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Douglas Adams’ greatest Doctor Who adventure never told to get animated treatment

July 30th, 2017 by Marc Comments

Yes! As a massive fan of Douglas Adams and Doctor Who, this is great news!

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy writer, Adams, also did a fair amount of work on Doctor Who in the 80s, out of all that work, his best known is probably the one that never got made.

Adams wrote Shada for Tom Baker’s sixth season in 1980 and, despite filming beginning, ir t was never finished due to a strike at the BBC.

However, the script has been released as a novel and been adapted for Paul MGann’s Doctor by Big Finish audio adventures too and in other ways too. Interestingly, the Doctor being a College Professor in the most recent episodes was a clear nod to events in Shada.

The story by Adams was his last for Who and, at six parts, would have been his longest too.

Now it looks like it will be released as a complete animated adventure this November.

Harry Potter and Broadchurch actor Daniel Hill tweeted on June 27th of this year: “fantastic time recording for SHADA 2017” and then later “v exciting ready in November apparently”.

Hill played Chris Parsons in the original unfinished BBC production.

Well, this will be added to the Christmas ‘must have’ list, that’s for sure.

Source: Starburst

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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….