City at the Edge of the World
Original Airdate: February 11, 1980

[Galaxies and planets]

[Liberator stationary in space]

[Teleport room]

TARRANT: Come on, Vila, you don't mean that.
VILA: I know what I mean, and what I mean is no.
TARRANT: At least think about it. Think about it!
VILA: All right. ...I've thought about it. No.
TARRANT: I can't make you go, of course.
VILA: That's right, you can't.
TARRANT: But I can toss you off this ship.
VILA: What?
TARRANT: You're no use to me.
VILA: I don't have to be any use to you. I was here first. I was with Blake. I've more right on this ship than you have.
TARRANT: 'Right'? No one survives as long as you have, Vila, without learning the facts of life.
VILA: The facts of life are that I...
TARRANT: ...are that I can dump you any time. The others wouldn't stop me, and you couldn't, could you? Now I suggest you reconsider your decision, but don't take too long, I'm not a patient man.
VILA: All my life, for as long as I can remember, there's been people like you.
TARRANT: And I thought I was unique.
VILA: You're not even unusual, Tarrant. I'll need my equipment.
TARRANT: I'll get it for you.
VILA: You stay here. Check the teleport coordinates. At least you can't bully a machine into doing what you want.
(Vila leaves. Cally comes in carrying the locator)
CALLY: What's wrong with Vila?
TARRANT: I scared him a little.
CALLY: That must have been difficult.
TARRANT: I had no choice, Cally. We've got to have those crystals for the weaponry system.
CALLY: So we do a swap, they give us the crystals, we give them Vila.
TARRANT: They only want his help.
CALLY: Then why are they insisting that he goes down alone?
TARRANT: I don't know, maybe outsiders make them nervous.
CALLY: Did you?
(Avon comes in)
TARRANT: Me? Who could be nervous of me?
CALLY: Only Vila, it seems.
TARRANT: We've no reason to think they'll harm him.
AVON: And less reason to care? (to Cally) Have you got the locator?
(Cally gives him the locator)
TARRANT: What locator? They stipulated no surveillance devices.
AVON: So you said.
TARRANT: I gave them my word.
AVON: You didn't give them mine.
TARRANT: Now you tell me.
AVON: Are you seriously suggesting we send him down there without a tracer?
TARRANT: No, I'm seriously suggesting we try and make sure they don't detect it.
AVON: They won't. (to Orac) Well.
ORAC: 'Well' is not a question.
AVON: Is it working?
ORAC: The tracer is between the index and second finger of your left hand.
(Avon holds up small green disc)
AVON: Thank you, Orac.
(Vila comes in with his toolbox and goes to the teleport)
VILA: Let's get on with it, then.
AVON: No last minute protests, no sudden illnesses?
VILA: Look, I have to go down, he made that very clear. But I don't have to take any rubbish about it from you, all right?
AVON: All right. Take this.
(he shows Vila the disc)
VILA: What is it? Slow-acting poison?
CALLY: It's a tracer. Orac can locate it and tell us exactly where you are at any time.
VILA: I'm not swallowing that.
AVON: It's perfectly harmless. It dissolves eventually.
VILA: Your hands clean?
AVON: Just take it.
(Vila takes the disc)
AVON: Orac, have you found us a name for this place yet?
ORAC: No definite records exist. I have however found an obscure archaeological treatise which suggests the ancestors of the present inhabitants may have called their planet Kezarn.
VILA: Wonderful. I'm going to die on a planet that hasn't even got a name any more.
TARRANT: Ready?
VILA: Does it make any difference?
TARRANT: They're simple, completely unaggressive people, Vila. You'll be quite safe.
VILA: I've only got your word for that.
TARRANT: Trust me.
VILA: Yeah ...Put me down.
AVON: I don't know how you persuaded him to go, Tarrant.
TARRANT: I appealed to his better nature.
AVON: He hasn't got one. Leave him alone in future.
TARRANT: Or?
AVON: Do you want me to threaten you?
TARRANT: Why not? I haven't had a good laugh in ages.
AVON: Sensible. You could die laughing.
CALLY: Why are you suddenly so protective towards Vila?
AVON: He's irritating, but he's useful. We can easily replace a pilot, but a talented thief is rare.
TARRANT: I'd agree with that. So?
AVON: So frighten him too much, he's no use to anyone.
TARRANT: He wasn't that frightened.
CALLY: He was terrified, so terrified he might just get himself killed because it's easier than going on.
TARRANT: I'll take that risk.
CALLY: It isn't yours to take.
(Dayna comes in)
TARRANT: Look, without those crystals, the main blasters are useless. Do you like being helpless, Cally?
CALLY: I don't know. I've never tried it.
VILA: (on communicator) Liberator. Come in Liberator.
AVON: (into communicator) Yes, Vila?
VILA: The crystals are here. You can come and get them now.
AVON: Well done, Vila.
DAYNA: Cally.
(she gives Cally a small handgun)
DAYNA: Killing range is only two hundred, so aim for the whites of their eyes.
TARRANT: No point in mentioning you're supposed to be unarmed?
CALLY: Put me down.

