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There have been a number of attempts to complete Douglas Adams’ ‘lost’ Doctor Who story Shada. BBC Worldwide’s new version is by far the most ambitious…
Chris Parsons, K9 and the Doctor take on a Krarg. Art by Martin Geraghty, colours by Adrian Salmon.
The villainous Skagra (art by Geraghty/ Salmon).

Unlike 2016’s animated revival of The Power of the Daleks, the task of finally finishing Shada, the 1979 Douglas Adams story famously abandoned due to a BBC strike, was not a matter of recreating someone else’s work. Instead, producer/director Charles Norton and his team effectively had to start from scratch, working from the same materials – rehearsal scripts, studio floor plans, designs for sets never made – available to the original production in 1979.

“It was not a case of saying, ‘We’ve got everything they filmed in 1979 and we just need to fill the gaps with animation,’ because what they filmed in 1979 was completely unedited,” explains Charles. “There was nothing to go from. So we approached it as though it were December 1979 and [original director] Pennant Roberts is ill and we get called in to finish the production. We recorded our own audio, our own music, edited the footage how we wanted it to be edited. The freedom to go through the script and say, ‘OK, this scene doesn’t work’ or ‘How about we change the location of this scene?’ was very liberating.”

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This festive edition of Doctor Who Magazine includes an exclusive preview of this year's Christmas Special, Twice Upon a Time, plus there are exclusive interviews with Christmas Special stars Pearl Mackie (Bill Potts) and Mark Gatiss (the Captain). Doctor Who Magazine 520 also includes: • A in-depth look at the making of BBC Worldwide's new version of Douglas Adams' 'lost' 1979 Doctor Who story Shada • Actor Daniel Hill and production assistant Olivia Bazalgette chat to DWM about how they met on Shada... and how they later went on to marry • Rare and previously unseen photographs from the Cambridge location filming of Shada in October 1979 • DWM's first ever interview with 100-year-old Earl Cameron, who played the doomed astronaut Glyn Williams in the 1966 story The Tenth Planet • A tribute to Paddy Russell, Doctor Who's first female director and a television pioneer • We look back on Doctor Who’s first Christmas specials – the feature-length omnibus repeats that were specially created at Christmas time • Part two of The Phantom Piper, our new comic strip adventure featuring the Doctor and Bill • A festive Fact of Fiction explores the 2011 Christmas Special The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe • Previews, book and audio reviews, news, the DWM Christmas Quiz, The Blogs of Doom, prize-winning competitions and much, much more!