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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Ian Chesterton: But, Doctor, where are we? When we left the planet Skaro, where did you ask the machine to take us to? Think, Doctor!
Dr. Who: I, er, had hoped to reach your planet, Earth. Skaro was in the future, and I used the fast return switch.
Ian Chesterton: The fast return switch? You've sent us back too far.
Dr. Who: Hmm?
Ian Chesterton: Doctor, show me. Show me that switch. Where is it?
Dr. Who: Well, I can't very well see it without a light, can I?
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Inside the Spaceship Episode 2: Interesting and different interlude in the Doctor's early adventures.
29 June 2014 | by (South Wales, UK) – See all my reviews

Review for both episodes:

This two parter is otherwise known as Inside the Spaceship.

It is an interesting story with a departure from the normal adventures. The whole story is entirely based within the 'spaceship' (TARDIS) and involves strange goings on which lead to all 4 lead characters acting very peculiarly and becoming suspicious and antagonistic towards each other.

There are problems in that while Hartnell as the Doctor acts well and the part of Barbara as ever is portrayed well, both the other members of the crew with their very strange behaviour seem a little jarring at times. Their performances are a bit strained by the unusual material. When being called upon to act in such odd ways and so out of character it makes things very difficult, especially so early after the series creation.

Another problem is the story is not entirely well executed with the mystery and claustrophobic suspicion and suspense working really well at times but being rather illogically and too easily resolved at other times. The first episode is intriguing and holds your attention but can be a bit over the top. The second is more even and well acted but has some strange resolutions to the mysteries.

Overall this is a very good and interesting foray into claustrophobic mystery, not perfectly executed but good stuff in many ways.

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