Awesome Music: Doctor Who
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Doctor Who theme
- The main theme of the series has always been awesome in all of its various incarnations (including the one for the movie, even if it sticks out like a sore thumb compared to the rest of them).
- Special kudos to the version for Tom Baker's final season, as well as Peter Davison's run and Colin Baker's first season, with the synthesizer that sounds suspiciously like an electric guitar solo. That's right — the awesomeness of the Doctor has been enhanced by The Power of Rock.
- How awesome is the Doctor Who theme? When Ron Grainer (the composer) heard the final mix by Delia Derbyshire, he exclaimed, "Did I really write that?!" ("Well, most of it.")
- The version heard in the 2010 Proms. Shivers of awesome at the Theremin...
- Orbital at Glastonbury. Accompanied by Matt Smith. There are no words. None.
- World music trio Manta's version, from Spicks And Specks.
- Seriously, it's impossible, IMPOSSIBLE to have a bad cover of this theme. How about when Craig Ferguson added lyrics? Or played on a Tesla Coil?
- Speaking of Tesla Coils.
- The Power of Rock materialised and gave us this version...
- John Barrowman gave us a vocal version (along with David Tennant), in The Weakest Link Doctor Who Special. It's pretty hilarious.
- Ladies and gentlemen, "I Am the Doctor", sung by Jon Pertwee.
- There's also this arrangement, created by a reunited Radiophonic Workshop staff in 2009, which infuses the theme with a twinge of surf rock.
Televised Doctor Who
- That plain leitmotif for the city in The Daleks.
- The background music during the Daleks' fight with the Mechanoids at the end of The Chase is also pretty awesome.
- From The Time Meddler, the plainchant that the Meddling Monk puts on to create the illusion of many actual monks.
- The music that plays over the Blind Man's Buff games in The Celestial Toymaker, especially how they harmonize with the buzzers.
- The Ballad of the Last Chance Saloon from The Gunfighters, while hard to find a complete version of, is a really catchy western tune.
- The soundtrack for The Invasion, a cross between a soundtrack from a western with one from a spy thriller.
- That motif that plays over the film trims of the pirates planting the charges in The Space Pirates.
- The Ambassadors of Death has a catchy synthesizer tune which shows up a few times and can be heard in its entirety in episode 2, when the UNIT convoy drives Recovery 7 back to the space center.
- And check out this "UNIT theme" also from "Ambassadors of Death".
- Everyone seems to hate the "Sea Devils" soundtrack, calling it a glorified series of electronic fart noises- listen to this arrangement, which captures the most eerie parts of the music and avoids the least well-regarded snippets.
Season 16 / The Key to Time
- The music in The Androids of Tara, especially that absolutely gloomy wedding march in Part 4.
- The fabulous, Gershwin-inspired "running through Paris" music from City of Death.
- The score to Logopolis. Although it was really just a simple bit of 80s incidental music, the haunting "flashback" music that plays as the Fourth Doctor is seeing the images of his old enemies taunt him before he falls is unforgettable. And the slow descent of single synthesiser tones down a minor scale as we see him lying on the floor just prior to regeneration. Very simple and yet very effective.
- The cool 80's music playing while K-9 travels through the forest in Full Circle.
- The score to Castrovalva. In particular, the scenes in the Zero Room. So pretty sounding...
- The score to The Visitation is a real gem, and it's a shame that it's so hard to find.
- "March of the Cybermen" from Earthshock.
- All of the music from Mawdryn Undead was fantastic, making it even more amazing than it already was.
- Planet of Fire had an atmospheric soundtrack for many of the scenes set on Sarn.
Season 23 / The Trial of a Time Lord
- The opening music from the first episode of "Trial of a Time Lord", with the epic computer-controlled whirling shots of the Time Lord space station, all done with model effects that, in a rare moment for classic Doctor Who, still hold up as excellent today-watch it here. Definitely the best bit of "Trial of a Time Lord" and the most expensive special effects done on the original series (it shows).
- Paradise Towers has not one but two awesome soundtracks; the standard one and another, more atmospheric, soundtrack.
- The soundtrack from Remembrance of the Daleks is '80s-licious, especially the bit (0:00 - 1:15) where Seven and Ace are tearing down the street with the Daleks hot on their heels.
