SCENE 24 (Continued)
approaches the gallery door, opens it, looks in and gives a gasp of
surprise. The Doctor comes out with his hands casually raised in a
gesture of surrendering without fuss. A slow grin spreads
No! It’s impossible.
Oh, it's me all right. I’m sorry to give
you a shock,
but I do
assure you it's a complete accident. My Tardis seems to
have gone somehow off course. I was making for the late
Tardis mark V, I suppose?
As if you couldn’t find anything more modern! How
you now – no, don’t tell me, I shouldn’t
– but a mark V!
Well, Mother, we’ll never agree about that, but I still think
there’s a lot to be said for the old Tardis – good
reliable machines, without any unnecessary frills.
Not so reliable it seems.
Well she is
a couple of hundred years overdue for her twenty million
parsec service, and besides, there seems to be a fault in your
You don’t suppose that sort of argument will save you if
hear of your intrusion. It’s going to be virtually
impossible to get you out of here – and there is a
particular reason why you must go quickly.
know. I’ve just seen him.
Don't worry, he didn’t see me. But he has caused a bit of
problem – which makes two I've got, both girls: one too many
one too few.
all this relevant?
Yes, I’m afraid it is. You see, I've got
might have known! It’s ten years since she
Ten years? Perhaps you’re right about the Tardis
… and during those ten years we have had nothing but
quarrels. It’s been raised at every meeting:
accuses Artemis of interfering in the experiment to protect one of her
favourites, and Artemis has almost walked out of the project on more
than one occasion. Not one of us believed she was telling the
truth – not with the reports we got from Odysseus and half
Greek army. And all the time …
Well, I’m sorry, Mother, but I did bring her back to you as
soon as I could.
Well I suppose I’ll find some way to sort it out.
Where is she?
In my Tardis. It’s in the docking bay.
But I’m, more concerned about Sarah.
Sarah Jane Smith. A young human girl. My travelling
companion. She’s gone off with … er
* * *
study of the young Time Lord. The furniture includes bookshelves, an
audio-visual learning console connected to the main computer of the
Olympos, a videophone, a writing table. There are books and
cassettes on the shelves and the tab1e, together with microscopes and
other scientific equipment, and specimens of rocks and plants from
several different planets. At the back of the table
cage containing a pair of Quilsnips from Betelgeuse 17, pretty little
creatures which he keeps as pets. Near the cage is a leather
pouch, closed by a draw string.
door opens. Sarah and the Young Time Lord enter.
YOUNG TIME LORD:
You’ll be safe here, Sarah Jane Smith.
Yes, but …
Well, for a start, who are you?
YOUNG TL [shrugs]:
A Time Lord. Oh, sorry, I don’t suppose you've
heard of us.
I have. The, Doctor …
Just someone I used to know. It’s not
important. He told me about Time Lords.
But Humans aren’t supposed to know about us. They
think we're gods. Where are you from?
twentieth century. England.
You’re a time traveller?
Impossible! Humans didn't discover time travel until much
and even then they couldn't have penetrated into the Trojan, zone.
Well, I was
only a passenger. The owner was from somewhere more advanced.
Where is he?
Yes. He was in a bit of a hurry. I sort of
… fell out.
It’s all right. I won't give you away –
whoever he is. I wouldn’t do anything to cause
Humans. If I do well enough in my finals I want to make a
study of Earth for my thesis. Actually I’m worried
certain things just now. That’s one of the reasons
persuaded Mother to let me spend my vacation here on the Olympos.
the Olympos a Tardis?
Oh, I see what you mean. No, she’s a sort of hyper-Tardis.
Well, she’s a sort of research, station able to move about in
space and time.
Isn’t that the same as a Tardis, only bigger.
Not really. You can land an ordinary Tardis inside the
Because she’s bigger.
No, it’s because she incorporates different principles of
space-time refraction. A Tardis is bigger inside than
So, theoretically, you could land a Tardis inside another Tardis.
But it’s impossible. Either they, both occupy the
space-time co-ordinates and cancel each other out in a colossal
explosion, or the first is inside the second which is inside the first,
which is inside the second, which is inside the first, and so on for
you could never get out?
No. But if a Tardis is inside the Olympos, she’s inside, and
Well, for one thing, the Olympos doesn’t have
She’s just the same size on the outside as on the
It takes a lot more power to move her. And she
her shape either.
how, do you hide her?
