Delia Derbyshire – Enduring Legend

Delia DerbyshireA great piece on the Daily Record website this week paid tribute to the enduring legend of Delia Derbyshire, the first lady of electronic music and the brain behind the distinctive arrangement of the Doctor Who theme tune.

Although composed by Ron Grainer – a man who had a string of theme tune credits to his name such as The Prisoner, Steptoe and Son, Tales of the Unexpected and Man in a Suitcase (used by Chris Evans on the 1990s Channel 4 series TFI Friday) – the Doctor Who theme tune owes its popularity and all round effect to the arrangement Derbyshire applied to the piece.

Famously, when Grainer heard her play it for the first time, he was stunned, and said “Did I write that?”. Delia, modestly, replied, “Most of it, Ron.”

Before her death in 2001, Derbyshire went on to work with David Vorhaus, Sir Paul McCartney and Sonic Boom and her admirers include Portishead and Orbital.

There is much more on this at the Daily Record blog, including how even now, Derbyshire’s name remains out of the Doctor Who credits list.

Christian Cawley

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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