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Doctor Who - The 50th Anniversary Collection

50 minutes from the Television Movie score were first heard on a promotional CD released by John Debney in 1997, which travelled widely and ended up being stocked in many specialist shops in the UK. The promotional CD featured numerous changes to the score, seeming to present early versions of tracks that were later cut or changed for the film.

The M&E track (music and effects, no dialogue – intended for dubbing the film into foreign-languages) and the complete isolated score had been supplied to BBC Worldwide when the film was completed, and the score was subsequently released as an isolated soundtrack on DVD in 2001 and 2010, running 4% faster to match the PAL conversion of the film.

It's interesting to note the change in perception towards the Television Movie score. In Ayres' 50th Anniversary sleeve notes, he asserts that the entire score was synthesised. Yet for many years it had been reported that the score was recorded by a live orchestra; indeed Doctor Who Magazine claimed as late as 2003 that the score “was recorded on Tuesday 16 and Wednesday 17 April [by] a 60-piece orchestra," dates that would be quoted again in Niall Boyce's Revisited DVD production subtitles in 2010.

Highlights include:
  • 3 seconds (from 'The Taking of Bruce') that had never been released before
  • 13 minutes of music on CD for the first time, all presented at the correct speed/pitch
Further listening:
  • The original promo album, featuring some unique edits of this material (some of which had appeared on the four-disc edition of The 50th Anniversary Album)
  • The DVD isolated soundtrack, which included additional excerpts from the M&E track

Disc Eight: The Eighth Doctor – Paul McGann (1996)



Total running time 62:45

10:41 appeared on the four-disc collection, across six tracks (17% of the 11CD running time - though not all of these tracks were replicated on the eleven-disc set).

7:54 appeared on the two-disc collection, across one track (80% of the four-disc tracks, 13% of the 11CD material - though again not all of these tracks were replicated).



The slip sleeve from the TARDIS Edition

The cardboard sleeve from the Eleven Disc Edition

Original CD produced by John Debney and Ford A. Thaxton
Original CD edited and mastered by James Nelson at DIGITAL OUTLAND
This compilation edited and re-mastered by Mark Ayres
DOCTOR WHO – THE TELEVISION MOVIE (1996) – Music by John Debney
The majority of this album was taken from the promotional CD, with its distinctive alternate versions of many tracks. The notes below point out the differences between the two albums, and detail the music appearing on CD for the first time.

Note that composer credits were only provided in the booklet for the tracks that had been released on the promo album.

1.
Prologue: Skaro / “Doctor Who” Theme / The Casket (2:19) – Music by John Sponsler / Ron Grainer arranged by John Debney and John Sponsler
Contains previously unreleased material
Start
Original Cue Title
Drn
0:00
'Skaro'
0:46
0:47
'Doctor Who Theme'
1:04
1:47
'That Should Do It'
0:31

Extended from the original album, with the film version of 'Skaro', the proper opening titles version of the theme tune, and the extra cue 'The Casket' (originally called 'That Should Do It'). The original album version (cut-down to 1:39) was presented on the four-disc and two-disc 50th Anniversary sets.

2.
Breakout (2:36) – Music by John Sponsler
3.
Wimps / Doctor #7 is Shot (1:49) – Music by John Sponsler / John Debney & John Sponsler
Contains previously unreleased material
Start
Original Cue Title
Drn
0:00
'Wimps'
0:44
0:44
'Doctor Seven Shot'
0:55
1:40
Untitled
0:07

Includes a short additional cue at the end. It was not listed in Regeneration so there are no composer credits available.

4.
Aftermath (1:04) – Music by John Debney & John Sponsler

There was an additional cue here in the film, listed in Regeneration as 'Two Hearts' (credited to Debney & Sponsler), which was a remixed version of the cue 'The Master'. It appeared on the isolated soundtrack sourced from the M&E track.

5.
Mr Smith and the Ambulance (1:51)
Previously unreleased
Originally titled 'In The Ambulance', credited in Regeneration to Louis Febre. A section of approximately 13 seconds from the middle of the cue was not heard in the film, during the cutaway from the ambulance.

6.
“I Am Not Human” (1:13)
Previously unreleased
This cue was not listed in Regeneration.

7.
Flatline (1:01)
Previously unreleased
Originally titled 'Open Eyes', credited in Regeneration to Sponsler.

8.
X-Ray / Snake in the Bathroom (1:37) – Music by John Sponsler / John Debney & John Sponsler
Contains previously unreleased material
Start
Original Title
Drn
0:00
'No Double Exposure'
0:24
0:24
'City View'
0:19
0:44
'Snake'
0:52

The original promo album presented a short version of 'Snake in the Bathroom' (quite clumsily edited); the full-length version is included here.

Following 'No Double Exposure' in the film was a short extra cue as Lee escaped the hospital, made up of elements from other tracks ('Wimps' and 'Half Human'); this was sourced from the M&E track on the DVD.

