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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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Even incomplete, this may well be the greatest who story ever. See more (4 total) »

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)
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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:
Professor Chronotis:I am, I was, I will be Professor Chronotis. Oh dear, we Gallifreyans have never managed to come up with a satisfactory form of grammar to cover these situations.See more »
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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Even incomplete, this may well be the greatest who story ever., 25 April 2004
Author: Stuart (TheTrulyMadOne) from London, England

Whether you regard this story as the greatest is a matter of opinion. This is definitely one of the two most humorous stories ever made for Who (The other being City of Death). The non-completion of this story is tragic. A superb cast of actors were assembled for a magnificent Douglas Adams story.

One of Douglas Adams' greatest strengths as an author was that he could present a technical storyline not only as comprehendible but as magnificently fun. Add to this Tom Baker at his madcap best, Lalla Ward matching him perfectly, Denis Carey superbly cast as the incredibly vague and doddering retired Time Lord, and the magnificent Christopher Neame as Skagra, a man with a very credible plot to take over the universe.

This is a prime example of Science Fiction - It takes an entirely original premise of a threat and creates an adventure of the first order with top humour to boot.

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