[Kezarn surface]

CALLY: (into bracelet) Down and safe. ...There's no one here.
TARRANT: (on communicator) Are you sure, Cally?
CALLY: Unless they're hiding. But why should they hide?
TARRANT: I don't know. Maybe outsiders...
CALLY: ...make them nervous? Yes, you said. I'm beginning to wonder how you managed to negotiate with them at all.
TARRANT: Any sign of the box of crystals?
CALLY: Not yet.
TARRANT: Keep looking.
(Vila, carrying his toolbox and followed by two natives, breasts a rise and sees some buildings on the horizon)
VILA: Is that where we're going? It's miles away. I mean why couldn't I have teleported closer in? ...Hey? ...They say too much walking's bad for you, you know. Makes you go deaf. Look what it's done for you. ...Listen, sooner or later one of you's going to have to speak to me. ...Well, speak to me one of you! ...All right, that's it. No speak, no walk. My feet hurt and I didn't want to come anyway. ...'Course, I'm totally lost, you realise that. Yes, of course you realise that. ...I don't suppose you'd consider taking me back to where you met me. No, of course you wouldn't. ...All right, you've talked me into it.
(Cally finds a box)
CALLY: (into bracelet) There's a box here, ...and Vila's teleport bracelet.
AVON: (on communicator) Cally, it's Avon. Don't touch the box. I don't share Tarrant's faith in simple, unaggressive people.
CALLY: Yes, I know.
(Cally moves away from the cliff near where the box is and shoots some rocks down onto the box which explodes)
VILA: What was that? ...Sounded like an explosion. Was it an explosion? ...Do you know what it was? Do you care what it was? Do I care what it was? Why am I talking to myself like this? ...I wonder what it was though.

[Teleport room]

DAYNA: They booby-trapped the box. Simple enough to do.
CALLY: They're a simple people, according to Tarrant.
AVON: And completely unaggressive. A slight exaggeration perhaps.
TARRANT: I don't understand it. I was sure we could trust them. I'd have staked my life on it.
CALLY: You did stake Vila's.
TARRANT: Did I really? I'd forgotten.
CALLY: Now he hasn't even got a bracelet.
TARRANT: And it's my fault?
DAYNA: So we haven't got Vila and we haven't got the crystals. What's our next brilliant move?
AVON: We persuade his simple unaggressive friends to part with either or both.
TARRANT: We don't, I do. Only this time I'll negotiate with a gun.
AVON: Orac, can you give me a precise fix on that tracer?
ORAC: Of course I can.
AVON: Where is it then?
ORAC: Under the box which is ten centimetres from your right hand.
AVON: The stupid idiot.
CALLY: He palmed it.
DAYNA: That's not stupid, it's suicidal. Why would he do that?
TARRANT: Because he was scared witless. He didn't trust anyone. ...You were right. I'm sorry, Cally.
CALLY: You're the only one who's met these people. where do you think they've taken him?
DAYNA: What about that city?
TARRANT: No, they said it was a ruin. No one could remember when it was built or even who built it. No one ever goes there, so they say.
AVON: We could wish for more reliable informants. Anything else?
TARRANT: There's a name, something unpronounceable, in what they told me was a fragment of the old tongue.
AVON: A translatable fragment?
TARRANT: Apparently it means 'The City at the Edge of the World'.

[Kezarn surface]

(Vila has reached the ruined city)

[Outer corridor]

(Vila is in a modern well-lit corridor. The natives have disappeared)
VILA: The place is deserted. There's nobody here. The whole place is ...deserted. Hello? (echoes) ...Hello? ...Anybody there? (echoes) ...Anybody there? ...Come on, stop dawdling, will you. If this is meant to be a joke, it's not funny! (echoes) ...not funny! ...not funny!
(there is an explosion like lightning. Vila ducks to the floor, sheltering his head as debris fall on it)
VILA: I'll get you for this, Tarrant. I'll tear your arm off and beat you to death with the wet end. I'll get you for this!
KERRIL: Have you finished?
(she is standing over Vila with a gun)
KERRIL: If talking got it done, you'd be a real killer, wouldn't you?
VILA: Where did you come from?
KERRIL: Here and there. Mostly there. On your feet, 'Killer'. I said 'On your feet'. Pick up your box and let's go, little man.
VILA: The name's Vila, and you can relax your gun arm, I'm not looking for trouble.
KERRIL: What's the matter, 'Killer', lost your nerve?
VILA: That's right. Pity I didn't lose my sense of smell as well.
KERRIL: What's that supposed to mean?
VILA: You should try taking a bath sometime, you smell terrible.
KERRIL: For someone who's lost his nerve, you take risks, little man.
VILA: You didn't go to all this trouble just to kill me.
KERRIL: Move!
VILA: Where?
KERRIL: There!
VILA: A mouthwash would be a good idea too.
KERRIL: Move!
(there is another explosion)
KERRIL: Move!

[Central room]

