Doctor Who Stock Music
The Space Adventure Releases
De-Bunking Archive & Liner Notes
A great source of information on the BBC stock library music used
in Doctor Who is of course Andrew Pixley's Archive articles in
Doctor Who Magazine. However, I would strongly caution all fans
not to regard these as definitive holy truths about which music was
actually used on the program, but merely as investigative leads.
The production notes that the Archive articles are based on may
not always reflect last minute changes or things that don't go according
to plan in the mayhem of time-pressured studio video-taping.
The Youngbeat Factor
Perhaps the most famous example of stock music misinformation is the
listing of Jack Trombey's "Youngbeat" as the music heard coming from
Bob Hall's radio in episode one of "The Evil of the Daleks". After
this was included on Julian Knott's "Space Adventures" CD release
as a bonus track, it became obvious that it was something completely
different to what was actually used in the program, and Andrew Pixley
eventually printed a formal retraction in the DWM Archive update in
"The Troughton Years" special edition.
Unfortunately, this is almost certainly not the only example of this
kind of thing happening....
The Ochre Records release of "Dr. Who - Music from the
Tenth Planet" in 2000, coupled with the release of the
reconstructed story on BBC video, offers us a unique chance
to examine the accuracy of DWM Archive notes. The audio CD
presents every track listed in DWM, nothing more, and nothing
Total Time: 19:07
- Blast Off! (Roger Roger) 2:24
- Music For Technology (Walter Stott) 1:35
- Power Drill (Douglas Gamley) 1:16
- Space Adventure Part 1 (Martin Slavin) 0:41
- Space Adventure Part 2 (Martin Slavin) 1:25
- Space Adventure Part 3 (Martin Slavin) 0:18
- Drama in Miniature Part 1 (Dennis Farnon) 1:32
- Drama in Miniature Part 2 (Dennis Farnon) 1:10
- Machine Room (Douglas Gamley) 3:02
- Drumdramatics 7 (Robert Farnon) 2:33
- Drumdramatics 10 (Robert Farnon) 3:09
This CD is unique among those that release Martin Slavin's
Cybermen anthem "Space Adventure", in that the three parts
are split into three separate tracks. I haven't been able
to find any example of the first part being used in any
Doctor Who story, although it is still nice to have it
included, as part two features so prominantly in early
cybermen tales, and part three often manages an appearance
as well, most notably closing off "The Tomb of the Cybermen".
Likewise, only part one of "Drama in Miniature" features
in the televised story, but the inclusion of part two
on the CD is actually a nice feature.
The "Music for Technology" heard on this CD is identical to
the one on "Space Adventures", although on that CD it is
listed as "Music for Technology - Part One".
The most bizarre gaffe seems to be the inclusion of
Roger Roger's "Blast Off!" I've heard some fans go on
and on about what a great piece this is, and perhaps they're
right. But does it actually ever appear in "The Tenth
Planet", or any other Doctor Who story for that matter?
If anyone has actually heard it in the program, please
and let me know precisely
where it features, because after several viewings of "The
Tenth Planet" in which I've listened carefully to the
soundtrack of the video and made notes, I am unable to
find it. I suspect the production team planned
to use it, but for some reason further along the production
process, the grams operator never played it on the day of
The first 4-second "stab" of Drumdramatics 7 adds punctuation
to Polly's distress in the cybermen's saucer in episode four,
but although Cutler's attack on Ben in episode three
also sounds like a Drumdramatics cue, it is not to be
found on either of the Drumdramatics tracks included on
the CD. Thus Drumdramatics 10 is also without an appearance
in Doctor Who. Since the CD has only 19:07 total duration,
it is a great shame that we didn't get at least enough of
the rest of the Drumdramatics suite to identify this cue.
Apart from Cutler's attack on Ben, all the music in
"The Tenth Planet" appears to be included on this CD
(as long as tracks like
"Machinery in TARDIS Goes Wild"
are relegated to the sound effects department).
