The soundtrack to Doctor Who classic serial The Krotons is about to be released on CD and vinyl. Here James Whittington casts an ear over the audio gold contained therein…
I don’t know about you but as soon as I hear the 1967 theme for Doctor Who the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end. The tone, urgency and strangeness of it still grabs me. This latest release contains this version and is from a time where Doctor Number Two was three-quarters through his tenure. You see, when The Krotons was shown the tone of the programme was taking a gloomier turn and was all the better for it. This second archive release from Silva Screen highlights this darkness and is a compendium of “special sounds” from this adventure.
More of a sound effects album than straight forward soundtrack it has a strange quirkiness to itself and is more ambient than usual Doctor Who soundtrack album.
It will not be to everyone’s taste but hardcore fans will enjoy the crystal clear pieces such as the pulsating The Learning Hall and the new TARDIS Landing effect is pure nostalgic joy. Wasteland And Atmosphere would easily fit into David Lynch’s Eraserhead movie with its bleak, howling that floats in and out of the speakers. Its not all effects, Machine Exterior has an evocative, trance-like feel that repeated listens only manage to enthral the listener and Dispersal Unit sounds incredibly like the Kraftwerks’ Autobahn. Kroton Theme is fabulous and experimental marching Snake Bleeps Low and Snake Bleeps High are the tracks that will have the neighbours banging on the wall in anger. Repetitive and shrill these are also perfect for annoying unwanted guests. Burning Light burns into your brain like a laser and Birth Of A Kroton is as memorable as the title suggests. The static bubbling of Kroton Dies and Link – Rising Hum both conjure bizarre images, ending in an ear-piercing ring. Kroton Dies (Alternative) is a fine end the release.
So then, another superb release from Silva Screen, let’s hope they continue to plough through the archive for more of the same.
With special sounds by Brian Hodgson and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop and released by
Silva Screen Records, The Krotons soundtrack will be released on CD and Digital Download on the 13th of May, and you can pre-order The Krotons from Amazon for just £10.00!. A limited run of 10″ Vinyl will also be made available, to be released at the end of May.