‘Doctor Who’ novelisation for ‘lost serial’ Shada

BBC Books have announced details of a novelisation of Douglas Adams’s ‘lost’ Doctor Who serial ‘Shada’ by script writer Gareth Roberts, featuring Tom Baker’s Fourth Doctor.

Set for publication in March 2012 as a £16.99 hardback, the book will retell an adventure that never made it to the screen.

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Production of the planned finale to the 1979-1980 season of Doctor Who was halted part-way through due to industrial action at the BBC, and the story was never completed. Now, drawing on drafts of the script and production notes as well as original designs and the material that was completed, Roberts tells this unique story in full for the first time.

Published with the full support of the Estate of Douglas Adams and Adams’ agent Ed Victor at Ed Victor Ltd, ‘Shada’ will be the first ever novelisation of Douglas Adams’s work on Doctor Who.