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Records with absolutely no relation to Doctor Who that nonetheless put elements from the show on their sleeves - Daleks and cartoon TARDISes pop up in the least likely places!

1977 - Universal Energy

Universal Energy: Universal Energy
UK 12" vinyl LP, 1977
Harvest SHSP4075

1. Universal Energy
2. Space Energy
3. Disco Energy I
4. Christmas for Space
5. Disco Energy II

Universal Energy were French electro pioneers Bernard Estardy & Jean Pierre Bourtayre, and this rare English LP of their work has only been sighted with ‘Factory Sample’ stickers on, suggesting that it may have been a limited edition test pressing. DJs looking for a funky tune want this LP for the splendid ‘Disco Energy’ track, but Doctor Who fans want it for the uncanny cover image of a roboman and the Dalek spaceship, taken from the 1966 poster for Daleks’ Invasion Earth 2150AD. It’s not clear whether the original image has been retouched or simply repainted from scratch, but it’s unmistakable!



Because the text was part of the image itself, international posters for this film were completely repainted, and the roboman gradually evolved from a sulky chap in the foreground of a devastated London (English version, above left) to a scary-looking man in black, very much the focus of the whole poster (Belgian version, above right) and then into the cruelly smiling version of the Spanish poster (right), on whom the LP version was copied or modified.

1986 - Somewhere in Time



Produced, Engineered & Mixed by Martin Birch
Bass & Drum Tracks recorded at Compass Point, Nassau, Bahamas
Assistant Engineer: Sean Burrows
Guitars & Vox Recorded at Wisseloord Studios, Hilversum, Holland
Assistant Engineers: Albert Boekholt/Ronald Prent
Tape Operator: Marvin Birch
Mixed at Electric Ladyland Studios, New York, NY
Assistant Mixing Engineer: Bruce Buchhalter
Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound, New York, NY
Management: Rod Smallwood & Andy Taylor
Iron Maiden: Somewhere In Time
12" vinyl LP (gatefold sleeve) 29 September 1986
EMI Records

Digitally remastered CD, 1998: EMI Records 496 9240

1. Caught Somewhere In Time
2. Wasted Years
3. Sea Of Madness
4. Heaven Can Wait
5. The Loneliness Of The Long DistanceRunner
6. Stranger In A Strange Land
7. De Ja Vu
8. Alexander The Great

The original 12" release came with a bonus 4-track CD

1. Reach Out
2. Juanita
3. Sherriff Of Huddersfield
4. That Girl

Legendary 80s metal band Iron Maiden changed style on their 1986 album, introducing guitar synthesisers and keyboards. The impressive cover art, extending over the 12" sleeve, featured a number of science fiction images, including, tucked away along the edge of the back cover, the TARDIS, dangerously parked atop a high-rise building. Maiden had already proved themselves fans of science fiction - The Number of the Beast included material from The Prisoner - so there is no doubt that the blue police box pictured is the time travelling Type 40 we adore.

Although it looks like a scary place to land, we have to remember that the sixth Doctor (assuming that the artist drew a contemporary TARDIS) had faced far worse than a giant muscle man, an army of uniformed guards, a pack of searchlights and a broken down city. Take Kew Gardens, for instance.

1995 - We Are Shampoo

Shampoo: We are Shampoo
CD and cassette, May 1995
Food 7243 8 31140 2 3

1.
Trouble
2.
Delicious
3.
Viva la Megababes
4.
Dirty Old Love Song
5.
Skinny White Thing
6.
Glimmer Globe
7.
Shiny Black Taxi Cab
8.
Me Hostage
9.
Game Boy
10.
House of Love
11.
Shampoo You
12.
Saddo

Shampoo were a fabulously annoying teen pop duo, whose single 'Trouble' is most famous for popping up in the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers movie. With names like Simon Fowler (of Ocean Colour Scene) and Paul Gadd (aka Gary Glitter) appearing in the small print of the sleeve notes, you might expect this album to be an interesting mix of styles; unfortunately it's just teenage pop, and rather rubbish.

Despite the cover photo featuring simply the two young ladies, everything else about this CD is dripping with kitsch TV references.

The picture CD itself featured the 1984 Doctor Who Annual
The credits page of the booklet included the DMS Toiletries TARDIS bubble bath from 1988 and the corner of the Dapol Dalek packaging



The main image of the booklet - a 3-page spread of annuals, sweets, toys and crocery inspired by TV shows and films - included the Annual, 2 bubble baths and a Dalek.

