Delia Derbyshire honoured with Blue PlaqueBookmark and Share

Friday, 16 June 2017 - Reported by Marcus
A blue plaque has been unveiled at the childhood home of the woman who realized the original Doctor Who theme music, Delia Derbyshire.

The mark of respect is one of 47 Blue Plaques unveiled as part of BBC Music Day, to commemorate people or places that have influenced the UK’s musical landscape. Those honored include singers, musicians, songwriters, producers, and broadcasters, as well as significant locations that played a major role in the UK's musical heritage.

People commemorated include John Peel and David Bowie, while places getting a plaque include the Brighton venue where Abba won the Eurovision Song Contest.

The final list was selected from BBC Local Radio listeners’ suggestions, as well as those of a committee including music industry experts and BBC representatives.

David Holdsworth, Controller of BBC English Regions, said:
It is hugely prestigious to receive a British Plaque Trust Blue Plaque, as usually only around two are awarded each year. To mark BBC Music Day across BBC Local Radio with 47 blue plaques is a fitting way to commemorate our listeners’ passion and pride for where they live and to celebrate our musical heritage.
The plaque honouring Delia Derbyshire was unveiled by Sixth Doctor Colin Baker and Nicola Bryant who played Peri, who joined BBC Coventry & Warwickshire's Vic Minett to officially perform the ceremony.





Delia Derbyshire DayBookmark and Share

Friday, 10 February 2017 - Reported by Marcus
A project to mark the 80th Anniversary year of Doctor Who legend and Electronic Music pioneer Delia Derbyshire, has won support from The Heritage Lottery Fund.

Delia Derbyshire Day has been awarded £42,600 ($53,000) to help organise a programme of activities and events to celebrate 80 years since the birth of the woman who realised the original Doctor Who Theme music, composed by Ron Grainer.

Highlights planned for the year include
  • 5 May 2017
  • Derbyshire's 80th Birthday – launch of a new website, short film about the Delia Derbyshire Archive and “Deliaphonic Soundbank” (an interactive web platform) public engagement activity
  • 10 June 2017
  • A Delia Derbyshire Day 2017 MCR at Band on the Wall – electronic music-making workshops for families and evening music/arts event, archive sharing, expert panel discussion/Q&A with special guests, live music/visual art performances.
  • 5 Aug 2017
  • DD Day touring event at Full Of Noises (FON) Festival in Barrow-in-Furness – participatory workshops for families and evening cultural heritage event with archive sharing, panel discussion/Q&A, live music/visual art performances.
  • Sept-Nov 2017
  • 8 week education project in 2 primary schools in Manchester including production of a short film about the Delia Derbyshire Archive by the young participants.
  • 5 Dec 2017
  • Delia Derbyshire Day and Digital Women’s Archive North (DWAN) symposium event at Anthony Burgess Foundation 6-9pm (time TBC) – with guest speakers, archive sharing and open forum discussion.
Project partners include the Delia Derbyshire Estate, John Rylands Library, University of Manchester, One Education Music, Full of Noises Festival, Digital Women’s Archive North and Band on the Wall.

Nathan Lee, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund North West said
We’re delighted to support this project to shine a light, not only the pioneering impact of Delia Derbyshire’s work, but also on this significant and fascinating part of John Rylands Library. Thanks to National Lottery players, Delia Derbyshire Day can share the musical roots of electronic music to a new generation.
You can follow Delia Derbyshire Day on their website or on twitter.




Silva Screen to re-release The SoundhouseBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 20 September 2016 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Silva Screen have announced that the 1983 album The Soundhouse, featuring music by the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, will be re-released on CD on 7th October with a vinyl pressing to follow on 4th November:

The Soundhouse (Credit: Silva Screen)SILVA SCREEN RECORDS PRESENTS THE SOUNDHOUSE

This historic 1983 BBC Radiophonic compilation reflects the advances made in computer technology and electronic music.

In 1979 the Fairlight CMI (Computer Musical Instrument) was launched, the year that the BBC Radiophonic Workshop celebrated its 21st birthday. At the price of a house (approx £30,000) this state of the art piece of equipment was embedded with an 8 bit digital sampling synthesizer capable of emulating acoustic instruments and orchestras alongside the manipulation of sound effects. For the BBC Radiophonic Workshop this was a major change, as previously composers would spend weeks editing small pieces of tape together to create sounds. Ingenuity and creativity in music and sound was still at the forefront for Workshop members but suddenly made a whole lot easier. This 1983 collection (a first time re-release here of the complete album) celebrated these new found freedoms most notably on the opening track where five Radiophonic composers combined to add their own musical identity to a rhythmic percussive sequence from the Fairlight. Highlights include music from the radio production of The Hitchikers Guide To The Galaxy and Fancy Fish based on Saint-Saen's Carnival Of The Animals which was the first BRW project to utilise the Fairlight.