However, most of these tracks also appear on Julian Knott's
"Space Adventures" CD, where they are presented with greater
use of dynamic range, and less hiss and crackle from the
transfer from vinyl discs. I strongly favour the "Space
Adventure" versions of these tracks.
Only "Drama in Miniature Part One" and Drumdramatics 7
are unique to this CD.
Space Adventures: Music From Doctor Who 1963 - 1971
Julian Knott's "Space Adventures" was first released as
an audio cassette in September 1987, and re-issued in
March 1988. It is the March 1988 version from which I
have drawn all my information on the cassette.
The material was then later
re-recorded and re-mastered as an audio CD in 1998
with many bonus tracks added. The first 21 tracks of the CD
represent what was on the original cassette with one minor
difference: the cassette features only part 2 of Martin
Slavin's "Space Adventure", while the CD version presents
all 3 parts combined into one track.
Both cassette and
CD came with notes indicating which episodes each track
supposedly featured in. Careful listening to the television
stories indicates that these notes deserve to be updated.
||from the U.K.:
|Cassette Side One|
|1. Three Guitars Mood 2
||Nelson / Raymond
||An Unearthly Child - episode 1 and unaired pilot
|2. Machine Room
||The Tenth Planet - Episode Two
(The cassette notes are in agreement with
the video on this, the CD notes erroneously
credit this piece to episode one only.)
|3. Illustrations #4
- Little Prelude
||The Massacre - Episode 4
||Credited only to "The Space Museum" episode 1.
Other appearances include: "The Moonbase" 1 & 3,
and "The War Machines" episode 3
|5. Illustrations #4
- Hunted Man
||The Massacre - Episodes 1-4
||The Tomb of the Cybermen 1
The Web of Fear 1
||The Tomb of the Cybermen 4
|8. Lunar People - Andromeda
||The Web of Fear 1-6
|9. Music For Technology - Part One
||The Tenth Planet 1
|10. Electronic Music - Bathysphere
||This is supposed to be in The Space Museum 1.
If anyone can actually hear it, please
tell me exactly where. I suspect it was
|11. Spine Chillers
||The Web of Fear 2 & 4
|12. Space Adventure
||The Tenth Planet 1-4
The Moonbase 1-4
The Tomb of the Cybermen 1,2 & 4
The Web of Fear 4
The last note also underwent additional
sound processing before being used as a
sting in "The Tomb of the Cybermen 3"
|Cassette Side Two|
|13. Power Drill
||The Tenth Planet 1-3
|14. Universe Sideral
||The Tomb of the Cybermen 1 & 4
"Sideral" is French for "sidereal",
a style of measuring the stars' movement
across the heavens which lends itself
to telling time.
|15. Illustrations #4
- Frightened Man
||The Massacre - episodes 2 & 3
|16. Electronic Music - Meteoroids
||The Time Meddler 4 - Checkmate
|17. Space Time Music - Part One
||The Tomb of the Cybermen 3
This piece does not appear in
"The Web of Fear" as listed.
|18. Space Time Music - Part Two
||The Web of Fear 1, 2, 4, & 6
This piece does not appear in "The Tomb of the
Cybermen" as listed.
|19. Musique Concrete II
||The Edge of Destruction 2
The Space Museum 2 & 3
(The CD had not listed this track
for Space Museum 3)
|20. Impending Danger
||The Web of Fear 2 & 4
|21. World of Plants
||The Space Museum 1
|CD only Bonus Tracks|
|22. Desert Storm
||The Tomb of the Cybermen 1-4
Although this piece gets its longest and
most definitive airing during the cybermat
attack near the end of episode 3, its opening
is used as a tension builder in all 4 episodes.
The CD only credits it for eps 1-3.
|23. Musique Concrete
||Although credited to The Space Museum 3,
careful listening reveals that the actual piece
used was Musique Concrete II as in the previous
episode and Edge of Destruction 2. This
companion piece was probably never used in
|24. Blast Off!
||Here we go again.
