November 23rd is less than two weeks away, and in these 11 days leading to the Doctor Who 50th anniversary we here at Nerd Bastard’s want to share with you a few of our favorite Whovian things. Being that yesterday got skipped due to some weather induced power outages on my end, this is the first of two 11 Days of Who! for the day.
Yesterday marked the sixth day in our countdown to the premiere of “The Day of the Doctor“, but you probably already guessed that because of Colin Baker‘s exceptionally colorful and completely unavoidable face grinning out at you from the top of this page. The shot comes from the opening credits of Doctor Who during Baker’s time as The Doctor, 1984-1986. Which excuses some, but not all, of the show’s eccentricities during that period.
The opening theme of Doctor Who is one of the series’ most iconic and enduring elements. Composed by Ron Grainer, it was Delia Derbyshire‘s unique realization of the theme with electronically produced and recorded sound, something she achieved without synthesizers or sampling, that created have the theme it’s iconic sound. Over the 50 years since it was first heard the theme has changed very little, and yet each version can be quite indicative of its time.
The videos below, compiled and wonderfully annotated by YouTuber, BrianRimmer, is a collection of practically every version of the Doctor Who theme, from 1963 to present work of Murray Gold. Listening to them in order the evolution from the earlier version’s whine and hiss to the later’s flat out symphonic arrangements is clear, yet it’s still always the same theme, enduring for 50 years.