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 No.
First story Last story
Segun Akinola 11 "The Woman Who Fell to Earth" (2018) N/A
Mark Ayres[a] 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[b] 8 The Daleks (1963) The Mutants (1972)
Francis Chagrin 1 The Dalek Invasion of Earth (1964) The Dalek Invasion of Earth (1964)
Malcolm Clarke[c] 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[c] 4 The King's Demons (1983) The Mark of the Rani (1985)
Dominic Glynn 5 The Mysterious Planet (1986) Survival (1989)
Murray Gold 120 "Rose" (2005) "Twice Upon a Time" (2017)
Don Harper 1 The Invasion (1968) The Invasion (1968)
Richard Hartley 1 Mindwarp (1986) Mindwarp (1986)
Brian Hodgson[c] 2 The Wheel in Space (1968) The Krotons (1969)
Peter Howell[c][d] 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[c] 8 Meglos (1980) Frontios (1984)
Roger Limb[c] 8 The Keeper of Traken (1981) Revelation of the Daleks (1985)
Keff McCulloch[e] 6 Time and the Rani (1987) Battlefield (1989)
Stanley Myers 1 The Reign of Terror (1964) The Reign of Terror (1964)
Elizabeth Parker[c] 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)
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.


  1. ^ Also composed music for the 2017 version of Shada
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Composed as part of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop
  4. ^ Also provided uncredited incidental music for Revenge of the Cybermen.
  5. ^ Also composed music for the 1992 video release of Shada and the 1993 charity special Dimensions in Time