As you know,
Dr. Who has been around since 1963 and has become a National
institution in the UK and around the World.
So, it was with great pride when I was asked and agreed to create
the new version of the theme and contribute a large amount of
the incidental music in 1987 for the stories of the seventh
doctor, Sylvester McCoy.
I was responsible for the music for the following stories:
'Time & The Rani', 'Delta & The Bannermen', 'Paradise
Towers', 'Remembrance of The Daleks', 'Silver Nemesis', 'Battlefield',
'Dimensions In Time' and 'Shada'.
I met up with the late John Nathan Turner, the show's producer,
when my wife at the time was in a Pantomime that John was producing
in Brighton, UK, and he suggested that I come up with
new version of Ron Grainer's almost un-improvable theme. John
loved what I did and suggested I have a go at some incidentals
for one of the stories. The rest is history. I was one of three
composers used over the last three years of the Doctor's existence
at the time, the others being Dominic Glynn and Mark Ayres.
first story was very difficult and very tiring, as you can imagine,
but I think 'Time & The Rani' was probably the best work
I did for Doctor Who. People ask me where the motivation came
each piece of music but I really couldn't say.
I was so tired doing that first story, I don't even remember
doing it! It just poured out of me. It wasn't until I had time
to sit down three years hence and actually listen to the music
I had composed that allowed me to take in what I had come up
and most enjoyable part of the process for me was the actual
first meeting to discuss each story and the dubbing of each
story at the BBC Studios. It always involved Dick Mills who
was responsible for the sound effects in the stories right from
go. Most of our meetings involved, and were based around coffee
I was thrilled when Doctor Who was the first show on the BBC
to use NICAM digital stereo though we had all sorts of problems
getting Dick to work in stereo! A great deal of the sound effects
were still in the middle of the sound spectrum but, with the
promise of extra doughnuts, he soon changed!!
Dr. Who fans are the most knowledgeable fans I have ever met.
They seem to know every piece I have written for the programme
and can literally hum the melodies of the cues I wrote.
They never cease to amaze me when I meet them at conventions
and the like. I know some of them liked my music and some hated
it but they always show me respect when they meet me which I
used on the Dr. Who sessions was:
Prophet V Synthesizer
Emulator Sampling Keyboard
Kurzweil Sampling Keyboard
Roland S-50 Sampling Keyboard:
Linn Drum Machine
Fender Stratocaster Electric Guitar
Atari 1040ste Computer
Cubase Sequencing Software