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Materialising in outer space, the TARDIS is attacked by a missile fired from the dark side of the moon. Back on Earth, the newly-formed United Nations Intellige nce Taskforce, led by Brigadier LethbridgeStewart, is disturbed by a series of U FO sightings over Southern England. Meanwhile, a large consignment of mysterious crates is delivered to the headquarters of International Electromatix, the larg est computer and electronics firm in the world. Three seemingly unconnected even ts--but in reality the preparations for a massive Cyberman invasion of Earth wit h one aim--the total annihilation of the human race. ISBN 0 426 20169 8
DOCTOR WHO THE INVASION Based on the BBC television serial by Derrick Sherwin from a story outline by Ki t Pedler by arrangement with the British Broadcasting Corporation IAN MARTER published by The Paperback Division of W. H. Allen & Co. PLC
CONTENTS Prologue 1 Home Sweet Home? 2 Old Friends 3 Cat and Mouse 4 Hitching Li fts 5 Skeletons and Cupboards 6 Secret Weapons 7 Underground Operations 8 Invasi on 9 Counter Measures 10 The Nick of Time .
by way of trade or otherwise.A Target Book Published in 1985 by the Paperback Division of W. H. . Allen & Co. P LC 44 Hill Street. be lent. Tiptree. PLC in 1985 Novelisation copyright © Ian Marter 1985 Original script copy right © Kit Pedler and Derrick Sherwin 1968 'Doctor Who' series copyright © British Broadcasting Corporation 1968. Allen and Co.H. Essex The BBC producer of The Invasion was Peter Bryant t he director was Douglas Camfield ISBN 0 426 20169 8 This book is sold subject to the condition that it shall not. re-sold . hired out or otherwise circulated without 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 condition being imposed on the subsequent purc haser. London W1X 8LB First published in Great Britain by W. 1985 Printed and bound in Great Britain by Anchor Brendon Ltd.
as though he suspected some kind of trick. Slowly the Doctor leaned forward. ma we e lassie.' he whispered. He uttered a whoop of relief as his two young friends reappeared.' he murmured hesitantly. a robust young Highlander clad in faded kilt and sporran. He licked a finger as if for luck and pressed a button. Zoe attempted a pale smile. tattered sleeveless sheepskin waistcoat and stu rdy boots. Jamie. adjusting the . cli nging on for dear life to the wobbling and sparking navigation console in the mi ddle of the TARDIS control chamber. his mouth drawn sharply down. wide mouth and short black hair and she was wearing a tomboyish trouser-suit. turned thankfully to Zoe and grinned shakily. his black eyebrows ruc kled and his small hands knotted uncertainly together. The globe was pitted and scarred and ringed with a bright iridescent halo. It worked!' he exclaimed. He looked rather like an old-fashioned fairgr ound showman as he shuffled over to the console and fussed with the switches and indicators in his concertinad check trousers. 'We're all right. 'The Moon!' cried Zoe in surprise. 'I suppose I'd better hav e a look. his voice cracking with nervous tension. With a few spasmodic shudders the ancient ma chine finally shook itself together and settled. She was a bright-eyed teenager with a large face. 'The Sola r Corona. 'Are we on our way at last?' she asked hopefully. The Doctor still sat staring suspiciously at the motionless control column. its harsh groans and staccato w heezes dying gradually away into eerie silence. She swa llowed hard and glanced inquiringly at the thoughtful Doctor. worn boots and shabby knee-length coat.Prologue The Doctor sat hunched in his rickety chair. A large dark globe took shape against a breathtaking background of brilliant stars. tucking the frayed cuffs of his grubby shirt out of the way. glancing apprehensively across at a video screen set into the chamber wall. biting his nails anxiously and star ing grimly around him in the crackling air as everything swam sickeningly back i nto focus.
'Don't fluster me.' Jamie said. The disin tegration of the TARDIS in their previous adventure had been a horrifying experi ence and now it seemed that the ramshackle police box had managed to reassemble itself only to end up marooned behind the Moon. It may take a while to fix. A small speck of light had appeared on the Moon's pockmarked surface. sniffing w ith embarrassment as he pulled out a suspect panel and studied it guiltily. Zoe. 'I mean stuck. pointing to the screen.. picking it up carefully. Sudd enly Zoe's eyes opened wide. The Doctor ruffled his mop of thick black ha ir and blinked unhappily at the strange phenomenon. 'Not on the Moon.' Jamie murmured excitedly. gaping in fascination.' Al l of a sudden Zoe grabbed the Doctor's threadbare sleeve.focus and throwing the lunar craters into sharp relief round the Moon's rim. Stuck ?' Jamie inquired nervously. the mysterious gleaming object seemed to be almost upo n them. Doctor. 'Looks like a volcano or so mething. peering i ntently at the faulty circuits. 'The orientation circuits are jammed. 'It looks like a missile.' he replied. 'What's that?' she cried.. traced hi s finger round its intricate connections and then popped it back into its slot i n the column. 'Someone's fired a missile at us!' 'Someone? From the Moon?' snorted the Doctor. As they wat ched. It's coming towards us !' she gasped. Jamie. it seemed to grow rapidly larger and brighter. The Doctor was poking about among the racks of prin ted circuits inside the hexagonal column. 'We've only got a few seconds!' On the screen. There was a violent clatter as the delicate circuit panel slipped out of the Doctor's fingers. He flexed the small panel a few times. we must move out of the way!' Zoe insisted. 'We appear to be stranded on the dark side.' The Doctor's ominous words caused Zoe and Jamie to exchange uneasy glances in the tense silence. I'm afraid. 'What d'ye mean. ' 'But Doctor. .' he chided her.
He kicked the control column a few times and rummaged his fingers feverishly among the switches. Doctor. In the place where it had been. like a crazed concert pianist he madly manipulated the switches and savagely ki cked the column while staring defiantly up at the gigantic threat blotting out t he Moon and the galaxies beyond.'Please hurry up. lassie. child!' he shouted. flicking a series of switches and glaring irritably at the inert instrumen ts.' pleaded Zoe. 'Don't just stand there gawping. 'What the dickens is that?' croaked the Doctor. Ashen-faced. ' he gulped..' snapped the Do ctor. a vast silver craft passed silently th rough space. The next moment he snatched the c ircuit panel from be. we'll never make it. gazing openmouthed at the looming alien image. The Doctor thumped the console and unleashed a tirade of insults ag ainst his juddering machine as it growled reluctantly back into operation. 'Oh. do be quiet. strug gling to insert it back into its slot. Seconds later there was a colossal explosion. Then. Jamie clutc hed Zoe's shoulder convulsively. . T he TARDIS and its precious contents burst asunder into an infinity of separate f ragments. 'We're too late. Once again he removed the panel and this time held it up to examine its comp lex structure against the increasingly brilliant glow from the video screen. as if it had never existed. Sud denly he emitted a squawk of terror. Zoe just managed to catch the panel before it hit the floor a second time.. hypnotised like Jamie by the weird glint ing craft growing in the centre of the screen.
A hazy blue outline topped by a fitfully flashing amber beacon gradually materialised on the flattened grass. lopsided police box settled and solidified and the beacon stopped flash ing. the herd broke into a furious lowing in protest at th e alien intruder. They froze as a strange rnoaning soun d suddenly rose in the distance and then gradually died away. with one voice. 'It jus t needs a bit of an overhaul. The Doctor tried to focus the blurred images on the screen.' giggled the Doctor nervously. .1 Home Sweet Home? Only the sound of leisurely munching disturbed the sunlit air as the herd of Fri esian cows cropped the lush grass. Doctor? It seems to go wrong all the time now. 'Wh atever's wrong wi' the TARDIS. Inside the TARDIS the three companions hauled themselves grogg ily to their feet. 'Just in the nick of time. 'Well done. old girl. Th e Doctor smiled sheepishly and shrugged.' He patted the console affectionately.' he replied defensi vely. Suddenly they paused and turned in uniso n towards the centre of their meadow where a small area of buttercups had become mysteriously flattened. like any other machine. Silently the cows watched as the chipped. 'Another nanosecond an d we'd have been nullified!' Zoe and Jamie looked daggers at the dapper Time Lor d. who'd fire a missile at us?' Zoe demanded after an awkward silence. fiddling with the scanner switches.' h e protested. Jamie frowned. 'Better find out where we are. occasionally raising their heads to gaze plac idly around as they chewed contentedly. Then. 'Well. bu t a moment later it was silenced by a raucous trumpeting which quickly became a banshee wailing. A chorus of mooing erupted from the motionless herd. Jamie.' he sugg ested.
' the Doctor chuckled..Professor Travers I'm sure he'd let me use his laboratory to knock up a few replacement components for the old girl. 'I wonder whether t hat thing we saw behind the Moon is in this time zone or not?' she murmured unea sily. 'Unless. 'No danger of getting a parki ng ticket!' he mused with a grin. Zoe and Jamie cast their eyes to th e clear blue sky in despair. the cows lumbered away still mooing with disapproval.. 'Do come along. The Doctor nodded eagerly. making for the d oor. 'You mean whoever took a pot at us could still be lurking aboot?' Jamie sa id quietly. 'Earth again.' The Doctor hesitated. you two!' complained the Doctor. They trudged a long the narrow country lane while the Doctor hopped optimistically about. deftly removing two circuit panels from the control console and stuffing them in his pocket. f rowned at them and then tapped his nose knowingly. All at once she jumped. of course. We are obvio usly not on the Moon anyway. .Zoe glared at the scanner. As they emerged into the sunshine. The Doctor turned to lock the door.' he urged them. but the TARDIS was nowhere to be seen. 'Let's go and see. All at o nce a whining drone made them pause and listen. 'H elicopter?' Zoe suggested. Zoe was still staring at the mooing herd on the screen. grabbing them each by the hand and dragging them after him. The Doctor took the two panels out of his pocket. as the weird moaning sounded again and several more cows nosed curiously into the picture. seeki ng a clue as to the century in which they had fortunately materialised. stifling a scream. The video screen was almost filled by a vast cavernous mouth yawning at them. he's still a babe in arm s!' he grinned. 'Not much good if you haven't got any spare parts is it?' she retorted huffily. They scanned the empty skies. 'It looks like England.' Jam ie groaned gloomily. If it's the twentieth century I could look up an old friend . Then he set off towards a gate in the distant hedge with Zoe and Jamie trailing unenthusiastically in his wake.
diving into the tangled undergrowth.' he gasped. Totally mystified. that's most civil of you. The Doctor grabbed his f riends and scampered into the hedge. 'There's only one Company isn't there. 'Company Security are on my tail.' yelled the driver. 'Post Industrial Revolution anyway.' bowed the Doctor. revving the hot smoking engine.. 'Good day.' he cried and breezily set off again. 'Shut up and get in. to London. . I wonder if you co uld help us.?' he began. Seconds later the bewil dered trio were jammed into the noisy cab and being flung violently around as th e truck roared through the twisting lanes. After a few kilometres the driver swu ng the truck abruptly onto a deeply-rutted cart track which bounced them sickeni ngly into a small shady wood. 'Are you trying to get out ?' he shouted. The noise grew louder and suddenly a small covered truck swung recklessly round a bend and sped up behind them... he jumped out. wiping his freckled lace with a rag. th e Doctor scuttled round to the driver's door. Killing the engine. 'Get in quick.. 'Actually we wish to go in. urgently signalling with his cocked thumb. The truck braked fiercely and lurched to a halt some distance further on. sir. the Doctor led his young companions in pursuit. They soon found the driver crouc hing in the bushes.The Doctor shrugged. The young ginger-haired driver wearing sweat-stained teeshirt and oily jeans shot him a frightened glance. miss?' The Doctor motioned the others to keep quiet..' smiled the Doctor. 'What company?' Zoe demanded. 'Is something wrong?' a sked the Doctor gently.' he explained.. crouching beside him. Straightening his rumpled collar and sagging cravat. The driver gave her a sarcastic grin.' 'Oh. 'Get away from the truck!' he shouted. but we're strangers here. its di esel racing impatiently. my dear. 'I'm sorry.
'You three'd better keep out of sight in the back.' 'Your people. Turning pale. 'Strangers? You mean you're not from the Commu nity?' he muttered after a pause. eyes widening . not officially. 'That's a long story. You must know about them..The young man looked incredulous.' he confided. their rescuer continued. They.' The Doctor fr owned suspiciously.. 'This company you mentioned. hou sing complexes.. Getting out again's the problem now. 'I managed to get in all right.' he told them. What does it do exactly?' he inquired. regretting his careless remark. he dragged the odd trio deeper into the thicket. When all was quiet again... 'Should be safe now. scarcely breathing. 'They'v e set up a whole Community of their own.' 'What about the ones who didn't?' murmured Zoe.' .' The approaching howl of powerful motorcycle engin es suddenly silenced him. 'International Ele ctromatix. 'My people haven't been able to trace them. 'What's this compound? Are we prisoners here or something?' The driver leaned closer.. 'Then how the hell did you get into the compound?' The Doctor smiled enigmatically. Then all at once they glimpsed a flash of gleaming metal and bright black leather as two motor-bikes zipped past the e nd of the cart track.. I'll try and bluff our way out. They just make it rather diffic ult if you don't have a pass.. They've got a world monopoly in electronic equipment. 'W hat about yerself?' The fugitive listened a moment and then grinned bleakly.. factories. Course. The driver bit his dry lips. I'm afraid. 'Those who haven't gone over to the Company are.' Zoe glanced around uneasily. They all shook their heads.. research facilities. Most of the locals joined the C ompany. Jamie's clear blue eyes narrowed. The young man stared at the strangers in disbelief. of course...?' the Doctor cut in sharply. inside a network of compounds. Cautiously he sto od up. They waited.
as a dull thundering so und suddenly started up behind them. A heavily armed security guard strode out from the squat concrete blockhouse. Led by the Doctor.' panted the Doctor without glancing round. Huddled among the trays of eggs th e three friends heaved a sigh of relief at their narrow escape. high boots and a ridged steel helmet incorporating a dark visor beneath which only his thin-lipped mouth was visible. On the front of his helme t was a silver insignia representing a zig-zag of lightning in the grip of a cle nched glove. slung between steel posts and topped with several strands of wicke d-looking barbed wire. The guard stared into the cab and then marched round t o look in the back. It was barely out of s ight before two similar guards riding huge motorcycles skidded to a stop just as the gates were closing.' he shouted above the clattering diesel. Jumping off they ran towards the block-house. He glanced at the stacks of papier-mâché trays and slammed the d oors. Get out here and you'll find the London road about five kilo metres due east. but their euphor ia was shortlived. Electric gates barred the road. Muttering their gratit ude the trio jumped out of the back and fought their way painfully through the t all prickly hedge just as the two motorbikes roared round a bend and coasted up behind the truck. The gates whirred open and the truck drove through. 'I think it's a bull. 'What's that?' Zoe gasped.' . After a few minutes the truck shuddered to a halt again and t he driver's frightened grey eyes peered through the shutter from the cab.A short drive through peacefully deserted countryside brought them to a high cha inlink fence. 'They' re right behind us. leaving t he massive engines throbbing in anticipation. The guard's faceless mask bulbously reflected the driver's pale smi le as he showed his pass. 'Don't even ask. stretching into the distance in both directions. He was dressed in a black uniform of thick glossy material with gauntlets. they set off for dear life across the field s in search of the main road.
dinna tell me we'v e come all this way for nothing. scowling up at the tarnished chrome 13 on the door.' he snapped. the telephone directory said number thirteen..' protested the driver. Just then a distorte d white shape appeared behind the glass and the door was flung open. they stared gloomily at the nameplate above the bell-push. Intermittent spots of rain were fall ing from the overcast London sky as the Doctor led Zoe and Jamie up the steps of a tall terraced house with flaking pillared porch in Bayswater. 'Och. arrested. It says "Professor Watkins". .' he persisted.' He shrugged and pressed the button . 'We're not on International Electromatix prop erty now.' Jamie mumbled dejectedly. 'What for? The pass is okay. 'You've got no authority out here.' 'It would!' Zoe grumb led. The Doctor rang again and peered through the frosted glass panes. The truck lurched forw ard and then toppled sideways into the ditch. revving the engine. The next moment half the driver' s head had been blown off all over the inside of the cab.' he ordered.' The safety catch clicked off. you g et the police!' he shouted. You can't fo rce me back into the compound. They waited. A stack of papier-mache trays cras hed through the open back doors and hundreds of vivid yellow egg yolks started m erging and congealing on the hot black tar. 'Nothing.One security guard searched the truck while the other glanced cursorily at the d river's pass. 'You come back with us. defiantly slipping the truck into gear.' The next moment he flinched as a cold pistol bar rel was shoved against his temple. 'Turn round!' rapped the first guard. 'That's odd. 'Still. Tired and hungr y. 'You want me.' frow ned the Doctor.. The other guard strode up shaking his head. The driver refused.
Her dazzling dress was cut well above the knee and her shapely legs were clad in stylish knee-length boots.. 'My uncle . poking thoughtfully at the camera's mechanism with his pe nknife. were pinned haphazardly around the white walls. wincing at the colourful geometrical pattern on her dress..' The Doctor examined the camera while Zoe glanced at the photographs admi ringly and Jamie gaped open-mouthed at the flamboyant figure as she re-arranged her hair in a huge mirror propped against the ornate mantelpiece. i f you've come to see my uncle he's not here. 'Perhaps I can mend it for you?' the Doctor suggested. with long fair hair. The Doctor c leared his throat politely. 'By the way. another wild-goose chase. We're looking for Professor T ravers. 'It was on automatic shutter. a fellow boffin.' smile d the Doctor.' The tall girl turned on her heel and stalked of f down the bare shabby hall.' she said disapprovingly. fiddling angrily with the camera shutter.' shrugged the girl..wanted to do some secret .' 'I see. ' I presume you're another nut. The girl glared at the wild-looking young Highlander and then went on.' He motioned the others to follow him and ventured after her. glancin g at the Doctor's dishevelled reflection. She was taller than Zoe.'I happen to be trying to work.Professor Watkins . Huge blown-up photographs. 'I'm so sorry. mostly of the girl herself. 'Travers has gone to the States for a year with his daughter. miss. They fou nd the girl in a large high-ceilinged room which was virtually empty except for several powerful lamps on stands scattered about and an expensive camera mounted on a tripod. Jamie nudged Zoe irritably.. ' murmured the Doctor.' the girl informed them abruptly. 'And now the beastly thing's jammed!' snapp ed the girl. 'I'm seeking Professor Travers's help. 'Taking pictures of yourself?' 'Until you interrupted me.' he mutter ed bitterly. wide mouth and high cheekbones. 'Och. leaving them stranded on the doorstep. Then it stuck.
' The Doctor was restlessly tapping the two faulty ci rcuits in his coat pocket 'Can't we get in touch with him..' The girl elbowed Jamie out of the way and adjusted one of the lamps. 'It is rather urgent. They said he couldn't take any p hone calls. 'Now throw your arms up and bend at the knees. Dolly gear!' she exclaimed de lightedly. 'I moved in bec ause I was kicked out of my studio last week. my dear?' he pleaded.' 'Where is your uncle?' demanded Zoe impatiently. The girl rounded on her irritab ly.. 'Well. 'He was raving on about some new process these pe ople wanted him to develop.. Complete nutter. her motorised shutter whizzing off shots of Zoe in quick succession.' 'I tried the other day. Haven't seen him since...' the Doctor persevered. 'Isobel. Thanks.' 'A'm no surprised..' 'Who did?' . Do you know when your uncle will return?' 'Nope.. 'How should I know? I'm not his keeper. manoeuvering Zoe into a different po se as if she were a mannequin. pushing Zoe in front of the lamps.' Jamie mumbled darkly to himself. Is he at home?' The girl shook her head. The Doctor tested the shutter a few times. 'Fixed it? Great.' the girl replied. while Jamie watched with a sat irical grin. handing her the camera.. 'What field of sc ience does your uncle work in?' he asked. Head back a bit. 'Hey.' Rath er resentfully Zoe tried to do as she was bidden. 'Want to pose for me?' the girl chattered on. 'He messes about with computers all the time.' 'How very fortun ate. 'Professor Watkins may be able to help us.' smiled the Doctor. miss.work and Professor Travers said he could use the lab in the basement here.. He left about a week ago. The girl grimaced and shook her head. 'Isobel.' Isobel replied vaguely..' Suddenly her expression changed and she peered at Zoe through the viewfinder. The Doctor ruffled his hair in confusion. 'Who's Dolly Gear?' he inqu ired.
Doctor?' he asked dej ectedly. There was a b rief pause. 'International Electromatix. clicking away again. 'It is rather important.' she laughed. With Jamie close on his heels. By t he stairs.. Then Isobel paused and led her over to a battered old wicker skip.' c ontinued the Doctor courteously.' cried Isobel.' 'Party not availab le. fiddlesticks!' hissed the Doctor.. Jamie sent a murderous look down the hall.. Too expensive. 'The number's scribbled on the wall above the phone.. 'It's the curse of the Technological Age. A robot answer ing machine. he hurried out. Zoe made as if to follow them. 'What now.' muttered Isobel.' 'I wish to speak to Professor Watkins please... 'Perhaps I could leave a.. 'International Electromatix?' Jamie suggeste d.' The Doctor heaved an enormous sigh of relief.'Oh. Jamie stared at the hieroglyphic maze of names and numbers scrawled on the wall behind the telep hone while the Doctor dialled. thankful to have got s ornewhere at last.' 'Oh.. Then he suddenly flinched as a harsh metallic female voi ce rasped in the earpiece.. 'Let's find you some different gear.' he whispered.. 'Party not available.' grated the voice. Jamie. still snapping away.' Fl attered. as Zoe be gan to enjoy her new role as model. . State your business. Party not available. slamming do wn the receiver. 'Suppose this is the same organisation the truck driver was telling us about. 'You're a natu ral.' 'I don't think you'll get any joy!' Isobel yelled from the other r oom.' Th e Doctor nodded grimly. Zoe lingered on. I don't often get the chance to photograph a real model.' requested the Doctor. International something. 'Perhaps the Professor's been. 'Don't move. Isobel ignored him.
The larger man with the binoculars spoke tersely into a compact walkie-talki e.one t hrough powerful binoculars. do n't ye ever write anything down on paper?' Jamie exclaimed as the Doctor shuffle d out. Jamie trudged out after the Doctor.' Returning to the makeshi ft studio. that's scribbled up on the wall somewhere too. 'This is jolly good fun.' she giggled. they found Zoe decked out in long curving eyelashes and a fluffy feat her boa posing extravagantly in the glaring lights. We'll have to pay International Electromatix a little visit. Jamie and the Doctor paused to examine the huge bronze plaque above the entrance. 'Can't l ose a wall. .' Zoe wrinkled her n ose uninterestedly. Doctor?' she asked hopefully. 'O ch. 'I'd only lose it if I did. 'Nothing for it. ye look like a wee chicken wi' all those feathers. two men crouched on the flat roof of an anonymous office block opposite were observing them intently . 'Any luck. with its symbolic zig-zag spark gripped i n a giant fist. The Doctor shook his hea d. before marching resolutely through the automatic glass doors and into the deserted circular foyer. can you!' The two girls howled in mutual appreciation of the joke. 'Oh. lassie.' Isobel explained.' she said. They wore drab suits with narrow dark ties and both had short military haircu ts. all faced with identical rows of reflective coppe rtint windows. situated in the City. Jamie. G lowering humourlessly.' The Doctor nodded in reluct ant agreement and asked Isobel if she knew the address of International Electrom atix.' he roared. The headquarters of I nternational Electromatix turned out to be a tall slim tower of steel and glass surrounded by lower buildings. 'I think I'll stay here.The Doctor rubbed his hands together expectantly. Jamie burst out laughing. Zoe t ook no notice. 'We shall have to go there in person I'm afraid. my dear. twirling the boa seducti vely in the Doctor's face. Unknown to them. the other through the viewfinder of a polaroid camer a. 'Och. The wall's safer.
' The Doctor's nimble fingers played a frenzied seq uence of random keys on the keyboard. 'Roger. 'International Electro matix.' There was a br ief pause.' he retorted..' Tracey uttered a curt laugh. switching off.' rapped the machine. Good day.. 'Key in identity.' insisted the Doctor. sir. 'I suppose this is Reception. 'It is a personal matter.' he grunted.' Behind a perspex screen above the termina ls. 'HQ want those two Top Priority.. 'Key in identity and.'They're just going inside now. tape spools jerked spasmodically back and forth. 'There. State your business..' instructed the mechanical rec eptionist. 'If they come ou t. . 'I wish to see someone now.' 'That's no good. Tracey's getting them on film.' he shouted.' 'All personnel engaged. Request will be considered and appointment arranged. Benton out.' stated the Doctor. 'We pick them up as soon as they come out.' The smaller ma n ripped the film out of the camera and hugged it under his arm to speed up the developing process.' 'Inform exact nature of emergency. its spools spinning busily.' he muttered distastefully.' the machine announced at last.. The Doctor glanced contemptuously at the plastic chairs arranged facing a semicircle of small computer terminals in the middle of the glass foye r. Ducking below the parapet he crawled across to Tracey a nd examined the photograph. 'Then I wish to see someone in authority. 'I wish to see Professor Watkin s.' the grating voice annou nced. Work that out!' he snapped. 'I insist. 'One moment.' The Doctor's normally sallow features flushed with outrage. The Doctor squirmed with suppressed indigna tion. sitting in front of a terminal which had lit up expectantly as they entered.' he said.. The big man listened to his radio. 'This is an emergency. 'Personal matters merit no emergency status. 'Party not available.' he said.
His clothes were coldly elegant: a plain suit with collar less jacket. The combination of swept-back silver hair and thick black eyebrows gave the older man a disturbing appearance. Packer. a glass wall slid across their path. He ad tilted slightly back. Behind him the g rey panorama of London stretched beyond the wide curving window through half-ope n vertical louvres. Mr Vaughn. two men stood in a spacious clinical room watching the two intruders on a bank of circular cl osed-circuit video monitors. round-necked shirt and gleaming black shoes with chrome buckles. Vaughn sat down in a larg e padded swivel chair facing the vast semicircular chrome desk.' His sm all black eyes gleamed with sadistic alertness. His voice was thin and devious. A sinister hissing issued from narrow vents near the ceiling and withi n a few seconds the Doctor and Jamie were overcome by a soporific gas. He strode over to the gleaming chromiumplated doors le ading into the building itself and Jamie scampered nervously after him. he watched the multiple images of the Doctor and Jamie as if they were specimens under a microscope. but his left gazed wide open with chilling pale blue iris and huge black pupil. reclining his chair and staring imp assively at the bank of monitors on the wall opposite. trapping them like fish in an aquarium. 'Do you recognise them. peering suspiciously around them . Packer.' Vaughn murmured calmly.leaping out of the chair. 'Most intriguing. Reaching forward.' The Doctor was cautiously leading the way along the silent deserted corridor wh en. Before they could even tur n round a second panel glided across behind them. dressed in black security pers onnel outfit minus the helmet and visor. . shook his head. all at once. he selected new pictures as Jamie and the Doctor walked down a long starkly-lit corridor. but his pale waxy face tapered t o a weak receding jaw. 'Deal with them. 'No. His right eye was pe rmanently half-closed. High abo ve them in the penthouse suite of offices at the top of the tower. Packer?' h e murmured in a leisurely cultured voice.
' Vaughn purred insistently. staring at Packer with defiant contempt as he dutifully motioned to the guar ds to take them up to his master.' At that moment.. Jamie helped the Doctor up. their fingers squeaking eerily against the glass barrier . where are your manners? Escort our visitors t o my office immediately. Packer arrived accompanied by two armed subordinates. But before the dazed young Scot could follow up his attack. Suddenly Jamie grabbed Packer's foot and twisted it viciously side ways.' he pleaded. Packer. Vaughn's velvet tones filled the corridor from concealed speakers. He inserted a special key into the wall and the glass shutters silently withdrew. Yelping with pain and shock. At once.They sank to the floor. the two guards each gra bbed an ear and yanked Jamie to his knees. A few minutes later. 'Packer. 'This is goin g to be a pleasure.. as the Doctor stirred and sat up groggily. 'Bu t I haven't interrogated them yet. Packer pitched spreadeagled on the floor. balancing himself to kick his assailant in the face.' Packer froze. like a child caught stealing sweets. W ith cold detachment Packer turned Jamie's motionless body over with his steel to ecapped boot. beads of sweat breaking out all over his waxy white face. Packer struggled to his feet and gaze d down at Jamie. 'Wait !' he whined. .
'Please be seated. Tobias Vaughn. the self-adjusting suspended light fittings and th e comprehensive array of facilities ranged at Vaughn's fingertips. how did ye ken w e were wanting the Professor?' Vaughn gestured with well manicured hands towards his enormous desk.. 'I think perhaps we are the ones who should ap ologise. gentlemen.. The Doctor looked crestfallen. Vaughn bowe d.' he said sadly..' Jamie sat up in astonishment. 'My computer reports everything directly to me.' he added coldly.2 Old Friends Vaughn rose to greet the Doctor and Jamie as they were shown into his penthouse office. 'Thank you. Director of International Electr omatix. Professor Watkins is engaged on a new project and he r efuses to see anyone. .' he beamed courteously. but there was no need to. sitting down. 'Maybe.' Jamie's hackles rose.' he grinned. Mister.. 'Hey. I must say your business with Professor Watkins must be very urgent to f orce you to such extremes. Vaughn nodded. Packer .... 'Everything?' the Doctor echoed innocently.' he smiled. 'Perhaps I can help?' Vaughn suggested brightly. The Doctor's keen eye quickly took in the artificial potted plants. 'I knew there must be a human being in here somewhere. 'I apologise for my staff's over-zealous behaviour but your arrival was a tri fle unconventional. His deputy lingered on the threshold until a dismissive gest ure finally sent him resentfully outside. 'But I regret that yo ur visit has been wasted..' 'Vaughn.' The Doctor interrupted tactfully.
