Forthcoming Who Audio Releases: BBC Audio has released "The Myth Makers," the audio track of the lost William Hartnell Season 3 story narrated by Peter Purves; and a CD rerelease of "Slipback," the Eric Saward-penned BBC Radio play from the 1980's starring Colin Baker, Nicola Bryant, Valentine Dyall and Jane Carr. "The Celestial Toymaker" starring William Hartnell and narrated by Peter Purves (linking narration written by Michael Stevens), and "The Moonbase"starring Patrick Troughton and narrated by Frazer Hines (linking narration written by Sue Cowley) are slated for release in April 2001. Then in July 2001, "The Abominable Snowmen" starring Patrick Troughton, narrated by Frazer Hines from linking narration by Michael Stevens, will be released, as will a double set, "Genesis of the Daleks/Exploration Earth: The Time Machine", containing both the 1979 abridged version narrated by Tom Baker as well as the 1976 radio documentary about the origins of Earth starring Tom Baker and Elisabeth Sladen. Neither were expected to be released on CD. Then, the big one: October 2001 will see the release of "The Daleks' Master Plan", including all 12 episodes of the William Hartnell classic as well as the one-episode story "Mission to the Unknown," fully remastered with linking narration by Sue Cowley and read by Peter Purves, likely in a five-CD jumbo jewel case with a souvenir booklet (though this may change at any point before release). Finally, January 2002 will see the release of "The Savages" starring William Hartnell, likely narrated by Peter Purves, and "The Faceless Ones" starring Patrick Troughton, likely narrated by Frazer Hines. Also, later in 2002 will likely see the releases of "The Smugglers" starring William Hartnell and "The Underwater Menace" starring Patrick Troughton, both fully remastered and likely featuring linking narration by Anneke Wills (Polly); Ms. Wills confirmed this to fans at the Bluebox IV convention, but Outpost Gallifrey has been told that neither of these releases are as yet confirmed and no contracts have been signed. (Thanks to Michael Stevens, Stephen James Walker, Doctor Who Magazine, David Brunt, Andrew Meadows)
Australia Release Information: ABC Audio, distributors of the BBC Radio Collection range of audio CDs and cassettes have announced that "The Celestial Toymaker" and "The Moonbase" missing audios will be released in June. Based on past experience, this means that missing audios will be released every three months, with an average two month delay from the UK release dates. (Thanks to Jason Fraser & Dr. Who Club of Australia)
Possible 2002 Audio Releases: Additionally, according to the BBC's official website, the following stories are under consideration for release in 2002: "The Space Pirates," "Enemy of the World," "The Evil of the Daleks," "The Wheel in Space" and "Marco Polo" (which may be on the schedule for later in 2002; no official confirmation has been forthcoming).
A History of the Doctor Who Theme: Ayres has also presented a hefty research article on his website devoted to the history of the theme music. You can visit it at ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/Mark_Ayres/DWTheme.htm.