Doctor Who: Series 4: The Specials
Musical Score By: Murray Gold
Distributed by: Silva Screen Records
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
Doctor Who is a series that has spanned decades. First airing in 1963, the BBC series follows the adventures of an eccentric humanoid alien adventurer who travels through space and time. Along with his companion, Doctor Who has faced numerous adversaries over the years and has saved many a civilization. Thanks to a special regeneration ability that takes place when the Doctor is near death, there have been eleven such Doctors over the years.
The Doctor Who: Series 4: The Specials Soundtrack features music from the four special episodes that culminated in the departure of the tenth Doctor as portrayed by David Tennant. The musical score was created by English composer Murray Gold. Having worked in television, film and stage, Murray Gold has created award-nominated musical scores for Vanity Fair, Queer as Folk and Casanova, but is perhaps best known for the musical compositions he has been creating for Doctor Who since 2005.
A two disc collection, the music of the Doctor Who: Series 4: The Specials Soundtrack is performed by The BBC National Orchestra of Wales. The first disc contains music from The Next Doctor, Planet of the Dead and The Waters of Mars. The music featured over the first eleven tracks sounds a bit retro, as if it were created as a homage to the older versions of the series. The music is somewhat sixties or seventies action/sci-fi composition reminiscent of the background music one would hear on series like Space 1999 or The Streets of San Francisco. The final four tracks, taken from The Waters of Mars are a complete departure from the pervious tracks, featuring electronic sounds and a more modern style.
The second disc is entirely dedicated to the last episode David Tennant would ever appear in, The End of Time. There is a happy medium of slow, quiet pieces mixed with major adrenaline rushes supplied by action-based tracks. For this episode, Gold employs the use of a choir (the Crouch End Festival Chorus to be exact), accentuating the intensity of the moments represented by this music. The final tracks are extremely poignant in this second disc as they lead up to the introduction of a new Doctor and a new generation of action and adventure seen through new eyes.
The soundtrack comes with a very nice booklet featuring photos from the series and an explanation of each track’s composition by Murray Gold, himself. The two discs filled with artistically composed music and the special booklet containing explanations from the composer are enough to convince me that Doctor Who: Series 4: The Specials will make excite any Doctor Who fan, fans of the tenth Doctor especially.