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

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"Doctor Who" fans will finally be able to enjoy a newly completed classic episode of the sci-fi show after producers and former series star Tom Baker filled in the blanks of an unfinished 1979 installment titled "Shada".

Baker briefly reprised his role as the Doctor in a segment of a charity special, but this is the first time he will have appeared in new footage in a regular episode of the classic series since his 1974-81 run as the time lord.

Filmed at BBC Television Centre earlier this year, it combines original live-action footage with new animation as well as Baker's cameo.

"I think it never left me and that's why I can't stay away from it". Shada was meant to be a celebratory episode to conclude the 17th series of Doctor Who, and was written by Douglas Adams, most famous for penning book The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. It was a lovely time of my life.

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The loveably eccentric Baker, the longest-serving Doctor and now aged 83, has not starred as the Gallifreyan since 1981, when the character regenerated and the role was taken over by Peter Davison. "Doctor Who... when I was in full flight, then I was happy". "I used to dread the end of rehearsal".

Of his time filming Shada in Cambridge in 1979, Baker said: "Mostly I remember being mocked by the students on the [River] Cam because I wasn't very good at punting, I kept losing the pole".

"It's a nice way of waving goodbye to an era of Doctor Who and the 1970s and to Tom Baker in general", he said.

The episode is downloadable from Friday (November 24th) via iTunes and is released on DVD on December 4th.