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Doctor Who: Shada: The Lost Adventure by Douglas Adams Hardcover – June 26, 2012
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"[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
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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.Read more ›
I picked this up far more for the 'Douglas Adams' part than the 'Doctor Who' part, even tho I have memories of watching some Tom Baker episodes on PBS when I was a kid and have been following the revival since it started.
Douglas Adams, if you don't know (and if you don't....you have my deepest condolences) wrote The Hitchhiker's Guide to Galaxy; the BBC radio series, the BBC television series, and the first five books in the trilogy. (Several years back, Eoin Colfer wrote And Another Thing..., the sixth book, which I haven't read.) He also wrote two books featuring an eccentric detective named Dirk Gently and other works, all worth checking out. His death in 2001 was a great loss that still makes me sad to this day.
Gareth Roberts took on the unenviable task of transforming Adams's script to a novel and completing it in a way that Adams (who is said to have expressed his displeasure over how the whole affair turned out) maybe would've approved.
I don't know how Adams would react, but I quite liked it. I don't know specifically which bits are Douglas Adams and which bits are Gareth Roberts and that's a good thing. The whole thing has the general sound of something Adams could've written, with plenty of phrases that definitely sound like the way he wrote, but the tone is consistent throughout.Read more ›
Heck, I wouldn't want to watch SHADA now, as I just know I would be ... sorely disappointed... after reading Gareth Robert's outstanding work. One of the most glaring lacks in the older Doctor Who serials was a form of lore continuity beyond the basic premises. Roberts brings the modern Doctor Who focus on tying 50 years worth of serials into a connected whole into SHADA with delightful name dropping and tidbits, both prior established in the preceding television years and "future" serials, from the Rani (encountered by the 6th Doctor) to Carronites (fast forward to the 10th Doctor!), every bit faithful to the entire spectrum of Doctor Who lore while equally remaining faithful to Adams' own vision of SHADA. Yes, all these little bits and bobs are subtle and brief, never a distraction beyond narrative gilding, but enough to make a lore lover grin.
This is a strong recommendation for Doctor Who fans of every level, as none of these added elements are required for enjoyment, just - as said - simple yet glorious gilding. As for narrative style, and homage to Douglas Adams, does Roberts capture Adams' sometimes rather overt humor and other times sly poking? Yes. Adams' own narrative style? No, not even particularly close.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this book. Big finish does a drama of this....brilliant. The audiobook is great also.Published 1 month ago by Bartman
This story is narrated exactly as I picture Tom Baker. Every word he says in print, I can see and hear. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Chris Smith
I've read Shada twice and listened to it twice as an audible book. It is simply a great story and very well told. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Progressive Penguin
I am vaguely aware that there exists a whole world of in-universe Doctor Who texts and series prior to the reboot that is going on now. Read morePublished 8 months ago by J. Edgar Mihelic, MBA
For a time it brought me back to the Douglas Adams era. A definite read for both Douglas Adams and Tom Baker.Published 10 months ago by Stanley Di Cicco
i bought this because of Douglas Adams Name... and was not disappointed... i just really started watching Dr. Read morePublished 11 months ago by William T.
Hey, I did my u/g at Cambridge, and i grew up with the Tom Baker/Lalla Ward era of Dr Who, so of course I loved it - even though Douglas Adams recycled some of the better ideas... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Richard Marsden
I thoroughly enjoyed this story.
As a huge fan of both Douglas Adams and Doctor Who I would say that Mr. Read more