Tom Baker returns for surprise Doctor Who cameo

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"'Shada' was one of my favorite Doctor Who stories", Baker recalled.

Doctor Who fans have waited almost four decades for today.

Mr Baker played the time lord for seven consecutive seasons, making him the longest-serving Doctor.

The BBC finally completed the story-with new effects, a score, and linking narration by Baker-and six shortened episodes were given a 111-minute VHS release in 1992. 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.

The parts not filmed in 1979 will be completed using animation and Baker's voice, but he has also filmed a live action scene. 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.




First off, he turned up in non-canon multi-Doctor special "Dimensions in Time", which aired as part of the 1993 Children in Need celebrations.

Now, BBC Worldwide has put all the filmed scenes together and with the help of original scripts, replaced the missing scenes by using animated versions of the characters voiced by the original actors.

The episode sees Baker's Doctor head to Cambridge to fight an evil alien named Skagra. He told the BBC, "That's why I can't stay away from it, it was a lovely time of my life".

"When I was doing Doctor Who it was the realization of all my childhood fantasies...so I took to it like a duck to water and I still do", Baker revealed.

"Shada" is available to buy as a digital download and is set for release on DVD and Blu-ray on December 4, the New Musical Express reported.

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