9.
The Taking of Bruce (1:03)
Previously unreleased
Credited in Regeneration to Debney & Sponsler.

Start
Original Title
Drn
0:00
'Slams the Door'
0:26
0:26
'Snake'
0:36

There are three seconds of previously unreleased material at the start of the first cue - these had not appeared on the DVD.

10.
Seven to Eight (2:20)
Previously unreleased
Credited in Regeneration to Debney and Sponsler.

Start
Original Title
Drn
0:00
'Look Out'
0:13
0:13
'He's Alive'
0:28
0:41
'It's Alive'
0:45
1:24
'In the Morgue'
0:45
2:14
'No!'
0:06

11.
“Who Am I?” (1:55) – Music by Louis Febre
12.
City Scape (1:51) – Music by John Debney & John Sponsler
Contains previously unreleased material
This track was cut-down to 1:08 on the promotional album, where it appeared without the opening piano motif and with the music edited at several points. The full-length version was presented here.

The listings in Regeneration included a credit for a four-second cue, 'Pop Goes the Weasel', with the arrangement credited to Sponsler. This most likely referred to the musical fob-watch that Chang-Lee finds in the Doctor's belongings, and which plays briefly during the 'City Scape' cue.

13.
Bad Morning (0:33)
Previously unreleased
Originally 'The Master', credited in Regeneration to Debney & Febre.

14.
Time (0:57) – Music by John Debney & Louis Febre
15.
“I Quit” (1:01)
Previously unreleased
Credited in Regeneration to Debney & Febre.

16.
Primitive Wiring / The UnBruce (1:43) – Music by Louis Febre / John Debney & Louis Febre
17.
Two Hearts (1:12) – Music by John Debney & Louis Febre
18.
The TARDIS / True Identity (2:15) – Music by John Debney & Louis Febre
19.
Night Walk (1:45) – Music by John Debney & Louis Febre
20.
The Eye of Harmony / Half Human (4:35) – Music by Louis Febre
21.
Until Midnight / Atomic Clock (2:01) – Music by Louis Febre

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'). This was not listed in Regeneration, and was sourced from the M&E track on the DVD.

22.
Green Eyes (0:49) – Music by John Sponsler
Contains previously unreleased material
Start
Original Cue Title
Drn
0:00
'Ambulance'
0:09
0:05
'Green Eyes'
0:45

These cues were cut-together pretty quickly on the original promo album, and less quickly here.

23.
The Chase (3:17) – Music by John Debney & John Sponsler
Contains previously unreleased material
The original promotional album featured a shortened 2:23 version, with around a minutes' material edited out. This short edit was released on the four-disc and two-disc 50th Anniversary sets, titled 'The Chase (Original Version)'. This new version was still cut-down, with 32 seconds from the start missing: a section which had been taken from the M&E track for the isolated soundtrack.

24.
Beryllium Clock / Bragg's Key (1:12) – Music by Louis Febre
The track title was copied from the promo album, with its misspelling of Professor Wagg. Loyalty to the original title was consistent with the re-issuing of the erroneously-named 'Dover Castle' on Disc Three.

25.
Jelly Baby (0:12)
Previously unreleased
Originally 'Beryllium Clock', credited in Regeneration to Debney & Febre.

26.
Slimed (2:06) – Music by John Debney & Louis Febre
27.
Under the Influence (0:47) – Music by Louis Febre
28.
Crown of Nails (1:13) – Music by John Debney & John Sponsler
29.
Lee's Last Chance (2:09) – Music by John Debney & John Sponsler
30.
“Open the Eye” (2:25) – Music by John Debney & John Sponsler
31.
“Reroute Power!” / Temporal Orbit (6:17) – Music by John Sponsler / John Debney & John Sponsler
32.
To Hold Death Back (1:55) – Music by John Debney & Louis Febre
Contains previously unreleased material
Start
Original Cue Title
Drn
0:00
'To Hold Back Death'
1:44
1:44
'Contraption'
0:09

Ends with 'Contraption' (credited in Regeneration to Febre) which had not featured on the promo CD.

There was a drum roll during the New Years Eve party that wasn't listed in Regeneration as a music cue, but which must have been sourced from either library music or the composing team. A further cue appeared as the TARDIS landed, which was simply a 14-second excerpt from the cue 'Farewell'. This was not listed in Regeneration and was sourced from the M&E track on DVD.

33.
Farewell (1:35) – Music by John Debney & Louis Febre
34.
End Credits / “Doctor Who” Theme (0:49) – Music by Ron Grainer arranged by John Debney and John Sponsler

Composer Notes - John Sponsler
First printed in the sleevenotes to the original promo album, then reproduced in the two-disc and TARDIS sleevenotes

Composer Notes - Louis Febre
First printed in the sleevenotes to the original promo album, then reproduced in the two-disc and TARDIS sleevenotes