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February 14th, 2013 40 comments

The Caves of Androzani CD Soundtrack

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The first archive release of a Doctor Who soundtrack since the Doctor Who 2005 British TV comeback, featuring music by British electronic composer Roger Limb.

The Caves of Androzani was Roger Limb’s seventh of eight contributions to the series, and the first of his two very successful collaborations with director Graeme Harper.

Broadcast in March 1984, the 4 episodes showed the regeneration of The Fifth Doctor (Peter Davison) into The Sixth Doctor (Colin Baker). In 2009 The Caves Of Androzani was voted the best in the history of the series by fans. Roger Limb comments on working on The Caves of Androzani: “In 1984-5 we had new tools at our disposal including the Fairlight Computer Music Instrument (CMI) which I used to create the rhythmic percussion figures, and the wonderfully versatile Yamaha DX7 which was a landmark in the development of the synthesiser.

I’d read the scripts but it was only when I saw the edited episodes on VHS that my ideas started to take shape. The greatest slice of luck was having Graeme Harper as director. He was able to explain exactly what he wanted from me, a great advantage!”


1. Doctor Who (Opening Theme) (00’39”)
2. Androzani Minor (01’46”)
3. Gun-Runners (00’59”)
4. Morgus and Chellak (01’06”)
5. Death Sentence (01’36”)
6. Sharaz Jek (01’49”)
7. Death Under the Red Cloth (02’10”)
8. Androids (00’50”)
9. Next Time It’ll Be for Real (01’07”)
10. Nobody Lives for Ever (02’16”)
11. Spectrox (01’11”)
12. Salateen (00’32”)
13. Exile (01’06”)
14. Clever Little Android (00’44”)
15. Two Kilos, What a Deal (00’50”)
16. The Magma Beast (02’14”)
17. Blind Fools (00’34”)
18. Tear His Arms Out (02’37”)
19. Stage Three (01’54”)
20. Geostationary Orbit (01’43”)
21. The Girl Will Be Alone (01’00”)
22. Peri Abducted (01’28”)
23. Vertical Descent Pattern (00’32”)
24. It Could Have Been Worse (02’08”)
25. Do You Think I’m Mad? (02’56”)
26. The Doctor Pursued (03’13”)
27. Mud Burst (01’58”)
28. Morgus and Stotz (01’03”)
29. Face Off (01’11”)
30. Morgus Kaput (00’37”)
31. Not Beaten Yet (01’21”)
32. Milk of the Queen Bat (07’04”)
33. Return to the TARDIS (00’50”)
34. Is This Death? (02’18”)
35. Doctor Who (Closing Theme)

Roger Limb was part of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop team which he joined in 1972. Perhaps best known for his work on Doctor Who, from 1981 to 1985, Limb composed the music for the The Keeper of Traken, Four to Doomsday, Black Orchid, Time-Flight, Arc of Infinity, Terminus, The Caves of Androzani and Revelation of the Daleks.

In the 80s and 90s Limb has contributed music to a number of television series including The Justice Game, Aliens in the Family, Thinkabout, The Box of Delights, Kevin and Co, Martin Luther: Heretic, Storytime and the Look and Read. He is also known for the now cult “Swirley” tune, a happy piece of electronic music that was used as the theme to the BBC’s Service Information news bulletins in the late 70s and early 80s.

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  • Some bloke

    March 12th, 2013 - 5:46pm

    It should be pretty easy for them to release seeds of doom and terror of the zygons soundtracks as the bbc had released them on 24 january 2000

    • Pug Dalek

      October 31st, 2013 - 10:59pm

      2 of my fav eps

  • The Greater Intelligence

    March 4th, 2013 - 1:54am

    How come this is going to be released in the UK on my birthday (March 25), but not in America until April 26? Why do I have to wait a month after my birthday for an amazing score. I hope they release one for various stories like ‘Survival’, ‘The Invasion Of Time’, even the entire ‘Trial Of A Time Lord’.

