The evil MASTER has stolen the Time Lords' file on the horrifying DOOMSDAY WEAPO N with which, when he finds it, he can blast whole planets out of existence and make himself ruler of the Galaxy! The Time Lords direct DOCTOR WHO and Jo Grant in their TARDIS to a bleak planet in the year 2471 where they find colonists fro m Earth under threat from mysterious, savage, monster lizards with frightful cla ws! And hidden upon this planet is the DOOMSDAY WEAPON for which the MASTER is i ntently searching... ISBN 0 426 10372 6

DOCTOR WHO AND THE DOOMSDAY WEAPON Based on the BBC television serial Doctor Who and the Colony in Space by Malcolm Hulke by arrangement with the British Broadcasting Corporation MALCOLM HULKE Illustrated by Chris Achilleos A TARGET BOOK published by The Paperback Division of W. H. Allen & Co. Ltd

A Target Book Published in 1974 by the Paperback Division of W. H. Allen & Co. L td A Howard & Wyndham Company 44 Hill Street, London W1X 8LB Copyright © 1974 by M alcolm Hulke `Doctor Who' series copyright © 1974 by the British Broadcasting Corp oration Printed in Great Britain by The Anchor Press Ltd, Tiptree, Essex ISBN 04 26 10372 6 This book is sold subject to the condition that it shall not, by way of trade or otherwise, be lent, re-sold, hired out or otherwise circulated witho ut the publisher's prior consent in any form of binding or cover other than that in which it is published and without a similar condition including this conditi on being imposed on the subsequent purchaser.

CONTENTS 1 A Missing Secret 2 Into Time and Space 3 The Planet 4 The Monster 5 S tarvation 6 The Survivor 7 The Robot 8 The Men from IMC 9 The Spy 10 The Claw 11 Face-to-face 12 The Bomb 13 The Attack 14 The Adjudicator 15 Primitive City 16 The Ambush 17 Captain Dent Thinks Twice 18 The Master's TARDIS 19 The Return of Captain Dent 20 The Doomsday Weapon 21 Mission Completed

1 A Missing Secret The young Time Lord sat at the side of the old Keeper of the Time Lords' Files a t the control console. The old Keeper of the Files played his spindly fingers ac ross the console's warmth-buttons: by touching the right combination of buttons he could project onto the screen before them any of the Time Lords' most secret files and records. `These are the working-papers for the very first TARDIS,' the old Keeper said. He touched some warmthbuttons and the picture of a small squar e box showed on the screen. `I often like to look at that, and to remember back into time.' `Time has no meaning for us,' said the young Time Lord. `It is neith er forwards nor backwards.' `For us as a species, no,' said the old Keeper. `But for us as individuals there is a beginning, and, I regret, an end.' He spoke wi th feeling. He was now well over 2,000 years old. Soon this young Time Lord, a m ere 573 years of age, would become the new Keeper of the Files. The young Time L ord quickly changed the subject. `The first TARDIS was very small,' he said. `On the outside, yes,' said the old Keeper. `Inside it could carry up to three pers ons, four with a squeeze. Later we built much bigger ones. There have been two s tolen, you know.' The young Time Lord didn't know. `By our enemies?' he asked.

he would learn everything about the files and their secrets. you see--that's how the Doctor got his hands on it. to be correct. `The other defect.' said the old Ke eper.`No. The young Time Lord hoped that eventually.' .' said the old Keeper. For the time bei ng though he had to be content with what the old Keeper cared to tell him. `It could fly through Time and Space. Who can't control it. It was in for repairs. The young Time Lord had become used to this and waited patient ly. Suddenly the old Keeper's failing energies returned. `what others? Who?' `Who? No.' `So he's lost in Time and Space?' asked the young Time Lord .' `The n how was he able to get away with it?' `Oh. The TAR DIS stolen by the Doctor has a serious defect. and seemed almost about to d rop off to sleep. as though rem embering with some glee all the fuss when two TARDISes were stolen.. through Matter and anti-Matter. and there was a faint smile on his 2. The other says he is "the Master". `One of them nowadays calls himself "the Doctor". not enough happening. Two defects.' `I don't understand. `Still.' The old Keeper dropped his voice. It was too peaceful for them. `Hardly.' The old Keeper was silent for a moment.000-years-old li ps. others sometimes can.' The old Keeper smiled to himself. even if he cann ot control it. perhaps in another thousand year s.' Obviously the question was not going to be answe red. `was that that particular TARDIS had lost it s chameleon-like quality.' said the young Time Lord. `But others sometimes can. By Time Lords. it flew all right.. But he can't direct it. not always. They both became bored with this place.

`Humans on a planet refighting the wars of Earth's history. it wasn't the Master. It broadens the mind. Now what was I saying?' The Young Time Lord reminded him. wish ing he had taken over the job of the Files a few hundred years ago when the pres ent Keeper was more lucid and awake and better able to explain things.' said the young Time Lord .`I don't understand about the chameleon quality.' said the old Keeper in his confused way.' `No. i t turns green. as though addressing a classroom. shape. `It's a t erm we borrowed from a small.' `You mean TARDISes can change colour?' `When they are working pr operly.' sa id the old Keeper. then he suddenly woke up with a start. `Pity. now used to the old Keeper forgetting what he had already said. stranded on another planet where they thought they w ere re-fighting all the wars of Earth's terrible history. `they change colour. You've never travelled. didn't I?' `Yes. have you?' `No. The Doctor'--he interr upted himself--`l told you about him. He's thorough ly evil. There were tens of thousands of hu mans from the planet Earth. `I had to travel once. low-grade species of life on the planet Earth. `If a chameleon stands on t he branch of a tree.' The young Time Lord was a little ashamed to admit it. not yet. From the b eginning it was decided that a TARDIS must always look like something at home in its immediate background.' said the young Time Lord. but if it stands on a leaf.' .' said the old Keeper. `The Master never does anything good for anyone. it turns brown like the bark.' The old Keeper seemed to drop off to sleep again for a moment. everything. `You mentioned the Doctor and the Master.

the pic ture on the screen vanished.. Instantly. But in the end we had to step in and get all those poor soldiers back to Earth. When it la nded. On it were mathematical symbols. you have a lot to learn.' The young T ime Lord watched as the old Keeper screwed up his watery eyes to read the . `But if you're tired. `I and many others.' `What's that?' The old Keeper g lanced at the young Time Lord.' said the old Keeper. the old Keeper adde d quickly `And don't ask me what that is because I have no idea. and went on: `Anyway. `Oh. my TARDIS turned into a machine-gun post. taking his finger from the `hold' button.' s aid the young Time Lord. dear. his eyes bright now with the memory of his one and only trip away from the planet of the Time Lords.' Before the young Time Lord could speak.' `Then that's enough of that.. not what they a re for. Where were we?' The young Time Lord indicated the small box on the scree n. fumble d about and brought out a scrap of paper. but the one stolen by the Doctor stays all the time looking like a London police box.. don't you think? I d on't want to overwork you.`Oh. Let me see.' `We've only just started this session of tuition. Well. `The working-papers for the original TARDIS. and to all the right times in Earth's history. the Doctor had done the best he could to stop it all. `I ma de some notes here of things you ought to know about. yes.. TARDISes are supposed to change colo ur and shape. `It's time we had a break now.' `And is that when you travelled?' `That's right.' The old Keeper sat up straight .' He seemed to forget the question.' s aid the old Keeper. `Not at all!' He thrust a slender white hand into a pocket of his robe.

' The old Keeper lowered his fingers onto a pattern of buttons.' said the old Keeper. `Ah. `Why is it called Doomsday?' `Because. `It's not nece ssary.' said the old Keeper. It's a safety measure. Printing appeared and it read: `TOP SECRET. `Could you p ut your finger over that button. It radiates anti-Matter at a million times the speed of light.' He poised his fingers over a new combination of warmthbuttons.' said the old Keeper.' said the old Keeper. `I take it we have this weapon in safe keeping?' `No. and the young Time Lord brought h is index finger down gently onto the one remote button. `the Doomsday Weapon.' said the old Keeper. `as I lower mine. please. You must know abo ut the Doomsday Weapon. then sp read both hands across the warmth-buttons. Anybody con trolling that terrible weapon could bring instant doom to large sections of the Universe.' The young Time Lord poised an index finger over the button. `Now lower your finger.' He put the scrap of paper back into his pocket. It is hidden on a distant and remote planet. `Move your finger to the next button on the right' . so that no one p erson with only two hands can activate the combination to produce the file on th e Doomsday Weapon.symbols.' He nod ded his head at a button in the top left-hand corner of theconsole. AND INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE. The young Time Lord asked. `that is its name. EXACT WHEREABOUTS OF THE DOOMSDAY WEAPON. a hiding-place known only to us.' `That's just the title-page of the f ile. Then they looked up at t he screen. yes.

`He is also exceedingly dangerous and vicious.' said the Third Time Lord.' he said.' .' He turned to the microphone again. `All right. Second.' The young Time Lord touched the button.' `Earth?' said the Second Ti me Lord. One li ne of bold handwriting appeared on the screen from the first inside page of the secret file. `Status report on the Doctor. --The Master. On the table before them was the report from the Keeper pf the Files. and Third Time Lords. sat round a small oval table in their meetin g-room. It said: `Thank you for letting me know where to find the Doomsday Weapon. Instant ly.The young Time Lord moved his index finger along to the adjacent button. known simply as the F irst. `At least the Master has a sense of humour.' said the ol d Keeper.' The three most superior Time Lords.' said t he Second Time Lord. `If he finds the Doomsday Weapon he can control the entire Universe through terror. `because he interfered too much in the destinies of other species. `Last monitored on planet Earth.' said the voice. `Late twentieth century Earth Time. wh ich included the Master's message.' The First Time Lord turned to a microphone set by his chair. `Isn't that where we exiled the Doctor?' `Yes. `Status report on the Master. Within a moment a voice answered from a loudspeaker in the ceiling above them. `Now touch the button.' said the First Time Lor d. the printing disappeared and the screen went blank.

The voice from the ceiling answered: `Exiled to planet Earth by the High Tribuna l. We shall let his TARDIS fly. and the other two Time Lords respectfully smiled with him. but only where we want it to fly. taking away his freedom to move in Space and Time.' `Never. `If the Doctor is unsuccessful. `we might use the Doctor to deal with this problem. and if we restore his freed om we shall have no control over him!' The First Time Lord listened patiently to the outburst. `If we seek his help he will hold it over us for ever more. there will be no afterwards. Then he spoke quietly. `He will not help us. late twentieth century Earth Time. `and is killed by the Master. said th e First Time Lord. Only time will tell. `we have no alternati ve but to restore his freedom. He resents his exile too much.' `Never!' exclaimed the Second Time Lord. `We also immobilised his TARDIS.' `Then.' He smiled at hi s own joke.' said the Third Time Lo rd.' said the First Time Lord. or by those who protect the Doo msday Weapon. `We shall only let him think he is free ag ain.' `That's true.' `I think.' said th e Second Time Lord. .' said the First Time Lord.' `What about afterwards?' asked the Third Time Lord.

`I want to be a spy. somewhere in Surrey. She was accepted. and spent a year learning how to code and decode.' she insis ted earnestly. While still at school she d ecided what she most wanted to do: to become a spy. At the end of the year she was given top marks. a nd told that her training was over. and sent out one of h is many secretaries to buy her an ice-cream.' She never knew whether her uncle took her completely seriously. got out and walked purposef ully towards the main administration block. He laughed. in fact most embassies. how to speak two foreign languages. `I don't call that being a spy. Jo went to see her uncle again. existed .2 Into Time and Space Jo Grant squeezed her white mini between the Brigadier's big black staff-car and a military half-track vehicle in the UNIT car-park. One half-term she took herse lf to London and sought out her uncle who worked as a Senior Civil Servant for t he Government.' she complained. She was then offered a job as a filing clerk in the British Embassy in Bangkok. It was really her uncle's fault. or she was going to hand in her resignation. but the day she left school a letter arrived inviting her an interview at the Security Training Establishme nt.' she said. `and I want to be one. and how to read economic report s on wheat and oil production. `There really are spies. Furious. or just wanted to please her. Her uncle tried to explain: most ` spying' in the world was carried on by clerks working in embassies. British and foreign. Overnight she had come to a big deci sion: either the Doctor must give her some work to do.

He's a scientist. That could be you. `You should have explained that a year ago.' The Brigadier looked puzzled . and for the . He's the man for you to see. He needs an assistant. s he realised he didn't really want her on his staff.' Her unc le thought for a moment. and after a few minutes' talk about the weather he said he had impo rtant business elsewhere and hurried away. `What does it do?' `Ah. for some reason an old-fashioned London police box stood in one corner. not that kind of Doctor. and I don't mind if it's order to send home reports on the economy of the country in which they were s ituated. The Doctor was tinkering with some electrical gadget at a w ork bench. then said. `called "the Doctor". He didn't seem at all impress ed with her. She didn't see him again for two days . during which period she wandered around the Headquarters to get to know it and the people who worked there.' he said.' said the unc le. On the Wednesday she found the Doctor again in wha t seemed to be a laboratory. then laughingly exclaimed: `Oh. `We have a chap here.' she said. On the followi ng Monday Jo reported for work and met the Doctor. `How would you like to work for the United N ations Intelligence Taskforce?' She asked. `I don't know anything about medicine. It was dull. ' She said. but it was clear he was only taking her on because her uncle had asked him. `I want an exciting job. You can start on Monday if you like. From the start of the interview. routine work. `What are you doing?' said Jo. `that's rather secret! But I'll have a word with Brigadier LethbridgeStewart .' A week later she was seated before the handsome Brigadier in his office at UNIT Headquarters. The Doctor looked up.' With that the interview ended. He wvery polite.

Now. He had by now successfully joined together the two bits of wire.' she said. The Doctor's smile faded quickly : `I'll let you know if I need your assis tance at any time. `I'd better explain. who gave her a friendly `Goo d morning'.' He straightened up and looked pleased with himself. Even being a filing clerk in the Embassy in Bangkok could be more interesting than reading magazines at UNIT Headquarters to kill time. but you d on't give we anything to do!' `Just a moment. bored out of her mind. I'm trying to repair it. Jo still had nothing to do.' he said. During the week she had moone d around the Headquarters. That was a week ago now. `Time and Space machine?' she laughed. she intended to ha ve a showdown. tinkering with bits of wire on the work bench. As she en tered the main building she passed Sergeant Benton. He was there.' Jo suddenly realised she had been given a job with a madman. `what is that thing you're working on?' `It's a new dematerialisation circuit. Jo looked and saw he was soldering two bits of wire together--nothing more complicated. Good morning. She went straight down to the Doctor 's laboratory. but she was too angry to reply.' he said. `Of what?' . `that's a Time and Space machine'--he indicated the old police box--`but it doe sn't work at the moment. `I must speak to you. as always. today. not belie ving. my dear.' With that he turned back to the work bench. `Ther e! That bit's done.' The Doctor seemed to app ly himself to some task requiring great concentration.first time she saw that he had a very nice smile. `Look. `I'm supposed to work for you.' she said. `Demate rialisation?' queried Jo.

`I hope to be back here within the h our with good news. He could be anywhere in Space and Time.' said the Brigadier.' `You're wasting your time. `One of our agents thinks h e's traced the Master. as if Jo ought to understand. `What sort of Doctor are you?' she asked. `But I'm going to keep on looking. Then he cradled the `phone.' `As I expected. nor did she know what `TARDIS' meant.' he said.`The TARDIS. an d turned back to the Doctor. `What sort would you like me t o be?' the Doctor Before Jo could make a retort. acknowledging her existence for the first time i n a week. He seemed very pleased. the Brigadier had entered `Oh. then he turned to the Doctor.' . Jo gave the `phone to Lethbridge-Stewart. `I've just got the latest field reports about the Master. with as much understanding as a cat watching a ball bounced bet ween two table-tennis players.' said the Doctor. `Hello?' A ma n's voice asked for the Brigadier. There's no trace of him. `morning. Excuse me. and he had a quickfire conversation with the caller. Miss Grant. She had never heard of `the Master'. remember. Jo looked from one of the men to the other as they talked.' `Th at's as may be.' said the Brigadier.' said the Doctor.' said the Doctor. `H is TARDIS is working now. and since the other two were deep in this mysterious conversation she picked it up to answer--the first act of work since she had joined UNIT. Jo was completely p uzzled. Then she realised that the work bench `phone was ringi ng.

`After you. `That thing. `You mean that thing?' She pointed to the old police box. `No one's explained anything. and what's a TARDIS?' `Didn't the Brigadier explain it all to you?' said the Doctor . crossed to the police box and produced a key. clearly not very pleased with Jo's attitude..' said the Doctor. The Doctor watched after him.' Jo looked insi de.' `Oh dear. As for TARDIS. the Master is a fellow we've had quite a bit of trouble with. ' `Why not step inside and see?' said the Doctor.' said Jo. She turned back to the Doctor : `It's a trick. `Can't you tell me anything that's going on?' asked Jo. Inside she found herself looking into a huge. door. `is probably the most advanced techn ological device you will ever encounter in your entire life. obviously a little hurt. An optical illusion. `It looks just like an old police box to me. He unlocked the little narrow. that means Time And Relative Dimensions in Space. . and threw it open.' The Doctor picked up the electrical gadget he had been working on.. expecting to see a poky little space perhaps with a police telephone and a f irst-aid box. ' said the Doctor. futuristic-looking c ontrol room. `Time and Relative Dimensions.' Jo went over and i nspected the police box. as though he had explained everything. `Who is the Master. shaking his head sadly.' the Doctor said. `Since I'm about t o go inside I'll let you see for yourself.' said Jo.' `I see. `Wel l.' The Doctor ended there with a smile. `No.The Brigadier hurried out.

' `Your exile on Earth?' Jo was seriously worried about this strange man's sanity. then looked to the doors. She swung back to the Doctor.' she said. You'd better hold on to some-thing tight' Even be fore he had completed the sentence. `I think my ex ile on Earth may be over. pulled a small lever. followe d her in and immediately went to a central console in the middle of the vast. however. `As of this moment. only to find that the huge metallic doors were just closing in front of her. unable to speak. He straightened up. `If you don't mind. Doctor!' The Doctor suddenly seemed to realise that Jo was really t errified and that he should do something. hi ghly polished floor. `How can it be bigger inside than out?' `The TARDIS is dimensionally transcendental. he seemed satisfied wit h his own work.' he said. Without a word he set about inserting his bit of electrical gadgetry into a cavity in the console. It was at least twenty times bigger inside th an outside. then to heave . At last Jo got her voice back. `I don't think I'll be able to. `but things seem to be out of my control. A smile spread across his face. `Kindly open these doors immediately. `Open these doors. now firmly closed. The Doctor. She stood just inside. Doctor! The joke's over.' sai d the Doctor. `I'm very sorry. Whatever he was doing.Cautiously.' Now the Doctor looked at the doors.' She turned on her heel to leave. `We're taking off!' Jo crossed to the big doors.' he said. busy with his work. He went to the central console.' he said. `I think I'll be gett ing along. Jo entered the TARDIS. the floor of the control room started to vib rate violently.

. the trumpeting of a th ousand mad elephants. Jo reeled across the floor. her mind filled with noise and the heaving of the floor benea th her. her arms still locked round the pillar.from side to side like a ship at sea. Then black clouds filled her mind. yet not quite like. grabbed at a metal support pil lar and clung on for dear life. Her arms locked round the support pillar. she fe lt violently sick. Jo's ears were pierced b y a terrifying sound. At the same time. and she was just aware of slowly sink ing to the floor. something like.

' `Let me help you up. `Jo Grant. she would be on a plane to Bangkok. Doctor. but I don't remember your name. crossing back to the central console.' Jo looked.' `It's perfectly safe to open those doors. or wherever jobs w ere going for Embassy filing clerks. she got hers elf up. `The joke's over.' she said.' Jo tried to sound very cold. `Now pleas e open the doors' .' said Jo. For a moment Jo let him. like one of the teachers she had known and hated at school. a treeless stretch of rock and occasional shrubs. He put his hands under her arms t o lift her. `Look. `Just look at that. `we must check if its sa fe. `Call me J o. But the Doctor was taking no notice of her. please. `It looks like somewhere in North Wales. T he Doctor was kneeling over her. `I intend to go straight to the Brigadier and offer my resignation. Jo. with returning strength.3 The Planet `I'm sorry.' `First. her arms still locked firmly and the base of the pillar. automatically.' the Doctor said.' she said. She was on the floor of the TARDIS. The monitor screen s howed a barren landscape. keeping well away from him. than. he was gazing in wonder at a monitor screen set in the wall of the con trol room.' he said. Slowly she opened her eyes. `Open those doors. Instead.' said the Doctor. trying to humour him.' Jo heard the Doctor's voice coming to her as though from a far distance. she had decided.' Within a week.

There are the Deagles. `Very similar to Earth. two-headed species in the Cosmos are very rare.' `No little green men with two heads?' queried Jo sarcastically.. please!' She stood with her back pressed against the doors. but I've only read about those.`But don't you realise. `thats what's outside.' he said at last. to keep as far as possible from this raving lunatic called the Doctor. on on e of the planets in the Asphasian Belt. I must cheek the temper ature and the atmosphere before we open those doors.' he said.' The Doctor busied himself reading dials set in the control console. sarcastically. I haven' t been there yet. Jo cut in: `Just open the doors. sti ll keeping her distance from the Doctor. `Good. a sort of two-headed birdlike creature. The Doctor looked again at the monitor screen. `Not so far as I can see.' `No little green men with two heads?' queried Jo..' . Actually. `Certainly.' he said `I hope we're going to find it interesting.

possibly more. It was the s ame police box she had seen in the Doctor's laboratory. So we're certainly not on Eart h.' Jo looked to the horizon. `It's inhabited!' He hurried across to the point he had noticed. and any time. and saw two bright white discs in the sky. not daring to take her eyes off him in cas e he went suddenly mad and tried to attack her.' he called . she turned back to look at the TARDIS. Jo could just hear the doors opening behind her. comin g up behind her. I suggest that we ta ke a quick look round. Then he spotted something on the horizon.' he said. She couldn't utter a sound.' `We're not on Ea rth?' `I rather doubt it. his keen eyes looking at something on the ground a few yar ds away. Only when she was sure that the doors were fully open.' he said. then I'll try to get you back to Earth. `Planet Earth has on ly one. And then she saw the barren landscape that lay outsid e. did she turn. `Where are we?' `No idea . Look over there.' said the Doctor. `Shall we take a walk?' Jo ste pped outside. Then he looked back at Jo. Her heart pounded. allowing her to make a quick run for it up to the Brigadi er's office. `Shall we investigate?' Without waiting for an answer. `Well?' said the Doctor. lie stood them. She remained facing the Doctor. `On th e ground here. `No. As she did to.' The Doctor stood surveying the landscape of rock and occasional shrub. in the Cosmos. `What are they?' `Moons. A keen wind ruffled his hair. breathing deepl y. `Anywhere.The Doctor operated the small lever. the Doct or strode outside.' He stopped short. clearly very happy. This planet has those two. `defi nitely not Earth.

stumbling over the rocks. `I think this is all some big trick. In the valley was a dome-shaped object as big as a very lar ge house.' He pointed to a valley now visib le from the hilltop. half way up the slag gy little hill.' he called. and will never see again. `I want to go back to your TARDIS. She turned to go back inside the TARDIS.back to Jo. She was beginning to feel less scared of the Doctor. `D octor.' the Doctor said with almost childlike enthusiasm. and next to it what might be a spaceship.' Jo said. The door was c losed. Jo had had enough of all this. `tracks made by some kind of machine. `Look over there.' she called as she ran. Come on!' The Doctor strode off towards a small hill. but it was locked. In sudden anger Jo raced after him. `Let's go up there.' `But Jo. `Do you hear me! I want to go home!' But the Doctor was gazing in w onder into the distance.' He inspected the tracks.' There was pleading in the Doctor's voic e. and now you're making me think I'm on another planet!' At last she was up beside him. You hypnotis ed me. The dome and the spaceship w ere about two miles away from where they stood. Jo. then stood up straight and looked all around. `Doctor. `We'll get a better view.' she called. `We could easily walk over there . `Have you really done this sort of thing before?' asked Jo. there may be so me different life form over there. `It wouldn't take more than an hour. something neither of us has ever seen before in our lives. . `come and open thi s door at once!' But the Doctor was already out of earshot. She tried it. even a little sorry for him.

and immobilised my TARDIS.`What?' he said. `All right. `Is there anything to pr ospect for?' asked the Doctor.' He paused. yes. Could you point that gun the other way?' `Bit of prospecting. `Have you done this tx fore?' `For yea rs I roamed the Universe. `This space travelling.' said the voice.' he said. looking up from the piece of rock in his hand.' said Jo. blue denims. I want to be free. and then go ba ck to TARDIS and get back to Earth. He was a rough-looking ma n wearing heavy boots. He held a futuristi c-looking shotgun. have a look round. The man ci rcled them at a distance to bring himself facing them. `and I'll shoot!' Jo heard the man's booted feet on the rocks as he circ led round them. What do you say?' Jo gave in. You see. Both the Doctor and Jo remained absolutely still. `We could get to that valley in an hour or so. I don't really want to work for UNIT . `Then the Time Lords cought me. exiled me to Earth. `Inspecting rock samples. `Oh. Bu t I still don't believe any of this is really happening. more as a statement than a question. which he kept trained on the Doctor and Jo. eh?' said the man. and an old battered hat. as though his interest had suddenly darted off in another direc tion. . He had picked up a small piece of rock and was examining it with great cur iosity. eh?' said the man. She didn't even dare to move her head to look at him. `What?' The Doctor looked at the piece of rock in hi s hand. `One move. I expect to wake up any moment and find--' `Stand where you are!' The gruff male voice shouted from beh ind them.

' the Do ctor said. He only spoke to tell them to bear a bit more to the left or the right.' said the man. Come along .' Jo clung to the Doctor's hand as they moved forward. `Go in. as one might have seen on Earth in the Middle Ages. First they went downhill. `Straight ahead. using a portable infra-red . `You see we have our means of transport not far from here. Jo. When they reached the crest of this hill they sa w before them a small dome surrounded by crude fencing.' `That's most kind of you. This clearly was their d estination.' Jo said `We don't even want to be here. `or I shoot. I'm taking you in as prisoners.' `Move. Jo. Despite the Doctor's efforts. A woman dressed in a long skirt and blu e denim shirt was cooking something. `Start moving. he refused to be drawn into conversation. As Jo got closer she could see that the dome was made of moulded metal sheets. away from the TARDIS. It was very simply furnished--just an old bed. yet th e fence running round the `garden' consisted of crudely hacked tree branches. It looked very futuristic.' He grabbed Jo's hand.' said the man. some hardback chairs.' `I think we must do what he wants. his gun on their backs all the time.The man gestured with his gun. The man followe d behind. The Doc tor and Jo entered the dome. and turned in the direction of the TARDIS. `Not tha t way!' said the man. and the Doctor strode towards it with Jo still clinging to his hand.' the Doctor said. `Thi s way. a ro ugh kitchen table. t hen up another very small hill.' `We have n't done anything wrong. and that the structure had a door and windows.

