- Audio CD
- Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd (November 30, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1844350398
- ISBN-13: 978-1844350391
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.4 x 4.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,340,771 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Doctor Who: Shada Audio CD – Audiobook, November 30, 2003
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Top Customer Reviews
Now a six-part story for the Eighth Doctor and Romana II, "Shada" has been given loving treatment by Big Finish, and it's terrific. The supporting cast--which includes Sean Biggerstaff (Oliver Wood in the "Harry Potter" movies)--is uniformly excellent, with dramatic chops as well as sparkling comic timing.
Fans of Douglas Adams' other works may enjoy spotting the plot elements that Adams recycled into "Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency".
Having seen the vhs release of the original Shada with linking narration from Tom Baker it was a little jarring at first to hear Paul McGann speaking these lines, which were obvously written with Tom Baker's over the top attitude in mind, considering it was written during his tenure. But right away Paul McGann slips into the comedy, with a few newer bits of dialouge made for his boyish charm when he tells Romana how much he missed her for example.
If you can get a copy even used this is well worth the purchase, an over all fantastic listen for a long trip or a commute to work. I've been picking and choosing Big Finish Doctor Who stories at more or less random, begining with the amazing 5th Doctor story "Spare Parts" and I have yet to be dissapointed with the product.
The more I listen to this and the more I become familiar with the Doctor, the more I enjoy this. Great audio effects, humor and an interesting surprise.
And it's a delight, too, that someone with great skill provided a complete production of the Douglas Adams' story.
Overall, the story works quite well. In my opinion, it's a notch below City of Death and Pirate Planet (Douglas Adams' other Doctor Who stories) as the six part length adds some filler, and this feels like it could have been an episode shorter. Still, the story delivers mystery, wit, and the sort of clever science fiction you expect from Adams.
Andrew Sachs is great as the villain and James Fox delivers the charm of eccentricity that makes Professor Professor Chronotis such an interesting character. Paul McGann turns in a very beautiful performance, as he gets to perform some absolutely luscious material here and he shows great comic timing throughout Shada.
Overall, a solid script and great acting make this full dramatization of Shada a great listen.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The lost story. Anything done by big finish is gold. Paul Mcgann is awesome in this story.Published 1 month ago by Bartman
A great Who story, written by a great Who writer, read/acted by who was, in my opinion, a truly great Doctor.Published 14 months ago by Steve Ivanovics
Shada falls in line with the many other audio adventures out there. Simply put, fantastic. It's great hearing Paul McGann as the Doctor. Read morePublished on February 18, 2014 by Mary O