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The song is performed by a singer at the Palace Theatre. (TV; The Talons of Weng-Chiang)

"Daisy Bell" was a song performed at the Palace Theatre in 1889 whilst the Fourth Doctor and Leela were attending. The singer, Lettie Randall, sang the lines:

Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer, do.
I'm half crazy all for the love of you.
It won't be a stylish marriage.
I can't afford a carriage.
But you'll look sweet on the seat of a bicycle built for two.

The audience were invited by Miss Randall to join in with the chorus. The Doctor assured Leela that they were not obliged to do the same. (TV: The Talons of Weng-Chiang)

The Scorchies sang an alternate version of the song to Henry Gordon Jago:

Jago, Jago, give me your answer, do.
You'll go crazy when you are torn in two. (AUDIO: Encore of the Scorchies)

In 2367, Robots 1 and 2 sang this song when the Eleventh Doctor deactivated them. (TV: Dinosaurs on a Spaceship)

Behind the scenes Edit

Daisy Bell sung by Edward M. Favor

"Daisy Bell", as recorded in 1894 by the Edison Phonograph Company

  • The robots singing "Daisy Bell" as they died is a reference to HAL doing the same in Arthur C. Clarke's film 2001: A Space Odyssey, which was itself a reference to the first song ever sung by a computer made by a human (the IBM 704) in 1961.
  • The song's full title is "Daisy Bell (Bicycle Built for Two)" and was composed by Harry Dacre in 1892, which makes its performance in the story somewhat of an anachronism.

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