Thursday, August 21, 2014

Shada (unbroadcast)

A Krarg, yet another terrifyingly
realised Season 17 monster
Six episodes (Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four, Part Five, Part Six)
This serial never completed filming, and was never broadcast, but would have been transmitted between Jan 19 and Feb 23 1980. Portions of it were used in The Five Doctors (1983), and all remaining footage was released on BBC Video in 1992 and BBC DVD in 2013

CAST

Tom Baker (The Doctor) Born Jan 20 1934
Doctor Who credits
Played: The Doctor in Robot, The Ark in Space, The Sontaran Experiment, Genesis of the Daleks, Revenge of the Cybermen, Terror of the Zygons, Planet of Evil, Pyramids of Mars, The Android Invasion, The Brain of Morbius, The Seeds of Doom, The Masque of Mandragora, The Hand of Fear, The Deadly Assassin, The Face of Evil, The Robots of Death, The Talons of Weng-Chiang, Horror of Fang Rock, The Invisible Enemy, Image of the Fendahl, The Sun Makers, Underworld, The Invasion of Time, The Ribos Operation, The Pirate Planet, The Stones of Blood, The Androids of Tara, The Power of Kroll, The Armageddon Factor, Destiny of the Daleks, City of Death, The Creature from the Pit, Nightmare of Eden, The Horns of Nimon, Shada (unbroadcast), The Leisure Hive, Meglos, Full Circle, State of Decay, Warriors' Gate, The Keeper of Traken, Logopolis (1974-81). Return appearances in The Five Doctors (1983, archive footage), Dimensions in Time (1993), The Day of the Doctor (2013, as The Curator - but I think we all know who he was really!).
Tom also played the Doctor in the 1975 audio story Doctor Who and the Pescatons, and in several BBC and Big Finish audios since 2009.
Played: Meglos in Meglos (1980)
Career highlights
Tom's career began with a 1968 adaptation of The Winter's Tale, followed by roles in George and the Dragon (1968), Z Cars (1968), Softly Softly (1970), Nicholas and Alexandra (1971), The Canterbury Tales (1972), The Vault of Horror (1973), The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1973), The Mutations (1974), Piccadilly Circus (1977), Late Night Story (1978), The Book Tower (1979-81), The Curse of King Tut's Tomb (1980), The Hound of the Baskervilles (1982, as Sherlock Holmes), Jemima Shore Investigates (1983), Remington Steele (1984), Blackadder II (1986), Roland Rat: The Series (1986), The Kenny Everett Television Show (1986), The Life and Loves of a She-Devil (1986), The Silver Chair (1990), Selling Hitler (1991), The Law Lord (1992), Cluedo (1992), Backtime (1998), Max Bear (2000), Dungeons and Dragons (2000), Fun at the Funeral Parlour (2001), Strange (2003), Fort Boyard (2003), Swiss Toni (2003), The Magic Roundabout (2005), Agatha Christie's Marple (2007), The Beeps (2007-08) and The Genie in the Bottle (2010). Tom has also had regular roles as Prof Geoffrey Hoyt in Medics (1992-95), Professor Wyvern in Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) (2000-01) and Donald MacDonald in Monarch of the Glen (2004-05). He is probably most famous in his latter career for providing the eccentric narration for sketch series Little Britain between 2003-08.
Facts
Tom left home at 15 to become a monk with the Brothers of Ploermel on Jersey, but abandoned this profession at the age of 21 in favour of National Service. In 1971 Tom was nominated for two Golden Globe Awards for his portrayal of Rasputin in Nicholas and Alexandra (he was beaten by Ben Johnson and Desi Arnaz Jr). In December 1980 he married actress Lalla Ward (who had been companion Romana in Doctor Who since 1979), but the marriage ended 18 months later. He married third wife Sue Jerrard in 1986, previously an assistant editor on Doctor Who. Tom's old drinking buddies in the 1960s and 70s included artist Francis Bacon at the infamous Colony Room. Tom has several links to popular music - appearing on Technocat's single Only Human (1995), and providing a monologue on Witness to a Murder (Part Two) by Mansun (1998 - his Doctor and the TARDIS also appeared on the cover of the band's album Six). Pop band The Human League released a song entitled Tom Baker in 1980. In 1999 Tom published a short fairytale novel called The Boy Who Kicked Pigs, which has since been adapted for the stage. Tom's distinctive vocals can also be heard at various tourist attractions in the UK, such as the London Dungeon, Natural History Museum and Alton Towers' Nemesis ride. In 2006 Tom recorded 11,593 phrases so his voice could be used for BT's text messaging service to raise money for homeless charity Shelter - as a result record producer Mark Murphy created a single of Tom "singing" You Really Got Me by the Kinks.

