Dr. Who (Mankind single)
 

No. 12 of 60 in the Miscellaneous music & sound effects series
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Starring: Mankind
By:Ron Grainer
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Editions:  UK (1st 12" single) | UK (7" single) | UK (2nd 12" single) | Australia (7" single) | Netherlands (7" single) | Germany (7" single) | New Zealand (7" single) | Canada (12" single) | US (7" single)
Note:This disco-style rearrangement of the Doctor Who theme music by obscure English band Mankind was actually the first Who-related record to be a hit — spending 12 weeks on the UK Singles Chart, reaching the giddy heights of number 25, earning the band an appearance on Top of the Pops, and apparently selling over 240,000 copies in total. A detailed account of the genesis of this record can be found at The Millennium Effect website. A remixed version of this single was released in 1984, titled Dr. Who (The Sequel). The track finally received a CD release in 2013 on the album Space, Time and Beyond.

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Edition: UK (1st 12" single)
Released:  November 1978
Publisher:  Motor Records
Format: 12" single
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Note:  Catalogue number: MTR 001/12. Pinnacle Records took over distribution of the single from Motor Records shortly after release, leading to the hasty re-release of the 12" single and the addition of a 7" single (both listed below).

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Track listing:

  • Side A: Dr. Who (extended version) — Mankind
  • Side B: Time Traveller (extended version) — Mankind

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Edition: UK (7" single)
Released:  November 1978
Publisher:  Pinnacle Records
Format: 7" single
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Note:  Catalogue number: PIN 71.

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Track listing:

  • Side A: Dr. Who — Mankind
  • Side B: Time Traveller — Mankind

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Edition: UK (2nd 12" single)
Released:  November 1978
Publisher:  Pinnacle Records
Format: 12" single
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Note:  Catalog number: PIN 71-12. An unusually large number of variations exist for this release due to Pinnacle Records taking over the distribution of the single from Motor Records (shortly after the release of the first 12" version), plus multiple re-pressings resulting from the single's popularity:

  • There were at least three available sleeve designs for this release: the original "man with open head" art from the Motor Records 12" single (as seen above) but with a Pinnacle Records label stuck to the disc (replacing the Motor label). Then, at some stage the picture sleeve was replaced with two different generic Pinnacle sleeves: the "disco" design pictured here and a yellow "clouds and sunbeams" design.
  • At least two different "Pinnacle Records" label designs could be found on the disc itself: a full colour one (as pictured), and a black-on-grey version.
  • And finally, the vinyl disc itself was available in a number of different colours: red, green, yellow, white/grey, brown, clear, multicoloured and two different shades of blue!

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Track listing:
Same as previous 12" single.

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Edition: Australia (7" single)
Released:  December 1978 (Exact date unconfirmed)
Publisher:  RCA Victor
Format: 7" single
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Note:  Catalogue number: 103352

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Edition: Netherlands (7" single)
Released:  January 1979 (Exact date unconfirmed)
Publisher:  Fleet
Format: 7" single
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Note:  Catalogue number: 100264

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Track listing:
Same as UK 7" single.

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Edition: Germany (7" single)
Released:  January 1979 (Exact date unconfirmed)
Publisher:  Jupiter Records
Format: 7" single
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Note:  Catalogue number: 100 287.

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Track listing:
Same as UK 7" single.

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Edition: New Zealand (7" single)
Released:  January 1979 (Exact date unconfirmed)
Publisher:  RTC
Format: 7" single
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Note:  Catalogue number: RTS 702.

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Edition: Canada (12" single)
Released:  January 1979 (Exact date unconfirmed)
Publisher:  RCA Victor
Format: 12" single
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Note:  Catalogue number: KPN1-0314. Despite being a 12" single, for some reason it was mastered to play at 33 1/3 rpm (like an LP).

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Edition: US (7" single)
Released:  January 1979 (Exact date unconfirmed)
Publisher:  Motor Records
Format: 7" single
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Note:  Catalogue number: MTR 001.

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Track listing:
Same as UK 7" single.


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