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2009; a casual fan of New Who, only Doctor I had seen was Tennant. I went to the local video store and came across a Doctor Who DVD, I thought it was old, an old movie that would be crappy compared to the sci/fi drama I knew. I asked Dad to hire it, and he told me of his childhood, growing up watching this man called he also knew as Worzel Gummage and that guy on the cover, Tom Baker. As soon as we got home, I put "The Ark in Space" in the DVD player, about to have my first experience of Classic Who. 2 hours later, I had finished it. I thought it looked cheap and was incredibly dated, slow and boring. I then came across something more familiar in a shop; Destiny of the DALEKS, and I brought it in hope of it being better than the last. I wasn't disappointed.
Fast forward to now, I have seen "The Ark in Space" 5 times, and each time my appreciation and enjoyment for it has grown until now at this point I think it is a great story, a genuine classic. I'm almost ashamed I didn't show much appreciation towards it, I have this story to thank for implanting Tom Baker and the concept of a Classic series of a show I loved in my head and leading to my obsession the next year. "The Ark in Space"is a highly recommended serial from the Classic series as it is a genuine CLASSIC.