Doctor Who: The Sensorites (1964)

UK, 20 June -1 August 1964
6 episodes, average 25m
videotape, black and white, 4:3
mono, English
Previous serial: The Aztecs (1964)
Next serial: The Reign of Terror (1964)
Series: Doctor Who (1963-1989) – Series 1, episodes 31-36

A British television science fiction serial directed by Mervyn Pinfield [episodes 1-4] and Frank Cox [episodes 5-6].

Premise

The dematerialises aboard a spaceship that has been captured by the alien , the human crew now paralysed. The Sensorites steal the locking mechanism of the TARDIS, trapping the crew aboard the ship. But the Sensorites are not all that they seem – they are dying in vast numbers from a mysterious disease that strikes down Ian and it's up to to both find a cure and work out what – or who – is responsible.

Credits

* = uncredited

Crew
Directed by: Mervyn Pinfield [episodes 1-4], Frank Cox [episodes 5-6]
BBC TV [episodes 1-6]
Producer: Verity Lambert [episodes 1-6]
Associate Producer: Mervyn Pinfield [episodes 5-6]
Written by: Peter R. Newman [episodes 1-6]
Story Editor: David Whitaker [episodes 1-6]
Studio Lighting: Peter Murray *
Title Music by: Ron Grainer and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop [episode 1-6]
Title Music Arranged by: Delia Derbyshire *
Incidental Music Composed and Conducted by: Norman Kay [episode 1-6]
Studio Sound: Les Wilkins *, Jack Brummitt *
Special Sound: Brian Hodgson *
Costumes Supervised by: Daphne Dare [episode 6]
Make-up Supervised by: Jill Summers [episode 6]
Designer: Raymond P. Cusick [episode 1-6]
Production Assistant: David Conroy *
Assistant Floor Managers: Val McCrimmon *, Dawn Robertson *

Cast
Strangers in Space
William Hartnell (Dr Who)
William Russell ()
Jacqueline Hill ()
Carole Ann Ford ()
Stephen Dartnell (John)
Ilona Rodgers (Carol [Richmond])
Lorne Cossette ([Captain] Maitland)

The Unwilling Warriors
William Hartnell (Dr Who)
William Russell (Ian Chesterton)
Jacqueline Hill (Barbara Wright)
Carole Ann Ford (Susan Foreman)
Stephen Dartnell (John)
Ilona Rodgers (Carol [Richmond])
Lorne Cossette ([Captain] Maitland)
Ken Tyllsen (1st Sensorite)
Joe Greig (2nd Sensorite)

Hidden Danger
William Hartnell (Dr Who)
William Russell (Ian Chesterton)
Jacqueline Hill (Barbara Wright)
Carole Ann Ford (Susan Foreman)
Stephen Dartnell (John)
Ilona Rodgers (Carol [Richmond])
Lorne Cossette ([Captain] Maitland)

Sensorites
Ken Tyllsen (first)
Joe Greig (second)
Peter Glaze (third)
Arthur Newall (fourth)
Eric Francis (first elder)
Bartlett Mullins (second elder)

and
Anthony Rogers
Gerry Martin

A Race against Death
William Hartnell (Dr Who)
William Russell (Ian Chesterton)
Jacqueline Hill (Barbara Wright)
Carole Ann Ford (Susan Foreman)
Stephen Dartnell (John)
Ilona Rodgers (Carol [Richmond])

Sensorites
Peter Glaze (third)
Arthur Newall (fourth)
Eric Francis (first elder)
Bartlett Mullins (second elder)
Ken Tyllsen (first scientist)
Joe Greig (second scientist)

and
Anthony Rogers
Gerry Martin

Kidnap
William Hartnell (Dr Who)
William Russell (Ian Chesterton)
Jacqueline Hill (Barbara Wright)
Carole Ann Ford (Susan Foreman)
Stephen Dartnell (John)
Ilona Rodgers (Carol [Richmond])

Sensorites
Peter Glaze (third)
Arthur Newall (fourth)
Eric Francis (first elder)
Bartlett Mullins (second elder)
Ken Tyllsen (first scientist)
Joe Greig (warrior)

and
Anthony Rogers
Gerry Martin

A Desperate Venture
William Hartnell (Dr Who)
William Russell (Ian Chesterton)
Jacqueline Hill (Barbara Wright)
Carole Ann Ford (Susan Foreman)
Stephen Dartnell (John)
Ilona Rodgers (Carol [Richmond])
John Bailey (commander)
Martyn Huntley (first human)
Giles Phibbs (second human)

Sensorites
Peter Glaze (third)
Arthur Newall (fourth)
Eric Francis (first elder)
Joe Greig (warrior)
Anthony Rogers

Episodes

1. Strangers in Space (20 June 1964)
2. The Unwilling Warriors (27 June 1964)
3. Hidden Danger (11 July 1964)
4. A Race against Death (18 July 1964)
5. Kidnap (25 July 1964)
6. A Desperate Venture (1 August 1964)

Alternative Titles

Mind Control – working title

Extracts included in
Looking for Peter (2012)
Secret Voices of the Sense Sphere (2011)

References

Periodicals

  • Monthly no.115 p.35 – article
  • Doctor Who Monthly Autumn Special 1987 p.40 – review
  • Doctor Who: The Complete History vol.3 (2016) pp,6-43 – illustrated article

Books

  • Doctor Who: A Celebration p.172 – review
  • Doctor Who Programme Guide by Jean-Marc Lofficier pp.25-26 – credits, synopsis
  • Doctor Who: The Handbook: The pp.74-76 – synopsis, review
  • Doctor Who: The Television Companion by David J. Howe and Stephen James Walker pp.27-30 – credits, synopsis, review
  • The Encyclopedia of TV Science Fiction p.109 – credits, synopsis