- The soundtrack to The Greatest Show in the Galaxy.
- The epic guitar riff from Survival that plays on the cheetah planet.
- The final peice of music in the classic series (apart from the theme) as the Doctor and Ace walk away.
- A good portion of the TV movie soundtrack falls into this, more specifically "Breakout", "The Chase" and "Open the Eye".
Series 1 / Season 27
- "Rose's Theme". Especially when it plays at the end of "The Stolen Earth" when the Doctor and Rose see each other for the first time in years.
- "Westminster Bridge", which Murray Gold admitted was based on "Cecilia Ann" by The Pixies. The version from the Doctor Who Concert is especially epic.
- "Slitheen" is some really cool action music.
- "Harriet Jones, Prime Minister" is by turns solemn, sweet, beautiful, stately, determined, and triumphant, just like the woman herself.
- Whenever the Daleks' leitmotif begins, you know that the body count is going to start soaring.
- "The Lone Dalek" Not only was it beautifully used during the episode "Dalek" but it was AMAZINGLY used at the end of "Doomsday" (admittedly, most people assume that the last piece of music in that episode is Doomsday or Rose's Theme). But when the music reaches its final climax JUST as the tear falls down the Doctor's cheek as he finds himself alone in the TARDIS at the end...it also has the benefit of providing another point of comparison for the Doctor and the Daleks that a song about a Dalek's loneliness can be used so effectively for the Doctor. This piece of music is one of the most beautiful and haunting pieces of music EVER.
- "Father's Day" is so downbeat and haunting.
- "Hologram" alternates between emotional and triumphant.
- "Rose Defeats the Daleks"...where, um.
Series 2 / Season 28
- "Song for Ten" from "The Christmas Invasion".
- It's not on the soundtrack album, but "School Reunion" has a beautiful little instrumental version of "Song for Ten" at the end of the episode as Sarah Jane says her farewells.
- "Madame de Pompadour" was already good, but then the Proms came along and made it all dramatic and chorussy.
- "The Cybermen".
- "The Impossible Planet". Some rather scary, mournful strings, evoking the ancient and impossible setting of the episode of the same name well, before turning to a more emotional piece of Murray's midway through.
- "Doomsday", from the episode of the same name, contributes just as much to the Tear Jerker ending as the acting.
Series 3 / Season 29
- "Love Don't Roam".
- "The Runaway Bride". What better song to accompany the TARDIS chasing a London cab with a kidnapped bride?
- "After The Chase"...which is after the "The Runaway Bride"'s chase scene, another one of Murray's slower, peaceful ones.
- "Martha's Theme".
- "The Shakespeare Code" has the track "The Carrionites Swarm", which rivals even "All the Strange Strange Creatures" in soaring epicness.
- The Doctor Forever has an epic part about 2 minutes in. It involves the score when the Doctor is hopping through the cars in "Gridlock".
- "Gridlock" includes a bit of tear-jerking religious music: the thousands of travelers, stuck on the motorway, clinging to their hope and seeking solace by singing a beautiful choral version of "The Old Rugged Cross."
- "Boe", also from "Gridlock".
- My bad, bad angel/Ya put the devil in me!
- "All the Strange, Strange Creatures" is particularly good, especially during "Utopia" as Professor Yana becomes the Master. Russell T Davies' instructions were to "give it everything". Magnificent piece, used to perfection in the series.
- That song was used in the final few minutes of "Turn Left". As the Doctor questions Donna on the alternate reality that had been built around her, the music is soft and in the background. Then when she talks about Rose, the music picks up, and when Donna passes on the message, "Bad wolf", the music picks right the hell up and punches you in the gut. It's fast and crazy and can't help but get your heart pounding.
- The scene in question, you can clearly see how the music builds up with the Doctor's Oh, Crap face.
- Also used to great effect in "The End of Time" as the Doctor finishes his frantic race back to Earth to face The Master and Rassilon.
- "The Dream of a Normal Death" is one of the most beautiful orchestral pieces from Doctor Who. Soaring, gorgeous, and heartbreaking.
- Especially the way it was used at the end of "Journey's End".
- The "Blink" suite.
- The glorious "This is Gallifrey: Our Childhood, Our Home". Absolutely perfect, soaring, gorgeous, heartbreaking and utterly epic.