Lalla Ward (Romana) Born Jun 28 1951
Doctor Who credits
Played: Princess Astra in The Armageddon Factor (1979)
Played: Romana in Destiny of the Daleks, City of Death, The Creature from the Pit, Nightmare of Eden, The Horns of Nimon, Shada (unbroadcast), The Leisure Hive, Meglos, Full Circle, State of Decay, Warriors' Gate (1979-81). Return appearances in The Five Doctors (1983) and Dimensions in Time (1993). Lalla has also reprised the role for various audio plays since 2000.
Career highlights
Lalla's earliest acting credit was in Dr Finlay's Casebook (1969), then Vampire Circus (1972), Shelley (1972), The Upper Crusts (1973), England Made Me (1973), Rosebud (1975), Quiller (1975), The Ash Tree (1975), The Duchess of Duke Street (1977), The Professionals (1978), Hamlet, Prince of Denmark (1980), Schoolgirl Chums (1982) and Riviera (1987).
Facts
Lalla, whose real name is the Honourable Sarah Ward as she is the daughter of Edward Ward, the seventh Viscount Bangor, married Tom Baker on December 13 1980, but divorced him in April 1982. Her second husband since September 1992 has been controversial biologist Dr Richard Dawkins, who is most famous for his theories debunking religion and exploring the possibilities of evolution, particularly in the book The God Delusion. The two met at the 40th birthday party of one-time Doctor Who script editor/ writer Douglas Adams in March 1992. Of course, this means that both of Lalla's husbands have appeared in Doctor Who as Richard enjoyed a cameo as himself in The Stolen Earth (2008). In 1974 Lalla appeared in a film called Got It Made (aka Sweet Virgin), which the makers later re-released with added sex scenes performed by other actors. Lalla won a libel action against Club International magazine after it ran stills from the film claiming them to be of her. Since quitting acting she has written and painted for various children's books, as well as her husband's biology books. Lalla's forebears include George Plantagenet, brother of King Edward IV, and scientist Mary Ward, who has the dubious honour of being the first person in the world to die in a car accident, in 1869. In 1985/87 Lalla wrote and illustrated two knitting books, Beastly Knits and Fowl Knits, and various patterns were modelled by Lalla in the book. Lalla's father was a BBC war correspondent during World War Two, while her mother was a writer and BBC producer (she committed suicide in July 1991). Lalla has a main-belt asteroid named after her (8347 Lallaward) following its discovery in April 1987.

David Brierly (Voice of K-9) 1935 to Jun 10 2008 (cancer)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Voice of K-9 in The Creature from the Pit, Nightmare of Eden, The Horns of Nimon (1979-80). He also recorded extra dialogue for the 1992 VHS release of the unbroadcast Shada
Career highlights
David's earliest acting credit was on Noddy in Toyland (1957) voicing Jinky, followed by The Voodoo Factor (1959), Emergency Ward 10 (1960), Harpers West One (1961), Calculated Risk (1963), The Valiant Varneys (1964), The Flying Swan (1965), Sex Through the Ages (1974), Escort Girls (1975), Adventures of a Taxi Driver (1976), Frankie Howerd Strikes Again (1981), Threads (1984), One By One (1985), The Tripods (1985) and Howards' Way (1986). He also narrated the 1978 series Planet Water, and provided the voice for K-9 during an appearance on children's show Blue Peter in 1979.
Facts
David was an expert sailor, long-distance runner and keen fell walker.

