Friday, April 3, 2009
The Edge of Destruction and The Brink Of Disaster were the 12th and 13th episodes recorded during the programme's first season, and, while it was recorded a couple of weeks after the Daleks had begun to take off in the UK, it was planned for and written under very different circumstances. Although the cast and crew would, for years, live and breathe in the understanding that this two-parter was made as a band-aid because the sets for the following story, Marco Polo, weren't ready yet, in reality, these were the last two episodes of the initial 13-episode run that the programme was granted during the early stages of development. If the show was canceled after that baker's dozen of episodes (a very real possiblity at the time), then there would at least have been some sort closure on the series.
Of course, as mentioned earlier, the arrival of the Daleks into the public conciousness of the UK viewing public meant that all bets were off. The show would rarely face such a danger to its survival for the next 20 years. The Brink of Disaster is the last episode made in the world of an uncertain Doctor Who. A week later, the show would feature on the cover of the Radio Times for the first time ever. And the rest, as they say...
Oh, and as for the episode itself, somehow the TARDIS crew get out of the situation they're in by somehow gleaning clues from a bunch of melted clocks and fritzy scanners. The end. But there are some lovely character scenes, particularly between William Hartnell and Jacqueline Hill. The team is finally coming together after some harrowing experiences, and it's a joy to see. I think I've said it before (it's only been thirteen entires, and I'm already forgetting what I've written), but the first TARDIS crew is one of the strongest in the series' history, and I can't wait to see them in full motion action in the very next episode! Hooray!
Posted by Steven at 1:28 PM