Episode 36 – Series 14, Part I – The Many Masques [of Mandragora] of Dudley Simpson

In this episode we’ll be looking at the music of Doctor’s composer Dudley Simpson, as well as the use of period stock music in Doctor Who. Here we will examine Serial 4M – Story 86 – The Masque of Mandragora, a 4-part serial originally broadcast between the 4th and 25th of September 1976 on BBC One.

NOTE: This episode aired as a segment on the HOO ON WHO PODCAST on Monday 3, October, 2011 – http://hooonwho.libsyn.com/episode-45-enhanced-the-masque-of-mandragora

DEDICATION – Dr. Phill – I would like to dedicate this episode to my brother Fred “Count Federico” Serna, in honour of his birthday, to whom I really owe a great deal for introducing me to Doctor Who as a youth in the late 1980s. Being a great influence on my career in Early Music, this particular story always had a special place in our household as one that was equally enjoyed by myself and both of my brothers. This is why I found this particular episode was a labour of love, and a joy to research. Cheers to you on your birthday, and may you always enjoy this unorthodox love-letter to our youths each and every year on your birthday.


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/.

ABOUT OUR THEME: The theme to ADVENTURES IN TIME, SPACE AND MUSIC is a remix by Isaac Arsenault. Isaac started mashingup music in the winter of ’09, After reading Jordan Roseman’s “Audio Mashup Construction Kit.” Working with sound Equipment and being technical leader for two bands he opened his taste for music by studying it mathematically and learning the science behind it. To find out more about Isaac’s work, visit http://www.twitter.com/drautobob.


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

The Masque of Mandragora – Wikipedia – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Masque_of_Mandragora
The Masque of Mandragora – The BBC Episode Guide – http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/classic/episodeguide/masquemandragora/
The Masque of Mandragora – The Doctor Who Restoration Team – http://www.purpleville.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/rtwebsite/MasqueOfMandragoraDVD.htm

Purchase Doctor Who – The Masque of Mandragora – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001Q9ECNK/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_z.5cpb048N5JH (US) http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B002SZQCB6/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_D-5cpb15NJVYS (UK)

Purchase Musical Resources Mentioned – Terpsichore: Renaissance and Early Baroque Dance Music, Deutsche Grammophon Archiv Records 415 294-2 – http://www.amazon.com/Terpsichore-Renaissance-Early-Baroque-Dance/dp/B0018OZ13S/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1323056281&sr=8-1 (US) & http://www.amazon.co.uk/Terpsichore-Renaissance-Early-Baroque-Tanzmusik/dp/B0000057CM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1323056292&sr=8-1 (UK)

Purchase Musical Resources Mentioned – Dances of the Renaissance, Deutsche Grammophon Panorama Records 469244 – http://www.amazon.com/Panorama-Dances-Renaissance-Michael-Praetorius/dp/B00004YMTN/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=dmusic&ie=UTF8&qid=1323056400&sr=1-1-catcorr (US) & http://www.amazon.co.uk/Panorama-Dances-Renaissance-Michael-Praetorius/dp/B00004YMTN/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=dmusic&ie=UTF8&qid=1323056400&sr=1-1-catcorr (UK)

Written Resources Mentioned – Doctor Who – The Discontinuity Guide – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Discontinuity_Guide

Purchase Written Resources Mentioned – Doctor Who – The Discontinuity Guide – http://www.amazon.com/Discontinuity-Guide-Doctor-Who/dp/0426204425/ref=sr_1_cc_3?s=dmusic&ie=UTF8&qid=1323056590&sr=1-3-catcorr (US) & http://www.amazon.co.uk/Discontinuity-Guide-Doctor-Who/dp/0426204425/ref=sr_1_cc_2?s=dmusic&ie=UTF8&qid=1323056562&sr=1-2-catcorr (UK)

Purchase Written Resources Mentioned – Classic Who – The Hinchcliffe Years – http://www.amazon.com/Classic-Who-Hinchcliffe-Years-Rigelsford/dp/0752207490/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=dmusic&ie=UTF8&qid=1323056515&sr=1-1-catcorr (US) & http://www.amazon.co.uk/Classic-Who-Hinchcliffe-Years-Philip/dp/0752207490/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=dmusic&ie=UTF8&qid=1323056542&sr=1-1-catcorr (UK)

Programs Mentioned – The Prisoner – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Prisoner

Historical Periods Mentioned – The Middle Ages – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Middle_Ages
Historical Periods Mentioned – The Renaissance – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renaissance

Historical Events – Catherine de’ Medici’s Court Festivals – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catherine_de%27_Medici%27s_court_festivals

Historical Figures Mentioned – Pope Gregory I – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Gregory_I
Historical Figures Mentioned – Leonardo da Vinci – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonardo_da_Vinci
Historical Figures Mentioned – Niccolò Machiavelli – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niccolò_Machiavelli
Historical Figures Mentioned – Catherine de’ Medici – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catherine_de’_Medici
Historical Figures Mentioned – Girolamo Hironymous de Savonarola – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Girolamo_Savonarola
Historical Figures Mentioned – William Shakespeare – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shakespeare

Locations Mentioned – Burgundy – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burgundy_(region)
Locations Mentioned – Florence – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florence
Locations Mentioned – Portmeiron – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portmeiron
Locations Mentioned – Stratford-upon-Avon – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stratford-upon-Avon
Locations Mentioned – Wales – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wales
Locations Mentioned – Würzburg Conservatory, Germany – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W%C3%BCrzburg#Conservatory