1995 - Nobody Else



Produced by Chris Porter, Dave James, Gary Marlow, Brothers In Rhythm and David Morades for Def Mix Productions
Cover design: Morgan Penn
Photo: Mathew Donaldson
Shrine: Tom O'Sullivan
Take That: Nobody Else
UK CD and cassette, 1995
BMG / RCA 74321 279092

1.
Sure
2.
Back For Good
3.
Every Guy
4.
Sunday To Saturday
5.
Nobody Else
6.
Never Forget
7.
Hanging Onto Your Love
8.
Holding Back The Tears
9.
Hate It
10.
Lady Tonight
11.
The Day After Tomorrow

As the most popular teen-pop sensation in Britain since the 60s, Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, Robbie Williams, Jason Orange and Mark Owen ruled the UK charts during the first half of the 90s. Conceived in 1990 as the British New Kids On The Block, Take That initially worked the same territory as their American counterparts, singing watered-down R&B, soul, and pop. Nobody Else, their third UK album, was a Number One hit upon its spring release, with a cover photograph showing a Take That shrine. Alongside dolls of the guys themselves were teddy bears, badges, rings, flowers, lettered dice (three Ts, two As, a K, an E and an H) and assorted collectibles suggested by the group including a Mona Lisa, a Tetley figurine and a black and silver Dapol Dalek. The following year, the photograph was included as part of the Greatest Hits montage, alongside a multitude of previous Take That albums and international singles, with the Dalek just about visible above the title banner.

The image failed to make it to America. When Robbie Williams left the group in mid-95, his name and likeness was immediately removed from all promotional material, including the US release of Nobody Else (Arista Records 18800), which also included tracks from the band’s second British album, Everything Changes, previously unreleased there. The CD and cassette came in the alternative packaging of a group photograph. The four remaining members called it a day in 1996.

Original members Robbie Williams, Jason Orange and Mark Owen have gone on to lead successful solo careers. The Dapol Dalek went out of production in 2004.

1998 - Six



Paul Draper (Lead vocals and rhythm guitar)
Dominic Chadd (Lead guitar and backing vocals)
Stove King (Bass)
Andie Rathbone (Drums)

Produced by: Paul Draper & Mark 'spike' Stent

Cover paintings: Max Schindler
Design and Art Direction: Stylorouge
Mansun: Six
CD, September 1998
EMI/Parlophone 7243 4 96723 2 1

(PART ONE)

1. Six
2. Negative
3. Shotgun
4. Inverse Minds
5. Anti Everything
6. Fall Out
7. Serotonin
8. Cancer

(INTERLUDE)

9. Witness to a Murder (Part Two)

(PART TWO)

10. Television
11. Special/Blown It (Delete as Appropriate)
12. Shotgun
13. Being a Girl

Mansun were a very highly regarded indie/rock act when Six, their second album, was released. It didn't match the commercial sucess of their 1997 debut, 'Attack of the Grey Lantern', but it was an undeniably ambitious maverick rock album, featuring 7-minute tracks, atmospheric linking material and catchy tunes, too; not to mention a vocal cameo by Tom Baker (on 'Witness to a Murder (Part Two)', where he narrates a verse).

It had been clear from the band's early releases - marketted on their own label, named Sci Fi Hi Fi - that they were cult TV fans, and this album came packaged in a wonderful painting that referenced Winnie the Pooh, George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four and Doctor Who. The cover image featured the fourth Doctor, sat reading at the top of an ornate staircase beneath a stained-glass penny farthing (in reference to The Prisoner; Number Six can also be seen, as can Number Two, and one of the books is titled 'The Schizoid Man' - one of the episode titles). To the far left is a model TARDIS, whilst the bottom left stack of books contains an old-fashioned copy of Tom Baker's autobiograpy, 'Who on Earth is Tom Baker'.

1999 - The Exotic Beatles Part III



Also featuring: Noel Gallagher, Lee Marvin, Yoko Ono, Ian Botham, Rolf Harris, Fyfe Robertson,
Alan Ginsberg, Brian Matthews, Der Bier Keller Beatles, Julia Somerville and Homer Simpson.
Various Artists: The Exotic Beatles Part III
CD, March 1999
Exotica Records PELÉ 14CD

