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Thursday, 14 November, 2002, 16:29 GMT
Lost Doctor Who show revived
Paul McGann as Doctor Who in the 1996 TV movie
Paul McGann is returning for the webcast
A legendary Doctor Who episode written by the late cult author Douglas Adams is to get its first showing next year - 24 years after it was shelved.

The episode, called Shada, was described as "the greatest Doctor Who story never shown" and began filming in 1979 but production was halted by industrial action.

Following several false starts in attempting to bring it back, the drama will finally be premièred in a webcast on BBCi in the spring.

Paul McGann will star as the doctor, backed by a well-known cast including James Fox, Andrew Sachs, Hannah Gordon and Melvyn Hayes.
Douglas Adams
Douglas Adams' script has been hailed as a classic

Director Nicholas Pegg hailed it as "a tremendously exciting project".

"We've really pulled out all the stops on this one," he said.

"We've had a fantastic time in the studio and I hope people will agree that we've done justice to one of the greatest writers Doctor Who was ever blessed with."

Shada, which was originally planned to conclude Dr Who's 17th season, finds the doctor teaming up with Romana (Lalla Ward) and K9 (John Leeson) in trying to track down the most dangerous book in the universe.

James Fox
James Fox plays the role of Professor Chronotis
Produced by the Big Finish company, it stars Fox in the role of Professor Chronotis, with Sachs as the evil Skagra.

Gordon is behind the silky voice of Skagra's spaceship, and Hayes makes a cameo performance as college porter Wilkin.

McGann played the eighth doctor in the 1996 TV movie, seven years after the TV show was axed.

Other roles are played by Sean Biggerstaff - Quidditch captain Oliver Wood in the Harry Potter films - and Susannah Harker from political thriller House Of Cards.

'Tribute'

Producer Jason Haigh-Ellery was full of praise for Adams' writing.

"This is a great opportunity to finally produce Doctor Who's most famous lost script, and a fine tribute to Douglas Adams," he said.

Adams, who wrote the incredibly successful Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, died last year at the age of 49.

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