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Doctor Who: The Five Doctors


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Music by Peter Howell & The BBC Radiophonic Workshop

The Five Doctors, made and transmitted as a 90-minute special in 1983, was the 20th anniversary outing for the good Doctor, seeing the incumbent Peter Davison joined by previous incarnations Richard Hurndall (standing in for the deceased William Hartnell), Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker. The latter declined to return in person so soon after he had left, so was represented by some footage from “lost” story ‘Shada’.

The music was composed by Peter Howell at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. It was, in accordance with normal practice at the time, mixed in mono, so is presented here within a subtle mono-compatible stereo image. The sound effects for the story were by Dick Mills, but Peter was anxious to include the Death Zone atmosphere as part of the score so – with Dick still working on a previous project for a while – created that effect himself. The story would later be edited into the standard 4 x 25m episode format for syndication, for which Peter provided some additional “cliff hanger” cues.
In 1995, producer Paul Vanezis was contracted by BBC Video to produce a “Special Edition” of the story, extended beyond the original length (as determined by the transmission slot) and featuring updated visual effects. It was also decided to mix it in Dolby Surround (later updated to full 5.1 surround for DVD) so Peter Howell was called in to rework the music. Both versions of the score are presented complete on this release.

1 Doctor Who – Opening Theme (The Five Doctors)
2 New Console
3 The Eye of Orion
4 Cosmic Angst
5 Melting Icebergs
6 Great Balls of Fire
7 My Other Selves
8 No Coordinates
9 Bus Stop
10 No Where, No Time
11 Dalek Alley and The Death Zone
12 Hand in the Wall
13 Who Are You?
14 The Dark Tower / My Best Enemy
15 The Game of Rassilon
16 Cybermen I
17 Below
18 Cybermen II
19 The Castellan Accused / Cybermen III
20 Raston Robot
21 Not the Mind Probe
22 Where There’s a Wind, There’s a Way
23 Cybermen vs Raston Robot
24 Above and Between
25 As Easy as Pi
26 Phantoms
27 The Tomb of Rassilon
28 Killing You Once was Never Enough
29 Oh, Borusa
30 Mindlock
31 Immortality
32 Doctor Who Closing Theme – The Five Doctors Edit
33 Death Zone Atmosphere
34 End of Episode 1 (Sarah Falls)
35 End of Episode 2 (Cybermen III variation)
36 End of Episode 3 (Nothing to Fear)
37 The Five Doctors Special Edition: Prologue (Premix)
38 Doctor Who – Opening Theme (The Five Doctors Special Edition)
39 The Five Doctors Special Edition: Prologue
40 The Eye of Orion / Cosmic Angst (Special Edition)