This special release comprises the unfinished Fourth Doctor story 'Shada' and the extended cut of the 1993 thirtieth anniversary documentary 'More Than Thirty Years in the TARDIS'.
Disc 1 - Shada
• Shada – VHS version – six individual episodes of varying length with an introduction and separate credits roll (total dur. 109’ 18”), reconstructed using studio recordings and links from Tom Baker.
• Shada – Flash version (165MB) – a Flash animated version produced by Big Finish for BBCi in 2003, starring Paul McGann and Lalla Ward.
Disc 2 – Shada Extras
• Taken out of Time (dur. 25’ 36”) – cast and crew look back at the making of this uncompleted story. With actors Tom Baker and Daniel Hill, director Pennant Roberts, production manager Ralph Wilton, production assistant Olivia Bazalgette and design assistant Les McCullum.
• Now and Then (dur. 12’ 42”) – the latest in our ongoing series visits Cambridge to compare and contrast the city locations as they appear in Shada with how they look today. Narrated by Richard Bignell.
• Strike! Strike! Strike! (dur. 27’ 31”) – although by far the most high profile victim, Shada was by no means the only Doctor Who story to be affected by industrial action over the years, as this fascinating documentary reveals. With actress Nicola Bryant, director Paul Seed, Liberal Democrat peer Lord Addington, BECTU union president Tony Lennon and script editor and union rep Gary Russell. Presented by BBC political correspondent Shaun Ley.
• Being a Girl (dur. 29’ 40”) – Emma Price and Samira Ahmed look at the way women have been represented in Doctor Who over the years. Narrated by Louise Jameson.
Disc 3 – More Than Thirty Years in the
• More Than Thirty Years in the TARDIS (dur. 87’ approx) – cast, crew and celebrity fans of Doctor Who from 1963 to 1993 talk about the programme in an extended version of Kevin Davies’ warmly nostalgic look back at the history of the series on its thirtieth birthday.
• Remembering Nicholas Courtney (dur. 25’ 59”) – Nicholas Courtney’s friend and biographer Michael McManus takes the actor most famous for playing Brigadier Alastair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart on a fond look back at his life, in this documentary recorded shortly before his death in early 2011. Featuring many clips from his long career in television and a special appearance by the fourth Doctor himself, Tom Baker.
• Doctor Who Stories – Peter Purves (dur. 13’ 30”) – actor Peter Purves talks about his time in Doctor Who in this interview originally shot for the BBC’s 2003 documentary ‘The Story of Doctor Who’.
• The Lambert Tapes – Part One (dur. 10’ 34”) – Doctor Who’s first producer, Verity Lambert, looks back at the early days of the programme in this interview also shot for ‘The Story of Doctor Who’.
• Those Deadly Divas (dur. 22’ 37) – actresses Kate O’Mara, Camille Coduri and Tracy Ann Oberman are joined by writers Gareth Roberts and Clayton Hickman to examine the role of the diva in Doctor Who.
• Plus of course the usual PDF materials, Coming Soon trailer, Programme Subtitles, Subtitle Production Notes and Photo Gallery.
Copyright Steve Roberts, 27 June 2013. No reproduction allowed without written permission.