History Recap / DoctorWhoS17E6Shada

27th Dec '16 4:26:01 AM Solle
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Filming on "Shada" ("SHAH-duh"), which was interrupted by the 1979 BBC strike, was never completed. It remains the only story of Classic Who that has never aired. But Creator/DouglasAdams scripts aren't so common that they can be discarded so easily, and eventually ''three'' official versions saw the light of day.

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Filming on "Shada" ("SHAH-duh"), which was interrupted by the 1979 BBC strike, was never completed. It remains the only story of Classic Who that has never aired.got to the filming stage of production without having been aired on television. But Creator/DouglasAdams scripts aren't so common that they can be discarded so easily, and eventually ''three'' official versions saw the light of day.
26th Dec '16 4:26:27 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* CaptainObvious:
-->'''Romana:''' (To the unconscious Professor Chronotis) Professor!\\
'''K9:''' No response, Mistress.



* LargeHam: The audio version features an incredibly Hammy turn from Andrew Sachs of ''Series/FawltyTowers'' fame as the [[SissyVillain hysterically camp]] BigBad Skagra.
-->"''REMOVE'' all the contents of his ''MIND?'' Why not? [[EvilLaugh Muah-ha-ha!]] ''[[EvilLaugh Muah-HA-HA!]]'' '''[[UpToEleven AH-HAH-HA-HA-HAAAA!]]'''"



* LogicBomb: The Doctor gets attacked by Skagra while snooping around his ship. After the villain attacks the Doctor, the Doctor puts himself into a state of FauxDeath thanks to his BizarreAlienBiology so he can escape. During this, The Ship, who is extremely obsequious towards the villain, scans the Doctor and confirms him dead. When the Doctor gets up and starts walking around and talking to it, the Ship is extremely confused, since it can't understand why he is talking if he is dead, and suggests rescanning him. At this point, the Doctor takes advantage of the situation by convincing it that the Ship does not need to rescan him, as her master is infallible, and she is therefore infallible. Therefore, her reading was right, the Doctor is dead, and as he is dead he cannot order her to do anything that would cause any harm to her or to her master, [[InsaneTrollLogic so she should start obeying his commands]]. The Ship starts listening to him, but [[GoneHorriblyRight also turns off the oxygen as there are no live people on board, and finds the Doctor's request to turn it back on illogical]]. In the book adaptation, the increasing demands the Doctor's logic puts on her causes her to reassess much of her basic programming, realise that her master is not infallible, that he tried to kill her, and that the Doctor is a much better person than him.



* MagneticHero: Lampshaded in the novelisation, where Clare, who is [[MetaGuy unusually clever]], notices the magnetic effect that the Doctor has on her mind (depicted as being borderline EmotionControl) and finds it a bit creepy, not to mention a bit sexist as she finds herself acting like a NeutralFemale as a result. Her attempts to ''defy'' her desire to love and trust the Doctor and do everything he says drive her to start solving the mystery herself, leading to her accidentally launching the TARDIS of a retired Time Lord.
* MindRape: The first victims of Skagra's device. Most victims are simply killed, but the first six people were left alive and so nonfunctional by the experience that they are unable to talk or care for themselves. The Doctor is eventually able to communicate with Akrotiri, one of the victims, by connecting Chris's brain to his - and Akrotiri's brain is so wrecked that the experience is excruciatingly painful for Chris (defying this trope, the Doctor tells Chris that this might happen and gets his consent first).



* NiceHat: Romana again. Just check out the page image.



* PenalColony: Shada itself

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* {{Pastiche}}: Gareth Roberts' novelisation is written as a pastiche of ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' as a MythologyGag.
* PenalColony: Shada itselfitself.
* PragmaticAdaptation: The novelisation is something of an extreme example, incorporating information from what footage was completed, the known script, some WordOfGod, Creator/TomBaker's copy of the script into which he had [[LargeHam handwritten a bunch of extra jokes and stage directions for himself]], two pages of notepaper with an entirely unknown scene handwritten by Creator/DouglasAdams, the Big Finish audio adaptation (which starred the Eighth Doctor) and even some borrowings from ''Literature/DirkGentlysHolisticDetectiveAgency'', in which a lot of ideas for "Shada" were reused - and that's before the [[HotterAndSexier copious]] [[DenserAndWackier changes]] Gareth Roberts made to update the story to feel more like a modern ''Doctor Who'' story, expand on the characters, add {{Call Forward}}s and fanservice, and fix plotholes. Gareth Roberts wrote in the afterword about how he thought the weaknesses of "Shada" were not down to any weakness of Douglas Adams himself, but a result of the tight deadline the story was written in originally, evidenced by how well-done the groundwork was even where he had to fix things. For instance, the original has a part where Chris figures out TheReveal that Professor Chronotis is secretly the dangerous Time Lord criminal Salvayin, placed just as the Doctor has worked out that the villain needs Salvayin's unique ExpositionBeam {{Psychic Power}} for the plot to work, ''and'' just as the villain thinks Salvayin is lost forever. It seems obvious that Chris is going to announce this to the Doctor and the villain, with the best intentions, at the worst possible time - but Chronotis instead just [[IdiotBall announces his secret identity to everyone for no reason]]. Roberts changes this so that Chris blows it (bursting in on an added funny scene where the villain is in the throes of a VillainousBreakdown over his plan's failure and the Doctor is [[AllLovingHero giving his enemy a cuddle and reassurance]]), saying that this is certainly what Adams wanted to happen anyway, but probably was forced to keep an earlier draft of the scene due to time pressures. Roberts also gives Skagra a proper backstory, which was omitted from the show for time reasons, and deals more with the fallout of EccentricMentor Chronotis actually being a legendary {{Outlaw}} in disguise.
* PromotedToLoveInterest: In the novelization, the Doctor gets some fun sexual tension with a sentient spaceship. In the original her role is simply to be confused by him with a LogicBomb, but in the book the experience (along with him also teaching her how to time travel in a way suggestively related to him teaching her how to [[TheImmodestOrgasm orgasm]]) makes her curious about the world and eventually fall for the Doctor, who for his part is respectful but not very reciprocal of her feelings - though it's worth pointing out that when he attempts to guilt Skagra about trying to destroy the Ship, his retort (that 'a machine consciousness is worthless') is the ThisMeansWar moment.



