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A fabulous collection,
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This review is from: Doctor Who - The 50th Anniversary Collection (CD) (Audio CD)
This four disc set is, on the whole, an excellent collection of Doctor Who music. The first disc covers 1963-1974, the second disc 1974-1984, the third disc 1984-1989 and the 1996 TV movie and disc four the new series.
Highlights from the sixties include the original theme music, the sound effect for the Tardis engines and some music from 'The Invasion'. I have always had a soft spot for 'The Ballad of the Last Chance Saloon' from 'The Gunfighters' so I was very pleased by the inclusion of that.
From the seventies there's some good music from 'The Mind of Evil' as well as some memorable music by Geoffrey Burgon for 'Terror of the Zygons' and 'The Seeds of Doom'. Carey Blyton's music from 'Death to the Daleks' and 'Revenge of the Cybermen' is here, his music is not popular among Doctor Who fans but while the music from 'Death' is bad I actually like his score for 'Revenge'.
The 1980-1985 'Radiophonic' era is well represented, with some great music from 'The Leisure Hive', 'Logopolis', 'Castrovalva', 'Earthshock', 'The Five Doctors', 'The Caves of Androzani', 'The Mark of the Rani', 'The Two Doctors' and 'Revelation of the Daleks' being the highlights.
From the last four series of the classic series the highlights are music form 'Remembrance of the Daleks', 'The Greatest Show in the Galaxy', 'The Curse of Fenric' and Dominic Glynn's outstanding score for 'Survival'.
Sadly there is none of Dudley Simpson's music from 'The Talons of Weng-Chiang', 'The Ribos Operation' and 'City of Death', this is a shame because I feel that his scores for these stories showcase him at his best. There is also no music from 'State of Decay', 'Enlightenment' or 'Mindwarp', which all had great incidental music. In some cases this is because there were no tapes available from these stories.
Highlights of the new series music for me were 'This is Gallifrey: Our Childhood, Our Home' and the superb 'I am the Doctor'. Strangely while there are complete versions of most of the arrangements of the theme tune used in the classic series there are no complete versions of any of the themes used in the new series, there is just the 42 second opening theme from 2005.
Despite a few insignificant niggles this is a great collection and a fine celebration of fifty years of Doctor Who music.