Tracklisting:
  1. Radiophonic Rock - Peter Howell / Roger Limb / Jonathan Gibbs / Malcolm Clarke / Elizabeth Parker / Dick Mills
  2. Lascaux - Peter Howell
  3. Computers In The Real World - Jonathan Gibbs
  4. Seascape - Dick Mills
  5. The Whale - Paddy Kingsland
  6. Rallyman - Roger Limb
  7. Catch The Wind - Dick Mills
  8. Believe It Or Not - Malcolm Clarke
  9. Planet Earth - Elizabeth Parker
  10. Dawn - Jonathan Gibbs
  11. Mainstream - Attr. Henry VIII, arr. Peter Howell
  12. The Unseeing Eye - Malcolm Clarke
  13. Fancy Fish - Camille Saint-Saëns, arr. Peter Howell / Dick Mills
  14. Brighton Pier - Paddy Kingsland
  15. Armagiddean War Games - Dick Mills
  16. Yellow Moon - Roger Limb
  17. Radio Blackburn - Elizabeth Parker
  18. Macrocosm - Dick Mills
  19. Land And People - Peter Howell
  20. Houdin’s Musical Box - A. Le Charpentier, arr. Jonathan Gibbs
  21. Ghost In The Water - Roger Limb
  22. The Milonga - Malcolm Clarke

Competition

To be in with a chance to win a copy of the CD courtesy of Silva Screen, simply answer the following question:
Which of the tracks features prominently during the fifth Doctor adventure Enlightenment?
Please send your answers along with your name, address and where you heard about the competition (news site, news app, other website, etc.) to comp-silvascreen@doctorwhonews.net with the subject "Not so secret Seven!". The competition is open worldwide, closing date 9th October 2016. Only one entry per household will be accepted.




Competition RoundupBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 3 May 2016 - Reported by Chuck Foster
A roundup of competitions from Doctor Who News that readers may enter:

The Fourth Doctor Adventures: The Paradox Planet/Legacy of Death

The fourth Doctor continues his adventures alongside Romana and K-9:
Whilst travelling in the vortex, the TARDIS is struck by an advanced war machine - a Time Tank! Losing Romana, the Doctor and K9 pursue the Tank to Aoris, a world quite literally at war with itself. Soldiers from the future are attacking the past of their own planet - gathering resources and stealing endangered species. But the past is not without weapons of its own - leaving deadly devices ready to trigger many years ahead after their enemies have been born. Trapped at opposite ends of a temporal war, the Time Lords have two time zones to save. But who is in the right, and who in the wrong? And when history itself is against you, can anybody actually win?
The Paradox Planet (Credit: Big Finish)Legacy Of Death (Credit: Big Finish)
To be in with a chance to win a digital download of the audio adventure courtesy of Big Finish, simply answer the following question:
Name another war that that the fourth Doctor, Romana and K9 found themselves involved in.
Please send your answer along with your name and the email address you have registered with Big Finish, plus where you heard about the competition (news site, news app, other website, etc.) to comp-bf4d@doctorwhonews.net with the subject "Fight the Future". The competition is open worldwide, closing date 15th May 2016. Note: entrants must have an active registration with Big Finish in order to be eligible to receive the prize - new registrations can be easily created on the website for free and with no financial obligation.

BBC Books: In The Blood

The latest literary adventure for the Doctor from BBC Books is In The Blood by Jenny T Colgan:
All over the world, people are venting their fury at one another on social media. Dropping their friends, giving vent to their hatred, and everyone behaving with incredible cruelty. Even Donna has found that her friend Hettie, with her seemingly perfect life and fancy house, has unfriended her. And now, all over the world, internet trolls are dying... As more and more people give in to this wave of bitterness and aggression, it's clear this is no simple case of modern living. This is unkindness as a plague. From the streets of London to the web cafes of South Korea and the deepest darkest forests of Rio, can the Doctor and Donna find the cause of this unhappiness before it's too late?
In The Blood (Credit: BBC Books)To be in with a chance to win the book courtesy of BBC Books, simply answer the following question:
What did Donna refer to as an "Outer Space Facebook"?
Please send your answers along with your name, address and where you heard about the competition (news site, news app, other website, etc.) to comp-intheblood@doctorwhonews.net with the subject "Like". The competition is open to UK readers only, closing date 15th May 2016. Only one entry per household will be accepted.

