The infamous unfinished 1979 story, featuring the Fourth Doctor and Romana, has been completed and will be released later this year on DVD and Blu-Ray combining the existing footage with new animation and voice overs from the original cast.
Shada, written by Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy author Douglas Adams, was originally set as the finale for the 17th season. However due to strike action at the BBC, only the location shots were completed, meaning the story was left unfinished until now. This isn’t the first release of the story, as it has previously been made available on Video and DVD with Tom Baker narrating the scenes that were never filmed, Big Finish released an adaptation of the story with the Eighth Doctor, and a book was released a few years ago which was written by Gareth Roberts.
This new release has been made by the same restoration team who produced the remastered, animated version of The Power of the Daleks.
“Shada was one of my favourite Doctor Who stories,” said Baker. “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.”