Delia Derbyshire mathematician and electronic music pioneer. In 1963 she electronically realized the Score for the Doctor Who theme tune
Delia was never officially credited for her work on the Doctor Who theme tune and therefore never received royalties nor got listed in the credits.
(she became alcoholic and died in obscurity)
After she died in 2001 tapes and tapes of music were found in cereal boxes in her attic; they were swiftly digitised by Manchester University and can now be found online particularly on youtube.
The BBC Radiophonic Workshop never heard of before or since had the credits.
What I understood from the doc I watched is that Delia ‘realised’ the score, she created the sound but the man who ‘wrote’ the score from Delia’s creation got the credit even though he begged for Delia to be included. I think the same was true of the original idea for Dr Who, a man known as Bunny came up with the concept but he was taken off writing the first script and the man who completed the script got the credit. Then in the 1970s a producer recognised the brand value and started to build links with the fan base and got the cast to appear at fan events etc. He allegedly was a predatory homosexual.
It’s the same old problem – invention vs marketing. Who really deserves the money? If no-one was any good at marketing then inventions would rise to the top eventually simply because they are ‘good’, original etc. But when people are good at marketing then inventions become commodities and inventors can miss out. Some people of course are clever at marketing their own inventions, like Dolly.
But poor old Delia; I’d be curious to live in a parallel universe where Dr Who didn’t have that music and see how popular it was.
@bnkate – “Delia was never officially credited for her work on the Doctor Who theme tune and therefore never received royalties nor got listed in the credits. (she became alcoholic and died in obscurity)”
oh, man! don’t rain on my doctor who anniversary parade!! =/
Ahoy, chick, here’s a story for you about clans.
@dearieme – “Ahoy, chick, here’s a story for you about clans.”
oh, wow! =/ thanks!
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