The classic First Doctor serial, Marco Polo is the latest instalment in the “Vinyl Who” collection, and is available from today (11th September 2020).
The release comprises of the tale’s soundtrack, spread across 4 x 140g vinyls, with etched TARDIS B Sides. The coloured LPs are presented in sleeves which, when assembled together, form the cover image.
Here’s the synopsis for the seven-part story:
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?
Original episode billings, and full cast and credits, are also included.
This is the first missing story: no episodes of Marco Polo survive as film recordings. This soundtrack, then, 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 plays Marco Polo, with Derren Nesbitt and Zienia Merton among the supporting cast. Incidental music is composed by Tristram Cary.
Marco Polo is out on vinyl today.