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Dr. Who & the Daleks (Aaru Movie, 1965)

The Malcolm Lockyer Orchestra: The Eccentric Dr. Who
7" vinyl single, August 1965
Columbia DB 7663

A. The Eccentric Dr. Who
B. Daleks & Thals

Producer Jack Winsley

--> Compilation releases / Malcolm Lockyer Biography (Guiness Encyclopedia)

Both tracks are specially reworked sections of incidental music from the 1965 Aaru Movie Dr Who & the Daleks, arranged and recorded by the film's composer, Malcolm Lockyer. Even more uptempo than the film soundtrack, these jaunty big band instrumentals capture the innocence of the film perfectly - the creeping electric guitar plucks at the beginning of Daleks & Thals sound like spooky music from Scooby Doo, and are a far cry from the frankly terrifying musique concrete used in the original television serial!

Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150AD (Aaru Movie, 1966)

Bill McGuffie: Fugue For Thought
7" vinyl single, February 1967
Philips BF 1550

A. Fugue For Thought (from the film "Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 AD")
B. Fair's Fair

With rhythm accompanyment

--> Compilation releases / Bill McGuffie Biography (Guiness Encyclopedia)

The second Aaru Dalek movie was scored by Bill McGuffie, who introduced a light-hearted jazz element to the gritty realism of the film. His long-standing relationship with the Philips record company (with whom he released many LPs) meant that his music for the second Dalek film was briefly considered for release in 1966. However, the only record to make it was a reworked section of music from the very beginning of the film, incorporating Bach's Toccata and Fugue, that had been intended as the LP's tie-in single.

The film score is vastly different from the previous Aaru offering (contributed by Malcolm Lockyer), with jazz pop replacing the atmospheric (if jolly) orchestrations. It is probable that the soundtrack would have lent itself better to LP than to film, for although many cite the big screen adaptation of this story as superior to the TV serial, the big band numbers have been criticised for being a bit obtrusive.

Dr Poo (Australian Radio Spoof, 1979-81)

Dr Poo and the Psychic Koala's: The Universe is Big
12" Mini-Album, c.1985
Chase Custom Records CLP7

SIDE 1

1. Introduckshin
2. Dr Poo is a Wonderful Guy
3. Cat on a Hot Tin Riff

SIDE 2

1. Dana's Theme - People Say I'm Stupid
2. The Universe is Big

Producer: Criston Barker
Vocals: Lance Curtis, Geoff Kelso & Steve Johnson

--> Full Credits / Lyrics

Between 1979-81 the Australian national youth broadcaster Triple J Radio (originally AM station 2JJ) broadcast a daily sketch show called Dr Poo. As Kevin the announcer introduced listeners to Dr Poo (a self-centered genius with a time travelling toilet), Dana Sock (his dim assistant) and Denis the denim cat, their adventures in the TURDIS quickly inspired a huge Australian following. In 1980 ABC Records released a full-length story, Knees Ahoy (which some say was an original story, others that it was adapted from one already broadcast), and shortly after the series ended this musical LP was taped, featuring brand new material in the form of songs for each character (and a grand finale led by Kevin the announcer).

The Introduckshin is a short speech by Kevin the announcer, set to appropriately dramatic chords and in full echoey stereo - a novelty for those who had been listening to the muffly, mono radio shows! Track 2 is described by one contemporary reviewer as a "merry jig", and is very much in the style of Monty Python's (or indeed any old English pantomime's) songs. Cat On a Hot Tin Riff gives the meowing Denis a duet with an electric guitar: a match made in radio heaven. People Say I'm Stupid, a Spanish Flamenco, has a male chorus echoing and responding to the wonderfully empty headed Dana, and the album rounds off with a grand symphonic track (taking the mickey out of prog-rock album finales) with lyrics no more poetic than the title. The album, though recorded in 1981, was released in 1985 as a tribute to Lance Curtis, the voice of Dr Poo, who died in June of that year.

Recently the composer of the Pyschic Koalas record, Criston Barker, has established his own website and MySpace page - the latter featuring mention of the Dr Poo record as well as a downloadable version of 'The Universe is Big'! Click here to hear it. A fantastic account of the Dr Poo radio series, including lengthly transcripts of a French Revolution story (repeated, it seems, on triple J in 2005) can be found here.

