Tom Baker Doctor Who adventure Shada is coming to DVD and Blu-ray in animated form
Shada has something of a history - it was a story by Douglas Adams that was intended to be the finale for the show's 17th series, and which never got made due to an engineers strike. Since footage appeared in the 25th Anniversary special, The Five Doctors, and in 2012 Gareth Roberts adapted the story into a full novel.
Now, BBC Worldwide have announced an upcoming DVD and Blu-ray release of the story in a newly created animation that fills in the missing parts with vocals provided by the original cast - including Tom Baker and Lalla Ward.
A digital download of the serial will be released on 24th November with the disc releases following on 4th December.
Check out the trailer...
The updated serial will see the missing studio-based scenes recreated in animated form while the existing location footage will be used where available. Baker said, “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.”
Unfortunately, not everyone is too pleased with the news that the BBC have completed this serial - something that, let's be honest, was never unlikely following their previous restorations and recreations of missing episodes. Ian Levine who once recovered a huge cache of missing episodes had invested his own money in his own animated recreation - although he wasn't able to get Tom Baker involved in his project he had managed to attract the talents of co-star Lalla Ward.
Upon the discovering that the BBC had already completed their own version Levine said in a statement to Bleeding Cool, "After all my many years of help and service to the BBC, and them making obscene amounts of money from missing episodes which I either found, recovered, or saved for them, this is the biggest single obscene insult to my integrity. Knowing that I spent £41,000 on remaking Shada, money I could ill afford, as a labour of love, their callous slap in the face is the greatest insult of all time to a man who only ever tried to care and help. F-CK YOU BBC. F-CK YOU CHARLES NORTON."
You can get an idea of Levine was creating in this trailer from 2013...