Doctor Who (Original Television Soundtrack)
Murray Gold & BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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With the rebirth (reincarnation, rather) of the outrageously popular sci-fi series Doctor Who on the BBC, there comes (of course) the soundtrack. This time out, Murray Gold mans the TARDIS' stereo controls and, with the help of accomplished orchestrator Ben Foster, offers up some of the best music the series has ever had. From the tasteful reworking of Ron Grainer's ubiquitous theme music to the Walker Brothers-channeling tracks by the Divine Comedy's Neil Hannon, this collection of music absolutely nails the vibe and style that make Doctor Who such an enduringly popular series. There are times when Foster seems to borrow a bit heavily from the doom-and-gloom choruses of the latter three Star Wars prequels (see "The Daleks" for some serious Anakin angst drama), but this hits the mark nonetheless. ~ J. Scott McClintock, Rovi
Soundtrack Strikes Gold
Do forgive the horribly cheesy pun, but Russell T. Davies and the BBC literally did strike gold when Murray Gold was given the job of bringing new life into the new series of Doctor Who. The soundtrack compiles cues from both series as well as two songs by Neil Hannon. Recorded with the BBC Orchestra of Wales, the sound has a very cinematic scope, very unusual for a television series. The real stand-out of the album, however, is Doomsday from the second series finale. It is an absolutely heart breaking and eerie piece driven by a steady pulse. Recommended to fan and non-fans alike, the Doctor Who Original Television Soundtrack will fail to disappoint.
As a fan of Doctor Who I curious about the album, but I was very surprised with the excellent quality. In various places the music has reminded me of, among others, 'Mission Impossible' and 'A Beautiful Mind'. Stand-out tracks include "Westminster Bridge" (very fun and jazzy), "Rose's Theme" (very beautiful with good piano), "Doomsday" (heartbreaking and enchanting), "The Impossible Planet" (stunningly mournful and captivating) and (of course) "Doctor Who Theme". The songs ("Song for Ten" and "Love Don't Roam") are both fun numbers and very catchy. My one problem was the oddly poor sound quality for the orchestra in both "Westminster Bridge" and "The Impossible Planet". In both the soloist are well-recorded, but the orchestra suffers.
I originally thought this might be a cheesy collection of incidental music, but was very happy to discover that this is a collection of primarily original instrumental pieces that can stand on their own. In some ways, it reminds me of the music from the three Lord of the Rings movies. It should appeal to many people, even if they're not fans of Doctor Who.
Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s