** In the BBC Video version, Tom Baker states that they're made of "crystallized coal."

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** In the BBC Video version, Tom Baker Creator/TomBaker states that they're made of "crystallized coal." "
* SissyVillain: One of the flaws Creator/DouglasAdams noted about his script was that he'd written Skagra in this way, which he admitted was lazy on his part and neither funny nor frightening, especially in comparison to the dynamic and interesting villains in his much preferred script "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS17E2CityOfDeath City of Death]]". He is RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap in both the Creator/BigFinish adaptation (in which he gets a ridiculously [[LargeHam hammy]] performance from Creator/AndrewSachs) and the 2012 novelisation, which makes him androgynous and unexpressive as well as fleshing out his backstory and personality a ''lot''.
16th Sep '16 8:20:50 AM moloch
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* ContinuitySnarl: So... which version of "Shada" ''really'' happened? Did Romana and the Fourth Doctor meet Chronotis, or did the events of "The Five Doctors" distract them and it wasn't until four lives later the Doctor remembered to go back? And of course the script and the novelisation don't ''entirely'' match. We'll probably just have to blame the Time War..
11th Aug '16 5:58:22 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* AuthorAppeal: Creator/DouglasAdams set the story in his own Cambridge University.



* {{Expy}}: Professor Chronotis is something of an Expy of the retired Fourth Doctor Douglas Adams originally wanted to write this serial about. Later, another expy of the Fourth Doctor (Dirk Gently) and an expy of Chris (Richard) showed up in ''Literature/DirkGentlysHolisticDetectiveAgency'', starring alongside a {{Transplant}}ed Professor Chronotis. The character of the Curator in "Day of the Doctor" owes rather a lot to Chronotis as well.

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* {{Expy}}: Professor Chronotis is something of an Expy of the retired Fourth Doctor Douglas Adams Creator/DouglasAdams originally wanted to write this serial about. Later, another expy of the Fourth Doctor (Dirk Gently) and an expy of Chris (Richard) showed up in ''Literature/DirkGentlysHolisticDetectiveAgency'', starring alongside a {{Transplant}}ed Professor Chronotis. The character of the Curator in "Day of the Doctor" owes rather a lot to Chronotis as well.


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** Creator/DouglasAdams named the characters of Chris Parsons and Clare Keightley after his friend Chris Keightley, president of the Cambridge Footlights.
** The Thinktank scientists all bore names associated with Greek islands: Caldera, Akrotiri, Ia, Santori and Thira.
11th Aug '16 10:40:09 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* AdaptationExpansion: The novelisation adds an opening chapter focusing on Skagra.
** There are added scenes featuring Chris walking around the TARDIS and finding his bedroom.
** The closing of the novel adds a scene of Chris, Clare and Chronotis being escorted to the police station, and a scene of the Doctor and Romana using the Randomiser in the TARDIS.
5th Jul '16 6:03:51 AM LondonKdS
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* AdaptationalHeroism: From the TV version to the webcast to the novelisation, Salyavin moves from a reformed villain to someone who was never actually a villain at all, but just misunderstood.
29th Jun '16 3:33:56 AM Morgenthaler
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Dougles Adams ended up recycling entire chunks of the plot, as well as the character of Professor Chronotis, into ''DirkGentlysHolisticDetectiveAgency''.

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Dougles Adams ended up recycling entire chunks of the plot, as well as the character of Professor Chronotis, into ''DirkGentlysHolisticDetectiveAgency''.
''Literature/DirkGentlysHolisticDetectiveAgency''.
29th Feb '16 11:46:18 AM HowlingSnail
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'''The Doctor''': What? And [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers Schoenberg]]?\\

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'''The Doctor''': What? And [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers Schoenberg]]?\\Schönberg]]?\\
27th Feb '16 5:33:23 AM StFan
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* MythologyGag: Throughout the story, ''The Worshipful and Ancient Law of Gallifrey'' is described as "a small red book, about five inches by seven". The paperback edition of Gareth Roberts' 2012 novelisation is a red book. It's five inches wide and seven (and a half, admittedly) inches tall. (This is also an allusion to a basically identical cover art/book MacGuffin gag being used in ''Literature/TheHitchHikersGuideToTheGalaxy''.)

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* MythologyGag: MythologyGag:
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Throughout the story, ''The Worshipful and Ancient Law of Gallifrey'' is described as "a small red book, about five inches by seven". The paperback edition of Gareth Roberts' 2012 novelisation is a red book. It's five inches wide and seven (and a half, admittedly) inches tall. (This is also an allusion to a basically identical cover art/book MacGuffin gag being used in ''Literature/TheHitchHikersGuideToTheGalaxy''.''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy''.)
8th Jan '16 8:26:25 AM Doug86
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* GoneHorriblyRight: The Doctor convinces the computer that he's dead and [[{{Redwall}} a dead enemy ain't an enemy no more]]. However, "dead men do not require oxygen."

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* GoneHorriblyRight: The Doctor convinces the computer that he's dead and [[{{Redwall}} [[Literature/{{Redwall}} a dead enemy ain't an enemy no more]]. However, "dead men do not require oxygen."
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