Scream of the Shalka is actually a flash animated Doctor Who feature
created by the BBC in order to celebrate the 40th
Anniversary of Doctor Who. There has been some debate as to whether
this is really part of the mythology but according to our friends at
the BBC, it is. Scripted by Paul Cornell, Scream of the Shalka does
feel a little flat on DVD in terms of its simplistic animation and
stars Richard E. Grant as the Doctor who must stop the Shalka, an
alien racing living underground who wants to remove Earthís ozone
Thankfully for the Doctor, he has some allies with UNITís Bishop
Brennan (Jim Norton) and his companion Allison (Sophie Okenedo).
However, his investigation soon leads him to the Master (Derek
Jacobi) which creates this very interesting dynamic and tension
between the Doctor and his arch-nemesis. Overall, Screams of Shalka
is an interesting story that works on most levels of the Doctor Who
franchise but given that this was designed for the web, the price is
a little on the high side, given the simplistic animation.
However this is justified by the amount of extras on the release
that includes how Screams of Shalka was made, a behind the scenes
featurette, a documentary entitled Interweb of Fear, trailers and
even commentary by Toby Hadoke, Paul Cornell, James Goss and Wilson
Milam who nicely balance their fandom with their professionalism.
Itís definitely a release for purists!