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December 13th, 2012 335 comments

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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  • Ian

    January 8th, 2013 - 10:25am

    Revisits confirmed for this year are:

    The Aztecs.
    Spearhead Blu Ray.
    Inferno is also due but no date yet.
    The Green Death.
    Ark in Space.
    The Visitation.

    • the man from outer space

      January 8th, 2013 - 12:26pm


    • Dalekdestoyer101

      September 7th, 2014 - 4:18pm

      They need to have a revisit for the claws of axos boy what a classic!


    January 7th, 2013 - 8:51pm

    What’s the easter egg on this?

    • Gordon

      January 7th, 2013 - 11:08pm

      I dont think there is any

    • dr who 1999

      January 8th, 2013 - 11:38am

      there are, on more than 30 years in the tardis disk, you press left on photo gallary

    • drjakeyoung

      January 8th, 2013 - 11:39am

      that was me


    January 7th, 2013 - 7:33pm

    Got this today at Tescos for £15 I was over the moon was expecting to pay at least £25 🙂

    • Jason Marshall

      February 11th, 2013 - 12:08pm

      I got mine in the most unlikely of places….CeX the usually second hand dvd, gaming and cd place…for …wait for it …..!!

      £12, I am so happy, this is half the price of hmv which are charging £24 or £25 for it.

  • drjakeyoung

    January 7th, 2013 - 4:43pm

    surprisingly good story, but its hard to follow tom bakers narration. The paul mcgann extra is a nice edition. Next release:the reign of terror

  • Cyberdevil

    January 7th, 2013 - 1:46pm

    Could you add Shada & MTTYITT to the DVD list please

  • Some bloke

    January 6th, 2013 - 5:05pm

    mine came on friday. Watched them both already. Its a shame, cus it seems like ‘more than…’ was a direct copy from video to dvd 🙁

    • Gordon

      January 6th, 2013 - 8:59pm

      Steve roberts said: ‘More Than Thirty Years in the TARDIS’ had no restoration, other than a simple automated DVNR pass. There was little point, where would we have stopped? I worked on that show and from a technical point of view it was exceptionally rough, with many generations of Betacam SP involved. Should we have rebuilt it from the rushes tapes, replaced every classic series shot with newly restored versions? We would have been there for months… This was a low budget release, as reflected in its price point

    • Some bloke

      January 7th, 2013 - 11:32am

      fair enough, but its still a wonderful dvd to own.

  • drjakeyoung

    January 5th, 2013 - 4:15pm

    my copy of this just turned up from

  • Gordon

    January 5th, 2013 - 10:15am

    my copy just turned up from bbc shop

  • matparks08

    January 4th, 2013 - 10:34pm

    The January release is always the most exciting as it kickstarts the releases after a few months break. We know some release, re-releases and specials are due, but has anyone got any idea what we can expect next january? Is everything going to be re-released again? I hope not. Not just for costs sake, but because it’d nice to think we have something complete. I suppose season box sets could be an option? Wondering what anybody has heard!

    • Gordon

      January 5th, 2013 - 9:31am

      Nobody yet knows what is happening next january. I supose they will announce what is happening when they are ready to tell.

  • Baba

    January 3rd, 2013 - 11:04pm

    I think it looks awesome! I think I may purchase it in the future!

  • drjakeyoung

    January 3rd, 2013 - 2:11pm

    the snowmen has been announced to be released with series 7 part 2

  • Lachlan

    January 2nd, 2013 - 12:55am

    In regards to the way Thirty Years in the Tardis is being released are there any ideas or plans going on for The Story of Doctor Who and other BBC Specials for Doctor Who to be released on DVD also Special TV features like Doctor Who Night 1999? l think some parts of these Specials have been released on DVD like The Comedy Sketch released on An Unearthly Child from Doctor Who Night

    • Gordon

      January 2nd, 2013 - 8:03am

      Not heard anything reguards story of doctor who but i have always thought it would make a good companion piece to put on the mark gattis biopic: An Adventure in Space and Time whenever that gets a dvd release but if it does or not ive got no idea

    • Mr Zarbi

      January 2nd, 2013 - 4:38pm

      Would like Dimensions in Time/Comic Relief Special out because the 7th doctor’s era isn’t really finished. Plus I think the 30 years in the tardis doctor logo should be the same as lost in time.

    • Gordon

      January 2nd, 2013 - 7:48pm

      Dimensions in time wont get a dvd release.Everybody involved in dit did it for free on the condition that it would be broadcast once and never be comercially released. Even if there was no legal issues in releasing The cost of restoration team getting access to dimensions in time from children in need is £56,000. Just not affordable for what would be an extra

    • Anonymous

      January 3rd, 2013 - 6:30pm

      The condition was that it would never be released commercially for profit.

      In theory they could get away with it if they sent the money to Children in Need (it would make sense as that was the original intended charity).

    • Gordon

      January 4th, 2013 - 12:43am Says

      This story was produced especially for Children in Need, and the cast and production crew gave their services free of charge on conditions laid down at the time by the actors’ union, equity.Dimensions would receive only one transmission and would never be exploited commercially in any way.

    • Gordon

      January 4th, 2013 - 1:55am

      Think that would include for charitable purposes as well. selling it to Raise money for children in need would involve making a profit out of it even if all of the profit goes to cin. that would still be classifing it as exploiting/ it for cash.

    • celestial toymaker

      January 5th, 2013 - 3:56pm

      will the box art be the one with professor chronotis on when it is released

    • Blake

      January 9th, 2013 - 4:44am

      couldnt they release it as a charitable thing, like all profit goes to children in need or something

  • drjakeyoung

    January 1st, 2013 - 11:52am

    6 days to go!

    • celestial toymaker

      January 1st, 2013 - 8:17pm

      i would recommend they do a sontaran experiment se due to the lack of special features and also a genesis of the daleks se. also why does it say special value edition on the sontaran experiment dvd

    • Gordon

      January 1st, 2013 - 8:59pm

      It was a line of releases that were budget priced(along with timelash black orchid and a couple of others). It had a rrp of 9.99 and had fewer extras to reflect the cheaper price. It was discontinued as it became too expensive to manufactuer dvds with the recession. Appart from a making of there really isnt anything else missing from sontaran experiment. There is nothing wrong with genesis. Its got a full disc full of extras and the picture quality is as good as its going to get

  • 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!

  • TheIrishGallifreyan

    December 20th, 2012 - 8:40pm

    Just pre ordered this on amazon.

    • 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

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