Strange Matter: The Scales of Injustice
Updated 17th July 1998
All right, what we have here is the convoluted wonderment that is The Scales of Injustice, a book written at the same time as the TV Movie novelisation, a fact which caused not only my brain to implode at various points, but also some anxiety amongst some folk at Virgin where, already displeased that the Beeb were doing the novelisation, were rather pissed off that I was being "disloyal" and working for them! Luckily I had Rebecca Levene at Virgin firmly on my side and being exceptionally understanding. One particular trauma concerned the rewrites and general tidying up which is always necessary. Because I wasn't available to do the amount of work necessary, Bex brought in James Wallis who had written a couple of books about Sonic the Hedgehog. James' brief was to jazz my stuff up where necessary. I had to write the introduction obviously before the book was set and so thanked James for his work before actually seeing what he had done. There were times when I eventually read the finished book and would tell Bex that there were certain bits I thought he had reworked exceptionally well, and that I couldn't see the join. She eventually confessed that James had not actually got past Chapter One because of his other work, had rewritten about three lines in total and all the passages I had singled out as superb were in fact identical to my original. Which was flattering, if a little bizarre!
Scales was also a very emotional book - shortly before it went to press, I was kicked out of Marvel UK rather abruptly and so I dedicated the book to my two bosses there who also got short shrift from the new suits, Paul Neary (himself a former DWM editor) and Mike Hobson - both gentlemen remain to date the best bosses I've had in any job ever. I miss working with them on a daily basis even today.
But first we must look to the very origins of The Scales of Injustice, which go back somewhat. April 4th 1995 to be precise. There I was, sitting at work, failing once again to understand why the Blake's 7 Poster Magazine had failed so miserably when our two specials had outsold any Doctor Who product during 1994, when an idea hit me. Squarely on the forehead. I knew I wanted to do a UNIT-heavy story set during Season 7 and Rebecca had already cleared me to write the one that got rid of Liz Shaw (hey, that sounds more like an episode of Friends!), so I sat down and knocked out a wonderful little thing outlining my, rather bizarre no doubt, views on how UNIT was set up around then. This I also passed to Chris Bulis and he kindly incorporated elements of into his masterful novel The Eye of the Giant, which meant we would be able to share a few characters and he adopted my idea of having Yates as a Sergeant so I could finally promote him. So here, dug out of a musty drawer, it is.
UNIT was set up by the time of the Cybermen invasion of 1975, as a result of the Great Intelligence's attack of 1971.
By 1976, UNIT had moved into various premises a London military HQ and at least one country residence. UNIT forces within a UN country are governed and financed nationally but ultimately responsible to Geneva.
In 1976, Liz Shaw is rather clumsily seconded to work for UNIT as their scientific advisor a job that lasts a matter of days before the Doctor takes the job on, reducing Liz in status (but probably not salary the Doctor was free after all) to his assistant.
British UNIT is, being uniquely British, under-funded. Despite two alien invasions, the Government and specifically the Ministry of Defence clearly don't take such threats seriously and as a result, the Brigadier's permanent team is sorely under-staffed.
Essentially we have:
One Brigadier (Lethbridge-Stewart)
One Captain (Turner/Munro/Hawkins/Yates)
A handful of troops (twelve maximum)
There are also support staff: radio technicians, radar operators, drivers, administrators.
To top that up, the Brigadier can call on his regular army liaison (Major-General Rutlidge/Major-General Scobie) to call up extra troops. UNIT troops wear UNIT badges on their arms. Presumably a tour of duty in UNIT is likely when you join the army in much the same way as a tour of Northern Ireland is/was likely. The official secrets act must be signed before and after being seconded to UNIT.
In Season 7, UNIT has a uniform markedly different to the regular army, beige as opposed to green. By Inferno, only the Brig still has this colour, Benton, Wyatt et al are in the new 'regular' UNIT uniforms identical to the regular army but wearing the UNIT emblem.
For The Island of Fear, I am intending to follow this basic UNIT personnel background:
Captain Tuner has married Isobel Watkins and returned to regular army
Sergeant Walters returned to regular army
Corporal Benton still in UNIT
Corporal Tracy still in UNIT
Captain Munro has left UNIT/the army and is a private investigator
Corporal Forbes dead
Sergeant at radar station presumably returns to regular army, making way for Sergeant Hart or Sergeant Yates, the latter of whom must be around to 'clear up' after the Nestene invasion
Corporal Nutting returned to army
Captain Hawkins dead
Sergeant Hart dead therefore allowing for Benton's promotion. This leaves us with three Corporals: Tracy, Bell and Champion (who was presumably seconded after Forbes' death and is there for Ambassadors of Death).
Mike Yates must be promoted to Captain between the end of Silurians and the start of Terror of the Autons. However, if he had been, why is he not present during the Ambassadors of Death or Inferno? For the purposes of TheIsland of Fear, I'm suggesting he is operating undercover, essentially earning his promotion which he will receive at the end of The Island of Fear. This then makes way for Sergeant Osgood, who will be seen as a Pte during IoF he will be promoted to Corporal when Tracy becomes a Sergeant to replace Yates. Confused? Good . . .
I'm also intended to make use of Captain Turner, Major-General Scobie and possible Sergeant Walters but in cameos. Jimmy Munro will play a major role. As will Doctor Sweetman, who will be seen as UNIT's (aging) medical officer.
References will be made to both Faraday and Crichton as regular army officers (neither colonels at this point). I'll avoid mentioning corporals Bryson, Norton or Palmer (nice as it might be) and I believe that Major Beresford is, like Cosworth in Mind of Evil, merely on attachment to UNIT UNIT cannot possibly afford an officer of that rank. He's only fighting the Krynoid because Lethbridge-Stewart is unavailable, Faraday has returned to the regulars and Crichton has yet to take over.
I think that's the UNIT hierarchy covered unless anyone knows differently.
To recap then, the UNIT personnel I wish to use heavily in The Island of Fear are:
Doctor Liz Shaw
and in cameos:
possibly Kate's ex-UNIT chap, Hamlet MacBeth, but possibly not eh?
There will be references to department C-19 and Sir John Sudbury (whose children are part of the story and will be a chum of the Doctor's), maybe along with 'Tubby' Rowlands.
I think that's enough anal continuity to keep rec.arts.drwho seething for a few years!
Now isn't that just the most tragic thing you have ever read?
But now, the following Sunday followed it up with The Island of Fear outline, a story which attempted to satisfy my obsession with Michael Crichton holiday-camp-one-wrong stories (Westworld simply is the best SF movie of the Seventies). Young Gary Gillatt had offered some valuable insight into this ('twas his idea to feature mythological monsters) while The Park Keeper was a villain I had dreamed up in 1988, walking alongside the Thames by Greenwich with Visual Imagination design bod Nic Dent! All these things came together in a flurry of activity and were sent off to Bex at the earliest opportunity. This went off to Virgin on Monday 10th April, 1995. In keeping with me being an anal retentive git, and thinking that presenting it in this manner might better my chances of having it accepted, I (oh God, I do apologise to everyone for this!) sent it thus:
UNIT (UK BRANCH)
UNIT REF gpr/TIoF/ALS/mb
You requested a basic rundown on the events of the last two weeks mentioned in Parliament and to yourself by the Permanent Under Secretary (acting).