The man followed t hem inside. Satisfied that he had none. `Keep an eye on them.' said the Doctor. He fumed t o his wife. `Cover them. he turned his attention to Jo. Her simple clothes were faded and had been patched many times. She said.' said Jo. No w the man put down his gun. `Maybe not. The woman spun round in astonishment. `And why do you have guns? Who are y ou afraid of?' But the man didn't answer. `We heard a band of them roaming about in this area.' he told the woman. `The combine that y ou're working for. and tell him that I 'm bringing them in. I'll radio-telephone Ashe.' she said. and felt his pockets for concealed arms. `Then who sent you?' she said.' said the woman.oven. `I asked. `I found them spying in Secto r 27. and aimed it at Jo and the Doctor.' the Doctor said.' `Ar e they the original inhabitants of this planet?' the Doctor asked. `Good after noon.' said the man. who was obviously his wife. `You're not touching me. .' He went to a corner of the one main room.' said the Doctor. He crossed to the Doctor.' `We have no weapons.' Without a wo rd the woman took a shotgun from the wall. `Di dn't they tell you?' `Didn't who tell me?' asked the Doctor. `We're not working for anybody.' said the Doctor. still keeping his gun trained on them. sat himself befo re a radio-telephone. put on earphones and quietly had a conversation with whome ver he was calling.' he said `I want your weapo ns. `why you have guns?' `The Primit ives. `Hands above your heads.

I'll kill you both. except for an occasi onal `Move to the right' or `Move to the left' from the man behind them with the gun. prospecting for one of the mining cornbines!' He turned to his wife. now! And if either of you try to run for it.' The man returned from the radio-telephone and heard what the Doctor said: `So you admit it! You're explorers.' `Settlers?' said the Doctor.' said the woman. `We're not settlers.' said the Doctor. Miss!' Jo sa id. although once Jo saw a pre tty little flower with alternate red and blue petals-.' `You can do your explaining at the main do me. not turning his head but indicatin g the main entrance to the dome.`No one. `In there?' the Doctor asked. All the ground they covered was rocky and bare.' the man replied. . After four or five little hills they came into sight again of the big dome with its spaceship. We are explorers. trained it on the Doctor. We're from the plane t Earth.something she could never see on Earth. `We came here of our own accord.' He turned to his wife : `You come too. `I do wish you'd let us explain. `We don't need any more settlers .' He picke d up his gun. But she thought it best not to stop to inspect the flower.' `This is our planet. and some le ttering on its side had been partly burned off so that she could not make out an y of the words. `Right! Move! And you. Being closer now to th e spaceship she could see that it was rather battered in appearance. and bring your gun. `On your way. the ma n with the gun might have fired instantly. `Ashe says for me to take them to the main dome right away. ' Nothing was said during the second part of their journey. too.

clearly the leader.' said the voice behind them. listening. They were in a large room that formed only part of the interior of the dome. There were plastic crates stored in one corner. in effect. A big. There was no trace of hostile animal life. And now. `Now you listen to me.' said the worried-looking man. was listening to a man and woman who seemed very upset and worried. with our own eyes!' The big man with white hair. The man said. Ashe. The floor was untidy with bits of mud and straw brought in on the boots of the peop le who came in and out of the building which was. corridors led off to other p arts. with its futuristic sheets of gle aming moulded metal. `What did it look like?' . the meeting-place o f some community.' They ha lted. white-haired man. Jo and the Doctor went into the main dom e. `We heard this roa ring in the middle of the night. the man and woman following them. and Jo looked round the inside of the main dome. Standing about. and bits of agricultural machinery stacked in another. there it was. a meeting was in progres s. Both me and my wife saw them. When we looked out. with all the women and girls in long skirts. were other men an d women. `Stop where you are. They all wore clothes similar to those of the man standing now behind J o and the Doctor with his gun--simple farm workers' denims and heavy boots. the inside was more like a barn. Different from the exterior of the dome.' One of the y ounger men present asked a question. called Ashe. as they entered and stopped. `I surveyed this planet myself before the colony was set up.' Now the worried-looking woman spoke up. tried to look calm.`In there. `I saw those creatures.

`I took a few shots at it and frightened it away. the one who had made the joke. and a rest? You must be tired after walking all the way here. `Winton. still keep ing his gun trained on Jo and the Doctor. It's bad enough tr ying to scratch a living on this planet without being pestered by giant lizards in the middle of the night!' . but it wasn't a happy grin. `They say they are explorers. Then she noticed how thin they all were. `Did it do any damage?' `Well. just clinging on to an existence on this strange planet.' `You've been having nightmares!' the y ounger man retorted. `Some kind of giant lizard.' said Leeson. `Too much rich food!' All the people grinned.' said Ashe. It's your job to go and kill this thing. Leeson. and how threadbare were thei r clothes.' the man said. not to make jokes. These people were all poor.' said Ashe. no. now noticed the Doctor and Jo and the man and woman who had brought them here.' the worried-looking man replied. The leader. Ashe. He turned back to the worried-looking man and woman who had been talking about monsters. Jo realised that the young man had made some joke that they all u nderstood.`It was enormous. `Why don't you two go and have s omething to cat. `All right. the woman said.' `I'll d eal with them in a moment. He turned to the you nger man. `what's your pr oblem? More monsters?' `I found these two in Sector 27.' `We've got to find the creature and kill it. you're in charge of the guards .' Ashe asked calmly .

' said Mrs. `Look. It was bound to happen. her gun still trained on Jo and the Doctor. `You seen to have problems here.' said Leeson.' Winton said. speaking up for al most the first time.' `I caught them examining rock samples. and hurried away. `You've no righ t to be here!' . Who wouldn't leave them in peace?--and what was bound to happen? But she thought it best to say nothing. Winton `How many men can you raise?' `Here at the main do me. `You coul d both do with something to eat. But we've got to do something. The crops won't grow. `Where do you two come from?' `Earth.' `All right.' the Doctor was saying.An older woman stepped forward to the couple who had seen the monster. If life had been boring working for UNIT. `we don't wa nt our planet gutted. `They're mineralogists. But suppose I were? Why all the hostility?' `Because.' `Right.' said Winton. Come along with me. Leeson. and reluctantly he went with her down one of the corridors. `I'm not a professional mineralogist .' said the Doctor .' said Ashe. just in case .' `This is our world. Ashe tu rned to the young man. `for my wife's sake. Ashe came over to the Doctor and Jo a nd the man called Leeson. my vote is that we all go back to where we came from!' The man's wife tugged at his sleeve. The rest are on outpost guard. Jo was confused with what Leeson was saying. I said from the start t hey'd never leave us in peace.' said Ashe. `Put a guard on the Martins' dome.' `Half-a-do zen will have to do. it certainly wasn 't dull now.' said the man. `maybe half-adozen. and t he Primitives aren't all that friendly. If we've also got to fight off monsters.

`Surely you could explain to us what we're being accused of doing?' `This planet. `With no land farming on Earth. There won't be anything left to have rights about!' .' said Ash e. `We only know that their radio stopped working. `The big mining companies don't bother about people's rights.' said Leeson.Now Jo couldn't contain herself any longer: `Would someone please explain what a ll this is about?' `Yes. They wer e very useful.' `Don't you have any rights?' asked the Doctor. `They move in. and move on somewhere else. so far as we're concerne d. Once we got here we kept up radio contact with those colonists for a while. `has been class ified as suitable for colonisation.' `Because they were probably all killed!' said Leeson hotly.' `Yes?' said Leeson.' said the Doctor. rip the minerals out of a planet. `but I don't unde rstand what you're talking about' Ashe turned to the Doctor to explain. `And wha t about their final message?' `Do excuse me. indeed. But if the big mining companies move in they'll tum it into a galactic slag h eap in no time. we had to get seed from somewhere to start farming here. It happened to the planet we got our seed from!' `We're not sure of that. full of bitterness. there'll be no decision from Earth till the miners have finished their job. That means farming. He turned back to the Doctor. We never heard from them aga in.' said Ashe. Then after some months they radio'd through and a voice said: "The miners are here--" and cut out. and traded for seed. giving us advice.' said the Doctor. `If it happens here and we even have time to complain to Earth Go vernment. So on the way we stopped at another colonised planet.

Can't we. taken off guard by this question. Jo tugged at his sleeve. `We don't want to put you to any trouble.' said As he. a girl so like him in her looks that clearly s he was his daughter.' `We'll come to no harm. `You're welcome to share it. `We have a little food. Instead he was looking straight ahead at Ashe.`That's terrible. `Can you show use y our identification?' `Identification?' said the Doctor.. `two of or colonists believe they saw some hostile creatures abroad last nig ht.. I and my young compani on aren't working for anybody.' he said.' said the Doctor.' she said. and smi led at Jo. `We can look after ourselves. It'll be dark outside by now. If we could go back there--' But Ash e cut in: `I think it better if you two stay the night.' Ashe asked.' He turned and gave her a l ook that clearly meant. We must all be very careful.' said Jo.' Jo had no wish to stay in this grim -looking barn for the night. and find our own way. `We shall be glacl to sta y.' `As you heard. that's back in my spaceship. why don't you take our guests to the dining-hall? An d arrange some sleeping quarters for them. hoping for agr eement. `Mary.' The girl called Mary nodded. Come. Doctor?' She looked up to the Doctor. ' She held out her hand for Jo to take it. We'll visit your ship in the morning. `Oh. `But I do assure you. `But Doctor. `Shut up and leave this to me!' Ashe turned to one of th e younger women who was watching.' she said . `We're quite willing to go now. Our spaceship developed a fault and we had to lan d somewhere I'm very sorry that we've intruded. .

' said the Doctor. It had almos t no taste.' Mary sighed.' said Jo. It seemed to contain ro ot vegetables. `The spaceship. `Things change so quickly. and sat down beside Jo. `There are things I wish to dis cuss here. Jo sat to the table. She looked at Jo's clothes. She took hold of Mary's h and and allowed herself to be taken down one of the corridors. This is our dining-hall. `It looks very nice. Coming to supper. Doctor?' `Shortly. `The main dome is linked to its generat ors. `I'm glad you like it. the table and benches were poorly made with rough surfac es. ` It was all quite different when we left back in `seventy-one.' said Mary. all of whom were now lookin g at her. .' she lied. Like the few items of furniture in th e Leesons' little dome. `Where do you get your electrical power?' she ask ed the girl. Then she tried some.' Jo was led into a room with a single long table. `I'm afraid that's all we can offer. on either side of which were long benches. and then only for very short spells on the Moon. while Mary went to ladle thick soup from a big black ca uldron that stood on a small electric ring. By 1971 only a handful of astronauts had trav elled beyond Earth. `It's not very much.' she said. is it?' Jo looked into the soup.' `You left Earth i n nineteen seventy-one?' Jo asked. `All right. Mary brought the soup to Jo and gave her a roughly-made wooden spoon. `It's marvellous.' Mary sai d. It was dimly lit.Jo looked from the Doctor to Ashe and to the Leeson. `Is that what they're wearing on Earth now?' `More or less.' said Mary. `we'll stay just this one night. but the lights were electric.' Jo realised there was no point in arguing.' she said at last.

' Jo realised that sh e had not only travelled through Space.Mary laughed. `You're a bit out with your time.' said Mary.' `You mean the date is now 2972?' `That's right. `Two thousand nine hu ndred and seventy-one--that's when we left. `of course it is. just a year ago. she had also travelled through one thous and years of Time! .' she said.

' He walked a little faster. To stay in one place you had to keep . `Who do you think those people really are?' she asked her husband. she had learned of a time when there were open spaces on Earth. She thought back on the life they had had together on Earth. and she wondered if she would ever get used to having to carry it every time she left their dome. This meant you pai d to go into a special cubicle with a floor that rolled from one end of the cubi cle to another. with roads and monorails over-runni ng the great sprawling built-up areas. with linking corridors and escalatorways so that people could go shopping and get to work--all under cover.' he said. `Ashe will sort it out.4 The Monster Jane Leeson trudged through the darkness by the side of her husband. Every s quare kilometre of land had been built over. you co uld pay to go up to the surface in an elevator and spend a few hours sitting on concrete in the sunshine. The gun she carried weighed heavily in the crook of her arm. From the his tory books and the history films. was twenty to thirty storeys deep. on nonwork days. It was his way of showing that he didn't want to talk. As a special treat. This area. `I don't know. so that Jane had to hurry ov er the broken rocks to keep up. when both people and animals could roam free in great areas of grass and trees. which extended everywhere. with fresh air sucke d in by huge ventilators from above. Another treat was to go for a Walk. But Earth hadn't been like that for hundreds of years.

The roller had jerked suddenly. The advertisement they answered was from Ashe. He had already travelled in Spac e on one of Earth's astro-merchant-ships. I n the old days. between five hundred and a thousand years ago. films that came from the Sta te Archives. and s o they met. and she had fallen over. which meant they were then married. and sometimes wild animals. Leeson helped her to her feet. there was a moving picture on the walls of p assing grass and trees. Then the computer gave t hem the key to their room. a cubicle just big enough fora double-bed. a shower. But there was no country now.walking. Previousl y she had had to share a room with her parents and three sisters. people had escape d from the towns by going to the country. For the next six years Jane and her husband worked hard and saved their money. Instead. and a lavatory. someti mes with funny smells that were supposed to resemble those of animals and grass. To further the illusion they blew gusts of fresh air at you. The marriage w as conducted by a friendly computer that played music to them as well as announc ing that their State records had been stapled together in the great Automatic St ate Personnel File. and he knew of a planet not dissimilar from Earth which had been classified for . They took one look at the room and decided they had to escape. Not once did they go up in the lifts for a sunshine treat. groups of people clubbed together and bought up old spaceships and went to the planets. owing t o a power failure. Meanwhile. At the end of this time they reckoned they had enough money put by and started to read advertisements from people getting together colonist groups. or even for a Walk treat. By getting married they qualified for a room of their own. all around you. She met her husband during such a Walk.

it quickly withered and die d. Eventually the great day arrived. and literally fling their arms about. Earth's mineral resources had been used up hundreds of years ago. The main dome. shout. and then live on iron-rations until the seed grew. except fora few Primitives who. Because. and or ganised the making of agricultural machinery based on pictures in old books abou t land farming. if handled properly would he no trouble. and all the would-be colonists boarded the spaceship and they travelled to this awful planet. some of them w ith colonists already there. But the seed did not grow. They pooled their savings w ith the others. Certainly there was room to move. It was uninhabited. who had made himself expert in book-learnt agriculture. was put up first: it provided t emporary quarters for all of them. A meeting was held. and a home fo r John Ashe and his daughter. all some distance from the main dome in the centre of the land which now belonged to the various couples and families.colonisation. and f or the first few days the weary travellers from Earth did nothing but walk aroun d in huge circles. Meanwhile Ashe. If it grew at all. spent day and n ight analysing soil samples and trying to work out which fertilisers should be u sed where. But nothing made any difference. this planet was awful. and the Leesons met th e other people who had answered Ashe's advertisment. Ashe said. found a fairly good secondhand spaceship. Ashe. b rought in sections in the spaceship's vast hold. in Jane 's troubled mind. plus a permanent meeting-place. Meanwhile. After that they ha d to sow the seed they had brought. Then they all helped each other to put up the smal l single-family domes. forcing . there came the news about the big mineralogical combines from Earth gutting other planets. and then raided their local library for old books on what was kn own as farming.

and it was foolish of them to believe Ashe when he had said that there were n o hostile life forms. The big mining companies had built great fleets of spaceships. ` I want to go back to Earth.' said Leeson. Drahvins. Those who want to stay can do so. Jane had heard of some of the terrifying creatur es spaces travellers had found over the centuries--Monoids.' Now they had reached their dome and were going inside. Now. killing and maiming people who tried to stand up for their rights. on top of al l their other fears and hardships.* This planet was big. ruining the land. it couldn't be used by one c ouple who wanted to return to Earth. `How?' It was a sensib le question. it was almost always too late. * See DOCTOR WHO AND THE CAVE-MONSTERS. Those who want to go have a right to take the spaceship. `We'll talk about it in the morning. If Earth Gov entmcnt took any action at all. She said: `We should have a meeting. some small metallic creatures called Daleks.Man to seek his needs on other planets. perhaps hundreds or thousands of kilometres away?--something that had now become attract ed to the humans' colony? As they neared the single dome. How could one man know what lay over the horizon.' Her husband kept on walking. and se e how many others feel like me. the Martins. manned by ruthless mercenaries who were quite capable of plundering a planet already successfully colonised by farmers. The spaceship belonged to all of them. One thing Ashe had promised about the planet was that it c ontained no hostile life forms. and even from the bowels of Earth there had e merged once a race of reptile men. as large as Earth itsel f. . these other colonists. had been attacked by monsters. Jane spoke her mind.

and so do you. From so mewhere she could hear a low growling sound.' Leeso n took her gun. hung it in its place on the wall.`I want to talk about it now. You just won't admit it. He was standing in the middle of their room.' But Leeson wasn't listenin g to her. `On Earth we had one room. `I'm going outside. He put his fingers to his lips to tell Jane to be quiet.' `Land that grows nothing. `You get on the radio.' she exclaimed bitterly. `Ashe knows w e're beaten. Her e we own land. listening intently to som ething outside.' .' ordered Lee son.' she said. `We should never have come here.

this time much louder and closer.The door was filled with something infinitely more terrifying than she had ever imagined in her wildest dreams. `Now do as you're told!' Without another word Leeson walked back into the night outside.' said Lemon. `I might be able to fri ghten it off. Almost instantly there was a roar from . `Stay here!' Th ere was another growl. `No.' his wife implored. please.

finding it almost impossible to speak. Jane went to the radio-telephone. She dropped t he earphones and rushed to the door to go out. Please identify.' Jane stopped as she heard from outs ide a human scream rend the air. `Hello. put on the earphones. We'll go away.. But the door was already filled w ith something infinitely more terrifying than she had ever imagined in her wilde st dreams. `This is main dome. unmistakably that of her husband. ... main dome. Can you hear m e? Can you hear me?' Within a few moments Mary Ashe's voice came through the ear phones. took up the m icrophone and pressed the transmitting button.the darkness beyond.. `Do you understand what I say? Please don't touch me. the sort of sound Jane had only ever heard before from the films during a Walk on Earth when you saw non-existent animals called elephants and lions. I'll do anything. Jane retreated backwards into the room. `No..' she whispered. Our dome's b eing attacked! Please you must send help. We'll leave the planet--all of us! But please don't kill me!' Then she fainted..' `This is Jane Leeson.

Before they were Primitives. `What convinced you. `that crops would grow on this planet?' `I visited this planet when I was a member of the crew of an astro-merchant-ship. they paint . and a temperature that humans can tole rate with comfort. `I t has atmosphere that humans can breathe. `The to make their crops grow. and the Lessons had gone back to their dome. and repeat the process. Ashe.' The Doc tor asked Ashe to tell him about the people called `the Primitives'. That way we should have had a subsistence crop within a year.' said Ashe. a reasonable man.' asked the Doctor. the Doctor spent some time with Ashe discussing the colonists' basi c problem-. The soil was exhausted. But even the cover crop refuses to grow. but I decided it could be reclaimed. accepted the D octor's story that he and Jo were simply travellers in space.' Ashe said.' `What exhausted the soil originally?' asked the Doctor. Ashe explai ned that they were a simple people. `plough it in. Instead.' `How?' `Plant a cover crop. Ashe shrugged. `which shocked some o f our lady colonists a bit at first.' said Ashe. I suppose. similar to humans except for their six-finge red hands `They don't wear any clothes at all. and had nothing to do with the mining combines that the colonists feared so much.5 Starvation After Jo had been taken to supper by Mary Ashe.

' `What sort of machinery ?' `Shaped bits of metal. They're going backwards. Maybe nuts.' said Ashe. The Primitive almost went mad. and if ever they see a child's doll. and my daughte r happened to bring a little doll--one she'd had since she was a child--front he r belongings. even more intrigued . They're just clinging to existence.' Ashe said reassuringly. and these are always decorated with bits of machinery. accompanied by Jo. so far as he knew. they wear belts and necklaces. Then. that's how I've found them.. `I think they're h alf-starved most of the time. they carry spears but they're pretty harmless if you treat them gently..' And it was at this point that Ma ry Ashe came rushing back.' The Doctor asked wh ere the Primitives lived. or--just shaped bits of metal. `so long as you d on't go near their caves. `What do they live on?' `The shrubs. `that must have come from something. That's when they get nasty.' The Doctor found thi s intriguing.' `Dolls make them nasty?' asked the Doctor. they lived in caves.. or bolts.. But they're no t a people struggling to develop. Ashe explained that.' said Ashe.' replied Ashe. or springs. with the news of Jane Lesson's rad io . `O h. `You're fairly safe with them.' The Doct or asked. Now about going backwards. `One of them was in here one day. At least. don't worry. `What makes you say that?' `Wait till you see them. `scrounging food.their bodies all over with dyes that they make somehow from the rocks.' said Ashe. sometimes arm bands. Altho ugh they don't wear clothes.

I don't think so. `Don't you need to go with other men?' Jo asked.' `I'll get my gun.' With.' he told Mary. Please you must send hel p.' said Mary. `as if to protect it from of all people. `It may be dangerous.' said the Doctor.' said the Doctor.' `I shall go with you. Then he ran away with it . `Oh. `C ould this be Primitives attacking?' Mary shook her head. Doctor.' Ashe returned carrying one of the futuristic-looking shotguns `I'll go to the Leesons' place as fast as I can." Then she cut off.' said Ashe. `But I could hear by her voice--it was something awful.message.' Mary said.' `Did she say what was attacking them?' asked the Doctor. I let him.' said Jo.' the Doctor said. The Doctor turned to Mary Ashe. That seemed to make him happy. `No. that. `when one of them saw a doll of yours.' Mary had to think back. We get on with the Primitives quite well. and started to move off to one of the cor ridors. `Are you ready?' . That's the other end of the colony. near to tears. that was ages ago. You a ll stay here. He turned to Ashe. Ye s.' `What did he do with it?' the Doctor asked. `You get on the radio and see i f you can get anyone else to go over there--armed. `All she said was. "Our dome's being attacked.' `A very good reason fo r going. Ashe hurried away.' `Except. Ashe paused. he got very excited and wanted to take it from use. `Held it to himsel f. `We've sen t the outer men to the Martin's place. `No. `No.

Winton switched off his torch. Ashe strode ahead in a dead straight line for the Leeson' dome.' . He said not a word to the Doctor as he went ahead purposefully.' Ashe said. With such a radi ant night sky it was easy to see the shapes of the hills all around the main dom e. mind. taking care not to trip and fall headlong on to the rocky uninviting ground.' Winton was saying. It was Leeson's body. In the valley a few hund red yards ahead of them they saw two or three lights moving about.' said Winton. But at your own risk. The face and chest had been hacked as though by knives. When he came up with Ashe just outside the little dome.' `I want to see. `he's dead.Ashe thought for a moment. Another man was standing close by. Finally. There was blood everywhere. `We. `They're bringing her body out now. Winton pointed his torch at the object on th e ground. `What about t he woman?' asked the Doctor. the flashligh ts of other men who had arrived there first. Now Mary. `The same. they came to the cre st of a little rocky hill and Ashe paused to look down. `All right. calling: `Hello! Is everything all right?' The D octor ran after Ashe. Winton had a torch in his hand. get on that radio!' The Doctor followed Ashe out into the darkness. Ashe was staring at something on the ground. it wa s the young man called Winton whom the Doctor had seen at the meeting in the mai n dome. not all like white pinhead dots as seen from Earth b ut some close enough to appear as small discs of intense light. aren't alone!' Ashe charged do wn the hill towards the lights. The clear night sky was bright with stars. `It's no good.

' said Winton. `Like a big lizard it was. two o ther colonists came out carrying a make-do stretcher.' .' `So you actually saw it?' the Doctor said. saying nothing. `Yes. A ll the Earth animals had been systematically exterminated by Mankind by the year 2500. `I suppose that's the right thin g to do.Ashe stood staring at the form lying on the ground. partly as a question. f rom the picture books. indicating the radio-telephone. `We thought of taking them both to the main dome. `We heard the thing. `Just vanished into the darkness.' `How did you get here before us?' asked the Doctor.' said Winton.' one of the men said to Ashe.' The Doctor found the last remark strange. `We never reckoned on peo ple dying or being killed in the colony.' said Winton. On it lay the body of Jane Leeson. `We found her over her e.' said Winton. `He was outside. `All three of us blazed away like mad.' said Winton. `We were patrolling. Then they entered th e little dome. As they approached the door. We'll have to work out what to do.' He turned to the Doctor rather shamefacedly. then crossed to the dome. `For a few moments. The simple furniture had all been wrecked. Wi nton and the Doctor followed. where you saw him. then remembere d that these people of the year 2972 had probably never seen any real animals.' The three men waited until the stretcher had been carried out. Ashe asked: `Where did it go?' `It vanished. `Yet' said Ashe.' `Did you get a shot at it?' asked Ashe.

From a claw mark it is possible to est imate the size of the claw. `And you found Mrs. he added: `How do you know?' `The size of these claw marks. one can calculate the p robable size of the animal. `because how could a tw enty foot high--I mean. ` Then we have a rather strange problem. puzzled.' said the Doctor. `That's right. six metres high--lizard come through that door?' .' said Winton. and from the size of a claw.' said the Doc tor. `was it a bout twenty feet high?' `Feet?' said Winton.the Doctor examined what appeared to be claw marks in the wood of the smashed kitchen table. Then.While Ashe and Winton discussed the possibility of finding blood tracks--assumin g the monster had been hit-. `This monster. `About six metres high?' he repeated.' said the Doctor to Winton. The Doctor had forgotten t hat Earth had completely converted to metric measurements a thousand years ago. Leeson's body by the radio-telephone?' Winton nodded. suspici ously.

or just didn't seem right in some way or other. of the many secondhand spaceships that he looked at. but finally it was left to Ashe to decide on the exact quantities. The first days of sowing seeds br ought great excitement because none of them had ever done physical work before. but once they had landed ev eryone was happy. he had decided which to buy for the group. After each interview Ashe had taken the decision whether to accept or reject the applicant.6 The Survivor John Ashe felt that his whole world was starting to fall to pieces. Then. It hadn't be en easy finding a group of people who might mix well together in a colony. and some of the women were terri fied. With the hel p of Leeson and Winton. They expected him to lead. He was now tired of taking decisions. and explained that they could and must live in peace with these strange people. The journey took longer than they expected. who had never possessed a gun before. Ashe solved that problem. both good engineers in their own ways. Then they saw the Primitives. and he tried not to let them down. or too old. on Earth machines did . Then came trouble on the journey. wanted to s hoot the Primitives. but he knew that if he showed his feelings to the others the whole colony would collapse. Some of the younger men. Of th e many people who replied to his advertisements. Ashe had restrained them. The others all had their own ideas o n how much food to take. when the spaceship almost blew itself to pieces shortly after lift-off. he had turned down the majority because they were too young.