(Norl watches on as there is an explosion at the foot of a door)
BAYBAN: You bubble-brained idiot. You stupid son of a slime-crawler.
SHERM: It wasn't my fault, Captain.
BAYBAN: 'It wasn't my fault, Captain'. Of course it was your fault. 'I'll blow a hole in it, Captain'. Blow a hole in it. Look at it. ...It's not even dented. ...It's the only thing that isn't.
SHERM: Well, it could have been worse.
BAYBAN: Not for you it couldn't, Sherm.
SHERM: Well I did my best.
BAYBAN: I know you did your best, Sherm. That's why I can do without you.
(he raises a gun at Sherm)
SHERM: Please, Captain.
BAYBAN: Oh, stop snivelling, Sherm. You know I can't stand snivellers.
SHERM: It was his fault. He coulda told us how to open it. He's been lyin' all along. He was laughin' behind your back. I saw him.
BAYBAN: What? Is that true, old man?
(Vila and Kerril come in)
BAYBAN: No one laughs at Bayban. Take him out and shoot him.
KERRIL: Bayban, if you must kill somebody, kill him.
(as Sherm draws gun Kerril stuns him with her gun)
VILA: Then again, you don't smell that bad.
BAYBAN: What took you so long? ...You must be Vila. It's an honour, sir.
VILA: The honour's mine.
BAYBAN: That's what I meant.
SHERM: (to Kerril) You better sleep with both eyes open from now on.
KERRIL: You should get together with 'Killer' here, you make a good pair.
BAYBAN: I may have to get rid of Kerril. Be a pity, she's the best gun hand I ever had, but, er, she's got no team spirit, you know. And you can't run an outfit like mine without team spirit.
VILA: What outfit is it exactly, if you don't mind me asking?
BAYBAN: Oh, I do mind you asking. I mind very much.
VILA: I can understand that. Er, I'm sorry I mentioned it, I, ...I was just making conversation. I've, um, brought my tools here. What exactly is it you want me to do, just name it, I'm your man.
BAYBAN: You don't know who I am.
VILA: Absolutely not, no idea. You needn't worry about it, I won't ask any questions.
BAYBAN: Small-time thief and failed revolutionary, ...and you don't know who I am?
VILA: Ah. Well, if you put it like that, of course I know who you are. You're ...you're, ah...
BAYBAN: Bayban.
VILA: Bayban, yes.
BAYBAN: Bayban the Beserker. Bayban the Butcher.
VILA: Bayban the Butcher . . . you're Bayban the Butcher! Oh, no.
BAYBAN: That's better.
VILA: You're top of the Federation's Most Wanted list ...after Blake.
BAYBAN: What do you mean, 'after Blake'? I was working my way up that list before he crept out of his crèche. Working my way up! I didn't take any political shortcuts.
VILA: I know, I know. You have a reputation for straightforward mayhem that's second to none. I've been an admirer of yours for, um, well, for as long as I can remember. Well maybe not that long, I mean, er, you're not that old, are you? But, er, then again, you did start very young, didn't you? I think I feel sick.
KERRIL: So you should, ...little man.
(she leaves)
BAYBAN: Vila, I like a man who shows respect. You'll enjoy working for me.
VILA: Will I? Oh, yes, I will. Of course I will.
BAYBAN: Good. Well you can start by opening that door.
VILA: Now?
BAYBAN: Now.
(Vila examines the door)
VILA: What's behind it?
SHERM: You don't need to know that.
VILA: I decide what I need to know.
SHERM: Yes?
VILA: Yes.
BAYBAN: I make the decisions 'round here.
VILA: The Captain makes the decisions 'round here.
SHERM: Why, you...
BAYBAN: Sherm! ...Vila, come here and sit down. ...Now I went to a lot of trouble to get you here, and that is all the trouble I intend to have. Now you ...will open that door, or I will open you from ...there to ...there.
(he touches both sides of Vila's throat with a knife)
BAYBAN: Right?
VILA: Right.
BAYBAN: Right.
VILA: But I still need to know what's in there! The key to any security system is how it's designed! That depends on why it was designed! I have to know what whoever designed it was trying to protect!
(Kerril comes back and slams down a bowl of food on the table)
BAYBAN: (to Norl) Tell him.
NORL: We have told you.
(Bayban points at Vila)
BAYBAN: Tell him! Sherm, contact the stockade. Have the men kill two more hostages.
NORL: No, wait!
BAYBAN: Yes.
NORL: It contains this world and the next.
SHERM: Same old stuff.
KERRIL: He's done as he was told.
SHERM: Two more corpses'll keep him in line.
KERRIL: No! You can push people too far.
SHERM: You should remember that.
KERRIL: I said people, not garbage.
SHERM: Garbage!
BAYBAN: Kerril, ...Sherm. ...Out!
(Kerril and Sherm leave)
VILA: This world and the next? That could mean anything.
BAYBAN: Not anything, ...everything. There's nothing on this planet, Vila. No precious metals, no gems, no wealth of any kind. And why? Because it's all in there.
(he points to the door)
BAYBAN: This world...
VILA: ...and the next?
BAYBAN: Religious mumbo jumbo to keep the locals out. We had to kill six of them before they'd even tell us it was there, and six more to make sure they didn't know how to open it.
VILA: But what about the crystals you swapped for me? They're valuable, where did they come from?
BAYBAN: They didn't.
VILA: The crystals in that box. There weren't any crystals in that box, were there? So Tarrant did a deal with you without even seeing the merchandise.
BAYBAN: Oh, not with me, ...with them. Tarrant didn't even know I was here, but he did see a sample.
(he shows Vila a crystal)
BAYBAN: I've had it for years. Lucky piece. Not so lucky for him though.
VILA: Wonderful. Me, he calls stupid.
BAYBAN: Not any more. Smile. You outlived him.
VILA: What?
BAYBAN: Well we couldn't let them go back empty handed, could we? So we gave him a bomb to play with.
VILA: A bomb?
BAYBAN: Yes. Bang. You're dead. You know the sort of thing.
VILA: Cally?
BAYBAN: What do you say?
VILA: Can I ask you if you've tried to blast this?
BAYBAN: Blast it? We blasted it, burned it, drilled it, cut it. How long do you need?
VILA: I don't know.
BAYBAN: You've got an hour.
(a soldier marches in)
BAYBAN: (to the soldier) You ...out! Leave my man in peace. (to Norl) And you. ...My mother...
VILA: Eh?
BAYBAN: Oh yes. I had a mother. Wonderful woman. Truly evil person. She had a saying. 'Baybe,' she used to say. She called me ...Baybe. 'Baybe,' she used to say, 'Treat every hour as though it's your last'.
(he puts a piece of the food into Vila's mouth)
BAYBAN: I'll be back in an hour, Vila. Ha, ha, ha...
VILA: Tarrant, I hope you're satisfied.

