Doctor Who (1963)

Season 1 Episode 31

Strangers in Space

Aired Saturday 5:15 PM Jun 20, 1964 on BBC
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Strangers in Space

The 28th century. The TARDIS materialises on a spaceship orbiting a planet known as the Sense-Sphere, whose natives, the Sensorites, have trapped the ship's human crew in a state of paralysis.

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  • The Tardis lands inside a spaceship with explorers from the 28th century. The explorers seem to be held against their will by aliens known as the Sensorites.

    Classic Sci-Fi plot: A mysterious crew is found from the future, they appear dead but instead are in a form of suspended animation. Lastly, they appear to be being held against their will on the planet. Reminds me a bit of the “Ark in Space” and a Star Trek Voyager episode. Overall not a premise for an episode. The acting for it was decent, the special effects with the spaceship shaking and flying through space were ok for it’s time. The first look at the Sensorites from the spaceship window was done well. Barbara and Susan get separated from the Doctor and a search starts for them. The Sensorites power seems to be a form of mind probing and mind control. It seems that they have had a number of earthlings come through the sphere who have been hostile and thus have a hatred for them explaining their decision to keep the Doctor and everyone in planet.

    A very decent start for the storyline. The next episode would get more interesting as the Doctor’s granddaughter seems to form a bond with the aliens, and the Doctor finds out more history about the Sensorites.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Ian: It's a wonderful thing, this machine of yours, Doctor. Taking us back to prehistoric times, the Daleks…
      Susan: Marco Polo, Marinus…
      Barbara: And the Aztecs.
      The Doctor: Yes, and that extraordinary quarrel I had with that English king, Henry VIII. [ chuckling ] You know, he threw, he threw a parson's nose at me!
      Barbara: Well, what did you do?
      The Doctor: Threw it back, of course! "Take them to the tower!" he said. That's why I did it.
      Barbara: Why?
      Susan: That's where the TARDIS was!

  • NOTES (2)

    • Video: Doctor Who: The Sensorites (BBCV 7276) was included in Doctor Who: The First Doctor Special Edition Box Set (BBCV 7268) released in November 2002. Doctor Who: The Sensorites (Warner Home Video E1852) released in U.S.A./Canada in October 2003.

    • Novelisation: Doctor Who â€" The Sensorites by Nigel Robinson (ISBN 0 426 20295 3) first published by W H Allen in 1987.