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Doctor Who - The Music



Recordings produced by The BBC Radiophonic Workshop
Co-ordinated by Dick Mills and John Walley
BBC Radiophonic Workshop: Doctor Who - The Music
12" LP / Cassette, February 1983
BBC Records BBC REH / ZCR 462

SIDE 1

1.
TARDIS - Doctor Who Ron Grainer realised Delia Derbyshire
2.
The Sea Devils Malcolm Clarke
3.
Meglos Peter Howell
4.
Nyssa's Theme Roger Limb
5.
Kassia's Wedding Music Roger Limb
6.
The Threat of Melkur Roger Limb
7.
Exploring the Lab Roger Limb
8.
Nyssa is Hypnotized Roger Limb
9.
The Leisure Hive Peter Howell

SIDE 2

1.
Omega Field Force [sic] Roger Limb
2.
Ergon Threat Roger Limb
3.
Termination of the Doctor Roger Limb
4.
Banqueting Music Peter Howell
5.
TSS Machine Attacked Peter Howell
6.
Janissary Band Peter Howell
7.
Subterranean Caves Malcolm Clarke
8.
Requiem Malcolm Clarke
9.
March of the Cybermen Malcolm Clarke
10.
Doctor Who Ron Grainer realised Peter Howell

The BBC Radiophonic Workshop had released many novelty and BBC soundtrack LPs before their work for Doctor Who recieved commercial attention. Rather than attempt to catch up with 19 years of specially composed incidental music, producer Dick Mills limited the first LP to music from the Radiophonic Workshop's current Doctor Who team and their work from the programme's last three seasons - as well as Malcolm Clarke's early project The Sea Devils and the original Delia Derbyshire theme arrangement. TARDIS - Doctor Who was a specially prepared piece, adding the TARDIS Take-Off effect to the 1972 stereo single version of the original 1963 demo recording. The Sea Devils was a combination of many short cues from this story, and was later released as the B-side to Jon Pertwee's novelty single Who is the Doctor (1983 US edition), and The Lesuire Hive - a suite of incidentals and sound effects - would also be issued as B-side to Peter Howell's K9 and Company (1983 US edition).

Despite having been recorded and broadcast in mono, each cue was mixed into stereo at the Workshop, and many atmospherics and sound effects were included with the music - with either Brian Hodgson or Dick Mills recieving co-credits for each track with the appropriate composer, for 'special sounds'. Doctor Who: The Music was later released on CD with added bonus tracks as Doctor Who: Earthshock - Classic Music From The BBC Radiophonic Workshop Volume 1, and many tracks appeared on the Silva Screen compilations The Best of Doctor Who and The Worlds of Doctor Who.



BBC Radiophonic Workshop: Doctor Who
US 12" Picture Disc, 1984
BBC/Gemcon BBC 22002

SIDE ONE

1.
TARDIS - Doctor Who Ron Grainer realised Delia Derbyshire
2.
The Sea Devils Malcolm Clarke
3.
Meglos Peter Howell
4.
Nyssa's Theme Roger Limb
5.
Kassia's Wedding Music Roger Limb
6.
The Threat of Melkur Roger Limb
7.
Exploring the Lab Roger Limb
8.
Nyssa is Hypnotized Roger Limb
9.
The Leisure Hive Peter Howell

SIDE TWO

1.
The Central Control Room In Exillon City - Dr. Who And The Exillons
2.
The Dalek Control Room - Death To The Daleks
3.
Metebelis III Atmosphere - Planet Of The Spiders
4.
Styre's Scouting Machine (Approach, Stop, Seach, Depart) - The Destructors
5.
Dalek Hatching Tanks On Skaros - Genesis Of The Daleks
6.
Zygon Spaceship Control Centre - Dr. Who And The Zygons
7.
Sutekh Time Tunnel - Pyramid Of Mars
8.
The Interior Of Xoanon - Face Of Evil

American compilation of Side One of Doctor Who - The Music and Side One of Doctor Who - Sound Effects. Also available with a printed track listing on Side Two.



