Now here’s an anniversary release for all Mankind – the top 30 1978 disco remix of the Doctor Who theme Dr Who? by Mankind is to get a special remix for the show’s 50th anniversary along with a new album containing all of the groups recordings.
Dos Amigoz – rising stars on the production, remix, and DJ-ing scene – are creating the 2013 remix titled Dr Who? (Dos Amigoz Space Time Remix) featuring Diane Charlemagne, which is expected to be released soon via all major download sites.
The album Space, Time and Beyond – due out on Monday 18th November on the Mondo Recordings label – will be a bumper affair, consisting of:
- A translucent-blue 14-track vinyl LP with gatefold sleeve telling the story of the making of the 1978 single;
- A poster plus unpublished photos from the first Doctor Who convention in the USA, held in 1979 and for which a special pressing of the single was made;
- An accompanying CD in a six-panel digipak, consisting of the same tracks as the vinyl album.
The original Dr Who? single originally came about after founding member Don Gallacher noticed Meco’s number 7 hit the previous year with the disco version of the Star Wars Theme – Cantina Band.
Mankind took Dr Who?, released in November that year, to number 25 in the UK, spending a total of 12 weeks in the chart.
It eventually sold more than 240,000 copies, with Gallacher now commenting to Doctor Who News:
“If a single sold that many copies between November and January in the present day, it would probably be number one for the entire Christmas/New Year period!”
It also saw them appear on Top of the Pops three times, with those appearances due to be aired again soon on BBC Four as part of the channel’s on-going series of repeats of the former BBC One pop-music programme.