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Doctor Who - The 50th Anniversary Collection

Disc Six features music or effects from all eight Sixth Doctor stories, plus the full-length 1986 theme (on Disc Nine). Approximately 24 minutes' music was previously unreleased, five minutes of which had been presented on the four-disc set.

Highlights include:
  • Previously unreleased music from The Twin Dilemma (approx 5:52), The Trial of a Time Lord: The Mysterious Planet (1:49) and The Trial of a Time Lord: The Ultimate Foe (0:58).
  • 'Clean' cues from Attack of the Cybermen, Vengeance on Varos, Timelash and Revelation of the Daleks that were previously only available segued with title music, preceding/subsequent cues or sound effects
  • Newly edited material throughout
Further listening:
  • Extensive highlights from The Trial of a Time Lord: The Mysterious Planet and The Trial of a Time Lord: The Ultimate Foe on Black Light
  • Isolated DVD soundtracks for Attack of the Cybermen, Vengeance on Varos, The Mark of the Rani, The Two Doctors and Revelation of the Daleks, with music/effects presented on Photo Gallery suites for all other stories
  • Sound effects from the era on 30 Years

Disc Six: The Sixth Doctor – Colin Baker (1984 - 1986)



Total running time 79:16

33:07 appeared on the four-disc collection, across nine tracks (40% of the 11CD material).

20:46 appeared on the two-disc collection, across two tracks (63% of the four-disc tracks, 25% of the 11CD material).



The slip sleeve from the TARDIS Edition

The cardboard sleeve from the Eleven Disc Edition

All tracks Stereo except 1, 3-5, 7, 8, 10, 12, 13 electronically processed stereo, 11 Mono.
THE TWIN DILEMMA (1984) – Music by Malcolm Clarke (BBC Radiophonic Workshop)
1.
The Twin Dilemma (Extended Suite) (7:19)
An eight-minute suite of mono music from this story appears over the DVD Photo Gallery (2009), of which approx 1:27 appears here, and the four-disc disc features a short edit of this suite (repeated cues are marked with an asterisks).

We have not been able to accurately match these cues to their original titles, since the PasB paperwork timings are at odds with the music featured in the finished programme.

Start
Details
Drn
0:00
*
The twin's theme, which repeated throughout the story; this cue originally segued with the opening title music. This piece and the next both featured on the DVD Photo Gallery; it is almost certainly cue 1m.1.
0:30
0:24
*
The Doctor visits the TARDIS wardrobe and suffers an attack of nerves. The twins begin a game of equations. The Doctor picks out a potential new coat. From 0.04.07, probably cue 1m.3.
1:05
1:27
The cliff-hanger to Part One, as reprised at the start of Part Two: Hugo snaps awake and prepares to shoot the Doctor. Peri talks him down. Probably cue 2m.1.
0:25
1:52
*
Two birdlike aliens people depart into the service ducts. The kidnapped twins refuse to work with their captor, Professor Edgeworth. Probably cue 2m.2.
1:12
3:03
The bleak landscape of Titan Three, as seen on the TARDIS scanner. From 0.27.39, probably cue 2m.4.
0:40
3:44
The Doctor exits the TARDIS - leaving the unconscious Hugo in the ship. Edgeworth prepares to transform the twin's calculations into a power source. The Doctor marches to the dome, bombastically quoting Walt Whitman. From 0.33.38, probably cue 2m.6.
1:55
5:37
*
Peri is confronted by the two aliens, and the Doctor hides behind her. Edgeworth revitalises himself in an energy chamber. The captured Doctor and Peri are marched to the dome. From 0.37.26, probably cue 2m.7; this cue was edited by around 18 seconds on the four-disc version.
1:43

ATTACK OF THE CYBERMEN (1985) – Music by Malcolm Clarke (BBC Radiophonic Workshop)
2.
Attack of the Cybermen (Suite) (8:12)
Mixed into true stereo. The complete score is available as a mono isolated DVD soundtrack (2009), with some cues mixed into stereo for the disc's special features.

