Tom Baker Returns to Live Action in the Shada Remaster
By Benjamin Williams

Posted on: 24 Nov 2017


Widely regarded as one of the best Doctor Who stories every written, Shada is sadly one never got to be completed thanks to industrial action, leading to a number of attempts to 'finish it' over the resulting decades. The BBC's upcoming release of Shada, complete with new animated sequences, sees Tom Baker get involved to reprise his role once more, and thankfully it won't be the last, as it turns out his Doctor will return to live action once more. In the immortal words of Professor Farnsworth: "Good news, everyone!"

It's not the first time that that greatest Doctor there has ever been has returned to Doctor Who, after his departure in 1981. He returned (sort of) in character for the 1992 Shada VHS reconstruction, the much-derided 1992 Children in Need special Dimensions in Time, and then there was that absolutely awesome cameo in the 50th anniversary special as the museum curator - who may, or may not be the Doctor's future self (but it would be amazing if it was). Now though, in addition to the voice work, he'll be back in live action as the Fourth Doctor. And yes, he will be complete with the famous scarf and coat.

Tom Baker Doctor Who

The scene of his return will feature the Doctor at the TARDIS console, and was filmed at the BBC Television Centre this year. In the scene the Doctor recites a line from the original script (written by Douglas Adams):

"I expect that sometime in the future – in about 200 years' time – someone will meet me and say is that really the Doctor? He seemed such a nice old man."

If he's still alive in 200 years, then there really is a God. He also had some nice things to say about Doctor Who as well, which is always good to hear:

"Shada was one of my favourite Doctor Who stories. I have many fond memories of shooting the location scenes in Cambridge, and it was disappointing not to finish the story in the studio. When I was doing Doctor Who it was the realisation of all my childhood fantasies… so I took to it like a duck to water and I still do.

I loved doing Doctor Who because it was life to me…. My real life was really rather drab… I used to dread the end of rehearsal… I never left (Doctor Who) and that’s why I can’t stay away from it."

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