Story Code 'G'
by Peter R. Newman
The TARDIS materialises aboard a gigantic spaceship from 28th century Earth, which is orbiting around a planet called The Sense-Sphere. After the Doctor and his companions find the crew in a state of semi-permanent paralysis, the lock to the TARDIS mysteriously vanishes. The crew reawaken, and the captain, Maitland, explains that the occupants of the planet, the telepathic Sensorites, are holding them prisoner. Two Sensorite leaders communicate with Susan, and invite her, the Doctor, Ian and two crewmembers, Carol and John, down to the surface. Arriving on Sense-Sphere, the party are told by the First Elder and the Second Elder that the Sensorites fear the exploitation of their mineral-rich planet, and are slowly dying from an illness that resulted soon after a previous Earth expedition left them. The Doctor finds a cure, and traces the cause back some underground caves, where three deranged survivors of the previous expedition have added deadly nightshade to the water supply.
William Hartnell (Dr Who), William Russell (Ian Chesterton), Jacqueline Hill (Barbara Wright), Carole Ann Ford (Susan Foreman), Stephen Dartnell (John), Ilona Rodgers (Carol), Lorne Cossette (Maitland), Ken Tyllsen (First Sensorite), Joe Greig (Second Sensorite), John Bailey (Commander) , Martyn Huntley (First Human), Giles Phibbs (Second Human); Sensorites: Ken Tyllsen (First), Joe Greig (Second), Peter Glaze (Third), Arthur Newall (Fourth), Eric Francis (First Elder), Bartlett Mullins (Second Elder), Ken Tyllsen (First Scientist), Joe Greig (Second Scientist), Joe Greig (Warrior), Anthony Rogers, Gerry Martin
*Jacqueline Hill is credited on all episodes but absent from 'A Race Against Death' and 'Kidnap'
Produced by Verity Lambert
Directed Mervyn Pinfield (Parts 1-4) and Frank Cox (Parts 5-6)
'Strangers in Space' - 20th June, 1964 @ 5.15pm - 5.40pm
'The Unwilling Warriors' - 27th June, 1964 @ 5.40pm - 6.05pm
'Hidden Danger' - 11th July, 1964 @ 5.15pm - 5.40pm
'A Race Against Death' - 18th July, 1964 @ 5.15pm - 5.40pm
'Kidnap' - 25th July, 1964 @ 5.15pm - 5.40pm
'A Desperate Venture' - 1st August, 1964 @ 5.15pm - 5.40pm
*Featuring the First Doctor, Ian, Barbara and Susan
*'The Unwilling Warriors' was transmitted approx 25 minutes late, as the tennis transmitted before it overran. There was also a one week break between Eps 2 and 3, due to 'Grandstand' extending to cover tennis and cricket; this is the only time in the series' history that a break occurred mid-story.