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Debney Productions

Doctor Who - Original Soundtrack Recording



Music Score Produced by John Debney
ExecutiveAlbum Producers:
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

1.
Prologue: Skaro / "DOCTOR WHO" Theme [edit]
2.
Breakout
3.
Wimps / Doctor #7 is Shot
4.
Aftermath
5.
X-Ray / Snake in the Bathroom
6.
"Who Am I?"
7.
City Scape
8.
Time
9.
Primitive Wiring / The Unbruce
10.
Two Hearts
11.
The Tardis / True Identity
12.
Night Walk
13.
The Eye of Harmony / Half Human
14.
Unil Midnight / Atomic Clock [sic]
15.
Green Eyes
16.
The Chase [edit]
17.
Beryllium Clock / Bragg's Key [sic - should have been Wragg's Key]
18.
Slimed
19.
Under the Influence
20.
Crown of Nails
21.
Lee's Last Chance
22.
"Open The Eye"
23.
"Reroute Power!" / Temporal Orbit
24.
To Hold Death Back [sic - should have been To Hold Back Death]
25.
Farewell
26.
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.

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.