Doctor Who (1963–1989)
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Strangers in Space 

The TARDIS arrives aboard a spaceship that has been captured by the Sensorites, a hearing-sensitive alien race. The Sensorites are dying, and the Doctor finds himself forced to investigate ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview:
William Hartnell ... Dr. Who
William Russell ... Ian Chesterton
Jacqueline Hill ... Barbara Wright
Carole Ann Ford ... Susan Foreman
Stephen Dartnell Stephen Dartnell ... John
Ilona Rodgers ... Carol
Lorne Cossette Lorne Cossette ... Maitland


The TARDIS arrives aboard a spaceship that has been captured by the Sensorites, a hearing-sensitive alien race. The Sensorites are dying, and the Doctor finds himself forced to investigate the origin of the mysterious illness. (Originally broadcast in six parts.) Written by Sarah Hadley

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20 June 1964 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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This six-part serial was released by the BBC on video cassette in the UK in November 2002. See more »


As a Sensorite takes away the TARDIS lock, a cough can be heard in the background. See more »


The Doctor: I learned not to meddle in other people's affairs years ago.
[Ian laughs]
The Doctor: Now, now, now, don't be absurd. There's not an ounce of curiosity in me, my dear boy.
[turns to Maitland]
The Doctor: Now tell me, why are you in danger?
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Featured in Doctor Who Live: The Afterparty (2013) See more »

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Perhaps The Most Boring Story Ever Seen In The Show
9 August 2013 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

The Tardis arrives on stranded spaceship and the Tardis occupants explore the ship to find the two crew members unconscious . Reviving them they find out the crew are Captain Maitland and Carol Richmond are on an expedition from Earth to the Sense-Sphere home to a telepathic race called the Sensorites who hold the ship in orbit and refuse to let the crew leave . Maitland and Richmond find they can't visit the Sense-sphere but it turns out the Sensorites are about to visit them

This is a frustrating mixture of good and bad . It's one of those stories that when fan polls are taken on the classic series it receives very few positive or negative votes and it's easy to understand why . After a couple of very good , brooding , atmospheric episodes where mystery and suspense is built up then the story crawls along at a snails pace . It's rarely embarrassing but never reaches the brilliance and imagination that say the Dalek story from earlier in the season achieved . Say what you like about NuWho but one thing the modern show never suffers from is a near terminal plodding pace of story telling . Some die hards of the classic show might lament the extinction of longer stories but as The Sensorites proves a long story doesn't equate with a being good one

This is a pity because there are some good aspects to the story . The eponymous Sensorites would no doubt have an impact on young children watching this in 1964 and it's nice to know that the production team of the day tried to invent an alien race that is truly alien but the rather drab plotting means that once you've seen the story it won't hold up to repeat viewing . In fact being a fan who read the 1987 Novelisation by Nigel Robinson I knew where the story was heading and it was something of a hard slog to watch unfold on screen

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