Published on March 5th, 2010 | by Christian Cawley
Delia Derbyshire – Enduring Legend
A 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.