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Script for Children of Auron by Roger Parkes

(c) 1979 by the British Broadcasting Corporation. Series created by Terry Nation. This is a complete dialogue transcript for research purposes and is not for sale under any circumstances. Format (c) 1992 by Micky DuPree and Nicole Vifian.

Dramatis Personae

Kerr Avon Servalan Vila Restal Cally Del Tarrant Dayna Mellanby Orac Zen Deral Ginka Zelda Patar C.A. 1 C.A. 2 Clinician Franton Pilot Four-Zero Uncredited: Module Six Voice Medical Section Voice

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[Exterior, Servalan's ship in space] VOICE All scanners operating.

SERVALAN [vo] Maintain full alert.

[On board Servalan's ship, flight deck] VOICE Maintaining. Contact. Auron bound contact.

SERVALAN Captain Deral to the Command Cabin. Identification. VOICE Small. Looks like a patrol vessel. Coming onto visual - now.

[Servalan hits button, patrol ship comes up on screen]

SERVALAN From Auron? VOICE Yes. One of their C-type patrollers.

SERVALAN Crew? VOICE Solo.

SERVALAN Good. Ideal. Ah, Captain Deral. [into comm] Ginka! Activate ionic beams. GINKA [on screen] Activated.

SERVALAN Obtain target coordinates from control. GINKA Very well, Madame President. DERAL Ionic beams only?

SERVALAN Just to disable, cause minimum damage. [into comm] Clinic, bring the disease pathogens now. [to Deral] I want that pilot alive. Alive and vulnerable.

[On Liberator flight deck. Cally enters.] CALLY Course, Zen. ZEN Course eight two eight zero four. Destination is the planet Earth. CALLY Why Earth? VILA Why not? TARRANT Anywhere else in mind? VILA The Himalayas are quite tall at this time of the year. CALLY Feeling homesick, are you? [Vila nods.] TARRANT As it happens, it's his idea. There's someone there he wants to eliminate. AVON Execute. CALLY What? TARRANT One of the Federation's para-investigators. Notorious thug known as Shrinker. AVON One of his victims was a young woman called Anna Grant. She was important to me. CALLY So it's just revenge you're after? AVON Just and sweet. [moves game piece on triangle board] CALLY You two, you approve of this? TARRANT In the absence of a more pressing engagement. AVON I am not asking THEM to kill him. CALLY But pointless revenge, it doesn't achieve anything. VILA We're going home ... to Earth. Does it have to matter why? [Tarrant moves game piece]

[Servalan's ship brings one man patrol vessel into bay] GINKA [on screen] Docking arm secured.

SERVALAN Good. Bring the pilot straight up. DERAL Are you sure we're totally immune? [Servalan mixes liquids in a beaker.]

SERVALAN I'd hardly be doing this if we weren't. DERAL The man may suspect. Don't forget, all Aurons are telepathic.

SERVALAN Not, Deral, after being hit by an ionic beam. DERAL Let's hope not. [Pilot brought on deck. Drinks liquid handed to him by Deral.]

SERVALAN Ah, pilot four zero. PILOT Loss of power. Systems failure. Total cutout.

SERVALAN You were hit by a random ionic reef. PILOT Ionic reef?

SERVALAN Probably a residual from the war. DERAL We ran into it too. [pours more liquid in glass]

SERVALAN But with force shields up. DERAL More? [hands pilot glass] PILOT Thanks. [drinks]

SERVALAN Ginka, how badly damaged is the Auron patrol ship? GINKA Its control systems are burnt out, the auxiliary power unit is functional, but for manual operation only. I'm continuing with further checks.

SERVALAN Manual only, I'm afraid. PILOT I'll manage. DARAL With reduced power? PILOT Auron isn't so far off. Can you supply me with the course coordinates.?

SERVALAN Naturally. I only wish we had time to diverge -- PILOT No. Since the war, the Federation breakup, our people are more cautious than ever. Isolationists.

SERVALAN Very prudent of them. There are so many unscrupulous fortune seekers at large. GINKA Checking's completed.

SERVALAN Good. Set course coordinates for Auron. GINKA Right away, Madame. PILOT Right. I owe you my life.

SERVALAN Just be sure and get home safely.

