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"[Roberts] does a great job of maintaining Douglas Adams' voice throughout the story, with his trademark satire and humor firmly in place . . .  fans of Doctor Who will enjoy this little trip back into that world."— Wired.com

"[A]n entertaining read . . . and anyone who enjoys both the big heart and boundless silliness of Dooctor Who will be pleased."— io9.com

"[S]pectacular. Gareth Roberts has done a remarkable job of channeling the vision of Douglas Adams . . . not only Doctor Who fans will enjoy it, but I think Sci-Fi and Hitchhiker fans will love it as well."— GeeksofDoom.com

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Douglas Adams was born in Cambridge in 1952, and was educated at Brentwood School, Essex and St. John’s College, Cambridge, where he read English. As well as writing all the different and conflicting versions of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, he has been responsible for Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul, and, with John Lloyd, The Meaning of Liff and The Deeper Meaning of Liff. In 1978-79, he worked as Script Editor on Doctor Who. He wrote three scripts for the show: “The Pirate Planet,” “City of Death” [under the name David Agnew], and “Shada.” Adams died in May 2001. Gareth Roberts was born in Chesham, Buckinghamshire in 1968. His scripts for Doctor Who on television include “The Shakespeare Code,” “The Unicorn and the Wasp,” “The Lodger,” and “Closing Time.” He has also written many scripts for the spin-off series, The Sarah Jane Adventures, as well as scripts for such television shows as Emmerdale and Randall & Hopkirk [Deceased]. He has written nine previous Doctor Who novels, and lives in West London. 
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Product Details

  • Series: Doctor Who
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Ace; Book Club (BCE/BOMC) edition (June 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425259986
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425259986
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #494,634 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Nash Android on July 12, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The fourth Doctor, Romana, and K-9 answer a call from Chronotis, an aging and befuddled Time Lord, who is living out his retirement as a Cambridge professor. Unfortunately, Chronotis has forgotten why he called, although it soon becomes clear that it is for the Doctor to save the universe (again).

This time, the threat comes from Skagra, an overly ambitious fellow from the vacation planet of Dronid. He wants to be God, or the closest thing possible. To achieve this goal, he needs to absorb the mind of the legendary Gallifreyan criminal Salyavin who had the ability to replace or augment the minds of others with own. Salyavin, though, was reportedly placed in stasis and imprisoned thousands of years ago on the now lost and forgotten prison planet of Shada. The key to finding Shada is the book 'The Worshipful and Ancient Law of Gallifrey,' which Professor Chronotis stole from the Time Lords' archives and subsequently misplaced.

Got it? Good. Because that's about as much of the plot as I'm going to try to summarize.

The story was originally written as a TV script by Douglas Adams, the late, great author of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galxay, and novelized by Gareth Roberts, a writer of other Doctor Who novels and TV scripts.

To me, the beginning sounds like Adams. See if you don't agree.

`At the age of five, Skagra decided emphatically that God did not exist. This revelation tends to make most people in the universe who have it react in one of two ways -- with relief or with despair. Only Skagra responded to it by thinking, Wait a second. That means there's a situation vacant.'

Now I don't know if Adams came up with this opening or if Roberts did, but it has a lot of Douglas Adams' irreverent wit and whimsy.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Joe L on May 26, 2012
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This is a novelization of a television story that was never completed due to a labor strike. Gareth Roberts, who has written for the revived Doctor Who series, takes the late Douglas Adams' notes and scripts, and produces a very good book. I could hear Tom Baker's voice when I was reading The Doctor's words. Roberts keeps the same level of humor that Adams brought to "The City of Death", one of my favorite 4th Doctor adventures. This was a tough job, trying to match Adams' style. Roberts pulls it off. We'll never know how close this novel matches up with what would have been the finished product. The book has an advantage of not having to deal with late 70's BBC Budgets. Good book, any fan of the old series should like it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JD on March 18, 2014
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I'm going to start this off with the fact that I am 100% biased. I love Douglas Adams work with hitchhikers guide and his doctor who stories. After reading this book which is essentially a rebuild of a unfinished script and unaired episode from the tom baker era of doctor who, I've gotta say its Oneida the best novels I've read in recent memory. The pacing and flow work perfectly and the story never dwells past a givin moment longer than needed. But most importantly is the fact that as you read this book you can see all the characters in your mind and non of them are out of place or act out of character that's been established by the TV show. The other thing is that the characters that are new and one off companions also fit perfectly and you can play this book in your mind as a episode of the series with little effort. Now on to the villain of this book. He is brilliantly evil but has enough humanity to give the reader a reason to feel for him and give him a bit of sympathy. Now the best part of this book to me is the feeling and the love that has been done to give Douglas Adams script to book adaptation life and still feel 100% like a Douglas Adams book, there was never really a point where I had to wonder if this was adams invention or the rewrite. In simple terms this is a Douglas Adams book and if your a fan then what are you waiting for? Get this book and enjoy one of the best doctor who stories written. Just as a side note, this story could easily be tweeked to fit a modern doctor who set of episodes.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Eric C. Erickson on July 17, 2012
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The novelization of this lost 4th Doctor story is first class. Lalla Ward brings to life the humor and compelling tale that Douglas Adams first concocted. I purchased this audio book for a long drive, which made the hours fly by. Any Doctor Who fan should read or listen to this top drawer story from the great era of the 4th Doctor and Ward's Romana travelling with K-9.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By wheetree on June 13, 2013
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If you're a Doctor Who fan (which I am), especially a 4th Doctor fan, and a Douglas Adams fan (which I am), this is a must. Gareth Roberts has done an excellent job in finally compiling the "Shada" storyline into a congruent form. If you've seen the poorly pieced together bits from the original script and were disappointed with it, this is much better. Roberts not only meshes toghether the stray bits but includes some references that tie everything together with DNA's other works and with the new Doctor Who series.
I'm sure Douglas Adams would be happy with the outcome. Now if they'd just feature Professor Chronotis in an episode with the 12th Doctor....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CC Hunt on June 20, 2013
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Clearly written with affection for the character and the original author, this "lost" tale weaves classic Doctor Who with the wit and whimsy every Douglas Adams fan relishes. The preceding official summary above is more than complete so all that is left is for me to add " smashing" and "brilliant" then toddle off for a re-read. It is that good.
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