Doctor Who's Tom Baker To Reprise His Role In Upcoming DVD Release

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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.

Titled "Shada", the six-part storyline was set to be the third and final Doctor Who episode from iconic sci-fi scribe Douglas Adams (The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy).

The story was cut short by a strike at the BBC, but over seven hours had already been filmed. Baker starred as the fourth Doctor in the long-running series.

Doctor Who star Tom Baker has returned to the cult BBC show to make a cameo in the completed version of an episode that was never finished. 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.

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Almost four decades later, BBC Worldwide is set to release a new version of "Shada" that blends original footage with new color animations and voiceovers by OG cast members Baker and Lalla Ward (who played companion Romana II).

If the new soundtrack sounds reassuringly familiar, it's because composer Mark Ayers tried his best to imitate the sounds of the Tom Baker run using the original equipment of the 1970s.

A two-disk DVD is scheduled for release in the United States on January 9 (you can snag a region-free Blu-ray via Amazon.co.uk as early as December 4). "Doctor Who... when I was in full flight, then I was happy". Together, they will defeat the alien, Skagra, who has an evil plan of trying to steal intergalactic secrets to the prison planet of Shada. "Doctor Who was more important than life to me - I used to dread the end of rehearsal... that's why I can't stay away from it. "Shada" was one of my favourite Doctor Who stories".

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