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Legacy DVD Shada / More that 30 years in The Tardis

Doctor Who Legacy (Shada) DVD

A double helping of ‘Doctor Who’ treasures. Never aired on television due to a strike in 1979, and never fully completed, the six-part adventure ‘Shada’ traces the chase to recover a powerful book, the Artifacts of Gallifrey, stolen from retired timelord Professor Chronotis (Denis Carey).

Skagra (Christopher Neame) is the evil despot responsible for this foul jiggery pokery. Original footage from this episode was used as the Fourth Doctor’s involvement in ‘The Five Doctors’, before it was reassembled, with an older and portlier Tom Baker narrating the missing gaps.

Also included is the BBC-produced documentary ‘More Than Thirty Years in the Tardis’, a compilation of clips spanning the first thirty years of the Doctor, including some never before seen on television, plus interviews with the many stars, writers, producers and designers.


The following features and quotes (via tv shows on dvd) are listed in addition to those shown below…

  • Shada – Flash version
  • Taken Out of Time
  • Now and Then
  • Strike! Strike! Strike!
  • Being a Girl Women in Doctor Who
  • Remembering Nicholas Courtney
  • Doctor Who Stories – Peter Purves
  • The Lambert Tapes – Part 1
  • Those Deadly Divas
  • Photo Galleries
  • Easter Egg
  • PDF materials: Radio Times Listings
  • Production Note Subtitles

New to DVD! Digitally remastered Doctor Who classic Shada! Written by Douglas Adams as his final contribution to Doctor Who, Shada was envisaged as a Time Lord story without a Gallifreyan setting. It sees the Doctor bringing Romana to present-day Earth to visit Professor Chronotis, an elderly Time Lord who absconded from Gallifrey and now lives a quiet academic life at St Cedd’s College in Cambridge.

Doctor Who Legacy (Shada) DVD (region one and Australian cover shown)

Shada and More that 30 years in The Tardis

Also seeking Chronotis is a scientist called Skagra who has a device, in the form of a floating sphere, with which he intends to steal the Professor’s mind and thereby learn the location of a book entitled The Worshipful and Ancient Law of Gallifrey. Skagra eventually succeeds in obtaining the book, which has been borrowed from the Professor’s study by a student named Chris Parsons. He then kidnaps Romana and hijacks the TARDIS.

Original VHS covers and information…

It was sixteen minute’s past five (Earth Time) on Saturday the 23rd November 1963, the day after the – assassination of President Kennedy, when Doctor Who first materialised on to BBC Television.

Squeezed in between the football results and the Telegoons, a legend was born’.

So, from humble flickering beginnings more than 30 years ago, began the eccentric Timelord’s crusade against evil. Now this fascinating documentary charts that remarkable career in time travel.

There are dozens of classic excerpts featuring all seven Doctors, clips from the wide-screen trailers of the two Dalek movies starring Peter Cushing, plus recently discovered material.

More than just a nostalgic birthday programme, unique documentary made specially, for BBC Video,

Archive gems

  • scenes from the missing 1965 Dalek episode DEVIL’S PLANET.
  • colour film of WILLIAM HARTNELL at a 1966 airshow, plus pictures from his own scrapbook.
  • Dalek creator TERRY NATION on WHICKER’S WORLD’ in 1968

Behind The Scenes

  • Action from the studio floor including CARNIVAL OF THE MONSTERS (1972), DEATH TO THE OALEKS (1973), THE CAVES OF ANDROZANI (1984), GHOSTLIGHT<1989)

Pure Nostalgia

  • BLUE PETER – the Doctor Who monster competition winners, the unveiling of the Who mobile
    and the War Machine.
  • NATIONWIDE – the TOM BAKER interview
  • Pebble Mill at One – interview with Patrick Troughton and visual effects designer Bernard Wilkie

More treasures from the cutting room floor

  • Battlefield – The Brigadier meets Ace for the first time
  • Sophie Aldred and the water tank stunt that went wrong
  • Remembrance of the Daleks – Is there more to the Doctor?

