Story Code '5S'
by Steve Gallagher
Whilst in transit in E-Space, the TARDIS is hijacked by Biroc, a time sensitive Tharil who has escaped from slavery aboard a Privateer spaceship; the lion-like creature phases aboard the time ship and pilots it to a white void. The Doctor follows him through the void to a stone archway, which leads to an ancient banqueting hall still laid out for a feast. Meanwhile, Romana is captured by the captain of the Privateer, Rorvik, and is put to work as the ship's navigator in place of the escaped Biroc. At the gateway, the Doctor witnesses Biroc phasing through a mirror, and then experiences time jumps in the hall, finding himself back at the time of the feast. Biroc appears and explains that the Tharils were once a proud and conceited race, but were eventually overthrown during the feast by Gundan robots built by their human slaves - an uprising that led to the Tharils themselves becoming slaves. Biroc and his people have now realised the error of their ways, and wish to escape from slavery in order to live the rest of their days living in peace. Romana is only able to pilot the Privateer to the gateway, and she is then freed by another Tharil, Lazlo, who takes her beyond the mirrors. Rorvik, now insane with anger, decides to blast his way out of the void by turning the engines onto the mirrors. But the back blast is reflected back at the ship, destroying it and freeing the Tharils, who pass through the mirrors to safety. Romana elects to stay with K-9 to help the Tharils to free the remainder of their people from slavery and to rebuild their civilisation, while the Doctor and Adric pass through the gateway back into N-Space.
Tom Baker (Doctor Who), Lalla Ward (Romana), John Leeson (Voice of K9), Matthew Waterhouse (Adric), Clifford Rose (Rorvik), Kenneth Cope (Packard), David Kincaid (Lane), Freddie Earlle (Aldo), Harry Waters (Royce), David Weston (Biroc), Vincent Pickering (Sagan), Robert Vowles (Gundan), Jeremy Gittins (Lazlo)
Produced by John Nathan-Turner
Directed by Paul Joyce
Part 1 - 3rd January, 1981 @ 5.20pm - 5.45pm
Part 2 - 10th January, 1981 @ 5.10pm - 5.35pm
Part 3 - 17th January, 1981 @ 5.10pm - 5.35pm
Part 4 - 24th January, 1981 @ 5.10pm - 5.35pm
*Featuring the Fourth Doctor, the Second Romana, K-9 MKII, and Adric
*Working titles: 'The Dream-Time' and 'The Dream Time'
*Part 3 of the 'E-Space Trilogy'