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May 14th, 1999 3 comments

Doctor Who The Music LP

lp-themusicDoctor Who The Music

The BBC Radiophonic Workshop’s Long association with the Doctor Who series began with the Signature Tune for the very first programme.

Ron Grainer provided the composition notes and the Workshop did the rest.

During the past twenty years, the Workshop has provided all the special sounds and latterly the incidental music for the past three series.

Most famous sounds are, of course, the Tardis materialisation and dematerialisation sounds (not an elephant in labour, but the strings of an old piano recorded and treated) and the treatment of speech which produced the Dalek voices.

Brian Hodgson was creator of the sounds for the first nine years, since which time Dick Mills has continued the tradition still making full use of the Workshop’s synthesizers and acoustically recorded real sounds.

The incidental music is composed by Malcolm Clarke, Peter Howell and Roger Limb on a shared basis over the series, which accounts for the varying styles of composition but which are nevertheless just what the Doctor ordered.

SIDE1

1. TARDIS-DOCTOR WHO
The Tardis arrives, with the Signature Tune from the original series, up to August 1980.
Music: Ron Grainer arr. Delia Derbyshire/Erie Music —
Chappell Music Ltd.
Tardis sound created by Brian Hodgson

2. THE SEA DEVILS
England’s sea defences are threatened by the Sea DeviIs, led by the Doctor’s arch-enemy the Master. The incidental music, the first full electronic score by the Workshop for Dr. Who in 1971 reflects the menace of their underwater world.
Doctor Who and the Sea Devils starring Jon Pertwee, 1971. Music: Malcolm Clarke Special Sound: Brian Hodgson

3. MEGLOS
The Doctor is stalked by Meglos, a power-crazed cactoid.
Meglos starring Tom Baker, September 1980. Music: Peter Howell Special Sound: Dick Mills

4.NYSSA’S THEME

5.KASSIA’S WEDDING MUSIC

6. THE THREAT OF MELKUR
The Doctor’s travels are not always terrifying and hazardous. Nissa’s Theme and Kassia’s Wedding Music provide welcome respite from the Threat of Melkur who is preoccupied with taking over the Throne of Traken, by controlling the Source Manipulator.(Bands 4,5 and 6 — The Keeper of Traken starring Tom Baker,
January 1981.
Music: Roger Limb
Special Sound: Dick Mills

7. EXPLORING THE LAB
Across the void of space comes a space liner carrying the evil Monarch and his assistants Enlightenment and Persuasion. The scene is the deserted laboratory with its ever-spying Monopticon; the Doctor, Tegan, Nyssa and Adric investigate.

8. NYSSA IS HYPNOTIZED

When Nyssa becomes suspicious of Monarch’s plans, she is hypnotized by Enlightenment. — Four to Doomsday starring Peter Davison, January
MUSIC: Roger Limb Special Sound: Dick Mills

9, THE LEISURE HIVE
The Tardis transports us to Argolis, a planet with a violent radioactive atmosphere. Within the Hive, -::~30 is cloning regiments of warriors by means of the fcchyon Re-Creation Generator. The music accompanies the warriors as they emerge.
starring Tom Baker, August 1980.
Special Sound: Dick Mills

SIDE 2

1. OMEGA FIELD FORCE
Through the opening observation screen of the flying Tardis, a strange shape Is seen approaching from that part of space and time known as the Arc of Infinity. A force field created by Omega takes over the Tardis.

2. ERGON THREAT
Meanwhile, in an underground cellar somewhere in Amsterdam, the Ergon (under orders from Omega) overcomes Tegan and Colin with an energy laser.

3. TERMINATION OF THE DOCTOR

Subsequently on Gallifrey, the Matrix has also fallen under Omega’s control; Nyssa pleads for the Doctor’s life but he is ‘terminated1 and disappears into the Matrix itself.
Bands 1,2 and 3 — Arc of Infinity starring Peter Davison, January
1983.
Music: Roger Limb
Special Sound: Dick Mills

4. BANQUETING MUSIC
The Time Winds, which constantly blow on the reverse side of the Gateway Mirror, act as a background to ghostly banqueting music. Warrior’s Gate starring Tom Baker, January 1981.
Music: Peter Howell
Special Sound: Dick Mills

5. TSS MACHINE ATTACKED
Adric is trapped helplessly in the TSS Machine as it is attacked by the Kinda led by Aris, who is under the control of the Mara..
Kinda starring Peter Davison, February 1982. Music: Peter Howell Special Sound: Dick Mills

6. JANISSARY BAND
In this excerpt from the sequel to ‘Kinda’ the Janissary ceremonial band passes by.
Snakedance starring Peter Davison, January 1983. Music: Peter Howell Special Sound: Dick Mills

7. SUBTERRANEAN CAVES
The Life-Detecting Scanner on the Earth’s surface traces events in the subterranean caves where mysterious Androids glide to and fro; a rockfall adds to the terrors awaiting the Troopers in the darkness.

8. REQUIEM
A Requiem for a Trooper mortally wounded by an Android’s laser.

9. MARCH OF THE CYBERMEN
Space music leads into the vast cargo hold aboard an inter-galactic freighter. Within Cryogenic Capsules the Cybermen are awaiting the signal to emerge and march against the Doctor.
Bands 7,8 and 9 — Earthshock starring Peter Davison, March 1982. Music: Malcolm Clarke Special Sound: Dick Mills

10. DOCTOR WHO
The Signature Tune to the current series, from August 1980.
Music: Ron Grainer arr. Peter Howell Erie Music — Chappell Music Ltd.


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3 comments

  • MJS

    April 29th, 2018 - 2:51pm

    I got one off eBay in excellent nick a few months back for around £10

    Reply
  • Wendy

    April 29th, 2018 - 1:06am

    I have one also in excellent condition. I sure would like to know what its worth.

    Reply
  • Bruce Banks

    August 30th, 2015 - 7:42pm

    I have one in excellent condition What is it worth ?
    The reason I am asking is a “collector” said it was worthless but he would be glad to take it off my hands for $5.00
    I donated $75.00 to Public Broadcasting for it about 30 years ago !

    Reply

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