Doctor Who: Season 1, Episode 13

The Brink of Disaster (15 Feb. 1964)

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The Doctor becomes increasingly suspicious of Ian and Barbara but when the occurrences aboard the TARDIS become even stranger he realises they are in even greater danger than they realised.



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The Doctor becomes increasingly suspicious of Ian and Barbara but when the occurrences aboard the TARDIS become even stranger he realises they are in even greater danger than they realised.

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Dr. Who: Yes, of course! It's our journey.
Barbara Wright: And the ship refused to destroy itself.
Dr. Who: Yes, yes.
Barbara Wright: The defense mechanism stopped the ship, and it's been trying to tell us so ever since!
Dr. Who: Of course, of course!
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S1E13: Inside The Spaceship: Nice tension but doesn't deliver on it as it could have done (SPOILERS)
13 July 2013 | by (Birmingham, UK) – See all my reviews

After a couple of longer story arcs, this one is only two episodes and is set entirely inside the TARDIS with only the four main characters involved in it. This was a sudden change but I thought it was a nice one as it folded the drama inwards rather than projecting it out onto different times and places. For the most part I wasn't entirely sure what was going on and I didn't think the script did a great job of helping the viewer totally follow it. It did build the tension nicely though and I thought this worked and it was just a shame that for some reason it all came down to a spring that was stuck.

I have no idea where this came from but it seemed almost a ridiculous thing that it would be the "solution" to all the drama. Despite this disappointment though the majority of the story is pretty engaging because it plays on the tension that has existed within the group – specifically between the Doctor and Ian. I have found the dynamic quite enjoyable – the Doctor doesn't have all the answers and solutions within the wave of a MacGuffin and the companion (Ian) doesn't fawn after him like he was the lead in a boy band. This tension is well used here and at times I thought it would become quite intense and personal. It doesn't quite get to what I wanted but it uses this energy reasonably well throughout – just a shame that, like the spring, the solution to this is also rather weak.

A shorter little story and it is hard not to feel that it has more potential as an idea than it delivers on. The tension is a nice core but doesn't ratchet it up as it could have done and ultimately the conclusion of all aspects of the story is rather disappointing.

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