Doctor in Distress
 

No. 21 of 60 in the Miscellaneous music & sound effects series
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Starring: Who Cares?
By:Ian Levine & Fiachra Trench
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Editions:  UK (7" single) | UK (12" single)
Note:Charity single released in the wake of the February 1985 "hiatus" when Doctor Who was temporarily cancelled by the BBC for 18 months. The record was famously a disaster, with the BBC themselves refusing to play it on the radio due to its "poor quality" and co-composer/producer Ian Levine later disowning it. Proceeds from the record were intended to go to the National Society for Cancer Relief, but unfortunately the record's poor chart performance (it didn't even crack the Top 100 in the UK) meant that the single actually lost money, so no profits were available for the charitable cause. The video for the single is readily available on YouTube, and is included as an extra on disc 4 of the Trial of a Time Lord DVD box set.

The single was released under the group name "Who Cares?" — other than several Doctor Who cast members (Colin Baker, Nicola Bryant, Anthony Ainley and Nicholas Courtney), the ensemble also included members of Bucks Fizz, The Moody Blues, Ultravox and (bizarrely) future Oscar-winning movie composer Hans Zimmer!

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Edition: UK (7" single)
Released:  March 1985
Publisher:  Record Shack
Format: 7" single
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Note:  Catalog number: DOC 1

Cover blurb:
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Track listing:

  • Side A: Doctor in Distress (3:47)
  • Side B: Doctor in Distress (instrumental) (3:47)

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Edition: UK (12" single)
Released:  March 1985
Publisher:  Record Shack
Format: 12" single
Owned:
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Note:  Catalog number: DOCT 1

Cover blurb:
On behalf of my company, Record Shack Records and The National Society for Cancer Relief, a tremendous thank you to the host of generous stars, the studios, the video crew and everyone who helped to make this project work and a massive thank you to you.
JEFF WESTON
Managing Director
RECORD SHACK RECORDS

WHO CARES? is a collective of people who care
Orgnised [sic] by Paul Mark Tams and Jeff Weston

  • Earlene Bentley
  • Faith Brown
  • Miquel Brown
  • Bucks Fizz - Bobby G
  • Hazell Dean
  • Dr Who -
    • Colin Baker
    • Anthony Ainley
    • Nicola Bryant
    • Nicholas Courtney
  • Julie Harris
  • Hot Gossip - Floid
  • Steve Grant
  • Jona Lewie
  • Matt Bianco -
    • Basia Trzetrzelewska
    • Danny White
  • The Moody Blues -
    • Justin Hayward
    • John Lodge
  • Music Academy - David Van Day
  • Phyllis Nelson
  • John Rocca
  • Starlight Express - Richie Pitts
  • Sally Thomsett
  • Time UK -
    • Ronnie Ball
    • Rick Buckler
    • Fletcher Christian
    • Jimmy Edwards
    • Ray Simone
    • Nick Smith
  • Ultravox - Warren Cann
  • Musicians -
    • Fiachra Trench
    • Hans Zimmer
    • Mel Weston

Track listing:

  • Side A: Doctor in Distress (6:00)
  • Side B: Doctor in Distress (instrumental) (6:28)


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