All this plus two exclusive Doctor Who commercial breaks, spoofs by CRACKER JACK and SPIKE MILLIGAN. candid moments and bloopers from across the years, specially shot interviews and an all star cast of favourite Doctors, assistants and of course, monsters.

An ultimate celebration of the world’s longest running science fiction TV series, this special BBC Video includes footage from Thirty yaers in the TARDIS, originally transmitted on 29 November 1993.


The long forgotten adventure destined to bring the Doctor face to face with the evil Skagra and his master plan for total omnipotence.
Recording of this 6 part adventure in 1979 was sadly never completed until now – with the aid of Tom Baker, Doctor No. 4.

Now all available filmed and recorded sequences are linked by his brilliant narration allowing BBC Video to unveil Shada in its entirety at last.

When one of the Artefacts of Gallifrey – a dangerous book dating back to the time of the all-powerful Rasillon – goes missing from his study, Cambridge professor and retired Timelord Dr. Chronotis calls in the aid of the Doctor and Romano.

The Doctor is very worried. Who knows what powers could be unleashed if the book falls into the wrong hands? Then the mysterious Skagra arrives armed with a thought-draining sphere and a scheme for one universal mind. But first he must get hold of the book…

This unique pack contains a video and a copy of the original scripts – a great addition to the wealth of Doctor Who titles on BBC Video.

Categorised under: Doctor Who DVDs, DVD



  • Esterath

    October 28th, 2012 - 2:00pm

    I read that Ian Levine is doing a all episode animation for The Dalek’s MAsterplan but isn’t showing it to any Whovians. MY god!

    • Anonymous

      October 28th, 2012 - 2:17pm

      Do you know how much animation costs?

    • danny

      October 28th, 2012 - 2:47pm

      its for copyright it cant be released. he has done lots of animations its on a dwo podcast

    • Gordon

      October 28th, 2012 - 11:53pm

      Which will probably be the reason why his version of shada will never get released

    • dr who 1999

      October 29th, 2012 - 6:29pm

      if he can spend all that money on animations,why cant he spend some money on copyright? i mean surly copyright must be cheaper than animation, and given that he is rich he could easily afford it, even if it is more expensive than animations.

    • Gordon

      October 29th, 2012 - 8:53pm

      The copyright is owned by the bbc. Not that easy

    • dr who 1999

      October 30th, 2012 - 1:43pm

      saying that yea, the BBC are very stubborn when it comes to things like that

    • Mr Zarbi

      November 2nd, 2012 - 9:02am

      Why is Levine making these animations and not showing it to anyone?

    • Gordon

      November 2nd, 2012 - 10:26am

      Because he wants them. He did do a couple of shada showings for a couple of fans that got to see it at his house He would like to have them released officialy but he never gets to because of various different reasons. Out of intrest in total levine has done about 40 different projects and the only official release was the planet of giants recon but that was because he hassled ed stradling till he let him do it and that was bbc worldwide funded.

  • Classic Who Is Cool

    October 26th, 2012 - 11:40am

    I Love the golden orange front cover, hopefully this will be the art work for the boxset 🙂

  • Esterath

    October 25th, 2012 - 9:46pm

    What are they actually doing for the missing scenes?

    • Gordon

      October 25th, 2012 - 9:52pm

      Its the tom naration that was on the 1992 vhs

    • Esterath

      October 28th, 2012 - 1:58pm

      Oh, so no animation or..?

    • Gordon

      October 28th, 2012 - 11:50pm

      No not animated. Pretty much This It does have the the animated paul mcgann version as an extra dvd rom feature

  • Mark Simmons

    October 25th, 2012 - 8:30pm

    Why on earth don’t the Beeb take on Ian Levine’s finished copy of Shada, give the man credit! And give the fans a completed version of Shada – it’s more than we deserve after the shoddy way the BBC wiped early episodes! Please please please. If you have to release this unfinished symphony of 70’s Who you could easily put together Ian’s version too. As a long long standing fan, it’s what I want! I have spent £££ on the BBC as so have many fans. Put your differences aside for a moment and do what’s right. Give us Shada!