BBC Radiophonic Workshop: Doctor Who
US 12" Picture Disc, 1985
BBC/Gemcon BBC 22004

SIDE ONE

1.
Omega Field Force [sic] Roger Limb
2.
Ergon Threat Roger Limb
3.
Termination of the Doctor Roger Limb
4.
Banqueting Music Peter Howell
5.
TSS Machine Attacked Peter Howell
6.
Janissary Band Peter Howell
7.
Subterranean Caves Malcolm Clarke
8.
Requiem Malcolm Clarke
9.
March of the Cybermen Malcolm Clarke
10.
Doctor Who Ron Grainer realised Peter Howell

SIDE TWO

1.
The Shine Of The Sisterhood Of Karn - Dr. Who And The Brain Of Morbius
2.
Kraal Disorientation Chamber - Android Invasion
3.
The Mandragora Helix - The Curse Of Mandragora
4.
Atomic Reactor Runs Wild - The Hand Of Death
5.
Wind-Mine Machine - Robots Of Death
6.
Distillation Chamber - The Talons Of Weng-Chi'ang
7.
Cloning And Miniaturisation Process - The Enemy Within
8.
Inside Dr. Who's Mind - The Enemy Within
9.
TARDIS Interior (In Flight)
10.
TARDIS Interior (Stationary)
11.
TARDIS Observation Screen Operates
12.
TARDIS Door Opens
13.
Sonic Screwdriver
14.
Fission Gun (2 Blasts) - Ark In Space
15.
Tesh Gun - Face Of Evil
16.
Gallifreyan Staser Gun (3 Blasts) - The Deadly Assassin
17.
Vardan Gun - The Invasion Of Time
18.
Sontaran Gun (3 Blasts) - The Invasion Of Time
19.
Gallifreyan Staser (3 Blasts) - The Invasion Of Time
20.
Dematerializer Gun (Switch On And Fire) - The Invasion Of Time
21.
Dalek Gun (3 Blasts) - Genesis Of The Daleks
22.
Dragon Ray-Gun - The Talons Of Weng Chi'ang

American compilation of Side Two of Doctor Who - The Music and Side Two of Doctor Who - Sound Effects.


Doctor Who - The Music II

BBC Radiophonic Workshop: Doctor Who - The Music II
12" LP / Cassette, February 1985
BBC Records BBC REH 552

SIDE ONE

1.
The Five Doctors Peter Howell
2.
The King's Demons Jonathan Gibbs
3.
Enlightenment Malcolm Clarke

SIDE TWO

1.
Warriors Of The Deep Jonathan Gibbs
2.
The Awakening Peter Howell
3.
Resurrection Of The Daleks Malcolm Clarke
4.
Planet Of Fire Peter Howell
5.
The Caves Of Androzani Roger Limb

Following the sucess of Doctor Who: The Music, a further collection of music from the Davison era was prepared, introducing a fourth composer, Jonathan Gibbs. Suites of music were prepared from each story, with additional sound effects and stereo enhancement as before. The album was released on CD in 1992 as Doctor Who: The Five Doctors - Classic Music From The BBC Radiophonic Workshop Volume 2 with the Enlightenment and Five Doctors tracks swapped around, and many tracks appeared on the Silva Screen compilations The Best of Doctor Who and The Worlds of Doctor Who.

The Doctor Who 25th Anniversary Album





Issued on CD in 1997 as 'Evolution - The Music From Dr Who' (Prestige Records CDSGP 0320) with all tracks accidently mastered at a noticeably high speed



Evolution CD reissued as 'Music from Doctor Who: Original Music from the BBC series' (Castle Pulse, July 2002) at budget price of £8.99
Keff McCulloch: The Doctor Who 25th Anniversary Album
12" LP / CD / Cassette, November 1988
BBC Records BBC REB 707

4 alternative embossed LP sleeves available, with diamond logos in predominantly green, red, gold and blue.

Annotated Track Listing
The following listing explains how each track relates to the original television cues, with reference to the Production as Broadcast paperwork (available from the BBC website for most episodes) and the original TV soundtracks. Only one of these stories, Remembrance of the Daleks, received a full isolated soundtrack release on DVD, so many of the tracks on The 25th Anniversary Album remain exclusive to this compilation. The story timings below all refer to the 'Play All' timings from the PAL DVDs.

