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.
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.
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.
Versions and their Composers Edit
|1963||Delia Derbyshire & Ron Grainer|
|1967||Delia Derbyshire & Ron Grainer|
|2014||Seriously overstaying his welcome|
- 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 offpaid 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.
DA DAD NAN NA DA DAD NA NAN DA DA NAN NAN NA NA NAN AN NA DA DA DA NA NA NA
WOOOOO WE WOOOO WOOO WE WOOOOOOOOOO
O O O OOOO
DA NAN NA DNANAN DA NA NAAAAAAAAA
WOOOEE WOOOOO WOOOOOOOO
Wowsh wosh wosh wosh....