Denis Carey (Professor Chronotis) Aug 3 1909 to Sep 28 1986
Doctor Who credits
Played: Professor Chronotis in Shada (1980, unbroadcast)
Played: The Keeper in The Keeper of Traken (1981)
Played: Old man in Timelash (1985)
Career highlights
Denis started out as a dancer and choreographer on films such as The Red Shoes (1948), The Queen of Spades (1949) and Oh... Rosalinda! (1955), then moved into acting in productions such as Serjeant Musgrave's Dance (1961 & 65), Champion House (1967-68), A Beast with Two Backs (1968), Codename (1970), Elizabeth R (1971), The Shadow of the Tower (1972), The Day of the Jackal (1973), I, Claudius (1976), Rooms (1977), Blake's 7 (1979), The Borgias (1981), Stalky and Co (1982), Big Deal (1984), Lamb (1986) and Hard Travelling (1986).
Facts
His wife was actress Yvonne Coulette.

Christopher Neame (Skagra) Born Sep 12 1947
Career highlights
Christopher's career has been prolific since he debuted in No Blade of Grass (1970), appearing in Lust for a Vampire (1971), Dracula AD 1972 (1972), Napoleon and Love (1974), Edward the King (1975), Blake's 7 (1981), The A Team (1985), The Fall Guy (1986), Beauty and the Beast (1989), Licence to Kill (1989), Ghostbusters II (1989), LA Law (1990), Superboy (1990), Suburban Commando (1991), Still Not Quite Human (1992), Hellbound (1994), Northern Exposure (1994), Babylon 5 (1994), Star Trek: Voyager (1995), Earth 2 (1995), Murder She Wrote (1993/95), Sliders (1996), Killer Net (1998), Martial Law (2000), Star Trek: Enterprise (2004), The Prestige (2006) and Vanished (2006). He also had regular roles as Dick Player in Colditz (1972-74), John Curtis in Secret Army (1977), Hamilton Stone in Dynasty (1988-89) and Gustav Hellstrom in Dallas (1989).
Facts
Christopher may be the first male actor to do a nude scene on the small screen, in 1973's A Point in Time.

Daniel Hill (Chris Parsons) Born 1956
Career highlights
Daniel's career began with 1971's Tom Brown's Schooldays, followed by Forget-Me-Not Lane (1975), Wings (1978), The Devil's Crown (1978), Accident (1978-79), Minder (1980), Tenko (1981), Blake's 7 (1981), Brookside (1982), Skorpion (1983), No Place Like Home (1983-84), The Bretts (1987-88), Only Fools and Horses (1989), Border (1998), Welcome to Orty-Fou (1999-2000), Hope and Glory (2000), Rose and Maloney (2002), Bad Girls (2005), Midsomer Murders (2008), Identity (2010), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (2010), United (2011), Foyle's War (2013) and 24: Live Another Day (2014). He will be most remembered as care home manager Harvey Bains in sitcom Waiting for God (1990-94), and a regular role as Simon Norwalk in Judge John Deed (2003-07). His voice could also be heard as the narrator on the 2001 talent show Popstars.
Facts
Here he is, on Twitter!
In 2014 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with Daniel here.

Victoria Burgoyne (Clare Keightley) Born Apr 3 1953
Career highlights
Victoria's first role was in Doctor in Charge (1972), followed by Naughty Wives (1973), Mr Smith (1976), Death Ship (1980), Doctor's Daughters (1981), Metal Mickey (1981), Ever Decreasing Circles (1987), Hannay (1988), Mistress of Suspense (1990) and The Bill (1991, as Victoria G Kyng). She also had a regular role as Vicki Rockwell in Howards' Way (1989).
Facts
In 1974 she appeared in a TV advert for Head and Shoulders shampoo, saying: "Head and Shoulders: hates your dandruff, loves your hair."

James Coombes (Voice of the Krargs) Born Oct 8 1956
Doctor Who credits
Played: Voice of the Krargs in Shada (1980, unbroadcast)
Played: Paroli in Warriors of the Deep (1984)
Career highlights
Doctor Who gave James his first work, after which he appeared in The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady (1983), Murder with Mirrors (1984), Minder on the Orient Express (1985), Robin of Sherwood (1986), A Vote for Hitler (1988), Howards' Way (1990), Drop the Dead Donkey (1993), Bugs (1995), Canary Wharf (1996), A Knight in Camelot (1998), Starhunter (2001), Jericho (2005) and Cardinal Burns (2012). He had a regular role as Dr Clive Aikens in Dinosapien (2007), but his biggest claim to fame is being the second ever Milk Tray Man in the TV commercials, taking over from Gary Myers in 1987.
Facts
James's father-in-law was actor Frank Finlay, while his son Josh is in the band The Hype Theory.

