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Doctor Who composer Dudley Simpson dies aged 95

It is with sadness that we report the death of Doctor Who composer Dudley Simpson at the age of 95.

The Melbourne-born composer wrote incidental music for 62 Doctor Who stories – over 290 episodes – making him one of the most significant and prolific contributors of the show’s history.

Simpson’s time on Doctor Who saw him score the majority of adventures for the first four Doctors between 1964 and 1980, including classics such as The Ice Warriors, Genesis of the Daleks and City of Death. The composer even made an on-screen cameo during Fourth Doctor story The Talons of Weng-Chiang, in which he can be seen as a conductor at the Palace Theatre.

Dudley Simpson’s contribution to Doctor Who was recognised in 2013, when he was invited back as an audience member to witness the performance of an extract from the 1977 story City of Death during a section celebrating the music of ‘Classic’ Who at the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Prom.

Outside of Doctor Who Simpson was perhaps best known as the composer for the sci-fi series Blake’s 7, providing the show’s theme as well as writing incidental music for all but two episodes. Other projects included The Tomorrow People, The Brothers, Dombey & Son and Goodbye Mr Chips.

Simpson retired in the 1990s and returned to his native Australia, where he passed away on 4th November 2017 at the age of 95.

We at The Gallifrey Times send our condolences and best wishes to Dudley Simpson’s family, friends and former colleagues at this sad time.