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“The music never ends.” The Time Team crosses the void beyond the mind to wraps its ears around some Who-related chart hits… and near misses

THE TIME TEAM

Dr Who (Peter Cushing) and Susan (Roberta Tovey) in the film Dr. Who and the Daleks (1965). Photo © Studiocanal

There are some corners of the universe which have bred the most terrible things. Novelty singles. Patchy covers. Bradders plays pop. They must be fought.

And so the Time Team finds itself posing for photos around a vinyl turntable. (Because it looks nice, OK? We’re playing the actual tracks on YouTube and Spotify.) Seven Time Teamers. Seven pop picks – at least one from each decade since the 1960s – inspired by, or inspiring, TV hit Doctor Who.

Also, Bradley Walsh has a ‘moment’ on Instagram.

All of the Team will score each track out of five, then we’ll calculate the average to give a star rating. LOOK, IT’S JUST A BIT OF FUN. Fire up the stereo! Rack it up, Joey! What sonic delights await? Only the best, and worst, of the Doc does pop…

WHO’S WHO (1965)

Roberta Tovey played Susan, the young granddaughter of Peter Cushing’s Dr Who, in two mid-60s Dalek films. But not before lending her vocals to this cash-in single. Who’s Who (tinyurl.com/DrWhoOfCourse) was released four days after Tovey’s 12th birthday and ten days before the first movie, 1965’s Dr. Who and the Daleks, hit cinemas. It was co-written and produced by Malcolm Lockyer, who composed the film’s frantic score.

LUKE: “It’s not very sci-fi.”

ZAINAB: “It feels like a nursery rhyme. ‘If you see a man with long, grey hair and a funny little smile on his face…’ She makes Dr Who sound like Santa – ‘as he travels from place to place…’”

ANT: “I can imagine this playing in Kill Bill, in a really violent fight sequence. Die, die, die!”

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Contents include: • An exclusive interview with Bradley Walsh • Previews of the next four episodes: Rosa, Arachnids in the UK, The Tsuranga Conundrum and Demons of the Punjab • A tribute to Michael Pickwoad, Doctor Who's production designer from 2010 to 2017 • A look back at the origins of UNIT, which made its debut in Doctor Who 50 years ago • DWM investigates the role a military organisation like UNIT plays in Doctor Who • An interview with John Levene, who played UNIT's Sergeant Benton • Members of Series 11's Script and Story Department describe their roles • The Thirteenth Doctor makes her DWM comic strip debut in part one of Warmonger • A tribute to Jacqueline Pearce, who was Chessene in 1985's The Two Doctors and more recently played Cardinal Ollistra in Big Finish's War Doctor audio adventures • The Time Team listens to some Who-related chart hits • Tips from Thirteenth Doctor cosplayers • Our verdict on the first two episodes of Series 11: The Woman Who Fell to Earth and The Ghost Monument • Previews, audio and book reviews, news, The Blogs of Doom, prize-winning competitions and much, much more!