The Ark in Space was the second story of Season 12 of Doctor Who. It was the Fourth Doctor's first full, post-regenerative story. It proceeded from a mild-cliffhanger at the end of Robot, showing what happened after Harry Sullivan climbed into the police box in UNIT's laboratory. It importantly established the location of Nerva Beacon, which would be the narrative lynchpin of the season.
Ark had a somewhat tortuous scripting process, having slipped past two writers before its scripts were finally accepted. Both Christopher Langley and John Lucarotti tried and failed to write a script about a space station for season 12. Of the two, Lucarotti came closest. However, because he then lived on a boat anchored in the Mediterranean — and there was a postal strike afflicting Corsica — Lucarotti was essentially incommunicado to script editor Robert Holmes. It was impossible for Holmes to conduct timely consultation with the Doctor Who veteran. Lucarotti was paid fully for his work, and Holmes undertook a page one rewrite, retaining only the central conceit of Lucarotti's tale.
Despite its difficult birth, the story won kudos from the BBC Wales production staff. Russell T Davies once called Ark his favourite storyline of the 1963 version of Doctor Who. Steven Moffat considered it the best Fourth Doctor story, while Barnaby Edwards confessed to being "petrified of the Wirrn" as a child. Tom Baker himself has also stated that, of all the stories he'd filmed, The Ark in Space was his favourite.
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However, several stories have clearly taken material from comic strips — often those in Doctor Who Magazine. The Shakespeare Code contains a good amount of material from A Groatsworth of Wit, and the notion of the Doctor absorbing the time vortex in order to spare a companion was explored in both The Parting of the Ways and The Flood.
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- 1964 - Radio Times printed its first-ever Doctor Who-related cover (dated February 22-28) to promote the first episode of Marco Polo, "The Roof of the World".
- 1965 - "The Zarbi" was first broadcast on BBC1.
- 1965 - The part two of the TV Century 21 comic story Power Play was first published.
- 1971 - Episode four of The Mind of Evil was first broadcast on BBC1.
- 1971 - Part one of Gemini Plan was first published in Countdown's very first issue.
- 1992 - Cat's Cradle: Time's Crucible was first published by Virgin Books.
- 1992 - DWM 184 was released by Marvel Comics.
- 1997 - The Room With No Doors and A Device of Death were first published by Virgin Books.
- 2008 - Dead Man Walking was first broadcast on BBC Three, followed by Animal Pharm.
- 2008 - The Doctor Who: Battles in Time comic story Dusty Death was first published.
- 2009 - The Time Squad action figure range was first released by Character Options.
- 2011 - The London branch of the Doctor Who Experience exhibition opened. This included an interactive story.
- 2012 - The London branch of Doctor Who Experience closed, exactly one year after having opened.
- 2013 - DWDVDF 108 was first published by GE Fabbri Ltd.
- 2013 - Toby Hadoke's Who's Round 7 was released online.
- 2015 - Toby Hadoke's Who's Round 108 was released online.
- 2019 - Torchwood: God Among Us 2 was first released by Big Finish.
- ... that series 5 guest-star Bill Paterson was the star of Sea of Souls, the show ex-Doctor Who producer Phil Collinson launched immediately prior to making Rose?
- ... that Beep the Meep, a character that originated in the Doctor Who Magazine comic strip, made his one and only appearance in performed Doctor Who with the audio story The Ratings War?
- ... that the Malicious Damage Act 1861 applies to lighthouses — at least according to the Fourth Doctor? (TV: Horror of Fang Rock)
- ... that several different incarnations of the Doctor have all believed they temporarily possessed "the last dodo"? (PROSE: The Last Dodo, PROSE: Echo, COMIC: The Didus Expedition)
- ... that the Terpsivores were a race of massive centipedes who powered their spaceships by dancing? (COMIC: Death Disco)
- 1912 - Actor Gerald Cross was born.
- 1913 - Director Rex Tucker was born.
- 1925 - Actor George Waring was born.
- 1939 - Actor Elroy Josephs was born.
- 1940 - Visual effects designer Ian Scoones was born.
- 1954 - Actor Anthony Stewart Head was born.
- 1958 - Actor James Wilby was born.
- 1968 - Archive collector Philip Morris was born.
- 1978 - Actor Lauren Ambrose was born.
- 1983 - Actor Peter Glaze died.
- 1990 - Actor Anjli Mohindra was born.
- 2007 - Actor Derek Waring died.
- 2016 - Actor Jon Rollason died.
- 1971 - Polystyle tried to appeal to an older audience than the Doctor Who comic strip had hitherto attracted in the pages of TV Comic. Moving to Countdown #1, Doctor Who comic strip production now centred around the narrative needs of older adolescents and teenagers, rather than children.
- 2004 - Recording for Arrangements for War took place at The Moat Studios.
- 2010 - A 3-D trailer for the Matt Smith era of Doctor Who, featuring specially-shot footage, debuted in UK cinemas.
- 2014 - Recording for Revenge of the Swarm took place at The Moat Studios.
- 2018 - Recording for Lady Christina: Series One took place at The Moat Studios.
- 2018 - Rage of the Time Lords was recorded.