Doctorin' The Tardis
 

No. 24 of 60 in the Miscellaneous music & sound effects series
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Editions:  UK (7" single) | UK (12" single) | UK (picture disc 7" single) | UK (2nd 12" single) | Australia (7" single) | Germany (7" single) | Australia (12" single) | US (7" single) | US (cassette) | US (1st CD) | Canada (cassette) | US (2nd CD)
Note:Novelty pop record by "The Timelords" (in reality critically-acclaimed electronic act The KLF) which mashed up the Doctor Who theme tune with the 70s glam rock hits Rock and Roll (Part Two) by Gary Glitter and Blockbuster! by Sweet. Famously, it reached Number 1 in the UK Singles charts for one week in June 1988 and was also a Number 1 hit in New Zealand, plus a Top 10 hit in Australia, Ireland, Belgium and Norway. The success of the single led to the band members writing a book about the experience, titled The Manual (How to Have a Number One the Easy Way).
The below list of versions is somewhat incomplete — according to Discogs.com there have been over 50 variants of this single in various formats around the world!

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Edition: UK (7" single)
Released:  May 1988
Publisher:  KLF Communications
Format: 7" single
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Note:  Catalogue number: KLF 003.

Cover blurb:
Dear Punter

The name is Ford Timelord and I'm the leader of the group. You're most probably wondering how me, a yank cop car, is now a local Essex boy making records. I was born in Detroit in 1968, my father worked for the car people there, but in 1970 he got promotion. It meant the family relocating to the Dagenham plant in Essex, England.

I grew up always being the odd one out in the junior parking lot and on the runs to Southend but my looks got me cameo and character parts in movies that were being filmed over here. Superman 3 was my biggest break. I fancied my chances in the music game cause I know what people want to hear. So, I mixed and matched some tunes we all know and love, got some mates down and made this record. Sounds like a hit to me.

Success and fame? I can handle it. I've got more going for me than most of the cardboard cut out excuses for pop stars around at the moment. After this I reckon I could be an all round show biz personality, host my own chat show, something like that.

Yours Ford

Track listing:

  • Side A: Doctorin' The Tardis (Radio)
  • Side B: Doctorin' The Tardis (Minimal)

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Edition: UK (12" single)
Released:  May 1988
Publisher:  KLF Communications
Format: 12" single
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Note:  Catalogue number: KLF 003T

Cover blurb:
Same cover blurb as the 7" edition.

Track listing:

Side A:

  1. Doctorin' the Tardis (Extended version)

Side B:

  1. Doctorin' the Tardis (Radio)
  2. Doctorin' the Tardis (Minimal)

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Edition: UK (picture disc 7" single)
Released:  May 1988
Publisher:  KLF Communications
Format: 7" single
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Note:  Catalogue number: KLF 003P

Cover blurb:
No cover blurb. Same track listing as the regular UK 7" single.

No cover available
Edition: UK (2nd 12" single)
Title:  Gary in the Tardis
Released:  June 1988 (Exact date unconfirmed)
Publisher:  KLF Communications
Format: 12" single
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Note:  Remix featuring Gary Glitter on vocals.

Cover blurb:
No cover information available yet.

Track listing:
Side A

  1. Gary In The Tardis (Radio)
  2. Gary In The Tardis (Minimal)

Side B
  1. Gary Glitter Joins The J.A.M.S.

No cover available
Edition: Australia (7" single)
Released:  July 1988
Publisher:  Possum Records
Format: 7" single
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Note:  Catalogue number: 104919

Cover blurb:
Same cover blurb and track listing as the UK release.

No cover available
Edition: Germany (7" single)
Released:  July 1988 (Exact date unconfirmed)
Publisher:  Demix
Format: 7" single
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Note:  Catalogue number: 457004

Cover blurb:
Same cover blurb and track listing as the UK edition.

No cover available
Edition: Australia (12" single)
Released:  September 1988
Publisher:  Possum Records
Format: 12" single
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Note:  Catalogue number: TDS 491

Cover blurb:
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Edition: US (7" single)
Released:  December 1988
Publisher:  TVT Records
Format: 7" single
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Note:  Catalogue number: TVT 4025

Cover blurb:
Same cover blurb as UK edition.

Track listing:

  • Side A: Doctorin' the Tardis
  • Side A: Gary in the Tardis (Doctorin' the Tardis remix)

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Edition: US (cassette)
Released:  December 1988
Publisher:  TVT Records
Format: cassette
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Note:  Catalogue number TVT4023.

Cover blurb:
None.

Track listing:

  1. Doctorin' The Tardis
  2. Gary in the Tardis
(Tracks repeated on both sides of the cassette)

No cover available
Edition: US (1st CD)
Released:  December 1988
Publisher:  TVT Records
Format: 1 x CD
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Note:  CD single.

Cover blurb:
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Edition: Canada (cassette)
Released:  December 1988 (Exact date unconfirmed)
Publisher:  Somersault Records
Format: cassette
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Note:  Catalogue number SOMC-736

Cover blurb:
No cover information available yet.

Track listing:

  1. Doctorin' the Tardis (Radio)
  2. Doctorin' the Tardis (Minimal)
  3. Doctorin' the Tardis (Club)
  4. Gary in the Tardis
(Tracks repeated on both sides of the cassette)

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Edition: US (2nd CD)
Released:  July 1991
Publisher:  TVT Records
Format: 1 x CD
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Cover blurb:
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Track listing:

  1. Doctorin' the Tardis
  2. Doctorin' the Tardis (12" version)
  3. What Time is Love (The KLF original version)
  4. Gary Joins the Jams
  5. Doctorin' the Tardis (Instrumental)


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