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Doctor Who - Series 6 (Soundtrack from the TV Series)

Murray Gold

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Album Review

Featuring a staggering 66 pieces of music spread over two discs, BAFTA-nominated composer Murray Gold's official soundtrack to the sixth series of BBC's flagship sci-fi show, Doctor Who, is by far his most sprawling and ambitious to date. Once again featuring the BBC National Orchestra of Wales (conducted by Ben Foster), the instrumental score features music from all 13 episodes of the 2011 season, although some are under-represented (just three brief pieces appear from The Girl Who Waited), while others are paid much more attention (eight numbers are selected from finale The Wedding of River Song). Skillfully echoing the fantastical plot lines of the Saturday night prime-time show, the twanging guitars on "I See You Silence" and "I Am the Doctor in Utah" match the U.S. setting of opening episode The Impossible Astronaut; the swashbuckling sea shanty of "Deadly Siren" and the Hans Zimmer-esque symphonics of "All for One" evoke the pirate themes of The Curse of the Black Spot; while the self-explanatory Let's Kill Hitler is represented by the ominous "Terror of the Reich" and the triumphant "The British Are Coming." With everything from Psycho-esque screeching strings ("Night Terrors") to kitsch '60s Muzak ("The Hotel Prison") to industrial synths ("Rita Praises"), not to mention several more refined neo-classical pieces such as "Loving Isn't Knowing (The Almost People Suite)" and "The Majestic Tale (Of a Madman in a Box)," Series 6 is an always intriguing and unpredictable soundtrack encapsulating everything that has made the revitalized Doctor Who such a phenomenon. ~ Jon O'Brien, Rovi

Customer Reviews

Daleks invaded this soundtrack!

Obviously, 4 Daleks invaded and rated this album lower than 5 *****. Be on the lookout Whovians!

Best Soundtrack yet

Every Doctor Who soundtrack has been pretty great - but this one easily blows the rest out of the water.

Got it the day it was released! Murray Gold does not disappoint.

Would have bought it on iTunes if it was released here sooner!

So much to like: The variety of styles, moods, and emotions captures the brilliance of each episode from this series.
The remix of "I am the Doctor" with "I am the Doctor in Utah" makes for a unique series intro while pieces like "Melody Pond" and "Loving isn't Knowing" take your breath away. I am very pleased that "The Majestic Tale (Of a Mad Man in a Box)" was added as a bonus track - definitely pure Who. I also appreciate how music from each episode is included (and in order).

Well deserving five stars. I've never come across better music for a TV series!

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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