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  • Actors: Tom Baker, Elisabeth Sladen, Ian Marter
  • Directors: Rodney Bennett
  • Writers: Robert Holmes
  • Producers: Philip Hinchcliffe
  • Format: Multiple Formats, NTSC, Color, Mono
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 12, 2013
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00ANDM41M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,194 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

Audio Commentary: by actors Tom Baker and Elisabeth Sladen and producer Philip Hinchcliffe Interviews: with designer Robert Murray-Leach. Archival interview with Tom Baker Other: New CGI model footage and 3D Ark schematic Production Notes: Optional caption streamAudio Commentary: by actors Tom Baker and Elisabeth Sladen and producer Philip Hinchcliffe Interviews: with designer Robert Murray-Leach. Archival interview with Tom Baker Other: New CGI model footage and 3D Ark schematic Production Notes: Optional caption streamAudio Commentary: by actors Tom Baker and Elisabeth Sladen and producer Philip Hinchcliffe Interviews: with designer Robert Murray-Leach. Archival interview with Tom Baker Other: New CGI model footage and 3D Ark schematic Production Notes: Optional caption streamAudio Commentary: by actors Tom Baker and Elisabeth Sladen and producer Philip Hinchcliffe Interviews: with designer Robert Murray-Leach. Archival interview with Tom Baker Other: New CGI model footage and 3D Ark schematic Production Notes: Optional caption streamAudio Commentary: by actors Tom Baker and Elisabeth Sladen and producer Philip Hinchcliffe Interviews: with designer Robert Murray-Leach. Archival interview with Tom Baker Other: New CGI model footage and 3D Ark schematic Production Notes: Optional caption stream

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Doctor Who: Ark in Space, The - Special Edition (DVD)

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Happy Reader
This excellent example of early Tom Baker, when he was still developing the 4th Doctor's character, looks amazing in this new edition.
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The DVD has the usual high quality extras from 2entertain.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Happy Reader TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 20, 2012
At the end of the Doctor's adventure in "Robot" (Tom Baker's 1st serial as the Doctor), the Doctor invites UNIT medical officer Harry Sullivan inside the TARDIS. At the beginning of "The Ark in Space" we see the result. The Doctor had meant to impress Harry with "a short hop to the moon", but Harry messed with the TARDIS Helmic regulator. So instead of the moon, the Doctor, Harry and Sarah Jane Smith find themselves on Nerva, an apparently deactivated space station orbiting Earth. The Doctor repairs the sabotaged life support system. Unfortunately that also reactivates the automatic guard, ceiling mounted lasers which attack any biological form. In a favorite sequence, the Doctor and Harry cleverly fool the guard, sacrificing Harry's shoes in the process. "I think we've done it Harry. Pity about the scarf."

To the Doctor's delight, they realize that Nerva is an ark. It has frozen animals and plants, as well as a wall of drawers containing microfilm with "the entire body of human thought". Then they find the cryogenically frozen humans, and the first, a female named Libri, awakes. She tells them that the ark was prepared 5,000 years before to repopulate earth after giant solar flares killed all life.

Unfortunately for Nerva's occupants, the Doctor has to tell Libri that "A long time ago, when you were dormant, you had a visitor." A giant insect-like creature has been found dead in a closet and something is making slime trails through the ship. Libri wakes two technicians, and Noah, the Commander. Noah is disgusted to find three regressives on board. "Our genetic pool has been balanced, cross-matched.... Three random units can cancel our survival."

The puzzles mount. The Doctor discovers a green creature growing in the main solar stack.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Henry Kipp on March 15, 2014
better than usual video transfer and plot, okay sound, where of Tom Baker better episodes; a bit on the expensive side compared to other releases
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jim Phillips on July 10, 2013
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The Doctor, Sarah and Harry are at it again. You have to love the special effects of the 70's. I am not sure how you can take a guy with green bubble wrap on his hand seriously but the Doctor and his companions do. Special effects are not what they are today so an episode like this had to rely on things like a plot line and acting. I loved this episode and eagerly await more special editions.
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Harry Sullivan was invited inside the TARDIS by the Doctor at the end of the story "Robot" and "The Ark in Space" is the first story that features the Doctor, Sarah Jane, and Harry together outside of Earth. Instead of going to the moon as planned, the trio arrives to find themselves aboard what they later discover is a space station called Nerva. It turns out that Nerva is an ark filled with cryogenically preserved plants and animals to repopulate Earth. However, something has boarded the station and messed with many of the internal functions, including the internal clock that was to begin awakening the crew. As the crew begins to awake, the Doctor realizes that the ship has been invaded by a giant insect-like creature called the Wirrn. The creatures can multiply by infecting other living creatures. The infection causes the infected to turn into Wirrn and all of their knowledge, thoughts, and feelings becomes one with the hive mind (kind of like the Borg in Star Trek). With a space station filled with sleeping victims/hosts, it's up to the Doctor to figure out a plan to save Nerva and her passengers.

"The Ark in Space" is a four-part story. It originally aired in January 1975. The episode isn't as strong as some of the later Doctor Who episodes featuring the 4th Doctor. However, "The Ark in Space" makes clear that this incarnation of the Doctor is one who is quite different from the ones we have seen before. For instance, he tests gravity and other things by using a yo-yo and it is shown that the scarf he wears isn't solely for decoration and fashion.

I found "The Ark in Space" to be an enjoyable episode of Doctor Who. It's the only episode that features the Wirrn (other than a cameo in the episode "The Stones of Blood").
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In my opinion they are well worth the upgrade. All of them, from the key to time boxed set, to the ark in space and robots of death. I am not certain, but I think the original version of Ark was not remastered in the original issue. The special edition is. Hope this helps.
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