Dr Who

Dr Who was first broadcast, on this day in 1963.

3 Responses to Dr Who

  1. Andrei says:

    That is an outstanding piece of music.

    It was written by Ron Grainer and given to who bought it into existence.

    Ron Grainer was astounded by what she had wrought and campaigned to have her given equal rights as composer.

    The BBC dug their toes in and remained anonymous.

    Its more amazing when you consider Ann Derbyshire didn’t have synthesizers nor multi track recorders to work with but recorded each note individually then cut and spliced the tapes for each “track” finally using multiple tape decks for the final mixdown.

    The show scared the pants off me when I was really little but beyond the age of about six it bored me – that music though – wow, it still works for me.

  2. Andrei says:

    Whoops – ignore the above, a silly use of cut instead of copy kind of ruined what I meant to say.

    Which is

    That is an outstanding piece of music.

    It was written by Ron Grainer and given to Ann Derbyshire who bought it into existence.

    Ron Grainer was astounded by what she had wrought and campaigned to have her given equal rights as composer.

    The BBC dug their toes in and remained anonymous.

    Its more amazing when you consider Ann Derbyshire didn’t have synthesizers nor multi track recorders to work with but recorded each note individually then cut and spliced the tapes for each “track” finally using multiple tape decks for the final mixdown.

    The show scared the pants off me when I was really little but beyond the age of about six it bored me – that music though – wow, it still works for me.

  3. Yes, still a wonderful piece and as instantly recognisable as the Bond theme.

    Ron Grainger wrote the notes but Delia Derbyshire (as she was more usually known) created those amazing sounds. She had an equally amazing look – Mary Quantish, if you like (as you can see from the photos at http://www.delia-derbyshire.org and http://www.amoeba.com/blog/2009/03/eric-s-blog/delia-derbyshire-electronic-music-pioneer-.html) – but had a sad life really after this. Alcoholism, depression, the lot. It must be terrible to be so talented at the wrong time, before what you can do can be valued by the people whose opinion you value.

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