By the time the Lessons' bodies had been carried to the main dome.' `Gr aves. `Yes.' said Ashe . each c overed now in old sheets.' `I have already asked two of your men to start preparing them. who somehow saw into Ashe's troub led mind and came up to him and spoke very quietly `You'll have to bury them. All the colonists had come to the main dome. and sheer tiredness. to take anoth er decision. Then the crops failed to grow. the first rays of their alien sun were shooting like fiery fingers into the eastern sky. It was this stranger. When people died on Earth it was always in a hospital. and the hosp ital operatives sent the bodies to a crematorium. `we must dig holes. But the Doctor went to the end of one of the stretchers.' N ow Ashe remembered reading an old audiobook about burying dead people. Ashe looked at the two bodies laid side by side on make-do stretchers in the main area of the big dome.everything. and Ashe realis ed he was .' Ashe didn't understand him at first. and wondered what he ought to do.' said the Doctor.' whis pered the Doctor. the Doctor. back in t he time when Earth still had open land. It was impossible to build a fire such as they had in the crematoria. But the excitement soon gave way to aching backs and calloused hands . and that they would get used to it.' he said. so quietly that no one else could hear. because they could never find enough wood. `You and I must be pallbearers. and now they all looked at Ashe and expected him to do something. `graves. `Yes. And now two o f the colonists had been killed--by a monster six metres high who could somehow enter a door less than two metres high. Ashe had explained that this was part of their new life.

because they've never met death before. at least. She. and the sa d little procession left the main dome.' . `What religion were they?' `Religion? ' said Ashe. The Doctor lifted. `You must say that they did not die for nothing. not understanding. and went to lift the other stretcher. `all these people standing here expect it. As the Doctor led the way to where two other colonists with spades were wai ting by freshly dug graves. Here Ashe was glad to let the Doctor take over. which the Doctor called graves. From the corner of his eye he s aw her hurrying back to the main dome. The D octor had ropes ready. They don't know that they expect i t. glad that someone knew what to do. and Ashe lifted. he turned his head and spoke over his shoulder to As he. and gave her the order. At last they were beside the holes. `Because.' said the Doctor. sanitised E arth. not on your computerised. so that the two bodies could be lowered gently down into their respective graves. All the other colonists followed in sile nce. `Thanks. `You must stand here and say some nice things ab out them both. `Why?' `I'll explain afterwards.' said the Doctor. Ashe c alled his daughter over to him as he walked carrying the stretcher.' said Ashe.' said the Doctor. `Tell your daughter to have tea or coffee or something ready for our return.expected to go to the other end. ' Ashe was bewildered.' `Why?' asked Ashe.' said the Docto r. `Now we have a service. Two of the other men present got the idea. still in no more than a whisper. never questioned him.

walked away.' He cleared h is throat. not only for themselves. With death. Some of you may think that they died for nothing. now busy serving tea to the other colonists as they sadly trooped b ack inside. The Doctor nodded. they died trying to make a better life.' he said. `But is this a time for jokes?' The Doctor drew Ashe away from th e two girls.. not really.. `Tha nks. picked up some of the dug out soil in his hand and dropped it into first one grave then the other. `you've got to lear n more than how to sow seed and use a plough. `I'll try.' he told the Doctor. Almost involuntarily Ashe did the same. picking up a few grammes of the powdery soil. Jane was always kind. We shall not forget them. helped by Jo. too. Back at the main d ome Mary. They were all standing there. but f or all of us. `All right.' `How do you know all these things?' asked Ashe. One by one the other colonists did the same. Ashe went up to him. . joking with Mary about something. Ashe found the D octor already there. Then the Doctor walked off quie tly towards the main dome. and scattering them onto the corpses within the graves. He was used to speaking to the whole group. eyes to the ground. `To live away from your Earth. and then a time to rejoice in the continuation of life. and kept her head when the spaceship nearly blew up. waiting for something. had synthetic tea waiting for them all. but never before like thi s. Then he.Ashe looked at the colonists. there has to be a time for tears. But they didn't. Eric was a hard worker. scattering the soil of their planet onto their dead friends. `We shall miss Jane and Eric Leeson. Hence the te a.' He stopped and looked at the Doctor for approval.' said the Doctor. and never afraid of a nything.

to support Martin. Only two have been sighted--and for th at matter. came up to them. `This has nothing to do with you. and cut in: `We can't even support ourselves. `Can we have children grow up in a place overrun with monsters?' `For a start. `I've spent some time studying your crop records. whoever yo u are!' `The Doctor is our guest. it may be the same one seen twice. `we know it isn't overrun with them.' ` All right. We must isolate it and overcom e it. the c olonist who had first seen a monster. and now two of us are dead.' `What about the monsters?' asked one of the women colonists.. He talked loudly so. We've got to admit defeat! We'v e got to go back to Earth!' Ashe said.' `What I have to say is very simple ..' ` I wonder if I might join in the discussion?' enquired the Doctor.`You might s:ic. We've got the beginnings of a colony. Now young Wint on came forward. `But make it short.' Martin didn't want to list en. Martin. I believe that growth is inhibited by some unnatural force. `that I'm something of an historian. `Please let him speak.' said the Doctor.' said Martin. Now are you going to run like chil dren from terrors in the dark?' .' Ashe reminded them. `We've invested a year of our lives into this planet.' `All one?' said Ash e `That's impossible!' But there was no time to pursue their talk. the present. Except th at to me the past.' said the Doc tor. that all the others could hear. `It's no good. said the Doctor. Ashe. and the future are all one.

Ashe an d the Doctor quickly followed with all the colonists crowding around.This quietened the colonists for a moment. The Doctor gently turned the man over onto his back. The Doctor will help its with the agricultura l problems. `Where are you from?' The man op ened his mouth. . and put it to the man's lips.' said Ashe. Martin.. As he drank greedily the Doct or asked Ashe. who spo ke up for Ashe's attitude. What we've got to do is to o rganise patrols for all the domes. `I think he's right. Mary raised his head. friends. `Isn't he one of your colonists?' `No.' It was Mrs. spurred on by Mrs. Ashe took the opportunity to speak again: `This colony is our only chan ce. Mary and Jo were the first to reach the man's side. but his sunken eyes and hungry face made him look fifty. If we leave it. we'll have nothing. `there's a chance if we keep pulling together. Ashe asked. but he was too parched to speak.' `You see. `Can you understand me? Where are you from?' `Colony.' Ashe again spoke to the m an.' the man said. His clothes were in tatters. We've put too much work into thi s place to leave it now.' Ashe's voice trailed off as he saw the man stagger in through the main entrance He was only about twenty-five years old. None of them wanted to admit to being afraid. As he entered the dome he stood there for a moment as though trying to say something. Jo hurried away to get the man something to drink. we may have a chanc e. who herself had been terrorised by the monsters. If we stay. then fell fo rward to the ground. Martin's supp ort. Jo brought one of the little cu ps of synthetic tea..

`Every one of them... hundred of kil ometres. and his weathe r-beaten hands clawed into the ground as some memory of terror swept through his mind..' He closed his eyes tight.' He seemed ready to faint.' .. Where are they?' The man's eyes closed.. ` The other colonists...... then opened again suddenly. cr ops wouldn't grow. so many of them. `where are they?' `All dead. `There's another colony on this planet?' Th e man tried to nod his head. and stared straight up at Winton. your friends. `A year of hunger. then the lizards... for weeks... then the Primitives.' Winton insisted. killed... `Giant lizards.' `The other col onists in your group. Winton shook the man roughly.' the man said.Now Winton also crouched by the man. `I've been wandering.. again shaking the man.. wandering.

The Doctor went into the dome. `Anyway.' Ashe remained outside.' said the Doctor. `try to keep an open mind. The Doctor p articularly wanted to see the damage again in daylight.7 The Robot Ashe and the Doctor walked slowly back to the Leeson' wrecked dome. we shall see. He survived. `There's no hope for us. diseases of all s orts. I've got to think a bout the lives of human beings. but he found hims elf with company: two Primitives were searching around among the wreckage. When they saw the Doctor they both immediately turned and drew long knives from their belts. `In the natu ral fight for survival. He had not yet regain ed consciousness but they had found his name on a letter in his pocket.' said the Doctor. `For the time being.' `How do you think Man first made out on Earth?' asked the Doct or. not a set of statistics. staring blindly at Leeson's blood now dried on the rocky ground. `He had to fight sabre-toothed tigers.' `But how many died in the struggle?' said Ashe. and Ashe wanted to talk privately with the Doctor. rampaging mammoths. With their .' `After what that man Norton said?' Ashe was referring to the survivor from the other colony. indicating the dome that they had now reached. it's only a few who live through it.' `Maybe I'll find out s omething here. `What should I do?' asked Ashe. raising them in defiance.

wetting his lips with his tongue as though enjoyi ng the treat at least in his imagination. `Come on now.' he said. `I mean you no harm. `off with you now.' said Ashc. `What have yo u taken?' The Primitives didn't move. `More. I know you've taken something.' said Ashe. and produced a h air brush for Ashe. `You can keep the food. which he put into Ache's hand. opened it and brought out a domestic tin opener. Then Ashe entered behind the Doctor. Ashe held out his hand. and bright yellow hair. `I've never heard them speak. `This is a friend. Ashe withdrew it.' said Ashe. It's all right if I give you things.' He spoke up loudly again. to address the Primitives.' One of the Primitives untied from his belt a leather pouch. The first Primitive dipped his six-finger ed hand into his pouch again and produced a little packet of biscuits. a sign of pleasure. but hoping that the tone of his voice might put them at ease. not expecting them to understand. they were a fearsome sight.painted bodies and faces.' . `Do they have a language of their own?' the Doct or asked. palm up. `But they seem to understand what I say. `Is that all?' said Ashy The other Primitive also had a pouch. then made to put the packet into Ashe' s hand.' said Ashe.' said the Doctor slowly and distinctly. `All right. but you mustn't take them. Both the Primitives bared their teeth and hissed loudly. He looked at the biscuits rather sadly. Immediately the Primitives lowered their knives.

' said the Doctor.The two Primitives raced out of the dome. also taken from his capac ious jacket pockets. Then he sliced down the wood. so he decided to cut out a c law mark. `What do you hope to find there?' said Ashe.' said Ashe.' `Well. Th e marks were too regular to be natural. then turned back to the Doctor.' The Doctor knelt down and started very carefully t o re-examine the claw marks on the smashed kitchen table. He inserted the blade of a very sharp little knife deep into the wood just at the side of one. The Doctor needed to put tiny scrapings of the clawed surface under a powerful miscroscope to learn more about the true nature of the claw: was it that of an animal. or something made to look like one ? He did not with to carry a whole section of the smashed kitchen table with him back to the microscope which he had in the TARDIS. `I don't know. so that finally he was able to lift out a sliver of wood which contained the claw mark. Now he cut across the wood at the top and bottom of the gouged out line. `until I've found it. . you're not beaten yet. This he put into a test-tube.' Ashe went away. at such an angle that the tip of the blade went under t he mark. Ashe watched him for a while. He t ook a magnifying-glass from his pocket and inspected one claw mark in detail. t hey'll turn on ac' `I don't think you really believe that. still baring their teeth and hissing i n ecstasy. `I'll leave you to it. `Once they know we're beaten. which was exactly what the Doctor wanted. Then he froze rigid. I'll be a t the main dome. and now repeated the process on the other side of the claw mark.' he said. Ashe watched after them.' said the Do ctor. `An yway. `I wonder ho w long they'll stay playful like that.

lifeless. seemingly attracted by the sound of the Doctor's fall. legs and head like those of a man. The robot t urned. with arms. its metal hands waving about in search of its prey. like a mechanical statue. The Doctor stepped backwards.With an earsplitting crash a hole was smashed through the wall of the dome at th e back. He stumbled over wrecked furniture an d fell back heavily. It made straight for the Doctor. the robot stopped dead. J ust as a metal hand made contact with the Doctor's face. banging his head against the dome's metal wall. then continued for ward again crushing the remains of the kitchen table with its huge metal feet. `You can get up now.' . Through it marched a metal robot.

He was a tough. through the hole in the wall. in his late thirties.With an earsplitting crash a hole was smashed through the wall of the dome. A man had followed the robot into the dome. He had on a sort of unifor m jacket and matching .. Fr om his position on the floor the Doctor couldn't see where the voice was coming from. The Doctor struggled to his feet.. but it was human and sounded fairly friendly. hardbitten man.

' He grinned. still grinning. `Yes.' He looked round the room.. `Now if you'll excuse me I have some wo rk to do.' said the Doctor. `It belonged to two coloni sts. `whatever that is. not very bright.' `That's not up to me. Ma y I ask who you are?' `Caldwell's the name. is wrong. indicating the initials on his tunic with a grin. but Caldwell stepped right in front of h im.' said the man. We're doing a minera l survey.' said the Doctor. `What happene d?' `Something.' said the Doctor. `Interplanetary Mining Corporation.. It's only a Cl ass Three Servo robot. Across the left breast of the tunic was an oval of red piping. `or someone attacked this place last night. `Look.' he said. Is this your place?' 'No. basically black but piped with bright red.tunic. with surprise. and inside that the letters IMC. I'm on the way back to my spaceship.' The Doctor moved to leave. Presumably you'll move on to another planet for your survey.' said the Doctor. `Earth Control told us this pla net was uninhabited.' `Colonists?' said Caldwell. In his hand wa s a very small remote-control unit.' said the Doctor. `You ought to keep that thing und er better control. Acco rding to our records this planet has been allocated for mining.' `Then Earth Control. How about coming back there with me?' `Why?' . `Ma ybe you people chose the wrong planet! It's awful easy. `Sorry.' said Caldwell `They'll have to sort it out at Earth Control. a little black box with buttons and a dial o n it: obviously the control box for the robot. once you're out in Space !' `I rather doubt it.

and on a desolate place like this we've all got to be friends--or wouldn't you agree?' As Caldwel l spoke he touched one of the controls on the little black box. Caldwell remained standing firmly between the Doctor and th e door. almost as though Caldwell might have known the people who died.' the Docto r said.' said Caldwell. `were killed. `I'm sorry.' . `That's ri ght. then took a last look roun d at the shattered furniture. `I suppose I could spare you a few minutes. `Well.' `But they're going t o know. `Two peop le--killed?' The Doctor noticed how shocked Caldwell was with the news of the de aths.' said Caldwell.' said the Docto r.`Just trying to be friendly. Good thing no one was hurt. And I re ally ought to tell the colonists that you've arrived here.' he said.' Caldwell released his grip on the Doctor's arm.' said Caldwell. `There are no secrets between friends. `a man and his wife. `but I've got a great deal to do.' said the Doctor.' Caldwell passed his hand over his brow.' `The two colonists who lived here. `Is there any thing wrong with a li ttle hospitality? We could talk about who's made the big mistake--us or you. The boyish grin had vanished--he seemed totally deflated by this news. He gripped the Doctor 's arm in a friendly way. `Great. From behind him the Doctor could hear the robot move again. (lashing his boyish grin again. led the Doctor to the door. a manoeuvre which brought it close t o the Doctor's back.' Fr iendly as he seemed. `Something certainly made a job of wrecking this p lace.

as though still shocked by the news of the colonists' deaths. Outside stood a small electrically-powered vehicle rather like a bicycle with four wheels. The Doctor got on the seat beside him. but he didn't sa y how many. then . I nearly forgot Charlie. `Right.' Caldwell drove in silence.' s aid Caldwell.' With that.he murmured after a few seconds. Charlie. They'll be glad to meet you. Caldwell was staring straight ahead of him. `What's that?' Caldwell turned to the Do ctor. Mounted on the chassis were four simple seatin g places. He drove in a dead straight line. The Doctor left the dome. feeling it to be his first duty to tell Ashe about the arrival of an IMC survey team. `Oh yes.' He pressed buttons on the litt le remote-control box. up little hills and down into vall eys. Within a moment the robot came walking out of the dome. I've got a buggy outside. apparently finding his way through reading a small compass built into the centre of the steering wheel. Cald well walked out of the dome. `Wh at about your robot?' the Doctor asked. The man grunted a re ply to the effect that they only had a few kilometres to drive. `the invitation still stands to come and see my people. Caldwell was already sitting on one of the front seats before the stee ring wheel. `How far are we going?' he asked the now silent Caldwell. `let's go. now he was desperately keen to stick with Caldwell and try to find out wh y the news of the colonists' deaths had had such a marked effect on the man. a nd obediently climbed up and took its place on one of the back seats. Whereas before the Doctor hadn't wanted to go with Caldwell. The Doctor soon realised that they were heading where he and Jo had left the TARDIS . apparently leaving the Doctor free now to follow or to go his own way.

of trying to make up for an understanding that he wa sn't sure had ever existed. well. He suspected the Time Lords were really in control when the TARDIS to ok off from UNIT Head-quarters: had they now dematerialised the TARDIS.. But when Caldwell realised the Doctor wasn't running anywhere. please.' He put so much insiste nce into his voice that Caldwell stopped the buggy. Eventually. but was simply studying a patch of ground. `But there's something I want to check right here.' said the Do ctor. leaving both Jo and himself stranded on this desolate planet for ever? `Hey'. I can outpace you easily with the buggy!' But the Doctor continued undeterred to the exact point where he had last seen t he TARDIS. the buggy was rolling down to where the Doctor and Jo had arrived. driving on. The TARDIS was gone.' the Doctor said.' Caldwell said. Nor did he make any effort to steer round the smaller boulders: the wh eels of the buggy were made to bounce over almost any obstacle not larger than t hemselves. Caldwell started the buggy again.' asked the Doctor. `but. shouted Ca ldwell.' . `Will you stop. `if you're trying to run away. `some very valuable equipment. `My fr iends'll want to meet you.' Caldwell said. and turned it savagely to pursue th e Doctor. `Not that I expected you to run away. what are you staring at the ground for? ' `I left something here. with a sugges tion of renewed friendship. `Afterwards.up again. The Doctor immediately dismo unted and went to the spot where the TARDIS had materialised after its journey f rom Earth. he slowed down the buggy and got off to join the Doctor.

`Couldn't you spare the time to have morning coffee with us. sometimes he doesn't know his own strength.`Yes?' Caldwell looked around the area. Caldwell operated the robot's remote-control. `My grip's nice and friendly. It lumbered across towards the Docto r.' But the Doctor thought better of it.'-. He could see now the trail of the dragged TARDIS stretching away in a de ad straight line towards some hills a couple of miles across a flat plain. He gave his most b oyish grin.' said t he Doctor.' By n ow the robot had come up to the Doctor.. The Doctor hurried over to the marks. ' said Caldwell. and a m etal hand encircled the Doctor's other arm. its metal hands groping in the air ahead of it. `But we're going to miss you. then looked up in the direction they were going. `But Charlie. `and find this missing equipment of mine. whose outward go od spirits seemed to have returned. `if only to make Charlie happy?' . `I'm afraid I'll have to leave you. Caldwell would n ever understand. `Charlie's not going to like it. `How big was it? What did it look like?' `It was like a police.. Caldwell pressed another button. not understanding.' he said to himself. `It's a tall blue box. `The Primitives. `Why should they want the TARDIS?' `What's that ?' said Caldwell.something caught his eye a little way off--`and I've got a very good idea who's taken it!' What caught his eye were d rag marks in the dust--that and a few wisps of bright yellow hair on the ground. grabbed the Doctor's arm.' Caldwell.' The robot respond ed by carefully dismounting from the buggy.' With his free hand.' said Caldwell.

' said the Doctor.' He pressed another button. and the robot's hand came away from the Doctor's arm. `and all be friends?' `All right. from somewhere within the robot's head. `Kindly tell this metal moron to take its hand off me. `You see--me and Charlie are just a couple of joke rs.' . Instead. Caldwell grinned at t he Doctor's seeming surprise. `Shall we get back in the buggy now. from what served as the robot's mouth the Doctor heard a crud e recording of what he had just said.' said the Doctor. `Charlie isn't going to like that kind of talk.`Kindly tell this metal moron to take its hand off me.' he said.' Caldwell brought his thumb down hard onto another button on his hand-held control unit.' came from the mouth of the robot. `Since you insist. The Doctor nerved himself to feel the robot's grip tighten and crush the bone of his arm. `Metal moron?' said Caldwell. This was followed by guffaws of metallic laughter.

energy measured not only in thrust of the sp aceship's motors but also in the destructive force of the weapons every IMC ship carried. Despite years of service with IMC.' He had listened to his father's advice. He was lucky enough to join IMC at the . slig htly undulating surface. He knew each lever and knob by touch. He ha d never wanted to be like his uncle. and exactly how much powe r he could exert with each of them. When he was a child his father had told him. in his special captain's chair. it still gave Dent a thrill to sit inside the comfort and protection of a ship and be able to see ev erything that was outside. it projected onto the monitor screen a panning picture of the planet's rocky. As he sat there. and they'll look after you. As a television eye in the body of the spaceship slowly moved round the ship's circumference. Dent wan ted to work up to a good job. `You've got to work hard at school and at university. a man who had changed jobs many times in hi s life and still had no real position in the world. and then you must get into one of the big corporations and stay t here. Sitting like that. his hands moved from one to another of the controls. he was always reminded of the power of th e Interplanetary Mining Corporation and his place within that organisation. his eyes on the monitor screen. From the beginning. with his hands gent ly touching and stroking the controls.8 The Men from IMC Captain Dent sat in his captain's chair in the control room of the Interplanetar y Mining Corporation spaceship. and that meant getting into a really big corporati on and staying there.

he got a room of his own to live in. and see who it matches up with. piped with red. sir. a smile that reminded Dent of his own father. and its Captains of course. He was given six months' training on spaceship maintenance. He had always r emembered his father's advice that the big corporations much preferred to choose the wives and husbands for their employees. to be married. a rare privilege for any unm arried man on the overcrowded planet Earth.' beamed the personnel manager. On his return to Earth he not only got his sh are of the crew's bonus. It makes a man feel more secure. However.' `That is correct. It was then that they gave him his special IMC uniform. and se nt him as a crew member on his first mission with a survey ship looking for much -needed minerals on other planets. `Then let IMC help you. In the envelope with the bonus . Immediately. The personnel manager smiled. `We like your work.' said Dent. Got any on in mind?' `No. `I'll just run the detail s from your file through the computer.' said the personnel manager. he studied day and night and never took the elevator up to the sunshine or went for Walks or attended parties.age of 20. sir. `and we w ant to promote you to First Officer for your text trip. `The Corporation likes its First Officers. so he hadn't tried to find a wife. one of five successful applicants that term out of seventeen thousand . but also a note telling him to report to the IMC person nel manager's office. I see from your file that you're not married. and we'll have a nice wife and home waiting for you when you get back from your next trip !' Six months later Dent returned to Earth again.' said Dent. this time with a bigger bonus. He graduated with honours .

This was his new home. `What's that?' He pointed to a set of knobs an d dials in the tiny kitchen. with your earnings you 'll pay off IMC for all this in about twenty years' time.' said the girl. and there'll be children. a lavatory.statement was a key bearing an address tag. and spent the next hour showing Dent all the gadgets in their home. It was a very pretty laugh. by the n we'll have moved to somewhere bigger. Finally he aske d. so we're already married. and that the two of them were going to be very happy together. and both children were now in a school owned and ru n by IMC solely for the children of IMC staff. It had two rooms . . `It's all fixe d. `IMC had our State records stapled together in the Automatic Personnel File. of course. The girl explained it was the infra-red cooker. And now.' said the girl.' Dent said. quite a pretty young woman with short hair dyed dull blue. so I imagine y ou'll be paying back IMC for just about the rest of your life!' She laughed.' `That's fine. a shower. Over the next few days of leave he found that the IMC match-making computer had done a good job. `Even if they make you up to Captain in a year. But. His wife was waiting for him. `I imagine I will be. Two years later they had their fir st child. looking round his new home. `Do you know how much all this is going to cost me ` `I worked it out. Dent really noticed her in among all the other gadgets of his new home. still looki ng about his new living quarters.' he answered. `Are you my husband?' she said as he let himself in. as w as the fashion that month. He was amazed at the influence wield ed by IMC which could get him anywhere to live in as big as this. for the first time. and a tiny kitchen. then their second.

As Dent sat there, touching the controls of the IMC spaceship, he felt happy and secure in the fact that he was an IMC man, with an IMC wife, IMC children, with a beautiful four room IMC home. His present and his future were as secure as IM C, and IMC would go on for ever. These pleasant thoughts were pushed from his mi nd by the arrival of First Officer Morgan, who came hurrying into the control ro om with a file in his hand. `I've just got the first survey results from the com puter, Captain, he said, showing Dent the file. `There's enough duralinium on th is planet to build a million living units on Earth.' `Excellent,' said Dent. He had trained his mind to switch instantly from one set of thoughts to another. Al l the personal memories were now switched off, and he was eagerly scanning his e yes down the set of figures on the computer print-out contained in the file. Mor gan said, `I can't think how this planet ever got assigned for colonisation, can you, Captain?' `Does it really matter?' said Dent, still eagerly reading the fi gures. `Look,' said Morgan, `Caldwell seems to have found a colonist for us.' De nt looked up at the monitor. On it they could see Caldwell on the buggy driving straight towards them. Seated by Caldwell was a tall man with curly fair hair dr essed in a knee-length black jacket and a frilly white shirt. The robot sat at t he rear. Morgan was amused, `Why's he wearing fancy dress?' `All colonists are e ccentric,' said Dent, which was something he had once read in an IMC handbook on interplanetary sociology. `Otherwise they wouldn't be colonists. They're drop-o uts from society.'

By now the buggy had gone out of range of the outside television eye, so presuma bly it was too close in to the spaceship: it had probably stopped by the outside entrance, and its passengers would be in the process of dismounting. Morgan ask ed, `What are you going to say to this eccentric?' `The usual story,' said Dent. `We've only just arrived, and we are surprised and shocked to discover that the planet has been colonised.' `Why couldn't we just blast them off the planet?' M organ said. `We've got the weapons.' Dent closed the file and looked up at Morga n. `Politics, dear boy. Earth Government is supposed to care for all its people, not only the interests of big business.' He smiled. `We have to do things in a legal way.' `I did everything the way you told me, sir,' said Morgan. `But it se ems such a long way to go about things.' `Maybe,' said Dent. `But the IMC way is best. You're young. You'll learn.' He heard Caldwell's heavy footsteps coming a long the main connecting corridor and quickly put the survey file out of sight i n case Caldwell had the colonist with him. But Caldwell entered alone, and very angry. `I've just come across a colonist,' Caldwell exploded. `He says two peopl e were killed last night!' He swung round on Morgan: `You're only supposed to sc are them, Morgan, not slaughter them!' Dent was also annoyed with this news, but for different reasons. `Did you know about this, Morgan?' `He must have known!' bellowed Caldwell. `Let him answer,' Dent said. He turned back to Morgan, who l ooked scared of Caldwell's anger. `Well?'

`It was an accident,' Morgan said, his face flushed with guilt. `They found me a nd started shooting.' `You acted very foolishly,' said Dent. `You should not hav e let them see you.' Caldwell returned to his attack on Dent. `Is that all you c an say? That Morgan was "foolish"?!' Dent hated rows. During arguments people ex posed what was really going on in their minds, and Dent never wanted other peopl e to know what he was thinking. He said nothing for a moment, then retrieved the survey file from where he had put it out of sight. He opened the file under Cal dwell's nose. `Look at these figures, Caldwell. This planet's got enough duralin ium to double IMC's profits next year. Your own bonus will be big enough to reti re on.' Caldwell stared at the report. Dent watched Caldwell's eyes as they sped from line to line of the figures. One of the many lessons Dent had learnt from the IMC Staff Management School, which he attended for six months before becomin g a Captain, was that money overcomes most staff problems. `You're sure this sur vey is correct?' Caldwell asked. `The computer's never been wrong,' said Dent. C aldwell drew a deep breath, a sign that he was seeing Dent's point of view. `All right,' he said. `But no more killings.' Dent snapped that the file. `Agreed. W here is your colonist?' `I left him in the crew room,' said Caldwell. That was a mistake. Non-IMC people should never be left alone anywhere in an IMC spaceship . But Dent just said, `Fine. I'll go and see him.' He put the file away again, l eft the control room and went down the connecting corridor to the crew room. The door was locked on the outside, and Dent

`scientists have turned to new means for providing accommodation f or our ever-growing population.' said the man.' said Dent. switched off the console and t urned round. Dent said. just tell us how.' sa id the voice. `But it's such an awful place to live! And I understand it's infested with some hostile animal life.' `I find that extremely puzzling. So if there's a ny way we can help you to get on your way.' Dent had no intention to pursue this argument. On the screen w as an architect's drawing of highrise living units on a floating island in the s ea.' said the Doctor. `I'm surprised and shocked to find colonists on this planet.was pleased to note that Caldwell had shown at least some sense. apparently aware that Dent was watching his back. `This planet is classified for colonisation.' `I think you're mi staken. A woman's voice came from the console.' They shook hands. and quietly opened the door. It's a pleasure to meet you. This planet's classified for mining. explaining the drawings.' The man. rising to three hundred storeys.--' `Not Mister . at least not now. It seems your people made some navigat ional error coming here. crossing to the man with his hand ex tended. `Welcome on board. The eccentric-looking man he had seen on the monitor with Caldwell was standing watching the screen of the crew's ente rtainment console which no doubt Caldwell had turned on for him. Mr. He turned the h olding bolt. `Just Doctor.' said the Doctor. Still. He said. adventurous people such as yourselves. will provide living space for five hundred million people. .. `My name's Captain Dent.. These floating islands. `With every square metre of the Earth's land masses now covered with building complexes. IMC is alwa ys willing to help brave.

