The Ark in Space
 

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Starring: Tom Baker, Elisabeth Sladen & Ian Marter
By:Robert Holmes
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Editions:  UK UK (standard DVD) | Australia Australia (standard DVD) | US US (standard DVD) | Netherlands Netherlands (DVD) | UK UK (special DVD) | Australia Australia (special DVD) | US US (special DVD)

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Edition: UK UK (standard DVD)
Released:  April 2002
Publisher:  BBC Video
Format: 1 x DVD
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Many thousands of years in the future, Earth becomes uninhabitable. Aboard space station Nerva, the remaining survivors of the human race drift among the stars in suspended animation.

The Doctor, Sarah and Harry arrive to find vital systems have been sabotaged. As mankind begins to awake from its enforced deep sleep, the Doctor discovers that they are not alone...

The Wirrn are an insect race that inhabit the cold depths of space. But they too have found the Ark and its sleeping occupants. Can the Doctor prevent the last of the human race from becoming the Wirrn's new source of food...?

Special Features

  • Commentary by Tom Baker, Elisabeth Sladen & Philip Hinchcliffe
  • Brand New CGI Model Footage and 3D Ark Schematic
  • Original BBC1 Trailer and News Report
  • Exclusive Interview with Designer Roger Murray-Leach
  • Unused Title Sequence and 16mm Model Footage
  • Photo Gallery and On Screen Production Notes

This story was broadcast on BBC1 between 23 January - 15 February 1975.

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Edition: Australia Australia (standard DVD)
Released:  June 2002
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Format: 1 x DVD
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Same as UK edition.

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Edition: US US (standard DVD)
Released:  August 2002
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Note:  Contains two additional extras not present on the UK or Australian releases: firstly the introductory narration recorded by actor Howard Da Silva in the 1970s to introduce syndicated versions of The Ark in Space in North America. Also "Who's Who", which consists of short text biographies of the main cast.

Cover blurb:
The Fourth Doctor's first trip in the TARDIS brings him, with Sarah Jane and a very skeptical Harry Sullivan, many thousand years into the future to Nerva, a space station in Earth's orbit.

The Doctor is amazed to discover that Nerva is nothing less than an ark for the human race. Having evacuated Earth when solar activity threatened all life on the planet, these few hundred survivors have been drifting in suspended animation for thousands of years.

Even more perplexing is the discovery that someone has sabotaged Nerva's vital systems. The Doctor reactivates the systems, and one by one, the human race begins to awake from its enforced deep sleep. The future of humankind appears secure until the Doctor learns that the larvae of the Wirrn, a hostile insect race, are also aboard.

DVD EXTRAS INCLUDE:

  • Commentary by actors Tom Baker and Elisabeth Sladen and producer Philip Hinchcliffe
  • Exclusive interview with designer Roger Murray-Leach
  • New CGI model footage and 3D Ark schematic
  • Pop-Up Production Notes
  • Unused Title Sequence and 16mm model footage
  • Original BBC trailers and News Report
  • Photo Gallery
  • Who's Who

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Edition: Netherlands Netherlands (DVD)
Released:  January 2006
Publisher:  BBC Video
Format: 1 x DVD
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Edition: UK UK (special DVD)
Released:  February 2013
Publisher:  BBC Video
Format: 2 x DVD
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Note:  2-disc special edition with remastered picture & sound and an improved list of extras.

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The TARDIS lands on a space station orbiting Earth in the distant future. It's seemingly deserted, but the Doctor, Sarah and Harry soon discover that they are not alone. Thousands of humans are in cryogenic sleep, and while they've slept their Ark has been invaded. A parasitic insect race — the Wirrn — have taken control and threaten the very future of mankind...

SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Commentary with Tom Baker (the Doctor), Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah) and Philip Hinchcliffe (Producer)
  • A New Frontier Making The Ark In Space
  • TV Movie Version Special 70-minute repeat compilation of the story
  • Doctor Forever! — Love And War Documentary examining the Virgin/BBC Books novelisation range with Russell T Davies (Executive Producer/Writer 2005-2010) and Mark Gatiss (Writer)
  • Scene Around Six
  • 8mm Location Footage from Tom Baker's first story
  • Optional CGI Effects
  • Original BBC Trailer
  • Interview with Designer Roger Murray-Leach
  • Alternative Title Sequence and Model Footage
  • 3D Technical Schematics
  • Photo Gallery
  • TARDIS-Cam
  • Coming Soon Trailer
  • Production Information Subtitles
  • Radio Times Listings, Doctor Who Technical Manual, Crosse and Blackwell and Nestlé Promotional Material in Adobe PDF format
  • Digitally remastered picture and sound quality

This story was originally broadcast on BBC1 between 25th January and 15th February 1975

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Edition: Australia Australia (special DVD)
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The TARDIS lands on a space station orbiting the earth in the distant future. It's seemingly deserted, but the Doctor, Sarah Jane and Harry soon discover that they are not alone. Thousands of humans — the only survivors of the human race — are in cryogenic sleep, and while they've slept their Ark has been invaded. A parasitic insect race — the Wirrn — has taken control and threatens the very future of mankind.

DVD EXTRAS INCLUDE:

  • Audio Commentary with actors Tom Baker (the Doctor), Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane) and producer Philip Hinchcliffe
  • A New Frontier Making Of (30 mins)
  • TV Movie Version broadcast in 1975 (70 mins)
  • Doctor Forever! — Love And War New documentary on the Virgin/BBC Books novelization range produced during the 1990-2005 hiatus, with Russell T Davies and Mark Gatiss (27 mins)
  • Scene Around Six 1978 news footage of Tom Baker's public appearances in Northern Ireland (7 mins)
  • 8mm Location Footage Amateur film shot during "Robot" (1 min)
  • Interview with Designer Roger Murray-Leach (10 mins)
  • Original BBC Trailer (1 min)
  • Alternative Title Sequence, Model and CGI Effects Footage (9 mins)
  • 3D Technical Schematics (1 min)
  • Photo Gallery (7 mins)
  • TARDIS-Cam (1 min)
  • Optional CGI Effects
  • PDF materials: Radio Times Listings, Doctor Who Technical Manual, Crosse and Blackwell and Nestle Promotional Material
  • Production Notes Subtitle Option
  • Digitally remastered picture and sound quality

Originally transmitted January 25 — February 15, 1975


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