Start
Cue
Details
Drn
0:00
1m1
Two workmen are attacked in a London sewer. This was segued with the opening title music on the isolated DVD soundtrack.
1:42
1:30
1m3
Lytton's theme
0:25
2:03
1m6
Halley's Comet theme. Malcolm Clarke first used this melody in a 1981 documentary, The Comet is Coming.
0:24
2:23
1m9
Peri notes that Halley's Comet is associated with impending disaster... Excerpt from the original 0:56 cue at 0.08.31.
0:33
2:56
1m16
The Doctor and Peri rush to trace a distress signal - unaware that they are being observed. Lytton and his gang sense that they are being followed in the sewers, leaving Payne behind to keep watch. From 0.15.21.
0:57
3:49
1m20
Payne checks the tunnels, and is suddenly attacked, at 0.18.18.
1:00
4:42
1m24
The Doctor and Peri arrive in the sewers, and Lytton's men are confronted by the Cybermen. This was the first cliff-hanger in the four-part edit of the story.
2:00
6:34
1m34
Stratton and Bates lure and attack a Cyberman to obtain its helmet. Excerpt from the middle of this 2:16 cue at 0.36.00.
0:53
7:26
2m22
The Doctor is reunited with Peri, and breaks into one of the Cyber tombs, at 1.18.53.
0:45

VENGEANCE ON VAROS (1985) – Music by Jonathan Gibbs (BBC Radiophonic Workshop)
3.
Vengeance on Varos (Suite) (6:53)
The original mono soundtrack is available as an isolated DVD score (2012), along with a special 5.1 surround sound mix - the first (and, to date, only) Doctor Who score to be released in its entirety in this format.

Start
Cue
Details
Drn
0:00
1m1
In the Punishment Dome, a young rebel named Jondar is chained to the wall, trying to evade the beams from a random laser emitter. Elsewhere, Arak and his wife Etta watch the torture on their home video screen. The start of this cue segued with the opening title music on the isolated DVD score.
1:02
1:01
1m11
Quillam describes his experimental transmutation process to the imprisoned Areta. Excerpt from original 1:04 cue, which fades in from 0:20:46.
0:39
1:35
1m20
As the fugitives journey through the dome in search of an exit, the Doctor exposes two glowing green eyes as merely a pair of lights, from 0.35.04.
0:49
2:25
1m22
A patrol catches up with the gang and they scatter; all but the Doctor are captured.
0:37
3:01
1m24
In a sealed passageway, the Doctor hallucinates that he is trapped in a desert, from 0.39.53.
0:31
3:28
1m25
Collapsing on the floor, the Doctor sees a mirage of Peri holding out a glass of water.
1:05
4:33
2m9
The Doctor and Jondar are marched up a gallows and nooses are tied around their necks, from 0.57.18.
0:50
5:22
2m14
The Doctor finds an abandoned patrol car in the Dome, from 1.08.42.
1:27

THE MARK OF THE RANI (1985) – Music by Jonathan Gibbs (BBC Radiophonic Workshop)
4.
The Mark of the Rani (Extended Suite) (6:47)
The complete mono score is available as an isolated DVD soundtrack, with Gibbs interviewed for a special feature on the same disc. A shorter version of this suite appeared on the four-disc and two-disc sets (*):

Start
Cue
Details
Drn
0:00
*
1m.1.
The Killingworth miners finish their shift.
1:43
1:44
1m.2.
Three miners visit the bath house and fall unconscious as gas fills the room.
0:39
2:23
1m.8.
The Master follows the Rani to her bath house... and plans a death for the Doctor.
0:29
2:53
1m.13.
The Master breaks into the bath house, and finds the Rani experimenting in a makeshift laboratory.
1:11
3:58
*
1m.20
Leading towards the cliff-hanger to Part One: the Doctor rolls downhill, tied helplessly to a trolley.
1:20
5:15
*
2m.27
The mine begins to collapse. The Master and the Rani escape together in her TARDIS.
0:47
6:01
2m.28
The two renegade Time Lords are trapped with a rapidly growing dinosaur. Back on Earth, the Doctor and Peri prepare to leave. (the PasB says this cue ran for just 0:25)
0:44

Unusually for that time, it was originally decided that the task of producing incidental music should go to a freelance musician as opposed to a composer at the Radiophonic Workshop. John Lewis was the composer given the contract, but shortly after starting work on The Mark of the Rani he was taken ill. Although he had composed 32 minutes of music, this was not used, and the task of creating the score was passed to the Radiophonic Workshop. Lewis's score to Part One was presented as an alternative soundtrack on the DVD release in 2006.

