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Doctor Who: Shada: The Lost Adventure by Douglas Adamsby Douglas Adams and Gareth Roberts
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From the unique mind of Douglas Adams, legendary author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, comes Shada, a Doctor Who story scripted for the television series Doctor Who, but never produced — and now, transformed into an original novel...
A little knowledge is a dangerous thing
Imagine how dangerous a LOT of knowledge is...
The Doctor's old friend and fellow Time Lord Professor Chronotis has retired to Cambridge University, where among the other doddering old professors nobody will notice if he lives for centuries. He took with him a few little souvenirs — harmless things really. But among them, carelessly, he took The Worshipful and Ancient Law of Gallifrey. Even more carelessly, he has loaned this immensely powerful book to clueless graduate student Chris Parsons, who intends to use it to impress girls. The Worshipful and Ancient Law is among the most dangerous artifacts in the universe; it cannot be allowed to fall into the wrong hands.
The hands of the sinister Time Lord Skagra are unquestionably the wrongest ones possible. Skagra is a sadist and an egomaniac, bent on universal domination. Having misguessed the state of fashion on Earth, he also wears terrible platform shoes. He is on his way to Cambridge. He wants the book. And he wants the Doctor...
"Veteran Doctor Who writer Roberts channels Douglas Adams to novelize the long-running show's famous 'lost serial.' Conceived by Adams as the ultimately unfinished final set of episodes for the 19791980 season, this adventure sees the Fourth Doctor dusting it up with a renegade megalomaniac named Skagra while fighting over the fate of a legendary Time Lord artifact. Joined by Romana and K-9, the Doctor drops in on Cambridge, 1979, to visit Chronotis, a retired Time Lord masquerading as a professor. Postgraduate students Chris Parsons and Claire Keightley get sucked into a convoluted affair involving would-be universal domination, forgotten Gallifreyan history, mind control, and a sentient spaceship. Roberts clears up continuity errors while seamlessly meshing his original work with Adams's script, leaving the latter's trademark whimsy and snappy dialogue intact. The result is a near-perfect Doctor Who adventure in its blend of absurd humor and action. Agent: Faye Webber, the Agency. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
“Roberts...does a great job of maintaining Douglas Adams's voice throughout the story, with his trademark satire and humor firmly in place. Fans of Doctor Who, particularly those who loved the Tom Baker years, will enjoy this little trip back into that world.” Wired
"[A]n entertaining read...and anyone who enjoys both the big heart and boundless silliness of Doctor Who will be pleased." io9.com
"[S]pectacular. Gareth Roberts has done a remarkable job of channeling the vision of Douglas Adams...not only Doctor Who fans will enjoy it, but I think Sci-Fi and Hitchhiker fans will love it as well." GeeksofDoom.com
“There's a lot to like about Roberts's version of the story, particularly for fervent Doctor Who fans....He clearly knows and loves the series, and fills the book with winking references and in-jokes....Most importantly, Roberts captures the bantering, cheerful relationship between the eccentric Doctor, upbeat Romana, and loyal K9 as fans will remember it from the TV series.” The A.V. Club
About the Author
Douglas Adams was born in Cambridge in 1952, and was educated at Brentwood School, Essex and St. John’s College, Cambridge, where he read English. As well as writing all the different and conflicting versions of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, he has been responsible for Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul, and, with John Lloyd, The Meaning of Liff and The Deeper Meaning of Liff. In 1978-79, he worked as Script Editor on Doctor Who. He wrote three scripts for the show: “The Pirate Planet,” “City of Death” [under the name David Agnew], and “Shada.” Adams died in May 2001.
Gareth Roberts was born in Chesham, Buckinghamshire in 1968. His scripts for Doctor Who on television include “The Shakespeare Code,” “The Unicorn and the Wasp,” “The Lodger,” and “Closing Time.” He has also written many scripts for the spin-off series, The Sarah Jane Adventures, as well as scripts for such television shows as Emmerdale and Randall & Hopkirk [Deceased]. He has written nine previous Doctor Who novels, and lives in West London.
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