Silva Screen: Radiophonic Workshop 21

Silva Screen have re-released the BBC Radiophonic Workshop's 21st anniversary album on CD:
In 1958 the BBC Radiophonic Workshop opened with the aim to enhance in the main, drama output on the Third Programme (now Radio 3) following the development of new electronic music techniques emanating from Europe. Their work expanded across the BBC to take in TV drama (especially sci-fi), schools programmes and themes. The latter being their most celebrated and well known work, Delia Derbyshire's treatment of Ron Grainer's theme for Doctor Who. This collection, originally released by BBC Records in 1979 to celebrate 21 years of the workshop appears for the first time in its full original form on CD. From The Goons (Bloodnocks Stomach) to the Interval Signal to Doctor Who and Great Zoos Of The World this is a fascinating chronicle of some of the most innovative music ever made. These ground-breaking compositions providing a major influence on music from The Beatles and Pink Floyd and onwards into the contemporary world of Aphex Twin, Orbital and The Chemical Brothers. "The Radiophonic Workshop, I loved all that, it fascinated me, and still does”. - Paul McCartney.
BBC Radiophonic Workshop - 21To be in with a chance to win the CD courtesy of Silva Screen, simply answer the following question:
Who wrote the incidental music for the Doctor Who story which featured Paul McCartney?
Please send your answers along with your name, address and where you heard about the competition (news site, news app, other website, etc.) to comp-silvascreen@doctorwhonews.net with the subject "In tune". The competition is open to UK readers only, closing date 15th May 2016. Only one entry per household will be accepted.

BBC Audio

It is still possible to enter our competitions for the BBC Audios Death to the Daleks, The Invasion, Shadow in the Glass, Amorality Tale and The Memory of Winter, which are open to readers worldwide until 8th May 2016 - see our article for full details.




New York Symphonic Spectacular shows cancelledBookmark and Share

Monday, 24 August 2015 - Reported by Harry Ward
Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular 2014 The two Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular shows set for New York have been cancelled. The shows were scheduled for 7 October 2015 at Barclays Center in New York and were to be hosted by Michelle Gomez.

An email was sent to ticket holders with the following message:
Vision Nine regrets to announce that the two Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular shows scheduled for October 7 at Barclays Center have been cancelled.

All Ticketmaster online and phone orders will automatically be refunded. Remaining refunds will be available at point of purchase.

We apologize for any inconvenience and hope to see you at a future event at Barclays Center.
A message on the Barclays Center website states: "there are no plans to reschedule them at this time."
(with thanks to Geekboypress)




TARDIS Building at the Symphonic SpectacularBookmark and Share

Sunday, 24 May 2015 - Reported by Chuck Foster
For those attending the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular this week, pride of place on stage of course goes to the Doctor's 'home', the TARDIS. The prop was supplied by This Planet Earth and assembled by Simon Nash and Fred Harrison, and they have kindly sent us photos of the Doctor Who icon being constructed for the London leg of the performances.

TARDIS prop being built for the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular in London (23/24 May 2015). Images: This Planet Earth/Simon Nash/Fred HarrisonTARDIS prop being built for the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular in London (23/24 May 2015). Images: This Planet Earth/Simon Nash/Fred HarrisonTARDIS prop being built for the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular in London (23/24 May 2015). Images: This Planet Earth/Simon Nash/Fred HarrisonTARDIS prop being built for the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular in London (23/24 May 2015). Images: This Planet Earth/Simon Nash/Fred HarrisonTARDIS prop being built for the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular in London (23/24 May 2015). Images: This Planet Earth/Simon Nash/Fred HarrisonTARDIS prop being built for the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular in London (23/24 May 2015). Images: This Planet Earth/Simon Nash/Fred HarrisonTARDIS prop being built for the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular in London (23/24 May 2015). Images: This Planet Earth/Simon Nash/Fred HarrisonTARDIS prop being built for the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular in London (23/24 May 2015). Images: This Planet Earth/Simon Nash/Fred HarrisonTARDIS prop being built for the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular in London (23/24 May 2015). Images: This Planet Earth/Simon Nash/Fred HarrisonTARDIS prop being built for the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular in London (23/24 May 2015). Images: This Planet Earth/Simon Nash/Fred HarrisonTARDIS prop being built for the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular in London (23/24 May 2015). Images: This Planet Earth/Simon Nash/Fred HarrisonTARDIS prop being built for the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular in London (23/24 May 2015). Images: This Planet Earth/Simon Nash/Fred Harrison

(with thanks to Fred Harrison)




Symphonic Spectacular opens in LondonBookmark and Share

Saturday, 23 May 2015 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The UK run of the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular opened in London this afternoon, and images from the performance are now available. The Spectacular continues in London tomorrow, heading to Cardiff on Monday, Birmingham on Tuesday, Leeds on Wednesday, Newcastle on Thursday, and finishing in Glasgow on Friday.