- This is Gallifrey slowed down by 25% and with the pitch lowered by 25%. Wow...
- Behold this bassoon-eriffic, subdued version from the 2010 Proms—followed by the magisterial "Vale Decem" no less, and showing footage of all the Doctor's regenerations. Extra points for the audience's standing ovations at Pertwee, Tom Baker and Tennant. Starting "Vale Decem" 2 seconds before "This Is Gallifrey", and playing with the latter's volume just a bit at times, produces a heartrendingly beautiful song. They play off of each other really well... the beginning is a little discordant, but it soon resolves. For example: the swell in T.I.G. at ~1:45 - it's perfectly mirrored in Vale Decem, and that's only the most prominent matchup.
- The Master, Magnificent Bastard that he is, gets multiple pieces of Awesome Music:
- "Martha Triumphant" is Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
- The start of "Martha's Quest" is even more awesome than Martha's main theme.
- ...and the ending is such a tear jerker. Makes sense considering there are Toclafane decimating the world's population right above Martha.
Series 4 / Season 30
Series 5 / Season 31
- "Down to Earth" is a sweeping big bang of an action theme that starts off series 5 pretty well.
- The Eleventh Doctor's theme — "I Am the Doctor" (Version from the 2010 Proms included, for extra goodness). It sounds like the orchestra managed to purify badass down to its essence, drenched their instruments in it, and just started to rock the hell out. You know things are about to get intense.
- "Onwards!" is the version of "I Am the Doctor" from the "Basically... RUN." scene, and oh yes it is epic.
- "The Sun's Gone Wibbly".
- Amy's theme is a mixture of haunting and calm.
- "A Lonely Decision" from "The Beast Below", which is both beautiful and haunting.
- Another theme of Eleven, "The Mad Man With a Box".
- The bonus track "Emotions Get the Better of Him" from the Series 5 soundtrack is intense, to say the least.
- The stirring, Dambusters-esque march heard during the Spitfire sequence in "Victory of the Daleks". It's given the fitting name "Battle in the Skies".
- "The Vampires of Venice" is a very awesome song. It is also used in the 2010 Christmas Special trailer too. Good god, that's scary.
- "Signora Rosanna Calvierri" from "The Vampires of Venice," particularly from the 2:50 mark, where you can almost feel the Doctor's promise to "tear down the House of Calvierri brick by brick."
- "A Troubled Man"
- "With Love, Vincent".
- Athlete's "Chances" at the museum scene in "Vincent and the Doctor".
- "A Useful Striker" is a football themed remix of "I Am the Doctor". It sounds EXACTLY how you think it does.
- The music playing over his Badass Boast at Stonehenge is a track called "Words Win Wars". Trust me, he's the Doctor. This theme gets reused in Day of the Doctor.
- The Dark Reprise of "The Mad Man With a Box", "The Sad Man With A Box".
- "A River of Tears" is not only a very haunting piece, it also features backmasked sections, which symbolise River's relationship with the Doctor, always meeting in reverse order. And if you play it backwards you get a similar piece that sounds a little darker and more intense...
- "You and Me, Amy" is a sad remix of several series 5 pieces, before closing with a quiet, soft piece.
- "The Patient Centurion" is lovely. Listen closely and you'll hear a slower, more melancholy version of the melody in "I Am The Doctor".
- "I Remember You" plays over the climax in "The Big Bang" at Amy's wedding. It's, in a word, triumphant.
Series 6 / Season 32
- "Abigail's Song" from "A Christmas Carol". Haunting, beautiful, and with a slight suggestion of the Arc Words "Silence will fall".
- "Come Along Pond", which later became used as the trailer music to "The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe".
- "Goodlucknight" from "A Christmas Carol", the swelling music from when Abigail kisses Kazran for the first time.
- "I Am the Doctor in Utah"
- "The Impossible Astronaut", yet another creepy One-Woman Wail.
- "The Majestic Tale (Of A Madman In A Box)", the epic, triumphant variation of "I Am the Doctor" that plays as the Doctor defeats the Silence and River's ensuing ass kicking of said Silence in "Day of the Moon", and as all 13 Doctors save Gallifrey in "The Day of the Doctor".
- "Help Is On Its Way". Scary, intense, foreboding, and all round epic.