To begin, I thought it expedient to bring up right up to date with UNIT's current modus operandi as I believe the technical phrase to be.
We have been successfully operating within the British division for a little over three years. In that time many men and women have been seconded to UNIT, all of whom have of course proved exemplary. I understand that Captain Turner has now been approached by the Special Air Service to aid in their current training programmes. Although losses are perhaps above average for a supposedly peace-time security force, we both know from first hand experience that although Earth's nations may not be at war, forces and powers from beyond the normal are not quite as cooperative.
Some of my most valuable staff have recently been involved in the series of events you inquired about and it now seems prudent to explain in some depth exactly what occurred.
Although I have been fully debriefed by both Acting-Captain Yates and the Doctor (see previous files on both staff), I am still at a slight loss to explain every detail as, obviously, I was not present. However incredible various items may seem to be, I have rapidly discovered that dismissing the Doctor's reports tends to have negative repercussions. The man has not led us wrong yet, and I seriously doubt he is ever likely to. Whilst I would not wish him to know this, and thereby possibly become complacent, I have nothing but the highest regard and trust in him.
Anyway, to get down to brass tacks:
As you are aware, the strange events began to take prominence in the national newspapers first. Ministers of both houses and all parties were beginning to make some very strange decisions. Contradictory memos were known to be passing to and from ministers and backbenchers via under-secretaries. Before long Parliament was in something of a mess and Her Majesty the Queen was forced to close Parliament before its normal summer recess.
The Metropolitan Police began investigating some of these irregularities, trying to discover if there was any form of conspiracy to defraud the public, but these drew a blank. Each MP or civil servant involved seemed genuinely puzzled at the changes of mind of their superiors/administrators. By this time former UNIT/army Captain Jimmy Munro was a member of the Mets special investigation bureau and using knowledge and experience gained through his brief time at UNIT, began to look deeper for less obvious patterns. It transpired that at least three of the civil servants/MPs involved had suffered loses in their families recently, all children. Munro became positive that there had to be a connection but could not find a link. He then contacted myself here and of course the Doctor, my new scientific advisor whom you are well aware of, I'm sure (to recap: see my memo 1/3478/ALS/mh). The Doctor and his assistant Dr Elizabeth Shaw met up with young Munro and began to compare notes. Meanwhile my headquarters staff and I were contacted by Sir John Sudbury of C-19 who, as I'm sure you are aware, have recently taken on ministerial responsibility for UNIT's funding from the British Government. Sir John visited us on the pretext of discussing our recent cases but let it slip that his ministerial representative in the House of Lords, Lord Rowlands, has had problems with his grandchildren recently. One of them, Lucy, came back from a holiday without the other, and Lucy is apparently denying of knowledge of Nicola's existence. At first it was assumed that there was an accident and Lucy had blanked it out, but a couple of eminent psychologists have said that mentally Lucy is fine. It is as if Nicola has simply creased to exist. Bearing in mind the unusual incidents UNIT has been involved in, Sir John wondered if we would investigate. Corporal Bell, one of my most trusted administrators, also suggested that he was also making it clear that to not follow this up could cause further financial restrictions for C-19 and therefore us. I, naturally, chastised the young corporal for her observations. Such blackmail is, of course, beneath a member of Her Majesty's government.
When the two doctors returned from their meting with Munro, I informed them of Sir John's visit, and the Doctor decided that such a lead was too foolish not to act upon. Taking Corporal Bell and Sergeant Yates, the Doctor headed off to Lord Rowlands' estate in Buckinghamshire. Miss Shaw, Sergeant Benton and myself began to follow up another lead that Sir John had given us: Lucy and Nicola had recently holidayed in that new complex Parc D'Aventures, on the island of Ledos, one of the smaller Channel Islands. A swift 'phone call to Jimmy Munro confirmed that at least two of the other deceased children had visited the place.
To recap: Parc D'Aventures (see memo 1/2764/ALS/mb) is a massive ten acre amusement holiday centre for children of the rich and famous, to use the vernacular. In other words, to those who can afford a thousand pounds a week to send their children out from under their feet. It covers the whole surface, and a fair bit underground, of the man-made island of Ledos and is owned and built by the entrepreneur and impresario Créton Mechel of Luxembourg. M. Mechel, according to Munro, has no suspicious history itself a suspicious fact as far as Munro and his Met colleagues are concerned. This is basically because prior to twenty four months ago, no one had heard of him. He came to prominence after he tried to set up a pop radio station to rival Radio Luxembourg and failed, at the loss of 2m fr. He has since been traced to a number of financial set-ups on the continent, some successful, less not so. No family background can be located although he once stated in an interview that he had a great uncle who was a Marshal during the Napoleonic Wars. The French equivalent of Somerset House cannot find any family tree for him. In short, an enigma.
Meanwhile, the Doctor was becoming involved with a new mystery. Lord Rowlands was reluctant to allow the Doctor access to Lucy. Apparently he whispered to him that Lucy would kill him. Dismissing this as parental over-protection, the Doctor rashly went ahead and entered Lucy's room. After a few moments of pleasant chit-chat, overseen by an agitated Lord Rowlands, Lucy demanded her father leave them, taking Yates and Bell with him. Assuming that Lucy would talk to just him, the Doctor tried an opening gambit, whereupon the child attacked him. At first she used her tiny fists but before long the Doctor realised he was facing a little girl with a vicious scalpel seemingly surgically attached to her index finger. As he tried to turn away,the Doctor saw that the little girl's toy dolls and soft animals were huddled in front of the door, moving by themselves. Only as his cries reached Bell and Yates was he rescued. They forced their way in, Yates getting a slight injury from the girl's scalpel, and removed the Doctor. With Lord Rowlands as a witness, little Lucy tried one last attack before she and her toys simply, to use the Doctor's phrase, spontaneously combusted the same sort of death associated with the other children.
On returning to UNIT HQ, the Doctor and Miss Shaw elected to investigate Parc D'Aventures immediately, telling Jimmy Munro what they were doing. Sergeant Yates (Dr Sweetman having passed him fit) and Corporal Bell suggested that they tried an alternative approach they would visit Ledos under the guise of rich parents looking for a prospective holiday for their son, whom they chose to name Alistair!
The Doctor and Miss Shaw arrived on Ledos first. Apparently M. Mechel was more than delighted to show them around, flattering them with praises for UNIT, the United Nations and saying how much he loved holidaying in our Lake District. All rather over-the-top if you ask me, but that's the Continentals for you. He showed them the specs for the Parc. Basically, it's split into five separate units on the island, plus one underneath, where his offices are, alongside the highly complex computer control centre.
