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Published on September 12th, 2011 | by Andrew Reynolds

Shada: The Levine Remix

Shada – once the holy grail of Doctor Who episodes – is now something of a cottage industry.

For an episode whose run was curtailed by industrial action it has had an active afterlife: it has been adapted into abridged video only episodes, books, audio plays, ebooks and in 2012 a novelisation by current Who writer Gareth Roberts (The Lodger). Sadly, original writer and The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy creator Douglas Adams had refused to grant the novelisation rights to Target – making it one of only a handful of serials never to receive a print counterpart.

However according to Starburst Shada has now finally been ‘completed’ – only there’s a catch.

Using a combination of animation and voice over from the actors involved the once lost serial is now ready to be shown to the outside world.

Only you can’t see it.

The production is neither a BBC funded exercise nor even a venture from 2|entertain for a DVD release. The animation was a privately funded venture by record producer, Doctor Who fan and once continuity consultant on the show in the 80′s,  Ian Levine.

Now Levine isn’t Kazran Sardick (although their were rumours that the Abzorbaloff monster in the 2006′s Love & Monsters was modelled on Levine’s own position in fandom and he did once work with Take That) and he is hopeful that an agreement can be made to see this animated adventure released into the public domain.

So do we really need another version of Shada? Or would you like to see the Levine Remix?




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Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.

2 Responses to Shada: The Levine Remix

  1. avatar Paul AJ says:

    I think it’s brilliant that Ian Levine managed to get pretty much all the cast back together and finally get this great story completed. Am I right in thinking that Tom Baker didn’t get involved in this though ? Both he and Lalla Ward speak very respectfully of each other in the commentaries but I’m guessing that his absence was due to one of them wanting to remain at a tactful distance from the other and that this is the reason that the BBC/2entertain haven’t opted to co-fund and release the project as it’s missing the lead man.

    • As I understand it little of the recording took place in a group situation for this, and Tom’s part could easily be re-recorded by the man himself. Having being fortunate enough to hear a section of this, however, the chap who “does” the Fourth Doctor is very good, much better than Jon Culshaw… ;)

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