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Library Music Chronology

Since every piece of stock music featured in Doctor Who came from a vinyl or tape of some description, every single record is (theoretically) obtainable by the dedicated collector. Library LPs that have fallen out of use can often be found on eBay or at collector's fairs, and so, for the sake of completeness, every record is listed in the chronologically-arranged list below. The tracks that have been made commercially available on compilations (Doctor Who-related or otherwise) are highlighted; alternatively you can jump straight to the commercial discography here.

Please note that the majority of this information comes from the BBC's PasB paperwork as presented at BBCi - any errata or ommissions have been ammended where noticed, but there are almost certainly inconsistencies and errors remaining. Any comments or corrections would be much appreciated!

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Season One

'An Unearthly Child'
Nelson & Raymond/The Arthur Nelson Group
Conroy BM 303B

'The Edge of Destruction'
Musique Electronique
Eric Siday
Impress IA 248B
Musique Electronique
Eric Siday
Impress IA 249B
Musique Electronique: Anaethesia
Eric Siday
Impress IA 250B

'The Brink of Disaster'
Musique Concrete: The Day the Sky Fell In
Desmond Leslie
Weinberger JW 23[-]
Buxton Orr
Chappell C 713B

The record code for Desmond Leslie's Day the Sky Fell In is obscured on the surviving PasB documents, and the listings for 'The Edge of Destruction' do not give titles to Eric Siday's three tracks; Anaesthesia has been identified by it's re-appearance in The Moonbase.

Season Two

The Web Planet [all episodes unless stated]
Les Structures Sonores: Rapsody de Budapest [1,4]
Jasques Lasry/Francois Baschet
Bam LD 066
Les Structures Sonores: Pieces Nouvelles [1,2]
Jasques Lasry/Francois Baschet
Bam LD 087
Les Structures Sonores: Sonatine [1]
Jasques Lasry/Francois Baschet
Bam LD 087
Les Structures Sonores: Marche [2]
Daniel Ouzounoff
Bam LD 087
Les Structures Sonores: Suite [2,5]
Jasques Lasry/Francois Baschet
Bam LD 087

'The Space Museum'
Musique Electronique: Threat Attack
Eric Siday
Impress IA 251B
Musique Electronique: Space Time
Eric Siday
Impress IA 249B
Musique Electronique: Space Agitato
Eric Siday
Impress IA 249B
Synchro-Stings
Trevor Duncan
Impress IA 143B
Electronic Music: Bathysphere
E. Nordgren
Southern MQ 759
Dramatic Bridges
Denis Ryooth/Telecast Orchestra
Chappell C 480A
Electronic Music: Asyndeton
Robert Gerhard
Southern MQ 760
Ultra Sonic Perception: Ultimate
Eric Siday
Conroy BM 315A
Ultra Sonic Perception: Moonscape
Eric Siday
Conroy BM 315A
Trevor Duncan
Conroy BM 156A
Jack Trombey/Hilversum Radio Orchestra
Hudson DW 2686B
E. Sendel
Southern MQ 766A

'The Dimensions of Time'
Ultra Sonic Perception: The Laboratory
Eric Siday
Conroy BM 320B
Musique Electronique: Mood 7 B.2
Eric Siday
Impress IA 248A
Six Short Dramas
Roger Roger/Champs Elysees Orchestra
Chappell C 784B
Musique Electronique: Space Age B.2
Eric Siday
Impress IA 249B
Buxton Orr
Chappell C 713B

'The Search'
Dramatic Brass Chords
W.Droyson
Impress IA 344B
Scene Shifts
Don Banks/The Light Symphonia Orchestra
Conroy BM 3[-]A
Off Centre: Off Centre
Frank Tailey/New Concert Orchestra
Boosey & Hawkes O 2396
Off Centre: Panic in the Streets
Frank Tailey/New Concert Orchestra
Boosey & Hawkes O 2396
Off Centre: Dark Pursuit
Frank Tailey/New Concert Orchestra
Boosey & Hawkes O 2396
Off Centre: Quicksand
Frank Tailey/New Concert Orchestra
Boosey & Hawkes O 2396
Buxton Orr
Chappell C 713A
Musique Concrete: Sting Tintabuloid
Desmond Leslie
Weinberger JW 233B
Musique Concrete: Kaputt
Desmond Leslie
Weinberger JW 233B