First off is Parc Sportif. Here, children engage in both competitive and less aggressive sports. Tennis, Lacrosse, athletics, swimming etc. All overseen by highly qualified trainers. Then there is Parc Scientifique. This one is a massive exploration of physics and chemistry, with oversized experiments that the children not only observe and control but can physically walk around in. Giant springs, battery casings etc. After that is Parc Naturel, a huge exploration of wild animals, dinosaurs and a special display of monster costumes from Nightshade. Finally, the topside of the island boasts Parc Historique where the children dress up in a variety of costumes depicting mediaeval time, the English and American Civil Wars, prehistoric man and nineteenth century Vienna. Finally, below ground, covering the hollowed out interior of nearly the whole island is Parc Passionnant, a selection of game and giant puzzles where, separated into teams, the children take part in a variety of physical and mental challenges within contained environments adopted from the other four parcs. They are escorted by Dickie Byron, the Sixties ex-pop star, who keeps a tab on the whole thing. The children set out to win envelopes containing a series of numbered clues. At the end of the day, they have the evening to prepare for their last day on the island, a massive treasure hunt, using the clues they have won to find "home". Of course,this is not always easy if they failed to find the relevant clues.
Mechel also supplied a long set of photocopied letters from satisfied children and parents who enjoyed their seven day excursion to Parc D'Aventures. The Doctor and Miss Shaw were invited to spend twenty-four hours observing the games, which they agreed to. M. Mechel laid on rooms for them in the underground complex which, I understand, the Doctor wasted little time exploring while Miss Shaw went and talked to the technical operatives who were ensuring that the massive mechanical dinosaurs, giraffes, elephants et al worked properly. She learned a great deal about the technical wizardry (which I could never hope to understand, let alone relate accurately here) but very little about M. Mechel. The Doctor however soon encountered something to set off his suspicions. Two things in fact. Firstly a restricted area which a passing technical bod informed was off-limits to everyone bar M. Mechel. They assumed it was his private living quarters. The Doctor tells me that even his fabled sonic screwdriver failed to open the door, which immediately set alarm bells off in his head. Secondly was the thing that stopped him pursuing his investigations was a massive seven foot robot called the Park Keeper, complete with very un-child-safe weaponry.
M. Mechel hurried to the Doctor's rescue, explaining that the Park Keeper was a robot he was working on as trademarkable figure he could use for advertisements, toys etc. Reaction from the children had been (unsurprisingly the Doctor considered) negative and the Park Keeper had been abandoned.
Miss Shaw meanwhile was discovering a few odd things for herself. She took a couple of the treasure hunt statistics at random and discovered that although twenty children began each hunt, and twenty children ended each hunt, there were not always twenty children playing all the time. It was as if something was happening to a handful of apparently random children during the day. Wondering if this could have anything to do with the dead children, she asked to see the videotaped logs of the adventures concerning the victims. Apparently one assistant was happy to help but her superior, an American called Fonder, forbade her access. M. Mechel was called but he charmingly confirmed that the tapes weren't for public display. They were recorded for safety reasons and, effectively, without permission. To allow them to be viewed would be a serious breach of trust and confidence.
The Doctor met up with Dickie Byron who agreed to let the Doctor follow him around for the day, observing the games. He discussed how M. Mechel had rescued him from obscurity and provided him with a job.
Yates and Bell then arrived and were greeted by M. Mechel. He showed them around the complex and offered them guest quarters. Fonder however observed them talking with the Doctor and Miss Shaw and informed M. Mechel. Their subsequent conversation was overheard by Byron, whose conscience was now compromised. Aware that something was going on (he had not left Ledos in two years) he realised that Mechel might have been duping him. He, too, needed to speak to the Doctor.
Fonder offered to take Miss Shaw on a grand tour of the upper Parcs, along with Yates and Bell. The Doctor elected to stay and have another talk with Byron, from whom he had received a cryptic message. This was to be a day of the treasure hunt for the current group of children. More than that, he would not say.
Fonder trapped Miss Saw, Yates and Bell in the dinosaur section of the nature park and as they tried to escape, the Park Keeper emerged from underground. By now, their suspicions that all was not well were confirmed as the Park Keeper stalked them, determined to "biodegrade" them. Miss Shaw found a way to get into the underground complex, finding herself as a participant of the Excitement game. Byron and the Doctor were nowhere to be found Fonder informing her that only if she survived the games would she be reunited with Yates and Bell, who were now likewise playing different games.
Byron explained to the Doctor that he was not allowed to have communication with the outside world. His career having flopped so magnificently during the late Sixties (I understand due to some romantic liaison with someone else's wife who later died of a drug overdose) he willingly accepted these terms but now fears that something is terribly wrong with Parc D'Aventures.
Miss Shaw used her scientific knowhow to escape a potentially lethal version of one of the children's games and made her way to Fonder's control centre. She entered, only to find it total automated. On screens, she could see screens that were showing both Yates and Bell in dangerous situations. On another screen she could see Byron talking with the Doctor. Flashing across the screen was a message in red biodegrade them!
Unknown to anyone, another party had entered the scenario Jimmy Munro had secretly arrived on the island, searching for the Doctor, who had promised to stay in touch but had missed the last two rendezvous calls.
Miss Shaw began searching the control room, looking for a way to warn the Doctor and Byron that the Park Keeper was coming for them. She eventually pressed a series of controls and the wall behind her slid back to reveal Fonder's team, standing motionless, eyes wide open. Miss Shaw tried to revive the woman who had initially tied to help her, but she couldn't find even a slight pulse. Waving a hand before the woman's face, Miss Shaw clipped her ear and her face fell off, revealing robotic parts underneath. Quickly she checked all the others, but they were the same. The whole team were robots or, as the Doctor later said, androids.
Then Fonder began talking to her over the loudspeaker, warning her that the Park Keeper was coming for her as well. She tried to leave the control room but the doors were sealed.
Yates and Bell meanwhile had helped each other escape their predicaments and were searching for the Doctor.
He and Byron were engrossed in the treasure hunt, and didn't see the Park Keeper come up behind them.
Miss Shaw was beginning to run out of air when the door opened and Fonder and M. Mechel stood there, the technician carrying a pistol. She fought with them and escaped, Fonder setting off. Of course, she soon realised that the identical tunnels she was running down were confusing her and, as she suspected Fonder was also a robot, he would not tire. She had to find a way to stop him. A long chase ensued through the complex, and Miss Shaw needed all her scientific background and her UNIT training to get her through it but eventually she found her way to a workroom where the robotic animals were repaired. Unseen by her, they began to stir and before long, she was facing a robotic safari and when Fonder arrived, he left her to the mercies of a tiger and python. Then Munro arrived and opened fire, hitting Fonder and distracting the animals. Miss Shaw, instead of running as Munro suggested, began trying to rewire the complex controls and succeeded to some extent. She fused all the animals and robots for about fifty yards around. Fonder however was no where to be found. She told Munro that either he was not a robot or he was on an alternative command subroutine.
