Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Well, it has to be said, The Sensorites ends with a bit of a whimper. The Doctor and Ian, despite more futile acts of sabotage by the City Administrator (I refuse to call him the Second Elder. That title is vacant, in my opinion. It has to be earned, not stolen), manage to track their way through the aqueduct and find the real reason why the Sensorites have been poisoned. The culprits? A bunch of bearded, crazy humans! They've been waging war on the Sensorites ever since they became stranded on the planet years ago.
However, it takes all of three minutes for The Doctor to convince the humans that the war's over, and leads them into a trap to be captured by the Sensorites. Crisis over. And what of the City Administrator? (Barbara refers to him as the Second Elder. What does she know? She's been away on a spaceship for the past two and a half weeks!) He's captured, arrested, and banished to the outer wastelands. Apparently. As the comeuppance of the major villain of the piece takes place offscreen, we're only told this in passing. Bit disappointing, that.
Also, Susan learns from the First Elder that it was the special properties of the Sense-sphere that aided her in her new found ability to use telepathy. Apparently. We're also told that offscreen. For all the pointless discussions about Sensorites' cardiovascular systems and humans' eyelids, two of the more interesting aspects of the story are left unseen. What a cheat!
Anyway, the disappointment in Susan's eyes when she finds out she'll be back to normal the next week almost matches Carole Ann Ford's sullen mood when she finds out the same. You can almost see at which point during her last TARDIS scene where she's working out her notice...
On the whole, this story wasn't as bad or slow as people have made it out to be over the years since its initial broadcast, although I imagine it would be almost completely forgotten if it didn't exist in the BBC Archives.
Posted by Steven at 8:49 AM