We don’t. We just keep her floating above this
top, half in the clouds. The Humans think it’s the
the gods. They’ve even renamed the mountain Mount
Olympos. Oh, I’m sorry. I forgot you were
Human for a
moment. I didn’t mean to offend you.
That’s all right.
Let me show you the docking bay.
switches on the viewing screen. It shows the docking bay,
then zooms in on the thunder-cloud.
That belongs to Zeus. He’s Chairman of the Research
Committee. He’s on Council, too.
picture pans to the sea-monster.
Poseidon’s. They keep the same shape so that the
Humans can recognise them.
picture pans to the Aegis.
That’s Mother’s little runabout.
That’s right! Have you seen it before?
picture pans to the Tardis.
I’ve never seen that before.
SARAH [affecting, ignorance]:
That’s what you came in, isn’t it?
That’s how you knew about Tardises.
But you know what this means, don’t you?
YOUNG TL [increasingly excited]:
The Doctor’s still here. I’ve got to find
some way of
getting you down to the docking bay without being seen.
mean you’ll help?
Of course I’ll help.
Won't you get into trouble?
Only if we're caught. And anyway, I’m
curious to meet this mysterious Doctor.
... I don’t think he wants to meet anyone.
I’m not surprised. I bet he’s a Time
That’s it, he's come from the future to gather material for a
history of the Olympian Experiment. Risking his life for
scholarship, for the truth.
Well ... he never could control his curiosity.
I feel I know him already. If only he could tell me how
things turn out.
You probably overheard part of the discussion if you were in the
gallery. If Poseidon has his way, Council will alter the
to allow free experimentation with less developed races throughout the
Yes. Morbius is behind it.
You've heard of him?
I’ve met him. [She
YOUNG TL [impressed but puzzled]:
Brilliant mind, people say. But if he becomes Chairman of
… well things will be very different, and not very pleasant.
* * *
board Odysseus’ ship. Odysseus, Elpenor, Eurylochos
others cling to the rigging as the ship is lashed and tossed by the
* * *
Olympos: Poseidon’s laboratory. Poseidon and
still robed as gods, watch Odysseus’ storm-tossed craft on a
The other ships have gone down. I think this one will last
the lull, which according to our meteorological analysis will begin in
one minute, thirty-five seconds from … now, and last for
approximately five minutes.
Excellent. Here is the Time Ring. You know what to
Odysseus should be in a receptive frame of mind. Are the
transporter co-ordinates set?
Everything is ready.
the Time Ring she takes her place in the transporter field.
Poseidon prepares to pull the lever. He waits until the
on the viewing-screen shows the abatement of the storm, then energises
the field. Leukothea disappears.
* * *
board Odysseus’ ship. The storm has abated.
Make everything fast. Hurry, this is only a lull.
will return. Hack away the rigging. Throw those broken spars overboard.
hurry to carry out his orders.
Have you any idea where we are?
None at all, my lord.
I thought we might have struck Crete.
We’re probably too far to the west.
Mmmh. Well, it’s plain we can’t go north
gale. Now, do we head east and try to make Crete …
and hope for a break in the weather … or do we just run
the storm … further and further out to sea?
They say there are strange lands to the south – beyond the
Whatever we do will be wrong. Poseidon is determined to
us. Athene, goddess of wisdom, show me what I must do.
Odysseus prays, Eurylochos sinks to his knees, for, unseen by the king,
Leukothea has appeared in the poop. Odysseus sees
staring, and turns.
She motions Odysseus to
approach. He approaches and kneels before her.
Odysseus of the nimble wits, King of Ithaca, who conquered lofty
Ilion’s mighty walls by cunning when force of arms
naught, hearken unto me! I am Lekothea, the White Goddess,
daughter of the sea, come to strengthen your sinews that you may combat
the elements and win safely to the shore. Take this Ring!
gives Odysseus the Time Ring.
It is an amulet possessed of the power of Poseidon. Look well
the curiously wrought seal marked with the secret ciphers of the great
God of the Ocean. If the seas overwhelm your frail barque,
that seal, and the power of the ring will carry you to safety.
Goddess of the sea, I thank you, but retain your gifts: I’ll
desert my comrades in their hour of need, even at the cost of my
life. I’d sooner die than walk on earth a coward.
ignores the proffered ring.
Keep the Ring, Odysseus. It will save you and two of your
companions. Choose them well. It is the will of the
vanishes. Odysseus and Eurylochos look at the Time Ring.
Did anyone else hear what she said?
