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November 13th, 2017 34 comments

Doctor Who Shada Steelbook (2017)

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The limited edition bluray steelbook edition of Shada comes with a whole new disc of extras, including:

  • Shada 1992 VHS Compilation

This inclues the edition of Shada released on the VHS format in 1992. It features the original footage combined with Tom Baker narrating the missing scenes.

  • Shada 2003 Webcast

To celebrate Doctor Who’s 40th Anniversary, the BBC produced a new animated version of the Douglas Adams story, which was made available on the Doctor Who website. It was rewritten to feature Paul McGann as the Eighth Doctor, and also stars Lalla Ward as Romana and John Leeson as K-9.

“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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  • Coleman

    August 4th, 2020 - 8:34pm

    Don’t like the cover for this at all.
    The other classic steel book covers are much better.

  • Ollie

    January 8th, 2018 - 10:26am

    Does anyone know if the iTunes version is in episodic format?

    I only ask because you can buy each episode individually or buy the whole thing for £16.99 split into episodes on iTunes; it’s made me wonder whether they did release an episodic version as well as a feature-length one…

  • Anonymous

    January 3rd, 2018 - 8:22pm

    This was the best part of my Christmas! I got to watch three different stories: Shada, The Greatest Show in the Galaxy and Twice Upon a Time.
    They it went from live to animated was seamless and effective. All they need to do now is release another copy in a year or so because three/four different versions isn’t enough.

  • DarthM

    December 31st, 2017 - 8:40pm

    Thanks for the heads up, re HMV – secured my steelbook!

  • Anonymous

    December 25th, 2017 - 10:27pm

    Just Got this

    The artwork is really good on the steelbook, very retro
    The Animation is Fine, But Some Shots in it are a little complicated for 1979, but I won’t complain. I love the style and Tom Baker back as the Fourth Doctor is Great. The Film Footage looks nice aswell well as the Videotape Stuff, I thinks they should make blu rays of classic who of episodes mostly shot on location in film.
    Great Steelbook

  • Dwwhofan123

    December 11th, 2017 - 2:11pm

    OMG that steelbook is lit

    But such a high price lol. Is there another way to get it cheaper booboo?

  • nick r

    December 9th, 2017 - 1:18am

    got my copy on Monday so this weekend a few beers and 3 discs to watch oh happy days

  • Tim M

    November 27th, 2017 - 6:41pm

    I’m awaiting the DVD, but has anyone seen ‘Shada’ yet on ITunes? What’s your feelings on watching it?

    • Nicholas Dickens

      December 4th, 2017 - 11:46am

      It’s very, very good. I loved it.

  • TheClassicsAreAce

    November 21st, 2017 - 7:57pm

    Is the extra disc a DVD or a Blu-Ray?

  • crypto daleks

    November 15th, 2017 - 4:00pm

    wouldn’t it be better if this version “changes” with the new animation to fit the latter continuity of the five doctors time eddie and the 8th doctor version? i mean in the 8th version it states that this “remake” is actually the completed/sequel of the original explaining that when 5 doctors was over and 4 returned to his time stream; the shada serial was still incompleted in universe thus 8th and romana II completing it on that version.

    So why to animate and complete in a “complete version” if you could animate,complete and add some gaps to the continuity of past and future doctors? these new animations contributions should as well tie the classic doctors with the new ones and give more logical transitions to the already shelved history. just an opinion 🙂

    • Omega63

      November 27th, 2017 - 6:59pm

      I suppose you have a choice to not count this as canon as it’s not an actual part of a narrative, it’s just a new story added in. Alternatively, this can be canon and The Five Doctors appearance could jut be explained as The Doctor being taken out of his time stream during this story but then returning to it fine and continuing his adventure when returned.

  • David

    October 23rd, 2017 - 9:09pm

    It has now dropped to £24.99

  • 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 !

    • Doctor Mysterio

      November 13th, 2017 - 8:56pm

      It’s feature length so not episodic.

    • TheDaleksDeath

      November 13th, 2017 - 10:01pm

      The Power of the Daleks was also advertised as feature-length however once it was released it was in the episodic format.

  • 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.

    • Lachlan McGowan

      October 20th, 2017 - 1:51pm

      It’s so sad that so many Doctor Who DVDs are no longer available here in Australia. I am probably one of the lucky few who has them all on DVD and when I started collecting around 2012-2013 Genesis of the Daleks, City of Death and The Curse of Fenric were all out of print. I was lucky to get them from New Zealand so they were all still Region 4 but I suggest anyone who wants them to look neat and tidy on the shelf to just get Region 2.

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