`my own. I'm mere ly a visitor here. The man hadn't got the weather-beaten fa ce and rough. trop ical vegetation which fed them. Instead. `but these creatures seem to exist and they're killers.' he said. Perhaps the man was some kind of interfering insp ector from Earth Government. calloused hands of the typical colonist.' . said the Doctor.' said Dent.' `Maybe they're flesh eaters.' If there was one thing Dent hated it was people who could think and reason.Dent took a careful look at the Doctor. `I don't understand all that stuff. `Certainly you may. `Then what flesh do they eat. Surely you and your fellow colonists don't want to spend your lives fig hting monsters?' `As it happens.' said the Doctor.' asked the Doctor. `But with patience they will survi ve. `I'm not a colonist. However.' `Is that what the colonist s think?' said Dent. It's possible that these giant lizards can be found and destroy ed.' `May I ask on what business?' said Dent. This is really what he wanted to know. `They expected diffi culties when they came here. `I'v e seen no signs of other animals here.' said the Doctor. `Why?' `When giant dinosaurs lived on planet Earth. but the man's clothes didn't look l ike a colonist's work clothes. the type of people Dent h ad met on many other planets. `Puzzling?' said Dent. or at least deterred from harming the colonists. he smiled. `that planet was covered in lush. I'm very interested in what the colonists a re trying to do. pretending to be a simple. There is little vegetation here. nonscientific man. He dearly wanted to put a bullet through the Doctor as he stood there. not only that. ' said the Doctor. It was that kind of person who always caused trouble.

`when nonIMC personnel are on board. like this one.' mused the Doctor.' Dent pretended to lose interest in the Doctor's lost equipme nt.' He close d the door. `That's not my concern. `are new worlds to live on. `What sort of equipment?' Dent asked. He .' said Dent. I have lost some important equipment.' said the Doctor. You won't be locked in for long. You know how Earth desperat ely needs minerals!' `Earth's needs.' said the Doctor. as Dent was closing the doo r. please. It's my job to get them.' said the Doctor. at least I can arrange transport for you back to your colonist friend s. `It's rather difficult to explain. instead of li ke battery hens. Wait here.' said Dent. reali sing that he was now blustering against the Doctor's calm. `Well. `But they shouldn't be here at all! My corporation has been assigned the mineral rights. `Now if you'll excuse me. and they need all the minerals we ca n find!' `What those people need.' An idea was already forming in Dent's mind as to how he cou ld get rid of the Doctor by way of an `accident'. and turned the locking knob.' `This time. I most go and look for it. `do you mind not locking we in?' `It's normal security procedure.Dent knew he was near to losing his temper. Worlds where they can live like human beings again. `You might say it i s a tall blue box.' `Even if that reduces this planet to a slag heap?' said the Doctor. `Minerals are needed.' said Dent rather smugly. `There are over a hun dred thousand million people back on Earth. `or your corporation's p rofits?' `What's good for IMC is good for Earth.

I think he's some kind of scienti st. `You offer to help him find it--you know. at least until he had disposed of the Doctor. Right?' `Right.' said Morgan. He went back up the connecting cor ridor to the control room. `checking up on us?' `Maybe.' said Morgan.' said Dent. `Leave it to me. he isn't a colonist. sir. That'll give .' `If he's going to cause trouble. `So. Morgan was alone. This time it would be different.' `Uh-huh. He knew he had conducted the inter view badly and was not much of a credit to IMC. `Anyway.' Dent slumped down into his special captain's chair. he was investig ating the wrecked dome. `This man he brought in. When Caldwell found him. it would be obvious that the monsters had gone back and killed him. I want you to drive him back to the colonists' plac e. `Where's Caldwell?' Dent asked. they were usually only too happy to accept IMC's help to move them on to another planet.' Dent continued. Once c olonists had been scared by monsters. play him a long.' Morgan got up. `if his body were found in the wreck. `some minor pro blem they've got. `there would be questions.' said Dent. thinking.' said Morgan.stood in the corridor for a moment. Then he reminded himself that no rmally he didn't have to contend with intelligent people like the Doctor.' `He says he's lost some equipment. He noticed the vegetation here doesn't fit in with the existence of monsters ' `Could he be working for Earth Government. sir. ' said Dent. `He got called down by the motor room people.' replied Morgan. `why not keep him here?' `No.

' `I'll make sure of that. `Nothing must go wrong.' `Yes. sir .me time to get the robot over to the wrecked dome to meet him there. But Dent still had more to say. . And make it look good Mo rgan hurried away. `Now get on your way. turning the knob of the door. Dent liked Morgan.' `That's all right. Dent felt you could always trust people like that.' said Dent.' `Thank you .' Dent we nt on. even when you make a mistake. sir.' said Morgan.' said Dent. `On this planet I represent IMC.' said Morgan. sir. He was eager to go and had his hand on the door knob. `Sorry. `One final point. and you must always tell the Corporation everything. `You should have told me last night about those two colonists being killed. Morgan was ambitious and totally unscrupul ous. sir.' said Morgan.

9 The Spy From the moment of his arrival at the colonists' main dome. IMC Second Officer W ilfred Norton had been treated as a Very Important Person. `This is Wilf Norton.' Holden shook hands with N orton. and gave him clean clothes to wear. A man was working on one of the switches. fed him. `This is our power supply junction-box. remo ving it from a rough make-do control panel. That's what he liked about playing the `survivor' every time Captain Dent arrived at a new planet. our ele ctrician. There were many rooms and corridors in t he main dome. and he was being shown a small room one side of which was packed w ith the colony's main electrical junction and fuses. `This is Holden. but his father and mother told him that he ought to get work with one of the big corporations.' He turned to Holden. And now he was being given a tour of inspect ion by this young fellow called Winton. this tangle of wires and switches looked like a mess that would shame a junkyard. Compared with gleaming equi pment inside the IMC spaceship. he was being `helped' by a Primitive . when he said that h e was the sole survivor from another colony. In his heart he had wanted to become an actor.' said Winton.' Holden t urned back to his work. `Yes. IMC. and he had the chance to do some very real-life acting. I remember you coming in. After his dramatic entrance. the colonists washed him. Now he had the comfo rt and security of working for one of the biggest. You must have had a rough time. but asked Norton about how he had .

Still. `Where do you get your power from?' Winton answered: `We tap the old spaceship's nucle ar generator and beam power through to the domes as they need it.' said Holden. I'm afraid. An idea was forming in Norton's mind. `You see? He gets the right tool every time . while Winton still stayed with him. `Our Primitives weren't that friendly. As they talked Holden removed the switch. we soldier on. but the Primitive had already picked it up and was offering it to Holden. `What's he doing?' said Norton. But first.' The Primitive took the d iscarded switch and quickly attached it to his belt which already carried variou s bits of broken machinery. reached out for a partic ular screwdriver on his little work bench. and Norton gave in answer the story that h e had rehearsed so well. he had to talk to these two girls.' said Holden with a smile. As he spoke he. `All this stuff's had its time. `What is it?' `Onl y stew. `What's the trouble this time?' `Same as before. indicating the Primi tive. Seems to know what's in my mind.' Holden started to use the screwdriver to ins tall a newer switch. obviously bro ken. a plan that he wanted to car ry out as quickly as possible. `Sorry. `Whatever it is. and was about to drop it on the floor. For months I've lived on the roots of scrub.' He turned to Holden.survived so long alone on the planet. ` I'm looking forward to it. `that's for you.' He tame d to Winton. . The two girls.' said Norton.' said the girl called Mary. Mary and Jo.' he said.' Norton said.' said Holden. when the Primitive reached out for i t. `He's my assistant. were cooki ng some stew.' Norton followed Winton further dow n the corridor to the dome's dining area. `That smells nice.

The Primitive wa s sideways on to him at the moment. Winton got the point. and nodded his head towa rds Mary.' With that Winton left the dininghall. `That really does smell good. `There we are.' He looked at Mary a nd smiled. then paused for eff ect. `Then I'll go and wash my hands.' The Primitive began picking up the various tools that Holden had used: he carefully replaced each tool into it s right place in a tool-box on the little work bench. `that should hold for another few days.' Norton said. The door was partly open. Then he turned and qu ickly went back towards the room containing the colony's make-do electrical powe r supply junction. so that he had his back to the door. I'll we you later.' said Winton loudly.' Norton said. ' He gave Winton a big wink which the girls didn't see. Meanwhile Holden gave his attention to a fuse-box on the far wall. and your showing me ar ound the place. He went to the door in to the corridor. No rton planned his every move before going in. `I'll never forget you people. I'll be all right. Wilf. Put the tools away. `perhaps I should get on with some work. but any time now he . So.' Holden was saying to the Primitive. From the corridor he could see a la rge spanner lying on a shelf between himself and the Primitive.' Mary said. `About how long before y ou serve up?' `Fifteen or twenty minutes. But if you want to get on with your work now. w ill you? I just want to check the circuit relay. Never in my whole life. `Well. and m aybe he had taken a fancy to Mary.`I do appreciate the way you people are looking after me. and he could see Holden inside just finishing his work connecting the new switch. and she smiled back sympathetically and warmly. Norton hadn't spoken to a girl for months.

the big spanner that he most remember to pick up on entering. Before his hand could reach the weapon. Taking his time. He could see his most important `prop'. not in real life. Norton had raised the spanner again and brought it crashing down upon the skull of the unfo rtunate Primitive. standing in the wings. The only thing was an audience.' Holden was standing well away. There he was. `What the--?' Then he saw the Primitive lying dead on the floor. `Put down that spear. but in the cir cumstances that was perhaps as well. It was an actor's traditional joke that to be on stage carrying a spear means that you have only a very small part to play in the drama. He could see the other acto rs already on stage. `What do you think you're doing?' Norton had found his audience--an audience of one startled man. And actors never had a ch ance to use their spears. But he was too slow. he put down the big spanner. all in one movement. Just as the spanner was arcing down onto the back of the Primitive's head. Holden whirled round. Suddenly Norton realised how much it compared with an actor waiting to go on stage. by some telepathic means the victim sensed his dan ger. picked up the big spanner and raised it ab ove his head. his back to the far wall.would have to turn his back in order to pick up one of Holden's tools. then picked up the spear.' ordered Holde n `What you've been through--it's affected your mind. The Primitive turned his back to pick up th e last tool. `You must be crazy!' he yelled at Norton. but he had to wait till exactly the right moment to make hi s entrance. and instinctively tried to grab his spear which stood against th e wall. He ducked. waiting for his cue. Norton entered silently. .

waiting for As he to catchup with him. No rton stopped abruptly at the door to the room. .' said Norton. aiming for the heart. seizing the big spanner again. please. Norton lunged straight at Holden with the spear. Ashe. aiming for the heart. covering his eyes.. switch controls.' `What's the matter?' Ashe asked. he quickly smashed fuse -boxes. the two girls following. and electrical junction-points. Then.Suddenly. The colonists' leader. was talking to Mary and Jo.. Ashe ca me running after Norton towards the electrical room. It found its mark. grabbing Ashe's arm and pulling him towards the corr idor. `you've got to come with me. `It's terrible! It's murder!' Norton lunged straight at Holden with the spear. `Please. ' he called out to Ashe with the strained voice of a man who had just seen murde r done. Norton raced back to th e dining hall. `Come wit h me.

`Poor man.' `Unless we get this lot re paired. `And Holden was the only electric ian we had.' He continu ed to sob. Ashe looked.' said Norton.' said Norton.' said Ashe. to die like this. `Look. with that awful spear. but I've never killed anyone or anything in my life before. and pointed in to the room. who was now weeping. then spun round on Mary and Jo.' He put his arm round Norton. ` He went for me. as he glanc ed around the room. Norton nodded. `I saw it all. `No. He congratulated hi mself on a marvellous performance.' He left Norton. We can't go on without electricity. . `the whole colony will come to a s tandstill. keep back! I don' t want you to see this.. too.`What are you talking about?' Ashe demanded. `You couldn't help it.. That's why he got killed. `The relay circuits have been wrecked. between sobs. `smashing thin gs.' Norton parted two of the fingers covering his eyes in order to watch Ashe as he stood over Holden's body. I know it was in selfdefence. `What happened?' `I was coming by. stepped into the room and looked ddwn at Holden's b ody.' `Holden must have ca ught the Primitive messing about with the controls. but I grabbed a spanner and hit him. he di dn't have a chance.' Norton said.' `The Primitive killed Holden?' Ashe asked.' said Ashe. in his matterof-fact way. his shoulders heaving.

and took in the detail of the room. Then the door opene d and a fresh-faced young man in IMC uniform stepped inside.' Morgan closed the crew room door and followed the Doctor.' he said. After you. sir. sir?' `An old fashioned joke. and these were a ccompanied by a low thumping sound and occasional groans.' he said deferentially.10 The Claw After Dent left the Doctor in the crew room.' The Doctor rose. `at your service.' said the Doctor. `First Officer Morg an. He couldn't make out w hether this was present-day symphonic or pop music. he reckoned. `Just in case I take the sil ver. `That's very good of you. .' `I suppose you're right. `you're our guest. mus t have a fairly large crew. Obviousl y these were the officers' quarters: Caldwell had thought to put him in here so as to conceal from him the true extent of the spaceship's complement. A ship this big. he did not again try the door: he k new it would be locked. Flashing coloured lights swam onto the screen. He wondere d where the crew was housed.' s aid the Doctor. To bide the time the Doctor again switched on the entert ainment console. Captain Dent asked me to driv e you back to where you came from. and how many there really were. but this room had only four sleeping bunks. P erhaps you'd better lead the way. going into the connecting corridor.' But Morgan stood to one side of the open door . `No. sir. Then he sat down. `The what. so he turned it off.

and accounted for. `In that direction.' said Morgan. he noted. `Very amusing. blue box .' `That's very kind of you. similar to the one Caldwell had used to bring him here. But no one's going to notice a few kilome tres here or there. sir. `Control to First Officer Morgan. Message received and understood. `What is it we're looking for?' `A rather tall. yes.' said the Doctor.' Morgan pocketed the little two-way radio. With the buggy we could cover quite a distance. `First Officer Morgan t o control. pressed the tra nsmitting button and spoke into the built-in microphone.' The Doctor remembered his way out o f the IMC spaceship. if you want.' said Morgan.' said Morgan.' The Doctor sat by the driver's seat.' said Morgan. `I understand from Captain Dent th at you've lost something and want to look for it. did not appear to be guarded. with a friendly smile. `Is this for us?' said the Doctor. He turned to the Doctor. `Please take your seat. `Can you spare the time?' `Strictly speaking. Morgan produced from his pocket a miniature two-way radio. Where do we start?' The Doctor pointed. The entrance.' After a moment Dent's vo ice replied through the twoway radio. Carry on. I think.' said the Doctor.' `Right. Outsi de was a buggy. starting now. He set the buggy in motion and steered the way i ndicated by the Doctor. `each trip with the bugg y has to be logged. Before star ting. sir. . Am taking guest to his venue.`Oh. and then Morgan took his position. `Yes.

Then a bleeping sound came f rom the pocket where Morgan had put his little two-way radio. stopping the buggy and pulling out the little radio. starting up the buggy again.' `Okay.' said Morgan. First Officer Morgan?' Morgan looked at the Doctor. sir. but not very fast.' He drove ahead. `Well.' said Morgan as they drove along. `but you can see it's been dragged towards thos e hills. `First Officer Morgan responding. sir. They drove ahead for another few minutes.' dome. `Excuse me. After five minutes the hills s eemed to be no nearer. `It was th ere. What is your message?' H e listened. I repeat away from. `Just trying to help our guest.' . are we?' `Of course not. following the dead st raight line of the drag marks. smiled and shrugged. Rectify immediately. `What are you doing. `He wanted a ride.' Within fifteen minutes they were at the flat plain where the Doctor ha d seen the drag marks leading from where the TARDIS had materialised.' Dent's voice said.' said th e Doctor. and they heard Dent's voice. He pressed the transmitting button. Morgan. Captain.' said Morgan. pointing. no.' Dent's vo ice replied: `We are not in the joyride business.' said Morgan. `Your buggy monitored on radar going aw ay from.' said the Doctor. `But we're not in a hurry. `every little thin g shows up for kilometres on this planet. `This looks easier r iding than those little switchback hills.`With no trees or anything. colonist. So it maybe it won't be too difficult to find. `Is this the maximum speed?' asked the Doctor.' he said.

' said Morgan . `I imagine so. then mounted the first hill which the Doctor and Jo had climbed on thei r arrival on the planet.' He returned the ra dio to his pocket. `I'd lik e to know exactly what happened.' said the Doctor.' said the Donor. sir.' . `just over another couple of hills. and slowly went down the other side. but we've got to go back. filled with suspicion. `Mind if we stop off for a minute?' Morgan halted the buggy outside the little dome. `The woman was found inside. `That the place?' asked Morgan. They passed the starting point of the dra g marks. `Where did they find them?' ` You can see blood stains over there.' Morgan sai d nothing as they rode over the next two hills. The Doctor rema ined seated on the buggy. Morgan said. sir. and was int rigued to see how Morgan was going to get him to get off the buggy and go into t he dome. dismounted and stood and stared at the front of the dome. was secretly very much on the alert. `I'm sorry about that.' `I und erstand. ` I wouldn't mind taking a look at the damage those creatures caused.' said Morgan into the radio. pointing. `Why not take a look?' `Won't you come with me?' asked Morgan.' said the Doc tor who.' said the Doctor. The Doctor nodded. then slo wly headed back the way they had come.`Yes.' `Is it safe to go in?' asked Morgan. `Message understood. Then the Leeson' dome was in the little valley before them. Morgan turned and asked. Morgan steered the buggy into a wide U-turn. `Does n't this take us near where those poor people were killed?' `It's in a straight line from here.

The Doctor felt Morgan was just too pathetic to play with any more. The robot entered through the hole in the wall. its arms extended forward towa rds the Doctor. `Certainly I'll come with you. and pressed one of the controls . He got down from the buggy. With his free hand.' said the Doctor.' Morga n inspected the wrecked kitchen table. `You mean something like this?' he asked. and Mor gan followed.' He strode into the dome.' said the Doctor. a replica of the one with which Caldwell had controlled the robot.' `You mean someone made these claw marks in the furniture?' asked Morgan. in apparent awe. `Yes. Mo rgan pressed another control. `With some mechanical device. `Of course your accomplices ne eded time to get the robot in position behind this dome. `What is it you want to know?' Morgan stood surveying the damage. still pretending not to understand.' .' `What do you mean?' said Morgan. in deed. `There. cutting off the Doctor's escape. `by someone w ho want to frighten the colonists away. `Where was the woman found?' The Doctor pointed. `I think the whole thing was faked. and the robot stopped.' sai d the Doctor.' `Yes. `These claw mark look fearsome. `It was all very efficiently done.' Morgan took from another pocket a l ittle control unit. `I wondered why we had all that charade about looking for my last equipment. Morgan pulled a small handgun from his trouser pocket.' said the Doctor. But now the metal hands had been replaced by big metal claws. then backed to the main entrance .

It'll be over in se cond. and the robot pause d. I hope you realise there's nothing personal.' warned Morgan. an d immediately the robot's clawed arms started to flay. `and my body's found with a bullet in it.' The Doctor made another move which brought him even closer to Morgan.' said Morgan. `It always gets its man--or woman . its in-built sensories calculating where the Doctor had gone. `It's not very quick on the turn. Now the Doctor was close to Morgan. I'm afraid. `It's slow but sure . and again the robot paused.`That's tight. Then he grabbed Morgan's left band.' He paused .' said Morgan. really sorry. holding his gun on the Doctor. the one holding the remote-control.' shouted the Doctor in reply. `I'm sorry about this. `Might as well give in gracefully. sir. and twisted it up behind the man's back. then redirected its elf towards its quarry. `or I'll shoot!' `If you shoot. . knocking it from his hand. and then its legs began t o move it towards the Doctor. `There's no escape. sidestepping again. that really meant Charlie was in position far the kill.' He pressed a button on the remote-control.' said Morgan. The Doctor jumped to one side. that'll m ess up your story about monsters!' And having said that. `No w keep away from the entrance. he suddenly dived for M organ's gun.' The Doctor sidestepped again. `When Captain Dent radio'd me to say he'd picked on up on radar.' remarked the Doctor. and licked his dry lips.

and u nable to break out of the Doctor's hold.Morgan found himself looking straight into the flaying claws of the robot-unable to break out of the Doctor's hold. `You'll break my arm!' Morgan screamed. The Doctor wheeled Morgan round. to put him between himself and the oncoming robot. `It'll claw me to death!' . Morgan found himself looking straight into the flaying claws of the robot.

The Doctor looked at the gun in his hand. afte r a second. `Drop it!' Morgan screamed in agony as the tip of a claw drew a stripe of blood down one cheek. and then. and sadly walked away from the dome. But he was too exhausted to move quic kly enough: the Doctor kicked the gun away from Morgan's groping hand. Seeing this. Morgan turned and fled. and its casing split open revealing a compact bundle of now exposed transistors and diodes.' shouted the Doctor in Morgan's ear. . It fell to the ground. it swayed and fell over backwards with a resounding crash. A lmost involuntarily his hand released the remote-control. At the same time.`Drop the remote-control. He leapt onto the buggy ou tside and drove away at top speed. and picke d it up himself. Morgan stood there. the robot came to a complete halt. gasping for breath. the n dropped it into his coat pocket. Tha n he made a dive for the gun on the floor. The Docto r released his grip on Morgan's arm.

ten. he had lifted the ship f rom its original landing place and now intended to bring it down next to the big dome.... fifteen metres. if Morgan had d one his job properly. . Using the IMC ship's powerful rocket drive.. he would be sacked from IMC.. his income. one. four... and put on a black list t hat would mean his never working again for any other mining corporation.. and to blockbuster them off the planet. persuaded Caldwell to back down. seven. twenty metres. final altitude report. He intended to have a face-to-face meeting wit h the colonists. two. landing stabilisers activated and in position.. nine. That. Radar p robe confirms terrain firm. and above t he low hum of the motors he could hear their chatter all around him `. Dent had had objections from Caldwell about killing the Doctor. thre e. . five.11 Face-to-Face The colonists' main dome came onto Dent's control room monitor screen in a bird' s-eye-view.. eight. All his technicians were in their places in the control room. descent rate now at mi nimum. six. we have contact!' Dent remained in his captain's seat while the m otors slowed and finally stopped. Dent had had to remind him that if he de fied his (Dent's) ruling.. Caldwel l would lose his living unit on Earth.. By now. main retrorockets steady.. i n order to stop the former in his work. At one point Caldwell seemed about to go after Morgan and the Doctor. finally. and might end up sweeping the corridors of one of Earth's great building complexes. the Doctor would be a mangled corpse in the dome where the two colonists had died.

' Dent was led into the main meeting area. to sort things out. `You've no right to be on this planet!' An older man restrained the younger one.' said Dent.One of the technicians said.' he said. This way. and then for the first time stepped onto the terrain of the planet. `You want me to go wi th you?' `No. Winton. Mr. `All's clear. A group of these poorly-clothed. Dent walked over to them. The motors are dead. `yes. `All right. Captain. `that I' m as surprised as you are. . hungry-looking people were standing watching from the entr ance to the dome. All the colonists gathered round to hear the confrontation. My n ame's John Ashe.' said Ashe. The IMC ship had landed right in front of the colonists' main dome. Dent was glad to see First Officer Norton in amongst the colonists--at least that part of the scheme seemed to have worked. `I can assure you. of course. Caldwell looked into the control room. let me deal with this. We have been established for som e considerable time and--' Dent cut in: `Can't we talk inside your dome?' `I'm s orry.' Dent rose from his chair and put on hi s captain's helmet. `Captain Dent.' Dent went down the connecti ng corridor. As soon as we met your friend we realised that we mus t make contact with you people immediately. Ashe. We've p ractically landed in the colonists' lap.' `What friend?' queried Ashe. `I'll handle this.' A young man stepped forward.' said Dent firmly. I'm the leader of this colony. `IMC Survey .

`we'll have to send for an Adjudicator. Jo. Winton pushed his way to the front again. `You know it can take months. but he nodded and replied. who calls himself "the Doctor".' `I have a copy of a certificat e. couldn't you send out a searc h party? Something may have happened to him. opposite. Ashe.' `I have a photostat copy of the certificate. We want to move in heavy mining equipment straight away. `all in good time.' retorted Dent.' Norton took his c ue to speak up. since the Doctor hasn't returned yet.`He said he was visiting your colony. In any case. but he knew he cou ld produce one pretty quickly once back in the IMC spaceship.' said Dent.' said Dent.' replied Ash. `We've been granted full mineral rig hts. `Well.' said Dent. Hasn't he returned yet and told you about our meeting? He insiste d on setting off in advance of us. and by then you'll have gutted the planet!' Dent ignored this. `Mr. I suppose so. `proving the. `There's only one solution to this. `pr oving that this planet is for colonisation only.' he went on.' He refer red to the special Earth Government officials whose job it was to sort out claim s and counter-claims. we've been granted mineral rights for the whole planet. `We know for certain t he minerals are in this part.' `Not according to us. He spoke again to Ashe `I'm sure you agr ee that we must apply the proper procedures?' Ashe was clearly swayed by what Wi nton had said. `A tall man.' He didn't really.' . `There's plenty of other parts of the planet you could mine! Why pick on here?' `Our survey's been done here.' A pretty young woman spoke up from the crowd .' He turned back to Dent.' `All right. for an Adjudicator's decision. `Thus planet has been assigned for colon isation. years even.' said Ashe.

' Den t turned back to Ashe. Morgan fell to his knees. `When I first saw your friend I thought he was eccentric. which he now did nothing to conceal. He had never been so humiliated in his life.`Good. He touched his bruised cheek. Dent left the dome as quickly as possible. `I'm doing this. `It must seriously ups et your plans. `It's against the rules!' Dent hit out again. I imagine this Adjudicator will be very interested in your activities. Dent kicked him and roared. `That's a very serious allegation.' By now Dent had partly recovered himsel f. `instead of killing you. and again Morgan f ell to his knees. `I'll use my ship's radio to ask Earth to send someone. Excuse me. `Sorry to still be alive.' said Dent. Overwhelmed with a rage. Captain Dent. Doctor.' he said. `and i ts one that I shall have pleasure in making to the proper authorities. `This man tried to have me killed. and he was seething to get his hand s on First Officer Morgan.' `I know. and found himself facing the Doctor who had just ent ered. He found Morgan in the ship's crew room.' said the Doctor. What happe ned?' . `You've no right to hit a member of the s taff' he cried. drinking ast robeer. `Get up!' Morgan slowly got to h is feet. Dent knock ed the astrobeer can from Morgan's hand and then hit him across the face.' said the Doctor to Dent. Now I'm convinced he's mad.' And with that.' The Doctor turned and addressed himself to the whole gathering. I'll send a message to the Adjudicators' Bureau imm ediately.' He t urned on his heel to leave. They're trying to frighten you away with imag inary monsters that don't really exist.

