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Doctor Who: Series 5 (Original Television Soundtrack)

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Album Review

Composer Murray Gold, a very busy and prolific musician, came up with another season's worth of background scoring for the 13 episodes of the venerable British science fiction series Doctor Who in 2010, and it is compressed into about 131 minutes on this two-CD set. Matt Smith, the 11th actor to play the title character since the show began in 1963, is given a typically galloping new theme, "Doctor Who XI," to lead things off, and then he is launched into encounters with angels, vampires, and other odd creatures in one show after another. If the music is any indication, the fifth series (in the latter-day manifestation of the program, that is) begins lighter and more action-filled, then turns more thoughtful and complex. At least, the first disc tends to have showier and more adventurous music. Gold devotes over half of the second disc, the last 21 of 34 tracks, to the final two episodes, "The Pandorica Opens" and "The Big Bang," and, as the 24th track put it, "This Is Where It Gets Complicated." The BBC National Orchestra of Wales, with some participation by the Crouch End Festival Chorus for wordless vocal expressions, gets put through some challenging paces in music that rewards the orchestral sweep it requires. Gold notes that the two-disc format was used for the previous album, Series 4: The Specials, and since that one made the U.K. Top 50, it may be the standard going forward as Doctor Who approaches the half-century mark.

Customer Reviews

Stunning!

The long-awaited soundtrack for the terrific 5th series of Doctor Who is here! This is a two disc collection containing almost 2.5 hours of music. I'm impressed that the Australian iTunes released this, given it won't be realised in the UK until the 8th of November. It is a terrific follow on from the 'Specials' soundtrack that was released last month. With Matt Smith as the new Doctor, Murray Gold brings a whole new set of themes for the Doctor and his new companion, Amy Pond. There is such a diversity of music here that you won't get sick of it easily! Personal favourites that I've been booming through my stereo all day include: 'I Am the Doctor', 'Amy in the TARDIS', 'A Lonely Decision', 'A Tyrannical Menace', 'The Vampires of Venice', 'A Useful Striker', 'The Life and Death of Amy Pond', 'I Remember You' and 'Onwards!'. The bonus track 'Impossible Choice' (only available through iTunes) is also a beautiful piece that comes from the episode 'Amy's Choice'. You'll find that having two discs to cover just one series allows for more story telling to occur throughout the musical selections. If you think back to the first Doctor Who soundtrack, Series 1 & 2 were covered on only one disc, resulting in more of a 'highlights' compilation from the series. The two discs here allow Gold's music to blossom and it makes for a much more engaging listening experience. The music is also a lot more distinct in this series so you'll find yourself remembering scenes from the show when you listen to certain tracks. The new doctor's theme is certainly my favourite! $17 for 65 tracks is a great bargain - and you can get it before it is even realeased in the country that it's coming from! Happy listening!

Fantastic. Simply fantastic.

This album was worth the wait! My personal favorites that I recommend are:
1.Doctor Who XI (I don't understand why people dont like it...)
5.Can I come with you? (I feel so sorry for little Amy)
7.The Sun's gone wibbly
9.I am the Doctor (The Doctor's new theme)
11.Amy in the Tardis
48.Words win wars (This is the most Badass The 11th Doctor has been so far. It's his "Braveheart" speech!)
62.I remember you
63.Onwards!
As I say, only my favorites. but the album price is WELL worth what you get :)

Awesomness

It is totally...AWESOME!!!

Biography

Genre: Soundtrack

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Described as the U.K.'s answer to Bear McCreary, Murray Gold is one of the most successful TV composers of the last decade. Born in Portsmouth in 1969, Gold started playing the piano at the age of six, and in his teens he arranged for high-school brass ensembles. After studying History at Cambridge University, he worked on a theater production at the Edinburgh Festival and became a scriptwriter for Channel 5 before his first score of a BBC-TV adaptation of Vanity Fair launched his composing career....
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