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The Brink of Disaster 

The Doctor becomes increasingly suspicious of Ian and Barbara but when the occurrences aboard the TARDIS become even stranger he realises they are in even greater danger than they realised.

Director:

Frank Cox

Writer:

David Whitaker (by)
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Episode complete credited cast:
William Hartnell ... Dr. Who
William Russell ... Ian Chesterton
Jacqueline Hill ... Barbara Wright
Carole Ann Ford ... Susan Foreman
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The Doctor becomes increasingly suspicious of Ian and Barbara but when the occurrences aboard the TARDIS become even stranger he realises they are in even greater danger than they realised.

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This episode was watched by 9.9 million viewers on its original transmission. See more »

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The larger dark patch on the Doctor's bandage moves from just above his left ear at the end of the previous episode to above his right eye in this episode. This is despite the same cliffhanger scene playing out of Ian trying to strangle the Doctor across the two episodes. See more »

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Susan Foreman: Grandfather?
Dr. Who: Yes, my child?
Susan Foreman: What happened?
Dr. Who: What happened? It was the switch, it was still in place. You see, there's a little spring inside it and it was stuck. It hadn't released itself.
Susan Foreman: But why didn't the fault locator tell us?
Dr. Who: Well, the switch hadn't broken down, therefore, the fault locator couldn't give us any recognition. You see, let me give you a demonstration. Now, look, when I put my thumb on there
[put his thumb on a torch switch]
Dr. Who: the light comes on. And it only stays on, so long as my ...
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The Day the Sky Fell In
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Composed by Desmond Leslie
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The Brink of Disaster
12 May 2020 | by guswhovianSee all my reviews

The Doctor becomes increasingly suspicious of Ian and Barbara, but he soon realizes they are in very great danger.

First off, the episode begins with the usually great William Russell doing the most unconvincing faint in TV history.

"The Brink of Disaster" is totally William Hartnell's show. He is fantastic. Jacqueline Hill is great too, and the scene at the end where the Doctor apologizes to Barbara is genuinely touching. However, Hartnell's real tour-de-force is the speech he gives about the creation of a solar system.

However, the plot is absolutely insane. Apparently the TARDIS melted the clock faces to warn the Doctor and company that "time was running out". Kudos to Barbara for managing to figure that out.

Overall, The Edge of Destruction is an entertaining story. Considering it was basically a filler episode, David Whitaker could have done a bad job. However, he rose to the occasion and crafted one of the strangest Doctor Who stories of all time.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 February 1964 (UK) See more »

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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