Doctor Who (1963)

Season 12 Episode 5

The Ark in Space, Part One

Aired Saturday 5:15 PM Jan 25, 1975 on BBC

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  • After the Pertwee-lite of Robot, the new production team really hit their stride with The Ark in Space.

    This first Hinchcliffe-produced episode took Doctor Who in a wholly new direction. This first episode, featuring only the Doctor and his two companions, and set aboard a space station in the far future, was a wholly convincing effort. The Doctor now seems intense and serious, leaving the levity of the transformation episode far behind, but retaining that distinctly alien quality that Baker pulled off with such ease. The action, confined to a space station, is tense and claustrophobic, and the sets is surprisingly convincing, even if we never believe that there are more than 20 humans in cold storage. Harry Sullivan provides a useful target for the Doctor's humour and impatience, but Sarah Jane's role is unfortunately reduced to fit, in this first episode at least. A cracking standalone episode that promises much for the new season.