So I finished listening to the 10 CD version of Shada narrated by Lalla Ward. It was a good version. There’s certainly more detail in this version than the Big Finish version, although partly that’s because it’s narrated rather than a dramatised version.
On the whole though, I do prefer the Big Finish version with Paul McGann. Not because it’s a dramatised version, although I think that brings it to life far better as a story. But because I think that they just did it much better by shortening it to something more like the length it would have been if it had actually been televised. Let’s not forget that it was meant to be on TV in 25 minute episodes, and not a 10 hour narrated story.
Anyway, I’m glad I heard this version, and I’m glad I’ve got both now. I might even by the book when the paperback comes out.