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October 10th, 2017 18 comments

Doctor Who Shada Steelbook (2017)

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“Delicate matter, slightly. It’s about a book…”

Chris Parsons is happily engrossed in studying post-graduate physics at Cambridge, when one day he finds an old book, sitting on a dusty shelf in an ageing professor’s library. Written in a language nobody can read and made of a paper that can’t be torn, this is no ordinary book.

And when it enters his life, everything changes for young Chris Parsons.

Soon finding himself aboard an invisible space-ship, chased by monsters made of molten rock; aboard an alien prison on a distant planet and attacked by a horde of mind-control zombies. Chris also meets a strange man with a very long scarf who claims he can travel through time and space… in a police box.

It’s going to be a busy day for Chris Parsons.

  • Taken Out of Time (25′ 39″)
  • Now and Then (12′ 45″)
  • Strike, Strike, Strike! (27′ 50″)
  • Studio Sessions – 1979 (44′ 38″)
  • Dialogue Sessions (14′ 16″)
  • Model Filming (04′ 36″)
  • Deleted Scenes (01′ 22″)
  • Title Sequence Films (TBC)
  • Live Action Reference Footage (02′ 48″)
  • 1979 Gallery (04′ 50″)
  • 2017 Gallery (02′ 52)

An abandoned Doctor Who classic is brought to life. Starring Tom Baker and written by Douglas Adams, this is “Shada” for a modern audience, with footage upscaled to high definition, and incomplete footage now completed using high-quality animation.

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  • Harold Saxon

    October 17th, 2017 - 12:01am

    Do you think this is going to be as a feature length movie style or will be in the correct episodic format? I’m curious ! The run time is 1 hour 49 minutes !

  • nick r

    October 14th, 2017 - 1:27am

    “being a tom baker fan this be my Christmas treat looks good

  • skonnos

    October 11th, 2017 - 6:04pm

    Because you can never have TOO many copies of SHADA.

    Really though, I’ll be getting all 3 (DVD, BLU RAY & Steelbook)

    The completeist gene in my wouldn’t have it any other way.

  • Anonymous

    October 11th, 2017 - 4:19pm

    Does it contain Blu-Ray and a DVD Disc or just Blu- ray.

    • The Drums The Never Ending Drum Beat

      October 11th, 2017 - 9:08pm

      Just blu-ray

    • WFK DVD Collector 17

      October 15th, 2017 - 12:08pm

      With three discs I would think that disc 1 is the blu-ray, disc 2 is the DVD and disc 3 is maybe special features?

  • The Dalek Whovian

    October 10th, 2017 - 5:59pm


  • Grant

    October 10th, 2017 - 5:22pm

    £40 is a disgusting price for this. Especially when the blu ray is £25 so you’re literally paying £15 for a tin case. I never go for stealbooks anyway because of the price increase but this one is way overboard.

    • booboo

      October 10th, 2017 - 6:28pm

      Amazon always list with the highest price RRP then it usually drops before release , zavvi already have it for £30

    • Gareth Pugh

      October 10th, 2017 - 9:48pm

      Boo Boo is quite right, the price amazon first put things up for is very rarely what you actually end up paying, I wouldn’t worry about or even take the £40 tag too seriously, it’ll drop.

  • Peter

    October 10th, 2017 - 1:17pm

    The cover is marvellous and it’s nice we can now close the book on Shada. Here’s hoping something like The Daleks Master Plan is next though.

    • Anonymous

      October 10th, 2017 - 3:39pm

      It’s Shada, they’ll probably make yet another version in a few years.

      Somewhat ironically the story that was never made has now been remade more than any other story, I doubt they’ll stop.

  • Alex

    October 10th, 2017 - 6:59am

    I agree that this release is fundamentally pointless, at the same time I kinda get it. For a somewhat wider audience who really couldn’t care to read DW Fiction or listen to the audios (no matter how good the McGann version is), this does seem like a good way to do it. While I’m in favour of having other lost episodes be animated, at the same time….I mean Tom is really old. I mean, truthfully, there is only so much time available for him to dub the last unrecorded lines. So I’m okay with this happening, as long as next year we go right back to animating episodes from the first two eras.

    And the steelbook is kinda gorgeous.

    • MJS

      October 10th, 2017 - 12:58pm

      It’s kind of gorgeous but £40??? Even Power of the Daleks wasn’t that, and it had 4 discs

    • Cymon

      October 10th, 2017 - 5:21pm

      Zavvi are charging £30.00, so I expect Amazon will drop their price before release, they usually do

    • Tim M

      October 10th, 2017 - 5:50pm

      Indeed. £40 does sound a lot for a Doctor Who steelbook. Nevertheless I’ve pre-ordered one, and hope and expect the price to drop…otherwise spending money for Christmas will be tight.

    • WFK DVD Collector 17

      October 15th, 2017 - 12:09pm

      Just £24.99 on HMV with free delivery, just bagged my own copy!

  • Julius Russell

    October 10th, 2017 - 12:57am

    Even though this is kinda pointless, at least it gives us a chance for us Aussies to pick up Shada since the Legacy Collection is not available anymore here in Australia. Nevertheless, I will pick this up so I can actually have Shada in my collection.


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