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Published on April 29th, 2010 | by Mick Karma

Who’s Theme?

Apparently, over 70 Doctor Who fans have complained to the BBC concerning the recent change to the series iconic theme tune.

Doctor Who - theme tune warsDespite the show being about change, featuring a new TARDIS exterior, interior, companion and even a new face for the Time Lord, it seems that the new Doctor Who theme tune arrangement was just a step too far when it was seen at the start of The Eleventh Hour in early April.

The BBC responded quite reasonably.

“It is important for the regeneration of the show to keep revisiting the score while always retaining the haunting and ground-breaking essence of the original.

“The arranger has made alterations to the music four times since 2005, so change is nothing new.”

With Steven Moffat heralding a new era of Doctor Who with Matt Smith as the Doctor and Karen Gillan as Amy Pond, it was almost obvious that the theme tune would also change.

Given that the tune has had so many different styles since being originally composed by Ron Grainer and arranged by Delia Derbyshire in 1963, it seems bizarre that anyone should complain!


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8 Responses to Who’s Theme?

  1. avatar gizmoduck says:

    Surely the complaints are less about the fact it has changed, and more to do with the new arrangement being awful!

  2. avatar Anthony Dry says:

    Blimey, us lot will complain about anything! I like it, i think its one of the best. Very Epic.

  3. avatar gizmoduck says:

    It’s fine when it kicks in, but the opening sounds like it’s from a different musical piece.

    But so far it’s the only thing wrong with this season!

  4. avatar krumstets says:

    The opening of the theme sounds so tinny and cheap,coupled with the cartoonish opening sequence makes for a sad sight.
    The music needs more bass…they still haven’t managed to improve on this since the 1970′s.

  5. avatar Christian Cawley says:

    I’m confused, krumstets – perhaps there’s something wrong with your TV’s sound? The tune isn’t tinny, and while a different arrangement it certainly doesn’t feel cheap.

    As for the opening sequence, the previous one was little more than a fast version of the 1996 TV movie, with added orange – great in 2005 but certainly tired by January 1st 2010

  6. avatar YorkshireNed says:

    I’ve not gone as far as to complain but speaking an obsessive music, especially of new & innovative music, the new theme is a real mess and a horrible step backwards. It seems that every new version of the theme makes it less distinctive, less original and less futuristic. The current one has a horrible 80s sound to it. The reason 60s Who still endures is because it has such creepy, spooky sound. Sack Gold and give the job to Nurse with Wound!

  7. avatar Christian Cawley says:

    i’ve been hoping for a return to electronica on the DW theme for a long time now.

    I don’t think its ever going to come :(

  8. avatar Valley Wizard says:

    I just love getting a version of the theme tune with some synthesizer and a little bit of moodiness. Years of operatic singers, full orchestra, drums and electric guitars gave me a headache after a while. Subtlety doesn’t have to be a lost art.

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