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The World of Doctor Who

Dudley Simpson: Moonbase 3
7" Single, October 1973
BBC Records BBC RESL 13

1. Moonbase 3
2. The World Of Doctor Who
Specially recorded by Dick Mills as a b-side to Dudley Simpson's Moonbase 3 single, The World of Doctor Who combined music from The Mind of Evil with sound effects from Planet of the Daleks, resulting in an atmospheric instrumental that builds up to Simpson's infamous "Master theme", as used throughout the Pertwee era. The track was issued on CD during the 1990s by Silva Screen and Silva America, and an original Master's Theme cue was presented on Doctor Who at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop Volume 2 in 2000.

Doctor Who - Pyramids of Mars

Dudley Simpson / Heathcliff Blair: Doctor Who - Pyramids Of Mars
CD, June 1993
Silva Screen FILMCD 134


The Violation
Cryogenic Sleepers
Wirrn Attacks
Noah's Humanity
The Trap


The Battlefield
Futile Escape
Sarah Pursued / The Prototype
Davros's Megalomania
Explosives and Detonators
Sneaky Nyder
Good From Evil


Egyptian Expidition / TARDIS Attacked
Clements and the Mummies
Sutekh Descends
Cottage Under Siege
Sutekh's End - The Doctor Wins


Nightfall on Zeta Minor
The Thing in the Pit / The Big Fall


The Doctor's Mickey Finn
Portrait of Morbius
The Sisterhood of Karn
Condo's Death / Monster Rampage
The Mind-Bending Contest
The End of Morbius

The Doctor's Theme

A full-length album of rerecorded music from the Dudley Simpson era, owing to the loss of all but two stories' worth of music by this composer. The project began in 1991, when recent Bournemouth Film School graduate Heathcliff Blair sent a rough demo tape of synthesised Simpson music to David Stoner at Silva Screen Records, showcasing music from Spearhead From Space ('Auton in the woods'), Masque of Madragora ('Tardis trapped in Helix') and City of Death ('Paris touring music'). Mark Ayres endorsed the tape’s musical integrity, and after meetings between Stoner, Blair and Ayres, an album was concieved that would concentrate on Tom Baker’s famous 12th and 13th seasons, widely felt to have inspired Simpson’s greatest work for the series.

Blair contacted Dudley Simpson, then living in semi-retirement in Australia, to seek his approval for the project, and Silva Screen arranged with the BBC Music Library to provide the original, hand-written manuscripts for the selected stories. Blair was impressed with Simpson’s scrupulous notation of how the BBC Radiophonic Workshop’s synthesizers should over-dub his live orchestrations (even down to the use of specific oscillator waveforms), and assembled a variety of synthesisers (the Roland JD 800 & D110) and Zoom and Lexicon Reverbs to recreate these effects, as well as using a Roland U20 Sample Player "for those famous Simpson brass, clarinet and organ textures". In order to create longer, more listenable tracks, Simpson's numerous short cues (rarely over a minute in duration - some just a couple of bars long) were combined into short suites, and linked with new material written in Dudley’s style. Speaking to TME in February 2002, Blair defined the CD as "90% Simpson and 10% Blair". Simpson, however coined the recordings as authentically ‘Simpsonesque’.

The album concluded with an arrangement of The Doctor's Theme, developed by Simpson from a four-note motif in Seasons 12 and 13 to a nine-note melody from mid-Season 14 onwards. To preserve the historical integrity of the album, Blair used the simple version framed with (uncredited) additional music from The Sontaran Experiment. The final selections were mixed down to two-track DAT, and edited and sequenced for CD by Mark Ayres. Concluding his retrospective in 2002, Blair wrote "I don’t like revisiting old ground, but if did it again today I’d probably hire a small orchestra and reproduce the scores more authentically. Back then, it was better for me to develop a studio technique and, quite frankly, to have the pleasure of playing all of that classic music myself. I think it was brave of Silva Screen and Dudley Simpson to let me do it my way."

Music from the rerecorded Ark in Space, Pyramids of Mars and Brain of Morbius suites were included on The Worlds of Doctor Who compilation in 1994. Several short cues from the Pyramids of Mars suite featured on the BBC DVD release of this story in March 2004 (BBCDVD1350), both on the animated menu screens and the documentary features.

Sherlock Holmes Meets Dr Who

Carey Blyton: Sherlock Holmes Meets Dr Who
CD, 1999
Upbeat Classics URCD 148

featuring Silurian Suite, Op.102 for Trumpet in Bb & Piano
featuring Vogan Suite, Op.101 for Horn in F & Piano
featuring Dalek Suite, Op. 103 for Saxophone Quartet

Engineer: Nick Taylor
Producer: Liz Biddle
Adviser: Carey Blyton

These suites were arranged by Carey Blyton in 1993, after his suggestion was enthusiastically received by Alec Gould of AV Music, Middlesex. Quickly produced and published in a variety of formats (Silurian Suite was also available for Cornet & Piano and for Flugelhorn & Piano, and Vogan Suite was also available for Eb Horn & Piano), each suite came with specially written notes that outlined the story and original arrangements, all of which had been recorded with small ensembles "doubling" for other instruments and electronically treated by the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. The simplified suites, published individually over a period of months, featured a combination of rewritten music and original cues, with each piece split into several movements:

In 1999 Upbeat Recordings sought to include the suites in their CD catalogue of Carey Blyton's compositions, alongside a number of his smaller pieces and his score for an abandoned Sherlock Holmes cartoon project from 1969. Performed by The Phoenix Saxophone Quartet, pianist Jennifer Partridge and members of The Fine Arts Brass Ensemble, Angela Whelan and Stephen Roberts, and recorded over three days in July and August 1998.

Genesis of the Daleks / Inferno DVDs

Several of the BBC's Doctor Who DVDs have also included rerecorded sections of original incidental music. The documentary 'Genesis of a Classic' on the Genesis of the Daleks release (BBCDVD1813, April 2006) featured several short pieces of music recorded and produced by Clive Scott, from the original score by Dudley Simpson (the same scores previously referenced by Heathcliff Blair), whilst 'The UNIT Family: Part One' on the Inferno DVD (BBCDVD1802, June 2006) featured a recreation of Simpson's cue for the start of the major battle scene in episode one of The Ambassadors of Death, rerecorded using samples from the original story.