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Choon Choosday: Delia Derbyshire – Dr Who

26 November, 2013

I don’t know whether there has been much hype in your household over this particular 50th Anniversary  – there are other events that happened 50 years ago this week which have had more coverage and more worldwide aftereffects – but Saturday was a celebration of Dr Who’s birthday. Not the Doctor himself, but the TV show. This show has been part of the British national consciousness for generations, and although I know of at least one oversees viewer (hi Joanne!), I don’t know if it has reached your TV screen or not. I’m not going to try to precis half a century (in our time at least) of television,  so if Dr Who has passed you by thus far, and you weren’t in the cinema watching the anniversary special in 3D on Saturday, well I’ll just say you’ve missed out and have got a lot of catching up to do.

But I will offer you Delia Derbyshire’s legendary theme tune for this week’s choon. This may leave you cold if the words TARDIS and Gallifrey mean nothing to you, but to millions of Britons it means Saturday teatime, terror, excitement, laughs, action and one of the greatest and most innovative programmes ever shown. Delia deserves to be remembered for so much more, she was an electronic music pioneer, and yes she was a woman in an utterly-male-dominated industry. But just the diddlydum diddlydum intro brings out the goosebumps for me.

And if  you still can’t see what the fuss is about, just consider she wrote this fifty years ago. That alone makes this a

Chooooonn!!

 

 

 

As a special treat, here are Orbital at Glasto. Take the Dr Who theme, make the bass heavier, lay an Amen break loop under it and… bingo! Instant Choon! Oh and at the end of the clip you get a sneaky intro to Chime for free – I am so spoiling you 🙂

 

 

 

 

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4 Comments
  1. Behind the sofa, every Saturday. A cliché now but I was terrified…

  2. I bow down to your greatness when it comes to chooning ;-D
    Doctor oh Doctor, how I love thee so ❤

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