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Doctor Who: Shada [3 Discs] [DVD]

  • SKU: 7062638
  • Release Date: 01/08/2013

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (4 out of 4)

    Special Features

    • Bonus BBCi/Big Finish version: (flash format for PC or Mac) animated webcast starring eighth doctor Paul McGann and Lalla Ward, produced in 2003
    • Taken out of time: why Shada became the only Doctor Who story never to be completed, with Tom Baker (the doctor), Daniel Hill (Chris Parsons) and director Pennant Roberts (25 mins)
    • Strike! Strike! Strike! Retrospective on how industrial action has impacted the series (27 mins)
    • Now and then: location report (12 mins)
    • Being a girl: how women are represented in Doctor Who (29 mins)
    • Photo galleries (10 mins)
    • More than 30 years in the TARDIS: 1993 anniversary documentary (90 mins)
    • Remembering Nicholas Courtney (26 mins)
    • Doctor Who stories - Peter Purves (13 mins)
    • The Lambert Tapes - part one: interview with the series' first producer Verity Lambert (10 mins)
    • Those deadly divas: Kate O'Mara, Camille Coduri and Tracy-Ann Oberman with writers Gareth Roberts and Clayton Hickman (22 mins)
    • PDF materials: Radio Times listings
    • Production notes
    • Subtitle option
    • Digitaly remastered picture and sound quality


    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

    Customer rating

    Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 4 reviews

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      A Good Doctor Who Story, Though Not Quite Complete

      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      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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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A Lost Story, Plus A Great Documentary

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      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Shada was never finished because of a labor strike at the BBC. Here is all of the story that was recorded prior to the work stoppage, with Tom Baker (the 4th Doctor) providing narration to cover the missing sections. In 1993, the BBC presented a special documentary "More Than Thirty Years In The Tardis," chronicling the entire history of Doctor Who up to that time.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Extra Extra!

      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      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!!!

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      unfinished and unaired douglas adams written

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      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      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.

      I would recommend this to a friend

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