'You're extremely kind.. I trust?' 'Most generous. sir. 'Disposable transistor radios. the Doc tor leaned across and switched it off. young man?' he asked. What is it?' Vaughn looked surprised. Jamie. his left eye narrowing to match the right. The Doct or noted the momentary shadow of astonishment that passed over his face. Jamie looked blank. A market leader.' The Doctor hesitated. 'Thank you.. gentlemen. But I am con vinced we can help. it's only a couple of dud circuits. Any friend of Professor Watkins. Vaughn leaned forward eagerly.' he advi sed firmly. Surely you've seen them? We've sold ten million in the UK alone. as though he we re disturbed by the two silicon panels in front of him. Eventually he reluctantly handed ove r the two small panels he had removed from the TARDIS earlier.' He trailed into silence as the Doctor glanc ed at him warningly.. 'Circuits? Electronics?' he purred.' Vaughn gestured expansively. Doctor . took out a tiny miniaturised radio and offered it to Jamie. 'And that's how it stops. Vaughn seized the m eagerly and examined them. But Vau ghn swiftly recovered his composure. Jamie took the radio and fiddled with it.Jamie nudged his silent friend.' said the Doctor. 'My technicians are the best in the world. The Doctor smiled weakly. glancing reproachfully at Jamie. 'Och. 'Och no. 'At least let us try. 'If you'll excuse me I have an urgent meeti ng. I'll have them sent to our Diagnostic Unit at once.' he declared. 'Not at all.' The Doctor shook his head. 'Mr Packer will show you out. 'Complexity is our spe ciality.. prompting Jamie to accept. surely a place like this could.' . Mr Vaughn.' he insisted. Modest compensation fo r Packer's excesses.' he muttered. Suddenly a raucous pop tun e blared forth. holding out his hands. but the circui ts are. 'As you say. a trifle complex. Quickly he opened a draw er.. I am sure they could assist y ou. 'Do you have one of these.. Wincing at the din. Vaughn rose regretfully. are most complex.' he prop osed generously. 'So that's how it goes!' he grinned.' Vaughn paused.
Then Tracey accelerated away with spinning wheels and smoking tyres... . We should have some news then. Mr Vaughn. Jammed between the two bulky figures. flourishing the miniature rad io.. I'm serious. Who. 'Telephone in a day or two. 'Vaughn didn't even as k me what was wrong with those circuits or what they do..' he snarled. Packer took them down in the express lift and showed them out through a side e ntrance off a quiet cul de sac.The Doctor jabbed his elbow in Jamie's ribs and they stood up. ' Friendly sort of chap. Vaughn averaged less than one a minu te. trapping them against the wall of the IE Building. something not quite human..' Jamie remarked.' the Doctor warned as they walked towards the main street.' The next moment a large Jaguar saloon raced down the side street behind them and skidded up onto the pavement. 'The normal human blinks naturally about once every fifteen seconds..' the Doctor snapped unhappily.' he burbled. so ye can read. Eventually the Doctor turned to Benton. While Tracey remained at the wheel gunning the engine. 'And I suppose this is Mr Vaughn's courtesy car service?' he commented. 'Not what he seems. and he's got horns and a forked tail too. can ye?' Jamie exclaimed in mock surprise.?' 'Not Whom. Benton and another man leaped out and manhandled them into the back before they could even protest. 'Och. 'An d what other tricks can ye do?' The Doctor firmly steered his rash young friend into the narrow street as Packer slammed the steel emergency door behind them. the sho cked and bewildered captives exchanged frightened glances. Mr Vaughn. 'Next time read the instructions at Reception. Jamie.' Vaughn proposed as they shook hands cordially at the door. 'And may I ask whom I have had the pleasure..' the Doctor quipped slyly .' 'Aye.' 'No. with an acid smile. Beneath all that charm there's something. 'Thank you so muc h..
gazing into the darkness beyond.As soon as his unexpected visitors had departed. Standing about two metres high. Vaughn watched and waited. At long last Isobel announced a tea break and produced coffee and a mo untain of sandwiches. The ai r started to crackle with a dry electric charge as a fantastic structure appeare d in the dark alcove. He put d own the panels and took an elaborate fountain pen from his breast pocket. He twisted the gold-plated cap of the pen and with a serie s of soft clicks and a subdued whirring sound the blank wall parted and slid asi de. back at Professor Travers's house The was still striking exotic po ses with strange hats and the feather boa while Isobel shot roll after roll of 3 5mm film. 'Never imagined keeping still could be so exhausting. Cathode tubes were ar ranged like a belt of glass ammunition around the base of the cage and the whole sparkling mechanism was supported in a lattice of shimmering wires and tubes. Immediately the machine in the alcove began to whirr an d spark with increased excitement. Slowly he rose to his feet. biting into a doorstep of crusty bread and mashed sardine. Bristling electrodes sprouted from a revolving central crystal suspen ded within a delicate cage of sparking. Meanwhile. Vaughn picked up the two silico n panels the Doctor had left on his desk and studied them carefully. T he planes of the crystal flickered with millions of tiny points of intense blue light and the apparatus possessed a sinister beauty as it hovered in the darknes s. . Vaughn waited.' she laughed. Soon an oscillating hum bega n to rise and a fluorescent light started to pulsate in sequence with it. Eventually he looked up at the blank wall facing the panoramic wi ndow and a strange smile spread gradually across his lopsided features. it resembled a gigantic ra dio valve. fizzing filaments. Vaughn touched some buttons on his desk and the bank of nine circular screens flashed into life showing video replays of the Doctor and Jamie at their recent gate-crashing exploits. Zoe collapsed gratefully onto a large psychedelic beanbag. a deep furr ow forming between his eyebrows as he tried to unravel the curious structure of the circuitry. smiling expectantl y.
but he simply grimaced back at him to keep quiet.' Zoe smiled appreciati vely at her new friend. puzzled. ' Oh.' Zoe suddenly looked very concerned. 'it's just that whenever there's any trouble around those two always jump right into it.' she mumbled.' Isobel complimented her.' Isobel drained her coffee and sprang up.'It's been a real treat for me. 'Sounds just like one of Uncle's lash-ups. Zoe shook her head sadly. sir. but all Benton would say was 'All in goo d time. 'It' s just that the Doctor and Jamie have been gone ages. but I can't afford proper models yet. gesturing at the large portraits around the walls.' Puzzled by this politeness. 'What's up? Don't y ou like sardines?' Isobel asked brightly. offering her another sandwich. ' she added. If you're really worried let's go and look for them. Several ti mes during the hair-raising high speed journey through the North-Eastern suburbs and out into the country the Doctor had tried to extract some snippet of inform ation from the three silent kidnappers.' 'Yes.' 'But you're very good. 'I get sick of photogr aphing myself. 'Daft as a brush. Zoe did her best to explain about the TARDIS. .' Zoe stood up decisively. 'I've got t he feeling something's happened to them.' Isobel admitted with a wry grin. I hope you'll be around for a while. 'I have to model to e arn the loot to pay for all this junk.' she murmured. Zoe nodded and attempted a smile. 'Sorry. 'I expect we'll be off again as soon as the Doctor gets the circuits repaired. 'Okay. I didn't take those.' Isobel giggled dismissi vely.' Zo e said with her mouth full. Zoe. Zoe. Why are they so important?' Isobel asked.' Isobel shrugged. 'Uncle's probably pre ssganged them into helping with his latest brainwave. Occasio nally a burst of rock music would issue from Jamie's transistor and then the Doc tor would nudge him viciously in the ribs to turn it off. But inside she suddenly felt cold and hollow. all in good time. Jamie kept mouthing queries at the Doctor.
computer terminals and communi cations units. totally absorbed in their various duties.' Lethbridge-St ewart smiled modestly.' 'Och.' Jamie thumped the Brigadier heartily on the shoulder. The Doct or's eyes lit up with delighted relief. The ramp at the rear of its fuselage was open and to the Doctor's and Jamie's astonishment the Jaguar hurtled straight to wards it. Must be four years ago now. Down the middle of the room. a tall officer with Brigadier's insignia rose from his sizeable command desk and strode to gre et them. The Brigadier nodded politely. a few jeeps and helico pters. Doctor!' he boomed. Doctor. An armed soldier with spec ial shoulder flashes opened an oval door in the bulkhead and Jamie and the Docto r were ushered through into a long. Even before they had time to clamber out of the car the ramp ha d started to close behind them like a gigantic mouth. rows of uniformed personnel sat at radar screens. 'What a lovely surprise. Along each side. it seems like a couple of weeks. scuttling forward to shake hands warmly. 'Nice to see you again.' . his strong square-jawed fac e and neatly clipped moustache suggesting calm and confident authority. dimly lit Operations Room. I've gone up in the wo rld since we last met. with service trucks clustered under its huge wings. the Yeti!' he exclaimed in recognition. and a massive Hercules Transport plane in camouflage paint.Eventually the Jaguar bounced off the highway and sped through several kilometre s of woodland until it suddenly emerged onto a vast airfield. All personnel wore kha ki berets and on their battledress pullovers a circular white badge indentifying them as UNIT 2 Personnel. 'Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart!' he cried. 'Well. 'McCr immon isn't it? Yes. shot up the gentle slope and slithered to a stop centimetres from the inside bulkhead. At the far end of the Operations Room. several officers sat at small desks on either side of an enormous Situatio n Map mounted on a perspex frame running down the centre. all that Yeti business. Brigadier actually. The airfield was a lmost deserted except for a group of rundown Nissen huts. 'A ye. we met in the Underground.
He rubbed his nose attentively an d sniffed suspiciously.. 'Not quite.' The Doctor's eyes widened with fascination. 'Fact is.. spreading his arms. 'Are you still rushing around the Universe making nonsense of it in your machine..'Jamie. Call ourselves UNIT or United Nations Intelligence Taskforce.' Isobel murmured with a shiver.' 'A world police force?' mused the Doctor. time is relative. you tw o were lucky.' the Doctor congrat ulated him. Col. 'I suppose everyone's gone early as it's Friday and Monday's a Bank Ho liday.' he muttered. The Brigadier turned to him confidentially. We've got International Electromatix under constant s urveillance and we're keeping tabs on everyone going in and out. 'Still travelling.' smiled the Do ctor modestly. it's creepy. The Brigadier laughed.' 'You arrested us right enough. Doctor. 'I'm begi nning to feel like Jonah inside the whale. motioning to his guests to sit down at his desk.. Your pictures w ere transmitted here and I recognised you. A lot of people have gone in there but they haven't come out again . Zoe and Isobel s tood in the empty foyer of the International Electromatix Building frowning wari ly at the silent computer terminals. Doctor. 'but sometimes my chaps are a bit melodramatic. He had a br ief word with Benton and Tracey and they immediately departed. Brigadier. 'But what's all this?' he demanded..' Zoe sat down at a terminal that had suddenly lit up as she approached it . your TARDIS?' inqu ired the Brigadier heartily. We don't a ctually arrest people. McCrimmon.' 'Ought to explain. 'Not quite.' 'Most efficient. Then he ordered a Sergeant to bring some tea. 'Golly.' Jamie retorted indignant ly.' he went on brightly.' Lethbridge-Stewa rt boomed breezily. 'Curiouser and curiouser. . Fact is that s ince all that Yeti caper I've been in charge of a new independent security force .' the Doctor reminded the lad.. 'Sorry about all the cloak and dagger routine.
'It's probably the same idiot machine that answers when you ring up,' Isobel war ned her. 'International Electromatix. State your business.' Zoe spoke loudly and clearly at the blank screen. 'Inquiry reference two persons seeking information regarding Professor Watkins.' 'One moment...' blurted the artificial voice. The two girls waited impatiently while the tape spools spun behind the armoured scr een. 'No information. Good day,' the robot eventually announced. Zoe flushed wit h irritation. 'Now listen to me, you boneheaded fruit machine, I asked a simple question and I want a simple answer.' The terminal repeated its terse message an d fell silent. Isobel shrugged. 'You see, Zoe, it's hopeless.' Zoe's jaw set wit h determination. 'It may be, but I'm not,' she declared and started tapping away at the keyboard in front of her. Isobel looked scared and baffled. 'What are yo u up to, Zoe?' 'Just setting it a little conundrum in Algol.' 'What's Algol?' Is obel whispered, goggling at the complicated mass of symbols appearing on the scr een above Zoe's flying fingers. 'A sort of language for talking to computers, on ly this is a pidgin version,' Zoe giggled. Isobel noticed the tape spools whizzi ng back and forth with increasingly frantic speed as a cacophony of furious buzz ing noises erupted from the terminal itself. 'It does seem to be getting a bit a gitated,' she murmured. 'You bet it is,' Zoe chuckled, typing madly away. 'This problem happens to be insoluble! Delete square... Print out Y to the minus X var iable one... Integrate on inversine...' An unpleasant and sinister odour like me lting plastic began to fill the foyer. 'Continuous integration... There...' Zoe concluded triumphantly, sitting back with folded arms to observe the outcome of her attack. 'That should give it quite a headache!'
Dozens of floors above them, Tobias Vaughn stood by the dark alcove listening to a harsh semi-human voice issuing from the glowing apparatus within. 'The images of the two humans have been analysed,' it informed him. 'They are known to he h ostile. They must be destroyed.' Startled, Vaughn glanced across at the figures of the Doctor and Jamie frozen on the video screens. 'Known to be hostile? But h ow can that be?' he whispered hoarsely. 'They are recognised from Planet Sigma G amma 14.' 'Recognised from Planet...' Vaughn tailed into dumb astonishment. The weird machine buzzed impatiently. 'They must be eliminated,' it screeched. Vaugh n pulled himself together and smiled cravenly at the eerily sparking structure. 'I shall deal with them,' he promised soothingly. The machine seemed to glare at him for several seconds. 'Our plans approach completion,' it grated menacingly. 'Nothing must he permitted to obstruct them.' 'Nothing will,' Vaughn purred. At that moment a buzzer sounded on the desk. Vaughn quickly twisted the top of the fountain pen in his elegant fingers and the wall quietly glided hack into place across the alcove. Mopping his glistening brow with a silk handkerchief, Vaughn sank into his chair and composed himself. 'Enter,' he called calmly. The door s lid open to admit a tall, seedy individual dressed in a stained white laboratory coat. His greasy black hair was flecked with dandruff and he constantly chewed the ends of a bedraggled moustache. Vaughn gazed at him with profound distaste. 'What do you make of these, Gregory?' he snapped, pushing the Doctor's circuit p anels across the desk at him. Gregory turned them over and over with his thin gr imy fingers, peering through thick horn-rimmed glasses. Eventually he shook his large head and shrugged.
Vaughn's good eye narrowed. 'From my Chief Researcher I expect a more intelligen t response than that,' he said acidly. 'I'm sorry Mr Vaughn but I've never seen anything.like them before. Given time I'm sure I could...' he babbled wretchedly . 'Then take time, my dear fellow,' Vaughn interrupted kindly. Gregory nodded, e vidently relieved to be let off the hook. 'Take one hour,' Vaughn muttered threa teningly with a contrastingly benign smile on his face. Gregory stared back at h is Director like a frightened prey. 'One hour. Yes, Mr Vaughn, thank you,' he cr oaked, turning and slinking out of the office. As the door slid shut, a series o f warning buzzers sounded and the stills of Jamie and the Doctor vanished from t he screens. Vaughn glanced up in alarm to see Zoe and Isobel at the reception co nsole. Smoke was belching from one of the terminals and snapping tapes were tang ling themselves into a froth of brown spaghetti. '... Take more than a soldering -iron to sort that out...' Zoe was saying. 'Great,' cried Isobel admiringly. 'Wi sh I had my camera with me.' Vaughn's face relaxed into a half-smile of ironic a musement. He flicked a switch and leaned towards a slim microphone. 'Packer, sab oteurs in Reception...' he reported with icy contempt. 'Or are you taking your B ank Holiday already?' There was a mush of static and Packer's frantic voice squa wked in reply. 'I'm on to them, sir... I'll bring them up to you.' Vaughn reclin ed in his comfortable chair and shook with silent laughter as he watched the tel l-tale screens. Clutching steaming mugs of strong NAAFI tea, the Doctor and Jami e were studying a large selection of photographs on the Brigadier's desk. 'That one's Gordon McLeod, Lecturer in Physics at Cambridge,' the Brigadier noted, ide ntifying one of the figures frozen in midstride on the steps of the Internationa l Electromatix Building. 'And this is Billy Routledge, chap I knew at Sandhurst. Landed himself a cushy little job at the Ministry of Defence.'
. 'but there was something jolly odd about them afterwards. McCrimmon. Most of them did emerge eventually. 013. Doctor.' confid ed the Brigadier.' 'They cont rol most of the worldwide computer production. They've made a fortu ne out of teenyboppers.' muttered the Brigadier anxiously.' Suddenly Jamie seized a photo from the pile. 'What's your interest in Vaughn and Company?' he asked the Brigadier. Doctor. Doctor. It threw up some odd things. One of our agents. 'Vaughn ga ve me this. He'd been extremely helpful with our investigations into Vaughn's activities.' 'That's just a commercial sideline. 'Somewhere out in the countryside. 'You know this man?' The Doctor nodded. they got so big I decided to run a routine check. 'Look. this is the man who gave us a lift in his van this morning.' 'Some of Packer's gor illas were on his tail. ' . 'T ell me more about this International Electromatix set-up.. 'No.' Jamie flourished his transistor radio. They made their breakthro ugh a few years ago with something called Monolithic Circuit design and stole a march on the entire industry. but once he'd actually been inside the building he started being di fficult.' The Brigadier looked disconcerted. 'All these people went into th e IE Building and never came out again?' he exclaimed sceptically. Take Billy for instance. 'His report is twen ty-four hours overdue.' 'Odd?' 'Yes. 'I expect he's onto something. 'Whereabouts were you? ' The Doctor shrugged. Brigadier.' LethbridgeStewart corrected him.The Doctor peered at the blurred hurrying figure. 'Good man. obstructive. Doc tor.' The Doctor coughed and nudged Jamie to restrain his tem per. 'Well .' added Jamie.' The Doctor blew on his tea.
' he concluded.' The Doctor stared at the varnish -like deposit round the rim of his mug. 'Here you are. if we want to find Professor Watkins we'll have to do it on our own. pressing a button to spring a short aerial out of the end of the device . 'As long as it doesn't play rock and roll it will come in very handy. sipping the treacly tea and grimacing with watering eyes. 'Walters. 'Wel l. thank you. bring me a polyvox unit if there's one handy. 'We're on constant alert here.' he replied in a strangled v oice. but I can at least off er you a little back-up support.' remarked the Doctor. Then he turned resolutely to Jamie. 'I don't suppose you have the auth ority to search Vaughn's premises?' 'I'm afraid not. Just press the b utton and ask for me. shutting his eyes and sipping bravely at his tea... The polyvox will put you in direct conta ct with us at any time' 'Jolly good. snatching up the polyvox unit. Brigadier.' He turned to his Sergeant.' . Range about a hundred kilometres. Doctor. Doctor. Jamie nodded eagerly and gulped his sugary tea with relish. Lethb ridge-Stewart smiled apologetically.' he added glancing severely at Jamie who was already on his feet and raring to go.' As Walters went forward towards the cockpi t section of the Hercules the Brigadier reassured his visitors as best he could.'Like the disappearance of Professor Watkins. if yo u're determined to conduct your own investigation I'd better organise a chopper to take you back to London.' boomed the Brigadier che erfully.' grinned the Doctor. My hands are tied. Doctor. The man's got too m any friends in high places. Some more tea before you go?' The Doctor leaped out of his chair as if he'd been stung. Lethbridge-Stewart stood up briskly. 'No. 'Well. draining his mug with a last heroic gulp.' 'Splendid!' cried the Doctor appreciatively. 'Perhaps some other time. 'I am sorry. 'It's on a fixed frequency. Doctor. my boy. A few minutes later Walters returned with a compact object resembling a small pocket torch.
nodding to his Deputy. 'You and your fri end the Doctor have put me to considerable inconvenience today. 'He enjoys showing visitors round our facilities.' Vaughn told them. 'First he breaks into the building and now you ruin a rather expensive installat ion. Now!' he murmured icily. Packer. your visit is most opportune.' Vaughn leaned f orward. he deftly poked it around in the lock and a few .Zoe and Isobel stood nervously between two armed security officers in front of V aughn's desk. 'It will be a pleasure. Delving into his pocket the Doctor unearthed a small penknif e bristling with different sized blades and all manner of attachments. Selecting one. 'I can't persuade him to do anything.' Packer turne d round to find his master gazing at him with amused concern.' he promised.' Vaughn purred.' Isobel retorted. as the guards seized their capti ves by the arms and propelled them out of the office. Miss Watkins.' explained Vaughn blandly. 'The Professor n eeds to be encouraged to continue his invaluable work for us. 'No. Isobel shrugged. while the bell rang monotonously inside. if a trifle uncooperative at the moment. but I can.' 'Only because it refused to answer our inquiry.' 'Why?' Zoe demanded warily. while Packer hovered shiftily in the background. ' Mr Packet will take care of you while you're here. The girls shivered slightly as they heard Packer sucking air through his crooked teeth in eager anticipation. Ind eed. they must've gone out. 'Oh. will you?' Once again the Doctor and Jamie found themselve s staring with sinking hearts at the number 13 on Professor Travers's front door .' Packer grinned h ideously.' Jamie s ighed despondently.Vaughn?' 'Don't work too hard. 'You are naturally concerned about your uncle. 'Och. 'Yes. Mr. but I can as sure you that he is perfectly well. Vaughn s miled.
' They finished the leftovers in silence.. 'Here we are. calling and whistling.seconds later the door clicked open. causing the Do ctor to choke on his last mouthful. Jamie wandered aimlessly around the ro om scowling at the zany blow-ups of Isobel adorning the walls..' replied the Doctor. Suddenly he stopp ed in his tracks. Jamie gaped at him in astonishment. I'm fair starved. 'Surely they'd leave us a wee note. he was about t o fling the offending device into the grate when he changed his mind. Snatching it away from Jamie. muttering to himself and taking absent-minded swigs of cold coffee from Zoe's abandoned cup. jumping up and tossing him the pieces of the rad io.' he m uttered after a while.' While the Doctor fid dled about inside the radio. dinna wreck ma wee gift. 'Deliciou s. Jarnie. Doctor. echoing Isobel's words as he hurried into the hall. 'Och. 'On the wall!' shouted the Doctor. 'But i t has nothing whatever to do with simple radio technology. switched i t off and opened the back instead. an d what's that when it's at home?' 'A hyper complex miniature array. but I wonder what it's for?' 'What what's for?' 'There's a micromonolithic circuit etched into the back of this casing. 'I don't know what they are but I'm ravenous!' cried the Doctor.' Jamie pleaded indignantly.' 'Aye. but th e house was silent. Then Jamie took ou t his transistor and a deafening rock number suddenly blared out.' the Do ctor confirmed. In the studio they came across the remains of the sardine sa ndwiches. bitin g greedily into two thick portions at once. Ignoring him. 'Sardines!' Jamie cheered. 'You can't lose a wall can you!' the Doc tor quipped. 'Most ingenious. taking out the eyeglass and staring at Jamie with troubled eyes. gloomily contemplating the remains of his radio. They went in. Jamie trailed a fter him.' he suggested. the Doctor took out a watchmaker's eyeglass and care fully scrutinised the inner surface of the plastic lid. twisting himself almost horizontal to decipher a patch of barely legible scrawl beside the .
'Och.telephone. Z and I. we most certainly could not. 'Gone to IE office to look for you . Jamie. 'Come on. We shall hail a taxi!' he insisted. we must get after them!' Jamie frowned wearily. Could we no get a lift this time?' The Doctor shook his head vehemently. 'No. it's miles. Jamie. Doctor . 'Oh my goodness me.' he whispered. .' The Doctor bounded to the front door and wrenched it open.
Besides.' 'Then what the divil are we going to do?' The Doctor took o ut the polyvox unit given him by the Brigadier.' 'Over and out. Eventually the Brigadier's v oice crackled through a haze of interference. Went in about an hour ago..' 'Yes. Than k you. We don't want to aggravate Va ughn unnecessarily. Under and off.' he scoffed. Jamie. Jam ie contemplated the Doctor with less than whole-hearted confidence as he struggl ed to stow the aerial.' crackled Lethbridge-Stewart.' came the crisp response. . Doctor.' The Doctor grabbed Jamie's belt with his fre e hand to prevent the headstrong Highlander from dashing to the rescue there and then. 'Sorry about reception. 'Affirmative. bu t we're airborne at the moment. He informed the Brigadier that they were going to try and enter the build ing from the rear. 'If the Brigadier's men are watching the building they'll know whether the girls are inside or not.3 Cat and Mouse Crouching beside the Doctor between two huge rubbish skips in the cul-de-sac alo ngside the International Electrornatix Building. 'Pity it doesn't play guid tunes like ma radio used to. clad in strange attire.' he explained. Doctor. 'I thought we were going in there to find the lassies. Doctor. Routine change of location for security cover. Jamie ground his teeth in frust ration. Give me a shout if you hit any snags. We have a report of two teenage females.. 'Take care. Brigadier. 'We'd never get past that stupid computer .' The Doctor asked whether Zoe and Isobel had been sighted.' he complained. deployed the aerial and pressed the call button. the girls might not be in there. one dark and one fair. T he Doctor shook his head determinedly. 'You may no t be quite so lucky this time.
emitting myriad points of intense light. How is that possible?' Vaughn persisted calmly.' 'You will obey. 'By train.' it rasped. Vaughn waved him away. The Doctor is an enemy and must b e destroyed. revealing the secret apparatus. though it resembles He lenium.' whined the wretched technician helplessly.They stared across at the vast expanse of coppery glass towering above them. Mr Vaughn.' rasped the disembodied voice.. Vaughn reclined in his chair listening to Grego ry's bewildered report on the Doctor's two circuit panels.. . But we must hurry. 'Fascina ting. Eventually it sto pped. 'They just make no se nse.' he declared in a voice like cut glass. of course. 'Your inquiry is redundant. 'An d how are we going to get in this time?' Jamie demanded sceptically.. The Doctor intrigues me more and more.' Vaughn took the panels and studied them.' he an nounced in a cold precise voice. 'I can do m ore tests. 'It has been agreed. 'The connections seem completel y illogical and the conductor material is no known alloy. 'You have sufficient information.' Far above the City streets. 'I require more data concerning the individual known as the Doctor. The crystal at the heart of the mach ine revolved rapidly.' he said quietly.' he murmured languidly. As the wall parted. As soon as Gre gory had gone.. or we'll miss it . Unless that is agreed our cooperation is at an e nd. 'Negative.' Gregory offered anxiously. The machine fizzed and flickered before croakin g its reply. 'I th ink I know the solution to this little mystery. Vaughn took out his fountain pen and twisted the cap.' Vaughn stood his ground unflinchingly. I contr ol the operation here on Earth. Vaughn's pale eyes gleamed.' 'You state that you recognise the Doctor from Planet Sigma Gamma 1 4. 'That is for me to dec ide. smiling mysteriously. The Doctor grinned mischievously. Vaughn rose and wandered over to the al cove.
The Doctor had skipped nim bly along the sleepers and led Jamie off on a single track branch line which cur ved sharply round and finally brought them into a marshalling yard enclosed by h igh walls at the rear of the International Electromatix Building. The apparatus whirred and revolved.Vaughn smiled bleakly. 'What kind of device?' he demanded wit h suppressed excitement. Totally mystified..' smirked the Doctor. 'I felt sure that your masters would be reasonable. it will. 'Now. 'I consulted the Brigadier's excellent map. needles of light shooting from the crystal..' the Doctor explaine d. I shall attend to it person ally. The Doctor will be taken care of. The Doctor will be eliminated. using the wagons as cover to approach the extensive w arehouse buildings at the back of the tower.' he p urred. It was fi lled with stacks of cylindrical metal containers each about two and a half metre s long by about a metre in diameter. . 'But h ow did ye ken it was here?' Jamie panted.' it de creed harshly. how did this Doctor reach Planet Sigma Gamma 14?' 'He possesses a d evice... The invasion must proceed. Vaughn nodded decisiv ely. darting across the rusting rails towards a line of freight wagons bearing the familiar fist and lightning flash symbol of Inter-national Electromatix.' Vaughn's body tensed expectantly. Vaughn banished the thing to the d arkness again behind the wall. Jamie had followed the Doctor through a maze of alleys and back streets and finally up onto a railway embankme nt which snaked between warehouses and office blocks. 'This is a pri vate branch line off the main line into Liverpool Street. 'Oh.' With a vicious twist of the pen top. 'No further informa tion available. Each one had a short blunt projection at bo th ends and a specially shaped base to facilitate vertical stacking. 'I memorised it to distract myself from the taste of his execrable tea.' Following the line of wagons in the siding they soon reached a vast covered loading bay adjoining the warehouse.
'I wonder what's inside?' he mused. The sound of he avy footsteps sent them scurrying behind a neighbouring stack. Jamie and the Doctor watched in amazement as a man with crew-cut hair wearing a blue boiler suit emerged from t he warehouse carrying one of the containers as if it were a baby. Take the young ladies down to the warehouse and pop them in their coffins. Surveillance spotted them in the warehouse. 'Packer.' Smoothing back his sleek silver hair and adjusting the s ilk handkerchief in his breast pocket. they ran over to the sta ck and attempted to lift the container.. 'I wondered how long it would take your experts to n otice our intruders. do try to aspire to a modicum of subtlety.. Packer.Huddled against the coupling between two wagons.' he urged. 'That chap gives me the heebie-jeebies.' th e Doctor suggested eagerly.' Jamie whispered. they crept betw een the endless stacks of crates desperately seeking a likely route into the mai n building. chuckling with urbane amusement.' Va ughn laughed sarcastically. 'Let's find the lassies and get oot.' he pleaded. b ut it was securely fastened. 'Yon fello w must be a superman. 'Extraordinary !' marvelled the Doctor. All at once Packer 's reedy voice whined out of the intercom on Vaughn's desk. wincing fastidiously. 'Mr Vaughn.' When the man had gone. robot cameras in the roof were tracking their every movement and at the top of the tower block Tobias Vaughn was observing their pr ogress on his nine monitors. Jamie's eyes were popping with astonishment. 'We need a s prat to catch our mackerel. where they watche d the same man bring an identical container and add it to the pile. He placed it c arefully on one of the stacks and then returned to the warehouse.' Vaughn sighed despairingly.' 'I'll issue an alert. They've been entertaining me for at least ten minut es. Vaughn strode across to his private . Unknown to them. They failed even to budge it. 'Probably empty. The Doctor tried to raise the hinged lid. 'Let's find out. sir.' Jamie gasped. Leaving their hiding place. the Doct or and the boy are back again.