It seems appropriate now to mention that inbetween all these frightful happenings, UNIT were not idle. The situation in Parliament (of those still working after Her Majesty's decision) was getting desperate. More and more MPs were reporting troubles at home; I gather that what was really happening, according to the Doctor, was that the errant children were these android things really, placed in strategic homes to cause maximum disruption and confusion. Essentially, a plot to overthrow democracy in Britain and, eventually, the rest of the world. Myself, Corporals Nutting and Osgood and a team of SAS men organised by Jimmy Turner began systematically rounding up the children I needed Turner's help because the SAS have, frankly, a degree of clout UNIT has yet to gain: public awareness. When a high-ranking SAS officer tells a civil servant that his son or daughter needs to be removed for their safety, they rarely argue. Jimmy and his men helped bring these android things back to UNIT for the Doctor's later examination. What we hadn't anticipated was that these things were murderous in intent and began roaming UNIT HQ, attacking anyone they came across. Luckily UNIT staff are trained to deal with the unexpected and it wasn't long before fears and instinctive revulsion against infanticide were replaced by duty. To say a pitched battle took place is an exaggeration, but we were certainly up against it for a while. I regret to say that by the time the Doctor did return from Ledos, none of our 'subjects' still existed and Dr Sweetman did have a full sickbay! No fatalities, I'm glad to report.
Anyway, on Ledos, Miss Shaw and Jimmy Munro were soon tracked down by Fonder and Mechel but I understand that Bell and Yates launched some kind of retaliation and helped them escape.
The Doctor and Byron were busy as well finding lots of children, including both Lucy and Nicola Rowlands, alive, well if a bit confused. Apparently, if they failed in the treasure hunt, they were kept behind for "being bad children". Byron reckoned that Mechel deliberately made them fail as in his games, these particular 'lost' children had proved exceptionally intelligent. Then the Park Keeper found them and, leaving the children safely hidden away, were forced out onto the surface of Ledos, pursued by the giant robot.
Mechel and Fonder decided to help the Park Keeper out and reactivated most of the animals and androids in the various parcs. Before long, they were reunited with Miss Shaw, Munro, Yates and Bell, who began what Corporal Bell described as a nightmarish exploration of the whole theme park. Miss Shaw got involved in a tennis match against and android, using explosive balls. Bell and Yates found themselves trapped inside a massive maze where all the wrong routes were electrified. Munro found himself reliving the English Civil War, hunted by both android Roundheads and Cavaliers. But the Doctor and Byron faced the greatest challenge it seems. Not only had Mechel ensured that the Park Keeper home in on them, but they faced a rampage of safari animals, dinosaurs and huge insects.
I gather the Doctor used his wits, as always, to turn one aggressor against another and make his escape. He collected the others one by one and they decided to confront Mechel in his lair.
Now, during a lot of their adventures, both Miss Shaw and the Doctor believed they were being watched by yet another foe. Someone who was manipulating everything. Certainly Miss Shaw believed that no one on Earth could have created such perfect androids that looked, felt and appeared totally human. Her scientific curiosity piqued, she went off on her own to find out what the secrets were, leaving the Doctor and co to confront Mechel.
Miss Shaw was again stalked by Fonder but, on fighting at close quarters, confirmed he, too, was an android but she had been correct his command circuit was different. Eventually she overcame him, leaving him disabled. However, the distraction was enough for her to be caught by the true power behind Ledos something called a Kraal. In fact, there were two of them, a scientist called Argtog and a military attache known as Kerasnir. Both were working for some unseen military commander, Chedakki, who was preparing an invasion fleet. Miss Shaw learned that the Kraals had destroyed their own world in accidental war games and were seeking a new world. Robotics and androids were their forte apparently and they intended slowly infiltrating all the world governments by replacing everyone important with their android replicas. Miss Shaw was then returned to the Doctor's group and told them of the Kraals, who then began talking to them via the monitors from their hidden base elsewhere in the complex. Byron was horrified, but Mechel claimed that they had saved him after a car accident and promised him a new career as an entrepreneur. Over the last few years, he had built his reputation, using Kraal technology to further his dealings hence his sudden emergence from nowhere. During the ensuing discussions, it was revealed that Mechel, however, had all but died in his car crash. Ninety-per cent of his body was android. Mechel, having no prior knowledge of this his android programming adjusting his memories became hysterical and fled, Miss Shaw managing to go after him. The Kraals became interested in the Doctor, their monitors had revealed his extra-terrestrial origins (see filed report 1/6987 ALS/mb) but he refused to aid them.
They used the Park Keeper on poor Byron, biodegrading him to his constituent molecules (or some such) to try and persuade the Doctor to help.
Miss Shaw convinced Mechel that he had to help her get the children off the island to safety but when she tried to make him leave as well, he said he couldn't. She wanted him to show the medical world the brilliance of he cybernetics that had recreated him he could be of incalculable aid to the World Health Organisations. Still he refused and after telling Miss Shaw where his own launch was, fled back into the inner workings of Ledos.
The Doctor, using his scientific know how had managed to locate the the Kraals, and while Yates, Munro and Bell distracted it, he reprogrammed the Park Keeper's mainframe, alerting it to new organics that it had not got on its database. It went off in search of them and, I understand, destroyed them.
However, in doing so, it was confronted by Mechel and Miss Shaw, who knew that it had to be stopped. Without proper guidance, the Park Keeper would go one biodegrading all organic life. I have to say that this was where UNIT came in although once again the Doctor seemed to believe we were unimportant. We had invaded Ledos, determined to put a stop to all this nonsense. I personally saw Mechel as the enemy, he was certainly threatening Miss Shaw, a member of my command. I opened fire but my bullets had little effect except to shock him. Instead, despite Miss Shaw's pleas for him to accompany us, he said he would hold off the Park Keeper while we 'organics' escaped in his launch or the UNIT helicopters. Separating, we did as we were bidden, although I understand both the Doctor and Miss Shaw made a final effort to convince Mechel to come as well. Instead, he began flooding the complex by reversing the underground complex's waste disposal units. As water spread in, the complex electrical equipment began exploding. Mechel trapped the Park Keeper in one room and both Miss Shaw and the Doctor are adamant they saw it obliterated in the explosions. Eventually, Ledos itself began to sink and explode, killing Mechel as well.
On our return to London,the children were reunited with their parents, most of whom were unaware that they had ever had android duplicates. They just believed that UNIT had looked after them and made them well again. Dr Sweetman later received a good number of rewards from grateful parents, which being the good natured man hew is, he shared them with everyone. He's due to retire in two or three years, by the way, and we need to begin considering a replacement. Another naval chap might be useful.
Miss Shaw then made her announcement (see report 3/1999/ALS/mb). Everything she had learned about the practical uses of cybernetics in medicine made her want to find out more. She had already contacted her old faculty at Cambridge (see memo 3/1996/ALS/mb) and officially resigned from UNIT. They had set up a new lab for her there so that she could pursue this valuable course in medical treatments. I understand she And the Doctor had a private meal together but we also treated her to a UNIT farewell bash which many people, yourself included, came to.
And that, as they say, is that. Sergeant Yates is, by my reckoning, my new Captain. You and I have previously discussed this, both in practical terms and also Yates' suitability. I believe he has the necessary qualification, expertise and experience to make a first rate commissioned CO for the UNIT troops. I hope you agree. I also propose a promotion for Corporal Osgood, to sergeant to replace Yates, after his sterling technical work on the android children. Jimmy Munro has returned to the Met, having once again signed the OSA, and I hope we have the pleasure of working with him again. I have sent an official note of gratitude to Jimmy Turner's CO at the SAS for his help.