CALLY Since when has a personal vendetta been a good enough reason for going anywhere? AVON The trouble with the people of Auron is that they all suffer from a superiority complex. VILA You should get on well with them, then. AVON Too good to become involved with the rest of humanity. CALLY That's not true. Just because we happen to be neutral doesn't necessarily -- AVON Neutrality or passivism, it all boils down to the same gutless inanity. CALLY You're wrong. VILA "Gutless inanity." I like it. What's it mean? CALLY Some of us wanted to participate in galactic affairs. AVON Yes? CALLY Yes. DAYNA So what happened? Were you overruled? AVON The great passive majority psyched them into line. Telepathic communion is a wonderful thing. [Smiles] CALLY I joined a group of freedom fighters. TARRANT On Auron? CALLY No, defending the planet Saurian Major from the Federation. TARRANT The Federation won, of course. CALLY Yes. I do try, though. We're not all gutless, you see. VILA And the Aurons punished you for your defiance, didn't they? TARRANT Were you exiled? CALLY Yes. Why do you imagine I've never gone back? Affection for him?

[Auron control centre] PATAR Auron control to pilot four zero, make contact please. Auron control to pilot four zero. Not receiving you, four zero. Repeat, not receiving you. CA-2: Still nothing? PATAR He's totally on his own. We have you on visual, four zero, but we are not hearing you. Apply retro thrust. Do you copy? CA-2: He'll burn up if he doesn't do it soon. CA-1. PATAR Pilot four zero, you must apply retro thrust. Repeat, apply retro thrust. CA-2: Do you think he's slowing? PATAR Could be. Full retros, four zero. [pilot in shuttle, sores on face, hard landing. pilot dies] PATAR [vo] Well done, four zero. Stand by for hookup, stand by. VOICE Hook up completed. PATAR Very smooth, retriever one. VOICE Standing by for docking. PATAR Full emergency procedures operative, retriever one. CA-1: Patar, arrange a debriefing with the pilot, please. CA-2, with me. PATAR A signal for you, four zero; [vo] remain in the patroller for priority debriefing with CA One and the Deputy. Repeat, remain in the patroller for priority debriefing with CA-1 and Deputy. Over. [yellow liquid dribbles out of pilot's mouth]

SERVALAN They have their priority, all right. Survival. DERAL They aren't all going to die, are they?

SERVALAN Deral, we must rebuild the Federation. DERAL But Auron has always been neutral.

SERVALAN Yes. And so long as it was politically expedient they were left to their pathetic little ideals. But the war has left us with a different situation: general disunity and anarchy. So, different imperatives prevail. DERAL What about their powers of telepathy?

SERVALAN They'll have their narrow little minds on other things now. An epidemic of alien pathogens.

CALLY [preoccupied, echo effect.] Death. Dying. AVON [passes hand in front of her unresponsive face] Cally. [snaps fingers] Cally. DAYNA What's wrong with her? CALLY [normal voice, still preoccupied] They're dying ... all dying. AVON Who? Who is dying? TARRANT Here, try her with this. Should snap her out of it. VILA That stuff would snap an asteroid out of orbit. DAYNA Cally. CALLY [recovers] They're all dying. Dayna, they're all dying.

[Auron control] PATAR Orderlies, here! [orderlies remove stumbling man] CA-2: Report, Module six. VOICE It's here, we've got it here. CA-1: Oh, no. CA-2: Details. VOICE First case was a hour ago. It started with the children. CA-2: Next, the young adults. Thank you, module six. CA-1: Any response to the distress calls? CA-2: Not a whisper. Appeals out on all channels, nothing. VOICE Medical section reporting. CA-2: Yes. VOICE Negative trace. Non-bacterial, Non-viral. Must conclude disease pathogen of alien origins. CA-1: Ah, yes. From their insane Intergalactic War. VOICE What else? CA-2: So why aren't we affected? We were exposed to the disease first, longer than anyone. VOICE It's your generation. YOU still have a resistance to the infection. CA-2: Unlike the youngsters. So what do we do? CA-1: Evacuation. FRANTON It's probably Auron's only chance now. CA-1: Why aren't you at the replication plant? FRANTON Off shift, unfortunately. CA-2: Oh, I'm sorry. FRANTON There's still my assistant, Zelda. [CA-1 and Franton go to comm screen] CA-1: Are you all right? No symptoms? ZELDA [on screen] The plant is fully sterile, sir. CA-1: Zelda, prepare a full range of genetic stock. Get them packed immediately, ready for evacuation. ZELDA I have a different priority, sir. FRANTON What is it, Zelda? ZELDA To contact Cally. CA-1: Oh, that young rebel. ZELDA The Liberator must be our best hope. CA-1: Look, we already have distress calls out on constant transmission. Just obey orders! FRANTON With respect, sir. You and Cally are from the same sibling group, aren't you? ZELDA Yes, Cally's my twin. FRANTON Identical brain scan. ZELDA Optimum telepathic affinity. CA-1: Yes, well, forget all that and just do as I say-- FRANTON Keep trying Zelda, keep at it. But for you our people might have had some natural resistance. Your precious dream of isolation -- CA-1: That policy was agreed upon in council. FRANTON And those in opposition were simply ignored. My father tried to warn you, and so did Cally. And look how you've thanked her. CA-1: She deserved to be exiled. FRANTON You'd better just hope Zelda can get her back now.

