- By Gareth Roberts Douglas Adams

Doctor Who: Shada

  • Title: Doctor Who: Shada
  • Author: Gareth Roberts Douglas Adams
  • ISBN: 9781849903271
  • Page: 145
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Doctor Who Shada From the unique mind of Douglas Adams the legendary lost Doctor Who story has been completed at last by Gareth Roberts and narrated by Lalla Ward The Doctor s old friend and fellow Time Lord Professo

    From the unique mind of Douglas Adams, the legendary lost Doctor Who story has been completed at last by Gareth Roberts and narrated by Lalla Ward.The Doctor s old friend and fellow Time Lord Professor Chronotis has retired to Cambridge University where nobody will notice if he lives for centuries But now he needs help from the Doctor, Romana and K 9 When he left GalliFrom the unique mind of Douglas Adams, the legendary lost Doctor Who story has been completed at last by Gareth Roberts and narrated by Lalla Ward.The Doctor s old friend and fellow Time Lord Professor Chronotis has retired to Cambridge University where nobody will notice if he lives for centuries But now he needs help from the Doctor, Romana and K 9 When he left Gallifrey he took with him a few little souvenirs most of them are harmless But one of them is extremely dangerous.The Worshipful and Ancient Law of Gallifrey isn t a book for Time Tots It is one of the Artifacts, dating from the dark days of Rassilon It must not be allowed to fall into the wrong hands The sinister Skagra most definitely has the wrong hands He wants the book He wants to discover the truth behind Shada And he wants the Doctor s mindBased on the scripts for the original television series by the legendary Douglas Adams, Shada retells an adventure that never made it to the screen.

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    1. One of the best Doctor Who's novels that you'll ever read!WHOThe Doctor: The Fourth DoctorCompanions: Romana II & K-9WHERECambridge University, 1979WHATThe Fourth Doctor visits his good friend and also a Time Lord, the Professor Chronotis, on his office at Cambridge, responding to a message by him. However, first, Chronotis doesn't remember having to call them; second, he has a powerful and dangerous item with him; third, a crazy villain is after that item.At the age of five, Skagra decided [...]

    2. The Doctor and Romana receive a mysterious distress signal, leading them to Cambridge University, home of The Doctor's old friend and fellow Time Lord, Professor Chronotis. Chronotis inadvertantly lets a Time Lord artifact, a book entitled The Worshipful and Ancient Law of Gallifrey, pass into the hands of a clueless young student. Unfortunately, an egomanic called Skagra also has designs on the book and will do anything to get it. Can The Doctor find the book, stop Skagra's nefarious scheme, an [...]

    3. “The stranger looked between her and the spectrograph and seemed to come to a decision. He smiled suddenly and unexpectedly, with teeth like two rows of great gleaming tombstones. ‘Hello, I’m the Doctor,’ he said, extending a hand.”Dum-dum-dum-dum-dum-dum-dum (etc.)… Ooo-ee-ooo OooEEooo… oooooEEooooo… OoooEoooo… oooeEoooo… Du Du Du Du… Du Du Du Du…Sorry, I always get the urge to do that when I review a Doctor Who book (this is only my second one*, perhaps I can refrain fr [...]

    4. My most/all time favorite Doctor Who story No wonder it is written byDouglas Adams , realized it the first time I'd heard its BBC adaption and the post-production audios.Since I wasn't satisfied just listening to the audio, got myself a copy of the book. Its truly awesome. No matter how many times I'v read this onestopped counting after reading it the initial five times, it feels like a new story Every. Single. Time.c'est vraiment magnifique

    5. Okay, some coherent thoughts THIS BOOK WAS BRILLIANT. Nothing really struck me as boring, silly or un-Doctor-Who-ish. I laughed, I cheered, I was excited and most important, I felt I was in the middle of the action of the book.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. He [...]

    6. As a rule I don’t read Doctor Who novels. I enjoy (mostly) the new series, and I loved the old series when the PBS station in St. Louis aired them when I was a kid. When I was that kid, I got a three-in-one volume of the Fourth Doctor’s (my favorite’s) adventures written by Terry Nation from the Science Fiction Book Club, and I know (but can’t remember the titles) of a few other novelizations I read. I can’t say that I ever acquired a taste for them, however. Certainly not one that equ [...]

