I’ve been watching a lot of old school Doctor Who lately. I’m a big fan of the Tom Baker episodes from the 70’s and during this binge it occurred to me as it usually does during these bursts of Doctor Who fandom that the show has the god damn coolest theme song of any show ever. Seriously. That’s how I feel. It’s spooky and suitably sci-fi and if that’s not enough for you, it was originally generated with electronic components in 1963, way before everyone was experimenting with synthesizers! The end result is one of the most recognizable pieces of TV music. It got me to thinking, too. Doctor Who is not alone. Horror TV and sci-fi tend to come built in with a great theme song. Here are my favorites. Feel free to chime in in the comments with your own favorites because I’m bound to miss some of them.
The Twilight Zone (You unlock this door with the key of imagination…)
The Prisoner (Unsurprisingly, also composed by Doctor Who’s Ron Grainer)
The Outer Limits (The original isn’t embeddable. This is a cool steregram, instead)
The Addams Family
Battlestar Galactica (1978)
Dark Shadows (Theremin!)
Star Trek (This song actually has lyrics, bet you didn’t know that.)