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Spearhead from Space: Episode 2 (tx: 10/01/70)

In Fiction: Strange things are a-happening in a plastics factory, where the doll-assembly girls are unwittingly making killer plastic dolls. They're also listening to Fleetwood Mac, presumeably to drown out the sounds of their own consciences.

In Fact: This track was used as a generic piece of contemporary guitar music to place the scene in modern-day England. Doctor Who chronologists place the events of Spearhead from Space in October 1969, shortly after the single’s release and the guitar-based Fleetwood Mac’s rise to popularity.

Oh Well (Part 1) - Fleetwood Mac



Cuts: 0’20” of the record’s A-side is played, 3 minutes into the episode, over shots of the dolls’ eyes being assembled and fitted. The single was released in 2 parts; radio stations usually played the A-side, Oh Well (Part 1), running to 3’32” - the B-side is Oh Well (Part 2), an orchestral piece that sounds completely different. Both parts – edited together on album releases – run to over 9 minutes.

Releases (prior to broadcast): Oh Well (Parts 1 & 2) 7” single released November 1969 (Reprise 27000, released internationally with a variety of different picture sleeves: the lovely Dutch version is pictured left). An edit of the track was also added to a US reissue of the September 1969 Fleetwood Mac album ‘Then Play On’ following it’s success in the singles charts; it had not featured on the original UK issue.

Availability (select releases): currently available on the CD reissue of ‘Then Play On’ (Reprise 7599274482, July 1988), featuring the same edit of Oh Well that originally graced the US LP; this contains the repeated material from the original single – a section of about 1 minute that had appeared both at the end of Part 1 and the start of Part 2 - which has been removed on other compilations, such as ‘The Best of Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac’ (CD, Columbia 5101552).

Replacements: The original, omnibus-edition VHS release of this story (BBCV4107) avoided paying for the copyright by simply replacing the soundtrack of the entire scene with some factory-background sound effects. This trick was repeated – though rather more subtly and effectively, using the original effects track – for the DVD release in 2001 (BBCDVD1033). The scene was accidentally released intact, music and all, on a budget release of the “complete & unedited” episodes in 1994 (BBCV5509).