THE TWO DOCTORS (1985) - Music by Peter Howell (BBC Radiophonic Workshop)
5.
The Two Doctors (Extended Suite) (6:31)
Guitar - Les Thatcher
The complete mono score is available as an isolated DVD soundtrack (2003). A shorter version of this suite appears on the four-disc and two-disc sets (*).

We have not been able to accurately match the cues from Parts One and Two to their original titles, since the PasB paperwork timings are at odds with the music featured in the finished programme.

Start
Cue
Details
Drn
0:00
*
-
The second Doctor's TARDIS materializes in Shockeye's kitchen, from 0:02:55.
0:35
0:32
*
-
Sontaran theme, used throughout the story, first heard at 0:09:09.
0:39
1:11
-
The sixth Doctor and Peri explore the deserted space station; the computer switches to defence alert and depressurises their section. From 0:23:53.
0:56
2:07
*
-
Chessene, Shockeye and the Sontaran officer arrive on Earth in Andalusia, near Seville. On the isolated DVD score this segued from the previous cue.
0:22
2:25
-
The elderly Dona Arana prays before a statue of the Virgin Mary, from 0:31:06, before she encounters the murderous Shockeye.
1:01
3:21
-
The Doctor and Peri climb through the space station's internal infrastructure, from 0:35:43.
0:36
3:51
*
-
Peri moves to investigate the sound of someone following them, from 0:38:48. On Earth, the Sontaran officer Varl tracks the arrival of Stike's battle cruiser, while elsewhere Oscar and Anita wander onto Dona Arana's estate... The first eight seconds were not on the four-disc suite.
0:35
4:25
*
-
Oscar romantically espouses his passion for moth collecting, from 0:40:42.
0:25
4:48
*
2m19/
3m1
The cliff-hanger to Part Two, segued into start of Part Three, as Shockeye pursues and captures Peri. 3m1 was cut-down by nine seconds on the four-disc suite.
1:07
5:50
*
3m22a
Chessene tries to escape, dying in the process, from 2:10:18.
0:40

TIMELASH (1985) – Music by Elizabeth Parker (BBC Radiophonic Workshop)
6.
Timelash (Suite) (5:51)
This true stereo suite was first released on 30 Years, track 64, one of the few music tracks on that album; it appears here at a slightly lower pitch, running around 2% slower, and with the stereo fields swapped around. The final notes originally had a sound effect added overtop, which was removed for this version, shortening the track by six seconds. A different suite of mono music from this story appears over the DVD Photo Gallery (2007).

REVELATION OF THE DALEKS (1985)
7.
Revelation of the Daleks (The Funeral Parlour) (2:19) – Music by Dick Mills (BBC Radiophonic Workshop)
The background music heard in the funeral parlour.

8.
Revelation of the Daleks (6:15) – Music by Roger Limb (BBC Radiophonic Workshop)
The complete mono score is available as an isolated soundtrack on the 2005 DVD; a stereo version of the score is included on the 5.1 mix of the story. A shorter version of this suite appears on the four-disc and two-disc sets (*), though the advertised track list for the eleven-disc sets suggested that it was the same suite across all three releases.

Start
Cue
Details
Drn
0:00
*
1m1
The TARDIS lands on a snowy planet, and Peri reluctantly explores. This segued with the opening title music on the isolated DVD soundtrack.
0:59
1:00
*
1m5
The Doctor is spied by Davros. Two body snatchers, Natasha and Grigory, slip into the catacombs. From 0.08.02.
0:41
1:40
1m10
Two of the workers hypothesise about the true nature of Tranquil Repose. Natasha and Grigory edge closer to their target. From 0.14.24.
1:29
3:00
*
1m13
Under the security cameras, Jobel informs Tasambeker that the Great Healer wishes to see her. Grigory opens a casket to find that it merely contains a dummy. Slightly edited from 0.18.09, with a rattlesnake noise cut from the start.
0:58
3:57
1m18
Natasha and Grigory talk with Stengos, who has been converted into a human Dalek inside a glass casing. Two excerpts from the original 2:03 cue at 0.26.31.
1:03
5:00
*
1m26
The Doctor believes he has found his memorial statue, before it tumbles onto him in the cliff-hanger to Part One. This was segued with the closing title music on the isolated DVD score.
1:08

In between the end of this season and the start of the next, the programme was rested for 18 months; the only Doctor Who produced during this period was the radio drama Slipback (1985), for which Jonathan Gibbs provided 18 minutes of incidental music and Peter Howell's theme arrangement was used for the last time. Music from this series has not been included here, though Mark Ayres has confirmed that the score exists.