Tw o steel-helmeted guards armed with sten guns suddenly appeared between the wagon s and Jamie stumbled to a halt. Crouching in the shadows between the stacks. strutting malevolently t owards them. keeping their eyes skinned for any more boiler-suited Her cules.. wait!' growled the Doctor. When the elevator stopped. Zoe's in that crate!' he exclaimed. pointing back towards the loading bay. 'This place is like a maze. shouting to Jamie to stop behaving like an idiot. Jamie gasped as he caught a g limpse of a fluttering string of feathers trapped between the lid and the rim of one of the metal cases. His keen mind considered the probl em of the meddlesome Doctor and his mysterious circuits as he glided earthwards. . Suddenly they froze as two piercing screams echoed around the vast wareho use.Express.!' The Doctor chewed the frayed edge of his cravat in anguish as he saw Packer whip round and snatch out a pistol as Jamie bore down on him. standing upright with fists clenched and pulse racing madly.. 'Rats in a trap. 'Zoe and Isobel!' Jamie hissed.. Turn ing.' Jamie complained as he and the Doctor threaded their way cautiously among the identical stacks. they watched as Packer supervised two men loadin g two containers into the last wagon of the train. slipping their safety catches.' he hissed. grabbing his arm. 'Rats. Vaughn had made his decision. he scampered in pursuit. But the impulsive boy shook himself free and sprinted towards the wagons yelling at the top of his voice 'What have ye done with Zoe. he saw two more guards appear behind th e Doctor. Springing into vie w. It was hopeless. Packer's w eak face lit up in cowardly triumph. they ran on tip-toe in the direction of the marshalling yard.' . 'Doctor. 'Jamie.elevator and selected Ground Floor . Turning. The two friends stood side by side panting for breath as the four guards closed in on them.
' Jamie exploded. with blood seeping from his nose. you really must try to curb this violent streak in your nature. T he Doctor placed a restraining hand on Jamie's shoulder.this is private property. 'We heard them screaming. 'We came to look for two young friends of ours. Vaughn threw hack his head and roared wi th laughter. They came here in search o f you. it would se t our minds at rest if you would permit us to .' Vaughn nodded.' 'Silence!' Packer snapped.' he whined.. Vaughn's measured tones rang out. 'Really.' he chided menacingly. You appear to have been chasing one another's tails. 'You really are be ginning to try our patience. Vaughn glanced scornfully at th e Doctor. The Doctor cleared his throa t with undisguised distaste.' 'You see. 'Don't you understand . 'He admit s they're here. ' Packer lashed Jamie brutally across the face with his leather glove. 'Packer. 'Two young ladies.' he protested. the Director of International Electr omatix strode towards them. 'And Zoe's boa is sticking out of one of the boxes.' Jamie per sisted.. They were here.' the Doctor qui etly pointed out.' The Doctor gasped with shock as Jamie staggered against him clu tching his ear.' he said tartly. 'What a fertile imagination you have. young man. Mr Vaughn. In one of your tin coffins!' Jamie shouted. wiping the blood from his nose.' ' Aye. 'We saw the box with.. wagging his finger at the Doctor.. 'Mr Vaughn.As the guards forced their captives back towards the warehouse.' Vaughn shook his head regretfully. 'We did hear someone scream. though I admit the situation is a trif le provoking. 'Correction. 'What have you done with Zoe and Isobel?' Jamie demanded savagel y. 'I told y ou to be quiet.' Flanked by two armed guards.' 'And where are they now?' the Doctor inquired calmly. a restricted ar ea. Before Packer could repeat the vicious blow. Packer exulted i n his victory. 'They departed.
Doctor. Jamie started running after them but he was far too late. He gave up and stood staring at the rapidly accelerating train wi th a sinking heart..' As Jamie and the Doctor eagerly set off back towards the marshalling yard. in case there has been an accident. Vaughn signalled secretly to Packer and then caught up with them. Get the return transit rolling at on ce.' The Do ctor's brow was deeply furrowed with mounting anxiety. 'No doubt the Doctor is referring to the empty crates in transit back to the factories. all is not lost. 'However. 'I have to visit the f actory complex myself this afternoon.' Just as the Doctor. Pressing a tiny button. 'But of course. but he attempted a wry sm ile. 'Traffic? Top priority. exposing a miniaturise d two-way radio no bigger than a wristwatch. The Doctor squeezed his arm reassuringly and turned to Vaughn. The train's due out any minute. 'Yes.' Vaughn smiled. Would you two gentlemen care to accompany me? We can meet the train there. Packer pulled back his left sleeve. straining to hear Benton's .' Vaughn purred and led the way into the main building. 'After you.' Vaughn went on brightly.' he v entured tactfully. 'Most kind. Do you hear me? Right now. Mr Vaughn.examine the boxes in the last wagon.' Jamie glanced apprehensively at Packer and his security guards hovering at the entrance to the warehouse. 'What a pity. with a significant sideways glance of his hooded eyes.. Vaughn spread his arms generously.' 'Splendid. Brigadier A listair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart was sitting at his desk in the Hercules Operat ions Room. 'I am sorry.' he said. Jamie and Vaughn reached the loading bay there was a sudden clanking of couplings and the freight wagons slo wly began to pull out of the siding. We'd be delighted to come .' 'Then we must waste no more ti me.' Vaughn said consolingly. he whispere d urgently into it.' he agreed readily. He turned to Packer who was sulking at having the limelight stolen fro m him.
dar k-haired young officer at the Situation Map.' 'Yes. Shall we follow. Continue surveillance at your location.' 'Vaughn!' echoed the Brigadier in surprise. ' he shouted above the engines as they revved at reverse pitch to slow the heavy plane. Benton. They're getting into Vaughn's Rolls. 'Captain Turner. as soon as we're o n blocks get aboard a chopper and rendezvous with Section Three tracking agents. sir. They're just being driven off now.' Unlatching his seat belt. Then he turned to a tall. the Brigadier leaped to his. ' And Packer. 'The Doctor and the boy have just come out of the main e ntrance. briskly snapping instructions right and left. occasionally bre aking off to receive a report or to issue a .. feet. Out. 'Benton.' he shouted irrita bly. 'We'll play it by ear for a bit so keep your nose out of trouble. 'Should the Doctor contact us for hel p I'll have him connected directly to you. sir. 'How long ago did they go in to the railway yard?' he repeated.' snapped Turner with a crisp salute. 'Are they being harrassed..' he instructed. what the devil's going on?' he demanded i n clipped urgent tones. Just a minute.' The Brigadier stroked his neat moustache thoughtfully.' Turner strode away towards the huge cargo bay at the rear.' The Brigadier was roughly jolted about as the Hercules touched down and coasted along the uneven concrete runway. Benton?' 'Doesn't look like it.voice on the radiotelephone above the whine of the mighty turboprops as the mass ive plane came in to land on a disused RAF station. 'Sergeant Walters.. sir. 'About an hour ago. 'All looks quite friendly.. Tracey followed them to the.. sir.. The Brigadi er studied the brightly coloured Situation Map for a long time. sir. sir.' The Brigadier pressed the handset firmly to hi s ear and waited impatiently. sir?' 'Negative.. 'Benton. Vaughn's with them.. sir. alert aerial patrol Section Three.
They seem to be heading for the Factory Complex.standardisation and uniformity. Jamie hovered by the huge window.' he purred. Jimmy. 'Circle the area but keep out of sight. 'Confusing. We can't do anything until we get a request for assistance.' Then he ushered his visitors up to the top floor.string of orders to the widely spread and versatile forces under his overall com mand. 'If you're spotted it might make things worse for ou r two friends.. Doctor . At last Captain Turner came through. staring down b etween the vertical louvres at the complex of large factory buildings spread . 'They've just gone through the IE Compound gat es.' remarked th e Doctor with obvious distaste. 'After all.' he exclaimed. 'It's the secret of my s uccess.' he advised.' The Brigadier's calm exterior betrayed a brief tremor of excitement. isn't it?' He motioned them to sit down in the stylish chairs facing his desk. his eyes fixed steadfastly on the disturbing International Electromatix symbol on the pennant flying from the front wing of the enormous white Rolls Royce. 'Packer. The Doctor remained silen t during the short high-speed drive out of London.' he murmured wryly to himself. I'd rather like to talk to you about those fascinating circuits you le ft with me. f unctional office Jamie whistled in astonishment. Vaughn chuckled amiably. shouting above the din of the helicop ter engine on the radiotelephone..' At the door of his private elevator in the foyer. this is a ll rather unofficial. 'It's just like your London off ice. Vaughn turned to his Deputy.' He s igned off and took a sip of cold tea from his chipped mug. 'M eanwhile. As they walked into the spacious.' 'Mass production. 'You might even offer him a little gentle encouragement. be so good as to see what progress Professor Watkins is mak ing. sir.' Vaughn informed him as they drew up in front of what appeared to be a smaller version of the Company's City headquarters. 'The train with the empty contain ers will not arrive for some time.
'The essence of efficiency.'I will see if I can personally per suade Professor Watkins to divert his talents to investigating your little probl em. 'Our Research Department found these baffling. we won't help the girls by annoying Mr Vaughn. . She's a remarkable girl. 'Please make yourselves at home.' Vaughn said expansively. 'And you.below.' the Doctor assured him. 'What aboot Zoe an d Isobel?' he cried. Steam and smoke rose everywhere and a distant humming sounded constantly. 'So th at's why your bully boys got hold of her and Isobel.' The Doctor held up hi s hands patiently. Doctor. 'My dear young man. are a remarkable man. on the contrary I found t he incident quite amusing. 'Why do you say that?' he inquired modestly. 'Jamie. Mr Vaughn.' he turned back to the Docto r. 'I should be angry with you both.' As soon as he had gone. Vaughn took the two circuit panels from the TARDIS from his inner pocket and laid them on the desk. 'Och.' Jamie spun round. Vaughn stood up. giving nothing away.' he wa rned him. 'You're very kind. I haven't forgotten them.' he blurted out. I know they were in those box things. Jamie rushed over to the Doctor.' Vaughn walked over to his private elevator. 'So you are determined to preserve your secrets. 'You have thwarted my security system twice. The Doctor smiled blandly back at him. Doctor. She co mpletely destroyed one of our reception installations.' Va ughn went on. Doctor. 'Don't worry.' The Doctor inclined hi s head. I detest computers and I refuse to be controlled by them.' 'Your young friend Zoe appears to feel the same. 'It's quite simple. Why?' The Doctor shru gged casually.' The Doctor blushed. I can hardly blame you. Their structure seems totally illogical. Vaughn tur ned to him with an offended smile. We shall do all we can to help. Did you invent them you rself?' The Doctor remained enigmatically silent. Doctor. cleverly conc ealing his frustration.' he said graciously.
your niec e. rolledup shirtsleeves and an unbuttoned waistcoat. 'And he's a little too interested in these for my liking. 'You can take my word for that.' Packer was saying casually. transistors and coils almost buried within a web of tiny col oured . Vaughn strolle d across to the bench and frowned at a complicated assemblage of partially conne cted cathode tubes.' he announced soothingly. pe rhaps the Professor will be able to tell us what's happening here. 'You know I don't make idle threats. Jamie. 'Do ye think he knows aboot the TARDIS. 'It'd be such a shame to spoil her. 'Assuming you really have got Isobel. Watkins turned sharply.' The Doctor picked up the circuits. Professor.' Jamie went back over to the panoramic window 'Och well.' Watkins sno rted. Packer was lounging against the wall staring with sn eering contempt at a short stout balding man of about sixty clad in baggy trouse rs. 'She's a pretty girl. Packer. The bearded little man ga zed back at Packer with undisguised loathing through thick wireframed spectacles .'But he's being nice as pie to us. 'That's what puzzles me. 'Your word!' he scoffed dismissively. Electronic circuitry and tangles of cable were scattered over a large bench an d even over the crude unmade bunk in one corner.' 'You're a p athetic little sadist. squinting through his pebble lenses.' Jamie's eye s widened.' The Doctor b it his lip and sighed. If Vaughn has anything to hide. 'I don 't see how he could. how do I know you haven't harmed her already?' At that moment Vaughn appeared in the doorway. 'I don't belie ve you anyway. Doctor?' he whispered. Jamie.' 'Too nice.' Professor Watkins retorted sadly. why is he going to allow us to see Watkins?' In a cluttered room in the b asement below the building.' Packer stepped towards him. eyes blazing. If you value the girl you'll do as Mr Vaughn wishes.
' Shaking with outrage.' he scolded menacingly. no. 'No .' he purred. 'You know nothing to compromise me. Watkins frowned. focussing on the three large spheres moun ted on the roof of a small windowless building on the . 'I might tell them everything!' Vaughn threw hack his distinguished he ad and laughed. Watkins b razened it out for a few more seconds. S he is our guarantee. he turned relucta ntly to his half-assembled apparatus and sighed. 'Because I cert ainly shan't forget Isobel.' Vaugh n informed his victim. baring his discoloured teeth. Professor. Vaughn paused in the doorway. 'Otherwise.' Vaughn protested indignantly. 'Very well.' he threatened..' he ordered benignly and walked out.. 'You 'll let the poor child go if I cooperate?' he muttered faintly.' 'Of course you do. much as I abhore violence.' Packer thrust his pale perspiring face at Watkins. Finally he slumped meekly in defeat. shaking his domed head in distr ess.' Vaughn agreed. The Doctor fished out a small brass telescope and exten ded it. 'Friends? I'm not allowed visitors. Besides. 'So you still haven't completed the device.' he conceded at last. 'But she'll come to no harm. 'H owever. ' Watkins blinked at his smiling tormentors in anguish. 'No. In Vaughn's office. no. The Pr ofessor hesitated for a moment. 'Conduct the Professor's visitors down to him . Vaughn swung round on the tre mbling little figure.. don't fo rget Isobel.' he retorted. The choice is yours. Packer. Professor.wires.' The Professor started suspiciously and retreated a few paces. I don't intend to complete it. 'Some friends of yours are here and they're determined to see you. I think you will. then bowing to the inevitable. Jamie and the Doctor were at the window and Jamie was pointing out a strange building he had noticed in the distance..' snapped Watkins. 'My goodness me!' he muttered. I might not he able to restrain Packer's enthusiasm f or persuasive hospitality. But I want to see Isobel first. one more thing. 'Oh.
' he murmured confidentially. thrilled at the prospect of trouble. The Doctor coughed and blew his nose loudly..' he murmured. As soon as he was alone with his visitors Professor Watkins seemed to con quer his profound suspicion and to relax a little. Before the Doctor could refocus the telescope the door slid open and Packer swaggered in. 'But what are you doing h ere?' Watkins inquired brightly.' Watkins looked puzzled. I need help with some faulty circuits out of the TARDIS.' 'What's it doing here.' he beamed. I'd like to hear more..' he replied.' he a dded through clenched teeth.' Again the Doctor coughed and then b lew his nose violently. 'Please. studying the structure carefully. I remember Anne's description wa s most intriguing. 'T hat's rather a long story. 'I fear Miss Travers may have allowed her imagination to run rather wild. the Doctor led Jamie to the door.. 'She was a brilliant student... Then he nodded and smiled. . gentlemen. The Doctor turned and stared at him with raised eyebrows. Jamie. 'Come with me. But the Doctor's steadfast gaze eventua lly disconcerted him and at last he got the message. 'It looks like a deep space communications installation . I believe. They're in America now. 'The plot thicken s. Doctor. 'A helicopter! Perhaps it's t he Brigadier's mob. Suddenly Jamie pointed to a tiny black shape high above the distant woodland. Watkins's eager face clouded with disappointment..' 'Indeed.. your machine.' he snapped malevole ntly. 'Of course. weaving his way through the disorder towards the Professor's bunk.' he whispered.. 'Ah yes. 'But the fact is. With a brilliant smile. Anne Travers to ld me all about you. his eyes shifting surre ptitiously around the jumbled room while they chatted. 'You mean th e travel machine doesn't exist?' he cried.' replied the Doctor. Packer stared ba ck..far side of the complex. Doctor?' The Doctor shrugged..
..' he suggested with exaggerated enthusiasm.. it's called a Cerebration Mentor.' At that moment the Doctor found what he wanted... 'we landed in it this morning not far from.. 'Most ingenious. it's really j ust a new kind of teaching aid. At last the Professor's fee ble eyesight made out the miniature television camera lens fitted inside the gri lle. Professor..' Jamie burst out. starting to rummage feverishly in his many bulging pockets.' he burbled on.. 'Oh. of course it does. I'm afraid!' Tobias Vaughn's faintly amused smile abruptl y vanished as the image on the monitor broke up.' His words were muffled by a prolonged fit of wheezing and coughing fro m the Doctor who was now perched on the bunk facing them and shooting significan t glances towards a small ventilator grille set into the wall. 'It is able to t ransmit encoded thought patterns directly into the brain. utterly confused by their extraordinary ant ics.. .' he mumbled sha mefacedly. Professor. 'Check the system.' he snapped.. Aye. 'But not foolproof.. 'Never felt better!' the Doctor la ughed. However the device c an also induce emotional changes in the subject and therefore make it more susce ptible to rapid learning.' The Doctor nodded energetically. Professor Wa tkins glanced from one to the other. Packer hastily pressed several buttons on th e Director's desk. Then Jamie notice d something glinting in one corner of the grille. At once the other eight video screens all showed clear..' he exc laimed. reaching up and attaching the magnet to the grille right next to the len s. 'Tell us some thing about your important work here.'Och. flashed violently and disappear ed.. 'My work?' Watkins echoed with flattered delight. It was a small but exceedingly powerful magnet.. slowl y scanning views of various sections of the complex. 'Och. grimacing as if to encourage Watkins to keep talking regardless. turning to the Professor and mouthing a frantic warning. 'Are you all right?' he ventured kindly. 'It's.
' Packer's face suddenly betr ayed a deeply rooted unease. 'The time has come t o stop playing cat and mouse with the Doctor and his friends. 'But if you were ordered to. but first I must discover the secrets of this extraordinary machine. Packer. Vaughn thumped the desk decisively. The barbarian Scottish youth confirmed it a moment ago.' he shouted.. I give them. 'Our friend. The Do ctor operates some kind of travel device.' 'No.' Packer 's small but prominent eyeballs bulged.' he grunted. Packer's scalp crept visibl y in surprise. striding across to the elevator.. No wonder our allies fear him. the Doctor. is a resourceful man. Packer. staring across at the blank wall. flushing with pent up frust ration. 'That's impossible. Our allies ordered me to destroy the Doctor.Vaughn turned sharply away from the bank of screens. 'They know him?' 'They encountered him on another planet. He licked his thin lips nervously. 'I don't take orders.' .
' Jamie shouted. He held the tiny object aloft l ike a trophy. allow me.' 'Someone's coming!' Jamie warned them. 'I know no more than you do Doctor. Doctor.' Th e Doctor sighed. going over and removing the magnet. acknowledging the irony of the situation. retreating from the door whe re he'd been keeping watch. 'Please don't trouble yourself... we hav e little time. my cl ear fellow. 'You must realise that you force me to co nsider other methods of obtaining the information I want. 'So you have got the lassie. 'I've a nasty feeling he's aiming a lot higher than that.' he submitted. Professor.. 'Most ingenious. The Doctor hurried across to the ventilator and was just about to remove his magnet from the grille when Vaughn strode in with Packe r sneering at his elbow. but alas not foolproof. What do you know about Vaughn's activities? What's he up to here? ' Watkins fluttered his hands helplessly. ex cept that he wants control of my invention to add to his electronics empire...' Vaughn began.' the Doctor pointed out. There is still the Brigadier remember.' Va ughn smiled.. becoming cold and undisguised. barging forward.. 'Your friend Zoe will arrive here shortly .' .' he joked. 'But quickly. Jamie's fists cl enched and unclenched behind his back.. Vaughn's bland manner abruptly c hanged. 'Not entirely. 'If Vaughn has your young friend Zoe as well as Isobel th en we are completely at his mercy.' Inwardly boiling with resentment and rage. the Doctor remained silent and impassive.4 Hitching Lifts Professor Watkins shuffled slowly round his basement prison wringing his gnarled hands in desperation. The Doctor b owed. 'If ye've harmed her.
sensi ng his opportunity to redeem himself in Vaughn's estimation.' he promised.. Doctor.' he ann ounced curtly.' Under Vaughn's pale gaze.. 'It's no good Mr Packer. 'Och aye . Here he comes now. 'Doctor. Vaughn wandered over to the cowering figure by the bench. 'Actually I'd rather tell you everything. Packer!' The gleam of anticipation shone in Packer's beady eyes as he drew his pistol and motioned the Doctor and Jamie towards the door..' he admitted. Packer escorted his prisoners t o the main elevator shaft and summoned the lift. grinning wanly at Packer. 'What's wrong?' asked Jamie. After a baffled pause Jamie nodded furiously.' the Doctor shrugged.. 'Just my little phobia about lifts. 'I' d better tell you what you want to know. Meanwhile. with a bleak smile. the Doctor star ed up at the indicator and suddenly shivered.' . nudging Jamie to enter the lift. The Doctor nodded.' Packer's bloodless mouth compressed wi th suspicion and he raised his gun. As Packer marched them outside. 'You're willing to talk?' he demanded. You have exactly sixty mi nutes to decide. As they waited. Yer wee phobia?' he murmured sympathetically. Professor. frantically gesturing to Jamie behind his back. I can't bear to let Zoe suffer.Vaughn waved him away disdainfully.' The Doctor stared deliberately over Packer's shoulder. 'I find Mr Vaughn ra ther. 'Too late.. Watkins picke d up a soldering probe and bowed half-heartedly over his apparatus to resume his thankless task with trembling hands.. I want your travel machine. 'And now I suggest that you continue with your vital work. 'Either you hand it over to me or Packer will be obliged to intro duce Miss Zoe to his rather crude form of hospitality.' he continued. The D octor grasped Jamie firmly by the arm and guided him to obey. 'No more interruptions. T hen he turned to Jamie and swivelled his eyes and contorted his eyebrows in a br ief pantomime of signals. As the lift arrived an d the doors slid open the Doctor suddenly turned to Packer and gave a hopeless s hrug.
he muttered, hacking into the lift as Packer turned to look down the empty corri dor. Meanwhile Jamie had pressed a button and the doors started to close before Packer could turn hack to them. The Doctor just managed to wriggle between the d oors in time. They snapped together and the lift began to ascend. 'Quick, give m e your dirk,' he cried. Jamie reached into his sock and drew out a short, wicked looking dagger. Snatching it eagerly the Doctor prised the faceplate off the con trol panel and yanked out a handful of wires. 'What are ye doing?' Jamie gasped in alarm. The Doctor gave the bundle of wires a sharp tug. 'We shall either stop or crash back down the shaft,' he announced impassively. Jamie glanced at the f loor indicator. 'But we're six floors up!' he shrieked. 'Then hold tight,' mutte red the Doctor, tugging again. There was a short burst of sparks and a few wisps of black smoke from the panel and the lift whined to a halt. They held their br eaths. Suddenly there was a scream of distant gears and the lift dropped several metres before jerking to a stop again. White-faced and sweating they picked the mselves up off the floor. Jamie gazed in disbelief as the Doctor gingerly bounce d up and down a few times. To their relief the lift stayed put. The Doctor grinn ed. 'It was a fifty-fifty chance, Jamie, but we're safe,' he said smugly. 'We're not. We're stuck five floors up!' Jamie protested heatedly, snatching back his dirk and shoving it down his sock. The Doctor smiled patiently. 'Jamie, the lift is stuck, not us,' he retorted, pointing up at the small trapdoor in the ceilin g above them. 'Come on, up you go.' The Doctor touched his toes and Jamie clambe red reluctantly onto his back. 'Och, ye're a clever wee chap,' he admitted grudg ingly, pushing open the trapdoor. 'Thank you, Jamie,' came the Doctor's muffled response, 'and you're a brave wee chap, so you can go first.'
A few minutes later Jamie had heaved the Doctor up through the hatchway and they crouched on the roof of the lift, gazing apprehensively up the long shaft where the greasy cables disappeared into the darkness. The Doctor tested the narrow s teel ladder clamped to the wall of the shaft. 'It's a long climb, Jamie, but wit h luck we'll reach the top before they realise what's happened.' Something scrib bled in the thick layer of dust on the lift roof caught his eye. 'Who's Kilroy?' he wondered absently. Jamie grinned and wiped his finger. 'Och, nobody you'd kn ow. Come on, Doctor.' With Jamie leading the way they started to climb the verti cal ladder, their laboured efforts causing eerie echoes in the tall dark shaft. 'Doctor, what happens if... if they get the lift working again before... we reac h the top?' panted Jamie after a while. The Doctor grunted breathlessly. 'Quite simple, Jamie. We get squashed...' Jamie smiled grimly to himself at the epitaph they had left below them in the dust... KILROY WAS HERE. Vaughn stood by the el evator doors shaking his head incredulously. 'I'll kill them...' spluttered Pack er, his hand over the mouthpiece of the service telephone. 'You'll do no such th ing,' Vaughn snapped. 'I want them alive.' 'What the hell happened?' Packer yell ed down the phone. 'Well, use the emergency circuits, man,' he ordered, slamming the receiver clown. 'The thing's stuck between the fourth and fifth floors.' 'S o I gathered, Packer,' murmured Vaughn ominously. 'Our clever Doctor has outwitt ed you once again.' Packer's cruel mouth twitched and curled with hatred. 'Well, now he's been a hit too clever. He's trapped,' he sneered. Vaughn's face darken ed. 'I don't understand his motive,' he pondered, 'Unless he's just playing for time.'
Packer seized the receiver and punched a few digits with his gloved knuckle. 'Pa cker. Cover all lift doors. Two men on each floor. Now. Move,' he rapped. Vaughn shaded his eyes, his sensibilities offended by his Deputy's hysterical behaviou r. 'Calm clown, Packer, our birds can't fly away,' he protested quietly. They wa ited, Vaughn expressionless and unblinking, Packer tense and fidgetting. Eventua lly the service telephone buzzed. Packer answered. 'Right. Send it down to the b asement,' he instructed. Two armed and visored security guards came clattering d own the concrete emergency stairs next to the elevator shaft just as the indicat or light lit up. They levelled their machine pistols as the lift doors opened. P acker stared open-mouthed into the empty car. 'They've vanished... just vanished !' he whined. 'Did it stop anywhere on the way down?' he rapped into the telepho ne. 'No? You sure?' he demanded shrilly. 'Come here, Packer,' Vaughn called wear ily from inside the lift. Dry-throated and sweating, Packer obeyed. Vaughn was p ointing to the trapdoor. Packer's eyes narrowed to slits of glittering malice. ' I'll get them, sir... I'll get them,' Packer vowed, dabbing his cheese-coloured forehead with his sleeve. 'Call me when you do. I'll he in my office,' Vaughn or dered, walking despairingly out of the lift. 'And try not to lose them...' Smart ing from his master's sarcastic taunt in front of the two guards, Packer pulled back his cuff and viciously spat orders into his miniature radio. 'Packer. They' re in the shaft. Get men onto the roof immediately.' He hesitated a moment, his nose slowly puckering into a sneer of malicious anticipation. 'And tell the engi neer to take the lift right to the top. Now!' he added, beckoning the two guards into the car with him.
To his relief he saw that the Doctor was running down a fir eescape fitted in the angle of the L-shaped building. a stifled sc ream blocking his throat. As he started slithering down the metal staircase a blood-curdling chorus of h owling sirens broke out all around the complex. just a wee minute . stumbling across to the parap et and looking over the edge at the dizzying drop below.. sir.' he whooped.' the Doctor ga sped feebly from the rickety ladder beneath him.. his uniform torn and his face streaked with dirt.. sending a red-hot shiver through their exhausted bodies.' Jamie shut his eyes and dragged himself over the parapet . wrenching open the steel door in the concrete housing and burst ing onto the flat roof.. The Doctor struggled out after him and they lay on their backs for a few seconds. 'Come on. concluding his pathetic re port. 'McCrimmons for ever . greasy darkness. Jamie sat bolt upright.. Jamie. . gratefully gulping the cool fresh air. 'It's catching us up. Quick. moaning with fatigue. 'Quick.' At last Jamie reached the metal gantry supporting the winding gear. Jamie. Then the Doctor jumped up..' he panted.... Jamie.' yelled the Doctor. 'Och.Furiously clambering up through the dusty.. Packer stood dejectedly in fro nt of Vaughn's desk. Above them the electric moto r whined inexorably and below them the grinding of wheels and the shrieking of b earings rose relentlessly towards them. Suddenly the ha rsh whining ceased abruptly and there was a final numbing clang as the lift hit its buffer-stops. 'No time to lose. scarcely daring to look down. 'They mus t have gone down the fire escape. he limped across the roof. Jamie and the Doctor desperately redoubled their efforts when they heard the terrifying clanks and w hirrings as the lift became operational again and the cables started whipping an d clattering only a few centimetres away from them..' Jamie pleaded.' he mumbled. they'll b e up there any minute. climbing over the parapet and disappearing.. Dumb with horror. 'Come on.
. very slowly. 'You're taking too big a chance. its teaching function doesn't worry them.Vaughn shook his head very. 'I am convinced that the emotional pulses could be used to dest roy our allies. moving up to him. Packer?' he whispered hoarsely. 'They ordere d me to destroy the prototype. It's only a matter of time. Suddenly he punched a fist into his open palm and rounded on his Deputy.' Vaughn uttered a short derisive laugh.' Packer gazed at his Director in astonishment. 'Why do you suppose I ke ep that senile old fool Watkins alive?' 'To work on his machine.' he muttered. Then Packer swallowed.' he declared confidently. 'and we're playing for very high stakes. rising to his feet and gazing out over his empire spread before him. sir. 'But you can't fight them!' he spluttered. 'I want the Doctor and the boy. Vaughn moved even closer to him.' 'Orders. 'Do you want to become inhuman? One of t hem?' Packer tried to step back but his legs were like jelly. are we not?' Packer licked his tacky lips. Vaughn smiled bla ndly.. 'I told you before.' Vaughn revealed. 'You should have let me deal wit h them properly right at the start. 'Do you want to be totally con verted. 'And if you'd only o bey our allies' orders. Pa cker's bottled up frustration suddenly erupted. ' he argued. I don't obey orders.' 'Our allies ar e extremely disturbed by the Professor's machine.. Vaughn shook his head slyly.' Vaughn paused dramatically. 'The whole compound's on al ert. Packer?' Vaughn echoed.' he croaked.' Packer stared at him like a mesmerised animal. savouring Packer 's bewilderment. There was silence. it's a reasonable gamble. but when w e generated some emotion pulses. 'The invasion will be under my control and when it is successfully accompl ished I shall remain supreme. 'That's just a guess.' he said in an awful.' he concluded. I give them. Packer looked thoroughly rattled. 'T hey are afraid of it?' 'Oh.' he snarled accusingly. hus hed voice. 'No. .. his pale eyes boring like lasers.
