A 38 Year Old Unfinished 'Doctor Who' Episode Finally Gets Completed

Tom Baker returns as the Fourth Doctor in a previously “missing” story from 1979

To make the new scene fit in with the older shots, producers used TV cameras from the 1970s and the original Tardis set, as well as the K9 robot dog model.

Baker's last Doctor Who outing came in the 2013 50th anniversary special "The Day of the Doctor" where he portrayed the mysterious character The Curator. Adams would only write two other episodes for Doctor Who, but "Shada" was always the "what could've been?" after filming for the episode was interrupted by an engineering strike.

The episode is now available digitally and will be available on DVD in January.

The narrative revolves around the planet Shada, where Time Lords have built a high-security prison for some of the universe's most risky criminals.

The former Lenham resident who now lives in Sussex made a surprise appearance as Doctor Who for the newly released story, Shada, filmed in Cambridge.

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The BBC finally completed the story-with new effects, a score, and linking narration by Baker-and six shortened episodes were given a 111-minute VHS release in 1992.

Elements of the story, meanwhile, were recycled by Douglas Adams in his novel "Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency" (readers might remember Professor Chronotis and his time machine). It was a lovely time of my life. Speaking about his big return, Baker admitted it was "a matter of regret" that the Shada episode had not been completed. "So I took to it like a duck to water and I still do".

Baker told the BBC: "I think it never left me and that's why I can't stay away from it. My real life was really rather drab compared with the life of Doctor Who when we were making it".

It will be his first return as the Time Lord since a brief cameo for Children in Need.

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