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Doctor Who voted greatest TV sci-fi theme

The original version of the Doctor Who theme was concocted by Delia Derbyshire.
The original version of the Doctor Who theme was concocted by Delia Derbyshire.

The theme from Doctor Who has been voted the greatest of any sci-fi TV show in a new online poll.

Written by Ron Grainer and originally created by music technology pin-up Delia Derbyshire at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, this iconic music has since been re-interpreted several times, most recently by Coldcut at the Electric Proms.

The jaunty theme from Red Dwarf came second in the poll, which was run by Total Sci-Fi. Mark Snow's eerie X-Files music came third.

The full Top 10 is as follows:

1) Doctor Who
2) Red Dwarf
3) The X-Files
4) Buffy the Vampire Slayer
5) Star Trek
6) Thunderbirds
7) The Twilight Zone
8) Battlestar Galactica
9) Quantum Leap
10) The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

(Via Total Sci-Fi)

I’m the Group Content Manager for MusicRadar, specialising in all things tech. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 20 of which I’ve also spent writing about music technology.