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Doctor Who - Original Soundtrack Recording



Music Score Produced by John Debney
Executive Album Producers: John J. Alcantar III / Thomas C. Stewart
Music Editor: Laurie Slomka
CD Produced by John Debney / Ford A. Thaxton
CD Edited and Mastered by James Nelson at DIGITAL OUTLAND
John Debney, John Sponsler & Louis Febre: Doctor Who
US CD "For Promotional Use Only", 1997
Debney Productions JDCD 005

Annotated Track Listing
The soundtrack album featured a number of differences to the music in the film, with many tracks including unused material. In most cases the film replaced sections of the music with repeated or remixed clips from other tracks, suggesting that the music presented here was the "original" and that the final score was cut up during the editing of the film. When the DVD isolated soundtrack was prepared, it was once again the album versions of tracks that appeared; indicating, perhaps, that the film versions do not exist outside of the final mix of the movie.

The book Regeneration by Philip Segal and Gary Russell (2000) featured a list of the original music cues used in the film, seemingly copied from documentation similar to the PasB paperwork compiled by the BBC. We have annotated the track listing below with the original cue names, and have noted wherever composer credits are confused (as Regeneration often contradicted the soundtrack album). Note that the book refered to Sponsler as "Sponsier" throughout; a clear typo, and arguably not as bad as the film itself, which mis-spelt Febre as "Sebre" during the opening credits!

1.
Prologue: Skaro / "DOCTOR WHO" Theme (1:39) John Sponsler / Ron Grainer arranged by John Debney & John Sponsler
Start
Original Title
Drn
0:00
'Skaro'
0:49
0:49
'Doctor Who Theme'
0:45

'Skaro' was longer than the version used on the finished film, with more prominent drum beats, and the theme tune was the shorter End Titles version. This track was later rereleased on the two-disc and four-disc 50th Anniversary sets.

This album only offered highlights from the film, and around 13 minutes of music were not included: starting with a short cue here, as the Doctor secured the Master's casket.

2.
Breakout (2:38) John Sponsler
Credited to Sponsler & Febre in Regeneration. The opening 23 seconds were not used in the film (while the gramophone played). The end was also cut, from 2:12 onwards (as the Doctor discovered the broken, oozing casket), replaced with music from 'The Tardis' and 'Half Human'.

3.
Wimps / Doctor #7 is Shot (1:44) John Sponsler / John Debney & John Sponsler
Start
Original Title
Drn
0:00
'Wimps'
0:44
0:46
'Doctor Seven Shot'
0:55

The following cue, as the Doctor lay on the ground, was not included.

4.
Aftermath (1:08) John Debney & John Sponsler
Originally titled 'Snake'.

The film continued with the Doctor being taken to hospital and operated on, while the Master/Snake stowed away aboard the ambulance. This music was not included.

5.
X-Ray / Snake in the Bathroom (1:27) John Sponsler / John Debney & John Sponsler
The second and third cues in this track were credited to Debney, Sponsler & Febre in Regeneration.

Start
Original Title
Drn
0:00
'No Double Exposure'
0:24
0:26
'City View'
0:19
0:45
'Snake'
0:40

Following 'No Double Exposure' in the film was a short cue as Lee escaped the hospital, made up of elements from other tracks ('Wimps' and 'Half Human'). 'City View', intended to play over the establishing shot of San Francisco, was replaced in the film by a refrain from other cues (effectively, the Master's theme), and 'Snake in the Bathroom' was cut-down for the album into a shorter version. The track title suggested a misunderstanding of the scene, as the snake didn't go into any bathrooms...

The film continued with music as the Master/Snake made its way towards the sleeping Bruce, and the Seventh Doctor regenerated, all of which was left out here.

6.
"Who Am I?" (1:58) Louis Febre
Originally titled 'Walking', credited in Regeneration to Debney and Sponsler. The first 30 seconds were not used in the film, replaced by the Doctor humming 'Un Bel Di'.

7.
City Scape (1:08) John Debney & John Sponsler
This track was shortened for the album, where it appeared without the opening piano motif and with the music edited at several points. (The full version ran to 1:51.)

The film included extra music as the Master/Bruce returned to the hospital.

8.
Time (0:59) John Debney & Louis Febre

The film continued with further music as Grace quit.

9.
Primitive Wiring / The Unbruce (1:46) Louis Febre / John Debney & Louis Febre
Credited in Regeneration solely to Louis Febre.

