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Shada (webcast)

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Shada
8th Doctor Shada webcast
Doctor: Eighth Doctor
Companion(s): Romana II, K9
Main enemy: Skagra
Main setting:
Key crew
Writer:
Director: Nicholas Pegg
Producer: Gary Russell and Jason Haigh-Ellery
Animator: Lee Sullivan
Release details
Release number: 3
Premiere broadcast: 2 May 2003 - 6 June 2003
Format: 6 Episodes
Production code: BBCI-3
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Produced to mark the 40th anniversary of the Doctor Who franchise, Shada was a remounting of the television story of the same name, which was originally planned to end Season 17 in 1980, but abandoned before completion due to industrial action at the BBC. The original version featured Tom Baker's Fourth Doctor, but was rewritten to feature Paul McGann's Eighth Doctor, with Lalla Ward and John Leeson returning to voice Romana and K9 respectively with their own characters modified to coincide with the continuity established in the Big Finish Productions audio drama range and the Eighth Doctor Adventures book line.

Synopsis Edit

Where the Fourth Doctor left off, the Eighth Doctor comes to finish the job. With Romana and K9 by his side, they have to stop the evil Skagra.

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Myths Edit

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Production errors Edit

  • Due to the limited animation in the webcast the character images are frequently mirrored, reversing details such as clothing and hairstyles.
  • Chronotis' smiling mouth frequently extends beyond the boundaries of his face.

Continuity Edit

  • This webcast attempts to fill in the holes left by the unfinished serial 'Shada'. The Eighth Doctor recalls only the early events of the story. This would suggest that due to the events of TV: The Five Doctors, the fourth Doctor and Romana were left with partial amnesia and the adventure was prevented from concluding the first time around. Romana says she remembers being in stasis for a time, while K-9 states that the Doctor and Romana had left him alone for approximately two hours before returning and abruptly changing destination to Brighton, suggesting that TV: The Leisure Hive takes place immediately after the aborted events of the original Shada and the Doctor and Romana's abduction in The Five Doctors.
  • Romana is Lord President of Gallifrey. This is in keeping with her character's continuity as featured at the time in the various Big Finish audios and Eighth Doctor Adventures novels in which she had appeared in recent years. This adventure happens after her years of imprisonment by the Daleks (AUDIO: The Apocalypse Element). She is illustrated in Shada looking somewhat more mature than the image used to represent her on the cover of The Apocalypse Element. She has never met the Eighth Doctor before, as she remarks on his new body.
  • The Doctor mentions meeting Mary Shelley on Lake Geneva. (AUDIO: Mary's Story) In fact, he says that "Chronotis and I" spent a weekend with Mary Shelley and Lord Byron there; since Chronotis is not present in Mary's Story one must presume that the Doctor and Mary met Chronotis near Lake Geneva in another visit (perhaps when the Doctor returned her to her normal timeline).
  • The Doctor mentions events from when he and Romana previously travelled together, including collecting the Key to Time (TV: The Ribos Operation-The Armageddon Factor) and defacing da Vinci's artwork. (TV: City of Death)

CD and other releases Edit

  • Big Finish released an extended release on CD; see Shada (audio story) for more information.
  • The webcast was included on the 2013 DVD release of the reconstructed TV version of Shada. However, due to resolution limitations, rather than being included as a TV-playable feature, the webcast is accessible via the disc's DVD-R function, with a browser-based viewer supplied for both Mac and PC.

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