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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.

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  • Doom Dalek

    December 28th, 2012 - 8:09pm

    I’m Gunna get this

  • drjakeyoung

    December 28th, 2012 - 12:23pm

    just pre orderd this and got 1st class postage, which means i should get it the day this comes out, the 7th January!

    • Gordon

      December 28th, 2012 - 12:30pm

      Depends on where you preorder it from. I find sometimes amazon dont actually post them till day of release and i dont actually get them till midweek. BBC shop is pretty good at getting them early on the saturday. are hit and miss (ambassadors came early but claws came the wednesday after release)

    • drjakeyoung

      December 28th, 2012 - 5:50pm

      i got it from amazon, and when i selected 1st class it said i would get it on the day it is released (1st January)

    • drjakeyoung

      December 28th, 2012 - 5:50pm

      i mean 7th January

  • Lachlan

    December 28th, 2012 - 11:21am

    not long to wait now!! 🙂

  • drjakeyoung

    December 27th, 2012 - 4:30pm

    pre-ordering this tomorrow morning, so happy 🙂 cant wait to pre-order reign of terror!

  • The Whofan101

    December 21st, 2012 - 7:33pm

    Just pre-ordered it, Bring on January!

  • dr who 1999

    December 21st, 2012 - 11:09am

    when i get enough money i will preorder this this too.

  • Cuddly Alzie

    December 20th, 2012 - 8:53am

    Thank goodness I’ve booked 7th January as a day’s annual leave. With all the extras on these DVDs this really is worth buying.

  • Dr in the TARDIS

    December 20th, 2012 - 3:59am

    Only just seen this one, looks amazing!!!!!!
    DEfinitely getting this!

    • Omega 73

      December 20th, 2012 - 8:06am

      Were will you guys put more then 30 years on your collection? At the back after the movie or at the front with an unearthly child?

    • dr who 1999

      December 20th, 2012 - 9:33am

      i will probably put it between survival and the movie

    • celestial toymaker

      December 20th, 2012 - 10:33am

      think of the year it was made it was made before the tv movie

    • Cuddly Alzie

      December 20th, 2012 - 1:01pm

      I’m with dr who 1999 and the celestial toymaker on this one.

    • WFK DVD Collector 12

      December 22nd, 2012 - 7:28am

      I normally put the spin offs, documentrys, ect at the very end of my collection then I put them into order of what years they were shown. E.g. K9 and company (1981) and then More Then 30 Years in the Tardis (1993).

  • dr who 1999

    December 19th, 2012 - 4:00pm

    has anyone else spotted that in TD,TW,ATW, the title sequence has been slightly altered. The MATT SMITH, and CLAIR SKINNER names are transparent, they also fade out instead of doing the swooshing affect. Also the doctor who logo fades in instead of suddenly appearing. just wanted to know if anyone else spotted this

    • Some bloke

      December 19th, 2012 - 5:28pm

      sorry what are do the acronyms stand for?

    • dr who 1999

      December 19th, 2012 - 6:34pm

      the doctor, the widow and the wardrobe

    • dr who 1999

      December 20th, 2012 - 11:40am

      omg, my gravitar works

  • Douglas Fir

    December 19th, 2012 - 1:53pm

    Won’t stop me buying but I hope the TARDIS image in the circle (next to the caption “The 1993 Anniversary Documentary”) is different on the spine as was hoping it would match the spine of the Lost in Time DVD set.

  • Lachlan

    December 18th, 2012 - 10:09pm

    Mixed feelings for More Than… Cover but considering l haven’t watched it and there is no where to watch it online l can’t exactly judge Shada Cover looks brilliant though and for me Shada will be what l want more in this Boxset.

  • Some bloke

    December 18th, 2012 - 8:47pm

    love the region 2 covers

  • Harold Saxon

    December 15th, 2012 - 10:07pm

    haven’t seen this since the 1990’s! should good as i remember.

  • Michael

    December 15th, 2012 - 4:15pm

    Yawn yawn yawn. Why on earth havnt they done anything other than slap on the old VHS version. Total laziness. Can’t even be bothered to watch that again totally ruined by keff mccullochs music.