    • Gordon

      October 25th, 2012 - 9:16pm

      I believe there is some legal issue involved that it cant be released as ian himsef addmited he did not clear rights etc first. Even though he offered it for free The problem is ians shada isnt perfect. Some work needs redoing (alegedly) which would cost the bbc money. Hiring tom to re do the tom scenes would not be cheap (8 grand alegidly) and getting mark ayres to redub the score would cost them as well. Can see it costing too much especially on the limited budget bbc worldwide alocates


    October 25th, 2012 - 3:03pm

    Destiny of the Daleks (1979) is in my opinion a very good Dr.Who story from the Tom Baker era. Especially as it was a Sequel to Genesis of the Daleks made in 1975. This was also the first story to feature Romana Mk 2.

  • matparks08

    October 23rd, 2012 - 12:31pm

    Just seen the trailer for this box set, and i must be honest, all the fawning over Shada….it was going to be the best story ever, etc etc – tagged on a season that includes the appaling Horns of Nimon, Nightmare of Eden, and disappointing Destiny of the Daleks, and from memories of watching the video years ago – I find it a bit hard to believe really. I hope to be corrected when the dvd comes out, but until then i’ll be sceptical…at least that season did have City of Death!

    • booboo

      October 23rd, 2012 - 12:39pm

      cant understand why BBC worldwide dont promote these trailer themselves

    • Gordon

      October 23rd, 2012 - 1:09pm

      I think if it was finished in 1979 it would have been remembered as the 2nd best story of that season. Not as good as city of death. Douglas adams himself wasnt much of a fan of shada saying people will most likely remember it as spmething thaat was a couple of eps too long

    • James

      October 24th, 2012 - 6:12am

      I rather liked Destiny of the Daleks the story was good but yes season 17 was a bit dodgy and for the last story to be unfinished is rather a shame. I’m looking forward to this release for the extras and the narration l’ve never watched Shada before (VHS Version) and the documentary with Tom will be Great!

    • McGann is the Doctor

      October 24th, 2012 - 10:10am

      Destiny of the Daleks and Creature from the pit are two of the most enjoyable tom baker stories EVER.

      They had good intriguing stories, albeit Davros and the green phallus weren’t the best portrayal, but the imagination in the stories was great, not to mention Tom Baker was on fine form ! ❗

      As for City of Death, most overrated story ever. OOH ! It’s in paris ! 😛

    • matparks08

      October 24th, 2012 - 2:09pm

      McGann is the Doctor , I didn’t say anything about Creature from the Pit as it’s my ‘guilty pleasure’ story 😈

    • Alzie

      October 24th, 2012 - 3:30pm

      At last!!! Someone else who doesn’t think that Shada would have been that excellent. I got the video when it was released and thought it only slightly better than the grainy copy before Tom got on it. I prefer DotD and CftP to CoD.

      Now, all that aside, I have to say the trailer for Shada and More Than 30 years in the TARDIS does look good – so pleased that Tom is in the documentary, I hope Lalla is as well. But lets be frank, season 17 wasn’t the best of years for Who and I doubt very much that Shada would be seen as being a classic.

    • Anonymous

      October 25th, 2012 - 11:31am

      where did you see this trialer?

    • Bring back Benton

      October 25th, 2012 - 1:25pm

      The trailer is on the Claws of Axos SE for the coming soon

    • Classic Who Is Cool

      October 26th, 2012 - 11:46am

      I love destiny of the daleks it is one of my fav classic episodes, beacuse it fetures the 4th doctor & romana, and i also think the horns of the nimmon & The nightmare of Eden are brilliant stories too 🙂

    • James

      October 27th, 2012 - 4:42am

      just finished watching Shada the VHS version on Dailymotion great story, even if i haven’t watched the animated Ian Levine version l think l would have prefered the vhs version on dvd and it should be a good release!