Ben Foster conducts the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the BBC National Chorus of Wales. Image: House PRDaleks on the screen while Ben Foster conducts the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the BBC National Chorus of Wales. Image: PRDaleks invade the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular tour. . Image: House PRThe Doctor Peter Capaldi on the screen while Ben Foster conducts the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the BBC National Chorus of Wales. Image: House PRThe Foretold invades the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular tour. Image: House PREleventh Doctor Matt Smith on the big screen while Ben Foster conducts the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the BBC National Chorus of Wales, with soprano Elin Manahan Thomas. Image: House PRThe Doctor Peter Capaldi on the screen while Ben Foster conducts the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the BBC National Chorus of Wales as Cybermen invade the audience. Image: House PRCybermen invade the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular tour while Ben Foster conducts the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the BBC National Chorus of Wales. Image: House PRThe Ood join the chorus of the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular tour. Image: House PRThe Doctor Peter Capaldi on the screen while Ben Foster conducts the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the BBC National Chorus of Wales with soprano Elin Manahan Thomas and The Ood. Image: House PR
The Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular tour has launched, celebrating the music of the world’s longest running science fiction TV series. The tour takes place this week in six cities across the UK. For further information on tickets, please visit: www.doctorwhosymphonicspectacular.com.




Symphonic Spectacular - Opens this WeekendBookmark and Share

Friday, 22 May 2015 - Reported by Marcus
With Wembley being declared safe the BBC Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular is all set to begin its first UK tour, this weekend.

The London venue had been closed for the past two days, following the discovery of a World War II unexploded bomb on a building site nearby. The bomb, which posed "a genuine risk to life", was removed by members of the British Army's Royal Logistic Corps disposal team, early this afternoon, and will be detonated in a controlled explosion.

The area has now been reopened.

The Symphonic Spectacular features the music written for Doctor Who by Murray Gold, performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Chorus of Wales. The orchestra will be conducted by Ben Foster and hosted by Peter Davison.

The show will enjoy a limited run of thirteen performances in London, Cardiff, Birmingham, Leeds, Newcastle and Glasgow.

Ticket information is on the BBC Events Website.





Symphonic Spectacular - Wembley UpdateBookmark and Share

Friday, 22 May 2015 - Reported by Marcus
The BBC have confirmed that the weekend launch of the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular, due to be held at the SSE Arena in Wembley, is expected to go ahead, despite the discovery of an unexploded World War II bomb in the area.

The BBC told Doctor Who News
An unexploded device has been found in Wembley, on a building site close to The SSE Arena.

Police are currently on site and work is underway to make the area safe.

The Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular shows planned for Saturday and Sunday are currently unaffected. We will update if there is further news.
The area around the SSE arena is currently closed by the police, with Army bomb disposal experts currently trying to defuse the 50 Kg explosive, thought to have been dropped by German bombers in the early 1940's.

The SSE arena has advised people to follow Brent Borough Metropolitan Police Service for updates.

The concert is due to play three shows at Wembley this weekend, before heading around the UK with dates at Cardiff, Birmingham, Leeds, Newcastle and Glasgow.




The Ravolox RemixesBookmark and Share

Monday, 18 May 2015 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The Ravolox Remixes (Credit: Dominic Glynn)Today sees the release of a new digital mini-album by composer Dominic Glynn. The Ravolox Remixes presents three remixes based upon music he originally created for Doctor Who in the 1980s, plus a new remix of his own Doctor Who theme variation from 1990.
  • The Trial Theme (Ravolox Remix)
  • Dragonfire: The Mark of Kane (L.I.Who Remix)
  • Survival: The Cheetah People (The Master's Remix)
  • Doctor Who: The Terror Version (Chicago Tardis Remix)
Commenting on Facebook, the composer said:
(The Trial Theme) is the music from the opening scene of The Trial of a Timelord remixed for 2015. I originally revisited this music for a flexi-disc on the cover of DWM (Doctor Who Monthly as it was then known) in 1990. (The Terror Version) is new arrangement from the 1990 Doctor Who: Variations On A Theme EP. This remix was originally performed at last year's Chicago TARDIS.

The mini album is available to purchase from our Amazon Shop in the United Kingdom and North America.


Last year Dominic Glynn released The Gallifrey Remixes, variations of his version of the Doctor Who theme used for The Trial of a Time Lord. ( UK / US )