If you’re a fan of Gareth Roberts and Douglas Adams, loved the recent adaptation of Shada and have been longing for more, your dreams have been answered: Gareth Roberts is currently working on a novelisation of City of Death!
@TygerWhoCame2T Oh, I feel like blabbing … I'm writing City Of Death right now, should be out next year.
— Gareth Roberts (@OldRoberts953) October 2, 2013
The 1979 story – which pitted the Doctor and Romana against the time-splintered alien Scaroth of the Jagaroth whose presence on Earth shaped human history – had until now been, like Shada, a victim of Douglas Adams being unable to agree to and schedule an adaptation back in the Target days. But following the success of Shada, Roberts has once again (and deservedly, in our opinion) been handed the task of adapting the popular story which guest starred Julian Glover as Scaroth, Catherine Schell as Countess Scarlioni and Tom Chadbon as Duggan, with John Cleese and Eleanor Bron also making a comedy guest appearance with Tom Baker and Lalla Ward.
Often cited as one of the best serials of the show’s 50 years, we’ve still got to wait until 2014 to read it. Still, might as well pre-order Doctor Who: City of Death by Douglas Adams, adapted by Gareth Roberts from Amazon today, right?