Doctor Who: The Edge of Destruction (1964)

UK, 8 February -15 February 1964
4 episodes, average 25m each
videotape, black and white, 4:3
mono, English
Previous Serial: The Daleks (1963)
Next Serial: Marco Polo (1964)
Series: Doctor Who (1963-1989) – series 1, episodes 12-13

A British science fiction television serial directed by Richard Martin.

Plot Summary

The time travellers find that the TARDIS has suddenly lost power and that they can't remember what has happened to them. As they struggle to regain control of the ship, they are beset by strange hallucinatory visions (clocks melt, bizarre images appear on the scanner, the doors open and close on their own). With less than 10 minutes to go before total destruction, relationships among the crew reach breaking point.


Directed by: Richard Martin [episode 1] Frank Cox [episode 2],
© [not given on screen]
BBC TV [episodes 1, 2]
Producer: Verity Lambert [episodes 1, 2]
Associate Producer: Mervyn Pinfield [episodes 1, 2]
[Written] By: David Whitaker [episodes 1, 2]
Script Editor: David Whitaker [uncredited]
Studio Lighting: Dennis Channon [uncredited]
Title Music by: Ron Grainer, BBC Radiophonic Workshop [episodes 1, 2]
Studio Sound: Jack Brummitt [uncredited]
Special Sound: Brian Hodgson [uncredited]
Costumes: Daphne Dare [uncredited]
Make-up: Ann Ferriggi [uncredited]
Designer: Raymond Cusick [episodes 1, 2]
Assistant Floor Manager: Jeremy Hare [uncredited]
Production Assistant: Tony Lightley [uncredited]

The Edge of Destruction
William Hartnell (Dr Who)
William Russell ()
Jacqueline Hill ()
Carole Ann Ford ()

The Brink of Disaster
William Hartnell (Dr Who)
William Russell (Ian Chesterton)
Jacqueline Hill (Barbara Wright)
Carole Ann Ford (Susan Foreman)



1. The Edge of Destruction (8 February 1964)
2. The Brink of Disaster (15 February 1964)

Alternative Titles

Beyond the Sun
Inside the Spaceship



  • Monthly Autumn Special 1987 p.40 – review


  • Doctor Who: A Celebration p.171 – note
  • Doctor Who: The Complete History Volume 2 by John Ainsworth (ed.) pp.6-35 – illustrated production notes
  • Doctor Who: The Handbook: The pp.63-65 – credits, synopsis, review (by David J. Howe, Mark Stammers and Stephen James Walker)
  • Doctor Who Program Guide 25th Anniversary Edition by James C. Armstrong Jr, Michael L. Brown p.4 – credits, episode list
  • Doctor Who: The Television Companion pp.16-18 – credits, review (by David J. Howe and Stephen James Walker), synopsis