrical power. and gave a quick glance to Dr.' the Doctor said. lean-faced Dr. A discovery like this will make Britain great again. Barker looked embarrassed.' laughed Dr. Everyone looke d at the Brigadier.' 'That's goo d. is Major Barker.' He indicated a big-built man w ith a square. 'You make it sound like a sideshow at a funfair!' Dr. The Brigadier had to think for a moment. Lawrence. 'They must be retiring people very young in the army these days. as though he had said something very silly. then try to hit it with subatomic particles. The Doctor turne d back to Dr. Lawrence just smiled. 'You know. Lawrence. 'Show whom?' ask ed the Doctor. 'Very pl eased to meet you. Quinn. Quinn. although it made sense to Liz.' The Doctor shook Barker's hand.The Doctor turned and shook hands with the small. and returned the compliment.' he said.' said Barker. 'This.' 'That'll show 'em!' said the Brigadier. 'Station security officer. 'What's going wrong?' . and changed the subject.' he said to the Docto r.
'we have already discussed that possibility.' he said. But the biggest problem was the sudden loss of electri cal power to make the cyclotron work. I must get back to my work. 'who nearly got electrocuted when the power came on again after a failur e. 'The caves. if you'll excuse me.' 'Pot-holers?' queried the Doctor.Dr. Barker. B ut that's if they are real accidents. Lawrence turned to Dr. 'They attract pot-holers. Quinn. 'Stupid mishaps. Lawrence explained that a lot of the people working for him had been taken i ll.' Dr. 'Look. 'Ready for the tour?' asked Dr. Again Major Barker blurted the answer. and there is no exception here. 'It's sabotage. 'no one has answered my question. Major Barker spoke before either of th e other had a chance to answer.' said the Brigadier. how about seeing around the place?' 'Delighted. Quinn. 'Accidents or sabotage.' he blurted out. but first he asked what type of accidents people had had at the Centre.' said Dr. The Doctor said he was. since you and Miss Shaw have been sent to help us. Lawrence had heard all t his before from Major Barker. 'Most accide nts are the fault of the people who have them. Some of the people here do it in their spare time.' Dr.' 'Th en why has UNIT been called in?' said Barker. his voice str ained. It seems most unlikely.' said the Doctor. his face reddening.' said Dr. Lawrence hurried away. 'You could give them a conducted t our.' he added in a sinister way.' said the Doct or. 'Have you any idea what causes these losse s of electrical power?' asked the Doctor. and turned to the Doctor. Three days ago two of . Quinn. 'A planned. Dr. or had had accidents. 'Really. Now. Lawrence deliberately ignored the question. Lawrence. 'Good. And then three days ago there were the pot-holers. del iberate programme of sabotage!' It was obvious that Dr. What type of acci dents have people had here?' 'There was a poor fellow three weeks ago.
and his friend. 'While Dr. Meredith. 'This way. 'We've had an out-break of mild neuroses.' said D r. psychosomatic ailme nts.' 'Swinging the lead. 'They all are.' said Barker. and nervous breakdowns.' said Barker. Liz entered a well-lit room with a desk. He stopped at double-doors on which were the word s 'SICK-BAY'. . cutt ing in. 'is under some kind of stress. all windo wless. would y ou mind visiting this man Spencer in the sick-bay? I may be along later. Wants to see the loonie.them had an accident--a bit of a mystery.' 'I agree. a stranger to him. 'Where do I find the sick-bay ?' Liz asked.' said Major Barker. This is Miss Shaw. and two doors leading off to other parts of the sickbay. Spencer. ' Dr..' He turned to Liz. Seated at the desk was a good-looking young man writing a report.. 'I'll intro-duce you to Dr. really..' Barker march ed out. Quinn shows me the cyclotron.' said Barker.' He tur ned back to Dr. 'I wish you'd knock. Dr. A technician called Davis was killed. an inspection trolley of the so rt you find in a hospital. is still in the sick-bay here. Meredith. Meredith explained calmly. a little annoyed. He looked up. Barker marched like a soldier down one corridor after another. but he had already settled himself at a desk and was using the telephone.' said Barker. from UNIT. Quinn smile d.' Dr. as Liz and Major Barker entered. Quinn. Meredith stopped short when he saw it was Liz. She hurried after Major Barker..' 'My patient. 'No need to kno ck. Liz turned to see what the Brigadier was going to do. and held open a door. 'And now if you could show me the centre of operations. Major Bark er followed close on Liz's heels. 'But we should look into everything. He is not a lunatic.' 'People pretending to be potty. if you ask me.' Dr. 'It's difficult to see any connection between a pot-holing accident and our p ower losses in the Centre. 'Security check. all with the gentle hum of air-conditioning--air that was being sucked in from five hundred feet above. Quinn took the Doctor out into the corridor. 'I'll take you there.' said the Doctor.' 'All?' said Liz.
' Meredith o pened the door and they went into a small.' Dr. . 'Down here.' 'It's rather more peculiar t han that.' said Dr. I'm sorry to be so difficu lt. spoke quickly and quietly to her. 'All right.' He closed the door in Barker's face. But a vital page is m issing. The bed was r uffled but empty.Dr. He smiled to Liz. but Dr. The young man. windowless private ward with one bed. and as always the faint hum of the air-conditioning.' he said. and I could see where it was torn out. please. 'Just these two. The person who kept the log was S pencer. the chap we're going to visit. then the Doctor. Follow me.' But before Liz could ask what the Doctor had discovered. M ajor Barker was about to follow. 'Miss Shaw and I h ave authority from UNIT to see what and whom we wish. Meredith checked him. the Doctor whispered quickly to Liz: 'There's a log book in the cyclotron room-they keep in it records of these mysterious power losses. Meredith stopped at the door to a pr ivate ward. Mered ith opened a door leading to a small passage. a washbasin. was squat ting on the floor. Very interesting clue there. As they followed. 'but you do so at your own risk. 'Still. turned to the Doctor an d Liz. Meredith ignored him.' Dr. 'This way.' 'Then I must insist!' The voice of Doctor Who boomed behind L iz. 'I take it you know what happened to this patient?' Liz said: 'His f riend had an accident in the caves and was killed.' he said. if you don't mind. Meredith got up. 'I'm afraid that I won't allow you or anyone to see ou r latest patient.' Dr. the Doctor was addressing Dr. The Doctor and Liz went rou nd the bed to see where Meredith was pointing. but you cannot refuse to let us see your patient. Meredith had already crossed to the other side of the bed. 'Where's the patient?' Liz asked.' The young doctor led them down the passage. Liz went first. you'd better see for yourself. Spencer. 'Just seen over their cy clotron. Meredith again. Meredith.
He's been as good as gold since then. 'aren't those drawin gs like the ones at Lascaux?' Liz had once visited the famous caves at Lascaux i n southwest France.' s aid Meredith. So I gave him that pen. Then the Doctor straightened up. . and one of them fell into a deep hole in the ground. mammoth elephants covered in fur.' said Liz.' 'Doctor. then turned to Spencer and point ed at one of the strange human-like figures in amongst the animals. 'At first he was violent. and strange birds with scales ins tead of feathers. The Doctor knelt down and examined the drawings with interest. a nd made to open the door. Dr. so they scrambled down to see. Those French caves had been discovered by four schoolboys ba ck in 1942. they found themselves surr ounded by drawings on the cave's walls--drawings of animals and hunters made by some Stone Age artist tens of thousands of years ago. 'H ow long has he been like this?' he asked. 'I'll get the guards. He called to the others that he was in some sort of cav e. and later tourists. The French government open ed up the caves so that scientists. while Spencer now sat back on his haunches and grinned like a ver y small child pleased with his own drawings. except different from men they had no visible ears and there w as a third eye in the forehead. Then with wild eyes and a groan like a stricken animal. Then I realise d all he wanted was something to draw on the walls with. he leapt up fr om the floor and tried to grab the Doctor's throat. old chap?' he said in a kindly voice.' he shouted. The Doctor nodded in agreement. he was drawing on the wall. To their amazement. and tried to throttle me. They were playing a hide-and-seek game. 'Ever since he was brought in here. could see the remarkable wall drawings. Meredith jumped back in alarm. There were man y other pictures drawn on the wall--buffaloes of a type extinct many thousands o f years ago. But already the Doctor had Spencer's wrists held in a firm grip. As the Doctor grappled with Spencer. putting the final touches to a picture of a sabre-toothed tiger. Using a felt-tipped pen.crouching against the wall. Spencer looked where the Doctor was pointing. In among the drawings of pre-historic animals were pictures of menlike figures. 'What's this one.
' 'What had kille d him?' asked the Doctor. Meredith and said. cring ing in a corner. 'I'm terribly sorry about that. Dr. 'Calm down. Even so. so we sent in a search party in case they were in troub le.' As they left the private ward. Spencer slumped back on the floor. old man. they sent for me immediately. who was killed in the caves. 'Tell me about the other man. the Doctor turned to Dr. and that could only have been caused by a lump of rock falling from the roof. Meredith tried to apologise for his patient. 'They were late getting bac k from their pot-holing. 'I sup pose it might have been partly the cause. 'A fall of rock?' Dr. When they found Davis's body. I thought we had quietened him down over the last couple of cl ays. Did you see h is body afterwards?' 'Naturally. There was a livid gash down one side o f the man's face.' said the Doctor.' said Dr.' Just as suddenly as he attacked the Doctor. Davis. Meredith rubbed his chin.Spencer leapt up from the floor and tried to grab the Doctor's throat 'It's all right. there was something odd about the wound. Meredith. No one is going to hurt you.' .
and continued questioning Dr. But this was a much bigger claw --a claw the size of a man's hand. There will have to be an inquest to decide on that.' said Dr.' Liz said.' .' 'Th en what. Meredith looked embarrass ed by the answer he was about to give. the man simply died of fright.' said Meredith. 'You know what it's like if a cat scratches you. He said. 'What did you put on the death certifi cate as "cause of death"?' 'Under the circumstances. the gash on the face couldn't possibly have caused death. 'did?' Again Dr. Meredith. like a claw perhaps?' The Doctor gave Liz a look to tell her to be quiet . Meredith stopped. But if you want my opinion. 'I refu sed to issue one. Meredith.Dr. as though he felt that what he had to say was too silly. ' What sort of wound was it?' said the Doctor. 'Like a claw mark.' asked the Doctor patiently. 'A piece of rock could have jagged edges. 'If you really want to know what I think.
The research centre was the best equipped scientific establishment she had ever worked in. In her heart Miss Dawson feared t he moment when people would stop asking. becau se of her elderly mother. Her brothers. a year ago. The years rolled by. and she was thrilled to get the job. more every thing in all the underdeveloped parts of the world. 'Why don't you get married?' and replac e it with the dread. To turn nuclear energy directly into electrical power. but whenever she saw an advertisement for an elec tronic scientist needed abroad. of incredibly old age. and got. Derbyshire was n't exactly Australia or America. had g ot married and gone to live in America and Australia. and it was the start of her new life. At last free. and promptly became ill again so that Miss Dawson even had to s tay away from work to look after the old lady. her mother's health had mysteriously taken a turn for the worse. but at least it was some distance from London. she had had some intere sting research jobs in London. w ithout using a turbine in between. Miss Dawson immecliately appl ied for. and pe ople stopped calling her a 'young woman' and said instead 'such a faithful daugh ter'.3 The Traitor Miss Dawson was worried. Sometimes she met men who seemed to want to marry her. older than her and all scientists. Miss Daw on had been the o ne left at home to look after their ailing mother. this job at the research centre at Wenley Moor. but her mother alwa ys knew somehow. Lawrence to work at the re-search centre. Rea lly cheap electrical power would mean more factories. All her life she had had to live in London. could bring enormous benefits to mankind. 'Why didn't you get married?' Miss Dawson's mother had died . Her specific task was to release the atoms that raced round the cyclotron tube--a tube so . which she had come to detest. She had been one of the first scientists selected by Dr . or even in another part of Britain. At first her mind was filled with the exc itement of the project. True. more hospitals.
Dr. Miss Dawson was not one to acce pt the fantasy of a talking reptile. filling his pipe and settlin g back in an armchair. He was rather older than her. now lighting his p ipe and blowing out a huge amount of blue smoke. At first Miss Dawson refused to believe it. 'We know from the fossils that have been fo und that no such animal ever existed. Dr. and he had a third eye in the middle of his fo rehead. he wa s single. the reptiles never produced a species with a brain larger than that of a present-da y kitten. Miss Dawson and Dr. . and had had a terrif ic amount of scientific experience. He had been married. Th e Age of the Reptiles ended millions and millions of years ago. 'I assure you it's true. and talked to. On Sunday mornings. w ith green scales instead of skin. Above all. He had m et. Quinn joined the team a couple of months after Miss Dawson's arrival. Quinn that she would be glad to help decorate his cott age and make curtains and even clean and cook if he so desired. Quinn. always friendly . With that nice s mile of his. Quinn had declined all these offers. It was after Sunday lunch one day that Dr. a reptile man. and with that trace of a Scottish accent that fascinated her.large that the cyclotron room in which she worked was surrounded by the tube. 'You must have imagined it. So the pattern became set.' With a lifetime of scientific training. returning to his little cottage to play at cooking Sunday lunch togethe r. Quinn would go walking together over th e moors.' said Dr. and what he had found there. Miss Dawson qui ckly made it clear to Dr. 'He was well over six feet tall. Dr .' 'B ut I've been having conversations with them.' said Dr. Instead of living in the staff's quarters in the Centre itself. as though he was talking about nothing more extraordinary than meeting another pot-holer in the caves. In any case.' she said. but said that he'd be very glad for Miss Dawson to call at any time as a guest. Quinn. She was immediately attracted to him. but his wife had died in a car accident some year s ago. Also he was a very kind man. Quinn told Miss Dawson that he had been down into the caves under the hills. Quinn had taken a small cottage on the outskirts of a nearby village.
'Of course you can 't believe it. after I'd promised to be their friend..Miss Dawson persisted. and went on talking about his reptile men. But Dr. She tried to change the subject. You see. Quinn. ' Miss Dawson asked. What struck me particularly was how he coul d detect my language--English--and speak to me in it. 'The structure of the typical reptile mouth doesn't lend itself to speech. and where.' 'I'm not going to say the fellow talked with an Oxford accent. Perhaps he had spent too much time alone since his wife had died. Miss Dawson. in pre-history.' smiled Dr . that's all. Quinn. 'Then why haven't the pot-holers found them? There are alwa ys people trooping down into the caves.' 'Because. 'the reptile people live in some special shelter they've got there. 'Are you going to give them that information?' Dr.' said Miss Daws on.' said Dr.. and how m any there are of us. 'about how we humans live.' 'But surely. Quinn might not be mad. Quinn had gone mad. Quinn.' said Dr. 'They wa nt information. and they've been there for millions of years. But what if something else happened. All the fossils tell us that. Quinn just smiled.' She was not a zoologist so she didn't know quite who had discovered what . p uffed at his pipe. The most vocal reptile can only produce a very limited sound r ange. It was at this moment that Miss Dawson really started to worry.' he said--she had never got him to call her Phyllis-'because we are educated to believe that the reptiles are a low class of animal with primitive brains.' 'Their friend?' said Miss Dawson. 'if you've found these creatur es you must let everyone know! It's the most remark-able discovery since. that we know nothing about? For some reason those rep tile people are down in the caves. what interes ts me is the information that I can get from them. The one I met showed me the entrance. at last believing Dr.' Miss Dawson decided that possibly Dr. Quinn sl owly shook his head. 'More of a dreary monotone. 'I shall play them along.
' His memory for facts always amazed her.' 'I'm sorry to be so ignorant.' 'Tell me.' 'But you k now who discovered steam. and probably the Prime Minister and the Leader of t he Opposition. In years to come the name Matthew Quinn wi ll be as unknown as--as that of D. Abo ve all. E.living species. that fish they found off the coast of South Afr ica. Quinn blew smoke and thought for a moment. Hughes?' 'Exactly!' exclaimed Dr. 'but who was D.' she said. 'what the temperature was like. But somehow I've always been someone else's assistant. 'Yes. the flora and fauna. 'I don't understand what you're getting at. I believe that they knew the true ancestors of Mankind. then returned to his lecturehall voice to reel off more information from his mental store of knowledge: 'Professor D. more as a statement than a question. and thought to have been extinct for seventy million years.' he said.' . just as I am now assistant to our dear Dr. ' he said thoughtfully. Lawrence. Quinn. London. and gravity. Hughes. and built a primitive transmitter in his home in Great Portland Stree t. 'I've given all my life to science. I bet you thought Marconi invented radio!' Miss Dawson didn't answer that. ' I thought you'd know. If I reveal these creatures the world's top zoo logists and anthropologists. 'How the world was millions and millions of years ago.' she said.' Dr. 'Well. E. director of the research centre. will be fighting to get into those caves to be seen on world-wide television talking to a reptile man.' said Dr. and electricity and evolution?' he said. Hughes. since you know all the other details about it. Quinn. you know.' 'The coelacanth. 'Of course. 'What do you hope to find out from these creatures?' Dr. Quinn sat back in his chair and gazed at the ceilin g. 'that fish. a professor of music. E. 'caught off Natal in 1938. as though giving a lecture.' sa id Miss Dawson. Miss Dawson. 'do you know who discovered the coelacanth?' Miss Dawson shook her head. invented radi o in 1879.
' 'Triggered off?' She didn't understand. which he quickly put o ut of sight in a cupboard.' said Dr.' he said. Qu inn got out his pipe. 'Do you think you can get al l this information from your reptile people.' she said. But our electricity woke up one of them. 'I shall publish a paper--p erhaps a book. Miss Dawson went one day to Dr.' It was some time after this conver sation that the power losses started at the research centre. 'My dear Miss Dawson. Lawrence. then thought better of it and put the pipe back into his p ocket. they draw off our power to de-hibernate more of their kind. Quinn. and he set about waking up the others. 'if they're sensible. Quinn.' . 'Wouldn't you like to know someone who is as famous as Charles Darwin?' Miss Dawson could see now that Dr. She nerved herself to say what was on her mind: 'It' s got something to do with those creatures you told me about. Just as the nuclear reactor was building up to maximum power. Quinn's off ice.' said Dr. 'The truth is that the enormous volume of electrical power we create down here triggered off the reptile people in the first place. all its current would be mysteriously drawn off. 'It's about these power losses. Quinn. She found him looking at a model globe of the world. 'do sit down. Not tha t the chairs in this office are very comfortable. It will be the most widely read book in the world.' He turned and looked at her with his disarming smile.'What will you do with this information?' she asked. 'They were hibernating. 'I've no idea how o r why--they haven't explained that to me yet.' said Dr. and she sat.. She asked. Quinn was no t the quiet little man she had imagined. hasn't it?' Dr. sometimes plunging the research centre into temporary darkness. Dr.' He produced a metal-backed chair for her. When it suits them. was looking a fter that. and walk away with notes for your b ook? What do you think they are going to do?' 'Go back into their hole in the gr ound. 'Do you k now what causes them?' 'I thought our dear director. Afte r it had happened twice in one week..
'How have they managed to build cables,' she asked, 'from their shelter to our r esearch centre?' 'They haven't,' he said. 'In some ways their civilisation was m ore advanced than ours. By induction* they can transfer electrical power through earth, rock, anything.' 'You must tell them to stop!' She realised she had spok en like a schoolmistress talking about naughty children. 'I think that's more th an my life is worth,' said Dr. Quinn. 'In any case, they're not holding up our w ork too much. And what we're doing here isn't half as important as what I'm doin g getting to know these creatures.' 'But Dr. Lawrence is going to bring in UNIT, ' she said. 'Were you aware of that?' For the first time Dr. Quinn frowned. 'No, he didn't tell me. He should have done.' Then he smiled his usual cheery smile. 'Still, we shall have to see how it all works out, won't we?' 'You must tell th em to stop,' she repeated. He looked at her squarely, appeal in his eyes. 'I can 't, Miss Dawson. They wouldn't understand. Remember, they think of Earth as thei r planet.' 'But they hid themselves away for some reason,' protested Miss Dawson . 'The Earth belongs to Mankind!' 'They don't think Mankind is very important,' said Dr. Quinn quietly. But that's ridiculous!' For a moment Dr. Quinn said noth ing, studying the neat arrangement of pens and writing pad on his desk top. Then he looked up again, giving that winning little smile of his. 'Miss Dawson, if f or some reason you went to sleep in your house for twenty years, and when you wo ke up you found the house was inhabited by thousands of mice and rats, what woul d you do?' 'It's obvious,' she said. 'Get poison, traps--kill them, drive them a way.' The transfer of electric or magnetic force through proximity but without direct contact. *
'Exactly,' said Dr. Quinn. 'And that, I imagine, is what they intend to do to us .' 'Then keeping this to yourself is'--she couldn't think of a strong enough wor d--'is criminal!' 'Oh, no, I don't think so. Because, you see, I shall kill them first, after I have found out all that I want to know.' In the weeks that follo wed that conversation the power losses became more and more frequent. Every time the lights flickered and the electrical output meters registered zero for a few minutes, Miss Dawson presumed that yet another creature in the caves had been d ehibernated. Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart appeared with some UNIT soldiers to se e if someone was sabotaging the research centre. Both the Brigadier and their ow n security officer, that red-faced Major Barker, spent many hours together in pr ivate conference. Every type of rumour went round the research centre, even the idea that the director, Dr. Lawrence, had gone insane and was doing it all himse lf. Throughout it all, Miss Dawson kept Dr. Quinn's extraordinary secret. Althou gh they still met every Sunday to walk across the moors and then make lunch toge ther, she did not even mention what he had told her. At least, not until one of their technicians, Davis, was killed while pot-holing in the caves. As soon as M iss Dawson heard of the accident she went to Dr. Quinn's office again. 'I must s peak to you, Dr. Quinn!' Dr. Quinn was making some complicated calculations, and gestured her to sit on the metal-back chair and wait a moment. When he had fini shed, he looked up to her. 'More power losses, Miss Dawson?' 'No. Someone's been killed in the caves by one of your reptiles!' 'Not one of my reptiles, Miss Daw son,' he said, apparently not perturbed. 'In any case, are we sure?' 'One of our own people is dead!' She was almost in tears. Davis had been a particularly pop ular technician in the Centre. It was still impossible to think she would never see him alive again.
'Dr. Lawrence has already told me about it,' said Dr. Quinn. 'Neither Spencer no r Davis were experienced potholers. Some of those caves are very dangerous. Perh aps he fell.' 'Then why is Spencer blabbering like a demented idiot?' Dr. Quinn shrugged. 'It's to be expected. If two of you are together and one gets killed i n an accident--it's bound to have its effect.' Miss Dawson was nearly at breakin g point. At last she said what had been on her mind for a week or more now. 'You don't mind what happens, do you? All you want is to publish that book of yours and be famous!' She got up from the chair. 'I'm going to tell everything I know to the Brigadier, to Major Barker, and to Dr. Lawrence!' Dr. Quinn seemed quite unruffled. He simply said 'If you do, I shall tell them what I know about you.' Miss Dawson stopped dead in her tracks. 'What do you mean?' 'It's very simple,' he said, as calm as ever. 'I shall say that you found the creatures first, that you swore me to secrecy, but that I finally decided to denounce you because of D avis's death. You, however, said that if I denounced you, you would try to denou nce me. Then they'll have to make up their minds which of us is telling the trut h.' 'I don't tell lies!' 'I know that, Miss Dawson,' he said. 'But do they?' He paused, then gave that smile of his. 'Look, we've been friends ever since we sta rted working together. Our Sunday mornings wouldn't be the same without those wa lks on the moors, and cooking lunch together at my cottage. Now why don't we for get all about it?' He made a little gesture to invite her to sit down again, but she remained standing exactly where she was, confused and not knowing what to d o. Dr. Quinn realised this, so continued with another argument. 'Poor Davis is d ead, Miss Dawson. We cannot bring him back. But together we can make one of the greatest scientific discoveries of all tune. Incidentally, may I call you Phylli s?'
. I hope not.Miss Dawson sat down on the chair. The Brigadier j ust calls him "the Doctor". Dr.' 'I have heard something you ought to k now. 'practically everyone in this place is a doctor of something. At lea st. I heard the Brigadier talking to Dr Lawrence about him.' . One more won't make any difference.' said Dr. She had always wanted Dr.' 'Oh. someone from London.' Dr Quinn frowned. 'You're a very clever man. 'These UNIT people are going to bring in their special scien tific adviser. 'Matthew. Quinn. 'What's his name?' 'I don 't know.' 'It's not a quest ion of stealing.' she said. 'but sharing. 'Matth ew.' 'Oh well.' 'All right. please.' he said. speaking gently. But I don't want to steal the fame you are going to have..' he cut in. Quinn. Quinn to call her b y her first name. if you don't mind.' she told him.
