Tom Baker returns to Doctor Who to complete abandoned serial 'Shada'

Erica Roy
November 27, 2017

"'Shada' was one of my favorite Doctor Who stories", Baker recalled.

The episode was written by Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy author Douglas Adams and, due to its incomplete nature, has gained mythic attention amongst devout Doctor Who fans.

When Doctor Who premiered in 1963, the BBC probably didn't anticipate it becoming a worldwide phenomenon and the longest-running science-fiction show in history.

The BBC finally completed the story-with new effects, a score, and linking narration by Baker-and six shortened episodes were given a 111-minute VHS release in 1992.

Almost forty years later, though, the cast of the story have been reunited and chief among them is Tom Baker, the Fourth Doctor himself who played the role from 1974-1981. More recently, though, Baker played a mysterious character known as the Curator in 2013's "The Day of the Doctor". Worldwide wasn't content to have the episode lost forever, using an animated sequence to help fill in the gaps, in addition to filming a new scene with Baker. Unfortunately, strikes wracked Britain for months and the episode was put on the backburner, with some of the existing footage later used in the Doctor Who 20th anniversary special.

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If the new soundtrack sounds reassuringly familiar, it's because composer Mark Ayers tried his best to imitate the sounds of the Tom Baker run using the original equipment of the 1970s.

Daniel Hill, who was at the beginning of his acting career when he was cast in Shada, said he was thrilled to see it on screen at last.

I think it never left me and that's why I can't stay away from it. "Doctor Who... when I was in full flight, then I was happy".

A two-disk DVD is scheduled for release in the United States on January 9 (you can snag a region-free Blu-ray via Amazon.co.uk as early as December 4).

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