Earth is about to plunge into the sun. All the Earth's plant, animal
and human life (much of it miniaturized and in suspended animation) is
on a huge Ark on a 700 year journey to a new planet, Refusis.
Dodo has a cold, against which Steven, the Human Guardians of the Ark
and the slave race called the Monoids have no immunity. The Doctor
eventually finds a cure, and the travelers take off. In episodes
3 and 4 the TARDIS lands on the Ark 700 years later - at the end of the
voyage to Refusis. As a result of another bout of the cold, the
Monoids are strong and have made the Guardians their slaves. With
the help of the invisible Refusians, the Doctor forces the Monoids and
the Guardians to make peace and live together on Refusis.
The Doctor: William Hartnell
Steven Taylor: Peter
Dorothea "Dodo" Chaplet: Jackie
Coulter, Frank George
Monoid Two: Ralph
Monoid One: Edmund
Monoid Three: Frank
Monoid Four: John
Monoid Voices: John
Halstead, Roy Skelton
Guardians: Stephanie Heesom, Paul
Refusian Voice: Richard
Script Editor: Gerry
Paul Erickson,Leslie Scott ( Credited but had no input to the script).
Costume: Daphne Dare.
Make up: Sonia Markham.
Music: Tristram Cary (re-use of
music originally composed for "The Daleks"), also stock
("Drumatics No. 11" by Robert Farnon)
as "Doctor Who - The Ark" by Paul Erickson (0 426 20253
8) first published by W.H. Allen (now Virgin Publishing Ltd.) in 1986
with cover by David McAllister. New edition in 1992 with cover by
Alister Pearson. Target library number 114.
as "The Ark" in the UK in October 1998, and in Australia &
New Zealand (BBC catalogue #6609); Released in US and Canada, in March
1999, (CBS/FOX catalogue #0157); Released in episodic format, with photomontage
Lane (Dodo) played the role with alternating accents.
Paul Erickson and his wife Lesley Scott received credit for writing the
story, although Leslie Scott did not contribute to the script.
This was the final story that John Wiles produced.
four episodes exist as 16mm telerecordings. A print of episode three was
held by the Film & TV Library when audited in 1978. Negative film
prints of all four episodes were recovered by BBC Enterprises circa 1978.
filming. (31 January - 3 February 1966)
Studio recording in Riverside
1. (18, 25 February; 4, 11 March 1966)
1 - Throughout the story, the actor
playing the Commander appears to be wearing badly-fitting dentures!
- The Doctor notices Dodo's daft costume and asks her: "Have you
been fruiting about in my wardrobe?" (or something that sounds very
Episode 1, 2
- At the end of episode 1, Zentos says: "Take them to custody and
later they will be made to suffer for the crime that they have committed."
However, in the episode 2 reprise, this becomes "...they will be
made to answer for the crime..."
- As Zentos talks with the others about the verdict, watch out for the
guy on the left who doesn't know where to put his hands, as he realises
that the costume designer forgot to add pockets!