Doctor Who: The Sensorites, No. 7
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Let me get the bad stuff out of the way first. Episode 3 was kind of boring, but it picks up again in episode 4. There are many stuttered lines in this story. The Sensorites feet look ridiculous. And at one point, you even see a wall in the spaceship start to fall down before it is quickly put back up again. But other than that, this is a great story.
The acting was pretty good - some of it was actually brilliant. The sets look great. The dark spaceship was very spooky as well as the aqueduct on the Sense-Sphere. The Sensorites were very creepy in the first two episodes. Episode 1's cliffhanger was, in my opinion, one of the best in the series. The plot and the story are great. It has a lot of mystery and adventure in it. It has a great surprise ending, and I really enjoyed Susan's character a lot more in this story than in others. Her character should have been like this from the beginning. This is also the very first story that has the Doctor himself taking on the heroic role instead of Ian, and he uses his mind and wits to defeat the enemy instead of brute force. I really enjoyed this one and I'm sure you will as well. Highly recommended!
The six chapter serial may seem to drag a bit, but there's enough political intrigue to keep this early adventure watchable.
Barbara is missing for most of the story, but that doesn't matter as the Sensorites are the focus of it.
Misunderstanding leads to fear and treachery and ignorance gets put in its place in this unexpectedly well acted show.
It's not perfect. Early BBC allowed many mistakes and goofs. There's missed cues and at one point late in the story you can see the microphone as if it was meant to be part of the cast of characters.
Those bits aside, William Hartnell is great as ever and Carol Ann Ford is not annoying at all.
There are enough special features, including a documentary about the writer of the episode, Peter R. Newman, to justify the expense.
I'd give it five stars, but the clunky sets are hard to get over.
The writing is fantastic, though.
I'm also a fan of season one because of the (generally) great scripts. And while The Sensorites is far from the best-written story of the season, I do think that Peter R. Newman's script features some compelling ideas. In defiance of Doctor Who conventions, Newman depicted the Sensorite race as mostly benign and sympathetic creatures (an interesting contrast to the show's usual "evil monster" aliens); indeed, the Sensorites only do "bad things" in this story in order to protect their planet from exploitation by humans who want to strip-mine the place. In a sense, then, this is the sort of left-wing (or at least politically aware) story that didn't become commonplace for Doctor Who until the Pertwee era.
The story's production design, meanwhile, is pretty good (given the era and budget). The Sensorites may look a little fake, but to me they're perfectly respectable aliens by 1960s TV standards; certainly, Doctor Who produced much stupider-looking aliens even in the 1980s (like the Ergon, to name one of many). Also, the set design for the human spaceship is effective, and enhances the tense and claustrophobic atmosphere of the opening episodes.Read more ›
The First Doctor, his granddaughter, Susan, and her school teachers, Ian and Barbara, materialize on a spaceship orbiting a mysterious planet, where a human crew has become trapped there thanks to some odd, psychic force coming from the planet itself. The planet is the Sense-Sphere, home of the Sensorites, beings of immense intelligence and power. When the Tardis team finds themselves unable to leave as well, the Doctor and his companions must figure out if the Sensorites’ are friendly or hostile. Journeying down to the planet surface, they quickly discover a conspiracy to overthrow the government, as well as find out that the planet denizens are frightened of some unseen, roaring monster in the heart of the planet. Can the Doctor and company figure out just what's going on here? And can both the humans and Sensorites learn to get along and trust each other?
First off, let me just say that I really can't understand why everyone hates on this story so much. Yes, the effects aren't the greatest thing ever, but this show was made back in the 60s on a VERY limited budget. Considering what they had to work with, I think they did a pretty good job. Use a little imagination, people. And in any case, it's the plot and the characters that really make the story shine. Part One ends on a pretty chilling cliffhanger, with one of the Sensorites staring through the window of the spaceship.Read more ›
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