Doctor Who: Tom Baker Returns to Complete 1979 Episode

Emilio Banks
November 27, 2017

The episode was written by Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy author Douglas Adams and, due to its incomplete nature, has gained mythic attention amongst devout Doctor Who fans.

Tom Baker, who played Doctor Who, has returned to screens to complete an unfinished storyline. Shada - an episode that began filming in 1979 with Tom Baker as the legendary Time Lord - is finally finished and available to download (a DVD will be released in the United Kingdom on December 4th, and in the U.S. on January 9th).

Throughout all of Doctor Who's adventures, the Time Lord has regularly traveled through various timelines, with the series recently mirroring its fictional narrative as an episode from the late '70s finally being completed. "I'm so glad that BBC Worldwide [has] found a way to bring fans a complete visual version", Baker said with the release of the trailer, which combines the old footage with the new animation by Charles Norton.

Almost four decades later, BBC Worldwide is set to release a new version of "Shada" that blends original footage with new color animations and voiceovers by OG cast members Baker and Lalla Ward (who played companion Romana II).

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Baker, 83, last appeared as the Time Lord in 1981, after which, the character regenerated and Peter Davison took over as the next Doctor.

If the new soundtrack sounds reassuringly familiar, it's because composer Mark Ayers tried his best to imitate the sounds of the Tom Baker run using the original equipment of the 1970s.

The episode sees Baker's Doctor head to Cambridge to fight an evil alien named Skagra.

First off, he turned up in non-canon multi-Doctor special "Dimensions in Time", which aired as part of the 1993 Children in Need celebrations. I loved doing Doctor Who because it was life to me. But union strikes interrupted shooting, leaving only fragments of a fable-ironically, one of Baker's "favorite" Doctor Who tales, according to the BBC.

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