Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Big Gay Longcat reviews Doctor Who: The Ark in Space Part One

The Ark in Space is the next story after Robot in season 12 of Doctor Who. It starts after Harry has been interfering with the Doctor's helmet regulator (oo-er, I think) and now the TARDIS has taken them to space.

They exploratron around the ark in space getting into trouble - Sarah gets disappeared, while the Doctor and Harry get shot at by a pewpewpew gun.

They hide under a table to escape it. Harry throws a shoe to distract the pewpewpew gun...

...and the Doctor turns it off. Then they go looking for Sarah.

Harry sees a green thing while the Doctor finds a thing that sounds like it is the Space Internets.
"It's a complete record. History. Music. Architecture. Literature. Engineering... Incredible! The entire body of human thought and achievement."
"Yes, but what's it all for?"
"Posterity? I don't know..."

If the rest of the drawers are filled with pictures of cats then... Space Internets! Then they find all the mannys, having sleeps in a big room.

"Homo sapiens. What an inventive, invincible species... It's only a few million years since they crawled up out of the mud and learned to walk. Puny, defenceless bipeds, they survived flood and famine and plague. They survived cosmic wars and holocausts. And now here they are, out among the stars, waiting to begin a new life... ready to outsit eternity. They're indomitable! Indomitable!"

If that's what the Doctor has to say about a species whose only noteworthy quality is possessing thumbs, then I can't wait to hear what he has to say about cats!

Harry finds Sarah having sleeps with the rest of the mannys. He looks for something to wake her up, and when he opens a cupboard an alien falls out and lands on the camera. 

This is the end of the episode, and I have to wonder if this is an early, more primitive version of the crash-zoom-to-face cliffhanger ending?

This is an intriguing rather than an exciting first episode - though it does have its moments - we only see the alien right at the end but we know it is up to something because there are clues cleverly spread throughout. Part Two will follow next time, but for now all these mannys having sleeps has made me a sleepy cat...

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