Doctor Who (1963–1989)
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A Race Against Death 

With Ian having fallen victim to the Sensorites' plague, the Doctor is desperate to find a cure. But the City Administrator is still determined to rid his world of aliens.

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Mervyn Pinfield

Writer:

Peter R. Newman
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
William Hartnell ... Dr. Who
William Russell ... Ian Chesterton
Jacqueline Hill ... Barbara Wright (credit only)
Carole Ann Ford ... Susan Foreman
Stephen Dartnell Stephen Dartnell ... John
Ilona Rodgers ... Carol
Peter Glaze Peter Glaze ... Third Sensorite
Arthur Newall Arthur Newall ... Fourth Sensorite
Eric Francis Eric Francis ... First Elder
Bartlett Mullins Bartlett Mullins ... Second Elder
Ken Tyllssen Ken Tyllssen ... First Scientist (as Ken Tyllsen)
Joseph Greig Joseph Greig ... Second Scientist (as Joe Greig)
Anthony Rogers Anthony Rogers ... Sensorite
Gerald Martin Gerald Martin ... Sensorite (as Gerry Martin)
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With Ian having fallen victim to the Sensorites' plague, the Doctor is desperate to find a cure. But the City Administrator is still determined to rid his world of aliens.

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Barbara is absent from this episode in order to give Jacqueline Hill a holiday during production. See more »

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As Ian, Susan and the First Elder wait for the antidote, a boom microphone drops into shot and casts a shadow across the First Elder's head. See more »

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The Sensorites: Part 4 - 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:

18 July 1964 (UK) See more »

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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