[Teleport room]

TARRANT: I still don't see the logic.
AVON: Logic?
TARRANT: I know the ground. I made the contacts.
CALLY: They didn't take you to their village or even that city.
DAYNA: They deliberately kept you away from anything even vaguely strategic.
AVON: Which makes your local knowledge very local indeed.
TARRANT: That's not the point.
AVON: No, the point is that Vila won't trust you, whereas he will trust Cally and me.
TARRANT: Cally, yes, but why you?
AVON: Because he knows what I think of him.
TARRANT: You despise him.
AVON: Right. But at least I'm consistent about it. I know his value to us, just as he knows mine. ...If we need any help, I'll let you know.
TARRANT: Feel free.
CALLY: Just be ready.
DAYNA: We will, don't worry.
AVON: Put us down.
TARRANT: Thanks for your support, Dayna.
DAYNA: Well, they were right. If Vila saw you, who knows what he might do. Run away, give the alarm...
TARRANT: I doubt that.
DAYNA: So do I. I think he'd try and kill you. ...That's what I'd do.

[Kezarn surface]

CALLY: Seems quiet enough.
(Avon uses a sensing device)
AVON: The village should be in that direction.
CALLY: If Zen got it right.
AVON: It's a pity we're not all as reliable as Zen.
CALLY: But I thought you were.

[Central room]

(Kerril comes in. Vila doesn't hear her)
VILA: That block isn't really a block at all. He was clever. He could turn out to be the best I've come up against.
KERRIL: Who could?
VILA: The designer. My opponent. You see, there are two basic approaches to security. Physical, ...locks and booby traps, things designed to physically stop you getting in. Then there is the psychological approach.
KERRIL: Like?
VILA: Like ...you put up a fence with a notice which says that the area is impregnated with swamp fever and you'll get galloping knee-rot if you try to go inside.
KERRIL: So which is this?
VILA: I'm working on it.
(he examines the door with an instrument he has taken from his toolbox)
VILA: Zero-zero-two. That is beautiful.
KERRIL: Is it?
VILA: An indestructible block. A combination of both the psychological and the physical, one reinforcing the other.
(referring to the designer)
VILA: Elegant, my friend, simply elegant.
KERRIL: So what is it?
VILA: Eh? Oh, it's just a simple forcefield.
KERRIL: I was right about you, another Sherm, all mouth. This is a solid block, little man.
VILA: It's a forcefield, set to refract light so that it appears solid. Well naturally it feels solid, all forcefields do. Looks solid, feels solid, so everybody treats it as solid. They bash, blast, and burn it, and like all forcefields, whatever energy you push into it, it chucks right back at you. For all energy input, there has to be an equal and opposite energy output. Result ...an indestructible block. The harder you hit it, the stronger it gets.
(he has set up on a tripod an instrument which is touching the door. He switches it on)
VILA: ...There.
KERRIL: What's that supposed to be?
VILA: A low energy probe.
KERRIL: What?
VILA: The energy threshold of this forcefield is zero-zero-two. Anything more that zero-zero-two gets chucked back at you, right? This will push a probe into the field very slowly. Maximum energy zero-zero-one. When the probe reaches the door, the field will collapse. Bye-bye block.
KERRIL: I'll believe it when I see it.
VILA: It'll take about forty-five minutes.
KERRIL: How did you know I was here?
VILA: Sorry?
KERRIL: When I first came in ...how did you know I was here?
VILA: I heard you.
KERRIL: No, you didn't.
VILA: Psychic.
KERRIL: For a thief, you lie badly.

[Kezarn surface]

CALLY: Let me do it. I won't scare her so much.
(there is a native woman collecting driftwood on a beach)
AVON: All right, but be careful. Remember how they fooled Tarrant. And Cally ...don't get between her and me.
(Cally approaches the woman. She spots a soldier)
CALLY: Avon!
(Avon shoots the soldier)
AVON: Seems we're not the only strangers on this planet.
CALLY: That could explain a lot.
AVON: The woman is still with us. Is she trying to bluff her way out?
CALLY: I don't think so. She just doesn't care about us. It was the same when she first saw me. Polite disinterest. We're not important to her.
AVON: So let's find out what is important to her.

[Central room]

VILA: What were you looking so pleased about? Bayban isn't going to share whatever's in there, you know.
NORL: That's true. Bayban will not share it.
VILA: Where does that corridor lead? Can we get out that way? Now look, I'm not the only one in trouble here, you know. I wouldn't give a scoop of slime for you and your friends once I get that open. Bayban's insane, you realise that. Once he gets his hands on the loot, he won't need any of us. He'll kill us all. How many men have you got that can fight? ...You better listen to me. I'll tell him you were in here. I'll tell him it's all a plot. You're just using him to get that open. ...Yes. You know how he'd react to that, don't you? You don't mean that really is what's going on? That'd make you crazier than him.
(Sherm comes in)
SHERM: Crazier than who?
VILA: You.
SHERM: What?!
VILA: Baybe would not be pleased.
SHERM: Baybe?
VILA: That's what his mother called him, didn't you know?
SHERM: What're you doing here, Norl? This man was to be left alone. Now get out and do as you're told. ...(to Vila) You've twenty-five minutes left.
VILA: Who told you that?
SHERM: Captain Bayban.
VILA: I didn't think you could've worked it out for yourself. Joke! Just a joke.
SHERM: In twenty-five minutes from now you're going to need a sense of humour.
VILA: Maybe you should lend me yours.