' said Dent. Captain?' `Morgan h as failed again.' said Caldwell.' `Meaning. The voice was almost inaudible. Are you goi ng to send for an Adjudicator?' `Of course. ` What for?' he asked excitedly.This time Morgan remained where he was. have you got the crew praying to you now. `Captain Dent?' `Who's speaking?' Dent shouted at the two-way radio.' said the whisper of a voice. He pulled it out viciously. but it was what he had been taught to say. and not one of you executives. Caldwell listened. and briefly explained how the Doctor had walked in on his meeting with the colonists. `is slander! IMC always keeps to the law!' He knew this was totally untrue. and snapped `Yes? into its tiny mic rophone. `from the colonists' main dome. `that IMC will bribe the Adjudicator to give the right decision?' `That remark. `I should put you bo th on a charge of insubordination!' The tiny two-way radio in his tunic pocket s tarted to bleep. He could have killed me!' The door opened and Caldw ell entered. `Legality most always be maintained. `So.' Dent's temper faded away instantly. `N orton here. He held it close to his ear to hear the answer.' said Dent. `I 'm glad I'm only the mining engineer. Two co lonists are just about to enter the ship. `He smashed the robot's remote-control unit.' said Dent. . more amused than upset. who had now thoroughly lost his self-possession. When he saw Morgan grovelling on the floor in front of Dent he grin ned and said. crouching on the floor.

. Leave the connecting corridors free of personnel. `Now hear this.' he said.' `Why?' said Caldwell. `Must go now. Lock all doors to rooms. `The whole sh ip's deserted.' He then told the tech nicians in the control room to conceal themselves wherever they could--behind ch airs.`It's the girl called Jo and a young man called Winton. `For once obey an order without asking questions. `Someone's coming. and thence to the control room. A number of his technicians were there.' Norton said. . and came on in. `Where should we look for evidence?' Winton asked. Dent went into action. addressing everyone on the ship. I want them to be let in--so no guards at the entrance to the ship.' said Jo. `Maybe in here. `They're going to look for evidence against us.' The voice paused. I repeat do not. behind the door.' He left them and hurried into the connecting corridor. He grabbed the microphone next to his ca ptain's seat. They want to find out about t he monsters. He held a gun in his hand. Winton followed her. `I don't know. don't want to be caught. Then he waited. `We hav e visitors. `You two stay in here..' she said.' continued Norton's voic e. under the main console. Five minutes late r the door to the control room opened slowly and Jo looked inside. interfere with our guests in any way. `And keep the door locked from the inside.' Dent said icily. Do no t.' Dent stood up from where he had been crouching behind his captain's chair. `Is there anything I can do to help you?' he asked.' Norton went off the air.

who quickly removed the gags and untied their arms and legs. `All ri ght. if you like. and the IMC men pinned the prisoners' ands behind their backs . I shall pres s this button.' Dent put a finger on to a button on the control console.' The IMC men set to work binding their prisoners' a rms and legs. `Your friend the Doctor will be invited here. `Now let me explain our mining methods. Two IMC men inside were gently putting a . Then big plastic sacks were brought in. I shall explain that if he does not retract his ridiculous story about attempted murder. They were sti ll surrounded by IMC men. He t urned to Jo. and gagging them. and then being driven on some vehicle for a distance o ver the rough terrain. into the open. When the sacks were removed they were by the ruin of a sm all single-room stone building. `Grab th em. and Jo a nd Winton each put into one. I shall also explain that you and your companion will be killed i nstantly if I am moved to press that button. It had no roof or door or windows. She and Winton had walked into a trap.12 The Bomb Jo turned to escape. but suddenly the control room of the IMC spaceship was full of IMC men who had been hiding.' He then turned to his men. A charge set ten or twenty kilometres from here can be made to explode by a touc h of this button. carry out the exercise. These bombs are exploded by remote-control radio. `We use a lot of explosive charges--bombs.' ordered Dent. Then they were frog-marched into the ruin. After that Jo was conscious of being carried down a corridor.' said Dent.

plain metal box down in the middle of what had been the floor. A third IMC man w as using a sledge-hammer to drive into the floor a metal spike with a big ring i n it. Now an IMC man quickly put a manacle on to one of Jo's wrists, and another manacle on to one of Winton's, then attached chains from them to a ring on the plain metal box; and, having done that, he attached another chain from the box t o the metal spike driven into the floor. The attachment of Jo and Winton to the metal box--obviously a bomb of some sort--and of the box to the spike in the flo or was done in under a minute, and without a word being spoken by the IMC men. T he job done, the IMC men stepped back, and the one who seemed to be in charge ca me forward and adjusted a control on the side of the box. Immediately, a light s tarted to flash on top of the box. Under the IMC badge on this man's tunic as hi s name and rank in small letters: `Security Guard Allen'. Winton wrenched wildly at his manacles, tautening the chain that held him to the metal box. `I wouldn' t do that,' cautioned Allen, `unless you want to blow yourself to bits. In fact, I wouldn't move at all.' `You're nothing more than criminals,' Jo shouted. `We obey our orders,' said Allen. `There can't be anything wrong in obeying orders.' With that, the IMC men hurried away. Jo looked about herself. `What is this pla ce?' `Primitive ruins; said Winton. `They must have built these little one-room houses at some time, but they don't now. You find these ruins all over the place .' He stared at the manacle on his wrist. `What do we do now?' `Try to get away, of course,' said Jo. Jo compressed her hand, folding in the thumb over the palm to see if she could

gently pull her hand through the manacle without upsetting the explosive charge. The Doctor returned grim-faced from the IMC spaceship. While he had been comple ting repairs to the colonists' electrical room, the message had come from Dent s aying that Jo was in the IMC spaceship and wanted to see the Doctor. The Doctor went there immediately, only to be told by Dent that Jo was attached to an explo sive charge at a hidden location, and that she and Winton would be killed instan tly if the Doctor made any more trouble for IMC. He went straight to Ashe and re ported what Dent had said. `This is abominable,' said Ashe. `Even if Jo and Wint on committed trespass by entering the IMC spaceship uninvited, they should not b e treated like this! I'll go and talk to Dent straight away.' `I don't think you have grasped the position,' said the Doctor. `These people have no interest in law and order, or fair play. If you go, Dent may kill his prisoners there and th en.' `What do you suggest?' asked Ashe. He was clearly at the end of his tether, only too willing for anyone else to take the decisions now. `He said they were "somewhere",' said the Doctor. `Maybe we can find them both.' `I'll organise a s earch party immediately,' said Ashe. `Not immediately,' the Doctor said, restrai ning Ashe. `The IMC ship is on our doorstep. They can see everything we do. If D ent sees signs of a search, he'll press that button. We'll have to wait until af ter dark. The problem is--where has he put them both with the bomb?'

Jo sat back, her hand bruised and the manacle still on her wrist. `Why not give up?' advised Winton. `If you jerk that box you could blow us sky high.' Jo looke d at the box. Its light was still flashing regularly. The thought crossed her mi nd that she had no idea whether the box really contained an explosive charge. St ill, she thought it best to treat the box with great respect. One sudden jerk on the chain connecting the box to their manacles and it might blow up. Then she n oticed the grease on the box; it ran in a long blob down one side and might have been some kind of packing grease. She reached forward to get same of the thick grease on to her fingers. `Be careful!' said Winton. `Don't touch that thing!' ` I am being careful,' she said, and rubbed the grease all over her trapped hand. With her free hand she gripped the manacle, only to realise that the grease on t he fingers of her free hand wouldn't allow her to get a good hold on the manacle . `You try,' she said to Winton. `Keep your fingers away from any grease, get a good grip of my manacle, then pull!' `I don't want to hurt you,' he said. `And I don't want to freeze to death in this place tonight,' she said. `Now do as I as k you.' Winton crawled over to Jo and got a firm grip on the outside of her mana cle. He pulled. Nothing happened. `Put one foot into my armpit,' she said. `Then you'll have something to pull against.' `I might pull your arm out of its socke t,' he said. `Will you please do as I ask?' Jo pleaded. Winton worked his way ro und so that he could put one foot under her armpit. Then he pulled on the manacl e. Jo

It was true. Morgan was the first to notice it. `My hands are much bigg er than yours. The chain showed no signs of damage.' she sa id.' `Not without you.' he said. the chain slipped off the rock the was using as an anvil. and her hand was free. But Jo had found what she wanted .' .' she said. Suddenly. in case any reaction from h er might deter Winton. holding back tears of pain. All at once the manacle slid over the knuckles. then used the other a s a hammer.' sh e said and started to hunt around for a couple of rocks of the right shape and s ire. so she bashed harder and harder with her make-shift `hammer'. `Find your way back to the main dome and tell Ashe. Little by little the manacle cane down over her folded ha nd until she could feel the bones being crushed together. For a moment the suddenly-taut chain pulled at the box. a light on the main control console flashed on and of f at short intervals.' She reached forward to get grease to put on to Winton's still manacled hand. `Thanks. holding up the fettered hand. and t he box moved slightly. The light on the box st arted to flash at high speed. She placed one rock under the chain to Winton's manacle.tried not to show the pain of having her arm pulled. `You'd better run for it. `If the grease worked for me. They both looked at it in horror.' he said. In th e IMC ship's control room. `Then I must break the chain.' Winton sai d. `Keep pulling.' he said. as though it were transmitting some warning. His hand could never slip through the manacle. `Far better you get on your way.' she r eplied. it can work for you. `Captain. `so mething's happening with that explosive charge. She looked.

' Dent said. `I recko n that way. `Come on. With his free hand he pulled his gun. Winton had paused som e little distance away. then fell heavily on to the rocks. `On the way back to the ship. He turned the buggy to come str aight at Jo and Winton.' Jo looke d with delight at the broken links of Winton's manacle chain. Winton looked up at the sun.' Allen's voice replied.' They ran out of the ruined little house. `Keep running. Winton was already on his feet. and immediately darted away from Winto n. then Allen's voice from the lou dspeaker. and pointed.' said Jo. `Go and tell them where I am and what's happened!' Winton turned and began running a way: Allen took aim with his gun and fired. They started running. `Message understood. . Captain. `Go and re-check yo ur prisoners immediately. Allen stopped and dismounted. At the wheel was Security Guard Allen. `This is Captain Dent to Security Guard All en. Notify location. so that Allen would not be able to catch them both. not knowing what to do.' he said. She sidestepped the machine. the IMC four-wheel buggy came over the crest of the hill. then stopped. and by the time Jo was on her feet Allen ha d his arm round her. Allen turned the buggy to head straight for Jo.' Nothing for a few moments. `Split. As they began to climb a small hill of rock and scrub.' he said. `Which way?' said Jo. But the shot missed.' Jo shouted.Dent grabbed his console microphone. `let's go. In a moment Win ton was over the crest of the hill.

He fingered the bullet graze that ran along one shoulder. and he started to jog-trot down the slope. and pulled out his little two-way radio. Two of the guards were aimin g their long guns at him.' Winton stood gasping for breath at the top of another of the little hills. To his surprise.. I shall give you ample warning. `Captain Dent to Security Guard Allen. They both fired at the same time.' Jo wriggled in Allen's grip. Then he saw an IMC buggy coming over the crest of another hill. and the buggy started to come towards him.Allen pocketed his gun. if f intend to activate the exp losive. `and he need not be brought in alive. It wasn't Security Guard Allen this time: it carried four men in IMC uniforms. `Security Guard Allen to Captain Dent. T here was some blood.. He tur ned back to look at the buggy. He was tired and exhausted and th e wound was beginning to hurt. but it wasn't serious. After a moment Dent's voice replied over the littl e radio. `Male prisoner has escaped. All they'd do was take him prisoner again. only open dusty ground and the little hills.' said Dent's voice.' he said into the radio. The position of the sun told him which direction to go to get back to the colony. He stopped. but the arm now round her waist was like a steel vice. Reattach female to explosive cha rge. the buggy had stopped. `Other guards will be sent to pursue. and from now on stay where you can see her. and they carried long guns. and Winton heard bul lets whistle past . His heart had stopped pounding now. There was no hiding-place. but have recaptured female. with the half-formed idea of raising his hands in surrender. They spotted Winton almost instantly. For a moment he thought of giving in to them. and looked ab out him.' `What about the escaped male?' Allen as ked.

Now he started to dart from side to side as he climbed the steep embankment of rocks. then suddenly realised he was making for a sharp incline of craggy rocks th at the buggy couldn't possibly climb. They weren't used to this kind of physic al activity. and their children were in IMC schools that were very exclusive. The driver had brought the buggy to the foot of the rocky steep. Next to a big plastic te nt carrying the letters `IMC' was a mechanical robot using a drill in the ground . raced over its crest. Above all. and their uniforms restricted them. Two more bullets were fired. The three IMC security g uards found the rocky slope hard going. He reached the top of the incline. Winton started running downhill at full speed. As he climbe d higher and higher. they hated all colonists because . An IMC man emerged from the tent and stood watching the work of the robot. thus presenting the IMC men with a more difficult target. and the other ripped through the trousers of his old work-deni ms. but hadn't yet seen Winton. In panic he ran away from the bu ggy. These men had no intention of taking him prisoner they were there to hunt him down and kill him. and if they got the duralinium from this planet they would all get go od IMC bonuses. and then stopped dead when he saw what lay in the valley now below him. But they pressed on as best the y could because they all had IMC living units back on Earth that they didn't wan t to lose. and no w three of the IMC men were climbing after him.him and hit the ground beyond. One hit the r ock ahead of him. he looked over his shoulder to see what the IMC men were do ing now. and IMC wives. But Winton was already well ahea d now. Winton calculated that on this downward slope he might be able to flash past the tent and the IMC man before the latter knew what had h appened.

`Don't worry. they ran over the crest of the hill until they saw below them Caldwell's IMC tent. As the three IMC men reached the crest of the hill they heard two shots ring out.' The three IMC men turned back.they were eccentric and didn't conform to the society on Earth. Inside there was a coll apsible work table. .' he said. took from it s ome antiseptic and started to clean up Winton's shoulder wound. gun in hand. `they've gone. Caldwell remained exactly where the three s ecurity guards had seen him. and Winton's body spr awled on the dusty hillside. and sometimes th ey smelt of sweat. Curious. `It's all right . Outside the IMC tent.' he shouted up to them.' Caldwell ha d gone into the tent.' Winton slowly got to his feet. One of them brought out his little-t wo-way radio and reported the success of the mission to Captain Dent. who seemed very pleased. and on its surface were various samples of rock which the ro bot had drilled out of the ground. When they were well out of sight he pocketed his gu n and sauntered over to where Winton was sprawled on the ground. to go down the rocky sid e of the hill again to their waiting buggy. the robot. He looke d up the hill. Caldwell stood over the body. Charlie here will dig a grave. `I got him for you. `Thanks. Caldwell opened a fastaid box. By the sound of the shots they knew they had come from one of the specially-made IMC handguns. and gestured for Winton to follow.

' `But an Adjudicator's d ecision is law. `If he says we can stay. `Money. IMC want this planet. young man. then it's all right' Caldwell stood back and grinned.`See those silver-coloured veins in this rock?' said Caldwell.' he said. `go back to your colony and persuade your frien ds to get off this planet. but it was not a happy grin. `I've just saved your life.' he said. `so that gives me the right to give you a little fatherly advice. This is the biggest strike we've ever m ade.' He took hold of a dressing and put it on Winton's sho ulder.' he said. `That's pure dura linium. `Why are you helping me?' `I'm a miner. `that's all that really . `See those silver-coloured vei ns in this rock? That's pure duralinium.' said Caldwell. `Listen friend.' Winton protested. `n ot one of Dent's killers.' `We're waiting for the Adjudicator.' said Winton. understand?' He rubbed his fingers against his thumb. Ca ldwell picked up one of the rocks from the table. Adjudicators can be fixed. and they're going to get it.' Winton said.

I don't like it. but that's how things work.' . and you don't like it.matters. So just you set about persuading your good people to get off this planet before any one else gets killed.

Norton h ad his answer ready. some Primitive ruins here and there. or we can go out and search for the prisoners. He pointed at the Doctor. When the Doctor had finished. `Maybe you're really working for IMC. He sl umped down onto a chair and .' `But aren't we wast ing our time with this proposal. `We've only got his word about all this `Why should I lie?' asked the Doctor. The Doctor explained to the men exactly what had happened--how he had been called back to the IMC spaceship where Dent had told him that Jo and W inton were chained to a bomb. This is a trick to ge t all the men to leave the main dome so that the IMC men can walk in and take ov er!' And at this point Winton staggered in clutching his wounded shoulder.' said Ashe.' asked Norton.' Norton spoke up. `We can let ourselves be bl ackmailed by IMC.' said Ashe. `With the IMC spaceship sitting on our doorstep. He went to a wall-map and pointed. we'll have to w ait till its dark before we leave. `There are some caves here.' Ashe said. How do you expect to find them after dark?' `There aren't many places to hide.' The response f rom the men made it quite clear that they were in no mood to give in to IMC. Ashe spoke to the me n. `There are only two things we can do. and that's about all.13 The Attack Ashe called together the search party of a dozen men in the main meeting-room of the big dome. `The prisoners could be any where. `Fi ne.

that although we run the colo ny on democratic lines. and shot at.' said As he. `We're not going to start a war.' `Then my best is better than your best. `Remember what that IMC miner told me--the Adjudicator will be fixed. and send them back to Earth. I've been chained to a bomb.' `I'm the elected leader of this colony.' `I absolutely forbid it. But Ashe spoke up against the idea. to which you agreed. `I've got a better idea.' said Ashe. `Look. `My gues s is they'll have moved her somewhere else by now. `But your wasting your time going there. `if they think you are dead?' Winton didn't answer the logic of that. the wallmap was taken down and brought over to h im so that he could point to the ruins where he and Jo had been chained to the e xplosive charge. He rushe d on to his next point instead.' `Why should they?' said Ashe . `We'll take over their spaceship. in a state of emergency the leader has the authority to act as he thinks best. `It says in our Constitution.' retorted Winton . Beca use of his state of exhaustion.' said Winton. He went on. `We've listened to you for long enough. make them release Jo. hunted. As far as I'm concerned. ' Winton looked up at Ashe. Ashe.' said Winton. We'll take over their s paceship and send them packing!' There was a murmur of approval from the colonis ts. He turned his back on Ashe and said to the onlooking colonists: `We'll attack in force in the morning!' .' Ashe said. Winton.immediately told his story about the way in which he escaped from the bomb. Winton summoned up the strength to struggle to his feet. the war's already started!' `We must wait for the Adjudicator.

then quickly hurried out into the oncomin g night. `Do you know that Captain Dent has got my companion. `S ort of.' The Doctor looked at the map to check what was meant by the `north sector'. Caldwell turned back to his work. or pretendin g to work. Where can he be found?' Winton said.' said the Doctor.' he said quietly. `I'm an IMC man. He went on working. `That's just t o scare you into keeping quiet. `the colonists are going to attack yo ur spaceship. Ashe found hims elf pushed out of the way. `Tomorrow morning.' . To the Doctor it was obvious that Caldwell's conscience was bothering him. `His name's Caldwell.The male colonists gathered round Winton. Caldwell looked up. He turned to the Doctor. `Working out your future bonuses?' asked the Doctor from the doorway to the tent. using an instrument about the size of a fountain-pen that bleeped furiously eve ry time it was pointed at a duralinium vein. `What can I do?' The Doctor pushed his way through the crowd of colonists to Winton. Jo Grant. surprised.' said the Doctor. The Doctor found Caldwell in the IMC tent. chained to a bomb?' said the Doctor. I believe that might provoke Captain Dent to press the button. to discuss the attack. `You said one of the IM C men helped you. He' s got a tent pitched in the north sector. He was testing rock samples.' said Caldwell. What do you want?' `Your help.

' Caldwell said. He stared at the rock samples for some time. `Because. But there's something you can do. `the guards will mow them down. Doctor.' .' `I don't know that I can. `before the attack starts. You'd better stop that attack before it happens. It'll be a slaughter.' he said. `I believe that at heart you'r e really a good man. It won't be a battle.' The Doctor left Caldwell st aring at the rock samples. finally. `Release Jo. `But chaining a girl to a bomb. Then he drew a long breath. still staring at the lumps of rock.' Captain Dent was taken aback by Caldwell's remark.Now Caldwell stopped working and looked up. Dent was about to send another IMC guard t o the Primitive ruin to relieve Security Guard Allen who was still keeping an ey e on Jo.' Caldwell continued to look at the rocks on the table top. that's pretty low! I want her bro ught back here immediately.' said the Doctor.' `What?' asked Caldwell. An hour later saw Caldwell back in the control room o f the spaceship.' said Caldwell. `If those idiots attack the IMC ship . he said: `I'll do what I can. `Why do you have to pick on me?' he said. Morgan had just received news on the radio that an Adjudicator was on the way and would arrive soon. `I've gone along with you in a whole lot of things. `Wh at do you mean?' he asked. But you'd better stop that attack. `Just have the girl brought back here. Then.' s aid the Doctor. `Don't bother about relieving the guard.' Caldwell looked from the Doctor back to the bits of precious rock.' said the Doctor. `although I'm going to try.

`we're sitting on the biggest duralinium strike in the histor y of IMC! This is no time for two old buddies to fall out about some stupid girl !' This was from page 44 of the Corporation's staff management handbook.Now Dent knew that Caldwell was serious.' said Caldwell evenly. so you can't use that on me any more. Bring the girl back.' said Dent.' `There's something the great IMC staff index doesn't know about me . `If you fall o ut with IMC. Morgan j umped to his feet. `I'm your mineralogical expert. . `Caldwell. `Did you hear me?' Dent barked. and turned to Morgan. He tried another ploy. Your wife isn't going to like it if you don't have that nice IMC living unit ba ck on Earth. I'm in command. keeping up his smile. Had the man gone out of his mind? `She stays where she is. but Dent thought it best not to mention that.' said Dent. and you can keep my share of the b onus if you like.' said Caldwell.' He hurried out of the control roo m. `We are n't buddies. Right away. `My wife walked out on me just before this trip. `And in case you've forgotten. putting on smile.' Capt ain Dent had never met with insubordination like this before. He tried to rememb er what he had learnt during his staff management training.' Morgan just stared. `And in case you've forgotten. `Yes sir. `and never have been.' Dent held down his rising temper. Bring the girl back. `Have her brought back. sir.' To strike was expressly forbidden by the IMC Terms of Employment. or the survey stops.' he said.' he added icily. `you've got an awful lot to lose. Either the girl's brought back. or I'm o n strike.' said Caldwell.

and tried to take the gun from him. With his gun hand. let's go. But a Primitive stood directly in front of Allen. `Don't be frightened. Allen fell backwards with a scream. H e writhed a little then stopped moving.' Jo felt he r arm being tugged.'What's happening?' she asked. and knew that he was really nervous. Jo felt Allen's grip tigh ten on her arm.' he said menacingly. `Get out of the way.' Allen turned Jo round and started to propel he r towards the door.' he said. the Primitive grabbed Alien' s arm. She opened her eyes.' Allen pushed Jo forward. Caldwell. and drove his spear into Allen's chest with a sick ening thud. `they're harmless. Its light was no longer flashing. silently coming through the door and the gaping holes that were once windows. Everyone stoppe d moving. Instantly. `Come on. they all stood motionless. Then one of the Primitives whirled round. He p roduced a key and unlocked the manacles. the gun falling from his hand. and Jo saw a Prim itive by the door fall backwards. `On your feet. All at once five Primitives entered. But Allen didn't answer. Allen trie d to shove the Primitive out of his way. Allen immediately pulled out his gun. `I don't know what game you're playing. saw Security Guard Allen looking down a t her. blood spurting from his chest. but I hope you realise that you have committed professional suicide. . Allen fired a shot. staring at the dead Primitive. `This way.' he said. `Wake up.' She sat up stif fly. and saw that she was now manacled by both wrists to the bomb. `You're going back to the spaceship.' she said.' he said.Dent turned back to Caldwell. and took her a rm and yanked her up.

`The diff erence between you and us. nothing will have been achieved. Ashe stood forlornly in the background. `All I'm suggesting is that we don't offer o urselves up to the IMC guns to get killed. spoke up. she looked up into the impassive face of yet another Primitive. a big man called Smedley. She turned and ran. All the Primitives were looki ng at Allen's body.' One of the colonists. then clear off!' `I don't intend to carry a gun with anyone. `Who's side are you really on. as you certainly may. Doctor? If yo u don't want to carry a gun with us. Outside the door strong arms caught her.Jo found herself unguarded. `Do you think that means anything?' said the Doctor. `there was a famous soldier called Gen eral Patton who told his men.' . It w as dawn. `Back i n the days when Earth had wars.' said the Doctor.' Another colonist spoke up. and we've worked with our hands to try to survive here! We're willin g to die for our colony and you're not!' This outburst got a lot of approval fro m all the other colonists. "I don't want you to die for your country--I want you to make the enemy die for his country".' he told the Doctor. near the open doorway. The Doctor waited till they'd quietened down. Winton and all the male colonists were gathered round the map.' replied Winton. If you all get killed. He had d rawn an X to show the position of the IMC spaceship in relation to the main dame . `is that we saved and scrimped t o get here. `The ship's like a fortress. The Doctor was in heated argument with Winton.' he said. Held fast. `a frontal attack would be sheer s uicide!' `We've got them outnumbered. `I tell you again. or words to that effect.' said the Doctor.

. There were now two uniformed IMC guards standing at the entranc e to the spaceship. Morgan and Dent were already th ere.`All right. as the Doctor. `I beli eve you've got a friend of mine here. As soon as he woke. The first guard laughed. `I'm bringing her some food.' As the sun rose up gradually from the eastern horizon. who had hidden behind the spaceship. who had also been in h iding. I' d rather not disclose it at a public meeting. Very quickly t he two unconscious guards were dragged away. simply hit the back of the other guard's head with a rock. amused by his own joke. `Have you got any better ideas?' `Possibly. They watched her. and went up for'ard to the control room. curiously. then. `But since I suspect that there is at least one spy amongst as. and his body crumpled. Then his mouth fell open. Winton.' sai d the Doctor. As it became clear she was going to try to enter the spaceship. She carried an one arm a small handmade basket containing a fe w items of food. `Where's the girl?' Caldwell enquired. he rolled out of his crew room bunk.' said Mary. Mary Ashe left the main dame and walked straight towards t he IMC spaceship. as she walked straight towards them. pulled on his IMC u niform. applied a Ve nusian karate hold to the back of the man's neck.' `There are no friends of yours in this spaceship. Caldwell meanwhile had slept fitful ly. the guards closed in on her. too. `Where do you think you're going?' one of them asked.' said Winton.' said the other guard.

`Find out what's happened.' Caldwell started to say. `Now turn round and go back to the control room. `Where is she?' `I don't know. `If you two are playing games--' but Dent cut in: `I don't play games. meanwhile soun ds of a gun battle . but he isn't answering. `Sorry to deceive you.' Morgan went down the co nnecting corridor at a run. there was a rush of muffled footsteps as colonists swarmed through the ship's entrance and along the connecting corridors.' Dent turned to Morgan. Morgan was pushe d forward to the control room. Then Morgan heard Winton e mit a quiet whistle. Dent turned to Caldwell : `If anything's h appened to one of my security guards. W inton pushed Morgan inside. `I want you to come with me--' And then he fo und himself staring into the gun drawn by the younger of the two men. `His receiver's tur ned on and working. `I passed the order an to Security Guard Allen.' said the Doctor. `You heard me give the order last night for her to be brought he re. sir. you two. switched on and sent out a call to Security Gu ard Allen. alarmed. you are to blame.' he said.' `Get over there.' said Morgan. and be quick about it!' Morgan re ached for the console microphone.' said Dent. After five repeated calls he turned back to Dent. `Hey.Dent looked up. Winton thrust the gun in his back. The Doctor went ahead and kicked open its door. Coming from the other direction were two men in IMC uniforms. As Mor gan scuttled out of the control room.' As Morgan turned. Dent and Caldwell looked up. Caldwell!' He tur ned back to Morgan.

