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The Edge of Destruction was a novelisation based on the 1964 television serial The Edge of Destruction.

Publisher's summary Edit

In a final bid to regain control of the TARDIS' faulty control system the Doctor is driven to experiment with a dangerous untried combination.

With a violent explosion, the TARDIS blacks out and the crew find themselves trapped inside.

A simple technical fault? Sabotage? Or something even more sinister? Tension mounts as the Doctor and his companions begin to suspect one another.

What has happened to the TARDIS? Slowly a terrifying suspicion dawns. Has the TARDIS become the prisoner of some powerful fifth intelligence which is even now haunting the time-machine's dark and gloomy corridors?

Chapter titles Edit

  • Introduction
  • Prologue
  1. Aftershock
  2. The Seeds of Suspicion
  3. Inside the Machine
  4. Trapped
  5. 'Like a Person Possessed'
  6. The End of Time
  7. The Haunting
  8. Accusations
  9. The Brink of Disaster
  10. A Race Against Time
  • Epilogue
  • Conclusion

Deviations from televised story Edit

  • Barbara hallucinates that Ian had too much to drink at the Cricketers.
  • The Doctor and Susan have mentioned the TARDIS's laboratory, workshop, conservatory and art gallery during the four travellers' "long weeks" aboard. Aside from the control room, Ian has only seen living, sleeping and recreational areas.
  • The sleeping quarters are located a significant distance from the console room in the novelisation.
  • Unique to the novelisation, the Doctor and Ian investigate the TARDIS's power rooms. It's a complex of fifteen separate rooms containing power stacks capable of powering every aspect of the Ship. Ian is sealed in with the internal scanner -- a piece of equipment designed to survey the other fourteen rooms -- and nearly suffocates to death before he can get the door open.
  • Also uniquely, Barbara explores the TARDIS laboratory where she is assaulted by books, boxes and various bits of equipment from the benches. The storeroom door in the shadow of the bookcase is lead-lined against its stock of radioactive isotopes. If she'd have entered without a protective suit, as Susan explains, she'd have been dead within thirty seconds.
  • The blinding flash is qualified to be not the Big Bang, for not even the TARDIS could survive such an event, but instead the birth of the Milky Way Galaxy.
  • Susan and Ian are having breakfast when the TARDIS materialises. The transition into Marco Polo exists, but is vaguer than its televised counterpart and lacks the cliffhanger ending.

Writing and publishing notes Edit

  • This novelisation was originally offered to Stephen James Walker, but as a two-parter. It was declined and instead written by Nigel Robinson.
  • The inside back cover includes colour Fantastic Doctor Who Poster Offers!-but instead of poster ordering details, the page details how to order Star books!

Cover gallery Edit

British publication history Edit

Hardback (May 1988)

  • W.H.Allen & Co. Ltd. UK ISBN:0491031386, estimated print run: 1,000, priced £7.95)

Paperback (October 1988)

  • Target / W.H. Allen & Co. Ltd. One single paperback edition, estimated print run: 23,000, priced £1.99 (UK).

 Audiobook Edit

This Target Book was released on 6 January 2011 complete and unabridged by BBC Audio and read by William Russell.

The cover blurb and thumbnail illustrations were retained in the accompanying booklet with sleevenotes by David J. Howe. Music and sound effects by Simon Power.

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