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Tuesday Is Theme Tunes Day – The Doctor Who Megamix

Something a little different for this week’s classic theme tune.

Usually I like to present the best possible version I can find of the official opening and, if possible, closing credits, along with any multiple versions that were aired during a show’s run.

However, to mark David Tennant‘s last Doctor Who outing (the first part of his two-part farewell airs on Christmas Day and the second on New Year’s Day on BBC1 in the UK) here’s a rather nifty mash-up megamix of the various mixes of the show’s classic theme tune and opening titles from all 10 incarnations of the Doctor so far, from the very first, William Hartnell, right through to Tennant.

For the most part, it sticks to the official BBC versions of the music opening titles as aired, though the creator has taken a few liberties here and there.

Most notably this means tweaks to the title sequence from the 1996 TV movie (Paul McGann‘s only TV outing as the Eighth Doctor) and to the opening credits used for the ninth (Christopher Ecclestone) and 10th (Tennant) Doctors, in all three cases to add images of the Doctor, a la the classic Who opening title sequences.

When Matt Smith takes over the role next year we will have a new TARDIS, new logo, new credit sequence and almost certainly a new remix version of the theme tune.

Personally, I’m hoping for a return to the earlier style of opening credits and also a mix of the theme tune that restores the spooky, haunting, atmospheric, “squelchy” sound of the 60s and early 70s theme, which was composed by Ron Grainer and recorded by Delia Derbyshire at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop.

Given new producer Steven Moffat appears to have returned the TARDIS exterior to something more closely resembling the William Hartnell-era original than more recent incarnations – and if we forget about the odd TARDIS-shaped DW abbreviation, the new logo, left, is also reminiscent of the original 1963 version – maybe he’ll go for a similar retro feel to the theme and credits. We’ll find out in a few months!

In the meantime, enjoy the megamix:


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Doctor Who – First Photos From The Season Five Set And The New TARDIS

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UPDATE: MARCH 30, 2010 – Click here for the first official photos of the new TARDIS interior!

UPDATE: MARCH 19, 2010Click here to see Inside Doctor Who’s New TARDIS.


The first pictures have emerged, courtesy of Blogtor Who, from today’s first day of filming on the set of Doctor Who season five.

Here are Matt Smith and Scottish actress Karen Gillan as the 11th Doctor and his new companion Amy Pond, standing in front of the new-look TARDIS exterior.

Hmmm… I know that the new series of Doctor Who is the first to be filmed in High Definition, and so – as I mentioned in this blog post – a new TARDIS exterior had to be built because the improved HD picture quality would have show up all the wear and tear and defects in the old one – but I can’t help thinking that the new TARDIS looks too shiny and, well, new.

It’s supposed to look a bit battered and battle-scarred, is it not, having been through so much during the Doctor’s lifetimes?

This one looks like it just dematerialised from the showroom!

Anyway, Blogtor Who also had a spoiler of sorts about a returning character from the Doctor’s recent past.

Don’t scroll down any further if you don’t want to know who is returning.

I mean it – there’s a photo and everything.

Last chance…

Yes, it appears that former ER star Alex Kingston is returning as River Song.

You will recall that she appeared in the season four episodes Silence In The Library and Forest Of The Dead, written by Steven Moffat, in which she recognised the 10th Doctor and seemed to have quite detailed and possibly intimate knowledge about him, his past and his future – even though he had no idea who she was.

Since Moffat is the new showrunner, taking over from Russell T Davies, it makes sense that he would bring her back for his first episode(s) in charge.

Will her appearance in season five reveal River’s first meeting (from her point of view) with The Doctor? Time will tell.

Many more photos from the first day of shooting can be found on Blogtor Who here, here and here.


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