Out Now: The Tomb of the Cybermen and City of Death, for RSD 2018

It’s Record Store Day, and that means the mass exchange of money between palms. Or these days, maybe something to do with Chip and PIN. Nonetheless, there are a lot of Doctor Who fans hoping to get their mitts on a copies of two exclusive releases: the vinyl soundtracks for The Tomb of the Cybermen and City of Death.

These are, of course, two much-loved classic tales featuring the Second and Fourth Doctors respectively.

Tomb is issued as two silver LPs – because the Cybermen are silver, y’see – while City of Death is issued as two LPs, shattered through time with “THIS IS A FAKE” written on the back. Or maybe they’re just two green ones, I forget. Here’s what to expect:

The Tomb of the Cybermen

Exclusive to RSD 2018, The Tomb Of The Cybermen is a classic Doctor Who story from 1967 featuring the second Doctor Patrick Troughton. Previously unreleased on vinyl, the story is two hours long spread across 2LP heavyweight silver vinyl, and featuring newly commissioned gatefold artwork, sleeve notes and on set photos.

The Doctor faces the dreaded Cybermen in the digitally remastered soundtrack of the classic BBC TV story, with linking narration by Frazer Hines. It has legendary status amongst Whovians as the serial was believed lost for many years until discovered in Hong Kong in 1992.The action of The Tomb of the Cybermen follows directly on from that of the preceding serial The Evil of the Daleks, with the Doctor and Jamie welcoming the newly orphaned Victoria aboard the TARDIS. Commissioned as Doctor Who and the Cybermen Planet, this was the third encounter between the Doctor and his half-human, half-machine foes. It was co-written by Kit Pedler, who devised the Cybermen in The Tenth Planet, and Gerry Davis, the story editor who had helped develop them.

This is limited to 3000 units worldwide.

City of Death

Exclusive to RSD 2018, City Of Death is a classic Doctor Who story from 1979, starring the fourth Doctor Tom Baker, Lalla Ward and Julian Glover. Featuring linking narration by Lalla Ward. Previously unreleased on vinyl, the two hour story is presented on 2LP heavyweight translucent green vinyl, and featuring newly commissioned gatefold artwork, sleeve notes and on set photos.

Whilst sightseeing in Paris, the Doctor and Romana notice a series of unexplained temporal disturbances. When a visit to the Louvre lands them in hot water, they realise that a certain Count Scarlioni knows more about advanced technology than a 20th-century Parisian should. With British detective Duggan in tow, the time travellers become embroiled in an audacious plot to steal the Mona Lisa and sell it on the open market.

This is limited to 3000 units worldwide.

Remember, you’ll need to be quick off the mark to get these. But if you do miss them, keep an eye online – don’t pay too much, though. Prices should drop over the next few months, and you might just grab yourself a bargain or two.

And don’t forget to check out our tips for Record Store Day!

Are you heading off now to see what your local store still has? Or are you reading this in the queue?