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A full unofficial constructed high quality DVD version including menu and extras of the BBCi webcast of Scream Of The Shalka broadcast between 13 November - 18 December 2003.
Scream of the Shalka is a flash-animated serial based on the British science fiction television series Doctor Who. It was produced to coincide with the 40th Anniversary of the series and was originally posted in six weekly parts from 13 November to 18 December 2003 on BBCi's Doctor Who website. Although it was intended to be an "official" continuation of the television series that had ended in 1989, the revival of the programme in 2005 relegated it, and its "Ninth Doctor", to unofficial status.
The serial was scripted by veteran Doctor Who writer Paul Cornell, with Richard E. Grant providing the voice for the Ninth Doctor and Derek Jacobi as the voice of an android made in the image of the Doctor's old enemy, the Master. This performance followed years of rumours that Grant would play the Doctor in a film or new series, and indeed he had appeared as the Tenth "conceited" Doctor in the Comic Relief special Doctor Who and the Curse of Fatal Death in 1999. The Doctor's companion for this adventure, Alison Cheney, was voiced by Sophie Okonedo who a year later would be nominated for an Academy Award for her performance in Hotel Rwanda.
Previous Doctor Who webcasts had had limited animation and were little more than a series of illustrations. Earlier in 2003, BBCi had had some success with the original animated webcast Ghosts of Albion. The animation for that story was provided by Manchester-based animation studio Cosgrove Hall, who were also hired to animate Scream of the Shalka.
This story was the first officially-licensed, fully-animated Doctor Who story.
The TARDIS materialises in the village of Lannet in Lancashire, disgorging an annoyed Doctor, who has apparently been transported here against his will. He discovers the village silent, its inhabitants all living in fear except for a barmaid, Alison Cheney. An alien race calling themselves the Shalka have taken up residence beneath Lannet in preparation for a wider invasion. Despite his initial reluctance to get involved, the Doctor finds himself having to save the world again, aided by Alison and an old enemy who has become an ally.
The Doctor — Richard E. Grant
Alison Cheney — Sophie Okonedo
Dawson/ Greaves — Conor Moloney
Max — Andrew Dunn
Joe — Craig Kelly
Mathilda Pierce — Anna Calder-Marshall
The Master — Derek Jacobi
Prime — Diana Quick
Major Kennet — Jim Norton
Caretaker — David Tennant
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Soundtrack: English Stereo
Format: PAL DVD
Running Time: 80 Mins Approx.
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