I don’t think so, my lord.
Say nothing about the ring.
puts the Time Ring on his arm.
* * *
Olympos: the Young Time Lord’s study.
I think it’s about time we were going.
SARAH [not moving]:
Did you meet Morbius in the past or the future?
past, his future … I think. He was …
YOUNG TL [hurriedly]:
No! Don’t tell me! – I'm sorry but
cardinal law of the Time Lords. We can know the future of
races but never our own.
That way madness lies. Don’t you know what happened
to the Osirians?
only ever met Sutek.
YOUNG TL: Sutek!!!
SARAH [changing the subject]:
What beautiful little creatures.
They’re quilsnips from Betelgeuse 17. You met Sutek?!
don't know if it was past or future. There was a Tine Lord
… I can't tell you.
No. No, of course not. You never met Thoth, I
He had this brilliant idea of a universal writing system based on
fundamental semiological concepts, so that all races of the Universe
could communicate in writing no matter what language they
It never really caught on, you know, but we still use Thoth’s
classification and thesaurus. The fascinating thing is that
are odd traces of the universal writing system in all sorts of odd
corners – even here on Earth. Did you know that
hieroglyphics are really a simplified version of it? Nobody
how it got here.
Shouldn’t we go and look for the Tar … er
Yes. We ought to get started but, before you go, I went you
to have … this.
picks up the bag from the table, opens it and shows her the crystal it
I couldn’t. Not a Metabelis crystal!
Do you know Metabelis III? It’s one of the most
planets in the galaxy. It’s called the blue planet,
it’s not blue like Earth. It’s a clear,
crystalline blue. The caves are labyrinths of amethyst, and
crystal contains a magic …
Don’t use it idly, Sarah. It has power over the
It can liberate the imprisoned, but it can also unhinge the incautious.
closes the leather bag over the crystal and gives it to her.
She takes it shyly, gazing into his eyes.
YOUNG TL [abruptly]:
Well, let’s go, shall we?
the door-warbler sounds. The young Time Lord looks up, but
he has time to act the door is opened. Sarah swiftly hides
it as Athene comes in.
YOUNG TL [weakly]:
Hallo, Mother. Um … were you looking for me?
Would I have come otherwise?
shakes his head.
You must try to express yourself more logically instead of always using
these Human colloquialisms. Now, where is Sarah Jane Smith?
The young Human girl, hiding, if I am not mistaken, behind the door.
closes the door and reveals Sarah.
Come with me. The Doctor is waiting.
Where is he?
You stay here. You’ve got a lot of studying to do.
But I want to meet the Doctor.
You must not come. Trust
me in this if you have ever trusted
me. It is vital
for your friend’s safety and that of her
companion – and for your own. If we are
even I may not escape punishment – and the punishment is not
to treat with levity. Will you promise me that you will
here until I return?
YOUNG TL [reluctantly]:
Well … all right … I promise.
Good. Come, Sarah!
and Sarah go out.
* * *
Olympos: the docking bay. The Doctor is waiting near the
Tardis. Enter Athene and Sarah.
Ah, there you are Sarah. Well, let’s get moving.
Doctor, I don’t understand. What’s going
Just a little family party, that’s all.
Mummy, haven't you? She’s going to switch off the
force field and
let us out.
more time for talk. You must go quickly. But first,
as Humans say, help claims its reward.
DOCTOR: One good
turn deserves another.
You scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours.
There is no need to descend to the simian.
come now, Mother, we’re all chimpanzees at heart.
This is serious.
As you know Council is waiting for our report
before deciding whether to allow experimentation with less developed
races or to ban it. This is a matter that affects the whole future of
our race. I believe it must inevitably lead to abandonment of
cardinal law, but even if it does not, it is an immoral use of
power. Poseidon is so eager to exploit the present situation
I believe he has planned an unauthorised experiment to investigate the
behaviour of Humans in an alien environment.
You mean he’s going to send a man to Mars?
Much further than that – unless you stop him.
DOCTOR: Me? Now
look, Mother …
want you to pick up Odysseus before Poseidon does, keep him hidden
until I give you a signal, and then take him back to his home in Ithaca.
How do you know it’s going to be Odysseus?
We’ve all become far too involved. We’ve
individual Humans as protégés. We take
interest in them, try to protect then from harm.
unscientific, but that’s what has happened. Some of
particular pleasure in subjecting the protégés of
to their nastiest experiments.
