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This review is from: Doctor Who Sensorites (Classic Novels) (Audio CD)
Any audiobook in the Doctor Who Classic Novels series read by William Russell is always a must buy for me. Russell, who played Ian Chesterton in the original series, has such a comfortable and warm voice that listening to this late at night is rather akin to having a bedtime story told by a kindly grandfather.
At six hours though, The Sensorites is probably not one for the more casual purchaser, who may prefer something just a little faster paced. Indeed, the TV serial at 150 minutes, has long been regarded as somewhat drawn out, so an audiobook that is more than twice that length might be considered too much of a good thing.
But if you stick with it, you are rewarded with a story that becomes more engrossing as it continues. Originally transmitted in 1964, towards the end of the first season, and novelised by Nigel Robinson in 1987 from Peter R. Newman's scripts, The Sensorites is an early attempt by the series to show that aliens are not necessarily monsters.
Although the Sensorites have imprisoned an Earth spaceship in orbit around their planet, they have their reasons - and problems of their own. The Sensorite nation has been struck with a disease that is killing off more and more of its people. The Doctor is confident he can find a cure and negotiate the release of the Earth spaceship, but not all the Sensorites trust the Doctor and his friends ......
If the era of the First Doctor appeals, then this is a worthwhile purchase. For the more casual listener, William Russell's readings of The Dalek Invasion of Earth or The Aztecs might be better choices.