Muse vs. Doctor Who

January 14th, 2010 by

Submitted by Glynis

I’m a big fan of the television theme comparisons here on the site. Last year British rockers Muse put out a track that contains a hook very much like the theme to the  BBC show Doctor Who.  Here’s a sample of the original theme from 1963 followed by the 2007 version recorded by the BBC National Orchestra Of Wales .

Muse - "Uprising" (2009)

Ron Grainer - "Doctor Who Theme" (1963)

Ron Grainer - "Doctor Who Theme" (2007)

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24 Responses to “Muse vs. Doctor Who”

  1. avatar Michael says:

    Also “One of These Days” by Pink Floyd.

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    Keith Reply:

    Hi Michael, Wow, that’s subtle in that track, but pretty similar. I’ll update this post at some point with it.

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    Michael Reply:

    Pink Floyd did this one intentionally, if I recall correctly. They’ve been interviewed before, and they’ve said that in the studio, when they were on breaks, they liked to watch Doctor Who and Monty Python. Still looking for a Pink Floyd version of the Lumberjack Song, but nothing as of yet ;)

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    Keith Reply:

    Thanks for the insight on that Michael. I can think of a few other things they might have also been doing while on their breaks.

  2. avatar John says:

    And you can add Bondie’s “Call Me” (when they sing “so come on”) and Norman Greenbaum’s “Spirit In The Sky” and Depeche Mode’s “Personal Jesus” to the list. Also, speed up Sparks’ “I Can’t Believe That You Would Fall For All The Crap In This Song” and you’re even closer! Even the vocal style is reminiscent.

    And there’s plenty more, I’m sure.

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    Keith Reply:

    Thanks John! I’ll check these out!

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    Michael Reply:

    http://www.mashup-industries.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=218&Itemid=36

    Someone did a Mashup of Blondie and Muse.

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    Keith Reply:

    Thanks for the link. I love how the “Call Me” line is placed over the high guitar riff. Pretty great!

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    Feisty Reply:

    Call Me always makes me think of Dr. Who. It’s about 2 minutes into the song

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    Olympionices Reply:

    woww – thank you so much!!! I was wondering the whole evening how was called this song – Blondie- Call me !!!!! and now I’e got it! Thanks!
    Thats exactly what it reminds me every time, when i hear this “so come on”.

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  3. avatar Hambone says:

    they sound pretty good when played together

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  4. avatar Minnie says:

    Billy Idol – White Wedding

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  5. avatar noone says:

    This is what I always think of when I hear that song by Muse. I love both Muse and Doctor Who so Its all good =]

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  6. avatar Josh says:

    Everyone forgot dude!!

    Blondies ‘call me’ was GIGANTICALLY based on black sabbaths “children of the grave”

    Makes sense though. Sabbath is british. im sure with all their occult stuff they were into doctor who, or at least watched it here and there

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    Keith Reply:

    That’s great Josh! I’ll be sure to add this!

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    Keith Reply:

    Here you go Josh:
    http://www.thatsongsoundslike.com/2010/12/29/blondie-vs-black-sabbath/

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  7. avatar Max Zorin says:

    Also “Do They Know It’s Christmas” by Band Aid sounds similar to Doctor Who.

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  8. avatar Joe says:

    The notes in the Muse tune are like the opening guitar riff on Billy Idol’s “White Wedding”

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    Keith Reply:

    Joe, good catch. Pretty similar! Also my go-to Karaoke song :)

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  9. avatar Castor says:

    Uprising from MUSE reminds me on Cambodia from Kim Wilde, but sounds much better!
    MUSE FOREVER !!!

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  10. avatar H says:

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who noticed this. It sounds just like it.

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  11. avatar cynicroute says:

    I definitely hear the Dr Who theme and Blondie’s “Call Me”

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  12. avatar Eric Cheung says:

    I happen to think The Kink’s Father Christmas sounds like the Doctor Who theme’s bridge.

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  13. avatar Skyway2000 says:

    Princes of the Universe by Queen, at 1:03, is where I hear it.

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