Ah. You look after Odysseus, so Poseidon uses him as a
guinea-pig. Well, how do I find him?
Link the controls of your Tardis to the Aegis.
And you've got the Aegis hooked up to the Olympos computer.
course. Poseidon won’t be able to make a move
without our knowledge.
Right. Come on, Sarah.
Doctor and Sarah enter the Tardis. Athene
goes into the Aegis.
* * *
the Tardis. Enter Sarah and the Doctor. The Doctor
begins adjusting controls. Sarah looks at the bunk.
Doctor! She’s gone!
She’ll be well looked after.
Yes. She thinks she can persuade Artemis to accept the rescue
without asking too many awkward questions – after
Iphigeneia was one of her favourites. So she’ll
up again as Priestess of Artemis on the island of Tauris.
ATHENE [speaking by radio from the
Aegis]: Are you ready?
Three … two … one … now!
Doctor pulls a switch. The Tardis begins her take-off
routine, fails, shudders, protests, tries again, then subsides.
The poor old girl doesn’t like it at all.
Oh, nothing … but how would you like it if your mind were
over by someone else, completely possessed by another mind.
the Tardis is only a machine.
Aren’t we all, Sarah, aren’t we all?
Link completed. It all depends on you now. Farewell.
What happens now?
DOCTOR [relaxing with yo-yo]:
Until the Aegis sees an opportunity to snatch Odysseus.
Athene really your mother?
met someone else today who is her son.
Did you like him?
Didn’t you recognise me?
I’ve improved considerably over the years, haven't I?
… how is it possible … for …
For there to be two of me at one time? Well the
cells die and are replaced over a period of time, so it’s not
really a case of physical identity, but we are the same
… well, it’s not very pleasant and we try to avoid
much as possible. It would have been a tremendous traumatic
for him to
have met me.
cardinal law about not knowing your own future?
Exactly. Mind you, I don’t think he’d
disappointed in the way I’ve turned out, but you never can
tell. The young have such impossible ideals.
How would he have known it was you?
How did Athene
know you were
I suppose Time Lords must recognise each other by some sort
Something like that.
you recognise me when you met me at UNIT?
Well, it was
rather a long time ago. I used to think about it
quite a lot, then it gradually got pushed to the back of my
Do you know, it’s, not until today that I even realised who
mysterious Doctor was.
Well that’s not long. After all it was only today
that we met him.
laughs. At this moment the Tardis takes off.
* * *
shore. A fearsome storm is raging. Beams, spars and
from Odysseus’ ship, are tossed by the waves.
hauls Eurylochos out of the water and they both collapse in utter
exhaustion on the shore. After a while Odysseus struggles to
knees, and, shielding his eyes against the wind, looks out to
sea. There is no sign of the ship or of any
turns to look at Eurylochos, who clasps his hand, with tears of grief
and gratitude staining his cheeks. Odysseus returns the clasp.
heard. They both look around. It comes again, and
a figure struggling along the shore. It is Elpenor.
comes up did fells on his knees before Odysseus.
Elpenor! Did you see anyone else?
No-one my lord – no-one alive.
The wrath of Poseidon! What power can stand against him?
The ring, Odysseus.
I’d forgotten it.
takes off the Time Ring and looks at it.
What ring is this?
The goddess Leukothea brought it to the King. He could have
saved himself from Poseidon’s anger.
examine the Time Ring, passing it from hand to hand.
How could it have saved Odysseus?
It is an amulet possessed of the power of Poseidon. Those
were her words.
holding the Time Ring when the Greeks hear a strange noise.
turn to look. It is the Tardis. The Doctor and
out. The Greeks face them suspiciously, ready to defend
Doctor comes forward and holds out his hand.
King Odysseus, I presume.
Who? Odysseus? I don’t think
I’ve heard of
him. Or … wasn’t he one of the leaders
expedition to Troy? You must forgive me, sir. A
merchant has his own troubles.
Doctor, look who it is!
Hush, Sarah. [Aloud
to Odysseus]: You don’t have to pretend
with me, my dear fellow. I've been sent to help you.
We don’t need help from barbarians! We have the
Ring of Power from Poseidon himself!
flourishes the Time Ring. Odysseus and Eurylochos
try to stop him. All three Greeks vanish.
Where did they go?
Didn’t you recognise it, Sarah? A Time Ring.
the sounds of a Tardis taking off are heard. Sarah swings
round in wild alarm.
Doctor! The Tardis!