Doctor Who: Shada: The Lost Adventure by Douglas Adams
A little knowledge is a dangerous thing
Imagine how dangerous a LOT of knowledge is...
The Doctor's old friend and fellow Tim...more
Roberts does a convincing job writing Adams, perhaps even more convincing than what Colfer did with And Another Thing... a few years earlier. The story of the TV serial is pretty interesting in itself, whic...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
The story sees The Doctor, Romana and K9 attempt to stop the villainous Skagra from taking over the universe using an ancient Time Lord book stolen from Cambridge Professor Chronotis, who happens to be a re...more
Shada, of course, is one of two and a half stories Douglas Adams wrote for Doctor Who, and the only one to which he relinquished the novelisation rights (because he felt the plot was a mess). The television story was never completed or aired, and I haven't watched the patchwork version that was event...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
Unfortunately the BBC didn't agree so ended up not filming Shada by Douglas Adams, a strike leaving the series incomplete. Douglas not as unhappy as you might imagine.
Lucky for us all then the BBC at least allowed Gareth Roberts the opportunity to write the book of this effectively lost adventure.
Originally intended for TV in 1980 it took till 2012 to appear in book form.
Douglas Adams holds a very sp...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
How I stumbled across this book: "Hey this book is about the Doctor and it is based off of work by Douglas Adams. Awesome! What?! The story of the story of Shada is a big deal with the fans? Even better!!"
I am a new fan of Doctor Who and an old fan of Douglas Adams and I LOVED THIS BOOK! Gareth Roberts clearly worked incredibly hard on making sure...more
Anyway, Shada is a naughty reminder of that legacy. It's the completion of a lost tale that Adams himself never got to complete (this is indeed the period where all of his remaining miscellanea will surface, which will delight some fans and horrify others; Salmon...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
Gareth Roberts is a long time Doctor Who fan and quite clearly a long time Douglas Adams fan. His adaptation of Adams' unproduced, due to labor action, script is clearly influenced by Adams' writing style, found in...more
He also wrote the Doctor Who interactive adventure Attack of the Graske and the mobile phone Tardisodes accompanying the 2006 series.