Characters (in order of appearance) Guard standing outside ESRC Bukovsky Fallada
Minister Metallurgist Pathologist 1st scientist BBC Announcer Medical 1 Medical 2 Guard
MINISTER I see. How did you open the girI’s case?
BUKOVSKY We didn’t, Minister. We were taIking about how to get it open when it popped open of its own accord.
MINISTER – Did you X-ray the crystaI cases?
BUKOVSKY - We’re not certain they’re crystaI.
METALLURGIST The casings are not metaIIic. I’m not even sure they’re organic. The casing is right there in front of us without being there… – if that makes any sense.
MINISTER - And the bodies?
PATHOLOGIST We’re going to do our first dissection now. Provided, of course, that Dr. FaIIada agrees they’re dead.
FALLADA I don’t know that I am quaIified to pass judgment on aIien death.
PATHOLOGIST You wouId agree that they’re less alive than we are?
BBC ANNOUNCER Yesterday in Hong Kong, goId cIosed Iower. In light trading on European currency markets… the pound cIosed mixed against the dollar and West German marks. There will be a full market report after the late news. This is James Graham reporting from the city. Now back to the newsroom.
NEWSROOM ANNOUNCER Halley’s Comet is now dominating the northern sky… stretching over 100 million miles across the heavens… occupying one-sixth of the entire visibIe horizon. On this exceptionally clear night… a group of enthusiasts are commemorating Dr. Edmund Halley’s great prediction… by holding an outdoor watching from his original observatory at Greenwich. Our viewers may be interested to know… that comets were once considered to be harbingers of eviI. One of the earIiest words for comet was ”disaster”… which in Latin means ”eviI star.” It may indeed be an evil star for the deep space probe Churchill. There’s still no word from Her Majesty’s government as to the fate of the crew… whether they’re aIive or dead. We can only await further developments–