. his face quickly twisted with apprehension and anger. They shut themselves inside a fre ight wagon and flopped down between the containers to recover their breath.' he informed his master. 'When they a re safely tucked away we shall flush out our clever Doctor. sir?' 'They cannot hurt us. as casually as if he were describing a parlour game. 'Excellent. However.' Vaughn approved.' he proposed. sir?' Vaughn went to the window and scanned the skies.' All at once a highpitched bleeping sounded from Packer's wrist. All around them sirens droned their eerie alert and they soon heard the tramping of boots outside as Packet's men searched the yard. Packer. 'And speaking of insurance. Jamie and the Doctor managed to reach the railw ay sidings very quickly without being spotted.. patting his arm. 'That's what will happen to us if they tak e over. As he listened.' Thanks to their memory of the layout of the complex s een from Vaughn's office window.' Vaughn grinned. What are we going to do.' Vaughn assured him in an almost unnatural voice. 'I think the Doctor may be connected to the UNIT or ganisation. 'You're sure Watkins's device can do it?' Vaughn shrugged indifferently. 'If we obtain the Doctor's travel machine we can escape if necessary. h ave the two girls arrived?' Packer informed him that they should be on their way over to the Administration Building. 'Nothing at all. After a pause Packer grinned faintly. He held the minute radio to his ea r. Packer was astounded. We shall cease to be human.Vaughn pursued his fear relentlessly. 'Just leave this to me. shifting uneasily in antici pation of Vaughn's reaction. 'Nothing.' 'Insurance?' 'Pr ecisely. Packer. we can make use of their force to c onquer the world and then discard them at our leisure. 'There' s an unidentified helicopter in the area and Perimeter Security report strangers sighted near the compound..' he snapped.
He lay motionless. but eventually he heard the wagon door slide shut and a ll was quiet again. 'Och. his teeth chattering wit h fright. 'Quick. 'Ssssh. The Doctor crawle d over and peered into the crate.. 'Soon see. 'I wonder what it is. 'If it is then these crates should be empty. hide. s cracely breathing while the guards searched the wagon.' Jamie knelt up. jamming himself into a tiny niche be tween the stacks of containers. There was just room for him squeezed betwen the lid and the strange object underneath...' he said. J amie.'D'ye think this could be the train Zoe and Isobel were on?' Jamie whispered. Suddenly he felt a slight movement beneath him and heard a faint brittle rustling. He fought to stifle a scream of terro r and the urge to jump out of the crate.' Jamie climbed out. The Doctor crept out and opened the lid. Darkness plays strange tricks. 'Imagination. In sheer desperation Jamie clambered into the open co ntainer and pulled down the lid in the nick of time. disappointed. Th e Doctor considered a moment. these are full. In the end he hardly knew whether it wa s his own quaking or something else that was really moving underneath him.' warned the Doctor. The n ightmare seemed eternal.' he grunted. the guards are still outside. heaving at the lid of the nearest con tainer. He could just distinguish a bulky outline in a kin d of plastic material surrounded by dense cobweb filaments. The Doctor stared at the cocoon thing and shook his head. Instantly a clammy cold sweat broke out all over his body and tiny hot n eedles seemed to prick his neck and scalp.' . Jamie . Jamie.. 'Search these wagons!' someone shouted and they heard the ominous sound of wagon doors openin g.. like a cocoon lying in the darkness. Jamie searched around feverishly for somewhere f or himself. All at once the handle of the door was wrenched back and the heavy d oor started to slide open.' Sudden voices outside silenced him. like dead leaves in a breeze. it moved!' he whispered. Slowly it swung open. 'That thing in there. 'Doctor. His face went rigid and he bit his lip uncerta inly. Jamie.
. 'Sangster and Graves. 'The lassies!' Jamie hissed. 'Must b e some of the Brigadier's mob. but his b lood was up and his blue eyes sparkled with aggressive determination. But the Doctor said that it was too soon for that. Eventua lly they rounded a corner of the generating plant and flattened themselves behin d an empty skip to watch Packer supervising the opening of two containers which had just been deposited on the steps of the entrance to the Administration Build ing by a small forklift truck. Let's call him up.' At that moment there was a commotion outside.' Reluctantly Jamie obeyed. then we'll go and find them. forgetting the horror of the last few minutes and making for the door. Doctor. Jamie screwed up his eyes and watched a h elicopter chattering across the sky some distance away from the complex.' he grinned. 'Sorry.. The Doctor grabbed his sleeve.. . Jarnie.' someone shouted. get those girls over to Administration pronto. work ing out a way to get to the prisoners. First they must rescue Z oe and Isobel. And as soon as the coast was clear. but they had to dodge and dive for cover whenever patrols or personnel appeared. The sirens had stopped wailing. leading the way hack up the fire-escape in the angle between the tower and the adjoining buildings. but I'm afraid I abhor lifts. 'Wait. 'Are you sure? Then we'd b etter take a look. While the Doctor twiddled his thumbs with profound concentration. As soon as the guards had gone. they emerged cautiously from the freight wagon and then sp rinted hell-for-leather along the narrow alleyways between the huge factory buil dings towards the Administration Block.' he suggested impatien tly. Jamie. Let things quieten d own out there. Jamie and the Doctor just managed to overhear Packer order the girls to he taken up to the ten th floor. Doctor.' The Doctor looked sceptical. Zoe and Isobel were hauled roughly out of the cra tes and bundled through the glass doors at the base of the tower..'But I felt it. he led Jamie in a desperate s print across the open concrete yard and round to the back of the tower.
'Lot of unusual activity down in the compound. cramped Operations Room. At that moment..' he murmured. sir. sir. Red Victor Three.' As the brisk response s buzzed in his ear the Brigadier picked up his beret. tugging the ends of his moustache. Report readiness.. 'Red Victor One mustering to standby. The Signals Sergeant flicked a bank of switches. Red Victor Two standing by. . It fell apart and floated on the top. Ten minutes. They shinned recklessly up the shuddering rungs to the first roof and dropped d own behind the parapet to rest a moment.' he requested. breathed on the UNIT badg e and proudly polished it against his chest. 'Lethbridge-Stewart to all Red units. linkin g the step-like series of flat roofs at the rear of the Administration Building.Gritting his teeth. 'All units plea se. pointing to the sheer wall of glass rising like a cliff above the next roof.. Jarnie scowled and clambered reluctantly up the metal spiral behind him. Penetration of Red Sector imminent.' gasped the Doctor.' The B rigadier nibbled thoughtfully at a digestive biscuit. We're ready when yo u are. . Doctor. the Doctor was leading Jamie precariously a long a narrow ledge leading from one of the landings on the fireescape to a vert ical maintenance ladder which ran up the side of the connecting building. Inside the busy. Looks li ke some kind of alert. 'Right. He swung round in his chair and studied the Sit uation Map for a few minutes. sir. sir.' He dunked the remains of the biscuit impatiently while he waited for the situation reports. Pull out an d stand by.' 'Any sign of the Doctor and the boy?' 'None. 'Right. Jimmy. 'That'll be the tenth floor up there..' The Brigadier picked up his handset.. 'Go ahead.' he ordered crisply. s ir. LethbridgeStewart stirred a fresh mug of tea as he listened intently to Captain Turner's muffled report f rom the helicopter.
'We do indeed. 'And keep down. While Jamie started waving frantically to attract the attenti on of the vague figure behind the reflective glass ten or so metres above them.' 'Equipped wit h a rope ladder of some kind?' 'Naturally.' buzzed the Brigadier.' the Doctor snapped. they listened to the cold mechanical threat echoing around the complex. 'Come on.' he muttered urgently.Jamie craned upwards unenthusiastically. Jamie. Jamie.' muttered Jamie gloomily. 'And how do we get them out?' 'Stop looking for problems. Vaughn's eerily calm voice suddenly blared out from h uge tannoy speakers fixed to the corners of the tower building above them: 'Wher ever you are. Ju st as Jamie followed suit.. but how do we ken which room they 're in?' he objected. 'Let's just get up there first..' He scurried across the asphalt and started scrambling up the vertical ladder to the next storey.. try to tell Zoe to keep away f rom the window. Clinging unsteadily to the creaking ladder. 'We'll be on the roof of the . Do you have a helicopter in the vicinity?' said the Doctor hurriedly. I'll order Captain Turner to find you immediately. Doctor.' replied the Doctor with airy confidenc e. 'Somebody's there. It's Zoe!' h e cried excitedly. Ten minutes from now your friend Zoe will pay for your foolish lac k of cooperation. 'Brigadier. 'Jamie. Doctor.' The Doctor glanced up at the roof of the Administration B uilding a dozen storeys above them. 'Not much time. deployed the s tubby aerial and pressed the call button. time eno ugh to effect a simple rescue operation.' 'Hallo Doctor. staring up at the inaccessible identical windows. the Doctor took out the polyvox unit the Brigadier had given him. come in. 'Aye. Doctor. listen carefully. otherwise she'll give the game away. You have just ten minutes to relinquish your freedom. 'Oh.' Seconds later they reached the second roof and Jamie sudden ly grabbed the Doctor's arm and pointed upwards. I thin k we shall require your assistance in a few minutes.
Zoe peered down. Out and..' she muttered. clapping her hands with delight ..' 'Excellent. this is all my fault.' 'Oh yes.. 'I think Big Brother is watching us. Why have they kidnapped us lik e this?' Zoe shrugged. 'I'm so rry.' Jamie was pointing to his eyes and then to the window and then doing an obscure little mime.. It's a sheer dr op.' Isobel joked with a brave smile. North East corner. Isobel. look. Then Zoe noticed that what appeared to be a s potlight bulb suspended from the ceiling was in fact a rotatable electronic eye. turning to look round the bare featureless office where they were imprisoned.' 'Or a set of wings. Suddenly she caught sight of Jamie waving frantically directly below them. and about. 'Why didn't they just turn us over to the fuzz or something. Isobel. 'It was horrible inside those crate things. 'Just act as if nothing was happening.' Isobel still looked shocked after the ordeal inside the contain ers.' crackled the Brigadier appreciatively..' she murmured out of the side of her m outh.. 'I think Jamie's t elling us to keep away from the window. 'There's nothing to make any sort of ladder with either. as if giving up all thought of . I trust!' Zoe had been staring clown at the grey concrete and metal buildings which formed the Internat ional Electromatix Factory Complex with an expression of hopeless gloom.' the Doctor signed off. Isobel. 'And all in one piece too. 'If I hadn't blown up that stu pid computer. 'Ov er and out.' she said..' They moved away from the window with affected casualness and sat down against the wall. Zoe?' she wond ered. it's Jamie and the Doctor!' she cried.tower block. Brigadier. pressing her pale face to the windo w.. The two girls glan ced at each other in bewilderment. That should give your helicopter cove r from any ground fire. 'I don't see any way out of here. trying to hide his uneasy expression from Jamie as he stared at the thin metal ladder runn ing up the side of the tower. trying to interpret Jamie's wild gestures. 'Z oe.
.' Vaughn retorted mildly.resistance. Shoot the machine down if necessary. 'They won't give th emselves up. Then he looked back at the girls slump ed in their prison. Packer.. The sudden clattering whine of a helicopt er made Packer spin round to the window again. selecting a different channel on one of the video screens in the wall opposite him. listening to h is miniature VHF unit and scanning the sky over the complex. Merely h uman. 'Doctor.' On the screen.' Packer stood at the window. Mr Vaughn!' he rappe d and he hurried out of the office. Zoe and Isobel appeared sitting in discon solate silence on the floor of their room. No doubt the helicopter is manoeuvering to pick them up. 'Two minutes. For a fleeting moment Vaughn looked slightly uneasy. Mr Vaughn.' Packer's eyes lit up..' Jamie was tempted to wrench the cables out of the speakers as he and the Doctor clambered over the parapet and onto the roof of the tower block with Vaughn's deafening warning ri nging in their . 'They won't want their charming little friend s to come to any harm. his lip curling in a cruel sadistic sneer.. Doctor. 'Yes.' he speculated. 'How very ungallant of them.' he murmured. Vaughn pressed a button on his desk and leaned towards the slim microphone.' he whined. Stop them. Mr Vaughn. observing the girls on the screens for a moment.' he announced in an expressionless monotone. They'd be mad to. Doctor? Five minutes. Packer turned and gazed at them. 'Two minutes. 'The helicopter. But inside. Vaughn reclined in his chair. yo u have just five minutes left. Then he leaned forward and pressed the tannoy button. Packer. they were tense with excitement and expectation. He came to the window and looked up at the helicopter as it passed out of sight . 'Do you hear me. 'Perhaps the Doctor and the boy plan to save their own skins and to desert the young ladies. hovering directly over the tower block. It's right overhead!' he warned. 'Not mad.
squeezing himself through the gap and jumping into the room with the e nd of the ladder. 'Don't be an imbecile. 'Good. ye're quite welcome to stay here wi' M r Packer. screaming with fright as Jamie's heavy boots crashed against the glass. do you?' she exclaimed. wailing the alert all over the compound.. 'You.. down you go. catc hing the swaying rungs and throwing them over the parapet on the side of the tow er where Zoe and Isobel were confined. 'No. backing away from the parapet. lassie. 'Surely you're not going to leave the lassies be hind!' he shouted above the din of the rotors. Isobel's delight at seeing him turned to queasy doubt. He leaned over to check the length as Tur ner paid out the ladder from the helicopter. you don't expect us to climb up that. Jamie. the banshee chorus of sirens str uck up again.' he muttered. Glaring resentfully. countyish girl. Jamie set his jaw.?' h e expostulated. Zoe gave Jamie a quick grateful hug. Jamie looked dagg ers at the pouting. hurry yerself!' Jam ie cried.' The beefy young Scot stared a t him and then shuddered dizzily as he looked over the edge at the end of the la dder snapping to and fro in the stiff breeze. 'What? Me? Climb down there.' the Doctor yelled back irritably. 'Now Jamie. took a deep breath and hauled himse lf onto the violently swinging ladder and out over the parapet. Zoe leaped to her feet and managed to force ope n one side of the window after a struggle. as the end of the ladder came sna king down.' she said firmly. 'Come on. signalling to Turner to stop lowering. Isobel. He watched the Doctor signalling to Captain Turner to lower the rope ladde r from the hovering helicopter. th anks. terrifying climb down the lurching rungs.. The girls visibly jumped. As he began the long. 'Och. 'Come on.ears. Eventually Jamie reached the tenth floor and kicked himself sideways to align with the window where he ha d spotted Zoe.' .. 'Surely you're not going to leave the lassies here?' the Doctor shouted sarcastically.' he retorted indignantly. punching Jamie's muscular arm.
steadying the ladder as Z oe obediently clambered on and started to climb confidently upwards. Isobel shook her head in despair. a shower of lethal concrete splinters su ddenly exploded out of the edge of the parapet. I don' t think I can. Jamie put a comforting arm round her and squeezed. On the steps at the front of the b uilding. 'And dinna look down whatever ye do. ' Course ye can. sending them all diving flat on their faces as Packer's men fired a last futile salvo at the roof.' he added. shouting encouragement as bullets whizzed a gainst the concrete and glass all around him. 'I'm sorry.' gasped Isobel. then Isobel and me last. Just as Zoe scrambled safely onto the roof a fusillade of m achine pistol fire zipped up the side of the Administration Building from the ma in entrance far below. With urgent persuasiveness. Then Packer o rdered his men onto the roof and stormed after them. Zoe followed her. 'Thank goodness that's over. Jamie struggled d esperately up the ladder behind her.' Jamie commanded. Packer and his men were racing up the fire escape and as soon as they came within sight of the UNIT helicopter. lifting the trembling Isobel onto the ladde r with his free hand.' the Doctor shouted. The ladder creaked and stretched under their combined we ight and the rocking of the helicopter sent the fugitives gyrating in all direct ions. Zoc and Jamie finally got Isobel back onto the ladder. then the Do ctor and finally Jamie.' she panted.. Below them. . lassie. 'I'm afraid it isn't quite yet.' At that moment.'Zoe first. smashing several windows around Isobel. pointing at the second length of ladder leading up at an angle to the helicopter hovering over the oppo site corner of the rooftop. seething with rage and frus tration at his continuing failures.. ashen-fac ed. At last Isobel and Jamie were dragged unscathed over the parapet by Zoe and the Doctor. Packer was screaming orders and gesticulating like a maniac up at his e scaping quarry. the Doctor. To Zoe and Isobel it seemed to take forever to reach the p arapet where the Doctor was anxiously waiting for them under the threshing blade s of the helicopter.
Zoe and Isobel yelled encouragem ent to Jamie as he forced himself up the last few rungs of the crazily whipping ladder with bullets sizzling past him.they spread out over the flat roof immediately below the tower and concentrated their fire. Safe in the helicopter. Four pairs of hands hauled him into the c abin and the pilot banked steeply and climbed rapidly away westwards and out of range. the Doctor. .
. Mean while I shall attend to our UNIT friends. Vaughn leaned forward on t he desk and thrust his impassive face a few centimetres from his Deputy's pallid mask. checking printouts and consulting telex messages.' he hi ssed. The invasion forces are nowhere near complete.5 Skeletons in Cupboards Packer stood bowed and defeated in Vaughn's office. 'I want Watkins's Cerebration M achine loaded into the car immediately..' Vaughn silenced h im with a curt nod.. That chopper was from the UNIT outfit. 'Your incompetence defies description.' . His master was mov ing briskly around his desk.' Vaughn purred wearily. 'The re will be no official reaction. 'The forces are sufficient for our immediate purpose. 'I told you so. We're going back to London.' Packer thumped the desk wit h both clenched fists. 'Thanks to your bungling I shall be obliged to bring the invasion forward . 'You will attend to the machine and then bring Watkins up here to me. Vaughn clicked his tongue and shook his head.' he murmured menacingly..' Packer star ed at him aghast and started to object ineffectually. which is more than I can say for you. Packer. but fortunately it no longer matters. 'Don't argue:' Vaughn rapped. I am fully in control of the situation. Packer. I told you.' he persisted accusingly. ' Oh. his lank hair sticking in lo ng black strands across his sweating forehead. do stop panicking.' Packer muttered darkly to himself like a chided schoolboy. Then he laughed derisively. 'We have just twenty-four hours to prepare. 'Twenty-four hours? They'll never ag ree to that.' he whined anxiously.' Packer l ooked appalled. 'But there'll be an official reaction now that lot are in volved.
. suddenly hardening his tone. He was wearing a drab suit and a rugger c lub tie. 'Male or female?' he inquired in a public school voice. 'Good afternoon. Cowed. Ministry of Defence. He pressed a switch and the smart young lady appeared.. with grey hair and moustache and a florid complexion. Goodbye. 'My name is Tobias Vaughn. You r UNIT friends have been causing me considerable aggravation.' Routledge cleared his throat and grinned roguishly at the s creen.' Vaughn replied.. Seconds later.. sir.' Vaughn requested pleasantl y.' he stammered uncomfortab ly. 'Excellent. Minister..' he sa id into a green telephone receiver. He was a thickset. At once a light started flashing on the videophone unit mounted on the huge.' The screen fuzzed and then Vaughn's smiling face took shape. 'Now listen to me.' Instantly Routledge's face set in an odd. 'Vaughn? Ah yes. croaking an indistinct confirmation.Packer opened his weak mouth to object. square-faced man of about forty-five. Major-General Routledge sat in his cheerless. Vaughn punched a private code int o the keyboard of the small videophone in front of him. Mr Vaughn. As soon as he was alone. my dear.' 'Good afternoon.' In the bowels of the vast Ministry of Defence bui lding in Whitehall. 'Mr Tobias Vaughn . cluttered ma hogany desk. darkened offic e in front of an ornate marble fireplace with sporting trophies lining the mante lpiece. Major-General Routledge. The Major-General nodded. I'll see you at eight at the Club. They must be stopp ed at once. please. laughing nervously as he rang off. 'Outside cal l for you. a smart y oung woman appeared on the screen. fine. Routledge. but the diamond glint in Vaughn's pale e ye silenced him. Do you understand?' . he turned on his heel and strode out with as much dignit y as he could muster. 'Put him through on priority scramble. 'Good afternoon. '. Is this channel secure?' he asked casually.. uneasy half-smile and his eyes dulled imperceptibly. General.
slowly massaging his temples as if to rid himself of a violent headache.' Turner reported laconically. 'But what about my uncle? He's still a prisoner. Fortunately Vaughn's jackboot brigade can't shoot for toffee. I understand. 'All Red Sector groups stand d own and stand by. glancin g ironically at the Doctor who was nibbling thoughtfully on a more modest portio n.' Vaughn smiled bleakly.' Routledge echoed meekly in a dreamy.' he ordered briskly. 'Yes.' he mumbled after a pause. Eventually he gazed back at the screen again. 'UNIT must be stopped. 'There must be no more interference. I know I can rely on you. 'Aye. sir. accepting a brimming mug of tea from Captain Turner.' 'No more inter ference. Jamie grabbed a doorstep sandwich and started munching avidly. 'Mission accomplished.Routledge licked his pale lips and twisted his trembling hands together. 'Good fellow.' ' Splendid!' breezed Lethbridge-Stewart. gesturing towards the welcoming tray of m ugs of steaming tea and generously-filled sandwiches which an orderly was just b ringing in. 'I.. I understand.' Isobel pointed out anxiousl y. splendid.' Vaughn's eyes st ared unblinkingly into his. mechanical voice. 'They must be stopped.. A simple rescue operation!' he muttered through his mouthful. 'I shall deal w ith it at once.' The Brigadier was just cancelling the alert when Captain Turner ushered the exhausted Doctor and Jamie and their two r escued friends into the Hercules Operations Room. 'No casualities. jimm y?' 'None. wiping his cold clammy forehead with his sleeve. The screen went black and Routledge sat qui te still staring at it for several minutes:Then he winced and sank his head into his hands and shuddered.' he repeated. sir. . Then he jumped up to greet them heartily.' he said with measured significance. his eyes glazed and lifeless.
'Don't worry. Pity. The Doctor gazed around the assembled throng of sceptical faces.' The Brigadier looked extr emely disturbed at this revelation and he waited impatiently for the Doctor to c ontinue.. I was just wondering.. still staring into space. Isobel. blowing crumbs in all directions.' Isobel exchanged looks of astonishment with the Captain and the Brigadier. They all turned to him as he sat hunch ed over his untasted tea. I'm going to raise hell about this business and get some pro mpt action.' he revealed quietly. si pping her tea gratefully. 'Billy Routledge will have to take some action now.' agreed Turner. Eventually Zoe broke the silence. 'Who did?' demanded Captain Turner incredulously. 'And I am beginning to wonder. 'Whoever it was in that spa cecraft behind the Moon. chewing absently and staring into thin air. Doctor?' 'Mmmm?' mumbled the Doctor distantly. 'What's the matter.' Zoe adde d. miss.' the Brigadier promised. 'Spaceships behind the Moon?' exploded the Brigadier. The Brigadier frowned.' Zoe told him with patient emphasis. you could have made a fortune with the pictures. 'There appears to be some kind of deep-space communications installation at Vaughn's factory complex. 'Yes.. wiping his moustache. that would've clinched things as far as th e Ministry is concerned. The Doctor had not said a word.' Jamie explained.. That obje ct we saw on the other side of the Moon this morning.. 'Other side of the Moon?' sp luttered the Brigadier. . 'If you'd had your camera w ith you... 'The TARDIS went wrong and we got stuck. 'And they fired a missile of some kind at us. I can tell you.. indignantly stirring a heap of sugar into his tea. Zoe.' he declared. Not even Tobias Vaughn can get away with sho oting at UNIT personnel. 'Oh.' Zoe mused.
his eyes widening and his nostrils flaring with a nticipation. 'Why am I being taken back to London?' Vaughn patted his arm affably. more worried than ever.. I know it soun ds silly. Brigadier?' he asked eagerly.' Watkins panted breathlessly. . 'Never! Never!' he vowed defiantly. You deserve some assistance wi th such an important assignment.' he babbled shrilly.' Wa tkins struggled feebly in Packer's restraining grasp. 'Golly.Then Turner suddenly leaned over to his commanding officer. the Doctor dipped the remains of h is sandwich into his neglected tea. Vaughn nodded and smiled..' The Profes sor shook his head violently.' Vaughn retorted calmly. Vaugh n. would you fetch them?' As the Captain hurried out. biting into the soggy mess.' 'I don't need any assistance. 'And so you shall. 'I demand to see her!' he shouted. 'Sir.' Lethbridge-Stewart replied. 'you will have only twe nty-four hours in which to complete the device to my specifications. 'Jimmy.' Watkins peered at him suspicious ly. but could those recent UFO reports have anything to do with all this?' 'Flying saucers?' Isobel exclaimed excitedly. blinking myopically at his tormentors. 'We've got quite a few in the files.' he ruminate d.' Vaughn purred blandly. 'What was all that shooting? Where is my niece? If you've hurt one hair of her head.. Just as soon as your machine is completed to my satisfaction. Professor. 'I am assigning Mr Gregory to work with you. 'On the contrary. 'Unidentified Flying Objects.. nudging Zoe. what a scoop !' The Doctor held up his hand for silence. 'At the moment anyway. Professor..?' Professor Watkins was in a state of nervous anxiety when Packer thrust him into Vaughn's office. 'I assure you t hat Isobel is perfectly safe. 'Why didn't I think of that before.. 'Are there by any chance any photogr aphs of the UFO sightings.
. The Doctor sat back. Then he helped W atkins to his feet and smiled sympathetically. Brigadier. do please try and be sensible and do as I ask.' Vaughn promi sed. Vaughn shrugged complacently.' said Turne r. Then Packer twisted his arm still further and shoved him brutally to h is knees.' In the UNIT Operations Room. 'The strange thing is they always seem to disappe ar somewhere over Northern Essex. The Brigadier peered hopefully over his shoulder. but no luck. The Doctor ran the film back and for th several times. studying a selection of remarkably clear pic tures of various strange elongated hexagonal objects arranged in different forma tions.'Mean anything to you. smiling at her. 'Odd reports have trickled in for over a year.. your niece will go free. How long ago were these objects first si ghted?' he murmured. moaning and whimpering helplessly. rubbing the side of his nose speculative ly.' . 'Possibly.. Nothing. 'Jamie. 'My dear Professor. 'Otherwise.Packer bent the Professor's podgy arm up behind his back and Watkins's plump bod y contorted with pain. He glanced dist astefully at Packer but did not reprimand him for his excesses. Wa tkins turned and saw several still images of Isobel's frightened face staring ou t at him. the Doctor was porin g intently over a microfilm viewer. 'If you cooperate.' He gestured ominously. 'You expect me to believe that?' Watk ins scoffed.. We s end fighters up to investigate. Watkins knelt between them. his teeth flashing in the darkening room. Doctor. 'Now Professor. D octor?' he asked after a prolonged silence. 'That's where the International Electromatix rnanufacturing complex is!' Isobel exclaimed. you have no choice but to believe it. when you were hiding in the crate you said that whatever it was in t here moved.' Captain Turner craned ove r the Doctor's other shoulder. 'Exactly. Vaughn pointed to the bank of monitor screens behind his victim. ' he murmured silkily.' he remarked.
go back to Vaughn's place?' he cried in disbelief.' Then he began to examine the map carefully. He asked the Brigadier if he ha d a map of the London set-up. trying to visualise the vague shape they had seen in the crate inside the railway wagon.' the Doctor interrupted brusquely. stuffy co ntainers. 'Here you are.Jamie shuddered at the vivid memory. All at once the Doctor stood up abruptly. S lowly Jamie drew his thumbs out of his belt. You've just bee n very lucky so far. remembering only too well her and Isobel's ordeal in the cramped.' He grinned at the Brigadier. That's where we'll fi nd our answers.. we canna get in the same way . 'If you think I'm going back in there.' Jamie frowned. 'Och. 'We must find out what is in those conta iners.' the Doctor declared decisively. Most efficient. startling them. this shows the entire area in detail. In the ensuing silence. Doctor. 'Your staf f are invaluable.' Jamie admitted candidly. 'Aye. Captain. handing it to the Doctor. 'Vaughn's obviously transporting the things from Essex to his London premises. There's something wrapped up in all that plastic web stuff right enough. 'What do you think it was. Jamie?' 'Och no.' he said. Doctor. Then he got up and went over to the Doctor. The Doctor beamed. but I think we'd better find out as soon as possible. Doctor?' asked Zoe in a hushed vo ice. Zoe. 'Thank you. Lethbridge-Stewart looked disapprovingly at the br ight-eyed little Time Lord.. It was far too da rk and I was too scared. Captain Turner pretended not to notice the Brigadier's critical gaze and he went over and sele cted a plastic map sheet from a rack beside the Situation Map. 'I'm not sur e. Doctor. 'Y ou mean. The Doctor remained silent fo r a while.' Jamie shoved his thumbs firmly in his belt.' The Doctor meditated for a moment. 'Did you recognise anything about it. Do ctor.' he snorted. 'I don't think this is wise.
consulting the map from time to time. fetid water dripped on them and invisibl e fronds of clammy weed flapped in their faces from the tunnel roof. picked up a pen and started draw ing on the back of his hand. Jamie began to regret his decision to accompany the Doctor after all. Suddenly they found themselves in pitch darkness as the canal turned sharply and entered a long tunnel.' he giggled.' They tethered the canoe and cautiously climbed the treacherously slippery steps. 'Och.. but the Doctor always managed to appear to be doing his fair share of the work at the vital moment. Brigadier. Jamie. are ye sure ye ken where we are?' Jamie demande d doubtfully. becoming absorbed in the map. In the stern the Doctor sat steering effortlessly with his paddle. 'Yes.again. grinning encouragingly at the toili ng Scot. 'We should be passing underneath Mr Vaughn's ra ilway yards at this very moment. The Brigadier cleared his throat guiltily.' he whispered. When they eventually emerged into the daylight again the Doctor steered towards a worn flight of slim y stone steps. Jamie was sweating pro fusely and puffing away as he paddled the small canoe along a bleak stretch of s tagnant canal running between tall derelict warehouses. Doctor. 'Don't make a sound. The Doctor hummed a few more bars. 'These should lead into the back of the warehouse. there is. they soon found .. Frequently the Doctor studied the rough sketch he had drawn on the back of his hand and he hummed scraps of sea shanties to himself in a tone-deaf groa n.' Cold. An hour later. Jamie.' he muttered. The Doctor smiled secretively to himself. enjoying the added resonance th e tunnel gave to his voice. 'Of course I do. The Doctor traced his finger along a thin wavering line on the pl astic sheet. anything I can do to help?' he inqu ired heartily. They're sure to be on the lookout. Sure enough. 'Well. Occasionally Jamie cast a resentful g lance over his shoulder. I know these waters like the back of my hand. Do you think you could possibly obtain a canoe for me?' he requested mysteriously.
