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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 ... 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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An abandoned classic now complete, with high-quality animation, original cast and remastered original footage! (2017 release) See more »


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19 July 2018 (USA) See more »

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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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This updated Shada is a bit of a classic.
12 April 2018 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

Shada is quite a complicated story to follow, doesn't matter how many times I watched the VHS or blu ray I never quite got it. Having the gaps in the production made it nigh on impossible to follow. However the production team have worked wonders, putting Shada together with a mix of old and new material, and doing it in an almost seamless way.

City of Death apart, I wasn't really a fan of the Douglas Adams era, I always thought Tom got away with a little too much, too many laughs, too much nonsense, the balance in City of Death was spot on, and for the most part the balance is spot on in Shada too. Watching it in this new format it now feels like Shada could have been somewhat of a classic, ultimately superior to Creature from the Pit, Horns of Nimon etc, it has so much going for it, Cambridge, Time Lords, a giant killer ball and of course the excellent Skagra, a villain way before his time.

Christopher Neame is great as Skagra, he is a clever, matter of fact villain, he's not laughing maniacally or over the top in a silly manner, he's clear, single minded and sinister, a great foe.

I am also stunned at the Blu ray transfer, the original material looks fantastic, it bodes well for the classic series releases on BD.

It's still a confusing plot, but I enjoyed this updated version enormously.

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