K9 and Company (BBC, 1982)

Peter Howell: K9 and Company
UK 7" vinyl, Solid Gold sleeve (or, according to Record Collector, a picture sleeve - although we've found no evidence of one), 1982
Solid Gold SGR117

A. K9 and Company
B. Shana the Star Dancer Phil Wells

US 7" vinyl, picture sleeve, 1983
BBC/Gemcon BBC 456

A. K9 and Company
B. The Leisure Hive

Written by Ian Levine and Fiachra Trench
Arranged by Peter Howell of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop

--> Compilation releases

In 1981, during the break between seasons eighteen and nineteen of Doctor Who, John Nathan-Turner's plans for an Avengers style action adventure series starring ex-companions K9 and Sarah Jane Smith produced this little Christmas offering. Written by Terence Dudley and starring Elisabeth Sladen and John Leeson in their original roles, the self-contained episode - 'A Girl's Best Friend' - saw K9 mark III being delivered to Sarah Jane in time to help solve an occult mystery in the village. Luckily for North West viewers, they were in a power blackout during transmission and never got to see it.

The theme tune was an electronic affair written by fan Ian Levine (who was the Doctor Who Production Office's sole reference tool during the early 1980s) and Fiachra Trench of The Boomtown Rats. Levine had rather hoped for an orchestral arrangement of his demo, but Peter Howell used the BBC Radiophonic Workshop to mix a sample of John Leeson with the pumping wibbles and bleeps of computerised music. A tie-in single was an obvious marketing ploy, and K9 even appeared on BBC's Pebble Mill to advertise both the transmission of the episode and release of the record. After telling viewers to "adopt watching mode" in precisely 4 days, 4 hours, 27 minutes and 47 seconds' time, K9 is coaxed into talking about his Christmas wishes...

Presenter:
You've also made a record, haven't you?
K9:
Affirmative. The title track of K9 And Company, now available in record shops.
Presenter:
Does this mean you're going to be the first canine superstar?
K9:
Query: "superstar", my databanks refer only to intergalactic supernovas.
Presenter:
Er, well no, I was thinking more of something like fame and fortune, gold lamé collars and things like that.
K9:
Reference "gold lamé collar" not understood. Music in the background though is most acceptable.
Presenter:
So what would you like for Christmas then?
K9:
Prediction uncertain. Probably a new set of semi-conductors. But if my functions remain fully online after the festivities, possibly I may have a record of my new title music.

Timeflight (BeTel Video Pictures, 1987)

Mark Ayres: Timeflight - The Original Music for the Film
Cassette (limited edition of approx 100 copies), 1987
Mark Ayres MAC-01

1.
Introduction
2.
Main Title
3.
Introduction Continued
4.
Part One
5.
Part Two
6.
Part Three
7.
Theme From "Timeflight"
8.
Theme From "Timeflight" Mood Version
9.
Part Four
10.
Part Five Jump Sequence
11.
Part Six Devils' Dive
12.
"Timeflight" Sting
13.
Closing Title Theme from "Timeflight"

In Aid of the Foundation for the Study of Infant Death
All tracks composed and performed by Mark Ayres

This cassette was released exclusively via the Doctor Who Appreciation Society, as was Myth Makers - The Music (though the latter was to see a commercial release before too long) and a couple of soundtrack cassettes, Black Light, Corridors of Eternity and Space Adventures. It was the soundtrack for a special Myth Makers video that followed various Doctor Who celebrities parachuting for charity. Some of the cues and themes may be re-recorded for a potential Myths and Other Legends rerelease, though Mark Ayres no desire to make the original recordings available again.

