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Doctor Who: Shada (2017)

The story revolves around the planet Shada, on which the Time Lords have constructed a high security prison for some of the Universe's most dangerous criminals. Skagra, a flawed genius from... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Baker ... The Doctor
Lalla Ward ... Romana
Christopher Neame ... Skagra
Daniel Hill ... Chris Parsons
Denis Carey Denis Carey ... Professor Chronotis
Victoria Burgoyne ... Clare Keightley
David Brierly ... K9 (voice)
Gerald Campion Gerald Campion ... Wilkin
Shirley Dixon Shirley Dixon ... The Ship (voice)
Derek Pollitt Derek Pollitt ... Caldera
James Coombes ... the Krargs (voice)
John Hallet John Hallet ... Police Constable (as John Hallett)
David Strong David Strong ... Man in Car
James Muir James Muir ... Fisherman
Derek Suthern Derek Suthern ... Krarg


The story revolves around the planet Shada, on which the Time Lords have constructed a high security prison for some of the Universe's most dangerous criminals. Skagra, a flawed genius from the planet Dronoid, wishes to create a "Universal Mind" in which all the pooled knowledge of the universe's greatest criminals would be placed at his disposal and with which he intends to take control of the Universe. Skagra wants to go to Shada to extract the knowledge of the criminals who have been imprisoned there. Unfortunately for Skagra, knowledge of the location of Shada has been deliberately hidden by the Time Lords, but Skagra discovers that there is a Time Lord living on Earth in the twentieth century who may hold the key to its location. This Time Lord is masquerading as a professor at St. Cedd's College, Cambridge and calling himself Professor Chronotis. Sensing danger, Chronotis calls for the assistance of his old friend and protégé, the Doctor. The story climaxes in a battle for ... Written by Robert Gil

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Cambridge, 1979. An invisible spaceship. A mind-eating sphere. A crazed scientist. A retired Time Lord. A lost Gallifreyan artefact. An ancient prison planet. A race across the universe... See more »


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19 July 2018 (USA) See more »

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Another book in Chris' room is "Hyperspace Bypass Planning Laws". This is yet another reference to Hitchhikers's Guide to the Galaxy. See more »


For the first two-thirds of the story, Clare's hair is pulled back and tied in a bun. Then starting with the scene where she learns to fix and fly a TARDIS, her hair is loose and in large wavy curls, which it couldn't be even if she'd released her hair from the bun; it's too well-styled. Then in the dénouement, her hair is back up in a tight bun. See more »


Romana: I just mouthed the words like everyone else.
The Doctor: What words?
Romana: At the Time Academy Induction ceremony, you know: "I swear to protect the ancient law of Gallifrey with all my might and main, I will to the end of my days with justice and with honour temper my actions and my thoughts."
The Doctor: Pompous lot, all words and no action.
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At last, Shada
10 February 2018 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Douglas Adams Shada has arrived a little bit later than advertised. Actually 37 years later.

The uncompleted Tom Baker Doctor Who story has been lauded since it remained unfinished from 1980. Now the BBC has reconstructed it by animating the missing sequences, reuniting the living actors and including a new bonus scene at the end.

The production crew wanted something epic like the City of Death broadcast in early 1979. The story had extensive location shooting in Cambridge and Tom Baker was in his pomp.

Shada is a prison planet created by the Time Lords. The evil genius Skagra wants to create a universe with his mind controlling it. He needs to get there to release a notorious prisoner whose mind control functions he requires.

Meanwhile the Doctor and Romana visit an old professor friend at St. Cedd's College, Cambridge. Professor Chronotis has called out to the Doctor but cannot remember why. However a mislaid book creates danger, Skagra is after the book which contains coded Time Lord secrets.

First let me get the shallow stuff out of the way. Just how gorgeous was Victoria Burgoyne in this who plays Clare Keightley, the girlfriend of Chris Parsons.

I do feel that at six parts the story is overlong. I much preferred the shorter webcast that starred Paul McGann. Some of the Cambridge scenes were there just to show off the fact that they were filming in and around the university buildings. Christopher Neame is rather one note as Skagra. The special effects for the orb and the invisible spaceship were not wholly convincing. (It does not help that Star Trek 4: The Voyage Home, did a parked invisible space ship better in 1986 and my mind kept going back to that.)

However it is a joy to see Tom Baker again in a new story of Doctor Who. It just reminds me how much I loved his Doctor as a kid and he just makes it look so easy, never mind that in later years I read just how difficult he was to work with.

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