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Remembrance of the Daleks: Parts One & Three (tx: 05 & 19/10/88)

In Fiction: the Doctor has taken Ace back to the 60s, where they proceed to drink a lot of tea in Harry’s Café and listen to an authentic jukebox playing (for once!) authentic tunes.

In Fact: written as a loose sequel to 'An Unearthly Child', with the Doctor returning to Totter's Lane junkyard in 1963, the production is keen to impress with its period detail. In many respects it fails spectacularly - there are cars, road markings, buildings and fashions throughout that would have been anacronistic in 1963 - but the musical choices are spot-on, and the jukebox in the café (where, for some reason, the army and the Doctor are content to spend much of their valuable time in Part Three whilst the Daleks assemble their forces!) is stocked with Beatles and Mudlarks classics that were top of the charts at the time.

There are other tracks; 3 minutes into Part One, Ace examines the jukebox and is amused to find 'Return to Sender' playing, as popularised by Elvis Presley; and 7 minutes into Part Three, The Shadows' 'Apache' is heard as Rachel expresses her misgivings about the Doctor. These, however, are cover-versions performed by incidental-music composer Keff McCulloch, and have never been released.

Do You Want To Know A Secret & A Taste of Honey – The Beatles



Cuts: Do You Want to Know a Secret 0’36” plays in the café, 4 minutes into Part One, as Mike bellows for attention.
A Taste of Honey 0'51” is heard (although only 0’33” was cleared for use), 9 minutes into Part Three, as the Doctor instructs Gilmore and the party leave the café.

Releases (select releases): both tracks were taken from The Beatles' first UK album, ’Please Please Me’ (Parlophone PMC 1210 MONO/ PCS 3042 STEREO) released 22 March (MONO) and 26 April (STEREO) 1963. This fantastic LP - which contained the A and B sides to their first 2 singles, plus 10 new tracks - remained at the top of the charts for 30 consequetive weeks from 11th May 1963 - which is still a record - until ‘With The Beatles’, the follow-up album, replaced it in November. (In America 'Please Please Me' was released as "Introducing The Beatles" in July 1963.) For Remembrance of the Daleks, both tracks were taken from the original stereo LP.

Do You Want to Know a Secret is, unusually, sung by George Harrison and was allegedly inspired by a song in Walt Disney’s ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ (1937), where the heroine sings “Wanna know a secret?” A Taste of Honey was originally written by "Bobby" Scott and Ric Marlow for Tony Richardson’s film ‘A Taste of Honey’ (1961), based on the 1958 play by Shelagh Delaney, and was covered by The Beatles for their first LP - though it was a song they quickly dispensed with live.

Availability (select releases): both songs are readily available on the CD reissue of ‘Please Please Me’ (Parlophone CDP7464352), as released in January 1987.
Replacements: although this episode was released as-broadcast on VHS in 1993 (BBCV5007, in The Daleks boxed set (BBCV5005) with The Chase), the ever-changing copyright situation regarding The Beatles’ music prevented the songs' release on DVD in 2001. Do You Want to Know a Secret was replaced in the UK (BBCV1040) with clean dialogue from an early edit of the story and a cover-version of the same track by Billy J Kramer and the Dakotas, and in the US (WHV - E1138) and Australia with a copyright-free cover-version; A Taste of Honey was replaced on all versions with a piece of generic guitar music.

Billy J Kramer (born William Ashton) was gifted with several Lennon-McCartney songs in 1963-4, thanks to being managed by Brian Epstein and produced by George Harrison. Do You Want to Know a Secret was offered to Kramer before The Beatles recorded it themselves, and was released as a 7" single (Parlophone R5023) with another Lennon-McCartney song on the B-side - 'I'll Be On My Way' - that was never to be recorded by The Beatles. Kramer enjoyed many years of success, and his version of the song can be found on ‘The Very Best of Billy J Kramer’ (EMI Gold 3119742), released June 2005.

Lollipop - The Mudlarks

Cuts: 0’19” plays, 6 minutes into Part Three, as Ace sulks with the Doctor and flirts with the army. This song had also featured in Doctor Who the previous year, performed by 'The Lorrells' (aka incidental-music composer Keff McCulloch) in Delta and the Bannermen.

Releases (select releases): written by songwriters Beverly Ross and Julius Dixon for the American mixed-race duo Ronald and Ruby (Beverly Ross with Lee Morris), the original version reached no. 20 in the US music charts - arguably only hampered by the limited publicity granted to a black musician.
When Lollipop was re-recorded by The Chordettes in 1958, the catchy tune climbed to no. 2 in the US, and England had its own version performed by The Mudlarks (aka Fred, Jeff and Mary Mudd) - with the two versions making the top ten simultaneously on either side of the Atlantic. The UK 7" single was released on 3rd May 1958 (EMI Columbia DB 4099), and reached no. 2 on 31st May.

This family trio - whose band name is slang for 'professional beggars' - also scored hits with covers of ‘Book of Love’ and ‘My Grandfather’s Clock’ before Mary Mudd attempted, and failed, to go solo. Little to nothing has been heard of them since.

Availability (select releases): currently available on dozens on 50s compilations, such as the double-CD ‘Golden Oldies’ (Virgin VTDCD749) released September 2005.