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Published on February 3rd, 2013 | by Christian Cawley

Doctor Who Theme Tune for Classical Guitar!

We’re well aware that you might not be all that adept at the keyboard. Perhaps you would prefer to learn the Doctor Who theme tune on your guitar…

Which is why we’ve tracked down the following clip, in which a fiendishly talented chap – complete with scarf, curls, sonic screwdriver and Jelly Babies – performs a stunning rendition of Ron Grainer’s memorable tune.

Better still, the performer – Matthew Lister (see more at – has provided a link to a guitar tablature notation of the arrangement (which uses a dropped D tuning on the bottom E string).

It’s Sunday – what are you waiting for?


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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+.

2 Responses to Doctor Who Theme Tune for Classical Guitar!

  1. Thanks for the write up! It was actually a fan in Germany who transcribed my arrangement and put it up on Ultimate Guitar. Wish all my YouTube comments were as nice as your glowing review.


    • avatar Iltu says:

      Well I found your YouTube clip and the arrangement some time ago and my daughter was delighted. ( Me, too, by the way)
      She even took it to her guitar lessons ( and the we had to show him the clip of you playing the theme tune the next week, as her teacher clearly never even has heard of Doctor Who… but he was as impressed as we.)
      Well now she’s practicing… and practicing … and practicing … :)
      Thanks for sharing “your” music with us….

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