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Celebrate the Doctor's 20th anniversary!
By James Whittington, Friday 10th August 2018
Doctor Who The Five Doctors CD

The bracing, spine-chilling and atmospheric music soundtrack for Doctor Who: The Five Doctors was composed by Peter Howell at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. The special effects were created by Dick Mills. The Five Doctors album features both the original score and the BBC Video special edition version which was, in 1995, produced, reworked and extended by Peter Howell. The BBC video featured updated visual effects and to match that the score was mixed in Dolby Surround.

Peter Howell comments: "Listening again to the score for The Five Doctors, it seems to represent a very particular period in time when the variety of sounds at our disposal was becoming extensive, yet the ability to memorise them was yet to come; when the quality of taped sound was impressive but the equipment was large and the use of it sometimes clumsy and mechanical. In those days, you really did need a studio full of gear and you really did need to play it all."

The Five Doctors (1983), was a 90 minute TV special made by the BBC to celebrate 20 years of Doctor Who. In this extraordinary story The Doctor and his previous incarnations are brought to the Death Zone on Gallifrey as part of a renegade Time Lord's scheme. Here, Peter Davison joins previous Doctor Who incarnations - Richard Hurndall (standing in for the deceased William Hartnell), Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker. Famously, Baker declined to appear so some footage from "lost" story 'Shada' was used instead.

Doctor Who: The Five Doctors will be released on 14th September on Silva Screen Records in physical and digital format.


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