At long last one of the five Doctor Who television stories is finally being novelized.  The story of Shada that was the only one that was never finished because of a strike at the BBC in the late 1970s.  Shada did come back as a direct to video release with Tom Baker narrating by filling in the gaps of what wasn’t filmed so we got to see what it could have been.  Alas the special effects didn’t do much apart from us imagining what it could have been, but reading about it would have been better.

Shada did reappear as a Big Finish audio with Paul McGann and Lalla Ward which was a pretty good adaptation with some slight variant to the original story.  This story was also novelized by The New Zealand Doctor Who Fan Club as well as novelizing the other four stories.

The book written by Gareth Roberts will be released in the UK on March 15, 2012 and in the US on June 26, 2012.  The audio book will be out in the UK on March 8, 2012 by BBC Audio.  Unfortunately there are no dates as to when the US will see the release of the audio book or the paperback version of Shada.  You can pre-order your copy now on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.  Links are provided below for all that is mentioned above.  Please note that in the UK the shada paperback has no release date, but you can pre-order that if you like.

The book by Gareth Roberts:

  1. Amazon.com
  2. Amazon.co.uk

The BBC Audio Book at Amazon.co.uk

The Big Finish production:

  1. Amazon.com
  2. Amazon.co.uk
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