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Doctor Who: Sound Effects

01/02/2012. Contributed by Geoff Willmetts

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pub: Audio Go. 1 CD 33 minute 30 tracks. Price: GBP 6.10 (UK). ISBN: 978-1-4084-7055-8.

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Back in the days of vinyl, I occasionally saw the odd special effects album. I even bought a couple of the more generic ones. Uniquely, ‘Doctor Who’ is the only show I know of that has albums specifically made of its sounds effects with album’s thirty tracks cover the end of the Jon Pertwee tenure and mostly the Tom Baker tenure. The noises are invariably machine and room noise from a variety of stories and that of a variety of weapons, including that of the Daleks.

Of the room noises, my favourite has to be the throbbing noise that permeates through the Daleks rooms. Oddly, the noises of the TARDIS are often the shortest and for those who haven’t got it, there is the noise of the sonic screwdriver.

If you want to shake anyone up then have them listen to track twelve, ‘Atomic Reactor Runs Wild’, and track sixteen, ‘Inside Dr. Who’s Mind’, as they really vibrate through you. Perhaps the latter track is only truly appreciated if you’re Gallifreyan.

If there’s any disappointment, then it’s a shame that there are no real sleeve notes. Although the blue page lists the two sides of the original album, you have to look inside on the inner white page list for the numeric order of this CD’s contents.

For the ‘Doctor Who’ fan who wants everything, this has to be a must. Whether you play it a lot, I don’t know. It would be interesting to see an album of current day sound effects to see if they are as good without the music behind them. In the meantime, if you own a Sontaran or Tesh gun, then you can at least match it to the noise. Enjoy.

GF Willmetts

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