  • Some bloke

    October 22nd, 2012 - 8:06pm

    I’m eager to see what the ‘More than…’ cover looks like!!!

    • McGann is the Doctor

      October 24th, 2012 - 10:10am

      Vas is das ?

    • Some bloke

      October 25th, 2012 - 9:45am

      If you mean ‘What is this?’ then i mean , I wonder what the ‘More than 30 years in the TARDIS’ cover looks like, after all, the above dvd image is region one, where as region 2 will have seperate cases for ‘shada’ and ‘more than…’ and therefore different cover art

    • Some bloke

      October 25th, 2012 - 9:46am

      the americans wont get the ‘more than…’ cover art, cus they dont do the boxsets, only as singular releases.

  • danny

    October 22nd, 2012 - 5:38pm

    does it have 8th dr webcast on? is the missing bits animated?

    • Some bloke

      October 22nd, 2012 - 8:06pm

      No its as it was when it was released on video, and yes the McGann animated version is on here

    • Gordon

      October 23rd, 2012 - 12:17am

      The mcgann shada will be available on the dvd as a dvd rom feature only available via your computer

    • McGann is the Doctor

      October 24th, 2012 - 10:11am

      Really ?

      I’ve wanted to give that one a try.

    • dr who 1999

      October 24th, 2012 - 4:48pm

      it would have been better to put it with the other extras but i guess the disk space would be too small. at least I’ve got a laptop…

    • Gordon

      October 24th, 2012 - 9:47pm

      It would have needed an extra disc wich wasnt in their budget

    • dr who 1999

      October 24th, 2012 - 9:51pm

      Exactly, and a 4 disk set would be just a bit to much for one episode (shada) and a load of documentary’s and extras!

  • James

    October 22nd, 2012 - 12:14pm

    Great cover! Does anyone know who made this cover? and when do you think the cover for region 2 will be unveiled? Either way great story l suppose Shada is 2 disc and more than 30 years in the tardis is one disc

    • Gordon

      October 22nd, 2012 - 12:33pm

      It was clayton hickman who did the artwork

  • dr who 1999

    October 21st, 2012 - 7:31pm

    why is this called the legacy box then? it says it know where on the cover. i thought it would be an actual box set

    • Gordon

      October 22nd, 2012 - 9:18am

      Because that is the american cover. The uk will be in a box set

    • dr who 1999

      October 22nd, 2012 - 9:31am

      cool, i think the uk cover will probbaly be better

    • Some bloke

      October 22nd, 2012 - 10:29am

      The above cover design will be the same cover used on the uk ‘Shada’ cover, but there will be a different cover for ‘more than 30 years in the TARDIS’

    • dr who 1999

      October 22nd, 2012 - 12:03pm

      i get it now

  • AREA 52

    October 21st, 2012 - 10:02am

    I’m definitely going to buy this DVD when it comes out because I’ve got the audio and made my own cover so I’d love it if I could just watch the full episode although it’s a lost episode.


    October 20th, 2012 - 4:18pm

    I was not too impressed by the original release of this but I’ll be buying this version. I couldn’t miss out on those extras.

  • matparks08

    October 20th, 2012 - 4:17pm

    The cover looks good. This all takes me back 20 years nearly when 30 Years in the Tardis was on TV originally, it was very exciting because new Who had vanished from the schedules for at least 4 years by then, though we were content with repeats of Time meddler and Mind Robber on, i think, BBC 2. Some great (new) scenes in it like Sarah Jane under the influence of a Sontaran, and what happened to the Brigadier as he’s driven off by an Auton? As for Shada, i hope Tom Baker’s introduction (before the first episode) is also included, (cont.)

    • matparks08

      October 20th, 2012 - 4:18pm

      …..yeti….cyberman……gundan robot….. Krargs…….Krargs?? …(very loudly)…. SHADA!!!!!

