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Peter Howell

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Peter Howell was a British sound engineer who provided incidental music for several Doctor Who serials as well as A Girl's Best Friend, the pilot to K9 and Company. Furthermore, he arranged the theme used for the first five years of the JNT era and was credited with special sounds for Planet of Evil.

Though uncredited, Howell's work on the title sequence that began with The Leisure Hive was more than musical. He claimed to have to worked very closely with Sid Sutton and to have fought hard to end the titles on a fade to white. Once he had convinced his superiors to allow the visual "white out", he was free to end the credits sequence with a "sonic boom". (DCOM: Meglos) This distinctive final note would become one of the most recognisable elements of his arrangement of the "Doctor Who theme".

He also contributed to the charity reference book Behind the Sofa: Celebrity Memories of Doctor Who.

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