The music for The Leisure Hive stands out in my recollection for two reasons. Not only was it my first attempt at science fiction incidental music but also it was the most expansive of all the scores I wrote for Doctor Who. It was the product of my naivety in a way, because looking back on it now, the music seems almost too large and too omnipresent for the likes of TV.
Lovett Bickford, the director of The Leisure Hive, approached it with no preconceptions and with the full intention of giving people a 'ride for their money'. I had been surrounded for years by numerous boxes of tricks at the Radiophonic Workshop and the opportunity had arrived to use them with no holds barred.
The music was written and constructed using a variety of techniques: multi tracking, tape manipulation, voltage controlled sequencing, and odd methods that even I can't now recall. Into this mix was thrown my enthusiasm for classical pieces, and the result was the trumpeting march as the spaceship lands and later in the story, the Bolero-like piece accompanying the army of Dr Who's, with many incidental pieces along the way.
I still remember how much I enjoyed doing the music, it was one of those rare occasions when I was able to write completely freely, without any formula to constrain me. After such a first experience, everything else is relative.