Tom Baker returns for surprise cameo in lost Doctor Who episode

He's back...

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.

Baker, who starred as the fourth doctor between 1974 and 1981, will appear in ‘Shada’, 38 years after it was abandoned.

The episode, which sees the Doctor heading to Cambridge to battle evil alien Skagra, began filming in 1979 but faced an untimely abandon amid BBC strike action.


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.

Describing his return, the 83-year-old said the Doctor “probably never left me”.

“That’s why I can’t say away from it, it was a lovely time of my life,” he told the BBC.

“I loved doing Doctor Who, it was life to me. I used to dread the end of rehearsal because then real life would impinged on me. Doctor Who… when I was in full flight, then I was happy.”

The episode was also written by Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy author Douglas Adams, who later recycled some of the unused characters for his novel Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency.


Shada is now available to buy  as a digital download and is set for release on DVD and Blu-ray on 4 December.