Doctor Who - The Sensorites
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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.
• 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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Ian, Susan and the doctor with 2 of the crewmembers from the spaceship accompany the Sensorites down to their planet to help them understand why so many get sick and die whilst Barbara is left aboard with one more crewmember and a Sensorite in good faith!
The Doctor as usual investigates who or what is trying to prevent them from finding a cure specially when Ian suddenly becomes ill and a rogue sensorite seems to think that it is a rouse that he is not sick and just pretending, this sensorite pretends to be the second elder to get his way and the true elder tells him he is a traitor.
This is nice little romp, and we get to see the first doctor wearing a cloak that became so familiar with Jon Pertwees doctor, we even see him doing a little mixing of test tubes in a lab like the 3rd Doctor in his incarnation does rather more of. Must have for any collection of classic who and would prefer watching this over New Who which went off the boil for me anyway when RTD, David Tennant and crew left and Steven Moffat took over.
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). Intriguingly, the story also emphasises the alien nature of the Doctor and his granddaughter, even coming up with a nostalgic description of the nights on their still unnamed planet years before the Time Lord mythology was invented for Patrick Troughton’s last story. While not the best of the early William Hartnell stories, it’s far from negligible.
The Sensorites themselves were clearly the inspiration for the Ood in the NuWho seasons, though it’s Russell Tedious Davies who gets the contractual credit for their creation rather than Sensorites writer Peter R. Newman. The latter provides the DVD’s most substantial extra: for long a mystery among Whovians and with Hammer’s bleak antiwar film Yesterday’s Enemy his only other produced script, it manages to fill in the gaps by tracking down his surviving family in a finally rather touching way. There’s not much else in the way of extras – the traditional group audio commentary, an interview with the show’s vision mixer, stills gallery and trivia track – though the episodes themselves have been nicely cleaned up from their previous video release.
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)
Some of the criticisms levelled at this story are valid; there are many dialogue fluffs, the fact that the Sensorites only recognise each other by what they wear is a bit daft and it is rather slow at times. But it's mostly very enjoyable and the moral of the story, that you shouldn't judge by appearances, is undeniably strong.
In conclusion, 'The Sensorites' is a quality story, with good performances from the regular cast and a compelling race of aliens.
Extra features include 'Looking for Peter' an interesting feature in which Toby Hadoke investigates the life and career of the elusive 'The Sensorites' writer Peter R Newman and, inevitably, a 'coming soon' trailer.