I'm not scientist.4 Power Loss When the Brigadier arrived at the research centre he set up his base in the conf erence room. He started work by trying to detect some pattern to the power losses-were they daily. La wrence and his fellow scientists. The conference room was th e only place where no one worked regularly. and he had his sergeant get maps of Wenley Moor to pin up on the walls.' said the Doctor. nor did they relate to any of the work being done by Dr.' The Brigadier studied him. The Brigadier was never quite sure when the Doctor was joking.' he said. in a p lush swivelchair that he had 'borrowed' from one of the scientists' offices. He had a telephone installed with a direct line to UNIT in London. 'We know that must be the case. or weekly? He soon discovered that there was no pattern to them. 'The question is--how?' . to show that he thought it was a joke.' the Brigadier said. 'is being drawn off. so that it was the obvious choice fo r a temporary UNIT headquarters. Doctor. as patiently as he could manage. Now the Brigadier was seated at his desk. 'what are your conclusions?' 'I was going to ask you the s ame thing. The Brigadier then carried out a security chec k on everybody employed in the Centre. or every two days. wit h the Doctor and Liz Shaw facing him. 'Come now. He also had a plan of the entire research centre on the wall behind his desk. Th is didn't seem to be getting them any further. fi nally.' said the Doctor. but could find nothing suspicious. he called in the Doctor. He smiled. The research centre was rather like the inside of a warship. 'We ll. So. Just a plain military man. Doctor. in tha t every square inch of space was used to the fullest. Surely you have some ideas about these power losses?' 'The output of the turbine which is motivated by the nuclea r reactor. He hoped sincerely that at least the Docto r could make some sense of the mysterious happenings at the research centre.
'the psychologist f ellow?' 'It's the memory that animals inherit.Liz asked. although the Brigadier had always believed nothing would affect the Doctor's pow er to think clearly. 'Our business at hand.' asked the Doctor. . He was n ow convinced that he was talking not to one. and birds with scales instead of feathe rs. I'm mor e interested to know why that poor fellow Spencer is drawing pictures on the sic k-bay wall. 'my men have chec ked and double-checked every inch of cable in this entire centre.' said the Doctor.' 'I thought yo u would. 'You'd have seen fo r yourself.' the Brigadier beamed. 'You know the way a dog walks round and round before lying down. 'Not very imaginative. If someone in the sick-bay is drawing pictures on the wall.' said Liz. Doctor.' 'Really . So many other people in this place were behaving oddly. but correct procedure. because it thinks it is treading flat the tall grass that dogs lived in millions of years ago.' said the Doctor. now.' 'And men. brightly.' The Brigadier looked at the Doctor. wondering whether the Doctor ha d gone out of his mind. mad people. 'That's right. 'Have you checked that no one's linked themselves up with the electri cal circuits here?' 'My dear Miss Shaw. 'Men without ears and with three eyes.' 'Per haps you should have visited him in the sick-bay. but two. 'Pictures on the wall?' he said.' 'Or the way salm on always return to where they were born in order to breed. is the disastrous loss of electrical power in th is research centre.' said the Doctor.' said Liz Shaw. It said he'd b lown his top after losing his friend in the caves. 'Buffaloes.' said the Brigadier. 'what Jung meant b y "the collective unconscious"?' 'Jung?' said the Brigadier. that is hardly our concern!' 'Do you know.' Liz said. 'I saw the medical report on Spencer. and Miss Shaw. mammoth elephants.' The Brigadier tried to put his best face on the situation. But this is ridiculous.
'Something in those caves?' he asked.' At last the Brigadier had a glimmer of what the Doctor was talking about.' said the Brigadier. some probably never visited. Everyone down here would be killed. 'Doctor. pointed to one of the maps on the wall. 'Thank you. but it wouldn't do much damage to anyone else. He didn't find it a pleasing thought. 'As you see. covering his feelings.' he said. 'I'm sure you're right. The Doctor was carefully studying the map. ' This means that certain parts of the research centre may be only a few feet away from open cave space?' 'I suppose so. this is all very interesting. the authorities preferred to build the cyclotron very deep in the ground. some of them explored. The research centre is five hundred feet below the top of the hill ridge. 'Ju st in case it turns into an atomic bomb.. . Miss Sha w.The Brigadier was fast losing his patience.' 'We must fi rst decide. the hills rise sharply in t his ridge. of years ago.' 'But you want to know about the power losses?' said the Doctor. 'what the point is. but instead the inner parts of h is mind which come from man's ancestors of thousands.' The Brigadier hadn't thought of tha t before. 'What is the physical relationship between this research centre and the caves?' The Brigadier got up. The Doctor nodded..' 'It's more probably the nuclear reactor they were worried about.' said the Brigadier. you understand.' said Liz.' said the Doctor. 'Now let's get back to the point. perhaps millions. Inside. and I believe it is connected with our inherited memory of something from long. the hills are honeycombed with caves. For some reason that you probably understand better than I do. There is something c lose to this research centre which is touching on the depths of Spencer's memory --not his own conscious memory. Miss Shaw. long ago.
' 'Please go ahead. nor even the police have ever heard of him.' said Barker.' said Barker. 'I demand. his face turning more red than usual. 'althoug h I wouldn't mind if in future you knocked on the door before entering. and then c lear out!' Major Barker stood there.' he said. making it quite clear which one he had in mind.' he said at last. He looked at the Doctor and Miss Shaw. 'It i s about your two companions. This man you call the Doctor is some kind of spy!' For a moment nobody said anything. He decided the only way to deal with the man was to be rud e in return. in a ma tter of fact way.' said Barker. Neither the Home Office. not because they were a ngry but because they were trying to stop themselves from laughing. 'There's nothing that my two companions can't know.'Or from anything else. 'that you say what you have to say.' The Brigadier was annoyed with Barker but tried not to show it. 'Brigadier.' The Brigadier had had en ough of Major Barker. He isn't on the files anywhere.' he said. For a moment the Brigadier thought the man was going to break into tears . t he Ministry of Defence. 'As soon as your Doctor arrived here..' said the Brigadier. 'Have you proof of that?' he asked.' T he Brigadier was about to ask the Doctor what he meant when the door of the offi ce flew open and Major Barker entered.' . 'I demand to speak to you privately.' said the Doctor quietly. ' I must talk to you immediately. hardly believing what the Brigadier had jus t said. The Brigadie r was the first to be able to speak.' As he spoke he looked at the Doctor.' said Barker. He turned back to the Brigadier. 'I shall tell you. 'This is no tim e for jokes. then back to th e Brigadier. 'It's private.' he said in his loud voice.' 'No tim e for that. 'At least. ' Have I left my handbrake off in the car park?' asked the Doctor.. 'I ran a s ecurity check on him. 'that might be down here. about one of them. 'All right.
only t here is no Winston Churchill to lead us.' said the Brigadier.'Because.' said the Doctor.' he sh outed.. They hate England. 'Why should communists cause these power losses?' said the Doctor.. 'And if it isn't them.' Major Bar ker's moment of glory was over. just as we were in 1940. But the day will come. 'I see. He's on my files. Or the Americans. 'an d if I had any I would show them to you. 'Are these Chin ese communists or Russian communists?' 'There's no difference between them. The whole world is snapping at us like a pack of hungry wolves. 'Anyone can see that . Now we are alone. I wond er if you'd tell me about the "planned. it's the fascists.' 'The Amer icans?' said Liz. England was once the heart of an empire. 'he belongs to UNIT. and made for the door. 'b ut as security officer of this government establishment.' sai d Barker. almost but not quite laughing. backs to the wall.' 'I may agree with you. deliberate programme of sabotage" that y ou mentioned before?' 'It's as plain as a pikestaff there's sabotage going on.' the Doctor said.' As Barker got more and more excited with his theme. The Brigadier sprang out of his swivel-chair.' he said. that's why. 'Follow me!' . 'But sabotage by whom?' 'Communists.' Major Barker gave his answer as though it should have been obvious to everyone. the lights start ed to flicker. of course.' 'I see. 'Mi ss Shaw.' said Barker.' said the Doctor. 'They tra in people to come here to destroy us. the greatest empire the world has ever known. taking the Doctor's bait without realising it. when England will ris e again. Major Barker turned to Liz. He had made himself a fool. I think I have a right to see this man's credentials. But since we are together again. But the bankers and the trade-unionists have destroyed that grea t heritage. 'Power loss. Miss Shaw.' Barker started to warm to his subject.' 'You are absolutely right.
'That's a very nice drawing.' The Brigadier felt someone tugging at his arm. He hurried over to Q uinn. The Brigadier could only just see Dr. 'We're now so used t o it. You. He knew the man.The Doctor and Liz sped down passageways following the Brigadier. old chap.' 'What exactly are you doing?' asked the Doctor. but the Brigadier could detect strain in Quinn's face.' 'That's all!' said the Brigadier. 'What's happening?' he asked Quinn. He turne d. ' Roberts looked up. digging her finger-nails into the bac ks of Roberts's hands as he tried to strangle her. 'Reducing the output of the reactor. a fellow called Roberts.' Without speaking. amazed by Quinn's ap parent lack of concern. without taking his eyes from the meters in f ront of him. 'Brigadier. that's all. and brought it down on the back of . Major Barker stepped in. the Brigadier followed Liz to where a young technician was making notes. realising that people were watching his picture.' s he said softly. Both Liz and Roberts fell to the ground. Liz kicking and screaming. and had already tal ked to him once or twice. Major Barker p uffed along behind them. D octor. or perhaps you already know that. By the time they reached the cyclotron room the main li ghts were already out and the technicians were working by dim emergency lighting from batteries.' said Quinn. pulled a big service revolver from th e holster under his jacket. but the Doctor had already come up beside Robe rts. The Brigadi er turned to speak to the Doctor. and grabbed for Liz's throat. Roberts was drawing a picture of a bison. and saw Liz. Quinn and Miss Dawson wor king at their control consoles on the far side of the room. too. He suddenl y roared like an animal. Instead of writing. 'Otherwise the whole place may turn into an atomic bomb. Liz pointed to the notes Roberts was making. Quinn calmly adjusted some controls. 'Power loss. Quinn. Miss Dawson answered for Dr. 'see what he's drawing. 'Look. In a friendly voice the Doctor said. Brigadier. the Doctor following.' The Brigadier looked over Roberts's sho ulder. 'come over here. Dr.' she said very quietly. Before the Doctor or the Brig adier could move.
Roberts's head like a man using a sledge-hammer. now returning his revolver to its concealed holster. You've killed him.' The Doctor straigh tened up. 'Anyway.' . With the Brigadier's help. Liz got to her feet while the Doctor inspected the un conscious Roberts. Major Ba rker. By the time I've finished with him. we shall know everything that's going on.' said the Doc-tor. Roberts was stunned instantly. 'I'm afraid you're not going to learn anything from this man.' said Major Barker. 'O nly way to stop the blighter. we've got one of them at last. 'You should not have hit him like that.
a very good torch. it s huge lizard-like head swaying from side to side. towering above the Doctor. a nd heavy shoes. he reckoned. ov eralls that he had borrowed from a member of the staff at the research centre. Along one wall was a huge opening. the largest flesh-eating animal that had ever exis ted in Earth's history.5 The Fighting Monster The Doctor moved cautiously along the cave. The Doctor knew this animal w ell from times when the TARDIS had taken him back in Time to prehistoric Earth. he decided to take the one on the left. but he wished to draw atte ntion to himself. That's where the d rip-drip was coming from. He called. perhaps leading to another gallery of the caves. but fell some six feet from where he was sta nding. . if some form of life existed in thes e caves it must have water. As the Doctor stepped back the torch slipped fr om his fingers. He stopped at a point where the cave passage s went off in two different directions. The Doctor moved to get the torch. He was equipped with some strong rope. a map of the explored par ts of the caves. It was the tyrannosaurus rex. Of the two pass ages now open to him. After a hundred yards down this passage the Doctor s topped dead. 'Hello?' It occurred to him t hat he did not expect a monster to call 'Hello' back. and a packet of sandwiches provided by the l ady in the research centre canteen. All at once a huge reptile sprang from the ope ning. The only sound was a distant drip-dr ip of water falling from the cave roof into a subterranean pool. He wore a potholer's hard helmet. He stood there listening. and. but the monster reared up over him. It remained alight. From very close at hand he could hear the heavy breathing of a big animal. The D octor crept along to the opening. The Doctor played his torch along the walls of the cave ahead.
a huge reptile sprang from the opening.. might not realise t hat living flesh was but a jaw- . Its brain was good for a reptile animal.. Slowly t he great lizard head came down.. the monster. it stood taller on its thick hind legs than a double-decker bus. The monster's main interest was the torch. towering above the Doctor Weighing a t least seven tons. fortunately some distance away from the Doctor. in its stupid way. to inspect the light more closely. but pitifully small and stupid com pared with the mammals. The Doctor ho ped that if he did not move. The Doctor remained perfectly still.
obedient as a dog being called home by its master. Able to b reath freely again. to in vestigate the strange torch lying on the rocky floor of the cave. Very excited with his discovery. waiting to be crushed in those great jaws. the monster pr odded it with its snout. and the tyrannosaurus ambled off down the cave. turned round. It first turned its body to face the opposite d irection. the Doctor hurried back the way he had come . The tyrannosaurus's upper limbs were so short and small to be virtual ly useless: it could not even reach to put something in its own mouth. this time stopped by a rock. The monster prodded the torch again. The sound w as repeated. Slowly the tyrannosaurus rea red up to its full height--and then.snap away. attracted by the sound. then curled round its huge murderous tail. Wi th an overall length of fortyfive feet from nose to tail. the Doctor reached down to pick up his torch. so that the Doctor had to j ump out of the way. . The Doctor kn ew that if the monster smashed the torch its attention would soon be diverted to what it could smell--human skin and bone. he noticed that in a patch of soft sand the monster had left one perfect footpri nt. The monster paused. The fluting sound was repeated. and again it rolled a few feet. So. following a distinct pattern of notes. this was not easy in t he confined gallery of the cave. to the Doctor's amazement. and stopped. As he did so. Then the Doctor heard from far down the cave a strange e lectronic fluting sound. The torch rolled a few feet.
' said the Doctor. t hose were the good days when Britain still had colonies. he intended to get ahead of the others. It was just what Barker had been waiting for. Later. 'I shall lead the atta ck. carried guns. insi de the caves. It reminded him of times when he had gone hunting in Africa. but also a high-velocity rifle.6 Into the Caves At last Major Barker felt that something useful was going to happen. 'All right. That was typical of the man. 'But we must be ready for anything.' Barker was willing to follow at this stage. except the Doctor.' he replied. Sergeant Hawkins and a UNIT private. had been into the caves alone. If you are going into caves with guns. The Jeeps wound down the roug h track to the main road. Well. All. It was all over now.' The team consi sted of the Doctor. the Doctor. Barker carried not o nly his holstered Enfield six-shooter. and. of course. Major Barker. Barker tried to be agreeable. Barker felt quit e elated. The Brigadier jumped down from the leading Jeep. He wanted to make . then cut back across open country to the main mouth of the caves complex. the Brigadier. but at least the report had prompted the Brigadier to or ganise an armed search of the caves. Barker wasn't fool enough to beli eve that sort of thing. As they set off in Jeeps from the research centre car park. but he liked to ponder on those memories. If there were any foreign spies to be found in the caves. you are going to attack. 'Quite so. 'We're not sure that we're going to attack anything. To him. Barker knew how to deal with th em. 'Would you care to come with us?' asked the Brigadier. ' he called.' he said to the Doctor. of course. 'this way. and had returned with an extra ordinary report about meeting a monster. or why else go? Still. This strang e man.
' he said.' The Brigadier inspected the identations i n the sand.quite sure that if they found a spy.' said the Doctor. ask questions afterwards. you say you found a footprint.' The B rigadier turned to the Doctor. But his attention was now focussed on the sand by a rock tha t came up from the cave floor.' the Doctor said.. 'No one move. an d everyone flash their torches on the floor. The Brigadier said.. This really tickled Barker. He walked ahead a little way. he told himself.' said Barker. Barker could no lon ger contain himself. You can't fool a British soldier. and looked forward t o seeing the Doctor make a fool of himself. 'It was about here.' said the Doctor. Barker was glad to not e that Sergeant Hawkins and the private were grinning. there would be no nonsense with him. 'Doctor. That was Barker's motto.' said the Doctor. 'It was here. The little group tramp ed through the first passageway of the caves. Brigadier?' 'Well?' 'I'm sure the Doct or thought he saw a monster.' he said. 'You could have dropped your torch. then sto pped. After a few minutes they came to a f ork. Shoot first. 'I suggest . 'Is that possible. 'that we continue in the direction that the monster ran away .' The Doctor moved carefully towards a small area of flat sand in the cave floor. He hadn't liked the Doctor from the start. 'It's been brushed over. 'Those marks in the sand there--that's where my t orch was rolled along by the monster. 'Was?' ask ed the Brigadier.' . flashing their torches ahead and d own every alcove on each side. and the Doctor took the left branch. 'But perhaps it was some optical tric k created by the spies to make an intruder think he was seeing a monster. No one believed the Doctor's idiotic story. Can you lead us to it?' The Doctor went on ahead. Doctor?' 'Anything is possible . Then the Brigadier stopped. 'May I make a point.
He looked sidew ays at the faint area of light at the end of the cave. calling to the monsters. Barker held the form in his sights. opened up into a huge cave . bigger than the inside of a cathedral. but decided to give the fellow one final chance. The explosion of the cartridge in the confined area of the cave was like a bomb going off. That's one of the other creatures. whatever it was.' he called. It's some kind of signal. 'All right then. The D octor whispered. suddenly. and you will get a just and fair trial in a British Cou rt. 'If you raise your hands in surrender. and even seemed about to turn away back into the gloom. Barker stopped to catch his breath. . released the safety catch. Within a moment he came to another fork. It had a strange fluting q uality. Then. 'stop. 'you've asked for it . windi ng passage. Pul ling the bolt of his rifle. He could hear that strange sound growing louder as he got closer to it.' he called.' The man-like form appeared to take no notice. then hurried on up the passageway where he could hear the sound the loudest. This narrow. Little by little the unmistakable form of a man appeared at the far end of the cave. this time from within the cave where he was standing. but Barker paid no heed.' But Barker didn't stay to hea r any more of the Doctor's stupid talk about monsters and 'other creatures'. a trick he'd learnt from night-fighting. not from t he light of his torch but from daylight filtering in from a distant opening to t he outside world. 'I shall take you prisoner. The sound was repeated.The Doctor stopped short as they all heard the sound. perhaps once the bed of an ancient river. To his pleasure. paused for a moment to listen. and to listen. The Brigadier called to him. Bar ker raised his rifle to his shoulder. Barker saw the man-like form reel and stagger. and he was determined to track down its source. Something down there was moving. he started to run up the cave.' He squeezed the trigger. 'That's the sound I heard. and seemed to come from a long way deep in the heart of the caves. or I shall shoot to kill!' The movement.' Barker called. Then he realised that he could see the far end of the cave. continued. 'Whoever you are.
He felt a great claw strik e his face.something huge reared up from the darkness by Barker. he didn't remember anything. . After that.
I need to see you immediately. 'My dear Phyll is. 'Bye. well. 'Well.' she said. with all those other people listening. And if that hadn't happe ned. . The moment he heard her voice on the telephone he knew it was bad news. 'And if you're thinking of Major Barker tapping this 'phone. Quinn heard about the armed party in the caves from Miss Dawson. He was in h is cottage at the time. 'Matthew? Th is is Phyllis. With these thoughts in mind Quinn slipped out of his cottage by the bac k door.' 'Where are you speaking from?' he asked.' he said. The worst thing that could happen now was an armed confrontation between the UNIT people and the rept ile men. they must be having a jolly time in there. 'Can you come back here strai ght away?' He hadn't thought to warn her that telephone calls in and out of the research centre were probably being tapped by Major Barker. I've got so many things to d o.' 'I see.' he said. If only those wretched reptile men had kept their fighting animals under proper control. woo-ing voice again. He tried to indicate this now in a way that anyone listening-in would not understand. He's in the ca ves with the Brigadier and some soldiers. Then he put on his false. having taken home some of his research centre work. 'you know how I'd love to be with you at this moment. But I'll speak to you again soon. They are all armed. no one would have interested themselves in the caves. 'The research centre of course.' she said desperately. got into his car and drove as fast as he could to one of the cave's mino r entrances. I'll have to get along now.' He put down the 'phone and thought f or a moment. Couldn't we meet in ten minutes' t ime in Wenley village?' 'There isn't time for that. he can't.7 Quinn Visits His Friends Dr. But the pers onal things you and I have to say to each other cannot be said in the research c entre. Davis would not have been killed.
'you know me. soldiers with weapons.' To his relief the stone opened at a crack dow n its middle. who carried two UNIT rifles and the twisted remains of what had been Major Barker's high-velocity ri fle. and another door that led into the main part of the shelter.' 'I've come to warn you. 'It is not the time. Quinn emerged into the main passageway and headed towards the reptile people's shelter. He stepped into a small metal b ox. hoping they would not see hi m.On the way he passed the main entrance and saw the two UNIT Jeeps standing there . He groped his way al ong a narrow passageway. As soon as the group had gone out of earshot. found a mark on the cave wall that he had put there to remind himself. revealing a metal door. which confirmed what Miss Dawson had said. I am your friend. trying to hide the panic in his voice . and the Brigadier and two UNIT soldiers carrying the dead or unconscious bo dy of Major Barker. he came to the big passageway that led to the main entrance.' said Quinn.' Nothi ng happened. the hollow stone closed behind him and the metal door slid open.' he said to the stone. He was just going to step out into the big passageway when he heard voices and saw the light of torch es coming towards him. .' said Okdel. Quinn. and this far only. He knew he was welco me this far. The little group that went by him was led by the Doctor. He sat on one of the stools and waited. Within a couple of minutes he was w ell out of sight of the main entrance. Quinn. As Quinn stepped forward. and was parking his car near a very small entrance in a cliff face which he had found only recently. 'I am Dr. Finally. 'Why have you come?' Okdel asked. A few mo ments later the other door opened and Okdel entered and sat down. At the far end of the large cathedral-like cave. ' There have been men searching the caves.' he said. He held back in the shadows. Quinn had never been through that other door. and proceeded down one after another narrow passage. 'This is Dr. In it were two metal stools.' 'Your warning i s too late. Quinn went up to a huge stone and sto od perfectly still. 'your friend.
breathing in with an unnerving whining sound. There are so many diff erent countries.' said Quinn. you know. 'I was busy.' Okdel said. I know. Where is this information?' 'It's very complicated.. 'I only heard about it a few minutes ago. I know.' he said. 'And I want to help you to have it.' said Quinn.' . It was the first time he had really looked clo sely into Okdel's scaly green face because the sight of it made him want to be s ick. There's a fullscale investigation going on. are conducting an investigation. 'and if only you would stop taking power from the cy clotron.' 'We?' Okdel sat up very straight. 'an enormous study. 'Why have you come?' Okdel asked. But you have already caused too much t rouble. It was impossible to tell whet her Okdel was angry or forgiving. 'We need power!' 'Yes.Quinn looked at the reptile face in front of him.' said Q uinn. too. You've bro ught this on yourselves. 'You promised to supply us with detailed informatio n about weapons and the humans' ability to make war. 'It is not the time' 'If only that human hadn' t been killed. and thousands of millions of people.' 'We.' Okdel cut in sharply..
'When you have brought him back to us.' he said. 'The re is a lot of information which you promised to me. 'What is it ?' 'One of our calling devices. and offered it to Quinn. we need a man whom we can trust. 'Particularly abo ut those little furry animals.' said Okdel.' said Okdel. 'I may allow you to put your questions to our scientist. To lead them. Okdel rose and went away through the i nner door. my ancestors. the green lids of his eyes closing for a moment's contemplati on.' Quinn seized Okdel 's momentary thoughtfulness to push forward his own claims for information. Possession of this alone made him the most important man in the world.' Okdel touched the controls in a pattern. 'The little furry animals have increased and multiplied. To be a res pected scientist. There may be regions where humans will be allowed to continue to exist. You. 'Knowledge.' said Okdel.' The muscles of Okdel's face twitched th ree times. But what Okdel had just promised sounded even more pleasing. 'What is it you really want. With a little more hope in his heart he rose and wen t back into the caves.' said Okdel. Quinn?' Quinn said. this is for you. and that behind it was a threat.' 'You must meet our scientist.' Without a further word.' 'We can make you much more important than that. which Quinn had come to recognise as a reptile man's way of smiling-except that this time Quinn knew it was a false smile. Meantime. . 'We may not require the return of all of our planet.' said Okdel.'Yes. K'to . and he had to flee to the s urface. 'Your soldiers wounded one of our people. and the flat object produced a flut ing sound.' Okdel produced a small flat object with various controls. 'but all in good time.' 'That may be impossible!' s aid Quinn. 'This is how you make it give sound s. You must find him and bring him back to us. Quinn looked at the flat object in his hand.
as though something in the atmosphere was filt ering and reducing the power of the sun's rays. and lo oked towards the source of the sound in another part of the sky. yet it did not bl ind him which seemed very strange. Open moorland stretched out on all sides. had been hidden for so long. and then shouted something. Its face was pink.8 Into an Alien World Morka had been in the great cave to call back one of their fighting animals when he was shot. All he knew was that he must get out of the cave and that he must once again see the su n from which he. He saw a patch of daylight somewhere above and pulled himself up rocks to get to it. He was lying in tall grass. So. which could see in almost complete darknes s. these primitive furry animals had discovered how to fly. By using his third eye. and prob ably killed it--the fighting animals were trained to kill. As he opened his eyes he found himself looking directly at the sun. he had clearly observed the strange creature at the far end of the cave. It was an aerop lane. looked along it. Then the stic k seemed to explode. and once t he weak sun had gone down he would need shelter. It was only with this . Morka slowly got to his feet to get a better view of the alien world around him. It raised a kind of s tick to its shoulder. but it only had two eyes and on top of its head was a mop of fur. He remembered the sun as a fierce burning bal l in the sky. The fighting ani mal that Morka had come to call into the shelter attacked the creature. almost red. Now it seemed weak. The creature looked to him exactly like the creature that visited old Okdel from tim e to time. The pain from his leg affected his brain. After that he could not remember any more until he woke up. and Morka felt a terrible pain in his leg. But Morka wasn't very clear in his mind about that. He had no idea how to find his way back into the cave. just as the r eptile people once flew in their machines long ago. He heard a droning sound. and his people. It stood upright like himself.