'The Final Phase'
Musique Concrete: Kaputt
Desmond Leslie
Weinberger JW 233B
Musique Concrete: Quick Sand
Buxton Orr
Chappell C 713A
Off Centre: Atoms and Mushrooms
Frank Tailey/New Concert Orchestra
Boosey & Hawkes O 2396
Off Centre: Panic in the Streets
Frank Tailey/New Concert Orchestra
Boosey & Hawkes O 2396
Brass Chords - Staccato Ending
W. Droyson
Impress IA 344A

'The Watcher'
Ultra Sonic Perception: Suspended Animation
Eric Siday
Conroy BM 315B
Medieval Drama Part 3
Lawrence Leonard & His Orchestra
Chappell C 690B
Nuvane
Light Symphonia
Conroy BM 416B
Secundae Vesperae in Nativitate
Choir der Monche der Benediktiner
Archiv 14110 APM

'The Meddling Monk'
Mediaeval Drama Part 1
Lawrence Leonard and his Orchestra
Chappell C 690B
Mediaeval Drama Part 2
Lawrence Leonard and his Orchestra
Chappell C 690B
Scorches Earth
Trevor Duncan
K. Prowse KP 017B
Secundae Vesperae in Nativitate
Choir der Monche der Benediktiner
Archiv 14110 APM
November Fog
Peter Hope/The Lansdowne Light Orchestra
Impress IA 275A
Twelve-Tone Links
Harry Dexter
Weinberger JW 334A

'A Battle of Wits'
Twelve-Tone Links Group C
Harry Dexter
Weinberger JW 334A
Twelve-Tone Links Group C No.7
Harry Dexter
Weinberger JW 334A
Twelve-Tone Links Group E No.6
Harry Dexter
Weinberger JW 335A

'Checkmate'
Musique Electronique: Magnetic Field Mood 7
Eric Siday
Impress IA 248A
Electronic Music: Meteoroids
Robert Gerhard
Southern MQ 760
Twelve-Tone Links Group C
Harry Dexter
Weinberger JW 335A

Season Three

Galaxy 4 [all episodes unless stated]
Les Structures Sonores: Mister Blues
Jasques Lasry/Francois Baschet
Unidisc EX45 145M
Les Structures Sonores: Moelle de Lion
Jasques Lasry/Francois Baschet
BAM LD 066
Les Structures Sonores: Rapsodie de Budapest
Jasques Lasry/Francois Baschet
BAM LD 066
Les Structures Sonores: Invention a 2 viox en Re Mineur [4]
Jasques Lasry/Francois Baschet
BAM LD 066
Les Structures Sonores: Marche
Daniel Ouzounoff
BAM LD 087
Les Structures Sonores: Sonatine [1,2,4]
Jasques Lasry/Francois Baschet
BAM LD 087
Les Structures Sonores: Pieces Nouvelles [1,4]
Jasques Lasry/Francois Baschet
BAM LD 087
Les Structures Sonores: Spontaneite [1,3]
Jasques Lasry/Francois Baschet
BAM LD 087
Les Structures Sonores: Suite [1]
Jasques Lasry/Francois Baschet
BAM LD 087

'Mission to the Unknown'
Synchro-Stings
Trevor Duncan
Impress IA 143A & B

The Massacre [all episodes unless stated]
Illustrations No. 4: Hunted Man
Pierre Arvay
Hudson DW 2890
Illustrations No. 4: Frightened Man [2,3]
Pierre Arvay
Hudson DW 2890
Illustrations No. 4: Little Prelude [4]
Pierre Arvay
Hudson DW 2890

'The Plague'
Drumdramatics No. 11
Robert Farnon
Chappell C 809 B

The second episode of The Ark included one of Robert Farnon's Drumdramatic pieces. Although it has not been commercially released, alternative Drumdramatics - numbers 7 and 10 - were used in The Tenth Planet, and included on that story's soundtrack CD in 2001.

