Doctor Who Logo 'The Ark'
(4 Parts)
Story Code 'X'

by Paul Erickson
and Lesley Scott
The Doctor

The time-travellers arrive ten million years in the future, aboard a giant space ark. The Earth is about to plunge into the Sun, and so the ark is carrying all the surviving human, animal and plant life, much of it in miniaturised form, in suspended animation, and is on a seven hundred year journey to a new home on the planet Refusis II. Dodo has a cold, a disease that is unknown in this time period, and a plague breaks out amongst the ship's Guardians and their alien Monoid slaves. The travellers are placed on trial for attempting to spread the disease deliberately, and Steve has to defend them. The Doctor finds a cure, and the travellers depart, only to reappear on the ship seven hundred years later, at the end of its voyage. Due to the plague, the Monoids have gained strength, and plan to make Refusis II their own, with the use of a bomb. The Doctor is aided by the invisible Refusians, and manages to persuade the three races to live in harmony.

Hartnell (Dr Who), Peter Purves (Steven), Jackie Lane (Dodo), Eric Elliot (Commander), Inigo Jackson (Zentos), Roy Spencer (Manyak), Kate Newman (Mellium), Edmund Coulter (1st Monoid), Frank George (2nd Monoid), Michael Sheard (Rhos), Ian Frost (Baccu), Stephanie Heesom (1st Guardian), Paul Greenhalgh (2nd Guardian), Terrence Woodfield (Maharis) , Ralph Carrigan (Monoid Two), Terence Bayler (Yendom), Edmund Coulter (Monoid One), Brian Wright (Dassuk), Eileen Helsby (Venussa), Frank George (Monoid Three); Roy Skelton, John Halstead (Monoid Voices); Richard Beale (Refusian Voice), John Caesar (Monoid Four)

Produced by John Wiles
Directed by Michael Imison

'The Steel Sky' - 5th March, 1966 @ 5.15pm - 5.40pm
'The Plague' - 12th March, 1966 @ 5.15pm - 5.40pm
'The Return' - 19th March, 1966 @ 5.15pm - 5.40pm
'The Bomb' - 26th March, 1966 @ 5.15pm - 5.40pm

*Featuring the First Doctor, Steven and Dodo

*Also known as 'The Space Ark' in the 'Radio Times' listing