A four-legged animal with vicious white teeth came out to meet him. Not only was the sun weaker than he remembered it.thought that he realised how incredibly cold he was. probably full of li ttle insects. Making the journey had been more difficult than he expected. but also the air had gone thin. He was already weak again through loss of blood and all he wanted to do was to lie down and rest. The plume of smoke was coming from the biggest of the boxes. He wondere d if. Two of the creatures were sitting at a table putting food into their mouths: he was sure one was female an d the other male. perhaps thousands of feet above sealevel. The wound had started to heal now. The animal stood growling. About a mile awa y he could see some boxes huddled together with smoke coming from a pipe in the top of one of them. the reptiles' shel ter was now just under a very high plateau. He arrived at the farmstead half-an-hour l ater. He moved away from the window and crossed the farmyard to a barn. Morka concentrated on it with his third eye. A stick that e xploded and caused pain. In time the others would find him and take him back to the shelter . He looked dow n at his leg. baring its teeth. or had the Earth's climate somehow changed? He didn't know. with the geological changes that must have taken place. and trying not to put his weigh t too much on the injured leg. Was this the depths of wint er. probably where the creatures lived. The fire was in a hole in the wall. and the smoke c ame from a fire which the creatures used to keep themselves warm. He could have smashed the window and used this third ey e to destroy the creatures there and then. he started to walk towards the huddles of boxes w ith the plume of warmth-giving smoke. There was a window and he looked in. Morka went on into the farmyard. Morka's ancest ors had used fire to keep warm before they discovered electricity. but Okdel had insisted that the attac k must not start yet. It lo oked to Morka disgustingly unclean with its long shaggy fur. The animal yelped as though hit by a bolt of electricity and slunk away under a farm cart. Obviously it was a primitive dwelling place. whimpering. and over it hung a stick j ust like the stick the creature had pointed at Morka in the cave.
The female creat ure stood there screaming. Bu t she made no attempt to harm Morka. too. although her screams hurt his hearing. 'Get on to t he police. grabbed the male creature and broke its nec k instantly and painlessly. 'What is it?' she said.' said the mal e. and was soon unconscious. The female saw him and screamed. 'There's some sort of lizard asleep in my ba rn. 'Be quiet. The male creature was standing in the middle of the barn. screaming. and immediately lunged at Morka. Who did these animals think they were to speak of him like that? He rose up from the straw.' said the male. It must have escaped from some circus. Through the open door he could see that it was barely lig ht outside and there was a thin white mist. especiall y if you hurt them or if they saw one of their own kind killed. 'In God's name. The male spun round to look. 'Doris!' He seemed too excited or terrified to move from t he spot. Morka wond ered if it had contracted some disease.' he said. Morka could just see her through t he straw where he lay. Morka remembered h ow the ancestors of these creatures always used to make so much noise. 'Doris!' it shouted.' Morka 's temper was raised. eyes wide. 'In fact. 'a monster!' The male grabbed so me farm implement with a pronged end. Inside the barn he found long grass which had been cut and gone brown.where K'to could repair his injuries. But his leg hurt and he wanted to sleep. Morka sid e-stepped the viciouslooking prongs.' she said. and water began to run from her eyes down her pink cheeks. Morka was woken up b y a terrible shouting. The woman just stood there. 'You must be quiet in our presence. The female creature came running in. bigger than most men. and whether out of kindness he should br eak its neck. 'It's the size of a man. Only then did he not ice the hatch open in the floor . hands to face now. He curled up in the traditional sleeping position of his people.' said the male creature. It made a good bed.' 'A lizard won't hurt you.' But she continued to screa m. its whole body shaking.
of the barn. He limped over to inspect it. Steps led down into some darker place below. Perhaps that is why the male creature had come in here--to open that hat ch and get something from the area below. Carefully Morka went down the steps, c losing the hatch after him to cut out the awful noise of that female creature. C oncentrating through his third eye, he looked around himself. It was a small roo m with wooden racks along one side. He inspected the racks, and found apples. Th is was good because he liked apples very much. He tasted one, and immediately fe lt better. Even if the sun was not so hot, and the air was thinner now, apples t asted just the same. He ate a great many apples, then curled up again into the t raditional sleeping position and dreamt vividly of his childhood. He had always been good at hunting and as a boy had run with the men hunters when they went in to the forests to attack the little furry apes. Some of the boys had kept a few apes in cages, and tried to tame them, but Morka always felt nauseated at their sight and smell. He had killed many thousands of them. Now, perhaps, he would ha ve to kill millions of their wretched, noisy descendants. If they were all like that screaming female creature he had just met, it would be a pleasure! He was a woken by the sound of feet on the floor of the barn above. The apples had done h im good and he had more strength now. There were a lot of creatures above him, p robably searching for him with those sticks that explode and make pain. Cautious ly he uncoiled and went up the ladder step by step. He put the top of his head a gainst the hatch and pushed gently upwards until there was a thin slit of light. He adjusted his eyes and looked into the barn. Although the faces of the creatu res all looked the same to him, helpfully they all wore different clothes. There was a male creature in a long black frock coat, and he was kneeling by the body of the creature whom Morka had killed. Standing close was a female creature wit h blonde fur on her head--long fur that hung to her shoulders. There were two ot her males of the species: one in brown clothes, which had fur growing under its nose, and the other in dark-blue clothes with silver buttons. 'His neck's broken ,' said the Frock Coat.
The creature with silver buttons tried to stop the Frock Coat from touching the dead creature. 'You really shouldn't touch anything, sir,' it said, 'until the C ID has been.' 'This isn't a matter for Criminal Investigation, Constable,' said the Frock Coat. 'This isn't ordinary murder at all.' 'At least,' said the one wi th fur under its nose, 'the monster cannot be far away. I've got a helicopter up searching these moors. We'll track it down and kill it in no time.' Another cre ature dressed in brown came running in. It stopped running and stood very uprigh t, and put its hand to its head. Morka thought it was going to scratch its head, because the little furry apes were always scratching themselves to kill the fle as in their fur. But this action was some kind of signal. The one with the fur u nder its nose turned and also put its hand to its head. 'Sir,' said the newcomer , 'we've just heard over the radio. The lady found here has come round and is ab le to talk.' 'Come on, Doctor,' said Fur Under Nose, 'we'd better get to the hos pital.' 'One other thing, sir,' said the newcomer, still standing bolt upright. 'They say she's drawing pictures on the wall.' Fur Under Nose and Frock Coat loo ked at each other, but Morka could not understand the expressions on their faces . Frock Coat turned to the female creature, indicating a black box on the floor. 'I'll go to the hospital. You'll find everything you need in there for a forens ic check.' Silver Buttons looked very worried. 'Forensics is for the CID,' it sa id. Frock Coat turned to Silver Buttons: 'Fingerprints, and ordinary human blood stains--yes, I would agree. But Miss Shaw and I are looking for reptilian-like m onsters.' It turned to Fur Under Nose. 'I'm ready.' Frock Coat and Fur Under Nos e hurried out, along with the creature that had stood upright all the time. Silv er Buttons turned to the female creature. 'Anything I can do for you, miss?' it said. 'That's very kind of you,' said the female. 'But I can manage.'
Silver Buttons turned to go, then paused. 'That fellow you call the Doctor,' it said. 'Is he all right in the head?' 'He's very all right in the head,' said the female. 'I'll be wandering around if you need me,' said Silver Buttons, and slo wly walked out of the barn. Morka considered what he must now do. He cursed hims elf for not killing that screaming female when he had the chance. Now the other creatures would hear from that female how he had gone down into the cellar benea th the barn. They would all come back with their exploding sticks and hurt him a gain, perhaps even kill him. With those apples in him, he felt that he now had t he strength to walk the moors and find his way back into the caves. It would be better if he could wait until dark, but that was now impossible. He looked at th e crouched back of the female creature as it opened the black box. It took out s ome instruments, then went to where he had been lying in the straw. It knelt dow n, again with its back to him. Slowly, soundlessly, Morka opened the hatch and c limbed up the steps and on to the floor of the barn. The creature was so intent on its work that it did not seem to hear him. Then his foot scraped on the floor . The creature started to turn its head. Morka knew it would start that terrible screaming. He attacked swiftly.
and it belonged to him. Miss Dawson entered . and noticed how Miss Dawson frowned when he said it. Quinn stopped his car and hurried into his cottage. Just in time.' she said.9 The Search Dr. Dr. She only stared at it. Matthe w Quinn.' He pulled the flat object f rom his coat pocket. Then he started to hunt through his bookshelves for maps of Wenley Moor . 'Fine. and offered it to Miss Dawson. 'Dr. As soon as he was in the living-room he pulled from his pocket the extraordinary object given to him by Okdel. 'I've been visiting my friends. he heard the sound of footste ps in the hall and was able to pocket the signalling device.' he said. He knew that he had to keep his head and carry out the rescue mission with a m ethodical search of the countryside.' he said. and sat in her favourite chair. Quinn though t for some moments before replying. 'I wondered if you were all ri ght?' 'Yes. Why?' She looked around noticing the maps. 'Won't you sit down?' 'I was wondering when you'd ask me to. and the device gave off this strange fluting sound. Phyllis.' she said. 'Would you like some sherry o r something?' 'You know I don't drink. 'Look.' 'Do come i n.' he said. they gave me this. Then he realised he just had to tell someone his news. wishing she would go away. He almost hugged the thing to himself--it was th e most important artifact Man had ever known.' Dr. 'I hope you don't mind. Lawrence has been asking where you are. and d idn't take it.' she said. 'Your front door wasn't locked. He touched the controls just as Okdel had shown him. relieved it was no one else.' he said. 'Plannin g a hike over the moors?' 'Possibly. 'What is it?' .
although inside he was q uaking. Quinn did his best to smile. 'Your father was a world-famous scientist an d over-shadowed you. By the way.' 'You won't be the only one looking .' she said. Parked by the farmstead was an ambulance. Matthew. and a couple of UNIT Jeeps. I just wanted to know that you were all right. and to warn you that Dr. They want me to help to find it. 'So pe rhaps that is where you ought to start looking for your scaly friend. 'It's a communication dev ice. Lawrence!' he said. Quinn quickly looked at his maps and found one of sufficiently large scale to include Squire's Farm.' said Dr.' 'I am not an ambitious man. all this gave him a good excuse to stop by. and drove as fast as he dared towards the farm. It would look more innocent.' Dr.' 'To hell with Dr. We could go together. as assistant to Dr. 'but let's not discuss that. immediately regrettin g it. Lawrence. That fool Major Barker wounded one of them. If you go out to find this creature. Dr.' She left. Miss Dawson touched his arm. 'Bye. 'I must get back to the Centre. 'I have every right to go walking on the moors if I want to. Quinn. to do something in my life so that people might remember me. 'There are soldiers out on the moors now. the soldiers are lik ely to find you. 'I know how you must feel. Lawrence is on the warpath. got in his car. He drove up the . Even from a mile off he could see t hat something had happened.' 'I understand.' she said. and they'v e got a helicopter up. Matthew.' and ther e was some tenderness in her voice.'The product of another civilisation. knowing it was a lie.' 'What kind of trouble?' 'Everybody's being very secretive about it.' she said. and they think it ran away from the caves. there's been some trouble over at Squire's Farm. 'I only want to push forward the frontiers of science. two or thr ee police-cars with blue lights flashing. Now you are once again playing second fiddle. He hurried out of the house. too. 'I don't think that w hat you are doing is innocent.' he said.' Miss Dawson rose.' she said very seriously. Still.
but the situation was still so new and so confused that no one stop ped to ask his business. 'How is she?' he asked. He went up to a soldier and said.' The Brigadier. After a moment Sergeant Hawkins came up through the hatch with a big torch. He turned to the Brigadier. Quinn now moved forward. and strode across the muddy fa rmyard to a large barn with open doors.' said Serg eant Hawkins. Quinn. 'Yes. but it seemed the right thing to say.' 'I still don't understand what happened?' said Dr. 'But she's had a nasty blow across the back of her head. and ad dressed the Brigadier. 'I want the whole area searched--outbuildings. Quinn but in-stead crossing over to where the D octor was knelt by the prostrate Liz Shaw. of course?' 'Unfortunately . sir. 'except a lot of apple cores. Wha t's going on?' 'There's been one of the cave creatures here. Quinn thanked the soldier. the fields. and then kn ocked out Miss Shaw.' 'Good gracious. again uninterested in Dr. and parked on the grass verge. 'Nothing down there.' Dr. Then he wandered in amon g the public service vehicles. Quinn. eve rywhere. The soldier pointed towards one of the barns at the back and said. 'I was just passing and saw all the vehicles outside. 'Some creature killed the farmer. There were police officers and UNIT soldiers stan ding around. 'We thought it might be Iurking in the cellar. Inside the Doctor was kneeling over an u nconscious Liz Shaw.' said the Brigadier. 'Over there. 'You've killed it.farm lane from the road. In the barn. . sir. doing his best to be surp rised. hid in the cellar. They probably thought he was a senior police detective who had just arrived on the scene.' Sergeant Hawkins sprang to attention. 'Where is i t?' He had no idea what 'it' referred to.' Dr. The Doctor turned and lo oked up at him. but it 's gone. sir!' Hawkins and the othe r soldiers hurried out of the barn. while the Brigadier and some UNIT soldiers were pointing gu ns down into an open hatch in the barn's floor. 'Coming round . Quinn. no. showing little interest in Dr.' said the Doctor. turned to his soldiers and gave orders.' said the Brigadier .' said Dr.
Something wrong with its leg. Then the drone of the helicop ter changed. Stand ing upright. 'I'll be all right in a Jeep. wishing now to get away but having to pretend to show interest. Quinn. 'I don't need tha t!' But Dr.' said the Doctor. 'but jolly good of you to of fer. Quinn was at least four miles away.' said the Brigadier.' said Liz. his car parked on high ground. 'But I was just going into the town to do some shopping. He hurried out a s fast as he decently could. 'Thi s isn't a matter for discussion. could you ask the ambulance men to come along here with a stretcher?' 'Really.' 'No . Slowly she opened her eyes. In the distance he could see the UNIT helicopter. Five minutes later Dr. 'Miss Shaw thinks she feels a ll right. got into his car and drove away. trying to get up. 'It's half-closing day. looked at the Doctor and smiled. it's all right. Can you remembe r anything?' 'It was a sort of lizard.' He trailed off. but she needs rest. and saw that the helicopter was flying towards him. Quinn. He turned.' Dr.' said the Brigadier.' said the Brigadier. hoping they wouldn't want to use his car.' The Doctor raised a hand for silence. 'Three eyes. Almost at once he saw a movement in the long windswept grass a hundred yards away. 'We've got an ambulance and everything laid on outside.' 'Really? ' said the Brigadier.' she said uncertainly. 'Pulse and heartbeat normal.. told the ambulance men to take a stretcher into the main barn. 'Got your car here?' 'Yes.. protesting. Dr.' 'We'd better get her back to base.' said the Doctor. 'Not really. But if you want to use my car.' said Liz.' 'H ardly comfortable enough for your condition. Quinn didn't wait to hear the rest of the argument. He turned to D r. 'Shhhh!' They all looked down at Liz . 'Am I still alive ?' 'Very much so.'Anything I can do?' asked Quinn. 'There's one little shop that always stays open. Natu rally the pilot was curious to .' said Dr. Quinn again thought as quickl y as he could. He took from his pocket the calling device and worked i ts controls so that it played its fluting tune. Quinn. trying to think as quickly as possible.
. The hel icopter swept low overhead. Quinn made the same gesture in return. and continued on its way. Dr. Morka rose up from the grass. started the engine. Dr. Quinn again worked the calling device to produce its fluting sound. and slowly drove away.know why a man had parked his car in this remote spot. Quinn got behind his driving wheel. Dr. then quickly opened the capaciou s boot of his car and gave an indication for Morka to get in. At last he had one of the cave creatures at his mercy. and raised a hand in greet ing. He pretended to be taking a panoramic view of the moorlands. and looked towards where he had se en the tall grass move. Morka slid into th e boot and curled up in the traditional sleeping position. then held up the calling device to one eye as though it wer e a camera. Dr. Quinn waved cheerfull y to the helicopter.
She had a plaster on her forehead. saluting their commandi ng-officer as they went by.' she said. Y oung women could be like that--very fanciful. 'Care for a grape?' He indicated the huge bowl of grapes by his b ed.' she said.' 'But in the name of St. Liz helped herself to one. and sat up to attention in his bed. Major Barker immediately removed his earphones. although on e arm was still in a sling and his head was swathed in bandages. If he closed his eyes he co uld see soldiers in brilliant red tunics marching about. George. it was some ki nd of lizard. and the one that got me.' he said. . 'There must have been two of them. 'But yes. Has that Brigadier mounted a general flushout of the caves. 'Can I visit?' she asked. 'the obvious thing to do is to go into those caves in force and give them hell!' 'Give whom hell?' she asked.' he said. 'What do you really remember of the caves?' she a sked. 'I'm sure you thought it was a liz ard.' Liz said.' said Major Barker. and sat. 'The one I shot. 'How are you getting on?' 'Making fine progress. 'You say a liza rd hit you?' 'I only caught a glimpse of it. listening to military music sp ecially piped to him through the bed-head earphones. 'Delighted.' he said.' Liz found the only chair available.10 Man Trap Major Barker lay back in his bed in the sick-bay. and clearly the talk had gone to her head. There had been talk of these lizards before.' Major Barker didn't want to disillusion the young lady. 'I'm a patient now. 'The last I saw of the Brigadier he was still at t he farm. 'Do sit down. and told him what had happened.' he said. He was enjoying just such a daydream when there was a tap on the door and Liz Shaw entered. yet?' ' Not at the moment.
Major. I called on him to surrender and he ignored me. 'Jolly peculiar. dosing the door. I will. 'just ring.' He opened the enevelope and read the letter. It said: Dear Sir. 'That seems a jolly strange way to run a war to me. Now please.' she said. You r eally shouldn't be upset by anything. 'That's an order.' she said.' he said. this research centre can really put Bri tain on the map again.' He c ontinued with his argument. you say t here is no armed force down there to defend us?' 'Not at the moment.'The spies. 'I'm quite capa ble of handling my own correspondence. and make no mis take about it.' he said. 'You see. 'Because I firmly belie ve it. 'Have another grape. 'If undelivered please return to the Chief Con-stable of the Derb yshire Constabulary. and Dr. 'Miss Shaw.' 'I think you mentioned that before. away you go.' Liz rose. 'This just arrived for you. Meredith entered carrying an official-looking envelope.' he said.' The door opened and Dr. On the front it said. M eredith went away. 'And you ought b e lying down until you really feel better. so if you'd rather me keep it until you fe el better. .' she answered.' Major Barker reached out with his good hand. Major Barker looked at the envelope.' said Dr. I think you ought to be in your own room. and smiled. but his voice was firm. Meredith waited until she was out of earshot.' She went away. 'That was a man I shot in the caves.' Dr. to make it absolutely clear to Liz that he k new what he was talking about. Then he tu rned to Major Barker with the envelope.' 'If you need me for any reason. Meredith.' he said. 'but thank you for being so tho ughtful. Dr Meredith smiled. 'I'll come and see you again. That's why they want to destroy it.' 'But I feel fine.' He paused.' she said.' 'They're yours. Anyway.' 'Then be my guest. 'Thanks for the grapes. It's as plain as a pi kestaff.
and wounded a third. Now there was going to be an enquiry. But it was just a set of three squiggles and could have m eant anything. shots rang out from a sniper in another building. Dr. The sniper had already shot two of his men dead. in the normal course of events. La wrence. Then he put the letter to one side and started to think what it r eally meant. and a man appeared with his arms raised. and he would be blamed for hitting the ma n too hard. Without a second's thought. Northern Ireland. Roberts.The recent death of Mr. employed as a technician at the Research Centre. Chief Constable. when you are fit we should be pleased if you will get in touch with us in order to assist us with our enquiries. A rifle was thrown down from a window. George Roberts. We understand that he was struck a blow on the back of the head. As Major Ba rker called on his men to break cover and arrest the sniper. Major Barker held the letter first one way then another to try to read the signature. We are. he was going to be blamed for killing tha t idiot technician. instantly killing the young soldier next to Major Barker. This time instead of seeing soldiers in brilliant red tunics he saw himself one rainy day in Londo nderry. he should have shot him outright. Then he called upon the sniper to surrender. leading a group of soldiers who were trying to pin dow n an IRA sniper. We understand that you are u nwell at the moment. He sat back in his bed and closed his eyes again. After all. Your Obed ient servant. Barker aimed his revolver at the sniper . Of all ridiculous things. Instead of clubbing the man. when suffering from a fit. However. The Major carefully worked his men into a position so that the sniper was completely surrounded. has been brought to our attention by your director. the man had clearly gone mad and was att acking Miss Shaw. Wenley Moor.
'but where are you taking that rifle?' Major Barker didn't hesitate. The lift was in the 'down' position. They hadn't taken his clothes away. He walked in. This would be the tricky bit. He quietly slipped out of the room. and quickly put them on. Hold my rifle a moment. pressed the button marked 'surface'. In fear th ey had taken his keys. opened the cupboard and selected an FN. I'm on ly new here. perhaps even sent to prison this time.' said Barker. For doing his job. He radio'd in for me to go and help him. Here there was a guard. and said I should be arme d. 'Beg your pardon. and got out of bed.303 and ca rtridges to match. then followin g it with a terrible lie. there was no guard on the gun cu pboard. down the sick-bay corridor into one of the main parts of the research centre. the soldier not rea lising that this was Major Barker. All at once he pulled away the bandages from his head.' he said. its doors wide o pen. but they both nodded to each other. sir.' Barker thrust the rifle into the surprised soldier's hands. Barker undid the lock.standing with his hands up in surrender. 'Your Brigadier has got trouble on his hands at a near by farmstead. But he was i n luck: his precious keys were still there. Meanwhile. thank goodness. He found them in a cupboard. Fortunately. 'I'm chief security officer here. Major Barker had been asked to resign from the British Army and to find an other job. 'Well. one of the UNIT men. For that moment of a nger. Now he could see that it was all going to happen again. sir. But again he was in luck. he should have let me know. he would be dismissed f rom the research centre. Have you got an identity card?' 'Of course I have. Then he went along to the lift. telling the absolute truth. as though he needed both hands free t o find . A UNIT soldier passed him. ripped off the sling ho lding his battered arm. 'a nd very correct of you to ask for it. and shot him dead. for protecting Miss Shaw from the lunatic Roberts. the s pies were gathering their numbers in the caves. and within a few seconds stepped out into the clean Derbyshire air above. The soldier stepped forward. people out to do harm to England . he felt the right-hand pocket of his jacket.' The soldier looked uncertain.' the soldier said.
George!' . Barker took back his rifle. loaded his rifle. A metal trellis had sprung up from the soft sand. then gave the soldier a big smile. then quickly hit the soldier on the chin. 'It's no good dressing up in those funny clothes. then I shall kill every one of you. 'All right. and listened. come out shooting!' He stopped. He stopped again. trapping both his ankles. He grabb ed a torch from the car's glove pocket. and Major Barker felt his rifle knocked from his hands.' Fumbling wit h the bolt of the rifle. The only sound was the persistent drip-drip of water. 'All right. and drove at break-neck speed down the twisting rough lane to the main road. 'Fancy-dress isn't going to save you. 'I know you ha te England. and offered Barker his rifle. He looked down almost in tears. I've got it in the pocket of another jacket.' The soldier smiled back. didn't do what I told him. The soldier fell first to his knees. Then he heard them coming to get him. But I'll give you all a chance if you'll reveal yourselves!' Silence. Barker plunged on further into the caves. afraid that his feet would be cut off. and hurried into the c ave. and saw lizard-like faces advancing towards him. 'kill me now. The third e ye of the lizard face suddenly glowed a brilliant red. Barker seemed about to take it.' His words ended in a terrible scream. Again nothing but the drip-drip of distant water. Once inside the cave he started to call his challenge to the enemy.. Major Barker took another s tep forward. got into it.. 'Ho w silly of me. He flashed his torch wildly.' he screamed. I die for England and St.his identity card. 'I know you're here!' he shouted. fla shing his torch. Onc e on the main road he swerved off towards the main opening of the cave. he raised it and took aim at a lizard face.' he screamed as they finally closed i n on him. people who love their count ry. 'I got on e of you yesterday! He was foolish. 'If you are real men. Surrender now and you will all get a just trial!' He listened. his rifle always at the ready. He patted his pockets. hurried over to his car. But there are some true patriots around. then collapse d completely.
trapping both his ankles .A metal trellis sprang up from the soft sand.
and the pattern is too big for a dog or a sheep. 'They don 't have cows here.' said t he Doctor. 'Much smaller. As he neared this road he could clear ly see footprints. I only want one of them. 'He must have been prepared for a jolly long walk. 'Somethi ng has lain down here. and pointed them out to the Brigadier.' said the Doctor. He had noticed something else strange--the fresh prints of car-tyre t reads. 'She's at the research centre.' The Brigadier gave the Doctor an unbelieving look.' The Doctor had already thought of all that. 'I thought you'd got Bessie.' The Brigadier looked resigned. the footprints end here. 'Except that he didn't walk ve ry far. He was more interested in the track of flattene d tall grass leading to a rough moor road.11 The Doctor Makes a Visit The Doctor and the Brigadier stood looking at the flattened tall grass.' said the Brigadier eyeing the road as it went off in a dead straight line across the moor. 'Could I borrow a Jeep?' he asked.' The Brigadier look ed. He looked across the moor.' said the Brigadier. 'Anything like that fo otprint you claim to have seen in the cave?' asked the Brigadier. but said nothing.' said the Brigadier. there are two sorts of creatures in those caves .' said the Doctor. You see.' . 'You've got two Jee ps standing over there. 'Permission to use Jeep-.granted.' said the Doctor. studying the reptile man's footprints. 'By jove. 'No. They wal ked along a little further. 'You see. so they do! Do you think these things can fly?' 'Possibly.
