Published on March 20th, 2010 | by Christian Cawley
Delia Derbyshire Documentary
More details have been released for the upcoming documentary on Delia Derbyshire, the visionary electro-synth pioneer whose arrangement of the Doctor Who theme tune helped the series on its way to success.
Set for broadcast on Saturday March 27th at 8pm on Radio 4 (a shortened repeat follows on Monday, March 29th at 3pm), Sculptress of Sound – The Lost Works of Delia Derbyshire sees Matthew Sweet visit The University of Manchester â€“ home of Deliaâ€™s private collection of audio recordings â€“ to learn more about the career and working methods of the woman who reshaped Ron Grainer’s original Doctor Who theme into the sinister and alien tune that heralded the show throughout the 1960s, and features contributions from the composer’s colleagues at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop Brian Hodgson and Dick Mills in a round table discussion with Mark Ayres.
Producer Phil Collinge says â€œDeliaâ€™s realisation of the Doctor Who theme is just one small example of her genius and weâ€™ll demonstrate how the music was originally created as well as hearing individual tracks from Deliaâ€™s aborted 70â€™s version.
He adds: â€œWeâ€™ll also feature the make-up tapes for her celebrated piece â€˜Blue Veils and Golden Sandsâ€™, and hear Delia being interviewed on a previously â€˜lostâ€™ BBC recording from the 1960s.â€
â€œThe thing about Delia’s Collection is that it wasnâ€™t limited to her own music and make-up tapes. Delia recorded radio programmes that she appeared in as well and weâ€™ve found two – ‘Information Pleaseâ€™ and â€˜Shortwave Listeners Cornerâ€™ – which donâ€™t appear to exist in the BBC archive any more.
â€œWeâ€™ve chosen an extract from â€˜Information Pleaseâ€™ that really contrasts the work Delia was doing with the more mainstream radio production of the time â€“ as youâ€™ll hear when our studio guests react to her being introduced in an old-fashioned way as â€˜a nice young girl with a sound technical knowledgeâ€™!â€
As well as a track that sounds as though it could have come straight out of an Ibiza club, the documentary is one that any fan of the Doctor Who theme tune will not want to miss.