List of Doctor Who composers

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This is a list of composers for the science fiction television series, Doctor Who. It is sortable by a number of different criteria. The list defaults to ascending alphabetical order the composer's last name.

Composer Number of Stories First Story Last/Latest Story Notes
Ayres, Mark Mark Ayres 3 Greatest Show in the Galaxy The Greatest Show in the Galaxy (1988) The Curse of FenricThe Curse of Fenric (1989)
Bennett, Richard Rodney Richard Rodney Bennett 1 Aztecs The Aztecs (1964) Aztecs The Aztecs (1964)
Blyton, Carey Carey Blyton 3 Doctor Who and the Silurians (1970) Revenge of the Cybermen (1975)
Burgon, Geoffrey Geoffrey Burgon 2 Terror of the Zygons (1975) Seeds of Doom The Seeds of Doom (1976)
Cary, Tristram Tristram Cary 8 Daleks The Daleks (1963) Mutants The Mutants (1972) Three serials credited to Cary (The Rescue, The Ark, and The Power of the Daleks) just reuse music originally recorded for The Daleks with no new music.
Chagrin, Francis Francis Chagrin 1 Dalek Invasion of Earth The Dalek Invasion of Earth (1964) Dalek Invasion of Earth The Dalek Invasion of Earth (1964)
Clarke, Malcolm Malcolm Clarke[a] 7 Sea Devils The Sea Devils (1972) Terror of the Vervoids (1986)
Debney, John John Debney 1 Doctor Who (1996) Doctor Who (1996)
Febre, Louis Louis Febre 1 Doctor Who (1996) Doctor Who (1996)
Gibbs, Jonathan Jonathan Gibbs[a] 4 King's Demons The King's Demons (1983) Mark of the Rani The Mark of the Rani (1985)
Glynn, Dominic Dominic Glynn 5 Mysterious Planet The Mysterious Planet (1986) Survival (1989)
Gold, Murray Murray Gold 97 Rose "Rose" (2005) Last Christmas "Last Christmas" (2014) Sole composer for the revived series.
Harper, Don Don Harper 1 Invasion The Invasion (1968) Invasion The Invasion (1968)
Hartley, Richard Richard Hartley 1 Mindwarp (1986) Mindwarp (1986)
Hodgson, Brian Brian Hodgson[a] 2 Wheel in SpaceThe Wheel in Space (1968) Krotons The Krotons (1969)
Howell, Peter Peter Howell[a] 9 Leisure HiveThe Leisure Hive (1980) Two Doctors The Two Doctors (1985)
Jones, RaymondRaymond Jones 2 Romans The Romans (1965) Savages The Savages (1966)
Kay, Norman Norman Kay 3 Unearthly Child An Unearthly Child (1963) Sensorites The Sensorites (1964)
Kingsland, Paddy Paddy Kingsland[a] 8 Meglos (1980) Frontios (1984)
Limb, Roger Roger Limb[a] 8 Keeper of Traken The Keeper of Traken (1981) Revelation of the Daleks (1985)
McCulloch, Keff Keff McCulloch 6 Time and the Rani (1987) Battlefield (1989) Also scored the 1992 video release of Shada and the 1993 charity special Dimensions in Time
Myers, Stanley Stanley Myers 1 Reign of Terror The Reign of Terror (1964) Reign of Terror The Reign of Terror (1964)
Parker, Elizabeth Elizabeth Parker[a] 1 Timelash (1985) Timelash (1985)
Searle, Humphrey Humphrey Searle 1 Myth Makers The Myth Makers (1965) Myth Makers The Myth Makers(1965)
Simpson, Dudley Dudley Simpson 62 Planet of Giants (1964) Horns of Nimon The Horns of Nimon (1980) Also composed music for the unfinished Shada, which was not used for the video release.
Sponsler, John John Sponsler 1 Doctor Who (1996) Doctor Who (1996)

Stock music[edit]

Instead of using specially composed music, some serials were scored completely with pre-recorded stock music. Some of these serials used music by one composer as noted below.