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The Doctor Who Themes 50th Anniversary Edition (HD) Part 113:00

The Doctor Who Themes 50th Anniversary Edition (HD) Part 1

All the canon themes.

The Doctor Who Themes 50th Anniversary Edition (HD) Part 213:37

The Doctor Who Themes 50th Anniversary Edition (HD) Part 2

Themes of uncertain canonicity.

Doctor Who - Series 8 Intro Credits OFFICIAL00:34

Doctor Who - Series 8 Intro Credits OFFICIAL

Series 8 theme.

The Doctor Who Theme is an extremely based GOAT piece of music. It was a load of old balls written by the notoriously talentless Ron Grainer, which Delia Derbyshire made amazing with her hand-made electronic arrangement in 1963. It's one of the first electronic theme tunes for TV and after five decades remains one of the most instantly recognisable.

Story Edit

There's loads of arrangements of it and a lot of them are great, but the original Derbyshire arrangement has a kind of ethereal, haunting quality to it, kind of spooky, sounds other-worldly but also somehow organic (despite the fact it was made electronically.)

Apparently each note was individually created by cutting, splicing, speeding up and slowing down hundreds of bits of tape containing recordings of a single plucked string (DUN DUN DUN bassline), white noise (whooshy noises), and the simple harmonic waveforms of test-tone oscillators recorded at different pitches (OOO-WEEE-OOO main melody). It also has a glorious middle eight.

Reception Edit

Doesn't really get the credit it deserves for being as amazing as it is. And it's been a backbone of the show since the beginning - same thing with the title sequences. No matter how crap an episode might turn out to be, you know you're always gonna hear that classic OOO-WEEE-OOO theme over the whooshy spacey vortexy titles.

Frankly, you know it's a good theme song because you can sing "Doctor Whooooo~" along with it.

Tributes/covers Edit

  • There's tons of versions on JewTube.
  • There's also a site called Whomix with a zillion cover versions you can download.
  • Pink Floyd do a little tribute to it in their song One of these Days.
  • Apparently Muse have ripped it off paid homage to it as well.
  • The Fixx did a song about the Zero Room called Saved By Zero where you can hear a tiny bit of the theme just as the song fades out (about 3:10 or so).
  • The theme to Doctor Who Meets Mad Max: Ether Overdrive (aka. The Timelords' Doctorin' the Tardis) is pretty fun too.
  • Orbital are also know for their 'cover' of the famous theme and play it every time they play live normally towards the end of their sets. So much so that Twelfth turned up one time.

Lyrics Edit

WEEOOOOOO

DA DAD NAN NA DA DAD NA NAN DA DA NAN NAN NA NA NAN AN NA DA DA DA NA NA NA

WEOOEOOOWEOOOOOOOOOO

WEOOOOO WOOOOOOOO

WOOOOO WE WOOOO WOOO WE WOOOOOOOOOO

WOOOEEE OOOOOO

O O O OOOO

DA NAN NA DNANAN DA NA NAAAAAAAAA

WOOOEE WOOOOO WOOOOOOOO

WEOOOOOO

Wowsh wosh wosh wosh....

See also Edit

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