Doctor Who: The Happiness Patrol / Survival soundtrackYet another in this series of mystery bootleg recordings, this is a bizarre mix of most of the music from the three-episode 1988 story The Happiness Patrol, and a brief selection of music from the final episode of 1989’s Survival, the last British-made Doctor Who to be aired by BBC-TV. Both are from the Sylvester McCoy era, and were composed/performed by Dominic Glynn.

If anything, I almost wish the ratio swung in the opposite direction. The music from Happiness Patrol is surreal in its perverse use of music-box motifs, but it also becomes grating in its endless quick succession of very short cues and source music cuts for the harmonica-playing rebel Earl Sigma. Survival, on the other hand, is thick with spooky atmosphere, and makes some of the best use of the electric guitar as a companion to orchestral sounds this side of the score for Twister. There are some extremely memorable moments in Survival‘s music – therefore, naturally, we only get a few fleeting minutes of it.

3 out of 4The sound quality of this CD is better than that of some of the same bootleggers’ previous releases. There is no tape warble evident this time around, and all of the music – even the damned harmonica – sounds very crisp. Still, I’d happily trade this in for a Mark-Ayres-remastered official BBC release – particularly if more music from Survival came to the fore.

Order this CD

  1. Main Title (0:53)
  2. Mean Streets (0:33)
  3. Time To Get Really Depressed (0:22)
  4. Not Quite To The Very Top (0:11)
  5. A Paint Job For The TARDIS (0:25)
  6. You Look Unhappy (0:10)
  7. You Must Be From Offworld (0:26)
  8. Obviously A Spy (0:21)
  9. Happiness Will Prevail (0:16)
  10. A Prison Without Bars (0:18)
  11. Yes And No (0:43)
  12. Strawberry (0:41)
  13. The Execution (1:43)
  14. No Escape (0:50)
  15. The Go-Kart (1:55)
  16. Earl Sigma Source #1 (0:26)
  17. Ace Arrested (0:41)
  18. Earl Sigma Source #2 (0:31)
  19. I Woke Up One Morning (0:57)
  20. The Hand Of Friendship (0:27)
  21. Quiet Murmurings Of Rebellion (0:54)
  22. The Kandyman’s Lair (0:42)
  23. Under The Table (0:46)
  24. Joke Machine #1 (0:10)
  25. Joke Machine #2 (0:11)
  26. Taunting The Kandyman (0:26)
  27. In The Kandy Kitchen (0:47)
  28. The Pipe People (0:14)
  29. Tunnel Chase #1 (0:44)
  30. Plotting (0:18)
  31. Springing The Trap (0:29)
  32. Earl Sigma Source #3 (0:10)
  33. Tunnel Chase #2 (0:48)
  34. The Kandyman’s Rage (0:19)
  35. Earl Sigma Source #4 (0:21)
  36. Earl Sigma Source #5 (0:18)
  37. Nasty Surprises (0:15)
  38. Tunnel Chase #3 (0:29)
  39. Earl Sigma Source #6 (0:14)
  40. Snipers (0:56)
  41. Ace Sigma (0:33)
  42. Back To The Kandy Kitchen (0:49)
  43. Wulfric On The Run (0:33)
  44. Uprising (0:35)
  45. List Of The Vanished (1:08)
  46. March Of The Killjoys (0:29)
  47. Sting (0:07)
  48. Stirring The Pot (0:26)
  49. Unleashing The Stigorax (0:26)
  50. Earl Sigma Source #7 (0:13)
  51. Helen A’s Government Collapses (1:07)
  52. Earl Sigma Source #8 (0:26)
  53. Clinging To Power (0:26)
  54. The Crooked Smile (1:05)
  55. An Uneasy Silence (0:06)
  56. 8891 Royale (0:21)
  57. Good Hunting, Sister! (0:52)
  58. Bad Cat Man (0:59)
  59. Midge Takes Over (1:26)
  60. Sarge Meets His Doom (0:33)
  61. The Final Battle With The Master (1:13)
  62. Do You Bleed? (1:03)
  63. Last Of The Cheetah People (0:40)
  64. The Skies Sleep, The Rivers Dream (0:26)
  65. End Credits (1:12)
  66. Dimensions In Time main title (0:26)

Released by: ?
Release date: 2000?
Total running time: 40:07