    • McGann is the Doctor

      March 6th, 2013 - 12:51pm


    • MR BLAH

      March 29th, 2013 - 4:29pm

      Survival want Survival

    • Pug Dalek

      October 31st, 2013 - 11:06pm

      I like the music at the
      Start of the trial of a time lord season

  • McGann is the Doctor

    February 27th, 2013 - 12:49pm

    I really hope they make a CD of the cassette from 1986 which had the dominic Glynn theme tune, the original theme tune, and the disco version.


    February 26th, 2013 - 8:09am

    I already have the 1990s silva screen cd which includes the shorter version of this soundtrack as well as it including enlightenment,the kings demons,five doctors,warriors of the deep,the awakening,resurrection of the daleks and planet of fire. Its deleted now of course but i,m sure there may be copies out there if anybodys interested.

  • McGann is the Doctor

    February 22nd, 2013 - 11:37am


    They have the THEME TUNE !

    It’s not a Doctor Who soundtrack unless it has the theme tune ! Hope they do one for the Mysterious Planet and Mawdryn Undead 🙂

  • Mumble5557 Productions

    February 21st, 2013 - 10:27am

    Is this available on iTunes does anyone know?

  • Eamon UltimateCliffhange

    February 15th, 2013 - 7:36am

    Defiently getting this at the NZ Dr who Convention of which Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy and Paul McGann are all going to be there, i’m going t try and get this, fourth doctor sonic, Second Doctor and Dalek, Planet of Fire Set, Series 6 Doctor in blue shirt and Silent with electric hands, can;t wait, i want to listen to Is This Death?

    • John Smith

      February 15th, 2013 - 9:40am

      Apparently they’re doing the same in Sydney. There’s a 101% chance that I’m going and this is going on my wish list!

  • Some bloke

    February 14th, 2013 - 8:39pm

    Hey, cant wait to get this! Do we know of any of the other stories music they will release?

    • booboo

      February 14th, 2013 - 9:08pm

      not yet

  • Nathan Hancock

    January 26th, 2013 - 11:01pm

    How much is this?

    • Some bloke

      January 27th, 2013 - 12:26pm

      don’t know yet, haven’t been given an official release date or track listing yet!

    • Some bloke

      January 27th, 2013 - 1:14pm

      oh ok so may be theres a release date, but no track listing yet. I’d say that it would be no more than £16 (hopefully)

  • McGann is the Doctor

    January 25th, 2013 - 10:15am

    Does it include the theme tune ?

    • booboo

      January 25th, 2013 - 10:23am

      will have to wait until we see the track listing

    • I sprinkle bread crums

      January 25th, 2013 - 2:21pm

      I will buy it if it does…

    • McGann is the Doctor

      January 25th, 2013 - 6:36pm

      Ah good for you, me aswell !

  • John Smith

    January 25th, 2013 - 8:29am

    I loved the caves of Androzani sound track! My favorite from the classic series! I’ll buy it if it turns up on Amazon and isn’t too expensive.

    • McGann is the Doctor

      January 25th, 2013 - 10:14am

      My favourite is probably the Leisure Hive.

    • The Monitor

      January 25th, 2013 - 5:48pm

      I am glad someone mentioned The Leisure Hive. It is extremely good music, perhaps the best.

    • John Smith

      February 15th, 2013 - 9:42am

      I haven’t watched the Leisure Hive in yonks so I can’t remember the music terribly well. Revelation of the Daleks had very similar music (probably cos it’s by the same person) which is why it’s one of my favorite Dalek stories.

  • TheWhomobile

    January 24th, 2013 - 5:39pm

    This is excellent! I hope they also release a Logopolis and Castrovalva soundtrack as I think that has some of the best music in the classic series

    • josh smith

      February 14th, 2013 - 7:19pm

      the amabasdors of death and pyrimids of mars i would buy

  • Thomas Chapman

    January 24th, 2013 - 5:18pm

    YES! the best episode ever! love it so happy Caves Of Androzani was picked! as its my favourite classic Fith doctor story! also i called my You tube channel after it!


