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Last year, I listened to the TV soundtrack of one of my favourite ‘Doctor Who’ stories with Tom Baker – ‘The Pirate Planet’. So it was only fair that I had a listen to the TV soundtrack of another one of my favourite ‘Doctor Who’ stories with Tom Baker – ‘City of Death’. How was it? It was pretty amazing!!!
‘City of Death’ is my second favourite ‘Doctor Who’ story from the TV series (the first being ‘Black Orchid’). It’s also my absolute favourite story from the Tom Baker era overall. I’ve seen the TV story and enjoyed reading/listening to the novelization/audiobook. This TV soundtrack was such a delight!
I love everything about this story including Tom Baker himself; the great writing by Douglas Adams, from the story ideas of David Fisher; Duggan and the brilliant villainous performance of Julian Glover as Scarlioni/Scaroth. So listening to the TV story on audio via a download on Audible was irresistible.
The TV soundtrack is given linking narration by Lalla Ward. I enjoyed listening to Lalla’s linking narration and how she described certain scenes in the story. There were times when the soundtrack paused in certain scenes to allow Lalla to provide the narration of what was happening in the action.
Again, like with ‘The Pirate Planet’ TV soundtrack, I’m not sure why ‘City of Death’ was given a TV soundtrack audio release since it’s not one of the lost stories from the black-and-white days. The same has applied to other Tom Baker tales such as ‘Horror of Fang Rock’ and ‘Destiny of the Daleks’.
But it’s nice to have and it’s good to listen to when you’re on holiday whether it’s on audio CD or as an audio download from Audible. The TV soundtrack has also allowed me to rediscover ‘City of Death’ in a new way by finding new aspects to the tale I hadn’t noticed before when I saw it on DVD.
At the end of the ‘City of Death’ TV soundtrack, there is an interview with Lalla Ward who shares her experiences of working on the story. I hadn’t realised the filming of scenes in Paris was hard work for Lalla. It was also intriguing to hear Lalla compare the approaches of ‘Doctor Who’ in the 70s and 80s.
The ‘City of Death’ TV soundtrack has been great to listen to on audio. The story remains to my absolute favourite from the Tom Baker era. Having revisited the story again in its TV soundtrack on audio and hearing the linking narration by Lalla Ward has been really delightful and delicious for me.
By the way, I didn’t purchase the vinyl of ‘City of Death’ on Record Stores Day last weekend in case you were wondering. I’m guessing the vinyl is the same as the TV soundtrack of the story with Lalla Ward narrating it. Also, why have they done an abridged Target novelization of ‘City of Death’ lately?
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