Doctor Who: The Moonbase (BBC TV Soundtrack)

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Patrick Troughton plays the second Doctor in this four–episode adventure from 1967, set on Earth's moon and featuring a return appearance by the emotionless Cybermen. The year is 2070, and Earth's weather is controlled by a device called the Gravitron, based on the Moon and manned by an international team of experts. The TARDIS arrives to find the base in the grip of a plague epidemic which is drastically reducing the personnel. Before long an even greater menace is proved to be responsible—an invasion force from the planet Mondas, home of the Cybermen...The soundtrack presented here includes linking narration by Frazer Hines, who played Jamie in the story itself. It includes the only surviving versions of episodes 1 and 3, whose film recordings no longer exist in the BBC Television Archives. Playing alongside Patrick Troughton and Frazer Hines are Michael Craze as Ben, Anneke Wills as Polly, and Patrick Barr as Hobson.

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THE PROGRAMME: Following the well-received introduction of the Cybermen in William Hartnell's swansong The Tenth Planet, story editor Gerry Davis and series 'scientific advisor' Kit Pedler decided on a rematch between humans and Cybermen. Capitalising on many of the earlier story's strengths, they once again pitted an isolated outpost of humanity against an alien menace - a staple story of many Patrick Troughton stories to come. The Moonbase (working title The Return of the Cybermen) made clever use of just a few lavishly-designed sets. The centrepiece attraction, the large ceiling-suspended Gravitron, was nearly the cause of a serious accident when it crashed to the studio floor just prior to recording; fortunately no-one was hurt. The first three episodes were recorded at London's Riverside studios in February 1967, with episode four being relocated to Lime Grove. A technical problem on this episode meant that 'talkback' from the production gallery was faintly audible on the soundtrack, something which director Morris Barry later attempted to remove in post-production. Live action and model sequences on the Moon surface had been filmed in January at Ealing Studios, with flying harnesses utilised in scenes featuring both the TARDIS crew and the Cybermen 'flying' in zero gravity. The character of Jamie, who had joined the programme just two stories ago in The Highlanders, was a late addition to the scripts. As well as him being unconscious for much of the first two episodes, many of his lines were therefore 'borrowed' from Ben and various Moonbase crew members. Costume designer Sandra Reid improved on her original Cyberman design for their second outing, exchanging the cloth face masks for impassive helmets and their polythene-look bodysuits for sturdier metallic outfits. The Cyber voices also changed, Peter Hawkins' electronically modified monotone replacing the curiously sing-song notes of the originals. The story tapped into the contemporary audiences' interest in the Apollo Moon missions which NASA were conducting in 1967, and it attained some of the highest viewing figures of the Troughton era. The Cybermen were back, and a golden age of 'monster stories' had begun.

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Editore: Bbc Consumer Publishing (2012)
ISBN 10: 0563478543 ISBN 13: 9780563478546
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