[Liberator flight deck] ZELDA ['path voice] Cally. Help us, Cally. Help Auron. CALLY [Repeating to the others] "Help ... help Auron." [Tarrant gives Avon a sign for a council behind Cally's back. They move off together.] TARRANT Let's go. AVON Can we trust them? CALLY Yes. Zelda would never trick me. VILA Zelda? DAYNA Her identical sibling. VILA Eh? DAYNA There are plenty more like her on Auron, apparently. CALLY This is not a trap. AVON Not knowingly, perhaps. TARRANT Zen, reroute to planet Auron. AVON Just like that? TARRANT A democracy. You're outvoted, Avon. Three to two. VILA Four to one. I like to stay with the winners whenever possible. ZEN Confirm course changing to zero three one zero. Destination: the planet Auron. State speed. TARRANT Standard by Six. ZEN Confirm. CALLY ['path voice] I'm coming, Zelda. I'm coming home. I'm coming home.

[Servalan's flight deck. Servalan and Deral watch a screen]

SERVALAN Their bio-replication plant. Auron's most elegant achievement. Synthesised placenta unit, each capable of gestating a batch of identical siblings. DERAL Of - ?

SERVALAN Foetuses, Deral. Offspring. DERAL They look quite human.

SERVALAN They are. The man who perfected the process, Franton, achieved spontaneous cell differentiation. DERAL No need for fertilisation.

SERVALAN That's right. Pure genetic replication. DERAL Your own cells, unmated. One parent only.

SERVALAN Exactly. And now, since the untimely destruction of the Clonemasters, it is exclusive to Auron. DERAL Exclusive? So this is your reason. Nothing to do with rebuilding the Federation. You simply want to reproduce.

SERVALAN It's as well for you that just now I happen to need men like you and Ginka: loyal, unquestioning, not prone to interfering in matters of strategy. DERAL Even so, does seem a little -- excessive? To afflict a whole planet merely to indulge --

SERVALAN Indulge nothing! This, Deral, this is merely a bonus. My primary object for Auron's affliction, as you call it, is to seize the Liberator.

AVON This is crass stupidity. TARRANT Not from Cally's side of the scanner. AVON Emotional ties - we cannot risk the Liberator for sentiment. TARRANT As long as Cally is part of this crew, she has full call on your loyalty and support, no matter what the risks. AVON You are forgetting that the Aurons rejected her. They sent her into exile. TARRANT You were exiled from Earth. AVON I go back as an executioner. TARRANT And you really believe revenge should rate a higher priority than mercy? AVON All right. We will consult Orac. [they walk together to Orac. Avon inserts key]

SERVALAN Signal Auron Control. Offer medical facilities. GINKA [on screen] Do we go in and dock? DERAL I give your orders, Ginka. GINKA My apologies, Captain. Do we go in and dock, sir. DERAL You'll get your or--

SERVALAN Yes. With full quarantine precautions. Say we're afraid of cross infection. Under the circumstances, they shouldn't find that hard to believe. GINKA True, Madame. DERAL What if the Liberator's out of range of Auron's distress calls?

SERVALAN You're forgetting Cally. DERAL Her telepathy?

SERVALAN Exactly. And I'm quite sure she's capable of persuading the others.

CALLY ['path voice] Soon. We're coming. Tell them they must not despair. The Liberator is on its way. Zelda, we will be together again. Be strong. I'm coming home, Zelda. I'm coming to help you.

