Tom Baker returns to Doctor Who to complete 'lost' episode

Posted November 27, 2017

Some 36 years after his departure, Tom Baker has reprised the role of the Fourth Doctor to complete the abandoned 1979 Doctor Who serial "Shada", penned by legendary author Douglas Adams. Shada - an episode that began filming in 1979 with Tom Baker as the legendary Time Lord - is finally finished and available to download (a DVD will be released in the United Kingdom on December 4th, and in the USA on January 9th).

Tom Baker played the Doctor on the long-running sci-fi drama from 1974 to 1981. 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. 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. "Doctor Who... when I was in full flight, then I was happy".

Now, it has been announced that Baker will return to his most famous role for a brief cameo, while the rest of the episode will be completed using a combination of his voice and animation. The Guardian reports Tom Baker has donned his iconic scarf once more to film a "lost" episode of the BBC TV show from 1979. "I loved doing Doctor Who, it was life to me". Together, they will defeat the alien, Skagra, who has an evil plan of trying to steal intergalactic secrets to the prison planet of Shada.

Shada, which has been released as a download, was a run of episodes meant to mark the end of the 17th series, but the studio scenes were never completed. And as to why he made a decision to return to the role, he explained: "I think it never left me and that's why I can't stay away from it".