The Ark
 

No. 106 of 145 in the BBC classic series videos series
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Starring: William Hartnell, Peter Purves & Jackie Lane
By:Paul Erickson & Lesley Scott
Rating:   6.4  (36 votes)  Vote here
Review:  Ambitious and Imaginative  Read more (2 in total)
Editions:  UK UK (VHS) | Australia Australia (VHS) | US US (VHS)

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Edition: UK UK (VHS)
When:  October 1998
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Materialising in what appears to be a jungle on Earth, the Doctor, Steven and Dodo soon realise that things are not what they seem: the sky is made of steel, and the jungle merely a colossal life chamber in a craft that has embarked on the most important expedition in the history of mankind...

It is ten million years in the future, and the Earth is soon to be engulfed by the Sun in a catastrophic explosion. A gigantic space ark has been launched, taking the last humans to a new life on the distant planet of Refusis, and serving the Guardians of Earth are the Monoids, mute reptilian aliens.

But the Ark's mission of deliverance is threatened by the arrival of the time travellers: Dodo inadvertently passes her cold to the Guardians — to them, it is a long-forgotten virus against which they have no defence. It is not long before people start to die and the TARDIS crew are on trial for their own lives...

This thoughtful and intelligent story, made during William Hartnell's third and final year as the Doctor, was originally broadcast 5-26 March 1966.

The quality of the material reflects the age of the original broadcast.

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Edition: US US (VHS)
When:  March 1999
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The survival of humanity hangs in the balance in this four-part adventure spanning seven centuries.

The Earth is about to plunge into the Sun, and all life has taken refuge on a huge celestial ark prepared to undertake a 700 year journey to a new home. But a common cold threatens the voyage and the Doctor barely finds a cure in time.

With the Ark underway, the TARDIS travels into the future to board the craft as it nears the end of its journey. Here, the Doctor finds a new disease: an epidemic of racial injustice dividing the travelers into slaves and rulers. Unless he can persuade them to live in peace, their journey will have been in vain.



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