SIDE ONE

1.
Tardis - Doctor Who (Realised by Delia Derbyshire) (02:25)
A track with this name first appeared on Doctor Who - The Music in 1983, though it was not quite the same track as featured here... This is in fact the 1972 stereo single version, with the TARDIS effect in the middle of the track, not at the beginning. (More details here.)

2.
Dr. Who (Main title theme from the BBC1 series) (00:55)
The 1987 opening titles, without Dick Mills' sound effects. This music-only mix has formed the basis of all commercial releases of the 1987 theme, appearing again on The Best of Doctor Who Volume 2 in 1994, the Ghost Light soundtrack in 2013/14 and The 50th Anniversary Collection in 2013/14.

The original stories all had the sound effects mixed in uniquely on each episode, resulting in some unusually loud or quiet mixes; sometimes the starbursts and TARDIS effects can barely be heard, and sometimes they are timed unusually early or late. This diversity was lost when the stories were released on DVD between 2001-2013, as the theme tune was replaced with a standardised version, though the originals can be heard on the 1991-2001 VHS releases.

3.
Gavrok's Search (from Delta and the Bannermen) (02:11)
7F 1m6, originally 1:08 but much-extended for the album, with a long repeated section. The original cue starts at 0:07:19, as Gavrok and his men are hunting for Delta. The short version was included on the DVD Photo Gallery in 2009 and The 50th Anniversary Collection in 2014.

4.
A Child's Return (from Rememberance of the Daleks) [sic] (02:32)
7H 4m17 (2:14 according to the PasB, though this was inaccurate). Starts at 1:33:08 and underscores the finale of the story, with the destruction of the Black Dalek and the advance of the little girl on Mike and Ace. The same cue appeared on The 50th Anniversary Collection suite in 2013/14.

5.
Towers El Paradiso (from Paradise Towers) (02:42)
The background musak to the Paradise Towers commercial that Mel watches in the opening scenes of the story (first heard at 0:01:06) and which the Doctor plays during later episodes. The cue was listed on the PasB as 2:40 (its full duration) with the title 'Paradise'; it was used on-screen in short bursts as 1m2 (0:18), 1m4 (0:06), part of 3m16 (0:04), 3m19 (1:10) and 4m3 (0:14). A short excerpt appeared on the DVD Photo Gallery in 2011.

6.
Burton's Escape (from Delta and the Bannermen) (01:23)
7F 3m7, originally 0:43 but extended here with a repeated section. The original cue appears at 0:56:18 and can be heard on the DVD Photo Gallery and The 50th Anniversary Collection suite. It underscores one of the sequences of the Doctor, Mel and Burton travelling on their motorbike.

7.
Drinksmat Dawning (from Paradise Towers) (01:29)
7E Part Two cue 10. This appears at 0:40:31 as the Doctor revives the ancient vending machine, and the Chief Caretaker visits his pet in the basement.

8.
Future Pleasure (from Time and the Rant) [sic] (03:19)
7D 3m10. Only 1:30 was used in the programme, at a much slower speed than the album version: the album track appears to be sped-up by around 10%, making it noticeably higher-pitched and faster. The cue can be heard at 0:59:35, where it provides background musak to the Centre of Leisure. Two excerpts appeared on the DVD Photo Gallery in 2010.

9.
Newsreel Past (from Paradise Towers) (02:52)
This is the full-length musak from the newsreel films about the Great Architect; excerpts can be found at 1:01:15 and 1:04:49, as 3m10 (0:49) and 3m16 (0:19).

10.
The Sting (from Delta and the Bannermen) (01:43)
This track is formed from the start of 7F 3m18 (excerpt of 0:19, original cue was 0:50) and the end of 3m21 (excerpt of 1:09, original cue was 1:11). These two cues are taken from the climax of the story, appearing at 1:03:05 and 1:05:40 respectively. The original version of the latter cue (with a drum intro that was cut for the album) appears on the DVD Photo Gallery and (shortened) on The 50th Anniversary Collection suite.

