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Doctor Who: Shada (1992)

A compilation of footage from this then unfinished story (from the television series Doctor Who (1963)) was released on BBC Video, introduced by and with to camera linking material from Tom... See full summary »

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... Doctor Who / Narrator
... Romana
... Skagra
Denis Carey ... Professor Chronotis
... Chris Parsons
... Clare Keightley
... K9 / Computer (voice) (as David Brierley)
Gerald Campion ... Porter (Wilkins)
Shirley Dixon ... Voice of Skagra's Ship
Derek Pollitt ... Professor Caldera (episode 4)
John Hallet ... Police Constable (episode 6)
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A compilation of footage from this then unfinished story (from the television series Doctor Who (1963)) was released on BBC Video, introduced by and with to camera linking material from Tom Baker. When a dangerous artifact goes missing from the study of retired Time Lord, Professor Chronotis, he calls on the help of the Doctor and Romana. Also looking for the artifact is Skagra, who is armed with a mind-draining sphere. Written by Stephen Smith <eroticroger@hotmail.com>

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This story was inspired by Douglas Adams's time at Cambridge University. See more »

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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 »

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Skagra: Professor Chronotis.
Professor Chronotis: Who are you?
Skagra: I have come for the book.
Professor Chronotis: Book? What book?
Skagra: You know what book.
Professor Chronotis: [indignant] I don't know what you're talking about. I haven't got any books.
[an out-and-out lie as, where there aren't doorways, the room's walls are covered in bookshelves filled with books]
Professor Chronotis: That's to say, I have lots of books. What book would you like?
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Remade as Doctor Who: Shada (2003) See more »

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Missing Adventure Gets its Day in the Sun
20 April 2005 | by See all my reviews

Arguably the most well known actor to ever portray the Doctor in the BBC series, Tom Baker returns to narrate this previously missing adventure from his heyday as the scarf wearing, grinning Fourth Doctor. 'Shada' was originally produced as part of the 1979-1980 season of the scifi programme-and would have been the final story of that year-but was cancelled mid way due to strikes. With Producer Graham Williams' departure and incoming replacement John Nathan-Turner desiring to move the series into a new direction, 'Shada' was consigned to storage and largely forgotten.... until 1992. Sylvester McCoy had been playing the mysterious seventh incarnation of the wandering Time Lord for three full years before the BBC decided to sell the show to an independent company over financial concerns. Spending the next two and a half years searching for someone to do this, the BBC grew despondent finally cancelled the long running programme. So with the sudden demand for Dr Who stories being released on VHS for commercial use, former producer Nathan-Turner, in one of his last acts as 'caretaker' of Doctor Who, authorized the release of the 'Shada' story on VHS with Tom Baker being hired to narrate the missing bits that were not completed in 1979 and presenting this rare gem to a new generation.


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