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Doctor Who - The Sensorites [DVD]

William Hartnell    Parental Guidance   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: William Hartnell
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Jan 2012
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006H4R9HA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,590 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

The Doctor (William Hartnell) and his companions land on a spaceship orbiting a distant and mysterious world, where a human crew lie frozen somewhere between life and death.

The planet is the Sense-Sphere, home of the Sensorites, beings of immense intelligence and power. Unable to leave, the Doctor and his companions must deduce the Sensorites’ intentions: are they friendly, hostile, or frightened? And what is the deadly secret at the heart of the Sense-Sphere?

This story was originally broadcast on BBC1 between 20th June – 1st August 1964.

Special Features
• Commentary
• Looking for Peter – Toby Hadoke goes in search of the enigmatic Peter R Newman.
• Vision On – What exactly does a Vision Mixer do?
• Secret Voices of the Sense-Sphere – Clive Doig reveals the origins of the eerie Sensorite voices.
• Photo Gallery
• Coming Soon Trailer
• Radio Times Listings
• Production Subtitles
• Programme Subtitles
• Digitally Remastered Picture and Sound Quality

Customer Reviews

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Sense-Sphere Comes to DVD 4 Jan 2012
1964's The Sensorites is a strange story, its certainly one of my favourite stories from the 1960's and now that it is being released on to DVD in a fully remastered state, I could not be happier, 2012 for Doctor Who was looking grimm, series 7 is at this point 8 months away at least and there is no special planned for Easter after all. However, the first bit of good news came on 11th December 2011, when 2 missing episodes were safely returned to the archives after being missing for several decades, then, having my usual Christmas browse on Amazon, I noticed that the DVD line up for 2012 was going to be quite special. The Sensorites is just one of the many DVD's planned to be released in this great year. The story has never been high up in any fans estimations, it not like its a Tomb of the Cybermen or The Tenth Planet, but in my opinion its just below them in quality.

Peter R. Newmans script for The Sensorites is interesting to say the least, its basically 2 stories in one, part 1, 2-3 episodes on the marooned space ship set the story's chilling setting up well and even I was shocked at how chilling they really are, John frightened the hell out of me the first time I watched this and that infamous scene of the Sensorite walking up the outer hull of the craft and peering in through the window was effective to the bone. Then it all changes at the mid point to episode 3, the Doctor, Ian, Susan, Maitland, Carol and John are taken to the Elders on the Planet "Sense-Sphere" and there over the course of the remaining episodes have to deal with mass-murder, political intrique and a bunch of half-crazed earth men living underground for a decade. This serial deals with the problems of race hate and the mistrust of different peoples.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Journey to the sense-sphere 4 Feb 2012
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The seventh story from the very first season of Doctor Who comes to DVD. All six black and white episodes are presented on one disc. With a pretty good picture quality.

The story [referenced once in a Tenth Doctor episode] sees the First Doctor, plus companions Susan, Ian and Barbara, arrive in the middle of a disastrous first contact between humans and aliens. The latter are a race called the Sensorites. The Doctor and friends have to work to bring the two sides together, to get past all their mutual fear and distrust, and to find the secret at the heart of the sense-sphere...

Early Doctor Who did have a mandate to educate as well as entertain. It tried to do the former via the historical stories. And it tries to do the same here with a few moral lessons for younger viewers. Done in a fine and never very heavy handed manner.

These early Doctor Who's also never wanted for ambition, and thus this is a credible attempt to create a very alien world and it's inhabitants. But on the limited budget of early 1960's tv, with a story that had to fit a six episode slot, this does mean it's not the greatest looking one ever. Nor is it very fast paced. It really does try very hard to create a sense of mystery, though, and you have to admire it for that.

The usual demands of these early episodes to give the cast the occasional break means that Barbara is written out in a rather cursory manner for two parts in the middle.

So it's not fast paced exciting action drama, and it's not the most memorable story ever made, but it's an interesting curio. And worth a look.

The DVD has the following language and subtitle options:

Languages: English.

Subtitles: English.