PATAR Sir. Your message received, jig nine. Hold please. CA-1: It's a reply. PATAR Requesting quarantine dockings. CA-2: Who are they? PATAR It's an ex-Federation cruiser. CA-1: All right. Confirm. FRANTON Just a minute. Suppose it's a trick. CA-1: How? FRANTON This whole epidemic. They could have intercepted our patrol ship and infected our pilot. CA-1: For what reason? FRANTON Conquest. CA-1: That's ridiculous. FRANTON Surely it would be safer to wait for the Liberator. At least we can trust them, and we know they're coming, Zelda heard. CA-1: But not when. Do you know how long it'll take? Heh? Exactly. All right. Confirm docking. Full quarantine. PATAR Auron control to jig nine.

GINKA [on screen] Madame, docking facilities open.

SERVALAN Quarantine? GINKA As specified.

SERVALAN Tell them to have specimens ready for analysis. GINKA Right.

SERVALAN No. Tell them to have a patient ready. Specify Clinician Franton. Tell them he's to wear protective suiting to withstand radiation scanning. GINKA Clinician Franton?

SERVALAN Yes. Their replication expert.

ORAC Reproduction by Clinician Franton's method of group cloning has resulted in highly developed psychic faculties, telepathy being the most obvious example. These faculties are, of course, limited to the young since cloning was developed relatively recently. AVON We know all that. ORAC Since I lack sensors to assess what is or is not in your mind, I cannot assess what is or is not already known to you. TARRANT Listen, Orac, what about the disease epidemic Cally's talking about. ORAC It's a high probability that because Auron has had a policy of neutrality and isolation, the planet has now been kept completely free of all disease for more than three decades. TARRANT A sterile environment. AVON Without disease there would be no natural resistance to infection. ORAC Precisely. CALLY Checking up? AVON Why not? CALLY There's nothing Orac can tell you that I can't. AVON Maybe not, but dispassionately, without prejudice or emotion. CALLY So what's Orac's dispassionate assessment? A trap? AVON We haven't got that far. ZEN Distress signal from Auron. CALLY Details. ZEN Signal faint and intermittent. CALLY Come on, come on. ZEN Requesting urgent help. Requesting medical facilities.

[Franton in treatment chamber] GINKA Diagnostic scan complete. Remove helmet for treatment. Grasp the support. Keep as still as possible. Feet on the marks. [Franton shudders] DERAL Ginka, that is not clinician Franton. GINKA It tis, sir.

SERVALAN Rubbish. Ginka, who is this woman? GINKA She's Franton's daughter, in charge of the bio replication plant since her father's death several years ago.

SERVALAN Daughter? Surely the man would have replicated in his own image. GINKA It seems she was born while he was still developing the process.

SERVALAN Ah. Born of natural birth. GINKA Evidently. Excuse me, Madam. [Franton's sores disappear. She is released from treatment unit.] There's a mirror to your left. DERAL Shall I have her brought in here, Madame?

SERVALAN Please don't interfere, Deral. I've already given Ginka his orders. VOICE Excuse me Madame. Control. Liberator is on visual.

SERVALAN The prize, Deral. The way to re-establish the Federation more quickly. The single most powerful fighting ship left in space. With that, we can command the loyalty of all factions.

[Ginka enters flight deck with Franton] GINKA Clinician Franton.

SERVALAN No longer infectious. GINKA Total cure. FRANTON Your therapy unit is miraculous.

SERVALAN Thank you. Installed shortly before the Intergalactic War. FRANTON Auron's people will be saved if we can reprogram our medical units.

SERVALAN I only wish that were possible. Explain, Ginka. GINKA It's a pathogen introduced by the aliens during the War. Treatment is linked to the patient's individual tissue pattern. FRANTON Individual? GINKA The best we can offer is for your people to come on board wearing protective clothing in batches of six. FRANTON Six? Our entire planet's infected. If we could at least take the unit out to our medical centre- GINKA No question of that. Batches of six, in suits.

[Six white suited figures stagger down a hall] CA-2: Six at a time. CA-1: Well, even if only a few dozen can survive...Where's clinician Franton? CA-2: She's gone back to the plant to prepare for evacuation of the genetic stock. PATAR Liberator arrival imminent, sir. CA-2: At last! CA-1: Patar. Offer immediate docking facilities. PATAR I did, sir, but they -- they said they're using teleport.

