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    Doctor WhoMarco Polo

    Label:Demon Records – DEMWHOBOX006X
    Box Set, Reissue
    Vinyl, LP, Single Sided, Etched, Mono, Desert Sandstorm, 140g
    3 x Vinyl, LP, Mono, Desert Sandstorm, 140g
    Country:UK & Ireland
    Genre:Non-Music, Stage & Screen


    Side AEpisode 1: The Roof of the World
    Side BEtched (Tardis)
    Side CEpisode 2: The Singing Sands
    Side DEpisode 3: Five Hundred Eyes
    Side EEpisode 4: The Wall of Lies
    Side FEpisode 5: Rider from Shang-Tu
    Side GEpisode 6: Mighty Kublai Khan
    Side HEpisode 7: Assassin at Peking


    Demon Records presents the narrated TV soundtrack of a ‘lost’ seven-part adventure set in the 13th Century, starring William Hartnell as the original Doctor pressed on 4 x 140g Desert Sandstorm Vinyl..

    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?

    Presented across 4 x 140g vinyl, with an etched TARDIS Side B, this 1964 TV soundtrack – no episodes of which survive as film recordings – is narrated by William Russell, who co-stars with Jacqueline Hill and Carole Ann Ford as the Doctor’s companions Ian, Barbara and Susan. Mark Eden co-stars as Marco Polo himself, 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.

    The coloured vinyl LPs are presented in fully illustrated sleeves which, when assembled together, form the cover image. Original episode billings, and full cast and credits, are also supplied.

    Barcode and Other Identifiers

    • Barcode: 5014797903135

    Other Versions (1)View All

    Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
    Marco Polo (3×CD, Mono)BBCISBN 0-563-53508-3UKUnknown


    cnoaro's profile picture
    Edited 11 months ago
    I bought this brand new and sealed. William Russell's narration is flawless and the material itself is excellent, being one of my favourite stories from my all-time favourite Doctor, ahead of Tom Baker. However, two of the sides of vinyl on my copy had what I guess are scratches, resulting in a moderate volume click every time the record spins - one on Side H lasting two minutes and the other on Side G lasting several minutes. Great to see these being released though.