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Doctor Who - Original Soundtrack Recording
Music Score Produced by John Debney
John J. Alcantar III / Thomas C. Stewart
Music Editor:Laurie Slomka
CD Produced by
John Debney / Ford A. Thaxton
CD Editedand Mastered by
James Nelson at DIGITAL OUTLAND
Debney / Sponsler / Febre:
Doctor Who - Original Soundtrack Recording
US promo-only CD, 1997
Debney Productions JDCD 005
Prologue: Skaro / "DOCTOR WHO" Theme 
Wimps / Doctor #7 is Shot
X-Ray / Snake in the Bathroom
"Who Am I?"
Primitive Wiring / The Unbruce
The Tardis / True Identity
The Eye of Harmony / Half Human
Unil Midnight / Atomic Clock [sic]
The Chase 
Beryllium Clock / Bragg's Key [sic - should have been Wragg's Key]
Under the Influence
Crown of Nails
Lee's Last Chance
"Open The Eye"
"Reroute Power!" / Temporal Orbit
To Hold Death Back [sic - should have been To Hold Back Death]
End Credits - "DOCTOR WHO" Theme
The incidental music for the British-American TV Movie made in 1996 was overseen by John Debney, who had worked with producer Phil Segal on his earlier TV series, SeaQuest DSV. Debney left most of the score to two young composers,John Sponsler and Louis Febre, with whom he shared specific copyright loyalties per cue. On Segal's insistance, Ron Grainer's original Doctor Who theme was also incorporated into the score, despite the production team's frustration at having to pay expensive royalty fees to Chappell Music. Surprisingly for such a high-profile pilot, the orchestral score was not released as an Original Soundtrack CD as had been suggested prior to the film's completion. Nonetheless, Debney oversaw production on a special promotional CD, which quickly achieved unlicensed distribution in America and abroad - with British imports of the 50-minute disc often retailing for over £25.
The music preserved on CD regularly deviates from the score of the finished film, with Breakout, The Chase and Open the Eye offering particularly noticeable material that was either re-scored or unused. It appears that once the completed score was submitted for editing, sections of the music were deemed unsuitable by the director or editor. The deviations between the original and televised score are listed below, with titles taken from the CD and the appendix to Philip Segal and Gary Russell's book Regeneration, published 2000. All timings are approximate, since most changes take place beneath dialogue or effects and are therefore difficult to pin-point exactly.
- Break Out is dubbed out for the first 50 seconds (while the gramaphone plays) and a sting from an unknown source has been used as the Master's coffin first rattles. The final 25 seconds (as the Doctor discovers the leaking coffin) have been replaced with music from The Tardis (as Lee revisits the crime scene) and Half-Human (as the Master discovers the Doctor's heritage).
- Two Hearts is dubbed out for 20 seconds during the cutaway from the ambulance.
- The opening 25 seconds of City View (over the establishing shot of San Francisco prior to the regeneration sequences) have been replaced with X-Ray (as Lee signs the Doctor's chart as John Smith) minus the two synthesised swishes from the original.
- Who Am I? is dubbed out for 30 seconds as the Doctor walks down the corridor humming Un Bel Di.
- 10 seconds from The Chase, as the Doctor and Grace arrive at the institute, have been replaced with Beryllium Clock.
- Slimed is replaced for 7 seconds as the Doctor and Grace discover the security guards with a short loop from earlier in the cue and the eerie chord from the opening seconds of Half-Human.
- Lee's Last Chance is dubbed out for the last 50 seconds.
- 35 seconds from Open the Eye have been replaced from The Eye of Harmony, making the music identical each time the eye opens.
- The short cue as the TARDIS lands on New Year's Day (which does not appear on the CD) is simply the final 13 seconds of Farewell.
The CD version of Prologue: Skaro is an alternative edit of this cue, almost certainly prepared solely for the disc. The opening of the film has an eerie chord, some dramatic percussion crashes and the beginning of the Doctor Who theme mixed together, although these components appear to have been supplied to the editors separately and the CD version merely showcases the percussion and the Doctor Who theme back-to-back. Incidentally the version of the opening Doctor Who theme has been edited to match the closing credits, removing the repeat-to-fade.
The complete soundtrack was released on the BBC DVD of the movie in August 2001 (BBCDVD#1043), although the original, unedited incidental score was used instead of the ammended version outlined above, meaning that at each point the isolated soundtrack deviates from the televised version. Several cues - Stop Him / Atomic Clock / the opening of The Chase / and the 13-second edit of Farewell - included background effects such as ambluance wails, traffic noise and footsteps. None of the stock music featured on the isolated music track, although three pieces of music were included as bonus features.