Welcome to this week’s Doctor Who’s Day roundup, a celebration of Whovian creativity and excitement from the past week in social media and the interstellar internet.
And we begin this week with a delightful tribute to one of Doctor Who’s earliest and most influential pioneers. Among her many achievements in the development of electronic music, Delia Derbyshire recorded the original version of Ron Grainer’s iconic Doctor Who theme, putting sine wave tones to tape and splicing sections together to create the unearthly bassline, and this week it was announced she is to be awarded a posthumous PhD from Coventry University.
It's not just our most recent graduates we are celebrating this #CovGraduation week. We're very proud to be awarding a special posthumous degree to the incredible Delia Derbyshire. ❤️️ https://t.co/YcGZyQL3Eu
— Coventry University (@covcampus) November 20, 2017
Delia Derbyshire, the uncredited creator of the famous @bbcdoctorwho theme tune, is to be posthumously honoured by Coventry University for her contribution to electronic music https://t.co/Ue5EdWMf5L pic.twitter.com/6XUUkcH7rz
— BBC News England (@BBCEngland) November 16, 2017
Born and raised in the city, Delia worked for the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, and it was there that she created the Doctor Who theme, one of the most significant recordings in the development of electronic music, not least because so many child Doctor Who fans went on to form electropop bands in their teenage years.
— BBC Cov Warks (@BBCCovWarks) November 21, 2017
Mark Ayres, a colleague at the Radiophonic Workshop, told the Guardian: “Any composer of my generation with an interest in electronic sound and music cannot fail to have been influenced by Delia’s talent. It is very fitting that Delia is receiving this posthumous honorary doctorate from Coventry University. Delia was proud of her roots in the city and deeply affected by the damage wreaked upon it during the second world war, though much inspired by the sounds she heard around her during that time.”
Full of joy at this recognition of the late, great Delia Derbyshire, SO well deserved. Fierce intelligence, natural musicianship and the soul of a poet.https://t.co/M2FM0Ohiae
— CMJ (@CmjVideo) November 21, 2017
— inforock.it (@inforockit) November 21, 2017
— Clemency Burton-Hill (@clemencybh) November 21, 2017
Here’s a short and useful documentary on Delia’s work, containing rare footage of her in the studio:
And an introduction to the Delia Derbyshire Archive, at the university of Manchester:
And there’s a wonderful BBC Radio 4 documentary about Delia’s work here.
Here’s what else has been going on in space and time this week:
• The Doctor meets the Doctor in the wrong TARDIS, from the Doctor Who Christmas special “Twice Upon a Time”
• “Shada” has a full trailer:
• “I’m over two thousand years old, I don’t always want to take the stairs.”
• A nod to the Thirteenth Doctor in a BBC medical drama:
— Toby (@Tobiiiaaas) November 18, 2017
• Wonderful Doctor Who comic art:
Calling all #DoctorWho artists, for our party we want to share as much fan art as possible, so please tag us with your favourite pieces & we'll share our likes on here. also @ATardisJourney & our 2 FB groups 🙂 Art by @iancartoons @JeffGrampus76 @GraemeNeilReid @rainesz pic.twitter.com/b2hczqMCgE
— The Ark In Space (@ClassicDrWho) November 19, 2017
Thanks to all the artists who got in touch. Not RTing your wonderful work just yet, saving them for the party! 🙂 In the meantime, we always love to show again the brilliant work of @hotelfred 🙂 #DoctorWho pic.twitter.com/4TY58y3i78
— The Ark In Space (@ClassicDrWho) November 20, 2017
• And on that note, the Thirteenth Doctor costume fan art keeps coming in:
EN: aaand finally here's my 13th Doctor fanart, now that her awesome costume has been revealed 😀
— Bruno de Amorim (@thatbruno) November 14, 2017
— Gonzalo San Martín (@Gondofredo) November 15, 2017
• And someone has already made a Thirteenth Doctor action figure for themselves:
• A teaser trailer for the Third Doctor’s encounter with the Drashigs, “Carnival of Monsters”:
• And the first multi-Doctor adventure: “The Three Doctors”
• How to jazz up “one of the most boring games in the world”:
— anglophenia (@anglophenia) November 20, 2017
• Anyone for Cybercricket?
The invasion of the village green has begun Leader!
— The Ark In Space (@ClassicDrWho) November 21, 2017
• Ten and Rose are back:
— Big Finish (@bigfinish) November 20, 2017
• Heavenly fan art
• Let’s end with a speculative fan-made trailer for Season 11, bringing in Jodie Whittaker, Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill from their previous TV appearances, and a special surprise from an old friend at the end: