Doctor Who: Edge of Destruction

September 22, 2013 in Dr Who, Guest Blogs by GuestBlogs

A guest blog by Hevy782


This serial is a very unique one and something that we’ll never see done today. The BBC had originally commissioned only four episodes, but that then expanded to thirteen not long after. This left them with two episodes to fill on a very limited budget and only two months until it’s filming was scheduled to start. With no money to hire extra actors or make new sets, this story became a sort of bottle episode set entirely in the TARDIS and only featuring the four regulars.

Some might compare this to the recent ‘Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS’ which is fair enough as they do have many similar features but this is a bit more extreme of a take on it. There’s no running down corridors being chased by strange monsters but instead they are left inside the console room to try and work out what is happening to the TARDIS and why some of them are acting strangely.

This episode also ties up some of the characters loose ends that were presented throughout the previous two serials. The Doctor finally accepts Barbara and Ian as travelers (despite blaming them for sabotaging the ship and then trying to kick them out earlier) and Barbara and Ian begin to properly understand the Doctor. On the topic of the Doctor, he still has a long way to go before he becomes the man he is today, but he has certainly changed since when we first saw him.

The episode itself is quite underrated and can be quite enjoyable. That is not to say it is flawless as it can be quite slow at times and it can be quite stale as you spend the whole time on the same set. There are some good moments of horror but it’s position as a children’s program prevents it from going much further. It really is a serial where you have to judge it for yourself and if you end not liking it then it is only two episodes worth of your time, no big loss. The cliffhanger at the end shows Susan and Barbara finding a footprint in the snow. This then leads into the now completely lost serial seven-part serial called Marco Polo, thus bringing an end to the Beginning box set.