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Postby Bouncy Castle » Wed Sep 01, 2010 10:57 am

As fans of the late Douglas Adams and his Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series, we're thrilled the BBC is producing an hourlong broadcast based on another one of his books, Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency. But guess what? That's good news for Doctor Who fans, too.

Because Dirk Gently, as it turns out, is based in part on the fourth Doctor's famed unaired episode, "Shada."

Adams had written the episode, about a Time Lord living as a professor at Cambridge University who is visited by his old friend, played by the fourth Doctor, floppy-hat-wearing Tom Baker. Part of it was filmed in 1979, but the rest fell victim to a strike at the BBC.

Fast-forward to 1987, when Dirk Gently hits the stands. It's about an extremely old professor, a scattered, hat-wearing detective, and "the fundamental interconnectedness of things."

We not sure why the BBC would turn the 1987 novel into a one-off television show now, but better late than never. And who knows? Healthy ratings could lead the BBC to expand that single episode into something more.

Dirk Gently doesn't just borrow from "Shada": Parts of the novel are seen in Adams' produced episode, "City of Death." In fact, Adams' work has long since been intertwined with Doctor Who. He turned his unproduced script, "Doctor Who and the Krikkitmen," into the third book in the Hitchhikers series, Life, the Universe and Everything. He even worked on Doctor Who as the script editor for the 17th season.

When it comes to Douglas Adams and Doctor Who, looks like there's no doubt about "the fundamental interconnectedness of things."

(via bleedingcool)



BBC4, apparently.
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Postby Tonyblack » Wed Sep 01, 2010 11:04 am

Shada was unaired - but a webcast was made of it starring Paul McGann as the Doctor. You can listen to it HERE. :D
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Postby Bouncy Castle » Wed Sep 01, 2010 11:05 am

You do, don't you? You know everything!
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Postby BatrickPatrick » Wed Sep 01, 2010 11:25 am

I didn't know Dirk Gently started off as Dr Who, but I'm actually not surprised...Douglas Adams seemed to recycle a lot of ideas >.>

I wonder who's on the cast?
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Postby Bouncy Castle » Wed Sep 01, 2010 11:28 am

Cast hasn't been announced yet.

The only thing I can remember of the book was the opening line...

High on a rocky promontory sat an Electric Monk on a bored horse.




Nothing out of the ordinary there, methinks!
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Postby BatrickPatrick » Wed Sep 01, 2010 11:51 am

<.> That's the opening of chapter two...

Chapter one starts 'This time there would be no witnesses'...
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Postby Tonyblack » Wed Sep 01, 2010 11:58 am

It's ages since I read Dirk Gently. Is that the one with the long distance lorry driver who is actually a rain god and doesn't realise it? :D
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Postby Jan Van Quirm » Wed Sep 01, 2010 12:34 pm

It must have been because that's not in The Long Dark Teatime of the Soul which was the sequel to Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency which I've never read. LDTOTS was about the Norse Gods struggle to cope with the 'real' planes of existence :wink:

Looking forward to seeing this one - I love DA :D
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Postby BatrickPatrick » Wed Sep 01, 2010 5:38 pm

Tonyblack wrote:It's ages since I read Dirk Gently. Is that the one with the long distance lorry driver who is actually a rain god and doesn't realise it? :D


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Postby Tonyblack » Wed Sep 01, 2010 5:49 pm

BatrickPatrick wrote:
Tonyblack wrote:It's ages since I read Dirk Gently. Is that the one with the long distance lorry driver who is actually a rain god and doesn't realise it? :D


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Thanks! :D

I've read the Dirk Gently and wasn't that impressed with them to be honest. And HHGTTG got somewhat weak towards the end in my opinion.
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Postby fords » Wed Sep 01, 2010 6:57 pm

Mostly Harmless was bloody awful, but then DNA did admit to it being down to him having a horrible year. Dirk Gently is never going to match the brilliance of Hitchhiker, but it does have its moments :)
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Postby Penfold » Wed Sep 01, 2010 10:30 pm

Bouncy Castle wrote:As fans of the late Douglas Adams and his Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series, we're thrilled the BBC is producing an hourlong broadcast based on another one of his books, Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency.

I think its great news as well but how the heck are they going to fit it all into a one hour broadcast? :? I still like the Zen Art of Navigation tho. :lol:
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Postby BatrickPatrick » Thu Sep 02, 2010 3:49 pm

the first three hitchhiker's books are the best ones.
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Postby high eight » Tue Sep 07, 2010 5:07 pm

BatrickPatrick wrote:the first three hitchhiker's books are the best ones.


First one-and-a-half, I reckon. It goes downhill very rapidly after that.

And Doctor Who and the Crikketmen should have been flushed down the biggest WC in the galaxy as soon as it was concieved.
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Postby The Mad Collector » Tue Sep 07, 2010 5:12 pm

I thought the much later radio adaptations of the last three books worked rather well, certainly better than the books did. Severely chopping and in some cases completely rewriting, whole chunks made a huge difference to the flow of the stories.
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