The Christmas Invasion (tx: 25/12/05)
In Fact: is this the biggest British Christmas song written in the twentieth century? Recorded in the summer of 1973 (in New York's legendary Record Planet studios, no less), the song became the third Slade single to go straight to number one in the UK chart, with an advanced order of well over 300,000; it stayed top of the charts for 6 consequtive weeks and has gone on to become their biggest seller with sales topping one million.
Attack of the Graske (tx: 25/12/05)
In Fact: these splendid Christmas hits are playing in the background of the house-bound scenes, where the viewer must choose whether Mum, Gran, Grandad, Dad, Boy or Girl is an alien duplicate controlled by the Graske, and, later, as we see Mum and Dad return from the Graske's planet and rescue Christmas from turning into a right old bore.
The Christmas carols ‘Ding Dong Merrily on High’ and ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen’ are also sung, 6 minutes into the episode, during the Victorian London scene; with 'Ding Dong Merrily' repeating in the final, house-bound scene if the viewer selects the suspended-animation option (or makes no selection at all): Gary Glitter can only be heard if you have opted to use the teleport. This suggests that you can spot whether your Mum and Dad have been replaced by Graske-replicas judging simply by their musical tastes: if they play rock 'n' roll they're fine, but if they get out the traditional carols CD, look out - they're evil and will ruin your Christmas!
Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree was penned by Johnny Marks, the American popular music composer who also wrote 'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer' and a host of other successful Christmas rock 'n' roll singles released during the 60s, and made young Brenda Lee - whose recording career had only started two years previously - an international star. Flamboyant glam-rocker Gary Glitter's over-the-top performances made him one of the most successful UK acts of the 1970s. His single 'Rock 'n' Roll' in 1971 reached the top ten in both the UK and USA, and became the first of many simple but rockin' hits - one of which, of course, was sampled by The KLF in 1988 for Doctorin' the Tardis!
Tooth and Claw (tx: 22/04/06)
ROSE: What do you think of this? Will it do?
DOCTOR: The late 1970s? You'd be better off in a binbag. Hold on, listen to this:
He flicks a switch on the console, and music springs, mid-chorus, from the walls.
DOCTOR: Ian Drury and the Blockheads, number one in 1979.
ROSE: You're a punk!
DOCTOR: (sings) ... 'it's nice to be a lunatic'...
ROSE: That's what you are, a big old punk with a bit of... rockabilly thrown in!
DOCTOR: D'you wanna go and see him?
ROSE: How'd you mean? In concert?
DOCTOR: What else is the TARDIS for? I can take you to the battle of Trafalgar; the first Anti-Gravity Olympics; Caesar crossing the rubicon; or Ian Drury and the Blockheads at the Top Rank, Sheffield, England, Earth, 21st November 1979?
ROSE: Sheffield it is!
School Reunion (tx: 29/04/06)In Fiction: another instance where, if only our heroes listened to the background music, they'd be spared much heartache. Love Will Tear Us Apart plays faintly on the radio in a late-night cafe, where Rose has to come to terms with being only the latest in a long line of companions. It's a morbid little song, but that doesn't stop Mickey divising his 'I Knew I Was Right' dance.
Rise of the Cybermen (tx: 13/05/06)In Fiction: Mr Crane is herding the first batch of (surprisingly uniform) homeless bums into the transplant machine, hidden away within the parallel-Earth's Battersea Power Station. "Woah, woah," he says, "cover up that noise; give us track 19", and the noise is replaced with The Lion Sleeps Tonight. Incidentally, after extensive Tight Fit research, we can reveal must be a parallel-Earth version of a Tight Fit album, 'cos this song ain't ever been a track 19!
Love & Monsters (tx: 17/06/2006)In Fiction: Elton loves Elton. LINDA loves the ELO. And Jackie loves Il Divo. Let’s all get our guitars out!