Lost serial “Shada” completed for new DVD

October 10th, 2017

The Fourth Doctor will be returning to DVD and Blu-ray later this year in his abandoned 1979 adventure Shada, which has at long last been completed nearly 40 years after the cameras started rolling.

Filming on the serial, written by Douglas Adams, was disrupted indefinitely by strike action at the BBC, however the original footage has now been remastered and combined with new colour animation to finally bring fans the legendary story in all its glory. Tom Baker has returned to reprise his role as the Doctor, as well as Lalla Ward who is back as Romana.

Shada will be released as a digital download on Friday 24th November before landing on DVD and Blu-ray (artwork below) just in time for Christmas, on Monday 4th December.

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4 comments on this article
  1. James
    October 10th, 2017 at 12.12am | #1

    I’m getting a blue ray player just for this!!!

  2. JoshRrr
    October 10th, 2017 at 12.28am | #2

    Very happy to hear that the BBC are doing this after hearing the rumours, always a delight knowing lost or incomplete episodes are recreated and happy the original cast is back.

    But honestly, very disappointed with the animation, looks poor. Wish they stuck with the style of animation the animated segments of “Power of the Daleks” or “The Invasion” had. I understand animation is expensive and it’s cheaper/quicker for more simplistic animation but still would have hoped they try better for such a famous story.

    And I love the 2003 attempt to complete the story, the one with Paul Mcgann as the 8th Doctor, despite limited animation the updated story and dialogue to fit the new doctor and modern era was great, so i’m worried i’l find the “classic form” disappointing compared to it.

    Still, should be happy occasion for Doctor Who fans!

  3. -JMW-
    October 10th, 2017 at 9.46am | #3

    It’s the same team and same style as the “Power of the Daleks” animation!

    Currently there is only this snippet available…it’s incredibly hard to judge this work accurately from this vantage point.

  4. Josef Wolfe
    October 10th, 2017 at 11.37am | #4

    Oh Brilliant! can’t wait. Shada is an excellent story on a par with City of Death imo.

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