Doctor Who: Time And The Rani / Dragonfire soundtrackAnother Doctor Who soundtrack bootleg, this CD features an odd pairing of two wildly different scores by two different composers from the show’s 24th season.

Keff McCulloch’s score from the first story to feature Sylvester McCoy as the Doctor, Time And The Rani, is easily his best contribution to the series’ background music. Peppered liberally with extremely dated dance music elements (such as frequent use of sampled hand claps), the 36 tracks of Time And The Rani feature some excellent eerie synth work, and is well worth a listen. Some of the first score’s highlights are “The Death of the Sixth Doctor”, “A Little Portentious” (the whimsical music which covered the now-traditional costume changing scene), and “Red Alert”.

Dominic Glynn’s music from Dragonfire takes a much more orchestral approach, foreshadowing the later efforts of Mark Ayres. Though still very much synth-based, the music from Dragonfire is memorable and almost hummable. The three-parter from which the music hails is also notable for introducing long-serving companion Ace (Sophie Aldred) to the show’s cast.

Technically, this CD suffers from some of the same pitfalls as the earlier Castrovalva / Mawdryn Undead CD (judging by the packaging, the same party is responsible for both releases). There is a little bit of tape hiss, 3 out of 4especially during quieter passages. This CD, however, escapes most of the problems of speed variance and “warbles” which were evident on that aforementioned CD.

I have always been a big fan of these two scores, and while I’d prefer to have an officially BBC-sanctioned, remastered, properly-made copy of both, I suppose this will do until that day arrives.

Order this CD

  1. The Death of the Sixth Doctor (0:22)
  2. Main Title (0:52)
  3. It’s The Man I Want (0:15)
  4. Inside The Rani’s Laboratory (0:41)
  5. Urak, Get In Here! (1:15)
  6. The Death of Sarn (0:52)
  7. Mourning (0:24)
  8. Mel Taken Hostage (0:28)
  9. Mel and Ikona (1:02)
  10. The Rani’s Base (1:01)
  11. Feeding the Tetraps (0:44)
  12. Sad Skeleton (0:23)
  13. A Little Portentious (1:00)
  14. Melanie Trapped (1:15)
  15. Melanie Trapped – episode 2 recap (0:16)
  16. Feeding The Tetraps Again (0:43)
  17. Urak Pursues Mel (0:56)
  18. Strange Matter (1:19)
  19. Rendezvous With Faroon (0:22)
  20. Mel Goes It Alone (0:58)
  21. Mel Meets the Seventh Doctor (0:18)
  22. The Rani Returns (1:48)
  23. The Rani’s TARDIS (0:22)
  24. Sneaking In (0:42)
  25. Accidental Capture (0:40)
  26. Adept At Maneuvering (1:28)
  27. You Know, Don’t You? (0:15)
  28. You’re Going To Put It Back (1:27)
  29. Red Alert (0:23)
  30. Step Back (0:56)
  31. The Centre of Leisure (0:34)
  32. Future Pleasure (0:46)
  33. Punishing The Innocent (2:36)
  34. Not A Worthy Opponent (0:51)
  35. An Uneasy Silence (1:30)
  36. Oh You Lucky, Lucky People (0:08)
  37. He’s A Dead Man (0:26)
  38. Perhaps You Need A Reminder (0:54)
  39. Saving the Nosferatu (0:53)
  40. Enter the Dragon (0:28)
  41. Exploring Iceworld (2:23)
  42. Army of the Dead (0:42)
  43. Spot Temperature (1:11)
  44. Die Fulfilled (0:32)
  45. Mad Dash (0:31)
  46. Kane’s Inner Sanctum (1:25)
  47. The Dragon’s Fire Unleashed (0:26)
  48. The Hostage (0:38)
  49. Negotiations (0:38)
  50. Iceworld’s True Nature Revealed (0:54)
  51. Playing with Fire (0:52)
  52. The Final Betrayal (0:38)
  53. A Matter of Time (1:06)
  54. Meltdown (0:50)
  55. Exit Melanie, Enter Ace (0:47)
  56. End Titles (0:48)

Released by: ?
Release date: 2000?
Total running time: 48:24