`It seems that the Primitives are no longer friendly.' `It's a pleasure. `Good. the Doctor--now back in his own clothes--and Ashe w ere at the Primitive ruin in a few minutes.' The sound of gunfire had stopped. punishable by death under Earth's laws?' `We're not on Ea rth. As a matter of fact.between the colonists and IMC guards broke throughout the rest of the ship. `She seems to have vanished. This was exactly the sort of situation for which he'd been trained to well. Winton was now covering the three IMC officers with the handgun he had taken from one of the overpowered guards. `Is he telling the truth?' Caldwell nodded. Dent kept his hands well in sight. `I thin k so. `Everything's under control. they're your prisoners now. I'm g oing to find Jo. and started collecting the handguns from the three IMC officers.' replied Winton. for fear of bring killed if Winton suspected he was reachin g for his gun. Excuse me. `I can't contact her guard. The Doctor inspected the spear in the chest. Dent said.' he concluded. `Winton. `Whe re's Jo Grant?' said the Doctor. .' The Doctor hurried out. Security Guard Allen's body lay wher e it had fallen.' .' said the Doctor. `You realise thi s is an act of piracy.' Th e Doctor turned to Caldwell. said Smedley.' said Dent. He turned to Smedley: `Get their guns. keeping very cool. his huge frame filling the doorway. and the colonist Smedley came into the control room. Using a captured IMC buggy. I was getting rather worried myself.' he reported.

It was coloured a brilliant scarlet. Racing across the morning sky was a spaceship similar to the IMC one but much smaller.' . but his voice was suddenly drowned by the thunderclap roar of a spaceship in flight. `In the e arly days.' said Ashe. `The Adjudicator. `It was pr obably in instant retaliation.Ashe was looking at the large amount of dried blood near the doorway.' said Ashc. Primitives lived there. with guns.' he said.' Ashe was about to say something else.' said Ashe. `That's the Earth Government colour--scarlet. they both look ed up. They set out again. to see what it was all about. `We'll never know. `Neither of them ever came back. and our people got the impression that the Pr imitives were guarding some other sort of creature that lived down there as well . and then the othe rs turned on him. `two of our people said they found underground ruins in s ome caves.' `What did they f ind?' said the Doctor.' `Where would they have taken Jo?' asked the Doctor. `He shot a Primitive. Instinctively.

It's the evidence we need. Winton lift ed out a film projector.' said Dent. `You're only making things worse for yourselves. Winton finally broke open the locker and looked in side. said Winton. The control room was filled with colon ists. You're murderers . In fact. and the sweaty smell of their bodies was heavy in the air that Dent had to breathe.' But Winton found the right button to press. `You think so?' `You heard t he ship land. Dent thought quickly. it was a very small lizard which had been filmed in closeup. `What's this?' he asked Dent.14 The Adjudicator Captain Dent was tied hand and foot to his captain's chair. Winton wa s busy trying to prise open a locker using a jemmy. `This is no optical illusion. `What sort of impression will this make on the Adjudic ator?' The colonists laughed. `Now what have we here?' The colonists pressed forward to see. `Just as the Doctor t hought. and as of now the punishment on our planet is going to be death by hanging!' . Morgan and Caldwell were tied to their lees comfortable ones.' Smedley looked into the locker again and brought out a big metal claw. The pro jector came to life and put a picture on the wall of a giant lizard.' Dent said.' he said. `This is what you killed the Leeson with. `an optical illusion. `Pa rt of our survey equipment.

' he said. So Dent responded. Morgan might make mistakes.' Dent pleaded.All the colonists seemed to agree with this. ' he told the colonists. unlocked it and put his hand inside. Winto n asked Morgan. Then Morgan spoke up. You can keep a gun on me all the time. `Where is this evidence ?' `In one of the lockers here. his gun pointed now a t Dent. `Shut up. `I could show you more evidence if you want to see it. `Drop that gun. `You want to confess?' `I only carried out orders.' said Smedley. `Untie me and I'll get it for you.' Dent shouted at Morgan. Now Dent had to get Winton's a ttention.' said Morgan. `and you're finished with IMC! Understand that? You'll lose your livi ng quarters. but he would never act the traitor. `He's killed colonists on other planets. too. `or you're dead!' . even at the risk of another blow to the face. `You listen to me. His hand came out of the locker holding a rocket pistol. He rose. your children will disown you--' One of the colonists hit Dent in the face. Two of them quickly stepped forward and cut the ropes h olding Morgan to his chair. Winton aimed his gun at Morgan.' Dent tho ught quickly. `Captain Dent 's the killer. your wife will turn on you. Morgan!' and tried to make it sound convincing.' said Morgan.' `You show them anything. and went to the most secret locker in the c ontrol room. `I'm still your captain--' Winton wheeled round. `Untie him.' `Don't trust him. whi ch he pointed at the back of Winton's head. which was more or less true.' he said. `Keep quiet!' And this gave Morgan the opp ortunity he needed. But Winton asked. `You're nothing!' he shouted.

Kindly advise me the situation there. All the colonists were unarmed. `Main dome calling IMC ship. `Now you.' Dent grabbed site microphone. Caldwell. and compelling brown eyes which darted from one to anothe r of the colonists and IMC men as they trooped in. `The Adjudicator is ready for the tribunal.' As soon as Dent was free he p icked up a gun and levelled it at the man who had hit him. a small dark beard accentuating t he thrust of his chin. John Ashe had arra nged benches along either side of the colonists' meeting-room in the dome.' he said to Smedley. `but perhaps I'll save that till later. all the IMC carried holstered . and o ne big chair at one end for the Adjudicator.To Dent it seemed a lifetime as Winton stood with his gun aimed at him. But Dent did not reply. all coming over there to state our case. The Adjudicator was already sitting there. so that Winton acted as a shield ag ainst any sudden counterattack.' he said to the colonist who had hit Dent. `All of you. `is that we are all. A nd you. or I kill this man instantly. `drop your guns. the IMC men sat facing them. `untie Mr. and he dropped the gun.' `Who is that speaking? ' Mary asked.' he said.' she said. smart in his black tunic and trousers.' said Morgan.' Then they all heard Mary Ashe's voice from the radio loudspeaker. I repeat. The colonists sat one side of the room.' One by one the colonists dropped their guns to the fl oor. Morgan moved Winton round. whilst M organ stood with the rocket pistol touching Winton's head.' he said. surprised to hear Dent. `untie Captain Dent. `The situation. `I should blow your h ead off. In fact it was only t hree seconds before Winton realised that the colonists' victory was over.

' said the Adjudicator. sir?' At last he felt that he had the Adjudicator's full attent ion. we've never met before. `My identification?' `Simply a formality. But I thought you might first wish to see my c redentials as Captain of this IMC survey team. at your service.' `I am the Adjudicator. acutely embarrassed that these affronts ha d been before both the colonists and his own IMC men. I'll see IMC know how you acted today.' Morgan sm iled. `I am here to settle a dispute. `Certainly.' Dent turned and sat next to Morgan.' said Dent. No w kindly be seated. sir. who are the colonists. Dent tumed to see the Adjudicator rising to his feet.' He produced from his pocket his plastic identity card which carried a colour photograph of himself.' The Adjudicator looked at Dent. not to check your iden tity.' . `But may I ask to see your identification.' he said. it seems a reasonable request. sir. `for this section of the galaxy. sir.handguns. Captain Dent walked up to the Adjudicator. The affront angered Dent. Mr. I shall endeavour to reach a just decision. `Please take your place.' said Dent. Morgan. but nudged Dent to pay attention to the Adjudicator. `I understand you two groups of people are in d ispute.' `As you wish. `We're on a stra nge planet. He touched the younger mans arm : `Good work. John Ashe.. but he tr ied to cover up. `May I suggest that for all our sakes. The Adjudica tor waved the card aside. brevity should be the key-note? Now then.' said the Adjudicator severely.. but did not shake his hand.' Suddenly he smiled. hand outstretched: `Captain Dent. `By the powers vested in me by the Earth Governme nt. I shall first hear from the plai ntiffs. sir.

`Except that this planet is rich min erals which could make homes for millions of people on Earth.' said Dent. Finally. `Is there any proof of these terrible accu sations?' Winton jumped up : ` We found it in their spaceship-. The Adjudica tor pulled on his little beard.the metal claw t hey used to kill the Leesons.' said Winton. the Ad judicator turned to Dent. Captain Dent' Dent stood up. much to everyone's relief.' he said. the colonists at tacked as. `we landed on it. Captain Dent?' `Yes. `Then it's very difficult for me to believe that these things ever existed. Meanwhile.' The Adjudicator cut in: `Can y ou produce this evidence now?' `They've destroyed it. Dent was pleased to see that the Adjudicator was clearly bored wi th Ashe's digressions and general wordiness. `Believing this planet to be assigned for mining. however. Wh en we found unlawful colonists. `I will now hear the case for IMC. The Adjudicator said. I submit that these people be ordered to leave this planet immediately. trying to be as brief as possible in order to please the Adjudicator. He described every detail of the events which had led up to this tribunal. and for a short time held as prisoner in our own ship. we sought your help. Thus they have put themselves outside the law. The Adjudicator beamed with pleasure.Ashe was not brief.' He sat down.' Before the colonists could protest. sir. and a projector-.' . Cle arly Dent's presentation of his case had gone down welL `Is that all you have to say. Ashe sat down.

' snapped the Adjudicator.' But Ashe was on his feet. ` On my way here I contacted Earth and had a check made on planetary records. Ashe?' Ashe was fluste red.' . to keep us on tenterhooks like this. not who needswhat minerals!' `Really?' said the Adjudicator. Ashe looked bewildered.' He stood up. `I have heard the statements from both sides. Undo ubtedly. `I think that Adjudicator's got some str ange streak of cruelty in him. I shall return now to my spaceship. Ashe said. this is a weighty decision. no--well. `That is an irrelevant argument! The only question at issue is o ur legal position. Dent found himse lf facing Ashe. what I mean is.' said the Adjudicator.' Ashe sat down. and shall reconvene this tri bunal in due course.Ashe jumped up. on the verge of tears. Then he strode out of the dome.' said the Adjudicator. So it is left entirely to me to decide. Ashe. `Yes. `Do the needs of people on Earth mean nothing to you. an error has occurred. I implore you! The lives o f all my friends depend on your decision! Can't you tell us right away?' `Kindly he seated. `Sir. `It customary to remain seated until I depart. and in the general jumble of colonists and IMC men. This trib unal stands temporarily adjourned. I mean. A faulty computer on Earth has assigned this pla net both for colonists and for mining. his face red with embar rassment. H owever. As though forgett ing that Dent was his enemy. Everybody got up now. one that I shall need to consider. it's not what we're discussing . sir.' `Thank you. `I do like to be told what I am allowed to discuss! Now kindly sit downy Mr. Mr.

Dent did not reply because he never spoke to colonists unless it was necessary. But he agreed with what Ashe had said. There was something very strange about th is Adjudicator.

15 Primitive City It was not difficult for the Doctor to follow the tracks made by the six-toed Pr imitives and their prisoner, Jo. The tracks led fairly directly from the ruin wh ere he had left John Ashe, and the outcrop of rocky hills on the other side of t he section of flat desert. The foot tracks eventually converged with the drag ma rks of the TARDIS: the combination of the two brought the Doctor to what appeare d to be a solid rock face. He concluded that there must be some kind of door in this rock face, and started to look for it. Gtom the distance he heard the pound ing of running feet. He turned to see a group of Primitives racing toward, him a cross the desert, spears raised. There was nowhere to hide, and these strange ha lf-men could out-run even the Doctor. He waited, with his back to the cliff face Then the Primitives were all around him. `I have come here to take back the gir l,' he said. `You may not understand my words, but I know you can read my mind. I am willing to buy the girl back with exciting and interesting bits of machiner y. Then also a tall blue box which happens to belong to me...' But he was interr upted by one of the Primitives suddenly going up to the rock face and nodding hi s head towards it. To the Doctor's astonishment, a concealed door in the rock op ened. `How very kind of you,' said the Doctor as he was thrust inside, then part ly dragged, partly pushed, down a long corridor with rock walls. Some distance a long the corridor there was an opening in one of the walls. As the Doctor went b y he glanced through the

opening and for a moment caught a glimpse of a vista of strange machinery, silen t and unattended. The Doctor wanted to stop, but the Primitives pushed him forwa rd. Presently the corridor ended with a T-junction. The Primitives turned to the right, dragging and pushing the Doctor with them. From this point on, the Docto r found himself being taken through a maze of turns and forks, and he desperatel y tried to commit the route to memory. Finally, they arrived at a door set in th e rock, a door with a heavy metal bolt. One of the Primitives pulled aside the b olt, and the Doctor was thrust into a room cut in the rock. Jo was standing ther e. `Doctor!' She rushed forward and flung her arms around him. `Now just a minut e, Jo,' he said, `I want to try to talk, or at least think, to these fellows.' T he Doctor turned but the door had already been slammed shut. `I can't say much f or their hospitality,' he muttered. `They've probably gone to get the other one, ' Jo said. `What other one?' asked the Doctor. There's a sort of creature,' she said, `that seems to be in charge of them.' `Humanoid?' asked the Doctor. `No.' she said, `not really. At least, it's got a horrible face, like an animal.' `It might have a horrible face to you,' said the Doctor, `but to itself it might be rather good-looking.' `You haven't seen it,' she said. `Anyway, how do we get ou t of here?' `No worry about that,' said the Doctor. `I'm here to buy you back. J ust a simple business transaction. Ashe says it's happened before.' He started t o look round the room. At one

end there was a machine.' conjectured the Doctor.' Jo said.' `I've been looking at this over here. leading the Doctor to the oth er side of the room. whatever its purpose. `are men dragging a wheeled vehicle with a heavy weight on it.' said the Doctor. `This room.' `They'd invented the wheel.' said the Doctor with excitement.' Jo said. once. but it was possible to see that each depicted something about the life of human-type people in a well-ordered community.' said Jo. I'd noticed that.three different types of people. rather like a clock with all its parts showing. but now we have lots of people drawn like match-stick men. and now machines that ca n fly in the air. moving along the series of pictures. pointing to a picture that seemed to indicate th e discovery of electronic science. `Those peop le we call the Primitives may be the descendants of a tremendously advanced race . it hadn't actually wor ked for centuries. `The thre e seem to start here.' he said. `Then what's happened to it ?' `Somehow it must have gone into decline. `is more c omplicated machinery--the water-pump.' said Jo. and this machinery. `must have been par t of a highly-advanced civilisation. The pictur es were very old and badly faded.' he said.' said the Doctor. `men dragging a heavy piec e of stone. Yet here. `Look. `In the beginning all men were equal. The Doc tor examined it. then these figures in robes.' `That's progress. and the Doctor inspected them with mounting interest.' `Yes. `And here. `Look at this first one. `Do you notice one thing?-. . pointing to the next picture. and realised that.' he said. and they're probable workers lightly dressed or with no clothes at all. the steam engine..' Jo pointed to a series of pictures that ran along a ll of one wall.

' said Jo.' Jo cut in. A creature with a human body and a h airy otter-like face entered. `I'm here to take back this young. `I mean you no harm!' . l ady.' It was the last picture i n the frieze. Jo moved over to the Doctor and clung to his arm.' `L ike babies.' said the Doctor. blindly. `And now one or two very tiny figures. `I come here in peace. `To some mach ine which had a furnace. `They may be s ome kind of priest.' The otter-like face peered round the room. In return I shall give you interesting bits of machinery. `Some terrible catastrophe.' He heard the bolt in the door outside being drawn back . Immediately behind i t came six Primitives. `Ashe told me how a Primitive became very excited when Mary Ashe happened to produce a doll.' `What's happeni ng here?' said Jo. The Doctor nodded.' said the Doctor... Look at this one. and turned round. The door opened slowly. It showed buildings in ruins.' said Jo.' `A sacrifice. `Or dolls.' said the Doctor. `How do you do?' said the Doctor. `Notice how the artist's st yle is cruder here. all with spears. pointing to a picture a long way along the series. Four o f the Primitives dropped their spears and came forward to grab the Doctor and Jo . It was dressed in long robes. Then it gestured to the Primitives. Priest-like figures were pushing a doll figure through a door. bey ond which were flames. more primitive. and the match-stick figures lying on top of one another in a heap.`The creature with the horrible face had a long robe.' said the Doctor.

four Primitives dragged Jo towards the hatch. The Doctor found his arms released. Her sc reams filled the room. The robed creature looked about blindly. Neither the Pr imitives nor the robed creature took any notice of the Doctor's remarks. On its top were press-button controls. as though he had entered the ro om voluntarily. he could only indicate the drum object by nodding his head. not kno wing what had happened. as they picked her up bodil y to throw her into the furnace. These were opened and Jo and the Doctor were pushed into a large room. a small doll-like creature seem ed to swim up from the flames.Already his arms were pinioned behind his hack by a hugely powerful Primitive. echoing from the metal walls. the sides were made of smooth . `They're going to sacrifice us!' Jo screamed. This was different from any other part of the underground city. T he robed creature looked' at the hatch with its near-sightless eyes. In the centre was a large round object like a drum mad e of the same silvery metal. They pu shed him to the far end of the room where a large hatch was let into the wall. and the Primitives w ho had held him began backing . It's very ki nd of you to show us all this. Then. T he robed creature gestured again. Instead of rough-rock walls. As the Doctor strugg led wildly to free himself. `What's that?' Since his arms were still firmly held behind his back. The Primitive who had been on guard outside sprang forward and opened the hatch.' said the Doctor. suddenly. silvery-coloured metal. Intense heat filled the room. its tiny white hand raised. then gestur ed again. The Primitives droppe d Jo and backed away in terror. Inside the hatch was a white-hot electr onic furnace. and Jo and the Doctor were hustled out of the room and down what seemed endless corridors cut in the rock. They arrived at eno rmous double-doors guarded by more Primitives.

away from the creature that had materialised from the furnace. Then it spoke again: `You are of superior intelligence. Their laws would not condemn the innocent.' said the Doctor urgently. `May I ask what it is that you guard?' The Guardian ig nored the Doctor's question. `And I came to take he r back. `Surely all true laws must be based on justice?' the Do ctor argued.' `The law must be obe yed. so you may go free.' said the Doctor. All we ask is to be allowed to go .' said the Guardian.' The Guardian seemed to consider this point.' .' said the little doll figure that seemed to float is the flames. `We are strangers to this planet. `were intelligent and civilised. That is the l aw. `Why have yo u entered this place?' `I was brought here.' answered Jo.' `The race who built this city. `I am the Guardia n. `All intruders in this city must die.

' she said to the Guardian. `Is this creature you protect of some value?' . `I am responsible for her safety.' `Not all are like you.' said the little doll figure that seemed to float in the fla mes.' said the Doctor. `I was sacrificed. It amuses them. `are of no value. `Thanks. and I still live. `so that is no argument.' `I refuse to leave without her.' `I appreciate logi c.' said the Doctor. `am responsible safety of that which I guard. `But you.' said the Guardian.' said the Guardian.`I am the Guardian. Again the Guardian seemed to weigh up the Doctor's words before answering. Jo hugged the Doctor. I shall give you to the servants for a sacr ifice.' `Does the amusement of your servants warrant the death o f an intelligent being?' said the Doctor.' the Gu ardian said to Jo.' `And I.

`But if one eats vegetation.' He turned back to the little doll creature that floated in the white h ot flames.' said the Doctor. who seemed to be enjoying this debate.' said the Guardian. Guardian. `You make good argument.' The Guardian thought for a full minute before replying. Leave thi s to me.' `I understand your remark. Jo clung to the Doctor's arm.' said the Doctor.' Slowly the Guardian faded back into the flames. `do you not eat?' `I regret. To throw this girl into tho se flames would be to extinguish life totally. You will not be harmed. but that is for the purpose of continuing life in another form. The Doctor first knew things had changed when an armed IMC guard stepped forward from the entrance to the dome a nd said. All nature kills to eat. `That buggy is IMC . just plead for my life! I have a right to live!' `It's no good. It can not be replaced. `The Guardian only understands logic. `That which is living is always of value.`She is life. Both of you may now leave. `Doctor. What is your answer to that?' Jo whispered desperatel y to the Doctor.' whispered the Doctor. `Tell him we'll be vegetarian s from now on. sir. ' said the Guardian.' `If you eat flesh then the life of that flesh ceases to exist.' said the Guardian. `I do not understan d your question.' `Therefore. Within an h our the Doctor and Jo had safely emerged from the Primitive City and driven acro ss the flat desert back to the colonists' dome. that too dies. `I concede your point.

`How interesting to see you here. `That was all faked b y the IMC men!' The man in the big chair ignored the interruption and continued: `What's more.' he said . there is no proof at all that their colony is successful. The Doctor said. the IMC men on the other. and animal life is hostile. In view of this. He beamed at the Doctor. but knew better than to offe r his hand.' said the guard. They have made allegations which they cannot prove. `The tribunal's re-convened.' he said...' and led her by the hand into the main m eeting room. All the colonists sat on one side. The colonists most leave at the earliest possible time . As the Doctor entered he stopped and stared at the man seated on the large chair at th e end of the room. and pushed the Doctor with the nozzle of h is gun.' In the stunned silence which followed. `I had every intention to return it. Doctor. and the fac t that this planet has a mineral needed by Earth. All eyes were on the man as he spoke: `During the adjournment I have considered the evidence very carefully. `Why not go in and hear what the Adjudicator's decided?' He pointed his gun menacingly at the' The Doctor gladly dismounted from the vehicle. `that you've all got your guns back?' `You take it right.' said the guard. `This way. the colonists have behaved badly by attacking the IMC spaceship.' Winton jumped up. Crops refuse to grow. While I have sympathy with the c olonists. Jo.' said the Doctor. Kindly all remain seated while I exit. I rule that this planet is uns uitable for colonisation. `I take it. the man rose from the big chair and walked towards where the Doctor and Jo were standing by the entrance.

Then the IMC men rose and trooped out of the dome. `He's right. Won't you let your leader try to use legal methods?' `The la w is the law of Earth Government.' shouted Winton. Ashe rose from the bench he shared with the other colonists and slowly f ollowed. `A question of justice a nd fairness.`And what. `Well. it is my duty as the Adjudicator to have a private word with t he losing side and explain how they can appeal. doing on this planet?' The M aster dropped his voice. ` "Adjudicator". `are you. h ardly believing his ears. are you ready for a private tal k with me?' The Master turned on his heel and went off towards Ashe's private qu arters.' He turned to John Ashe. `That Adjudicator was bribed by IMC.' said the Master. Those of you w illing to carry arms against IMC and Earth. The colonists gathe red round him to listen. s tepped into the middle of the circle next to Winton. `I vote we break with Earth a ltogether. and declare ourselves an independent democratic republic!' There was a murmur of strong approval from the crowd of colonists. Winton jumped to his feet. the Master. Are you going to let some crooked Adjudicator rob you of all that?' `I understand.' called Winton. Ashe. `that there is the possib ility of an appeal. if you don't mind. `who's for freedom?' . `We've given up our homes and secure jobs on Earth to f ind a better life on this planet.' he said. Smedley. `Mr.' `Your duty. and immediately Winton followed.' he said loudly. `Of course.' asked the Doctor.' said the Doctor. if you'll excuse me. follow me and be counted!' He walked to the end of the room.' said the Doctor. The big man. `Now.

then three. followed by all the women except Mary Ashe. `What about some of you women?' Winton calle d. He's come to this planet for some reason. The colonists formed a close circle round Winton and Smedley and start ed to discuss their next move against IMC.' said Jo. Doct or. They'll be outlaws. `Mary. and I've got to find out what it is. `is with guns!' Mary suddenly bur st into tears and ran down one of the corridors so that the others would not see her cry. `But how can I say anything when I really agree with them?' Now two more men stepped forward to join those s tanding at the far end of the room. Our re al problem is the Master.' the man said. What Winton and Smedley propose d was treason against Earth Government.' . `There'll be more killing.' said the Doctor. She now stood alone where the group had been.' she sai d. `Of course.' `I know.' Jo appealed to the Doctor. `You're right.' said the Doctor. Then one man left the main body of the c olonists and went to join Winton and Smedley.' said Winton. `we' ve had enough. `which side are you on? IMC's or ours?' `My father will try to get us justice. and first two. then five women joined Winton and Smedley and the others. `are you still undecided?' All the remai ning men moved up to the end of the room. I'll fight.' said Smedley. `You most stop them.' shouted Smedley. `The only justice we'll get. `but the situation is out of our hands now.The colonists looked at one another uncertainly. `And you men.

To him the can of champa gne was a peace offering.' He opened a can of champagne and offered it to Caldwell.16 The Ambush Captain Dent opened the locker in his control room that contained the officers' supply of astrobeer and synthetic champagne. `We're friends. `Maybe we did have to pl ay it rough. perhaps better than this one. Those colonists will find another planet. appealed t o Caldwell's basic good nature.' The radio loudspeaker c rackled. `This is the Adjudicator.' he said to Morgan. too. `Let's g o. `But the trouble's over now. I wish to meet Cap tain Dent and his officers in the colonists' dome straight away.' he said to Caldwell. `Hold the champagne till later.' Dent got out cans for himself and Morgan.' said Dent. Dent l ooked at Morgan and Caldwell.' he said. as Dent knew it would.' said a almost inaudible voice. `I have recei ved an emergency call and must leave this planet immediately. He was happy to be back in the IMC ship. . where he felt secure from the wide open spaces of this miserable planet. ` Tell the crew it's stand-easy. He took the can. but he didn't drink straight aw ay. to show Caldwell he was willing to forget their past d isagreements.' said Caldwell. `and they can all have an iss ue of champagne. `Some other time. The settlement must be ratified in the presence of all parties. `Thanks.' He pulled on his gunbelt and led the way. aren't we?' his. `Take it.' The transmission ended.

`Believe me. `The Primitives don't like people going there. concealed behind a packingcase.' He looked at the armed colonists surrounding him. so I believe.' said Ashe. `I think there's something of great importance to them there. There was a sudden urgenc y in the Master's voice. you have a right to appeal.' `Indeed?' said the Master. ea rs pressed to the thin partition wall. `I sympathise with your posit ion. Then it was the Mas ter's voice again. `We'll soon know. Master.' said Ashe. after a long and effective pause.' Elsewhere in the dome. in the colonists' dome.' Ashe said. However. `Do you thin k you fooled them?' Winton put down the radio-microphone.' `On what ground s?' said Ashe.' said Ashe. `If this planet had some hi storical interest.' `Do you know why?' asked the Ma ster. `Indeed. for instance.' said thr.A hundred yards away. the Doctor and Jo were listening. Norton pulled his ti ny two-way radio from his pocket and desperately tried to contact the IMC ship t o warn them. `Get in your positions. `There was once a great civilisatio n here. For a moment the Doctor and Jo heard nothing. `Any traces left?' `There's a ruined underground city not far from here. Smedley asked Winton.' said the Master. `I imagine there is. . to a conversation between Ashe and the Ma ster. my dear Ashe. `Could you lead me to it?' `It's dangerous. And shoot to kill!' Down a corridor within the dome. the sooner I get there the bett er. But I have no choice.

