Earlier this week BBC Home Entertainment and Warner Home Video announced
that January 8th
will see the DVD release of the 4th Doctor story Shada
, which never finished in front of the cameras due to a labor strike at the time. It came to VHS in 1992 thanks to the help of the star, Tom Baker, as explained by the BBC here:
Shada was formally dropped from the seventeenth season in December 1979, it having become apparent that due to the backlog of Christmas specials waiting to be recorded there was no prospect of studio time being found for its completion. A number of attempts were subsequently made to remount it but these ultimately came to nothing, and in June 1980 it was officially cancelled. A version of the story was eventually released on video in 1992 with Tom Baker providing a narration to cover the missing scenes.
After we posted our original news story, many fans have asked us if the same technique will be used for the new DVD to bridge existing scenes together with the missing portions of the story. All we can do is say that the studio has offered no other explanation yet for how it would be handled with the upcoming release. Oh, there are other things they COULD do...notably animation sequences, like they've already done in the 2nd Doctor DVD release of The Invasion
, for example (and which they are reportedly in the process of being done for next year's releases of The Tenth Planet
and The Ice Warriors
). But nothing like that's been said for Shada
...at this time I personally am expecting the Tom Baker narration, at least until and unless the BBC informs us otherwise.
But the exciting thing we have for you before the weekend officially starts is that package art is now available from this title, taken directly from BBC America's public website! This artwork is shown below, and offers an official (and long title) of "Doctor Who - Story #109: Shada with More Than 30 Years in the TARDIS
"; the latter refers of course to the 1995 documentary which is being included as part of this release. And perhaps that's getting a disc all its own, then, because the front of the box also tells us that this will be a 3-DVD collection, and not two discs as previously said by Warner. Price is still $39.98 SRP. We've got a button link below to an Amazon listing for the title, so place your pre-order right away!