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Doctor Who: Shada: The Lost Adventure by Douglas Adams (edition 2012)

by Gareth Roberts

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Title:Doctor Who: Shada: The Lost Adventure by Douglas Adams
Authors:Gareth Roberts
Info:Ace Hardcover (2012), Edition: Book Club Edition, Hardcover, 400 pages
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This book started as a script for TV written by Douglas Adams. The script does not follow what we think of as Doctor Who cannon. Production did start on an episode (or movie?) but (apparently) not completed. Gareth Roberts took the script and expanded it into a book.

The book is an adventure story, it seems to be based on the Tom Baker version of The Doctor, but it isn't explicitly stated. It does have a good feel of Doctor Who, the deviations are pretty obvious and appear early, and it is easy to get past them and enjoy the story. The flavor of Douglas Adams is obvious, especially toward the end of the book.

The characters are interesting, although the relationship between the two primary human characters felt contrived. The plot is interesting and has enough twists to keep the interest up. ( )
  Nodosaurus | Nov 22, 2015 |
Douglas Adams vision was delightfully adapted by Gareth Roberts, and I was quite delighted by it. This story made me want to re-watch the shows of my first Doctor, Tom Baker. I felt this was a good adaptation, keeping the wit and humour of Douglas Adams, and the charm of the 4th Doctor and Romana. ( )
  nervouspig | Sep 29, 2015 |
It was a bit slow to start but I was laughing through the last bit. It was very easy for me to visualize since the 4th Doctor is the one I grew up with. ( )
  nyxnekhbet | Mar 4, 2015 |
After some anachronic flirtiŋ wiþ Sodomy, totally inadequate for ðe original public, ðe ſtory ends up findiŋ itſelf quite pleaſantly. ( )
  leandrod | Feb 10, 2015 |
This is Gareth Roberts' very fine novelization of the lost Doctor Who story Shada. Douglas Adams wrote the original scripts but was also busy with other things at the time, so there were delays, and he was unhappy with how they turned out, and a BBC strike halfway through filming ensured that it would never be part of the original run of shows. A cobbled-together TV version and a reworked audio version (produced by Big Finish) exist, but this is the first proper novelization. And what a rollicking romp it is! Told in six parts to mirror Adams' original idea of six episodes, it contains short, snappy chapters, breathlessly fun dialogue and clever narration that, while not quite on the same level as Douglas Adams, is close enough to be enjoyable for an Adams fan.

Anyone who's read Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency will recognize Professor Chronotis; after Shada failed to air as a Doctor Who story, Adams repurposed the character. Fans of the Fourth Doctor will particularly enjoy Shada, where he's at his goofball best, and those who like useful female characters in science fiction will appreciate Romana II and Clare, one of the humans who comes along for the ride, not to mention "The Ship"!

I thoroughly enjoyed this and would recommend it if you're a fan of the Hitchhiker's Guide, the Fourth Doctor or science fiction with a droll English twist. ( )
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