Sunday, 7 June 2009

Who Cares Doctor in Distress (single)

Doctor in Distress is a pop music single related to the BBC television programme Doctor Who.

In 1985, when the production of the series was suspended for a year and it looked as if it faced cancellation, a charity single was produced and released in March. It was written by the series' unofficial continuity advisor Ian Levine and freelancer Fiachra Trench and performed by a group of 30 mid-level celebrities under the banner "Who Cares". Participants from Doctor Who included Colin Baker (the Sixth Doctor), Nicola Bryant (companion Peri Brown), Nicholas Courtney (recurring character Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart) and Anthony Ainley (the Master); musicians who participated included members of the bands Bucks Fizz, The Moody Blues and Ultravox. The music was played by Hans Zimmer on a Fairlight II synthesizer; Zimmer was later to have success as a film composer.

Proceeds from the single went to the charity Cancer Research. The single was universally panned. Levine himself later told The Guardian, "It was an absolute balls-up fiasco. It was pathetic and bad and stupid. It tried to tell the Doctor Who history in an awful high-energy song. It almost ruined me."

The video for the single is included on Disc Four of the The Trial of a Time Lord DVD boxed set.

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