[Kezarn surface]

(Avon and Cally are watching the village)
AVON: They're changing the guard over. Let's find out where the rest are.

[Central room]

(Kerril has come in and is in a dress in the native style but is still wearing a gun belt)
KERRIL: You said forty-five minutes, little man.
VILA: Any time now.
(he turns and sees Kerril)
KERRIL: What are you staring at?
VILA: I'm not staring.
KERRIL: We've been on the move a lot.
VILA: Yes.
KERRIL: It's the first chance I've had to, ...well, get ...cleaned up.
VILA: Right. I know the problem. It's difficult when you're, er, ...moving all the time.
KERRIL: Anything wrong with it?
VILA: Not from where I stand.
(there is a crackling sound and an explosion. The diamond-shaped centre panel of the door has disappeared)
VILA: And there's nothing much wrong with that either!
KERRIL: You did it!
VILA: Of course! For a little man I'm a wonderful mover, wouldn't you say? Come on!

[Inner corridor]

KERRIL: Which way do we go?
VILA: I don't know.
(there is another crackling sound and an explosion. The diamond-shaped centre panel of the door has reappeared)
KERRIL: We're shut in. ...Vila, we're shut in!
VILA: Don't worry. My man knows we're here.
KERRIL: Your man?
VILA: The designer. He knows we're here, and he knows we're not stupid because if we were, we wouldn't have got this far.
KERRIL: So?
VILA: So if he wanted to stop us, there's only one way left to him.
KERRIL: What?
VILA: Sh.
KERRIL: According to the locals, this lot is thousands of years old. You sound as though you're expecting to meet this character.
VILA: He may be dead, but he's still trying to outthink me. ...Keep behind me. Step where I step, and don't touch anything. Right?
KERRIL: Right. What are you expecting him to do?
VILA: I'm expecting him to try and kill us.
KERRIL: What?
VILA: Come on.
(Kerril brushes against some long hanging webs)
KERRIL: Oh, ah!
VILA: It's all right, it's all right.
KERRIL: Is it?
VILA: I hope so.

[Kezarn surface]

(Avon and Cally see three soldiers below them)
AVON: Grenade!
(they throw object amongst the soldiers who take cover. Avon and Cally come round behind the soldiers)
AVON: Don't move! It must have been a dud. Sorry about that.
CALLY: All we want is information.
AVON: We've lost a friend of ours. We think you can tell us where to find him.
CALLY: That's what we think.
AVON: What do you think?

[Central room]

SHERM: All the guards are in place, Captain, he can't have got away.
BAYBAN: He must have done.
SHERM: Well I don't see how, 'cause we've searched every tunnel we can find.
BAYBAN: Take the rest of the men and search the whole city. I want him found, and I want him found now!
SHERM: (to a soldier) Go!
BAYBAN: (to Norl) You. When you were in here, what was he doing? What exactly was he doing?
NORL: He had not opened the door, and he was afraid. He said that you were going to kill him. He was looking for a way to escape.
BAYBAN: (to Sherm) Get two men down to the landing site. Get the laser cannon out of the ship, and set it up in here.
SHERM: The laser cannon? That could blow away half the city, Captain.
BAYBAN: Do it. ...(to Norl) I will have it open. I will have that door open.

[Inner corridor]

KERRIL: Another door? Is this it? ...Well?
VILA: I think it's time to go back.
KERRIL: Is it booby-trapped?
VILA: No.
KERRIL: Well, then?
VILA: You don't understand.
KERRIL: That's right, I don't.
VILA: I know this man. If he was going to stop us, he would have done it already. The fact that he hasn't means that he wants us here. Don't you see? We're being used. ...That's what Norl was hiding.
KERRIL: You really are a little man, aren't you?
VILA: Leave it, Kerril. Whatever's in there, we don't need it.
KERRIL: Well try telling that to Bayban.
VILA: I'm going back. Are you coming?
KERRIL: No.
VILA: I think you should.
KERRIL: No.
VILA: All right.
(Vila goes back. Kerril puts her hands on the door seeing if it will open. It suddenly opens)
KERRIL: Vila. ...Vila!
(she goes through the door)

[Vault]

(she stands on a circular grid, hears something turns and screams loudly)

[Inner corridor]

(Vila runs back but she is no longer there)
VILA: Kerril. ...Kerril! ...All right, my friend. But you didn't fool me.

[Vault]

(Vila moves onto the grid and is transported out)

[Starship room]

