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See Craig Ferguson's Bizarre & Unaired Musical Opening For His DOCTOR WHO/Matt Smith Episode!!

Merrick here...
A few weeks ago we referenced Matt Smith's appearance on Craig Ferguson's LATE SHOW. Smith is, of course, the current "Doctor" on DOCTOR WHO - introduced on the now-concluded, mostly excellent fifth season of the series. Those who tuned in to THE LATE SHOW may've seen this "cold open", in which Ferguson explained that his plans to begin the episode with a dance number set to Ron Grainer's DOCTOR WHO theme music had been thwarted - the legal clearance to use said music had, evidently, not been obtained.

Well, his lost DOCTOR WHO musical opening has now been leaked via YouTube and appears through the embed below. In the number, Ferguson & Co. dance and sing their contextualization of the DW mythos for those who may not know much about it. It is, predictably, bizarre and glorious madness. Take a look.
Thanks to my man Robogeek (his Twitter's HERE) for pointing us towards this.
On a related note, Murray Gold's extraordinary, enormous score for the series' fifth season is now available on CD or MP3 download from Amazon UK (HERE). 'Tis some of the finest music you'll currently find, or may ever find, on television. Here are a few samples…
This is, by the way, pretty amazing music to spin while playing CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS. Just sayin'...
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  • Dec. 1, 2010, 7:28 p.m. CST

    Love Furguson!

    by Sumatran_Rat_Monkey

    This guy is hilarious on a regular basis. What's it going to take to get this guy on earlier?

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 7:33 p.m. CST


    by GeneralKael

    Craig Ferguson is great!

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 7:34 p.m. CST

    Wow, that was awesome!

    by MisterE

    I'm not a big Craig Ferguson fan, but that was pretty cool!

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 7:51 p.m. CST


    by Trekkie_Vixen09

    I was bummed right along with Mr. Ferguson about not being able to see the dance number open. So glad it was posted online. Loved it! Also, you are right about the soundtrack to the fifth season of Doctor Who. I have never enjoyed a television soundtrack as much as I did for this past season of Who. The I Am The Doctor piece you posted, I have loved that piece of music ever since I heard snatches of in the first episode.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 7:58 p.m. CST

    he tries harder than conan

    by brabon300

    and he has no budget for that show<p>not sure how they couldnt get clearance when they are promoting the show

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 7:58 p.m. CST

    he tries harder than conan

    by brabon300

    and he has no budget for that show<p>not sure how they couldnt get clearance when they are promoting the show

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 7:59 p.m. CST


    by Yeti

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 8 p.m. CST

    The Theme song is by.....


    ORBITAL and is called "Doctor ?" its on "The Altogether" album.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 8:04 p.m. CST

    Intellect & Romance triumph over brute force & cynacism!

    by Rebel Scumb

    Amen to that notion! The videos were really funny.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 8:11 p.m. CST

    that fricking ROCKS!

    by WIBoomer1

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 8:24 p.m. CST

    That was FANTASTIC!

    by Pogue__Mahone

    Craig's a genuine fan and bloody hilarious!

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 9:39 p.m. CST

    Music in Who

    by Dreamfasting

    TV shows feel like they have been too conservative with music for too long ... it's wonderful to have a show that really lets loose with the orchestra. Each season has had one theme that absolutely floored me - the "something blue" scene was did it for me in season 5.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 9:56 p.m. CST

    That was a ton of fun.

    by Dollar Bird

    And on a personal note, I am going to marry that girl in the white hat. Oh yes, somehow it's going to happen.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 9:57 p.m. CST

    been waiting for this

    by funkylovemonkey

    that entire show was great, with a little added edge because you could tell Ferguson was genuinely pissed for the first half hour of the show they couldn't show the cold opening. And while I may feel a lot of naustalgia for other hosts, Ferguson's interviews are hands down the best on television. Nobody comes close.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 10:01 p.m. CST

    Dr Who Theme music............................................

    by blackflowerX

    Actually DRUNKROCKERS the Orbital track is a cover (all be it one of the best versions) .<br>The origional was made by the BBC Radiophonic Workshop in 1963(They did some amazing shit) <br><br>Check out;<br><br><br> (Don't hate me ...I'm just a tragic nerd lol, Delia Derbyshire is one of my musical heroes, as are Orbital....)<br><br>;P

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 10:03 p.m. CST


    by blackflowerX

    And that was a fuckin' great opening...

