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Writer:
Douglas Adams (by) (original material)
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Release Date:
6 July 1992 (UK) See more »
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Plot:
This unfinished story from the television series "Doctor Who" (1963) was released on video with linking material from Tom Baker... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Tom Baker ... Doctor Who / Narrator

Lalla Ward ... Romana

Christopher Neame ... Skagra
Denis Carey ... Professor Chronotis

Daniel Hill ... Chris Parsons
Victoria Burgoyne ... Clare Keightley
David Brierly ... K9 / Computer Voice (voice) (as David Brierley)
Gerald Campion ... Porter (Wilkins)
Shirley Dixon ... Voice of Skagra's Ship

James Coombes ... Voice of Krargs
Derek Pollitt ... Professor Caldera (episode 4)
John Hallet ... Police Constable (episode 6)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Graham Cole ... Krarg (uncredited)
Harry Fielder ... Krarg Commander / Krarg 3 (uncredited)
James Muir ... Krarg (uncredited)
Lionel Sansby ... Krarg (uncredited)
Derek Suthern ... Krarg (uncredited)
Reg Woods ... Krarg (uncredited)

Directed by
Pennant Roberts 
 
Writing credits
Douglas Adams (by) (original material)

Produced by
John Nathan-Turner .... producer (video release)
Graham Williams .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Fintan Sheehan 
 
Film Editing by
Tariq Anwar (original production)
 
Production Design by
Victor Meredith 
 
Costume Design by
Rupert Jarvis (original production) (as Rupert Roxburghe-Jarvis)
 
Production Management
John Nathan-Turner .... unit production manager
Ralph Wilton .... production manager
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rupert Jarvis .... costumes: original production (as Roxburghe-Jarvis)
 
Music Department
Ron Grainer .... composer: theme music
Dudley Simpson .... composer original production: uncompleted
 
Other crew
Douglas Adams .... script editor: original material
Olivia Hill .... assistant to director (as Olivia Bazalgette)
 

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Additional Details

Runtime:
110 min (VHS version)
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Certification:
UK:PG (DVD rating) | UK:U (VHS rating)

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Trivia:
In 2003, Shada was remade by Big Finish Productions as an audio book/Flash animation for BBC Interactive. The remade version starred Paul McGann as The Doctor, with Lalla Ward reprising her role as Romana and John Leeson as K-9.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: During the scene where Skagra attaches the sphere to Professor Chronotis' head, the professor's eyeglasses are off his head during a close-up, then on again after a couple of camera shot changes that return to a close-up, all while his hands are empty and his arms are flailing about.See more »
Quotes:
The Doctor:Was it to do with the voices?
Professor Chronotis:What voices?
The Doctor:Well, when I was on the river, I heard a strange babble of inhuman voices. Didn't you, Romana?
Romana:Yes.
Professor Chronotis:Oh, undergraduates talking to each other, I expect. I've tried to have it banned.
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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
An (Unfortuantly) Lost "Doctor Who" Adventure, 14 May 2007
Author: Matthew Kresal from United States

Shada has one of the most complicated behind the stories of all time. Originally conceived as the finale episode of the 1979-1980 season of Doctor Who by Douglas Adams (then script editor and future creator of Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy) and was extensively set at Cambridge University. Now all of the location filming at Cambridge had been completed and some of the studio work done before an actors strike halted the production. Then the decision was made not to finish all of the filming. Now in 1983 two brief scenes from the Cambridge filming was used in the Five Doctors. Adams also used elements in his novel Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency. And then in 1992, the BBC finally decided to take the recorded footage from 1979 and use Tom Baker to help tie those sequences that were never filmed with narration. This is the result.

To say the least this is one of the most impressive Doctor Who adventures. Adams script is taught, tense, and even fun at times. The story is complicated to say the least and is virtually impossible to quickly summarize. Yet despite this (or rather because of it) the story keeps your riveted to the screen and waiting for the next scene right up until the very end. This is definitely the best Adams Doctor Who story and it is a shame that it was destined never to be finished. If it had this could have been perhaps the greatest adventure of the series.

The performances by the actors are good and amongst the better ones of the series. Tom Baker is at his height as the Doctor, at least in his time frame in the role. He plays everything so well that it is hard to find a problem with it. Lalla Ward is well as Romana and this is one of her better episodes as well. Beyond them is a strong supporting cast in the form of Denis Carey as Professor Chronotis, the retired Time Lord who is not what he seems. Christopher Neame is a very menacing Skagra, despite having one of the worst looking costumes of the series (white outfit, complete with silver cloak and hat) and the addition of the mind draining sphere helps immensely. Add on Daniel Hill and Victoria Burgoyne as two humans caught up in the events and the result is one of the finest casts ever assembled for Doctor Who.

The story was never fully filmed and is tied together by clips of narration featuring Tom Baker. This is actually a pro rather then a con. Baker brilliantly reprises his role of the Doctor and narrates the story's missing parts expertly. Baker gives in his narration (and in some sample special effects shots) and inkling of what Shada could have and should have been. It is a testament to his power as an actor that the story works as well as it does in an uncompleted form.

The one big minus of the story is in the special effects. The special effects are up to par with those of the series at the time. Yet there are some special effects featuring spacecrafts that don't work at all. The time tunnel chase sequence for example is a case where these special effects can only give an inkling of what was intended. But they are meant as exactly that and one can judge them for oneself.

Shada is the sum of its parts. With the combination of a fine script, fine performances, great humor, some terrific location filming, and some brilliant narration by Tom Baker, Shada is more then just a lost story from a classic series. It is an inkling of what could have and should become a Doctor Who classic. While it is isn't as good as seeing a full-fledged story (something that can never be of course) this is still an amazing sci-fi epic.

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