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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      B
E |---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
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  C
E |------------------------------------------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      E
E |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
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      B
E |---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
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  C
E |------------------------------------------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      E
E |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
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      B
E |---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
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.

************************************

| p   Pull-off
| br  Bend release
| h   Hammer-on
| /   Slide up
| ~   Vibrato

************************************

            
            
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doctornige 10 Feb 12, 2011 04:58 AM

Original author of the tab here. Two a corrections for you.

1. The Info for the intro should read: "cool if you increase the number of strokes in the shuffle for this second
set of Es and Gs" (i.e. not "Bs").

2. The 5th note after the key change is wrong. The tab should read "14-12p11h12", rather than "15-12p11h12".

Cheers,

Nige.

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tabs4u:) 41 Aug 11, 2013 11:51 PM

he has a point

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