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Shada was an audio release of an audio/webcast adaptation of the unaired Doctor Who story of the same name. It was adapted from Douglas Adams' original story and featured Paul McGann as the Eighth Doctor, Lalla Ward as Romana II and John Leeson as K9.
The Doctor has a spot of unfinished business. Reunited with his old friends Romana and K9, he answers a summons from Professor Chronotis, a retired Time Lord now living the academic life in a Cambridge college.
But the Doctor isn't the only visitor to Cambridge. Somewhere in the city is the sinister alien Skagra, who is intent on stealing an ancient and mysterious book brought to Earth by the Professor many years before.
What is Skagra's diabolical masterplan? And who or what is the mysterious Shada? To discover the truth, the Doctor and his friends must embark on a perilous journey that will take them from the cloisters of Cambridge to the farthest reaches of deep space, risking deadly encounters with a sentient spaceship, the monstrous Krargs, and an ancient Time Lord criminal called Salyavin. As the Doctor soon discovers, the fate of the universe hangs in the balance...
Written in 1979, the original production of Shada was halted by industrial action, and for many years the story remained unmade – until now. Featuring an all-star cast headed by Paul McGann, and boasting an unforgettable script by the great Douglas Adams, this legendary Doctor Who adventure is lost no more!
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- The Doctor - Paul McGann
- Romana - Lalla Ward
- K9 - John Leeson
- Professor Chronotis - James Fox
- Skagra - Andrew Sachs
- Chris Parsons - Sean Biggerstaff
- Clare Keightley - Susannah Harker
- Wilkin - Melvyn Hayes
- The Ship - Hannah Gordon
- Professor Caldera - Barnaby Edwards
- Constable - Stuart Crossman
- Think Tank Voice - Nicholas Pegg
- Cover Art by - Clayton Hickman
- Director - Nicholas Pegg
- Executive Producer - Martin Trickey, James Goss, Jacqueline Rayner
- Music - Russell Stone
- Producer - Gary Russell, Jason Haigh-Ellery
- Sound Design - Gareth Jenkins
- Written by - Douglas Adams
- The Worshipful and Ancient Law of Gallifrey is the key to Shada.
- Professor Chronotis removed the book from the Panopticon Archives to prevent anyone from remembering him.
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- K9 states that Skagra's home planet was the planet Dronid.
- The College of Cardinals is an institution made up of Time Lords.
- This is an extended release of Shada containing some lengthened scenes.
- Gary Russell effected alterations to accommodate the new format and style. He wrote a prologue explaining why it is the Eighth Doctor instead of the Fourth and Romana in this story (and making sense of the footage seen in the television story The Five Doctors). He also changed small scenes which would not work for audio (such as the punting scene and the scene of Skagra stealing the motorist's mind).
- This audio drama was recorded on 12 November, 13 November and 14 November 2002 at The Moat Studios.
- This is the first Eighth Doctor audio drama not to feature Charley Pollard.
- Clayton Hickman's cover art for this release models Romana II's appearance on a contemporary 2003 photo of Lalla Ward, the only departure to date from Big Finish's standard practice of modelling post-Warrior's-Gate appearances of Romana II on reference photos from Ward's original 1979-1981 tenure on the programme.
- When Skagra scans the Doctor's mind, audio clips are heard from AUDIO: Phantasmagoria, AUDIO: The Marian Conspiracy and AUDIO: The Fires of Vulcan, which feature the Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Doctors respectively.
- The Doctor recalls meeting Mary Shelley near Lake Geneva in Switzerland in June 1816. (AUDIO: Mary's Story)