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Ron Grainer (11 August 1922-21 February 1981[1]) was an Australian composer who worked for the BBC in 1963.

After Desmond Briscoe recommended Grainer to the Doctor Who production team, he wrote the Doctor Who theme/score, which Delia Derbyshire went on to perform. He has been credited in every Doctor Who episode in the original and new series except for the 1996 television movie.

He also wrote the theme music for other noted series such as Maigret, Steptoe and Son, Man in a Suitcase, The Prisoner and Paul Temple. His film credits include The Omega Man.

He is still constantly credited for "original theme" in Doctor Who after his death.

On Screen Credits for Doctor Who[edit | edit source]

Season 1 (1963-1964)[edit | edit source]

  • An Unearthly Child
  • The Daleks
  • The Edge of Destruction
  • Marco Polo
  • The Keys of Marinus
  • The Aztecs
  • The Sensorites
  • The Reign of Terror

Season 2 (1964-1965)[edit | edit source]

  • Planet of Giants
  • The Dalek Invasion of Earth
  • The Rescue
  • The Romans
  • The Web Planet
  • The Crusade
  • The Space Museum
  • The Chase
  • The Time Meddler

Season 3 (1965-1966)[edit | edit source]

  • Galaxy 4
  • Mission to the Unknown
  • The Myth Makers
  • The Daleks' Master Plan
  • The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve
  • The Ark
  • The Celestial Toymaker
  • The Gunfighters
  • The Savages
  • The War Machines

Season 4 (1966-1967)[edit | edit source]

  • The Smugglers
  • The Tenth Planet
  • The Power of the Daleks
  • The Highlanders
  • The Underwater Menace
  • The Moonbase
  • The Macra Terror
  • The Faceless Ones
  • The Evil of the Daleks

Season 5 (1967-1968)[edit | edit source]

  • The Tomb of the Cybermen
  • The Abominable Snowmen
  • The Ice Warriors
  • The Enemy of the World
  • The Web of Fear
  • Fury from the Deep
  • The Wheel in Space

Season 6 (1968-1969)[edit | edit source]

  • The Dominators
  • The Mind Robber
  • The Invasion
  • The Krotons
  • The Seeds of Death
  • The Space Pirates
  • The War Games

Season 7 (1970)[edit | edit source]

  • Spearhead from Space
  • Doctor Who and the Silurians
  • The Ambassadors of Death
  • Inferno

Season 8 (1971)[edit | edit source]

  • Terror of the Autons
  • The Mind of Evil
  • The Claws of Axos
  • Colony in Space
  • The Daemons

Season 9 (1972)[edit | edit source]

  • Day of the Daleks
  • The Curse of Peladon
  • The Sea Devils
  • The Mutants
  • The Time Monster

Season 10 (1972-1973)[edit | edit source]

  • The Three Doctors
  • Carnival of Monsters
  • Frontier in Space
  • Planet of the Daleks
  • The Green Death

Season 11 (1973-1974)[edit | edit source]

  • The Time Warrior
  • Invasion of the Dinosaurs
  • Death to the Daleks
  • The Monster of Peladon
  • Planet of the Spiders

Season 12 (1974-1975)[edit | edit source]

  • Robot
  • The Ark in Space
  • The Sontaran Experiment
  • Genesis of the Daleks
  • Revenge of the Cybermen

Season 13 (1975-1976)[edit | edit source]

  • Terror of the Zygons
  • Planet of Evil
  • Pyramids of Mars
  • The Android Invasion
  • The Brain of Morbius
  • The Seeds of Doom

Season 14 (1976-1977)[edit | edit source]

  • The Masque of Mandragora
  • The Hand of Fear
  • The Deadly Assassin
  • The Face of Evil
  • The Robots of Death
  • The Talons of Weng-Chiang

20th Anniversary Special (1983)[edit | edit source]

  • The Five Doctors

Season 21 (1984)[edit | edit source]

  • The Awakening
  • Frontios
  • Resurrection of the Daleks
  • Planet of Fire
  • The Caves of Androzani
  • The Twin Dilemma

Season 22 (1985)[edit | edit source]

  • Attack of the Cybermen
  • Vengeance on Varos
  • The Mark of the Rani
  • The Two Doctors
  • Timelash
  • Revelation of the Daleks

The Trial of a Time Lord (1986)[edit | edit source]

  • The Mysterious Planet
  • Mindwarp
  • Terror of the Vervoids
  • The Ultimate Foe

Season 24 (1987)[edit | edit source]

  • Time and the Rani
  • Paradise Towers
  • Delta and the Bannermen
  • Dragonfire

Season 25 (1988-1989)[edit | edit source]

  • Remembrance of the Daleks
  • The Happiness Patrol
  • Silver Nemesis
  • The Greatest Show in the Galaxy

Season 26 (1989)[edit | edit source]

  • Battlefield
  • Ghost Light
  • The Curse of Fenric
  • Survival

Series 1 (2005)[edit | edit source]

  • Rose
  • The End of the World
  • The Unquiet Dead
  • Aliens of London
  • World War Three
  • Dalek
  • The Long Game
  • Father's Day
  • The Empty Child
  • The Doctor Dances
  • Boom Town
  • Bad Wolf
  • The Parting of the Ways

