The Edge of Destruction

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The Edge of Destruction


Pages 120
ISBN 0-426-20327-5
Publication Date 20 October 1988


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?



  • 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


  • Barbara hallucinates that Ian had too much to drink at the Cricketers.
  • The sleeping quarters are located a significant distance from the console room in the novelisation.
  • An original scene features The Doctor and Ian in the TARDIS engine rooms.
  • Susan and Ian are having breakfast when the TARDIS materialises. The transition into Marco Polo exists, but is vaguer than its televised counterpart and lacks the cliffhanger ending.

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