    7. nwhytevejournal/1924079ml[return][return][return]We've waited a long time for this, the lost novelisation of the lost Doctor Who story, brought to life from the final version of Adams' script by one of the best-placed of the current Who authors. And it is pretty damn good. Having watched both the 1992 video of the surviving parts of the original 1979 filming, and the webcast version with Paul McGann, and also read a previous fan-produced novelisation, the single most important thing about this n [...]

    8. "One thing I've learnt from being the Doctor's friend is that the universe is full of wonderful things, amazing opportunities. And you have to grab them with both hands. And hope they never end."Best. Doctor. Who. Book. EVER. For real and for true. This is the cherry on the top of the sundae, the warm blanket and hot mug of tea after a long wintry day, it is a wonderful and incredible book and I never wanted it to end!I did start out having high hopes for it, since I have listened to the Big Fin [...]

    9. Doctor Who and Douglas Adams, what's not to love? Gareth Roberts did a terrific job in cobbling together scripts that Douglas Adams wrote for a 6-part Doctor Who series into a witty and wonderful novel. Such fun!

    10. I don't mean to be crude here, but I'm going to be. Please look away if your sensibilities are easily insensibled.HOLY SHIT! A DOUGLAS ADAMS DOCTOR WHO THAT FEATURES REG? It's over. The world is over. Douglas Adams won. Reading this is actually going to be anti-climactic now.I now return you to your regularly scheduled post.Done!that was good. if you've read Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, this story will be a little familiar, but I still recommend it. aside from the Doctor, Reg and Ro [...]

    11. "Shada" is the name of a "Doctor Who" serial from 1980, written by Douglas Adams right around the time he was becoming famous for The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Shada is the novel that Gareth Roberts based on the "Shada" story, using the remains of what Adams wrote as a starting point. 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, which R [...]

    12. A Doctor Who serial that was never completed29 December 2012 I can't actually call this the famous lost episode of the original Doctor Who namely because there are actually a number of episodes that have been officially lost. While some have resurfaced over the years since the BBC went about destroying these episodes, there are still quite a number of them from the first and second Doctors that are missing and will probably never be found. This particular episode, though, was only half made and [...]

    13. Here's a fun bit of fluff: New-Who writer Gareth Roberts' novelization of Old-Who writer Douglas Adams' famous unfilmed screenplay that was axed by a strike at the BBC. As evidenced by Roberts' afterword, the novel Shada is an expansion and reworking of the original story into something a little grander and truer to the ideas that the late Adams was trying to squeeze by on limited 1980's TV production values.The result is something that's fun to read on a Sunday afternoon, but doesn't quite meas [...]

    14. This book always starts as an abandoned tv serial that never came to completion due to a strike. So one of Douglas Adams tales never got the treatment it deserves and was wanted by the fans of the show. And in a brilliant world he himself would have written this book but alas he did not and can no longer do it due to his being no longer among us living, as we like to call ourselvesADA the book as written by Gareth Roberts based upon Adams material is a hoot and then some.It is about a book that [...]

    15. For fans of the classic Doctor Who, Shada was a story of legend, even before this novelization. Written by Douglas Adams and intended to be a six part series for Tom Baker's fourth Doctor, the series was never finished because of a strike. Some of the footage shot for the series did eventually surface as part of The Five Doctors special.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 [...]

    16. Dire che sono una Whovian, chi mi conosce lo sa, è riduttivo. La mia conoscenza delle serie classiche non è buona: ho tutta la teoria ma mi manca la pratica, ovvero ho nozione di chi è cosa ma non ho visto le puntate. Tom Baker in ogni caso è un gran signore oggi che è un anziano vecchietto, e quando era un giovane quarantenne tutto occhi, tutto capelli, tutto sorrisone e tutta sciarpa, era anche splendido (sotto tanti aspetti, non parlo certo di estetica). Stiamo poi parlando di Douglas Ad [...]

