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Coming Soon: First Doctor Historical, Marco Polo is the Latest “Vinyl Who” Release

Demon Records has revealed the next release in the “Vinyl Who” collection: it’s the classic First Doctor story, Marco Polo, the first missing story.

Here’s the synopsis for the seven-part tale:

When the TARDIS breaks down in Central Asia, its occupants are met by the explorer Marco Polo. The year is 1289, and Marco is crossing the Gobi desert to Peking, for an audience with the emperor Kublai Khan. Marco sets his mind on offering the TARDIS as a gift to the Khan, despite the Doctor’s protests. The time travellers must endure a long journey, fraught with danger, as they join Marco’s caravan in the company of the treacherous warlord, Tegana. Can the Doctor ever win back his magical blue box?

This soundtrack is spread across 4 x 140g vinyls, with etched TARDIS B Sides. The coloured LPs are presented in fully illustrated sleeves which, when assembled together, form the cover image. And as you can see, it’s stunning.

Original episode billings, and full cast and credits, are also included.

No episodes of Marco Polo survive as film recordings, and accordingly, this soundtrack is narrated by William Russell, who co-stars with Jacqueline Hill and Carole Ann Ford as the Doctor’s companions, respectively Ian, Barbara and Susan.

Mark Eden co-stars as Marco Polo, with Derren Nesbitt and Zienia Merton among the supporting cast. Incidental music is composed by Tristram Cary, and the familiar strains of the Doctor Who theme are courtesy of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop.

Marco Polo will be released on 11th September 2020.

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.

Coming Soon: First Doctor Historical, Marco Polo is the Latest “Vinyl Who” Release

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