    • gordon

      December 15th, 2012 - 11:29pm

      Hardly lazyness. There was possible plans to include ian levine’s animated version but for various different reasons (lack of clearance cost of getting tom involved to voice his part for the gaps, cost of score getting done in the gaps etc) was turned down. The main problem is getting clearance from the adams estate for a new version of shada is very expensive and would in all likelyhood price it well out of the price range of an affordable dvd.

    • gordon

      December 15th, 2012 - 11:40pm

      Also dan hall mentioned recently that a completed shada would be classified as creating new main feature content and creating new main feature content is the bbc’s remit not bbcworldwide who dan hall works for

    • McGann is the Doctor

      December 19th, 2012 - 12:42pm

      But didn’t they do it for the Invasion ?

    • gordon

      December 19th, 2012 - 1:07pm

      Thats totally different. Thats got a completed sountrack. Shada doesnt. Therefore that would involve creating new sountrack for the missing parts therefore creating new main feature content

  • Classic Who Is Cool

    December 14th, 2012 - 4:56pm

    Actually cant wait for this boxset !

  • Mumble5557 Productions

    December 13th, 2012 - 8:18pm

    I might just track dowm this box set

  • dr who 1999

    December 13th, 2012 - 7:34pm

    maybe the last classic box set

    • doctorpond393

      December 13th, 2012 - 8:24pm

      Why might it be the last classic boxset?

    • Anonymous

      December 13th, 2012 - 8:33pm

      by the end of next year they will have relesed all of the dr who dvds

    • celestial toymaker

      December 14th, 2012 - 8:33pm

      what will happen after they have released all the doctor who dvds

    • dr who 1999

      December 14th, 2012 - 10:42pm

      don’t know, release some new who DVDs and perhaps spend all their budget on animating some more lost episodes

  • MasterKasterborous

    December 12th, 2012 - 6:46pm

    Artwork for R2 releases of The Legacy Collection and The Reign Of Terror can be found in the latest DWM. There is a slight variation for the boxset art with no Romana but the Professor instead.

    • dr who 1999

      December 12th, 2012 - 7:27pm

      any chance someones put an image on the internet?

    • Some bloke

      December 12th, 2012 - 7:39pm

      not that i’ve seen yet

    • dr who 1999

      December 12th, 2012 - 7:41pm

      booboo will probably just upload an image when he has time (come to think of it, i haven’t seen booboo or Luke on here for a while)

    • booboo

      December 12th, 2012 - 7:59pm

      we are here but we can dont have the mag

    • dr who 1999

      December 12th, 2012 - 8:02pm

      that’s fine, ill just pop to the shops tomorrow and pick it up (also did you know series 7 part 2 is getting an April release date, it may as well be a new series!)

    • Some bloke

      December 12th, 2012 - 8:25pm

      @MasterKasterborous is there a picture of the indivdual covers for the legacy set, or is it just a picture of the box?

    • MasterKasterborous

      December 12th, 2012 - 10:52pm

      It’s just a picture of the box set I’m afraid.

    • gordon

      December 13th, 2012 - 12:55am

      Artwork for r1 versions of ark in space and aztecs

    • Lachlan

      December 13th, 2012 - 9:10am

      Thanks Gordon l’ve wanted to see the Ark in Space cover for awhile thanks for the link 🙂

    • dr who 1999

      December 13th, 2012 - 3:29pm

      on the Aztecs, why doesn’t it sat : THE AZTECS SPECIAL EDITION & GALAXY 4: considering you get the recons with it

    • dr who 1999

      December 13th, 2012 - 3:30pm

      meant to say “why doesn’t it say”

    • dr who 1999

      December 13th, 2012 - 6:49pm

      @MasterKasterborous, i thought you said there was no romana but the professor instead on the r2 version. but i can still see romana?

    • gordon

      December 13th, 2012 - 9:22pm

      It is because its an extra not part of the main featture

    • drwho1999

      December 13th, 2012 - 9:31pm

      hey gordon, how did you use your gravitar account to get an image, its just that i have my email address and i have uploaded an image on my gravitar but its not coming up on this website? do you know what to do?

  • Some bloke

    December 10th, 2012 - 5:17pm

    Listings for pre-orders of this, the reign of terror and the ark in space SE are now on for only £13.99 each!

