Doctor Who (1963–1989)
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A Desperate Venture 

While the City Administrator's schemes reach their climax, the Doctor and Ian venture into the tunnels under the city to discover the real cause of the Sensorite plague.

Director:

Frank Cox

Writer:

Peter R. Newman
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Cast

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
John Bailey ... Commander
Martyn Huntley Martyn Huntley ... First Human
Giles Phibbs Giles Phibbs ... Second Human
Peter Glaze Peter Glaze ... Third Sensorite
Arthur Newall Arthur Newall ... Fourth Sensorite
Eric Francis Eric Francis ... First Elder
Joseph Greig Joseph Greig ... Warrior (as Joe Greig)
Anthony Rogers Anthony Rogers ... Sensorite
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While the City Administrator's schemes reach their climax, the Doctor and Ian venture into the tunnels under the city to discover the real cause of the Sensorite plague.

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Trivia

This was the first of three William Hartnell stories that Martyn Huntley would have minor roles in. The others were "The Dalek Invasion of Earth" and "The Gunfighters". See more »

Goofs

Susan smudges the letter to prove that the ink is still wet, but the smudge was visible before Susan and John had received the letter. See more »

Quotes

Susan Foreman: Grandfather and I don't come from Earth. Oh, it's ages since we've seen our planet. It's quite like Earth, but at night the sky is a burned orange, and the leaves on the trees are bright silver.
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Featured in Looking for Peter (2012) See more »

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The Sensorites: Part 5 - Slightly below average adventure with some good, interesting aspects

Review for all 6 parts:

This story has some good ideas and has its moments but overall it has too many flaws and less interesting parts to be anywhere near top quality classic Who.

The Doctor, Ian and Barbara are up to their usual well written standard and the story has very interesting aspects. The alien race The Sensorites (relatives of the Ood from 21st Century series of 'Doctor Who') are interesting as they at first seem very menacing but turn out to only have a few members of real menace with the majority being gentle and friendly. They are pretty well realised aliens, somewhat more three dimensional than your usual TV or movie alien race.

The adventure involves tension at times, trust issues and devious schemes and maintains some interest overall though it sometimes loses momentum and drags. It is good in some ways but has flaws in execution at times. A slightly below average adventure by classic Who standards, not among the best at all.

My Ratings: Episode 1 - 7.5/10, Episode 2 - 7/10, Episode 3 - 7/10, Episode 4 - 7.5/10, Episode 5 - 7/10, Episode 6 - 7.5/10


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 August 1964 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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