Shada (official novelisation)
 

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By:Gareth Roberts
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Note:Also available as an audio reading. Novelisation of the unfinished 1979 Tom Baker TV adventure, which as many fans know was written by the late Douglas Adams and half-filmed before being abandoned due to a BBC strike. Had been previously published as an "unofficial novelisation" by the New Zealand Fan Club, but never had a BBC-licenced adaptation for many years, due to Douglas Adams being unable to agree terms with publishers to write the novelisation (or allow another author to do so) before his untimely death in 2001.

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Edition: UK (hardback)
Released:  March 2012
Publisher:  BBC Books
ISBN:978-1-84990-327-1
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At the age of five, Skagra decided emphatically that God did not exist. This revelation tends to make most people in the universe who have it react in one of two ways — with relief or with despair. Only Skagra responded to it by thinking, 'Wait a second. That means there's a situation vacant.'

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From the unique mind of Douglas Adams, the legendary 'lost' Doctor Who story completed at last!

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 Artefacts, dating from the dark days of Rassilon. It must not be allowed to fall into the wrong hands. And 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 mind...

Based on the scripts for the original television series by the legendary Douglas Adams, Shada retells an adventure that never made it to the screen.

This epic 'lost' adventure from 1979 features the fourth Doctor and Romana as played by Tom Baker and Lalla Ward, written by Doctor Who's then script editor, Douglas Adams.

Douglas Adams was born in Cambridge in 1952, and was educated at Brentwood School, Essex and St John's College, Cambridge, where he read English. As well as writing all the different and conflicting versions of The Hitch Hiker's Guide To The Galaxy he has been responsible for Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul, and, with John Lloyd, The Meaning of Liff and The Deeper Meaning of Liff. In 1978-9, he worked as Script Editor on Doctor Who. He wrote three scripts for the programme - 'The Pirate Planet', 'City of Death' (under the name David Agnew), and 'Shada'. Douglas Adams died in May 2001.

Gareth Roberts was born in Chesham, Buckinghamshire in 1968. His scripts for Doctor Who on television include 'The Shakespeare Code' (2007), 'The Unicorn And The Wasp' (2008), 'The Lodger' (2010) and 'Closing Time' (2011), and he has also written many scripts for the spin-off series The Sarah Jane Adventures, as well as scripts for programmes as diverse as Emmerdale and Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased). He has written nine previous original Doctor Who novels, and lives in West London.

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Edition: US (hardback)
Released:  June 2012
Publisher:  Ace Books
ISBN:978-0-425-25998-6
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Based on the scripts for the original television series written by Douglas Adams, the legendary author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Shada tells the lost adventure of Doctor Who that never made it to the screen.

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From the unique mind of Douglas Adams, legendary author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, comes Shada, a Doctor Who story scripted for the television series Doctor Who but never produced — and now transformed into an original novel...

A little knowledge is a dangerous thing. Imagine how dangerous a LOT of knowledge is...

The Doctor's old friend and fellow Time Lord, Professor Chronotis, has retired to Cambridge University, where among the other doddering old professors nobody will notice if he lives for centuries. He took with him a few little souvenirs — harmless things really. But among them, carelessly, he took The Worshipful and Ancient Law of Gallifrey. Even more carelessly, he has loaned this immensely powerful book to clueless graduate student Chris Parsons, who intends to use it to impress girls. The Worshipful and Ancient Law is among the most dangerous artifacts in the universe; it cannot be allowed to fall into the wrong hands.

The hands of the sinister Time Lord Skagra are unquestionably the wrongest ones possible. Skagra is a sadist and an egomaniac bent of universal domination. Having misguessed the state of fashion on Earth, he also wears terrible platform shoes. He is on his way to Cambridge. He wants the book. And he wants the Doctor...

Douglas Adams was born in Cambridge in 1952 and was educated at Brentwood School, Essex, and St John's College, Cambridge, where he read English. As well as writing all the different conflicting versions of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, he was responsible for Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul, and, with John Lloyd, The Meaning of Liff and The Deeper Meaning of Liff. From 1978-79, he worked as Script Editor on Doctor Who. He wrote three scripts for the show: "The Pirate Planet," "City of Death" (under the name David Agnew), and "Shada." Adams died in May 2001.

Gareth Roberts was born in Chesham, Buckinghamshire, in 1968. His scripts for Doctor Who on television include "The Shakespeare Code," "The Unicorn and the Wasp," "The Lodger," and "Closing Time." He has also written many scripts for the spin-off series The Sarah Jane Adventures, as well as scripts for such television shows as Emmerdale and Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased). He has written nine previous Doctor Who novels and lives in West London.

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Edition: UK (large print hardback)
Released:  January 2013
Publisher:  Windsor Paragon
ISBN:978-1-4713-1349-3
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Edition: UK (paperback)
Released:  January 2013
Publisher:  BBC Books
ISBN:978-1-84990-328-8
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'A delight' — SFX

Inside this book is another book — the strangest, most important and most dangerous book in the entire universe.

The Worshipful and Ancient Law of Gallifrey wields enormous power. It must not be allowed to fall into the wrong hands.

