Doctor Who: The Ark (Story 23) Directed by Michael Imison
Doctor Who: The Ark (Story 23)
 Directed by Michael Imison
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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
Product Details
  • Amazon Sales Rank: #39855 in DVD
  • Brand: Warner Manufacturing
  • Model: 15837916
  • Published on: 2011-03-08
  • Released on: 2011-03-08
  • Rating: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Formats: Multiple Formats, Black & White, NTSC
  • Original language: English
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Dimensions: .50" h x 5.25" w x 7.50" l, .20 pounds
  • Running time: 97 minutes
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  • Brand Name: Ingram Entertainment Mfg#: 883929166985
  • Shipping Weight: 0.40 lbs
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
    5Five Star Who
    By Malbus
    I found this to be a very intriguing way to handle a story. Basically it is done in such a way that it is two stories with the first two episodes being one story and the last two episodes taking place 700 years later.

    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,

    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
    5Great Story, Holds up Well
    By Mark Who
    This is one of the very best Hartnell stories. I haven't seen it since they ran it once, on PBS in 1988. The Monoids look ridiculous, but the story is strong. Good performances all around. A better since of scale than in most Hartnell stories, due to the benefit of working in a larger studio for once. This is explained in the accompanying documentary, which is very cool.

    0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
    5The Planet-like Spaceship called the Ark
    By Grant A. Barbey
    This is my favorite story in the William Hartnell Era! Firstly, because I believe planet-like spaceships do exist and that they are befitting a level of sophistication well beyond our present technology. Secondly, because I love the idea of the TARDIS mingling with the Terran humans at the beginning of their journey and then later at the end of their journey 700 years later en route to Refusis II and that this spaceship contains all the essential fauna and flora of their departed planet Earth as well as surviving humans from Earth. One may easily imagine what this kind of time-travelling may bring and indeed there were some major changes incurred between the Terran humans and the Monoids during this multicentinary lapse of time!

    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!

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