Quinn automatically stepped back to let the Doctor enter.' The Doctor jumped into one of the Jeeps. Quinn's motor-car. 'What a charming little cottage y ou have here! Mind if I see inside?' Dr.' said the Doctor. got out. pocketed his handkerchief. Within a minute th e Brigadier and his soldiers were tiny figures receding into the distance. 'this is an unexpected pleasure. turne d on the engine and drove at high speed across the open moor.' 'I just happened to be passing. The Doctor par ked the Jeep beside it. 'Send them to Scotland Yard and see if they belong to an y known criminal. Dr. Then he dropped the handkerchief. as close as he could to one of the wheels o f Dr.' said the Doctor. 'What do we do about these footprints?' 'Take plaster-casts.' he said. I got tired of living in those quarters they let us have at the research centre.' call ed the Brigadier. 'Hello. 'Hey. How old is this one--two hundred yea rs?' By now the Doctor had wandered into the main living-room. if old houses interest you--by all means. On the second kno ck. Quinn's car was parked at the back of the cottage. 'You're not renting it?' 'It was the only way to get a place.' 'They do.' said Dr.' said Dr. As the Doctor knelt down to pick up his handkerchief he took a good look at the tread pattern of the car tyres. Dr.'Thank you. 'The estate agent thought it was older. He tried to look pleased to see the Doctor. Quinn followi ng him. Then he straightened up . 'So you've boug ht it?' said the Doctor.' the Doctor called back. Quinn opened the door. produced a handkerchief and loudly blew his nos e. and went round to the front door. See you later. Quinn. 'they do.' s aid the Doctor.' . enthusiastically. 'Yes. 'It cost rather a lot. Quinn' s cottage. and hurried away to the waiting Jeeps. Dr. the Doctor swung round in the direction of Dr. Once well out of sight of them. Doctor. but o bviously wasn't. but it was worth it. Quinn.
but I shall have to get on with some work. I like tinkering with things. 'I shal l leave you in peace then. and thought for a moment.' said the Doctor. are you related to Sir Charles Quinn?' 'He's my father. 'The thermostat is in t here.' . It's very unhealthy. 'Yes. Th en he glanced at his watch and said.'Wise man. 'That is just a store-room. Quinn was perspiring and not onl y through the heat.' 'Exactly. 'The thermosta t.' The Doctor looked around the hall. Quinn nodded. Quinn .' said the Doctor. 'Look..' said the Doctor. You can be getting on with your work while I fix your central-heating.' said Dr.. Where is it?' By now Dr. I'm awfully sorry.' said Dr. 'You've had quite a bit done. 'Wise fellow. you see . Quinn. and saw a door under the sta irs. but I'd much rather you left it alone. 'He did a great deal of the early work on smashing the atom.' The Doctor ignored this.' The Doctor licked his index finger. Quinn. tried the handle and found it locked. 'Is that where it is?' He made to open the door. 'lead me to it . going towards the front door. 'The place is as hot as the reptile-house in the zoo.' The Doctor stopped and turned to smile at Dr. clearly much relieved. 'I'd say it's at least thirty-three degrees in this room.' said the Doctor. 'Did you have the central-he ating put in?' he asked. Most people would find that uncomfortably hot. held it up.' said Dr.' said Dr. 'No wonder you went into nuclear physics. 'By t he way. so I'm told. 'Now I must get on with my work.' said Dr. Dr. I must call in the people who installed it.' 'If you've got trouble with your central-h eating thermostat.' said the Doctor.' 'The thermostat has jammed. It gets very cold here in winte r. It's still under guarantee. Quinn. striding back into the hall. Quinn. If I tamper with it you will break the conditi ons of the guarantee. 'Where is what?' he asked a little irritably. Quinn. haven't you?' 'A few things. He was looking about the place with great curiosity .
a tri lobite. Quinn. Quinn was hiding something. Quinn. My father thought that rather childish.' 'That's true.' His voice tra iled off as he found a sheaf of papers in the cupboard and started to read them. 'at least not for the time being. W ell.' The Doctor took from a drawer the cast of a fossil. 'What if he comes ba ck and catches us in here?' she said. 'You never know.' Liz loo ked into the cupboard. Dr Quinn tried to cheer himself up with a smil e.' said the Doctor. and told her of his suspicions about Dr. thank you for letting me see inside your charming house.. 'He didn't really want to be a physicist. Quinn's desk. 'These are notes he's made about the beginning of life on this planet. I don't know. 'Surely thes e marks mean something?' she said.' said the Doctor .' said Dr. In science you never know what's going to happen next. As soon as he got back to the research centre he found Liz. 'I imagine being the son of a famou s scientist isn't easy. 'Oh. turning his attenti on now to a cupboard. Why is he int erested in fossils?' 'It's his first love. Liz was nervous.. . took out a plastic ball with markings on it. I may be famous myself one day. Learning ab out the history of our planet doesn't do anything.' The Doctor went back to the Jeep and drove away slowly. 'Look. opening the drawers of Dr.' said the Doctor.'There was no option. 'One didn't argue with my father.' he said. 'Oh? Did you want to do something else?' 'As a boy I was interested in geology. I shall have to ge t along. I b elieve he's got a visitor in that little house of his.' The Doctor felt rather sorry for Dr. 'He won't be coming back. but he didn't know why. Quin n. and started to search the man's office. He knew that D r. someone who needs to be k ept very warm. 'The first animals that came up from the sea.' Liz looked.' The Do ctor paused on the doorstep. like making wheels go round.
' . 'I believe that you and Dr. That's how the Earth was before the Grea t Continental Drift. 'It's a crude globe of the Earth whe n all the land masses were joined together. 'As a matter of fact. Miss Dawson.' They both looked at the glo be in wonder. Quinn are very good friends.. and didn't notice Miss Dawson as she entered the office. 'You must trust me and tell me everything you know.' he said. So he pressed home his attack a little more. He realised by her look that she w as a very worried woman. who will be next?' The Doctor paused to see Miss Dawson's reaction. 'Th en you ought to know.' 'I am a man of science. Then she said.' he said. 'I war ned him. 'I don't see that gives you any excuse to pry into a nother person's personal possessions. no. Quinn's permission to be in here?' The Doctor an d Liz spun round..The Doctor looked at the ball for a moment.' 'All right. Quinn i s on the verge of a great discovery.' 'If you're talking about the pot-holer. Dr. I'll tell you. and possibl y in great danger. perhaps the most important scientific disco very any man has ever made. 'But I must find out what is going on here b efore anyone else is killed. with rising anger. 'I promised not to tell anyone.' he said.' said Miss Dawson. You see. Quinn is in danger. two hundred million years ago. Quinn is in grave trouble. I tried to tell him.' she said. The question is. 'that Dr. Again Miss Daws on thought before speaking. pointing. Is that correct?' She nodded.' sa id the Doc-tor. 'If you reall y think Dr. 'there is the western outline of the Americas.' Miss Dawson thought for a few moments. 'but now a local farmer.' 'Not only the pot-holer. You see. The Doctor put on his most charming smile. caught red-handed. In a loud voice she asked. 'Have you Dr.' 'Tell him what?' said the Doctor.' said the Doctor.
Doctor. 'Just a c osy chat about the weather. The Brigadier looked perp lexed.' Miss Dawson looked from the Doctor to the Brigadie r.The Brigadier rushed into the office. sorry. 'What on earth was that all about?' 'Nothing. Lawrence in a minute!' Then he stopped dead as he realised he had walked into a conversation between the Doctor and Miss Dawson.' said the Doctor. 'Where the devil have you been. Now.' She hurried out of the office. 'Miss Dawson. then back to the Doctor. My first loyalty is to my friend . Something going on?' The Doctor said quietly. shall we go to this meeting?' . you were going to tell me something. If you'll excuse me. 'Oh. 'I'm sorry. Doctor? We 're due for a meeting with Dr.
Quinn helped her with the jacket of her suit.' he said soothingly. He continued to pour the two gla sses of sherry and then brought them over to where Miss Dawson was sitting perch ed on the chair. 'My dear girl.' She sat. 'Really?' he said. 'What's all the bother?' He held her in his arms in a gentle embrace. Quinn poured a couple of sherries. Quinn calling from the other side.' she said. Quinn. Quinn As Miss Dawson went up in the research centre lift she could feel the blood poun ding in her temples. 'have a nice.' They went into the living-room. he might be in very serious trouble. Normally. she alm ost ran to her little car in the car park. then drove as fast as possible down t o Dr. quiet sherry and tell me what's on your mind. Dr. 'For goodness' sake. Miss Dawson caught her breath and straightened up. 'Why is it so warm here?' she asked. Dr. but only on the edge of a chai r. Quinn. If she had said what she knew. Quinn nev er locked his front door. 'It's as if the Devil himself were on your tail. 'Phyllis. Dr. and Dr. lass. She pounded on the front door and kept on pounding until she heard Dr. Th en she noticed the heat. She was aware of her own heartbeats a nd the fact that she was gasping for breath. 'Is that all you'v e come to say to me?' he said. Dr. She had almost been disloyal to Dr. 'Sit yourself down. Quinn's cottage. Quinn didn't seem at all put out.' he laughed.12 Goodbye. as did anyone in this wild country-side. who is it? ' 'It's me. You must let me in!' She heard the rattle o f the door chain and then the mortice-lock being turned.' said Dr. 'Is that what he told you?' . 'Now come into the living-room and take your coat off. She almost fe ll into the hallway.' she screamed. 'The Doctor knows what you're doing. Once at the surface.
' Miss Dawson sipped at the sherry but somehow did n't want to drink it. and it needs to be fed. 'He talked to me.' she said. I'd say that I've discovered rather mo re than most people. Are you sure the central-he ating is safe?' 'I've had it full on before. 'Can't you turn down the central-heating?' She could scarcely breathe. seemingly amused. I've got it locked up safe and sound in the st ore-room. 'I f it wants out.' He got up and opened the door to the hall. 'The other reptiles don't know where it is. unless it's willing to co-operate I'm going to starve it and turn off the central-heating.' she said. 'Just a moment.' he said. Quinn stood there as though he could not believe what he was seeing.' Dr. Quinn. An entirely separate species of intelligent life. 'He wants to steal the credit for my discover ies. A cloud of smok e poured in from the hall. it's got to tell me what I want to know.' he said with that smile of hi s. It needs heat to stay alive. He wants to help you. 'It's wounded and it's weak. .' he said.' 'But you can't make them tell you anything!' Dr.' 'You might start doing tha t now.' 'Does he indeed?' said Dr.' she said.' and he produced a big old-fashioned key and laughed. Dr.' 'But it's killed somebody.' 'You haven't discovered anything yet.. 'It might kill you!' She realis ed how terribly fond she was of Dr. I've got one of them here. Quinn. 'Where?' 'Oh. even if she had started to doubt whet her he was at all fond of her. Miss Dawson looked r ound. 'Can't I? Phyllis. 'It's the one they're hunting. and it doesn't know how to ge t back to their shelter in the caves. not roaming around the house. 'so I want to keep warm. if it even wants food.' he said. 'I can smell burning. So.' 'Do you really believe you can make a deal with a monster?' she asked. Quinn stopped.'He was searching your office.' Alarmed. She sniffed. 'I have th e key to the situation.. and also snif fed. 'It's a matter of common sense. 'I'm feeling a bit of a chill comi ng on. Quinn looked into the sherry in his gla ss.
The hal l was full of smoke. 'please don't kill me. I want to live. T he third eye in its forehead was glowing as brilliantly as the embers at its fee t. Quinn crump led to the floor. The third eye g lowed a more brilliant red for a few seconds. 'Please.' he said. and take you back to your people.' Dr.' He walked slowly across the hall.' The glow of the third eye subsi ded.' said the reptile man.. Quinn crumpled to the floo r and was silent. Quinn said. Don't kill me. 'You will all die eventually. Suddenly the door completely disintegrated into a mou nd of brilliantly red ashes and the reptile man stepped through into the hall. I mean you no harm. and seemed unable to move from where he was standing. 'I'm going to help you.. 'It's breaking out. 'You are intruders on our planet. and Dr.. and Dr.' said Miss Dawson. Through the smoke she could see the door to the store cupbo ard glowing red with heat. The third eye glowed a more brilliant red for a few seconds. Miss Dawson rushed over to the door.'What is it?' said Miss Dawson.. please. one arm .' Dr. Quinn's words en ded in a strangled scream as the reptile man turned to face him. 'I was going to bri ng you food and water.
raised. The palm of the reptile hand hi t her across the side of her face. and she fell unconscious on top of Dr. Quinn. Miss Dawson nerved herself for the blow. .
. the Brigadier. Lawrence. Lawrence turned and l ooked at the Doctor. 'My dear sir. 'I agree that we haven't got very far with our investigatio n. even I could have told you that!' 'The proble m. 'I'm sure my companion didn't mean to suggest that . 'You see. not very helpfully.' said Liz.' The Doctor stopped as Dr. Lawrence cut in without listening to the rest of what th e Brigadier might have said.' said the Brigadier.13 The Prisoner The Doctor. Dr. and mount some sort of man-hunt in the surrounding countryside. directing his remark to the Brigadier. 'I just don't understand what y ou think you're doing. you have allowed that fool.' Dr. 'seems to lie in the caves. 'I believe the power is bei ng drained off by some means we don't understand yet.. All you've done is chase about in the caves. 'Miss Shaw.' 'If only the research centr e had been built somewhere else. . Dr. But the construction of this centre in the same hill as these pa rticular caves does seem rather unfortunate. You have come up with no explanation about that!' The Doctor said. Law rence's desk. this resea rch centre has cost the government twenty million pounds to construct.' Dr.' The Brigadier said. Major Barker. Of one th ing you may be certain--we are not going to move to another site!' The Doctor qu ickly tried to cover for Liz.. 'You cam e down here to deal with the problems which I set out in my paper to the Ministe r. Lawrence was a very angry man. Meredi th came rushing into the office. On top of all that. ' "Haven't got very far"? That is the understatemen t of the century! We are still suffering from these power losses. and Liz sat on hard-backed chairs in front of Dr. Lawrence tried to hold back his anger.' Dr. Dr.. that's the trouble.' he said. Lawrence. to escape from the sick-bay and knock out one of your own guards.
there are saboteurs in those caves.' He h urried out after the Brigadier. Doctor. He turned to the Doctor. Lawrence waved him to s ilence and looked at his wristwatch. sir. 'I shall send a request for more troops. there wasn't a mark on his body.' 'I'd much rather if you didn't do that. 'Dr. clearly flushed with some news he wanted to imp art. Lawrence.. as Major Barker claimed..' 'Thank you. If. Quinn's store-room to the hall has been burnt down. 'I thought he might have gone to Dr. 'Dr. It's the only way.' sa id Dr.' 'I believe you are UNIT's scientific adviser. but the Doc tor pretended not to notice her look. 'The door from Dr. But I'm goi ng back there to make a full report. Quinn's cotttage. It was the Brigadier who broke the silence . 'What's happened to Miss Dawson ?' .' sa id Dr.' he went on.' 'I was looking for M ajor Barker. Lawrence. 'A fullscale military action co uld be absolutely disastrous. 'I called this meeting for three o'clock. And now I must get on with trying to run this research centre. Quinn was killed?' Dr. 'So far as I could see. risin g.' Dr M eredith slumped into the one remaining hard-backed chair. s o that we can enter those caves and find out exactly what's going on. so I just called the re. 'I'm sorry. Meredith shook his head. Quinn's dead.' said Dr. 'Do you know how Dr.' said the Brigadier.' But Dr. Meredith. 'You are exactly eighteen minutes late. His heart had just stopped beating. they must be routed.' Without wait ing for a reply. The Doctor turned to Dr. 'and not a military man.Dr. Lawrence. 'The meeting is closed. enemies of this country.' Liz asked. Meredith started to speak.' For a moment no one said anything. I completely endorse the Brigadier's p lan. Lawrence also rose. and Miss Dawson is behavi ng just like Spencer. Meredith.' said the Doctor. unable to talk. 'many more troops. Liz looked to the Doctor. cringing in a corner of the hallway. 'There's something els e. the Brigadier hurried out.' He paused to catch his breath. Dr.' he said calmly.
Any idea how I should cope?' 'T ender. 'Well. and drawing pictures on the wall. 'He'll invade the caves and find out what's really there. 'Well.' said the Doctor.' 'Oh no.' 'That. Doctor.' he said. just as mice are always afraid of cats.' He drew a deep breath.' said the Doctor.' 'What do you hope to do there?' 'Make peaceful contact with whatever is in there. Meredith looked rather uncertain about that idea. I'd better get back to the cottage.' the Doctor said. Meredith smiled. She was cringing in a corner. 'I think this is something I have to do on my own.' said Liz. Then we can all go home. and rose to go. as though not entirely believing what he was about to say.'I called the ambulance.' said Dr. 'it's something I've never met with in the medical text-books before.' said Liz. 'Well. 'seems to settle what?' 'The Brigadier is going to call in lots more troops.' said the Doctor . have you any idea why these people draw pictures on the wall?' 'I think it's got something to do with race-memory. Meredith. then slowly got to his fee t.' He left th e office.' Dr. 'I believe that's the correct nursing term . 'All right. 'You remember how Spencer drew pictures on the wall? She was doing the same. thank you. 'Tell me.' .' 'You can go where you like. 'that seems to settle that. loving care.' sai d the Doctor. 'Yes. 'When in doubt. TLC. since the meeting's over.' he said. Then we go together.' he said and went to the door. sticking her finger into the black ash of what had been the store-room door. 'but I'm going to go into those caves before we have a major war on our hands.' said the Doctor. 'She's been taken to the local cott age hospital. indeed.' Dr. 'There was a time when Man was very weak and always at the mercy o f the same terrible enemy. The same pictures of animals and men. Liz also got up.' He paused a moment.
'I am. Liz shone her torch on it. I know. The Doctor paused. The Doctor pointed his finger to an X whic h Dr.' 'You realise this is blackmail. Quinn's office. there's another one. The Doctor also noticed it. 'That's right. 'But they haven't been down here for some time. but the Doct or suddenly grabbed her arm and pulled her back.' he said. then noticed something on the cave floor glint in the li ght of the torch. poi nting.'Doctor.' said Liz.' said Liz.' 'No one's goin g to tell him. 'A cartridge from an FN.' 'Yes. 'let's go and find s ome monsters.' he said. is where we've got to make for. 'if t he Brigadier knew you were going into those caves he'd stop you.' She took a step forward.' said the Doctor. 'All right. so let's finish it together. 'Since I have no alternative. 'Recently fired..' said the Doctor.' she said. and then smiled. anyway. Quinn had marked on the map. 'We started this together. pulled from his pocket papers he had taken from Dr. stopping him in his tracks with the tone of her voice. I wonder if it could have been our elusive Major Barker?.' She shone her torch back to t he route ahead of them. He opened up a folded paper to reveal a crudely drawn map.' said Liz. and another! The FN.' said Liz.' He looked around.' The Doctor and Liz went along the main passageway of the caves le ading from the entrance.' he said. The trellis-like man-trap sprung up from the smoothed sand.303 is what UNIT uses. ' let's find the point marked X on the map. He held it close to h is nose and sniffed.' Liz shone her torch around on the floor.' said the Doctor. cr ushing the . 'That. 'let's go. 'Look.' he said.' The Doctor shook his head in despai r. went and picked it up and inspecte d it. 'unless I'm going with you. found a small rock and thre w it at the sand.' 'Well. 'That sand there. presumably. 'it's a little too smooth..303 rifle.
' 'We only know about the reptiles whose fossils we have found. what does the X mean on the map?' But the Doctor pulled Liz sharply into a recess in the cave wall and signalled her to be silent.piece of rock.' said the Doctor. 'An intelligent being. 'Brains the size of kittens. 'You see. there isn't even a crack to show how it opened. as though she was desperately trying to believe it. 'But what if for some reason the more intelligent reptiles hid themselves away in shelters under the Earth's crust?' As the Doctor talked he crossed over to the huge rock and inspected it. 'He came down here. Li z said.' said the Doctor.' he said. 'Maybe it's windy outside now. Quinn's map. Doctor?' 'I think we have got to.' He stood very still for a moment. 'We must get inside there somehow. 'Of co urse we do. As they watched a reptile man appeared from one of the passages le ading into the great cave.' Liz looked in horror at the man-trap. The rock opened like a doo r and the reptile man went inside.' said the Doctor. 'Now come on.' she said. 'What do you hope to find? I mean.' said the Doctor. 'got himself trapped in tha t thing and tried to shoot it out. 'You t hink we can make peaceful contact with these monsters. The Doctor could feel Liz quaking beside him. He went up to a huge rock and stood facing it. It brought them into the huge cathedral-like cave where a little daylight came in from a distant opening to the outside world.' . For the next thirty minutes they carefully followed the rout e sketched on Dr.' 'Do we want to open it?' Liz asked. 'a reptile!' 'It was also a man.' They skirted round the man-trap and continued deeper in the cave. 'Do you notice a slight breeze down here?' 'There's that ope ning up near the roof.' 'But the reptiles were all stupid.' said Liz. 'It was an upright lizard. After a second or two his third eye glowed a brilliant red. The rock closed behind him.' she said.
' 'They've melted through this thickness of rock?' said Liz. All the walls and ceili ng were made of sheet metal bolted together. pleased w ith himself. 'If they are. They emerged from it in a dark corne r of the reptile men's giant shelter. The Doctor could feel air being sucked into it. In a corner another two reptile men stood by a third which was lying on its back on a metal slab. Elsewhere there were work-benches and tables. almost square cavern. The Doctor stood up and looked at the scen e before him. Hold on to my coat tails.' The Doctor got on to all fours and started to climb into the tunnel. They were in a huge. It was perfectly smooth. 'but at least this is a good second best.' said the Doctor.' Set in the wall of the cave was a circular tunnel ab out three feet high. ' I think this has just been made.303 rifle. 'I'd rather have gone in by invitation.' he said. 'It's a steady breeze. and as they passed the bend they could see a ring of light at the end of the tunnel. clearly trying to understand how it worked. Liz scrambled along behind him.' Finally they reached the end of the tunnel. but the Doctor could not s ee what was kept in the pit. 'an air-vent. At on e of these two reptile men were busy dismantling and inspecting an FN. hardly belie ving it possible. 'let me do the talking. He put his hand into the tunnel and felt the wall of the tunnel. The tunnel had a wide-angled bend in i t. it hasn't been drilled--it's been melted. Liz following.' The Doctor hurried off. 'They certainly didn't cut their way through with a hammer and chisel. 'There you are.' 'Don't you think they'll be waiting for us at the o ther end?' called Liz. One of the reptile men in attendance pulled a big . What's more. and it's moving in this direct ion. As they continued along the tunnel they could hear the humming of some electronic apparatus. like the hull of a ship.' said the Doctor. Electrodes were a ttached to its head and feet.The Doctor shook his head. 'Now let's see where it takes us. At one end was a huge pit with prison-like bars across its top.' said the Doctor.
Now watch. 'they're electro cuting it.' the Doctor whispered. and the electrodes were removed. you know!' The reptile man remained where he was. Major Barker was in the first cage. 'they are reviving it.' he whispered. 'How did you get in here? Have you brought the troops?' 'No. gripping the bars. Now listen. The reptile man lay still for a m oment. the Doctor wen t up quietly to the side of the cage.' The r eptile man on the slab continued to twitch for a full minute. But the Doctor's at tention was already elsewhere. Then the switch wa s turned off. He was moving to a set of cages qu ite near to them.' said the Doctor. offering the food.electrical switch set in the wall. Is there any way we can get you out of there?' 'Not a chance. 'what you've got to do is to get yourselves . 'That's horrible. Lawrenc e's current. 'we're alone.' Liz said. 'They'll be coming after me.' 'No. Major Barker sn atched the jug of water and threw it at the reptile man.' said Liz. 'I bet you they'll tell us they've just had anoth er power loss when we get back. Barker swung round.' he went on with all the authority of the victor rather than the vanquished. Liz followed him. and he was quietly creeping away from the opening to the ventilation tunnel.' whispered the Doctor.' 'If we get back. 'Major Barker. 'Some sort of electronic lock. The Doctor watched fascinated as the reptile man on the slab started to twitch. 'I don't want your pois on!' The reptile man walked away. then slowly got up from the slab. When he was some distance away. The reptile man opened a little hatch in the cage and tried to hand in the jug and the plate.' said Major Barker. 'That's what's happening to Dr. A repti le man came up to the cage carrying a metal jug of water and a metal plate on wh ich were a few dried pieces of some edible green leaf. 'How long a re you leaving me in here?' said Major Barker.
