Monday, 8 July 2013

Retro Vinyl: Doctor Who - The Music (BBC Records, 1983)

I remember finding my copy of Doctor Who - The Music in WH Smiths in Darlington during late 1984, in fact I'm sure it had been on my LP wants list for ages been a huge Doctor Who fan.

The cover features a painting of the first five Doctors (William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker and Peter Davison) although the music features very little from the early years bar the original arrangement of the Doctor Who theme tune (complete with TARDIS effects) and Malcolm Hodgson's score from the 1972 Jon Pertwee serial The Sea Devils.

We are then fast forwarded to 1980 and Tom Baker's final series with brief choices from The Keeper Of Traken and lengthier scores from The Leisure Hive and Meglos.

Side two leans heavily on the first two Peter Davison series, perhaps with Malcolm Clarke's Earthshock  sequences the most atmospheric. The album closes with Peter Howell's 1980 arrangement of the Doctor Who theme.

As an album, this release worked exceptionally well displaying different examples of Doctor Who music from the first 20 years of the show.

Doctor Who - The Music was far from comprehensive however, although some of my favourite music pieces from 60s Who were usually the stock music pieces employed by the makers of the show.

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