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Series: Doctor Who - Webcast
Number: 3
Doctor: Eighth Doctor
Companions: Romana II, K-9
Enemy: Skagra
Setting: Earth, England, Cambridge, St. Cedd's College, 1979
Writer: Douglas Adams
Gary Russell (Prologue)
Director: Nicholas Pegg
Producer: Gary Russell and Jason Haigh-Ellery
Animator: Lee Sullivan
Broadcast: 2nd May 2003 - 6th June 2003
Format: 6 Episodes
Prod. Code: BBCI-3
Previous Production: Real Time
Following Production: Scream of the Shalka

Produced to mark the 40th anniversary of the Doctor Who franchise, Shada was a remounting of the television story of the same name, which was originally planned to end Season 17 in 1980, but abandoned before completion due to industrial action at the BBC. The original version featured Tom Baker's Fourth Doctor, but was rewritten to feature Paul McGann's Eighth Doctor, with Lalla Ward and John Leeson returning to voice Romana and K-9, respectively with their own characters modified to coincide with the continuity established in the Big Finish audio drama range and the Eighth Doctor Adventures book line.



Where the Fourth Doctor left off, the Eighth Doctor comes to finish the job. With Romana and K9 by his side, they have to stop the evil Skagra.


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Cast & Characters


  • K9 states that Skagra's home planet was Dronid.

Story Notes

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Original Website Release/Broadcast

  • Episode 1 - 2nd May, 2003
  • Episode 2 - 9th May, 2003
  • Episode 3 - 16th May, 2003
  • Episode 4 - 23rd May, 2003
  • Episode 5 - 30th May, 2003
  • Episode 6 - 6th June, 2003


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Discontinuity, Plot Holes, Errors

  • Wouldn't Claire's going back and accidently saving Chronotis create a huge paradox?


  • This webcast attempts fill in the holes left by the unfinished serial 'Shada'. The Eighth Doctor recalls the events of the story presumably to the point where the filming was first disrupted. It would suggest that due to the events of DW:The Five Doctors, the fourth Doctor and Romana were left with amnesia, with no recollection of how things turned out. How the Eighth Doctor and Romana therefore avoid running into their earlier selves is left unclear (suggesting this may occur in a different timeline).
  • Romana is Lord President of Gallifrey, in keeping with her character's continuity as featured at the time in the various Big Finish audios and Eighth Doctor Adventures novels in which she had appeared in recent years. She is still in her second incarnation, therefore placing her involvement prior to her second regeneration (EDA: The Shadows of Avalon). It's unclear whether this occurs before or after her years of imprisonment by the Daleks (BFA: The Apocalypse Element), although she is illustrated in Shada looking somewhat more mature than the image used to represent her on the cover of The Apocalypse Element.


DVD, Video, CD and Other Releases

  • Big Finish released an extended release on CD, see Shada (audio release) for more information. The webcast itself has yet to be issued on DVD.

See also

External Links

  • BBC Official Website - Shada Webcast
  • Doctor Who Reference Guide - Detailed Synopsis - Shada Webcast

This article uses material from the "Shada (webcast)" article on the Dr Who wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.


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