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Father’s Day (tx: 14/05/05)

The TARDIS has landed in November 1987. You can tell because some ghastly pop music is playing in the street.

ROSE: That's so weird.
THE DOCTOR: The past is another country. 1987 is just the Isle of White.

Later, as Pete Tyler drives Rose to church and they discuss Jackie, the radio splutters and changes from 80s pop to modern-day rap:

PETE: This stuff goes right over my head.
ROSE: That's not out yet...
PETE: Good job 'an all.

In Fiction: the Doctor is taking Rose on a whistle-stop tour of her parent’s life, which includes a fair amount of the dodgy hairstyles, dress sense and music that characterised the 1980s. As the TARDIS lands on the corner of Walterley Street SE15, amidst Socialist Worker posters and vintage cars, someone's radio is playing The Communards; and as Pete Tyler drives his own daughter to church, Rick Astley is replaced on his car stereo with the unmistakeablely 21st century sounds of The Streets... the Reapers are coming, and they know how to party.

In Fact: Doctor Who managed to make it right through the 80s without so much as a half-bar of Tainted Love intruding into the show, only for the 2005 series to include a 45-minute 1980s retrospective packed with authentically cheesy electro-pop. Hide behind the sofa!

Paul Cornell’s script did not specify which song to use as the TARDIS landed, but did request music playing from a distant radio that was appropriate to 7th November 1987. Later, as Pete drives Rose to the church, the script called for ‘The Number One Song in Heaven’ by The Sparks playing on his stereo, to be interrupted by “2005 pop that couldn’t be from anywhen else,” with Pete commenting “this acid house stuff goes right over my head." The acid house reference was dropped during filming, and the songs changed in post-production to ‘Never Can Say Goodbye’ by The Communards and ‘Don’t Mug Yourself’ by The Streets, a track actually released in 2002 but still, as Paul Cornell says on the DVD commentary, “the most modern possible thing!”

Never Can Say Goodbye – The Communards

Cuts: 0'30" is heard, 3 minutes into the episode, playing on an off-screen radio as Rose and the Doctor emerge from the TARDIS. After leaving Bronski Beat in the spring of 1985, vocalist Jimmy Somerville teamed up with the classically trained pianist Richard Coles to form The Communards: a title borrowed from a nineteenth-century group of French Republicans! In September 1986, the duo unexpectedly reached number 1 with a revival of Harold Melvin's 'Don't Leave Me This Way'. Their cover of 'Never Can Say Goodbye' reached the Top 5.

Releases (select releases): the Communards’ recording of this 1970s Northern Soul hit – which had previously been recorded by the Jackson Five, Isaac Hayes and Gloria Gaynor, amongst others – was a 7” single, a CD single (LONCD158) and a 12” containing extended remixes (LONXR158DJ). It was later included on the Communards' album ‘Red’ (London Records LONLP 39) in 1987.

Availability (select releases): currently available on compilation CDs such as ‘The Very Best of Jimmy Somerville’ (Warners 0927412582), released September 2001, and ‘London’s Finest: 1980s Platinum Collection’ (Warners 5101117352), released December 2005.

Never Gonna Give You Up – Rick Astley

Cuts: 0'38" is heard, 12 minutes into the episode, playing on Pete's car stereo. Rick Astley was one of the first modern-day teenage heart-throbs, discovered by the successful producer/writer Pete Waterman in 1985. This song was his first solo success: topping the UK charts, becoming the biggest UK single of 1987 (winning a BRIT Award), and helping to make him the top singles act of the year.

Releases (select releases): produced by Stock, Aitken & Waterman at the beginning of their golden age of hit singles, this track was released on 29th August 1987 as a 7” (RCA PB 41447) and 12” single (PT 41448), making number one in the UK for five weeks, and reissued as a CD single in 1989 (PD 42639). It featured on the million-selling album ‘Whenever You Need Somebody’ (6822-2-R), released in late 1987, and on very many pop compilations.

Availability (select releases): readily available on 1980s compilations and the Rick Astley CD ‘Greatest Hits’ (RCA 74321955122), released September 2002.

Don't Mug Yourself – The Streets

Cuts: 0'26" plays on Pete Tyler’s car stereo, demonstrating the time distortions, interrupting Rick Astley and giving Tyler the opportunity to moan about modern music - the so-called "acid house" scene and rave culture was just beginning in 1987. The Streets is the nickname for producer and MC Mike Skinner, one of the most original artists in UK urban music. He first rocked the underground with 'Has It Come To This', a everyday tale of modern 'geezer' life, and won the critics' hearts with his debut album, on which 'Don't Mug Yourself' featured.

Releases: ‘Original Pirate Material’ CD (679 Recordings 0927435682) March 2002. The track was also available as a DJ-only 12” single (679 Recordings 679L008T) released 21 October 2002; a commercial CD single was released in July 2003 on Atlantic Records.

Availability (select releases): 'Original Pirate Material' is still readily available.