The War Machines [all episodes unless stated]
Musique Electronique: Hypnotic
Eric Siday
Impress IA 250
The Mood Modern: Frantic Fracas [1]
Johnny Hawksworth
Keith Prowse KPM 1001
The Mood Modern: The Eyelash [1]
Johnny Hawksworth
Keith Prowse KPM 1001
The Mood Modern: Boat to Begin [1]
Johnny Hawksworth
Keith Prowse KPM 1001
The Mood Modern: Browbeater [1]
Johnny Hawksworth
Keith Prowse KPM 1001
The Mood Modern: Latin Gear [1]
Johnny Hawksworth
Keith Prowse KPM 1001
The Mood Modern: Rhythm 'n' Beat [1]
Johnny Hawksworth
Keith Prowse KPM 1001

Season Four

The Tenth Planet [all episodes unless stated]
Martin Slavin/Norman Ramin
Chappell C 812A
Roger Roger/Champs Elysees Orchestra
Chappell C 741B
Walter Scott
Chappell C 818B
Power Drill [1,2,3]
Douglas Gamley
Chappell C 754A
Douglas Gamley
Chappell C 754B
John Denis
Chappell C 736XB
Robert Farnon
Chappell C 785B
Robert Farnon
Chappell C 809A

The Moonbase [all episodes unless stated]
Martin Slavin/Norman Ramin
Chappell C 812A
Musique Electronique: Sabre Dance [1]
Eric Siday
Impress IA 250B
Musique Electronique: Anaesthesia [2,4]
Eric Siday
Impress IA 250B
Musique Electronique: Hypnosis [3,4]
Eric Siday
Impress IA 250A
Musique Electronique: Conflict No. 1 [3,4]
Eric Siday
Impress IA 248B
Electronic Sound Pictures: Group Shapes [1]
Desmond Briscoe
HMV CLP 3531
Moonscape [2]
Eric Siday
Conroy BM 315A
Suspended Animation [3,4]
Eric Siday
Conroy BM 315B

The Macra Terror
The track Musak (from "Time in Advance") by BBC Radiophonic Workshop composer John Baker was included on Doctor Who at the Radiophonic Workshop - Volume 1, credited to an appearance in The Macra Terror. The production paperwork does not refer to it, simply listing Dudley Simpson's specially-composed incidentals.

The Evil of the Daleks: Episode 1
Youngbeat
BBC Orchestra
Hudson DW 2990

The 1998 CD version of Space Adventures included a track presumed to be Youngbeat, credited to Jack Trombey; it was only after the CDs were pressed and distributed that the producers realised that either they, or the original PasB paperwork, had been mistaken.

Season Five

The Tomb of the Cybermen [all episodes unless stated]
Paul Bonneau and his Orchestra
Chappell TCR Vol. 2
Title not Known-Band 7 [1]
Desmond Leslie
Weinberger JW 233B
Title not Known-Band 8 [1]
Desmond Leslie
Weinberger JW 232B
Martin Slavin/Norman Ramin
Chappell C 812A
J. Scott/Westway Studio Orchestra
Southern MQ 653
W. Josephs
Southern MQ 653
Title not Known [1]
Steve Race
Impress IA 144A
Ultra Sonic Perception: Galaxy [1,3,4]
Eric Siday
Conroy BM 315B
Ultra Sonic Perception: Suspended Animation [2]
Eric Siday
Conroy BM 315B
Off Centre: Dark Pursuit [1,4]
Frank Tailey/New Concert Orchestra
Boosey & Hawkes O 2396
Off Centre: Off Centre [1,2,3]
Frank Tailey/New Concert Orchestra
Boosey & Hawkes O 2396
Off Centre: Panic in the Streets [3,4]
Frank Tailey/New Concert Orchestra
Boosey & Hawkes O 2396
E. Sendel
Southern MQ 766
Desert Storm [1,2,3]
H. Feischner
Weinberger JW 260B
Robert Gerhard
Southern MQ 760

Both The Enemy of the World (Episodes 1-6) and The Web of Fear: Episode 1 used classical music as their incidental/background score. Further details can be found in the Classical Music Discography.

