The Edge of Destruction was a novelisation based on the 1964 television serial The Edge of Destruction.
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?
- The Seeds of Suspicion
- Inside the Machine
- 'Like a Person Possessed'
- The End of Time
- The Haunting
- The Brink of Disaster
- A Race Against Time
Deviations from televised story
- 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.
- The Doctor and Ian investigate the TARDIS's power rooms, which are contained in a complex of fifteen separate rooms containing power stacks capable of powering every aspect of the TARDIS. 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.
- 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 more vague than its televised counterpart and lacks the cliffhanger ending.
Writing and publishing notes
- 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!
British publication history
- 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).
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