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Went to big box store for a last minute supply run and was stopped dead in my tracks by this.

I watched what I assume is this version (but may have featured a different voice cast) via the web ages ago, and I've written about shada at length, but I never expected to see a copy on the shelves at a major retailer.

I nearly bought it, even.

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For those who are unfamiliar, this is Douglas Adams famously unfinished doctor who episode.

Seeing as it was unlikely to ever be released, Adams recycled the plot in to his novel Dirk Gently's holistic detective agency, replacing the doctor with the titular gently (and effectively making Dirk gently doctor who fan fic)

Then it was rereleased as a radio episode and a flash animation, and a fan novel, and a recut fanedit, and a VHS with linking narration, and an official novel, and now this.

@ajroach42 wait hold up dirk gently is meant to be dr who this makes SO MUCH SENSE

@ajroach42 have you seen the dirk gently tv show? i think they did a p good job with it, tho i only watched season 1

Which one? The BBCA one from two or three years ago, or the BBC one from seven or eight years ago?


Dirk was the stand in character Adams wrote to replace the doctor in Shada.

Even excluding the original Dirk Gently novel, Shadaay be the easiest episode of doctor who to accidentally encounter.

I know several people for whom it is the only episode they have seen.

Adams was, shall we say, less than pleased with this turn of events.

But he was less than pleased with a lot of things.

@ajroach42 Kinda-sorta? Gently did all the sleuthing, but I think Professor Chronotis is closer to the Doctor, since he's the hundreds-of-years-old character with a time and space machine. Maybe the Doctor after he got tenure.

@ajroach42 @aral //cc @stjohn who probably already knows but should be aware of this thread anyway

@aral @ajroach42 @bouncinglime Haha, yessss, I saw it. I feel sorry for Lalla Ward, who must have acted "Shada" about 93 times now.