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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
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,912 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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23 of 24 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
By Joe L
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a great read 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
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a pity Tom Baker never made this July 17, 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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
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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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Douglas Adams Lite
Not a bad book, but feels thicker than needed. I hate to say this, but it feels very Douglas Adams-lite, like the diet version of something you really find delicious.
Published 18 days ago by James Hayes
5.0 out of 5 stars Who fan this is an excellent story going into much of Timelord society...
This is based in the Tom Baker era with Romana. For any Dr. Who fan this is an excellent story going into much of Timelord society and history. Wish I could give it 6 stars.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Totally Doctorish
There is no hero like the Doctor. Though, he isn't super strong, nor he can fly, he doesn't have a big gun, so he's nothing like Superman or Hulk or Thor, he even doesn't come... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Julius Butcher
4.0 out of 5 stars I picked this up far more for the 'Douglas Adams' part than the...
DOCTOR WHO: SHADA: The Lost Adventure by Douglas Adams is apparently a novelization of a Doctor Who script originally written by Douglas Adams for the show during the run of Tom... Read more
Published 1 month ago by ArcLight
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of Doctor Who and Douglas Adams
One of the best Doctor Who novelizations I've ever read. If your a fan of Doctor Who, the 4th Doctor or Douglas Adams then this is a must read. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars So that's how it happened. Now it makes sense!
I recently watched the DVD release of Shada, which from what I can gather was the same as the 1992 VHS release. The story was originally cancelled because of labor disputes. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Zanriel
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Read
Based on the television show, Shada has some interesting characters and some degree of silliness. Fans of Tom Baker will recognize the character, as he is well drawn and true to... Read more
Published 4 months ago by athenenike
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
amazing book
Published 4 months ago by barbara japp
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than I expected
Fun read! A great Tom Baker Dr. Who Novel. Roberts allows Douglas Adams' quick wit to shine through in his novelization of this lost screen play.
Published 5 months ago by R. Young
4.0 out of 5 stars Like a visit from a time-traveling Douglas Adams
Gareth Roberts does such an excellent adaptation of Douglas Adams' incomplete Doctor Who script that it's impossible, outside of some anachronistic bits (a reference to Sade,... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Beau Yarbrough
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