Start
Original Title
Drn
0:00
'Primitive Wiring'
1:01
1:03
'The Asian Child'
0:41

10.
Two Hearts (1:15) John Debney & Louis Febre
11.
The Tardis / True Identity (2:17) John Debney & Louis Febre
Start
Original Cue Title
Drn
0:00
'The Tardis'
1:12
1:14
'True Identity'
1:02

12.
Night Walk (1:48) John Debney & Louis Febre
13.
The Eye of Harmony / Half Human (4:38) Louis Febre
Start
Original Cue Title
Drn
0:00
'The Eye of Harmony'
2:49
2:49
'Half Human'
1:47

14.
Until Midnight / Atomic Clock (2:03) Louis Febre
A typo on the promotional CD originally named this cue 'Unil Midnight'.

Start
Original Cue Title
Drn
0:00
'Until Midnight'
1:11
1:11
'Atomic Clock'
0:48

The film continued with an establishing shot of the ambulance on the highway, with music made up from drum beats taken from other cues (particularly 'The Chase').

15.
Green Eyes (0:48) John Sponsler
These cues were segued together on the album.

Start
Original Cue Title
Drn
0:00
'Ambulance'
0:09
0:03
'Green Eyes'
0:45

16.
The Chase (2:23) John Debney & John Sponsler
Credited in Regeneration to Debney, Sponsler & Febre. The album version was edited at several points (the finished version ran to 3:17) and featured a different ending - in the film a section from 'Beryllium Clock' was heard as the Doctor and Grace pulled up at the Institute, along with a low, synthesised chord from an unknown source. The album edit was later released on the four-disc and two-disc 50th Anniversary sets, retitled 'The Chase (Original Version)'.

17.
Beryllium Clock / Bragg's Key (1:16) Louis Febre
Neither of these cues were listed in Regeneration. The title seemed to misspell the name of the character, Professor Wagg.

Start
Cue Title
Drn
0:00
'Beryllium Clock'
0:29
0:29
'Bragg's Key'
0:45

The film included a short additional cue as the Doctor and Grace confronted Gareth.

18.
Slimed (2:08) John Debney & Louis Febre
Around eight seconds from this track (from 0:13-0:21) were not used in the film, replaced by a looped section and an excerpt from 'Half Human'.

19.
Under the Influence (0:50) Louis Febre
20.
Crown of Nails (1:16) John Debney & John Sponsler
Credited to Debney and Febre in Regeneration.

21.
Lee's Last Chance (2:11) John Debney & John Sponsler
Credited to Debney and Febre in Regeneration. The last 50 seconds of the track were not used in the film.

22.
"Open The Eye" (2:29) John Debney & John Sponsler
Credited to Sponsler and Febre in Regeneration. 34 seconds from this track (from 0:39-1:13) were faded out in the film, replaced with excerpts from 'The TARDIS/True Identity' and 'Slimed' - making the score identical each time the Eye of Harmony opened.

23.
"Reroute Power!" / Temporal Orbit (6:20) John Sponsler / John Debney & John Sponsler
The second cue was credited to Debney & Febre in Regeneration.

Start
Original Cue Title
Drn
0:00
'Reroute Power'
1:57
1:59
'Temporal Orbit'
4:18

The first three seconds of 'Reroute Power!' were not used. In the film, one bar of the music was repeated during the first 20 seconds to extend the cue.

24.
To Hold Death Back (1:48) John Debney & Louis Febre
The quote in the film (repeated throughout) is actually "to hold back death," which Regeneration cites as the original name for this cue.

This track ended with the Doctor starting the TARDIS; in the film, there was additional music as he succeeded (on the second attempt) and landed, neither of which were included here. The latter was in fact a short excerpt from 'Farewell'. An arrangement of the traditional New Year's song, 'Auld Lang Syne', was recorded for the film soundtrack at this point but went unused.

25.
Farewell (1:38) John Debney & Louis Febre
26.
End Credits - "DOCTOR WHO" Theme (0:51) Ron Grainer arranged by John Debney and John Sponsler

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 insistence, 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 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 complete soundtrack was released on the BBC DVD of the movie in 2001/2010. Several cues - 'Two Hearts' / Stop Him' / 'Atomic Clock' / the opening of 'The Chase' / and the short repeat of 'Farewell' - included background effects such as ambulance wails, traffic noise and footsteps, having been sourced from the M&E track. None of the stock music was included on the isolated music track, although three pieces of music were included as bonus items on the disc, along with the unused 'Auld Lang Syne'.

The entire score as above, minus the M&E tracks, was released on CD in 2014 as Disc Eight of the 50th Anniversary Collection.