Shirley Dixon (Voice of Skagra's ship)
Career highlights
Shirley debuted in Rendezvous (1959), followed by The Heiress (1969), Doomwatch (1970), The Sextet (1972), The Regiment (1973), Carrie's War (1974), Within These Walls (1975-78, as Mrs Phillips), Enemy at the Door (1980), Agony (1980), Break in the Sun (1981), Flesh and Blood (1982), Coronation Street (1982), The December Rose (1986), Pulaski (1987), Andy Capp (1988), High Street Blues (1989), The Manageress (1990), A Fatal Inversion (1992), Mersey Beat (2002), Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004), Emmerdale (2004/06), Ultimate Force (2005), Babel (2006), United (2011) and Doctors (2004/07/12). Shirley also played Jenny Dale in the BBC radio soap Mrs Dale's Diary in the 1950s.

Gerald Campion (Wilkin) Apr 23 1921 to Jul 9 2002 (heart-related illness following a bypass)
Career highlights
Gerald began his acting career in various uncredited roles from 1938's Drums and through the 1940s, securing his first credit as Fatty Mathews in the TV drama Boys in Brown (1947). He hit the big time as the title character in all 49 episodes of Billy Bunter of Greyfriars School (1952-61). Other credits include The Pickwick Papers (1952), Fun at St Fanny's (1956), Fair Game (1958), Carry On Sergeant (1958), School for Scoundrels (1960), The Handy Gang (1963), The Comedy Man (1964), The Valiant Varneys (1965), Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines (1965), The Sandwich Man (1966), The Sorcerors (1967), Half a Sixpence (1967), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968), Department S (1970), Never the Twain (1986), Diamond's Edge (1988), Minder (1989), Up the Garden Path (1990) and Great Expectations (1991).
Facts
Gerald's other career was as a restaurateur and club owner in London's Soho, including the theatrical private member's club Gerry's (set up in 1955), and various French eateries in London and Kent. His father was playwright Cyril Campion, who was most prolific in the 1930s, while Gerald's mother was Blanche Louise Bear - Charlie Chaplin's first cousin.

Derek Pollitt (Dr Caldera) 1926 to Jul 11 2010
Doctor Who credits
Played: Driver Evans in The Web of Fear (1968)
Played: Private Wright in Doctor Who and the Silurians (1970)
Played: Professor Caldera in Shada (1980, untransmitted)
Career highlights
Further work included Such is Life (1950), Strife (1960), Coronation Street (1966), The Body Stealers (1969), Bread (1971) and The Onedin Line (1978).
Facts
Derek sadly went blind in 1997 and moved into an RNIB hostel, but this didn't stop him raising money for a hospice in Llandudno, North Wales, by walking from John O'Groats to Land's End for a penny a mile (raising £1,301). His brother was fellow actor Clyde Pollitt, who appeared in two Doctor Who stories - The War Games (1969) and The Three Doctors (1972-73). His mother was Betty (Lloyd-) Davies, who was also a noted Welsh bard called Branwen Ellis. In 1955, Derek and his wife formed the Galleon touring theatre company, and ran two others with his brothers Brian and Clyde.

John Hallet (Policeman)
Career highlights
Further credits include Suspense (1962), Z Cars (1971), The Regiment (1973), Survivors (1975, as the ill-fated Barney), Carry On Emmannuelle (1978) and Call Me Mister (1986).

