Horror of Glam Rock
|Horror of Glam Rock|
|Big Finish Productions audio drama|
|Range||Eighth Doctor Adventures|
|Written by||Paul Magrs|
|Directed by||Barnaby Edwards|
|Executive producer(s)||Nicholas Briggs|
|Length||1 50-minute episode|
|Release date||14 January 2007|
Horror of Glam Rock is an audio drama based on the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. This audio drama was produced by Big Finish Productions and was broadcast on BBC 7 on 14 January 2007.
- The Doctor — Paul McGann
- Lucie Miller — Sheridan Smith
- The Only Ones/Headhunter — Katarina Olsson
- Arnold Korns — Bernard Cribbins
- Flo — Una Stubbs
- Tommy Tomorrow — Stephen Gately
- Trisha Tomorrow — Clare Buckfield
- Pat — Lynsey Hardwick
Production and casting
- The play's title is a play on the title of the 1977 Doctor Who serial Horror of Fang Rock.
- Bernard Cribbins plays music-business manager Arnold Korns; he previously appeared as policeman companion Tom in the Peter Cushing 1960s Dalek film Daleks - Invasion Earth 2150 AD. Since recording this episode, he became a recurring character during the fourth series of the television show in the role of Wilfred Mott, the grandfather of companion Donna Noble. Mott later himself became the last companion of the Tenth Doctor in The End of Time.
- The play contains many in-joke references to 1970s rock groups such as The Only Ones and Arnold Corns, and certain songs such as "Tommy, Can You Hear Me?"
- The play includes an original song, "Children of Tomorrow", with music by Tim Sutton and lyrics by Barnaby Edwards; it is performed by Stephen Gately and Clare Buckfield. Sutton also arranged a glam rock version of the Doctor Who theme music which is performed over the end credits. Both songs are included as extras on the story's CD release. Later in 2007, the song became downloadable on iTunes.
- Clare Buckfield appears in the Doctor Who adventures Dead London and The One Doctor.
- Una Stubbs appeared alongside Third Doctor actor Jon Pertwee in the 1970s/1980s children's TV series Worzel Gummidge.
Popular Music References
During the audio drama several references to popular music from around the time it is set (1974) for example:
Children of Tomorrow
"Children of Tomorrow" is the fourth and final single released by popular artist Stephen Gately. The single did not appear on any of his albums, or work with Boyzone. The single was released after its inclusion in Horror of Glam Rock. The song features Clare Buckfield, who appears in the audio drama itself.
- "Children Of Tomorrow" (Featuring Claire Buckfield) - 3:11
- "Children Of Tomorrow" (Instrumental) - 3:11
- Pat is revisited a decade later in her life in next season's story The Zygon Who Fell to Earth.
- Arnold's mentioning that he thinks the Doctor's hair must be a wig is a reference to the long wig that Paul McGann wore in his first on-screen appearance as the Doctor in the 1996 television movie.
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- "Doctor Eight for BBC7". BBC Doctor Who website. bbc.co.uk. 2006-09-14. Retrieved 2006-09-18.
- "Boyzone singer makes Doctor Who debut on BBC 7 and records first solo song for five years" (Press release). BBC. 2006-10-20. Retrieved 2006-10-20.