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Doctor Who: Shada review

Review Andrew Blair Feb 14, 2013

Based on the unaired Douglas Adams Doctor Who 1979 serial, Gareth Roberts' novelisation of Shada is a brisk, entertaining read...

Shada is a challenge for a writer. Firstly, it's based on a Douglas Adams script, rush written in 1979 (the show's production was never finished due to industrial action), that its author was not hugely enamoured of anyway. Those aspects Adams did like he used in other stories, most notably in the first Dirk Gently novel. Footage from Shada was used to represent the Fourth Doctor and Romana in The Five Doctors (Tom Baker having declined a return to the role), and what was shot was released on VHS in 1992 with linking narration by Tom Baker.

There have been several fan adaptations, including a Target-style novelisation by Paul Scoones which is available as an E-book, and in 2003 Big Finish and the BBC produced an audioplay with Paul McGann as the Doctor,

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