Doctor Who and the Ark in Space
 

No. 4 of 156 in the Target novelisations series
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By:Ian Marter
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Editions:  UK (hardback) | UK (1st paperback) | UK (2nd paperback) | UK (3rd paperback)
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Edition: UK (hardback)
Released:  April 1977
Publisher:  Allan Wingate
ISBN:0-85523-191-2
Format: hardback
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At a time in the distant future, Earth has become uninhabitable. A selection of Humanity is placed, deep-frozen, in a fully automated space station, to await the day of their return to Earth...

Thousands of years later, DOCTOR WHO arrives on the station. He finds matters going badly wrong, and the satellite under attack from the giant WIRRRN, deadly creatures who in their lust for power now threaten the future of the whole Human Race...

Ian Marter was born in Coventry during the Blitz. He has been, among other things, a teacher and a milkman.

He became an actor after graduating from Oxford University, and has appeared in Repertory and West End productions and on television. He played Harry Sullivan in the BBC Television series 'Doctor Who'.

Ian enjoys writing, travelling and swimming in the sea. He is married, with two sons, and lives in London.

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Edition: UK (1st paperback)
Released:  May 1977
Publisher:  Target
ISBN:0-426-11631-3
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At a time in the far-off future, Earth has become uninhabitable. A selection of Humanity is placed, deep-frozen, in a fully automated space station, to await the day of their return to Earth...

Thousands of years later, Doctor Who arrives. He finds things going suspiciously wrong, and the station under attack from the giant Wirrn, deadly creatures who, in their lust for power, now threaten the future of the whole Human Race...

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Edition: UK (2nd paperback)
Title:  Doctor Who: The Ark in Space
Released:  May 1991
Publisher:  Target
ISBN:0-426-11631-3
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Note:  Same ISBN as previous paperback edition.

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Far, far into the future, the Earth has become uninhabitable. Mankind has been frozen and placed on board a space station to await the time when the planet can support life again...

The TARDIS materializes on board the deserted space station to find the body of one of the humans has been infested with the eggs of the hideous Wirrn, who plan to take over Earth. The humans have not woken on schedule and the future of mankind depends only on Noah and the Doctor...

Doctor Who — The Ark In Space, featuring Tom Baker in the role of the Doctor, was written by Robert Holmes. This novelisation is by the late Ian Marter who played the part of the Doctor's companion Harry Sullivan from 1974-75.
Doctor Who is currently being reshown on BSB television.

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Edition: UK (3rd paperback)
Released:  May 2012
Publisher:  BBC Books
ISBN:978-1-84990-476-6
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Note:  Following Random House/BBC Books' 6 successful novelisation reprints in 2011, this was a second batch of half-a-dozen reprints, released in both paperback and e-book form. The others in this batch were: The Day of the Daleks, The Ice Warriors, The Loch Ness Monster, The Tenth Planet and The Three Doctors.

Cover blurb:
'Homo Sapiens... what an indomitable species... it is only a few million years since it crawled up out of the sea and learned to walk... a puny defenceless biped... it has survived flood, plague, famine, war... and now here it is out among the stars... awaiting a new life.'

The survivors of a devastated future Earth lie in suspended animation on a great satellite. When Earth is safe again, they will awaken. But when the Doctor, Sarah and Harry arrive on the Terra Nova, they find the systems have failed and the humans never woke.

The Wirrrn Queen has infiltrated the satellite, and laid her eggs inside one of the sleepers. As the first of the humans wake, they face an attack by the emerging Wirrrn.

But not everyone is what they seem, and the only way the Doctor can discover the truth is by joining with the dead mind of the Wirrrn Queen. The price of failure is the Doctor's death, and the end of humanity.

THIS NOVEL IS BASED ON A DOCTOR WHO STORY WHICH WAS ORIGINALLY BROADCAST FROM 25 JANUARY TO 15 FEBRUARY 1975.

Featuring the Fourth Doctor as played by Tom Baker, and his companions Sarah Jane Smith and Harry Sullivan


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