  • Ross Campbell

    October 20th, 2012 - 1:34pm

    After reading the novel by Gareth Roberts I’m definatly getting this

  • Raggidy Man Goodbye

    October 20th, 2012 - 8:54am

    theres a couple of mistakes OALEKS & <1989)

    DALEKS & (1989)

  • gordon

    October 20th, 2012 - 12:05am Region 1 artwork

    • Anonymous

      October 20th, 2012 - 8:22am

      3 disc

    • Esterath

      October 20th, 2012 - 10:25am

      WOW! Cool cover!

    • Some bloke

      October 20th, 2012 - 10:50am

      i really hope the region 2 version wont be all in one case. I hope it is a BOX SET with one case holding shada and the other with more than 30 years in the TARDIS. (fingers crossed)

    • Gordon

      October 20th, 2012 - 1:14pm

      I hope it will be as im going to run out of space shortly

    • Some bloke

      October 20th, 2012 - 4:11pm

      see, thats where im fortunate to have plenty of space 🙂

    • Adipose333

      October 20th, 2012 - 6:15pm

      It will almost defiantly be two cases in region 2 as 1: K9 and Company was released in a case with The Invisible enemy and in R2 it was released seperatly and otherwise, why would they have the title ‘The Legacy Box’ without it being a box set

    • Some bloke

      October 20th, 2012 - 6:20pm

      thank you very much adipose333 for clearing that up, I completely forgot about the k9 tales box set. So that will definately mean they will be seperate. Phewww…

  • john smith

    October 19th, 2012 - 9:48pm

    how come the bbc is not completeing this story with animation

    • gordon

      October 19th, 2012 - 10:36pm

      The amount of animation required at the high standard required would be Too expensive.

    • MasterKasterborous

      October 19th, 2012 - 10:51pm

      An unofficial animation was created by Ian Levine and offered to the BBC for the DVD release but was turned down for a variety of reasons. It included many of the original cast but Tom Baker was not part of the production.


    October 19th, 2012 - 7:25pm

    It hasn,t said anything about the ‘inferno-special edition’ release date.

    • gordon

      October 19th, 2012 - 10:37pm

      Sure they will tell us later

    • The TARDIS

      October 20th, 2012 - 1:00pm

      Inferno? Special Edition? Wouldn’t have thought that needed one – it’s already got loads of special features!

    • Gordon

      October 20th, 2012 - 1:13pm

      Advancments in technology can give inferno much better picture quality

    • Mr Zarbi

      November 1st, 2012 - 8:01am

      Yes, it is awful.

  • oscarwho

    October 19th, 2012 - 9:34am

    just readed this in dwn 453 and i had shada once

  • Alzie

    October 19th, 2012 - 8:38am

    This looks like a darn good belated Christmas prezzie! It would be nice if both Tom and Lalla are involved somewhere on this DVD, though obviously it won’t be together. Is there a commentary as well?

    • gordon

      October 19th, 2012 - 11:31am

      None is listed in the extras and as its a mix of studio footage and tom naration which was recorded 13 years appart i doubt there will be

    • Anonymous

      October 19th, 2012 - 1:11pm

      damm bbc not thinking about the fans!

  • Anonymous

    October 18th, 2012 - 7:26pm

    will the ian levine animated version be on there and the paul magain version?

    • Some bloke

      October 18th, 2012 - 7:40pm

      I think they said no to ian levine’s version on the dvd, and i highly doubt that the McGann version would be on here

    • gordon

      October 18th, 2012 - 11:09pm

      Paul mcgann version will be there as an extra

    • Anonymous

      October 19th, 2012 - 8:07am

      why no ian levine i mean he did complet it

    • Some bloke

      October 19th, 2012 - 8:26am

      Oh so their calling the paul mcgann one, the ‘Flash Version’ I get it now

    • gordon

      October 19th, 2012 - 11:28am

      Ian completed it for his own private collection but couldnt come to an agreement with bbc worldwide despite offering it for free.

