Monday, December 14, 2009

ROCK Sex: DOCTOR WHO Theme - Delia Derbyshire > Gary Glitter > KLF > Human League

ROCK Sex says "the Doctor is IN!".

Today, an "A + B = C" song chain, featuring the Doctor Who theme.


One cool thing added to another another cool thing gives you a third cool thing. It's like Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, the color spectrum, and babies.

Ron Grainger may have composed the theme for "Doctor Who" on paper, but everyone knows it was Delia Derbyshire who performed her sonic wizardry in the BBC Radiophonic Workshop to make this Electronic classic what it is.

The true wielder of the sonic screwdriver is Delia.

DELIA DERBYSHIRE -"Doctor Who Theme" (1963)

As a flipside to his Glam Rock single "Rock'n'Roll", Gary Glitter did this epic instrumental. Long before it was massacred by your local sports event. (Gary made a handful of cool songs, but Gary himself...well, that's a sad story.)

GARY GLITTER -"Rock'n'Roll, Part 2" (1972)

And The KLF, under the alias The Timelords, combined the two in this dance club hit.

THE TIMELORDS/ KLF -"Doctorin' the Tardis" (12" version) (1988)


The youth entranced in the '60s and '70s by Delia Derbyshire and the BBC radiophonic Workshop's eerie textural soundtracks grew up to become New Wave, EDM, and Industrial pioneers. Here's proof in what could have been an alternate theme for DOCTOR WHO, named after the Fourth Doctor himself.

THE HUMAN LEAGUE -"Tom Baker" (1980)

© Tym Stevens

See Also:
-The Real History of Rock and Soul!: A Music Player Checklist

-"Delia Derbyshire - Sculptress of Sound" documentary
-"The Delian Mode - Delia Derbyshire" documentary

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