Skagra — who believes he should be God and permits himself only two smiles per day — most definitely has the wrong hands.

Beware Skagra

Beware the Sphere

Beware Shada

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Edition: UK (large print paperback)
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ISBN:978-1-4713-1348-6
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Edition: Italy (paperback)
Released:  October 2013
Publisher:  Mondadori
ISBN:978-88-04-63335-8
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Oltre 700 episodi, 33 anni di programmazione: "Doctor Who" è la serie televisiva dei record, la più longeva saga fantascientifica di sempre. In queste pagine, lo scrittore di culto Douglas Adams ci regala un'avventura inedita, mai portata sullo schermo né tradotta in italiano.
Il Signore del Tempo professor Chronotis, vecchio amico del Dottore, si è ritirato all'università di Cambridge, dove nessuno si accorgerà mai che egli vive da secoli. Ma adesso ha bisogno dell'aiuto del Dottore, della sua giovane assistente Romana e di K-9, il suo fedele computer a forma di cane. Lasciando Gallifrey, il pianeta d'origine della potente specie dei Signori del Tempo, infatti, ha portato con sé alcuni souvenir, per lo più innocui. Ma ce n'è uno molto, molto pericoloso, L'antico e venerabile codice di Gallifrey, uno dei Potenti Artefatti, risalenti ai giorni oscuri di Rassilon: un libro che assolutamente non deve cadere nelle mani sbagliate. E quelle del sinistro Skagra sono le più sbagliate che si possano immaginare. Perché lui vuole quel libro, a tutti i costi. Vuole che il professore gli sveli la verità nascosta dietro Shada, il misterioso pianeta-prigione dove vengono rinchiusi i criminali che tentano di conquistate l'universo. E si dà il caso che la conquista dell'universo è proprio il progetto di vita cui Skagra ha deciso di dedicarsi...

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Edition: France (hardback)
Released:  November 2013
Publisher:  Milady
ISBN:978-2-8112-0925-4
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Edition: Hungary (paperback)
Released:  November 2013
Publisher:  Gabo
ISBN:978-963-689-716-1
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ISBN:978-0-425-26116-3
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From the unique mind of Douglas Adams, legendary author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, comes Shada, a story scripted for the television series Doctor Who but never produced — and now transformed into an original novel...

A little knowledge is a dangerous thing. Imagine how dangerous a LOT of knowledge is...

The Doctor's old friend and fellow Time Lord, Professor Chronotis, has retired to Cambridge University, where among the other doddering old professors nobody will notice if he lives for centuries. He took with him a few little souvenirs — harmless things really. But among them, carelessly, he took The Worshipful and Ancient Law of Gallifrey. Even more carelessly, he has loaned this immensely powerful book to the clueless graduate student Chris Parsons, who intends to use it to impress girls. The Worshipful and Ancient Law is among the most dangerous artifacts in the universe; it cannot be allowed to fall into the wrong hands.

The hands of the sinister Skagra are unquestionably the wrongest ones possible. Skagra is a sadist and an egomaniac bent on universal domination. Having misguessed the state of fashion on Earth, he also wears terrible platform shoes. He is on his way to Cambridge. He wants the book. And he wants the Doctor...

'(Shada is) a respectful, even loving adaptation of the original scripts, and Roberts takes pains to try to re-create the spirit of the Adams era of Doctor Who.' — The A.V. Club

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Edition: Brazil (paperback)
Released:  February 2014
Publisher:  Suma de Letras
ISBN:978-85-8105-199-4
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Vista e cultuada em mais de duzentos países, a série de TV Doctor Who é um ícone cultural britânico que conquistou mais de 70 milhões de fãs em cinquenta anos de aventura.

O seriado acompanha o Doutor: um viajante misterioso, vindo do planeta Gallifrey, movido pelo desejo de explorar todos os cantos do tempo e do espaço. Um dos Senhores do Tempo, o Doutor é capaz de se regenerar para escapar da morte, mudando de corpo, rosto e personalidade. Com seus companheiros, humanos e alienígenas, ele protege a Terra e o cosmos contra perigos de todos os tipos.

Shada reconta um episódio que nunca foi transposto para as telas de televisão, uma aventura "perdida" de 1979. Escrita pelo então editor de roteiros da série, Douglas Adams, o autor de O guia do mochileiro das galáxias, Shada traz a quarta encarnação do Doutor e sua companheira Romana II.

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Edition: Turkey (paperback)
Released:  March 2014
Publisher:  Ithaki Yayinlari
ISBN:978-605-375-358-2
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Edition: China (paperback)
Released:  August 2014
Publisher:  Shanghai Translation Publishing House
ISBN:978-7-5327-6725-0
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Note:  To the best of my knowledge, this is the first Doctor Who book to be translated into Chinese.

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Edition: Germany (paperback)
Released:  November 2014
Publisher:  Cross Cult
ISBN:978-3-86425-444-4
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Edition: Czech Republic (hardback)
Released:  March 2016
Publisher:  Argo
ISBN:978-80-257-1733-2
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Edition: Russia (hardback)
Title:  Доктор Кто. Шада
Released:  May 2016
Publisher:  AST
ISBN:978-5-17-093967-1
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