The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy author Douglas Adams wrote the finale to the 17th season of Doctor Who titled ‘Shada.’ It’s been lost to history…until now!
The episode, set in Cambridge, was almost finished shooting when there was a massive staffer strike. Unfortunately, filming was scrapped. BBC News has announced that the episode will now see the light of day, even featuring then-current Doctor Tom Baker!
It’ll be animated. Check out a teaser trailer here!
Since footage of the episode does exist, it seems like parts will be live action, but the rest will be filled in with animated clips. Adams’s story has the Fourth Doctor (Baker) going to Cambridge where he works with a retired Time Lord to battle a malevolent alien.
Baker’s companion at the time was Romana, played by Lalla Ward, who will be returning as well. Fans can download the episode November 24th or purchase it on DVD and Blu-ray December 4th.
In celebration of its forty year anniversary, BBC Radio 4 will be releasing a new The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series. The new series will be called The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: Hexagonal Phase.
Hexagonal Phase will be based off the 2009 Hitchhiker’s novel And Another Thing, written by Artemis Fowl author Eoin Colfer. Colfer was handpicked by Douglas Adams’ widow to continue the series.
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Original cast members Simon Jones (Arthur), Geoffrey McGivern (Ford Prefect), Mark Wing-Davey (Zaphod Beeblebrox), and Sandra Dickinson (Trillian) will all be returning. They’ll be joined by Absolutely Fabulous’ Jane Horrocks, and John Lloyd will be voicing the titular guide.
Regarding the reunion, Arthur actor Simon Jones said:
I never expected to still be searching for a decent cup of tea and some kind of answer to Life, the Universe and Everything almost a lifetime later. Still, the dressing-gown and towel may be a little threadbare, like my hair, but my voice, much to my surprise, hasn’t changed a decibel, and despite years in America, I can still talk Arthur’s ‘indignant-posh’.
The series was originally released on BBC Radio 4 in 1978, which then spawned the pop culture wildfire we all love today. Thank to BBC Radio we still have some time before we have to tell Hitchhiker’s Guide “So long…and thanks for all the dolphins.”