Myth Makers (Reeltime Pictures, 1984-present)

Mark Ayres: Myths Makers - The Music
Cassette (limited edition of approx 500 copies), 1987
Mark Ayres/Reeltime Pictures MART-01

1.
Reeltime
2.
The Myth Makers Theme Original Version
3.
Mythterious The First Mythtake
4.
I Myth You The Second Mythtake
5.
Mythed Again The Third Mythtake
6.
Mythterious Garden from Myth Makers 4, Carole Ann Ford
7.
Butlers Wharf Myth Makers 5, Janet Fielding
8.
This Is Always Happening To Me! Myth Makers 6, Nicola Bryant
9.
Dereham [New Version] Myth Makers 8, Michael Craze
10.
A Short Walk To "The Fox Goes Free" Myth Makers 12, Ian Marter
The Beach, Into The Forest, The Clearing, Something Nasty, Into The Village, At "The Fox Goes Free"
11.
A Day In The Park Myth Makers 13, John Levine
Introduction, On The Run, Mother Nature, The Master, Alien Hand, Return of the Hand, Reintroduction, End Title
12.
Getting It Right from Myth Runner
13.
PanoptiCon Theme from PanoptiCon VII
14.
Myth Runner [Part One] Original Soundtrack
Main Title, Five Minutes Beyond, The Boss, The Mission Begins, Zendar's Sentinel, First Contact
15.
Running Chase Theme from Myth Runner
16.
Myth Runner [Part Two] Original Soundtrack
Death of the Celebrity, Hotel, The Injured Party, Something to Help You Sleep, Back on the Road, Stop Him!, Last Chance, The Grand Finale, Closing Title
17.
Myth Runner [Extended Remix] Closing Title Theme
18.
The Myth Makers Theme New Version

Myth Makers is a continuing series of video interviews with the cast and crew of Doctor Who, often filmed on location at relevant places and with occasional dramatised scenes. Started in the mid 80s, the range had included an out-takes video and a behind-the-scenes/best of documentary by the time this soundtrack compilation was put together. Whilst the videos were available via mail-order and some specialist stories, the cassette was distributed exclusively via the Doctor Who Appreciation Society (see Timeflight, above), and many tracks were later re-recorded for commercial release on Myths and Other Legends, published by Metro Music in 1990. Mark Ayres has stated that the original versions will not be made available again, though a possible future release of Myths and Other Legends may include new recordings of some of the tracks that failed to make it the first time.


Composed, performed and produced by Mark Ayres
Mark Ayres: Myths... and Other Legends
12" vinyl LP, picture sleeve, 1990 (Metro Music METRO 3)
CD, new picture sleeve, August 1991 (Silva Screen FILMCD 088)

1.
Myth Makers Theme
2.
Mythterious
3.
I Myth You
4.
Daleks!
5.
Terror In Totters Lane
6.
The Headmaster
7.
The Fox Goes Free
8.
The Park
9.
Star Field
10.
Myth Runner (Part One) Original Soundtrack
11.
Running Chase Theme from Myth Runner
12.
Myth Runner (Part Two) Original Soundtrack
13.
Myth Runner II
14.
The Digitan
15.
The Disappointment
16.
Mythed Again
17.
Running 1991 *
18.
Myth Runner II Extended CD Mix *

* Silva Screen reissue CD only

--> Compilation Releases ("Myth Makers Theme" & "Terror in Totter's Lane" only)

Detailed sleeve notes accompanied this record, pointing out tracks that imitated Doctor Who episodes such as Terror of the Zygons, and noting that most of the music had been re-recorded (after Ayres felt that the original Myth Makers scores, previously captured on cassette, could be improved upon). Some of the tracks included on this CD had been Ayres' submissions to producer John Nathan-Turner, resulting in his engagement for Greatest Show In The Galaxy (Terror in Totter's Lane, for instance, was a demo timed to fit the warehouse shoot-out in Remembrance of the Daleks: Part One), and Daleks! was the theme for a proposed animated series that Ayres had been involved in. Music from this CD, notably a short excerpt from Daleks!, were used in The Curse of Fatal Death in 1999.

