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Doctor Who: Shada: The Lost Adventures by Douglas Adams [Kindle Edition]

Gareth Roberts
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Book Description

From the unique mind of Douglas Adams, legendary author of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, comes Shada, a story scripted for the television series Doctor Who but never produced—and now transformed into an original novel...

A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.

Imagine how dangerous a LOT of knowledge is...

The Doctor’s old friend and fellow Time Lord, Professor Chronotis, has retired to Cambridge University, where among the other doddering old professors nobody will notice if he lives for centuries. He took with him a few little souvenirs—harmless things really. But among them, carelessly, he took The Worshipful and Ancient Law of Gallifrey. Even more carelessly, he has loaned this immensely powerful book to clueless graduate student Chris Parsons, who intends to use it to impress girls. The Worshipful and Ancient Law is among the most dangerous artifacts in the universe; it cannot be allowed to fall into the wrong hands.

The hands of the sinister Skagra are unquestionably the wrongest ones possible. Skagra is a sadist and an egomaniac bent on universal domination. Having misguessed the state of fashion on Earth, he also wears terrible platform shoes. He is on his way to Cambridge. He wants the book. And he wants the Doctor...

Editorial Reviews


“Roberts . . . does a great job of maintaining Douglas Adams’s voice throughout the story, with his trademark satire and humor firmly in place. Fans of Doctor Who, particularly those who loved the Tom Baker years, will enjoy this little trip back into that world.”—Wired
“There’s a lot to like about Roberts’s version of the story, particularly for fervent Doctor Who fans . . . He clearly knows and loves the series, and fills the book with winking references and in-jokes . . . Most importantly, Roberts captures the bantering, cheerful relationship between the eccentric Doctor, upbeat Romana, and loyal K9 as fans will remember it from the TV series.”—The A.V. Club
Shada is an entertaining read...Roberts manages a zippy, fast-paced writing style that nods to Adams without ever trying to do any Adamsian acrobatics across the page . . . Fans of Douglas Adams will find this probably the most palatable way to sample one of his most famous lost works, and anyone who enjoys both the big heart and the boundless silliness of Doctor Who will be pleased with what Roberts has managed to put together here.”—io9

Shada is funny . . . Roberts has a turn of phrase that complements Adams’s dialogue, without slavishly copying his style; various witty asides would sit very comfortably in a Hitchhikers novel . . . Roberts both adds his own jokes and works Adams’ perfectly. Any new fan reading the book, having not seen or heard any of the other versions of the story, would have a very hard time picking out which bits were by Roberts and which Adams.”—Doctor Who Reviews

About the Author

Douglas Adams (1952–2001) was the much–loved author of the Hitchhiker's Guides, all of which have sold more than 15 million copies worldwide.

Product Details

  • File Size: 554 KB
  • Print Length: 395 pages
  • Publisher: Ace (June 26, 2012)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0087GJ3NO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,883 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Lost Doctor Who Adventure by Douglas Adams July 12, 2012
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Who 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
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a pity Tom Baker never made this 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
5.0 out of 5 stars A Surprise on Every Page June 20, 2013
By CC Hunt
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Well compiled June 13, 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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
5.0 out of 5 stars The Lost Adventure, Lost No More 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it 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
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent adventure April 28, 2013
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars doctor who:shada
PLEASE do not expect douglas adams to be found within these pages. yes it is good. yes it may have been a good script, but No it is not douglas adams. he is dead. that is sad. Read more
Published 4 hours ago by lundy
5.0 out of 5 stars Like a Doctor Who Episode
It seems that you watching it directly from BBC. Fast and insanely paced, like the TV show and like Douglas Adam's style. Gareth Roberts honored his memory.
Published 6 days ago by Eduardo Lenartovicz
5.0 out of 5 stars a great read
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. Read more
Published 1 month ago by JD
4.0 out of 5 stars not quite hit hiker grade, but a fun read
Liked the dialog but the plot was a it thin. Mostly I picked it up. Be I loved Douglas Adams, and I was not disappointed
Published 2 months ago by Jack W. Saunders
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift Book
This was a gift for my son, who is a huge Dr. Who fan and loves Doug Adams. A perfect combination!
Published 3 months ago by W. Newton
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read for fans of the "Doctor"
A good story and well written. I enjoyed reading it. It is worth the read if you are a fan because there is a lot of history of the series in these pages.
Published 4 months ago by Shanshondee
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
Fun and engaging book! has a lot of Douglas Adams spirit and humor in it.
Good read even if you don't have a lot of experience with Doctor Who.
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely worth a read for a Whovian or Douglas Adams fan
This is my first Doctor Who novel, and I chose it because the original story was written by Douglas Adams. I thought it was ridiculously silly but I enjoyed it. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jane Easterly
5.0 out of 5 stars FanTAStic book!
My husband is in love with this book. It also talks a bit about the doctor's regenerations and such. Read more
Published 6 months ago by vslane
5.0 out of 5 stars Douglas would be proud...
Gareth Roberts manages the nearly impossible task of recreating the voice of Douglas Adams with astonishing success. It is an undeniable pity this story never made it to air. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jason Smith
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