9.
Doctor Who Theme (1986 - Opening) (0:45)
Arranged and Performed by Dominic Glynn
In early 1985, freelance musician Dominic Glynn had sent producer John Nathan-Turner a demo tape, claiming that he could compose better music than the Radiophonic Workshop. Following further tapes and demos, Glynn was ultimately invited to compose the incidental score for the first four episodes of The Trial of a Time Lord; three days after his commission, Nathan-Turner called again and asked him to rearrange Ron Grainer's original theme - in only five days. This was the first release of this title arrangement on CD, though it had appeared over the clean title sequences on The Trial of a Time Lord DVD in 2008.

THE TRIAL OF A TIME LORD: THE MYSTERIOUS PLANET (1986) – Music by Dominic Glynn
10.
The Mysterious Planet (Extended Suite) (7:39)
This new suite is extended from the version on the four-disc and two-disc sets (*), with most material repeated from the 1988 Black Light album. The original cue titles cannot be ascertained, since the PasB paperwork has not been released for this story.

Start
Details
Drn
0:00
*
“The Trial Theme” (with 2 cuts, removing around 20 seconds from the end). This had featured on Black Light and on the DVD Photo Gallery.
1:40
1:40
Peri and the Doctor explore the deserted underground, observed by Glitz and Dibber. An excerpt from this Part One cue also appeared on the DVD Photo Gallery.
2:02
3:42
“Be Careful”, from Part One. This originally segued into the following cue ("The Tribe of the Free") but appeared here with a clean ending.
1:14
3:42
*
“This Could Be The End - Part 1”, the cliff-hanger to Part Two.
1:38
6:36
“The Death of Grell”, from the start of Part Four.
1:00

Glynn composed about 51 minutes' music for the serial in total, recording in stereo (though the programmes would be mixed and broadcast in mono). The opening organ music was inspired by Holmes' description of the cathedral-like space station, and the tolling bell derived from the TARDIS' Cloister Bell. 22 minutes' music from The Mysterious Planet had first been released on the cassette Black Light in 1988, compiled and distributed by the Doctor Who Appreciation Society's reference department. A six-minute suite of mono music from this story had also appeared over the Photo Gallery on the DVD release in 2008 - for full details, click here.

An album of rerecorded music, 'Black Light II: The Remixes', was planned to launch the range of Doctor Who soundtracks on the Silva Screen label, but failed to appear. A teaser track was released on flexi disc (a free gift with Doctor Who Magazine in 1991), and this later appeared (extended, and remixed into 5.1) on The Trial of a Time Lord DVD. A mini-album, The Ravolox Remixes, was eventually released in May 2015.

THE TRIAL OF A TIME LORD: MINDWARP (1986) – Special Sounds by Dick Mills (BBC Radiophonic Workshop)
11.
Mindwarp (sound effects montage) (3:59)
A stereo sound effects montage (6:37) was released on the DVD Photo Gallery, and some effects were repeated in mono here (*), though all in substantially different forms, lengths and mixes.

Start
Effect
Drn
0:00
*
Machine
0:30
0:30
*
Sil's Chamber
0:33
1:02
*
Test Room background
0:38
1:38
*
Light Tunnel Background
0:27
1:58
Force Beam and TARDIS
0:34
2:33
*
Time Bubble
0:33
3:07
Unfreeze
0:52

A musical score of just over 32 minutes' duration was recorded by freelance composer Richard Hartley. The tapes have been lost - making it the only story after 1980 for which an isolated soundtrack or release is an impossibility - though Mark Ayres explained in the 11-disc sleevenotes that the master tapes for Part One have tanalisingly survived... they are just unplayable.

THE TRIAL OF A TIME LORD: TERROR OF THE VERVOIDS (1986) – Music by Malcolm Clarke (BBC Radiophonic Workshop)
12.
Terror of the Vervoids (Extended Suite) (8:26)
A six-minute suite of music appears over the 2008 DVD Photo Gallery, and some of that material is replicated here: click here for details. A shorter version of the 50th Anniversary suite appears on the four-disc set (*).

As with the rest of this serial, the original cue titles cannot be ascertained, since the PasB paperwork has not been released. The timings below are taken from the DVD.