KERRIL: Vila.
(she runs to him, puts her hands on his shoulders and gives him a peck)
KERRIL: Thanks.
VILA: For what?
KERRIL: Following me.
VILA: Well, ...I always did have a weakness for nice legs.
KERRIL: I'm sorry.
VILA: It's not what I expected.
(Kerril sees a clothed skeleton sitting on a chair)
KERRIL: Oh!
VILA: Ugh. He's lost a lot of weight, hasn't he?
KERRIL: Oh, ...there's another one.
VILA: It's all right, it's all right.
KERRIL: I thought I was alone.
VILA: You come and sit down.
VILA: (recorded) It's all right. it's all right.
KERRIL: (recorded) I thought I was alone.
VILA: (recorded) You come and sit down.
KEZARN VOICE: The translator unit has identified your language as Terran, and is translating my words into a form which I hope you will understand. I regret that we cannot meet in person, but by the time you hear this, I shall have been dead for over three thousand years, ...an almost unimaginable time. As unimaginable in its way as the journey in which you have now become involved. If you'll please be comfortable, I will try to explain what has happened to you.
VILA: It's all right. That's my man. I just want to see what he's done to us.
KEZARN VOICE: It is called Kezarn.
VILA: Kezarn.
KEZARN VOICE: And my people will have forgotten that by the time you hear my voice. As I record this, our society is at the height of its powers, but economic expansion and social development are reaching their limits. ...A collapse to barbarism and a new dark age cannot be long delayed. We had despaired, but now ...we have found a solution. We have developed a system for the instantaneous transmission of matter over any distance between two terminals. Enter one terminal and step out of the other wherever it happens to be. The starship in which you now sit contains one terminal. The vault which you so ably penetrated contains the other. You've stepped off the planet Kezarn and onto a starship, which is now at least ...three thousand light years away.
VILA: One small step for man. So how do we get back?
KEZARN VOICE: The ship is programmed to find us a planet on which we can begin a new life. It must be a planet in a system with other planets which we can also colonise. This time there must be no limit to our expansion.
VILA: We seem to be trapped. I think he's killed us.
KEZARN VOICE: The vault on Kezarn will protect that terminal during the generations of barbarism when my people will forget even who they are. All that will remain to them is a race memory which we have genetically engineered. Once in every thirty-five generations, they will gather near The City at the Edge of the World, and one will be found who can enter the vault. My people will know peace only if he returns. He will return only if the ship has reached its destination. ...My friend, if the ship is still in flight, you will not return to Kezarn.
VILA: I knew it.
KEZARN VOICE: The air which came with you into this cabin will soon run out, and you will die.
VILA: Wonderful. Thanks a lot, friend.
KEZARN VOICE: I suggest you make peace with whatever gods you recognise, as I will try to make peace with mine. ...I bid you farewell. ...And I hope you can find it in your heart ...to forgive me.
VILA: Not a chance. I'd like to think he suffocated after making that recording, but I doubt it.
KERRIL: Sorry, Vila, it's all my fault.
VILA: No, you were right. Bayban would never have let me out without finishing the job.
KERRIL: How long do you think the air will last?
VILA: Well, if we don't move around too much...
KERRIL: It hardly seems worth trying to stay alive a few minutes longer.
(she takes off her gun belt)
VILA: Now, look, if you're thinking of shooting yourself or something, forget it. I don't believe in suicide. It stunts your growth.
KERRIL: Actually, it wasn't what I was thinking of.
(they embrace)

[Liberator stationary in space]

[Teleport room]

TARRANT: He's in worse trouble than we thought. Bayban's as bad as you can find.
AVON: I've heard of him.
TARRANT: I've met him. He's the type that gives crime a bad name.
AVON: Right. That should put us down just inside the city.
DAYNA: Are you sure those three guards can't give the alarm?
AVON: Not unless they can do it in their sleep.
DAYNA: You should have killed them.
AVON: Probably.
CALLY: They could sleep through a war.
TARRANT: That's good, because if it is Bayban down there, a war is what we'll have.
AVON: Orac, are you ready to maintain teleport function?
ORAC: Of course I am.
AVON: Then put us down, and stand by for further instructions.
ORAC: Very well. Stand by. I'm waiting.
AVON: So are we.
ORAC: Teleporting now.

[Central room]

BAYBAN: Cretins. You are all cretins. I am surrounded by cretins. Vila and Kerril will be found and brought here to me. If Vila and Kerril are not found and brought here to me, (to Sherm) you will be the first to die. Now go and kick some life into the others, ...while you've still got legs to kick with!
(Sherm and the soldiers run out)

[Outer corridor]

AVON: Cally.
TARRANT: Dayna.
(they split into pairs and head off in different directions)

[Central room]

(the laser cannon is brought in by two guards)
BAYBAN: Good. Good. Connect it up. ...Hurry!

[Outer corridor]

(Sherm and two guards are searching)
SHERM: (to the guards) Try there.
(he spots Dayna)
SHERM: Over here!
DAYNA: I think they saw me.
TARRANT: How many?
DAYNA: Three?
(Tarrant goes off. There is the sound of shooting. Tarrant returns)
TARRANT: Three. Not very friendly, are they?
SHERM: Right. Keep them pinned down, I'll go and get some more men.
(Dayna holds a device)
TARRANT: What's that?
DAYNA: Something I've been toying with.
TARRANT: Heat-seeking?
DAYNA: I hope so.
TARRANT: Make sure you point it in the right direction.
(Dayna puts the device down on the floor and homes in on the two guards with the use of a remote control. There is an explosion)

[Central room]

BAYBAN: Neevish, find out what that was. ...Move.
(he pushes the other soldier away from the cannon)
BAYBAN: You too!

[Outer corridor]

(Tarrant is checking the two dead guards)
TARRANT: Gaudy, but effective.
(a series of explosions ring through the corridors)
AVON: I think war was just declared.

[Central room]

BAYBAN: (to Norl) You. Give me a hand with this.
(the explosions continue)
BAYBAN: Come on.

