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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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Cast

Cast overview:
Tom Baker ... Doctor Who / Narrator
Lalla Ward ... Romana
Christopher Neame ... Skagra
Denis Carey Denis Carey ... Professor Chronotis
Daniel Hill ... Chris Parsons
Victoria Burgoyne ... Clare Keightley
David Brierly ... K9 / Computer (voice) (as David Brierley)
Gerald Campion Gerald Campion ... Porter (Wilkins)
Shirley Dixon ... Voice of Skagra's Ship
Derek Pollitt Derek Pollitt ... Professor Caldera (episode 4)
John Hallet 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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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 July 1992 (UK) See more »

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Trivia

In 2003, Shada was remade by Big Finish Productions as an audio book/Flash animation for BBC Interactive. The remade version starred Paul McGann as The Doctor, with Lalla Ward reprising her role as Romana and John Leeson as K-9. See more »

Goofs

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

Romana: I told you you've got the time wrong, Doctor.
The Doctor: Yes, but you're always saying that.
Romana: You're always getting the time wrong.
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Alternate Versions

Footage from this episode showing The Doctor and Romana in a boat, and later of them entering the TARDIS, was used in Doctor Who: The Five Doctors (1983) (TV). See more »

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Referenced in The Show Must Go On (2012) See more »

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Forgotten Story
22 July 2015 | by AaronCapenBannerSee all my reviews

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 plot(typical of this season) has fine acting and nice location filming, but some silly elements as well that detract. What the end result would have looked like is speculative, and a great pity that it wasn't. Tom Baker introduces this, and 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 adventure, 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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