Doctor Who (Original TV Series Sountrack), Vol. 4
BBC National Orchestra of Wales & Ben Foster
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Fantastic New Album, But Some Notable Omissions
Murray Gold's newest series worth of music for Doctor Who has finally made it to print. Some of the biggest musical highlights of the season are brilliantly featured. First and foremost being the reworked "Opening/Closing Credits" which just adds more energy and suspense to the series. "A Noble Girl About Town" is a great arrangement of Donna's Theme that is great on its own. "Life Among the Distant Stars" is a mix of a theme used for Donna and a theme used during the deeply emotional final scene with Rose. "Turn Left" has just enough of the musical cues to make you think you are reliving that episode in 2 minutes. And tracks 21-26 definitely evoke emotions from the glorious ending of series 4. But the biggest disappointment for me was the omission of the "Tribute to the Lost Companions" in Journey's End. In one of the most emotional scenes for the Doctor ever, the music was brilliant. And it is NOT on this album. It also would have been nice to include the series 4 version of Rose's Theme (since for me, the whole series was working up to the return of Rose) and a proper inclusion of the 3/4 Series Action Theme which appears at the end of Turn Left and catapultes us into the dramatic series finale (a edited version does appear on the Series 3 album, but does not do this theme justice). For what is included, this album is a definite must have. But some omissions keep it from being the definitive Series 4 Soundtrack, which is disappointing.
Help on the "notable omissions*
Some of the things "Doctor" said he/she did not like was the omissions from this soundtrack. For those of who want to know, Rose's updated theme is actually "Doomsday" from the series 1&2 soundtrack. Also, the theme that plays at the end of "Turn Left" is both "All the Strange Strange Creatures"(you can't hear it in the preview, it comes later) and "YANA(excerpt.)" from the Series 3 Soundtrack. Thanks and I'm glad I could help those of you who were worried. To me this is an excellent album and just another showing of how truly brilliant Murray Gold is.
Best so far
The Season 4 soundtrack has what I think is the best and most exciting versions of the open and closing credits to date, beefed up with an explosive combination extra strings and horns. All the tracks are great and many convey the excitment not present in the other three series soundtracks. Their is a mixture of primitive, gutteral chants with orchestral movements which seem to personify the fourth series. Even the Doctor's Theme is grander with a chorus instead of a solo voice. However, I do have a personal disappointment. In the "Girl With No Name," a haunting waltz featured in the "Silence in the Library" episode, is missing the beautiful toy piano solo at the beginning of the show and which is repeated throughout the episode. I would consider it a "must-have" for all Doctor who fans, whether new or old.
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