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Grainer, Ron

Entry updated 20 December 2011. Tagged: Music, People.

(1922-1981) Australian-born composer and musician, resident in the UK from the 1950s. Grainer's most enduring work is the theme to the BBC TV series Doctor Who (1963-current), created in collaboration with Delia Derbyshire of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. He also composed the themes for the television shows The Prisoner (1967-1968) and Joe 90 (1968-1969), as well as the soundtrack for the film version of Leonard Wibberley's The Mouse on the Moon (1963). His score for The Omega Man (1971), though certainly effective, is rather more wistful than the topic of the film might lead one to expect. [AR]

Ronald Grainer

born Queensland, Australia: 11 August 1922

died Sussex: 21 February 1981


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