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According to the guard, many citizens in the village attempted to fight to stop Midas, including the Vicar, Squire Ferfuson, Doctor Sims, and others, but they all became statues in Midas' processing room.
While searching for a way to reverse the process of Midas' gun ray, the Doctor deduces that the answer must be found in the emerald filament. He finds the solution to be simple, as he increases the input of the crystal generator and bypasses the circuit.