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The Radiophonic Workshop: Creating The Dr Who Theme


“I think we used the wobulator…”

This is awesome. Behind the scenes at the BBC’s Radiophonic Workshop, and a look into how those crazy black and white sound effects people made the Dr Who theme with NO SYNTHS or computers! WOW! What an awesome time to have been alive in!

BONUS: Have a listen to the theme at a quarter speed. IT IS GORGEOUS.

— By Akira The Don on Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

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  1. tim from Radio Clash
    January 6, 2010
    7:03 pm

    the bit with Mark Ayres and the loops starts at about 5:40ish, although the Wobulator is mentioned earlier.

  2. tim from Radio Clash
    January 6, 2010
    8:02 pm

    I hadn't seen this, although it's been quoted and seen bits used before.

    For a practical loop-by-loop run through of how the Doctor Who theme was created, check out Mark Ayres in Alchemists of Sound, which is an excellent documentary about the BBC Radiophonic Workshop:


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