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Starring: Tom Baker, Lalla Ward & David Brierley
By:Douglas Adams
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Editions:  UK UK (DVD) | UK UK (steelbook Blu-ray) | UK UK (Blu-ray) | Australia Australia (DVD) | Australia Australia (Blu-ray) | US US (DVD) | Australia Australia (2nd DVD) | Germany Germany (DVD) | Germany Germany (limited DVD)
Description:  Full DVD/Blu-ray release of the abandoned 1979 Fourth Doctor TV story Shada, combining all surviving footage with an animated reconstruction of the unfilmed scenes, voiced by the original cast.

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Edition: UK UK (DVD)
Released:  December 2017
Publisher:  BBC Video
Format: 2 x DVD
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Note:  This is the second DVD release of Shada: the first was as part of The Legacy Collection in 2013, which was a straight re-release of the 1992 VHS version (i.e. instead of animation, the gaps in the story were filled in by short linking scenes starring Tom Baker).

Cover blurb:
An abandoned classic now complete, with high-quality animation, original cast and mastered [sic] original footage!

“Delicate matter, slightly. It’s about a book..."

When Chris Parsons borrows a book from an elderly university professor, he is surprised to find it written in a strange alien language. He is even more surprised when the book is revealed to be not of this earth at all. Chris is about to enter a world of invisible space-ships, monsters made of molten rock and computers that can talk. He’ll also meet a man with a very long scarf who claims he can travel through time and space... in a police box.

SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Audio Commentary
  • Taken Out Of Time
  • Now And Then
  • Strike! Strike! Strike!
  • Studio Sessions (1979)
  • Dialogue Sessions
  • Studio Shoot (2017)
  • Model Effects Filming
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Title Sequence Film
  • Live Action Reference Footage
  • Gallery (1979 & 2017)
  • ROM Content
  • Digitally remastered picture and sound quality

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Edition: UK UK (steelbook Blu-ray)
Released:  December 2017
Publisher:  BBC Video
Format: 3 x Blu-ray
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Note:  Contains an additional disc compared to the DVD edition, which includes a compilation of all the specially-filmed linking scenes from the 1992 VHS version of Shada, along with the 2003 animated webcast.

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"DELICATE MATTER, SLIGHTLY. IT’S ABOUT A BOOK..."

Chris Parsons is happily engrossed in studying post-graduate physics at Cambridge, when one day he finds an old book, sitting on a dusty shelf in an ageing professor’s library. Written in a language nobody can read and made of a paper that can’t be torn, this is no ordinary book. And when it enters his life, everything changes for young Chris Parsons.

Soon finding himself aboard an invisible space-ship, chased by monsters made of molten rock; aboard an alien prison on a distant planet and attacked by a horde of mind-control zombies, Chris also meets a strange man with a very long scarf who claims he can travel through time and space... in a police box. It’s going to be a busy day for Chris Parsons.

DISC 1:

  • FEATURE + AUDIO COMMENTARY

DISC 2 EXTRAS:

  • TAKEN OUT OF TIME
  • NOW AND THEN
  • STRIKE! STRIKE! STRIKE!
  • STUDIO SESSIONS (1979)
  • DIALOGUE SESSIONS
  • STUDIO SHOOT (2017)
  • MODEL EFFECTS FILMING
  • DELETED SCENES
  • TITLE SEQUENCE FILM
  • LIVE ACTION REFERENCE FOOTAGE
  • 1979 GALLERY
  • 2017 GALLERY

DISC 2 EXTRAS:

  • SHADA 1992 VHS COMPILATION
  • SHADA 2003 SEQUEL WEBCAST

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Edition: UK UK (Blu-ray)
Released:  December 2017
Publisher:  BBC Video
Format: 2 x Blu-ray
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Cover blurb:
AN ABANDONED CLASSIC NOW COMPLETE, WITH HIGH-QUALITY ANIMATION, ORIGINAL CAST AND MASTERED [sic] ORIGINAL FOOTAGE!

