Episode: Shada
Producer:Gary Russell
Story by: Gary Russell

Regular Cast

Paul McGann as The Doctor
Lalla Ward as Romana

Guest Starring:

John Leeson as the voice of K9
James Fox as Professor Cronotis
Susannah Harker as Claire
Sean Biggerstaff as Chris Parsons


The BBC wanted another webcast following the success of Realtime, Big Finish were assigned to the task due to their experience of recording Doctor Who before. As it was the anniversary year, they decided on Shada, the incomplete broadcasted Tom Baker episode back in 1979. Tom Baker was unavailable but Paul McGann was happy to take the part. Several new scenes added to try and adapt The Doctor character were added.

It was divided in to six different parts, these were

&gt, Episode 1 – It’s about a book. A dangerous book.
&gt, Episode 2 – The race to retrieve the book is on.
&gt, Episode 3 – Will The Doctor finally lose his mind?
&gt, Episode 4 – The Doctor’s death works in his favour.
&gt, Episode 5 – Who will be first to reach Shada?
&gt, Episode 6 – The Doctor does the time walk again.

A CD release is out now

Producer: Gary Russell
Writer/Director: Gary Russell/Nicholas Pegg

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A CD release is available now – £9.99 – order now from Big Finish

Story Synopsis

The Doctor has a spot of unfinished business. Reunited with his old friends Romana and K9, he answers a summons from Professor Chronotis, a retired Time Lord now living the academic life in a Cambridge college.

But The Doctor isn’t the only visitor to Cambridge. Somewhere in the city is the sinister alien Skagra, who is intent on stealing an ancient and mysterious book brought to Earth by the Professor many years before.

What is Skagra’s diabolical masterplan? And who or what is the mysterious Shada? To discover the truth, The Doctor and his friends must embark on a perilous journey that will take them from the cloisters of Cambridge to the farthest reaches of deep space, risking deadly encounters with a sentient spaceship, the monstrous Krargs, and an ancient Time Lord criminal called Salyavin. As The Doctor soon discovers, the fate of the universe hangs in the balance…

Written in 1979, the original production of Shada was halted by industrial action, and for many years the story remained unmade – until now. Featuring an all-star cast headed by Paul McGann, and boasting an unforgettable script by the great Douglas Adams, this legendary Doctor Who adventure is lost no more!
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