The Doctor Who chart

Here are the official (according to me, at least) top ten versions of the Doctor Who theme music:

  1. Delia Derbyshire – Doctor Who Theme (Third Version*, 1971)
  2. Peter Howell – Doctor Who Theme (1980)
  3. Orbital – Doctor? (2001)
  4. Delia Derbyshire – Doctor Who Theme (Original Version, 1963)
  5. Murray Gold – Doctor Who Theme (Tenth Doctor Versions, 2005)
  6. Murray Gold – Doctor Who Theme (Eleventh Doctor Versions, 2010)
  7. Dominic Glynn – Doctor Who Theme (1986)
  8. Keff McCulloch – Doctor Who Theme (1987)
  9. Delia Derbyshire – Doctor Who Theme (Delaware Version, 1972)
  10. David Arnold – Doctor Who Theme (2001)

* technically, the 1967 and 1970 versions should probably be near the top of this list too, but since they’re so similar to the 1971 version I’ve omitted them from this list.

Notably absent from this list are the bloody awful 1996 version by John DebneyThe Timelords (The KLF‘s) Doctorin’ the TARDIS, and a good number of other failures…

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Playlist for stowaways – Who

This week everybody who cares is celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of Doctor Who, and this blog is no exception. It’s also an ideal occasion to put together a Who-themed Playlist for stowaways.

Some of the music and sounds are from the series directly. Others are from the BBC Radiophonic Workshop; tributes to the series; or other things that are generally related and seemed to fit.

You can hear it here.

The tracks included are as follows:

  1. Brian Hodgson – TARDIS Takeoff
  2. Delia Derbyshire – Doctor Who Theme (1963 Version)
  3. Brian Hodgson – Dalek Control Room
  4. Soft Cell – Tainted Love (2XS Remix)
  5. Brian Hodgson – Quarks Chuckle
  6. Jack Dorsey and Orchestra – Dance of the Daleks
  7. David Darlington – Excelis Dawns
  8. Delia Derbyshire – Blue Veils and Golden Sands
  9. Jon Pertwee – Who is the Doctor
  10. Delia Derbyshire – Ziwzih Ziwzih OO-OO-OO
  11. Peter Howell – “She’s Seen Too Much!”
  12. Dick Mills – TARDIS Doors
  13. Frazer Hines – Time Traveller
  14. Paddy Kingsland – Summons to Gallifrey
  15. Brian Hodgson – Dalek Spaceship Lands
  16. Roberta Tovey – Who’s Who
  17. Brian Hodgson – The Master’s Theme
  18. Delia Derbyshire – Doctor Who Theme (Delaware Version)
  19. Rotersand – Exterminate Annihilate Destroy
  20. Brian Hodgson – Chumblie Constant Run
  21. Dick Mills – Nova Device Countdown and Explosion
  22. The Human League – Tom Baker
  23. Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart
  24. Brian Hodgson – TARDIS Lands
  25. Mark Ayres – The Storm Breaks
  26. Lynda Baron and Tom McCall – With Rings on Their Fingers
  27. Glenn Miller – Moonlight Serenade
  28. Delia Derbyshire – Liquid Energy
  29. Martin Slavin – Space Adventure
  30. Pet Shop Boys – Radiophonic
  31. Brian Hodgson – Chumblie at Rest
  32. Orbital – Doctor?
  33. Delia Derbyshire – Time to Go
  34. Dick Mills – TARDIS Landing Bleep