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Doctor Who - Series 3 (Original Television Soundtrack)

Murray Gold

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Album Review

The third season of the series' 21st century run is assuredly not the soundtrack to the 1966 adventures that introduced the Chumbleys, WOTAN, and the Monoids, and brought us our first-ever musical adventure, "The Gunfighters." Tenth Doctor David Tennant continues mourning the loss of companion Rose by hooking up with mouthy nurse Marsha, and together they encounter (deep breath) Judoon spacemen, William Shakespeare, Daleks, Angels, Scarecrows, and, digging way back into the series' past, the giant crabs known as the Macra. The world ends, and an arch-enemy returns. In other words, a topsy-turvy series of generally genuine thrills, and Murray Gold's soundtrack traces every twist with the best kind of scoring there is: music that is so integral to the action and dialogue that you don't even notice it's there half the time. But you would certainly regret its omission. Experienced in isolation, it is clear that Gold has his trademark tricks, the majority of which were mapped out in series one and two: one character's signature quirky melody, one villain's unique doomy march, and so on. But again, they blend so well that Martha would not be Martha without the theme we know to be hers, and if the Doctor's changing moods are beginning to be signposted a little too obviously, who is to say that it isn't our familiarity with the process at work, rather than any deficiency in Gold's creations. For this soundtrack does stand alone, brilliantly and sometimes brutally, and if some themes are hard to listen to without the television action unfolding in your mind, then that is another sign of a job well done.

Customer Reviews

Better than Volume One

When I first heard that Series 3 was going to get it's own soundtrack, I wondered whether or not the CD would have the same range as the first volume, which covered the first two series. But this surpasses it. The reason is, having listened to it a few times, is that the constraints of one season mean that the whole album becomes one suite of music - espeically if you listen on iTunes with one track fading seamlessly into the next. Themes which are introduced in tracks at the beginning of the CD, All the Strange Strange Creatures and Martha's Theme, for instance, are revistited throughout the album, and built upon. The listener is therefore taken on a journey, through music, in the same way as the characters were during the 13 episodes of Series 3. That's the fascinating thing about Murray Gold's music here - the tracks seem to have a personality of their own.

Emotive, Exciting, Extravagant

Murray Gold's "difficult second album" succeeds in replicating the high points of the first - the emotion of each piece (Boe, Gallifrey, Joan Redfern) delicately evoking memories of the series and tugging at heartstrings (Abide with Me). Not only this but the quick, uptempo excitement of several tracks (Carrionites, Runaway Bride, Futurekind) really shows the diversity of not only the music in the show, but of the stories dealt with on the show also. Yamit Mamo has a beautiful voice also (My Angel Put The Devil In Me, The Stowaway) and sings on two completely different songs - the first a sexy Chicago style number, the second a Christmassy Pogues style affair. Murray Gold really has crafted some beautiful music and, with the aid of Ben Foster & The BBC National Orchestra of Wales, most of it is of a Hollywood standard. To create an album almost as good as the first with less episodes (the first album spanned two series) is a tribute to the team at Doctor Who. The album is sexy, swashbuckling, sorrowful and as an audience, we've never had it so lucky. You won't find a better collection of instrumental music on iTunes - download this now!

Great - at long last

Interesting, I-tunes, that this album is number one in the soundtrack downloads right now, and yet it isn't even listed in your new releases section. And the sountrack to High School Musical 2 still has a banner up? Hmmm... all about the cash I guess. Still - here tis! And lovely it is too. Buy copies!

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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