BBCDVD 1882C Doctor Who - The edge of destruction by David Whitaker

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Catalogue numberBBCDVD 1882C
TitleDoctor Who - The edge of destruction
Artist(s)David Whitaker
Cover conditionNear mint
Record conditionNear mint
BBC records label code-
Item deleted?No
Distributed / printed by2 entertain
Country of originUK UK flag
Media typePrimary
Media genreDramas - Sci-fi
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Run-off codes / Shop bar codesA0100665729 A933 16 IFPI L558 Sony DADC
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Side & trackTrack and ArtistLength
A1The edge of destruction25.01
A2The brink of disaster22.07
A3Doctor Who - Origins53.51
A4Over the edge29.23
A5Inside the spaceship10.15
A6Masters of sound, a look inside the BBC Radiophonic Workshop12.24
A7Marco Polo31.25
A9Radio Times billings for first three adventures [PDF]
A10Full script for An Unearthly Child (PDF)
Total length of media 3:09:35.


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William Hartnell
William Russell
Jacqueline Hill
Carole Ann Ford

Written by

David Whitaker

Produced by

Verity Lambert

Directed by

Richard Martin and Frank Cox


Something has caused the TARDIS console to explode in mid-flight, plunging the ship into darkness and rendering the crew unconscious. As they slowly recover, they find themselves suffering from loss of memory, and headaches. The TARDIS behaves oddly, as the doors open and close of their own accord. Has the ship been possessed in some way, or is something more dangerous happening to the time travellers?


Doctor Who had got off to a pretty chaotic start. The story was due to open the series - The Giants by C. E. Webber - was dropped. This left Anthony Coburn's intended second story, set in the Stone Age, to open the series. Coburn also came up with a new second story, a six-part tale called The Robots.

Things never go to plan. Anthony Coburn's 'Robots' story was dropped from the series. The production team felt that going from Stone Age Earth to Marco Polo's 13th century China would be a mistake, and needed a science fiction story to sandwich between them. Terry Nation's Dalek story was promoted to second in the running order. Problem solved. Well, nearly ...

The upper echelons of the BBC had only initially committed to 4 episodes of Doctor Who. After a lot of debate and scrutiny, this initial episode count was increased to 13 mid-way through production of An Unearthly Child. Which was all well and good, but the production team could only offer either 11 episodes (up to the end of The Daleks), or 18 (up to the end of Marco Polo). Stretching The Daleks to make it last for 9 episodes wasn't really an option. They had a little over two months before episodes 12 and 13 were due to be rehearsed and recorded, and very little in the way of spare budget, after spending a huge sum (relatively speaking ) on the new TARDIS set.

What could editor David Whitaker do? Two episodes to fill, no budget for sets or guest actors, and only the regular cast and the TARDIS set to play with.

It is often said that creativity thrives best in a crisis, and here was Doctor Who's first example of this maxim holding true. Whitaker came up with a two-part filler story which served to form a 'coda' to the first two stories, becoming a watershead moment for the four main characters to actually come together as a unit, rather that a collection of mistrustful passengers, and set the series up for the many wonderful adventures that were still to come.

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