by Trevor Hoyle
(c)1980 by the British Broadcasting Corporation. Series created by Terry
Nation. This is a complete dialogue transcript for research purposes and
is not for sale under any circumstances.
Format (c) 1994 by Ruth Hanson and Micky DuPree.
views of a star field]
stationary in space]
flight deck. A strong signal is visible on
the detector screen accompanied by regular audio signal.]
AVON: (standing at
flight position) What do you make of it? Pulsar?
CALLY: (at weapons position) The sequence is regular enough, but no, I
don't think so.
AVON: (moves next to Tarrant at main pilot's console) Anything on the
TARRANT: Not within this quadrant. Nothing listed, not even a Federation
AVON: It couldn't be that?
TARRANT: Why not?
AVON: This has never been a transit lane for Federation ships. It's unlikely
to be one now, wouldn't you say.
TARRANT: At the rate Servalan's empire is expanding, anything's possible.
AVON: (moves down to stand in front of Zen) Zen, are we within visual
VILA: (seated in central area with Orac, laughs)
AVON: We're not disturbing you, I hope.
VILA: What? No, not at all. Carry on. I'm just teaching Orac some new
AVON: Vila is teaching Orac? No, it doesn't make sense.
DAYNA: (at communications position) Avon, it could be a false echo on
the medium range detectors.
AVON: Yes, it could be. Zen, supply all available data on object bearing
zero one, intersect five seven. Cally, what's the distance?
CALLY: Three million spacials.
AVON: Well Zen, we're waiting.
ZEN: Preliminary scan registers nil reading.
TARRANT: Nothing at all?
ZEN: That is correct.
DAYNA: What about its electromagnetic spectrum?
ZEN: The object has no electromagnetic spectrum.
TARRANT: But it must have.
AVON: Zen, are we within visual scanner range now?
AVON: All right, let's see what this mysterious lump of nothing looks
[Main view screen display
activates. It shows a large, silver globe rotating slowly.]
TARRANT: What the hell
DAYNA: Whatever it is, I don't like the look of it.
AVON: Question is, does it like the look of us?
TARRANT: Don't deny us the benefit of your brilliant insights, Avon.
AVON: You don't have to be brilliant, just observant. There's only one
thing it can be, an artificial planet.
DAYNA: Artificial? You mean man made?
CALLY: Or made by an alien life form.
VILA: Alien. What? Where? Who's talking about aliens.
DAYNA: Go back to your class, teacher.
AVON: As Cally says, it seems likely that was constructed by an alien
life form which would explain the absence of any electromagnetic spectrum.
There must be some kind of surface shielding that blocks radiation leakage.
All we've picked up were reflections.
TARRANT: But it looks dead. No atmosphere. Nothing could live on that,
AVON: (moves to communications position next to Dayna) Not on it, no.
But inside it. (manipulates controls on communications console. Speaker
DAYNA: What are you doing?
AVON: Nothing, on all channels. Either it is dead, or there's a total
radio blackout. I wonder what they have to hide.
DAYNA: I'm not keen on finding out.
TARRANT: Well, this time, neither am I.
AVON: Don't you find it interesting?
DAYNA: You'll be telling us next, we can learn a lot from whoever built
AVON: Well, we certainly have nothing to teach them, unless it's how to
remain ignorant. What do you think, Cally? Shall we stay and observe or
shall we scuttle off with our closed minds intact?
CALLY: It would be dangerous to go too near.
TARRANT: My feelings exactly.
AVON: All right. We'll put the Liberator in orbit a thousand spacials
DAYNA: And just observe?
AVON: Is that safe enough for you?
TARRANT: All right, I'll set a course to bring her in.
moving through space]
VILA: No, Orac, you
don't understand. I say 'Where to space pilots leave their ships?' and
you say 'I don't know, where do space pilots leave their ships?'
ORAC: And supposing I don't wish to know that?
VILA: But you've got to say it or the riddle won't work.
ORAC: It is plainly nonsensical.
VILA: Of course. That's the whole idea.
ORAC: I fail to see why I take part in a meaningless, illogical conversation.
It doesn't make sense and is therefore a waste of time. I'm shutting down.
VILA: Do it for me this once, Orac, please. Ready? Where do space pilots
leave their ships?
ORAC: I don't know. Where do space pilots leave their ships?
VILA: At parking meteors. (laughs)
AVON: He's getting worse.
TARRANT: If that's possible. Course laid in.
AVON: Zen, confirm acceptance.
ZEN: Navigation computers on line. Acceptance confirmed.
AVON: All right. It'll be a while before we reach it. In the meantime,
I suggest we all get some rest.
TARRANT: Why not. (dims lighting on flight deck)
[Dayna, Vila and Avon
exit from the flight deck on one side, Tarrant the other. Cally remains
behind. She watches the image on the main view screen then brings her
clenched fists up to cover her eyes, gradually lowering them once more
to stare in fascination at the object.]
travelling through space]
VILA: (into a recording
device) Which lock can't be opened by a key? An airlock. (laughs)
DAYNA: (entering cabin) Vila.
VILA: Just a minute. Listen to this.
DAYNA: Vila, have you seen Ca...?
[Vila replays the recording.]
