Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Dr Who?

I know embarrassingly little about Dr Who, except that it's British, it's on my Netflix list, and time travel is involved. So I thought it advisable to avail myself of an 8-CD early BBC radio version we have in stock to get myself a bit up to speed. The first one flew by on a 2-hour car trip, and I'm all geared up to listen to the rest. I especially liked the level of the language; for example, one villain described the contemplated pleasures of evildoing as the joy of hearing several dozen violins sawing away out of tune.
     The theme song to Doctor Who was declared the winner of a poll conducted by to find the best sci-fi TV theme tune of all time, beating out Red Dwarf, The X-Files, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Star Trek, Thunderbirds, The Twilight Zone, Battlestar Galactica, Quantum Leap, and The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. The theme was composed by Australian composer Ron Grainer in 1963 and arranged by Delia Derbyshire. She produced it by combining a tape loop of a struck piano string with the sound of test oscillators and filters.

I don't know, somehow I have a special feeling for Twilight Zone.... especially the way The Manhattan Transfer does it!


  1. Music usually says more about the age in which it was created than about any idea of a future time. Nothing says Fifties more than the bongos in the original Twilight Zone theme. The Dr. Who theme, which I heard here for the 1st time, is digital like a ringtone and emotionally blank, which betrays our current fear of commitments, and the emptiness that is its by-product.

  2. I don't know a thing about Dr. Who either, expect (as you mentioned) it's British. Several of my friends have told me that I'm missing out, I guess I need to watch Dr. Who sooner, rather than later.

  3. salamanderheart, you are profound ... come back often!!