Okay, so it’s not the proper serial, but thanks to a strike in 1979, it’s a close as we’re ever going to get. The Legacy Collection boxset features the version of Shada originally presented on VHS in 1992, with linking narration by the Fourth Doctor himself, Tom Baker (in character).
It brings the quality up in line with all the other DVD releases, but if that’s not enough for you, it’s the bonus features that really make this set special.
Firstly, there’s the animated Flash version of Shada, starring Paul McGann’s Eighth Doctor, originally from the BBC’s website. It’s playable on PCs and Macs and really showcase the Douglas Adams-penned tale beautifully.
Taken Out of Time looks at the making of Shada – or some of it anyway! A whole host of cast and crew are there to reminisce, including: Tom Baker; director, Pennant Roberts; Daniel Hill, who played Chris Parsons; and production manager, Ralph Wilton. Obviously, they’ll touch upon why it never made it to air, but the main documentary about that is Strike! Strike! Strike!. James Goss, well-respected Doctor Who novelist and producer of the documentary told Doctor Who Magazine:
It’s easy to accept all those conspiracy theories that BBC Management decided to cancel Shada to shame the Unions. But Doctor Who simply wasn’t an important programme in those Union battles.
Of course, Shada isn’t the only reason to pick up The Legacy Collection: the superb documentary, More Than 30 Years in the TARDIS, is included too. The film, made as a celebration in 1993 and released on VHS a year later, helped keep the fire alive in those Wilderness Years. Commissioning editor, Dan Hall, said to DWM:
For many people, myself included, it really helped refuel a passion for the show.
There are also some lovely tributes to some much-missed legends of Doctor Who.
The Lambert Papers – Part One is an interview with Verity Lambert, the first producer of Doctor Who, from 2003, while Remembering Nicholas Courtney is a documentary about the life of the actor forever known as the Brigadier.
Other special features include Doctor Who Stories: Peter Purves; Being a Diva; and Being A Girl; as well as the usual photo galleries, PDF files, Now and Then location work and a Coming Soon trailer for The Reign of Terror.
The Legacy Collection, released on 7th January 2013, priced £20.42 (just £14.99 from Amazon), is a massive celebration of Doctor Who – to kick off the biggest year of the show’s history!