It’s not every day a lost Doctor Who gem like this pops up on YouTube, but when it happens, we want to share it, even it is nearly a year late!
Uploaded by YouTube user stanleylodge1908, on September 19, 2013, this is a piece of footage of Tom Baker and Lalla Ward on location shooting Shada, the uncompleted Douglas Adams serial. As stanleylodge1908 remarks:
I could kick myself! I had this footage on VHS which, yeaqrs ago, I transferred onto DVD.
I’ve taken it out to play and found that lots of my home made discs from the time will barely load! I’ve ‘rescued’ what I can of this footage but as you’ll see there are area’s of ‘digital damage’ and the occasional repeat of some footage as the DVD player struggled. I will endeavour to rescue & repair a better copy but for the meantime this is what it is I’m afraid …
So, while it isn’t perfect quality it does lend itself nicely to the “lost” status of Shada as something unique, dreamy and just out of reach.