[Liberator teleport room] CALLY We're wasting valuable time, why don't we dock now? AVON Security. CALLY But this is a mercy mission, not a war. VILA Those bugs could hit us too, you know. TARRANT We can dock once we've assessed. VILA Uh, volunteering for teleport duty up here. AVON We should leave two. TARRANT Dayna can bring one of them straight back up for analysis. DAYNA OK. CALLY It would be quicker if we took Orac down with us. AVON It would be stupid to compound the risk. CALLY Risk! They're dying down there, dying by the thousands,. TARRANT Orac stays, Cally. DAYNA Come on. VILA Good luck. [operates teleport]

DERAL Ginka. GINKA Yes, sir? DERAL Stand up. GINKA Sir. DERAL You are addressing a superior officer, stand up! GINKA As you wish, sir. DERAL Yes, Ginka, as I wish. I'm tired of your insubordination. I'm tired of your not very subtle attempt to undermine my authority. GINKA Is this an official reprimand, sir? If it is, then I have the right to the presence of another officer to whom I may state my case. DERAL What exactly is your case? GINKA Do you mean you don't know? DERAL Is it because you were passed over for command? GINKA You admit that I was passed over then. DERAL Clearly, since I was made captain and you were not. A fact you'd do well to bear in mind. GINKA Oh, I do bear it in mind, sir. I bear it in mind all the time. DERAL Then act accordingly, or I shall have you up in front of a court martial. GINKA I don't think the president would go along with that. Sir. DERAL You think she has some special regard for you, is that it? GINKA I think she recognises a good officer, even if he doesn't have the right connections. DERAL As I have? GINKA Surely. Since you were made Captain, and I was not. DERAL Get on with your work.

[Six white suited Aurons enter treatment chamber] GINKA [on screen] The first six have arrived, Madame.

SERVALAN Get them out of those suits. GINKA Should I proceed with the scanning process first?

SERVALAN There is no point. They have to die anyway. See to it, Ginka, and get two of those suits up here. Deral and I will need them. GINKA At once, Madame.

SERVALAN Control, is the Liberator docking? VOICE No, Madame. It is in stationary orbit.

SERVALAN Ah. Then they're using teleport.

[Cally and Dayna manoeuvre Patar to be teleported.] DAYNA Is he strong enough, do you think? CALLY Yes. Come on. DAYNA Teleport, Vila. [they teleport out] AVON So, one of your pilots was infected with an alien pathogen. CA-2: That's right. AVON Why didn't he report the sickness, warn you to have quarantine ready? CA-2: His communications were defective, auto systems as well. He managed the reentry on manual, but died during docking. AVON Defective, how? CA-2: Ionic particle dislocation. AVON Didn't that strike you as odd? CA-1: No doubt yet another residue of annihilation from your war. AVON Impossible. No warfare pathogens or ionic reefs could have drifted this far, not so quickly. CA-1: Well, they evidently have. And our population is, is decimated. CALLY At lease Dayna has taken your traffic controller up to our ship. CA-1: One man. CALLY Well, we have to start somewhere. He'll be scanned for both diagnosis and treatment. CA-1: And then what? How many can you possibly save? Everyone's infected. AVON Including us, by now. CA-2: What about the genetic tissue? There are five thousand on standby for immediate dispatch. TARRANT Five thousand? All uninfected? CA-1: Yes, of course. AVON How can you be sure? CA-2: It's in storage at our bio replication plant. CALLY Is Zelda there? CA-2: Yes. With Clinician Franton.

[At bio replication plant] ZELDA There's someone in decontamination. FRANTON Carry on, Zelda. [speaks thru door] Strictly no entry.

SERVALAN [through door] Let us in, please. FRANTON The infection risk.

SERVALAN You obviously have cleansing procedures. Besides, we are not diseased in any way. FRANTON What do you want?

SERVALAN A small matter of payment, in return for our medical services. I wish to use one of your gestation units. FRANTON Replication?

SERVALAN That, I believe, is their function. Is it so much to ask? FRANTON We're preparing for evacuation.

SERVALAN No longer necessary. Thanks to us. And the Liberator. FRANTON But the disease pathogens will still be infecting the planet.

SERVALAN No problem. After the gestation process is complete, our medical unit can simply induct specific resistance into the...babies. The quicker you oblige, the quicker I can return to my ship and allow the treatment to continue. FRANTON The price of mercy.

