a real world point of view
|Doctor Who and the Ark in Space|
|Companion(s):||Sarah Jane Smith|
|Main enemy:||The Wirrn|
|Main setting:||Space Station Nerva, the far future|
|Publisher:||Target Books, W.H. Allen & Co|
|Release number:||4 (given to later editions)|
|Release date:||May 1977|
|Format:||Paperback Book, 140 Pages|
|Doctor Who and the Giant Robot||Doctor Who and the Sontaran Experiment|
- This novelisation is based on the original television serial (TV): The Ark in Space, written by Robert Holmes and shown from 25 January 1975.
- The cover and information on the right are for the original Target edition. It featured the artwork of Chris Achilleos. (See below for information on editions with different covers).
Publisher's summary Edit
1977 edition Edit
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...
Chapter Titles Edit
- The Second Invasion
- Sarah Vanishes
- A Fatal Wound
- The Wirrrn
- Time Running out
- A Tight Squeeze
- A New Beginning
- Some but none are pictured here
Deviations from televised story Edit
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Writing and publishing notes Edit
- Ian Marter suggested writing this novelisation after having been closely involved with the story. Marter portrayed Harry Sullivan in The Ark in Space and after leaving the series went on to write several Target Books novelisations. His authorship of this book makes him the only actor in Doctor Who history to write a novel adapting a serial in which he played a major role (a feat he would repeat a year later with Doctor Who and the Sontaran Experiment). This was Marter's first novelisation for Target; he would continue contributing to the range for the rest of his life.
- Marter originally planned to write the novel in first person from Harry Sullivan's point of view, but this idea was abandoned.
- This was Chris Achilleos's last cover for the Target range.
- The inside page includes the comment: "THE CHANGING FACE OF DOCTOR WHO. The cover illustration of this book portrays the fourth DOCTOR WHO"
Additional cover images Edit
British publication history Edit
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- W.H. Allen & Co. Ltd. UK
- 1991, with new cover by Alister Pearson
Editions published outside Britain Edit
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See also Edit