- The soundtrack to "The Curse of the Black Spot" called "All For One" is awesomely Pirates of the Caribbean like.
- "Loving isn't Knowing (The Almost People Suite)", part of which was beautifully used near the end of "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship".
- "Your Father, the Last Centurion", aka the epic, swashbuckling march of Rory-badassery.
- "The Enigma of River Song".
- "Day of the Moon", truly heroic music played in "The Girl Who Waited" during the scene where Amy, Rory and...Amy fight off the handbots while heading back to the TARDIS.
- "Tell Me Who You Are", "Melody Pond", "Forgiven" and "The Wedding of River Song" are all beautiful, heartbreaking pieces symbolizing River, her identity, and her past as revealed in Series 6.
- "Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart" is an amazing piece starting out small and sad, yet quite beautiful as the Doctor finds out about one of his oldest and best friends' death, then builds up to an awesome arrangement of I Am The Doctor that captures the bittersweetness of revisiting the events of The Impossible Astronaut and the death of the Doctor from the Doctor's perspective.
Series 7 / Season 33
- "Bah Bah Biker", a catchy tune that plays while the Doctor and Clara ride to the cafe in "The Bells of Saint John".
- "The Long Song", the hymn the people of Akhaten sing in "The Rings of Akhaten" while trying to quell the sentient sun.
- "The Final Chapter of Amelia Pond", including "Together or Not At All", the heartbreaking music that plays as Amy and Rory commit suicide to create a paradox big enough to destroy the Angels.
- "The Name of the Doctor Suite", starting off with a Triumphant Reprise of "This is Gallifrey", (known as "To Save the Doctor") bringing to mind the image of the Gallifrey of the Doctor's youth, with the Time Lords at their very height.
- "A Secret He Will Take To His Grave", the sad, gentle reprise of "This Is Gallifrey" that plays as the Doctor breaks down knowing he must go to Trenzalore.
- "Remember Me", starting with Clara's emotional piano Leitmotif before building in an epic variation of "I Am The Doctor", which plays at the end of both "Asylum of the Daleks" and "The Name of the Doctor".
- "Infinite Potential", a moving instrumental of "The Long Song", which plays as Clara sacrifices her leaf in "The Rings of Akhaten", and as the Eleventh Doctor delivers his dying speech in "The Time of the Doctor".
- "Song for Four/Home", which was originally intended to play over the Curator scene in "The Day of the Doctor" but ultimately used for the phone call in "Deep Breath", is a very moving theme that culminates in an epic, cinematic variation of "The Majestic Tale (Of A Madman In A Box)".
- "Never Tell Me The Rules", the very triumphant and very epic rearrangement of "This is Gallifrey" that plays as the Eleventh Doctor starts his regeneration, which then segues into a very epic arrangement of "The Doctor's Theme (Series 4)".
- "Trenzalore", a low-key, tragic recurring theme based around the Doctor's fate on the planet Trenzalore heard in "The Name of the Doctor", "The Day of the Doctor" and "The Time of the Doctor".
- "Trenzalore/The Long Song/I Am Information (Reprise)" brings together the previously released tracks "Trenzalore", "Infinite Potential" and "My Silence" to score the Eleventh Doctor's last moments. While the 10th Doctor's theme was a choir singing of his funeral hymn, this is a gentle lullaby to sing the Eleventh to sleep.
Series 8 / Season 34
- The first trailer for the 2010 season has another awesome sound track - Destiny of Mankind by Two Steps from Hell.
- The music for the second 2011 trailer, "Tristan". That dramatic choral crescendo, followed by the eerie little coda. Shivers the whole way through.
- Continuing the theme, the 2013 series has "Blood of the Titan".
- The music for the 50 Years trailer. Never has the Doctor Who theme sounded quite so epic.
- The music from The First Question's Extended Cut trailer is 7 minutes of sheer, unadulterated, awesome, brilliant, fantastic, stunning, jaw-dropping, bloody amazing over 9000 awesomeness.
K- 9 and Company
- The K-9 and Company theme.
- The Torchwood soundtrack, mostly composed in series 2 and 3 by Ben Foster, gives us "Owen's Theme" and "Owen Fights Death", and the epically creepy and haunting "Pearl And The Ghostmaker". Not to mention some real Tear Jerker pieces too.
