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Composer Dudley Simpson’s first contribution to Doctor Who was his music for Planet of Giants (starring William Hartnell as the first Doctor) in 1964. By the end of the 1960s he was the programme’s “go to” composer, scoring a total of 294 episodes up until his last, The Horns of Nimon, in 1979.
Looking purely at the 1970s, encompassing the episodes starring Jon Pertwee as the third Doctor and Tom Baker as the fourth (seasons 7 to 17) there were 58 stories over 272 episodes, with Dudley scoring 51 (234 episodes). An amazing body of work; and that’s just Doctor Who, let alone Blake’s Seven, Moonbase 3, Target, Paul Temple, The Tomorrow People, The Brothers and many, many more. He started that period on Doctor Who using a very small orchestra, moved into working entirely at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop on EMS synthesisers for a year (assisted by Brian Hodgson), then added percussion, then back to a small band with Radiophonic synth overdubs, until his final few episodes where the synth became part of the band. It is a shame therefore that only two complete scores from this era survive. One is The Mind of Evil, one of those EMS scores from 1971; the other is the one is this release, The Sun Makers from 1977.
Dudley Simpson died on 4th November 2017, aged 95.
1 Doctor Who Opening Title Theme
2 Death and Taxes
4 One Thousand Metres
5 Six Suns
6 The Others
7 Subway 13
8 Subway 13 (Continued)
9 A Heart as Big as your Mouth
10 A Little Hop
11 Jelly Babies
12 Something in the Air
13 K9, Bite!
15 The P45 Return Route
16 The P45 Return Route (Reprise)
17 Morton's Fork
18 I’ve Heard That One, Too
19 The Rebellion Begins
20 Static Loop
21 The Steaming
22 The Steaming Continued
23 Gentlemen, Good Luck
24 Nobody Works Today
25 The Gatherer Excised
26 Doctor Who Closing Title Theme (53" Version)