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The Edge of Desctruction

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Reviewed By: FinleyWadeReview Date: 8/3/17 11:14 am
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

This story story is good but not great in my opinion. It is only 2 parts long (45 mins) and can feel like filler between The Daleks and Marco Polo. The plot is good in the first part and creates real mystery but the explanation in the second part really lets the plot down and damages the overall story. The Acting however is great in this story and we see our team be torn apart by what is happening to them. This story is also a good insight into how the TARDIS functions and has some kind of intelligence. The short time frame really works in this story keeping the drama throughout. Overall, there isn't that much to say about this story other than it's pretty good and it come in 'the beginning' box set so you are probably going to end up with it anyway and I give it a 7 / 10.
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Reviewed By: DalekbusterScreen5ReviewsReview Date: 4/7/17 11:10 pm
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Nowadays we are so used to the 45 minute story format and whilst this story is two 25 minute episodes that together make this running time technically this is Doctor Who's first attempt to tell a narrative in such a short amount of time.

Is it successful?

Well, it partly is and it partly isn't.

The Edge of Destruction sees the TARDIS trying to warn the crew about some impending disaster through various oddities like melting clock hands and influencing the Doctor (William Hartnell), Susan (Carole Anne Ford), Ian (William Russell) and Barbara's (Jaqueline Hill) behaviour.

This is an enjoyable enough story to watch and one that's suitably simplistic for a classic series two-parter. It creates a sense of paranoia well and doesn't feel like filler. It's a shame then that the resolution is such a let down.

Spoilers follow.

Because you see, when it's revealed what the TARDIS was trying to warn the crew about...it turns out it was just that the fast return switch was stuck.

Seriously.

The entire events of the two-parter were all because of one switch.

And that's not the only weird decision because earlier Susan tries to threaten Ian and Barbara with the deadliest item she can find..a pair of scissors. It's a scene that's nothing short of daft and really should have been replaced with something else.

Having said that, there are plenty of good moments. The Doctor's monologue is great and it's nice to see a story set entirely on the TARDIS. The cast all give great performances too. It's just a shame that in conclusion the story is let down by poor decisions by the writer David Whitaker.
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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 1/16/16 2:21 pm
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At the beginning of, 'The Edge of Destruction' an unconscious Doctor lies on the floor muttering, "I can't take you back Susan, I can't..." Over the years, there has been fan speculation whether Susan was even his granddaughter or whether he had kidnapped her! - Much like he had plucked Ian and Barbara from the normality of their day existence (An Unearthly Child) and then spent two years trying to get them back, even though he seemed unable to navigate his own ship. He showed no hesitation at abducting the two teachers if it prevented his granddaughter leaving.

For a filler story on a budget of ten pounds with no new actors, no new sets or costumes this acquits itself very well indeed. It's a classic character-driven piece. I love stories with a certain amount of isolation and focus on dialogue. Something like Beckett's 'Waiting for Godot' or Mamet's 'American Buffalo'; in the right mood there is nothing better. Imagine the Tardis is a vast sprawling shadowy mansion stuck in acres of wilderness being looked after by an elderly and sinister caretaker and his granddaughter who has accepted a couple of guests. The Mansion is haunted and slowly driving its inhabitants mad. Sound familiar? Classic Doctor Who has always merged Sci-Fi and Horror genres better than any other show I can think of whilst often avoiding the pitfalls of both and compounding its strengths. There must be enough room on the disc to include and alternate version with words fast return switch CGI out and a bit of steam added to the melting clock, that wouldn't go a miss for me. We all owe this fantastic journey of events to a dodgy spring. I really like the sense of scale there, just a silly little spring in one of the most powerful machines in the universe causing so much trouble.

The change of Director for the second episode does make the transition from episodes clunky in terms of style and pace but perhaps that wasn't as noticeable when they were broadcast a week apart, and I don't think they pushed the menace in this story enough. Also, Starting off with disorientated character is a bit more confusing than mysterious and I feel it is something that should have crept in gradually but it is quite a short story. Still, though, this is packed full of good ideas. Today, 'Doctor Who' is so notable in our collective memories that Sydney Newman's wonderfully abstract concept of a box being larger on the inside is taken for granted; add in the idea that it is alive and perhaps partially sentient which is a wonderfully abstract concept and totally original concept.
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Reviewed By: doctorwhomoffReview Date: 12/27/15 11:49 pm
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The edge of destruction is uniqe in that it is the only story to be set entirely in the TARDIS aside from one scene at the very end.

This story is the closest the Hartnell era ever gets to an out and out horror story and it shows, it is incredibly creepy and tense with tones of And Then There Were None and the thing in play.

The cast is very strong through out be special praise must be given to Jackie Hill for the absolutely spell binding turn she gives in this episode and for her amazing what the hell hero speech that she delivers to the doctor towards the end.

I would love to give this episode eight out of ten but it unfortunately falls apart a little towards the end, but resolution is always the hardest part. Even so I can only give this episode seven out of ten, I might have given 7.5 out of ten if I could.

On the whole however the edge of destruction is a good little two parter that is well worth a watch.