It's not often that these BBC Audio/AudioGo versions of Target novelisations better the stories they were based on, though many come close. However, here we have an example of one which exceeds above and beyond the quality of the TV version.
'The Edge of Destruction' was a 2-part 'filler' episode for Doctor Who, and its third ever story. Being so short, and set exclusively inside the TARDIS using only the regular time travellers as the cast, the original could at times become dull and at times confusing. In this version there is a far more leisurely pace and as such this enables the author to really get inside the heads of the people who are experiencing the bizarre and at times disturbing events within the TARDIS. The longer time also allows for a few extra scenes (such as Ian and the Doctor's trip to the TARDIS' engine rooms) to flesh out the story and add more meaning.
This audiobook is read by William Russell, who portrayed Ian in the original story. The inclusion of an actual cast member adds an air of authenticity to the whole piece, and the actor's reading is very impressive; he turns it right up for the dramatic parts, and drops down low for the more tense scenes.
Sound effects are, as ever, provided by Simon Power, and the results are - of course - excellent. Silence is at times a powerful tool in this (the normal background hum of the TARDIS being notably absent for most of the story), but extra sounds such as smashing glasses, the schoolroom noises of Ian and Barbara's hallucinations, and many more are added to good effect.
Overall this is a stellar release and well worth the relatively low price tag. I would really like to hear more of William Russell's readings, especially, as they greatly enhance this and make it feel just right. 10/10 all the way!