Doctor Who: The Sensorites: (TV Soundtrack)

Doctor Who: The Sensorites: (TV Soundtrack)

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The TARDIS, carrying the Doctor, his granddaughter Susan and the two schoolteachers Ian and Barbara, materialises on board a drifting spaceship in the 28th century, in orbit around a planet called the Sense-Sphere. As the crewmembers wake from a catatonic trance, the TARDIS's door lock is stolen by two shadowy aliens also on board. Before long the travellers encounter the Sensorites - humanoid creatures who are sensitive to bright light and loud noise. Establishing a telepathic link with Susan, they request a meeting with the Doctor and friends down on the Sense-Sphere. The Doctor discovers deep mistrust between the humans and the Sensorites, whose people are afflicted with a strange disease. When Ian also falls ill, the Doctor must discover the cause of the disease whilst also trying to make peace between the two races. William Russell, who played Ian in the story, provides linking narration for these six episodes, first broadcast in 1964. In a bonus interview he also recalls the making of the serial, and remembers his time on Doctor Who in general. 2 CDs. 2 hrs 38 mins.

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  • CD-Audio | 2 pages
  • 124.46 x 137.16 x 10.16mm | 45.36g
  • Random House Audiobooks
  • BBC Audiobooks Ltd
  • BathUnited Kingdom
  • Unabridged
  • Unabridged
  • 1405677848
  • 9781405677844
  • 602,718

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About Peter R. Newman

THE PROGRAMME: Having escaped from the ancient civilisation of The Aztecs on fifteenth century Earth, the Doctor, his granddaughter Susan, and kidnapped teachers Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright were able to take stock of their adventures to date in space and time before next emerging from the TARDIS... The Sensorites was the only Doctor Who serial to be written by Peter R. Newman, a playwright whose experiences in the RAF and intelligence corps in the war led to his most famous piece, Yesterday's Enemies, a Second World War story set in the Burmese jungle, screened by BBC TV in October 1958 and subsequently remade by Hammer Films. In late February 1964 - a few months after Doctor Who had gone on air - Newman was commissioned for a script for the first episode of a six-part story and the storyline of the remainder. These were delivered as Doctor Who and the Sensorites between March and May, and were initially planned to end the first series of Doctor Who. Newman's budget-conscious scripts were brought to the screen by two directors, with experienced associate producer Mervyn Pinfield handling the first four episodes and then handing over to Frank Cox who had directed a single episode a few months earlier. Aside from a few back projection and model shots performed at the BBC's Television Film Studios at Ealing during May, the rest of the serial was made entirely in the electronic studios, with one episode taped in a few hours every Friday evening from 29 May. Strangers in Space, The Unwilling Warriors and A Race Against Death were recorded at the BBC's Television Centre while the other instalments were acted out at Lime Grove in the series' original home, Studio D. This was the third and final series to be scored by Norman Kay, who had handled the very first episode, An Unearthly Child, the previous year. Conducting seven musicians, Kay recorded his music cues for playing back into studio on 19 May in Studio 2 at the BBC's Maida Vale premises. The Sensorites was recorded three weeks in advance of transmission, and the production team gained another week when the third episode - Hidden Danger - was only provisionally scheduled for broadcast on 4 July in the later than usual slot of 7.10pm. In the event, coverage of sporting events in Summer Grandstand led to the instalment being deferred to 11 July. The Sensorites subsequently appeared the following year in The Monsters from Earth, a story in the first edition of The Dr Who Annual from World Distributors. Special sound effects from the serial were included on the BBC Music CD Doctor Who at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop: Volume 1 - The Early Years issued in 2000, while the story was included in the VHS box set The First Doctor Special Edition Box Set from BBC Worldwide in 2002. When Doctor Who returned to BBC television in 2005, the Sensorites inspired the alien creatures the Ood, which appeared in the television episodes The Impossible Planet, The Satan Pit and Planet of the Ood. Meanwhile, back at the TARDIS, Ian and Barbara's chiding of the Doctor would earn them the mysterious time traveller's wrath, and lead to their wandering into The Reign of Terror... Programme notes compiled by Andrew Pixley.

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