SERVALAN Elementary commerce. [Zelda decontaminates them]

AVON How do you feel? TARRANT I just hope Orac can fix it. AVON [Into bracelet] Liberator. [Beat] Idiot, where are you? TARRANT Vila! AVON [vo] This is not untypical. [Vila mouths answer in helmet] Vila, come in. VILA [Vila removes helmet] Yes. AVON [vo] Where were you? VILA Precautions. AVON Against what? VILA [vo] Plague. TARRANT Has Orac got any results yet? VILA [vo] No. CA-2: The first batch are just coming back from treatment. CA-1: Good. Get the next six ready. AVON Treatment? CALLY Where? CA-1: From the other ship. CALLY What other ship? CA-1: The one that answered our distress call shortly before you arrived.

[Ginka suddenly enters with Federation troopers] GINKA Absolutely still, Tarrant! Bracelets off -- and guns. Quickly! CA-1: Who the hell are you? I give the orders here. GINKA Not anymore. I'm in charge. On the floor, double quick! CALLY ['path voice] Zelda. Zelda, listen. We're trapped in the Control Centre. We're trapped in the Control Centre.

FRANTON Zelda! Prepare a placenta, please. [uses needle to extract Servalan's blood] DERAL Is that all it takes, then? A sample of blood? FRANTON It's the genetic print we need. All body cells with a nucleus carry that. The white cells are here. As long as they're capable of differentiation, they're capable of growth, into another you.

SERVALAN Excellent. My blood line, Deral. FRANTON Or gene stock.

SERVALAN Yes. [Franton drops blood on solution in tray] Where can I speak to your control centre? FRANTON Over there. DERAL Do you need me, mum?

SERVALAN No, Deral, you can wait for me here. [leaves] ZELDA Cally's trapped in the C--[Franton stops her as Deral approaches, then he picks up the tray]

DAYNA Relax, Vila. Orac's found the cure. VILA Quite sure? PATAR It's even better than the other ship. DAYNA What? VILA What other ship? PATAR The ex-Federation that answered our distress call. VILA Now he tells us! [Into comm] Cally, Avon, Tarrant. Tarrant. Answer, Tarrant. DAYNA I'll go down. VILA And land us into whatever mess they're in down there? You stay here until we know the score. [Into comm] Tarrant. Answer, Tarrant. PATAR What's going on?

SERVALAN [over comm] Hello, Vila. [Vila mouths, "Servalan."] [Servalan's flight deck] Time to surrender. We have your compatriots, Vila. Surrender the Liberator and they live. Resist, and they die. [vo] However, having some degree of personal regard for you, Vila, I am prepared to make you an offer. VILA I'm listening.

SERVALAN A position of senior rank. VILA Such as?

SERVALAN Say, a governorship? A planet of your choosing. Earth, if you wish it. VILA Earth? DAYNA [sotto voce] Lies! VILA Uh, I think I'll have a chat with Orac. [Breaks off] DAYNA We may have one advantage. VILA Really? DAYNA Us. [Indicates herself and Patar] It's just possible she doesn't know we're here.

CA-2: Why? Why have you done this? CA-1: Yes, why? Why have you brought this on us? I just can't believe it. I can't believe that anyone can be so --

SERVALAN Successful? Well now you know. [To Ginka] Take them out and shoot them. [They are escorted out by three guards] CA-1: I'm sorry. CA-2: You're not to blame. CA-1: Aren't I? I should have listened to Franton after all. CA-2: You did what you thought was right at the time.

DAYNA Go on, Vila. VILA Uh, Orac says to come up here and negotiate.

SERVALAN Does it really? VILA [over comm] A question of trust. Orac can only assess veracity in person.

SERVALAN I'll send a deputy. VILA All right. But unarmed. GINKA Let me go, Madam. I'll take the Liberator!

SERVALAN No. I think Deral would be a more suitable representative. DERAL Without a weapon?

SERVALAN Have one. [She hands him a gun.] But hidden. It's only Vila up there and he's a coward. Get control of that teleport, and the Liberator is ours. [into bracelet] My deputy is ready. His name is Deral. VILA One moment. [motions Dayna and Patar out of teleport room] All right. DERAL Teleport. [Deral teleports] VILA Um, welcome aboard. DERAL Sit down. [points gun at Vila] VILA Over here? [sits at teleport console] DERAL Mnn hmm. DAYNA [enters with gun on Deral] Keep still! [takes his gun] VILA So much for trust. Disarming, isn't she? DAYNA Over there. VILA [into comm] You tried to trick us, Servalan. Naughty. One hostage to us.

