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The 41st issue in a quarterly series of magazine releases by the publishers of Doctor Who Magazine from Panini UK looked at the history of music and sound in Doctor Who.

Publisher's summary[]

"Music is playing with time. It's slices of vibrating sound that go together in a certain order; if you jumble them up it becomes something else..." Paul Hartnoll

In the 1960s, Doctor Who's bold use of avant garde music and sound design played just as important a role as visual effects in evoking a journey through time and space. This is the story of those radiophonic pioneers and the composers who built on their extraordinary legacy.

Unprecedented in its scope and detail, The Music of Doctor Who explores one of the most celebrated and mysterious sonic landscapes in television history.


  • The Key to Time
The longevity of Ron Grainer's Doctor Who theme is analysed
  • The Sound of Music
The story of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop
  • Composers: The 1960s
Biographies of Doctor Who incidental music composers of the 1960s
  • Metal Machine Music
Interview with composer Tristram Cary
  • The Desired Effect
Exploring the creation of sound effects
  • Noises in the Library
DWM examines stock library music that has been used as incidental cues
  • Composers: The 1970s
Biographies of Doctor Who incidental music composers of the 1970s
  • Notes from a Large Island
Interview with composer Dudley Simpson
  • Composers: The 1980s
Biographies of Doctor Who incidental music composers of the 1980s
  • New Beginnings
Exploring the various arrangements of the Doctor Who theme following Delia Derbyshire's realisation
  • The Big Score
John Sponsler and Louis Febre discuss the score of the 1996 Doctor Who movie, which they composed with John Debney
  • The Hartnoll Years
Paul Hartnoll of Orbital explains Doctor Who's influence on his work
  • The Sound of Drums
Exploring 50 years of pop music on the show
  • Sharing the Song
Trock musicians and fans recreating Doctor Who music of discuss their work
  • Phonic Boom Boys
The Radiophonic Workshop new form as a touring band
  • A Day with Delia
Looking back on the 1993 interview with Delia Derbyshire was eventually used on the DVD feature Masters of Sound


BBC Worldwide, UK Publishing

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