Previously unfinished Doctor Who storyline receives ending

The Shada storyline was abandoned in 1979 following a public-sector strike. 

The BBC have created and are set to release a proper ending for a previously unfinished Doctor Who storyline from 1979.

New colourful animated sequences have been added to patch up the gaps in Shada, which saw the fourth incarnation of the Doctor (Tom Baker) and his loyal companion Romana (Lalla Ward) team-up with fellow Time Lord Professor Chronotis (Denis Carey) to defeat the evil alien Skagra.

The storyline was originally abandoned halfway through filming due to a huge public-sector strike across the UK which greatly affected the output of TV major channels like the BBC and its rival ITV.

Both Baker and Ward along with most of the other original cast members returned to voice their classic characters in these new animated scenes. 

"'Shada was one of my favourite Doctor Who stories," said Baker in a recent interview. "I have many fond memories of shooting the scenes in Cambridge, and it was disappointing not to finish the story in studio.

"I'm so glad that BBC Worldwide have found a way to bring fans a complete visual version."

This newly completed edition of Shada will be released as a digital download on Friday 24th November and then a little later on DVD and Blu-ray on Monday 4th December.

There will also be a special screening of the episode at the BFI Southbank in London on Saturday 2nd of December. Tickets for BFI members will be on sale from Tuesday 7th November and for the general public from Tuesday 14th November.

Source: Digital Spy

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