The theme tune of Doctor Who has been voted the third most recognisable theme tune on British television in a new poll. The poll was conducted by the Performing Rights Society and the BBC science fiction series came third. The theme tune for Doctor Who was composed by Ron Grainer in 1963 and realised by Delia Derbyshire with various versions produced over the years.
Most recently new series composer Murray Gold has produced a new version of the theme tune – as he did in 2005 – which hasn’t gone down well with all fans of the series. The new version of the theme tune has come under criticism by some fans but the Sylvester McCoy era in the late 1980s also faced similar criticisms. Ahead of Doctor Who was Match of the Day which grabbed the top spot with BBC soap EastEnders in second place. The EastEnders theme tune was composed by Simon May who also created the Howard’s Way theme and worked on the ATV soap opera Crossroads with the legendary Tony Hatch. Hatch created not only the Crossroads theme tune but also the Emmerdale and Neighbours themes too.
Behind Doctor Who in the poll was the ITV soap Coronation Street which celebrates its 50th anniversary later this year and in fifth place was Channel Four’s Countdown.