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.
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
marked “Shada 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
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.