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Unbroadcast Delia Derbyshire Interview
From The BBC Press office
BBC Inside Out will feature a previously unbroadcast interview with the late Delia Derbyshire – the woman who created the iconic Doctor Who theme tune – on Monday 15 November on BBC One at 7.30pm.
In this episode, excerpts of Derbyshire’s interview will be heard – which were originally recorded in the late-Nineties by BBC Radio Scotland’s John Cavanagh but never broadcast before.
In the interview she reveals that one of the primary influences on her music, including Doctor Who, were the abstract sounds she heard as a child during the Coventry blitz.
Inside Out also features previously unseen footage of Delia later in life at a Doctor Who fan convention.
In the programme, BBC Radio 2 presenter Stuart Maconie looks at her career and explores why the woman herself remains a mystery despite her work influencing the world of electronic music, including Pink Floyd and today’s modern dance acts – because, in 1963, hardly anyone outside of avant garde music circles and academia knew electronic music even existed.
But, 47 years on, the Doctor Who theme is probably the most famous piece of electronic music in the world.
Now, her lost recordings, discovered in her attic after her death, are being lovingly restored by the University of Manchester.
BBC Inside Out explores how Delia revolutionised pop music and why she turned her back on music and disappeared. Stuart begins his journey in war-torn Coventry, where Delia grew up, and follows her journey to the Radiophonic Workshop at the BBC. He talks to a range of people, including the man who invented the infamous sound of the Tardis, Brian Hodgson.
Also uncovered in this episode is the revelation that Delia composed music for an astonishing number of landmark programmes of the day, with the original Doctor Who theme being just a small part of Delia’s massive output whose style was described in her own words.
Delia says: “Well, the first stage in the realisation of a piece of music is to construct the individual sounds that we are going to use. we can build up any sound we could possibly imagine almost.
“We spend quite a lot of time to invent new sounds, sounds that don’t exist already, ones that can’t be produced by musical instruments.”
As Stuart explains, it was the theme that changed the world and the very first time the public had heard electronic music so who was the person behind it and why was she so important?
He says: “Everyone knows the Doctor Who theme – most of us here have grown up with it. But the techniques developed by one woman to make it have changed the shape and sound of modern music for ever. But the woman herself remains a mystery.”