TAPE: Which lock can't
be opened by a key. An airlock. (laughter)
VILA: Yes, that's funny. Don't you think that's funny?
DAYNA: Have you seen Cally?
VILA: Everyone's a critic.
DAYNA: Have you seen her?
VILA: No, why? What's the matter?
DAYNA: I'm not sure. Someone's been tampering with the teleport controls.
VILA: What do you mean tampering?
DAYNA: The coordinates have been realigned.
VILA: Well don't look at me.
AVON: (v.o.) Vila,
come to the flight deck. Right now, Vila.
[Dayna and Vila exit
flight deck. Avon and Tarrant are present.]
TARRANT: Are you sure?
I didn't hear it.
AVON: Wait a minute. Let me get a fix on the signal.
TARRANT: From the planet?
AVON: Somebody's trying to contact us. Listen.
CALLY: (v.o. faintly) Liberator...
VILA: (entering flight deck) Where's the fire?
[Dayna follows him
CALLY: (v.o. faintly)
AVON: Be quiet, Vila.
CALLY: (v.o. signal is distorted and weak) I don't know where I am.
VILA: That's Cally's voice.
AVON: Cally, this is Liberator. Where are you? State your precise location.
CALLY: (v.o. still faint) Help me, please. I don't know where I am.
AVON: Cally, where are you? We need your location.
CALLY: (v.o.) I don't know. I don't know where I am.
Control Room. A recording device rotates. Teleport bracelet is on top
of the device]
CALLY: (recording of
her voice) Help me. Help me. Help me.
[A hand turns off the
device and picks up the teleport bracelet.]
flight deck. Open communications channel emits static.]
AVON: It's no good,
we've lost it.
TARRANT: I don't understand. How did she get down there?
AVON: She must have used Orac.
TARRANT: That's not what I meant.
VILA: You'd better tell them, Dayna.
AVON: Tell us what?
DAYNA: The teleport coordinates have been altered to a new alignment.
AVON: So that's how.
TARRANT: How, but not why. What's the reason? Why suddenly decide to teleport
down to a strange planet?
VILA: Day trip?
AVON: When the planet was on the screen, did anyone notice Cally's reaction?
VILA: I didn't.
AVON: You were too busy teaching Orac nursery rhymes.
TARRANT: Look, this isn't going to get her back. Let's get moving.
AVON: I wouldn't advise it.
TARRANT: Oh, and what would you advise? That we sit around exchanging
speculations? You heard the transmissions. Cally's in trouble. She needs
help. In my book you don't ignore a call from a fellow crew member.
TARRANT: Meaning I'm going down. Look, if we use the same coordinates
we should find ourselves...
AVON: ...in the same trouble that Cally's in.
TARRANT: We'll see.
AVON: Wait. That's an artificial planet out there, probably constructed
by aliens, certainly unknown and possibly beyond our comprehension. And
you are planning to go charging in without knowing what it is like or
what to expect.
VILA: You've convinced me.
DAYNA: Which is a pretty strong argument for not waiting a second longer.
We can't plan for something of which we've no earthly knowledge.
AVON: Maybe you're right. Let's go.
TARRANT: Touch of conscience?
AVON: More like insanity. You really believe in taking risks, don't you?
TARRANT: Calculated ones.
AVON: Calculated on what? Your fingers? (exits flight deck)
TARRANT: Looks like you've been elected to mind the ship, Vila.
VILA: Oh really, what a shame. Never mind.
DAYNA: I'll stay behind instead if you like.
VILA: No, no, no. I wouldn't want to deprive you. I can see you're 'raring
DAYNA: You sure you won't be lonely?
VILA: I've got Orac for company.
DAYNA: Oh, I hope the two of you will be very happy.
TARRANT: I still can't
see why she would want to go down. It doesn't make sense.
DAYNA: Does what we're doing?
corridor. Avon, Tarrant and Dayna teleport in.]
AVON: Let's go.
[Avon leads them down
a corridor, running. They descend a staircase and run along a second corridor.
Avon stops to study a drawing attached to the wall of the corridor.]
DAYNA: What is it?
AVON: Look. (indicates diagram)
TARRANT: A circuit diagram?
AVON: Of a computer.
DAYNA: What's it doing here?
AVON: It's a map.
DAYNA: A map?
AVON: Of this. We are inside a computer.
[They continue down
the corridor at a walk. A bright light is emitted from a room as they
pass the doorway. Tarrant stops and looks in.]
TARRANT: Avon. Dayna.
[Avon and Dayna rejoin
Tarrant. They all enter the room. Inside they are met by three aliens.]
ULTRA 3: We are the
ULTRA 2: Welcome Avon, Tarrant, Dayna.
ULTRA 1: Welcome to Ultraworld.
[ Liberator crew members follow the Ultra farther into the control room.
The Ultra seat themselves behind a console.]
TARRANT: So you know
our names. What about you?
ULTRA 1: We are the Ultra.
TARRANT: So you said.
ULTRA 1: Our sole function and purpose is to gather and accumulate information.
DAYNA: All this? Just to collect information?
AVON: Data processing. Storage and retrieval. Ultraworld is a computer.
Possibly the greatest concentration of computer power in the known systems.
ULTRA 3: You speak knowledgeably.
