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Product Details

  • Series: Doctor Who
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Ace Hardcover; Book Club (BCE/BOMC) edition (June 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425259986
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425259986
  • Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 3.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for DOCTOR WHO: SHADA

"[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

About the Author

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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A very nice combination.
Matthew Hanna
It's real nice hearing Romana read it and getting to hear good ole' K-9.
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I highly reccommend this book, its a must read for all Whovians.
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20 of 21 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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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 26, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
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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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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1 of 1 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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1 of 1 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Roger & Cyndy Wilber on May 18, 2013
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Shada is based on the scripts for the original television series Doctor Who, written by Adams, It never made it to the screen, but now recreated in this book by Gareth Roberts. Sinister Time Lord Skagra wants to get his hands on the book, "The Worshipful and Ancient Law of Gallifrey". It's in the hands of a Cambridge Professor who took it along with a few other mementos when he left Gallifrey and settled in Great Britain. The Doctor (Tom Baker) and Romana have to help stop Skagra from causing disaster to the universe. One of Adams best stories.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DTG on May 10, 2013
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If you like Dr Who and you liked hitch hikers guide to the galaxy, or any other books by Douglas Adams I strongly suggest this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Evans on April 28, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Gareth Roberts, already experienced writing Doctor Who novels, has adapted Douglas Adams' scripts and notes for the Tom Baker adventure 'Shada' into a novel. From the perspective of a Doctor Who adventure, it's great; enough banter, plot twists and science fiction ideas to satisfy anyone. The writing isn't exactly Adams-ish, but you can see his genius shining through in the characterizations and grand ideas. If you're solely looking for more Douglas Adams writing, you MIGHT be disappointed? But if you just want a science fiction adventure, give Shada a try.
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