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A 38 Year Old Unfinished 'Doctor Who' Episode Finally Gets Completed

27 November 2017

My real life was really rather drab compared with the life of Doctor Who when we were making it. "Doctor Who for me was an asylum and when I was in (it), in full flight, making silly suggestions or pulling amusing faces to make actors laugh, then I was happy".

"I loved doing Doctor Who, it was life to me".

The episode was partially filmed in 1979, but an engineering strike prevented the episode from being finished.

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By the time Tom Baker stepped into his iconic colorful scarf as the Fourth Doctor, this junking policy had been put to a stop.

Some 36 years since he last played the role, Tom Baker is stepping back into the Tardis to play Doctor Who again. That's because an abandoned story from 1979, which has gained legendary status over the years, is finally being completed using animation. Adams would only write two other episodes for Doctor Who, but "Shada" was always the "what could've been?" after filming for the episode was interrupted by an engineering strike.

Baker starred at the titular Time Lord from 1974 to 1981, and has returned to the role a number of times since, appearing in TV shorts, video games, and 50th anniversary episode "The Day of the Doctor".

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Almost four decades later, BBC Worldwide is set to release a new version of "Shada" that blends original footage with new color animations and voiceovers by OG cast members Baker and Lalla Ward (who played companion Romana II).

The story sees the Doctor with Romana, his companion played by Lalla Ward, working with a retired Time Lord to defeat Skagra, an inmate of the prison planet Shada, who seeks to discover secret information about the prison world.

However, it will include footage of Baker as he is today, filmed using 1970s cameras. "Doctor Who was more important than life to me - I used to dread the end of rehearsal...." The reimagined Shada is available for digital download in the United Kingdom and is soon available on DVD.

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A 38 Year Old Unfinished 'Doctor Who' Episode Finally Gets Completed