AVON: I can recognize germanium circuitry when I see it.
ULTRA 2: Avon, yes of course. The electronics expert who single-handed
embezzled five hundred million credits from the Federation Banking Cartel.
An audacious theft.
AVON: If it had worked.
ULTRA 3: And you, Del Tarrant. Graduate of the Federation Space Academy.
Posted as missing along with the Federation pursuit ship which you used
to run contraband in the outer planets.
AVON: You seem to know everything.
ULTRA 1: That is our mission. To gather and accumulate information on
all know worlds and civilization.
[Avon, Tarrant and
Dayna holster their weapons and take seats opposite the Ultra.]
ULTRA 1: Our memory
banks contain a considerable amount of data about Earth.
[Ultra reaches out
and activates a view screen. The screen displays the planet Earth]
ULTRA 2: Third planet
of an unremarkable star.
ULTRA 3: Planetary mass is of an order which is common enough.
ULTRA 2: The atmosphere is an unremarkable mix. Principly oxygen and nitrogen.
All in all your world is...
ULTRA 1: Except for the dominant species it gave rise to.
DAYNA: Oh, well at least it's got something of interest then.
ULTRA 3: Everything has something of interest.
TARRANT: Yes, well. So much about us. What about you? You built all this?
ULTRA 1: Not quite.
DAYNA: Then how?
ULTRA 2: It built itself. We are merely the custodians.
ULTRA 1: You were not strictly correct in calling Ultraworld a computer.
Ultraworld is much more than that. It possesses consciousness, self-awareness.
DAYNA: You mean it's alive?
ULTRA 3: By any meaningful definition of the word, yes.
TARRANT: (rises) We're wasting time.
AVON: Wait a minute. Germanium circuitry is clever stuff, but to the best
of my knowledge it cannot think for itself nor can it reproduce its own
ULTRA 1: You have an astute mind, Avon.
AVON: If you say so.
ULTRA 2: There is another process involved. Nucleoplasmic absorption.
TARRANT: Oh, well that's a relief. I thought it might be something complicated.
ULTRA 1: The process is extremely complex.
AVON: Ignore him. That's what passes for wit on board our ship.
DAYNA: Your profile on our species should have included our sense of humor.
TARRANT: As you're so wise and all knowing, no doubt you can tell us what's
happened to our crew member and where we can find her.
view screen. The image displayed is Cally in a sleep cell. Avon and Dayna
rise, all three Liberator crew draw weapons.]
DAYNA: What's the matter
with her? Is she all right?
ULTRA 1: The female Cally is in a state of natural sleep. She is recovering.
TARRANT: From what?
ULTRA 2: She has undergone a severe mental trauma. We have placed her
in a sleep cell to facilitate recovery.
DAYNA: What caused this trauma?
ULTRA 2: We do not know.
ULTRA 3: Our instruments can detect no physical damage.
TARRANT: We want to see her.
ULTRA 3: Of course.
ULTRA 1: A most fascinating type of humanoid species, this girl Cally.
One of the few telepaths we have encountered.
AVON: Have you encountered many species?
ULTRA 1: Millions.
stationary in space]
VILA: Knock, knock.
ORAC: Who's there?
ORAC: Atch who?
VILA: Sorry, I didn't know you had a cold.
ORAC: A cold what?
VILA: No, not a cold what. Just a cold. You know, cold, chill.
ORAC: I am not subject to colds and chills. Some trace deposits on my
anodizers perhaps, but I am quite capable of dealing with that myself.
VILA: Forget it. Go back to sleep.
ORAC: Is this another riddle?
ORAC: The idiosyncratic syntax of riddles interests me. They seem to depend
for their effect on solecisms and grammatical discrepancies.
ORAC: Do you have another riddle for me to analyze?
VILA: You'd only spoil it.
ORAC: I thought you liked riddles.
VILA: I do when I'm allowed to tell them properly. All you're interested
in is the idiotic tintax or something.
ORAC: That's very clever.
VILA: What is?
ORAC: For idiosyncratic syntax you substituted idiotic tintax. Yes, very
VILA: Is it?
ORAC: Another one, please.
VILA: Right. What's the best cure for water on the brain?
ORAC: I don't know. What is the best cure for water on the brain?
VILA: A tap on the head.
ORAC: A tap on the head. Yes, I see. In this instance the word tap has
a double meaning, as in to strike something and as a device for controlling
the release of fluid from a tank or pipe. The fluid referred to is water,
therefore, tap on the head has two ambivalent meanings, one pertaining
to the striking of the cranium...
[Vila grabs his head
sleep cell. Avon, Dayna and Tarrant look at Cally, still apparently asleep.]
DAYNA: Well, she looks
all right. She's breathing normally. Perhaps the Ultras were telling us
TARRANT: I don't know. Avon?
AVON: They've presented no threat so far.
TARRANT: Maybe they're biding their time.
AVON: What for? They could take us out quite easily with their technology.
TARRANT: Damn their technology. Is that all you care about? What about
Cally? How did she come to be here? Why are they holding her?
AVON: According to the Ultra, Cally is suffering from some kind of mental
disturbance. They put her in here for her own good.
TARRANT: But for how long?
AVON: Presumably until she recovers.
