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Shada: Doctor Who: The Lost Adventure | [Douglas Adams, Gareth Roberts]

Shada: Doctor Who: The Lost Adventure

The Doctor's old friend and fellow Time Lord Professor Chronotis has retired to Cambridge University - where nobody will notice if he lives for centuries. But now he needs help from the Doctor, Romana, and K-9. When he left Gallifrey he took with him a few little souvenirs - most of them are harmless. But one of them is extremely dangerous. The Worshipful and Ancient Law of Gallifrey isn't a book for Time Tots.It must not be allowed to fall into the wrong hands.
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The Doctor's old friend and fellow Time Lord Professor Chronotis has retired to Cambridge University - where nobody will notice if he lives for centuries. But now he needs help from the Doctor, Romana, and K-9. When he left Gallifrey he took with him a few little souvenirs - most of them are harmless. But one of them is extremely dangerous.

The Worshipful and Ancient Law of Gallifrey isn't a book for Time Tots. It is one of the Artefacts, dating from the dark days of Rassilon. It must not be allowed to fall into the wrong hands. The sinister Skagra most definitely has the wrong hands. He wants the book. He wants to discover the truth behind Shada. And he wants the Doctor s mind....

Shada was written by fan favorite Douglas Adams and based on the scripts for the original TV programme.

© Gareth Roberts 2012

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    Robert New York, NY, United States 05-03-12
    Robert New York, NY, United States 05-03-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Like uncovering a lost treasure"

    Listening to Shada has been a delight from beginning to end. First there is the fun of getting to enjoy a well-paced and exciting classic Doctor Who adventure. The characters are all wonderfully portrayed, and performed. Then there is the fun of having it read by the Time Lady Romana herself (aka Lalla Ward), who gives a terrific performance with each of the different character voices. On top of that, as a big fan of Douglas Adams, it was like uncovering a new novel from the late author. Gareth Roberts' novelization does a remarkable job of keeping so much of Adam's classic sci-fi style and humor - it will feel very familar to anyone who's read Adams before, even if you've never encountered The Doctor until now. Particularly since many characters and ideas from this lost script later ended up as inspiration for Adams' later Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Heretic Nashville 07-18-12
    Heretic Nashville 07-18-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Thank you Lalla Ward!"

    I like Douglas Adams' humor. But what makes this audiobook really special is Lalla Ward's reading. She is a great story-teller. And some of her characterizations are priceless. I wish Lalla would do more fiction audiobooks.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Dustin Walton, KY, United States 05-05-12
    Dustin Walton, KY, United States 05-05-12 Listener Since 2009
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    "Excellent"

    I was pretty excited about this audiobook, but after reading some reviews about the quality I was worried. Poor audio quality can ruin even the best audiobook. However, I just don't see what all the fuss is about. The quality isn't bad, it may not be the best but it's far from the worst. Certainly the audio quality didn't detract from my enjoyment of the audiobook at all. Perhaps other listeners don't like the narrator. While nothing would be better than to have this story performed by Tom Baker himself, the narrator was still good. The story was excellent, at least as good as Adam's other Who stories in my opinion, perhaps better because I felt like some of the material would certainly have been edited out. Overall I really enjoyed this audiobook and I believe it to be a must listen for any old school Who fan, or Adam's fan.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    RKR Georgia 08-21-12
    RKR Georgia 08-21-12 Member Since 2007

    Drama teacher and Sci-Fi/Fantasy fan

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    "Nicely produced audio drama from "lost" script"

    I still consider myself "New to Who," since I only started becoming obsessed with the modern series. However, I have watched 8 seasons of the original DOCTOR WHO and I continue to enjoy the older series as well. This novel, as I'm sure you're aware, is based on a script written by the immortal Douglas Adams. Although impeccably plotted and enjoyable, do not expect much of the Adams' HITCHHIKER wit. It's THERE, but it's subtle.

    I applaud Gareth Roberts for bringing this to a mainstream audience. He's done a great job puzzling out the pieces and putting it together. This is an accessible Fourth Doctor adventure, but you don't necessarily have to be a veteran of Doctor Who to enjoy it. You will meet old friends if you are familiar with the original series, or you will meet new ones if you are not.

    Read by Lalla Ward, the original series' Romana II, the audio is produced in a way to resemble a BIG FINISH audio production. Full of sound effects, musical score, and even a cameo from K-9. Ward does a great job immitating Tom Baker, and her other voices are fine without being cartoonish. This has more of a "radio drama" feel to it rather than an audio book. I enjoyed it packaged the way it is, but I understand that some listeners may want a more straight forward audio book.

    This was an enjoyably fun audio adventure.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mark 05-08-12
    Mark 05-08-12
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    "FROODY!"
    Would you listen to Shada again? Why?

    yes indeed, any chance to visit the works of my favorite author is a must.


    What did you like best about this story?

    engaging and entertaining


    Have you listened to any of Lalla Ward’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    just as good as the rest. It is a delight to hear her voice.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't know what is to complain about with the audio quality, it sounds EXCELLENT on my ipod and phone. the humor is wonderful, the story is engaging and for fans of the Dirk Gently series it's a delight to hear where the original ideas and characters came from. I'd love to hear it as a full radio production with Tom Baker and Lalla Ward performing it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan Ner York, NY, United States 06-22-13
    Jonathan Ner York, NY, United States 06-22-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great in the line of Doctor Who"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Shada to be better than the print version?

