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Book Review – Shada

April 11th, 2012 by Paddy Comments


by Douglas Adams and Gareth Roberts

ANY Doctor Who fan worth their salt knows about Douglas Adams’ Shada. What was supposed to be the final instalment in the 17th series of the hugely popular show was never finished, with only 50 per cent filmed.
It’s been the subject of numerous projects be it animation or audio, but there has always been a feeling that those attempts to resurrect it were somewhat incomplete.
That is until now, the ever impressive Gareth Roberts has turned the script by the late, and most definitely great, author of The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy into one of the most enthralling Who novels in recent years.
The story, which will be familiar to most fans by now, centres on a meglomaniac called Skagra who is determined to use his new mind control technology to reach something or somewhere called Shada.
To say anymore would be the ruin the surprise of an adventure that has very personal implications for the Fourth Doctor, K9 and Romana.
Needless to say though there are plenty of twists along the way, and while it doesn’t always gel perfectly, reading very much like the six part TV adventure it was meant to be, Adams’ voice is very much to the fore with some outstanding dialogue and a lightness of touch that you’d expect from the great man.

Paddy Ryan

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Paddy Ryan, like Buck Rogers, is a man out of time. He's a loose cannon haunted by his past who, when he's not making painful attempts at humour, is busy watching as many geeky films and TV shows as possible. An avid reader, he has vowed one day to start that novel he's been talking about for years. Born in the late 70s, he's an 80s kid at heart who sees nothing wrong with spending hours upon hours watching season three of Robin Of Sherwood. Jason Connery wasn't that bad you know! He's got a million ideas for comic books but thankfully doesn't know anyone with the time to draw them and call his bluff on that one! The Empire Strikes Back is his favourite film, Doctor Who is his TV show of choice and when it comes to books ... well that's a whole other story! I'm Paddy Ryan and you're not...