Peter Capaldi plays electric guitar over Doctor Who opening credits

The 12th Doctor added power chords to the usual theme tune - and, yes, that really was him playing

So what did you think of the new version of the Doctor Who theme – the one with Peter Capaldi playing electric guitar over the top?


Yep, after kicking off the pre-credit sequence to episode four with a classical riff – Beethoven’s Fifth to be precise – the Doctor segued into the theme tune, adding power chords to the usual electro-orchestral version.

It’s not the first time in this series that Doctor Who has made use of Capaldi’s real life axe skills – you may just remember his entrance playing guitar on top of a tank in the opening episode – and we kind of suspect it won’t be the last.

In case you weren’t aware, back in the day Capaldi was the guitarist and front man for punk band the Dream Boys, alongside comedian and presenter Craig Ferguson, and he obviously likes to keep his hand in.

Here he is jamming in a guitar shop in Cardiff during a break from filming on Doctor Who.

And it seems it may have been a hint from Capaldi that actually led to the Doctor picking up the guitar in the first place.


“I was really delighted to open the script and find the Doctor playing guitar,” he said of the first episode. “I think I’d sort of half mentioned it in joking, but I was really delighted that these guys went for it as an idea.”