B7 Media has just released its Dan Dare theme tune for the upcoming Dan Dare Audio Adventures, which launch from Big Finish next month, the music the work of British Indian film music composer and musician Imran Ahmad, who’s previously worked with B7 Media on the award-winning The Martian Chronicles.
As we’ve reported previously, the Dan Dare Audio Adventures stars Ed Stoppard (The Pianist, Joy Division, Brideshead Revisited and Youth), who has been cast as the intrepid ‘pilot of the future’ Colonel Dan Dare; Geoff McGivern as Digby (McGivern is best known to science fiction fans as the original Ford Prefect in The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) and Heida Reed as Professor Jocelyn Peabody; Reed currently plays Ross Poldark’s first love, Elizabeth, in the hit BBC drama Poldark.
The writers on the series are Richard Kurti and Bev Doyle (Going Postal, The Martian Chronicles), James Swallow (Star Trek, Doctor Who, 24), Simon Guerrier (Doctor Who, Sapphire and Steel), Marc Platt (Doctor Who, Oz) and Patrick Chapman (The Martian Chronicles). Series script editor, Colin Brake (Bugs, EastEnders) has written the season one finale.
The first volume, containing three stories (Voyage to Venus, The Red Moon Mystery and Marooned on Mercury) and a disc of extras is out in December 2016, followed in February 2017 by a second volume containing Reign of the Robots, Operation Saturn and Prisoners of Space along with another bonus disc.
It’s been a delight working on the project so far. I devised the new Dan Dare universe the stories are based on, which has been embellished with gusto by all the writers and script editor Colin Brake, and I’ve been working with Brian Williamson on the promotional art for the project.
Based in London, Imran Ahmad‘s music has been broadcast on UK and international television and commercially released worldwide. His credits include the background music score for the critically acclaimed road-trip zombie movie The Dead and its sequel The Dead 2: India and the 2015 thriller, Never Let Go, recently released on DVD.
The Dan Dare Audio Adventures launched next month, distributed by Big Finish, and the bonus disc included with the Volume One release will feature the “Music of Imran Ahmad”.
“We’ve titled the album New Worlds and it features select music from the various radio and film projects he’s worked on with B7 Media”, series director Andrew Mark Sewell tells us.
Before Quatermass, before the Doctor, one icon of British science fiction shone out beyond the stars. Dan Dare.
But what becomes of the ‘Pilot of the Future’ when the future arrives?
In B7 Media’s dramatic audio reboot, Dan Dare lives again.
Adapted from the original Eagle comic strips – the first ‘Venus’ series onwards – and inspired by the 1951 Radio Luxembourg series, this is a new Dan Dare for our times, serialised in 15-minute episodes, as all good radio space opera should be!
Dan Dare defends the Earth against the Mekon, their battle beginning anew.
Music of Imran Ahmad – Track List
Music from Season One
Voyage to Venus
Red Moon Mystery
Marooned on Mercury
The Martian Chronicles
Music from the BBC Radio 4 Drama
Searching for Martians
Life Goes On
The Boy Aleppo who Painted the War
Music from the BBC Radio 4 Drama
The Road to Damascus
Music from the Motion Picture Soundtrack
My Best Friend
A New Day