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Doctor Who: The Ark In Space (Story 76)
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The Doctor, Harry and Sarah accidentally land on a space wheel where survivors from Earth lie in cryogenic suspension waiting to begin a new life.]]>
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The "Doctor Who" DVD releases have been of uniformly high quality. Each episode comes with a pop-up track of subtitled production notes, and an audio commentary by the cast and crew. The "Ark" production notes include details on the original script for the story, and memorably inform us that bubble wrap was not as common in 1974 as it is today! The commentary track is one of the better ones: Elisabeth Sladen, who played companion Sarah Jane, has terrific recall and some intriguing insights into the original production that I hadn't read or heard elsewhere. Series producer Philip Hinchcliffe supplies enough inside information into the sets, lighting, and script editing process to be informative without ever getting stuffy -- and his recall is excellent, too.
The star of the commentary track is, naturally, Tom Baker. Tom's involvement with DW since leaving the role has been infrequent and bizarre. His contribution to the track involves frightening barks of laughter at lingering shots of the male actors' physique, or double entendres in the script (intentional or otherwise).Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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A classic from the Tom Baker era, in fact the second Baker story after Robot. Original BBC DVD. Good quality.Published 2 months ago by MJC
The Ark In Space tends to suffer a little more than some of the other Tom Baker Who adventures. It's not because of the trappings. All the Dr. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Donald W. Dunphy
Early Tom Baker one can see he is the best Dr. Ever. Love this space scenePublished 9 months ago by Jason P. Connelly
The First Doctor Who story I ever watched in full. Still looking great!Published 10 months ago by Esperantisto