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April 30th, 2020 8 comments

Doctor Who The Visitation Original Music Soundtrack Vinyl LP

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The Visitation is the first commercial release of Paddy Kingsland’s vintage Doctor Who synth score, to be made available in physical, digital and vinyl formats.

Based on Eric Saward’s book, The Visitation is set in England during the height of the 17th Century Great Plague. The story follows The Doctor and his companion fighting Terileptic, a group of fugitive aliens plotting to make the Earth their new home by spreading a deadly plague. Directed by Peter Moffatt, the atmospheric period drama was initially broadcast on BBC 1 from 15th to 23rd February 1982 in four twice-weekly parts, and featured Peter Davison as the fifth Doctor.

Paddy Kingsland’s arrival at the BBC radiophonic Workshop coincided with the advent of the synthesiser. Paddy explains “…some of the early ones didn’t have a keyboard and were simply another way of generating electronic tones with the latest controls added to it. But when they added keyboards on, you could just play a tune – whereas John Baker would spend a day cutting tape together to make that type of sound.

Starting in 1975 with the score for The Changes, followed by The Hitchhicker’s Guide to the Galaxy (1981) and 29 episodes of Doctor Who (1980 to 1984), Paddy Kingsland’s keyboard fanfares quickly became the sound of early 1980s TV that influenced future generations of musicians.

Paddy Kingsland reminisces about the process for The Visitation score: “We decided early on that the music should have a period flavour together with the usual high tech (at the time!) synthesiser sounds. Peter was my favourite Doctor Who director and was always enormously encouraging and positive… he generously gave me the freedom to do my own thing, but always knew if something needed to be adjusted.”

“I had about a week to put together the music for an episode before going to the dub… the score is quite sombre although there are elements of “yea verily” type music to set some scenes, which have a lighter texture. I played all the parts, using the synthesisers of the day, Oberheim, Roland and ARP, adding bass guitar plus drums and cymbals… not to mention my trusty Fender Mustang guitar.”

Doctor Who – The Visitation, produced by Mark Ayres, archivist of BBC Radiophonic Workshop, will be released, together with the score for Doctor Who – The Sun Makers on 1st May, 2020.

Paddy Kingsland’s score for The Changes was released on Silva Screen Records in April 2018 in digital format and as a Record Store Day limited vinyl edition.


  • 1. Doctor Who 1980 (Opening Titles)
  • 2. Have you Seen the Sky?
  • 3. Heathrow, 1666
  • 4. Richard Mace & The Miller
  • 5. A Fascinating Wall
  • 6. An Incredible Illusion
  • 7. Death in the Cellar
  • 8. Activation
  • 9. Grim
  • 10. The Poacher and his Friends
  • 11. Looking for the Miller / Not Again!
  • 12. Trouble at the Mill
  • 13. Laying a Trap
  • 14. More Trouble at the Mill
  • 15. Oh for a Proper Key
  • 16. The End for us All
  • 17. A Final Visitation
  • 18. Almost Your Old Self
  • 19. Eureka!
  • 20. The Sonic Booster
  • 21. Almost as if we were Expected
  • 22. The Great Fire
  • 23. Doctor Who Closing Title Theme
  • 24. Activation (Unused Version 1)
  • 25. Not Again! (Unused Version 1)

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  • bryan

    May 4th, 2020 - 1:58pm

    Got my two copies (sun makers also) today from FRor the £20.99 bonus price. They really are things of beauty with Sun Makers one of the most special covers and contents. There is just so much Pizzaz and Chtzpah about the design.

    Sunmakers came with a vile black sticker on the front cover of the Actual Sleeve!!!. Is this Normal. I never had one on my 5 Doctors, or Chostlight (the only others I bought on Vinyl.)

    • MJS

      May 5th, 2020 - 8:39pm

      I got mine today too from the same deal (AMAZING DEAL!) I was surprised to find they weren’t even shrink wrapped, and the sticker is annoying but they are gorgeous

  • Scott

    May 3rd, 2020 - 8:38pm

    I got the cd today but have been listening to this gorgeous soundtrack on amazon music since Friday. It always been one of my favourites as has the story 🙂

  • MJS

    May 3rd, 2020 - 12:06pm

    While awaiting them to arrive, they’re on Amazon music to listen to. Paddy Kingsland’s music is just wonderful

  • Anonymous

    May 1st, 2020 - 6:37pm

    I’ve had my dispatch notice for these, looking forward to getting them on vinyl

  • J45ON96

    April 19th, 2020 - 8:02pm

    There’s a bundle of it available on for £20.

    About £24 with postage added in.

    • Joe 90

      April 30th, 2020 - 3:02pm

      Sadly it’s gone up to £39.99 now for the bundle

    • bryan

      May 2nd, 2020 - 11:14pm

      Got my despatch not, it went into the post on friday. With normal deliveries (so saturday postie any more) so monday or Tuesday.

      So looking forward to them both, but Sun Makers the most. Fantastic that, keept to thier word. I did think it very cheap for 2 Records.and wondered if they would call it a miss- price .

      fingers crossed for Monday

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