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Published on October 17th, 2013 | by Alex Skerratt

Doctor Who Theme Tune Reworkings

Fans of the Doctor Who theme tune (and that’s most of us, I’m guessing!) will be chuffed to hear that some rather funky re-arrangements have surfaced on SoundCloud.

One particularly interesting piece has been performed by a chap called Lins Honeyman, who has gone back to basics with a version that strongly evokes that swinging sixties psychedelia. As Lins explains:

…in true BBC Radiophonic Workshop fashion, [my version uses] a chest of drawers, a bass guitar, some Hammond sounds and a sweeping broom (backwards.) Hats off to Ron Grainer, Delia Derbyshire and William Hartnell.

You can listen to Lins’ ethereal theme tune reworking here.

Some of his fellow musicians, under the ‘Tunesmiths’ banner on SoundCloud, have also had a stab at recreating this iconic piece of music. Iain Young’s version has been arranged using rather dreamy electronica, whilst Mary Keith’s rendition is performed almost entirely on the accordion, and would work great alongside a viewing of Season 17′s City of Death. Finally, there’s Ken Patterson’s quite eerie take on the theme, created using a tuba and what sounds like a piccolo (to my unmusical ears, at least!).

Be sure to check out these pieces on the Tunesmiths SoundCloud page.


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likes William Hartnell, whisky, being creative, debating canonicity, The Gunfighters, The Keys of Marinus and City of Death. He has a strong dislike of cold quiche, corporate PowerPoint presentations and lanyards, but loves terrible puns. He's currently employed by a mute teddy bear with black ears.

4 Responses to Doctor Who Theme Tune Reworkings

  1. Many remixes of the theme out there. One of my favourites is this Surf rendition by Surfing Arcanis.

  2. avatar Kopicbloodaxe says:

    People have been doing this for many, many years. I present to you…

  3. Ken Patterson’s piccolo on ‘Tunesmith’s Dr Who Themes’ is in fact a D Folk Whistle. Tuba is a Russian Helicon BBb!

  4. I have to say, I flipping love this :)

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