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Published on January 27th, 2012 | by Andrew Reynolds

Recording the Shada Audiobook

On what kind of job could you conceivably spend your time recording one of the most eagerly anticipated releases of 2012 with Doctor Who royalty – taking tea breaks to chat about life, the universe and Doctor Who lore – and then head off for a pub lunch with Professor Richard Dawkins where you end up discussing just what sound does a Giraffe make?

Well if you’re Neil Gardner, that was the weekend that Shada – the 2012 Gareth Roberts (Closing Time) adaptation of Douglas Adams’ (City of Death) ‘lost’ serial – was recorded for an audiobook release and he’s been kind enough to share his experiences producing this tale with Regent Times.

Ever the fan boy Neil can’t help but get excited at the prospect of both making his mark on Doctor Who history and recording with the one and only Lady Romana herself, Lalla Ward:

“The next email arrived from AudioGO and you had to pick my jaw up off the floor. The reader was going to be, none other than the Lady Romana herself… LALLA WARD! Aaarggh, uurgh, oooooh. Lalla Ward… alongside Lis Sladen, she was MY companion, and even more exciting she was the companion of MY Doctor. Well, blimey. This job was turning out to be better and better.”

Neil makes a fabulous guide for this trip into deepest, darkest Oxfordshire and the rest of the blog is well worth reading

Narrated by Lalla Ward, Shada, will also feature music by Simon Power as well as the voice of K-9 himself John Leeson and is set for release on March 15th – and you can order order from Amazon now for just £10.32!

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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.




One Response to Recording the Shada Audiobook

  1. Robert Markham says:

    Too bad. Can’t stand Lalla Ward. They should have done whatever it took to get Tom to read it instead. Then we could have put together an edited version from Tom’s reading, the shot footage and the Big Finish adapatation and gotten something close to the real thing.

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