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Doctor Who - The Sensorites [DVD]

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  • 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: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006H4R9HA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,842 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By The Real M.B.E. Of Tooting on 4 Jan. 2012
Format: DVD
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Alex Lyon on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 19 Jun. 2014
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Like many of the first season episodes of Doctor Who that were never repeated, The Sensorites never developed much of a reputation even among the show’s fans, creeping out on video and later on DVD as one of the last titles after most of the good stuff had been cherry picked. Yet it’s a perfectly decent story even if the production values are a bit shonky in places (the boom mike deserves a credit of its own after making three appearances in one episode while the sound of a PA calling out the shots gets its own featurette on the DVD) and there’s a somewhat unusual delivery from one of the guest cast in the first episode that doesn’t help the rhythm of the show.

Setting the template for many of the later stories, this seventh story in the series sees the Doctor and his companions materialise in a spaceship in trouble – in this case with a comatose or mad crew trapped in orbit outside the Sense-Sphere by the planet’s inhabitants, who fear if they return to Earth their planet will be strip mined of its valuable minerals. The Sensorites aren’t malicious, but the situation is more complicated than it first appears: coming from a world where trust is given rather than earned, their attempt to prevent the humans from returning without physically harming them is psychologically crueller than killing them. Even when the Doctor tries to broker a solution there are complications thanks to political infighting (though viewers of a certain generation might have trouble with the fact that Crackerjack’s Peter Glaze is the villain of the piece).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. K. Smith TOP 500 REVIEWER on 6 Oct. 2012
Format: DVD
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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