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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Tuesday Tunes: Wibbley Wobbley Timey Wimey

Today is International Doctor Who Day, which Google is celebrating in their famous Google doodle today with . . . Thanksgiving recipes and several uncooked vegetables. (Nice one, squares.)
Anyway, I thought that I'd commemorate the day by picking some DOCTOR-WHO-related tunes for your listening pleasure. In 1988 (The Sylvester McCoy era), a group calling themselves The Timelords (aka The Jams aka KLF) released a danceable (well, stomp-able) little tune called "Doctorin' the Tardis" that borrowed heavily from Gary Glitter's "Rock and Roll (Part 2)" and Sweet's "Blockbuster" as well as sampling sound effects from classic episodes of the TV show. The song went to #1 on the UK singles charts, but, in America, you pretty much had to stay up late and hope to hear it on The Doctor Demento Show. (We were apparently more interested in this country with Bret Michaels's fun with metaphors in "Every Rose Has Its Thorn.") The video for "Doctorin' the Tardis" featured home-made Daleks being run over by a 1968 Ford Galaxy, which I have heard was dubbed The Timeford. Cheeky.

Ever on the cutting edge, pop music has been featured on Doctor Who almost from the very beginning. In the early William Hartnell (the 1st Doctor) days, a clip of The Beatles performing "Ticket to Ride" on Top of the Pops was featured in the serial The Chase - referred to as "classical music" by someone from the 25th century.

Moving into the 70's, Fleetwood Mac's "Oh Well" was featured  in a Jon Pertwee (3rd Doctor) serial called Spearhead from Space. Due to rights issues, however, you won't hear it on the DVD release.

Jumping ahead to the series re-vamp in the 21st century, the episode "Aliens of London" starring Christopher Eccleston as the 9th Doctor featured, appropriately, David Bowie's "Starman."

And, of course, ELO featured heavily into the David Tennant (10th Doctor) episode "Love & Monsters," most notably "Mr. Blue Sky," which served as book-ends to the episode.

Enjoy your Jelly Babies, remember that bow ties are cool (fezzes not so much), and have a FANTASTIC day!
Oh yeah. And . . . Allons-y!

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