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 10:13 p.m. CST


    by PreciousRoy

    'The triumph of intellect and romance over brute force and cynicism.' That's brilliant. Gotta share this with my friends over in England.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 10:34 p.m. CST

    Oh and thanks

    by funkylovemonkey

    for the link to the Murray Gold soundtrack, I had no idea this was out. Some great Doctor Who music there.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 10:37 p.m. CST

    Just bought this version on iTunes...more Who music

    by wchblade

    Can be found on whomix.windbubble dot net. It's all original mixed in various genres of music. I've got like 10-15 cool ones on my Mac. I've recently written Harry a long diatribe on why he should be watching this show. It's really been a solid run since coming back on air. I wasn't a huge fan in the 1980's, but caught a few back in the day and love the new series. If you're a fan of the show or this tune def check out this site for more fan-mixed versions.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 10:37 p.m. CST

    That was good, but not as good as his...

    by Shermdawg

    ..."White Lines" cold open.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 10:38 p.m. CST

    Oh, and...

    by Shermdawg


  • Dec. 1, 2010, 10:50 p.m. CST

    It's Secretariat!!!

    by Chewtoy

    I love Craig, but then I admire most of the late night hosts... Minus the ones on NBC.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 10:52 p.m. CST

    He's the best interviewer on TV right now!

    by BackRiverCatfish

    I don't watch his openings or monologue.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 10:55 p.m. CST

    Craig Ferguson

    by sduggled the only thing I watch on network TV on a regular basis. He actually seems to give a damn about his job and entertaining people.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 11:02 p.m. CST

    Dude actually makes me laugh

    by Jaka

    Like, genuine comedy laughs. And he does it on a pretty regular basis. Best of the late night guys by far, imo. I still love Dave, but he's just regular old Dave these days. Craig DOES try hard and his IS a great interviewer. I love that he mentions what the person is on the show for during their introduction but then RARELY lets them shell or promote the product during the interview. Just goes off on some random line of questioning. Great stuff.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 11:02 p.m. CST

    Oh, and the girl in the white dress...

    by Jaka FINE!

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 11:08 p.m. CST


    by elgato73

    "The triumph of intellect and romance over brute force and cynicism." That sums up everything that is Doctor Who and why I've been watching for nearly 30 years. Thank you Craig!

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 11:22 p.m. CST


    by CrusherJen

    Only Craig would dare to do something like this-- which is why I prefer him to all the other late night guys. Plus I'm a Doctor Who fan from way back, which makes it twice the awesome.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 1:06 a.m. CST

    Mondrian girl, yes indeedy.

    by Dennis_Moore

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 1:45 a.m. CST

    I think he was trying to tell us, the show is gay?

    by V'Shael

    But then the two babes showed up, so that was okay.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 1:46 a.m. CST

    When I first saw the episode, I thought he was kidding

    by V'Shael

    and that the whole "we had an awesome musical number" was some kind of meta gag or something. But that was quite cool

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 1:52 a.m. CST

    "I am the Doctor" piece

    by V'Shael

    Bit of trivia for those who like that music... In the first River Song appearance, the episode in the library, you can hear bits of this theme. Nice bit of foreshadowing for the eleventh doctor.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 3:12 a.m. CST

    Craig is the best late night host

    by slayme

    without question. He does tons of improv, and is consistently smart and very funny night after night. I'm really surprised more people haven't picked up on how good he is. Oh and the Doctor Who cold open - fuckin awesome! (and not just in my pants!)

