Doctor Who

Doctor Who has been chosen as the best scifi theme tune for a television series in an online vote on the long established and very popular website total scifi.

It beat series like red dwarf ("I want to lie ship wrecked and comatose"), Mark Snows X-files tune, Buffy and Star Trek.

Total Sci-Fi editor Matt McAllister commented -

"The poll result proves that in addition to being one of the most popular science fiction shows ever created, Doctor Who also boasts the most iconic sci-fi theme tune. Grainer and Derbyshire's theme manages to convey the outlandish quality of the show and is instantly recognisable to fans throughout the world just by its opening bars."

The Doctor Who theme tune was originally created for the very first series, in 1963. The tune was composed by Rob Grainer and arranged by Delia Derbyshire at the BBC's Radiophonic WorkshopBBC's Radiophonic Workshop.

The iconic sound was created by combining a tape loop of a struck piano string with the sound of test oscillators and filters. Since 1963 the theme tune has been reworked a number of times over the years, with the current version arranged by Murray Gold.

The music was composed by Australian Ron Grainer and arranged by Delia Derbyshire at the BBC's Radiophonic Workshop.

The Original 1963 tune, in all it's glory