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The Edge of Destruction
Edge of Destruction novel
Based on: The Edge of Destruction
Doctor: First Doctor
Companion(s): Susan, Barbara, Ian
Main setting: The TARDIS
Key crew
Publisher: Target Books, W.H. Allen
Writer: Nigel Robinson
Read by: William Russell
Cover by: Alister Pearson
Release details
Release number: 132
Release date: 20 October 1988
Format: Hardcover and paperback editions; 14 Chapters, 120 Pages
ISBN 0-426-20327-5
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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 First 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.
  • An original scene features the Doctor and Ian in the TARDIS engine rooms.

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 complete and unabridged by BBC Audio and read by William Russell.

The audio set of four CDs was released in January 2011 priced £13.99 (UK)

External links Edit

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