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Doctor Who The Edge of Destruction and The Pilot Episode [VHS] [1963]

4.3 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews



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  • Actors: William Hartnell, Carole Ann Ford, William Russell, Jacqueline Hill
  • Format: VHS
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: BBC
  • VHS Release Date: 1 May 2000
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00004SX7G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 217,146 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Early adventure for the intrepid time traveller and his companions. In two-parter 'The Edge of Destruction', the Doctor (William Hartnell), Ian, Barbara and Susan are rendered unconscious after an explosion on board the TARDIS. Upon awaking they begin behaving oddly, growing suspicious of each other's behaviour and even becoming dangerously violent... Also included is the pilot episode of the first ever story, 'An Unearthly Child', which includes multiple takes, technical glitches, fluffed lines et al.

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One of the rarest of the early Doctor Who series, with William Hartnell as the crusty old Doctor, "Edge of Destruction" is entirely based in the Tardis, which has stopped somewhere between worlds and times. The Doctor blames Ian and Barbara, the two teachers who came aboard in search for answers about his granddaughter, Susan, assuming they have committed sabotage in an attempt to return to their own time. They, in turn, in spite of recent shared escapes from Cavemen and Daleks, have no particular reason to trust his sanity. Something is causing one after another of them to act with violent irrationality, and the clock is ticking towards their destruction... This is a claustrophobic two-episode plot in which the series examines closely some of its more beloved assumptions. For example, who, in this situation, is good and who dangerous--the restriction to a single set may have started as an economy measure but virtue is made of necessity.

Also included is the original pilot episode, "An Unearthly Child", with several retakes. --Roz Kaveney


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5.0 out of 5 starsOn the brink of disaster...
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