'Doctor Who's Day Roundup: Hats Off to Doctor Delia
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.
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.
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."
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:
• Wonderful Doctor Who comic art:
• And on that note, the Thirteenth Doctor costume fan art keeps coming in:
• 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":
• Anyone for Cybercricket?
• Ten and Rose are back:
• 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: