A Detailed, Track-by-Track Analysis of the Doctor Who Theme Music

Look­ing for the defin­i­tive guide to the orig­i­nal theme music for the long-run­ning BBC sci­ence fic­tion series Doc­tor Who, com­posed in 1963 by Ron Grain­er and realised by Delia Der­byshire and the BBC Radio­phon­ic Work­shop? Good news, there’s a web­site that pro­vides just that.

Accord­ing to Boing­Bo­ing, the “writ­ers hereDan­ny Stew­artIan Stew­art, and Josef Ken­ny — break down the musi­cal score of each track, point­ing out cool details I’d nev­er noticed (like the fact that there are two sep­a­rate bass tracks that form a nifty coun­ter­point with each oth­er). They include clips of all the indi­vid­ual tracks iso­lat­ed so you can hear exact­ly what they’re describ­ing.” Begin explor­ing here, and find more Doc­tor Who Theme Music posts in the Relat­eds right down below.

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Relat­ed Con­tent:

The Fas­ci­nat­ing Sto­ry of How Delia Der­byshire Cre­at­ed the Orig­i­nal Doc­tor Who Theme

Meet Delia Der­byshire, the Dr. Who Com­pos­er Who Almost Turned The Bea­t­les’ “Yes­ter­day” Into Ear­ly Elec­tron­i­ca

Two Doc­u­men­taries Intro­duce Delia Der­byshire, the Pio­neer in Elec­tron­ic Music

Hear Leg­endary BBC Com­pos­er Delia Derbyshire’s Elec­tron­ic Ver­sion of Bach’s “Air on a G String”

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