I'm sure that if you have any further queries or comments regarding this incident, you will not hesitate to contact me.
Brigadier A G Lethbridge-Stewart.
After a few discussions about Kraals (and potential writs from Terry Nation), theme parks and the main villain (and two potential writs from Michael Crichton) and my apparent obsession with infanticide (I wanted to serve a writ on Bex for that accusation!), The Island of Fear did actually sink. But Bex liked some elements such as the basic set-up, the infanticide (hypocrite!!) and a semi-cybernetic bad guy. And after a discussion with her a day or so after I was ejected from those hallowed halls of Marvel, I started on Genesis of Terror with, at her suggestion, Silurians rather than Kraals. So - it's all her fault!
Here is a note sent on 20th July 1995 discussing an outline for Genesis of Terror (the draft is long lost, if indeed it existed as anything other than hand-written notes I dictated over the telephone).
Well, here's a revised storyline for The Genesis of Terror. Most of the changes are minor, but basically, I've expanded Marc's fate; given a new strand for Chukk and Baal's mum and added a sub-bit about the dinosaurs upon the island I see a good end of Part Five there, with Liz and Jan menaced by the 'raptors.
Actually, on my way home yesterday from your wonderful office (crawl crawl) I bought the latest Trek novel. It's about bloody Utahraptors. Bloody Diane Carey read the same article that I did. And I thought I'd be the first person to use this newly discovered breed in a book. Typical. I bet Michael Crichton's put 'em in Jurassic Park 2 as well!
I've also stuck in the incoherent 1000 words I did last night. I've neither spell-checked nor re-read it (much as usual, really) it's exactly as it came out, so I doubt it's perfect (or even "good") but I just wanted to prove that this time I might even meet the deadline!
I spoke to Chris Bulis last night to tie-up a couple of continuity threads between the two stories, such as the Doctor putting the TARDIS console back inside the machine as per the Brig's orders at the end of Eye of the Giant. I will talk to Marc Platt soon to clarify more stuff about the Brig's wife 'n' daughter and confirm names and other salient points.
TTFN and thanx,
Next up is this vastly expanded version, dated 14th November 1995. A couple of things that may be worth noting: the Dutch agent was male until Bex pointed out that all my female companions get betrayed by males they trust ie Benny/Nic Reece in Legacy and Polly/Tim in Cat-People. Also, there is nothing about the Brigadier's marriage problems, despite them being in the earlier drafts. Maybe Bex was all 100 percent happy with that thread... I cannot honestly remember.
THE SCALES OF INJUSTICE
Doctor and Liz and UNIT
A 'lost' colony of Silurians and Sea Devils who have interbred and been cast out of their society as a result complete with children. Most of these are the equivalent of our teenagers complete with teenage angst, identity problems, social delinquency etc. What we will see through the Doctor's and Liz's eyes is how much better the Silurian children are treated than our own.
The Silurian children will have a genetic weakness that Liz will eventually return to Cambridge to try and solve.
The whole story especially the denouement for obvious reasons will have a very X-Files feel. The original Silurian incident has been hushed up even more than most UNIT conflicts. If the general public were to discover that an entire civilisation existed prior to humanity what would the reaction be? Panic? Threat? How many archaeologists would suddenly become employed by various governments?
We open with a Silurian stalking someone and kidnapping them. A child. It is returned after some ransom demands two days later, apparently unharmed the motive of the kidnapping undetermined.
The child is the son of a politician a junior minister for the Health Department, in particular the pharmaceutical division.
The kidnappers are the genetically challenged offspring of the Silurian/Sea Devils. These hybrids have been told by their elders that their lives will be short due to the genes they carry. Unknown to those elders, a group of the older hybrids are determined to find a solution and in an attempt to force the ministry's hand, have inserted some of their genes into the minister's son.
One of the hybrids attempts to make these details are made known to the government, therefore blackmailing them for help. His arrival on a South Eastern fishing port alarms the locals and word gets back to Department C-19 who arrive and 'remove' the alien.
Third version. Season Seven attitudes. Will ultimately take the side of the underdog in this case, the hybrids. However, he is also involved quite heavily with the family with the diseased child. It is through his study of Marc's behaviour, and especially his drawings and schoolwork, that bring the Doctor closer to the truth.
Cambridge scientist on loan to UNIT. Resents much of her work, and is still unhappy. Fiercely loyal to the Doctor and totally without respect for the Brigadier's rank. Cynical and a bit cold, she warms to the Hybrid children and becomes involved in their search for a cure for their genetic ailments. She tracks down their base and unwittingly works with Jan Kristen, believing him to be a Dutch archaeologist who can help find their base. Eventually Liz returns to Cambridge to continue trying find a cure in secret.
In the middle of a UNIT funding crisis. He needs some more results to convince the Government to fund the British branch of UNIT Geneva's token subs don't amount to much. With his sergeants, Yates and Benton, he is forced through the manipulations of department C-19 o try and destroy the Silurians in the interest of keeping public awareness at a minimum. Ultimately, he ignores his orders and allows the Silurians to escape. This creates a stronger bond between him and the Doctor, hence their Season Eight friendship.
Posing as a Dutch archaeologist, Kristen is really working for C-19, trying to keep the Silurian scare under wraps and away from the public. After the cover-up over the Wenley Moor incident and the plague in London (unconnected, of course) the Government are very worried about the possibility of other Silurian bases. When the lone Silurian girl arrives in Southern England, C-19 send Kristen on the trail of its lair.
The Government department that deals with the unexplained, the unofficial and the bizarre. UNIT is funded via them, although even the Brig is unaware of how powerful C-19 really is. C-19 have agents everywhere possibly even in UNIT. They have no morals and will stop at nothing to protect both the secrets they discover and their own anonymity. Even first degree murder. They want to learn more about the Silurians and what threats they pose. Where is their military hardware? What other germ warfare can they concoct? Rather than risk direct involvement, they decide to use a Judas goat. An expendable. Liz Shaw.
THE MARSHALL FAMILY
A Junior Under-Secretary to Lord Rowlands in the Ministry and Health and Safety, Alan Marshall is a bit of a bore over-valuing his importance to the grand scheme of things. Nicely rich and living in Colchester, he protects his family under a blanket f money, expensive gifts and mod cons. His wife, Sarah, is a typical tory burying her head in the sand most of the time, letting Alan do everything. Totally incompetent, turning the cooker on is equal to an army assault course. Has a string of domestics and friends to live her life for her. Marcus (Marc) is eleven and about to be banished to Marlborough for the next six years. To make up for this, he's been sent away to the South Coast to visit some Aunt he's never met for the summer so that Alan and Sarah could play society hosts and have barbecues. Marc is deliberately infected by the hybrids to examine the effects on his DNA matrix. In effect, he's a guinea pig for them. By placing their genes into him, they want to see how quickly it kills him before they inject human genes into themselves to try and cure themselves. He will display symptoms of repression and regression, writing and drawing things e cannot possibly have knowledge of. His parents ignore him at first but before long he becomes more aggressive and, to Alan and Sarah, more of an embarrassment. The Doctor, however, understands ... As the story progresses, the DNA alters him in two ways. He becomes more aggressive, he becomes destructive within his room at the slightest provocation. And physically he begins to mutate his body temperature alters with his moods. When he's tired, he gets cold. As he gets emotional, he gets hotter. The DNA molecules act rather like steroids, making him bulkier, harder and stronger.
