a real world point of view
|Main setting:||Cambridge, England, 1979 |
Skagra's Command Station, 1979
|Release date:||15 March 2012|
|Doctor Who novelizations|
|Doctor Who and the Horns of Nimon||Doctor Who and the Leisure Hive|
Publisher's summary Edit
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.'
(inside front cover)
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 K9. 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. 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.
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 is one of the artefacts, dating from dark days of Rassilon. It wields enormous power, and 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.
- Fourth Doctor
- Professor Chronotis
- Chris Parsons
- Clare Keightley
- David Taylor
- Romana recalls Zetar, another evil renegade Time Lord who, like Morbius, was executed by vaporisation.
- None of Douglas Adams's three Doctor Who stories have previously appeared in book form for a variety of legal reasons.
- Although Douglas Adams had said he would like to novelise his other two Doctor Who stories, The Pirate Planet and City of Death, when he had "run out of things to do" and didn't want another author writing them, as far as he was concerned Shada would never see print as he felt it was "just not up to much".
- This is the first official novelisation of Shada.
- This story was also released as an ebook available from the Amazon Kindle store.
Author Gareth Roberts inserted a few references to earlier and later Doctor Who stories in this novelisation. These include:
- Chronotis is resurrected in part because Clare places his TARDIS in a temporal orbit. (TV: Doctor Who)
- One of the prisoners in Shada, Scintilla, was sentenced for "conspiring with Carrionites". (TV: The Shakespeare Code) She is referred to as the "greatest of the visionaries". (TV: The End of Time)
- Romana also refers to the member of the Sisterhood of Karn who is kidnapped by Skagra as a "visionary". (TV: The End of Time)
- Reference is made to a fixed point in time. (TV: The Fires of Pompeii)
- When the TARDIS approaches Shada, Romana hypothesises that they are passing through a time lock. (TV: The End of Time)
- In a discussion of Time Lords who broke with traditional Gallifreyan inactivity, Romana and the Doctor mention the following Time Lords:
- Drax (TV: The Armageddon Factor)
- The Corsair (TV: The Doctor's Wife)
- The Master (TV: Terror of the Autons, et al.)
- The Rani (TV: The Mark of the Rani, Time and the Rani)
- Morbius (TV: The Brain of Morbius)
- The Meddling Monk (TV: The Time Meddler)
- The Interfering Nun (first mentioned in this novelisation)
- The Heresiarch of Drornid (first named as Cardinal Thorac in this novelisation)
- Subjatric (mentioned in the original scripts of Shada, but not explicitly identified there as a Time Lord)
- Rundgar (mentioned in the original scripts of Shada, but not explicitly identified there as a Time Lord)
- Earth is again referred to as a Level 5 planet. (TV: City of Death, The Eleventh Hour)
- Some of the previous episodes are viewed by Skagra as video-files. (TV: The Androids of Tara, The Power of Kroll, The Creature from the Pit)
- Skagra plans to take over the mightiest empires; Skaro, Telos and Sontar. (TV: The Daleks, The Tomb of the Cybermen, The Time Warrior)
- While in control of the Doctor's TARDIS, Skagra wonders if Romana is trying to reach the secondary console room. (TV: The Masque of Mandragora - The Invisible Enemy)
- When Skagra is captured by his ship, he is forced to watch all of the Doctor's adventures. The first video-file shows a policeman in the fog. (TV: An Unearthly Child)
- Skagra references Romana as being a part of the Prydonian Chapter. (TV: The Deadly Assassin)