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Doctor Who: Shada (2017)

The story revolves around the planet Shada, on which the Time Lords have constructed a high security prison for some of the Universe's most dangerous criminals. Skagra, a flawed genius from... See full summary »


Charles Norton


Douglas Adams




Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Baker ... The Doctor
Lalla Ward ... Romana (voice)
Christopher Neame ... Skagra (voice)
Daniel Hill ... Chris Parsons (voice)
Denis Carey Denis Carey ... Professor Chronotis (archive footage)
Victoria Burgoyne ... Clare Keightley (voice)
David Brierly ... K9 (voice) (archive footage)
Gerald Campion Gerald Campion ... Wilkin (archive footage)
Shirley Dixon ... The Ship (voice)
Derek Pollitt Derek Pollitt ... Caldera (archive footage)
James Coombes ... The Krargs (voice)
John Hallet John Hallet ... Police Constable (as John Hallett)
David Strong David Strong ... Man in Car (archive footage)
James Muir James Muir ... Fisherman (archive footage)
Derek Suthern Derek Suthern ... Krarg
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The story revolves around the planet Shada, on which the Time Lords have constructed a high security prison for some of the Universe's most dangerous criminals. Skagra, a flawed genius from the planet Dronoid, wishes to create a "Universal Mind" in which all the pooled knowledge of the universe's greatest criminals would be placed at his disposal and with which he intends to take control of the Universe. Skagra wants to go to Shada to extract the knowledge of the criminals who have been imprisoned there. Unfortunately for Skagra, knowledge of the location of Shada has been deliberately hidden by the Time Lords, but Skagra discovers that there is a Time Lord living on Earth in the twentieth century who may hold the key to its location. This Time Lord is masquerading as a professor at St. Cedd's College, Cambridge and calling himself Professor Chronotis. Sensing danger, Chronotis calls for the assistance of his old friend and protégé, the Doctor. The story climaxes in a battle for ... Written by Robert Gil

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Cambridge, 1979. An invisible spaceship. A mind-eating sphere. A crazed scientist. A retired Time Lord. A lost Gallifreyan artefact. An ancient prison planet. A race across the universe... See more »


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The Professor's name is Chronotis which is very appropriate since Chronos has an acient meaning which is 'Time'. See more »


When Chris Parsons and Romana are discussing that the professor isn't human, a boom mic is seen at the top of the frame over Chris. See more »


Chris Parsons: Where is this place?
The Doctor: How should I know?
Chris Parsons: Big, isn't it?
The Doctor: I wonder where everybody's got to?
Chris Parsons: I don't know.
The Doctor: Neither do I.
Chris Parsons: And I don't believe that we travelled hundreds of light years.
The Doctor: Why not?
Chris Parsons: You cannot travel faster than light. Einstein.
The Doctor: What? Do you understand Einstein?
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A rather enjoyable classic Who romp with Tom Baker in full flow.
5 January 2018 | by DoctorThotcerSee all my reviews

Firstly, this is a big update on the previously available version of this great lost 'masterpiece', including new model work, subtly polished effects, and a few newly filmed live action scenes, all joined together by pleasing digitally animated 'comic' style sections that fill in all the missing acted bits, which also serve to open up the settings far more than I'm sure the BBC would have been capable of achieving originally.

If we're being honest, the story itself isn't exactly the best ever, it plods a teeny bit in places and gets rather too silly in others, but overall it works and the dialogue is typical Douglas Adams in that there are many fun to and fros between the characters which keeps you entertained regardless, and there are lots of enjoyable moments that carry it along quite adequately with a twist and a turn at the end.

I enjoyed it tremendously, but any new classic Who is good Who when you're a fan, and it's worth it just for the delightful newly added live action scene right at the very end that will both delight and leave a lump in the throat of every whovian on the planet. It certainly did me.

Between that and the most campily dressed villain ever brought to screen (seriously, it's jaw dropping), I highly recommend a viewing.

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