'DOCTOR WHO' SHOWRUNNER CHANGES ICONIC TARDIS SOUND
Doctor Who’s ‘TARDIS Noise’ is one of the most iconic features of the show- but in a controversial decision to most ‘Whovians’ (fans of the show), the
The production team conceived of the TARDIS travelling by dematerialising at one point and rematerialising elsewhere, although sometimes in the series it is shown also to be capable of conventional space travel. The ability to travel simply by fading into and out of different locations became one of the trademarks of the show, allowing for a great deal of versatility in setting and storytelling without a large expense in special effects. The distinctive accompanying sound effect – a cyclic wheezing, groaning noise – was originally created in the BBC Radiophonic Workshop by Brian Hodgson. He produced the effect by dragging a set of house keys along the strings of an old, gutted piano. The resulting sound was recorded and electronically processed with echo and reverb. When employed in the series, the sound is synchronised with the flashing light on top of the police box.
However, Doctor Who’s showrunner Steven Moffat has decided to change the sound beloved by so many Doctor Who fans in favor of a more modern, ‘random’ sound to appeal to a wider audience. The sound is said to now change in every episode to keep things fresh and exciting, and embedded above is one of the new noises planned on being introduced in Series 8.
Source: BBC (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-3596312)