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The Ark in Space: Part One 

The Doctor's attempt to give Harry a trip in the TARDIS sees the two of them and Sarah arriving onboard a space station in the far future, with some rather deadly security mechanisms.

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The Doctor's attempt to give Harry a trip in the TARDIS sees the two of them and Sarah arriving onboard a space station in the far future, with some rather deadly security mechanisms.

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25 January 1975 (UK)  »

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This episode takes place on the Nerva Beacon in 16087. See more »

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When the Doctor and Harry first discover the room full of cryogenically frozen humans, there is a point where the two of them are talking and, from over Harry's shoulder, you can see one of the "frozen" humans opening and closing his eyes. See more »

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Computer: This is a sterile area! Keep out!
The Doctor: Just like hospital.
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Referenced in Master When: Public Domain Doctor Who (2015) See more »

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A fan favourite and rightly so
17 March 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

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THE ARK IN SPACE is one of the most entertaining of the Tom Baker DR WHO serials, purely because the storyline is so good. The entire serial is set on a remote spaceship, which is rapidly being taken over by some sinister space parasites who've got murder in mind. To make things more interesting, the spaceship is a kind of futuristic 'ark', carrying mankind's last hope on board.

There's plenty to love about this production: strong technical values (for DR WHO), high stakes, interesting characters, effective performances from the leading cast members, and memorable creatures. The aliens are brought to life via green paint and bubble wrap, and despite this they're oddly effective - and a lot of fun, it goes without saying.

Even better, THE ARK IN SPACE gives Baker's Who plenty to do, as he investigates technical matters and later attempts to stop the annihilation of the human race. Elizabeth Sladen is on strong and funny form as Sarah Jane, and there's constant threat and excitement from the encroaching threat of the extraterrestrial menace. Everything you could want from DR WHO, really...


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