Doctor Who - The Music
Recordings produced by The BBC Radiophonic Workshop
Co-ordinated by Dick Mills and John Walley
BBC Radiophonic Workshop: Doctor Who - The Music
12" LP / Cassette, February 1983
BBC Records BBC REH / ZCR 462
Annotated Track Listing
Many of the tracks on this album were suites, editing together several of the individual music cues to create a continuous piece of music. We'll be gradually annotating the track listing below with details about all the tracks - follow us on Twitter @tme1998 to hear about the updates as they happen!
With the budget for this serial mainly allocated to location shooting and action, one area where savings could be made was by employing an 'in house' musician. Instead of hiring Dudley Simpson and his musicians, as was standard for Doctor Who at this time, director Michael Briant decided to explore the use of a synthesised soundtrack from the Radiophonic Workshop - the first for many years.
While preparing Doctor Who at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop Volume 2: New Beginnings in 2000, Mark Ayres examined the Sea Devils suite and found it to contain the following (with cue numbers taken from the master reels):
The track titles above refer to Volume 2: New Beginnings, which released 44 minutes' of music from the story across 25 stereo tracks. The original mono score (56 minutes) was released as a DVD isolated soundtrack in 2008. This suite went on to appear on numerous Doctor Who releases, from a 7" single (the US B-side to Jon Pertwee's 'Who is the Doctor') to The 50th Anniversary Collection (2013/14).
BBC Radiophonic Workshop: Doctor Who
US 12" Picture Disc, 1984
BBC/Gemcon BBC 22002
BBC Radiophonic Workshop: Doctor Who
US 12" Picture Disc, 1985
BBC/Gemcon BBC 22004
Doctor Who - The Music II
BBC Radiophonic Workshop: Doctor Who - The Music II
12" LP / Cassette, February 1985
BBC Records BBC REH 552
The Doctor Who 25th Anniversary Album
Issued on CD in 1997 as 'Evolution - The Music From Dr Who' (Prestige Records CDSGP 0320) with all tracks accidently mastered at a noticeably high speed
Evolution CD reissued as 'Music from Doctor Who: Original Music from the BBC series' (Castle Pulse, July 2002) at budget price of £8.99
Keff McCulloch: The Doctor Who 25th Anniversary Album
12" LP / CD / Cassette, November 1988
BBC Records BBC REB 707
4 alternative embossed LP sleeves available, with diamond logos in predominantly green, red, gold and blue.
Annotated Track Listing
The following listing explains how each track relates to the original television cues, with reference to the Production as Broadcast paperwork (available from the BBC website for most episodes) and the original TV soundtracks. Only one of these stories, Remembrance of the Daleks, received a full isolated soundtrack release on DVD, so many of the tracks on The 25th Anniversary Album remain exclusive to this compilation. The story timings below all refer to the 'Play All' timings from the PAL DVDs.
A track with this name first appeared on Doctor Who - The Music in 1983, though it was not quite the same track as featured here... This is in fact the 1972 stereo single version, with the TARDIS effect in the middle of the track, not at the beginning. (More details here.)
The 1987 opening titles, without Dick Mills' sound effects. This music-only mix has formed the basis of all commercial releases of the 1987 theme, appearing again on The Best of Doctor Who Volume 2 in 1994, the Ghost Light soundtrack in 2013/14 and The 50th Anniversary Collection in 2013/14.
The original stories all had the sound effects mixed in uniquely on each episode, resulting in some unusually loud or quiet mixes; sometimes the starbursts and TARDIS effects can barely be heard, and sometimes they are timed unusually early or late. This diversity was lost when the stories were released on DVD between 2001-2013, as the theme tune was replaced with a standardised version, though the originals can be heard on the 1991-2001 VHS releases.
7F 1m6, originally 1:08 but much-extended for the album, with a long repeated section. The original cue starts at 0:07:19, as Gavrok and his men are hunting for Delta. The short version was included on the DVD Photo Gallery in 2009 and The 50th Anniversary Collection in 2014.