    17. I don’t often read novels set in my favourite television or cinematic universe any more. I have fond memories of when I was much younger, and I had the time and freedom to virtually camp out in the library, of borrowing whatever Star Trek novels they happened to have available that day. After I became more comfortable with original SF and fantasy, I started to shy away from media tie-in novels. As I grew up and started to follow those television series with more interest, I found it difficult [...]

    18. Il connubio Douglas Adams e Doctor Who è il marchio di garanzia che non dovrebbe far esitare gli appassionati dell’uno o dell’altro, e soprattutto di entrambi, come sono anch’io.La genialità e la freschezza di Douglas Adams possono dirsi tagliati su misura per il personaggio del Dottore, per la sua personalità che mescola saggezza, irriverenza e un tocco di eccentricità.Mi sono avvicinato a Douglas Adams leggendo quello che è riconosciuto a buon diritto come il suo capolavoro, ovvero [...]

    19. In the past (thank you WGBH) I had the chance to watch Dr. Who. By the time I learned of it, the programme was more than a decade old and Tom Baker was taking over the role of the Doctor. I remember thinking that the whole concept was brilliant and ludicrous in roughly equal parts. Given its small budget, the often cheesy effects were tempered by the imagination of the writers and the fun that obviously was designed in. Dr. Who was a Children’s program yes, but one that did not pamper the audi [...]

    20. I am a die hard devoted Doctor Who fan. My father used to rock me to sleep with repeats of the Tom Baker years playing on PBS. I have read almost every hardback book written about the last three doctors (and if I haven't read them yet, they are probably piled up on my bookcases). When I saw that Gareth Roberts had completed Douglas Adams' Shada I was extremely interested and excited, and purchased it right then. Yes, you read right, Douglas Adams, Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy Adams. He was a [...]

    21. What can I sayDr Who meets The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. In all my years as a fan of both, I had no idea that Douglas Adams wrote any Dr Who episode. And now I find he wrote three. This on, Shada and two others being The Pirate Planet and City of Death. 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) was t [...]

    22. So when I first heard they were novelising Shada I couldn't think why. It seemed almost disrespectful to Douglas Adams and really who would be able to do it justice? Then I went and read some of the novels that Gareth Roberts had written about Doctor and Romana and knew he was exactly who should be doing this! This book was brilliant! It was hilarious. The characterisation was perfect. The first half was definitely my favourite. All the jokes about Skagra looking like a disco queen were perfect. [...]

    23. If you are going to not film a Doctor Who story at least make from the pen of a second rate mind.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 v [...]

    24. İlk olarak 'Doctor Who' hakkında biraz bilgi vermeliyim, diziyi izlememiş olanlar için.Doktor, Gallifrey gezegeninden bir uzaylıdır -Zaman Lordudur- fakat insan görünümündedir. TARDIS denilen zaman makinesiyle, uzay ve zamanda seyahat etmektedir. Ayrıca yanında bir veya birden fazla yol arkadaşı olur. Rejenerasyon geçiren biridir Doktor. En ufak hücresine kadar yenilenir.Kitabı okurken ise adeta bir Doctor Who bölümü izler gibiydim. Zaman Leydisi olan Romana ile seyahat eden, [...]

    25. What a treat it was to listen to Lalla Ward give voice and character to this "lost" story of Shada. One additional star is awarded in the rating because of her narration. John Leeson also provides the voice of K-9, which adds even more fun.This novelization proves that Shada had the promise to become a true classic story from the golden age of Doctor Who. It's truly a shame that a strike at the BBC derailed what promised to be a unique and significant story in the canon of the Doctor Who univers [...]

    26. Bellissimo romanzo, il primo che leggo dove il protagonista è il mitico viaggiatore del tempo Doctor Who. Inizialmente nato come sceneggiatura per il finale di stagione del celeberrimo telefilm di fantascienza, per motivi di sciopero però le riprese furono interrotte. Lo stile di Adams si sente e se ancora non lo avete letto, oltre questo, vi straconsiglio Guida Galattica per gli autostoppisti. Geniale autore!

    27. Great book kept me guessing the whole time on the edge of my seat most of the time couldn't put it down once i began it the characterizations of the Doctor and Romana were perfect and interesting look at the history of timelords legends and into there nightmares and Gallifray most wanted

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