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 Posted:   Jul 16, 2013 - 8:17 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)


Mark Ayres dark and mysterious synth score to Marc Platt’s 3-part TV series with Sylvester McCoy as the Seventh Doctor.

Originally released on Silva Screen Records in 1993, in this new version Ghost Light is freshly re-mastered from the original analogue stereo master tapes with consecutive cues combined into longer tracks. Also included are additional tracks previously omitted and the complete initial “demo” version of the music for Part One. The album presents the score in story order.

Though the score features small themes and motifs, the musical narrative relies on "sounds" rather than "themes". The composer juxtaposes the tender sound of strings, harp, clarinet with native drums and unearthly sounds of pipes, distorted gong, organ and choir.

Ghost Light was the final production of the series' original 26-year run.

A television composer best known for scoring the original series of Dr Who, Mark Ayres’s work encompasses the era of Sylvester McCoy as the Seventh Doctor and includes scores for The Greatest Show in the Galaxy, Ghost Light, and The Curse of Fenric. Ayres was also part of BBC’s unofficial Doctor Who Restoration Team and has done much of audio restoration from the later VHS Doctor Who releases.


CD Album (SILCD1372)
1. Ron Grainer - Doctor Who (Opening Theme)
2. Mark Ayres - The Madhouse
3. Mark Ayres - Redvers, I Presume?
4. Mark Ayres - Uncharted Territory
5. Mark Ayres - Heart of the Interior
6. Mark Ayres - Gwendoline
7. Mark Ayres - The Fang of a Cave Bear
8. Mark Ayres - Enter Josiah
9. Mark Ayres - Indoor Lightning
10. Mark Ayres - Nimrod Observed
11. Mark Ayres - Time to Emerge
12. Mark Ayres - Burnt Toast
13. Mark Ayres - Ace's Adventures Underground
14. Mark Ayres - Where Is Mamma?
15. Mark Ayres - Loss of Control
16. Mark Ayres - The Way to the Zoo
17. Mark Ayres - The Hungry Inspector
18. Mark Ayres - The Memory Teller
19. Mark Ayres - Lighting the Touchpaper
20. Mark Ayres - Homo Victorianus Ineptus
21. Mark Ayres - Out of the Shadows
22. Mark Ayres - Light Enlightened
23. Mark Ayres - Tropic of Perivale
24. Mark Ayres - Tricks of the Light
25. Mark Ayres - Judgement In Stone
26. Mark Ayres - Requiem
27. Mark Ayres - Passing Thoughts
28. Ron Grainer - Doctor Who (Closing Theme)
29. Mark Ayres - The Madhouse (Alternative)
30. Mark Ayres - Redvers, I Presume? (Alternative)
31. Mark Ayres - Uncharted Territory (Alternative)
32. Mark Ayres - Heart of the Interior (Alternative)
33. Mark Ayres - Gwendoline (Alternative)
34. Mark Ayres - The Fang of a Cave Bear (Alternative)
35. Mark Ayres - Enter Josiah (Alternative)
36. Mark Ayres - Indoor Lightning (Alternative)
37. Mark Ayres - Nimrod Observed (Alternative)
38. Mark Ayres - Time to Emerge (Alternative)
39. Mark Ayres - Burnt Toast (Alternative)
40. Mark Ayres - Ace's Adventures Underground (Alternative)

 Posted:   Oct 5, 2013 - 8:28 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)


Ghost Light, personally speaking, is one of the real highlights of Sylvester McCoy’s era on Doctor Who. Dark, mysterious and complicated with a cast that really do give it their all this was bold TV drama that wouldn’t be out of place in the new run of Doctor Who. To give it even more kudos it was also the last story to produced during the original “classic series” run. Its soundtrack, by Mark Ayres was originally released in 1993 and this new edition has been remastered from the original analogue stereo master tapes. Plus, as a real extra we get the original demos for Episode One.

Kicking off with the rather bland Opening Theme things shift into gear with The Madhouse which sets the tone for the whole release. Ethereal with a bizarre, reoccurring howl and synthesiser strings it grabs your attention and leaves you totally unsettled. Uncharted Territory is tribal, packed with brass stings that dates it slightly and would have been more powerful if it had been recorded by a full orchestra, but it does give it a charm if its own. The tribal motif continues in Heart Of The Interior whilst Enter Josiah is a brisk yet important dramatic interlude that is as mysterious as the character itself. The church organ pipes are given carte blanche for Nimrod Observed, a pivotal moment from the story which blends perfectly into Time To Emerge. The wonderfully entitled Burnt Toast is probably the most romantic piece, sweeping with delicate pipes attached to it punctuated by industrial clanging.

As the story progresses and Ace becomes more and more involved, the music continues to darken and become more cinematic; Loss Of Control could easily come from a late 80s John Carpenter movie, it’s that good. Even the slightly lighter moments such as The Hungry Inspector hold a sinister resonance which keeps the listener totally engaged. Out Of The Shadows and Light Enlightened are stark contrasts to each other but gripping none the less creating the backdrop to some of the best Doctor Who that the JNT period created. More cinematic scenes are created with Tropic Of Perivale and Tricks Of The Light that have themes from the earlier tracked embedded within them. When we arrive at Passing Thoughts we are still experiencing a masterful piece of scoring which is dulled only by the Doctor Who (Closing Theme).

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