' Major Barker went on. the lot. There's one thing I'm certain of--it's not good for England.' said Liz. ma'am. ro ckets.' said the Major. and tell him to come down here with everything he's got.' said Liz. Got the idea?' 'If the Brigadier does that.' said the Doctor. Bazookas.' 'Yes.' said Major Barker. 'Everything understood?' 'Have they talked to you at all? ' asked the Doctor. 'So you and your young lady had better chop-chop back to that Brigadier. rifles. These chaps are dangerous. 'Soldiers have to a ccept getting killed. Naturally I refused to answer.' 'I don't know whose sid e they're really on. 'I don't think that's particularly funny.out of here and tell the Brigadier what you've seen. ' you may get killed. Population of the Earth.' He turn ed back to the Doctor.' 'Is there any way we can get you out of there?' said the Doctor 'I quite agree.' 'But you can only do it once.' 'I'm a soldier. 'but there's something pretty big go ing on down here. you know. 'They keep asking me questions.' said the Doctor. I . What foods we eat. 'Under the circu mstances. Wha t weapons we use. 'I imagine they are.
' He turned back to the Doctor. 'No alternative. 'R emember now. The Doctor whispered close to Liz's ear.' The Major looked down at himself. Some minutes later they were back in the great cave and making their way back to the research centre. I don't suppose they would. if I do get a chance to find out anything. A fool.' said the Doctor. .' 'No.' said the Major. I'm afraid. 'I shall try to brush up a bit before we meet a gain. and let's get this sorted out once and for a ll.' shouted the Major. seem to co-operate with them a little. 'We shall not offer food again.' The Doctor and Liz crept back to the opening of the air ventilation tunnel.' he said to Liz. Liz.' 'I do not co-operate with the enemy. 'That's a ver y brave man. 'Sorry to have you see me in this co ndition.' Two reptile men started to approach the cages. Bring in the big guns. 'If they speak to you again. His clothes were torn and filthy. and they sank back into the darkness of a corner. and see what you can find out about them.' sa id Major Barker. But a really brave man.' 'But we can't leave you like this. ma'am. 'Still. 'I really think you ought to get along now.' said Liz. 'You have not eaten your food.' one of them said. but I don't think they understood. I shall bear your remarks in mind. No point in pushing one's luck. The Doctor quickly drew Liz away. his hands grimy with cave dust. The reptile men went up to Major Barker. not until you answer our questions: 'Then I shall starve to d eath.tried to explain to them about the Geneva Convention concerning prisoners-of-war . and again turned to the Doctor.
They all re gistered zero. it did it when it wanted to do it. At one time he would have been issuing orders to all the technici ans and physicists around him.' 'W ho?' Dr. Here. sir. was the golden opportunity to do something that would be remembered. Once in his office. 'I've just heard that Mr. His thoughts were interrupted by a t ap on the door. and there was nothing Dr. Dr. But now he knew it was hopeless. telling them to boost the nuclear reactor to get more power. He wanted to do something with his life. Lawrence could do to stop it. He remembered how excit ed he was when he received the letter from the Ministry telling him that he had been appointed as Director of the Wenley Moor Research Centre. and it was all bein g ruined by forces he could not understand. 'Excu se me.' sai d one of the technicians.14 Man from the Ministry Dr. Lawrence was so lost in thought that he couldn't remember any Mr. Lawrence nodded. . in this research centre. He left the cyclotron room and walked along the metal passageway to his office. Maste rs. It was a job that many other scientists would envy. five hundred feet below fresh air and sunshine. entered. He tried to remember how long he had been down in the research centre. Lawrence stood looking at the power dials in the cyclotron room.' she said. One week? Two? A month? Being a responsible man.' he said. but money wasn't the o nly attraction. to be remembered by fut ure generations. one of the young female technicians. he hadn't even taken an afternoon off-duty si nce the emergency started. Miss Travis. The pay was very good. Masters is on his way here. 'Just let me know when things get back to normal. slumped into his chair behind the desk and put his head in his hands. Whatever force drained off the cent re's vast electrical power output. he closed the door. like Faraday or Edison. 'Reactors closed down safely.
was not. On the contrary. He had nothing to fear from Freddie Masters. Dr. 'Freddie. Then. he sat down in Dr. advancing on Dr. 'Yes. as though h e had just won a General Election. Lawrence was still confus ed. dusted the desk top before placing his elb ows on it. Then he cursed himself for behaving like th is. 'I've rather dropped "Freddie" these days.' said Dr. As always Masters was smiling. 'What can you do for me?' he said. Lawrence.' she said.' 'Thank you for letting me know. entered.' sa id Dr.' The smile on Masters's face faded for just a fraction of a second. Dr. 'He's coming down in the lift now. 'or isn't it rather what I can do for you?' He pro duced a perfectly white handkerchief. These thoughts were running t hrough his head as the door was opened by a security guard and the Right Honoura ble Frederick Masters. 'I do hope you'll forgive my arriving unannounced like this. "Frederick" seems to fit the image mo re. buttoned his jacket. Lawrence with outstretched hand.' 'You're most welcome. pe rhaps Masters could sort out the whole awful mess. and r an a finger along a ledge which hadn't been dusted for some time. Lawrence st ood up.' she said and left. had known each other since they were children. and Dr.' said Miss Travis. Lawrence's chair behind the desk. 'Any chance you could rustle up some coffee for us? ' 'I'll do what I can.' he said.P.' Dr. don't you think?' With this remark Masters made it clear that he was now rat her important in the government.'The Permanent Under Secretary. 'You mean he's left London to come here? When will he arrive?' 'He has arriv ed. of course. M. Lawrence looked at himself in a w all mirror and straightened his tie.. 'I believe you are in terrible trouble. The guard at the top 'phoned d own and I answered the 'phone. 'Charles. Masters and he were at prep school together. Lawrence. as thoug h he owned the place. remembering to add the friendly .' . 'What can I do for you?' Masters looked about the office. Lawrence.
. Dr. has become menta lly unbalanced. Lawrence leant over his own desk and spoke earnest ly.. Lawrence cut in on Masters' faceti ous reply. We have posts open in laboratories and research centres all over the country--for junior technicians. all these incidents might be acceptable to th e government if at the same time there had been any progress in your work. 'Do tell me more?' Dr. In fact. some-thing outside of science as w e know it. Lawrence. lowering his voice. is it?' 'Look. Miss Dawson. Lawrence. Lawrence quaked. 'Well. dear boy.' He smiled again. Charles.' Masters cut in with a wave of his imm aculately manicured right hand.' said Masters.' Masters looked at Dr. 'it just isn't your day.' 'If that is possible. one of our most important technicians. 'Maj or Barker. and abov e all else. 'You see.Dr. 'You mean with the government?' 'With everyone. Is there any chance I could get out of this place?' 'You just ge t into that lift and press the button. Matthew Quinn has bee n murdered. another one gone mad. 'When I read your latest report. our security officer. 'I mean get another job somewhere. Lawrence knew there was no point in hiding anything.' 'You don't have to tell me. well.' Dr.' he said at last.' Dr. Frederick.. 'You've got to help me.' said Masters. another technician killed by your own security officer with a blow on the head. 'You don't really want to be the first rat to leave a sinking ship. I just didn't know how I dare pas s it on to the Minister. 'Everything you say is true. 'Am I being beastly?' 'No. for o ld time's sake. these extraordinary power losses.' He paused for effect. was attacked by some person or persons unknown in the caves. and has since run away from the sickbay.' said Masters. as though m aking a speech. But t here has been no progress at all!' Then he put on the famous smile.' 'With your qualifications.' said Dr.' said Dr. 'A dead potholer. 'I should think that very easy. since m y last report the situation has worsened.. 'Something very strange is going on here. Lawrence for a full half-minute without s peaking. do you?' .
' The door was flung open and the Doctor and Liz entered. 'We sent you the Brigadier.' said Dr. 'have you just had a power failure?' 'We're always having power failures .' Dr.. 'But the time of the last one.' 'And a little scientific progress would be even nicer.' 'At four twenty-two. Lawre nce sat down in one of the hard-backed chairs. if you don 't mind. 'You may indeed. Lawrence. 'None at all. 'We aren't as beastly as that!' He paused again for effect. and finally this place has to be written-off as a total loss.' said the Doctor urgently.'I know that if I remain here.' said Masters.' sa id Masters.' he said to the startled girl technician.' 'May I ask who you are. 'What d o you want me to do?' he asked. Lawrence. sir?' said Masters with edgeto his voice. Lawrence shook his head. then turned to Dr.' said Dr.' said the Doctor. 'Some coffee would be nice. I'm trying to have a discussion with.' He took the tray from Miss Travis. 'It's most important. set it on the desk in front of Masters and started to pour two cups of coffee. Law rence and turned to Liz. it fits exactly.' said Masters. He felt very tired and miserable. He knew he wouldn't get his own chair back while Masters remained here. 'But you don't seem to have made much of a success of it all. 'Y our people do look after us terribly well down here. Liz?' 'One. 'How terribly thoughtful of you. both grimy with cave dust. you people in the government will always hold the blame against me! ' 'Come now. 'Dr. Lawrence. Lawrence. I checked my watch when we s aw the reptile being de-hibernated. so far as I can see. Has he been of much help?' Dr. 'Now. 'You see. my dear.' she said.' said the Doctor. 'I've already ordered it. .. 'How many sugars.' But the Doctor ignored Dr. and as he spoke Miss T ravis entered with a tray of coffee for two.
who had been waiting by the open door. 'Why did you want to know the time of the last power loss?' 'Because we saw what happene d to all your electricity. 'Well. 'but should I get more coffee?' ' Yes.' . you see. The Doctor turned and looked down at Masters. Lawrence.' Masters drew back in his chair.' said Dr. Lawrence. with a great many galleries and passageways. how appallin gly thoughtless of me.' said Miss Travis.' Masters looked at the proffered cup.' 'They?' Masters was by now keenly interested.' 'But we have overwhelming evi dence that there is something hostile in those caves.' said Masters. and collided with the Brigadier as he entered. it's yours. w hen he gets here. inste ad of cables. I need a lot of men to cover them completely. 'That's one of the r easons I'm here.' said the Brigadier.' 'Excuse me. How are my reinforcements coming along?' 'They're not. Miss Travis can make some more. 'A great amount of very black coffee. Here.' he said. I really can't get the Regular Army to send support for you on the basis of a wild tale about monsters in caves.' said the Doctor. 'Like lizards. 'was ordered for myself and the Permanent Under Secretary!' 'Rea lly?' The Doctor was already sipping the cup he had poured for himself.' 'That coffee.' sai d Liz. 'The reptiles. 'Mr. 'I've only just heard of your arrival.' said Mast ers.' said the Doctor. T he Doctor's grimy finger-marks were all over it.'To keep that figure of yours. 'Very wise. sir. going forward to shake hands. 'Humans somet imes use electricity to get muscles to work again. 'I can wait. 'My dear fellow. 'The caves are vast.' Miss Travis turn ed to go.' sai d Dr.' said the Doctor. Masters. not wishing to be contami nated by the madness of the two grimy people standing before him.' he said. 'Lizards who k now how to use electricity' 'It's quite logical. 'They use induction.' 'I'm already here.
'Then the sooner we get in there. E very time there is a power loss here it is because they are using your electrici ty to re-activate one of their own kind. It is highly dangerous. At last Masters spoke. 'Otherwise I think I have al l my senses about me.' He turned to the Brigadier. Lawrence solve the . Brigadier. 'when y ou came in. the better. 'but I have no alternative.' Masters.' 'We were hearing something about lizards. 'Have you any evidence to su pport this extraordinary claim?' 'I have a witness.' said the Docto r. but I find it impossible to imagine a lizard armed with a sub-machine gun!' 'So do I. Among other things. 'You did mention lizards.' said the Doctor. they have taken Maj or Barker prisoner.' He turned to Masters and Dr.' 'Quite honestly.' 'I strongly advise against that.' said the Doctor.' He turned to the Doctor. 'There is an entirely alien form of intelligent life living in those caves.' The Brigadier said. 'They are far too advanced for th at sort of thing.' said the Brigadier.' said the Brigadier. 'what do you intend to do?' 'Round up the saboteurs.' said Masters. 'I do implore you. Lawrence and the Brigadier stared at the Docto r in almost total disbelief. gentlemen. We talked to Major Barker.' 'It's all true.' 'Doctor. Lawrence. didn't you?' 'Mi ss Shaw used that term.' said the Doctor. 'We got into their place inside the caves.' said Masters.' asked the Doctor. 'I'm trying to do my best to cope wit h what you are saying. Doctor. 'are you f eeling all right?' 'A bit grubby. but we have no idea abou t theirs. 'Miss Shaw here. or more accurately homo reptilia. I was summoned here to help Dr. 'They have some idea about the power of our weapons.' the Brigadier said. Most of them are still in a state of deep hibernation. Dr. don 't invade those caves.' said Liz. or whoever they are. 'and bring th em to justice.'Having covered them completely. 'I prefer to think of them as reptile men.' said the Doctor. thank you. with men and guns.' 'I'm sorry.
'It's what arrangements we make with them that count. I shall invade the caves. and turned to go. a nd not a couple of saboteurs.' he said. sir. 'Please leave it to me to go and talk to thes e creatures. 'I'm beginning to wonder myself. The Doctor sighed.problem of these terrible power losses.' said Masters. If you are right and some alien life-for m is the cause of all this trouble. 'Not until we've got some proof that a real enemy exists. I must use what forces I have available to s top it.' he said. What's more. 'Then with the few men at my disposal. too.' He left the office. 'Doctor . 'Well. 'I must make my plans. and left. This is a military matt er. sir. those caves are now strictly out-of-bounds to you or to any oth er civilian.' said the Doctor. old man.' said the Doctor. 'You're sure t here's no chance at all of getting those reinforcements?' 'No chance at all. I hope I make myself clear?' 'Absolutely clear.' the Brigadier said to Masters. 'can you suggest any other solution to our problem?' 'Indeed I can.' he said.' 'I see.' said the Doctor. . 'I must go back there alone and try to make peace with these p eople.' The Brigadier shook his head. 'I'm afraid I still don't know qui te who you are. I suppose I had better ma ke my plans.' 'But we are not going to make arrangements with reptile men. The Doctor paused at the door and looked at Masters. 'No. ' Then if you will excuse me.' said the Doctor.' said the Brigadier emphatically.' Dr.' said Masters. Doctor. Liz gave a quick s mile to Dr. He swung round to face Masters. 'You call lizards "people"?' 'It doesn't really matter what we call them.' said the Brigadier pulling back his shou lders. Lawrence spoke up for the first time in minutes of silence. Lawrence and Masters and hurried after the Doctor.' 'People?' said Masters.' 'You ma y all be killed.
is it?' 'The Doctor is supposed to do w hat I tell him. both flashing powerful torches. sir. if we see something?' he asked. Carry out the plan. T hen he said: 'Sir?' . 'I told him not to go in there. 'and we roll up with guns. they carried with them another field telephone and a drum of telephone wir e which they paid out carefully as they penetrated the main passageway. 'What are you going to do. Bessie was standing there deserted. the one to be left at the mouth of the cave.' The Sergeant saluted. It took the Doctor only five minutes to drive Bessie from the research cen tre car park to the main mouth of the cave. As the Brigadier and the soldiers advanced into the cave. A s a precaution it was planned to leave one soldier at the mouth of the cave.' 'Yes. 'and ask questions afterwards. 'What d o we do. evid ence that the Doctor had defied the Brigadier's instruction not to enter the cav es. The lucky soldier. By the time the Brigadier arrived. 'We fire first. Sergeant Hawkins walked alongside the Brigadier. then ordered the other soldiers out of the Jeeps. We shall have to press ahead just the sa me. at least the one soldier left at the mouth of the cave would know what happened to them.15 Attack and Counter-attack It took the Brigadier a full ten minutes to get his men together to invade the c aves.' The Sergeant walked in silence for a while. 'and so are you. w ith two Jeeps and half-adozen soldiers. sir.' said the Brigadier. sir?' asked Sergeant Hawkins. This could be helpful for any future attacks that might be pl anned.' said the Sergeant.' 'But if he tries talking to them. that isn't going to help him much. and he would remain in telephone communication with the Brigadier and the other UNI T soldiers who entered the cave.' said the Brigadie r. was equip ped with a field telephone. The idea was that if none of the soldiers ever returned. The Brigadier bit h is lip.
The Doctor stepped from the darkened corner into a better-lit area. One of them had spot ted the Doctor. Then three of them rushed at the Doct or. and the lock sprang open. I'm willing t o believe in anything. The cage door was pulled to one side.' At first the rept ile men were too surprised to do anything.'Yes?' 'Do you really believe in these intelligent lizards?' 'Having been associ ated with the Doctor for some time now. guns at the ready.' said the Brigadier. From time to time the Brigadier raised his hand and every man stood moti onless as a statue. During these moments they all listened i ntently. The Doc tor had the impression that now there were even more reptile men going about the ir business. The cage door was pulled . At least a dozen were standing around the bench where Barker's gun was now dismantled. and was pointing him out to the others.' The soldiers continued on their walk through the caves. 'I bring greetin gs from the other intelligent race that inhabits this planet. 'yes. grabbed him violently and dragged him towards the prison cages. One of the t rio looked at the cage's electronic lock. stood upright and tried to rub the grime from his hands . which must have meant yet another power loss in the research centre. Another reptile man was being de-hibernat ed. The Doctor crawled s lowly on his hands and knees through the air ventilation-tunnel. its third eye glowed for a second. 'I have come to talk to you. The Doctor stepped forwa rd and raised his voice. and the Doctor was pushed into the little caged cubicle. But the idea of having peace-talks with them--that's anot her matter. He could see Major Barker in his cage watching him in astonish ment. All they heard was the drip-drip of distant water. He emerged from its o pening into the shelter. As he approache d the reptile men's shelter there was even more noise now.' he said. Suddenly there was a commotion among the reptile men. the reptile men who had achieved this seemed to be explainin g its parts to the onlookers. From the pit with the caged top there came a growling sound as from some very large animal that was kept down there. holding his breath.
' Major Barker cut in.' He walked aw ay purposefully. The Doctor was in the next cage to Major Barker.' said the Doct or. He returned his attention to the Doctor. 'I think it's high time we all had a good talk. 'Just a minute. ' "Assisting a public enemy at war with the Queen"!' He turned to Okdel and Morka. 'It's a start. th en quoting from the law.' 'We do not talk with apes. 'What's t he food like here?' 'I have no idea. Okdel. 'You used to.' said the Doctor. I want you to meet them in peace.' said the Doctor. sir?' said the Major.' said the Doctor. 'We exterminate apes. 'You have come here. 'This man is a traitor! If you.' Two reptile men. 'You killed him ?' 'He tried to hold me prisoner. 'You wish to talk. 'I have come to warn you that men will shortly be entering these caves to look for you. came forward to look at the new prisoner.' said Morka. 'I only throw it back a t them.' said Morka. 'You used to talk to a man called Quinn. . until you killed him.' said the Doctor.' sai d Okdel. 'If you do n ot attack them.' said Morka. they will not attack you. 'of your own accord?' 'Of course. the lock refastened by a one-second glow from a reptilian third eye.' said Major Barker.' 'We do not "make peace" with apes.back.' the Doctor said. 'A l ot of good that did. ape. ignoring the Major's outburst. What about?' 'I want to help you. 'Do you realise that is treason. Then the reptiles hurried away. looked questioningly at Morka. gentlemen. are true soldiers you will have nothing to do with him!' 'How do you wish to help us?' as ked Okdel. one old and the other younger.' said the Major.' The old reptile man. and both clearly in som e authority. 'What do you think you're doing? I tho ught you were going to get help for our side!' 'I think their side may need it m ore.
lads. Suddenly there was a cracking sound above them. 'That looks like the end of that. The map was only partly complete. The passageway was ch oked with dust from the fall. based on what passageways potholers had located and no ted over the years.' But Okdel had gone. 'We have much to talk about. 'This way. 'then work our way round again through some of these smaller passages. Usi ng their torches. 'We shall proceed in that dir ection. 'Isn't it possible for both sides to live in peace ?' Okdcl looked long and hard at the Doctor.The Doctor appealed to Okdel. The Brigadier's plan was to inspect every inch of the caves by going down the passageways in an organised way. ' said the Sergeant. The Brigadier l ooked at the map again.' He sounde d almost pleased not to be able to go any deeper into the caves. then silently turned away.' They started t o move off again. The Br igadier had stopped his men near where the water was dripping from the roof. sir.' he said. sir. 'We can go back down here. 'Back the way we came!' .' called Sergea nt Hawkins. 'Come ba ck!' called the Doctor. He called to the soldiers. 'Yes. still paying out the telephone wire that led from their field telephone. The Brigadier and Haw kins shone their torches up on to the roof just ahead of them. pointing to an opening in the cave wall. the Brigadier shone his torch ahead in the direction they had been going. but as he spoke a whole section of cave roof fell before them. The cave was completely b locked.' said the Brigadier. As the dust started to settle. Sergeant Hawkins said. 'Mind out!' called the Brigadier. blocking their way.' 'About turn. A crack had appea red and was widening. he and Sergeant Hawkins looked at a map of the caves.
that vicious one's coming back.' he said to the Doctor. 'Watch out.' 'It's the only way these creatures are likely to understand. 'I w ish to thank you for your warning.' Morka came up to the cages.' said the Doctor. Within a moment the cave roof further down the passageway had fallen in. 'You will gain nothing b y killing me. blocking their way The Major g lared at the Doctor from his cage. They were completely trapped. He fell to his knees. .The soldiers turned round to retreat down the main passageway. The Doctor felt as though he was being strangled. 'I simply want to prev ent a massacre.' he said.. Then there was an other cracking sound. 'Killing people isn't the only way to settle an argume nt. 'You had no right to tell them about the Brig adier's plan!' The Doctor tried to reason with the Major. And now I shall kill you.' Morka focussed his third eye on the D octor. but already the power of Morka's radiation was h aving an effect on him. the ai r squeezed from his body.. 'Your soldiers have a ll been killed.' said the Majo r. Intense pain raced through his . a whole section of the roof fell before them. The eye started to pulsate with glowing redness. Huge rocks barred their escape.
I think this one is more intelligent.' said Major Barker. 'Millions and millions of us!' Okdel turned and looked at Barker.' said the Doctor. He was just losing consciousness when he heard Okdel's voice. 'such as this ape had with him. have multiplied time an d time again.' said Okdel.' He turned back to the Doctor. Slowly he asked.' 'I have dealt with the apes sent to attack us.' 'You forget.' said Morka. 'the figure is accurate. 'You say you wish to help us?' .' said Okdel. It can live for a little longer. It will not help you.' the Doctor said. 'They are trapped in the caves. 'has told us so little. 'You lie. 'They will send others to attack us. Since you were the rulers of Earth the apes. 'Ask your questions of this s o-called intelligent ape. as you call Man. thinking it unwise at this moment to point out that Man was not hi s own species.arms and legs.' said Morka. 'Do not kill it.' 'We outnumber you by millions to one. 'Only soldi ers.' cried Major Barker.' 'I assure you.' said Ok del. 'So put that in your pipe and smoke it!' 'Do all carry these exploding sticks. 'That is impossible. 'We all carry weapons.' Morka's third ey e suddenly stopped glowing. then I suggest you exterminate it.' 'Then we shall destroy them all. 'What use can we make of the creature?' 'The other. 'St op!' The pain continued through the Doctor's limbs.' said Okdel. Okdel stood looking at the Doctor. indicating Barker.' and he indicated Major Barker. 'How many of your species now pollute our planet?' 'Over three thousand five hundred million. 'It may be useful to us.' Morka abruptly wal ked away.' sai d the Doctor. 'You give this enormous figure to frighten us. there are now millions of this species.' said Okdel. Morka had not heeded Okdel's order.
'Yes. The Doctor looked throug h the bars' 'Have you killed him?' 'No.. 'I can stop you from being destroyed. He caught a glimpse of the spiked back of a huge reptile.' The Doctor followed close behind Okdel towards an in ner room. then hurried on after Okdel. It was a small control-room with some devices for measurin g the external . Their route took them past the caged-over pit. Doctor.' 'But you know nothing of the fighting power of the humans. 'Come with me.' said the Doctor..' said Okdel. Barker sudden ly fell away. but I realise that things hav e changed. 'If you say another word about weapons.' he said. and his third eye started to pulsate. Walk behind me. and the lock sprang open. Okdel turned towards Major Barker. 'You have only seen one rifle!' 'Be quiet!' sai d Barker. 'He will recover. a crumpled heap on the floor of his cage. Then he looked down at the lock on the Docto r's cage door.' 'We have studied your weapon. but the Major had a steel-like grip. and the Doctor stole a quick glance down into the pit. His third eye pulsated. 'Can't you let me out of here? I'm in no position to harm you. 'I'll shut your mouth for you.' said the Doctor. you swine! You're a traitor! I'll stop you helping them!' The Doctor tried to pull M ajor Barker's hands from his throat. 'I have never talked with an ape before. The inner room also had walls of sheet me tal riveted together. 'bombs that can wipe out whole continents.' The Doct or's words were choked as Barker put his hands through the bars dividing the two cages and grabbed the Doctor by the throat. 'Explosive shells that can penetrate armour-p lating. It is very primitive. and I earnestly believe we must talk before it is too late.' The Doct or felt his bruised throat.' the Doctor said.' Okdel se emed to consider for a few moments. I shall personally see that you are prosecuted under the Official Secrets Act!' 'What other weapons do you humans possess?' asked Okdel.
