As Fingers Move to End Mankind, Metallic Teeth Begin to Grind

We just finished watching the first episode of the new season of Doctor Who, and we’re so pleased. I had other plans for today’s musical offerings, but instead it’s the Doctor Who Revue.

We’ll start out with the theme. This isn’t the original original theme, which was composed by Ron Granier and which has been called one of the most distinctive theme songs on television. This is the version by Peter Howell from 1980, commissioned to update it, along with the updated “neon logo” title sequence.

Peter Howell — 80s Doctor Who Theme (mp3)

The theme was again updated for the new series in 2005. I really like this version.

Doctor Who Theme — 2005 Series (mp3)

Of course, people other than the BBC have had a go at this tune. Some of you may remember the version by prankster band the KLF, which approaches the theme by way of Gary Glitter.

The KLF — Doctorin’ the TARDIS (mp3)

Those seeking something more cultured and refined may prefer this version arranged for string quartet:

Fourplay — Doctor Who Theme (mp3)

But Doctor Who related music doesn’t stop at treatments of the theme. Here is a whole album full of Who-related tunes, including that classic, I’m Gonna Spend My Christmas with a Dalek. It also features a…well…dramatic piece by Jon Pertwee, who played the third Doctor:

Jon Pertwee — I am the Doctor (mp3)

It doesn’t however, seem to have this oddball bluegrass tune by Australian band Bullamakanka back in 1983. This is possibly because Ron Granier reportedly hated this song and sought to stop them from selling it. We here at Dave Ex Machina aren’t afraid of Ron Granier, so have a listen:

Bullamakanka — Doctor Who is Gonna Fix It (mp3)

If you know of other Doctor Who related tunes, please let me know. I just realized I don’t have an mp3 of Frazer Hines’ “Who’s Doctor Who” and that is a situation that must be rectified at once.

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2 Responses to As Fingers Move to End Mankind, Metallic Teeth Begin to Grind

  1. doppelganger says:

    The one by ‘Orbital’ is brilliant as well….

  2. David Thiel says:

    My absolute favorite is the current version of “Doctor Who” theme which first aired as part of the episode “The Christmas Invasion.” It kicks in with a full orchestral backdrop about halfway through, and it gives me Dalek bumps.