‘The Incredible Dr. Pol’: As the Hit Show Nears Its 10th Year, Will It Finally Have a Theme Song?
The Incredible Dr. Pol, just as incredibly, is nearing its tenth year on the air. Debuting on Nat Geo Wild in 2011, the show’s special anniversary takes place in 2021.
As of right now, the beloved reality show does not have a theme song, but after a recent episode of Recheck with Charles Pol and his veterinary dad, might that soon change?
‘The Incredible Dr. Pol’ has been on the air for 10 years
Starting in 2011, The Incredible Dr. Pol has been a popular offering on Nat Geo Wild. Perhaps it’s the fast pace of the program, the situations the vet and his staff face head-on, or Dr. Pol’s straightforward, salt-of-the-earth personality.
Whatever the reason, this reality show only seems to be picking up steam and new fans with each new season. It’s funny to hear Dr. Pol express his doubts about anyone wanting to watch a show about him.
The Chicago Tribune asked the Netherlands-born doctor in 2018 if he felt misgivings when he, his family, and staff began filming the series.
“Well, no,” he answered. “[Charles] is my son and if I can help him I will. We never thought anything would come out of it. Sure, you can film us. Do it! Charles said, ‘Dad, don’t look at the camera. Don’t do anything for the camera, your work is interesting enough.’
“And I said, ‘Charles, who is going to want to watch me? I’m an old guy, I do things my way and — I’ve said this so many times — we will be criticized. And who wants to watch me do my work? It’s dirty.’ And he said, ‘You never know.’”
With the program having wrapped up its seventeenth season recently, it’s clear that Charles was right!
Most recently, the show has introduced its ‘Recheck’ after-show
Charles and his dad, Dr. Pol, have started hosting a show on their YouTube Live channel. The YouTube show, called Recheck, features bonus content for their fans with special guests from the reality show stopping by to chat for a longer spell.
Charles Pol calls it “a fun after-show,” and it is. Recheck airs after each new episode of The Incredible Dr. Pol. The most recent episode featured a robust game of “Farm Feud,” a play on “Family Feud” in which two families try to answer as many questions as possible correctly about farm life and animals.
Newer staff members Dr. Ray Harp and Dr. Lisa Jones have also stopped by on Recheck to allow viewers and fans to get to know them more.
Best of all, it’s a rare opportunity to see Dr. Pol seated for a change and chatting about the veterinary life with his guests.
How about a theme song for ‘The Incredible Dr. Pol’?
On the most recent episode of Recheck, musician Bob Kittle stopped by with his guitar to perform a song he composed, called “The Incredible Dr. Pol.”
Right now, the reality show doesn’t have a theme song. It opens each week with an approximately ten-second voice-over introduction of Dr. Pol, which has been working fine for the program.
But a theme song? Maybe it’s time.
Kittle sang in part, “With the miracle of life in his hands, as a boy he knew he’d be / A veterinarian, all critters’ friends, with a love that set him free.”
Perhaps for the tenth year’s season opener, Nat Geo Wild will surprise viewers with a theme song at last!