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TV show review: CONTINUUM season 4


DVD review by David Blackwell


DETAILS:  150 minutes, audio commentary, production notes subtitles, featurettes, photo gallery, PDF materials, coming soon trailer

VIDEO:  1.33:1 (Full Frame)

AUDIO:  English 2.0 Mono

Subtitles:  English SDH


STUDIO:  BBC Worldwide/ BBC Home Video/ Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

RLEASE DATE:  2-14-2012


Original Broadcast Dates: June 20, 1964 to August 1, 1964 on BBC

THE SENSORITES came from a period of DOCTOR WHO where filming had to be very rehearsed and shot in one take due to the expensive cost of videotape back in the 1960s.   It did mark a number of firsts for the series as it showed the aliens (the Sensorites) as very multi-layered characters with the story showing the point of views from both sides.   Some Sensorites trusted the doctor and his companions while others wanted to destroy the Doctor and the others.   The six episode story weaves a story about trust and xenophobia.   With the exception of the reprise at the start of episode six, every reprise was restaged in the filming which lead to some errors (like the Sensorite's hands not being on the spaceship windows in the reprise at the start of episode two.   



Audio commentary with actors William Russell (Ian), Carole Ann Ford (Susan), Joe Greig (Second Sensorite), Martyn Hunley (First Human),  and Giles Phibbs (Second Human), director Frank Cox (director of the last two episodes of the serial), designer Raymond Cusick, make-up designer Sonia Markham, moderated by Toby Hadoke


Production Notes is an optional subtitle option (to be played with the story itself) that goes over the development and production of the story.


LOOKING FOR PETER follows the presenter Toby Hadoke  and Doctor Who researcher Richard Bignell uncovering the history of the story's writer Peter R. Newman.

VISION ON has the vision mixer explain what the job of vision mixing is about while imparting stories about the production of DOCTOR WHO in the early days.

SECRET VOICES OF THE SENSE-SPHERE uncovers the secret of the extra voice heard (barely) during one scene in episode six.


Photo Gallery show several black and white photos taken during the production, but the color photos taken are noticeably absent from the gallery (the Production Notes mention some color photos were taken).

PDF Materials (accessible via a DVD-ROM, DVD-R, or Blu-ray drive on any computer)- Radio Times Listings and original design drawings


FINAL ANALYSIS:    Even though the tale is in black and white, THE SENSORITES is a multi-layered tale about trust and xenophobia.    A good follow up from the previous story, THE KEYS TO MARINUS.


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