The Tertiary Phase, Episode 3 - Fit The Fifteenth
Arthur and Ford learn about the greatest war in the history of the galaxy - the Krikkit Wars. It turns out the sport of cricket is a form of 'racial memory', which everyone but Earth sees as a tasteless game.
The actual history concerns the planet Krikkit. This planet is covered by a dust cloud so that from the surface, the only thing that can be seen is the sun. Nothing else can be seen in the sky. One day, a space ship crashed onto the planet. They rebuilt it in a year and broke through the dust cloud and saw the universe for the first time. Their first reaction: it had to go.
As a result, the people of Krikkit built robots that fired bombs, launching them with bats. After losing the war, the planet Krikkit was locked in a 'slo-time envelope' which could only open after the universe ended or if someone opened it from the outside using the key. The key was shaped in the form of the symbol of the galaxy - the Wikkit Gate. However, one Krikkit ship, the one that Arthur and Ford saw at Lord's, escaped and is trying to find the key.
Slartibartfast tells them that one part of the key is the Wooden Pillar - The Ashes. Failing to get them, he now plans to get another part of the key, the Silver Bail, by going to a party. To get there, Slartibartfast, Arthur and Ford teleport to toilets of the Starship Bristomath. Arthur however teleports to a damp dark room, where he bumps into an unknown character who says,
bet you weren't expecting to see me again.
Elsewhere, the Krikkit robots steal the Gold Bail, which is the heart of the Heart of Gold's Infinite Improbability Drive. Zaphod is shot while trying to stop them.
- Tuesday 5th October 2004
- BBC Radio 4
- 30 minutes
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Cast & crew
|Simon Jones||Arthur Dent|
|Geoffrey McGivern||Ford Prefect|
|William Franklyn||The Book|
|Mark Wing-Davey||Zaphod Beeblebrox|
|Rupert Degas||Judiciary Pag|
|Michael Fenton Stevens||Krikkit Man One|
|Philip Pope||Krikkit Man Two|
|Tom Maggs||Krikkit Man Three|