Doctor Who: Beyond the Sun

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The Performing Right Society list of works by Delia Ann Derbyshire includes:

Title: Beyond The Sun / Doctor Who / (serials A,B,C)
Writers: Derbyshire Delia Ann, Hodgson Brian
Publisher: BBC Worldwide Music
Work number: 1470660N 
Type: 10/90 [?]
Work status flags: Film/TV
Creation date: 3 August 1999

According to, Beyond the Sun was the working title for two Doctor Who stories:

  • series 1, serial 2: The Daleks[1] and
  • series 1, serial 5: The Hidden Planet, which was never produced.[2]

while serials A, B and C are the BBC's production codes for the first three stories of Doctor Who:

  • 100,000BC: An Unearthly Child[3],
  • The Daleks[4] and
  • Inside the Spaceship: The Edge of Destruction.[5]

We trust the Radiophonic Database, which says that tape TRW 6029 includes the last of these: "Serial C: The Edge of Destruction (a.k.a. Beyond the Sun)".


From The Daleks

Episode 1:

  • 20:40-21_49 Exploring the Daleks' base

The Daleks 1 - 20.40-21.49 - Spectrogram.jpg

The start of episode 2 has the above as a quiet background with people talking over it, then the rest of episode 2 and the other 4 episodes have just filtered noise and simple effects.

It's always seemed odd that Delia seemed to have had nothing further to do with Doctor Who after making the theme, despite all the activity that there must have been at the RW to make sound for the programmes. We can only guess why, but if this is indeed the Beyond the Sun music for which she is credited, this also seems to be the point - in just the second story of the series - at which she backs out of the Doctor Who programme and leaves making its sound to the rest of the Radiophonic Workshop.

From The Edge of Destruction

Episode 1:

  • 00:41-01:15 Opening

The Edge of Destruction 1 - 00.41-01.15 - Spectrogram.jpg

  • 01:15-01:56 Background loop

The Edge of Destruction 1 - 01.15-01.56 - Spectrogram.jpg

  • 09:48-09:56 Stabbing music

The Edge of Destruction 1 - 09.48-09.56 - Spectrogram.jpg

  • 10:24-11:26 Wibbly background

The Edge of Destruction 1 - 10.24-11.26 - Spectrogram.jpg

  • 17:42-18:03 Orchestral background to scenes of planets

The Edge of Destruction 1 - 17.42-18.03 - Spectrogram.jpg

  • 19:29-20:00 Vision of the alien objects

The Edge of Destruction 1 - 19.29-20.00 - Spectrogram.jpg

  • 23:23-24:25 Wibbly background and arrival of strangler

The Edge of Destruction 1 - 23.23-24.25 - Spectrogram.jpg

Episode 2:

  • 02:50-04:00 Tamtam

The Edge of Destruction 2 - 02.50-04.00 - Spectrogram.jpg

  • 12:29-12:48 More orchestral background to view of planets

The Edge of Destruction 2 - 12.29-12.48 - Spectrogram.jpg

  • 13:11-14:04 Treated orchestral background to the Doctor's soliloquy

The Edge of Destruction 2 - 13.11-14.04 - Spectrogram.jpg