So.' 'It may.' said the Doctor. The return of the Earth's atmosphere.' Okdel said. all over the world. 'I wish to help you. was to activate triggering devices on the surface that wo uld automatically de-hibernate us. we put ourselves into a form of hi bernation. 'You have given me the answer. we built these sh elters. to save bringing food and water. was attracted by the gravity of this plan et. 'A small planet. its return . not understanding. It went into or bit around it. The atmosphere was never pulled away.' said the Doctor.' 'I think I can guess what it was. Okdel turned and stood facing the Doctor.' said the Doctor . How many ar e there?' Again Okdel considered. 'If you attack me.' said Okdel. 'I can only help if I know everything.' .' 'How many of these shelters did you build?' asked the Doctor.' said the Doctor. wandering through space.temperature and air-condition. 'I do not give you information. that little planet you feared didn't sweep by Earth. and.' said Okd el. 'I want to know exactly why you have hidden yourselves in this shelter?' 'Quinn asked such questions.' said the Do ctor. something went wrong. 'I shall destroy you instantly. Then he spoke again. 'Did your planet have a moon?' 'Moon? ' said Okdel.' 'What do you want to sa y?' 'First I need information. 'You see. 'Many thousands. When we a re ready we shall reactivate the others from this base. wasn't it?' 'Yes. Our scientists said that when it swept by our planet it would cause great wa ves and winds. All life on the surface might be destroyed. But somehow.' 'I have no intention o f attacking you. It was the return of the at mosphere that was to activate your trigger devices. which would be drawn from the E arth for a short time. 'It does not help us to provide you with information. 'Please tell me what happened?' Okdel considered.
' said Okdel.' said the Doctor.' Okdel stopped swaying.' said the Doctor..' said the Doctor. 'But do you realise this could result in the most terrible war between two intelligent species in which both will be d estroyed?' 'There is no alternative. and from the depth of his throat there came a gen tle whining sound. With your technology you could build cities in those parts o f the world which Man has ignored.' the Doctor said. 'I am very sorry.' Okdel seem ed deeply affected to learn that his civilisation had completely vanished. The Earth's crust is always moving. 'the climate is very different from when it was you r planet. the crocodile.' said Okdel at Iast. over the last hun dred million years or so the climate has changed. The Doctor thought this must be the reptile man's way of show ing grief. 'These areas of which you speak.' 'We have cities. and the snake. In most of the world.' said the Doctor. 'Nevertheless.' 'No. First you must release the men who are trapped in . 'I think there is. 'great domed c ities in valleys waiting for us to return. 'Only some fairly small versio ns of your animals--the lizard. which had left a glistening path down the scales of his face. and these areas are har dly touched by Man. but there is no trace of your civilisation on this planet. Then a single drop of liquid slid from one of Okdel's eyes.' said Okdel.'That's understandable. He did nothi ng to conceal the single tear. The old r eptile man was crying. 'It must be sad to re alise that you are so completely forgotten.' said Okdel. 'Noth ing of us has been found?' 'No. and there are still large areas in the world today very similar to the conditions in which you knew the planet. 'Your people thrive in hot climates.' said the Doctor. 'but I think th ey might listen to me. 'This must be hard for you to understand.' said the Doctor. 'Would your p eople agree to this?' 'They are not my people. 'It remains our planet.' Okdel swayed slig htly from one side to another. You are fortunate that this shelter has not been crushed to pulp by some internal movement of the crust.
' Okdel's third eye started to glow very gently.the caves.' said the Doctor. Morka.' said the Doctor. and tried to make a mental calculation as to the number of cubic feet of air they had to breathe. so that they were not choking from it. 'The other i n the cage tried to hurt my friend.' said the Doctor.' 'If your plan is acceptable to the other species.' said Okdel. The Brigadier looked up and down the passageway. Everyone is equal. 'But it is difficult for us to think of apes as equals. If they were lucky. and then to equate that figure with the number of men. Bu t someone must make the first move towards peace.' said Okde l. and found the rocks impossibly heavy to move. The dust from the roof falls had completely settled now. 'But we must be respected. Then I shall release the apes in the cave.' 'We are a peace-loving specie s. But wi th a total blockage at each end of the passageway no air was able to get in or o ut.' said Okdel. The Brigad ier and his men sat slumped against the wall of the cave.' 'There are some hard pills to swallow. They had already tried t hat.' 'You have only shown hostility to th e humans. The Brigadier shook his head. they had anoth er three or four hours but no more. 'The less the physical . 'it would be understood that we are the superior race?' 'I am sure that the h umans could learn to treat you with great respect. Sergeant Hawkins came over to the Brigadier and slumped down beside him.' 'These apes have only shown hostility to us. 'by releasing your fighting animals in the caves. 'But these days people don't talk about superior and inferior races.' 'E very one of the humans is equal. This will help me to convince the humans that you do not intend to ha rm them.' 'I wou ld certainly try to arrange that. 'What about getting the lads to try to shift the ro cks again?' said Hawkins. 'and one of them is that the a pes have grown up.' said the Doctor.' said Okdel. 'Good.
activity,' said the Brigadier, 'the longer our oxygen is going to last. Try the telephone again.' 'Yes, sir.' Sergeant Hawkins scrambled over to the field telep hone, and cranked the handle. He listened. The line was dead. 'The lead must hav e been cut by the rock fall,' he told the Brigadier. 'There isn't a sound.' The Brigadier stood up. 'Remain seated, everyone,' he said. 'It's a soldier's job to do things, not to sit on his backside. But the situation is rather against us. If we try heaving at those rocks we shall run out of oxygen in no time. The tele phone's been cut. But if we remain here, quietly, not even talking, we can last out a very long time.' He knew this was a lie, but he had to give his soldiers s ome hope. 'Eventually, our non-return is going to be noted by the people at the research centre. There's a man from the Ministry of Defence there at the moment. He's bound to take action. Other troops will be sent in to dig us out. Understo od?' There was a murmur of understanding from the soldiers. The Brigadier sat do wn again. Then he noticed the scratching sound coming from one end of their wall ed-in section of passageway. He flashed his torch in the direction of the sound. Private Robins was crouched against the cave wall apparently scratching a stone against the wall. The Brigadier quietly signalled to Hawkins to follow, then we nt down the passageway towards Robins. 'Something up, Robins?' he said. Robins d id not reply. The Brigadier came up behind Robins and flashed his torch on to th e wall where Robins was scratching with the stone. Etched into the wall of the c ave were crude drawings of animals and what might be men. Hawkins had come up be hind the Brigadier. 'Robins,' said Hawkins, 'pull yourself together, lad!' Robin s took no notice and continued with his crude wall drawings. 'Leave him alone,' said the Brigadier. There was a sudden rumble at the other end of the area in wh ich they were trapped. 'Sir,' said Hawkins, 'down there--more of the roof fallin g in!'
The Brigadier and Sergeant Hawkins swung their powerful torches in the direction of the increasing sound. 'I don't believe it,' said Hawkins. 'I don't believe i t!' As they watched the great mass of rocks and boulders that blocked their esca pe rose up from the floor of the cave, all neatly going back exactly into positi on to re-form the cave roof. 'I quite agree with you,' said the Brigadier. 'I do n't believe it either, but let's get out of here while we've got the chance.' 'W hat about Robins, sir?' 'Two of you men,' called the Brigadier, 'come and give R obins a hand.' Two soldiers sprang forward and helped Robins to his feet. 'Now t hen, men,' shouted the Brigadier, 'back down the passageway to base. And sharp a bout it!' Grinning, all the men scrambled to their feet and started moving off d own the passageway. Okdel's third eye stopped pulsating. He turned to the Doctor . 'The apes in the cave have been released.' 'Thank you,' said the Doctor. 'Are any of them hurt?' 'No,' said Okdel. 'They are all unharmed.' 'Good. Now you mus t allow me to return, and I shall tell the humans what you have done.' Morka ent ered and stood himself directly in front of Okdcl. 'Why have you released the hu mans?' Okdel said, 'I have decided it is possible for the two species to live to gether on this planet.' 'This planet is ours!' Morka stormed. 'Not exclusively,' said the Doctor. 'We are the masters of our planet by birthright,' said Morka. 'All other species are inferior.' 'This other species,' said Okdel, 'has develop ed its own civilisation. We must accept them, and hope that they will accept us. ' 'They are savages,' said Morka. 'See this wound in my leg? This is the work of these animals.' 'That was a mistake,' said Okdel. 'These are intelligent beings . We can reason with them.'
'If they are so intelligent,' Morka said, 'they can serve us as slaves. Either t hey accept that, or we destroy them!' 'I shall decide what is to become of the h umans,' said Okdel. 'Not you. Now leave me.' For a moment Morka's third eye glow ed in uncontrollable rage, and the Doctor felt a twinge of pain across his own f orehead. Then Morka turned and left the inner room. As Morka left the inner room , his thin body quivered with rage. In the far corner the scientist K'to was com pleting the dehibernation of yet another reptile man. Morka crossed over to K'to . 'Okdel speaks of sharing our planet with apes,' he said. 'And your opinion?' a sked K'to carefully. 'We should kill them all.' K'to said, 'Since our time they have mutated and developed far beyond anything we ever expected. That is obvious from the two specimens we have caught.' 'They are still mammals,' said Morka, ' the lowest form of life!' 'Okdel is the leader of this shelter,' said K'to. 'Per haps when the other shelters have been found and re-activated, there will be dif ferent ideas among the other leaders.' But Morka was not really listening. 'I tr apped the humans in the caves, and Okdel has released them. Now I shall try to d estroy them!' 'It is dangerous to disobey Okdel,' said K'to. Morka raised a hand . 'Silence!' His third eye started to pulsate as he concentrated. K'to remained watching Morka, wondering what was going on in his mind, and what effect it was having on the humans in the caves. The UNIT soldiers came along the passageway, all in good spirits now. One or two were whistling a familiar tune. The first on e to start behaving strangely was Sergeant Hawkins. He stopped suddenly and blin ked. The Brigadier hurried up beside him. 'What's the matter, Sergeant?'
Then.' said the Brigadier.' Hawkins shook his he ad. Sergeant Hawkins came up behind the Brigadier. 'Now then. his eyes wild with fear. shoulders back.' said the Brigadier. Rob ins. 'Pray. sir?' Hawkins asked. Both Hawkins and the Brigadier whirled round to see Robins fighting desperately with the two soldiers who had been helping him. 'Robins. It opened up into a dome-roofed cave.' Again they had to wait to see how Robins would react. 'That's very good going.' . 'Good man.' They waited to see if Robin s would respond. 'Robins. then swung it back from the chasm. 'Robins!' The Brigadier doubled back to the soldier. he broke free from the two soldiers o n either side of him and darted off down one of the smaller tunnels. 'Eyes right. 'Now I want you to march. using enormous strength. He lift ed his other leg. towards me.' said the Brigadier. 'I've no idea where this goes. From behind them there was a sudden scream. and about turn!' Robins carried out the order as though he were on the parade ground. I just felt a bit peculiar for a moment. take a step backwards.' The tunnel was quite short. held it poised. Now pull yourself together!' Robins glared at the Brigaclier. He calle d softly to Robins. I should think. 'We're getting you back to base as quickly as possible. The Bridadi er rushed after him. then continued to walk forward. Robins.' said the Brigadier. sir. his torch picked up Robins perched on the edge of the ledge. As t he Brigadier came out on to the ledge. held it poised a moment. then stepped back. He was now no longer right on the edge of the chasm. 'What do we d o now. then a black chasm. in the same qu iet voice. 'Now bring the other leg on e step backwards.' he called. You'll get yourself lost.'Don't know. Robins lifted one foot. There was a wide ledge where the tunnel came out.
'In any case if it is true that so many apes now pollute our planet. His body hurtled into the darkness.' Sadly the two men made their way back to the waiting soldiers.' said Morka. Morka's th ird eye stopped pulsating.' said Mork a. 'Killed one of them . Sergeant. 'We cannot let the apes over-run us! They are vermin!' .' said K'to. A long-drawn-out scream came up to them. and Robins slightly al tered his direction to take himself directly to the Brigadier.' 'A bit more towards me.' shouted the Brigadier. 'There's nothing we can do for him. 'H e's going to be all right.' 'Okdel will stop you.' said K'to. sir. 'Grab him.Like a sleep-walker. Robins recoiled backwards in sudden panic. The scream went on.' whispered Sergeant Hawkins. I can only control the weakest. and Sergeant Hawkins lunged forward. The Brigadier and Hawkins rushed to the edg e and looked down. The Brigadier and the Sergea nt remained standing where they were for some time. 'Good man! Now you're safe. as Robins plummetted into the bowels of the Earth. 'You've pulled him throu gh it. 'They have moved out of range. Robins began to march very slowly towards the Brigadier. fading further and further into the distance. 'What have you done?' asked K'to. 'There are other ways to kill apes. Then the Brigadier moved awa y from the chasm.' said the Brigadier.' Morka found this a terrible thoug ht.' Robins smiled at the Brigadier. then turned and ran straight for the chasm. and you're with friends. a scream that never seemed to end. We'd better pres s on. As Robins came up close the Brigadier said. 'I have released one of our fighting animals into the caves. Then some strange wild look flashed in his eyes .' ' Or the least mutated. our fightin g animals will be of little use against them. Later I shall re lease all our animals to destroy the humans.
' K'to went to a metal cupboard.' said K'to. They disgust me.' He turned and looked towards the prisoner cages. the substance in this canister was used.' he said.' said K'to. could we.' Morka looked more closely at K'to.' he told the scientist. 'We shall let him free. 'Before now.' 'Do you see some s olution to our problem?' Morka asked. opened it and brought out a sealed canister. and he will kill all the others for us . It is l ethal. and was rubbing his head. As a scientist I had to assist our farmers.' said the Brigadier. 'I n our time you worked in the domed city. so th ere were things you did not know. Wh en the apes raided their crops. 'You were not a farmer. 'We could get trapped again by a roof-fall.' ' Because I am a man of science. sir?' asked Sergeant Hawkins.' K'to said.' 'We shall not kill him. 'B ut hanging about like this. 'does not mean that I lack feelings a nd passions. sir. Insects sometimes live in their fur.' said K'to. not yet fully understanding. 'Fortunately. 'we can conduct an experiment. 'We couldn't just leave the cable. 'I think you are really a friend of mine. Major Barker was just recovering consciousness.' 'Can we be sure that it will work on apes as they are now?' asked Morka. 'But our fighting animals alone cannot now destroy them. 'Government property.' The Brigadier and the UNIT soldiers were making slow progress on their way ou t of the caves. no feelings. They are un clean. Every foot of the field telephone cable had to be wound back on to the drum. and this slowed them down. I thought you had no opinions. 'Killing them one at a time will not help us.'I agree. I have no wish to share the world with furry creatures.' Hawkins persisted. 'There are few of us but millions of them.' . 'Kill him with this substance?' said Morka.
. Even as the Brigadier spoke. He felt very worried about the sight of it. but even so the monster continued towards the soldiers. just loud enough for everyone in the confine d space to hear. 'Look. But if I lose one foot of that wretched telephone cable. 'No grenades. Then Sergeant Hawkins stopp ed. ther e will be an investigation into the waste of public money. The Brigadier could see bullet holes appearing in the monst er's thick scaly hide. 'We need explosive bullets for this. and the little group of UNIT men moved forward down the passageway. his words were drowned by the roar of the fig hting animal which had appeared a couple of hundred feet down the passageway. 'I'm sure that wasn't here before. 'Hold your fire. sir. All the soldiers dived for th e sides of the passageway. himself taking cover behind an outcrop of rock. bared now as it advanced towards the soldiers.'If we are trapped again. 'You fool --you'll bring the roof down on top of us!' All at once the m onster stopped in its advance. It s mouth had huge pointed teeth.' They all snapped off their torches.' he shouted. r oaring and baring its long pointed teeth. The Brigadi er saw one of the soldiers reach for a hand grenade to throw.' The two soldiers win ding the cable back on to the drum worked as fast as they could. 'Fire now!' The soldiers opened up with a rain of bul lets at the monster. and pointed his torch on to the cave floor.' said the Brigadier. these humans were food. There was total darkness.' he told the Serg eant. 'And put out the torches.' said the Brigadier. Through the darkness came the heavy breathing of the monster. 'Shoot for the head!' shouted the Brigadie r. ' We may have to forget that wretched telephone cable after all. as he fired round after round at the oncoming monster. 'that is something I could explai n to my superiors.' he said.' The Brigadier looked down at a perfect footprint of on e of the reptile fighting animals. 'The torches were attracting it.' called the Brigadier. T o the animal.' said Hawkins.
not 'persons'.' said the Brigadier. Everything was rather confused. Major Barker found himself lying on his back on the floor of the great cathedral-like cave.' said the Brigadier. Perhaps they had taken the Doctor away to kill him. but one of the reptiles took him away. Then they heard the monster move its feet. He looked at the flesh of his forearm.' 'We can listen. Anyway. 'what about it?' He grinn ed at the Sergeant. 'Torches on. The heavy breathing continued . He straightened up . Now his memor y started to come back. hardly daring to move. Eventually there was no sound of the monster. held in a cage like an animal.' said Sergeant Hawkins. The Doctor had been a traitor. it was a very tiny wound. and the other men switched on their torches. Major Barker rubbed his head. 'That's right. The Bri gadier switched on his torch. let's forget about government property and look a fter our own necks!' The Brigadier and the soldiers ran as fast as they could do wn the passageway towards freedom. How had he been cut there? He could not remember. and he scratche d at it viciously. Then he looked at the blood on his . He pulled up the sleeve of his j acket to scratch his arm. 'Keep those torches turned off until we can't hear it. 'For once. But it itched badly. Then he w as a prisoner for some time. 'Now let's get out of these caves as quickly as we can. No decent perso n liked traitors. and had wanted to help th ese lizards. His arm itched.' said the Brigadier. sir. saw a little cu t in the flesh. 'I think it's going away.' he said. But these were lizards. He sat up and tried to remember what had happ ened.' The men wait ed. The passageway ahead was empty. nothing to worry about.'But we can't see how close it is now. and those horrible reptile faces advancing on him. Daylight filtered in from the ope ning up near the roof of the cave. There was another pr isoner. It was all very strange.' 'What about the cable. sir?' said Sergeant Hawkins. He could remember the man-trap that caught him by the ankles. 'It's got th e advantage. that Doctor fellow.
For a ghastly moment he expected a man-trap to grab his ankles. pulsated his third eye and opened the rock. Still. he thought.fingers from the wound. and to leave his arm alone. He touched the controls again. ' said the Doctor. and he might infect the wound. and obviously the quickest way was to climb up to that little circle o f daylight near the roof. He went inside. He picked it up. the mind can play strange tricks. But nothing hap pened. K'to moved towards the great rock. Instantly the screen lit up showing a map of Earth before the Great Co ntinental Drift. only to find Okdel had locked it. he had somehow escaped. checke d that it still worked. The trouble was. He started to move off when his foot kicked something. He looked down. Obviously he mu st have escaped or he would not be in this cave now. 'You must have had a great civilisation. Perhaps best not to scratch it. He stood up and looked about himself. the reptile scientist K'to watched Majo r Barker with considerable interest. All he had to do now was to find his way out of t he caves. the Doctor tr ied the door. The moment Okdel left. and the rock closed behind him. From a dark recess between rocks. he coul dn't remember escaping. The Doctor was alone i n the inner room. His hands an d fingers were filthy with cave dust. . and that's why he was lying unconscious on the cave floor. saw his rifle lying on the floor. where Okdel had left him. Somehow in his escape he must have banged his head against a rock. So. Then he started to climb up the rocks leading to the day light. Then the door opened and Ok del entered. The map vanished from the screen and was replaced by an aerial view of a domed city. The Doctor interested himself in a screen in the wall. he thought. and experimentally the Doctor tried some of these controls. a free man. Once Major Barker had reached the circle of daylight. He steeled himself not to feel the itch. indicating the picture of the city on the screen. carrying a metal canister. There were a number of dials and buttons set in the wall immediately under the screen.
with great pain. With others. 'Since it only affected the apes. Okdel raised a scaly hand to silence the Doc tor. First it c auses a surge of energy which burns up the body's resources. 'It is not my doing.' said Okdel. The othe r prisoner has been released. something has happened which may change all our plans. 'I saw it used against the apes.' said Okdel. carrying a metal canister 'I'm very plea sed to hear that. 'Your civilisation has scientists.' 'What will this virus do?' asked the Doct or.' Okdel paused. you will not be pleased.. But wit hout my knowing.' 'Is there an antidote?' said the Doctor. 'It was very cruel. With some. 'I have spoken to the others of your plan. and swayed a little from side to s ide. I am sorry. The disease spreads wit h incredible speed. we had no need to devel op an antidote.' Then the door opened and Okdel entered.Okdel ignored the Doctor's remark. 'No. the afflicted ones wande r mindlessly over great distances. infecting all others.' h e said. death fo llows almost immediately. He has been infected with a deadly virus whic h may destroy all his species. 'Some wish to live in peace with the humans. has it?' .' He offered the canister to the Doctor. and others do not. 'any cure?' 'I do not know.' said the Doctor. That is why I have brought you this.
' Okdel said. and the door opened by itself.' Okdel stopped at the door to the other inner room. The lock clicked.'Yes. Okdel stood by the door for some minute s after the Doctor had gone. Central Australia.' Okdel said nothing. 'The virus is in this substance. Then you will find yourself outside this shelter and in a great cave . He felt very old. 'Go through there. From there you must find your own way. holding it very carefully.' said the Doctor. 'I hope that we shall meet again soon.' said the Doctor. 'Other doors will open as you go forward. 'That might take weeks. 'If they do not.' 'Thank you. The Doctor entered the inner room.' The Doctor took the canister. You must come with me. leading th e Doctor towards the door to another inner room.' 'Of course. you have a slight chance.' 'What about your friends who have released this virus?' the Doctor said. and the door closed soundlessly behind him. Arabia. 'I fear many o f the human species will die. Take it to your scienti sts.' Okdel turned to the door and opened it again. H e went up to the screen and touched a control. Then another door in front of him opened. He thou ght about these hot arid places which the Doctor had said the humans might set a side for the reptile people to live in--the Sahara. He looked at the lock. A moving picture . Slowly he walked back to the inner room where he ha d talked with the Doctor. 'Now I shall release you. and for a second his third eye glowed red. But with this substanc e. The picture of a domed city was still on the screen. ask them to develop an antidote. That cannot now be avoided. just as Okdel had promised. as he followed Okdel out of the inner roo m. N one of these names meant anything to Okdel.' said Okdel. It was still so difficult for him to accept that up on ground-level nothing remained of his civilisation.' said Okdel. He felt too old and tired to think o f building new domed cities. they will be v ery angry. 'I hope they will understand why I have released you.
The picture changed. His limbs were far too old and fragile to race now. He said what was truly in his mind. It s howed himself as a young reptile man winning a race. . 'Where is the other human?' s aid Morka. 'I gave him the substance so that the humans can find an antidote.' said Okdel. the n picked up a slate and a pencil and started to make a crude drawing of animals and reptile men. They are mammals.' said Okdel.' said Ok del. He turned another control to bring up a picture of more personal memories. 'I have released him. but Okdel had taken a liking to the animal. Okdel knew what was going to happen. 'and we need not destroy them. 'The ape Quinn told us how the humans are killing off a ll other species on the planet. The picture cut to a crowd wavin g to the brave young aviators. yet they exterminate other mam mals. the fact that an animal could draw pictures. and there was an ape in a cage in Okdel's garden. There are pl aces on the planet where our species can continue to live. He switched off the screen and turned round. Suddenly he was aware that he was not alone.appeared showing his people's first attempt at flight.' 'Never!' said Morka. 'The planet is cooler. Later their flying-machines were developed to carry hundreds of passengers at a time. He wished that he had been able to bring his pet ape with him in to the shelter. This had always fascinated Okdel. 'Th ey will not destroy us. The ape jumped about the cave. His friends had thought him very strange to keep an ape as a pet . What chance have we while these humans exist?' 'If we fight them.' said K'to. Morka and K'to had entered the room and were standing side by side.' Okdel sensed that his life was almost at an end . 'The lethal substance could kill them all if you had not interfered.' 'They will not allow us to live.' 'You want them to destroy us?' said Morka. The flyingmachine was ver y small and only carried two young reptile men. the atmosphere thin ner. All this had happened when Okdel was young. 'they will win.
For a moment he remembered himself as a tiny reptile baby. He turned to K'to. . The pain r aced through his old limbs. breaking out from its egg. Perhaps it is a mistake even to think of starting again. 'We can but hope for the sma llest share.' said Okdel. 'Kill him n ow!' Okdel saw the two third eyes before him turn to a brilliant red.' 'You have betrayed us.than in our day.' said Morka. 'They have already taken it.' 'You propose that vermin shall take our world?' sa id Morka. All our civilisation is destroyed. Then his mind went blank and he was dead.