The Web of Fear: Episode 1
Lunar Probe
F. Bayle
Hudson DW 3030A
Andromeda
F. Bayle
Hudson DW 3030A
W. Josephs/Westway Studio Orchestra
Southern MQ 653

The Web of Fear: Episode 2
Syd Dale/European Sound Stage Orchestra
K. Prowse KPM 228A
Edwin Braden
Conroy BM 31[-]
W. Josephs/Westway studio Orchestra
Southern MQ 653
F. Bayle
Hudson DW 3030A

The PasB documentation is missing for episodes 3-6; it is known that many of the above tracks were repeated in the later episodes, along with Palpitations (previously used in Tomb of the Cybermen) and Space Adventure.

The Wheel in Space: Episode 1
Tranquil Scene
Moneta Eagles
Conroy BM 012B

Seasons Six - Twenty-Six

The Invasion: Episodes 1,2,3
John Baker/BBC Radiophonic Workshop
MS

Inferno
Battle Theme [5,6,7]
St. George
Standard ESL 104
St. George
Standard ESL 104
Vorhaus
Standard ESL 104
Vorhaus
Standard ESL 104
Delia Derbyshire
BBC Radio Enterprises REC 25M
Electronic Links [7]
Eric Peters
Chappell C 378A

Terror of the Autons: Episode 2
Keith Papworth
[- -]

Colony in Space
Tank [2]
Emerson, Palmer
Island ILPS 9132
Vorhaus
Standard ESL 104

The Green Death: Episode 6
Even More Electric Banana: Itíll Never Be Me
Electric Banana
Hudson DW 3123

Planet of the Spiders: Episode 1
Front Row
P. Gerard
Conroy BM 040
Sneaky Sheik
P. Gerard
Conroy BM 040
Hunted
P. Gerard
Conroy BM 040

Masque of Mandragora: Part 4
Tanzmusic Der Renaissance: Basse dane La Brosse
P. Attaingnant
Archiv 2533111
Tanzmusic Der Renaissance: Branle de Champagne
C. Cervaise
Archiv 2533111
Tanzmusic Der Renaissance: Istampita Cominciamento de gioia
Ulsamer Collegium
Archiv 2533111

The Ribos Operation: Part 2
Antophonae Mariae
Orchestra
Archiv 2533310

Four to Doomsday: Parts 2,4
A Didgeridoo (from "Quest Under Capricorn")
Signiature tune of BBC Programme
Transmitted 1963

Part 2 of this story also used a track entitled 'Flutes of the...', but the PasB documentation is too faded to read any further! A recording of the Royal Hunt of the Sun by the National Theatre was also used in Part 4; this can be found listed in our Source Music Discography.

Mawdryn Undead: Part 2
Lilliburlero (arr. Edrich Siebart)
Band Stand
Keith Prowse KPM 1115

Enlightenment: Parts 3,4
Malcolm Clarke/BBC Radiophonic Workshop
MS

Planet of Fire: Part 1
From Other Lands No.12: Spain: Zapateado
J. Leach, produced by Alan Howe
Hudson DW 3476

Doctor Who: The Movie
Jordan/Peterkin/Rhyne
- -
Duran/Harnell
- -
James A Latham
- -

BBC Discs

Several stories would also include music taken from the BBC's own music library: an in-house collection of non-copyrighted recordings that was often plundered for sound effects and background noises, but much less often for musical pieces.

The Highlanders [all episodes]
Pibroch (Traditional)
Seumas MacNeill (Highland Bagpipes)
BBC Library LP 23544

The Faceless Ones
Nigerian Drums [1,2]
- -
BBC Library LP 25825

The Abominable Snowmen
Morning Prayer [1,2,3,5]
Monks of Sakya Set
BBC Library LP 27579
Offering to God of Sakya [6]
Monks of Sakya Set
BBC Library LP 27579