Episode 35 – Series 16, Part VI – Dudley Simpson and the Armageddon Factor

In this episode we’ll be looking at the music of the Doctor’s composer Dudley Simpson focusing on his work on Series 16, the Key to Time. In this episode we will look at his work on Serial 5F – Story 103 – The Armegeddon Factor , a 6-part story which originally aired between the 20th of January and the 24th of February 24, 1979 on BBC One.


ABOUT YOUR HOSTS – DR. LOU: I am an Associate Professor of Musicology at the University of Nevada, Reno, where I write about and teach classes on avant-garde and popular music of the post-war era, focusing on musics that bridge the categories of high and low culture in society through media technology. In other words, I write about pretty music made on complicated equipment used in television and radio. Most of my stuff tends to be about music in the UK, although I have also written about American science fiction. My most recent publication is a history of the BBC’s electronic music studio, the Radiophonic Workshop, for Oxford University Press. Before becoming chair of the music department in Reno, I taught classes about television music, film music, music and gender, and popular music, as well as the more standard classical music history courses. After getting my undergraduate degree in singing from the University of Iowa, I spent a few hazy years bartending in nightclubs, listening to lots of dance music, and traveling as much as possible to England. Eventually, I decided I needed a career and did a Masters degree in musicology at the University of Texas at Austin, writing a thesis on music in Doctor Who. After that I moved to Los Angeles and did a PhD at UCLA in musicology, studying with Susan McClary and Philip Brett, among other amazing scholars. At UCLA I wrote what would become the first half of my Radiophonic history as my dissertation.

I also, like Dr. Phil, am a performer of early music. But unlike him, for me it is purely a dilettante pursuit. I have sung early music since 1989, and at UCLA was the director of their early music ensemble, Musica Humana. Upon moving to Reno, I founded REM (Reno Early Music), Reno’s premiere early music group. Actually, we are Reno’s only early music group. But it’s fun. I also run the Reno Time Team, a local group making our way through all of classic Doctor Who. For more information on Louis Niebur, visit http://www.unr.edu/cla/music/pages/bios/niebur.htm, and for information on Reno Early Music, visit http://wolfweb.unr.edu/homepage/boardman/music_REM.htm. For more information on Special Sound: The Creation and Legacy of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, visit http://www.unr.edu/cla/music/publications/special_sound.htm.

ABOUT YOUR HOSTS – DR. PHILL: My name is Dr. Phillip Serna – you can call me Dr. Phill as many of my colleagues, friends and students do. I’m a performer and teacher here in the Chicago area where I received my Master & Doctoral degrees in Music at Northwestern University. On double bass I perform solo, chamber, orchestral and contemporary literature. I am also a performer of Early Music on viols – or violas da gamba – a family of bowed guitars that were popular in Europe from the 15th through the late 18th centuries.

On double bass, I perform with many ensembles including the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra, Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, Illinois Symphony Orchestra, New Philharmonic Orchestra, Northbrook Symphony Orchestra, the Northshore Camerata, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Memphis Symphony Orchestra, and many others. In Early Music, I regularly perform on violas da gamba (treble viol, tenor viol and bass viol), period double bass/ violone and vielle with modern orchestras such as the Concord Chamber Orchestra and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, as well as with period instrument ensembles such as Ars Antigua, the Bach Collegium of Fort Wayne, the Callipygian Players, the Chicago Early Music Consort, Duo fantaisie en Echo, the Madison Bach Musicians, the Newberry Consort, the Oriana Singers, the Second City Musick, the Spirit of Gambo – a Chicago Consort of Viols, the Third Coast Viols and many others. In performance, I’ve appeared on Chicago’s 98.7FM WFMT, Wisconsin Public Radio and Milwaukee Public Radio. My Early Music Outreach program ‘Viols in Our Schools’ was the recipient of the 2010 Early Music America Outreach Award, which honors ensembles or individual artists for excellence in early music outreach and/or educational projects for children or adults. For more information, visit http://www.violsinourschools.org/About.html orhttp://www.phillipwserna.com/.

