Geoffrey Burgon

Acclaimed composer Geoffrey Burgon died recently after a short illness, he was 69. His memorable themes and touching melodies made him one of the most celebrated in the industry. His work on Brideshead Revisited in 1981 gave him international acclaim but Doctor Who fans will know of his work via the classic Tom Baker stories Terror Of The Zygons and The Seeds Of Doom.

He also worked with the Monty Python team on the controversial, box-office hit Life Of Brian, not on the songs but the often over-looked and imaginative score. One of his last major pieces was for Longitude which starred Jeremy Irons and Michael Gambon in 2000. Other recommended pieces of his work include Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (1979), The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe (1988) and Martin Chuzzlewit (1994).

Interestingly, Burgon was interviewed for a “Value Added Feature (DVD extra) set to appear in the new DVD release of The Seeds of Doom.

Further notices of Burgon’s passing can be found at:

BBC News

The Guardian


Meanwhile, there is an excellent feature on some of his work at

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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