Doc & Co try to save some humans from mind-controlling aliens, but end up saving the aliens from barbaric humans. #irony
Doctor Who finally goes back into outer space! Out of the Aztec frying pan and into the Sensorite fire.
The Doctor, Susan, Ian and Barbara (who presumably enjoyed a well-deserved respite in the Maldives for most of this story) land the TARDIS inside a human spaceship kept in orbit around the Sensesphere by the Sensorites sometime in the 28th century. There are three humans on board, two of whom are dead and one of whom is an aggressive zombie. But don’t worry; the dead survive and the zombie just wants a hug.
Enter the Sensorites, an evil race of mind-controlling aliens hell-bent on getting the humans to scare each other to death when they’re not busy feeding their lifeless bodies local treats or spying pervertedly on them from outside the craft! Pretty creepy, eh? But, again, don’t worry; they’re actually a really kind and meek race of people who never speak of mind-control and are actually terrified of almost everything themselves, including the dark, loud noises and the monsters hiding under the be… I mean, in the sewers.
We learn that there’s a plague on the Sensesphere and a Raptor in the basement, but The Doctor’s on the case. Thus, while Susan suddenly develops telepathic abilities out of nowhere, Ian gets sick, Barb goes on holiday, and the Sensorite 2nd-in-command stages a coup, he takes charge to save the day.
This story is fantastic, partly because it’s so great and partly because it’s largely dismal. Enjoy!
A Who Back When first – This episode was recorded “in front of a live studio audience”, in that we were joined by Doctor Who virgin, Frank, who occasionally jumped in to correct us when we were clearly in the wrong.
Huge thanks to John and Will for sending in their own reviews of this Doctor Who story. And mega gracias to Frank for being so frank.
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