Remixing the Doctor Who Theme #SciFiSunday

If you encounter Doctor Who at just the right moment, it can be a transformative experience. This, of course, sounds ridiculous. “Transformative” is for realizing it’s ok to take apart your iPhone and weekend mediation retreats and difficult conversations with family members. But over the course of its long life, Doctor Who has proven that it is a TV show that, but it’s own internal dynamic, reboots itself regularly. This is not a bug, it’s a feature. And given that the titular Doctor doesn’t know their own history, can’t control their space and time machine, and can turn into any sentient creature at any moment, it really is true that each episode can be anything.

So when folks are in the pocket of this singular show hear Delia Derbyshire’s timeless Doctor Who theme, they feel a very unique kind of excitement. Here’s more on the theme (and its deconstructions) from SonicState:

Peter Howell of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop demonstrates how he reimagined Ron Grainer’s classic Doctor Who theme – which was first realised so startlingly by Delia Derbyshire and Dick Mills in the 1960s – to make it ‘brighter and more modern sounding’ for the 1980s. He uses modern polyphonic analogue synthesisers like the Yamaha CS-80, an ARP Odyssey Mk3 and a Roland Jupiter-4, a vocoder and an old, malfunctioning phase shifter unit he found in the back of the Workshop.

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