Doctor Who and the Ark in Space
Writer Ian Marter
Cover Artist Chris Achilleos
Release date 10th May 1977
Reviewed by Simon Mallinson
At a time in the far-off future, Earth has become uninhabitable. A selection of Humanity is placed, deep-frozen, in a fully automated space station, to await the day of their return to Earth...
Thousands of years later, Doctor Who arrives. He finds things going suspiciously wrong, and the station under attack from the giant Wirrn, deadly creatures who, in their lust for power, now threaten the future of the whole Human Race...
Ahh now this book is by our Harry, yes the fabulous Ian Marter, and Robert Holmes the Godfather of Who Horror.
I have to admit I was very young when this was broadcast, so the first time I came across it was when I was older and I read the local library’s stash of Who books. Ian and Robert have produced a book to be proud of here.
You will start to warm to the new Doctor, swoon over the heroine in Sarah Jane and be shouting in a Baker voice Harry.....
The good thing with a book is that the imagination tends to make the monsters better than the monster makers can ever do, and the Wirrn this is never more apparent. In the show the Wirrn, never really were terrifying, rubber grasshoppers with as much fear as a wet dustbin lid. But what is written in the book starts preying on your mind, suddenly the Wirrn taking over Noah is more awe inspiring than the green glowing bubble wrap, even though the actor should have gotten an Oscar for the acting with an obvious feeble special effects.
The interplay in the book is also more refined, though I have to admit to liking the early Baker years for his weirdness. The horror aspect is more in your face, which is a good way of making you not put down the book.
A definite must for all Whovians to read, and this will keep you enthralled for as long as you take to read it, though with me was 3 hours. I am a very fast reader.