1.
Introduction featuring The Vernons Pools Girls, Ed Sullivan, Paul, George, John & Ringo, Eric Morcambe and Ernie Wise
2.
Let It Be Shang Shang Typhoon
3.
Ticket To Ride Cathy Berberian
4.
Help! Irvin's 89 Key Marenghi Fairground Organ
5.
The Beatles Pledge Of Allegiance & With A Little Help From My Friends David Peel
6.
I Want To Hold Your Hand Mrs. Yetta Bronstein
7.
Revolution No. 89 Feeling B
8.
Yellow Submarine Los Fernandos
9.
Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite Frank Sidebottom
10.
In My Life Joah Valley
11.
Eleanor Rigby Doodles Weaver
12.
Lato B (Let It Be) Powerillusi
13.
She Loves You Irvin's 89 Key Marenghi Fairground Organ
14.
Das Gelbe Underwasserboot (Yellow Submarine) Klaus Beyer with The Götz Alsman Band
15.
Eight Days A Week The Mirza Men
16.
Love Me Do The Beatle Barkers
17.
From Me To You Emi Bonilla
18.
Gestern Noch (Yesterday) Haax
19.
And Your Hard Birds Night Thing The Food
20.
I Want To Hold Your Hand Rafi and Asha
21.
World Without Love Ena Baga
22.
Eleanor Rigby Ogar Grafe
23.
Hey Jude Marty Gold
24.
Thanks and goodbyes from Paul, George, Ringo and John

This CD, containing "the most bizarre Beatles cover versions ever recorded", is fronted by a Victor Napolski photo entitled 'Alien Crossing', an affectionate mock-up of the Abbey Road design. The red and black Dapol Dalek has taken John Lennon's place in a line-up that also includes Frankenstein's monster (who co-starred with a Dalek in the 1965 adventure, The Chase, which featured a clip from the Beatles' Ticket to Ride, covered here by Cathy Berberian - golly, the links go on and on!)

1999 – Resistance is Useful

Beaverloop: Resistance Is Useful
Australian CD, digipack sleeve, April 1999
Murmur Records

1.
Splatterpunk
2.
Art School Hose
3.
Spring Is Here Again
4.
The Power of the Pentacles
5.
Five
6.
Pelt
7.
Nothing
8.
Five
9.
Polyrythmic Filler
10.
Soft Option
11.
Generation Eczma
12.
Soft Option (reprise)
13.
Bambina
14.
Listen
15.
Five
16.
Buy Me A Phony
17.
Disinfotainment
18.
Five
19.
Five

Perth-based garage-rock threesome Beaverloop found their fair share of controversy. With several EP's banned from store shelves and a similar number of songs banned from radio for explicit content, they managed to be one of the few bands around to put danger back into rock and roll. Resistance Is Useful, their debut long player, showcased a very raw sound, yet with a great sense of melody and humour running rampant through the material. Much like early Vandals work, even the vocals aren't up to standard, which added a significant garage feel to the their noises. And only 8 of the 19 tracks on this disc were actual songs; the rest were 5-second throwaways or useless noises.

The album cover here – which came in a nice cardboard digipack, the kind that fold around the CD – ripped-off an image from the Doctor Who technical manual. Although there are no further references or credits to Doctor Who, these are clearly Tenth Planet-style Cybermen given headphones and attitude,with the title of the album a play on the traditional sci-fi-alien threat.

2002 - Pop Goes the 60s



A BEABO compilation
(P) 2002 Demon Music Group Ltd.
Marketed by Crimson Productions

Front cover photograph courtesy ofHulton Getty Archive
Various Artists: Pop Goes the 60s
Budget CD, 2002
Crimson CRIMCD356

1.
How Do You Do It? Gerry & the Pacemakers
2.
Little Children Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas
3.
Bobby's Girl Susan Maughan
4.
Hang On Sloopy The McCoys
5.
Everlasting Love Love Affair
6.
Silence is Golden Tremeloes
7.
Let's Go to San Francisco The Flowerpot Men
8.
Judy in Disguise (With Glasses) John Fred & his Playboy Band
9.
Build Me Up Buttercup The Foundations
10.
Pamela, Pamela Wayne Fontana
11.
Mighty Quinn Manfred Mann
12.
Over, Under, Sideways, Down The Yardbirds
13.
Lazy Sunday Small Faces
14.
(If Paradise is) Half as Nice Amen Corner
15.
The Legend of Xanadu Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
16.
The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde Georgie Fame
17.
My BonnieTony Sheriden & The Beatles
18.
Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da The Marmalade
19.
Sugar Sugar The Archies
20.
Will You Love Me Tomorrow The Shirelles
21.
24 Hours from Tulsa Gene Pitney
22.
Mr. Tambourine Man The Byrds

There's no need to blow-up a section of this compilation CD's front cover - the image of a Dalek was unmissable! Retailing for under £5, this CD turned up in the least likely places (Woolworths, petrol stations, Boots) alongside 70s, 80s and 90s equivilents. Images of toy Daleks formed the design basis of every page of the small accompanying booklet.