He feels in instinctive fear of the female Silurian he meets the old genetic memories of mammals and reptiles takes hold. He also draws the island, giving the Doctor a clue as to its whereabouts. Ultimately, he will sacrifice himself unwittingly in the escape from C-19, as his strength is increased through there reptilian steroid implants and his heart will give out. Much of the storyline involving him will be seen from his POV and, as his humanity fades, so will the clarity of his storytelling.
A group of Homo Reptilia, stranded underground in caves on a small island in the Channel. They form a small cross-section of homo reptilian society that 'dropped out'. If Silurians had invented pop music, these guys would have been doing LSD at Woodstock, sticking flowers in their hair and thinking Jim Morrison was talented. In the same way that humanity is sub-dived into Caucasian, Negro, Asiatic; gay, straight and bi; Moslem, Christian and Jew; so HR society was broken into different physical, psychological and philosophical groupings.
The group we focus on chose to cross-fertilise with each other. Fine, except that some of the Elders here are Silurian, some Sea Devil and such inter-breeding is considered unethical. As a result, they were made castaways. When 'the Darkness' came, they were forgotten; no prepared shelters, no alarm clock to awaken them. The scientists amongst them managed to create crude hibernation chambers the youngest and virile were allowed to survive. Many of the females were pregnant. As a result the few that survived the hibernation and subsequent continental shifts, nuclear testing etc. are bewildered to find mammals ruling and no way of contacting mainstream shelters. The young that have been born are satisfied with this. They consider themselves 'the Abandoned' and have a dinosaur-sized chip on their shoulders.
These hybrid children look like a cross between Silurians and Sea Devils but lack certain skills. On reaching puberty, homo reptilia strengthen dormant ESP powers. The hybrids have none. Those with the lethal 'third eye' tend to take charge, a splinter group within a splinter group.
The Elders have all but died off. Four or five still live, including the colony's leader, a scientist called Chukk B'do. Of the hybrids, we will concentrate on the aggressive male leader, Baal N'to and his sister Sula N'tu (as with Slavic names, the male and female have vowel differences to designate sex). Baal is something of a scientist and is secretly trying to find a way to reverse their genetic twists. Chukk wants them to embrace their individuality, to accept short but unique lives. Baal resents this and decides to use human DNA to try and strengthen his own: the mammals may be repulsive, but they have survived so many diseases etc. that there has to be something in their genes that keeps them strong.
Baal sends one of the female hybrids to the mainland to steal a child. She succeeds in finding Marc Marshall but although Baal receives him, the hybrid girl is captured.
Department C-19 discover the creature and fearing reprisals after the Derby incident, interrogate her. All they discover is the base is somewhere nearby before she does. They send agent Jan Kristen to infiltrate UNIT, and Liz Shaw in particular, whose own reports to the Government demonstrate her condemnation of the destruction of the Derbyshire caves. They know that if she and the Doctor were to learn of the possible existence of more Silurian bases they would try to track them down. C-19 decide to use them as 'sniffer-dogs'.
The Doctor has become interested in the bizarre behaviour of Marc Marshall, whose parents are both exasperated and angry with him. A child psychologist friend of the Doctor's alerts him to the case. He befriends Marc and spends some time with him, gradually learning of his experiences with the Silurians which the boy rationalises as a series of dreams.
UNIT are facing funding problems and need to up their quota of successes. However, as the Brigadier explains to Sir John Sudbury of the Ministry, it's hard to disclose your record when the Government place HPM-notices on everything (Harmful to Public Interest). Even Sir John is unaware of everything UNIT has been involved in. "Until now, Sir John, we've been nothing more than a glorified secret service; a special constabulary used for Government Research Projects needing secret security. Even you don't know about the Yeti, the Autons or the Cybermen. I imagine your reports of the Recovery 7 mission and the Stahlman's gas problems omitted salient points about the alien nature of the threats that were faced."
Liz receives a strange package in the mail at UNIT. A photograph of a reptiles arm. She knows immediately it is a Silurian arm. The photo has the message L'Pool St. Pltfm 8. 20.15. Tues. She sees this as an invitation to meet the anonymous donator. With no Doctor around, and not trusting the Brig to do anything except blow things up, she goes by herself. She meets Jan Kristen who has received a similar photo but showing a leg. The message on the back is the same message. They wait for their mysterious benefactor, who eventually appears. They leave the station and head for a cafe. As they get there Mr. X gives Liz a roll of film but is then gunned down. Liz and Jan head to his flat to examine the film.
The Doctor has Marc show him his drawings. The Doctor recognises a very accurate drawing of a Utahraptor a dinosaur that hasn't appeared in any textbooks yet. When he pints this out to Marc, the boy has a fit and becomes almost autistic no one can get any sense out of him. After he's alone, Marc begins to draw a Silurian on his bedroom wall under a loose piece of wallpaper. As the Doctor returns, he quickly pulls the paper down it before it can be seen. But the Doctor senses something is not right.
Sergeants Yates is called to a meeting at UNIT. However, the Brig isn't present instead Sir John Sudbury, Major-General Scobie of the regular army and another younger man they don't recognise grill him about his recent posting to UNIT and the Brigadier's command of it. Are his judgments sound? Are the fatalities avoidable? Is he overworked? Do they know anything about his divorce? The unknown younger man says nothing he just sits and observes, taping everything. Yates is asked to report back to Sir John at regular intervals with appraisals of the Brigadier's character.
The Doctor, back at UNIT, is concerned by Liz's abrupt departure. The Brig arrives, feeling down. His divorce is finalised, his daughter won't speak to him and on top of everything else, UNIT is on the verge of being closed down. The two begin to bond when Liz suddenly returns, virtually ignoring them as she begins to pack her files and notes into a holdall. "As far as I know, Brigadier, I'm entitled to some leave. UNIT is hardly fending off any little green men with three heads right now. If it's not a problem, I'm taking two weeks in the sun to do some research."
"But Liz," says the Doctor, "I'm onto something here with this boy. I thought you could ..."
Liz stomps away. "Get a proper assistant, Doctor. I'm a qualified doctor myself, with enough degrees to wallpaper this building. If all you want is someone to hold your test tubes and tell you how wonderful you are, find someone fresh out of university or polytechnic." And she goes. After the Brig also leaves, the Doctor sees what files have gone. "Everything, including my own notes, on the Wenley Moor incident." Realising that Liz's choice of paperwork and the boy's dinosaur obsession might be connected, he heads back to the Marshall household.
Jan is watching the film some amateur footage apparently shot from a boat of an island. The film follows the boat from Dover out to sea. A newspaper is seen the film was shot just three days before. They realise they are meant to get to this island. Maybe that's where the Silurians are. This obviously takes some time and we will follow Liz and Jan as they attempt to identify the island, hire a boat etc.
