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Skagra Lives! Or, Shada is coming!

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With all the fun of site creation and site fixing, I didn’t have time to mention this before. But can I just say Woo!! Hoo!! with added  :tigger: ?

Shada is the Great Lost Story of Doctor Who. Not a wiped 60s classic, but a never-completed six-parter from the glorious Tom Baker/Lalla Ward era. And it was written by Douglas Adams, which is enough reason to mourn its non-completion.

It’s been brought to semi-life before – there was an animated version with Paul McGann as the Doctor, and the finished bits were glued together with narration by Tom Baker into something you could sort of watch but was not really satisfying. Both of these appeared on DVD a while ago.

But now there’s some distinctly interesting news. A new complete version is ti be released, with a combination of remastering and animation. The original cast (yes, Tom!!!!) are back doing the voices for the animated bits, they’re working from the original scripts and it’s by the same people who did a good job of the last unexpected release, The Power of the Daleks.

As is usual these days, its first release will be as a download from 24 November, with round shiny things for us old traditionalists following on 4 December, so that’s my Christmas present to me sorted out.

Details and a sample bit of animation here:

Doctor Who TV report

Oh, and I think I’ll add one more  :tigger: for that.

Doctor Who Christmas Special: Details!

A trailer and some details have been released. First, here’s the trailer:

So, we have a title: Twice Upon a Time, and lots of snow, to keep the Christmassy vibe. As we knew, it features David Bradley doing his best to recreate William Hartnell’s First Doctor. As we didn’t know (and the naughty boy kept this quiet in a recent Doctor Who Magazine interview), it also features the ubiquitous and quite possibly indigenous Mark Gatiss as a First World War officer. And it features something going wrong with time, so having two Doctors might just come in handy.

But most of all, it includes Pearl Mackie as Bill, which I think is a Very Good Thing – as we last saw her having been transformed from being CyberBill, she had no idea if the Doctor had survived, and he had no idea that Heather (her slightly soggy girlfriend) had appeared and rescued her, so the two of them can get together and have a nice chat before he turns into someone slightly different…

Doctor Who: Oxygen

While I’m not planning to go into a lot of plot details, it’s likely that the random mutterings that follow will reveal some things you might prefer not to know if you haven’t seen the episode yet, so in my usual way, I’ll include this warning:

 

Here be spoilers!

No, really. Big fat honking spoilers. You have been warned.

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