Tom Baker and Lalla Ward reunite in trailer for lost Doctor Who story Shada

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Nov 20, 2017

Following the release of a teaser last month, the BBC has unveiled a new trailer for “Shada,” an unfinished Doctor Who story featuring the Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker) and fellow Time Lord/Lady Romana (Lalla Ward).

“Shada” follows the Doctor and Romana as they run around Cambridge and head to space with K-9 in tow, trying to defeat the villainous Skagra (Christopher Neame) from stealing the secrets to the planet Shada, where a high-security prison was built by the Time Lords.

The story was penned by Douglas Adams (of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and Dirk Gently fame) and was originally meant to close the 17th season of the BBC series in 1979, but a strike at Auntie Beeb derailed filming and the story was never finished. Until now.

The folks behind “The Power of the Daleks” completed the story by using original and remastered footage and doing the animation for all the scenes that were never filmed (as you can see in the trailer below) — with Baker and Ward providing some newly recorded dialogue from the original script. Whovians will probably recognize some of the footage because bits of “Shada” were used in the show's 20th-anniversary special, “The Five Doctors,” in 1983.

 

The story was adapted as a Big Finish radio drama starring Eighth Doctor Paul McGann instead of the Fourth, and as a novel penned by Gareth Roberts. “Shada” was also released on VHS in the ‘90s with Tom Baker providing the narration for the missing parts. Nonetheless, this will be the most complete version of the classic Doctor Who story we'll likely ever get.

“Shada” will be released via digital download on Nov. 24, and on Blu-ray and DVD on Dec. 4. Will this be a must-own for you?