Delia Derbyshire: The Myths And The Legendary Tapes

Doctor Who Magazine issue 566.

Issue 566 of Doctor Who Magazine is out now, and includes my review of Delia Derbyshire: The Myths And The Legendary Tapes, the recent BBC Four drama-documentary about Delia Derbyshire, the member of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop who created the original version of the Doctor Who theme. As an abstract work that examined the artist above the art, it might not have been what some fans were expecting but it was a surreal and impulsive work that succeeded in bringing a visual element to recording studios and live events that we only know from indistinct photographs and newspaper clippings now… but you can read more about that in the review!

You can get Issue 566 of Doctor Who Magazine from all good newsagents or directly from the magazine’s website here.

You can find a lot more about the BBC Radiophonic Workshop – including Delia’s Doctor Who theme single – in Top Of The Box, my book looking at every single released by BBC Records And Tapes. Top Of The Box is available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here.

Can We Hear It Back Now?, my feature on Delia’s little-known collaboration with The Beatles at the Million Volt Light And Sound Rave, can be found here.

You can hear Delia’s progressive rock band White Noise in session for John Peel’s BBC Radio 1 show as part of Auntie Takes A Trip, a playlist of hidden highlights from the BBC Records And Tapes catalogue, here.

Meanwhile, if you want to hear me talking to Emma Burnell and Steve Fielding about Doctor Who on the politics and pop culture podcast The Zeitgeist Tapes, you can find that here.

© Tim Worthington.
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