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Book Review – Shada

April 11th, 2012 by Marc 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

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….