NOTE: This episode aired as a segment on the HOO ON WHO PODCAST on Sunday, 15 May, 2011 – http://hooonwho.libsyn.com/episode-38-the-armageddon-factor-enhanced-


Dudley Simpson – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dudley_Simpson

The Key to Time – The Armageddon Factor – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Armageddon_Factor

Restoration Team – The Key to Time – http://www.purpleville.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/rtwebsite/KeyToTime.htm

Purchase Doctor Who – The Key to Time – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001K2KM9Q/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_xu5cpb0B123MG (US) http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B002TOKFNM/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_Bu5cpb1SYVV82 (UK)

People Mentioned – Douglas Adams – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_Adams
People Mentioned – Bob Baker – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Baker
People Mentioned – Pip and Jane Baker – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pip_and_Jane_Baker
People Mentioned – Tom Baker – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Baker
People Mentioned – Nicholas Courtney – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicholas_Courtney
People Mentioned – Terrance Dicks – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terrance_Dicks
People Mentioned – Valentine Dyall – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valentine_Dyall
People Mentioned – Brian Hodgson – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_Hodgson
People Mentioned – Barry Jackson – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barry_Jackson_(actor)
People Mentioned – John Leeson – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Leeson
People Mentioned – Dave Martin – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dave_Martin_(screenwriter)
People Mentioned – Dick Mills – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dick_Mills
People Mentioned – Anthony Reed – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_Read
People Mentioned – Tom Spilsbury – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Spilsbury
People Mentioned – Edward Stradling – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ed_Stradling
People Mentioned – Mary Tamm – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Tamm
People Mentioned – Lalla Ward – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lalla_Ward
People Mentioned – Graham_Williams – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graham_Williams
People Mentioned – John Woodvine – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Woodvine

Publications Mentioned – Doctor Who Adventures – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doctor_Who_Adventures
Publications Mentioned – Doctor Who Magazine – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doctor_Who_Magazine

Concepts Mentioned – Alto – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alto
Concepts Mentioned – Bass – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bass_(voice_type)
Concepts Mentioned – Great Bass – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contrabass
Concepts Mentioned – Chamber Music – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chamber_music
Concepts Mentioned – Compositional Genre – Concerto – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Concerto
Concepts Mentioned – Consort of Instruments – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consort_of_instruments
Concepts Mentioned – Contrabass – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contrabass
Concepts Mentioned – Crescendo – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ Crescendo
Concepts Mentioned – Brass Instruments – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brass_Instruments
Concepts Mentioned – Cluster Chords – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tone_cluster
Concepts Mentioned – Double Concerto (Brahms) – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Double_Concerto_(Brahms)
Concepts Mentioned – Fanfare – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fanfare
Concepts Mentioned – Gut Strings – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gut_string
Concepts Mentioned – Jazz – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jazz
Concepts Mentioned – Neo-Classicism (in Music) – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neoclassicism_(music)
Concepts Mentioned – Orchestra – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orchestra
Concepts Mentioned – Orchestration – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orchestration
Concepts Mentioned – Ostinato – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ostinato
Concepts Mentioned – Performance Techniques – Tremolo – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tremolo
Concepts Mentioned – Sopranino – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sopranino
Concepts Mentioned – Soprano – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soprano
Concepts Mentioned – String Instruments – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strings_(music)
Concepts Mentioned – String Section – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/String_section
Concepts Mentioned – Symphony – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orchestra
Concepts Mentioned – Syncopation – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syncopation
Concepts Mentioned – Tempo – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tempo
Concepts Mentioned – Tenor – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tenor
Concepts Mentioned – Timbre – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timbre
Concepts Mentioned – Triple Concerto (Beethoven) – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triple_Concerto_(Beethoven)
Concepts Mentioned – Wood – Blackwood – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/African_Blackwood
Concepts Mentioned – Wood – Boxwood – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boxwood_(genus)
Concepts Mentioned – Wood – Cocobolo – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cocobolo
Concepts Mentioned – Wood – Ebony – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ebony
Concepts Mentioned – Wood – Grenadilla – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grenadilla
Concepts Mentioned – Wood – Rosewood – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosewood
Concepts Mentioned – Woodwind Instruments – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woodwind

