The single was not well received by critics but was a commercial success, reaching number one on the UK Singles Chart in June and in New Zealand in August and September. Additionally, it reached the top 10 in Australia, Finland, Ireland and Norway. The single continued The JAMs' strategy of sampling and juxtaposing popular musical works. However, unlike the cultish limited releases of The JAMs, in which Drummond's Clydeside rapping and social commentary were regular ingredients, "Doctorin' The Tardis" was an excursion into the musical mainstream, with the change of name to "The Timelords" and an overt reliance on several iconic symbols of s and s British popular culture The Timelords - Doctorin The Tardisincluding Glitter, the Doctor Who theme song, Doctor Who's Daleks and the TARDISSweet's "Blockbuster!
Its name is a reference to " Doctorin' the House " by Coldcut. Horas Nuestras - Trio Los Panchos - Los Panchos En Estereo Vol. II and Cauty often claimed that the song was the result of a deliberate effort to write a number one hit single. However, in interviews with Snub TV and The Timelords - Doctorin The Tardis Radio 1Drummond said "We The Timelords - Doctorin The Tardis into the studio on a Monday, thinking The Joy (Because Of Him) - Freddy G.* - Freddy G.
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By Tuesday evening we realised we had a number one and we just went totally for the lowest common denominator ". Radio 1 interviewer Richard Skinner called the record an "aberration", to which Drummond pleaded "guilty", adding that "we justified it all by saying to ourselves 'We're celebrating a very British thing here In a KLF Communications information sheet, Drummond called "Doctorin' the Tardis" "probably the most nauseating record in Ball And Chain [Live] - Janis Joplin - The Essential Janis Joplin world" a claim also made on the label of the record itself but added that "we also enjoyed celebrating the trashier side Lets Dance - Tony Sheridan And The Beatles - Hamburg 1961 pop".
Drummond and Cauty claimed the car spoke to them, giving its name as Ford Timelord, and advising the duo to become "The Timelords".
Ford featured prominently on the sleeve of "Doctorin' the Tardis", where it is quoted as saying "Hi! I'm Ford Timelord. I'm a car, and I've made a record", and " I mixed and matched some tunes we all know and love, got some mates down and made this record.
Sounds like a hit to me". The "Doctorin' the The Timelords - Doctorin The Tardis music video features Ford Timelord driving around the countryside in pursuit of some rather crudely designed Daleks, his wailing siren audible throughout. The music video was filmed in WiltshireEngland. While The Timelords - Doctorin The Tardis music-buying public of the UK embraced the single, taking it to the number-one spot within three weeks of its release, [ citation needed ] the music press was strongly negative.
Melody Maker described it as "pure, unadulterated agony In a retrospective look at novelty records and a defence of the genre, Peter Paphides wrote in The Observer ' s music monthly that "the one novelty record most people admit to liking is 'Doctorin' The Tardis' by The Timelords The reason for this, presumably, is that it's nice to be in on the same joke as arch pop ironist Bill Drummond. Fine, but let's not forget that if The KLF weren't passionate about how brilliantly dumb pop can be they wouldn't have got to Number One.
We feel that our intelligence is insulted by novelty. A piece in The Guardian called "Doctorin'" a "piss-take". The Timelords released one other product on the strength of "Doctorin' the Tardis", a book called The Manual How to Have a Number One the Easy Wayin which they candidly described the logistical processes and efforts that sealed the record's commercial success.
Later attempts of Drummond and Cauty to top the charts were less successful: The KLF's " Kylie Said to Jason " failed to achieve the chart success for which it was designed,  peaking outside the Topand Cauty's novelty project Solid Gold Chartbusters with Guy Prattwhich was designed to be a Christmas number one singledid not reach the UK Top Pure Trance Original ".
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