    • gordon

      October 19th, 2012 - 1:29pm

      Its not the bbcs fault. Dan hall and steve roberts tried their best to make the deal work but quality was an issue

    • gordon

      October 19th, 2012 - 10:39pm

      Here is what steve roberts had to say on the ian shada situation. We all went in to a meeting with the express intention of figuring out a way to make his version work for DVD, but finally had to give in to the huge commercial, legal and artistic pressures that were in the way. Nobody was being lazy and despite several people having legitimate axes to grind with IL for various reasons, everyone was trying to make it work. At the end of the day, Dan had to make the decision which was best for the range and best for the label.”

  • Doctor Who Crazy Ross

    October 18th, 2012 - 7:02pm

    Boo Boo, I was wondering. Have you got on your computer/laptop a full picture of the ‘Classic design’ without any writing or images on. THe blue one with the diamonds. If you have it could you please upload it as I want to make some top trumps.!


    October 18th, 2012 - 6:30pm

    Need to know if they will be keeping the updated special effects on ‘the ark in space’ release. Looking forward to the re-issue of the aztecs,especially with the missing ‘airlock’ episode.

    • gordon

      October 18th, 2012 - 11:06pm

      It will still have the same updated effects that was on the original dvd


      October 19th, 2012 - 11:19am



    October 18th, 2012 - 6:27pm

    Its a shame about shada being unfinished.Those damn BBC strikes. The kraag were one of the better late 70s monsters. We only see them briefly as well. I will buy.I,ve still got the blue script book from the vhs release thankfully.

  • Classic Who Is Cool

    October 18th, 2012 - 5:06pm

    Will definatley be getting this 😀

  • The TARDIS

    October 18th, 2012 - 3:43pm

    Great to finally see Shada on DVD. Will it be the BBCi animation, the video narrated release or a new animation filling in the gaps in what was filmed?

    • gordon

      October 18th, 2012 - 11:07pm

      Its the vhs version plus the bbci animation as an extra

  • Some bloke

    October 18th, 2012 - 2:54pm

    Its due a release on the 7th of january next year, with reign of terror released on the 28th of january.

    All the info is here at the bottom if this page

    • Blake

      October 18th, 2012 - 7:27pm

      What do u think the other special edition is, personally, just to annoy me, it will be the green death because I am getting it for christmas

    • Some bloke

      October 19th, 2012 - 8:25am

      possibly, though i wouldnt mind a special edition of pyramids of mars, or horror of fang rock.

    • The TARDIS

      October 19th, 2012 - 8:35am

      Pyramids of Mars doesn’t really need one, but I agree with Horror of Fang Rock – the special features on it were distinctly underwhelming.

    • Some bloke

      October 19th, 2012 - 8:43am

      fair point

    • dr who 1999

      October 19th, 2012 - 12:46pm

      its a blue ray edition of spearhead from space with Jon pertwee’s and Caroline Jon’s autobiography’s included.

    • Some bloke

      October 19th, 2012 - 4:52pm

      yeah but above i’ve posted a list which includes all ‘DVD’ releases not bluray.
      heres the bluray’s

    • dr who 1999

      October 19th, 2012 - 6:53pm

      so that’s not part of a re -visitation then?

    • Some bloke

      October 19th, 2012 - 7:06pm

      no its, just a normal blu-ray release, its the only classic story which will be released on bluray as all footage was all filmed on film, and therefore the only story possible for blu-ray. The 4th revisited story will probably be something like ‘horror of fang rock’ or something else. i hope its ‘horror’

    • dr who 1999

      October 19th, 2012 - 7:32pm

      i think the last revisit will be one of these:

      the dalek invasion of earth
      the vistilation
      the green death
      ghost light
      or horror of fang rock

    • Some bloke

      October 19th, 2012 - 7:35pm

      my thoughts exactly

  • Harold Saxon

    October 18th, 2012 - 2:09pm

    Cool,i’ve missed this,;long time since i saw that story or the docwho mentary,

  • The Casterline

    October 18th, 2012 - 1:43pm

    cool good to see shada on dvd

  • McGann is the Doctor

    October 18th, 2012 - 1:43pm

    Awesome, looking forward to finding out more.


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