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.
Think Doctor Who is just for boys? Don't you believe it. Not only was the show's very first producer a woman, but it would never have come back without the fierce advocacy of Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner. Considering her importance to Doctor Who it's somewhat ironic that Tranter's only on-screen credits are for Torchwood: Miracle Day. But Gardner, her "partner in crime", is tied only with Russell T Davies as the most prolific producer in Doctor Who history.
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.
Donald Baverstock was the BBC executive who set the the wheels in motion that eventually led to the creation of Doctor Who. Essentially the original commissioner of the programme, he hired Sydney Newman and later imposed a sense of financial responsibility upon producer Verity Lambert.But Baverstock wasn't the only BBC executive to have a profound impact on the development of Doctor Who. Make sure you read about Lorraine Heggessey, Mark Thompson, Danny Cohen, George Entwistle, Tony Hall, Shaun Sutton, Sydney Newman and others.
- 1965 - Part four of the TV Comic story The Gyros Injustice was first published.
- 1969 - Episode six of The War Games was first broadcast on BBC1.
- 1969 - Part four of the TV Comic story Peril at 60 Fathoms was first published.
- 1975 - Part one of the TV Comic story The Wreckers was first published.
- 2007 - Part one of the Doctor Who Adventures comic story The Green, the Bad and the Ugly was first published.
- 2007 - Pocket Essentials: Doctor Who was first published by Pocket Essentials.
- 2012 - The Doctor Who Adventures comic story Finders Keepers was first published.
- 2013 - Strax Field Report: The Doctor's Greatest Secret was released online.
- 2016 - Enemy Lines was first released by Big Finish.
- 2016 - The graphic novel The Endless Song was first published by Titan Comics.
- 2016 - Travels in Time Colouring Book was first published by BBC Children's Books.
- 2017 - The graphic novel Official Secrets was first published by Titan Comics.
- ,.. that Ben Aaronovitch believes the UNIT dating controversy is insoluble by any retcon? (DOC: The UNIT Dating Conundrum)
- ... that Berenyi was a Time Lord who designed the assassination of John F. Kennedy? (PROSE: Untitled)
- ... that hexachromite gas has no effect on mammals like Humans, but is deadly to Sea Devils and Silurians? (TV: Warriors of the Deep)
- ... that the Tenth Doctor temporarily travelled with the "last" dodo bird, and — much to Martha Jones' confusion — named it "Dorothea"? (PROSE: The Last Dodo)
- ... that Brakari were jellyfish-like creatures who could travel in the vacuum of space and drain the energy from a human in seconds? (PROSE: Snowfall)
- 1924 - Actor Freddie Earlle was born.
- 1936 - Actor Robert Russell was born.
- 1944 - Actor Fiona Walker was born.
- 1945 - Producer Graham Williams was born.
- 1949 - Actor Jim Broadbent was born.
- 1949 - Actor Rob Edwards was born.
- 1973 - Writer Rachel Redhead was born.
- 1975 - Actor Will Sasso was born.
- 1977 - Actor Jo Joyner was born.
- 1977 - Actor Naomi Ryan was born.
- 1986 - Writer and script editor Robert Holmes died.
- 2016 - Actor Burt Kwouk died.
- 2016 - Actor Lewis Fiander died.