BBC Radiophonic Workshop.

I have made it pretty obvious that I have an addiction to the television show that was born during the 60’s, Doctor Who. A ground-breaking show and something most people hadn’t experienced before. Now a great deal of this was due to its completely original sound design, and the creators of this sound were the people at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. Now it would be unfair to write about them and just talk about their work on Doctor Who so here I give you a post about BBC Radiophonic Workshop.

The BBC Radiophonic Workshop was born in 1958 and was a sound effects department for the BBC.   They originally worked on radio, later on taking their skill into television sound. They have had some of the most talented people in the industry work for them. People such as Delia Derbyshire who worked on Doctor Who, Paddy Kingsland who worked on The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and Dick Mills who worked on Doctor Who and stayed working there until 1993. Some of the other work they have done:

 The Goon Show, a radio comedy show from 1951 to 1960. For this they worked on the music and the sound effects.

This is from khent712 on Youtube.

 The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, a radio series first broadcast in 1978. For this effects were created by Paddy Kingsland with Dick Mills. They worked on the music excluding the show’s theme tune.

On this site original content can be found.

 Quatermass and the Pit, a sci-fi television show in December 1958 and January 1959. This would be the first television they worked on. For this Desmond Briscoe and Dicks Mills worked on the effects.

This is from zardoz80 on Youtube.

This is a very short list of some of the content that they created from 1958 until 1998. In recent years they have reunited for concerts. I have learnt a lot from researching about them. I do see creating sound effects in a different way. For example for a current project, I am working on, we found a metal door, shutting and moving the door in different ways and editing in different frequencies, has created a selection of sound effects. Radiophonic has taught me sound doesn’t need to be logical, it can be anything. But I will leave you with my favourite sound of theirs.

This is from BBCClassicDoctorWho on Youtube


BBC – Music (2014) The BBC Radiophonic Workshop. BBC. Retrieved 19th November, 2014, from

Wikipedia (2014) BBC Radiophonic WorkshopWikipedia. Retrieved 19th November 2014  from





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