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 4:31 a.m. CST

    "all be it" blackflower?

    by hst666

    the word is 'albeit'.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 5:27 a.m. CST


    by The Handsome 12th Doctor

    That was truly incredible. Now I understand why Craig was getting so angry that they couldn't use it in the show.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 6:05 a.m. CST

    Murray gold - Genius

    by Candy ass monkey suit

    It really pisses me off when folks say that Murray Golds score ruins Dr Who..the man is a fucking genius! His score are a gazillion times better than most movie scores these days. Take "Amys theme" if that had been written for the new Harry Potter movie by a well known composer everyone would have raved over it. I bet a few yrs down the road this guy will be scoring a hollywood doubt

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 7:05 a.m. CST

    @Candy ass monkey suit - It's not really Gold that they are

    by V'Shael

    criticising. They are complaining that his loud and bombastic music frequently overwhelms a scene, and even dialog. But this is not Murray's fault. It's the fault of who ever is mixing the sound. The sound engineer, or whatever the TV equivalent is.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 7:08 a.m. CST

    Murray Gold and Ben Foster are gods!

    by Madmarek

    I had the pleasure of watching Doctor Who Live recently. Simply stunning!

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 7:08 a.m. CST

    I need to just move to the UK

    by SilentGunman

    They have all of the cool shit there.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 7:47 a.m. CST

    Craig Ferguson & Muarry Gold...

    by Master Bruce

    wonderful chaps...both of them! FANTASTIC!

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 7:48 a.m. CST

    Glad to see what in the hell Ferguson was talking about...

    by Shut the Fuck up Donny

    I, like V'shael, thought it was a meta-joke when I watched the episode. <p> I really need to start DVRing his show. I am always entertained by him. His stand-up is a really quite good, too.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:20 a.m. CST

    @Shut the Fuck up Donny - If you want to see a lot more

    by V'Shael

    of Craig, his show goes up on Youtube regularly, split into 5 parts. Some of his all-time classic episodes are still getting regular traffic. <br /><br />I'd recommend - any time Kristin Bell is on the show, they have a great relationship - the episodes where his mother died, and where his father died, just incredibly moving - any time he has British guests on, or even better, Scottish guests, though any episode with Eddie Izzard is a gem.<br /><br />Personally, I think he's the best and most genuine chat show host out there. David Letterman, for example, always gets on my nerves. I find his laughter can be SO fucking insincere, and when he doesn't know a thing about the guest, or their show, he's terrible at even feigning an interest. Craig never gives me that impression.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:35 a.m. CST

    Cheers V'Shael!

    by Shut the Fuck up Donny

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 10:01 a.m. CST

    FYI Mondrian Girl is in Burlesque

    by Scott_Lang

    That's the beautiful Paula Van Oppen. She was also one of the zombie bikini girls in the "Monster Mash" opening of the Halloween episode.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 10:26 a.m. CST

    That made my damn day! Yes!

    by trekguy1966

    I am grinning like a kid on Christmas day. Happy, happy!

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 10:43 a.m. CST

    Thanks for posting this Merrick

    by jim

    I too wasn't certain if Ferguson was just doing a bit or actually had had to cancel it do to music rights.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 10:57 a.m. CST

    When Letterman retires...

    by SifoDyasJr.

    CBS has the easiest decision ever. Just move Craig Ferguson up one hour. No drama necessary. I don't think Letterman should retire completely though. He would be great with a weekly prime-time Ed Sullivan-type show (he's got the theater for it)

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 11:43 a.m. CST

    Gotta say

    by RedLeaderStandingBy

    Ferguson is the best talk show host today.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 12:08 p.m. CST

    That was fantastic.

    by fiester

    Loved it!

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 12:38 p.m. CST

    I like the theme music remixes on YouTube where...

    by Royston Lodge

    ...people have attempted to mix EVERY version of the theme together into one song.<p> Some mixes work better than others, but they're all interesting in their own ways.<p> It's a tricky thing to do, since some versions are in a different key or a different tempo. Some are longer than others. Some have the extra "middle eight". Etc.<p> I don't think anybody's really been able to nail it, but they keep trying.<p> Someday, maybe there will be a definitive remix.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 12:40 p.m. CST

    I just downloaded Orbital's version.

    by Royston Lodge

    It literally sent shivers down my legs.<p> I'm not kidding...

