Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Basil Scores

For all its murder and revenge, ‘The Abominable Dr. Phibes’ is actually quite a tender film, full of poignancy and loss. Basil Kirchin’s incidental music has all his normal quirks and bumps and weird noises, and is, of course, excellent, but his genius fully flowers on the soaring waltz ‘Vulnavia’s Theme’, the music the bad doctor dances to with his beautiful, silent assistant – pretending for a brief, blissful moment that he’s dancing with his dear, dead wife.   


  1. As this is a brief interlude - Albeit a most admirable one - from Captain Scarlet week, is their any chance of Dolly Dolly telling us what Jon Pertwee actually said to him?

  2. He hasn't even told me yet. I'm working on him.