Saturday, April 13, 2013

The Edge of Destruction (aka Inside the Spaceship)

Barbara, the Doctor and Ian on
the brink of disaster
Two episodes (The Edge of Destruction, The Brink of Disaster)
First broadcast Feb 8 to 15 1964
Average audience for serial: 10.15m

Read an episode-by-episode review of this story at Time Space Visualiser here!

CAST

William Hartnell (The Doctor) Jan 8 1908 to Apr 23 1975 (heart failure after a series of strokes) For a full career biography for William Hartnell, click here.

William Russell (Ian Chesterton) Born Nov 19 1924 For a full career biography for William Russell (aka Russell Enoch), click here.

Jacqueline Hill (Barbara Wright) Dec 17 1929 to Feb 18 1993 (bone cancer) For a full career biography for Jacqueline Hill, click here.

Carole Ann Ford (Susan) Born Jun 8 1940 For a full career biography for Carole Ann Ford, click here.

CREW

David Whitaker (writer and story editor) Apr 18 1928 to Feb 4 1980 (cancer)
Doctor Who credits
Story edited: An Unearthly Child, The Daleks, The Edge of Destruction, Marco Polo, The Keys of Marinus, The Aztecs, The Sensorites, The Reign of Terror, Planet of Giants, The Dalek Invasion of Earth (1963-64)
Wrote: The Edge of Destruction (1964), The Rescue (1965), The Crusade (1965), The Power of the Daleks (1966), The Evil of the Daleks (1967), The Enemy of the World (1967-68), The Wheel in Space (1968), The Ambassadors of Death (episodes 1-3, 1970)
Career highlights
David was a writer at heart, having begun writing the continuity script on A Christmas Night with the Stars in 1958, followed by Compact (1962), Undermind (1965), Mr Rose (1968), Paul Temple (1970) and Elephant Boy (1973).
Facts
He also wrote the Dalek comic strips in TV Century 21 magazine and the 1965 stage play The Curse of the Daleks. David was the first person to write a novelisation of a Doctor Who story, namely Doctor Who in An Exciting Adventure with the Daleks in 1964. He also novelised The Crusade, but died before completing a novelisation of The Enemy of the World (it was finished by Ian Marter).

Richard Martin (director) Born 1930
Doctor Who credits
Directed: The Daleks (episodes 3, 6-7, 1963-64), The Edge of Destruction (episode 1, 1964), The Dalek Invasion of Earth (1964), The Web Planet (1965), The Chase (1965).
Career highlights
Richard's TV career began as an actor in the 1958 series Ivanhoe, but he soon went into directing, with Doctor Who among his earliest work. Richard also directed for Compact (1962), Suspense (1963), Late Night Horror (1968), Elizabeth R (1971), Adam Smith (1972), Headmaster (1977), The Mallens (1979), Take Three Women (1982), Capstick's Law (1989) and All Creatures Great and Small (1990). He also directed and produced the 1976 B-movie King Monster.
Facts
Richard's wife is actress Suzanne Neve.
In 2014 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Richard here.

Frank Cox (director) Born May 28 1940
Doctor Who credits
Directed: The Edge of Destruction (episode 2, 1964), The Sensorites (episodes 5-6, 1964)
Career highlights
Frank's first directing job was on Doctor Who, followed by work on The Revenue Men (1967), The Troubleshooters (1969), Doomwatch (1970), The View from Daniel Pike (1973), Sutherland's Law (1974), Byron: A Personal Tour (1981), Flying Lady (1987), EastEnders (1988) and High Road (1990). He also produced for Sutherland's Law (1974-76), A Life at Stake (1978), Spy! (1980), CATS Eyes (1985) and High Road (1992-93).
Facts
Frank's wife was actress Bridget Turner, who appeared in the 2007 Doctor Who story Gridlock.

Verity Lambert (producer) Nov 27 1935 to Nov 22 2007 (cancer)
Doctor Who credits
Produced: An Unearthly Child, The Daleks, The Edge of Destruction, Marco Polo, The Keys of Marinus, The Aztecs, The Sensorites, The Reign of Terror, Planet of Giants, The Dalek Invasion of Earth, The Rescue, The Romans, The Web Planet, The Crusade, The Space Museum, The Chase, The Time Meddler, Galaxy 4, Mission to the Unknown (1963-65)
Career highlights
Doctor Who was Verity's first producing job on TV, quite an achievement for a woman of 28, and during her first months was accompanied by the more experienced Mervyn Pinfield as associate producer. Verity left the series to produce The Newcomers (1965), Adam Adamant Lives! (1966-67), Detective (1968), various Somerset Maugham adaptations (1969-70), Budgie (1971-72), Between the Wars (1973), Shoulder to Shoulder (1974), The Naked Civil Servant (1975), Rock Follies (1976), Couples (1975-76), The Norman Conquests (1977), Quatermass (1979), Fox (1980), Widows (1983), Reilly: Ace of Spies (1983), Minder (1979-84), Dreamchild (1985), Clockwise (1986), A Cry in the Dark (1988), Evil Angels (1988), GBH (1991), Eldorado (1992-93), So Haunt Me (1992-94), May to December (1989-94), She's Out (1995), Class Act (1995), Jonathan Creek (1998-2004), The Cazalets (2001) and Love Soup (2005-08).
Awards
1970: BAFTA TV Award for Best Drama Series (W. Somerset Maugham)
1989: Australian Film Institute Award for Best Film (Evil Angels)
1997: British Film Institute Fellowship
2002: Officer of the order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to film and television
Facts
Verity was married to director Colin Bucksey between 1973-87.

Mervyn Pinfield (associate producer) Feb 28 1912 to May 20 1966
Doctor Who credits
Associate producer: An Unearthly Child, The Daleks, The Edge of Destruction, Marco Polo, The Keys of Marinus, The Aztecs, The Sensorites, The Reign of Terror, Planet of Giants, The Dalek Invasion of Earth, The Rescue, The Romans (1963-65)
Directed: The Sensorites (episodes 1-4, 1964), Planet of Giants (episodes 1-3, 1964), The Space Museum (1965)
Career highlights
Mervyn was a BBC stalwart, joining the Corporation in the 1950s to produce live drama at Alexandra Palace. He was coupled with Verity Lambert to watch over the cub producer in her early days. His previous credits included directing Saturday Playhouse (1960), Compact (1962) and The Monsters (1962).
Facts
He was the inventor of a very early version of the Teleprompter or Autocue called the Piniprompter. He died almost exactly a year after his final work on Doctor Who.

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