The Ark in Space


(Series 12, Episodes 5-8)

Summary: Harry ‘Sideburns’ Sullivan is posh and a tiny bit sexist, the Doctor starts a habit of offering jelly babies and Sarah gets stuck in a ventilation shaft.  It’s the 30th century, solar flares have destroyed the Earth and people in green sleeping bags are menacing a colony ship, but it’s good to see humanity are still using microfilm to store records. The fashion, however, is spot on as everyone wears rather lovely white suits.  In other news, yet more newly-awoken bug eyed monsters try to re-claim the Earth.

Watch it because: Noah’s transformation of Shakespearean intensity.

Original Air Date: 25 January – 15 February 1975.

Doctor: Tom Baker.

Companions: Sarah Jane Smith (Elisabeth Sladen) and Harry Sullivan (Ian Marter).

Writer: Robert Holmes, from a story by John Lucarotti.

Director: Rodney Bennett.

Producer: Philip Hinchcliffe.

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