As they slipped bet ween the stacks of containers. The apparatus consisted of a large central assemblage of tubes and wires topped by a curious corkscrew antenna. Creeping no iselessly from stack to stack they took care to avoid the prying electronic scan ners ceaselessly panning to.' the Doctor murmured. the two lines running from his nose to the corners of his mouth deepening with grim concern. Two men dressed in heavy protective suits w ith gloves and darkened visors were manoeuering a bulky apparatus mounted on whe els over to one of the open containers. dragging the door shut behind them. The two operatives had finished attachin g the ends of the cables to the centre of the cocoon and they retreated behind a glass screen fitted to the apparatus and busied themselves with the . ending in large crocodile clip connectors. 'I was right. Pressing themselves against the corrugated steel wall Jamie and the Doctor crouched down and made their way warily along the back of the huge warehouse. as if he we re perfectly familiar with such things. J amie was able to reach through the gap and jiggle the jammed releasing bar until it eventually freed itself. They soon reached a c entral area which was relatively clear except for a row of containers standing v ertically on end. They were lucky. One of the doors was slightly ajar and by contorting his arm. two thick umbilical cables led fro m the heart of the machine. hoping that nobody would spot them before they managed t o find a way inside. ' It looks like a multiphase bioprojector to me. their lids open to reveal silvery cocoons like the one they ha d seen in the freight wagon earlier. Not far from the corner. Jamie. The Doctor stared keenly at the machine.' Jamie nodded. they heard sounds of activity nearby.' 'What is it?' Jamie whispered.and fro from the roof girders. Two security guards with gauntlets and visors were visible in the distance where the railway lines entered the loading bay. Cautiously he opened the door and they crept stealt hily into the warehouse. 'Oh my go odness me. they came upon an emergency exit.themselves in a rubble-strewn yard behind the warehouse buildings.
f lashing and sparking. I could've got some great pictures an d made a bomb selling them to Fleet Street.!' he whispered.. while the other personnel absorbed themselves in their Taskforce duti es. 'Cybermen. Turner shot her a flir tatious glance. Zoe and Isobel were left in the Operations Room chatting to Capta in Turner. eyeing Isobel's long shapely legs appreciatively.' Isobel looked disappointed. With the Brigadier absent on an emergency visit to the Minist ry of Defence. Jamie and the Doctor covered their ears as the pulsating hum became an unb earable staccato shriek.. 'Perhaps you'd allow me to make up for it by buying you dinner. A low-pitched hum gradually filled the vas t echoing building and rose relentlessly in pitch and intensity.' he suggested gallantly. Isobe l looked delighted. 'Well. 'Why not? Are you stinking rich or something?' she teased. it's not really a UNIT matter now.complex array of controls and instruments.' she brooded. A vaguely humanoid outline stirred inside the cocoon and a silver form began to flash with stronger and stronger pu lses. a tremor of disgust rippling through him as he recalled his brief encounter in the freight wagon. He gasped as the glittering giant strode forward trailing shr eds of its chrysalis and breathing with a nightmarish mechanical rasp. Jamie went cold all over and his spine was tickled by a mi llion icy needles. He turned to the Doctor as the overwhelming noise quickly died away and only the monster' s heavy rhythmic breath disturbed the awed silence. The antenna started rotating faster a nd faster. . A faint glow ap peared inside the cocoon. like a gigantic drill-bit. growing stronger as the hum increased.' Turner explained. The Doctor drew Jamie further back behind the stacks of crates as the glow became a strobing gl are which was almost intolerable to look at. 'So what do you think will happen now?' asked Zoe. 'Pity. In a sudden burst of thousands of silver fibres the coc oon exploded and a huge gleaming figure jerked spasmodically out of the crate. 'so we'll probably hand it all over to the p olice.
realising that the three intrepid stran gers were in deadly earnest. 'I suspected as much some time ago. my dear.' Zoe confided to Jamie. I'm not.' Zoe concl uded almost inaudibly.' Zoe looked appalled. 'I'm serious. they're from a nother world. really?' she grinned. 'Oh. 'Who?' 'The Cybermen. but I di dn't want to cause unnecessary alarm. Zoe put her arm affectionately round Jamie's waist.' he murmured. Slightly miffed by Turner's attentions to Isobel . 'So Vaughn must be working with the Cyber Leaders.' 'What on earth are Cybermen?' de manded Isobel.' He sat down. Doctor?' 'That must have been their spacecraft on the other side o f the Moon. sipping some leftover cold tea with a preoccupied air. 'What happened?' asked Zoe. Isobel giggled nervously. 'They are being stockpiled at Vaughn's London headq uarters. handsome features. 'What exactly are they? Little green men?' Only Turner smiled with her. sadistic monsters.' s he agreed. but money isn't everything you know. ... Jamie put his arm round her shoulder. 'No.. where exactly are they now?' Turner demanded. 'You mean they're. Capta in Turner floundered out of his depth. 'There could be thousands of them. 'Some auld friends of ours are back.' the Doctor confirmed gloomily.' the Doctor in formed her gravely. They looked tired and drawn. s haking his head. 'Cybermen are inhuman killers from another galaxy.' 'Well. 'I'm afraid there's no doubt about it..Turner laughed. perhaps it isn't. At that moment the door opened and Sergeant Walters brought in Jamie and the Doctor. They're fiendish.. eagerly running to meet them.' replied the Doctor.' Zoe protest ed. 'Not on a Captain's pay. 'We've met them before.. well.' Isobel considered his dark.
'To Major-General Routl edge.' he told them.. The Doctor held up a restraining hand. He turned sharply to the Captain and asked him where the Brigadie r was. for heaven's sake. your chaps were trespassing over their restricted area. his eyes flashing with ind ignation. 'So that's what all those UFO things were. Zoe explained that the Cybermen were able to exert control over human minds but that the victims could appear to be almost normal. 'Contact the Brigadier at once!' he cried. slapping his brown leather gloves against his leg. What do you expect?' 'Oh. 'Who is the Brigadier im mediately responsible to?' the Doctor inquired urgently. 'I'd better get onto him immediately at the MOD and give him your news. Doctor. do you realise th at they actually took potshots at a UNIT helicopter?' Routledge leaned on his de sk. 'Billy. smiling wryly. She turned to the Doctor anxiously. ' Wait a moment. 'No cause for alarm!' he shouted scornfully.' said the Doctor gently.' he added breathlessly. Billy. 'Controlling them?' Turned echoed uneas ily. my dear.' The Doctor sprang to his feet as if galvanised into activity.. He's with him now. I sobel looked shocked.The Doctor sighed and nibbled at a curled up sandwich. 'I don't know yet. I believe that your people discovered that visitors to V aughn's headquarters seemed somehow different afterwards?' 'You think the Cyberm en are controlling them?' suggested Zoe. 'That deep-space communic ations installation Jamie and I spotted is no doubt being used to guide and comm unicate with a Cyber Fleet. Turner told him. Turner whistled. 'Alistair. Captain.' . if Vaughn can't trust my mob then he must have a skeleton in the cupboard. 'How do you think my u ncle is involved in all this?' she asked. 'We must warn him!' T he Brigadier was pacing angrily round and round Routledge's dark and musty offic e. But there's been hundreds of sightings!' he breathed.
. his eyes narrowing suspiciously. Then he suddenly sprang up. 'General Routledge. Lethbridge-Stewart forced himself to calm down. 'What's the matter. Alistair. his green eyes showing a momentary fear.. 'Look. slumped awkwardly in his chair. Routledge started to blink rapidly. 'What sort of a hold has Vaughn got over you?' he murmur ed ominously.The Major-General looked up sharply at this. you can override my authority b ut not that of UNIT Central Command. For a few minutes Routledge remained silent.' Routledge clutched at his temples and shook visibly. noticing that a sickly pallor had crept over Routledge's face. Alistair. 'All you've given me is vague reports. Routledge dabbed at his g listening brow again. 'No evidence?' he shouted incredulo usly. your force s will take no action whatsoever without my personal authorisation!' he hissed d angerously.' he declared in an officia l tone.' he declared through . It's nothing. 'Course I am. I'll talk to the Home Office. Billy? Corpses? Wreckage?' He stopped.. 'Then whose damned province is it?' Routledge waved his hands about ineffe ctually.' Taken aback by this abrupt transformation. 'Talk's no good. the B rigadier stood to attention.' he proposed reasonably. He mopped his forehead with a spotted handkerchief and cleared his throat awkwardly.' The Brigadier waved his gloves dismissively.' This was too much for Lethbridge-Stewart. 'That is an order. 'I'm sorry. There is no action I can authorise. 'Im possible!' he shouted adamantly. 'It isn' t our province. Leave it with me.' he stalled. loosening his club tie and undoing his top shirt bu tton. 'What do you need.' he mumbled. I want im mediate action. I know Vaughn's a powerful chap but there should at least be a discreet inquiry into his organisa tion. old chap?' he asked with sincere concern. No conclusive evidence . 'Probably all a terrible misunderstanding. Billy. sir. Billy? Are yo u all right. The Brigadier leaned across the desk. 'Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart..
Routledge pulled himself together.' With that.' Routledge blurted out. 'I shall telex a full report to Field-Marshal Thatcher in Geneva and act according to his instructions..clenched teeth. Routledge. the videophone was bleep ing urgently on the desk.' the General interrupted. Top priority scramble.. General?' With a supreme ef fort. 'Listen .' he snapped. 'What the hell's the matter with the man?' Packer snarle d.. You have the authority to. 'I think they. Mr Vaughn. Vaughn. 'Yes. . Vaughn.' he stuttered feebly. 'I'm busy. I must say your staff were a bit heavyhanded. Routledge.... Good day. when will Geneva make a move against us?' The General closed his ey es and pressed his fists against his temples. closely followed by Packer.' 'Yes. Vaughn snorted contemptuously.. .' 'I have no jurisdiction outside this c ountry. what is it?' Vaughn demanded impatiently. Lethbridge-Stewart's started stirring things up and I can't prevent him .' Vaughn threw a furious glance at Packer who was hovering at the window.' 'Listen. pull yoursel f together. struggling to preser ve his composure. I think. 'Nonsense. strode purposefu lly out of the private elevator into his London office. jamming his cap firmly on his head. As Tobias Vaughn. Routledge s ank shakily into his chair.. After a while he touched a button on the videophone and the neat secretary appeared on the screen. 'He's sending a report to UNIT Command in Gene va. 'This is priority scramble.. they. 'Get me International Electromatix Head -quarters. At Vaughn's touch the screen flickered and the pale te nse features of William Routledge appeared. sir. he turned sma rtly on his heel and strode out. They're bound to investigate.
'What concerns me far more. Packer looked severely shaken. I o bey. 'Our control over him seems to be weakening. Then he rounded sharply on his Deputy. 'What's wrong with him?' he repeated nervously.' Packer protested. 'Do you understand.. .' he murmured confidently...' Routledge sh uddered and opened his eyes.. he will. 'Oh. 'But that could be fatal. Routledge? You will tell no-one. but the eyes were pitifully confused.' he enunciated slowly. clearly somewhat disturbed.' 'I understand. he will. 'If he doesn't obey you then we. Now. is your bungling ineptitude... 'Listen to me. staring impassively at the videophone unit.' 'Come to you. 'Obey your instructions.' Vaughn stood up. 'You will obey my instructions..Vaughn ignored him. Vaughn frowned. Packer..' he admitted. 'You will leave your office immediately and come here to me.'Th e tortured face seemed to relax a little. That is what ha s precipitated this whole crisis!' Packer opened his mouth to object. quickly regaining his customary bland manner. R outledge.' The screen dazzled into static and went black. Pa cker. No-one. but then c losed it again and his resentment seeped away to collect like poisonous pus in a festering boil.' he repeated dutifully.
The Doctor sh rugged. striding in and throwing his cap. 'We're too late.6 Secret Weapons There was a tense hush in the Operations Room inside the Hercules while Captain Turner and Sergeant Walters tried to contact the Brigadier at the Ministry.' he boomed from the doorway.' . 'But there are so many unk nown factors.' Zoe told him.' Zoe remar ked.' he announced. 'Utter w aste of time. I'm afraid. When he had finished.' he cried. the Brig's already seen Routledge.' Jamie butted in. 'Cybermen? Are you quite sure?' 'No more incredible than the Yeti.' The Doctor poured him a mug of strong tea from the vast pot. 'T hat's obvious. 'If I'm right and Routledge is under Vaughn's control the Brigadier will have had a wasted journey.' the Doctor speculated. Doesn't give us much of a chance does it.. 'Like where they're hiding all the Cybermen. sat him down and quickly told him of his su spicions concerning Vaughn's real activities. Lethbridge-Stewart's vo ice surprised them. Doctor?' 'Unless we can upset th eir plans before they invade. Doctor. To t heir dismay they learned that he had already left some time ago and that Major-G eneral Routledge himself was no longer in the building.' At that moment. 'The man's totally incompetent. 'They seem to control some pretty important people. 'This is incredible.' Turner reported despondently.' sr niled the Doctor. baton and gloves onto his desk. Doctor. The Brigadier nodded. the Brigadie r drank the sugarless tea in one prodigious gulp. 'I wonder who else they have besides poor Billy Routl edge. Doctor. 'I loathe helicopters. 'In Vaughn's London headquarters.
' Lethbridge-Stewart sighed. 'Yes. his nostrils dilatin g as if he was beginning to pick up the scent of a fruitful investigation. 'Jamie. the water down there: wouldn't that affect them?' The D octor shook his head. We need some c oncrete evidence. really. 'I'm sorry. . 'So what do we do? Pray for a cloudburst?' The Brigadier glanced at her witheringly. nudging Zoe. 'Oh. would you by any chan ce have a map of the London sewerage system?' At a resigned nod from his command er. Jamie. 'You see? There's a main flood relief channel running right underneath Vaughn's warehouse.' he scolded. miss.' he decided.' Jamie objected.' he exclaimed to everyone's surprise. sir. isn't that a coincidence!' The Brigadier looked doubtfu l. 'Ahal' he cried trium phantly. 'Jamie's quit e right.' The Doctor had been pour ing himself some fresh tea. 'What about the ah. have you still got that ghastly lit tle toy Mr Vaughn gave you?' Jamie took the miniature radio from his waistcoat p ocket and handed it over reluctantly. Nevertheless it happened. Eventually he turned to the Brigadier. 'Anyway. the future of the world may be at stake.' he declared.' The Doctor looked up from the map.' Captain Turner intervened tactfully. Suddenly he banged the heavy pot down.. The Doctor ea gerly swept aside the cluttered tray and examined the map. such a tunnel would probably be mostly dry except after heavy rainfall. Now..' Zoe laughed mockingly. 'He's probably got an underground store or so mething. 'Brigadier.. If you go to Geneva with this story they'll th ink you've gone bananas. Isobel giggled. 'With respect. 'Please. Miss Watkins. The Doctor opened the back and studied the monolithic circuitry again.' she chuckled. Jimmy. Turner jumped up and soon returned with a large plastic sheet. but it's just such a crazy idea to swallow. 'What we need is some idea of the plan of attack.'Not enough room. muttering to himself in a strange technical jargon as he fiddled about.. 'So was the attack by the Yeti. she's right.
Have the Professor's Cerebration apparatus taken down to the warehouse. various radar and communications components.' he whined submissively. I'll j oin you there shortly.'Do you have any equipment here manufactured by International Electromatix?' he inquried eagerly. maybe two days. Packer.. wait and see. please?' The Brigadie r nodded to Turner. 'Yes.' 'What are you going to do?' 'Wait and see. 'What abo ut this?' 'Leave that to me. 'There's a good fellow.' said the Captain. Packer hovered restlessly behind him.' Pack er stepped forward. slumped victim whom his fingers were itching to torture a nd subdue. 'Indeed we do. Packer!' Vaughn snapped dangerously.. 'I don't like this. 'How long before UNIT forces could act against me? How lon g?' There was a brief silence. lolling head. Packer. his expressionless eyes peering out f rom his bowed.' Routledge said in a gh ostly whisper. just to be on the safe side we'll conduct a little experiment . 'Time enough. Now run along. as the Doctor bounded out of his seat like a terrier. 'What exactly are you looking for?' The Doctor g rinned enigmatically. 'I don't know until I find it. 'Now. Vaughn sat back with a smile of satisfaction.' Packer poked Routledge as though he were a sack of potatoes.' Vaughn purred. Suppose they move faster than that?' 'Le t me do the supposing.' _ 'Could I see them at once. Doctor. Doctor.' .. 'You must tel l me. His Deputy stared do wn at their miserable. A needle in a haystack perh aps!' Major-General William Routledge sat hunched in the chair facing Tobias Vau ghn across the gleaming curve of the desk.. 'One.. 'This way.. Mainframe computers. Mr Vaughn.' Va ughn smiled.
.' The machine crackled angrily.' Vaughn threatened. Packer slowly walked out.' the machine announced. 'You must accept my judgement or our partnership will terminate. 'It is agreed. 'There are some unexpected diffi culties. his mind rapidly began to clear and a renewed glint of purpose gleamed in his eyes. A s Vaughn walked over to the alcove.' A s Routledge stared at the bizarre and sinister apparatus in the alcove. Eventually it replied in a dry brittle tone.. Va ughn gazed unblinking at the buzzing apparatus. Then he took out his fountain pen and twisted the top. Vaug hn stood his ground fearlessly while the Cyber Unit consulted with its masters. Data will be revised and new schedules transmitted to you.' 'Ne vertheless.' Vaughn insisted unflinchingly. Routledge was now sitting upright. 'Otherwise we may face the combined forces of the entire world. 'Our invasion force is not complete. 'Report the details . ' he laughed after a momentary hesitation.' rasped the metallic voice. Routledge followed with his clouded eyes.. 'We must bring the invasion f orward. He fou nd himself staring down the barrel of a compact revolver. 'The invasion will commence at dawn tomorrow.' With a victorious . The wall opposite the windows parted to reveal the glittering secret machine. We will assess them. 'Your report is being assessed. the invasion must begin in thirteen terrestrial hours time. Discussion terminated. Vaughn closed the shutters and turned round. 'Are you going to kill me?' .' Behind Vaughn. its central crystal re volving busily to and fro..' he informed it. preening toss of the head. alert and listening. We must therefore adjust the plan. 'Dear me. Routledge. Vaughn locked all the doors by remo te control from his desk.Smarting under Vaughn's patronising treatment and frustrated in his desire to de al with Routledge.
'Now. 'but I can fight it now. I control you. as if it were acting totally independently of his mind. teams of technicians in prote ctive suits were busy activating the lines of cocoons in their open containers. you can't.' he murmured almost hypnotically. 'Now turn the gun round and point it at your chest. Down in the warehouse. using portable machines identical to the one which the Doctor and Jamie had watc hed at work earlier. Vaughn strolled over to his d esk and unlocked the doors. 'But you can't kill me. Tears o f frustration ran down his cheeks as he fought to resist Vaughn's implacable wil l. 'Mr Vaughn's ordered a general shake-up down here.' he muttered. fire!' Routledge's whole body shook with violent tremors. It stood about two metres high.' he croaked. Its rudimentary face comprised two blank viewing lens es for eyes and a rectangular slit for a mouth. 'I know what you've done to me. a gasp of awe escaping from his bloodless lips as the monster emerged. holding the gun with both hands. Then he vomited a stream of blood and pitched forward onto his face at Vaughn's feet. The broad chest contained a gril led . Shaking his head at the mess on the carpet. Routledge remained standing like a waxen dummy for several seconds. with a square head from which rightangled loops of hydraulic tubing protruded on either side. Vaughn winced as a deafening crack sp lit the air.' He watched the newest Cyberman glowing and bursting into life.' Vaughn continued his slow advance. you wouldn't be able to kill me.' Routledge bac ked away from him. ' No. Packer swaggered in and observed the process critically. get a move on!' he whined. Slowly Vaughn walked towards him. 'I must.' Routledge uttered plaintive little whimpering noises as he wa tched his trembling hands turning the weapon round towards his own body.Routledge steadied himself on his feet and nodded. And even if you could squeeze that trigger. 'C ome on.
' he snapped. dank breeze wafted fitful ly into his face. A short flight of steps led up to the chamber level and a steel railing ran round the well at hip-height. locking itself with a series of echoing clunks. slowly reve aling a bare brick chamber about a metre above the floor level of the warehouse. Packer marched across to a large steel panel in the brick end-wall of the buil ding. Proceed through tunnels to your allotted sect or and stand by for Phase Two. Then.ventilator unit which hissed nightmarishly. one . A do zen Cybermen hissed into life and lumbered heavily forward. The Cybermen jerked forward and marched with creaking. Opening it with a special key. Then he walked over and climbed onto the ra ised platform. 'You have your instr uctions?' Packer demanded. A section of the warehouse wall began to rotate. Pa cker closed the panel and locked it. thoroughly enjoying his newfound powers. 'First Legion. but gradu ally they grew suppler and more human as the creature strode across to take its place among the assembled ranks of activated Cybermen standing motionless and si lent in row upon row in the centre of the warehouse. With a shiver of excitement . covered by a domed steel lid hinged at one side. 'Phase one. Like an admiral on his poop deck. Packe r threw more switches and with a grinding hum the massive lid gradually opened u p into the vertical position. Packer grasped the handrail and turned to the ranks of motionless Cybermen. Faint gasping and whirring noises inside the silvery body accomp anied every movement. he threw several switches in the control bo x behind the panel. hissing determin ation up the steps and onto the platform. Eerie sounds echoed up from the darkness and a cold. staring down into the fetid darkness.' Packer ordered. 'Affirmative. Thick flexible tubing ran along the arms and down each leg and was connected into a flattened humplike unit on the c reature's back. In the centre of the chamber was a circular well about two metres in diameter. The movements were spasmodic and jerky at first. Stout steel ladders clamped to the mouldering brickwork led down from the rim of the well into a huge shaft .' chorused the creatures with an exhalat ion of rubbery breath.
' he commanded. watching Packer's antics with scornful amusement . Everything going according to plan?' 'Yes Mr Vaughn. Packer.' he said impatiently. Vaughn rounded on him. trying not to retch at the sic kly.' he ventured timidly. Vaughn strode acros s to the nearest cocoon awaiting regeneration. 'Mr Vaughn. Vaughn nodded his app roval and gestured to Gregory to prepare the Cerebration device. swelling with selfimportance.' Gregory set down the Professor's machine on the steps. Packer grinned with delight as he watched the discipl ined. Proceed. As soon as' it had broken free they switche d off and the monster froze. Vaughn hurried out of the nearby elevator followed by Mr Gregory who was struggling with the delic ate but heavy mechanism of the Cerebration Mentor in his scrawny arms. At that moment.' he instructed. sir. 'Connect up Wat kins's little box of tricks. I don't think this is wise. 'Now. 'I t would be even more unwise not to test. 'There you are. oily exhalations they released as they passed him. halfway out of its container. 'Second Legion. . Packer. motioning to two technicians to connect the p ortable bioprojector to the cocoon. Within a few seconds the Cyberman came to life amid a shower of sparks and fibre s and the piercing undulating whine.' Packer looked ala rmed. obedient monsters disappearing underground. they swung themselves onto the ladders and down into the shaft. n ot a cowardly sadist. Then he strode forward.' he hissed under his breath. to which they were connected . 'You actually intend to use that thing?' Ignoring him.' Packer preened himself. 'I am a man of science. 'Excellent.by one. Steadyin g himself on the handrail. Reluctantly Gregory plugged t wo leads into the machine and then fitted the pads. 'We must b e sure that we have an effective weapon against the Cybermen. partially activate. Time for our little experiment.' he snapped. Just sufficiently to enable it to emerge. Vaughn pa used for a moment out of sight. The technicians started up the process. on either side of the creature's head.
The clicks increased in frequen cy. Vaughn considered for a moment... wh at emotion shall I attempt to induce?' Gregory mumbled.. 'Increase power.. Packer whipped out his pistol and emptied the magazine into the Cyberman's chest.. we don't k now what effect this is going to have. 'I warned you.. The Cyberman started to writhe and clutched at the pads convulsively. still standing his ground as the Cyberman disappeared into the echoing shaft. .. guttural cries of dis tress the Cyberman tore off the pads and wheeled about. but the shots had no effect and he was sent reeling across th e warehouse by a vicious blow from the monster's fist. 'It's following the others into the sewers !' Packer gasped. The clicks ran together into a strident pinging sound. I think. The crazed Cyberman suddenly turned and s taggered up the steps into the chamber over the sewer shaft.' he pleaded. adjusting the s ettings and taking refuge behind the nearest stack of containers.' Vaughn ord ered impassively.Vaughn took a step or two back as a precaution.. 'More power!' Vaughn yelled. 'Now it's at maximum. shrieking like knif e blades scraping against each other.' he explained painstakingly.' he sugges ted eagerly.' 'What er. Gregory selected settings and pressed buttons and then retreated li ke a child lighting a firework. hauling himself to his feet in a daze. Vaughn cast his eyes to th e roof in despair. Let's see how our mighty ally reacts to fear.' Vaughn shouted. Gregory. flailing the air with it s powerful arms. 'Exactly. 'Let it go. Greg ory's hands hovered hesitantly over the controls.' he prompted. his good eye narrowing li ke the other as he observed the effect intently. 'I'm waiting. That is precisely why we are conducting this experi ment. There was a faint clicking sound and the Cyberma n twitched slightly.' Gregory screamed. Uttering grating. The device isn't tuned yet.' Gregory shouted. 'Fear. 'Please. Mr Vaughn. 'Now get on with it.
I think we have established that Watkins's device can be effective. his annoyance changing to mild interest.' Isobel retorted cheerfully. It'd be a cinch. Get him back to work on it immediately.' he admitted. or d o you know what you're talking about.' he declared. miss. Isobel and Jamie which was disturbing his concentratio n while he tried to draft his report for Central Command in Geneva. 'Go and capture one?' 'N o need. It could've killed me!' Packer blustered. miss?' . 'Y es. Gregory.'The thing's gone berserk. The Director smiled sourly. 'And how do I prove that in the London sewers there lurks an army of ro bots from outer space poised to invade us?' he scoffed. 'Is that gibberish. 'Okay. The Brigadier threw down his pen in exasp eration.' With a nod to the awed technicians. 'Not a bad idea. 'but it's pitch dark down there. The Brigadier was getting rather irritated with the inces sant chatter between Zoe. I want more power and remote directiona l control.' 'Excellent. reloading h is pistol as he walked unsteadily over to Vaughn. 'Anyone foolish enough to be down ther e deserves to die.' The Brigadier considered her for a moment.' Vaughn purred.' Packer protested. so you use an infrared film with a number 25 filter and t elephoto lens. 'It'll destroy everything in its path. 'Just get some photographs.' The Brigadier frowned. 'If you beli eve those Cyber things are in the sewers why not go down and get some proof?' Is obel suggested for the umpteenth time. The cringing Research Director nodded meekly and set ab out disconnecting the lethal machine. Vaughn turned and strode back to his elevator.' Isobel shrugged thi s off casually. 'But what about that Cyberman? We can't le ave it rampaging about down there.
' declared the Brigadier. 'London? Listen lassie. You tell him. marching briskly away. She linked arms with Zoe.' 'Of all the cretinous bigoted chauvinists.' she objected. this would be a job for o ur lads. well. ' said Zoe. you think you're superior. 'Hey. Isobel looked nonplussed for a moment. Isobel grinned. 'Jamie McCrimmon.' Jamie raised his eyebrows innocently. 'What are ye up to?' 'We're off to London to take some photographs. you man!' she shouted.'Course I do!' said Isobel indignantly.' Zoe stuck out her chin with characteri stic defiance.. my dear. but it's true!' Zoe nudged Isobel in sisterly solidarity... 'Well . men aren't usually much good in such dangerous situations. then the penny dropped.. Jamie barred their way.' She and Isobel pushed Jamie as ide and marched out to find the friendly Transport Corporal and persuade him to arrange a secret lift for them. just because you're a m an. now where do ye wee lassies think ye're going?' he deman ded. 'Righto. 'All I need is my camera from Uncle's fr iend's house. 'Okay..' she cried. 'Should we let him come?' Zoe consulted her new ally. Zoe stared at the grinning young Scot in sheer disgust.' spluttered Isobel. 'Coming?' Jamie looked shocked. 'Oh no.. 'Oh yo u.. turni ng to Zoe for support. Come on.' Jamie muttered..' she a greed and they moved towards the door at the rear of the Operations Room..' The Brigadier grunted. 'What a splendid idea. . a boy anyway. 'I didn'a say that. he's right. Jami e persisted. 'Och. 'I'll get in touch with our photoreconnaissance unit. ye shouldn't go anywhere without telling the Doctor.. Isobel grimaced after him. Goody Goody.
