The Doctor Who 25th Anniversary Album

The Doctor Who 25th Anniversary AlbumThis was the first Doctor Who music released to CD as part of the show’s highly-merchandised silver anniversary in 1988. The greatest distinction of this CD – which is now out of print and getting harder to find with each passing year – is that it contains every broadcast version (minus a handful of barely-distinguishable variations which later cropped up on 30 Years at the Radiophonic Workshop) of the famous Doctor Who theme music, from the creepy 1960s/70s incarnation (achieved entirely by tape-looping means that would seem incredibly primitive today) to the various and sundry versions that kept changing throughout the 1980s: the synth-guitar-driven theme from the Peter Davison era (my favorite), the less effective electronic version from Colin Baker’s final season in the role, and the more atmospheric version by Keff McCulloch that ushered the show out of its existence with Sylvester McCoy as the Doctor. Numerous incidentals from the 1987 and 1988 episodes also appear on this album, all of them by Keff McCulloch, but their abundance of cheap synth sounds and sampled hand-clap percussion gets old very 2 out of 4quickly; a handful, such as one haunting twisted-lullaby theme from 1988’s Remembrance Of The Daleks, barely stand the test of time. But if you’re after an almost complete catalog of the show’s theme music (the wonderful orchestral version which introduced the 1996 Fox TV movie is unavailable anywhere), this is a worthwhile disc to seek out.

Order this CD

  1. TARDIS – Doctor Who theme 1963-1979 (2:26)
  2. Doctor Who theme 1987-1989 (0:56)
  3. Gavrok’s Search (2:11)
  4. A Child’s Return (2:33)
  5. Towers el Paradiso (2:42)
  6. Burton’s Escape (1:24)
  7. Drinksmat Dawning (1:30)
  8. Future Pleasure (3:19)
  9. Newsreel Past (2:52)
  10. The Sting (1:43)
  11. Doctor Who theme 1980-1985 (2:42)
  12. Doctor Who theme 1986 (2:56)
  13. 8891 Royale (1:56)
  14. The White Flag (1:44)
  15. Guards of Silence (2:39)
  16. The Making of Pex (1:23)
  17. Cemetary Chase (2:26)
  18. The Brain (3:03)
  19. Here’s to the Future (1:59)
  20. Goodbye, Doctor (0:35)
  21. Doctor Who end credits 1987-1989 (1:14)

Released by: BBC Records
Release date: 1988
Total running time: 44:13

Doctor Who: 30 Years at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop

Doctor Who: 30 Years at the BBC Radiophonic WorkshopHere it is. This album is, without a doubt, the ultimate test of whether or not you’re a rabid Doctor Who fan. Obviously, I am. If you pay good money to get this CD imported from the U.K., you’ll have yourself a huge library of Doctor Who sound effects and rare music cues, both famous and obscure. From the familiar sound of a materializing TARDIS to a bizarre 1968 episode’s sound effects including a track title “Quark Goes Berzerk and Explodes” (meaning this obviously isn’t a Deep Space Nine CD), just about any sound you can imagine is here. Well, maybe not. I would have liked to hear more of the bleeps, clicks and whirrs associate with the TARDIS control room in the 1980s, but I suppose I can learn to live with that minor disappointment. Also included are suites of abstract incidental music from the 1985 episode Timelash and the 1993 BBC Radio play Paradise Of Death, as well as a truly goofy version of the Doctor Who theme which sounds like it was played on a jaw harp! Who could ask for anything more?