11.
Dr. Who (1980) (Arranged Peter Howell) (02:41)
The full-length single version of the 1980 theme.

SIDE TWO

1.
Dr. Who (Arranged and Performed by Dominic Glynn) (02:55)
The full-length single version of the 1986 theme.

2.
8891 Royale (trailer) (01:55)
Composed for a special trailer showcasing clips from Season 25 (the 1988-9 series) that was shown to journalists at a press screening. It's believed that the trailer wasn't shown on television, though it did eventually appear on the Silver Nemesis DVD in 2010.

3.
The White Flag (from Delta and the Bannerman) [sic] (01:44)
7F 3m1 (extended from the original 1:11 cue). This scored the cliffhanger to Part Two - the first 40 seconds were used in both Part Two and the Part Three reprise - and continues into the following scene. It can be heard at 0:50:22, and appeared on the DVD Photo Gallery.

4.
Guards Of Silence (from Paradise Towers) (02:38)
7E Part Two cues 4 (1:19) & 5 (1:18), joined back-to-back. The cues appear at 0:28:32 and 0:31:37 and together underscore the Doctor's time under guard by the Deputy Chief Caretaker, and his subsequent escape.

5.
The Making Of Pex (from Paradise Towers) (01:22)
7E 4m16: the climax to Paradise Towers, starting at 1:34:32. An excerpt appeared on the DVD Photo Gallery suite, and the full cue was re-released on The 50th Anniversary Collection.

6.
Cemetary Chase (from Rememberance of the Daleks) [sic] (02:25)
7H 2m8 (extended from the original 1:53 cue). The televised version was released on the DVD isolated soundtrack, starting at 0:36:56, and formed part of The 50th Anniversary Collection suite. The music underscores the fight scene between Mike and the school caretaker.

7.
The Brain (from Time and the Rant) [sic] (03:03)
7D 3m21 (0:45) and 3m22 (extended version, original cue was 1:30). These cues scored the cliffhanger to Part Three (starting at 1:10:21) and were extended by over a minutes' worth of repeated material. Excerpts later appeared on the DVD Photo Gallery.

8.
Here's To The Future (featuring the Lorells) (from Delta and the Bannermen)(01:58)
7F 3m25: the final incidental cue of the story, starting at 1:09:26. It also appears on The 50th Anniversary Collection and the DVD Photo Gallery.

9.
Goodbye Doctor (from Paradise Towers) (00:35)
7E 4m17: the final cue of the story, starting at 1:36:35. A short version of the cue later appeared on the DVD Photo Gallery, with the final note intact; here, it cuts out early into the title music.

10.
Dr. Who (end title theme) (01:14)
As with the opening theme, this lacks all sound effects.

--> Sleevenote by John Nathan-Turner

Producer John Nathan-Turner and composer Keff McCulloch had hoped to release a special soundtrack album to acompany the Season 24 story Delta and the Bannermen, for which numerous 1950s tracks had been rerecorded by McCulloch, three session musicians and the Wilson Singers (all of whom appeared on-screen as Billy's backing group, The Lorells). BBC Records were not convinced that such a story-specific and copyright challenging LP would be a commercial success, and suggested that McCulloch instead compile a simple collection of cues from Sylvester McCoy's first two seasons as the Doctor for a special release to celebrate the series' twenty-fifth anniversary in 1988. The album would also include every rendition of the Doctor Who theme, from the 1972 stereo version (mis-titled as TARDIS - Doctor Who) to Keff McCulloch's own interpretation.

Many of the cues - especially those from Paradise Towers - were written as source music rather than incidental music (ie. the musak from the Paradise Towers advertisments and the lounge music from Time and the Rani), and were barely audible in the edited programmes. It was due to poor sales of this LP that BBC Records declined Mark Ayres' suggestion that they release his three scores from the following McCoy stories, and no further Doctor Who soundtrack recordings were issued on the BBC label until Ayres' BBC Radiophonic Workshop remasters and outside composer series in 2000. Keff McCulloch hopes to compile a second album of his music in the near future.