Tuesday, 19 March, 2019

Tom Baker Returns to 'Doctor Who' in Live-Action 'Shada' Scene

Tom Baker returns to the Tardis to complete unfinished Doctor Who episode Tom Baker filmed a special scene as the fourth Doctor
Melody Ballard | 27 November, 2017, 01:25

"My real life was really rather drab compared with the life of Doctor Who when we were making it".

The episode was written by Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy author Douglas Adams and, due to its incomplete nature, has gained mythic attention amongst devout Doctor Who fans.

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.

Tom Baker played the Doctor on the long-running sci-fi drama from 1974 to 1981.

Speaking about the cameo, the actor said: "Shada was one of my favourite Doctor Who stories". Unfortunately, strikes wracked Britain for months and the episode was put on the backburner, with some of the existing footage later used in the Doctor Who 20th anniversary special.

But 38 years later, "Shada" will finally be finished, with none other than Tom Baker himself reprising his role as the most famous Doctor. The Guardian reports Tom Baker has donned his iconic scarf once more to film a "lost" episode of the BBC TV show from 1979.

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To complete the journey back to the past, the producers of "Shada" filmed Baker in a recreation of his TARDIS, shot the scenes on vintage 1970s cameras and even got hold of a model of the Doctor's faithful dog K-9 to boot.

"That's why I can't say away from it, it was a lovely time of my life", he told the BBC.

It's exciting to see BBC give makeovers to lost or unfinished episodes of Doctor Who, which still unfortunately boasts huge gaps in the runs of the Second Doctor (Patrick Troughton).

Baker said the Doctor character "probably never left me".

The lost episode will be available to buy on digital download and will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on December 4.

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