The newly completed Doctor Who: Shada written by the famed sci-fi writer, Douglas Adams (Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy) will be screened at the British Film Institute in London on 2nd December. 

As stated in our previous post, BBC Worldwide has created a version of the uncompleted finale of 1979’s Doctor Who by combining the original remaster footage, brand new colour animation and new-recorded voice work from Tom Baker (The Fourth Doctor) and Lala Ward (Romana II)

Tickets for the special screening of Doctor Who: Shada at BFI Southbank, London on Saturday 2nd December will be available for BFI members on Tuesday 7thNovember, and for the public from Tuesday 14th November. Further information will be available from bfi.org.uk from Monday 23rd October.

Shada finds the Doctor (Tom Baker)  in Cambridge working alongside companion Romana (Lala Ward) and retired Time Lord, Professor Chronotis, to defeat the evil alien Skagra who is attempting to steal the secrets to the prison planet, Shada.

Tom Baker says, “Shada was one of my favourite Doctor Who stories. I have many fond memories of shooting the location scenes in Cambridge, and it was disappointing not to finish the story in studio. I’m so glad that BBC Worldwide have found a way to bring fans a complete visual version.”

Doctor Who - Shada Steelbox - Front - BBC Worldwide
Doctor Who – Shada Steelbox – Front – BBC Worldwide

Doctor Who: Shada has been reconstructed by the same talented team that reassembled Patrick Troughton’s lost episode,  The Power of the Daleks.  The original footage and film negatives from the 1979 shoot, have been rescanned in full HD and digitally remastered.  Combined with the beautiful colour animation and Baker’s and Ward’s voice, the story can be completed. 

Paul Hembury, Executive Producer, BBC Worldwide says, “Fans loved The Power of the Daleks, so we’re delighted to be able to complete and bring them another lost Doctor Who classic.”

Doctor Who - Shada - Romana II as portrayed by Lala Ward - BBC Worldwide
Doctor Who – Shada – Romana II as portrayed by Lala Ward – BBC Worldwide

Doctor Who: Shada will be released as a digital download on Friday 24th November.  As an added bonus for fans, there will be stunning Steel Box DVD/Bluray version on Monday 4th December.  

The release also includes many bonus features, including details on the strike action, deleted scenes and a look at 1979 and 2017.   (See below)

Pre-order the Digital Download  from iTunes UK  and the DVD/Bluray from Amazon.co.uk at the following LINK

Doctor Who - Shada - Romana II (Lala Ward) - cc BBC Worldwide
Doctor Who – Shada – Romana II (Lala Ward) – cc BBC Worldwide

BONUS MATERIAL

  • Taken Out of Time (25′ 39″)
  • Now and Then (12′ 45″)
  • Strike, Strike, Strike! (27′ 50″)
  • Studio Sessions – 1979 (44′ 38″)
  • Dialogue Sessions (14′ 16″)
  • Model Filming (04′ 36″)
  • Deleted Scenes (01′ 22″)
  • Title Sequence Films (TBC)
  • Live Action Reference Footage (02′ 48″)
  • 1979 Gallery (04′ 50″)
  • 2017 Gallery (02′ 52)

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