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 3:14 p.m. CST

    No Karen Gillan?

    by Quadrillionaire

    She's so cute

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 3:44 p.m. CST

    This is why Craig Ferguson is a GOD

    by orcus

    Nuff said

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 4:38 p.m. CST

    Craig Ferguson is THE late night talk show host.

    by SnootyBoots

    Go to You Tube and watch him interview Lauren Graham.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 5:08 p.m. CST

    Awesome squared!

    by JT Kirk

    Ferguson is the best late-night guy on tv, bar none. This was silliness that's right up his alley, and the fact that he dedicated this much to The Doctor makes him The Man.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 5:33 p.m. CST

    Probably was Craig himself that leaked this...

    by pills_26

    He is just that awesome. Just when I think he couldn't get any better. Intellect and romance over brute force and cynicism.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 6:48 p.m. CST


    by thedarklingthrush

    he joked on the show like 4 times that this might just happen to get accidentally leaked and that would be a shame. bbc probably okayed it though, bts, just not for on air.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:33 p.m. CST

    The triumph of intellect and romance

    by FuzzyLumpkins

    over brute force and cynicism. Now THERE'S a t-shirt I want.

  • Dec. 3, 2010, 12:21 a.m. CST

    I love you white hat girl

    by 'Cholera's Ghost

    I do not mean that in a Platonic sense.

  • Dec. 3, 2010, 1:02 a.m. CST

    That was funny?

    by TheApostle

    Jesus Christ that made me cringe with embarrassment.

  • Dec. 3, 2010, 2:51 a.m. CST


    by Dennis_Moore

    Thanks for the tip.

  • Dec. 3, 2010, 3:10 a.m. CST

    If that's Paula Van Oppen

    by catlettuce4

    she's dropped some muscle mass in her arms and legs

  • Dec. 3, 2010, 4:55 a.m. CST

    You gais need to stop with this talkshow format

    by considine

    It's fucking weak.

  • Dec. 3, 2010, 7:15 a.m. CST


    by ClayG

    I guess we can pencil you in on the side of 'brute force and cynicism', then? :)

  • Dec. 3, 2010, 9:23 a.m. CST

    That was awesome!!

    by ONeillSG1


  • Dec. 3, 2010, 9:24 a.m. CST

    That was awesome!!

    by ONeillSG1


  • Dec. 3, 2010, 4:44 p.m. CST

    best music belongs to SGU!

    by DioxholsterImperium

    sorry but its true

  • Dec. 3, 2010, 4:45 p.m. CST

    best music belongs to SGU!

    by DioxholsterImperium

    sorry buts its true! ONeillSG1 you must agree with me here

  • Dec. 4, 2010, 8:26 a.m. CST

    Last nights show - he leaked it, pretty sure.

    by V'Shael

    On last nights show, which featured Kristin Bell, and was really really good, he had a Tardis on the desk. At the opening of his segment after the monologue, he picked it up and started playing with it, humming the Dr. Who theme. Then said "Craig, what are you doing?" and then said "Oh, the ones who know, know..." That's as clear an admission as we're going to get folks.

  • Dec. 4, 2010, 9:31 a.m. CST

    To our American cousins

    by angranoid

    Don't know how much of a dent Orbital made over there, but if you liked that cover of Dr Who then can I recommend you get hold of the albums "Insides" and "Orbital 2". IMHO the Hartnoll brothers are the leaders in the field of electronic music you can both listen and dance to. Impact (The Earth Is Burning) is simply epic.

  • Dec. 4, 2010, 10:11 a.m. CST

    I want one of those Team Secretariat T-Shirts

    by jim

    but didn't see them at the store. Get on it CBS.<p>Kristen Bell is always a great guest, but last night's was probably her best appearance. I loved the cold open with the two of them just goofing around for a couple of minutes, and later her coming in riding Secretariat.

  • Dec. 4, 2010, 6:15 p.m. CST


    by dengreg31

    awesome. awesome. awesome.

  • Dec. 4, 2010, 11:01 p.m. CST

    All that great buildup...

    by AnnoyYou

    ...and then the utterly boring Matt Smith emerges. No wonder they cut it. Now imagine if Tennant or Eccleston had been there - now *that* would have been great.

  • Dec. 5, 2010, 7:36 p.m. CST

    Team Secretariat T-Shirts try the RSA

    by j2talk

    look here for t shirts