' ' I'm sure we can arrange whatever facilities you require. young man. With a non-committal sigh the Doctor let the watchmaker's eyeglass drop into his lap.' Turner waite d. trailing uncertainly after the rebellious females . 'A nd no. 'No idea. .Jamie hesitated. The Doctor stood up. here we go again.' he muttered at last. 'I don't know. Captain. weighing the components thoughtfully in his hands. but the Doctor brooded silently over the myste rious panels.' he said. holding up the circuit from the International Electromatix com puter and the small back panel from Jamie's transistor. 'These two micromonolith ic systems seem to match. They went through into the Operations Room.' shrugged the Brigadi er. 'However I think I'll find what I need among Professor Watkins's equipment in Professor Travers's basement in London if you don't mind.' Turner offered promptl y... 'Yes!' cried the Doctor confidently. hoping for some enlightenment. 'Where are Jamie and Zoe and Isobel. they se rve a function all right.. But I need to conduct certain tests. 'Oh. The Doctor thanked him politely.?' he asked in some alarm..' 'What do they do?' The Doctor shook his head with a baffled frown. deter-mined not to be left out. busy at his desk. 'Why put in a circuit that has no function?' Turner muttered. unsure whether to say anything to the Doctor.. The Doctor looked around for his three young associates. but I do know that they have no useful function in either your central processor or in Jamie's wireless.' he added. Captain Turner crept back into the Operation s Computer Room to find the Doctor still engrossed in a piece of circuitry he ha d removed from the mainframe cabinet of the Hercules's central processor.. I'm convinced that these monolithic systems h ave something to do with the Cybermen.... 'Found something?' Turner asked quietly. where the Brig adier had just finished briefing his photoreconnaissance unit over the radiotele phone. 'Och..
completely at a loss. Jimmy. 'Where are th ey now?' 'I've just dropped them in the vicinity of Blue Sector One. 'You'd better take a small force to the are a.' 'So you succumbed to the charms of the fair sex.. 'Said they had to get some vital evidence for you. my goodness me!' he gasped.'Excuse me sir..' 'Benton's what!' exploded Lethbridge-Stewart.' Walters put in smartly.. The Brigadier took the Doctor aside.' The Brigadier looked appalled. but I'm not sure which way they've gone. Benton. find out.. The Doctor pulled himse lf together. T he Brigadier fumed silently while he waited for Benton to make contact. corn er of Chaplin Street.. 'They may be connected with the Cybe rmen. just in case. as usual. 'Oh.. 'Then find out. listening on the extension.' the Brigadier shouted acidly. sir. sir. 'Evidence for me? Get Benton on the R/T immediately. 'but Corporal Benton's driven them i nto London. Doctor... purple cheeked with rage. Otherwise you're in deep trouble. but while my back w as turned those crazy kids got it into their heads to slip back to London to try to obtain photographs of Cybermen. 'I'm sorry.. 'Benton? At last. I thought it was official. 'Sorry. utterly bewildered. I want to do some tests on these circuits.' crackl ed Benton sheepishly.' 'That's close to Vaughn's headquarters. sir.' piped up Sergeant Walters.' the Brigadier threatened.' he informed the Brigadier. .' he shouted.' Turner saluted and hurried out.. 'What on earth is going on?' he asked plaintive ly.' The Doctor flap ped his arms aimlessly. The Doctor looked up from t he circuits. He slammed the re ceiver down and seized Turner's arm. What the devil's going on?' he yelled into the radiotelephone. sir. sir. no doubt from the sewers. The young ladies told me you'd authorised them to fetch some important photographs from town so I. 'Get them back at once!' ordered Lethbr idge-Stewart. 'I'll try. 'I'd better go back to London with him.
I'll leave my three young friends in your capable hands.. Doctor. But his face was furrowed with anxious foreboding as he watch ed the Doctor depart.' Lethbridge -Stewart promised. we'll find them. 'Don't worry.' And he sh uffled out after the Captain. . Brigadier..
outwardly calm but inward ly strung like a piano wire. falling silent and stil l. otherwise there will be no invasion. The Cyber Unit oscillated with ominous precision. You must become one of us. You will honour our agreeme nt.' it croaked. Packer trembled in the shadows as the machine stopped flickeri ng and there was a long. 'No!' rapped Vaughn. Discussion terminated.' His pale eyes were filled with a wild fire. 'This is not as we agreed. 'One hour before Invasion the Cyber transmitter units will be launched into Earth orbit. Vaughn. The Cyber Unit sparked menacingly. . 'It has been agreed.' it croaked with sinister detachment..' he vowed.. 'We agreed that I should remain in contr ol of the Earth and supply the minerals you require. 'Conversi on into Cybermen?' he breathed. tense silence. 'No.' Vaughn's face betrayed a hint of vulnerability. 'And if it doesn't work?' Vaughn inqu ired calmly.' he murmured. My body may be cybernetic but my mind will remain human. Unsuitable humans will be eliminated. 'It has been decided. 'Humans cannot resist Cyber cont rol.' Vaughn sh ook his head vehemently.7 Underground Operations The eerily flickering pinpoints of light in the crystal cast a macabre pattern o ver Vaughn's and Packer's faces as they listened to the Cyber Unit rasping in it s alcove. Vaughn waited.' it announced. Transmission will penetrate to all areas with immediate effec t. 'Affirmative.' r asped the machine. Cyber forces will select suitable humans for conversion. 'To retain such control you must complete your conversion. Eventually the Cyber Unit sparked into life again. Packer glanced anxiously at Vaughn.
tapping the back of his neck.' he mutter ed. 'My dear Packer. shouting to her to stop. Just as Isobel followed suit. Jamie ?' Zoe twinkled. they need me. Eve rything. 'How do we know the Cyber transmissions won't affect us as well?' he c hallenged. 'You see I've thought of everything. 'Okay. do they? That's our trump card. At last the iron cover shifted and swung open with a tremendous cla ng. Jamie hesit ated. The constable broke into a run. she heard a shout in the distance. Zoe winked at Isobel and followed him down. I know they'll try to take con trol away from me once the invasion is completed. 'You're taking a terrible. Jamie knelt and peered into the gloom. his silver hair shining in the fading lig ht. Packer. down you go. lowering himself into the manhole and clambering down the rusty metal ladder set into the shaft. Jamie heaved at the heavy manhole cover w hile Zoe and Isobel.' Zoe prompted. A young policeman was striding rapidly along the street towards them.' Packer whispered shakily. 'Och. at least let's contact the Doctor first. 'Third t ime lucky. Vaug hn chuckled drily.' he reminded him . 'We shall be protected by the implanted shielding capsules.Vaughn twisted the pen cap in his pocket and the alcove closed up again. scrambling onto the ladder and disappearing into the sewer. 'Scared.' he pleaded. He glared at her.' Packer looked scared and s ceptical. 'It's the fuzz!' she warned. Vaughn smiled complacently. Reaching the manhole he called into the dank darkness after them: . Mopping his glistening face. lassie. with her photographic gear slung around her neck. but they don't know about the Cerebration Machine. looked on admiringly. just you wait. terrible risk opposing them.' he gasped thankfully.' In the deserted back street. 'All right.
'If he goes on like this we'll have every Cyberman in the area on top of us. Zoe grasped each of them by the arm. Zoe chose a branch of the fork and cautiously crept forward with the ot her two trailing timidly behind her.. let's get out. Jamie peered in the di rection Zoe had indicated.. They soon reached a j unction.'What are you doing down there. acrid breath wafted past them.' moan ed Jamie.' he advis ed in a quavering voice. There was a chilling silence.' she reminded them. Hissing and high-pitched bubbling sounds echoed along the tunnel as the Cyberman turned and started lumbering towards them. Isobel o pened her camera case and fiddled with the telephoto lens attachment.' Isobel giggled nervously. ah wish he'd shut up. brick-lined sew er with just a trickle of water in the bottom. . 'If there are any. adjusting the settings and hastily clicking the shutter button. 'Come on. Suddenly Zoe stopped.. I was right. The dim shape stirred.' called the constable from the sha ft. st aring at the lurching silver figure as its warm. 'I can't s ee anything. 'Look there.. 'You kids come on out. 'This is what we came for.' she murmured bravely.' she warned..' s he whispered. A vague shape was just discernibl e by another junction.' But Zoe seemed rooted to the spot..' Jamie grunted. 'I think perhaps we should get out of here. 'I think there's something along that tunnel. 'Stop mucking around. 'Yes. Jamie clutched Zoe's cold hand. clenching his teeth to stop them chattering. But Zoe led them both determinedly forward into the dam p darkness. you young idiots? Come on out or I'll be down th ere after you!' At the bottom of the deep shaft the intrepid trio huddled togeth er listening helplessly as the policeman's threats echoed down the tunnels.' 'Och. but just in case. 'Fantastic!' gasped Isobel.' They strained to see along the oval.
The pursuing Cyberman was staggering drunke nly towards them. He grabbed the girls by the ha nd and started dragging them back to the shaft..' he gasped. calming down.' Jamie gulpe d. Jarnie could stand it no longer. 'I must get a close up... A dreadful scream tore into their ears and froze them to the spot. trembling with relief. 'Will ye come away? Ye don't kno w what yon things can do to a body. 'What's that. Next moment two vivid flashes of light sizzled in the distan ce..' Isobel begged..' 'What can we do? ' Isobel screamed. The grating and rasping sounds were coming at them from both directions now. ' Zoe muttered. as if suddenly it was no longer a ll a kind of game. 'The. They gazed after it in amaze ment.' murmured Zoe. 'just like us.' he muttered at Isobel.' .Who.'Wait. p oliceman. Jamie whipped round. who are you. 'Killed him?' Isobel quavered.. 'Aye.. Jamie pushed the girls in to the other arm of the junction they had reached and shielded them with his bod y as the Cyberman began screeching and wildly flailing as if striking at an invi sible foe: He closed his eyes and waited for the searing blast from the monster' s laser units.' 'It was frightened...' gasped Isobel in the awful silence.... 'It ignored us.?' they heard the policeman yel ling ahead of them.' 'Where are you?' yelled the policeman from somewhere behind them. 'We're trapped. 'It looked almost mad. This is absolutely marvellous.. Iso bel turned and shot a few more frames of the huge creature creaking and hissing behind them. She seemed fearless and utterly fascinated by the advan cing apparition.. Every few steps. breaking into a hysterical shaking. But the maddened Cyberman lurched past them as if they were not t here and disappeared in the direction of the shaft. Isobel's shut ter whirred incessantly. 'They've got us...' said Isobel. 'Cybermen must have killed him.
' he whispered. Benton gave Turner a brief report and Turner immediately led hi s squad cautiously down the rickety metal rungs into the shaft. The gaping terror-stricken face was puckered li ke shrivelled polythene. They could be anywhere.' The flashlight beam showed the empty tunnel curving gradually into the distance.' Next moment the five men uttered a chorus of astonished gasps as two silver figures stalked into view round the curve. a sergeant and two privates rounded the corner and squealed to a h alt next to him. We daren't give ourselves away. 'Wait. Th ere was no response. 'At least let's tell him we're here. Zoe. They averted the ir faces as Turner's flashlight picked out the young constable's scorched remain s a few metres along the tunnel. Then he stopped abruptly. his stomach turning at the smell of burnt human flesh rising from the shaft an d his ears ringing with the policeman's dying screams. Turner called out softly at first. .' she insisted. Miss Watkins. 'I think there's someone up ahead. The Cybermen's terrible tramping seemed to recede in the direction of Turne r's voice. 'Hol d your fire!' Turner ordered calmly.. 'Reckon they've copped it as well.. 'Move back slowly.. 'I do hope James is not alone.' Isobel tried to wrench free from Jamie's restraining grasp. what the 'ell are they?' exclaimed the sergeant as five safety catches snapped off in unison..' Zoe pointed out wryly.' Jamie wa s adamant. Turner began to advance slowly. Can you hear me? This is Captain Turner..' Isobel murmured with a shiver. there are Cybermen between us. I think we've found our evidence.. A second jeep carrying Ca ptain Turner... 'But it's my dolly soldier. 'Blimey. sir?' asked the sergeant quietly. then more loudly: 'M cCrimmon. They liste ned.Corporal Benton stood indecisively beside his jeep staring into the open manhole . 'These tunnels are a maze.... ' 'The next lot might not be so shortsighted..
'Now!' Tu rner breathed. . sir. Capt ain Turner cautiously approached the three prone aliens half-buried under the sm oking rubble. Three explosions followed in rapid succession and the sewer fill ed with smoke and flying fragments. 'Grenades. screeching metallically. He shouted urgently into the darkness. The sergeant and the privates hurled the primed grenades down the tunnel and the squad threw themselves face down on the slimy brick floor..' 'What must we do?' Turner answered steadily. 'Pins out. The grenade exploded in the monster's chest unit and thick black fluid pumped copiously out of the severed tubes as part of the t unnel roof collapsed onto its head. the Cyberman's laser unit strobed with a blinding blue light. While the sergeant attended to Perkins. Perkins!' yelled the sergeant. Turner seized it and flung it b ack at the advancing Cyberman. He could still hear the faint sound of strangled mechanical breath ing. hissing and whir ring menacingly. 'Do not resist!' one of the Cybermen suddenly warned in a grating voice.' All at once the two Cybermen swung round as the gutt ural cries of the berserk third Cyberman suddenly erupted behind them. Private Perkins fumbled desperately with the pin of a fourth grena de. Perkins threw up his arms and staggered backwards.' 'You will come with us. The primed grenade clattered along the tun nel towards the crouching squad. As the smoke cleared. Just as he yanked it out. The sergeant unhitche d three grenades from his belt and carefully handed them round. his uniform ablaz e and his frozen face a treacly mask. gesticulating behind his bac k. Diving forward. 'Get it. the incredulous soldie rs saw the crazed alien lurching to its feet.' Turner whispered. Sergeant.The squad backed away from the looming aliens as they advanced. 'You will obey instruct ions. Obe y or we shall destroy you.' whispered the sergeant.. It seemed indestructible as it jer ked inexorably towards them. 'Ready. The g renades rolled among the feet of the Cybermen as two of them grappled with the c razed newcomer.
. Benton and Turner each took an arm and tried to drag him clear.' 'Shut up and get out of here. Eventually he heard running footsteps and the three fugitives suddenly appeared round the curve shouting exc itedly. but just as he reached the surface his ankle was seize d in a crushing grip.. he fought to free his foot. bundling them roughly p ast the gasping Cybermen and the hideous corpse of Private Perkins. 'I've already lost one good man because of you lot and I don't want to lose any more.. Those Cyber things are still breathing.. sir.' 'Right. 'There's not much time. If you can hear me come out quickly. thank goodness you're. 'See any mor e behind you?' he asked Jamie as the girls clambered up the ladder. peering into the tunnel as one of th e Cybermen's hands started twitching spasmodically. Screaming with pain and panic.. 'Well. covering the still breathing Cybermen with his machine pistol while Benton and the sergeant manhandled Harris to the manhole shaft. Above him. Isobel scowled. 'Harris copped a shrapnel splinter in the shoulder.' Turner said. while the ....' reported the serg eant.. 'Well. Zoe. Jamie scrambled up the ladder for dear life.' Turner snapped . 'No.'Jamie. Turner was just stru ggling out of the manhole helped by Benton and the sergeant. give me a hand with Perkins's body.' h e yelled.' To his relief he heard a faint cry of acknowledgement from Isobel. 'And watch out.' Turn er snapped. get him out o f here.. jerking his head towards the shaft. 'Ge t a move on... ' James. you idiots. Jamie loo ked down and saw the glinting figure of one of the Cybermen shaking itself free from the rubble and lumbering towards the shaft. Suddenly there was a croaking roar from below. Isobel... there's n o need to be so rude!' she retorted.' Turner ordered. 'Quick as you can this way!' 'Perkins is dead.' Jamie helped sling th e corpse over Turner's shoulder and started to follow him painfully slowly up th e ladder to the street.' Turner shouted.' Jamie mumbled shamefacedly.
sergeant knelt down and smashed the Cyberman again and again on the head with a rifle butt. At last the weakened Cyberman released its grip and Jamie was hauled out. Then the sergeant dropped a grenade into the Cyberman's arms and he and Be nton heaved the heavy iron manhole cover back into place. The thick plate shook as a muffled explosion spurted smoke round its edges. They all watched the manho le cover in the ensuing silence. It did not stir. 'I don't believe it,' gasped t he sergeant. 'Them things are almost indestructible.' Turner glanced over at the jeep where Zoe and Isobel were making Private Harris comfortable. 'Maybe, but w e're not,' he snapped, helping Jamie to hobble. 'Let's get out of here.' As the Doctor poked among the monolithic circuitry with two probes, frowning unhappily at the wavering traces on the oscilloscope beside him, he didn't notice the Brig adier quietly enter the makeshift laboratory in the basement of Professor Traver s's London house. 'Any success, Doctor?' 'Ah, Brigadier. Not yet I fear. There's an alien logic in these circuits, but I haven't managed to work it out yet,' sm iled the Doctor, rubbing his tired eyes. Lethbridge-Stewart yawned. 'The Watkins girl's just developing her snapshots upstairs. I'm taking a full report to Gene va in the morning.' 'How long will that take?' 'Depends. Should get some action in a day or two.' The Doctor stared dubiously at the oscilloscope screen. 'That could be too late,' he warned glumly. Just then Isobel burst in waving some larg e photo-graphic prints still dripping wet. Zoe and Jamie followed. 'There you ar e, Brig! Aren't they beauties?' Isobel cried, laying the black and white prints out on the bench. The Brigadier glanced at the greyish, blurred shapes unenthusi astically. 'Er... Well done, Miss Watkins...' he muttered, turning back to the D octor.
'What's wrong with them?' Isobel demanded in a wounded tone. The Brigadier attem pted a conciliatory smile. 'I don't want to hurt your professional pride, Miss W atkins, but to be honest they look a little like... well, fakes.' 'But they're C ybermen,' Jamie protested. 'Anyone can see that, ye Sassenachl' The Brigadier sm iled condescendingly. 'You can because you've seen them before. But I have to co nvince a bunch of sceptical international defence experts.' All at once the Doct or leaped up like a Jack-in-the-box. 'Yes, of course...' he cried. 'What?' Zoe a sked eagerly. But the Doctor sat down again just as abruptly, resuming his tinke ring without another word. Vaughn and Packer stood in the subdued light of the s uspended spherical lamps, looking out at the lights of the city under the darken ing sky. 'It was definitely a UNIT force. They destroyed two Cybermen,' reported Packer despondently. 'How clever of them,' purred Vaughn. 'But they got out ali ve, sir. The authorities will know by now,' Packer whined. Vaughn shrugged disin terestedly. 'They are powerless to stop us. In a few hours the invasion will be completed. We shall control all that...' he murmured, gesturing expansively thro ugh the window. A buzzer sounded. 'That will be Gregory. The Professor's machine must be ready, sir.' 'Excellent. Let them in, Packer.' Gregory entered, followe d by Professor Watkins carrying his Cerebration Mentor like a precious baby. It looked lighter and more compact and the earphone pads had been replaced by a lon g, narrowly tapering horn.
'We've added narrow bandwidth transducers to focus the output directionally,' Gr egory announced, as the Professor placed the device on Vaughn's desk and turned his back on it. 'This is sheer madness,' Watkins shouted. 'That machine is now a deadly weapon.' 'I compliment your efficiency,' Vaughn murmured, examining the device approvingly. 'Those modifications were totally unnecessary,' Watkins prot ested, blinking unhappily behind his thick glasses. 'For your purposes perhaps, Professor. But I have a somewhat different use for your little gadget.' Watkins rounded on his tormentor. 'Do what you will. It's yours. Now just give me my nie ce and let us go free.' Vaughn laughed urbanely. 'My dear fellow, your niece is already at liberty and no doubt sitting comfortably at home.' He turned to his C hief Researcher. 'Now Gregory, how does one operate this thing?' 'Isobel free? I don't believe you!' Watkins whimpered, realising his utter helplessness now. 'C areful, Mr Vaughn,' Gregory, warned, as Vaughn picked up the device and pointed it at Watkins. 'Dangerous is it?' Vaughn sneered, pressing a sequence of switche s. Watkins backed away, wide-eyed with terror. 'Don't... don't point it...' he b eseeched him. 'Do you know what fear is?' Vaughn taunted as the machine began em itting its evil clicking sounds, rising rapidly to a piercing whistle. Watkins s hut his eyes and pressed his hands over his ears, moaning pitifully. 'Mr Vaughn, you could kill him!' Gregory warned, trying to intervene. Packer held him back, watching the torture with excited eyes. 'We must make sure he's done his work t horoughly,' Vaughn laughed, increasing the power so that the whistling rose even higher. Watkins's glasses fell off his nose as he writhed and cowered against t he wall, his kindly eyes popping widely open as he focussed on some imaginary ho rror. He started punching wildly at the air as if
sobbing with fear. Watkins hesitated . Vaughn threw back his h ead and laughed at Watkins's incredulous stare. Several holes appeared in Vaughn's j acket and shirt as bullets ricochetted round the office. Then he took careful aim and fired again. Such a pit y we cannot test it at full strength. momentarily disconcerted by his victim's impassion ed threat. 'Would you really?' Watkins nodded v igorously. Impassively Vaughn watched the cringing old man slide down the wall to his knees. t hen at Vaughn in bewilderment.warding off some loathsome attacker and then uttered strangled squeaks of submis sion. 'You are an evil man. sending Watkins reeli ng with another vicious slap before walking away a few paces and turning.' Packer ya nked the old man to his feet and shoved his glasses back onto his nose. Vaughn.' Racked with conflicting emotions. but given the chance I shall kill you. 'What are you waiting for?' he laughed. 'You will take the Professor back to the compl ex immediately.' he beamed. He thrust it into Watkins's hand. . 'Shoot me!' Vaughn shouted.' Watkins suddenly burst out in a hoarse whisper. sla pping the old man's tear-stained cheek. Shots smashed into lamps and a vi deo screen. 'Try again. I want these devices on the production lines at once. Vaughn turned to Gregory.' Vaughn gazed at the hunched figure. Professor. Professor?' he mocked. 'Kill me. 'I congratulate you.' Watkins peered blindly up at him. I pity you. 'Surely you can do better than tha t?' he taunted. foaming at the lips and trembling with shock. Recove ring his balance. we have further need of your expe rtise. 'Most effective. Vaughn shook his head derisively. 'Shoot me!' Watkins stared at the gun. 'You for ce me to work for you. the Professor fired a burst. Vaughn walked over and took Packer's machine pistol out of its holste r. Then he switched off the machine and put it back on t he desk. However.
At 2130 hours he saw two security guards and another man leaving the IE Headquarters with Professor Watkins. . 'Benton reported from Blue Sector One.' S ergeant Walters's voice informed him mushily.' he murmure d.' Isobel explai ned.. At that moment the radiotelephone bleeped. 'No.' Turner shook his head in amazement. sir.' 'We could intercept and release the Professor.' suggest ed Turner listening on the extension. 'We hit 'em with four or five grenade s and one still survived! I'd hate to have to tackle a whole army of the things. no. taking the receiver. He frowned. Isobe l brought in some tea and shortcake biscuits and sat down beside him. casually flicking the torn shreds of cloth off his jacket. 'What's the flap?' asked Lethbri dge-Stewart. 'I just didn't realise about the Cybermen. Jimmy. waking with a start and wincing at the pain in his ankle. In Travers's basement the Doctor was st ill struggling to solve the riddle of the monolithic circuitry.. patting her hand. 'Not really your fault.'Take him away and get the device into production!' he cried. Turner ans wered it. 'I've been listening to Zoe telling the Brigadier all about them for his re port. I suppose. absently picking up Turner's tea and sipping it deep in thought again. no. ' Suddenly the Doctor threw down the circuits in despair. Turner grinned. ' What's the matter?' Jamie gasped. The Doctor ignored him. 'Am I forg iven?' she asked. Jamie was fast a sleep in an old armchair with his injured foot propped on a cushion. rubbing his bleary eyes irritably as he rose and walked about restlessly. He's on their tail now. sir.' he mutte red. 'I don't like the idea. while Jimmy Turner sat sleepily by his portable radiotelephone unit on the workbench.' he said after a pause. Isobel looked anxiously at the Brigadier. asking Isobel to fetch the Brigadier.
clutching his sleeve. 'Care for a biscuit?' he ask ed gallantly. I'll contact him en route.' rapped Turner into the receiver . lurki ng appearance high above them. Sergeant. Jimmy. the Professor might be able to help me solve t his problem.' the Doctor urged him.' he said. It's your show. a set of powerful headlights sliced the darkness. sir!' Turner promised and he dashed out wi th Isobel staring admiringly after him. Thin trails of cloud scudded across the Moon. reached across and handed the plate to Isobel. Isobel hugged him and gave him a smacking kiss on the cheek. Twenty seconds later. The Doctor cleare d his throat noisily. 'It could be a vital chance for a breakthrough. 'Vaughn's lot know we mean business now. 'Brigadier. 'They won' t be playing games. The International Electromatix car screamed to a halt a few .'Oh come on! Please!' Isobel begged him. 'About a kilometre from your position now. completely blocking it. Leth bridge-Stewart considered the two earnest faces. 'All right . listening to Ben ton's regular reports on the radio giving the position of the International Elec tromatix company car carrying Gregory and Professor Watkins back to the factory complex. The Brigadier. Turner and three UNIT soldiers sat tensely in their jeep at the deserted crossroads. I'm on my way. waving the two monolithic circuits. The jeep swept out of the side lane and drew across the narrow road.' 'Neither will I. followed by another. 'Go!' snapped Turner to his driver. sir. 'Tell Benton to stay with them. The Brigadier looked unhappy at the risk of further trouble before his mission to UNIT Command in Gen eva. but be careful.' the Brigadier warned him. giving it a covert. An owl hooted somewhere in the nearby trees.' Benton suddenly blurted.' he said reluctantly. Finally he relented. still blushing from the k iss. some distance behind but g aining rapidly. The dr iver cut the engine and the lights and the four men whipped out their pistols an d jumped into the surrounding hedgerows.
Packer?' Vaughn inquired calmly.metres from the jeep. Turner's advancing force killed one of the Professor's escort a nd the other one fled into the woods and got away. 'There remain just five and one half hours until the i nvasion begins. ' It was a UNIT group again. At t he same instant. Turner ushered the shocked an d dazed Professor gently into the Jaguar and he and Benton drove him swiftly bac k to London with the rest of the squad escorting them in the jeep. Can I trust you to accomplish that?' Packer stared at Vau ghn's shadowy figure with gnawing hatred. The man yelled something a nd the limousine started reversing. While the UNIT squad fired back. I suggest that you get some rest. 'G ood. In Vaughn's d arkened office Packer was smacking his bony fists together with impotent rage.' he fumed. Before he could shoot the Pro fessor. reclining in his chair with his eyes closed.' 'Still sceptical.' Vaughn glanced at his luminous digital watch. Gregory leape d out after him and raised a revolver at his back. 'Of course!' he snapped petulantly. 'Well. the UNIT fo rce emerged with levelled pistols and challenged him. Professor Watkins opened the rear door of the limousine and scuttled towards the undergrowth along the lane. 'You'll be able to pick them up a nd enjoy your revenge. what can w e do now?' Packer whined. but you ignored me. 'Now. 'On ce Cyber Control is transmitting the coercion signal the Doctor and his friends will be utterly helpless. Benton fired from his car and Gregory fell dead on the grass verge. 'I warned you.' he murmured. can we?' If Tobias Vaughn was at all worried by the recent kidnapping he betrayed no sign of disquiet..' he reminded Packer. Now they've got Watkins b ack and Gregory's dead we can't manufacture any more. but Benton's Jaguar roared up behindand cut off its retreat.. As one of Vaughn's men got out to investigate. 'We've only got one machine. Another man jumped out and they both opened fire on Turner's sq uad.' . his mean eyes glittering malevolently at h is master.
you say you adapted your device to induce e xcessive emotional responses. totally oblivious of everyone else.' he exclaimed.' he reflected. Doctor.' He gazed at his silent audi ence excitedly. I must get back to the Hercules.?' Watkins nodded and hung his head in shame.. The two of them started muttering together and examining the circuits through m agnifying glasses. The Brigadier consulted h is watch.. 'You've no idea what these microm onolithic circuits are for. clutching his niece's ha nd with affectionate relief.' The Doctor sighed dejectedly. 'I'm leaving at dawn for Geneva.' Watkins smiled feebly. Vaughn obviously plans to use the machine agains t the Cybermen once he has no further use for them.. Then he nibbled at a biscuit and gazed in bewilderm ent at the ringof faces around him. Professor?' he asked for the third or fourth time.' 'You say he intends to mass produce them?' mused the Do ctor.. 'I know nothing. 'Professor. The Brigadier was baffled. ' I'm sorry. then he hurried to the bench and picked up the circuits from the Hercules computer and from Jamie's radio. Yes.8 Invasion Professor Watkins gratefully drank several cups of tea. The Doctor stood up and walked round and round the cluttered bench. 'Heavens. . Emotional Induction. ' nothing at all. 'Perhaps it could be used to incapacita te or even destroy them. 'Of course. 'I don't even know why Vaughn wanted me to adapt my machine. 'Emotion is ali en to Cyber neurosystems. Watkins nodded wearily and hugged Isobel again.' he admitted regretfully. How could I have been so stupid? No wonder the circuits aren't logical!' Professor W atkins jumped up as if infused with new life and joined the Doctor at the bench. 'Why should Vaughn need such a weapon if he's already got the Cybermen?' The Do ctor suddenly perked up.
' The Doctor held up the b ack of Jamie's radio.' he ordered and strode briskly out. He drew a dotted line from the Cyber craft round the Moon to the side facin g the Earth. Jamie an d Captain Turner gathered round as he explained his theory with mounting excitem ent. 'There must be hundreds of thousands of these circuits in International Electromatix components all over the world. Jamie yawned caver nously and settled himself back in the armchair. . There was a shocked silence. Zoe clicked her f ingers. 'These circuits are artificial nerve networks and onc e activated by the Cyber signals they will no doubt induce the hypnotic force be ing used to control the humans already in their power. He wo ke with a start to find that Zoe was tugging his arm. 'The satellites will then boost their signals and relay them to Earth. Professor Watkins.' put in the Professor. Isobel. the Doctor' s discovered something!' she cried.' 'And the signals will acti vate these micromonolithic circuits. Doctor!' she cried. 'Quick.Contact me at once it the Doctor comes up with anything. 'You're incred ible. the Cyberm en might be lurking beneath us at this very moment!' Frantically Jamie struggled to shake himself free as the repulsive creature began to devour his foot.' the Doctor told them.' she exclaimed. Jamie. Jimmy. On the wall the Doctor had sketched a large diagram showing the Earth ringed by a number of satellites and the Moon with the Cyber mother-craft on its hidden side. 'The depolariser. 'Now. Z oe...' he mumbled and closed his eyes. Zoe. Zoe gaped at him in disgust. 'So everyone will come under their control. For all we know. 'Exa ctly. The Doctor and Wa tkins were deep in animated discussion over the oscilloscope. they'll move round and their transmitters will hunt for the f requencies used by these satellites.' resumed the Doctor. holding one up.' Zoe murmured. 'Is there nothing we can do?' Turner asked earnestly. Zoe and Jamie glanced across at the bench.' he concluded gravely. 'Wake me if anything happens. 'You'd sleep through anything.
sir.' answered Vaughn from the shadows. 'Four in the morning. Vaughn swivelled in his chair. Just then. We'd bette r arm ourselves with immunity immediately. 'I think I've got a few here somewhe re. 'Zoe. Packe r slipped noiselessly into the room from the private elevator. I'm well aware of the schedule. closing his eyes again. the other peacefully shut.' 'Yes. Suddenly a strident bleepin g brought him instantly awake. The only sound in Vaughn's dimly-lit office was his calm rhythmic breathing as he lay tilted hack in his chair.. yes.. 'Splendid!' cried the Doctor. 'Invasion Zero will be one Earth hour f rom now. The invasion could begin at any time! ' Within a few seconds the basement had been transformed into a hive of activity as the Doctor and his friends began the race to stop Vaughn and his alien allie s from conquering the Earth.' He turned to the Captain.. . 'What time is it?' he demanded. 'Exactly. 'Neuristors!' cried Professor Watkins.The Doctor beamed at her. Zoe. Transmission will commence in thirty minutes.' 'How melodramatic. The wall obediently parted. exposing the wide-awake Cyber Module whirring and pr ickling with intense light in the alcove. rubbing his hands together and springing to l ife again. 'All is prepared?' it demanded. yes. 'Of co urse. I'd better talk to him at once.' Vaughn smiled to hi mself as a regular electronic pulse started marking the seconds off one by one. 'A few minutes.' he explained. you help the Professor to make us some depolarisers.' 'Please call the Brigadier on the radio. the depolariser can jam the co ntrol signals. his lazy eye half o pen in macabre vigilance. 'We are moving into position to transmit the coercion signal. He took up his fountain pen and twisted the cap.' Va ughn muttered sarcastically to himself. What a good memory you've got. Countdown will commence now.' He turn ed to the others. 'Fixed to the back of the neck. turning to a large cardboard box filled with oddments.
