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<p>Doctor Who: Ark in Space, The (Episode 76) (DVD)</p><p>The Doctor, Harry and Sarah accidentally land on a space wheel where survivors from Earth lie in cryogenic suspension waiting to begin a new life.</p>
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Tom Baker's second outing as the renegade Time Lord is a solid entry in the venerable British science fiction series' history, and its overall quality is well-matched by the wealth of supplemental material on the DVD. Fan favorite Robert Holmes penned "The Ark in Space," which places the Doctor and his companions Sarah (Elisabeth Sladen) and Harry (Ian Marter) on a seemingly deserted space station many years in the future. Station Nerva is not as empty as it appears, though; onboard are the cryogenically preserved survivors of Earth's destruction, as well as an insectlike alien race, the Wirrin, which are determined to use the humans--and the Doctor--as hosts to grow their monstrous larvae. Holmes's well-paced script (which, like Alien, bears a resemblance to the A.E. van Vogt story "Black Destroyer") allows Baker to flesh out his well-loved take on the Doctor, as well as considerable suspense. --Paul GaitaFrom the Back Cover:
The Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker) brings Sarah Jane Smith (Elisabeth Sladen) and a very skeptical Harry Sullivan (Ian Marter) thousands of years into the future to a space station that holds the future of humankind in suspended animation.
First TARDIS trip with Tom Baker, best-selling Doctor in US, Commentary from Tom Baker, Elisabeth Sladen and producer Philip Hinchcliffe, Story by Robert Holmes, one of Doctor Who's most popular scriptwriters, Extras include: trailer, unused model footage, pop-up production notes, photo gallery, interviews with Tom Baker and designer Roger Murray-Leach, new CGI model footage.
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