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
Mark Ayres 3 The Greatest Show in the Galaxy (1988) The Curse of Fenric (1989)
Richard Rodney Bennett 1 The Aztecs (1964) The Aztecs (1964)
Carey Blyton 3 Doctor Who and the Silurians (1970) Revenge of the Cybermen (1975)
Geoffrey Burgon 2 Terror of the Zygons (1975) The Seeds of Doom (1976)
Tristram Cary 8 The Daleks (1963) 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.
Francis Chagrin 1 The Dalek Invasion of Earth (1964) The Dalek Invasion of Earth (1964)
Malcolm Clarke[a] 7 The Sea Devils (1972) Terror of the Vervoids (1986)
John Debney 1 Doctor Who (1996) Doctor Who (1996)
Louis Febre 1 Doctor Who (1996) Doctor Who (1996)
Jonathan Gibbs[a] 4 The King's Demons (1983) The Mark of the Rani (1985)
Dominic Glynn 5 The Mysterious Planet (1986) Survival (1989)
Murray Gold 109 "Rose" (2005) "The Return of Doctor Mysterio" (2016) Most prolific composer in terms of stories and sole composer for the revived series.
Don Harper 1 The Invasion (1968) The Invasion (1968)
Richard Hartley 1 Mindwarp (1986) Mindwarp (1986)
Brian Hodgson[a] 2 The Wheel in Space (1968) The Krotons (1969)
Peter Howell[a] 9 The Leisure Hive (1980) The Two Doctors (1985)
Raymond Jones 2 The Romans (1965) The Savages (1966)
Norman Kay 3 An Unearthly Child (1963) The Sensorites (1964)
Paddy Kingsland[a] 8 Meglos (1980) Frontios (1984)
Roger Limb[a] 8 The Keeper of Traken (1981) Revelation of the Daleks (1985)
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
Stanley Myers 1 The Reign of Terror (1964) The Reign of Terror (1964)
Elizabeth Parker[a] 1 Timelash (1985) Timelash (1985)
Humphrey Searle 1 The Myth Makers (1965) The Myth Makers(1965)
Dudley Simpson 62 Planet of Giants (1964) The Horns of Nimon (1980) Most prolific composer in terms of episodes. Also composed music for the unfinished Shada, which was not used for the video release.
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.