. the door leading to the radio room. followed by their guards. Norton knew this could never be explained away. Norton's body fell li mp to the ground. Three IMC guards die d instantly in the initial hail of bullets. c ame upon Norton with the two-way radio in his hand. `I want you and two other fellows to hide.But the message was never sent. He tried to dive between Smedley's legs to escape. the others. The Doctor and Jo rushed alo ng the corridor from Ashes private quarters to the scene of the battle. strode in to the dome. who had also heard the shooting. The M aster. `Norton. hurriedly left John Ashe: it would upset all his plans if the colonists' revolt was successful. Smedley stamped on the little two-way radio until all its part s were spewed out on the floor. `For the sak e of reason. di ved for protective positions and returned the fire. `you wan ted us back here to ratify the settlement. No one was to be seen. then he went on with his work of organising the ambush. th e Doctor stood in a doorway that led on to the scene of the battle.' he shouted.' Then he saw the radio. `Adjudicator!' called Captain Dent. with Dent and Morgan. the packing-cases.' By now all the IMC guards had crowde d in behind Dent and Morgan. Smed ley's great hands came down on Norton's neck and broke it. the Doct or hoping he might be able to call for a cease-fire to stop the bloodshed. `That's an IMC transmitter. who was deploying men for the ambush.' . forming a neat target for the guns of the hidden co lonists.. from ov er the railings of the steps that led to upstairs quarters. Smedley.' said Smedley. Keeping Jo well back. not yet having seen the radio. Five minutes later the IMC officers. At a shout from Winton. armed colonists appeared from behind the agricu ltural machinery.

' he shouted. `Tell your men to drop their guns' For a few seconds nothing happened--no shot s. from an IMC or a col onist's gun--no one will ever really know. `but an opportunity such as this cann ot be missed. and was cut down by a volley of fire from partly hidden colonists. `stop shooting!' And then he felt a gun rammed into the back of his o wn neck. `Perh aps you'd like to tell them to stop. `Adjudicator. Then Captain Dent . dea d. Doctor. lowering the gun. His hand came into sight waving a white handkerchief. He could hardly murder the Doctor in front of Ashe. `Stop shooting!' It was Captain Dent's voice. knocking him backwards. A stray bullet. but the IMC man lay where he was. and the men on both sides still lying concealed.' Almos t at once the shooting stopped. ` you are going to die in the heat of battle.' said the Mas ter. `We give in.he called. `Stand up.' he said. `Sorry.' replied the Master. Ashe struggled to get up again. The IMC man fell against John Ashe. still holding his small handgun aimed at the Doctor's head.' Both the Master and the Doctor took cover as an IMC man ran to the doorway for cover. John Ashe came running down the corr idor.' He moved round the Doctor. Doctor. `we've got to stop this! My people are making t hemselves into outlaws!' `Exactly what I was saying to the Doctor. Good-bye.' said the Master. shouting from behind a crate of seed.' shouted Winton from his hiding-place .' The Master raised the gun and started to squeeze the trigger. `I'd rather be watching your face as I pull the trigger. `You'd kill me in cold blood?' `On the contrary.

He was white with the fear t hat some colonist might take this golden opportunity to shoot him.' He turned to the colonists.' `Don't listen to him. Adjudicator?' `Of course. The women emerged and started to tend the wounded. said. `You 'll leave with the IMC men. thin gs might be very different.' The Master. If I could investigate this claim. `You must radio your men in your spacesh ip. but I am impressed by your courage and determination. If they refuse. quickly slipping his own gun out of sig ht. `There may be a case for preserving your colony on the grou nds of the planet's historical interest. `We are heavi ly outnumbered.' Asir. too.' Now Winton stood up. `I don't think you understand the position you are now in. `We've had enough of you. `He's trying to trick you. the IMC men with their hands raised. you an d all your men here will be killed. too.' Everyone came out of hiding now. `You've act ed rashly.' Dent called.slowly stood up and threw his gun on to the ground. `You'd stil l be willing to help us. `and tell them of your surrender.' he called to Dent. `Unless you want Earth Government to send a space fleet to blow you o ut of the skies. ' he said. `Round up the p risoners. `I order all IMC personnel to lay down their guns immediately. smiled at Winton.' But the Master continued. ignoring the Doctor. hi s gun on the Master.' . you need someone to negotiate for you. I should like to visit the Primitive City. and collect their guns.' said the Master.' said the Doctor.' he said to the Master. Wint on caught sight of the Master with Ashe and the Doctor and came over to them.

`you've never really explained yourself. He's g oing to talk them into believing him!' `There may be another way.' The Master put his arms round A she's and Winton's shoulders.' said the Doct or. .' said Jo.' He strode out of the dome. `Doctor. I suggest that we continue our discuss ion uninterrupted.`I am trying to warn you. `Yes. quickly followe d him. were led away by Smedley and other colonists. sir. `Gentlemen. which included Morgan. Jo. `this man is not to be trusted. not understanding.' said W inton. You should check his credentials with Earth!' They stepped back as a group of prisoners. `you've got to stop him. `Come on. `May I ask.' said the Doctor to Ashe and Winton.' said the Master to the Doctor. He is an impostor. `exactly who you are?' Both Winton and Ashe looked at the Doctor. Now let us go somewhere private to consider how I might inter cede on your behalf with Earth Government' And with that the Master led Ashe and Winton away from the Doctor.

17 Captain Dent Thinks Twice `Maintain parking orbit!' Captain Dent barked the order to the IMC technicians i n the control room. Morgan said. They also took all our mining explosi ves. `there was one strange thing. Morgan entered. When I was being led out as a prisoner. more of an expression of despair.' said M organ. even our rocket pistols. `How's the astrobeer supply and the stocks of victory champagne?' he asked.. They made the necessary adjustments and the IMC ship levelle d off in its ascent from the planet and went into a wide orbit.' he said at last.' Suddenly he grabbed the radiomicrop hone and within a few moments was talking to the .. `As a matter of fact.' sai d Morgan. all our gun s and ammunition.' said Dent. that man the Doctor called the Adjudicator an impostor. not expecting an answer. `You remember. `Have you got any other ideas?' It wasn't a question. `asking for help?' Dent turned to him.' `Is that going to look good on our work records. Captain Dent?' `Stay in parking orbit. `They've taken our buggies.' he told Dent. The others ignored him. `and radio IMC o n Earth for a gunship. `when I first met the Adjudicator he refuse d to show me his identity card.' Caldwell looked across from where he had watched Dent pilot the ship back up into Space.' Dent gave thought to th at. `I've checked the stores. `What d o we do now. I wonder.

a routine enquiry which could not reflect badly on Captain Dent in any way. `Even without buggies. he simply asked for an identity check on the Adjudicator of this s ection of the galaxy. `I guess we all got fooled.' `Without guns?' Morgan asked. Captain Dent saw the sun tipping the western horizon.' . well. a telephoto pictu re started to be printed line by line on the ship's telephoto machine. They landed in a small valley 35 kilometres from the colonists' dome. the ship steadied as it touched down on the planet's surface. Caldwell looked a t the picture over Dent's shoulder. He had no intention of letting IMC on Earth know that he'd been tricked. He explained nothing of what had happened. chub by. and Dent noticed how Mor gan had stopped calling him `sir' since things had gone against them. the hair fair.' said Captain Dent. He turned to the technicians.' said Caldwell. `Well. cushi oned by its retro-rockets. and there was no beard. Ten minutes later. and the motors wer e shut off. the eyes were blue. we can reach the colonists within four hours.' said Dent . in reply to Dent's query. `No.' `Had we better report this to Earth?' said Morgan. We shall wait until night. Dent and Morgan watched with increasing interest as the face appeared. `We'l l handle this ourselves. `We shall have to be a bit craftier.Identification Tracing Department of IMC on Earth. It was round. `And now we wait.' said Dent. `Prepare to go into landing orbit!' As the IMC ship gently sank back onto the planet. Finally.

' remarked Jo. and tried the key in what seemed to be the only entrance hatch in th e ship's side. it works. `Now be careful!' He put a hand o n Jo's shoulder to stop her going forward.18 The Master's TARDIS The Doctor and Jo stood outside the scarlet ship in which the Master had arrived on the planet. `It's just an ordinary spaceship.' he said. `Oh. The Doctor was already looking in cupboa rds and drawers.' He pulled open the hatch and they went inside. `It is a TARDIS. `How did you get that key?' Jo asked. The key turned easily. `Why did you want to come here?' `To se e what I can find. The Doctor winked. `let's duck under it' They crawled on hands and knees under the beam of light. Jo looked about in astoni shment. `We shall soon know . it was exactly like the inside of the Doct or's TARDIS. `A rather crude burglar alarm. `Something that might tell me why the Master has . and with the other hand pointed to a small white light in the wall close to them. Anyway. from a previous encounter I had with the Master. The light shone a beam on to an ele ctroplate opposite.' said the Doctor. only smaller. `like the IMC on e.' she said. Except for minor differences. `What do you hope to find?' said Jo. then stood u p.' said the Doctor evasively.' The Doctor produced a key from his pocket.

revealing a tin y television screen. `You try that filings cabinet.' he said. But the Doctor was too busy making his own search.' said Jo. whoever he was. as an official Adjudicator. Ashe. like the IMC people?' she asked. come on. Jo shr ugged. and together they wer e studying some crude maps which Ashe had drawn of the area of the colony.' Jo said. At that moment a bleep-bleep sound came from a pocket in the Master's tunic. is probably floating for all eternity in Space. `What's that?' said Ashe.come to this planet. `It's the man the M aster is impersonating. Wording on the document stat ed that it had been issued by the Bureau of Interplanetary Affairs and described the bearer. `I think this is wor th looking at. `Excu se me.' In he r eagerness as she made for the door her legs passed through the beam of light. .' The Doctor looked sadly at the photograph. showing the document to the Doctor.' `Well. and drew from his pocket a small black box that fitted neatly into his palm. `Poor Martin Jurgen. He opened a panel in the box. Then she came across a folder containing a plastic document bearing a colour photograph of a clean-shaven man with a round chubby face. Jo looked through the files. or atom ised. let's take that and show it to Mr. and fair hair. `Do you think he's after that duralinium stuff. and continued searching through the files. On it he could clearly see the Doctor and Jo in his TARDIS. or didn't think the question worth answering..' he said. pointing to a set of deep drawers. blue eyes. one Martin Jurgen. H e was with John Ashe in the latter's quarters in the dome. He didn't let Ashe see the screen.' said the Master with a smile. .

' The Doctor straightened up from the drawers he had been searc hing. Mr. `A little device to speed up the recovery of those overcome by my s leeping gas. `She's perfectly safe. and it came under pressure. Ashe. `Where is Miss Grant?' he asked. However.' said the Master. Ashe that the Master isn't the Adjudicator. The Master had an aerosol spray in his hand. Its effect was to be al most instantaneous.' he continued. `How are you feeling?' The Doctor had a sick headache.' As the Master ret urned the little black box into his pocket. sitting on the floor with her head between her legs. Doctor. Jo. Probably one of the Primitives touched the outside of the craft.' said the Master.. `A remote-control alarm in case someo ne tampers with my spaceship. `what I found is enough to prove to Mr. `Now then. `Jo! You've crossed back through t he alarm beam!' And already the button on the side of the Master's little alarm box had activated poisonous gas to be pumped into the TARDIS. Jo was inside. `Over there.`A useful little device.' said the Master. In a short time she 'll sleep off that whiff of gas and wake up. his thumb gently squeezed a button i n its side. Half-an-hour later the Doctor started to come to. you were telling me about the underground Primitive City?. looking up into the Master's face. He pointed to a tall upri ght glass cubicle. Let's go before the Master comes and catches us here. It's of no importance. producing h is bleep- .. `and secure. aimed at the Doctor. The ship's only exit door automatically closed.' said the Master.' said Jo. now putting aside the aerosol spray can. He was lying where he had fallen. `Come on. He looked round for Jo.' He turned. `All right. then froze. It came through si x grills set near the floor.' He closed the panel.

if any harm comes to me. But the red button. would fill Miss Grant's glass case with nerve gas. So remember. `T he Primitives don't like intruders. The black button is fo r sleeping gas. `Shall we go?' The Doctor was lying where he had fallen. concern your self solely with Miss Grant's welfare. `It may be dangerous. isn't it?' `Possibly.' He went to the door and held it open . I understand you've visited the Primitives' underground city. `this little gadget has more than one control. once pressed. She would die within a few minutes of total paralysis. `Now Doctor.' said the Doctor. I shall press that red button.' said the Master. `That's the real reason for your coming to this plan et.' said the Master. And mine.' The Doc tor slowly got to his feet. I want you to take me there. `In any case.' He put the little black box into his tunic pocket.' `Yo u've been there and come out alive. looking up into the Master'rs face.bleep box.

Doctor.' They were outside now and h e stopped to close and lock the hatch.for the Doctor.' . though. Doctor. `What have I ever wanted?' r eplied the Master. With the Master's back turned. The Master turned back to him. avoiding a direct answer. I am going to get it. `Power! Complete and total power! And through you. lead me to the Primitives' underground city!' `What is it yo u want there?' asked the Doctor. `you were still caught by the burglar alarm. the Doctor quietly dropped the key on the soft dusty soil at his feet. pocketing his own key. in the hope that so meone might find it. How did you get into my TARDIS?' `Without difficulty.' said the Master. genuinely puzzled. so not to worry. `One thing puzzles me. `Well. `All right then. and hoping that the Master wasn't going to press the point.' said the Doctor.

' `He's twisted you round his little finger. He said he was going to meet th e Doctor there.' Winton said. not because he really understood it. from the days bef ore all Earth's food was taken from the seas.' . `To his spaceship. trying to read in order to calm his troubled mind. `Although he took a decision again st us.' said Smedley. `Where's he gone?' Ashe knew it was no good arguing.19 The Return of Captain Dent John Ashe lay in bed. It was th is second book he now tried to read. because it was so difficult to unde rstand. he is really a fair man. should anyone willingly give his own life for oth er people? His thinking as interrupted by Winton and Smedley entering his sleepi ng quarters. `We 've never really known where he came from. He believes we may have grounds for an appeal.' said Smedley. He had brought two books with him from Earth: one was on agriculture. ' `But he may be able to help us. It was this part of the book that most interested Ashe. but be cause the strange language fascinated him. `Wh y do you want him?' `We're sending him back to Earth. the other was copy of something wr itten thousands of yews ago. It contained four versions of a story about a man who sacrificed his own life for the the sake of others. Why. `right now. and was largely about someone called God. `Where's the Adjudicator?' said Winton. he asked himself. Ashe put down the book.' `That's another one we want off this planet.' Ashe said.

So get out of my quarters!' Winton and Smedley turned and went away.' said Winton. If Winton found t he door locked.' said Ashe. `I happen to have th em in here.' said Winton.' he called. hoping it was Winton so that they could make friend s again. But if the Adjudicator helps us it will never come to th at. `I said "come in" he called. Then he had second thoughts.' said Ashe. `What if Earth Governme nt sends soldiers?--we'll need high-powered guns then. They lay in a crate next to Ashe's bed. Doors were never locked in the dome. Suddenly the door b urst open and Morgan and Captain Dent rushed into the room and pinioned Ashe on his bed before he could .' Ashe said.' `You know I'm the leader now. `if. `Come in.' said Smedley. And Ashe believed that with patience he could win back the support of the colonists. `Tho se guns should be under my authority!' `Except. and tried once more to read his book. to make sure Winton couldn't come back when Ashe was asleep to take the g uns.' said Winton. He got back o nto his bed. `We w ant those IMC guns. There was a gentle tap on the door. it would be thought an aggressive act by Ashe. but they had other pressing business.' `If that happens.Ashe hoped they would leave him now. He knew Wint on meant well.' `Yes. There was another tap. `You've already got your own guns' `Ours are lik e pea-shooters compared with the IMC guns. `You'v e no need for them. except to stop the Primitives from stealing their scarce food supplies. `I'll issue them. but the colony needed Ashe's calmness and maturity. Ashe got up from his bed to lock the door. slamming the door of Ashe's sleeping room.

Dent ordered: `Have all the colonists in the outlying dom es brought in for the trial.move. and make the Earth Government disown you!' Dent smiled . `The ordinary people on Earth would be horrified. `So I might give you an alternative. Dent held a handgun at Ashe's head and Morgan went t o the door and called to the colonists: `Stop firing or we kill Ashe!' The firin g continued. two. They'd turn against IMC.' `Yo u'd never do that.' said Dent.' The firing abruptly stopped. this time louder: `Stop firing or we kill Ashe on the count of three. and Ashe wondered if none of the colonists now cared whether he liv ed or died. `Perhaps you've got a point there. shot in the head.' The smile suddenly faded: `Yo u can pack yourself and all your colonist friends into that old spaceship of you rs and get off this planet!' .' he said. The room seemed suddenly full with the black uniforms of IMC guards as the y helped themselves to their high-powered weapons. `What trial?' `The Adjudicator's decision made me legal Governor of this planet. A moment later. One..' Morgan went away to carry out Dent's orders. Other IMC guards took up defensive positions in the doo rway and returned the fire. Ashe heard sh ots from the colonists' shotguns down the corridor.. every man who carried a gun can be executed. Under the law. putting away his gun now all dang er was over.' said Ashe. An IMC guard reeled into the room. `Tria l?' said Ashe. Still holding t he gun at Ashe's head. Morgan called again. `You will be charged with armed rebellion against Ea rth Government.

it can't reflect on us' Morgan returned. Where is he?' `I don't know. I've also searched the dome for that fake Adjudicator but he isn't here.' Ashe said. `I said. `He's our mining expert--he knows how to use exp losives.' Morgan had noticed the sting in Dent's voice. you're hoping that he'll help you people against us! Sorry.' He hurried off. Morgan knew that to do his job properly he had to hate the colonists. `Or don' t you want to tell us. Take Caldwell with you. sir. . I want to find out who he is and what his game is. pushing by two IMC guards who held between them a colonist prisoner. use explosives. sir. Don't you realise what may happen?' `Every year.' Dent did not li ke his orders being questioned.' Ashe lied. If it's locked.' said Dent. My only concern is the good name of IMC.' he said.' said Dent. He turned back to Morgan: `Go and check his s paceship. `Yes. He had come to think of Caldwell as not to be trusted: all too often Caldwell had said a good word for the colonists. `Captain Dent. sir. `ri ght away.`Our spaceship can never make another journey. but you'll get no assistance from that direction.' `Caldwell?' s aid Morgan. `thousands of people are killed in accidents. `Of course. He had no reason to believe anything Dent said. `Did you say fake Adjudicator?' Dent was aroused. Whatever happens t o you all once you're off this planet.' he said--Dent noted with satisfaction that Morgan had start ed calling him `sir' again--`the guards are rounding up all the colonists.' said Ashe. `it's too old. take Caldwell.

and die together?' .`Sir. `Why should I waste a si ngle bullet. `That's plain murder!' But Dent had had no real in tention of shooting the man. Slowly he lowered his gun.' said one of the guards.' said Dent. `No!' shouted Ashe. It was the man who had hit Dent in the face when Dent was trussed to his own captain's chair in the IMC shi p. when you'll all soon be in that rickety old spaceship of yours.' He raised his handgun and pointed it straight at the ma n's head. The man was too terrified to speak. `this is the man you particularly wanted to see. `You hit me.' Dent looked at the frightened face of the colonist. `And now I can d o what I like with you.

`nothing will. `Your sure you used real explosives?' But Caldwell was staring at the key o n the ground by his foot.' said Caldwell. They had tried battering on the hatch of the spaceship. followed by the roar of the explosion. `I f they can ever get into free flight. `Why should anyone leave this . `I hear you checked over the colonists' spaceship for them.' said Morgan. and now picked it up.' said Caldwell. but there had been no response from inside. ' said Morgan. `If this doesn't do it.' said Mor gan. but the hatchets had broken. don't you?' said Caldwel l.' `Then I'll stand well clear.' He pressed the button of the rem ote-control detonator. `But the whole thing's mor e likely to blow itself to pieces during take-off. `You really hate colonists. `The least I could do. Both men got up and walked back to where the smoke was clearin g. There was a violent flash of flame. and laughed. Here goes. Now Caldwell had smeared plastic explosive all round the hatch.' `Do they stand a chance?' asked Morgan. Tlrcy were now at the spaceship's hatch. The e xplosives hadn't even made a mark on the surface. then both lay d own flat on the ground to avoid the blast. Cal dwell nodded.20 The Doomsday Weapon Caldwell and Morgan walked well away from the scarlet spaceship. Then they had tri ed to break it open with long-handled hatchets. `I can't believe it.' said Morgan. `I hate misfits.

' said the Master. then stopped dead.' s aid the Doctor.' said the Doctor truthfully. `I only hav e to touch the red button and Miss Grant will be dead within a few seconds.' he said. waving frantically. . The Master stared at the face of rock. `Is there some other way in?' `Very likely. He hurried across to her. brought out the little box and opened its flap.. `Well. `but I don't know that either. `The size of this pla ce.' The Master tapped the pocket containing the little black box. He shook his head.' said Morgan in wonder. `Come now.. and Caldwell opened the door. `we haven't come all this way just t o look at a face of rock? Show me how this rock opens. Do ctor. the Ma ster reached into his pocket. `It's bigger inside than out!' Caldwell had already seen Jo standing up in the glass box. `how do we get in?' `I have n't the remotest idea. and tried it in the lock. It turned easily.lying around?' he said.' `You're hardly being helpful. Morgan went in first. Perhaps you shou ld have considered this possibility before you insisted on my coming with you Th e Master's smile was fast fading. as though uncertain whether he wa s imagining things.' `I think it's keyed by t hought waves. effecting his most charming smile. The Doctor and the Master ha d reached the end of the trail that led to the Primitives' underground city. Doctor.' said the Doctor. walk ing straight through the beam of the burglar alarm. `But I've no idea how to do it.' A nd at that moment the bleep-bleep sound came from the black box. Puzzled.

Dent was shouting at the armed IMC guards: `These people are taking too much tim e. `I can't make head nor tail of it. Primitives had appeared and were now surrounding them. The Doctor and the Master looked up. Dent showed little interest in why Jo had been a prisoner. With a high kick.' . Dent looked puzzled.' he asked. the one that led to the entrance of their old spaceship.On the miniature television screen he saw Caldwell breaking open the glass cubic le containing Jo. All at once the gun was lifted from the Master's h and by the hand of a Primitive. But the Doctor had anticipated this. The pla ce was filled with colonists each carrying some small item of tattered luggage.' said Jo. they'll probably be killed by those savages. he sent the little black box flying out of the Master's hand. `What's she talking abo ut?' `She tried to explain to us said Morgan. But if they've gone off there. With on e hand stinging from the kick. In sudden anger the Master put his finger on the red button. the Master leapt backwards and at the same time w hipped out his handgun. `th at's what I sent you for!' `I think he wanted the Doctor to take him to the Prim itives' underground city. the Doctor struggling t o gain possession of the gun. their spears rais ed. The two of them fell to the ground. `What about that fake Adjudicator. Keep them moving!' The guards started to herd the people down one of the corr idors. and flung himself a t the Master's legs. From the da rkness. Then Dent notice d Jo. `Where did you find her?' Caldwell explained. Jo was brought into the colonists' dome between Morgan and Caldwell. B ut at that moment the Doctor took advantage of the Master's distraction.

`Can't you understand that?' `You heard what Captain Dent sa id.' . sure. you know.' Jo pleaded.' and he indicated the colonists. `What abou t the girl?' Caldwell said.' `Oh.' `There's something in that Primitive city that's tremendously i mportant.' he said. `Why don't you stop being so stupid?' Caldwell was amused at being spoken to lik e that. `We've got to find the Master and stop him. shove her in with the colonists. Within a moment he was c hivvying the colonists. `I've got to stay here. Dent was about to move away. hitting those who weren't moving fast enough. sir. `The Master killed the real Adjudicator and took his pl ace.' `The who?' said Caldwell. `You're a very cheeky young woman.' said Ca ldwell.' Caldwell answered. scoffing.' Jo went on. then went to help the guards herd the people down the c orridor. mustn't there?' `I suppose so.' `It's time someone showed some sense. `He's going to send a squad of our men later on. `You call him the Adjudicator.' Jo said. `I'll send a squad of men after them once we've got rid of t hese characters. `Go on.' said Morgan. He's a sort of super-criminal. ` but he's really called the Master. `Any more stories like that?' Jo looked up at Caldwell. `Oh. `Now Morgan. I want to get thi ngs moving. There must be some reason for that. and hurried away.' s aid Caldwell.' she said.' `Yes.`Maybe.' said Dent.

`There's a buggy outside. `what's to stop the colonists getting out of the ship and spreading all over the place again?' Dent thought about that. but this time his companion wa s the Master.`Later on may be' too late.' `If we aren't here. `I didn't see that hothead Winton ge t on the ship. The Doctor was once more a prisoner in the underground room w ith the frieze that told the story of the planet. Morgan. . and some IMC guards returned from their efforts of packing the co lonists irate the old spaceship. `Plant one guard with night binocular s on the nearest hill. `Have you got anything to do right now.' Caldwell took a quick look round. Have him keep an eye on the spaceship from a safe distanc e until it takes off--or disintegrates on the ground!' As Morgan and Dent moved away. We can pick them off at our leisure. I want all IMC personnel well clear of this area in case that ol d ship blows up while it's still on the ground. `The two of us could find out what the Master's really after. Dent.' he said. But Dent checked him.' said Jo. ap art from herding those poor people on to that old spaceship?' `I've got no part in that.' `We'll search for him right away.' said Morga n.' The two of them hurried out into the night. and both Morgan and Dent had gone out of sight driving the colonists down the corridor. The place was cleared now of colonists. There's bound to be a few we missed out. `Let's go. Dent said. Winton emerged from behind some sacks of seed and hurried out of the dome into the darkness. `Forget it.' Caldwell said quickly.' said Morgan. `Then how about doing something useful?' she sa id.

. Doctor? The whole story of the planet is here. To cover his concern he turned to the series of wall pictures.' `Delighted..' `At least they didn't kill us. `This super-race. `Th ey were extremely rough. which I was able to acquire.`I thought you could communicate with these Primitives. `It was all in the files of the Time Lords.' said the Master.' The Master was about to continue. perhaps yo u'd be good enough to explain it to me. `developed a superweapon.' said the Doctor. but the Doctor interrupted: `You've deduced all that from these pictures?' `Gracious no .' said the Master. the pictures now making more sense to him. `If it is. and they never used it' `I see. `And they had the sense to relieve you of your gun. `Under the circumstances I thought they we re quite pleasant.' answered the Doctor.' said the Doctor.' The Doctor took another look at the crude pictures. Through genetic engin eering they developed a super-race.' `The ones in long robes. Then so me degeneration set in in the life strain.' said the Master.' `Quite pleasant?!' The Master rubbed a bruised shoulder.' `Why are you so interested in the history of this planet?' asked t he Doctor.' said the Doctor. `They didn't hurt us.' The loss of the gun obviously wo rried the Master. `Don't you think this is fascinating.' said the Master. `And the super-race have become the priests of a . `This und erground city was once the centre of a great civilisation. `with animal faces?' `That's right.

' But the Master wasn't listening. contemplating the prospect. `Well.' The Doctor said. `and my guess is that we are the intende d victims. `1 wish to talk with the Guardian of the Doomsday Weapon. choking for air. As the capsules cracked on the floor each emitted a cloud of gas. eyes .' `What do you hope to do with this weapon?' The Master pulled at his beard . `There may never be any need to use it. With his other hand he produced a gas-mask and held it to his face. the Master 's hand suddenly came from his pocket clutching a handful of tiny silver capsule s which he threw on to the floor.lunatic religion that serves machines which they think of as gods?' `Something l ike that. The mere t hreat of its use can hold the whole galaxy to ransom.' said the Master.' said the Master. `We come in peace and friendship. followed by a p halanx of Primitives. `that I'm known in these parts. I think I should remind you that this religio n included sacrifice.' said the Doctor. as it is called.' `Surely two brains such as ours. is within our g rasp.' As the priest stared at the Master blindly. `can overcome tha t problem. especially when the Doomsday Weapon.' he said loudly to the otter face. `Perhaps I should have mentioned. The Primitives clutched their throats. although he had no gun there now. but it certai nly won't happen again. The long-robed creature with the otter face slowly entered. The Doctor noticed that the Mas ter's hand quickly slipped into his tunic pockets. `How did you know that these awful IMC people would be coming to this planet?' The Maste r was about to answer as the door slowly opened.' the Doctor told the Mas ter. I got away with my life once.

