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Doctor Who: The Ark (Story 23)


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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: March 8 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00272NJ7U
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #25,393 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "tman3001" on Sept. 4 2002
Format: VHS Tape
This video was actually the first William Hartnell tape that I managed to get my hands on when I started collecting the Doctor Who videos, I waited a long while before actually watching it, but it was definitely worth the wait. This awesome story, and somewhat reminiscent of The Planet of the Apes, in which the roles are reversed kind of thing, those who were once the servants become the masters, that sort of thing. Especially in the cliffhanger at the end of the second episode when the TARDIS crew arrive 700 years later and find that the statue is completed, but it has the face of a Monoid. That part reminds me of the twist ending they had at the end of both the original Planet of the Apes movie and Tim Burton's re-imagining, very effective, and very chilling. All in all, an excellent adventure.
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By Gabriel Daniel on July 3 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Très bon service et produit.
Merci,
Gabriel Daniel
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Format: VHS Tape
I hesitate, as usual, to recommend any Hartnell Doctor Who to the uninitiated, because frankly the basic formula of the series was not into place yet. Having said that, "The Ark" despite several flaws is one of the most-well written serials from the early years and probably one of the more "daring" storylines in the show's history. Here the Doctor and his companions set in motion the conflict by contaminating the ship. It is the direct effect of the time travellers that puts so many lives in danger. The story plays very well especially the first two episodes (the 2nd becoming a little more standard when the Monoids become "baddies"), but it is still great fun. The music is pretty tight in that 1960's sci fi kind of way and the major complaint is the ridiculous Monoid costumes. But as DW continuously proves, effects don't make the story. George Lucas take note.
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Format: VHS Tape
This story was originally broadcast between March 5 and March 26 1966, and it addresses an issue raised on a number of occasions by a few science fiction writers, that of travelling through the universe at speeds less than the speed of light.
As I write this review in July 2002, the BBC news has reported that scientists have managed to teleport a molecule across a room. Clearly the technology has someway to go before the creation of a trans mat but it is a first step. Others have postulated the hyper drive but so far the hard science has been against them. Obviously too, with social scientists having enough to do figuring out the problems of today's society, there has not been much research done on the practical issues involved with the slower than light speed travel to other worlds.
The first of the Doctor Who Ark type stories addresses that by the miniturisation of the majority of the human race and earth life and a life of luxury for the crew, served by a race of Monoids. This is particularly reminiscent of the 'Planet of the Apes' concept. The arrival of the Doctor and his companions brings an unseen enemy into the ark - that of the common cold to which the crew have no reistance.
The TARDIS leavs, only to return at journey's end, and as in 'Planet of the Apes' the Monoids have taken over and hold the humans as slaves. The treatment of the humans reflects the feelings of the Monoids for their perceived abuses in the early years. Happily, the Doctor, with a little help from outside reolves the situation to the mutual satisfaction of all concerned.
As a drama this particular episodes addresses a social issue which was gaining ground in England at the time.
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