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2.0 out of 5 stars Α Conscious Effort to bring Ian Levine's version to the forefront...., 5 July 2013
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This review is from: Doctor Who: The Legacy Collection (Shada/More Than 30 Years In The TARDIS) [DVD] (DVD)
The product, such as it is, is a great way to obtain and archive "Shada" to your Doctor Who collection, a very neat way to update your VHS copy... however, 2|entertain is perfectly aware of the effort Ian Levine has put forth to bring the full Shada version to fruition, and the accolades that said version has received from fans and magazines that have been privileged enough to see it.

I honestly think its silly to deny this unique Doctor Who story to be released in its full form, despite the half that was never filmed being animated, because A) the thing was privately financed by Levine anyway, and its B)its done, which means they'll only have to distribute it. Furthermore, its a Tom Baker Doctor Who story, and one of the last serials that he did, AND Douglas Adams' swan song on the show, and one that got priority to realize, to the expense of other serials such as the rather awful Horns of Nimon.

I think BBC Entertainment and, more so, 2|entertain owe the fans the unique chance to release "Shada" in its full form and with no excuses. Release with bare-bones extras if need be, but release it. Because as it is, it'll always be frustrating a half-story that never got finished.
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Initial post: 16 Jul 2013 21:06:19 BDT
Last edited by the author on 10 Apr 2014 17:29:50 BDT
Mr G Turner says:
I absolutely agree with you, it is high time that every long-term Whovian do an on-line petition campaign on both Facebook and Twitter and demand that they release 'Shada' in its complete form to bring the Tom Baker's Doctor Who era to a fabulous conclusion. When I saw watching the documentary on how they CGI animated Episode 2 and 3 of 'The Ice Warriors', and when I saw the computer animators created a 3D realistic moving image of William Hartnell's head it's amazing that CGI has advanced through out the years, and Tom Baker, Lalla Ward, and the cast of 'Shada' could be done by using the same method.

Its a pity that someone from 2[Entertain to become so closed minded and put a stop to it being released. It could have been the high fee from the Douglas Adam's Estate or the animation wasn't up to scratch, but all long-term and new Doctor Who fans, please do an on-line petition campaign on social media websites to complete this unfinished 1979 epic released to its full glory.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Nov 2013 16:57:25 GMT
I agree with you. It's not closed-mindedness, though. It's greed. They want people to buy their version. 5 years from now they'll release the one you're talking about, for more money. Or they'll do it when Tom Baker dies, and then they'll have something "new" to hawk. Pure greed, and stupidity. That's the BBC. Otherwise we'd have no lost episodes to look for.
As for Tom Baker's era coming to a fabulous conclusion, it did. It's called "Logopolis".

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Nov 2013 21:33:19 GMT
Last edited by the author on 30 May 2014 21:14:11 BDT
Mr G Turner says:
I agree with you, I am pleased as punch that they have released the whole televised Doctor Who adventures of the Tom Baker era from 1974 to 1981, and I know that Logopolis was the last Doctor Who adventure with the legendary Tom Baker in the role of the 4th Doctor, but to me and other Whovians, I feel that his era is only 96% complete, and with more realistic CGI with live action (Acting Extras to portray the Main Cast in reproduced and replica costumes with blue masks for the realistic CGI animated faces to be added by using the same method as the Virgin Media advert with legendary runner Usain Bolt as members of his CGI family and Sir Richard Branson, and Human Timelord Prisioners on 'Shada' in matching late 1970s sci-fi prison outfits and 1970's style wigs (the same techniques as the re-vamp Star Wars Movies) minus the Dalek, Cyberman or Wirren in the mix of prisioners, blue screen and digital enhanced voice recording technology, 'Shada' could have been included in with all of the Fourth Doctor's adventures to mark the end of Tom Baker's penultimate season of Doctor Who (Season 17 from 1979 to 1980). In my opinion, a wasted and absolute lost opportunity.

When I was in Forbidden Planet, the shop assistant and a few customers agreed that they should re-create and re-construct 'Shada'. In three of my current reviews, I think all new and long-term Whovian should do an on-line campaign on Twitter and Facebook and demand that 'Shada' should be released fully completed, and sell it as a Special Edition DVD.
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