Doctor Who: The Ark in Space (UK)
The Tom Baker years 1974-81
Running Time: 98 mins
Retail Price: £19.99
Content Type: TV Series
Many thousands of years in the future, Earth becomes uninhabitable. Aboard space station Nerva, the remaining survivors of the human race drift amongst 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 becoming the Wirnn`s new source of food?
Commentary by Tom Baker, Elisabeth Sladen and Philip Hinchcliffe
New CGI Model Shots and unused 16mm footage
3D map of the Ark
Interview with designer Robert Murray-Leach
Unused title sequence
Original BBC1 Trailer and News Report
On-screen production notes
Dolby Digital Mono English
Your Opinions and Comments
Set on a space station containing the last survivors of the human race, it is similar in idea to the first `Alien` film (but released a few years before) Tom Baker is just getting into his stride as the Doctor, and the supporting cast are superb also. The picture quality is top notch, and the option of viewing the story with new CGI effects (via seamless branching) is a nice bonus. The extras are interesting and plentiful, and the commentary by Tom Baker,Elisabeth Sladen and producer Philip Hinchcliffe is entertaining and informative.
If you want to see Doctor Who at it`s best, then look no further than this disc!!
The extras keep getting better as well on each release from the BBC although with a programme like Doctor Who archival behind the scenes footage is scarce.