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Road name honour for music 'pioneer' who helped craft Doctor Who theme tune

Published 27/11/2016 | 19:46

Actor Peter Capaldi, who plays Doctor Who, next to the Tardis
Actor Peter Capaldi, who plays Doctor Who, next to the Tardis

The composer who helped craft the Doctor Who theme tune is set to be honoured by having a road named after her.

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Delia Derbyshire built a reputation as a pioneer of electronic music and used her abilities to give the now-famous score composed by Ron Grainer a rework in 1963.

To recognise the influence her work had over the way music was produced for decades to come, Ms Derbyshire, who died in 2001, will be commemorated by the creation of Derbyshire Way in Coventry.

Councillor Gary Ridley said: "Delia Derbyshire produced sounds in the 1960s which were at least 20 years ahead of their time.

"A true pioneer of electronic music, she achieved this without the modern equipment that producers had in the 1980s and 1990s.

"Perhaps best known for the theme tune to Doctor Who, Delia will remain a national treasure and this is a fitting tribute to one of Coventry's most celebrated daughters."

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