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I've enjoyed other animated adventures of Doctor Who including Cosgrove Hall's wonderful work on the 10th Doctor serial Doctor Who: The Infinite Quest and the wonderfully animated reconstruction episodes on Doctor Who: The Invasion (Story 46), and recently Quarios' work animating the 2 missing episodes from Doctor Who: The Ice Warriors (Story 39). I think the animation in "Scream of the Shalka" is equally as good and interesting and enjoyable to watch with good performances by Richard E.Read more ›
Now for the monsters -- the Shalka. The Shalka, a reptilian-like alien species didn't have much to say, but as you may have guessed from the title of the DVD, their screams are quite grotesque -- not to mention the fact that they took over human bodies to lead earth and humanity into death and darkness. Aliens that can grow out of human foreheads is enough to give anyone the shivers! The Shalka are indeed a very frightening alien, up there with the Weeping Angels and the Silence.
I was very impressed with the animation, the story-line, the monsters, and each of the characters. As much as I enjoyed this, I was a little disappointed that the ending was left open for more adventures with the Doctor and Alison but to my knowledge, there never were any.Read more ›
Those words, spoken by its executive producer James Goss in the DVD documentary Carry On Screaming, more than adequately describe the reputation of Scream Of The Shalka. Originally produced with the intention of being the first story in a web based continuation of the then still canceled series, this animated Doctor Who “webcast” from 2003 has often been neglected, if not downright forgotten, by fans. With its long awaited DVD release last year, the story has been enjoying something of a much needed reexamination.
There is Richard E Grant's Doctor for example. Grant's Doctor (originally intended to be the Ninth before being “replaced” by Christopher Eccleston) feels like something of a cross between the Doctors of the Old Series and the New. There's an aloofness that brings to mind the First and Sixth Doctors while his rather abrasive attitude towards the military (and especially Major Kennet) calls to mind the Third's early dealings with UNIT. In other ways this Doctor has intriguing pre-echoes of the New Series Doctors that were to follow within just a couple of years. Grant's Doctor has a hurt quality to him with something and someone in his past haunting him which only the events in the story start to help him recover from while some of the dialogue could easily be delivered by the likes of David Tennent or Matt Smith. Like Paul McGann's Eighth Doctor, we get only a glimpse of this Doctor and it's something that makes judging his Doctor more difficult but there's certainly plenty of promise here.
The story also has a god cast, some of whom would go onto appearances in the New Series.Read more ›
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When people ask me who my favorite Doctor is or which Doctor was my first, I always answer the Shalka Doctor. Read morePublished 15 months ago by ZadNostrom
I liked the story could have been used today Doctor Who or in the classic with some rewriting and remembered as a great episode.Published 21 months ago by Pete
It arrived safely and fast. The disk plays well and has been viewed at least a couple of times since in my collection.Published 22 months ago by daniel james mceachren
not near my favorite doctor who story, cluttered and confusing. but richard e. grant does a good job.Published 22 months ago by Mark Anderson
It's Doctor Who... Not a doctor that actually aired, not impressed with this doctor or story.Published on July 20, 2014 by Laura
As a Doctor Who fan I thought I'd try this video. I find the commentary interesting so I am glad I have it but I do not like the way Richard Grant plays the Doctor. Read morePublished on July 13, 2014 by Grant A. Barbey
I am glad I have this in my collection however this is really lame story and animation. Likeing anything that is Doctor Who this is the worse rating I could give it. Read morePublished on June 1, 2014 by Scott
Bought this DVD as a gift. Received as promised - new in plastic and on time. Very pleased with product.Published on March 12, 2014 by Deana L.
There are times in life when even if your dream comes true, it’s not quite in the way you imagined it. Read morePublished on January 24, 2014 by Lucas Goldstein
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