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Published on June 28th, 2010 | by Andrew Reynolds

Matt Smith with Orbital

Doctor Who fans getting baked at Glastonbury (in the heat!) last night got a special treat when Matt Smith joined legendary grandmasters of electronic music Orbital on stage to perform the Doctor Who theme.

Matt Smith rallied the crowd in front of The Other Stage before joining the brothers Paul and Phil Hartnoll to close there set with a heavy version of the shows iconic theme.

This is super cool – watch below to see Matt throw some shapes!

This isn’t the first time the theme song has been remixed.

In 1988, the band The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu (later known as The KLF) released the single “Doctorin’ the TARDIS” under the name The Timelords. The song sampled Doctor Who, Gary Glitter‘s “Rock and Roll (Part 2)”, and Sweet‘s “Blockbuster”, with lyrics – including samples of Michael Wisher‘s performance as Davros in the serial Genesis Of The Daleks – chanting about the Doctor, the TARDIS, and Daleks.

“Doctorin’ the TARDIS” reached number one in the UK Singles Chart on 12 June.

Other bands who have remixed or sample the theme are DJ duo Coldcut, Mankind, Dr. Pablo, and Dub Syndicate.

In 2010 Australian band Pendulum featured the theme in their song ‘Set Me on Fire.’

(Via EW)


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Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.

4 Responses to Matt Smith with Orbital

  1. avatar bobbygaga says:

    The Doctor… raving to his own theme tune. Mad.

  2. avatar Bow Ties Are Cool says:

    Only Matt Smith, people. Only Matt Smith.

    Well, maybe Pertwee. But mostly, Matt Smith.

  3. avatar Carn says:

    Haha, I’d love if jon pertwee did his song at glastonbury years ago. That would have been a whole big surreal kind of awesomeness.

    • avatar Christian Cawley says:

      Ha! I was thinking quite the same thing!

      Only the audience in 1973 would have been flannel flared hippies, sat cross-legged!

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