By Gareth Roberts

From the original brain of Douglas Adams, mythical writer of The Hitchhiker's consultant to the Galaxy, comes  Shada, a physician Who tale scripted for the tv sequence Doctor Who, yet by no means produced--and now, remodeled into an unique novel...

a bit wisdom is a deadly thing
think how harmful loads of wisdom is...

The Doctor's previous buddy and fellow Time Lord Professor Chronotis has retired to Cambridge collage, the place one of the different doddering previous professors no one will observe if he lives for hundreds of years. He took with him a couple of little souvenirs--harmless issues particularly. yet between them, carelessly, he took The Worshipful and old legislation of Gallifrey. much more carelessly, he has loaned this immensely robust ebook to clueless graduate scholar Chris Parsons, who intends to exploit it to provoke ladies. The Worshipful and historic legislation is likely one of the most threatening artifacts within the universe; it can't be allowed to fall into the incorrect hands.

The palms of the sinister Time Lord Skagra are definitely the wrongest ones attainable. Skagra is a sadist and an egomaniac, bent on common domination. Having misguessed the nation of style in the world, he additionally wears poor platform sneakers. he's on his solution to Cambridge. He desires the booklet. And he wishes the Doctor...

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The October afternoon used to be commencing to lose its heat. As a part of her reports on the Academy, Romana had visited the chambers of the main historical Time Lord lecturers and located them as sterile and dry as anyplace else within the Capitol. yet now, as one other bar at the hearth glowed into existence with the faintest sizzle of burning dirt, Romana mirrored that she felt virtually as cozy the following as she did within the TARDIS. The Professor sipped at his tea and tapped the health care professional at the knee together with his spoon. ‘Now then, surgeon, younger fellow. What am i able to do for you? ’ The physician blinked in shock, his knife midway among butter-dish and cracker. ‘What are you able to do for me? Don’t you suggest, what am i able to do for you? ’ ‘I don’t imagine I do,’ acknowledged the Professor. ‘You despatched for me,’ acknowledged the general practitioner patiently. The Professor seemed nonplussed. ‘Sent for you? ’ ‘I obtained your signal,’ acknowledged the healthcare professional. Chronotis frowned. ‘Signal? What sign? ’ ‘Romana,’ acknowledged the healthcare professional, ‘didn’t we choose up a sign from the Professor? could we come and notice him once attainable? ’ Romana nodded. ‘And we got here instantaneously. ’ Chronotis shrugged. ‘I haven’t despatched you a sign. yet it’s very appropriate to determine you. Have one other cracker. ’ The healthcare professional exchanged a frightened look with Romana. ‘Professor,’ he acknowledged, without warning very grave, ‘if you didn’t ship that sign – then who did? ’ bankruptcy 6 ALL used to be good in Wilkin’s global, yet then it usually used to be. Wilkin may easily now not allow it to be the other manner. He had stumbled on his position and objective in existence. where used to be St Cedd’s, and the aim was once to keep up the order and calm confirmed the following centuries ahead of, till the time got here for him at hand over the duty to an both calm and ordered successor. Wilkin observed himself as a cog within the wheel of time, situated the following to ease the lives of these round him, and was once a company believer within the little bit of the Bible that stated ‘A tender resolution turneth away wrath’, if no longer a number of the different bits. yet even he had his limits. The come across with the Doctor-with-no-name and his captivating significant other had positioned him out now not one jot. If humans selected to put on ridiculously lengthy multicoloured scarves and to show up on events many years aside now not taking a look any older, it was once none of his company. yet now, as he pinned one other discover at the board and accepted himself only a tinge of inward excitement on the considered scrambled eggs on toast and the BBC’s Saturday serial in a couple of hours, he came across himself bristling for the 1st time in years. A really ludicrously dressed individual used to be stomping – convinced, that was once the single observe for it, stomping – during the front to the courtyard. Now evidently it was once no company of Wilkin’s if humans selected to clothes themselves in lengthy silver capes and wide-brimmed silver hats, and went approximately sporting previous carpet baggage, that used to be their very own affair. yet this fellow had not one of the Doctor’s affability or appeal, and Wilkin used to be particularly convinced he had by no means visible him ahead of. He used to be in his early thirties, and may were good-looking – his gains have been symmetrically unique and he had complete, sensual lips – have been it now not for 2 issues.

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