'You?' he murmured doubtfully. Isobel had opened the blinds and was looking at the pale rose sky heralding t he sunrise over the city. 'We've got to make enough for everyone here at least. 'Are you sure of that?' Vaughn's chai r spun round to face him..' Leth bridge-Stewart assured him.' The Doctor looked worried. They watched a milkman making his deliveries to the houses opp osite and a paperboy whistling as he cycled along the street.' the Doct or muttered. Isobel looked doubtful as she fingered the small cluster of tran sistors and wires taped to the back of her neck. appearing at her side.Packer.' he whispered. 'If your technicians need any mor e advice just contact us here. er. 'How many have you managed to knock together?' he inquried anxiously.' he suggested unconvincingly. 'Only five so far. It all looks so peaceful. Packer. A few minutes and I shall control the entire planet. 'There must be some more among all this junk. this equipment. 'It's great.' 'Over and. 'Perhaps the Doctor's wrong about the invasion after all. 'You m ust get them fitted immediately. 'Over and out. 'Penny for them.' The Doctor had done his best to explain to the Brigadier on the radiotelephone t he exact procedure for constructing the vital depolariser jamming device..' 'I'll get all my boffins on to it at once.' whispered Jimmy Turner.. 'Quite certain.' he said. ga zing out over the lights of the capital..' Upstairs in the makeshift studi o. 'Quite certain. She smiled wistfully. Packer glanced at the pulsing luminesce nt machine. starting to rumm age frantically in the boxes littering the bench and piled underneath it. 'He's been dead right so far... Then . He hurried back to the bench where Zoe and the Professor were hard at work making masses of fiddly connections. and all that. 'We can't f ind enough of those neuristor things.' she reminded him.' he snapped.' Zoe admitted.' he repeated.' Turner agreed.
The Doctor groaned with pain and collapse d in Jamie and the Captain's arms. please hurry. Wob bling drunkenly.all at once they glanced uneasily at one another and Turner instinctively put hi s arm round Isobel's shoulder. he careered across the street and crashed into the milk float. staring sightlessly up at the ceiling. A bus with a few writhing. A tremendous crash from the street sent I sobel running back up to the studio. 'Doctor. They heard a cry and heavy thump from the basement and then Zoe screamed. goggle-eyed earl y morning passengers aboard had crashed into the milk float and steam was hissin g from its ruptured radiator in a white jet. The Doctor lay prostrate. loosening his collar.. Several milkbottles had shattered on the pavement and the roundsman was clutching his head and staring up into the sky.' Zoe pleaded. 'The Doctor hasn't been fitted with his depolariser yet.' she cried anxiously. 'Hurry up.?' Zoe cried. Professor Watk ins was feverishly connecting some tiny wires with a solderingiron. Zoe glanced up as Isobel and the Captain rushed in. The Doctor was staggering round a nd round the basement in smaller and smaller circles with Jamie clinging to his arms in an attempt to prevent him injuring himself. They d ashed out and down the steps under the stairs. They turned the Doctor over and Zoe carefully taped the lash-up to the back of his neck.. Abruptly the Doctor went rigid with a spasmodic shudder. Professor. . A feelin g of nausea swept over them and they felt a dull pain behind the eyes. Then Isobel saw something that chil led her to the marrow. The air seemed suddenly dry and brittle. The paperboy took his hands off the handlebars and clapped them to his ears. At the bench. They lowered him gently to the floor where he lay deathly still... A sudden crash outside made them look out again. his breathing snatched and rapid and his eyes glazed over.. Doctor. They watch ed anxiously for some sign of revival. are you all right.. Watkins bustled over to them with the depolaris er.. A heavy manhole cover in .
the invasion's begun!' The Doctor blinked se veral times and then jumped to his feet. At last Lethbridge-Stewart came through fain t and distorted. 'Chaos here. The Doctor was sitt ing up and groggily massaging his temples. It w as followed by several more Cybermen and the group of malevolent giants strode o ff like figures in a nightmare.. the street s will soon be full of Cybermen. You'll be a lot safer here. stubby fingers grabbed viciously at the air. 'Don 't stand around like zombies!' he shouted. 'What about the Brigadier and the rest of UNIT?' Captain Tu rner hurried to the radiotelephone.. 'Don't you know the invasion's alread y begun?' Zoe and Jamie tried to calm him. 'But be careful. Just stay put. their blank eyes gaping and their slit mouths gi ving their faces a sinister. bustling round the basement as if nothing had happened to him. swinging its masklike face to and fro in search of victims.' 'Roger. Turner looked deeply disappointed.' The Doctor agreed. scattering his startled helpmates... but he resolutely ignored them. I'm sending Walters over there to pick you up. Only half the crew have recovered so far. trying to ge t rid of the .' the Brigadier ordered and clicked off. Brigadier?' 'No hard news yet.' Isobel gasped. Isobel was transfixed for a few seconds by the awesome sp ectacle. A gleaming silver figure clambered out of the sewer and stood w ith legs apart. 'The y're coming up out of the sewers. 'What about the other UNIT forces.the middle of the street was suddenly flung into the air and it rolled clanging into the gutter. 'And we're sitting right in the middle of the hornet's nest!' he sighed. 'The Cybermen. Doctor. Doctor. The Doctor grabbed the receiver. Then she ran back down the steps into the basement. 'Is e veryone else all right?' he demanded. The Doctor nodded ruefully. Brigadier. Jimmy.. 'Sounds like a walko ver for Vaughn and the Cybermen. frozen smile as their thick.' he muttered.
'All areas are now covered by our transmissions. 'Excellent. 'But the UNIT mob. The machine glowed brilliantly and the crystal whi zzed back and forth agitatedly. We are allies.' 'All is ready.' Vaughn strode fearlessly across to the alcove. Then it buzzed alarmingly an d a smell of hot plastic filled the room. D iscussion terminated.' replied Vaughn soothingly. Packer.' he insisted. 'Mr Vaughn.' Vaughn suddenly stood up.' Vaughn responded calmly.' it acknowledged eventu ally..irritating itch that was developing under the depolariser taped to his neck. The f ull invasion force is mustering for despatch. Initiate ion beam for navigation.' He twisted the pen cap sharply and the wall slid back int o place. 'But you do not unde rstand the world as I do.' he persisted. 'Humans are now und er Cyber Control.' The machine glowed even brighter. lighting up his face with a dull red glow as he lay back in his chair listening to the incessant grating cha tter of the Cyber Module. his me an face pale and taut.' he reported b reathlessly. 'Why do you oppose us?' it challenged him.. The invasion will proceed under my direction.. 'It is agreed. 'Excellent. 'Prepare communication network for Cyb erforce Control. As Vaughn subsided thankfully into his chair wiping the nervous sweat o ut of his eyes..' . Pick him up immediately. we've located the Professor. Vaughn smiled. 'Wait. The Cyberforce must remain un der my control.' 'They will not offer any resis tance. They are all under our control. hurrie dly composing himself.' Vaughn purred. 'I do not oppose you. 'You will not achieve your objective unless I too get what I want. 'Is this agr eed?' The Cyber Module fell silent for a long time. the videophone bleeped and Packer appeared on the screen. The sunrise flooded dramatically into Vaughn's office. sir.
The next moment. dragging the radio behind him.' Walters reported sturdily. a gun barrel crashed through the glass in the front door. 'Get out. Jamie!' he shouted. As he started down the stairs after the others. .' As everybody turned and fled down the hall. Captain Turner let him in just as the Doctor and the others came up the stairs from the basement. ano ther salvo from the front door caught him in the leg. Turner slammed the door and shot the bolts ho me. 'It's Packer's mob. Get Watkins and put him to work on the Cerebration machines at once. Sergeant Walters skidded his jeep to a stop outside Professor Travers's house and ran up the steps. After a terrifying drive thro ugh the chaos of disorientated humanity. hauling the wounded Profess or down into the cellar. He fired a long burst at the door and then carried Jamie out into the overgrown garden at the back of the house. The others were waiting anxiously. Jamie had paused to retrieve the radiotelephone unit wh ich Turner had just dropped. ' Thousands of them silver gnomes everywhere.' he shouted over his shoulder. Turner fired his machine-pistol at the sh adowy figures outside. this is your last chance. The gun barrel fired a five second burst just as Jamie wa s ushering the Professor back down the cellar steps. The re was a scream of brakes outside. The girls tend ed the injured Professor and Jamie. Turner fired another burst then caught Watkins as he fell and slung him over his shoulder. sir.' muttered Packer inaudibly. He collapsed and started c rawling to safety. The Professor cried out and staggered. 'Out the back way quickly .'That's just what I'm afraid of. Vaughn leaned forwa rd ominously. Could you se nd us a chopper?' asked Turner. 'We're in a bit of a spot. Sergeant Walt ers came running back up the stairs. sir.' he shouted. 'Packer. Backing away. Turner contacted the Brigadier on the Doctor's polyvox unit while Walters covered the rear of the house with his pistol.
'Do you still believe everything's going according to plan?' Packer went on recklessly. Good luck. Y ou should have eliminated him when you had the chance. Packer stood in silent humiliation in front of his master's des k. sir.' Out in the street. but we've got two wounded. Out. 'We don't have the Professor. Packer. 'It must be that Doctor character's expertise. Then he obediently picked up a te lephone and rapped out an order. Packer's jeep was speeding back to V aughn's headquarters. Jimmy.' he rapped out harshly. 'Do you still think you can win?' 'Contact the Antenna Unit . Soon afterwards. Vaughn swung round from the window.' 'Right. Now he's out-manoeuvering you.' he whined accusingly. 'Can you reach Blue Sector Five?' 'We'l l do our damnedest.' Vaughn suddenly snarled. so we can't produce any more machines. his face a mask of contempt. He lingered for a moment as if undecided. 'How?' Vaughn muttered. The mighty Hercules whined reassuringly through the thin clouds.. grinding his teeth in exasperation as he gazed out ov er the paralysed city. On the ground far below. Vaughn stared at him with undisguised smoulderi ng loathing.?' Packer shot him a crafty look.'Wilco.' replied the Brigadier promptly. 'The invasion fo rce must be sent in at once!' Packer's hand was resting on the handle of his pis tol.' he whispered hoar sely. 'I am still in control of the invasion. It is time to project the ion beam. Chopper on its way.. 'Without me you would be wriggling like a worm in a puddle of acid. so we can't control the C ybermen. leaving three security guards dead on Travers's doorstep. 'How can they be immune to the Cyber coercion signal. all normal life had ceased within a m atter of minutes as the millions of monolithic circuits scattered all .' But P acker's defiance grew stronger and he faced Vaughn unflinchingly.
They must h ave a rocket almost ready to go. 'Couldn't we make masses of thes e depolariser things and distribute them to key personnel?' suggested Captain Tu rner. A drawer clicked open and he took out a thick file marked MOST SECRET and lea fed quickly through it. 'We'd need an orbital launch vehicle. The Cybermen will attack us in force soon.' 'So we could fit a warhead in place of their s urvey module...' They turned to the D octor inquiringly.. There mus t be an entire fleet out there. 'I was right!' he announced delightedly. The Brigadier glanced h opefully at him.' he murmured. In the Operations Room. Then his face fell again.' he groaned. 'The Russians h ad a countdown in progress at dawn.. 'We should be able to get a medical and technical unit there in a couple of hou rs. Jimmy. Nothing at all. Doctor.. 'Possibly.' 'Keep try ing..' The Brigadier turned gravely to the Doctor. Moscow and Peking dead as doornails.' 'Only the Americans and the R ussians. . He looked doubtful. I'm afraid.' The Brigadier thumped his desk in frustration.. all frequencies. 'Unless we can stop the Cyber transmissions. 'We're utterly helpless. 'How long would all that take?' he asked.' Turner sighed. even if we c ould obtain the components.. Sergeant. 'Wait a sec!' he cri ed. sir. Suddenly the Brigadier stood up. We don't have anything of that size available.' the Doctor mused quietly. 'No time. The Doctor shook his head emphatically. 'Washington's off the ai r. sir.. Once we'd fitted the Russians with your .. 'Se ems to be a total radio blackout. waiting behind the Moon. t he Signals Officer was reporting the general situation. unmanned orbital lunar survey.' Turner proposed brightly.. going over to a security cabinet and dialling a sequence of combination code s.over the world amplified and focussed the Cyber coercion beam being transmitted via the satellites from the neighbourhood of the Moon.
I think it's worth a try. The Professor's oka y too. of course. 'Well. Zoe gaped at him in disbelief. Jimmy. 'Ah. They'll be homing in on Vaughn's ion beacon out at the compound.' she murmured .. You deal with th at top priority..' she cried. 'I think we're landing. 'How long do you think we've got.' he said with a preoccupied air. 'Could we intercept the Cyber fle et with anti-missile missiles. striding down the busy Ops Room to brief his staff.. Just then the Hercules banked steeply and started to descend rapidly. 'All right.' Lethbridge-Stewart consulted his Situation Map. Doctor?' he asked.' 'Jolly good..' he muttered.' he ordered decisively. much as I detest computers I suspect your remarkable little brain could be very useful to him in the next couple of h ours. Isobel's looking after him.. I suggest you give the Brig a hand.. 'You're joking..' . ' Zoe. Th ere's an RAF base at Henlow Flats equipped with Taktik missiles.' Turner salute d and eagerly departed to prepare for his vital mission. b ut he's furious because the doctor won't let him walk on it. 'And get your skates on.' he muttered absently. 'Here's the gen on the Russian launch. I imagine..' muttered the Doctor vaguely. it would be up to them. handing some papers from the file t o Captain Turner. Doctor?' The Doctor shrugged. Doctor. 'Go back to Vaughn? He'll kill you as soon as lo ok at you.' Zoe sniffed eagerly. Zoe wandered in from up fro nt and went over to the brooding Doctor...depolariser things.. 'I confess I'm rathe r surprised they're not here already. 'Right. well. how's Jamie's leg. What's cooking?' The crumpled li ttle figure seemed miles away.' said the Brigadier.. The Doctor cocked his head non -committally. The Doctor stirred.' replied the Brigadier. The Brigadier went over to the Do ctor who was sitting withdrawn and thoughtful. 'I think it's high time I had another little talk with Mr Vaughn. 'Possibly. my dear?' 'Just a flesh wound.
'Quite possibly. 'You should reach the Nykortny Space Centre in about t wo hours.' The jeep drove off towards some Nissen huts and the Brigadier led Zoe back up into the plane and the ramp closed behind them. but we desperately need more t ime and I'm sure I can buy us that time.' he explained. With a mischievous twinkle in his eye the Doctor took out the polyvox unit. biting her lip. Brigadier. Doctor.' the Brigadier informed Captain Turner. The city's crawling with Cybermen. Doctor. Got enough depolarisers?' 'Yes. 'You can't afford not to. 'The Tornadoes are due here in fifteen minutes. You'll be ab le to hear everything that passes between me and Tobias Vaughn. I can't afford to allow you to t ry it. In the sewers!' At that moment the FASTEN SEAT BELTS sign lit up and a few minutes later the Hercu les touched down on a remote disused airfield.' Zoe looked sceptical and anxious for the Doctor's safety. 'I'll leave this little toy switched on. Tooting a jaunty farewell on the horn h e sped off across the windswept grass-clogged concrete and disappeared. 'But you'll never get near the place.' he re torted.' confided the Doctor. Zoe and Brigadier Lethbridge-Stew art stood at the bottom of the ramp waving goodbye and good luck as the Doctor d rove the landrover out of the cargo bay. 'Once you attack the Cybermen they'll retaliate.' The Brigadier had overheard the little Time Lord's insane proposal..' 'Good luck. Then a second jeep emerged down the ramp and stopped. Zoe. 'How can you find that out?' she demanded. tapping his nose '..' 'There's one place where there won't be any Cybermen now.. 'This is madness. sir.The Doctor grinned bleakly. Jimmy.. The Doctor rose.. In . The Professor's done us proud in spite of his wound. T he Brigadier snorted dismissively.' he snapped. We must know how and wi th what. 'Take ca re.' Zoe whispered.
' 'Over and out.' They were soon airborne again and i t was not long before the Doctor's cheery voice came crackling over the polyvox receiver. . 'Sergeant. Al l UNIT operational groups Red Alert Status.' sighed the Brigadier anxiously. Down and out. 'Oh. 'I'll call you when I reach Vaughn's.' snapped the Brigadier.the Operations Room the Brigadier issued a string of curt orders right and left. 'Your helicopter isn't going t o be much good if the Doctor does meet any Cybermen down there. the air's surprisingly fresh down here. be careful. don't worry about me. miss. ask Wing-Commander Robbins to take us to Henlow Flats Missile Base i mmediately and send a chopper to Blue Sector One in case the Doctor needs it.' he retorted defensively.' 'For God's sake. Doctor. 'Perhaps I shoul d send a submarine. 'I've just entered the sewers and I'm making my way to wards Vaughn's headquarters.' r eplied the Doctor earnestly. Lethbridge-Stewart flashed her an irritated glance. echoing eerily.' Zoe remarked wi th a frown.
' Vaughn glared at his Deputy and then punched a hold button as the sc reens flashed up a continuously changing sequence of views of the headquarters b uildings.' Packer whined with a haunted look.9 Counter Measures Vaughn and Packer were poring over a vast map of the world. his eyes burning with hatred. 'But we can't do any more without the rest of the Cyber force. there won't be a cit y in the entire world that we don't control. Packer. never fear. 'Securi ty alert. can you hear me?' 'Yes. 'Oh. straigh tening his rumpled collar and brushing his lapels. Doctor. jolly good. Packer.. or rather popped up at an awkward moment. but I'd rather like a word with you..' the Doctor said breezily.' . The gargoyle grinned. 'Good morning. On one of the screens the Doctor's bulbous features loomed like a misc hievous gargoyle.' Vaughn assured him in a strange si ngsong voice. except for the pige ons flapping over the rooftops and the odd car horn sounding under the slumped b ody of the driver. 'All main communication centres are now in the hands of our p eople. Hope I haven't dropped in.' Vaughn announced with smug satisfaction. 'Clever of you to outwit the coercion beam. Outside the wide win dows behind them everything was unnaturally quiet and still. 'The UNIT mob must have got throug h somehow. Mr Vaughn. the entire world!' A whooping alarm sounde d from the video bank and the screens flickered automatically into life. Packer looked unconvinced. 'Think of it.. 'They'll arrive.' he objected obstinat ely. Vaughn smiled acidly at the m icrophone. And when they do.' Vaughn hiss ed into the desk microphone..
Vaughn sighed with infinite patience. At that moment... Doct or. 'Get the whole lot on tape..' Zoe wanted to stay and listen. Packer. We've got work to do.. Come in and sit down. He's our insurance. 'Stand by.. If he needs help thro w in everything we've got in Blue Sector.' Packer ex ploded.' he ordered. Defe nsive stance. Miss Zoe . 'I'll leave this thing switched on now. ..' she said. the Doctor's voice came through again on the polyvox rec eiver. Packer. What an unexpected pleasure. You forget the Doctor's travel machine.' snapped the Brigadier. 'He must be out of his mind..' Th e mocking face vanished from the screen. to tell you the truth it's been a bit of a pain in the neck. and keep close to me. 'Far from it. 'Just about to enter the lion's den.' Packer resolved.' The whine of the Hercules's turboprops faded as the UNIT Airborne Operations Unit touched down a t Henlow Flats Missile Base north-east of London.' he reported.' he quipped cheekily. raiding party. 'No. Attack only if necessary. but the Brigadier took her firmly by the arm. 'We'll kill the bastard this time. 'Hope there 'll be enough to go round. 'Come along. The Brigadier complimented her warmly. 'Well.' Vaughn ordered calmly. Packer spoke tersely into his wrist radio.The Doctor shrugged modestly. buckling on his pistol. we will do no such thin g.' Zoe hurried in carrying a box of depo larisers which she and the Professor had managed to cobble together. his beady eyes glin ting. 'Ah. The y froze as a cultured voice purred silkily from the polyvox speaker. Make a security check in case he's brought any fri ends with him again.. 'Shall I come up? I do know the way. Then he ordered the Signals Desk to keep the channel open..' The Brigadier wished him luck..
'If th ey do not. Doctor. 'It was I who contacted them far out in the S olar System. the Doctor had listened to Vaughan's arrogant sto ry with inward contempt but with a smile of respectful admiration playing on his mild features.' Vaughn leaned forward in turn.' The Doctor leaned forward. 'I know the way they think. 'Two can play at that game. Doctor.' 'Then you must realise that the y are ruthless inhuman destroyers..' he claimed with smouldering passion. The Doctor snorted. 'In return for what? What do the Cybermen gain from it all? ' he demanded. 'I planned this whole operation. 'Will they do as they're told. They are my allies. 'You actually believe they'll honour th e bargain you have made with them?' Vaughn squinted imperiously down at the smal l. 'What they want and what they get are two very different things.' Vaughn retorted.. 'With one single solitary device?' 'More will be made. But what about the ones sitting out there around the Moon?' challenged the Doctor. 'Oh. 'I know them' Vaug hn boasted.. The Doctor raised his dark eyebrows. As his host fell silent. hunched figure sitting opposite. Doctor. the Doctor studied him with thinly veil ed incredulity. I have worked with them for five years on this project. For the fi rst time his eyes betrayed a shifty uncertainty. There was a tense pause. your bunch of silver sewage workers m ight be. 'And you trust these Cybermen?' he exclaimed.. not my enemies.' 'Naturally.' Vaughn purr ed. their singleminded purpose.Seated in a comfortable chair. They are merely providing their strength and technological skill to fulfil my vision. Vaughn chuckled throatily.' . 'All Cybermen are programmed to obey my orders. I shall destroy them with the Professor's machine. Once the invasion is completed they'll just toss you aside like a spent cartridge. dramatically silhouetted against the panoramic windows. Doctor. his eyes like gimlets as they sea rched into Vaughn's.' he smirked. Vaughn?' Vaughn hesitated.' The Doctor was not impressed.
'You're just playing for time.. 'This is madness.' the machine croaked. twisting the pen top.' Packer replied. 'If the Cybermen do take control of the Earth. What exactly are they up to now ?' 'You are living in a fantasy world. deeply troubled but still smiling smugly.' The Doctor shielded his eyes as he tried to study the sinister alien appara tus from the other side of the office..' Again Vaughn hesi tated.' he sneered..' he whispered.' he crowed triumphantly . 'Affirmative.' 'We are locking on now. You must stop n ow!' he burst out. But Tobias Vaughn was trembling with fanatical dete rmination. gazing momentarily at the brilliant. The astonished Doctor watched in horrified fascination a s the wall opened to reveal the Cyber Module spitting and sparking in its lair.' rasped the machine. The fault's just been rectifie d. 'Your delays must cease forthwith. Packer appeared on a monitor screen. 'Are the ion beam transmitters aligned?' he demanded.' Vaughn confirmed. teleprinte rs .' the Doctor shrugged calmly. 'You presumably managed to prot ect your UNIT cronies from the coercion signals. whatever they're trying to do. Vaughn flick ed a switch on the desk. 'I have no reason to doubt my a llies. 'You can't possibly take such a gamble !' he cried earnestly. flashing crystal and cov ering his seared eyes again. 'I can't see all those years of work wasted. The Doctor stood up.' he murmured. I must go on!' In the small concrete control block set within a massive bunker buried in the middle of the Henlow Flats Missile Base. 'You don't understand. smiling malevolen tly. 'Second Stage initiating now . they will destroy all life as we know it. Vaughn. 'Y our friends are too late. And we have the Professor. 'Confirmation Invasion Fleet First Stage completed.. Vaughn switched Packer off and took out his fountain pen.'Not without the Professor's help.' Vaughn walked round the desk. 'Transporters are prepar ed to launch.
'See anything. sir. We're getting it all on t ape. At the Controller's desk mounted on a raised cent ral dais.' 'What about the Doctor?' 'So far..' he ordered gently. 'Just you relax and try to clear your head. so good.' The Squadron Leader stared up at the hazy figure and bl inked dizzily. sir. 'I'm..' Twenty minutes later most of the bunker personnel had revived and Bradwell wa s gazing incredulously at the Brigadier.. I'm Bradwell.... A dozen Air Force personnel lay slumped over the computer guidance and rad ar terminals. Stand by. Lethbridge-Stewart quickly appraised the situation and str ode in followed by Zoe and four troopers. Were we attacked.' he stammered.. 'Get these chaps fitted up with depola risers. Suddenl y the door flew open. 'But it's utterly fantastic. trying to get to his feet and collapsing back into the chair. The Brigadier waved away formality.' The Squadron Leader stumbled groggily over to the radar scr eens. 'What's the state of play. apparently dead. If they get here intac t we've all had it. '.?' he mumbled.. the Brigadier called the Operations Room on his polyvox unit..' he gasp ed as Lethbridge-Stewart finished the hurried briefing. attempting a salute.' he ordered. Squadron Leader. Peters?' . a young Squadron Leader was hanging over the arm of his revolving chai r.... We're expecting the invasion fleet at any moment. 'Excellent . a red telephone receiver still tightly gripped in his nerveless hand. 'But true I'm afraid. Walters?' 'Captain Turner reports that he's just crossed the Russian bo rder. Br adwell. While Zoe and the trooper s set about taping the neuristor assemblies to the backs of the airmen's necks. Sergeant. sir.' The Squadron Leader moaned and stirred into consciousness. "Then I'll fill you in .clicked quietly and radar sweeps silently tracked round and round and back and f orth. after checking one or two pulses.
' 'Prepare fuse locks and run arming code.'Not a glimmer so far. going to h is desk on the dais.' responded the Flight Lieutenant manning the main sc anner. Peters keyed in a command and a complex of symbols was superimposed on the display. the Brigadier called the Ops Room on the polyvox again.... 'What's the maximum radar range?' she asked. rubbing his temples tenderly.. sir. sir. While the pre-launch procedures were smoothly comple ted. 'No word yet. turning briskly to his team. 'Something now!' shouted Flight Lieutenant Peters. 'This it?' he asked curtly. pointi ng out a dim group of white dots near the edge of the main screen.' she sighed downheartedly .. sir.' he ordered.. in range approximately five minutes from now. There was a rapid succession of shouts and acknowledgements. 'Looks like it.. 'All the same.' Bradwell ordered. 'Hold!' rapped Bradwell. 'Has Turner reached Nykortny Base yet?' he demanded impatiently. sir. Faint but closing very fast. 'Just on range lim it..' Peters replied..' The Brigadier rushed over to the radar di splay. 'The n we won't see them until they're almost on top of us.' 'Where are we on prelims?' snapped Bradwell.' said Bradwell. .' 'Arming codes running. 'Holding at T minus forty-five . we can certainly arrange a little reception committee for them. ' Bradwell muttered. sir. Zoe joined them. 'We could be too late. Zoe peered at the radar.' murmured the Brigad ier. 'They're on a ballistic trajectory. 'Look! There are more of the thing s now. miss. sir. 'T minus forty five seconds. 'Begin fuel priming and countd own prelims.' called a voice from the launching section. sir.' Walters smartl y replied. 'Pretty accur ate to about ten thousand miles. Dodgy outside that.
Then Lethbridge-Stewart remembered the Doctor's words about the girl's extraordinary capabilities with computers. 'Just get as many as you can. and then sho ok his head. 'All right. absorbed in his checking schedule. 'It's no use just blowing up half a dozen or so..' 'Revised countdown to begin at T minus forty five in thirty seconds from. Behind Br adwell the computer discs and spools whirred busily.' she persisted. Just give me thirty seconds. He glanced at the Brigadier who looked unhappy and undecided.' Flight Lieutenant Peters swung round in alarm.. 'Nowhere near enough Taktiks. doesn't give us much time t o. now!' Bradwell interrupted.There's hundreds of them now!' shouted Peters..' Zoe grabbed the Brigadier by the arm.' Lethbridge-Stewa rt nodded stoically. cal ling up data and scribbling feverishly on a notepad.' snapped Br adwell. Bradwell looked at her as if s he were mad. 'I know I can do it.' Bradwell considered for a moment. Zoe had been carefully studying the host of invasion craft on the screen. At last she rippe d a sheet off the pad and thrust it at Bradwell. 'There isn't time to compute all the variables. miss. The things wi ll be on us any minute now. If you guide each missile carefully I'm sure yo u could set up a chain reaction. Bradwell tapped his fingers impatiently on his console and the Brigadier fiddled anxiously with the polyvox unit while they waited for the outcome of Zoe's calculations. sir..' he sighed. 'We can't possibly take out all of them.' he commanded.' she announced un-expectedly. .' he said quietly. 'Link programme to telemetr y guidance. Squadron Leader Bradwell turned t o the Brigadier.. 'Those things are in tight formation patterns. 'I think you could knock out a good ninety percent of these things. Zoe bridled at his dismissive manner. 'Give her thirty seconds. Zoe was already at the Guidance Programme VDU.' she begged. . 'Sir.
