Published on February 8th, 2014 | by Rebecca Crockett

8-Bit Doctor Who Theme!

For those of us of a certain age, we’ve grown up with technology evolving and changing right along side us. Many of us grew up in the age when arcade games made the leap from big machines that could only run one game to consoles that could play many different games, from PacMan, Donkey Kong, and Space Invaders, to Super Mario Brothers and Duke Nukem.

To us, the 8-bit sound files of the ghosts catching PacMan and the Super Mario Brothers theme song are familiar sounds, ones that bring back childhood memories of our favourite games and times spent with our friends trying to beat each other’s game scores and the excitement that came when a new game had graphics better than any we’d ever seen before.

As happens with every generation, we reach a point when our childhoods are distant memories and we like to take nostalgic look back into our past. And as happens, newer generations look back at what was part of our childhoods and become enamoured of them, and the old becomes new again.

With that, I give you the Doctor Who theme song, 8-bit style.

(With thanks to Joe)


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About the Author


Rebecca is new to the Who world, having only recently watched the entire new series in a span of 8 days. She is no stranger to sci-fi though, being a life long Trekkie and has vague memories of seeing the 4th Doctor on US television as a child. When not watching, reading, blogging, or talking about Doctor Who, she is a fan of pop culture and loves movies and books so much she has to keep a list of both so she doesn't forget any of them. She also likes to make attempts at various forms of art including photography and painting. Rebecca is currently working her way through as many classic serials and as many books related to the show that she can find and wishes she could have been with the Doctor and Amy when they met Van Gogh.

6 Responses to 8-Bit Doctor Who Theme!

  1. avatar Gareth Kavanagh says:

    Oh I do love that. Doctor Who as a Mario-esque platform game would work rather well now I think on.

  2. avatar iLikeTheUDK says:

    The only Duke Nukem that could actually classify as 8-bit would be the very first one, which was a platformer where his skin was red and he wore a pink undershirt (due to the limitations of the 16-colour palette). I have no idea why old school games with pixelated graphics are always called “8-bit” (including even some 32-bit ones!) It’s like how your mum calls every single game console “Nintendo” or “Sony”.

    • So what you’re saying is that the only Duke Nukem that was 8 bit was… Duke Nukem (as opposed to, say, Duke Nukem 3D).

      Which is *exactly* what Becky said…

  3. avatar mu mu says:

    The first three games are arcade pcbs. These are not normally termed as 8-bit.

    • avatar mu mu says:

      Same with Pacman

    • Arcade pcbs that have been ported to 8 bit consoles.

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