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The famous "lost" Doctor Who adventure "Shada" was to have aired in six episodes from January 18 to February 23, 1980, but was never completed due to a BBC strike. In 1992, the existing scenes (mostly "location" footage) were edited together into a two-hour continuity for home video, with the Doctor (Tom Baker) providing linking narration. What emerged was a story concerning a book called "The Ancient Law of Gallifrey," which arouses the interest of the mind-draining Skagra (Christopher Neame), and also the infamous Time Lord outlaw Salyavin (Denis Carey). The title refers to the planet where the story comes to an explosive climax. "Shada" was written by Douglas Adams. ~ Hal Erickson
Overall Customer Rating
4.7 (3 Reviews)
100% of customers recommend this product.
Posted by: cyclopz007 from: iowa city on
the 30 yeas in tardis documentary is outstanding for any fan. the reconstruction may put some people off but it's narrated by tom baker and is probably better for it. must have!!!
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
A Good Doctor Who Story, Though Not Quite Complete
Posted by: NoirFan from: Indiana on
Shada is a Tom Baker Doctor Who serial that never completed filming because there was a strike. What is on this DVD is the footage that they did film linked up with Tom Baker giving narration for the footage that was not filmed. While this is helpful and makes for an overall enjoyable experience, at times it feels like Tom Baker is telling you a story rather than acting in it. With that said the story is enjoyable.
Another version of Shada is on disc 1, but to get to that version you'll have to put the DVD in the computer and play the flash file. Paul McGann who played The Doctor in Doctor Who: The Movie is The Doctor in this version of Shada instead of Tom Baker. It isn't live action like the Tom Baker version, but instead animated. It's a shame that this isn't playable on a regular DVD or Blu-Ray player, but at least it's included.
On disc 2 is a nice documentary called More Than 30 Years In The T.A.R.D.I.S. This documentary features those that acted in the Doctor Who serials as well as the two Doctor Who movies Hammer Studios put out, and it gives you a nice history of how things were on and off the screen and the cultural impact Doctor Who had.
In a way I think of this set as more of a big bonus feature set than a complete Doctor Who story. You're not going to get the full story of the Tom Baker version of Shada since it doesn't exist, between this version with linking narration and the flash video version of Paul McGann's Shada you get as complete of a version as you can get. As long as you understand that and if you want to complete your Doctor Who collection, I would recommend getting this.
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unfinished and unaired douglas adams written
Posted by: rolinstnz from: concord, nc on
I found this quite entertaining even with the tom baker narratives filling the unfinished areas. Douglas Adams was one of the best at his craft.
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