got it sorted!
Yes, I am replying to myself!
Just in case anyone has the same problem.
What I did to get it to work was bring in the text for option1 onto the main timeline like all the other variables, and then bring it into the movie from within the movie with
option1 = _root.option1;
Can't believe I didn't try that sooner.
If anyone has a better way of doing it I'd love to hear.