Say Something Nice – Doctor Who: The Sensorites

In an effort to find something quick that can be written as part of Daily Doctor Who, we are kicking off Say Something Nice, where I look back at each of the Doctor Who stories and pull out one cool thing about it.

(Daily Doctor Who #47)

Read the previous entry here. Today, we continue with the series’ seventh story…

The Sensorites

Featuring the same core cast as all the episodes so far–William Hartnell as the Doctor, William Russell as Ian Chesterton, Jacqueline Hill as Barbara Wright, and Carole Ann Ford as Susan Foreman. Written by Peter R. Newman and directed by Mervin Pynfield–the show’s associate producer–and Frank Cox (last two episodes).

Individual episodes are called Strangers in Space, The Unwilling Warriors, Hidden Danger, A Race Against Death, Kidnap, and A Desperate Venture.

Say Something Nice…

(Named for Missy–aka the Master–and her catchphrase from her first full appearance in Dark Water).

OK, I have never actually seen the The Sensorites, except for a minute or two. It’s the first adventure from the series that I don’t own in some fashion. How can I say something nice about it? Well, it shows to me that the series was still interested in writing alien characters, and not just creating monsters. It also highlighted Susan’s telepathic potential, and featured the first description of her homeworld that has been used since: “… night the sky is a burned orange, and the leaves on the trees are bright silver.” Also, it exists, unlike, say, Galaxy Four.

But because we’re equal-opportunity fans here, we’re not going to only be sycophantically complimentary.

You craven-hearted spineless poltroon!

(Another cry from the Master, but not exactly a catch-phrase, this time from The Deadly Assassin)

When I tried to watch it a while ago, it was a quite slow. My impression is that the whole thing drags out a lot and is quite padded out. And the word “Sensorites” is pretty lame.

Catch you next time!

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