Doctor Who-The Sensorites (Doctor Who library) Paperback – 16 Jul 1987
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Essentially, ‘The Sensorites’ is a story concerned with a lack of communication between two species that leads to a state of fear and mistrust. As such there are no ‘real’ villains just scared individuals, both human and Sensorite, reacting to events. Even the Administrator is portrayed by the story’s close as a misguided fool acting in what he naively believes to be his people’s best interests. It presents a situation ideal for the Doctor’s intervention, where he must convince both sides to put aside their differences and prejudices. His obvious enjoyment at events despite their peril is made quite apparent in the novelisation.
It is a well written novelisation that, for the most part, follows the televised version fairly loyally. There is some content added and this generally benefits the story. Carol is given a more expansive role, for example, in that we hear more of her internal concerns and worries, especially concerning John. The strife of two lovers who have become victims of events gives the plot an added emotional aspect.
There is also an interesting section in the earlier stages where the author makes the decision to reiterate the events, albeit briefly, which bring the current Tardis crew together.Read more ›
At the end, we are left with the chuckling Doctor congratulating himself on his own perspicacity, Susan feeling that there might be more to life than travelling through time and space, and Ian and Barbara worrying about the long-term effects of the Sensorites way of life. And it's off to another adventure!
This is great stuff; a really characteristic story of the First Doctor's era, great interaction and use of the other Tardis crew characters, and the Sensorites and the Earth crew members are well written, and well portrayed. The story is read over 5 cds, which adds up to a great 6 hours of listening to William Russell's well-modulated tones reading this classic story. Brilliant, and totally recommended.
The book itself, by Nigel Robinson, is nothing to write home about; as solid a book as it is, it doesn't stray from the plot at all and adds only trivial details and character development. However it tells the story well and does contain some atmospheric passages, particularly at the start.
Sound design is always a strong point on this range and this doesn't disappoint - regular composer Simon Power does another sterling job, with music and effects which embellish but don't infringe - my only criticism would be the repetition of some music from earlier releases, but that's not to say the music is used inappropriately.
If you're on a slight income and are looking to buy only the very best of these releases, this probably isn't for you. However if you're a Dr Who or William Russell junkie then this is a sure-fire addition to your collection!
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