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Doctor Who Theme
By Rob Grainer and Delia Derbyshire*, 1963
Arranged for electric guitar by Nigel Eastmond with assistance from Mark Dyson,  Peter Ackers,
Deborah Eastmond and Mark McGuigan

This is the William Hartnell era version (i.e. the original)
A video of this version can be found here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LF2x5IKxmAQ


Intro

Delay and overdrive
E E G E (i.e. long on the E, short on the G)
E E G E (cool if you increase the number of strokes in the shuffle for this second 
set of Es and Bs)

Main melody (with flanger, delay, overdrive, reverb and sustain!)
         
Equal measures of E and B E B E B E B E B E BE |---------------------------------------------------------------------------|B |--------------15-----------------------------------------------------------|G |---17p16br-------17p16br----16---------------------------------------------|D |14-----------------------------17------------------------------------------|A |----------------------------------14--17--15-14-14p15-14p15-17p14-14p15----|E |---------------------------------------------------------------------------| Add as many of these little pull offs as feels right and sounds sexy
Add a little bit of extra B on the rhythm now with a brief flick to A and back to create that rumbling rhythm before the key change. Key change
Use the intro Tiny pause in rhythm rhythm here before this C G D G C G CE |------------------------------------------12-------------12----------------|B |12----12------12-----------------------15----15p13-15-------15p13-15-------|G |---15------12----15-12p11h12--------------------------12-------------------|D |------------------------------------12-------------------------------------|A |---------------------------------------------------------------------------|E |---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
Back to bouncing along on the E and B G B E B EE |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|B |12--------------------------------------------------------------------------|G |---12/14---12p11-12-------------------16------------------------------------|D |-----------------------------------------17---------------------------------|A |--------------------------------------------14--17--15-14-14p15-14p15-17p14-|E |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
Again, add a little bit of extra B now with a brief flick to A and back to create that rumbling rhythm before essentially starting the whole tune again.
Equal measures of E and B E B E B E B E B E BE |---------------------------------------------------------------------------|B |--------------15-----------------------------------------------------------|G |---17p16br-------17p16br----16---------------------------------------------|D |14-----------------------------17------------------------------------------|A |----------------------------------14--17--15-14-14p15-14p15-17p14-14p15----|E |---------------------------------------------------------------------------| ^
| In the original recording, there is a break in the melody here. We never play this as it throws us off, but it goes E G B E G B, if you fancy adding it back. Sorry, Mr Grainer. Yet again add a little bit of extra B now with a brief flick to A and back to create that rumbling rhythm before the second key change. Second key change (identical to the first)
Use the intro Tiny pause in rhythm rhythm here before this C G D G C G CE |------------------------------------------12-------------12----------------|B |12----12------12-----------------------------15p13-15-------15p13-15-------|G |---15------12----15-12p11h12-----------15-------------12-------------------|D |------------------------------------12-------------------------------------|A |---------------------------------------------------------------------------|E |---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
Back to bouncing along on the E and B G B E B EE |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|B |12--------------------------------------------------------------------------|G |---12/14---12p11-12-------------------16------------------------------------|D |-----------------------------------------17---------------------------------|A |--------------------------------------------14--17--15-14-14p15-14p15-17p14-|E |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
Short break on E and B . . . . . . and then back to the main melody with a bit added on the end:
E B E B E B E B E BE |---------------------------------------------------------------------------|B |--------------15-----------------------------------------------------------|G |---17p16br-------17p16br----16---------------------------------------------|D |14-----------------------------17------------------------------------------|A |----------------------------------14--17--15-14-14p15-14p15-17p14-14p15----|E |---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E B E B E B E B E E |---------------------------------------------------------------------------|B |--------------15---------------------------15------------------------------|G |---17p16br-------17p16br--------17p16br ------17p16br----------------------|D |14-------------------------------------------------------------------------|A |---------------------------------------------------------------------------|E |-------------------------------------------------------------0~~~~~~~~~~~~~|
*Derbyshire goes uncredited on the copyright for this tune because BBC rules prevented a member of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop from breaking anonymity. The truth is that a lot of tape utting was done by her team to create the tune and Grainer offered her co-composership.
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