Series 2 (2006)[edit | edit source]

  • The Christmas Invasion (2005 Christmas Special)
  • New Earth
  • Tooth and Claw
  • School Reunion
  • The Girl in the Fireplace
  • Rise of the Cybermen
  • The Age of Steel
  • The Idiot's Lantern
  • The Impossible Planet
  • The Satan Pit
  • Love & Monsters
  • Fear Her
  • Army of Ghosts
  • Doomsday

Series 3 (2007)[edit | edit source]

  • The Runaway Bride (2006 Christmas Special)
  • Smith and Jones
  • The Shakespeare Code
  • Gridlock
  • Daleks in Manhattan
  • Evolution of the Daleks
  • The Lazarus Experiment
  • 42
  • Human Nature
  • The Family of Blood
  • Blink
  • Utopia
  • The Sound of Drums
  • Last of the Time Lords

Series 4 (2008)[edit | edit source]

  • Voyage of the Damned (2007 Christmas Special)
  • Partners in Crime
  • The Fires of Pompeii
  • Planet of the Ood
  • The Sontaran Stratagem
  • The Poison Sky
  • The Doctor's Daughter
  • The Unicorn and the Wasp
  • Silence in the Library
  • Forest of the Dead
  • Midnight
  • Turn Left
  • The Stolen Earth
  • Journey's End

Specials (2008-2010)[edit | edit source]

  • The Next Doctor (2008 Christmas Special)
  • Planet of the Dead (2009 Easter Special)
  • The Waters of Mars (2009 Autumn Special)
  • The End of Time (2009 Christmas & 2010 New Year's Day Specials)

Series 5 (2010)[edit | edit source]

  • The Eleventh Hour
  • The Beast Below
  • Victory of the Daleks
  • The Time of Angels
  • Flesh and Stone
  • The Vampires of Venice
  • Amy's Choice
  • The Hungry Earth
  • Cold Blood
  • Vincent and the Doctor
  • The Lodger
  • The Pandorica Opens
  • The Big Bang

Series 6 (2011)[edit | edit source]

  • A Christmas Carol (2010 Christmas Special)
  • The Impossible Astronaut
  • Day of the Moon
  • The Curse of the Black Spot
  • The Doctor's Wife
  • The Rebel Flesh
  • The Almost People
  • A Good Man Goes to War
  • Let's Kill Hitler
  • Night Terrors
  • The Girl Who Waited
  • The God Complex
  • Closing Time
  • The Wedding of River Song

Series 7 (2012-2013)[edit | edit source]

  • The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe (2011 Christmas Special)
  • Asylum of the Daleks
  • Dinosaurs on a Spaceship
  • A Town Called Mercy
  • The Power of Three
  • The Angels Take Manhattan
  • The Snowmen (2012 Christmas Special)
  • The Bells of Saint John
  • The Rings of Akhaten
  • Cold War
  • Hide
  • Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS
  • The Crimson Horror
  • Nightmare in Silver
  • The Name of the Doctor

Specials (2013)[edit | edit source]

  • The Day of the Doctor (50th Anniversary Special)
  • The Time of the Doctor (2013 Christmas Special)

Series 8 (2014)[edit | edit source]

  • Deep Breath
  • Into the Dalek
  • Robot of Sherwood
  • Listen
  • Time Heist
  • The Caretaker
  • Kill the Moon
  • Mummy on the Orient Express
  • Flatline
  • In the Forest of the Night
  • Dark Water
  • Death in Heaven

Series 9 (2015)[edit | edit source]

  • Last Christmas (2014 Christmas Special)
  • The Magician's Apprentice
  • The Witch's Familiar
  • Under the Lake
  • Before the Flood
  • The Girl Who Died
  • The Woman Who Lived
  • The Zygon Invasion
  • The Zygon Inversion
  • Sleep No More
  • Face the Raven
  • Heaven Sent
  • Hell Bent
  • The Husbands of River Song (2015 Christmas Special)

Series 10 (2017)[edit | edit source]

  • The Return of Doctor Mysterio (2016 Christmas Special)
  • The Pilot
  • Smile
  • Thin Ice
  • Knock Knock
  • Oxygen
  • Extremis
  • The Pyramid at the End of the World
  • The Lie of the Land
  • Empress of Mars
  • The Eaters of Light
  • World Enough and Time
  • The Doctor Falls
  • Twice Upon a Time (2017 Christmas Special)

Series 11 (2018)[edit | edit source]

  • The Woman Who Fell to Earth
  • The Ghost Monument
  • Rosa
  • Arachnids in the UK
  • The Tsuranga Conundrum
  • Demons of the Punjab
  • Kerblam!
  • The Witchfinders
  • It Takes You Away
  • The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos
  • Resolution (2019 New Year's Day Special)

Series 12 (2020)[edit | edit source]

  • Spyfall
  • Orphan 55
  • Nikola Tesla's Night of Terror
  • Fugitive of the Judoon
  • Praxeus
  • Can You Hear Me?
  • The Haunting of Villa Diodati
  • Ascension of the Cybermen
  • The Timeless Children
  • Revolution of the Daleks (2021 New Year's Day Special)

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