TARRANT: And you're willing to take it all on trust?
AVON: I don't take anything on trust. But it would be the height of stupidity
to interfere and thus endanger Cally's life if that's what you were thinking
of. We seem to have no choice but to accept the Ultra's word for it and
also to accept that their sole function is to gather information.
TARRANT: And because they said it we're supposed to believe them.
AVON: What else are we to believe? I told you they could take us out like
that. (snaps fingers) Why should they bother to lie?
DAYNA: What was that
about nucleoplasmic absorption? I didn't understand.
AVON: Neither did I. It's outside my field. Something to do with cellular
regeneration, I think.
DAYNA: Well then maybe Ultraworld is a living organism.
AVON: Maybe. We'd better contact Vila, make sure he's awake. (into bracelet
communicator) Vila. Do you read?
VILA: Knock. Knock.
Who's there? The invisible man. Tell him I can't see him. (laughs)
AVON: (v.o.) Vila. Where are you, Vila?
VILA: Yes, all right. I'm here. What is it?
AVON: (v.o.) I told you to stand by. Not lie down.
VILA: I was standing by. Anyway, what's going on?
AVON: Not a great deal.
We found Cally. She seems to be all right.
VILA: (v.o.) Are you ready to teleport?
AVON: Not yet. But I want you to be.
VILA: (v.o.) You don't want me to come down.
AVON: I want you to be ready to teleport us up.
VILA: (v.o.) I was. I am.
DAYNA: And Vila prime the neutron blasters just in case.
AVON: (from near Cally) Dayna.
DAYNA: What is it?
AVON: We seem to have lost Tarrant.
AVON: You'd better find him.
[Dayna exits sleep
corridor. Tarrant retraces his steps to the control room. He enters and
examines a rack of tubes. He takes one out and inserts it into an orifice
in the control console. A view screen activates showing the head and shoulders
of a man.]
TARRANT: Who are you
RELF: Specimen pee seven nine four three oh one one, humanoid vertebrate.
Subcategory menial. What information do you require?
TARRANT: Specimen. But your identity. Who are you? Where are you from?
RELF: My name is Relf of Probus Four.
TARRANT: But if your thoughts, your memories are contained in this cylinder,
where are you?
RELF: No knowledge, cannot answer.
TARRANT: Are there others like you?
TARRANT: And where are they?
RELF: Some menials like me. Others absorbed in the core.
TARRANT: Core, what's that?
RELF: No knowledge, cannot answer.
TARRANT: They exist in the core?
RELF: The core lives to expand. It must expand to live.
TARRANT: Yes, but what is it? What is the core? Where is it?
RELF: No knowledge, cannot answer.
[There is a noise from
the corridor. Tarrant removes the tube and replaces it in the rack. He
conceals himself behind a panel and draws his weapon. Ultra enter the
ULTRA 3: Sleep cell.
ULTRA 1: Status?
ULTRA 2: Transference is proceeding normally.
ULTRA 3: Complete mental profile and personality spectrum is filed in
[View screen displays
image of Cally in sleep cell.]
ULTRA 1: Physiological
ULTRA 2: Transferred. Soon she will be wiped clean, ready for absorption.
ULTRA 1: Fine specimen. Categorize as humanoid vertebrate. Subcategory,
ULTRA 3: Very shortly we can remove her from the sleep cell.
ULTRA 2: And the others?
ULTRA 1: They will be dealt with in due course.
[Tarrant steps from
TARRANT: Unless the
others deal with you first. (Ultra turn around) I just hope for your sakes
the process is reversible. Because if it isn't...
[Ultra advance on him.]
TARRANT: Keep back.
ULTRA 1: You cannot resist the power of the core. It overcomes everything.
ULTRA 2: Everything.
ULTRA 3: Everything.
[Tarrant appears to
be going into trance. One of Dayna's self propelled explosives coming
running along the floor and explodes, releasing a dense cloud of smoke.
Ultra cough and choke. Their link with Tarrant is broken.]
DAYNA: Tarrant. This
[Tarrant follows Dayna
sleep cell. Avon is alone with Cally. He starts to contact Liberator,
then stops and examines Cally's wrist. She is not wearing a teleport bracelet.]
Dayna and Tarrant run down a corridor and ascend a staircase.]
TARRANT: We've got
to warn Avon and get Cally out of that thing.
DAYNA: What have they done to her?
[Down an adjacent corridor
TARRANT: We have to
get out of sight quickly.
DAYNA: Like where, for example?
TARRANT: Come on.
[They retrace their
steps. Tarrant conceals himself under the staircase. Dayna follows.]
AVON: (into communicator)
Vila, do you read?
VILA: Yes, go ahead.
AVON: Ever alert as
VILA: (v.o.) You know me. What's up?
AVON: We could be... correction, we are in trouble. Stand by to bring
us up. I'll keep this channel open.
VILA: (v.o.) I'll get back to the teleport. What's the problem?
AVON: Right now, your guess is as good as mine. But it doesn't look promising.
[Relf grabs Avon from
behind, silencing him]
VILA: Go on, Avon.
Are you there? I'm here. Are you there? Avon. Oh no. Oh please, no.
corridor. A group of menials pass through the area. Dayna rises and levels
her weapon at them. Tarrant restrains her and they hide once more.]
