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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hold on for an Audio Adventure in Space and Time!
This is a brilliant selection of many of the unearthly sound effects which were so essential to the success of the 60s Doctor Who adventures.
Highlights must be the superb swirling Dalek City sounds, the full TARDIS take-off and the various versions of the original "Who" theme tune, but there are countless other atmospheric tracks. Radiophonic Workshop...
Published on 20 July 2002

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting...
It should be called a sound effects CD as there are only a few pieces of music, and mostly the Who theme from the two different Doctors of the time. The real meat of this package is the sound effects, and these are particularly great if you happen to be a Who fanatic who dabbles in home movies. The background Dalek spacecraft sounds are excellent, as are much of the...
Published on 19 April 2004 by Andrew Kyle


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5.0 out of 5 stars Hold on for an Audio Adventure in Space and Time!, 20 July 2002
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This is a brilliant selection of many of the unearthly sound effects which were so essential to the success of the 60s Doctor Who adventures.
Highlights must be the superb swirling Dalek City sounds, the full TARDIS take-off and the various versions of the original "Who" theme tune, but there are countless other atmospheric tracks. Radiophonic Workshop "guardian" Mark Ayres has done a fantastic job in finding and restoring these cues to their present quality. There are also a few tantalizing segments of Dudley Simpson's early incidental music using the BBC's electronic organ and synthesizers.
Forget the repetitive and unimaginative sounds of Star Trek: The Next Money Grabbing Franchise, these are truly the most original and otherworldly special sounds you are likey to hear.
I highly recommend this release, and also its sequel, volume 2!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars sound effects and theme music, 13 Jun 2000
Musician Mark Ayres has been working with the BBC on remastering a number of audio releases, as well as researching and cataloguing the output of the Radiophonic Workshop. There's little in the way of actual music by the Workshop from this time though Ayres has unearthered different and unreleased, albeit similar, variants on the theme music and a large number of background sound effects - some familiar, others less so. How about recreating a Dalek control room in your own bedroom - or perhaps a very unusual dinner party ambience!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Jarvis in a Dream State", 13 Jun 2008
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Mr. A. Pomeroy (Wiltshire, England) - See all my reviews
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Overall this has very little music, but it's a fascinating listening experience nonetheless. You might have to skip past the theme tune, because you've heard it before, and it's on the record three times (four if you count the end theme). The rest is a mixture of unsettling ambient drones, disturbing space atmospheres, and cold, dispiriting pings and whooshes.

My favourite track is "Cybermats attracted to Wheel". It's a boing noise that repeats a few times, but it's a lovely boing noise, and I love the way it repeats. The selection from The Wheel in Space, which makes up tracks 37 - 51, is like a miniature early Tangerine Dream record, or a more peaceful Stockhausen. It is my favourite part of the album. "Floating Through Space" is sinister, "Interior Rocket (Suspense Music)" is menacing, and "Jarvis in a Dream State" is perturbing. Listening to the music without watching the show, I am left with a mental impression of avant-garde experimental black and white horror cinema. I have a mental impression of some very clever people in a stark, abandoned school hall, carefully preparing tapes and oscilloscopes. It's all very reminiscent of Gil Mellé's music from The Andromeda Strain.

I say "music", but this album often blurs the boundaries between noise and music, and indeed many of the tracks were commissioned as background atmospheres. Several of the consist of a single albeit often complicated effect, e.g. the various noises that accompany functions of the Tardis, whereas "Galaxy Atmosphere" is an evolving noise layered on top of itself. Other highlights of the record include "Machine and City Theme", which has an ominous, grinding feel; the peaceful, ambient "Musak", which should have been released as a single; and "White Void", which is cold, so cold, like the universe itself. Track 29, "Chromophone Band", is a relatively conventional tune with a melody and a beat. It sounds like the work of Joe Meek. It was written by Dudley Simpson, and arranged in typically inventive style by Delia Derbyshire. The "Chumbley" tracks are cute, and it's a shame that Chumbley has to die (with an electronic death gasp!).

As the title of the record states, this music was made between 1963 and 1969. It sounds timeless, as if from another universe where time does not exist.

It's worth looking on Google for Mark Ayres' website; he compiled the record, and on his website he writes about the tracks, telling us that e.g. "Cyber Invasion" was originally eight minutes long (it is a whooshing noise, the audio equivalent of a barber's pole, and it would be horrible to listen to for eight minutes).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The real deal, 26 April 2008
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C. Copp (Exeter, Devonshire, UK) - See all my reviews
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Listening to the original Dr Who theme on this compilation as originally intended by Delia Derbyshire et al made me realise why I do not like the present version of Who. New iWho s facile and flashy...too smooth and mechanical, whereas old Who was very organic....it was genuinely scarey & Delia's theme reflects this, the new synthed up theme is just plain awful. Buying this CD lead me further down the rabbit hole that is Delia's life...fascinating!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting..., 19 April 2004
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Andrew Kyle "Fangg" (Glasgow, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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It should be called a sound effects CD as there are only a few pieces of music, and mostly the Who theme from the two different Doctors of the time. The real meat of this package is the sound effects, and these are particularly great if you happen to be a Who fanatic who dabbles in home movies. The background Dalek spacecraft sounds are excellent, as are much of the 'stingers', bleeps, heartbeats and other random bits of sound that you'll remember from the episodes in question. A particular highlight of mine is the painful Cyberman invasion signal from 'The Invasion'. It is a haunting piece and guaranteed to invoke insanity after prolonged listening. The only reason this doesn't reach 4 or 5 stars is that it isn't a musical score as aforementioned, but a sound effect collection. Don't let that out you off, however, as the sounds are spot on.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for hard cor Doctor Who fans!, 3 Feb 2013
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This review is from: Doctor Who at the BBC (Dr Who Radio Collection) (Audio CD)
I brought this for my Husband who has enjoyed Doctor who from the very start. He enjoyed listening to the cd especially as it was narrated by Nicholas Courtney who played one of his favorite (the Brigadier) characters and who recently passed away :(
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5.0 out of 5 stars great cd colection will whisk me away through the mists of time and space to far flung places and planets, 22 Jan 2013
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great cd collection whisks me away through the mists of time and space to far flung places and planets and daleks
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