7H 4m17 (2:14 according to the PasB, though this was inaccurate). Starts at 1:33:08 and underscores the finale of the story, with the destruction of the Black Dalek and the advance of the little girl on Mike and Ace. The same cue appeared on The 50th Anniversary Collection suite in 2013/14.
The background musak to the Paradise Towers commercial that Mel watches in the opening scenes of the story (first heard at 0:01:06) and which the Doctor plays during later episodes. The cue was listed on the PasB as 2:40 (its full duration) with the title 'Paradise'; it was used on-screen in short bursts as 1m2 (0:18), 1m4 (0:06), part of 3m16 (0:04), 3m19 (1:10) and 4m3 (0:14). A short excerpt appeared on the DVD Photo Gallery in 2011.
7F 3m7, originally 0:43 but extended here with a repeated section. The original cue appears at 0:56:18 and can be heard on the DVD Photo Gallery and The 50th Anniversary Collection suite. It underscores one of the sequences of the Doctor, Mel and Burton travelling on their motorbike.
7E Part Two cue 10. This appears at 0:40:31 as the Doctor revives the ancient vending machine, and the Chief Caretaker visits his pet in the basement.
7D 3m10. Only 1:30 was used in the programme, at a much slower speed than the album version: the album track appears to be sped-up by around 10%, making it noticeably higher-pitched and faster. The cue can be heard at 0:59:35, where it provides background musak to the Centre of Leisure. Two excerpts appeared on the DVD Photo Gallery in 2010.
This is the full-length musak from the newsreel films about the Great Architect; excerpts can be found at 1:01:15 and 1:04:49, as 3m10 (0:49) and 3m16 (0:19).
This track is formed from the start of 7F 3m18 (excerpt of 0:19, original cue was 0:50) and the end of 3m21 (excerpt of 1:09, original cue was 1:11). These two cues are taken from the climax of the story, appearing at 1:03:05 and 1:05:40 respectively. The original version of the latter cue (with a drum intro that was cut for the album) appears on the DVD Photo Gallery and (shortened) on The 50th Anniversary Collection suite.
The full-length single version of the 1980 theme.
The full-length single version of the 1986 theme.
Composed for a special trailer showcasing clips from Season 25 (the 1988-9 series) that was shown to journalists at a press screening. It's believed that the trailer wasn't shown on television, though it did eventually appear on the Silver Nemesis DVD in 2010.
7F 3m1 (extended from the original 1:11 cue). This scored the cliffhanger to Part Two - the first 40 seconds were used in both Part Two and the Part Three reprise - and continues into the following scene. It can be heard at 0:50:22, and appeared on the DVD Photo Gallery.
7E Part Two cues 4 (1:19) & 5 (1:18), joined back-to-back. The cues appear at 0:28:32 and 0:31:37 and together underscore the Doctor's time under guard by the Deputy Chief Caretaker, and his subsequent escape.
7E 4m16: the climax to Paradise Towers, starting at 1:34:32. An excerpt appeared on the DVD Photo Gallery suite, and the full cue was re-released on The 50th Anniversary Collection.
7H 2m8 (extended from the original 1:53 cue). The televised version was released on the DVD isolated soundtrack, starting at 0:36:56, and formed part of The 50th Anniversary Collection suite. The music underscores the fight scene between Mike and the school caretaker.
7D 3m21 (0:45) and 3m22 (extended version, original cue was 1:30). These cues scored the cliffhanger to Part Three (starting at 1:10:21) and were extended by over a minutes' worth of repeated material. Excerpts later appeared on the DVD Photo Gallery.
7F 3m25: the final incidental cue of the story, starting at 1:09:26. It also appears on The 50th Anniversary Collection and the DVD Photo Gallery.
7E 4m17: the final cue of the story, starting at 1:36:35. A short version of the cue later appeared on the DVD Photo Gallery, with the final note intact; here, it cuts out early into the title music.
As with the opening theme, this lacks all sound effects.