People Mentioned – Gareth Armstrong – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gareth_Armstrong
People Mentioned – Tom Baker – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Baker
People Mentioned – Christopher H. Bidmead – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_H._Bidmead
People Mentioned – Clayton Hickman – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clayton_Hickman
People Mentioned – Philip Hinchcliffe – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip_Hinchcliffe
People Mentioned – Jon Laurimore – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon_Laurimore
People Mentioned – Norman Jones – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norman_Jones_(actor)
People Mentioned – Louis Marks – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_Marks
People Mentioned – John Nathan-Turner – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Nathan-Turner
People Mentioned – Tim Pigott-Smith – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Pigott-Smith
People Mentioned – Adrian Rigelsford – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adrian_Rigelsford
People Mentioned – Konrad Ragossnig – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Konrad_Ragossnig
People Mentioned – Gareth Roberts – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gareth_Roberts_(writer)
People Mentioned – Robert Shearman – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Shearman
People Mentioned – Elisabeth Sladen – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elisabeth_Sladen

Musical Periods Mentioned – The Middle Ages – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medieval_Music
Musical Periods Mentioned – The Renaissance –http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renaissance_music

Concepts Mentioned – Brass Instruments – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brass_Instruments
Concepts Mentioned – Cantus Firmus – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cantus_firmusConcepts Mentioned – Chant – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chant
Concepts Mentioned – Chords – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chord_(music)
Concepts Mentioned – Consort – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consort_of_instruments
Concepts Mentioned – Consonance & Dissoance – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consonance_and_dissonance
Concepts Mentioned – Gregorian Chant – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gregorian_Chant
Concepts Mentioned – History of Music Publishing – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_music_publishing
Concepts Mentioned – The Historically Informed Performance (HIP) Movement – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Historically_informed_performance
Concepts Mentioned – Homophony – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homophony
Concepts Mentioned – Keyboard Instruments – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keyboard_instruments
Concepts Mentioned – Leitmotif – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leitmotif
Concepts Mentioned – Luthiers – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luthier
Concepts Mentioned – Mallet Percussion – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mallet_percussion
Concepts Mentioned – Meter – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meter_(music)
Concepts Mentioned – Monphony – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monophony
Concepts Mentioned – Musical Treatise – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treatise_(music)
Concepts Mentioned – Orchestration – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orchestration
Concepts Mentioned – Percussion Instruments – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Percussion_instruments
Concepts Mentioned – Polyphony – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polyphony
Concepts Mentioned – Rhythm – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhythm
Concepts Mentioned – Stringed Instruments – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stringed_instruments
Concepts Mentioned – Texture – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Texture_(music)
Concepts Mentioned – Timbre (pronounced ‘tæmbər’) – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timbre
Concepts Mentioned – Woodwind Instruments – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woodwind_instruments

Instruments Mentioned – Bagpipe – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bagpipe
Instruments Mentioned – Bassoon – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bassoon
Instruments Mentioned – Bass Clarinet – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clarinet
Instruments Mentioned – Bass Drum – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bass_Drum
Instruments Mentioned – Clarinet – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clarinet
Instruments Mentioned – Crumhorn – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crumhorn
Instruments Mentioned – Cymbal – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cymbal
Instruments Mentioned – Dulcian – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dulcian
Instruments Mentioned – Drum – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drum
Instruments Mentioned – Electronic Music Studio’s VCS3 Synthesizer – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EMS_VCS_3
Instruments Mentioned – Fiddle – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiddle
Instruments Mentioned – Harpsichord – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harpsichord
Instruments Mentioned – Horn – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_horn
Instruments Mentioned – Hurdy-Gurdy – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurdy-Gurdy
Instruments Mentioned – Lute – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lute
Instruments Mentioned – Marimba – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marimba
Instruments Mentioned – Oboe – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oboe
Instruments Mentioned – Orchestral Bells – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glockenspiel
Instruments Mentioned – Percussion – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Percussion
Instruments Mentioned – Rackett – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rackett
Instruments Mentioned – Rauschpfeife – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rauschpfeife
Instruments Mentioned – Sackbut – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sackbut
Instruments Mentioned – Shawm – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shawm
Instruments Mentioned – Snare – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snare_Drum
Instruments Mentioned – Spinet – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spinet
Instruments Mentioned – Trumpet – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trumpet
Instruments Mentioned – Timpani – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timpani
Instruments Mentioned – Vibraphone – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vibraphone
Instruments Mentioned – Vielle – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vielle
Instruments Mentioned – Violin – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Violin
Instruments Mentioned – Viol (Viola da Gamba) – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viol
Instruments Mentioned – Violoncello – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cello
Instruments Mentioned – Virginals – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virginals

Composers Mentioned – Pierre Attaingnant – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pierre_Attaingnant
Composers Mentioned – Claude Gervaise – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claude_Gervaise

Compositional Genres Mentioned – Basse Danse – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basse_danse
Compositional Genres Mentioned – Branle – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Branle
Compositional Genres Mentioned – Estampie – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Estampie
Compositional Genres Mentioned – Galliard – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galliard
Compositional Genres Mentioned – Intermedio – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intermedio
Compositional Genres Mentioned – Masque – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masque
Compositional Genres Mentioned – Medieval Pageant – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medieval_pageant
Compositional Genres Mentioned – Pavan – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pavan_(dance)
Compositional Genres Mentioned – Tourdion – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tourdion

Musical Collections Mentioned – Harmonice Musices Odhecaton – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Odhecaton
Musical Collections Mentioned – Musica enchiriadis – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Musica_enchiriadis
Musical Collections Mentioned – Schola enchiriadis – http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Schola_enchiriadis&action=edit&redlink=1
Musical Collections Mentioned – Terpsichore – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Praetorius
Musical Collections Mentioned – Winchester Troper – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winchester_Troper

Musical Figures Mentioned – Ottaviano Petrucci – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ottaviano_Petrucci


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