The Doctor arrives at the Marshall house, but it is totally different. It's as if he's walked into the wrong house. He is disturbed by two women who return 'home' and are furious to find him there.
"But my key works," he argues. "How long have you lived here?" "Four years" they reply. The Doctor dodges past them and goes to Marc's room which is now an office. Rummaging past the computer, he tugs at a strip of wallpaper, revealing more familiar paper underneath. as the women try to pull him back, he reveals Marc's Silurian drawing.
"You know, if I came home to find a stranger in my home, yanking wallpaper down, I'd 'phone the police. Why haven't you done that?"
There is a knock at the door. Three policemen enter. "We did." They escort him away.
Yates is sitting in the Brig's office when the CO comes in. They begin to talk about UNIT, the Doctor, the various incidents that have occurred since Yates joined. While they talk, Yates is communicating to the Brig via notes. They are being monitored. Yates has been asked to spy on him. The Brig tells him to follow his orders and carry on spying.
Later that night, Yates meets up with Sir John and the unidentified younger man. He tells a pack of lies about the Brigadier. The younger man answers a call and Sir John keeps Yates busy. When the silent man returns, Sir John suggests they head for C-19. There, Yates is shown a videotape of his meeting with the Brig, complete with the notes being passed around.
"You UNIT people simply cannot be relied upon, Sergeant." He is led away. The Young Man stops him outside a room and opens the door. Inside, lying on a bed, tubes and drips attached all over is the female Silurian. Slowly it turns to face him ...
((While all this has been going on, the Silurians have been busy. These sequences will be interspersed into the narrative))
Baal is forever trying to solve the genetic mutation question, while Chukk is trying to contact other bases. The power struggle within the base is desperate there are more hybrids than pure Silurians and Sea Devils and Baal's radical leanings are garnering more favour. There are only two Sea Devils left alive, one male, one female. The female is Baal's mother. She is very motivated to protect her son and fearing he will eventually be killed in an effort to stop his movement heading towards anarchy, she begins to act behind the scenes including killing the other Sea Devil elder.
When they learn that humans are approaching the island, panic ensues. They realise that the missing female Silurian must have been captured. "They will destroy us all," wails Sula, "unless we strike first."
POINTS TO FOLLOW:
Marshall family taken in by C-15 Marc is experimented on the female Silurian has explained why he was kidnapped and what has happened to him
Yates and Silurian try to escape.
Brig with a hand-picked team try to find out what is going on. Finding a memo she has cleverly hidden within the UNIT internal mail system, the Brig heads to Liz's flat, where he finds her notes and the two photographs. This leads him to Jan Kristen's flat where they discover the film. The Brig sees a photo of Kristen and recognises him he's one of the C-19 team. They head for the island.
The Doctor is taken by the 'policemen' to C-19.
Yates is recaptured, the Silurian seriously injured. "We know where there are plenty more," snarls the mysterious Young Man.
At C-19 the Doctor finds the Marshall family Marc is seriously ill, his whole body mutating. The Young Man and a medical team are observing. "He's expendable, Doctor. he'll either die or mutate into something unique. Half-man half-Silurian. The ultimate soldier."
"This is how you mammals treat your sucklings?" asks the dying female Silurian. The Young Man flicks off her life support and calmly notes that there is a whole island colony waiting to be experimented on. The Doctor, with Marc's help, finally escapes and with Yates heads for the island. Marc cannot take the strain his young body is but through and dies of a massive coronary.
The news that night is full of the tragic story of how Junior Cabinet Minister Alan Marshall and his grief-stricken wife were killed in a terrible car accident on their way home from hospital, where they son had died of leukemia only hours earlier. Joint suicide has not been ruled out ...
Ultimately, all forces gather upon the island and the Silurians prepare to defend themselves. Chukk and Baal's mother die in internal squabbles about the use of the Utahraptors. Baal's mother has sent them out on patrol the island and they attack Liz and Jan, destroying their boat and keeping them at bay. Chuuk is furious at this the 'raptors are a deterrent, not a guard force. He tries to call them back, but the 'raptors are less docile than the T-Rexes they keep and refuse his commands. He ventures out and distracts them long enough for Liz to escape into the base, but Chukk doesn't make it. Liz is captured by Baal for experimenting upon but her knowledge of chemistry surprises him. "Together, we can work on a cure for you. Find a way for you to live a long, normal life. Yes, mammals are stupid, warlike and frequently self-destructive. But what I've seen here convinces me you're no worse nor better. Stop deluding yourself with supremacy and strive for the equality with humanity that you've been searching for within your own society." Jan meanwhile confronts Baal's mother his latent prejudices and xenophobia coming out. Finally seeing one of the reptile people, especially a female one, sends him potty. A mixture of extremist attitudes and B M's powers begin to break his mind, but he fights back, killing her viciously. He has however tasted his blood lust and now embarks upon an almost primeval frenzy of killing as he enters the base.
Eventually, the Brigadier's small force surrounds the base and the reptiles are at his mercy. Jan is joined by the Young Man and others from C-19. The Doctor and Yates stand literally between the guns and third eyes immediate targets. "You destroyed them in Derbyshire, Lethbridge-Stewart," cajoles the Young Man. "Do your duty here." "No, Brigadier," says the Doctor. "Atone for it. Give these people another chance. The chance your wife never gave you. You talked about other people dominating your life, making decisions that, matter without consulting you. Here's your chance to take the initiative."
While this is going on, Jan, the Young Man and his three or four men get into the shelter. The deranged Jan finds Liz and her pleasure turns to disgust as he reveals the truth. His mission is to get whatever genetic material he can. Maybe just enough tissue to clone and create a whole race of servile reptiles, none-too-intelligent and easily dominated. That's what C-19 is doing. Cannon-fodder is all they need. Baal returns and a fight follows, resulting in Baal's injury and Jan's death.
Yates and the Doctor enter the base with the Brigadier and Benton and their men. The Silurians are unable to defeat such overwhelming odds and Sula agrees to a surrender. The Young Man is jubilant his men have died in battle with the Silurians, but he is still alive. He takes Baal hostage but Yates shoots him dead.
Sula faces the Brigadier. "So, brave warrior. Will you take us back to your civilisation? To face certain death with dishonour? Or will you leave us to die here, as our own bodies destroy us."
The Brigadier looks at the Doctor. "Really, Doctor, I don't know why you brought us here. I can't see any signs of alien invasion. No. This has just been an exercise, keeping the men on their toes. Back to London, lads."
Liz stops him. "I have to go, Brigadier. Leave UNIT. I now I can help these people. With time and resources, we can find a cure. Or at least something to slow the process down until we can. Let me go back to Cambridge. There, I can work properly."
On returning to London, the Brigadier is taken by the Doctor and Yates to C-19's secret labs. The whole place is gone just a set of disused warehouses that no-one's set foot in for years. Sir John Sudbury later contacts the Brigadier to query his request for funds to be made available to Cambridge University's genetics division. The Brig says it is important and Sudbury agrees to look into it. "He's changed his tune,' the Brig mutters.
"I don't think Sir John was really aware of what the other half of C-19 were up to, sir," explains Yates. "He's just a civil servant. The real villains were those in the labs."
