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Doctor Who: Shada
The Lost Adventure by Douglas Adams
by Gareth Roberts
Ace, $26.95, 400pp
Release Date: June 26, 2012
This is the novelization of a “lost” story from the Tom Baker era of Doctor Who. Written by Douglas Adams, this story never made it onto the air due to a labor strike. Gareth Roberts has used Adams ’ notes and scripts to produce a wonderful, and long awaited, addition to Doctor Who.

The story finds Professor Chronotis, a Time Lord himself as well as a friend of the Doctor, at Cambridge University where he intends to spend his retirement. Unfortunately he has taken some mementos of his time traveling days and, of course, among the unimportant trinkets is a rather important one, The Worshipful and Ancient Law of Gallifrey. To make matters worse, he lends it to a university student who wants to use it to pick up girls, without stopping to think someone might be searching for it. Enter our villain, Time Lord Skagra and then the Doctor, Romana and K-9 to arrive to save the day.

Roberts does an excellent job of carrying on Adams ’ trademark humor and produces a worthy entry in the Doctor Who series. Highly recommended to fans of the original Doctor Who series as well as fans of the new reboot. ~~ Stephanie L Bannon

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