Order this CD

  1. Doctor Who signature tune (2:21)
  2. TARDIS exterior (1:36)
  3. TARDIS take-off (1:09)
  4. Sensorites in laboratory (1:21)
  5. Slyther on the move (0:51)
  6. death of a Mirebeast (0:25)
  7. Mechanoid (0:51)
  8. Dalek space ship takes off (0:39)
  9. Dalek space ship lands (0:20)
  10. Chumblie constant run (1:09)
  11. Chumblie at rest (0:57)
  12. Chumblie dies (0:14)
  13. a few Fish People (0:57)
  14. Signature tune: a new beginning (0:46)
  15. propaganda sleep machine (1:21)
  16. Macra Control and Macra (1:15)
  17. destruction of the Daleks (1:35)
  18. cobweb mutates (1:00)
  19. Yeti growls, roars and dies (0:22)
  20. four Yetis signaling (0:23)
  21. Cybermats attracted to ship (0:28)
  22. start of the Cyber Invasion (1:16)
  23. Birth of Cybermats (0:45)
  24. Cybermat killed by special sound (0:24)
  25. Quarks chuckle (0:19)
  26. Quark kills (0:04)
  27. Quark goes berserk and explodes (0:23)
  28. Kroton theme with the birth and death of a Kroton (1:52)
  29. original Sonic Screwdriver (0:13)
  30. time zone (1:20)
  31. SIDRAT control (0:54)
  32. factory with mechanical and physiological Autons and Auton guns (1:47)
  33. Signature tune: the "Delaware" version (2:14)
  34. TARDIS lands (0:18)
  35. threat to Sarah (0:34)
  36. Sonic Screwdriver – multi-purpose mode (0:12)
  37. Wirrn in the infrastructure (1:03)
  38. void (1:07)
  39. shuttle landing sequence (0:49)
  40. Fendahl shuffle & slobber (0:34)
  41. Vardan materialises & shimmers (0:32)
  42. K9 probe and gun (0:04)
  43. TARDIS doors (0:07)
  44. White Guardian’s windbells (1:06)
  45. an Ogri about (0:32)
  46. pouring crystals (0:07)
  47. attack on war room (1:20)
  48. Doctor’s repair to TARDIS central column fails (0:15)
  49. Foamasi voices (0:17)
  50. doors (0:10)
  51. reactivation and laboratory room (0:43)
  52. Dodecahedron beams (0:39)
  53. Marshmen emerge from the Mistfall (0:52)
  54. timewinds (1:05)
  55. TARDIS landing bleep (0:03)
  56. Cloister Bell (1:04)
  57. march of the victims (1:48)
  58. search, capture & display dolls (0:26)
  59. scrolls self-destruct (0:10)
  60. Borusa destroyed (0:34)
  61. Melkur passes (0:47)
  62. Sea-Devils energising chamber inside Silurian rock (0:54)
  63. exploding river of mud (0:57)
  64. music suite from Timelash by Elizabeth Parker (5:54)
  65. tissue compression eliminator (0:03)
  66. limbo atrophier (0:13)
  67. drinks machine (0:06)
  68. transformer machine (0:11)
  69. sonic cone switch on & detonate (0:12)
  70. bees (0:35)
  71. singing trees with Dragon shots and two nitro-9 bombs (0:50)
  72. confuser machine (0:12)
  73. baseball bat hits Daleks (0:11)
  74. big Dalek gun (0:08)
  75. Doctor in time tunnel (0:31)
  76. Cyber ship lands, doors open (0:32)
  77. statue (0:24)
  78. execution sequence (0:28)
  79. letters burnt on crypt wall (0:24)
  80. phial breaks, gas escapes (0:17)
  81. energy bursts (0:22)
  82. Bessie drives off (0:12)
  83. transmaterialisation (0:10)
  84. Light petrifies victims (0:08)
  85. bird nightmare (0:36)
  86. sphere (0:33)
  87. music from The Paradise of Death by Peter Howell (2:13)
  88. Doctor Who end title theme 1980 (0:53)

Released by: BBC Records
Release date: 1993
Total running time: 66:58

Doctor Who: Earthshock

Doctor Who: Earthshock soundtrackThis is a CD reissue of a 1983 album simply titled Doctor Who – The Music, which was the first such soundtrack of the show’s customarily abstract electronic music. The majority of the music from that original album hails from the popular 1981-83 period including such pivotal episodes as The Keeper Of Traken and Earthshock, though additional material added to the disc represents the early 70s (particularly two original and very, very abstract musique concrete pieces created by Delia Derbyshire, the producer of the original Doctor Who theme). I do have a complaint about the album – it’s the intertwining of sound effects with the music. If I wanted to hear the TARDIS 3 out of 4materializing, I’d dig out 30 Years At The Radiophonic Workshop or watch the show itself. The attempt at creating atmosphere manages simply to be distracting. Other than that, I heartily recommend this for Doctor Who fans, but with the abstract nature of some of the music, it may appeal only to dyed-in-the-wool Who fans.

Order this CD

  1. Doctor Who theme – 1963-1979 version (2:39)
  2. The Sea-Devils (5:19)
  3. Meglos (1:42)
  4. The World of Doctor Who including the Master’s theme (2:40)
  5. Blue Veils and Golden Sands / from Inferno (3:28)
  6. Nyssa’s Theme (0:43)
  7. Kassia’s Wedding Music (0:49)
  8. The Threat of Melkur (0:55)
  9. Exploring the Lab (1:48)
  10. Nyssa is Hypnotised (1:00)
  11. The Leisure Hive (5:35)
  12. The Delian Mode / from Inferno (5:35)
  13. Omega Field Force (1:54)
  14. Ergon Threat (1:03)
  15. The Termination of the Doctor (2:10)
  16. Banqueting Music / from Warrior’s Gate (1:31)
  17. TSS Machine Attacked / from Kinda (1:07)
  18. Janissary Band / from Snakedance (0:18)
  19. Subterranean Caves (2:36)
  20. Requiem (0:39)
  21. March of the Cybermen (5:13)
  22. Doctor Who theme – reprise (1:52)

Released by: Silva Screen
Release date: 1991 (originally released in 1983)
Total running time: 50:36