Start
Details
Drn
0:00
*
The Doctor introduces his defence at the start of Part Nine, setting the scene on the Hyperion III starliner. An excerpt from this same cue appears on the DVD Photo Gallery.
0:47
0:47
In the cargo hold, mysterious pods are hanging in the ship's hydroponics centre. One glows with life as the light from a doorway illuminates it, from Part Nine 11:39.
0:58
1:45
Excercise music, short clips of which can be heard in Part Nine. This also appears on the Photo Gallery.
0:33
2:19
It is discovered that the enormous pods are now hanging empty. Elsewhere, Mel confronts the Doctor about the seeds he has stolen. From Part Ten, starting at 30:59.
0:48
3:08
Suspicion is rife aboard the Hyperion III, as the Doctor and Mel wonder about Professor Lasky's activities. (This is an excerpt from a 60-second cue from Part Ten 46:05.)
0:17
3:25
Mel overhears of the disappearance of Mr Kimber, and finds a mysterious leaf when she searches the old man's room. Elsewhere, several grown Vervoids are hiding fresh bodies in their hold. From Part Eleven, starting at 55:06.
0:45
4:10
The Doctor has accused his evidence of being tampered with, as footage of the communications area shows him sabotaging the equipment, from Part Eleven 1:06:26.
0:39
4:49
Doland tries to kill the Doctor, but finds that his gun has been disarmed. He runs into a pack of Vervoids, who swiftly kill him, from Part Twelve 1:27:12.
1:15
5:56
*
The Vervoids are destroyed. An edited version appears on the four-disc suite, where the start of the cue is cleaner.
1:49
7:46
*
The survivors examine the remains of the Vervoids. This cue also appears on the Photo Gallery suite.
0:39

Malcolm Clarke's incidental music ran to about 33 minutes in total. Clarke saw the score as grand and luxurious, fitting in with the “ocean liner” setting. It would be the last Radiophonic Workshop score for Doctor Who on television.

THE TRIAL OF A TIME LORD: THE ULTIMATE FOE (1986) – Music by Dominic Glynn
13.
The Ultimate Foe (Extended Suite) (6:49)
14 minutes of music from The Ultimate Foe had first been released on Black Light in 1988, and a five-minute suite of mono music from this story had also appeared over the Photo Gallery on the DVD in 2008: for full details, click here. A shorter version of the 50th Anniversary suite appears on the four-disc set (*), with some of this material edited into the very short two-disc suite (**).

The cue numbering below is our own, with reference to the completed episodes.

Start
Details
Drn
0:00
*
“The Master's Revelation”
1:18
1:18
*
The Master boasts to the courtroom about his manipulative plans, while the Doctor and Glitz arrive at the Fantasy Factory, from Part Thirteen at 17:36.
0:58
2:15
“Popplewick” (excerpt)
0:40
2:54
“The Very Odd Waiting Room (Part 2)”
1:10
3:58
**
“The Illusion” (excerpt)
0:42
4:40
“Glitz's Trick” (excerpt)
0:24
5:02
“The Ray Phase Shift”
0:57
5:58
**
“Farewell, Doctor”. Only a short excerpt (0:19) appears on the four/two-disc set.
0:50

Although originally Malcolm Clarke of the Radiophonic Workshop was to score all of Serial 7C (Terror of the Vervoids/The Ultimate Foe), the final episodes were allocated to Dominic Glynn. He composed around 25 minutes of incidental music for the two instalments, making reference to his own themes from his earlier story (particularly for Glitz). There was much grandiose organ music - echoing the Time Lord atmosphere created by Dudley Simpson in stories such as The War Games and The Deadly Assassin - as well as pipe-organ carnival music for the Fantasy Factory's illuminating debut. To accompany the shots of Peri and King Yrcanos, Glynn rearranged part of Richard Hartley's score for Mindwarp.

14.
Doctor Who Theme (1986 - Closing) (1:20)
Arranged and Performed by Dominic Glynn
Previously released on The Trial of a Time Lord DVD as part of the clean title sequence feature.

Composer Notes by Elizabeth Parker
First presented by Blogtor Who, then printed in the TARDIS sleeve notes

Composer Notes by Jonathan Gibbs
First presented by Blogtor Who, then printed in the two-disc and TARDIS sleeve notes