Shada

Shada

Regular Cast

Paul McGann the Doctor, Lalla Ward (Romana), John Leeson (K9), Sean Biggerstaff (Chris Parsons), Stuart Crossman (Constable), Barnaby Edwards (Professor Caldera), James Fox (Professor Chronotis), Hannah Gordon (The Ship), Susannah Harker (Clare Keightley), Melvyn Hayes (Wilkin), Nicholas Pegg (Think Tank Voice), Andrew Sachs (Skagra)

Sypnosis

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 TV 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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Notes

  • Shada was an audio release of an audio/webcast adaption of the unaired Doctor Who story of the same name
  • Skagra’s ship identifies the Doctor’s TARDIS as “a Type 39, possibly Type 40.”
  • There is a reference in the prologue explaining the footage seen in The Five Doctors of the Fourth Doctor and Romana II punting.
  • This is an extended release of Shada containing some lengthened scenes.

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