Serial: 5M  Episode Nos. 526, 527, 528, 529, 530, and 531. All episodes not completed.  Title: Shada

The infamous uncompleted, untransmitted story.  Retired Time Lord Prof. Chronotis of

Cambridge asks the Doctor to return a powerful book to Gallifrey for him.  This book

is required, however, by a mind-stealing scientist known as Skagra, who requires it to

gain entry to the Time Lords' prison planet Shada, where the great criminal Salyavin is

imprisoned.  With Salyavin's mind added to his collection, Skagra hopes to infect

everyone in the universe with one universal mind: his own.


This is the last story to feature David Brierley as the Voice of K9.


starring Tom Baker as Doctor Who, Lalla Ward as Romana, and David Brierley as the Voice of K9.


Written by Douglas Adams, Produced by Graham Williams, and Directed by Pennant Roberts.


Originally scheduled to be transmitted from 19 January 1980 to 23 February 1980 on BBC1.

A 3-DVD disc set.

On all 3 discs:

- Graphical menus and episode selection features.

- Subtitles for the hearing impaired.

On Disc 1:

- Shada (VHS Version)  This is nearly all of the completed footage of the story

  assembled into story order, with the missing scenes bridged partially by

  narration delivered by Tom Baker.  This is nearly the same edition that came

  out on VHS in 1992, with the same music score and special effects that were

  used then, however, the picture elements have all been remastered and restored

  as with any other Doctor Who classic series DVD.  The complete program lasts

  1 hour 50 minutes. 

- BBCi / Big Finish Version for DVD-ROM.  Place this disc into the optical drive

  of a computer and you can play a complete, but different version of Shada that

  was made by audio drama producers Big Finish for the BBC Online website in

  2003, with the story slightly rewritten to star Paul McGann’s Doctor.  Lalla

  Ward returns as Romana, and John Leeson provides the voice of K9.  A file

  markedShada Viewer” is on the disc, and this will launch in your browser and

  play the Flash animation of the entire story.  6 episodes, approx. 25 minutes each.

- Information Text option.  This option displays pop-up production trivia

   information as subtitles as the episodes play. This applies to the Tom Baker

   television version only, not the Flash Paul McGann animated version.

- Coming Soon Trailer for the forthcoming DVD of The Reign of Terror. 1 minute.

On Disc 2:

- Taken Out of Time.  A new 26-minute making-of-the-show documentary about

  Shada and the reasons for its cancellation, featuring interviews with actors

  Tom Baker and Daniel Hill (Chris Parsons), director’s assistant Olivia Bazelgette,

  production assistant Ralph Wilton, assistant designer Les McCallum,

  Cambridge choir member Angus Smith, and director Pennant Roberts.

- Now and Then.  A 13-minute documentary comparing the locations of the story

  as they looked in 1979 versus how they looked in 2012.

- Strike! Strike! Strike!  A new 28-minute documentary about the history of BBC

  strikes and how they affected the production of other stories in the series.

  Features television experts, plus Doctor Who actors Nicola Bryant, Peter Purves,

  and Paul Seed, producers Barry Letts and Derrick Sherwin, script editor

  Gary Russell, and director Richard Martin.

- Being a Girl.  A new 30-minute documentary narrated by Louise Jameson (Leela)

  about all of the Doctor’s female companions throughout the entire series up to 2011.

- Photo Gallery.  A 5-minute package of still photos taken during the production

  of Shada.

On Disc 3:

- More Than Thirty Years in the TARDIS.  A 1 hour, 28-minute documentary about

  the whole of the classic series made on the occasion of the 30th anniversary in 1993,

  which was released on VHS in 1994.  Features clips and interviews with nearly

  every actor and producer and many of the writers who had worked on the series,

  as well as re-creations of classic scenes.  Narrated by Nicholas Courtney (the Brigadier).

- Remembering Nicholas Courtney.  A new 26-minute featurette about the late

  Nicholas Courtney made by his biographer, Michael McManus, utilizing a partial

  interview Courtney gave in 2010 about his life, also featuring Tom Baker, as well

  as earlier interviews and clips.

- Doctor Who Stories: Peter Purves.  A 14-minute interview actor Peter Purves gave

  in 2003 discussing his work on the series as Steven Taylor during the First Doctor era.

- The Lambert Tapes – Part One.  An 11-minute interview with the late Verity Lambert

  recorded in 2003 about her taking on of the production of Doctor Who and her being

  the BBC’s first female Producer.  To be continued on forthcoming DVDs.

- Those Deadly Divas.  A 23-minute featurette where contributors look at and discuss

  some of the best of Doctor Who’s female villains.  The contributors are actors

  Kate O’Mara (the Rani), Camille Coduri (Jackie Tyler), and Tracy Ann Oberman

  (Yvonne Harper), and writers Gareth Roberts and Clayton Hickman.  Also includes

  some deleted scenes from The Idiot’s Lantern of Maureen Lipman as the Wire.

- Photo Gallery.  A 6-minute presentation of still photos taken during the making of

  More Than Thirty Years in the TARDIS. 

- PDF Files.  Place this disc into the DVD-ROM drive of a computer and you can see

  the original Radio Times listings for More Than Thirty Years in the TARDIS.

- 1 Easter Egg.  Highlight the area of blank text below to see what it is and how to find it.

  Go to the Photo Gallery selection, then press the left arrow.  A Doctor Who logo will

  appear.  Click on this and you will see a 2-minute interview with 1960s director

  Richard Martin giving his memories of the late Verity Lambert.


More Than Thirty Years in the TARDIS written and produced by Kevin Davies. 

Executive Produced by Sue Kerr.
Originally transmitted on 29 November 1993 on BBC1. 

Video augmented with 30 additional minutes in 1994 and released on VHS then,

and now on DVD in 2013.