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Doctor Who (1963)

Season 12 Episode 8

The Ark in Space, Part Four

Aired Saturday 5:15 PM Feb 15, 1975 on BBC

Episode Fan Reviews (2)

out of 10
38 votes
  • Dated effects don't stop this episode from being great.

    (This a review of all four parts of The Ark in Space)

    Despite some dire costume and make up effects The Ark in Space remains essential Doctor Who for various reasons. It was the first classic Tom Baker story and set the tone for the early part of his long reign in the TARDIS in a way that his pilot story, Robot, failed to do. It is also a very original and well written story that seems to have influenced some of the most important science fiction in the decades that followed.

    Its plot, in which a band of humans emerge from cryogenic freezing to discover their mission is being thwarted by a deadly alien creature, predates that of classic horror film Alien by five years and the human to insect transformation sequences were echoed twelve years later in David Cronenberg's disturbingly memorable Fly remake. The intelligent tactics of the alien species in these episodes, such as cutting the power to thwart the Doctor's rescue efforts, are also used in James Cameron's Aliens.

    Sadly, as with much 70s Who some unsuccessful special effects may hinder the enjoyment of modern non-Who fans but if you're willing to ignore some bad rubber costumes you'll find Ark in Space to be a well written, memorable slice of British sci fi that helped marked the beginning of the most popular era in Doctor Who history.
  • The Ark In Space, is the fourth and final story. In the conclusion, The Doctor must race agianst time to save the human race. Tom Baker is at his best as the Doctor for the conclusion of "The Ark In Space." Baker was the longest running Doctor. Series

    Classic. Various actors portrayed Dr. Who during the show's 26 year run. Various actors portrayed Dr. Who with different personalaties. The Doctor dies, and regenerates after death. The First Doctor died after getting weaker, and regenerated into a much younger Doctor (Played by Patrick Troughton for 3 years.) The Second Doctor (Patrick Troughton) was the only incarnation to be forced to regenerate by the Time Lords, and exiled to Earth. The Third Doctor (Jon Pertwee) was a wiz with Gadgets. He drove Bessie and the WhoMobile. Pertwee's Doctor died in Part six and the conclusion of "Planet of the Spiders," and he regenerated into Tom Baker. Tom Baker regenerated into Peter Davison in Logopolis, Part four (Conclusion.) Davison's Doctor regenreated into Colin Baker. Colin Baker was treated unfairly by the BBC, when they fired him. He chose not to return for a four-part regeneration story. Sylvester McCOy was the Seventh Doctor. In 1996, The Seventh Doctor regenerated into Doctor #8 (Paul McGann.)
    Christopher Eccholston played the Nineth Doctor from 2005-2006. He regenerated into the Tenth and current Doctor (Played now by David Tennant.)
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