DAYNA: What now?
TARRANT: (into bracelet) Avon, this is Tarrant. Come in.
sleep cell. The room is empty and Avon's teleport bracelet is on the floor]
TARRANT: (v.o.) Avon,
are you there? Do you hear me? Avon? Cally is in danger. Avon, do you
hear? Cally is in danger.
corridor, still by the staircase]
DAYNA: Cally. What
have they done to her?
TARRANT: Something called transference. Ever seen a lizard suck a bird's
egg dry? Well, that's what they were doing to Cally's brain. Draining
her memory and personality and transferring them to the memory store.
DAYNA: That was the purpose of the sleep cell. And afterwards what happens
TARRANT: Whatever's left? I don't know. The Ultra talked about absorption,
whatever that is. Or maybe the victims end up like those. Walking dead.
ULTRA 1: Step forward
[Relf steps forward.]
ULTRA 1: You have your
next instructions. You understand them?
ULTRA 1: Proceed.
[Relf starts toward
ULTRA 1: So now there
are three left.
ULTRA 3: For a supposedly intelligent species they are remarkably stupid.
ULTRA 2: And when we've taken all five?
ULTRA 1: Then we take the prize exhibit for the museum. The ship.
stationary in space]
VILA: (paces, then
approaches Orac. He opens his mouth to speak, changes his mind, then takes
out Orac's key.) You'd only bite my head off anyway. (puts key back) Orac,
can you give me some advice?
ORAC: Please do not waste my time with foolish generalities. I must insist
you ask specific questions.
VILA: Oh, shut up you arrogant pile of junk. (takes key out and tosses
it across the flight deck)
corridor. Tarrant and Dayna have been running. They pause.]
TARRANT: Now where?
DAYNA: Well, we're lost.
TARRANT: Perhaps not (moves to a map and examines it) We're here. That's
where we are. Here. (moves off in another direction)
DAYNA: Tarrant, where are you going?
[Dayna follows him.
A loud, regular throbbing sound can be heard.]
DAYNA: Tarrant, what
is it? What's that sound?
TARRANT: There's a door back there, quick.
Dayna and Tarrant turn and run back to a door. They step into the room.]
TARRANT: Dayna. (closes
DAYNA: It's cold in here.
TARRANT: It's freezing.
DAYNA: What do you suppose this is?
TARRANT: A store room, I would say if there was anything stored here.
[Sound of approaching footsteps is heard from the corridor. They gradually
fade into silence.]
TARRANT: They've gone.
(turns on the light)
[Dayna looks around.
Three mind wiped people are propped up on supports. Dayna gasps.]
TARRANT: You wanted
to know what happens to them afterwards. Here's your answer.
DAYNA: Are they dead?
TARRANT: If they're not, they soon will be. No organism could withstand
this temperature for very long.
DAYNA: What's going to happen to them?
DAYNA: Absorbed? Into what? The memory store?
TARRANT: No. Their brain patterns are already stored there. These are
just the empty husks, their minds wiped clean. Perhaps they're food.
DAYNA: Food? For what?
TARRANT: For thought.
DAYNA: You mean their bodies have... (interrupted by sound of approaching
[The door to the storage
room opens. Three menials enter. One is Relf. Dayna holds her weapon on
him. He watches as the other two menials remove one of the stored bodies.
Dayna sneezes. Relf turns at the sound, but does not respond. She tests
his response and gets none. The other two menials rejoin Relf, and all
DAYNA: What now?
TARRANT: Let's follow, see where they go.
[INTERIOR. Sleep cell.
Avon is restrained in the sleep unit.]
ULTRA 2: Sleep will
soon come. And when it does transference will take place. It is quite
painless. You'll feel nothing. (destroys teleport bracelet) Ever again.
Your mind will be released from your body. That is all.
AVON: First of all you have to make me sleep. I tend to suffer from insomnia.
ULTRA 2: You will sleep.
AVON: I don't plan to.
ULTRA 2: Do you suppose you have a choice. (adjusts the mechanism controlling
the sleep unit)
AVON: I will not sleep. I will not sleep.
conveyor room. The room is full of equipment and a conveyor with restraints
which leads to the core. Menials are loading bodies onto the conveyor
and moving them for absorption.]
observation room. Dayna and Tarrant enter a small room which has a large
glass window overlooking the conveyor.]
DAYNA: You were right.
They're feeding something.
TARRANT: But what?
DAYNA: The planet. The Ultra said it was alive. That it possessed awareness,
TARRANT: But it's a computer, not a living organism. Memory banks, germanium
circuitry. We saw it all on the screens.
DAYNA: Perhaps not all, Tarrant. (throbbing sound becomes louder) Listen.
TARRANT: It's coming from over there.
corridor. Dayna and Tarrant emerge from the observation room and go down
the corridor to a second room. They enter.]
core. A huge mass that resembles brain tissue is in the center of the
TARRANT: Absorbed in
TARRANT: This is what happens to the brains when they've been wiped clean.
With every new victim the core expands, increases in brainpower. It's
grown this big by absorbing the billions of intelligent creatures fed
DAYNA: Well, it's growing all the while. Becoming more and more powerful.
Cally. What about Cally?