[Starship room]

(Vila and Kerril wake up)
VILA: We're still alive. ...Kerril. Kerril, we're still alive! We should be dead by now.
KERRIL: Are you bragging or complaining?
VILA: The air's as fresh as ever. Do you know what that means?
KERRIL: We're going to die of exhaustion.
(Vila goes to where he came in)
VILA: Here.
(he walks over to the wall opposite)
VILA: The door should be here! They walk out of the transmitter, straight out onto the planet.
KERRIL: What are you talking about?
VILA: He hid the door, right?
KERRIL: ...To make sure none of his victims did anything rash like attacking the weakest point of the ship!
VILA: It's here, I know it's here.
KERRIL: If you say so.
VILA: How would he hide it?
KERRIL: Another one of those forcefields?
VILA: Right. Set to refract light at the same frequency as the wall.
KERRIL: So it's invisible.
VILA: Yes. ...Now supposing the ship has already landed, but the forcefield has malfunctioned. Supposing the door is already open, but the field hasn't switched off.
KERRIL: Why should we suppose that?
VILA: 'Cause the air's still fresh. Air will bleed through a forcefield.
KERRIL: Can we get through it?
VILA: If the energy threshold isn't too low, and the field too thick.
(he goes over to the skeleton)
VILA: This one tried, but the air ran out on him. Ship was still in flight.
(he picks up a probe from skeleton's lap and kneels down by the wall)
KERRIL: Can I do anything?
VILA: Keep the sweat out of my eyes.
KERRIL: Right.
VILA: No, don't do that, your legs are bad for my concentration.
KERRIL: Oh, you!
(Vila uses the probe on the wall. Eventually there is a loud crackle followed by an explosion, Vila is thrown back)
VILA: Ahrgh! Ahrgh! Ah! Ah.
KERRIL: Vila. Are you all right?
VILA: Discharged straight through me.
(through a diamond- shaped aperture they see rocks with a planet beyond in the sky)
KERRIL: Look!
VILA: Kerril.
(they go towards the aperture)

[Outer corridor]

(the explosions continue. Avon and Cally take cover from two pursuing guards, take cover and shoot them down)
AVON: Get their guns.
(Dayna and Tarrant are still searching)

[Central room]

(Avon and Cally come in to be confronted by Bayban with the cannon)
BAYBAN: Drop the guns. Do it.
(they drop the soldiers' guns)
BAYBAN: Good. I hate to rush an execution.
AVON: You can't use that in here.
BAYBAN: Stand still, ...both of you! You think I'm a complete amateur?
CALLY: A laser cannon isn't very professional.
AVON: You'll blow away half the city.
CALLY: All the city.
AVON: Energy feedback, heat reflection ...you would go with it.
CALLY: It's an open ground weapon. You should know that.
BAYBAN: I do know that.
CALLY: You'd have to be insane to use it, then.
BAYBAN: Well maybe that's it. Maybe I am insane.
AVON: Bayban...
(Sherm rushes in)
SHERM: Captain. Captain! They're wiping us out. We've only seven men left!
(Bayban is distracted allowing Avon to knee Sherm. Cally downs Bayban. Sherm grabs Cally and throws her to the floor)
BAYBAN: Finish her.
(as Sherm raises a large piece of equipment over his head to smash down on her Cally shoots him. Avon overcomes Bayban)
AVON: Bloodthirsty little maniac, aren't you? Where's Vila?
BAYBAN: I don't know what you're talking about.
(Dayna and Tarrant come in)
TARRANT: Hello, Bayban. I heard a rumour you were dead. Funny, that turns out to be true.
BAYBAN: Do I know you?
TARRANT: That's the trouble with celebrities. They never remember the little people.
AVON: Where is Vila?
BAYBAN: Who?
AVON: How would you like me to let some fresh air into that rancid little brain of yours?
BAYBAN: Go ahead. You'd be famous. The man who killed Bayban.
CALLY: I'd quite like to be famous, too. How about the woman that killed Bayban?
DAYNA: Or better still, the girl who killed Bayban.
BAYBAN: I don't know where he is.
CALLY: You can do better than that.
BAYBAN: He disappeared.
(Norl comes in)
NORL: Only from your sight. We are awaiting his return.
BAYBAN: You mean he got it open? He's been in there all the time?
AVON: Dayna, take our guest outside and watch him.

[Homeworld]

(Kerril is looking at a couple of flowers. She puts them down and picks up some crystals, which she throws into a pool)
VILA: You know, Kerril, I really like it here.
KERRIL: I wonder what planet it is.
VILA: We'll probably never know.
KERRIL: Perhaps we should give it a name.
VILA: If you like.
KERRIL: How about ...Homeworld. Vilaworld?
VILA: Homeworld. Vilaworld. Yes, Vilaworld.
KERRIL: Homeworld.
(she picks up some more crystals and resumes casting them into the pool)
VILA: Stop!
(Vila takes a crystal from her)
VILA: Where did you get this?
KERRIL: They're all over the place, look.
VILA: Kerril.
KERRIL: What is it?
VILA: These are what got me into this in the first place. You've no idea how much they're worth.
(he starts pocketing crystals)
KERRIL: We're going back.
VILA: When you're ready, there's no hurry.
KERRIL: Well come on! We've wasted enough time.
VILA: Did I say something wrong? Kerril! What's the matter? What did I say to upset you?

[Starship room]

VILA: Kerril.
(Kerril is putting her gun belt on)
KERRIL: What?
VILA: Homeworld. You wanted to call it Homeworld. All right, then we'll call it Homeworld, it's a good enough name.
KERRIL: Are you playing games with me?
VILA: Games?
KERRIL: Yes, games. If you think what happened in here gives you the right to treat me like some sort of...
VILA: Treat you like some sort of what? I haven't treated you like any sort of anything. We're out there in the sunshine, when all of a sudden for no good reason at all you throw a tantrum and go off in all directions.
KERRIL: For no good reason at all?
VILA: All right then, give me a good reason. I'm a reasonable man. I'll accept a good reason. I'll accept a bad reason. I'll accept any damn reason at all, just tell me what the hell it is I'm meant to have done.
KERRIL: You really don't know, do you?
VILA: Isn't that what I just said?
KERRIL: Oh.
VILA: Oh, please. Can't we stop fighting now? ...Of all the things I enjoy doing, quarrelling with you comes five hundred and seventy-fourth on my list.
KERRIL: I'm sorry. ...Shall we go?
VILA: That list.
KERRIL: Things you enjoy doing?
VILA: You wouldn't be interested in what comes top of it, would you?
KERRIL: You!

