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Shada

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Reviewed By: MercuryReview Date: 12/3/18 9:18 pm
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This story was not completed during its original recording for season 17 of the classic series due to industrial dispute interfering with the schedule. It has since been released as an audio version, as a reconstruction with narration for missing parts, as an audio and animated remake with the 8th Doctor instead of the 4th Doctor and as a reconstruction with restored original footage and animation for the previously missing portions (which also has an added scene at the end with Tom Baker reappearing as his much older self. In my opinion this most recent animated reconstruction gives the best depiction of the original story despite limitations with the animation. It allows us to fully appreciate Shada in all its glory.

The story involves the Doctor and Romana arriving at Cambridge in order to see the Doctor's friend and fellow Time Lord Professor Chronotis just as evil scientist Skagra is also looking for him in order to acquire a stolen Gallifreyan book which has the power to release Time Lord criminal Salyavin who has the power to implant his mind into others. Skagra who already has the means to extract people's minds intends using Salyavin's powers for himself.

The adventure is thoroughly absorbing, intelligent and fun. There is very funny humour, quite dark moments and loads of charm throughout. Denis Carey is magnificent as Professor Chronotis, one of the great guest characters both in the idea behind the character and the performance. It is a pity he never appeared again. Other guest characters are all good and Romana is a great companion but above all that is Tom Baker who is at his magical best as the 4th Doctor. He is electrifying to watch and listen to. So funny, so intriguing and so entertaining. This story lets him have a real showcase and that is one of the reasons it is an absolute classic. It is awful that it was not finished and released at the time. Fans were denied this for so long.
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Reviewed By: TardyBoxReview Date: 8/2/16 2:23 am
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Oh Shada, my Shada...

I will go ahead and admit some bias in the review. I love this story, even in its incomplete form. You will see that in this review. A lot. Douglas Adams' imagination just bleeds through the story, covering everything in a combination of fab ideas and intelligent humor. Everything from the idea of an invisible spaceship to the mind-absorbing sphere is just so much fun! Adams seems to find the perfect balance of fun and fear in this story, combining the fun of 'The Pirate Planet' with the scares of 'City of Death's alien Count Scarlioni. I love the bicycle chase as the Doctor runs for his life from Skagra's sphere, and I adore the sequence onboard Think Tank when the Krarg appears to menace Chris and the Doctor. The idea of being trapped in a confined space with something large and dangerous that won't stop chasing you is something that has scared me since I was a kid, and I think it works really well in Doctor Who. (See 'Nightmare in Eden's Mandrels, 'Rise of the Cybermen's Cybermen, or heck, even the Vervoids.) Shada itself is a really cool concept- the idea of the Time Lords creating a prison planet for the worst offenders of the universe is neat, and the idea that one of the most potentially dangerous of them all managed to escape and use his unheard of mental powers to make the Time Lords forget all about it, well... that's fabulous. As much as Paul McGann's version is itself also really very good, I can't help but wish that Shada had been completed and available for all the world to see. I have a feeling it would have been (say it with me now) fabulous.
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Reviewed By: KwackReview Date: 10/27/13 6:20 am
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I'm pretty much rating the story as read in the novelisation by Gareth Roberts.
So: 10/10