TARRANT: We may be too late.
DAYNA: She could be... in there.
control room. An image of Avon, still struggling to stay awake, is displayed.
Ultra observe him.]
ULTRA 3: A strong mind.
Most would have succumbed by now.
ULTRA 2: It will not be long. They struggle. They fight against it, but
none can resist the power of the core.
ULTRA 3: This specimen is strong in body too. He would make a good menial
when transference is complete.
ULTRA 1: No. After his brain has been cleansed it will be absorbed. The
core needs new cellular tissue of such high caliber. The other male.
ULTRA 2: The one called Tarrant.
ULTRA 1: We will take him as a menial. The female will be absorbed.
[At the console the
Ultra activate a view screen. It shows a diagram with a moving light point
representing Dayna and Tarrant.]
ULTRA 3: They are now
in section delta one.
corridor. Dayna and Tarrant advance.]
control room. Ultra 1 gestures for a long rod with and touches it to the
corridor. As Dayna and Tarrant advance an explosion goes off. They turn
DAYNA: What caused
TARRANT: I'm not waiting to find out. Come on.
ULTRA 1: One male,
one female. I think we might try a small experiment.
ULTRA 2: Experiment?
ULTRA 1: It will be useful data for the memory store. (touches the screen
again with the wand)
corridor. Another explosion forces Dayna and Tarrant to change direction
ULTRA 1: No, not that
way. We need you for our experiment. (to Relf) Find them. Take them unharmed.
control room. Ultra 1 repeats the process]
corridor. Dayna and Tarrant are still running. The descend a staircase.
Menials are moving closer.]
TARRANT: They're trying
to drive us back to the core.
DAYNA: I'm too young to be absorbed.
TARRANT: I know where we are. This way.
storage room. Tarrant closes the door.]
[Dayna and Tarrant
flatten themselves against one wall. Relf enters, looks around. He apparently
does not see them and then leaves again.]
DAYNA: (gasps) Cally.
(stands in front of Cally, who is propped up waiting for absorption)
sleep cell. Avon is still struggling to stay awake. Finally, he falls
DAYNA: Cally, it's
me Dayna. Cally, can you hear me? Do you understand? (shakes her) Cally,
wake up. (to Tarrant) It's no good. There's nothing there. What can we
TARRANT: Reinstate her memory.
TARRANT: By reversing the process.
DAYNA: Can it be reversed? (pause) Well, can it.
TARRANT: I don't know. The Ultra transferred her brain patterns to a memory
tube. All her thoughts, memories, emotions have been filed away. First
we have to find that tube.
DAYNA: Well then, let's find it.
TARRANT: Dayna, wait.
DAYNA: We haven't time to wait.
TARRANT: Soon we may have all the time in the world.
DAYNA: What do you mean?
TARRANT: Look, let's use our brains instead of having them transferred.
Getting caught isn't going to help Cally. Let's think about it.
TARRANT: (into bracelet) Vila, this is Tarrant. Do you read?
TARRANT: (v.o.) Tarrant
calling Liberator. Vila, are you there? Come in.
VILA: Thank heavens for that. I thought you'd all gone and left me.
TARRANT: (v.o.) Gone where? Listen Vila, this is important.
VILA: Will somebody please tell me what the hell is going on? And where's
Avon? Is he with you?
TARRANT: No. We tried
to contact him and couldn't. Have you heard from him?
VILA: (v.o.) Yes and no.
TARRANT: This is no time for riddles.
VILA: (v.o.) You're telling me that. I was talking to him and he suddenly
broke contact. Not a word of explanation.
control room. Tarrant is visible on the view screen]
TARRANT: All right,
we'll see what we can do. But we've got problems of our own with Cally.
VILA: (v.o.) Cally's there with you.
TARRANT: In a manner of speaking.
VILA: (v.o.) What do you mean by that?
TARRANT: Never mind. We may have to get her up there fast. So stand by
VILA: (v.o.) Why not? What else is there to do except stand by the teleport?
[Ultra activates a
device and the two previously inert menials in the storage room attack
Dayna and Tarrant.]
VILA: (v.o.) Did you
hear what I said? Tarrant. Dayna. Hello. Hel... (Menial destroys teleport
VILA: Hello. Goodbye.
conveyor room. Avon and Cally are wheeled in by menials.]
cell. A bed sits in the center of the room. Dayna stands nearby. Tarrant
sits on the bed.]
DAYNA: No. We won't
ULTRA 1: (v.o.) Do you speak for both?
TARRANT: Yes, she does.
DAYNA: That is one thing you can't make us do.
ULTRA 1: (v.o.) Perhaps not. Though we might offer an inducement.
TARRANT: Such as?
[Diamond shaped view
screen shows Ultra 1]
ULTRA 1: Your fellow
crew members are still alive. Whether they remain so is up to you. We
require the human bonding ceremony.
ULTRA 1: The accumulation of data is our sole function and purpose, as
we have said.
DAYNA: For your cosmic encyclopedia?
ULTRA 1: We have collected a great deal of information about earth and
its dominant species, with one important omission. We intend to rectify
DAYNA: And if we agree?
ULTRA 1: We shall reconsider the fate of your friends. And, of course,
TARRANT: Is that the best you can do? No deal.
