The Moog-tacular Doctor Who Theme

Stop what you’re doing, right now.

All done?

Good!

Now, listen to this:

Welcome back. That goosepimply feeling currently running across your flesh was brought to by Hyperdust7 and is the kind of inspired touch that makes you simultaneously yearn for the BBC Radiophonic Workshop days and secretly makes you wish the BBC would embrace that same experimental fervour that it was once synonymous with.

Not that there’s anything wrong with the current theme, and yes Orbital got there first, but that doesn’t stop this Minimoog interpretation from being anything other than a cool slab of awesome!

For the Muso’s out there the piece was played primarily on a Minimoog Voyager Old School Synthesiser- the 2002 redesign of the groundbreaking 1970’s invention by Bill Hemsath and electronics pioneer Robert Moog.

More compact and light than the cumbersome than the larger Modular Synthesisers — which become popular in studio recordings but impossible to lug on stage for live performances — the Minimoog’s were like the lithe, knowledgeable younger cousins of synthesisers all rolled up cigarettes, Camus, duffel coats and Kraftwork records.

It was a sophisticated instrument which went beyond its original M.O of simply providing the player with the same dexterity they’d receive in a studio, on stage, to remain an intuitive and in demand weapon in the keyboardists arsenal.

The Minimoog became in the words of rock dinosaur and Round Table enthusiast Rick Wakeman the sole chance for lamented keyboardists to give guitarists a run for their money.

It can be heard on such varied tracks by artists such as Yes, Chicago, Jeff Beck, Devo, Radiohead and, unfortunately, Emerson, Lake and Palmer.

Right, time for another Moog related flip out…

 

 



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Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.


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