The soundtracks for Dr. Who And The Daleks and Daleks’ Invasion Earth 2150 are released on October 12th, 2009 from Silva Screen Records – James Whittington reviews them here…
Ahh, the waft of Technicolor memories almost drowned me when I inserted this CD into my player. Those lovely people at Silva Screen Records have delivered a real audio treat for fans of 1960â€™s Sci-Fi. This is the first time that the music from the two Doctor Who movies, Dr.Who And the Daleks and Daleksâ€™ Invasion Earth 2150 have hit the silver platter but it has so totally (do I sound like I watch Friends too much there?) been worth the wait.
Letâ€™s starts with the first movie. Malcolm Locklear was behind the score, a relaxed and almost lounge style collection of tracks that capture the era (1965) very well. Itâ€™s a â€œBeatâ€ style selection that to fully appreciate you should grow a pointy black beard, wear dark glasses and hang around coffee bars! But seriously this is so of its time that you canâ€™t help yourself but find it to be utterly charming. The echoing electric guitar is Duane Eddy to the max and would have had The Shadows twanging away in anger.
The theme is nothing like the TV classic, much like the interpretation of the lead character. Whilst the TV Doctor was alien, this one (played rather clumsily by Peter Cushing) is 100% human. But this is not a bad thing really as it keeps the two separate and to be appreciated as so. Tracks such as “City Corridors”, “The Jungle At Night” and “The Cave” really do add atmosphere to the movie and although I prefer the second one (I always felt the first was just a simple cash-in) this did help me to appreciate it more.
Bill McGuff was behind the score for the second movie, rumour being producer Milton Subotsky wasnâ€™t too keen on Locklearâ€™s soundtrack. Now according to the CDâ€™s producer Mark Ayres no master tapes exist for the second movie so he has created a suite of music from various sources (read the sleeve notes for more in depth information) for the movie and has shaped an amazing selection of music. The theme for this instalment is more urgent and science fiction in conception. As is the “Daleks And Robomen” number, a real classic from the movie. “The Mine Workings And The Cottage” is a fine piece of drama highlighted by an intelligent piece of scoring.
The final selection of tracks includes some real gems for movie fans. “The Eccentric Dr Who” is a sped up version of the first movieâ€™s theme with added bongos whilst “Fugue For Thought” is a pianists nightmare as itâ€™s a jazz infused piece that is so 60â€™s that you gotta get hip to the jive, man! Bach was never this fun when I was at school.
Colourful and incisive liner notes help to make this release a real must have for fans of the movie series as well as the TV version. Letâ€™s hope Silver Screen get to release more complete and remastered versions of classic Doctor Who in the very near future.
Silva Screen Records soundtrack for Dr. Who And The Daleks and Daleks’ Invasion Earth 2150 are available as a single release from October 12th, 2009 and is available from Amazon for just Â£11.69!