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March 28th, 2013 34 comments

The Krotons CD Soundtrack

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The second archive release of a Doctor Who soundtrack since the Doctor Who 2005 British TV comeback, featuring a collection of ‘special sounds’ by British electronic composer Brian Hodgson.

Doctor Who – The Krotons is a 4 episode Doctor Who serial first broadcast in weekly parts from 28 December 1968 to 18 January 1969.

Brian Hodgson was a member of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop and worked closely with Delia Derbyshire, the seminal figure of English electronic music. As the original sound effects creator for Doctor Who he was responsible for the chilling Dalek voices and the powerhouse sound of the Tardis lifting off.

Brian created The Tardis sound in 1963, running a back door key for his mother’s house along the bass string of a dismembered piano and treating it electronically. The sound of The Tardis lift-off is still in use. Brian comments: “I spent a long time in planning the Tardis sound, I wanted a sound that seemed to be travelling in two directions at once; coming and going at the same time.”


1. Doctor Who (New Opening Theme, 1967)
2. The Learning Hall
3. Door Opens
4. Entry Into The Machine
5. TARDIS (New Landing)
6. Wasteland Atmosphere
7. Machine And City Theme
8. Machine Exterior
9. Panels Open
10. Dispersal Unit
11. Sting
12. Selris’ House
13. Machine Interior
14. Snake Bleeps Low
15. Silver Hose (The Snake)
16. Snake Bleeps High
17. Teaching Machine Hums
18. Forcefield
19. Burning Light
20. Birth Of A Kroton
21. Kroton Theme
22. Kroton Dies
23. Link – Rising Hum
24. Kroton Dies (Alternative)

The collection displays Brian’s highly innovative techniques that, together with Delia Derbyshire’s experiments in modes and tunings, became the staple of British electronica. The 1963 Doctor Who Theme kicked off the Golden Age of the Radiophonic Workshop.

Brain Hodgson says of his work: “I never used to call the stuff I made myself ‘music’. I was more interested in what I called the theatre of sound. I was creating atmospheres that were not conventionally music in their form. Nobody sat down to create a piece of formal electronic music, it was always a contribution to enhance a radio or television programme. I think that’s what gave the Workshop its vivacity.”

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  • Stephen Thomas

    May 14th, 2013 - 6:06am

    Two words: Frontios Soundtrack.

    Also, The War Games.

    Thxkbye BBC

  • The Greater Intelligence

    May 13th, 2013 - 12:50pm

    Does anyone know when this will be released in the US? I haven’t even found a pre-order or to be confirmed page.

  • Doctor Rules

    April 16th, 2013 - 5:41pm

    the story was good. If there were more Krotons it would of been even better.

    • Johnny

      May 13th, 2013 - 11:52am

      My CD was dispatched from Amazon this morning.

  • Harold Saxon

    April 1st, 2013 - 7:13pm

    i’d love a war games music cd,it was good music.

  • josh smith

    March 31st, 2013 - 9:29am

    Death to the daleks and attack of the cybermen are my most wanted audio soundtracks

    • The Greater Intelligence

      April 16th, 2013 - 1:38pm

      Have to agree, ‘Attack Of The Cybermen’ wasn’t very good, but its score was. It felt almost like a vintage Mario Bros. video game.

  • McGann is The Doctor

    March 29th, 2013 - 5:58pm

    Of all the stories to make a soundtrack from, sheesh.

    Could they not find the Leisure Hive or Mawdryn Undead ? ❗

    • josh smith

      March 29th, 2013 - 8:06pm

      this is a good story

      but sea devils and survial have good music

    • gordon

      March 30th, 2013 - 1:26am

      They are doing a range of stories and they are doing a mix of well liked and not so well liked stories. If they did all the popular ones at the start sales would probably drop by the time they reach the less popular ones (similar to what happened to the vhs range).

    • MR BLAH

      March 30th, 2013 - 11:40am

      Make survival one everyone wants it!

    • josh smith

      March 30th, 2013 - 11:43am

      yes survival

    • MR BLAH

      March 30th, 2013 - 11:44am

      And remembrance of the daleks

    • Johnny

      April 11th, 2013 - 10:20am

      “The Leisure Hive” has already been released on CD.

  • Connor

    March 28th, 2013 - 10:38pm

    I want Tomb of the Cybermen sound track as it was my favorite music from doctor who! Or a Moonbase sound track would be awesome too. Still i would love to get the sound track to one of my favorite 2nd doctor storys and thats no joke!

  • cameron

    March 28th, 2013 - 6:50pm


  • matparks08

    March 28th, 2013 - 6:12pm

    When I got into Doctor Who originally back in 1980 something, The Krotons was generally regarded as being one of the worst Dr who episodes ever due to the poor realisation of the Brummie Krotons. It seems to be more in favour with todays audiences. Maybe one day we’ll even take Time-Flight to our hearts 😉

    • TheWhomobile

      March 29th, 2013 - 7:51am

      I’ve always enjoyed Time Flight I never understand why people hate it so much

    • MR BLAH

      March 29th, 2013 - 4:14pm

      One day people hate the Tom Baker years and love Sylvester McCoy years

    • MR BLAH

      March 29th, 2013 - 4:15pm

      The best story might be Survival or the greatest show in the galaxy.

    • MR BLAH

      March 29th, 2013 - 4:17pm

      Best Doctor
      1. Sylvester McCoy
      2. Colin Baker
      3. Chris Eccleston
      4. 8th Doc
      5. William Hartnell
      6. Tom Baker
      7. Peter Davidson
      8. Jon Pertwee
      9. Patrick
      10.Matt Smith
      11. Doc 10

    • MR BLAH

      March 29th, 2013 - 4:18pm

      It Might happen 😆

    • MR BLAH

      March 29th, 2013 - 4:19pm

      To be honest 7th doc is my favorite doc

    • MR BLAH

      March 29th, 2013 - 4:25pm

      Also What do you want to be the next soundtrack these guys release?

    • McGann is The Doctor

      March 29th, 2013 - 5:57pm

      Maybe the Trial of a Timelord, or specificly, the first of the four stories that make up that saga.

      I love the 7th Doctor aswell, he is definitly one of the funniest Doctors, if not the most, and has the silly coolness of the actor who portrays him

    • gordon

      March 31st, 2013 - 2:18am

      Next classic release is a seventh doctor story I believe from what Silva screen said. Mark Ayres has said that he will be working on a story that has an alternative take from the same composer and most people seem to take that as a conformation that its ghost light

    • Johnny

      April 11th, 2013 - 10:45am

      The complete isoltaed soundtarcks for “Trial of A Time Lord” do not exist – only parts of it do, so a release seems unlikely.

  • TheWhomobile

    March 28th, 2013 - 3:53pm

    I thought this was somewhat of an odd choice, the music from this episode was hardly memorable. From Troughton’s era I would really have liked the Tomb of the Cybermen, the Cybermen’s theme is really fantastic and has to go down as one of the greatest tunes from Who.

    • Some bloke

      March 28th, 2013 - 4:16pm

      or the music from fury from the deep, that would have been GREAT!

    • gordon

      March 29th, 2013 - 9:59am

      Sure it will get done later

    • Johnny

      April 11th, 2013 - 10:22am

      Not all the isolated soundtrack scores for stories exist so they are limited by what they can release on CD.

      “The Krotons” is a rare example of the soundtrack being available, hence it’s upcoming release.

  • Some bloke

    March 28th, 2013 - 2:25pm

    Do we know if its up for pre-order anywhere yet?

  • Some bloke

    March 28th, 2013 - 2:23pm

    OMFG!!! Love it, Cant wait!!!


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