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11 Creative Fan Renditions of Doctor Who Music

Doctor Who fans have a lot of creativity and talent, and many times they share it on YouTube. So to help tide us over until the new series starts, here are 11 creative interpretations of Doctor Who music!

Craig Ferguson had Matt Smith (the Eleventh Doctor) as a guest on The Late Late Show, and as he is a massive Doctor Who fan, he put this together as a song and dance number based on the theme; it was initially blocked by his producer's lawyers, but was "accidentally" leaked to YouTube for your enjoyment:

Craig Ferguson isn't the only comedian who likes Doctor Who; here's how Tim Minchin did the theme at the BBC Comedy Proms:

Dan Rider's acapella Doctor Who theme, which has lyrics celebrating the new series:

MrSolidSnake745 does renditions of popular music on his array of eight 5 1/4" floppy drives; this time, he does his interpretation of the theme:

Arc Attack, which makes music by modulating the frequency of sparks generated by a set of Tesla coils, has done the Doctor Who theme many times, but here's their performance at the 2011 World Maker Faire:

A more traditional acapella rendition, without lyrics, by YouTube user Maximusmessage:

Eric Calderone, aka Erock, put together an excellent heavy metal rendition of the 11th Doctor's theme, segueing into "I Am the Doctor", which is surprisingly good in this form:

Annette Bjorling performs an ethereal harp improvisation based on "I Am the Doctor":

The Doctor Who Fan Orchestra was created to produce collaborative performances of Murray Gold's music for the series; they haven't done the theme yet, but here's their first production, "I Am the Doctor":

This one is a bit different; it's only if you listen carefully that you realize Pink Floyd's "One Of These Days" is a bit familiar. It's much more obvious in live productions; in this one, listen to that bass line, and listen especially closely around 2:20:

And then we'll finish up by going back to the themes -- in this case, a medley of all broadcast versions of the theme tune (lasting over eleven and a half minutes):

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Cephalopod Fossil Sketch in Australia Can Be Seen From Space

Australia is home to some of the most singular creatures alive today, but a new piece of outdoor art pays homage to an organism that last inhabited the continent 65 million years ago. As the Townsville Bulletin reports, an etching of a prehistoric ammonite has appeared in a barren field in Queensland.

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[h/t Townsville Bulletin]

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