Usually, I give away “Doctor Who” DVDs, but this week, it’s something different.
“Doctor Who: Shada” is a new novel based on an unproduced script famed “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” author Douglas Adams wrote. Adams was a script editor on the show in 1978 and ’79, and he wrote three scripts, including “The Pirate Planet” and “City of Death.”
“Doctor Who” script and novel writer Gareth Roberts prepared Adams’ work for publication. Here’s the synopsis from ACE:
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 …
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