CREW

Douglas Adams (writer and script editor) Mar 11 1952 to May 11 2001 (heart attack)
Doctor Who credits
Wrote: The Pirate Planet (1978), City of Death (1979, as David Agnew), Shada (1980, unbroadcast)
Script edited: Destiny of the Daleks, City of Death, The Creature from the Pit, Nightmare of Eden, The Horns of Nimon, Shada (1979-80)
Career highlights
Douglas is most famous for writing the BBC radio series The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy in 1978, which then became a series of books (1979-92), a TV series (1981), a film (2005), a stage play, a computer game and even a bath towel. Douglas's first TV writing was for Monty Python's Flying Circus (1974), followed by Out of the Trees (1976), Doctor on the Go (1977), Doctor Snuggles (1979), Not the Nine O'Clock News (1979) and Hyperland (1990). He also made appearances in front of the camera in Monty Python's Flying Circus, Out of the Trees, The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy and Rockstar (2000).
Facts
Douglas, who was heavily involved in computer technology, created the Digital Village/ h2g2, and inspired the online encyclopedia Babelfish. It was Douglas who popularised the now commonly accepted belief that 42 is the answer to life, the universe and everything. He owned the first two Apple Macintosh computers ever in the UK. Douglas also wrote the Dirk Gently series of novels, and a short-lived TV series of the same name based on them was made by the BBC 2010/12. Further trivia... Douglas helped come up with the title for Pink Floyd's 1994 album The Division Bell... He was part of the team that originally founded the UK charity Comic Relief in 1985... There are asteroids named after both Douglas and his Hitch Hikers "hero" Arthurdent... Towel Day is celebrated every year on May 25 by fans as a tribute to Douglas, on which people carry a towel around with them all day because "a towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have", according to his multi-million selling book!

Pennant Roberts (director) Dec 15 1940 to Jun 22 2010 (cancer)
Doctor Who credits
Directed: The Face of Evil (1977), The Sun Makers (1977), The Pirate Planet (1978), Shada (1980, unfinished), Warriors of the Deep (1984), Timelash (1985)
Career highlights
Pennant's directing career began with Doomwatch in 1972, followed by work on The Regiment (1973), Sutherland's Law (1974), Oil Strike North (1975), Survivors (1975-76), Blake's 7 (1978), The Onedin Line (1979), Juliet Bravo (1980), Tenko (1981), Cold Warriors (1984), Howards' Way (1985), The Snow Spider (1988, for which he was nominated for a BAFTA for Best Children's Drama), The Bubblegum Brigade (1989), Emlyn's Moon (1990), The Chestnut Soldier (1991), Crime Story (1992), Wycliffe (1993) and The Sherman Plays (1993-97). He also acted as producer on a handful of these latter series.
Facts
Pennant was also chairman of the Directors' and Producers' Rights Society (now Directors UK), vice-president of the Strasbourg European Film Forum, chair of Media Skills Wales, a governor of the Welsh College of Music and Drama, and a board member of Sgrîn, the Welsh audiovisual media agency. He campaigned for many years for the rights of actors and directors to receive fees when programmes are repeated on television.

Graham Williams (producer) May 24 1945 to Aug 17 1990 (shooting incident)
Doctor Who credits
Produced: Horror of Fang Rock, The Invisible Enemy, Image of the Fendahl, The Sun Makers, Underworld, The Invasion of Time, The Ribos Operation, The Pirate Planet, The Stones of Blood, The Androids of Tara, The Power of Kroll, The Armageddon Factor, Destiny of the Daleks, City of Death, The Creature from the Pit, Nightmare of Eden, The Horns of Nimon, Shada (unbroadcast) (1977-80)
Wrote: The Invasion of Time (1978, as David Agnew), City of Death (1979, as David Agnew)
Career highlights
Graham wrote for Target (1977), was script editor on The View from Daniel Pike (1971-73), Sutherland's Law (1973), Barlow at Large (1975) and Z Cars (1975-77), and produced Super Gran (1986-87).
Facts
In 1985 Graham helped design the text computer game Doctor Who and the Warlord. In 1986 Graham pitched a script for Doctor Who's 23rd season, The Nightmare Fair, but when the programme was put on hiatus for 18 months, he eventually wrote the story as a novel in 1989. It was adapted as an audio adventure featuring Colin Baker and Nicola Bryant in 2009. At the time of his death Graham was running the Hartnoll Hotel in Tiverton, Devon. It is commonly believed that Graham may have accidentally shot himself while cleaning his firearm, although there is another, unsubstantiated, rumour that he may have committed suicide.

Note: The producer for the 1992 BBC Video presentation was John Nathan-Turner. The serial was also adapted into a BBCi audio adventure in 2003 featuring Eighth Doctor Paul McGann, Lalla Ward as Romana, and K-9 (voiced this time by John Leeson), the producer for which was Gary Russell.

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