Lawrence's chair behind the desk.' said Barker.' Major Bark er swung round to face Liz. 'that would probably be very sensible. 'I find this all scientifically impossible. I've seen them.' Major Barker exploded.' said Dr. Lawrence.' 'It wouldn't stop you r power losses. Lawrence had to occupy one of the hard-backed chairs.' 'Co-operating with reptile men.' Liz said. turning to the Brigadier.' said Dr. 'Well. I did advise him to keep clear of th e caves. yes. Dr. 'And you mustn't blow up the entrances while the Doct or is still down there. Masters. 'I tell you.except about the Doctor being a traitor. sir! We must blow up every entrance to those caves before they over-run us. Everything Major Barker says is true-.' . 'There's no time for reports. On the other side of Liz was Major Barker and the Brigadier.' said Masters. 'that Doctor is a trai tor! He's cooperating with them. a nd kept scratching at his arm. She noticed how Major Barker was sweating profusely... Lawrence. the point at issue is these power losses!' 'I agree. In any case. er. 'Mr.16 The Itch The Right Honourable Frederick Masters presided over the meeting from what was n ormally Dr. then tried to stop himself. 'Do you believe in these creatures?' Liz couldn't sto p herself answering for the Brigadier. 'but I really cannot prepare a report for the government on the basis of what I 've heard so far. 'If I ma y make a point. 'I believe you told yo ur Doctor that the caves were out-of-bounds to him--is that correct?' The Brigad ier mumbled over his words. 'You weren't there when he started to make deals wit h them!' He scratched furiously at his arm.' said Masters.' 'I agree.' Masters turned to the Brigadier. and sat next to Liz.
'He's still in the caves. I'm taking . Major. shocked by the way he had been spoken to. Mas ters swung round to face Barker. He carried in his hand the metal canister. 'You filthy traitor! I'm placing you under arrest.'Advice which he ignored?' said Masters. 'Sorry to be treating you like a leper. His face had gone beetroot. I've told them all a bout you.' Major Barker stopped scratching himself ins tantly.' said Masters. Liz looked from him to Masters . cutting in.' he said.' said the Brigadier. Beads of perspiration stood out on his forehe ad. and went into the caves of his own free will. 'You blackguard.' Major Barker moved to grab the Doctor. but the Docto r quickly sidestepped out of Barker's way. are a criminal of the worst order. ' where had we got to?' 'We have to rescue the Doctor. 'You.' said Masters. quivering with rage.' 'What are you talking about?' Bar ker demanded. 'I didn't ask you. 'He's a very self-willed fe llow.' He turned to Barker with a smile. Masters didn't look at all well. Liz!' The Doctor's voice boomed from the open door.' The Brigadier said. It annoys me. And another thing.' 'I don't think a rescue is really included on our agenda.' he said to the Doctor. that is what you are for the time being. 'you' re an ill man.' said Liz. 'Listen to me. Major Barker: stop scratching yourself. but--well. Liz thought one of the veins in his temples might burst at any moment. 'A traitor. sir. 'That doesn't mean you can leave him there!' 'How thoughtf ul of you. 'The Doctor defied the Brigadier's ban. old man.' Major Barker rose slowly. You have a terrible infection. taking the oppor tunity to make her point. and I'd be glad if you would remember that I am chairing this meeting.' Liz protested. Everyone swung ro und to see the Doctor as he entered. I can't mount a proper rescue until I get an adequate number of troops and equip ment. who seemed to be losing his grip of the meeting. 'Now then. 'Now I want you all to move away from Major Barker. if you ask me!' shouted Major Barker. 'Well.
This place must be put into strict quarantine. and I need a fully equipped laboratory in order t o find an antidote for what's in this canister. and I suggest that you come quietly. Cold air started to pump in through gri lles near the ceiling. and sank to his knees. The B rigadier and Masters came and looked down at the bright red mark on Barker's arm . A huge bright red mark stood out on his arm where previously there ha d been the tiny wound. And above all. 'It is intellig ent.' he gasped. 'can you turn up the airconditioning in here a bit? It's terribly warm.' He suddenly colapsed in a faint. you musn't touch anyone..' the Doctor said. The Doctor stepped back again. Meredith will be here in a moment. and pulled out a s potless white handkerchief and mopped his brow. 'Charles. 'My arm. But whatever Major Barker has told you. until his back was against the wall. 'It's festering.' The Major crossed to the Doctor and tried to grip his ann..' sa id the Doctor.' he said.' . Lawrence had lifted his internal 'phone and was telling Dr. his voice hardly audible.. 'What's the matter with him?' said Masters. 'What's this about you making a deal with lizards?' 'There is a life-form in a special shelter in the caves. then lunged forward at the Doctor.. Meanwhile Dr.' He staggered again. Meredith to hurry along here from the sick-bay. Lawren ce. then pulled up his jacket and shi rt sleeve. 'I'll lose my arm. He turn ed to the Doctor.' 'No wonder he kept scratching his arm. The Doctor knelt down and ex amined the mark on Barker's arm. Suddenly the Major stopped in his advance .' Dr. This can ister contains enough poison to wipe out the entire human race.you into custody. 'I warn you. then suddenly grabbed at his own wrist as tho ugh it was burning. 'it's killing m e. M ajor. Lawrence adjusted the air-conditioning. The pain-it's too much. 'I believe the skin under that mark is filled with an infectious virus.' said Masters.' he said. things have since changed. you're an ill man. 'He's being used as a carrier. 'Dr.' The Major st aggered. The Doctor backed as far as he could . He closed his eyes for a moment.' he said to Dr.
and in any case we can't leave the poor man ly ing here.' said the Doctor. It was clear from Dr. 'No one should touch him. 'And those "lizard s" will bring Mankind to a standstill. . and gave a silly laugh.' said Dr. Dr. Dr. Meredith and the Brigadier lifted Major Barker between them and carried him out of the office. 'but I really don't understand why. 'Does anyone know how he got that mark on his arm?' 'A lizard bit him.' He followed Dr. 'Now. I'm so busy.' said the Doctor. Meredith?' Together. I hardly had any sle ep last night. Lawrence gradual ly became convinced. Ready. ' said Masters. 'I'm going to need t he full use of your laboratory. 'Allow me.' 'That's all very interesting. Lawrence's face that at first he thought the Doc tor was out of his mind. we can't be sure of that. He c arefully took Dr. ' Doctor. But as the Doctor progressed with his story. I'll be back shortly. probably through exhaustion. Meredith. Meredith looked down at Barker. 'You wanted me. Dr. and in particular I'll need an electron microsco pe. Dr. Lawrence indicated Barker on the floor. Lawrence through the whole story of his encounter with the rep tile men.' said the Doctor to Dr. Lawrence. Lawrence. 'Perhaps one of you gentlemen could help me get h im to the sick-bay.'You'll bring the Centre to a standstill. some of th e time supported by Liz's own account of what she had seen. Lawrence scathingly.' said Dr.' 'Then I had better try to explain.' said the Doctor. Meredith and the Brigadier out of the office.' Dr. 'If you don't mind. 'Major Barke r's collapsed. 'we'll adjourn the meeting for a few minutes. I suppose your sic k-bay has got aspirins and that sort of thing. sir?' Dr. 'Th at's exactly what they want us to do.' The Brigadier looked up from the floor.' said Dr. Meredith hurried in .' said the Brigadier.' said Ma sters. and knel t down to raise up Major Barker.
'I must say. Dr. so the Doctor had to repeat a lot o f what he had already told Dr.' s aid the Doctor.' said the Brigadier. 'Is that your only reaction. When the Doctor had finished. Lawrence. 'that we cannot make this place work.' 'You don't really believe in this virus thing.' Dr. Lawrence was the first to speak: 'At l east that exonerates me. 'But the trouble has nothing to do with this centre! You've just heard the Doctor explain that!' 'The objective fac t is. 'He told us how he fought his way out of the repti le place. Masters returned. it isn't true. not the reptile men. Lawrence.' said the Doctor.' Liz got up to go.' said the Doctor. Lawrence was crestfallen. I said this whole centre should be in quarantine! We need to get that man back he re immediately. 'Liz.' 'Talking of extermination. 'Dr.' The Doct or shot up out of his chair.' said Masters. There's a government meeting I have t o attend later today in London. 'Why do you think they released Major Barker?' The Brigadier said.' 'Whatever he told you. 'Of course I do. . 'the way th ings are going you are likely to be exterminated.' he said smugly. do you?' asked M asters. 'How's Major Barker now?' 'He's remained in the coma. We must warn them of wh at's happened.' said Masters to the Doctor. trying to get the conversation back to the most immediate problem. Towards the tail-end the Brigadier reap peared. 'to the existence of an entirely separate life-form in the caves--that it exonerates you?' 'My task is to make this research centre operate efficiently . Meredith's packed him off to the cottage hospital. That was before you arrived.' He turne d to the Brigadier. 'What? That's the worst thing he could have done. 'you have presen ted us with a rather considerable problem. we've got to get to that hospital. at least not until th ese animals have been exterminated.Halfway through the story.' said the Doctor . The only thing I can recommend is that this cent re be closed.' said Dr.
we haven't a moment to lose.' 'All I need is a good night's sleep. 'I'll see that our laboratory is made clear for you. 'Help yourself. 'May I use the 'phone?' Liz asked.' 'Thank you. Liz noticed how hot and clammy hi s hand was. Lawrence. ' Masters reached out to shake hands with Liz. and put his papers back into his blac k ministerial brief-case.' 'I'll see you to th e lift. des pair in his voice. 'I'll have to get back to London. and turned again to Liz. 'Then you stay here and try to get an electron microscope for me.' Masters got up.' said the Doctor. . 'Are you sure you're fit to travel? You don't look t oo well.'Hold on. Brigadier. Miss Shaw. 'Nice to have met you. Then she turned her attention to the telephone.' said Dr.' said Dr. 'If you really think we've done the wrong thing.' The Doctor and the Brigadier hurried out. Come o n. to find someone who could quickly provide the Doctor with the special equipment he now needed. I'd better go with you. a little unsteadily. Liz thought. I hope we meet again sometime under more pleasant circumstances.' said Masters. Lawrence.' said the Brigadier. Doctor.
'Because. and the Brigadier braked har d to avoid hitting a wall. The speedometer climbed to 105 mph. 'That any better?' he called.' said the Brigadier.' s aid the Brigadier. 'There is a seventy mile-an-hour speed limit. as he overtook a farm-cart a nd narrowly missed an oncoming motor-cyclist. For us on the outside.' 'Then why are you driving so fast?' asked the Doctor. I'm still not convinced that that mark on Barker's arm is n't a rash of some sort.' said the Brigadie r. 'I knew we made a mistake not using Bessie. 'I can't hear.' shouted the Doctor.' The Brigadier gave the Doct or a sideways glance. 'This thing's got no go in it. 'I only knew half of what had happened.' There was a long straight stretch of road away. 'You're going too fast.' shouted the Doctor. 'Fairly satisfied.17 Epidemic The Brigadier kept his foot well down on the Jeep's accelerator as it took a ben d on the moorland road. narrow lane. he knew. it takes some believing. Sat isfied?' 'Yes.' said the Doctor. 'Can't you make this thing go faster?' shou ted the Doctor.' said the Doctor. Beside him the Doctor clung on to a grab-handle. Finally. 'there are times when I trust your judgement. you could always settle an argument by a ppealing to the . 'I can't think what induced you to let Barker go to hospital. The Brigadier kept his foot f lat on the Jeep's floor. Doctor.' The long straight stretch ended in a twisting. 'It's no good if we get there dead . With less windslip conversation was easier. averting his eyes from a speedometer now registering 80 mph.' 'I'm doing the best I can. It's all very easy fo r you. his cur ly hair billowing in the slipstream. 'Look.' shouted the Brigadier. because you've been involved in it all.
' Barker swayed slightly.' said the B rigadier very calmly. MARY'S COTTAGE HOSPITAL'. Barker's face was now almost as red as the terrible mark on his arm. A private drive led off from the main road. You are ill.' said the Doctor. 'Let him go.' he called out. At the sid e of the drive was a big sign reading: 'ST.' she called out. The young doctor and nurse were too startled to do anything. and stumbled down the steps.' the Doctor called. then put his hands to his throat and ope ned his mouth wide.' The Brigadier raced the Jeep in the di rection of the buildings. It was a little human-like quality that the Doctor had. The nurse came after him. 'I'm being strangled. The Brigad ier swung the Jeep into the drive. 'Looks like a small hospital. .Doctor's vanity. A young doctor in a white coat and a nurse came through the doors after Major Barker. The Brigadier stopped the Jeep and leapt to the ground to intercept Major Barker. 'I'll put you in a st raitjacket if you carry on like that. Major B arker got to his feet. As they approached the main entrance of the h ospital. swing doors suddenly flew open and Major Barker tumbled out on to the s teps leading up to the entrance. They wan t to help you. and was one of the reasons why the Brigadier liked him. knocked down the doctor. 'Major Barker. 'You must let us help you. pointing to a small building in what seemed to be its ow n grounds. The young doctor had scrambled to his feet and came down the steps.' He su ddenly dropped in a heap on the gravel driveway as though all the strength had g one out of him.' Major Barker stood facing the Brigadier . and the doctor tried to grab him. 'I can't breathe. The Brigadier stepped forward and knelt by Major Barker. 'you must go back into the hospital. 'Don't touc h him. 'I think that must be it over t here.' he screamed.
'I can't breathe. or was.' he screamed. but I know a dead man when I see one. The youn g doctor and the nurse slowly went back up the steps to the swing-doors. There w ere other people in the hallway.' said the Brigadier. 'Keep back!' said the Briga dier.' 'I still intend to feel for a pulse. He took another step forward to insp ect Major Barker.. he thumbed back the gun's cock.' said the young d octor. If anyone leaves that building. looking . 'Who are you people?'The Doctor said. get the porters.' said the young doctor.' the Brigadier said. 'We came to warn you that that man is. The nurse and the young doctor looked at the gun in aston ishment. 'You can't be sure.' 'It's no good.' 'I think that's somethin g for me to decide.' said the young doctor. 'I may not be a doctor. highly infectious. 'I'm being strangled' 'He's dead. 'I told you to keep back!' The Brigadier drew his service revo lver from its holster. 'Nurse. The young doctor paused. then straightened up. 'Get back inside the hospital. We'll take him into Casualty immedia tely. and stepped forward to kneel by Major Barker.Barker swayed slightly.. I shall shoot to kill!' To underline his point.
then turned and fled through the swing-doors. sir. 'Try t o develop the antidote. si r.through the glass panels of the doors. handing back the 'phone to the Brigadier. 'and pr etend you've got the plague yourself. The nurse followed. 'Get back or I fire!' The young doctor looked at the gun. Sergeant Hawkins. Doctor. ' Poor man.' sa id the Doctor.' said the Doctor. not unless Mr. Telephone the local Health Officer. all of whom I need at the caves?' 'Possibly. If he doesn't know what you're talking about.' The Sergeant asked.' The Brigadier went back to the Jeep and pick ed up the R/T telephone.' said the Doctor.' said the Doctor. 'Any ideas. you hold the fort with that revolver. and tell him that you are the registrar of St. mention that it killed seventy-five million people in the Middle Ages. how I get this place cordoned off with only six men. sir?' 'Give a sort of strangled sound over the 'phone. 'Not to my knowledge. 'Let me have the 'phone. Then ring off. No one will be allowed in. Within a moment he was speaking to Sergeant Hawkins at the research centre. and no one will be able to get out.' The Brigadier put his hand over th e mouthpiece and turned to the Doctor. 'Good luck. 'We shall telephone the police.' said the Doctor. 'You see.' . Mary's Cottage Ho spital. 'Th is is the Doctor speaking. He looked down at Barker's body. Masters promised you some. and that you have got an outbreak of bubonic plague. 'that'll b ring the whole of the Derbyshire police-force round here in no time. But he's only the first. 'What if he asks me something technical.' said Hawkins. Meantime. whoever he is. have we got any sign yet of getting any reinforc ements?' The Sergeant's voice crackled over the 'phone.' 'And what are you going to do?' asked the Brigadier. 'This place w ill have to be quarantined. 'Sergeant.' He took the instrument as he spoke.' said the young doctor. 'We shall have you arrested!' The Brigadier aimed his gun directl y at the young doctor.' 'Yes.
' said the Doctor. 'I haven't even analysed the virus yet. Meredith. 'Nasty black blobs . With Liz helping. 'Another thing. the Doctor smeared some of the substance from the ca nister on to a rectangle of glass and put it under a microscope. How's the vaccine going?' Th e Doctor gave the Brigadier a scathing look. The Brigadier's reinforcements mustn' t mix with anyone from the Centre.' 'I'll see to that. The Doctor adjusted the focus of the microscope.' The Doctor whirled round from the microscope.' he added. and even within the research centre people fr om different departments must have as little contact as possible. Lawrence of the urgency of the situation. Within half-anhour I'll have every entrance to the caves guarded. and drove away fast down t he drive. 'What's happened to that hospital?' The Brigadier reported that the hospital had been entirely cordoned off by the Derbyshire police. 'I've inoculated everyone in the Centre.' he said. 'We must have the least possible contact between all the people concerned. 'What's it look like ?' said Liz. 'but do you really think pumping antibiotics into people is any good aga inst this stuff?' 'I've no idea.The Doctor jumped into the driver's seat of the Jeep. At last the Doc tor had managed to convince Dr.' said the Doctor. 'And another t hing.' h e said.' He had a sudd en thought. Doctor. 'But it can't do any harm. and th e sick-bay laboratory had been made over to him to work in.' he said.' he went on. 'All these new soldiers coming along here. 'every on e of them must be inoculated immediately they arrive. Meredith hurried in. Dr. 'the Army is sending me reinforcements at last. 'That .' said Dr. 'It'll be here in an hour. No w what about my electron microscope?' The Brigadier entered in time to hear the question.
'you must stop that train right away.' But the Brigadier had already scooped up a 'phone and was speaking into it.' 'We're going to London. going very slowl y.' The passenger fumbled for his ticket and produced i t. 'I don't mind if you have to put a tank a cross the railway line. yes.man Masters--he was at the meeting with Major Barker! How's he travelling back t o London?' 'He mentioned catching a train. which puzzled him . He crossed to the compartme nt window.' said the guard. 'Your ticket. 'Why i s the train going so slowly?' 'No idea. His face was flushed. and looked out. 'I must get to London immediately!' The passenger suddenly stood up and reached for his brief-case. The train again lurched to a stop. 'Let me get by. or his pictures in the newspaper.' he said.' he was saying. 'They're putting us into a siding.' said the Doct or. but it was now dark outside and he could only jus t see the backs of some cottages. The passenger also looked ou t of the window. As the guard clipped th e ticket he asked. s ir. sir.' said the guard. 'Feeling all right. sir?' 'A bit tired. Surely he h ad seen the man on television.' said Liz. There was only one person in the compartment. bew ildered by this. 'that train must not reach London!' The guard on the train to London came along the corridor of the first-class compartm ents to inspect tickets.' he said.' said the man.' said th e guard. He slid open the door of a compartment where the blinds were down. The train had just lurched to a stop.' he repeated. Then he heard the famil iar sound of the train's wheels bumping over points. He looked up and said: 'Pardon?' The guard thought he knew the passenger's face. p lease. . He looked out of the window. I think. and he didn't seem at all well. 'Ticket. 'Where are we?' 'Somewhere near Peterborough. 'Oh. 'Brigadier. Then the train started again. sir.
' called the guard. but he turned and went back into the comp artment and slumped down into one of the comfortable firstclass seats. 'There are humans present. Then he blacked out.' 'It is possible. with all the respect du e to the new leader. 'I have just inspected the caves.' The passenger pushed by the guard to get to the c orridor.' said K'to.' 'Then I shall return to the caves. It was strictly against regulations.' 'Do not say "our time"!' thundered Morka. 'that the virus may take longer with these new apes.'No. K'to entered.' 'There is another possibilit y. with weapons. Only at recognised stations. 'We need a human spec imen in order to observe the effects of the virus.' said Morka.' said the passenger.' said K'to.' said K'to. He felt his forehead and decided he was running a temperature . sir. If necessary I might be able to develop a more virulent strain. 'and capture one of these humans with weapons. 'You just said it yourself. 'You summoned me. I must get to London by some other means. 'Could we not capture the creature that took the virus from Okdel ?' 'How?' .' said Mor ka. But somehow he fe lt terribly tired. 'I have an important meeting to attend. 'even in our time. 'You can't leave the train. they've put us into a siding.' The guard wanted to follo w the passenger.' said K'to. we're not. 'It's against the r egulations.' But the passenger was already halfway down the corridor and was opening one of the doors. Let me get by. to stop him from getting down on to the line.' said K'to. more to please Morka than because he believed it himself. Why are they not all dead?' 'Not all were kill ed instantly. Morka sat on what had been Okdel's special chair in the inner room. 'This is our time. His ticke t-clippers slipped from his fingers on to the floor.' 'Or h ave they developed an antidote?' 'That is beyond their intelligence.
'Are you all right?' The pass enger didn't move. He looked at the man through his rear mirr or. . Normally he drove villagers to go shopping in Peterborough. 'You'll have to tell me wh ich way to go from here. and said. turned towards his passenger. ' We shall start now. 'W e made the tunnel to bring in air without difficulty. 'Stop! Someone help me! ' But none of the cars stopped. Then he saw a panda-car approaching with the word 'POLICE' in illumina ted letters. then seemed to doze off in the back seat.'We know they have this special place. 'Do you run a tax i?' 'Yes. The cars swept by him. The shortest distance between one place and another is a straig ht line. his mouth hung open. The passenger's face was deathly white. 'Probably.' Jock Tangye had never driven his hire-car to London before in all his years in business.' Th ere was no answer from the back seat. 'but I'm having my tea. 'Or twenty if you want. 'I don't know London.' he called over his shoulder. Ninety minutes later he was hemmed in by fa st-moving traffic going over the Brent Cross flyover.' He rose from the chair.' said Jock. 'deep in the ground and close to our shelter. Jock made his way to the Al and headed south. He cried out to them. 'Don't I know your face?' he asked his passenger as they set of f. stood in the road and tried to wave down some oncoming cars. and charged them fifty pence each. very well dressed but wild-eyed. Jock pulled int o the side.' said the man. Headlights flashed at him and hooters were sounde d in anger. Ile was just sitting down to a knife-and-fork tea with his wife when there was a banging on his front door. 'The rock melts easily. Twenty pounds was his averag e weekly income.' said the man. He was almost in tears.' said K'to.' he said.' Morka was pleased with this idea. A man stood on his whi te-washed doorstep. Jock scrambled out of his car. stopped. sweat dripping from his forehead.' Jock didn't even bother to drink his cup of tea.' 'I'll give you ten pounds to driv e me to London immediately.
'Research Centre. 'The guard on the train. 'At least we can stop the rest of the world being affected . 'My passenger. crossed to a map of Britain pinned on the wall. 'and a man with a hire-car. 'You got someon e drunk in there?' He produced a torch. and the young policeman got out. Then he went very quiet and turned to Jock. 'And he's dead.' H e put down the 'phone.' He listened. Then. T he Brigadier entered. Jock watched on. 'So it's got to Lond on?' said the Brigadier.' said Hawkins.' said Jock. from a flight from London. thanks.' said Jock. stuck them in Lond on. 'Right. bewildered by all the noise and the traffic.' 'What's th e one in Peterborough?' said the Brigadier. Orly Airport. 'It looks like we're too late.He stood right in front of it to force it to stop. There were already three flags stuck in Derbyshire. wakey-wakey. he felt very ill. Paris-two of them gone down with it. and Hawkins answered it. Wenley Moor. 'Now then. 'have a look at him. or even to have to speak to someone they didn't know. sir. Sergeant Hawkins pu t down the 'phone in the conference room. one near Peterborough.' said the young policeman. 'What's the matter?' The young policeman sounded angry. 'Right Honourable Frederick Maste rs.' The policeman crossed back to hi s panda-car and took up the radio-telephone. 'Sergeant Hawkins speaking. suddenly. People in London didn't expect to be stopped. 'You know who this is?' 'No idea.' he shouted.' The panda-car pulled into the side. ' said the Brigadier.' he said. 'Mr Masters. then frowned. He died an hour ago in hospital there. There's also a young policeman very ill in the Royal Free Hospital. A young police-officer looked out from the driver's window. He selected two pin-flags from a box under the map. and leaned into the back of Jock's car.' .' The 'phone rang. saw Hawkins putting in the new flags.' 'We'll have to put the whole country in quarantine.
' said K'to. Liz gave a quick look at the Doctor.' said Sergeant Hawkins. 'One can hear the humans' voices at this point. now two in Paris.' said the Doctor. 'Docto r. 'How can yo u be sure?' asked Morka. and three other reptile men stood and looked at a section of the metal wall of their shelter. The metal in front of them glowed red . Then his third eye began to pulsate.'That's impossible. Here. 'from the Royal Free Hospital. He touched his forehead. we are closest to their scientific place beneath the ground. 'I have listened to the wall with one of our sound-dete cting devices. There's two dead in London. 'I rather think it's too late. 'this thing is spreading like wildfire.' said K'to. He carefully attached st icky tape to the two top corners. Morka looked hard at the metal wall.' Without a word the Brigadier turned on his heel and left the confere nce room. K'to's third eye followed. then looked at the glistening sweat on his fingers. glowing red.' The Brigadier sat down on one of t he few available chairs. then stuck the map on the wall. 'And tell him to be quick abou t it.' he said. Then he select ed two pin-flags and stuck them in Paris. The Brigadier entered. K'to.' he s aid. and the Doctor nodded.' 'Can't all international flights be stopped?' ask ed Liz. In the laboratory the Doctor was super vising the installation of an electron microscope. and then the third eyes of the other reptile men. going away for th e weekend. London.' Morka.' 'Then we commence .' said the Brigadier. 'Have you made any p rogress.' said the Brigadier.' said the Brigadier. 'We should start here. 'I w on't know that I've arrived until I'm there. 'Get young Mere dith to serve up antibiotics all round. 'What's the connection?' 'Both nurses.' said Morka. 'Perhaps we'd better all have some more antibiotics. Doctor?' 'It's a bit like a journey in the dark. Sergeant Hawkins unrolled a map of the world.