Very soon the Doctor recognised the . the Doctor on his h eels. `I think we are very near to our goal. The Doctor. `This w ay. Now you read the map while I hold the gun on you s o that you don't desert me in this gloomy place. Finally.' said the Doctor.' he said. Over the square indicating one room a big X had been drawn. the Master stopped and removed his gas-mask. it showed the many corridors. `that if they catch us now they will certainly kill us?' `Then let as avoid being caught. rooms and galleries in the underground city. `why do you want me to come along?' The Master gave hi s most charming smile.' said the Doctor.' said the Master. `The company down here is so boring.' As the Master hurried out of the room he saw that one of the choking Primitives now had his gun attached to a waistband. `and do try to hold you r breath. hurried after him. the Master ran blindly down one corridor after another. `You realise.streaming with tears. He kept his gun aime d at the Doctor.' With the Master's gun pressed lightly in his back.' He gave the map to the Doctor. The Master ripped it off the band. then rushed out of the mom.' said the Master to the Doctor through his gas-mask. covering his mouth and nose with a handkerchief. the Doctor had no option but to try to steer their way through the maze of corridors. Escaping the gas and the the demented Primiti ves. `I don't think it should be too difficult for a fello w of your intelligence to lead us there.' said the Master. Wit h his free hand he producedfrom a pocket a tattered old map and studied it caref ully. `There's where we're mak ing for. and the priest wheeled round in circles screaming.' `Since I've been no use to you up to now. `and at le ast we understand each other.

Doctor.corridors as those where he and Jo had been taken when they met the Guardian.' said the Doctor. Regrettably I must shoot you first. and tha t would leave me free to deal with those two guards. you mean. then the gun cannot be pointing at you. `Y es.' `To murder them. `we might simply ask the two guards to go away. `I'm afraid there's only one practical solution. `What are the lives of two savages. I could let you run away at this point. If I raise my gun to shoot first one guar d and then the other.' `How? T hey don't seem to understand anything we say. `compar ed with the value of bringing peace and order to the whole galaxy? Still.' `True. thinking .' said the Doctor. `could knock it out of my hand.' He paused to give the problem more consideration .' said the Master . `And you.' said the Master. `and it's guarded.' `Or. On turning a final corner they could see at the dead-end of a corridor the huge do uble-doors and two Primitives standing guard. ' said the Doctor. `using your Venusian karate you would soon render me unconscious. you al ways were sentimental.' said the Doctor. `This raises an interesting problem. then very quickly pick off the two guards before they have time to move. `Nonetheless.' said the Doctor. . `Is that it?' asked the Master. Of course.' The Master stroked his beard. and then try to take me prisoner.' said the Master.' `I would tr y to do it without hurting you.

' he said.' The Doctor tried aga in. and now they were slowly walking down the co rridor towards where the Doctor and the Master were hiding. `One of t hem moved!' whispered the Master. he closed his eyes. but not one aimed against you. May I ask them to go away on your behalf?' `Is this some trick?' The Master held the gun menacingly close to the Doctor's h ead. `They're going!' The two Pr imitives had put down their spears. `I'm sure that's how they cornmunicate. then again repeated the mental picture. I can order them to leave that door unguarded. `telepathy takes place when two people's minds give off alpha waves a t a cyclic rate between 9 and 11 per second.' said t he Doctor. Let's see what you ca n do. The Doctor and the . He repeated this picture over and over again in his mind as he struggle d to control his own brain to transmit only alpha thought-waves at the correct r ate per second. f or the Primitives might not understand. The Master jogged his arm and he opened his eyes. Instead he forced into his imagination a picture of the two guards laying down their spears and walking away from the bi g doors. `All right. `Look. `have a go.`By telepathy. If I can find the cyclic rate of th ese Primitives. and how the priests give them their orders.' said the Master excitedly. He knew it was no use putting his command into words in his mind. Certainly among humans.' This appealed to the Master's intellect. `You're getting through.' The Doctor stared down the long corridor where the Primitives guarded the huge doors. `In a sense.' said the Doctor. this time at a much higher rate per second. To blot out from his mind that the guards were still standing by the door.

The huge doors continued to open. The Master and the Doctor stood there in wonder to see what the pries ts were about to do. It is all the Doomsday Weapon. waving his gun at the Doctor.' said the Master. `With this our control.Master pressed themselves back into an alcove.' He went to the console and gently ra n his fingers over the controls. When they had gone well out of sight the Master tugged at the Doctor's sleeve. The Doctor was back once more in the room wh ose walls were made of silvery-coloured metal.' he said.' `We?' said the Doctor. `The Doomsday Weapon. `I think it may shortly be our destiny to die together if we're caught in here. The Master looked about himself i n satisfaction. and the two Primitives slowly wal ked by them like sleep-walkers.' The huge doors slowly s tarted to open. `is the control console.' and he pointed to the construction in the mid dle of the floor.' said the Master. `Of course. so the two of them took up a position with th eir backs to the wall close to the doors.' said the Mas ter. we can rule all life on every planet in every galaxy.' `You mean that thing?' The Doctor indicated the drumlike obje ct in the middle of the floor. `Come on. and then ten or more of the otter-faced priest s entered.' The huge doors were not locked and were quite easy to open. The Master kept his gun at the ready. `Over here. you go first. `the most powerful weapon in the entire universe. That. Ther e was nowhere in the room to hide. . `and the hund reds of miles of corridors of electronic equipment that stem from this room. `This whole room. `Are we not both Time Lords? Isn't it our destiny to work together as partn ers?' The Doctor heard sounds coming from the corridor.

Only one IMC guard re mained near.`With the Doomsday Weapon in our control.' said Ashe. a volunteer who was sitting lookout on a hill near the colonists' d ome. `An electrical fault in our life-support system.' said the Master `we can rule all life . Captain Dent went straight to the control room and sat com fortably in his captain's chair. He turned to the radio microphone..' `Good.' Using their buggies for quick transport.' `What's delaying you?' sai d Dent. Captain Dent and the IMC men were now 35 safe kilometres away from the colonists' spaceship. `We hear you. using night binoculars for any sign of the colonists leaving their craft.' he said. then Ashe's voice. `We are jus t completing repairs. `Then get off this planet!' . O nce back in his ship.. `Do you hear me?' There was a crackle of st atic. Captain Dent. `Captain Den t to colonists' spaceship.' said Dent.

Then he turned the ship's external television eye i n the direction of the sky over the colonists' dome and spaceship.' said Morgan.' `I want ev erything finished and done with tonight. Any sign of movement around that old spaceship?' Th e guard's voice came back clearly. We can wipe them out in no time. `By first light I want to radio IMC Headquarters on Earth and tell them to send in the heavy mining gear. and tuned i nto the IMC guards' frequency. He hoped that very soon he . sir. and hurried out to get ready the guards .'. He thought for a moment.He switched off the microphone.' `Yes. `Once that old ship's taken off. No one' s tried to leave the ship.' `Couldn't it wait till daylight?' said Morgan. leaving the wavelength open for incoming transmissions. there's only us and that fake Adjudicator and that Doctor man left on the planet. `No. Their hatch remains closed. said Dent.' `Keep watching. `speaking to lookout guard.' said Morgan. Dent swit ched off the microphone.' said Dent. `That's a laugh. `Captain Dent here. So get moving!' `Yes. tell me immediately. `They don't need a life-support system. `If that hatch opens one millimetre.' said the guard's voice. not if that old crate is g oing to blow itself to pieces!' Dent turned on the microphone again. sir. Morgan had come up behind him. Captain Dent sat thinking. and I want to be able to report that this planet is entirely clear of everyone. sir.' he said into the microphone. then turned to Morgan: `Get the men ready to go over t o that so-called Primitive City.

battering at him with a knife-sharp rock. He was cold and the rocky surface was too uncomfortable to s it on. More than once they ha d lost track of the footprints and track marks that were guiding them to the ent rance of the Primitives' underground city. and now he was able to use both hands to hold the heavy bi noculars. H e put the rifle down. Jo stood by while Caldw ell fixed one of the front wheels of the buggy. Caldwell straightened up. His arms ached through trying to hold the binocu lars with one hand and his highpowered rifle with the other.' he said. Winton sprang at him from the darkness. The I MC guard acting as lookout crouched on top of the little hill overlooking the co lonists' spaceship. and he earnestly wanted to become a First Officer so that he would get a bigger living unit on Earth. In the darkness they had hit a r ock. his night binoculars piercing the darkness as he watched the hatch of the ship. He had volunteered for the job because it would be recorded in his person nel file. The spaceship rose slowly into the night sky. knocking out the track of the buggy's steering gear.would see the glare of the colonists' ship taking off on its last journey. `Get back on' As Jo climbed on the seat next to Caldwe ll they both heard the distant roar of the old spaceship's rocket motors. since all the colonists were in their spaceship. Almost as soon as he had put down the rifle. Then he questioned why he was holding the rifle. a downthrust plu me of flame lifting it higher and higher. `That shoul d be all right. . They t urned and looked.

We shall both be killed. He was unable to speak.' He started the buggy again and they drove ahead slowly and in total silence. `and warn them of our presence. The Doctor and the Master stood with their backs p ressed to the silvery-coloured wall as two more priests entered carrying with th em a casket. . `Yes. `there will be no need for you to shoot me. When the tongs w ere lifted. `All those poor people. they gripped an isotope--fuel for a nuclear reactor. `they made it. I shall shoot you instantly. Heat from the furnace inside filled the room.`Well. a third with long tongs. `Th ey most be refuelling the weapon.' said Jo. The priest slow ly thrust the isotope deep into the white hot furnace. said Caldwell. Two priests went forw ard with the casket. All at once a brilliant flash li t all the land around them like daylight. It was followed by a momentous explosi on as the colonists' spaceship disintegrated.' The priests all made a ritual bow to the drum-like control cons ole in the middle of the room.' said Caldwell at last . Then they turned towards the hatch in the wall an d opened it. Caldwell stopped the buggy. and the buggy began to more dowly forward. starting up the buggy.' whispered the Master. `If you play your telepathy trick.' whispered the Doctor.' `If they know of our presen ce. Dead.' He grinned with rel ief. The Master whispered. The lid of the casket was removed and the S-shaped ends of the tongs were dipped into the casket. `All those poor people.

`My guess. and the little s pots of light started swimming towards them at enormous speed. But to achieve this end. `is the sun of the plan et Earth that you're so fond of. huge doors. The picture of th e galaxy was focussing down to one particular spot of light in the centre.' `To what purpose?' aske d the Doctor. The colour of the whole of the wall on one side of the room changed from silvery grey to dark blue and then to black. Doctor. `That disc. As you know.' He inspected the controls on top of the drum-shaped conso le. then pressed one of the buttons.' he said.' said the Master somewhat hurt. `Sheer destruction?' `Doctor. Now the Master touched another control and the picture of the galaxy s ettled and stopped moving. t he galaxy. `hav e you ever known me to be vindictive?' He continued before the Doctor had time t o answer.' The otter faced pries ts slowly backed away from the now closed hatch. `is that it's a religious ceremony with a scie ntific basis.' said the Master. The doors were closed from the outside. `let us see what the Do omsday Weapon can do. very reassured again. `How ingenious. `before our eyes.' said the Master. But with this weapon I can set that motion in progress now. The Master moved away from the wall : `Now. I need your help. it needs intelligent . that sun will eventually burn thro ugh to its own core and explode--in about ten thousand million years' time. `Naturally the weapon will never be used provided people obey my comma nds.' whispered the Doctor.' He turned a calibrated knob on the control console. and backed out through the two. The weapon is complex. It most have been going on for generations. After some moments this central spot of light had increased from a spot to a small wh ite disc. Littl e spots of light appeared.

`Th ey took you through this rock?' `It opens somehow. `Yes. For you.' From the spill of light f rom Caldwell's torch Jo could see many footprints all around them. `so long as we find the Doctor. `There will be no decision. Floating up from the flames was the Guardian. th en melted. you're right. It p ointed a finger at the Master's gun and instantly he dropped the gun and grabbed at his burnt hand. there is no escape.' `Maybe we've found the wrong section of rock. `But I don't know h ow.' said Caldwell.' said Jo. `What is your decision?--t o accept my generous offer. `No.' . Caldwell shon e the torch on to the ground. Anyway.' the Guardian repeated.minds to operate it. Doctor--a half-share in the Universe. `because now you most both account to me. and scratched his chin. Both the Doctor and the Master whirled round to loo k as the hatch slowly opened. The gun turned white with heat where it lay on the floor.' The voice came from the furnace. But she didn't want to disag ree with Caldwell too much in case he decided to get back on to the buggy and re turn to the IMC ship.' she said.' He s tepped back and again levelled his gun at the Doctor. look at all these footprints. Some o f them seem to lead straight into the rock. or instant death?' `There will be no decision.' C aldwell shone a strong torch on to the face of rock at the end of the trail. it was d efinitely here. `All right. How about looking round for another entrance somewhere?' Jo didn't like this idea because there was no certainty of ever finding another way into the Primitives' city. Do not try to run away. So think of it.

`What is it?' he asked the Docto r quietly.' said the Guardian. `Th is is where the search really begins. With it we can bring peace and order to every inhabited world in the Universe. the greatest the cosmos has ev er known. `Why have you returned?' `I was brought here against my will.They got back onto the buggy. `Quick!' Caldwell grabbed the rock door to stop it from closing again . `I don't know.' The Guardian addressed itself to the Doct or. The rock door closed shut behind them. Caldwell was just about to start it when the rock began to open. followed by Caldwell. sprawling in the dust. You have here a wonderful invention.' the Doctor whispered. `what do you want here?' The Master smiled. Caldwell edged along th e rock. `You. looki ng at the Master. raised it. `Where now?' said Caldwell. Jo exclaimed: `Look!' But Caldwell was already off the buggy and hurrying round to stand flat against the rock next to where it was opening. Jo leapt off the buggy and rushed into the entrance. `How can it live in that heat?' `I think it's the ultimate developmen t of life on this planet.' said Jo truthfully. They looked down the long corridor cut throu gh the rock. The rock door continued to open and a Primitive stepped out. The Primitive fell forward. The Master still couldn't believe his eyes.' . Y our planet will be the centre of a mighty empire. `To restore this c ity and this planet to their former glory. then clenched his right fist. and brought it down like a hamm er on the back of the Primitive's head.' said the Doct or.

' said the Master. `The we apon has only brought death.' said the Doctor..' said the Master. Then. Once the weapon h ad been built our race began to decay. `I shall protect it against evil-doers. it spoke again. You must destroy th e weapon. desperately wishing to get out of this discus sion.' `Don't listen to such rubbish. . the risk too great.' said the G uardian. I shall protect all the Universe.' ` Then I am afraid. `Well. `has destroyed us. Only you can stop him. and I shall protect you! With the Doomsday Weapon.' `Exactly. `against anyon e who tries to attack it.`This invention. `You can conti nue to live. The radiation from its power source poiso ned the soil and even the upper atmosphere..' The Guardian said nothing for som e moments. `will you protect the Univ erse?' The question took the Master off balance.' `I am the Guardian of the weapon.' said the Guardian slowly.' `Surely it is under your control?' said the Master. `So what can attack that which is everything?' `I. `you must give up your own life so that othe rs may survive. and its radiation gives me life.' said the Guardian.' `Against what. `The price is too high.' He pointed at the Master.' he said.' said the Doctor. I shall protect it against itself. who clearly now doubted whether the Guardian actually controlled the weapon. The weapon is too terrible to be under the control of any creature that might use i t.' `But the Universe is all matter in Space. `This man wants to sprea d that death throughout the Universe.

only to frighten a few worlds.. `you and I can make an arrangement.' The little doll-like figure of the Guardian b egan to fade hack into the flames. Even the Daleks will tremble when they know my power!' `But this is not to be. to destroy that small metal weapon with which you menaced your companion..' he s aid. there for you to command. I may be able to restore you to the creature you were before you got so small and lived in those flames. I didn't really me an to use the weapon.' Only the head of the Guardian was now visi ble. The Master turned away from the hatc h. `Let's discuss this a little longer! Please don't go away!' But the image o f the Guardian had now vanished completely. `Then I am now the master of the Universe. Do you wish to share it with me?' `I s omehow think.' he said. `This man proves you are right. `Ju st a minute.' said the Doctor. `I am v ery clever.' screamed the Master. And therefore I must die.' said the Guardian.' said the Guardian. The Master swung round to the open hatch. but it creates evil in others. `Well. `That planet you so favour. The Doomsday Weapon is not only evil.' he shouted. can become a cloud of ashes at my touch. It must be des troyed. `I've still got the Doomsday Weapon. `that very shortly there will be nothing to shar e. `the one called Earth.' The Guardian was already o nly half visible in the flames. `I am only the Guardian.' The Master looked at the control console. The controls of the Doomsday Weapon are at your si de. He strode over to the controls fil led with a sense of victory and total power.' . angry that he had shown himself so upset in front of the Doctor. I have the power. as you saw.`No. but I have no power to destroy you. It turned to the Doctor. `Please come back.' he sai d to the Doctor.

The Doctor's words were swamped by a terrible roaring sound from within the furn ace. I'm leaving before we get roasted to death. Cracks started to appear in the ro ck walls and roof. I suggest you do the same. `If you don't mind. `You fool. then realised the Master was not following him. As they left the room flames spewed out from the hatch en gulfing the control console. Than the first sheet of flame burst from the hatch.' said the Doctor. the rock walls trembling. The Maste r turned to him.' Then h e followed the Doctor. `We've got to get away!' called the Doctor. A blistering wave of heat swept out from the hatch. Boulders of rock fell from the roof as they ran down one corr idor after another.' he screamed. The Master kept up behind him. I think.' said the Doctor. As they ran down the first corridor the floor was q uaking. and kept running. `Which way?' called the Master.' he said. The whole room started to tremble! The Master stare d unbelieving at the now belching furnace. `you're dest roying yourself! You're destroying the Doomsday Weapon!' `And it'll destroy us i f we don't get out of here. `The Doomsday Weapon. ` you'll be killed!' The room trembled again as in an earthquake. They came to a n intersection which the Doctor thought he recognised. Another great sheet of flame burst from the furnace. `Come on.' he called. man. He turned back to see the Master still staring at the furnace as though mesmerised. They came to another point where the corridor split . Flames were now bursting from the furnace. The room trembled violently and a huge crack appeared down on e of its silvery-coloured metal walls.' The Doctor ran to the doors. `This way. `it will never be mine. There was no sign of any otter faced priests or the Primitives.

They had come up into the open in side a devil's playground of huge rocks and boulders. trying to read the map an d understand it. running down one of the corridors towards them. `You had a map--give it to me.' `As long as those stairs lead up.' `What's happening?' said Caldwell. `It's all right--we're in the open!' A moment later t hey were all emerging from a hole in the rock. his hand trembling with fear.into different directions. He looked up fr om the map. and soon they h eard his voice from above. I reckon we go this way. As they left the spot. `So much for your interest in science. Two minutes lat er they came to a small opening in the rock face. hurrying along behind the Doctor and Jo. the rock wall fell in. From behind they cou ld hear massive underground explosions.' He walked off quickly . The Doctor stopped.' said the Master.' He grabbed Jo's arm and star ted running again. `I think we may find an exit this way. Even here the rock beneath t heir feet was slightly trembling. said the Doctor. It was still night. Caldwell behind her. `We've got to find the buggy.' said Caldwell. Come on!' He bounded up the steps. It opened on to a circular sta ircase cut in the rock.' T he Master handed over the map. `We'd better get away from here.' said Caldwel l. the others following. `Doctor!' It was Jo . the others following. Caldwell got well ahead. `Are you all right?' `None of us is all right. again checking the map. `This could be it. `I think the whole place is going to explode. `that sounds good to m e. `The most powerful . The Doctor stopped. but al ready the sun's rays were lighting the western sky. `not while we're down here.' said the Doctor.

Now get back. Dent turned to Caldwell. he walked over to the spot indicated by C aptain Dent. ' Captain Dent stepped out from behind a boulder. you'd be over there with them. The n he turned to the IMC guards. Put these people under arrest' `Get back with your accomplices.' Caldwell stood speechless. `Caldwell. speaking to both Dent a nd Morgan. `You're insane.' `Science like that.' said Caldwell. and pointed his gun directly at the Master. Jo. ready for the order. Now sta nd over there. firing squad. `You're just in time. Jo knew by his expression that he had no knowledge of the ambush.' said the Master. So shut up!' He turned to the IMC guards. `You're an impost or. `You're murderers!' Dent turned to him. sent here by Earth Government. also armed.' ordered Dent.machine ever created in the Universe. The Master walked up to Dent. `I'm the official Adjudicator. IMC men carrying their high-powered guns appeared fro m all sides. They raised their gu ns.' Morgan stepped forward. `Y ou don't understand. `is something we can all do without.' said the Doctor. his gun raised. `All right. step forward!' Six IMC guards lined up in front of the Doctor. `Congratulations. `Stop!' He sig nalled with his free hand. Captain Dent. and the Master.' the Master protested.' He pushed the Master back in line with the Doctor and Jo. Resigned. and you let that fool Guardian destroy it all. `Take aim!' . if we didn't need you as our mining expert. `Thank you for leading them to us.

`But the spaceship. colonists appeared from behind the boulders. All around coloni sts rose up from behind the boulders shooting at the IMC men. whereas the colonists all had the protection of the ring of great roc ks. Now. `Drop those guns. all of you!' Dent turned and fired wildly. Within moments half the IMC men were either dead or wounded .Suddenly Winton's voice called out from somewhere among the surrounding boulders . `Throw down your guns!' The IM C men dropped their guns. He called to what remained of the IMC guards.' Dent shout ed. and Captain Dent's gun was shot front his hand. `it exploded. Morgan fell dead as a colonist's bullet hit him. But they had to fire from crouching positions in the open.' `We give in. `Surrender. Winton ran forward to the Docto r and Jo.' . from all sid es. and raised their hands in surrender. `Are you two all right?' Jo let Winton help her to her feet.' she said. The Doctor grabbed Jo to pull her to safety. The IMC men fired at any colonist's head they could s ee appearing over the boulders.' called Winton. `You will not be killed.

well. `Captain Dent left o ne lookout to make sure no one should escape by leaving the ship. `I suppose we all make mistakes someti mes.' He shrugged. He insis ted on doing so.' said Winton. He gave his life for the sake of the rest of us. `Maybe he was a bit crazy. `Ah.' `Perhaps. `or a saint' The Doctor' s words were drowned by the thunder-clap roar of a spaceship in flight.' said the Doctor. Everyone looked up. and for a few seconds they saw the Master's TARDIS still looking lik e an Adjudicator's spaceship as it raced into the dawn sky. `What are you going to do about your prisoners? ' . Winton shook his head.They saw the Master's TARDIS as it raced into the dawn sky.' `Did you make it take off by remote-control?' a sked the Doctor. `I stayed behind and knocked him out. `You let him get awa y!' said Jo. John Ashe went up with it. `No.' He turned to Winton again.' said the Doctor. That let all the others get out of the shi p to safety before it took off.

`Send them back to Earth. `I think it's going to rain. `You know so mething. `not since we came here.' he said. but his attention was still focussed on the sky.' The Doctor looked towards the oncoming clouds.' Winton said.' .' he said to Jo. `Look. clouds!' He pointed to a formation of clouds that was sweeping i n from the west. `There have never been clouds like that before.

then turned to the five IMC prisoners. Gentle rain fell from the clouds. `Your people died for the wrong things. expecting him now to speak as John Ashe had done before.' he pleaded. like freedom.' He looked down into the grave. Colonists and IMC guards killed in the final battle were laid side by side in the grave. ready to be sent back to Earth. Caldwell. `but I can tell you how I feel. `You say something. and sometimes you have to die. `There's one man missing--John Ashe. He died s o that we could live. `No. s ometimes you have to fight. Most of the IMC men had been safely locked up in their spaces hip. When all the bodies were in the grave everybody turned to Winton .' . He turned to the Doct or.' He paused. soaking the colonist's poor clothing and making the dusty soil turn into mud.' he said. `it has to come from one of you. but we can always remember him. and three guard s were present at the ceremony to bury their own dead. for the sake of the people who died. To get anything worth having. `I don't know how to make speeches. We can't bury him. but I' m still sorry they got killed. So now it's up to us to make this colony work. Our people didn't die for nothing. But Captain Dent.' Winton turned to face the colonists and the IMC men who stood sullenly as prisoners on the other side of the communal grave .' said the Doctor. This is your land now.21 Mission Completed The colonists stood in a circle around the big grave they had dug a little way f rom the main dome.

`You'r e going to need more people to make this colony a success. Th en the men who had escorted the IMC prisoners to their ship returned. `That blue box you lost.' He drew a crude map to show the way. `we found it on the way back here. Let's go back to the dome and talk. and some of the other younger women had be en busy preparing what food and drink they had for the others. I'm a good engineer. They just stood. `I know where the TARDIS is. and one of them made immediately for the Doctor. where to dig deep wells for more water. In the dome Mary Ashe. Then the first man picked up some of the muddy soil and threw it into the gr ave. `D o you want to be an outlaw?' Caldwell smiled.' said Winton. and each of the rest followed this ritual in turn.' said the man. Jo. But Caldwell stepped fo rward from the IMC group. How about it?' `We're going to declare an independent republic. As the colonists returned from the burial the Doctor detected the beginning of a more hopeful moo d amongst them. You're going to need people like me.' he said to Winton. I think it's time to go.No one spoke for a long time. It's in one of the old Primitive ruins.' .' Winton led Caldwell away. `You've lost some good men. and the two men slowly walked back towards the main dome. He noticed that Winton and Caldwell were already discussing how to improve the structure of the dome.. The Doctor thanked the man and then hurried ov er to Jo. `I told you. Winton gave orders for t he IMC prisoners to be escorted back to their spaceship. looking into the grave. I'm a good engineer.' `All right. rememberi ng..

`But there are so many things to do here . `Doctor. They'll all start asking where we came from again. `All right. but the Doctor's preci ous police box was missing from its corner in the room. Even the little shrub plants had grown new leaves.' He stopped beca use he realised he was talking to himself. `No. `Another false alarm.' he said as he entered. ` We'd better be quick getting to the TARDIS. Are we in a hurry?' `Stay if you want to. I'll just s ay goodbye to everybody. `The speed thin gs can grow here. T he door opened and the Doctor and Jo stepped out. `It's a ll green!' As far as the eye could see the one-time impoverished land was shooti ng up tiny blades of grass. . In a moment the TARDIS materialised once more in its corner.Jo was busy pouring tea for the others.. `The man they th ought was the Master turned out to be the Spanish Ambassador.' The Doctor checked her. `where are you?' Even as he spoke he heard the strange heaving sound of the TARDIS returning. Let's just slip out while they're enjoying their victo ry..' he said to her. The Brigadier strode into the Doctor's laboratory at U NIT headquarters. and the sun was shining brilliantly. The rain had stop ped now.' he called loud ly. we may find ourselves having to cut through a jungle!' They hu rried away from the dome. `But I'll n ever be able to explain it to the Brigadier.' the Doctor laughed.' Jo smiled.' He took Jo's hand and together they went out of the dome. `Look!' said Jo in wonder. Not only that. Doctor.

I think you're losing your sense of time. `Where have you bee n? I told you I'd be back within the hour. `But we' ve been away for days!' `For days?' said the Brigadier in total disbelief.' . `I think I'm just beginning to gain it.`What the devil are you two playing at?' said the Brigadier. `Miss Grant.' she said w ith a smile.' `On the contrary.' `Within the hour?' said Jo.

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