Chris just tweeted a link to The Love Hate Society‘s post highlighting this:
Yes, the disco Doctor Who theme was a hit for Mankind on the British chart, peaking at number 25 in November 1978 on Pinnacle Records. It goes on for a long time. Even Ultra-Whovians will be forgiven for fading out early.
Of course, that wasn’t the only time the Doctor figured on the pop charts…
Yes, THAT Human League, the “Don’t You Want Me” Human League. I HAVE THIS RECORD. “Tom Baker” was the B-side of the single “Boys and Girls.” The A-side reched number 48 on the U.K. chart in February 1981. This side didn’t chart, but, hey, it’s “Tom Baker.” Chart position doesn’t matter. (Has anyone done a song called “Matt Smith” or “David Tennant” or “Christopher Eccleston” yet? WHY NOT?)
And then there was the Number One song on the U.K. chart, June 1988:
Because the first thing you’d think of when thinking about the Doctor is Gary Glitter. The Timelords were the same musical pranksters behind the Justified Ancients of Mu Mu/The KLF (Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty), and the Ford Timelord made an appearance in the video for “3 a.m. Eternal.” Drummond once called “Doctorin’ the Tardis” “probably the most nauseating record in the world,” and he and Cauty wrote a book explaining how it was all a project to manufacture a hit record. It worked.
You can hum these tunes all the way until August 27th, when the new half-season starts. Or you can try to erase them from your memory.
The Love Hate Society, Chris Hardwick himself