Return to Devil's End (Reeltime Pictures, 1993)

Various Artists: The Worlds of Doctor Who
CD, May 1994
Silva Screen FILMCD 715

18. Return To Devils End - Main Title Mark Ayres

Click here for full track listing

Composed, performed and produced by Mark Ayres

Mark Ayres' scores for the Myth Makers range had recently been reissued as Myths and Other Legends (see above), but not in time to include Ayres' new score for the acclaimed Return to Devils End tape, a special Myth Makers which took the director and principal cast of The Daemons back to the cosy village in which it was filmed, making way for a recording of anecdotes about the adventure. Picking up on themes in the original Daemons score, as well as paying tribute to his own incidentals for Myth Makers, Ayres composed another fine set of tuneful atmospherics, the opening title of which was presented here.

Shakedown (DreamWatch Media, 1994)


Arranged, performed and produced by Mark Ayres
Mark Ayres: Shakedown
CD, October 1994
Silva Screen FILMCD 718

1.
Shakedown: Main Title
2.
The War Wheel
3.
Working Dress
4.
Sail Drill (Virtual Rigging)
5.
The Storming of the Tiger Moth
6.
A Bit of This, A Bit of That
7.
Engine Room
8.
Return of the Sontarans
9.
Survival At All Costs
10.
Robar Remembered
11.
A Glorious Death
12.
Monster Hunt
13.
Worthy Enemies
14.
Epilogue and End Title
15.
Theme From Shakedown

--> Original CD Sleevenotes

The 1990s saw a variety of Doctor Who spin-offs hit the high-street, none more controversial than those that craftily bypassed BBC copyright by obtaining a licence to use characters that were not actually owned by the BBC at all. Robert Holmes' 70s creations, the potato-headed Sontarans, were given an outing on video (with a supporting cast of ex-Doctor Who/Blake's 7 actors) in a very entertaining thriller/comedy written by Terrance Dicks and directed by Kevin Davies. Undeniably the best thing about the production was the incidental music, written by Doctor Who composer Mark Ayres, and his score was released on the Silva Screen label (with whom Ayres was closely affiliated) shortly after the video's commercial re-issue.

Downtime (Reeltime Pictures, 1995)


All music composed by Ian Levine, Nigel Stock and Erwin Keiles
All music produced by Ian Levine
All music arranged by Nigel Stock
All keyboards played by Nigel Stock
All string instruments played by Erwin Keiles
Vocals: John Thirkell, Gaynor Ellen, Ian Levine & Dan Harrison
Proteus programming by Erwin Keiles
All other programming by Tim Eames
All music engineered by Tim Eames
Assistant: Dan Harrison
Recorded at Tropicana Studios, London
Ian Levine / Nigel Stock / Erwin Keiles: Downtime
CD, December 1995
Silva Screen FILMCD 717

1.
Introduction: Detsen Monastery And The Title Sequence
2.
Astral Plane
3.
Confrontation
4.
Eerie
5.
First Chase
6.
Second Chase
7.
Truth
8.
Chase / Astral Plane
9.
Brigadier's Lost Memory
10.
Intelligence
11.
Message Understood
12.
He Fell
13.
Hallucination
14.
Astral Plane
15.
Travers
16.
I'm Still Alive
17.
Danny Was Right
18.
Double Cross
19.
Sting
20.
Build Up
21.
Apparition
22.
The Stranger
23.
Realisation
24.
Family / Yeti Themes
25.
Approach

26.
Single Sting
27.
The Lift

28.
Webs
29.
Attack
30.
Yeti March
31.
Climax
32.
Victoria
33.
Family Theme
34.
End Credits

--> Original CD Sleevenotes

Cleverly collecting together a host of popular characters from Doctor Who whose copyright was not owned by the BBC (Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, Professor Travers, the Yeti and the Great Intelligence) and then coaxing the corporation into allowing them a licence to use Sarah Jane Smith and Victoria Waterfield, Downtime was about as ambitious a spin-off as we've ever seen, and was unsurprisingly not as good as the sum of it's parts would lead you to hope for. As Shakedown proved, wobbly acting, wobbly camera angles and even a slightly wobbly script can be glossed away with the addition of a polished musical score, but Downtime's soundtrack was pretty horrible, spoilt the drama, and didn't really deserve a spin-off CD in our opinion. The best bit on this CD is the opening track, Bartok's Music for Strings, Percussion and Celeste, although the sleevenotes don't tell you that.