Doctor Who Recap: Season 1: Episode 12: The Edge of Destruction

Doctor Who Recap: Season 1

The next two episodes were  filmed entirely within the Tardis, marking it as one of the more unusual episodes filmed at the beginning.  Although these episodes worked brilliantly as a suspense filled, cabin fever style character driven plot, the real reason there were no planets or aliens encountered was that the BBC was still debating where or not to continue with the series and the sets and costuming for the next episodes had therefore not been completed.  The next two episodes were quickly written ( two days) and filmed to bid for time.

Edge of Destruction Doctor Who Recap: Season 1: Episode 12: The Edge of Destruction

The time travellers slowly get up, recovering in their own ways from the explosion from the console. Its soon apparent that the TARDIS is uncontrollable and veering off into unknown space. Ian and Barbara are desperate to return to their timezone and homes and become frantic with questions and accusations.Strange things begin to happen within the TARDIS and everyone begins to suspect there is a saboteur on board. At first they believe there is an alien or strange being on board, but this is quickly dispelled as the time travellers turn on one another. The Doctor speaks very unkindly to Barbara, who takes this badly.Viewers are shown parts of the TARDIS, such as the ladies sparse sleeping quarters. The Doctor reveals to Susan that he doesn’t trust the humans and drugs them with a drink, in order to continue his search for the reason the TARDIS is acting so strangely.

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