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VIDEO: That Time Legendary Composer Hans Zimmer Tried to Save “Doctor Who” in 1985 with Painfully Hilarious Musical Results

It’s hard to imagine the Doctor Who franchise being in dire straits, but that’s kinda what happened back in 1985 when the production was suspended for a year and it looked as if the show faced cancellation. But — for better or worse — the fans were having none of that!

In March of that year, a charity single was produced, written by the series’ unofficial continuity advisor Ian Levine and freelancer Fiachra Trench. That charity single — a sort of “Doctor’s Band-Aid” for the show — was “Doctor in Distress” but instead of featuring a “Who’s Who” of celebrities, it featured a “…Who?” list of celebrities. (The single was actually released under the artist name “Who Cares?”. Indeed…) To be fair, it did include four regulars from the TV series: Colin Baker (the Sixth Doctor), Nicola Bryant (companion Peri Brown), Nicholas Courtney (recurring character Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart) and Anthony Ainley (the Master). The most famous other names recognizable (at least to me) are band members from The Moody Blues and Ultravox. Oh, and now-famous composer Hans Zimmer supplied the music for this high-energy nightmare that tries to summarize the entirety of the Doctor’s history.

Here’s the video of the outcome. Don’t say I didn’t warn you…

[via The Daily P.O.P.]

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2 Comments on VIDEO: That Time Legendary Composer Hans Zimmer Tried to Save “Doctor Who” in 1985 with Painfully Hilarious Musical Results

  1. Levine disavowed the release some years back, stating he’d be happy if it was lost forever (big statement from a man who found many missing episodes of Doctor Who and apparently has a copy of every DC Comic every published). For those of us who lived in the 80s, it was a very very strange time…

    That said, we make good use of the song in our podcast, so it has a life after a well deserved death!

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