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  • Actors: Tom Baker, Lalla Ward, David Brierley, Christopher Neame
  • Directors: Pennant Roberts
  • Writers: Douglas Adams
  • Producers: Graham Williams
  • Format: Multiple Formats, NTSC, Color
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 8, 2013
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009RZ160W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,299 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Doctor Who: Ep. 109 - Shada (DVD)

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A confusing storyline with no resolution?
becntom
Both feature the Fourth Doctor and Romanna thwarting alien villans in very scenic locations on Earth.
Keitheaux
There isn't a commentary track to "Shada", but the Info Text is entertaining.
Happy Reader

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52 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Dave Cordes on December 23, 2012
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I remember how excited I was back in 1992 when Shada was first released on home video featuring Tom Baker providing accompanying narration to the unfinished serial which was aborted from Season 17 due to a BBC strike. Previously, the only glimpse we had into this "lost" Douglas Adams story was the scene with the Doctor and Romana II punting down the river at Cambridge that was used in the 20th Anniversary special Doctor Who: The Five Doctors (Story 130).

I had surmised that the excruciatingly long delay to release Shada on DVD was because the Doctor Who Restoration Team had plans to do a complete reconstruction of the unfilmed serial using animation like Cosgrove Hall had fabulously done for Patrick Troughton's two missing episodes of Doctor Who: The Invasion (Story 46). Unfortunately what we have been given here is the same "storybook" reading by Tom Baker that we were given back in 1992 and it's very disappointing considering that Tom Baker, almost 80, is still alive and probably more than happy and willing to record new audio performances for accompanying animation sequences having recently lent his vocal talents to several Big Finish audio adventures of his fourth Doctor. Even if Lalla Ward had declined to participate for personal reasons due to her prior relationship with Tom Baker which ended in divorce, they still could have edited her dialogue that she recorded for the 8th Doctor Big Finish audio reconstruction of
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54 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Happy Reader TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 23, 2012
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Long ago, the Time Lords created Shada, a prison planet specifically to house the worst of the worst, that is, creatures who had tried to conquer the universe. One of those imprisoned was Salyavin, a Time Lord of enormous mental powers and mind control. But don't bother looking for Shada. Its location has been lost in the mists of time. Or not.

The episode starts on the Think Tank space station. Using a device with a strange sphere, great thinkers and scientists share their knowledge, to be accumulated in the sphere. But then one of them, Doctor Skagra, goes megalomaniac. He uses the sphere to drain his colleague's minds and sets out to, well, conquer the universe. But to insure his victory, he needs one last almost all-powerful mind to steal, that of the Time Lord Salyavin. There are rumors that there is one person alive who knows Shada's location, an elderly Time Lord who has retired to Cambridge, Earth, under the name Professor Chronotis. Skagra sets out for Earth.

Fortunately for the universe, The Doctor (Tom Baker), Romana II (Lalla Ward) and K9 also make a visit to Cambridge. Professor Chronotis is the Doctor's old friend, and he's asked the Doctor to visit him and help him find a book he seems to have misplaced. If you call a friend from across time and space to find a book, it may not be an ordinary book.

"Shada" has my favorite Classic doctor and my favorite companion (K9, not Romana!). It was the last series Adams wrote for Dr. Who and it has a lot of goofy humor, such as when Professor Chronotis introduces himself, "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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Donna Marie on November 24, 2013
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As long as you don't purchase it expecting a complete Doctor Who story, this is an interesting look into what could have been, featuring entertaining commentary by the Fourth Doctor himself, Tom Baker. Includes a wealth of extras along with the documentary, "More than 30 years in the TARDIS."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark Who on June 22, 2014
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This DVD is great for die hard Dr. Who fans. Yes it is the same as the VHS release, but you get two extra disc of special features, including the 30 Years in The Tardis documentary.
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45 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Normal Universe on January 8, 2013
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Over $30 for what is essentially the length of a 4 part 90 minute Doctor Who story, with some animated stills added to the original production and narration provided for large missing chunks by Tom Baker. (at this time, Barnes&Noble.com is selling the item for about $23, a more reasonable price.) It may be 3 discs, but the "full version", which is flash animation (read: sub par to what is considered broadcast TV quality animation) is only viewable through the internet (granted, most viewers probably have a DVD drive and can connect to a big screen TV) and does not feature the original cast (with a few exceptions, but even then the voices are different), and in my view is a lackluster cartoon attempting to make up for the real thing. As for the other big extra of "More than 30 Years in the Tardis", what you essentially get is a series of inaccurate memories as seen through a child's eyes. As with Dalekmania, the previous heralded Doctor Who documentary, it leaves the viewer confused and unimpressed at the end, destined to fade away with all your other bad dreams with zero value to any casual viewer. Even more depressing are the shorter extras, most of which, instead of celebrating the show, just remind the long term fan of all the people who were connected with the show who are now dead, almost all of which have absolutely nothing to do with Shada or even the Fourth Doctor, and make me wonder why exactly they are on THIS release, unless the producers saw the "Douglas Adams" association as a great marketing ploy to take advantage of, to sell something to fans that they otherwise would be resistant to purchasing. Besides all that, it is not the best story from that period of the show, complete or not, it's definitely not another Douglas Adams triumph as was the previous "City of Death".Read more ›
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