The Ark in Space

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Story Code: 4C / Season 12 UK Airdate: 25 Jan to 15 Feb 1975 Doctor: Tom Baker
First airings by location UK Terrestrial and Satellite Repeats Previous Story / Next Story

This story aired in the following known countries. They are listed in chronological order according to known airdate. If no month is noted, the actual airdate is not confirmed, and is a close approximate. (Refer also to Selling Doctor Who for expanded airdates.)

Time-Life promo card
Netherlands Sep 75 PAL
Australia May 76 PAL
United Arab Emirates 76? PAL
Hong Kong Jan 77 PAL
New Zealand Mar 78 PAL
United States* Sep 78 NTSC
Canada Oct 78 NTSC
Gibraltar Oct 78 PAL
Brunei Jan 79 PAL
Nigeria Feb 79 PAL
Swaziland Mar 79 PAL
Mexico May 79 NTSC
Chile c May 79 NTSC
Denmark Oct 79 PAL
Malta Nov 79 PAL
Puerto Rico Nov 79? NTSC
Italy Feb 80 PAL
Costa Rica Feb 80 NTSC
Ecuador Apr 80 NTSC
Colombia Jul 80 NTSC
Nicaragua Aug 80 NTSC
Brazil 80? PAL
Jordan May 81 PAL
Venezuela 81 NTSC
Bahrain 81 PAL
Honduras? ? NTSC
  • (*) The US date is based on the airdates for WTEV, which was the first US station to screen the initial package of 98 Tom Baker episodes.
  • This story was dubbed into Spanish (for Latin America); Italian; French; Catalan, Galician and Spanish (for Spain); Turkish; and subtitled in Dutch, Danish, Croatian, and Swedish.
  • This serial was often shown after The Sontaran Experiment, the stories being screened in production code order.


  • The story was reissued in the mid-1980s, during the THIRD WAVE of sales.
Monaco Nov 83 PAL
Sri Lanka Jun 84? PAL
Saudi Arabia mid-85 NTSC
Barbados/Saint Lucia Dec 85 NTSC
Trinidad & Tobago Jan 86 NTSC
Bahamas Aug 86 NTSC
Yugoslavia Nov 86 PAL
Greece Jan 87 SECAM
Malaysia May 87 PAL
Spain Mar 88 PAL
Turkey Jul 88 PAL
Ghana? Jul 88 PAL
France Feb 89 SECAM
Philippines Aug 89? NTSC
Sweden Sep 96 PAL
Poland May 02 PAL

  • Based on the number of known screenings worldwide, this is the second biggest selling Doctor Who story of all, reaching over 40 countries. (Revenge of the Cybermen takes the top position.)
  • For reasons that are unclear, The Ark in Space was not part of the package sold to the American Armed Forces Network in 1986.

US TV Guide descriptions

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Title: Ark in Space

  • Episode 1: Dr. Who discovers a sinister interference with earthlings in a state of suspended animation.
  • Episode 2: The earthlings exhibit some non-human characteristics when they awake.
  • Episode 3: Dr. Who must defeat the Wirrn to save the human race.
  • Episode 4: The Doctor and his friends gamble everything to save the human race.
  • Compilation: Dr. Who discovers a sinister interference with earthlings in a state of suspended animation.