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Published on April 20th, 2009 | by Christian Cawley

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Greatest Theme Tune: Official


“Grainer and Derbyshire’s theme manages to convey the outlandish quality of the show and is instantly recognisable to fans throughout the world just by its opening bars.”

So says TotalSciFiOnline.com’s Matt McAllister following Doctor Who’s success in heading a poll of the greatest TV sci-fi theme tunes.

“The poll result proves that in addition to being one of the most popular science fiction shows ever created, Doctor Who also boasts the most iconic sci-fi theme tune.”

Ron Grainer’s composition was given remarkable arrangement treatment by Delia Derbyshire to give us one of the most distinctive TV theme tunes of all time – and one that has been one of the most inspirational and influential.

The links on the left should give you an idea of the importance and standing of Derbyshire’s and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop’s work and influence over its 50 years – meanwhile the poll Top Ten looks like this:

1) Doctor Who
2) Red Dwarf
3) The X-Files
4) Buffy the Vampire Slayer
5) Star Trek
6) Thunderbirds
7) The Twilight Zone
8) Battlestar Galactica
9) Quantum Leap
10) The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

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A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.




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