Doctor Who: Shada sees Tom Baker return as the Fourth Doctor to complete a previously unbroadcast story, combining original live-action footage recorded in the 1970s with brand new hand-drawn animation. The story will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on December 4th from BBC Worldwide.
In 1979, Shada was set to be the celebratory end to the seventeenth series of Doctor Who. Critically acclaimed writer Douglas Adams had completed the script, Tom Baker’s Doctor was at the height of his popularity, and the series had bigger audiences than ever before. But strike action at the BBC in November of that year meant the studio scenes were never completed, and the story was abandoned mid-production.
Now, thirty-eight years on, Shada is to be finally completed, combining the original footage with brand new colour animation featuring the voices of the original cast – including Tom Baker as the Doctor, with Lalla Ward as his companion Romana – performing the original script.
The story finds the Doctor in Cambridge working alongside companion Romana and retired Time Lord, Professor Chronotis, to defeat the evil alien Skagra who is attempting to steal the secrets to the prison planet, Shada. Tom Baker says: “Shada was one of my favourite Doctor Who stories. I have many fond memories of shooting the location scenes in Cambridge, and it was disappointing not to finish the story in studio. I’m so glad that BBC Worldwide have found a way to bring fans a complete visual version.”
Doctor Who: Shada is produced by the team behind the highly successful and critically acclaimed animation of lost Doctor Who story “The Power of the Daleks”, and lost Dad’s Army episode “A Stripe For Frazer”. The team have had access to nearly seven hours of raw footage from the original 1979 Shada shoot; the new release will see all the original film negatives re-scanned in full HD and digitally remastered.
Paul Hembury, Executive Producer, BBC Worldwide says, “Fans loved The Power of the Daleks, so we’re delighted to be able to complete and bring them another lost Doctor Who classic.”
Doctor Who: Shada will available on DVD and Blu-ray on Monday 4th December from Amazon.co.uk and other leading retailers.