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Doctor Who at the BBC (Dr Who Radio Collection) Audio CD – Audiobook, 1 Sep 2003

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd (1 Sept. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563530871
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563530879
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 12.4 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 749,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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.
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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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By C. Copp VINE VOICE on 26 April 2008
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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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