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4.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who, 30 May 2003
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This review is from: Doctor Who - Shada [VHS] (VHS Tape)
The horns of nimon was orginally intended to be followed on transmission by another story -a concluding 6 parter entitled shada-but a recurrence of aindustrail dispute that had previosly caused difficulties during production of Invasion Of Time and The Armageddon Factor eventuallly led to its cancellation,even though extenive location filming in the Cambridge area and the first of its three planned stuido sessions had already been completed.
Written by Douglas Adams as his final contribution to Doctor who, Shada was envisaged as a time lord story without a Gallifreyan setting. It sees the Doctor bringing Romana to present day Earth to visit Professor Chronotis, an elderly time lord who absconded from Gallifrey and now lives a quiet acadenic life at St Cedd's Collegein Cambridge. Also seeking Chronotis is a sceintist called Skagra who has a device, in the form of a floating slhere, with which he intends to steal the professor's mind and thereby learn the location of a book entitled The Worshipful and Anceint Law of Gallifrey. Skagra eventually succeeds in obtaining the book, which had been borrowed from the Professor's study by a student named Chris Parsons. He then kidnaps Romana and hijacts the TARDIS, the book turns out to be the key to Shada, the ancient prison planet of the time lords. Skagra objective is to use his sphere on one of the inmates, Salyavin, whose unique mental powers he can then exploit to project his own mind into every other creature in the universe.
When the TADIS reaches Shada, however ,he discovers that Salyavin's cell is emtpy. After a number of close encounters the Krargs-Skagra's monstrous crystalline servents-the Doctor ,Chronotis and K9, along with Parsons and his friend Claire Keightley, arrive on Shada in Chronotis's TADIS, which has been disguised as his study. Chronotis admits that he is in fact Salyavin;he escaped from Shadacenturies ago and has been living on earth ever since. The doctor thwarts Skagra's plans by winning a mind battle against him.
Shada was formally droped from the seventeenth season in December 1979, it having become apparent that due to the backlog of chritmas specials waiting to be recorded there was no prospect of studio time being found for its completion. A number of attemps were subsequently made to remount it but these ultimately came to nothing ,and in june 1980 it was officially cancelled. A version of the story was eventually released on video in 1992 with Tom Baker providing a narration to cover the missing scenes
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Initial post: 4 Jun 2010 20:14:26 BDT
This review tells me nothing about the release itself, and serves to spoil things by revealing vital plot elements. Well done!!!

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Aug 2010 02:20:00 BDT
I agree. Seriously people who have seen things shouldn't spoil them for other people by telling them what happens! This was supposed to be a product review not a plot synopsis.

Posted on 14 Nov 2010 00:18:14 GMT
Super review,will we ever graced by a dvd release,a super Dr who story

Posted on 18 Jul 2011 09:49:09 BDT
Tell me, why have you plagarised large sections of this review from the story synopsis on the 'BBC Doctor Who Classic Episode guide' website? http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/classic/episodeguide/shada/detail.shtml. Write your own review instead you lazy fool
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