Instrument Mentioned – Accordion – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accordion
Instrument Mentioned – Baroque Oboe – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oboe#Baroque
Instrument Mentioned – Bass Violin – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bass_Violin
Instrument Mentioned – Basse de Violon – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basse_de_violon
Instrument Mentioned – Byzantine Lira – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Byzantine_lira
Instrument Mentioned – Classical Oboe – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oboe#Classical
Instrument Mentioned – Contrabass Oboe – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contrabass_oboe
Instrument Mentioned – Bass Clarinet – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bass_Clarinet
Instrument Mentioned – Bassoon – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bassoon
Instrument Mentioned – Clarinet – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clarinet
Instrument Mentioned – Cymbal – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cymbal
Instrument Mentioned – Dulcian – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dulcian
Instrument Mentioned – Drum – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drum
Instrument Mentioned – Flute – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flute
Instrument Mentioned – Harpsichord – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harpsichord
Instrument Mentioned – Heckelphone – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heckelphone
Instrument Mentioned – Horn – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_horn
Instrument Mentioned – Lira da Braccio – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lira_da_braccio
Instrument Mentioned – Marimba – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marimba
Instrument Mentioned – Musette – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oboe_musette
Instrument Mentioned – Oboe – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oboe
Instrument Mentioned – Oboe d’Amore – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oboe_d%27amore
Instrument Mentioned – Oboe Musette – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oboe_musette
Instrument Mentioned – Orchestral Bells – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glockenspiel
Instrument Mentioned – Percussion – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Percussion
Instrument Mentioned – Piccolo Oboe – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piccolo_oboe
Instrument Mentioned – Pipe Organ – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pipe_organ
Instrument Mentioned – Rattle – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rattle_(percussion)
Instrument Mentioned – Recorder – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Recorder
Instrument Mentioned – Sackbut – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sackbut
Instrument Mentioned – Shawm – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shawm
Instrument Mentioned – Timpani – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timpani
Instrument Mentioned – Trombone – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trombone
Instrument Mentioned – Trumpet – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trumpet
Instrument Mentioned – Viol – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viol
Instrument Mentioned – Viola da Braccio – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viola_da_braccio
Instrument Mentioned – Viola da Gamba – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viola_da_gamba
Instrument Mentioned – Violin – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Violin
Instrument Mentioned – Violoncello – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cello
Instrument Mentioned – Xylophone – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xylophone

Composers Mentioned – Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C.P.E._Bach
Composers Mentioned – Johann Sebastian Bach – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johann_Sebastian_Bach
Composers Mentioned – Ludwig van Beethoven – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ludwig_van_Beethoven
Composers Mentioned – Luigi Boccherini – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boccherini
Composers Mentioned – Johannes Brahms – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johannes_Brahms
Composers Mentioned – Samuel Barber – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_Barber
Composers Mentioned – Luciano Berio – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luciano_Berio
Composers Mentioned – Ernest Bloch – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernest_Bloch
Composers Mentioned – Benjamin Britten – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_Britten
Composers Mentioned – Max Bruch – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max_Bruch
Composers Mentioned – Eliot Carter – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elliot_Carter
Composers Mentioned – Antonín Dvořák – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anton%C3%ADn_Dvo%C5%99%C3%A1k
Composers Mentioned – Edward Elgar – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elgar
Composers Mentioned – Georg Frederick Handel – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georg_Frederick_Handel
Composers Mentioned – Franz Josef Haydn – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haydn
Composers Mentioned – Paul Hindemith – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Hindemith
Composers Mentioned – Arthur Honegger – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Honegger
Composers Mentioned – Eduard Lalo – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%89douard_Lalo
Composers Mentioned – Gyorgy Ligeti – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gy%C3%B6rgy_Ligeti
Composers Mentioned – Witold Lutosławski – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Witold_Lutos%C5%82awski
Composers Mentioned – Bohuslav Martinů – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bohuslav_Martin%C5%AF
Composers Mentioned – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolfgang_Amadeus_Mozart
Composers Mentioned – Carl Nielsen – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_Nielsen
Composers Mentioned – Francis Poulenc – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_Poulenc
Composers Mentioned – Sergei Prokofiev – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prokofiev
Composers Mentioned – Maurice Ravel – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maurice_Ravel
Composers Mentioned – Camille Saint-Saëns – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camille_Saint-Sa%C3%ABns
Composers Mentioned – Robert Schumann – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Schumann
Composers Mentioned – Dmitri Shostakovich – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dmitri_Shostakovich
Composers Mentioned – Richard Strauss – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Strauss
Composers Mentioned – Heitor Villa-Lobos – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heitor_Villa-Lobos
Composers Mentioned – William Walton – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Walton
Composers Mentioned – Ralph Vaughan Williams – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ralph_Vaughan_Williams
Composers Mentioned – Antonio Vivaldi – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vivaldi
Composers Mentioned – Iannis Xenakis – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iannis_Xenakis

Other Musical Figures Mentioned – Michel Corrette – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michel_Corrette
Other Musical Figures Mentioned – Philibert Jambe de Fer – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philibert_Jambe_de_Fer


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