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Doctor Who - The Sensorites
Series: Doctor Who -
Target Novelisation
Release Number: 118
Doctor: First Doctor
Companions: Susan Foreman, Barbara Wright, Ian Chesterton
Enemy: Sensorites
Setting: Sense Sphere
Author: Nigel Robinson
Publisher: Target Books, W.H. Allen & Co
Publication: February 1987 (hardcover)
July 1987 (paperback)
Format: Hardcover and paperback editions, 143 Pages
ISBN: ISBN 0-426-20295-3
Previous Story: Doctor Who – The Aztecs
Following Story: Doctor Who – The Reign of Terror



  • This novelisation is based on the original television serial generally referred to as DW: The Sensorites which included individual episode titles and was shown from 20th June 1964 and written by Peter R. Newman.
  • The cover and information shown on the right is for the original Target novel and featured the artwork of Nick Spender. (See below for information on other UK and international editions which published with a different cover).

Publisher's Cover Blurb

The TARDIS materialises on board a dark and silent spaceship. As the 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…



Deviations from the Televised Story

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Author, Writing and Publishing Notes

  • Nigel Robinson was weary about commissioning himself to write the novelisation of this story while still the current editor of the range, but was reassured by comments remarking on how long it took for him to suggest the idea.
  • Inside back cover features Fantastic Doctor Who Poster Offer (in colour).

Associated Images

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Publishing History (UK)

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).

International Editions

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External Sources


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