DAYNA: Tarrant, just a minute. Could you give Cally her memory back?
ULTRA 1: Perhaps.
DAYNA: So it is possible to reverse the process.
ULTRA 1: It is possible.
DAYNA: And would you release us, all four and allow us to return to our
ULTRA 1: That decision must be referred to the core.
DAYNA: The core will decide?
ULTRA 1: Of course. The core is the living consciousness of the planet.
We are its servants. We obey without question.
DAYNA: Tarrant, I think we should accept the offer. Then we can return
to the Liberator.
TARRANT: You can't be serious. You don't believe what they say.
DAYNA: We have to believe if we hope to survive. Kiss me.
DAYNA: I said, kiss me. Come on. I can't be all that repulsive.
[Dayna leans over and
kisses Tarrant. On the view screen the Ultra observes the activity. An
observation device lowers, closer to the couple.]
ULTRA 1: Has the bonding
DAYNA: You could say so. But we do better without interruptions.
ULTRA 1: Are you ready.
ULTRA 2: The core is awaiting the signal.
ULTRA 3: Wave emissions increasing. Locked onto space craft.
ULTRA 1: Focus emissions.
ULTRA 2: Is the remaining crew member capable of piloting the space craft
ULTRA 1: According to the female Cally's memory traces, we should have
no trouble. He is weak willed and easily lead. The ship's master computer
Zen will operate all primary functions on his command. But any intelligent
creature with a rational thought process is as capable of being manipulated.
This one is no exception.
ULTRA 3: Wave emission at optimum.
ULTRA 1: Give the signal.
core. There are signs of increased activity from the core]
stationary in space]
VILA: Come out. Come
out, wherever you are. Help. I'm being got at. Orac, do something. You've
got to help me. Help me. Activator. Activator. What did I do with it.
I'll never call you names again, Orac. Never again, I promise. (finds
key and activates Orac) Orac, I need your help. There's something here.
ORAC: Not now. I am busy analyzing the semantic structure of synonyms
and antonyms as it pertains to the specific instance of riddles.
control room. Image of the bed in the confinement cell is on the screen.]
TARRANT: (adjusts pillow)
How's that, darling? More comfortable?
DAYNA: Oh yes. Much better. Thank you, darling.
confinement cell. Dayna removes a small object from her mouth.]
TARRANT: I've heard
of people having tricks up their sleeve. But this is...
[Dayna bites down to
activate the device]
TARRANT: How long?
DAYNA: All of ten seconds.
TARRANT: As much as that?
DAYNA: Less now. About seven.
TARRANT: Or nearer five. (They silently count down to zero)
DAYNA: Now. (She tosses charge at door)
control room. An explosion rocks the room]
ULTRA 3: (at the sound
of explosion) Is that the bonding ceremony?
[Image on the view
screen of the empty cell. There is a large hole where the explosive detonated.]
ULTRA 3: We must find
ULTRA 2: Leave them. They have nowhere to go.
[INTERIOR. Ultraworld corridor. Dayna and Tarrant are running.]
moving through space]
VILA: There was young
lady named Perkins, who was very fond of small gherkins. One day at tea,
she ate forty three, and pickled her internal workings.
ORAC: Excellent. Another one, Vila.
VILA: Don't know any more.
ORAC: Another one.
VILA: Can't remember.
ORAC: A riddle. A limerick. A word puzzle. Think, Vila, think.
VILA: There was a young man from... from...
ORAC: From where? Think.
VILA: Can't remember.
manoeuvering to dock with Ultraworld]
control room. Ultra observe the docking]
docking bay. Metal rods descend to hold Liberator in place]
conveyor room. Cally is loaded on the conveyor and the menial sets it
in motion. Tarrant and Dayna enter. Tarrant attacks one of the menials.
Dayna stops the conveyor. A fight ensues. In the struggle, Tarrant knocks
a menial into a shelf of memory tubes which fall and shatter. All of the
menials are frozen in place.]
DAYNA: What's happening?
TARRANT: Do you mind if we talk about it later? Come on.
[They free Cally from
the conveyor and locate Avon.]
TARRANT: Get these
two back to the sleep cell, I'll get the memory tubes.
core. The throbbing from the core has increased. Surface eruptions are
ULTRA 2: Frequency
wave emissions out of phase.
ULTRA 3: Primary circuits register overload.
ULTRA 2: Wave emissions approaching critical.
ULTRA 1: No. No. Impossible. The core is self-compensating. Check for
ULTRA 2: Critical status is confirmed. The core is unstable.
ULTRA 1: No. Check again.
core. The throbbing is louder. Surface eruptions have increased, green
fluid oozes from the breaches in the surface.]
sleep cell. Cally and Avon have been placed back into the sleep unit.
Dayna keeps watch]
control room. Tarrant enters quietly. He notes Liberator on the view screen.]
the memory tubes and leaves the control room.]
core. The noise levels have increased. Eruptions have grown worse.]
ULTRA 1: Stabilization.
ULTRA 2: Negative response.
ULTRA 3: Entering critical phase.
ULTRA 2: But how? The wave emissions were at optimum. Nothing can resist
the power of the core.
ULTRA 1: Something did. Something we couldn't foresee and didn't allow
for. Something on that ship.
