DOCTOR WHO: THE SENSORITES
Rating: Not Rated, but I’d say young Whovians might get a kick out of it.
Studio: 2 Entertain/BBC
MSRP: $24.98, but Amazon has it for $18.99.
Running Time: Aprx 150 mins
What’s Going On?
In one of the Doctor’s earliest adventures, he finds himself, the TARDIS and his companions, his grandaughter Susan and companions Barbara and Ian, find themselves on aboard a spaceship with a seemingly dead crew. However, when the crew starts to regain consciousness, the Doctor learns of The Senorites, beings occupying the Sense-Sphere, whose home is in the same space as the spaceship.
One of the crew members, John, is starting to go crazy after a startling revelation and it is up to The Doctor and his companions not only to figure out what John learned, but who the Sensorites are what they want!
Who’s In It:
William Hartnell stars as The Doctor, Carole Ann Ford plays his granddaughter Susan, and Jacqueline Hill and William Russell play the compainions Barbara and Ian, respectively.
If You Like…:
Doctor Who and are a hardcore fan of the series, then check this out since it’s one of the earliest Doctor Who stories available in the states.
There’s a moderated audio commentary featuring William Russell, Carole Ann Ford, Frank Cox (who directed the episode), Raymond Cusick (designer) and Sonia Markham (make-up artist).
Toby Hadoke, who moderates the audio commentary also hosts a special feature searching for Peter R. Newman, who wrote the serials about the Sensorites.
There are additional special features explaining the function of a “Vision Mixer”, which doesn’t involve working at Burning Man, oddly enough, as well as how the voices of the Sensorites were created.
The Technical Gist
For being more than fifty years old, both the picture and sound look remarkably great.
I’d say that this is best suited for the hardcore Whovians, who should definitely QUEUE IT, while non-Whovians should start with the First Season of the relaunched Doctor Who with Christopher Eccleston.