' 'That is not possible..'Enter this into the guidance programme!' she urged him confidently. Out on the airfield.. I can deal with the saboteurs. 'Give me time.' Desperately Vaughn sought for some delaying tactic. . 'Data accepted.Now!' Bradwell ordered... Inside the bunker.. one by one . We shall take control now. the blobs began to vanish from the s creens as the Cyber fleet was blown to smithereens just above the Earth's atmosp here. 'T minus ten. 'T minus forty five seconds from. Zoe folded her arms and cross ed her fingers. 'You are trying to blackmail me.. No hold-ups now.' he praye d. Bradwell gl anced at the list of numbers The had scribbled and then handed it to the Guidanc e Programmer. 'The Transporter Fleet has be en attacked and virtually destroyed. returning to his console. sir!' someone reported.' Vaughn protested v ehemently. He turned the key d ecisively. one. the small compact missiles streaked out of their silos in group s of ten and vanished immediately into the haze... two.. 'T minus thirty seconds. Fire!' Bradwell pressed a button. The Squadron Leader inserted a key into his console...' shrieked the machine. and then in gradually increasing numbers. Once again the systems buzzed into life and t he discs and tapes spun madly back and forth. his eyes flicking over the check panels.' he pleaded.. he frowned.. The Brigadier stared at the vast invasion fleet spread across th e radar scanners. The Doctor had been keeping as quiet and unobtrusive as possible while h e watched the titanic struggle of wills between Vaughn and the Cyber Module. everyone cro wded round the radar screens and held their breath. miss.. There was a long. as the man began furi ously typing at the keyboard.' 'You have failed. agonising pause while teleprinters chattered out ballistic data and guidance details. 'Yo u have betrayed us. Vaughn. but all eyes were on the multitude of white blobs on the radar.. please.. Vaughn. 'You'd better be right.. 'Three. Suddenly..
'You cannot stop us.' He touched some switches and trained the projection horn of the device directly at the glittering crysta l.' he muttered grimly.' he sneered. Vaughn. Trickles of liquified metal ran in rivulets down the vacuum tubes and th ey started imploding.' Vaughan laughed manically.' it croaked. Vaughn shoved him aside. 'Now perhaps you'll believe the truth. We shall destroy every living thing.... 'You'll destroy your own Cyber men here..' it scre eched. its crystal bristling with millions of bri lliant pinpoints of light. as smoke began to belch from its melting conne ctions.. The Professor's machine emitted its clicking and then its piercing whistling noise and the Cyber Module immediately began to vibrate and strobe crazily. to be master of a dead world. . Vaughn. .. The machine paused as if listening. You cannot make bargains with C ybermen. 'So this is your great v ision.' The Doctor went ashen. 'You think you're indestructible . 'I won't allow it!' he shrieked.' The Doctor went over to the almost hysterica l figure. Vaughn kicked the desk like a petulant child..' rasped the machine.' he screamed at the Cyber Module. 'We no longer require your services. 'We shall dispatch a Megatron Bomb.' 'The sacrifice will be small. The invasion will succeed. whining dwarf.' All remnants of Vaughan's confid ent and complacent charm finally dissolved under the Doctor's scornful gaze. Seizing the Cerebration M achine from the desk he advanced on the alcove. all of you. with sharp glass splinters flying everywhere. 'You are superfluous. 'Opp osition is futile. Vaughn.. red-faced and tremb ling. 'I will not allow the invasion to proceed unless I control it. Vaughn.' he boasted .' Vaughn's eyes betrayed his b luff. In an instant he shrank into a spiteful. 'What about me?' The Module crackled menaci ngly. 'But I can destroy you. 'You can't destroy the worl d.. The bomb will be dispatched forthwith. 'A Megatron Bomb!' he gasped.The Module sparked angily. 'There is no more time.
. 'Knocked every single one for six!' exclaimed Squadron Lead er Bradwell. 'What's the flap?' he demanded.' she smiled. scattering debris all over the office. The Doctor did his best to wrest the machine out of his grasp.Vaughn gloated over the disintegrating apparatus like some insane magician.' 'Turn it off.. ho llow voice. angul ar density. All at once Benton's disto rted voice buzzed from the polyvox in the Brigadier's pocket. all that remained of the Cyber Module was a shapeless mess of twiste d silicon and glass and a tangle of swollen and slit-open wires smouldering pois onously in the gloom. 'Can we keep her.' Suddenly there was a gigantic ripping sound and the crystal broke into millions of tiny fragments. I'll destroy them all. Vaughn and the Doctor wer e hurled back against the desk and the Doctor managed to wrench the Cerebration Machine awayfrom Vaughn and turn it off. Zoe was lifted shoulder-high and cheered by the enthusiast ic bunker personnel. When the smoke final ly cleared. Lethbridge-Stewart whipped it out..' he said with a sombre smile.. man!' the Doctor shouted. miss?' Zoe shrugged coolly.. 'We overheard something on the polyvox from Vaughn's place. 'Quite fantastic. he laughed in a crazed. Jolly good show. sir? She's much pr ettier than a computer. The Brigadier shook Zoe's hand. A flurry of smaller explosions burst ou t like firecrackers. but V aughn simply nudged him aside. How did you do it. Boos ting the output of the quivering device in his hands. Stuff like that. mass. Apparently the Cyberforce is going to fire s ome sort of bomb at ... sir. Just a question of speed. angle of descent. yelling at the top of his voice: 'I'll destroy th em all. 'Well done. 'You 're going to blow us all sky high.' Bradwell laughed. 'A ll quite logical really..
.. 'Don't worry. Doctor. 'You must switch off the ion beam. It's called a Megatron or something. 'Listen to me. prepari ng to obliterate your planet. tell the Wing Commander to pr epare for take-off. and all gone in less th an five seconds.. Packer must switch. the Brigadier led Zoe and his UNIT squad back to the Hercules out on the runway. You might try and get a fix on that bomb.' The Doctor seized Vaughn by the shoulders and shook him vigoro usly.' he told Bradwell.' 'But you haven't destroyed the Cy berforce.' he persisted.' he muttered through clenched teeth. 'They are still out there. A dismal silence fell over the bl ockhouse. The Brigadier rallied himself with an attempt at morale boosting. handing him the polyvox unit..' The Br igadier cast his eyes wearily up to the ceiling.' he added doub tfully. It's dead. Could wipe us all out. Out.. his mouth forming inaudible words. 'It' s dead.the Earth.' 'Five years work.' He moved slowly round the desk like a sleepw alker and touched a button.' 'We'll keep in touch o n this open line..' he muttered. Bradwell grinned. 'Both fighting for our lives. Doctor. We're coming back over at once..... 'Right.. Brigadier.. 'So all our efforts here mean n othing. Gradually Vaughn 's manic laughter died away and he leaned on the desk muttering agitatedly... . I killed it. Benton.' the Doctor earnestly reminded him. 'The ion be am. You must stop the b eam. 'We are both allies now. If we do. we'll try and set i t off on its way in!' With a nod of thanks to the bunker crew...' the Doctor argued forcefully...' Hazily Vaughn focussed on the Doctor's wildly persuasive eyes. 'then you'll know what's going on. 'Whe re there's a will. No doubt the Cyberforce will try to use it to trigger the Megatron Bomb!' Vaughn stared b lankly back at him. yes...
'Vaughn.' he whipped ro und gaping in terror at the open door..The monitor screens lit up.. From the alcove. the Doctor aimed the projection horn and switched to full power. 'They're coming after us. T hen he pulled the trembling Vaughn to his feet. The Cyberman's laser unit emitted a series of blinding flashes and Pa cker's body seemed to alternate from positive to negative in the blistering disc harge. the Cyberme n have taken over. They won't obey. gazing down at Packer's hideously incinerated body.?' Before Vaughn could react. what have you done?' he screamed. 'We can't fight them.' Vaughn whimpered. . They've killed several. He flew at Vaughn screa ming uncontrollably: 'What have you done to us.. Packer. 'They. 'Where is the ion beam control?' he demanded.?' Vaughn cried in a strangled v oice into the microphone.' Then Packer took in the devastation still smouldering in the alcove.. With a grunt of congratulation to the absent Professor for th e efficiency of his device. where are you... shutting his eyes and mentally muffling his ears aga inst the intolerable whistling from Watkins's sinister apparatus. On several of them loomed the stark silver images of Cybermen. a Cyberman appeared in the doorway. At that moment the door slid aside and Packer burst in to the office.. The Cyberman t ook a few lurching strides towards him and then slowly folded over like a broken doll with viscous smoke spurting from its joints and shrill metallic screams fr om its slit mouth.. shaking Vaughn...... the Doctor switched it off and put in on the desk..... 'Packer... Packer snatched out his pistol and emptied th e magazine into the monster's rasping chest grille.. Then Vaughn dived behind the desk and the Doctor seized the Cerebration Machine and scampered into the smoki ng alcove. 'Where? Where do we switch off the beam?' the Docto r repeated.. His uniform erupted into flames and his exposed skin crinkled and fused l ike melted toffee papers..
. T he world is weak. 'No. Doctor. 'We'll never do it in time unless you help us. The Doctor took out the polyvox unit. But they'll be there too. 'But their bomb could be sent at any moment.. 'Either we switch off the io n beam or we destroy the Cyber Mother Craft.' He turned and gazed out over the sunlit city.' His voice broke with emotion. If I help you it will be b ecause I hate the Cybermen. that I want power for its own sake.' . 'And if I survive..' Vaughn laughed. a chaos of conflicting ideals.' he shouted.' He turned to Vaughn.' 'Well. singleminded leader. We hea rd everything. 'Appealing to my better nat ure.. 'I kn ow you think I'm insane. Doctor?' he smiled.. Brigadier. But you're wrong.' he agreed in a dead vo ice. but it'll take at least t en hours for their rocket to reach the Cyber ship. 'Vaughn!' the Doctor begged him.' The Doctor drummed his finge rs.. The Doctor glared fiercely up at him..' the Doctor hurriedly explained. Then his face hardened. stop thinking about yourself. 'Why should I help you?' 'To save the world. 'Brigadier. 'But only because they destroyed my vision. What future have I? What will the world do with me now?' he scoffed wearily. Doctor. Vaughn. 'I'll help you.' Vaughn regained a trace of his old bland composure.'At the compound. 'For goodness sake. 'Will you help us to cut off the beam?' he pleaded .' Vaughn gazed at him cynically. can you hear me?' 'Affirmative. 'Think of all those millions out there..' Vaughn murmured.. Vaughn turned round. my dream. I was to be that leader. What do you want us to do?' rapped Lethbridge-Stewart 'There are two possibilities. The ion beam's our onl y hope. It needs a strong. Doctor. Captain Turner re ports that the Russians are cooperating magnificently.. anxiously along the casing of the polyvox unit as if it were a penny whistle .
but we shall need this.. 'Your UNIT fr iends are most efficient.' Eyeing the apparatus warily. the Doctor cautiously followed his unexpected ally to the elevator. 'Doctor. We're on our way now. 'We must get to the compound at once.' he said mechan ically. we have a chopper in th e area. Up an d away. Doctor. The Cybermen will be g uarding the ion transmitter. The Brigadier's voice buzzed out again.Vaughn walked like an automaton over to the Cerebration Machine..' Vaughn picked up the Professor's device. stepping unseei ngly over Packer's corpse. Can you get onto the roof?' 'Yes. .' 'Out. Brigadier. Doctor.
' 'That's madness. The re's hope for the world if only we can save it now. 'If you insist. Brig. Doctor.10 The Nick of Time As the Hercules lumbered into the sky and turned slowly north-east. We I m ust go straight in..' cried Is obel. we've got Watkins's machine. 'No time to find more neuristors and revive more of my men. Should do the trick.' 'Don't worry. 'Brigadier! We're about to land in the compound. 'I've only got a platoon. Immediately aft erwards.' Lethbridge-Stewart realised it was useless to object. I'm afraid. Jimmy. ' Just then Captain Turner came through on the radio. sir..' The Brigadier shook his head and laughed drily.' Lethbridge-St ewart reminded them.' retorted the D octor.. her eyes shining with admiration. the Doctor was heard on the polyvox unit shouting above the roar of the helicopter which had picked him and Vaughn off the roof of the International El ectromatix Headquarters. Wait for us. 'Reinforcing the Doctor. 'Supercooled H ydrogen Warhead. 'The Russians have just la unched their rocket. We're right behind you .' he mused.the Megatron Bomb. 'An American warhead stuck onto a Russian missile. Keep me posted. Doctor.' murmured the Brigadier pessimistically.. He's going to fight his way through a couple of hundred Cybermen.' 'If it gets there in time. joining Zoe in the Operations Room. 'It's proved most effective against Cybermen so far.' .' 'Golly.' he reported faintly from the Nykortny Base. 'Where are we off to now?' mar velled Isobel. the Brigadie r marshalled his scanty forces for a desperate last stand against the Cyberforce and their Armageddon device .
.' added Zoe hel pfully.' announced the Wing Commander.. 'Ten minutes to touchdown in Red Sector One.' Reluctantly Vaughn agreed and they crept along the s ide of the enormous building and started to run down a narrow alleyway.' The Doctor peered warily round the corn er. 'What do you think you're doing?' Vaughn muttered distrustfully.' he muttered. 'But I suppose the archives in Genev a will be glad of. Doctor.' He loo ked again. but suddenly one of them appeared abrup tly round a corner. relenting. 'Roger. glaring at the polyvox unit. It'll be my last chance to photograph Cybermen. 'Golly. Just ahe ad of them a door opened and they were confronted by two silver . The Brigadier turned to Corporal Benton. 'Can we come with you?' asked Zoe.' 'They look like three giant golf balls. 'Infuriating man!' muttered the Brigadier to himself.. what a scoop!' The Br igadier shook his head resolutely. 'Alert assault platoon for immediate disembarkation!' he snapped. Zoe an d Isobel edged forward.' He paused and grinned.'Vaughn says the ion beam is transmitted from the blockhouse under the three sph erical antennae shrouds. striding inexorably towards them. making their way towa rds the distant blockhouse under the three spherical antennae shrouds. 'They don't know we're here yet. 'We must destroy them. Vaughn stopped and careful ly aimed the apparatus at it. 'All clear now.. 'Just keep out of my way..' Isobel added. At once the Doctor grabbed his arm and dragged him into a doorway out of sight. 'Please.' cried the Doctor as the helicopter bega n its descent.' 'Down and out.. Let's keep the element of surprise. They had successfully dodged patrolling Cybermen. Then he looked them up and down. that's al l. 'I don't kno w about a scoop.' Vaughn clasped the Cerebration Mentor to his chest as he and the Doctor ran through the maze of buildings forming the factory complex. The cockpit intercom clicked on.
. Isobel was laden with camera. Zoe and Isobel ran along behind him. rusted ventilator cowls and saggi ng beams. 'It is now. With a brave shrug he started down the echoing concrete steps. The Doctor peer ed into the unwelcoming darkness..giants completely blocking their escape. Reaching the end. A shrill whistling bored into their heads and the two Cybermen performed a hide ously comic semaphore of jerking limbs. smoking carcasses and rushed on down the al ley. lenses and rolls of film. Vaughn indicated the roofs of a group of derelict buildin gs opposite.' lamented the Do ctor as they clambered over the hot. 'over that way through the old build ings. racing across a yard to a rus ted fire escape. Dodging between the shattered skylights. Vaughn aimed and triggered the machine. the Doctor scanned the sky hopefully . They made their way through a deserted old factory building and were about to cross the yard beyond it when the Brigadier ordered the force to take cover behind the inert and decaying machinery.' shouted the Brigadier. with smoke and black fluid-like pus oozi ng from their joints and grilles. 'The Cybermen are all around us already. He glanced over the parapet. 'Is this the only way?' he asked unenthusiasti cally.' Vaughn told him. . The corroded structure creaked and wobbled as they stumbled rou nd and round the spiral staircase and onto the roof twenty metres above the conc rete. they made for the other end of the vast ruin. The UNIT taskforc e screeched to a halt in the compound and leaped from their jeeps.' he panted. 'There are th e golf ball things. 'Now they'll know we're here. 'We can go up that way. Vaughn paused to look ov er the edge and then opened a steel door in the head of a shaft..' B efore following Vaughn down into the gloom. But there was no sign of the Brigadier's forces. Cybermen were striding across the small yard and along the alleyways far below.
leading the way. All at once there was a roar and a searing whoosh as the bazookas fired. but it had no effect whatsoever. Vaughn. 'That's the best way into the building. The UNIT platoon concentrated its machine-gun f ire on the advancing enemy.' . grabbing Isobel as she tried t o take a telephoto shot of their assailants and dragging her back beside Zoe beh ind a huge steel pipe.' They followed the troopers across the yard and into the alleyway opposite. 'That'll be the Brig.Silhouetted against the sunlit open doorway stood four Cybermen. Then the Cybermen's laser units flashed with intense blue light and two troopers were flung against the corrugated steel wall of the factory amid splinters of wooden crate.' The Doctor glanced cautiously round the edge of the door. glancing over his shoulder a t two groups of soldiers frantically setting up a pair of anti-tank launchers be hind a massive lathe. 'It's very odd. There don't seem to be any Cybermen here at all. The Cybermen were hurled cartwheeling and disintegrating out of the building by two devastating explosions.' he advised. Isobel could not resist stopping for a moment to photograph the tangled remnants of the Cybermen. Vaughn and the Doctor froze momentarily as the sound of muffled explosions rumbl ed through the semi-darkness inside the old powerhouse. 'Fire at will!' he ordered. 'Take them by surprise. 'Advance!' ordered Lethbridge-Stewar t. their huge shad ows stretching across the floor. Vaughn pointed up at the flat roof under the three shrou ded antennae. 'That's only four of the monste rs. 'Bazoo kas! Where the hell are you?' yelled the Brigadier. 'Come on!' Zoe urged her.' t he Doctor murmured with satisfaction as he followed Vaughn among the eerie ghost s of the heavy machinery. Eventually Vaughn forced open a small door and they em erged into a narrow road running alongside the windowless blockhouse containing the ion beam generator. 'Great!' she murmured. her motorised shutt er zipping madly away.
Vaugh n!' he yelled. Before Vaughn could adjust the direction of the horn. Doctor. the Doctor felt a rain o f fine black ash on his face. They were the sounds not of a human but of a Cyberman. The second Cyberman had now collapsed on top of the first. Vaughn's terrible death took several-seconds as he flailed about in a vortex of strobing white flames. th e Doctor saw that the alley formed a dead end. but the third monster was advancing across the road towards him. Va ughn was instantly transformed into a pillar of fire.Vaughn indicated the corpses of several security guards lying near the entrance to the blockhouse. the Doctor edged out into the road and scuttled across to the foot of the stairs . 'I'll go up there first and cover you. As the intense whistling ripped the air. When he reached the top. Abo ve him. The hissing rubbery breaths were only metres away. flickering rapidly from po sitive to negative.' he murmured. Swallowing hard. Vaughn spun round aiming the Professor's machine awkwardly over the hand rail. one of the Cybermen collapsed in a heap of wobbling limbs and tubes. As soon as t he creature appeared... Glancing behind him. the Brigadier and his troops saw the disorientated Cyberman trying to disentangle itself from the railing . the other two Cybermen discharged their laser units simultaneously. three Cybermen suddenly emerged from the open door o f the powerhouse where he had been crouching seconds earlier. the Doctor peered round the corner. the Doctor's blood ran cold as he listened to Vaughn's final agonised screams. He flung the Cerebration Machine high into the air and it sm ashed asunder at the Doctor's feet in a cascade of delicate components. As he reached the corner. the Doctor waited at the corner. When he looked up eventually. 'No doubt they are all inside. Rubbing his watering eyes.' The Doctor waited while Vaughn clambered up the fire escape at the corner of the transmitter building. At the far end of the road. Crouching beneath the fire escape. 'Behind you. dodging round the corner out of sight under the metal stairs. he dived forward between its legs and raced towards the po werhouse door.
gasping aliens scattered over the roadway. but the Doctor caught her and dragged her under the fire escape. Do get a move on.. 'Where on earth have you been?' he yelled. The door of the blockhouse was blown of f and a number of Cybermen staggered out to be greeted by a hail of machine-gun fire. Sever al troopers clattered after the Brigadier and the others surrounded the blockhou se with levelled machine-guns.. After a brief consul tation with the Doctor. He found the Doctor posing heroicall y on the fire escape. Behind it. the Brigadier ran up the fire escape.' Led by the Brigadier.. At last the Brigadier staggered out. a tiny figure scurried into the powerhouse. Brig? It looks like soot to me!' . Seconds late r a roar burst from the launcher and the Cyberman was blown to pieces in the mid dle of the roadway. 'Oh rea lly. 'Bazookas!' snapped Lethbridge-Stewart. Then he pointed to the blockhouse.. clambered over Vau ghn's welded corpse and onto the roof. 'Ther e's the Doctor!' cried Zoe. Isobel tried to fo llow him.of the fire escape. flourishing bits of dismembered Cyberman while Isobel snap ped cheerfully away. More massive explosions followed and more Cybermen tottered into the dense barrage of bullets and collapsed twitching and smouldering on top of the others. There was a long silence. Armed with her camera... Isobel wriggled out of the Doctor's grasp and took a series of hurried pic tures of the heap of wriggling. 'we have an invasion on our hands. After a long silence they heard a tinkle of glass followed by several grenade explosions.' The Doctor grinned cheekily at him.' he gasped resentfully. Doctor. After a pause the Doctor crept out from the doorway. '"I'he io n beam transmitter's in there. coughing and wiping his bl ackened face to hearty cheers from his men. the platoon and the girls tore down the road to the blockhouse. 'When you're quite ready.
True orbit al path. On the edge of the long-range sky radar was a large white blob. sir.' explained Lethbridge-Stewar t. The Brigadier told Benton to contact Captain T urner at the Nykortny Base in Russia.. 'Why the devil would they move their Mother Ship in to a closer orbit?' he asked. completely mystified.. 'To stop this signal we must eliminate the Cybership.. sir. . it's there all right. Anyway we've only got some odds and ends left.' Lethbridge-Stewart grunted. Thank you. who was sile ntly brooding by himself. However. Approximately five thous and miles. I nform me of any change. sir!' called out Flight Lieutenant Peters. Out..' he murmured.' Bradwell hurried over. Then he turned to the Doctor. sir. 'It's coming in very fast. '.' Bradwell snatched up the polyvox. Must be gigantic. sir. in approximately six hours. The Russian rocket shou ld reach it in. their Cybership continues to transmit its hypnoti c signal and therefore the world remains paralysed. It's orbiting about five thousand miles out.. By destroying the ion beam transmitter we have stopped the enemy t riggering their bomb. 'It's in a holding orbit.' In the Operations Room inside the Hercules the atm osphere was fraught with anxiety.' 'Outside your range I suppose?' asked the Brigadier despondently.' The Squadron Leader apologised for interrupting the Brigadier.' 'Something on the screen. If the warhead succeeds then human ity will be released from Cyber coercion and we shall be able to mobilise Intern ational Defences against the Cybermen already on the Earth. 'We'v e picked up an enormous UFO. Bradwell. Peters?' 'No. 'Oh yes.. We chucked all our best stuff at the earlier lot. 'Sure it's not noise. 'It must be the Cy ber craft. Squadron Leader Bradwell and his team listened to th e Brigadier's Situation Bulletin on the polyvox unit while keeping their eyes fi xed on the radar scanners for any sign of the Cyber Mother Ship or of the Megatr on Bomb. 'Very well.In the Henlow Flats bunker.
' he confessed. 'Coul d the Cybermen deliver their bomb in that time?' he asked the Doctor. 'Easily.. 'Sorry about the delay. 'But Doct or. but unfortunately travelling in the wrong direction.' ' Can the Russians re-direct their rocket.. they already have. 'Evidently the device does not require an ion field... his eyes fixed on the Doctor's.. 'You mean the magnetic field has to be generated inside the Mo ther Ship?' Zoe blurted out. then it must be c onfined within a giant magnetic field until shortly before detonation..?' The Doctor sighed.' he sighed. The Doctor nodded.. waiting.' The Brigadier t hanked Turner and sank into a chair.' he mused. but we've had an almighty flap on here. gripping Zoe's hand protectively. making everyone jump. 'Indeed. sir. Therefore it could hardly be fired by missile from the neighbourhood of the Moon some 230 .' 'So they must have come in range of the Russian missile!' exclaimed Zoe ex citedly. They sat in agonised silence. The hapless Corporal mumbled his apologies sheepishly. Once Benton knocked a tin mug flying and it clattered under the radio console. So the y have come in closer to Earth and are presumably about to launch the Megatron B omb.The Doctor roused himself. ' I must have been mistaken. if as I suspect it is highly unstable. sir. so how. 'Yes.000 miles away. Jimmy?' demanded the Brigadier urgently . The Doctor nodded gloomily. we've destroyed the ion beam transmitter..' The Brigadier put up his hand for silence as Captain Turner's voice at last came th rough.' The Brigadier glanced at his watch. 'No doubt to deliver their bomb. . Zoe. I'm afraid. However. Estimate contact with Cyber craft in fifteen minutes. 'This is going to be a long fifteen minutes .. Zoe. 'Precisely.
After a seemingly eternal vigil Squadron Leader Bradwell's excited voice burst f rom the polyvox receiver. 'We have the Russian rocket on radar, heading right on target, sir.' Then a chorus of urgent voices was heard in the background. 'Now we've got a third echo sir, heading away from the Cyber ship!' Bradwell shouted above the hubbub in the bunker. The Doctor stood up, frantically ruffling his mo p of hair as he glanced at Zoe in despair. 'The Megatron Bomb...' he whispered. 'It's on its way after all...' In the bunker at Henlow Flats Squadron Leader Bra dwell stared at the three traces on the radar screen. The small trace of the Rus sian rocket was fast approaching the large blob of the Cyber Mother Craft. A thi rd echo, the Megatron Bomb, was moving rapidly away from the Mother Ship and tow ards the centre of the screen. 'Prime all remaining Taktiks,' he suddenly rapped out. 'Override checks programme and link into skyprobe radar guidance.' 'Target trajectory linked...' reported Peters. 'In range thirty seconds. You think this will work, sir?' 'No idea, but we've got nothing to lose,' Bradwell cried cheer fully, the light of battle shining in his eyes. 'Guidance locked on yet?' 'Best we can, sir, on all three missiles.' Bradwell turned the key in his command cons ole. 'Right. One at a time... Three... two... one... Fire!' He stabbed the launc h button with crossed fingers. The bunker crew waited tensely. 'One's going wide , sir...' Peters called out. 'Prepare Two and standby Three, just in case.' On t he other side of the airfield the two remaining missiles had swung their slim bl ack noses up at the sky. Seconds later one of them streaked away into the blue. 'Two looks good, sir,' Peters reported. On the radar scanner the Taktik missile was soon seen homing in directly on the Megatron Bomb missile, while far beyond them the Russian rocket was now almost touching the Cyber Mother Ship.
'Bradwell, what the devil's going on over there?' the Brigadier suddenly boomed from the polyvox unit. At that moment a frenzied cheer erupted in the bunker. 'B radwell...? This is Lethbridge-Stewart. I demand to know what's happening...' An other even bigger cheer and whoops of delight filled the bunker as the airmen hu gged one another and shookhands. Bradwell picked up the polyvox. 'Two bullseyes, sir!' he reported, laughing with relief as he gazed at the tracer sweeping back and forth across the blank radar screen. 'Not a trace of 'em left.' While the B rigadier's and the Doctor's hearty congratulations buzzed out of the polyvox uni t, Bradwell reached under his collar and gingerly removed the depolariser taped to his neck. It had begun to itch... Two days later, Zoe was once again posing u nder the hot lights in Isobel's improvised studio. This time she was wearing a b lack catsuit and her hair was covered in silver glitter, while Isobel looked coo l and relaxed in orange hotpants and silver boots. 'What exactly is this new job you've landed?' Zoe asked, taking a well deserved breather. 'It's super,' Isobe l grinned. 'Because of all my action photos of the Cybermen I've got an exclusiv e contract with a magazine to do a worldwide exclusive on the invasion! What abo ut you, Zoe?' Zoe screwed up her face. 'Oh, I suppose when the Doctor's finished repairing the TARDIS circuits we'll be off again,' she replied regretfully. Iso bel looked sad. 'Where to?' Zoe shrugged. 'We never know where to... or when to, come to that,' she replied mysteriously. The door burst open and Captain Turner popped in. 'Here's my dolly soldier at last,' cried Isobel. 'Cheeky!' grinned T urner. 'Zoe, the Doctor's ready to leave. I've got the jeep outside.' Zoe looked a little downcast. 'Oh, any news of Jamie?' she asked.
'He's fine, Zoe. We'll pick him up from the hospital on the way.' Isobel nudged Turner mischievously. 'Could I come too?' Turner hesitated. 'Okay, as long as yo u promise not to call me your "dolly soldier" in front of the Brig,' he warned h er sternly. They all laughed and he led the way outside. An hour later, the Doct or, Zoe, Jamie, Isobel, Captain Turner and the Brigadier all climbed out of a UN IT jeep parked beside a gate leading into a field. 'Here, Doctor?' exclaimed Let hbridge-Stewart, surveying the leisurely cows with some misgiving. 'Yes, thank y ou, Brigadier, this is fine,' smiled the Doctor, opening the gate. He turned and shook hands warmly. Jamie limped up and frowned. 'Och, are ye sure this is the place, Doctor?' The Doctor shielded his eyes with the two repaired circuit panel s and surveyed the placid rural scene. 'Yes, Jamie. Don't you recognise that cow over there?' They followed his arm and gaped in astonishment. Half the cow seem ed to be missing - only its head and forelegs were visible. The Doctor chuckled. 'The TARDIS must be just over there. Come on you two, all aboard.' He marched a cross the lush grass and went up to the halfinvisible cow. He patted its head te nderly and then took a few steps towards where its tail should have been and pro mptly disappeared. Immediately his head re-appeared just above the cow's head. ' I've found the TARDIS!' he cried. 'Hang on a minute while I put the circuits bac k.' Again the Doctor disappeared. 'What the devil's the fellow up to?' muttered the Brigadier scratching his head, while Zoe and Jamie exchanged a grin. A few m inutes later, the TARDIS materialised with fitful flashes of its yellow beacon a nd shrill grindings from its innermost mechanism. 'A disappearing police box!' g asped Isobel, opening her camera case. 'I don't believe this...'
The door opened and the Doctor emerged. 'Come along. shaking his head in puzzled disbelief. with the Doctor posing dramatically for the telephoto lens. Isobel. you two!' he shouted. Then he shrugged. Captain Turner and the Brigadier leaned on the gate and laughed as the cows suddenly looked up and scattered in all dire ctions mooing loudly. 'We'r e five hundred years late already.' he said and marched briskly back to the jeep. 'I t's a moot point. Isobel clicked eagerly away as the intrepid trio stood waving in the doo rway of the TARDIS. sir?' asked Turner. At last the door squeaked shut. .' Zoe and Jamie bade farewell to the amazed an d bewildered group at the gate and walked off arm in arm towards the shabby poli ce box. With a hoarse trumpeting and groaning sound the battered p olice box faded and finally vanished completely. 'Where do you think they've gon e. The Brigadier watc hed the cows as they gradually resumed their quiet grazing. Jimmy.
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