Dr. Who: [talking about needing a leader] Jano, since you have destroyed the power you held over Chal and his people, you realize now, of course, that you've got to learn to live together.
Jano: Yes. But the fear and hatred of the past will only die slowly. We need someone like yourself as a mediator until we have become one people.
Dr. Who: I see. But in my case, I am afraid that is utterly impossible.
Jano: The man we need must inspire trust. His judgments must come from his heart even more than his head.
Chal: [the Doctor smiles knowingly, as Chal and Jano turn to Steven] Here is the leader we want, Jano.
Jano: This is what I thought.
Steven: [struggling for words and looking surprised at the choice of him for leader] Just a minute. I couldn't...
Dr. Who: A great honour, dear boy.
Steven: But I can't walk out on you and Dodo!
Dr. Who: Just think of the challenge to be able to set up the people on this planet for a new life. You're quite ready for this task.
Steven: You think I can do it?
Dr. Who: Yes, I do. And you're the only man who can, my boy.
Steven: [to Chal] And the offer come from both sides?
Chal: You would give us new hope. Our people will become great again - we will learn to live as equals - without bitterness.
Steven: What about Tor?
Tor: I should accept your decisions.
Steven: [there is a moment's silence as Steven considers the momentous decision] Very well. I will stay.
Chal: Thank you... and thank you! You have justified our faith.
Dodo: [running over to Steven to be comforted] Oh Steven!
Steven: [giving Dodo a hug] I shall miss you both, Dodo.
Dr. Who: [Steven saying goodbye] Well, I must say, young man, I'm very proud of you.
Steven: Doctor, I don't know if...
Dr. Who: I know, I know my boy. Well, go on, you mustn't keep them waiting.
Steven: [shaking hands with the Doctor] Goodbye, Doctor.
Dr. Who: [shaking Steven's hand] Goodbye Steven, and good luck.
[Steven turns and hurries away. But at the door, he hesitates and sadly turns back to give a last look at the Doctor and Dodo. He gives a small wave, and disappears]
Dodo: [sobbing] Doctor, do you think we'll ever see him again?
Dr. Who: [comforting Dodo] Well, who knows, my dear? In this strange complex of time and space, anything can happen.
[turning to leave]
Dr. Who: Come along, little one, we must go.
[arm-in-arm, the Doctor and Dodo stroll out of the devastated laboratory]
Dr. Who: We mustn't look back.
Dodo: [talking to the Doctor, surrounded by Nanina and Steven] Are you all right, Doctor?
Dr. Who: Yes, I think so, my dear. I must have fallen into some kind of a coma. It was as though... as though all my powers had been sapped.