Though I don't believe the piece actually appears,
it is credited to "The Tenth Planet 1".
The inner liner notes also state that it
was used on Patrick McGoohan's tv series
"The Prisoner", and does feature in "The Girl
Who Was Death" several times, occasionally
with heavy editing.
|25. Astronautics Suite
||This track is apparently only
the first of the 7-part "Astronautics Theme"
collection of simplistic organ music (see below
for more). Although credited to The Space Museum
1 and 3 and The Tomb of the Cybermen 1, it is
far more accurate to say it only appears in
The Space Museum 1 and 2 and The Tomb of
the Cybermen 4. Other parts of the Astronautics
Theme, not included on this CD, appear in other
episodes of those stories.
||Does not appear in
The Evil of the Daleks 1 as it is credited
to have done.
|27. Spotlight Sequins No. 1
||Terror of the Autons 2
||This is not credited to Doctor Who
at all, but rather to the title theme from
the 1958 BBC serial "Quatermass and the Pit"
Via Satellite's 1997 release of "Music from the Tomb
of the Cybermen" predates both of the above CD's
(but not the cassette version of "Space Adventures").
One obvious curiousity that is immediately apparent
to anyone who owns the CD is that although the labels
list 11 tracks, the CD itself actually contains 12!
Freedb.org accurately lists the timing of each of the
12 tracks, yet careful listening and comparison to the
Julian Knott's "Space Adventures" CD reveals that
Freedb.org has also been displaying mislabeled track titles
and credits for some time.
After careful listening and comparison with the other CD's
I am convinced that this is what "Music from
the Tomb of the Cybermen" actually contains:
||from the U.K.:
Total Time: 22:47
- Doctor Who (Ron Grainer) [warbly white noise opening] 2:22
- TARDIS interior (Brian Hodgson) [from the unaired pilot] 1:34
- TARDIS landing (Brian Hodgson) [60's version - practically the same as take-off] 0:19
- TARDIS doors opening (Dick Mills) [from the 80's] 0:10
- Space Adventure Parts 1-3 (Martin Slavin) 2:27
- Palpitations (J. Scott) 0:41
- Astronautics Theme Parts 1-3 (E. Sendel) 4:07
- Astronautics Theme Parts 4-7 (E. Sendel) 1:57
- Desert Storm (H. Feischner) 1:56
- Space Time Music Parts 1-4 (W. Josephs) 5:19
- TARDIS Take Off (Brian Hodgson) 1:11
- Doctor Who (Ron Grainer) [season 10-17 title version] 0:42
This CD is most notable for giving us further portions of
the Astronautics Theme, including that heard during the
titles of Tomb of the Cybermen 1, and the cliffhanger/reprise
bridging episodes 2 and 3 of "The Space Museum". It is also
unique in offering part 3 of W. Joseph's "Space Time Music",
which features in "The Web of Fear".
Unfortunately, all of the products listed on this page have sold
out over time, and future editions do not seem likely anytime soon,
making them rare collectors items. If you wish to purchase any of
these, and the above links fail to identify any available copies,
it is probably a good idea to scan Amazon.com auctions as well.
Be sure to check out both the U.K. and American sites, in addition
to your local one if you live outside of those countries. You never
know where you might find that Doctor Who fan who has tired of these
and is busy with spring cleaning!
New! - A small handful of "Space Adventures" tracks can be
found on the various versions of |
"Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Soundtrack Collection".
"Three Guitars Mood 2" (on the 11-disc, 4-disc, and 2-disc versions)
"Space Adventure Part 2" (on the 11-disc, 4-disc, and 2-disc versions)
"Univers Sideral" (on the 11-disc and 4-disc versions)
"Space Time Music Part 1" (on the 11-disc and 4-disc versions)
"Space Time Music Part 2" (on the 11-disc and 4-disc versions)
Although the 11-disc version is also now sold out and shifted to rare collector's item
status, you won't need it for these tracks. The 4-disc version is still widely available
for purchase, and features all five of these gems from the old "Space Adventures" CD.