  • James

    December 9th, 2012 - 10:14pm

    Are there plans at all for re-release of The Dalek Invasion of Earth and Earthshock? And has Dan Hall ever said what year doctor who dvd re-releases will stop from like 2006 or 2007 dvds at the latest (Claws of Axos 2006)

    • gordon

      December 10th, 2012 - 1:12am

      David banks has said he has done a commentary for earthshock but members of the restoration have no knowledge of a special edition of earthshock being planned or even being considered.(some think david was meaning a convention commentary).Not heard anything on DIOE but i tink its a fine release as it is. Dan hall hasnt given a cut off date but id expect inferno (june 2006) may be the point with possible exception of an often requested silver nemesis extended SE and dinos with ep1 in full colour if its possible in a few years time.

  • gordon

    December 8th, 2012 - 1:23am

    Doubtfull that power of the daleks or evil of the daleks will get a release as dan hall said animation for anything over 2 episodes will be extremely unlikely

  • gordon

    December 8th, 2012 - 12:50am

    Seeing as the only unreleased stories where footage exists are shada, reign of terror, galaxy 4 ep 3, ice warriors, terror of the zygons, mind of evil underwater menace ep 2 and Tenth planet the release of tenth planet cant be that far away. it will be out by november at the latest

  • gordon

    December 8th, 2012 - 12:36am

    It is more than a rumour (dan hall has already confirmed ice warriors is getting a release next year)and the fact the trailer has been passed by the bbfc means it should not be too far away. There is a good chance the trailer could appear on the aztecs SE which would mean it could possibly be released soon as april 1st.

  • Emperor Omega

    December 7th, 2012 - 11:04pm

    I hope not. I really want ‘The Tenth Planet’. I also hope the rumours about ‘The Ice Warriors’ being released next year is true.

    I doubt that we’d be seeing ‘Power of the Daleks’ or ‘The Evil of the Daleks’ anytime soon. Which is a pity, coz’ I have both of those stories on Audio CD & they’re really good.

  • Lachlan

    December 6th, 2012 - 4:35am

    So they’ve confirmed Visitation re-release that’s good l always thought the cover for that release was a little too simple but of course extras are more important. I wasn’t expecting any more releases from Davisons era so this is great l hope they don’t release too many Special Editions specifically from 2004 onwards cause l have a few like the Pyramids of Mars and The Green Death from then.

    • Lachlan

      December 6th, 2012 - 4:37am

      Also how is the Underwater Menace being release? I hope its an extra on the Ice Warriors like how Airlock was released

    • Blake

      December 6th, 2012 - 8:17am

      I believe that the underwater menace will have its own release by having the two missing episodes being animated

    • Lachlan

      December 8th, 2012 - 6:17am

      Oh if that’s the case they could do the moonbase and the crusade, They’re not planning to do anything like The Dalek’s Master Plan obviously but l never thought they would do anything after Reign of Terror.

    • gordon

      December 8th, 2012 - 8:36am

      Going by dan hall’s comments the anything over 2 eps missing will be extremely unlikely due to cost (the fact that galaxy 4 isnt getting animated and is only getting released as part of a recon and only as an extra is a telling sign that animation for 3 episodes is above their budget). Most you can expect is reign of terror, crusade, Mission to the unknown, tenth planet, underwater menace, moonbase and ice warriors but thats not a guarantee that all those will get animated releases

  • Prof Horner

    December 5th, 2012 - 7:48pm

    Great news about the ice warriors. I am pleased to see that the vistation is been re -released. I have always had a thing for Sarah Sutton.

  • Timelord Harry

    December 5th, 2012 - 6:51pm

    Ive got a feeling that the tenth planet will be the last one to be released

  • dr who 1999

    December 5th, 2012 - 5:55pm

    we are are getting a lot of news recently! its great 🙂

  • gordon

    December 5th, 2012 - 3:23pm

    Nothing else has been passed. Have heard rumours of animation for ice warriors but nothing official

  • Some bloke

    December 5th, 2012 - 3:11pm

    ice warriors could possibly be released after Aztecs SE/Galaxy 4, as there is a 2 month gap between that and Terror of the Zygons so…
    Has any one heard of any animation/reconstruction for the ice warriors?


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