Dudley Simpson

Born 1922.


Dudley Simpson (born 4 October 1922) is an Australian television composer who is best known for his work on Doctor Who. He was born in Melbourne.

Prior to leaving Australia, Simpson composed for the Borovansky Ballet Company, forerunner to the Australian Ballet. Among his early television work was the music for Moonstrike. Simpson was also responsible for the memorable theme music for The Tomorrow People, Moonbase 3 (1973), The Ascent of Man (1973), Blake's 7 (1978) and the 1985 production of Titus Andronicus.

Blake's 7 ran for 4 series of 13 episodes each, a total of 52 episodes. Simpson provided the incidental music for 50 of the 52 episodes that were broadcast from 1978 to 1981. The two exceptions are the episode entitled Duel (the eighth episode of Series 1) for which director Douglas Camfield chose to use stock music and Gambit (the eleventh episode of the second series) which was scored by the special sound creator of Series 2-4, Elizabeth Parker.

Simpson's first work on Doctor Who was during William Hartnell's era as the First Doctor in Planet of Giants, in 1964, but he is primarily associated with the programme in the 1970s. He also appeared on screen as a music hall conductor in the 1977 story The Talons of Weng-Chiang at the invitation of Philip Hinchcliffe who was the show's producer at the time. Simpson had to be paid a special fee for this appearance, as he was a member of the Musicians' Union and not Equity.

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