- "Captain Jack's Theme". Pure. Win. Even better, it crops up in the aforementioned "Owen Fights Death". The companions' themes in the Who series tend to be softer, more melodic tunes, but Jack's is exactly the opposite.
- Jack's theme becomes even more awesome when you learn that it was written for the end of Countrycide, and is structured around repeated use of the phrase, 'Here he comes in a bloody great tractor.' Which is just kind of hilariously brilliant. Even better is Children of Earth: Day Two, when Jack's Theme is played for Ianto...IN A TRACTOR.
- It becomes even more awesome when you realise that as Jack has become more like the Doctor, at 1:08, it's segued into "The Doctor's Theme" and then at 2:00 the melody seems to be a riff on "This is Gallifrey".
- Also pops up, slowed down, on the Doctor Who track "A Pressing Need to Save the World" (starts at around 2:53).
- "Jack's Love Theme", which is in complete contrast to the majority of the soundtrack in its simplicity and pure beauty.
- The Torchwood: Children of Earth score is basically one long standout moment. "Diplomatic Cars" makes the government exciting, "Jack's Theme" crops up in various forms; and "Ianto Jones", "Requiem for the Fallen" and "The Children of Earth" deserve to be spotlighted. The album ends on a high with all major themes for the Torchwood team reappearing in "I Can Run Forever" before the bombastic march "Here Comes Torchwood".
- Captain John's Theme from "Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang", with the organ and electric guitar swelling into a subversive crescendo as he swaggers across the screen. The version of it on the soundtrack is called "Look Right Then Leave".
- Gray's Theme is just heartbreaking and haunting.
- Judgement Day is...in a word, epic.
- "Torchwood Theme" from the credits is pretty cool too. The use of the pattern from "Army of Ghosts" is a pretty neat touch. Also in the first album, "The Chase" is an action theme that makes you want to break into a run.
- Out of Time is sort of sad, but nice.
- "Calm Before the Storm" from Children of Earth, which begins sad and defeated, before swelling into a triumphant march at around 2:29.
- "Run For Your Lives" is action-packed and rather terrifying.
- "The Ballad of Ianto Jones", the utterly heartbreaking piece that accompanies Ianto's final scene.
- Even more heartbreaking once you realize that it borrows melodic fragments from "Jack's Love Theme."
- The theme of The Blessing in Torchwood: Miracle Day.
The Sarah Jane Adventures
- The Sarah Jane Adventures theme.
- Mr. Smith? I need you. (cue awesome fanfare) Made even better by the reveal in The Stolen Earth that Mr. Smith actually plays the fanfare in-universe.
- One more: the "next time" theme.
- At the conclusion of many episodes, there's this beautiful heartwarming little piano piece that just screams "it's not all doom and gloom".
- The really lovely music that plays when Sarah Jane sees her parents in The Temptation of Sarah Jane Smith, as well as the heartwrenching score from the beginning.
Dr. Who and the Daleks / Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D.
Big Finish Doctor Who
- Who is the Doctor?, which sets lyrics to the theme song, and is performed by Jon Pertwee in-character as the Third Doctor.
- The 2008, 2010 and 2013 Doctor Who Proms were a glorious Moment Of Awesome for the series' most bombastic themes, reworked to even more awesome levels.
- Props goes to the medley of Martha and the Master's theme as well as "Martha's Quest", aka "Martha vs. The Master".
- The Liz, Lizards, Vampires and Vincent tune has got to be one of the most epic themes (especially towards the end) of the 2010 series.
- Hats must go off to the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular concerts, with the show's music performed by Australian symphony orchestras. Two excellent ones by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra: "Fifty", a performance of "This is Gallifrey" which segues into Murray Gold's "Song for Fifty", and "The Time of the Doctor", a suite of music from the 2013 Christmas special.
- People should also check out the song 'An Awful Lot of Running' by the band Chameleon Circuit. It's an original song about the Doctor, but it incorporates the tune to the theme song in it. In fact, most stuff by Chameleon Circuit deserves an honourable mention on this page. It might not be actually heard on the show, but it's all one great big celebration of everything which makes the show awesome.
- Within a year of the fiftieth anniversary, Grottomatic released a parody of the Whitney Houston song "Saving All My Love For You" simply titled "Doctor Who". The sole member even added an extra bridge and verse.