Often referred to as the ‘lost story’, Shada was never finished, due to an industrial dispute at the BBC. However, Gareth Roberts has finished Douglas Adams’ story, featuring the Fourth Doctor – and he’s done it with style, neatly tying in references to both the Classic and New series. The result is a CD audiobook that will appeal to Whovians from both camps.
Set partly in Cambridge and partly in outer space, Shada is one of the most eagerly-anticipated Doctor Who audiobooks for MP3 and CD. It tells the story of the evil Skagra searching for a book containing an ancient Gallifreyan secret. However, the book is in the possession of Professor Chronotis, a Time Lord living incognito on Earth. And who just happens to be a friend of the Doctor…
Roberts nattily weaves in references to New Who material, such as ‘fixed points in time’ and another Time Lord, The Corsair. He even manages to pop in some 21st Century references, bringing the story right up to date. By the time Lalla Ward (Romana) and John Leeson (K9) are let loose on the script, the story is so tight that it’s impossible to tell where Adams finishes and Roberts begins. A must for Who aficionados of all ages.