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Douglas Adams (by) (original material)
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Release Date:
6 July 1992 (UK) See more »
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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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Runtime:
110 min (VHS version)
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Certification:
UK:PG (DVD rating) | UK:U (VHS rating)

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Trivia:
This story was inspired by Douglas Adams's time at Cambridge University.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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Forgotten Story, 22 July 2015
Author: AaronCapenBanner from North America

Intended as the finale to troubled-plagued season 17, this was the only story that was canceled over mid-way through production due to a most unfortunate strike at the BBC. Tom Baker stars as the fourth and most popular Doctor, with beautiful Lalla Ward as his companion Romana (II), and of course K-9(voiced by David Brierly for this season only) that finds them visiting 1979 Earth to see old friend(and fellow Time Lord) Professor Chronotis(played by Denis Carey) at his University, where they learn that an ancient book from their home planet Gallifrey has been stolen by evil scientist Skagra(played by Christopher Neame) in his plan for universal domination.

Uneven story(typical of this season) has fine acting and nice location filming, but some silly elements as well that detract. What the final finished story would have looked like is speculative, and a great pity that it wasn't. Tom Baker introduces this story first released on VHS in 1992, then 20 years later on DVD, where at least fans can have the opportunity to judge for themselves on what would have been a six-part story, though counted here on IMDb as one story.

Still should be considered as canon, since it was (visually)referred to later in anniversary story 'The Five Doctors'.

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