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Doctor Who: Shada (1992)

A compilation of footage from this then unfinished story (from the television series Doctor Who (1963)) was released on BBC Video, introduced by and with to camera linking material from Tom... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Tom Baker ... Doctor Who / Narrator
Lalla Ward ... Romana
Christopher Neame ... Skagra
Denis Carey Denis Carey ... Professor Chronotis
Daniel Hill ... Chris Parsons
Victoria Burgoyne ... Clare Keightley
David Brierly ... K9 / Computer (voice) (as David Brierley)
Gerald Campion Gerald Campion ... Porter (Wilkins)
Shirley Dixon ... Voice of Skagra's Ship
Derek Pollitt Derek Pollitt ... Professor Caldera (episode 4)
John Hallet John Hallet ... Police Constable (episode 6)
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A compilation of footage from this then unfinished story (from the television series Doctor Who (1963)) was released on BBC Video, introduced by and with to camera linking material from Tom Baker. When a dangerous artifact goes missing from the study of retired Time Lord, Professor Chronotis, he calls on the help of the Doctor and Romana. Also looking for the artifact is Skagra, who is armed with a mind-draining sphere. Written by Stephen Smith <eroticroger@hotmail.com>

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Adventure | Sci-Fi

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 July 1992 (UK) See more »

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Trivia

This story was inspired by Douglas Adams's time at Cambridge University. See more »

Goofs

During the scene where Skagra attaches the sphere to Professor Chronotis' head, the professor's eyeglasses are off his head during a close-up, then on again after a couple of camera shot changes that return to a close-up, all while his hands are empty and his arms are flailing about. See more »

Quotes

Professor Chronotis: I am, I was, I will be Professor Chronotis. Oh dear, we Gallifreyans have never managed to come up with a satisfactory form of grammar to cover these situations.
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Alternate Versions

Footage from this episode showing The Doctor and Romana in a boat, and later of them entering the TARDIS, was used in Doctor Who: The Five Doctors (1983) (TV). See more »

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Referenced in The Show Must Go On (2012) See more »

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Quite Excellent
24 August 2001 | by quixoticrogerSee all my reviews

This film, despite being incomplete (Due to a strike at the BBC I believe) really is quite excellent. The plot is compelling, and the cast is simply first class. Although the special effects are a little ropey (Not surprisng for TV sci-fi of the 1970's), that does not detract from the story in the slightest. This is partly because of the superb acting, as I mentioned earlier, but also because of the script, written by the late great Douglas Adams, of 'Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' fame. Of particular interest to fans of film will be the unfinished nature of this film. Originally intended as a 6 part serial for 'Doctor Who', it was only partially completed, and is presented here with linking naration by Tom Baker, and a booklet of the script, complete with the unfilmed scenes. For anyone seriously interested in the production of TV and film, this is a must. But this would also sit well in anyones collection as a superb example of Science Fiction.


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