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THE EDGE OF DESTRUCTION
Well now. That put me to sleep. Rather the first 12 minutes did. It's nice to see more of the TARDIS with machines, couches, and whole walls without roundels. In one scene toward the very end of this ep, the Doctor is at the console and the wall facing him has not one roundel. It has a TWILIGHT ZONE feel to it. This is the first ep to use stock music and American stock music at that. The music reminds me of the later LOST IN SPACE-INVADERS FROM THE 5TH DIMENSION, which was equally effective, and again, some of the better TWILIGHT ZONE and OUTER LIMIT scores.
Susan can be quite scary in this and alone with her in the ship, it might have been worse. Her attacks with scissors are completely unnerving and the usual girl seems possessed by something malevolent. It is also a scary idea that something could infiltrate the ship AND having the doors open is also unnerving. AND that animal sound. Bloody hell, what is happening? Images on the scanner. People not acting themselves. Memory loss. Paranoia. MIDNIGHT uses the idea that something is inside one of the passengers and that idea is brought up here by a scary Susan as she says, quite seemingly possessed herself, "...in one of us."
No one is acting quite right, not even the TARDIS. Ian calls Barbara Miss Wright; she calls him Ms. Chesterton; Susan doesn't even recognize Ian at first. No one but Susan seems that concerned about the unconscious, wounded Doctor, then Susan delays in getting him water. Nice to see other rooms but what are they? Sickbay? the crew quarters? If so, for either they are sparse and could have been better.
The payoff to this makes some sort of sense but not really. It's not really logical and we'll discuss this in the next ep.
Barbara tells off the Doctor and that's the best scene here. He really deserves it. "You ought to get down on your hands and knees and thank us." Sounds like my mother. Great. Maureen Robinson three years early. She's very good in this though. Glad to see Susan come round and tell the Doctor to make it up with Barbara, just like Ian does.
The Doctor is strange, too. He accuses them of sabotage, then gets them drinks to put them out of action...the melted clocks make little to no sense but agian, they are disturbing. Still, I'd like my horror and mystery to have some kind of sense to them and this payoff is, again, not really one that makes much sense..sort of like Rose leaving her Bad Wolf as a message to warn against the Daleks. Maybe in Time Lord it all makes some sense. Or maybe the Tardis warning mechanism is just alittle off and not working properly.
Once you know the payoff, the movitation to watch this again, is sorta missing. Still, it is not a bad ep, just unusual and strange. Not even the first two parts of CASTROVALVA come close to this strangeness. Nothing like this is tried again. I'm just not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing. I mean no guest stars, no monsters and no real touch down on a planet or in history. It was meant that they were in no time, no place.