Doctor Who: Shada
The Worshipful and Ancient Law of G...more
This was an enjoyable read - having seen the sections of the television show and being familiar with the fourth Docto...more
Gareth Roberts managed to write as funny as Adams without trying to imitate him and failing horribly. You really felt the presence of Douglas, but it was at the same moment not some bad imitation of his funniness and genius. That's no insult to Gareth Roberts, though....more
Unfortunately Shada was not finished and the versions that were released are only dumbed-up versions. Then along comes a VERY capable man by the name of Gareth Roberts who (was hoodwinked by his capabilities, ego and love of Dr Who) wa...more
About 20 years ago hubby and I found the shot scenes with a script available for hire from a DV...more
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 mi...more
The twists, the adventures, the characters, the conflicts, the pacing: all perfect. Douglas Adams is said to have not been really pleased or impressed with the half-filmed serial and never too upset it didn't get to exist. Reading this excellent novelization based on the absolute latest scripts, I cannot understand. There are certainly scenes that work better in a novel than they would have on Who's tiny late 70's budget, but the writing!
Adams is, of course, very good at throwin...more
Now, thanks to Gareth Roberts, himself a veteran of the new Doctor Who series, we can finally see what this unfinished series might have looked like.
The story, i...more
Yes, you read right, Douglas Adams, Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy Adams. He was a...more
Now, 30 something years later, Shada has reappeared in book form, as Gareth Roberts has reinterpreted Douglas Adams' originally work.
Shada did make an appearance 20 or so years ago, on video; the surviving scenes linked together by narration from Tom Baker. I...more
Mr. Roberts, you did a wonderful job. Thank you!
On becoming a god (at least in his own mind):
"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 vac...more
This is a nice piece of memorabilia. This story was originally the final episode of one season of Doctor Who. The screenplay was written by Douglas Adams, but filming was never completed. The serial was released later with some connecting narration by Tom Baker. It was different, and would've made a good episode if it had been completed.
This novelization of Adams' script is a fun read, but if you're not a fan of the show you may not appreciate the writer's humor. The humor is similar to that of...more
That's because production of Shada was interrupted by a BBC strike and parts of the episode were never filmed. In the 90s Shada was released on video with actor Tom Baker (the 4th doctor) filling in the blanks through narrative. But it didn't quite do justice to the story.
And as writer Gareth...more
I will state two things right away: I have not seen much Classic Who, and I have only been through the Hitchhiker's Guide for the first time within the past year or so. I blame this on my upbringing (too full of other wonders, but sadly lacking in the Science Fiction department). So I come at this novel without the baggage of childhood adoration, and cannot vouch for it against those who do.
That disclaimer made,...more
Many Adams fans don't know that he was the script editor for "Who" in the late 70s, and that he wrote three scripts for the series: The Pirate Planet, City of Death, and Shada. The first was imperfect but enjoyable; the second probably the finest achievement of 70s "Who". The third was shut down by industrial action at the Beeb - and Adams reportedly was quite glad. He never liked those scripts much - as...more
The story is classic Douglas Adams with a lot of wild ideas and great hilarity. The Dr and Romana get a distress call from an old Time Lord on Earth, Professor Chronotis. It turns out he is posing as a professor at the University of Cambridge. The story c...more
I first became aware of it in 1979 - when questioning my eight year old brother about a list of the titles of the stories in the next season of Doctor Who he'd seen when our Dad had taken him into work (at the BBC) one day. At the time the title sounded a bit odd to me. It wasn't The Horror of something or the something of Terror. I decided that he must have misread it or couldn't remember it properly, so I forgot all about it...
Within a ye...more
This is a pretty quick read and you can definitely see Adams elements in the story. His wit shows through at several points and some of the supporting cast would be very familiar to fan...more
It's a book designed to appeal to the casual Who fan, the sort of people who watch the new series on telly and who know the name 'Douglas Adams' from somewhere or other. It's funny at times while a little obvious at others, clever but also occasionally clumsy and well-written but unsure if it's a Target...more
This book is a late novelization of a six-parter story that Douglas Adams wrote for Doctor Who, but which never got fully filmed because of a strike. Since then Shada has had a troubled history and nearly as many incarnations as the Doctor: bits of it were used in The five Doctors, Adams himself recycled some of his own ideas in Dirk Gently, then a VHS was released with the filmed bits and narration, then it was re-cast as an audiobook with the Eight Doctor,...more
This is because the whole thing now flows much better than it ever did before and makes a lot more sense as a whole piece and is a whole lot more en...more
He also wrote the Doctor Who interactive adventure Attack of the Graske and the mobile phone Tardisodes accompanying the 2006 series.