Watch Now: Trailer For Douglas Adams’ ‘Dirk Gently’ Inspired By Doctor Who

As many of you know, while he was working on the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams cut his teeth and refined his craft with the crew of Doctor Who, back when Tom Baker was portraying the fourth incarnation of the Doctor. Adams served as script editor for the series, and also is credited as writing a few episodes of the show.

One of the most infamous episodes written by Adams was once called Shada. This Doctor Who serial was never completed or fully broadcast due to industrial action and protests that happened at the time.

Where am I going with this? Well, as it turns out, the BBC is about to launch a new show called Dirk Gently; which is based on the novels Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency and The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul written by Douglas Adams. These two novels, in part, form the basis of the unaired Shada episode of Doctor Who.

Essentially, what happened was Adams decided to take the concepts he really enjoyed from the unaired episode and created a whole new adventure focusing on the detective known as Dirk Gently.

BBC’s Dirk Gently is going to be a one-hour detective show, and is being promoted as a drama. They have released a trailer for the show, which you can view below.


[Source: BBC Four via Blastr]


  1. Very curious where this will go. I generally liked the Dirk Gently books better than the Hitchhiker ones, so am hoping for a good adaptation.

    Comment by unwesen — December 10, 2010 @ 1:38 pm

  2. Douglas Adams would undoubtably have approved of your use of the phrase “as it turns out” which he used to find useful to throw into conversation when he didn’t have any evidence to back his argument up – not that I’m suggesting you don’t have any evidence…

    Beware, the story doesn’t follow those of the books although the writers claim to have held true to the characters.

    Comment by bryony — December 14, 2010 @ 6:46 am

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