[Central room]

CALLY: (to Norl) Why is it getting darker all the time?
(to Tarrant) How long are we going to wait?
TARRANT: As long as it takes.
CALLY: Feeling guilty?
TARRANT: Yes, a little.
AVON: There are no lighting systems that I can find. I suggest we leave here while there's enough light to see where we're going.
TARRANT: No.
NORL: Your friend is right. It is time to leave this place.
(there is crackling followed by an explosion as the diamond-shaped panel in the door disappears again and Vila comes through it followed by Kerril)
VILA: Hello.
CALLY: Vila!
TARRANT: Now that is what I call an entrance.
CALLY: Vila, we thought we'd lost you.
AVON: But every silver lining has a cloud.
VILA: I'd say you got that wrong, except I know you didn't.
TARRANT: Welcome back, Vila.
VILA: Thanks. ...Oh, This is Kerril.
TARRANT: And welcome back Kerril.
(there is the sound of a shot)
AVON: What the hell is that?
(Dayna comes in)
AVON: What happened?
DAYNA: Bayban got away from me.
TARRANT: He'll be making for his ship.
NORL: No! Let him go. He has no men left.
CALLY: But there are still men guarding your people.
NORL: They will have been dealt with. My people are coming. They are summoned to enter the city.
(a bell tolls and the city lights up)
VILA: That's what this is all about! This isn't a city, it's a travel terminus. And it's announcing that it's open for business.

[Kezarn surface]

(natives walk past dead guards, through the ruins, into the central room and out through the diamond-shaped panel)

[Central room]

NORL: The need which grew in us until it blotted out all other needs is now satisfied. My people are gone, ...and now I too must go.
VILA: How much of it did you know beforehand, Norl?
NORL: Only that the door to the next world must be opened by a clever man.
VILA: You tried to get Bayban to do it.
NORL: He came to our world at the right time, ...but he was not the right man. Although we realised quite soon that he could not open the door, yet ...we knew that he could find someone who could. So we encouraged him in that.
DAYNA: By convincing him that the vault contained something of great value which you didn't want him to have.
NORL: It was no more than the truth. But it became more than the truth because some of us died before we told him. Vila, you're a clever man, ...and brave. My people thank you. And now, ...I must join my people.
KERRIL: Wait. ...May I come with you, Norl?
NORL: You too are brave, and have helped my people. You are welcome. You are both welcome to come with us.
KERRIL: Well?
TARRANT: Vila, we'll wait on the ship.
(he tosses him a bracelet)
TARRANT: Let us know what you decide.
AVON: (into bracelet) Bring us up, Orac.
KERRIL: Are you coming with me?
VILA: I can't.
KERRIL: Why not? It's a chance to be free. You saw that place, it's beautiful.
VILA: But there's nothing there worth stealing. ...No, listen. You know why I neutralise security systems, open safes, and break into vaults? It's because I can and most people can't.
KERRIL: To satisfy your ego.
VILA: No, not really. It's just that, ...it's what makes me, me. Kerril, a thief isn't what I am, it's who I am.
KERRIL: Forget it.
VILA: You wouldn't like what was left of me.
KERRIL: What makes you think I like you at all?
VILA: Because you can't like someone without them liking you back. And I like you, Kerril, more than anyone. ...Anyone I've ever known.
KERRIL: The difference is, ...I love you.
VILA: Kerril.
BAYBAN: Very touching.
KERRIL: Bayban!
(Vila and Bayban point guns at each other)
BAYBAN: You didn't think I'd leave a fortune behind, did you?
KERRIL: There's nothing for you here, Bayban.
BAYBAN: I should have killed you a long time ago, Kerril.
VILA: (to Kerril) Go quickly.
KERRIL: Vila, he'll kill you.
VILA: (to Norl) Take her quickly. Get her out of here. ...Go. Go!
(as Norl and Kerril go Vila shoots Bayban in the shoulder and the aperture closes.)
BAYBAN: No!
(he grabs the laser cannon)
VILA: Don't do that. It's a forcefield! ...(into bracelet) Get me out of here!
BAYBAN: No!
(he fires the cannon and the city explodes)

[Liberator stationary in space]

[Teleport room]

CALLY: She escaped safely then?
VILA: Oh yes. ...To a new life, and all that.
CALLY: Good. ...We can all get back to business then.
AVON: Not quite. We still have to find those crystals for the weaponry systems.
(Vila puts a handful of crystals down)
DAYNA: Avon!
VILA: That enough?
AVON: Yes. I'm impressed.
VILA: Wonderful. That makes it all worthwhile.
AVON: Welcome back, Vila.
TARRANT: Vila, ...I'm sorry for what I said to you. I didn't mean it. It wasn't true.
VILA: To tell you the truth, I don't really care. It's not important any more.
TARRANT: (to Dayna) What's the matter with him?
DAYNA: If I thought that was a serious question, I'd be very worried about you.
VILA: I think I've just made the biggest mistake of my life.
ORAC: In the light of your previous record, that seems unlikely. Ha. I would predict that there are far greater mistakes waiting to be made by someone with your obvious talent for them.
VILA: Shut up, Orac.
(he unplugs the activator)
VILA: Still, ...it's a comforting thought. Let's hope they've all got good legs.

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