ULTRA 3: We were in control. We brought the ship in.
core. Breaches in the core are larger and more violent]
ULTRA 2: Terminal condition
ULTRA 3: Without the core, Ultraworld cannot exist.
ULTRA 2: We cannot survive.
ULTRA 3: Can we prevent it?
ULTRA 2: We must.
ULTRA 1: Activate final fail-safes. Now. Something on that ship.
VILA: If a woodchuck
could chuck wood, how much wood could a woodchuck chuck, if a woodchuck
could chuck wood?
[INTERIOR. Ultraworld sleep cell. Avon and Cally are being restored.]
DAYNA: It's so slow.
Can't we speed it up?
TARRANT: We daren't risk it. If the memory traces aren't implanted exactly
as before they'll end up with scrambled brain cells.
DAYNA: What's the matter?
TARRANT: The memory tubes. I just hope they're in the right order.
DAYNA: You mean you could have got them... (Dayna crosses one hand over
the other) Well, that could be interesting.
TARRANT: (at the sound of an explosion) The core. It's having some kind
of brain storm.
DAYNA: What do you think's causing it?
DAYNA: Of what? A brain that size could cope with anything.
TARRANT: You know what they say. The bigger they are... Think of the problems
the human brain has and multiply that be a couple of billion.
DAYNA: That could be quite a headache.
TARRANT: We've got one ourselves. Come on. Come on.
corridor. The sound of explosions continues. Menials are disoriented,
stagger and fall or stop where they stand.]
core. Major breaches are occurring.]
sleep cell. Avon and Cally are conscious]
TARRANT: (to Avon)
Are you all right? Cally?
CALLY: Yes, I think so.
TARRANT: Good. Right, let's get out of here.
AVON: We have no bracelets.
TARRANT: They brought the ship down. It's here in Ultraworld.
AVON: Here? Can you find it?
AVON: Then let's go.
TARRANT: (to Dayna) Bring Cally.
DAYNA: (to Cally) You all right?
[Cally makes a gesture
for Dayna to wait]
corridor. Avon and Tarrant ascend a long flight of stairs.]
DAYNA: Better now?
DAYNA: Right. Come on.
[Dayna starts out the
door. Cally follows and is attacked from behind by Relf. Dayna returns
and struggles with him and overcomes him.]
DAYNA: Come on.
control room. Avon and Tarrant enter. Avon picks up a weapon]
AVON: Watch the door.
[Avon throws Tarrant
the weapon and picks up his own. He moves to a control and activates the
AVON: Vila, are you
VILA: (v.o.) Who else could it be? Look just what is going on? Will somebody...
AVON: Shut up. Open the starboard airlock. We're on our way.
VILA: (v.o.) Why not teleport? It'll save time.
AVON: Do it.
VILA: Right (moves
to the controls to obey)
control room. Tarrant shoots two of the Ultra as they enter.]
AVON: You finished?
AVON: Then let's get out of here.
space dock. Liberator is still berthed.]
space dock. Liberator begins powering up. There are explosions.]
corridor leading to starboard airlock. The four crew members run in. Avon
stops at a communication station beside the entry.]
AVON: (into the communicator)
Vila, ninety degrees lateral thrust. Now.
flight deck. Vila responds to Avon's command.]
space dock. Liberator begins to free itself.]
flight deck. Four crew members rejoin Vila.]
VILA: I wish I knew
what was going on.
TARRANT: Vila, get to your place.
AVON: Full thrust. Give it everything you've got.
TARRANT: Brace yourselves.
space dock. Liberator breaks free and heads for space.]
corridor. Menials are lying in the corridor, inert]
core. The core is self-destructing.]
observation room two. The last Ultra moves to a console and manipulates
some controls. He begins to die before he can finish the process]
moves away from Ultraworld. A flare erupts as Ultraworld explodes]
DAYNA: What did you
feel like, Avon?
AVON: (distracted) What?
DAYNA: Being an entry in an encyclopedia.
TARRANT: Oh, he wouldn't mind so long as they filed him under genius.
VILA: You'd have all been filed away if it hadn't been for me. And Orac,
VILA: Yes, me.
AVON: What precisely did you do?
VILA: What did I do? Only saved your neck. That's what. Ask Orac. Go on.
(inserts Orac's activator key) Ask him.
AVON: Orac, is it true that we have an unsung hero in our midst?
ORAC: To whom are you referring?
ORAC: Vila served a useful purpose in distracting and confusing the energy
waves emanating from the planet.
VILA: Useful purpose.
ORAC: Meanwhile I was able to project those same wave emissions back to
their primary source.
AVON: In other words, Vila acted as a kind of mental decoy.
CALLY: So the core was subjected to its own emissions.
TARRANT: Self brain washing.
DAYNA: There's poetic justice for you.
AVON: Tell me, Orac, how precisely did Vila confuse and distract Ultraworld?
ORAC: Quite simple. With a series of random and illogical brain impulses.
The planet was programmed to assimilate orderly coherent thought patterns.
Anything else confused it.
AVON: You mean Vila spouted nonsense.
VILA: I resent that.
AVON: Oh, I wouldn't if I were you. Orac is saying that a logical rational
intelligence is no match for yours.