"Delicate matter, slightly. It’s about a book..."

Chris Parsons is happily engrossed in studying post-graduate physics at Cambridge, when one day he finds an old book sitting on a dusty shelf in an ageing professor’s library. Written in a language nobody can read and made of a paper that can’t be torn, this is no ordinary book. And when it enters his life, everything changes for young Chris Parsons.

Chris soon finds himself aboard an invisible space-ship, chased by monsters made of molten rock; aboard an alien prison on a distant planet and attacked by a horde of mind-control zombies. Chris also meets a strange man with a very long scarf who claims he can travel through time and space... in a police box. It’s going to be a busy day for Chris Parsons.

SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Audio Commentary
  • Taken Out Of Time
  • Now And Then
  • Strike! Strike! Strike!
  • Studio Sessions (1979)
  • Dialogue Sessions
  • Studio Shoot (2017)
  • Model Effects Filming
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Title Sequence Film
  • Live Action Reference Footage
  • Gallery (1979 & 2017)
  • ROM Content

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Edition: Australia Australia (DVD)
Released:  January 2018
Publisher:  BBC Video
Format: 2 x DVD
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Edition: Australia Australia (Blu-ray)
Released:  January 2018
Publisher:  BBC Video
Format: 3 x Blu-ray
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Edition: US US (DVD)
Released:  September 2018
Publisher:  BBC Video
Format: 2 x DVD
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Note:  Originally announced for a January 2018 release date, but delayed for several months. For some reason, Amazon & other retailers list the date as Nov 6 — the September date is the one listed by BBC Shop.

Cover blurb:
For the first time ever, SHADA, starring Tom Baker and written by Douglas Adams (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency). is presented in a complete, finished version!

In 1979, SHADA was set to end the 17th season of Doctor Who, but midway through filming, a strike halted production and the adventure was abandoned. Now, SHADA will be seen at last in a new version combining remastered original footage with brand new animation, featuring newly-recorded voiceover from the original cast, including Tom Baker as the Doctor and Lalla Ward as Romana.

Everything changes for Cambridge physics student Chris Parsons one day when he finds an old book sitting on a dusty shelf in an eccentric professor’s office. Written in a language nobody can read and made of paper that can’t be torn, this is no ordinary book. Soon Chris finds himself aboard an invisible spaceship, chased by monsters made of molten rock, headed towards an alien prison on a distant planet called Shada. Chris also meets a strange man with a very long scarf who claims he can travel through time and space... in a police box. It’s going to be a busy day for Chris Parsons.

DVD EXTRAS INCLUDE:

  • 2003 Webcast Version starring Paul McGann and Lalla Ward
  • Audio Commentary
  • 2017 Studio Shoot Footage
  • Dialogue Sessions
  • Model Effects Filming
  • Title Sequence Film
  • Live Action Reference Footage
  • Original Raw Studio Footage
  • Taken Out of Time Why SHADA became the only Doctor Who story never to be completed
  • Strike! Strike! Strike Retrospective on how industrial action has impacted the series
  • Now & Then Location report
  • Photo Galleries (1979 & 2017)

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Edition: Australia Australia (2nd DVD)
Released:  April 2020
Publisher:  BBC Video
Format: 2 x DVD
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Note:  Reissued with the Jodie Whittaker logo — otherwise identical to the previous Australian DVD edition.

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Edition: Germany Germany (DVD)
Title:  Der Vierte Doktor: Shada
Released:  June 2022
Publisher:  Polyband
Format: 4 x DVD, 1 x Blu-ray
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Note:  Collector’s edition in “Mediabook” packaging.

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Edition: Germany Germany (limited DVD)
Title:  Der Vierte Doktor: Shada
Released:  June 2022
Publisher:  Polyband
Format: 4 x DVD, 1 x Blu-ray
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Note:  Limited special edition, also including a poster and photo card signed by Lalla Ward.

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