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The Web Planet to be Released on Vinyl

The Web Planet soundtrack will be released on vinyl on 13th December 2019 – just in time for Christmas! And you know what that isn’t? A coincidence. This First Doctor story is a pretty divisive tale: some say its pace makes it tough to watch, especially considering it’s a 6-parter; others enthuse about writer, Bill Strutton’s vision, and the production crew’s willingness to give anything a good shot.

The LP will be available in a standard edition as well as an Amazon Exclusive, limited to 500 copies, and pressed on 180g “splatter” vinyl.

Here’s the synopsis:

“We seem to be caught! Trapped, somehow…”

Published for the first time on audio, Demon Records presents a narrated full-cast TV soundtrack, starring William Hartnell as the Doctor in one of his most weird and wonderful adventures!

In this vintage 6-part adventure, first shown on BBC TV in February and March 1965, a strange magnetic force pulls the TARDIS down to the craterous surface of Vortis. The Doctor and his friends learn that the planet has been invaded, and the parasitic Animus is slowly enveloping it in a web-like domain. The giant ant-like Zarbi are under its control, whilst the butterfly-like Menoptra are battling to reclaim their planet.

Presented across 3 x heavyweight 180g pieces of Animus Splatter vinyl, this narrated TV soundtrack evokes a classic Doctor Who adventure in all its aural magnificence. The alien ambience of Vortis, the insistent chirruping of the Zarbi, and the supernatural voice of the Animus are all accompanied by the eerie sonics of Ron Grainer and Delia Derbyshire’s theme tune.

Written by Bill Strutton, this was the Doctor’s most exotic and Lavish adventure yet. Linking narration is provided by Maureen O’Brien (Vicki) and the cast includes William Russell as Ian, Jacqueline Hill as Barbara, and Martin Jarvis as Hilio.

Accompanying the Splatter vinyl LPs are full episode billings, cast and credits, and eight illustrated panels form a superb artwork montage. This is a first-time audio release for this very special adventure.

This follows VinylWho sets including The Evil of the Daleks, The Abominable Snowmen, and Galaxy 4.

The Web Planet is released on 13th December 2019, with an RRP of £49.99.

Philip Bates

Editor and co-founder of the Doctor Who Companion. When he’s not watching television, reading books ‘n’ Marvel comics, listening to The Killers, and obsessing over script ideas, Philip Bates pretends to be a freelance writer. He enjoys collecting everything. Writer of The Black Archive: The Pandorica Opens/ The Big Bang, The Silver Archive: The Stone Tape, and 100 Objects of Doctor Who.

The Web Planet to be Released on Vinyl

by Philip Bates time to read: 1 min
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