Thursday, February 12, 2015

Malcolm Clarke - Doctor Who, The Sea Devils (1979)

The Sea Devils is the third serial of the ninth season of the British science fiction television series Doctor Who, which was first broadcast in six weekly parts from 26 February to 1 April 1972. It was written by Malcolm Hulke and directed by Michael E. Briant. The story is the first appearance of the Sea Devils.
In the serial, the Doctor (Jon Pertwee) and his assistant Jo Grant (Katy Manning) visit the Doctor's nemesis the Master (Roger Delgado) in his island prison and encounter the Sea Devils, the aquatic cousins of the Silurians.
Malcolm Clarke's incidental music for this story was notably more experimental than the show's usual scores by Dudley Simpson, being entirely electronic, created on the Radiophonic Workshop's EMS Synthi 100 synthesizer. He also found time to appear in the 1979 documentary The New Sound Of Music with a trusty Synthi 100!

The music of the Doctor Who episode was presented as a suite on the 1983 LP Doctor Who - The Music, and was released in full on the 2000 compilation album Doctor Who at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop Volume 2: New Beginnings 1970-1980. Parts of the incidental music, as well as a line of dialogue, were sampled by Orbital on their track Doctor Look Out.

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