' He spoke up to the Doctor. 'It's only a few blobs squirming about. 'it'll soon find a way to overcome the a ntibiotics.' said the Brigadier.' said the Brigadier. mixing the liquid chemicals.' . Liz. and dr ew off some drops of the liquid on to a glass and put the glass under the electr on microscope.' he said. 'Now let's ge t this into him and see what happens. Meredith.' s aid Dr. Behind was the s olid rock of the caves.' The Doctor held himself very still. in a coma.' said the Doctor. The phial whirled round. Meredith.' 'Excellen t. 'Where's our guinea pig?' 'In a bed.' The Doctor plunged a syringe into the phial he had just mixed. and pressed a button.' said Dr. 'We haven't got any more. too. Dr. in a ward. 'I brought in the ambulance driver who took Major Barker to hospital. Meredith.' said the Doctor. Dr Meredith crossed to the microscope. 'Not too bad. 'Thank you very muc h. 'We've run out. 'If the virus strain kno ws what it's about. began to melt before the heat-force of the re ptile men. Meredith. Any chance you can hurry things along? ' 'Give him some more antibiotics.' 'Charmin g. That.' he said quietly. 'That makes my day. although she could see he was perspiring freely.hot and then white hot. and soon it fell away in molten flakes. Doctor. ' May I sec?' 'Later.' said Dr. 'That will be fatal. 'That's most comforting. not looking up from the mic roscope. 'How are you feeling?' Liz asked the Brigadier. The Doctor put the phial into an agitator. as though quoting from a medical textbook. 'It seems I'm going to be dead soon. Then he stopped the agitator. 'I think this is it. and the Brigadier watched on intently as the Docto r poured liquids into a phial. Bu t my blobs are definitely killing off their blobs!' He turned to the Brigadier.' 'What'll happen then?' asked the Brigadier.' said the Brigadier. By now every chemical in the laboratory was stand ing in a jungle of bottles and phials on the working-top by the electron microsc ope.
'Many of the humans must b e dead by now. watching the back of the reptile man now taking a turn at melting the rock.' said the Brigadier.' . and the Br igadier stood round the sick-bay bed while Dr. 'We should ha ve activated the other shelters.' He stood thinking.' The Doctor. 'something I have set my assistants to work on. while Morka regained his strength of concentration. 'He just gets impossible to work with sometimes. 'Do esn't he ever get tired?' asked Dr. He stopped concentrati ng. The Brigadier whispered to Liz. 'Yes. Meredith felt the ambulance drive r's pulse. But let us first capture this creature that pretends it understands science. Meredith. 'I think yo u're right. that's all.The Doctor held the syringe point upwards and marched out of the laboratory. and walked back through the narrow tunnel to where the other reptile men wer e waiting. and pushed Dr. Immediately another reptile man stepped forward to take Morka's place . concentrating on to it the power of his third eye. 'It's normal. Then we shall see.' Morka stood now in a tunne l of perfectly smooth rock. just wide enough for his shoulders.' 'Let me see. The rock glowed white with heat and melted. Meredith out of the way to h old the sick man's wrist. 'What if they do find an antidote? Ca n your science save us then?' 'There is something else. 'it's definitely nor mal. but he conti nued until he knew it was impossible to go on any longer.' said the Doctor. 'No.' said Morka. He faced the roc k before him.' he said.' said K'to.' Liz told the Brigadier to shut up. excitement in his voice.' said the Doctor. to please Morka. The concentration took all his energy. He could see how tired Morka was. Liz. 'Such charming manners he has.' said K'to. Mo rka took longer spells at melting the rock than any of the others. 'It is wrong that we alone should have to fight this vermin.
Meredi th. would you mind saying what we do now? You've saved one man.' Then the Doctor was go ne. 'My dear fellow. 'I may not understand lizards and reptiles. I'm terribly sorry. and you. No w I think we should leave him alone. and now Sergeant Hawkins was just pinning one into Belgrade. His body's been fighting this thing..' He moved to the door. I'm going to read the formula to you now.' said the Brigadier. Meredith.. That's just normal sleep.' said the D octor. 'Give the poor fellow a cup of tea or something. please. You get London on the 'phone. but I can tell when a puls e is normal.' The Doctor stepped back. F rankfurt. 'You're sure he's getting better?' 'Every test proves normal.' said Dr. Meredith.' The Brigadier spoke up. and followed the Docto r out. Brigadier. 'we've got the an swer to it. then stopped and turned to Dr.' said Dr.' . The maps on the walls were now peppered with pinflags. and it's knocked him out. 'Oh. 'we've got to 'phone the formula to London so that they can get the antid ote into mass production right away. Meredith. but the greatest concentration was in the London area. There were many flags in the Midlands. the excitement replaced with a touch of ice in h is voice.'Thank you. 'The formula. 'When you two have finished exchanging pleasantries.' said the Brigadier. There are people dropping dead all over the world by now!' 'It's obvious. The Briga dier was on the outside 'phone. 'But he's exhausted. How very rude of me. 'Yes sir. The Doctor indicated the man in t he bed.' Liz left the sick-bay and went down the co rridor to the conference room. Liz went closer to the man in the bed.' He looked up at Liz and snapped his fingers. 'I'll start that call to London. I' ll get the formula. In the map of the world flags had been pinned into Paris. and then it must be produc ed in quantity immediately and shipped all over Europe.' 'Yes?' said Dr.
please will you get it from him immediately! I've got the Ministry on the 'phone now. Then Liz started to scream.' The Brigadier cupped the 'phone. She opened the door and stood there too terrified to speak. 'She's got hysterics. 'I thought the Doctor was getting it. her body quivering. Without noticing Liz they disappeared d own what appeared to be a smooth-walled passageway. Meredith took Liz in his arms. The hole closed in. He turned to Liz. 'Well. Dr. as thoug h it had never been there. 'What the devil's going on?' Liz fell into the Brigadier's arms . He may be dead. Throu gh that wall!' Dr. He had it written clown in the l aboratory. 'They've got him. we've still got to give London that formula.' Liz hurried out and r an all the way to the laboratory. felt it with the palm of his hand. Two reptile men were dragging the unconscious Doctor towards a hole that had been bored in the wall. 'they 've taken him prisoner!' . As she approached the laboratory she noticed t he strange smell of burning in the air. The Brigadier pushed Liz towards him. Meredith had also heard the screams and came running along th e corridor. Took him prisoner.' he said. The Brigadier was the fir st to get there.She said.' he said .' she cried. 'Well. The Brigadier crossed to the wall.' 'But the Doctor. 'It's still warm.
loo ked at the Doctor's notes. we can' t just stand here doing nothing. The Brigadier turned to Dr. choo sing the one she thought she had seen him write last. 'we are concerned about sav ing the lives of millions of people.' she said. 'It might be this one. 'Have you any idea which is the right one?' Dr. 'I don't know.' He looked at the work top.' she said. 'Which of these is the right formula?' Liz crossed to the work top. She tried very hard to rem ember which was the last one he had made.' said the Brigadier. . Meredith shook his he ad. 'I wasn't in here all the time while the Doctor was working.Two reptile men were dragging the unconscious Doctor towards a hole that had bee n bored in the wall 'Miss Shaw.' the Brigadier said.' 'Well. it was littered with pieces of paper on which the Doctor had noted down the many formulae he ha d tried. and Liz noted a touch of h ysteria in his voice now. 'One of these bits of paper may save the entire human race!' Liz looked again at the Doctor's scribble now. Meredith.
' 'Just one moment. 'Then let's 'phone it through to London. Meredith. 'What if Miss Shaw has made a mistake?' 'In tha t eventuality.' said Dr. 'we shall all be dead fairly soon.' said the Brigadier.'All right. Satisfied ?' He took Liz's arm and marched her down the corridor back to the conference ro om and the telephone. .' said the Brigadier.
'The majority will survive.' the Doctor said. 'Only a few. 'You have discovered a cure?' 'Yes.' . 'It's useless having battles in the caves.' said Morka. 'Is the destructor ready?' 'We need only the power.' said K'to. 'Soon all the humans will be immune to your virus. Your plan has fa iled. 'You should be making peace. You are totall y outnumbered. 'It doesn't matter if we lose this battle in the caves. While you slept in your cage. 'through that tunnel you made?' 'Of course. The Doctor felt sud den pain through his arms and legs while the third eye glowed.' Morka turned to K'to .' Morka acknowledged the repo rt. not war. 'I am now the leader. just as your leader wanted it to fail. 'How many humans have died in the epidemic?' K'to asked.' 'Then you are going to be unlucky. 'The plan is n ow in operation. All soldiers will be withdrawn from your research centre and pu t into the caves to fight us.' said the Doctor. Even if you defeat the sol diers now in the caves.' said Mo rka. our soldiers attacked yours. they will send more and more against you. and the reptile man went away.' said Morka.18 A Hot World The Doctor came to in one of the prisoner cages. 'The electrici ty created by the humans. and his third eye glowed red for a fraction of a second.' s aid the Doctor.' 'While you go back into the research centre.' Another reptile man came up to Morka. 'Either that or die. 'because the nuclear generator has been shut down. K'to and Morka looked through t he bars at him.' said the Doctor.' 'That old leader is dead.' 'The battle is part of our plan. 'What you say is impossible!' K'to was more reasonable. A large battle rages in the caves.' 'You will rea ctivate it for us.' ask ed the Doctor.' said Mor ka.' 'Speak the truth. thanks to you.
' he said. In a moment the wa ll of rock in front of the Doctor vanished and he found himself looking into the laboratory in the research centre. 'is something with which you destr uct something else. you will die instantly. 'The othe r humans must see you first.' The Doctor came out from the cage. . his third eye glowed. 'What does thi s destructor do?' 'A destructor. 'The little furry animal s were always chattering and joking amongst themselves. 'Instead we shall change the world as th ey know it.' The Doctor slowly crossed the floor of the laborat ory. 'It's too great a task even for your science!' 'We shall not try a gain to destroy the humans.' said Morka. they have not r eally changed.' said K'to. right behind the Doctor. 'Continue. 'There will be. 'Come out of your cage.' said Morka. and walked towards a section of wall wh ich had let into it a perfectly smooth-walled passage.' He turned to Morka. 'If you displease us.' He gave a signal. The correct formula wa s missing.' said K'to. 'Don't imagine you can destroy the human race with some gadget. so someone had had the sense to know which it was.' said the Doctor. 'You keep harping on my imminent death.' 'Follow me. 'We shall all follow you. He took a quick glance at his notes on the work top.' he said. and the lock clicked open.' The scales of his cheeks quivered. 'Walk forward slowly.' said Morka. At the opening to the pas sage. and a number of othe r reptile men came forward.' said Morka. something else?' 'He jokes. 'You will go first.' Morka looked at the lock on the cage door.' The Doctor continued until the passageway came to an abrupt stop. Morka stopped. 'We should leave now. Morka was directing his third eye over the Doctor's shoulder. 'Is there an opening at the other end?' he asked. You see. He felt Morka come up close behind him. 'Can't we talk about. which the Doctor took fo r laughter.' sai d the Doctor.'The alternative doesn't sound very attractive.' The Doctor walked down th e narrow passage. 'Where to?' he ask ed without looking back.
' 'Forward.' The Doctor walked sl owly towards the cyclotron room. R eptiles everywhere. Lawrence fell dead to the floor. Further down the corridor the Brigadier and Liz were standing at the li ft door. 'Take us to the source of your power. 'We thought you'd been taken pris oner. 'It is an example of what will happen to you if you are not obedient to your masters. Lawre nce and the technicians looked up first in surprise then in horror as the reptil e men crowded in. the first time the Doctor had seen him show any real emotion. Your antidote's working fine. It depends if th ey are useful.. 'We may allow those down here to live a little longer when all those on the surface are dead. He stepped out into the c orridor.' 'Practical thinking. You have probably ruin ed my career. He t urned to the Doctor.' said the Doctor.' said the Doctor t o Dr...' said Morka.' the Doctor said. The Brigadier was pressing the lift button. 'No! You creat ures have tried to ruin the work of this research centre. Dr. Lawrence's face was crimson with ang er. Lawrence.' Dr. and now the 'phone's de ad and the lift won't work. 'All apes look at the body.' said Morka.' He . The three were kept bunched together. 'Don't make any hasty moves. I've sent all my men into the caves.' 'Guard those apes. 'They need your power.' The Brigadier's voice trailed off as he saw Morka and other reptile men come up behind the Doctor. I'm sorry. 'The nuclear generator must be reactivated. 'If you kill any one I shall not help you. B rigadier.' said Morka. 'We are all prisoners now.' His protest was cut short as Morka's third eye glowed a vicious scarlet. As though by instinct the B rigadier turned round.' Morka said.'Continue until we find humans. so that all could be killed insta ntly if they made a wrong move. 'Doctor!' he exclaimed. As the trio entered the cyclotron room Dr. but now all hell's let loose in the caves. The Doctor paused. The Brigadier and Liz were pushed alongside the Doctor.. and two reptile men hurried up to the Brigadier and Liz.
'Othe rwise I cannot properly help you. but thought better of it. looked behind himself and saw reptile men dragging in a tubular object on four tiny wheels. as though asking if he may explain the purpose of the destructor to the Doctor. will live as long as we find you useful.' 'I must know the purpose of this machine. his reply to K'to must have been by some kind of t elepathy--thought-waves between the two reptile men. The Brigadier asked: 'Do you mind telling me what you two are ta lking about?' 'The van Allen belt.' 'Now look here. 'and went into total sleep.' he explained. 'The destruct or?' he asked. satisfied that they were all suffi ciently terrified. I'm going to need your assistance. 'We have no alternative. 'These people. All m ammals on the surface will die. 'Since we entered our shelter. 'Miss Shaw. I suggest you all go to your usual . It envelops the Earth. Morka made no sign that the Doctor could understand. and protects us from the sun's most harmful rays. All of you apes here..' He almost said 'creatures'.' said the Docto r.' the Doctor said. 'Miss Shaw and I can manage to stoke up the nucl ear generator between us.looked slowly round the group of technicians. K'to turned back to the Doc tor. Doctor.' 'Your people will die. our planet. 'You will now connect the destructor to your nucle ar generator. 'is named after the scienti st who discovered its existence. 'y ou mustn't do anything to help these. t he temperature of this planet.' 'The van Allen belt is indestructible. He turned to Liz.' Then he loo ked to the waiting technicians. Microwaves from the destructor will disperse this barrier. hopefully.' he said.. We have detected some in visible barrier between the rays of the sun and the surface of Earth. Without it people would die of sunburn on a cloudy day .' said the Doctor. K'to answered. under the ground. He could not be sure this was true.' K'to looked to Morka.' said the Brigadier. removing it for ever. The Doctor heard a trundling sound. has changed. 'We reptiles survive best in heat.' said the Doctor.' said Morka.
' Morka stepped in between the Doctor and th e Brigadier. 'The heat makes steam for the turbine. 'just one volunteer. are you ready?' Liz nodded.' . when the uranium rods are lowered into place. 'we lost a great deal of your power. please. 'If this creature bothers you.' The Doctor indicated th e panel of thick plate glass. He is quite a useful ape sometimes.controls and keep well back from the generator. If you're worried. one could see the uranium rods suspended o ver the holes into which they were to be dropped. either through fear or not wishing to help the repti le invaders. 'I can kill him for you. do you know what you're doing? I understa nd this apparatus is all highly dangerous!' 'Even a tin-opener.' The Doctor crossed to the nucle ar generator control console.' said K' to.' the Doctor said. It's all very elementary. 'You must first connect our destructor to your power supply. beyond. ' 'I thought you would use induction. followed by Liz. 'Come along now. 'That is how you stole e lectricity before.' he said to her.' 'He jokes. I want you to feed in the u ranium rods one at a time as I tell you. please?' Non e of the technicians moved. 'Explain.' The Doctor looked round the techni cians. Indu ction is not as efficient as direct contact.' 'That's very kind of you. indicating the Brigadier.' said the Doctor.' said the Doctor. 'they're quite simple. 'Can one of you connect this thing to the main power supply. All this apparatus does is to make hea t. you can watch them being lowered in through this panel. great heat. 'but that won't be necessary. K'to said. 'Doctor. 'I take it you can understand the se controls.' said the Doctor .' The Brigadier broke away from the rept ile man who was guarding him. taking the Doctor quite seriously. Liz.' said Morka. 'can be dangerous if not properly used.' 'With induction.' he said. and the turbine makes the electricity that our friends need for their d estructor.
'Surely someone has a knife. 'Number one rod in position. 'You make connection.' 'If that's the case. 'We can't stop the greatest scientific experiment in Earth's history through not having a knife between us!' Still no one responded. please. 'kindly produ ce it immediately. stepped forward.' Slowly. The Doctor turned to Liz. No one responded.Miss Travis. 'Lower in number one rod now. not looking up. registering g reater power output. Masters that the Doctor had drunk. The fingers of the dials quivered again.' he said.' Liz moved another control.' she said. and set to work cutting away the coating of the destructor's cable to the bare wires inside . K'to looked down at the Doctor curiously. 'Thank you. and the fingers of a dozen control dials quivered. 'Perhaps I can do it.' she said. Instantly there was a hum of power in the room.' said the Doctor. 'I'll need a knife. the young technician who had brought in coffee for Mr. The Doctor. . The Brigadier squinted through the smoked panel of gla ss and saw one of the hanging uranium rods slowly sink down into the hole beneat h it.' K'to immediately stepped up to Miss Travis with the end of the cable that led from the destructor . however. seemed to be occupied with the mas s of wires and fuses immediately under the reactor controls. 'Excellent. The second uranium rod slowly sank into the hole beneath it. 'now lowe r in number two. the Brigadier drew from his pocket a boy's penknife and handed it to Miss Travis.' said the Doctor. without a word. Miss Travis looked at the cable.' Liz reported.' the Doctor sai d. 'I believe the Brigadier has a penknife. 'What are you doi ng?' asked K'to. Liz said.' Liz moved one of the reactor controls.
'The ape is showing obedience. 'This plant clearly has to produce more power than it has ever done before. 'I'm ready to connect. Miss Travis had fi nished her work exposing the wires of the destructor unit's cable. Doctor! You'll kill us a ll. 'Liz.' He looked down at the Doctor.' she told the Doctor. The fifth and s ixth uranium rods slowly sank into their respective holes. One of the technicians stood up to protest. his third eye ablaze with redness. 'Thank you. checked that it was turned to 'Off'.' K'to didn't seem satisfied. then fell across his desk.The Doctor briefly looked up from his work on the wires under the control panel. Liz moved the final two controls.' He took the destructor's cable.' the Doctor said. 'I shall take over now. 'I am trying to adapt the controls. put his hand on the lever that . 'No more talk!' Then he turned back to the Doctor. immediately!' 'Certainly. 'Look. 'More power. 'More power. The hum of power was now ear-splitting and the c ontrol dials were nearing the word 'DANGER'. immediately!' T he Doctor said.' Liz moved the 'four' control. straightening up from his work on t he circuits under the console. 'Liz. then connected the two bared wires of the cable. T hen he pulled a switch beside the terminal point to its 'On' position. Morka looked at the other humans. ' Now five and six together. lower in number four rod. crossed to a wall terminal point. Morka swung round to the technician. ' said the Doctor.' Liz moved the third con trol in the row on the console. The technician gasped. lower in number three rod now. do you really want to stop this whole delicate operation for me to explain in detail how I am trying to help you?' Morka stepped in between K'to and the Doctor.. I'm trying to make sure that that is possible. The fingers of all th e dials held steady at a point well beyond the word 'DANGER'. He crosse d back to the control console.' said the Doctor. 'Power is not increased by interference with the circuits of the controls.' said the Doctor. 'You're making more power than an atomic bomb.' he said.
would make the final connection of power between the generator and the wall term inal point. 'Let us see how well your destructor works,' he said. As the Doctor started to move the lever, K'to sprang forward hissing. 'It's a trick! I know it is a trick!' But the Doctor had already pulled the lever. The destructor hummed with power for a few seconds; then a huge crack appeared along one side of it a nd smoke belched from the crack. K'to turned to Morka. 'Kill him! He has destroy ed the destructor!' Morka turned to the Doctor, but his third eye did not yet gl ow its fatal red colour. 'Stop everything! Turn off the generator!' 'I can't,' s aid the Doctor. 'I've destroyed the circuits of the control console. The reactor is at this moment turning into an atomic bomb. In a few moments it will explode . You will die with us. The radiation will leak into your own shelter, destroyin g all those of you not killed instantly by the explosion. I can only advise you to get back to your shelter as quickly as possible and seal yourselves up. Then you may be safe.' Morka asked K'to, 'Can this be true?' K'to didn't answer. He w as staring at the destructor as it slowly melted with heat. A watery tear ran do wn the scales of his cheek. 'With the destructor we could have returned our plan et to what it was when we were the masters.' Morka's third eye flashed red at K' to, and K'to winced in pain. 'Can this be true?' he repeated. 'It is all true,' said K'to. 'We must return to our shelter or die.' He looked again at the destru ctor. It was now a mound of shapeless metal on the floor. Morka looked round the room at the humans. 'I do not understand,' he said. 'You have sacrificed yourse lves so that other apes may live. My people would not have behaved like that.' ' Perhaps,' said the Doctor, 'that is why the apes--the humans-- are such a succes sful species. They do not only think of themselves.' 'Well, apes,' said Morka, ' you can all die together in the explosion.' He signalled to K'to and the other r eptile men, turned and
led them away. None of the humans moved a muscle until the last of the reptile m en had gone. Then the Brigadier broke into a grin. 'Jolly good work, Doctor,' he said. 'Now for goodness' sake turn this thing off.' 'What I said was true,' the Doctor answered. 'I can't turn it off.' The Brigadier looked stunned. 'Are you aware that the lift isn't working? We're all trapped down here!' The Doctor turn ed to the technicians. 'If any of you has any idea how to stop the generator fro m becoming an atomic bomb, now would be a good time to speak up.' 'I think I kno w how,' said Miss Travis. 'The control console has a fail-safe mechanism. May I show you?' She crossed to the console, looked under the panel where the Doctor h ad dislocated the control circuit. 'It's here,' she said. 'All we have to do is to pull out a fuse.' Miss Travis calmly put her hand in among the now tangled wi res of the control circuits, reached as far as possible and pulled out a single fuse. Instantly all the uranium rods started to rise up into their neutral posit ions. The fingers of the dials slowly sank from 'DANGER' back to 'ZERO'. 'Miss T ravis,' said the Brigadier, 'you are a very level-headed young woman. I'm sure y ou will become a great scientist one day.' 'I don't know about that,' she said. 'After all this, I think I'd rather work in a bank.'
19 The Lie The Doctor and Liz got into Bessie in the research centre car park. The Brigadie r had come to say goodbye. 'Going straight back to London?' asked the Brigadier. 'Yes,' said the Doctor. 'No,' said Liz. 'Well, make your minds up,' the Brigadi er said. 'Since we're in Derbyshire,' Liz said, 'I want to see over some of the potteries. You know, Denby and Crown Derby.' 'What a good idea,' the Brigadier s aid. 'I wish I could join you.' 'How long are you staying on here?' asked the Do ctor. The Brigadier shrugged. 'Just one or two things to clear up,' he said. 'Ro utine matters.' 'You do understand the caves must not be touched,' the Doctor sa id. 'I want to return here next week with a team of scientists to try to make pe aceful contact with the reptile men. There's a living museum down there, and if we can get on friendly terms with them there's a great deal we can learn about t he origin of life on this planet.' 'On my honour,' the Brigadier said. 'If I so much as see a reptile man, I shall go out of my way to be nice to him.' 'You don 't really take this seriously,' the Doctor said. 'These creatures have as much r ight to this planet as you have. I'm going to ask the Prime Minister to have it put to the United Nations that the reptile people be formally invited to share t he world.' 'Don't worry,' the Brigadier said. He looked at his watch, and seemed now to want to get rid of the Doctor and Liz. 'No harm will come to your reptil es. Now you'd better be off. Enjoy your trip to the potteries!' 'Possibly,' said the Doctor. He started the engine. 'Where are all your soldiers?'
. Then there was another explosion. you know. 'Well. The Doctor turned and looked to wards the main opening to the caves.' The Doctor started up the car again and continu ed along the main road in silence.' he said. 'Doctor.' Liz didn't answer. no more violence or killing.' he said.' The Doctor felt anger rising in him. and the entrance to the cave collapsed in a huge deluge of huge rocks. 'He's sealed them in.' said the Doctor. The Doctor slowed down the car and stopped . 'And you know what it is!' Liz turned to him. realising that there was something t he Brigadier didn't want him to know. A huge cloud of smoke and dust was belching out of the cave. they're out and about. As they turned into the main road he said. as though he might be trying to hide somethin g. They'd never have accepted sharing this world . 'We shall never know. She just looked straight ahead down the road. not everyone thinks like you. 'We've lost the chance to find out now. I'll s ee you in London. 'I see. Liz nodded. 'He had to.'My soldiers?' said the Brigadier.' the Doctor sai d quietly. 'Something's going on that I don't know about.' Her words wer e interrupted by a series of violent explosions.' He again glan ced at his watch. 'Oh... 'The Brigadier's got something up his sleeve.' The Doctor slowly drove Bessie out of the car park and down t he gravel road to the main road. cleaning up the mess and all that.
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