"Well done sergeant. Oh Yates. I have got some extra funding for UNIT as a result. Since we lost Hawkins and Jimmy Munro went back to the army, I've not been able to afford a Captain. I can now. Fancy a promotion?"
The Doctor says a sad farewell to Liz at Liverpool Street Station as she heads for Cambridge. "I'm in regular contact with Baal and Sula. They're from a different civilisation, Doctor, a different race. I rather like alien people. Don't let me lose contact with the only other one I know, will you."
They discuss their past and future. "At least C-19 have gone to ground. The Silurians are safe."
"Are they, Liz? When C-19 cleared out of their labs, they took the body of that dead Silurian and poor Marcus Marshall with them. Even dead, they'll be of some use to some twisted maniac. I hope we find them before they find us."
A lorry drives up the M1, then the A1. It reaches the Cheviot Hills. Slowly it drives further and further into the lush green countryside but eventually turns into a tiny side road, shrouded with trees. Even a passer-by would be hard pressed to see a road was even there. Five miles on, the road goes into a hill. In front of the entrance to the hill is a checkpoint. A guard at the checkpoint stops the lorry and checks the contents in the back.
"Two body bags." He pats them. "Full. Go in, first parking area on the left. The Eugenics team will collect your packages."
Five minutes later, the two body bags are inside a vast cold room and are stored on a refrigerated racking system. Someone sticks a label on the bags.
Unknown Female Reptile Genetic Deformities
M. MARSHALL: Male Adolescent Human Reptile Instigated Genetic Deformities Alongside them are other frozen body bags.
T. JONES : Male Human Victim of Auton
E. STONE: Female Human Victim of Silurian Plague
Unknown Female Human Transmutated by Stahlman's Gases in Primordial Creature
Unknown Male Silurian From Derbyshire Caves
J. LANE: Male Human Smothered by Alien Webbing
T. VAUGHN: Male Human Semi-Cybernetic
Cyberman Partially Disassembled... THE END?
In early '96, Bex asked me to compile the back cover blurb and discuss the cover. I was offered Alister Pearson or Colin Howard or Paul Campbell or Andrew Skilleter as artist. As with Cat-People, I felt I wanted someone other than Alister, much as I loved his artwork. The reason? Purely mercenary and unethical. I like to buy Doctor Who book cover artwork. I already owned my all time fav Ali cover (The Mutation of Time which he presented to me as a gift when I joined Marvel, God bless him), and thought I wanted to have the opportunity to buy something by a different artist. Hence Colin on Cat-People because I knew he'd do me some fab cats and Andrew this time because I did not own any of his artwork. For the record, I still do not own any of my book cover originals, so that plan backfired! Anyway, this is how I detailed the front cover and the blurb. I almost got what I wanted. Oh and the hybrid Silurian I supplied was something Paul Vyse, DWM design maestro extraordinaire, and I knocked up using Photoshop one night. The subsequent alterations came through discussions between Andrew and myself.
JON PERTWEE PIC from Season 7 ideally the shot from the title sequence
CAROLINE JOHN PIC from Ambassadors of Death long hair and wide brimmed hat
Face to face: Hybrid Silurian (based on enclosed photo) facing wire-frame almost isometric mirror-image head picked out in lime green. The real Silurian ought to be Silurians not Warriors of the Deep colours. All on a black background to blend with cover black if allowed this is an illo rather than a depiction of an actual scene.
THE SCALES OF INJUSTICE
An Original Novel Featuring The Third Doctor, Liz Shaw and UNIT
"And what exactly, Doctor Shaw, do you think C19 does with the dead bodies of plastic dummies, reptile men, primordial throwbacks and all their human victims? Place them in the local morgue?"
When a little boy goes missing and a policewoman begins drawing cave paintings on a wall, the Doctor believes he has uncovered a new plan by a group of homo reptilia. But if that is the case, why are the employees at the mysterious GlassHouse so interested in keeping him away from everything? And why does Liz Shaw find herself teamed up with an investigative journalist as they trawl through the Cheviot Hills and the Channel Islands, asking questions of people who don't apparently exist.
While the Brigadier copes with UNIT funding, the breakdown of his marriage and UNIT's Geneva bosses threatening to replace him, the Doctor is alone as he attempts to not only locate the reptiles people but expose a terrible conspiracy to exploit UNIT's achievements a conspiracy at the heart of which stands the British Government.
This adventure takes place immediately after the events chronicled in the Missing Adventure novel The Eye of the Giant
As readers of his earlier Doctor Who books will have noted, Gary Russell enjoys plagiarising other authors' creations, particularly reptilian ones (creations, not authors). Once upon a time he used to edit Marvel Comics' Doctor Who Magazine but now he spends his time trying to understand how to use a PlayStation for EMAP Images. This book does not feature any of his cats, but he has based some of the reptiles on users of the rec.arts.drwho.InterNet site.
NB: GlassHouse not Glasshouse or Glass House
And finally, yes, I did one ! And here it is... however, I did not fill all the roles back then and feel it would be wrong of me to try and do so now, so I've left some blank. Although I do think it was a real one-off and only worked in Cat-People, it almost made it into Scales but I decided not to bother. Whether Bex would have gone for it, I have no idea...
Once again, although not intended as a replacement for ones' own imagination when visualising characters here's another one of my mental cast lists. So, were The Scales of Injustice to have been made on television in 1996 instead of being published, the following are my suggested credits.
The Doctor JON PERTWEE
Liz Shaw CAROLINE JOHN
Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart NICHOLAS COURTNEY
The scarred pale man in dark glasses and a suit ALAN CUMMING
Tahni VICTORIA LAMBERT
Sergeant Yates RICHARD FRANKLIN
Marc Marshall PAUL NICHOLS
Major-General Scobie HAMILTON DYCE
Sir John Sudbury ROBERT LANG
Corporal Bell FERNANDA MARLOWE
Mr? FREDDIE JONES
Jana Kristan MARGI CLARKE
Corporal Hawke GYPSIE KEMP
Bailey EAMMON WALKER
The blond man with the suntan and a gun
Ciara ANNA CHANCELLOR
Cellian JAMIE GLOVER
Sir Marmaduke Harrington-Smythe CBE JOHN SAVIDENT
Doctor Peter Morley RICHARD DERRINGTON
James Griffin DOMINIC ARNOLD
Dick Atkinson PHIL WILMOTT
Fiona Lethbride-Stewart JANET McTEER
Sula PETA BRADY
Baal DANIEL NEWMAN
Auggi JUDITH PARIS
Krugga CLIVE MANTLE
Fortescue CLIVE REVILL
Sergeant Benton JOHN LEVENE
Alan Marshall MAN FROM PRIDE & PREDJUDICE (FATHER)
Sarah Marshall PENELOPE HORNER
Chukk PHILIP WHITCHURCH
Icthar NORMAN COMER
Scibus STUART BLAKE
Tarpok VINCENT BRIMBLE
Coropral Osgood ALEC LINSTEAD
Corporal Tracy GEOFFREY CHESHIRE
Corporal Champion JAMES HASWELL