It's also English audio captioned.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable 8 Jun 2012
I am very happy with this DVD. The story is excellent as is the acting and effects. The Sensorites are a very interesting characters which have a great costume.
The picture quality is stunning and the sound is very clear.
This is the episode where William Hartnell really comes to life as Doctor Who, he really takes charge and is in his element.
What i enjoy the most with this story is the interaction between the humans and the sensorites, the issue of trust, the judging of each other, the way they communicate is facinating.
I thoroughly enjoyed this DVD and highly reccomend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Neighbours of the Ood 18 Nov 2013
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The Sensorites look great - really very alien indeed - big bald heads and grizzly whiskers and big round feet - proper aliens, and they whisper a lot and they don't like noise.

And the plot is clever - the villains aren't the astronauts or the aliens, but some other astronauts that arrived first and then went mad.

The trouble is, that's really the sum of the story, which keeps going for six episodes, and the other thing we notice about Sensorites is that they are the second most boring species in the universe - the first most being the Vardans.

Even with the lovely descriptions of Gallfrey's 'burnt orange sky', it's still a lot to expect people to sit through.

(the feature that discovers the story of writer Peter R Newman is charming, however)
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By Mr. D. K. Smith TOP 100 REVIEWER
Never regarded as one of the strongest stories from Doctor Who's first season, there is still much to appreciate in The Sensorites. Even this early on, the series is happy to confound our expectations. The Sensorites may appear menacing, but the majority are quite benign. However, they have a deep suspicion of human beings , which is not surprising when you consider that the Sensorite's planet - the Sense-Sphere - is rich in minerals and regarded as ripe for plunder.

Never the fastest-paced story in Doctor Who's history, the early episodes on the spaceship do drag a little. But once the time-travellers journey down to the Sense-Sphere things pick up as the Doctor moves into investigative mode. This is a good story for William Hartnell as he gets to work finding a cure for the Sensorites' mysterious disease and also tangles with mysterious (and apparently invisible!) monsters in the aqueduct.

Picture quality is as good as usual, so whether you decide to pick this story up depends on how fond of this period of the show you are. The more casual fan may find other William Hartnell stories more accessible, but The Sensorites is not without a strange charm all of its own.

As has become quite common in recent years, Toby Hadoke moderates the commentary, which sees a number of contributors from both in front and behind of the camera gently prodded to provide stories about their involvement in the serial. Hadoke is as usual excellent in keeping the conversation flowing, no easy task when the story under discussion happened almost half a century ago.

The main bonus feature on the disc is the documentary "Looking For Peter" which discusses the life and career of the writer of The Sensorites, Peter R. Newman.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story .
I like this story I found it a bit slow in some places but that is part of the charm of the early days of Doctor Who. But if you are a fan of William Hartnell years. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mallard75
4.0 out of 5 stars Hartnell is Doctor Who
This was my first glimpse of this gem of Doctor who from the first season, giving a futuristic view of what might be. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Scott Poole
5.0 out of 5 stars Like it
Arrived in good time. I used to watch Doctor Who back in the sixties when it first came on TV so this takes me back to my childhood. Read more
Published 2 months ago by D. E. Clarke
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
It's Dr Who, what more do I need to say. Brilliant I could bring back my dad's childhood with just a dvd.
Published 3 months ago by fiona
4.0 out of 5 stars Honestly, it's very good
This William Hartnell adventure is far better than most would have you believe. The regular cast are all good here, especially William Hartnell. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Benjamin Coupland
2.0 out of 5 stars Dragging & lacking.
This story could have been a decent one if it was only 4 episodes.As it is I found it quite repetitive and boring. Read more
Published 5 months ago by G. Taylor
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best!
This is still an okay Doctor who serial but not one of Hartnell's best, still worth a watch for any true Whovian
Published 6 months ago by Josh Roberts
4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated
An underrated story from the very first season Doctor Who. The characterisation of the regulars is very strong. Susan is very strong in fact this might be her best story. Read more
Published 7 months ago by K. J. Astbury
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Doctor Who Story
Having never seen "The Sensorites" at all, I was amazed to find a copy on DVD (expecting it only to be a VHS release). Read more
Published 8 months ago by Harry Hayfield
2.0 out of 5 stars Ye gods, it's boring
A turgid clunker. Still, at least Toby Hadoke's documentary on its almost forgotten writer - 'Looking For Peter' - is touching.
Published 8 months ago by David Ryan
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