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New to DVD! Digitally remastered Doctor Who classics The Ark! The TARDIS arrives some ten million years in the future on a giant spaceship carrying all the Earth's surviving plant, animal and human life (much of it miniaturised and in suspended animation) on a 700 year voyage to a new home on the planet Refusis II. Dodo is suffering from a cold - an unknown affliction in this era - and as the human Guardians of the ship and their servant race the Monoids have no resistance, a plague breaks out. The Guardians place the travellers on trial and Steven is forced to defend them against allegations that they spread the disease deliberately. Fortunately, the Doctor finds a cure. The TARDIS leaves the spaceship, which Dodo has nicknamed the Ark, only to arrive back there as it is approaching the end of its voyage. Partly as a result of the earlier plague, the Monoids have now grown strong and enslaved the humans
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Granted the Monoids were the typical poorly costumed monsters common in Doctor Who and the less said about the invisible Refusians the better but the strong theme of the story allows it to come off without problem. The story itself is kind of like the Planet of the Apes meet H.G. Wells.
The show itself could have been a disaster, especially the last episode as the director was informed that his contract was not being renewed with the BBC but Micheal Imison carried on and didn't let that bad news compromise his work in the final episode.
This is a good story and one you should see,
I do expect that in 10,000,000.00 AD. we from this planet will be very different from the future humans as portrayed in this story! We have various flaws such as poor peripheral vision, poor healing ability from an injury, poor teeth and perhaps even more importantly a poor preliminary psychic judgement of other advanced sentients. All this initial skepticism on the part of the Terran pioneers of the Ark toward Dr. Who & his companions should never have initially occurred and is the sign of a lowly race, not an advanced one, however, I do like the shape of the story so I overlook some technical imperfections in the making of it and I love the ending with the help of the existing Refusians who remind me of ultraterrestrials which are the highest form of life we Terran humans are capable of perceiving and note that in this story it was mentioned that they themselves could not even see each other, only sense each others presence!