During the filming of the —80 season of Doctor Who, the BBC production workers went on strike, shutting down all work. At the time, the cast and crew were a less than halfway through the recording of Shada, an episode by an up-and-coming writer by the name of Douglas Adams. This was during the reign of the 4th Doctor, played by Tom Baker, at the height of his power, having become one of the most popular Doctors of all time. Shada is the story of megalomaniac Skagra's search for the lost prison planet of the Time Lords where they imprisoned other would-be galactic overlords. But only one, very elderly, Time Lord knows the location.
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The cast and crew were in the middle of production when a strike at the BBC disrupted filming and the serial was never finished. That is, until very recently when it was completed by using original and remastered footage and filling-in the scenes that were never filmed with animation. Original stars Tom Baker who played the Fourth Doctor and Lalla Ward Romana even provided newly recorded dialogue from the original script.
The rare scripts being auctioned off by Rogers Jones Co. Here's a look at the scripts via the good folks at Rogers Jones Co. It was filmed on location in Cambridge where part of the episode takes place before they head to space with K-9 tagging along. Update your browser for more security and the best experience on this site. Skip to main content.
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Book Review Doctor Who: Shada by Douglas Adams and Gareth Roberts
One of the scripts that he wrote, Shada, was never completed due to a labor strike and was left unfinished until now. Gareth Roberts, who has written scripts for the current Doctor Who series as well as spin-off The Sarah Jane Adventures, has taken what Adams started and finished it in this new novel. He plans to live a quiet, unremarkable life, but he's made a little mistake. He has a copy of The Worshipful and Ancient Law of Gallifrey and he's carelessly given it to a grad student who's using it to impress girls. This very dangerous book cannot be left just hanging out on coffee tables at the university. If it were to fall into the wrong hands, say those of Time Lord Skagra, there could be trouble.
Shada: The Lost Douglas Adams Doctor Who Episode is Novelized
Filmed in ; never aired. In , Douglas Adams, then script editor for Doctor Who , wrote a story for the show in which the villain disastrously shatters into half a dozen fragments of himself that scatter throughout time. Later that year, he wrote another one. This time, the story itself exploded, shattered into half a dozen fragments of itself, and scattered throughout time. But that was back when it was still lost. No, this is just a thinly written, overly formulaic story, with some clever ideas and a smattering of good Adamsian jokes and Bakerian Doctoring stretched out over a lot of boring filler.
Doctor Who Transcript
He is in the Doctor Who section of the Museum which is filled with monsters and bits of all first seven Doctors era. He moves forwards and notices one exhibit in particular - The Giant Robot from his own first story "Robot" in He starts to walk down past the exhibits. Next is a Dalek which is facing a mirror which gives visitors the ability to enter and pretend to be a Dalek. He reaches another set of monsters. This model has a stand with some information and with a button.