However, filming for the episode, which was supposed to be the end of the 17th series of Doctor Who, came to a halt.
A two-disk DVD is scheduled for release in the United States on January 9 (you can snag a region-free Blu-ray via Amazon.co.uk as early as December 4). That's because an abandoned story from 1979, which has gained legendary status over the years, is finally being completed using animation. In 2013, he was cast in a Doctor Who episode as a curator in the National Gallery. "Doctor Who... when I was in full flight, then I was happy".
The unfinished episode, entitled "Shada", even brought actor Tom Baker out of retirement to recreate the role of the fourth Doctor. The story will be released decades on as a feature-length film and Baker makes a cameo appearance as an old man. A digital download hit the Web on Friday, available from iTunes and other outlets. Shada - an episode that began filming in 1979 with Tom Baker as the legendary Time Lord - is finally finished and available to download (a DVD will be released in the United Kingdom on December 4th, and in the USA on January 9th). It all worked out for the writer, who went on to use some of the characters for Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency.
"That's why I can't say away from it, it was a lovely time of my life", he told the BBC. "So I took to it like a duck to water and I still do". And as to why he chose to return to the role, he explained: "I think it never left me and that's why I can't stay away from it. My real life was really rather drab compared with the life of Doctor Who when we were making it".
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.