After being fully aware of the phenomenon for most of my adult life, and denying myself for the last five years, I have finally started watching Doctor Who. A forum thread regarding the latest story arc and my favorite plot device – hubris – coupled with the series' availability on Netflix has thrown me head-first into the world of Daleks, sonic screwdrivers, and all the other goodness.
One of my favorite aspects of Doctor Who, and one which I discovered long before encountering the show, is the theme. The series has existed for almost fifty years, but the theme to it has remained just about the same: a high-pithced theme played over a rocking bass line. Originally created via tape music/musique concrète methods in the 1960s, it was later recorded on analog synth and for the current series. There's an entire Wikipedia entry discussing both the history and musicology of the theme. Of course, someone on YouTube has spliced ten opening sequences (all except the 2010 one) together for your enjoyment:
...and lest we forget, acid house pranksters/revolutionaries the KLF mixed the theme with “Rock and Roll (Part 2)” to purposefully create the perfect and perfectly obnoxious Number 1 single. It worked. They released it 1988 as “Doctorin' the Tardis” by the Timelords.