    I've read reviews of people who were not happy with this because it wasn't Hitchhiker enough but if you like Adam's style and Doctor Who characters I think you'll enjoy this book


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dalton 12-28-12
    Dalton 12-28-12
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    "Great story line with classic Douglas humor"
    Where does Shada rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is comparable to the quality seen in Douglas Adams other works like "The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy".


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Shada?

    Probably when I realized the true identity of the professor at the same moment as Chris. Fantastic plot twist...


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Chris New York, NY, United States 12-24-12
    Chris New York, NY, United States 12-24-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A must-listen for any Doctor Who or D.Adams fan!"
    If you could sum up Shada in three words, what would they be?

    Bigger on inside


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Professor Chronotis, who seemed like such a nice old man...


    What about Lalla Ward’s performance did you like?

    Her range of voices was outstanding, and she varied the pace nicely to correspond with parts of the story.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I love all of the little quirky descriptions and asides that are classic Douglas Adams.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a lot longer and more involved than many of the Doctor Who audiobooks, with twists and turns that are quite unexpected.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Coyne 10-17-14
    Chris Coyne 10-17-14
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    "The almost forgotten Doctor Who story."
    What did you love best about Shada?

    I loved it because it's the only story from the original series, I didn't see on tv or read it in a novel. It was never televised because of a studio strike stopped the story being filmed completely. Douglas Adams chose to never novelized it. He did put some of the plot in his novel Dirk Gentry. Which is also in audible.com.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Shada?

    They are all memorable. Funy moments, scary moments, romantic moments. This book had it all.


    Have you listened to any of Lalla Ward’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have never heard her on audio before, she did a good job. I wish Tom Baker could of worked on this with her. She and Tom were one of the best Doctor and Companion teams ever.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    If I had all day to listen to it I would of.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a great book. Gareth Roberts did the late great Douglas Adams Justice. I hear Garetth is also novelizing another Adams Doctor Who story. City of Death. I hope that comes out soon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Coral Mississauga, ON, Canada 08-18-14
    Coral Mississauga, ON, Canada 08-18-14 Member Since 2004

    I hold a BA in History from York University of Toronto; a 3yr Diploma in Computer Networking from Sheridan College in Oakville Ontario. I have been "reading" audio books sinces the late 80s and a member of Audible back to 2004. What a really like is a good long story preferable over 30 hours. :)

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    "Dr Who verson of Dirk Gently Dectective Agancy"

    Think book started off really promising then well I feeling there was a bit of character reuses and finally more that it was a different version of Dirk Gently Dec. Agency rather then a story I haven't hear before. It's not really the same plot but the feel very similar.

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    "Disappointing adaptation of a lost story (audible)"

    It pains me to criticise this book as I have waited for this lost Douglas Adams Doctor Who script to be novelised for many years.
    I believe the noveliser has failed to understand how DW stories from the classic TV series should be adapted or is it that he is a fan and has lost his objectivity while writing it. He has expanded on the Adams script but has not enhanced it, making the story ponderous and overloaded with superflous detail that merely slows the story pace. He has also split the book into several parts and there are over seventy chapters - I am unsure what his reasons for this are but it adds nothing to the story structure and in the audible format becomes irritating. The background detail the noveliser has added appears forced, unnecessary and often anachronistic to the TV programme. The ending goes on for ever - way past the stories dramatic conclusion. As I am reviewing the audible version I should mention that Lalla Ward in my view doesn't have the vocal aesthetics to engage and her delivery comes across as haughty. The sound effects are fine and John Leeson contributes the voice of K9 which at least gives brief respites for the listener from LWs voice (her interpretation of Chronotis's dialogue is cringe making - was the producer listening?). I drifted away so many times from listening to this dull adaptation.
    Apologies to all involved and it is just my opinion but it only gets 2 stars because I still think the Douglas Adams script was potentially amazing!

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Richard
    GLOUCESTER, United Kingdom
    12/1/13
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    "Absolutely Brilliant"

    SHADA is one of the best books I have listened to so far. And with Lalla Ward narrating made it even more special for me, as she played Romana 2, alongside Tom Baker in the classic series.
    At first I wasn't sure with the sound effects used, but after the first couple of chapters it grew on me, and it adds that extra bit to the book, as I felt it helped with the moods you should be experiencing at that point, and that makes the listening experience much more enjoyable and immersive.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Greg
    Warminster, United Kingdom
    12/11/13
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    "Very good story with excellent narration"
    Where does Shada rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Within the top 25


    What did you like best about this story?

    The twists and turns


    What does Lalla Ward bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    She brings the story to life, I really liked the voice she used for the space ship


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Made me laugh


    Any additional comments?

    Lalla Ward should narrate more books as she brings them to life

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • D. A. Chaloner
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    12/23/12
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    "A great story lost"

    This story could only be one for the fourth Doctor, the writers have captured the character created by Tom Baker and the story is all the better for it. Lala Ward reading as Romana also adds to the book. It is just a shame that the BBC lost the TV version.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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