THE ARK IN SPACE
January – February 1975
“It may be irrational of me, but human beings are quite my favourite species”
Doctor to Sarah, episode 3
At a time in the far distant future, long after the Earth has been rendered uninhabitable by solar flares, a cross-section of carefully selected human survivors orbits the planet aboard Nerva, an automated space station. Deep frozen in suspended animation, they await their timed day of awakening, and their cue to reclaim the world…
Tom relaxes on a model of a Wirrn during a break in rehearsals for 'The Ark In Space'.
Picture © BBC
Arriving aboard this silent ark in the TARDIS, the Doctor, Sarah and Harry discover the survivors have missed their wake up alarm by several thousand years. Worse, the station has been invaded by a nest of giant wasp-like insects, the Wirrn; parasitic creatures intent on devouring the remaining sleepers for both their bodies and their minds.
With time against them, the Doctor’s party, plus a small number of revived technicians, battle to prevent a newly hatched clutch of Wirrn from feasting on a very well stocked larder. Eventually the Doctor is successful, but before more humans can be safely woken, the Doctor determines to scout the Earth below to ensure it is safe for repopulation…