SERVALAN And three to me.

ZELDA But listen, I have to go. FRANTON Set foot outside this building and you'll be instantly infected. ZELDA But not dead. I can still - FRANTON I'm immune now Zelda, cured. One of us must stay and complete the packing. The genetic material must be ready for evacuation. It's Auron's only chance, now. ZELDA But - FRANTON Ah, I'll manage. ZELDA But - FRANTON You stay and alert Cally. Tell her to be ready.

DAYNA Where is Servalan's ship? PATAR Down on the quarantine ramps. DAYNA Threaten it, Vila. VILA [into comm] You're cut off, Servalan. We have a neutron blaster sighted on your ship.

SERVALAN [over comm] Destroy it, and you destroy your three compatriots. VILA They're not on board.

SERVALAN True, Vila, true. But they are infected with the disease. And the only cure happens to be on my ship. I think it quite safe to return. Ginka, bring the bracelets. Watch them. DAYNA Is she telling the truth, Deral? Can she really cure them? Well? DERAL If I help you, I'm finished with Servalan. VILA Friend, you're dead meat to her anyway.

[Cally sees Franton in door window.] CALLY [telepaths] Avon, Tarrant, look. [they look at her, then at the door. Franton knocks. Guard shoots at her. Guard One goes down the corridor in search of Franton. Guard Two starts after. Tarrant jumps Guard Two. Avon goes out into the corridor. Guard One fires at him, and Avon ducks back inside. Cally knees Guard Two and gets the gun away from him. Tarrant tosses Guard Two out into the corridor. Guard One fires and kills Guard Two.] AVON Nice shot. [Guard One heads away.] I'll take him. [Grabs the gun from Cally and starts off.] FRANTON [Breaks cover. Avon takes aim at her.] I'm Franton. The guard's gone. You'll never get him now. AVON He'll alert Servalan. CALLY How far away is their ship? FRANTON Close. AVON As soon as she knows, she'll blast us. TARRANT Exactly. There's no point in staying here. CALLY Where shall we go, then? FRANTON There is one place that's safe. AVON From those projectiles of hers? FRANTON Simply because of what's in there. The replication plant. Come on.

SERVALAN Fool. [crumples cup, throws it at guard] Arm projectiles. Prepare to fire. GINKA Target?

SERVALAN The Control Centre. [the control centre explodes]

FRANTON The centre. Come on.

SERVALAN The control centre? GINKA Demolished.

SERVALAN Good. GINKA Our sensors are detecting movement.

SERVALAN Sector? GINKA Northeast.

SERVALAN [sees them on screen] They're heading for the replication plant. GINKA Ready to fire.

SERVALAN Wait. Use mark fives only. GINKA But, Madame!

SERVALAN Ginka, I don't want that plant damaged. [Avon, Tarrant, Cally, Franton run across large expanse of concrete, bombs explode]

FRANTON Not much further. Hurry! [more bombs explode]

ZEN Projectile attack in proximity of main control centre. DAYNA Attack? VILA They stand about as much chance as a bubble in a black hole. DERAL Unless they head for the replication plant. VILA What? DERAL It's the one possible sanctuary. DAYNA Why? [more bombs]

FRANTON Zelda!

SERVALAN No closer. Cease firing. GINKA Firing ceased.

SERVALAN Take in a ground force. You command. GINKA But Madame--!

SERVALAN Ginka! Do as I say.

[Zelda decontaminates Franton. She enters biorep] FRANTON They're diseased, Zelda. [closes door] ZELDA No. TARRANT [in corridor outside biorep] They've stopped firing. AVON I wonder why. FRANTON [through door] Because of these. They're implanted with her cells. TARRANT Servalan's? AVON Her surrogate womb. TARRANT Birth by proxy. AVON After infecting the entire planet in the first place. TARRANT You must be Zelda. ZELDA That's right. TARRANT Cally? [Cally approaches door. She and Zelda place a hand each on glass of door] AVON So. Those little monsters give us a breather. TARRANT Not that it'll do us much good without bracelets to get us up to the Liberator.