    January 24th, 2013 - 2:31pm

    I don’t get why Caves of Androzani is so popular with fan’s. I saw it once and I didn’t like it at all, just found it to be so boring.

    If anyone want’s to tell me why it’s popular then please do, I don’t mind, honest.

    Give me ‘GENESIS OF THE DALEKS’ anyway 😀


      January 24th, 2013 - 2:31pm

      I mean ‘anyday’.

    • Some bloke

      January 24th, 2013 - 2:44pm

      I dont know either. I think it’s one of the better davison stories, but not long ago, DWM did a poll on the best doctor who story ever. Caves of androzani came at number 1, and after that (i cant remember what order though) was city of death, human nature and the empty child. (possibly in that order)


      January 24th, 2013 - 3:21pm

      Yeah I have that issue with that poll inside it.

      I’d have gone for Genesis of the Daleks at No.1 spot thou.

      Many new series fan’s who’ve only seen the new series would probably suggest ‘Blink’ as No.1 story cos many new viewers begin watching Doctor Who by starting with that episode.

    • The Flying Shark

      January 24th, 2013 - 3:21pm

      Blink came second, Genesis of the Daleks was third and I can’t remember the rest of the order.

    • The Silence

      January 24th, 2013 - 4:34pm

      1. The Caves of Adrozani
      2. Blink
      3. Genesis of the Daleks
      4. The Talons of Weng-Chiang
      5. The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances
      6. Human Nature/Family of Blood
      7. Pyramids of Mars
      8. City of Death
      9. The Robots of Death
      10. Bad Wolf/The Parting of the Ways

    • Lachlan

      January 24th, 2013 - 10:02pm

      Well it’s one of Robert Holmes absolute Classic Storyline’s, Robert Holmes was the man who created the Sontarans and is well known for his Horror themed Stories, The Talon’s of Weng Chiang was one of these and has been considered along with Genesis of the Daleks as the top Doctor Who Classic Story ever made and you can tell how good it is when you compare other Peter Davison Stories with this one.

    • gordon

      January 25th, 2013 - 9:00am

      5 reasons why caves is diserving of the number 1 slot

      1. Its one of robert holmes best script
      2. Episode 1 and 3 has possibly the best cliffhangers in the almost 50 year history of the show
      3. Great performances all round especially by the villians
      4. Brilliantly directed by grahame Harper
      5. It proves that regeneration stories can be low key but still cause impact

    • McGann is the Doctor

      January 25th, 2013 - 10:14am

      The whole thing about Caves of Adrozahni is that it’s about the Doctor, the Fifth Doctor specificly.

      He has lost so many friends, witnessed so much death and destruction, by the time he gets into this situation on Adrozahni he doesn’t even get involved in it, his only motivation is to save Peri.

      He’s not even sure if he like Peri or not, having only just met her, yet he risks his life for her, and in the end, gives his life so that she may live.

      It’s such a great way to end the Fifth Doctor’s era, very fitting to his character .

    • The Monitor

      January 25th, 2013 - 5:56pm

      The Caves of Androzani is one of the most presentable Doctor Who stories. It showcases the programme beautifully.

      There is no writer to touch Robert Holmes. Ark, Genesis, Pyramids, Deadly and Caves are all brilliantly written.

      Caves has spawned controversy for best part of 3 decades. It sums up the nitty-gritty 80s perfectly with easily the best and most graceful humanoid villain, the top three best direction of the whole series, some of the best dialogue, the best regeneration by far, good music, excellent story line….

  • Some bloke

    January 24th, 2013 - 2:11pm

    GREAT, I hope they other stories like android invasion and planet of spiders. SO EXCITED


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