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The Sensorites (novelisation)

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The Sensorites
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Based on: The Sensorites
Doctor: First Doctor
Companion(s): Susan, Barbara, Ian
Main enemy: Sensorites
Main setting: Sense Sphere
Key crew
Publisher: Target Books, W.H. Allen
Writer: Nigel Robinson
Read by: William Russell
Release details
Release number: 118
Release date: 16 July 1987
Format: Hardcover and paperback editions; 14 Chapters, 143 Pages
ISBN 0-426-20295-3
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The Sensorites was a novelisation based on the 1964 television serial The Sensorites.

Publisher's summary Edit

The TARDIS materialises on board a dark and silent spaceship. As the First Doctor, Susan, Ian and Barbara penetrate the craft's eerie gloom they come across what appear to be the bodies of two dead astronauts.

But the astronauts are far from dead, and are living in mortal fear of the Sensorites, a race of telepathic creatures from the Sense Sphere.
When the lock of the TARDIS is stolen the Doctor is forced into an uneasy alliance with the aliens. And when he arrives on the Sensorites' planet he discovers that it is not only the humans who have cause to be afraid...

Chapter titles Edit

  • Prologue
  1. Strangers in Space
  2. War of Nerves
  3. The Dreams of Avarice
  4. The Unwilling Warriors
  5. The Quest for Freedom
  6. Hidden Danger
  7. A Race Against Death
  8. Into the Darkness
  9. Surrounded by Enemies
  10. A Conspiracy of Lies
  11. The Secret of the Caves
  12. A Desperate Venture
  • Epilogue

Deviations from televised story Edit

  • Rather than have a model layout of the aqueduct, the Sensorites provide a holographic map for Susan to direct Barbara and John whilst she talks telepathically.
  • Whilst Ian urges Maitland to hasten cutting open to the door in order to get to Barbara and Susan, he utters the words "For God's sake man!". Any words used in a family show at the time would never have been allowed.
  • The humans are part of an extremist group called INNER.

Story notes Edit

  • The cover and information on the right are for the original Target edition. It featured the artwork of Nick Spender. (See below for information on editions with different covers).


  • Barbara compares the encounter between the humans and the Sensorites to the Aztecs' encounter with Cortez. (TV: The Aztecs)

Writing and publishing notes Edit

  • Nigel Robinson was wary about commissioning himself to write this novelisation while still the editor of the range, but was reassured by comments on how long it took for him to suggest the idea.
  • This is the first of four novelisations Robinson would write. He is one of only three authors to write for Target with no previous connection to either the scriptwriting or production of the original series. The others were Alison Bingeman and John Peel.
  • Inside back cover features Fantastic Doctor Who Poster Offer (in colour).

Additional cover images Edit

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British publication history Edit

Hardback (February 1987)
  • W.H.Allen & Co. Ltd. UK ISBN:0491034555, copies priced £7.50 (UK))
Paperback (July 1987)
  • Target / W.H. Allen & Co. Ltd. Single paperback edition, estimated print run: 32,500, priced £1.95 (UK).

 Audiobook Edit

This Target Book was released complete and unabridged by BBC Audio and read by William Russell.

The audio set of four CDs was released in May 2012 priced £13.99 (UK)

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