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Doctor Who: Shada [TV serial] by Pennant…

Doctor Who: Shada [TV serial]

by Pennant Roberts (Director), Douglas Adams (Writer), Graham Williams (Producer)

Other authors: Tom Baker (Actor), David Brierley (Actor), Christopher Neame (Actor), Lalla Ward (Actor)

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Series: Doctor Who: TV series ((unfinished, unbroadcast serial))

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This is a full length novelisation of Douglas Adams's original scripts for the famous "lost" Tom Baker Doctor Who TV story Shada, partly filmed in autumn 1979 but never completed due to a strike. It apparently includes a lot of original ideas by Adams that were not realised in the final version, or could not be with the state of TV technology at the time. There are also a number of new ideas and scenes inserted by Roberts, who has written a number of original Who novels in the 1990s and later and TV scripts for the modern show. The whole thing hangs together convincingly, though there were a few lines that I could not imagine the 4th Doctor saying. Much more is made of the characters of and relationship between Chris and Claire, though strangely, they are hardly physically described at all, whereas the descriptions of the Doctor and Romana are very good. It's interesting to see how a Doctor Who TV story can be reimagined over the course of a nearly 400 page novel. The story itself is very much classic Douglas Adams and, while enjoyable, isn't in my view the classic it is sometimes made out to be due to its unique partly-filmed-never-shown status. ( )
  john257hopper | Sep 15, 2013 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Roberts, PennantDirectorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Adams, DouglasWritermain authorall editionsconfirmed
Williams, GrahamProducermain authorall editionsconfirmed
Baker, TomActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Brierley, DavidActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Neame, ChristopherActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ward, LallaActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Nathan-Turner, JohnProducersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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