Shada audio book
Read by Lalla Ward with John Leeson
£19.35 (10 CDs)
Review by Cameron K McEwan
I shan’t bore you with the much~repeated story about the production of the Series 17 finale, as you no doubt aware of the woeful tale, and its cancellation. If you don’t know, seek the information out (or wait for a cracking documentary on the forthcoming Shada DVD) but the bottom line, if I may use such a vulgar phrase, is that this was a Douglas Adams story that started filming and then stopped. Never completed.
It’s had a few productions in the past (a webcast and audio drama for example) but this particular release is the audiobook of the recent Gareth Roberts novelisation. The writer manages successfully not only to capture the mood of the series with The Fourth Doctor and The Second Romana but also apes Adams’ style with digital watch~grabbing accuracy. But, I’ll leave my praise for the writing for the book review.
Most disappointingly, Ward is not allowed the chance to voice K9 – step in John Leeson (the original tin dog). As he has proved over the years, Leeson always nails the pooch expertly.
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