DAYNA Could be. If they've somehow found out about Servalan's urge to breed. VILA But how? DAYNA Cally won't be short of telepathic vibes. Her sister's there remember. VILA Yes, but -- DAYNA But it's the only possible lead we have. VILA But if it's wrong! If he's lying! DAYNA Just be ready to bring me straight back up! All right, down. [Vila operates teleport] VILA [to Deral] You'd better be right.

SERVALAN I told you to take in a ground force. GINKA I know. But I think you are mistaken, Madame.

SERVALAN About what? GINKA The replication plant. Cally, Avon, and Tarrant - they must die now.

SERVALAN Not in there. GINKA Why not? Surely you are not that concerned for Captain Deral's offspring.

SERVALAN Deral? What are you talking about? GINKA Did you know he persuaded the woman Franton to remove some cells from one of the placentas and replace them with his own.

SERVALAN Whose cells did he replace? GINKA You were with him all the time, weren't you?

SERVALAN No. I left him alone there, when I went to give you you're orders. The firing point - now! [Ginka smiles]

[Franton and Zelda prepare boxes for evacuation Dayna hands out bracelets to Avon, Tarrant and Cally] DAYNA You don't look well. TARRANT I just hope Orac can sort us out. DAYNA Relax! Orac did a grand therapy job on their traffic controller. TARRANT [through door] Franton. Zelda. You'll have to evacuate with us. They'll be here soon, Zelda, and it won't just be bugs they're bringing. FRANTON He's right, Zelda. [opens door. Avon, Tarrant, and Cally enter. Cally and Zelda embrace] DAYNA [hands bracelets to Franton and Zelda] Get them on. Ready, everyone? FRANTON Wait! The gene stocks. [runs to grab boxes] DAYNA Ready? ZELDA [hears beeping] I think it's the nutrient flow balance. DAYNA What are you doing? ZELDA I have to adjust it. AVON There isn't time for that. FRANTON Leave it, Zelda. ZELDA But the foetuses will die. AVON They're going to die anyway. Vila, get us out of here. [Zelda removes bracelet. More beeping] CALLY Zelda! [Zelda adjusts settings on machine]

GINKA Ready to fire.

SERVALAN Fire.

CALLY [telepaths] You must get out of there, Zelda. Put the bracelet on. ZELDA [telepaths] Even Servalan's children must have a chance, Cally. [works at unit] Servalan! [looks up] Cally! [explosions, Zelda screams]

[On Servalan's flight deck, Servalan watches screen as biorep is bombed. She jerks, shudders and weeps. In Liberator teleport room Cally faints. Dayna picks her up and carries her o.o.s] FRANTON Servalan must have destroyed the plant. Why would she do that? Why kill the babies? Even her own babies.

SERVALAN Ginka. Ginka! GINKA We got them!

SERVALAN You lied. You lied to me. They were mine. I felt them die. [presses button on small unit. Ginka screams, writhes, dies]

AVON Deral. [snaps teleport bracelet onto Deral's wrist] DERAL What? [Avon pushes Deral onto teleport platform] AVON Tell Servalan she missed us. PATER It was for nothing. All of it was for nothing. FRANTON And tell her Auron's children will return. DERAL You can't! TARRANT No? [he teleports Deral] Happy landings.

SERVALAN Deral. Well? DERAL No! [she kills him using the small unit]

[Dayna and Vila on flight deck couch. Tarrant enters] DAYNA Feeling better? TARRANT Yes, thanks to Orac. VILA Did you look in on the others? TARRANT Yes, they're fine. VILA And Cally? AVON She'll be all right, she's sleeping. Zen, course. ZEN Course zero three two zero for the planet Kaarn. AVON Kaarn? ZEN It is within the specified parameters. An uninhabited earth type planet capable of supporting an Auron colony. TARRANT Flight time? ZEN Forty hours at present speed. AVON Increase speed. TARRANT No, Avon. Let's not rush it. AVON Why not? TARRANT The gene stocks that Franton has contain the potential for five thousand children. DAYNA Franton and Pater are going to be busy on Kaarn. TARRANT Maybe we should let them rest. AVON Maybe we should. It's likely to be the last rest they get. Zen, maintain present speed. DAYNA What about Cally? Do you think she'll want to go with them? AVON Cally will stay with us. We are closer to her than they are. Besides, a nursery of five thousand, would you want to go with them?

[all laugh, Dayna passes tray, Vila and Tarrant take wafers]

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