Aussie Whovians will get to enjoy the reconstructed Shada on the big screen.
Sharmill Films and BBC Worldwide ANZ has announced that the upcoming animated version of ‘Shada’ will get a limited theatrical run in Australia on the 24th November. Details on participating cinemas can be found here.
The Fourth Doctor story, penned by legendary sci-fi writer Douglas Adams, was shut down mid-production back in 1979. Industrial action and a technician’s strike delayed the second block of studio filming. As a result, all that exists of the cancelled production is a mix of location filming in Cambridge and some studio scenes.
Numerous attempts to remake or complete the story over the years have failed to bring the full cast together. Until now, Tom Baker has declined to reprise the Fourth Doctor in any version of the story. However, he’s finally agreed to return alongside the surviving original cast for a production mixing animated segments with remastered original footage.
“Fans loved The Power of the Daleks,” said BBC Worldwide executive producer Paul Hembury. “So we’re delighted to be able to complete and bring them another lost Doctor Who classic.”
Baker said, “Shada was one of my favourite Doctor Who stories. I have many fond memories of shooting the location scenes in Cambridge, and it was disappointing not to finish the story in studio and I’m so glad that BBC Worldwide have found a way to bring fans a complete visual version.”