Doctor Who goes disco. Delia, we are so very sorry.

The Doctor Who theme has of course been done in every possible style. Today we have disco versions from Space Disco and Mankind. But the most instructive example is by Ron Grainer, the original composer. The version we know and love was of course arranged by Delia Derbyshire, who did so well with it that Grainer tried to get her a co-credit. But on this record, The Exciting Television Music of Ron Grainer (1980), we finally get to hear what Grainer would have done with the theme given a free hand. It’s … remarkable.

After that, you’ll probably want to cleanse the skull palate with Bill Bailey’s “Belgian Jazz” take.

(HT donjuan-auxenfers and ambiguations)

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