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Ranking Every Doctor Who Theme Song

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What version of the Doctor Who theme is the best one? For over 50 years, Doctor Who has captured the minds and hearts of nerds everywhere, and the Doctor Who theme is a huge part of that. Originally composed by Ron Grainer and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, the first recording of the Doctor Who theme song set a precedent for electronic music that still stands to this day. Not only was it recorded entirely analog, but it was made up of string instruments and pure tones in a technique that would later be used by bands like Can and Kraftwerk to create electronic music.

Throughout the years there have been as many themes as there are Doctors, but due to budgetary constraints some of the themes aren’t that different. Despite that, enough versions of the composition exist for people to have genuine preferences for one version of the theme over another. What about you? Which is your favorite of the Doctor Who theme music?

Are you more of a minimalist syncopated music fan? Or do you prefer the full sound of the more orchestral Doctor Who themes? Either way, you’re very cool because you like Doctor Who and you should make friends with other Whovians immediately. If you’ve never watched Doctor Who before, there’s no better introduction than to listen to each Doctor Who intro and see which one you prefer. This list of the best Doctor Who theme songs is a lovely way to spend a few spare minutes riding in the TARDIS.

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